La Maison
Four Winds Brewing Co.

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Belgian Saison
Ranked #343
Ranked #8,483
4.14 | pDev: 5.8%
Four Winds Brewing Co.
British Columbia, Canada
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Notes: A delicately light body with a pale golden hue, this dry table saison is brewed with oats and rye and then fermented with wild yeast for notes of pepper and tropical fruit.
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altstadt from Canada

3.62/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 2 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Murky orange-tan color. This looks more like an unclarified apple juice. Poured a short head that turned into medium sized bubbles and then dropped down to a few patches on the surface while leaving no lacing. Hard to see, but looks like a few small bubbles are hitting the surface.

Very fruity scents with a touch of tart. Smells like a blend of citrus and tropical. Swirling the glass kicked up some old style red apple and a little funk. Letting it sit for a bit longer, a freshly mowed lawn pops up.

The flavor starts with a tart funk, then adds some mild-moderate bitters and a complex but light malt mix. A mild pepper pops up near the end. The aftertaste is mostly the funk giving way to the bitters.

Quickly turns to a coarse, unstructured foam. Medium body.

My notes from a tasting a few years ago called this a "light IPA with a tiny funk... this has a very narrow temperature band where it works well". My total rating was lower than today. Apparently either or both the recipe and I have changed over time. The scent profile is much more interesting than the flavor, but it is still a worthy addition to the saison family. The only real ding is the appearance, since the color is a bit odd.

Apr 03, 2020
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Lingenbrau from Oregon

4.19/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Quite the picturesque Saison. Unfiltered light orange in color with tiny streams of bubbles that fight to be seen. Above resides a stubborn off white froth never dropping to less than ¼ of an inch, and it leaves lacing in rows so I can count my sips.

At first, lemons by the bushel with a dash of lime. Peaches come through as it breathes. Only hints of crushed grain and sweet and tart apple skins. A very inviting and seamless blend of aromas.

Lemon and lime dominate in flavor as well. A little funk, a little sugary sweetness. A bit of vanilla and spice linger long after sips.

A very balanced beer. Sweet, tart, a dash of bitterness and just a touch of peppery spiciness. Bubbly but not spritzy, smooth and dry. Remarkably refreshing.

It's 91° today, and this couldn't be a more perfect beer for it. I would drink this by the truck load going into the night. Unfortunately, I only have one.

Huge thanks for the beer, Tim! Cheers!

Jul 22, 2019
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Beersnake1 from California

4.21/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from fridge temp. Pours a really nice light yellow with white head. A bit murky on appearance. Nose is really refreshing. Wheat, slight citrus peel, grass, lemon, and a bit of spice. Taste is fantastic. A bit sweet upfront - a tropical fruit kind of sweet. This is matched by a rustic leathery background taste, with earthy notes (grass, wheat, tree sap) and a pepper-like spice. Mouthfeel is pretty light and dry, as expected. Overall, a really nice saison.

Jun 09, 2019
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Niceroad77 from Canada

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is by far the most balanced saison I've ever tried if such a thing really exists. Surprisingly not much going on on the sour side of things but sure has that distinctive "vomit" aftertaste mixed with heaps and heaps of tropical fruits. Banana is the first one that came to mind but pineapple lovers won't be disappointed either. Highly recommended if you like "surprising" saisons and/or love the fruity stuff. For the record, there is a "vast world" between La Maison and the Nectarous. I find La Maison "very upfront" while Nectarous is a lot more subtile and more sour overall. To conclude, I would say that La Maison is a balanced beer, maybe a bit too sweet(?), that I will likely return to in a near future.

Jun 23, 2017
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jrenihan from Canada

4.14/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The aroma is really pleasant- very soft (if you forgive the synesthesia) and perfume-like, with a significant vanilla aroma paired with fruits. It tastes very nice, with vanilla, fruit, light spices and a very mild tartness. Medium bodied and medium carbonation, the beer fees very nice. This is a really nice saison - easy drinking but very flavourful. It tastes very delicate and grows on you as it goes.

Apr 18, 2017
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Lucaskowalik from Canada

4.49/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a bomber into a small Heineken glass.
L- Cloudy, muted gold with a frothy head which stays thick atop the beer.Also has good carbonation
S- Pine and citrus (orange and grapefruit) from the hops. Also detecting yeast, spice, grassy herbs, and a touch of vanilla.
T- Similar to smell but holy is it smooth.
F- This beer is incredibly crisp and smooth. It hops around the palate screaming freshness. Also has the perfect amount of dry in the finish which compliments the minimal sweetness.
O- Holy man this was my first saison and what a great introduction it was. I can imagine myself enjoying all summer long and pairing itn with salads littered with fresh fruit.

Feb 02, 2017
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Phyl21ca from Canada

4.6/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle: Poured a cloudy bright yellow color ale with a huge pure white foamy head with good retention and some great retention. Aroma of tropical fruits with nice rye malt notes and peppery undertones. Taste is an incredible mix between some tropical fruit, light residual sugar notes with light funky ester and some spicy/peppery malt notes. Body is full with perfect of carbonation. Probably one of the best beer that I have taste from this fine brewer.

Jan 27, 2017
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biboergosum from Canada

3.99/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650ml bottle - I don't see anywhere on the label where they call this a 'grisette'; instead it's referred to as a 'Wild Saison', for obvious reasons.

This beer pours a murky, pale whitish yellow colour, with a near-teeming tower of puffy, rocky, and somewhat bubbly off-white head, which leaves some hanging curtain lace around the glass as it lazily subsides.

It smells of pungent tropical fruit - pineapple, ripe red grapefruit, and mango - a sort of buttered bready maltiness, gentle cheesy funky notes, a bit of peppery yeastiness, and further indistinct juicy citrus flesh. The taste is semi-sweet, bready and doughy pale and wheat malt, some lesser weird alterna-graininess, a more sedate exotic fruitiness (blood orange and lemon rind, passionfruit, and maybe a hint of banana), and some almost faded Brett and generic yeasty funkiness.

The carbonation is quite low-key in its wan-seeming frothiness, the body a decent medium weight, and generally smooth, nothing really aiding or detracting from the cause here. It finishes off-dry, the malt and thinning tropical fruitiness locking up shop.

Overall, this is certainly an affable and approachable wild ale, with the guest beasties thankfully making themselves wallflowers during the big dance. Not as in your face fruity as its Nectarous sibling, but all right in its own way. Worthy of checking out, especially if you're new to the funky/sour brew thing.

Jan 08, 2017
La Maison from Four Winds Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 32 ratings