Four Play
Upright Brewing Company

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Style:
Belgian Saison
Ranked #55
ABV:
5%
Score:
95
Ranked #1,265
Avg:
4.3 | pDev: 8.84%
Reviews:
61
Ratings:
199
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Upright Brewing Company
 
Oregon, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
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Gots
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SCORE
95
World-Class
Four PlayFour Play
Notes: 'Four' aged in La Bete Pinot Noir barrels with Oregon cherries.

Hops: hallertauer mittelfrüh
Malts: organic pale, wheat, organic munich
Unmalted: rolled wheat
Also: cherry puree
Yeasts and bacteria: French saison, brettanomyces clausennii, lactobacillus, delbrueckii

750ml bottles
First release - April 2010 [label shown]
Second release - March 2011
Reviews: 61 | Ratings: 199 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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Roustabout from District of Columbia

4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tart and tidy. A subtle sour saison that you could actually session. Like a lot of the Upright output, would be worth spending quality time with (ideally out of doors).

May 27, 2018
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Tone from Missouri

4.28/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy, peach color. 1/4 inch head of an off-white color. Slight retention and slight lacing. Smells of strong bacterial funk, floral, fruit, yeast, and a hint of sugar. Fits the style of a Saison / Farmhouse Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. There is a strong tartness as well. Tastes of strong bacterial funk, floral, fruit, yeast, and a hint of sugar. Overall, good aroma, body, blend, and feel, but low complexity.

Aug 18, 2016
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.49/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

oh my goodness this is special beer! on tap at the brewery, a funked up version of the four saison, with some nice tangy brett and wild cultures, heavy pinot noir oak, and tart oregon cherries that are boldly dosed. there is so much genius built in here. just barley a little pink in color, the beer is more hazy and straw color than it is fruity looking, with over an inch of rising white head and vibrant carbonation. i smell the fruit right away, basically seamless with the wine here, there are cherry notes in that, and the tannins from that and the wheat compliment and exacerbate the sourness of the bacteria and brett in here, more funk than acid it smells like though, and quite jammy from the cherries. the flavor is the best of both worlds, sweeter fruit up front, downright puckery later on, with a wonderful mix of wild yeasts, seemingly saison driven as much as brett and bugs, but its all there. incredibly dry, sharp just a little, effervescent, and unique. less cherry flavor than aroma, but more wine and oak. improves with temperature and the bubbles never dissipate out. i could drink this by the gallon. what a treat to get to enjoy this one fresh on tap at the brewery! incredible beer, i would love to get my hands on a bottle!

Jun 14, 2016
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elNopalero from Texas

4.75/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Tried on tap at the brewery. This pours a hazy tan gold. There's a great nuanced sour aroma to this, with hints of sour cherry and a light lemony kick. This was fantastic.

May 18, 2016
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almostjay from Virginia

3.64/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I'm still not on board the sour bandwagon. These beers don't look or smell great, and to me, the sour flavor is tolerable, if not enjoyable. Four Play is a solid sour though, and perhaps you should modify my rating if you're a true sour lover. The tart cherry is present, but not overwhelming, and the sour bite is subdued, to me a sign of thoughtful blending. Certainly worthy of a taste if you are exploring the style.

Jan 19, 2015
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Axnjxn from North Carolina

4.6/5  rDev +7%

draft at upright. hazy off red color. smell of lacto, brett and a good amount of funky cherries. taste is slightly sour and blended perfectly. finish lasts and leaves you craving more. awesome

Aug 17, 2014
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highTempo from Oregon

3.54/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this one on tap at the brewery. No boobies for me.

The pour that I got left basically no head. What is there is very clear white and pearly. The appearance is striking for sure but I'm not necessarily crazy about it. It looks like rose champagne, or maybe even pink soda. The carbonation is also pretty high.

First impressions are that this is very crisp, thin bodied, and sparking. I'm getting almost no smell off of it. The flavor is just slightly sweet only at first, then turns very dry. It's fruity but with almost no finish at all. It just sort of evaporates. There is definitely strawberry in there but almost no malt or hops to me. I'm getting no real alcohol presence.

