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Strawberry Lambic | Upland Brewing Company

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Strawberry LambicStrawberry 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 merlin48 on 10-29-2007

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Photo of PHBoiler
4.73/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a hazy pink/reddish blonde with some offwhite head. The body looks just like a strawberry. Beautiful hue. This beer smells like fresh picked strawberries. The nose jumps out of the glass with some tartness but loads of fruit. The "$6 of strawberries per bottle" pays off. This beer tastes like fresh picked strawberries that are slightly unripe. Great tartness is completely in balance with the fruit and they play well together. Worthy of a second glass at an event with other great sours. Highly recommend this beer. I can't speak to the other batches, but the current batch is fantastic.

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3/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle opens and apple cider tan foam starts to slowly crawl out of the top of the bottle. Pours into the glass with a two finger head that fades quickly leaving a skim with some yeasty chunks. Body is very murky orange and once again resembles fresh apple cider. Nose has a nice bit of sweet tartness, green apple and pixy sticks. With first sip I realize quickly that this beer was better fresher. The sour feel is a bit muted and the yeast is big and thick and carries with it a bit of a medicinal feel. There may be some oxidization going on here. Definitely a musty mouthfeel. Drinkability on this one is relatively poor. This bottle is not the norm.

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Photo of portia99
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle received in trade with mistakebythelake. Thanks! Poured into a Bruery tulip.

A - Bottle opened as a gusher that sprayed across my kitchen counter...approximately half of the bottle was rescued through some quick pouring action...pours a cloudy and yeasted filled pale golden orange color. A thin white head forms and leaves behind lots of foamy lacing over the surface of the glass.

S - This is as barnyardy a beer as I've ever encountered. Horse manure aromas are over the top...feel like I was deposited in a barn. Super funky and very pungent...feel like I'm about to pass out from the aroma. Underneath the funk, there is a sweetness and tart strawberries and some wet hay - all of these are secondary to the funk.

T - Tart, very funky, mild fruity strawberry flavors...lots of lactice sourness.

M - Thin, tart and puckering with a a very high carbonation level.

D - Taste is way better than the aroma (too much funk - never thought I'd be able to say that!). I could easily have more of this. Too bad the bottle was such a gusher - a little disappointing

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Photo of JamesS
4.07/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a very fizzy pale yellow with a lot of carbonation and head (near champagne). Good scent, hints of strawberry with a nice sour aroma. Good taste, nice and sour, not overly malty or hoppy, good traces of strawberry, I just wish there was more fruit in both the taste and the aroma. Goes down fine, if a little rough from the carbonation.

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Photo of rye726
4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My first Upland sour! Thanks Mike!

Pours a hazy cedar with shades of orange. Thin beige head.

Nose has sour citrus fruits, oak, barnyard funk, sweet candy malts and oak. Very nice.

Taste is a nice balance of strawberry, tart fruits and woody funk. Would have liked a little more sourness, but still a nice beer.

Clean body drink well, but a bit thin in the finish.

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Photo of CrellMoset
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle courtesy of Bankhead, split five ways at the C'ville Throwdown #3 - thanks! Poured in to a tulip. 2009 vintage.

Appearance: I got the dregs on this one, and it's a doozy - thick, yeasty, almost like peach or mango juice, sort of a nice orangey, slightly-pinkishly hued. Maybe ruby red grapefruit juice? Yes, that's it - ruby red grapefruit juice, a nice garnet salmon, absolutely opaque, with no hint of head, surface lacing, side lacing, bubble collar .... anything. The only hint of anything completely faded inside 5 seconds of the pour, a thick, fizzy, bubbling mass of head that disappeared far more quickly than it came (it seems).

Aroma: Very mild on the nose ... until you agitate. Tons of funk, with hints of cat urine and generic light fruit notes - perhaps they're strawberry-esque, but they also hint at peach, mango, unripe pear, and sour apple. A few nice honey-golden, slightly cinnamony bready notes compliment the fruity funky notes well, as do hints of freshly baked bread. Sort of like a strawberry creamsicle at some points.

