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Colette Farmhouse Ale - Great Divide Brewing Company

Colette Farmhouse AleColette Farmhouse Ale

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BA SCORE
87
very good

990 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 990
Reviews: 371
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 11.69%


Brewed by:
Great Divide Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  7.30% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: ArrogantB on 04-25-2009)
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Rayek

Colorado

3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Hazy brass with frenetic carbonation. All those bubbles hold up a big and soapy white cap that has very nice staying power. The only downside is that little lace is left behind.

S: Musty and slightly spicy with pepper and clove aromas. A fair amount of straw can be sensed as well.

T: To me, this beer starts out tasting distinctly like an APL. The dry malts upfront are the only thing going on at first. The spicy clove and pepper bitterness arrives just in time to add some complexity. Things get really interesting toward the end when the beer becomes distinctly sour. Perhaps a bit too much so. Finishes dry, sour and tart.

M: Medium body feels grainy. Carbonation feels about right given the style.

D: Not quite what I was expecting, but still decent. A greater level of complexity out front would have been nice. The sourness of the finish was a bit too much for me. I'm still glad I tried it.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2009 15:22:05 | More by Rayek
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prototypic

Ohio

3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Saison pours a pale gold color. There's a light amount of haze clouding the scene, but not much. An active white heads caps it off and reaches a couple of fingers deep. Given the activity, it was much slower to recede than I expected. Lacing was on the lighter end of the spectrum.

The nose is easily above average, but isn't stunning. It smells a little fruity initially. Light pear and lemon are noted. Yeast is very prominent. Belgian yeast is here, but it's not as strong as I'd like. It certainly has strong earthy and herbal notes. I'm not picking up anything overtly vegetal (which is a good thing). It's a little musky, but not quite funky. I'm not picking up any alcohol. It smells alright, but doesn't "wow" in any way.

The flavor profile is pretty consistent with the nose. It's certainly fruity up front, but not in a sweet way. Lemon is the strongest fruit flavor, but pear is present as well. A rather strong herbal flavor mixes with some spicy notes. There might be a little clove here. Tough to tell. It's hoppier than I anticipated. I like that aspect of it. It has a nice bitter surge. The hops taste mostly floral in variety. Yeasty flavors emerge somewhat late, but are strong. Belgian yeast is definitely appreciated (in more ways than one). I'm still not picking up any alcohol. It finishes bitter and dry. This is pretty good stuff. Above average. Ultimately, it's just a tad too herbal.

Saison has a medium body that's nearly smooth. Active carbonation really prevents it from getting there. Too much buzziness. Drinkability is okay. Above average. The flavor's alright, but I'm not in love with it. It goes down pretty easy. A bomber will due.

This is the second Great Divide beer in a row that really hasn't dazzled me. After rolling out consistently great beer, this and the 15th Anniversary Release are just in the 'pretty good' category. This one would probably be improved if the herbal aspect was toned down a little. The other flavors seem to work nicely and I like the hoppy aspect of it, but that vegetal bit is just too strong. Not a bad effort, but a little disappointing. Worth a try nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2009 02:50:18 | More by prototypic
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cdizinno

South Carolina

3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: Poured into a tulip glass from a bottle, similar the the one pictured, but instead of "SAISON" written in big block letters, mine reads "COLETTE" and the little farmer on the left who is working in the picture turned into a sassy looking chick in a skirt with a pitchfork. Bottled on: MAR 10 2010, printed on label.

A: Initially clear, golden yellow with a nice fluffy head that dies quickly. After a swirl of the sediment: Murky, yellow-straw color.

S: Slightly tart, sweet smell along with the typical 'farmhouse' yeast aroma.

T&M: Very complex, fruity, spicy, tart flavor. Fairly sweet with a good bit of alcohol burn. After a swirl of the sediment: The tarness is definitely mellowed and it is smoother. Medium bodied.

Fairly good farmhouse. A bit too tart and sweet for regular drinking. But good for a 'one off'.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2010 17:57:54 | More by cdizinno
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Natural510

Ohio

3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, packaged Apr 8 2010

Nice look; opaque, pale golden-orange. Impressive head, frothy & bone-white.
Funky yeast scent with lemon & spice notes.
Yeast up-front, with a distinct breadedness. Peppery, with a hint of lemon rind. Subtle hop and dry finish.
Good feel, with the carbonation and dryness from the yeast, albeit slightly watery.

