Seven (#7) - Upright Brewing Company

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Ratings: 423
Reviews: 124
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 8.91%
Wants: 51
Gots: 44 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Upright Brewing Company visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: msubulldog25 on 05-26-2009

"Seven is our most aromatic beer. The brewery's saison yeast is fully expressed in the aroma with lots of fruitiness while the hops provide light spice notes. The beer has some heft mid-palette but finishes dry with a lightly lingering bitterness. Seven is satisfying on its own but pairs great with a variety of typically fragrant cuisines such as Thai or Indian."

Malts: organic pale, pilsener, organic munich
Hops: magnum, mt.rainier, hallertauer mittelfrüh, liberty
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Reviews by beagle75:
Photo of beagle75
4.31/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Slightly hazy, brassy golden color with one finger of persistent off-white foam head. Heavy--nearly continuous--lacing remains on the glass.

S: Intensely fruity and somewhat yeast-affected. Belgian malt is detectable, but hardly stands out in the presence of white pepper and fruit that cannot decide if it's a mixed bag of temperate rosaceous fruit or stolen straight out of a pina colada. No alcohol is detected.

T: Begins off-dry, with pear/apricot fruit and crystal malt. Yeast phenolics are mild, serving to round out the profile rather than send a chemical or hard spice signal. Acidity is mild into the middle where soft fruit left over from the beginning encounters bread that is well-established by the delicate finish. The beer sweetens on the palate over time. No alcohol is detected.

M: Medium viscosity, balanced on the palate, with moderate carbonation.

D/O: This beer is a remarkable and delicious American version of Belgian strong pale ale. Similar to Goose Island's Matilda, this beer exceeds the other by really nailing the details. In the end it bears no rough edges and remains infinitely approachable.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Mora2000
4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to thirdeye11 for sharing this bottle. This was sampled alongside Upright 4, 5 and 6.

The beer pours a golden yellow color with a white head. The aroma is wheat, oranges and lemons. The flavor is heavy on the lemon and oranges with some wheat. A very fruity, citrus flavored saison. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. This was my favorite beer out of Upright 4, 5, 6 and 7.

Photo of ehammond1
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle (2012)

K 'n' B Wine Cellars
San Diego, CA

Slightly hazed golden and light amber with a big, persistent off-white head that leaves ribbons of lace down the glass. A gorgeous beer.

Very powerful and quite strong aroma of tropical and citrus fruits, some berry and melon, and simple grains. It comes together very nicely, and probably the best aspect of the beer.

The flavor is similar, especially as it warms, as more tropical fruit and melon notes accentuate. There's simple grains and a low level of bitterness. The fairly high alcohol (for the style) is remarkably well hidden.

Medium bodied with high carbonation, though just a little bit syrupy.

I'll happily pick this Upright up again from off the shelf.

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.23/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a tulip)
A- This beer pours a very hazy apricot body with a microbubble carbonation and a big beige cream that fills half the glass on the first pour. The head sticks to the glass with each sip.

S- The yeast bread dough aroma has some fresh meadow aroma with fresh rain and green fruity hops growing in the finish. There is an apricot hint to the fruity finish aswell.

T- The spicy phenols and some classic saison esters blend with a green bitter hint that is soon overpowered by a slightly dry but full flavored hop finish. There is some tropical fruit qualities to the hops with some spice notes and a Munich malt sweetness that complements the other flavors nicely.

M- The medium mouthfeel is enhanced by the thick head texture and the tight fizz in the finish with no alcohol heat noticed.

O- The nice solid saison base has some interesting malt sweetness and good complexity to the full hop profile. This is very drinkable and sessionable.

Photo of biboergosum
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle. It seems like the saisons are coming hard and fast as the summer season approaches its seemingly way too early end. Wow, even this brewer (who I suppose wrote the synopsis above) can't seem to get the palate/palette/pallet thing straight. Sheesh.

This beer pours a perfectly hazy, murky medium tarnished golden amber hue, with three fingers of puffy, bouncing spongy eggshell white head, one well worthy of your local DQ outlet training videos, which leaves some decent multi-layered sudsy lace around the glass as it gently sinks away.

It smells of gritty, somewhat caramelized wheat malt, a further sourdough breadiness, subdued funky yeast, a middling drupe fruitiness, earthy, herbal honey, a wafting white pepper spiciness, and some floral, citrusy hops. The taste is bready, grainy wheat and barley malt, a mildly astringent tropical and pedestrian grocery aisle citrus fruitiness, some laid-back earthen yeast, a dry minerality, a softly boozy white wine edge, and some subtle coriander and black pepper spice, while the hops, which are there, I'm certain, seem sort of hard to discern amongst the other preexisting conditions.