This is a novelty for sure. It's a bit hard for me to believe that it is a beer at all. It's certainly not bad but… well… I like beer, and I kind of want my beer to taste like beer, at least a little bit. I'll give this one big points for creativity and exploration but overall it's not my favorite from Upright. It does show that these folks are able to stretch the box a bit.

May 15, 2014
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StJamesGate from New York

3.85/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pink-tinged amber-tan with floaties and no head.
Faint sweet-acid nose – not much here.
Candy sugar, a bit of white vinegar, some lemon rind, hints of stone fruit and a slightly cheesy finish. Barrel, if you think to look.
Crisp, fizzy, light.

2010 version

Understated, which can be another way of saying muted. Not getting the interplay of all those yeasts. Also might have aged too long; the cherries are all but gone. Accessible, for all that, and mellow, refreshing, and balanced.

But this doesn’t amaze as a beer, or validate the fuss over Upright.

May 05, 2014
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DefenCorps from Oregon

4.14/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Upright today.

Pouring pink with a dense, pinkish white head, this looks good. Head retention is solid and there's a little lacing as well. It seems less pink than the Sole Comp version Pinot Cherry Four I had last night. The nose is awesome. Cherries are quite prominent (but not as dominant as on the PC4) with a nice blend of juice and skin tannins, but where this beer really shines is in the incorporation of Brett and funk on the nose - the earthy and mildly clove-like character, along with a mildly sulfur note that works brilliantly with the cherries. The base beers' strengths are also really well incorporated here - the dry, wheat/grain character works nicely with the funk. Excellent.

The palate opens with a bright tartness, a blend of lactic and cherry sourness, earthy, mildly yogurt-like with a really nice funk - mushrooms, earth, a little cheese. Cherry flavor and sweetness appear on the mid-palate, juicy and refreshing. A touch of lemony sourness is also present. Drying on the finish with earth, lactic sourness and cherry skins, this beer is moderately carbonated and wonderful on the palate. Warming it up really does make it incredibly better. Highly recommended.

Mar 02, 2014
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ThePorterSorter from Oregon

3.93/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks metalgdog for bringing this to the tasting.
The beer pours a hazy pink-orange with no head. The nose is a touch sour with a bit of funk and fruit, but very little in the way of Pinot barrels. The taste is a semi-sweet with a bit of stone fruit and lingering tartness.This is a genuinely drinkable sour that's not overly sour with great fruit character, but is still lacking wine barrel characteristics I'd hope for. The beer drinks like a wine with great sour/tartness and carbonation, but it lacks the oakiness and dry, vinous characteristics I think a beer like Supplication does so well by comparison.

Jan 07, 2013
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cpetrone84 from Pennsylvania

3.6/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pour is grapefruit orange with thin to no white head. The nose is woody, strong fruity Brett, sour cherry, note of green apple. Taste follows suit, lots of sour cherry, oak and fruity Brett, light lacto. Body is very dry, light and a bit granular. Still very nice, very fruity and Brett, decent sourness, and nice oaky presence.

Aug 21, 2012
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Rutager from Canada

4.54/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

#500
Batch #2.

Appearance. Pours a nice peach-amber with a finger of white (maybe slightly pink, actually) head that fades pretty quickly to a skim.

Smell. Sour and lightly tart fruits; tart cherries, apples, peaches, and nectarines with a little strawberry and melon. A little bit woody and a little bit funky. Smells pretty awesome.

Taste. Sour light fruits and cherries, not nearly the huge fruit taste that I expected from the amazing smell, but still very nice. Some old dank wood and a little dry earthy funk. Fairly light flavours ...not watery, just lighter.

Mouthfeel. Medium-light body with medium+, lively carbonation.

Overall. Very nice beer. Happy to celebrate my incredibly important contribution to mankind in writing my 500th beer review with this sexy lady!!! ;-P

Jun 11, 2012
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DenverLogan from Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Apricot with particulates floating...minimal head. Aroma of fruit rind and funk. Tasty tart fruit but not overwhelming. Rich and tasty of apricot, mango, lemon, lime, herbs, some bitterness, but overall really tasty. Would happily drain a big bottle, though it's not for everyone.

