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Blueberry Lambic | Upland Brewing Company

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Blueberry LambicBlueberry 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 emerge077 on 01-01-2008

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Photo of ckeegan04
3.82/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Very purple in color with lighter pinjish/purple shades around the edges. Fizzy white head forms but only about a 1/2 inch thick. Quickly fades to a thin white ring. Lots of bubbles sticking to the side of the glass. Certianly not well carbonated, b ut not near as flat in appearance as some of the stories I have heard. Maybe I just got lucky here.

S - Very strong aroma of tart fruits. Mix of barnyard and dark berries. Blueberry does not stick out as a dominant aroma but is certianly present in the nose. A little lemon zest as well.

T - Very tart fruitiness initially. Blueberry taste is present but not strong at all. A little bit of funk (call it barnyard or horse blanket or whatever it is you like) lingers underneath but is more just tart and sour. Becomes rather earthy as the beer warms. Not sure why, but the tastes just dont quite come together for me.

M/D - Rather fizzy in the mouth and the beer leaves the mouht very dry. Maybe blueberry just isnt my flavor of choice, but this one just did notquite do it for me. Certainly not bad, just not great in my book.

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Photo of barczar
3.86/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big lactic aroma, with blueberry sweetness, but the sourness dominated.

Flavor is definitely lactic dominant, with hints of blueberry. Nice acid character.

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Photo of Soonami
3.87/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks Dan for sharing this to have a counterpoint to LeBleu. Very greatly appreciated.

My first Upland beer, and it was a good one, Blueberry Lambic. The beer is a ruddy purple-red, cloudy with particulates, it looks like freshly crushed blueberry juice. The beer smells wonderful, pouring out a bouquet of fresh squeezed blueberries. However, the lambic part of this equation is missing, the lack of sour funkiness in the nose was a pretty good indication that those flavors were probably missing in the taste. This proved to be true as the blueberry was the center point of the beer. I have expected to find blueberry skins and seeds in the bottle of my glass! The fresh berry sweetness and tannins were there and well in balance. The acidity was present, but much more restrained than I expected from a lambic, it tasted more like tartness from the berries and not from the wild bugs. I wonder if another couple years in the bottle would really develop the brett/lacto/pedio character in the beer.

The beer was a little undercarbonated for my tastes as I find the bubbles help carry the fruit aromas and flavors while adding acidity. CO2 also makes the beer seem brighter and more lively. Overall this was a delicious beer, but I think more lambic aroma and taste would really take this over the top. Perhaps what this beer is more time in barrels to give the critters a chance to break down even more of the sugars, as I tasted a tiny bit of residual sweetness. I think that more time before fruit addition would help get more wildness and sourness in the beer.

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Photo of Deuane
3.87/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks to Foo Faa for sharing a bottle of this.

A-Hazy purple tinted amber with a bit of fizzy white bubbles. Not really any head at all but the look of being like a alchemists potion makes it look cool.

S-A nice tart pop with subtle berry tart/sweetness with a touch of light biscuit malt sweetness. A combination of dry oak and balsamic vinegar in the background.

T-I found this to be straight forward not overly complex but yet quite enjoyable. Tart blueberry flavours with a touch of oak astringency and balsamic vinegar sourness.

M-Medium-light bodied with (as most have stated) almost no carbonation. This certainly takes away from totally enjoying this. The flavours don't seem to linger as long as the could and overall it seems dull.

D-While this brew has it's short coming overall it is a pleasant tasting and nicely done brew. I certainly enjoyed my pour and wouldn't hesitate to try it again. With some tweaking and proper carbonation this could becomes a truly stellar beer.

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Photo of cetherid
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

poured into a tulip


Beer is a dark red/purplish color. A little murky. About 1 fingers worth of frothy light pink head that dissipates rather quickly.


Aroma of fresh blueberries with a little brett. I could use more of the brett...that musty barn, horse blanket associated with your traditional lambics but still blows a lindeman's out of the water.


sour blueberries up front, moving on to a little of the funk associated with a lambic. Some very slight sweetness to the blueberries but not overpowering. I opened a blueberry back in December and that one had a more pronounced blueberry taste than this. I was hoping for a little more barnyardy taste but maybe it needs more age?


light bodied...carbonation kind of fell flat, which was surprising as I thought it had decent carbonation from the pour. I could use a little more of that effervescent feel in the mouth as well. Slightly dry finish but there is that little bit of sweetness that makes it like a dry wine.


