Fatali Four | Upright Brewing Company

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Fatali FourFatali Four

Brewed by:
Upright Brewing Company
Oregon, United States

Style: Chile Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by jdense on 11-15-2009

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Photo of DaveHack
3/5  rDev -27.2%

Photo of kscaldef
3/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A little buttery. Wouldn't mind more heat.

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3.25/5  rDev -21.1%

Photo of tom10101
3.29/5  rDev -20.1%
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.

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3.5/5  rDev -15%

Photo of Mebuzzard
3.5/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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Photo of sweemzander
3.62/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750mL bottle poured into a tulip. Thanks to Jason for the bottle!

(A)- Pours an orange hue. Some white froth and lace.

(S)- A subtle grassy lemon wheat background with a spicy front with some oak and chiles.

(T)- Similar to the smell. Much more chile in the finish, but it fits. Definitely spicy in a pepper heat sort of way.

(M)- A good carbonation level and balance. The chile hits you right on the finish.

(D)- An interesting twist on the style with the hefty spicy chiles. You cannot see much from the barrel aging aspect, but the chiles sure throw their weight around. I will be the first to say I really do not care for really spicy chile-type of beers, but this one is more up my alley than most I have had.

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Photo of BeerOps
3.63/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of clearlydiluted
3.64/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

served in an 8 oz glass at Grain & Gristle

The beer pours a hazy yellow golden tint with light lacing. It smells of funky at first sniff. There's no hints that there are any chilies in the aroma. The first sip says otherwise as the heat of the chilies hits first along with a familiar fruity green chili flavor that melds well with the fruit saison esters. The body is medium-light and there is a good deal of carbonation. The whole thing finishes with a clean lactic sour note that reminds me of a berliner weisse along with the lingering heat from the chilies.

I'd say that the beer overall was an interesting combination of Four with the Fatali chilies, but I'm not sure I'd drink a whole pint of it given how spicy it was. Though I'm sure it would have gone great with food. I would like to see how some of the wild yeast, notably Brett, work on this beer later on as there were no hints of it in the current profile of the beer.

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Photo of Sean9689
3.68/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks, Jason! Bottle into Bruery tulip.

A - Pours a mirky golden yellow, small white head, thin collar.

S - Light oak, funky musty notes, medium level of sour/tart noes, hay, and a hint of peppers. The peppers aren't too evident, just ever so slight.

T - This is where the peppers hit you. The sour/tart notes are really nice and the spicy notes from the peppers really hit you on the back end. Notes of citrus, hay, funk, peppers, oak. It's not overly hot, so I'm albe to enjoy a nice pour. The finish is light tartness followed by a peppery punch in the throat.

M - Light body, good carbonation, dry spicy finish.

O - Upright really uses the peppers in a good way with this beer. With so many spiced beer disasters, it's nice to see this one turn out for the good. I would definitely have this one again...really unique and quite good.

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Photo of Phelps
3.74/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared by ejyoung, this is a wheat ale aged in oak with chile peppers. Poured into a tulip.

Pale, cloudy apricot in color. The head is thin and ephemeral, fading from light white to nothingness within just a few seconds.

The wheat is obvious in the aroma, as are the chiles. Behind those I get light bits of pear, white pepper and crackers. Fairly sweet overall.

A little funkier in the flavor, playing off the wheat. Swishing the beer around the tongue delivers a soft chile heat, which is interesting with the fruity pear and wheat flavors.

Medium-light body, effervescent and very fizzy. The chile heat is enticing, but never gets out of control. Crisp.

I never thought to add chiles to a beer as light as this Belgian-style thing, but it works. A nice blend of crisp fruit, funk and heat. I dig it.

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3.75/5  rDev -9%

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3.75/5  rDev -9%

Photo of ColdPoncho
3.78/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks for sharing, Urbancaver
From notes
Nice to try this alongside its base beer

A - golden yellow body with a white ring of head.

S - very similar to non-bal Four: bit of citrus, spice, and pale malt.

T - also very similar to the base beer: crisp, citrus, zest, tart/funk, but with a pretty serious chile burn at the back of your mouth.

