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Late Harvest - Upright Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

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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Photo of DefenCorps
3.83/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle, 2013 release, consumed fairly fresh. "The 2013 installment of this annual seasonal release is a brown ale spiced with cinnamon, allspice and cubeb pepper, then aged in rum casks from Bull Run Distilling."

A very dark brown with reddish brown highlights, this beer is capped with a dense, brown head with solid retention and nice lacing. The nose is rather spicy. Christmas spices abound, there's plenty of allspice, cinnamon, nutmeg and mace, along with QUITE a bit of brown sugar from the rum barrel. As a result, this smells sweet and floral, rather potpourri-like, along with some cola-like aromatics. The base beer is hidden.

The palate opens with the rum barrel characteristics dominating, lending brown sugar, cola, some vanilla and charred wood. The cinnamon and allspice (I swear, it tastes like there's some mace as well) meld really well with the rum barrel sweetness. This beer really does bring to mind a nice winter warmer/Christmas beer. Toasted pumpernickel bread, brown sugar, toffee are present. Medium in body with medium-low carbonation, this beer finishes with rummy sweetness and cinnamon. Not wholly my cup of tea, but nicely done.

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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

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2.25/5  rDev -43.9%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +6%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

Photo of oline73
4.25/5  rDev +6%

Photo of stakem
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.

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4.25/5  rDev +6%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

Photo of DaftCaskBC
4.88/5  rDev +21.7%
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.

Photo of Rutager
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.

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of smakawhat
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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3.25/5  rDev -19%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +6%

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4.25/5  rDev +6%

Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle opened on 12.26.12
I am assuming this is Batch 4

A - Pours a light brown with an explosive tan head, pretty active but fades rather quickly.

S - Lots of barrel tones, wood, spices - dark.

T - Dark spices, earthy barrel notes, woody.

D - Great carbonation with a light body.

O - Dark, spices, barrel. Good but seems a bit like all the others.

Late Harvest from Upright Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 105 ratings.