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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

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.7/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle poured into a Russian River -tion glass. No bottle date.

Appearance - Slightly hazy yellow-orange body with a huge white head. No lacing on the glass, but the retention is good.

Smell - Citrusy lemon-orange yeasty character. Strong bready malt. Nice and light smelling.

Taste - More yeasty in the taste than the aroma. Slightly tangy flavor that builds into the finish. It somewhat masks the other flavors. Bready malt character that faintly comes through and a earthy hop finish that's a nice counter point to the tang.

Mouthfeel - Light. Well carbonated. Easy drinking. The tartness perhaps detracts from the drinkability, but it's still nice.

Overall - I like sours, but I don't know that I like the sour character of this beer. It's a very nice saison otherwise. The sour flavors just mask what I think would be a very nice beer.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks Thorpe, finally clearling out the backlog.

Beer is yellow with a haze to it, a small white head of small bubbles some lacing moderate carbonation.

Aroma is earthy, grassy, estery, floral. Nice. Mild vegetalness but it goes well with the saison yeast aromas.

Beer is thin in body and wet on the finish with a mild wheat like bitterness and some floral flavors and nice finishing notes. An easy drinking nice mildly hoppy saison. I really enjoyed it and would have it again.

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Photo of Chico1985
3.8/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to ArchEnemyBrew for throwing this in as an extra in our trade a while back.

First pour is all foam, finally some hazy pale orange beer comes around. For such a huge head, doesn't retain too well, does leave some lace.

Lemon, citrus, wheaty scents. Pleasant, though a little plain.

Taste opens up things a bit more. Definitely lots of zesty citrus and lemon present, some herbal hops too. Yeast, grassiness, light on the farm but a bit of straw there. Big bready wheat in the finish.

Definitely high on the carbonation, comes off as a little spritzy for my tastes, but it's light and refreshing, suitable for the style.

A nice, refreshing saison, the big fruit and wheat aspect added alot here I think. Easy drinking, a bottle of this on a summer day is an enticing thought.

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Photo of cbutova
4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared by Chico1985, reviewed from notes.

A- Hazy golden orange body with a super mega head that fills the whole glass with almost no liquid. Settles down to a huge creamy white cap with infinite retention. Spotty lace down the glass.

S- Saison yeast with some citrus notes, yeast spice and some straw farm feel, clove and coriander.

T- Pretty nice hop presence with a smooth, non abrasive spicy saison yeast flavor, lemon zest and citrus juice is pretty apparent, floral and herbal hints, apples, grape and raisin.

MF- Highly carbonated light body, creamy feel and a very slight bitterness.

Fruity and yeasty saison that drinks pretty nicely, like how the yeast is flavorful but doesn't dominate like some American Belgians.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.62/5  rDev +16.4%
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 djbreezy
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%
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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Photo of oline73
4.18/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a snifter.

Appearance: Pours a very cloudy golden with an amber hue. There is a finger of fluffy white head with solid retention and mild lacing.

Smell: Light and herbal. You can smell the malt, but it isn't particularly sweet. There are some light citrus notes as well.

Taste: Light but very flavorful. Crisp and refreshing. There are some herbal and mild fruity citrus notes. The finish is mildly herbal and slightly bitter.

Mouthfeel: The body is a bit thin. The carbonation is aggressive with a finish that's a bit dry.

Overall: This is a really flavorful beer given the abv. Great session beer.

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Photo of rand
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle to nonic pint glass

A: Pours a hazy, lightly colored orange-yellow, completely opaque, and forms a surprisingly frothy, 2-inch head. Hardly any lacing is left though.

S: Lemongrass, freshly baked sourdough, a touch of horse-blanket funk. Obviously there's not a trace of alcohol, but the brew carries a surprising vibrant nose.

T: Citrusy lemon, almost sour, meets a mix earthy and sweet bready tones. Lots of character given the low ABV. The funk is there towards the finish, rounded with a wood-like dryness at the end.

M: Light bodies, and nicely carbonated. Just enough to wash away the full flavors, but not foamy sharp.

Was really surprised how much I liked this beer. Given the breweries notoriety I expected it to be drinkable, but this layered and complex. If it had a wider distribution Upright Four would make a perfect session brew.

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Photo of illidurit
2.91/5  rDev -26.7%
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 phichifiji00
3.15/5  rDev -20.7%
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 cbarrett4
4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed from tap at Upright Brewing's cellar.

This is my self proclaimed favorite beer from the main lineup (4, 5, 6, and 7). The guys in the cellar describe this as their wheat ale/saison style.

Smells and tastes of a wheat ale made with French/Belgian Saison yeast. But it works. Lots of wheat, yeast, and spice are present on the nose and palate. A slight funkiness works into the mix from the yeast. Very clean and nicely delineated aromas and flavors.

