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Colette Farmhouse Ale - Great Divide Brewing Company

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429 Reviews

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Reviews: 429
Hads: 1,522
Avg: 3.84
pDev: 21.35%
Wants: 49
Gots: 211 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Great Divide Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  7.30% ABV

Availability: Spring

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Beer added by: ArrogantB on 04-25-2009

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Photo of jlindros
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a huge pasty white head that makes me stop pouring, fluffy and fizzy, and fades pretty quickly over the clear golden wheat yellow color.

N: Light toasty malts, wheat, a little lemon zest and citrus, some creamy malt aromas, a little spicy hop, some yeasty aromas as well, with a little farmhouse saison aroma.

T: Lots of wheat and light malts, saison flavors, toasty malts, yeasty flavors with a little fruit even, dry spicy saison. Some cremy malts, a little sweet malt flavor with hints of booze, spicy flavors too.

M: Lighter body with tons of carbonation.

F: Very dry with hints of spicy saison flavors, little boozy warmth and tingle a little heavy booze for 7.3%. A little wheat flavors, some yeast and farmhouse flavors lingering, some bitterness with a touch of spicy hops and orange peel, even a bit of spices and coriander.

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Photo of BMoney575
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on 8-7-09
Bottled on 4-28-09

Pours a cloudy pale yellow color, with a great bubbly white head and craggy lacing.

Smell is lemon, tons of yeast, slightly peppery and generally enjoyable.

Taste is all vegetable, very slightly sour, but it really grows on you. A little Belgian, a little citrus, and lots of sweetness.

Mouthfeel is very good, carbonation helps lighten things up, and the slickness sticks around.

Drinkability is not bad, the sweetness and vegetable flavors make it a little rough.

Overall, pretty standard, but worth a shot.

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Photo of FosterJM
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

443rd review on BA
Bottle to tulip
Bottle date: 3/10/11

App- This was a light and bright yellow with a couple dots of cling. A pretty nice one finger head.

Smell- Very timid yeastiness with a funk and some damp earthiness to it. An interesting mix of some straw and a bit of wheat.

Taste- With the corn it's an interesting take on a saison. It's a bit grainy but still good. This was down the middle in terms of saison tastes with it being not overly peppery and at the same time not very citrusy either.

Mouth- This was a medium bodied beer with a high carbonation. The aftertaste is a crisp wheat grain.

Drink- Its pretty tasty and a bit different and the flavors are a bit small but it's a nice beer. I might come back to this one because of $ point.

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Photo of shertz
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into an Allagash Tulip glass from a 750ml bottle. Got the bottle at Chip's in OBX for about $10.

A- Bright yellow, hazy and head disappears quickly.

S- Not too funky like a Saison should be. Peppery and citrusy.

T- Best part of this beer. Very spicy, little tart, and very dry. Very nice combo.

M- Carbonated to right volume. Very good.

D- Doesn't seem too potent and I should be able to walk fine after a 750ml. Pretty refreshing on a hot day.

Final note- A good beer but misses with nose and appearance. Otherwise it would be a damn fine beer.

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Photo of monitorpop
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Crystal clear yellow with a 3 finger white head

S: Lemon grass and faint peach.

T: Banana and nectarine with mild citrus and clove in the finish. No funk.

M: Nice medium/high carbonation.

O: Unlike other funky or tart Saisons. For me this is almost Hefeweizen like in taste. Either-way a nice refreshing beer.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The appearance of this saison would be pretty good if it was't for the lack of head. The faintly hazey golden hay with a twinge of copper and awesome bubbling carbonation are their. But there is no foam.

Faint spices, some equally faint barnyard yeast, earthen hops, and some tart grains. Standard saison aroma.

A little wet, slightly tart pilsner and maybe some wheat grains start the flavors off. You can feel the carbonation more on the middle and finish of the tongue than at the front. The middle is a dry, tart Granny Smith appple skin. Ten sm slight of and funk histhe taste buds along with some earthy, soft hops lto control some of the malts.

This is a nicely caronated palate with sometexture and nuance going on from start to finish. This dry palate would be somewhat sessionable on a summer day while taking a break from some hard outdoor work.

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Photo of beergoot
3.69/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Mildly hazy, pale yellow body; lots of fast rising carbonation; thin white head. Somewhat fruity aroma; rhubarb and green apples; powdery yeast notes. Mild malt flavors infused with fruity esters, much like the aroma; tart with an acidic twang. Light to medium body; somewhat fizzy and effervescent; mostly dry finish.

A decent, generally well-rounded farmhouse ale. It's a little rough around the edges but does deliver a nice variety of flavors and treats to the palate.

