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Kiwi Lambic | Upland Brewing Company

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Kiwi LambicKiwi Lambic

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

Style: Lambic - Fruit

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by hrking on 10-02-2008

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Reviews: 98 | Ratings: 479
Photo of Phyl21ca
1.6/5  rDev -60.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.5

Bottle: Poured a light yellow color lambic with a nice pure white foamy head with good retention and light lacing. Aroma of paint thinner is pretty intense with quite a bit of acidic notes and sour notes also perceptible. Taste is also dominated by paint thinner notes with intense sour notes and quite a bit of acidic notes. Kiwi is quite hard to distinguish. Body is light with good carbonation. The paint thinner notes were a big turn-off for me.

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Photo of HOPSareKey
1.96/5  rDev -52.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.75

I cannot believe the high marks this is getting. It starts out ok with a nice, hazy gold/tangerine color. Lacto heavy citrus nose. The first sip is where everything goes wrong. Extreme puckering and enamel erasing blast immediately. Lacto overpowered everything in this. Couldnt finish it. Complete mess. I love upland, but this falls flat on its face.

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Photo of myersk27
2.5/5  rDev -38.9%

Have had this multiple times in the past year. Basically this is just pure acid. The liquid in the bottle has barely any kiwi flavor to it and is so sour that it feels like the enamel is being stripped from my teeth and it attacks the lining in my stomach. It's barely drinkable. This was from the first lottery batch. I hope the second round is more palatable. I enjoy sours, but this one needs more kiwi flavor and less sour.

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Photo of ThePaleRider
2.51/5  rDev -38.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 2.5

Scored in a trade for a Parabola. Now I'm regretting that decision.

A - Pours a really pretty orange. The head has zero retention so once it settles down it looks like a glass of juice. Very thick and hazy.

S - Sour, funky yeast. Lots of citrus peels but doesn't really resemble kiwi. Just smells very tart.

T - Acid BOMB. No kiwi present at all. This doesn't even taste like a fruited beer. Pure lacto and sour. Resembles a warhead. Very one dimensional and dumb.

F - Burn, lots of acid burn in the mouth and just sour. I actually had heartburn an hour after drinking this.

O - One dimensional, sensationalized beer that is getting way too much hype.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
2.9/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to TPatuto (Tom) for this one. Shared with capra12 and schen9303 at an Upland tasting. Poured from a corked and caged bottle (batch 77-08, bottled 2/5/10) into a Darkness snifter. Paired with the fruit.

Beer pours no head and leaves no lace. Nearly still. Color is a cloudy orange-peach pastel. Score would be lower if not for the style which isn't highly carbonated to begin with.

Nose is a musty lemon tartness. Hay and wood combine to create a slight Brett presence. Very mellow overall and no hint of kiwi.

Opens lemon and a tartness that comes from the white in the center of the kiwi (made clear from the fruit pairing). Hay, Brett, and band-aid accompany an indistinguishable sourness. Finish is tart and slightly sweet with near no aftertaste save for a touch of sour. Pretty plain.

Light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Oily and smooth in the mouth and semi-dry going down. Tart finish with a subtle but sticky aftertaste. Appropriate.

Having them side by side, this is clearly the worst of the Upland lambics. The kiwi taste is not overly strong in the first place and placing it in a beer doesn't help that flavor come through. A decent beer overall but nothing like advertised.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.07/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter. 2014 bottle.

Appearance - Hazy. Bright orange. Almost no head. A tiny collar.

Smell - Acidic. Whoa. Fruity. Lots of oak and some vanilla.

Taste - Really sour. Strong kiwi. Gets extremely sour very quickly. Tropical fruit sourness, like passionfruit. Woody, but that is also overwhelmed.

Mouthfeel - Medium low carbonation. Silly sourness.

Overall - If you like excessively sour beers, you'll like this. I get the kiwi up front, but then it's all sourness.

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Photo of rallison
3.33/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle. Sea O'Floydster epic tasting, post PP Belgian Fest. Thanks Carlos for bringing this bottle.

Unfortunately, one of the bigger letdowns of the night.