Taste: Very nice and easy-going. Not terribly flavorful - just sort of a generic honey-golden base beer, with hints of cracker, biscuit, and honey, under a very mild amount of acidity and funk and a slight array of fruityness. It's not terribly funky - only a kiss of barnyard, a kiss (plus) of acidity - and the fruityness is fairly neutral, which I imagine is not a process issue, and is really mostly the result of the use of strawberries, which don't seem like the best fruit to lend to a lambic. That being said, I do definitely get strawberry out of this beer, along with those aforementioned light notes - peach, mainly.

Mouthfeel: Slow, light, still, and thick at the very finish with the addition of that yeast kick - almost like a milkshake. I imagine that's partially the bottom of the bottle (the thickness), but the low amount of carbonation is not unusual for the style, mellow, mild, and drinkable.

Drinkability: Strawberry doesn't seem like it's the best beer to infuse a lambic with - it's almost neutrally fruity, when you're using the actual fruit, and I imagine you have to use a lot of strawberries to actually get an effective "strawberry"-esque note out of the fruit. And, that being said, a lot of these notes weren't strawberry-esque - the yeast (in conjunction with generic fructose, I imagine) contributes lots of other stone fruits. But it was drinkable, low in abv%, and fairly bright and refreshing, even though that's partially the result of a neutral profile. Worth trying, though not a favorite.

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Photo of alleykatking
3.39/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Split this 750ml caged and corked bottle with Lukafer. This thing put out a 12 foot gushing fountain once it was opened. Thanks a lot Upland!

A- Pours a hazy dirty orange color. No head on this bad boy. No lacing at all on the sides of the glass. Looks pretty lifeless to me after it shot out like a fountain. Buzzkill!

S- This one was very vinegary smelling in the front of the aroma. I mean it actually tingled my nose! There was a faint hint of strawberry when my nose was stuck to the glass. I let the glass get away from my nose and this strawberry seemed to get stronger but not by much. More of a fresh strawberry aroma and not so much processed. There was some light bready malt in the very back but this got covered quickly by that damn vinegar like aroma which just started to get annoying after a little while and I'm one who really likes lambics!

T- Very acidic vinegar taste in the front of this with a hint of musty strawberry. The middle of this has the vinegar sourness die down and lets the strawberry come out a little more along with some more of the bready malt backbone. This is starting to taste nicer until the vinegar comes through one last time blanketing the strawberry almost completely. The ending on this beer has a little sugary like sweetness that I found not really out of place but it didn't quite fit fully.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation was lacking as a whole with this beer. There was a vinegar like flavor with hints of strawberry left on the palate. Aftertaste is medium sourness and sugary light strawberry. There is medium drying on the palate. Flavors were blended to the best they could I suppose. Clean might be the most clear word here but no real off flavors that I could tell.

D- This beer was good but like the Peach Lambic was just a vinegar bomb. I didn't mind it but it started to take its toll on my palate mid beer. Upland I think messed up the newest release of this beer and I kind of feel ripped off for the $20 plus tax that this beer cost me to drink.

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Photo of AleWatcher
3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This gal is a squirter.
Popped open and fizzed up with a splurging, bubbling, sprawling white foam.

Got this from Backfat and shared it with Oreo, DrewBa, and the soon-to-be-a-first-time-dad: khazadhum!

The beer is peach colored. Slight rose hint. Big white head. No lacing... Strong retention.

The beer is a bit overcarbonated, but it isn't bad.

As far as strawberry... If I wasn't TOLD this was strawberry, I wouldn't know. The strawberry can be easily overlooked. Some nice lactic notes are sour and tart. Little sweetness up front. This beer needs more fruit. The funkiness is nice.

This beer is ok. It is tasty and easy drinking. Is this worth the pricetag? Probably not. Was it fun to try? Yeah.

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Photo of Phelps
3.94/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle shared by the lovely whiterascal into a tulip. Been wanting to try an Upland lambic for a while, so this is a special treat.

Upland makes eight styles of fruited sour ale, and this here’s the strawberry, hopped with 3 year old Hallertauer and aged in white oak casks for over a year until the brewery decides it’s time to toss in whole strawberries from Huber's Orchard in Starlight, Indiana. The beer then ages several more months in the barrel before it’s bottled.

