Cherry Lambic | Upland Brewing Company

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Cherry LambicCherry 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 Sammy
3.77/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pink-peachy colour, with a foaming head that settles into a Caesar head. Medium or even a tad less mouthfeel. It has that aroma a la Cantillon. Woodiness, and cherries are there all right, and sourness is malted away. A good drinking ale, nice summer drinker but neither outstanding as far as a kriek goes, better than average for a fruit beer. Active carbonation that aids digestion through burping. Sourness builds up, men drink up. Being traditional lambic cherry, it may be that the strawberry was superior and more unique.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
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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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.55/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

this is supposed to be some pretty special stuff, especially name dropping lambic so casually, and i was pumped to try it, but the experience was a letdown in retrospect. its hazy cherry red, like a ford mustang without the shine, sexy, but soft, pleasant. more carbonation than i am accustomed to in a lambic, which i like. the nose is fruity as anything, jammy, a tad sweet, but tart too, intensely so in fact, lactic and caustic almost, definitely too much to do a bottle alone. i get that from the smell alone. the taste is well fruited, not as authentic as some of its peers, but reasonable on the sugar and candy front. the sourness of this beer is aggressive, almost unnecessary, its punishing and coats the throat with a drying rough sensation like i swallowed one thousand sour patch kids at once. the fruit gets a little more sweet and fake seeming as it warms, but when i focus i can get fresh cherries. the sourness is a distraction from everything else, and the wheat malt base is simply not enough to convey the intended message here. carbonation is enjoyable, but the drying burning mouthfeel is annoying to me, it serves no purpose. a step short of something like motherfunker, but this is not an elite fruited sour in my eyes, still keen to try their kiwi and others, but this was in the B range at best.

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Photo of brentk56
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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Photo of emerge077
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

2009: 4.15

Thanks to Steve for picking this up on the way to DLD...

Bright cherry red color, that appears more orange in the light. Once the cap came off, it started spewing up a few inches, with the cork still firmly in place. Loud pop when it came out, a good sign. There was actually excess foam when I poured it lightly, but it faded pretty fast to a ring. Lots of oak in the aroma, some Brett, musty cherry and general fruit sweetness. Another batch 2 bottle I sampled when it first came out had a stronger horsey aroma, but the aroma from this bottle seems slightly more subdued.

It has a distinct cherry flavor with a firm tartness and dry woody finish. Fairly clean tasting and not as "dirty" as the nose. The body is slightly thin, it seemed there was more initial carbonation, but it became more juice-like over twenty minutes time. Some sharper acidity and acetobacter would be nice. Still, there's a nice woody, fruity aftertaste, and it's nicely quenching. Great for a springtime picnic...

Long lasting foam, dark reddish brown color. Aroma was odd, seemed like a spent bourbon barrel, possibly spirit character from acetobacter. Muddled cherry and a bit thin bodied with a light tartness. It's drinkable enough, but falls pretty short of the premium $25 pricetag.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a light pink color ale with a huge foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of sour cherries is more powerful then expected with load soft rat and funky notes. Taste is also a mix between some strong tart and sour notes with some fresh tart cherries and loads of funky barnyard notes. Body is fuller then average for style with good carbonation. Interesting example of fruity lambic from the US though while still being very good lacked some balance and was a bit too sour at the end of the day.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.62/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes. I'm not exactly sure on the release dates, but I believe this bottle was a little under two years old when we had it.

Pours a golden color with a bit of a red-orange tint to it. Faint white head without much lacing. The nose brings some muted cherry characteristics along with a bit of earth and maybe some light, light oak. The taste is again mild cherries with a bit of sourness and light grain. Not much funk or barnyard. I was glad to try this, but it was the least interesting of the lambics that I've had from them.

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Photo of jlindros
3.81/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Another one to try thanks to Tom P.

Mostly clear orange color, little fizzy head.

Nose nice sour cherry, little candied cherry, mild tart sour, light but nice funk,

Taste mostly juicy cherry, little tart sour cherry, fairly sour, little acidic bite, fairly bland overall though, doesn't seem to have a lot going on.

Mouth is med to lighter bod, decent carb, little acidic.

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Photo of chinchill
3.52/5  rDev -9.3%
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 Rifugium
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into an Upland bell tulip, a deep burgundy color, with a full inch of pinkish-purple head, which quickly fizzled down, settling at a mid-sized ringlet; thin lacing on the glass, and a steady stream of tiny bubbles rising from the bottom. Heavy cherry aroma, acidic, lots of lacto tartness, vinegar, red wine. There seem to be mixed reports on this beer, especially in the sourness department, but this bottle at least was VERY sour. Intense blast of tartness in the taste, sour cherries, acetic acid, lemon, tannins, notes of leather, red licorice, and I even picked up a subtle touch of cocoa, strange as it seems. Tart up front, tart in the finish. Medium body, crisp, prickly mouthfeel, and if I didn't say it before: very tart. No problems with this bottle, it's a very good sour overall, though I'm on duty to conquer this whole bottle myself tonight, so I'd better break out the Tums.

