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Cherry Lambic - Upland Brewing Company

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218 Ratings
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Ratings: 218
Reviews: 75
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 13.16%
Wants: 169
Gots: 58 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
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 jheiss
1.5/5  rDev -62%

Photo of sweemzander
2/5  rDev -49.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

750mL corked and caged bottle poured into a stemmed glass. 10/22/10 bottled date. Thanks to Kyle for picking this up for me!

(A)- Gusher! A super cloudy pink to red blush color that produced some white froth. Alot of chunks made their way into my glass; not sediment, actual chunks that looked like cherry skins or something. Talk about unfiltered!

(S)- Ripe cherry pits and pie crust. Mildly tart and lactic with lots of dry oak.

(T)- Cherry pits and damp wood/oak. Some acidic funk, but otherwise straightforward.

(M)- Very thin and mellow with a kind of muted fruit/lambic feel. I almost had to chew this due to how much sediment and chunks of who knows what made it into my glass. Not much sour or funk to speak of.

(D)- Thus far, easily the most disappointing from the Upland Lambic lineup. The fruit is muted despite how fresh it is yet and there really isnt much else going on aside from some damp oak and very minute tartness. I literally almost had to chew this since there was so much "gunk" in this beer. I am sorry to say that this was a fail in my opinion.

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.

Photo of seeswo
2.5/5  rDev -36.7%

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2.5/5  rDev -36.7%

Photo of TurdFurgison
2.6/5  rDev -34.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Batch 134-08, bottle 10/22/10. On removing the cork the beer began a slow gush, even after pouring a full glass the gushing continued. Easily managed but still a point to consider with opening this bottle.

The liquid is a murky pinkish color, maybe salmon pink. Lots of floaties, huge volume to the head which diminishes within minutes. Lots of dried sediment on the walls of the glass as it emptied.

Tart smelling, acetone and cherry. Honestly this is not an appealing smelling kriek, a bit too much nail polish and not enough cherry aroma. Same in the taste, this has an unpleasant background flavor of solvents. I tried and couldn't finish the whole bottle, a real shame. I'll give points for the sour edge but subtract them for poorly crafted flavor.

Not recommended, my least favorite lambic from Upland to date.

Photo of nathanjohnson
2.75/5  rDev -30.4%

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2.75/5  rDev -30.4%

Photo of ohiobeer29
3/5  rDev -24.1%

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3/5  rDev -24.1%

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3/5  rDev -24.1%

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3/5  rDev -24.1%

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3/5  rDev -24.1%

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3/5  rDev -24.1%

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3/5  rDev -24.1%

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.

Photo of scottfrie
3.08/5  rDev -22%
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 Cresant
3.1/5  rDev -21.5%
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 Buttermilk
3.25/5  rDev -17.7%

Photo of Jstonerock24
3.25/5  rDev -17.7%

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.

Photo of meanmutt
3.48/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of kundog18
3.48/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a one finger head that quickly disappears. No retention or lacing. Faint reddish pink hue reminiscent of grapefruit juice.

Slightly artificial aroma. Cherries are present on the nose, and a straw/barnyard/sweaty sock aroma is evident from the brett. Slightly medicinal/chemical aroma.

Nice cherry flavor on the front end, midpalate is too sweet and medicinal, finishes with a hint of funk.

Fine carbonation; very effervescent. A little syrupy. Overall, good mouthfeel.

Overall, a decent effort - nowhere near as good as blackberry or blueberry, in my opinion. Will be interesting to see how this develops at the fruit character dies down a little. Should improve as the brett dries this out.

Photo of cetherid
3.48/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

poured into a tulip


Beer pours a nice murky ruby color, almost like the inside of a grapefruit. A few floaties in there with about a fingers worth of bubbly head that dissipated fairly quickly.


aroma on this is a little weak. The brett is in there, but not as funky as say, their strawberry. The cherry is in there, but I had to dig my nose in a glass a few times to really point out the fact that it really IS cherry. Perhaps a subtle aroma of an old sock drawer in this as well.


Decent lambic qualities with its sourness and a little tartness. The cherry/fruit in this beer is a little sweet, almost like syrupy sweet, but not as bad as a Lindemans. I was hoping for something a little more barnyardy with less sweetness.


About medium bodied, with an OK carbonation. I could go for a little more of that prickly sensation in the mouth. Finish is slightly dry, however there is a touch of sweetness coating the mouth. Almost like an artificial sweetener feel to it.


I'm a little disappointed by this as cherry is usually my favorite lambic flavor. The "cherry" was a little hard to point out in this beer, however the fruity sweetness was not. These beers are pricey and a pain to obtain which knocks this as well. I've had the blackberry from this same batch and I thought that was MUCH better than this.

Photo of olradetbalder
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

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Cherry Lambic from Upland Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 218 ratings.