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Colette Farmhouse Ale - Great Divide Brewing Company

Colette Farmhouse AleColette Farmhouse Ale

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BA SCORE
86
very good

995 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 995
Reviews: 372
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 11.72%


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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allforbetterbeer

Colorado

3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a small glass. Brewed on date clearly marked on bottle (I always respect a brewery more for this).

A: Light, sweetly yellow bubbly body under a white head that recedes down to a thin layer but does last and laces a bit.

S: Grassy wheat, lemon peel, bread fresh from the oven (slight) and some lively yeast.

T: Bright yeast and slightly dry malts fill the mouth initially, followed by a more earthy bread bread flavor that becomes slightly sweet as the aftertaste of very lightly toasted malts rises to the surface. As all this dies away, long after the beer first hit the tongue, some sweet sour notes play on the palate.

M: The carbonation is refreshing and good (but not great) for the style, but the body is slightly lacking in fullness. I wouldn't expect this to be a full bodied beer, but would prefer a little more substance (especially with 7.3 abv).

D: Moderate drinkability. More sour notes to balance the sweet would cause my mouth be keep begging for more in a way this beer doesn't.

Overall: This is a fine representation of this style, but not quite on the level of the best Belgian originals. Although one might be a fool to expect it to be... and thus this beer touches greatness.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2010 23:07:54 | More by allforbetterbeer
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hosehead83

Ohio

4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a twelve ounce bottle into a standard pint glass
Pale, yellow/gold, with a big, billowy head of eggshell-white foam
Aroma-Wheat,clove, some fruity notes
Taste-Fruity, wheat, clove, subtle spice. A tart, rather dry finish.
Overall, very smooth and refreshing, but more like a spiced wheat beer than a saison. However, very drinkable for the rather high(7.3ABV) alcohol content. A nice summer sipper.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2010 16:05:56 | More by hosehead83
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jsh420

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
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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Reaper16

Alabama

3.05/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

served on-tap @ Great Divide Brewery, Denver, CO into a weissbier glass

Pours a bright yellow color with 1.5 fingers of perfectly white head. The lacing was adequate. There was little to no haze in the saison; it looks to have been filtered pretty cleanly. Curious.

Lots of yeasty aromas abound from the glass despite its filtered quality. Banana and lemon, mostly. Zippy wheat. It smells good, certainly, but it smells mostly like a hefewiezen, not a saison. There isn't any pepper, funk, other fruit, etc. that would be characteristic of a saison/farmhouse ale.

Taste follows the nose. Plenty of lemon and banana and cracker malt. Again, if Colette were a hefe then I would rate the beer higher. As is I can only give it 2.5 at the most. It tastes sorta good but isn't true to style.

The thickness of the mouthfeel was fine. What docks Colette points is the sharpness of its carbonation. It isn't particularly bubbly but it is sharp on the tongue, to the point of mild uncomfortability. If you can get past that then Colette is a super-easy drinking summer beer that does much of the same things right that a nice hefe would.

Serving type: on-tap

04-09-2010 21:55:47 | More by Reaper16
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johnmichaelsen

Oregon

3.63/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-09-2010 21:55:11 | More by johnmichaelsen
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BARFLYB

Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a Stella Artois glass late at night. I forgot I already had this on tap, so here goes a bottle review.

Murky muddled yellow with faint traces of faint orange on the edges. Colette did not provide a decent head for a Belgian coming from a hard forceful pour, only a whispy inch of adjunct lager looking head that died before it rised up, weak fluff.

Surprisingly the nose on Colette is just filled with a fruit basket backed with a Belgian yeast, or should I say four. Ok, the bready semi sweet comes through but it's the fruits that come out in full force. I can say that the fruit is coming into De Dolle territory with ripeness out the wazoo. Under that some trace hay and earthy hop scents.

The taste comes close but does not mimick the scent, I was not expecting it to, alot of American brewed Belgian styles tend to miss the mark, Great Divide comes close though. Apple skins with pears and some bready yeast with some bisquit. A small non bitter hop taste comes through mid way while Colette forms a fruity and bready finish.

