TearsforBeers (180) - Ohio, USA - SEP 27, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This pseudo-lambic from the dreary plains of Indiana pours a lovely cranberry cocktail red with just the merest hints of fizzy lifting gas. My olfactory organs are greeted with the smell of old leather belts, an alfafa barn, and the acidic smell of tart fruit. I like the flavor, it develops on the tongue, first water, then acidic juice, followed by a bit of locker room at the margins of the tongue. Mouthfeel is thin and not carbonated as much as would be ideal. Overall, a nice effort from Upland.
Scopey (4691) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 15, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared by me (not Kenny!) at CBC Clerkenwell. It pours hazy purple-red with a small off-white head. The nose is earth, candy, blueberry, cherry tunes, must and dankness. The taste is earth, light tartenss, lactic, wood, earth, mild acidity, cherry candy, berry, green apple, alka seltzer, soda water and sherbet with a dry finish. Medium body and fine, prickly carbonation. Kind of grows on you. Drinkable sour for sure, but no great depth.
Theydon_Bois (5459) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - DEC 13, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle split at CBC, thanks to Kenny, 05/12/13.
Hazed reddish brown with a moderate light beige covering.
Nose is tangy berry fruits, lactic waft, crushed wilted bluberry, sour berry furit.
Taste comprises tarte tangy blueberries, straw, lactic berry notes, musty, dank notes, barnyard berry goodness.
Medium bodied, fine carbonation, dry tarte shutdown.
Nice work - really enjoyed this number.
maneliquor (2294) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - DEC 8, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle cheers to Ken (I think). Pours hazy mohagony/marone with a lacey type off white head. Nose is full of ripe raspberries, blueberry, sugar, plummy tart, icing, barnyard and vanilla. Taste is a little sugary and overloaded with rich berries. Blueberries are mild and more focus on sweet and tarty red berries. Sherbert and lemon zest towards the finish. A touch too sugary for my liking but not too bad. Solid stuff
madmitch76 (12237) - , Essex, ENGLAND - DEC 5, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
5th December 2013
Bottle tasting at Craft Clerkenwell. Hazy red beer with a distinct mauve tint. Little pink head. Dry palate with mild fine carbonation. Mild sour fruits, little blueberry with lesser raspberry and generic red fruits. Sour factor is mild to medium. Finishes dry. Nice flavour but pretty dry.
Lukaduke (1497) - Portland, Maine, USA - OCT 26, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
2010 Vintage. Pours a ripe purple blue color with a finger of pinkish foam. The nose is a bit funky and swampy right of the bat but then gasses off and opens up into a tart tannic blueberry fruit, pine needles some vanilla and oak must. The palate follows the nose with a beautiful balance between tart fruit and funky basement notes, blueberry, plum, wet wood... really nice minerality on the finish with some lingering blueberry seltzer flavor.
mathieuc (724) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 30, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle shared by tom10101, many thanks!! Pours a nice burgundy with a white ring that leaves no lacing. Aroma is lambic-like with some nice red fruits over it. Taste is really fruity, fresh, tart. You can taste the raw blueberries in there. Acid but not too much. Body was on the lighter side, carbonation was fizzy. A really nice drink, a festive one for sure!
Minderbinder (1317) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 29, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours reddish with minimal off-white head. Nouveau Beaujolais-like. Aroma is of extreme blueberries, funk, lambic, spices. Taste is of blueberries, sugar, berries, acidity (under control), tartness. Palate: Light body. Overall: Awesome blueberries (best I’ve had in a beer, we are talking about something near Northblue. Anyways, not the big fat pale ones: the medium, very tasty stuff). I was told the bottle I had was 3 years old, but not sure I can trust that. Blueberries tasted so fresh (compared to Blaeber for example).
tom10101 (1844) - Quebec, CANADA - SEP 28, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle (750 ml). Slightly hazy Beaujolais color with a small off-white head and little lacing. Aroma is of blueberries (intense) along with some tartness/acidic notes and sweetness notes. Taste is moderately sweet (not cloying) with a ton of blueberries again, some malt, light acidic and barnyard presence and some spices. Medium body. Moderate carbonation. Slightly dry and somewhat acidic mouthfeel. Another superb sour from Upland! I don’t know how they can fit all these fruits in a beer, but this is awesome!
mcberko (4844) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 27, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750mL bottle, pours a hazy dark purple-ish amber with a small beige head. Aroma brings out loads of blueberries and fairly prominent barnyard funkiness. Flavour brings out quite a bit of barnyard funkiness, with loads of lightly tart blueberries. Not overly sour / tart, with a prominent barnyard quality. I’d say this could pass for an authentic Belgian fruit lambic. Certainly one of (if not the) best American lambic. Excellent.
czar (3299) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 27, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
bottle shared by tom10101, many thanks bro! pours hazy purplish with a nice off-white head, good retention and lacing. tart berry aroma, juicy and slightly sweet blueberries - hint of sweetness, some acetic but also nice citric/lactic profile, lambic base is hypnotizing as usual with vanilla bourbon notes. bright to average carbonation, light body, lightly astringent and phenolic finish. very nice fruit lambic again by upland!