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Cherry Lambic - Upland Brewing Company

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89
very good

206 Ratings
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Ratings: 206
Reviews: 73
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 13.16%
Wants: 171
Gots: 49 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Upland Brewing Company visit their website
Indiana, United States

Style | ABV
Lambic - Fruit |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: hrking on 10-02-2008)
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Reviews by hrking:
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4.47/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Another Upland lambic from their series. The Cherry is unique unto itself with a tartness that accompanies the oaked barrel taste that enhances the sourness.All blend together to dance on your pallete leaving a pleasant after taste. The flavors are more up front on the Cherry and linger after you swallow. easy to drink with a somewhat watery mouthfeel. Slight sourness that will only increase as the beer ages!

hrking, Oct 02, 2008
More User Reviews:
Photo of weatherdog
2.03/5  rDev -48.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

750ml bottle poured into a tulip. Bottled on 10/22/10

It's pours a cloudy rosy pink with a fluffy white head that dies down into a layer of bubbles. No lacing.

Oh god the aroma! Every one in the room said it, a unmistakable aroma. It's a hair salon in a bottle. You know that chemical smell that they use for perming. Whatever that's called it comes through very heavily and so off putting I can barely get past it. Behind that some cinnamon spice comes through. No fruit aroma to be found.

The taste thankfully loses that hair salon chemicaliness. I still am not getting a ton of fruit, just a faint cherry syrup sweetness. The biggest unexpected character is that cinnamon spice. It reminds me exactly of like a gingerbread cookie or Cinnamon Toast Crunch cereal. The acidity is on par with other Upland lambics, sharp finish.

Mouthfeel is light and medium carbonation. Not as prickly and acidic as the Blackberry version I just had.

This is one of the poorer versions of Upland lambics. The aroma is really off and the cherry is almost nonexistent and huge cinnamon phenolics.

EDIT: Had a second bottle of this during DLD 2011 and it was very similar. The aroma was just as bad...people kept saying burnt hair...my original assessment of perm chemicals is very similar. This is just not a good beer, and having two similar bottles takes out the chance of a bad 1st bottle.

weatherdog, Apr 06, 2011
Photo of olradetbalder
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

olradetbalder, Nov 18, 2014
Photo of Skye1024
4.75/5  rDev +20.3%

Skye1024, Apr 30, 2012
Photo of dogfishandi
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

dogfishandi, Apr 14, 2014
Photo of ehammond1
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle (2010)

Acquired via trade
Thanks, barkingelectron!

(Aged for 1+ year)

Careful all, this one's a gusher!

When the foaming eventually subsides, this beer pours a murky, hazed, dark pink and light ruby with a pillowy, thick, quickly forming pink head. This eventually leaves the glass messy with spiderwebs of pink lacing. I like it.

The aroma is both very acidic (sour!), and very fruit-forward, with lots of tart and fresh cherry aroma leaping from the glass. There's also a good amount of bright funk complementing the sour acidity and the fruit aromas.

As has been my experience with other Upland sour lambics, this one is hugely sour--mouth puckeringly, throat closingly so. Along with the aggressive sourness is a lot of bright, fruity, plump, fresh cherry flavor. The funk is relatively subdued, at least compared to the aroma. This is a marvelous combination of cherry and sourness--exactly what I was hoping for.

Medium bodied with high carbonation--perfectly appropriate for the style. A joy to sip. I had this before my meal and after, and it was brilliant both times. Drinks incredibly well both chilled and at room temperature.

Phenomenal cherry sour. I would love to fill my cellar with this stuff.

ehammond1, Feb 17, 2012
Photo of acurtis
4/5  rDev +1.3%

acurtis, Apr 12, 2012
Photo of mdaschaf
4/5  rDev +1.3%

mdaschaf, Jan 30, 2014
Photo of Sammy
3.78/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pink-peachy colour, with a foaming head that settles into a Caesar head. Medium or even a tad less mouthfeel. It has that aroma a la Cantillon. Woodiness, and cherries are there all right, and sourness is malted away. A good drinking ale, nice summer drinker but neither outstanding as far as a kriek goes, better than average for a fruit beer. Active carbonation that aids digestion through burping. Sourness builds up, men drink up. Being traditional lambic cherry, it may be that the strawberry was superior and more unique.

