Colette Farmhouse Ale - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Colette Farmhouse AleColette Farmhouse Ale

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BA SCORE
87
very good

1,451 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,451
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 John_M
3.63/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Max's today.

The beer pours a slightly hazy honey color with good head retention and decent lacing. On the nose, this is definitely saison light. It has the aroma I normally expect in a saison, but it's just dialed down a bit. Anyways, I otherwise get honey, clove and maybe some nutmeg. Flavors replicae the nose, with this beer coming across as more of a wheat beer then a saison. However, I do also get a bit of orange citrus and a hint of tartness. The beer starts off with some moderate sweetness, but that quickly dovetails into some fairly dry spice on the finish. Mouthfeel is fairly light, to the point where it's almost a bit watery. However, drinkability is pretty good... I just wish this beer had a bit more flavor.

Nothing wrong with this beer, though I can't imagine why I'd ever want to get this as opposed to the real McCoy from Belgian. Frankly, I doubt Dupont could make this bland and uninteresting a saison if they tried.

Photo of kshankar
3.63/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy yellow with a frothy white foam that recedes to a cap.

Aroma is of Belgian yeast, spices such as coriander, citrus, lemon

Taste is tart, lemony, citrusy and somewhat yeasty. The spices aren't very prominent in the taste, but everything else is working pretty well.

Mouthfeel is creamy and well carbonated. Drinkability is high.

Photo of kzoobrew
3.63/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review input from notes, enjoyed 09/01/10.

Straw gold colored body pours very clear. Super foamy pour, even with care it takes a few attempt to empty the bottle. Abundance of bone white head with decent retention. Large chunks of loose lacing left clinging to the side.

A bit of a surprise finding a strong maltiness in the nose. The yeast is not as funky as other saisons still manages to make its mark. Lemony tartness hits the nose, very interesting combination of smells.

Again the malt is stronger than anticipated. Bready malt is followed by the yeasty flavors. Slight clove with other indistinguishable spices. Tart flavor is light and enjoyable. Hop flavor is rather light.

Light to medium body, highly carbonated. Drinks smooth and surprising creamy. Finish could be a it more dry but the finish is still on the drier side.

Good but not a great beer. Colette just does not match my preferences in the style. Very drinkable and I was able to enjoy. Worth a try, you may like it more than I.

Photo of gonzo000
3.62/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hay like yellow color with a small head. The smell is of coriander, strong coriander. The coriander was there on the taste, but not dominate. Mellow even. Wheat/light grain taste. Feel was fine. Nothing impressive but nothing egregious.

Overall a good beer.

Photo of Tone
3.62/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy, pale golden color. 1/4 inch head of a white color. Slight retention and poor lacing. Smells of tart malt, strong yeast, and slight sweet malt. Fits the style of a Saison / Farmhouse Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp with an high carbonation level. Tastes of tart malt, yeast, slight sweet malt, slight hop, and slight clove. Overall, a decent body and blend.

Photo of fmccormi
3.61/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Straight pour from 12oz pry-off bottle to my Ommegang Independence Day stemmed tulip. Bottling date of March 2, 2012 printed near the bottom-right corner of the label (“BOTTLED ON: MAR 02 2012”).

Appearance (2.0): This starts with about three fingers of bone-white, fast dissipating, crackling head sitting atop a clear, pale-yellow body. A deliberate re-pour to stir up sediments results in a slightly darker, murky body that resembles orange juice. Looks better after the re-pour.

Smell (3.5): Heavy straw scent on this one, dry and earthy with a bright herbal component mixed in. Some lightly sweet, toasty biscuit character in the background, not bad. Relatively tame nose, no spiciness is particularly prominent here but I like the straw

Taste (4.0): Starts with a very nice, earthy character that’s followed by a crisp, spicy-grassy noble hop bite, which I enjoy. The body is dry and crackery with decent mix of dry straw / earthy hay and a slightly tart, bright, wheat character. There’s a subtle spice character in the back that I can’t pin down, like coriander with a bit of cumin mixed in. The biscuit character comes back with a sweetness that personally I enjoy quite a bit—reminds you that this beer isn’t water, even if it feels light. It’s like there’s some apple juice blended in.

Mouthfeel (3.5): Dry as all get out. Light on the tongue, crisp but medium-bodied. Carbonation is a bit fizzy and doesn’t stick, a bit coarse without a lot of force behind it, but it’s not detracting very much.

Overall (3.5): I love the fact that you can get a decent saison in a sixer without paying an arm and a leg, but it also doesn’t really hold its own against the really good examples of the style. Also, the appearance is really a bummer. I wanted to like this more, but for my money I’d rather spend a little more and get something I’ll only have once in a while . . . still waiting for that great saison in affordable 12oz bottles (other than Hennepin, which for the record I do enjoy quite a bit :-)

Photo of Jacurdy60
3.61/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

A-Pours a soft yellow color with a half-finger fizzy head. Poor retention and no lacing.