Gusher! Tons of foam escapes, but we do our best to salvage what we can and pour it into our glasses. The liquid we salvage is a milky pineapple yellow, filled with creamy yeast (gushing will do that). An off-white head sits atop the brew for a few seconds and fizzles away after that, leaving behind a simple thin ring.

Super funky nose imparts hay and horse blanket aromas. Light hints of sweet strawberry and wheat bread. Subtly tart, but balanced by a soft, fruity sweetness.

The flavor is similar: very, very funky, with added hints of fusel alcohol, maybe like WD40. It’s crazy tart, with similar funky hay notes and only a bit of strawberry. For a beer billing itself as a strawberry lambic, there isn’t much of the fruit here.

The carbonation seems to have been lost in the eruption — this is pretty flat. The body, however, is a silky medium that’s quite nice.

Overall: funky! A tasty lambic that would be improved if the brewers stepped up the strawberry involvement.

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Photo of SaCkErZ9
3.47/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml corked and capped bottle into a snifter. Eberges Hazy and dark golden in color. A very thin and wispy head dissapears with great rapidity into nothing. No lacing. Doesnt really look like beer at all; more like orange tea or something.

Aroma is sour and funky with no hint of strawberry. Sour and tart is about all that is in this one, which is about right for a lambic. Although, since this one is aged with strawberries and in oak barrels, I get neither of those.

Very tart and mouth puckering. Slightly sweet but bitter and salty as well. More funkiness. Lemon rind and some strawberry.

Not bad I guess. However, at $16 a bottle, there are much better examples of lambics, with or without strawberries. Based on reviews, this one let me down pretty hard.

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Photo of Cresant
3.46/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a champagne flute. 750 mL brown bottle, caged and corked. Dated 9-23-10, batch 42-09. This beer gushed like I’ve never seen a beer erupt before! It had been gently resting in the refrigerator before discharging a dark foamy mess on the counter when opened. After capturing the remaining beer in a flute it retained its modest head. The body was a cloudy golden color.

The smell was acidic, strawberry, and vinegary, very promising. Wood, but with unpleasant hints of plastic, which became stronger as it warmed.

The taste was powerfully sour. Lip puckering sour, wonderful! Fresh strawberries and oak. There was a Sweet-Tarts candy like character in this one. However, there were enough grainy malts to give it a solid core. A nice, bone-dry finish to this one. The mouthfeel was effervescent, with a medium heft to the body. I enjoyed it despite some off notes in the aroma.

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Photo of jmarsh123
3.53/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Split the 750 bottle with the lady.

Well I guess I should say I split half of a 750 bottle because that's about how much was left after it spewed all over the place upon opening. Pours hazy orange with no head or lacing.

Sweet tart aroma. Loads of funk, blue cheese and serious must. Mild fruit aroma, but wouldn't pick it out as strawberry.

Very tart. More of a lemon presence as the strawberries aren't very assertive on the palate. Very sour and finishes very dry and puckering.

Mouthfeel was a touch on the thin side with obviously more than ample carbonation.

Aside from only getting to drink half the bottle, a decent sour although far from Upland's best offering.

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Photo of kbutler1
3.7/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle. Took the cork off and this foamed up quite a bit, glad I was over the sink and had a glass ready to capture this eruption. Poured into a tulip glass a cloudy, hazed orange amber color with a big fluffy off white head that quickly settles. Muted fruit notes but has some brett floral type notes. I would say the strawberry aroma is mild at best. Light mouthfeel. Light strawberry flavor as well with lemon, wheat, and florals. I was looking for and hoping for this to be a little more strawberry forward but that’s not what you really get. The wood barrel treatment imparts so earthiness notes as well. Mildly sour overall but not overpowering.

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Photo of PBRmeasap1980
3.67/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Living in Indiana, I should be hyping this, but just can't

Looks and smells good, but strawberry flavor is off and ends pretty dry. By far my least favorite of the Upland fruited beers.

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

Thanks photekut for this one. Large corked and capped bottle, poured into a Lindemans flute.