For the price, availability and taste I think I'd rather grab some 3F or Cantillon in Chicago and pay a little more. I remember having this a couple months back and thinking it was great. I got slight more blueberry and the funkiness was more pronounced. Maybe my palate has changed and I'm getting used to that brett, funkiness...who knows

(*after checking out my other reviews for the upland beers, my palate definitely has changed. I gave the strawberry not so high marks because it was more brett than fruit. this one didn't have enough brett..I've been lucky enough to have a lot of good authentic lambics and I enjoy them more and more each time*)

....I think more carbonation may have made this a little better for me.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

2008 Release; Sampled December 2008
This has a very slight carbonation and in order to preserve carbonation I poured pretty softly. I only saw a couple of lonely bubbles on top of the beer that quickly disappeared. The beer is actually quite dark, almost the color of a Merlot, it is quite clear and shows a bright, cranberry red hue when held up to the light. The aroma has notes of red-wine like fruit to it as well, but notes of oak and a light tartness are a bit more noticeable. The fruit aromatics are quite interesting though, there is almost a spiciness to the nose that seems to be contributed by the fruit as well as from the oak. Bright, blueberry fruit notes interweave seamlessly with spicy & buttery oak, a light mustiness, a definite dustiness, and perhaps a touch of musky Brettanomyces character. Spicy notes of woody black pepper, some leather and even a bit of tobacco contribute, along with the soft but striking fruit character, a definite vinous character to the nose. I really like the nose of this beer, I wouldn't have guessed that blueberries could do this (the spicy fruitiness is just so interesting).

Very lightly carbonated, really almost flat except for a slight prickle as it crosses the tongue. The beer retains just a touch of sweetness that creates a jammy, berry character reminiscent to a fruit red wine. The beer finishes with a spicy oak character, a bit of woody astringency and a soft tannic structure that keeps the beer lingering a bit on the tongue. The beer only has a light tartness to it, you can tell there is some other source of acid besides the fruit, but it is really fairly weakly acidic for a Lambic. That spicy character from the fruitiness is also here in the flavor, I want to say it is a spicy blueberry-skin character. This is almost pepper like in some ways, though definitely has a blueberry edge to it; it is sort of woody with an almost pine / rosemary character (though the oak certainly contributes to this as well); it almost has an artificial, blueberry-soda quality to it at times that is not objectionable at all. This has a nice body to it, both the oak and the residual fruit notes contribute. This is still quite quaffable, but it has some texture to it, that doesn't make the lack of carbonation overwhelmingly apparent.

If this were carbonated and had more of the traditional Lambic notes (acidity and funkiness) then it would be absolutely outstandingly awesome (runaway best from this years Upland Lambic release in all likelihood). The fruit adds such an interesting character to this brew, but without the CO2 and other traditional Lambic notes this is merely interestingly good. I am really digging the similarities to a fruity red wine. Definitely an experience and it is quite easy to polish of the bottle of this.

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Photo of AdamGarcia
3.91/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

C&C'd 750ml bottle served in Hoegaarden tumbler.

Big ups to robwestcott for sending this my way!

A: Cork comes off w/ a pop. Bottle wants to gush, but thankfully I'm prepared w/ glass in hand. Pours a lovely deep, dark purple hue. Looks almost like sangria. Murky and translucent. Two fingers worth of pink head initially, that quickly dwindles to a thin layer. The color of the beer is really quite beautiful. Streams of carbonation continually make their way from the bottom to the surface. Very pleasing.

S: As soon as the cork came off I was hit w/ juicy sweet and tart scents and a nice dose of funk. Scent is decidedly blueberry. Plenty of sour. Based on the initial burst of aroma I expected a bit more. Not bad.

T: Juicy sweetness up front. Soft blueberry flavor and suggestions of raspberry and blackberry. Moderately tart flavors of green apple, pear, and perhaps white grape. Initially I picked up a little astringency in the finish, but several sips later I'm no longer finding this negative quality. No where near the sourness of Drie Fonteinen or Cantillon, but tart enough that it works. Not terribly complex, but this is a solid lambic. Loads of fruit flavor in this young bottle. I would suggest drinking this sooner than later in order to take full advantage of this blueberry tastiness.

