Seven (#7)
Upright Brewing Company

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Belgian Saison
Ranked #296
Ranked #5,066
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 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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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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Photo of UnknownKoger
4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased from The Bruery Provisions and poured into my Bruery tulip. Smell is pretty fruity: green apples with saison spice in the background.

Pour is somewhat aggressive. Carbonation doesn't seem very high. Thin head. Color is golden and looks pretty nice. Taste is fruity at first but with some hops in the background. This is pretty interesting for a saison...certainly not like any I've had before.

Mouthfeel is decent. I'd like a little more carbonation. Overall it's pretty good. I like it enough that I'd maybe buy it again, and I'm certainly interested to check out their other saisons

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

750ml bottle shared with friends on 9/20/11.

A - Hazy, almost cloudy peach-colored liquid with a frothy, short statured head on top that produced a splash of lace around the rim of the glass.

S - Melon flesh, floral notes and a hint of grassy hops comprise the base aroma, while a mild spicy yeast character lurks in the background. Honey sweetness and a slight waft of alcohol round out the nose.

T - Citrus fruit, fresh cut grass and floral notes provide ample bitterness for the style, although there is a fair amount of honey sweetness to balance. The yeast presence is noticeable, but offers only minimal spiciness. The citrus character really opens up in the backend with a touch of sharper grassy notes and subtle barnyard and hay.

M - Light to medium bodied with mild carbonation and a hint of bristle on the tongue. Finishes with moderate bitterness and a crisp, dry bite on the palate.

D - Fine saison with a fruity, citrusy flair and nice balance of sweet, bitter and spicy attributes. Nice first impression of this brewery.

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Photo of CaptainTripps
3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml botte poured into a Duvel tulip.
**Please note, this is my first attempt to review a Saison**

A: A nice hazy apricot-orange came out of the bottle followed by 1-1.5 fingers worth of creamy white head. Left moderate lacing on glass.

S: There is lots of things going on in this beer. Getting lots of fruitiness (pear, apple, orange, lemon) paired with some earthy spices, yeast, citrus hops and some 'funkyness'. Some alcohol is on the tail end.

T: As some other reviewers had noted, there is a dryness to the beer from the get go. I am getting a nice balance of earthy spices along with lemon zest, orange peel and some citrus hops. Some alcohol on the back end but not to bad. Semi-Funky.

M: Medium bodied with great carbonation. Very dry on the mouth.

O: A great drinking beer that was very pleasent to drink. It was my first Saison, and I was very impressed with the style. Can't wait to try more from the style and the brewery.

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Photo of Cavery
3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Grabbed this at the provisions, figured I needed to give uprights year rounds a swirl.

A: Soft light filter over a neon orange sign. Bright white ivory foams with little bead bubbles. A bit of an off color in the middle that is almost green in the lightness of yellows. Good looking beer. Nice film after some solid retention, spotted lacing.

S: Smell is a reserved fruitiness with a light unripe pineapple, soft apricot, and a perky pear-apples. Not too much bread, but the yeast comes through in a fruity mix with mild florals.

T: Some mild lychee in between the pear and apples. Crisp cucumber after repeat sips. Very mild citrus spritz like a clementine or light lemon. Present bitterness and alcohol as it warms. A solid old red apple hop bitterness that meshes elegantly with the reserved fruits in the yeast. Tastes of refinement

M: Soft spoken mouth with a juicy light medium mouth feel. The alcohol gives the beer a slick viscosity that falls down the throat. Humid in the mouth from the coating alcohol, with a mellow drying. Really helps the flavors linger.

O: This was a really interesting saison in how clean the flavors are, while still maintaining a balanced yeast presence. The flavors remained consistent throughout the bottle, and the higher abv provides a coating in the mouth that constantly releasing flavor. However, I found the alcohol a bit intrusive as the beer warmed. It's a catch 22, as with it came more flavor, but I'd have a hard time finishing multiple glasses. Nonetheless, great refined flavor, and a consistent drinking experience.

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Photo of loren01
3.84/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear straw color, good head slight lacing down the glass
S: Smell is complex, Belgian yeast, lemon, spice and earthy scents
T: Tastes of citrus fruits and spices. Also some rye flavors in there
M: Medium bodied beer, good amount of carbonation.
O: A complex and unique Saison, I liked this one.

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Photo of zep9865
3.91/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed with aasher in a long-awaited tasting. Poured into new belgium snifter with a quarter inch of white foam that leaves minimal lacing. Color resembles that of an apricot.

S-smell is very faint with hints of fermented citrus andd earth.

T-beer has a nice tart feel when it hits the palate. I detect some orange peel as well as grapefruit. Beer has a pleasant sweetness that transitions into the alcohol that makes this 8 percent beer.

