Persimmon Lambic
Upland Brewing Company

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Lambic - Fruit
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4.28 | pDev: 10.75%
Upland Brewing Company
Indiana, United States
Persimmon LambicPersimmon Lambic
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.93/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Had this back in August 2017 while camping with the fam and elrogish up in Oregon. 6.4% abv on this one.

Pours a color that looks just like the persimmons on the label, roughly 'orange', didn't really hold much of a head, fizzed up and down into just a film basically. The aroma was all sour power persimmons, which I would describe similar to tangelos even though they look like different colored tomatoes. The oak contribution doesn't affect much in the way of taste, moreso on the mouth feel giving a drying effect after the persimmon lemon and tangelo like sourness and taste. These are well known for their sourness being through the roof. This was high, but not as sour and acidic as the kiwi one. Both were enjoyable nonetheless, but you gotta realize what you're getting into.

Carbonation was good on this even though it realistically sat at room temperature for a few years. Its a massive sour running around 9 on the 10 pt wild ale scale. Some rip on it, but I'd be happy to have another one of these again.

Aug 11, 2020
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FFFjunkie from Illinois

4.27/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look is golden hay with a burst of white head that dissipates into nothing before you are done pouring.

Aroma is huge tart and some sort of fruit. I've never had a persimmon but the smell could be related to a peach or lemon. I'm not quite sure.

Taste is mouth puckering tart (in a good way) upfront, some kind of fruit mid palette, and finishes dry with a tartness that just won't quit. I'm loving it.

Feel is lively, crisp and dry. Carb is high as you can hear the carbonation upon pouring.

Overall a fantastic sour. The fruit isn't as recognizable as some of their others like cherry and peach but maybe that's just because I can't ever remember eating a persimmon. This beer is really good especially if you like sours.

Aug 06, 2017
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darktronica from Indiana

4.05/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I do love persimmons--possibly my favorite fruit, if they're good ones. That said, I've never had an Indiana persimmon. I learned to love them during the seven years I lived in southern California and got them directly from the local farmers' markets. That said, I'm not sure if this beer gives me much insight into local Indiana agriculture, because I don't get a lot of fruit from the ale. This batch bottled in January 2017 is still a classy, refined sour, to be sure, but not one imbued, or even tinged, with a particular lot of fruit flavor. I get a sour blonde with a suggestion of cinnamon and a bit of reassuring pulpy sweetness amidst a dry finish. Enjoyable, but given a blind lineup of fruited Uplands, I would have a tough time identifying this one as fruited, much less nailing the particulars.

May 15, 2017
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Tsar_Riga from Indiana

4.29/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Golden yellow body, superbly clear first pour, more cloudy during the second, bright throughout, with strong carbonation, very little head, no real lacing. Pretty.

S - Both fruit and fermented acidity. A hint of horse blanket and barn, grass and floral notes, all behind sharp acid.

T - Damn. Superb bright acidity in the open, a sweet tart type flavor, a middle that brings richer tart persimmon aspect, and the close closes with a mild bite.

M - Very sharp acidity, but not unpleasant for the style. And super clean - no sign of harsh chemical or muddiness.

O - This is a fine lambic from Upland, and it delivers with fruit and sourness. Delicious. So glad I got it.

Feb 14, 2017
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Fcolle2 from Illinois

4.31/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a light pale grain color with a fizzy head and more cloudy sediment come out as it pours. Aromas of sweet citrus, lemon, hints of grain and some lacto sour notes. Flavor has some sweet cutrus flavors upfron with a big sour bite and some grain in the finish. Mouthfeel is crisp ,light, and very sour.

Aug 13, 2016
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JohnnyHopps from Indiana

4.34/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - The beer was a brilliant orange color with a white head.

Smell - There is a sour orange presence that is fairly strong.

Taste - The initial impression is a rich, Earthy sour orange. The richness makes me think of tomato juice. Persimmon, as I am told, is a brutally sour orange. The sour sticks with a sense of oak in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - A sour with tomato juice like mouthfeel.

Overall - Besides Pawpaw, this is Upland's best work.

Jul 02, 2016
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jzeilinger from Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Bright pale gold color with thick white lacing.

S - Persimmon and lambic funk.

T - Persimmons, tart, funk, acetic, funk.

M - Very puckering and mouth watering, medium body with prickly carbonation.

O - I don't like this style of beer but this is surprisingly good.

Apr 04, 2016
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Stevedore from Oregon

4.12/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml cork and cage bottle. Served in a snifter glass.

