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Fatali Four - Upright Brewing Company

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Reviews: 44
Hads: 124
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 4.37%
Wants: 47
Gots: 18 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Upright Brewing Company visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
Chile Beer |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: jdense on 11-15-2009

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.
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Photo of ccrida
4.85/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Gold with a fluffy white head leaving nice lace.

Smell is sweet and heat, fruity esters.

Taste is fantastic. Awesome base saison with an emphasis on the yeast, but nicely integrated hop presence. The pepper finish is killer, just enough to notice behind the firm lacto pucker.

Mouthfeel is light and dry.

Drinkability is through the roof, this is a fantastic saison. The pepper note really adds some interesting depth without overwhelming the base beer. (461 characters)

Photo of aasher
4.81/5  rDev +16.7%
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. (938 characters)

Photo of dirtylou
4.53/5  rDev +10%
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. (362 characters)

Photo of starrdogg
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big-time thanks to Thorpe for sharing this long-time want. Served alongside regular Four.

Beer pours a clear golden-orange with a thin white head. Interestingly, it's noticeably darker than the regular Four. The aroma doesn't really prepare you for what's to come, it smells more like a typical Upright saison with a hint of spice/pepper in there. The flavor, however, is a whole different story. I typically think of chile beers as a bit of a gimmick, but this beer is the first of its kind I've had that really did a fantastic job of incorporating the peppers into the flavor of the beer without having it overwhelm it. The light, slightly spicy, more typical-saison Four's flavors just meld perfectly with the spicy peppers, and you get a nice, mildly spicy kick at the end. The mouthfeel is light-medium bodied with good carbonation. Overall, I was shocked by how much I enjoyed this beer. Kudos to Upright for trying something bold and succeeding so thoroughly. (968 characters)

Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.47/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle opened on 9.20.12.

A - Pours a cloudy medium orange with a fluffy near-white head with big bubbles that fade slowly.

S - Some spicy heat, but also a welcoming sweetness. Very unique.

T - Again, nice farmhouse mix of flora, fruit, spices, yeast and some heat in the back of the throat.

D - Lower carbonation with a medium body and a nice touch of heat.

O - Whey did I wait so long on this one? Unique and great. (422 characters)

Photo of stakem
4.45/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

750ml pours a clear copper color. Some rising bubbles maintain a froth atop that is white in color. Some patchy lace sticks all over the glassware an a light swirl effortlessly revives the cap.

The aroma has a hint of vinegar and tart lemony fruit that is mildly funky almost with a wild character that is sonewhat tropical. The vinegar is almost briney like pickled hot peppers but in an unexpected an enjoyable way.

The taste also includes vinegar with fruity lemon and caramel to toffee grainy sweetness. There is a contrasting soicy earthen pepper quality mid palate that lasts into the aftertaste. It is very warming with the spice of the peppers across the back. This is a well blended brew that is not overdone with the spicing.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest level of carbonation. It is light and easy drinking with a very unique and enjoyable arrangement of flavoring. You get the expected character of a saison that is somewhat wild with lemony lacto notes and then the pepper inclusion is a total twist with the perfect amount of heat. Upright really does it for me yet again. Color me impressed. (1,122 characters)

Photo of chumba526
4.45/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It appears medium bodied gold with a small white head.

It smells a bit sour. There is a nice fruity smell. I get a bit of a dank smell. There is an earthy spicy pepper smell as well. I also get a few citrus notes.

It tastes initially a bit sour. The sourness leads to a pleasant sweet fruity flavor. I get a nice rich spicy type of an earthy chile flavor. There are some mild citrus notes. It is very smooth and light yet flavorful. The sour flavor and the spicy flavor blend nicely with each other. This is really smooth and interesting to drink.

There is a light mouthfeel to the beer. It is lightly carbonated.

