Late Harvest - Upright Brewing Company
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Reviews by smakawhat:
4.1/5 rDev +2.2%
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.
03-10-2013 20:42:18 | More by smakawhat
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4.03/5 rDev +0.5%
Acquired via trade
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.
12-24-2012 06:12:45 | More by ehammond1
3.85/5 rDev -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.
03-22-2011 03:01:44 | More by Sammy
3.98/5 rDev -0.7%
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".
08-10-2010 21:09:44 | More by golden1
4.28/5 rDev +6.7%
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
11-29-2012 04:05:52 | More by dirtylou
3.88/5 rDev -3.2%
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.
08-15-2010 22:35:34 | More by hopsbreath
4.11/5 rDev +2.5%
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.
07-27-2014 04:17:44 | More by crankdatank
3.78/5 rDev -5.7%
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.
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.
01-15-2012 02:29:31 | More by emerge077
British Columbia (Canada)
4.3/5 rDev +7.2%
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.
04-11-2013 02:27:27 | More by Rutager
4.1/5 rDev +2.2%
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.
08-22-2010 23:39:38 | More by Docer
4.4/5 rDev +9.7%
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!
03-16-2011 13:53:46 | More by ritzkiss
3.38/5 rDev -15.7%
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.
09-19-2010 23:37:04 | More by DavoleBomb
Late Harvest from Upright Brewing Company
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