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Colette Farmhouse Ale - Great Divide Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

1,180 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,180
Reviews: 387
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 11.43%
Wants: 33
Gots: 63 | 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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JohnnyMc

Ohio

3.03/5  rDev -21.3%

My first Saison.

Pours out very golden with a lot of white and fluffy head.

Smells strongly of Belgian yeast, fruit notes and earthy grass.

The taste is very strongly dominated by wet grass/hay and earthy notes with hints of fruits. Pretty dry and finishes very crisp and clean.

I know a lot of these things are typical for the style, but I wasn't a huge fan. That said, it's not a terrible beer, just not a favorite.

06-10-2012 18:56:22 | More by JohnnyMc
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yemenmocha

Arizona

3.03/5  rDev -21.3%

Pours a straw color with minimal white head. Nose is mixed citrus, with a hint of human bile & pineapple. Some barnyard on the nose too. On the palate there's some spice, pineapple, more funk, and a zesty-lemony citrus quality. Finishes lemony and cracker-like, rather dry cracker like.

05-27-2011 03:10:48 | More by yemenmocha
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Reaper16

Alabama

3.05/5  rDev -20.8%

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.

04-09-2010 21:55:47 | More by Reaper16
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chugalug06

Colorado

3.05/5  rDev -20.8%

This brew is much different with a month or two on it than it is fresh.

A - Cloudy yellow with orange and red hues. Nice white foamy head. Pours very aggressive.

S - Nice sour funk. Very aggressive scent. No banana that I smelt before.

T - Funky brew. Changes greatly with only a little time. Very nice and sweet with pleasant Belgian yeasty funk.

M - Very light and wet. A enjoyable brew with slight heat to be found. Doesn't mellow with time... No bitterness.

O - Good but not nearly as good as it is fresh. Find this one fresh and jump on it!

06-05-2011 01:12:08 | More by chugalug06
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coastiefish

Oregon

3.13/5  rDev -18.7%

Bottled Feb 23 2010
Opened Apr 21 2010

First nip from the bottle, got the typical tart of the style, followed by an very vivid copper taste.

Poured into a pint glass (don't forget the sediment at the bottom of the bottle!)

Soft hazy bright gold, thin layer of head, when carefully poured (thick layer with froth on the second pour when I was a bit rougher with the pour, though it dwindled down quickly to a thin layer)

On the nose, tart fruit, clove, tiny bit astringent, bit of apricot/peach being detected as well.

Everything on the nose I get on the tongue. A bit of lemon is coming through. Yeasty and dry, but not too dry. Watery finish is worth mentioning.

Mouth feel is light & airy. Id like to have more body in this brew, it just isnt there.

This is a drinkable brew, but there are better ones out there. (Apricot Farmhouse from Upright Brewing an excellent example, and #5 from Upright, a classic example extremely well executed) I wouldnt suggest this to exemplify the farmhouse/saison style. Though, the 7.3% on a hot summer day with nothing to do except sample some brews could justify a round.

04-22-2010 06:29:56 | More by coastiefish
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chaz01

Ohio

3.15/5  rDev -18.2%

650 ml bottle poured into a belgium fishbowl glass. My bottle does not say "Colette" -- instead it says "Saison" - but other than that it appears to be the exact same label as the one pictured. It has a 2009 date and has been kept cool in my cellar (not intentionally aged, just never got a chance to drink this).

A: Pale yellow straw-colored, pretty hazy and cloudy, with a thick white head.

S: Floral, yeasty, bready aroma with a little lemony zest as well.

T: Fruity, tart flavors of lemon and citrus with some peppery spice notes as well. A bit overly tart and perhaps a little off -- I'm wondering if it's more due to the age on the beer than the beer itself.

M: Medium bodied, very carbonated and effervescent.

D: I'll re-review the beer if I get a chance to have a fresh bottle, but for 2 year old Belgian, this didn't seem to age all that well.

02-27-2011 13:10:52 | More by chaz01
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BetterDarker

Massachusetts

3.18/5  rDev -17.4%

Pours cloudy, bright lemony yellow with a frothy, white head. The head disaapates quickly with clinging foam on the sides of the glass. Great looking beer.

