Colette Farmhouse Ale - Great Divide Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

1,452 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,452
Reviews: 428
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 11.43%
Wants: 40
Gots: 176 | FT: 0
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Great Divide Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  7.30% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: ArrogantB on 04-25-2009

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Photo of Immortale25
4.37/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Shiner Bock pint glass. Label says bottled on: MAR 05 2012

A- Pours a hazy yellow color with a 1/4 inch head that immediately dissipates to a paper-thin ring around the edge of the glass and a small patch of surface foam. Nearly no lacing.

S- Rich, vibrant yeast aroma that's crisp and refreshing. Also quite citrusy.

T- Quintessential saison flavor with plenty of bubble gum and banana notes from the yeast as well as some wheat and a bit of spice. Also hints of lemon and sulfur.

M- Thin and a bit dry. Medium-low carbonation with a soft body and some yeast tang.

O- The first saison to make me realize I love the style.

Photo of Johnny_Muir
4.36/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My 100th beer!! I just want to thank my liver, my kidneys, and my tongue, you guys really rock. Oh, and Jesus, of course, even though he was a wino.

Awesome that my 100th beer is a farmhouse ale, and one that tastes almost identical to the farmhouse ale at Carters in Billings MT, which was the first beer style I found myself getting into early in my beer career. In case you've never had a good farmhouse, it tastes sort of sweetly tart, mild in body and flavor but oh so refreshing. Pairs great with meals since it won't overpower much, but still strong enough to stand alone. Smell is wonderful too, intoxicating. Cheers!

Photo of KansasBeerLover
4.35/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle poured into a Sam Adams glass.

Color is a very pale wheat. Cloudy from the yeast, which I wasn't able to keep in the bottle.

Head was about one finger, fine bubbles, leaves some lacing. Continued effervescence, which maintains a thin layer of foam.

Aroma is yeast, which overpowers the spice in the background.

Flavor is similar to a white wheat with spices. Not sweet, by any means. Also a hint of lemon.

Mouthfeel is smooth. A touch of alcohol in the back, fruity in the front. Very interesting and pleasant. I look forward to another glass.

Photo of Beer4Baltimore
4.35/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

- from notes
A light yellow saison that pours clear to cloudy depending on if the bottle is disturbed. Crisp carbonation apparent. Smells grassy, sweet, and like lemon. Sharp tangy mouthfeel with lots of bubbly drinkability. Tastes is addicting with smooth tarty flavor up front and mellow spice at the back.
Definitely one of my favorites.

Photo of ixodus
4.35/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a hazy straw color with a tall white head. Retention is moderate with small spotted lacing

S: Orange peel, coriander, lemon rind, biscuits, mild funk, and a dash of pepper. Quite fruity.

T: Fruity upfront orange, apricot, clementine, and lemon. Cracker like malt lends a nice backbone and is complemented with a bit of pepper. Has a very slight medicinal taste to it.

M: Light with moderate carbonation and a nice sweet finish.

O: Overall I love this beer. I can crush a six pack in a matter of minutes. It's ridiculously drinkable and refreshing but in the end it'll get you drunk if you pound it back like I do.

Photo of JSisk
4.35/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I am not as well versed as many of the other reviewers on here or as knowledgeable but I know what I like and I like this beer. The smell is fantastic. The taste is complex but not to the point where one flavor overwhelms the others. I highly recommend this beer to people who are fans of saisons or Belgian farmhouse beers. Great Divide seldom disappoints and this beer is one of their finest.

Enjoy it with some spicy Mexican food!

Photo of Badger6
4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle, bottled on Feb 25 2014. Poured into a Boulevard tulip.

A: Cloudy, golden yellow with a big white head that receded quickly to a beefy ring at the glass edge and thin layer on the surface. Lots of lacing.

S: Citrusy, grapes, floral, wheat, earthiness. Nice appropriate funk to the nose.

T: Starts sweet, and turns slightly sour at the end. Bready. The wheat and citrus come through in a beautiful way, accented with a distinctly Belgian floral note. Very appropriately funky. Complex, not confusing.

M: Light, mildly carbonated. Tends toward the dry feel, finishes very clean, aftertastes are subtle.

