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Late Harvest - Upright Brewing Company

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very good

100 Ratings
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Ratings: 100
Reviews: 43
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 10.47%
Wants: 38
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:
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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tom10101

Quebec (Canada)

2.25/5  rDev -43.9%

08-14-2013 01:29:41 | More by tom10101
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JohnnyGill

Oregon

3/5  rDev -25.2%

02-26-2014 09:52:16 | More by JohnnyGill
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corby112

Pennsylvania

3.23/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Huge thanks to sideshowe for sharing.

Pours a hazy dark brown color with amber edges and an off-white one finger head that slowly fades into a lasting ring.  Spotty lacing left behind.

Vinous, earthy aroma with lots of spices and dry oak.  Strong rye presence with pepper, coriander, ginger and clove.  Really unique but the barrel, spice and spirit notes dominate and overpower everything else.  

Medium bodied with tight carbonation and a strong vinous barrel presence that lingers over the spice and sweet malt notes into a slightly dry finish.  Hints of ginger, pepper, clove, coriander and juniper compliment the dry oak barrel but overpower the rest of the flavor.  As it warms, the malt profile becomes a bit stronger with some caramel and toffee but the barrel presence still dominates.  Lots of boozy spirit flavor but not much heat.   Vinous fruit notes add some complexity but the barrel is just to strong for my preference.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2012 22:10:04 | More by corby112
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t0rin0

California

3.25/5  rDev -19%

03-04-2013 17:17:37 | More by t0rin0
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beagle75

Iowa

3.3/5  rDev -17.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2011 01:07:32 | More by beagle75
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DavoleBomb

Ohio

3.38/5  rDev -15.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2010 23:37:04 | More by DavoleBomb
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mendvicdog

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

06-28-2013 13:47:51 | More by mendvicdog
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BColton1

Rhode Island

3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

03-16-2014 03:32:12 | More by BColton1
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CardsWinAgain

Washington

3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

10-21-2013 04:14:04 | More by CardsWinAgain
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Kopfschuss

Oregon

3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

09-30-2013 06:28:05 | More by Kopfschuss
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HopHead84

California

3.5/5  rDev -12.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2011 21:52:31 | More by HopHead84
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smekermann

British Columbia (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

02-23-2014 05:17:24 | More by smekermann
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AlexFields

Tennessee

3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

01-07-2013 01:00:28 | More by AlexFields
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Sean9689

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -12.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2011 19:05:00 | More by Sean9689
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Kelton

Oregon

3.58/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Batch #2 poured from 750ml.

Dark brown in color, nice 1.5 finger head that disssipated in roughly 4 minutes time.

Nose is sour, but with a lighter/lactic sour.

Nice creamy mouthfeel with non palate wrecking sourness. Easy to drink a whole 750 by yourself. Worth a try at least once.

Solid brew, but not as good as many other legit Flanders style beers. Upright is on to something though...

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2011 05:30:32 | More by Kelton
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Jwale73

Rhode Island

3.69/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2014 00:06:43 | More by Jwale73
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stakem

Pennsylvania

3.74/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2013 17:42:26 | More by stakem
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acurtis

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

03-16-2013 22:07:31 | More by acurtis
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Washington

3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

03-03-2013 22:49:43 | More by mdaschaf
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Florida

3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

07-05-2014 23:26:27 | More by TheSamKuehn
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Travisnin

Idaho

3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

09-13-2012 07:13:36 | More by Travisnin
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drewone

California

3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

06-29-2013 03:17:15 | More by drewone
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JonBarley

California

3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

01-02-2013 02:09:31 | More by JonBarley
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illidurit

California

3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

10-23-2013 03:32:17 | More by illidurit
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zestar

California

3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

06-23-2014 04:48:23 | More by zestar
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Late Harvest from Upright Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 100 ratings.