Cherry Lambic | Upland Brewing Company

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Cherry LambicCherry 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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4.62/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pink to light ruby red color with a soft pink colored head, two inches thick, then dissolving away slowly. There is a slight haze in the glass as well. A sour scent of cherries is strong and very dominant, with a slight hint of a malt, with a yeasty funkiness at the end. A very tart and tanginess of cherries, the blending to a mild maltiness, though the cherries stay with you till the end. It finishes with a yeasty souriness. Very evervesant, much like champagne, the carbonation stays with each taste. A thin to medium bodied feel, ending with a mild dryness. It is truly nice to see american brewers venturing into the world of lambics. Kudos to Upland, for making a truly a very good beer.

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4.62/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2008 Vintage bottle courtesy of Mike S!

A: Brownish red, very murky, 2 finger white head.
S: Sour cherries, lots of barnyard, even more brett funk. Hint of bread.
T: Slight tart cherries. Again, there is a bit of bread/yeasty flavor in there. A nice mixture of brett and lacto. One of the few wild ales than can manage to be sour yet retain the fruit flavor.
M: Prickly carbonation (more than I can say for the blueberry version). Nice balance between sweet and dry. Sour but not offensive.
D: Very good. Since there is so much balance in this beer, it is very easy to drink. I would love to buy a case of the cherry when the 2009/10 version is released.

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4.52/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Another Upland lambic from their series. The Cherry is unique unto itself with a tartness that accompanies the oaked barrel taste that enhances the sourness.All blend together to dance on your pallete leaving a pleasant after taste. The flavors are more up front on the Cherry and linger after you swallow. easy to drink with a somewhat watery mouthfeel. Slight sourness that will only increase as the beer ages!

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4.5/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle (2010)

Acquired via trade
Thanks, barkingelectron!

(Aged for 1+ year)

Careful all, this one's a gusher!

When the foaming eventually subsides, this beer pours a murky, hazed, dark pink and light ruby with a pillowy, thick, quickly forming pink head. This eventually leaves the glass messy with spiderwebs of pink lacing. I like it.

The aroma is both very acidic (sour!), and very fruit-forward, with lots of tart and fresh cherry aroma leaping from the glass. There's also a good amount of bright funk complementing the sour acidity and the fruit aromas.

As has been my experience with other Upland sour lambics, this one is hugely sour--mouth puckeringly, throat closingly so. Along with the aggressive sourness is a lot of bright, fruity, plump, fresh cherry flavor. The funk is relatively subdued, at least compared to the aroma. This is a marvelous combination of cherry and sourness--exactly what I was hoping for.

Medium bodied with high carbonation--perfectly appropriate for the style. A joy to sip. I had this before my meal and after, and it was brilliant both times. Drinks incredibly well both chilled and at room temperature.

Phenomenal cherry sour. I would love to fill my cellar with this stuff.

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Photo of mportnoy
4.5/5  rDev +16%
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 mikesgroove
4.47/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Much thanks goes out to a very kind BA who gave me a chance to try this bottle. After a long day of grillin, beers, and rock band, I cam home and cracked this one open. Served cold and poured into a snifter, this one was consumed on 05/25/2009.

The pour was decent, similar in nature to the other uplands. Reddish amber in color, very hazy with no head or carbonation on top what so ever. Rich, tart cherries are evident right away. Light apple notes mixed in as it warmed with a subtle, yet spicy sweetness. Big flavor of cherry really dominated everything before, during, and after the flavor. Lots of vinegar like sour notes as well. Smooth, even carbonation with a light, well balanced and smooth profile that was very easy to sip on. Long, drawn out notes of sour cherries stayed with me long after the last sip had left my tongue.

Overall my favorite of the series so far, and the only one I can honestly say is not past its prime. This was still retained lots of the fruit flavor that came with it originally and I was loving every minute of it.

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4.45/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Received one of each of these delicious brews from TheodorHerzl. This will be my fourth of the six. Drank from my Stone India Pale Ale flute.

