Upland Brewing Company

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Belgian Fruit Lambic
Ranked #88
Ranked #5,899
4.03 | pDev: 11.41%
Upland Brewing Company
Indiana, United States
Notes: A blended work of art. This barrel-aged sour ale combines a traditional Belgian-style sour with whole Montmorency Cherries from Michigan. We ferment our base blonde ale over many months in oak tanks to produce tart flavors, fruity notes and funky character. Then, we select individual batches for fruiting with whole cherries that add intense cherry aromas and dark fruit flavors to the beer. The final blend is bottle conditioned, resulting in a fine carbonation and spritzy mouthfeel.
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Photo of JohnnyHopps
3.81/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - From the bottle, the beer poured a hazy shade of ruby red with a white head.

Smell - The nose was sweet tarts, chopped up, cooked, and madrinto liquid form in a secret lab. Of course, the act is speculation. It did smell like sweet tarts.

Taste - For the taste, I will use another candy reference. The beer tasted like liquid War Heads. Holy cow, this beer was sour with little regard for cherry. The overall profile was acidic with some softness coming toward the back.

Mouthfeel - The acidity gave a drying impression in conjunction with moderate carbonation.

Overall - This might be my least favorite Upland lambic as there was little regard for the fruit.

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Photo of MonDak_Joe1953
4.34/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 750ml bottle into glass. Bottling date is 'APR 2018'. Caged and corked bottle.
Clear, cherry red colored body. Each pour brings forth a fizzy head that immediately dissipates. No lacing. Final pour clouds up the body.
Aroma is funk and cherry, with an oak barrel inclusion. Slight lemon/cherry tartness.
Taste is a medium tart cherry, with oak barrel and barnyard funk. No hops and no bitterness.
Medium mouth feel, with fizzy approach to each sip. After taste is cherry, which is slightly sweet rather than tart.
Well blended sour ale, with a heavy flavor cherry emphasis. Very pleasant balance of tart, sweet, funk, and fruity.

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Photo of jmdrpi
4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pour from a 750ml bottle

bright clear dark pink in color, thin white head. tart cherry aroma and flavor, very bright and fruity without the sour component being overbearing. thinner bodied, fizzy which works.

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Photo of BigGold
3.96/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had poured from 25.4-oz. corked-and-caged bomber, label stamped Bottle Date “April 2017,” into tulip. I’m not fond of cherries, and this beer is all about cherries, but this is a beautiful, tart, rather pricey Cherry beer.

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Photo of superspak
4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled in 6/2017. Pours slightly hazy deep ruby red/light copper color with a 1-2 finger foamy and fluffy light pink head with good retention, that reduces to a thin spotty lace cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big sour/tart/tangy red/black cherries, fruit skin/pits, almond, lemon, plum, apricot, green apple, red grape, hay, straw, brown sugar, and bread crust; with lighter notes of vanilla, toasted oak, leathery/musty funk, red wine vinegar, and yeast/oak earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of fruity/funky/acidic yeast, cherries, oak barrels, and moderate dark/bready malt notes; with great strength. Taste of huge sour/tart/tangy red/black cherries, fruit skin/pits, almond, lemon, plum, apricot, green apple, red grape, hay, straw, brown sugar, and bread crust; with lighter notes of vanilla, toasted oak, leathery/musty funk, red wine vinegar, and yeast/oak earthiness. Light-moderate fruity/lactic tart/sourness, fruit tang; and light yeast/tannic oak spiciness on the finish. Lingering notes of tart/sour red/black cherries, fruit skin/pits, almond, lemon, plum, apricot, green apple, red grape, hay, straw, brown sugar, bread crust, light leather/vinegar, and yeast/oak earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/funky/acidic yeast, cherries, oak barrels, and moderate dark/bready malt flavors; with an awesome malt/tart/sourness and tangy fruit balance; with zero puckering/astringent flavors after the finish. Moderate increasing dryness from tart/sourness, fruit tang, and carbonation. Medium-high carbonation and medium body; with a very smooth, moderately crisp, and grainy/acidic/tangy/tannic balanced mouthfeel that is awesome. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 6.1%. Overall this is an amazing fruit lambic style! All around incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/funky/acidic yeast, cherries, oak barrels, and moderate dark/bready malt flavors; very smooth, crisp, and insanely easy to drink; with the modestly lactic/tangy/tannic/drying finish. Absolutely wonderful stuff, cherry pie in a glass. Loads of jammy, nutty, pitty cherry/stone fruit character with great Brett/Lacto complexity; nice oak presence and malt balance. A highly enjoyable offering, and spot on style example.