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Photo of everetends
3.69/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber I found at Arbor Place Beverage in Douglassville, GA. I am pretty sure the bottle was $8 or so. Hadn't heard or seen much of this brew, so I figured what the hell. Served up in a tulip.

A: The color is a bit wierd and slightly unexpected. The color i as if you mixed some chardonnay, a Belgian pale and any macro you found in the fridge. Just a strange somewhat shiny golden yellow. The head was white and about half a finger but it was very fizzy and not tight at all. As expected from what I saw, it fell almost immediately only leaving a few occasional wisps of top floaty goodness. Somehow it has a chance to throw some bubbles on the glass, but nothing sticky. Its not bad to look at but it doesn't have any wow factor or impressive qualities, just a bit mediocre.

S: Smell is pretty nice. It has a really vibrant floral aroma. This just smells like a very clean flower arrangement. It does have a noticeable amount of grains and wheat coming across. It is slightly sweet on the nose. There is a tart aroma but not really able to a finger on the fruit presence (maybe some green apple). Just a touch of spices, mostly just a peppery presence. Yeah, its not very dynamic but it works very well for what is there. It definitely makes me want to give it a go.

T: Up front, it almost tastes like a pale wheat. Has a bit of tangy citrus and slight sugars. It does develop a bit more leading to the finish. The floral flavors come out with a touch of a perfume like presence. Its interesting is the best way I can put it. Then you get a hefty amount of yeast in here. There is just a really mild funk and tartness to this beer. Its more grassy/earthy than farmhouse funky. There is a touch of tart citrus (light orange and grapefruit) and green apple coming through. Finish is just a touch of pepper. There is an underlying, very particular lemon flavor that comes and goes during the experience. It is very nice but I wish it was a more stable flavor in the overall flavor profile.

M: Light, very light. This beer is almost watery at times when you first pull but it does get just a touch creamy as the experience continues. Its kinda wierd. Carbonation is not as high as I was expecting but it does bring a refreshing and quenching crispness. ABV is substancial when read on paper, but doesn't come across while drinking. Very tame in that department. Aftertaste is just a combo of some of that floral and some spice.

D: Sure its not the most dynamic Saison out there but it does what it is supposed to : it makes you refreshed on a hot day. Can't bitch about that. Sure the look, flavor and feel could use a bit of work, but the beer works. Its not the best Saison out there by any means but it works in a pinch and makes me happy. I am not upset by this beer at all, maybe just a touch let down. I figure that Great Divide will play with this brew and tweak it a bit as they are known to do. I see it as a work in progress and I expect it to get better the more they brew it.

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Photo of TCHopCraver
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes on 7/9/10.

A: I've finally learned my lesson with Saisons and went with a soft, supple pour from the get-go. Still, my gentle pour left a 2 to 2 1/2 finger, pure white head atop the golden-yellow body of the beer. Stringy, slow moving carbonation is notable. The lacing is clumpy and has a Tolkien Elvish language lilt to it.

S: Mmm, love that fresh Saison aroma. This one is dominated by the distinct Belgian yeasts and crisp banana and Granny Smith apple fruity esters. A little spice is also evident- mostly pepper and clove.

T: Not really a standout component found in the taste. The grains, yeast, hops, and spice all blend together, and the water actually takes a large chunk of the stage. As I take more sips, the tart Belgian yeasts and the spice flavors pop quite a bit. The fruitiness I detected in the smell does not stand out that much.

M: A little on the watery side. The beer does not carry too much weight in my mouth until the end of the sip, at which point a nice combination of tart/peppery/spicy hop flavors kick in to leave a good earthy impression on my palate.

D: I will definitely give this one another try. In general, it's a little thin and just a touch on the sweet side for my tastes, but I have a feeling I might be missing something the first time through. True to style, though, it is quite crisp and refreshing.

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Photo of ElGordo
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the 12oz bottle into a Gordon tulip glass. Body is a bright straw-golden color, topped by a pretty flourish of creamy, stark white head that settles down to about a half-finger. Light, spicy, somewhat earthy aroma from the saison yeast, with notes of white pepper and lemon, along with some light, citrusy hops.
Palate is nice and refreshing - sweet pale malt that is reminiscent of corn pops. Light, tangy, citrsuy flavors from the saison yeast come through before the swallow, along with some nice, lemony hops and a touch of coriander. Finish is sweet and dry. Body is light and effervescent, but not quite as light as a true Belgian saison. That also makes it not quite as drinkable as other saisons on the market, but it's still an enjoyable beer.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap at Rattle N Hum in New York, NY

A: Pours a very cloudy pale straw yellow in color. The beer has a thin off-white head that quickly reduces to a thin film covering most of the surface of the beer. Very little to no lacing is observed.

