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Four Play - Upright Brewing Company

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Reviews: 57
Hads: 179
Avg: 4.17
pDev: 17.51%
Wants: 237
Gots: 20 | 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:
Beer added by: DiabolikDUB on 08-17-2009

'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
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Reviews: 57 | Hads: 179
Photo of Thorpe429
4.59/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of emerge077
4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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!

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Photo of womencantsail
4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.8/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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".

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Photo of drabmuh
4.47/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.75/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of HopHead84
4.07/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4


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. 

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Photo of barleywinefiend
4.05/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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

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Photo of Axnjxn
4.6/5  rDev +10.3%

draft at upright. hazy off red color. smell of lacto, brett and a good amount of funky cherries. taste is slightly sour and blended perfectly. finish lasts and leaves you craving more. awesome

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Photo of beertunes
3.68/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.32/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of glid02
4.54/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.14/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Upright today.

Pouring pink with a dense, pinkish white head, this looks good. Head retention is solid and there's a little lacing as well. It seems less pink than the Sole Comp version Pinot Cherry Four I had last night. The nose is awesome. Cherries are quite prominent (but not as dominant as on the PC4) with a nice blend of juice and skin tannins, but where this beer really shines is in the incorporation of Brett and funk on the nose - the earthy and mildly clove-like character, along with a mildly sulfur note that works brilliantly with the cherries. The base beers' strengths are also really well incorporated here - the dry, wheat/grain character works nicely with the funk. Excellent.

The palate opens with a bright tartness, a blend of lactic and cherry sourness, earthy, mildly yogurt-like with a really nice funk - mushrooms, earth, a little cheese. Cherry flavor and sweetness appear on the mid-palate, juicy and refreshing. A touch of lemony sourness is also present. Drying on the finish with earth, lactic sourness and cherry skins, this beer is moderately carbonated and wonderful on the palate. Warming it up really does make it incredibly better. Highly recommended.

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Photo of sweemzander
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750mL bottle poured into a stemmed glass. Huge thank you to hopsbreath for the surprise extra! March 2011 batch.

(A)- Pours a hazy blush color; not quite orange and not quite pink. Produced a nice cap of white foam with decent retention. Minimal lace.

(S)- A nice dryness. Mildly earthy with some definite Brett characteristics in front of some subtle acidic cherry notes. The oak is also very subtle, but lends a nice finish to the aroma.

(T)- Right off the bat, a nice sour acidity in front of a combo of subtle Brett, an oaky earthy quality, and tart cherry/peach/strawberry fruits.

(M)- Crisp, light and refreshing. I like the balance of funky Brett, dry oak, and sour fruits in this.

(D)- This is a very unique saison; more fitting of a wild classification, but no matter. A really nice easy drinking sour beer for summertime; I can see this being a big hit at picnics. Solid stuff right here.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
4.49/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

2010 vintage purchased from the brewery. 750 mL pours a hazed gold color with a slight hint of peachy-pink. Large bubbles on a translucent white foam. Not much retention and no lacing. Bonus points for perhaps the best label ever.

Nose is sour lactic acid and a nice, soft cherry aroma. Honeyed graham crackers and some grains are noticeable as well. Cream cheese frosting sweetness. Good, not over the top freakishly sour.

Sourness is not overly heavy, might develop that way with some age, but right now it plays nicely with a light sweet/tart cherry flavor and some hints of oak and strawberries. Pinot wine is probably not detected if I did not know it was there. Such a delicate and light-bodied brew...well balanced. Minor complaints of perhaps a bit more grain presence and carbonation might be nice. More sour cherries please? It might lose some of its subtle charm though, and it is still a great beer as is. I really do think I could finish a whole bottle of this in less than 5 minutes. Excellent.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.6/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pour is grapefruit orange with thin to no white head. The nose is woody, strong fruity Brett, sour cherry, note of green apple. Taste follows suit, lots of sour cherry, oak and fruity Brett, light lacto. Body is very dry, light and a bit granular. Still very nice, very fruity and Brett, decent sourness, and nice oaky presence.

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Photo of thagr81us
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this one during the 'We Want The Funk!' tasting that was graciously hosted by beermeX2! Big thanks goes out to beermeX2 for sharing this one with the group! 2011 Vintage! Served from bottle into a Mikkeller flute. Poured orange with a half finger white head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, sour, tart, and wood. The flavor was of sweet malt, sour, tart, wood, dark fruit, and cherries. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this brew was very good. I really loved how the flavor puckered your face up upon your first sip, but you got used to it by your third sip. The barrel and fruit treatment on this base beer completely changed this one. An excellent example of what a few tweeks can do for a beer.

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Photo of AgentZero
3.7/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Jason for sharing this one.

A - Orangish colored beer with a small off-white head that left some minor spots on the sidees. A little darker than I was expecting for Saison.

S - A decent amount of cherries, some wood, wine-like quality, and a touch of farmy yeast. It's an intersting blend, I don't usually think fruit for a saison, but so far I'm curious.

T - Wine from the barrels comes through and makes itself felt on the taste. Some oak, brett, sour cherries, and a bit of phenolic yeast blend together fairly well.

M - Lower carbonation, lighter-side of medium bodied.

O - Decent beer, not a traditional Saison, and maybe not a Saison at all. Easy enough to drink, and wouldn't say no to it if I had the opportunity to drink it again.

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Photo of maximum12
4.45/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Big shaky-head thanks to piclee for shipping the bottle as an extra almost a year ago. Can that be right? Huh. Well, I'm still wearing the cool-ass t-shirt that came in that box too. Split into two goblets for the wife & I.

