Seven (#7) | Upright Brewing Company

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Seven (#7)Seven (#7)

Brewed by:
Upright Brewing Company
Oregon, United States

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
"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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Photo of womencantsail
2.87/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On-tap at Bruery Provisions

A: The pour is a somewhat clear golden color with a finger of white head.

S: Wow, not what I was expecting...The aroma starts off with intense aromas of butter and booze. That is followed by a very floral smell, almost like honeysuckle. Some bread and mild fruit notes, perhaps pineapple.

T: The flavor isn't much better. Still very sweet with lots of honey and a bit of overripe apples. A very floral quality to it, too. Some cracker malts and a mild pepper note. Though it's light, there is still butter.

M: Medium in body with a medium level of carbonation.

O: I've really enjoyed most of the Upright beers I've had, but this was just not very good.

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Photo of PEBKAC
2.94/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle from LetsPour dot com. Ommegang chalice. Already well into strong ale season, a lonely saison walks in out of the cold.

Cloudy, yellow orange, turning mustard on the second pour, as it gets stirred up w/ sediment. Hollow, egg white head.

Chalky, saline, menthol scent. Bready yeast. Muted.

Taste is Incredibly chalky & stiff straight out the fridge. Letting the bottle sweat turns the beverage doughy sweet. Not really enjoying that either. Frothy. Begins to feel quite thick. Envelope glue bitterness, some leafy greens. Battery acid & flour finish. Bland yeast.

A short review just because I'm so disappointed. Hope this year's SN Celebration can cheer me up.

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Photo of RedDiamond
3.18/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I'm not sure what Upright was going for with this, their strongest regular ale, but I'm inclined to interpret it as a biere de garde - a style not especially prevalent on the Northwest beer scene. Traditionally, a biere de garde is lagered. Upright's website provides little information about Seven and doesn't suggest it is lagered. But the beer stands out among their other offerings as heavier and more alcoholic. Its orange-brown body pours with a lumpy, volcanic head trailing thick gobs of lace on exit. It is sharply bitter and unpleasantly sour and tastes somewhat like a hoppy dubbel. It is peppery and tart though it finishes clean and dry.

Seven is a modestly drinkable but otherwise indistinct beer. I can't for the life of me see what the fuss is about.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.33/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a glowing straw yellow with ok carbonation leaving a small white cap, not buccles or lacing after a few sips

S: Pretty darn average. Some fruits and spice.

T: Starts off with a Belgian yeast, followed by spice and some fruits. Little bit booze sting on the end and sweetness with perhaps some wheat on the end

M: Finishes a bit dry, light to medium body

O: Just above average

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.35/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

750 mL courtesy of Libby pours a very hazed, light gold color with a fine-bubbled white head. Retention is ok and lacing nice.

Nose is interesting...over-ripe oranges, sourdough bread and some tropical fruit I cant identify that I am guessing is from the hops.

Taste is fruity and tart with a grainy bread maltiness and fair amount of sweetness. Id be surprised if this one didnt have wheat in it, it has a tang to it I find unique to wheat beers. Mouthfeel is soft and supple with a fine carbonation. I dont really find this beer to be up my doesnt seem to come together quite right for me. I dont know if I waited too long to drink it, probably sat in my fridge for 6 months or so. Right up there with Billy the Mountain for my least favorite Upright beers I have had. That said, even a mediocre Upright experience is better than the best of many breweries! Id like to try it again sometime to see if I like it better.

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Photo of stakem
3.39/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle pours a clear yellow with a white cap more than a finger strong. Some spotty lace clings to the glassware. Streaming bubbles of carbonation support the cap that retains well.

The smell opens up a bit sulfuric and then blends into some of the fruited expected quakity of a saison. Most noteably is a mild essence of pear then minerals. As it warms up, almost a funky cheesy scent emerges.

The taste is herbal and rindy with hops. A bit of neutral fruity citrus almost zesty quality is present that seems to stem from a combination of yeast and hops. A little bit of carbonic aspect emerges when swirled and a flavor of dirty cantaloupe resides in the aftertaste.