Pours a light orange-yellow body, very effervescent two finger white head that quickly settles down into a medium thickness film, touch of lacing. Smells of persimmon flesh, heavy acetic and lactic acidity, oak, and I suppose a little bit of peppery funk. Persimmons come out nicely here. Flavour is more dominated by the heavy acidity which makes my salivary glands shudder. Oak, a touch of persimmon. A really nice palate cleanser, I'll say that much, and actually reasonably enjoyable to drink if you can tolerate the acidity. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, good carbonation, refreshing on both the palate and the state of mind.

Mar 20, 2016
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stewart124 from Ohio

4.28/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy orangish yellow. Delicate nose with zero head.

Grapefruit tart. Almost like drinking the grapefruit juice at the bottom of the half of a grapefruit. Delicious and easy to sip on. Dry with an obvious tart finish on the back sides of the tongue.


Feb 17, 2015
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ironchefmiyagi13 from Tennessee

3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

Really excited to try this one last night. However, it did not live up to Upland's hype.

The bottle we got was infected, at least in terms of aroma. HUGE amounts of nail polish wiped away any others characteristics that might have come through.

Flavor, however, wasn't as bad. No nail polish, but not that fruity. I don't know what a persimmon tastes like, but either way I didn't get much. Just a grainy, sour bomb.

This is the 3rd Upland sour I have had and while I applaud an American brewery trying to make Lambics, they have missed the mark in my opinion and the product doesn't warrant the hype.

Nov 10, 2014
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dar482 from New York

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

The beer comes in a bright yellow orange with a good amount of particulate.

The beer offers a medium plus to full lemony tart quality, tart plum and apricot. At the mid-palate and on, there's a wonderful touch of fruit and persimmon character.

Despite the heavy tart quality, the fruit character makes this the best Upland I've had to date.

Aug 30, 2014
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rlee1390 from Indiana

4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A-Cloudy pale yellow, well carbonated, one finger head.

S-Woah. Persimmons, lots of citrus notes. Nice funk as well and moderate oak.

T-Woah again. Great funk, amazing citrus and persimmon notes. Oak is there as well. Amazing balance.

M-Lighter, some carbonation, a crisp and dry finish.

O-Easily of of the best fruited lambics Upland makes.

Aug 08, 2014
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jlindros from Massachusetts

4.36/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to rudzud for sharing.

Very little fizzy head, sounds like a soda bubbling, lots of yeast chunks, cloudy yellow banana Berliner Weiss color.

Nose is tons of sour, tons of lactic acid, light lemony like fruit and fruit rind, tartness and just pure lactic acid heartburn.

Taste holy Shit sour, redefines sour, so much sour and lactic acid, makes my glands hurt and eyes water, so sour my balls hurt, lactic crazy, sticky little flemmy, big lemony tart with little funk. Finish is dry bready but tons of burning acid, sour funk, tart lemon rind, and pure fuck your esophagus. Also late brings an awesome lemon mouth watering tartness.

Mouth burns the Shit out of everything, but still drinkable and tasty, nice carb small bubbles. 425

Overall very interesting, almost undrinkable as its so sour, but still delicious, walks the fine like of awesomeness.

Jun 11, 2014
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rudzud from Massachusetts

4.37/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Shared with JLindros.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice hazy light straw hue with some thin head that faded to leave light wisps and halo.

S - Aromas of big sour acid, lactic, faint faint fruit, light sour tart.

T - Taste is lemon, persimmons, absurdly sour. Seriously, this is just unnecessarily sour. Huge lactic acid, burns the throat it's so sour. More sour than sucking on a lemon! Tasty for sure but your face sour. Super tart, assertive, lemon rind. Complete overkill, but in a good way.

M - Mouthfeel is nicely carbonated, crisp, clean, WHAM sour.

O - Overall this beer was way more sour then I thought it would be. Aromatic, tasty, very impressive that it could be so sour yet still drinkable.

Jun 08, 2014
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BarrytheBear from Wisconsin

3.21/5  rDev -25%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

2012 bottling shared with the wife, sister-in-law and father--in-law...750ml.

Where to begin? The allure of well crafted persimmon lambic had me intrigued from the get-go. While a nice sweet and somewhat restrained fruit, my hope was that it could be a showcase fruit around a nice soft and rounded sour beer. Sound and rounded have no further place in this review.

This is the beer that the marketers of Zantac envision their users overdosing after: an overpowering, no-holds-barred acidic beer that takes the persimmon and strangles the ever loving piss out of it. Tomato paste consistency, little to no carb, and heavy on the palate.

While I though I erred on the side of enjoying highly sour fruited beers, this beer just put that to the test. All sour, muddled fruit, no finesse....a rough go and a downer.

May 27, 2014
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zhanson88 from California

4.24/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 03/2011.