Smell is what you would expect from a saison. Spicy, a bit earthy. Nothing particulary remarkable.

Taste is good, slightly tart, light, citrusy. Very little malt or hop flavor, pretty much what you would expect from a saison.

Mouthfeel is good, solid carbonation, obviously not a heavy feel.

One bottle is enough to satisfy a hankering for a saison. Wouldn't make a session out of this beer, but it's a drinkable beer, 650 mls is enough.

05-29-2009 00:32:15 | More by BetterDarker
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AdamBear

Pennsylvania

3.2/5  rDev -16.9%

A-cloudy, pale gold with a thick white head that quickly thins out

S-smells like a spicy belgian pale ale...a lot of wheat scent and belgian spices. i could also be smelling a belgian tartness in here too. its a pretty strong scent

T-comes in much like a belgian strong pale ale, it has the belgian malts and spices. i'm finding that this is a crappy saison. its not a bad take on the belgian pale ale, but i'm having a difficult time finding the farm house in this. after the first hit, it goes in to an off tasting maltiness and a touch of booze. the after-taste is strong of belgian malts.

M-medium carbonation with a watery finish

D-overall...this is no sasion. come in to this expecting some barnyard funk and you'll be disappointed. if you're wanting a decent pale belgian, then this won't upset you. it does go down easily for the ABV.

04-08-2011 19:40:37 | More by AdamBear
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JamnesCameron

Illinois

3.23/5  rDev -16.1%

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.

04-12-2011 00:07:52 | More by JamnesCameron
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Oxymoron

Colorado

3.23/5  rDev -16.1%

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.

05-13-2009 21:41:41 | More by Oxymoron
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mdcrouser

Missouri

3.23/5  rDev -16.1%

Pretty pour, with a creamy top of lacy white head sits atop a completely cloudy cylinder - saw a previous review that described it as polished brass, which is apt.

Farmy and a bit acidic - not really citrus so much, but something that is somewhat off-putting.

Horsey up front, with veiled assumptions of citrus. The hops are in the background, but ill-defined.

Incredible in the mouth - creamy, with some soft carbonation. The foundation is there, but the flavor to back it up is not.

I'd like to enjoy this beer more, but I can't bring myself to do so. Honestly, it's kind of a mess - great look and mouthfeel - odd nose and taste.

07-17-2011 03:31:45 | More by mdcrouser
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johnklotter

Vermont

3.24/5  rDev -15.8%

08-18-2014 00:02:46 | More by johnklotter
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KomodoDragon

Virginia

3.24/5  rDev -15.8%

A - hay colored, small uneven head

S - orange peel, some grassiness

T - Refreshing start, with some sweetness of lemon peel, some wheat flavors, giving way to an odd - if not unpleasant - sour taste. The higher alcohol gives it a lemon drop shooter feel

m - bubbly - champagne like feel

Overall, not impressed. Maybe it would be better on a hot summer day. The complexity it has takes it away from style, and into a unwelcomed direction

01-07-2014 04:42:34 | More by KomodoDragon
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Guden

Maryland

3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

07-04-2014 22:05:55 | More by Guden
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mkrass

Colorado

3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

12-24-2012 05:34:11 | More by mkrass
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wildcatboy

Ohio

3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

04-25-2014 01:29:15 | More by wildcatboy
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shoretaxi

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

04-27-2014 00:12:43 | More by shoretaxi
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trappistlover

Arizona

3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

(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?).

05-01-2011 01:59:36 | More by trappistlover
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TheFightfan1

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

02-24-2013 19:37:48 | More by TheFightfan1
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Metatron6

Maryland

3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

02-15-2013 19:49:10 | More by Metatron6
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gatorlove

Florida

3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

02-24-2014 14:48:08 | More by gatorlove
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Darhawk

Colorado

3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

07-22-2014 02:51:09 | More by Darhawk
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Mikeluzzjr

Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

05-20-2014 01:19:18 | More by Mikeluzzjr
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WynnO

Florida

3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

04-03-2014 00:54:18 | More by WynnO
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Sspeer1

Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

05-31-2014 19:47:13 | More by Sspeer1
Colette Farmhouse Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 1,180 ratings.