Barrel-Aged Seven With Brett (Sole Composition Series)
Upright Brewing Company

Barrel-Aged Seven With Brett (Sole Composition Series)Barrel-Aged Seven With Brett (Sole Composition Series)
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Belgian Saison
4.31 | pDev: 7.66%
Upright Brewing Company
Oregon, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Barrel-Aged Seven With Brett (Sole Composition Series)Barrel-Aged Seven With Brett (Sole Composition Series)
Notes: Aged 14 months in oak barrels.

Bottle release in February 2011 ('Sole Composition' Series; sold only in the Tasting Room ~ 120 750ml bottles)
168 bottle release in Feb/March of 2012.
Reviews: 16 | Ratings: 70 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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4/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Grain & Gristle the other day.

The barrel aging (was told they use gin barrels) really gives this beer a very different twist. The barrel aging imparts a sour quality, along with some noticeable juniper berry flavor. The alcohol is very well integrated into the flavor profile, and I was surprised to learn it was in the 8.5% range. There's also some noticeable clove, peach and apricot in the flavor profile, making for a pretty enjoyable saison.

Wouldn't want to drink this all the time, but it was a solid beer that went well with the meat platter we ordered.

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John_M from Oregon, Feb 14, 2015
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4.14/5  rDev -3.9%

Thanks to wethorseblanket for sharing this one at mrbubbler's tasting.

Bottle # 119 of 168.

Pours a clear golden-orange with a foamy white head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is slightly sour with malt, grain, Brett, funk, and earth aromas. Taste is much the same with sour malt, fruit, Brett, and funk flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with a nice combination of sour fruit and Brett characteristics.

Serving type: bottle.

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UCLABrewN84 from California, Sep 14, 2014
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4.53/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottle 132/168.

Poured a vibrant golden orange. Huge, fluffy white head head settles leaving a ton of lacing and a nice white layer over the beer

Smell is white wine, basement, maybe a little hay.

Taste is beautifully funky. The brett has gone to town on this beer. Wine like, tart grapes then followed by a hint of alcohol warming as it goes down.

This feels so good in the piehole. It's pretty dry and tart enough to make you salivate and jones for the next sip.

This is pretty old at this point and the brett dominates. This beer completely fits all the descriptors of 'funky', 'rustic', farmhouse', etc...It is drinking so fucking good right now. I didn't have one fresh, but this is just insane good. Thank you Upright.

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DaveHack from Pennsylvania, Dec 03, 2013
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4.31/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle opened on 7.16.13
Two Brett Strain
Two Cask Blend
Bottle 44 of 114

A - Pours a cloudy medium orange with a fluffy off-white, soapy head with great retention.

S - Lots of Brett, funky citrus and oak. Very good.

T - Funky Brett, wood, subtle spice, a touch of sweet malt. Excellent.

D - Tons of carbonation with a light body.

O - Hard for me to describe, but a wonderful Brett beer.

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HuskyinPDX from Washington, Jul 30, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25


hill farmstead stemware - bright orange body, some healthy white foam - nice aromas of brett, oak barrel, vinous notes. Flavor profile highlights peach, apricot skin, wine barrel, lots of brett, straw, spice, lemon. A nice beer - happy to have another - wont knock your socks off, but well crafted

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dirtylou from District of Columbia, May 06, 2013
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4.53/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Opened at a bottle share. Poured into a snifter. Light straw color. Lots of Brett, floral notes, perfumy. Taste is excellent, straw, fruity tartness. Brett continues thru finish. Dry, pleasantly tart. This has really developed nicely in the past 18 months. Bottle 106/120. Wish I had more.

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4.47/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750mL bottle poured into a tulip. Bottle #106 of 168. Thanks to Jason for the bottle!

(A)- Pours a hazy golden yellow color. Some nice white froth.

(S)- A nice earthy barrel character. A touch of funk with clay, lemon, and subtle spice.

(T)- A really nice combo of bright peach/apricot and lemon fruits with a subtle funky but mildly sour brett character. Finishes nice and dry with an ever so subtle spicy oak.

(M)- A nice carbonation level and balance. Really nice fruits combined with subtle barrel notes and yeast.

(D)- Overall, just a fun and joyful saison. Super easy to enjoy and vibrant/refreshing.

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sweemzander from Illinois, May 19, 2012
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4.3/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks Starr, served in a tulip.

Beer is yellow and clear with a white head, nice lacing, low retention though and moderate carbnation, looks nice.

Aroma is Brett (probably b) and woody with a mild tart earthiness.

Beer is spicy but I didn't notice the spice in the aroma at first, now I can smell it, the brett comes through nicely and the finish is strong and wet. Mildly bitter, oaky on the back end, a fine saison and I'd have it again in the future if possible.

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drabmuh from Maryland, Apr 06, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured a hazy orangish color with good carbonation leaving some white bubbles and cap

S:Big and fruity with some funk, hey and wood with a dash of pepper

T: If I could picture a French orchard with a farmhouse in the middle this nwould be it. Apples, pears, hay, barnyard funk, a bit of must and a nice booze sting on the back. Notes of pepper and a light hillside floral notes are evident but very tame.

M: Loads of flavor with a medium body and good carbonation.

O: Fantastic. But at nearly 9% I'm not sure how much work the farmhands would get through if consuming this beer. It nearly misses the style with excess booze.

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barleywinefiend from Washington, Mar 23, 2012
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4.3/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to starrdogg for sharing this bottle. Served in a SAVOR wine glass.

Pours a nice, clear golden color with a good white head. Some spotty lacing on the way down.

