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Seven (#7) - Upright Brewing Company

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126 Reviews
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Reviews: 126
Hads: 436
Avg: 4.02
pDev: 16.67%
Wants: 53
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 ClavisAurea
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fresh bottle served in a wine glass cold.

Appearance: honey gold with a nice white fluffy head, lots of sediment in the glass towards the end of the bottle.

Nose: peaches, apricots, Belgian funk from the yeast, malty and bready, honey

Taste: nice and refreshing, slight Belgian funk from the yeast but not a Brett character, honey forward with tons of stone fruit character as well. Plenty of residual sweetness in there and a lot of honey in the finish. Some bitterness but I think it was from the yeast that got kicked up in the bottle.

Overall: nice Saison. I could use a more dry mouthfeel and less sweetness. The stone fruit character was very nice and I did like the creamy head. I feel this beer could benefit from the addition of some strain of Brett at bottling or maybe some barrel aging like GI Sofie. Overall, this is a nice saison and I'd drink it again.

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Photo of ryannosaurus
4.44/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.94/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Enjoyed at a recent saison themed tasting poured chilled in a willybecker chilled.

The color is more amber than gold with thick whipped looking white head. The smell has a nice noble hop quality with earthy smell and mild malt. The feel is very soft with low sweetness and gentle bitterness with slight yeast in the texture.

This is a very good tasting saison, perhaps a little age yet the malt still has a fresh taste with less hops than the aroma hints at, very easy to quaff with slight creamy yeast combined with the breadiness of the malt. I would drink this again a very enjoyable ale.

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Photo of Chico1985
3.96/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

My second time having this.

A - 750ml pours fall-leaf orange with some floaties+haze and a big ol white head to start. Retention is excellent, a thin-but-full cap with a thick ring around the edge, great lacing too.

S - Apple, green grape, pale herbally fruits, wet hay, yeast, baked bread, light spice, grains, bit-o-honey.

T - Pleasant citrus coming through here, kind of a creamsicle thing going on. More green grapes give this a slight chardonnay feel, a bit more in the way of herbal hops as well. Grains, bread, earthy straw, lightly spicy yeasts.

M - Kinda big-feeling and smooth with medium-high carbonation. A solid mix of yeasty/farmy/hoppy flavors with just a light tartness. No real alcohol taste but you can tell it's a higher-ABV saison.

O - Similar to their Four, which I got in a trade a while back - a solid, kinda straight-up saison, a bit on the hoppy side, farmy tones there not overbearing. Maybe a touch on the sweet side. Pretty solid all-around and one I'd probably enjoy anytime.

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Photo of ajm5108
4.27/5  rDev +6.2%
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

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Photo of Hopdaemon39
3.76/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

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Photo of draheim
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.94/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 750mL bottle into my Selkrik Abbey tulip.

Appearance: medium golden hue with a light haze and a strong effervescence. Head is three thick fingers of creamy ivory foam. I think it's quite pretty indeed.

Smell: lightly grainy and grassy with just a little hint of acidic bite. Simple, but nice.

Taste: rather malty right up front, there's a sweetness and just a hint of classic farmhouse funk. The hops are indeed grassy, but bitterness is quite low. Sweet, but tasty.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a big carbonation and concomitant creaminess. I like it.

Overall: a bit sweet and malty, this saison is a little bit on the mild side when it comes to funk. That said, it's still a rather nice treat. I like it.

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Photo of Phelps
3.51/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Find the closest teddy bear, cut it open and bunch its fluffy guts together -- that's what Seven's head looks like. A beautiful, dense crust of eggshell-white foam caps the beer for what seems like hours. Below, the liquid is burnt orange and mostly clear.

Strange nose. Highly aromatic, I get hints of pumpkin spice, bread crust, honey, musty cereal, anise. Red apples mix with the other mulling spices to give this an almost cidery quality.

Impressive malt character. Packed with toasted bread from bready start to quenching, bitter burnt finish. In between, I get red apple again, biscuits, toasted wheat, earthy hop contribution. Pepper, sawdust, a good amount of toasted wheat. Dry as a crusty loaf of bread. Musty.

Not a hint of the eight percent alcohol. Carbonation is quite high, assaulting the to gue with bubble daggers to the point that it's painful. Medium-light body, fluffy in the mouth. A bit of fizz as it moves.

