Flora Rustica
Upright Brewing Company

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Style:
Farmhouse Ale - Saison
Ranked #271
ABV:
5.1%
Score:
90
Ranked #5,525
Avg:
4.08 | pDev: 10.05%
Reviews:
66
Ratings:
204
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Upright Brewing Company
 
Oregon, United States
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Flora RusticaFlora Rustica
Notes: "Flora Rustica - An old-style saison with a big floral nose. It's pale, drinkable, dry and bitter. Made with calendula flowers and homegrown spring yarrow."

Malts: organic pale, organic caramel
Hops: hallertauer mittelfrüh, liberty
Also: yarrow, calendula
Yeast: French saison
Reviews: 66 | Ratings: 204 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Reviews by Axnjxn:
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Axnjxn from North Carolina

4.09/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

year or so old 750ml bottle into a teku glass.

golden color with a very big saisony type head. smell of lemon and coriander. taste is quite clean and crisp. not that funky... a lot of floral elements to it. slight sugar sweetness here too. quite complex. a tad yeasty as well. finishes with a slight bitterness that works very well. body is light and refreshing. carbonation is medium.

overall true to style and just a well made saison.

Jul 23, 2014
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joe1510 from Illinois

4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml
$11.99
Beer Temple - Chicago

An easy pour produces a glass filling tarnished copper elixir, literally, considering yarrow has been used for centuries as a cure all. The body is murky but glowing gold at the base of the glass. A perfectly white head grew to three fingers on the pour and while it slowly settled left behind thick sheeting. The foam becomes insanely creamy as it rests.

I'm not 100% sure what either yarrow or calendula smells like on their own but together the aroma leaps from the glass. Let me start off by noting the sugar cookie maltiness, which happens to be far in the background. The flowers and yarrow dominate. Florals and perfume galore though not overpowering. Slightly medicinal. Unique to say the least. It's really like nothing I've ever smelt before but if pressed I would simply state "flowers" generically. I can't keep my nose from the glass out of sheer curiosity.

There's more balance in the flavor department where the core ingredients are more pronounced. The sugar cookie maltiness again lays down a base. A quick flash of orchard fruit runs through and I do mean quick. Big floral notes pick up mid palate from the adjuncts. A solid herbal presence and soft medicinal qualities wash through on the backend. I'm a big fan of this beer mostly because of the unique flower and herb additions.

The body sits firmly between light and moderate. The carbonation is there making this beer soft and slick but it's hardly noticeable, nicely done. If the feel of carbonation isn't noticed, and there's not a problem, I feel it's been done properly. A mild herbal bitterness lingers from, I'm assuming, the yarrow.

Flora Rustica seems, to me, like a beer that would have been brewed a couple centuries ago in the countryside. Tossing into the kettle whatever was available around the farm. There's a uniqueness that makes me recommend this beer to anyone I know. I could see this saison being polarizing but to me it's delicious.

Jan 27, 2014
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mendvicdog from Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

May 16, 2013
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drewone from California

3.25/5  rDev -20.3%

Dec 05, 2012
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thewimperoo from Illinois

4/5  rDev -2%

Aug 06, 2012
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smekermann from Canada (BC)

4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Sep 14, 2013
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yourefragile from District of Columbia

4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle shared by Thorpe. Thanks!

Hazy yellow-orange color with a nice frothy white head. Nice retention and streaks of lacing. Floral aroma, light lemon and lime, with some dry tea. Yeasty, earthy body with a strong lemon and floral flavor mid palate and a dry lemon zest finish. Florals are not as strong in the finish and actually turns a little sweet with a hint of honey. Medium thick, full body with high carbonation. I enjoy the flavor and aroma but they seem a little at odds with each other.

Mar 15, 2012
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Kegatron from Pennsylvania

4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap @ the Upright Brewing Company (Portland, OR) on 9/4/11. Served in a footed glass.

Pours a clear gold, with a ½ finger of bright-white head. This retains with a thin creamy richness that drenches the sides of the glass with thick sticky lacing. The aroma smells fresh and floral in the nose, with extra notes of herbs, lemon, spice, earth, and sweet backing grains. This has a delicious airiness in the nose but also has some flavorful power as well.

The taste is crisp and flavorful on the palate, with lots of zesty tart lemon, peppery spice, and herbal earth notes that all linger on the tongue. There appears to be a bit of a light grassy (or I could see even a flowery) bitterness to this that is balanced and supported by a light backbone of sweet and gently toasted malt. The lemon, earthy botanicals, and spice flavors really drive this. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a prickly creaminess that expands out in the mouth. Overall though, this is light and crisp enough on the palate to bounce those flavors around nicely and help this retain a certain amount of a refreshing feel to it. This is about perfect in relation to the flavors here.

I really liked this and it made me a believer about the great things that I’ve heard about their beers from here. This was just packed with a deep flavorful complexity, yet was still extremely approachable and even borderline thirst quenching at times. Between this and the samples that I had of their other Farmhouse Ales, I’d certainly say that these guys know what they are doing here.

