Four (#4) | Upright Brewing Company

Four (#4)Four (#4)
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Four (#4)Four (#4)

Brewed by:
Upright Brewing Company
Oregon, United States

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

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Ratings: 335 |  Reviews: 106
Photo of HopStoopid120
5/5  rDev +27.6%

Photo of Vylo
4.77/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Thorpe429
4.62/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Huge thanks to boralyl for sending some of this out my way. Served in a tulip.

Pours a hazy yellow with a good white head and a bit of lacing on the way down. The nose has a bit of grass and grain, plus a bit of celery, which sounds strange, but works quite well. Flavor takes it up a notch with great wheat and yeast character. Good hopping throughout with a dry, butter finish. Really excellent and similar to the De La Senne and Jandrain-Jandrenouille fresh saisons we had in Belgium. Sublime. It is unreal to gave this much flavor and character in a 4.5% beer.

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Photo of morimech
4.52/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a very pale and hazy straw color with two fingers of head that had good retention before settling to a thin cap. Moderate amount of lacing is left on the glass.

Smells terrific. Rustic and slightly funky. Earthy and grassy with a slight lemon twist.

I have to think this is what saisons tasted like a hundred or more years ago. Just what I would like to drink while working in Flanders farm fields. Dry and refreshing. Low ABV. Mildly tart with earthy and lemon notes. A hint of barnyard funk.

Light body with semi-mild carbonation. I would like the bubbles to pick up the body a little more but I am not complaining.

Wow. I have largely been disappointed by American attempts at the style. Upright hit it squarely and brought something even the Belgian brewers do not supply us with.

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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Photo of Floydster
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I had a few glasses of this at the brewery, first stop after first arriving at our hotel in Portland, poured by Alex himself, what a great guy, and to boot he makes fantastic beers, reviewed from notes, served in an old GABF flute glass, color is a golden yellow with some orange tint, about a one inch soapy white head, decent retention, some lacing too, aroma consists of mild spice, wheat, citrus, floral accents, light fruits, Belgian yeast, some mellow funk, and light straw, flavor starts off with an chewy wheat flavor, citrus in the middle with a lot of lemon, finish is pretty funky and that is in a good way with dried apricots, gets a little more citrusy as it warms, not very acidic but glimmers of tarty fruit at times, cannot believe how complex this is for a beer under five percent, slightly dry, funky, and chewy mouthfeel, thin to medium bodied, moderate carbonation that was perfect which caused this beer to be even more drinkable and flavorful at the same time, taste lingers a long time for the style, could have drank this stuff all day long, light as can be, refreshing, full of great flavor, most sessionable beer I had all trip, I cannot wait to have more of this in the future and see what else this great brewer comes up with, also really look forward to the cherry version of this that is currently sitting in oak barrels, highly recommended

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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Photo of timtim
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy golden with a white head that holds and leaves lots of lace. nose is zippy wheat, pale malt and German-style hop with just the slightest hint of yeasty spiceiness. taste has a tiny blast of lactic tartness with a zippy wheat character and a pleasant, mild, hoppy zing that is wrapped up by very light esters and phenols. very well balanced and extremely tasty for such a small beer. medium-light body with a clean finish. very impressive and entirely too easy to drink. another awesome beer from Upright!

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Photo of djbreezy
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Upright.

Appearance - fluffy white head, hazy yellow color

Smell - lemon and spice on the nose

Taste - yeast and lemon tang

Mouthfeel - good carbonation, medium/light body

Drinkability - nice and refreshing session beer. Overall my favorite from Upright of the numbered beers.

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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.45/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by 321Jeff. Thanks!

The beer is a hazy, straw yellow hue with a couple inches of thick, white head that leaves a thick sheet of lacing on the glass. The aroma brings lemons, spice, grass, fresh celery. The flavor is refreshing with crisp, zesty carbonation. Light floral and citrus notes are quite enjoyable. The feel is light on the palate. Highly drinkable.