Overall a great interesting complex beer. This is the most drinkable chile beer I have ever had. One of the most unique beers I have had. (756 characters)

Photo of SteveTheDog
4.37/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was definitely a big fan of this beer. It poured very crisp, clean and clear and the aroma eminating out of the tulip glass was a blast of citrus goodness that made my mouth start watering. The taste was right in line with the citrus but slowly evolved with heat and the mouthfeel was so effervescent and finished clean with the lingering slight burn of the peppers. Loved it, finished it before I knew it, want another one. (426 characters)

Photo of hopsbreath
4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
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 (1,042 characters)

Photo of AlexFields
4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy light yellow, misty like a bright morning sunrise, or whatever. Very, very light in color but still pretty cloudy.

Whoa, smells like wine, dry brett, sourness, chilis only if you really look for them--not what I was expecting. More complexity that is hard to describe...smells great.

Opens pretty sour, some farmhouse yeast, grape vinous character, then quickly fades into a dry chili tartness...I don't think I've ever had a chili sour before and I love this! Body is pretty light and dry with sour/funk complexity and spice layered on top and very well integrated. Damn tasty. God had me in mind when he invented this one, just what the doctors ordered, insert some more cliches.

Good milky mouthfeel, light fine carbonation, pretty drinkable light feel.

This is an excellent and well balanced beer both as a sour saison and a chili beer, I've never had a light chili beer with this kind of complexity and subtlety. Delicious.

9.0/10 (953 characters)

Photo of KriegerNco
4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

holy sour chili beer! the perplexity of this beer starts with aroma and ends about 5 minutes after you finish your last drink. the appearance is a golden hue with minimum white head. the head settles out to a weird flocculation partially due to the bret n chili. the aroma is mostly brett and strong super citrus. the taste is a whole new ballgame. its initially like a traditional wheat/saison hybrid (session-able/ coriander/ peach) then it its touches on the side palette with bret and spunk. it hits the back of the throat with huge chili flavor. the worst. the worst part about this beer is when it gets room temp... its better with more enticing flavor. this is one i look forward to having this around during the summer time to grill with. (746 characters)

Photo of emerge077
4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pale gold, minimal lacing with sharp clarity, austere.

Aroma is killer. Oak in spades, light dried fruit, no hint of the chile onslaught ahead.

Taste is unique and very nice. Bright fruitiness with a building moderate chile heat on the back end. Peachy and peppery. Like a nice mango chile salsa but barrel aged. Feel is fairly light bodied, though the heat makes you slow down a bit.

Overall this is a very unique chile beer, one that I'd seek out to try again for sure. (476 characters)

Photo of Gobzilla
4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
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. (671 characters)

Photo of Rutager
4.28/5  rDev +3.9%
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. (348 characters)

Photo of trxxpaxxs
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Big thanks to Libbey for this bottle...

A: Pours a light bright cloudy yellow with only a touch of pure white head. The foam settles extremely quickly, leaving a thin ring of tiny bubbles along the edges of the glass. There is no lacing as it drinks.

S: The nose is nose is sweet and sour, mixed with a certain "tang" that reminds me of lemon-lime gatorade. I get a bit of saltiness in there as well. It says this beer is made with peppers, but I don't really get that from the nose. It's a mix of a bunch of scents.

T: I am met with a light bit of citrus and funk right up front. As it moves to the middle I get a bit more lemon, some "tang", and then... Boom! Peppers! The finish is hot. It's not a burn your moth off sort of hot, but it's a slow lingering burn.

M: Light bodied beer. It starts out wet and thin, is a bit watery in the middle, and move off the palate quickly. But the peppers linger for quite a bit.

O: This beer is decent. I think this bottle is a bit flat, to be honest. There just isn't much carbonation to make the flavors of the saison really pop. The heat on the back end it really enjoyable, and a bit unexpected, even though I knew it was brewed with peppers. I would love to try this again someday. I'm a real sucker for pepper beers. (1,267 characters)

Photo of corby112
4.23/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to sideshowe for sharing.

Pours a dark golden orange color with yellowish-orange edges and a two finger frothy white head that slowly settles into a lasting ring.  Spots of soapy lacing left behind.