O: I love the aroma, so subtle and inviting. The flavor profile is very complex, but everything is distinct and works together and each note is distinguishable and complements the others. This is a flavor symphony. The beer drinks easily. This American incarceration of a classic Belgian style rivals the best Belgians...and outshines many. This is truly an awesome beer.

Photo of gcamparone
4.31/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tulip. Acquired in a BIF from ufmj, thanks man!

A- Pours a hazy, light-honey colored body with a pretty thick, 2 finger head that reduces slowly and leaves some nice lacing and foam. Quite inviting.

S- Very fruity, unripe bananas, tart apples, lime and lemon juice, farmhouse funk, clove, spices.

T- Deep fruity, banana flavors dominate. Sweet apples, honey, cloves, cinnamon come through. Alcohol is well hidden .

M- Refreshing and smooth, this is a thirst quencher. Medium-high carbonation.

This is an awesome interpretation of a farmhouse ale. Very bold and flavorful while being drinkable and refreshing. Worth a try.

Photo of DavidST
4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tulip glass, bottled on March 23, 2012. This pours a hazy straw light yellow color with a short lived off white head which quickly dissipates. The smells are nice lots of sweet yeast esters, a little funk, some earthy tones, good stuff. The feel is medium high carbonation. The taste is great nice fruit yeast esters a dry finish some earthy flavors good stuff.

Photo of sitarist
4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled APR 15 2009.

Pours yeast infection piss yellow, golden yellow with lots of suspended chunks of sediment. About a half inch of white head made of loose bubbles that fall quickly to a light top coating. No lacing.

It smells like a lemon-poppy muffin. The aromas are mellow, not all in my face. I dont smell any funk.

It is sweet and tart. I taste banana, lemonheads, pineapple upside down cake, sweet-bread, some pepper, and some sexy funk too. Nice balance of sweet, sour, and spice.

The mouthfeel is good to me. Its not too dry, has nice body, it has a slight bite from the carbonation, and a little heat.

I could drink it till I pass out!!!

Photo of Bizz88
4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a light hazy golden amber with a creamy two fingered fluffy head with patchy sticky lacing throughout the glass. Spicy citrus aromas with yeasty bread hints. Holy smokes, tantilized and caressed both palette and tongue this farmhouse wench, bubbly with a certain sassy spiceness, Colette, Yeah! Two thumbs up!

Photo of wvsabbath
4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Light golden yellow, fizzy, foamy white 1 inch head, carbination bubbles, and some lacing.

Smell - Yeasty floral, grassy, grainy, lemon, honey, floral fruits, apples, grapes.

Taste - Floral fruits with huge lemon and grape flavor. Has a alcohol ting mixed along with grapes, yeast and sugars. Has the classic grassy farmhouse ale flavor, almost sweet bubblegum like. Honey comes in at the end to mellow the sour fruits down.

Mouthfeel - Its light on tounge, coats it with fruits, sugars and such. Palette gets more fruits, lemon and honey, along with some yeast and alcohol. Aftertaste is dry, sour and bitter.

Overall - Very well done, lots of fruits and sugars, and a little alcohol. Smooth, easy to drink and a pleasure to drink. Excellent springtime ale.

Photo of ktrillionaire
4.29/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle, labeled 'Colette', not 'Saison'.

Bottled on: March 10, 2010

G - Delirium tulip

A - Pours a nearly schoolbus yellow and it is quite hazy (perhaps that is due to the motorcycle ride I just put it through), with a big white head, albeit short-lived. No real lace or retention.

S - A little hay funk, a little citrus-lemon, some bread, earthy mustiness and lightly herbal hop round out the aromatics of the tightly crafted brew.

T - This is a pretty damn good beer. I am surprised, honestly, by how good. Really close to spot-on for the (Saison Du Pont-esque) style. The flavor is initially a deft balance of bready Bohemian malt, subtle herbal hop and basement-barnyard funk; as it progresses, nuances of lemon, kaffir, jasmine, gardenia, celery-coriander and sweet lime become available. Very well-hidden alcohol.

M - Very light and refreshing, despite having reasonably full flavors.

