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Seven (#7) - Upright Brewing Company

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Reviews: 125
Hads: 434
Avg: 4.02
pDev: 16.67%
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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Reviews: 125 | Hads: 434
Photo of JoEBoBpr
3.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass from a 750ml bottle.

Pours a very nice hazy and dark golden color with some slight orange hues. There is nice 1 inch dense white head that forms. Retention is pretty amazing.

Aroma of spices and some nice earthy grass notes. Some nice sweet malt notes are present with some nice slight pear juice notes and some apple. Very mild funk notes present.

Flavor follows the nose. Nice sweet fruit juice notes. There are notes of apple and pear and some slight honey notes. Nice earthy notes with the grain mixed in with some nice slight yeasty phenols. There is some slight boozy sweetness to the brew with some heat as well but it is masked well. There is some slight hop notes in the middle of the brew that bring some slight citrus notes. Very nice brew. Mouthfeel is pillowy and well carbonated.

This is a good American Saison. Not as funky as others I've had but has some nice peppery spice notes mixed in with the fruity notes and the phenols.

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Photo of babaracas
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy amber with billowing cream colored head, slowly settles to a thin layer, leaving a thick sheet of lace on the glass. Smell: apricot, grassy, pepper and sweet orange citrus notes. Taste: soft grassiness, citrus peel, pear and date, pale malt - lots, peppery and mild citric finish. Semi-drying.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Pour is hazy amber color with a bubbly white head. Nose has a light yeasty spice, cream, with a fair bit of sweetness and banana. Taste is slightly less sweet, medium body and fairly well carbonated. Cream is there, a touch of spice and more balanced sweetness. Finish is crisp with more spice.

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Photo of taylor714914
4.44/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

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Photo of FondueVoodoo
4.24/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.21/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

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Photo of Resuin
3.91/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: Pours a translucent amber (not too hazy but not transparent) and leaves several fingers of extremely fluffy white head.

Smell: Citrus, belgian yeast, perhaps some peach and pear in there as well. Interesting aroma, not necessarily mouth-watering but not unappealing.

Taste: Starts with citrus and moves on to a bread-like dough taste along with some lemon and coriander. Finishes nicely with some fruity notes.

Mouth-feel: Medium to high carbonation with a medium body to it. Very smooth.

Overall: A very nice sipping saison. The flavors aren't overwhelming but they compliment each other nicely. Citrusy and doughy with little funk. I was pleased with this saison, and it was very smooth for its relaively high-for-style ABV.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.23/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

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Photo of artoolemomo
3.71/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- This pours up a good amount of head with little tiny bubbles. The foam is pure white and body is a hazy, grapefruit color. It appears that this is going to take its time to dissipate. This is one fine looking beer. Leaves a moderate amount of lacing after the first pour, even more after the second pour.

Nose- The initial aroma that I detect is spicy yeast and citrus- fairly typical for a Saison. Grapefruit, orange, and orange peel. There is some pine and grassiness. A bit of soapiness also. This is very fruity, very floral. Peaches, bananas, perfume, and champagne.

Taste- Initially, there's a lot of bitterness. Woody, grassy, and piney. There's a lot more hops on this than any other saison I've ever had. Not sure how I feel about it. The fruit and spicy yeast are there but the hops are very dominant in this one. Peach and grapefruit and orange peel. There is some pear in there as well. Honestly, the hop character is too pronounced for my tastes. It mars what could be nice, crisp easygoing spring/summer beer.

Mouthfeel- Heavier than most beers of this style and perhaps could use some more carbonation.

Drinkability- Definitely not as crisp and clean as most saisons. The 8% isn't noticeable but the hop aspect of this beer makes it more of a sipper.

Overall- It's a good beer but nothing special. I'll take a Logsdon, a Dupont, or a Fantome any day over this. For the price, I will not be purchasing this again.

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Photo of jlindros
3.97/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Photo of stakem
3.39/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle pours a clear yellow with a white cap more than a finger strong. Some spotty lace clings to the glassware. Streaming bubbles of carbonation support the cap that retains well.

The smell opens up a bit sulfuric and then blends into some of the fruited expected quakity of a saison. Most noteably is a mild essence of pear then minerals. As it warms up, almost a funky cheesy scent emerges.

The taste is herbal and rindy with hops. A bit of neutral fruity citrus almost zesty quality is present that seems to stem from a combination of yeast and hops. A little bit of carbonic aspect emerges when swirled and a flavor of dirty cantaloupe resides in the aftertaste.

