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Blackberry Lambic by Upland Brewing Company
Lambic - Fruit
0.00 % ABV

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Review by seaoflament on 02/11/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
82 3 10 16 4 8 2008
Thanks to my buddy Michael (SPLITGRIN) for trading me this bottle.

I shared this bottle at La Bella Pizza tonight along with Joey and Danny.

No “pop” when we removed the cork but the beer was a nice, transparent, light copper color with some rose edges. About an inch of foam amassed and presented very good retention.

The first aroma I got was of leathery funk (brett). When I got my glass I took a deep breath and got some cheese, acidity, lemons, and seltzer water. After that is was pretty much all ripe blackberries, green apples, and some herbal qualities. Very nice aroma.

First sip reminded me of sweet-tart candies, fruity pez, chalky, blackberries, and a slight vinegar finish. Then I tasted some acidic strawberries, soft berry and flowery flavors in the back. Slightly tart but not sour. Didn’t get much barrel flavor but would like to revisit that as I might have overlooked that.

I think that the best aspect of this beer was the mouth-feel, very good carbonation level, really soft carbonation. Semi-dry finish with some sweetness in the middle.

I’d say this beer is a very decent, American made, representation of the style, and I can see this one aging well for some time.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by tayner on 02/10/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
84 2 10 18 3 9 2008
This poured out of the bottle a fire-y orange color, not exactly what I expected for a blackberry lambic. clear and clean looking. head was off white/ruddy in color but it quickly dissipated and left only a couple floating spots in the middle of the glass.

Very tart nose, lots of oak, funky brett, and some background sweet fruitiness.

The taste was quite tart, lots of wood, a little sweetness mid palate which sort of gave it an overall sweet and sour character. I am not sure I could have told you it was blackberry if I hadnt poured it myself, it could have been any sweet fruit I think... but nice tart, dry finish tops it off. This one is way more tart than the cherry one I drank a few months ago. Not sure if it was the result of a few months in the cellar or just the difference in batches.. now i am excited to try the cherry one again! this one was sour enough that I expect to have heartburn soon (sad that is my meter for sourness, LOL)

The mouthfeel is a bit thin, it could use just a touch more carbonation for me.

I have one more of these I intend to hang on to, but I am not sure if I really want it to get any more sour than it already is. I look forward to revisiting the cherry, as well as trying the other flavors I have that i have yet to try...

worth a try, and IMO, worth the price tag.

Price: $15.00 Served In: Tulip

Review by SAP on 10/25/08  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
78 3 9 15 4 8 2008
2008 Release; Sampled October 2008
I popped the cap and had a sinking feeling after not hearing even a hint of a hiss, luckily I am a dumb-ass an there is a cork in the beer too. The beer is definitely carbonated as it pours into my large Tripel Karmeliet tulip with a frothy, large bubbled, dirty, pale purple stained, off-white colored head. The head doesn't completely disappear as I was expecting, it settles in, quickly, to about an 1/8 inch layer of froth. The beer is a ruddy, opaque color that shows some orange around the edges; when held up to the light it shows a touch of clarity and shows a bright, light red color. The aroma is quite tart, but picks up a restrained, sour berry note to it as well as spicy oak aromas and a woody-tannic note that smells of both oak and berry flesh / seeds. The fruitiness comes off as quite floral and there is a slight medicinal edge to the nose that seems to accentuates the floral character as well. Phenolic notes really interweave with the woody oak notes and some tannic berry character to provide a sharpness to the aroma that is interesting and I can't quite figure out if I really like it or if it is a bit distracting. A substantial, subtle (if that makes any sense) fruitiness struggles to be noticed under the sharp notes, but does peek through from time to time.

Light bodied and refreshing in combination with a solid, fruity sourness. The beer picks up a soft oak character towards the middle and finish that also tends to boost the body a bit with some tannic, creamy feeling, texture. Also lingering on in the long finish is a solid, ripe berry flavor that really clings to the tongue, but in a soft, almost subtle manner (you almost have to think about it to notice it). While most of the sourness is contributed by lactic acid, there is enough fruit derived sourness to add a bit of complexity and keep the beer from being simplistic in its tartness. While sour, this is not as bracing as most traditional examples of Lambic. This has a bit more oak character than is traditional too, but I am quite pleased to experience that it is still on the soft side; flavors of buttery oak can be noticed at times (especially after a burp), and there is a light spicy oak note as well as some tannic, palate coating woodiness that contributes to the overall palate presence of this beer.

This has a substantial berry presence, once I start to think about it; blackberries are a fairly subtle fruit, especially after fermentation, but they definitely play a well defined role here, from the nice berry fruitiness, to the boost in tartness. The blackberry notes really have a nice, rip, juiciness to it that isn't really sweet, but somehow seems to project enough fruit character to make one think of sweetness while drinking this. This is especially true as the beer warms up, in fact it seems to actually have a touch of residual sugar left even.

This is much better than I anticipated, though it is not really a Lambic in character; it has a much softer sourness and does not have the complexity & funkiness of a well made Lambic (in fact that is the glaring flaw here, it really needs some Brett character to be a great example of a Lambic). This is definitely quite tasty and drinkable and the fruit expression is almost perfect right now; any more and it could get cloying, les and it wouldn't have the requisite fruit levels.

Price: $15.00 Served In: Tulip

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