Flora Rustica - Upright Brewing Company

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Reviews: 59
Hads: 177
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 4.76%
Wants: 132
Gots: 20 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Upright Brewing Company visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  5.10% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: msubulldog25 on 08-03-2009

"Flora Rustica - An old-style saison with a big floral nose. It's pale, drinkable, dry and bitter. Made with calendula flowers and homegrown spring yarrow."

Malts: organic pale, organic caramel
Hops: hallertauer mittelfrüh, liberty
Also: yarrow, calendula
Yeast: French saison
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Photo of Phelps
3/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This saison was brewed with yarrow and calendula flowers. Poured into a tulip.

Sunset-orange, with just a touch of haze. One finger of white froth doesn't do much depleting.

Sweet aroma. A base of unripe pear adorned with floral notes and a hint of pepper.

Odd. In the front, there's a nice pear sweetness and big floral hit. But the finish is so dry and weak. After the swallow, you hardly realize you even drank beer. It's like drinking air.

Thin, soft body. Nearly zero carb. Dry as a bone.

It's not doing anything for me. A drinking experience easily forgotten. (572 characters)

Photo of harrymel
3.1/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.25

Presumably Vintage 2012

Nice turbid amber with a solid 2-3 fingers of fluff. Smells spicy, some dandelion, some grain, yeast, a bit of malt and floral character. flavor is funky, water, some grain, some biscuit and a little bit of bitterness. Really empty body with moderate on hi carb. Very surprised how thin this feels. It's an okay beer, but not nearly the caliber I expect from this brewery. (397 characters)

Photo of cpetrone84
3.4/5  rDev -19%

Pour is dark hazed amber with lots of tight white head. Nose is very floral, lots of spicy flowers, a bit green, fair bit of pepper, some farmhouse notes, faint lemon. Taste is similar, tons of floral herbal notes, a fair bit of pepper, some lemon, grassy hop. Light body, softer carb, gentle feel. (301 characters)

Photo of thagr81us
3.5/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks goes out to MSquared2 for sharing this one at a recent Random Sunday Tasting! Poured a hazy pale golden yellow with a half finger white head that subsided to a minimal amount slowly. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, fruit, wheat, wood, and earth. The flavor was of sweet malt, fruit, wood, earth, and funk. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a decent brew. I went into this one hoping that this would be a big time sour that would melt my teeth with sweetness and tartness. However, that was not the case. What I found was a very mellow wild ale that was more earthy and funky than anything. It was still fairly nice just not what I look for exactly from the style. Really glad I got the chance to try this one and I hope to get to revisit this one in the future again. (875 characters)

Photo of Cookeeman
3.53/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Found a random bottle of this on the clearance shelf at the LRS by my house. I guess that's why I had low expectations, and thus why I was so pleasantly surprised. It poured a great hazy tangerine colour, pretty thick white head, great retention. I was apprehensive of how floral it was going to be, but the flower flavours are mild. They do assert themselves more as the beer warms, but it plays well with the NW hops and saison yeast. It's a really well-crafted saison, great champagne bubbles, nice dry finish, VERY thirst-quenching. The NW hops are also really mild, they seem to add more floral flavor and some dryness without adding much bitterness. I really had trouble rating this beer, because it was good in so many categories, but it didn't really Wow me in any of them. No flaws at all to speak of, but nothing to rave about either... (846 characters)

Photo of zeledonia
3.78/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2012 vintage, bottled recently and picked up at Belmont Station. Tasted 24 July 2012, reviewed from notes.

Pours orange-yellow, cloudy enough to be opaque. Big nearly overflowing white head, fantastic retention and gobs of lacing clinging to the glass.

Smells of eponymous flowers. Has a very oily floral aroma, like I'm inhaling the essential oils of the petals. Some earthy slightly funky notes, but primarily it's light, effervescent, and flowery in a way that most flowery beers are not.

Taste is less complex and unique than the smell. Light, slightly funky, with a flower-petal / hop bitterness that persists. Definitely different than most saisons.

Mouthfeel is fine. Lighter-bodied than most, and carbonation on the low end.

A really interesting saison, showcasing the flowers that it's infused with. Light, airy, floral, and tasty. (845 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.97/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Wowcoolman for sharing this one at drewone's tasting.

Pours a hazy orange with a foamy tan head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, spices, herbs, yeast, and some floral notes. Taste is much the same with a mild spice and herb bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with some interesting aromas and flavors. (503 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bright orange in color with a tall off-white head. A nice floral note to it, maybe some fruit notes of apple and pear. Some grass and yeast, plenty of biscuit malts, maybe white pepper. A more bready flavor than I imagined. Doughy biscuits with lots of cracker. Still heavy on the apple, yeast, and white pepper. Medium bodied with medium to high carbonation. (359 characters)

Photo of FosterJM
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1412th Review on BA
Bottle to Bruery Taster
750ml

Thanks to GonzoIllini for sharing

App- A mix of yellows and golds as most saisons are. They color shine a little bit more and have a bit more highlights. A small amount of cling in a small glass.

