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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Upright Brewing Company
Oregon, United States
uprightbrewing.com

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#2,954
Reviews:
46
Ratings:
133
pDev:
8.23%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
50
Gots:
16
Trade:
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Ratings: 133 |  Reviews: 46
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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of lmperialChad
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

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Photo of Kurmaraja
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of DefenCorps
4.16/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

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3/5  rDev -27.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +9%

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4.5/5  rDev +9%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.81/5  rDev -7.7%
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 drewone
4/5  rDev -3.1%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of bird22
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of Bubba83
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of AlexFields
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
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

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4.5/5  rDev +9%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of stakem
4.45/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of draheim
4.07/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of trxxpaxxs
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

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Fatali Four from Upright Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.13 out of 5 with 133 ratings
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