Blueberry Lambic | Upland Brewing Company

Blueberry LambicBlueberry Lambic
BA SCORE
76.9%
Liked This Beer
3.95 w/ 320 ratings
Blueberry LambicBlueberry Lambic
BEER INFO

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

Style: Lambic - Fruit

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by emerge077 on 01-01-2008

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#5,479
Reviews:
98
Ratings:
320
Liked:
246
Avg:
3.95/5
pDev:
12.41%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
259
Gots:
64
Trade:
10
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Ratings: 320 |  Reviews: 98
Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.74/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle shared by Mike yesterday, thanks man.

This pours a stunning looking purplish blue color, looks like they spared no expense with the fruit here. There's a very small head and no lacing.

Smells like old tart blueberry, with a nostril stinging sourness- lots of lacto on the nose.

I'd always heard that Upland sours were really, really sour, and this confirms it. It's pretty stinging, with a lemony Warhead feel. However, there is a lot of blueberry here- but I do wish there a little bit more underlying funk or complexity. There's not much of that to be found, and if it was, this'd be a lot better.

This is medium bodied, with a clean but strongly acidic mouthfeel.

Probably a bit to sour, but the blueberry is done nicely.

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Photo of Rice_Nate_25
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dataylor21
4.27/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Stillmakingnoise
3.84/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of tmentzer
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
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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Photo of jemarent
4.61/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of BeerOps
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Sweffin
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of thatoneguymike
4.51/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of swanfungus
3.67/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Iamjeff6
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of kojevergas
3.79/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

BOTTLE: Brown glass. Classy understated label art & design. Branded black hood-and-wire cap over a cork. 750ml. Bottled: 01/17/14. Batch: 014.

Served cold into a tulip and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Expectations are high given the brewery and style. Reviewed live as a blueberry faux-lambic.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: About 1.5-2 inches wide. Fizzy and white, with a thin weak consistency. Retention is pathetic; this recedes fully within 15 seconds, leaving no lacing.

BODY: Vibrant red. Translucent; semitransparent. No yeast is visible within. Clean-looking.

Appears aptly carbonated. It's a good look for a fruited (faux)lambic, even if it isn't the purple of a blueberry lambic like Cantillon's or the blue you might hope for. I'm eager to try it.

AROMA: Berry-skin, mellow sourness (maybe 3/10 in terms of intensity), clean lactobacillus bacteria, tart currants, acid, wine-eagre, timid faint oak, and maybe redcurrant. Notably, no blueberry (or bilberry) is suggested, which is admittedly a bit of a let-down.

The reticence of the oak is also disappointing, as-is the seeming relative lack of sourness. More bacterial complexity would be lovely, and all I'm picking up in terms of sourness is lactobacillus-derived, not lambicus yeast-derived. If it wasn't so boldly identified as a lambic on the bottle, I might wonder if I'd aged it too long...

Aromatic intensity is average.

TASTE: The taste brings *far* more sourness, tartness, and acidity than the aroma suggested, much to the beer's benefit. Lactobacillus bacterial notes, hints of vinegar, acetic acid, lactic acid, and some juicy redcurrants. Could be more tart. The sourness is almost puckering in its strength, coming in at a good 7-8/10 in terms of intensity. What's noticeably absent is any blueberry whatsoever; I pick up on berries/currants and berry skin, but not blueberry.

As I feared, all the sourness is seemingly from lactobacillus; there're no other bacterial strains that are obvious, nor is there any intricate lambicus yeast.

Still, the depth of flavour is stellar, and no sour fan will be disappointed. It's well-balanced, letting the sourness easily eclipse the neutral malt base, and there're no off-notes, nor is there anything out of place (e.g. booze or overt hop notes). There are more complex sours out there (especially in terms of lambics, true and faux), but this is more than sufficient and I find it a very tasty likable beer. Cohesive, if not gestalt in its build. Good execution.

TEXTURE: Has that lovely puckery smackiness on the palate I always adore in a great sour. It's acidic to style, but not too twangy, and is aptly smooth, wet, and refreshing. Aptly medium-bodied, with a nice moderately thick moderately hefty presence on the palate. An even softer, more delicate feel might suit the beer better, but this is well-executed - albeit a biteen overcarbonated.

This texture complements the taste well, but falls short of achieving a perfect harmony with it. The pungent acidity does help accentuate the lactobacillus, elevating the beer as a whole.

OVERALL: It's not an American rival to Cantillon's blueberry lambic by any stretch, nor does it really bring any blueberry. But it's surprisingly not unworthy of the lambic epithet on its label, even if it wasn't fermented in the Senne valley. I'm not sure it's amongst the elite of American-brewed sours, but there's a lot going on here that I love. For a fruited lambic, though, its really missing notes of fruit - as well as the requisite concomitant tartness. Absolutely worth trying, and one of the more sour sours I've had of late. Some drinkers might find its palate-stripping battery acid acidity overwhelming, but I quite fancy it. Proof Upland's sours are worthy of their high reputation (even if their shelf offerings almost always fall short).

I'm glad I chose this as my birthday beer, and will relish devouring the entire bottle.

Would pair very well with a balsamic vinegar-dressed salad. Aging potential seems restrained; the complexity (particularly in terms of the fermenting agents) just isn't there.

B+ (3.79)

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Photo of Eziel
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.94/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Domvan
4.19/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mendvicdog
3.55/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of drewone
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of barczar
3.86/5  rDev -2.3%
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 buschbeer
4.31/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750 ML bottle
Served in a beer flute
Bottled 11-13-14

This beer pours a purple hue with some amber highlights. A fleeting off white head with a pink tint made an appearance and left no traces of its existence.

I get aromas of blueberry, sourness, and some good old fashioned funk.

The taste is mouth puckeringly sour. The blueberries do little to offset it, but they do add a little sweetness. There is not a lot of that moldy/mildew taste that some lambics have.

Medium with some prickly carbonation. It leaves a feeling of having the back of my tongue coated.

This is a very good sour beer. Most sours fall short of sour and end up being tart. This beer gives me everything that I want in a sour. I get the hype over Uplands sour program now.

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Photo of jaydoc
4.16/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Hohnbaum
4.09/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Stinger80OH
3.84/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of benzalman
4.23/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of antoines15
3.41/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of PassMeAZima
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Blueberry Lambic from Upland Brewing Company
Beer rating: 76.9% out of 100 with 320 ratings
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