The flavor, quite simply, falls down way too quickly. Sweet. Minimal sourness and tartness. Fruity notes, but you'd be hard pressed to peg it as being kiwi. Some funk in the nose. Watery finish. Basically no mid or back palate. Slightly creamy/smooth in the mouthfeel aside from the watery character.

Easy to drink though, with a few pleasant qualities. An interesting idea that held potential..but was a definite letdown. Too bad.

That said, pretty cool to try one of only 48 bottles in existence.

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Photo of Ryan011235
3.4/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a Delirium tulip on 2/6/12

Bottled 12/6/
Batch 134-8

Split with MbpBugeye

A) Hazy, golden apricot is fairly pretty. One finger of soda pop type foam is gone in no time. No lace.

S) Clean aroma over all. Nice and juicy with an air of tartness. Kiwi notes are backed with damp oak and soft musty yeast tones. Tangy and dry. It smells pleasant and lively.

T) Very tart with more than moderate sourness. There's some nippy kiwi but the overall flavor is a tart, light fruit presence. Oak adds a subtle dry wood note. It doesn't taste too musty though - just a little funk on the back end. Very dry.

M) The body is on the light side. Very crisp with steep carbonation. Bone dry finish.

O) Nice little sipper here. Nothing amazing, just really good. The price of admission is really high, though.

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Photo of Etan
3.65/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

2013 bottle into a snifter.

A. Pours darkish straw with a small white head. I was hoping for green!

S. Acetic and lactic, a little cheesy, lots of acid. This one's going to be sour.

T. Very sour, lactic, moderate vinegar. Kiwi comes out subtly around the edges with some rindy tart fruity notes.

M. Light-bodied, very light carbonation. Dry and very tart on the tongue.

O: This is probably the most sour of the Upland "lambics." A toned-down acidity and more kiwi character would have been nice.

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Photo of dar482
3.7/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer is harshly tart, like most other Uplands, and painfully so. The kiwi flavor peeks its way through, but in general, the tart quality is overwhelming and wholly cringe and pain worthy.

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Photo of seaoflament
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A big thanks to Jay23 for hooking me up with the Upland Lambics, including this rarity that I didn't think I would be able to get after the tragic news came out about the bottling accident. I took this beer to the SeaofFloydster Tasting on March 28th.

Poured a hazy apricot color, zero head...seemed flat.

I was afraid this one would blow after the last lambic I had from these guys (blueberry) which wasn't good enough for a lambic. I was pleased that this one had some funk and cheesy aromas, fruits, lemon, sweet toast and caramel in the background. Not sure if I can say the fruit I smell is kiwi but there is a sweet and tart lemony aroma. Decent aroma and along the lines of the Blackberry which is my favorite.

Fruity upfront with a light brett leathery taste and tartness in the finish. Acidity in the back. Toast and crackers in the end. Not bad tasting but nothing outstanding.

No carbonation and kind of watery in the finish...the lack of carbonation wouldn't be too much of a problem if there beer had a drier finish, still it's pretty easy to drink and more brett character to keep it from tasting just like juice (like the blueberry).

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Photo of craytonic
3.76/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

5-18-2012 review:
New batch, much improved! Old rating is below
Appearance: Still not much to look at, murky with some floaters
Smell: lots of kiwi here! Other fruits like melons and a nice acidity and funk
Taste: Kiwi, limes, melons, nice sourness and a touch of funk
Overall: This one has really improved, much more kiwi. I'm adjusting my score upwards

9-26-2010 review:
Many thanks to kkipple for sharing this bottle, I didn't realize how rare it was till I went in for the tick

Appearance: This was one nasty pour, murky orange-peach mississippi gumbo of yeast and some other particulate matter.

Smell: Not much kiwi, mostly yeast with a light funky sourness with some vinegar and oak.

Taste: Slightly sweet, not much kiwi. I wish it were more sour. THere are some other fruits present, I think pineapple and grapefruit.

Mouthfeel: Well done, smooth with good carbonation.

