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Rose City Seven (Sole Composition Series) | Upright Brewing Company

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Rose City Seven (Sole Composition Series)Rose City Seven (Sole Composition Series)

Brewed by:
Upright Brewing Company
Oregon, United States

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
One is Rose City Seven, using rose hips, petals, and hibiscus. It's a blend from a Whipper Snapper whiskey barrel and a wine barrel, with just a bit of tartness. The other is an Old Tom barrel full of the Four with chrysanthemum flowers and some homegrown yellow rose as well. Both should be out within the next month or so.

Batch 1 was available summer 2010 draft only.

Batch 2 was released at the brewery as part of the Sole Composition series on June 10, 2010. 750ml bottles were hand numbered to 114.

Added by jdense on 07-11-2010

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Reviews: 13 | Ratings: 36
Photo of cpetrone84
3.4/5  rDev -16%

Pour is lightly hazed deep amber with a tight white head that lingers for a while. Nose is strong vinous grape, notes of floral aromas, a good bit of herbal tones, faint brett. Taste is strong grape notes, brett muddles the flavor mid palate, some citrus, notes of lime, a fair bit of bitterness in the finish. Light body, soft carb, a bit thin in the finish.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Ryan. Served in a taster pint glass.

A - White foam settles to a thin cap, thick collar, and splotchy lacework. Hazed orange body.

S - Very floral, with mild lactic notes. Base beer is fairly strong here, imparting lotion and pear malt flavors and peppery farmhouse yeast. Oak is present too, but fairly mild; not getting much of the advertised spirits, with only a hint of gin botanicals. Lots of flowers though!

T - The taste is also quite floral, unsurprisingly. There's a hint of oaky vanilla, and light lotion and stone fruit malt sweetness. Fairly similar to the aroma, but without quite as much as depth.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, dry and tannic texture, and no discernible alcohol. Would never have guessed this was 8%.

D - I liked this quite a bit, although I suspect mileage may vary depending on how much you like flowers. Another winner from Upright; would gladly drink this again if I managed to snag a bottle.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle pour at Woodshop 7 held at Beachwood BBQ & Brewing in Long Beach, CA.

Pours a slightly murky honey orange with a foamy tan head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is sour, tart, and funky with some woody and fruity aromas. Taste is much the same with an acidic quality on the finish. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is easy to drink but has a better smell than taste in my opinion.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

My bottle says Barrel aged with Rose and Habiscus, Numbered 119 out of 120.

Split three ways with Greg and Jake at Special Brews.

A - Pours a bright clear medium orange with a few white bubbles that quickly disapper.

S - Funk, sweet and floral roses.

T - The funk hits you first, followed by an almost overly sweet rose, and what I would guess is the habiscus. The sweetness was not as appearant as it warmed.

D - This was velvety smooth and lightly carbonated.

O - I did not like this at first, but as I sipped on it, and it warmed, I really started to enjoy it. Why are my bottles numbered differently?

Edit: This was the 2011 release of 120 bottles. See:

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Photo of drabmuh
4.23/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks Thorpe, beer served in a tulip.

Yellow beer, clear with a nice white head, decent retention, some lacing, nice overall look.

Aroma is very flowery, like flowers not like hops. Nice roses and others, I don't know my flowers well. Mild citrus and other flavors perhaps corriander.

Beer is light in body and pops on the palate, the beer finishes a little dry with a nice roundness and very mild bitterness. The midpalate is dominated by flowers, and a mild grassiness. Overall a very nice beer and I'd have it again if given the opportunity.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.59/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge, huge thanks to boralyl for getting this bottle out to me. Served in a SAVOR wine glass.

Pours a nice, clear golden color with a very nice white head and a good bit of lacing on the way down.

The nose really works the rose and hibiscus. Incredible use of flower additions here. Behind that comes some light notes of perfume and earth. The flavor falls off just a touch, but is still at a very high level. Great light body and crisp finish to go along with the floral aspects of the additions. Underlying spice comes through on the back end.

Really a fantastic beer. I need to immediately try to get more of this, and then hope that another batch isn't too far off.

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Photo of starrdogg
4.42/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Thorpe for sharing this one. Served alongside BA Seven with Brett.

Pours a hazy yellow-orange with a nice white head. The aroma on this beer is big and fantastic, an awesome mix of brett, flowers and fruit. The taste follows suit, the brett, floral and fruit (apples maybe?) come together in a fantastic way, it's also got a little bit of oak and sweetness. The flavor is really bright, and it's got a lot going on here. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with nice carbonation. Overall, this is a fantastic beer, one I feel is criminally underrated based on the scores thus far. I'm starting to become an Upright fan boy apparently.

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Photo of yourefragile
4.32/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle shared by Thorpe. Thanks!