D - It is the first hot day of the year here in Florida, and damn this is a refreshing brew. I see previous reviewers are less impressed; I am not sure what to chalk that up to.

Photo of nicholasdes
4.29/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This was my first Saison. I did not know what to expect from the style. Barnyard sounds tough to handle.

A: crystal clean straw color with light white head and lot of bubbles

N: The aromas coming off this beer are heavy and intense. Lots of hay with leather, light fruit, green apple and the tang of alcohol.

T: Full flavor with lite wheat flavor and hints of Belgium yeast. Crisp with hay and fruitiness. Very good.

M: fresh and crisp and lite on the tongue. The carbonation gives it a full mouthfeel, but not heavy.

D: I really liked this and could easily have a few. The crispness gives a refreshing feel that makes it easy to keep drinking it.

Photo of nhindian
4.28/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a Fantome tulip.

Bottled on April 8, 2010, I was a bit hesitant about the age, but the only bottles there were from this batch and figured I'd take the risk.

A - Pours an interestingly murky and cloudy goldenrod with geysers of carbonation springing up everywhere. The head is huge, about 3.5-finger's worth, and incredibly rocky. The terrain is all over the place with peaks and valleys. Retention is superb as well with such active carbonation. Given the head, I was expecting a coating of lacing, but it still put up two nice walls.

S - The nose is rich in orange peel, lemony zest, bready yeast and pepper. Freshly mowed grass and ploughed hay really complete the barnyard image. Light and citric, it can easily be smelled as it rests on the table beside me.

T - The taste follows the nose almost identically. The front of the taste brings fresh, ripe, and juicy oranges and lemons. The grass and peppers follow to help tame these flavors and move it towards a more dry, crisp finish. The back-end is nice and spicy, and the finish is a nice blend of citrus and spice.

M - Mouthfeel is light and pops with carbonation. Overall crisp and dry due to the finish, it leaves a nice taste in the mouth and invites me to drink more and more.

D - Drinkability is high. There is no trace of the 7.3% alcohol in this beer and the flavors remain fresh and vibrant throughout the whole glass. It's almost like drinking a highly carbonated juice, in the best way possible.

Photo of garymuchow
4.28/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A touch of age, but at 7.2% this should be fine, just not ass-kicking fresh. Poured into my Reidel pils beer glass - a current favorite - allow great catching of aroma.
Aroma is a little tart, a little sour, touch of citrus and little funk. Doesn't seem to stray too far from that - a little soft pale male.
Cloudy yellow with a big billowing head.
Starts with a nice bready malt and that moves nicely into the yeast character. Nice blending with overpowering or preventing the enjoyment of the nice complicity. Quite shot of warm in the gut. Well balanced lactic. The finish is really nice. Drying without astringency and leaving all sorts of enjoyable flavors.
Really smooth feel even without a real heavy body and very soft.
This is really nice. The blending is outstanding. I've had some that are fruitier, and I like those too, but this one shines for its complexity and blending of flavors.

Photo of nsheehan
4.28/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Colette
Great Divide
20130811
12oz to Libbey Belgian
7.3% ABV
Farmhouse ale
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.

Photo of womencantsail
4.27/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: The pour is a fairly clear straw color with a massive white head that eventually settles down.

S: Quite a lot of fruity esters to the aroma. Heavy on the banana and pear notes, but lots of citrus going on, too. There is a touch of tart apple and lemon peel and some light malt and straw. Very nice.

T: The flavor is somewhat light, but in a good/refreshing way. Banana sweetness followed by sweet pears. A touch of citrus peel bitterness, yeast, and light spices. A little bit of bready malt sweetness, too.

M: Medium bodied with medium to high carbonation and a crispness to the finish.

O: A really great saison. I found this to be a fantastic beer.

Photo of HookedOnWinter
4.27/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at Great Divide

From the day Great Divide tapped the Saison, I've had 2-3 a week. It's a great beer that's fun to drink, and it's refreshing enough that I like having more than one in a row. It's got a little citrus / sour taste to it, with some great carbonation and a beautiful color. Overall, a great beer.