Drinkability: Drinks fairly easily. I don't think that I could pick out any kiwi on a blind taste. I have been much more impessed by their other lambics.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.77/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

2008 Release; Sampled August 2010
Huge thanks to Marc for the chance to try this beer, I definitely owe you one (hit me up any time). A steady pour into my large Tripel Karmeliet tulip glass produces a large bubbled, off-white colored head that can't quite entirely cover the surface of the beer. The body is an amber tinged, dark gold color that shows a deep gold hue, that is almost clear, when held up to the light. The aroma smells up front of fruit and acetic acid. A deeper inspection yields aromas of urea, musky animal sweat, musty leather, funky butyric acid, medicinal phenolics that are fairly pronounced, . The acetic acid accentuates fruit notes of strawberries more than anything; at first I thought I smelled something that might be kiwi, but that was after just pouring the beer and I haven't been able to capture that since. This definitely smells like a funky Lambic, of the 2008 Upland Lambics this is by far the most Lambic like, but a lot of that might have to do with the fact that this has been in the bottle two years longer than any of the others that I have tried.

Lightly sweet tasting, or perhaps that is just the acetic acid perception, the beer is faintly carbonated with just enough to tickle that tongue as it flows past. This is not nearly as acetic tasting as the aroma might have suggested (though even that wasn't over-board at all). Touches of acetone meld with the mild acetic character in the finish and there is a lingering lactic acidity that sits a bit viscously on the palate. The long finish has me noticing the oak character for the first time; it is spicy, a touch tannic, with a nice woodiness. Now that I have noticed it the oak character is noticeable throughout the flavor profile. Fruit flavors of strawberries, perhaps a touch of sour apple. The beer gets fairly mild tasting after some time, it is interesting how mild it becomes; I think part of this is that this has so little carbonation, which seems to help deliver flavor and aroma when at an appropriate level. The body of this beer is quite light, actually even for a Lambic, and I think this is because this beer really isn't that tart; lactic acid seems to provide a slickness to traditional Lambics that this beer just doesn't quite achieve.

Probably the most Lambic like of any of the Uplands I have had, my guess is that the extra time in the bottle has funk'd this up nicely; though this is still quite a long ways from emulating any of the remotely traditional Lambic blenders / brewers. On the other hand the kiwi influence is pretty non-existent at this point. It is interesting how fast this beer fades in the palate. After a couple minutes presence, flavor and complexity of this beer seems to drop out quite a bit; this is even true after taking a break from the beer for about an hour. Now if Upland can only figure out how to carbonate one of these, capture the vibrant fresh fruit character and have a base beer that is actually funky all at the same time then they will really have something; perhaps some of the new batches have done this.... Hmm.

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Photo of Stevedore
3.79/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

750ml bottle from 6/2013. Thanks Chad. Poured into a Hill Farmstead stemmed glass today, 2/27/2014.

App- Pours a very hazy, straw yellow body. Very, very hazy for a "lambic". Comes with a one finger head that dissipates fairly quickly even for a "lambic". Not much lacing. I also got the last pour from the bottle, and there appeared to be a single kiwi seed floating in the beer..

Smell- Holy acid. This smells so damn sour- with a lot of lactate and vinegar. Even a bit of nail polish remover. I don't get any kiwi fruit qualities whatsoever. Still perversely, I am actually enjoying the smell on this one a lot.

Flavour- This is bracingly sour. Easily 10/10 sour. It's eating away at my intestines right now. In terms of palate, similar qualities to Upland Sour Reserve #3- lactate, vinegar, wheat, lemon juice. Except there is no clear kiwi characteristics to be found here.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied, perfectly carbonated. Still, it's on the verge of undrinkable- this beer is disintegrating my intestines, otherwise it would rate higher here.

Overall- The most sour beer I've ever had. Damn, 10/10 sour easily. Beatification and Sour Reserve #3 are a lot more complex and interesting while delivering that 8/10 sour quotient here. Its disappointing that I'm not really getting any kiwi fruit qualities. This is not necessary to age at all, I can't imagine how sour a 09 Kiwi is right now...

