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Seven (#7) - Upright Brewing Company

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Ratings: 366
Reviews: 120
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 8.91%
Wants: 48
Gots: 40 | 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:
"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 bobsy
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
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!

bobsy, Jan 04, 2011
Photo of grub
4.2/5  rDev +4%
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!

grub, Oct 04, 2010
Photo of Viggo
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

Viggo, Oct 04, 2010
Photo of wagenvolks
4.38/5  rDev +8.4%
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!

wagenvolks, Sep 06, 2010
Photo of sdawson
4.43/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

#7 pours a thick white head atop a base of hazy orange. The scent is predominantly citrus -- I get strong lemon -- yeast, cloves, and subtler spices playing in the background. For those accustomed to Upright Brewing Company's style the dominant tastes of spice, grapefruit, and a strong hop finish may seem a bit of a departure from their typically subtler offerings. I find it a pleasant one, however, as the earthiness of the brew somehow works well with the summer appeal of Saison, making it a great alternative to the lighter summer offerings that most PDX brewers are pushing.

sdawson, Jul 25, 2010
Photo of John_M
4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Apex the other day.

The beer pours a hazy honey gold color with pretty good head retention and lots of sticky lacking all around. The nose is attractive, especially if you like a little clove in your saison (clove really dominates in this one). There is also some noticeable wheat and lemon zest, but the aroma of sweet clove really dominates. On the palate, this beer is just delicious. Aside from the clove, there is some lovely cherry, bread dough and light lemon. In combination, the flavors in this moderately sweet beer are terrific. Fortunately, there is a enough underlying spice to counter and balance the sweetness, though I wouldn't have minded a bit more hoppy bitterness on the finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, though I thought this beer pretty rich for a saison style beer. Drinkability is good, though one can definitely detect the increase in booziness the 8% abv. gives this beer (especially when compared to Upright's four).

Another solid effort from the folks at Upright.

John_M, Jul 22, 2010
Photo of ccrida
4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into a goblet, Seven is a brightish, hazy gold with an orange core and white head that leaves nice lace. Nice glow to this, like just before sunset, sexy.

Smell is very nice, fruity and spicy esters accentuated by the robust noble hops . Excellent.

Taste is great as well, big esters, some continental hop flavor and clean malts. Reminds me of De Ranke's saison, which is one of my favorites.

Mouthfeel is dry, a little slick from the hop oils, medium light.

Drinkability is pretty good. Great big saison esters on the nose, a satisfying flavor, although it could stand to be cleaned up or tightened a big. Fairly digestible, it goes down dangerously.

ccrida, Jul 20, 2010
Photo of RedDiamond
3.15/5  rDev -22%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I'm not sure what Upright was going for with this, their strongest regular ale, but I'm inclined to interpret it as a biere de garde - a style not especially prevalent on the Northwest beer scene. Traditionally, a biere de garde is lagered. Upright's website provides little information about Seven and doesn't suggest it is lagered. But the beer stands out among their other offerings as heavier and more alcoholic. Its orange-brown body pours with a lumpy, volcanic head trailing thick gobs of lace on exit. It is sharply bitter and unpleasantly sour and tastes somewhat like a hoppy dubbel. It is peppery and tart though it finishes clean and dry.

Seven is a modestly drinkable but otherwise indistinct beer. I can't for the life of me see what the fuss is about.

RedDiamond, Apr 24, 2010
Photo of Mora2000
4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to thirdeye11 for sharing this bottle. This was sampled alongside Upright 4, 5 and 6.

The beer pours a golden yellow color with a white head. The aroma is wheat, oranges and lemons. The flavor is heavy on the lemon and oranges with some wheat. A very fruity, citrus flavored saison. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. This was my favorite beer out of Upright 4, 5, 6 and 7.

Mora2000, Apr 20, 2010
Photo of beertunes
4.45/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served in balloon goblet. Poured a chill hazed orangeish amber color that had just a thin cap of head with very low retention, but still left OK lacing.

The aroma was surprisingly fruity, with a nice yeast scent and a touch of spice in the background. The taste was Very F-ing good, fruitier than most and not as sour, the beer still managed a nice dry finish.

The body was fuller than most examples of the style and coated the tongue nicely, went down easy and finished dryly. Drinkability was excellent, I rarely drink 2 of the same beer in a row and I had 5 of these in one sitting. Even at 8% these are smoothly drinkable.

Overall, a wonderful beer, go get it now!!!

beertunes, Apr 16, 2010
Photo of callmemickey
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A; Nice cloudy pale-orange body. Large fluffy white head. Good retention and nice lacing down the sides of the glass.

S: Soft citric notes of orange and lemon. Some spice (mostly pepper) with a nice grassy complimenting tone. Yeast comes through throughout.

T: Delicate flavor transitions between the sweet citric notes and the sharper spice and grass. Light tartness. Some hay and funk as well as some nice hop bitterness.

