Four (#4) - Upright Brewing Company

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Reviews: 103
Hads: 314
Avg: 3.97
pDev: 18.14%
Wants: 26
Gots: 47 | FT: 2
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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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Reviews: 103 | Hads: 314
Photo of Thorpe429
4.62/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Huge thanks to boralyl for sending some of this out my way. Served in a tulip.

Pours a hazy yellow with a good white head and a bit of lacing on the way down. The nose has a bit of grass and grain, plus a bit of celery, which sounds strange, but works quite well. Flavor takes it up a notch with great wheat and yeast character. Good hopping throughout with a dry, butter finish. Really excellent and similar to the De La Senne and Jandrain-Jandrenouille fresh saisons we had in Belgium. Sublime. It is unreal to gave this much flavor and character in a 4.5% beer.

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Photo of morimech
4.52/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a very pale and hazy straw color with two fingers of head that had good retention before settling to a thin cap. Moderate amount of lacing is left on the glass.

Smells terrific. Rustic and slightly funky. Earthy and grassy with a slight lemon twist.

I have to think this is what saisons tasted like a hundred or more years ago. Just what I would like to drink while working in Flanders farm fields. Dry and refreshing. Low ABV. Mildly tart with earthy and lemon notes. A hint of barnyard funk.

Light body with semi-mild carbonation. I would like the bubbles to pick up the body a little more but I am not complaining.

Wow. I have largely been disappointed by American attempts at the style. Upright hit it squarely and brought something even the Belgian brewers do not supply us with.

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Photo of Floydster
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I had a few glasses of this at the brewery, first stop after first arriving at our hotel in Portland, poured by Alex himself, what a great guy, and to boot he makes fantastic beers, reviewed from notes, served in an old GABF flute glass, color is a golden yellow with some orange tint, about a one inch soapy white head, decent retention, some lacing too, aroma consists of mild spice, wheat, citrus, floral accents, light fruits, Belgian yeast, some mellow funk, and light straw, flavor starts off with an chewy wheat flavor, citrus in the middle with a lot of lemon, finish is pretty funky and that is in a good way with dried apricots, gets a little more citrusy as it warms, not very acidic but glimmers of tarty fruit at times, cannot believe how complex this is for a beer under five percent, slightly dry, funky, and chewy mouthfeel, thin to medium bodied, moderate carbonation that was perfect which caused this beer to be even more drinkable and flavorful at the same time, taste lingers a long time for the style, could have drank this stuff all day long, light as can be, refreshing, full of great flavor, most sessionable beer I had all trip, I cannot wait to have more of this in the future and see what else this great brewer comes up with, also really look forward to the cherry version of this that is currently sitting in oak barrels, highly recommended

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Photo of timtim
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy golden with a white head that holds and leaves lots of lace. nose is zippy wheat, pale malt and German-style hop with just the slightest hint of yeasty spiceiness. taste has a tiny blast of lactic tartness with a zippy wheat character and a pleasant, mild, hoppy zing that is wrapped up by very light esters and phenols. very well balanced and extremely tasty for such a small beer. medium-light body with a clean finish. very impressive and entirely too easy to drink. another awesome beer from Upright!

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Photo of djbreezy
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Upright.

Appearance - fluffy white head, hazy yellow color

Smell - lemon and spice on the nose

Taste - yeast and lemon tang

Mouthfeel - good carbonation, medium/light body

Drinkability - nice and refreshing session beer. Overall my favorite from Upright of the numbered beers.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.45/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by 321Jeff. Thanks!

The beer is a hazy, straw yellow hue with a couple inches of thick, white head that leaves a thick sheet of lacing on the glass. The aroma brings lemons, spice, grass, fresh celery. The flavor is refreshing with crisp, zesty carbonation. Light floral and citrus notes are quite enjoyable. The feel is light on the palate. Highly drinkable.

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Photo of cfrances33
4.42/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a HF stem.

Pour: Mostly clear pale gold body with a billowing three plus finger white head. Head is very fluffy, leaves solid lacing, and the hangs around.

Smell: Quite a solid bit of funk up here!!! Some sweet bread and a light lemony citrus. A little bit of honey.

