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Four (#4) | Upright Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
3.92/5
Very Good
335 Ratings
Four (#4)Four (#4)
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
Ranking:
#6,867
Reviews:
106
Ratings:
335
pDev:
10.2%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
25
Gots:
48
Trade:
2
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Ratings: 335 |  Reviews: 106
Photo of Rifugium
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

First had: bottle from an off-the-shelf trade

I've had some gushers from Upright before, so I held this one over the sink while opening...but it was fine. It was definitely highly active though, and a gentle pour still yielded a full glass of foam, which finally settled, revealing a golden brown liquid; the fuzzy head never fully dissipated. The aroma was quite earthy, notes of saison yeast, herbal, with notes of ripe indistinct fruit. Flavors of candied citrus peel, earth, spicy yeast, toasted wheat. Quite nice. Medium body, clean mouthfeel, moderate carbonation (after the initial calm-down). Enjoyable.

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Photo of davegray
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of Kmat10
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of wisrarebeer
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of prdstmnky
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of jklecko2
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of TimoP
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of ShanePB
4/5  rDev +2%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of ColForbinBC
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of larryi86
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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4/5  rDev +2%

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4/5  rDev +2%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

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4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of superspak
4.06/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours extremely hazy golden amber color with a 3 finger foamy and fluffy white head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a thick cap that lasts. Thick foamy lacing clings around the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of lemon, pear, apple, clove, pepper, wheat, bread, straw, grass, light funk, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast and malt notes; with good strength. Taste of lemon, pear, apple, wheat, bread, pepper, clove, grass, straw, light funk, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of light fruits, wheat, bread, pepper, clove, grass, straw, light funk, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a bit. Very nice balance and complexity of malt and fruity/spicy yeast ester notes; with good flavor robustness and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Very high carbonation and medium bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, and prickly mouthfeel that is great. Zero alcohol warming present after the finish as expected for 4.5%. Overall this is an excellent session saison style. All around great balance, complexity, and robustness of flavors for 4.5%; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Photo of BEERchitect
4.06/5  rDev +3.6%
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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4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
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 Beerenauslese
4.27/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Clear light golden body, a gentle pour into a tulip produced a big head. Moderate head retention and some lacing.

Smells of light malt, sour lemon, floral, and grassy hops.

This has a nice lemony, lactic sour taste. Some green grassy hops in the light finish without any bitterness, just a few spice notes. Very refreshing taste.

Body is light and carbonation is high, giving this a scrubbingly refreshing mouthfeel.

A very refreshing saison, flavorful and very drinkable. I was forced to consume this bottle, which was sitting in my cellar, because as I was moving some other bottles during the late evening, I knocked the 750 ml bottle over and it started leaking. All was right after I positioned it up, then I put it in the fridge to consume next day. I was surprised that it had kept a high level of carbonation despite the abuse.

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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

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4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

750ml Bottle
$5.99 (sale)
Everett's, South Beloit

Upright Four is very pale straw golden and surprisingly clear. A violent torrent of carbonation rush to the dirty white head. The tightly bubbled, dense head grew to three fingers in height on a gentle pour. As it settles it leaves chunky lacing caked to the glass.The carbonation just keeps on keepin' on throughout the entire drink. Four is a damn fine looking saison.

The aroma is close to that of some of my very favorite Belgian saisons. Slightly sweet angel food cake maltiness lays down the base before a touch of candi sugar sweetness comes through and releases some of that soft bubblegum juiciness. A quick, balancing hop spiciness and sprinkling of lemon rind rounds everything out nicely.

A little of that candi sugar sweetness hits the inside of the cheeks while the angel food cake sets the base. The grassy hoppiness comes through before the aforementioned spiciness shows up. The lemon rind I smelled earlier adds a welcomed brightness. Four wraps up with a moderately dry, effervescent finish.

Upright nailed the mouthfeel on this saison. Light bodied and highly carbonated without ever being overly aggressive.The finish is dry and a mild bitterness lingers after each drink. Four's mouthfeel is comparable to some of the best saisons out there.

I said it once and I'll say it again, Upright nailed this saison. Four is one of the better American versions I've had in a while with it's bright flavors, high carbonation, and dry finish. I'd recommend picking up Four to anyone with access.

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4/5  rDev +2%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Four (#4) from Upright Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.92 out of 5 with 335 ratings
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