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Photo of Donkster46
4.43/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of TrulySlide
4.43/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of cfrances33
4.42/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a HF stem.

Pour: Mostly clear pale gold body with a billowing three plus finger white head. Head is very fluffy, leaves solid lacing, and the hangs around.

Smell: Quite a solid bit of funk up here!!! Some sweet bread and a light lemony citrus. A little bit of honey.

Taste: Lemon zest bite up front, followed by a light biscuity sweetness and funk throughout. A light pepper on the finish.

Mouthfeel: This is so incredibly refreshing. A light clean tartness, and a lighter breadyness that packs so much flavor for sure a drinkable beer.

Overall: A beautiful easy drinker, and maybe my new favorite in the table beer category. Very, very nice.

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4.38/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A big thanks to treyrab for sending this back for me on his recent West Coast beer trip. This was a huge want of mine (and it still is!). Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Poured into the tulip, lively carbonation is immediately evident. Little bubbles swirl and dance about through the murky dirty straw colored body of the beer. They rush towards the surface upon completion of the pour and bubble up to form a fluffy coarsely textured marshmallow head that reaches between 2 and 3 inches in height. It subsides fairly quickly and leaves not much lacing. But this looks through and through like a farmhouse ale.

The aromas that immediately manifest themselves are tart wheat malt, grassy hops, an earthy funk, as well as some crisp lemon zest that complements all of those other flavors very well. The palate brings along all of this and more. This is like berlinerweiss meets saison. A light funky base is augmented by some coriander and white pepper spiciness. The citrusy lactic sourness comes through more, complementing the sweaty aromas and background. Sweet bready notes come through in the middle to balance the sour and the funk. Grassy hops, but no bitterness, round this out, leaving a refreshing crispness on my palate.

The feel is lively, as one might expect. Light and refreshing, with tons of bubbles that lighten up the feel, too. It has an enjoyable feel, and I drank the whole bottle save for a few ounces with no problem. I'd have drank those, too, but I shared them. An amazing beer all around. I am definitely keeping this on the wants list.

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4.38/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

750 ml bottle poured into a tulip

A- A slightly hazy golden straw color with a four finger white head.

S- Earthy, grassy, some funk, lemons, light fruits, bright and well balanced.

T- Slightly tart apples, lemons, pears, and citrus are the first thing I notice, just a little funky, some grassy hops, some wheat, again great balance

M- Smooth, crisp, light, prickly carbonation.

O- A solid Saison and a great lower alcohol beer. Love the tartness. This is my first beer from Upright and I can't wait to try more

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Photo of ElGordo
4.37/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Picked up a corny keg from the brewery last week for the holiday weekend. It was a surefire hit among my guests for the Independence Day party, for sure.
Pours a slightly hazy golden color, topped by an energetic creamy white head that leaves some nice lacing on the glass. Assertive aroma of wheat, allspice, lavender, and a touch of citrus. Palate is nice and easy-going - light wheat and malt provide the backbone for mild fruity hops and notes of citrus and light herbs (thyme?). Body is light, bubbly, and silky, just great for a light summery ale.
I've had a number of light, easy-drinking summer ales over the last few weeks, but I think this takes the crown for best summer session ale. A thirst-quenching, satisfying brew that I can (and do) drink all day.

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Photo of 5pmsomewhere
4.37/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A fantastic beer for those seeking something refreshing and light that has more character than beers with significantly more IBU and ABV. Pours like a semi-cloudy day with a light head and a huge citric hop note right off the bat. Drinks like liquid silk, but presents a challenge (what's that taste? Orange rind, leather, fresh mulch?) to the palette on each sip. Long lasting incredibly pleasing finish. This is one to cherish.

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Photo of wroywel
4.35/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Four (#4) from Upright Brewing Company
Beer rating: 81.8% out of 100 with 335 ratings
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