Maybe it’s the weather, or maybe it’s because I grew up on a farm, but lately I have been stuck on saisons. This style of beer is perfect for the warmer weather, and the crisp flavors quench your thirst very well. Thanks to my brother in law, this version comes all the way from Minnesota. Enter the Farm Girl:
This beer pours out of the bottle looking like a jar of honey, sort of a mellow, yellow gold. Not the most fragrant of beers that I have tried, but honestly, who really cares what a beer smells like? What this beer lacks in scent is paid in full when it comes to taste. Sasisons are usually light, but the Farm Girl hits you with around 6% ABV. Just a bit higher than you might expect for the style. Flavor-wise, I get a strong taste of lemon peel, mixed with a grassy wheat blast as well. Carbonation is low, so the beer flows smooth. Almost as smooth as life on a farm. Like most saisons though, it finishes dry and crisp, and very refreshing.
This Farm Girl is welcome in my household anytime, unfortunately, she is stuck in Minnesota. If you are in the area, you should look her up!
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!