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Late Harvest - Upright Brewing Company

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Reviews: 44
Hads: 107
Avg: 4.02
pDev: 10.2%
Wants: 39
Gots: 25 | 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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Reviews: 44 | Hads: 107
Photo of DaftCaskBC
4.89/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: 1/2" tan head that dissipated quickly over brown liquid.

S: Red wine and lactic sourness.

T: Coconut, red wine, lactic sourness, orange peel, lemon, grass and a bitter and somewhat oily and woody finish. Very complex.

M: Medium viscosity and a medium level of creamy carbonation. Beautiful.

O: This beer is unbelievable and under-appreciated. I can't believe it took me this long to try it.

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Photo of siege06nd
4.47/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to a great trader for this generous extra. Beenitty you rock!

A. Pours a very cloudy, dark brown. Thick and rich offwhite head emerges at two and a half fingers. Holds at a half finger. Lacing is persistent and sticky. Good stuff.

S. Funk, barnyard, grains, light floral hops, mild toasted biscuit. Beautiful.

T. Crisp acidity but softened by grains and malt. A little floral hop kick on the backend. Balanced and lovely.

M. Balanced and well rounded. Crisp and lighter bodied but some heft from a solid body beneath the funk.

O. A really nice saison. Very interesting sour beer here, like a wild pilsner almost. A great beer and highly appreciated extra!

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Photo of Kakaraht
4.46/5  rDev +10.9%
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.

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Photo of peensteen
4.46/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours brown with the faintest tinge of mahogany in the light, fluffy off white head, good lacing on the glass all the way through. Nose is spicy with notes of black licorice, alcohol and a bitter presence. The palate is funky with dark malt, pepper, root beer a wonderful sourness that leads into a nice acidic property that you would find in red wine. Medium mouthfeel that is so very smooth, the grape notes from the barrel aging show up big time here. It feels like red wine in your mouth. Overall this was extremely drinkable and possibly my favorite of the night, incredible stuff here. If you have the opportunity to try this you really should.

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Photo of ritzkiss
4.38/5  rDev +9%
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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Photo of draheim
4.32/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.32/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by yourefragile. Thanks Michael.

The beer is dark orange with a quarter inch of off white head. The aroma is inviting, with scents of citrus fruit, spice, white wine, grapes. Nice flavor, with prominent grape and tannic characters. White grape juice with a touch of wild yeast. Light bodied, but not thin. Nice feel. Overall, very enjoyable.

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Photo of yourefragile
4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle, Batch 1, sent by msubulldog25, shared with some friends.

Pours a dark, clear amber brown with a tan tight head that has nice retention and streaks of lacing. Earthy, vinous aroma with dark fruit, wine and grainy spice. Flavor is similar to nose, but slightly more tart and vinous. Medium full body with fine carbonation and dry finish. Wow, aging nicely, big fan of this.

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Photo of Rutager
4.28/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

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Photo of woosterbill
4.26/5  rDev +6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle into a Weyerbacher tulip; shared at a tasting.

A: Muddy reddish-brown body with a half in chi of coarse tan foam. Ok, but uninspiring.

S: Wow. Spicy, funky wild yeast and plenty of vinous, tannic oak. Pleasantly tart and extremely complex. Wonderful sour aroma.

T: Spicy (rosemary?) pinot noir, lightly tannic + acetic tartness, and a cleanly sour finish. Great.

M: Oddly smooth medium body with moderate, fine, late-developing carbonation. Not bad at all.

D: Intense, but balanced. The alcohol doesn't show up at all.

Notes: This is my second Upright sour/saison (the other being Four Play), and Late Harvest was equally weird, fascinating, and delicious. I'll definitely be seeking out more from this brewery. Huge thanks to Matt for bringing this bottle back from Portland and sharing it with us.


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Photo of dirtylou
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
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

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Photo of mdfb79
4.22/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From 01/02/12 notes. Batch 1 bottle shared by yourefragile; thanks Michael. Samples right after Upright's Seven Saison; 750ml bottle into a tulip.

a - Pour a dark reddish amber color with one finger of off white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of spices, wine, oak, sour fruits, grapes, yeast, and earthy notes. A little sourness to it that is great. Really love the nose.

t - Tastes or spices, dark fruits, oak, yeast, earthy notes, and fruity malts. Nice, but not nearly as sour as the nose; a bit of a step down, though I still like it a lot.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Pretty easy to drink.

o - Overall I thought this was a very good saison; I liked it a bit better than the Seven. The nose is a bit sour which I loved, and really made it for me. Would love to have it again.

