ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - FEB 17, 2011
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Very underattenuated, lots of raw sugar, oddly astringent with lots of stressed, green and phenolic yeast. I don’t understand why every brewery thinks they can brew these Belgian styles...
rampmaster (642) - Alden, New York, USA - FEB 3, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a tulip glass. Information on the bottle includes a short description of the beer, a "Bottled On" date and the abv% (7.3).
Appearance: From the pour it produces a big billowy head of white foam over a hazy golden honey colored body. The haze comes from a fine yeast sediment in the body of the beer. Some of the yeast seems to be pushed up towards the head by the aggressive carbonation. This beer looks to be full of life.
Smell: The aroma is of floral and spicy almost grassy hops with a pale base of biscuity malt.
Taste/Palate: There is a nice balance of spicy yeast with hints of fruit and biscuity maltiness. This has light sweetness that dries out for a snappy dry finish. The carbonation is lively and the palate is crisp.
Notes: Great Divide Is right on with very tasty farmhouse ale!!!
thebusstop (178) - Rochester, New York, USA - JAN 23, 2011
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
The best thing this saison had going for it was its nose. Full of all that a saison should be, yeasty and fruity and very savory. I found the palate too lively for my tastes when it comes to a saison. It lacked a sophisticated dryness. It looked pretty. I enjoy farmhouse ales very much, but I wouldn’t go out of my way to buy this one again. It might be nice to taste on tap.
gsmitty80 (1941) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 14, 2011
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
This has slipped passed my rating radar until tonight. Had it a while back and was super impressed. A great seasonal style micro brewed to perfection.
jeff789 (1408) - West Chester, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 11, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Fairly hazy, golden yellow, poured into a Duvel tulip, rocky white head, crazy lacing, very cavernous head... Mild funk, saison yeast, light fruits, bright aroma, inviting... Slightly fruity, sliightly yeasty, a little peppery... Medium body with an airy quality, lively, gets a little yeasty as it warms... I really liked this...
vtafro (4426) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - JAN 4, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle? Hazy golden pour with some white head. Aroma of spice, citrus, light floral, grassy and herbal hop tones. Flavor slightly tart, light fruit, spice and some dry hop.
esjaygee (3903) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 10, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Murky goldenrod with a large foamy off-white foamy topper, dissipating quickly and leaving a ring around the glassy. Aroma is grassy with plenty of yeast and bready malt. Fruit prevalent, but not the main focus - lemon, melon, banana and the fruit on the end display at Woodman’s. Taste of ripe fruit, bready malt, light yeast, banana and mild spices. Easy drinking and tasty, not too funky, not too sweet.
MercyDevice (365) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 8, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Spicy, fruity, and quite tart. Very refreshing. Very nice, bright golden color. Just the right amount of bitterness.
lithy (2996) - Capital of Appalachia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 5, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Clear yellow and holy moses an enormous white foam. Aroma is musty malt sweetness, tinny, apple skins. Taste is more sweet malt, some estery or alcohol spiciness, light fruitiness.
JDBaker11058 (1448) - Maryland, USA - DEC 4, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Appearance: slightly cloudy sunflower yellow. Aroma: yeast, spices, fruit, honey, rice. Taste: yeasty tart fruit, restrained bitterness, underlying honeyed sweetness. Finish: surprisingly long and dry, but with a light and sweet cereal note. Notes: Extremely refreshing. A perfect summer beer. Can see myself savoring two or three while grilling. Great flavor; really enjoyed the finish.
A funny story about this. Colette was one of the first beers I ever tried beyond the usual American lagers as I started my beer tasting journey. I loved it, but could only find the one bottle. In despair, I emailed the following note to their website.
oh, an ode to your Colette; were I a poet I’d write one /
hot day of work, need a brew; Colette the right one /
seasonal ale, rustic farmhouse-styled Belgian /
quaffed. quenching my thirst but no belchin’ /
complex the flavors, seven point three ABV /
the taste so swell, so mellow; are you frickin’ kidding me? /
the interwebs, a series of tubes: seeking information /
available April through May, apparently the situation /
but ’lo, nowhere the Colette to be found /
in Maryland, swampy DC, or regions around /
’we’re all out’ the sadd’ning cry /
the merchant’s voice cracking, a tear in his eye /
contact the distributor (Legends of B’more) /
’whence the Colette, my dear do you see more?’ /
none to be had, none to be touched /
seems in my quest for Colette I’m now screwed /
Colette oh Colette /
whither a case to be had, sure I’d buy one (or three!) /
Colette oh Colette /
I’d stab a hobo could I but taste one (just in the knee) /
This was their response:
We here at Great Divide are pained by your loss, /
Where taps abound of claymore and hoss, /
But just as seasonals those two once were, /
A good thing never stays gone for sure. /
Alas, behold, with the oncoming heat, /
Belgica, from the low countries provides a treat, /
Of belgian pils, american and euro hops /
An offering truly worthy of the Ardennes mountaintops! /
While not Collette, with its entrancing flavor, /
Belgica is one beer truly to be savored, /
A perfect pairing with spicy crabcakes, /
Thai curry, mussels, also work great. /
Definitely available in a store near you, /
Your local distributor would know best too, /
Legends, Baltimore is your one stop shop /
For all Great Divide Suds, so worry not. /
So here’s to you Jeremy, we raise our glass /
Of Belgica, from here in CO; in the Salty Balty at last!