Seven (#7)
Upright Brewing Company

Seven (#7)Seven (#7)
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Style:
Belgian Saison
Ranked #296
ABV:
8%
Score:
90
Ranked #5,063
Avg:
4.04 | pDev: 8.91%
Reviews:
131
Ratings:
479
From:
Upright Brewing Company
 
Oregon, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  54
Gots
  51
SCORE
90
Outstanding
Seven (#7)Seven (#7)
Notes: "Seven is our most aromatic beer. The brewery's saison yeast is fully expressed in the aroma with lots of fruitiness while the hops provide light spice notes. The beer has some heft mid-palette but finishes dry with a lightly lingering bitterness. Seven is satisfying on its own but pairs great with a variety of typically fragrant cuisines such as Thai or Indian."

Malts: organic pale, pilsener, organic munich
Hops: magnum, mt.rainier, hallertauer mittelfrüh, liberty
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Reviews: 131 | Ratings: 479
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5/5  rDev +23.8%

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Photo of Phelps
3.51/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Find the closest teddy bear, cut it open and bunch its fluffy guts together -- that's what Seven's head looks like. A beautiful, dense crust of eggshell-white foam caps the beer for what seems like hours. Below, the liquid is burnt orange and mostly clear.

Strange nose. Highly aromatic, I get hints of pumpkin spice, bread crust, honey, musty cereal, anise. Red apples mix with the other mulling spices to give this an almost cidery quality.

Impressive malt character. Packed with toasted bread from bready start to quenching, bitter burnt finish. In between, I get red apple again, biscuits, toasted wheat, earthy hop contribution. Pepper, sawdust, a good amount of toasted wheat. Dry as a crusty loaf of bread. Musty.

Not a hint of the eight percent alcohol. Carbonation is quite high, assaulting the to gue with bubble daggers to the point that it's painful. Medium-light body, fluffy in the mouth. A bit of fizz as it moves.

Not exactly the flavors I'm looking for in a Saison. Worth a try, though.

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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of Immortale25
4.21/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Due South Brewing Co. snifter. No freshness date.

A- Pours a hazy medium amber color with a full two finger head that bears good retention time before descending to a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a perfectly rounded large bump of surface foam. Fluffy cobwebs of lacing stick to the glass.

S- Very fruity aroma brings about notes of mango, papaya and pineapple. Very floral and borderline soapy. Hint of pepper in the back.

T- Flavor is also very fruit-forward but also features some tangy spice. Very drinkable for the ABV. Slightly tart with notes of tangerine, orange and more mango. Turns out to be quite complex as the yeast and spice alternate with the fruit upon each sip.

M- Tight from the medium-high carbonation and sharp from the spice. The body's on the lighter side and is moist.

O- Although I don't favor the more fruit-forward saisons, if I were to choose one to drink, it would definitely be this. Never had anything by Upright before and this has made a great first impression on me. Looking forward to possibly trying more of their beers.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

lovely saison, courtesy of the man who has become my supplier of out of state glory, drlovemd87, a one of a kind bloke and a hell of a BA. this is more like a tripel to me than a saison, or a combination of the two styles. elegant but rustic and hearty. its got more than just wheat malt in its hazy golden appearance. short patchy white head hangs around awhile. sweeter nose, again like a good tripel, oats or something else adds sweetness and body, that much is evident. all kinds of Belgian saison yeast too, farmy and fun, light but distinct. there is a floral element to the yeast as well, something unique really, and although it exacerbates the sweetness, it also gives this brew a decided summery vibe, something very welcomed in these cold November days. more body than most, appreciated in this context, and sweet as she goes down. carbonated only well enough to not seem lazy. I am impressed but not wowed by my first beer from upright. if I end up in Oregon I will have a lot more to explore from them!

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.07/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Incredibly fresh, fruity, tangy and subtly sweet- Upright's Seven is a fruit-forward Saison that welcomes confection malt sweetness over that of spice or dryness. Resembling more of a stronger Belgian-style Pale Ale, this Saison is quite unique.

