Seven (#7) | Upright Brewing Company

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Seven (#7)Seven (#7)

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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 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 UCLABrewN84
3.97/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a murky honey gold with a tan head that settle to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of fruits, yeast, spices, and grain. Taste is the same with a slightly tart fruit flavor. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good saison with a nice fruity aroma and flavor.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4/5  rDev -0.5%
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 +1.2%
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 biboergosum
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle. It seems like the saisons are coming hard and fast as the summer season approaches its seemingly way too early end. Wow, even this brewer (who I suppose wrote the synopsis above) can't seem to get the palate/palette/pallet thing straight. Sheesh.

This beer pours a perfectly hazy, murky medium tarnished golden amber hue, with three fingers of puffy, bouncing spongy eggshell white head, one well worthy of your local DQ outlet training videos, which leaves some decent multi-layered sudsy lace around the glass as it gently sinks away.

It smells of gritty, somewhat caramelized wheat malt, a further sourdough breadiness, subdued funky yeast, a middling drupe fruitiness, earthy, herbal honey, a wafting white pepper spiciness, and some floral, citrusy hops. The taste is bready, grainy wheat and barley malt, a mildly astringent tropical and pedestrian grocery aisle citrus fruitiness, some laid-back earthen yeast, a dry minerality, a softly boozy white wine edge, and some subtle coriander and black pepper spice, while the hops, which are there, I'm certain, seem sort of hard to discern amongst the other preexisting conditions.

The bubbles are a tad sharp, but generally just frothy in a playful manner, the body a sturdy medium weight, given the purported style, and smooth, I'll proffer, what with the yeast and alcohol offsets that seem to desire to remain hidden. It finishes off-dry, the wheaty malt reasserting itself, the yeast and citrus providing a so-so counterpoint, and the booze starting to turn over its engines.

A decently amped up saison, I suppose, as the light, crisp nature of the style is mostly subverted here - a much heavier malt body kind of tells all in that respect, as the citrus, yeast, and alcohol all add to a slightly overbearing sense of heavy handedness. By no means unpleasant, the flavour here is just more representative of a different offering entirely, maybe a lighter wheatwine.

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Photo of brentk56
4.28/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours a hazy apricot, with a huge, rocky head; great retention and a cloudy sky full of lacing

Smell: Apricot and a hint of floral peach; wheat bread; tangerine and star fruit

Taste: The fruits jump out at first, with an interesting blend of the stone fruit elements (apricot and peach) and the citrusy (navel orange and star fruit); bitter and herbal flavors arrive, in the middle and build, after the swallow, bringing a peppery character; after wondering about the malt, the wheat bread joins the fruit in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate to high carbonation; slight burn in the gullet

Overall: Not your typical Saison, this beer is like a fruit salad of flavor; very interesting and unique - I am a fan

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Photo of emerge077
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
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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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.19/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle: Poured a hazy bright blonde color ale with a nice large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of floral rustic malt notes with light spicy yeast undertones is just about perfect for the style. Taste is a wonderful mix of floral rustic notes with some spicy yeast undertones and light hay notes with limited residual sugar notes. Body is full for style with the right amount of carbonation. Super good drinkability with great level of complexity. Excellent choice of yeast strain for this beer.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to hopsbreath for sending me this bottle a ways back. Served in a tulip.

Pours a golden color with a very, very tall white head that sticks around for quite a bit of time before eventually falling to a thin cap. The nose brings a bit of light fruit as well as some clove. There's a bit of grainy sweetness there as well. The taste is mostly along these lines though it's not quite as fruity. Light-to-medium body with a semi-dry finish. As it warms, cantaloupe and honey become somewhat pronounced. Drinks well enough, though I was hoping for a bit more from this. Perhaps the disappointment lies in the fact that we had an excellent Fantome beer earlier in the evening.

January 2012 update: great wheat character and a nice bit of spice. Good dryness. Don't know what I was thinking with the initial 3.65 review.

