Flora Rustica - Barrel Aged
Upright Brewing Company

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Belgian Saison
4.27 | pDev: 7.49%
Upright Brewing Company
Oregon, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Flora Rustica - Barrel AgedFlora Rustica - Barrel Aged
Notes: 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.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a hazy golden color ale with a nice large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of tart and Brett notes with some light oak and funky ester. Taste is a nice mix between some hay flavours with some notes of Brett and funky ester and a light tart finish with some oak presence that is noticeable. Body is about average with good carbonation. Nice saison with loads of complexity while retaining some great drinkability.

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Photo of cultclassic89
4.3/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Fantasic stuff, kind of surprised by the lower rating. It's up there with all the other barrel aged saisons IMO. It actually was very much like JK's Vulgar Affectation, but with a perfect amount of tartness that that beer needs. Floral, tart, slight funk, all the right qualities. It would be near perfect with a better head.

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Photo of James_Michaud91
4.49/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The floral notes from the base saison are not nearly as strong in this iteration (a good thing in my book), mixed in well with the earthy, funky, tartness provided by the barrel aging and introduction of wild yeast/bacteria. The beer pours a beautiful golden/orange, with ample but not excessive carbonation. This beer is quite complex on the palate: spring flowers, wet earth/barnyard, slight yogurty lactic edge and a touch of fruitiness (not sure if this is aged in wine barrels or not but the fruitiness is reminiscent of a softer red wine). Really well balanced acidity, barrel character, and yeastiness make this a super smooth and easy drink.

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Photo of BarrytheBear
4.24/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Light tangerine notes and lime notes up front, minerals and floral through the middle, with drying oak on the finish and a touch of spirits and vanilla. Neat beer and a huge thanks to BeersandBears!

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.7/5  rDev -13.3%

Pour is dark amber, mostly clear, with a tight white head. Nose has a light vanilla oak note with a strong clean tangerine similar to that in lambic. A good hint of citrus and a touch of lime, moderate herbal/floral aroma as in the non barrel aged version. Taste is heavily bretted, faint vanilla oakiness with a nice bright tangerine and notes of lime. Gets a bit sweet and tannic but nothing major. The floral herbal notes come in as it warms. Moderate carbonation and very soft delicate body with a hint of sourness.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.49/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

this is a rare treat generously shared by drlovemd87, its been awhile, so thanks mate! what a beer this is! hazy almost greenish tinted wheaty looking beer in the light, frothy lacy and excited in the wine glass. an intensely herbal beer, bretty and funky, tarter than brett, maybe some lacto in this, but i get the herbal qualities first. green tea bitterness, the floral calendula, very dandelion-esque, and yarrow i am not all that familiar with, but i can see its contribution. when we were guessing what type of barrel it was in we though either chardonnay or gin. there is a juniper quality to this, and it has that slightly hot thing that gins do, but there is also a white grape fruitiness to this, probably a product of the saison yeast in here. very mature beer, thats aided by the oak and by how dry this is, which is extremely so. i am amazed how dynamic and flavorful and unique this is, unlike any other saison, except distant memories of that cisco island reserve saison, which was similarly botanical heavy and yet delicate on the palate. this isnt quite so intensely carbonated, but its definitely active and alive. super refreshing, citrus notes cut the wheat malt density, and im left in awe of my empty glass, for it has just taken me to a place beer rarely does. lucky to have been a part of tasting this one, i well remember it fondly for a long time. probably the best ive had from upright.

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Photo of nmann08
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

From a bottle, pours a golden orange, white head that laces the glass and hangs around.

Nose is oak, lots of wood, a faint vanilla. Citrus fruit. The flavor is heavy citrus, tangerine, lemon. Some lactic, Brett mixes in well, with the floral earth tones, and a little oak and vanilla on the tongue. This is a really delicious beer. Refreshing aftertaste, drinkable.

Overall, more of this please.

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Photo of draheim
4.31/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750mL into a tulip. Pours a hazy copper color w/ a soft 1-finger head, not much lace.

Aroma is funky, tart, oaky. Sweet floral notes and a dry saison mustiness converge.

Taste is tart and lactic, but not sourly acidic. Nice balance of sour and sweet. Floral. Oaky. Juicy and tropical, orange and citrus fruit.

Mouthfeel is balanced and dry. Extremely drinkable and crisp. Mouth-watering.

Overall a really tasty sourish saison from Upright. Really glad I had a chance to try this one.

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Photo of FondueVoodoo
4.05/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours an exceptionally clear apricot colour with 1-2 fingers of off-white head which quickly dissipated to a thin layer. Minimal lacing along the sides of the glass.

S: Limes and lemons along with wet wood, barnyard funkiness, pepper and spicy yeast. Pungent floral notes along with mineralness.

T: Tart lemons together with dry mineral notes and barnyard funkiness. Finishes dry and clean.

M: Dry and clean, with light to moderate body and medium carbonation.

O: Complex smells and taste with citrus, minerals, floralness and wet wood all working in harmony.

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Photo of Sarlacc83
3.73/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

750mL from the brewery.

A: Cloudy orange with a thin foam for a head. Decent lacing

N: Lots of oak, peppercorn, banana, lemon, some funk, rosemary.

T: Quite tart and very woody to the point of bitterness. Very earthy; attic spaces and cut lawns. M: Very dry. Light.

O: Has plenty in common with a Lambic, however, it’s not as nuanced to me. Great if you like intense cedar,pine, and oak, though.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.12/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle opened on 9.6.13

A - Pours a cloudy, dark orange with a fizzy, active light tan head that fades pretty quickly.

S - Lots of spices, floral, Brett, earthy.

T - Very subtle at first, then spices, tartness, floral hits you at the end.

D - Decent carbonation with a light-watery body.

O - Great spices and floral notes, not as intense in the taste.

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Photo of Rutager
3.98/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

40th birthday beer #2!

Appearance. Pours a hazy gold with a touch of amber and a finger of white head that fades to a skim pretty quickly.

Smell. Floral herbs, marigold flowers, lime and lemon rind, and a touch of woody white wine. Interesting.

Taste. Getting a ton of lime here, some floral herbs and marigolds again, oak and vanilla, oranges, and woody spice. Again, interesting.

Mouthfeel. Medium-light body, low carbonation.

Overall. An interesting and unique brew. Enjoyed it more as I went along and got a handle on everything going on with this one.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.09/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle pour at mrbubbler's tasting.

Pours a hazy orange with a foamy bone head that settles to tiny wisps of film on top of the beer. No lacing on the drink down. Smell is slightly sour and tart with malt, grain, herb, spice, and wine aromas. Taste is much the same with sour fruit and wine flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with a nice barrel aged presence that comes through especially well in the flavor.

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Flora Rustica - Barrel Aged from Upright Brewing Company
Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 107 ratings