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Colomba - Brasserie Pietra

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47 Reviews
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Reviews: 47
Hads: 86
Avg: 3.25
pDev: 24%
Wants: 2
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Witbier |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: stcules on 05-28-2003

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Photo of FLima
3.19/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Whitey golden color with a thin head with short retention.
Mild acid aroma with notes of oranges, pineapple juice and lots of coriander.
Flavor with notes of fresh oranges, mild herbal hops or juniper, wheaty dough, coriander, chalked yeast and pears.
Medium body with mild carbonation.
Fruity Witbier with lots of coriander and other herbs over dough yeasty notes.

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Photo of farrago
3.48/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Aggressive pour yields a little under a finger’s worth of pure white foam, even surface, slight retention, the lacing is likewise meager. The liquid is clear and a bright, almost metallic yellow gold color, the carbonation is active, tends to run in sheets, tiny bubbles closely spaced, looks youthful. The nose is a little on the musty side, caraway, lemon drops, ginger root, drying out to unused bread dough, the fruit is mainly crisp apple and pear, white grape, lingers longer than one might expect and becomes fresher as it does so. Medium-bodied, not as carbonated as visually suggested yet has a semi-creamy mouth feel. Basically, the first impression it makes it ginger ale, tastes like a glass of ginger ale. Neutral breadiness to water cracker notes, the lemon expands into orange citrus, albeit this not altogether sweet nor sour. Light aspect of herbal matter to fallen tree wood but can’t say it is really funky, maybe some quinine. Comes off as intentionally trying to hold the middle ground and not show too much personality in any one direction. In the final analysis can’t shake that sense of ginger ale, making the experience off-kilter.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a stemmed strange)
A- The hazy lemon yellow body has a billowing white foam that is supported by a quick carbonation.

S- The sweet meadow of herbs blends with wheat dough.

T- The mellow blend floral herbs and wheat dough has a slight sweet finish and some cider notes come through as the beer opens. There is a hint of tartness that lingers with some more mellow herbal notes in the aftertaste.

M- This beer has a light mouthfeel with a frizzy little prick.

O- This is a really nice witbier with a good support from herbal flavors. It is an interesting twist on the witbier but a bit to pricy to be sessionable.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.12/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

Been a while since my taste buds hit up the land of frogs (sorry, France, low-hanging fruit), might as well land on some Corsican suds. Napoleon's pride? Let's find out: This stuff pours a hazy midnight straw topped by a finger of bone foam. The nose comprises mild orange zest, coriander, cracked wheat, white bread, and a touch of spicy herbs that I can't quite pine down. The taste brings in more of the same, the bread and herbs taking control of things from the get-go, lending a strange grainy quality to the proceedings. The body is a hefty light, with a light moderate carbonation and a wet feel. Overall, not a terrible beer, but a mostly sub-par wit, thanks to the overly bready and herbaceous character.

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Photo of bdehoog
3.75/5  rDev +15.4%

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a plastic cup in my hotel room at ambient/room temperature.

Aroma apple, pear, coriander, orange, sage. Not supremely aromatic and has a bit of a fermented fruit character.

Taste same as smell. Light but not devoid of character, subtle. Good sugar balance on finish (not too sweet) orange character is unique, tart fresh and darker profile than I'm used to. Lingering pear flavor.

I am partial to this style and enjoy the not overly fruit forward/sugary character I often find in witbier, with an undercurrent of herb and spice.

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Photo of GuinnessAtRogerWilco
3.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle corked and caged poured into a Duvel chalice.

AP: Pale yellow straw colour with a 3/4" fluffy white head that fizzles down to 1/8". Minimal lacing on sides of glass, good head retention.
AR: Like sourdough bread, a bit of lemon and coriander spice, funky yeast, toasted cereal grains, a bit of tart apple and pear.
T: Very bready flavour, sourdough bread and fresh baked baguette loaf. Mild spices of coriander and pepper, but rather faint. The fruit I detected in the nose is also more subdued and more of a background to the breadiness. Yeasty finish and aftertaste.
M: Fairly crisp on the tongue, mild carbonation, off dry finish.
OV: This is definitely a food beer meant to accent certain dishes and styles of food. Can also be drunk on a hot humid Summer day or night and would be quaffable and somewhat refreshing. Just by itself if you're looking to challenge your palate, not so much. Certainly not a bad beer, but rather mild and tame and easy to drink.

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Photo of CwrwAmByth
3.93/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a pale clear golden colour with a thick creamy head.

