Colomba - Brasserie Pietra

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Ratings: 81
Reviews: 47
rAvg: 3.29
pDev: 17.93%
Wants: 2
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Witbier |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: stcules on 05-28-2003

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Reviews by Daredevil:
Photo of Daredevil
3.9/5  rDev +18.5%
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 ...

More User Reviews:
Photo of bsp77
2.53/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Received in the March 2009 Beer of the Month shipment.

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Summit Pint Glass.

Appearance: Pale cloudy yellow, active bubbles on top, but no head or lacing.

Smell: Don't know what this smells like, but not a fan. Smells ever so slightly like a Wit.

Taste: Sweet citrus, don't notice any coriander or spiciness as would be expected. There seem to be some spices, but they're not really "spicy", if that makes any sense.

Feel: Thin, highly carbonated, cloying sweetness at the end.

Drinkability: Between the smell and the sweetness, this is the least refreshing Wit I have ever had. Some interesting flavors, but ultimately not worth it.

Note for self: As I just began reviewing, it is unfortunate that I did not officially review some of the strong beers from my first two months of the Beer of the Month club (thanks to my father-in-law). Belhaven Scottish Ale, Big City Jamaica Stout, EKU 28, EKU Pils, Ipswich Nut Brown Ale, and Lakefront White Beer were all good to great beers that I hopefully can review in the future. On the other hand, the March shipment is very weak.

Photo of jondeelee
3.53/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

Photo of rhoadsrage
4/5  rDev +21.6%
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.

Photo of AKBelgianBeast
3.73/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy yellow with light orange tint and a stark white head that dissappears pretty quickly and reduces to a ring around the glass that leaves lacing that is mediocre at best.

Nose is on point for a white ale but just seems too faint. Some wheat yeast and a light spice profile.

Taste follows. It's on point for a white ale, but the flavor is just too faint. There is an odd mintiness that arises and this one tastes somewhat stale. Good wheat flavor was there and the spice profile is noticeable, but theres just not alot of beer to back this up, and what there is does seem like its been on the shelf for a while.

Mouthfeel is on point. Carbonation could be just a touch higher, but that my only gripe here.

Drinkability is solid except for the effect the flavor has on it.

Overall an ok white ale, i suspect maybe improperly stored, but i have to review what ive got here. Just bland and kind of stale.

Photo of electricfields
3.92/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Cloudy golden yellow with a foamy white head. Not much lacing left on the glass.

S: Bready malts with a strong fruitiness to it. Not a hint of hops.

T: Definitely not unpleasant, but not particularly great. Sugary orange spice and wheat. A slight sour bite on contact with the tongue. It's pleasant, but not all that interesting.

M: I don't know if the other reviewers are drinking the same beer I am, because there's quite a bit of carbonation here, but it's still really smooth. Not bad at all.

D: This is this beer's redeeming feature. It's a very pleasant beer that I would probably down a couple of if they weren't almost $4 a pop around here.

Photo of philipquarles
2.95/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

33cl bottle. Pours hazy pale gold with a small whispy head that disappears pretty quickly. Strong coriander/pepper smell. Slightly citric. Not much going on aside from the spice. Light, sweet, malty taste with the same spiciness. Lemony. Flat finish. Medium body with good carbonation. Not really offensive, just not good.

Photo of puboflyons
3.11/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

Photo of BoitSansSoif
2.62/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

First review from the 50 cL can. This is also my first Corsican beer.

A-White head exhibits little retention and fades quickly. Color is a hazy yellow, and lacks the luster and inner glow of nice wits.

S-Faint spice and coriander notes, lemon hard candy and hits of citrus, a strange tart herbaceousness that I briefly mistook for sourness. Definitely interesting, but not terrifically appealing.

T-Light wheat backbone, very faint fruit and strong herbs throughout that carry into finish. Hints of coriander, the spice is very restrained however. There is a slight skunkiness in the finish, and the aftertaste is rather part of the drink...a touch of lemon, sweet wheat, and a bit of what seem like noble hops.

