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Four (#4) - Upright Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
89
very good

102 Reviews
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Reviews: 102
Hads: 308
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 8.77%
Wants: 25
Gots: 46 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Upright Brewing Company visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: msubulldog25 on 05-02-2009

"Four is truly a light yet flavorful beer. The recipe uses a good portion of wheat and incorporates a sour mash into the process to make it slightly tart and extra refreshing. It has delicate aromas and flavors that span a range of floral, grassy and herbal notes. The finish is extra dry and makes the beer a great beverage to pair with food, especially various cheeses and shellfish."

Malts and Grains: pale, wheat, and munich, rolled wheat
Hops: hallertauer mittlefruh
Yeast: french saison
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Photo of MarkQ617
4.01/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this poured into a weizen glass. LOTS of carbonation on the pour and on the mouthfeel. Youll definitely get the sour mash taste and to a lesser extent in the aroma. Tart lemon flavor. The lool was a translucent yellow-gold. Pretty good stuff. (246 characters)

Photo of fourstringer
3.58/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a capped 750 mL bottle into a Brewer's Art goblet. Moderate hand. No date identified.

A: Hazy, pale golden body. 1 finger of white head. Ok retention.

S: Floral hops with lemon, faint pine notes. Grassy, cracker-forward pale malts Lightly musty yeast. Trace coriander, tropical fruit.

T: Slight tartness and yeast open. Subdued malt. Slow build of soft hop notes to a semi-dry to dry finish. No alcohol presence.

M: Moderate carbonation with a light body. Somewhat watery feel.

O: The quality of the flavors and scents are actually quite nice; however, they are suffering from a serious lack of potency. Almost like a good beer cut with 25% water. Peculiar.

Prost! (706 characters)

Photo of barczar
3.88/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Very floral aroma, with a clove phenol character, confectioners sugar sweetness, pear, and lemon adding complexity. There's a hint of funk.

Flavor reveals lemon pith and a big wheaty, bready malt backbone. There's a soft sweetness initially that becomes savory mid palate, finishing a bit watery. Minerally notes and peach surface as it warms. (344 characters)

Photo of 5pmsomewhere
4.37/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A fantastic beer for those seeking something refreshing and light that has more character than beers with significantly more IBU and ABV. Pours like a semi-cloudy day with a light head and a huge citric hop note right off the bat. Drinks like liquid silk, but presents a challenge (what's that taste? Orange rind, leather, fresh mulch?) to the palette on each sip. Long lasting incredibly pleasing finish. This is one to cherish. (435 characters)

Photo of Devman171
4.22/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle pours yellow with big white fluffy head. Aroma is light bread and yeast spices. Taste is light and crisp malt with a nice light Belgian spice and slight tart and dry finish, love this (190 characters)

Photo of draheim
4.18/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750mL into a tulip. Pours a slightly hazy pale golden color w/ vigorous champagne carb, thick creamy head, sticky clumps of lace clinging to the glass. Beautiful beer.

Aroma is a little tart, grassy, earthy, dry funk. Good, clean, bright saison aroma.

Taste is light, airy, refreshing. Slightly grainy pale & wheat malts, Belgian yeast, floral Old World hops.

Mouthfeel is smooth and clean w/ a dry finish. Nice carbonation tickles the palate and keeps it light. Wheat malt gives it a softness in both taste and mouthfeel.

Overall a drinkable, approachable saison. I can't imagine anyone not liking this. (608 characters)

Photo of wordemupg
3.87/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

750ml bottle poured into tulip 31/7/14

A hazy golden yellow saturated by tiny bubbles, turns to foam when it hits the glass but a gentle pour still gives me half a glass of loose soapy foam that quickly falls to a thin film leaving lots of random lace

S grass and hay, a little lemon, cereals, spice I can't place and lots of farmhouse yeast

T flavors just a little faded compared to the nose, bubblegum, wheat, grass, and yeast, not far from the smell just a little less intensity

M light bodied, it explodes in your mouth but that would be on par for the style, finish is dry and fairly clean with just some faint hay

O drinkable and great for this hot summer day, not crazy complex but it's only 4.5%

It would make a great session beer but it would break you bank fairly quickly, a little expensive but has sparked my interest in some other Upright beers I've seen collecting dust around town (903 characters)

Photo of flagmantho
4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from 750mL bottle into my Selkirk Abbey tulip.

