Persimmon Lambic - Upland Brewing Company
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4.35/5 rDev +2.1%
This one is a gusher! In a strange way as well. Took the cage off with my thumb over the bottle, and no movement. Take my thumb off to set the cage on the table and grab my glass...BOOM! The cork slowly started and then popped before I could get back, but luckily we grabbed the bottle and only lost a few ounces. After this fiasco, shared with bmanning, Azurelimits, Amyliz4, and hhanson.
A: Pours a very pale, hazy apricot with a light and fizzy bone-white head. Head sticks around for a while in a tall, thin Weyerbacher tulip.
S: Nice citrus-y tartness comes through along with faint hints of earth. Tangerine, unripe peach, oak, and some lactic sourness come through as well. Hard to say if there's persimmon floating around in here, as I've never had one so don't know what to look for.
T: Along the same lines as the nose, but with a bit more tartness coming through. I'd definitely say that this reminded me a lot of some of the nicer berliner weissbiers that I've had, in that the taste on this one might be better described as tart rather than sour, although I could definitely see some more sourness developing with age. Other than this, tangerine, unripe white peaches, a bit of apricot, hints of oak, and some wheat and citrus zest.
M: Fairly thin with some very nice carbonation. Not quite as sour as I would have thought, but overall a very nice experience.
D: Highly drinkable. I presume this is low in alcohol, and provides great taste characteristics and pretty good complexity for a beer of this size. Nice interplay of flavors and I'm looking forward to seeing how this develops over time.
05-03-2010 14:35:31 | More by Thorpe429
4.46/5 rDev +4.7%
Bottled: 3/15/11 Batch: 71-04
Appearance: Pours a cloudy goldenstraw, with a soda-like head that fizzes away rather quickly, leaving some legs but not much lace
Smell: Here in NC, persimmons are a seasonal fruit and persimmon pudding is delicious local specialty; in this brew, the persimmon aroma is unmistakable; though as this beer is a Lambic, there is also a tart, sour apple character
Taste: As expected, the tartness hits the tongue right away, with the persimmon flavors arriving in the middle and becoming more pronounced, after the swallow; somewhat puckery in the finish but well-attenuated and dry
Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied and rather fizzy
Overall: A very nicely balanced Lambic that shows off both the flinty tartness as well as the underlying fruit
Wish I could remember who to thank for this treat but the trade took place some time ago
02-24-2013 18:45:49 | More by brentk56
4.43/5 rDev +4%
amber in color with a good amount of cloudiness and haze to it, enough that you could barely see through to the other side. Nice light puff of white on top that faded leaving only a little bit of lace on top.
The aroma was beautiful. Rich sour funkiness with huge touches of tropical fruits and notes of light hops mixed in. Light peppery and spice notes come through as it warms, but the sour funk was so hardcore. The flavor was puckeringly good. Rich fruits and herbal, hoppy, and lightly spiced, hallmarks of a great beer are all over this one. As it warms barrel notes, lots of spice and a long drawn out and very dry finish
09-01-2011 01:17:40 | More by mikesgroove
4.18/5 rDev -1.9%
Thank you to Mark for sharing this bottle at Sour Fest. A new sour beer is always welcomed by me.
A: The pour is a light yellow with some hints of orange and maybe even pink. The head is big, sturdy, and white and there is a lot of carbonation.
S: The fruit character is there, but somewhat light. A bit of spice, lemon and lemon zest, what I would assume is persimmon, and a slightly earthy funk.
T: The nose was a bit subdued, but there is a nice flavor to this beer. Quite a bit of different fruit character, with the persimmons, lemons, green apples, and some tropical fruit notes (pineapple, mango, maybe even some papaya).
M: The body is fairly light, which was nice for the very hot day. But, this is just far too carbonated for its own good.
D: This was a really easy beer to drink, as a lambic should be. I liked the flavors a lot, but you need to let the carbonation die down for quite some time before you can get the full enjoyment.
07-22-2010 19:18:33 | More by womencantsail
4.33/5 rDev +1.6%
Thanks Alex for sharing your bottle! Glad I could help.
Into a champagne flute the Persimmon poured with lots of active carbonation. There was a good pop from the cork, and a significantly charged head of foam. It faded to a skim after a few minutes, and left flecks of lace on the glass. Visible streams of bubbles, with some suspended bits of sediment that may have been fruit. The color was a bright pastel yellow orange.