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Photo of Gobzilla
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

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Photo of maximum12
4.18/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to writerLJBerg for a lovely-looking extra from Upright, a new brewery for me. Busted open with the wife holding out an empty glass for a pour.

Hard to get a traditional bottle opener under the lip of the cap, had to resort to one of the fancy ones from a beer festival to release the liquid. Pours gorgeous, spit-polished bronze, only 2/3 of the bottle out due to the unknown state of the potentially mucky bottom. Smell is lemon Glade with a dash of wild bass line, & a light, airy tartness. Nice start.

Late Harvest gives off an immediate, distinct champagne vibe; this could almost pass itself off as not belonging to the extended family that is 'beer'. Trumpet notes of lemon tang, spicy wine (I'm a Pinot fan, good call Upright), pepper, light champagne-style yeasts. No hint of brown here, indeed, barely any indication of malts at all, the body is light, sheer, carefree. For all it lacks the stereotypical attributes of 'beer', I find my left hand frequently leaving the home row of ASDF to sneak to the glass. I don't dissuade it. Not sure what the right is doing.

This is an unexpected, excellent beer that mixes genres like a mash-up artist, & doesn't taste like anything I've sampled previously. I have one more Upright in the cellar. Looking forward to it even more, now.

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Photo of bobsy
4.17/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nicely labelled bottle at Volo, split with Eric on the occasion of him getting into his phd program - congratulations!

Chestnut pour with a finger of creamy head that laces well and has decent retention. Tart, winey nose, with a strong sour cherry character. Reminds me of a flanders red. Really neat flavour - a bracing sourness balanced by a brown sugar sweetness. Lots of fruit - cherry, apple, cranberry. Nice oak character. Raspberry vinegar. Really well done. Medium body with a moderate carbonation and a lingering sourness. A sipper because of it's complex character.

Still not had a bad Upright beer. Awesome brewery.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

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Photo of vkv822
4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

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Photo of msubulldog25
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A thick 750ml brown bottle, one of several cellared since the August 2010 release. Opened and poured to a wide-mouthed goblet a couple weeks back, so this review comes from notes.

Another fine label by SamuraiArtist1 (Ezra wrote several interesting posts about the design process on his 'The New School' blog), this one a handful of tossed grains.

A: Sultry auburn-tinged chestnut, deeper reddish glow at the core. Look closely and find the finest hanging silt (after 8 months spent stewing in a pinot barrel, you'd be foggy, too). Brief khaki head, maybe a 1/2 finger at best, that drops to a perky film and lasting ring. Tons of streaming carbonation; fractured lace.

S: Musty tartness (crushed apple, cherry) and a sweeter grapeskin tannin/'wine barrel' oak aroma. Green herbs and spicy pepper. Twitches in the nose, grows more complex as it warms. Strong and appealing.

T: Brash and tangy right away, lots of rad wine and woodiness intermingled with pit fruits. It's a big roasted brown ale with indistinct spices/malts (rye bread? a little sourdough?). Nutty middle, a very dry finish (sugars minimized).

M: Nice carbonation, active and creamy. Yeasty coating lends a little lip-smacking stickiness, but enough to really detract. Medium build.

D: Took a long time to finish, truth be told. Sure it's a big bottle, but even with dinner and some leisure time it's a sipper. Give it time, let it warm, sniff, savor. Big flavors and aroma and interesting throughout; do yourself a favor (Portlanders) and find a bottle before it's gone (still seen at several Whole Foods in the past week ~ but at $15 per...).

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4.11/5  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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Photo of crankdatank
4.1/5  rDev +2%
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.

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Photo of Docer
4.1/5  rDev +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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Photo of Jas45678
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2013 750 ml bottle into tulip

Pours a murky reddish-brown with 1/2 inch white head. Smell is a little lactic with some red wine notes, I also get some sweetness and spice notes. Taste has some of the red wine and lactic flavors, some rum and fruit notes. Medium body with average carbonation. Overall a very good beer worth trying.

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Photo of ehammond1
4.02/5  rDev 0%
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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Photo of spree92
4.02/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a murky brown with a lush, frothy head.

S- Two distinct scents right away, spice and wine, from the aging. Even a hint of candied cinnamon.

T-For a brew of 7%, this has character. A nice blend from the wine ties into the spice. Really grabs the taste buds and awakens them.

M- Pow. There is a tartness and bit here. Find that there is maybe a touch too much carbonation. As it has been sitting in the glass as I type, it has really mellowed out and balanced itself.

D- A beautiful beer that doesn't have much to compare to. Flavorful, rich, deep and delicious. Upright did it again.

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Photo of BearsOnAcid
4/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Late Harvest from Upright Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 44 ratings.