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 (1647) - 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!
mabel (7712) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 21, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
[3358-20100821] 355mL bottle. Mild peas and string beans aroma. Clear, light yellow orange body with a medium-lasting foamy white head. Wheatie bitter vegetable yeast flavour has a lingering bitterness. Medium body. Interesting.
(c/o DuctTape, w/ him, jerc)
Heathen (1500) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - NOV 14, 2010
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
THOUGHTS: A very nice saison. Not as funky as some, but it was very refreshing and easy to drink for the ABV. Hid alcohol well.
TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured a lightly cloudy, medium golden with very nice carbonation and a large, nearly white head that mostly diminished but left excellent lacing. The aroma was light to moderate hay and straw; moderate to heavy doughy, earthy and cobwebby yeast; citrus and other fruit, and wheat. The initial flavor was lightly sweet and acidic; while the finish was sweet, acidic and lightly sour with an average duration. There was wheat, white bread, lots of yeast, fruit, citrus, dough and sour lemon. The light to medium body was fairly dry with rather fizzy carbonation and a dry and lightly astringent finish.
RickTStiles (826) - Houston, Texas, USA - OCT 28, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
pours a golden-yellow with a thick, frothy white head and some decent lacing. aroma is very crisp and citric with notes of belgian yeast. Clean refreshing taste, high carbonation. Notes of lemon, yeast, and hints of another grain or spice... rice perhaps? finish is rounder than I would expect with some nice bitterness and lingering yeast.
ketchepillar (1181) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - OCT 22, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Some socks. Lemony. Nice light tartness. A little sulfury, but in a good way. Grainy and dry.
CanIHave4Beers (3673) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - OCT 21, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a hazy yellow with a medium head and some lace. The aroma is tart with a little yeasty baguette breadiness. The flavor is spicy and bready while also maintaining a subtle tartness. The beer id dry and lightly fruity with a bit of lemon rind.
drfabulous (5216) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - OCT 18, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Big carbonated pour. Tart and dry. Some tangy banana driven by yeast. Spicy. Nice!
Elwood (3336) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - OCT 16, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Serving: 12 oz. bottle from a local shop in Hatteras:
Aroma: The nose is light with bits of hay, green grass, yeast, clover, and honey.
Appearance: It pours a cloudy yellow gold with a rocky white head. Excellent head retention.
Taste: A nice bit of yeast and lemon upfront with a nice dustiness some honey, and a bit of Belgian style. This has a great depth of flavor.
Palate: Light to medium body with higher carbonation leading to a yeasty finish.
Overall: It has a little more body than a traditional saison, but it is still a very worthwhile brew. Definitely worth a try if you happen upon it.
ansermadide (1526) - Kyle, Texas, USA - SEP 30, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Sampled at Rare Beer Tasting II in Denver on September 17, 2010. Light, yellowish color with an off-white head with light-brown patches. Neat. Slow carbonation. Aroma is lightly soured, almost a little yeasty. Light, actually… very light on the palate. The little sour tartiness of the beer adds a nice twist to the style. Not being a fan of sours too much, having it attached to a lighter body makes it much more palatable.