Not-bad saison, not too distinctive either. Will give a nice yeast kick and alcohol fix on a warm day.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2010 05:55:47 | More by Natural510
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brandoneast

Texas

3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A transparent brew with minimal lacing that dissipates quickly. Aromas and flavors of wheat crackers, lemon zest, and very minimal chevre cheese. Not a very aggressive saison but highly drinkable. No problems here and I am stoked about a saison sixer!

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2010 03:39:13 | More by brandoneast
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rajendra82

Georgia

3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very pale, hazy yellow appearance, and a lot of carbonation gave this look a bit of a macro vibe, but the lemon zest and orange peel on the nose indicated that this was not one of the mass produced swill. The taste was pretty timid for a Saison, with flavors of lemon, simple sugar, and white pepper coming across each light and refreshing sip. The ABV felt nowhere near 7.3%, and the body was soft and airy. Very refreshing, but left me longing for more depth.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2012 04:03:19 | More by rajendra82
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On draft at The Big Hunt in D.C.

the beer is hazy and straw to golden hued with a quarter inch of white head. the aroma offers malt, grass, light spice, coriander, pepper. Medium bodied and malty, with a bit of a harsh / aggressive hop punch toward the finish. Pepper and alcohol, citrus, lemon. A bit unrefined. Not bad, but lacking the elegant complexity and/or drinkability I was seeking.

Serving type: on-tap

11-09-2013 22:46:30 | More by Huhzubendah
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hopdog

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Capone's.

Poured a medium and cloudy yellow color with a smaller sized white head. Aromas of yeast, some citrus, and 'musty'. Tastes of citrus, a little fruity (bananas), and spices. Refreshing and drinkable.

Notes from and tasted on: 4/30/09

Serving type: on-tap

04-30-2009 22:22:44 | More by hopdog
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rye726

Colorado

3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Not really impressed by this offering. Some what adjunctish flavor and aromas. Just a bit on the syrupy sweet side. Pours a clear yellow with a fluffy tan head. Taste and nose are quite sweet with a subtle Belgian yeast and floral hop presence. Some fruity spices. Medium body is overly carbonated.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2009 05:18:56 | More by rye726
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UDbeernut

New York

3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

bottle poured into tuliup glass

a: lightly translucent straw yellow color, about a 1/2" foamy off white head reduces to light lacing

s: light malt, slighty fruityness

t: light malt backbone intertwined with fruitiness, to me apples and pears. Other than that nothing too special

m&d: ligh bodied, very drinkable.... just a typical saison.

Cheers!!!

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2009 16:28:24 | More by UDbeernut
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jsh420

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

bottled march 10 2010

pours a very cloudy yellow with a 1+ fnger white head that left no lacing

smell is strong fruity unripe banana with some clove and yeast

taste is much of the same but with plenty of earthy grassy hops - the fruits could be less sour

mouthfeel is light overly carbonated - very crisp and dry

drinkability is ok but when i reach for a saison i doubt its this one - one plus is that this comes in 6ers though

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2010 04:13:34 | More by jsh420
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BeanBone

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: A nicely hazy golden-straw body capped by about three fingers of white head that fade slowly and leave great lacing.

Aroma: A mix of green-apple and lemony hops and bready malt with sharp and spicy Belgian yeast.

Flavor: Just like the nose, there's a mix of lemony and golden fruit-like hops, cereal-grainy malt, and clove-like Belgian yeast. The alcohol is masked perfectly. Everything meshes nicely and is balanced. Lots of grainy malt in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with velvety-smooth medium carbonation and a dry finish.

Drinkability: This is refreshing and makes for a nice picnic beer, just keep the moderately high alcohol content in mind.

Verdict: I'd been looking forward to this beer for quite a while, but I ended up being a little disappointed. Colette is certainly not a bad beer--in fact it's pretty solid--it just isn't particularly interesting.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2010 17:15:29 | More by BeanBone
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zdk9

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours yellow with a thick haze of dusty yeast particles. There's a finger of white head, but it recedes to the sides of the glass quickly.

