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Colette Farmhouse Ale - Great Divide Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

1,306 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,306
Reviews: 400
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 11.43%
Wants: 35
Gots: 99 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: ArrogantB on 04-25-2009)
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3.51/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

TheBeerdedCharmer, Oct 29, 2014
Photo of prototypic
3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
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.

prototypic, Oct 10, 2009
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3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A transparent brew with minimal lacing that dissipates quickly. Aromas and flavors of wheat crackers, lemon zest, and very minimal chevre cheese. Not a very aggressive saison but highly drinkable. No problems here and I am stoked about a saison sixer!

brandoneast, Jul 13, 2010
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3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: Poured into a tulip glass from a bottle, similar the the one pictured, but instead of "SAISON" written in big block letters, mine reads "COLETTE" and the little farmer on the left who is working in the picture turned into a sassy looking chick in a skirt with a pitchfork. Bottled on: MAR 10 2010, printed on label.

A: Initially clear, golden yellow with a nice fluffy head that dies quickly. After a swirl of the sediment: Murky, yellow-straw color.

S: Slightly tart, sweet smell along with the typical 'farmhouse' yeast aroma.

T&M: Very complex, fruity, spicy, tart flavor. Fairly sweet with a good bit of alcohol burn. After a swirl of the sediment: The tarness is definitely mellowed and it is smoother. Medium bodied.

Fairly good farmhouse. A bit too tart and sweet for regular drinking. But good for a 'one off'.

cdizinno, Jun 23, 2010
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3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, packaged Apr 8 2010

Nice look; opaque, pale golden-orange. Impressive head, frothy & bone-white.
Funky yeast scent with lemon & spice notes.
Yeast up-front, with a distinct breadedness. Peppery, with a hint of lemon rind. Subtle hop and dry finish.
Good feel, with the carbonation and dryness from the yeast, albeit slightly watery.

Not-bad saison, not too distinctive either. Will give a nice yeast kick and alcohol fix on a warm day.

Natural510, Jul 04, 2010
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3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On draft at The Big Hunt in D.C.

the beer is hazy and straw to golden hued with a quarter inch of white head. the aroma offers malt, grass, light spice, coriander, pepper. Medium bodied and malty, with a bit of a harsh / aggressive hop punch toward the finish. Pepper and alcohol, citrus, lemon. A bit unrefined. Not bad, but lacking the elegant complexity and/or drinkability I was seeking.

Huhzubendah, Nov 09, 2013
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3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Hazy brass with frenetic carbonation. All those bubbles hold up a big and soapy white cap that has very nice staying power. The only downside is that little lace is left behind.

S: Musty and slightly spicy with pepper and clove aromas. A fair amount of straw can be sensed as well.

T: To me, this beer starts out tasting distinctly like an APL. The dry malts upfront are the only thing going on at first. The spicy clove and pepper bitterness arrives just in time to add some complexity. Things get really interesting toward the end when the beer becomes distinctly sour. Perhaps a bit too much so. Finishes dry, sour and tart.

M: Medium body feels grainy. Carbonation feels about right given the style.

D: Not quite what I was expecting, but still decent. A greater level of complexity out front would have been nice. The sourness of the finish was a bit too much for me. I'm still glad I tried it.

Rayek, May 21, 2009
Colette Farmhouse Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 1,306 ratings.