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Blackberry | Upland Brewing Company

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Blackberry Blackberry
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445 Ratings
Blackberry Blackberry
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Upland Brewing Company
Indiana, United States
uplandbeer.com

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,130
Reviews:
108
Ratings:
445
pDev:
8.27%
Bros Score:
3.99
 
 
Wants:
477
Gots:
114
Trade:
16
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Ratings: 445 |  Reviews: 108
Photo of Rhettroactive
4.17/5  rDev -1.4%
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 sweemzander
4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
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 KAF
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of beergorrilla
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of mltobin
3.61/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of petermethot
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jschott75
4.17/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of HopHead84
4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

1/30/2010

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 greenspointexas
4.16/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ADTaber
4/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of stereosforgeeks
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.31/5  rDev +1.9%
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 kscaldef
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of DefenCorps
3.62/5  rDev -14.4%
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 Axnjxn
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of DeadeyeOTDO
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of iL0VEbeer
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of iRun2Beer
4.26/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of costanzo_mike
4.27/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of whatname
3.9/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Dactrius
4.07/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of teamwiggum
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cosmicevan
4/5  rDev -5.4%
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 Gotti311
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of BMMillsy
4.67/5  rDev +10.4%

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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Blackberry from Upland Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.23 out of 5 with 445 ratings
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