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Photo of angrybabboon
3.8/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Consumed 6/24/16

Note: May 2014 bottle

A: Honey with some orange highlights - hazy - pours with a fizzy white head - fades fairly fast to virtually nothing except a faint collar, leaves a few specs of temporary lacing

S: Sharp cheese - seriously, this smells reminiscent of a block of sharp cheddar - loads of funk, sharp sourness, and some tart - highly lactic, with some damp, musty cellar and hints of yogurt - super sharp acidity as well, with some straight-up lemon - loads of wood, sharp oak - fruit, with some straight-up kiwi fruit flesh - malt base is mostly hidden by the cheesy fruit funk blast

T: Cheese and kiwi - super sharp acidity - loads of straight-up acid and lemon - sharp cheddar cheese - some lactic sour, with some musty cellar - like a Gueuze with loads of sour complexity - lingering sharp sour, like a Warhead - more cheese - fruity, with some super-tart kiwi - lots of wood, with sharp oak - light sweetness

M: Medium body, borderline nonexistent carbonation, stupidly sharp if I haven't mentioned that enough already - actually becomes punishing after a while, forces you to sip

O: Hard cheese soft fruit!

Upland's Kiwi Lambic is so stupidly sour I might need a new mouth after this. There's so much sour, tart, wood, and cheese in here. It burns in a good way, bur... This may be one of the only beers I've had, ever, that may be too sour.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.8/5  rDev -7.1%

pour is hazy pale amber white a white head. Nose is bright kiwi with faint brett notes. Fruit and tart. Taste has more barrel, lots of fresh sawdust and kiwi behind. Funk is lighter than most uplands but barrel is very present. Finish is extremely tart and has a bit of acetic acid. Body is light and highly carbonated.

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Photo of jrallen34
3.82/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 1!!! Shared by Spycow, served in a tulip...Pours light golden brown with very little carbonation. For some reason I was hoping/thinking it was going to have at least a little green so I'm a little disappointed...Lighter aroma giving off only a tiny bit of funk. The kiwi comes through pretty nicely which is very surprsing. The kiwi is sweet and acidic but comes off distinctly on the end more as coconut...Taste shows off the kiwi more as coconut as well, its a good and unique flavor that I've yet to have yet. Missing out on the sour component that makes it a lambic though.

An easy to drink unique sour worth trying. I tasted the rareness in batch 1 but I'm looking forward to tasting the improvement in batch 2.

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Photo of scottfrie
3.83/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled 12/16/10. Sampled alongside the other seven fruit lambics.

A: Pours a lightly hazy lemony color with no head except a faint white collar.
S/T: Definitely not picking up any kiwi but it’s a tough flavor to impart. I get notes of tart citrus, lemon and earth. There’s something else in there too but I wouldn’t call it kiwi. Maybe just a hint in the finish.
M: Super frothy bubbly carbonation, very acid and very tart mouthfeel. Medium body.
O: Almost gueuze-like, this beer is just earthy and sour. I feel like kiwi would be a tough flavor to impart into a beer, but I wish I could get some fruit from it. Maybe it would be fruitier fresh.

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Photo of Floydster
3.83/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle brought to the SeaO'Floydster tasting by Carlos, thanks a lot for brining this rarity buddy, cool to try something that there was only forty-eight bottles of, poured this into my Stone sampling glass, reviewed from notes

A-Golden orange, 3/4 inch white bubbly head, lots of tiny bubbles in this one, no retention, minimal lacing
S-Kiwi, vinegar, brettanomyces, mild vanilla, cream, oak, slight tartiness, citrus, and grapefruit especially
T-Sweet at first, a little tart in the middle, more sweet citrus in the finish with a small amount of kiwi but it is barely detectable, not nearly sour enough, I expect some funk from a lambic and it was minimal in here
M-Sweet, slightly sour, and citrusy mouthfeel, medium bodied, too much carbonation, light and watery, taste does not last long
D-Could drink the bottle, light overall and no alcohol shining through, can be refreshing at times, good drinkability but its taste suffers as a result it seems like

I now believe that a lot of the hype on this one was because of how limited it was, continuous trend of this brewery's lambics being too sweet, far from what breweries in Belgium has to offer, might drink again, worth trying but wait until next year when more of it is released and you do not have to trade too heavily for it, do not think this one will age and become any better either, I actually think it will do the opposite

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Photo of ChrisPro
3.87/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle thanks to seeswo poured into a tulip.

