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Cherry Lambic - Upland Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
88
very good

197 Ratings
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Ratings: 197
Reviews: 73
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 13.16%
Wants: 172
Gots: 51 | FT: 3
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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Photo of illidurit
3.53/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

RBSG09 bottle at the grand tasting. Thanks whoever brought this! Pours a dark orangey goldenrod hue with a fluffy white head. Sour lemony aroma with some faint cherry pit notes. Tart and lemony, acidic, no real cherry flavor. Some wood and yeast there too. Effervescent and light bodied.

illidurit, Jul 13, 2009
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.54/5  rDev -10.4%
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.

StonedTrippin, Dec 31, 2013
Photo of seaoflament
3.55/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to my buddy Michael for the opportunity to try this beer. Opened this one at La Bella with Joey and Danny.

The beer was a rosy color, like a blushed cheek, with almost no foam. Lots of yeast sediment like all the other Upland Lambics so far, making the beer look more like a yogurt.

The aroma consisted of cherry pits, but not as intense as I thought it would be, also some leather and a decent amount of funk. Very yeasty too.

Same flavor as the aroma with a bit of plastic in the finish....a bit of tart cherry flavor, not very complex at all.

Best feature of the beer was the carbonation, bubbly in the middle with a decent finish. I'm glad I opened this one with some friends as I would have had some trouble finishing the beer by myself...average at best.

seaoflament, Feb 25, 2009
Photo of Thorpe429
3.6/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

Thorpe429, Oct 24, 2010
Photo of mikereaser
3.6/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed blind as part of the Blind BIF #5

Bottle number 9 courtesy of johnbjaeger

A - cork and cage pours a color that can only be described as grapefruit with a nice bright white cap that quickly faded

S - Ah, this smells so good. wonderful funk, oak, some fruit, maybe cherries or some other sweetness.

T - the flavor seems to be cherry or strawberry, a mustiness mixed with some oak along with a bit of a medicinal quality to the finish.

M - light carbonation yet prickly in my mouth, medium body with a slightly puckering finish, the adicity is starting to get to me a bit

D - its good, I don't know if its something i'd go for more than once a night, and I wonder how my stomach will be afterward, but its really enjoyable.

I really liked this one, though one is enough at a time. So lets see what we have here...

Upland Cherry Lambic
nice! I wasn't expecting one of these. I've been curious and I'm glad I got to try it.

3.5/4/3.5/3.5/3.5

mikereaser, May 30, 2011
Photo of bluejacket74
3.63/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

bluejacket74, Jun 11, 2011
Photo of tmoneyba
3.63/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle sample at Crown #19.

Poured a cloudy reddish yellow color with an average frothy white head that mostly lasted with good lacing.

Moderate to heavy sour fruity and yeasty aroma.

Medium body with a sticky texture and soft carbonation.

Medium fruity sour flavor with a medium sour finish of moderate duration.

This is a very good lambic.

tmoneyba, Nov 13, 2008
Photo of Verecund
3.63/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Early 2011 batch. Opened on May 28, 2011. I've enjoyed working my way through the Upland lambics, and this is the penultimate one in my current stash.

Pours a tea rose with a short-lived half-finger head. Subsequent pours yield a nice two finger bubbling head. It's "duller" than I expected in color.

Some tart cherry and wet oak on the nose, but there's also a lot of strawberry sweetness. Upland funk: straw, sweat, and a little bit of medicinal character.

Sweet/sour berries, musty funk, and lots of lactic acidity. Some lemon sourness and oak contrast the tart cherry dominated taste profile.

Medium with just over medium carbonation. Pretty lively. The lactic acidity lingers on the tongue; the feeling it brings about reminds me of holding a sour skittle to the tip of my tongue. Pretty sweet on the finish, all things considered.

Par for the course, this is an enjoyable American sour. Better than Strawberry, but not as good as Blackberry, Persimmon, or Peach, IMO. A little too sweet - when I came to write my review, I actually searched for Strawberry Lambic first, since that was the dominant berry note here, especially on the nose. Still, worth trying once.

Verecund, May 29, 2011
Photo of youbrewidrink
3.68/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared from a year old bottle, drank from a snifter.

Color was golden and the fine white head heald up well.

The nose was of cherries and chevre cheese, not in a bad way, but you new the sour was coming.

The taste was started out nice with some cherry, almost a marzipan flavor. As quick as the flavor shown, it disappeared leaving a very bland mid swallow taste.

This was very drinkable, carbonation was just right, the flavor just vanished too quickly.

youbrewidrink, Feb 07, 2011
Photo of drabmuh
3.68/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

drabmuh, May 27, 2011
Photo of Brez07
3.73/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Batch 1 (2008) shared by sigma23 at the SMBDC sour tasting in January. 3-4 oz served in a tasting glass

A: Goldenrod color, slightly cloudy. 1/2 finger white head that disappears rather quickly

S: Some funk, but not much fruit at all. If anything, I get some strawberry essence

T: Starts off tart, then smooths out. Strawberry fruit. Where is the cherry? Overall the beer seems to have faded a bit. Slight amount of bandaid in the finish

M: Light bodied. Slightly tart, dry finish

D: I haven't had this fresh, but those who had said it's not the same. This one is going downhill, so drink up

Brez07, Mar 02, 2011
Photo of zhanson88
3.74/5  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.

zhanson88, May 18, 2014
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Cherry Lambic from Upland Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 197 ratings.