Late Harvest | Upright Brewing Company

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Late HarvestLate Harvest

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Upright Brewing Company
Oregon, United States

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

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

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Photo of ritzkiss
4.38/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml, splurged and got a bottle at Volo, split with bobsy.

Pours a rich crimson hue with hints of chestnut, a finger of creamy, lightly khaki head rests on top and maintains a nice foamy lining, kicking up patchwork lace on the glass.

Nose reveals tart apples, cherry, tannic "wine-y" character, bready malts, sourness.

This is just a fantastic beer, both complex and drinkable. Moderate tartness, apple cider with hints of tart pomegranate, oak, bready malts which gestures to rye bread, hints of vinegar, musty sourness - almost presents as a cousin of the Flanders family. Not much of the peppercorn. Full flavor and body, effervescent carbonation, nice drying finish. Easy to drink, would love to do so again!

Upright does some fantastic things and I am a little surprised they don't get a little more recognition here - they deserve it!

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Photo of peensteen
4.46/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours brown with the faintest tinge of mahogany in the light, fluffy off white head, good lacing on the glass all the way through. Nose is spicy with notes of black licorice, alcohol and a bitter presence. The palate is funky with dark malt, pepper, root beer a wonderful sourness that leads into a nice acidic property that you would find in red wine. Medium mouthfeel that is so very smooth, the grape notes from the barrel aging show up big time here. It feels like red wine in your mouth. Overall this was extremely drinkable and possibly my favorite of the night, incredible stuff here. If you have the opportunity to try this you really should.

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Photo of Gobzilla
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big ups to hophead 84 for crakin this bottle out at barrel blast

A: poured a chocolate brown in color with yellowish highlights and had a half finger of head leaving some bubbly lacing sticking to the glass.

S: the aroma did saome spice, floral, vinegar, and slight raspberries notes but I was able to sniff out pomegranate, peppercorn, tart, and acidic notes with hints of citrus.

T: the wine barrel and vinous character was more apparent on the palate with pomegranate, peppercorn, spice, tart accents and a touch of acidic citrus; pretty complex flavor.

M: the brew was medium in body with a good amount of carbonation which had a spice, slight fruity, citrusy, acidc, and tart finish.

D: I really enjoyed their take on a saison farmhouse style brew which was tasty and drank quite well. Definitely had more dimension than your average farmhouse style beer.

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Photo of Kakaraht
4.46/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark husky brown , with a thin tan head that dissipated quickly but had good lacing.

S: Sour on the nose with a hint of spiciness. There is a faint malt characteristic but it is on the sour side as well.

T: Warm sour tangyness, that tingles my tongue and prickles with spicy sour fruit notes.

M: Medium body, low carbonation and a nice lingering finish that is quite dry.

D: My favorite saison, it has so much character and subtle spice notes. I love this beer.

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Photo of HopHead84
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5


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.

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Photo of spree92
4.02/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a murky brown with a lush, frothy head.

S- Two distinct scents right away, spice and wine, from the aging. Even a hint of candied cinnamon.

T-For a brew of 7%, this has character. A nice blend from the wine ties into the spice. Really grabs the taste buds and awakens them.

M- Pow. There is a tartness and bit here. Find that there is maybe a touch too much carbonation. As it has been sitting in the glass as I type, it has really mellowed out and balanced itself.

D- A beautiful beer that doesn't have much to compare to. Flavorful, rich, deep and delicious. Upright did it again.

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Photo of maximum12
4.18/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to writerLJBerg for a lovely-looking extra from Upright, a new brewery for me. Busted open with the wife holding out an empty glass for a pour.

Hard to get a traditional bottle opener under the lip of the cap, had to resort to one of the fancy ones from a beer festival to release the liquid. Pours gorgeous, spit-polished bronze, only 2/3 of the bottle out due to the unknown state of the potentially mucky bottom. Smell is lemon Glade with a dash of wild bass line, & a light, airy tartness. Nice start.

Late Harvest gives off an immediate, distinct champagne vibe; this could almost pass itself off as not belonging to the extended family that is 'beer'. Trumpet notes of lemon tang, spicy wine (I'm a Pinot fan, good call Upright), pepper, light champagne-style yeasts. No hint of brown here, indeed, barely any indication of malts at all, the body is light, sheer, carefree. For all it lacks the stereotypical attributes of 'beer', I find my left hand frequently leaving the home row of ASDF to sneak to the glass. I don't dissuade it. Not sure what the right is doing.

