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RATINGS: 320   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.55/5   IBU: 18   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Four is truly a light yet flavorful beer. The recipe uses a good portion of wheat and incorporates a sour mash into the process to make it slightly tart and extra refreshing. It has delicate aromas and flavors that span a range of floral, grassy and herbal notes. The finish is extra dry and makes the beer a great beverage to pair with food, especially various cheeses and shellfish.
Malts: organic pale, organic wheat, organic munich
Unmalted: rolled wheat
Hops: hallertauer mittelfrüh
4.5% abv


3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Alengrin (4439) - BELGIUM - SEP 30, 2015
American saison, at Borefts. Very thick, dense, frothy, towering snow white head on top of a pale yellow beer with greenish hue, cloudy all over. Aroma of lemon zest, white pepper, dry hay, bready wheat, gooseberry, sourdough, field flowers - reasonably ’saison-esque’ indeed. Dryish fruity taste with pleasant sourish accents of lemon, kiwi and soapy starfruit, bit bready, doughy even, with a long, florally and grapefruity hop bitterness in the end, aromatic and drying, but pairing well with the yeasty fruitiness and the bready maltiness. Very quenching, and isn’t that the first intention of a 4.5% ABV saison?

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bulk_Carrier (3630) - Lake Champlain, Vermont, USA - JAN 3, 2016
This was poured into a tulip. The appearance was a semi-hazy to light transparent semi-burnt orange color to it. A one finger white foamy head dissipated within about thirty seconds leaving some messy lacing sticking and then sliding here and there. The smell started off with some sweet grassy to citrus dryness. Light wheat strains in as it warms. The taste was mainly sweet with a light bitterness sticking in there. Sticky sweet citrusy aftertaste leads into a semi-dry finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a fairly decent sessionability about it. Carbonation runs smooth enough to allow sweet grassy/citrus combination sticking slightly on my tongue. Overall, I say this was a pretty good saison that I would have again.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MartinT (9267) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 25, 2009
UPDATED: JUL 25, 2010 My Bottom Line:
Minty hops, straw-like wheat and subtle herbs swirl into a lightly tart finish for a quenching, humble Saison.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A veil of foam skirts the cloudy blond.
-The body is very light and thus very drinkable.
-Citrusy fruitiness also increases drinkability.
-Every flavor is well integrated, yet few stand out.

Bottles.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
after4ever (7535) - Brier, Washington, USA - FEB 27, 2010
750, capped. pours a crystal clear fizzy looking pale gold. loose white head, plenty of eggy lace. tangy lemons and light yeasty spice on the nose. creamy medium body with plenty of carb. lemons, cloves, and other light hay spices on the mid pakate. mild clovey finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bu11zeye (12684) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - APR 14, 2010
(750ml bottle, courtesy of thirdeye11) Pours a hazy pale yellow body with a tall off-white head. Aroma of mustiness, citrus, earth, grass, herbs, and yeast. Flavor of lemon, earth, and yeast with a soft mouthfeel and a dry finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Mora2000 (6154) - McKinney, Texas, USA - APR 19, 2010
Thanks to thirdeye11 for sharing this bottle. This was sampled alongside Upright 5, 6 and 7. The beer pours a hazy light yellow color with a white head. The aroma is lemon, citrus, spices and coriander. The flavor is lemon and orange citrus with some wheat and spicy hops. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
thirdeye11 (6043) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 23, 2010
(750ml bottle) opaque yellow with nice creamy head. Nose of spicy yeast, light funk, lemon and cinnamon. Taste of lemon, spices and yeast. Light body but very style appropriate. Not bad.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rosebud butternuts (2396) - Denton, Texas, USA - APR 30, 2010
bottle thanks to thirdeye11. poured yellow with a white head. aroma was lemon, sweet, and lemon peel with the flavor being much the same. body was medium with high carbonation.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAY 9, 2010
750ml from the first bottled batch. Pouring initially clear, the golden colored body is increasingly cloudy with each careful pour. Tiny bubbles fervently effervesce, feeding a moderate, slowly receding head of snow white foam from beneath. Sudsy globules of lacing try their best to cling to the glass, though they ultimately liquefy and merge back into the body below. The nose is pretty simple, yet intriguing, showing a base of clean grain that has soured slightly with some lactic acidity, hinting at lemongrass, sweet flowers, and a soft, balancing spiciness. Flavors are right in line, showing perhaps a bit more lemony acidity than the nose foreshadows, lightly sweet wheat grain laying the baseline. Green grass and floral spices lend depth, though don’t particularly dazzle on their own. There is again a lactic connotation throughout. The palate is light and lively, drinking incredibly easy and balanced well between malted wheat sweetness and a semi-dry, crisp finish. Very nice table beer. It’s relative neutrality and soft acidity make it an excellent palate cleanser between courses.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
leems (406) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 15, 2010
UPDATED: AUG 15, 2010 Light color, thick white head, not much aroma pretty clean wheat and slightly herbal nose, flavor is slightly more of the aroma good yeast fruitiness. Slightly tart and easy drinking, great on a hot day and a great deal in the tasting room but the bottle price is a little much.


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