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Seven (#7) - Upright Brewing Company

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89
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125 Reviews
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Reviews: 125
Hads: 430
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 7.73%
Wants: 52
Gots: 46 | 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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Photo of TheviolentcrumbL
4.89/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- Murky hues of gold, copper and burnt leaves coalesce in a tulip shaped glass. A thick pillow of off-white head settles slowly to a nice ringlet.

S- Grass, pineapple, fresh bread, slight funk. Light spice from the hops. Intoxicating really.

T- Cured lemon and bread with a bit of spice and tropical fruits. Make that dried pineapple. Some smooth grain and grass for sure.

M- Medium body with great carbonation. Dry, tart finish that leaves my mouth watering for the next sip.

D- Very high. I want it on tap in the house. A beer this thirst quenching would make house work much more pleasant. Upright really hit the nail on the head with this one. (654 characters)

Photo of alpinebryant
4.54/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This one has been in my cellar for about two years and I thought it might be a good opportunity to break it open on a cool summer day after running around the house powerwashing and fixing stuff.

A: Pours a Massive frothy white head leaving sticky lacing. There is some mild white sediment that settles on the bottom of the glass on the first pour.

S: Aroma of sweet lemons, stale drying grass, pale malt, and a mild light funk that reminds me of what a saison should smell like.

T: Overwhelmingly great, tons of pale malt, munich and pilsner malt flavors, making this crisp, light and flavorful. After a few sips, it is very clear that this is extremely well balanced and the light lemony citrus flavors go well with the crisp pilsner malts.

M: Light crisp and with a good body. the malts in this saison are well chosen and I will have to brew a similar beer soon. After finishing off my Cornelius keg of saison that I had been storing for a while, I am ready for a new fresh batch.

O: Overall, probably one of my favorite saisons I have ever had. I enjoyed the other Upright saisons that I had tried before however I do not know if the age really helped this one come to full flavor or subdued the hops. In either case, this was thoroughly enjoyed. Well done Upright. (1,277 characters)

Photo of cjacobsen
4.49/5  rDev +12%
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. (984 characters)

Photo of Fatehunter
4.47/5  rDev +11.5%
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. (376 characters)

Photo of taylor714914
4.44/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

FIrst time having this and was quite impressed.

A- Yellow Orange Sunset with a solid 2 fingers of head that hung on forever.

S- CItrus, Malt, hops

T- Orange, Hops, dusty farmhouse yeast.

M- Heavy but fitting

O- Overall, I really liked this. Was a bit sweeter than the typical saison, but the body held it together and the orange and sweetness played nicely off the hops and yeast. Would definitely drink again. (416 characters)

Photo of ryannosaurus
4.44/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 poured to tulip

Pours a nice orange-gold, significant haze. One big finger of fairly dense white head settles to a persistent sticky film.

Smells of citrus, malt, bread, pepper

Flavor is bright lemon-peppery with a honey like sweetness, and a lightly bitter grapefruit tang on the back end

Mouthfeel is very light and refreshing for the abv

My first time trying anything from Upright. Very nice take on the style, pretty big on the alcohol but still crisp and refreshing. Classic peppery sais nose, with equally classic flavor notes. Surprising hop bill, as it doesn't strike me hoppy in any dimension other than a neat grapefruit-bitterness on the backend. A lovely introduction... next time I fly to PDX my tray table will totally be in the Upright position. (779 characters)

Photo of beertunes
4.42/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served in balloon goblet. Poured a chill hazed orangeish amber color that had just a thin cap of head with very low retention, but still left OK lacing.

The aroma was surprisingly fruity, with a nice yeast scent and a touch of spice in the background. The taste was Very F-ing good, fruitier than most and not as sour, the beer still managed a nice dry finish.

The body was fuller than most examples of the style and coated the tongue nicely, went down easy and finished dryly. Drinkability was excellent, I rarely drink 2 of the same beer in a row and I had 5 of these in one sitting. Even at 8% these are smoothly drinkable.