This is a medium bodied brew with a visually ample amount of carbonation that comes up a bit light in the feel. Overall not bad, but lacking a but compares to the other staple upright brews. For being described as Upright's most aromatic brew, I have to disagree.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Pour is hazy amber color with a bubbly white head. Nose has a light yeasty spice, cream, with a fair bit of sweetness and banana. Taste is slightly less sweet, medium body and fairly well carbonated. Cream is there, a touch of spice and more balanced sweetness. Finish is crisp with more spice.

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Photo of Phelps
3.51/5  rDev -12.7%
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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Photo of drabmuh
3.53/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle opened by Thorpe. Beer is decent but not great. Served in a Russian River wine glass. Beer is yellow and hazy (I might have gotten some sediment, I'm not sure). Head is thin and weak, carbonation decent. Looks good.

Aroma is surprisingly bitter. Some spice too...OK...

Beer is too dry for what it is. Thin on the forward, some spiciness in the midpalate, mild pilsen sweetness up front. I'm just not feeling this beer. The end is a little acidic with grain. It's not bad, just wasn't in the mood for it I guess.

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Photo of lurpy1
3.56/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bomber poured into a pint glass....not very impressively. Very hazy, murky beer, somewhat orangish initially, but as the beer warms, it turns a bit of a muddy brown.

Fortunately, appearance is a lesser virtue for enjoying beer. The smell is highly citrus-y and tart, evocative of a Russian River sour wild. Very nice, very much in line with Saison smell.

Taste comes a little bit more sweet than tart, but the pucker factor is still there. A little bit of a cut grass taste to it as well. It'll do.

Zingy, carbonated mouthfeel, classic Saison, but a little thicker than most.

Once I got beyond the unattractive pour, this was a pretty good beer and a good representation of the style. As with all Saison's, it's not worth going to great lengths to procure, but it's recommended and worth trying.

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Photo of SnacksForMax
3.56/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pouring 12 oz into a tulip, I'm struck by how pale it is. It looks like straw coming out of the bottle. In the glass, it's a bit more orange. Really nice head to it. Creamy and with funny little bubbles. Retains the head nicely throughout the drinking session.

The smells I get are subtle. Apricot, bread and maybe a touch of citrus. Funky. The bottle talks of grassy notes and I agree that they're there, but it's not as prominent as I expected.
The taste is surprising. The bread and funk really hits you hard. There's a bit of "smoke" to it (although I do not believe that it is actually smoked), which I didn't expect from a saison like this. The Farmhouse Ale labeling seems more appropriate now that I'm getting into it. The maltiness is complex yet pleasant. I almost want more of the apricot/citrus smells that I got at first.

The mouthfeel is a little thin. It definitely builds on the back of the tongue as you drink, but it feels like it looks when pouring; surprisingly pale.

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Photo of colforbin73
3.58/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

this is a nice decent drinking saison -- a lot richer than the usual, a little more sweet, and a little hotter too... i can detect the 8% here.

the pour is very lively -- it foams up big time and you need to pour very carefully or it will be all foamy head. the retention to the glass is decent... the BREW is opaque, cloudy orange, not the paler yellow i associate with saison. it looks like a double ipa.

the smell is very nuanced and subtle (i don't think i have the best nose btw) i don't get much yeast but it is there, and a good dry grassy aroma. no hops to speak of.... a tad spicey.

the taste is in the ballpark, but again, a little on the rich side. it tastes thick, like a rough boozey mash. i get some piney resins from the hops and then, again, very boozey mash flavor --- it is like a brew made from the runoff of JD.... yes, a little corn booze going on here... there are spice tones, but masked by the booze.

i would certainly try more beer from UPRIGHT, but i would probably try something different next time. when you can get a Jack d-Or or a Dupont etc.... there are just too many other good options for a saison.

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Photo of AgentZero
3.58/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Ethan for bringing this one. Drank it next to Four.

A - A bit darker than Four, kind of an orangish color with a little bit of white head.

S - Some citrus notes, orange, orange peel, phenolic yeast, with some floral notes.

T - Some citrus, hay, grape, earthtones. There is a little bit of alcohol that shows up, but it's not that bad. Nothing amazing, but this is solid for the style.

