Raspberry Lambic | Upland Brewing Company

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Raspberry LambicRaspberry 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 mynie
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours bright red, like the buzzers on an 80s gameshow. Aggressively effervescent, too. Must pour very slowly.

Smells very sweet, fruity, and tart. It's a raspberry tartness all the way, with very few traditionally lambicky nodes, and I'm ambivalent about that. On the one hand, it's a lot more accessible than a regular lambic. On the other, I kind of miss the acidic funkiness.

Tastes a bit more balanced out than the aroma had led me to anticipate, though still tastes more like fizzy raspberry juice than it does a lambic (though, thankfully, fizzy raspberry juice tastes pretty nice). The sourness was very big, but pleasant, and a handful of oak nodes serve to smooth things out.

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Photo of Gtreid
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to urwithdave for sharing. Poured into my CCB tulip.

A: Dark pink color. The pour dropped an big three finger head the quickly faded to a thin rim.

A: Big time sour raspberries. Herbal, sour, and other citrus. Underliying base malt tries to lend some balance.

T: Man this is tart. Very sour and fizzy. The raspberries are the star of the show, but there are notes of other red berries and sweet pale malt.

M: Very carbonated, fizzy. Light body.

O: Really good beer. I've had better sours, but this one I wouldn't pass up.

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Photo of oline73
3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I shared this at Jackie O's before the bottle sale this weekend. Poured into a goblet.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy red color with a lot of really bubbly pink head. The head fades quickly.

Smell: Very funky with lots of sweet, natural raspberries. Quite crisp.

Taste: Loaded full of fresh raspberry flavor and fairly traditional lambic funk. There seems to be some citrus sourness in there as well. The finish is acidic and slightly spicy.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with really aggressive carbonation and a really dry finish.

Overall: This is an extremely tart, sour beer. The fruit addition is very welcome and well done. I'm glad I got to try it.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle, bottled 3/7/11, Batch # 52-09. Served in a tulip, the beer pours a hazy ruby red color with a couple inch light pink head that went away quickly. Not much lacing at all. The brew smells like sweet and tart raspberries, vinegar, funk, lemon peel and some oak. The taste is pretty much the same as the aroma, but the sour flavors are much stronger compared to the sweet ones. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's coating and has high carbonation (a bit too much carbonation for me). I think this is a good overall beer, it's pricey at $19.79 a bottle but I'd buy this again in the future. Definitely worth trying.

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Photo of phichifiji00
3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into tulip.

Appearance: Ruby red, haszy, pink head, lots of lacing.

Smell: Funk, grapefruit, earthy, raspberry.

Taste: Earthy, funky, raspberry, grapefruit, acidic, red wine vinegar.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied, moderate carbonation, acidic.

Overall: Very tasty. The sourness and fruit flavors are in good balance. Very drinkable.

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Photo of DovaliHops
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks for sharing, Mario! Pours a ruby pink color with a large white-ish pink head. Scent is RASPBERRY bomb with slightly acidic aromas. Lots of sweet raspberry. Taste is initially a little strange...can't really describe it, but just a little off. Then each taste after gets better and better. Tons of delicious raspberry flavor with nice sour pucker. Not extremely sour, balanced out with sweetness. Maybe a bit of sugar added? Mouthfeel is medium bodied, and tart. Drinkability is high. Overall, this was a good experience for my first Upland beer. I will be seeking out others in the near future.

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Photo of antoines15
3.46/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2011 version carefully poured but still had some sediment sneak through.

A: i would describe the color as "raspberry." Very active carbonation and the bubbles continue all the way through the glass.

S: faint raspberry and a lot of funk. I was hoping for more raspberry in the nose than what I am getting.

T: Sour, not much raspberry really, very drying and clean on the palate.

M: Bubbly and nice.

O: Not my favorite lambic and I would say I was expecting more from Upland. I also have the kiwi and persimmon so hopefully those are better than this. Not terrible but not really one I would recommend either.

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Photo of MarcatGSB
3.83/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into New Holland flute. Perfect glassware for this particular beverage.

Appearance: Pours a very hazy raspberry color with an active two finger white head. A bit of a gusher as I opened the bottle...took a minute she snuck out.

Smell: Big raspberry bouquet followed up by a nice musty aroma of funk and oak.