Appearance- Pours a really hazy light peachy orange with a half finger foamy white head that recedes very quickly. The cap is thin and the collar is better than the others but it leaves almost no lacing.
Smell- This one starts WAY funkier in the nose than the others. Its quite tart with a sort of musky tobacco like kick that I didn't expect since the others were fruitier. Not to say there's not fruit here since there is some lingering cherry in the tartness but it's no where near the others. A light soapiness is detectable as well but for the most part the Brett has really taken hold here. Some light tannic wood and vanilla really come through more as the beer warms.
Taste- Starts somewhat puckering and acrid with a slightly tart burst of cherry. Some earthy leather adds a slight bit of funk but nothing near what I was expecting from the nose. The beer is very lactic and the cherry is soft yet biting. Finishes very dry with a light vanilla woodiness and slight fruitiness that lingers.
Mouthfeel- Nice and light with some fairly aggressive carbonation with the tiniest little prickly bubbles. Fairly dry and quenching.
Drinkability- I'm not 100% sure how I feel about this one compared to the others. It's not as fruity but I don't think it's quite as sour. It's still tart but not as bitingly sour as the others were. I think it's a bit more drinkable in that sense. Either way another tasty treat from Upland!

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4.44/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

GLASS: Lindemans Flute
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 40 degrees
750ml corked and capped bottle
Big thanks to VandenBossche for this hook-up!

Pours up a light, golden amber color. It's almost the color of Rainier cherry skins. A thin head of white foam appears and recedes quickly. No lacing to speak of.

Big, as in room filling, nose filled with tart cherries and some serious Belgian-style funk notes. Wet hay, horse blanket and mild band-aid phenols. Nice hints of oakiness are also very present.

Very well done traditional lambic style brew. This is not some frou-frou Lindemans style lambic, which they've sweetened-up for the publics palate.
Nice presence of some mild cherry sweetness which provides a good balance to the cherry tartness that's all over this brew. While it's by no means mouth-puckering, it has a definite tartness going on. Some mild undertones of that whole 'barnyard' thing going on, which provide it with a wonderful earthiness.

Light body, getting close to medium range. A very crisp and clean feel. The natural carbonation is just about perfect. Very delightful to consume.

This is a great representation of the style. At 6.0%abv it is also one that could be with you for the whole evening. Very light and crisp which makes it super easy to drink.

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4.29/5  rDev +10.6%
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 Fcolle2
4.27/5  rDev +10.1%
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 billab914
4.22/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a tasting glass. It poured pink in color and looked a bit like grapefruit juice. I got some sediment in the pour as well. A thin, white, fizzy head stuck to the edges of the glass.

The aroma has a very sharp tartness to it with some nice sour and funky notes. I get a some acidic, vinegar notes to it as well, but not too bad. The cherries add to the tartness and also give it a little sweet, fruitiness. The cherries were great in the aroma and I love cherries.

The taste has a very strong sourness to it right off the bat. The cherries add a fantastic fresh, tart, fruity, slightly sweet flavor to it that I really enjoyed. A little bit acidic but the cherries really brought the sharp, sour flavors together.

The mouthfeel is light with carbonation being high. Overall I thought this was an excellent beer. I really liked the tart cherry flavors it had as well as the big sourness. Very nice overall. I love cherries though so it wasn't a surprise I liked this one.

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Photo of AgentZero
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Red beer with a bit of a white head on it that didn't really stick around for very long.

S - smells like cherries, vanilla, and wood. Quite nice.

T - Vanilla, little bit of wood, sour and tannic, with some great cherry flavor on the end. The cherry is very real, but with just enough sweetness to balance and add to the tart notes.

M - Smooth with good carbonation.

O - Really enjoyed this beer, been having a good run with the Upland Lambics lately.

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4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
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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4.18/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From 750mL bottle to Boulevard tasting glass on 5/7/11
Sampled at the 1st NoVA BA Tasting Extravaganza
*From notes

WARNING: This is a serious gusher. Please plan accordingly when opening!

