Four Winds Brewing – Common Winds Apricot Brett Ale

Four Winds Brewing – Common Winds Apricot Brett Ale

Rating

3.5 out of 5
Appearance
4 out of 5
Aroma
3.75 out of 5
Flavour
4 out of 5
Mouthfeel

Total

3.8
3.8 out of 5

Overview

  • Type: Brettanomyces, Farmhouse Ale
  • Brand: Four Winds Brewing Co.
  • Release Date: February 13, 2016
  • Pros:

    Fruity and flavourful brett ale

  • Cons:

    Very active and foamy, lacking in apricot flavour

  • Conclusion:

    Delicious fruity and funky ale that lacks apricot considering the name

Four Winds Brewing Common Winds Collaboration BottleFour Winds Brewing – Common Winds Apricot Brett Ale Review

Four Winds Brewing Company out of Delta, BC has teamed up with brewing legends from Commons Brewery in Portland, OR on this Apricot Brett Ale conditioned with apricots from Keremeos, BC.  The beer pours from the 750mL bottle a cloudy golden colour with four fingers of off-white head.  The beer is very active and wants to foam up a great deal on opening.  The Foam dissipates quickly however, leaving half a finger of head remaining and plenty of lacing around the glass.  The aroma is of stone fruits – peach, apricot, and hints of plum – as well as a distinct apple note along with a mild, yeasty funk.  In the mouth the beer is initially all tree fruits with pear notes and tart apple.  The fruitiness gives way to a slight apple cider taste along with a pronounced minerality, ending with a very dry finish.  There is barely any apricot noticeable in the mouth in spite of the beer being conditioned with the fruit, as well as the clear apricot aromas that come off the beer.  In spite of this, the beer is delicious and very fruity.  As with most beers from Four Winds, this one is sure to sell out quickly so be sure to get your hands on it while you can.

Alcohol – 6.5%
IBU – 15
Size – 750mL
fourwindsbrewing.ca
commonsbrewery.com

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Comments

  1. Mike
    Mike 27 February, 2016, 12:37

    Interesting. My bottle had definite apricots in it. Could that be a blending to inconsistency maybe?

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    • Jeremy Nemanishen
      Jeremy Nemanishen Author 27 February, 2016, 17:16

      Wow, really? That is rather interesting. I suppose it is possible that there would be some inconsistencies between the blends that were bottles, though still unusual. Overall the beer was very good though. Was yours as active as mine was?

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      • Mike
        Mike 27 February, 2016, 17:20

        Very active! It was a bit of a gusher.

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        • Jeremy Nemanishen
          Jeremy Nemanishen Author 27 February, 2016, 17:34

          It settled rather quickly though which was nice. The guy at Darby’s warned me but I thought I gave it enough time to settle. It looks great in the glass though and smelled fantastic.

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