La Maison Wild Saison – Four Winds Brewing Co. (Delta, BC, Canada)

La Maison Wild Saison – Four Winds Brewing Co., 4.5% ABV – 30 IBU, 650 ml, (Delta, BC, Canada) (*local BC craft beer*)


on the back label:

“A delicately light body with a pale golden hue, this dry table saison is brewed with spelt and rye and then fermented with wild yeasts for notes of pepper and tropical fruits. This beer is the part of Notus Series. The Notus series, named after the Greek God of the South Winds, is a series of low-ABV brews that are as flavoured as they are approachable.”

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  • Style: (Wild, table) Saison
  • Taste: Full crisp peach-pineapple wheat malt subtle pepper subtle bitter
  • Where I got it : High Point / Vancouver
  • How much: $5.50 CAD (after 20% off) – 650 ml., October 2016
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yes, full for a 4.5%

Visual: Pours with a massive 50/50 head/beer ratio, ultra foamy and lasting, heaps of clustered fast active streams, sticky lacing. Gorgeous.

Nose: light chamomile, a bit of peachy-pineapple. (lvl-4)-pungency

Attack: full airy CO2-crisp, off-dry tropical wheat malt impression

Mid-palate: (lvl-3-sweetness), pineapple-peach wheat malt, subdued lemon sour-tanginess, controlled wheat malt palate roughness

Finish: yeasty very subtle bitter, trace rye prickly pepper

Summary: Surprisingly sufficiently full-flavoured for a 4.5%, with a very welcoming crisp mouthfeel. Slightly thinnish in the mids after a glass or two but nice with a meal.

Pale Ale – Four Winds Brewing Co. (Delta, BC, Canada)

Pale Ale – Four Winds Brewing Co., 5.2% ABV – 38 IBU, 330 ml, (Delta, BC, Canada) (*local BC craft beer*)


on the back label:

“Our American-style pale ale is a tribute to the origins of craft-brewed beer. A dynamic duo of Cascade and Centennial hops combine for a refreshingly bitter ale, varied with the subtle maltiness that gives way to a clean, brisk finish.”

Ingredients: Pale, munich, caramel pilsen and crystal malt. Chinook, cascade and centennial hops.

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  • Style: American Pale Ale (APA)
  • Taste: Smooth crisp peach-citrus metallic dry grainy toffee barley malt
  • Where I got it : traded with my brother
  • How much: $priceless – 330 ml., sometime in 2015
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: just okay

Visual: Pours clear copper brown with a smallish 1cm head, a spotty 1mm layer of retention, clusters of very active streams, sticky lacing.

Nose: toffee malt with light citrus hops (lvl-6)-pungency

Attack: soft smooth & crisp

Mid-palate: peach-citrus hop oils, (lvl-3-sweetness), dry metallic, grainy toffee barley malt

Finish: lengthy hopped soft dry bitterness

Summary: Pretty decent, good a good balance of hop and barley grain profile. A tad too metallic for my tastes and the hops are on the dull side.

Fortified Raspberry Fruit Wine – Wellbrook Winery (Delta, BC, Canada)

  • My Rating: B

Fortified Raspberry fruit wine (Non-vintage) – Wellbrook Winery, 16% ABV – 375 ml., (Delta, BC, Canada) (*local BC fruit wine*)


  • Style: (Fruit – Raspberry) Fortified Fruit Wine
  • Taste: Rich tangy-zingy sour raspberry juice integrated alcohol
  • Where I got it : @Winery
  • How much: $22 (after 5% off) – 375ml., November 2014
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to dessert wine aficionados: yep!

Visual: Real cork. Pours blood red, ultra clear and thicker viscosity.

Nose: bursting tangy raspberry juice with some currant and alcohol in the backend – awesome. (lvl-10)-pungency

Attack: tingly-tangy, dense fruity raspberry

Mid-palate: (lvl-7-sweetness), big tangy-zingy-sour alcohol, tangy raspberry juice,

Finish: fruity tart, red/black currant/raspberry depth, soft alcoholic throat warmth, lingering tangy acidity.

Summary: Consistent with their Blackberry [B] and Cranberry [B-] fortified wines, this raspberry is also full of authentic berry depth and a structured alcoholic body. It gets somewhat more aggressive at is warms, but is still very engaging.

Sovereign Super Saison – Four Winds Brewing (Delta, BC, Canada)

Sovereign Super Saison – Four Winds Brewing Co., 8.5% ABV – 20 IBU, 750 ml, (Delta, BC, Canada) (*local BC craft beer*)


on the back label:

“Appearance is pale with hues of straw and aroams are sweet of candied orange and red apple. Through mixed fermentation and assertive dry-hopping comes a unique and complex balance of tart fruity esters, elderflower and spice, tapering to a dry finish.”

