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Blueberry LambicBlueberry Lambic
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Upland Brewing Company
Indiana, United States | website

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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3.8
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24.47%
 
 
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Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.37/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks to Verecund for this one. Poured from a capped and corked 750ml bottle into a crystal snifter. Shared with schen9303. Reviewed from notes.

A: Pours nearly still with a couple of bubbles stirring atop the brew. No head, no lacing. Beer is a deep, clear purplish-pink that reveals slight bubbles of carbonation.

S: Nose is simple and mildly aromatic but very deep. Crushed blueberries and oak from beginning to end.

T: Taste is spot on with the nose. Blueberry from beginning to finish. Crisp and clean at the end which gets deeper and deeper as the beer warms in the mouth. Slight semblance of funkiness right towards the middle to end. No tartness whatsoever, this one resembles more of a well-made blueberry fruit beer than a lambic. Barrel-aging is not at all apparent. Finishes fruity with a juicy, blueberry aftertaste.

M: Medium bodied and with very little carbonation. Oily and silky in the mouth and messy and slightly dry at the finish and going down. Aftertaste lingers for a bit.

D: This one is honestly a bit of a disappointment. Not much of a lambic in any sense. No tartness, not really dry, and -bal effect is almost completely missing. A great fruit beer if it were described as such but in the category that it is, average to below average overall.

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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 Thorpe429
4.3/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to my father-in-law for muling bottles of the most recent release. Shared at the post-Christmas tasting in Chicago. Served in my Cantillon tulip.

Pours a really magnificent blueberry color with a nice pink head. Really attractive coloring. While this was quite nice, I was immediately distractive by the overpoweringly-assertive nature of the blueberries in the nose. It was a symphony of blueberry breakfast items with loads of blueberry syrup and pancakes plus a slight amount of tartness. Really well done. The taste nails the fresh blueberry as well and adds in a touch of sourness. The mouthfeel is a bit tart and a bit sweet. Drinks incredibly well. I think the blueberries are the highlight of this one and I won't be waiting long to drink my other bottle. I think the fruit character that really makes this beer will be gone well before this really sours up, if that happens.

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Photo of alleykatking
4.15/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 750ml caged and corked bottle. Split with Lukafer. The only bottle out of the 3 Upland Lambics that didn't gush that night.

A- Pours what I would say a plum color with some light blue highlights. There is a light 1/4 figner purple head that dies to nothing in about ten seconds. No lacing on this beer which would have looked pretty in my opinion.

S- This had a light musty sour scent right off the bat. No real wood notes at all which I thought maybe this one would have. This isn't all vinegar and there is some light funk that goes along well with this beer. Blueberry did come out when I held this glass a little more high than I normally would when sniffing. Not bad smelling at all.

T- Blueberry in the front was a lovely surprise. This dies down toward the middle where there is a light funky vinegary sourness to the beer muddled with hints of bready base malts. This follows through to the ending where there becomes a light sugary blueberry flavor. The very end of this ends with a kiss of alcohol and a touch of vinegary sourness.

M- Light mouthfeel. Carbonation is very good for the beer. There is some funky vinegar notes with blueberry on the palate. The aftertaste is mostly sugary sweet blueberry with light warming alcohol that compliments the full aftertaste. This beer was the best blended from the Upland Lambics. No off flavors were present. Medium drying on the palate itself from the alcohol in each sip.

D- This beer was the only Upland Lambic that night that held any sort of light in the lambic world. It's flavors could have been a little brighter and more full but I think the fullness would come out more in a aged bottle. See Upland if you get your shit together you can make a decent lambic!

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.22/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had at a post-Christmas tasting in Chicago, courtesy of thorpe429 (thanks Mike!). This was the latest bottling, batch 3.

It pours a dark blueish purple, no question this is blueberry, frothy colorful head, excellent appearance. And the smell, again no question this is a blueberry lambic. This presents with fresh blueberries much more than Blaebar where they're more muted. Some light funk, but the fruit takes the aroma.

I like the flavor but it isn't as good as the nose. Basically fresh berries and a little tart bite. No barnyard or other things I crave, but the tart aftertaste is appreciated.

Light carbonation, extremely drinkable, I liked it a lot. Persimmon was better in my opinion, but this is no slouch.

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Photo of jrallen34
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Batch 3 bottle thanks to Michael Thorpe, poured into my Narke tulip...First of all, what the heck are all these other reviewers thinking; this beer is awesome?...Pours a stunning dark purple that is clear. Nice pink head, good retention and lacing, just looks awesome...An equally impressive aroma that absolutely nails fresh blueberries, freshly squeezed juice, blueberry muffins. A hint of tartness, wish it was a tad more, however the blueberries aren't sweet or candied so it works...The taste is really good, but somewhat of a let down after how great the aroma was. The blueberries are still there but they don't come through as much, sweet with a tart bite. Too light...Easy to crush.

