Seven (#7) - Upright Brewing Company
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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
4.22/5 rDev +4.2%
Purchased from The Bruery Provisions and poured into my Bruery tulip. Smell is pretty fruity: green apples with saison spice in the background.
Pour is somewhat aggressive. Carbonation doesn't seem very high. Thin head. Color is golden and looks pretty nice. Taste is fruity at first but with some hops in the background. This is pretty interesting for a saison...certainly not like any I've had before.
Mouthfeel is decent. I'd like a little more carbonation. Overall it's pretty good. I like it enough that I'd maybe buy it again, and I'm certainly interested to check out their other saisons
10-02-2011 01:50:58 | More by UnknownKoger
3.78/5 rDev -6.7%
Poured into tulip glass.
Appearance: Hazy golden color. Pours a very thick white head which quickly fades. Lots of lacing.
Smell: hoppy, citrusy, lots of grapefruit, green apples, a hint of honey and alcohol.
Taste: Citrus, very hoppy, grapefruit, green apples, a hint of grassy barnyard character.
Mouthfeel: Light-medium bodied, dry finish, good carbonation.
Overall: A pleasant, very drinkable beer. Not very complex, but very refreshing. It drinks much more like a 5-6% beer than an 8%.
09-27-2011 01:50:34 | More by phichifiji00
4.2/5 rDev +3.7%
750ml bottle shared with friends on 9/20/11.
A - Hazy, almost cloudy peach-colored liquid with a frothy, short statured head on top that produced a splash of lace around the rim of the glass.
S - Melon flesh, floral notes and a hint of grassy hops comprise the base aroma, while a mild spicy yeast character lurks in the background. Honey sweetness and a slight waft of alcohol round out the nose.
T - Citrus fruit, fresh cut grass and floral notes provide ample bitterness for the style, although there is a fair amount of honey sweetness to balance. The yeast presence is noticeable, but offers only minimal spiciness. The citrus character really opens up in the backend with a touch of sharper grassy notes and subtle barnyard and hay.
M - Light to medium bodied with mild carbonation and a hint of bristle on the tongue. Finishes with moderate bitterness and a crisp, dry bite on the palate.
D - Fine saison with a fruity, citrusy flair and nice balance of sweet, bitter and spicy attributes. Nice first impression of this brewery.
09-23-2011 01:54:03 | More by ffejherb
3.95/5 rDev -2.5%
750ml botte poured into a Duvel tulip.
**Please note, this is my first attempt to review a Saison**
A: A nice hazy apricot-orange came out of the bottle followed by 1-1.5 fingers worth of creamy white head. Left moderate lacing on glass.
S: There is lots of things going on in this beer. Getting lots of fruitiness (pear, apple, orange, lemon) paired with some earthy spices, yeast, citrus hops and some 'funkyness'. Some alcohol is on the tail end.
T: As some other reviewers had noted, there is a dryness to the beer from the get go. I am getting a nice balance of earthy spices along with lemon zest, orange peel and some citrus hops. Some alcohol on the back end but not to bad. Semi-Funky.
M: Medium bodied with great carbonation. Very dry on the mouth.
O: A great drinking beer that was very pleasent to drink. It was my first Saison, and I was very impressed with the style. Can't wait to try more from the style and the brewery.
09-21-2011 12:50:33 | More by CaptainTripps
3.95/5 rDev -2.5%
Grabbed this at the provisions, figured I needed to give uprights year rounds a swirl.
A: Soft light filter over a neon orange sign. Bright white ivory foams with little bead bubbles. A bit of an off color in the middle that is almost green in the lightness of yellows. Good looking beer. Nice film after some solid retention, spotted lacing.
S: Smell is a reserved fruitiness with a light unripe pineapple, soft apricot, and a perky pear-apples. Not too much bread, but the yeast comes through in a fruity mix with mild florals.
