Cherry Lambic - Upland Brewing Company

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Ratings: 245
Reviews: 81
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 12.69%
Wants: 169
Gots: 54 | FT: 4
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Upland Brewing Company visit their website
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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Photo of ADTaber
3/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Overly sour with only a hint of fruit

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 Davepoolesque
4.02/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appealing pink appearance with no head. Less sour than the other Upland Lambics I've had.

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 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 IowaBiertrinker
3.96/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Palate was mostlly sour with minimal fruit. Still a nice lambic.

Photo of LeeEvolved
4.45/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Really sour (like most of Upland's Lambics), but still detected the cherry. Very good sour and not just an acid bomb.

Photo of KVNBGRY
4.34/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Not as sour as raspberry. Flavor is good!

Photo of Jonada
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%

750 ml bottled 10/10/2013. Served in a wine glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark ruby red color with less than a finger of a pinkish head that dissipates almost instantly. Body is only lightly hazy with some moderate visible carbonation.

Smell: Sour cherry, funk, oak, lemon vinegar and a slight herbal quality.

Taste: Huge blast of acidic sourness upfront which carries right through to the finish. Beneath that are lots of cherries and oak as well as some earthy funk, leather, vanilla, some lactic acid and lemon.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a somewhat slick mouthfeel and medium assertive carbonation. Finishes very sour with a decent amount of residual sweetness.

Overall: One of the most sour beers I've ever had. Lots of sour cherry, oak and a little bit of funk as well. I'd still prefer a good Belgian kriek over this, but it's still worth a try.

Photo of PHBoiler
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Very aggressively sour like most/all Upland lambic-style beers. The color is distinctly cherry, which is quite impressive. Looks like well carbed cherry juice. The smell is mostly tart but not overtly yogurty or too strong. I do get the cherry flavor despite the aggressive tartness from this beer. The flavor is actually quite good for how overtly tart this beer is. Unfortunately, 2 ounces was enough to give me that stomach burn feeling. I just don't understand why these Uplands have to be so aggressive in the sour/tartness. This is the second best I've had after Strawberry.

Photo of zhanson88
3.73/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 10/2010.

Appearance: Upland Cherry pours a hazy orange color with ruby highlights. Upon pouring, a wispy white head forms, which has little retention and no lacing. Not the most attractive lambic I have seen by any stretch.

Smell: Smells primarily of lacto sourness and tart lemons, with slightly vegetal notes as well, and a hint of tart cherries.

Taste: Puckering lemon tartness and lacto notes. Again, slightly vegetal with perhaps a bit of cherry. Quite sour, but not all that complex.

Mouthfeel/Overall: Light bodied with fairly low carbonation. A pretty good feel overall. Perhaps could use a little more carbonation. Overall, a nice lambic. Definitely a high level of lacto sourness in this beer with the age. It could be more complex, as for me the cherries did not add anything to the beer other than more tartness. And the vegetal notes did not do it any favors either.

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 Rifugium
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into an Upland bell tulip, a deep burgundy color, with a full inch of pinkish-purple head, which quickly fizzled down, settling at a mid-sized ringlet; thin lacing on the glass, and a steady stream of tiny bubbles rising from the bottom. Heavy cherry aroma, acidic, lots of lacto tartness, vinegar, red wine. There seem to be mixed reports on this beer, especially in the sourness department, but this bottle at least was VERY sour. Intense blast of tartness in the taste, sour cherries, acetic acid, lemon, tannins, notes of leather, red licorice, and I even picked up a subtle touch of cocoa, strange as it seems. Tart up front, tart in the finish. Medium body, crisp, prickly mouthfeel, and if I didn't say it before: very tart. No problems with this bottle, it's a very good sour overall, though I'm on duty to conquer this whole bottle myself tonight, so I'd better break out the Tums.

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.

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.55/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

this is supposed to be some pretty special stuff, especially name dropping lambic so casually, and i was pumped to try it, but the experience was a letdown in retrospect. its hazy cherry red, like a ford mustang without the shine, sexy, but soft, pleasant. more carbonation than i am accustomed to in a lambic, which i like. the nose is fruity as anything, jammy, a tad sweet, but tart too, intensely so in fact, lactic and caustic almost, definitely too much to do a bottle alone. i get that from the smell alone. the taste is well fruited, not as authentic as some of its peers, but reasonable on the sugar and candy front. the sourness of this beer is aggressive, almost unnecessary, its punishing and coats the throat with a drying rough sensation like i swallowed one thousand sour patch kids at once. the fruit gets a little more sweet and fake seeming as it warms, but when i focus i can get fresh cherries. the sourness is a distraction from everything else, and the wheat malt base is simply not enough to convey the intended message here. carbonation is enjoyable, but the drying burning mouthfeel is annoying to me, it serves no purpose. a step short of something like motherfunker, but this is not an elite fruited sour in my eyes, still keen to try their kiwi and others, but this was in the B range at best.