As the ale pours, a creamy orgy of bubbles, cream, ale and fruit align to give the beer a starburst of peach, gold and orange while its eventual separation of foam yields a tall and pillowy column of froth that's stubborn in its retention and blanketing in its retention. Do ales really look much better?

Soft and delicate aromas capture the quintessential Belgian scents: orange, apple, white grape, and pear reveal the common "farmhouse" scents but complementary fruits of tropical mango, pineapple and apricot suggest something more hop-derived. Counter to the fruit comes the spiciness of delicate white pepper, clove and mild cumin and leaf. Medium vinous notes seem of reisling as that first taste draws near.

Its early taste is much sweeter than the typical Saison. A candied tartness ensues as the sugary taste of candy shops align with tart fruitiness for a taste that's orangy, tangy, and lemony- surprisingly like saltwater taffy, sherbet and cream sickle. Line that up with grassy hop bitterness and flavors like lemongrass, orange blossom and tropical fruit punch results across the middle. But as the ale finishes, it balances nicely with fresh grated white pepper, clove and coriander.

Medium-light, the beer's bready sweetness retains its malt structure late into taste- this keeps the ale creamy, sweet and bready far longer than Saisons typically exhibit. But as that slow quiver of malt develops, it opens up to dry spice, vinous white wine and pungent fruit tartness. Nearing astringency, its bitter flavor results in a softly tannic texture. Aiding its dryness, its alcoholic feel is warm and lightly spicy.

I really like this beer- but much more as a Belgian Pale Ale of extraordinary strength. Its sherbet character is surprisingly charming and is totally unexpected. Despite such acclaim, the ale really misses the mark of Saison from its lack of dryness, elevated fruit and suppressed spice.

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Photo of MDDMD
4.02/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-hazy orange yellow color with a nice white head and good lacing

S-orange, grain, hints of lemon and pepper

T-orange, lemon, yeasty dough, pepper, herbal notes, slight funk

F-light to medium body with moderate carbonation, crisp

O-a decent Saison with good balance, but not at the top of the style

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Photo of emerge077
4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750mL bottle served in wine glasses. Pale orange, opaque with a frothy layer of creamy foam on the surface. Delicate, downward dripping lace.

Soft aroma of yeast esters, spicy saison yeast, pepper and citrus.

Fruity pear and apple, light pepper, sort of grassy. Crisp and dry, a pretty textbook saison. Some earthy hops, nothing especially rustic or funky. Medium bodied, fruit forward. Smooth and easy to drink, suited for warm weather and pairing with food, especially cheeses and charcuterie.

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4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of dirtylou
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle, special brews

split, paired with a braised lamb ravioli

appearance: served in my hopleaf tulip (v2), hazy dirty straw body, light beige ring

smell: fresh grassy aroma, a touch tart, lemon grass, hoppy, mild funky yeast

taste: nice pair with the lamb - complex yet balanced - crisp yeast, lemongrass and lemon zest, a touch funky and tart, grassy hops, honey and peach. I enjoyed this.

mouthfeel: medium, crisp

overall: good, nice saison

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4/5  rDev -1%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

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4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of grub
4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Viggo shared this one. thanks eric!

750ml bottle. sampled oct 3/2010.

pours hazy orangey gold with a huge fluffy off-white head. the head drops very slowly and leaves lots of chunky lace as it falls.

aroma is great. great funky saison spice. earthy and slightly herbal. light citrus. orange and tangerine. light alcohol. white bread and cracker. bit of grain.

taste is good. more funk than i got from the aroma. lemon. malt vinegar. white bread and cracker. horse blanket. leather. bit of tobacco. bit of alcohol. orange. bit of tropical fruit - pineapple and mango. light caramel.

mouthfeel is good. light bodied with a fairly dry finish. medium-high carbonation level.

drinkability is good. nice balance, hiding its alcohol well. a little funkier than most saisons, but i like 'em funky and this one delivers. good stuff!

