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RATINGS: 145   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74   SEASONAL: Summer   EST. CALORIES: 153   ABV: 5.1%
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Flora Rustica is a Northwest-style saison that use yarrow and calendula flowers 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
brokensail (11599) - Orange County, California, USA - NOV 17, 2011
Bright orange in color with a tall off-white head. A nice floral note to it, maybe some fruit notes of apple and pear. Some grass and yeast, plenty of biscuit malts, maybe white pepper. A more bready flavor than I imagined. Doughy biscuits with lots of cracker. Still heavy on the apple, yeast, and white pepper.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
arminjewell (6434) - Hastings, Minnesota, USA - NOV 2, 2011
Pour thanks to Scott at his tasting! Pour was nice hazy orange-yellow with white head, aroma brought notes of caramel, biscuit, dry tart lemon, orange, citrus oils, going into nice sweet and tart floral notes, hints of spice in there as well. Taste was a nice combination of tart lemon and citrus notes with some sweet white fruit with some peach, pear, going back into tart and sweet floral notes, finishing dry. Nice stuff.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ratman197 (10216) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - OCT 19, 2011
750 ml bottle shared with Doodler and company poured a hazy gold with a small lasting offwhite head. Aromas of straw, floral notes, citrus and a hint of spice. Palate was light bodied and crisp with a dry finish. Flavors of straw, earthiness, citrus, light floral notes and light barnyard with a crisp dry lingering funky finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
adnielsen (9470) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 17, 2011
Bottle with Doodler and Co. Thanks everyone! Hazy golden yellow appearance with a white head. Floral, mild orange citrusy, rose, hibiscus, lemon aroma. Mainly floral, tangy, orange citrusy, dry flavor.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
thirdeye11 (5634) - Dallas, Texas, USA - OCT 5, 2011
(750ml bottle thanks to AmEricanbrew) clearish gold with a big voluminous head and excellent lacing. Nose of raisin, earthy grain, sweet malt. Taste of grains of paradise, dry grain, low sweetness, watery, lacking in flavor in general. Maybe it was old, not sure, but given the high ratings and my previous affinity to Upright’s beers, I think I need to try this again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
changeup45 (1717) - Mount Dora, Florida, USA - SEP 23, 2011
This pours a rusty gold color with a thick off-white head. Pretty good retention and lacing. The aroma initially is rather floral. I’m thinking rose and/or dandelion but it definitely has that wildflower smell. Grass, dusty funk, orange blossom, peach, and yeast all mix into a very nice scent. This is really my kind of Saison; light and refreshing but with so much seemingly going on. There are some sweet fruity flavors of melon and lemon and perhaps other tropical fruit, flowers, with a crisp dry spice that’s assertive but not overdone. Slightly tart yeasty notes gives this some light puckery funk but with a pale malty grainy sweetness to balance. I like how everything blends in here as I can’t pinpoint anything that’s out of place. Nice one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Thorpe429 (5011) - , Illinois, USA - SEP 21, 2011
Huge thanks to a few generous BAs for getting bottles of this out to me. Served in a Mikasa tulip glass. Pours a brilliant light orange-copper with a three-finger white head. Crystal clear. Good retention before falling into a thick collar with a thin cap. A bit of lacing on the sides of the glass. The nose is quite intriguing. Everything blends together at first, revealing only that it is a saison. As it warms the first thing to come through is a bit of spice, mostly white pepper and a bit of coriander. Along with that is faint citrus, including a moderate amount of orange peel. Faint floral notes and a generic herbal quality are there as well. What must be the yarrow really rounds thing out. The flavor is a bit different than the nose, but just as interesting and complex. The orange peel comes through with a bit of rind-induced bitterness. Herbal character is there throughout. Light coriander, though the pepper isn’t quite as strong. The mouthfeel really takes the beer to the next level. Light-medium in body with moderate carbonation. A very nice dryness to the finish. Not very bitter, but borderline puckering in the way it dries out my cheeks. Explosive and addictive, this is a fantastic beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - SEP 17, 2011
Thanks to OSCF for sharing! Hazy peach pour with a fluffy white head and spotty lace. Aroma is lemon zest, lactobacillus, botanicals and floral notes. Another tart and refreshing saison. Excellent acidity and complexity. Pineapple, juniper berries, floral notes and citrus. Dry

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopscotch (9553) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - AUG 16, 2011
Bottle… Pours cloudy and straw-colored with a small, frothy, white head. Good retention. The nose is an earthy, herbal mélange of pale grains, peppery spices, lavender, wood and a suggestion of dust. Medium-bodied with fizzy carbonation. The flavor offers pale grains, a yeasty tang and blended spices with only a rumor of butter. Crisp, herbal, mildly bitter finish. Bottle courtesy of landhoney!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Alphadelic (1769) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 26, 2011
A pretty label for an adorable looking beer. This is a great beer. One of the the most balanced I’ve had in a while. A light citrussy lemon sourness and biscuitty malt play well against one another while a sophisticated Belgian yeast character offers some heat and dryness. By chance I had this with a packet of crinkle cut salt and cracked black pepper kettle chips. Now stay with me here. That yeasty heat and peppery hop character matched the spice of the chips. The citric acid on the chips highlighted the lemony buzz of the beer and salt with beer? Who’s asking questions there?

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