M-the alcohol in this beer keeps it from being a session beer. I do like that it packs a punch without being overly chewy.

O-great find by aasher. I'm not real familiar with saisons but will def look for more after this

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Photo of aasher
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
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 treyrab
3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A buddy and I took a nice week long trip to the PNW (Seattle, Vancouver, Portland) this summer and I snagged a few Uprights while I was out there. Upright was a huge want of mine, so I wasted little time in opening this once I arrived back home.

A: A pretty nice looking Saison. The cap popped with a nice hiss with the usual ghostly smoke rolling out. Pouring it into the chalice, a mediocre size white head appears on top of a l hazy orange. The head lasts for a while, and then recedes into the orange coloured beer.

S: Bright Belgian yeast spice (coriander, pepper, orange zest), blended with fresh grain and some alcohol. The yeast and pepper scents are really overpowering and the alcohol is a tad too high for my liking in a Saison. Almost to the edge of a Belgian Strong Pale Ale scent.

T: Starts with a blast of spice (again - pepper, coriander), orange zest, some tropical fruits (pineapple, apple), and then some alcohol again. Pretty complex, but the flavours could be blended a tad better.

Overall, this was pretty solid. I prefer my Saisons to be a little lighter, and this was more of a Belgian Strong Pale Ale in my mind.

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Photo of craytonic
3.76/5  rDev -6.9%
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 cbarrett4
4.12/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed from tap at Upright Brewing's cellar.

Overall the best aromatic beer I've had from these guys (other than the sole composition brews). Pours a slightly hazy golden/orange hue with moderate head and fine lace.

Aromas are numerous with emphasis on the saison funk, yeast, and spice (coriander and peppercorn mostly), lots of tree fruit backs this up (more along the lines of apple and fig). The palate follows up nicely but slightly less complex than the nose suggests. There is a true saison style funkiness with some tree fruit, the spice takes a back seat.

On the palate the alcohol does make itself known, but with a snap, not a thunderclap. Medium bodied, good texture, medium long finish with nice grip. Decently balanced other than a bit too much alcohol.

Overall a great beer and a style of which I am rather fond.

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Photo of dgilks
4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear, dark golden colour with a creamy white head. Good head retention.

Big, slightly tart aroma with notes of clove and pepper. Light pear and apple. Well balanced yeast character here.

A smoothly malty saison with some good tartness and a nice dose of bitterness. Everything here is nicely integrated and the moderate fruitiness rounds it out. Great.

Medium body with moderate carbonation.

Truly one of the best saisons I've had. Solid flavour, body and balance.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4.09/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled June 2011
A vigorous pour into my large Tripel Karmeliet tulip produces a two finger thick, pale tan colored head; the carbonation seems on the low side for a Saison. The beer is a pale amber, dark straw color that shows a hazed, orange tinged, full gold color when held up to the light. The aroma smells quite floral, definitely hoppy, sort of citrus backed, but almost peach like in some ways. There is a slightly nutty, pale grain character that leans towards cracker and bread like character (without being quite distinctly one way or the other). Other aromatic notes of Meyer Lemon, slightly musty going lactic threshed grain, tart pear, star fruit like notes and at times cider notes; the cider notes seem to be contributed both by the malt and the yeast character. At times the nose has an almost savory character to it, I think some of this is accentuated by the soft tartness, and it makes for an appetizing aroma.

Fairly dry tasting as it first hits my tongue, it does pick up a malt fullness to it as it rolls across the palate though; it doesn’t really become sweet, but sort of has the sweetness of the fresh part of a crusty loaf of bread called the crumb (all the chewy inside part of the bread that is not the crust). My second sip has me noticing a lot more of the fruitiness and light tartness that is here; the fruit character accentuates some soft sweetness and reminds me of aromatic apple varietals, some pear notes and something more that isn’t quite melon or star-fruit. The long finish has a cracker like grain character, or perhaps better, it reminds me of chewing on a pale malt grain. There is a Meyer Lemon like citrus character here, as well as a herbal hop character that provides some “green” to the flavor; the hops also contribute a firm, but not really biting bitterness that serves as an anchoring note to this beer without intruding much. The herbal and bitter hop notes also linger on in the finish, really helping to fully dry out the finish of this beer. While this beer has some body to it, it is still dangerously quaffable; it is almost as if it has more viscousness to it than body, somehow. This has the spiciness from the yeast that contributes the characteristic peppery notes, a definite woody mustiness, along with the fruitiness a touch of ginger like character as well as a definite floral spiciness. There is a touch of alcohol presence to the finish, along with some phenolic spiciness and perhaps a hint of something else that adds some sharpness to the finish that I can’t quite put my finger on; all of these are fermentation derived flavors though. At times a touch of plastic / smoky character comes through, it is fairly subtle, but my wife seems to notice it a bit more than I do.

