Flora Rustica - Upright Brewing Company
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3.98/5 rDev -2.9%
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.
12-03-2012 21:45:20 | More by UCLABrewN84
4.53/5 rDev +10.5%
Huge thanks to a few generous BAs for getting bottles of this out to me. Served in a Mikasa tulip glass.
Pours a brilliant light orange-copper with a three-finger white head. Crystal clear. Good retention before falling into a thick collar with a thin cap. A bit of lacing on the sides of the glass.
The nose is quite intriguing. Everything blends 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. 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. What must be the yarrow really rounds thing out.
The flavor is 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 coriander, though the pepper isn't quite as strong.
The mouthfeel really takes the beer to the next level. Light-medium in body with moderate carbonation. A very nice dryness to the finish. Not very bitter, but borderline puckering in the way it dries out my cheeks. Explosive and addictive, this is a fantastic beer.
09-22-2011 00:59:43 | More by Thorpe429
4/5 rDev -2.4%
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.
11-21-2011 06:50:33 | More by womencantsail
4.38/5 rDev +6.8%
On tap @ the Upright Brewing Company (Portland, OR) on 9/4/11. Served in a footed glass.
Pours a clear gold, with a ½ finger of bright-white head. This retains with a thin creamy richness that drenches the sides of the glass with thick sticky lacing. The aroma smells fresh and floral in the nose, with extra notes of herbs, lemon, spice, earth, and sweet backing grains. This has a delicious airiness in the nose but also has some flavorful power as well.
The taste is crisp and flavorful on the palate, with lots of zesty tart lemon, peppery spice, and herbal earth notes that all linger on the tongue. There appears to be a bit of a light grassy (or I could see even a flowery) bitterness to this that is balanced and supported by a light backbone of sweet and gently toasted malt. The lemon, earthy botanicals, and spice flavors really drive this. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a prickly creaminess that expands out in the mouth. Overall though, this is light and crisp enough on the palate to bounce those flavors around nicely and help this retain a certain amount of a refreshing feel to it. This is about perfect in relation to the flavors here.
I really liked this and it made me a believer about the great things that I’ve heard about their beers from here. This was just packed with a deep flavorful complexity, yet was still extremely approachable and even borderline thirst quenching at times. Between this and the samples that I had of their other Farmhouse Ales, I’d certainly say that these guys know what they are doing here.
09-27-2011 14:25:05 | More by Kegatron
4.05/5 rDev -1.2%
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.
11-19-2011 18:58:27 | More by MasterSki
4.18/5 rDev +2%
Thanks Thorpe. Beer served in a snifter. Beer is yellow, hazy, nice white head, small and tiny bubbles, lots of lacing, decent retention, nice look to it.
Aroma is sweet, floral, tea-like bitterness, mild honey sense to it.
Beer is nice and light, almost creamy in the mouth, the carbonation plays nicely, accenting the honey and the malt with a mildly bitter / dry finish. I enjoyed it and would have it again.
01-12-2012 02:23:34 | More by drabmuh
4.23/5 rDev +3.2%
Thanks to americanbrew for sharing this bottle.
The beer pours a yellow color with a white head. The aroma is very nice with a ton of lemon and coriander notes, which are mixed in nicely with some grains of paradise. The flavor has a bit of wheat and biscuit malt, as well as the fruit from the aroma. I get the grains of paradise and lemons, as well as a hint of cherry. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.
07-07-2012 03:04:50 | More by Mora2000
4.49/5 rDev +9.5%
Thanks to sideshowe for sharing!
Pours a very hazy dark golden orange color with tangerine edges and a two finger white head that slowly settles into a lasting ring. Spotty lacing left behind.
Very floral aroma with funky saison yeast, earthy hops and light fruit. Musty straw, grass and flower petal along with some honey, farmhouse yeast, apricot apple and pear.
On the fuller end of medium bodied with delicate carbonation and an excellent balance of floral, citrus and farmhouse notes. Floral with subtle peppery spice and dry farmhouse funk. Grass and straw notes along with earthy hops and strong citrus. Orange peel and grapefruit juice with flowers, spice, bread and dry, funky yeast. Really well balanced, refreshing and very easy to drink. I enjoyed this beer very much.
02-15-2013 02:06:09 | More by corby112
District of Columbia
4.18/5 rDev +2%
750 mL bottle shared by Thorpe. Thanks!
Hazy yellow-orange color with a nice frothy white head. Nice retention and streaks of lacing. Floral aroma, light lemon and lime, with some dry tea. Yeasty, earthy body with a strong lemon and floral flavor mid palate and a dry lemon zest finish. Florals are not as strong in the finish and actually turns a little sweet with a hint of honey. Medium thick, full body with high carbonation. I enjoy the flavor and aroma but they seem a little at odds with each other.
03-15-2012 21:11:49 | More by yourefragile
4.38/5 rDev +6.8%
I picked up a bottle for $10. That's a lot more than I usually pay for a session-weight beer, but this was completely worth it. It reminds me of the best pale Belgians and saisons I've had - Duvel, De Ranke XX Bitter, and Saison Dupoint. It's light and dry on the palate, but bursting with earthy and tea-like spice flavors. No, I can't pick out the yarrow and calendula, but the rich floral and herbal character blend them with a robust yeast character to create a beer that the best breweries in Belgium would be proud to make. Find this beer if you can.
05-04-2010 01:40:23 | More by tempest
4/5 rDev -2.4%
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.
02-07-2013 20:06:51 | More by stakem
District of Columbia
4.35/5 rDev +6.1%
Bottle shared by Thorpe429. Thanks Mike.
The beer is orange with a thick white head. Lasting retention and plenty of lacing sticks to the walls of the tulip glass. The aroma offers herbal, floral, and tea notes. Tea and honey flavors, with a pleasant yeast character. Light and easy to drink. Complex and well balanced. Honey sweetness is balanced by tea and herbal notes, slightly dry. Overall, very enjoyable. An outstanding saison.
01-01-2012 19:48:20 | More by Huhzubendah
Flora Rustica from Upright Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 141 ratings.