Four (#4) - Upright Brewing Company

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102 Reviews
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Reviews: 102
Hads: 305
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 5.01%
Wants: 26
Gots: 46 | FT: 3
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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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Reviews: 102 | Hads: 305
Photo of timtim
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy golden with a white head that holds and leaves lots of lace. nose is zippy wheat, pale malt and German-style hop with just the slightest hint of yeasty spiceiness. taste has a tiny blast of lactic tartness with a zippy wheat character and a pleasant, mild, hoppy zing that is wrapped up by very light esters and phenols. very well balanced and extremely tasty for such a small beer. medium-light body with a clean finish. very impressive and entirely too easy to drink. another awesome beer from Upright! (509 characters)

Photo of augustgarage
3.97/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750mL bottle into my Bruery tulip.

A wheat-forward table beer brewed with French saison yeast? Sounds good, let's see:

Uniformly hazy (though nearly clear) chrome yellow/amber liquid which glows like a golden-yellow lantern. A snow-white head recedes to a lasting colar and membrane. Decent sandy lacing, glassy legs (surprising to see considering the low ABV).

Light aromatics are a pleasing mixture of pale malt and German lager notes (from the hops). Yeast is very subdued.

Bright lactic tartness on the palate, crisp sourness from the wheat, and a crackery malt note lead into the finish where the noble hops persist adding a hard-to-describe dash of flowery spice. Dry yet fruity finish (reminds me of some white wines). Again, the yeast seems to bond everything together, but isn't really perceptible on its own.

Lightly effervescent (perhaps a bit flat for the style), crisp, bright (not quite puckering) mouthfeel.

Hard to rate to style, as it is has a lot in common with a Bavarian lager despite being a farmhouse ale - perhaps inspired by the true "table beers" of old (these days most examples of saison are higher in alcohol), this is a creative effort which would go well with sushi or (as they suggest) shell-fish. Has some similarity to Dupont's "Avril" saison - though I prefer the yeasty/creaminess of the latter. (1,354 characters)

Photo of peensteen
4.17/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy golden colour, tinges of orange come through, thin white head with subtle lace forming on the glass. The nose has a citrusy orange smell, a slight funky sourness there is also a yeast like note and some spice. Tastes of sour fruit, tart citrus and finishes with sour apple. Mouthfeel is decent, though a little on the thin side and finishes quickly. Overall very drinkable, something I would love to revisit. (421 characters)

Photo of thagr81us
4.27/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to womencantsail for sharing this bottle while on my recent trip to Cali! Served from bottle into a sampler mason jar glass. Poured a hazy straw yellow with a minimal pure white head. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, slight sour, and wheat. The flavor was of sweet malt, slight sour, slight tart, and very subtle saison spices. It had a light feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. Definitely had a really nice flavor and aroma going on here for a Saison (which I usually dislike). The sour/tart aspect was a very nice touch here. The flavor was better than the aroma for me. This is an absolute must try! Thanks again Andrew! (732 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
4.35/5  rDev +9%
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. (805 characters)

Photo of Docer
4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Surprised I hadn't reviewed this one yet.. bottle tasting at By The Bottle here in Vancouver, WA..

- Light golden ale, fizzy big fluffy white head.. bubbly goodness.

- Tart and zesty brew with a huge biscuity bready grain bill.. grassy zesty hops... pleasant and not overpowering yeast..

- Light, zesty, herbal... smooth grainy breadiness.. super good beer.

- Light bodied, well carbonated, bubbly, zesty and mouth watering.

- My favorite of the 4-7 year around series. Light, sessionable... and damn good. Big win. (523 characters)

Photo of Viggo
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Finally getting to some old reviews from my BC trio. On tap at Alibi Room.

Pours a lightly hazed yellow/golden, a few straw highlights, thick white head forms and settles down to a thick ring around the glass and a thin layer, some lace spirals stick, looks good.

Smell is nice, light and malty, some oats, a bit of lemon and orange zest, lightly yeasty, some wheat, toast, very faint barnyardy funk, a touch of spice, pretty nice.

Taste is similar, quite light but flavourful, toast and some oats, a bit of honey sweetness, biscuit, orange and lemon, coriander, has a bit of citrusy zing to it, a bit of yeast, lightly funky, pretty neat.

Mouthfeel is light bodied with medium carbonation. A nice light saison, approachable with enough funk to keep me happy, refreshing stuff. (781 characters)

Photo of beagle75
3.8/5  rDev -4.8%
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. (1,059 characters)

Photo of philbertk
3.21/5  rDev -19.5%
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. (456 characters)

Photo of John_M
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Bailey's the other day.

