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Four (#4) - Upright Brewing Company

Four (#4)Four (#4)

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BA SCORE
88
very good

217 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 217
Reviews: 92
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 11.14%


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:
"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

(Beer added by: msubulldog25 on 05-02-2009)
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Philousa

California

3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-27-2012 20:27:21 | More by Philousa
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mmapes

Colorado

3.73/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2012 17:41:53 | More by mmapes
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alpinebryant

Connecticut

3.25/5  rDev -17.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2012 23:05:26 | More by alpinebryant
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DavoleBomb

Ohio

2.95/5  rDev -25.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2012 05:11:47 | More by DavoleBomb
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev -10.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2012 22:46:20 | More by RblWthACoz
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willjschmidt

California

4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a Sierra Nevada 30th anniversary glass.

A: Pours a pale golden straw color with a very thick and pillowy white head.

S: Lemon, citrus, floral accents.

T: Sightly tart, floral hops, ever so slightly bitter. The flavors are subtle yet complex. Very light and refreshing.

M: High amount of carbonation, light body.

D: A very light yet flavorful saison.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2012 03:07:39 | More by willjschmidt
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Derek

British Columbia (Canada)

4.23/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2012 23:03:07 | More by Derek
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rinhaak

Massachusetts

4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Pours a nice cloudy gold with a thick head, Four has a full spicy aroma of grass, cloves, and hops. Wildly carbonated on the tongue, it drinks like a dry champagne: fruity and crisp up front, with a surprisingly full malt finish.

This is a wonderful session Saison (perhaps my favorite to date) that is well balanced and full of character. Definitely a beer worth having!

Thanks to OregonHopmonster for the trade!

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2012 05:05:04 | More by rinhaak
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ehammond1


3.65/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-30-2012 04:26:35 | More by ehammond1
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tobelerone

Connecticut

3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of the palest, lightest beers I can remember. Hazy very light yellow/gold with an absurd bubble bath head that settles very slowly; patchy lace sticks to the glass.

Nice nose; nothing too big; yeasty, lemony citrus, floral notes, distinct wheat. In the flavor, the yeast is manifest as a peppery spice note; grainy wheat meshes well with grassy, floral hops (Hallertauer Mittelfruh) and pale malt. Mild tartness and citrusy character; lingering bitterness, dry finish.

Medium light body with lively carbonation. In combination with the assertive pepper it dances on the tongue pretty well. Easy drinking, very dry nature brings you back for more quickly.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2012 21:18:44 | More by tobelerone
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UCLABrewN84

California

4/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-24-2012 08:34:39 | More by UCLABrewN84
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OldMar


3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | 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. Maybe a peach/pear note in the finish - not cloying at all.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2012 21:04:55 | More by OldMar
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Florida9

Illinois

3.58/5  rDev -9.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2012 00:19:11 | More by Florida9
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DenverLogan

Colorado

4.35/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Light yellowish...at 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.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2012 23:16:17 | More by DenverLogan
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draheim

Washington

4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750mL into a Hennepin glass. Pours a clear pale golden color w/ vigorous champagne carb, thick creamy head, stick clumps of lace. Beautiful beer.

Aroma is a little tart, wet hay. Good saison aroma.

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

Mouthfeel is smooth and clean w/ a dry finish. Wheat malt gives it a softness in both the taste and the mouthfeel.

Overall a surprisingly drinkable, approachable saison. I can't imagine anyone not liking this.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2012 04:07:07 | More by draheim
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JimmyTango

California

3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This Upright Co has been so intriguing to me and thanks to Ian and Chelse I finally get to check one out! Their year round beers are all brewed with french Saison Yeast, but with a different base. Four is wheat, Five is hoppy pale, Six is rye, and Seven is dark. Stoked to try the rest when I get a chance.

Four was good, but not great, acidic saison. Low alcohol is great ‘cuz you can drink more : ) Very clean wheat base with almost no fruitiness besides a hint of green apple peel. It has fairly assertive bittering hops, lemon scent, and a tart taste mixed in with the saltine cracker base. Low on funk, but that is ok. Only complaint is that the bitterness comes across like aspirin in the background a bit, which I don’t like.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2012 22:04:11 | More by JimmyTango
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4DAloveofSTOUT

Illinois

4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured into tulip glass.

Appearance: Pale straw yellow bodied beer with a solid 2 fingers of white head. Nice lacing on the glass. Thin cap with some small bubbles on top of the beer.

Smell: Mildly spicy wheat and hay notes. Bright citrus notes of oranges and lemons. Grassy and earthy; floral and mildy funky.

Taste: Starts off as a wheat beer with mild lemon tartness. Then the beer unfolds into spice and peppery notes with more hay. Oranges are quite noticable as well. Finishes with a tart dry mild funkiness really solid beer right here!

Mouthfeel: light bodied beer with mild to moderate carbonation. Rediculous drinkability and a really refreshing beer. Nice semi-dry finish that is not overly dry.

Overall: I have always been a big beer drinker, but now I am beginning to appreciate sours and saisons much more these days. This is a solid beer and really enjoyed this beer far more than I expected that I would. This beer really gives you a perspective of what beer was like back in the older days and makes you think of all things great about summer!

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2012 01:07:57 | More by 4DAloveofSTOUT
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morimech

Minnesota

4.53/5  rDev +14.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2012 19:11:50 | More by morimech
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Alieniloquium

Florida

3.68/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2012 23:34:15 | More by Alieniloquium
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drabmuh

Maryland

4.23/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2012 18:04:57 | More by drabmuh
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Chico1985

Massachusetts

3.83/5  rDev -3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2012 17:04:10 | More by Chico1985
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cbutova

Massachusetts

4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared by Chico1985, reviewed from notes.

A- Hazy golden orange body with a super mega head that fills the whole glass with almost no liquid. Settles down to a huge creamy white cap with infinite retention. Spotty lace down the glass.

S- Saison yeast with some citrus notes, yeast spice and some straw farm feel, clove and coriander.

T- Pretty nice hop presence with a smooth, non abrasive spicy saison yeast flavor, lemon zest and citrus juice is pretty apparent, floral and herbal hints, apples, grape and raisin.

MF- Highly carbonated light body, creamy feel and a very slight bitterness.

Fruity and yeasty saison that drinks pretty nicely, like how the yeast is flavorful but doesn't dominate like some American Belgians.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2012 17:08:54 | More by cbutova
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Thorpe429

Illinois

4.63/5  rDev +17.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2012 02:44:28 | More by Thorpe429
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djbreezy

Washington

4.55/5  rDev +15.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-02-2012 21:05:53 | More by djbreezy
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oline73

Maryland

4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2011 23:53:44 | More by oline73
Four (#4) from Upright Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 217 ratings.