A: Cloudy, light pink grapefruit in color. An extreme amount of tiny white floaties swim around in the glass. One finger head and next to zero lacing.

S: Funky like Rick James. It's barnyardy yet slightly sweet on the nose.

T: Intense - this isn't a beginner's sour. The funk broadsides my palate immediately, as the tart cherries are quite apparent on the finish. Complex, mouthwatering and simply delicious.

M: Slightly slick, but carbonated well.

O: My first run-in with Upland's suds, and may I say I came away throughly impressed. A memorable brew, one that showcases what the good ol' US of A can do with a classic style. I can't recommend this one enough.

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4.17/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Mark for sending this one my way. Generous as always...

Bottle from the early 2011 release.

A: The beer pours a hazed pinkish-red with a short lived white head.

S: Quite a bit funkier than most of the other Upland lambics. Plenty of straw and grass with a strong wet oak note to it as well. Lemon and cherries give a nice tartness and fruitiness to the nose.

T: The cherries are mildly sweet and there is some substantial sourness to the beer as well, mostly lemon and lemon zest. Plenty of oak and grass along with a somewhat musty funk note.

M: Medium in body with a medium to high carbonation.

O: One of the better lambics from Upland thus far. I quite enjoyed this one.

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4.15/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful red-orange color with the slightest hint of pink. The smell is on point, subtle zoo/barnyard/animal funk (not horseblanket), gives an authentic feel to the beer. The taste has a cherry element and very subtle funk notes, just a little tartness but never really becomes puckering or what I would consider sour. This was a nice kriek and the funky smell was the best aspect.

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4.12/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | 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! A gusher! Served from bottle into a Mikkeller flute. Poured a pinkish orange with a half finger off-white head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. There was no lacing evident throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, cherry, and sour. The flavor was of sweet malt, cherry, tart, sour, and wood. It had a light feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. The aroma on this one was pretty good, but not very complex. This was okay as it was still quite nice. The flavor on this one was quite good though. The wood aspect on this one definitely added a new dimension to this one over the other Upland Lambics we had. Really worth trying if you get the chance.

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4.12/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle shared by CaptainCougar.

Poured a deeper and cloudy golden color with a reddish tint and a smaller sized reddish/pinkish head. Aromas of cherries, wood/oaky, yeast,and some funkiness. Tastes of cherries, vanilla, wood, and yeast. Not bad and I am curious how this one will be with some age on it.

Notes from and tasted on 10/25/08

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4.12/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Vintage 2008 750ml bottle from the cellar.

Pours clear pinkish red with a one inch head of coarse, white bubbles. After the cola-like fizzle out, a placid surface remained for the duration with zero lacing.

Aromatics lead off with fresh cherries, bright acid, and mild barnyard notes. Lightly musty, earthy, and plenty fruity.

Medium bodied with a crisp, sharp mouthfeel.

Clean, pressing acid and cherry pulp start the palate. Shades of pineapple, oaky tannins, and soured fruit follow through.

Finishes quite drying with plenty of ripe stonefruit, funk, and fairly sharp.

A pleasant surprise after having the Blueberry about a year ago. Much more tart sourness, and certainly tasty.

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4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks go to ClockworkOrange care of UncleJedi. I appreciate Jason sharing this brew on 11/13/10.

This is an '08 bottle poured into a mini snifter. It appears a hazed peachy color that is cloudy. Little to no head or really any visual signs of carbonation until the glass is swirled. Then it creates a fizzy offwhite cap that is composed of larger than normal bubbles which fade quickly.

This brew smells cheesy, lightly sulfuric and almost a bit pukey. Subtle suggestions of a deep earthy funk reminescent of pitted cherries that opens up with a clean fruit smell as the brew warms.

The taste is pitted cherries which taste earthy to the point of light decay. Along with that flavor is some cheese notes and sulfur. This brew leaves a lasting flavor of cherry pits mixed with cheese inside the mouth. While that might sound gross, it is actually pretty good.