Appearance: light golden hue with a light haze and a moderately strong effervescence. Head pours an inconvenient 3+ fingers of frothy white foam which dissipate slowly and leave a chunky lace. Aside from the inconvenience, a pretty attractive beer!

Smell: lightly sweet malt with a bit of a pear-like character at first; then a far more unctuous umami develops in the aroma. It makes me think of tomatoes and soy sauce, though it's not anywhere near so strong as that. A fascinating brew.

Taste: sweet malt with a hint of diacetyl butteriness. There's a little funk and a nice grassiness here, but the umami from the aroma isn't really present. What a weird brew. The flavor is subtle but well-wrought; I like it.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a colossal carbonation. Creaminess is big and mouth-filling -- good stuff.

Overall: a weird beer even by Portland saison standards. That said, I like the experimental feel to it. Definitely worth a try if you come across it. (1,025 characters)

Photo of farrago
4.11/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Very frothy, you get a little spillage simply from popping it open, pours a three plus finger head of delicate, airy bleached white foam, doesn’t have the skeleton to last very long, evaporates down to the surface with a few random splotches to create an impression of lacing. Warm golden color, on the gauzy side, the bubbles are random but fat and active. Pleasingly straightforward and fresh nose focused on grapefruit and orange citrus, apple, pear fruit, trim and focused so that any breadiness or coriander type spice remains a minor influence, has a meadowy freshness rather than leafy herbaceousness. Medium-bodied, has some palate traction but likewise fresh here as well with lavender, ginger, coriander, tea leaf, and wildflowers more than pepper or sweet yeastiness. Lemon, grapefruit citrus again a factor. The fruit flickers in and out, skin and seeds like apple and pear, some underripe apricot. The carbonation is average to plus, however, the mouth feel remains “hard” and somewhat chewy. A model of restraint while being accessible and easy to quaff. Happy to have tried it. (1,098 characters)

Photo of babaracas
3.94/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy light amber with billowing soapy white head, settles to a half inch with big chunks of lace on the glass. Smell: snappy grain, lemon, spicy, doughy note. Taste: somewhat vinous with light acetic and oaky-ish notes, lemon, wheat cracker, grassy and spicy with mild sweetness to back it up. Light bodied with active carbonation, drying, moderate mineral profile, with lemon and a little cooked pear in the finish. Enjoyable able strength saison that packs a good amount of flavor. (491 characters)

Photo of highTempo
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this one on tap at the brewery. I walked there from my house. I love living in Portland!

There wasn't a lot of head on it -- foamy and low and it dissipated pretty quickly. The appearance is great: very pale, cloudy (opaque) yellow/straw colored.

The smell is bright, fresh, lemony, spicy… flavors of lemony, spices like coriander, and straw to match the appearance. It's a little bit soapy.

The flavor matches, with a little funkiness from the hops. There's some sweetness in the body but it finishes fairly dry.

I'm a pretty big fan. I wish this was more available in standard 12oz bottles. This is a great spring/summer beer. (638 characters)

Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.94/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

750ml capped bottle into Tired Hands stemware. Shared with schen9303.

Pours a huge, foamy 4 finger white head with low retention. Beer is a clear pale yellow. Lacing is sparse and spotty with little stick. A bit messy but Ok for the style.

Nose is coriander, flower, peppercorn, cane sugar, and a touch of lemon and citrus. Aromatic and clean. Real nice.

Opens citrus, cane sugar, lemon and coriander. Some soapiness, wheat and more cane sugar sweetness in the middle. Ends with a touch of spice, lemon rind, and more peppercorn. Sweet and slightly spicy aftertaste. Nice.

Light bodied with ample carbonation. Prickly and lively in the mouth and crisp and aggressive going down. Finishes slightly dry with a filmy, sticky aftertaste. Really drinkable.