The beer pours a hazy honey gold color with good head retention and lacing. On the nose, there's a pretty noticeable "wheatiness" to this beer, though there's also some attractive spice, including lemon zest and light ginger. The flavor profile generally replicates the nose, but with some attractive hoppy bitterness on the finish that tames the modest sweetness in this beer quite nicely. Consequently, the finish on this beer is pretty much on the dry side, and mouthfeel is light and a bit crisp. Still, for such a low alcohol beer, I have to say I'm pretty impressed by the amount of flavor in this beer. Drinkability is excellent, and I couldn't help thinking what a great beer this would be for the warm, summer months on the East Coast (except, of course, this beer unfortunately is not available on the East Coast).

Very nice beer... (878 characters)

Photo of canucklehead
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice to see a saison with low ABV as quite a few of the style are above 7% and eventhough the taste is light the alcohol can catch up with you.

This is a fruity light take on a farmhouse beer with enough complexity to make things interesting but really it considers drinakbility a priority. I do wish this would come in six packs of small bottles to do it justice for a nice summer beer on the patio or with a plate of food (425 characters)

Photo of Patrick999
3.99/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

lPoured into a tulip, Four shows the foaminess and hazy golden body typical of the style. Pretty good lacing noted too. It's about as good as it gets, near Duvelian, Saison Dupont-ian, etc, etc.

In the aroma, a good deal of tangy lemon, some witbier-like mustiness.

I get the sensation of lemon on the palate without much of the acidity. Certainly peppery, like a lemon-pepper chicken. Slight goosey farmhouse funk. Flavor profile true to style, subtle but not lacking.

Thin mouthfeel, as might be expected for a "table beer." High carbonation and general crisp character makes this a real palate-cleanser.

An obvious choice for a Miami summer beer, the kind I wish we could get more of down here. This is a very solid, true to style traditional farmhouse ale. Hugely drinkable low-ABV quencher and/or food beer. So Upright, I can't say I'd ever heard of you guys before, but I think I'm now a fan of your beer. Cheers! (927 characters)

Photo of Bfarr
2.79/5  rDev -30.1%
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. (744 characters)

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to thirdeye11 for sharing this bottle. This was sampled alongside Upright 5, 6 and 7.

The beer pours a hazy light yellow color with a white head. The aroma is lemon, citrus, spices and coriander. The flavor is lemon and orange citrus with some wheat and spicy hops. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. (314 characters)

Photo of callmemickey
4.18/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pale, golden-straw colored body. Large, fluffy, creamy head. Good retention as the head slowly crept down the sides. Nice coating of lacing.

S: Wheat, hay, lemon zest, light pepper, and a touch of tart barnyard funk.

T: The presence of wheat is undeniable. Nice lemon blast. Less peppery than the nose. Good, manageable funk. Slightly tart in the finish.

M: Smooth, ideal weight in the body. Carbonation is spot on. The finish is nice and satisfying.

D: While there was nothing "stellar" about the aroma or the flavor profile, this was a very enjoyable brew. Upright describes it as their "table" saison... I think thats the perfect description. At 4.5% and pleasant from start to finish, this is the kind of saison you need a case of at all times so you can crack one every night with dinner. (800 characters)

Photo of Oxymoron
4.32/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tried in the basement that is Upright. Of the saisons that I tried, this was my personal favorite. Poured a hazy light golden color with a foamy off white head with some light carbonation. Some lace but limited.

The nose is complex. Some malty undertones with a hint of pilsner malt but some spicey wheat notes. The yeast notes are prevalent. Some pepper notes, a light plumy and a noticeable ester profile that really is complex. Some citrus notes with more of a lemon peel thing than anything. Very nice.

The taste really compliments the nose. The malt backs off a touch versus the yeast notes coming out. Some pils flavors as well as wheat but they take a back seat to the yeast notes. Pepper notes as well as an citrus taste that really come out and balance well. There is a tartness that reminds me of a lemon or orange, but leaves a dry finish that is nice. There is a touch of sour on the back end that leads to a drier finish. Touch of grass in the finish but limited.

The body is moderate to low and carbonation is light. The sourness helps out the body a touch. Overall this a great beer. Saison's are all over the board but this is a good example of a light saison. (1,179 characters)

Photo of ccrida
4.12/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draught at Bailey's, Dry-hopped Four (it's not clear if they always dry hop it, or this is a special batch) is a cloudy gold with a white head that leaves foamy lace.

Smell is big bright tropical fruity saison esters. Love this yeast! There's a bit of minty hops, but they're really not particularly strong for being dry hopped.

