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Four (#4) - Upright Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
88
very good

280 Ratings
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Ratings: 280
Reviews: 98
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 10.71%
Wants: 24
Gots: 43 | FT: 2
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 Sammy
3.92/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from Brewery Creek. A lemony and Bretty aroma greets you. Yellow golden body with lots of soapy head. A lemon and wheat tartness. Lacey. Above average carbonation. A good drinker though a tongue burner with the Thai spice. As a saison, well its tart.

Photo of t0rin0
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Little Bear in Los Angeles, CA.

Pours a murky orange-yellow with a foamy bone colored head hat settles to an island of film on top of the beer. A foamy latticework of lace forms around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of grain, malt, yeast, and spice. Taste is much the same with a mild spice bitterness on the palate after each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev +2%

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4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of acurtis
4/5  rDev +2%

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4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of Thorpe429
4.62/5  rDev +17.9%
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.

Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +2%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of BEERchitect
4.06/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

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4/5  rDev +2%

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4/5  rDev +2%

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3/5  rDev -23.5%

Photo of womencantsail
4.35/5  rDev +11%
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.

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 biboergosum
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

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 Slatetank
4.35/5  rDev +11%
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.

Photo of oline73
4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a snifter.

Appearance: Pours a very cloudy golden with an amber hue. There is a finger of fluffy white head with solid retention and mild lacing.

Smell: Light and herbal. You can smell the malt, but it isn't particularly sweet. There are some light citrus notes as well.

Taste: Light but very flavorful. Crisp and refreshing. There are some herbal and mild fruity citrus notes. The finish is mildly herbal and slightly bitter.

Mouthfeel: The body is a bit thin. The carbonation is aggressive with a finish that's a bit dry.

Overall: This is a really flavorful beer given the abv. Great session beer.

Photo of mendvicdog
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

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 drabmuh
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
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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Four (#4) from Upright Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 280 ratings.