Saison | Four Winds Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Four Winds Brewing Co.
British Columbia, Canada

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by JasonLovesBeer on 10-25-2013

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Ratings: 70 |  Reviews: 16
Reviews by Agent1:
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3.86/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Poured into a flute. Not very active. Very few bubbles rise to the top (possibly the sign of poor carbonation) and the white head dissipates fairly quickly. A golden amber. Overall, a typical Saison color. Very little lacing.

Smell - Subtle grassy notes, coriander, brown sugar, ginger, fresh cut wheat, lightly bready/ yeasty, subtle hops (barely detect Cascade, which is a good thing in my opinion -- a traditional Belgian Saison usually never uses American hops) and subtle floral notes.

Taste - This may be this beer's strongest trait. Nothing unique or ballsy here, but a well-balanced, reasonably complex Saison. Flowers, honey, coriander, vanilla, pilsner malt, banana leaf, soft/light breadiness, orange peel, candied orange, faint butterscotch notes and wheat or grassy characteristics. Citrusy and dry. Very nice. Again, nothing new, but a really great job at balancing various elements. A surprisingly nice use of hops, and to be honest, I am a bit shocked that the "Pacific Northwest Cascade" hops didn't ruin this beer for me, which it had full potential to do. Nice bittering and the hops really pull it all together.

Mouthfeel - Not bad. Nice, balanced attack on the tongue and mouth. You can feel this everywhere, but mostly on the front of the mouth. Not the greatest use of carbonation, and I feel this beer would really pop with more.

Overall - This is a solid Sasion. Surprisingly, non-Americanized for a Saison brewed with West Coast/ American hops! Well disguised and balanced. My one major complaint is that it needs more active yeast, and as a result, more carbonation in the bottle. This would improve the overall activity, mouthfeel and head dilemma that I feel this suffers from. If Four Winds was to really crank the carbonation up, I would score this beer much higher. The rating I give this on taste really helped make up for the poor appearance and mouthfeel lashing I dealt it. That being said, it's delicious and I would buy this again, given the cost.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Justindouglas7
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of Tiernan
3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BCborn
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of chickenm
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of MJ63
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of biboergosum
3.91/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

400ml glass at Craft Beer Market in Edmonchuk - a supposedly 'hidden' tap offering, so thanks for letting me into the club, I guess.

This beer appears a slightly hazy, medium golden copper colour, with a thin cap of wispy and faintly bubbly off-white head, which leaves pretty much nil in terms of lace anywhere near the tulip-shaped serving vessel as things slowly get a move on.

It smells of canned pear syrup, some indistinct tropical melon fruitiness, sort of grainy pale and wheat malt, an ethereal yeasty edginess, some subtle white pepper spice, and very meek earthy and floral hop bitters. The taste is slightly dull old-school yeast, more sugary pear and apple fruitiness, a ghostly sense of white cheesy funk, the standard pale and wheat malt duad, faded earthy spice, and more plain leafy and floral hoppiness.

The bubbles are less than active in their lazy-ass frothiness (for the general style), the body a decent middleweight, and more or less smooth, no yeast or spice infractions here, boyo! It finishes off-dry, the varied hoppiness cutting into that still heady lingering pome fruitiness.

Well, leave it to Four Winds to mess around with a base style just enough to make it seem even better to me (if probably not so to the purists, but ah, fuck 'em). Fruity, duh, and very easy to drink - a patio winner, I'm sure, if I were to ever make it out to this joint during that season.

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Photo of Sammy
3.59/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Very spicy and yeasty. Thanks Dr. Reuven for bringing back. Fresh and lacy. Above average mouthfeel. Uninteresting and lots of characteristics at the same time.

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Photo of souvenirs
3.89/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Golden and cloudy, with lots of visible carbonation.
Smell is yeasty, with maybe some apple or pear and lemon.
Taste is dry and acidic.

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Photo of frontalot
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Boozecamel
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of Rutager
3.83/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of largadeer
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Canada_Dan
3.94/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Kobold
3.84/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Draft at local nectar dispensary.

Look: A murky, deep straw glow reminiscent of an orange hued late afternoon sun. The foam retention appeared tenuous.

Smell: A wandering effervescence of banana esters and clove phenols. The anticipated barnyard spirit, however, was haunting cups elsewhere.

Taste: The earliest stage of ingestion passed like sweetened chlorine followed by an acceptable alcholic petting. The sip then transitioned into a soft whipping of polished leather smoothed by bubblegum and stone. A muffled lemon tang lightly numbed the lips while within a candied sweetness merged with a shadowed sourness to complete the consumption.