This is a medium bodied brew with a visually ample amount of carbonation that comes up a bit light in the feel. Overall not bad, but lacking a but compares to the other staple upright brews. For being described as Upright's most aromatic brew, I have to disagree.

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Photo of MDDMD
4.02/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-hazy orange yellow color with a nice white head and good lacing

S-orange, grain, hints of lemon and pepper

T-orange, lemon, yeasty dough, pepper, herbal notes, slight funk

F-light to medium body with moderate carbonation, crisp

O-a decent Saison with good balance, but not at the top of the style

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.35/5  rDev -16.7%
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 alley...it 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.

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Photo of Fatehunter
4.47/5  rDev +11.2%
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.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.77/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

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Photo of brewcrew76
4.25/5  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.

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Photo of PEBKAC
2.94/5  rDev -26.9%
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.

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Photo of porkinator
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

1/4" cream colored lacing, good retention. Colored apricot and clear, watching the carbonation float to the top. Little bit of funk on the nose, bready, pieces of peach and apricot. Flavor has even more funk, very dry/biscuity. Nice spice on the back of the tongue. Molasses like thickness.

Awesome beer. Glad I was able to try it.

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Photo of sweethome
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pour is hazy golden yellow. Can't see through this light colored beer. Beautiful milk-white head. Nice lacing in my Westvleteren chalice. Nose of yeast, straw, lemongrass, citrus.

Nice, crisp entry - fills out to a full palate. Snappy mouthfeel. Satisfying. Big flavor profile, but light and nimble on the palate. A great sipping beer. Alcohol is well hidden.

Flavors are fresh, lemon rind, hay, hint of yeast.

My first from Upright - this one hits on all the notes I enjoy of the saison style.

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Photo of colforbin73
3.58/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

this is a nice decent drinking saison -- a lot richer than the usual, a little more sweet, and a little hotter too... i can detect the 8% here.

the pour is very lively -- it foams up big time and you need to pour very carefully or it will be all foamy head. the retention to the glass is decent... the BREW is opaque, cloudy orange, not the paler yellow i associate with saison. it looks like a double ipa.

the smell is very nuanced and subtle (i don't think i have the best nose btw) i don't get much yeast but it is there, and a good dry grassy aroma. no hops to speak of.... a tad spicey.

the taste is in the ballpark, but again, a little on the rich side. it tastes thick, like a rough boozey mash. i get some piney resins from the hops and then, again, very boozey mash flavor --- it is like a brew made from the runoff of JD.... yes, a little corn booze going on here... there are spice tones, but masked by the booze.

i would certainly try more beer from UPRIGHT, but i would probably try something different next time. when you can get a Jack d-Or or a Dupont etc.... there are just too many other good options for a saison.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.74/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip.

3.5 A: Needed two pours to get a full glass from the big head. Lightly hazed dark yellow color. Three plus fingers of pillowy white head. Retention is very good, but only a few whisps of lacing are left.

4.5 S: This is what I want. After 4-6, this one is impressing. The nose is huge, complex, and pleasant. Big peppery spiciness to start things off. Next is grass and hay. Some nuttiness after that. Grassy, herbal, floral, earthy, and fruity hops in that order. Lemon and orange fruitiness and maybe a touch of pineapple. Very nice.

3.5 T: The taste is good, but the flavors don't mesh as well as in the nose. Crackery malt character is fairly aggressive and dominates the taste. There's also a lot more yeastiness. After that you will find lemon, nuttiness, pear, and peach. The citrus fruits aren't as apparent. Still a solid grassy and earthy hoppiness with herbs and flowers on the periphery. Still good, just not as good as the nose.

3.5 M: Lighter medium body. Despite the giant head, the carbonation level is about right, but unfortunately it's not as spritzy as I'd like. Still, this is smooth and not bad here.

3.5 D: Another decent, but unimpressive beer from Upright. Good enough all around.

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Photo of cvm4
3.65/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a cloudy, almost murky orange with a huge white head.
S - Orange peel, spices & grassy.

T - Hate to say this, just nothing distinctive. Taste pretty much follows the nose.

M - A but heavier than I'm used to. High carbonation.

O - A good saison, but not great.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

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Photo of ehammond1
4.1/5  rDev +2%
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.

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Photo of charlzm
4.07/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Consumed February 25th, 2012 at Blue Palms, Hollywood, CA.

Beer is a clear, medium to light yellow with a fine one finger foamy white head.

Aroma - powdery yeast, cinnamon, golden apple, a bit cidery.

Flavor is similar to the aroma: lots of melonoidins with the addition of a bitter finish.

Dry finish.

Supposedly brewed by a 24 year old beer savant in Seattle. Good work, whoever!

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