Four Winds Brewing Co.

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Wild Ale
Ranked #40
Ranked #597
4.46 | pDev: 6.5%
Four Winds Brewing Co.
British Columbia, Canada
Notes: In the pursuit of sour, peach and nectarine play lead, while galaxy hops lend notes of citrus and passionfruit.

Made with Pilsner, Munich, and acidulated malt, Galaxy hops, Brett Trois, Lactobacillus and Belgian yeast.
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Smakawhat from Maryland

4.36/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the can into a teku glass. No visible can dating, or smudged.

Absolutley blooming and frothy large but controlled bleach white head. Excellent staying power, like a bold IPA, and a gleaming bright white appearance. Light touches of soapy lacing, while sitting on a shiny opaque but not hazy lemon yellow that's in the goldilocks range, not too dark or light .. Just looking right.. Very great looking brew.

The aroma is gang busters. A giant whiff of tropical fruit, soft acidity and a rush that makes your head go places. Giant amounts of passion fruit, hints even key lime and a touch of pie crust sugar crumble. Tropical guava, mango, you name it… you can get lost here. Touches even creamy notes of vanilla strangely in the mix. I am afraid to even drink this because I am convinced this can't be topped and it wont be better at this point… har har..

The palate is still quite enjoyable, but seems only a slight let down from the nose, which is understandable. A very ight body, supportive enough, but missing a bit of edge to push this wild into exceptional territory. Still the palate hits solidly with good tropical guava, passion fruit, and mango flavors. Real light bodied and comes off more mimosa and slightly flat champagne in feel, but gives excellent fruit character to the palate. Doesn't quite hint of souring, strangely, as it seems to have really mellowed out in acidity and funk, but in a nice way.

I am pretty certain that this is quite a few months old in the can, but seeing that this is so highly rated there was no way I could pass it up for trying. It holds up real impressively, I'd be curious if some of the dry hopping would be more evident for a fresher beer to try. Definitely want to be having this again in the future, and that bouquet is just exquisite!!

Aug 16, 2020
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AmeriCanadian from Tennessee

4.2/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16 oz / 473 mL can dated 8/8/19 on the bottom (so presumably a little over 6 months old) poured into a narrow stemmed beer (for my purposes) glass.

Pale straw-yellow coloring (a previous reviewer mentioned pineapple juice, which is spot-on from a color perspective) with medium haze and full opaqueness but zero turbidity. A minute stream of carbonation cascades up the sides of the glass, feeding a (initially) big, fluffy, soapy, off-white head of multi-sized bubbles. That head drops to a bubbly film quite quickly, with odd spots of lacing down the glass. Quite pretty for a wild ale, and the hazy glow adds to the attractiveness.

Delicate but really lovely nose, with both sweet and sour/tart notes: lemon, nectarine, passionfruit, wine grapes, granny smith apple, under-ripe pineapple, damp green grass, juicy orange, peach, pear, and a slight horsey funk. Quite floral, thinking honeysuckle and rose pedals, with a little peppery spice. Really, really wonderful with its nuance, layers, and complimentary components. Absolutely digging the aroma profile, which remains true to the wild/sour category while introducing some nice (but not overpowering) IPA characteristics.

Heavy wine and cider influence on the tongue, with a very nice balance of tartness and fruity sweentess, plus a little Brett-like bite. Grapefruit pith, lime zest, under-ripe pineapple and peach, nectarine skin, passionfruit, dry Chardonnay, starchy greens, and yeast roll. Slightly puckering and prickly on the tongue, but finishes extremely dry and clean with a lingering note of sour green apple and lemon. It both is and isn't sour, which is quite interesting. There's also a note of salinity in the background. I'm not loving the taste profile quite as much as the remarkable aroma profile, but it's still very tasty and extremely drinkable.

Light but soft feel, nicely carbonated with a wonderful prickle, plus a nice coating aspect on the teeth and throat. There's residual citrus and pith on the teeth that provides a nice juicy kick in the aftermath.

This one comes with some pretty high marks by BA reviewers, but it largely lives up to the billing. Really outstanding beer that I would absolutely seek out again.

Feb 27, 2020
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patre_tim from Thailand

5/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Hazy pineapple juice with no visible carbonation and 4 fingers of glassy white head.

Smells of nectarines and fresh green herbs, pineapple and candy.

Bone dry sour of passionfruit, pineapple and dank green herb.

Light body with champagne carbonation. Dry finish.

I got this in Banff, AB, and am drinking in Redding, CA, Dec 4th, 2019

Dec 05, 2019
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altstadt from Canada (BC)

3.4/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Hazy pale gold color. Pours very little head which left no lacing.

