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Cherry Lambic - Upland Brewing Company

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Cherry LambicCherry Lambic

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very good

81 Reviews
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Reviews: 81
Hads: 273
Avg: 3.87
pDev: 23.51%
Wants: 167
Gots: 71 | FT: 7
Brewed by:
Upland Brewing Company visit their website
Indiana, United States

Style | ABV
Lambic - Fruit |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: hrking on 10-02-2008

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Reviews: 81 | Hads: 273
Reviews by hrking:
Photo of hrking
4.52/5  rDev +16.8%
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!

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Photo of weatherdog
2/5  rDev -48.3%
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.

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Photo of olradetbalder
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of Skye1024
4.75/5  rDev +22.7%

Photo of MicroBeerMan1980
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of dogfishandi
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of ehammond1
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%
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.

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Photo of Cynic-ale
3.84/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of williamjbauer
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of chinchill
3.52/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Large shared bottle in Atlanta.
Hazy reddish body with an excellent head.
Aroma: funky, cherry, yeasty.
Flavor: very tart and surprisingly bready. Cherries are evident, especially in the finish and early aftertaste.

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Photo of dsauter
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of acurtis
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of mdaschaf
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of Sammy
3.77/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

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Photo of spacecake9
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is my first from Upland and I am impressed. It's a beautiful pour, color is hazy watermelon pink. The aroma tells you what you are going to get - sour and cherry. But it's all good - very clean and balanced. Looking forward to my next bottle from Upland.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.08/5  rDev -20.4%
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.

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Photo of grownfool
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of Photekut
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of Oops
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of mdvatab
3.36/5  rDev -13.2%
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.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.12/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Murky deep red, almost purple. Medium white head,

Smell - Really acidic. Cherry. A little vinegar.

Taste - As with all Upland lambics, it's extremely sour. Overpowering. I get some cherry. The rest is just acid.

Mouthfeel - Unpleasantly sour. Medium low carbonation.

Overall - Outrageously sour. I don't know what I expect when I have one of these, but it's always the same.

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of Vonerichs
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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Photo of ohiobeer29
3/5  rDev -22.5%

Photo of MartyIU13
4.3/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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Cherry Lambic from Upland Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 81 ratings.