Fatali Four
Upright Brewing Company

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Style:
Chile Beer
Ranked #1
ABV:
4.5%
Score:
91
Ranked #3,700
Avg:
4.15 | pDev: 7.95%
Reviews:
51
Ratings:
139
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Upright Brewing Company
 
Oregon, United States
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Fatali FourFatali Four
Notes: A blend of barrel aged Four that has fresh homegrown fatali chiles added for a couple months before bottling. It also incorporates light use of brettanomyces yeasts providing a contrasting earthy backdrop for the bright chile flavors. Cellar for up to three years.
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

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

Drank at the end of June 2015. Notes indicate and I still maintain this is the most unique and best Upright beer I've ever had. Pours a golden color with 3/5" white head and good clarity.

Aroma pops bright brettiness, smooth pepper heat, hay, grass, lemondrop, relatively clean barnyard and wheat notes. This is nice, real nice, I am impressed (finally) with an Upright beer.

Taste has a respectable tartness that doesn't just sneak on you like a wild ale in saison clothing. Good wooden presence to it, light body, brett chewiness. This is one of those complex, full on flavorful but yet ever so light you can drink it on a 100 degree day and it is still fitting. The fatali chiles are real nice, warmth on the backend, paired with crisp carbonation and pilsen like malt levity, not scorching everything, but enhancing the taste and mouthfeel.

This really borders on just being a saison with chiles as opposed to a "chile" beer, but either way you slice it, this is a fun drink that I hope to run into again in the future. Best stuff I've had from 'em.

May 11, 2020
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donspublic from Texas

4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from tap into a wineglass, minimal head, good lacing. Hazy pale yellow in the glass. Smells slightly acidic, somewhat earthy. Taste is initially a acidic, tart, lemony, sweet tart, then the finish is super dry, earthy with the chili heat. Supurb ride on a sip. Great drinking beer on the patio. Not super with the heat, but it lingers on the palate.

Jul 21, 2019
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Phyl21ca from Canada

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

Bottle: Poured an amber color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of slightly caramelized malt with some floral chili notes and very little heat. Taste is a nice mix of rustic Belgian style saison malt with some floral chile with mild heat also perceptible. Body is about average for style with good carbonation. I’m not a big fan of chile beers usually but this was quite good with balance heat.

May 13, 2019
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brenn79 from Idaho

4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 bottle, thanks bro- Pours mostly clear with a medium white head that doesn't last long, leaving a thin collar and some islands of foam. Aroma is sour, tart, granny smith apples, bit of brett, dust. The taste is granny smith apples, dusty books, earthy, light on the mouthfeel, the peppers don't amount to really any heat, there is a slight vegetal flavor assuming from the peppers. Very good easy drinking sour.

Sep 03, 2018
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Roustabout from District of Columbia

3.92/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Drinkable for a chili beer; paradoxically, the lighter base balances the capsaicin, letting it dovetail with the thyme-y hop presence. Still probably wouldn’t go for a full pour of it.

May 27, 2018
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biboergosum from Canada

3.96/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750ml bottle - hmmmm, chili pepper heat AND bad ol' Brett, that's a new one for me.

This beer pours a hazy, pale golden yellow colour, with a teeming tower of puffy, finely foamy, and creamy bone-white head, and lots of rising effervescence that just keeps on adding to a spoon-necessitating experience. Eventually there is some random limestone arch lace left around the glass as it lazily recedes.

It smells of sassy stone fruit (apricot and nectarine), blended domestic citrus rind, gritty and grainy pale malt, a lesser cereal wheatiness, indistinct earthy chili pepper spice, a mildly funky yeastiness, and some tame vanilla-forward oaken barrel notes. The taste is semi-sweet, grainy and bready pale malt, sharp blood orange, white grapefruit, and lemon/lime citrus zest, equal to the task musky stone fruit, a still subtle but you know it's there chili heat, thankfully understated musty and earthy Brett funk, and more weak white wine-like barrel woodiness.

The carbonation is fairly laid-back after its opening frothy-assed gambit, the body a decent medium weight, and sort of smooth, I suppose, that is if your cognitive dissonance meter is working as it should be in cases like this. It finishes off-dry, the malt and big fruity essences having a minor slap fight with the lingering chili spiciness.

Overall, this is one pleasantly rendered chili beer, the multi-vectored fruitiness going a long way in balancing out the heat, while the other sundry players look on in amazement. Surprisingly easy to drink, given everything that is going on (and once the pour settles the hell down). Worth checking out, if you like this sort of thing.