Sammy, Jul 31, 2009
Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.08/5  rDev -22%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to Tom (TPatuto) for this one. Shared with schen9303. Poured from a capped and corked 750ml bottle into a Cantillon Iris glass.

A: Cork erupts with a muted pop. Standard pour yields a 1 finger foamy, coarse, white head with poor retention. Beer is an attractive, clear ruby-peach that reveals ample carbonation. Lacing is non-existant. Nice legs though. An attractive beer overall but the complete lack of lacing or head hurts a bit.

S: Nose is very subtle and simple. Sweet and tart cherry puree with some peachiness. Brett wet straw presence apparent in the background. Not much to think or talk about here though.

T: Opens Brett straw and woodiness with sprinkles of cobwebs and mustiness. Middle is cherry puree that is rather bland and rubbery. Tartness is there but again, very muted. Not much going on here. Dry towards the finish with a slight, puckering, cherry aftertaste. A bit too subtle here. Execution is nice but all the flavor just seems to have faded.

M: Light to medium bodied and highly carbonated. Crisp, bubbly, and abrasive in the mouth with a slight graininess going down. Lively all the way. Saliva-enducing, dry finish with a similar, dry aftertaste.

D: Its surprising that the Upland lambics have been so hit-or-miss for me at this point. The strawberry and raspberry were amazing but the blueberry and now cherry have been pedestrian at best. Worth a try because I suspect there's a bit of bottle variation and you just have to try ALL the flavors... but I wasn't particularly impressed here.

SpeedwayJim, Mar 05, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

grownfool, Jan 27, 2012
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photekut, Nov 14, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Oops, Oct 04, 2014
Photo of mdvatab
3.4/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from 750ml bottle into a tall pilsner glass.
Hand-written bottle date: 10/20/10 (Batch 134-08)

Aroma: Sour, wild bretty funk. An acetic/vinegar note. No real cherry coming across, but smell reminds me of the last kriek I had. The aroma clues me into the fact that this one's going to be more like an authentic kriek than a sweet, sugary Lindemann's lambic.

Appearance: "Thar she blows!" Upon popping the cork to a loud "POP!", beer begins gushing rapidly from the bottle. By the time it settles down, I've lost 1/4 of the beer. Having paid $25 for this one, I was NOT a happy camper... 2 finger off-white head disappears quickly, like the foam on a glass of soda. The body of the beer is opaque, and resembles pink grapefruit juice. (Did the little penguin in my refrigerator shake this one up on me or something?) Chunks of pink cherry pulp can be seen rising and falling through the side of the glass.

Flavor: Puckeringly tart. Lemon meets sour cherry meets musty funk. Very reminiscent of an "umeboshi" (Japanese pickled plum). The acidity worked very well with the thin slices of Gruyere that I enjoyed alongside.

Mouthfeel: Crisp bite from the carbonation. Much fuller mouthfeel than expected (medium-full), due to the cherry pulp and yeast in suspension. Tartness makes the mouth water.

Overall: I honestly enjoyed the aroma and taste of this one. However, the fact that I lost 1/4 of this relatively-expensive bottle from gushing left me feeling short-changed. Upland's blackberry, kiwi, and other lambics really sound interesting, but I don't think I can ever justify dropping $25 on one of these again.

mdvatab, Aug 14, 2011
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

beergorrilla, Dec 15, 2013
Photo of Vonerichs
3.89/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy cranberry with a pink fizzy head. Active carbonation.

Sweet and tart cherry aroma. Vinegar. Cranberry.

Whoa buddy is it sour. Ludens cherry cough drops and cider vinegar. The finish is extremely tart and puckers the taste buds.

Thin but prickly mouthfeel. The sour really toughs the tongue up.

I found it very enjoyable but not complex with the flavors. It really pushes the boundaries of being too sour.

