Kiwi Lambic | Upland Brewing Company

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Kiwi LambicKiwi Lambic

Brewed by:
Upland Brewing Company
Indiana, United States

Style: Lambic - Fruit

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by hrking on 10-02-2008

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Ratings: 502 |  Reviews: 100
Photo of Cynic-ale
3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of smartassboiler
3.5/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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 Gonzoillini
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of IrishColonial
4.02/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 beernads
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Rochefort10nh
5/5  rDev +22.2%

Photo of Sweffin
4.46/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ShanePB
4.21/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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 BARFLYB
2.5/5  rDev -38.9%

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 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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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of KAF
4.31/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mrn1ceguy
3.5/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of spinrsx
4/5  rDev -2.2%

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

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 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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Kiwi Lambic from Upland Brewing Company
4.09 out of 5 based on 502 ratings.
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