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Late Harvest - Upright Brewing Company

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105 Ratings
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Ratings: 105
Reviews: 44
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 10.47%
Wants: 39
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:
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

(Beer added by: DiabolikDUB on 04-23-2010)
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4.03/5  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.

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4.25/5  rDev +6%

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3.28/5  rDev -18.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

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5/5  rDev +24.7%

Photo of Sammy
3.85/5  rDev -4%
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
3.98/5  rDev -0.7%
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
4.28/5  rDev +6.7%
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
3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

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4.11/5  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
3.78/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

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4.3/5  rDev +7.2%
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 +2.2%
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.

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4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

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3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

Photo of ritzkiss
4.4/5  rDev +9.7%
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!

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Late Harvest from Upright Brewing Company
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