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Flora Rustica - Upright Brewing Company

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64 Reviews
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Reviews: 64
Hads: 189
Avg: 4.14
pDev: 17.87%
Wants: 133
Gots: 22 | 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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Reviews: 64 | Hads: 189
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.97/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.52/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of womencantsail
4/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

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Photo of Kegatron
4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of mactrail
3.37/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

This is very sharp. Not tart, but acidic enough to feel a burn all the way down. Very perfumey with interesting aroma unidentifiable flowery notes. Pale golden with swirls of foam as you sip from the snifter. Watery mouthfeel.

Fruity tea flavors. A hint of something not quite as strong as chamomile. Kaffir lime comes to mind, or the pitch of a less-fragrant conifer. The bitterness which gradually emerges is surprising, and it keeps on growing in the aftertaste. This is an intriguing herbal brew but it's something less than drinkable. From the 750 ml bottle purchased at Elizabeth Station in Bellingham, Wash.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.18/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of mdaschaf
4.47/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a slightly hazy orange color with a small white head on top, rather foamy with decent head retention with thin lacing down the sides.

S: Extremely floral, probably the most floral/flower filled aroma I have come across. There is some nice spices mixed in, not spicy as in pepper, but more herbal. A bit of funk as well.

T: Wow, this beer has a lot going on. Nice saison funk upfront with some pepper mixed with a bit flower component from the yarrow and calendula. In the middle there is a bit of fruity sweetness with a bit of lemon and apricot.

M: Light to medium bodied with medium carbonation. The flavor really coats the entire mouth. It is rather creamy as well.

O: Very impressed with this beer, loved the flowery aspects to it. Has a nice level of complextiy between the flowers, spices, and fruit. Great mouthfeel, a winner.

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Photo of stakem
4/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of Mora2000
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
4.06/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

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Photo of tempest
4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of yourefragile
4.18/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.38/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Officially review #900.

Thanks to cmadd for sharing this one.

A - Cloudy dark yellow in colour with some hints of orange. A small amount of white head formed on the pour and reduced to a few scattered bubbles.

S - Belgian yeast, flowers, fresh cut grass and lighter citrus aromas.

T - Belgian yeast, fresh cut grass, big floral notes and a moderate overall bitterness. Some cloves and citrus in the background.

M - Medium body. Light to moderate carbonation.

O - This was truly outstanding. One of the best saisons I have had.

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Photo of John_M
4.42/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled the other day at the Grain and Gristle.

The beer pours a golden amber color with good head retention and considerable lacing. The nose is complex and intriguing in this beer, as I get ginger, light lavender, white pepper, light clove and some honey. There's also something of a sour component on the nose, something that was even more evident on the palate (lemon and quince come to mind). While the flavor profile generally replicated the nose, I was surprised (pleasantly) by the amount of bitterness I got on the finish. There is light sweet malt in this beer as well, but it's very nicely countered by the bitterness and sour component. I get an element of yeast and wheatiness as well, and I have to say I'm really quite impressed by the amount of flavor I'm getting from this 5% abv. beer. Mouthfeel is light and crisp, and the beer is well carbonnated. This beer would be an excellent accompaniment to a lot of different foods. Alcohol is perfectly integrated into the flavor profile in this beer, and drinkability is quite high.

Delicious stuff. Were I to try this blind, I'm not at all sure I would guess this is a domestic saison style beer.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

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Photo of corby112
4.49/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of Axnjxn
4.09/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

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Photo of dgilks
4.47/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Spicy, fruity aroma. really quite nice with a floral overtone.

Moderately cloudy golden colour with a massive, tight, white head. Great head retention.

Light malts with a nice peppery, spicy flavour up front. The floral notes are interesting. Good.

Medium-light body with high carbonation. Good and suitable for style.

A nice saison with a twist. Great beer and an interesting take on the style form an up and coming brewery.

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Photo of claspada
4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.29/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle from the brewery. At $8, it's a great price for a saison, domestic or otherwise.

A moderately hazy orange with a dense, off-white head with excellent retention and dense lacing, this is a gorgeous saison. The nose is very nicely balanced with the base saison consisting of pils malt, a soft,earthy hoppiness and a beautiful floral character. I can't say I'm wholly familiar with yarrow, but the calendula flowers are delicate, jasmine-like and pair really well with the hop character. A moderate honey aroma is present, along with some doughy malt character. Excellent.

The palate opens soft, earthy, lemony and floral, with the hops and adjuncts forming an enjoyable botanical continuum. Doughy, honey and mild cotton candy-like malt flavors provide a nice base, along with the straw notes that really work with the hops and flowers. The floral notes are a blend of rose and jasminein nature along with the fruity, mildly hibiscus notes that calendula can impart. Fragrant and flavorful, this is delightful. Moderately spicy as well (white pepper, a touch of fennel), this beer is drying on the finish with lingering spice, floral and honey notes. Carbonation is medium-high, and really does suit the flavor profile. Most excellent, one of the more enjoyable beer I've had recently.

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Photo of dirtylou
4.29/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle, split, hopleaf tulip

Scooped this @ the brewery on my last visit. Glowing pale-orange body, nice frothy white head. Calendula flowers add a nice bit of spice and floral punch. Upright delivers a solid saison base as expected - lightly bitter, dry finish. A definite winner - wish I had more.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.4/5  rDev -17.9%

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.

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Photo of thagr81us
3.5/5  rDev -15.5%
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.

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Flora Rustica from Upright Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 64 ratings.