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Late Harvest - Upright Brewing Company

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101 Ratings
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Ratings: 101
Reviews: 44
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 10.45%
Wants: 39
Gots: 27 | 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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2.25/5  rDev -44%

tom10101, Aug 14, 2013
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3/5  rDev -25.4%

JohnnyGill, Feb 26, 2014
Photo of corby112
3.23/5  rDev -19.7%
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.

corby112, Jul 31, 2012
Photo of t0rin0
3.25/5  rDev -19.2%

t0rin0, Mar 04, 2013
Photo of beagle75
3.3/5  rDev -17.9%
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.

beagle75, May 22, 2011
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3.38/5  rDev -15.9%
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.

DavoleBomb, Sep 20, 2010
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3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

mendvicdog, Jun 28, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

BColton1, Mar 16, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

CardsWinAgain, Oct 21, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

Kopfschuss, Sep 30, 2013
Photo of HopHead84
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%
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.

HopHead84, Jan 16, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

smekermann, Feb 23, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

AlexFields, Jan 07, 2013
Photo of Sean9689
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%
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.

Sean9689, Dec 15, 2011
Photo of Kelton
3.58/5  rDev -10.9%
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...

Kelton, May 24, 2011
Photo of Jwale73
3.69/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

Jwale73, Mar 15, 2014
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3.74/5  rDev -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.

stakem, May 03, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

acurtis, Mar 16, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

mdaschaf, Mar 03, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

TheSamKuehn, Jul 06, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Travisnin, Sep 13, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

drewone, Jun 29, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

JonBarley, Jan 02, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

illidurit, Oct 23, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

zestar, Jun 23, 2014
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Late Harvest from Upright Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 101 ratings.