Taste: Lemon zest bite up front, followed by a light biscuity sweetness and funk throughout. A light pepper on the finish.

Mouthfeel: This is so incredibly refreshing. A light clean tartness, and a lighter breadyness that packs so much flavor for sure a drinkable beer.

Overall: A beautiful easy drinker, and maybe my new favorite in the table beer category. Very, very nice.

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Photo of NittanyBeerFan
4.38/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A big thanks to treyrab for sending this back for me on his recent West Coast beer trip. This was a huge want of mine (and it still is!). Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Poured into the tulip, lively carbonation is immediately evident. Little bubbles swirl and dance about through the murky dirty straw colored body of the beer. They rush towards the surface upon completion of the pour and bubble up to form a fluffy coarsely textured marshmallow head that reaches between 2 and 3 inches in height. It subsides fairly quickly and leaves not much lacing. But this looks through and through like a farmhouse ale.

The aromas that immediately manifest themselves are tart wheat malt, grassy hops, an earthy funk, as well as some crisp lemon zest that complements all of those other flavors very well. The palate brings along all of this and more. This is like berlinerweiss meets saison. A light funky base is augmented by some coriander and white pepper spiciness. The citrusy lactic sourness comes through more, complementing the sweaty aromas and background. Sweet bready notes come through in the middle to balance the sour and the funk. Grassy hops, but no bitterness, round this out, leaving a refreshing crispness on my palate.

The feel is lively, as one might expect. Light and refreshing, with tons of bubbles that lighten up the feel, too. It has an enjoyable feel, and I drank the whole bottle save for a few ounces with no problem. I'd have drank those, too, but I shared them. An amazing beer all around. I am definitely keeping this on the wants list.

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Photo of larryi86
4.38/5  rDev +10.3%
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

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Photo of ElGordo
4.37/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Picked up a corny keg from the brewery last week for the holiday weekend. It was a surefire hit among my guests for the Independence Day party, for sure.
Pours a slightly hazy golden color, topped by an energetic creamy white head that leaves some nice lacing on the glass. Assertive aroma of wheat, allspice, lavender, and a touch of citrus. Palate is nice and easy-going - light wheat and malt provide the backbone for mild fruity hops and notes of citrus and light herbs (thyme?). Body is light, bubbly, and silky, just great for a light summery ale.
I've had a number of light, easy-drinking summer ales over the last few weeks, but I think this takes the crown for best summer session ale. A thirst-quenching, satisfying brew that I can (and do) drink all day.

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Photo of 5pmsomewhere
4.37/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

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Photo of womencantsail
4.35/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: The pour is pale straw in color with a big, fluffy, white head that slowly dies down but clings to the glass.

S: There are some decently spicy esters to open up, but that quickly gives way to a more wild character. Lots of grass and lemon, particularly lemon zest. Quite a bit of lactobacillus notes to it.

T: This is surprisingly tart, mostly from lemon zest and lemon juice type of lactic flavors. Grassy hops and a very slight bitterness to the beer. Just a bit of pale cracker malts as the base. This is very dry, almost always good.

M: The body is light to medium, appropriate for a table beer. Quite high in terms of carbonation with a drying finish.

D: I quite liked this. Surprisingly strong in terms of the lactic traits, but I enjoy that. Quite complex and interesting for a "table" beer.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.35/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to stakem for sharing this with me -750ml into a tulip at cool temp. The bottle might have needed more chilling or the yeast is extremely active -either way this a serious 'creeper' not a 'gusher' since it took over 3 glasses filled twice for us to allow the head to settle and be able to be consumed.

A beautiful shade of golden with a huge cap of 3fingers with huge white bubbles, almost irridescent looking in the light. The liquid is a hazed apricot body with lots of lace stickage in a flame pattern up the glass after the time to stratify occured. the retention is decent too. The smell is malty with a light yeasty scent with some floral hop elements and slight toasted grainy note in the back. The yeast provides a good emphassis the the wheat malt with light pale toastiness. I think the fruit in the saison ester takes a backseat to the malt aromas. The feel is luxurious and supple with soft, slightly creamy malt and mild tang of yeast. There is a hint of spice but very mild with a mild sweet element and slight cereal quality which is chewy and very gentle tinge of alcohol if any. The semi-dry finish is pleasantly yeasty.

