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Colette Farmhouse Ale - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Colette Farmhouse AleColette Farmhouse Ale

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very good

432 Reviews

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Reviews: 432
Hads: 1,539
Avg: 3.84
pDev: 21.35%
Wants: 50
Gots: 225 | 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: 432 | Hads: 1,539
Photo of Oxymoron
3.26/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Seems like GD is just pumping out all the new beers lately. Pours a mostly clear lemony yellow color with lots of fizz. An ample frothy white head with good retention and lacing. Took a while to settle down great lacing throughout. Maybe a touch light for a saison but it there is a big variable there.

The nose is mostly malty. Some Belgian notes but limited overall. The malt has a pilsner aroma with some grainy and husky notes. Some hints of aromatic malt and a light note of biscuit. The yeast is there but would like a bit more character. Some floral and fruity notes. A light peppery but earthy aroma on the back end. Some stale notes as well (which I think other are getting funk).

The taste is a bit off. The first flavor I picked up was plastic. More specifically a rubbery flavor that balanced with the grainy malt notes. Some sweetness at first with a almost sugary quality but finishes dry. A light tang but has more of an infection note that lactic. The yeast comes out more versus the nose. A good yeast taste with a light apricot, herbal and spicy notes. Would have liked to see more of this come out. Some hoppy notes on the back end, but not really distinct.

The body finishes a bit dry. This is enhanced by a high carbonation with a slight carbonic bite. Light but noticeable. Overall, there are some good positives here, specifically with the yeast. But some negative, with the rubbery flavors (and the lack of more yeast). Still drinkable though.

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Photo of JamnesCameron
3.27/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a New Belgium globe. Pours a hazy straw with about two fingers of stark white head that drops fairly slowly to a thin wisp of foam. Lacing evident.

Aromas of lemon, lemon zest, pineapple, pepper, earthy and a little musty. So far, so good.

Flavors of tart lemonade, a little on the sweet side, subdued pepper, coriander (don't like my saisons spiced). Some bite from the carbonation. Finish is medium with lemon tart and spice lingering.

Mouthfeel is medium, not as dry as I would prefer in a saison, heavy prickle from the carbonation.

Overall an okay attempt. Don't know that I'd pick this again.

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Photo of trappistlover
3.28/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

(12oz bottle). Pour hazy light golden color with white head. Very active carbonation. Aroma has grass, wheat, and some lemon. Taste is sweet malt with a bit of tart. Spiciness as well. Thin bodied with an oily texture. Finish is dry. Any ok beer that would be better if the abv were lower. Then, this would at least be sessionable. As it is, I wouldn’t want to make this my drink of the night. (or day?).

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Photo of Teleweizen2
3.28/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - pours a bright yet hazy straw color. A heavy pour yields only a fingers worth of pearly white foam which dissipates to a film with a thick ring around the glass.

S - intense aroma. Tart and funky. Notes of orange peel and lemon pith are most apparent. Funkiness was unexpected but welcome.

T - dry bread crusty malt profile. Lemon and orange notes mid palate. A touch of spice and funk at the back end. Funk lasts through the quick finish.

M - light bodied close to medium with a creamy yet slightly watery texture. Carbonation is medium.

O - while it sure is refreshing it is sort of one dimensional. Nose is dominated by funk and citrus. Taste is essentially the same. I will do an updated review as it is a cold night and I just might not be in the mood for this style. But as of now its good but not quite what I was expecting from Great Divide.

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Photo of Murrhey
3.29/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Reviewed live.

A- Three finger white frothy head. For how agitated the carbonation is, I'm surprised at the retention which is well over a minute long. No lacing to speak of, I'm afraid. Pale golden color with nice clarity. Definite particles floating about.

S- Noble hops and earthy yeast tones. Light malts. Grassy and light. Nothing pops.

T- Light and some sweetness, sugar, earthy yeast and light fruits...maybe apple?

M- Light with grainy feel and somewhat dry finish.

O- Drinkable for the style, which I am usually not fond of.

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Photo of Daniellobo
3.3/5  rDev -14.1%
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.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.32/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

nope. this one pours a thick hazy yellow color like a lemon, with yeast floaters and a small white head. smells really yeast, and not nice wild yeast like a lot of other saisons, but like rotting citrus fruit and shampoo. that said, there is some element of refreshing aromas, but the yeast spoils it for me. flavor is not bad, tart and crisp lemon notes, mild spice, and some crystal malt body. not sure how this one got so far off track, but the feel is not nice either. way way to thick and heavy for the style. this is supposed to be a crisp drinkable early summer beer, but it fails to serve that purpose. this might be my least favorite great divide beer so far, which is unfortunate. i had really high hopes for this one, as i am huge on the saison/farmhouse style, but this was a real letdown. might be better from the bottle rather than the tap?

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Photo of bgreg3
3.33/5  rDev -13.3%
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.

