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Seven (#7) - Upright Brewing Company

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Ratings: 314
Reviews: 115
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 8.64%

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:
"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

(Beer added by: msubulldog25 on 05-26-2009)
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4.9/5  rDev +21%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2011 09:43:19 | More by TheviolentcrumbL
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4.5/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2011 13:12:08 | More by cjacobsen
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4.48/5  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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-08-2013 01:04:35 | More by Fatehunter
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4.45/5  rDev +9.9%
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!!!

Serving type: on-tap

04-16-2010 20:21:53 | More by beertunes
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4.45/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2013 17:42:42 | More by taylor714914
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4.43/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

Serving type: growler

07-25-2010 09:33:36 | More by sdawson
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4.38/5  rDev +8.1%
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!

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2010 06:32:21 | More by wagenvolks
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4.38/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-10-2011 12:16:59 | More by dgilks
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4.38/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2012 22:57:10 | More by RblWthACoz
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4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
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!

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2011 00:14:33 | More by ncmussell
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4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
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

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2011 19:26:12 | More by roodie
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Alberta (Canada)

4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2014 04:43:12 | More by Fader
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4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2013 20:05:01 | More by beagle75
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4.28/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2011 21:53:43 | More by augustgarage
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4.28/5  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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-07-2012 17:15:25 | More by Glibber
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4.28/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2012 04:09:56 | More by brewcrew76
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North Carolina

4.28/5  rDev +5.7%
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

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2013 21:22:15 | More by brentk56
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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle procured from tasting room during pleasant Saturday afternoon visit, served in Duvel tulip with better half's Tikka Masala 2.6.10.

After having the draft version several times, I wanted to compare with its bottled counterpart. The pour resulted in a near-Duvel like head, 2 1/2 fingers of white frothy goodness, medium dissipation with some spidery lacing retained long after the pour. The body is a yellowish orange, a bit of chill haze, but didn't clear completely after warming, some visible carbonation. The nose features the house yeast and a bit of fruit. The taste is quite good, peaches, mangos, leading to a fairly dry finish. Mouthfeel is nicely carbonated very tart and dry. Very drinkable for this ABV. Upon reflection, I probably like the draft version a bit better, but this is very good. My favorite Upright beer, and though a bit on the sweet side, can stand up to the best Belgian version of this difficult to get right style. Very highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2010 15:56:49 | More by jdense
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Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2010 23:36:09 | More by Viggo
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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
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...


Serving type: bottle

02-21-2011 23:24:59 | More by woosterbill
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South Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap in a snifter that’s just big enough to contain the 3-finger cap of creamy foam that sits atop the hazy dark apricot body. Retention and lacing are quite impressive.

Lively nose, with plenty of lemon zest and wheat tartness providing a nice balance to sweeter floral and clove aromas. Explosively flavorful. Loads of clove and other spicy notes tango with half-baked bread and ton of fruit: pear, cherry, banana, orange and lemon. In spite of all that fruit, the sweetness is moderate, and it dries out quite nicely at the finish. Booziness comes into play only at the swallow, but isn’t distracting. Of the Upright beers I’ve had so far, Flora Rustica is still my favorite, but this is a very nice saison, and another winning offering from these guys.

Serving type: on-tap

04-27-2011 19:16:23 | More by PDXHops
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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2013 20:25:59 | More by rhoadsrage
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British Columbia (Canada)

4.24/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Golden wheat and clear, streams of active carbonation percolate up lending their hand to the bone white head. Micro-bubbles veneer the top and cling to the glass forming delicate lacy patterns.

S: Refreshing and approachable offering smells of lemon, minerals, yeasts with bretta and just a hint of fresh cut grass. Spicy notes as well - pepper and possibly cloves, and bright scent of under ripe peaches.

T: Funky yeast and malts of sweet biscuits with lemon rinds and fresh yellow fruits. Taste moves through to minerals and a dry champagne with a hint of white pepper and cloves.

M: Creamy and frothy carbonation fill the mouth with a dry, crisp and clean brew. While the experience is crisp, the mouth feel is viscous enough to hold on the palette after the last sip.

O: A clean and refreshing saison that is very balanced and complex, both in scent and taste. Well worth seeking out and enjoying with a summer meal.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2013 03:37:03 | More by FondueVoodoo
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New York

4.23/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to VegasBeerMan for this bottle...

A: Pours out a nice light honey color. Orange is the dominate shade, but bits of yellow and even a few reds seem to blend into the look. There is about 2 fingers of bone white foam that takes a bit to settle.

S: The nose is decent. It has notes of banana, spice, yeast, and a touch of sweet fruit. There is a juiciness to to this beer that makes me want to take a sip immediately.

T: Nice. My first impressions is floral, tropical fruits (pineapple), grass, spice, and banana yeastyness. It's hard to pick out a dominate flavor, because I can pull each one out individually if I try. It's like all the tastes meld into a perfect balance of sweetness and spice. There is a touch of alcohol, but I'm ok with that.

M: Light bodied beer. Although it's an 8% beer, it still feels light on the palate. The flavors swirl nicely and nothing lingers for too long.

O: This is a really solid saison. It's super refreshing. This is the type of beer that I'd want to sip sitting by the pool, kicking back on a nice summer day. I'm a fan.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2012 00:13:11 | More by trxxpaxxs
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4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2010 04:11:01 | More by Mora2000
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Seven (#7) from Upright Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 314 ratings.