Blackberry | Upland Brewing Company

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Blackberry Blackberry

Brewed by:
Upland Brewing Company
Indiana, United States

Style: Lambic - Fruit

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Blackberry is fermented by wild yeast and aged in oak casks for nearly a year. We then add whole blackberries grown in Indiana. The beer is bottle conditioned. Style is Sour Ale, ABV 6%.

Added by JamesS on 10-14-2007

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Photo of Damico
4.27/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The aroma of berry funk with a hint of crust that smells delicious. The appearance is rich pinot wine color with a white head and tons of berry sediment floating on top. Flavors of sour funk berry lambic on a bubbly smooth body with tart smoothness to end.

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Photo of Sammy
3.93/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

An American lambic, and a new classic.SilverX's bottle. Grape coloured body with a great foamy pinkish head. Tart, a little acidic, funky. Great drinkability, aboe average mouthfeel as lots of real blackberry sediment in here, seeds in my glass. A power shake, lunch, a great bottle to share.

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Photo of AgentZero
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a very dark color, black/purple, bit of a pink head that faded to a tight ring, not a ton of stick left on the sides.

S - Some lactic sourness and rich and deep blackberry taste. Tart, smells very nice.

T - I really like this one quite a bit. It's tart and sweet, but a very deep blackberry taste comes in on the end. Not world class, but exceptionally enjoyable.

M - Bit of a dry finish, decent carbonation, medium-light bodied.

O - I actually liked this one a bit, blackberry flavor is good, and it's pleasant and easy to drink. Wouldn't mind another bottle or two.

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Photo of Sean9689
3.71/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle purchased at the release. Split with the fiancé.

A - Slight gusher. Pours dark purple Barney-color, light pink head, thick collar, and thin cap.

S - Not much a nose, really. Slight sour/tart notes, a touch of fruit, and some lacto.

T - Tastes slightly sour/tart but could really use more "umph". Nice fruity blackberries, lactic tartness, slight funk, oak, with a tart fruity finish.

M - Light, good carbonation, dry finish.

O - A solid refreshing lambic but needs more sour/tart notes. Very easy to drink but nothing Earth-shattering about this beer. Decent, but not the best work they've done.

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Photo of cetherid
3.68/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured into a tulip


Murky dark purple color with a fizzy, light pinkish head that dissipates rather quickly. Lots of yummy "floaties" in this beer that come to the head and cling to the glass. Shaking the glass around I can bring the head back up, but then it will start to die down.


A little funk to the nose, however seems like its more tart fruit than sour. Definitely a presence of dark berries and perhaps a little oak. The blackberries seem like they could be a little more ripe IMO. Definitely a nice aroma but the nose doesn't really explode out of the glass.


Sour/lactic qualities are there, more so than in the nose but still quite tart dominant. Blackberries taste fairly sweet, though not a Lindeman's sweetness. I think a bottle aged for a year would do it very well.


Medium bodied, great carbonation. Slightly prickly once it hits the mouth and finishing off a little dry.


Would be better if it was a little more bretty and had that barnyard funk to it. Currently tart fruit dominant in both the nose and taste. Might be drinking a tad too sweet right now but a little age would do it good.

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Photo of auroracrisis
3.73/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured form the 750 into a RR tulip, this is the latest batch. Gushed out as soon as I popped the cork...

Pours a deep purple with a quickly dissipating head. Small ring of white, some what purple tinted foam around the top of the beer. Lots of floaties in suspension in the liquid.

Aroma of tannins with some acidic quality to it. Oak and stale vanilla, with no real fruit quality to speak of.

The taste is where this beer shines. Awesome tart, natural blackberry flavors explode in your mouth and mesh well with that base lambic flavor that's a bit tannin forward. A little dry with no real funk to speak of, but that's about the only complaint I have here.

Mouthfeel is medium with low carbonation for the style. A little drying but still retains a bit of juicyness, most likely from the blackberry addition.

Overall, a good attempt at a traditional lambic but I feel like it was lacking in aroma and funk. But still, a good beer. I say drink it fresh because the fruit flavors are just going to fade, which are the focus of this beer.

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Photo of glazeman
3.96/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Port wine in color with a 2 finger pink head that has great retention and lacing. This one was a gusher out of the bottle

S: There’s a little bit of blackberry on the nose and a tiny bit of yeasty funk, but not all that much of either. A little bit of acidy too rounds out an underwhelming smell.

