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Strawberry Lambic | Upland Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
4.04/5
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390 Ratings
Strawberry LambicStrawberry Lambic
BEER INFO

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

Style: Lambic - Fruit

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by merlin48 on 10-29-2007

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#3,357
Reviews:
112
Ratings:
390
pDev:
10.64%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
205
Gots:
84
Trade:
13
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Ratings: 390 |  Reviews: 112
Photo of Sweffin
4.46/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of MasterSki
3.77/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 9/23/10. Served in a flute while failing at Oscar prognostication.

A - Wow, this one was a ridiculous gusher. Took about three glasses to catch all the foam. Quick-dissolving white foam settles to a thin ring and not much else. Murky orange body with tons of visible fast-moving bubbles.

S - Wow, this is super funky, with a hefty dose of slightly rotten strawberry flavor. Musky, sweaty, with perhaps a hint of diaper and sulfur.

T - Taste isn't quite as good, with more lactic acidity, wet oak, and carbonic acid. Not as much strawberry presence as in the aroma - more of the base 'lambic'.

M - Moderate carbonation, even after all those bubbles erupted from the bottle. Medium body, super dry and oaky, with lots of residual candy texture.

D - This is pretty solid, but it's one of my least favorite Upland lambics along with Blueberry. and Peach There's more strawberry than I was expecting based on some of the other reviews but it kinds of lacks in complexity.

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Photo of Gonzoillini
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of Gobzilla
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of drabmuh
3.58/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Paulaner Munchen stein because it was suppose to be a gusher, it was not, beer is amber with a big head that falls quickly, hazy, head doesn't leave lacing and the carbonation is high.

The brett character in the nose is higher in this beer than in the other beers. Some fruit in the nose, a mild acetic note and some lactic in the nose.

Very dry, very oak and funky in the finish. The Brett b in the finish is super strong, it's mildly sweet with some fruit in the front, mild strawberry flavor. Overall decent but really strong.

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Photo of beernads
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of ShanePB
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of brandoman63
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of Derek
4.06/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Hazy, cloudy, dirty straw; very little head, retention or lacing.

S: Huge tart funkiness, very acidic, hints of strawberries & pineapple. Sometimes I'm not fond of the sour funk, so the aroma had me worried.

T: Surprisingly light acidity and not much funk at all. Strawberry cotton candy and tropical pineapple dominate the flavour.

M: Light to moderate body, some acidity, good carbonation.

D: Quite drinkable.

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Photo of dar482
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of Davepoolesque
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of Stevedore
4.12/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml of the recent 2013 release of Strawberry, generously opened up by Brian to finish off our night. Poured into a snifter today, 1/24/2014.

App- Pours similar to Sour Reserve- hazy yellow-orange body, with flecks of strawberry pureé on the glass. This was the third initial pour so there is a good bit of cloudy sediment. Not much lacing, Ok retention with a less than 1 finger white head.

Smell- Fresh strawberries mixed in with a good bit of acidity. Not faint but not overwhelming. Really delicious nose, acidity does not overwhelm the delicate strawberry. A little Upland funk (i.e. quite restrained).

Flavour- Strawberries, a little bit of oak, cheesiness. Starts out with a nice fresh strawberry flavour that becomes tart, transitioning into a full on sour. 6/10 acidity. A nice enjoyable transition of flavours that is actually quite juicy, but overall not the most complex.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied, well carbonated, a bit thicker than most lambics but not overly so, nice dryness on the backend with some strawberry fruit lingering.

Overall- Very nice fruit lambic; being the first I've tried from them it's quite delicious and I'd love to try more of Upland's lambics.

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Photo of BARFLYB
4.09/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle split with Oglmcdgl, thanks for opening this one. Caged & corked bottle with some quality control issues with the cork.

A- Upland SL has a mix of burnt orange and amber not really resembling a strawberry. A steady pour produced a faint cap of loosely constructed bubbles with an off white look. Not much lacing at all, just some looose thin lines.

S- The smell was my favorite part of this beer. It has some strawberry with a backdrop of vanilla. Some tartness but nothing I would call funky. Some light wheat/yeast and a bit of an acidic scent towards the end.

T- The taste does not live up to the smell, but I find that common with most American brewed lambics. The strawberies are the focus but some other berry flavors come to mind. Getting some light candi sweetness as well with some cane sugar taste. The wheat/yeast round this one out with some oak on the tounge. Not funky but damn sure tasty.

M- I got a light body from this but with further sips I would say a small step up from light bodied. Cant help to get some acidity from this style so I was expecting that. A bit high on the carbonation which hinders the smoothness of this, nothing that I cant handle.