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Photo of Phil-Fresh
4.34/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Lots of Montmorency cherries on the nose, followed by light vinous notes.

A: Bright deep red color, opaque, with a fine dense light pink head that has adequate retention.

T: Baked cherry pie flavor upfront, followed by a moderate clean sourness with light funk and mild vinous character.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

O: Tasty; the beer had great cherry aroma, but really comes together on the taste with baked cherry pie flavors complementing a clean sour complexity. Enjoyable to drink.

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Photo of metter98
4.31/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is hazy purplish red in color. It poured with a quarter finger high pink head that died down a bit but never completely faded away, consistently covering the surface with a short head.
S: Moderate aromas of cherries and oak are preset in the nose.
T: The taste has flavors of cherries—the types of sweet cherries that you get in cherry pie filling, but without any sweetness. There are notes of oak in the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a little tart on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I really liked this wild ale. The cherry flavors reminded me just like cherry pie filling.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of pat61
4.75/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

L: effervescent hazy pink under a pink tinted white foam collar with fair to poor retention

S: captures the scent of the fresh cherry pies and adds some funk, vanilla and a hint of oak.

T: cherry tart with a little sweetness and goes bone dry on the end. A hint of flaky pie crust, vanilla, oak and mild funk.

F: The body is light and the carbonation is high

O: captures the essence of Grand Traverse Bay Cherries

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Photo of bnes09
4.07/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Got a surprise when I uncaged this bottle. Cork popped itself off without warning. Be warned when opening.
Vibrant hot pink, near magenta with a light head. Lots of haze. Fresh and wet cherry aroma with subtle vanilla and oak. Sweet cherry flavor. Mild acid. Rich oak. Wet basement funk. Subtle vanilla. Well balanced. Finishes clean. Moderate body, grainy feel. Finishes quite dry but perhaps not from the acid. A little overcarbonated. Overall, very good. My only complaint is the dry finish. I wish the flavors stuck around longer.

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Photo of REVZEB
4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

More of a sour ale than a lambic. The look was bright fire engine red with fading allures as you went toward the head. The smell was reminiscent of sticking your face in a bucket of tart cherries, with some oak and floral notes as well, with a big sour note on the end. The taste was too tart for a lambic, great for a wild ale, but for a lambic not balanced enough with the yeast. But the resulting flavor is so good that I start not to care. Feel is the same, with too much carbonation and syrup.

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Huge white head over a dark red, clear body. Nose is mostly acidity, lactic and with mild funk. Flavor is strong cherry, heavy acidity, with a touch of wildness. Bright and clean close. One of their better sours. A pleasure.

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Photo of deadonhisfeet
3.81/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a pint growler into a Petrus fluted goblet (I have no idea what you call this shape, but it seems well-suited to sours). The pour is hazy and light red in color with little carbonation. Lots of sour notes on the nose. I get strong white wine, vinegar, cherry aromas. Nothing funky or foul, just tart fruit and wine.

Light body and extremely sour, but still very drinkable. Up front I get white wine, lemon rind, and apple. Cherries hit me towards the back of the palate and linger on the finish along with lemon and a hint of apple cider.

I don't buy a lot of sours anymore, but I couldn't pass this one up when I saw it on the growler station. I've tried a couple of Upland's sours at bottle shares, but never reviewed one. Like the others I have tried, I would not recommend this one to a sour newbie.

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Photo of TheSSG
3.79/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a very loud, effervescent head that quickly dissipates. Sour, muted aroma. Pink-ruby color. Starts with a very, very sour front; notes of cherry underneath. There is a touch of maltiness behind everything, and the cherry pairs well with this.

Overall, this is pretty good. It's got a nice, subtle cherry flavor that pairs well with the maltiness. Not as fruity as I like, but still very good.

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Photo of Fcolle2
4.27/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a beautiful hazy pink color with a fizzy white head. Aromas of pie cherries and loads of acidic tart aromas with more cherry skin in the finish. Flavored of fresh pie cherry and a big acidic sour flavor typical to upland but not as acidic as the kiwi. Light to medium bodied with high acidity and a crisp finish.

