Blackberry Lambic | Upland Brewing Company

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Blackberry LambicBlackberry Lambic
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Upland Brewing Company
Indiana, United States | website

Style: Lambic - Fruit

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by JamesS on 10-14-2007

BEER STATS
Reviews:
107
Ratings:
425
Avg:
4.13
pDev:
17.68%
 
 
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Photo of dar482
4.09/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

The beer comes in a bright reddish pink.

The aroma is hugely lactic and sour of berries, lemon juice. A bit of funk.

The flavor at first is almost undrinkable. Literally like biting into a lemon or an under ripe berry. Imagine that initial flavor of a berry Warhead candy. Including me, other people’s faces twisted from the tartness. Moving on, there’s a tinge of sweetness and the berry flavors come out more. Bright effervescent mouthfeel.

Great flavors, but the tartness is overpowering.

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

750mL corked and caged bottle poured into a stemmed glass. Bottled 10/4/10. Batch 42-90.

(A)- Pours a deep and rich colored plum purple color. Produced a nice cap of pink foam that dissipated quickly.

(S)- An awesome combination of funky lactic oak and juicy acidic blackberry fruit.

(T)- Similar to the smell. A nice burst of acidic ripe blackberry fruit. Bits of a funky lactic aspect. Finishes dry and oaky.

(M)- A nice carbonation level. A great balance too; not overly acidic or sour, yet showcases the blackberry fruit very well at the same time. Mildly funky and oaky.

(D)- Easily my favorite of the Uplands I have had thus far. Sour, yet a nice fruit profile too. This bottle did not last long at all!

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.31/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: purple to light blue colored beer with a whitish colored head. You can see small chunks of the fruit in this beer. That makes me happy.

Smell: lots of funk, vinegar, and some berry notes.

Taste: Very funky and acidic upfront, but as you sip it the funky taste blends in with all the other flavors. Then the beer starts to get a fruity taste to it. The blackberries are there, no doubt. Its a tasty sour beer for sure.

Mouthfeel: Thin and lively beer. Light bodied beer with moderate levels of carbonation. Vinegar and acidic notes all over the place.

Overall: Trying more and more sours lately. Upland is really awesome! I enjoy this sour beer because its a great blend of sour funkiness and fruity flavors. I have tried this beer on 2 seperate occasions and continue to enjoy it. Upland does a top notch job on this beer style for sure!

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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 Stevedore
3.96/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750ml bottle from the 8/2013 release, batch 8-10. Poured into a Hill Farmstead stemmed glass today, 3/11/2014.

App- Pours a hazy copper-brown body, less than one finger white head that dissipates quickly into a thin film, no collar. No lacing.

Smell- Blackberry tartness and a ton of lactic yogurt scent. And smells stomach-churningly sour, though not as sour as the Kiwi Lambic. Promising, but not overly so. Not a lot of funk.

Flavour- This is stomach-ulcer-level sour. 8, maybe 9/10 in terms of vinegar sourness here. No funk to be found, a nice blackberry tartness that doesn't come close to cutting the acid here.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied, creamy and nicely carbonated feel on this. Very dry and sour, with an acidic & dry finish. My intestines are disintegrating despite the use of Tums immediately after drinking this beer.

Overall- It's good, but not great. And its only good if you like sourness to overpower the fruit and funk that should be present in spades in any lambic. This is the last Upland sour I'm going after, and I really can't recommend trying more than a few- Sour Reserve is the only one I'd recommend going for, really.

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Photo of claspada
4.27/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle dated 10/11/2010. Slight gusher, glad I had a glass ready.

Pours a hazy dark pinkish-purple color with a white, pink tinted spritzy, fizzy head.

Aromas of rustic blackberries mixed with some, acidic and funky, musty notes that emerge more and more as it warms.

The tastes begin with sweet/fruity, yet earthy dark blackberry with ever-growing amounts of sour tart flavors. Oak, earthy funk and acidic flavors also join the party and continue to grow and begin to overpower the dark fruity berry sweetness.

The mouthfeel has a medium-thin body with medium to high champagne-esque carbonation. Finish is slightly tart and acidic.

Overall a very good lambic but by no means the best from Upland or anywhere close to the best Berry fruited one. Upland seems to do a much better job with their lighter fruited lambics than the darker berried ones from my experience.

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Photo of Rutager
3.55/5  rDev -14%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 8-7-13.

Pours peachy orange with the slightest blue tint, thin white head. Acetic nose, funky wooden barrel, sour dark berries. Acidic, acetic, fucking sour on the tongue. Some light wood and blackberry, very sour berry mostly. I think my tooth enamel has taken a hit here.

