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 DefenCorps
4.29/5  rDev +2.1%
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. (1,292 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 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 corby112
4.49/5  rDev +6.9%
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. (797 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 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 cfrances33
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a Hill Farmstead stem.

Pour: Hazy orange with some nice glowing orange edges. Thick, foamy white head hangs around for a while, and leaves nice thick lacing. Beautiful saison.

Smell: Big yeasty breadyness up front, followed by clean white pepper. Some floral and vegetal aspects, like green pepper and cucumbers. A light lemon. Finishes with more yeast.

Taste: Follows the nose with some floral aspects. A light cucumber juice. Some white pepper and lemon bite. Lots of bready yeast through the entire body and finish.

Mouthfeel: Refreshing and juicy, like biting into a fresh cucumber. Some nice carb. Finishes quite dry.

Overall: Really nice, traditional saison. Nothing mind blowing, but done very, very well. (736 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 mdaschaf
4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
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. (850 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 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 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 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 Rutager
4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance. Pours a nice rich gold with 3 fingers of thick, off-white head.

Smell. Fresh lemons, some nice floral perfume, a little bit of funky yeast, honey and grains.

Taste. Light and sweet toasted grains, some lightly bitter, herby and grassy hops, and a little of that floral perfume I smelled. Some lemon rind and maybe a little bit of peppery spices.

Mouthfeel. Medium body, medium carbonation.

Overall. Just a ton of flavour in a beer that still drinks easy and light. I'll be grabbing a few more of these if I still can! Wonder if that delicate floral taste will hold up long? (590 characters)

Photo of chanokokoro
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a tulip glass

Pours a hazy deep gold with amber hues capped with a two and a half finger pillowy bright white head. An amazing nose of farmhouse yeast, a floral bouquet, fresh grass, and coriander. Opens with floral notes, fresh green tea, grassy hops, joined by light citrus, musty yeast, and bread dough. Finishes dry with spice, white pepper, slightly bitter grassy hops and touch of orange rind. Light, slightly fizzy carbonation, heavier side of light bodied and extremely drinkable.

One of the most complex American brewed saisons I've had to date. This truly is an amazing beer and one of Upright's finest brews. Certainly a seasonal that anyone who enjoys saisons should seek out. (724 characters)

Photo of DaftCaskBC
4.23/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: 3/4" cream coloured head that left a nice lacing over honey amber coloured liquid.

S: I don't know what yarrow and calendula flowers smell like, but to me this smells of cloves, dandelions, marigolds and floral perfume.

T: Chamomile tea, hibiscus, earthy and grassy hops and a slight barnyard funk over a biscuity and honey malt backbone.

M: Medium viscosity and a medium level of fine carbonation.

O: For what it is, this Saison is fantastic. However, floral flavours by themselves are often not as drinkable as they could be if they were paired with a fruit such as cherries or raspberries. (600 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 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 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 TheSevenDuffs
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
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. (538 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 hopsbreath
4.53/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2012 batch. Time to update. After being disappointed with last year’s batch (there's a chance I simply got an off bottle), I was hesitant about giving this year a shot. Boy am I glad I did. Twice on-tap and three bottles later, I believe this one's a winner.

A: Brilliant gold, rocky impressive looking four finger head that hangs around for quite a while, and ridiculous lacing. Nothing could make this look better. 5/5

S: Complex herbal layers, citrus zest, and a classic ester profile I associate with fruitier Belgian farmhouse ales. Some slight white pepper goes a long way. 4/5

T: Bitterness is obviously from a source other than hops. It's a softer bitterness without the harsh bite that seems to come from alpha acids. Grapefruit pith dirty things up and keeps my interest. Rustic qualities with round grain profile. It's almost hard to describe due to its uniqueness among American saisons but it's extremely enjoyable. This just screams to be paired with dinner. Very food friendly. 4/5

M: Full and lush. Very silky texture that somehow finishes cleaner than expected. Although there's so much head suggesting carbonation it actually feels low-medium on the palate. Impressive perceived size for a beer hovering at 5% ABV. 4.5/5

O: The very best beer Upright has made this year. This is the third batch and the third yeast strain. I'm sure there has been some other tweaking along the way but this amalgamation is my favorite. Alex, don't change a thing next year. I'm likely getting some more bottles this year and will probably regret not buying a case once I'm out. An absolute must try if you have the chance. 4.5/5

2011 batch. 75cl bottle split between a couple Duvel tulips and shared with TulipSnifter. Bought at the brewery tasting room for $8.

A: Pale light amber in color with a big fluffy white head that recedes slowly leaving adequate lacing. Off to a great start. 4/5

S: Gone are the rich botanicals I remember from last year’s batch. A mild mannered typical herbal saison is what I get this year. Lightly floral character could just as easily be from the hops as from the flowers. 3/5

T: It's a saison. Actually comes off slightly sweet and uninspired. Simple ester's and herbal qualities makes this a better pairing for a charcuterie plate, but isn't something I'm drinking by itself when I want a provoking beer. 2.5/5

M: Slightly fuller than the ABV would hint at with moderate carbonation. This finishes just a little sticky. I'd prefer it was drier. 2/5

O: Last year’s batch seemed more interesting to me. It was more dynamic and a little tart. I'm not sure if there were other changes to the recipe, or if the yeast was the only thing that changed, but whatever happened I'm not on board. 2.5/5 (2,742 characters)

Photo of cmadd
4.39/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Straw-orange pour that billows to a fluffy three-finger head.

S: Sweet honey and flowers. For me, this saison wins here. Absolutely explosive and unlike any beer I've smelled.

T: Lime and hay and grass rounded out by herbs, by a light malt sweet. The finish is astringent.

M: Light with adequate carbonation.

O: Great refreshing saison that brings something new to the style. It feels inspired by the exuberance of spring. (429 characters)

Photo of Mora2000
4.2/5  rDev 0%
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. (413 characters)

Photo of pmlondrigan
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Surely this is one of the finest looking saisons I've had. A dense, thick, creamy head. Honey golden color. And speckled belgian lace all throughout the glass. What an interesting aroma! Very herbal / floral. Grassy, with hints of lemon. Like no saison I've ever smelled before. The flavor is complex, a mixture of tradition and inovation. Typical saison esters can be found with some hop charecter, but so to can huge earthy flavors like grass, hay, and herbs. Also pretty bitter from what I assume is the yarrow. Great dry saison, squeeky clean. All in all this is one unique beer and worthy of the high rating it has. I could drink a good deal of this. (655 characters)

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