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Blackberry Lambic | Upland Brewing Company

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Blackberry LambicBlackberry Lambic

Brewed by:
Upland Brewing Company
Indiana, United States

Style: Lambic - Fruit

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by JamesS on 10-14-2007

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Photo of slaintemhor
3.53/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had never tried an American made blackberry lambic until this one. The colour was an amber-orange with little head. The aroma was highly acetic with some general berry fragrance. On the palate, there was a burst of bubbles, a quick shot of blackberry, then vinegar. The finish was rather quick.

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Photo of chinabeergeek
4.07/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

upland blackberry

don't remember who traded this to me. (hrking? sprinkle?) if you know for sure, please feel free to tell me and i will edit.

750ml brown bottle. no date. tasted in late may 2009. poured into tulip.

semi-clear on first pours, much hazier upon the second and after. pomegranate juice color, slightly orangey, rubyish w hint of brown. 1.5-finger off-white head, fizzy, stays around for about 30 seconds, then quickly reduces to wispy thin layer, somewhat replenished by my duvel tulip's laser etching. a couple thin rings of lace. the dregs in the bottle are a nearly PITCH BLACK SLUDGE, however - POUR CAREFULLY!

aroma: footy funk and farmhouse mustiness, with fresh and (almost over)ripe blackberry, plus fruity cider vinegar, woody oak and hay.

taste: sharp acidity upfront, accentuated by crisp carbonation. fruity w blackberry, raspberry, and... sour asian plum? funky foot and barn notes w oak and hay. touch of leafy hop? faint bitterness as complement to acidity, which itself backs off quickly in the middle to a gentler sourness, then faintly lingers into a semi-dry finish w tart fruit hint.

light to medium body, but very sharp w acidity and almost overactive carbonation - almost bracing, but w crisp refreshing quality as well.

some of the characteristics are a bit ambiguous and muddled, but it's still relatively complex overall, and the best attempt at a sour that i've tried from upland.

NOTE: the scores for aroma and taste should both be about 4.20, but i felt this was the best way to balance them.

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Photo of gmcfarre
3.78/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle poured into Caracole tulip glass

A - Pours a translucent ruby amber color with a smallish 1/2 inch pinkish-white head. Lacing is very nice as it leaves a plethora of arches on the glass as it falls.

S - Very tart cider-like scent with slight hints of blackberry (not nearly as strong as I expected). Some mild horse blanket scent, but the tartness dominates.

T - Begins with a very tart, mouth-puckering flavor that is slightly sweet. A bit of blackberry goodness comes through mid-palate, but its definitely not the focus here. A slight cider/vinegar flavor appears near the finish, but its not a distraction. Finish is still tart with no bitterness.

M - Moderate carbonation that feels higher because of the tartness. Mouth puckering in a very nice way, with some residual sweetness on the tongue at the finish.

D - Not as complex or even fruity as I expected, but its not a bad lambic. I certainly didn't want anything lindeman's-esque, but some more blackberry flavor and aroma would have been nice. Hopefully Upland will keep improving this one over the next couple years till they really nail it. ABV seems low and very manageable, although the tartness can be a bit much after more than a glass of this beer.

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Photo of koopa
4.14/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle received in trade thanks!

Appearance: Somewhere btw coer, pink, red, and orange lies the color of the body! Murky body with little to no head or lacing.

Smell: Nice sharp acidic note over lots of horseblanket musty goodness.

Taste: Tart up front, opening up to reveal the blackberry, then a wave of acidic sharpness takes over and leaves behind a great finish!

Mouthfeel: On the light side of medium bodied and fairly effervescent.

Drinkability: Low abv and quite tasty, but acidic and tart so it depends on how much you like lambics. If you do, seek this one out!

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours out a slightly hazed, amber-purple body with a small-sized, bubbly, white head.

Smell: Aroma of sourish, tart blackberries sprinkled with table sugar, woody, spicy oak barrels, and a few small wafts of pungent lactic acid.

Taste: Hasty taste of sweet sugars yield to tart, lightly fruity blackberries and lesser hints of damp hay and mustiness. Fairly restrained lactic sourness throughout. A touch of mustiness at this point, but it's certainly no filthy, dilapidated barnyard. Easygoing, smooth oak barrel character with a touch of vanilla butter. Final taste of lightly tart berries on the smooth, damned near creamy, but still dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-plus carbonation. Surprisingly creamy mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Okay, okay, so maybe it's not the most authentic, true-to-style fruit lambic out there, but, come on, it's very tasty, very drinkable, and really, who wouldn't take this over a Chapeau lambic any day of the week?

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Photo of thirdeye11
4.02/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to bobby91w and sprinkle for saving me this bottle for purchase at Crown Liquors #19 in Carmel, IN.

Presentation: Poured from corked and capped 750ml wine style bottle into 2 Duvel tulips.