Bright and fresh citrus aroma, uniquely fruity, which must be the persimmons in there. Tastes almost mimosa-like, citrusy again with a good level of tartness that puckers somewhat. 5/10 on the sour scale. Light bodied and soft on the palate, drying quickly leaving traces of oak and Brett in the aftertaste. Spritzy and fruit forward, almost juicy. Very quenching and easy to drink. If it weren't so scarce, a bottle would go down fast, even several at a time.
07-09-2010 03:16:21 | More by emerge077
3.98/5 rDev -6.6%
Bottle provided by DeaconBluez. Thanks, Chip. I like persimmons and I like lambic, so this was interesting to try.
This one gushed a bit as we opened it, though we managed to salvage the majority of the bottle. The beer rests in the glass a pale blond color with moderate haze and no head or lacing, though there's plenty of carbonation.
Nice fruitiness to the nose, the persimmon stands out, and it's backed by lactic and acetic sourness that, combined with the fruit, is almost like sour hard candy. Beneath that there's a bit of aspirin, mild funk and wood.
Tart and fruity on the tongue, persimmon shines through nicely. It's highly carbonated, excessively so, which thins the body a bit and blurs the flavors slightly. I get an herbal, almost medicinal or aspirin-like flavor mid-palate. Refreshing stuff, very quaffable, we finished the bottle in about 10 minutes and I could have gone for another pour. It's only mildly sour, though quite dry, especially in the finish which does display a bit of oak and tannin. It's a nice thirst-quenching beer, not particularly outstanding in any way but very good.
08-17-2010 03:36:51 | More by largadeer
4.43/5 rDev +4%
Thanks to emerge077 for schlepping these Upland beers all the way back from Indiana. Served in my Kuhnhenn tulip. This is the 2/25/10 batch, with 77-08 also written on the label.
A - Slight gusher warning - don't leave this unattended. Pours with two fingers of eggshell foam that has decent retention and dissipates to an incomplete cap and collar, leaving behind minimal lace. The body is a hazed pale stray yellow, with some obvious bubbles and sediment drifting around. Color is quite unique and I like seeing bits of fruit/yeast in this style of beer.
S - Sweet Bretty funk, spicy persimmon notes, lemon zest, and a touch of band-aid. Well-integrated and, again, quite unique.
T - I'm not sure which persimmon variant was used in this beer but I'm guessing it was ripe American ones (diospyros virginiana). This is extremely fruity, with ripe persimmons mixing with tropical notes from the Brett. Sour and tart flavors are present, but attenuated - it'll be interesting to see how this develops over time.
M - Finishes quite dry, but I'm not sure if that's from the oak or the tannic quality of persimmons. Light-medium body that is refreshing. Good spritzy mimosa-like carbonation that helps offset high sweetness.
D - Extremely drinkable, and never gets overly sweet or acetic. Too bad it was so rare - please make again Upland!
07-11-2010 16:16:00 | More by MasterSki
4.65/5 rDev +9.2%
Review 700 - not that anyone cares.
A great beer shared by the generous Brad at a recent tasting. Upland lambics are a permanent ISO for me, this one I was not even aware of.
Beer poured into a snifter. It is yellow and hazy and seriously irresponsibly carbonated. Bottle exploded with the cord was released. Lacing is completely coating the glass and carbonation is moderate and steady. The head has some sediment, brown flecks that stick to the lacing. There are some floaters in the glass as well.
Aroma is amazingly citrus. Those are the persimmons coming through I suppose. There is only a hint of sulfur and other sourness in the nose. It smells really really good.
Taste is slightly sweet with a lot of citrus / fruit flavors. It is a serious fruit lambic. Some of the classic flavors that come along with a blended lambic are not present to my detection, slight oxidization products, some more lactic or a hint of acetic, mild sulfur, all down played or overshadowed by the strong citric quality.
This is a great fruit lambic for sure. I was hoping for a little more funk on the back end but overall it turned out to be a great beer. I would recommend it, trade for it, drink it again in a heartbeat.
05-17-2010 19:17:09 | More by drabmuh
4.38/5 rDev +2.8%
Thanks to rudzud for sharing.
Very little fizzy head, sounds like a soda bubbling, lots of yeast chunks, cloudy yellow banana Berliner Weiss color.
Nose is tons of sour, tons of lactic acid, light lemony like fruit and fruit rind, tartness and just pure lactic acid heartburn.