It opens with a relatively minor pop, suggesting low carbonation which is not the case.
Murky golden in color, frothy white head that does not hold very well.
Aroma is heavily "Brett", leathery and funky, barnyard notes, tart, with a soft strawberry note.
Light and refreshing, with more carbonation than I expected based on other reviews.
Acid and tart, prickly carbonation awakens the tongue to receive a mild, yet persistent strawberry tartness, sweet and sour, but more sour than sweet. Strawberry here is just an added flavor, not the overwhelming majority.
Another nice lambic style by Upland.

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
3.57/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A - Beautiful cloudy rose brew, with a white head tinted with pink which vanishes almost immediately.

S - Strong funk elements of grass, hay, barnyard and wet rind cheese, with a sour core, and only a slight fruity hint.

T - Smart sharp hit, fruit comes in first, but I cannot really identify any clear strawberry flavor. This is followed with a rapid stab of acid, that washes over any hint of sweetness. Funk in the close comes across as grass and decay, but it is still secondary to the aggressive acidic sourness.

M - Strong carbonation goes a long way to lift the roughest elements away and keep the tongue clean.

O - This is my first Upland sour. I am not wholly won over by this one. The funk and the sour eclipse the fruit, leaving the namesake strawberry to play a secondary role. If the balance of the fruit and funk were reversed, and the fruit played top bill while the funk was underlying with highlights, this would be a world-class brew, but as it is I'm not sure I'd seek this one out again.

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

Bottle sample at Crown #19 tasting.

Poured hazy orange amber color with an average fizzy white head that lasted with fair lacing. Good tart strwberry & 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 jjanega08
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A= pours a nice hazy amber blondish color... dare I say strawberry blonde? Small fizzy one finger head that dies fast and leaves no lacing. The color is great though.
S= sour and leathery. There's a touch of strawberry that teases my nose.
T= light stawberry like a strawberry popsicle almost with a semi sour lemony finish and a small amount of what reminds me of chapstick.
M= light as hell. Medium and average all around.
D= great love this beer. I wish I could find it more. Really impressive taste. Ill be searchin it out again.

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Photo of Etan
3.89/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

2013 bottle into a snifter.

A. Pours murky reddish orange with a large white head.

S. Dry strawberry, mild brett, lactic sweetness.

T. Moderately sour, plenty of strawberry, very lactic, wheat.

M. Light-bodied with moderate carbonation.

O. Nice but simple.

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Photo of Dreadnaught33
3.65/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Dan (mdfb79) for this one.

Really hazy orange with sediment at the bottom. Nice small head retention. Was hoping for a little more pink or reddish color, doesn't look strawberry to me.

Smell is a great funky barnyard aroma ala cantillon but not quite as powerful or refined. Bright fruit, lighter wheat notes. No strawberry?

Taste has a little strawberry seed but I have to really try to get it. Bright fruit, small tart funk (not very sour). Vinegary bitter back and some buttery tastes too. Most of us thought maybe a little diacytl got in there.

Nice mouthfeel and spritzy carbonation. Pretty smooth, solid but not amazing lambic.

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Photo of younger35
4.41/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Received one of each of these delicious brews from TheodorHerzl. This will be my third of the six. Drank from my Stone India Pale Ale flute while watching The Fiesta Bowl (Texas vs. Ohio State).

Appearance- Pours a really hazy light peachish yellow with a half finger foamy white head that recedes very quickly. The cap is non-existent the collar is fairly thin and leaves almost no lacing.
Smell- Definite quite fruity in the nose with loads of berry and lactic sour. I'm not sure I'd directly guess it was Strawberry I smelled but I'd be close. Very light funk from the Brett in background but not overly so. The fruit and lactic sour tartness are fairly fresh and inviting. The oak is definitely present as well adding a nice woody vanilla aspect.
Taste- Starts very puckering and acrid with a slightly tart burst of berry. Like the nose I'm not sure I'd guess strawberry but it's definitely berry. Fairly lactic and very quenching the oak does a fairly good job of cutting the vinegar acidity a bit. A bit of light funkiness but nothing crazy, could honestly use a bit more. Finishes very dry with a light vanilla woodiness and slight fruitiness that lingers.
Mouthfeel- Fairly light with some fairly aggressive carbonation with the tiniest little prickly bubbles. Fairly dry and quenching.
Drinkability- Pretty damned good! The fruitiness is apparent and full of delicious berry goodness. These Upland Lambics may not be 100% true to form but they are very approachable and really very tasty. Really nice stuff. Thanks again Matt!

