Seven (#7) - Upright Brewing Company
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3.78/5 rDev -6.7%
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.
02-15-2011 02:48:15 | More by Sammy
3.98/5 rDev -1.7%
Pours a murky honey gold with a tan head that settle to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of fruits, yeast, spices, and grain. Taste is the same with a slightly tart fruit flavor. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good saison with a nice fruity aroma and flavor.
03-19-2012 01:28:39 | More by UCLABrewN84
4.18/5 rDev +3.2%
Big thanks to hopsbreath for sending me this bottle a ways back. Served in a tulip.
Pours a golden color with a very, very tall white head that sticks around for quite a bit of time before eventually falling to a thin cap. The nose brings a bit of light fruit as well as some clove. There's a bit of grainy sweetness there as well. The taste is mostly along these lines though it's not quite as fruity. Light-to-medium body with a semi-dry finish. As it warms, cantaloupe and honey become somewhat pronounced. Drinks well enough, though I was hoping for a bit more from this. Perhaps the disappointment lies in the fact that we had an excellent Fantome beer earlier in the evening.
January 2012 update: great wheat character and a nice bit of spice. Good dryness. Don't know what I was thinking with the initial 3.65 review.
02-14-2011 22:00:45 | More by Thorpe429
4.28/5 rDev +5.7%
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
10-06-2013 21:22:15 | More by brentk56
4.05/5 rDev 0%
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.
12-11-2013 08:07:46 | More by BEERchitect
2.9/5 rDev -28.4%
On-tap at Bruery Provisions
A: The pour is a somewhat clear golden color with a finger of white head.
S: Wow, not what I was expecting...The aroma starts off with intense aromas of butter and booze. That is followed by a very floral smell, almost like honeysuckle. Some bread and mild fruit notes, perhaps pineapple.
T: The flavor isn't much better. Still very sweet with lots of honey and a bit of overripe apples. A very floral quality to it, too. Some cracker malts and a mild pepper note. Though it's light, there is still butter.
M: Medium in body with a medium level of carbonation.
O: I've really enjoyed most of the Upright beers I've had, but this was just not very good.
08-07-2011 21:50:17 | More by womencantsail
4.08/5 rDev +0.7%
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.
10-10-2011 06:24:55 | More by emerge077
4.03/5 rDev -0.5%
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.
09-03-2013 00:29:18 | More by biboergosum
4.38/5 rDev +8.1%
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.
08-05-2012 22:57:10 | More by RblWthACoz
3.53/5 rDev -12.8%
Bottle opened by Thorpe. Beer is decent but not great. Served in a Russian River wine glass. Beer is yellow and hazy (I might have gotten some sediment, I'm not sure). Head is thin and weak, carbonation decent. Looks good.
Aroma is surprisingly bitter. Some spice too...OK...
Beer is too dry for what it is. Thin on the forward, some spiciness in the midpalate, mild pilsen sweetness up front. I'm just not feeling this beer. The end is a little acidic with grain. It's not bad, just wasn't in the mood for it I guess.
02-17-2011 21:53:08 | More by drabmuh
3.96/5 rDev -2.2%
Pours a huge fizzy bubbly 2.5 finger head that fades at a med pace and leaves tons of pillowy lacing, quite clear amber-ish nectar orange color.
Nose dry light farmhouse aromas, light saison spices like coriander and clove, light citrus and hint orange peel like but not really those spices in it just from the yeast, pillowy fluffy Belgian golden malts, fruity esters, little pear and golden apple like fruit, all that combined with a light leafy floral and hint fruity hop character.
Taste starts with malts, biscuity toasty malts, quite toasty actually, a light Belgian golden malt character, and wheat, a toasted pilsner with light lemon grass and earthy flavors. then into hops actually, a light earthy spicy hop, chewy and floral with a little grassy flavor again. Saison flavors are in the background, light spices again like the coriander, little peppery, faint citrus, with more fruity Belgian esters, then to the farmhouse earthy flavors, almost saw dust without the woody flavor, fruity flavors bring more golden apple and pear. Bitterness is med to lighter and remains constant throughout. Finish is more dry fruity flavors, citrus, fruity esters lingering, little doughy Belgian malts and toasted wheat, plenty of mild grassy earthy hops.
Mouth is med bodied, plenty of fluffy carb, little syrupy, faint hint of warming booze that is mostly drowned out by the beer.
Overall pretty nice, the hops are stronger than a typical saison but nice as they don't overpower and go beyond their domain, nice Belgian malt flavors, toasted pilsner like malts, nice light farmhouse flavors although I would have liked the farmhouse flavors to come out a little more, and maybe a little too syrupy, booze is hidden well despite that it should have been a little high for a nice farmhouse. But an nice overall beer.
03-14-2013 02:01:25 | More by jlindros
4/5 rDev -1.2%
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!
11-20-2013 07:18:36 | More by StonedTrippin
Seven (#7) from Upright Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 361 ratings.