T: There’s a lot of sour blackberry in this beer, as you would expect. I think the guy’s at upland hit the nail on the head with the integration of the blackberry. The amount of sour is not quite to the level of being mouth-puckering but is definitely prominent.

M: Nice, light, and crisp. Perhaps bordering on being overcarbonated.

O: Excellent flavor with great incorporation of the blackberries.

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Photo of readbaron
4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a deep purple, merlot like color with plentiful pink foam. I put it in the freezer for a while and didn't have the explode problems that a lot of people report having. It's a little chunky towards the end - lots of blackberry sediment.

Smells good - a bit acetic with decent berry aroma. like a lot f sours, it reminds me of vitamin C.

Taste is great. Quite tart - you can definitely feel it in your glands. Blackberry is present as well. No funk to speak of. Berries and sourness only, but still excellent.

Mouthfeel is good. Nicely carbonated. Medium bodied.

Very good offering from uplands.

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Photo of henway
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer is a plum shade of purple with a pink head that disappears quickly, leaving very little lacing behind. The aroma brings a delightful funk and a almost reminiscent of blackberry pie. Taste is not what I expected compared to other Upland Lambics I've had. Its got a perfectly balanced fresh not ripe enough blackberry tartness. Not overly tart, slight sweetness. Just like a sour blackberry pie in liquid form. Mouth feel and finish are refreshing, light watery syrup.

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Photo of cosmicevan
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 92-90 10/11/10

Bottle exploded when opened, lost a good amount to the ground. Enough left for 4 sample pours with family on memorial day. Pretty huge bummer to lose about half the bottle, at least I opened it indoors. Beer was a pinkish purpleish reddish. Lots of head at first with almost berry look to it. Stinks like berry fruitpunch. Taste is much of the same but lots of tart to it, almost too much. Carbonation isn't overboard, but iy is a bit tart in the mouth. Thick and filling. Pretty annoyed anbout the guyser when I opened the bottle. Didn't blow me away, it is a good brew, probably would've like it a lot more if more than half didn't go to waste.

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Photo of zrab11
4.12/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a dark purple blue color with a nice big head on it

S- Has a nice blackberrie and vinegar smell to it

T- Has a nice sweet blackberrie taste upfront and then followed by a vinegary middle and finish's with a blackberrie tartness

M-Medium bodied with Great carbonation

D-Overall this was way more enjoyable than my first upland lambic. Managed to not spill 3/4 of this one down the drain. Has a nice blackberrie flavor to it but not to overpowering and not too sour. Really liked the little pieces of blackberry that were in the glass too.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.42/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by Thorpe429. Thanks Mike!

The beer is a pretty shade of purple with a small, pink head that disappears hastily, leaving virtually no lacing behind. The aroma brings a light funk and a gigantic helping of blackberry pie. Whoa! The taste follows suit. Tart blackberry pie, right here folks. Fantastic. The tartness is understated, and not dominating. No huge pucker in the finish. The beer is much more tart than sweet, however, with blackberries stealing the show.

I seem to like Upland fruit lambics more than the norm. I do not compare them to the amazing lambic breweries like Cantillon and Drie Fonteinen, but rather appreciate Upland's beers as delicious American fruit lambics modeled after the traditional Belgian greats mentioned above.

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Photo of mdfb79
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Thorpe429 for opening this one up; one of the Upland lambics I haven't had yet. Poured into a tulip.

a - Pours a deep dark purple color with an inch of light purple head and light carbonation evident.

s - Smells of tart blackberries, blackberry pie, sweet fruit, and vinegar.

t - Tastes of blackberry pie straight up. Tart blackberries and dark fruits dominate the taste. Really nice.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Light tartness in the taste.

o - Overall one of the better Upland lambics I've had so far. Like the overs not overly sour, but still very enjoyable. Would like to have again.

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Photo of BZero007
3.95/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled at the NOVA BA tasting #1, big thanks to the BA who brought it out for us!

Gushed from a 750 ml bottle in to a Boulevard brewing tasting glass. A light bubbly head formed pretty quickly and was gone just as quick. The aroma was interesting on this particular lambic as it was not bursting with to much funk. The funk was there mixed with the blackberry's which were in the background. I have been on a Lambic tasting spree and have to say I have thourghly enjoyed taste of the Cherry and Blackberry form this brewery. The acidic bite and flavor was there but extremly minimal for me as the funk and blackberry were in the front row. The blackbery and sourness were dull and mixed very well. The body of this brew did not destroy my mouth which I appreciated being at a tasting. I had early decided not to go through with a BA muleing for me on this release but will in the future.