At times, she is smooth with a ripe fruit taste going down, sometimes, it's more bready and yeasty leaving for a dryness on the backend, it all depends. Medium bodied with a solid build and enough carb built in to leave a slight mark. This comes off like a Belgian golden mixed with a saison.

I like this, I like it more in the bottle for some reason or another. The mix of yeasts in this really sets it off. This is one American Saison that I would drink more than one of. It's not to far off from the others meaning it's not quite on the Belgian scale, but damn it's close. I know it's not sessionable, but F that, Im dranking more.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2010 04:56:43 | More by BARFLYB
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alli4051

Colorado

3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2010 19:40:21 | More by alli4051
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silver0rlead

North Carolina

3.48/5  rDev -9.4%
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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rtratzlaff

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

GDFA or "Colette" pours a cloudy (bottle conditioned) straw golden body with a bone white two finger head that leaves plenty of lacing down my snifter.

The aromas are earthy hops and a Belgian peppery quality held by most saisons.

The flavor is spot on for what I consider a good saison. It has lemon and citrus fruits followed by a wave of white pepper and herbal hop bittering.

The mouthfeel is light medium, but still "fluffy" or lush in quality.

This is the perfect beer for food pairings. I could enjoy it with a funky cheese and crackers as a summer afternoon snack. Or perhaps lemon pepper shrimp salad.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2010 19:46:22 | More by rtratzlaff
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ktrillionaire

Florida

4.33/5  rDev +12.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2010 21:49:10 | More by ktrillionaire
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Tone

Missouri

3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2010 20:54:11 | More by Tone
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Daniellobo

District of Columbia

3.28/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A fair if a bit forgettable take on a farmhouse ale.

Presentation: 12 oz brown capped bottle. Overall Great Divide layout with a yellow and light cream range with dark fonts, theme is of a checkered country-side picnic with a trite silhouette of a farmhouse sexy girl holding a pitchfork... Besides the needless sexism these bottles feel overtly design with a formula that does not make them particularly attractive, not bad, but not particularly pleasantly designed. Side narrative notes intent, main ingredients, general description of the brew, and food pairings. Shows bottling date (Feb 23 2010), and Alc. by Vol. (7.3%). Served in a tulip glass.

A - The initial look is rather rich with a hazy straw to pale gold pour, over 1" of generous foamy head. However retention feels mediocre at best, and lace a bit short.

S - Fair aroma with a yeasty range, and an earthy touch where a moldy note predominates. Wheat touches with some light clove, citrus, and not so much of a funky or rich earthy sense but that light moldiness again being as close as it gets. Why do they use rice here? Saisons really don't need any adjunct feel to them... And for an instant this comes close, rice or not.

T - Taste follows with a predominant Belgium yeasty sense, a bit unidimensional and predictable, not unpleasing but rather forgettable. Slightly sour with a faint grassy touch. Hmmm, it swings back and forth between a rather mediocre range and a hint at what it tries to be.

M - Medium-light body with good carbonation, rather crisp, and a slightly tangy and dry finish.

D - Not very memorable but rather drinkable.

Notes: It's a nice brew but it has a feeling like it wants to get there but it can't really make it. It's a long way from being a noticeable farmhouse ale... And surely this might be the least remarkable offering I've tried from Great Divide.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2010 01:01:45 | More by Daniellobo
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j37geogaddi

Massachusetts

3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy yellow color with almost no head.

Smell is typical of the style- belgian spice and some citrus.

Tastes pretty nice but the finish is completely lacking. Very citrusy and little else to follow. It is close to being a very good beer but just doesn't deliver because of the lack of complexity in taste, which is surprising when you go off its smell alone. A bit sweet but dry and hides the alcohol well.

Mouthfeel is highly carbonated and on the light side.

This drinks very easy. It's a nice mellow Saison and isn't too sweet so they go down well especially for its strength.

