Pours quite cloudy into my Founders tulip glass. An inch of snow white foam covers the top. Retention is average with thick, slippery lacing.
Aroma is straight forward Belgian yeast peppery. Clove adds to the overall peppery scents. Pleasant fruitiness is behind the spice adding some complexity to the nose.
Taste is much more robust than the aroma. Tartness starts immediately but is hemmed back by sweetness. Pepper and clove are quick to follow, eventually leaving the tongue powdered with white pepper in the finish. Fruits show in the middle: pear, green apple, maybe even cherry. Combined they give a bit of barnyard feel to the beer.
Medium body with moderate carbonation that seems a shade low for the style.
The fruits never really made it past the phenols in the aroma. The rest of the beer picks it up and is highly complex and easy to drink. My first of the Upright Saison's but hopefully not my last. Enjoy!
Seven is our most aromatic beer. The brewery’s saison yeast is fully expressed in the aroma with lots of fruitiness while the hops provide light spice notes. The beer has some heft mid-palette but finishes dry with a lightly lingering bitterness. Seven is satisfying on its own but pairs great with a variety of typically fragrant cuisines such as Thai or Indian.
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