Four (#4) | Upright Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Upright Brewing Company
Oregon, United States | website

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
"Four is truly a light yet flavorful beer. The recipe uses a good portion of wheat and incorporates a sour mash into the process to make it slightly tart and extra refreshing. It has delicate aromas and flavors that span a range of floral, grassy and herbal notes. The finish is extra dry and makes the beer a great beverage to pair with food, especially various cheeses and shellfish."

Malts and Grains: pale, wheat, and munich, rolled wheat
Hops: hallertauer mittlefruh
Yeast: french saison

Added by msubulldog25 on 05-02-2009

BEER STATS
Reviews:
103
Ratings:
331
Avg:
3.97
pDev:
18.39%
 
 
Wants:
26
Gots:
48
For Trade:
2
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Reviews by Philousa:
Photo of Philousa
3.73/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Imbibed at Good Karma on 10/26/12.

Pours a hazy, tawny gold with a billowy white head that laces well. Aroma is mildly spicy (pepper, clove), mainly lemon and wheat. Flavor is a little subdued and the feel is a little light because of the low ABV. Lots of peanut and cashew with a slightly tart wheat flavor. Hops are floral and light, leaving a pleasant aftertaste. This is what I imagine a farmer would want after a hard day's work. Very flavorful, but doesn't knock you on your ass. Digging the recent trend towards flavorful session beer.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.06/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aah, riding the rails of the current trend for dedicated American-ized Farmhouse Ale allows Upright Brewing to build upon a tart fruity, lightly spicy and sparkling effervescence for a "funky-fresh" taste and texture- executed to perfection.

Milky straw in its color, the beer's unfiltered character and use of wheat is quite evident. A quick rise of ivory foam cuts through the haze and provides an army of bubbles to deliver all those delicate aromas. Its long-lasting retention and concentric lacing patterns all reinforce the notion of a well-built ale.

Medium sharp aromas tart tropical fruit, citrus and orchard varieties are vibrant and highly alluring to the nose- grapefruit, oranges, passion fruit, lemons, apples, limes, and kiwi can all be drawn from the ever-evolving scent. A soft pillow of dough and a sprinkle of confectioner's sugar offers light support the the fruit and allows the beer to become something other than simply tart fruit juices.

To taste, its the supple sweetness of cookie dough that takes hold on the early palate. But as the taste carries into middle palate, the sharper, drier and more zesty taste of citrus, tropical and tart fruits give the beer a bright taste that hinges of wine must, cider and champagne. As the taste finishes, a mustier tone takes hold- weathered oak, dry hay, lemongrass, coriander and dried citrus peels, and a mild leather note wafts about the palate.

Soft and pillowy on the palate, its arid creaminess and playful acidity plays out like fluffy key lime pie. Firmly dry on the throat, the ale hides its warmth very well with the evaporation cooling effect, seemingly of mint. The ale finishes nearly as much like sparkling wine as it does Saison.

Upright has done a masterful job with this Saison of lighter fare. Though chocked full of complexities, much of them remain understated and delicate. Though it allows for great drinkability, its effortlessness is also its limitation.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.77/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

they call this table beer, and i agree, its very light and soft, but its strange, because this is nowhere near as tart as fatali four, which i thought was the same thing just with the peppers added. this doesnt have that mouthwatering nose to it of sour mash funk and light yeast. its blonde and hazy in looks, heady as they come, hard to pour reasonably even, but the nose is really understated. white wheat malt and a little acidity with floral yeast, all very low key. the taste is similar, a little herbal and summery for this time of year, but if it had the tartness of the fatali version, this would be incredible. its well made beer without question, and tastes pretty good for how light it is, definitely yeast driven with a little bit of sourness, but its awfully subtle. maybe age would let this develop more, or maybe its an exercise in subtlety, but its missing something for me, as much as i do like it. the yeast is the best part, saison style and very bright carbonation helps this stay casual. overall a well crafted brew but id like to see its tartness come out a little more the way it did in fatali four.

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Photo of tectactoe
3.67/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of CavemanRamblin
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to thirdeye11 for sharing this bottle. This was sampled alongside Upright 5, 6 and 7.

The beer pours a hazy light yellow color with a white head. The aroma is lemon, citrus, spices and coriander. The flavor is lemon and orange citrus with some wheat and spicy hops. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of deebo
4.24/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of highTempo
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this one on tap at the brewery. I walked there from my house. I love living in Portland!

