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Cherry Lambic - Upland Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
88
very good

186 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 186
Reviews: 71
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 13.45%
Wants: 165
Gots: 52 | FT: 4
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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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.78/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2009 20:16:04 | More by Sammy
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t0rin0

California

4/5  rDev +1.5%

03-04-2013 16:57:33 | More by t0rin0
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djrn2

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +1.5%

12-01-2011 12:52:58 | More by djrn2
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.6/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes. I'm not exactly sure on the release dates, but I believe this bottle was a little under two years old when we had it.

Pours a golden color with a bit of a red-orange tint to it. Faint white head without much lacing. The nose brings some muted cherry characteristics along with a bit of earth and maybe some light, light oak. The taste is again mild cherries with a bit of sourness and light grain. Not much funk or barnyard. I was glad to try this, but it was the least interesting of the lambics that I've had from them.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2010 15:20:04 | More by Thorpe429
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brentk56

North Carolina

4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Popurs a cloudy almost pink lemonade color (just a shade more to peach); the head, while foamy on the pour, quickly fades to a ringlet, leaving just a few spots on the tulip

Smell: Funky acidity, along with hints of tart cherry and oak

Taste: Opens with a fruity flavor that is not immediately discernable as cherry but as the taste sours, the cherry element becomes stronger; by mid-palate, both the sour cherry and wood elements are in full force; after the swallow, the sour elements soften and allow the fruit to move forward, but the oaky tones underneath remain discernable

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with prickly carbonation

Drinkability: While this might not satisfy the hard core lambic fan with a sour assault on the tastebuds, I found it eminently drinkable

Thanks, DrDogbeer, for the opportunity

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2009 23:45:57 | More by brentk56
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2009 23:57:29 | More by mikesgroove
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2011 21:10:55 | More by Phyl21ca
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womencantsail

California

4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Mark for sending this one my way. Generous as always...

Bottle from the early 2011 release.

A: The beer pours a hazed pinkish-red with a short lived white head.

S: Quite a bit funkier than most of the other Upland lambics. Plenty of straw and grass with a strong wet oak note to it as well. Lemon and cherries give a nice tartness and fruitiness to the nose.

T: The cherries are mildly sweet and there is some substantial sourness to the beer as well, mostly lemon and lemon zest. Plenty of oak and grass along with a somewhat musty funk note.

M: Medium in body with a medium to high carbonation.

O: One of the better lambics from Upland thus far. I quite enjoyed this one.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2011 22:03:30 | More by womencantsail
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acurtis

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +1.5%

04-12-2012 03:44:50 | More by acurtis
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spycow

Illinois

4/5  rDev +1.5%

04-28-2013 22:41:40 | More by spycow
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

3/5  rDev -23.9%

01-13-2012 23:09:51 | More by ygtbsm94
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emerge077

Illinois

3.89/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2009 00:18:17 | More by emerge077
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JAHMUR

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

05-25-2013 03:29:04 | More by JAHMUR
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

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

Pours a foggy reddish hued amber. Nose is hooooiee sour! Lactic and pure sour bretty funk. Flavor is interesting. Mild cherry tones. Vanilla wood is there as well. Highly lactic. Calms down over time, or perhaps my palate is acclimating. Feel has a typical carbonation; liquid is typical. This is a good lambic. For an American producer to release a lambic that doesn't absolutely suck says something. Now all we have to do is work on the complexities and iron out the wrinkles and we can start getting cocky against Cantillon.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2008 01:19:10 | More by RblWthACoz
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drabmuh

Maryland

3.68/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shard by Thorpe. Thanks! Beer is red and hazy with a white diffuse head. No lacing moderate carbonation.

The aroma of the beer is heavy with Brett b but as it warms it gets more cherry. The acetic and lactic acid present too.