Feel: A neither prickly nor indifferent carbonation. In all actuality quite a creamy feel.

Overall: The booziness seems a tad strong, detrimentally masking the hay of the farmhouse. I do like the lingering tart-sweetness, however.

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Photo of ThirstyDutchman
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

Photo of papat444
4.09/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to FondueVoodoo for this.

Poured from a 330ml bottle, no #freshbeer info.

Pours light gold, nice chilled haze with a 3 finger head and average lacing. Expected a bit more. Aroma is nice and spicy, very airy. Flavor has strong lemon overtones, nudging tartness a bit but traditional estery flavors pull it back. Discreet pepper in the background. Simple flavor wise but very much enjoyed it.

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Photo of FondueVoodoo
4.02/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: An exceptionally clear yellow gold with 3 fingers of slightly off-white head which settles to a thin layer with plenty of lacing.

S: Traditional saison yeasts along with bright lemons and slightly spicy pepper notes. Hints of grains and wet grass in the background with a light dankness.

T: Slightly spicy yeast, lemons, wet grass and hints of dank funkiness.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

O: A great offering from Four Winds which I can see as being a go too summer beer. I'm happy to see a BC brewery taking on these saisons and I will be getting more for sure.

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Photo of Jeremy7
3.78/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of spinrsx
3.83/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

330ml bottle from the Ottawa LCBO for $2

Appearance - Gold colour with a gigantic size white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some great lacing. The head lasted for around 4-5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Hops, yeast, breads/grains, lemons, pepper

Taste & Mouth - There is an above average amount of carbonation and I can taste breads/grains, hops, and a peppery spice mix. There is also corn, coriander/clove, and a bit of a herbal-grassiness.

Overall - A great scent and an interesting flavour. I can pick up on a touch of an adjunct flavour in the taste but still, a pretty tasty beer. The peppery bite on the finish lingers for a while. One of the best of the BC mixed 6 pack.

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Photo of thehyperduck
4.06/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

330 mL bottle from the BC Craft Brewers Guild mixed pack, now available at many LCBO locations. Served slightly chilled, and poured into a wine glass.

Pours a cloudy golden-amber colour - very effervescent, with a virtual jetstream of bubbles whizzing their way from the bottom of the glass up to the surface. The head is brilliantly white and quite lofty at nearly two fingers high. It is also incredibly resilient - this is as appealing a saison as I've ever seen, and the aroma is similarly enticing. Hints of orange citrus and floral hops underlie more dominant notes of grainy malt sweetness, banana, and spicy Belgian yeast with a slight coriander vibe.

The first sip left my eyes wide, and the next few subsequent sips then had a similar effect on my smile - this is a tasty little saison. The malt backbone is quite grainy, with a sugary, fruity sweetness reminiscent of banana and appleskin. It is the unusual combination of hops which grabs my attention, however - very grassy and herbal, with strong undertones of lemony citrus. Yeasty, spicy finish; lots of pepper, with floral notes as well. The bitterness is quite persistent into the aftertaste. Medium-bodied, with assertive carbonation initially that gradually softens as you make your way through the glass (and the beer warms); transforming from a very crisp, somewhat astringent Belgian ale into a smoother, more satisfying sipper.

Final Grade: 4.06, a respectable A-. Four Winds Saison is probably the stand-out beer of this sampler pack, offering up everything I expect from this refreshing, hot-weather style - and then adding an extra, spicy kick from the yeast to make it really stand out. The use of Cascade hops seems questionable at first, but they add an enjoyable citrusy, floral dimension to the beer that blends nicely with the yeasty, fruity nature of this style. This and the Steamworks Pilsner are reason enough to pick up this sampler.

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Photo of Drknight
3.71/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JasonLovesBeer
4.09/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Their "standard" saison available in the tasting room. Really impressed by these guys!

A: Rich gold with modest head that dissipates to nearly nonexistance

S: A sharp spicy note combined with apples, banana bread. Some citrus as well.

T: Rich spices of clove, maybe nutmeg or cinnamon? Rich and flavourful throughout, this is a wonderful saison. Slightly tart and quite fruity with a little bit of a straw-like finish. Apples, pears, apricots and peaches along the way.

M: A bit light on the carbonation, but otherwise great.

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Photo of cfalovo97
1/5  rDev -74.4%

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