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

from a trade with either hrking or sprinkle, i think. someone please feel free to correct me.

750ml brown bottle. (was it capped or corked or both? i forget.) no date. tasted in mid/late-may 2009. poured into tulip.

golden peach honey color, slightly hazy. small sudsy head soon fades to just wisps and sudsy ring. no lace.

aroma: vinegary w fermented fruit upfront, as the strawberry gets very distinct towards the back and then later on emerging throughout from underneath. hints of oak and vanilla. gentle funk and hay, slightly more footy funk in the back.

taste: cider and champagne vinegars with again a distinct strawberry presence to the tartness. faint woody oak, gentle to moderate barn and foot funk, hay and grass, and a mild, subtle hint of bitterness. acidity can be sharp and astringent, especially accentuated by the carbonation. ever so slightly watery overall, but not as bad as the raspberry. ripe strawberries linger in the aftertaste.

light and thin body, but with lots of acidic and tannic textures to compensate. acidity is again, quite accentuated by the otherwise moderate carbonation. the finish is strangely almost flat however.

ok, this is better (than the raspberry). the clearly identifiable strawberry notes help too.

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Photo of zrab11
3.06/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

LEt me start this review out by saying i opened this corked bottle over the sink and after a stream of liquid and bubble sprang from the bottle and into the sink i was left with 3/4 of a glass! Only 10oz pour ive ever paid 20$ for LOL

A- Pours a hazy redish color. Kinda like the inside of a grapefruit, No head as it all went down the drain

S-Smells of strong vinegar and lemon, not getting much starwberry flavor

T-HAs a sour vinegar taste. Not pleasant at the beginning but gets alittle better as you drink on

M-Medium body with GREAT carbonation

D-Overall im ok that more than half of this went down the drain, as it wasn't very tasteful and really funky tasteing. Im excited to try more, better flavors from Upland as i know other will be better. but the strawberry was dissapointing

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Photo of Ken_P
4.37/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2013 vintage bottle poured into a tulip. Pours a peachy red-orange, lots of bubbles but no real head to speak of. White ring of foam around the glass dissipates quickly.

Smell is a whole lot a funk. More strawberry in the nose as it warms. A bit of salt and watermelon on the nose. You can tell this is going to be sour.

Taste is all sour. Like face melting/teeth grinding sour. As my palate adjusts or maybe as it warms, I can taste a lot of strawberry mid sip. Finish is like white vinegar.

Feels fairly carbonated but the sour is pretty distracting. I can feel the acid hit the back of my throat when I swallow.

Overall this is an excellent beer. I wish it was a bit less sour so that the strawberry was at the forefront. I would like to try this fresh to see if it's the age that has made this beer so sour.

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Photo of SFLpunk
3.79/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A big thanks to forgetfu for this hookup! 750mL cork and cage bottle. Bottled 9.23.10, Batch 42-09.

Pop! with some immediate over-flowing!!! Wow, that's lively! Once it settles down it's a hazy/cloudy golden hue with bleach-white head that crashes quickly. (Loses points for over-flowing.) Nose is of lovely sour/wild strawberries, a nice toasty or nutty note, and a suggestion of forest floor (yes, a poetic beer).

Palate is directly sharp with acid, turning sour on the midpalate and then lush on the finish. Flavors of under-ripe strawberries or maybe wild strawberries mingle with the green, leafy tops. Something earthy, but still bright about this beer, almost sandy maybe? Long, fruit-roll-up-like finish.

Notes: Despite this beers amazing ability to capture the strawberry in all of its glory including the green top, it's a tad-bit one dimensional. The over-flowing was a bit annoying too. But so goes experimentation and I wish them the best of luck and will gladly buy this if I ever see it for sale!

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Strawberry Lambic from Upland Brewing Company
3.92 out of 5 based on 383 ratings.
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