Not exactly the flavors I'm looking for in a Saison. Worth a try, though.

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Photo of alpinebryant
4.54/5  rDev +12.9%
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.

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Photo of zeledonia
3.59/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Tasted 6 June 2014.

Pours clear golden. Massive dense fluffy head, 3+ fingers. Excellent retention and boatloads of lacing. Fantastic, and demonstrative of how fine-looking saisons can be.

Smell is floral, but dense floral. It's on the simple side, and that one element is good, but not amazing. A lot of Upright's beers smell like this - like someone juiced flower petals. It's pithy and robust, despite being sort of high-in-the-nose aromatic.

Taste has those same floral notes, but a little sharpness. Pretty basic, lacking the depth, variety , or subtlety I want. It's fine.

Feel is okay. Medium-bodied, but definitely on the flat side.

A decent saison. I find that in general, Upright's takes on the style don't completely agree with me, as they all have a heavy flower character that dominates more than I'd like. Perhaps it's their yeast strain, perhaps their choice of ingredients. I'm still waiting to be wowed by them.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.27/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

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Photo of Axnjxn
4.21/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle into a tulip

light yellow pour with a big head. smell of crisp lemons, yeast..funk. taste about the same. super refreshing and easy to drink. lemon flavor is strong. real aromatic and flavorful saison. just excellently brewed. if you like saisons youll like this... medium carbonation and mild body. upright knows saisons and this is no exception!

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Photo of Fader
4.31/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours hazy golden orange color with a 2 finger dense and rocky white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of pear, apple, white grape, banana, orange peel, bread, biscuit, clove, pepper, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast, malt, and earthy hop notes; with good strength. Taste of pear, apple, banana, white grape, orange peel, bread, biscuit, clove, pepper, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of pear, apple, banana, white grape, orange peel, biscuit, bread, clove, pepper, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast ester, malt, and earthy hop flavors; with a great malt/yeast ester flavor balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a lightly slick, smooth, and lightly prickly mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent saison style. All around great balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast ester, malt, and earthy hop flavors; and very smooth to sip on. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of TheMultiYeast
4.19/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hazy bright orange with about three fingers of bubbly eggshell white head.

Pear and apple fruit notes combine with grassiness to create a very pleasant nose overall. Pepper and farmhouse aromas are restrained to allow the sweeter herbal notes of the yeast take over and create an exceptionally bright aroma.

Fruit notes carry into flavor but with more complexity. A bit of funk comes in to balance the sweetness. Very clean malt flavors offer an ideal balance. Clove and banana flavors take hold. Grassy flavors are stronger and nearly bitter with a dry finish.

The body on this beer makes it ideal for midday in early spring, or in a slightly less traditional manner, in the middle of the night in the winter. Carbonation is not as tight and punchy as some Saisons but the lingering dryness brings this one home.

Overall a great beer and an unforgettable introduction to Upright Brewing.

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Photo of beagle75
4.31/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.07/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Incredibly fresh, fruity, tangy and subtly sweet- Upright's Seven is a fruit-forward Saison that welcomes confection malt sweetness over that of spice or dryness. Resembling more of a stronger Belgian-style Pale Ale, this Saison is quite unique.

As the ale pours, a creamy orgy of bubbles, cream, ale and fruit align to give the beer a starburst of peach, gold and orange while its eventual separation of foam yields a tall and pillowy column of froth that's stubborn in its retention and blanketing in its retention. Do ales really look much better?

Soft and delicate aromas capture the quintessential Belgian scents: orange, apple, white grape, and pear reveal the common "farmhouse" scents but complementary fruits of tropical mango, pineapple and apricot suggest something more hop-derived. Counter to the fruit comes the spiciness of delicate white pepper, clove and mild cumin and leaf. Medium vinous notes seem of reisling as that first taste draws near.

Its early taste is much sweeter than the typical Saison. A candied tartness ensues as the sugary taste of candy shops align with tart fruitiness for a taste that's orangy, tangy, and lemony- surprisingly like saltwater taffy, sherbet and cream sickle. Line that up with grassy hop bitterness and flavors like lemongrass, orange blossom and tropical fruit punch results across the middle. But as the ale finishes, it balances nicely with fresh grated white pepper, clove and coriander.

