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Seven (#7) - Upright Brewing Company

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Ratings: 394
Reviews: 122
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 8.89%
Wants: 49
Gots: 43 | FT: 3
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 cbarrett4
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of dgilks
4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

Photo of Gueuzedude
4.09/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of womencantsail
2.87/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of Jwale73
4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of HopHead84
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


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.

Photo of biegaman
4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of sweemzander
3.92/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of AgentZero
3.58/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Ethan for bringing this one. Drank it next to Four.

A - A bit darker than Four, kind of an orangish color with a little bit of white head.

S - Some citrus notes, orange, orange peel, phenolic yeast, with some floral notes.

T - Some citrus, hay, grape, earthtones. There is a little bit of alcohol that shows up, but it's not that bad. Nothing amazing, but this is solid for the style.

M - Lighter side of medium with some active carbonation and a dry finish.

O - Not bad, I liked Four better, but this is a solid saison that is decent to drink on a hot day.

Photo of cjacobsen
4.49/5  rDev +10.9%
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.

Photo of ncmussell
4.32/5  rDev +6.7%
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!

Photo of detlefchef
3.73/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Smuggled a bottle back in my luggage from a recent trip to the NW. Honestly, I was just drawn to the bottle because everything else I was grabbing were IPAs and I'm a big fan of saisons.

Poured to a nice creamy head that lingered but not longer than you'd want. All in all, looked exactly as it should.

Smelled like a saison, but nothing particularly remarkable jumped out of the glass. Just, well, nice.

The, as it should, theme continued, nothing blowing me away, nothing letting me down, right up until the finish, where I thought it sort of fell short in the acid department. I tend to prefer these beers to be a bit brighter and this one fell just a bit flat. Not an out-and-out condemnation, because I realize that is not a hard requirement of the style, but rather a trait that the ones I like tend to have. Not sour, mind you, just a brightness and levity.

That impression was echoed by the person I was enjoying it with. Both of certainly enjoyed the beer, but could also both think of a number of other versions that we preferred.

Photo of PDXHops
4.23/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

Photo of barleywinefiend
3.33/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a glowing straw yellow with ok carbonation leaving a small white cap, not buccles or lacing after a few sips

S: Pretty darn average. Some fruits and spice.

T: Starts off with a Belgian yeast, followed by spice and some fruits. Little bit booze sting on the end and sweetness with perhaps some wheat on the end

M: Finishes a bit dry, light to medium body

O: Just above average

Photo of mactrail
3.92/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Rich, aromatic golden ale.

Straw color with a haze in the tall glass, and big foam. Lasts well, however. Quite a flowery aroma. Taste is very spicy with the bitter twang of all the hops. Very long aftertaste as the hops just won't let go. Back of the tongue funky, flavor is maybe authentic but less appealing-- makes me think of the bitter peeling on pears. Nice sweetness, though, with lots of rich and odd fruity flavors. Like a Belgian Golden Ale with a touch of the barnyard.

Rich and strong but highly drinkable. My favorite of the Upright Brewing offerings for being less acidic.

Photo of trappistlover
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(750ml bottle sampled at Dak's final four tasting. Purchased at Bruery Provisions store). Pours a cloudy deep yellow with white head. Aroma has spice, lemon, wheat, pit fruits. Taste has a sweet malt backbone with a little bitterness following. Medium bodied with semi-bitter finish. Really nice beer.

Photo of NorCalYeti
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

taste- citrus fruit, mango, saison yeast character, hop spice notes, flinty bitterness and sourness in the finish

color- golden orange

clarity- pours clear but hazy in the glass

smell- orange, citrus oil that penetrates the nasal passages when inhaled

body- finishes dry, palate cleanser, medium-weight body and finish

appearance- huge frothy white head that turns rocky, active carbonation in the glass, remnant lace on the glass

overall impression- nice light, lean, refreshing, saison-style beer, alcohol is well disguised but eventually creeps in

notes and comments- huge carbonation when opened...so much so the bottle sprayed ever so slightly like when you start to peel an orange, missing an earthiness typical of the style, which is a bummer, but i like it for it's lean, straightforward approach

beer spy- monument wines and spirits, concord ca, march 2011, $10.99, 750mL

glassware: tumbler

Photo of augustgarage
4.26/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

Photo of lionchow
3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml green champagne bottle. Label is nice, hand drawn looking but still classy gives a down to earth, but upscale feel to the presentation.

Pours hazy golden orange with a huge head that lingers and becomes a thick and rocky.

Smells of pears, and citrus and banana. Some floral and earthy hops.

Flavors of earth, pear, grape, banana, bitter orange peel, wet straw, and a floral bitterness. Finishes mostly dry, and that is accentuated by the bitterness, but there is a touch of sweetness to round it out. Alcohol is also apparent. Flavors meld nicely and are overall quite aggressive.

Mouthfeel is large due to carbonation and alcohol.

Overall a big flavor experience. Flavors are bold, but not totally balanced. Perhaps they are a bit too big? Enjoyable if not totally together flavorwise.

Photo of yourefragile
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Capped 750 mL bottle poured into a tulip. Thanks Brian!

Pours a radiant slightly hazed, yet mostly clear golden color with a massive, light bubbly white head. Long lasting retention supported by a steady stream of carbonation and clumpy streaks of lacing.

As the label states, this is extremely aromatic and complex in the nose. Lemon rind, grape, citrus rind, yeast, clove, grass. Very clean and fresh; faint bitterness with no funk.

Maybe I'm spoiled (or conditioned through habit) but some of the more complex local saison I drink regularly from McKenzie and Stillwater, but the flavor is the only part of this beer that lets me down. Very well balanced and refreshing, but overall a little "boring" compared to the nose. Grass and lemon dominate the flavor with very light pale malt and grain in the body. The finish turns dry and grainy. There isn't really any deep earthiness or funk in this.

Medium bodied and crisp with appropriately strong carbonation.

Drinkability gets knocked down a notch for the grainy finish, but otherwise this is good but not great dry golden saison.

Photo of woosterbill
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...


Photo of drabmuh
3.53/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Sammy
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Thorpe429
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Thorpe429. Thanks Mike!

The beer is orange in color and mildly hazy. The head is gargantuan and encompasses the upper half of the tulip glass, leaving ample lacing in its wake.

The aroma is a wonderful bouquet of fruits. Upright Brewing Company states that this is their most aromatic beer. I believe it. Cantaloupes, pears, grapes, citrus and honey delight the olfactory senses.

The taste is not quite up to the level of the aroma, but the beer is still quite enjoyable. The fruit aspect is prominent throughout the nose and flavor.

The feel is medium bodied and smooth. There's a lot going on here. It's a good workout for the palate.

The beer has a sweetness about it, derived from the various fruit flavors. I wouldn't want more than a small glass, as it becomes overbearing after a while.

Seven (#7) from Upright Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 394 ratings.