Four Play | Upright Brewing Company

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Four PlayFour Play

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Upright Brewing Company
Oregon, United States

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
'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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Photo of ChrisPr
4.9/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I had this beer on draught at the brewery's anniversary and two bottles at home. This beer is phenomenal.

It pours a crystalline pink hue. Carbonation is low. Aroma is flowery and fruit perfume. Mouthfeel is the only part of this beer that may be lacking for some. It is a little watery, but in the same way some Fantomes can be. Personally, I think this is a good mouthfeel, and is right-on for style. Flavor is subtle and well-balanced. Light tartness and subtle multi-faceted complexity.

Great traditional traditional saison-ish base. The barrel's added complexity is phenomenal. As the Brettanomyces adds to the complexity I expect this to get close to some of the more subtle great Fantomes, such as La Gourmande and Pissenlit. In fact, this is the only beer I've ever had that coyld be compared to Fantome, though at this point is more subtle and needs a little More time in the bottle.

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Photo of ktrillionaire
4.84/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks to Beerzebub for hooking me up with one of the most delicious brews I've ever had. Review #420

A - Pours a hazy orange hue, with sediment and a small head.

S - Has a slighty briny and lactic nose; fruity, woody and earthy nuances are sublime.

T - Flavors of tart apricot, peach and white grape flavor jump out of this delectable sour brew. It is aboslutely phenomenal.

M - Has a very dry finish, low carbonation; pleasant.

D - I would love to have another bottle.

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Photo of elNopalero
4.75/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.75/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

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Photo of chumba526
4.7/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer appears a full-bodied golden color with a small white head.

It smells acidic, cherry like, I get a bit of a apple smell, a dry mountain ash berry smell and a tad bit of a sweet smell as well. It almost smells as good as the bottle looks, almost.

It tastes initially very sour and acidic. The sourness becomes tamer as the taste goes on to a slightly tart cherry flavor and a nice dry wine taste. There are slight hints of oak in the beer. There is a nice wild yeasty flavor that adds some leathery flavor to the finish of the beer. There are a lot of flavors going on in this beer but it works extremely well.

The carbonation is very low, but it works well with the flavors the beer have, as the beer is very wine like in flavor.

The drinkability is really good for a sour beer. As the sourness is not overwhelming like other sour ales.

Overall an amazing beer with amazing artwork. This has many more different flavors going on then many other sour ales I have had. In result it is not the most "sour", sour ale but all the multiple flavors of the beer work very nicely with each other. Overall I am impressed with this. I bought this a while ago and had one fresh and one now and age did this beer some good.

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Photo of joshuaseresse
4.63/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle compliments of black13, thanks a ton Michael! 2011 bottling. Couldn't wait to share it with my tasting group so I decided to pop this one open with my girlfriend and roomate. Split three ways into tulips:

A - This is probably the most beautiful colored beer I've ever seen! A nice lushious peach, amber color, slightly pink. Pour produces a light eggshell white head about a half inch thick that dies into decent foam ring around the edges. Murky clouds in the middle with signs of carbonation. Really no lacing retention.

S - Smells of funk, oak, wine and sour cherries. Additionally, and to a much less extent, strawberries and raspberries, tart cranberries, light vanilla and a little bit of barnyard. Smells decently like wine.

T - Light citrus notes of lemon vest, lime, pineapple and grapefruit. Cherries abound, oak is prevelent, peach notes, a nice tart funk and various berries. The wine flavors are there but are kind of taken over by the funk.

M - Tart puckering effect, pretty good carbonation. The tartness tingles my tounge and make my back jaw clentch a bit. A little bit of sweetness from the citrus notes.

O - This is the first brew from Upright that I've had and I just love it. Everything ranks incredibly high for me and I just totally dig this beer. I'd be curious to see how it ages, but this tastes excellent right now. Thanks again Michael for sending this my way, I really appreciate it! Good stuff.

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Photo of Axnjxn
4.6/5  rDev +10%

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

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Photo of craytonic
4.6/5  rDev +10%
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.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.59/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

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Photo of glid02
4.54/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by Grant – much obliged!

Pours a hazy brownish-copper color with a slightly off-white head that leaves decent lacing.

Smells of medium malts with large amounts of tart cherries and hints of lactic sourness. Also present are hints of light oak, tannins, and funk. A very complex nose.

Tastes similar to how it smells, though not quite as impressive. Mildly dry medium malts up front are joined quickly by tart cherry and berry flavors. Midway through smooth oak and funk come into play before they are smoothed by hints of lactose that carry through to a crisp ending. Mouthfeel is good, with active carbonation.