S-I'm getting some yeasty notes in the nose. Followed by some fruits (banana and pears) with some subtle cinnamon spice

T-Tangy fruits with a peppery, cinnamon spice finish. Not too complex.

MF-Carbonated and fizzy.

O-A pretty good saison. Not my favorite style, but it represents a saison pretty well.

Photo of Tom_Banjo
3.6/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle purchased as part of 6-pack from Whole Foods and poured into a tulip glass. Very nice beer all the way around. Just a little bit more fruity sourness than I would like. I prefer Allagash Saison to this one, but I would definitely drink this one again.

Photo of oberon
3.59/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not a style I often seek out at all,on a warm day like today I figured it might hit the spot.Poured into a tulip glass a hazed lemonade color with a great clingy two finger white head that left broken rings of lace as it settled slowly.Funky barnyard notes in the nose along with some iron/metallic,a whiff of lemon peel as well,some are big fans of the barnyard funk,Iam not.Flavors are funky but on a smaller scale,wet grain notes along with lemon pith, and honey,there is enough sweetness to keep the funk in check for me.A decent brew,again not a fan for a reason,but I grade it accordingly.

Photo of dirtylou
3.59/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz single, bottleworks

appearance: served in a hilliards can-pint, hazy pale straw body, a light white film. a general bland appearance

smell: lots of wheat, wildflower, honey, mild spice

taste: drinks more like a weizen than a farmhouse, however subtle a difference that may be. lots of wheat, honey, pale malt, wildflowers. Clean and refreshing, thought not overly exciting.

mouthfeel: light, clean, fresh

overall: nice summer-y beer, though not a real standout

Photo of zac16125
3.59/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured in a tulip glass
Bottled on Mar 5th, 2012

A: Pours a slightly hazy light straw yellow with 2 plus fingers width of bright white head, which dissipates down at a moderate rate to only a thin outer ring. Leaves no appreciable lacing.

S: Clove, pears and apples, wheat, the slightest tart aroma, no discernible funk notes, but still nice.

T: Crisp apples, peppery spice, wheat, clove. Lots of spice here. I get almost no tart/sour or funk flavors. Taste is pretty good, but its rather one dimensional, and doesnt bring the things I expect in a saison.

M/D: Crisp with high carbonation which makes it feel lighter than it otherwise would be. Very drying. No hint of the 7.3% ABV. Drinkability is pretty good but somewhat limited by the huge carbonation.

O: Not bad. Lots of spice, which I enjoy, but other than that is doesnt do a whole lot for me. Its certainly belgium influenced, but I don't see it falling into the saison style. Maybe more along the lines of a very spice belgium pale or a not very good tripel. Overall, it was a decent drink, but I likely wouldn't have one again.

Photo of WesWes
3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a hazy gold color with a towering white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a dry, peppery scent along with a light pale and wheat malt aroma. It's quite spicy with lots of yeast esters. The taste is decent as well. It's smooth with a nice pale, wheat, and Munich malt flavor. There is a bit of malt sweetness, but it's curbed with loads of yeast spiciness. It goes down easy with a dry, funky finish. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium/full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a pretty good saison. I'm not crazy with either the malt bill or yeast character.

Photo of OtherShoe2
3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours cloudy pale yellow with a foamy white head and some lacing.

Smells of sweet wheat, some dusty grain, yeast, and some lemon zest.

Lemony, tart with sweet wheat and some coarse grain, lightly bitter husk. Some lemon rind.

Lighter bodied and carbonated. Appropriate.

Overall, a bit mild, and more of a lemony wheat beer. Not super complex, but good.

Photo of GuzzLah
3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A - pours a hazy light yellow with a short white head. No lace. Light bubbles.

S - wheat, hay, pear, apple and light clove.

T - green apple, lemon and wheat with a light spicy finish

M - light body. Slightly tart. Semi dry. Low bitterness.

O - the aroma was a bit strange and unappealing. The flavor was enjoyable. Fruity and slightly tart. Good, light summertime beer, but not a great Saison.

Photo of VelvetExtract
3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Looks like apple juice. Slightly murky. Head is large and it slowly fades to a thin sheath. The beer glows.

S-Quite yeasty. Pale fruits. Spice. Dandelions. Sweetness mixes well with the Saison barnyard aroma.

T-Boasts a very solid flavor that is a great depiction of the style. Funky and musty. Dry but sweet in certain aspects. A very good generalization of the style.

M-Plenty of bubbles. Medium body. Flip flops between crisp and rich.

O/D-A solid Saison. I prefer my Saisons to be funkier and more tart. This is pretty legit however. I only bout a single but this runs around $12.25 for a six pack in my area. Quite overpriced. Still decent.