M: Could be a little fuller. This beer would benefit from a little more spritzy carbonation. Not bad, but room for improvement.

D: High in my opinion. No problem finishing this 750 on my own. The flavors are interesting and the lack of a biting sourness means you can drink quite a bit of this.

My first offering from Upland and it is a good one. These seem to be fairly well sought after, but the reviews can go either way. I can say that the '10 version of Blueberry is legit. The best American fruit beers are still made by New Glarus, but Upland may be on to something. Low bottle counts make it difficult, but try this if you can without giving up the farm.

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Photo of Viciousknishs
3.92/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled: 9/27/2010

Batch: 142-09

A- pours a purple color with a lighter pinkish purple short lived head. No lacing.

S- solid funk and oak hit the nose at first with notes of barnyard, horse blanket and tart fruitiness. Some lemony citric quality in the middle with oak and subtle blueberry on the finish.

T- great tart acidity hit the palate at first with lovely funk and oak playing off each other. Zesty citric quality with a touch of earthy Brett in the middle. Finishes with a hint of blueberry and lingering sour, oak and funk.

MF- bubbly champagne like mouthfeel with a light medium body and active playful carbonation.

D- very good drinkability.

Overall a great sour. I just wish the blueberry had been a little more prominate.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Very reddish hue on the pour. Pink head. Lots of bugs on the nose. Very biting flavor profile. Probably too much so. Not at all rounded. Beyond sour, it's tart and really grabs the mouth and yanks at every taste bud you have. If you don't like sour beers, you certainly will not appreciate this at all.

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Photo of BeerZack
3.94/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

No head. Rose colored liquid, pink tinges.

Nice sour fruity lacto smell, Red berries & flowers.

Tart berry sourness is not as sour as it smells. Slightly acetic, mostly lacto character. Don't ever really taste blueberry here, more of a cherry or generic "red berry" flavor.

Slightly puckering feel, but overall comes off a bit light all around, which does make it really drinkable.

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Photo of oreo
3.96/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into my stone taster. Thanks to Gonzoillini for sharing this!

Looks like a dream. A deep ruby red with very little head.

Smells like you would think, lots of blueberry.

Has a light blueberry flavor, not overpowering at all. Sweet blueberries. The few fruit lambics I have had, have been heavy on the fruit, but this is much lighter and more to my taste.

Average mouthfeel, light and watery.

Very drinkable. With the light fruit, and moderate sweetness make this a very drinkable lambic.

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Photo of rowingbrewer
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a dark blue color with very little light getting through. The smell is tart and funky with A nice blurbery aroma. The flavor is tart not sour and the blueberry flavor is very noticeable. The mouthfeel is slightly fuller than expected but good. Overall this is a great beer.

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Photo of emerge077
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sample courtesy of Jay23...this is batch #1 (2007).

Deep scarlet-magenta tone in the glass, with a ring of darker pinkish-white foam. Fairly murky. Looks pretty unique for a Lambic.

Aromas of leather, some wood, and mystery spices. First thing it reminded me of was JP Roja by it's nose only.

Taste had a nice citric sour pucker to it, stimulating the salivary glands fully. There was only a hint of berry in the aftertaste. It had a fairly low carbonation, with a thinner body. This may be traditional, but a little more spritz may liven it up more.

Overall, this was a great Lambic, suprisingly good coming from the Midwest and not overseas. One for warm weather, or if you're craving something sour. Maybe not as approachable to Lambic novices, but great for those with a taste for the sour side.

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Photo of womencantsail
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Jer for sharing this one at the Bruery yesterday.

A: The pour is a reddish-purple color with almost no carbonation or head.

S: A strong acidic note to the nose along with a mild acetic quality to it as well. The blueberries are muted, but there and a mild funk to it. Lemon and oak round the nose out.

T: A somewhat fruity flavor, but not overtly blueberry. Good acidity and tartness with a pleasant dryness from the brett, wood, and fruit skins. Some mild cherries, vinegar, and lemon as well.

