Fatali Four - Upright Brewing Company

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Reviews: 44
Hads: 124
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 4.37%
Wants: 45
Gots: 18 | FT: 1
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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 tom10101
3.29/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Bottle (750 ml). Shared by mathieuc, thanks! Hazy yellow with a low white head and some lacing. Aroma is yeasty with mint notes, lemony and light spicy notes. Taste is lemony and yeasty at first with light fruity notes, but when the peppers are in there and take all over the place. Light body. Good carbonation. Hot mouthfeel, too hot for my liking in fact. I strongly prefer the regular version of the Four. (409 characters)

Photo of sweemzander
3.62/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750mL bottle poured into a tulip. Thanks to Jason for the bottle!

(A)- Pours an orange hue. Some white froth and lace.

(S)- A subtle grassy lemon wheat background with a spicy front with some oak and chiles.

(T)- Similar to the smell. Much more chile in the finish, but it fits. Definitely spicy in a pepper heat sort of way.

(M)- A good carbonation level and balance. The chile hits you right on the finish.

(D)- An interesting twist on the style with the hefty spicy chiles. You cannot see much from the barrel aging aspect, but the chiles sure throw their weight around. I will be the first to say I really do not care for really spicy chile-type of beers, but this one is more up my alley than most I have had. (719 characters)

Photo of clearlydiluted
3.64/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

served in an 8 oz glass at Grain & Gristle

The beer pours a hazy yellow golden tint with light lacing. It smells of funky at first sniff. There's no hints that there are any chilies in the aroma. The first sip says otherwise as the heat of the chilies hits first along with a familiar fruity green chili flavor that melds well with the fruit saison esters. The body is medium-light and there is a good deal of carbonation. The whole thing finishes with a clean lactic sour note that reminds me of a berliner weisse along with the lingering heat from the chilies.

I'd say that the beer overall was an interesting combination of Four with the Fatali chilies, but I'm not sure I'd drink a whole pint of it given how spicy it was. Though I'm sure it would have gone great with food. I would like to see how some of the wild yeast, notably Brett, work on this beer later on as there were no hints of it in the current profile of the beer. (936 characters)

Photo of Sean9689
3.68/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks, Jason! Bottle into Bruery tulip.

A - Pours a mirky golden yellow, small white head, thin collar.

S - Light oak, funky musty notes, medium level of sour/tart noes, hay, and a hint of peppers. The peppers aren't too evident, just ever so slight.

T - This is where the peppers hit you. The sour/tart notes are really nice and the spicy notes from the peppers really hit you on the back end. Notes of citrus, hay, funk, peppers, oak. It's not overly hot, so I'm albe to enjoy a nice pour. The finish is light tartness followed by a peppery punch in the throat.

M - Light body, good carbonation, dry spicy finish.

O - Upright really uses the peppers in a good way with this beer. With so many spiced beer disasters, it's nice to see this one turn out for the good. I would definitely have this one again...really unique and quite good. (843 characters)

Photo of Phelps
3.74/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared by ejyoung, this is a wheat ale aged in oak with chile peppers. Poured into a tulip.

Pale, cloudy apricot in color. The head is thin and ephemeral, fading from light white to nothingness within just a few seconds.

The wheat is obvious in the aroma, as are the chiles. Behind those I get light bits of pear, white pepper and crackers. Fairly sweet overall.

A little funkier in the flavor, playing off the wheat. Swishing the beer around the tongue delivers a soft chile heat, which is interesting with the fruity pear and wheat flavors.

Medium-light body, effervescent and very fizzy. The chile heat is enticing, but never gets out of control. Crisp.

I never thought to add chiles to a beer as light as this Belgian-style thing, but it works. A nice blend of crisp fruit, funk and heat. I dig it. (808 characters)

Photo of ColdPoncho
3.78/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks for sharing, Urbancaver
From notes
Nice to try this alongside its base beer

A - golden yellow body with a white ring of head.

S - very similar to non-bal Four: bit of citrus, spice, and pale malt.

T - also very similar to the base beer: crisp, citrus, zest, tart/funk, but with a pretty serious chile burn at the back of your mouth.

M - lines up with the base. medium body, a bit dry.

O (D) - The spice is too much for me. I'm pretty sensitive to it, and at first it's pretty tame, but after a while, it is too much. (528 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.81/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle pour at mrbubbler's tasting.

Pours a murky orange with a foamy bone head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, herb, and spice aromas. Taste is much the same with sour and chile flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of chile heat on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower good of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a nice chile presence that works well with the base beer. (536 characters)

Photo of Docer
3.82/5  rDev -7.3%
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. (831 characters)

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.85/5  rDev -6.6%
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 (732 characters)

Photo of John_M
3.87/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Grain and Gristle tonight

The beer pours a solid gold color with fair head retention and light lacing. The nose is fairly attractive, especially if you are a sour lover. There is considerable sour funk, along with some light honey and lemon/lime. The flavor profile replicates the nose pretty closely in this beer, though it's not as sour as I was expecting given the aroma profile. There is also a hint of vanilla flavor, which along with the honey, is pretty nice. Mouthfeel is medium bodied to light, with a wash of sour on the finish. Drinkability is OK, but I'm just not enough of a sour fan to appreciate and/or enjoy this beer.