Mar 17, 2017
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peensteen from Canada

4.01/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pale blonde colour, ring of white head, no lace. Smell is fruity, oak and a white wine, lemony and a touch of acidity, chilli pepper is ever present but certainly shows restraint. Taste is acidic and tart with a chilli heat at first followed by a bit of a puckering sourness, dry oak and white wine, lemony with some heat in the aftertaste. Medium high carbonation, medium body dry. This was quite enjoyable, despite my reservations this certainly exceeded my personal expectations, never too much heat, certainly worth trying.

Sep 09, 2015
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emerge077 from Illinois

4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pale gold, minimal lacing with sharp clarity, austere.

Aroma is killer. Oak in spades, light dried fruit, no hint of the chile onslaught ahead.

Taste is unique and very nice. Bright fruitiness with a building moderate chile heat on the back end. Peachy and peppery. Like a nice mango chile salsa but barrel aged. Feel is fairly light bodied, though the heat makes you slow down a bit.

Overall this is a very unique chile beer, one that I'd seek out to try again for sure.

Mar 22, 2015
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tom10101 from Canada

3.29/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Bottle (750 ml). Shared by mathieuc, thanks! Hazy yellow with a low white head and some lacing. Aroma is yeasty with mint notes, lemony and light spicy notes. Taste is lemony and yeasty at first with light fruity notes, but when the peppers are in there and take all over the place. Light body. Good carbonation. Hot mouthfeel, too hot for my liking in fact. I strongly prefer the regular version of the Four.

Feb 03, 2015
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KriegerNco from Colorado

4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

holy sour chili beer! the perplexity of this beer starts with aroma and ends about 5 minutes after you finish your last drink. the appearance is a golden hue with minimum white head. the head settles out to a weird flocculation partially due to the bret n chili. the aroma is mostly brett and strong super citrus. the taste is a whole new ballgame. its initially like a traditional wheat/saison hybrid (session-able/ coriander/ peach) then it its touches on the side palette with bret and spunk. it hits the back of the throat with huge chili flavor. the worst. the worst part about this beer is when it gets room temp... its better with more enticing flavor. this is one i look forward to having this around during the summer time to grill with.

Apr 11, 2014
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SteveTheDog from California

4.37/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was definitely a big fan of this beer. It poured very crisp, clean and clear and the aroma eminating out of the tulip glass was a blast of citrus goodness that made my mouth start watering. The taste was right in line with the citrus but slowly evolved with heat and the mouthfeel was so effervescent and finished clean with the lingering slight burn of the peppers. Loved it, finished it before I knew it, want another one.

Mar 15, 2014
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

one of the most unique beers ever. a low alcohol sour beer, blonde in color with a splotchy white head, with african chili peppers as hot as habanero. the nose on this is just amazing, bright citrus notes after the intense tartness and lactic sourness back off. mouth watering fruits, pears and peaches, and very little clue of the peppers at all. the flavor starts like a neat blonde sour, maybe sour mashed, acidic but not caustic, soft in feel and very light on the grain front. next comes a strong wave of citrus fruit, followed immediately by an slowly escalating heat that warms the throat and tongue after the swallow but never gets too hot. its a brilliant showcase of this peppers flavors without detracting from the beer with a stomach wrenching heat. finish is long and warm without being too much at all. i can hold the beer in my mouth and taste it for 30 seconds if i want to, but the peppery heat doesn't come on until i swallow it. very light body on this, and plenty of sour. my first chili sour beer i think, and its a major success. some of the best upright beer I've had for sure, and something that demands food pairings of the most interesting sort. so cool.

Feb 10, 2014
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lmperialChad from Colorado

4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This was my first beer from Upright Brewing (Portland, OR). I drank this beer during Super Bowl XLVIII, as the Broncos' championship hopes were being crushed. However, this Fatali Four was a bright spot in an otherwise forgettable Super Bowl experience. The beer poured a hazy golden color with a medium white head. The smell had notes of lemon, wheat, and Brett funk. The taste was quite exceptional. The flavor reminded me of a fresh squeezed summer honey lemonade with big floral notes, Brett funk, and cayenne peppers on the finish. I say "summer honey" because this beer had huge floral notes throughout, which are associated with honey harvested in the summertime. I was amazed by the complex balance of the lemon tartness, the floral honey sweetness, and the spicy kick of cayenne-like pepper on the finish. I thought the flavors really played beautifully with each other. This may have been my favorite chile beer of all-time, as I really liked how the Fatali peppers played a complimentary role to add another element of flavor dimension rather than having the entire beer be dominated by chile heat. I was really impressed with Upright and am looking forward to trying more of their beers.