A - Thick muddied dark yellow with hints of orange. Extremely bubbly soda pop head that disappeared without a trace.

S - Lots of funk and lemon. Some nice earthy tones and the kiwi is there is you strain for it.

T - Much sweeter than expected, followed by some slight lactic flavor and a nice funky finish. Don't get much fruit, but solid.

M - Quite thick, low carbonation and an extremely buttery mouthfeel. i definitely want the beer to feel drier in my mouth.

O - A solid beer, especially if I wasn't expecting a fruit lambic. There's some nice flavors from the fermentation and I think the Upland lambic program has potential, but this beer isn't quite world class. Still tasty, though.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from the Brewery
Slightly hazy straw color with a decent white head. Tart acidic citric and lactic with hints of earth and what I perceive as a hint of lime. Solid puckering, I'm not sure if I would pick out kiwi in this blind, but I enjoyed this nonetheless.

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Photo of nkersten
3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes. Batch 1, a big thanks to Chris for sharing this. Poured into tulip, color is golden yellow with no head. Smell is hay, berries, sweet malts and bready dough. Taste is very interesting - Coconut, kiwis, cloves. The kiwi is suprisingly good, not a flavor I thought would come through in a beer this well. A tiny hint of sourness in the finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and near still, some acidity in the finish. A very good beer but I wouldnt exactly say it is a lamic. Good drinkability for whatever the style actually is.

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Photo of Davepoolesque
3.91/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was by far the sourest Upland I've had to date. Not sure I was getting much kiwi in the taste or smell, but it was enjoyable for someone that likes enamel stripping sourness.

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Photo of msubulldog25
3.92/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 ml capped bottled, generously shared by Theo at a recent 'sour' tasting. Cleansed the palate and made a point to take notes on this one, as I'm 99.999% sure I won't ever get to try this ultra-rarity (apparently just 4 cases/48 bottles were salvaged and released). Poured 2-3 ounces to a snifter, mid-bottle.

A: Golden-orange, with a clouding haze, shows some tiny carbonation. A frothy little whitish head, maybe a quarter-finger at best, no retention. Flecks of slippery lace.

S: Bready aroma, with a sweet/sourness reminiscent of an orange-glaze. Grassy, hints of sweet wood barrel. Hard to find the 'kiwi' scent...

T: Tartness held vastly in check, subtle fruit. What I keep finding is ginger and an Asian-inspired sweet/sourness ('Orange Chicken' is what I keep thinking...). Maybe a little apple/pear cider, slight vinegar. Earth grains, mildest oak. Flavors are good, satisfying, but are on the sweet side of the spectrum.

M: Creamy feel, velvety, but overall feel is a bit weak/watery. Refreshing, would pair well with a spicy-sweet dish.

D: Of all the varieties of fruit out there, kiwi is one of my LEAST favorite, though it's probably the texture more than the flavor I dislike. That said, I was happy with this 'lambic' and found the subtleties of the fruit usage pleasing. Not an amazing beer, but a good one and one I'm glad to have been fortunate enough to try.

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Photo of andrewinski1
3.95/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Bendurgin for sharing this nice tick! Poured into a tulip. The color is slightly hazy orange color and is poured with a nice spritzy one inch head.

The aroma has a nice blend of wheaty malt followed by lots of sour tart flavor. The more I get to smell, the more I can faintly detect the kiwi fruit aroma, which gives a bit of sweetness to balance it out.

The taste is harshly sour with a bittersweet aftertaste. This appropriately resembles the taste of kiwi, though it doesn't give much kiwi flavor.

This is very light in body with some nice sharp carbonation.

I like this one; it's super carbonated and super duper sour. I'm starting to like these Upland Lambics.

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Kiwi Lambic from Upland Brewing Company
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