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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 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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Photo of womencantsail
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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Photo of mdfb79
3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Thorpe429; thanks Mike! Poured into a tulip.

a - Pours a deep red color with an inch of white head and moderate to high carbonation evident.

s - Smells of acedic notes, some funk, oak, tart cherries, tart dark fruits, and vinegar. Nose is nice and tart.

t - Tastes of vinegar, acedic notes, oak, funk, tart cherries, and tart dark fruits again. Not as much cherry as I was expecting, and a lot of vinegar.

m - Medium body and moderate to high carbonation in the mouth.

o - Overall a nice Upland lambic, but I preferred the Blackberry tonight. Not my favorite from Upland, but definitely worth checking out if you like their lambic offerings.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Thorpe429. Thanks Mike.

The beer is a cloudy, hazy pink hue with a small head that leaves sparse lacing on the glass. The aroma brings some light funk with a healthy dose of tart cherries. The taste follows suit. This isn't among my favorite Upland lambics, but is enjoyable nonetheless. Oak barrel notes emerge more as the beer warms. The finish brings moderate acidity. Overall, a solid fruit lambic, and one I would certainly have again.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.12/5  rDev -19.6%
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 stakem
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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Photo of johnnnniee
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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Photo of RblWthACoz
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a foggy reddish hued amber. Nose is hooooiee sour! Lactic and pure sour bretty funk. Flavor is interesting. Mild cherry tones. Vanilla wood is there as well. Highly lactic. Calms down over time, or perhaps my palate is acclimating. Feel has a typical carbonation; liquid is typical. This is a good lambic. For an American producer to release a lambic that doesn't absolutely suck says something. Now all we have to do is work on the complexities and iron out the wrinkles and we can start getting cocky against Cantillon.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.7/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shard by Thorpe. Thanks! Beer is red and hazy with a white diffuse head. No lacing moderate carbonation.

The aroma of the beer is heavy with Brett b but as it warms it gets more cherry. The acetic and lactic acid present too.

Beer is pretty funky and sour with a mild tartness from the cherries. The beer is less cherry than I expected more acetic and stronger oakiness and Brett character than I expected. I liked it enough but it is not my favorite lambic of theirs.

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Photo of aasher
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This lambic poured a light bodied spritzer like, faded rose in color with a one finger white head. The head quickly dissipated to lace the glass. It didn't look like the other lambics that I've had from Upland to date. It was a lot lighter in color and looks to be more carbonated. Also, this bottle didn't gush like some of the others have. The aroma is a nice, tart cherry upfront with little funk. The flavor too is all business. You get tart cherry with just the lightest touch of Upland's house yeast. It also has a nice dry finish. This seems to be one of Upland's more forward lambics, meaning it's closest in flavor to the fruit they are featuring (the Peach is probably the second closest). Like I said, this beer is more carbonated than their others. It's a fine drink and a pretty good sour. Is it great? Probably not, but it's worth trying and they only make between 400 and 450 bottles per batch.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2008 Release; Sampled December 2008
A fairly solid pour into my large Tripel Karmeliet tulip produces three fingers of pale, tan tinged froth. The beer is a pale red tinged, light amber color that shows a lightly hazed, pink tinged copper / gold color when held up to the light. The aroma is fairly tart, with a soft backdrop of funkiness that has notes of faint phenolic plastic, moldy cotton, musty curing leather, . Some oak notes become noticeable to me after a bit (not so much that they weren't there before, but more that I just now noticed them), with aromas of tannic, spicy wood and damp almost sweet oak along with a touch of vanillin. The vanillin character gets mixed in with a light, cherry fruitiness that can just be noticed under that more dominant oak and funk. This is definitely Brettanomyces influenced with that unmistakable, musky Brett scent.

The taste has a fair amount of tartness to it, though not a strong presence for a Lambic. The acidity is fairly soft and definitely more lactic than anything. Towards the finish is a lingering hint of cherry candy; though this is not sweet at all, it just has a hint, almost an aroma impression on the palate of artificial cherry. The beer sort of implies some other cherry influences with a touch of cherry skin tannins and fruit, as well as a seeming contribution to the overall tartness here. Actually the more I work my way through my first glass the more I start to notice the cherry flavors; these notes are soft, but unmistakable with a cherry pie like piquancy. I definitely like that this particular bottle is carbonated fairly well, perhaps not as aggressively so (like I prefer), but it is definitely doesn't leave the beer limp (like some of the other Upland Lambics). Exceedingly drinkable, the beer is nice and light without being watery; the texture, between the carbonation and the touch of residual body is just right.

This beer started out pretty decently, even if a bit short on cherry character, but as it warms up the cherry, while still soft, becomes distinctly noticeable in both the nose and flavor. Really quite nice and my favorite of the Upland Lambics so far.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.77/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I cracked this after the Kriek heavy players at the weekend tasting.. Got this a while back from Bobby91w ... Stellar trader and hooked me up huge.

2008 bottle... The pour was a cloudy orange with a nice head.

Nose makes me want Rainier cherries... subtle yet still sweet and full of aromas we all think of as cherries.. mild lactic funk..

Descent pucker and a growing funk starts the palate.. the acidity is balanced nicely with quite a bit more lactic elements than acetic.. I was expecting more sweetness, but am glad the sugars are pretty balanced.. the traditional funk is there, but way in the background.. Good body and carbonation... the overall brew needs some work.. but this is a great attempt on a tough style. This would do well with a few years in the cellar.. the yeasties and bacteria would do some great damage... but right now, it seems like it needs some age.

Thanks again, Bobby.. I hope you're home by now.. but if not, God Speed.


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Photo of Davepoolesque
4.02/5  rDev +3.6%
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 Rhettroactive
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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