Beer is pretty funky and sour with a mild tartness from the cherries. The beer is less cherry than I expected more acetic and stronger oakiness and Brett character than I expected. I liked it enough but it is not my favorite lambic of theirs.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2011 15:39:42 | More by drabmuh
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jlindros

Massachusetts

3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2014 03:03:28 | More by jlindros
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2014 01:21:50 | More by Rifugium
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SocalKicks

California

3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

02-02-2014 11:14:23 | More by SocalKicks
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mdfb79

New York

3.78/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Thorpe429; thanks Mike! Poured into a tulip.

a - Pours a deep red color with an inch of white head and moderate to high carbonation evident.

s - Smells of acedic notes, some funk, oak, tart cherries, tart dark fruits, and vinegar. Nose is nice and tart.

t - Tastes of vinegar, acedic notes, oak, funk, tart cherries, and tart dark fruits again. Not as much cherry as I was expecting, and a lot of vinegar.

m - Medium body and moderate to high carbonation in the mouth.

o - Overall a nice Upland lambic, but I preferred the Blackberry tonight. Not my favorite from Upland, but definitely worth checking out if you like their lambic offerings.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2011 19:21:44 | More by mdfb79
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

3.54/5  rDev -10.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2013 04:46:51 | More by StonedTrippin
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

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

2008 Release; Sampled December 2008
A fairly solid pour into my large Tripel Karmeliet tulip produces three fingers of pale, tan tinged froth. The beer is a pale red tinged, light amber color that shows a lightly hazed, pink tinged copper / gold color when held up to the light. The aroma is fairly tart, with a soft backdrop of funkiness that has notes of faint phenolic plastic, moldy cotton, musty curing leather, . Some oak notes become noticeable to me after a bit (not so much that they weren't there before, but more that I just now noticed them), with aromas of tannic, spicy wood and damp almost sweet oak along with a touch of vanillin. The vanillin character gets mixed in with a light, cherry fruitiness that can just be noticed under that more dominant oak and funk. This is definitely Brettanomyces influenced with that unmistakable, musky Brett scent.

The taste has a fair amount of tartness to it, though not a strong presence for a Lambic. The acidity is fairly soft and definitely more lactic than anything. Towards the finish is a lingering hint of cherry candy; though this is not sweet at all, it just has a hint, almost an aroma impression on the palate of artificial cherry. The beer sort of implies some other cherry influences with a touch of cherry skin tannins and fruit, as well as a seeming contribution to the overall tartness here. Actually the more I work my way through my first glass the more I start to notice the cherry flavors; these notes are soft, but unmistakable with a cherry pie like piquancy. I definitely like that this particular bottle is carbonated fairly well, perhaps not as aggressively so (like I prefer), but it is definitely doesn't leave the beer limp (like some of the other Upland Lambics). Exceedingly drinkable, the beer is nice and light without being watery; the texture, between the carbonation and the touch of residual body is just right.

This beer started out pretty decently, even if a bit short on cherry character, but as it warms up the cherry, while still soft, becomes distinctly noticeable in both the nose and flavor. Really quite nice and my favorite of the Upland Lambics so far.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2008 02:32:30 | More by Gueuzedude
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beernads

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

02-08-2013 09:51:28 | More by beernads
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imperialking

Illinois

4/5  rDev +1.5%

11-29-2011 04:56:16 | More by imperialking
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stakem

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks go to ClockworkOrange care of UncleJedi. I appreciate Jason sharing this brew on 11/13/10.

This is an '08 bottle poured into a mini snifter. It appears a hazed peachy color that is cloudy. Little to no head or really any visual signs of carbonation until the glass is swirled. Then it creates a fizzy offwhite cap that is composed of larger than normal bubbles which fade quickly.

This brew smells cheesy, lightly sulfuric and almost a bit pukey. Subtle suggestions of a deep earthy funk reminescent of pitted cherries that opens up with a clean fruit smell as the brew warms.

The taste is pitted cherries which taste earthy to the point of light decay. Along with that flavor is some cheese notes and sulfur. This brew leaves a lasting flavor of cherry pits mixed with cheese inside the mouth. While that might sound gross, it is actually pretty good.

Medium to light bodied brew with a fizzy, prickly level of high carbonation that is felt in the mouth but doesn't offer much visual character. Quite easy drinking with a light puckering quality. I found myself to be salivating throughout the entire glass.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2010 15:36:21 | More by stakem
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InspectorBob

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +1.5%

03-30-2014 12:47:30 | More by InspectorBob
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Cherry Lambic from Upland Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 186 ratings.