Seven (#7) - Upright Brewing Company

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Ratings: 387
Reviews: 121
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 9.14%
Wants: 49
Gots: 43 | FT: 3
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Upright Brewing Company visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
"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

(Beer added by: msubulldog25 on 05-26-2009)
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Photo of sweemzander
3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
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
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
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
4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
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
3.7/5  rDev -8.6%
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
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
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
3.35/5  rDev -17.3%
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
3.93/5  rDev -3%
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 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
4.28/5  rDev +5.7%
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
3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
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
3.78/5  rDev -6.7%
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
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
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
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

Photo of peensteen
3.78/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy orange colour, 1/4" white head with decent lacing. Nose is of citrus, sour apple, lemon, yeast, biscuit, some hops lingering around. The nose on this is fantastic super complex and inviting. On the palate it is a little boozy, has a nice bitterness and a good sour profile but it seems off balance and not as smooth as 4, 5 and 6, still good but the nose on this got my hopes up. Good mouthfeel, great weight and the carbonation is just right and not overpowering. Overall its good and I would give it another shot, however the boozy taste might make me reach for one of their other offerings first.

Photo of TheviolentcrumbL
4.9/5  rDev +21%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- Murky hues of gold, copper and burnt leaves coalesce in a tulip shaped glass. A thick pillow of off-white head settles slowly to a nice ringlet.

S- Grass, pineapple, fresh bread, slight funk. Light spice from the hops. Intoxicating really.

T- Cured lemon and bread with a bit of spice and tropical fruits. Make that dried pineapple. Some smooth grain and grass for sure.

M- Medium body with great carbonation. Dry, tart finish that leaves my mouth watering for the next sip.

D- Very high. I want it on tap in the house. A beer this thirst quenching would make house work much more pleasant. Upright really hit the nail on the head with this one.

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

750ml I brought back from Victoria. Pours a lightly hazed golden with a couple fingers of head.

A wonderful nose of funk and spice, a light fruitiness which borders on tropical (pineapple maybe) and some grains, really awesome nose - fruity, spicy and funky in harmony. Less funk in the taste but there, a little more Orval-esque with a more pronounced lemon and spice component, hint of leather and metallic pennies with a cracker malt. Bubbly body with a bone dry finish. Just really pleasant to drink, one of their better ones I've had (minus the Flora Rustica).

Photo of bobsy
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice hazy light gold pour with a finger of white head that leaves some good lace and has nice retention. Good saison nose with grass, fruit, gain and herbs. Taste is similar and really nicely balanced. If anything it has a more pronounce herbal character that I dig. Light funk and some sweet citrus. Good stuff! Medium body with a creamy carbonation is spot on.

I love Upright`s stuff and this is another winner. Thanks to my boy Eric for sharing!

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

Viggo shared this one. thanks eric!

750ml bottle. sampled oct 3/2010.

pours hazy orangey gold with a huge fluffy off-white head. the head drops very slowly and leaves lots of chunky lace as it falls.

aroma is great. great funky saison spice. earthy and slightly herbal. light citrus. orange and tangerine. light alcohol. white bread and cracker. bit of grain.

taste is good. more funk than i got from the aroma. lemon. malt vinegar. white bread and cracker. horse blanket. leather. bit of tobacco. bit of alcohol. orange. bit of tropical fruit - pineapple and mango. light caramel.

mouthfeel is good. light bodied with a fairly dry finish. medium-high carbonation level.

drinkability is good. nice balance, hiding its alcohol well. a little funkier than most saisons, but i like 'em funky and this one delivers. good stuff!

Photo of Viggo
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle, picked up at Brewery Creek in Vancouver.

Pours a hazy orange, some amber and golden highlights, very thick and chunky white head forms and settles down to a pretty solid layer and ring around the glass, some lace chunks stick.

Smell is neat, sweet and sour, some lemon and orange zest, lightly spiced, a bit of barnyard funk, wheat, coriander, quite yeasty, some alcohol, a bit of pineapple, some nice fruit character, pretty neat.

Taste is similar, pretty tart up front, a bit lemony with a touch of vinegar sourness, pineapple juice, apricot, pretty neat fruitiness, orange peel, a bit of funky barnyard, wheat, some yeast, a bit of booze, dry and tart finish.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with medium to high carbonation, very fresh, bit of sour zing, some tartness, very refreshing, nice stuff.

Photo of wagenvolks
4.38/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle passed around at the September BA tasting in Austin. Many thanks to sdawson for the hook-up in our trade!

Seven displays a bright tangerine body with caramel at its core. Hazy, but inviting, with a fat cap of manila foam that retains well and drapes sticky lacing all across the glass. Aroma? Spicy. Citrus zest, coriander, Soccer-Mom-fresh orange wedges, grains of paradise. Earthy, too, with a hint of funk and herbal hops. I could smell this one all day long...

The flavor is as rich as the aroma suggested. Seven is inviting, but deceptively simple in its profile, with orange peel and grapefruit leading the way. Vegetal & musty mid-palate with traces of white pepper. Finish is dry and spicy, while the overall body is creamy with a medium body and perfect carbonation level. Bottom line: delicious. I would gladly have this one again. Upright is not a brewery to be slept on. Get at 'em before the uber-geeks catch wind!

Seven (#7) from Upright Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 387 ratings.