Sep 27, 2011
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ithinkimasofa from Washington

4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Nov 15, 2011
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MasterSki from Canada (ON)

4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of Jason. Served in a Surly Darkness glass.

A - A finger of foam quickly settles to a thin cap, thicker collar, and no lacework. Hazy pale golden body.

S - Smells of aloe, eucalyptus, and a faint note of menthol cough drops. There's an odd lotion flavor that reminds me of the cardamom-rose cupcakes from Native Foods. Very floral, and quite unusual.

T - Taste is less floral, with some of the pale malt sweetness shining through. Not much bitterness or spice, which is nice for a beer made with herbs and flowers. There's a bit of citrus flavor too. Not as complex as the aroma, but I think it's easier to drink as a result. I appreciate the amount of flavor for the lower ABV.

M - Medium body with moderate carbonation that gives this some nice spritz and liveliness. Dry finish with some tannic character to it.

D - The initial aroma is a quite a shock, as it's so unique and unconventional. It took me a while to warm up to this but ultimately it was pretty enjoyable. I don't think I could drink this often, but I would enjoy having it again at some point.

Nov 19, 2011
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t0rin0 from California

3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

Mar 04, 2013
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DefenCorps from Oregon

4.29/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle from the brewery. At $8, it's a great price for a saison, domestic or otherwise.

A moderately hazy orange with a dense, off-white head with excellent retention and dense lacing, this is a gorgeous saison. The nose is very nicely balanced with the base saison consisting of pils malt, a soft,earthy hoppiness and a beautiful floral character. I can't say I'm wholly familiar with yarrow, but the calendula flowers are delicate, jasmine-like and pair really well with the hop character. A moderate honey aroma is present, along with some doughy malt character. Excellent.

The palate opens soft, earthy, lemony and floral, with the hops and adjuncts forming an enjoyable botanical continuum. Doughy, honey and mild cotton candy-like malt flavors provide a nice base, along with the straw notes that really work with the hops and flowers. The floral notes are a blend of rose and jasminein nature along with the fruity, mildly hibiscus notes that calendula can impart. Fragrant and flavorful, this is delightful. Moderately spicy as well (white pepper, a touch of fennel), this beer is drying on the finish with lingering spice, floral and honey notes. Carbonation is medium-high, and really does suit the flavor profile. Most excellent, one of the more enjoyable beer I've had recently.

Jul 08, 2013
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callmemickey from Pennsylvania

4.77/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Orange-apricot body with a massive white head. The body is a bit cloudy and the head is thick and fluffy with superb retention. Sheet like lacing down the glass from start to finish.

S: Rich floral/herbal notes up front. Fresh grass, tea like notes from the flowers, a bit of funk, and a nice green apple tartness in the back end. Truly impressive.

T: I'll be honest, the first sip was a disappointment. I think I spent so much time sniffing the beer my tastebuds weren't quite ready for what was to come. With each progressive sip layers of flavor emerged. Grass, earl grey tea, flowers, some spice, horse blanket, green apples, honey, lemon.

M: Smooth, light bodied. Perhaps a touch thin for the flavor profile. Good carbonation. Clean, refreshing finish. Nice low ABV saison.

D: This is a f'ing impressive beer. When it comes to floral saisons it manages to outclass the incredible Southampton Cuvee de Fleurs... I have a bottle of Four and Seven in the fridge... if they come anywhere near this I will have to consider moving to Portland.

Apr 13, 2010
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jdense from Oregon

4.23/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big green unlabeled bottle gifted by Brewmaster Alex Ganum, enjoyed with neighborhood beer buddy over tasty jambalaya. poured into beaker glasses.

Billowing four-finger white rocky Duvel-esque head, a thing of beauty, slow dissipation with some lacing. Clear golden body, multiple streams of tiny bubbles, second pour got a bit murky due to yeast at bottom of bottle. Nose is floral, big botanical hit, some meyer lemon sweetness, and floral hops on back end. Taste mirrors nose, not too sweet, complex floral and botanicals, quite dry, small controlled bit of bitterness on back end. Mouthfeel is a bit on the light side of medium, good effervescence, a really dry mouthfeel, nice. At this ABV I don't think I'd have a problem polishing off a bottle by myself, but was glad to share this stelllar Upright offering. Can't say I've had a farmhouse/saison like this very unique. Highly recommended.

Jan 29, 2011
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claspada from New Jersey

4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a brilliant translucent light orange-copper color with a huge billowy white head. Good retention before falling into a thick collar with a thin cap that leaves a bit of spotty lacing on the sides of the glass.