Overall, a wonderful beer, go get it now!!! (673 characters)

Photo of sdawson
4.42/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

#7 pours a thick white head atop a base of hazy orange. The scent is predominantly citrus -- I get strong lemon -- yeast, cloves, and subtler spices playing in the background. For those accustomed to Upright Brewing Company's style the dominant tastes of spice, grapefruit, and a strong hop finish may seem a bit of a departure from their typically subtler offerings. I find it a pleasant one, however, as the earthiness of the brew somehow works well with the summer appeal of Saison, making it a great alternative to the lighter summer offerings that most PDX brewers are pushing. (582 characters)

Photo of wagenvolks
4.42/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle passed around at the September BA tasting in Austin. Many thanks to sdawson for the hook-up in our trade!

Seven displays a bright tangerine body with caramel at its core. Hazy, but inviting, with a fat cap of manila foam that retains well and drapes sticky lacing all across the glass. Aroma? Spicy. Citrus zest, coriander, Soccer-Mom-fresh orange wedges, grains of paradise. Earthy, too, with a hint of funk and herbal hops. I could smell this one all day long...

The flavor is as rich as the aroma suggested. Seven is inviting, but deceptively simple in its profile, with orange peel and grapefruit leading the way. Vegetal & musty mid-palate with traces of white pepper. Finish is dry and spicy, while the overall body is creamy with a medium body and perfect carbonation level. Bottom line: delicious. I would gladly have this one again. Upright is not a brewery to be slept on. Get at 'em before the uber-geeks catch wind! (942 characters)

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.35/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The last of my beers from Upright. But hopefully not the last beer I try of theirs ever. Nice citrus tones, leaning towards orange. Very mild funky (in a saison way) tones. Interesting balance and flow of flavor. This is very easy drinking. I could go on this all night. I'm glad I ended with this one. I started with the Five, was not very impressed with Four, thought Six was...okay, and I am ending on a very good impression with Seven. Very nicely done. I hope to get the chance to try more of Upright's brews in the future. This saison could stand against most others produced anywhere. (591 characters)

Photo of dgilks
4.35/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear, dark golden colour with a creamy white head. Good head retention.

Big, slightly tart aroma with notes of clove and pepper. Light pear and apple. Well balanced yeast character here.

A smoothly malty saison with some good tartness and a nice dose of bitterness. Everything here is nicely integrated and the moderate fruitiness rounds it out. Great.

Medium body with moderate carbonation.

Truly one of the best saisons I've had. Solid flavour, body and balance. (469 characters)

Photo of roodie
4.32/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a glass

A: pours a golden hue, hint of haziness, very carbonated, 3 fingers of head erupt of the top, moderate lacing left behind.

S: lemon and pear, hint of hops, bitter and resiny, citrus dominates.

T: lemon/lime and pear are the frontrunners, but the hoppy backbone is palpable, a great intermingling.

M: spicy and dry, like a white wine, citrus is the last flavor you taste before the next sip

O: a great brew, one I'd buy regularly, it's on the level of Damnation 23 and Premiere and other American Tripels for me.

Serving type: bottle (579 characters)

Photo of ncmussell
4.32/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle poured into tulip. Big white foamy head that stays for a while. Good color. The smell and the taste are what really make this beer. Smell is very perfumey and floral. Could just stick your nose and smell how good this is. No question why they call this their most fragrant beer. Taste is equally as floral. Nice freshness although it's hard to denim too much of this since it is a tad sweet. Hope to try the other saisons from them but this one is one of the better domestic versions. Well done! (509 characters)

Photo of beagle75
4.31/5  rDev +7.5%
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. (1,179 characters)

Photo of Fader
4.31/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - A cloudy dull orange beer, massive head out of the bottle, very foamy.

S - A very refreshing, clean citrus smell, great hop smell balances it all out.

T - The taste lives up to the nose on this one, very clean, hoppy front, citrus flavor throughout, great pine finish.

M - Very bubbly at the start, somewhat bitter after.

O - Awesome brew, first beer I've tried by this brewery, will try them all, and this one again. Definitely a must try. (448 characters)

Photo of brentk56
4.28/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours a hazy apricot, with a huge, rocky head; great retention and a cloudy sky full of lacing

Smell: Apricot and a hint of floral peach; wheat bread; tangerine and star fruit

Taste: The fruits jump out at first, with an interesting blend of the stone fruit elements (apricot and peach) and the citrusy (navel orange and star fruit); bitter and herbal flavors arrive, in the middle and build, after the swallow, bringing a peppery character; after wondering about the malt, the wheat bread joins the fruit in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate to high carbonation; slight burn in the gullet

Overall: Not your typical Saison, this beer is like a fruit salad of flavor; very interesting and unique - I am a fan (737 characters)

Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.27/5  rDev +6.5%
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. (886 characters)

Photo of Glibber
4.27/5  rDev +6.5%
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. (357 characters)

Photo of Viggo
4.27/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle, picked up at Brewery Creek in Vancouver.