M - Lighter side of medium with some active carbonation and a dry finish.

O - Not bad, I liked Four better, but this is a solid saison that is decent to drink on a hot day.

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Photo of zeledonia
3.59/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Tasted 6 June 2014.

Pours clear golden. Massive dense fluffy head, 3+ fingers. Excellent retention and boatloads of lacing. Fantastic, and demonstrative of how fine-looking saisons can be.

Smell is floral, but dense floral. It's on the simple side, and that one element is good, but not amazing. A lot of Upright's beers smell like this - like someone juiced flower petals. It's pithy and robust, despite being sort of high-in-the-nose aromatic.

Taste has those same floral notes, but a little sharpness. Pretty basic, lacking the depth, variety , or subtlety I want. It's fine.

Feel is okay. Medium-bodied, but definitely on the flat side.

A decent saison. I find that in general, Upright's takes on the style don't completely agree with me, as they all have a heavy flower character that dominates more than I'd like. Perhaps it's their yeast strain, perhaps their choice of ingredients. I'm still waiting to be wowed by them.

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Photo of waltersrj
3.62/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2011 Bottle.

Pours: Cloudy, orange/yellow with a thicker yet bubbly white head. The head went away pretty quickly for a saison and the body looks thicker than most i've tried.

Nose: Grassy, floral hops with a hint of spice, slight citrus (pineapple and orange), toast, and honey.

Taste: Pretty close to the nose. The floral hops are prevalent, as is the honey. The orange and pineapple come out near the end with a slight bready, toasty touch.

Mouthfeel: Thicker for a saison style than i've had but not terribly heavy.

Overall: I think this is pretty good and I enjoy most everything that Upright has produced. I'd buy again.

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Photo of cvm4
3.65/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a cloudy, almost murky orange with a huge white head.
S - Orange peel, spices & grassy.

T - Hate to say this, just nothing distinctive. Taste pretty much follows the nose.

M - A but heavier than I'm used to. High carbonation.

O - A good saison, but not great.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.68/5  rDev -8.5%
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.


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Photo of artoolemomo
3.71/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- This pours up a good amount of head with little tiny bubbles. The foam is pure white and body is a hazy, grapefruit color. It appears that this is going to take its time to dissipate. This is one fine looking beer. Leaves a moderate amount of lacing after the first pour, even more after the second pour.

Nose- The initial aroma that I detect is spicy yeast and citrus- fairly typical for a Saison. Grapefruit, orange, and orange peel. There is some pine and grassiness. A bit of soapiness also. This is very fruity, very floral. Peaches, bananas, perfume, and champagne.

Taste- Initially, there's a lot of bitterness. Woody, grassy, and piney. There's a lot more hops on this than any other saison I've ever had. Not sure how I feel about it. The fruit and spicy yeast are there but the hops are very dominant in this one. Peach and grapefruit and orange peel. There is some pear in there as well. Honestly, the hop character is too pronounced for my tastes. It mars what could be nice, crisp easygoing spring/summer beer.

Mouthfeel- Heavier than most beers of this style and perhaps could use some more carbonation.

Drinkability- Definitely not as crisp and clean as most saisons. The 8% isn't noticeable but the hop aspect of this beer makes it more of a sipper.

Overall- It's a good beer but nothing special. I'll take a Logsdon, a Dupont, or a Fantome any day over this. For the price, I will not be purchasing this again.

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Photo of detlefchef
3.73/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Smuggled a bottle back in my luggage from a recent trip to the NW. Honestly, I was just drawn to the bottle because everything else I was grabbing were IPAs and I'm a big fan of saisons.

Poured to a nice creamy head that lingered but not longer than you'd want. All in all, looked exactly as it should.

Smelled like a saison, but nothing particularly remarkable jumped out of the glass. Just, well, nice.

The, as it should, theme continued, nothing blowing me away, nothing letting me down, right up until the finish, where I thought it sort of fell short in the acid department. I tend to prefer these beers to be a bit brighter and this one fell just a bit flat. Not an out-and-out condemnation, because I realize that is not a hard requirement of the style, but rather a trait that the ones I like tend to have. Not sour, mind you, just a brightness and levity.

