Four (#4) - Upright Brewing Company

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Ratings: 302
Reviews: 103
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 10.46%
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 Bfarr
2.79/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Appearance is a cloudy brown with a highly carbonated white head. A yeasty and slightly earthy aroma is slightly subdued. Tastes are very well balanced with wheat and malt presence taking turns with a nice hop bitterness that lingers lightly. A very high carbonation feel leads to a medium dry finish.

I may have had a bad bottle because this thing exploded in as soon as I opened it and didn't stop frothing for 10 minutes. I didn't jostle it, it didn't move but from the fridge to being opened. I served it chilled as was recommended to me. That being forgiven, the appearance was so cloudy it almost looked muddy. The taste is very approachable and even but the high carbonation destroyed any enjoyable flavors. Unfortunate at $11 a bottle.

Photo of illidurit
2.91/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

750 mL bottle poured into my Odonata saison glass. Bright clear gold with a massive rocky white head which takes a while to settle down enough to allow me to take a sip. Aroma is piney, lemony, and metallic, very bright and bursting out of the glass. Seems a bit solvent-like with some sharpness to it. Flavor continues the sharp acidity of the aroma, but it's not pleasant as in a typical sour beer, it's more distracting and overpowering. Big lemongrass/lemonade note up front, followed by a more welcome cereal graininess and dry finish. I'm thinking this might have a slight infection.

Photo of DavoleBomb
3/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a tulip.

3.5 A: Nearly clear golden wheat color. Three fingers of pillowy white head. Retention is good and a little bit of irregular lacing is left.

3.5 S: Lemony and wheaty with grassiness all around. Dry hay, musty rotting wood, and a light floral/vegetal combo. Faint corriander. Finally, something between plastic and sorachi ace hops, but thankfully this isn't very strong. I read some reviews before buying this and the beer I'm smelling doesn't have the spiciness that I read about. Oh well.

2.5 T: The strongest flavor might be the one I hated the most in the nose. The sorachi plastic is back and distracts from the good flavors. Lemon rind, wheat, grass, hay follow. Big herbal character in this. Lightly floral with musty dustiness, rotting wood, and apple orchard. This reminds me of Saison du Buff in a few ways, though this is much better.

3.5 M: Lighter body. Higher level, somewhat spritzy carbonation. Smooth enough.

3.0 D: I'm not a huge fan of this because of the big herbalness and the plastic thing. I think I'm particularly sensitive to these flavors. In any case, this isn't bad, but far from my saison of choice.

Photo of AlexFields
3.1/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Lemon yellow color, an omen of scents and flavors to come.

Smells strongly of lemon and less strongly of yeast and spices.

Tastes just as strongly of lemon, a rather tart saison. The lemon flavors are too dominant. As it warms they fade a little bit and it improves some.

This is supposed to be their traditional saison, a table beer, but to me it's one dimensional and over the top with lemon flavor. It's pleasant but not their best.

6.2/10

Photo of phichifiji00
3.15/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into pint glass.

Appearance: Straw colored, slight white head, average lacing.

Smell: earty, straw, grass, hints of lemon zest, slightly hoppy.

Taste: Hoppy, notes of lemon zest/citrus, slightly spicy.

Mouthfeel: light bodied, low carbonation, very dry.

Overall: A decent, simple saison, nothing complex going on. Very drinkable. Refreshing

Photo of philbertk
3.21/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Upright Brewing Company--FOUR--2010 Dark Green 25.4 oz. Bottle. 4.50% ABV. 10 IBU's? (3.5 / 5.0) Saison / Wheat Ale? Huge foamy lacy white head. Clear bright gold color hazes creamy orange with light sediment. Delicate floral wheat ester weak hop front. Fizzy dry sweet thin smooth slightly fruity Saison grassy herbal refreshing wheat body. Light citrus zesty end. Clean & Smooth. Light, but Tasty. Thin, but not Bland. Sampled 7/30/2010. 2 @ $10.99 Each.

Photo of alpinebryant
3.28/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a massive overflowing head in my tulip glass. Lacing on the sides of the glass evident. Body of the beer is hazy and straw pale malt yellow.

S: Aroma of lemon rind, mustiness, pale malts, Czech/Noble hops, some fruit blossoms and a french saison yeast. I have brewed a few saisons with very similar aroma that were not at all hard to brew.

T: Starts off with a pronounced lemon rind flavor , a bit of coriander and some mustiness. The flavors are really more lemon and lightly flavored pale malt than anything else. I suspect the temperatures did not get as high as I prefer to make my Saisons that I put into the 90's in the early to mid summer to pronounce its flavors.