Overall, decent effort by Great Divide but nothing really worth seeking out if you are accustomed to drinking good representations of the style.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2010 00:25:28 | More by j37geogaddi
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tippebrewcrew2

Indiana

3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It pours a cloudy golden yellow with a large head with medium to light lacing. The nose gives way to horse blanket, barnyard yeast, sour presence, and no alcohol to note. The palate is stronger than the nose with lots of barnyard, tart sourness, light to medium fruit, and and a nice dry medium bitter finish. I rated this beer as a session beer. It hides the 7.3% all day. Bold flavors and a crisp finish with a hint of complexity makes this beer a true or ideal session beer and a work horse in the beer world. I enjoyed this beer and the story that it told.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2010 07:41:36 | More by tippebrewcrew2
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kshankar

District of Columbia

3.63/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2010 05:55:31 | More by kshankar
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brownbeer

Missouri

4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a wine glass shaped Le Merle glass.

Hazy gold, very bubbly, with a thin blanket of white head.

Lemon rind jumps out of the glass as I pour it, with a certain cheesiness, and funk. Not too bad at all.

A lot of carbonation hits upon entry, with a nice, earthy hoppiness in the flavor. It tastes like a pretty well made Belgian Saison, well balanced with hops, a light tartness and yeast, with that classic dry finish that I almost have to have in order to enjoy a Saison.

Solid, not mind blowing, but worth trying at this price and availability.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2010 23:33:42 | More by brownbeer
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BeerGodz

New Jersey

3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Look: Cloudy golden color, small head, nice lacing

Smell: Fruity, funky, cloves, banana, coriander

Taste: Up Front: Citrus, grass, sweet, slightly tart. Finish: Dry, fruity, spicy, bready

Mouthfeel: Clean and lightly carbonated

Drinkability: A funky farmhouse quaffer for me! You don't taste the alcohol in this girl! Definitely a thirst quencher!

Overall Impression: I would smack lips with Colette anytime! Not tops for the style, but it is worth a taste if you have the greenback!

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2010 11:10:10 | More by BeerGodz
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travduke

North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Look: Poured into a La Fin Du Mode tulip. Hazy yellow body, two finger foamy white head that doesn't last too long. No real lacing.

Smell: WOW! I can smell this from across the room. Banana, clove, orange, zest right off the bat. You can really smell the belgian yeast they used to.

Taste: I'm diggin' the funk. Its fruity and wheaty. Lots of flavor in this. Every new sip brings out a different fruit or spice. Just as the nose expected.

Mouth/Drink: The mouth is a bit thin but still feels nice. Drinkablity is high with all the flavor, this is a really nice beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2010 01:28:47 | More by travduke
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jmerloni

Massachusetts

3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - a nice opaque yellow that glows; great big pillowy white head that laces pretty intensely.

S - Great. Citrus, yeast, hops.

T - Follows the nose; a healthily aged flat orange juice with a lot of yeasty hops and a nice bitter aftertaste bite.

M - Exciting though light. A lot happens in each sip. Jumpy, yeasty hops that light up each sip, but there is something weird missing from it that has the effect of making it taste watery in the middle. But has a real farmhouse taste.

D - I respect this brew. It's hearty, it does what it's supposed to and it is what it is. It is missing something in the middle of the sip, but it's well-crafted and kind of exciting tasting. It kicks more than I thought it would. I would probably get this one again.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2010 03:22:57 | More by jmerloni
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy daffodil yellow with swirling yeast and several streams of rapidly rising bubbles. The ultimate destination is a pillowy head of alabaster colored foam that looks good, just not as good as Belgium's best. Sudsy lace appears to be more melty than sticky.

The aroma is outstanding and is everything that a non-funky farmhouse ale nose should be. It's chock full of lemon zest, meadow flowers and assorted herbs and spices. At least one of the four different yeast strains must have originated in Belgium.

Saison is yet another winner from the masters at Great Divide. It isn't as good as their best (not much is), but it's still an excellent example of a Belgian-style saison from the U.S. of A. The beer is drier than expected and has a pleasing tangy tartness as well.

The malt bill includes barley, wheat and rice. Those last two are probably meant to keep things light. Mission accomplished. That said, there's an underlying pale malt sweetness that keeps the flavor profile grounded and balanced.

Specifics include subtle shortbread, tangy wheat, lemon zest, coriander and hints of clove and white pepper. The brewery doesn't publish the ingredients list, but it's doubtful that any of those spices are actually added to the kettles. Again, it's most likely the result of four supremely estery yeast strains. Alcohol is nowhere to be found.