A real nice, drinkable saison overall. Nothing really stands out here but this is certainly a perfect beer to pair with a nice steak or lobster tail! (909 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.77/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

they call this table beer, and i agree, its very light and soft, but its strange, because this is nowhere near as tart as fatali four, which i thought was the same thing just with the peppers added. this doesnt have that mouthwatering nose to it of sour mash funk and light yeast. its blonde and hazy in looks, heady as they come, hard to pour reasonably even, but the nose is really understated. white wheat malt and a little acidity with floral yeast, all very low key. the taste is similar, a little herbal and summery for this time of year, but if it had the tartness of the fatali version, this would be incredible. its well made beer without question, and tastes pretty good for how light it is, definitely yeast driven with a little bit of sourness, but its awfully subtle. maybe age would let this develop more, or maybe its an exercise in subtlety, but its missing something for me, as much as i do like it. the yeast is the best part, saison style and very bright carbonation helps this stay casual. overall a well crafted brew but id like to see its tartness come out a little more the way it did in fatali four. (1,123 characters)

Photo of spoony
3.96/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From a 750 ml bottle into a tulip.

A-A gentle pour produces about three fingers of nearly white foam. The retention is so-so at about two minutes and the foam leaves soapy chunks on the way down. The beer is mostly clear with active carbonation and a pale, golden-straw color. Good looking stuff.

S-The smell is an interesting mixture...I get some lemon rind and wheat grain, a bit of bread, dry grass, straw, and a light hit of white pepper. There is a also a Belgian-style yeast aroma that gives a little bit of sweetness and bubblegum.

T-The taste is pretty similar to the smell. The beer opens with a light wheat grain and lemon rind, and finishes on the dryer side with straw, dry grass, and a bit of peppery spice. There isn't as much bubblegum and sweetness on the palate, and as the beer nears room temperature, it picks up a little tartness on the finish, as well. Not sour by any means, but just a little kick. I also tasted a slightly medicinal flavor, which was a bit odd.

M-The body is light to medium with a persistent, slightly assertive carbonation. Drinkable and pleasant.

O-I really like Belgian "table" beers because they usually offer lots of flavor for very low ABV (they're the original session beers). This beer can't quite match the best Belgian examples, but it is pretty tasty, nonetheless. I would have scored it higher if I did not pick up the slightly off-putting medicinal flavor, but I will happily drink this again. A good first exposure to Upright. (1,487 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
3.68/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass.

A real soapy shampoo and bright white head, makes about three fingers nicely on the pour but has thin retention. Big gapping swiss cheese holes and light clumping, with lots of large bubbles popping. Body is a muted and opaque lemon, with nice thin carbonation rising and plentiful. Pretty good, crazy head though.

Mild floral sensations on the nose but very subdued. Not much yeast or malt profile on this. No sense of sweetness. Very closed but it is pleasant I'll give it that, but very little going on here.

A real interesting palate. Flavors are a little more noticeable but the mouthfeel steals the show. Playfully carbonated giving to orange and citrus mimosa like qualities, and a touch of light sugar. Finish of tropical fruit flavors and champagne crispness, with faint hint of pepper like sensing carbonation. Not particularly dry either, but quite juicy quenching palate.

Overall though there isn't much saison character to this it seems, but it's a very controlled citrus and tropical fueled brew. Somewhere between a solid Belgian pale with more fruity quality. Neat beer. (1,133 characters)

Photo of Georgiabeer
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very nice lower alcohol offering from this fine brewer. Beautifully balanced with some hop spiciness and a surprisingly firm malt profile with a finish with some snap to it. Crisp, clean, but not watery, with a very clean but flavorful herbal hop profile throughout, and a bit of citrus in the finish. This is a textbook case of how to make a flavorful, low abv beer that still retains enough body to make it feel like you're having something substantial. Tasty, and impressive compared to many other lower abv craft brews I've had. (534 characters)

Photo of Rifugium
3.75/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

First had: bottle from an off-the-shelf trade

I've had some gushers from Upright before, so I held this one over the sink while opening...but it was fine. It was definitely highly active though, and a gentle pour still yielded a full glass of foam, which finally settled, revealing a golden brown liquid; the fuzzy head never fully dissipated. The aroma was quite earthy, notes of saison yeast, herbal, with notes of ripe indistinct fruit. Flavors of candied citrus peel, earth, spicy yeast, toasted wheat. Quite nice. Medium body, clean mouthfeel, moderate carbonation (after the initial calm-down). Enjoyable. (612 characters)

Photo of larryi86
4.38/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

750 ml bottle poured into a tulip

A- A slightly hazy golden straw color with a four finger white head.

