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RATINGS: 295   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
(Previously labeled Blueberry Lambic). Blueberry is barrel-aged sour ale that combines the traditional Belgian-style sour with blueberries sourced from Michigan and Canada. We ferment our base blonde ale, Basis, over six to eight months in oak tanks to produce tart flavors, fruity notes, and a funky character. Then, we select a blend of individual batches for fruiting with whole blueberries for an additional three months, creating an intense blueberry fruit character with floral and dark fruit aromas. The final blend is bottle conditioned, resulting in a fine carbonation and spritzy mouthfeel. Blueberry is the perfect drink to share with friends over a plate of good cheese and fresh fruit. In the spring of 2006, I brewed 300 gallons of top-fermented beer using wild yeast to create a Belgian-style Lambic. We conditioned the beer in oak casks and then initiated a secondary fermentation in the casks using whole fruit from Huber's Orchard in Starlight, Indiana. You should experience a tart, almost sour taste balanced by the aromatic and richly flavorful addition of whole blueberries - perfect to share with friends, and a platter of good cheese and fresh fruit. - Caleb Staton, Head Brewer

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3.4
Brigadier (3760) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - AUG 5, 2008
Bottle from miketd’s tasting



My second in the series of the Upland lambics this one was interesting. If the Cantillon blueberry is anything like this I look forward to giving it a try. This one has a novelty aspect but in the end won’t sway me from the more common lambic formats (cherries, raspberries, etc).



Aroma / Appearance - The purple body was definitely unusual enough to indicate that this was not a run of the mill beer. A strange off color head only added to the mystery. Blueberries and oak melded with a strong tartness that ranks about halfway down the sour scale. Perhaps I am used to the Belgian releases but I was expecting just a little more funkiness.



Flavor / Palate - Sour blueberries present themselves a few seconds after taking a sip. This slow release gave me time to adapt to the tartness in stages rather than having it hit all at once. The dry vinous finish was not unlike a good red wine. A cross between Cherry Coke and Dr Pepper adds to the intrigue. Overall this was an nice experiment; I look forward to the kiwi version coming soon.

3.8
kramer (6908) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 30, 2008
25 oz bottle. Pours a clear amber body with a slightly purple tinge. Very small fizzy soda-like head that completely vanished. Nice tart and slightly funky nose with some nice overripe blueberries. Just a hint of band-aid phenols and a touch of wood. Nicely tart and slightly acidic, it’s bursting with real blueberry flavor. Great bone dry finish with oak tannins and some apple cider vinegar. Mouthfeel is very authentic, dry and slightly biting in it’s acidity. Nice lingering funky finish after the acidity fades. Second pour is much more murky and muddled because of the heavy yeast sediment, it started to remind me of a fruit roll-up. Very good, but much better and vibrant on the first pour.

3.9
JoeMcPhee (9577) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 29, 2008
Thanks to eyedrinkale for bringing this gem out. Light hazy purple/blue colour with a light white head. Aroma is loaded with fresh blueberry behind a rich tart funkiness. Lightly lactic, fruity and funky with soft cherry fruitiness, bretty funkiness. Perfumy and rich with a sharp lingering sourness.

4
bgburdman9 (861) - columbus, Ohio, USA - JUN 28, 2008
An old rating i finally got to entering. Aroma was of a real tart lambic sour. A flavor was pretty tart and had some blueberry. The aroma was wonderful on this one.

3.7
Tmoney99 (15032) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 7, 2008
Bottle sample at Keg Fest from brewmaster. Poured hazy blue amber color with moderate fizzy white head that diminished slowly with fair lacing. Good tart blueberry & woody aroma. Medium body with smooth texture. Moderate sweet & sour flavor with a solid tart fruit and small alcohol bite finish of moderate duration.

3.8
Rciesla (5607) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - MAY 13, 2008
Bottle. Yet another share thanks to Eyedrinkale. Pours an amber color with red/purple berry hues. Aroma is tart, funky, blueberries. Taste is woody sour with little sweetness to be harvested out of this bottle.

3.8
golubj (1377) - San Mateo, California, USA - MAY 12, 2008
Bottle, shared generously by eyedrinkale. Reddish amber pour. Aroma is dry berries, slightly tart, and woody. The flavor is more tart than the aroma, same fruit and berries. Good flavor in this one.

4
PilsnerPeter (3049) - Flushing, New York, USA - MAY 12, 2008
Bottle at Paul’s Hoboken Gathering: Muddy purple with an off white film for head. Great aroma. Funky fruitiness with subtle blueberry skin, aged brie cheese, and lemon-rind. Nice smooth acidity in the body. Funky, complex with a very subtle blueberry note in the background behind the overall tart body. Very nice, and subtle Fruit Lambic.

3.8
willblake (2664) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - MAY 1, 2008
20071216 750ml bottle shared by Bendo at Madness with the Moose. Pale magenta color is pretty, head is fleeting. Aromas of blueberry, for sure, simple funky barrel, twiggy. Somewhat heavy on the palate suggests some age would do this well. Only mild sourness. Would like to see this take a step beyond the currently almost dessert-beer impression. Keep it up, Upland. I like where this brewery is headed.

3.7
imadeadguy (378) - back in NJ!, New Jersey, USA - APR 8, 2008
Thanks to secretstash for a sample. Pours amber red with fizzy white head. Aromas of oak, berries, and malt. Flavor is super sour with berries throughout with a not so dry finish. Not my style at all, but a very interesting brew.


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