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 ehammond1
4.45/5  rDev +8%
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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Photo of koopa
4.14/5  rDev +0.5%
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 thecheapies
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Upland Blackberry Lambic, bottled 03/18/12. Batch #71-09. Serving this beer in Duchesse goblets.

Pours a hazed mulberry color with a cusp of white sparkling foam. It became a ring almost instantly. The color is pretty.

Smells of real blackberries and blackberry skins. Has a semi-soft cheese-like funk to it, like a berry-laden Stilon. It's woody, but the oak is rather mild compared to other fruit lambics' barrel presence. Sourness is present, but subdued, in the nose. Great vinous character, to note.

Blackberry, black currant, funky cheese, light pepper, horse blanket, and a hint of lime. Great opening salvo of fruit tartness followed by a funky and cheesy middle that carries into the finish with an amplification of spicy sourness. Not bursting with complexity, just... good.

The burn from the sourness is light on the throat, and picks up in the stomach. Mouthfeel, however, is good. Light and refreshing with a great knock-on-the-door of sourness. Spritzy carbonation is almost spicy. With this appealing feel, this is becoming a rather rounded-out great beer.

Even though it's not as flavorfully complex as many of the standard Belgian examples, Upland still does better than a stand-up job with this beer. Excellent representation of the fruit and the funk, and with a commanding tartness that never goes over-the-top. Cheers!

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.83/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Claaark (Sean) for this one. Shared with capra12 and schen9303 at an Upland tasting. Poured from a corked and caged bottle (batch 42-09, bottled 10/11/10) into a Darkness snifter. Paired with the fruit.

Beer pours a .5 finger, powdery pink-purple hard with moderate retention. Color is a cloudy, deep purple. Patchy lace with good cling. Stunning color pushes this one above average.

Nose is sweet blackberry with a slightly plastic and rubber background. Brett and wet hay funk mildly present. Appetizing and appropriate but not overly aromatic.

Opens sweet blackberry, tart middle. Puckering fruit. Brett, band-aid, and hay towards the end. Dry finish with a tart aftertaste. Fruit prominent throughout. Very simple but robust.

Light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth and silky in the mouth. Dry going down with a tart finish and a slightly lingering aftertaste. Pretty standard.

The fruit is very prominent in this Upland offering and although simple, it packs a big, flavorful punch. A solid and very unique take on the lambic style.

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Photo of Floydster
3.68/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750 ml corked and capped bottle acquired in a trade with sprinkle, thanks for the opportunity, 2008 vintage, split with a friend last night, poured into my Rubicon snifter

A-Color is a mix between bright pink and orange, there is also some purple tint to it, 1 3/4 inch creamy white head that lasts forever, great retention, awesome lacing
S-Blackberries although I did not smell them until later on, vinegar, oak, mild vanilla, sour aromas, little bit of funk but not much, gets more fruity as it warms and I swirl the glass
T-The amount of berry in the taste was a lot stronger than I thought it would be, the fruit that is usually quite subtle and just kind of there really enhances the tartiness in this brew, the fruit character is ripe and mixes well with the sugar, starts off tart, some berries in the middle, more tart in the finish, almost vinegary when it was served chilled, actually liked it more when it warmed though and the blackberry became both sweet and sour and full in the aftertaste, can only imagine how much better this will get with age but it is also really good now
M-Tarty, fruity, somewhat dry, and crisp mouthfeel, tons of carbonation that makes it more along the lines of sparkling wine, medium bodied, taste lingers nicely because of the tart
D-Could have drank this bottle and then another one probably, not sure of the ABV but it seems low, light on the stomach, so easy to drink, went well with our cheese and crackers, smmoth and inviting

This was the first of the Upland lambics I have tried, it was pretty darn good and quite tart already for being so young, I originally expected a much sweeter and fruitier beer but was pleasantly surprised, first blackberry lambic I can remember having too, hope to drink again in upcoming years, recommended

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Photo of Overlord
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
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 Crosling
3.87/5  rDev -6.1%
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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Photo of PHBoiler
3.87/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Really lovely pink/magenta color with lots of white head/bubbles. The smell jumped out of the bottle immediately. It was a yogurt/funk mix that was pretty overpowering. The taste was described as sour patch kid meets shock tart. Not a lactic sour like the nose led you to believe. It is an intense puckering sour that isn't for folks who get indigestion. The mouthfeel was very effervescent and quite nice. Overall, I want more fruit flavor for the price point and the hunt. The extreme tartness mellowed a bit as the day went on, but it just wasn't a top notch sour for me.

