Wildflower Saison – Four Winds Brewing (Delta, BC, Canada)

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  • My Rating: C+

Wildflower Saison – Four Winds Brewing, 6.5% ABV, 30 IBUs – 750ml., (Delta, BC, Canada)

on the back label:

“Our Saison has blossomed into something fresh. Reflecting the variety of wildflower, this specialty release infuses our Belgian farmhouse ale with chamomile and elderflower for a balanced bouquet of spice and bloom.”

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  • Style: Belgian Triple
  • Taste: Creamy/fizzy bitter grapefruit peel hopped honey lager barley malt 
  • Where I got it : Legacy Liquor Store
  • How much: $11 (after 5% off) – 33cl., March 2014
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: no, it’s not super special

Visual: A newish local brewery that I haven’t yet tried, should be good. Composite cork. Pours cloudy pale orange with a huge lasting bubbly foamy head, several slow streams.

Nose: faint citrus malts, chamomile, mild honey (lvl-3)-pungency

Attack: crisp, incoming honey malts

Mid-palate: light tingly, (lvl-6)-sweetness, (MAIN) malts, honey, light elderflower

Finish: palate roughness, medium bitter hops, residual chamomile, soured funk finish.

Summary: There’s too much chamomile and not enough elderflower. Some noticeable roughness near the finish. A decent brew when chilled, but has non-agreeable sourness as it warms.