Smells grassy and slightly stale.

Tastes very refreshing, hits the mouth and together with a thick mouthfeel refreshes you. Tastes of light malts with wheat and very slight hops.

Overall a good beer!

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Photo of brian48195
4.23/5  rDev +30.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very smooth interesting taste. It was served ice cold and it had a very crisp, refreshing taste. No after taste and it cleared your palate. This is my first review on this site, so my description might be a little thin. Bottom line, you won't be disappointed if you like white or wheat beers. It is the Best White Beer I've had.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.38/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

not sure yet about this one. my first brew from france. pours a cloudy pale yellow color with a tiny white head. smells a little sour, wheat malts, and some very mild corriander type spice. flavor has a white grape tartness to it, and some other fruity yeast flavors. feel isnt bad, good carbonation and a pretty light body. finish is a little funky with a bit of a stale yeast acidic thing happening, but its not a bad brew. the belgian versions of this style are in another league though...

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Photo of metter98
3.06/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Cloudy straw yellow in color, the beer poured with a half finger high bright white head
S: The smell is intriguing and smells like musty cheese.
T: The cheese flavors aren’t noticeable in the taste, which doesn’t seem to have any distinct flavors.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The beer is easy to drink but lacks refreshing properties.

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Photo of morebeergood
3.74/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A friend recently gave me a corked bottle of Colomba as a gift, and I opened it tonight. Poured into an Allagash tulip glass. Very pale but hazy yellow body. Thin white head. Not a lot of lacing. Smell was impressive. One of the most floral and fragrant beers I have ever encountered. Smelled like a bouquet of flowers. Taste was decent as well. Hints of spice, lemon, and herbs were expressed nicely. Mouthfeel was thin, but that's fine with a witbier. Very low on the abv made it a smooth beer to enjoy. This heavily spiced witbier is something that I found very interesting.

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Photo of KarlHungus
2.49/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

This beer pours a cloudy pale yellow color. The head is a billowy two inches in height, and recedes slowly into a quarter inch cap that lingers. The aroma is of lemon grass, and tangy wheat. The aroma is similar to the aroma with the addition of a strong butterscotch character. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Overall, this is a beer I will pass of next time.

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Photo of chefelf
4.2/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm, also, am surprised to see so many negative reviews here. I had this at a local wine bar and I thought this was a tasty beer and a very good example of the style. It's a cloudy yellow color with a nice white head on it.

There is a nice yeast and spice taste to the beer. If you like Belgian-style white beers you'll be very happy with this -- assuming you don't get a possible bad bottle like in some of the reviews mentioned below.

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Photo of jondeelee
3.53/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Has a light, yeasty smell, as of freshly-baked baguettes. Some subtle hints of spice pepper the background, but by and large grains dominate the nose.

On the tongue, however, there is an entirely different taste experience, dominated largely (and inversely) by the spices, which blossom delicately, but in full. The back of the bottle notes that the brew was "made with beguiling herbs and spices that grow naturally on the mountainous Mediterranean island of Corsica." Having never been to Corsica, I can't guess as to what herbs and spices might have been used. What I can say is that the spiced part of this beer reminds me heavily of the taste of tonic--the kind made with quinine. In fact, it wouldn't be a far stretch to say this tasted not like a gin-and-tonic, but a beer-and-tonic. That's not necessarily a negative criticism. In fact, the tonic-like nature of this brew makes it quite intriguing and appealing, the spices adding a lovely peppery mineral flavor, with just a shadow of mint, and all of that resting on top of a solid base of toasted grains. Really, this one has to be tried to be believed, and is worth the effort.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.23/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer poured out as a cloudy looking pale yellow color. The head was big and white. There wasn't much lacing if any at all on the glass. The smell of the beer had a nice fresh wheat and citrus aroma. The taste was on the lighter side. It's got some decent floral spice and citrus flavors in the beer. The aftertaste is a soft wheat flavor. The mouthfeel is smooth and a little watery. Overall it's not a terrible Witbier but it could have been better.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.41/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours golden with a thin swirly head. Smells very, very light- barely any aroma at all. What there is exhibits a slight lemon and herb note. The taste is better, Soft, lemony, and herbal. Perhaps coriander and rosemary? There is also some slight grassiness, light but noticeable. Soft in the mouth, I could use some more crispness here. Interesting take on the style, far more herbal than most.

