Seven (#7)
Upright Brewing Company

Seven (#7)Seven (#7)
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Belgian Saison
Ranked #287
Ranked #5,029
4.04 | pDev: 8.91%
Upright Brewing Company
Oregon, United States
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
Reviews: 131 | Ratings: 479
Photo of colforbin73
3.58/5  rDev -11.4%
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 DavoleBomb
3.74/5  rDev -7.4%
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 cvm4
3.65/5  rDev -9.7%
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 RblWthACoz
4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
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 ehammond1
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle (2012)

K 'n' B Wine Cellars
San Diego, CA

Slightly hazed golden and light amber with a big, persistent off-white head that leaves ribbons of lace down the glass. A gorgeous beer.

Very powerful and quite strong aroma of tropical and citrus fruits, some berry and melon, and simple grains. It comes together very nicely, and probably the best aspect of the beer.

The flavor is similar, especially as it warms, as more tropical fruit and melon notes accentuate. There's simple grains and a low level of bitterness. The fairly high alcohol (for the style) is remarkably well hidden.

Medium bodied with high carbonation, though just a little bit syrupy.

I'll happily pick this Upright up again from off the shelf.

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Photo of charlzm
4.07/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Consumed February 25th, 2012 at Blue Palms, Hollywood, CA.

Beer is a clear, medium to light yellow with a fine one finger foamy white head.

Aroma - powdery yeast, cinnamon, golden apple, a bit cidery.

Flavor is similar to the aroma: lots of melonoidins with the addition of a bitter finish.

Dry finish.

Supposedly brewed by a 24 year old beer savant in Seattle. Good work, whoever!

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Photo of morimech
3.97/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy golden color with a massive pillowy head that took its time settling to a thick cap. A lot of lacing is left down the glass.

Love the aroma. Grassy and peppery hops combine with fruity esters that lofts off this beer. Hints of apples and pears. A little alcohol creeps in as well.

Unfortunately the flavor is not as impressive. Solvent alcohol spoils the party. The alcohol and the hops overpower the esters and malt. Rather dry, bitter, and astrigent. Still better than the majority of American Saisons.

The body does not feel like an 8% ABV beer. Surprisingly light and lively. Not harsh at all.

A too hoppy and boozy saison. Preferred the Four a whole lot more.

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

poured from 750 into a tulip. Pours a medium gold color with a very good head.

Very good aromas of spices, florals, citrus tones and some navel oranges. Good depth as well.

Medium/full bodied with a deliciously smooth feel. Balanced with very good flavors of spices, florals and navel oranges.

This was a real quality saison. On the more citrusy side as opposed to the funkier side.

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Photo of kawilliams81
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a D'Achoffe tulip.

A- pours a hazy, light orange with a big 3" white head. Checker board of lacing bubbles remain on the glass.

S- lots of citrus and spices, some peppercorn, and faint funk.

T- spices and peppercorn upfront with citrus notes at middle and finish.

M- medium body, high carbonation. Slight creaminess with a bit of acidity at the finish.

O- good saison that has a little more body to it then most.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
3.96/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured into tulip.

reviewed from notes 5/10/12.

Appearance: Pale yellow bodied beer with a massive white head. Drops to a really chunky head that lasts for a long time. Thick lacing on the glass.

Smell: Really complex nose that hard to pick apart. I do get bready/biscuity and caramel malt notes. Mild pine, grass, and herbal hop notes. Mild pepper notes.

Taste: Mild malt profile with moderate pepper notes. Mild wheat and mild hops that are not bitter. Hint of fruityness and its prodominently peaches/apricots.

Mouthfeel: light bodied beer with moderate to high carbonation. This beer is way to easy to drink at 8%; it really drinks like its 4%. This is the most impressive attribute of this beer.

Overall: Really solid saison. I am not a big fan of Saison style beer but this one is really good and i was impressed by it.

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Photo of Duff27
3.79/5  rDev -6.2%
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 Florida9
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: I'm a sucker for a good head and this one has an absolutely amazing one: a big, fluffy, stable meringue of off-white colored head towers out of the glass while sitting upon a very cloudy oxidized yellow colored beer. Some very nice lacing.

S: Rather aromatic with a full fruit salad of aroma. Light sweetness with orange, lemon, some banana, a lot of spice, and some fairly aggressive alcohol.

T: Again, a mild sweetness with lots of fruit and spice. Juicy orange, some tropical fruits, black pepper, and yeasty spice. There is a bit of alcohol on the finish.

M: On the lighter side of medium with higher carbonation, a mild alcoholic heat and a mild bitterness.

O: Overall, an enjoyable, rather complex saison. Paired surprisingly well with miso ramen.

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Photo of DovaliHops
4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, golden color with a large white head that eventually diminishes. Very nice lacing. Scent is very grassy with some earthy notes. A lot of spice and a little citrus with some melon. Honeydew and cantaloupe with some lemon and orange zest. Not much funk or farmhouse aroma...which I really look forward to in a saison. Taste is immediately a bit tart with some lemon and orange flavors. Then I get some crystal malt flavors with some bread-like yeast and a bunch of spiciness. A good amount of pepper. A pretty big hop profile on this one too...with just a bit of buttery popcorn flavor. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, smooth, crisp, and refreshing...ABV well-hidden. Drinkability is very high. Overall, this is a VERY tasty beer. I just like more funk in my saisons. I guess I've been spoiled by all the Fantome I've had lately.