When it comes to mouthfeel, most American craft brewers are unable to replicate the excellence of the best Belgian ales. This offering is no exception, but it fits the rest of the beer's attributes very well. Let's go with somewhere between light and medium, with just enough 'hang on' and nicely dialed-in carbonation.

With the release of Saison Farmhouse Ale, Great Divide has proven once again that they are one of the world's finest craft breweries. Forget top-10. These guys are in my top-3. Bottom line: this is delicious, drinkable beer on hot summer days, cold winter nights... and everything in between.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2010 15:44:58 | More by BuckeyeNation
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WVbeergeek

Ohio

4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clearly hazed bright yellow golden hue with a large white tiny bubbled foamy white head. Fine speckled lacing left behind on the sides of my chalice. This one says it was bottled in April 2009 that's fine with me a style that probably does okay with a little age. Aroma has a nice yeast spiciness label states that they used a blend of 4 yeast strains, I'm definitely getting some Saison Dupont characteristics with a citrus/tropical fruitiness. Sharp wheat edge with a nice spiced backend, ample sweetness a touch of biscuit drizzled with honey that herbal spice component is intresting almost lavender with a touch of black pepper. Flavor is dominant with the spices but bursts of honey biscuit malt and tropical fruit pineapple blend nicely with the spiced herbal additions. Yeast gives it that funky peppery slightly nutty edge that overall works well together a perfect beer to combine with most foods. Mouthfeel is slightly creamy with tart and sweet sensation over the palate dry yeasty finish, moderate alcohol. Medium bodied carbonation carries this one quite well, not really cloying to me at all. Drinkability is solid all around very nice American brewed version sometimes this style can be pretty bad if not drinking a version outta of Belgium. Great Divide pulled it off very well and they put their own trademarks on it.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2009 17:13:22 | More by WVbeergeek
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flagmantho

Washington

3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bomber into a tulip. Bottled 15 April 2009.

Appearance: pale yellow and slightly hazy with a lot of apparent effervescence and a huge chunky white head. Very nice.

Smell: tart and malty; not particularly complex or pungent but fairly nice.

Taste: nice chalky malt with a little bit of tartness thrown in. Quite subtle but tasty; reminds me a little of a heather ale in flavor. I think the strength of this beer is in its holding-back; granted, I'm no saison expert, but I find this beer quite good.

Mouthfeel: medium, maybe medium-light body with big carbonation which leads to a solid creaminess. I quite like it indeed.

Drinkability: I didn't know quite what to think when going into this beer. I'm finding it quite tasty and enjoyable. Very drinkable for a 7.3% beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2009 04:42:37 | More by flagmantho
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nickfl

Florida

4.43/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Two fingers of bone white head on top of a clear, light golden body. The foam settles quickly and leaves only light lace.

S - Musty european hop aromas with some pineapple and coconut yeast notes. White pepper, apricot, and a little bit of vanilla as well.

T - Spicy wheat up front with some pineapple and a little bit of musty funk. Peppery spice notes of clove and coriander appear in the middle with some vanilla and more wheat notes. Finishes very fruity; notes of vanilla, pineapple, apricot, and banana with light bitterness and some earthy/citrus hop notes. Lingering wheat and vanilla notes, as well as some citrus hops, coat the mouth in the aftertaste

M - Medium-thick body, moderately high carbonation, and a somewhat dry finish.

D - This is an excellent and very drinkable saison. The yeast character is wonderful, with the strong tropical fruit presence that I look for in a saison as well as some some clove and other spices to add depth. The hop character takes a back seat to the yeast, but it still noticeable (especially in the aroma) and more than capable of balancing the malt. This is an excellent example of the style and I would gladly drink it again if given the opportunity.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2009 00:42:59 | More by nickfl
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tmoneyba

Ohio

3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from Dilly Deli.

Poured clear yellow color with a large frothy white head that was mostly lasting with good lacing. Moderate fruit and yeasty aroma. Medium sweet spicy flavor with a medium sweet finish of moderate duration. Medium body with a dry smooth texture and soft carbonation.

Good refreshing brew.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2009 01:19:12 | More by tmoneyba
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prototypic

Ohio

3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
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
Colette Farmhouse Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
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