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Beer:30… Great Divide’s Colette.

The summer season requires a nice, summer drink. Here in Ohio, it has been unusually warm, which in turn makes me unusually thirsty. Lighter style beers fill this warm weather niche, and luckily for us Great Divide offers up a true gem with this one. Enter Colette:

Colette is a Farmhouse ale, a saison with a Belgian style twist. Open the bottle, and you start to get an interesting, almost grassy yeast aroma. Once poured, this intensifies, and the beer settles into an interesting golden straw color, reminiscent of much lighter beers with much larger marketing budgets. This beer could not be more different than it’s mass produced distant cousins. Start to drink this dandy and you will completely forget about the rice water beers that you might have had once upon a time. Some sweet malt, somewhat of a lager style yeast, a fruity tartness, and an earthiness that I have not had in a beer before. Simply put, it’s amazing.

The flavors are complex, yet rustic. It is dry, yet satisfying. This is a beer that surprises you, with so much going on and such a simple, deceiving appearance. To call this beer a simple saison would be a tragedy. If you are unfamiliar with the style, just save yourself some time and start with Colette.

Once again, Great Divide delivers! Well Done!

Cheers!

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