Four (#4) - Upright Brewing Company

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88
very good

305 Ratings
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Ratings: 305
Reviews: 104
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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Ratings: 305 | Reviews: 104
Photo of superspak
4.06/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

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.

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 Beerenauslese
4.27/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

Photo of joe1510
4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

Photo of Resuin
4.19/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

Photo of Doodler
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

Photo of FondueVoodoo
4.09/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Big show on the pour, giant soapy white head tops a hazing dark wheat coloured brew.

S: Overall the smell is clean and approachable, plenty of freshness of lemons, tart apples, yeasty bread & pale malts with clean minerals and a mild barnyard funkiness.

T: Clean minerals, lemons and tart apples make this immediately refreshing and an easy drinker. A pleasant mild bretta yeast supports the minerals without detracting from clean feel. Spiced with white pepper and coriander and wheat profile throughout.

M: Dry and crisp with a fuzz of carbonation supporting the dry profile. Delicate and light as expected, unobtrusive with a meal.

O: A delicate drink that is an excellent introduction to brettas, clean and crisp and an easy drinker.

Photo of popery
3.94/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes 1/31/11. Bottle. This is a very nice light saison. It packs a lot of flavor for the abv. The aroma is quite fruity. It’s mostly yeasty and lemony, but there are apricots, oranges, peaches, grapes and barley in there, as well. Sits lightly on the palate. The beer is dry and lively. Nice yeast character and fresh malt in the taste. Light yellow beer with a frothy white head. Refreshing and easy to drink.

Photo of joeseppy
4.14/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Loads of bubbles in a champagne manner with a thick head.

Bright gold color in a hazy lemon-honey hue.

Smells of tart lemon, mild spice, and bright.

Light, crisp and refreshing. Mild citrus notes and yeast.

Mouthfeel is dry and pleasing. Slightly bitter at the end.

I could drink this all day long. This will join my upcoming spring saison lineup. What a fantastic bottle to setup on the patio and share with friends. Coming in at 135 calories per bottle and a 4.5% ABV----drink up. Great respite from a RIS winter.

Photo of cfrances33
4.42/5  rDev +12.8%
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.

Photo of barleywinefiend
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured a cloudy straw, deepish yellow color with good carbonation and a nice white cap which fades leaving some light bubbles and a little white ring circling the glass

S: Wheat, lemon zest, dash of salt and light barnyard

T: Immediate lemon zest, barnyard with a pronounced barnyard but no funk, more like hay and light horseblanket. The finsh has a light, lingering bitterness with a lemon drop and hay note to finish it off

M: Light bodied, little booze, very effervescent with a good amount of citrus and wheat setting up camp on the palate

O: Good. Easy drinking and well rounded.

Photo of PEBKAC
4.33/5  rDev +10.5%
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?

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 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 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 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 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 willjschmidt
4/5  rDev +2%
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.

Photo of Derek
4.23/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

Photo of rinhaak
4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
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!

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 tobelerone
3.88/5  rDev -1%
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.

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 OldMar
3.87/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

Four (#4) from Upright Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 305 ratings.