The nose brings forward some nice Brett character along with a bit of oak. Light cherry and other fruit in the background, with the additional of some spice. Flavor has a really nice Brett presence. There's a good earthy dryness along with cherry and light stone fruits. Some floral notes and a bit of light pepper. Light-medium body with good carbonation and a semi-dry finish.

Overall, another fantastic brew from Upright. Excellence is what I expect, and almost always get. Can't wait to visit this place.

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Thorpe429 from Illinois, Mar 16, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to oregonskibum for sending this one one. You're feeding my Upright habit! Served alongside Rose City Seven.

Beer pours a cloudy orange with a light white head. Smell is heavy on the brett with some spices and light citrus in there as well. Flavor is quite nice, the brett blends excellently with the base beer bringing out some great light citrus fruit flavors as well as some more typical grassy saison flavor with some brett funk hanging in the back. Mouthfeel is quite nice as well, light-medium bodied with nice carbonation. Overall, another fantastic beer from Upright. I preferred the Rose City Seven to this one, but only by a small margin. Keep these coming!

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starrdogg from District of Columbia, Mar 16, 2012
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2.76/5  rDev -36%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle shared by barkingelectron at his sour tasting.

Pours clear gold with a soft pillow of white foam.

Aroma features peach, apple, some citrus with hay a heavy floral scent and pepper.

Grainy up front taste. A little bid of lactic acid although not very sour at all. Some lemon and hay. Oak slightly overpowers some of the more delicate flavors and it finishes floral and pepper a combination I don't really care for.

Low to medium in mouthfeel with ample carbonation.

Not a big fan of the flavor profile and some of the flavors did not mix together very well. Hardly any tartness here and more of the peppery normal saison flavors dominate. My least favorite of the Upright brews I've had so far.

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jmarsh123 from Indiana, Mar 03, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5


Bottle shared by Andrew at Woodshop Classix by way of Luke, thanks!

A: Transparent gold with a big white sea foam head.

S: Peach, apple, and orange with notes of wet leather and hay. Lightly floral, with a dash of pepper. Notes of cherry, plum, lemon, and grape. Wow, this smells great.

T: Sweet grain up front melding with a light tartness. Lactic cherry, grape, and plum with lightly acidic lemon and notes of hay. Oak is pervasive but well integrated. Floral and lightly peppery.

M: Upper light in body with high carbonation.

Overall: Excellent. Probably my favorite Upright to date and one of the highlights of Woodshop. I'm glad that Ojos Dormidos (fka The Enforcer) has a bottle of this so I can try it again.

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HopHead84 from California, Sep 01, 2011
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4.42/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A big thanks to Luke for this bottle.

A: The beer pours a cloudy orange color with a rather tall white head.

S: A really intense fruit aroma to this beer which is just fantastic. Lots of apples, peaches, and pears with some white grape notes to it as well. Mild oak and tartness with just a little bit of lemon peel and sweet bread.

T: More big fruit character on the palate. The peach flavor is really outstanding with a bit of grape, apple, pear, and lemon zest. A touch of grass and damp oak, a light malt sweetness, and some subtle tartness.

M: Medium bodied with a medium carbonation.

O: An absolutely awesome beer. Great complexity and flavor. Very much enjoyed this one.

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womencantsail from California, Sep 01, 2011
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4.05/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of kscaldef.

Pours a night dark golden yellow color with crazy huge white soapy head leaving ridiculously sticky lacing as it slowly slowly recedes. I love sticky looking lacing, it just screams that a good beer is coming; I don't why that is, anyway...

Aromas begin with a ton of sweet and sours smells; I get a lot of citrus rind here. In the background there is some mustiness and some light woody oak. Spot on for a Brett Saison in my book.

The tastes are surprisingly not too sour or tart as I expected with such a big aroma. There definitely is citrus flavors abound here with some more funky grassiness and mustiness. Solid earthiness and oak in the finish.

The mouthfeel is my only detractor on this beer. It drinks a little heavier than most Brett beers and as crazy as the initial carbonation looked, it doesn't show up in the mouthfeel for some reason.

Overall this was really nice and well balanced. My favorite sour of the night for sure (Dissident, Askew, Brute and Oude Tart were sampled as well). I have been meaning to try something from Upright and I am glad I finally did. This was solid enough that I will definitely try more in the future if possible.

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claspada from New Jersey, Aug 14, 2011
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4.6/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Livefast for busting this out at a recent tasting.

Sole Composition (seven) comes into the glass very faint and not too bubbly. The liquid is a hazed orangeish color with some bronze highlights. Some nice white bubbles creating a lasting cap leaving some weak lacing for a second.

Smell on this is really bright and pungent with hop musk, citrus from the vine, and some brett mustiness, plus oak from the wood. It smells great and it's large. Some faint malt sweetners that barely register.

Wow, by god this is good. The funk is large and barny with hay and grass. Bright citrus fruits with mango and ripe pineapple, orange peel. Earthy flavor in the middle leading to brett and other organisms making for a funky finish. The oak is takes it further.

I really dig how this feels going down. It reminds me of funky juice. Even with some bubbles, the carb is barely there and this just glides down with the littliest push. Very tart and juice like, smooth sailing, no interference from the alcohol.

This is a great beer, The saison is not completely faded. There is still some underlining earth and floral taste to go along with the fruit and bugs. A whole bottle is a no brainer to the head.

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BARFLYB from Pennsylvania, Aug 05, 2011
Barrel-Aged Seven With Brett (Sole Composition Series) from Upright Brewing Company
Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 70 ratings