A: This beer pours an opaque dark pink color with a nice 1 finger head that goes away quickly. No lacing on the glass to really speak of or bubbles. Color is beautiful though. Like a dark pink grapefruit or strawberry juice.

S: Absolutely awesome. Initially some funk like a wet blanket that subcedes as it warms. Sour vinegar notes, some fruit juices and tartness which is highly desireable for the style. One of the better smelling lambics I've had the pleasure to smell.

T: Taste is strikingly dissimilar from the nose in certain ways, and very similar in others. There is no funk really to speak of here, but sour strawberry is the predominant flavor. I don't detect blackberry as the label would suggest, but there is a LOT of tartness here which is awesome. Well balanced with the sweetness, some vinegar that isn't acidic, and deliciousness all around.

M: A little undercarbonated as I drink it more, but it's nice at first. Lacking some creaminess that would go well with this style. A little bit thin on the weight of the beer too, but I can't knock it down too much. It's good for the style overall.

D: Due to the tartness it is a sipper for me, but I think my wife would rate it a 5.0. She downed her glass in about 15 minutes which was half the 750ml bottle. I like letting it sit around and wait to pick up the nuances as it warms and I'm rewarded by doing so. This is really nice as it warms up.

A fantastic lambic style beer that doesn't seem to resemble blackberries in the least to me. Strawberry is what I'd believe if you told me. Since I love strawberries this is great. If you're looking for sweetness forget this beer. If you like sour then this is amazing. Reminds me of sour patch kids, balanced with a vinegar sour and sweetness, but no flavor overpowers any other except maybe the sour. Highly recommended for any beer or wine drinker or someone you're looking to convert to sours.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.6/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

So I think this might be the last one in the lineup for me, I had held onto this one till the end as I heard it was easily the best of the bunch. Served chilled down to cellar temp and poured into a snifter, this one was consumed on 05/27/2009.
The pour was brilliant. Nice light pink in color, like the inside of a plum with a big, fizzy, light head on top that hung around forever, finally some signs of life! Lots of carbonation was evident throughout the session with a nice and hazy appearance to it overall. Rich blackberry like aroma, fruity for a change with not soo much riding on the sour and tart side of it. Light sweetness as it warmed and the fruit flavor was just ridiculously rich and bright. Biting sour notes come across the tongue almost instantly, refreshing, clean and crisp as the subtle and strikingly sweet flavor of berries then roll out across the palate and really give a miraculous show. Smooth, seductive and easily session able, this was one enjoyable Lambics.
Overall I am floored. After being underwhelmed by the entire series here, this one was a sure winner. Finally some semblance of the fruit flavor was left, and it was brilliant. I think I really enjoy the style more fresh as the Cantillon I had last week would be evidence of. If I were to recommend anything from the series this one is it.

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Photo of tpd975
3.58/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to my brother for picking this one up for me.

A: Pours a cloudy orangish amber color. The first pour of the tasting was clear but the rest quickly turned cloudy from sediment. Light bubbly fizz, with no lace.

S: Lots of sour in the aroma. Seedy dark fruit, with hints of crushed sweet tarts.

T: Both tart and sour in this one. Not alot of fruit. Hints of dark berries but mostly just sweet tarts.

M: Light and Fizzy... almost refreshing. No carbonation issues here.

D: Not really. Have not been real impressed with the Upland sours. They need to bring more fruit to the bottle on the next go around.

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4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Just the smell of the cork previews the lovely tartness to come. Three fingers of biscuity light tan head sits on a murky apple cider brown body that is cloudy from the yeast sediment. Nose is tart and sharply acidic almost making you pucker. The wet yeast is there with apple skin and white vinegar. The vinegar comes through slightly at first on the front of the tongue. A layer of barnyard funk lays on the mouth like a blanket. The sour feel is nice, consistent and well balanced throughout, but you really hunt for the fruit to come through. Yeasty on the finish with a bit of thickness that comes through. Well done lambic and nicely drinkable.

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Photo of drseamus
4.79/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Cloudy red and very carbonated.

S: Good funky sour aroma. It is definitely filled with blackberries.

T: Great sour funk initially but falls short of where I think it should be. That said, it is great.

M: I would like it to be a bit funkier but it is good. Not quite enough gland ass-kicking.

D: Damn good. Could be more sour for sure but a great start.

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Photo of ATLbeerDog
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a simply beautiful copper/red color with almost no head whatsoever. Smells mostly Brett with the funk eating and eliminating almost all of the blackberries. First sip is all Brett that perfectly compliments what is left of the sweetness. This is what sours are all about. It puckers the lips to perfection and feels simply wonderful on the tongue. Tartness rules!

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Photo of seaoflament
4.05/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to my buddy Michael (SPLITGRIN) for trading me this bottle.