Smell- The yarrow and floral notes are most upfront. The yeast and pepper and true saison notes come second. The aroma reminds me of a gruit actually.

Taste- This had a lot going on. It was dry, and a bit bitter and the floral from the flowers added another level to it. Take in the malts and it was a very unique beer and also flavorful at the same time.

Mouth- A medium body with a medium carbonation. The dry finish is a very welcome suprise on this beer and makes it very tasty.

Drink- Thanks Tony! Glad I got to try this one. Upright does some really good beers and this didnt let me down. (846 characters)

Photo of stakem
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into a snifter. The brew appears a hazed amber color with a rich white frothy cap. Some patchy lace clings to the glass.

The aromatics are lemony with a hint of floral quality that is a bit earthy with hops thrown in the mix. A caramel candy sweet maltiness is the last thing noted across the back.

The flavor is herbal with some hoppy bitterness. Some rindy earthen elements are present that are minorly lemony into the aftertaste with a touch of floral quality.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. It is very easy drinking with a pleasant subtle unique character that adds to an overall solid example of the saison style. I would get this again. (700 characters)

Photo of BurgerJones
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL bottle poured into stemmed goblet.

Orange-amber, slightly darker than other farmhouse beers I've tried, thin white head that laces the glass well.

Strong floral aroma, with yeast, lemon, pepper.

Taste a bit funky and grassy, strong spice at back end and more citrus tones.

Mouthfeel, medium body, less carbonated than I was expecting.

Overall, solid, not my favorite farmhouse beer, but quite drinkable and enjoyable. (428 characters)

Photo of MasterSki
4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of Jason. Served in a Surly Darkness glass.

A - A finger of foam quickly settles to a thin cap, thicker collar, and no lacework. Hazy pale golden body.

S - Smells of aloe, eucalyptus, and a faint note of menthol cough drops. There's an odd lotion flavor that reminds me of the cardamom-rose cupcakes from Native Foods. Very floral, and quite unusual.

T - Taste is less floral, with some of the pale malt sweetness shining through. Not much bitterness or spice, which is nice for a beer made with herbs and flowers. There's a bit of citrus flavor too. Not as complex as the aroma, but I think it's easier to drink as a result. I appreciate the amount of flavor for the lower ABV.

M - Medium body with moderate carbonation that gives this some nice spritz and liveliness. Dry finish with some tannic character to it.

D - The initial aroma is a quite a shock, as it's so unique and unconventional. It took me a while to warm up to this but ultimately it was pretty enjoyable. I don't think I could drink this often, but I would enjoy having it again at some point. (1,082 characters)

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.06/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750 mL bottle poured into a Hill Farmstead glass. No bottle date.

Appearance - Very hazy orange body. Big billowing head. Settles to a layer of foam and sticks to the inside of the glass.

Smell - Sweet and floral. Slight earthy aroma. Almost like brett. Yeasty.

Taste - Much more floral. Just a touch of sweetness then moves into an earthy bitterness. Again almost like brett. Bitterness dominates the finish but it's never intense.

Mouthfeel - Feels heavier than 5.1%, never quite crisp. Still easy to drink. Medium carbonation.

Overall - The flower flavor is really nice. Earthiness makes a nice counterpoint. Tough to tell if it's brett or the yarrow, whatever that is. (677 characters)

Photo of zhanson88
4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks go out to Rbald42 for sending this bottle to me.

Appearance: Pours out a hazy, warm honey color with about 1.5" of eggshell white head. High levels of carbonation are present in this saison. The head has excellent retention, and very nice lacing as well. Very solid looking beer.

Smell: A bit yeasty, white pepper, spicy florals, a bit of bitter fruit... also detect German hop presence as well. Very harmonious. Nothing truly sticks out above anything else. Smells good, and very complex for a 5.1% ABV brew.

Taste: Malt backbone consists of biscuit dryness. Yeast character and a bit of lush green fruit follows. Tail end is spicy florals and noble hops.