M - lines up with the base. medium body, a bit dry.

O (D) - The spice is too much for me. I'm pretty sensitive to it, and at first it's pretty tame, but after a while, it is too much.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.81/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

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Photo of festizio
3.81/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Docer
3.82/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle grabbed at Bottles in NE PDX..

- Lightly cloudy straw yellow brew.. pretty heavy pour didnt yield much foam.. quick fizzing down to a trace dusting and micro-sized ring of bubbles.

- Chilis present.. light spice, yeasty zest.. grain, and some slight hops with a funk wheat note.. slightly buttery smelling...

- Probably one of the more spicy beers I have had.. starts off smooth and zesty... bready and zesty yeast.. light grain, wheat notes, and then the peppers really creep up and hit you with beads of sweat in the forehead. Totally awesome. So far the flavor is the highlight.

- Light bodied, quite bubbly.. mouth watering heat.

- Overall not the most drinkable beer.. just might be too hot for some, though not for me. I like it, and I like how the heat sneaks up later without ruining the beers great backbone.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.85/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 provided by seanthornton152.. Nice one Sean.. this is a thinker.

Pours with a thin white head... pale hazed golden..

Nose is a sorta spicy lite Belgian with a hint of coriander. No real chili to speak of.

Flavor is a bigger witbier/lesser saison with a bit of orange peel and minor yeasty phenols.. the chili flavor is there, but mainly only on later pours.

You really have to stick with this one to get the chili.. the heat really does grow and completely melds with the base beer.

Body is much better than expected for a 4.5% brew.. so is the carbonation.. everything is in the right place.

Thanks Sean.... this one seemed pretty damned fresh... and it was soooo far off my radar... I truly appreciate it.


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Photo of ShanePB
3.87/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of John_M
3.87/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Grain and Gristle tonight

The beer pours a solid gold color with fair head retention and light lacing. The nose is fairly attractive, especially if you are a sour lover. There is considerable sour funk, along with some light honey and lemon/lime. The flavor profile replicates the nose pretty closely in this beer, though it's not as sour as I was expecting given the aroma profile. There is also a hint of vanilla flavor, which along with the honey, is pretty nice. Mouthfeel is medium bodied to light, with a wash of sour on the finish. Drinkability is OK, but I'm just not enough of a sour fan to appreciate and/or enjoy this beer.

While OK, I can't say I found this to be a particularly memorable effort from the folks at Upright.

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Photo of jdense
3.88/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle of latest batch shared with Tyler Brown at Barley Brown's 5.28.11, side-by-side tasting with Hot Blonde.

Half finger slightly off-white head on top of slightly haze medium gold body, no visible carbonation. Big dose of funk in the nose totally subsumed any chile aromatics, threw some lemon-like esters, floral hops pushed into the background. Taste mirrors the nose, brett inspired funk, more sour than tart, though I was surprised how little chile was present, got minimal warming, certainly paled in heat and chile aroma comparison with the Hot Blonde. Mouthfeel medium, decent effervescence, pretty dry finish. The PDX homies told me this was more sour than previous batches, and I'm alright with that, though wish more chile heat had shown through.

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Photo of goodbyeohio
3.89/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

it's actually FATALII four, but whatevs.

33 oz stone growlerfull for a fiver. hazy golden. perfumey aroma brings to mind rose petals and fresh cut grass with a hint of funky stinkweed. that funk evolves when pondered upon to something more farmy.. its mingling with the hops show a real hint of orvallian wonder.

initially, a straight up wit with hop balance and a brett zing. the flavor follows through with some mid-grade yet lingering heat.. and not like a burn, more like a buzz. the pepper flavors are present upon warmth, and nose breathing brings more heat to the party. some real nice fruitiness comes together with the yeast on top of the peppers.

damn, this is one of the best fruit beers i've ever tasted. and this being the bottom of the last keg, i think i inherited some extra testes-enhancing scorch. no worries, i can handle it.

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Fatali Four from Upright Brewing Company
4.12 out of 5 based on 133 ratings.
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