Steamworks + Dageraad Brewing East of East Van

We are continuing to try a wide range of local beers!  This time we decided to try East of East Van, a collaboration beer between two Burnaby-based breweries – Steamworks and Dageraad Brewing. This is a bottle-conditioned saison which includes Lime and Pepper which definitely came through when we tasted it.  Overall we found the beer to offer a crisp saison flavour, and definitely could taste the acidity from the lime and some of the pepper later on.  Pretty interesting beer – would we buy it again though? Probably not… we didn’t find the flavours to be particularly unique or bold!

Stats:
750 mL
6.5% ABV
25 IBU’s

Awards:
None

Angela and Michael Rating: 6/10

 

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Four Winds Vexillum

Back again with another beer from Four Winds (Angela’s fave!). I usually enjoy any sort of Imperial IPA or Double IPA so this one was right down my alley clocking it at a whopping 100 IBU’s and 9% ABV.  The beer was super fragrant on the nose when we opened the bottle and we definitely got a lot of grapefruit notes and then a nice clean bitterness to close it off.  Definitely a strong beer not for the faint of heart!

Stats:
650 mL
9% ABV
100 IBU’s

Awards:
None

Angela and Michael Rating: 8/10

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Four Winds Nectarous

Decided to try another beer from one of our favourite breweries – Four Winds! The Four Winds Nectarous Dry-Hopped Sour is one of the highly touted beers from this brewery having won a number of awards. We definitely got a whiff of funkiness when opening up the bottle and we found a lot of tropical fruit flavors along with that sour you would expect!  Probably a little too “out there” for our taste buds but was fun to try!

Stats:
650 mL
5.5% ABV
6 IBU’s

Awards:
Gold – American Style Sour Ale – Canadian Brewing Awards, 2016
Beer of the Year – Canadian Brewing Awards, 2016
Silver – American Style Sour Ale – Canadian Brewing Awards, 2015

Angela and Michael Rating: 6.5/10