Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Colette Farmhouse Ale

Today I'm drinking Colette Farmhouse Ale brewed by Great Divide Brewing Company in Denver, Colorado. There is a farmer-lady with a pitchfork silhouette on the label--my guess would be that is Colette. There is a short intro on the side including the fact that this beer won the Silver Medal at the Great American Beer Festival in 2010-- pretty awesome. Suggested food pairings appear as usual, including the much-despised sauerkraut. My mom used to make that to sell at sporting events, and I'd have to leave the house; my best friend's sister would laugh when I'd leave on New Year's Day because it was part of the celebration. Can't Stand It! Especially the rank smell. Anyway, sorry for the side trip. This beer was bottled on March 10, 2011.

Musty, damp, wheaty, yeasty, lemony aroma. Flavors start a little different with a sugary sweet candy flavor. But that is immediately crushed below a mountain of lemon sourness, way more than I had anticipated. A crazy amount of funk and dirty hound dog flavors come next (and yes, the breed does matter). A distinct rice flavor and wheat texture also really work well together. High carbonation is excellent and combined with the 7.3% alcohol, they deliver a small prickly burn in the throat toward the end.

Refreshing and lemony dry finish. Very complex and different. I really find almost all beers of this style to have unique attributes from one another. This is not your grandpa's beer, and I doubt that most people starting to try different styles of beer will dig this right away. I certainly didn't. But give this style (and this beer in particular) a chance. They will grow on you! This is a must-try beer.

Push -- Colette MP3

Libby's Crispy Sauerkraut, 8-Ounce Cans (Pack of 12)

Roll Your Moneymaker -- Hound Dog Taylor


dale said...

I had this one a couple of weeks ago and loved it. Saisons are not my usual beer style, but I'm getting to like them more and more. Great brews for hot Florida afternoons.

Nice job on the review. Sauerkraut? Only on a hot dog, braut or reuben sandwich.


Beer Drinker Rob said...

I love saisons. Not sure when that started, but not when I first started drinking beer, that's for sure.

Sauerkraut = TXT = RIP as the bumper sticker goes :))

Vanessa said...

I had this on draft a couple of weeks ago at WOB - absolutely loved it.

Did you pick it up at TW? I'd love to grab some :)

(did you notice we agreed on a couple beers recently? look out!)

Beer Drinker Rob said...

Yes, I got it at Total Wine. I hadn't seen it before a few weeks ago. And double-yes with the agreement :)

Steve said...

Just reviewed this one a few days ago, was pretty awesome.