M-I actually think the mouthfeel is quite good. Body is smooth and not too watery. Well balanced, although I'm not crazy about all the herbs. Carbonation is robust and at an excellent level.

D-Okay, and interesting, but nothing special, and you can do better for the price.

Photo of dolzan
3.18/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

Photo of metter98
3.06/5  rDev -7%
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.

Photo of megahurts4
3.82/5  rDev +16.1%
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.

Photo of david18
2.85/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Eh. I'm not a fan of witbiers to begin with and this one was not very impressive. Although I was impressed to see my local bar with this on tap, it was not even something I could finish. Strange, yellow color. No carbonation whatsoever, typical witbier smell, typical witbier taste and not great drinkability. I like that the french are venturing into these areas but this is not a beer I'm overly impressed with.

Photo of Monsteruss
1.88/5  rDev -42.9%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

The first thing I noticed when opening this beer, was the dominate skunky smell (maybe been sitting around on the shelves a while). The foam was smooth, white in color and dissapated quickly. The color - beautiful hazy golden honey. Smell - too skunky to smell anything else except a small hint of wheat. Taste was dull/obtuse, light wheat,fruit undertones. Mouthfeel - crisp and light-bodied. Drinkability - if it wasn't for the skunk smell, it might be ok.

Photo of probert
3.95/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

beer advocate is making me give a review in order to rate

Photo of TMoney2591
3.12/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

Photo of KarlHungus
2.49/5  rDev -24.3%
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.

Photo of bdehoog
3.75/5  rDev +14%

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.

Photo of GuinnessAtRogerWilco
3.43/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

Photo of janubio
3.13/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This must be one of the palest and cloudiest beers I've ever seen. Head is correct, but fades quickly, leaving some lace. Colour is kinda lemon juice or similar. It has a strong and unpleasant dominant, I don't know what it is, but sure it's unpleasant. It's hard to find behind that notes of herbs and spices, and some citrus. Coriander and lavender. In mouth, is very citrusy and spicy, maybe pepper.Vanilla essence. Very light body. Somehow I like it after all, though I can't see why. Maybe it's so strange that captivates you.

Photo of haz77
2.65/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours a very light straw with a half-inch of fluffy head, which quickly drops to a thin layer. Looks to have high carbonation.

S - Citrus, yeast, mixed herbs, spice, some funk

T - Light citrus initially, followed by mixed herbs (mint, rosemary, coriander and others I can't distinguish). Ends with mild herb/spice bitterness.

M - Light body and medium carbonation.

D - Not a very good wit overall. The smell and taste hamper drinkability.

Photo of chefelf
4.2/5  rDev +27.7%
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.

Photo of Jdompnier
2.96/5  rDev -10%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Im not a big fan of witbeer but this one was less lemonish and a bit sourer so...

Photo of ATPete
2.66/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

11.2oz bottle

Pours a hazy pale yellow with a small soapy white head. Smells of spices and banana peel. Creamy and round, it tastes like the brown part of a banana with a hint of alcohol and lots of spice. Very light carbonation and a sweet sticky mouthfeel. I'd pass on this one.

Photo of OFallonBrent
4.5/5  rDev +36.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Cloudy yellow, not as opaque as Hoegaarden

S: Very floral. The skunk someone reported is not skunk, its the spicy/floral aroma from the use of local ingredients. This is not a Hoegaarden clone, it is a beer made using local Corsican ingredients.

T: Citrusy, almost lemony flavor. The flavors of the floral and spicy aromas are here too.

M: Light with soft carbonation.

D: Refreshing light beer with unique floral character. Yes it is a wit, but its unique ingredients set it apart from other wits.

Not all beers have to comply with predetermined style guidelines, and this is one that does not. That said, it is a very good beer made with local ingredients. It should be tasted with that understanding.

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Colomba from Brasserie Pietra
76 out of 100 based on 81 ratings.