Taste: Wow, big bomb of raspberry. I guess that is to be expected, it is a raspberry lambic. There is some really 'must' going on with this one, and it's enjoying. Real nice funky character.

Mouth: Nice level of high carbonation. She goes down easy, but then leaves a big drying effect on the tongue. Pucker. Real nice beer, almost a little to dry for me.

Drink and overall: It's drinkable, but even splitting this bottle with Emily my mouth began to feel a big raw, and dry. It's a nice beer, and I'll have it again, but it's not in the league of the classic 3F and Cantillon lambics.

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Photo of crossovert
3.37/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml corked and caged bottle. Bottles 2/7/11. Batch 52-09.

The cork comes of with a thundering pop. It pours with a huge pink head and a hazy rubyish brown body. The head quickly fizzles away with no lacing. Freakishly carbonated.

There is definitely some sourness in the nose. The funk makes you cringe almost one first big whiff you get. There is some lemon and raspberry in there too. There is a slight hint of oak.

The flavor is intense and sour. Not overwhelmingly though. There is also a ton of funk. The high carbonation is almost over the top. It makes the flavor of this beer just engulf your mouth and throat. IT really prickles the tongue. The flavor is lemony with some barnyard and almost a mint flavor. There is a reminiscence of tart raspberry but it is mostly overtaken by the bacteria. It isn't overly sweet but it creeps in as you dirnk.

If you like your sour beers full-on and unsubtle I would suggest this.

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Photo of harrymel
2.93/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottled 7MAR11

A: pours a beautiful pink with a peach hue. Pretty pink foam cap disappears quickly to a clean surface. Really a pretty beer with murky clarity which lends well to the colors.

S: raspberry and lemons with a hint if mint.

T: sour with rapsberries and yeast. The beer tastes nice until I swallow. The finish on this is really yeasty and warm with a odd salinity to it. The finish is really destroying this beer for me.

M: medium bodied and full carb with a really slick and coating finish for me.

O: everything was great until I put it in my mouth. Then it was downhill.

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Photo of 7ways
2.74/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 1 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Explosive, ear popping shot when the cork is popped. Immediate foam all over the floor, Jolly Pumpkin-style. At least it's not under-carbonated like some reviews I read. That's forgivable, but the massive chunks of raspberries and seeds is not. I have seen plenty of beers with a ridiculous amount of sediment, but this was 1/2 cm wide chunks of fruit and seeds coating the bottom and floating on top. Beer should not be crunchy. Muddy red color. Overall, it looks like shit.

The aroma is the best component of this beer. Very tart and sweet raspberry and strawberry, some oak.

Pure raspberry and funk, and very simple. Not terribly tart, but extremely sweet. This is the world's most expensive wine cooler.

Very prickly, almost too much unless the beer settles for 15 minutes. After that it's pretty nice, as long as you ignore the seeds.

After thoroughly enjoying Upland's Peach and Persimmon, I am pretty shocked at what just happened here. This is a fail for me, possibly the worst "framboise" style beer I've had.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.64/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip. Bottled 3/7/11, Batch 53-09. Big thanks to Rempo for this.

2.5 A: Opaque cherry plum color. First pour gave me a lot of head. Second pour gave me a full glass with two and a half fingers of fizzy pink head that falls quickly and leaves no lacing. Some small floaties pushed around from the constant and intense stream of bubbles from the bottom of the glass.

3.5 S: This is less fruity in the nose than the other Uplands, though the raspberry is still easily discernable. A good hit of lactic tanginess, but not much in terms of sourness. Plenty of oak and vanilla to a lesser extent. Notes of hay and orchard funk. More sweet than the others with just a touch of tartness.

4.0 T: The taste is more attuned to what I expect. Full of tart raspberry that offers a good mix of sweet and sour. Again, lots of fruity lactic acid that gives off cherry and blueberry in addition to the raspberry. Some notes of acetic acid. Again hay and orchard funk. Moderately puckering overall. Not bad.

3.5 M: Light to lighter medium body. Carbonation is spritzy (which I like) and a good bit higher in volume than I'd prefer (which can be distracting at times). Puckering on finish.

3.5 D: Another solid beer in the lambic lineup. This has a pretty good taste and is among the more sour from the series. Smell is strangely more subdued than the taste suggests and the carbonation of this bottle is distractingly high.

