Four (#4) | Upright Brewing Company

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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
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1/5  rDev -74.9%

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1/5  rDev -74.9%

Photo of Briken
2.79/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Appearance is a cloudy brown with a highly carbonated white head. A yeasty and slightly earthy aroma is slightly subdued. Tastes are very well balanced with wheat and malt presence taking turns with a nice hop bitterness that lingers lightly. A very high carbonation feel leads to a medium dry finish.

I may have had a bad bottle because this thing exploded in as soon as I opened it and didn't stop frothing for 10 minutes. I didn't jostle it, it didn't move but from the fridge to being opened. I served it chilled as was recommended to me. That being forgiven, the appearance was so cloudy it almost looked muddy. The taste is very approachable and even but the high carbonation destroyed any enjoyable flavors. Unfortunate at $11 a bottle.

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2.86/5  rDev -28.1%

Photo of illidurit
2.91/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

750 mL bottle poured into my Odonata saison glass. Bright clear gold with a massive rocky white head which takes a while to settle down enough to allow me to take a sip. Aroma is piney, lemony, and metallic, very bright and bursting out of the glass. Seems a bit solvent-like with some sharpness to it. Flavor continues the sharp acidity of the aroma, but it's not pleasant as in a typical sour beer, it's more distracting and overpowering. Big lemongrass/lemonade note up front, followed by a more welcome cereal graininess and dry finish. I'm thinking this might have a slight infection.

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Photo of Riggsenater
3/5  rDev -24.6%

Photo of DavoleBomb
3/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a tulip.

3.5 A: Nearly clear golden wheat color. Three fingers of pillowy white head. Retention is good and a little bit of irregular lacing is left.

3.5 S: Lemony and wheaty with grassiness all around. Dry hay, musty rotting wood, and a light floral/vegetal combo. Faint corriander. Finally, something between plastic and sorachi ace hops, but thankfully this isn't very strong. I read some reviews before buying this and the beer I'm smelling doesn't have the spiciness that I read about. Oh well.

2.5 T: The strongest flavor might be the one I hated the most in the nose. The sorachi plastic is back and distracts from the good flavors. Lemon rind, wheat, grass, hay follow. Big herbal character in this. Lightly floral with musty dustiness, rotting wood, and apple orchard. This reminds me of Saison du Buff in a few ways, though this is much better.

3.5 M: Lighter body. Higher level, somewhat spritzy carbonation. Smooth enough.

3.0 D: I'm not a huge fan of this because of the big herbalness and the plastic thing. I think I'm particularly sensitive to these flavors. In any case, this isn't bad, but far from my saison of choice.

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3/5  rDev -24.6%

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3/5  rDev -24.6%

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3/5  rDev -24.6%

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3/5  rDev -24.6%

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3/5  rDev -24.6%

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3/5  rDev -24.6%

Photo of AlexFields
3.1/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Lemon yellow color, an omen of scents and flavors to come.

Smells strongly of lemon and less strongly of yeast and spices.

Tastes just as strongly of lemon, a rather tart saison. The lemon flavors are too dominant. As it warms they fade a little bit and it improves some.

This is supposed to be their traditional saison, a table beer, but to me it's one dimensional and over the top with lemon flavor. It's pleasant but not their best.


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Photo of MadeInOregon
3.11/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Too hoppy for a saison

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Photo of phichifiji00
3.15/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into pint glass.

Appearance: Straw colored, slight white head, average lacing.

Smell: earty, straw, grass, hints of lemon zest, slightly hoppy.

Taste: Hoppy, notes of lemon zest/citrus, slightly spicy.

Mouthfeel: light bodied, low carbonation, very dry.

Overall: A decent, simple saison, nothing complex going on. Very drinkable. Refreshing

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Photo of philbertk
3.21/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Upright Brewing Company--FOUR--2010 Dark Green 25.4 oz. Bottle. 4.50% ABV. 10 IBU's? (3.5 / 5.0) Saison / Wheat Ale? Huge foamy lacy white head. Clear bright gold color hazes creamy orange with light sediment. Delicate floral wheat ester weak hop front. Fizzy dry sweet thin smooth slightly fruity Saison grassy herbal refreshing wheat body. Light citrus zesty end. Clean & Smooth. Light, but Tasty. Thin, but not Bland. Sampled 7/30/2010. 2 @ $10.99 Each.

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3.25/5  rDev -18.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -18.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -18.3%

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3.28/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a massive overflowing head in my tulip glass. Lacing on the sides of the glass evident. Body of the beer is hazy and straw pale malt yellow.

S: Aroma of lemon rind, mustiness, pale malts, Czech/Noble hops, some fruit blossoms and a french saison yeast. I have brewed a few saisons with very similar aroma that were not at all hard to brew.

T: Starts off with a pronounced lemon rind flavor , a bit of coriander and some mustiness. The flavors are really more lemon and lightly flavored pale malt than anything else. I suspect the temperatures did not get as high as I prefer to make my Saisons that I put into the 90's in the early to mid summer to pronounce its flavors.

M: The body is light and fluffy with a ton of carbonation. Too much, however this was probably not completely fermented at the time of bottling and the sugars have been finished afterwards.

O: I am not overly impressed with this although it is not bad. I have a slightly biased assessment coming from some Saisons that I have made with little difficulty that were very similar or better than this with a little more flavor. With that said, this is a highly drinkable light summer Saison which is what these are supposed to be. I would recommend trying Saison Dupont over this however it is a nice light Saison that is not offensive to those who fear flavor.

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3.3/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On tap in a goblet.

Pale yellow body with a finger of bright white head. Retention is OK with a regimen of intermittent swirling. Wet lacing is teased, but it sort of drips back into the beer.

Bouquet is mild, but pleasant: light grains, some lemony/wheat tang, bit of cloves and some other spices, a hint of funk.

In the mouth, husky grains and light malts are livened up with a that lemon/wheat combo again, a bit of sourness, cloves, banana, and again a vague bit of funk. All these elements are rather subdued, but identifiable. There's a grassy bite of hops at the swallow that lingers for a second, then gives way to a dry, slightly chalky finish.

Overall impression: A bit subdued for my liking, but a tasty, refreshing brew.

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3.38/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of almostjay
3.44/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of fureousangel
3.47/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Was billed as a sour. Came off as a saison. Very carbonated with hints of fruit.

Was good, just probably not the best beer for my tastes.

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Four (#4) from Upright Brewing Company
3.98 out of 5 based on 335 ratings.
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