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Photo of callmemickey
3.33/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Hazy straw yellow body. Small head that quickly recedes. Not much of a skim, just a slight ring around the edges. Little, to no lacing.

S: Slight lemon, banana, yeast notes. Very little must/funk/feet/farm/saison smell.

T: A bit out of style, with an almost complete void of the characteristic saison flavors. There isn't much of an earthy/funky flavor. Instead, its a clean lemon, wheat flavor. Tastes like a wit beer.

M: Light-medium body. Semi-dry finish. Feels good on the palate.

D: Don't get me wrong, this beer was quite enjoyable. It just didn't taste like a saison. If you blind folded me and gave me this, i'd identify it as a pretty solid wit beer that I would get quite a bit of enjoyment out of.

Bottled Date: April 15, 2009
Consumed: May 13, 2009

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Photo of SWMeyer4141
3.34/5  rDev -13%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Review from notes...

Poured into snifter.

Appearance-Straw colored body with no head, no retention and no lacing.

Smell-Earthy and Grainy. Lemon and some slight pine.

Taste-I get a nice peach flavor, but thats about it. Picked up some slight clove from the yeast maybe and a little funk. Nice change of pace beer.

Mouthfeel-Light to medium bodied with medium carbonation. Prickly on tongue.

Overall-I'm glad theres a 6 pack Saison out there but I really wasn't turned on too much by this beer.

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Photo of mothman
3.34/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into portsmouth snifter

Pours 1 finger of white head. Decent retention. Leaves a little bit of splattered lace. Color is a pale straw yellow.

Aroma: Big lemon citrus flavor. It also has a nice farmhouse funk to it. Earthy and herbal. Some spice. Lovin the funk here.

Taste: Pepper and spice. Some lemon zest. Yeast flavors. It has some cloves and banana flavors in the finish. Not as funky as the nose, but it still has some barnyard flavors to it. It has a slight apple flavor to it, but it is fairly hidden.

Mouthfeel: Funky and fizzy. Lighter bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends kind of dry.

Overall, a decent saison. Decently drinkable. I really enjoyed the funk in the nose. I wish it was more present in the taste. Not bad.

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Photo of corywalston
3.34/5  rDev -13%
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.

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Photo of jamie2dope
3.35/5  rDev -12.8%
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

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Photo of angrybabboon
3.38/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Consumed 7/6/13

Appearance: Lightly hazy, mostly clear golden yellow - bright, white head - creamy and large, keeps a solid cap, leaves some nice blotches of lacing

Smell: Yeasty, lightly funky, with a lot of fruit - has some aromas typical to a saison, with some tartness, earth, and spice, but the emphasis seems to be on the yeast, which seems distinctively Belgian, with a lot of banana, clove, and some bubblegum - light funk, but not much - very fruity, with pears and some apple

Taste: Fruity, sweet, and yeasty, kind of tastes like a cross between a Saison and a Tripel - big yeasty notes, with light clove, lots of banana candy, and bubblegum - damp, earthy, kind of musty, a light but wet funk - lemon, pears, fleshy apple - some pale malt and wheat - sweet (overly so), and lacking the dryness I look for in a Saison

Mouthfeel: Medium body, nicely carbonated, smooth, decent but kind of sugary finish

Overall: You can git back in the fields, Colette, ya hear?

This is a good beer, but really not a great saison. It's too sweet, and lacks the refreshing, crisp dryness that is a major draw of Saisons. This is kind of more like a Belgian Pale Ale blended with a Tripel with some hints of a Saison.

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Photo of bbkd3b
3.41/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

Hits the glass with a fizzy, straw-colored body. Attractive, white head pops in like a visiting neighbor, but eventually settles one quarter-finger status. Carbonation carries a scent of lemon peel and grassy hops to the top of the glass. Tart and powerful.

Extremely light, tingly body drops a flavor of earthy tones and a light, citrus kick across the tongue. There's a hint of spice crossing along the way, but not much to speak of. Floats down the throat with a dry-but-easy finish. No sweetness whatsoever.

Overall/notes - Kind of a vapid brew. Saison is a style I always enjoy, and this one fits right in with the others. I guess it neither excels nor fails when compared to other brews of the type. Certainly worth a visit or two, especially if you're a fan of the style like I am.

