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RATINGS: 234   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.57   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
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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


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - DEC 10, 2011
UPDATED: DEC 18, 2011 Courtesy of Pailhead. Hazy golden, huge rocky white head, sticks around a while. Floral, dusty, cereal, light citrus, lemon, lacto. Flavor falls a little bit short of aroma, dusty malt up front, light lacto, floral, citrus, dries out nice through the finish. Billowy mouthfeel, silky. Great session brew.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Huhzubendah (2256) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 16, 2012
Bottle shared by 321Jeff. Thanks! The beer is a hazy, straw yellow hue with a couple inches of thick, white head that leaves a thick sheet of lacing on the glass. The aroma brings lemons, spice, grass, fresh celery. The flavor is refreshing with crisp, zesty carbonation. Light floral and citrus notes are quite enjoyable. The feel is light on the palate. Highly drinkable. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 04-28-2011

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ericdevin (591) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - JUL 6, 2013
Draft at brewery, Portland. Pours a cloudy medium golden straw. Aroma has a slight funky yeastiness, maybe some fruit as well. Lovely lightness to aroma. Body incredibly light on the tongue, sublime and direct, finish abrupt and crisp. Brilliant in any situation, but on tap at the brewery is the pinnacle of freshness.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
superspak (2200) - Michigan, USA - AUG 28, 2013
750 ml bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours extremely hazy golden amber color with a 3 finger foamy and fluffy white head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a thick cap that lasts. Thick foamy lacing clings around the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of lemon, pear, apple, clove, pepper, wheat, bread, straw, grass, light funk, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast and malt notes; with good strength. Taste of lemon, pear, apple, wheat, bread, pepper, clove, grass, straw, light funk, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of light fruits, wheat, bread, pepper, clove, grass, straw, light funk, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a bit. Very nice balance and complexity of malt and fruity/spicy yeast ester notes; with good flavor robustness and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Very high carbonation and medium bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, and prickly mouthfeel that is great. Zero alcohol warming present after the finish as expected for 4.5%. Overall this is an excellent session saison style. All around great balance, complexity, and robustness of flavors for 4.5%; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Homer321 (971) - Rock Ridge, Florida, USA - NOV 8, 2013
Bottle. Grate pils malt with a touch of pepper in the whiffer. Hazy light yellow. Large white head. Slightly tart, crisp, refreshing. Pleasant yeast phenols with pepper and a drying finish. Wow. This is light Saison DuPont table beer. Like avril. But fresh n good.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jzzbassman (1466) - New Albany, Mississippi, USA - APR 17, 2011
Bottle courtesy of After4ever. Hazy light gold pour, with a tightly whipped white head. Aroma is yeast, tart fruit, and musty hops. Lemon and earthy flavors mix well, making it really appetizing and one your mouth keeps asking for more of. Finishes pleasing and dry. Outstanding!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
joeneugs (2932) - Livermore, California, USA - APR 29, 2011
Pours yellow with a small white head. The aroma is grassy and lightly spiced with lemon, coriander and wheat. The flavor is tart and very wheaty with a nice hint of citrus peel. Just a bit of lacto and lemony orange before a really nice crisp, bitter finish. The body is light and refreshing. Its kind of like a berliner weisse crossed with a Belgian wit crossed with a Saison. I loved it. Great for pairing with food.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
FlacoAlto (3737) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUN 9, 2011
I didn’t give it time to clear in the bottle, but given how the bottle was stratifying it looks like this could be close to brilliantly clear if given the chance. A solid pour into my large Tripel Karmeliet tulip (definitely the perfect glass for a Saison of this strength) produces a four-finger thick, pale tan tinged, off-white colored head. The head, as it slowly subsides leaves some nice layered lacing on the sides of my glass. The beer has a hazy, pale amber color, that shows a brighter version of the same when held up to the light. The aroma smells of fruit backed by grain, then a touch of spice. The fruitiness definitely seems characteristic of Wyeasts Thierez yeast (if that is what is used here), with notes of apple cider, touches of melon, and ripe pear. There is a hint of phenolic character here, a touch of mustiness, both of which meld in with the soft, hay like grain character, touches of biscuit like grain and whole grain breadiness that is here. There is a soft herbal spiciness to this brew that is quite a bit more subtle than I was hoping for, this is from the hops, but is a bit more subtle in the nose than I might prefer.

Bone dry tasting, which is accentuated by a prickly carbonation and there is also a fair more tartness than I was expecting; this isn’t a sour beer by any means, but the tartness nicely accentuates some of the fruitiness, in place of a usual malt sweetness perhaps. The fruitiness reminds me of tart pears, with perhaps a touch of floral apple, which is about opposite the relative presence that the aroma has. The hops are more present in the flavor than in the nose, though this is by no means a hoppy beer; they provide a lightly herbal bitterness that adds some firmness to the finish, a gentle spiciness towards the middle and just a soft, integrated hop-herbal character to the entire flavor of this beer. As the beer warms up, more of floral hop component starts to come out & this pairs quite well with the touch of tartness and the fruit character from the yeast. The malt character is fairly subtle here, I expect a bit more of a crackling grain presence (is this perhaps a little old), but there is a nicely soft munich malt presence towards the finish here (contributing a lightly toothsome, whole-grain character), as well as some straw-like, pale grain & perhaps cracker like character in the middle of each sip. The body is about perfect; it is quite light, but has some touches of viscousness to it (perhaps even a hint of lactic slickness) that make this beer interesting enough

This is one of the few commercial, US Saisons that is aligned with the way I like to brew my own. I like the soft, seemingly lactic, tartness that is found in this beer. A beer of this strength, with all of the flavor that this beer has, is right up my alley; I absolutely love lower alcohol beers just like this and this is certainly no exception. I would happily drink a lot of this, and if I didn’t already brew a bunch of beer just like this, I would buy a bunch of it given the opportunity. Personally, I like a touch more carbonation (though this is amply carbonated), a more defined / brighter grain character (did they just use American malt in this), and a touch more hop presence (I was excited to taste a significant Hallertau Mittelfrüh contribution that isn’t quite here), but like I said, I am a sucker for beers like this so this Saison is quite enjoyable. I managed to complain quite a bit about a beer I liked so much.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gramity (1301) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 24, 2012
RBAG 2012. Thanks Sid for the bottle. Hazy gold with a white head. The aroma is floral and a touch worty with some melon and citrus rind. I agree with others that smell was actually a bit dirty and funky - but in such a good way. The flavor is dry and lightly tart with light floral and spicy hops. There is also some toasty malt and tropical fruit. Light bodied and snappy, with ample carbonation.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
wedgie9 (1792) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - APR 12, 2012
Tasted on 4/12/12 from a capped 750mL bottle brought back from Oregon to me by UncleJedi, big thanks Jim. Pours clear pale golden with an average white head that recedes rather quickly to thin lace that sticks around. The nose is light wheat malt with some lightly tart lemon pith and just a touch of spicy yeast. The flavor is super clean and tart all the way through, with just a touch of wheat malt and traditional spicy saison yeast. The body is light with lively, but not stinging, carbonation, with a medium wheaty and lightly tart finish. This is the ultimate easy-drinking sessionable beer.


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