krumbum (286) - truckee, California, USA - MAY 1, 2013
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
If rye grew on trees this beer would smell like it’s mulch. Is deep amber color worthy of a resin that would contain dinosaur DNA. The rich peppery tartness is so dry and refreshing at the same time, Like a wave receding leaves you ready for another sip.
mrhoppy (1180) - Santa Clara, California, USA - NOV 5, 2011
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Are you kidding me? This beer is so beautiful! Wood, cherry, sour, musty. A lot of sour. Thin body. Don’t pass this one up.
Aubrey (3356) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - JAN 9, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Surprisingly delicious beer. Doesn’t smack you in the face with flavor or intensity, but after a few sips it seems to get deeper and more complex in a curiously subtle way. Notes of multigrain bread, yeast esters, toffee, chocolate and earthy-herbal hops weave in and out of one another seamlessly. It’s the perfect blend of flavors and it’s perfectly balanced. I drank the entire bottle myself and never got bored with it. In fact, it just made me want more.
Travlr (9819) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUN 20, 2011
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft in the tasting room. Very dark brown color, brown head. Aroma of Sour prunes and plums on rye bread. Taste has raisins, dates, prunes. Amazing.
sebletitje (5974) - Enghien, BELGIUM - DEC 25, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Upright est encore une de ces brasseries qui est souvent ignorée. Se spécialisant dans le style de saison, cette bière ’Six’ ne laisse pas indiffèrent.
Bouteille de 75cl.
De couleur brune foncée, mousse épaisse blanc-cassé.
Au nez on y ressent bien ce nez caractéristique de levure française, donnant des allures de basse-cour. Le tout est suivit par une savoureuse dose de malt caramel, grains et qcq notes de chocolat.
En bouche, le tout est similaire au nez, d’un côté on peut y ressentir l’aspect de style saison et le tout fini sur une très bonne note de malt caramel. Cela fond en bouche pour laisser une impression de chocolat au lait qui est complèté par un bouquet floral de houblon. Avec un niveau alcool assez bas, cette bière est facile à déguster et présente une expression enivrante du début à la fin. Un vrai régal.
dwyerpg (4257) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - MAY 14, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is a complex beer. Some sweetness in the aroma. Orange-brown. A bit fruity for a rye beer. Some strange grainiess from the rye. Good but odd.
bmerz (588) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - NOV 11, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle fresh. Pours a beautiful ruby with a dense fully lasting head on the first glass. The aroma is incredibly distinct and well expressed rye, pepper, floured rustic bread crust, light smoke, light licorice and chocolate. The flavor has a subtle red fruit, astringency, full malty sweetness, tobacco, earthy and spicy bitterness. Feel is soft, full, alive but biting with rye and cool. This is a truly lovely beer, easily drinkable and would be great with food.
Totochtin (73) - Washington, USA - MAY 19, 2010
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a very dark copper brown with an explosively large pillowy sand-colored head. Aromas of spice, caramel, fruit (esp. citrus), clove, bubblegum - complex and rich. Caramel and chocolate sweetness is balanced with mildly tart fruitiness (cherry, berry, and plum) and spicy character from both hops and yeast. Medium body with slippery texture and slightly fizzy carbonation. Overall, complex, rich, and surprisingly fruity.
Cletus (6250) - Connecticut, USA - APR 1, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle courtesy of riversideAK. Pours ruby red with a tan head. Smells of sweet rye, some subtle fruity hints, sage, floral. Tastes of cherries, tart, light sourness, funk finish.
FlacoAlto (3676) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUN 25, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A steady pour into my large Tripel Karmeliet tulip produces a four finger thick, glass filling, lightly browned, dark tan colored head that leaves a fair amount of lacing on the sides of my glass. The beer is a dark brown color that shows a viscous texture to it by the carbonation bubbles that struggle to swim through it. The aroma smells a little tart and somewhat fruity that is backed by a grainy / malty character. The beer has a brown cracker aromatic note to it as well as a husk-like, thrushed grain, or even straw like character to it towards the finish. There is a spiciness here that seems mostly contributed by the yeast character (peppery with a touch of ginger even), but the rye and dark grain character also subtly influences this as does a touch of spicy hop character. The fruitiness, especially as it warms, reminds me of a tart / floral plum and even with a touch of Macintosh apple like aromatics. The grain character and yeast definitely has a musty character and a brown toasted grain starts to come out as the beer warms up.
The viscous quality of this beer has held in the carbonation quite well and it effervesces quite a bit as it rolls across the tongue. There is a definite tartness to this beer, though it isn’t really big (i.e. this is not a sour beer by any means), and it accentuates the fruitiness that is in the flavor; the fruit character reminds me of plums (though not as complex as in the aroma) and perhaps a touch of tart raisin. As the beer warms up a bit more a a complex grain character starts to come out in the finish; it is a bit spicy, sort of reminds me of toasted hay, perhaps a hint of bitter cocoa, and it definitely reminds me of spicy, toasty, whole grain character (and even rye specifically). Despite have a fair amount of viscousness to it, this beer is still quite quaffable and light. There is an herbal character from the hops that, towards the finish, melts into the tartness somehow; it has a touch of pine like character to it, perhaps a hint of rosemary and a light, but firm bitterness as well. Flavors of tamarind are also found here.
This is a very nice beer; I really enjoy this interpretive Saison from upright, the rye and the darker malt character really takes this in a great direction. It may not be a unique direction, but it is certainly well executed and quite tasty in the glass. Even though I have liked this from the beginning, it is still growing on me more as it warms up and I work my way through this beer. This is definitely my favorite upright beer of the few I have tried so far.