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.

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.

Vexillum Imperial IPA – Four Winds Brewing (Delta, BC, Canada)

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Vexillum Imperial IPA – Four Winds Brewing Co., 9% ABV, 650ml, (Delta, BC, Canada) (*local BC craft beer*)


on the front-left label:

Vexillum, an ancient Imperial Roman symbol for strength and nobility. This insistently hoppy IPA reveals notes of Grapefruit and Melon while finishing bitter, yet affably balanced.

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  • Style:Imperial IPA
  • Taste: Full tangy tangerine sweet malt grapefruit/melon hop exhale
  • Where I got it : traded with my brother
  • How much: ~$9 CAD – 650ml., Sometime in 2015
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: 50/50

Visual: Pours golden orange with virtually no head, very thin hazy layer of retention, slow steady streams.

Nose: tangerine grassy hops, background alcohol. (lvl-5)-pungency

Attack: onset of heavy alcohol, micro half-creamy, mildly slick

Mid-palate: alcohol detection, tangerine hop oils, (lvl-6-sweetness), fruity-citrus malt, tangy

Finish: soft grapefruit bitter hops, lingering full maltiness, faint melon exhale

Summary: smooth-full tangy citrus malt, alcoholic but overall quite clean. Solid.

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.