S- Yeasty, spicy, grassy, slightly lemony. Maybe some corn, but maybe that's just the color telling me what to smell.

T- The taste is much spicier and sweeter, with kind of an orange liquor feel to it. I get pepper, mustard seed, tarragon. The bitterness is very vegetal like bitter mustard greens. Good complexity to the taste, though I could use a better blending of flavors- I'm not really sure what this beer is trying to be.

M- Both fairly bitter, especially on the sides of my tongue, and fairly syrupy. I would prefer both these characteristics to be a little more toned down.

O- A good complex beer, not the best saison, but certainly a decent one for a readily available beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2011 22:19:13 | More by zdk9
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OakedCanuck

Washington

3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into pint glass.

A - pours a chill hazed straw yellow, 1" white head formation. Slick lacing that didn't cling

S - Some funkiness and tart. Lemons, pepper, yeast

T - A tangy lemony flavour with an odd, almost sour funkiness to it. I don't expect Saison/farmhouses to be this tart, maybe it is just me.

M - Light, crisp, dry

O - Average saison, a bit too tart but not bad.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2011 16:04:32 | More by OakedCanuck
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soulfly1492

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aroma: Bold fruity esters and spicy phenols. Banana and clove, lots of wheat, a good dose of lemon citrus. Belgian yeast, mildly spicy although not peppery.

Appearance: Straw. Moderately hazy. Small white head dissolves quickly. Little lacing.

Taste: Lots of lemon, some black pepper. Bitter malt, Munich or Vienna and some Pilsner. Residual white sugar. Sweet from the lemon and malt. Good dose of bitter from the malt and yeast.

Mouthfeel: Light body. Finishes mildly dry. Carbonation is light, but is obviously present.

Overall: A bit odd with the lemon and strong black pepper. Some good some bad, nothing special.

Drank on 5/2/2012. Bottled 3/26/2012.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2012 01:02:39 | More by soulfly1492
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thagr81us

South Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served from tap into a Trappe Door tulip. Poured a bright hazy yellow with a two finger white head that subsided to half a finger slowly. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, banana, fruit, spices, wheat, and grain. The flavor was of sweet malt, fruit, banana, spices, wheat, and grain. It had a light feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a decent brew. While this one was quite refreshing, it was also not very memorable at the same time. Nothing on this one really stood out and tried to grab your attention which was a bit of a letdown for me. Drinking this one out by the pool on a hot summer day might be enjoyable, but if you are looking for something to enjoy complexities on, I would go with something else unless you are into that.

Serving type: on-tap

05-15-2012 11:27:48 | More by thagr81us
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froghop

Washington

3.48/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a hazy yellow with a large bubbly head that dissipates rapidly, and some lacing.

smell is of sweet fruit, sour malt, some grain, and lemon.

taste is crisp yet thick, somewhat tangy, sweet fruit, banana, and sour malt, ends oily and slightly bitter.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2009 17:44:48 | More by froghop
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silver0rlead

North Carolina

3.48/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy straw color with a thick white head that doesn't stick around long. The aroma isn't a strong point, with not much going on other than some funky yeastiness and a bit of biscuity malt. The flavor is an improvement from the aroma, with a biscuity malt presence upfront, followed by some lemon and mineraly hops, some barnyard funkiness, some spicyness (white peppercorn) and a touch of alcohol. The mouthfeel is appropriately light, and drinkability is very good. A decent saison, but not something I would buy again.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2010 03:30:20 | More by silver0rlead
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StlHopHead77

Illinois

3.48/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Slightly golden,almost translucent with limited head and scant lacing.Appears to have very aggressive carbonation.

S-Sourdough bread,haybales and lemon.

T-Slightly sweet and a little buttery with clove and fruity phenols from the yeast.

M-Dry and smooth.Initial appearance of carbonation was misleading.Medium carbonation
and light refreshing body.

D-This beer is very drinkable,especially to finish off a summer evening.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2010 13:29:01 | More by StlHopHead77
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mactrail

California

3.45/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very, very light color in the pint glass, a washed out straw. Not a head to speak of, but sparkling carbonation fills the mouth.

Surprising sweetness. Apple juice and a hint of Hawaiian Punch. Papaya and lime peel. Mere hints of malt. So simple and pleasant with an acidic underpinning. Touch of the raspy Belgian flavor in the back of the mouth.