M: The body is medium with almost no carbonation. A nice slick feel to the beer with a light dryness.

D: A pretty decent lambic/American Wild with a nice sourness and balance. Not the best, but certainly good.

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Photo of aerozeppl
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes. Thanks to drseamus for the share.

A: Reddish tinge with no head and plenty of visible carbonation. There was plenty of carbonation just zero head retention.

S: Bret up front. The blueberries were there but really faint. The bret smell was quite funky.

T: Bret. Not sour or tart just more funky than anything else. It is good but it was just missing something for me. The cantillon blueberry makes everything else seem meh. This was a nice beer though.

M: Very dry. Super dry. Well carbonated.

D: This was an easy drinker but compared to the few other examples out there it just does not stack up. I did thoroughly enjoy this beer though I just wish more blueberry came through.

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Photo of grub
4.02/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

rhinos00 hooked me up with this in a trade at DLD'09. thanks alex!

750ml bottle, corked and capped. sampled march 28/2010.

pours hazy purplish red with no sign of any head or lace.

smell is great. sour cherry. lemon. touch of vinegar. raspberry. bit of blueberry. lots of fruit. hint of alcohol. there's a nice sweetness to the fruit too - not syrupy at all though. bit of spice. horse blanket. leather.

taste is good. great fruity character. raspberry, blueberry, cherry. light pie spice too, making me think just a little of montmorency cherries. lemon and malt vinegar. horse blanket funk. bit of leather. white bread and cracker. bit of grain.

mouthfeel is ok. this is its biggest flaw - dead flat. even just a little carbonation to give it life would certainly have improved this one. medium body with a fairly dry finish.

drinkability is pretty good. alcohol is hidden very well. balanced sourness. nice funky depth. great fruity character.

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Photo of gford217
4.02/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

2008 750mL bottle courtesy of SirSketch.

Story of two pours on this one. First pour is a deep, clearish red with some big bubbles on the top that fade quickly leaving the thinnest of rings and leaves spotty lacing. The second pour was a cloudy, almost milky purplish color with no carbonation at all.

Smell is slightly acidic and tart with only the faintest hint of blueberries. Some funk presence in the nose as well.

The taste was subtle but I definitely got a little more blueberry bitterness, especially in the finish, where I can definitely get some blueberry presence. After the small initial barnyard funk tang on the tongue, there wasn't a lot of sour to it.

The mouthfeel is very slick and oily with almost no carbonation at all, which is odd considering the sour and funk presence is very understated.

Because it's less funky than many lambics, it's also very drinkable and finishing off the bottle was no problem at all, which I can't honestly say about some lambics. A decent effort but would benefit from more carbonation and/or funk.

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Photo of brdc
4.04/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks photekut fore this one. Large capped and corked bottle, poured into a tulip.

It has an interesting appearance, a lot closer to wine than beer. Absolutely no head, just a few fine bubbles covering the beer that looks like a rose early on, and later in the bottle, as the sediment comes in to some extent, burgundy colored. No lacing.
Aroma is also unexpected, fruity and it has lots of grapes, above and beyond the blueberries, and it feels more like wine again. There are also oak, obviously blueberry and some leathery funkiness and mustiness that is quite nice but disappears quickly.
Medium bodied, no carbonation makes it feel again like wine. But it has a nice fruitiness, multiple wine like notes, blueberries, some spices, mild tartness and astringency.
This is a very stange beer, unique, somewhere between a wild ale and wine, but still disappoints given the lack of carbonation and subdued funkiness. The lack of carbonation plays better here than in other Upland lambics, but I would still love to see it carbonated.

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Photo of younger35
4.04/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Received one of each of these delicious brews from TheodorHerzl. This will be my fifth of the six. Drank from my Stone India Pale Ale flute.

