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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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carlborch

Michigan

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

This ale pours a light golden with a very light haze and develops a full 2-inch head that is totally white and creamy. The head settles over time into about 1/4 inch. The carbonation is marked but of moderate intensity with very small bubbles. The initial nose makes me think of a pilsner, but the malty and hoppy notes are pushed aside by the expected sour notes of this farm-house ale. The body is medium-light with a pleasant lightly-sour lingering. Definitely an ale for food. The sour notes are more restrained than I expected of a Farmhouse Ale/Saison. The ale is quite tasty. Lacing does form, but is rather moderate. The 7.3% ABV is not noticeable on the palate. I'd try this again, but would first return to some Saisons from Belgium.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2009 18:22:46 | More by carlborch
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nicholasdes

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This was my first Saison. I did not know what to expect from the style. Barnyard sounds tough to handle.

A: crystal clean straw color with light white head and lot of bubbles

N: The aromas coming off this beer are heavy and intense. Lots of hay with leather, light fruit, green apple and the tang of alcohol.

T: Full flavor with lite wheat flavor and hints of Belgium yeast. Crisp with hay and fruitiness. Very good.

M: fresh and crisp and lite on the tongue. The carbonation gives it a full mouthfeel, but not heavy.

D: I really liked this and could easily have a few. The crispness gives a refreshing feel that makes it easy to keep drinking it.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2009 04:17:13 | More by nicholasdes
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riored4v

Colorado

4.18/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed 7/28/09

Poured into a snifter. Pours a fluffy, 2 finger, white head that fades to about 1/4 finger. Clear, golden colored body.

Smell is mildy sweaty, sweet, estery and yeasty. Hints of peppery/spicey aromas along being mildy malty.

Taste was fruity and mildy sweet. Slight estery and banana flavors accompanied by a mild spiceness.

Mouthfeel was light, crisp and finished dry. High carbonation.

Drinkability was very good. Nicely balanced and finishes clean.

Overall its a good, very easy to drink, refreshing Saison.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2009 21:41:07 | More by riored4v
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jamie2dope

Massachusetts

3.38/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I love Great Divide beers, and I love this style, so lets try this one. Pours a sort of dull golden straw color, with just a ring of white lacing. Some fruit smell in the nose along with some some nice bright grain. Green apples first come to mind in the taste, with some pineapple, and champagne tastes as well. Body is light for a somewhat high ABV. Drinkability is very nice...light, refreshing and easy to put back. This is a pretty good Saison from Great Divide. I may have been expecting a bit more, but still a very fair effort. Cheers

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2009 00:23:16 | More by jamie2dope
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bgreg3

Indiana

3.33/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

App.-Pours a cloudy yellow with a foamy white head that disappears after a little, the carbonation dances on the way up , it swirls and makes an interesting beer to look at.

Smell- Smells fruity , a little lemony , wheaty very enticing and makes you wonder how it is going to taste.

Taste- Complex , first thing is this beer tastes like it was brewed with lemon peel because I taste the lemon stronger than if it were brewed with amarillo hops (it could be a combination of both though) , then it takes your taste buds on a ride as it moves on to a berry taste and it has a very strong wheat presence throughout this is the most sour beer I've had by the way

MF- Very strong and acidic to the toungue , it is good on the palate though , with a light-medium feel. Rolls around nicely. kind of crisp and refreshing.

Drink- Stick to 12 oz of this if possible , I had a bomber and it just became very tart and difficult to drink after a while , definetely eat something with this and take your time with it too

Not worth buying again but a good experience.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2009 03:04:09 | More by bgreg3
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czechsaaz

Washington

3.58/5  rDev -7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2009 05:07:20 | More by czechsaaz
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david131

California

3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- A pale, hazy yellow liquid with some yeast floaters. The creamy white head has some good retention and leaves some nice lacing.

S- Funk, lemon, pepper, and some white bread. Pretty aromatic and enjoyable.