Aromas initially blend together at first, revealing only that it is a saison. As it warms the first thing to come through is a bit of spice, mostly white pepper and a bit of coriander. Earthiness and slightly doughy Belgian pils malts also then join in. Along with that is faint citrus, including a moderate amount of orange peel. Faint floral notes and a generic herbal quality are there as well. No idea what yarrow is or smells like but it could account for some of the earthy or floral aromas.

The tastes begin a bit different than the nose, but just as interesting and complex. The orange peel comes through with a bit of rind-induced bitterness. Herbal character is there throughout. Light spice, coriander, though the pepper isn't quite as strong.

The mouthfeel is light-medium bodied with moderate carbonation. The finish has a bit of mild Saison yeast dryness with a tad bit of citrus bitterness. Drinkability is off the charts on this one due to the full flavor and low ABV.

Overall another superb showing from Upright. The added spices/herbs really add a complexity without overdoing it like many brewers do. Usually I am not a fan of spice or herb added beers that aren't part of the holiday/pumpkin style but this really really works and is a perfect addition to your dining, spring, summer, fall or whenever repertoire.

Aug 17, 2012
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Mora2000 from Texas

4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to americanbrew for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a yellow color with a white head. The aroma is very nice with a ton of lemon and coriander notes, which are mixed in nicely with some grains of paradise. The flavor has a bit of wheat and biscuit malt, as well as the fruit from the aroma. I get the grains of paradise and lemons, as well as a hint of cherry. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Jul 07, 2012
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PhineasMcClintock from Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -2%

Nov 16, 2013
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twelveinches from Washington

4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sep 28, 2015
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Huhzubendah from District of Columbia

4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by Thorpe429. Thanks Mike.

The beer is orange with a thick white head. Lasting retention and plenty of lacing sticks to the walls of the tulip glass. The aroma offers herbal, floral, and tea notes. Tea and honey flavors, with a pleasant yeast character. Light and easy to drink. Complex and well balanced. Honey sweetness is balanced by tea and herbal notes, slightly dry. Overall, very enjoyable. An outstanding saison.

Jan 01, 2012
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dfitch81 from Oregon

4.49/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Wow. What a delectable, fine beer this is. This is the third Upright brew I've had; all have been Saisons, yet each has been distinct from the others except in their uncompromising excellence. If this standard is the norm for Upright Brewing, then they have a bright future indeed.

Appearance is clear amber-gold with a persistent bone-white head, nothing too special but certainly pleasing to the eye.

Where this beer really impresses is in the nose, an area in which all Upright brews I've sampled thus far excel absolutely. I can think of no other brewer that makes such heavenly-smelling ales. Imagine candied fruits, fresh-cut grass, hay, honey, and expensive perfume all in one fantastic whiff and you'll have the idea. If I didn't insist on drinking it, I would seriously consider spraying this stuff on myself.

Taste is unexpectedly dry especially after the nose, but this works well as it enables a better appreciation of this ale's many subtle complexities. Floral notes including rose are immediately noticable and indeed dominate the palete. Upright says that this is brewed with yarrow and calendula flowers, but since I haven't got a clue what those taste/smell like I can only offer that they must be nice because this beer is powerfully infused with blossomey goodness. I think that if I were a bee this would be my favorite beer.

Mouthfeel is light and spritzy, a good match with this brew's floral character, and the low 5.1% ABV and overall refreshing nature make this an exceedingly drinkable choice.

If I had to sum this up in a one-liner, it would be "Spring in a bottle." Outstanding.

Jan 17, 2010
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bobsy from Canada (ON)

4.63/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I love saisons, so trying this highly acclaimed and locally distributed west coast offering is a real treat that I have to thank my friend Eric for. I'd take beers like this over any RIS in an instant.

Pours a vibrant apricot with a huge white meringue of a head, which leaves huge deposits of lace on the glass. This thing is like stiff egg whites, and it just refuses to die. As beautiful as an Orval. Great aroma has a unique mix of floral and herbal notes mingling with black tea. Some lemon and a bit of dry funkiness too.

The taste is really neat. It has that great dry saison funk and pepperiness, but the addition on the calendula and yarrow kick things up a notch and add a wonderfully complex herbal and floral character. Lemon, horseblanket and tea round off one of the most impressive saisons I've had. The light mouthfeel and dry finish work perfectly with the flavour profile, and the lower ABV makes this a ridiculously sessionable beer.

Big thanks to my main man, ritzkiss, for sharing this gem. I love this style and try everyone I come across, and I'd instantly say this is in my top 5 saisons, and should be in the top 100 beers out there. Its beautiful, smells great, has a delightful complexity, and drinks ridiculously easy. I'm not sure what more you can ask of a beer.

May 25, 2010
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spycow from Illinois

4/5  rDev -2%

Jan 12, 2013
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oriolesfan4 from Maryland

4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jul 12, 2017
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DaveJanssen from Germany

4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Jan 02, 2012
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koopa from New Jersey

4/5  rDev -2%

Nov 24, 2011
Flora Rustica from Upright Brewing Company
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 204 ratings