Feb 04, 2014
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DefenCorps from Oregon

4.16/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thank you, Brian. My Upright spree continues. Gushing, this beer is a mildly hazy yellow with a thin, dense white head with decent retention and minimal lacing. The nose is awesome. Fresh, juicy lemony hops with brightening citrus a moderate botanical note ( juniper and spruce) Along with a moderate funk and a touch of sulfur. The peppers add a delicate heat to the nose. Really, though, this smells like what you'd expect barrel aged four to be - refreshing, fruity, bright.

The palate is a whole different beast. The spicy tingly heat Is immediately apparent coating my lips and palate in a pleasant citrusy warmth. Rather botanical on the palate with a blend of citrus, juniper and a wonderful hop character, this is great. The mid palate brings out some acidity and funk, a blend of lactic and lemon acids, and a general earthy funk. Light in body and moderately carbonated, this beer finishes with a slow-burning warmth, along with lemon juice and a little honey. Excellent stuff, easily the best chili beer I've had. Can't wait to see what age does to this beer.

Jan 12, 2014
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UCLABrewN84 from California

3.81/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle pour at mrbubbler's tasting.

Pours a murky orange with a foamy bone head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, herb, and spice aromas. Taste is much the same with sour and chile flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of chile heat on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower good of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a nice chile presence that works well with the base beer.

Aug 26, 2013
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AlexFields from Tennessee

4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy light yellow, misty like a bright morning sunrise, or whatever. Very, very light in color but still pretty cloudy.

Whoa, smells like wine, dry brett, sourness, chilis only if you really look for them--not what I was expecting. More complexity that is hard to describe...smells great.

Opens pretty sour, some farmhouse yeast, grape vinous character, then quickly fades into a dry chili tartness...I don't think I've ever had a chili sour before and I love this! Body is pretty light and dry with sour/funk complexity and spice layered on top and very well integrated. Damn tasty. God had me in mind when he invented this one, just what the doctors ordered, insert some more cliches.

Good milky mouthfeel, light fine carbonation, pretty drinkable light feel.

This is an excellent and well balanced beer both as a sour saison and a chili beer, I've never had a light chili beer with this kind of complexity and subtlety. Delicious.

9.0/10

Apr 22, 2013
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stakem from Pennsylvania

4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

750ml pours a clear copper color. Some rising bubbles maintain a froth atop that is white in color. Some patchy lace sticks all over the glassware an a light swirl effortlessly revives the cap.

The aroma has a hint of vinegar and tart lemony fruit that is mildly funky almost with a wild character that is sonewhat tropical. The vinegar is almost briney like pickled hot peppers but in an unexpected an enjoyable way.

The taste also includes vinegar with fruity lemon and caramel to toffee grainy sweetness. There is a contrasting soicy earthen pepper quality mid palate that lasts into the aftertaste. It is very warming with the spice of the peppers across the back. This is a well blended brew that is not overdone with the spicing.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest level of carbonation. It is light and easy drinking with a very unique and enjoyable arrangement of flavoring. You get the expected character of a saison that is somewhat wild with lemony lacto notes and then the pepper inclusion is a total twist with the perfect amount of heat. Upright really does it for me yet again. Color me impressed.

Feb 20, 2013
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draheim from Washington

4.07/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750mL into a saison glass. Pours a hazy straw color w/ a clean white 1-finger head. Carbonation is less vigorous than most Upright saisons I've had.

Aroma is a blend of bright juicy citrus and typical grassy saison funk. Smells fresh and alive.

Taste leads off with a powerful lemony quality, vaguely grainy pale malt. Extremely clean and light. Lots of peppery spice on the finish, almost has a chile pepper heat (now that I check out some other reviews, apparently it actually is a chile pepper heat - good to know I can trust my palate). Heat coats the tongue and throat, at just the right level. Highly acidic.

Mouthfeel is crisp and light, refreshing, drinkable. Finishes dry.

Overall another interesting, tasty saison from Upright. Along with Logsdon they pretty much have the domestic saison market cornered.

Feb 17, 2013
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trxxpaxxs from New York

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Big thanks to Libbey for this bottle...

A: Pours a light bright cloudy yellow with only a touch of pure white head. The foam settles extremely quickly, leaving a thin ring of tiny bubbles along the edges of the glass. There is no lacing as it drinks.

S: The nose is nose is sweet and sour, mixed with a certain "tang" that reminds me of lemon-lime gatorade. I get a bit of saltiness in there as well. It says this beer is made with peppers, but I don't really get that from the nose. It's a mix of a bunch of scents.

