Late Harvest - Upright Brewing Company

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Ratings: 107
Reviews: 44
rAvg: 4
pDev: 10.25%
Wants: 40
Gots: 26 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Upright Brewing Company visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: DiabolikDUB on 04-23-2010

An ever changing small batch blend that uses a farmhouse brown ale base with any number of herbs or spices carefully chosen by our brewers to make a complex beer unlike any other. It’s barrel aged for roughly one year and every vintage is different. Cellar for two to four years, depending on vintage.

Released in 750ml bottles
Batch 1: August 2010
Batch 2: January 2011
Batch 3: October 2011
Batch 4: October 2012

This batch was "aged in second-use Big Bottom whiskey barrels and made with cubed pepper, elderberries, and grains of paradise."

Original description (2009):
"A Pinot Noir barrel-aged farmhouse-brown ale brewed with pomegranate seeds, grains of paradise and Tasmanian peppercorns. Late Harvest was brewed August 11th, 2009, and barrel-aged for over 8 months before yielding only 75 cases being cellared at the brewery until its release."
7% abv

Fall 2011 Update:
"The 2011 recipe was brewed in November with coriander, bitter orange peel, and long pepper, and has been maturing in two wine barrels, one Old Tom Gin barrel and one Whippersnapper Whiskey barrel."

Hops: magnum
Malts: organic pale, caramel, aromatic
Unmalted: black barley, rolled barley
Also: grains of paradise, pomegranate seeds, Tasmanian peppercorns
Yeast: French saison
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Photo of ehammond1
4.02/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle (2012)

Acquired via trade
Thanks, libbey!

Murky dark brown and dark ruby with a small cap of brown bubbles atop. Leaves the glass spotted with stick.

There's some definite lactic sour character, which surprised me, in the aroma, along with dark cherries, earth, lots of sharp oak notes, and a very mild wet hay character. Complex, and slightly sweet.

The flavor follows the aroma, with more lactic sour character than I was anticipating, some tart cherry notes, mild earth funk, brine, olives, and sharp, somewhat tangy yeast. Unique, complex, and overall enjoyable.

Medium bodied with moderate-high carbonation.

Unique, interesting, and evolving. I'm glad I shared this a few ways as I don't think I could drink a ton of this, but overall I liked it very much.

Photo of Sammy
3.83/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle at Volo. Pours dark with lots of lace. Signficantly tart, even sour to the person sharing the bottle. A saison only in the broadest of terms,an one of a kind. Spice kitchen aroma. Tste is Yeasty and peppery, nutmeg, some cinammon and cloves. I found the mouthfeel smooth. Not for everyone.

Photo of golden1
3.99/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this on-tap at Upright's tasting room on the 8/8/10 drop-date.

Cloudy-brown with reddish tint and a thin head. Laced well down the glass.

Intense nose - sharp and to the point. Initial whiff is the sourness of the Pinot but then some residual sweetness of the beer comes through. The aging process really did some great things here and created a very unique set of smells.

Very clean and light. The crispness from the Pinot fights adds tart notes to the flavor, but not to the point where it would be a true sour brown. This is not meant as a negative: full-blown sourness would ruin the malt and the hints of fruit that roll through your tastebuds.

Having had this on-tap and out of the bottle, I would recommend coming back to it in early-2011 after another six months to a year or so. I feel that bleeding a notch off the alcohol and letting the flavors move around a little would turn this from "very good" into "you MUST try this".

Photo of dirtylou
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle; split

I think this is batch #4. all batches are different and the internet is of very little help in distinguishing

appearance: pretty sweet label design - served in my great lakes chalice, muddy garnet body, foamy off-white head with a ring of lace

smell: tart yeast, barrel, vinous

taste: a barrel aged farmhouse brown - nice vinous notes (pinot?), oak barrel, tart cherry, orange peel, juniper, bread, pepper. A real nice beer for the season.

mouthfeel: light, crisp carbonation, delicate

overall: very good

Photo of hopsbreath
3.81/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The wife and I stopped by Upright today and got a couple of these on tap. I still can't get over what a deal these guys serve beer at. For a 12 ounce glass of a barrel aged sour, we paid $3 a piece.

The beers arrived in a couple glasses with no head and a light beige wispy ring on top of what Misty called champagne diamond liquid. I call it Pepsi brown. At least on tap this is crystal clear.

The smell is funky lemon and a hint of the pepper corns. There is no indication that this is a brown ale.

Taste is great! Sour cherries, lemon, leather, and saison yeast dominate the palate. The spice comes through on the soft palate on the finish and a mineral like bitterness that when suggested could be pomegranate seeds lingers in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is moderate and a little gummy. Drinkability is easy and refreshing.

I would have this again and probably will. Darker sours are not a dime a dozen and if in the mood for one this will hit the spot. Recommended.

