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

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Photo of brewandbbq
4.19/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Vintage 2008

Pours murky ruby with a purple hue and zero head. A few minute bubbles at best.

Aromatics lead off with tart blueberries, baryard funk, and a lemon twang. Hints of red wine vinegar, horseblanket, cherries, and wine follow through.
Undertones of fruit-laden cheese, dried pineapple, and oak finish the nose.

Light bodied, a bit thin with an almost flat mouthfeel.

Ripe blueberries, red wine, light acid, and mild oak start the pallet. A peppery warmth follows through along with red fruit and lemon pith.
Mildly tart and barely sour, with a trace of residuals that counterpoint the acid.

Finishes with ripe, red fruits, light acid, oaky tannins, and a peppery warmth.

Tasting quite young, and similar to a Flanders Red. Hopefully this will develope much more acid in the cellar to bring it more in the realm of an authentic lambic.

Mad props goes out to BA HRKing for the hookup.
Thanks Bob!

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Photo of Onenote81
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on 9/27/10. Batch 42-09.

Split this with my wife, poured my allotment into a large wine glass. Pours a dark purple-tinted crimson. Very thick-looking. Lots of sediment in the glass. A small pinkish head sits atop, but dies out quickly. The aroma is funkified. Sweat, locker room - just downright funky. Faint blueberry tones noted, but way overpowered by the funkiness of this crimson delicacy.

Mild carbonation on the palate. Finishes decent enough. Dries out on the finish. Puckeringly tart blueberries in the flavor. Sour lemon-like citrus, yeast, lactic-acid wrinkling the palate a bit, more funky flavors. This definitely is tart. I was surprised my wife took to it so well, but she downed it quickly and happily. I savored mine a bit more, but it was a pleasure to have. A nice tart beer with just hints of fruity sweetness to keep me sipping.

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Photo of joe1510
3.67/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Upland Brewery

Upland's Blueberry Lambic pours burgundy with the look of fruit juice when backlit, glowing red with a purple tint. An aggressive pour only yielded a thin, mostly bubbled head that quickly fizzled out to absolutely nothing. This lambic looks almost still but when backlit I notice a couple streams of very slow moving carbonation. Not a very good start.

The aroma is faint. The blueberries are mildly noticeable and are both sweet and somewhat peppery. The nose is slightly acetic with a sharp note here ad there of blueberry although that's not all that often. Pretty straightforward aroma but I enjoy what's there. The tartness is minimal in the nose.

The flavor comes along nicely and this beer seems to get better as I drink. There's a mild peppery note right off the bat (from the blueberries) with a dry woodiness mid-palate that lingers through the finish. The blueberry adds a touch of sweet but only for a second. Notes of red wine vinegar pop up here and there that are tart but don't quite reach sour. Slight lactic sourness as well but it's tough to pick out. I'd love to see more sourness on this lambic it's pretty good where it is.

The body at first seemed much too watery but as I drink it seems to pick up a little slickness and a mild tartness sticks to my cheeks. The body is on the lighter side of the spectrum and moves fairly quickly.

I can and have been putting this beer away pretty easily. The light body and tartness keep the glass tilted in the pouring position.

I have to say this lambic was a bit of a disappointment. The flavor is there but the lack of carbonation really knocks this one back on most categories. A few more bubbles and this would have been a really good beer.

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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 orbitalr0x
3.57/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

2008 vintage. These have black caps. Purchased yesterday at the brewery. Pours into my glass a deep, vibrant purple/red color with a few light bubbles on top and no real head to speak of. Somewhat hazy. The colors from the real blueberries really shines through. Aromas of light grain malt bathed in a barnyard funkiness. Sour acetic notes mix in with fresh fruity blueberry notes and oak. Pretty nice, but its a bit mellow compared to traditional Belgian counterparts.

First sip brings a light crisp grain upfront that leads way to a fruity blueberry flavor. Sour, acidic notes move in with the trademark lambic, barnyard funkiness. Vinous notes on the way down with mild oak astringency. Not as sour as expected and nearly non-existent carbonation. Maybe some age will help this?