I shared this bottle at La Bella Pizza tonight along with Joey and Danny.

No "pop" when we removed the cork but the beer was a nice, transparent, light copper color with some rose edges. About an inch of foam amassed and presented very good retention.

The first aroma I got was of leathery funk (brett). When I got my glass I took a deep breath and got some cheese, acidity, lemons, and seltzer water. After that is was pretty much all ripe blackberries, green apples, and some herbal qualities. Very nice aroma.

First sip reminded me of sweet-tart candies, fruity pez, chalky, blackberries, and a slight vinegar finish. Then I tasted some acidic strawberries, soft berry and flowery flavors in the back. Slightly tart but not sour. Didn't get much barrel flavor but would like to revisit that as I might have overlooked that.

I think that the best aspect of this beer was the mouth-feel, very good carbonation level, really soft carbonation. Semi-dry finish with some sweetness in the middle.

I'd say this beer is a very decent, American made, representation of the style, and I can see this one aging well for some time.

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Photo of aerozeppl
4.37/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to drseamus for sharing this.

A: Hazy copper color with some white head.

S: Really nice funky nose. Tons of lacto and brett. A little bit of horse thrown in for good measure. Really nice.

T: A nice sharp tartness. I now always compared tartness to Russian River beers. This fell short of that but was very tart. The blackberries are there and added a nice real fruit taste. Nothing worse than fake fruit in a lambic.

M: Light body. Prickly carbonation.

D: All day. I think this is my first real American lambic. I must say I was impressed by this beer. Hopefully more will be made. The one thing I do not get is how this bottle costs the same as those imported from Europe. Great beer though.

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Photo of brdc
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks photekut for his kindness sending me this great brew.
Large capped and corked bottle, opened last night, a loud pop when opening.

Pouring into a small Lambic glass, this somewhat hazy beer is light orange, bubbly with a nice purplish head that holds very well.
The aroma is quite tart, and berry notes are just faint. Oakiness, mild fruitiness, acidic notes. Funky notes eventually come to the front as it warms.
Quite light and easy/refreshing to drink, it shows a remarkable fruity sourness, mild berry flavors that are not pungent and blend well, acidity, some oaky notes in the background. The funkiness is quite obvious, and I believe this to be related to a bit more aging compared to other reviews.
I was quite surprised by this one, a very pleasant, well done brew if not totally convincing for a lambic. The blackberries, which I was affraid would turn this into a sweet juice like beer, only provide a mild touch that blends very well.
I think this is quite good right now, and is well worth it.
Might improve as it clearly has compared to other reviews.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.13/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Dave for sharing a bottle of this brew for New Beer Sunday.

A - Opaque, beautiful looking coloration, with elements of brown, orange, and red. One finger of quick-dissolving foam with nice residual lacing.

S - Funk, sour fruits (apple/cherry), wood (oak) - the blackberry flavor is very understated in the aroma. Really intense smell in general - leaps out of the glass.

T - There's more tangy blackberry flavor in the taste, particularly at the back of the palate. Great balance of sweetness, funk, and sour fruit.

M - Crisp, dry, tingly carbonation. Watery & light. When we got to the bottle it became much gritter (yeast? sediment? fruit!?) which was kind of unusual.

D - It was easy for us to polish off a 750ml bottle of this one. Not too carbonated, sour, or strong (no real alcohol taste at all) which contributed to its session nature.

This was a nice treat - good to see the US producing quality lambics (even if they're challenging to procure). I totally want to try out the other flavors now!

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Photo of mdm46410
3.92/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml corked bottle and served in a tumbler. This beer poured a clear, red-tinged orange hue with a one-finger thin head of off-white foam that slightly lasted. A small amount of slippery lacing was left around the glass. The aroma included sweetened berries, wet hay, oak, and a faint sourness. The flavor was also lightly sour, and fruity sweet. Just enough acidity to cut through the sweetness. A hint of oak and clean wheat are also present. The mouthfeel was medium-bodied and had moderate carbonation. Crisp and aggressive on the tongue. This was by far the best carbonation out of all the Upland lambics I have tried. All in all, another solid beer. Not the funkiest, or most interesting lambic, but still enjoyable.

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.62/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Chris split this bottle with me on day one of our epic tasting. Thanks, dogg

A: Clear reddish copper with a choppy white head that recedes to nothingness rather quickly. Steady stream of carbonation, though.

S: Acetic and blackberries. Not very much lambic-like in that there's almost no funk, no earthiness, no barnyard. There is a little bit way in the back but this is predominantly acetic.

T: Opens up with a strong acetic character and sharp acidity before the fruit flavor kicks in, giving the palate an extra dimension. Dries up on the finish, leaving almost no flavor

M: Enjoyably light in body with great carbonation but the acidity and the lack of flavor on the finish does hurt this a bit

D: Enjoyable in small amounts, the acidity is a bit more than I'd like.