The taste is mild but full of malt with light biscuit and creamy essence of wheat with subtle tinge of fruit and light yeasty tinge with some light caramel and the floral essence of low acid hops with gentle wine-like white grape tang in the background. The hops combined with the yeast seem grassy in spots, but generally more of a light tea-like astringent tinge. I like how full of malt yet balanced by the yeast this is. A real enjoyable beer, I could drink glass after glass- it achieves it's goal of high drinkability and then some. I like how it made me picture a farmer would reach for something refreshing and quenching as this is after some honest sweat from working the earth. This is a really quaffable ale with a lot of flavor even at low abv. I love Belgian styles such as this when they are done well.

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Photo of DenverLogan
4.34/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Light least one noticeable particulate floating! Small lingering head. Rich aroma of plum, apricot, other fruit...lemon zest. Minimal sweetness, malts, or alcohol. Overall really tasty and easy to drink...could easily do a big bottle with happiness and joy.

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Photo of PEBKAC
4.33/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from Made in Oregon.

Ommegang chalice. Dusty, golden straw body. Flimsy white head.

Smell is bit unexpected & quite awesome. Mild lemon-lime citrus rind, wheat, & sour candy upfront. A dusty, sweet herbal quality, sort of like woodruff syrup.

A little twang, a little itchy wheat. More wheat then anticipated. Lemon juice & dusty bread. Aerosol. Bitter greens & saline on the finish.

Spritzy carbonation. Subtle bitterness. Lovely acid, & just dry enough.

Really refreshing. Why does this have to be $10 a bottle?

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Photo of Oxymoron
4.32/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tried in the basement that is Upright. Of the saisons that I tried, this was my personal favorite. Poured a hazy light golden color with a foamy off white head with some light carbonation. Some lace but limited.

The nose is complex. Some malty undertones with a hint of pilsner malt but some spicey wheat notes. The yeast notes are prevalent. Some pepper notes, a light plumy and a noticeable ester profile that really is complex. Some citrus notes with more of a lemon peel thing than anything. Very nice.

The taste really compliments the nose. The malt backs off a touch versus the yeast notes coming out. Some pils flavors as well as wheat but they take a back seat to the yeast notes. Pepper notes as well as an citrus taste that really come out and balance well. There is a tartness that reminds me of a lemon or orange, but leaves a dry finish that is nice. There is a touch of sour on the back end that leads to a drier finish. Touch of grass in the finish but limited.

The body is moderate to low and carbonation is light. The sourness helps out the body a touch. Overall this a great beer. Saison's are all over the board but this is a good example of a light saison.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4.3/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Sampled June 2011
A solid pour produces a fat, two-finger thick, pale, off-white colored head. The beer is a pale honey / straw color that shows a richly hazed, yellow straw color when held up to the light. The aroma smells of earthy, slihglty grassy coriander, with touches of orange zest, dusty cracker like malt, freshly threshed pale grain (along with the dried straw like character). There is a faint touch of tartness to the finish that is perhaps accentuated by the hints of orange zest. I really like the slightly musty, expressive, sunny grain character that this beer has. As my nose adjusts to it, there also seems to be a light tartness to this brew

This has a zippy carbonation to it that pairs nicely with a nicely tart finish; it is much more tart than I was expecting & I am quite pleasantly surprised. The tartness pairs nicely with the light orange zest flavor that is in the finish. There some straw like pale grain character here as well as a touch of pale-wheat-cracker-like grain notes. This is very light bodied and refreshing (the tartness helps with this last), but it also isn’t overly thin or watery. There is a touch of mustiness here, though not as much as in the nose, but overall the tartness coupled with the hay-like grain character makes this seem clean and refreshing. There is an earthy, somewhat herbaceous, coriander character that forms a nice supporting backbone to the more prominent flavors already mentioned.

