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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Added by stcules on 05-28-2003

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Reviews by tbeck:
Photo of tbeck
2.84/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a peachy, almost lemonade in color and fizzy clarity. Has a thin white head that dissipates quickly into a collar. Fruit and wheat in the nose, the fruit has a sourt/tartness to it. Taste is spicy and tart, very slight malt and has a wheaty finish to it. Feels like alka-seltzer, a lot of carbonation. Very light and thin. This beer is not terrible, but it is not one I would reach for.

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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.

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Photo of Marius
3.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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.

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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 tux_alin
3.59/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
3.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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.

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Photo of VoxRationis
3.13/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Decanted from an 11.2 oz (330 ml) brown bottle into a conical pint glass; no production information.
A: Pours a murky, golden/brown color with obvious chunks of yeast floating in a suspension throughout. Minimal head with virtually no retention or lacing.
S: Aromas of molasses, honey, and coriander with a tutti-fruity note.
T: Semisweet. Tastes of light molasses, grass and herbs, coriander, and apple.
M: Medium bodied with very little carbonation.
O: Could be a flavorful enough Witbier, but not nearly effervescent enough. Could be livelier.

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Photo of drinkin-beeers
3.03/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of atlbravsrno1
3/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of GRG1313
2.5/5  rDev -24%

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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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.

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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.

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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.

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Photo of Brawn83
3.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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 Jerseyislandbeer
3.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of UniversitateaDeBere
3.3/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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.

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

Flashback #338

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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 thatmanphil
3.69/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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