Flora Rustica - Upright Brewing Company
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4.53/5 rDev +10.5%
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
07-25-2012 12:59:32 | More by hopsbreath
4.38/5 rDev +6.8%
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.
07-16-2012 02:32:59 | More by cmadd
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
4.3/5 rDev +4.9%
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.
04-16-2012 22:48:43 | More by pmlondrigan
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
4.18/5 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
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
4.13/5 rDev +0.7%
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.
11-29-2011 02:16:33 | More by JAXSON
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
4.05/5 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
Flora Rustica from Upright Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 143 ratings.