Scent of mixed fruit with some tart and slightly funky overtones. Swirling the glass kicked up a bit of barnyard.

Tart fruit flavor with some light yeast and mild bitters. The aftertaste is bitter sour, more like a light grapefruit than hops. A bit of barnyard kicks in at the end.

Low carbonation level, so it doesn't foam up much. Somewhat astringent.

My notes on this beer from a year ago make no mention of the barnyard smell and flavor. It is fairly low level, but I have been hypersensitized by all the local beer that tastes of nothing but barnyard this year. I would be much happier if the barnyard was knocked down by an order of magnitude. This has lost more than a full point in the score from last year. The sooner the barnyard plague in the region is over, the better.

Sep 01, 2019
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chinchill from South Carolina

3.9/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On tap in BC at 5.5% ABV.
Pours slightly hazy, pale golden with a fine white head.
Mild cooked nectarine and bread in the nose.
Excellent, nectarine heavy flavor.
Lightly carbonated body is a bit too thin.

Jul 11, 2019
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Hat_Fulla_Beer from Canada (AB)

4.54/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Purchased at Unwined liquor store at the Edmonton City Centre.

650ml bottle poured into tulip.

Pours a slightly hazy lemon yellow with two plump fingers of head the colour of clean bedsheets that leaves more of that cool Four Winds Grecian urn lace as it recedes.

Smells of juicy sliced peaches and nectarines, mango, pineapple chunks, sour green grapes, passionfruit juice, lemon juice, white bread, softly peppery yeast, mild cheesy funk and some gentle green hops.

Tastes of lemon zest, peach and nectarine flesh, more tropical fruit like mango and pineapple, bready pale malt, soft white cheese, dusted pepper and more leafy, citrusy hops.

Feels light and airy. Light bodied with creamy carbonation. FInishes off-dry.

Verdict: Vigorusly recommended. This stuff is fantastic, tart and fruity and juicy. Drink immediately.

Jun 14, 2019
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StJamesGate from New York

4.21/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Hazy dark blonde; lots of tangerine + peach; bright white vinegar, white peaches, slight dank, and some orange underneath.

4 4.25 4.25 4 4.25

Bright - not getting any sourness off the nose. And sure enough, there are a ton of delicate, yummy orchard fruit notes on the palate. I can’t say, though, that any of them are hops. I definitely shouldn’t have let this sit for almost a year.

Nectar, all right, but I want it fresh.

May 07, 2019
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Ivanhoes_Backpack from Canada (NB)

4.99/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

It's not often I get a growler at a non-brewery and they hold up this well. Aromas/flavours of granadilla, passionfruit, peach. Semi-dry. Incredibly tight. Top 3 beers of 2017.

Jun 21, 2017
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bylerteck from Canada (ON)

4.22/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Aromas of acidic fruit, hops blending very well with the acidic notes. Light on the palate with both elements coming together again. Grapefruit like acidity with notes of lemon. A lovely balance to this dry hopped sour that comes very close to Jelly King quality. Great stuff.

Jun 01, 2017
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Beersnake1 from California

4.56/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from fridge temp. Pours a light yellow color with good transparency. Good carbonation. Smell is a mix of hops and sour funk. Quite amazing. Lots of citrus peel. Lots of lemon. Taste is amazing. Lots of lemon, sour, and funk. Mouthfeel is great. This is an outstanding beer.

Apr 02, 2017
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andrenaline from Canada (ON)

4.31/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

One of the barrel versions, dated October 2015, 750ml caged and corked. Nice hazy straw colour with a golden hue. Nice tart citrus rind on the nose with hints of barnyard funk and a sweet fruity finish. Flavors are insane, loads of fruity peaches, so much so TN at I had to check the ingredients list to see if they had added them to the brew. Fruity hop flavors are nicely complemented by a nicely balanced tart finish. Goes down smooth and finishes with a touch of dryness. This stuff is unreal, though I understand they've changed their brewing process a bit and the newer versions aren't quite up to snuff with the earlier versions. Definitely glad I had the opportunity to try one of the original brews, absolutely fantastic.

Oct 11, 2016
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JonCorbett from Canada (BC)

4.35/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Hazy lemon drop gold with a pale pastel straw coloured head of medium and largish bubbles. Despite dissipating rather quickly, it does leave a decent surface and lacing ring with a few chunky surface deposits.

Aromatics: Some glorious tropical sour funk. With stone and tropical fruits - peach, pineapple, mango, guava, and passionfruit… almost smells like a Guava Punch Rockstar energy drink. Plenty of sweet nectars (nectarine and apricot) and sugars filling out the orchestra in the background.

