sebletitje (6680) - Enghien, BELGIUM - AUG 29, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Wash. DC tasting.
2 versions, #1 original Kiwi, golden hue, #2 newer version
original had a more mild kiwi approach blended with a load of tartness, while #2 poured more murky golden, gushed all over the place, aroma gave out a puree like fruit flavor, mostly thick spare-grain, giving out a faint tart aroma.
#1 Kiwi approach was radically different, a lot more fruit tartness and lingering sourness with the kiwi blending nicely.
Overall #1 was definitely nicer, more on the sour side with ample fruit to go around, #2 was just too thick with the kiwi leaving more of a pungent like fruit puree.
This rating, reflects #1.
Travlr (11835) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 29, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
750 ml bottles at DC local tasting.
#1 - Murky yellow, no head, no lacing. Aroma of lemon, grapefruit, and a few unreadable scribbles. Taste is sour lemon, dust. 3.7
#2 - Massive gusher, all over my kitchen floor, walls, ceiling and guests. Decent sourness, but simpler flavor, less complexity. 3.4
deyholla (6633) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - AUG 27, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 1, 2013 Bottle shared by brewdan. Poured a cloudy yellow with a bubbly white head that dissipated rather quickly to the edges. Aroma had a beautiful kiwi note that was nice and tart. Flavor was sweet kiwi that combined nicely with a growing tart note.
Glouglouburp (6022) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 26, 2010
3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
In short: A thick doughy fruity juice with sourness. Just ok.
How: Bottle 750ml. Batch 2. Consumed when almost one year of age. Tasting session with Montreal crew
The look: Cloudy muddy peach-orange body with almost no head. This is one ugly beer
In long: The nose is actually fun. Strong aroma of lambic-ish wildness, fruits and cat fur. Taste is a letdown. Some kind of muddy/doughy fruit juice with a medium sourness. The fruit flavors does not particularly focus on kiwis. It is just “fruity”. The carbonation is totally lacking which makes the beer taste even more like a fruit juice. This beer was released in very small quantity because part of the batch was wasted due to an accident. Very few people landed bottles of this beer. So if you thought you missed on something let me tell you that you didn’t miss much. You really didn’t miss much. You can relax now. Don’t worry over it and relax in a bubble bath. Play with your little yellow rubber duck. I hope you have a little yellow rubber duck because if you don’t you need to one now. NOW!
FlacoAlto (3800) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - AUG 23, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
2008 Release; Sampled August 2010
Huge thanks to Marc for the chance to try this beer, I definitely owe you one (hit me up any time). A steady pour into my large Tripel Karmeliet tulip glass produces a large bubbled, off-white colored head that can’t quite entirely cover the surface of the beer. The body is an amber tinged, dark gold color that shows a deep gold hue, that is almost clear, when held up to the light. The aroma smells up front of fruit and acetic acid. A deeper inspection yields aromas of urea, musky animal sweat, musty leather, funky butyric acid, medicinal phenolics that are fairly pronounced, . The acetic acid accentuates fruit notes of strawberries more than anything; at first I thought I smelled something that might be kiwi, but that was after just pouring the beer and I haven’t been able to capture that since. This definitely smells like a funky Lambic, of the 2008 Upland Lambics this is by far the most Lambic like, but a lot of that might have to do with the fact that this has been in the bottle two years longer than any of the others that I have tried.
Lightly sweet tasting, or perhaps that is just the acetic acid perception, the beer is faintly carbonated with just enough to tickle that tongue as it flows past. This is not nearly as acetic tasting as the aroma might have suggested (though even that wasn’t over-board at all). Touches of acetone meld with the mild acetic character in the finish and there is a lingering lactic acidity that sits a bit viscously on the palate. The long finish has me noticing the oak character for the first time; it is spicy, a touch tannic, with a nice woodiness. Now that I have noticed it the oak character is noticeable throughout the flavor profile. Fruit flavors of strawberries, perhaps a touch of sour apple. The beer gets fairly mild tasting after some time, it is interesting how mild it becomes; I think part of this is that this has so little carbonation, which seems to help deliver flavor and aroma when at an appropriate level. The body of this beer is quite light, actually even for a Lambic, and I think this is because this beer really isn’t that tart; lactic acid seems to provide a slickness to traditional Lambics that this beer just doesn’t quite achieve.