I really like the aroma of this beer in the end, it is quite appetizing with its big, but integrated aromatic notes. The flavor doesn’t quite live up to aromatics, but is still more than decent; the flavor seems to be a touch discordant in the finish at times. While this wouldn’t necessarily make it a better beer, I would love to see a super hoppy version of this beer that had way to many American hops loaded into it.

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Photo of womencantsail
2.87/5  rDev -29%
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 Jwale73
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another one courtesy of Thirstybird. 750ml bottle. Pours a hazy orange-gold with a frothy, bright white one inch head embedded with ringlets. Aromas of citrus, candi sugar and rind comprise the nose. Taste consistent with nose - very herbal, almost Duvel-esque in flavor and somewhat hot. Mouthfeel is light-medium with a lively, almost prickly carbonation, and a semi-dry finish. Extremely drinkable with some of the qualities of a Farmhouse but closer to a Belgian Strong Pale (a la Duvel) than a Saison in my opinion. Nonetheless, I would buy this often if I had easy access to it.

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Photo of HopHead84
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


Bottle shared by Carlos, thanks!

A: Appears light orange with two inches of white sea foam lingering for many minutes. Nice color.

S: Very fruity, mostly orange, pear, cherry, and apple, with floral notes and perfumy phenols which are redolent of white pepper and coriander. Some grassy and earthy notes are in there as well.

T: Clove and white pepper-like spiciness up front, with a floral character accompanying orange, apple, cherry, pear, and earth. A lower moderate bitterness with a touch of biscuity and grainy sweetness. The finish is dry, spicy, fruity, and bitter. Alcohol is well masked.

M: Medium body with moderate carbonation.

Overall: A unique and tasty Saison that I would gladly drink again.

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Photo of biegaman
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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Photo of sweemzander
3.92/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750mL bottle poured into a tulip. Thanks again to hopsbreath for the bottle!

(A)- Produced a nice cap of white froth. Some lace.

(S)- A touch dry. Plenty of a yeasty, almost floral hop earth to it. Ever so mildly funky and biscuit.

(T)- Interesting. Mildly spicy and biscuit-like yeast with a floral, almost a "Tang" tartness to it in a fruit sense. Very subtle earth.

(M)- A nice carbonation level and balance. Fruity and floral with a nice yeasty background. A botanical-like saison is the best explanation for this one really.

(D)- This is where Upright's Saisons have the edge in my opinion: Bright, crisp, slightly tart, and damn refreshing. Not necessarily my favorite from them so far, but a solid one.

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Photo of AgentZero
3.58/5  rDev -11.4%
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 cjacobsen
4.49/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks to sweemzander for bringing this one to GBM 6.27.11

(A) Brown orange color, almost like a burnt orange. Darkest in the middle and more golden around the edges of the glass. There isn't much head, but the head that is there is pure, clean white.

(S) Smells slightly sour and tart with almost a floral undertone. It's sweet with almost a citric acidity in there.

(T) It's definitely more tart than the nose. The tartness is underlying the entire taste but really brings up the rear. A bit of cherry and white grape go hand in hand with the slight acidic and citric notes. You get a hint of some spices like ginger and/or cardamom even though they were not a part of the brewing.

(M) It IS tart, but it's a refreshingly different tartness. It boosts the crispness of the beer.

(O) This was a really fantastic beer. One of the best saisons I've ever had. Well done. Had a different spin on it than most and I think that really sets this one apart. It's very clean and defined.

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

750 ml bottle poured into tulip. Big white foamy head that stays for a while. Good color. The smell and the taste are what really make this beer. Smell is very perfumey and floral. Could just stick your nose and smell how good this is. No question why they call this their most fragrant beer. Taste is equally as floral. Nice freshness although it's hard to denim too much of this since it is a tad sweet. Hope to try the other saisons from them but this one is one of the better domestic versions. Well done!

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Photo of detlefchef
3.73/5  rDev -7.7%
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 PDXHops
4.23/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap in a snifter that’s just big enough to contain the 3-finger cap of creamy foam that sits atop the hazy dark apricot body. Retention and lacing are quite impressive.

Lively nose, with plenty of lemon zest and wheat tartness providing a nice balance to sweeter floral and clove aromas. Explosively flavorful. Loads of clove and other spicy notes tango with half-baked bread and ton of fruit: pear, cherry, banana, orange and lemon. In spite of all that fruit, the sweetness is moderate, and it dries out quite nicely at the finish. Booziness comes into play only at the swallow, but isn’t distracting. Of the Upright beers I’ve had so far, Flora Rustica is still my favorite, but this is a very nice saison, and another winning offering from these guys.

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