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Colomba | Brasserie Pietra

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Brewed by:
Brasserie Pietra

Style: Belgian Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Ratings: 95 |  Reviews: 51
Reviews by Cadyfatcat:
Photo of Cadyfatcat
3.9/5  rDev +18.5%
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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More User Reviews:
Photo of ZAP
3.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Nothing like a thirst quenching whit brewed at some island I never heard of on a night where 12+ inches of snow is hitting Minnesota on the last day of March...

Interesting, unique take on a whit beer....yeasty...notes of orange peel, pepper, wheat and some nice herbal qualities...has some fresh floral notes as well....smells sweet but finishes with more of an earthiness along with the peppery and orange peel qualities.

Did some research and found this:"Selected herbs include tree strawberry, myrtle, rockrose, and juniper. A subtle, delicate - and secret - mix of these is placed in a large tea-ball and left to infuse in the boiling wort"

Definitely interesting beer....would work as a nice drinker on a hot summer day....or on a late March day when you are hunkering in for a big snowstorm.

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Photo of stcules
1.92/5  rDev -41.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

This beer is a white beer, with aromas of maquis, produced in the island of Corsica. Straw-coloured, medium turbidity, thin foam. Smell od coriander, rosemary, sage and pepper. Myrtle? Orange and citron. A hint of hop. The taste is similar, with rosemaryand laurel, and bitter. It seems even a little of medicinal herbs. The body is thin and weak, watery. Almost no aftertaste, just a little of medicinal herbs again, not too pleasant.

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Photo of jed
2.16/5  rDev -34.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Presentation: Comes in a brown, 33cl bottle with a frowning woman on the label, certainly not a good omen. A blurb on the back of the label has information about the ingredients used in the beer. To be consumed before the end of June, 2005.

Appearance: Pours an extremely cloudly, light yellow color, leaving a thick layer of yeast sediment at the bottom of the bottle. Large, fluffy white head with average retention; as the head disappears it leaves behind a little bit of lacing.

Smell: Unique aroma of yeast sweetness mixed with some sort of spicy vegetable smell; the beer label says that it's maquis, which grows along the Mediterranean coast. It's very hard to describe the distinct smell, but it's spicy with some sour notes at the finish.

Taste: Again, distinctive yet hard to describe. Maquis nose, followed by pepper and coriander spice flavors. Hints of more herbal flavors — the label notes juniper and myrtle — and a brief appearance of hop bitterness. The flavor is certainly warm, with hints of almost meat-like smokiness. Finish leaves behind strong herbal bitterness and more maquis flavors, as the beer warms an unpleasant acidic finish as well. The end result is a beer that's very herbal and medicinal in an unpleasant way.

Mouthfeel: Initially very creamy, but as it warms and sits the beer becomes increasingly watery.

Drinkability: Bad taste combined with a weak mouthfeel give this beer very, very low drinkability.

It's very hard for me to describe the taste or the characteristics of this beer since it's so different from everything I've tried. On the one hand, it's nice to see a brewery willing to experiment with unique, regional ingredients to create a local, unfiltered variation of the witbier style. On the other hand, well, this beer just isn't very good. Unless you have a burning desire to try maquis, avoid this one.

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Photo of drpimento
3.04/5  rDev -7.6%
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 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.

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Photo of morebeergood
3.74/5  rDev +13.7%
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 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.

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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.

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Photo of mithrascruor
3.95/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a hazy pale whitish-yellow color. Thin film-like white head.

Smell: Mild aroma of wheat and a bit of yeast. Minimal spices.

Taste: Nice taste of wheat, some orange, and a hint of yeast. A bit of sweetness, and then in the finish there's a bit of sourness, but nothing too extreme.

Mouthfeel: Nice tingly carbonation. Quite light-bodied and generally smooth.

Drinkability: Easy to drink, could work well as a session.

A nice witbier that is a bit more refreshing than some of it's more opaque kin. I would have liked a bit more flavor, it is quite mild. But, still nice! Glad to have had a beer from Corsica now too.

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Photo of tbeer40
3.75/5  rDev +14%

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.

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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.

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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 ...

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Photo of Latarnik
3.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of scoobybrew
3.88/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was poured from the bottle into a hexagonal tumbler glass.

A - cloudy golden straw color with a thick foamy head that settles a bit but is well retained

S - spicy wheat malt aroma

T - sharp spiciness up front then followed by smooth creamy wheat malt, slight hops on finish

M - smooth medium-to-light body with moderate carbonation

D - This is a decent wheat beer with a somewhat unique spice character for the style but still manages to work for it.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.41/5  rDev +3.6%
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 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.

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Photo of thierrynantes
3/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Beer bottle (33cl), tasted in 2001.
Appearance: white foam, persistent. Yellow trouble color
Smell: Citrus
Taste and mouthfeel: attack while freshness, dominant floral and herbaceous, with the final notes of citrus
Drinkability: an average white beer

Review added 11-20-2007, translated from french 2-26-2008.

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Photo of sneaks2210
2/5  rDev -39.2%

Photo of papat444
3.02/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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Photo of t0rin0
2.75/5  rDev -16.4%

Photo of confer
3.75/5  rDev +14%
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 chinabeergeek
3.75/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

on-tap at deep ellum, in allson, ma, on april 22, 2009, during the week of the craft brewers conference. served in pietra-branded chalice!

hazy, deep golden straw. nice foamy head, stays around as thin layer. some splotchy semi-rings of lace.

aroma: spice/herb note that i can't pin down exactly, but is very interesting. gives a savory character. eventually, it moves along to the more identifiable coriander and orange peel, with hint of parsley. some bready tones. touch of hop. lemony zest in the back?

very similar flavors, with spice and herb, on the savory side. then back to some light malt, though a touch watery, some fresh citrus juice, and parsley. mild grassy hop bitterness. twinge of acidity.

light and thin, but some acid and resin texture in the finish. tingly moderate carbonation can be fluffy.

some interesting spicing, with a unique savory character. may seem slightly outside the boundaries of the style, but it certainly went well with a platter of boudin blanc sausages.

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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.

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Colomba from Brasserie Pietra
Beer rating: 3.29 out of 5 with 95 ratings