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Photo of billab914
4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 760ml bottle into a tasting glass. It poured a deep purple color with a thin, pinkish white head clinging to the edges of the glass.

The aroma shows more of the tart, sour flavors to it with a little bit of an acidic bite. The blackberries are a little more reserved compared to the cherry version we just opened, but they are still pretty good. A moderate amount of funky flavors come out and mix with the fruity blackberries. Pretty nice aroma overall.

The taste starts out with some of the sharper, acidic and sour flavors. Midway I start to get a little of the blackberries coming out along with some of the more funky notes. Again the blackberries were more reserved compared to the cherry version, but were still noticeable.

The mouthfeel was on the thinner side with carbonation being high. Overall it was a pretty nice beer, but I didn't like it as much as the cherry version. It did show some nice, subtle fruit character while also having some bold sour and tart flavors to it though. Pretty nice beer overall.

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Photo of Rhettroactive
4.17/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From 750mL bottle to Boulevard tasting glass on 5/7/11
Sampled at the 1st NoVA BA Tasting Extravaganza
*From notes

WARNING: Like the other Upland brews we popped, this was a big-time gusher. We lost almost half the bottle into the sink, so please plan accordingly when you open this one!

A: Really attractive blueberry/pomegranate in color. A big head on this one, as I was able to catch some of the run-off after the epic gushfest. A sea of dark floaties make their way around the glass.

S: Fantastic - vinegar and blackberry jam overwhelm the nose. It's funky yet fresh. It finds great balance. I could smell this one all night.

T: Freshly picked blackberries on the fore, with mouth watering funk and lactic acid on the mid. The finish is rather tart, and makes the mouth pucker. Tasty stuff.

M: It's odd, as I found the mouthfeel on this one signifigantly better then on their cherry lambic. It's got a bit more substance and weight to it, and the oily nature of this beer isn't overwhelming.

O: Upland's Blackberry Lambic is winner - in fact I preferred it slightly to their Cherry Lambic. This is a delicious beer, and one I really hope to return to again. I would certainly recommend seeking this one out, as I plan on doing so myself.

*It should be noted that the BA who brought this to our tasting session contacted Upland's and told them of the two gushing bottles we opened on the 7th. After hearing our story, Upland's kindly offered to replace the bottles.

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Photo of cpmichael
4.24/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Stone RIS snifter. Bottled 10/11/10 Batch 42-09

A: first non-gusher of the Upland lambics that I have had. Pours a creamy purple. Little foam, but the foam that is there is a purplish-white. Beautiful looking beer.

S: Some barnyard funk, with blackberries, and a hint of vanilla. Not as aromatic as I would like.

T: funk right off bat, with mix of sour and sweet blackberries. Probably the most tart Upland lambic I have had to date. vanilla and oak round this beer out.

M/D: Not crazy carbonated like some of them, Very smooth and very drinkable. This is personally my favorite in the Lambic series, I think they are moving in the right direction with every batch. This is the first one that I am willing to buy multiple bottles of in the same batch.

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Photo of Verecund
4.02/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Batch 42-90, bottled on 10/2010. Opened on April 19, 2011.

Pours a neat palatinate purple with an almost artificial magenta hued head. The head settles to only the tiniest bit of film atop the glass.

Sweetened blackberry juice, a little bit of oak, and what can only be described as that Bloomington funk (hard to pinpoint, but it's earthy with a touch of mushroom; some band-aid).

Fantastic balance of blackberry tartness and sweetness, with a pleasant tannic finish. The dirty funk shows up less than in the nose, but presents itself on the mid- to late-palate. Some acetic and lactic acidity. Really showcases the tartness of the blackberry.

Medium bodied, sweet mid-palate with a growing dryness and tannic note on the finish. Nice tart, sweet, and acidific feel, in that order. The feel is perfectly "blackberry" in nature and reminds me of picking them in my friend's backyard growing up.

Pretty darn good if you like blackberries. It really feels wild in a way suitable for berry-based American wilds - from the tart/sweet blackberry to the earthy, dirty funk. A nice showing.

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Photo of craytonic
4.07/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2011 Batch

Appearance: A bit muddy and murky, very purple body with a touch of amber, large purple head. Was a bit of a gusher.

