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Four Play - Upright Brewing Company

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Ratings: 151
Reviews: 57
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 9.81%
Wants: 231
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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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of craytonic
4.6/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Excellent Saison

Appearance: Red-ping pour with good head and lacing

Smell: Touch of sour and light funk with cherries, red grapes, leather, earth

Taste: Similar to the aroma, very night light tartness with some citrus, cherries, grapes, vanilla, oak, leather and funk. Delicious.

Mouthfeel: Good medium, firm body and carbonation

Drinkability: One of the top american saisons I have had, and only 5%! They need to expand production significantly.

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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5/5  rDev +16.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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5/5  rDev +16.8%

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5/5  rDev +16.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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5/5  rDev +16.8%

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of portia99
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of johnbjaeger
4.05/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2011 version.

Not sure how on earth this is a Saison, but I've got to say it's a damn fine sour.

Pours out of a bottle that has boobies on it. Boobies are good and all, but I wonder how much attention this bad boy gets with a picture of trees on it.

Beautiful color like the inside of a peach near its pit. Murky as all heck, but really pleasant to look at.

Smells like a Cantillon. Dusty, musty, sour and cherry. If I were tasting this blind, I'd guess lambic all day.

Tastes like one too. It tastes like a kriek. A really nice kriek. It's mature unlike a lot of American Wilds. It's tart is balanced nicely with cherry sweetness. I could drink this all day.

Mouthfeel is downright perfect.

I wish this beer were easier to get a hold of. It is a great beer that I can drink in volume. Stupid Portland getting all the good stuff...

Photo of Thorpe429
4.59/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

Photo of maximum12
4.45/5  rDev +4%
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.

Photo of thagr81us
4.2/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

Photo of badboyrsl84
2.22/5  rDev -48.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a strawberry color in the glass with a fizzy white head that disappears to only a lacing around the beer itself.

Smell- very acidic, citrus acid and vinegar smell. I don't get much else. Possible hint of fruit.

Taste- very acidic and strong sour taste runs this bad boy to the ground. Cherry sourness and some wine barrel hints.

Overall- its not worth the hype in my eyes. I would pass on this.

Photo of AgentZero
3.7/5  rDev -13.6%
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.

Photo of glid02
4.54/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

Photo of ottovon
4.06/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

shared by ejyoung.

A: a hazy brownish-pink color with no head.

S: a nice lactic aroma with cherries. a little bit of oak, with hints of bread and yeast.

T: acidic and sour. I get cherries and some oak. Some vinous character as well. this is not overyly sour, but a nice acid bite.

M: thin body, and highly carbed.

O: a very good offering. would definitely drink this again.

Photo of Sean9689
4.08/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks goes to Jason for this one. Poured into Bruery tulip.

A - Pours a peachy/pink color, white fizzy head, whisps on top, and a thin ring around things out. Love the color, very cool.

S - Lacto, sour/tart fruity notes, oak.

T - Sour/tart, slight funk, big fruit character, oak, lacto, short tart finish.

M - Light body, fizzy carbonation, crips, dry finish.

O - Really enjoyable. The only thing I could find with this beer I didn't like is the short finish. Very solid sour and would def have again if someone offered it up.

Photo of RSchaeffer
4.42/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review #10
2011 Release - 750mL

A - Pours ruby grapefruit in color, bubbly white head that disappears in a rush, leaving a faint ring around the glass. Virtually no lacing.

S - I love the nose on this. Upon popping the cap, I was hit with strong pinot aroma, then tart, sour cherries. Subtle hints of oak, vanilla, and funk.

T - Tart, sour cherries, hints of oak and vanilla that follow the nose. The pinot flavors blend nicely, adding to the complexity.

M - Clean, crisp finish. Light/Medium body with just the right amount of carbonation. Very refreshing.

O - I want more of this. I know there is high demand because of the label and name, which is clever, however there is a fantastic beer lurking in those bottles.

Photo of illidurit
4.12/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

Photo of ElGordo
4.14/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2010 version, served in a 750ml bottle. Poured into a Liefmans chalice. Body is a pretty light orange color, with a touch of light, creamy head that dissipates rather quickly. Tangy aroma of sour fruit, tart cherries, and a good deal of sourness from the lactic acid.
Palate is tart and tangy up front, with a nice hit of sour cherry before the swallow. Lactic sourness pervades throughout, with a mild, slightly biscuity sweetness that lingers on the finish.
Body is nice and effervescent, but not overly carbonated or bubbly, a great vehicle for the complex flavors involved here. While the fruit isn't quite as prevalent as it was when it was first released, this is still a very pleasant brew. A nice change of pace, and a great exhibition of the versatility of the Upright crew.

Photo of hopsbreath
4.13/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Current score based on most recent batch.

Thanks to black13 for muling a few of these for me while I was away in Hawaii. After my dissapointment with the 2010 batch I wanted to try this years batch to see if I could appreciate it more. 750ml bottle for $12 split into a pair of Duvel glasses and shared with TulipSnifter.

A: Drinking outside with lots of sunshine, this presents papaya pink orange with a lightly hued rose head that only builds up to a finger and a half and quickly recedes to a full cap. Minimal spotty lacing. 4.5/5

S: Lovely tart notes. The cherries show up well in this batch. Specifically sweet pie cherries. Pie spice (nutmeg) and vanilla integrate nicely as well. 4/5

T: Yep, there's the tartness. It's actually a little sweet as well. Notes of the stone fruit and a little cheese rind funk keep this interesting enough with no off flavors to get in the way of its thirst quenching ability. 4/5

M: Lightly viscous for such a low ABV beer. Carbonation is on the low side but I rarely dock points for low carbonation. Clean enough finish. 4/5

O: Much better then last years. I can't help but wonder if the bottle I opened last year was just a bad bottle. Very enjoyable this go around and a beer I would recommend. Upright solidifies itself in my mind as the best maker of wildly fermented beers in Portland. 4.5/5

2010 score - 2/5

I had my wife pick up a couple bottles of the st the anniversary party back in March. The bottle is a 750 mL bottle with a standard cap and a depiction of a topless woman reclining on the label. These cost $12 at the release and were only available at the brewery.

I split the bottle between two shaker glasses to share with my wife. Being familiar with Upright beers I was careful pouring the beer because of their typical huge heads. Halfway through the pour I realized this was under carbonated and poured very vigorously. NO head formed. This is totally uncarbonated. The tropical juicy juice colored body had loads of sediment throughout and no lacing appears. This looks terrible. 1/5

The smell is probably the best part but still average. A sour cherry aroma lingers in the background behind be some lemony-wheat primary characteristics. 3/5

Taste is sour lemon and little else. Some bitter hops are evident at the back of my throat as an after-taste. 2/5

Mouthfeel is thin with no carbonation. There's not much else to say about it other than its unpleasant. 1.5/5

Drinkability is bad. I don't want another one of these. Another bottle is stashed away in my house and at the moment I can't figure out what to do with it. I seem to be the biggest dissenting opinion about this so far so maybe I can wok out a trade with someone who likes it more. Love the brewery, hate this beer. Not recommended.1.5/5

Four Play from Upright Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 151 ratings.