M: The body is light and fluffy with a ton of carbonation. Too much, however this was probably not completely fermented at the time of bottling and the sugars have been finished afterwards.

O: I am not overly impressed with this although it is not bad. I have a slightly biased assessment coming from some Saisons that I have made with little difficulty that were very similar or better than this with a little more flavor. With that said, this is a highly drinkable light summer Saison which is what these are supposed to be. I would recommend trying Saison Dupont over this however it is a nice light Saison that is not offensive to those who fear flavor.

Photo of PDXHops
3.3/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On tap in a goblet.

Pale yellow body with a finger of bright white head. Retention is OK with a regimen of intermittent swirling. Wet lacing is teased, but it sort of drips back into the beer.

Bouquet is mild, but pleasant: light grains, some lemony/wheat tang, bit of cloves and some other spices, a hint of funk.

In the mouth, husky grains and light malts are livened up with a that lemon/wheat combo again, a bit of sourness, cloves, banana, and again a vague bit of funk. All these elements are rather subdued, but identifiable. There's a grassy bite of hops at the swallow that lingers for a second, then gives way to a dry, slightly chalky finish.

Overall impression: A bit subdued for my liking, but a tasty, refreshing brew.

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.53/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Lots of citrus on this one. The lemon on the nose hits hard at first and fades fairly soon. There is a high amount on the flavor profile with a lot of acid on the profile. Also a bit of an earthy woody thing on the backside. Too much citrus on this one, for my taste. Outdoes everything else and nothing else has an opportunity to shine. A so-so saison. Just too one sided.

Photo of fourstringer
3.58/5  rDev -8.7%
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!

Photo of Florida9
3.58/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Cloudy pastel yellow in color. Forms a enormous pillowy white head that slowly reduces to about a quarter inch or so. Light lacing.

S: Green apples, grapes, herbaceous, and mildly vinous.

T & M: The first thing you notice about this beer is the extent of the wheat coming through. Then flavors of bubble gum, banana, apple, lemon and grassy herbs. Dry on the palate with medium-heavy carbonation. Flavor is very light

O: This beer reminded me of some sort of odd bastard child of champagne and a dry Normandy cider more so than a Saison. In the end, I think it's a decent beer, but I find Upright's other Saison's to be more enjoyable.

Photo of RedDiamond
3.6/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A casual tasting of this clouded wheat beer suggests a Belgian-style wit, though apparently the cloven phenolics that might otherwise suggest coriander are the product of Upright's signature saison ale yeast. Aside from unmalted wheat, no flavoring adjuncts are used.

Four is sunny yellow and modestly clouded with a thin white head and modest lace. Its flavor is snappy, peppery, and crisp though not tart. The aroma is delightfully spicy.

A nice little farmhouse beer though a bit thin in the finish.

Photo of ehammond1
3.66/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

On Tap

Churchill's Pub & Grille
San Marcos, CA

Very light straw yellow in color, with a slight haze, that leaves regular, nearly perfect lines of stick down the glass. Very pretty.

Mild aroma, with some grain and apple notes, along with earth and grass.

A very simple flavor of grass, grain, mild lemon and apple, and just a hint of funk. Very low bitterness and incredibly drinkable.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation, though airy and light. Marvelously drinkable. This beer scores major points here.

Gulpable, though not particularly interesting, even considering the ABV.

Photo of smakawhat
3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

Photo of GreenCard
3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

[Bottle purchased at the brewery tasting room]

Appearance: pale straw to gold, slight haze, medium layer of pure white fine-beaded foam, decent head retention

Aroma: chamomile tea, braeburn apples, sun-warmed strawberries, wheat, honey, and band-aids

Flavor: light maltiness like a wheat cracker or a slice of fresh-baked bread; the yeast phenolics are subdued hints of clove; mild acidity; touch of lemon and grassy hops; finishes dry with a tartness and lingering herbal note

Mouthfeel: light body, pert carbonation, crisp texture

Other comments: This is like Saison Dupont's little sister or something. Or if Saison Dupont moved to the US and had a baby with an American hefeweizen. Really looking to Six and Seven being released in bottles.

Photo of mmapes
3.69/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy yellow, fizzy foamy head. Dry, grassy, almost winey at first followed by malty notes that remind you it's beer not wine. Yeast in the finish as well. I like Tank 7, but this seems more quaffable because it is not so sweet. Very refreshing. Would buy again.

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.7/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle poured into a Russian River -tion glass. No bottle date.

Appearance - Slightly hazy yellow-orange body with a huge white head. No lacing on the glass, but the retention is good.

Smell - Citrusy lemon-orange yeasty character. Strong bready malt. Nice and light smelling.