Extremely quaffable, just not very beery. On he whimsical side like a good Wit.

Serving type: on-tap

05-28-2011 04:30:19 | More by mactrail
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Goblinmunkey7

Massachusetts

3.44/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Perfectly clear light golden yellow. Head is bright-white and bubbly. Drops to a tiny spotty cap with a marginally bigger cap. Moderate carbonation on the pour.

Smell: Big bright fruitiness. Apple, pear, and a touch of lemon. Slight hop spiciness. Loaded with ripe banana and a yeast character that hits a bit more Belgian than farmhouse. Clean pale malt sweetness. Some bubblegum. Esters are pronounced. Nice and clean.

Taste: Yeasty, but clean. A touch of damp earth. Some grass with pale malts. Lightly sweet. Solid ripe banana balanced with a mild hoppy spiciness. Clove on the finish grows as the beer warms. Almost like banana bread at times. Powdery yeast on the finish. A bit over sweet as it warms. Grassy with some husky grain. Slight toasted malt.

Mouthfeel: Medium to light body with a lively carbonation. Clean and slightly dry.

Overall: The farmer's average daughter.

Decent. Solid farmhouse/Belgian hybrid profile. A bit sweet overall, but the finish is on point.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2013 21:08:28 | More by Goblinmunkey7
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Fcolle2

Illinois

3.44/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: hazy yellow with a two finger frothy white head that fades quickly

S: belgin yeast, wheat, a little citrus and a quite a bit of lactic acid.

T: I'm getting lots of wheat upfront. A little belgin yeast and lactic acid follow.

M: pretty thin and carbonated but it works with the style. Nice and light, good for summer.

O: bitterness from the wheat and tartness from the yeast and acid blend well. Not my favorite style but pretty good for what it is.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2013 02:56:08 | More by Fcolle2
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hops4life

Connecticut

3.43/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Plan B in W. Htfd, CT. I drink a lot of Saison, and this is wayyy off the style for a Saison. Citrus, clove, some of the ester profile I associate with the wheat/white homebrew styles of a decade ago (or today, but that is the time period I associate with banana/clove hysteria). I would have pegged it as "spiced hefeweizen" or a summer beer with an identity crisis. Hop character was completely supressed under the spice. It makes for a very drinkable pint, even at 7.5%, but there is much better to be had.

Serving type: on-tap

04-23-2010 03:13:03 | More by hops4life
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DanThomas

Minnesota

3.43/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Cloudy, pale/straw yellow color. Honestly, if you'd handed this to me blind (i.e. without the Great Divide name), I wouldn't be too excited to drink it based just on the appearance.

S- Definitely improves things. Yeasty smells mix with some bright citrus and lemon scents, and there's a powerful spring/fresh cut grass scent here too.

T- I'm not sure what to make of it. There's a thick, german lager/pilsner malt to start, and then some lemon tart takes over. Yeast and bread flavors dominate the finish. I like each flavor individually, but they don't always work so well in unison in the beer. Some sips are good, some aren't

M- For a beer that is generally pretty light in flavor, it is very full-bodied, especially on the front end with the malts. Smoother beer than I'm used to for a saison, which actually works well for the beer. The mouthfeel adds a pretty good backbone to the beer.

O- Kind of all over the place for me. Good summer beer though, and I love the scent and the substantial mouthfeel.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2011 16:22:40 | More by DanThomas
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bbkd3b

California

3.43/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

Hits the glass with a fizzy, straw-colored body. Attractive, white head pops in like a visiting neighbor, but eventually settles one quarter-finger status. Carbonation carries a scent of lemon peel and grassy hops to the top of the glass. Tart and powerful.

Extremely light, tingly body drops a flavor of earthy tones and a light, citrus kick across the tongue. There's a hint of spice crossing along the way, but not much to speak of. Floats down the throat with a dry-but-easy finish. No sweetness whatsoever.

Overall/notes - Kind of a vapid brew. Saison is a style I always enjoy, and this one fits right in with the others. I guess it neither excels nor fails when compared to other brews of the type. Certainly worth a visit or two, especially if you're a fan of the style like I am.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2011 03:39:44 | More by bbkd3b
Colette Farmhouse Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 990 ratings.