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4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
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 JamesS
3.8/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Not as colorful as most lambics I've tried, this still has a nice copper belgian ale appearance, with a nice hit of carbonation. Smells good, like a nice belgian ale, but again, not as fruity as I expected. Nice taste, a great mix of ale with a nice hit of blackberry, with a bit of cask aging. Goes down nice and smooth, with a bit of pop from the carbonation. This seems more like a blackberry wine in a lot of aspects, such as taste and smell, but is worth it if you can find it. An excellent lambic that felt like a cross between a fruit champagne and ale (in a good sense). It's only out for a short time, so get it while you can, but be prepared for the rubbery cork to be a bit of a pain.

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

A 750ml bottle. Thanks to mymrnngjckt for sharing. Uncapped and poured into my snifter. The lambic appears a hazed deep crimson amber color with about a finger of off white foam. Nose and flavors consist of tart blackberries, a bit acidic, oak, some funk, light vinegar, musty, hay. Decent medium body with adequate carbonation and a dry, tart finish. Pretty nice.

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Photo of BarrytheBear
3.7/5  rDev -10.2%

Split amongst family to celebrate the birth of my sister's first child. Nice blackberry notes but, like previous Uplandic experiences, the vinegar and sour serve to minimize rather than compliment the fruit.

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Photo of jegross2
4.02/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewing the 2010 vintage of Blackberry Lambic from Upland Brewing Company out of Bloomington, Indiana.

Score: 91

Brewed 04/02/09 and bottled 10/11/10. Served in an Upland snifter glass (proper glasware!) and enjoyed on 07/03/13.

Appearance: This bottle was an absolutely volcanic gusher, and we lost nearly a quarter of the bottle. Blackberry color with tons of floaty fruit chunks. I enjoy pulpy juice, so why not pulpy beer? Thin layer of persistent head. Excellent lacing and retention. 4.25/5

Smell: Jammy blackberries, lactoey yogurt, hint of fruity yeast. Not very complex. 4/5

Taste: More blackberry flavor and substantially less lactoey yogurt on the palate. Averagely tart; nowhere near as tart as either Kiwi Lambic or Raspberry Lambic. Jammy flavors and Belgian-y qualities (fruitness and yeast, primarily) towards the finish. What tartness there is is best described as "zesty" and layers. As this brew warms up, more yogurt flavor comes through. I was honestly hoping for more tartness and more blackberry, but this is still tasty. 4/5

Mouthfeel: Light-medium bodied, average tartness. Good carbonation for style/profile. 4/5

Overall: Having had Kiwi Lambic and Raspberry Lambic previously, I found Blackberry Lambic massively disappointing in relative terms, but tasty in absolute terms. I wish there was much more tartness and less lactoey yogurt. The Belgian style base was much more prominent than I was expecting

Cost: $20 for a 750 ml bottle.

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Photo of aerozeppl
4.37/5  rDev +6.1%
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 JoEBoBpr
4.12/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tasting glass.

Pours a datk copper color with a nice hazy amber hues.

Aroma of tart fruits start things off with some nice vinegar undertones as well. Slightly sweet berries are present. There is some nice yeasty esters in the nose as well. Slightly chalky.

Flavor starts off with some nice tartness. Slightly vinegary and acidic but equally balanced by some nice fruit tartness. Berries and fruit sweetness is slightly perceived as well. The tartness is nice and dry and there is a nice oaky note to it. The tartness is tempered slightly by some nice fruity yeast esters that give it a slight phenolic flavor as well as some nice chalky notes. Mouthfeel is nice and dry. Light and refreshing with good crisp and sharp carbonation.

Finally got to try one of the highly regarded Upland lambics. Definitely worth seeking out. This was an older vintage (2006) and there was still so much more development that could occur. Great lambic.

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Photo of jmarsh123
4.24/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark purple with some reddish hue with a small layer of pink foam and some lacing.

Tart berry and vinegar are the predominant smells. Maybe a bit of bretty funk too. Smells more sour than most Upland lambics.

Taste is also a little more sour than I'm used to from the fruit lambics. Very tart blackberries that tastes almost jammy along with some vinegar and bretty funk. Very tart and puckering.

Medium bodied with good carbonation. This one didn't gush on me at all. Very dry tart finish.