Appearance: Upland Persimmon pours a semi hazy straw color with about 1" of white head. A moderate level of carbonation lends to decent head retention and lacing. Nice looking lambic, by far the best out of three lambic variants sampled.

Smell: Smells a musty and tart kind of citrus, with lacto tartness and sour lemons. The persimmons really make themselves known on the nose.

Taste: Lacto sourness and tart lemons up front, followed persimmon sweetness and tartness. Like the nose, the citrus character has a musty note to it. Very unique.

Mouthfeel/Overall: Light bodied with moderate carbonation. Very good feel. Overall, a very unique kind of lambic. I have never personally tried a persimmon, so I can't really compare, but in this case they seemed to add a lot to the beer. Probably the class of the three variants that were opened. Definitely a recommend.

May 18, 2014
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tectactoe from Michigan

4.32/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Huge thanks to Will for crossing off another huge want on my list. This one immediately gushed with the pop of the cork, but luckily too much beer wasn't lost before we were able to pour it into our glasses. It's a light orange-y, pale straw, pear-ish kind of color that's completely and utterly opaque. The white head is volatile, fizzy, and loud, and is literally wiped from existence within seconds of the pour.

Wow, the aroma is quite unlike anything I've smelled before. Eccentrically citrusy, with reminders of orange and lemon, but there's a nebulous fruitiness that I have yet to encounter - must be the persimmons. I haven't had a persimmon before, but smelling this beer really makes me want to go out and find one. Because if they smell like this, they must be good.

I love the pureness of the aroma; it smells like you're walking through a ripe patch of fruit. Highly authentic, and I don't even know what persimmon smells like. Ripe fruit skins, mild sweetness, a hint of tart acidity, and a faint underbrushing of grass that really ties everything together. At this point, I'm not getting much (if any) funk or Brett, but the fruit aspect is enough to blow me away.

The taste is miles ahead of the aroma in terms of perceivable sourness, but it still remains decadent and easy to swallow without puckering your ass or burning a hole in your stomach lining too much. It's incredibly fruity, again with that somewhat uncharted flavor that I can only assume must be from the persimmon. Digging deeper reveals some orange and pear, too.

Once the tartness calms a bit and the raw fruitiness begins to wind down, the oak becomes noticeable with just a light hint of Bretty funk and a touch sweetness in the undercurrent. This creates a nice, dry, and savory finish that gives the perfect closure to a fantastically fruity, juicy, tart, and lightly sweet beer, much unlike the series finale of The Sopranos. Effervescent on the palate, thin bodied and crisp, carbonated pretty heavily.

This was the first time my body has ingested any form of persimmon or even persimmon flavor, and it was quite delicious. I can't help but feel that I'll be let down once I get my hands on the actual fruit itself. Persimmon Lambic is so delightfully pure and raw by nature, though, and sour fanatics will have no trouble enjoying this beer. Makes me want the rest of the Upland Lambic series now.

Jul 30, 2013
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scottfrie from California

4.29/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 3/15/11. Sampled alongside the other seven fruit lambics.

A: Pours a lightly hazy lemon color with a short lived fizzy bright white head.
S: This just reeks of persimmon…and Japanese food? I’m getting something that reminds me of seaweed, but you know what, this smells awesome. Faint citrus as well.
T: Persimmon all the way with hints of citrus. Tartness and biting acid are right there as well. Very unique flavors.
M: Frothy carbonation, medium body, very bubby slick mouthfeel.
O: One of the best of the seven and just a uniquely flavored beer all-around. Worth checking out.

Jun 20, 2013
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Alieniloquium from Florida

3.91/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Bottled 3/15/2011, batch 71-09.

Appearance - It's a gusher. Big white head on a hazy yellow orange body. Thin collar after it settles and only a couple small islands of bubbles.

Smell - Lots of citrus. Never had a persimmon, so I can't compare it. Musty and a touch acidic.

Taste - Very sour. Fruity, less citrusy than the nose, but a definite orange-like taste. A little grainy. Finishes with some acetic sourness.

Mouthfeel - Highly carbonated. Makes it seem effervescent. Drinkably light.

Overall - Not really lambicky, but a nice American sour. Much better than the Kiwi I had a couple weeks ago.

Apr 02, 2013
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AlexFields from Tennessee

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

My bottle, shared at TN whales tasting 3/16/2013.

Pours a super light clear golden yellow, nice white head at first but it fades pretty quickly.

Smell is lots of funk, lemon, orange or peach maybe, a touch of sweetness.

Taste is very tart and acidic up front but becomes fairly sweet too, there's a fruitiness I can't really identify--lemon drops maybe? Hints of banana and peach and orange. Lots of acidity.

Very fizzy, nice mouthfeel, pretty refreshing despite the sour, very drinkable.


