Cherry Lambic - Upland Brewing Company

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Ratings: 245
Reviews: 81
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 12.69%
Wants: 171
Gots: 54 | FT: 5
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Indiana, United States

Style | ABV
Lambic - Fruit |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: hrking on 10-02-2008

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Reviews by jlindros:
Photo of jlindros
3.81/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Another one to try thanks to Tom P.

Mostly clear orange color, little fizzy head.

Nose nice sour cherry, little candied cherry, mild tart sour, light but nice funk,

Taste mostly juicy cherry, little tart sour cherry, fairly sour, little acidic bite, fairly bland overall though, doesn't seem to have a lot going on.

Mouth is med to lighter bod, decent carb, little acidic.

More User Reviews:
Photo of weatherdog
2/5  rDev -49.2%
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.

Photo of ehammond1
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%
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.

Photo of Sammy
3.77/5  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.

Photo of spacecake9
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.08/5  rDev -21.8%
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.

Photo of mdvatab
3.36/5  rDev -14.7%
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.

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.12/5  rDev -20.8%
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.

Photo of Vonerichs
3.9/5  rDev -1%
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.

Photo of thagr81us
4.12/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

Photo of emerge077
3.88/5  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.

Photo of bluejacket74
3.65/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

Photo of Rutager
3.76/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Cherry "Lambic", been wanting to try this Upland stuff for a looooong time and for some reason it hasn't worked out until now. Stoked!! Bottled 10.10.13, batch 12.08

A. Pours a rich burgundy with a thin pale pink head that fades to a thick collar. So far so good.

S. Nice whole sour cherries including that awesome cinnamon/almond smell from the pits. Touch of vinegar in there too.

T. Whoa, VERY sour is the first thing that hits me. Not crazy acetic, more like lemon juice on steroids. Some nice cherry in there but there's little sweetness to balance out that crazy sourness.

M. Medium body, very soft and smooth low+ carbonation.

O. Drinkability is just not there with this level of sourness. ...However, I do like sour stuff and a single glass of this is pretty fun. I would drink this again, but I definitely won't be going through this 750 with any haste.

Thinking the hype on this one is a pretty dated now. US sours have really come a long way in the last 5 years, both in quality and selection.

Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.77/5  rDev -4.3%
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

Photo of mikesgroove
4.47/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Much thanks goes out to a very kind BA who gave me a chance to try this bottle. After a long day of grillin, beers, and rock band, I cam home and cracked this one open. Served cold and poured into a snifter, this one was consumed on 05/25/2009.

The pour was decent, similar in nature to the other uplands. Reddish amber in color, very hazy with no head or carbonation on top what so ever. Rich, tart cherries are evident right away. Light apple notes mixed in as it warmed with a subtle, yet spicy sweetness. Big flavor of cherry really dominated everything before, during, and after the flavor. Lots of vinegar like sour notes as well. Smooth, even carbonation with a light, well balanced and smooth profile that was very easy to sip on. Long, drawn out notes of sour cherries stayed with me long after the last sip had left my tongue.

Overall my favorite of the series so far, and the only one I can honestly say is not past its prime. This was still retained lots of the fruit flavor that came with it originally and I was loving every minute of it.

Photo of BZero007
4.07/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed at the NOVA BA tasting #1, big thanks to the BA who shared this with everyone.

If there was ever an occasion that required toast with a bottle that could produce a show..Upland is the way to go! Popped corked with a gorgous stream of red foam and liquid. The brew graces the air in a wonderfull color arrangement as the light shines through it...

Pours a hearty red color with a light pink head that forms and quickly disapears. Aroma is acidic with funk and a strong presence of cherries. Taste is a bit more acidic then its brother brew the blackberry. The acidic flavor is accompanied by the funk and cherries, which in this case the cherries stand out a bit more. Again with the mouthfeel as in the blackberry this brew felt great! My taste buds were left intack for the rest of the tasting which is greatly appreciated. Really enjoyed this brew and will purchase in the future.

Photo of rlee1390
3.77/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A-Ruby red, good deal of carbonation, one finger pink head that doesn't last long.

S-Lots of overly sweet cherries, mild funk and oak.

T-Very sweet. Not artificial but just too sweet. Not that sour or tart even. Just too sweet and not sour enough.

M-Lighter, tad watery, not much carbonation.

O-I was expecting a lot better, but this beer was extremely sweet while not having much sourness to balance it out.

Photo of Cresant
3.05/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This 750 mL bottle was from the late 2008 or early 2009 bottling. It was corked and capped; now Upland lambics are corked and caged like a champagne bottle. The first pour was beautiful – crystal clear and the color of honey with ruby highlights. No lacing in the glass but lots of bubbles rose from the bottom of the flute. The subsequent pours were cloudier and I ended with a flute of sediment that looked like a paintbrush had been cleaned in it – murky and dull.

The smell was of cherries. Faded, subdued cherries. A faint grain presence was there too. I may have cellared this one too long; unfortunately the aroma was past its prime.