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Photo of hops4life
3.42/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Plan B in W. Htfd, CT. I drink a lot of Saison, and this is wayyy off the style for a Saison. Citrus, clove, some of the ester profile I associate with the wheat/white homebrew styles of a decade ago (or today, but that is the time period I associate with banana/clove hysteria). I would have pegged it as "spiced hefeweizen" or a summer beer with an identity crisis. Hop character was completely supressed under the spice. It makes for a very drinkable pint, even at 7.5%, but there is much better to be had.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.42/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on tap 1702, Tucson, AZ; May 2012
Arrives from the tap with a frothy, initially one-finger thick, pale tan, mostly white head. The beer is a hazy, straw gold color. The nose smells of light, lemon like citrus, earthy coriander, grassy herbs, crushed pale malt / grain

The flavor is mostly dry up front, but has a full grassy malt / grain flavor to it and finishes with a hint of tartness. It definitely has a full on earthy coriander like flavor that is a touch on the dirty side. The carbonation provides some prickly texture, but isn’t really effervescent. I like the chewy grain / malt character that this beer has, it provides an almost creamy texture to the palate as well. The finish has some yeast spiciness and phenolics to it that help to further dry out the beer. Hints of citrus are noticeable from time to time in the flavor, and these get a touch more pronounced as the beer warms up. Other fruit notes of pear, and perhaps a touch of floral apple are also noticeable.

Not bad, the dirty coriander note (whether from the fermentation character or actual coriander) is a touch too much. I do like the texture that this beer has, it is nice without being too heavy.

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Photo of champ103
3.43/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a very cloudy pale yellow color. A two finger white head forms with good retention. Light lace is left behind.
S: Strong yeast aromas up front. Earth with lots of fruity esters up front. Light basement funk. Inviting.
T: Earthy yeast and lots of fruity esters. Banana and light lemon peal. Not much else.
M/D: A medium body that is very smooth. Clean, but not nearly as dry as I would like. This goes down easy. Very moreish.

Enjoyable is the name of the game. Nothing crazy, but a nice easy drinker that is good on a hot day. Worth a try.

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Photo of mactrail
3.43/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very, very light color in the pint glass, a washed out straw. Not a head to speak of, but sparkling carbonation fills the mouth.

Surprising sweetness. Apple juice and a hint of Hawaiian Punch. Papaya and lime peel. Mere hints of malt. So simple and pleasant with an acidic underpinning. Touch of the raspy Belgian flavor in the back of the mouth.

Extremely quaffable, just not very beery. On he whimsical side like a good Wit.

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Photo of Fcolle2
3.43/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: hazy yellow with a two finger frothy white head that fades quickly

S: belgin yeast, wheat, a little citrus and a quite a bit of lactic acid.

T: I'm getting lots of wheat upfront. A little belgin yeast and lactic acid follow.

M: pretty thin and carbonated but it works with the style. Nice and light, good for summer.

O: bitterness from the wheat and tartness from the yeast and acid blend well. Not my favorite style but pretty good for what it is.

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Photo of silver0rlead
3.44/5  rDev -10.4%
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.

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Photo of DrRosenscrotum
3.44/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle, instant noticable aroma of pineapply fruitness with slight hint of lemon. Leaves a creamy film like feel in your mouth after first or second gulp. Reminds me of champagne with a milder carbonation factor. Drinkability is there but not a beer that can be pounded one after the other.

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Photo of TCgoalie
3.45/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Notes from 6/12/10

Pours a sunshine yellow with effervescent bubbles refueling the splotchy white head.

Orange, lemon zest, banana, yeast and some spice are present in the smell.

The orange, lemon zest, and yeast play together upfront in the taste with a slightly sour aftertaste. The taste as a whole is thin and not exciting.

Light mouthfeel with a clean aftertaste.

Very drinkable for its ABV. Complexity is minimal so I'm grading this down some.

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.45/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Perfectly clear light golden yellow. Head is bright-white and bubbly. Drops to a tiny spotty cap with a marginally bigger cap. Moderate carbonation on the pour.

Smell: Big bright fruitiness. Apple, pear, and a touch of lemon. Slight hop spiciness. Loaded with ripe banana and a yeast character that hits a bit more Belgian than farmhouse. Clean pale malt sweetness. Some bubblegum. Esters are pronounced. Nice and clean.

Taste: Yeasty, but clean. A touch of damp earth. Some grass with pale malts. Lightly sweet. Solid ripe banana balanced with a mild hoppy spiciness. Clove on the finish grows as the beer warms. Almost like banana bread at times. Powdery yeast on the finish. A bit over sweet as it warms. Grassy with some husky grain. Slight toasted malt.

Mouthfeel: Medium to light body with a lively carbonation. Clean and slightly dry.

Overall: The farmer's average daughter.

Decent. Solid farmhouse/Belgian hybrid profile. A bit sweet overall, but the finish is on point.

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Photo of Allpe45
3.46/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz, bottled on April 04 2011
Poured into a tulip, decanted.

Appears bright golden yellow, effervescent, great clarity. Large white head with good retention and lacing.

Estery yeast smell, a bit tart, with straw/hay, spices, and a malt presence.

Tastes like bready malts up front, followed by fruity esters and spicy yeast. Straw/hay in the finish along with a lingering sweetness. Finish is neither clean nor dry. Creamy texture, medium body.

This is just another unimpressive interpretation of a Belgian style from an American brewery.

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Colette Farmhouse Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 432 ratings.