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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of brewcrew76
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Hazy golden amber with a pillowy white head and thick patches of lace left clinging to the side of the glass.

S - Grassy, herbal hops, peppercorns, floral and citrus undertones. Biscuit malt, banana and yeast esters as it warms. Lemon.

T - Slightly sweet orange and citrus, honeyed malt, grassy spice, yeasty, banana with a tart peppercorn finish.

M - Medium body and creamy with high carbonation.

D - More complex than I am giving it credit. Changes nicely as the temperature changes. Slight alcohol warming. Nice.

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Photo of Ingjald
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of stereosforgeeks
3.77/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of phichifiji00
3.8/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into tulip glass.

Appearance: Hazy golden color. Pours a very thick white head which quickly fades. Lots of lacing.

Smell: hoppy, citrusy, lots of grapefruit, green apples, a hint of honey and alcohol.

Taste: Citrus, very hoppy, grapefruit, green apples, a hint of grassy barnyard character.

Mouthfeel: Light-medium bodied, dry finish, good carbonation.

Overall: A pleasant, very drinkable beer. Not very complex, but very refreshing. It drinks much more like a 5-6% beer than an 8%.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.68/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Woo Hooo!!! Upright is available in Boise! Damn, I did not see this one coming. Picked this bottle up tonight at Bier Thirty in Bown for a very reasonable $11ish... Sipping this one out of my small CC snifter while doing some work with Brenda....

Very nice meringue like head.... pillowy white foam... the brew is hazed pale orange.... great retention and lacing that forms thick sheets.

The nose seems pretty sweet... thick and chock full of pale malts that combine with orange zest and plenty of fruity esters... apricot and orange marmalade....

The flavor is heavy for a saison for sure... but certainly cool for a PNW interpretation... estery fruits and some lesser spicy phenols combine with grassy hops.... yeasty tartness shows on the finish but is hammered by the malt and fruitiness... a bit of white peppercorn... maybe some background clove... coriander???

seems dry throughout on the palate, but a pretty decent body rebounds back .. honey and red apples with warmth ..

I am really liking this one for what it is, but don't pretend that it is going to make waves with the continental interpretations. Still too sweet, but it shows a great backbone of all the expected flavors.

4.5/4/3.5/3.5/3.5

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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Le Trappist, in Oakland.

Upright Seven has a nice sunny complexion, marmalade colour and fine, soapy head. The beer actually looks like it was painted with watercolors, the light it reflects off its surface has that same lambent effect. But there's far too much protein haze to see beyond its orange blush. And the lacing makes it difficult to see even beyond the glass.

The usual scent of orchard fruits (pear, apple) appears slightly more tropical than usual, with an orange-y citrus acidity well blended into the characteristic saison mustiness. What else would you expect from a Pacific Northwest brewery? Aside from the very fresh 'outdoors-y', dry scent of field grain, this has the moist dankness of a cottage basement.

The taste is far more floral, like an herbal tea it has lots of dried flower petal taste and fruity essence. Again there's that little extra dose of citric acidity. The malts taste of lightly toasted bread, perhaps with a spoonful of honey, but they are obliterated by yeasty spiciness. Just as anything pickled has brininess, so too anything made with Belgian yeast has spiciness.

Those yeast phenols really do put on one hell of a Fourth of July pyrotechnics show. Once that display is over - rest assured, it doesn't go on too long - graininess is once again sensed on the palate, floral and fruity esters start to flutter like butterflies again and, before all is said and done, a bitter earthy pungency set's in. It's all fantastically pleasant.

Upright Seven deserves at very least an eight of out ten. It's a superbly crafted saison that would have no hard time fitting in with the Belgian countryside, nor the Belgian drinkers. And while I leisurely sipped on it in a Belgian-themed bistro, I couldn't help but almost feel I was actually there. And even though I wasn't, I had the two best things about it (good fare and good beer) - so what was the difference? Airfare is expensive nowadays anyway.

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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

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Seven (#7) from Upright Brewing Company
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 479 ratings