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Photo of rudzud
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared at a private lil tasting, reviewed from notes.

2009 vintage

A - Poured a nice ruby red with a light pink head that fades rather quickly. Nice appearance for a lambic.

S - Really nice raspberry up front. Sweet, tart, and nice intenseness.

T - Not bad flavors here. A little older though. Fruity, funky, especially on the end. Its a fleeting flavor, nice lambic though.

M - Nice mouthfeel. Good carbonation for a lambic.

O - Overall an enjoyable lambic. Glad I got to try this one. Its somewhat one dimensional, but still is tasty.

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to rempo for always hooking up the uplands!

a - poured a deep pinkish red. Thick frothy pink head. Not a nottle bomb either! Lively visible carbonation.

s - in a word raspberries. Smells great. Nice sweetness.

t - thick and heavy raspberry. Very sour. Sweet but mostly sour, like drinking a sour patch kid.

m - a bit fizzy. Punch your in the eye sour. Family who tried it when I opened the bottle couldn't believe it was a beer.

o - overall smell is the highlight. Beer was surprizingly sour. Pretty good and definitely raspberries.

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Photo of thagr81us
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this one during the 'We Want The Funk!' tasting that was graciously hosted by beermeX2! Big thanks goes out to beermeX2 for sharing this one with the group! Holy crap, this one was a GEYSER! The cork literally removed itself once the cage was off! Served from bottle into a Mikkeller flute. Poured a pinkish red with a minimal off-white head. There was no lacing evident throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, raspberry, and sour. The flavor was of sweet malt, raspberry, sour, and tart. It had a light feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. I really hate that half the bottle ejected itself into the sink as most people really seemed to enjoy this one the most of the lineup. I can see why as the combination of the raspberries with the sour/tart notes just simply worked together. While this was not the most complex beer of the lineup it definitely stoodout in enjoyment for most at the tasting out of the other Uplands.

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Photo of AgentZero
3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle thanks to Sean.

A - Dark red beer with a foamy pink head that had rasbperry "stuff" floating in it. Looked appropriate for the beer and flavor type.

S - Raspberries, sugar, some tartness. Not tons going on, but it smells pleasant.

T - Quite a fruity beer, lots of raspberry flavor and very fruity. Some nice tart and funk notes, taking it out of the "fruit beer" realm and into "lambic." Kind of one-noted, but easy to drink and tastes good.

M - Lighter bodied, over carbonated, dry finish.

O - Good beer, easily drinkable. Not a world beater, and not the best of the ones that they produce, but this is good stuff and I enjoyed drinking it.

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

Beer shared by Thorpe, thanks. Beer is red / dark pink almost purple in various lights. No head, no lacing, carbonation moderate to low.

Aroma is incredible, very tart and sour with a strong raspberry presence, smells awesome. Good oakiness, wonderful fruits, nice acetic character, some citric acid too. Very strong.

Beer is thin and bright, heavily carbonated on the mouth, you get the fruit immediately and then you get the sourness with a very tart finish that hits you in the corners of your mouth. It's strong, very strong, almost overwhelming...but I powered on. It is very sour, very bitter and tart but it is a wonderful collection of flavors. I would definitely drink more of this.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Thorpe429. Thanks Mike!

The beer appears a hazy reddish pink hue, with sediment particles meandering about. The head is small in stature and leaves little lacing upon the glass.

The aroma is primarily of tart raspberries and a light funk.

The flavor is pleasant, not overly sour. The oak presence is subtle. The beer is quite acidic and finishes with some sharp vinegar-like notes. Fruit is very present throughout.

The feel is a bit sharp on the palate, with a slight pucker factor.

An enjoyable brew. I am very happy at the opportunity to sample a new sour / wild ale, and I would certainly have it again.

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Photo of cpetrone84
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

we have our first gusher!

A-it pours a dark mahogony red with tons of sediment and extremely cloudy with a fluffy dark pink head. Yeast sediment sits on top.

S-the nose has some tart acidity up front, lots of dry oak and some hints of sawdust, the raspberries are subtle and lighter in the nose and somewhat past their ripeness.

T-the flavor is subtle and rather light. the oak is very strong in this beer with plenty of an earthy yeast. the raspberries have a hint of tartness to them and are softer and understated. not vastly flavorful but very integrated and subtle.