Slightly earthy aroma with hints of funky farmhouse yeast along with grass, straw, light fruit and hot peppers.  Hits of apple, pear, bready yeast and zesty chilies. Peppers become more prominent as it warns but the nose is still complex with light fruit, earthy  funky and bready yeast.

Medium bodied but fuller than expected with a really nice balance of zesty spice, hot peppers, farmhouse yeast and light fruit.  Apple, pear and banana with hay, straw and a nice pepper presence that's not overly hot.  Really well balanced with the peppers nicely integrated.  Surprisingly drinkable considering the heat.  A lot of pepper/chili beers are gimick-y and insanely hot but this beer was complex, well balanced and very tasty. (948 characters)

Photo of yourefragile
4.22/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle shared by Adam. Per Adam: "This is good, but don't pour this in your eyes".

One of the better pepper beers I've had. Appearance is mildly cloudy golden citrus with a soapy off white head. Minimal retention and lacing. Aroma is deceptively tame. Citrus, mild funk with a touch of pepper. Pleasing, but suggests a tame saison with a mild kick. Flavor is similar to the aroma, initially citrus and juicy flavors dominate before some light saison funk. Finish gets hot and the long aftertaste becomes pleasant warm, singing the roof of the mouth and corners of my chest cavity. Slightly under carbonated and watery in the finish. Reminds me of my favorite, Saison Vautour with a respectable pepper addition. Very impressed. (734 characters)

Photo of ArchEnemyBrew
4.22/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into Darkness snifter 2-7-12

A: Pours a glowing hazy yellow with a fizzy white head that lingers around the edge of the glass for a bit

S: Classic upright house yeast phenols, some cumin, chili powder and what I like most is the raw/uncooked chili aroma.

T: Classic saison characteristics, more chilis, phenols, and a bit of heat. Dry and acidic as well.

M: A very dry beer but the prickly carbonation and acidic quality make it a great quaff.

O: As my chest warms and my lips begin to burn I am finishing my beer. Not something I could have all the time or lots of, but I really enjoyed it for what it was. Nice work Upright! (638 characters)

Photo of lmperialChad
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This was my first beer from Upright Brewing (Portland, OR). I drank this beer during Super Bowl XLVIII, as the Broncos' championship hopes were being crushed. However, this Fatali Four was a bright spot in an otherwise forgettable Super Bowl experience. The beer poured a hazy golden color with a medium white head. The smell had notes of lemon, wheat, and Brett funk. The taste was quite exceptional. The flavor reminded me of a fresh squeezed summer honey lemonade with big floral notes, Brett funk, and cayenne peppers on the finish. I say "summer honey" because this beer had huge floral notes throughout, which are associated with honey harvested in the summertime. I was amazed by the complex balance of the lemon tartness, the floral honey sweetness, and the spicy kick of cayenne-like pepper on the finish. I thought the flavors really played beautifully with each other. This may have been my favorite chile beer of all-time, as I really liked how the Fatali peppers played a complimentary role to add another element of flavor dimension rather than having the entire beer be dominated by chile heat. I was really impressed with Upright and am looking forward to trying more of their beers. (1,199 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

one of the most unique beers ever. a low alcohol sour beer, blonde in color with a splotchy white head, with african chili peppers as hot as habanero. the nose on this is just amazing, bright citrus notes after the intense tartness and lactic sourness back off. mouth watering fruits, pears and peaches, and very little clue of the peppers at all. the flavor starts like a neat blonde sour, maybe sour mashed, acidic but not caustic, soft in feel and very light on the grain front. next comes a strong wave of citrus fruit, followed immediately by an slowly escalating heat that warms the throat and tongue after the swallow but never gets too hot. its a brilliant showcase of this peppers flavors without detracting from the beer with a stomach wrenching heat. finish is long and warm without being too much at all. i can hold the beer in my mouth and taste it for 30 seconds if i want to, but the peppery heat doesn't come on until i swallow it. very light body on this, and plenty of sour. my first chili sour beer i think, and its a major success. some of the best upright beer I've had for sure, and something that demands food pairings of the most interesting sort. so cool. (1,180 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
4.17/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to boralyl for getting this bottle out my way. Love me some Upright. Served in a SAVOR wine glass.

