Upland's Raspberry Lambic flaunts a body that's tough to tell if it's polished copper or ruby red. Each shift of the glass changes the color and the light shining through the glass shines ruby on my fingers. A strong pour conjures up a small, fizzy dishwater head that fizzles out to a skim coat and thicker, but still thin, collar. A touch of small, patchy lacing gets left here and there.
Wow, I'm pretty shocked at the aroma of this brew. I didn't expect it to be soo...funky. There's a good deal of funky, pig farm qualities, although some may not think of it as quality. Think "pig in slop" with a nice backbone of wildflowers, musty raspberries and oak. Lactic sourness lends a helping hand that I thoroughly enjoy. The sour touch isn't running rampant but is noticeable and integrates nearly perfectly with the deep, complex barnyard notes. I'm a huge fan of the nose on this lambic and to be honest it's a little unexpected.
The nose doesn't necessarily reach the lofty heights the aroma managed to set. Raspberries lead the way with both underripe and ripe berries. The funk doesn't come across as much in the flavor but lends a noticeable touch. A little raspberry sweetness tries to balance out some of the lactic sourness. One drink has a puckering sour bite to it while the next tends to lead toward the sweeter side of the spectrum, strange and uniquely interesting.
The body has a light feel and while the carbonation isn't very noticeable on the tip of the tongue it scrubs it clean and leaves a prickly sensation after the swallow. I can really tell a lively carbonation has made its way across my tongue long after each swallow. My only complaint is the light body tends to feel a touch watery at times.
This is an easy drinking lambic. It doesn't fry the tastebuds with an excessive sourness and the body is light enough to keep things flowing at a quick pace. The refreshing qualities abound and make for a good summer drinker.
Upland makes some interesting lambics and they did a good job with the most recent raspberry release. It's slightly puckering, there's a touch of sweetness, and it's easily drinkable. This is worth drinking more of in the future.
Price: $15.00 Served In: Tulip
A vigorous pour reveals a sour of a perfectly clear, red-ish amber color. One half finger of lightly pink stained froth springs forth, quickly falling to nothing more than a collar encompassing the inner periphery of the tulip. Glancing into the depths reveals this one to be fairly still - the occasional bubble rises, and yet that collar remains. A closer inspection shows there to be some tiny particulate in suspension, but as I previously stated - the pour was vigorous. A quick swirl brings an immediate reaction, so all is well. Any lacing quickly slips away.
The nose still smells very fresh - heavy with raspberry puree and mousy, dusty attic funk. Break out the old socks - yes fucking please. Hold no doubts - this is ALL about the Raspberry and funk... and I dig it babe.
This tastes better than I had hopes for. First over the tongue is a sugary sweetness, quickly followed by the sticky presence of raspberries, freshly picked. This segues into a light mousy funk - I can easily see this with a few more years throwing deep, cheese-funk elements due to the fruit (excellent). Last and most importantly is the tartness of this... somewhat light, lending it's balance to the raspberry and funk levels very nicely.
On the light side of medium for body, smooth, fairly crisp, lightly astringent mouthfeel. Friendly abrasive tart twang on the back of the tongue. Carbonation is light.... but agreeable.
Insanely drinkable... but I may be the wrong one to take that advice from. Nice balance, instantly refreshing, providing of everything one would look for when grabbing this. A bit sugary yet - I can only see how this would be a good thing - this has some positive aging ahead of it yet.
Recommended. Give it another year or so - possibly highly recommended.
Price: $15.00 Served In: Pint Glass
2008 Release; Sampled December 2008
You would be hard pressed to find a beer that made less sound when popping the cork / cap on it. Thankfully the beer has a light carbonation to it that musters up some frothy, pale, off-white colored froth that almost covers the beer. The beer is a red / dark pink tinged, light amber color that shows a fairly clear, almost red-copper color when held up to the light. The aroma has quite a strong note of macerated, fermenting raspberries (it doesn’t quite retain the piquancy of fresh raspberries but is close). It is hard to smell anything but the raspberries in the nose; perhaps a hint of dusty malt, but I almost think I am imagining this. Wow the nose is profoundly boring, though not bad if you like raspberries.
Fairly dry tasting up front and there is a nice, though slight, lactic bite to this beer that is noticeable throughout the flavor profile. The raspberry flavors are much reduced from what the aroma was (thank god) and there is actually a couple of other things noticeable besides raspberry notes. The raspberry flavors here seem more an infusion from the aroma than an actual raspberry flavor; it lightly stains the flavor profile with a raspberry seed astringency, a light raspberry flesh fruitiness and a touch of tannic raspberry skin character. Some oak barrel flavors lightly add to the character to, with notes of spicy, tannic oak and a soft boost to the body / texture of this beer. Exceedingly quaffable, the light sourness, coupled with the fairly light body make this quite easy to drink; I could imagine this being quite refreshing on a hot summer’s day. This could definitely use more carbonation though as it only has a light carbonation.
Well this being my last one of these from this years release that I will get to try (send me a Kiwi please), I have to say that I am really starting to miss the funkiness and biting acidity of a real Lambic. These start to get a bit bland after a while, though they are certainly valiant attempts. In particular the super aromatic notes of the raspberry is just to powerful for this beer to remotely stand up to, so the nose is all raspberry. My particular, general apathy towards raspberry beers makes this one a bit less enjoyable than the other Upland Lambics, but it is certainly on the same level as the others.
Served In: Pint Glass
A - Very small amount of head forms and quickly fizzes away, leaving only a few tiny bubbles floating around on the top. Body is clean and golden in color with a very slight reddish tint to it.
S - There is no doubt this is a raspberry lambic as soon as you bring it to your nose. Big burst of raspberry hits right away. Nice tart funkiness underneath. Smell is very clean.
T - Starts off with a good amount of tartness and a touch of funk. Raspberry is there, but not nearly as much as it is in the aroma. It's more of a highlight. You get a bit of pucker with the tartness, but this isn't a sock you in the face sour beer. It could be approachable for someone that is new to the style. Not sweet really, which is a good thing. There is some nice fruitiness here with peach and sour apple mixing in with the berry flavor.
M - Despite leaving no head, there is really a nice amount of fizzy carbonation which lends itself very well to the enjoyment. Medium to light bodied. Very crisp.
Overall - Maybe a touch understated, but a superbly drinkable brew that I could take down a gallon of with no problem whatsoever. Crisp and clean, leaving you wanting another sip.
Served In: Tulip
Thanks to TearsforBeers from RB/BA. Damn cork wont come out, well that explains it, not much carbonation. Pours a thick glowing orange color, with some clarity. Looks beautiful despite the lack of head and just a bit of a bubbly head. Aroma is thick, light marmalade jam with some peach skins and lots of funk. Lots of funk and fruit but not berries, especially not raspberries. Taste is lightly acidic with a bit of mouth-puckering action. A very horse blanket finish and a bit of sweet tropical fruit. It has an under-carbonated body but it works well here with the medium thick body, which combined feels like an unblended fruit lambic. So the raspberry thing is weird, it does not come through at all. This goes inline with what I heard about lambics that lambic brewers add some cherries to a framboise because raspberries completely ferment out. With this beer, the color isn’t even reddish. A nice funk only version of a lambic.
Served In: Flute Glass
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