Flora | Upright Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Upright Brewing Company
Oregon, United States

Style: Belgian Saison

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

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Ratings: 47 |  Reviews: 9
Reviews by shleepy:
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3.68/5  rDev -13.4%
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 Marius
4/5  rDev -5.9%
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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4.17/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JamesStreet
3.9/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Ciocanelu
4.46/5  rDev +4.9%
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 hooliganlife
4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

pours a golden yellow with a light airy fizzy head. murky but not dirty.

heavy on the white wine on the nose. fresh bright oak and slight peppery spice.

fairly complex, a blend of spice, funk, and white wine. oak is balanced very well to add some depth. dry finish with spice and funk emerging.

light with some bite. very dry.

this is awesome, reminds me a lot of temptation. this is obviously fresh too, curious what age would do to this.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
4.27/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter. I understand that this barrel aged Flora Rustica with lactobacillus, but the bottle just says Flora, so I'm reviewing it under this listing.

Appearance - Hazy orange. Small white head and a thin collar.

Smell - Huge red wine nose. Oak. Acidic. Musty and even a little grapey. A little malt and some funk.

Taste - Not quite tart, but getting tingly. More balanced red wine with saison flavors. Lots of oak. Malt and some citrus flavors. Mild bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Crisp with a faint hint of tartness. Medium bodied.

Overall - Superb. Great wine barrel character. Great saison.

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4.34/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

4.41/5  rDev +3.8%
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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4.25/5  rDev 0%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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3.96/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Mwiggi1
4.23/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DefenCorps
3.93/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from Belmont Station. This is the (excellent) Flora Rustica aged in wine barrels for 1 year with lactobacillus.

The first pour is clear, orange with a dense, white head with good retention and lacing. The nose has plenty of the floral character. Rose water, chamomile and jasmine are present, along with a juicy. fruity, vinous character. The sourness is reserved, a clean, sour-cream like note. There is a yogurty frothiness and mildly calcium-like chalk character present. Quite excellent.

The palate opens tart, zippy and vinous, with an almost rose (wine)-like fruitiness, along with an earthy and mushroomy character. Floral notes dominate the mid-palate, with rose water, hibiscus and chamomile tea. The sourness that's moderate up front, has moderate yogurty character, but there are also some phenols, probably from the saison base (clove?) that really bring to mind Brett. Drying on the finish with a little bit of oak and a blend of clove, tannins and floral notes, this is pretty good. Light in body (a little too thin, IMO) and with creamy carbonation, this beer is great, but lacks the magic that's the regular Flora Rustica. Still, this is highly recommended.

In the glass, the bottle does evolve. The vinous notes grow, the floral notes die off, and the base saison yeast notes do gain prominence. The vinous notes are a little distracting at times.

**Edit 10/02/2016**
2015 vintage. This one has a sharper, more Brett focused nose along with the beautiful base beer present. Grass, hay, funk, not as vinous, and quite a bit floral on the nose. The palate is sharper and more focused on the Brett, with a blend of clove and mild phenols present. Ultimately, though, the best thing about this beer is the base beer before it went into barrels

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4.35/5  rDev +2.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

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4.24/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.21/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.04/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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