Mouthfeel/Overall: A touch over light bodied with a perfect amount of fine carbonation. Exceptionally smooth drinking. Dry finish. Overall, this is a very enjoyable saison from Upright. Very complex for its size, and very drinkable as well. (912 characters)

Photo of Axnjxn
4.09/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

year or so old 750ml bottle into a teku glass.

golden color with a very big saisony type head. smell of lemon and coriander. taste is quite clean and crisp. not that funky... a lot of floral elements to it. slight sugar sweetness here too. quite complex. a tad yeasty as well. finishes with a slight bitterness that works very well. body is light and refreshing. carbonation is medium.

overall true to style and just a well made saison. (439 characters)

Photo of joe1510
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml
$11.99
Beer Temple - Chicago

An easy pour produces a glass filling tarnished copper elixir, literally, considering yarrow has been used for centuries as a cure all. The body is murky but glowing gold at the base of the glass. A perfectly white head grew to three fingers on the pour and while it slowly settled left behind thick sheeting. The foam becomes insanely creamy as it rests.

I'm not 100% sure what either yarrow or calendula smells like on their own but together the aroma leaps from the glass. Let me start off by noting the sugar cookie maltiness, which happens to be far in the background. The flowers and yarrow dominate. Florals and perfume galore though not overpowering. Slightly medicinal. Unique to say the least. It's really like nothing I've ever smelt before but if pressed I would simply state "flowers" generically. I can't keep my nose from the glass out of sheer curiosity.

There's more balance in the flavor department where the core ingredients are more pronounced. The sugar cookie maltiness again lays down a base. A quick flash of orchard fruit runs through and I do mean quick. Big floral notes pick up mid palate from the adjuncts. A solid herbal presence and soft medicinal qualities wash through on the backend. I'm a big fan of this beer mostly because of the unique flower and herb additions.

The body sits firmly between light and moderate. The carbonation is there making this beer soft and slick but it's hardly noticeable, nicely done. If the feel of carbonation isn't noticed, and there's not a problem, I feel it's been done properly. A mild herbal bitterness lingers from, I'm assuming, the yarrow.

Flora Rustica seems, to me, like a beer that would have been brewed a couple centuries ago in the countryside. Tossing into the kettle whatever was available around the farm. There's a uniqueness that makes me recommend this beer to anyone I know. I could see this saison being polarizing but to me it's delicious. (1,969 characters)

Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.12/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a nice hazy amber with a foamy half inch of sticky white head. The beer has a very floral nose that's a distinct lemony lemon grass. The taste is yeast forward with a good malt base that has some character. The aftertaste consists of initial bready sweetness followed by a touch of lingering, citrusy bitterness. The beer is quite tasty, as good as expected, with slightly better aromatics. I'd try this beer again, especially with a meal. (454 characters)

Photo of claspada
4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a brilliant translucent light orange-copper color with a huge billowy white head. Good retention before falling into a thick collar with a thin cap that leaves a bit of spotty lacing on the sides of the glass.

Aromas initially blend together at first, revealing only that it is a saison. As it warms the first thing to come through is a bit of spice, mostly white pepper and a bit of coriander. Earthiness and slightly doughy Belgian pils malts also then join in. Along with that is faint citrus, including a moderate amount of orange peel. Faint floral notes and a generic herbal quality are there as well. No idea what yarrow is or smells like but it could account for some of the earthy or floral aromas.

The tastes begin a bit different than the nose, but just as interesting and complex. The orange peel comes through with a bit of rind-induced bitterness. Herbal character is there throughout. Light spice, coriander, though the pepper isn't quite as strong.

The mouthfeel is light-medium bodied with moderate carbonation. The finish has a bit of mild Saison yeast dryness with a tad bit of citrus bitterness. Drinkability is off the charts on this one due to the full flavor and low ABV.

Overall another superb showing from Upright. The added spices/herbs really add a complexity without overdoing it like many brewers do. Usually I am not a fan of spice or herb added beers that aren't part of the holiday/pumpkin style but this really really works and is a perfect addition to your dining, spring, summer, fall or whenever repertoire. (1,553 characters)

Photo of JAXSON
4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from batch 2. Pours a light honey gold with a very large, rocky head. Nose is zesty, citric, meadow, Belgian yeast. Mouth is oddly earthy upfront and on the finish. Some sour lemon flavors, but really earth, grass, flowers. Finish is bitter with a sweep of saison yeast. Not really "floral" in the typical sweet, pretty way, but rather the weird, funky way, earthy and insect-y. Quite a dry flavor profile. Nice, interesting brew. (437 characters)

Photo of kevanb
4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into a Hill Farmstead wine glass.

The beer pours a slightly hazy golden, copper color, hues of straw and orange with a big, white, soapy head, loosely packed bubbles that has fantastic retention and leaves a nice amount of spotted lace behind. The aroma is heavy on the herb garden, very floral with some yeast qualities behind it and a bit of sweet pale grain at the back end. The flavors are right in line, lots of calendula and yarrow, really brings out the herby and floral character. The yeasty funk is there, very subtly so, nice pale grain that is sweet, but very nicely integrated. The body is nice, carbonation is on the lower end, yet still lively, coats the mouth well, the finish is a touch creamy, yet a bit dry, a little confusing.

