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Flora Rustica - Upright Brewing Company

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143 Ratings
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Ratings: 143
Reviews: 58
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 9.02%
Wants: 132
Gots: 19 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Upright Brewing Company visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  5.10% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
"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

(Beer added by: msubulldog25 on 08-03-2009)
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

05-26-2014 17:52:11 | More by jaasen64
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3.25/5  rDev -20.7%

05-04-2014 01:33:20 | More by thebigredone
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New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

A slightly hazy golden in color with 2 full fingers of head which dissipated slowly and left some seems amount of lacing behind.
Aroma is sweet and floral.. Honey, tea leaves, flowers for sure, white pepper, Belgian spicy yeast.
Flavor is mellow and honestly very floral.. Nowhere near as sweet as it smells.. Tasting flower petals, a slight banana mellowness.. But yeah flowers. Medium body with just enough fizz to keep it interesting.
This is probably one of the best tasting saisons I have ever had. My first thought upon smelling "oh great another saison that tastes like a tripel."..... Nope! This is mellow with a dry finish and very very floral.

04-10-2014 01:12:07 | More by facundoCNB
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3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

04-04-2014 02:42:28 | More by FranzBC
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4.75/5  rDev +15.9%

02-11-2014 00:19:11 | More by jvillefan
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4.11/5  rDev +0.2%

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.

01-27-2014 01:38:38 | More by joe1510
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4.18/5  rDev +2%

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

01-10-2014 23:05:49 | More by MDDMD
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British Columbia (Canada)

4.33/5  rDev +5.6%

A: Initially pours a exceptionally clear golden hue with 3 fingers of off-white head. Delicate amounts of lacing remain along the sides of the glass.

S: Fresh cut leaves and grass with light floral notes of spring flowers and hints of lemon and herbs together with a background of peppery yeast. I grow yarrow flowers and they are heavily evident on the scent.

T: Upfront notes of yeasty bread followed by freshly cut grass, young flower buds, lemon zest and minerals. The yarrow flowers are noticeable. Bone dry and less sweet then I expected from the smell.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Bone dry finish.

O: This saison exceptionally captures the freshness in a medicinal herb garden. The fresh leaves, grass and buds shine and are balanced by lemon and mineral notes. Delicate and fresh with the right balance of hops to level out the herbal notes. Another amazing saison by Upright. I much prefer the Rustica without the barrel aging.

01-04-2014 02:57:40 | More by FondueVoodoo
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

01-02-2014 00:57:59 | More by cfh64
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3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

12-21-2013 22:55:07 | More by bootdown21
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

12-20-2013 13:11:37 | More by Jas45678
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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

11-16-2013 14:41:34 | More by jhartley
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

11-16-2013 01:22:05 | More by Knapp85
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

11-16-2013 01:18:00 | More by millerbuffoon
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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

10-29-2013 15:33:25 | More by dkw0063
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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

10-25-2013 06:56:30 | More by RuckusDu
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3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

10-24-2013 06:57:15 | More by belgbeerdrinker
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

10-20-2013 01:33:25 | More by IrishColonial
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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

10-20-2013 01:32:26 | More by siege06nd
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Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev -2.4%

10-14-2013 01:47:14 | More by KeKeKumba
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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

09-28-2013 18:08:24 | More by ArchEnemyBrew
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British Columbia (Canada)

4/5  rDev -2.4%

09-23-2013 02:44:16 | More by Boozecamel
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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

09-22-2013 23:21:15 | More by drgonzo2k2
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

09-15-2013 05:26:10 | More by bstyle
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4.08/5  rDev -0.5%

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.

09-15-2013 02:20:49 | More by zhanson88
Flora Rustica from Upright Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 143 ratings.