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours hazy golden orange color with a 2 finger dense and rocky white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of pear, apple, white grape, banana, orange peel, bread, biscuit, clove, pepper, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast, malt, and earthy hop notes; with good strength. Taste of pear, apple, banana, white grape, orange peel, bread, biscuit, clove, pepper, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of pear, apple, banana, white grape, orange peel, biscuit, bread, clove, pepper, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast ester, malt, and earthy hop flavors; with a great malt/yeast ester flavor balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a lightly slick, smooth, and lightly prickly mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent saison style. All around great balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast ester, malt, and earthy hop flavors; and very smooth to sip on. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of jlindros
3.97/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a huge fizzy bubbly 2.5 finger head that fades at a med pace and leaves tons of pillowy lacing, quite clear amber-ish nectar orange color.

Nose dry light farmhouse aromas, light saison spices like coriander and clove, light citrus and hint orange peel like but not really those spices in it just from the yeast, pillowy fluffy Belgian golden malts, fruity esters, little pear and golden apple like fruit, all that combined with a light leafy floral and hint fruity hop character.

Taste starts with malts, biscuity toasty malts, quite toasty actually, a light Belgian golden malt character, and wheat, a toasted pilsner with light lemon grass and earthy flavors. then into hops actually, a light earthy spicy hop, chewy and floral with a little grassy flavor again. Saison flavors are in the background, light spices again like the coriander, little peppery, faint citrus, with more fruity Belgian esters, then to the farmhouse earthy flavors, almost saw dust without the woody flavor, fruity flavors bring more golden apple and pear. Bitterness is med to lighter and remains constant throughout. Finish is more dry fruity flavors, citrus, fruity esters lingering, little doughy Belgian malts and toasted wheat, plenty of mild grassy earthy hops.

Mouth is med bodied, plenty of fluffy carb, little syrupy, faint hint of warming booze that is mostly drowned out by the beer.

Overall pretty nice, the hops are stronger than a typical saison but nice as they don't overpower and go beyond their domain, nice Belgian malt flavors, toasted pilsner like malts, nice light farmhouse flavors although I would have liked the farmhouse flavors to come out a little more, and maybe a little too syrupy, booze is hidden well despite that it should have been a little high for a nice farmhouse. But an nice overall beer.

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Photo of wethorseblanket
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Seven fifty ml bottle.

A: Pours clear golden with a solid 1-inch white head which fades slowly to a thin cap and leaves sheet, ring and splotchy lace.

N: Floral, saison yeast, earthy, grass/hay, lemon zest, peppery spice.

T: Yeasty and earthy, green mossy grass and damp hay, some cracked pepper spices, estery.

M: Moderate body and medium carbonation. Dry, yeasty and lingering black pepper finish.

O: Easy drinking, refreshing, compliments food very well. Enjoyed.

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Photo of mactrail
3.92/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Rich, aromatic golden ale.

Straw color with a haze in the tall glass, and big foam. Lasts well, however. Quite a flowery aroma. Taste is very spicy with the bitter twang of all the hops. Very long aftertaste as the hops just won't let go. Back of the tongue funky, flavor is maybe authentic but less appealing-- makes me think of the bitter peeling on pears. Nice sweetness, though, with lots of rich and odd fruity flavors. Like a Belgian Golden Ale with a touch of the barnyard.

Rich and strong but highly drinkable. My favorite of the Upright Brewing offerings for being less acidic.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.94/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Enjoyed at a recent saison themed tasting poured chilled in a willybecker chilled.

The color is more amber than gold with thick whipped looking white head. The smell has a nice noble hop quality with earthy smell and mild malt. The feel is very soft with low sweetness and gentle bitterness with slight yeast in the texture.

This is a very good tasting saison, perhaps a little age yet the malt still has a fresh taste with less hops than the aroma hints at, very easy to quaff with slight creamy yeast combined with the breadiness of the malt. I would drink this again a very enjoyable ale.