Smell: Fresh blackberries, sugar, oak, balsamic vinegar

Taste: Fresh tart blackberries, oak, balsamic vinegar, vanilla, light funk. The typical upland yeast that drives me crazy is almost covered up in this one

Mouthfeel: Medium body, appropriately aggressive carbonation

Overall: This is probably the best upland I have tried, either blackberry is their best offering or they are improving with each batch - it could be some of both.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to kstrickler for opening up a bottle of this at the Jackie O's One Funky Afternoon event. With this pour, I completed the Upland Lambic series. Served in my SAVOR snifter.

The pour is absolutely beautiful with a great bright, deep purple color. Really gorgeous. Pink-hued head is light and bubbly, sticking around for a bit. The nose brings forward plenty of blackberry character along with a little bit of funk and light acidity. The taste is along the same lines and reminds me of the Blueberry Lambic in that regard. It's currently really fruit-forward, but I don't like the berry flavor as much in this one. On the other hand, it does have some funk and acidity. There is really a lot of fruit in this right now and I think it has the makings of a really nice beer, it just needs some time to develop. Body is light with good carbonation. A solid brew and I'm looking forward to seeing how it ages.

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Photo of weatherdog
3.64/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle poured into a tulip glass. Bottled on 10/11/10

The pour is a rich deep cloudy crimson purple. A lavender purple head forms on the top and sticks around a long time. Minimal lacing. This beer is just looks great and enticing.

The aroma has some funky earthy brett notes, the fruit comes through then in medium intensity with a sharp acidity. A minimal diasetyl aroma.

The first thing that I taste is the sharp acidity that then transitions into a very earthy dirty brett funk. The fruit is medium low in taste but lends a bit of persieved sweetness in the middle. It finishes with a sharp acid bite.

Mouthfeel is medium sweetness in the middle and really drys out for the finish. Carbonation is a bit strong, prickly even. I'd prefer it with a tad less carbonation, it just adds to the acidity.

Overall this is a decent beer and middle of the road in terms of upland lambics. I find Upland lambics very hit or miss but applaud the experimentation of the different fruits.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
4.34/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

1st batch received from Bobby91w a long while ago and shared with the Boise peeps at a recent tasting... Cool trade Bobby!!

Pours a deep hazed orange with a nice reddish hue... thin white head.. not much in the way of retention or lacing.

Nose is way better than we were expecting... Lemony and pretty damn funky with berry fruitiness if you concentrate... lactic funk is dominating...

Blackberries are so very subtle... and you have to try to really enjoy the goodness.. fermented out berry fruitiness and a good base of lambic funk... the tartness combines great with tannic berry seeds...

Light side of medium for sure... a bit spritzy and still with a surprising body..

Overall, I dig everything about this brew, but for a blackberry brew, I would like to see more fruit essence.

Cool trade with Bobby91w.. Nice amigo.. hit me up again once you get out of the warzone.


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Photo of womencantsail
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Anwar for this one. Shared at the Bruery 2nd Anniversary yesterday.

A: The pour is a slightly cloudy orange/red/pink color with a fluffy off-white foam on top.

S: A nice tart aroma with plenty of oak and lactic acidity. Notes of lemon and blackberry/fruit skins, though not a ton of blackberry fruit notes.

T: Like the nose, the blackberry fruit flavor is not terribly intense. However, there is a bit of berry character to it and some nice tannic fruit skin qualities. A lemon acidity and some further dryness due to the oak.

M: The body is on the lighter end of medium with a really tingly carbonation and a dry and slightly puckering finish.

D: A really easy to drink sour beer and quite nice all around. I wish I could have had this one fresher to get the full effect of the fruit, but still quite nice.

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Photo of HopHead84
4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4


Thanks Javier! The beer is hazy peach orange. The nose displays a prominent level of oak with a subtle buttery quality and moderate lactic notes. Blackberry flesh and lightly tart skins are easily distinguishable. Tannins are light.

The flavor opens lightly tart with blackberry skins and a strong wood quality. It's lactic and tannic with a low acidity and a nice fruit presence. The mouthfeel is dry and lightly tannic. I was pleasantly surprised by this.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Beer is reddish in color and hazy. Forms a white head that really thin and leaves lacing all over the glass. Carbonation is moderate to low.

Aroma is sour with a slight berry component.

Drinkability is moderate and mouthfeel is good. Carbonation is throughout the mouth carrying the sour to tart. Overall the beer is OK, I'd be interested in trying other lambics from the this brewery.

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Blackberry from Upland Brewing Company
4.12 out of 5 based on 439 ratings.
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