Taste holy Shit sour, redefines sour, so much sour and lactic acid, makes my glands hurt and eyes water, so sour my balls hurt, lactic crazy, sticky little flemmy, big lemony tart with little funk. Finish is dry bready but tons of burning acid, sour funk, tart lemon rind, and pure fuck your esophagus. Also late brings an awesome lemon mouth watering tartness.
Mouth burns the Shit out of everything, but still drinkable and tasty, nice carb small bubbles. 425
Overall very interesting, almost undrinkable as its so sour, but still delicious, walks the fine like of awesomeness.
06-11-2014 18:43:28 | More by jlindros
4/5 rDev -6.1%
Thanks to thirdeye11 for sharing this bottle. Bottled 2/25/10.
The beer pours a milky, pale yellow color with a white head. The aroma is heavy on the persimmons with quite a bit of tartness mixed in. I also get some citrus fruits, mainly apricots and oranges.
The flavor is similar. In addition to persimmon and bready malts, I get some oranges, lemons and some nice tartness. Not incredibly sour, but tart enough to be very easy to drink.
Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.
02-19-2011 05:37:39 | More by Mora2000
4.4/5 rDev +3.3%
We opened this one up at the tasting this past weekend. Poured into a Chimay goblet.
Appearance: Pours a cloudy yellow with a finger of bubbly, white head. The head goes away completely. I once saw one of these gush everywhere, so I was really happy that my bottle didn't have that problem at all.
Smell: Very sour and mildly funky. Smells like fresh orange and tangerine peel with some lemony tartness.
Taste: This beer has a really tart citrus sourness to it. The orange peel is there, and it makes the beer really light and extremely refreshing. Really digging this.
Mouthfeel: Medium body with really fizzy carbonation. The bubbles are large. The finish is dry.
Overall: This beer is just awesome. I don't know what a Persimmon tastes like, but I enjoyed this. So light and refreshing, I would love to get some more.
01-16-2012 03:24:23 | More by oline73
3.75/5 rDev -12%
From 08/13/11 notes. Shared a bottle of this with some friends and my girlfriend. Poured from a 750ml bottle into a tulip. Bottle gushed a little bit but no where near as bad as some other Upland beers I've had.
a - Pours a murky pale yellow color with one inch of white head and moderate to high carbonation evident.
s - Smells of sour tropical fruits, persimmon, light brett, but more than the taste, and light citrus.
t - Tastes of sour tropical fruits, some funk and brett but very light here, persimmon, and some almost grapefruit like scents. Very fruity and not overly funky.
m - Light to medium body and high carbonation, pretty on key with all the other Upland lambics.
o - Overall this was a good beer, but a bit disappointing. It was a bit fruitier than some of the other Upland lambics and not as funky as the others. I had heard some people say this was their favorite/the best one, but it definitely isn't mine. Worth trying but I like the funkier ones better.
08-30-2011 20:54:56 | More by mdfb79
United Kingdom (Wales)
4.33/5 rDev +1.6%
I think heliospann shared this one. Thanks Scott!
Batch 77-08 Bottled 2-25-10
Poured into a tulip.
Pours a white head. Color is a hazy straw yellow.
Aroma: Lemons, grassy hops, oranges, persimmon citrus, funk, light sourness, and oak.
Taste: Fresh fruit, but a decent amount of funk as well. Herbal/floral flavors with the persimmon. Manderine oragnes and citrus flavors.
Mouthfeel: Funk and tart. Light bodied with a low to medium amount of carbonation. Ends pretty clean with a touch of fruit.
Overall, this is a very solid soour. Good fruit and funk balance. I could drink a lot of this on a hot summer day. Very happy with this one.
08-10-2010 21:43:56 | More by mothman
District of Columbia
4.45/5 rDev +4.5%
Thanks to Brad for sharing this at his tasting on Saturday!
Persimmon Lambic appears a very light straw yellow hue with a substantial head and copious amounts of caked on lacing. Wonderful aromas of sour funk, tart fruits, and lemon zest make this a very inviting beer. The taste is delicious and well balanced, with more tart citrus and lemon zest. The mouthfeel is nice and funky, but a tad overcarbonated. This is a tasty beer I really enjoyed and would love to have again.
05-18-2010 15:11:55 | More by Huhzubendah
Persimmon Lambic from Upland Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 245 ratings.