This is an unexpected, excellent beer that mixes genres like a mash-up artist, & doesn't taste like anything I've sampled previously. I have one more Upright in the cellar. Looking forward to it even more, now.

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Photo of chumba526
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It appears dark brown with a very small tan head.

It smells of caramel, sourness, bananas, spicy pepper. Also a tad bit of a chocolate smell as well. There is a subdued oaky smell as well

It tastes initially very sour and acidic. There is a mild "fall" spice mix to it. I get a bit of a bit of chocolate, spicy pepper and strangely a bit of an allspice flavor as well. There is a subtle dry fruity earthy flavor to the beer. The sourness is strong but it is not overpowering. There is a subdued oaky wine like taste to the beer as well.

The carbonation is moderate low. It goes well with the flavors of the beer.

The drinkability is pretty good. It has a nice balance to it. It is sour but it is not so sour that it will hurt your stomach if you have a few of them.

Overall this is interesting, creative ale that tastes pretty good.

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Photo of msubulldog25
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A thick 750ml brown bottle, one of several cellared since the August 2010 release. Opened and poured to a wide-mouthed goblet a couple weeks back, so this review comes from notes.

Another fine label by SamuraiArtist1 (Ezra wrote several interesting posts about the design process on his 'The New School' blog), this one a handful of tossed grains.

A: Sultry auburn-tinged chestnut, deeper reddish glow at the core. Look closely and find the finest hanging silt (after 8 months spent stewing in a pinot barrel, you'd be foggy, too). Brief khaki head, maybe a 1/2 finger at best, that drops to a perky film and lasting ring. Tons of streaming carbonation; fractured lace.

S: Musty tartness (crushed apple, cherry) and a sweeter grapeskin tannin/'wine barrel' oak aroma. Green herbs and spicy pepper. Twitches in the nose, grows more complex as it warms. Strong and appealing.

T: Brash and tangy right away, lots of rad wine and woodiness intermingled with pit fruits. It's a big roasted brown ale with indistinct spices/malts (rye bread? a little sourdough?). Nutty middle, a very dry finish (sugars minimized).

M: Nice carbonation, active and creamy. Yeasty coating lends a little lip-smacking stickiness, but enough to really detract. Medium build.

D: Took a long time to finish, truth be told. Sure it's a big bottle, but even with dinner and some leisure time it's a sipper. Give it time, let it warm, sniff, savor. Big flavors and aroma and interesting throughout; do yourself a favor (Portlanders) and find a bottle before it's gone (still seen at several Whole Foods in the past week ~ but at $15 per...).

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Photo of BearsOnAcid
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I believe this bottle was an '09 Late Harvest.

Maroon, great clarity. Egg-cream head. Raisins, some acidity, robust pinot aroma, and peppery spice in the nose. Flavors are interesting, carmel, rich dark fruits, lemon-like acidity and some spicy pepper. A bit tannic and dry on the finish. Reminds me of the tangy dry finish on a cranberry pomegranate juice mixture. Very unique and adventurous beer. I will definitely be seeking out more from this brewery.

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Photo of woosterbill
4.26/5  rDev +6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle into a Weyerbacher tulip; shared at a tasting.

A: Muddy reddish-brown body with a half in chi of coarse tan foam. Ok, but uninspiring.

S: Wow. Spicy, funky wild yeast and plenty of vinous, tannic oak. Pleasantly tart and extremely complex. Wonderful sour aroma.

T: Spicy (rosemary?) pinot noir, lightly tannic + acetic tartness, and a cleanly sour finish. Great.

M: Oddly smooth medium body with moderate, fine, late-developing carbonation. Not bad at all.

D: Intense, but balanced. The alcohol doesn't show up at all.

Notes: This is my second Upright sour/saison (the other being Four Play), and Late Harvest was equally weird, fascinating, and delicious. I'll definitely be seeking out more from this brewery. Huge thanks to Matt for bringing this bottle back from Portland and sharing it with us.


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Photo of barleywinefiend
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a light brown color with good carbonation leaving a light brown head and some bubbles

S: Pinot for sure. Wood, tartness

T: Pinot very evident on this brew, nice tartness, spices tended to be masked by the Pinot and tartness. Had a tad of funk too

M: Lighter booze, plenty of yeast and lots o carbonation here

D: Good indeed, easy to drink. Try it

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.4/5  rDev -15.4%
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.

