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Flora Rustica - Upright Brewing Company

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64 Reviews
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Reviews: 64
Hads: 188
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: 188
Photo of ccnorthwest
4.7/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This is an absolute phenomenal saison. The nose literally smells so floral you might as well have wild flowers stuck up your nose. The body and finish is ever so elegant with a total wild tea like after taste. YUM!

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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 draheim
4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750mL into a tulip. Pours a hazy pale golden straw w/ a bright white lingering head.

Aroma is bright and herbal, floral. Soft esters, Belgian yeast, pale malt.

Taste is mildly funky, grassy, earthy. Touch of spice and dried flowers. Some juicy orange citrus as it warms. Clean, crisp. Slightly bitter finish from the Old World hops.

Mouthfeel is refreshing and light, drinkable.

Overall a very nice saison.

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Photo of 81tillinfinity
4.07/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

definitily a drinking experience. A saison with an aroma of a bouquet of flowers. taste is chamomille tea like with a slight spiceness. belgian yeast is overpowered by the added yarrow and calendula, but this is a very floral forward beer.

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Photo of James_Michaud91
3.84/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with heavy carbonation, bright yellow, slightly cloudy - looks exactly how a saison should. Smell is floral and spicy- the calendula flowers give this beer a slightly soapy/perfumey note while the yeasty esters (and perhaps the yarrow?) give off an almost ginger like spiciness. The botanicals give this saison pretty big flavor, but it's a touch too floral/perfumed for my taste. The barrel aged version of this, however, is absolutely beautiful and one you should not hesitate to try.

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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 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 facundoCNB
4.48/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of joe1510
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of MDDMD
4.17/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

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Photo of FondueVoodoo
4.31/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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.

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Photo of zhanson88
4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of kevanb
4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into a Hill Farmstead wine glass.

The beer pours a slightly hazy golden, copper color, hues of straw and orange with a big, white, soapy head, loosely packed bubbles that has fantastic retention and leaves a nice amount of spotted lace behind. The aroma is heavy on the herb garden, very floral with some yeast qualities behind it and a bit of sweet pale grain at the back end. The flavors are right in line, lots of calendula and yarrow, really brings out the herby and floral character. The yeasty funk is there, very subtly so, nice pale grain that is sweet, but very nicely integrated. The body is nice, carbonation is on the lower end, yet still lively, coats the mouth well, the finish is a touch creamy, yet a bit dry, a little confusing.

Verdict: A nice saison that really highlights the adjuncts. The herby and floral qualities are really front and center, and executed nicely. While it doesn't showcase the yeast and grain as much, they are certainly nice subtle touches. It's not a beer I could drink lots of, but sharing this 750ml bottle was fairly easy. A nice beer from Upright.

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Photo of vkv822
4.19/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

750ml : tulip

Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a thick, foamy white head with nice retention and lacing.

Really inviting nose, floral and saison yeast notes blend wonderfully.

More floral and lightly spicy, earthy notes in the taste, along with some sweet, lemony fruit notes towards the finish.

Medium-light body with mild foamy carbonation.

A very well done saison, the calendula and yarrow add some really nice floral character

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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 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 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 harrymel
3.1/5  rDev -25.1%
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.

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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 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 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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Photo of cfrances33
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

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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 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 ThePorterSorter
4.12/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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