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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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 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 kundog18
3.46/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a one finger head that quickly disappears. No retention or lacing. Faint reddish pink hue reminiscent of grapefruit juice.

Slightly artificial aroma. Cherries are present on the nose, and a straw/barnyard/sweaty sock aroma is evident from the brett. Slightly medicinal/chemical aroma.

Nice cherry flavor on the front end, midpalate is too sweet and medicinal, finishes with a hint of funk.

Fine carbonation; very effervescent. A little syrupy. Overall, good mouthfeel.

Overall, a decent effort - nowhere near as good as blackberry or blueberry, in my opinion. Will be interesting to see how this develops at the fruit character dies down a little. Should improve as the brett dries this out.

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Photo of cetherid
3.48/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

poured into a tulip


Beer pours a nice murky ruby color, almost like the inside of a grapefruit. A few floaties in there with about a fingers worth of bubbly head that dissipated fairly quickly.


aroma on this is a little weak. The brett is in there, but not as funky as say, their strawberry. The cherry is in there, but I had to dig my nose in a glass a few times to really point out the fact that it really IS cherry. Perhaps a subtle aroma of an old sock drawer in this as well.


Decent lambic qualities with its sourness and a little tartness. The cherry/fruit in this beer is a little sweet, almost like syrupy sweet, but not as bad as a Lindemans. I was hoping for something a little more barnyardy with less sweetness.


About medium bodied, with an OK carbonation. I could go for a little more of that prickly sensation in the mouth. Finish is slightly dry, however there is a touch of sweetness coating the mouth. Almost like an artificial sweetener feel to it.


I'm a little disappointed by this as cherry is usually my favorite lambic flavor. The "cherry" was a little hard to point out in this beer, however the fruity sweetness was not. These beers are pricey and a pain to obtain which knocks this as well. I've had the blackberry from this same batch and I thought that was MUCH better than this.

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Photo of weatherdog
2/5  rDev -48.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

750ml bottle poured into a tulip. Bottled on 10/22/10

It's pours a cloudy rosy pink with a fluffy white head that dies down into a layer of bubbles. No lacing.

Oh god the aroma! Every one in the room said it, a unmistakable aroma. It's a hair salon in a bottle. You know that chemical smell that they use for perming. Whatever that's called it comes through very heavily and so off putting I can barely get past it. Behind that some cinnamon spice comes through. No fruit aroma to be found.

The taste thankfully loses that hair salon chemicaliness. I still am not getting a ton of fruit, just a faint cherry syrup sweetness. The biggest unexpected character is that cinnamon spice. It reminds me exactly of like a gingerbread cookie or Cinnamon Toast Crunch cereal. The acidity is on par with other Upland lambics, sharp finish.

Mouthfeel is light and medium carbonation. Not as prickly and acidic as the Blackberry version I just had.

This is one of the poorer versions of Upland lambics. The aroma is really off and the cherry is almost nonexistent and huge cinnamon phenolics.

EDIT: Had a second bottle of this during DLD 2011 and it was very similar. The aroma was just as bad...people kept saying burnt original assessment of perm chemicals is very similar. This is just not a good beer, and having two similar bottles takes out the chance of a bad 1st bottle.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.08/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to Tom (TPatuto) for this one. Shared with schen9303. Poured from a capped and corked 750ml bottle into a Cantillon Iris glass.

A: Cork erupts with a muted pop. Standard pour yields a 1 finger foamy, coarse, white head with poor retention. Beer is an attractive, clear ruby-peach that reveals ample carbonation. Lacing is non-existant. Nice legs though. An attractive beer overall but the complete lack of lacing or head hurts a bit.

S: Nose is very subtle and simple. Sweet and tart cherry puree with some peachiness. Brett wet straw presence apparent in the background. Not much to think or talk about here though.

T: Opens Brett straw and woodiness with sprinkles of cobwebs and mustiness. Middle is cherry puree that is rather bland and rubbery. Tartness is there but again, very muted. Not much going on here. Dry towards the finish with a slight, puckering, cherry aftertaste. A bit too subtle here. Execution is nice but all the flavor just seems to have faded.

M: Light to medium bodied and highly carbonated. Crisp, bubbly, and abrasive in the mouth with a slight graininess going down. Lively all the way. Saliva-enducing, dry finish with a similar, dry aftertaste.

D: Its surprising that the Upland lambics have been so hit-or-miss for me at this point. The strawberry and raspberry were amazing but the blueberry and now cherry have been pedestrian at best. Worth a try because I suspect there's a bit of bottle variation and you just have to try ALL the flavors... but I wasn't particularly impressed here.

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Photo of Brez07
3.7/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Batch 1 (2008) shared by sigma23 at the SMBDC sour tasting in January. 3-4 oz served in a tasting glass

A: Goldenrod color, slightly cloudy. 1/2 finger white head that disappears rather quickly

S: Some funk, but not much fruit at all. If anything, I get some strawberry essence

T: Starts off tart, then smooths out. Strawberry fruit. Where is the cherry? Overall the beer seems to have faded a bit. Slight amount of bandaid in the finish

M: Light bodied. Slightly tart, dry finish

D: I haven't had this fresh, but those who had said it's not the same. This one is going downhill, so drink up

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Photo of youbrewidrink
3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared from a year old bottle, drank from a snifter.

