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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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 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 rlee1390
3.77/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A-Ruby red, good deal of carbonation, one finger pink head that doesn't last long.

S-Lots of overly sweet cherries, mild funk and oak.

T-Very sweet. Not artificial but just too sweet. Not that sour or tart even. Just too sweet and not sour enough.

M-Lighter, tad watery, not much carbonation.

O-I was expecting a lot better, but this beer was extremely sweet while not having much sourness to balance it out.

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Photo of TheSSG
3.79/5  rDev -2.3%
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 spacecake9
3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
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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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 Jonada
3.8/5  rDev -2.1%

750 ml bottled 10/10/2013. Served in a wine glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark ruby red color with less than a finger of a pinkish head that dissipates almost instantly. Body is only lightly hazy with some moderate visible carbonation.

Smell: Sour cherry, funk, oak, lemon vinegar and a slight herbal quality.

Taste: Huge blast of acidic sourness upfront which carries right through to the finish. Beneath that are lots of cherries and oak as well as some earthy funk, leather, vanilla, some lactic acid and lemon.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a somewhat slick mouthfeel and medium assertive carbonation. Finishes very sour with a decent amount of residual sweetness.

Overall: One of the most sour beers I've ever had. Lots of sour cherry, oak and a little bit of funk as well. I'd still prefer a good Belgian kriek over this, but it's still worth a try.

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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 deadonhisfeet
3.81/5  rDev -1.8%
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 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 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 mdm46410
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml corked bottle and served in a tulip. This beer poured a reddish amber with a thin head of off-white fizz that lasted throughout most of the glass. Not much lacing. The aroma included sour cherry skins, oak, a hint of wheat, and cobwebs. The flavor consisted of a big burst of dry, sour cherries on top of a delicate wheat base. Mildly funky and tart. The mouthfeel was light-bodied and had crisp, aggressive carbonation. A pretty nice beer, but I would have prefered a little more funkiness.

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Photo of FosterJM
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1417th Review on BA
Bottle to Bruery Taster

Vintage 2010
Thanks to Gonzoillini for sharing
Bottleshare in Chicago

App- A soft red with some pink and cream highlights. A small fizzy head was there and gone.

Smell- A prickly cherry and a stinging lactic note. Wasnt offensive smelling just needed to pop a bit more.

Taste- I thought it was better than average. Seemed to be aging nicely and still had a good prickly base with some nice cherry.

Mouth- A light body with a medium prickly carbonation level. Was a touch dry and I like that.

Drink- Nice little beer. Seems to be doing well and not offensive as some have said.

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Photo of antoines15
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bottle from 2010, poured murky reddish.

smelled very tart, not much cherry though.

Taste is just more sour, not much cherry. Good, not great.

Mouthfeel is is what really does it for me with this beer. Very nice indeed.

Overall it is good, not great, but what do I know? Jeff said, and I quote, "I'm just gonna drink sours from now on," after having this beer, so that's gotta count for something. I'm gonna tweet that people should read this review. #CherryLambic #Upland #Bulls #BeatTheHeat

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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 Vonerichs
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy cranberry with a pink fizzy head. Active carbonation.

Sweet and tart cherry aroma. Vinegar. Cranberry.

Whoa buddy is it sour. Ludens cherry cough drops and cider vinegar. The finish is extremely tart and puckers the taste buds.

Thin but prickly mouthfeel. The sour really toughs the tongue up.

I found it very enjoyable but not complex with the flavors. It really pushes the boundaries of being too sour.

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Photo of barczar
3.91/5  rDev +0.8%
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 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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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.94/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip. Bottled 10/22/10, Batch 134-08. Big thanks to Rempo for all my Upland needs.

3.0 A: Opaque peach/ruby red color. I think a saw a yeastie or two float by. Nearly three fingers of white, fizzy soda pop head that falls fairly quickly and leaves no lacing behind.

4.0 S: The aroma makes up for the average appearance. Plenty of tart cherry accompanied by a good bit of oak and hints of vanilla. Maybe even a touch of raspberry. Lots of tangy lactic acid with just a touch of acetic acid. A light, almost doughy maltiness.

4.0 T: Good balance between the fruit and the sourness. Moderately tart cherry, lots of lactic acid making this even fruitier, and just enough acetic acid to get a decent pucker going. Oak and vanilla in moderate amounts. Peach and raspberry fruitiness to support the cherry. A decent barnyard funk to round things off.

4.0 M: Lighter medium body. Perhaps just a touch too much spritzy carbonation. Reasonably creamy for the body. Quite smooth as this one is quite balanced while still delivering a punch.

4.0 D: The cherry is another solid soldier in the Upland lambic lineup. Aside from the appearance, this is solid all around.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
3.94/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

batch number: 134-08
bottled: 10/22/2010

poured into snifter.

Appearance: pinkish koolaid red colored beer. The beer has some floaties in it. Fizzy white head that dissapears quickly. For some reason I thought this would be a deep dark red colored beer.

Smell: not getting much cherry notes from this beer. Vinegar, lemon, hay, & funk.

Taste: mild cherry tartness mixed with a moderate lemon sour; followed by hay and funk. Lemon sour and funk remain in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: light bodied beer and carbonation on the high end of moderate. Appropriate mouthfeel for the style and I think it enhances this beer!

Overall: Its a nice lambic, but its a little over priced at over $20 a bottle. Thats the bottom line. It is a good change up when i am in the mood for something totally different. Wish the cherries were bigger in this beer.

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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 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 titosupertramp
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Looks a lot like pulpy ruby red grapefruit juice when held to light. Lots of floaties. Not much of a head, but plenty of carbonation in this one.

S: Tart cherries out in front with some wood like smells.

T: Pretty tart throughout when fresh out of the fridge, but as it warms, there are some sweet flavors that balance this out. Cherry, oak, funk is mostly what I'm getting here. I can't quite figure out where the sweetness if coming from but it's nice.

M: Lots of carbonation causes almost a burning, tingling sensation. As mention earlier, this is pretty tart at times. Lots of cherry pulp towards the end of the bottle.

O: I like this a lot, but the high price tag would keep me from getting this again.

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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 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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Cherry Lambic from Upland Brewing Company
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