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Four Play - Upright Brewing Company

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138 Ratings
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Ratings: 138
Reviews: 56
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 9.74%
Wants: 227
Gots: 19 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Upright Brewing Company visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
'Four' aged in La Bete Pinot Noir barrels with Oregon cherries.

Hops: hallertauer mittelfrüh
Malts: organic pale, wheat, organic munich
Unmalted: rolled wheat
Also: cherry puree
Yeasts and bacteria: French saison, brettanomyces clausennii, lactobacillus, delbrueckii

750ml bottles
First release - April 2010 [label shown]
Second release - March 2011

(Beer added by: DiabolikDUB on 08-17-2009)
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t0rin0

California

4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

03-04-2013 17:16:58 | More by t0rin0
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Thorpe429

Illinois

4.58/5  rDev +6.3%

Bottle with the bra label. Served in a Mikasa tulip.

Pours a light copper color with a bit of a reddish hue. Good white head and a bit of lacing. The nose has a beautiful cherry presence with a bit of light funk in the background. The flavor has great cherry with a subtle funk plus a bit of hay. Light earth and a bit of acidity. Light body with fairly-high carbonation. Slight pucker to the finish. Utterly delicious.

11-09-2011 02:06:55 | More by Thorpe429
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nmann08

District of Columbia

4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

04-14-2013 20:57:35 | More by nmann08
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zestar

California

4/5  rDev -7.2%

06-23-2014 04:49:30 | More by zestar
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womencantsail

California

4.38/5  rDev +1.6%

Thank you to Shane for sharing this one at Sour Fest.

A: The pour is a slightly cloudy pinkish color with a nice white head on it.

S: Quite a bit going on in the nose. A bit of spice (rye, perhaps?), cherries, grapes, and a nice funk. The funk is somewhat leathery and earthy.

T: A light tartness is noticeable right away, and I find it to be very enjoyable. A bit of citrus zest, lemon, and grapefruit help to enhance the tart aspect. Some other light fruit notes along with the spice and funk that were present in the aroma.

M: The body is light to medium with a full and rolling carbonation to it. Mildly dry on the finish and quite crisp and refreshing.

D: A really nice saison, and the second from Upright that I've been quite fond of. I might need to start tracking some of these down.

07-20-2010 05:18:41 | More by womencantsail
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spycow

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

01-12-2013 00:49:05 | More by spycow
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westcoastbeerlvr

California

4/5  rDev -7.2%

02-11-2014 23:23:24 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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emerge077

Illinois

4.2/5  rDev -2.6%

Thanks to Wil for breaking out this random sexy bottle!
This label is going on the beer fridge ;)

Hazy amber, with white foam that almost had a pinkish tint to it. Flecks of lace around the edges, some foam with a vigorous pour, though it didn't last all that long.

Tart Lacto crispness and Brett funkiness in the nose, right off the bat it reminds me of batch 2 Uplands and LeBleu. Fruit is there, muddled and funkafied, but the suggestion of cherry is present, just hard to pin down.

Cherry is more present in the taste, blended with a general fruitiness, almost more like faint cherry yogurt than anything. Brett is there in spades, adding a backdrop layer of complexity. It's tart and juicy with a slight sweetness, mild cherry skin acidity that dries up somewhat in the finish. Overall, sort of typical of inoculated US sours. More oak and acidity from the wine-barrel would be an improvement.

Spritzy body, light and refreshing. It's hard to slow down and take many notes before it's gone. A whole bottle of this would disappear all too soon. Thanks again Wil for the opportunity to try this!

08-26-2010 13:45:12 | More by emerge077
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JAHMUR

Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

11-25-2011 21:10:35 | More by JAHMUR
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MasterSki

Ontario (Canada)

3.78/5  rDev -12.3%

Thanks to Wil for this sexy label, err, beer. Served in a Rodenbach tulip glass.

A - Pours with a finger of off-white foam that settles to a thin ring. The body is a hazy peach-orange color.

S - Buttery oak, light vinous notes, pale malt, a little plastic, and some sour cherries.

T - Taste is a little less exciting. Some sour and tart cherry flavor, a little bit of vinous character, but not very intense. Some bretty sweetness as well.

M - Zesty carbonation, medium-light body, sticky clean finish.

D - This was a pretty solid American sour, that while a bit above-average didn't really stand out in an increasingly crowded field. I'd be curious to see if it gets more sour and/or funky over time. Probably miscast as a "Saison".

08-27-2010 23:33:22 | More by MasterSki
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drabmuh

Maryland

4.47/5  rDev +3.7%

I wish this bottle had the nipples on it, instead it was some girl in a bra. Thanks Thorpe for the PG13 version of this beer. Seriously though, a want of mine.

Beer is yellow and hazy with a nice white head of small bubbles, some carbonation, some lacing, decent looking.

Aroma is awesome though. Yeast, sweetness, mild cherries, other fruits, nice breadiness. Great.

Beer is medium to light in body and complex on the palate, it is a mixture of yeast and fruits and esters. The whole thing comes together so well. Strong but sweet, tart but not too dry. I loved this beer.