Verdict: A nice saison that really highlights the adjuncts. The herby and floral qualities are really front and center, and executed nicely. While it doesn't showcase the yeast and grain as much, they are certainly nice subtle touches. It's not a beer I could drink lots of, but sharing this 750ml bottle was fairly easy. A nice beer from Upright. (1,116 characters)

Photo of msubulldog25
4.14/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A mid-afternoon stop at Green Dragon, prior to picking up the car from the repair shop; figured it good to have a pint before writing the check. $4.75 for the glass. More for the brake work and CV boots.

A: Modestly murky wheat-copper pour, deeper cloudiness at the core. Head is thin, not even a 1/2 finger of whitish cream, and not long-lived. Lace of loosely-knit soap suds.

S: Deep flowery/herbal/spiced aroma...a perfume of sweet/dirty melons, musty hay, tickle of tartness (green apples).

T: Rough grasses, black pepper, earthy spice/tea leaves, fruit rind, a trace buttery. Spices grow with some warming; so does an increasingly less-subtle tartness. Finishes dry, a hint of chalkiness.

M: My favorite aspect: long-lasting spices, mild coating gives a feel that's probably bigger than the alcohol heft should allow. Soft and creamy carbonation. Refreshing and uplifting.

D: Quite a treat, an extremely earthy and flowery saison, resplendent with the additions of yarrow and calendula. Not one I'd choose to drink all night but certainly worth seeking/enjoying if the chance presents itself. (1,103 characters)

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review from 3/2010 notes. Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a murky orange amber, big white head with good retention and lacing. Aroma of fruit, especially pineapple. Dry and moderately tart with pineapple, citrus and floral flavors. Light to moderate body with prickly carbonation. Hint of brett is well integrated. A nice flavorful saison. (347 characters)

Photo of starrdogg
4.17/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Crap, I can't even remember who sent me this, but thank you! 2012 bottle.

Beer pours a slightly hazy orange/gold with a fluffy white head. Smell combines your typical yeasty saison smell with a bit of a floral/herbal aroma that I can't quite place. It all comes together very nicely to create something both unique and somehow familiar. The flavor is a little different than I expected after the nose - the floral/herbal aspect barely comes through at all in the taste. That said, it's rather unique. The first thing that strikes me is that it's a lot more bitter than I had anticipated, there is a bit of graininess here along with hints of citrus and some more traditional yeasty saison flavors. This is a rather complex beer and quite good, but after the incredibly interesting nose, I wish it had a bit more of that floral aspect in the flavor. As it warms, the floral flavors come through a little more. Mouthfeel is light and crisp, very nice. Overall, another very nice beer from Upright, but it's not quite as refreshing or easy-drinking as I would like from a saison. It's uniqueness gives it points for creativity, but perhaps detracts points for drinkability. (1,172 characters)

Photo of MDDMD
4.17/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A-hazy golden color with a nice white head and good lacing

S-grainy malt, lemon, floral, pepper, herbal

T-toasted bread, lemon, pepper, floral, light orange, yeasty, hint of sweetness, mild bitter finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, crisp and dry

O-flavorful saison, unique floral notes, very enjoyable (318 characters)

Photo of Metalmonk
4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Even the most careful pour produces a stupidly thick bone-white head (like, four fingers!). Should have expected this from a bottle-conditioned Belgian--from one of the U.S.'s most authentic Belgian-style breweries, no less--but wow, it takes forever to reduce to a drinkable level. Meanwhile, I gaze at a gorgeous lemon-yellow-sun color, holding within it a bazillion bubbles and exhibiting a beautiful haze. The head is now craggy and super-rocky...and a more reasonable two-fingers thick.

The aroma is a super-earthy, fruit-loaded one. Very clean mineral vibes wrap around dried citrus peel/zest, and kind of indicates a tart and super-dry flavor to come.

Yep, it is tart (lightly) and dry, but there's so much more to decipher. There's an incredibly flowery essence here (no surprise, as it's brewed with yarrow and calendula flowers), as well as a nutty element (the yeast?), which join up nicely with a mildly sweet graininess. Citrus comes in the form of lemon, with just a little shot of rind-like bitterness, especially in the finish. Green apple and herbal tea spring to mind too.

A gentle mouthfeel, with a dryness that works super-well with the abundant but delicate flavors.

Wow, this is super. Full of flavor without hammering you over the head with intensities (this is, instead, bursting with subtleties). Considering the craftsmanship and love this was obviously brewed with, and considering the depth of quality overall, Upright have thrown down the gauntlet to other U.S. brewers hoping to recreate Belgian magic. Thanks a ton of msubulldog25 for making this one happen! (1,594 characters)

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Flora Rustica from Upright Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 59 ratings.