T: Some mild lychee in between the pear and apples. Crisp cucumber after repeat sips. Very mild citrus spritz like a clementine or light lemon. Present bitterness and alcohol as it warms. A solid old red apple hop bitterness that meshes elegantly with the reserved fruits in the yeast. Tastes of refinement
M: Soft spoken mouth with a juicy light medium mouth feel. The alcohol gives the beer a slick viscosity that falls down the throat. Humid in the mouth from the coating alcohol, with a mellow drying. Really helps the flavors linger.
O: This was a really interesting saison in how clean the flavors are, while still maintaining a balanced yeast presence. The flavors remained consistent throughout the bottle, and the higher abv provides a coating in the mouth that constantly releasing flavor. However, I found the alcohol a bit intrusive as the beer warmed. It's a catch 22, as with it came more flavor, but I'd have a hard time finishing multiple glasses. Nonetheless, great refined flavor, and a consistent drinking experience.
09-21-2011 02:03:05 | More by Cavery
3.8/5 rDev -6.2%
A: Pours a clear straw color, good head slight lacing down the glass
S: Smell is complex, Belgian yeast, lemon, spice and earthy scents
T: Tastes of citrus fruits and spices. Also some rye flavors in there
M: Medium bodied beer, good amount of carbonation.
O: A complex and unique Saison, I liked this one.
09-12-2011 03:00:08 | More by loren01
3.93/5 rDev -3%
Enjoyed with aasher in a long-awaited tasting. Poured into new belgium snifter with a quarter inch of white foam that leaves minimal lacing. Color resembles that of an apricot.
S-smell is very faint with hints of fermented citrus andd earth.
T-beer has a nice tart feel when it hits the palate. I detect some orange peel as well as grapefruit. Beer has a pleasant sweetness that transitions into the alcohol that makes this 8 percent beer.
M-the alcohol in this beer keeps it from being a session beer. I do like that it packs a punch without being overly chewy.
O-great find by aasher. I'm not real familiar with saisons but will def look for more after this
09-07-2011 04:22:26 | More by zep9865
4.1/5 rDev +1.2%
This one pours a dark, very cloudy apricot orange in color with a light one finger head. The yeast at the end of the bottle really darkened this one up. The aromas are pretty heavy on the citrus fruits. You get a lot of oranges, tangerines, and rind. The flavors are very citrusy and yeasty with a nice hop bitter finish. It's pretty sweet for a saison, kind of milky, and features a lot of tangerine. It is very, very smooth drinker and the alcohol is pretty well hidden. Due to how smooth it is, this one is dangerous easy to drink. This is a nice saison, and different than most.
09-07-2011 03:50:16 | More by aasher
3.9/5 rDev -3.7%
A buddy and I took a nice week long trip to the PNW (Seattle, Vancouver, Portland) this summer and I snagged a few Uprights while I was out there. Upright was a huge want of mine, so I wasted little time in opening this once I arrived back home.
A: A pretty nice looking Saison. The cap popped with a nice hiss with the usual ghostly smoke rolling out. Pouring it into the chalice, a mediocre size white head appears on top of a l hazy orange. The head lasts for a while, and then recedes into the orange coloured beer.
S: Bright Belgian yeast spice (coriander, pepper, orange zest), blended with fresh grain and some alcohol. The yeast and pepper scents are really overpowering and the alcohol is a tad too high for my liking in a Saison. Almost to the edge of a Belgian Strong Pale Ale scent.
T: Starts with a blast of spice (again - pepper, coriander), orange zest, some tropical fruits (pineapple, apple), and then some alcohol again. Pretty complex, but the flavours could be blended a tad better.
Overall, this was pretty solid. I prefer my Saisons to be a little lighter, and this was more of a Belgian Strong Pale Ale in my mind.
09-01-2011 11:58:58 | More by treyrab
District of Columbia
3.78/5 rDev -6.7%
Appearance: Gold-peach pour with an enormous head, took up 90% of the glass
Smell: Sweet and floral with bits of wheat
Taste: Sweet and floral, perhaps some honeysuckle with a touch of wheat, some golden fruit (peach, pear)? Doesn't blow me away but not bad either. Touch of orange juice, very faint.
