Four (#4) | Upright Brewing Company

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335 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Upright Brewing Company
Oregon, United States
uprightbrewing.com

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
Ratings:
335
Reviews:
106
Avg:
3.98
pDev:
10.3%
 
 
Wants:
25
Gots:
47
For Trade:
2
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Ratings: 335 |  Reviews: 106
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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

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3.94/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

750ml capped bottle into Tired Hands stemware. Shared with schen9303.

Pours a huge, foamy 4 finger white head with low retention. Beer is a clear pale yellow. Lacing is sparse and spotty with little stick. A bit messy but Ok for the style.

Nose is coriander, flower, peppercorn, cane sugar, and a touch of lemon and citrus. Aromatic and clean. Real nice.

Opens citrus, cane sugar, lemon and coriander. Some soapiness, wheat and more cane sugar sweetness in the middle. Ends with a touch of spice, lemon rind, and more peppercorn. Sweet and slightly spicy aftertaste. Nice.

Light bodied with ample carbonation. Prickly and lively in the mouth and crisp and aggressive going down. Finishes slightly dry with a filmy, sticky aftertaste. Really drinkable.

A real nice, drinkable saison overall. Nothing really stands out here but this is certainly a perfect beer to pair with a nice steak or lobster tail!

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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.77/5  rDev -5.3%
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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3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

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3.96/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From a 750 ml bottle into a tulip.

A-A gentle pour produces about three fingers of nearly white foam. The retention is so-so at about two minutes and the foam leaves soapy chunks on the way down. The beer is mostly clear with active carbonation and a pale, golden-straw color. Good looking stuff.

S-The smell is an interesting mixture...I get some lemon rind and wheat grain, a bit of bread, dry grass, straw, and a light hit of white pepper. There is a also a Belgian-style yeast aroma that gives a little bit of sweetness and bubblegum.

T-The taste is pretty similar to the smell. The beer opens with a light wheat grain and lemon rind, and finishes on the dryer side with straw, dry grass, and a bit of peppery spice. There isn't as much bubblegum and sweetness on the palate, and as the beer nears room temperature, it picks up a little tartness on the finish, as well. Not sour by any means, but just a little kick. I also tasted a slightly medicinal flavor, which was a bit odd.

M-The body is light to medium with a persistent, slightly assertive carbonation. Drinkable and pleasant.

O-I really like Belgian "table" beers because they usually offer lots of flavor for very low ABV (they're the original session beers). This beer can't quite match the best Belgian examples, but it is pretty tasty, nonetheless. I would have scored it higher if I did not pick up the slightly off-putting medicinal flavor, but I will happily drink this again. A good first exposure to Upright.

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3.68/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass.

A real soapy shampoo and bright white head, makes about three fingers nicely on the pour but has thin retention. Big gapping swiss cheese holes and light clumping, with lots of large bubbles popping. Body is a muted and opaque lemon, with nice thin carbonation rising and plentiful. Pretty good, crazy head though.

Mild floral sensations on the nose but very subdued. Not much yeast or malt profile on this. No sense of sweetness. Very closed but it is pleasant I'll give it that, but very little going on here.

A real interesting palate. Flavors are a little more noticeable but the mouthfeel steals the show. Playfully carbonated giving to orange and citrus mimosa like qualities, and a touch of light sugar. Finish of tropical fruit flavors and champagne crispness, with faint hint of pepper like sensing carbonation. Not particularly dry either, but quite juicy quenching palate.

Overall though there isn't much saison character to this it seems, but it's a very controlled citrus and tropical fueled brew. Somewhere between a solid Belgian pale with more fruity quality. Neat beer.

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4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very nice lower alcohol offering from this fine brewer. Beautifully balanced with some hop spiciness and a surprisingly firm malt profile with a finish with some snap to it. Crisp, clean, but not watery, with a very clean but flavorful herbal hop profile throughout, and a bit of citrus in the finish. This is a textbook case of how to make a flavorful, low abv beer that still retains enough body to make it feel like you're having something substantial. Tasty, and impressive compared to many other lower abv craft brews I've had.

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