S: Overall, I found the smell of this beer to be quite mild. There were hints of spices, citrus, and just a touch of the funk you would expect.

T: Again, a little more on the mild side than I might have expected/desired but definitely tasty. There was a very light amount of funk with some crisp citrus notes and just a touch of spice (clove and possibly white pepper).

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of effervescent carbonation. Very dry.

O: Overall this was a very enjoyable light summer saison and definitely a beer that would go down well on a warm afternoon/evening. I found this one to be quite easy to drink and worth getting another.

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Photo of EricCioe
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pours an especially hazy orange, lighter at the edges, with a one finger white head that sticks around in a nice cap and thick ring with spotty lace. On the nose there is lemongrass, banana, esters, and perhaps some wheat. In the mouth, the lemon zest is predominant with a soft mixture of wheat and esters. The body is medium, quite creamy with really nice carbonation making this drink especially easy, if a bit lacking in heft.

Overall, this is a pretty nice saison, maybe not my favorite so far but pretty good nevertheless.

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Photo of alli4051
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint.

Got this as part of a variety pack and decided to drink this first to get it out of the way as I didn't really expect to enjoy this style as this is my first saison. I was pleasantly surprised. Pours a bright but somewhat hazy straw color. Scent was somewhat faint but what was there was wheaty and citrusy. Flavor was complex with a mild lemony sourness and lots of grain. Feels like you could knock a few of these back but the alcohol catches up quick. Glad I stumbled across this and definitely will be exploring this style some more.

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Photo of maedhros09
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Look: Slightly hazy gold with a couple fingers of quickly dissipating white head, no lacing to speak of. Lots of sediment at the bottom of the bottle.
Smell: citrus, floral wheat and belgian yeast aromas. A bit of alcohol too.
Taste: Lightly sweet lemony floral yeasty wheat flavors with a fairly dry finish and some bitterness that could be grain or alcohol related.
Feel: Fairly light with above average carbonation but not the effervescence of top-tier saisons like Dupont and Hennepin

Overall: This actually reminded me more of a hefeweizen than a saison - the wheat characteristics are prominent. I like that it's not too sweet and the citrus and floral character is pleasant. It seems to me the alcohol level is higher than it needs to be. This beer would be a great refreshing summer beer if it had a lower ABV.

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Photo of hagbergl
3.67/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had my first 12 oz. bottle of Great Divide's Colette Farmhouse Ale in my Chimay goblet.

Appearance (3.5/5): Colette pours an unfiltered, opaque goldenrod and shows an intense sunflower yellow when held up to the light. Ring of foam that retains well. Bit of a wimpy one finger head and not that much carbonation can be seen rising from the bottom of the glass.

Smell (4/5): Quite peculiar musty, rustic odor. Extremely wheaty and a little spicy. Very interesting aroma. Lemony and light citrus aromas as well. Yeasty.

Taste (3.75/5): Colette is very wheaty and lemony. Some nice banana flavors flex in the aftertaste. A little bubblegum. Nice grassy, herbal hops, as is proper in a saison. This is a very wheaty-tasting Saison. Little to no alcohol flavor.

Mouthfeel (3/5): Mouthfeel is quite smooth. Carbonation is a little low for the style; would have liked more active carbonation. A little drying in the finish from the grassy hops. The dryness is the best quality in the mouthfeel. The lower carbonation leaves something wanting...namely, more carbonation!

Overall (3.5/5): Colette is an okay saison, but there seems to be something missing. Perhaps I got a bad sixer, but what really is lacking here is carbonation. I feel that the lack of carbonation really mess with what could be a much better drinking beer than the one I am currently holding.

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Photo of vrazionale
3.67/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

650 mL bottle at refrigerator temperature poured into a snifter. Bottle reads: "Bottled Apr 15"

A - Pours a pale golden orange with a finger's worth of light-bodied head.

S - Fruity, funky, and hoppy nose. The most prominent notes are apricot, wildflowers, and citrusy hops. The funkiness is subtle and well-balanced with the rest of the nose.

T - The hops really step forward here, but it throws the delicate balance off-kilter. The bitterness overwhelms the subtle fruit, funk, and floral notes that lurk in the background. The finish is decently long and bracingly hoppy, but with a nice juicy fruit feel.

M - This is a palate cleanser for sure - the carbonation levels sizzle and serve as a pleasing counterpoint to the hop bitterness. Perhaps a bit too-light bodied for me (it is brewed with some rice, after all).