Photo of crankdatank
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750 bottle pour into a tulip glass. Deep brown, slightly hazy off white pillowy head which lasts for a while. Smell is tart whiskey with hint of spice. Taste is chocolate toffee, vanilla, whiskey, with a slight tart finish, dry. Nice medium body with complex flavors. Solid but not amazing.

Photo of emerge077
3.8/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2013 edition:
Overly spiced, lots of sarsaparilla, ginseng, herbal, earthy, root-like notes. Not exactly tart, more of a weird tangy quality about it that lingers, along with the peppery spice. Can't say it's something i'd pick up again, a little too heavy handed with the spices.

2012/4.15
Served in a mini nonic pint.

Murky dark reddish copper, thin ring of white foam, visible carb trails.

Vinous aromas of concord grape and acetic sharpness, mellow sweet grain underneath that reminded me of multigrain bread.

Tart zesty grape fruitiness, crisp with very little sweetness. Akin to a mellower version of La Folie almost, its much less acetic. Dry finish, trace breadiness. Reminiscent of Flanders style ales, this is more wild ale than straight up saison, but it seems intended as a style-bender.

Photo of Rutager
4.28/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance. Pours a deep red-brown with a finger of khaki head.

Smell. Light and fruity saison yeast, some nice barrel wood and a little lactic sourness with some light sweet spice.

Taste. Spicy saison yeast and red wine tang with a good hit of barrel wood. There's a little malt, not caramel tasting but somewhere along those lines, fairly dry. Some peppery spice and maybe a little sweet spice as well, but it's very faint. Great stuff.

Mouthfeel. Medium body, medium+ fine but fairly soft carbonation.

Overall. I've passed this one by many times like many others. This is one of those cases where I feel dumb for doing so. Great beer that I'll be buying again.

Photo of Docer
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Buddy 'MaltBombPete' grabbed up a bottle for us to share..

- Cloudy brown and red brew... chunks of yeast floating about... quick bubbly head down to a small dusting of bubbles.

- Sour earthy aroma... spice, pumpkin, squash.. peppery, nutmeg... clove... sweet molasses...

- Light sour.. oaky smooth... slight spice and pepper.... tangy sweet.. light caramel and nutmeg... tangy fruit.. esters..

- thin, lightly carbonated.... watery...

- Very drinkable, flavors and sour blend well... but overall my impression was great right up to the flavor profile.. leaves a lot out.

*** Updated after having Batch #2

Much better sour flavors, smell and aroma...and drinkability. All around better aft the second batch.

Photo of smakawhat
4.11/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle into a snifter glass at Smoke & Barrel DC for the bottle share. Not sure of batch. From notes.

A nice light tan brown, kind of a mix of dark chestnut and mahogany body. Head unfortunately disappeared before I could see what color it was. Otherwise straightforward and appealing.

Bouquet is a nice light tannic sour quality. Hints of light brown toasty bread hide in the back with a spicy yeasty character, and brown ale like nutty malts. Pleasant aroma and balanced and somewhat distinct.

Good tannic nutty mid palate on first sip, with a nice mighty funk. Caramel really washes over the mid palate nicely particularly on the finish. A nice medium carbonation that supports the flavors nicely. Feel isn't particularly impressive, but it's perfectly fine and not distracting from the palate.

Overall this was quite a unique saison and it is one that I will remember.

Photo of ritzkiss
4.38/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml, splurged and got a bottle at Volo, split with bobsy.

Pours a rich crimson hue with hints of chestnut, a finger of creamy, lightly khaki head rests on top and maintains a nice foamy lining, kicking up patchwork lace on the glass.

Nose reveals tart apples, cherry, tannic "wine-y" character, bready malts, sourness.

This is just a fantastic beer, both complex and drinkable. Moderate tartness, apple cider with hints of tart pomegranate, oak, bready malts which gestures to rye bread, hints of vinegar, musty sourness - almost presents as a cousin of the Flanders family. Not much of the peppercorn. Full flavor and body, effervescent carbonation, nice drying finish. Easy to drink, would love to do so again!

Upright does some fantastic things and I am a little surprised they don't get a little more recognition here - they deserve it!

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.4/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a tulip. Big thanks to piclee for this.

4.0 A: Hazed deep amber color. Two fingers of creamy beige head with good retention and some lacing.

4.0 S: Quite interesting. The barrel comes through very strongly with this one. Lots of oak, lots of Pinot with an acid-like twang, and some tannins. Some peppery spiciness, but only a touch with a small amount of herbalness as well. The barrel components cover up a lot of the subtleties.

3.5 T: First sip was mighty puckering, but mainly due to shock. Lightly sour, but astringently so. Earthy overall and reasonably spicy with pepper on the forefront. Wood, Pinot, lemon, and light funkiness. Not bad, but it's missing depth at the malt level.