I am quite pleased that this is a Wit with some nice tartness to it; it is definitely the way I have come to prefer my Wits. It has even got me a bit more excited about the tart Wit that I am just about ready to bottle up of my own. This is eminently quaffable and a great Wit. The more I get into this, the more I am enjoying this beer. The fact that the tartness is pretty clean, is actually quite nice; there isn’t any real funk here, which would actually overwhelm the flavors of this beer.

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Photo of BurgerJones
4.29/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750mL bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours bubbly, with little head, light amber color. Little lacing, head dissipates quickly.

Sweet, pleasant, yeasty aroma, apple and citrus.

Taste has orange, pepper, tiniest bit of tangy funk at the finish.

Mouthfeel pleasant, light, would like a bit more carbonation but very nice nonetheless.

Overall, excellent saison, sessionable summer beer.

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Photo of thagr81us
4.27/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to womencantsail for sharing this bottle while on my recent trip to Cali! Served from bottle into a sampler mason jar glass. Poured a hazy straw yellow with a minimal pure white head. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, slight sour, and wheat. The flavor was of sweet malt, slight sour, slight tart, and very subtle saison spices. It had a light feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. Definitely had a really nice flavor and aroma going on here for a Saison (which I usually dislike). The sour/tart aspect was a very nice touch here. The flavor was better than the aroma for me. This is an absolute must try! Thanks again Andrew!

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Photo of Beerenauslese
4.27/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks Thorpe, finally clearling out the backlog.

Beer is yellow with a haze to it, a small white head of small bubbles some lacing moderate carbonation.

Aroma is earthy, grassy, estery, floral. Nice. Mild vegetalness but it goes well with the saison yeast aromas.

Beer is thin in body and wet on the finish with a mild wheat like bitterness and some floral flavors and nice finishing notes. An easy drinking nice mildly hoppy saison. I really enjoyed it and would have it again.

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Photo of Derek
4.23/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Crystal clear yellow with a white head, good retention & lace.

S: Lemon grass, straw, light horse blanket.

T: Lemon zest, wheat biscuit, light tartness with hints of funk, modest bitterness.

M: Well-attenuated, light to moderate body with a light acidity and a crisp, dry, refreshing finish.

O: Simple but wonderful. Great summer brew.

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Photo of Devman171
4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
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

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Photo of dgilks
4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy pale gold colour with a fluffy white head. Nice lacing.

Crisp pepper and lightly herbal noble hop aroma with some light wheat tartness. Good.

Light wheat with some nice spicy yeast notes. Great balance.

Medium light body with moderate carbonation. Well suited to the underlying beer.

A really solid Belgian farmhouse style with good flavour. I find this really tasty.

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Photo of Metalmonk
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A million thanks to msubulldog25 for sending this in a recent trade. Lotsa hype on Upright in the Portland community and beyond. Seems like a great way to get his holiday weekend underway...

With a relatively hard pour I got a three-finger head that looks fantastic. Super-firm, as if made of styrofoam (I hope not!) or meringue, a little rocky on top; a bit sea-foam-looking. Amazing cling from abundant lace. Color is a slightly hazed lemon-yellow absolutely overpopulated with bubbles.

Nose is the real deal...fruity, lots of tart lime-like goodness and some band-aid weirdness in the background (that's a good thing!). Simple, but incredibly alluring. There may be other Belgian-style American beers out there with a smell that matches this one's authenticity, but that beat it? I doubt it...

Characteristics of lemon, lime, straw, saddle-blanket, nut husk, dandelion, white wine, green peppercorn and green apple mingle nicely on the tongue. With all that going on (and more, as other impressions built up as the bottle emptied) it remains a relatively straightforward experience, and that's not necessarily a bad thing.

Has a crisp body and dry finish, with perhaps a little too much carbonation for my liking, but I tend to say that more often than not.

Insanely refreshing, and with such a low ABV and an unobtrusive, non-heavy, easy-to-love flavor and aroma, it's a no-brainer that this can be considered extremely drinkable. Very well-balanced, and not too champagne-y in feel and flavor either (as some saisons can be). A wonderful example of the style, by a brewer half a world away from Belgium, no less.

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Four (#4) from Upright Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 103 ratings.