Mar 18, 2013
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brentk56 from North Carolina

4.47/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled: 3/15/11 Batch: 71-04

Appearance: Pours a cloudy goldenstraw, with a soda-like head that fizzes away rather quickly, leaving some legs but not much lace

Smell: Here in NC, persimmons are a seasonal fruit and persimmon pudding is delicious local specialty; in this brew, the persimmon aroma is unmistakable; though as this beer is a Lambic, there is also a tart, sour apple character

Taste: As expected, the tartness hits the tongue right away, with the persimmon flavors arriving in the middle and becoming more pronounced, after the swallow; somewhat puckery in the finish but well-attenuated and dry

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied and rather fizzy

Overall: A very nicely balanced Lambic that shows off both the flinty tartness as well as the underlying fruit

Wish I could remember who to thank for this treat but the trade took place some time ago

Feb 24, 2013
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ShanePB from Pennsylvania

3.42/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Vintage 2011, shared by Jason during the Super Bowl. Served in a snifter.

A: Moderately hazy pale yellow/orange colored body with a quickly diminishing head. No lacing or retention of any kind.

S: Tart and sweet fruits (I've never had a persimmon before but I'll assume that's what fruit I'm picking up here). Funk, grains and perhaps some melon notes.

T: Initially a lot of tartness up front with some funk character. The fruit is here mid-palate, it's strange. Not bad but certainly nothing outstanding. Melon-like qualities are here again. Finish is quite dry and cuts off quickly.

M: A bit too carbonated. Very bubbly and sudsy on the palate, even for the style it could be toned back just a bit. Crisp and clean though.

This was decent. Personally I think this is rated a bit higher than it needs to be. An interesting fruited "lambic" for sure, but nothing I'd need to revisit.

Feb 04, 2013
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4.02/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle (2010)

Acquired via trade
Thanks, MeisterSmudge!

Light in color than I anticipated, but maybe only because I'm comparing it to the "persimmon colored" label on the outside of the bottle. Clear light golden with a small ring of near-white bubbles atop. Leaves the glass nearly clean, though it does leaves an oily sheen down the glass.

An interesting aroma, and nothing like I've had in the past. Persimmon character, bright and expressive, along with some lemon, and a somewhat strange paint thinner aroma, unfortunately, most likely from the yeast.

The flavor is better than the aroma, as the paint thinner flavor (no, I've ever drank paint thinner) is fairly well hidden, big sour character, persimmon, lemon, and some mild, though in this case, complementary Band-Aid flavor. Very drinkable, even with the strange flavors noted.

Medium bodied with high carbonation.

I've had this beer a number of times now, and I think it was best nearly a year ago. Drink up now if you have it! It's most certainly not getting any better, though will probably always be a very tasty, flavorful, very sour beer.

Jan 20, 2013
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Arbitrator from California

3.77/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Chilled bottle into a glass, courtesy of claaark13. Thanks, Sean!

From notes.

A: Pours a hazy straw-colored body with a finger of off-white head. A little lace.

S: Clean lactic sourness in the nose with muscat grapes, lemon zest, persimmon flesh.

T: The taste isn't as fruity as I was hoping; I still find muscat grapes and persimmon flesh, which are well supported by lactic sourness. There is a slight vinegar burn in the finish, but it has a clean flavor otherwise. The main drawback is the lack of powerful fruit expression. No funk and barely any oak, but there is mild vanilla.

M: Light-bodied with crisp, snappy carbonation. A relatively clean finish aside from the vinegar burn.

O: Solid, but I would like to see the fruit character enhanced.

Oct 19, 2012
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4DAloveofSTOUT from Illinois

4.36/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

reviewed from notes taken on 5/18/12.

750 cork and cage bottle split 3 ways. Poured into snifter.

Appearance: A glowing and brilliant hazy yellow colored beer it almost has a similiar look to lemonade. Short lived white head that drops to a ring around the glass.

Smell: Lemons and a melon type note. Lite tartness and funk. Little bit more fruit forward sours according to the nose.

Taste: First of all never heard of a Persimmon until upland made a lambic with this fruit so I really don;t know what a persimmon tastes like. I get melons, lemons, peaches, and oranges. The beer tastes moderately sour with a hint of oak, wheat funkiness.

Mouthfeel: lite bodied beer with moderate carbonation. The beer is eppervescent, tart, acidic, refreshing, crisp, clean, and fresh.

Overall: I have tried all the Upland fruit lambics except the strawberry. I have enjoy most of them and this one is no exception. Another solid sour beer from Upland!

May 22, 2012
Persimmon Lambic from Upland Brewing Company
Beer rating: 94 out of 100 with 383 ratings