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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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3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

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4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
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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4.25/5  rDev +6%

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4.75/5  rDev +18.5%

Photo of draheim
4.33/5  rDev +8%
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.

Photo of dirtylou
4.28/5  rDev +6.7%
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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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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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

Photo of siege06nd
4.48/5  rDev +11.7%
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!

Photo of corby112
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.

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4.25/5  rDev +6%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

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3.78/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2013 edition:
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.

2012/4.15
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.

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4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
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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4.33/5  rDev +8%
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.

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