S- Earthy, grassy, some funk, lemons, light fruits, bright and well balanced.

T- Slightly tart apples, lemons, pears, and citrus are the first thing I notice, just a little funky, some grassy hops, some wheat, again great balance

M- Smooth, crisp, light, prickly carbonation.

O- A solid Saison and a great lower alcohol beer. Love the tartness. This is my first beer from Upright and I can't wait to try more (516 characters)

Photo of superspak
4.06/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours extremely hazy golden amber color with a 3 finger foamy and fluffy white head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a thick cap that lasts. Thick foamy lacing clings around the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of lemon, pear, apple, clove, pepper, wheat, bread, straw, grass, light funk, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast and malt notes; with good strength. Taste of lemon, pear, apple, wheat, bread, pepper, clove, grass, straw, light funk, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of light fruits, wheat, bread, pepper, clove, grass, straw, light funk, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a bit. Very nice balance and complexity of malt and fruity/spicy yeast ester notes; with good flavor robustness and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Very high carbonation and medium bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, and prickly mouthfeel that is great. Zero alcohol warming present after the finish as expected for 4.5%. Overall this is an excellent session saison style. All around great balance, complexity, and robustness of flavors for 4.5%; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering. (1,266 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
4.06/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aah, riding the rails of the current trend for dedicated American-ized Farmhouse Ale allows Upright Brewing to build upon a tart fruity, lightly spicy and sparkling effervescence for a "funky-fresh" taste and texture- executed to perfection.

Milky straw in its color, the beer's unfiltered character and use of wheat is quite evident. A quick rise of ivory foam cuts through the haze and provides an army of bubbles to deliver all those delicate aromas. Its long-lasting retention and concentric lacing patterns all reinforce the notion of a well-built ale.

Medium sharp aromas tart tropical fruit, citrus and orchard varieties are vibrant and highly alluring to the nose- grapefruit, oranges, passion fruit, lemons, apples, limes, and kiwi can all be drawn from the ever-evolving scent. A soft pillow of dough and a sprinkle of confectioner's sugar offers light support the the fruit and allows the beer to become something other than simply tart fruit juices.

To taste, its the supple sweetness of cookie dough that takes hold on the early palate. But as the taste carries into middle palate, the sharper, drier and more zesty taste of citrus, tropical and tart fruits give the beer a bright taste that hinges of wine must, cider and champagne. As the taste finishes, a mustier tone takes hold- weathered oak, dry hay, lemongrass, coriander and dried citrus peels, and a mild leather note wafts about the palate.

Soft and pillowy on the palate, its arid creaminess and playful acidity plays out like fluffy key lime pie. Firmly dry on the throat, the ale hides its warmth very well with the evaporation cooling effect, seemingly of mint. The ale finishes nearly as much like sparkling wine as it does Saison.

Upright has done a masterful job with this Saison of lighter fare. Though chocked full of complexities, much of them remain understated and delicate. Though it allows for great drinkability, its effortlessness is also its limitation. (1,949 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle, a new brewery to arrive on the store shelves here in Alberta. Upon looking up their location, it seems that I walked past it a dozen or so times when I was in PDX a few years ago, and never darkened their doorstep.

This beer pours a cloudy medium golden yellow hue, with three fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and fairly bubbly off-white head, which leaves some random splotches of scattered lace around the glass as it evenly subsides.

It smells of grainy, somewhat bready wheat malt, a bit of heady sugar syrup sweetness, applesauce and lemon pudding fruitiness, dry, prickly yeast, a hint of white pepper, and floral, earthy hops. The taste is more semi-sweet, crackery wheat malt, withered candi sugar, a touch of coriander/black pepper spiciness, aged lemon rind, an ethereally funky yeast character, and some nicely laid-back herbal, grassy hops.