The best Upland lambic so far, this is really good stuff.

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Photo of Hojaminbag
2.99/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

I got this beer from Gcurlow in Secret Santa 09. I believe it is from the 2008 batch. Thanks Grant.

Upland Blueberry pours a rosy blue color very similar to the color of blueberry juice. The beer is dead flat; there isn't even a speck of a head.

The aroma is pleasant but somewhat understated. There is a hint of tartness and a more powerful scent of blueberry.

A tiny bit of sourness pairs with blueberry and then Upland Blueberry finishes pretty quickly. This beer certainly isn't bad, but it's a touch bland and it's completely without carbonation. I really feel that with some more carbonation this beer might open up more, but currently it is somewhat underwhelming.

I enjoyed this beer, but was disappointed by it at the same time. The carbonation issues are no fun, and they ruin what could probably be a decent brew.

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

Thanks to CaptinRedBeard for sharing this brew on 11/13/10.

Poured into a snifter, it appears a hazed ruby red color. This brew pours progressively more sediment filled and cloudy with each 5oz pour regardless of how careful you are. Little to no head appears and swirls create a thin spotty coating of lace.

The smell of this brew has some notes that will warn you that you are in for something sour. It has funk to the point of being lightly cheesy and some minor berry indications that are not distinguishable.

The taste is tart and lightly acidic. Somewhat cheesy in flavor just like the aroma indicated. A faint touch of vinegar and barely any fruit indications are present outside of the perceived acidic/tartness that is there.

This is a light bodied offering with a lower than expected carbonation level. It is easy drinking and is approachable without too much puckering quality. I think the general consensus about this brew is that if you took away the blueberry stained appearance of this brew, you would probably not be able to figure out the fruit addition based on flavor and aroma.

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Photo of PittBeerGirl
3.45/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks Kevin for sharing!

A- Body is a cloudy, dynamic, dark fuschia hue. Pour is completely flat with no resemblence of a head.

S- Nose is full of berries-blueberry, raspberry-mostly sweet but slightly sour. Fruit is all Im getting here.

T-Flavor is quite fruity with lots of berry flavor coming through as well as a hint of bready yeast in the backbone. Flavor is consistent throughout and good-but pretty simple overall.

M-low carbonation and a thin slightly watery body.

D- Consumed in a tasting with several blueberry lambics and this-though a decent, enjoyable brew overall-was the at the bottom. Great opportunity to try this rare brew-but there are many others out there much better.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.42/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to Kevin for sharing this one!

A-pours a dark grapefruit purple color with no head and a hazy depth to it.

S-fertilizer up front, notes of cheese, touch of barnyard funk, blueberries in the back.

T-pretty sweet, lots of blueberries throughout with a light tartness to accompany. there is a hint of fertilizer in the middle, a very faint funk, some more sweetness in the back and a little watery.

M-soft, smooth, and a little thin, light body and light on the carbonation with a touch of crispness in the finish.

D-not bad, drinkin after blabaer so pales in comparison. quite sweet and lacking the tartness I was hoping for. little complexity as well. not bad, but falls well short of the previous beer.

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Photo of WeisGuy
3.37/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

2009 version -- thanks to lightindarkness for picking this up at the brewery well over a year ago.

a - pours a deep ruby color, no head, just a few bubbles up top, somewhat hazy

s - really funky aroma, much different from any other sour ale I've had, kind of reminiscent of a bad milk, light blueberry and oak aromas

t - moderately tart and sour up front with only a light blueberry flavor, fairly vinegary and acidic, not as funky on the palate as in the nose, but nice barnyard flavors along with light oak on the finish

m - medium to light bodied, minimal carbonation, light sweetness on the finish

d - not overly drinkable for the style, not too harsh on the palate, but not as complex or pleasing, really

Another interesting lambic from Upland, but nothing really spectacular. Would be great to get a little more of the blueberry character - perhaps these flavors diminished over the past year. If only I could get a Blabaer to compare.

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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 Viggo
3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750 ml corked and capped bottle, big thanks to grub for sharing this rarity.

Pours a hazy dark reddish purple, a pretty neat colour, some burgundy and orange highlights, some big bubbles form but virtually no head, pours pretty flat, a few bubbles rise up.

Smell is nice, pretty classic lambic, lots of lemon acidity and toasted wood, blueberry sweetness, nice sour fruit character, lightly spicy, some oak, more blueberry, a bit of cherry, very fruity and lightly sour.

Taste is nice, cherries and spice, some cinnamon, lightly sour and fruity, dry and woody, acidic lemon character and some oak, blueberries, lots of fruit character, strawberries and cherries, pretty nice, and very close to a real Belgian lambic, neat mineral character in the finish.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with low to almost no carbonation, this is virtually flat. This has some great traditional lambic character vs. American wild. But I think the flatness takes away but this is still good stuff. Thank Russ!