Medium-light, the beer's bready sweetness retains its malt structure late into taste- this keeps the ale creamy, sweet and bready far longer than Saisons typically exhibit. But as that slow quiver of malt develops, it opens up to dry spice, vinous white wine and pungent fruit tartness. Nearing astringency, its bitter flavor results in a softly tannic texture. Aiding its dryness, its alcoholic feel is warm and lightly spicy.

I really like this beer- but much more as a Belgian Pale Ale of extraordinary strength. Its sherbet character is surprisingly charming and is totally unexpected. Despite such acclaim, the ale really misses the mark of Saison from its lack of dryness, elevated fruit and suppressed spice.

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Photo of wethorseblanket
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Seven fifty ml bottle.

A: Pours clear golden with a solid 1-inch white head which fades slowly to a thin cap and leaves sheet, ring and splotchy lace.

N: Floral, saison yeast, earthy, grass/hay, lemon zest, peppery spice.

T: Yeasty and earthy, green mossy grass and damp hay, some cracked pepper spices, estery.

M: Moderate body and medium carbonation. Dry, yeasty and lingering black pepper finish.

O: Easy drinking, refreshing, compliments food very well. Enjoyed.

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Photo of bmwats
3.99/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a teku.

A: Golden hue. Pours a large, frothy, white head. Settles slowly, and craters unevenly. Plenty of lacing.

S: Floral and hoppy. Lavender and coriander.

T: Light hop, fermented raspberry.

M: Light body, crisp, and a little fruity. Bitter-ish finish.

D: Sip and enjoy.

Atmosphere is pretty good. Nice head, and plenty of lacing. Floral and hoppy. Crisp hope with fermented fruit. Overall, this is a good quaff.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

lovely saison, courtesy of the man who has become my supplier of out of state glory, drlovemd87, a one of a kind bloke and a hell of a BA. this is more like a tripel to me than a saison, or a combination of the two styles. elegant but rustic and hearty. its got more than just wheat malt in its hazy golden appearance. short patchy white head hangs around awhile. sweeter nose, again like a good tripel, oats or something else adds sweetness and body, that much is evident. all kinds of Belgian saison yeast too, farmy and fun, light but distinct. there is a floral element to the yeast as well, something unique really, and although it exacerbates the sweetness, it also gives this brew a decided summery vibe, something very welcomed in these cold November days. more body than most, appreciated in this context, and sweet as she goes down. carbonated only well enough to not seem lazy. I am impressed but not wowed by my first beer from upright. if I end up in Oregon I will have a lot more to explore from them!

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Photo of chickenflea
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle. Very hazy orange-yellow with a large foamy lasting white head. (This one got away from me on the pour!.) Aroma of peach, bread, coriander, funkiness and yeast. Very strong. Taste is tart with lingering sweetness and a twist of lemon. - great! Some very mild bitterness on the finish...just enough to add a touch of dryness. Mouthfeel is a little sticky after the initial rush of carbonation...not what I expected. I have had some really good beers over the last year...Blind Pig, Anchorage offerings, and others. This one is also very good. A real pleasure and worth every penny.

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Photo of SnacksForMax
3.56/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pouring 12 oz into a tulip, I'm struck by how pale it is. It looks like straw coming out of the bottle. In the glass, it's a bit more orange. Really nice head to it. Creamy and with funny little bubbles. Retains the head nicely throughout the drinking session.

The smells I get are subtle. Apricot, bread and maybe a touch of citrus. Funky. The bottle talks of grassy notes and I agree that they're there, but it's not as prominent as I expected.
The taste is surprising. The bread and funk really hits you hard. There's a bit of "smoke" to it (although I do not believe that it is actually smoked), which I didn't expect from a saison like this. The Farmhouse Ale labeling seems more appropriate now that I'm getting into it. The maltiness is complex yet pleasant. I almost want more of the apricot/citrus smells that I got at first.

The mouthfeel is a little thin. It definitely builds on the back of the tongue as you drink, but it feels like it looks when pouring; surprisingly pale.

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Photo of brentk56
4.28/5  rDev +6.5%
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

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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.

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Seven (#7) from Upright Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 126 ratings.