Colette Farmhouse Ale - Great Divide Brewing Company
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Reviews by nsheehan:
4.28/5 rDev +11.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
12oz to Libbey Belgian
Bottled on Feb 21 2013
A – A hazy, pretty much opaque but quite translucent yellow-golden. Has a nice glow, and bubbles are rising vigorously from the bottom. Head is eggshell white and microfine bubbles.
S – Quite nice, some fruit, flowers, sweetness, and spices. I pick up melon and a bit of citrus,
like orange peel, a floralness and a bit of hay, some sugar, and some white pepper. The smells work together nicely, no one being too much or little. The melon is mostly honeydew.
T – Interesting taste, starts with some hay and orange peel, then rolls into a sweet melon note, followed by some spice and more orange. The aftertaste brings the sweetness and melon back in. The sweetness isn’t obviously Belgian, but it has some similarities, perhaps a bit of earthiness. It works nicely with the other tastes.
M – Medium bodied, and somewhat soft, yet also slightly bubbly on the tongue. Quite refreshing, but not very. Less of a mid-summer day’s work drink, more of an end of the work day drink.
D – This is a nice beer to start the day with (in my case), or end a day of work with. I’m having trouble deciding if I’d like it a little less sweet, but I know that if there was no sweetness I wouldn’t like its take on the style. I could see myself drinking it almost every day. I also think the ABV is a good number.
4.75, 4.25, 4.25, 4.25, 4.25; 4.27.
Serving type: bottle
08-27-2013 01:43:58 | More by nsheehan
More User Reviews:
3.65/5 rDev -5.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75
12 oz bottle into a wine glass.
A: Pours a cloudy straw color. The head is a finger high, with an off-white shade and frothy texture. Retention is decent for the style, but the soapiness of the head means there isn't a huge amount of lacing left behind.
S: Decently rustic - a trait missing from too many 'Murican-made saisons. The yeasty notes are big, but not overpowering. Aside from the breadiness, I'm also getting some subtle pepper notes (and even a touch of sesame seed). Behind that lie touches of wheat and lemon. No frills, but hits all the saison notes properly.
T: There's a candied sweetness to start I didn't pick up on the nose. Its finish is decently bready, and even a bit rustic. Pouring the dregs in really improves the flavor profile - it's less sweet, more lemony, and more rustic. Hell, it's even complex. GD did a good job of nailing some of the more 'unusual' notes a saison can achieve (such as sesame seed, or hell, even a bit of stank-ass cheese) without resorting to brett or barrel-aging.
M: A bit sweet and heavy for a saison. It has a richer feel than most proper (read: the ones coming from Belgium) saisons - so much so, in fact, that it feels like a tripel at times. It isn't very light or refreshing by the standards of the style. Carbonation is on the lower side.
O: If it were a bit less hefty-feeling, this would easily be right there with Dupont. As it stands, it's still a very good saison - one that ranks very highly among the 'Murican examples, in fact. Plus, it's in six packs. A rock-solid saison in six packs? Damn right I'll be all over it.
Serving type: bottle
07-22-2014 20:59:10 | More by ThisWangsChung
District of Columbia
3.89/5 rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
A: hazy light/pale yellow with some edge foamy head
S: banana is the predominate smell, but also some peach and a little herb (which I am horrible at distinguishing)
T/M: in a race, I think the light lemon taste is noticeable first, followed by a little banana taste. These are subdued by a nice dose of carbonation. The overall feel is light and refreshing. The fruit tastes from the beginning fade to a nice light what I believe is a clove-tinged, mildly dry ending
O: I like the lightness in everything about this beer. Nothing is overpowering, which presumably makes it a well balanced beer. I will definitely grab this for a change of pace, but it won't be in the regular rotation.
Serving type: bottle
07-21-2014 23:17:12 | More by cjgiant
Colette Farmhouse Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
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