The taste was boldly sour – just as expected! Woody and vinegary – like a fine aged balsamic. Lactic with only modest cherry flavor. Wonderfully tart with just enough malts presence to give it some structure. Drying with a long puckering finish. The body was light to medium with plenty of effervescence.

Again I see the error of my hoarding, I aged this one a bit too long. It’s fruitiness and bold cherry flavors have been muted. I have several other, younger lambics from Upland that I will need to review soon.

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.94/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip. Bottled 10/22/10, Batch 134-08. Big thanks to Rempo for all my Upland needs.

3.0 A: Opaque peach/ruby red color. I think a saw a yeastie or two float by. Nearly three fingers of white, fizzy soda pop head that falls fairly quickly and leaves no lacing behind.

4.0 S: The aroma makes up for the average appearance. Plenty of tart cherry accompanied by a good bit of oak and hints of vanilla. Maybe even a touch of raspberry. Lots of tangy lactic acid with just a touch of acetic acid. A light, almost doughy maltiness.

4.0 T: Good balance between the fruit and the sourness. Moderately tart cherry, lots of lactic acid making this even fruitier, and just enough acetic acid to get a decent pucker going. Oak and vanilla in moderate amounts. Peach and raspberry fruitiness to support the cherry. A decent barnyard funk to round things off.

4.0 M: Lighter medium body. Perhaps just a touch too much spritzy carbonation. Reasonably creamy for the body. Quite smooth as this one is quite balanced while still delivering a punch.

4.0 D: The cherry is another solid soldier in the Upland lambic lineup. Aside from the appearance, this is solid all around.

Photo of FtownThrowDown
3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a murky reddish brown in color. There's a very nice two inches of rocky white head on the pour. This is much more tart and sour than I was expecting. I shared a blueberry a couple months back that still needed some carbonation, but this one's good to go. There's a slight cherry flavor in the nose, but mostly it's sour and slightly acidic.
Taste is very good. Nice Tart and sour flavors starting off. Tends to dry out midway through the palate. Very easy drinking and highly enjoyable. My favorite of the series that I've had thus far.

Photo of mdm46410
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml corked bottle and served in a tulip. This beer poured a reddish amber with a thin head of off-white fizz that lasted throughout most of the glass. Not much lacing. The aroma included sour cherry skins, oak, a hint of wheat, and cobwebs. The flavor consisted of a big burst of dry, sour cherries on top of a delicate wheat base. Mildly funky and tart. The mouthfeel was light-bodied and had crisp, aggressive carbonation. A pretty nice beer, but I would have prefered a little more funkiness.

Photo of titosupertramp
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Looks a lot like pulpy ruby red grapefruit juice when held to light. Lots of floaties. Not much of a head, but plenty of carbonation in this one.

S: Tart cherries out in front with some wood like smells.

T: Pretty tart throughout when fresh out of the fridge, but as it warms, there are some sweet flavors that balance this out. Cherry, oak, funk is mostly what I'm getting here. I can't quite figure out where the sweetness if coming from but it's nice.

M: Lots of carbonation causes almost a burning, tingling sensation. As mention earlier, this is pretty tart at times. Lots of cherry pulp towards the end of the bottle.

O: I like this a lot, but the high price tag would keep me from getting this again.

Photo of Rhettroactive
4.18/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From 750mL bottle to Boulevard tasting glass on 5/7/11
Sampled at the 1st NoVA BA Tasting Extravaganza
*From notes

WARNING: This is a serious gusher. Please plan accordingly when opening!

A: Cloudy, light pink grapefruit in color. An extreme amount of tiny white floaties swim around in the glass. One finger head and next to zero lacing.

S: Funky like Rick James. It's barnyardy yet slightly sweet on the nose.

T: Intense - this isn't a beginner's sour. The funk broadsides my palate immediately, as the tart cherries are quite apparent on the finish. Complex, mouthwatering and simply delicious.

M: Slightly slick, but carbonated well.

O: My first run-in with Upland's suds, and may I say I came away throughly impressed. A memorable brew, one that showcases what the good ol' US of A can do with a classic style. I can't recommend this one enough.

Photo of aasher
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This lambic poured a light bodied spritzer like, faded rose in color with a one finger white head. The head quickly dissipated to lace the glass. It didn't look like the other lambics that I've had from Upland to date. It was a lot lighter in color and looks to be more carbonated. Also, this bottle didn't gush like some of the others have. The aroma is a nice, tart cherry upfront with little funk. The flavor too is all business. You get tart cherry with just the lightest touch of Upland's house yeast. It also has a nice dry finish. This seems to be one of Upland's more forward lambics, meaning it's closest in flavor to the fruit they are featuring (the Peach is probably the second closest). Like I said, this beer is more carbonated than their others. It's a fine drink and a pretty good sour. Is it great? Probably not, but it's worth trying and they only make between 400 and 450 bottles per batch.

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Cherry Lambic from Upland Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 245 ratings.