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Fatali Four - Upright Brewing Company

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110 Ratings
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Ratings: 110
Reviews: 42
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 7.71%
Wants: 41
Gots: 17 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Upright Brewing Company visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
A blend of barrel aged Four that has fresh homegrown fatali chiles added for a couple months before bottling. It also incorporates light use of brettanomyces yeasts providing a contrasting earthy backdrop for the bright chile flavors. Cellar for up to three years.

(Beer added by: jdense on 11-15-2009)
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Reviews by Gobzilla:
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4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured a hazy golden yellow in color with pale yellow highlights and a very thin bubbly head that left very minimal wisps of lacing sticking to the glass. Citrusy and tart character were noticeable on the first whiff with a little malty sweetness, some yeasty notes and slight chile notes coming through. Very nice tart spicey flavors upfront on the palate but the chile spice is well balanced and not over done. I did get a little grain, mild bretty funk and citrusy accents. The brew was medium to light in body with moderate amount of carbonation which had a mild funky, citrusy, slightly spicey tart and subtle dry finish. Very well done beer and enjoyed it for sure.

Gobzilla, Jan 27, 2013
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seanthornton152, Nov 16, 2011
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3.98/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

My fourth Upright beer, and incidentally, the fourth one to begin with an "F." Hmm...thanks to msubulldog25 for this and every other Upright beer I've had.

From the label: "a barrel-aged wheat beer with chiles." Had never heard of the Fatali (or Fatalii) chili before this.

The pour results in an amazingly cloudy peachy/sunset yellow/gold color. The head is built of larger-than-normal bubbles, kind of soapy looking.

The smell is wonderful. Led by a funky yeast earthiness, a tart, intensely aromatic citrus rind character comes in right behind it. These traits are bold and out front, very Belgian farmhouse in character. A tart, sharp white wine-like presence is here too, maybe reminding most of Chablis or champagne. Chili isn't detected in the nose.

Fatali Four has an attractive and complex taste. Chili is bold and folded over all other flavors, somehow never intrusive despite being so prevalent. A vinous character again reminds of Chablis, sharp and acidic and tart, and the wood seems to be the thing lending a dry and super-earthy element to the overall flavor picture. Yeast gives a dirty/earthy twist. Zesty lime rind sweetness and tartness come in too, and this tartness, along with the heat, carry through strongest in the finish.

Feel is dry, crisp, buoyant, yet still with substantial weight and considerable carbonation. Spiciness plays with the dryness and makes the mouth feel nicely fiery.

One of the most interesting beers I've had in ages. Fatali Four is an intensely flavorful beer that has to be taken slowly, or its sharper intensities can become overbearing. And I'm taking it slowly, I've got all night.

Metalmonk, Mar 04, 2011
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3.93/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from Brewery Creek. Crazy and yummy. Frosty golden yellow body with a small white head. Some lace. Funky aroma. Sourness and spice drives good drinkability.Grapefruit, lemon,vinegar and sugar. Best Uplands yet, despite big carbonation. A little bretty, a beer soup.

Sammy, Jul 31, 2011
Photo of dirtylou
4.53/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle, split

Well, this was quite exceptional. A light cloudy straw-orange body with a healthy white froth - very light and refreshing. Tartness perfectly in balance with a kick of heat from the chiles - funky and yeasty, lots of lemon and earthy must, dry finish. Lined this up with a spicy dish for dinner - will be going out to find more of this ASAP.

dirtylou, Jan 07, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

leschkie, Apr 08, 2012
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4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle (75cl) from the recent release split into a pair of Duvel glasses and shared with TulipSnifter. Bought for $12 at the Upright tasting room.