That impression was echoed by the person I was enjoying it with. Both of certainly enjoyed the beer, but could also both think of a number of other versions that we preferred.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.74/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip.

3.5 A: Needed two pours to get a full glass from the big head. Lightly hazed dark yellow color. Three plus fingers of pillowy white head. Retention is very good, but only a few whisps of lacing are left.

4.5 S: This is what I want. After 4-6, this one is impressing. The nose is huge, complex, and pleasant. Big peppery spiciness to start things off. Next is grass and hay. Some nuttiness after that. Grassy, herbal, floral, earthy, and fruity hops in that order. Lemon and orange fruitiness and maybe a touch of pineapple. Very nice.

3.5 T: The taste is good, but the flavors don't mesh as well as in the nose. Crackery malt character is fairly aggressive and dominates the taste. There's also a lot more yeastiness. After that you will find lemon, nuttiness, pear, and peach. The citrus fruits aren't as apparent. Still a solid grassy and earthy hoppiness with herbs and flowers on the periphery. Still good, just not as good as the nose.

3.5 M: Lighter medium body. Despite the giant head, the carbonation level is about right, but unfortunately it's not as spritzy as I'd like. Still, this is smooth and not bad here.

3.5 D: Another decent, but unimpressive beer from Upright. Good enough all around.

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Photo of Sammy
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Better than the five, this saison had at Bar Volo yields an orange, mango and hoppy flavour. Big carbonation, medium plus mouthfeel, with creaminess. Cloudy medium yellow body. Decent drinkability.Funky and sweet malt aromas.Herbal flavours, overcarbonated, better with food.
Shared another bottle 7 months alter and it had a good sourness to it, carbonation eased off but still right there. Minerally.

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Photo of Pray_For_Mojo
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Cellared 2 years, 3 months. Served in a tulip.

Appearance: extremely carbonated. After pouring only a few ounces, the head overflowed out of the glass, despite the beer being refrigerated. The head has excellent retention. The body is a light-golden with a slight haze.

Aroma: sweet, bready malt with Belgian yeast aromatics. Nothing spectacular.

Flavor: sweet malt and bready with a mildly sweet dinner roll flavor. Minimal if any hops and no alcohol.

Mouthfeel: light - even more so considering this beer is 8% abv. A 750 ml would be no difficult feat to drink by yourself.

Overall: so-so. This beer was underwhelming. No aspect of this beer was impressive: this beer was average A to Z. There are better saisons readily available. This will no be a repeat purchase.

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Photo of Hopdaemon39
3.76/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bomber into an oversized wine glass- pours an hazy golden orange color with a finger of head, great retention and a few spots of lacing.

Smells sweet. Definitely grain, perhaps candi sugar, a little yeast.

Tastes nice- definitely sweet but with a nice balance of hops and yeast. Definitely floral.

Feel is medium body with modest carbonation. I like it- it's not great but it's certainly pretty good.

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Photo of craytonic
3.76/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Gold-peach pour with an enormous head, took up 90% of the glass

Smell: Sweet and floral with bits of wheat

Taste: Sweet and floral, perhaps some honeysuckle with a touch of wheat, some golden fruit (peach, pear)? Doesn't blow me away but not bad either. Touch of orange juice, very faint.

Mouthfeel: Medium body and carbonation

Overall: Enjoyable, not the top but not to be turned down either.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.77/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle to a pint glass. Reviewed from notes.

Appearance - Slightly hazy orange. Small white head. Not a lot of retention.

Smell - Nice citrus and yeast notes. Definite funkiness to it. Maybe some metallic notes as well.

Taste - Fruity, with more of a pineapple twist than citrus. Less funky and still a little metallic. Bready and slightly yeasty, but not as much as the nose gives.

Mouthfeel - Light and well carbonated. Slightly bitter.

Overall - I enjoy all aspects except for the metallic flavors.

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Seven (#7) from Upright Brewing Company
4.02 out of 5 based on 473 ratings.
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