Color was golden and the fine white head heald up well.

The nose was of cherries and chevre cheese, not in a bad way, but you new the sour was coming.

The taste was started out nice with some cherry, almost a marzipan flavor. As quick as the flavor shown, it disappeared leaving a very bland mid swallow taste.

This was very drinkable, carbonation was just right, the flavor just vanished too quickly.

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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 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 craytonic
3.84/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pour is a muddy Mississippi rusty brown, it is extremely cloudy and not particularly appealing.

Smell: (Ranier) Cherry pie filling, wood and leather, lightly sour/tart

Taste: Oak, vanilla, cherry pie filling, light sour/tartness. A bit musty.

Mouthfeel: light, carbonation is a bit prickly

Drinkability: Drinkable, but the pour is unattractive and I enjoyed this less than their other offerings.

*NB - the early 2011 batch was significantly better than some of the earlier batches; still not great.

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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 raverjames
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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Photo of Mistofminn
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just got this bottle from DeaconBluez this morning. Thanks a bunch Chip!

Didn't plan on opening the bottle for a while, but the girlfriend wanted to try it really bad, and made a pretty good dinner to pair it with, so here goes.

Bottle hiss. Duh, theres a rubber cork in there. Popped that sucker out and poured it into a couple tulip glasses. The color is cloudy opaque orange red, similar to pressed apple cider. Looks good so far. The head produced from an aggressive pour is tan in color, but has the staying power of a soda's foam. Gone in seconds. Leaves no lacing. No visable carbonation.

The nose is tart and sour, oh boy. I also get subtle notes of oak aging and brett funkyness. Musty and tart, that about sums it up.

The taste is pretty authentic Belgian Lambic. Tart, and not sweet, sour and sharp, mouth puckering goodness. Typical wild yeast musty characters apply, and there is a nice underlying woodyness picked up from the oak aging. Pretty good stuff for an American made Lambic. Not as much cherries as I would have liked, but it's still pretty good.

Mouthfeel is light to medium. The invisible carbonation is definitely there, giving a sharp bite when you swallow. Very acidic with a dry finish, pretty good.

Drinkability is very nice. This went very well with a (very well made if I do say so myself) plate of Italian pasta and a side plate of assorted stinky cheeses.

Glad I got to try this, and I wish I had other Upland lambics to compare this too, so I'll have to seek them out in the future. A huge thanks goes out to Chip for hooking me up with this long time want!

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Photo of brewandbbq
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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Photo of coldmeat23
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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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 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 illidurit
3.53/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

RBSG09 bottle at the grand tasting. Thanks whoever brought this! Pours a dark orangey goldenrod hue with a fluffy white head. Sour lemony aroma with some faint cherry pit notes. Tart and lemony, acidic, no real cherry flavor. Some wood and yeast there too. Effervescent and light bodied.

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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 SaCkErZ9
3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours from a corked and capped 750ml bottle into a snifter. Emerges a cherry bronze color witha rather substantial white head. Decent amount of retention without much lacing.

Aroma is sour and slightly funky. Large lemon aromas as well as that sour, tart, funky aroma typical in the style. Not much cherry in the nose.

Flavor is slightly tart and sour. Again, not much cherry. This one is basically a product of the yeast and the sourness. Not much cherry or fruit flavor in this one.

HIgh carbonation, dry on the tongue, sour and tart. Finishes extremely clean. Easy to drink. This may be the best of the Upland Lambics I have had. The blueberry, rasberry, and peach were less than stellar. This one seems to be quite good.

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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 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 FtownThrowDown
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a murky reddish brown in color. There's a very nice two inches of rocky white head on the pour. This is much more tart and sour than I was expecting. I shared a blueberry a couple months back that still needed some carbonation, but this one's good to go. There's a slight cherry flavor in the nose, but mostly it's sour and slightly acidic.
Taste is very good. Nice Tart and sour flavors starting off. Tends to dry out midway through the palate. Very easy drinking and highly enjoyable. My favorite of the series that I've had thus far.

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Photo of Floydster
3.92/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle received in a trade with sprinkle, took this to Beachwood BBQ and shared it with Gabe and Ivan on Sunday afternoon, reviewed from notes I took on my phone before I started dinner, poured into a small flute glass

A-Cloudy pinkish color, 1/2 inch bubbly white head that does not last long, some legs but no lacing, looked really thick and chunky in the last pour in which I gave to one of the bartenders there
S-Cherries, wild yeast, oak, earthiness, leather, grassy accents, and light lemon juice
T-Starts off with tart cherries and ends that way, pretty tannic, lots of oak in the finish and it remains dry and tarty, simple but it works, not much going on and does not change much as it warms, milky berries come out by the end
M-Tart, acidic, and slightly sweet mouthfeel, medium bodied, lots of carbonation, taste lingers pretty well
D-Could have drank this bottle, light and seems like there is little to no alcohol present, can be refreshing when served chilled, pretty drinkable

One of the better lambics from Upland, more tarty and fruity than most of the others, still wish this was more lively, one of the only ones I would revisit though, recommended

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Cherry Lambic from Upland Brewing Company
3.88 out of 5 based on 302 ratings.
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