Overall I was a big fan of this beer; there’s a lot going on but the different components manage to retain their integrity. Very much worth a shot.

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Photo of Rutager
4.54/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

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Photo of DenverLogan
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
4.49/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

2010 vintage purchased from the brewery. 750 mL pours a hazed gold color with a slight hint of peachy-pink. Large bubbles on a translucent white foam. Not much retention and no lacing. Bonus points for perhaps the best label ever.

Nose is sour lactic acid and a nice, soft cherry aroma. Honeyed graham crackers and some grains are noticeable as well. Cream cheese frosting sweetness. Good, not over the top freakishly sour.

Sourness is not overly heavy, might develop that way with some age, but right now it plays nicely with a light sweet/tart cherry flavor and some hints of oak and strawberries. Pinot wine is probably not detected if I did not know it was there. Such a delicate and light-bodied brew...well balanced. Minor complaints of perhaps a bit more grain presence and carbonation might be nice. More sour cherries please? It might lose some of its subtle charm though, and it is still a great beer as is. I really do think I could finish a whole bottle of this in less than 5 minutes. Excellent.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.49/5  rDev +7.4%
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!

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Photo of drabmuh
4.47/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

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Photo of maximum12
4.45/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

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Photo of beerwolf77
4.42/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

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Photo of RSchaeffer
4.42/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review #10
2011 Release - 750mL

A - Pours ruby grapefruit in color, bubbly white head that disappears in a rush, leaving a faint ring around the glass. Virtually no lacing.

S - I love the nose on this. Upon popping the cap, I was hit with strong pinot aroma, then tart, sour cherries. Subtle hints of oak, vanilla, and funk.

T - Tart, sour cherries, hints of oak and vanilla that follow the nose. The pinot flavors blend nicely, adding to the complexity.

M - Clean, crisp finish. Light/Medium body with just the right amount of carbonation. Very refreshing.

O - I want more of this. I know there is high demand because of the label and name, which is clever, however there is a fantastic beer lurking in those bottles.

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Photo of womencantsail
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thank you to Shane for sharing this one at Sour Fest.

A: The pour is a slightly cloudy pinkish color with a nice white head on it.

S: Quite a bit going on in the nose. A bit of spice (rye, perhaps?), cherries, grapes, and a nice funk. The funk is somewhat leathery and earthy.

T: A light tartness is noticeable right away, and I find it to be very enjoyable. A bit of citrus zest, lemon, and grapefruit help to enhance the tart aspect. Some other light fruit notes along with the spice and funk that were present in the aroma.

M: The body is light to medium with a full and rolling carbonation to it. Mildly dry on the finish and quite crisp and refreshing.

D: A really nice saison, and the second from Upright that I've been quite fond of. I might need to start tracking some of these down.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

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Photo of andrewinski1
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
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!

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.32/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a heavy pour into my Duvel Tulip. I don't have a full bottle since I dropped this and a Speedway and had to salvage what was left. Hardly lost any of this bad boy.

Appearance - pours a pinkish orange, almost the color of the inside of a grapefruit. Very little head, some large white bubbles form around the edges.

Smell - Sour cherries, apple, pears.

Taste - Wow, cherries, apple, citrus, pear, peach.

Drinkability - ok, it is a sour, but it is very easy to drink.

Overall - I am upset that I may have lost some carbonation with the drop, but I am very happy with this guy. Ignore the label, it is a good beer.

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Photo of woosterbill
4.31/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle (with the best label art EVER, and not just the boob - although I am a fan of that as well) into a mini-nonic.

A: Cloudy bright amber-gold body with a thin, late developing head that leaves as soon as it arrives. Definitely a bit on the flat side for a saison.

S: Moderately funky and tart, with mango, white grape, and rose petals. Fascinating, delicate, and great.

T: Starts out tart, then the cherry finally shows up with distinct sweetness. The floral notes are there as well, and help give just a bit of crispness to the finish. A little too sweet for my tastes, but unique and memorable.

M: Fairly light body with low carbonation. Not bad, but definitely less bubbly than I'd like.

D: Goes down very easily, with enough tartness to balance out the fruit sweetness - almost.

Notes: Thanks, Matt, for sharing this beauty. While it would be hard for any beer to measure up to this one's label, the contents of Four Play don't feel like an afterthought at all. This is one of the most delicately complicated beers I've encountered, and with more carbonation (and maybe just a bit more sourness) it would go from excellent to phenomenal.


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Photo of SpdKilz
4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

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Photo of Tone
4.28/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

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Four Play from Upright Brewing Company
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