M: Medium to light bodied. A bit thin and oily at times. Nice drying finish. Refreshing.

D: Very easy to enjoy from the pop of the cap to the final sip. A very nice, if not tame saison. The only somewhat unique notes are the pacific northwest hops that aren't really found in other american saisons (particularly the liberty and magnum hops)

Stood up very well to the thai pineapple curry chicken dish that I cooked and served it with.

callmemickey, Apr 14, 2010
Photo of cbros
3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Serving type- 750 mL bottle poured into a chalice.

A- Pours a hazy deep orange color; very nice looking beer. There is a nice one white pure white lace after the pour. The cling to the glass is also rather impressive.

S- I am picking up strong hints of herbs and spices. There are notes of lemoni and a small following of pepper. I am also getting some sweetness from the malt as well.

T- There is a mellow start to this beer, however it quickly 'spices' up with hints of the citrus and spice found in the smells. The beer finishes with a somewhat bitter hoppy finish. Overall a complex beer that takes your tongue for a ride.

I received this beer as part of a thank you package from madhombrewer. This is a very nice beer that, being on the East Coast, probably would not have heard about. I am not a huge fan of Saison's however this was a welcome change from the IPA/stout norm.

cbros, Mar 25, 2010
Photo of Docer
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml purchased at Beaumont Market...

- Nice copper tone, clear at first, and then of course gradually cloudy as the bottle vanished. Nice white fluffy head, settled down nicely.

- Sweet brown sugary malt, grain... nice hop approach with this one... Liberty I believe... nice pine and citrus zest.. overall smells balanced... and fresh.

- Taste is much like the scent... nice zesty lemon and citrus zing, bready yeast and hops blend very well with this one... smooth creamy and yet slightly syrupy malt...

- Medium bodied, well carbonated... and just a touch sticky sweet.

- A balanced brew, and a slightly strong one at that. Hops were fantastic on it... little more sweet towards the bottom..

Docer, Mar 03, 2010
Photo of jdense
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle procured from tasting room during pleasant Saturday afternoon visit, served in Duvel tulip with better half's Tikka Masala 2.6.10.

After having the draft version several times, I wanted to compare with its bottled counterpart. The pour resulted in a near-Duvel like head, 2 1/2 fingers of white frothy goodness, medium dissipation with some spidery lacing retained long after the pour. The body is a yellowish orange, a bit of chill haze, but didn't clear completely after warming, some visible carbonation. The nose features the house yeast and a bit of fruit. The taste is quite good, peaches, mangos, leading to a fairly dry finish. Mouthfeel is nicely carbonated very tart and dry. Very drinkable for this ABV. Upon reflection, I probably like the draft version a bit better, but this is very good. My favorite Upright beer, and though a bit on the sweet side, can stand up to the best Belgian version of this difficult to get right style. Very highly recommended.

jdense, Feb 07, 2010
Photo of rhinos00
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to pecorasc for splitting this beer with me. Poured into tulip glasses.

A- Pours a hazy, yellow-golden color. Produced massive amounts of frothy, white head. Some lacing as the beer was consumed.

S- Barnyard funk along with some lemon zest and black pepper. Very nice interpretation of a traditional saison.

T- Upfront the usual flavors come into play...wheat, hay, brett and yeast combine to give a farmhouse feel to the beer. Midway through some lemon zest and spices come in and lend the beer a touch of sweet acidity. Also picking up notes of lemon grass as well. Really enjoying this one.

M- Light to medium bodied. Great carbonation. Finishes a touch on the dry side.

D- This was very easy to consume. The alcohol does not come into play whatsoever.

Overall, not a big fan of saisons, but I really liked this one. There was enough sweet/sour acidity to give this a different profile than most traditional saisons. Really glad to have tried this one.

rhinos00, Jan 30, 2010
Photo of Floydster
4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had a glass of this at the brewery, poured by Alex himself, reviewed from notes on my phone, served in an old GABF flute glass, color is a a dark yellow with some orange, big one inch white creamy head that stuck close to five minutes, not much lacing though, aroma consists of yeast, mild booze, sugars, lemon, orange peel, grassy accents, green fruits, and banana, starts off with sweet malts and stays that way through the middle, finish has a hint of booze and a bit of tartiness that tastes along the lines of oranges, some sugars and candy-like flavors come out as it warms more, lots of complexity and is quite full for its so-called style, slightly sweet and warm mouthfeel, medium bodied but probably on the thicker side for a saison, although this does not really fit in to any one style, softer carbonation than the other Upright brews, could drink a few more glasses of this, a bit of alcohol in the flavor but it enhances the taste and feel of the beer rather than limiting its drinkability, very easy drinking for over eight percent, would drink again, recommended

Floydster, Jun 28, 2009
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Seven (#7) from Upright Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 366 ratings.