T: I am met with a light bit of citrus and funk right up front. As it moves to the middle I get a bit more lemon, some "tang", and then... Boom! Peppers! The finish is hot. It's not a burn your moth off sort of hot, but it's a slow lingering burn.

M: Light bodied beer. It starts out wet and thin, is a bit watery in the middle, and move off the palate quickly. But the peppers linger for quite a bit.

O: This beer is decent. I think this bottle is a bit flat, to be honest. There just isn't much carbonation to make the flavors of the saison really pop. The heat on the back end it really enjoyable, and a bit unexpected, even though I knew it was brewed with peppers. I would love to try this again someday. I'm a real sucker for pepper beers.

Feb 13, 2013
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aasher from Indiana

4.81/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

2013 release, picked up at the Fantasia release by a friend less than two weeks ago.

Fatali Four pours a light bodied, mildly cloudy and bright yellow gold in color with a two finger bright white head. It's surprising how light in color it is. The nose is bright and citrusy with a good amount of lemon with a touch of citrusy sweet followed by a moderate amount of pepper. For a pepper beer, the nose is overly complex. The flavors are all saison up front. It's light and really citrusy with a good amount of lemon and a night, almost Berliner Weiss esque tartness. The beer then goes into the pepper, leaving your mouth with a light tingle from the heat for the next five minutes. It then leaves your mouth watering. God I love this. It drinks light and crisp and the tartness is perfect. This is by far the best pepper beer I've had, and I've searched them out. This beer is definitely worth a try. It's some of Upright's finest work.

Feb 10, 2013
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Gobzilla from California

4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured a hazy golden yellow in color with pale yellow highlights and a very thin bubbly head that left very minimal wisps of lacing sticking to the glass. Citrusy and tart character were noticeable on the first whiff with a little malty sweetness, some yeasty notes and slight chile notes coming through. Very nice tart spicey flavors upfront on the palate but the chile spice is well balanced and not over done. I did get a little grain, mild bretty funk and citrusy accents. The brew was medium to light in body with moderate amount of carbonation which had a mild funky, citrusy, slightly spicey tart and subtle dry finish. Very well done beer and enjoyed it for sure.

Jan 27, 2013
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dirtylou from District of Columbia

4.53/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle, split

Well, this was quite exceptional. A light cloudy straw-orange body with a healthy white froth - very light and refreshing. Tartness perfectly in balance with a kick of heat from the chiles - funky and yeasty, lots of lemon and earthy must, dry finish. Lined this up with a spicy dish for dinner - will be going out to find more of this ASAP.

Jan 07, 2013
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HuskyinPDX from Washington

4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle opened on 9.20.12.

A - Pours a cloudy medium orange with a fluffy near-white head with big bubbles that fade slowly.

S - Some spicy heat, but also a welcoming sweetness. Very unique.

T - Again, nice farmhouse mix of flora, fruit, spices, yeast and some heat in the back of the throat.

D - Lower carbonation with a medium body and a nice touch of heat.

O - Whey did I wait so long on this one? Unique and great.

Sep 25, 2012
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corby112 from Pennsylvania

4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to sideshowe for sharing.

Pours a dark golden orange color with yellowish-orange edges and a two finger frothy white head that slowly settles into a lasting ring.  Spots of soapy lacing left behind.

Slightly earthy aroma with hints of funky farmhouse yeast along with grass, straw, light fruit and hot peppers.  Hits of apple, pear, bready yeast and zesty chilies. Peppers become more prominent as it warns but the nose is still complex with light fruit, earthy  funky and bready yeast.

Medium bodied but fuller than expected with a really nice balance of zesty spice, hot peppers, farmhouse yeast and light fruit.  Apple, pear and banana with hay, straw and a nice pepper presence that's not overly hot.  Really well balanced with the peppers nicely integrated.  Surprisingly drinkable considering the heat.  A lot of pepper/chili beers are gimick-y and insanely hot but this beer was complex, well balanced and very tasty.

Aug 05, 2012
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ccrida from Oregon

4.85/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Gold with a fluffy white head leaving nice lace.

Smell is sweet and heat, fruity esters.

Taste is fantastic. Awesome base saison with an emphasis on the yeast, but nicely integrated hop presence. The pepper finish is killer, just enough to notice behind the firm lacto pucker.

Mouthfeel is light and dry.

Drinkability is through the roof, this is a fantastic saison. The pepper note really adds some interesting depth without overwhelming the base beer.

Jul 19, 2012
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Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 139 ratings