Taste: Ooowee zinger sour kick right off the bat. The tropical fruitiness really showing through with a slightly subdued lemon zing and vibrant pineapple and stone fruits filling out the entry form and jamming it in the raffle box. There is a very odd complexity in the flavour mix, the sour doing a wonderful job of keeping the tastebuds in a frenzy as the sweet flavours wash over the palate.

Feel: Tart, zesty and bright with a medium body and enough carbonation to keep things upbeat and festive. Superb clean finish.

Overall: One of the best sours I’ve had. It’s aromatic notes really doing justice to the flavour and the mouthfeel.

Pairing : A wonderful sour that I think could use further supports as opposed to trying to counter. For me its Greek all the way on this one. Start with a fresh tzatziki sauce and pita bread dippers, followed by a main course of Lemon Dill Grilled Salmon and/or Souvlaki Beef Kabobs and greek-style roast potatoes on the side.

Sep 24, 2016
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dabeerbuddha from Canada (ON)

4.35/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The orange glow of the beer in the tulip is near radioactive. The head, initially furious but fleeting. Perfect sourness. Prominent citrus and peach flavours. Give a decent pucker. Quite tart. Hops are present but not overbearing. Very refreshing. Great summer beer!

Jul 05, 2016
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MaltyPythonsHopCircus from Canada (BC)

4.63/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Golden. Slight haze. Billowing white head. Musty grape aroma. Lemon zest front of the mouth. Almost furniture polish intensity. Puckeringly sour with marigold like flower notes. Prickly carbonation. Finiishes with grapefruit rind dry hop astringency

Jun 22, 2016
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thehyperduck from Canada (ON)

4.63/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

650 mL bottle acquired from a generous trader during the last CANBIF. Served slightly chilled.

Pours a cloudy golden-blonde colour, with one finger of dense, creamy, highly resilient white head seated atop; it retains cohesion for a period of time exceeding fifteen minutes. Excellent lacing, with a thick, lumpy, foamy cap and collar. Juicy notes of fuzzy peach, mango, passion fruit, white grape, papaya, bubble gum and mandarin orange make themselves well-known on the nose. Lighter notes of funky acidity and grainy, bready pale malt sweetness. Very enticing aroma; certainly one of the most tempting that I can recall.

Totally delicious; fruity, sour, tart and tangy. Subtle, grainy pale malt sweetness is immediately obliterated by flavours of sour peach, juicy nectarine, mango, passion fruit and tangerine. Orange rind, lemon zest and lingering tropical fruit flavours remain prominent through the finish, distracting from sour notes that give the aftertaste a tart feel. Very little funk to speak of; it's mostly just tropical/orchard fruit and sharp acidity - but oh man, is that a fabulous combo. The lemony tartness and lactic acid intensify after the second pour, concentrating the "wildness" of this beer, if you will. Light in body, with middling carbonation levels that provide the palate with a gentle jolt of prickly bubbles. Not particularly crisp, which is what I was expecting - the mouthfeel has a softer, frothier feel to it, but it's still extremely refreshing nonetheless.

Final Grade: 4.63, a near-flawless A+. Nectarous is hands-down one of the best soured ales that I've had the good fortune to try, at least to date. Thanks again, Farees! This one's flavour abounds with notes of juicy, tart stone fruit and tropical fruit, which act as an exceedingly effective counterpoint to the wild bug acidity that wraps the profile up cleanly. A truly outstanding wild ale that deserves to be on Canada's Top 20 list - seek this one out (and then drink it!) with enthusiasm.

May 29, 2016
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DaveBar from Canada (ON)

4.25/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Got on trade! 650ml bottle served at 7deg C in a tulip

A- Open well and pours a 1" high white head that films out within 2mins or so. Medium gold colour and unfiltered.

S- Sour!

T- Sour! LOL Nice sour base. Has some hops but overshadowed but the sourness of the brew. The sourness pretty much overpowers all until the end when you can taste the grapefruit and grassiness.

M- Sour! LOL Super sour to say the least.

O- Nice brew. Enjoyable but strong sour notes just overwhelm. Would buy again.

Food Pairing

This sour would go very well with....... Rhubarb pie! The sweet sugar and sour rhubarb would just melt together!


May 19, 2016
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Alieniloquium from Florida

3.84/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle. Clear golden body. Strong stone fruit hop aroma. Light acidity. Tastes just as simple and straightforward. Peach and apricot. Nice stone fruit hoppiness. Actually tastes like stone fruit up front, but the hop flavor becomes more apparent later. Light body. Crisp. Very nice.