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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 illidurit
3.77/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared at Woodshop 5.0. Pours the color of ripe blueberry flesh, sort of blueish pink, with no head. Aroma is reminiscent of blueberry maple syrup but with more sharpness to it. Tastes like overripe blueberries, the kind that if you eat they're a little too soft and mushy and don't taste as bright and sharp as ripe ones. Pretty tart but the acidity/sourness is toned down here compared to any expectations one might have for a 'lambic.'

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.52/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Received as part of a freaking awesome trade with Bobby91w ... Bobby threw down in a big way. Thanks homeboy and I hope you're safe... Thanks for serving.

Shared this with a few of the Boise peeps a while back... reviewed from paper notes.

No head really.. the brew is sorta a lightly hazed deep red/purple .. surprise surprise.. Sorta looks like a Pinot Noir in my little glass.

Nose has a bright blueberry essence and a mild funk to it.. more dusty than really funky ... tart fruits tend to dominate.

Flavor mirrors the nose with a tannic element to it that I assume comes from the fruit skins (doesn't strike me as oak tannins) .. there is some oakiness to it that adds more of a vanilla component.. some acetic notes add complexity.. The body is lite with a very lite carbonation.. if the carbonation was dialed in, I think this would be very nice... The funk never really translates on the palate... However, I could have easily enjoyed this entire bottle over a couple of hours.

I think the funky yeast and bacteria probably didn't have the appropriate time to really do the damage they do. If I still had one, I would age it for a couple of years before breaking it out again.

What I truly appreciated about this beer is the "real fruit" character.. there is no mistaking it.. reminds me of the distilled essence of the blueberry pie at the diner in my home town.

I actually really enjoyed this brew for what it is. Don't try to compare it to a traditional fruit lambic.. it just doesn't stand up, but the bones are there and I hope to be lucky enough to score this batch and future batches again.

If you're reading this, and have an extra bottle... please contact me.... no joke. Message me now, before you go back to work, to bed, take a nap, or check your beermails... message me now.

3/3.5/3.5/3/4

Edit: Again... big thanks to Bobby91w ... Bobby is a great trader.

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Photo of BARFLYB
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle poured into some wine glasses.

A- Dark blue sort of purple looking beer here. A hard pour yielded nothing in terms of head, with no head comes no lace.

S- A nice blueberry scent with some earthiness and very mild tart scents. Nothing in terms of malts or hops, just blueberries, low sour and some accidity.

T- One of the best blueberry beers i've had because I don't get many. This one tastes good but really is not that all complex. Some slight funky yeasty things going on. The berries are the forefront but are not overpowering. Taste like tart fruit juice.

M&D- Well this one is flat as can be. Nothing lively under the tounge which takes away from the drinkability. It has a nice taste but the lack of any ummphh keeps me from wanting more.

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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 nkersten
3.11/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into my Oud Beersel glass, thanks Todd for the chance to try this one!

A - Pours a very flat dark purple tint with no haze. Other then the lack of head, this beer has an amazing color.

S - Extremely sour lemon with a bit of funk. Not a lot of blueberry, but the aroma is similar to some of the most puckering brews I have ever had.

T - Good, but not great. No where near as sour as the smell would lead one to believe, but still some excellent lemon characteristics, with small hints of blueberry skin. Mostly lambic flavor, a little more blueberry would have been welcomed.

M - Body is good, but it lacks any kind of carbonation. The style doesnt always require it, but I feel this beer could have benefited from some bubbles.

D - Due to the mouthfeel, I don't think I could have more then my 8 oz pour before I craved something a little more lively. The flavor is very drinkable, but as a whole this beer just doesn't deliver.

I think this brew has a lot of potential and will re-review if I get to try another batch.

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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 Ineedabeerhere
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Consumed on 6.13 included in an epic tasting. From notes. Batch 1.

Much better than the peach. Beautiful blue color with a periwinkle frothy head. Wow it actually has some carbonation. We all noted that this had more of an "authentic" blueberry flavor rather than what some of us found to be artificial fruit flavors in some of the other lambics we tried. Relatively low acidity- especially compared to a lot of the other beers we sampled. I would definitely like to try this again in the future, although from what I hear the subsequent batches weren't as good.

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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 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 bluejacket74
3.62/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 ml capped and corked bottle. Served in a snifter, the beer pours purple with pretty much no head at all. It smells tart, like oak, blueberries, and some funk and vinegar. The taste is similar to the aroma, I can taste vinegar, blueberries, oak, and some vanilla. However, the taste is subtle, and I wish it had a little more kick to it. Mouthfeel is thin, seems a bit watery to me. Not much carbonation either, however there is some slickness which is nice. Drinkability is decent, it's not hard to drink at all. I think it's an OK enough beer, but there's definitely some room for improvement with this. I'll have to try another batch in the future and see how it is.

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Blueberry Lambic from Upland Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 98 ratings.
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