Beer: Colette Farmhouse Ale
Brewery: Great Divide Brewing Company
Serving Style: Bottle
Glassware: Pint glass
Drinking Establishment: Chez Wood
Primary Consumer: Kerensa
Sight: Pale, almost neon yellow, hazy body with a huge billowy white head.
Smell: Hell. Yes. This smells exactly as a Saison should: funky, citrusy, spicy, and sour. It smells like lemons that have been seeped in a gallon of wheat beer.
Flavor: Thankfully, it tastes almost exactly how it smells. It tastes like drinking extremely fresh lemons, with a touch of clove.
Feel: Thin body, Champagne-like carbonation.
Concluding Remark: Great Divide’s Colette is like the bizzaro, funky cousin of the Hefeweizen. It’s exceptionally tart, and makes me want to roll around in a field of lemon trees. It’s not spiced–instead, the four yeast strains used produce a banana-clove-like aftertaste, and the inclusion of rice creates a fresh feeling. At over 7%, which is undetectable, this is a near perfect beer. It’s balanced, perfectly carbonated, and has a complexity that makes you want to keep drinking until you realize you’ve consumed the entire bottle in three gulps. Whoops. If I’m so lucky, I’ll be spending much of my summer hanging out with Colette on a roof. Or anywhere, really.