Mouthfeel is light and smooth here. Goes down easy with a subtle puckering sourness. I have to fault this particular bottle as it almost had no carbonation whatsoever. I'm really hoping my other blueberry bottle doesn't have this problem, as it does take away from the overall brew. Cheers to Upland for creating all these lambics!

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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 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 kbutler1
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle. Poured into a tulip glass a clear, blue/purple tinged copper color with a minimal head that collars around the glass. Nice aroma with notes of tart blueberry, fruit, and slight acetone. Light mouthfeel. The blueberry isn’t as good as what I wanted. Not overly sour. Not too carbonated and wish it had a touch more. Some apple fruit notes as well.

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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 TWStandley
4.12/5  rDev +8.4%

Poured from the bottle into a taster glass. 2012 vintage.

Appeared a dark purple color with minimal head and carbonation. Slightly see through.

Smelled of tart blueberries, orange, lemon, and white wine.

Taste is solid. Very sour - typical of Upland. Not much funk but more tartness. A bit of champagne taste.

Mouthfeel is light with little carbonation.

Overall a mouth-puckering sour that is solid.

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Photo of Dreadnaught33
4.4/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The best of the Upland Lambics IMHO.

A: Looks awesome. Purplish red color and nice ring of head. Beautiful.

S: Nice blueberry pie with graham cracker sweet buttery crust. The diaceytl butter is in there but it actually works well with the blueberry and tartness of the smell.

T: A ton of fresh blueberry mixes with a slight funky barnyard yeastyness. Not overly sweet but fruity. Yogurtish with some lactose sugar. More sour, and it would neatly be perfect.

M: Smooth and great carbo like the others.

D: Nice.

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

Thanks to kstrickler for muling this!

Poured a respectably carbonated clear blue into my old school grandma glass. not much lacing or head present.

Smell of sweet acid and some mild czech hop with blueberries and oak.

Taste of fresh blueberries, oaky funk and battery acid. There is not a ton of body to it, in fact it feels pretty light in mouthfeel for the style. The funk got slightly stronger towards the end for two reasons being that there were more particulate matter at the bottom and because it had warmed up a little bit. It starts of extremely refreshingly good tasting of blueberries and light sweet lambic. As it warmed, more of the gueuze flavors become prominent and made me respect Upland a little more for getting a good quality flavored lambic out in the middle of the US. There was a slight dry / tart finish to it which is expected for the style.

A nice blueberry lambic. The first I have had, next for Blauw to compare head to head with LeBlue possibly.

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Photo of craytonic
3.55/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Certainly a blueberry hue to it, no better way to describe it. Smallish head shares that hue, almost no lacing.

Smell: I am really just not a fan of the yeast Upland uses, it bothers me on every single Upland beer I taste, it adds what seems like wet cardboard flavors and smells to it. Light tartness to it and certainly some faint blueberry behind the wet cardboard.

Taste: Again I get the wet cardboard I find in all their beers, like an old book that is dam, followed by a light tartness, oak, must/dust and blueberries. Faint pepper tastes as well. I wish this was a bit more blueberry-forward, I think that would be much more enjoyable (similar to say Cantillon lou pepe kriek). There is a slight jammy element to it that is enjoyable, although you can't pin that part of it on blueberry.

Mouthfeel: this one does have a good full mouthfeel, probably from tannins in the blueberries.

Drinkability: Nice to try but I won't be seeking this one out. I like the ideas they are trying but they need to work on the execution, up the berry content, and remove the wet book/cardboard aromas and tastes.

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Photo of Bendurgin
3.6/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Andrewinski1 was generous enough to share this one with me. Poured into a tulip. Pours a slightly hazy shade of violet with about a finger of lighter colored head. Kind of a sweet batter aroma to this. Andy said it kind of reminds him of blueberry pancake batter and I think that is spot on. It's slightly tart in the aroma with a decent balance of sweetness. The taste is a bit on the subtle side. Barely tart and barely sweet. It's kind of the Switzerland of beers. I really like the nice light body but I think the carbonation is a bit much. Overall, I dig this. It kind of underwhelms but I'll still stand by it as a sound effort.