The texture is light, but doesn't seem thin. Nice play between the acids and alcohol, good grip. Nice finish.

Overall a stunning beer, and one that deserves a taste!

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Photo of NittanyBeerFan
4.38/5  rDev +10.3%
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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Photo of dgilks
4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy pale gold colour with a fluffy white head. Nice lacing.

Crisp pepper and lightly herbal noble hop aroma with some light wheat tartness. Good.

Light wheat with some nice spicy yeast notes. Great balance.

Medium light body with moderate carbonation. Well suited to the underlying beer.

A really solid Belgian farmhouse style with good flavour. I find this really tasty.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4.3/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Sampled June 2011
A solid pour produces a fat, two-finger thick, pale, off-white colored head. The beer is a pale honey / straw color that shows a richly hazed, yellow straw color when held up to the light. The aroma smells of earthy, slihglty grassy coriander, with touches of orange zest, dusty cracker like malt, freshly threshed pale grain (along with the dried straw like character). There is a faint touch of tartness to the finish that is perhaps accentuated by the hints of orange zest. I really like the slightly musty, expressive, sunny grain character that this beer has. As my nose adjusts to it, there also seems to be a light tartness to this brew

This has a zippy carbonation to it that pairs nicely with a nicely tart finish; it is much more tart than I was expecting & I am quite pleasantly surprised. The tartness pairs nicely with the light orange zest flavor that is in the finish. There some straw like pale grain character here as well as a touch of pale-wheat-cracker-like grain notes. This is very light bodied and refreshing (the tartness helps with this last), but it also isn’t overly thin or watery. There is a touch of mustiness here, though not as much as in the nose, but overall the tartness coupled with the hay-like grain character makes this seem clean and refreshing. There is an earthy, somewhat herbaceous, coriander character that forms a nice supporting backbone to the more prominent flavors already mentioned.

I am quite pleased that this is a Wit with some nice tartness to it; it is definitely the way I have come to prefer my Wits. It has even got me a bit more excited about the tart Wit that I am just about ready to bottle up of my own. This is eminently quaffable and a great Wit. The more I get into this, the more I am enjoying this beer. The fact that the tartness is pretty clean, is actually quite nice; there isn’t any real funk here, which would actually overwhelm the flavors of this beer.

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Photo of Sammy
3.92/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from Brewery Creek. A lemony and Bretty aroma greets you. Yellow golden body with lots of soapy head. A lemon and wheat tartness. Lacey. Above average carbonation. A good drinker though a tongue burner with the Thai spice. As a saison, well its tart.

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Photo of vkv822
4.04/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle into tulip snifter.

Pours a clear golden yellow with actively rising carbonation and a thick frothy white head.

The aroma is of tart citric notes and wheat upfront. Faint saison yeast notes.

The taste follows the nose, it is citrusy with a pleasant wheat backbone and yeast finish.

The mouthfeel is crisp and medium bodied.

A nice refreshing saison, fits particularly well with the warm weather.

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Photo of AlexFields
3.1/5  rDev -21.9%
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 Overlord
4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

One of the driest beers I can remember, and one of the best saisons I can remember as well. Thanks jcb.

Pours a light hazy yellow. Gigantic white foam head. Yipes.

Smells like toasted malt with a bit of seltzer spritzer, lemon, and bitter grass/herbs.

Taste is overwhelmingly dry, sour, slightly funky/grassy lemon. It almost crosses the line into "sour," which may be why I like it. The hops are present, but blend in with the decidedly zesty lemon-y background.

Nicely quaffable. Excellent carbonation.

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Photo of BurgerJones
4.29/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750mL bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours bubbly, with little head, light amber color. Little lacing, head dissipates quickly.

Sweet, pleasant, yeasty aroma, apple and citrus.

Taste has orange, pepper, tiniest bit of tangy funk at the finish.

Mouthfeel pleasant, light, would like a bit more carbonation but very nice nonetheless.

Overall, excellent saison, sessionable summer beer.

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Photo of stakem
4.13/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to jconrick1 for the opportunity to try this. Shared with Slatetank and poured into several snifters. The 750ml opens with a boom and slowly starts to creep up the neck of the bottle. Not really an explosive gusher that caused lost volume but a persistent creeper that just wont stop foaming. Poured into a pair of snifters reveals nothing but frothy white head. It takes roughly 6 glasses and 3/4 of the bottle to be emptied before all glasses can be combined into 2 for enjoying. The brew appears a golden color with a huge froth cap of white head that very slowly recedes composed of very large bubbles.

The smell of this brew is rindy with lemon zest and pulp. some spicy yeast and earthy elements are throughout. Quite fruity and floral with a slight alcohol tang across the back. Some sniffs reveal a bit of minerals that quickly dissolve into earthy components. The fruited quality has a hint of lime. Overall a pleasant aroma very well balanced and blended. For less than 5% alcohol, it seemingly has a touch of fusel aspect about it when it gets warm.