2010 vintage 750ML bottle, the bottle with absolutely stunning artwork, & only partially because of the gorgeous half-naked woman on it. Pour is an almost physchedlic orange, perfectly clear, with few enough bubbles rambling around slowly that I could count them if I had a few more fingers & toes. Headless. Smell is lovely too, nice light breeze of cherry tartness, light touch of oak & wine. Nice, simple, direct.

Four Play is the complete package, pardon the pun, & my kind of saison/wild: tart. Tart cherries dominate, but the pinot & oak come on strong (Pinot is my favorite kind of wine, coincidentally, so nice call, Upright!). Other sprays of fruit include pear, lemon zest, maybe a lime that escaped the fate of adorning a Corona bottle, white grapes, oh hell, pretty much most of the good stuff you can find at Byerly's. This is like a good fruit cocktail w/a wine chaser. Light & spritzy, this should come in Forties so I could put away forty ounces at a time. My half of the bottle is almost gone. And I weep, just a little.

I've been on a run of sampling really great stuff & this brew extended that run. Tasty, different, joyous, drinkable...what's not to like? Excellent beer that runs close to being simply fantastic.

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Photo of illidurit
4.12/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle at the May Santa Cruz tasting. Pours hazy dark pinkish orange with a small white filmy head. Aromas of black cherries, candied lemon peel, and a touch of chlorine. Flavor is very kriek-ish but without the punishing sourness. Not to say it isn't sour, because it is. Tart cherries and unripe citrus dominate, with wine-barrel tannins really sticking the acid to the tongue. A very nice beer despite a silly label.

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Photo of Rutager
4.54/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch #2.

Appearance. Pours a nice peach-amber with a finger of white (maybe slightly pink, actually) head that fades pretty quickly to a skim.

Smell. Sour and lightly tart fruits; tart cherries, apples, peaches, and nectarines with a little strawberry and melon. A little bit woody and a little bit funky. Smells pretty awesome.

Taste. Sour light fruits and cherries, not nearly the huge fruit taste that I expected from the amazing smell, but still very nice. Some old dank wood and a little dry earthy funk. Fairly light flavours ...not watery, just lighter.

Mouthfeel. Medium-light body with medium+, lively carbonation.

Overall. Very nice beer. Happy to celebrate my incredibly important contribution to mankind in writing my 500th beer review with this sexy lady!!! ;-P

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Photo of StJamesGate
3.85/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pink-tinged amber-tan with floaties and no head.
Faint sweet-acid nose – not much here.
Candy sugar, a bit of white vinegar, some lemon rind, hints of stone fruit and a slightly cheesy finish. Barrel, if you think to look.
Crisp, fizzy, light.

2010 version

Understated, which can be another way of saying muted. Not getting the interplay of all those yeasts. Also might have aged too long; the cherries are all but gone. Accessible, for all that, and mellow, refreshing, and balanced.

But this doesn’t amaze as a beer, or validate the fuss over Upright.

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Photo of woosterbill
4.31/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle (with the best label art EVER, and not just the boob - although I am a fan of that as well) into a mini-nonic.

A: Cloudy bright amber-gold body with a thin, late developing head that leaves as soon as it arrives. Definitely a bit on the flat side for a saison.

S: Moderately funky and tart, with mango, white grape, and rose petals. Fascinating, delicate, and great.

T: Starts out tart, then the cherry finally shows up with distinct sweetness. The floral notes are there as well, and help give just a bit of crispness to the finish. A little too sweet for my tastes, but unique and memorable.

M: Fairly light body with low carbonation. Not bad, but definitely less bubbly than I'd like.

D: Goes down very easily, with enough tartness to balance out the fruit sweetness - almost.

Notes: Thanks, Matt, for sharing this beauty. While it would be hard for any beer to measure up to this one's label, the contents of Four Play don't feel like an afterthought at all. This is one of the most delicately complicated beers I've encountered, and with more carbonation (and maybe just a bit more sourness) it would go from excellent to phenomenal.


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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.92/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip. April 2010 release. Pretty good label.

3.5 A: Hazed vibrant medium orange color with a hint of brown. About one fingers of frothy white head with below average retention and just a touch of lacing.

4.0 S: Good amount of cherries first off. The pinot comes through fairly well lending a vinous character, but it isn't overpowering as in some beers aged in wine barrels. Rather, it works quite well with the beer. A mild amount of acetic acid with a moderate amount of tangy lactic acid fruitiness. Some oak and vanilla with a touch of tannic astringency. Dank cellar funkiness to cap things off. Pretty good and everything works together, but this could use a bit more strength.

4.0 T: The taste suffers from the same problem as the nose. This is a pretty good tasting brew, but the taste is a bit anemic. Cherries and grape work really well together, like a tasty fruit cocktail. Just a touch of acetic acid and a good bit of lactic acid that gives a fruity tangy twang. Oak and plenty of vanilla accompanies the moderate amounts of horseblanket and general barnyard funk. Near the finish, the tannic astringency kicks in, though it is mild.

3.5 M: The mouthfeel is pretty average all around. Lighter medium body. Moderate on the lower end amounts of carbonation. Not particularly creamy, but very smooth.

4.0 D: This is a pretty good brew and based on the older reviews, it appears that some age has benefitted this brew a lot. I can easily see this brew getting really good with 2+ years on it, though who knows.

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Four Play from Upright Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 57 ratings.