Mouthfeel: Medium body and carbonation
Overall: Enjoyable, not the top but not to be turned down either.
08-24-2011 19:39:35 | More by craytonic
4.1/5 rDev +1.2%
Enjoyed from tap at Upright Brewing's cellar.
Overall the best aromatic beer I've had from these guys (other than the sole composition brews). Pours a slightly hazy golden/orange hue with moderate head and fine lace.
Aromas are numerous with emphasis on the saison funk, yeast, and spice (coriander and peppercorn mostly), lots of tree fruit backs this up (more along the lines of apple and fig). The palate follows up nicely but slightly less complex than the nose suggests. There is a true saison style funkiness with some tree fruit, the spice takes a back seat.
On the palate the alcohol does make itself known, but with a snap, not a thunderclap. Medium bodied, good texture, medium long finish with nice grip. Decently balanced other than a bit too much alcohol.
Overall a great beer and a style of which I am rather fond.
08-21-2011 22:36:50 | More by cbarrett4
4.38/5 rDev +8.1%
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.
08-10-2011 12:16:59 | More by dgilks
4.08/5 rDev +0.7%
Sampled June 2011
A vigorous pour into my large Tripel Karmeliet tulip produces a two finger thick, pale tan colored head; the carbonation seems on the low side for a Saison. The beer is a pale amber, dark straw color that shows a hazed, orange tinged, full gold color when held up to the light. The aroma smells quite floral, definitely hoppy, sort of citrus backed, but almost peach like in some ways. There is a slightly nutty, pale grain character that leans towards cracker and bread like character (without being quite distinctly one way or the other). Other aromatic notes of Meyer Lemon, slightly musty going lactic threshed grain, tart pear, star fruit like notes and at times cider notes; the cider notes seem to be contributed both by the malt and the yeast character. At times the nose has an almost savory character to it, I think some of this is accentuated by the soft tartness, and it makes for an appetizing aroma.
Fairly dry tasting as it first hits my tongue, it does pick up a malt fullness to it as it rolls across the palate though; it doesn’t really become sweet, but sort of has the sweetness of the fresh part of a crusty loaf of bread called the crumb (all the chewy inside part of the bread that is not the crust). My second sip has me noticing a lot more of the fruitiness and light tartness that is here; the fruit character accentuates some soft sweetness and reminds me of aromatic apple varietals, some pear notes and something more that isn’t quite melon or star-fruit. The long finish has a cracker like grain character, or perhaps better, it reminds me of chewing on a pale malt grain. There is a Meyer Lemon like citrus character here, as well as a herbal hop character that provides some “green” to the flavor; the hops also contribute a firm, but not really biting bitterness that serves as an anchoring note to this beer without intruding much. The herbal and bitter hop notes also linger on in the finish, really helping to fully dry out the finish of this beer. While this beer has some body to it, it is still dangerously quaffable; it is almost as if it has more viscousness to it than body, somehow. This has the spiciness from the yeast that contributes the characteristic peppery notes, a definite woody mustiness, along with the fruitiness a touch of ginger like character as well as a definite floral spiciness. There is a touch of alcohol presence to the finish, along with some phenolic spiciness and perhaps a hint of something else that adds some sharpness to the finish that I can’t quite put my finger on; all of these are fermentation derived flavors though. At times a touch of plastic / smoky character comes through, it is fairly subtle, but my wife seems to notice it a bit more than I do.
I really like the aroma of this beer in the end, it is quite appetizing with its big, but integrated aromatic notes. The flavor doesn’t quite live up to aromatics, but is still more than decent; the flavor seems to be a touch discordant in the finish at times. While this wouldn’t necessarily make it a better beer, I would love to see a super hoppy version of this beer that had way to many American hops loaded into it.