Pours a nice clear golden color with a good white head and some spotty lacing as the head recedes. Thin collar throughout.

The nose has some really nice floral characteristics plus a dose of pepper in the background. Light earthiness as well. The flavor isn't quite as integrated, but is still very nice and the slight pepper heat to the finish really helps round things out. There's a bit of a fruitiness to it as well. Really nice.

Body is light and effervescent. Good heat through the finish. Another excellent saison offering from Upright. Why am I not surprised? (681 characters)

Photo of DefenCorps
4.16/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thank you, Brian. My Upright spree continues. Gushing, this beer is a mildly hazy yellow with a thin%2C dense%2C white head with decent retention and minimal lacing. The nose is awesome. Fresh%2C juicy%2C lemony hops with brightening citrus%2C a moderate botanical note ( juniper%2C spruce) Along with a moderate funk and a touch of sulfur. The peppers add a delicate heat to the nose. Really%2C though%2C this smells like what you'd expect barrel aged four to be - refreshing%2C fruity%2C bright. %0A%0AThe palate is a whole different beast. The spicy%2C tingly heat Is immediately apparent%2C coating my lips and palate in a pleasant%2C citrusy warmth. Rather botanical on the palate with a blend of citrus%2C juniper and a wonderful hop character%2C this is great. The mid palate brings out some acidity and funk%2C a blend of lactic and lemon acids%2C and a general earthy funk. Light in body and moderately carbonated%2C this beer finishes with a slow-burning warmth%2C along with lemon juice and a little honey. Excellent stuff%2C easily the best chili beer I've had. Can't wait to see what age does to this beer. (1,121 characters)

Photo of msubulldog25
4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Tried this a couple weeks ago at Upright's tasting room before a Blazers game; at the time it cut right through the sinus congestion and sore throat I had festering in me. This time (28 Nov), I had a 12 oz. pour ($2!), again at the brewery, from what was said to be the last remaining keg.

The Fatali (or Fatalii, spelled both ways), akin to Habanero and Scotch Bonnet, ranks #6 of all pepper varieties in Scoville Units (i.e. HEAT) according to wikipedia. These peppers (uncertain of the quantity) were added to barrels of Upright's standard #4 saison.

A: Golden wheat with a cloudy haze. Thin skim of white cream, a clinging ring that drips small flecks of lace. Plenty of rising carbonation.

S: Surprisingly lemony-tart 'saison' aroma, a light and fresh lemongrass more like it... not bad, but not much 'pepper' to distinguish from the usual #4.

T: Starts with a light wheat, grassy and faintly sweet. Then, after a couple seconds, a mouth-filling warmth ignites...not a searing heat, just a budding spice and lemon-pepper tang. Married with the natural floralness, peppery dryness and mild yeast 'funk' of the base beer...well, it's damn good.

M: Crisp carbonation, airy and light, with a sinus-clearing heat. A little viscous, oily coating.

D: It is the #4 (which I really enjoy) with a perfectly savory/mouth-watering warming of peppers added in perfect quantity for my tastes. Love the result and am sad to see this one go. Among the more interesting new beers I've tried all year. My vote is cast for a reappearance in 2010. (1,538 characters)

Photo of wethorseblanket
4.12/5  rDev 0%
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. (413 characters)

Photo of drabmuh
4.12/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks Thorpe! A chili beer / saison, I'll try and and I ended up liking it, served in a snifter.

Beer is yellow and hazy with a wispy white head of small bubbles, some lacing, some carboantion, low retention, looks good.

Aroma is yeasty and sweet with this mild spice.

Beer is light in body, late spiciness, decent not overpowering. There is this mild floral sense and this nice vegetalness that finishes a little dry. I'd have this again. (444 characters)

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Fatali Four from Upright Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 44 ratings.