Taste is great, classic saison - clean grain, big esters, actually a bit hoppier on the palate then the nose, which is weird. Nice little sour citrus component.

Mouthfeel is pretty dry, but slick. Nice carbonation, light bodied.

Drinkability is good, the quintessentially refreshing session ale. To nit-pick, compared to the most classic examples, it could use a drier, more mineral laden snap. (733 characters)

Photo of msubulldog25
4.18/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured on Sunday, 24 January - not long after the NFC Championship Game ended. A 750ml green bottle, a partial pour to a 'La Chouffe' tulip glass (finished later).

This was a tribute to THE #4 (Brett Favre) on the outstanding, albeit imperfect, game he played...

A: Golden wheat with a slight haze (much more pronounced the second pour), filled with a bounty of streaming bubbles. Awesome 3-finger+ white mound of foam, even with a slow and steady pour; slow to recede, this epitomizes 'rockiness'. A few dabs of lace hold, but most glide gently down the inside of the glass.

S: Rustic mustiness wafts from the glass, a 'country' spiced grass/hay mix that evokes the French-Belgian rural regions. Lemon, cracked pepper, chalk dust.

T: A chewy scone, yeast mingled with tea-like clippings, lemongrass. Sourdough is strong here, so is the pepper/spice in the finish, bone-dry.

M: Lively spritz from start to finish, fresher feeling from the bottle than at any time I've tasted this on draft - curious. Crisp, effervescent bubbles in a light-medium body.

D: Ridiculously modest alcohol level makes this refreshing and an easy one to drink. The kind of 'everyday' brew that I'm glad to have access to year-round. Upright has a gem in the #4... (1,247 characters)

Photo of jdense
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Upright tasting room 1.16.10.

Clear golder body, minimal white head and lacing. Lemony esters from the house yeast, a bit of pepper and corinader. Same taste profile as the nose, with a bit of dried citrus peel present. Pretty dry and tart finish. Very drinkable. A good starter Farmhouse Ale for the uninitiated, a nice change of pace for the devotee. Recommended. (376 characters)

Photo of Metalmonk
4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A million thanks to msubulldog25 for sending this in a recent trade. Lotsa hype on Upright in the Portland community and beyond. Seems like a great way to get his holiday weekend underway...

With a relatively hard pour I got a three-finger head that looks fantastic. Super-firm, as if made of styrofoam (I hope not!) or meringue, a little rocky on top; a bit sea-foam-looking. Amazing cling from abundant lace. Color is a slightly hazed lemon-yellow absolutely overpopulated with bubbles.

Nose is the real deal...fruity, lots of tart lime-like goodness and some band-aid weirdness in the background (that's a good thing!). Simple, but incredibly alluring. There may be other Belgian-style American beers out there with a smell that matches this one's authenticity, but that beat it? I doubt it...

Characteristics of lemon, lime, straw, saddle-blanket, nut husk, dandelion, white wine, green peppercorn and green apple mingle nicely on the tongue. With all that going on (and more, as other impressions built up as the bottle emptied) it remains a relatively straightforward experience, and that's not necessarily a bad thing.

Has a crisp body and dry finish, with perhaps a little too much carbonation for my liking, but I tend to say that more often than not.

Insanely refreshing, and with such a low ABV and an unobtrusive, non-heavy, easy-to-love flavor and aroma, it's a no-brainer that this can be considered extremely drinkable. Very well-balanced, and not too champagne-y in feel and flavor either (as some saisons can be). A wonderful example of the style, by a brewer half a world away from Belgium, no less. (1,624 characters)

Photo of PDXHops
3.3/5  rDev -17.3%
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. (736 characters)

Photo of ckeegan04
3.85/5  rDev -3.5%
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. (734 characters)

Photo of GreenCard
3.68/5  rDev -7.8%
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. (749 characters)

Photo of RedDiamond
3.6/5  rDev -9.8%
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. (506 characters)

Photo of ElGordo
4.37/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Picked up a corny keg from the brewery last week for the holiday weekend. It was a surefire hit among my guests for the Independence Day party, for sure.
Pours a slightly hazy golden color, topped by an energetic creamy white head that leaves some nice lacing on the glass. Assertive aroma of wheat, allspice, lavender, and a touch of citrus. Palate is nice and easy-going - light wheat and malt provide the backbone for mild fruity hops and notes of citrus and light herbs (thyme?). Body is light, bubbly, and silky, just great for a light summery ale.
I've had a number of light, easy-drinking summer ales over the last few weeks, but I think this takes the crown for best summer session ale. A thirst-quenching, satisfying brew that I can (and do) drink all day. (767 characters)

Four (#4) from Upright Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 102 ratings.