Four Play
Upright Brewing Company

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From:
Upright Brewing Company
 
Oregon, United States
Style:
Saison
Ranked #82
ABV:
5%
Score:
95
Ranked #1,614
Avg:
4.29 | pDev: 8.86%
Reviews:
62
Ratings:
139
Status:
Active
Rated:
Apr 23, 2022
Added:
Aug 17, 2009
Wants:
  230
Gots:
  18
SCORE
95
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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
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Reviewed by Iamaskier from Idaho

4.31/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
The latest release, 2022(?). “Saisons from 2017 and 2019 blended over black pearl cherries.” per the label.

L: Unfiltered, bright reddish-purple body with a soft pink head.
S: Softly sweet, but also tart. Cherry, lots of funk, yeast, and a hint of fruity esters.
T: Quite tart. At first, there’s almost a bit of spice— cinnamon or allspice. A brief rush of sweet fruit becomes tart cherry with a hint of grapefruit and white wine. There’s are funky notes throughout the body, and while the yeast is there it’s not as pronounced as it is on the nose.
F: Nice dry finish.
O: Incredible. Sour, lightly sweet, sharp. This is the only release I’ve had but I’m guessing it lives up to previous years.
Apr 23, 2022
 
Rated: 4.37 by MaximumYuks from Oregon

Dec 22, 2021
 
Rated: 4.04 by Stevedore from Oregon

Feb 17, 2020
 
Rated: 4.25 by mwvman from Indiana

Nov 05, 2019
 
Rated: 4.34 by fthegiants from California

Sep 23, 2019
 
Rated: 4.75 by NickThePyro from Washington

Sep 05, 2019
 
Rated: 3.94 by Sammy from Canada (ON)

Aug 26, 2019
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Reviewed by Roustabout from District of Columbia

4/5  rDev -6.8%
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
 
Rated: 4 by oriolesfan4 from Maryland

Jul 12, 2017
 
Rated: 4.13 by shelby415 from Oregon

Jun 17, 2017
 
Rated: 4.75 by Sir_Goatman from Oregon

Apr 03, 2017
 
Rated: 3.74 by wisrarebeer from Wisconsin

Mar 18, 2017
 
Rated: 4 by oline73 from Maryland

Feb 10, 2017
 
Rated: 4.25 by mdaschaf from Indiana

Jan 17, 2017
 
Rated: 3.94 by Dactrius from Netherlands Antilles

Sep 19, 2016
 
Rated: 4.1 by cd34 from Illinois

Aug 21, 2016
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Reviewed by Tone from Missouri

4.28/5  rDev -0.2%
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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Reviewed by StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.49/5  rDev +4.7%
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!

edit: just had what i believe to be the latest vintage of this, the beer must change some from blend to blend, perhaps a different kind of cherry now, darker than i remember the beer being before, its the color of red wine and the fruit flavor is really deep, but the most interesting thing is the blend, its saisons from 2017 and 2019 together in this, neat to blend from different non sequential years, clever, some real old woody saison in the blend, almost lambic level funk there, and then some brighter newer saison, lots of oak and wine character too. this is wicked stuff no matter what version you encounter, among the best of the upright stuff for my money, which is saying a whole lot!
Jun 14, 2016
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Reviewed by elNopalero from California

4.75/5  rDev +10.7%
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
 
Rated: 4.25 by dataylor21 from Kentucky

Dec 29, 2015
 
Rated: 4.25 by BDeibs from Colorado

Dec 04, 2015
 
Rated: 4.5 by GRG1313 from California

Nov 23, 2015
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Rated by Ohiovania from Ohio

4.46/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Perfectly mildly sour and refreshing.
Oct 02, 2015
 
Rated: 4.42 by kristinc from Canada (BC)

Sep 26, 2015
 
Rated: 4.25 by TheSevenDuffs from Canada (ON)

Aug 09, 2015
 
Rated: 4.25 by Kmat10 from Canada (AB)

Aug 04, 2015
 
Rated: 4.15 by kiki3drt292 from California

Jul 04, 2015
 
Rated: 4.25 by beerserk from California

Jun 27, 2015
 
Rated: 4.25 by jakemn91 from New Mexico

Jun 24, 2015
 
Rated: 4.2 by markgugs from New Jersey

May 24, 2015
 
Rated: 4 by LoveStout from New York

May 07, 2015
 
Rated: 4.09 by acurtis from New Jersey

May 04, 2015
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Rated by Tucquan from Pennsylvania

4.19/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Had this on 2015-05-02 in Portland, OR at the brewery on tap via a flight.

Best one of the flight. Cherries, Brett and barrel. Well done.
May 03, 2015
 
Rated: 4.26 by SadMachine from New Jersey

May 02, 2015
 
Rated: 4.16 by Jason from Massachusetts

Apr 20, 2015
 
Rated: 4.1 by Lovely85 from Florida

Apr 19, 2015
 
Rated: 4.05 by nickfl from Florida

Apr 19, 2015
 
Rated: 4.35 by Malefactor from Oregon

Apr 02, 2015
 
Rated: 4.49 by SDRedDevil from California

Mar 23, 2015
 
Rated: 4.5 by Jpepe08 from Vermont

Mar 20, 2015
Four Play from Upright Brewing Company
Beer rating: 95 out of 100 with 201 ratings