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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 zrab11
4.12/5  rDev -0.2%
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 craytonic
4.07/5  rDev -1.5%
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 JohnnyHopps
3.77/5  rDev -8.7%
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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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 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 Jonada
3.87/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

750 ml bottled November 2014. Poured into a Cantillon lambic glass

Appearance: Pours a dark reddish purple color with less than a finger of a fizzy head that dissipates instantly. Body is extremely hazy, and barely translucent.

Smell: Lactic sourness, hay, funk, lemon, red berry and mild oak.

Taste: Wow that's sour. Intense mouth puckering sourness is what's immediately noticeable. Sourness fades slightly in the finish and allows flavors of hay, lacto, oak, red grape and red berry to come through, but man is this sour.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with medium lively carbonation. Dry and very acidic finish.

Overall: Could stand to be less sour, as it overwhelms a lot of the other flavors. Would've also have liked to have more fruit character, but overall it's a good beer. Definitely not for someone new to sour styles though.

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Photo of IMFletcher
4.05/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Was crazy excited after the pour, which was beautiful, thinking the color suggested some serious fruit flavors, but they're just not forward enough. It's a very good lambic with a hint of blackberry.

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

Bottle poured into a GI tulip. Part of NWI tasting group New Years Day.

A - Total gusher that gushed for a good 90 seconds. It was the color of a blackberry and it was hazy. It actually had the consistency and look of orange juice with the color of a blackberry. Small layer of foam on the side of the glass

S - Tart blackberries, oak, balsamic vinegar, lemon peel and a slight Brett funk make up the nose

T - Tart white and balsamic vinegar, lemon and slight oak. The finish is very dry and tart to the point that makes you almost want to pucker up and get a drink of water. Overall, the blackberries don't really stand out much or make much of a presence as the vinegar takes over.

MF - Light and effervescent with lots of carbonation. Finish is dry from the lemon tartness and a light oak presence remains on the tongue

O - Solid lambic that is more tart and vinegary than fruity. This is a good one but nothing great. However, definitely worth a try if you can get ahold of one. I do wish it was a bit fruiter instead of so much overpowering vinegar since it's a fruit lambic

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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 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 Tommo
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

How this isnt higher rate is beyond me. Incredible nose, really great fruit flavor that is still strong after months of aging, wonderful extreme tartness. This is like blackberry atrial rubicite

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Photo of auroracrisis
3.73/5  rDev -9.7%
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 EliotRosewater
4.18/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A- pinkish red with orangeish hue. Looks like fruit punch. Minimal head and lacing.

S - tangy lactic sourness upfront. Barnyard and hay funkiness. Some sour/unripe berries.

T - the fruit seems to be tempered nicely with the sourness. Almost like eating a bowl of tart Greek yogurt with up ripened berries. The blackberry flavor is apparent, but more of generic berry flavor. More funkiness.

M - very nice aftertaste. Somewhere between sweet and dry with a nice residual fruitiness. Nice carbonation.

O - this is the perfect level of sourness/tartness for my tastes. Not nearly as sour as the kiwi but just enough. The blackberry isn't overly distinguishable but it's clear that this is a fruited sour. Very nice.

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Photo of readbaron
4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
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 glazeman
3.96/5  rDev -4.1%
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 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 dleigh
4.22/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Absolutely beautiful purple color. Translucent. Fantastic. Smell is vinegary and funky. Taste is extra sour and vinegary. Not very much fruit or much other than sour. Very nice fizzy feel. This is a great beer to drink sitting on a patio when it's hot out.

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Photo of weatherdog
3.64/5  rDev -11.9%
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 cetherid
3.68/5  rDev -10.9%
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 Verecund
4.02/5  rDev -2.7%
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 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 BZero007
3.95/5  rDev -4.4%
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 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 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 cpmichael
4.24/5  rDev +2.7%
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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Blackberry Lambic from Upland Brewing Company
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