Four Play | Upright Brewing Company

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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

Added by DiabolikDUB on 08-17-2009

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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 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 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 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 beertunes
3.68/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I admit it, I bought this beer because there was a full tit on the label. I've also really enjoyed Uprights other beers, so it wasn't that much of a gamble.

The beer poured a hazy reddish yellow, very still, no head, thus no retention or lacing.

The aroma was nicely yeasty and spicy, the cherry scent was barely noticeable. The flavor was nicely tart, spice and yeast dominate the tongue, with the cherry being subdued but noticeable in the background.

The body was nicely typical for the style, full without being heavy. Dinkability was also very good, a 750 went down easily.

Overall, a brew worth checking out. And that label's not bad either.

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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 RedDiamond
3.39/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Four Play started as a prototype for what would later become Upright's "Four". Along the way it was hijacked into pinot barrels, mixed with cherry puree, and spiked with Brettanomyces yeast and Lactobacillus bacteria. It sat for a full year until being bottled and served.

Four Play emerges with an alluring lacto- acidic fragrance that quickly whets the appetite. The simple amber body is undercarbonated causing me to think the bottle could use further cellaring. Its flavor holds more in common with table wine than with beer. Even the aroma emulates wine after its initial lacto- release. The taste is of simple wine-like acidity with a playful, understated sourness. The qualities of malt, hops, and even the cherry puree are subsumed to the character of the actual fermentation.

Ultimately, while the taste and aroma are fine, the lack of body is distracting and the intended complexity of the conditioning process never gels. It's not bad, but the expectation of excitement over this experimental ale passes unfulfilled.

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Photo of djbreezy
3.92/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

appearance - pours a cloudy orange/pink grapefruit color with no head, light carbonation, no lacing

smell - cherries on the nose, lightly tart, lightly sour

taste - cherries, barrel wood, sour, slightly tart, a bit subdued for the style

mouthfeel - very light, some carbonation, not much body

drinkability - light and refreshing, a bit light for the style, feels "watery"

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Photo of slaintemhor
3.15/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had this on tap in August of 2009 at Bailey's Taproom in Portland, Oregon. The colour was a very light amber with no head. The aroma was teeming with tangy citrus and notes of oak. On the palate there was a somewhat medicinal character which reminded me of phenols (like an Islay Scotch). Towards the back of my palate I picked up wine-like, tartaric flavours and then a quick finish.

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Photo of DiabolikDUB
3.88/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-Tap @ Upright Brewery poured into Pilsner glass.

Pours a pinkish-yellow-orange with a finger of fizzy white head that quickly dissolves into a thin layer atop the glass. The aroma is sour cherry and some touches of yeast. Flavor is sweet cherry upfront accompanied by fresh cirtus hoppiness, a touch of wood and a tart finish that ends up being very dry. Its light to medium bodied with a nice carbonation. Very tasty stuff and I may be pushing it but I believe this has been my favorite from the brewery.

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