Pours a hazy orange, some amber and golden highlights, very thick and chunky white head forms and settles down to a pretty solid layer and ring around the glass, some lace chunks stick.

Smell is neat, sweet and sour, some lemon and orange zest, lightly spiced, a bit of barnyard funk, wheat, coriander, quite yeasty, some alcohol, a bit of pineapple, some nice fruit character, pretty neat.

Taste is similar, pretty tart up front, a bit lemony with a touch of vinegar sourness, pineapple juice, apricot, pretty neat fruitiness, orange peel, a bit of funky barnyard, wheat, some yeast, a bit of booze, dry and tart finish.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with medium to high carbonation, very fresh, bit of sour zing, some tartness, very refreshing, nice stuff. (824 characters)

Photo of ajm5108
4.27/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A solid citrus-forward saison...mostly orange zest & a little bit lemon...not as earthy as a lot of the Belgian saisons, more light and refreshing with a lingering bitterness...medium carbonation and mouthfeel (209 characters)

Photo of ccrida
4.27/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into a goblet, Seven is a brightish, hazy gold with an orange core and white head that leaves nice lace. Nice glow to this, like just before sunset, sexy.

Smell is very nice, fruity and spicy esters accentuated by the robust noble hops . Excellent.

Taste is great as well, big esters, some continental hop flavor and clean malts. Reminds me of De Ranke's saison, which is one of my favorites.

Mouthfeel is dry, a little slick from the hop oils, medium light.

Drinkability is pretty good. Great big saison esters on the nose, a satisfying flavor, although it could stand to be cleaned up or tightened a big. Fairly digestible, it goes down dangerously. (679 characters)

Photo of augustgarage
4.26/5  rDev +6.2%
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. (1,208 characters)

Photo of draheim
4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750mL into a tulip. Pours a hazy golden orange w/ a thick, dense, creamy head, sticky lace.

Aroma is grassy, earthy, citrusy, sweet, floral. Orange peel, juicy hops, zesty Belgian yeast.

Taste is a blend of fruity and dry biscuity pale malt, bright clean hops, and estery Belgian yeast. Maltier and sweeter than other saisons, with a commensurately elevated hop presence. Juicy. I believe there's some candi sugar in here. An imperial saison? Almost a tripel.

Mouthfeel is full-bodied with a lingering aftertaste.

Overall an interesting, heavier take on a saison. Nice balance between more malt and more hops; an undeniably tasty beer. (639 characters)

Photo of brewcrew76
4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Hazy golden amber with a pillowy white head and thick patches of lace left clinging to the side of the glass.

S - Grassy, herbal hops, peppercorns, floral and citrus undertones. Biscuit malt, banana and yeast esters as it warms. Lemon.

T - Slightly sweet orange and citrus, honeyed malt, grassy spice, yeasty, banana with a tart peppercorn finish.

M - Medium body and creamy with high carbonation.

D - More complex than I am giving it credit. Changes nicely as the temperature changes. Slight alcohol warming. Nice. (525 characters)

Photo of woosterbill
4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle into a Birra del Borgo tulip, shared at a tasting. Thanks to Knifestyles for this one!

A: Hazy bright orange body with two fingers of frothy white foam. Nice retention and light lacing. Quite attractive.

S: Smooth, pleasant fruitiness. Apple, peach, and lemon. Some grassy hops and spice as well. Excellent.

T: Slightly tart with plenty of apple + citrus fruit, as well as decent hops bitterness and a sweet, spicy finish. Hugely complex and quite tasty.

M: Creamy medium body with plenty of sharp carbonation.

D: A little bit on the intensely sweet + sour side for the style - not as crisp as I generally like a Saison to be. Still, it's delicious, and drinks just fine for 8%.

Notes: This was my third encounter with an Upright farmhouse ale, and they're batting 1.000. What unique, complex, and pleasant beers. The only downside to this one was that it didn't have nearly as cool a label as Four Play...

Cheers! (934 characters)

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Seven (#7) from Upright Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 125 ratings.