A: Pale gold body with a large tight frothy head that never fades further down than a total cap, minimal spotty lacing. Nice. 4/5

S: A signature Upright beer to be sure. Vinous fruit, light banana, gin botanicals in abundance, definite lactic notes. 4/5

T: A sour saison in my wheel house. Great citrus upfront, heavy on the lime. A touch of musty wood is discernible on the finish along with some puckering tannins and a little heat from the chile's. Not near as spicy as last year. Good tartness and juniper throughout the palate. 4.5/5

M: Full, smooth, and clean on the finish. As always, Upright nails this category. 4.5/5

O: Very good beer. Similar in a lot of ways to the anniversary beer they did for Belmont Station last year due to the similar malt base and barrel usage. If you liked the 14th anniversary, then you'll like this one. Just expect a slight heat on the finish. 4.5/5

hopsbreath, Jan 20, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

GRG1313, Feb 09, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -21.7%

Riggsenater, Jul 19, 2014
Photo of Rutager
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance. Pours a beautiful light gold with barely a skim of bubbly white head.

Smell. Lemon juice, woody light funk and a little white wine.

Taste. Nice light sour apples and sour lemon juice. Very light funk and some awesome heat.

Mouthfeel. Below medium body with pretty light carbonation.

Overall. Great beer. Nice level of sour and heat.

Rutager, Jan 12, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

mdillon86, May 20, 2012
Photo of Docer
3.85/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle grabbed at Bottles in NE PDX..

- Lightly cloudy straw yellow brew.. pretty heavy pour didnt yield much foam.. quick fizzing down to a trace dusting and micro-sized ring of bubbles.

- Chilis present.. light spice, yeasty zest.. grain, and some slight hops with a funk wheat note.. slightly buttery smelling...

- Probably one of the more spicy beers I have had.. starts off smooth and zesty... bready and zesty yeast.. light grain, wheat notes, and then the peppers really creep up and hit you with beads of sweat in the forehead. Totally awesome. So far the flavor is the highlight.

- Light bodied, quite bubbly.. mouth watering heat.

- Overall not the most drinkable beer.. just might be too hot for some, though not for me. I like it, and I like how the heat sneaks up later without ruining the beers great backbone.

Docer, Jan 06, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

lescavesmorgan, Jun 06, 2012
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3.88/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 provided by seanthornton152.. Nice one Sean.. this is a thinker.

Pours with a thin white head... pale hazed golden..

Nose is a sorta spicy lite Belgian with a hint of coriander. No real chili to speak of.

Flavor is a bigger witbier/lesser saison with a bit of orange peel and minor yeasty phenols.. the chili flavor is there, but mainly only on later pours.

You really have to stick with this one to get the chili.. the heat really does grow and completely melds with the base beer.

Body is much better than expected for a 4.5% brew.. so is the carbonation.. everything is in the right place.

Thanks Sean.... this one seemed pretty damned fresh... and it was soooo far off my radar... I truly appreciate it.

3.5/3.5/4/4/4

JohnGalt1, Jan 26, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Travisnin, Sep 14, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

DrBier, Jul 13, 2014
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4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by mrbubbler - thanks.

A: Pours a hazy yellowish orange with a decent white head.

N: Gueuze-like in the cheesy department, floral, some oak, hoppy citrus, spice.

T: True to saison form with a hot peppery finish. Spices and yeast.

M: Good carbonation yields a prickly sense on the tongue. Medium body. Peppers kick in at the end.

O: Complex mixed assembledge and very enjoyable. Would like more.

wethorseblanket, Jan 21, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

SourinQns, Dec 02, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

liamt07, Jan 19, 2014
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4.83/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

2013 release, picked up at the Fantasia release by a friend less than two weeks ago.

Fatali Four pours a light bodied, mildly cloudy and bright yellow gold in color with a two finger bright white head. It's surprising how light in color it is. The nose is bright and citrusy with a good amount of lemon with a touch of citrusy sweet followed by a moderate amount of pepper. For a pepper beer, the nose is overly complex. The flavors are all saison up front. It's light and really citrusy with a good amount of lemon and a night, almost Berliner Weiss esque tartness. The beer then goes into the pepper, leaving your mouth with a light tingle from the heat for the next five minutes. It then leaves your mouth watering. God I love this. It drinks light and crisp and the tartness is perfect. This is by far the best pepper beer I've had, and I've searched them out. This beer is definitely worth a try. It's some of Upright's finest work.

aasher, Feb 10, 2013
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Fatali Four from Upright Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 110 ratings.