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 cpetrone84
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pour is a hazy mix of tangerine orange and light pink with a dirty hue. Bubbly light tan head. The nose is really nice, tons of funk, cobweb, earthy musk and light mushroom. The fruits are not the focus, some berries and cherry in back. The taste follows the nose, more musky mushroom and some earthy cheese. The cherries are in back, very nice sourness, assertive but not puckering. The body is rather full, moderate carb, probably a touch low, and semi dry finish. Very good, well balanced, and excellent funk. Gets a bit vinegary as it warms and towards the bottom of the bottle.

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

2008 bottling, thanks to photekut.

Large corked and capped bottle poured into a Boon snifter.

Color is something like a watery red/light orange, with a thin, short lasting light pink head, little to no lacing.
Aroma is quite tart, vinegary, funky and musty, leathery. Cherry and oak seem initially like an afterthought, but eventually open up, without ever becoming excessive.
Taste is tart, but not quite puckering, acid, but lightly, with a small cherry contribution that is not sweet at all. Carbonation is a present but not as much as I would like, which limits the experience to some extent. Refreshing and pleasant, could use a bit more carbonation, but it is quite wortwhile.

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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 Sean9689
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle purchased at the released. Split with friends.

A - Pours a pinkish red, white fizzy head, thin cap, and some whisps.

S - Nice sour/tartness, sour cherries, oak, fruity. After having the blackberry, it was nice that this one had a lot more sour/tart notes.

T - Big sour cherries, lacto, oak, sweet fruit, tart cherry finish. The cherries are excellent and enjoyable and the tart notes compliment the fruity sweetness.

M - Light, fizzy carbonation, dry finish.

O - Really enjoyable. The cherries are excellent and it's just a very easy to drink beer. Recommend.

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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 PHBoiler
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Very aggressively sour like most/all Upland lambic-style beers. The color is distinctly cherry, which is quite impressive. Looks like well carbed cherry juice. The smell is mostly tart but not overtly yogurty or too strong. I do get the cherry flavor despite the aggressive tartness from this beer. The flavor is actually quite good for how overtly tart this beer is. Unfortunately, 2 ounces was enough to give me that stomach burn feeling. I just don't understand why these Uplands have to be so aggressive in the sour/tartness. This is the second best I've had after Strawberry.

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Photo of rodmanfor3
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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

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Photo of 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 Treebs
4.02/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ml C&C bottle served in a Founders snifter. Batch 134-08, bottled 10/12/10

A: Pours a very hazy purplish color. Man this looks a lot like grapefruit juice. Airy white head from on the pour with some small chunks of a cherry floating around.

S: Musty and tart. some slight sour cherry and some slight funk as well.

T: Great fruity tartness upfront, some subtle sour cherry skins, and some minimal funk. Finishes with a nice earthiness.

M: Has a definitive dry finish, so much so I feel it at the back of the throat. Has a great prickly carbonation and your left with a nice a dried fruit rind on the palate.

O: I liked this one because I enjoy cherry and it had a great mouthfeel and body, but the Persimmon version still reigns supreme.

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Photo of woosterbill
4.02/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle into a La Chouffe tulip. Sampled at the Batch 3 Rosso release; thanks to the kind soul who shared it!

A: Murky, cloudy red-orange body. Plenty of fine carbonation. Ok.

S: Sweet & sour cherry, with plenty of vanilla, dark fruit and oak on the tail end. Nice.

T: Big acidity up front, with sweet, sour, and sharp cherry following it up. Clean, straightforward, and tasty.

M: Lively, spiky, and full. I'm a fan.

O: This was a tasty enough cherry sour, but it paled in comparison to both of the other ones I sampled at the same release (Cisco Monomoy Kriek and 3F Oude Kriek '06). Nothing bad about it at all (I was afraid from the aroma that it would be too sweet overall, but the acidity in the flavor was terrific), but nothing really stood out, either. Worth trying if you're even slightly interested, but not something I'd go out of my way to have again.

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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 cpmichael
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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Photo of BZero007
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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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 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 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 Oxymoron
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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Photo of thagr81us
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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Photo of hopdog
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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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 ArrogantB
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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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 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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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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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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Cherry Lambic from Upland Brewing Company
3.88 out of 5 based on 299 ratings.
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