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 scottfrie
3.08/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Bottle capped and corked old bottle. Thanks cpferris for hooking it up. Sampled alongside the other seven fruit lambics.

A: Pours a lightly hazy apricot color with a minimal head.
S: Mellow cherry nose with an earthy musty funk. Very mellow.
T: Like the nose, the cherry flavors are muted and mellow. Not as brightly flavored as the other flavors were, but this is also older. A bit spritzy with light citrus. Earthy must in the finish.
M: Airy carbonation, bubbly and greasy mouthfeel, smooth medium body. Very light tartness and subdued acid.
O: Very mellow and past its prime for sure. This flavor would have done better with less age. Did not hold up against the Belgian greats. Thanks again Chad.

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

1417th Review on BA
Bottle to Bruery Taster
750ml

Vintage 2010
Thanks to Gonzoillini for sharing
Bottleshare in Chicago

App- A soft red with some pink and cream highlights. A small fizzy head was there and gone.

Smell- A prickly cherry and a stinging lactic note. Wasnt offensive smelling just needed to pop a bit more.

Taste- I thought it was better than average. Seemed to be aging nicely and still had a good prickly base with some nice cherry.

Mouth- A light body with a medium prickly carbonation level. Was a touch dry and I like that.

Drink- Nice little beer. Seems to be doing well and not offensive as some have said.

Photo of antoines15
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bottle from 2010, poured murky reddish.

smelled very tart, not much cherry though.

Taste is just more sour, not much cherry. Good, not great.

Mouthfeel is is what really does it for me with this beer. Very nice indeed.

Overall it is good, not great, but what do I know? Jeff said, and I quote, "I'm just gonna drink sours from now on," after having this beer, so that's gotta count for something. I'm gonna tweet that people should read this review. #CherryLambic #Upland #Bulls #BeatTheHeat

Photo of cpetrone84
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pour is a hazy mix of tangerine orange and light pink with a dirty hue. Bubbly light tan head. The nose is really nice, tons of funk, cobweb, earthy musk and light mushroom. The fruits are not the focus, some berries and cherry in back. The taste follows the nose, more musky mushroom and some earthy cheese. The cherries are in back, very nice sourness, assertive but not puckering. The body is rather full, moderate carb, probably a touch low, and semi dry finish. Very good, well balanced, and excellent funk. Gets a bit vinegary as it warms and towards the bottom of the bottle.

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 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 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 Treebs
4.02/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ml C&C bottle served in a Founders snifter. Batch 134-08, bottled 10/12/10

A: Pours a very hazy purplish color. Man this looks a lot like grapefruit juice. Airy white head from on the pour with some small chunks of a cherry floating around.

S: Musty and tart. some slight sour cherry and some slight funk as well.

T: Great fruity tartness upfront, some subtle sour cherry skins, and some minimal funk. Finishes with a nice earthiness.

M: Has a definitive dry finish, so much so I feel it at the back of the throat. Has a great prickly carbonation and your left with a nice a dried fruit rind on the palate.

O: I liked this one because I enjoy cherry and it had a great mouthfeel and body, but the Persimmon version still reigns supreme.

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
3.94/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

batch number: 134-08
bottled: 10/22/2010

poured into snifter.

Appearance: pinkish koolaid red colored beer. The beer has some floaties in it. Fizzy white head that dissapears quickly. For some reason I thought this would be a deep dark red colored beer.

Smell: not getting much cherry notes from this beer. Vinegar, lemon, hay, & funk.

Taste: mild cherry tartness mixed with a moderate lemon sour; followed by hay and funk. Lemon sour and funk remain in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: light bodied beer and carbonation on the high end of moderate. Appropriate mouthfeel for the style and I think it enhances this beer!

Overall: Its a nice lambic, but its a little over priced at over $20 a bottle. Thats the bottom line. It is a good change up when i am in the mood for something totally different. Wish the cherries were bigger in this beer.

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Cherry Lambic from Upland Brewing Company
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