The bubbles are a tad sharp, but generally just frothy in a playful manner, the body a sturdy medium weight, given the purported style, and smooth, I'll proffer, what with the yeast and alcohol offsets that seem to desire to remain hidden. It finishes off-dry, the wheaty malt reasserting itself, the yeast and citrus providing a so-so counterpoint, and the booze starting to turn over its engines.

A decently amped up saison, I suppose, as the light, crisp nature of the style is mostly subverted here - a much heavier malt body kind of tells all in that respect, as the citrus, yeast, and alcohol all add to a slightly overbearing sense of heavy handedness. By no means unpleasant, the flavour here is just more representative of a different offering entirely, maybe a lighter wheatwine.

Photo of Sammy
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Better than the five, this saison had at Bar Volo yields an orange, mango and hoppy flavour. Big carbonation, medium plus mouthfeel, with creaminess. Cloudy medium yellow body. Decent drinkability.Funky and sweet malt aromas.Herbal flavours, overcarbonated, better with food.
Shared another bottle 7 months alter and it had a good sourness to it, carbonation eased off but still right there. Minerally.

Photo of augustgarage
4.26/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a capped 750mL bottle into my Bruery tulip.

Persian orange liquid, with a massive thrust of rocky seashell merengue fed by a burbling aquifier of microbubbles. Bright gamboge highlights suffuse the glass. Immense sticky lacing. Superlative retention. This one's a looker.

Fruity and phenolic yeast aromatics along with lots of noble hop notes (it was interesting to learn that most (or all?) of the hops utilized in the brewing process other than Hallertau Mittelfrüh were in fact derived from Hallertau as well). Floral, sweet, and delicate.

Tart and lightly spicy palate entry with a touch of buttermilk and biscuits. Lots of low but complex grassy bitterness mid-palate along with star fruit and unripe pear. Fruity, earthy, and fairly dry finish. Some vague toasty/bready flavors probably from the use of German malts (this marriage of German and Belgian-inspired ingredients seems to be the hallmark of several of Upright's ales).

Medum-bodied, effervescent, somewhat pillowy, and yet crisp and drying.

Another tasty and unique domestic saison from this great Northwest brewery - I really appreciate their subtle but distinctive tweaks to this traditional style. Worth seeking out.

Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.27/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle into Tired Hands stemware. Shared with schen9303.

Pours a huge, continually frothing 4 finger white head with excellent retention. Beer is a pale, clear goldenrod. Lacing is thick and patchy with great stick. Awesome!

Nose is hugely aromatic. Notes of lemon rind, yogurt, peppercorn, spice, cane sugar and yeast. Very appetizing.

Opens lemon, cane sugar, yeast, coriander and spice. Light tartness in the middle with a foamy body and a sweet cane sugar backbone. Ends crisp, peppery and slightly floral. Same aftertaste. Nicely complex. A very good beer.

Light bodied with ample carbonation. Prickly and lively in the mouth and goes down crisp and aggressive with a relatively clean finish and slightly lingering aftertaste. Very drinkable.

This is possibly the best of the series. Intensely aromatic with great balance and an excellent body. Definitely worth having.

Photo of dirtylou
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle, special brews

split, paired with a braised lamb ravioli

appearance: served in my hopleaf tulip (v2), hazy dirty straw body, light beige ring

smell: fresh grassy aroma, a touch tart, lemon grass, hoppy, mild funky yeast

taste: nice pair with the lamb - complex yet balanced - crisp yeast, lemongrass and lemon zest, a touch funky and tart, grassy hops, honey and peach. I enjoyed this.

mouthfeel: medium, crisp

overall: good, nice saison

Photo of Fatehunter
4.47/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Off the tap into a pint glass. One finger of head with opaque, dark orange colored body.
A fragrant aroma of orange and coriander.
The taste was great depth with lemon, orange and yeast. It's bright and sunny.
The texture has a light fizz, with moderate carbonation and medium body.
This is one of the better saisons I've had. It is complex and balanced. Find it and drink it.

Photo of cjacobsen
4.49/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks to sweemzander for bringing this one to GBM 6.27.11

(A) Brown orange color, almost like a burnt orange. Darkest in the middle and more golden around the edges of the glass. There isn't much head, but the head that is there is pure, clean white.

(S) Smells slightly sour and tart with almost a floral undertone. It's sweet with almost a citric acidity in there.