Pours a clouded golden peach with a large white head that fades to a thin film and collar; light lacing. Barrel forward aroma orange, florals, mild funk and apple. Mild tartness in the fruity body with strong florals (I assume rose), vanilla and light oak. Medium thick body with light carbonation, crisp. Very refreshing, pleasantly tart and floral.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.8/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks, Luke.

Pours a cloudy a orange-amber with a tall white head. Very floral nose with some spices and orange peel notes. Sweet malt and light vanilla notes on both the nose and palate. Hints of apple and pear on the tongue. Sweet malt, vanilla, orange, oak, and mild spices. Medium body and carbonation.

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Photo of dgilks
4.17/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy pale gold colour with a small white head. Fair head retention.

Spicy aroma with distinct coriander, clove, herb and pepper notes. Really cool hint of tartness which is presumably supposed to be reminiscent of rose.

Tart flavour with some pepper notes. The wheat really shines here along with a touch of floral character. Really nice.

Medium light body with moderate carbonation. Good.

A solid, refreshing saison with a nice touch of tartness. Good flavour and very well crafted.

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Photo of sweemzander
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL bottle poured into a tulip. "Two barrel blend with flowers. Bottle #25 of 114." Printed on the bottle. Thanks to the continued generosity of hopsbreath!

(A)- Pours a cloudy apricot orange color. Produced a nice cap of white froth. Good retention. Lots of soapy looking lace left behind.

(S)- Very dry with some dusty floor earth and a nice fruity (pear & apple?) yet very floral too. Subtle oak. Overall, it is a very subtle aroma, but delicate and fairly complex. Reminds me of dew/wet grass and dandelions.

(T)- Far more potent than its delicate aroma. A combination of tart fruit and a mild Brett oak funk dryness. That wet grass aspect comes through still with a nice floral twist within the fruits.

(M)- A crisp carbonation level. A nice balance too of fruit, earthy yeasts, and oak nuances. As it warms, it does start to get fairly bitter and the Brett starts to take over too.

(D)- I enjoyed this very much. Upright definitely has some unique and interesting Saisons and this one is no different. Unique, refreshing, and a joy to experience overall.

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Photo of hopsbreath
3.43/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I had multiple pours of this beer at the NAOBF last year. I spoke very highly of its clean lactic sourness to all who would listen and tried it again at the tasting room a couple weeks later. That short gap between the tastings showed diminishing floral properties which made the beer especially interesting. When I heard that some was getting bottled as part of the Sole Composition lineup this year, I knew to try it as fresh as possible while the roses are still prominent. 750ml bottles were available at the brewery for $15 each. This one was #57/114. Poured into a pair of Duvel tulips and shared with TulipSnifter.

A: Guava hued with great clarity. A solid pour yields a few fingers of snow white head that lingers for about 20 minutes after receding to a full half finger cap. Moderate spotty lacing looks pretty good. 4.5/5

S: Mildly subdued aroma lends notes of putrid wood, moldy citrus, and ripe cheese. This definitely leans toward the funky side of the spectrum with just a touch of clean lactic. Botanicals can't be identified even upon suggestion. Still quite interesting though. 4/5

T: Heavy on the raw wood with a very earthy cheesiness. Probably the most putrid wood forward saison/wild I've had. Even more so than the funkier Fantome's I've had. A little juniper goes a long way here. Long woody, pithy, barnyard finish makes for an extremely interesting reminder, but is fairly taxing to enjoy in significant amounts. Grading here is difficult. The funk is so aggressive, it's hard not to be overwhelmed. For this reason, I'm giving the intermediate grade to express that it is pretty complex and interesting but not something I necessarily want any more of. To be clear though, there's nothing average about it. 3/5

M: Mild carbonation with a drier finish than the base 7. 4/5

O: I prefer the cleaner sourness of last years batch to the raw funk of this. The floral notes are missed this go around. To be fair, this comes off as an entirely different beer. It's interesting to try as is everything I've had in the Sole Composition line, but ultimately not a beer I'll reach for again. 3/5

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Photo of jdense
4.17/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Upright Tasting room, 7.9.2010, $3 a glass.

Little if any head, thin ring around edge of glass, hazy orange/amber body, no visible carbonation. Floral nose, fairly sweet, a bit dry. Taste is tart and sour, leaning towards the tart side, minimal sweetness on tastebuds, a really provocative tasting sour. Not sure what notes I was supposed to get from the rose hips and pedals, believe they contributed to sweetness quotient to balance the sour and tart notes. Medium mouthfeel, minimal effervescence, a big sour finish. I thought this was a really nice sour, hope Alex continues to do more of these. Recommended for all pucker-uppers.

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Rose City Seven (Sole Composition Series) from Upright Brewing Company
4.05 out of 5 based on 36 ratings.
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