While OK, I can't say I found this to be a particularly memorable effort from the folks at Upright. (751 characters)

Photo of jdense
3.88/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle of latest batch shared with Tyler Brown at Barley Brown's 5.28.11, side-by-side tasting with Hot Blonde.

Half finger slightly off-white head on top of slightly haze medium gold body, no visible carbonation. Big dose of funk in the nose totally subsumed any chile aromatics, threw some lemon-like esters, floral hops pushed into the background. Taste mirrors the nose, brett inspired funk, more sour than tart, though I was surprised how little chile was present, got minimal warming, certainly paled in heat and chile aroma comparison with the Hot Blonde. Mouthfeel medium, decent effervescence, pretty dry finish. The PDX homies told me this was more sour than previous batches, and I'm alright with that, though wish more chile heat had shown through. (767 characters)

Photo of goodbyeohio
3.89/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

it's actually FATALII four, but whatevs.

33 oz stone growlerfull for a fiver. hazy golden. perfumey aroma brings to mind rose petals and fresh cut grass with a hint of funky stinkweed. that funk evolves when pondered upon to something more farmy.. its mingling with the hops show a real hint of orvallian wonder.

initially, a straight up wit with hop balance and a brett zing. the flavor follows through with some mid-grade yet lingering heat.. and not like a burn, more like a buzz. the pepper flavors are present upon warmth, and nose breathing brings more heat to the party. some real nice fruitiness comes together with the yeast on top of the peppers.

damn, this is one of the best fruit beers i've ever tasted. and this being the bottom of the last keg, i think i inherited some extra testes-enhancing scorch. no worries, i can handle it. (847 characters)

Photo of Sammy
3.9/5  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. (272 characters)

Photo of Metalmonk
3.99/5  rDev -3.2%
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. (1,644 characters)

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

Thanks for sharing this one, Mark. Sounds interesting...

A: Pours a cloudy straw color with a large white head that settles down to a thin layer and leaves some nice lacing.

S: Initially this pretty much just smells like the regular Four with a lot of lemon juice and lactobacillus. A touch of fruitiness, especially citrus, but then the peppers start to creep in and give off a spiciness and earthiness that is quite well balanced.

T: The tartness of the beer starts things off and is quite pleasing. The pepper flavor seems really subtle and for the most part I pick up pale malts and just a nice earthiness from the peppers. A few seconds after taking a sip, however, the peppers give off a nice heat that lingers in the back of the throat.

M: The body is light to medium with a moderate to high carbonation.

D: Not always the biggest chili beer fan, but the peppers played well with the tartness of the beer and were not overdone. (939 characters)

Photo of cpetrone84
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pour is light yellowish orange with a tight white head. The nose is very interesting and has a nice light spice to it. Minty and sweet bright apricot with a sweet doughy aspect and light vanilla. The taste is similar, spicey, interestingly sweet and doughy. The peppery spice is more assertive with the fruit favors still bright, a touch acetic and rather sour. The body is well carbonated, light and airy. (406 characters)

Photo of Urbancaver
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Side by side of four and fatali four. An interesting comparison

Both pour a clear golden orange with lots of carbonation. The regular four has a crazy amount of head. Fatali four is fairly minimal headed. Both smell a bit funky. The fatali has a nice kick of pepper on the nose. Both have a wheaty saison scent that is great. Both taste nice and wheaty. A nice funk. The fatali has a huuuuge pepper on the back of the tongue. They are both really solid saisons! The moth feel is solid. Smilar carbonation on both. Overall both are tasty. Fatali is incredible compared to the base beer. Very unexpected :) (605 characters)

Photo of draheim
4.07/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750mL into a saison glass. Pours a hazy straw color w/ a clean white 1-finger head. Carbonation is less vigorous than most Upright saisons I've had.

Aroma is a blend of bright juicy citrus and typical grassy saison funk. Smells fresh and alive.

Taste leads off with a powerful lemony quality, vaguely grainy pale malt. Extremely clean and light. Lots of peppery spice on the finish, almost has a chile pepper heat (now that I check out some other reviews, apparently it actually is a chile pepper heat - good to know I can trust my palate). Heat coats the tongue and throat, at just the right level. Highly acidic.

Mouthfeel is crisp and light, refreshing, drinkable. Finishes dry.

Overall another interesting, tasty saison from Upright. Along with Logsdon they pretty much have the domestic saison market cornered. (819 characters)

Photo of 321jeff
4.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle provided by Adam, thanks!

Pours a cloudy amber with golden edges and a soapy white head that fades to a small collar that sticks around for the duration.

The aroma makes me think this is a barrel aged saison, some funk and oak flavors, but no hints of the spiciness that is to come....

The taste starts off mild mannered and sweet with some wine flavors and a dry funkiness, but then the spiciness hits... Mostly in the back of my throat, the spiciness takes hold. Not too spicy, but a nice burn hangs on for quite awhile after the finish.

The mouthfeel is medium with moderate carbonation, not particularly saison-y. A very interesting beer, how a "pepper" beer should be, good burn, but not so overpowering it takes away from the rest of the beer. (760 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)

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

Thank you%2C Brian. My Upright spree continues. %0A%0AGushing%2C 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. (1,131 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 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)

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