Jan 12, 2016
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yasky from Canada (ON)

4.74/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Amazing stuff here. Hazy orange pour, good sized pillowy head that left lots of lace. Aroma and taste of passionfruit, juicy young peach, apricot, nectarine, citrus rinds. Juicy mouthfeel. Slightly tangy and fairly sour but still very approachable! I want more - several more!

Jan 07, 2016
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Bugs318 from Canada (QC)

4.51/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Yellow and lightly hazy with a thick fluffy white head. Pretty solid head retention, but not exceptional as head is slightly audible. Bouquet is fruit dominant: peaches, nectarines, also some apparent apricot and grape skins. Taste is similar with a but of a lemony citrus quality and moderate acidity. Excellent sharp carbonation with a fair body.

Dec 31, 2015
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LampertLand from Canada (BC)

4.1/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Four Winds Brewing 'Nectarous' dry-hopped sour @ 5.5% , originally tasted on tap at GCBF'15 , plus a corked/caged 750 ml bottle , fast forward to 2017 now a 650 ml bottle & a 473 ml can
A-pour is a light gold from the tap/bottle/can to a yellow/gold in the glass with a medium size off-white head leaving a streaky lace along the sampler/tulip
S-passion fruit , nectarine & peach all so sweet
T-more tart than sour , refreshing
MF-lots of carbonation , medium body
Ov-ok beer & sour , Canada best , hmm
prost LampertLand

Dec 24, 2015
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jrenihan from Canada (ON)

4.47/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Incredible. Lovely nectarine and peach flavours, nice sourness, with hops providing a citrusy, grassy overtone. Low carbonation of course, as it is on cask. Wonderful.

Oct 23, 2015
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biboergosum from Canada (AB)

4.56/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

750ml, caged and corked Burgundian bottle. Muchas gracias once again to rogerdandy for setting me up with another potentially stellar BC offering.

This beer pours a hazy, pale golden straw colour, with four fingers of puffy, finely foamy, and rather fizzy off-white head, which leaves a few instances of cannonball splash lace around the glass as it slowly and evenly abates. Lots of rising effervescence, as well.

It smells of peppy orchard stone fruit - peach and nectarine, sure, but also underripe white grapes, lemon, and some pineapple core - a subtly milky sourness, softly bready and grainy pale malt, a bit of white cooking vinegar, faint pepper-like spice, and some tame musty, earthy bitterness. The taste is sharp, tart fruit anew, the nectarine, white peach, apricot, grape skins, lemon, and pineapple all mixing and mingling to great aplomb, while the grainy, lightly crackery malt stands at the ready, scanning the room for trouble, a meek sour milk thing hugs the walls, and some apple vinegar astringency bristles at getting its ID checked.

The carbonation is quite active in its frothy and fizzy meanderings, but thankfully doesn't overfill my mouth - a typically unwelcome trait of these sorts of beers - the body an adequate medium weight, and generally smooth, a simple airy creaminess arising over time. It finishes off-dry, just, as the lingering fruitiness keeps the lurking (but good) beasties from fully bleeding this one, um, dry.

A preposterously well-made sour beer, the balance achieved with the still over-the-top fruit character is remarkable. And no actual fruit added, it would seem (I first thought that I still had some juice on my hands from cleaning my toddler's face after he assaulted a nectarine earlier). Sheesh, this is so good, and that from a usually less than enthusiastic follower of the style.

Aug 26, 2015
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rogerdandy from Canada (AB)

5/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer is simply phenomenal. There is so much on offer here for a lower abv beer with no fruit additions and only 6 IBU. The aroma alone is worth the price of admission. Brett trois puts an amazing finish to this lacto beast.

Aug 12, 2015
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Derek from Canada (BC)

4.37/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A very nice beer... Originally it was a bit over-priced in the special bottle, but now it's a standard bomber. Not quit as hoppy as one might expect, but the Galaxy hops integrate incredibly well with the 'wild' fermentation and light tartness.

2016 Canadian Brewing Award for THE best beer!

Jul 19, 2015
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TheSevenDuffs from Canada (ON)

4.75/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Thanks to FondueVoodoo for this bottle!

This was a truly exceptional beer. The perfect amount of lacto complimented the brett. Fresh and juicy apricot and nectarine notes had me thinking that this was actually fruited (had to check the label to verify that it wasn't). Superb mouthfeel. Looking forward to trying the newest batch.

Jul 04, 2015
Nectarous from Four Winds Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 97 out of 100 with 125 ratings