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

424 Reviews
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Reviews: 424
Hads: 1,482
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 9.87%
Wants: 44
Gots: 189 | FT: 0
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:
Beer added by: ArrogantB on 04-25-2009

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Reviews: 424 | Hads: 1,482
Photo of jzlyo
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Aroma is spicy yeast, bananas and a hint of sweetness. The flavor is complex spices, orange/citrus, complex bread from the different malts and a tart/tangy finish. (164 characters)

Photo of Tom_Banjo
3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle purchased as part of 6-pack from Whole Foods and poured into a stemmed Spiegelau pilsner glass. Just a tad too much sourness In the first few sips but, after that, it becomes a really nice beer. Could see this becoming one of my warm weather staples. (263 characters)

Photo of car2052
4.14/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz. to wine glass.

A: Pours a hazy pale golden with a shade of pink. Bubbly carbonation.
S: Yeasty banana and citrus notes with some bubblegum.
T: Nice bit of sweetness. Some nice maltiness and some banana and bubblegum from the yeast.
M: Medium. A bit thicker than I would like.
O: Not a bad saison. The sweetness gives it a fuller body, which may make it not as refreshing as traditional saisons. (414 characters)

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. (771 characters)

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 fl oz bottle sealed with Great Divide logo pressure cap.

poured into HF wine stem.

bottled on date of October 23, 2014.

Appearance: slight hazy straw yellow bodied beer with two full fingers of bone white head. Head drops down to a thin cap leaving spotty lacing on the surface of the glass.

Smell: Lemon lime citrusy and floral hop combo. Wet hay and bread malts. A musty funk about this beer in the aroma. Fruity esters and well water.

Taste: Light floral bitterness and fruity esters start the flavor off in this beer. Mid palate bready malts, rotten wet hay, and even more fruity esters. You taste some mineral content from the water and musty funk.Light mineral content in the flavor profile that tastes weaker than it smells. Hint of banana and clove that doesnt emerge until the beer is half way drank and opened up a little bit. In the finish, you get pear and white grape with again even more fruity esters, light bready malt, and a light bitterness that lingers shortly.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer with moderate almost high carbonation levels. Ever so slight boozy tang, but this beer is very drinkable for a 7.3% abv beer. It even has a nice semidry finish and is pretty crisp, clean, and snappy. Yeah, it is definately a fairly crushable brew.

Overall: For a brewer who is not well known for thier Belgian beer styles, Great Divide make a pretty nice saison. I wasnt really excited to see that this beer was bottled on October 24th of 2014 when I found the bottled on date, but it was a nice surprise to see that Colette has sustained itself sitting on a shelf in a store without being refrigerated. I would gladly keep this as fridge beer year around for anytime that a saison craving strikes me. This beer is fairly rustic and pretty close to an authentic belgian beer style, even though it is technically an american spin on a saison. At this price point and being is a 6pack format you are not going to complain about what you get for a saison drinking experience! (1,995 characters)

Photo of puboflyons
4.02/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on May 31, 2015.

Hazy pale yellow with a big fluffy white head. Floaters at the bottom.

The aroma is distinctively Belgian with that toasted biscuit malt, yeast, pear, and muted grassy hops.

Medium to heavy body.

Very easy drinking beer with soft Belgian sugar and yeast notes and a mildly dry finish. The way I enjoy my Farmhouse ales. (377 characters)

Photo of farmhaus
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Look: Hazy, deep straw color.
Nose: Bright. Clean. Pineapple? Lemon peel and apricot. Floral notes.
Taste: Crisp and fruity--plumbs, apricots, etc. Subtle white pepper. Always the smooth, floral note coming in behind.
Fell: Good mouthfeel.
Overall: A classic American take on a farmhouse ale. Really pleasant. (323 characters)

Photo of beergoot
3.69/5  rDev -4.2%
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. (474 characters)

Photo of BecauseWhalezbro
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: Murky gold body, lingering white head

S: Bananas, Lemon Zest, Earthy, Funky

T: Decent funk, banana taste less apparent in taste than in smell, Lemon Zest

F: Dry (166 characters)

Photo of Zach136
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Clear yellow body, thin dissipating head.

Aroma/Flavor: Bready and fruity, slight fusels alcohols.

Mouthfeel: Dry, but too much from the booze.

Overall: Way too much sugar used in this brew. (206 characters)

Photo of CHickman
3.87/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours hazy yellow color with a foamy 2 finger snow white head that had a lot of tiny bubbles in it as it slowly dissipated, leaving very good foamy lacing that left spots and foamy waves all over the glass.

Smells of yeast, light funk, clove, hay, wheat, dry grass, lemon zest, pear, sour green apple, grains and some mild spices. More earthy smelling than funky, with a touch of sweetness that was soft and like a clean barn area with no mud or stagnant water.

Taste is sweeter than the nose, with more noticeable citrus fruit like orange peel and grapefruit to go along with the lemon, pear and green apple. The grains and/or malt are bigger too, adding to the sweetness and then leading to a mix of spices like pepper, coriander and clove, which then allow the earthy notes and funk to wrap it all up with hay, wheat, grass, yeast and some wet animal hair for that farmhouse touch. The aftertaste has a mix of dry citrus hops and tea leaf, really limiting the funk but making the sweetness and spices blend well with all sorts of flavor complexities.

