Saison Vert
Upright Brewing Company

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Style:
Belgian Saison
Ranked #949
ABV:
4.75%
Score:
87
Ranked #18,755
Avg:
3.91 | pDev: 9.97%
Reviews:
9
Ratings:
36
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Upright Brewing Company
 
Oregon, United States
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Notes: Saison Vert is a wheat based brew using sun dried black limes that contribute not only an attractive flavor of citrus but also a depth that when combined with our open fermentation method and saison strains, results in a complex profile akin to some white and orange wines fermented with indigenous yeasts. The Vert rides the fine line of being easy and enjoyable but full of nuance.
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Photo of Lingenbrau
4.61/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Very rarely does a beer look perfect to its style, in my opinion. Nearly lagered clear looking, the bright brass body of Saison Vert glows, and as swarms of bubbles race from the bottom upwards, light shimmers through. The foam above has irredescence itself, like a soapy gleam that never seems to settle. Even after ten minutes, a quarter of an inch stubbornly persists. And as each sip is drawn, layer after layer stays plastered to the glass. Perfection.

The aromas aren't too shabby either. That funky tart smell often associated with “wet horse blanket” is spot on. Freshly turned and damp soil, the new scratches off some old wood, grass… Then the limes. A symbiotic pairing. Each element benefits tremendously in what seems so obvious. The tart citrus with a white pepper finish makes this beer hard to put down.

So much flavor from such a “small” beer. A soapy lead into a sweet and savory main course. Like lime zested and peppered white mushrooms, all raw and all balanced. Each sip fades with a lengthy crushed wheat and traces of residual lime juice.

I've never experienced a Saison with this soft of a feel. If any we're to have a pillow touch, this is it. The high carbonation somehow doesn't leave a sharp bite, as it’s more like slowly released capsules of foam. The slightly tart initial feel is balanced wonderfully with the light body, and as a touch of sweetness takes over, the dry finish is superb.

Upright once again delivers something special in a small package. Saison Vert is a must have for any Saison lover out there. And at $6 a bottle, it's a steal. I look forward to having this more regularly now that I know how great it is, and will be paying them more frequent visits, that's for sure. Cheers.

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Photo of Roustabout
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Immaculate (if lowkey) saison. Black lime blended in nicely. A bit like Stillwater Cellar Door, but more delicate: a beer I could drink all the damned day. Like dew off of boxwood shrubs in a cottage garden at dusk.

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Photo of Stefantheviking
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Delicate and light saison, Which I feel is a great representation of the style, yet with a unique but complimentary adjunct. The sun dried black lime adds a wonder zesty, peppery citrus note that creates a wonderful marriage in this earthy, slight funk farmhouse ale. Yeast forward, dry, extreme soapy-suds-head wrapped up into a soft delightful package.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

how is this so poorly rated?! i mean, this is the essence of saison to me, drinkable and gorgeously made, refreshing and yeast driven, but unique too, and complex without being in your face at all, this beer deserves more love here i reckon. brewed with black limes, which have a pretty concentrated lime flavor, but are used conservatively here in this straw colored brew, super pale and delicate looking under an inch of airy white head. the aroma is fantastic, with the faintest tartness to it, a light clean citrus note, and a white winey sort of belgian saison strain, refined to the highest possible degree, mouth is watering! the flavor is as good as the smell, with a subtle funk to it, like brett just taking root perhaps, or a cool note from their house saison yeast, a light white peppery character, and the lime, which has vegetal grassy and softy tart elements. white and raw wheat in the mash i would think, this is delicate and earthy and beautifully fresh, bright on the grain side. i love how bubbly it is, how low alcohol, and how the yeast is so different. this is summer saison for me, but it works well anytime, as proven by us drinking it on christmas and unanimously loving it. a special beer from perhaps the most underappreciated brewery in the country. i need more!

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Photo of biboergosum
3.73/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

750ml bottle - nice to see more of this Portland hipster (hardly unique, I know) brewery's efforts make it north of 49.

This beer pours a hazy and milky, pale golden yellow colour, with a teeming tower of puffy, loosely foamy, and fizzy dirty white head, which leaves some splotchy and sudsy blobs of lace around the glass as it slowly but surely dissipates.

It smells of musty and slightly phenolic yeast, gritty and grainy pale malt, tart orange, lemon, and lime citrus rind, a bit of barnyard funkiness, white and black ground pepper, and some plain leafy, weedy, and musky floral green hop bitters. The taste is grainy and crackery pale malt, wet Wheat Thins, a lessened edgy yeastiness, acerbic lemon/lime citrus peel, sort of zesty rainbow peppercorns, apple-forward white wine lees, more musty farmhouse esters, and some testy leafy, herbal, and dead floral verdant hoppiness.

The carbonation is rather intrusive in its palate-pinging frothiness, the body a so-so medium weight, and not particularly smooth, as those yeasty and funky notes do not engender such good faith at this juncture. It finishes off-dry, a taciturn base maltiness keeping the various lingering fruity and funky esters barely at bay.

Overall, this is a decent version of the style, with the exotic (to me, anyways) black lime brewing adjunct doing well to represent and inform. My only real beef, beyond the, um, exuberant at times fizz, is the low-end ABV - I see a 4 as the lead-off digit, and I damn near lose interest, especially for the price.

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.24/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks, Brian!

A mildly hazy yellow with a dense, white head with good retention and nice lacing this looks solid. The nose had a nice blend of grain, a mild lemony hops and the earthy, mildly funky black limes clearly present. Mildly spicy from the saison yeast with white pepper and a little clove. Light and airy on the palate with a nice, rustic, grainy flavor, clean and fully fermented but also spicy yeast very nicely. Mild, light honey and hops complementing the flavor notes from the black limes. Moderately carbonated and with a finish that has lingering white pepper, limes and grain, this beer is excellent.

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Photo of barczar
3.76/5  rDev -3.8%

Initial impression is the extreme dryness and considerable bitterness in the finish. Wheat lingers in the aftertaste. Lots of lemon zest and musty horse blanket. Tart notes are more prevalent as it warms. There's a light medicinal note accompanying the peppery finish. It's not my favorite style, but very characterful.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%

A firm and somewhat daring foundation of wheat has shifted the taste of this well-built saison from something of the bone-dry varieity but to a delicate and creamy type. Still rooted in the rustic, spicy and effervescent character of the farmhouse, this Portland saison offers a unique subtle taste and texture to the style.

Its cloudy golden-straw color builds a moussey lather of foam. Its higher proportion of wheat gives a thicker appearance and a rich fresh-baked bread aroma and a bready-sweet taste. Highly floral with honeysuckle, its candied flavor is citrusy and laced with orchard fruit.

With the clever ale keeping is bready body and powdered sugar flavor in tact, there's a delicate softness that's careful not to disrupt the original intent of the style. Its playful acidity, striking carbonation and medium-light body remains refreshing with lemondrop, green apple, cantaloupe and vinous white grape. A spicy counterpart is lightly of white pepper, vanilla and mint.

The malt sweetness and bready textures release late on the palate to give the ale the spicy and carbonated lead for which the style is known. A malty-dry finish allows the ale to fade effortless on the palate with a lingering straw-like bitterness, light winey acidity and a waft of floral whimsy.

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Photo of chinchill
2.94/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at the Bierstein in Eugene OR.

Very pale and light but clear with little visible carbonation bubbles.

Aroma: rather strong. Floral; more like an aromatherapy produce than a beer.

Flavor: mildly bittersweet with a touch of tartness; fruity; rhubarb? Hints of white grapes and white wine.

O: odd but not very challenging.

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Saison Vert from Upright Brewing Company
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 36 ratings