D - Perhaps this brew needs a little more age to tone down the hop profile, but it just wasn't the most balanced saison I've come across. Enjoyable, to be sure, and a pleasing summer evening sipper. The nose really is remarkably good, though.

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Photo of lurpy1
3.67/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a bottle from Four Firkins, which has a pretty good selection of Great Divide brews.

Light, hazy yellow, translucent, with medium head.

The smell is overwhelmingly, unmistakenly bready. Smells like a fresh package of yeast. A little bit of citrus thrown in for good measure. Great smell to be sure, but not necessarily a great beer smell.

The bread sensation continues in the taste. A strongly biscuity, " bakery" feeling. Quite a bit of aftertaste, neither good nor bad. Medium body, medium carbonatiion.

It's an OK beer, I picked up way more "bread" undertones than most. While it's a bit off-putting, it's intriguing.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.67/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a balloon glass.

Look: A hazy burnt straw colored body. A white head disappears leaving only a ring with light spots of lacing.

Aroma: Very sugary sweet, yeast dominates, banana peel, fruits.

Taste: A tart opening leads to a grainy and yeasty body. Some banana is present. A somewhat tart finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, dry.

Overall: I just bought a single bottle of this, and I'm glad. It's a fine brew, but I wouldn't want this very often.

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Photo of muttyd
3.67/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

90 degree day in Boston. Time for a saison, I think.

A - Cloudy yellow/straw body with a thick white head that fades into a slight ring around the glass. Very hazy.

S - Lemon zest & other citrus, barley husk, sweet malt, and slight yeast funk.

T - Very enjoyable and clean tasting saison. Tart lemons dominate the palate, but its balanced off by the dry grainy malt profile, slight hoppy/grassy flavors, and clean finish.

M - Fizzy with a slight warming alcohol burn.

D - Not the best saison I've ever had, but at only roughly $2 for this bottle, its one of the best for the money. Another great brew from GD.

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Photo of jfclark
3.67/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: very little head, bubbles like soda that dispense quickly. Color is very yellowish and cloudy.

S: nothing too note worthy. not the most aromatic beer

T: taste is refreshing and enjoyable, alcohol is not noticeable.

M: enjoyable carbonation that is pleasant in the mouth.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a hazy lightly dirty yellow color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of light funky yeast notes with light rustic malt with a subtle sour finish. Taste is also a mix between some light funky notes with some light tart notes and some light rustic malt. Light residual sugar is also discernable. Body is quite full with great bottle conditioning and good carbonation. Not the most complex example of the style but well brewed for something that is most likely brewed on a very large scale.

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Photo of rlee1390
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Translucent bright yellow, two finger head with some carbonation.

S-Lots of yeast, clove and banana. Along with some wheat, not much wheat and poor balance in the nose.

T-Yeast and clove with banana in the fore front. Some wheat. Tad bit of grass with no bitterness.

M-Light, highly carbonated and crisp.

O-There are so many other saisons out there. Balance isn't where it should be, no spices.

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Photo of jar2574
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got a six pack of these and they were quite a pleasant find. Large white fully head dissipates slowly leaving a smaller 1/4 inch head and decent lacing on the sides. Beer is a cloudy pale yellow color.

Smells like a saison should, only it could be slightly stronger. Spices and earth.

An earthy, buttery, mildly spicy saison. It could use a little more zest but it's very easy to drink.

I had two of these out of the bottle on Easter and for whatever reason they seemed to taste better out of the bottle than out of my glass today. I shared three on Easter and they got a great reception even though my friends weren't huge beer lovers.

I'll give it a 4 on overall rating despite being mildly disappointed on my second tasting tonight out of a glass. You can't find that many affordable saisons in 6-packs, and that's worth a lot during grilling season.

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Photo of icehawk
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

Bottle Appearance: Hazy straw with a quickly disappearing white foamy head. Aroma: Yeast, sulfur Taste: Lively mouthfeel, thin body, starts a bit start, but finish and aftertaste is slightly sweet fruit. Palate: The fruity finish is really unique... starts like a pretty standard saison, but the finish is a real kicker. Overall:

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Photo of jeremy2027
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle to Dogfish glass

The color has a golden honey look to it, slightly clear. Poured with a nice 1 to 2 finger head that quickly diminished. After a few good sips there is no lacing on the glass.

Smells of fruit and alcohol maybe some orange zest??

The taste is clean and crisp with high carbonation. Not much malt character at all, but good fruity notes. Not much bitterness at all.

The mouthfeel is rather watery and the carbonation leaves your tongue prickly.

Good beer overall not bad on a hot day in the sun. At 7 percent alcohol wouldnt be bringing this one to the beach.

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Colette Farmhouse Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 429 ratings.