D- This is a great lambic and I would have no problem polishing off a bottle to the head. Not the most complex but good enough for an american version. Not very funky and finishes a bit dry. I can see this going great with many food additions plus being a hit with the ladies.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4.06/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2008 Release; Sampled December 2008
Served at about 60°F / 15°C, the beer pours with a frothy, fairly quickly disappearing, initially one finger thick head into my large Tripel Karmeliet tulip. The beer has a murky, gold tinged, amber color to it that shows a fairly hazy, honey gold color when held up to the light. The aroma has an up front, signature Brettanomyces note to it, but finishes with a soft, yet distinct, strawberry aroma. A light tartness permeates the aroma, but musky, sweaty, cured leather notes, barnyard mustiness, plastic-like yet spicy phenolics; this really has quite a bit of funky fermentation character to it in the nose, definitely an enjoyable smell. A lactic sourness, along with some esters creates aromas of grapefruit with perhaps a touch of Meyer lemon. The strawberry ends up being pretty subtle, it was most noticeable during the first smell of the aroma, but does peak through just a touch during some other draughts of the aroma.

The tasted is tart up front, but actually has quite a bit of strawberry flavor to it that adds an almost sweetness to this beer. The strawberry, while not strong, definitely plays a much bigger role in the flavor than it did in the aroma. That characteristic strawberry character plays a role from the beginning through to the end of each sip. I think this does still have some fruit sweetness to it, it is just enough to be noticed over the soft, lactic tartness and it is this that seems to boost the strawberry flavors just a bit more. Pretty light bodied, though it does have some body to it that almost seems a product of a lactic viscousness and perhaps a touch of tannins. Speaking of tannins, the oak character here was unnoticed by me until I thought of the tannins; the oak does play a role here, not only by providing some tannic structure and bite, but also with a touch of spicy oak in the finish and perhaps a hint of butterscotch. This has a light, but persistent carbonation to it that really helps add to the character of this beer (flat fruit Lambics just don't do it for me).

My second pour had quite a bit of sediment mixed in by the carbonation as it sat in the bottle. This adds a touch of a yeasty bite to the flavor and a raw, yeasted dough not to the aroma, both of which are not a major player, but contribute to the overall effect of both the nose and flavor. The funkiness of the aroma is much reduced in the flavor (the tartness is much more noticeable in the flavor), but there are some light notes of phenolics, some cotton mouthed mustiness and just a hint of musk. The strawberry character is much more enjoyable than I expected it to be. I am not a big strawberry person, but it definitely adds a nice touch here, especially since it has a fairly soft influence overall.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.8/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Received this one as part of an amazing trade with Bobby91w a long while back. This is the first batch... Shared with the Boise peeps a weekend or so back.

Pours sorta muddy orange with a thin white head.

Nose shows descent brett funk muddled with fresh strawberry essence.... ehhh... pretty good...

Flavor shows some depth.... brett with hints of oak and maybe vanilla ... the strawberry is lite yet adds alot of complexity... more sour than I remember the first bottle I cracked shortly after the trade.... tart... needs more carbonation for the lite/medium body.

This is the 2nd bottle of the Strawberry that I opened over the years and this is significantly better in my mind's palate... yet, there is still quite a bit of room for improvement... but this is a big step in the right direction.

Big Props to Bobby for the trade and his Service.... Stay safe.

3.5/3.5/4/3.5/4

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Photo of fredmugs
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

Photo of sweemzander
4.04/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750mL corked and caged bottle poured into a stemmed glass. Bottled on 09/23/10. Batch 42-09. Thanks Kyle for picking this up!

(A)- Slow gusher. Pours a cloudy golden orange/pink color. Produced a nice effervescent white head that dissipated quickly to bubbles.

(S)- A really nice dry oaky lactic strawberry fruit acidity. Some barnyard funk in there. Not a ton of fruit, but it is still there. Very nice lactic bits.

(T)- Woah, this. . is. . sour. A large puckered lactic acidity up front on this. Very subtle tart strawberry fruit. Lots of dry oaky funk on the finish as it warms.

(M)- A nice carbonation level. Very sour and acidic, though that actually starts to subside as it warms. Fruit has mostly fallen off, but the oak sure shines through now.

(D)- Definitely the most sour of the Uplands I have had so far. Fruit has been quick to disappear, but this sure has already matured into a rather nice sour/oaky example.

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Photo of KAF
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of Kelp
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of mltobin
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of jbaker67
4.24/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

pours an opaque cloudy orange with a small white head. Aroma brings out loads of strawberries, acidity, and moderate funk. Flavor brings out shitloads of strawberry, like a puree or jam, with moderate acidity, and low funk. Huge strawberry jammy notes, without much funk, but without a decent amount of acidity.

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Photo of jschott75
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of weeare138
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to axilla for this...
Appears a hazy light gold with a small white head with small streaks of lacing left around the glass.
Smell is of strawberries, wheat, horsey funk, and sweat.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with tart lemons, and berries standing out.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, prickly, with hay, and barnyard funk standing out to the dry finish.

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Photo of PEIhop
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of ADTaber
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Strawberry Lambic from Upland Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.04 out of 5 with 390 ratings
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