Four (#4) - Upright Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
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 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.

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 DenverLogan
4.34/5  rDev +10.7%
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.

Photo of JimmyTango
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.17/5  rDev +6.4%
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!

Photo of morimech
4.52/5  rDev +15.3%
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.

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