Kiwi Lambic | Upland Brewing Company

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Kiwi LambicKiwi Lambic

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Upland Brewing Company
Indiana, United States

Style: Lambic - Fruit

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.24/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to vacax for sharing this one at NoSignsOfPain's birthday bottleshare hosted by mrbubbler.

Batch 134-08. Bottled on 12/6/10.

Pours a murky honey orange with a foamy beige head that fades to nothing. No lacing on this one. Smell is sour, tart, and funky with some general fruity aromas. Taste is much the same and the kiwi does come out a bit more in the flavor and has a super acidic finish. this beer has a very high level of carbonation with a super crisp and acidic mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with a great taste that is super drinkable.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.27/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Just when you though you've seen it all- this, Kiwi Lambic! From a semi-rural brewery that has garnerred its reputation from the production of ordinary American-style ales, out springs a rustic and spot-on Belgian-style Lambic with the back sweetening of, all things, kiwi. How does this delicate fruit hold up to the sharply sour flavor of Lambic...?

With a pour that's typical of Belgian sours, the murky yellow-ish gold color seems to display the same tone and tenner as bruised pears. A dainty and delicate airy white head develops on the beer confidently, but quickly succumbs to the acidity of the beer quickly, and with little lace. Kiwi's low lying carbonation seems caught somewhere less zesty than Gueuze but not as still as traditional Lambic either.

Tart fruit, cider, and white wine aromas fill the nose with nearly the acidic tones expected from vinegars. Limes, mellons, under rippened berries, and crabapples give a glimpse into the slightly funky and estery mix. But the underlying wood notes of sandalwood, dry oak, and lighlty mossy scent carries an undeniable earthy tone to support the sharp fruit and acid.

Flavors begin to balance toward the fruity and sour notes that rise as limes early on but grow into the more finesse melon, kiwi, and papaya flavors late as the wheaty finish and aftertaste reveal a softer and more palatable element without impeeding drinkability. Slightly bitter, salty, and brine-like, the mid palate delivers a flavor that's interestingly similar to salt water taffy.

Perhaps closer to medium bodied than light bodied, especially when considering style parameters; but the beer retains a slightly richer malt body that provides a welcome buffer to the sharp acidity that pangs at the jaws. This creamier effect tampers the onslaught of acid until the palate acclimates and finishes with a moderately astringent feel and malty-dry finish and minimal alcohol warmth.

There's an overall clean, nearly all lactic sourness that commands the beer and shows restraint with the complexities of heavy must, horse hair, or mushroom earthiness- this all allows the actual kiwi to shine through the more aggressive sour flavors. Though the fruit flavor seems melon-like, I can also see the influence of kiwi playing a pronounced role in the flavor spread. Well done Upland, well done!

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Photo of brentk56
4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours a hazy golden color with a wisp of a head; little retention or lacing

Smell: Lemon, kiwi and lactic sour tones

Taste: Lemon and kiwi tones, up front, with increasing lactic sourness through the middle; both sweet and sour tones intermingle through the finish

Mouthfeel: Light body with low carbonation

Overall: Another nice fruited lambic from Upland; not as sour as some of the others

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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 emerge077
4.27/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2010 release, batch #2 of Kiwi.

It pours a murky orange into a tulip glass. Solid sheet of foam, no lacing, with a pastel orange body. Despite attempts to keep the yeast settled, it clearly got mixed in over the course of several pours.

Signature Brett funk, tropical fruit, orange juice, bright and juicy. Hard to identify a clear kiwi aroma, but it's certainly fruity with a nice funky component from the Brett yeast.

Tart and clean lacto sourness, very juicy with drying oak and lingering funky Brett traces in the aftertaste. It drinks like fresh squeezed OJ almost, puckering, borderline sour. Bright and tart, clean and dry. Rapidly dries up on the palate like champagne.

It's a refreshing incarnation of lambic, more of a success than the last batch, and definitely something i'd drink again.

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Photo of oline73
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle into a tasting snifter.

Appearance: Pours a clear golden amber color with a hint of off white head that goes away.

Smell: Light and very sour. Vinegar and a lot of funk. I would say I'm getting a fruity presence, but nothing is screaming kiwi to me.

Taste: Tart and funky. I don't know if I would have been able to tell you this was a fruit lambic if I didn't know what I was drinking. I'm getting lemon and vinegar with a traditional lambic funk. Just a bit acidic. The finish is tart and lemony.

Mouthfeel: The body is medium with lots of tingly carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: I thought this was a really nice lambic, but I was hoping for more fruit. I'd definitely have more and enjoyed it a lot.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.37/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Reviewed from notes. Batch 2. Consumed shortly after the beer's release.