Ingredients: Pilsner & Wheat Malt, Flaked Wheat, Flaked Oat, Carapils Belma, Elderflower, Belgian Yeast, Brettanomyces, Lactobacillus. April 29, 2016

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  • Style: (Imperial) Saison
  • Taste: Full tangy tangerine sweet malt grapefruit/melon hop exhale
  • Where I got it : Bottle Jockey / N. Bby
  • How much: $13.80 CAD (after 12.5% off) – 750 ml., May 2016
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: good mouthfeel, strange taste

Visual: Corked with a twisty steel cap. Pours cloudy orange-brown with suspended sediment, a huge foamy head, lasting retention, clusters of active micro streams.

Nose: apple-elderflower citrusy hopped malt (lvl-5)-pungency

Attack: crisp-big full foamy

Mid-palate: dull dried grassy elderflower, (lvl-5-sweetness), almost salty, tangy-sour, light toasty barley malt, apple

Finish: astringent lingering elderflower, banana wheat malt exhale, alcoholic zingy

Summary: Good mouthfeel and body, but I’m not quite liking the elderflower in this – it tastes of the dried variety but on steroids – way too grassy and not enough brightness.

Fortified Cranberry Fruit Wine – Wellbrook Winery (Delta, BC, Canada)

  • My Rating: B-

Fortified Cranberry fruit wine (Non-vintage) – Wellbrook Winery, 16% ABV – 375 ml., (Delta, BC, Canada) (*local BC fruit wine*)


  • Style: (Fruit – Cranberry) Fortified Fruit Wine
  • Taste: Eau-de-vie’d tangy tart cranberry/slight raspberry alcoholic
  • Where I got it : @Winery
  • How much: $19 (after 5% off) – 375ml., November 2014
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to dessert wine aficionados:

Visual: Pours garnet red with noticeable legs, clear and slightly thicker viscosity.

Nose: red jolly rancher with cranberry tangy depth. (lvl-5)-pungency

Attack: thicker, oily-slick, detectable alcohol

Mid-palate: tangy cranberry-raspberry with depth, (lvl-7-sweetness) with slow alcoholic heat

Finish: berry eau-de-vie, medium tart, lingering heat, residual berry off-dry exhale

Summary: A much more dynamic and rewarding drinking experience than the Isabella Winery Cranberry Dessert Wine (C-) that I had a couple of days ago. It’s a bit alcoholic up front but the cranberry aromas tone it down and gradually release the heat. Quite sippable.

Fortified Blackberry Wine – Wellbrook Winery (Delta, BC, Canada)

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  • My Rating: [B]

Fortified Blackberry Wine – Wellbrook Winery, 18% ABV – 375ml., (Delta, BC, Canada)

  • Style: (blackberry) Fortified Fruit Wine
  • Taste: rich blackberry tangy alcoholic light warmth
  • How much: $22 – 375ml
  • Where I got it: @Winery, November 2014
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to dessert wine aficionados: 50/50

Visual: Deep luscious dark purple. Shrink foil wrapped, real cork.

Nose: blackberry juice, vodka vapours (lvl-4)-pungency

Attack: incoming tangy sugars + alcohol, thicker mouthfeel

Mid-palate: alcohol detection, rich sour-tangy acidity, fruity (lvl-7)-sweetness, (MAIN) blackberry, red grape

Finish: residual warmth, black fruit exhale

Summary: Very clean from start to finish with a good fortified alcoholic backbone. I enjoyed this one much more than their fortified blueberry offering.

Fortified Blueberry Wine – Wellbrook Winery (Delta, BC, Canada)

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  • My Rating: [C-]

Fortified Blueberry Wine – Wellbrook Winery, 16% ABV – 375ml., (Delta, BC, Canada)

on front-right label:

“The Bremner family has farmed the rich soil of Delta, British Columbia, since the 1950s. Today they operate three farms and grow the finest blueberries and cranberries. Their fruit is prized for its intensity, full body and rich flavor, all of which can be enjoyed this evening with best wishes from all of us at the Wellbrook Winery.”

  • Style: (blueberry) Fortified Fruit Wine
  • Taste: Light fruitiness of blueberry mostly alcohol & warmth
  • How much: $19 – 375ml
  • Where I got it: @Winery, November 2014
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to dessert wine aficionados: no

Visual: Standard thin and tall dessert wine bottle, shrink foil wrapped, synthetic cork, a nice quality label. Pours deep and dark luscious purple.

Nose: grape-blueberry with some muskiness (lvl-5)-pungency

Attack: incoming sour acidity, alcohol, thin fruity

Mid-palate: (lvl-6)-sweetness, (MAIN) cassis, blueberry, red grape

Finish: light oak, alcoholic dryness, deep throat warmth, minor alcohol tongue numbness, light berry fruit finish.

Summary: Overall just decent. Not particularly lush or aromatic, the flavours just glide along with alcohol and warmth being the main players.