(T) It's definitely more tart than the nose. The tartness is underlying the entire taste but really brings up the rear. A bit of cherry and white grape go hand in hand with the slight acidic and citric notes. You get a hint of some spices like ginger and/or cardamom even though they were not a part of the brewing.

(M) It IS tart, but it's a refreshingly different tartness. It boosts the crispness of the beer.

(O) This was a really fantastic beer. One of the best saisons I've ever had. Well done. Had a different spin on it than most and I think that really sets this one apart. It's very clean and defined.

Photo of Hopdaemon39
3.76/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bomber into an oversized wine glass- pours an hazy golden orange color with a finger of head, great retention and a few spots of lacing.

Smells sweet. Definitely grain, perhaps candi sugar, a little yeast.

Tastes nice- definitely sweet but with a nice balance of hops and yeast. Definitely floral.

Feel is medium body with modest carbonation. I like it- it's not great but it's certainly pretty good.

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.77/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle to a pint glass. Reviewed from notes.

Appearance - Slightly hazy orange. Small white head. Not a lot of retention.

Smell - Nice citrus and yeast notes. Definite funkiness to it. Maybe some metallic notes as well.

Taste - Fruity, with more of a pineapple twist than citrus. Less funky and still a little metallic. Bready and slightly yeasty, but not as much as the nose gives.

Mouthfeel - Light and well carbonated. Slightly bitter.

Overall - I enjoy all aspects except for the metallic flavors.

Photo of Glibber
4.27/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Bitter Creek in Boise, side by side with the Boulevard 7 (both Saison Styles). This one was darker than most Saison beers, and a yeast and fruit aroma. The beer also had a nice hoppiness and fruit taste that you might find in an amber. The Seven was very enjoyable and the 8% was well hidden- could easily have drinken this one all night.

Photo of morimech
3.97/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy golden color with a massive pillowy head that took its time settling to a thick cap. A lot of lacing is left down the glass.

Love the aroma. Grassy and peppery hops combine with fruity esters that lofts off this beer. Hints of apples and pears. A little alcohol creeps in as well.

Unfortunately the flavor is not as impressive. Solvent alcohol spoils the party. The alcohol and the hops overpower the esters and malt. Rather dry, bitter, and astrigent. Still better than the majority of American Saisons.

The body does not feel like an 8% ABV beer. Surprisingly light and lively. Not harsh at all.

A too hoppy and boozy saison. Preferred the Four a whole lot more.

Photo of trappistlover
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(750ml bottle sampled at Dak's final four tasting. Purchased at Bruery Provisions store). Pours a cloudy deep yellow with white head. Aroma has spice, lemon, wheat, pit fruits. Taste has a sweet malt backbone with a little bitterness following. Medium bodied with semi-bitter finish. Really nice beer.

Photo of zep9865
3.91/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed with aasher in a long-awaited tasting. Poured into new belgium snifter with a quarter inch of white foam that leaves minimal lacing. Color resembles that of an apricot.

S-smell is very faint with hints of fermented citrus andd earth.

T-beer has a nice tart feel when it hits the palate. I detect some orange peel as well as grapefruit. Beer has a pleasant sweetness that transitions into the alcohol that makes this 8 percent beer.

M-the alcohol in this beer keeps it from being a session beer. I do like that it packs a punch without being overly chewy.

O-great find by aasher. I'm not real familiar with saisons but will def look for more after this

Photo of emerge077
4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750mL bottle served in wine glasses. Pale orange, opaque with a frothy layer of creamy foam on the surface. Delicate, downward dripping lace.

Soft aroma of yeast esters, spicy saison yeast, pepper and citrus.

Fruity pear and apple, light pepper, sort of grassy. Crisp and dry, a pretty textbook saison. Some earthy hops, nothing especially rustic or funky. Medium bodied, fruit forward. Smooth and easy to drink, suited for warm weather and pairing with food, especially cheeses and charcuterie.

Photo of KDawg
4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured from 750 into a tulip. Pours a medium gold color with a very good head.

Very good aromas of spices, florals, citrus tones and some navel oranges. Good depth as well.

Medium/full bodied with a deliciously smooth feel. Balanced with very good flavors of spices, florals and navel oranges.

This was a real quality saison. On the more citrusy side as opposed to the funkier side.

Photo of Docer
3.77/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml purchased at Beaumont Market...

- Nice copper tone, clear at first, and then of course gradually cloudy as the bottle vanished. Nice white fluffy head, settled down nicely.