Probably the most Lambic like of any of the Uplands I have had, my guess is that the extra time in the bottle has funk’d this up nicely; though this is still quite a long ways from emulating any of the remotely traditional Lambic blenders / brewers. On the other hand the kiwi influence is pretty non-existent at this point. It is interesting how fast this beer fades in the palate. After a couple minutes presence, flavor and complexity of this beer seems to drop out quite a bit; this is even true after taking a break from the beer for about an hour. Now if Upland can only figure out how to carbonate one of these, capture the vibrant fresh fruit character and have a base beer that is actually funky all at the same time then they will really have something; perhaps some of the new batches have done this…. Hmm.
fiver29 (1035) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - JUN 26, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle pours cloudy amber color with white head. My pour has some floaters in it. Aroma is luscious ripe kiwi fruit with a hint of musky earthy barnyard. Medium mouthfeel. This has great flavor components that follow the nose exactly and is rich and tart. Despite the first year having bottling issues this year’s is quite carbonated and quite good. In fact, all the lambics this year were gushers. Simply great stuff.
Brigadier (2975) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - JUN 23, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tasting at crizay’s house
Thanks to fiver29 for cracking open the two Upland lambics which I have not yet tried. This was the first and probably the best of the two. While the persimmon was interesting it just did not impart enough distinctnes as compared to this sour blast of kiwi fruit. I hope this one is rereleased again some time in the future so more people can give it a try.
Aroma / Appearance - A hazy golden orange body bubbled with carbonation unlike the previous batch of lambics. Tart and dry as you would expect from a lambic it smells like somebody cracked open a kiwi and left it to dry in the sun. Intense and fresh it brings to mind the tropics.
Flavor / Palate - Dry and tart it tastes like a new flavor of sour patch kids. The kiwi finish sticks in the throat bringing a fresh fruity flavor. Just as crisp as a well made kriek it definitely has more presence than a bunch of fruit thrown into a sour base. It might be tough to finish this off alone because of the tartness and cost but if this were more widely available I see no reason I could not finish about twelve ounces. Once again thanks to fiver29 for sharing such a great beer on a warm summer’s day.
boFNjackson (4133) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 31, 2010
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle shared at a recent BA/RB tasting... Poured cloudy yellow with lots of floaties (even though bottle was about half full when I poured it). One of my favorites from this tasting. Could necessarily taste kiwi (but kiwi is more a texture thing anyway). Very tart, dry, sour. And brett came off for sure. Musky tartness with a sweetness that probably came from the kiwi fruit.
Fred82 (2115) - Québec City, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 30, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml bottle at a tasting thanks to Rastacouere.
Appearance : Hazy peach coloured with no head.
Aroma : Tart and fruity. Some funk. Notes of oak. Light kiwi hints.
Taste : A bit tart and fruity. Finish is a bit oaky and sour. Small hints of kiwi.
Overall : Kiwi is very subtle. Nice tartness. Very refreshing and drinkable. Not very sour. Nice beer but nothing very special.
MartinT (7811) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 22, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
My Bottom Line:
The attractive wild character inherent to lambics is quite present here, producing lots of citrusy juiciness, complemented by a touch of kiwi.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-There is no head whatsoever atop the murky, opaque beige.
-Sourness is kept in check throughout; this makes for a pleasant wheat lemonade.
-There is barely any carbonation to speak of, making this even juicier.
-This is absurdly drinkable, yet the flavor profile is too muddled for it to be compelling.