Definitely one of the better fruited lambics. I put it only behind Kiwi. Slightly better when fresh. Although a lot of that jammy goodness was still here, vinegar has started to take over a bit more now. I loved the sourness in the flavor although drinkability is a bit low. I was reaching for the tums after splitting a bottle as my stomach was not agreeing with my taste buds about the deliciousness of this.

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Photo of beerwolf77
4.62/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from the latest release.

Dark purple with a decent amount of lavender head. Full on black berries. Good amount of tart lactic sour. Flavor is delicious. Sweet and sour black berries. Just a touch of funk. Lively carbonation. I absolutely loved this beer. It was a turning point for the Upland lambic series in my eyes. One of there best efforts.

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Photo of kingcrowing
3.42/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml corked and caged bottle and it was a gusher.

Pours a dark purple with lots of chunks of blackberry in it, a small white and purple head. Nose is super bland and tame.

Taste is all berries and tart but its well balanced and very drinkable. Mouhfewl is really creamy and mellow. With a crisp fruity finish.

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Murky burgundy color, a blue-cast red, with greater clarity early in the pour. The head is white at the top but casts pink near the bottom. It fades away quickly.

S - Barnyard and sourness. A sour acetone note is present but mild.

T - Bright sour fruit, a strong initial sourness fades slowly into straight juiciness, like biting into a fresh blackberry that is a bit under-ripe.

M - Very sour, with a bit of puckering. Bright carbonation.

O - The best U.S. lambic I've had, with great fruit and present but not overwhelming funkiness, and sourness that is robust without being punishing.

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Photo of brdc
4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
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 tmoneyba
4/5  rDev -2.9%
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 wellsnb
4.26/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This might be the tartest (most acidic) beer I've ever had. Typical Upland sour. My wife and I split the bottle. As we got to the bottom of the bottle it felt like our mouths were blistering.

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Photo of younger35
4.41/5  rDev +7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Received one of each of the Upland Lambics from the ever generous TheodorHerzl. This will be the first one of these I'll try for the next couple months. Drank from my Ithaca Excelsior tulip. Make sure to have a wine opener as well, the rubber cork is a pain.

Appearance- Pours a light bluish pinkish orange with a beautiful two finger head that is white and creamy and airy. It never really recedes leaving a thick cap and collar with LOADS of lacing. Great looking beer.
Smell- Not as funky as some other Lambics I've smelled but there is still a bit of horse hair and must. The blackberries are prevalent but if I didn't know this was a blackberry I'd just guess any ol' berry. Some slight vanilla tones from the barrels but not as woody as I was expecting (for me this is good). Really vinegary as well, really got my mouth watering.
Taste- Whew! The Brett has done its job on this one! Very dry and acidic with a vinegary twang that dominates. Nothing in balance here. The sourness is surprisingly not too much though, it's what I've been wanting. The fruit is kind of just an afterthought at first but once it warms the blackberries open up a bit. Slightly tart under all that sour I don't really know where the Brett begins and the blackberries end. The aftertaste is my favorite part though. The sour slowly fades to a soft vanillin oakiness that lingers for days! Aftertaste reminds me of Red Poppy.
Mouthfeel- Light and crisp with aggressive carbonation that adds that fantastically dry Champaign kick.
Drinkability- I've been super excited to try these for about the last couple months and I wasn't let down in the least! The first couple drinks are pretty intense but as you acclimate yourself it's terribly drinkable. Cool to know that such great Belgian Style sours are being created right here in the heart of America (take that Cali!). Big thanks again to Matt for his generosity!

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Photo of chinabeergeek
4.07/5  rDev -1.2%
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 JohnnyHopps
3.77/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The lambic was sampled at Winterfest 2013 in Indianapolis on 1/26/2013. Props to Upland for bringing several lambics.

Poured into the sampler glass from the bottle, the beer was a ruby reddish hue with a nice tinted white head. The aroma smelled of sour fruits with a variety of berry notes observable. In the initial taste, one notes this is incredibly sour. While I was able to enjoy it, I almost thought it was too sour. As it moves to the aftertaste, it becomes progressively more tart and acidic. I had difficulty appreciating blackberries, since I believe them to be sweeter than they are here. The aftertaste further displays quite a bit of natural seedy blackberry flavor. It is easy to tell his is made with real berries.

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Blackberry from Upland Brewing Company
4.12 out of 5 based on 437 ratings.
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