There wasn't a lot of head on it -- foamy and low and it dissipated pretty quickly. The appearance is great: very pale, cloudy (opaque) yellow/straw colored.

The smell is bright, fresh, lemony, spicy… flavors of lemony, spices like coriander, and straw to match the appearance. It's a little bit soapy.

The flavor matches, with a little funkiness from the hops. There's some sweetness in the body but it finishes fairly dry.

I'm a pretty big fan. I wish this was more available in standard 12oz bottles. This is a great spring/summer beer.

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Photo of ehammond1
3.66/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

On Tap

Churchill's Pub & Grille
San Marcos, CA

Very light straw yellow in color, with a slight haze, that leaves regular, nearly perfect lines of stick down the glass. Very pretty.

Mild aroma, with some grain and apple notes, along with earth and grass.

A very simple flavor of grass, grain, mild lemon and apple, and just a hint of funk. Very low bitterness and incredibly drinkable.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation, though airy and light. Marvelously drinkable. This beer scores major points here.

Gulpable, though not particularly interesting, even considering the ABV.

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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of Beersilio
3.6/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of biboergosum
4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle, a new brewery to arrive on the store shelves here in Alberta. Upon looking up their location, it seems that I walked past it a dozen or so times when I was in PDX a few years ago, and never darkened their doorstep.

This beer pours a cloudy medium golden yellow hue, with three fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and fairly bubbly off-white head, which leaves some random splotches of scattered lace around the glass as it evenly subsides.

It smells of grainy, somewhat bready wheat malt, a bit of heady sugar syrup sweetness, applesauce and lemon pudding fruitiness, dry, prickly yeast, a hint of white pepper, and floral, earthy hops. The taste is more semi-sweet, crackery wheat malt, withered candi sugar, a touch of coriander/black pepper spiciness, aged lemon rind, an ethereally funky yeast character, and some nicely laid-back herbal, grassy hops.

The carbonation is rather understated, manifesting in a small, teasing frothiness, the body medium-light in weight, and generally quite smooth. It finishes mostly dry, kind of crisp, and with an uptick in the tiny, tiny bubbles.

A pretty pleasant farmhouse ale, in the old-world paradigm - nothing really stands out, and that's the point - grain, yeast, spice, and hop all working to do nothing other than quench your thirst, and perhaps warm you up a tad. Success on all accounts here, I'd say.

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Photo of joeseppy
4.14/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Loads of bubbles in a champagne manner with a thick head.

Bright gold color in a hazy lemon-honey hue.

Smells of tart lemon, mild spice, and bright.

Light, crisp and refreshing. Mild citrus notes and yeast.

Mouthfeel is dry and pleasing. Slightly bitter at the end.

I could drink this all day long. This will join my upcoming spring saison lineup. What a fantastic bottle to setup on the patio and share with friends. Coming in at 135 calories per bottle and a 4.5% ABV----drink up. Great respite from a RIS winter.

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4.13/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of Metalmonk
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A million thanks to msubulldog25 for sending this in a recent trade. Lotsa hype on Upright in the Portland community and beyond. Seems like a great way to get his holiday weekend underway...

With a relatively hard pour I got a three-finger head that looks fantastic. Super-firm, as if made of styrofoam (I hope not!) or meringue, a little rocky on top; a bit sea-foam-looking. Amazing cling from abundant lace. Color is a slightly hazed lemon-yellow absolutely overpopulated with bubbles.

Nose is the real deal...fruity, lots of tart lime-like goodness and some band-aid weirdness in the background (that's a good thing!). Simple, but incredibly alluring. There may be other Belgian-style American beers out there with a smell that matches this one's authenticity, but that beat it? I doubt it...

Characteristics of lemon, lime, straw, saddle-blanket, nut husk, dandelion, white wine, green peppercorn and green apple mingle nicely on the tongue. With all that going on (and more, as other impressions built up as the bottle emptied) it remains a relatively straightforward experience, and that's not necessarily a bad thing.

Has a crisp body and dry finish, with perhaps a little too much carbonation for my liking, but I tend to say that more often than not.

Insanely refreshing, and with such a low ABV and an unobtrusive, non-heavy, easy-to-love flavor and aroma, it's a no-brainer that this can be considered extremely drinkable. Very well-balanced, and not too champagne-y in feel and flavor either (as some saisons can be). A wonderful example of the style, by a brewer half a world away from Belgium, no less.

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Four (#4) from Upright Brewing Company
3.97 out of 5 based on 331 ratings.
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