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Photo of largadeer
3.26/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750ml from bakerslp. Thanks.

Appearance: Hazy raspberry red in color, short lived head, crackles to a ring leaving minor stickage.

Smell: Acetic aroma with a pleasant undercurrent of berries. Low funkiness. Smells more like a Flanders red ale to me due to the high level of acetobacter.

Taste & mouthfeel: Up front berry flavor, light on the sourness but not sweet either. Balsamic vinegar flavors are pretty prevalent, and I could see the acetic acid doing some bad things to the stomach if large quantities of this were consumed. Fairly simple and straightforward on the whole, very light on the funk and a bit too heavy on the acetic acid. The finish is semi-dry, leaving a trace of berry-like sweetness on the back of the tongue.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.68/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle, it bubbled through the cork when I pried off the cap. nice orange-red-pinkish color. Nice fruity, funky, sour smell, butter? The flavor is quite interesting, some fruitiness a hint of sour but barely and a strange buttery flavor. Carbonation is fine and this is easy to drink but this isn't as good as the strawberry or cherry upland lambics.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I believe I got these in trade with Travisd13, but I may be wrong- I lost my notes on this one. In any case, I love lambics and for that matter blackberries and I'm very interested in trying this. Pours a reddish brown, maybe even with a splash of purple somewhere in the depths, or is that my imagination? Capped and corked bottle opens with a pop and there is plenty off carbonation but no spewing and the head is slight. Somewhat murky with sediment, and there is a lot of yeasty gunk in the bottom of the bottle. Smells nicly sour with just the barest hint of sweetness, a bit of briney creaminesss, and some acidic blackberry aromas. No real funk, but clean, tart, and nice. The taste has more blackberry up front and a lingering sourness, and more of that creamy salinity that adds a savor to the whole package, but still no real funk. It drops away a bit after the initial hit of sour and becomes more tart and fizzy than sour. The blacberry is restrained, but more noticeable than in the aroma. Quite fizzy and fairly soft in the mouth but with a nice lingering tartness. I like this quite a bit, but I'd like to see it again in a few years and see what it's done.

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Photo of sleazo
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A_The 750ml bottle started hissing as soon as the cap was removed but before the cork was taken out. The liquid itself is a very cloudy reddish brown and it supports a pink hued bubbly head. Retention and lacing are both strong.

S_The aroma is fairly tart with a mixture of lemon and red wine vingear. There is a nice background note of generic berry which I would not place as blackberry if I didn't know it.

T_A milder than expected liquid greets the palate at first sip. A nice mixture of sweet and sour. Initally sour with lemon and vinegar flavours it rounds out as mildly sweet as the blackberry comes into the picture. The aftertaste leaves hints of vanilla, light oak and some trace minerals.

M_Velvety liquid with a mild soft carbonation.

D_An interesting take on the style. Fairly well balanced in its sour and sweet tones it also manages to be fairly nuanced as well. It lacks the funk of some of the great Belgian examples though which I would like. The overall prodcut however is quite tasty and is perhaps a different animal all together

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Photo of tmoneyba
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle sample at Crown #19 tasting.

Poured hazy reddish blue color with an average fizzy white head that lasted with fair lacing. Good tart blueberry & woody aroma. Medium body with tingly texture and flat carbonation. Moderate sour&sweet fruity flavor with a solid tart fruit and small alcohol bite finish of moderate to long duration.

Very good beer.

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Photo of Overlord
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to UncleJedi for the trade!

Pours a light reddish brown. Uber long lasting white foam head/crust. Smells like vinegar, faintly of berries (this isn't an uber-berried beer by any means), and oak, and ... I don't know, earth?

Taste is pretty much right on point. Berries come through slightly stronger in flavor, but this is mostly a tart, vinegary, earthy, oaky beer. Enjoyed it quite a bit. Mouthfeel is lively and well carbonated.

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Photo of hopdog
3.87/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

750ml bottle shared thanks to Ughsmash!

Poured a medium and cloudy orangish / amber color with an averaged sized, pinkish tinged, head. Aromas of blackberries, some funkiness, wood, other berries, and musty. Tastes of blackberries, vanilla, funk, wood, and musty. Light tart finish. This one grew on me the more I drank it.

Notes from and tasted on 7/21/08

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Photo of Crosling
3.87/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not the best appearance on these lambics. Bright orange color and the heads of these lambics never take on any of the color from the fruit. Sour blackberry aromaFlavor has a nice balance of mostly sweet, but also sour elements. Pie-like, with notes of vanilla, cream, as well as some fairly authentic blackberry notes. Really nice ale.

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Blackberry Lambic from Upland Brewing Company
4.13 out of 5 based on 429 ratings.
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