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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 xnicknj
4.17/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

750mL bottle poured into Cascade snifter

Uh oh - it's a gusher! Not too bad though, as I opened this with 3 other people so I was able to avoid losing much by quickly pouring into tasters. Frothy, purple pour with haziness and a creamy head. Slowly fades out into a collar of film with little lacing.

The familiar Upland biting sourness shines right through, highlighted by blackberry and acidic fruit sweetness. Funky yeast, wet straw and toasted oak.

Strong sour presence right on the tip of your tongue, tempered by jammy berries with the blackberry riding the front of the wave. Funky yeast with straw and red wine. There's an acidity present perhaps from the fruit, as the sourness works its way to the back of your gums. Finishes dry and tart.

Lighter medium body, higher carbonation, bubbly and dry on the tongue. Another fruit lambic hit from Upland - I've yet to find one I didn't enjoy.

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Photo of rlee1390
4.24/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Highly carbonated, Ruby/purple in the glass. Pink while pouring.

S-Blackberries, oak, funk, vinegar, grass.

T-Fruity blackberries, mild tartness, tad bit of oak. Nicely balanced. Not overly sweet like some fruited lambics.

M-Light very bubbly, dry in the finish.

O-More tart than sour, the blackberries are perfect; they provide great flavor without making the beer too sweet.

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Photo of BMMillsy
4.67/5  rDev +13.1%

Bottled 5/15/14 from trade, poured on 11/30/14. Pours beautiful deep reddish purple with a pink fizzy head in my Cantillon glass. Awesome aroma of big lush blackberry, lots of vinegar and funk, oak, sour. Flavor is big fruity blackberries, sharp sourness, some vinegar notes, oak, dry but not super dry, definite jamminess here. Light to medium bodied, spritzy carbonation, juicy berries yet dry finish. Whoah. This is really excellent. Have heard it is overly sour but I'm not getting that at all. This is just right and on par with some of the best sours I've had, including fruited Cantillon.

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Photo of cosmicevan
4/5  rDev -3.1%
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 thagr81us
4.07/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this one during the 'We Want The Funk!' tasting that was graciously hosted by beermeX2! Big thanks goes out to beermeX2 for sharing this one with the group! A gusher! Served from bottle into a Mikkeller flute. Poured ruby red with a half finger pinkish head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, blackberry, slight sour, and slight tart. The flavor was of sweet malt, blackberry, bitter blackberry seeds, and slight sour. It had a light feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. The aroma on this one was quite good to say the least. The flavor really only had one flaw in that the blackberry seed flavor was very apparent throughout and left a bitter taste on your palate after each sip. While it wasn't bad, it was still not pleasurable. Definitely worth trying given the chance.

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Photo of AgentZero
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
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 scottfrie
4.29/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 10/11/2010. Sampled alongside the other seven fruit lambics.

Gusher bottle bomb.
A: Pours a murky dark purple color with a fair amount of chunks with a thin light pink film of a head.
S: Tart smelling with light hints of blackberry and citrus.
T: Citrus rind, lemon, and blackberry. Fresh blackberry fruit in the aftertaste with citrus rind and orange zest up front. Lemon comes back in the aftertaste.
M: Medium-full body, chewy mouthfeel, fuzzy carbonation, low acid bite, clean and delicious.
O: A tough flavor to impart but this was delicious. Probably best not to age this one as long as I think it would have been much better when the fruit was brighter.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.86/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip. Thanks again to my Upland guy Rempo. Bottled 10/11/2010, Batch 42-09.

2.5 A: Uplands lambics usually aren't that visually appealing, but this one is easily the worst. Opaque plum color. This was a category one gusher, so little was lost (and fortunately little was gained with regard to my clothes). Anyway, the initial three fingers of frothy head quickly fell to half a finger. Blackberry particules were abundant on the glass and in this last half finger of head. To be more descriptive, it looks like blackberry puree is hovering over the beer itself.

4.0 S: Ahh, blackberry. Unsurprisingly, this is full of it. Tart, but little in terms of real sourness. Only a touch of tangy lactic acid and nearly no acetic. The funk is a bit more apparent though. Hay and horsey, with a touch of wild apple. Pleasant, but a little less robust than I'd like.

4.0 T: Taste is much of what I would expect based on the nose. Lots of blackberry - moderately tart, but not acetic. Mild lactic fruitiness. Horse blanket and wild apple are abundant. Oak finally appears and just a touch of vanilla. Mild tannic astringency on finish.

3.5 M: Medium body. The carbonation level is fine, but I'd prefer a bit more spritz to it. Reasonably creamy and quite smooth for what it is.