T- Same as the aroma with a slight earthy edge. There is a bit of a floral background to it as well.

M- Pretty creamy and is not too dry on the tail end.

D- Smooth and enjoyable. May not be as memorable as some European counterparts, but it is tasty.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2009 02:05:08 | More by david131
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BMoney575

Michigan

3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2009 00:15:12 | More by BMoney575
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damienblack

Massachusetts

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

Pours bright yellow, pretty big foamy head. Smells a bit barnyardy, but also a bit cirtusy, almost like an amalgam of what you get with "oldschool" and "newschool" saisons. Taste is basic saison-faire, a bit dry but still kind of sweet, some woody fruity citric flavors, and a distinct lack of hoppy bitterness. Little bit of an ascetic kick. Decently coating in the mouth, very drinkable. For a sessionable, uncomplicated saison, this is pretty good.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2009 04:29:26 | More by damienblack
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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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JmOdrkrk

California

4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served from the bottle (22 oz) bomber variety. Standard pint glass. Refrigerator temp.

A - Had a great honey blond color with easy pour into a small head that faded fairly quickly. No lacing.

S - Had a melange of various citrus smells along with hints of grass and ochardfruit.

T - Dry and sweet, strong hints of citrus again, I want to say apples, maybe even grapefruit. Grassy hops resurface. A very refreshing taste on a hotter day.

M - Feels a bit too acidic in the mouth with a dry and sweet finish.

D - Doesn't taste nearly as strong as it is, a good beer for those warmer days if you're a fan of beer with some subtle citrus zest. I was unimpressed with the appearance and came off a bit rough, but ended up enjoying it none the less for its taste. Falls well into the Saison spectrum, although less refined.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2009 14:19:31 | More by JmOdrkrk
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russpowell

Oklahoma

2.83/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Was really let down by this one, review based on notes from last night..

Pours a semi-hazed straw color with a pinky of ivory colored head. Zero head retention & lacing

S: Grassy, orchard fruit & appleskins

T: Appleskins, a bit of lemon, potato peels, & grapefruit upfront, but in a very mediocre mix of flavors. Pineapple, candi sugar & near gag reflex triggering sweetness/dryness as this warms, along with more apple peels. Finishes too dry & sweet with a bit of golden delicious apple

MF: Medium bodied, low carbonation, didn't feels a rough as it tasted..

Drinks slow, unpleasing mix of flavors. ABv is well hidden, I'm not really too enamored of any of GD's Belgian styled offerings, this one just struck the wrong way, almost drain poured it...

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2009 04:28:17 | More by russpowell
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shertz

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2009 23:14:42 | More by shertz
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TheNightbird

Ohio

3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Bright yellow color with some haze. Long lasting head that fades to small circles of head.

S- Yeast, wheat, funk and lemon/honey. There seems to be spices in the aroma.

T- Yeast, barley and citrus. Saison finished dry and tart, there also is a slight sour finish. There is a fruity aftertaste.

M- Nice medium body with solid carbonation.

D- Good drinkability. It a solid beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2009 01:14:59 | More by TheNightbird
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merlin48

Kentucky

3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Foil wrapped bomber pours a hazed, light golden body with a medium sized head that leaves some sheet lacing.

Aroma is suitable for a good saison, with an herbal and floral profile, and caramel and mint accents.

Medium body and carbonation lacks the pastoral funkiness of the better Belgian saisons.

Taste is pleasant. Sour and tart, with notes of white pepper, lemon, yeast, wheat, and grassy hops. Sweet caramel maltiness is appropriately restrained. Clean finish.

I like this one a lot, but it simply needs a lot more funkiness to compete with the better examples of the style.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2009 22:58:27 | More by merlin48
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jdubjacket

Georgia

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle of this at Green's on Buford Highway after work one day.

Pours a hazy yellow color with alot of carbonation and a big head. Had to let this one sit for a few minutes while the head died down.

Smell is grassy and hoppy...hoppier than I had expected.

