Late Harvest | Upright Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
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

Added by DiabolikDUB on 04-23-2010

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Ratings: 108 |  Reviews: 44
Photo of emerge077
3.8/5  rDev -5%
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.

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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Photo of mdfb79
4.22/5  rDev +5.5%
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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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.32/5  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.

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Photo of yourefragile
4.3/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle, Batch 1, sent by msubulldog25, shared with some friends.

Pours a dark, clear amber brown with a tan tight head that has nice retention and streaks of lacing. Earthy, vinous aroma with dark fruit, wine and grainy spice. Flavor is similar to nose, but slightly more tart and vinous. Medium full body with fine carbonation and dry finish. Wow, aging nicely, big fan of this.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to yourefragile for sharing this bottle. Served in a SAVOR wine glass during the 2012 Rose Bowl.

Pouts a slightly-hazy dark brown color with a nice off-white head and a little bit of lacing. The nose brings some light lactic character with a bit of cherry and stone fruits. Faint earthiness. Favor is pretty similar. Light wine character comes through a bit more here. Light body and good carbonation. Truly solid; not surprising from Upright. Big fan.

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Photo of Sean9689
3.5/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks, Jason! 750ml bottle in Narke tulip.

A - Pours a muddled brown color, cream-colorhead head, thin ring, wisps on top.

S - Lots of herbal/medicinal notes, some slightly sweet fruity notes in there as well, some oak, and a light amount of sourness.

T - More of the same...herbal/medicinal, fruity barrel notes. I pick up more whisky then gin, but I'm not really digging the combo of both in the same beer.

M - Medium, good carbonation, earth oak finish.

O - Meh, not really impressed. I would say slightly above average and really had to force myself to finish my pour. Upright usually kills it, but not into this one. Not sure if it's the combo of barrels used or what, but I'll pass.

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Photo of beefandbean22
5/5  rDev +25%

Photo of chickenm
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

Photo of seanthornton152
5/5  rDev +25%

Photo of Kelton
3.58/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Batch #2 poured from 750ml.

Dark brown in color, nice 1.5 finger head that disssipated in roughly 4 minutes time.

Nose is sour, but with a lighter/lactic sour.

Nice creamy mouthfeel with non palate wrecking sourness. Easy to drink a whole 750 by yourself. Worth a try at least once.

Solid brew, but not as good as many other legit Flanders style beers. Upright is on to something though...

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Photo of beagle75
3.32/5  rDev -17%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a stemmed tasting glass.
Batch 1

A: Slightly hazy, blushing light amber color with over one finger of diminishing cinnamon-tinted foam head. Light lacing remains on the glass and uniform floaties roll about in the turbid column. A small amount of settled yeast is present at the bottom of the glass.

S: Vinous and malty, suggesting caramel, with subtle, papery tartness.

T: Begins nearly dry, with rather clumsy caramel and soft lactic sourness. Early flavors are muddled, slightly earthy--definitely not the expected profile for the style. The acidic component spreads on the palate into the middle, as if in search of wood that is barely apparent. Fairly bright fruit develops mid-way, mildly joining nectarine, cherry, and Meyer lemon. The finish is cleansing, but lacking in character other than a stale remnant of the diminished acidity.

M: Medium viscosity, smooth and even soft on the palate, with low carbonation. Fortunately the solids seen are not felt.

D/O: Compared to Upright's four flagship brews, this limited release is nothing special. While almost everything sampled thus far has a subtle thread of tartness that makes the drinker question the intention behind its presence, here the sourness comes through unmistakably--though not intensely. Comparable to a typical sour ale that might emerge from New Belgium, this is agreeable to the less-seasoned palate. It falls a bit flat in that it lacks much of a distinctive quality, other than the caramel character that seems out of place.

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Photo of bobsy
4.17/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nicely labelled bottle at Volo, split with Eric on the occasion of him getting into his phd program - congratulations!

Chestnut pour with a finger of creamy head that laces well and has decent retention. Tart, winey nose, with a strong sour cherry character. Reminds me of a flanders red. Really neat flavour - a bracing sourness balanced by a brown sugar sweetness. Lots of fruit - cherry, apple, cranberry. Nice oak character. Raspberry vinegar. Really well done. Medium body with a moderate carbonation and a lingering sourness. A sipper because of it's complex character.

Still not had a bad Upright beer. Awesome brewery.

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Photo of Sammy
3.83/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle at Volo. Pours dark with lots of lace. Signficantly tart, even sour to the person sharing the bottle. A saison only in the broadest of terms,an one of a kind. Spice kitchen aroma. Tste is Yeasty and peppery, nutmeg, some cinammon and cloves. I found the mouthfeel smooth. Not for everyone.

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Photo of ritzkiss
4.38/5  rDev +9.5%
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 +11.5%
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 +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 +11.5%
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 -12.5%
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 +0.5%
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 +4.5%
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%
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 +3%
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%
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 +6.5%
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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