Mouthfeel is light and creamy feeling, with light zesty carbonation, a medium body and a slightly tart bitterness that washes down and leaves a grainy/earthy sweetness. It’s not the boldest or the funkiest, but it’s very good, a nice version of this style and one I would definitely have again. (1,358 characters)

Photo of ta_hagen
5/5  rDev +29.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Fruity, medium to thick body, earthy to funky, banana, pears and apricot flavor. One of my favorite Saison, hint of pepper, but amazing Saison. Top 5 for your palette in this catagory for sure. (193 characters)

Photo of tronester
3.64/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy golden with a medium off-white head. Smells of lemon and some sour grain. Taste begins with a tart citrus, then a mild grain, and finishing with an herbal, phenolic flavor. Mouthfeel is pretty good. Overall a pretty good Saison, a bit funkier than I prefer though. (281 characters)

Photo of Jeffreysan
3.1/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle, poured into a goblet

Appearance: Pours a pretty, semi-cloudy, golden straw color with a quarter of a finger of white head that quickly dissolved away into a thin lacing of foam that covered the entire top of the beer.

Aroma: Wow, very aromatic! Lots of tropical fruit, such as pineapple, banana and orange, accented with some spices of black pepper, clove, coriander and grassy notes of clover.

Taste: Only ok. There’s some nice flavors of lightly toasted malt and wheat up front, followed by some odd flavors of an unidentifiable bitterness, a slight metallic tinge, and some other flavors that I really can’t describe. Odd beer. Bad bottle? Bad batch? It certainly doesn’t taste as good as it smells.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied to medium/thin. There’s a ton of carbonation, almost like a sparkling wine. With an ABV of 7.3%, there is no presence of alcohol on the palate.

Overall: This is an ok beer. I love the aroma, but the flavor was mot than a little off-putting. (1,009 characters)

Photo of AlexFields
2.65/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Really mediocre. Not very carbonated, flavor is off though more bleh than really bad. None of the spicy or fruity flavor you want, just some slightly weird yeast. (162 characters)

Photo of Theprofessor92
4.18/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

It has a really interesting color to it, really thick for a farmhouse ale. The smell was a bit off putting, almost a sour, but the taste is fantastic in combination. And there's a very fine citrus coating on the tongue afterwards, which is not unpleasant. (255 characters)

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. (272 characters)

Photo of Phigg1102
3.94/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours Pale hazy straw with hints of pink grapefruit. Small head that fades quick. Mild yet pleasant aroma of bananas and clove surrounded by strong wheatiness. Flavor has strong yeast presence with more banana and spices. Moderate carbonation that fades pretty quick. An enjoyable saison that would probably be even better with a slightly higher amount of carbonation. (369 characters)

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! (267 characters)

Photo of Act25
3.81/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Enjoy this brewer.
Poured from bottle into chalice.

A: Pale, very hazy yellow with rapidly vanishing head that leaves little lace.

S: Sweet + yeast with sugar and banana. Vanilla custard, clove and white pepper.

T: Follows smell but opens to a more complex pallate. Again, lemon, banana, parfait, custard. Fairly sweet taste w custardy wheat and rice. Finish in dry direction with pepper and spiciness. Complex. Notable. Nice.

F: Moderate carbonation, medium body. Very good at cask temp.

Brewer doesnt let me down here. Suitably complex and developing as it comes to cask temperature. Must try. (603 characters)

Photo of nperrier
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

Mmmm! This is a really flavorful farmhouse ale. Best I've had yet, and I've tried quite a few this past summer and fall.

It's got a nice spice to it that isn't overpowering and lights up the flavor buds on my tongue. Excellent beer! (235 characters)

Photo of MtnSoup
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

I love this beer. Fresh is funky, yet refreshing at the same time.

This may blow some folks' minds, but I actually recently aged a six-pack for a year (via a similar experiment via Great Divide's Founder, Brian Dunn), and it turned into a slightly tart, dry beer, entirely different than the original.

Anyway, it's a great beer, always worth ordering when you're looking for some farmhouse kick, along with some funky flavor.*

*I wrote this three-sheets to the wind, but stand by it whole-heartedly. (503 characters)

Photo of mvanaskie13
3.99/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a chalice: color is gold, head is feint and thin then dissipates to nothing.

Aroma is wheat, biscuit, malts and some light fruitiness from the fermentation

Taste is well balanced in malt sweeter flavors and dryness from the farmhouse yeast

Mouthfeel is sweet at first then drying and crisp (304 characters)

Photo of UrbanCaveman
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at TCB in Iowa City, served in a pint glass.

A: A cloudy, hazy gold beer, which had no head to speak of when it arrived. Lacing was minimal as well.

S: Smelled as a wheat beer using Belgian yeast might, along with a metallic sour note.

T: The taste followed the smell rather closely: a solid wheat beer laden with Belgian-esque yeast and a citric-metallic sourness. The taste opened with lemon and wheat, with the sour flavors developing through the middle and lingering on the finish.

M: Verging on medium-bodied, with lovely carbonation.

O: Not a bad saison. Would drink again. (591 characters)

Photo of corywalston
3.34/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

A. Average poor ¼ inch white head. Cloudy gold in color.
S. Sour, barley, yeast, floral, citrus notes.
T. Sour yeast, tart, lemon, rust, and metal. After taste leaves floral notes.
M. Cool, crisp, gritty.
O. This is a very good rendition of a Saison Farmhouse ale. I recommend drinking Colette while eating bratwurst with sauerkraut. The problem about this beer review is me, I personally think Saison’s taste like rusty rebar dipped in a batter of yeast. Good buzz for only 7.3% ABV. (487 characters)

Colette Farmhouse Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 424 ratings.