01-12-2012 02:49:11 | More by drabmuh
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mdfb79

New York

4.38/5  rDev +1.6%

From 01/08/12 notes. Big thanks to Thorpe429 for sharing this one; thanks Mike! 2011 vintage I believe.

a - Pours a murky orange-pink color with one finger of white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of sour fruits, tart cherries, white wine, grapes, light earthy notes. Very nice and refreshing, though not super sour.

t - Tastes of tart cherries, very sour dark fruits, raspberries, oak, wine, sour grapes, fruity malts. More tart cherries and more sourness overall than the nose.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Pretty dry and very easy to drink.

o - Overall I thought this was an awesome saison. Last week we had Upright's Late Harvest and Seven and I thought this was much better than both (though they were both great beers too). Tons of sour cherries and dark fruits here, especially in the taste, and I felt like I could have drank the whole bottle. Something I'd love to get another of.

01-10-2012 01:09:34 | More by mdfb79
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imperialking

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

12-07-2011 18:35:45 | More by imperialking
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yourefragile

District of Columbia

4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

01-14-2012 00:01:41 | More by yourefragile
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orangesol

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

07-21-2013 19:03:55 | More by orangesol
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barleywinefiend

Washington

4.05/5  rDev -6%

A: Poured an orangish color with a nice white cap and some bubbles

S: Cherries, some cream with some old wood, horseblanket and a touch of lemon?

T: The cherries are an immediate with red wine which provides some light grape blended with some oak, Earth, funk and a stinkging lacto presence with a light hay and lemon squeeze

M: Well carbonated, medium body with a unique feel from wine like silky texture, lacto and the traditional dryness of a farmhouse. All uniquely blended

O: Good

03-23-2012 13:36:08 | More by barleywinefiend
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duceswild

Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

04-28-2014 05:54:09 | More by duceswild
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

4.78/5  rDev +10.9%

Bottle shared by Thorpe429. Thanks Mike.

The beer is hazy and bright orange with a quarter inch of thick, white head. The aroma offers cherries, yeast, light funk. Smells awesome. Great flavor as well. Cherries shine through. This beer challenges my will. It's hard not to gulp this. Simply fantastic. Masterful. Would love to have more of this. Highly recommended.

01-08-2012 20:12:18 | More by Huhzubendah
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Mebuzzard

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

05-28-2012 04:39:53 | More by Mebuzzard
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glid02

Georgia

4.53/5  rDev +5.1%

Bottle shared by Grant – much obliged!

Pours a hazy brownish-copper color with a slightly off-white head that leaves decent lacing.

Smells of medium malts with large amounts of tart cherries and hints of lactic sourness. Also present are hints of light oak, tannins, and funk. A very complex nose.

Tastes similar to how it smells, though not quite as impressive. Mildly dry medium malts up front are joined quickly by tart cherry and berry flavors. Midway through smooth oak and funk come into play before they are smoothed by hints of lactose that carry through to a crisp ending. Mouthfeel is good, with active carbonation.

Overall I was a big fan of this beer; there’s a lot going on but the different components manage to retain their integrity. Very much worth a shot.

07-05-2011 17:28:58 | More by glid02
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HopHead84

California

4.05/5  rDev -6%

5/7/2011

First batch poured into a snifter.

A: Pellucid orange with a subtle pink tinge and a small bubbly white head.

S: Nice cherry profile with wine notes and some oak. Lower moderate acetic acidity goes well with the expressive fruit. Moderately lactic and light vanilla notes. Light barnyard presence with earthy and musty characteristics. 

T: Moderate tartness with the same level of lactic sourness. Big sour cherry notes in the flavor with a firm acetic acidity. Evident tannins with notes of oak. Pretty vinous.

M: Lower medium in body with low carbonation. Mouthfeel is sticky, smooth, dry, and lightly tannic.

Overall: Good stuff. I like this better now than when it was first released. 

05-08-2011 22:04:55 | More by HopHead84
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beertunes

Washington

3.73/5  rDev -13.5%

I admit it, I bought this beer because there was a full tit on the label. I've also really enjoyed Uprights other beers, so it wasn't that much of a gamble.

The beer poured a hazy reddish yellow, very still, no head, thus no retention or lacing.

The aroma was nicely yeasty and spicy, the cherry scent was barely noticeable. The flavor was nicely tart, spice and yeast dominate the tongue, with the cherry being subdued but noticeable in the background.

The body was nicely typical for the style, full without being heavy. Dinkability was also very good, a 750 went down easily.

Overall, a brew worth checking out. And that label's not bad either.

05-20-2010 21:28:06 | More by beertunes
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HuskyinPDX

Washington

4.35/5  rDev +0.9%

Poured a heavy pour into my Duvel Tulip. I don't have a full bottle since I dropped this and a Speedway and had to salvage what was left. Hardly lost any of this bad boy.

Appearance - pours a pinkish orange, almost the color of the inside of a grapefruit. Very little head, some large white bubbles form around the edges.

Smell - Sour cherries, apple, pears.

Taste - Wow, cherries, apple, citrus, pear, peach.

Drinkability - ok, it is a sour, but it is very easy to drink.

Overall - I am upset that I may have lost some carbonation with the drop, but I am very happy with this guy. Ignore the label, it is a good beer.

05-18-2011 06:00:44 | More by HuskyinPDX
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drummermattie02

Texas

4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

06-23-2013 12:50:10 | More by drummermattie02
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ShanePB

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

03-09-2014 15:22:41 | More by ShanePB
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Four Play from Upright Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 138 ratings.