4.0 D: Another solid addition to the lambic lineup. Good overall, but it doesn't stand out in any area. Interesting note: I change some of the scores after my second glass. For whatever reason, the second glass was much better.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.99/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From BeerAdvocate Magazine #83 (Dec 2013):

While some may not agree with the use of “Lambic” in the name, this beer does hit most of the style benchmarks, though age is what it needs more of. Perhaps a year or two in the bottle, or enjoy it now if you’re looking for a pucker smackdown.

STYLE: Fruit Lambic
ABV: 0.0%
AVAILABILITY: Rotating

LOOK: Light fizz, thin lacing, hazed pale rose

SMELL: Tart blackberries, mineral, earthy, wood, sourness, faint spice, medicinal, leather

TASTE: Intense sour character, light body, cutting crispness, tart berries, yeast, earthy, dried grass, warming, thick woodiness, faint broth, mild barnyard, phenolic, very dry finish

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Photo of woosterbill
4.18/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle from the spring 2015 lottery, poured into a Gandhi Bot tulip.

A: Clear, deep ruby body under a half inch of fine pink froth. Decent retention and light lace. Gorgeous.

S: Sharp lactic sourness dominates, with some lemon, blackberry, and oak in the background. Straightforward and intense, but not as balanced as it could be.

T: Opens with pure, almost overwhelming sourness - tasty but rather simplistic. The finish, though, combines a delightful berry richness with just a touch of oaky vanilla. Long, tart aftertaste. Not well integrated, but the finish is well worth the price of admission.

M: Light, lively carbonation alongside tongue-curling acidity. Intense.

O: Really enjoyable, although it was almost sad to think how amazing this would have been if the delicious complexity of the finish were the dominant flavor instead of an afterthought.

Cheers!

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Photo of FosterJM
4.32/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

678th Review on BA
Bottle to Flute
750 ML

App- I've seen a pink beer, a green beer, a yellow beer. Now it's purples turn. A nice darker purple with some highlights throughout. A nice small cap of foam on top. Little cling, little lace.

Smell- Its spritzy, bright, lactic and fruit forward. A nice smelling beer. A change of pace with the blackberries.

Taste- Taste follows the nose and its very vibrant, subdued, balanced and nicely tart. Not over the top like having a lambic be sweet tarts in beer. Nice change of pace as mentioned above to try something new with a fruit I havent had.

Mouth- Medium bodied and almost thin bodied. A bit of a high carb with lots of dancing bubbles.

Drink- Another beer I was very glad to try at CF#6. This was nice new taste and well balanced between sweet and tart. I would love to try more of the varieties.

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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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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 MacQ32
4.6/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - pours a murky pink peach color, decent off white head, great retention a lacing compared to the strawberry and kiwi variants.

S - vinigar, sweet tart flavors, reminiscent of blackberry. Best nose of the three.

T - tons of sour vinegar but still lots of sweet blackberries. Fantastic

M - medium/light bodied, fairly drinkable on carb. Fairly smooth

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Photo of Sean9689
3.71/5  rDev -10.2%
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 homebrew311
4.31/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Sampled at a tasting recently, reviewed from notes.

Pours a reddish clear with white ring of head. Smell is straight vinegar and acid with notes of berry mixed in. Pungent notes of earth and berry are present along side the sourness. The taste is enamel removing sour with dashes of berry which seem to add to the overall acidic notes. Mouthfeel is highly carbonated with and effervescent feel. Overall, this is one fine sour. It lacks the restraint and the delicate showing that VSB so excellently does, but it does deliver in the face puckering sour department.

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Photo of ehammond1
4.45/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Bottle (2012)

Acquired via trade
Thanks, MeisterSmudge!

(Aged for 1+ year)

A pretty dark pink, ruby, and violet. Very small ring of near-white bubbles atop. Head fades quickly and leaves the glass clean on the way down. Appropriate, and a very pretty color.

Really nice combination of funk and lactic sour character in the aroma. There's not a lot of earth or runk in the aroma, but the fruit and sour character are expressive and appealing enough where it's not really missed. There's a bit of oak, but the star is the fruit. Juicy, smashed blackberry/skin is nice.

As with the aroma, this is a wonderful combination of delicious, vibrant, expressive fruit, oak, and sharp lactic sour character. Clean, discernible flavors. Perhaps my favorite of the Upland Lambic series. This is delicious.

Medium bodied with medium-high carbonation.

Fantastic. One of my absolute favorite American sours. Terrific.

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Blackberry Lambic from Upland Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 107 ratings.
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