Taste - More yeasty in the taste than the aroma. Slightly tangy flavor that builds into the finish. It somewhat masks the other flavors. Bready malt character that faintly comes through and a earthy hop finish that's a nice counter point to the tang.

Mouthfeel - Light. Well carbonated. Easy drinking. The tartness perhaps detracts from the drinkability, but it's still nice.

Overall - I like sours, but I don't know that I like the sour character of this beer. It's a very nice saison otherwise. The sour flavors just mask what I think would be a very nice beer.

Photo of Philousa
3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Imbibed at Good Karma on 10/26/12.

Pours a hazy, tawny gold with a billowy white head that laces well. Aroma is mildly spicy (pepper, clove), mainly lemon and wheat. Flavor is a little subdued and the feel is a little light because of the low ABV. Lots of peanut and cashew with a slightly tart wheat flavor. Hops are floral and light, leaving a pleasant aftertaste. This is what I imagine a farmer would want after a hard day's work. Very flavorful, but doesn't knock you on your ass. Digging the recent trend towards flavorful session beer.

Photo of Rifugium
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

Photo of HopHead84
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at The Belmont Station. Light gold and semi-cloudy with a small white head. The retention is good and there's a little lacing.

Aromas are of wheat, spices, and some tartness. Yeastiness and some light fruity esters are present. The flavor has some spiciness up front with light fruits: lemon and apricot. The beer has a low level of acidity. This is very flavorful for a 4% beer. No alcohol is noticeable.

The beer is light bodied. It's flavorful while having a low ABV and being light on the palate.

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.77/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

Photo of beagle75
3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from a capped 750 into a tulip glass.

A: Slightly hazy, medium golden color with abundant white foam head that quickly deflates to sparse patches. Almost no lacing remains on the glass.

S: Bright fruit, yeast funk, and faint ripe, runny cheese (or possibly rancid butter).

T: Begins smooth with noticeable wheat, then quickly develops bright acidity bordering on lactic sourness. A snap of pepper also emerges in the middle, before the finish demonstrates a brisk grassy bitterness alongside the return of rich wheat.

M: Light, velvety (wheat) texture with fairly high carbonation really suits the style, leaving the palate refreshed after every sip.

D: A sophisticated collection of flavors in a sessionable package distinguishes this beer. Food pairings may be the preferred application here, considering the eager presence this beer imparts upon the palate with its smooth mouthfeel and scrubbing bubbles. Also, the challenges presented by this beer are not insignificant and probably better moderated when accompanied by other sensory stimuli.

Photo of Chico1985
3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to ArchEnemyBrew for throwing this in as an extra in our trade a while back.

First pour is all foam, finally some hazy pale orange beer comes around. For such a huge head, doesn't retain too well, does leave some lace.

Lemon, citrus, wheaty scents. Pleasant, though a little plain.

Taste opens up things a bit more. Definitely lots of zesty citrus and lemon present, some herbal hops too. Yeast, grassiness, light on the farm but a bit of straw there. Big bready wheat in the finish.

Definitely high on the carbonation, comes off as a little spritzy for my tastes, but it's light and refreshing, suitable for the style.

A nice, refreshing saison, the big fruit and wheat aspect added alot here I think. Easy drinking, a bottle of this on a summer day is an enticing thought.

Photo of Urbancaver
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Side by side of four and fatali four. An interesting comparison

Both pour a clear golden orange with lots of carbonation. The regular four has a crazy amount of head. Fatali four is fairly minimal headed. Both smell a bit funky. The fatali has a nice kick of pepper on the nose. Both have a wheaty saison scent that is great. Both taste nice and wheaty. A nice funk. The fatali has a huuuuge pepper on the back of the tongue. They are both really solid saisons! The moth feel is solid. Smilar carbonation on both. Overall both are tasty. Fatali is incredible compared to the base beer. Overall base four is solid both nothing special

Photo of ckeegan04
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From notes from my week in Oregon in June. On tap at Belmont Station.

A - Golden yellow with a foamy three finger white head. Lightly hazed. Very active carbonation quickly rising to the top. Smattering of thin white lace left behind.

S - Hints of lemon zest, wheat and a light spiciness. Light tartness in the smell as well. As the beer warms the wheat really starts to shine through.

T - Light tartness right off the bat with hints of lemon zest. The spiciness quickly comes in as well and matches up aaginst the tart lemon tastes. Somewhat grainy towards the end.

M/D - Light anc crisp with excellent carbonation. Very easy drinking with a nice blend of flavors. None are phenomenal, but they all play off of each other nicely.

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Four (#4) from Upright Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 302 ratings.