- Sweet brown sugary malt, grain... nice hop approach with this one... Liberty I believe... nice pine and citrus zest.. overall smells balanced... and fresh.

- Taste is much like the scent... nice zesty lemon and citrus zing, bready yeast and hops blend very well with this one... smooth creamy and yet slightly syrupy malt...

- Medium bodied, well carbonated... and just a touch sticky sweet.

- A balanced brew, and a slightly strong one at that. Hops were fantastic on it... little more sweet towards the bottom..

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.68/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Woo Hooo!!! Upright is available in Boise! Damn, I did not see this one coming. Picked this bottle up tonight at Bier Thirty in Bown for a very reasonable $11ish... Sipping this one out of my small CC snifter while doing some work with Brenda....

Very nice meringue like head.... pillowy white foam... the brew is hazed pale orange.... great retention and lacing that forms thick sheets.

The nose seems pretty sweet... thick and chock full of pale malts that combine with orange zest and plenty of fruity esters... apricot and orange marmalade....

The flavor is heavy for a saison for sure... but certainly cool for a PNW interpretation... estery fruits and some lesser spicy phenols combine with grassy hops.... yeasty tartness shows on the finish but is hammered by the malt and fruitiness... a bit of white peppercorn... maybe some background clove... coriander???

seems dry throughout on the palate, but a pretty decent body rebounds back .. honey and red apples with warmth ..

I am really liking this one for what it is, but don't pretend that it is going to make waves with the continental interpretations. Still too sweet, but it shows a great backbone of all the expected flavors.


Photo of PEBKAC
2.94/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle from LetsPour dot com. Ommegang chalice. Already well into strong ale season, a lonely saison walks in out of the cold.

Cloudy, yellow orange, turning mustard on the second pour, as it gets stirred up w/ sediment. Hollow, egg white head.

Chalky, saline, menthol scent. Bready yeast. Muted.

Taste is Incredibly chalky & stiff straight out the fridge. Letting the bottle sweat turns the beverage doughy sweet. Not really enjoying that either. Frothy. Begins to feel quite thick. Envelope glue bitterness, some leafy greens. Battery acid & flour finish. Bland yeast.

A short review just because I'm so disappointed. Hope this year's SN Celebration can cheer me up.

Photo of Immortale25
4.21/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Due South Brewing Co. snifter. No freshness date.

A- Pours a hazy medium amber color with a full two finger head that bears good retention time before descending to a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a perfectly rounded large bump of surface foam. Fluffy cobwebs of lacing stick to the glass.

S- Very fruity aroma brings about notes of mango, papaya and pineapple. Very floral and borderline soapy. Hint of pepper in the back.

T- Flavor is also very fruit-forward but also features some tangy spice. Very drinkable for the ABV. Slightly tart with notes of tangerine, orange and more mango. Turns out to be quite complex as the yeast and spice alternate with the fruit upon each sip.

M- Tight from the medium-high carbonation and sharp from the spice. The body's on the lighter side and is moist.

O- Although I don't favor the more fruit-forward saisons, if I were to choose one to drink, it would definitely be this. Never had anything by Upright before and this has made a great first impression on me. Looking forward to possibly trying more of their beers.

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.35/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

750 mL courtesy of Libby pours a very hazed, light gold color with a fine-bubbled white head. Retention is ok and lacing nice.

Nose is interesting...over-ripe oranges, sourdough bread and some tropical fruit I cant identify that I am guessing is from the hops.

Taste is fruity and tart with a grainy bread maltiness and fair amount of sweetness. Id be surprised if this one didnt have wheat in it, it has a tang to it I find unique to wheat beers. Mouthfeel is soft and supple with a fine carbonation. I dont really find this beer to be up my doesnt seem to come together quite right for me. I dont know if I waited too long to drink it, probably sat in my fridge for 6 months or so. Right up there with Billy the Mountain for my least favorite Upright beers I have had. That said, even a mediocre Upright experience is better than the best of many breweries! Id like to try it again sometime to see if I like it better.

Photo of ritzkiss
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml I brought back from Victoria. Pours a lightly hazed golden with a couple fingers of head.

A wonderful nose of funk and spice, a light fruitiness which borders on tropical (pineapple maybe) and some grains, really awesome nose - fruity, spicy and funky in harmony. Less funk in the taste but there, a little more Orval-esque with a more pronounced lemon and spice component, hint of leather and metallic pennies with a cracker malt. Bubbly body with a bone dry finish. Just really pleasant to drink, one of their better ones I've had (minus the Flora Rustica).

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Seven (#7) from Upright Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 423 ratings.