The taste is mildly fruity like orange rinds and zest. Some tangy aspect perhaps from the wheat with notes of mineral. Collectively the taste of this brew comes together to mimic something mildly grape-like. Yeast is present with a spiced aspect along with a very mild bitterness to round things out. The alcohol is absent in flavor.

The alcohol inclusion in this brew provides a warmth that seems in excess of the listed 4.5%. It is very well blended, balanced and flavorful. This is a medium bodied offering with an excessive amount of carbonation in the look but as it settles down it is not as prickly as you would expect on the tongue. Very easy drinking, this is one I would partake in again but perhaps I would chill it down much lower than usual before opening in order to make the pour less stressful.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.35/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to stakem for sharing this with me -750ml into a tulip at cool temp. The bottle might have needed more chilling or the yeast is extremely active -either way this a serious 'creeper' not a 'gusher' since it took over 3 glasses filled twice for us to allow the head to settle and be able to be consumed.

A beautiful shade of golden with a huge cap of 3fingers with huge white bubbles, almost irridescent looking in the light. The liquid is a hazed apricot body with lots of lace stickage in a flame pattern up the glass after the time to stratify occured. the retention is decent too. The smell is malty with a light yeasty scent with some floral hop elements and slight toasted grainy note in the back. The yeast provides a good emphassis the the wheat malt with light pale toastiness. I think the fruit in the saison ester takes a backseat to the malt aromas. The feel is luxurious and supple with soft, slightly creamy malt and mild tang of yeast. There is a hint of spice but very mild with a mild sweet element and slight cereal quality which is chewy and very gentle tinge of alcohol if any. The semi-dry finish is pleasantly yeasty.

The taste is mild but full of malt with light biscuit and creamy essence of wheat with subtle tinge of fruit and light yeasty tinge with some light caramel and the floral essence of low acid hops with gentle wine-like white grape tang in the background. The hops combined with the yeast seem grassy in spots, but generally more of a light tea-like astringent tinge. I like how full of malt yet balanced by the yeast this is. A real enjoyable beer, I could drink glass after glass- it achieves it's goal of high drinkability and then some. I like how it made me picture a farmer would reach for something refreshing and quenching as this is after some honest sweat from working the earth. This is a really quaffable ale with a lot of flavor even at low abv. I love Belgian styles such as this when they are done well.

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Photo of ColdPoncho
3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From notes

A - peach colored body, bit cloudy, good white head.

S - citrus, bit of spice, pale malts.

T - nice and crisp, light malts, some spice, bit of tartness/funk.

M - a bit dry, light, medium-bodied

O (D) - a good, drinkable, interesting saison.

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Photo of AgentZero
4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Jason for sharing this one. Not a huge Saison fan, but seems like an appropriate beer on a hot 4th of July day.

A - Hazy golden-yellow beer with a white head that left behind some decent lace and spots.

S - Smell of pale malts, lightly toasted grain, lemon citrus, some grass and floral notes, slight bit of barnyard funk and yeast. Smells very nice.

T - Grassy, with lightly toasted malts, some drying yeast taste, little bit of lemon rind. This is actually quite light and pleasant, not overly sweet at all. Smell is slightly better than the taste, but good.

M - Light, bubbly, very dry on the finish.

O - A very good beer for the style, and although I'm not a fan, I liked this one. Recommended.

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Photo of sweemzander
4.07/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750mL bottle poured into a tulip. Thanks again to Hopsbreath for yet another bottle of Upright!

(A)- Pours a hazy goldenrod color. Produced a nice cap of white foam. Good retention and lace.

(S)- A nice crisp yet dry almost floral spicy wheat profile. Nice lemon rind fruit and yeast.

(T)- Again, a nice crisp yet dry almost biscuit-like wheat. Some very subtle tart lemon and spicy yeast. Some green apple starts to show as it warms.

(M)- A crisp carbonation level. A nice balance to it as well. Overall, a clean and bright beer.

(D)- A solid to great Saison. Clean, fresh, and crisp with some good flavors. An excellent beer for summertime. Went great with the tomato basil pizza we made.

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Photo of Urbancaver
3.85/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Side by side of four and fatali four. An interesting comparison

Both pour a clear golden orange with lots of carbonation. The regular four has a crazy amount of head. Fatali four is fairly minimal headed. Both smell a bit funky. The fatali has a nice kick of pepper on the nose. Both have a wheaty saison scent that is great. Both taste nice and wheaty. A nice funk. The fatali has a huuuuge pepper on the back of the tongue. They are both really solid saisons! The moth feel is solid. Smilar carbonation on both. Overall both are tasty. Fatali is incredible compared to the base beer. Overall base four is solid both nothing special

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Four (#4) from Upright Brewing Company
3.97 out of 5 based on 333 ratings.
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