Flora Rustica – Upright Brewing (Portland, OR, USA)

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  • My Rating: A-

Flora Rustica – Upright Brewing, 5.1% ABV – 1 pt. 9.4 fl.oz., (Portland, OR, USA)

from ratebeer.com:

“Flora Rustica is a Northwest-style saison that use yarrow (left) and calendula flowers (right) along with a handful of our favorite Oregon grown hops to produce a strongly aromatic beer. It’s very sparking and dry and makes an excellent aperitif as well as an interesting companion for certain foods like herbaceous and bitter salads or strong and fatty fish like mackerel.”

  • Style: (yarrow, calendula flavoured) Saison
  • Taste: Lager-like barley malt sweet citrus-chamomile
  • Where I got it : Brewery Creek
  • How much: $11 (after 10% off) – 1 pt. 9.4 fl.oz., September 2013
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yes

Visual: (I saw the two unique ingredients and immediately put it in my shopping basket.) Pours almost clear golden marmalade yellow with a MASSIVE long-lasting head, huge creamy retention, sporadic thick sticky lacing, tons and tons of activity.

Nose: Chamomile-floral light honeyed malts (lvl-3)-pungency

Attack: fizzy-tingly mouthfeel, crisp bite

Mid-palate: (lvl-6)-sweetness, (MAIN) lager-barley malt, citrus chamomile, pepper, grassy-straw

Finish: burpy, subtle bitter hops, semi-sweet finish.

Summary: This drinks like a full-bodied lager that has been kicked up several notches. It has an evolved crisp-sweet barley malt profile with subtle floral nuances. Fantastic.