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Photo of rodmanfor3
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Characteristically sour base beer with a faint cherry flavor, mild oak presence, and a heavy bready finish with a lingering aftertaste.

This is a good beer to drink if you are just looking for something sour.

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Photo of barczar
3.91/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Tart cherry aroma, touch of funky sweetness.

Flavor is very sour initially, with a depth of cherry character that lingers and reminds me of pie filling. The sour flavor lacks depth a bit.

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Photo of cratez
3.54/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

750ml bottle purchased at the Upland Tasting Room in Indianapolis.

A: Cloudy pink hue with a razor thin head and some bubbles in the body. No lace on my pour. Average appearance.

S: Bing cherries, flower petals, oak wood, strawberry jam, barnyard funk (horse blanket, wet hay), crab apple, and a mild yeastiness. Solid aromas that are consistent with the style.

T: Sour cherry, lemon juice, oak wood, moderate sweetness, and raspberry upfront; lightly drying finish with more sour cherry and woody flavours on the cough. Straightforward but satisfying palate.

M: Medium-bodied, soft carbonation, big sour tartness (bordering on puckering) transitions to an off-dry finish with lingering sour-woody afters.

O: A basic but enjoyable lambic that falls well short of greatness. Tasty and fun to try, but I probably wouldn't buy this again.

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Photo of chinchill
3.52/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Large shared bottle in Atlanta.
Hazy reddish body with an excellent head.
Aroma: funky, cherry, yeasty.
Flavor: very tart and surprisingly bready. Cherries are evident, especially in the finish and early aftertaste.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to DCLAguy11 for sharing this one at Wowcoolman's tasting.

Bottled: 9/2014. Batch: J14.

Pours a murky light red with a foamy reddish-white head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is sour with grain, cherry, cherry juice, and acidic aromas. Taste is much the same with sour cherry, cherry juice, and wood flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with great sour cherry characteristics that are especially good in the smell.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of ttp86
4.29/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Tried at a bottleshare. Sour but not over the top sour with some funk in it. A really solid sour and great cherry flavor. Definitely would not mind trying this again.

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Photo of mportnoy
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Best Upland sour that I have ever had. Fruit plus sour are perfectly balanced. Very drinkable, lacking the acetone like qualities of other Upland sours that I've had. Cherry flavor is very bright.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.12/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Murky deep red, almost purple. Medium white head,

Smell - Really acidic. Cherry. A little vinegar.

Taste - As with all Upland lambics, it's extremely sour. Overpowering. I get some cherry. The rest is just acid.

Mouthfeel - Unpleasantly sour. Medium low carbonation.

Overall - Outrageously sour. I don't know what I expect when I have one of these, but it's always the same.

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Photo of Davepoolesque
4.02/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very appealing dark pink color with no head. Cloudy in appearance. Less sour than the other Upland Lambics I've had. Ripe cherries, raspberries and clean simple malt.

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Photo of Rutager
3.76/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Cherry "Lambic", been wanting to try this Upland stuff for a looooong time and for some reason it hasn't worked out until now. Stoked!! Bottled 10.10.13, batch 12.08

A. Pours a rich burgundy with a thin pale pink head that fades to a thick collar. So far so good.

S. Nice whole sour cherries including that awesome cinnamon/almond smell from the pits. Touch of vinegar in there too.

T. Whoa, VERY sour is the first thing that hits me. Not crazy acetic, more like lemon juice on steroids. Some nice cherry in there but there's little sweetness to balance out that crazy sourness.

M. Medium body, very soft and smooth low+ carbonation.

O. Drinkability is just not there with this level of sourness. ...However, I do like sour stuff and a single glass of this is pretty fun. I would drink this again, but I definitely won't be going through this 750 with any haste.

Thinking the hype on this one is a pretty dated now. US sours have really come a long way in the last 5 years, both in quality and selection.

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Photo of spacecake9
3.8/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is my first from Upland and I am impressed. It's a beautiful pour, color is hazy watermelon pink. The aroma tells you what you are going to get - sour and cherry. But it's all good - very clean and balanced. Looking forward to my next bottle from Upland.

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