May 28, 2012
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barleywinefiend from Washington

4.05/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured an orangish color with a nice white cap and some bubbles

S: Cherries, some cream with some old wood, horseblanket and a touch of lemon?

T: The cherries are an immediate with red wine which provides some light grape blended with some oak, Earth, funk and a stinkging lacto presence with a light hay and lemon squeeze

M: Well carbonated, medium body with a unique feel from wine like silky texture, lacto and the traditional dryness of a farmhouse. All uniquely blended

O: Good

Mar 23, 2012
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SpdKilz from Illinois

4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Yet another massive thanks to Matt (bauermj) for letting me try this big want of mine. Tick! Second batch (bottle without the nudity).

Appearance – Pours into a tulip with hazy dark orange color with about a half finger of white head.

Smell – The nose, while not as impressive as Sole Composition, was quite nice with cherries, malts, slight barnyard funk, and a distinct earthiness.

Taste – Nice oak, barnyard funk, and lemon zest up front. The tart cherries come through midway in a fantastic manner. Slight vanilla, grape skin, and more sourness at the end.

Mouthfeel – Medium bodied, decent carbonation.

Overall – An incredible beer, and one I am happy to have tried. One of the highlights of the tasting for sure. Really wish I could get my hands on one of these but I feel this will be my one and only time trying this.

Mar 22, 2012
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drabmuh from Maryland

4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I wish this bottle had the nipples on it, instead it was some girl in a bra. Thanks Thorpe for the PG13 version of this beer. Seriously though, a want of mine.

Beer is yellow and hazy with a nice white head of small bubbles, some carbonation, some lacing, decent looking.

Aroma is awesome though. Yeast, sweetness, mild cherries, other fruits, nice breadiness. Great.

Beer is medium to light in body and complex on the palate, it is a mixture of yeast and fruits and esters. The whole thing comes together so well. Strong but sweet, tart but not too dry. I loved this beer.

Jan 12, 2012
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mdfb79 from New York

4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From 01/08/12 notes. Big thanks to Thorpe429 for sharing this one; thanks Mike! 2011 vintage I believe.

a - Pours a murky orange-pink color with one finger of white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of sour fruits, tart cherries, white wine, grapes, light earthy notes. Very nice and refreshing, though not super sour.

t - Tastes of tart cherries, very sour dark fruits, raspberries, oak, wine, sour grapes, fruity malts. More tart cherries and more sourness overall than the nose.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Pretty dry and very easy to drink.

o - Overall I thought this was an awesome saison. Last week we had Upright's Late Harvest and Seven and I thought this was much better than both (though they were both great beers too). Tons of sour cherries and dark fruits here, especially in the taste, and I felt like I could have drank the whole bottle. Something I'd love to get another of.

Jan 10, 2012
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Huhzubendah from District of Columbia

4.75/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by Thorpe429. Thanks Mike.

The beer is hazy and bright orange with a quarter inch of thick, white head. The aroma offers cherries, yeast, light funk. Smells awesome. Great flavor as well. Cherries shine through. This beer challenges my will. It's hard not to gulp this. Simply fantastic. Masterful. Would love to have more of this. Highly recommended.

Jan 08, 2012
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beerwolf77 from Wisconsin

4.42/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to sweemzander for sharing this one. 2011 bottle.

Cloudy orange pink hue. Finger of white head. The nose is rather complex. Spices, lots of wood, pinot, flowers, mild tartness, and a sugary sweetness as well. The flavors are mildly sour, floral, bretty, woody with a pleasant fruity sweetness. A bit of mineral like flavor in the finish. Medium body with plenty of carbonation. This was a true pleasure to drink. Would love another shot at it.

Dec 30, 2011
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andrewinski1 from New Hampshire

4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Generously sent my way by Derek. Thanks! This is poured into a tulip with a light fluffy half inch head that shrinks to a rim of bubbles. The color is nice and clear pink.

The aroma is full of slightly sweet cherry and malt candy, with a touch of tartness.

The taste is dry and tart, hitting the sides of the tongue with sour cherry. Vanilla sweetness is hinted at somewhere as I keep drinking. Yum.

