It’s been a while since I’ve reviewed a beer. I thought about throwing up something on Driftwood Lustrum, but talking about the cellaring potential and general awesomeness of a beer you could no longer buy just seems cruel (I will update my cellaring page with details, though, so those lucky few who managed to get some can track their investment).
Today, though, I happened upon some Four Winds Saison Brett and figured the world could benefit from my thoughts on this interesting, complex and–perhaps most importantly–still available beer.
First, it comes in a cork and wire bottle. That gets some points from me right off the bat. Only three beers have ever been released in BC with corks, and Four Winds has now made two of those. Throw some Brett-infected barrel-aging on the fire and now we’re talking serious potential.
Does it live up to that potential? In a word: Yes. In two words: fuck yes. This is a refined, polished beer that makes nigh perfect use of barrel aging and Brett funk to add complexity to an already great beer. I opened this bottle with very high expectations and Four Winds met them.
This beer is drinking beautifully now, but it will continue to develop intense complexity with cellaring, likely for up to another 2-3 years.
Cloudy, golden amber with a slight orange tint. Head is frothy, white and long lasting.
Bread yeast with a strong Brett funk. Slight pepper spiciness.
Crisp, dry body with a lingering funk from the Brett. Mild apple esters with a slightly bitter, oaky finish.
7.0% ABV / 28 IBU / Unfiltered / Bottle Conditioned
This is an elegant beauty of a beer, and definitely the best Saison BC has ever seen. So, uh, yeah, buy it.
Where to get it: The following stores purchases some stock of Saison Brett, but may or may not have sold out by now:
Legacy Liquor (rumoured out)
Westcoast Liquor Kerrisdale
16th St. Liquor
Hop & Vine
Spinnakers Liquor Stores
Cascadia Liquor Stores
|Improvement the cork makes||+20% – I’m shallow, okay?|
|Availability||Small release, major LRSs and brewery only|
|Cost||~$13 per 750ml bottle|
|Similar Beers||Maybe Upright Seven, or Logsdon Seizoen Bretta–nothing made in BC|