3.0 M: Light body. Carbonation seems to dissipate quickly with this one. I know it poured with plenty of carbonation, but by the end of the glass, I wish it had more. This could really use a bit more body. It would cut the sourness a bit, but it would improve overall.

2.5 D: Mouthfeel and lack of malt depth make this one not too drinkable. Indeed, the 750 of this was way more than I wanted. The barrel aging in this case seemed to be fine, but the base beer could use some work.

Photo of BearsOnAcid
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I believe this bottle was an '09 Late Harvest.

Maroon, great clarity. Egg-cream head. Raisins, some acidity, robust pinot aroma, and peppery spice in the nose. Flavors are interesting, carmel, rich dark fruits, lemon-like acidity and some spicy pepper. A bit tannic and dry on the finish. Reminds me of the tangy dry finish on a cranberry pomegranate juice mixture. Very unique and adventurous beer. I will definitely be seeking out more from this brewery.

Photo of Thorpe429
4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to yourefragile for sharing this bottle. Served in a SAVOR wine glass during the 2012 Rose Bowl.

Pouts a slightly-hazy dark brown color with a nice off-white head and a little bit of lacing. The nose brings some light lactic character with a bit of cherry and stone fruits. Faint earthiness. Favor is pretty similar. Light wine character comes through a bit more here. Light body and good carbonation. Truly solid; not surprising from Upright. Big fan.

Photo of vkv822
4.13/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle into tulip.

The appearance is slightly cloudy amber brown with a very faint, tiny carbonation bubbles rising up. The head is off white, with decent lacing. There are also chunks of yeast floating about.

The aroma is funky, slightly wooden and lemony. There are also very light notes from the peppercorn as well as some sweeter notes. The aroma is enjoyable, though I feel it is a bit under-whelming as I would have liked to have seen some of the subtleties a bit more pronounced.

I can detect the pinot noir coming through quite well, which works very nicely with the slight sourness of the beer. I also enjoy the mix of oak from the barrels mixed with the peppery saison flavor.

The body seems a bit heavy for the style, though it still works quite well. The carbonation is very subtle and enjoyable.

This is a very drinkable and refreshing beer. I really wish I had more of this. It works quite well for a sunny yet cool autumn afternoon.

Photo of beagle75
3.32/5  rDev -17%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a stemmed tasting glass.
Batch 1

A: Slightly hazy, blushing light amber color with over one finger of diminishing cinnamon-tinted foam head. Light lacing remains on the glass and uniform floaties roll about in the turbid column. A small amount of settled yeast is present at the bottom of the glass.

S: Vinous and malty, suggesting caramel, with subtle, papery tartness.

T: Begins nearly dry, with rather clumsy caramel and soft lactic sourness. Early flavors are muddled, slightly earthy--definitely not the expected profile for the style. The acidic component spreads on the palate into the middle, as if in search of wood that is barely apparent. Fairly bright fruit develops mid-way, mildly joining nectarine, cherry, and Meyer lemon. The finish is cleansing, but lacking in character other than a stale remnant of the diminished acidity.

M: Medium viscosity, smooth and even soft on the palate, with low carbonation. Fortunately the solids seen are not felt.

D/O: Compared to Upright's four flagship brews, this limited release is nothing special. While almost everything sampled thus far has a subtle thread of tartness that makes the drinker question the intention behind its presence, here the sourness comes through unmistakably--though not intensely. Comparable to a typical sour ale that might emerge from New Belgium, this is agreeable to the less-seasoned palate. It falls a bit flat in that it lacks much of a distinctive quality, other than the caramel character that seems out of place.

Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.94/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle opened on 12.26.12
I am assuming this is Batch 4

A - Pours a light brown with an explosive tan head, pretty active but fades rather quickly.

S - Lots of barrel tones, wood, spices - dark.

T - Dark spices, earthy barrel notes, woody.

D - Great carbonation with a light body.

O - Dark, spices, barrel. Good but seems a bit like all the others.

Photo of DefenCorps
3.83/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle, 2013 release, consumed fairly fresh. "The 2013 installment of this annual seasonal release is a brown ale spiced with cinnamon, allspice and cubeb pepper, then aged in rum casks from Bull Run Distilling."

A very dark brown with reddish brown highlights, this beer is capped with a dense, brown head with solid retention and nice lacing. The nose is rather spicy. Christmas spices abound, there's plenty of allspice, cinnamon, nutmeg and mace, along with QUITE a bit of brown sugar from the rum barrel. As a result, this smells sweet and floral, rather potpourri-like, along with some cola-like aromatics. The base beer is hidden.