Pours a moderate golden color with a wee bit of haze. There is a slight white head that has some lasting power. The nose brings some tart, light kiwi notes. It's not overpowering, but it is definitely there. I really like what it does to the beer when combined with a bit of funk, oak, and sourness. Kiwi is certainly a fruit that more brewers should be using with regard to lambics. Maybe the flavor fades really quickly and that's why. Either way, this beer combines the fruit with the sourness and mild funky plus oak quite well. Nice feel and drinks incredibly well.

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Photo of Kurmaraja
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Batch 2 with a few years on it.

Sharp acidity as expected but a surprising amount of funk and cheesiness that adds some authentic lambic character. It's in the cleaner lacto lambic vein though so don't expect Cantillon barnyard. Kiwi, being a subtle flavor, is their but obviously not overwhelming.

A very good beer that exceeds its rating.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.42/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The pour was interesting. Nice big and very fizzy head of white capped what was a white grape juice colored liquid. Lots of carbonation coming up the surface initially, but then it all simply vanished as quickly as it came. No really side glass lacing to speak of, just the clear liquid gold throughout the rest of the night. Huge aroma here, lots of sour grapes,kiwi, other sweet fruit notes but really very tart with hints of light woody notes and a touch of what I can honestly say was like a chardonnay aroma that just oozed off of this one. As I take my first sip, I get exactly what I came for, a huge, lip puckering sour experience. Ripping through the taste buds, this was definitely a good way to end the nice. Loaded with grape notes, tiny touches of a vinegar like flavor, and a huge biting dry finish that really just capped the show for me. Smooth, easy, with no hint of the high ABV in here at all. This was really a wonderful sipper.

Overall this was about what I expected

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Photo of womencantsail
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A huge thanks to Mark for sending this beer to me. One that I've been wanting to try for quite some time. From the 2010 release.

A: The pour is a cloudy orange color with a finger or so of white foam.

S: The nose is quite fruity with some definite tropical notes to it. Some sweet citrus notes and lactic acidity along with green apple, too. A light bretty funk and oak component. Not really any discernible kiwi.

T: This is on the sweet side for a lambic, which is something I've noticed about most of the Upland lambics. The kiwi is again conspicuous in its absence, but there is a nice tropical fruit (mango, pineapple) component as well as some grapefruit. A nice lactic twang and a hint of acetic acid.

M: The body is nice (medium) with a lively carbonation to it.

D: Probably the best of the Upland lambics that I've had, with the Blackberry being surpassed by this one. Still, a bit too sweet for me, but a nice beer.

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Photo of mdfb79
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 08/26/10 notes. Got to try batch 1 and batch 2 side by side thanks to Brad; thanks man!

a - Pours a murky golden orange color with 2 fingers of head.

s - Smells of sour kiwi, other tropical fruits, and oak. Some definite brett/funk in the nose.

t - Tastes of sour fruit, funk, brett, oak, and tart kiwi.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation.

d - A very enjoyable sour from Upland. I think I liked Batch 1 better, and thought the smell of Batch 2 was a bit funkier. Would like to try again sometime.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.54/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by Thorpe429. Thanks Mike, I have been wanting to try this since I first heard of it.

The beer appears hazy and yellow hued, with a small, fizzy, white head.

The aroma is stellar and detectable from a few feet away. Mouth watering lambic-like funkiness and an assortment tropical fruits (though I wouldn't necessarily have guessed kiwi, had I not known) really heighten my anticipation to taste this long sought after brew.

Outstanding flavor, though perhaps not as exemplary as the aroma. Kiwi really emerges in the flavor, much more so than the aroma. The fruit component is fresh, wonderful, and complex. Delicious.

Carbonation level is a bit high, and the beer is rather zesty on the palate. Nice balance of funk / fruit / sour.

Overall, a terrific fruit lambic. Along with Persimmon lambic, this is my favorite offering from Upland Brewing Company thus far.

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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 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 MasterSki
4.16/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased by me and picked up by heliosphann. Served in a Russian River tulip. This was from Batch 2, although I've had Batch 1 before as well.

A - A quick-dissolving white foam settles to nothing. Hazy yellow-orange body, with perhaps the faintest green tinge to it.

S - Smells like kiwis, funk, and a bit of lemon. Very musty and earthy, but with some key lime pie sweetness from the combination of malt, tropical funk, and lactic flavors.

T - The flavor isn't quite as excellent as the aroma. There's an odd soda water and mineral note, but it's mostly earthy funk, kiwi, and some lactic acidity.

M - Moderately zesty carbonation, medium body, somewhat dritty texture, and an extremely dry finish. Easy to drink, and quite style appropriate. Some moderate acidity, but nothing unpleasant.

D - I liked this significantly more than Batch 1 - it seems as if each release of Upland lambics is superior to the last. These always seem to empty very quickly at tastings and they're superb for breaking up an onslaught of heavier beers. I'm looking forward to cracking all the other flavors I have cellared away.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review #1700, not that it matters since I'm just clearing a backlog from this past month's notes.

Bottle shared by Thorpe, thanks Mike. I really enjoyed this lambic but I was hoping it was going to be more fruity...I guess not though.