Photo of DoubleJ
4.26/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Let's get drunk, responsibly. A little pick-me-up beer from Great Divide, coming in the 12 ounce bottle format. On to the beer:

That look said "drink me". It's golden straw in color, brilliant, and filled with lively bubbles. Thick creamy lacing around the glass helps too. The head on top is semi-soapy, yet it firm and retaining itself very well. The aroma is soft, and, well, funky. There's a slightly fruity aroma, some barnyard, and cider.

I think we have a winner. Not too funky, generally sweeter than the usual saison, bubblegum, cidery sweet. All the different characteristics deliver to make a beer that is surprisingly balanced. It also has some rustic character, and the beer finishes with a dry sweetness. It's medium bodied, "bubbly smooth", and it is very easy to drink despite the strength.

Simply refreshing, and simply a delight. I knew Colette would be a reasonable choice for this late afternoon, but I didn't expect it to be so easy. It looks that Great Divide can also do that Belgian thing too.

Photo of StoutFox
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Enjoyed at brewery on tap
Appearance: Yellow Cloudy, light, White head
Aroma: Very grainy, apricot
Taste: Starts out very malty, then sweet apricot, finishes with other fruit characteristics with a mild sourness,
Complexity: well balanced
Overall: a very good beer!

Photo of Brenden
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Colette is an obviously unfiltered, quite cloudy medium yellow brew. It grows a fluffy pure white head to about one finger, where it retains itself for the long term. It leaves deposits of patchy lacing well down the glass.
There's a lot of complexity and depth in this beer displayed in both the aroma and the flavor. There's zesty lemon tartness working with the sweetness of tropical fruits and playing off each other well. Lots of grassiness, herbal notes and gentle spiciness come off as well, and a biscuity malt balances it all out. Plenty of earth is all the way through from beginning to end. Overall it's semi-dry with a touch of sweetness.
This is one beer in which it can be argued whether the use of rice benefits the mouthfeel or not. It does make it smoother, but this is a style in which I hope for a crisper bite. There is crispness, but the smoothness seems to be the main focus in the addition of rice. The body is fluffy and rests right on the light edge of medium.

Photo of ocelot2500
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy pale golden color with a frothy white head that leaves a ring of lacing.

Smells of yeast spiciness, citrus, and grassy notes.

Tastes of a fairly refreshing citrus character with some sweetness underneath. Sharp wheat notes hit first, followed by a pleasant lemongrass note that is countered with a peppery spiciness. A bready, slightly grainy pale malt sweetness underlies everything, rounding out the taste. Fairly balanced between sweet and bitter, and has a dry finish.

Mouthfeel is medium-light with an effervescence to it.

Overall, a very good American Saison that could become a staple of my yearly rotations.

Photo of BBP
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours pale yellow with a nice head and nice lacing.

The aroma is fairly sweet, and somewhat fruity in the front. It's considerably funky as well and smells a little bit spicy.

The taste is pretty nice. It's got some funky character in the front and some subtle spice that enhances the flavor without being overpowering by any means. Sweet, but not overly so. Some hop bitterness works well with the sweetness, and the malt bill adds nice character too. It's a little messy when it's cold, but really shines as it warms up.

The body is moderately full, and has medium weight to it. The finish is fairly dry and slightly sticky. I found the carbonation a little overaggressive though. Not a big issue, but the biggest issue I think this beer has.

Overall, I'm glad to have finally found this. To think it was in the store I frequent most just being hidden in the back of the cooler. After a year or so, it's drinking nice. I haven't had the fresh, or any really old stuff, but I'd imagine that it's only going to get better.

Photo of stephens101
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Ran out of beer while visiting the parents in beer wasteland and had to grab this one at a very annoying premium.

A white froth settles quickly into this hazy, yellow-orange with pinkish hues. Wheat, lemon and damn hay in the aroma. Tastes of lemon zest, orange, meringue, clove, banana and overripe pear. Dry all the way through and medium in body. Lingering fruit peel and subtle alcohol at the end.

Proving that beer is not only a life-sustaining, historically important beverage; paying a premium for said beverage (while in the sticks and desperate) also teaches one the economic value of preparation.

All situational/context issues aside, Colette is the definition of a reliable, go-to beer that should be readily available just about wherever you are.

Colette Farmhouse Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 1,452 ratings.