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Fatali Four - Upright Brewing Company

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116 Ratings
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Ratings: 116
Reviews: 43
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 7.71%
Wants: 39
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:
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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5/5  rDev +20.5%

Photo of ccrida
4.85/5  rDev +16.9%
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.

Photo of aasher
4.81/5  rDev +15.9%
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.

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4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

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.

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of starrdogg
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

Photo of mrbubbler
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

Photo of stakem
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

Photo of chumba526
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

Photo of SteveTheDog
4.37/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

Photo of hopsbreath
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
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

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Fatali Four from Upright Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 116 ratings.