Four Winds Nectarous Dry-Hopped Sour Ale

fourwinds_nectarousBrewer: Four Winds Brewing,
Style: Sour Ale
ABV: 5.5%
IBUs: 6

Description: As part of their Eurus Series – a line of limited-released European-inspired bottle-conditioned ales – this ale is made using a combination of Pilsner, Munich and acidulated malts. It is then dry-hopped with a modest amount of Galaxy hops and fermented using Brett Trois, Lactobacillus and Belgian strains of yeast.

Tasting Notes: This was a very interesting take on a sour ale. By employing a light malt base and mild dry-hopping, you really get to appreciate the yeasty, effervescent sour flavor. What comes through are some strong notes of peach and passion fruit, but the most noticeable is the lemonade flavor. Quite interesting!

Appearance: Yellow/orange, cloudy, good foam retention and carbonation
Nose: Gentle malt, yeast, citrus, lemon, peace, passion fruit

Taste: Smooth malt, yeasty effervescence, lemonade, peace, passion fruit
Aftertaste: Lingering sourness, yeasty flavor, lemonade
Overall: 8/10

Four Winds Sovereign Super Saison

fourwinds_sovereignBrewer: Four Winds Brewing, Delta, BC
Style: Saison
ABV: 8.5%
IBUs: 20

Description: As part of Four Wind’s Eurus series, which is named after the Greek god of the East Winds – Sovereign is a bottle conditioned ale that is brewed according to a venerable European tradition. Like a good Saison, it is brewed using pale malt, mixed fermentation and then dry-hopped to create a spicy farmhouse ale.

Tasting Notes: Four Winds did it again, providing me with one the better beers I’ve had in recent memory. It starts with a strong but smooth malt base, and then gets into some yeast cultures that just pop in your mouth. Notes of citrus, lavender, and oak linger on the tongue before things finish with a lingering bitterness that’s full of dry hops and spices.

Appearance: Deep amber, cloudy, very good foam retention and carbonation
Nose: Rich malt, citrus, herbs, dry hops, lavender, strong yeast
Taste: Smooth malt, citrus rind, lavender, effervescent, spicy yeast, oak, fruity esters
Aftertaste: Lingering yeast and hop bitterness, notes of citrus and lavender
Overall: 9.5/10

Four Winds IPA

FourWinds_IPABrewer: Four Winds Brewing, Delta, BC
Style: India Pale Ale
ABV: 7%
IBUs: 70

Description: Part of Four Winds Standards lineup, this IPA is brewed in the tradition of Pacific Northwest American IPAs, combing a strong pale malt base with a generous dose of West Coast hops. This beer was also the silver medalist for the 2014 B.C. Beer Awards in the category of North American IPA.

Tasting Notes: I think we have another contender for Best IPAs. Not surprising, considering that Four Winds has consistently impressed me with their wares. And this one was certainly in keeping with that, being crisp, malty, citrusy, grassy, herbal and piney, and all the while remaining very drinkable and refreshing. It basically does everything an IPA should without being overstated or overwhelming.

Appearance: Amber, clear, good foam retention and carbonation
Nose: Good malt, strong notes of citrus, grass and herbal hops
Taste: Crisp malt, dry herbal notes, citrus, grass and piney hops
Aftertaste: Lingering citrus and herbal bitterness, quite refreshing
Overall: 9.5/10

Four Winds Juxtapose Wild IPA

fourwinds_brettipaBrewer: Four Winds Brewery, Delta, BC
Style: India Pale Ale
ABV: 6.5%
IBUs: 50

Description: As part of Four Winds Brewing’s Zephyrus Series, which focuses on hop-heavy West Coast-style ales, this IPA combines pale malts with a generous dose of Pacific Northwestern hops, and is fermented using wild brettanomyces yeast to achieve a layered flavor. It is also the Silver medal winner of the 2014 World Beer Cup Awards in the American-Style Brett Beer category, and the Bronze medal winner of B.C Beer Awards in the category of Belgian/French-style beers

Tasting Notes: This IPA definitely benefited from the addition of a little Brett, which I didn’t think would work, to be honest. And the strong herbal, citrus and grassy hops were well balanced by the crisp malt base and the subtle kick of sour cherry yeast flavor, with a nice lingering spicy finish to compliment the bitterness. Score another one for Four Winds!

Appearance: Golden/orange, cloudy, good foam retention and carbonation
Nose: Strong malt, herbal hops, fruity esters, notes of citrus and tropical fruit
Taste: Crisp malt, hop bitterness, dry, grassy, piney, citrus rind, hint of sour yeast
Aftertaste: Lingering hop bitterness, spicy yeast backbone
Overall: 9/10

Four Winds Triplicity Belgian Tripel

Fourwinds_tripelBrewer: Founds Winds Brewing, Delta, BC
Style: Tripel
ABV: 9%
IBUs: 33.3

Description: As part of their Eurus series, the Triplicity is brewed in the tradition of Belgian-style Tripels, but with some added twists. In addition to employing three varieties of malt, three varieties of hop, and three sugar sources, this brew is also fermented with Lillooet wild sage honey. It even weighs in at an exact 33.3 IBUs!

Tasting Notes: Just about everything Four Winds produces has come with a major endorsement. And I was very happy to see that they produce a Tripel, one of my absolute favorite styles! And this brew is not only delightfully esoteric (all things in threes) it is also in keeping with the best of this brewing tradition. Strong malt flavor, a spicy and effervescent yeast backbone, a slight honey and sugary sweetness, and some mild hops make it an all around pleaser!

Appearance: Golden/orange, cloudy, very good foam retention and carbonation
Nose: Rich malt, yeast, spices, honey, herbs, floral hops
Taste: Crisp malt, hint of sweetness, spicy, effervescent yeast, notes of honey
Aftertaste: Lingering malt sweetness, yeast, spices
Overall: 9.5/10