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Photo of vkv822
4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle into tulip.

The appearance is slightly cloudy amber brown with a very faint, tiny carbonation bubbles rising up. The head is off white, with decent lacing. There are also chunks of yeast floating about.

The aroma is funky, slightly wooden and lemony. There are also very light notes from the peppercorn as well as some sweeter notes. The aroma is enjoyable, though I feel it is a bit under-whelming as I would have liked to have seen some of the subtleties a bit more pronounced.

I can detect the pinot noir coming through quite well, which works very nicely with the slight sourness of the beer. I also enjoy the mix of oak from the barrels mixed with the peppery saison flavor.

The body seems a bit heavy for the style, though it still works quite well. The carbonation is very subtle and enjoyable.

This is a very drinkable and refreshing beer. I really wish I had more of this. It works quite well for a sunny yet cool autumn afternoon.

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Photo of Docer
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Buddy 'MaltBombPete' grabbed up a bottle for us to share..

- Cloudy brown and red brew... chunks of yeast floating about... quick bubbly head down to a small dusting of bubbles.

- Sour earthy aroma... spice, pumpkin, squash.. peppery, nutmeg... clove... sweet molasses...

- Light sour.. oaky smooth... slight spice and pepper.... tangy sweet.. light caramel and nutmeg... tangy fruit.. esters..

- thin, lightly carbonated.... watery...

- Very drinkable, flavors and sour blend well... but overall my impression was great right up to the flavor profile.. leaves a lot out.

*** Updated after having Batch #2

Much better sour flavors, smell and aroma...and drinkability. All around better aft the second batch.

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Photo of hopsbreath
3.81/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The wife and I stopped by Upright today and got a couple of these on tap. I still can't get over what a deal these guys serve beer at. For a 12 ounce glass of a barrel aged sour, we paid $3 a piece.

The beers arrived in a couple glasses with no head and a light beige wispy ring on top of what Misty called champagne diamond liquid. I call it Pepsi brown. At least on tap this is crystal clear.

The smell is funky lemon and a hint of the pepper corns. There is no indication that this is a brown ale.

Taste is great! Sour cherries, lemon, leather, and saison yeast dominate the palate. The spice comes through on the soft palate on the finish and a mineral like bitterness that when suggested could be pomegranate seeds lingers in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is moderate and a little gummy. Drinkability is easy and refreshing.

I would have this again and probably will. Darker sours are not a dime a dozen and if in the mood for one this will hit the spot. Recommended.

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Photo of golden1
3.99/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this on-tap at Upright's tasting room on the 8/8/10 drop-date.

Cloudy-brown with reddish tint and a thin head. Laced well down the glass.

Intense nose - sharp and to the point. Initial whiff is the sourness of the Pinot but then some residual sweetness of the beer comes through. The aging process really did some great things here and created a very unique set of smells.

Very clean and light. The crispness from the Pinot fights adds tart notes to the flavor, but not to the point where it would be a true sour brown. This is not meant as a negative: full-blown sourness would ruin the malt and the hints of fruit that roll through your tastebuds.

Having had this on-tap and out of the bottle, I would recommend coming back to it in early-2011 after another six months to a year or so. I feel that bleeding a notch off the alcohol and letting the flavors move around a little would turn this from "very good" into "you MUST try this".

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Photo of squaremile
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at Apex Bar in Portland Oregon. This was my second time having Late Harvest. It pours a dark copper/amber with a small white head that stays bubbly for the duration. Nose is farmhouse, oak, pinot, and white grapefruit. Taste has a microsecond of yeast and then the sour emerges. 5/10 on the puckermeter. There is a very nice sourness. Finishes with oak and yeast flavors. Nice, but after about 8oz I was burned out. Not complex enough to sustain more drinking, but would order again in a small quantity.

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Photo of DiabolikDUB
3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-Tap at Bailey's Taprooms poured into Nonic glass.

Pours a murky dark amber with a finger of off-white head that is quick to dissolve and leave a medium ring around the glass. Aroma is tart fruit with a slight funk. Flavor is sweet and tart with some bitterness, a little wood and finishes dry. Its medium bodied a nice effervescence. Really enjoyed this, I thought there would be more oaky flavors and funk and less tartness but I was pleasantly surprised.

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