M-light body, very smooth on the palate and has some creamy aspects to them. the carbonation is lower and the finish is pretty wet.

D-this is extremely drinkable and very light in flavor. the flavor is a little light but it makes for a very easy to drink beer. the fruits are subtle and the most dominant flavor is the oak especially in the nose.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.72/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 from Bobby91w.... Bobby hooked it up.. very cool trade.. I pulled this one out at a "big boy" tasting a few weeks back... I am amazed this bottle held up this well.. surprising... I want the next batch bad.

A couple of years old now.... damn..

Glowing orange.... descent white head.. Nice looking brew....

great funk in the nose... surprising really... lactic and lemony... earthy funk... tart fruity and good oak... the raspberry is out in the background... but really, that isn't terrible.. really, this is a great smelling "American" lambic...

Raspberry is only a bit better on the palate... some spicy cinnamon notes combine with a hefty oaky presence.... a little lactic... but some acetic notes come swinging.... I want alot more musty character... cellar funk would be appreciated... Nice but not awesome.

body seems a tad high... carbonation is lite... Overall, all the bones are there, but I want to see the 2nd batch dialed in with some more continental funk and balance.


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Photo of yourefragile
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 mL corked and caged bottle. Bottled 2/5/10, Batch 77-08. Poured into two tulips with only minimal gushing. Mildly apprehensive having sat on this for so long and not trying it fresher.

Pours a hazed crimson pink color with a fizzy, thick bright pink head that quickly fades to thick ring of bubbles and splotchy film. Aroma is tart and fruity, with raspberry and lemon zest. There is some mild barnyard funk and acidity, but is mostly fruit forward. Flavor has a rich, sweet real raspberry fruitiness hiding behind the strong carbonation and pleasant sour acidity. Unfortunately the fruit isn't as strong as the nose or as imagine it was fresh. Body finishes dry and overall this is very refreshing, though mildly overcarbonated. Not complex, but not as one dimensional as I expected from other reviews. Nice.

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Photo of JAXSON
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Gusher, pours a murky crimson with a small soapy head. Nose is oak, mineral, light horsey brett. Flavor is fairly light, a lot of mineral, red berries. I really enjoy how simple and fruit-forward this is, as there is little sourness and no acidity to kind of skew things. Very dry. it's refreshing in its simplicity, which I respect in the Upland lambics I've had, and made better through the lack of acidity.

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Photo of glid02
4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by Dan - thanks! This is the original (at least what I think is original) batch, released two years ago.

Pours a hazy bright red color that turns red-orange near the top of the pour. The head is made up of a half-finger of slightly off-white foam that dissipates into a wispy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of ripe and moderately tart raspberries along with sweeter strawberries. Also present are slight hints of vanilla from the oak and slighter hints of funk.

Tastes very similar to how it smells. Indistinct malt flavors kick things off along with light amounts of wheat and are joined quickly by large raspberry and strawberry flavors. The berry flavors are tart up front but midway through the sip they sweeten up a bit and allow small amounts of funk into the profile. Soft vanilla flavors work their way into things near the end of the sip before fading out into a lightly tart ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with grainy carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I finished my glass quickly and could easily have a few more.

Overall I was a very big fan of this beer, as I was of the other sour I've had from Upland. Very well balanced and not much room for improvement - worth a shot.

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Photo of kbutler1
3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle. 2009 vintage. Pours a slightly hazed orange amber color with zero head. The smell is rather a sharp raspberry tart nose with some slight barnyard types. Slightly sweet upfront with a nice tart raspberry sourness. Some apple notes as well. Slightly mouth puckering. Ends rather cleanly. Very drinkable. I'd like to see the raspberry flavors a little more prevalent.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.47/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes. Many, many samples of this tried at SAVOR 2010. One of the first beers of the night and one that we came back to several times throughout. Glad they had it there and I didn't have to open up any of my bottles.

Served in a mini snifter. Pours a light pink color with a nice white head and moderate lacing after a few good swirls. The nose pulls through some really, really excellent and fresh raspberry notes along with some good levels of sourness as well as a bit of oak. The taste is strong raspberry with really nice levels of acidity. Good oak component. The sourness level is really great with the fruit flavor and this is one delicious brew--by far my favorite of their lambic series.

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Raspberry Lambic from Upland Brewing Company
4.05 out of 5 based on 509 ratings.
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