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Photo of Daredevil
3.9/5  rDev +20%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

a beer flavored with maquis? ... as odd as it sounds, it works surprisingly well ....

straw colored, with a medium head (for a white beer) .... smell is a bit odd quite like a barrel with fermenting fruits ...

the taste is very mild, fresh with some well embedded spices and a soury finish ...

it's encouraging finding such well made brews in such exotic places (from a beer-lovers perspective) as Corse ...

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Photo of megahurts4
3.82/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brasserie Pietra Colomba
on Draft at The Avenue Pub, New Orleans, LA

Appearance: lemon yellow, small head, and slight good lacing.

Smell: Citrus fruit, some spice, and a slightly sour note.

Taste: lemon zest, spice, and faint wheat.

Mouthfeel: light and smooth.

It comes off as light and fruity like many wits. It's got decent flavor.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.11/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From the corked big bottle with no lot code or expiration date. Sampled on September 11, 2010. The pour is a very pale yellow and cloudy to the extreme because its unfiltered. There is a generous two-inch puffy white head up top and clinging thin lacing. Wheat is in the aroma but the overall nose is thin and unimpressive. Some light hops as well. The taste improves the first impression with its well balance wheat, spice, and malts combination that ends slightly hopped. But improving over a weak first impression does not say much. Drinkable enough but there are much better ones out there.

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Photo of MoreThanWine
4.05/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Maybe I had a better sample than most people, I don't know, but I was much more enamored with this beer than I see from the other reviewers. My sample was from the cooler in a higher end store so maybe it stayed climate controlled and survived the trip across the Atlantic better.

Mine was a classy tall brown cork-top pint bottle with a serious and lovely peasant on the front. Pours a frosted lemon meringue color with a subtle haze. 1" foamy head. I found it very creamy and smooth with hints of citrus and a nice mouthfeel (felt pricier than it was). Virtually no hops, and I do like hoppy beers, and whatever spices they claim it was brewed with are not evident to me, yet still I fully enjoyed myself.

This was $8 and to me I thought a really good value.

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Photo of weirdo513
3.48/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle I recently acquired in Paris from the fantastic Cave à bulles.

Poured into my glass a hazy pale color, it let a lot of light through, but was certainly opaque. The smell was faint, but definitely contained some citrus.

The taste not overpowering but has a lot of what you expect from a solid Witbier. A great bottle to pop open on a hot day, but nothing to seek out.

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Photo of drpimento
3.04/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured with a small to medium sized, fine foamy, off white head and no lace. Color is a slightly cloudy pale white yellow. Aroma isn't so good: a little bacteria, barnyard, overcooked veggies. Taste is better - citrus, slight sweet-tart, bit of malt, refreshing. Ok body and carbonation. Finish is decent. Beer'd be way better if you didn't have the aroma to contend with.

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Photo of dolzan
3.18/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Drank this while in Corsica.

Very pale and cloudy appearance, the taste hits you with the flavour of maquis, with some added spice, perhaps coriander and some lemon zest, but wanes pretty quickly. There's potential here, but the overall feel is too watery.

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Photo of confer
3.75/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

25.4 oz bottle from Whole foods beer
A- Murky pale yellow, no head, looked like a hefeweissen without the head.
S- Subdued funky sour smell.
T- The sour smell does not carry though to the taste. Nothing but a refreshing wheat taste.
M- A bit thick for the style
D-Not a spicy or flavorful as a wit from Belgium, but an easy drinker and also goo food accompany-er.
Bonus this came with a nice crystal goblet with the purchase price. I believe this is my first French and I know its my first Corsican beer.

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Photo of Cadyfatcat
3.9/5  rDev +20%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Smells faintly of ripe fruit, blackberries and apricot. Perhaps a little more golden in color than others of the style, but plenty of yeast sediment to go around. When I saw this beer was French I immediately regretted buying it, because the French tweaks on beer are always terrible as far as I am concerned. But I find this beer nicely drinkable and rather pleasant. It does not display much of the tart wheat character that can be had in other whites. This and the color leads me to believe that more of the malt is traditional barley, and the wheat was probably malted rather than raw. A little more bitter than other whites but it is difficult to discern if this is from hops or spices. The spice notes are very subtle, but are more like what you would find on a full out Belgian ale, one with 7-8% abv, then a white with 5%. The bitterness dances around your tongue hand in hand with an estery fruitiness from the yeast. Nothing mind blowing here, but a good beer that doesn't exactly fit the Belgian White cookie cutter, and I could drink all night. Heavy duty bottle too, not something to smash over your head like a bud bottle.

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Colomba from Brasserie Pietra
76 out of 100 based on 47 ratings.