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!
Sticking with the summer type, lawnmowing session style beers, here is a dandy imported all the way from Wisconsin. I will admit, beer is not the first thing that I think of when I think of the state of cheese. After drinking this guy, that might have to change though. Enter the Spotted Cow:
Yes, this beer is light. Somewhere around 4.8% ABV. Sometimes though, that is what the world call for, especially during this heat wave here in the Cincinnati metro area. Called a Farmhouse Ale, this beer fits right in with the heat, and is very refreshing after a long day out and about. The beer pours like a light lager, only a hazy golden yellow, with a bright white head. The nose is something a little different than you would expect, with sweet light malts, something a bit grassy, and I almost think I can pick up a slight smell of sweet corn. Maybe not though, could just be the Farmhouse Ale handle making me think that. Taste wise, very easy and the word smooth does not begin to describe it. Somewhat sweet, somewhat dry, crisp, and a tiny bit of fruit is how I would describe it. Very pleasant to drink, with a cream ale type feel to it. If you spot this cow, you should pick it up!
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Well done New Glarus!