Colette Farmhouse Ale - Great Divide Brewing Company
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1.95/5 rDev -49.4%
Bottled on Feb. 19, 2010
Poured into a tulip glass produced a little well formed head. Body doesn't look good, hazy bright yellow.
Nose has definite lemon note and a slight funky smell. Almost like it's skunked.
The taste is bad. Not terrible but it really doesn't taste good at all. The finish is terrible and attacks the palette like a Japanese bomber. The balance is not present at all throughout the beer. The only thing that really stands out from this beer is the malts definitely there and provides some balance to beverage at the end. You really can tell that from the mouth it's very creamy but doesn't stick around because the bitter imbalance on your palette.
I'm not getting this brew again. The whole experience was awful. It's lemon and bitterness just doesn't seem to work. It was very poorly executed.
04-21-2010 17:05:28 | More by ghostmech007
2.25/5 rDev -41.6%
The aroma was pretty prevalent with some earthy, lemon and a hint of peppery spice.
The taste and mouthfeel fall really flat for me however. The flavor profile seems to be a muddled jumble of flavors. Starts off sweet with a bunch of pale maltiness. Some slight clove, white pepper and just a bit of coriander. Almost no citrus or grass. Subtle bit of wheat tang with no fruit and for some reason the after flavor really bothers me. I cant quite put my finger on the flavor but it totally missed the style mark for me. Also the mouthfeel is WAY WAY too thick; I think that is my main problem with this brew. I usually love a thicker mouthfeel but not in my Saison. Almost creamy, very unpleasant in my opinion because it is also really carbonated but somehow not at all dry, just wierd.
Overall this is by far my least favorite beer from a brewery I really love, hey can't nail em all I guess...
11-17-2010 02:35:54 | More by claspada
2.53/5 rDev -34.3%
Appearance - yellowish wheatbeer style color with very active carbonation and yeast activity.
3-4 finger head requiring very slow pour. Head is not the best looking those as its fizzy and large bubbles. Looks like a bubble bath on top.
Smell - smells lemony and orangy like a wheat beer or heff.
Taste - One of the worst tasting beers I've tried in quite a while. First off, it is noticably boozy and warm. Next it is very sour, not pleasant at all. Very noticable lemon bitterness. Then you have a lingering bitter aftertaste that lasts way too long for me and makes my mouth dry and even more thirsty than before.
Mouthfeel - Ok in the mouth but kinda fizzy
Overall - I really don't have much to say positive about this beer. I'm going to try to drink the whole thing but its a borderline drainpour to me. I definitely won't buy this again. The other Great Divide beers have been well crafted. This one seems way off mark to me.
08-06-2011 19:07:05 | More by bubseymour
2.63/5 rDev -31.7%
A - Pours hazy pale straw with a half inch whit head that is very active and sinks quickly into nothing.
S - Yeast, sulpher, damp hay, orange and lemon zest, gala apples,
T - Lots of sweet orange, lemon, and apples. Sweet wheat, thin sugary sweet fruit flavors.
M - Fizzy carbonation, thin body. It feels like zots candy on your tongue. Finish kind of stings the back of the throat.
Great aroma not so great flavors. Everything seems bland with added sucrose.
05-09-2011 22:20:02 | More by StaveHooks
2.65/5 rDev -31.2%
Had at Bodega.
You can tell that this beer really wasn't doing it for me - my review notes are quick and lackluster. I think the word "average" pops up 4 times in less than 5 lines of text.
The beer has a very standard pale straw color. No head (Bodega, maybe) and no lace.
Some yeastiness lends spice to the nose, but it's pretty dialed down compared to what the best saisons can offer.
The taste isn't bad in any way, but saison is such a popular style these days this beer does nothing at all to stand out in the crowd. The taste was decent, but I will likely never order this again on purpose.
Overall: this beer is quite average in every sense of the word. You can do better GD. Give me a(ny) Yeti.
04-13-2011 05:51:11 | More by Spider889
2.68/5 rDev -30.4%
12oz bottle poured into Duvel Tulip.
Bottled on April 5th, 2011.
A-> A very bright yellow/straw in color with just under 2 fingers worth of white head. Some pretty active nucleation racing up the sides of the tulip so I'm expecting lively carbonation in this brew.
S-> Definitely getting that classic farmhouse/saison-ish aroma right away but it is followed by a pseudo vinegar, almost white wine like smell that I just can't shake...
T-> Saison taste up front with lemony zing and Belgian yeast flavors. But then that white wine thing comes back around with a fruity and tart finish. This beer is all over the place....
M-> As expected there is significant carbonation which actually helps this beer in my eyes but also further accentuates the white wine characteristics for me. Dry on the finish and on the bigger side of medium bodied, particularly for the style.
O-> Hmmm...not really sure here. It would seem this would be refreshing on the porch in the summertime, perhaps as a light after dinner cleansing beer, however I'm not sure I could have more than one in a sitting/day/weekend and the ABV doesn't help that much. This beer seems complex and it is, I just think there is a little TOO much going on and it's not for me.
05-11-2011 02:06:24 | More by Fluke828
2.78/5 rDev -27.8%
Enjoyed in a tulip at Flanny's.
Perfectly clear apple juice-color, a light orange. There’s almost no head — just a thin, wispy ring of white.
Pear and red apple mix, in the nose along with a subtle tanginess, crackers, green apple and a little pepper.
More spice appears in the flavor — very peppery. Alcohol, apple, pear. Weird tang on the sides of the tongue. Finishes dry, but the tang lingers.
Medium-light body with moderate, tingly carb. Not much alcohol, just some warmth in the throat.
A weird girl, this Colette. The overbearing fruits and odd tang make me think it’s not really to style. Not my favorite GD brew.
07-18-2012 21:15:21 | More by Phelps
2.8/5 rDev -27.3%
Notes from Review on 7.1.10
Poured from bottle to Sam Adams glass.
A: Cloudy straw. Low/no head, with complimentary ribbons apparent along glass.
S: Medium intensity for a saison. Sweet, toasty malt mend well with touch of spiciness (sense some allspice notes). A hint of farm funk.
T: The beer falls over mouth with evident saison flavors: rice, corn husk, coriander. If I'm not mistaken, I sense a hint of brett funk.
M: Fine, foamy carbonation overwhelms my mouth. As it warms, carbonation seems less sharp, but not less prevalent. Having a hard time with all the flavor nuances of this bottle given the perceived over carbonation.
D: I had a hard time with the carbonation on this one.
12-21-2010 11:42:17 | More by harrymel
2.83/5 rDev -26.5%
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...
07-25-2009 04:28:17 | More by russpowell
Colette Farmhouse Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 1,175 ratings.