Photo of HalfFull
3.57/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. single poured into a wine glass. Miss Colette pours a hazed lemon gold with a half inch of nearly white foam. Retention is moderate, settling out a bit too swiftly, yet keeping a light cap with some agitation.

Aroma of wheat and yeast and a bit reminiscent of a subtle La Fin du Monde. More Tripel than Saison as it lacks the subtle spice notes but is solid nonetheless.

Flavor is a bit thin given the expectations of the aroma. Lemony hops and a subtle spice character. Exposure softens the aroma and reveals a tinge of sourness. Farmhouse notes expand with warming but are restrained by a light level of carbonation.

An interesting brew and an affordable entre to the saison style. Still a bit subdued and light in spice and nuance. Appears to be bottle conditioned but would benefit from a bit more carbonation.

Simple, easy and pleasant. No faults. More of a Belgian Pale.

Photo of czechsaaz
3.57/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Lots of candi sugar in the aroma. Very yeasty with spice esters too. Not much hops but a tad.

Golden, hazy with a HUGE white head that takes a good long while to settle into an inch thick lasting layer. Lots of rising bubbles from the bottom of the glass.

Nice flavor of base malt, candi sugar, bready yeast, earthy hops. Very light belgian funk, actually pretty clean fermentation for the style. I like the flavors but everythin seems a little subdued.

Full bodied with a very nice carbonation level. The carbonation makes it seem a lot lighter than it really is.

Nice beer but one of the few Great Divides that I think pales in comparisson to other breweries similar offerings.

Photo of rajendra82
3.57/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

Photo of smcolw
3.56/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy dark straw color. Extensive initial head. Leaves slippery lace. Eventually dies down to a thin layer of minute bubbles.

Earthy like with stale sourness. Not very appealing.

Good Saison flavor, slightly wheaty. Lots of mild citrus, clove and pepper. Nice full body with an appropriate level of carbonation. Pleasant sour aftertaste.

Photo of bohemiandonut
3.56/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

If it looks like a Farmhouse, smells (kinda) like a Farmhouse, and tastes (alledgedly) like a Farmhouse, what the hell is it doing in a six pack? I intend to find out.

Nice and cloudy, though there is a lurking bias to discount this beer just because it's made in Colorado, which colors it a bit with artificiality. Still, it smells promising if maybe a little like a lemon based cleaning agent.

This is an incredibly refreshing beer. Rather sweet, but with enough odd yeast character to carry it. There's a lot missing here though, unfortunately. It's of course unrealistic to expect something like Dupont or Karmeliet from Great Divide, and I almost feel bad docking points for a magic I can't even explain, but you either know how to make an authentic Belgian ale or you don't. As I expected, one is left with the feeling of a "normal" beer stripped of flavor and injected with "Saison flavor." Not bad for what it is, just not the epic journey that others in this league are.

GD must be commended on this venture though. I applaud the format and the risk-taking. Much more exciting than the stupid beers coming out of Stone lately.

Photo of glid02
3.55/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up from Green's on Ponce in Atlanta.

Pours a hazy lemon-yellow color with a one-finger white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving light lacing.

Smells of pears and green apples with good amounts of light malts.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Pears and green apples with a very slight amount of funk coming in midway through the sip. As it warms small amounts of herbal hop flavors enter into things. The ending is sweet and mildly dry.

Mouthfeel is good. It has a nice thickness with moderately active carbonation.

Drinkability is alright. I didn't have a problem finishing the bottle but I'm not too excited about another.

Overall this is a decent beer but it's got a way to go before it's anything more than that. I'd like to see GD tweak their new beers and get them on the level with Old Ruffian and OA Yeti.

Photo of BeerAsAStoryteller
3.55/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a fat bubbled head that hangs around for a minute and fades fast. A little hazy, golden color.

S: Good barnyard funk right up front, with a little bready yeast. Mild citrus hops hiding under the funk.

T: Very mild citrus, and a fairly weighty, lingering melon note. Slight sweetness up front. Not funky, as the nose suggests. Very mild tartness.

M: Medium-light bodied with strong, sparkly carbonation.

O: About what I expect out of a six-pack saison; tasty and refreshing, but nothing real special. Would be great for someone who enjoys a lighter saison.

Photo of rye726
3.55/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

Photo of Halcyondays
3.55/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ,

A: Pours a lightly hazy goldenrod with a medium white head, limited lace.

S: Lemon, some notes of spice nice.

T: Light malt character, dominated by the yeast. Lemons, white pepper, coriander, a good flavour, but there isn't a lot to it.

M: Medium-bodied with a frothy soft carbonation, pretty smooth.

O: A solid American saison, but not too impressive. You're not getting Dupont.

Photo of BeanBone
3.54/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

Colette Farmhouse Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 1,451 ratings.