Appearance- Pours a really flat purplish red with no head what-so-ever. Damnit. The peach was flat and looks like this one is gonna be too.
Smell- A slight bit of a vinegary tartness slaps the nostrils immediately. Lactic with maybe the slightest bit of Brett funk. What funk there is though doesn't seem to last long as the fruitiness of the blueberries lend more of a clean fresh scent. Unlike the other Upland Lambics I can really smell that the fruit in this is blueberry. The rest all just sort of smelled like a mix of berries. The oak really comes through as the beer warms and adds a nice bit of butter and vanilla.
Taste- Starts slightly tart but not near as tart as the nose led me to believe. It's sort of a light red wine like vinegar twang. No funk or anything Brett like but the fruit and wood do a number. The blueberry is tart and fruity and sort of reminds me of a raspberry vinaigrette. I think some carbonation would really help some of the flavors to pop a bit more. The oak is slightly tannic and it adds a bit of light vanilla bean. All these Lambics end with the same woody vanilla.
Mouthfeel- Well... Light and watery with zero carbonation and a bit of spicy vinegary twang.
Drinkability- Really tasty brew but damnit they need to get the carbonation in check. A $15 beer needs to be carbonated, regardless. Gripes aside I liked this one more than all except for the peach (which also wasn't carbonated). The fruit and wood are fantastic accompaniment to the light sour of the brew. Thanks Matt!

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Photo of roadhouse
4.07/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a snifter.

Into the glass this looks pretty much the same as blueberry juice. Purple-mahogany in color. With a very vigorous pour I managed to get a bit of a light purple colored skim, but it quickly sinks down to a few bubbles and a ring. Some swirling brings it back for a few seconds.

The aroma of this is quite good. Straight blueberry with a dose of sour. A bit of wood.

The taste is mildy vinegary, the blueberries are definitely there but they don't stick out as much as the aroma. It's nice and subtle behind the tartness, which isn't really too sour. Comes off a bit watery probably due to the low carbonation.

Mouthfeel is a bit watery, carbonation is way too low. I don't know if they didn't use enough priming sugar or if it needs more time or what. Still, it's quite drinkable.

I am betting this would be better if there was more carbonation. The flavor and mouthfeel might go up a half point just based on that. If you have a bottle of this I would suggest sitting on it and keeping it in the 70s to encourage a bit more carbonation.

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Photo of rhodeska
4.07/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was a new beer for me. I didn't personally buy any of the lambics from Upland, so thanks to kruthar for hooking me up with a taste!

The beer didn't really look all that great, a nice red color to it. The smell was definitely fruity and sour, and I was excited to try it. Got a nice hit of blueberry flavor, just like you'd expect, and then it quickly dissipated, and I was left with just the sour aftertaste of the lambic. Overall, it had a really good flavor, but I just wish it would have lasted a little longer. Pretty smooth to put down, I just don't think I'd want to drink blueberries all day.

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Photo of Crosling
4.07/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark magenta color with no head. Terrific aroma displays the purity and glory of freshly picked and crushed blueberry, along with a light hint of oak and funk. Flavor is initially dominated by the essence of real blueberry, followed by a light hint of pie and then some nice tartness on the finish. While not Blabeur, this is a very nice blueberry sour.

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Photo of AgentZero
4.09/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark purple colored beer with pretty much no head and no real visible carbonation.

S - Tart and funky aromas. The blueberries are pretty subtle, but at least they smell real. Little bit of oak, pretty solid smelling beer for what I was expecting.

T - Decently sour and funky, the blueberries are there, but a little bit subtle. I enjoy blueberries quite a bit and it comes through enough to be a good blueberry lambic.

M - Smooth, fairly full bodied, not a lot of carbonation, but it's fine for this beer.

O - I liked this one quite a bit, seemingly more than most who have reviewed it here. Another solid offering from Upland.

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Photo of rlee1390
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Cloudy deep ruby almost purple some carbonation

S-Oak, rather funky, some blueberry, semi sweet.

T-Nice bit of funk, good deal of blueberry and other fruits, balance between the sweet and the sour is good.

M-Medium to lighter in body slight carbonation.

O-One of the better blueberry sours out there, not world class but very solid.

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Photo of tmentzer
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer looks amazing, gorgeous red/purple color, clear, nice head but it fades quickly. It smells great too. Pops with blueberry. Another very tart Upland. Unlike other reviewers, I do get a fair amount of blueberry on the nose, bit of berry sweetness. But the tartness really offsets that. Overall a very delicious beer, with changing flavor profile as it warms.

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Blueberry Lambic from Upland Brewing Company
3.8 out of 5 based on 316 ratings.
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