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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 mdfb79
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 01/02/12 notes. Shared with a few friends; 750ml bottle into a tulip. Tried it before Upright's Late Harvest.

a - Pours a hazy, medium yellow color with one inch of white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of floral hops, fruity malts, light spice, yeast, oranges, and light citrus hops. Very floral in the nose, but I like it quite a bit.

t - Tastes of floral hops, honey, sweet fruity malts, citrus hops, oranges, yeast, and light spices. Sweeter than the nose and more citrus; a tiny step up from the nose for me.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Pretty easy to drink for 8% ABV.

o - Overall a very nice saison, though I preferred the Late Harvest and its sour nose. This one has a very nice mixture of floral hops and sweet fruits, which I liked a lot. Would love to have it again.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Thorpe429. Thanks Mike!

The beer is orange in color and mildly hazy. The head is gargantuan and encompasses the upper half of the tulip glass, leaving ample lacing in its wake.

The aroma is a wonderful bouquet of fruits. Upright Brewing Company states that this is their most aromatic beer. I believe it. Cantaloupes, pears, grapes, citrus and honey delight the olfactory senses.

The taste is not quite up to the level of the aroma, but the beer is still quite enjoyable. The fruit aspect is prominent throughout the nose and flavor.

The feel is medium bodied and smooth. There's a lot going on here. It's a good workout for the palate.

The beer has a sweetness about it, derived from the various fruit flavors. I wouldn't want more than a small glass, as it becomes overbearing after a while.

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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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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 RblWthACoz
4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The last of my beers from Upright. But hopefully not the last beer I try of theirs ever. Nice citrus tones, leaning towards orange. Very mild funky (in a saison way) tones. Interesting balance and flow of flavor. This is very easy drinking. I could go on this all night. I'm glad I ended with this one. I started with the Five, was not very impressed with Four, thought Six was...okay, and I am ending on a very good impression with Seven. Very nicely done. I hope to get the chance to try more of Upright's brews in the future. This saison could stand against most others produced anywhere.

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Photo of Duff27
3.79/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big fluffy over an inch tall white head. Orange body. Wonderful head retention and lacing.

Low hop profile compared to taste. Clean, biscuity malts.

Damn, pretty hoppy for a saison. It works here. Sour funk finish. "Peaches". Hides the 8%abv very well.

Medium creamy mouthfeel. Mellow carbonation, not biting at all.

Tasty treat here. If you have access to this and you're a farmhouse fan, picker up! Thanks 4DAloveofSTOUT.

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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 aasher
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This one pours a dark, very cloudy apricot orange in color with a light one finger head. The yeast at the end of the bottle really darkened this one up. The aromas are pretty heavy on the citrus fruits. You get a lot of oranges, tangerines, and rind. The flavors are very citrusy and yeasty with a nice hop bitter finish. It's pretty sweet for a saison, kind of milky, and features a lot of tangerine. It is very, very smooth drinker and the alcohol is pretty well hidden. Due to how smooth it is, this one is dangerous easy to drink. This is a nice saison, and different than most.

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Photo of Mora2000
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to thirdeye11 for sharing this bottle. This was sampled alongside Upright 4, 5 and 6.

The beer pours a golden yellow color with a white head. The aroma is wheat, oranges and lemons. The flavor is heavy on the lemon and oranges with some wheat. A very fruity, citrus flavored saison. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. This was my favorite beer out of Upright 4, 5, 6 and 7.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.94/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 750mL bottle into my Selkrik Abbey tulip.

Appearance: medium golden hue with a light haze and a strong effervescence. Head is three thick fingers of creamy ivory foam. I think it's quite pretty indeed.

Smell: lightly grainy and grassy with just a little hint of acidic bite. Simple, but nice.

Taste: rather malty right up front, there's a sweetness and just a hint of classic farmhouse funk. The hops are indeed grassy, but bitterness is quite low. Sweet, but tasty.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a big carbonation and concomitant creaminess. I like it.

Overall: a bit sweet and malty, this saison is a little bit on the mild side when it comes to funk. That said, it's still a rather nice treat. I like it.

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Seven (#7) from Upright Brewing Company
4.02 out of 5 based on 474 ratings.
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