Beer is yellow and hazy, almost has a greenish tinge to it, wispy head of tiny bubbles, moderate carbonation, no head retention, no lacing. Looks fine.

Beer smells like kiwis slightly, some acetic character, some lactic and succinic burn in there. Mild funk and oak too, smells pretty damn good if you ask me.

Beer is thin and really bright on the forward palate. Not as tart as the others but a nice acetic and succinic punch gives your taste buds a wake up call. Pretty heavily carbonated on the palate gives the carbonic boost to the lactic smoothness, thinning out the sourness and carrying the beer to the finish. I really enjoyed it. Not as good as the persimmon or the raspberry but definitely in the top few I've had.

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Photo of Gobzilla
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy golden orange with yellow highlights that had a finger of head and left a little bit of lacing sticking to the sides of the glass. The aroma was quite nice and gave characteristics that it would be nice and sour with acidic citrus notes popping out along with slight brett, oak, and green apple but really was trying to find the kiwi within the nose after every whiff. The taste was quite similar to the nose consisting of acidic citrus, green apples and oaky bretty accents. Sip after sip and no real big kiwi character on the palate but it did have faint pineapple notes. The brew was medium body with a good amount of prickly carbonation which had a sweet, sour, acidic, and dry finish. It drank really good but I wish it had big kiwi flavor alonside a sour punch; oooone daaaay.

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Photo of aasher
4.42/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This bottle from the most recent batch is being shared with
(Zep9865, Kyle). This one pours a dark and murky, dirty gold in color. It smells both lactic and tart and is on the verge of gueuze, interestingly enough. I even get some California Chardonnay notes from the oak. Unlike the Persimmon, I don't get fresh fruit let alone any kiwi. The flavor is nice and tart, almost a sweet and sour. The kiwi fruit doesn't really show itself. It eventualy does pick up some melon character though. It's an interesting beer to say the least. It is somehow fruity without showing the premiere fruit. It finishes like it should, like a dry lambic with soft fruit character. It features really nice and interesting flavors. Overall this is a fine beer and is easily one of Upland's best.

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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 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 JohnGalt1
4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Inflatablechair provided this at a tasting a short while back.... Thanks a ton Sammy!! Pours a hazed pale orange .... white head, decent retention and lacing.

Yeasty funk and honest to god kiwi... smells of light barnyard and nice sour bite.

Flavor begins sour.. more lactic... green grape skin and even some strawberry.... ripe yet dry kiwi essence ... a little lactic... nice puckering throughout... lemon peel and brett funk on the finish.

Body seems a touch heavy for a "lambic", but I forgive.... great spritzy small bubble carbonation..

Pretty well done.... I am pleased... I appreciate Sam jumping through the hoops to get this bottle.


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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 sweemzander
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL corked and caged bottle poured into a tulip. Bottled 12/6/2010. Batch 134-08.

(A)- Pours a hazy apricot/peach orange color. Some white froth, but quickly dissipated.

(S)- A nice fruity aroma. Bits of strawberry, peach, and kiwi. Bits of a mild acidic oak. Mostly on the fruity side; maybe even some pineapple in there too.

(T)- A swift fruit profile gives way to some very acidic dry oak. Very juicy fruit up front with a heavy acidic oak middle. Very funky at the end; not necessarily in a lactic sense(its there) but mixed with a woody oak-type finish.

(M)- A good carbonation level. I like the balance too, but the fruit definitely takes backstage to the acidic oak and funk this puts out taste-wise.

(D)- I like this one alot. Very heavy on the acidity/oak/funk realm and like on the fruit. Not a ton of discernible kiwi in this, but its there. Definitely one of the better Uplands.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yellow color with turbidity of either yeast or kiwi fruit particles floating around in a relatively big way. Aroma was powerfully sour, fruity

Taste was brutally sour. Enamel destroying sour. Stomach gonna get tore up. So acidic. I liked it don't get me wrong, the kiwi is nice, but holy shit do they ramp up the power of sour. Heavily carbonated. This beer can cut through anything before it, drink it without fear of it being overwhelmed by a bigger beer drank before it.

Its a good beer, but its very similar to many Cascades that have that innoculated lacto sour that is large, clean and lacks bretty tones throughout it.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.41/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml caged and corked bottle, bottled on 12-6-10, Batch 134-08. Served in a flute, the beer pours a hazy dark gold color with about an inch carbonated white head that fizzled away quickly. No lacing, either. Aroma is mostly tart fruit, along with some funk, lemon peel and a bit of kiwi. The taste is nice and tart, the brew tastes like lemon peel, funk, tart apples, kiwi and oak. This is definitely a tart and acidic brew. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it has high but soft carbonation and it's very easy to drink. I think this is a pretty good brew, and it's my favorite of the Upland Lambics I've tried so far. $19.79 a bottle and worth every penny!

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Kiwi Lambic from Upland Brewing Company
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