08-08-2011 14:03:17 | More by Gueuzedude
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
4.13/5 rDev +2%
Another one courtesy of Thirstybird. 750ml bottle. Pours a hazy orange-gold with a frothy, bright white one inch head embedded with ringlets. Aromas of citrus, candi sugar and rind comprise the nose. Taste consistent with nose - very herbal, almost Duvel-esque in flavor and somewhat hot. Mouthfeel is light-medium with a lively, almost prickly carbonation, and a semi-dry finish. Extremely drinkable with some of the qualities of a Farmhouse but closer to a Belgian Strong Pale (a la Duvel) than a Saison in my opinion. Nonetheless, I would buy this often if I had easy access to it.
07-27-2011 23:50:12 | More by Jwale73
4/5 rDev -1.2%
Bottle shared by Carlos, thanks!
A: Appears light orange with two inches of white sea foam lingering for many minutes. Nice color.
S: Very fruity, mostly orange, pear, cherry, and apple, with floral notes and perfumy phenols which are redolent of white pepper and coriander. Some grassy and earthy notes are in there as well.
T: Clove and white pepper-like spiciness up front, with a floral character accompanying orange, apple, cherry, pear, and earth. A lower moderate bitterness with a touch of biscuity and grainy sweetness. The finish is dry, spicy, fruity, and bitter. Alcohol is well masked.
M: Medium body with moderate carbonation.
Overall: A unique and tasty Saison that I would gladly drink again.
07-26-2011 00:57:51 | More by HopHead84
4.2/5 rDev +3.7%
On-tap at Le Trappist, in Oakland.
Upright Seven has a nice sunny complexion, marmalade colour and fine, soapy head. The beer actually looks like it was painted with watercolors, the light it reflects off its surface has that same lambent effect. But there's far too much protein haze to see beyond its orange blush. And the lacing makes it difficult to see even beyond the glass.
The usual scent of orchard fruits (pear, apple) appears slightly more tropical than usual, with an orange-y citrus acidity well blended into the characteristic saison mustiness. What else would you expect from a Pacific Northwest brewery? Aside from the very fresh 'outdoors-y', dry scent of field grain, this has the moist dankness of a cottage basement.
The taste is far more floral, like an herbal tea it has lots of dried flower petal taste and fruity essence. Again there's that little extra dose of citric acidity. The malts taste of lightly toasted bread, perhaps with a spoonful of honey, but they are obliterated by yeasty spiciness. Just as anything pickled has brininess, so too anything made with Belgian yeast has spiciness.
Those yeast phenols really do put on one hell of a Fourth of July pyrotechnics show. Once that display is over - rest assured, it doesn't go on too long - graininess is once again sensed on the palate, floral and fruity esters start to flutter like butterflies again and, before all is said and done, a bitter earthy pungency set's in. It's all fantastically pleasant.
Upright Seven deserves at very least an eight of out ten. It's a superbly crafted saison that would have no hard time fitting in with the Belgian countryside, nor the Belgian drinkers. And while I leisurely sipped on it in a Belgian-themed bistro, I couldn't help but almost feel I was actually there. And even though I wasn't, I had the two best things about it (good fare and good beer) - so what was the difference? Airfare is expensive nowadays anyway.
07-13-2011 16:08:48 | More by biegaman
3.95/5 rDev -2.5%
750mL bottle poured into a tulip. Thanks again to hopsbreath for the bottle!
(A)- Produced a nice cap of white froth. Some lace.
(S)- A touch dry. Plenty of a yeasty, almost floral hop earth to it. Ever so mildly funky and biscuit.
(T)- Interesting. Mildly spicy and biscuit-like yeast with a floral, almost a "Tang" tartness to it in a fruit sense. Very subtle earth.
(M)- A nice carbonation level and balance. Fruity and floral with a nice yeasty background. A botanical-like saison is the best explanation for this one really.
(D)- This is where Upright's Saisons have the edge in my opinion: Bright, crisp, slightly tart, and damn refreshing. Not necessarily my favorite from them so far, but a solid one.
07-09-2011 02:57:50 | More by sweemzander
Seven (#7) from Upright Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 361 ratings.