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Photo of Glibber
4.27/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Bitter Creek in Boise, side by side with the Boulevard 7 (both Saison Styles). This one was darker than most Saison beers, and a yeast and fruit aroma. The beer also had a nice hoppiness and fruit taste that you might find in an amber. The Seven was very enjoyable and the 8% was well hidden- could easily have drinken this one all night.

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

Big thanks to VegasBeerMan for this bottle...

A: Pours out a nice light honey color. Orange is the dominate shade, but bits of yellow and even a few reds seem to blend into the look. There is about 2 fingers of bone white foam that takes a bit to settle.

S: The nose is decent. It has notes of banana, spice, yeast, and a touch of sweet fruit. There is a juiciness to to this beer that makes me want to take a sip immediately.

T: Nice. My first impressions is floral, tropical fruits (pineapple), grass, spice, and banana yeastyness. It's hard to pick out a dominate flavor, because I can pull each one out individually if I try. It's like all the tastes meld into a perfect balance of sweetness and spice. There is a touch of alcohol, but I'm ok with that.

M: Light bodied beer. Although it's an 8% beer, it still feels light on the palate. The flavors swirl nicely and nothing lingers for too long.

O: This is a really solid saison. It's super refreshing. This is the type of beer that I'd want to sip sitting by the pool, kicking back on a nice summer day. I'm a fan.

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Photo of inlimbo77
3.83/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml with no dating information. Poured this into my DFH Signature glass.

A: Cloudy orangey yellow color. Tons of marshmallow like head. It's an off white color. Bottle conditioned to the hilt. Obviously nice lacing.

S: Grassy hop aromas. Saison yeasty notes. Some breadiness.

T: Initial impressions, it tastes like a funky wheat beer. You get the spicy hops on the tip of the tongue. Coriander and mold orange peel. In the mid-mouth, it mellows into some dry Saison yeasty flavors. Which leads into the dry finish.

M: Medium bodied

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.97/5  rDev -1.7%
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 GeraldFunk
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into pint glass from 9.4 ounce bottle.

A - Pours a hazy golden orange with nice frothy two finger head. Head dissipates rather quickly with very little lacing.

S - Zesty, citrus, apricot, yeasty bread and spices. Good smelling beer but not as aromatic as I was expecting.

T - Here is where the beer shines. Oranges, apricots and sweet tropical fruit hit first followed by honeyed yeast with a dry bready finish with lingering spices. Yum.

M - Light to medium bodied. This beer has great balance and drinkability. Medium long finish of spices makes you want to keep sipping.

O - This being my first encounter with Upright Brewing I must say I'm impressed. Very pleasing beer and I would definetely recommend it.

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Photo of lurpy1
3.56/5  rDev -11.9%
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 impending
4.02/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4


750ml into a tulip. Pours a hazy moderately deep orange, towering dense head recedes slow leaving clinging clumps.

Delicious aroma. Orange, floral notes, lots of spices and confectioner's sweets underlying it all. Delicate.

Unexpected touch of tart. Citrus, tiny orange peel, apricot and pineapple, an excellent yeast all atop a pleasant wheaty background. Spices show as the aftertaste begins, nice crisp dryness intros the evolving, slow fading pleasant aftertaste. Light to medium bodied mouthfeel. Nice complexity.

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Photo of waltersrj
3.62/5  rDev -10.4%
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 mdfb79
4/5  rDev -1%
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 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.


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Photo of kagent777
3.85/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle from a colleague at work. Poured into several goblets and a small snifter and shared with friends. One thing I noticed was that the furhter down I poured the more head and yeast opaquness that I saw in the glass.

Appearance: Ranged from almost clear to completely opaque, a nice golden tan with a white head on the later pours. No lacing.

Smell: The smell also seemed to change from the early to the late, being more potent. A bit of a stuffy nose, but I get yeast with some spiciness from the hops. No clove notes like some other saisons I have tried.

Taste: The taste is a slight bit tart. The yeast plays a big role with the malts second. The malts provide a nice toasty note, but the yeast is the front runner here. A little fruity but mostly tart. Different than other saisons that I have tried.

Mouthfeel: This beer has a solid body with a low amount of carbonation. The flavors coat the mouth nicely.

Overall: I served this one to severla friends, who were not sure it was beer at first. I can say that I like it, but cannot reccomend for newbs.

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Photo of roodie
4.32/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a glass

A: pours a golden hue, hint of haziness, very carbonated, 3 fingers of head erupt of the top, moderate lacing left behind.

S: lemon and pear, hint of hops, bitter and resiny, citrus dominates.

T: lemon/lime and pear are the frontrunners, but the hoppy backbone is palpable, a great intermingling.

M: spicy and dry, like a white wine, citrus is the last flavor you taste before the next sip

O: a great brew, one I'd buy regularly, it's on the level of Damnation 23 and Premiere and other American Tripels for me.

Serving type: bottle

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