Flora | Upright Brewing Company

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45 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Upright Brewing Company
Oregon, United States
uprightbrewing.com

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
The Flora Rustica is a prime candidate for barrel aging and much like the Saison du Blodget, produces a historic flavor profile in this bottling. Not quite as hoppy but drawing from the botanical elements of yarrow and calendula, the Flora displays a significant lactic edge to sharpen the otherwise earthy flavors.

Added by DefenCorps on 08-02-2013

BEER STATS
Ratings:
45
Reviews:
9
Avg:
4.17
pDev:
7.43%
 
 
Wants:
10
Gots:
7
For Trade:
2
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Photo of shleepy
3.68/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pale-ish yellow, fairly clear. As the name implies, it has floral smells and tastes. A biting acidity almost hides the pleasant stonefruit (peach, etc) notes in the middle. Not bad, but if I remember correctly, the Flora Rustica is a better beer. Alas, I didn't post a review for that one.

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Photo of Beerbom
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of South2NW
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Dactrius
4.14/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of THANAT0PSIS
4.41/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Upright Flora

A: This C&D in the making from the saison masters at Upright pours a beautiful hazy golden orange. The pure white head is such that one must be careful pouring it lest it overflow with foam. Lacing is similarly impressive. The carbonation is very active, making retention great as well. This is basically a textbook example of saison appearance. 5/5

A: A slightly lemony tartness along with hay-like funk lead the way. The flowers come through unsurprisingly floral with a buttery quality that is enhanced by the wine-barrel aging. There is a spiciness akin to rosemary in the back end along with a very perfumey quality. What is here is nice, but it is all very subtle. Subtlety is nice, but when it is to this degree, a bit more intensity would be nice. 4/5

T: While it mostly maintains the subtlety of the nose (which Upright is certainly known for), there is a bit more oomph here. Citric tartness leads the way, bolstered by white wine acidity in the form of pineapple and apricot. Musty hay adds a little funk. There is also plenty of buttery oak and perfume. The green pepper that sometimes results from flower additions turns up, as does a grassy bitterness (which could also be the hops), rounding out the flavor and drying everything out. While this is not quite as deftly executed as some of the greatest examples of the American saison, the flavors here are great and extremely tasty. It is also a great showcase for wine barrel aging (maybe a bit too much). 4.5/5

M: Like the appearance, Upright knocks the mouthfeel out of the park. It is medium-full, creamy, and pleasantly carbonated. There is just enough astringency and tartness to be interesting, and it is just dry enough. In a word, this is perfect. 5/5

O: This is a very original saison that most closely evokes the flavors of Cantillon Mamouche's elderflower lambic (though significantly less funky and more subtle...and not quite as amazing). Regular Flora Rustica is a very tasty beer in its own right, but this is an improvement: it cuts down on the floral quality that can overwhelm in the base beer and adds the wine barrel complexity. It is not quite on the level of the best from HF and SARA, but this beer (as well as the rest of Upright's stellar saison catalogue) makes a case for them to be in the top five American saison producers. 4.25/5

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Photo of dcmchew
4.49/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Marius
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled at a tasting. Pale golden pour with a tiny white head. The smell is funky, floral, peachy, lemony, with a hint of basil. Tastes like grapefruit, citrus ad basil with a medicinal bitterness underneath. Dry and light bodied.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
4.46/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy yellow color with white head. Aroma is citrusy, spicy, floral with some aromatic herbs. Taste starts tart and floral with citrus fruits and some spicy herbs. Light to medium body with a good amount of carbonation. Excellent aroma with fruity/spicy/herbal flavors.

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Photo of Ristaccia
4.24/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Rifugium
3.96/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Goatdavemac
4.42/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of acurtis
4.17/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of yeaprolly
4.21/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JamesStreet
3.9/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Mwiggi1
4.23/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Resuin
4.37/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of my_knew_craft
4.04/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of kristinc
4.77/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of TreeBear
4.34/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cfh64
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Gobzilla
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.3/5  rDev +3.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

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Flora from Upright Brewing Company
4.17 out of 5 based on 45 ratings.
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