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Photo of DavidSomers
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 11/13/14. Pours a reddish purple with thin foam that persists in a 3F lambic glass. Only faint fruit on the nose. Puckery good sour with modest blueberry. Great sour mouthfeel that sinks into the gums. Overall, a very nice sour.

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Photo of KevChiTown
3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Won in Upland sour raffle. Split with my buddy who took the drive. Pours and drinks like a very tart lambic, but neither one of us really picked up much if any blueberry. Still very enjoyable.

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Photo of Stevem68
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a pure blueberry color. Aroma is sour and blueberries. Flavor is very sour but balanced by the fruit. Leaves a great lingering sourness. Overall I really like this. It's very sour but built in a solid base of blueberry.

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Photo of sleazo
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I have been sitting on this one for about 3 months now as I heard it does well with a few months to mature.

A_A fairly vigourous pour produced a dark cherry coloured beer with no head or foaming. It is literally devoid of visual carbonation save for a few bubbles on the sides of the glass.

S_A fairly complex mix of perfume-like and tart blueberries, a general barnyard mustiness, vanilla and honey.

T_Not quite as spot on as the smell. The taste is a mild sourness and a faint hit of blueberries. The finish lingers slightly with a nice floral bouquet. Still it is rather mild overall and the funky lambic notes I was looking for are almost absent. There is a pleasing vanilla like oak quality that is nice.

M_Fairly flat with a rather light feel.

D_The potential is here but there are some definite faults. not sure where they went wrong but it needs the flavour component amped up a notch. I preferred the Blackberry to this one.

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Photo of andrewinski1
2.82/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottled on 09-27-10. Batch 42-09

Poured into a tulip. Nice mauve color. Not quite hazy but not exactly clear either. I can see a few bubbles racing upwards to a light-lavender lacing. There is a bit of stickiness.

The smell immediately reminds me of blueberry pancakes. A nice amount of sweetness is noticed among the powerful blueberry aroma.

The taste is very dry, and there is a lot of cracker and biscuit flavor here. The finish is dry and reminiscent of croutons. The tart blueberry flavor resides somewhere in the middle, but only to leave a bit of medicinal flavor. The aftertaste reminds me a little bit of burnt rubber.

I like the lively mouthfeel. The sharpness of the bubbles works well with wild ales. Not a terrible beer but it noticeably falls short of other similar versions. My 8 ounce share is enough for me, and I'll enjoy it.

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Photo of seaoflament
3.17/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to my buddy SPLITGRING for the Upland lambic hook-up. I opened this bottle tonight at La Bella Pizza with Joey and Danny.

Pours a dark rosy color, looks pretty flat too. Dark purple once it's in the glass and to me it reminds me of beet juice. Cloudy white after the yeast pour.

A bit of funk at first, blueberry, plastic, various berry aromas like strawberry notes here an there...not that complex though.

Tasted of blueberry juice with some funky plastic, not much complexity at all. Just juice later on. As a lambic, no, it is not that great.

Low carbonation, a bit syrupy initially but there is a dry finish that balances out the beer well.

Easy to drink since it tastes like old blueberry juice.

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Photo of EricCioe
4.16/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Adam H for sharing at his birthday tasting.

This pours a strange hue of purple with a small fizzy head rising and falling to a ring. The nose is unreal, a great mixture of blueberries, sweat, and general funk. There isn't a massive combination of flavors going on, just an amazing mixture of a few things. In the mouth it didn't impress as much, but there is a great tartness backing up the blueberries. The body is medium light with a long, dry finish.

Overall, this is a fine beer. If somehow Upland could figure out how to get the nose into the mouth, they'd have something really special on their hands.

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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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Blueberry Lambic from Upland Brewing Company
3.8 out of 5 based on 319 ratings.
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