Vonerichs, Apr 02, 2014
Photo of thagr81us
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this one during the 'We Want The Funk!' tasting that was graciously hosted by beermeX2! Big thanks goes out to beermeX2 for sharing this one with the group! A gusher! Served from bottle into a Mikkeller flute. Poured a pinkish orange with a half finger off-white head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. There was no lacing evident throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, cherry, and sour. The flavor was of sweet malt, cherry, tart, sour, and wood. It had a light feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. The aroma on this one was pretty good, but not very complex. This was okay as it was still quite nice. The flavor on this one was quite good though. The wood aspect on this one definitely added a new dimension to this one over the other Upland Lambics we had. Really worth trying if you get the chance.

thagr81us, Jul 11, 2011
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5/5  rDev +26.6%

wtfuggles, Dec 06, 2011
Photo of emerge077
3.89/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

2009: 4.15

Thanks to Steve for picking this up on the way to DLD...

Bright cherry red color, that appears more orange in the light. Once the cap came off, it started spewing up a few inches, with the cork still firmly in place. Loud pop when it came out, a good sign. There was actually excess foam when I poured it lightly, but it faded pretty fast to a ring. Lots of oak in the aroma, some Brett, musty cherry and general fruit sweetness. Another batch 2 bottle I sampled when it first came out had a stronger horsey aroma, but the aroma from this bottle seems slightly more subdued.

It has a distinct cherry flavor with a firm tartness and dry woody finish. Fairly clean tasting and not as "dirty" as the nose. The body is slightly thin, it seemed there was more initial carbonation, but it became more juice-like over twenty minutes time. Some sharper acidity and acetobacter would be nice. Still, there's a nice woody, fruity aftertaste, and it's nicely quenching. Great for a springtime picnic...

2013:
Long lasting foam, dark reddish brown color. Aroma was odd, seemed like a spent bourbon barrel, possibly spirit character from acetobacter. Muddled cherry and a bit thin bodied with a light tartness. It's drinkable enough, but falls pretty short of the premium $25 pricetag.

emerge077, Apr 28, 2009
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3.63/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Batch 134-08, bottled on 10/22/10, 750 ml corked and caged bottle. Served in a flute, the beer pours a pinkish/orange color with about an inch light pink head that stayed around a little while. There's also some sediment floaties that I can see in the glass. Not much lacing at all. Aroma is tart cherries, oak, funk and vinegar. The taste is similar to the aroma, but there's also some lemon peel noticable. The cherry flavor is weak at first, but it does get somewhat stronger as the beer warms up more. With that being said, the cherry flavor still wasn't strong overall. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium with high carbonation. I think it's a decent enough brew, I'd like to try Upland's other fruit lambics to see how they compare with this one.

bluejacket74, Jun 11, 2011
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

blue-dream, Nov 16, 2014
Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a light pink color ale with a huge foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of sour cherries is more powerful then expected with load soft rat and funky notes. Taste is also a mix between some strong tart and sour notes with some fresh tart cherries and loads of funky barnyard notes. Body is fuller then average for style with good carbonation. Interesting example of fruity lambic from the US though while still being very good lacked some balance and was a bit too sour at the end of the day.

Phyl21ca, Nov 22, 2011
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4.75/5  rDev +20.3%

HaveUSeenMyCellar, Aug 09, 2014
Photo of LotsofLupulin
4.04/5  rDev +2.3%

LotsofLupulin, Sep 20, 2014
Photo of JohnGalt1
3.8/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I cracked this after the Kriek heavy players at the weekend tasting.. Got this a while back from Bobby91w ... Stellar trader and hooked me up huge.

2008 bottle... The pour was a cloudy orange with a nice head.

Nose makes me want Rainier cherries... subtle yet still sweet and full of aromas we all think of as cherries.. mild lactic funk..

Descent pucker and a growing funk starts the palate.. the acidity is balanced nicely with quite a bit more lactic elements than acetic.. I was expecting more sweetness, but am glad the sugars are pretty balanced.. the traditional funk is there, but way in the background.. Good body and carbonation... the overall brew needs some work.. but this is a great attempt on a tough style. This would do well with a few years in the cellar.. the yeasties and bacteria would do some great damage... but right now, it seems like it needs some age.

Thanks again, Bobby.. I hope you're home by now.. but if not, God Speed.

3/3.5/4/3.5/4

JohnGalt1, Mar 02, 2010
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Cherry Lambic from Upland Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 206 ratings.