The palate opens with the rum barrel characteristics dominating, lending brown sugar, cola, some vanilla and charred wood. The cinnamon and allspice (I swear, it tastes like there's some mace as well) meld really well with the rum barrel sweetness. This beer really does bring to mind a nice winter warmer/Christmas beer. Toasted pumpernickel bread, brown sugar, toffee are present. Medium in body with medium-low carbonation, this beer finishes with rummy sweetness and cinnamon. Not wholly my cup of tea, but nicely done.

Photo of Kakaraht
4.46/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark husky brown , with a thin tan head that dissipated quickly but had good lacing.

S: Sour on the nose with a hint of spiciness. There is a faint malt characteristic but it is on the sour side as well.

T: Warm sour tangyness, that tingles my tongue and prickles with spicy sour fruit notes.

M: Medium body, low carbonation and a nice lingering finish that is quite dry.

D: My favorite saison, it has so much character and subtle spice notes. I love this beer.

Photo of draheim
4.32/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL into a Hennepin glass. Pours a clear mahogany w/ a fluffy tan head, good lacing.

Aroma is tart, spicy, a little vinous, w/ hints of molasses and possibly whiskey. Intriguing.

Taste is spicy and tart with notes of brown sugar and spice. Some sweet fruity elements too - sour cherries? Great earthy woodiness from the oak, no hint of alcohol.

Mouthfeel is light and crisp, good carbonation. Aftertaste hangs around for a while.

Overall a unique, intriguing, well-made beer. Plenty of complexity to contemplate as you slowly drain the bottle.

Photo of stakem
3.74/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml poured into a tulip. I guess this is the most recent version listed (2012 made with elderberries.) It pours a ruby brown mahogany color with a thick khaki head. A full wall of patchy lace sticks to the glass.

The aroma is fresh and juicy with an unidentifiable fruity character. Some hops are noted with an herbal element overtop a chocolate malt scent. It is a bit tangy smelling towards the back.

The taste is like chocolate covered fruit. Some tangy alcohol upfront blends into a mild peppery quality. A sweetness like caramel or toffee fades into the aftertaste. Overall it is a unique combination of flavors but isnt bad. The tangy element was a bit of an outlier in the profile.

This is medium bodied and modestly carbonated. An ok beer by Upright standards. I would not pass on trying this again but at the same time, I think other Upright offerings are more deserving of your money.

Photo of HopHead84
3.5/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

01/15/2011

Thanks, Luke! Bottle opened by me at the 2011 Pizza Port Barrel Blast.

A: Deep crimson and based with a small off white head.

S: Plum, grape, cinnamon, nutmeg, peppercorn with a decided spiciness. Quite vinous. Olives... Some bready malts. Olives!

T: Olive, cinnamon, nutmeg, grape, plum, peppercorn, lactic notes. Interesting.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation, sticky mouthfeel.

Overall: Interesting blend of spices and vinous notes.

Photo of Jwale73
3.68/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Not sure of the vintage, but believe it might have been the 2012. Pours a hazy amber-brown with a light tan head. Nose is very much reminiscent of pumpkin pie - it reminds me very much of a winter warmer. Taste is also similar to a winter warmer; however, there's also a peppery quality and the grains of paradise are also discernible in the spice and malt profile. Mouthfeel is light-medium in body with an easy carbonation. Overall, I'm not really clear on how this beer can be classified as a farmhouse ale. In that regard, it falls a bit short; however, as a winter warmer, it's quite pleasing.

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

Big ups to hophead 84 for crakin this bottle out at barrel blast

A: poured a chocolate brown in color with yellowish highlights and had a half finger of head leaving some bubbly lacing sticking to the glass.

S: the aroma did saome spice, floral, vinegar, and slight raspberries notes but I was able to sniff out pomegranate, peppercorn, tart, and acidic notes with hints of citrus.

T: the wine barrel and vinous character was more apparent on the palate with pomegranate, peppercorn, spice, tart accents and a touch of acidic citrus; pretty complex flavor.

M: the brew was medium in body with a good amount of carbonation which had a spice, slight fruity, citrusy, acidc, and tart finish.

D: I really enjoyed their take on a saison farmhouse style brew which was tasty and drank quite well. Definitely had more dimension than your average farmhouse style beer.

Photo of Sean9689
3.5/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks, Jason! 750ml bottle in Narke tulip.

A - Pours a muddled brown color, cream-colorhead head, thin ring, wisps on top.

S - Lots of herbal/medicinal notes, some slightly sweet fruity notes in there as well, some oak, and a light amount of sourness.

T - More of the same...herbal/medicinal, fruity barrel notes. I pick up more whisky then gin, but I'm not really digging the combo of both in the same beer.

M - Medium, good carbonation, earth oak finish.

O - Meh, not really impressed. I would say slightly above average and really had to force myself to finish my pour. Upright usually kills it, but not into this one. Not sure if it's the combo of barrels used or what, but I'll pass.

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Late Harvest from Upright Brewing Company
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