Medium to light bodied brew with a fizzy, prickly level of high carbonation that is felt in the mouth but doesn't offer much visual character. Quite easy drinking with a light puckering quality. I found myself to be salivating throughout the entire glass.

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4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Popurs a cloudy almost pink lemonade color (just a shade more to peach); the head, while foamy on the pour, quickly fades to a ringlet, leaving just a few spots on the tulip

Smell: Funky acidity, along with hints of tart cherry and oak

Taste: Opens with a fruity flavor that is not immediately discernable as cherry but as the taste sours, the cherry element becomes stronger; by mid-palate, both the sour cherry and wood elements are in full force; after the swallow, the sour elements soften and allow the fruit to move forward, but the oaky tones underneath remain discernable

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with prickly carbonation

Drinkability: While this might not satisfy the hard core lambic fan with a sour assault on the tastebuds, I found it eminently drinkable

Thanks, DrDogbeer, for the opportunity

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4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bottle when visited recently. Pours a mostly cloudy orangish pink color. A decent pours left a off white-pink head with decent retention and ok lacing.

A bit cold when poured but after some warmth some subtle cherry notes and a light woody almost vanilla undertone come out. Not as sour as would have expected for a lambic. Some tart aromas with a sweeter cherry nose. Some minimal funk and horse notes. The cherry has a nice presence and blends well.

The taste is more on par. A sweeter cherry flavor comes out with a nice tart finish. Somewhat acidic finish that lingers in palate. Does take some time to adjust to the sour, but once you do the fruitiness really shines. The cherry is like a bing cherry. The vanilla is noticeable but backs of compared to the nose. The funk, like the nose, is limited. I would have liked more of the horsy and yeasty undertones.

The body is light with the cherries leaving a sweeter finish. Some very nice qualities but overall I would have liked a bit more yeasty characteristics to come out.

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4.09/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received in trade from TexIndy, thanks for the opportunity.

Pours a deep orange/pink color with a bubbly white head that disappears quickly. Smells of lemon, a bit of barnyard funk, some sour smells. I pick up a light fruitiness on the nose, but can't really describe it. Taste is tart up front with a mild barnyard and a dry oak finish. Theres a lot less funk in the taste than the nose lead me to believe. Mouthfeel is acidic and slightly syrupy, carbonation is medium to high, body is medium. This is a light refreshing fruity funky brew for sure. Very easy to drink, but I would have liked a bit more lactic and definitely a bit more cherries.

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4.07/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed at the NOVA BA tasting #1, big thanks to the BA who shared this with everyone.

If there was ever an occasion that required toast with a bottle that could produce a show..Upland is the way to go! Popped corked with a gorgous stream of red foam and liquid. The brew graces the air in a wonderfull color arrangement as the light shines through it...

Pours a hearty red color with a light pink head that forms and quickly disapears. Aroma is acidic with funk and a strong presence of cherries. Taste is a bit more acidic then its brother brew the blackberry. The acidic flavor is accompanied by the funk and cherries, which in this case the cherries stand out a bit more. Again with the mouthfeel as in the blackberry this brew felt great! My taste buds were left intack for the rest of the tasting which is greatly appreciated. Really enjoyed this brew and will purchase in the future.

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4.04/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled 10-22-2010. Batch 134-08 Poured into a Founder's Tulip.

A: Pours a murky light pinkish color, almost looks exactly like grapefruit juice. 1.5 finger white foam that settles down.

S: Not very aromatic, but there are hints of funky in there. You have to dig pretty deep to get the cherry scent, but it is there.

T: A good cherry flavor comes through right away, it is semi-sweet with a touch of oak. Not overly tart or sour, but the funk is noticeable, it just isn't in your face. The flavor of the cherries is done really well.

M/D: Highly carbonated as all of the Upland Lambics have been. Medium body. Nice dry finish to the beer, quite refreshing.

Overall: I would like to see this beer be more aromatic, especially in the funk and cherry department. Also, this would have been way better if it were a little more sour, but having said that, this beer was really good. I thought the flavor of the cherries really saved this beer.

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