This is light and crisp with sharp carbonation.

This is really really good. I've had it before and hopefully I'll have it again!

Dec 05, 2011
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Bendurgin from Maine

4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've had this before (thanks to oregonskibum) but Andy is sharing this bottle with me. Thanks! Poured into a tulip. This one pours a nice light pink color with a cap of white head. Looks spritzy indeed!

A little bit of a sour cherry or cranberry aroma here. Very light on the aroma; nicely tart with a little bit of sweetness in the background. A pleasant oak aroma rounds this out. Tart cherries on the pallet with an oak finish. Really light and easy flavors.

Light body with lively carbonation. Overall this one's solid. Enjoyable as heck and real easy to enjoy.

Dec 05, 2011
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craytonic from District of Columbia

4.6/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Excellent Saison

Appearance: Red-ping pour with good head and lacing

Smell: Touch of sour and light funk with cherries, red grapes, leather, earth

Taste: Similar to the aroma, very night light tartness with some citrus, cherries, grapes, vanilla, oak, leather and funk. Delicious.

Mouthfeel: Good medium, firm body and carbonation

Drinkability: One of the top american saisons I have had, and only 5%! They need to expand production significantly.

Nov 27, 2011
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johnbjaeger from Illinois

4.05/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2011 version.

Not sure how on earth this is a Saison, but I've got to say it's a damn fine sour.

Pours out of a bottle that has boobies on it. Boobies are good and all, but I wonder how much attention this bad boy gets with a picture of trees on it.

Beautiful color like the inside of a peach near its pit. Murky as all heck, but really pleasant to look at.

Smells like a Cantillon. Dusty, musty, sour and cherry. If I were tasting this blind, I'd guess lambic all day.

Tastes like one too. It tastes like a kriek. A really nice kriek. It's mature unlike a lot of American Wilds. It's tart is balanced nicely with cherry sweetness. I could drink this all day.

Mouthfeel is downright perfect.

I wish this beer were easier to get a hold of. It is a great beer that I can drink in volume. Stupid Portland getting all the good stuff...

Nov 14, 2011
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Thorpe429 from Illinois

4.59/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle with the bra label. Served in a Mikasa tulip.

Pours a light copper color with a bit of a reddish hue. Good white head and a bit of lacing. The nose has a beautiful cherry presence with a bit of light funk in the background. The flavor has great cherry with a subtle funk plus a bit of hay. Light earth and a bit of acidity. Light body with fairly-high carbonation. Slight pucker to the finish. Utterly delicious.

Nov 09, 2011
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maximum12 from Minnesota

4.45/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Big shaky-head thanks to piclee for shipping the bottle as an extra almost a year ago. Can that be right? Huh. Well, I'm still wearing the cool-ass t-shirt that came in that box too. Split into two goblets for the wife & I.

2010 vintage 750ML bottle, the bottle with absolutely stunning artwork, & only partially because of the gorgeous half-naked woman on it. Pour is an almost physchedlic orange, perfectly clear, with few enough bubbles rambling around slowly that I could count them if I had a few more fingers & toes. Headless. Smell is lovely too, nice light breeze of cherry tartness, light touch of oak & wine. Nice, simple, direct.

Four Play is the complete package, pardon the pun, & my kind of saison/wild: tart. Tart cherries dominate, but the pinot & oak come on strong (Pinot is my favorite kind of wine, coincidentally, so nice call, Upright!). Other sprays of fruit include pear, lemon zest, maybe a lime that escaped the fate of adorning a Corona bottle, white grapes, oh hell, pretty much most of the good stuff you can find at Byerly's. This is like a good fruit cocktail w/a wine chaser. Light & spritzy, this should come in Forties so I could put away forty ounces at a time. My half of the bottle is almost gone. And I weep, just a little.

I've been on a run of sampling really great stuff & this brew extended that run. Tasty, different, joyous, drinkable...what's not to like? Excellent beer that runs close to being simply fantastic.

Sep 14, 2011
Four Play from Upright Brewing Company
Beer rating: 95 out of 100 with 199 ratings