Nectarous | Four Winds Brewing Co.

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

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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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Ratings: 112 |  Reviews: 28
Reviews by IPeteA91:
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4.9/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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Photo of Rutager
4.52/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance. Pours a beautiful hazy orange-gold with 3 fingers of frothy white head.

Smell. Sweet and tangy ripe nectarines in a huge way, some mango and pineapple, and a faint touch of cider vinegar.

Taste. Sour nectarines, some mango, persimmon and a touch of orchard fruits. Quite juicy, quite sour. great stuff.

Mouthfeel. Medium body, strong but fairly soft carbonation.

Overall. Just fantastic stuff, world class.

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Photo of wordemupg
4.66/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

750ml corked and caged bottle poured into tulip 9/6/15 big thanks Rutager for the bottle

A hazy glowing golden amber, a big fast stream of tiny bubbles feed a long lasting three finger cream colored head, lots of random lace deep down the glass

S smells like a peach Bellini more then a beer, peach, nectarine, apricots, tangerine, lemon, pear, mango, pineapple, more citrus I can't place, it just explodes out of the glass, smells more like candy the a beer, crazy stuff

T a little apple cider vinegar, tastes more dry then the candy I was smelling, much of the tropical notes still there just sour opposed to sweet, some sour kiwi fruit and a little earthy yeast, not exactly what I was expecting but still brilliant

M fluffy, tangy, acidic and sour but not turning my mouth inside out, very slick, fairly dry finish, sour peachy finish, no complaints here

O the nose alone sets this one into its own class, truly amazing fruited sour Canadian or not this one would stand up to anything I've ever tried

Well this ones got my interest in 4 winds going a little haywire, so much fruit its ridiculous, I'd believe juice before beer. This has to be one of the better beers I've had in recent memory and I imagine that its going to keep climbing the best of Canada list for some time.

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Photo of largadeer
4.74/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Glowing peach skin hued body topped by a billowing three finger head. Intensely juicy, tropical aroma. Pineapple, kumquat, guava, peach - an awesome mix of stonefruit and citrus, leaning toward the citrus side of things. Sharp acidity stings the nostrils a bit. It's been a while since I've had a sour beer with a nose quite this amazing. On the plate it's similarly juicy, tart and tropical. Guava, pineapple, peach. Bright and scrubbing acidity with a crisp mouthfeel; lighter bodied, but full flavored. Pretty hard to fault this beer, it comes close to perfection.

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Photo of kcherney
4.62/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Beautiful shimmering orangey colour. Just stunning
S: Sweet stone fruit, sour citrus, a bit of mild acidity
T: Incredibly fruity. Nectarine, peach, with a hint of pear. Unbelievable that there is no fruit in this beer whatsoever. Sour without being overly acidic, just very well integrated.
F: Above average carbonation, fits with the beer.

Possibly the best beer to come out of BC ever. Will be eagerly awaiting more of this when my supply finally runs dry (it won't be long)

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Photo of biboergosum
4.56/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.75/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

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Photo of thehyperduck
4.63/5  rDev +4%
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.

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Photo of Beervana
4.54/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Reviewing a fresh bottle.

Pours a hazy light orange colour with a big soapy white head. A bold yet delicate smell dominated by stone fruit; ripe nectarine, apricot, peach, a bit of mango, and maybe some white grape as well. Taste is slightly more restrained, those same fruit flavours come through but with a light cracker malt to back them up. Just the slightest bit tart and very little brett funk. A bit of a wheat character on the back end. Mouthfeel is soft and drying.

Overall, a very unique and delicious beer from Four Winds. This is one I've had multiple times in varying conditions, and contrary to popular opinion, I actually prefer this beer with some age on it. The fruity hop flavours seem to have no trouble hanging on and there's a wonderful sourness that become much more evident with a bit of time.

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Photo of Justindouglas7
5/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of BCborn
4.15/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of chickenm
4.38/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of stereosforgeeks
4/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JonnyBeers
4.81/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of mdaschaf
4.25/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of Tmappin
4.49/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Sammy
4.28/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Exceptional wild ale. Fresh brett and some fruit in the aroma. Very lacy and sensuous looking. Soft mouthfeel, tart more than sour, and understated making for a wonderful drink. Very tasty with white peach and nectarine mostly. A little tropical, pineapple.
Bottle from my main BC connect, thanks.

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Photo of fthegiants
4.5/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Bugs318
4.51/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.84/5  rDev -13.7%
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.

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Photo of joemcgrath27
4.18/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mbmiche
4.68/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of souvenirs
4.46/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of GJKerr
4.45/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of SpdKilz
4.25/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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Nectarous from Four Winds Brewing Co.
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