The carbonation is rather understated, manifesting in a small, teasing frothiness, the body medium-light in weight, and generally quite smooth. It finishes mostly dry, kind of crisp, and with an uptick in the tiny, tiny bubbles.

A pretty pleasant farmhouse ale, in the old-world paradigm - nothing really stands out, and that's the point - grain, yeast, spice, and hop all working to do nothing other than quench your thirst, and perhaps warm you up a tad. Success on all accounts here, I'd say. (1,366 characters)

Photo of Beerenauslese
4.27/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Clear light golden body, a gentle pour into a tulip produced a big head. Moderate head retention and some lacing.

Smells of light malt, sour lemon, floral, and grassy hops.

This has a nice lemony, lactic sour taste. Some green grassy hops in the light finish without any bitterness, just a few spice notes. Very refreshing taste.

Body is light and carbonation is high, giving this a scrubbingly refreshing mouthfeel.

A very refreshing saison, flavorful and very drinkable. I was forced to consume this bottle, which was sitting in my cellar, because as I was moving some other bottles during the late evening, I knocked the 750 ml bottle over and it started leaking. All was right after I positioned it up, then I put it in the fridge to consume next day. I was surprised that it had kept a high level of carbonation despite the abuse. (843 characters)

Photo of joe1510
4.18/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

750ml Bottle
$5.99 (sale)
Everett's, South Beloit

Upright Four is very pale straw golden and surprisingly clear. A violent torrent of carbonation rush to the dirty white head. The tightly bubbled, dense head grew to three fingers in height on a gentle pour. As it settles it leaves chunky lacing caked to the glass.The carbonation just keeps on keepin' on throughout the entire drink. Four is a damn fine looking saison.

The aroma is close to that of some of my very favorite Belgian saisons. Slightly sweet angel food cake maltiness lays down the base before a touch of candi sugar sweetness comes through and releases some of that soft bubblegum juiciness. A quick, balancing hop spiciness and sprinkling of lemon rind rounds everything out nicely.

A little of that candi sugar sweetness hits the inside of the cheeks while the angel food cake sets the base. The grassy hoppiness comes through before the aforementioned spiciness shows up. The lemon rind I smelled earlier adds a welcomed brightness. Four wraps up with a moderately dry, effervescent finish.

Upright nailed the mouthfeel on this saison. Light bodied and highly carbonated without ever being overly aggressive.The finish is dry and a mild bitterness lingers after each drink. Four's mouthfeel is comparable to some of the best saisons out there.

I said it once and I'll say it again, Upright nailed this saison. Four is one of the better American versions I've had in a while with it's bright flavors, high carbonation, and dry finish. I'd recommend picking up Four to anyone with access. (1,562 characters)

Photo of Resuin
4.19/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a pilsner glass. I don't see a date on the bottle.

Appearance: Pours a translucent amber/gold and leaves behind a finger of light, white head. Plenty of carbonation bubbles can be seen rising towards the surface.

Smell: Very light aroma. Lemon, light citrus hops, wheat. Light and refreshing smell.

Taste: Lemon zest, citrus rinds, some nice grassy tones but very little funk, some peppercorn. Very crisp finish and light flavors.

Mouth-feel: Medium to high carbonation with a light to medium, slightly creamy body. Extremely smooth finish.

Overall: A very refreshing, light saison. This beer has a delicious, crisp, light finish to it that really makes this one refreshing and tasty. Tasty grassy flavors and a very light feel to it. Definitely recommended. (796 characters)

Photo of Doodler
4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

50 from trade - split with Ryan over some BBQ. Poured a cloudy golden color with a bubbly white head. The nose is sweet, with dry grains and florals throughout. Taste is deliciously saison-like. An easy drinker with a crisp bite and lemon tartness. Offers up fruit esters and a zesty finish. Loved it. Could drink a case of this a week during the hot summer months. (365 characters)

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Four (#4) from Upright Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 102 ratings.