Flora Rustica - Upright Brewing Company
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4.08/5 rDev -0.5%
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.
09-15-2013 02:20:49 | More by zhanson88
4.14/5 rDev +1%
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.
09-03-2013 01:32:04 | More by kevanb
4.19/5 rDev +2.2%
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
09-02-2013 06:51:37 | More by vkv822
4.29/5 rDev +4.6%
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.
07-29-2013 22:27:47 | More by dirtylou
4.29/5 rDev +4.6%
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.
07-08-2013 04:16:35 | More by DefenCorps
Flora Rustica from Upright Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 143 ratings.