Taste is not quite there yet. Grassy, hoppy, slightly tart taste - the beer needs to sit a little bit longer because this is a little too hoppy for a saison.

Good mouthfeel...maybe a little too much carbonation, but not bad.

Overall, this one needs to be tweaked. Too much of a hop presence.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2009 16:54:36 | More by jdubjacket
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Yetiman420

Ohio

4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Consumed outside in 85 degree sunny weather after a long day of yard work in a Saison Dupont saison glass. Consider this review biased by environmental factors.

Pours and exceptional white yellow hazy with a two finger micro bubble head.

Aroma is a benchmark of attributes from saison yeast - citrus, spice, and perhaps some clove.

Taste is soft on the finish. Would prefer a bit drier. Cigar-like flavor and I came back with spicy 3/4 of the way through.

Full mouthfeel and what I would expect from the haze and micro bubbles.

Drinkability is where mouthfeel and aroma compensate for the soft, lingering finish.

An excellent offering by Great Divide.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2009 16:09:16 | More by Yetiman420
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homebrewhawk

Kansas

4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle. Bottled on 4/15/09. Bottle conditioned. Served in a Duvel Tulip. Poured a pretty pale straw with two fingers of puffy white head. Wheaty spice in the aroma with some lemon, also a bit of sugar as it warmed. Slight hop flavor, also some yeasty funk. Fairly complex flavors. Light bodied, dry and refreshing. I enjoyed this.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2009 22:04:21 | More by homebrewhawk
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vrazionale

Vermont

3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2009 01:25:59 | More by vrazionale
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

GDBC's Saison pours a hazy yellow-gold body beneath a frothy head of bright white that settles into a creamy cap before quickly dissolving into an average collar. Long splashes and big spots lace the glass but vanish shortly.

The aroma expresses wheaty malt, a bit of vanilla and clove and sugary sweetness, a spritz of lemon, and a subtle bit of yeasty sulphur.

The flavor is gently tart with a bit of citrus, and then lightly malty before the vanilla and gently clove-like phenolics hit at the swallow. Some minor, leafy and grassy hops are present but never really step forward. The bitterness is kept in check, as it should be, but there's still enough there that it's solidly supported. It finishes dry, not just with hop bitterness, but with a bit of acidity.

In the mouth it's medium bodied and gently zesty with a fine-bubbled carbonation that gently bristles the tongue. It's refreshing, and fits perfectly well with the rest of the beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2009 20:06:43 | More by NeroFiddled
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everetends

Alabama

3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2009 05:50:48 | More by everetends
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NCSUdo

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle

A: Clear pale golden under a large frothy white head. No lace and no retention.

S: Typical Saison stuff. Funky Belgian yeast, sweet fruit, bit of hay, very bready.

T: Again, typical Saison stuff. Earthy, bready, yeasty, bit of alcohol burn in the end. Not as dry as I expected, a bit of sweetness lingers. Small hint of a grassy hop and very light bitterness. Probably a bit too sweet overall.

M/D: Light to medium bodied, carbonation is actually not too prickly. Drinkability is decent. Overall, a decent Saison. A bit too sweet for my liking in a Saison. It has everything you'd think you'd find in a Saison, it just needs some more balance.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2009 00:42:47 | More by NCSUdo
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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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glid02

Georgia

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2009 01:15:52 | More by glid02
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avalon07

South Carolina

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

A: Poured from a growler to a pint glass. Had a pale yellow color and a cloudy consistency. There was a small amount of foamy head that dissipated quickly. Virtually no lacing.

S: A sweet, funky smell of malt, citrus and a little hops.

T: Tasted of citrus, sweet malt and hops. A nicely done taste, with the requisite amount of funk for the style.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a dry finish. Light-bodied.

D: This is a good American example of a saison. Very light and drinkable. A good summer beer.

Serving type: growler

06-03-2009 12:48:14 | More by avalon07
Colette Farmhouse Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
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