Colette Farmhouse Ale - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Colette Farmhouse AleColette Farmhouse Ale

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BA SCORE
87
very good

1,451 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,451
Reviews: 428
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 11.43%
Wants: 40
Gots: 176 | 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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Photo of TCHopCraver
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes on 7/9/10.

A: I've finally learned my lesson with Saisons and went with a soft, supple pour from the get-go. Still, my gentle pour left a 2 to 2 1/2 finger, pure white head atop the golden-yellow body of the beer. Stringy, slow moving carbonation is notable. The lacing is clumpy and has a Tolkien Elvish language lilt to it.

S: Mmm, love that fresh Saison aroma. This one is dominated by the distinct Belgian yeasts and crisp banana and Granny Smith apple fruity esters. A little spice is also evident- mostly pepper and clove.

T: Not really a standout component found in the taste. The grains, yeast, hops, and spice all blend together, and the water actually takes a large chunk of the stage. As I take more sips, the tart Belgian yeasts and the spice flavors pop quite a bit. The fruitiness I detected in the smell does not stand out that much.

M: A little on the watery side. The beer does not carry too much weight in my mouth until the end of the sip, at which point a nice combination of tart/peppery/spicy hop flavors kick in to leave a good earthy impression on my palate.

D: I will definitely give this one another try. In general, it's a little thin and just a touch on the sweet side for my tastes, but I have a feeling I might be missing something the first time through. True to style, though, it is quite crisp and refreshing.

Photo of riversider76
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy yellow gold with a foamy head that leaves lots of laceing. Aroma is of yeasty lemon,and tart fruit. Body is light and carbonated. Taste is fruity and spicy with a bready edge. Mildly tart and spicy finish. Really good version of this style.

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

12 oz bottle with 3/10/10 bottling date.

A - cloudy golden yellow. frothy, huge head which leaves sticky lacing all over the glass before you even have a chance to take a sip. the retention holds up almost indefinitely while drinking.

S - there's plenty of yeasty funkiness, as the wheat elements and some light fruit pop through the nose. colette seems to emit a "come hither" scent, which excites me to drink it.

T - it's definitely a saison styled beer, with a lovely yeast flavor which mixes with breadiness and wheat. there's a somewhat sweet taste towards the back end, as the brew finishes off slightly bitter, lingering a bit to leave a nice imprint on your palate.

M - slightly creamy, but not too heavy in the mouth.

D - the 7.3% abv is amazingly masked with a lovely array of flavors, rendering this a highly drinkable farmhouse style ale. each time i have one, i usually wish there was more on my local store's shelves.

great divide strikes again, as i can't wait until next spring so i can find more. american saisons are in full swing, and this is an excellent example of what domestic breweries are capable of.

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

Cloudy yellow that resembles the summer sun right before it starts to set and a fluffy head that hangs on strong and leaves a serious lace all through the glass. Aromas of citrus zest, tall grass after a rain, white pepper and banana esters fill the nose-all of them fragrant, refined and working in harmony with not one of them overtaking the proceedings.
Citrus, particularly lemon zest and orange peel, and some sour apple head off the flavors. Bready yeasts and coriander take over the middle setting their own distinction from what is first tasted. A third level of complexity is brought into the finish where a couple of dashes of banana shakes hands with peppery spices. There is the slightest of alcohol warmness at the end but is hidden very well to the point where one might not realize they're sipping on something in the 7.5% abv range.

Photo of WesWes
3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a hazy gold color with a towering white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a dry, peppery scent along with a light pale and wheat malt aroma. It's quite spicy with lots of yeast esters. The taste is decent as well. It's smooth with a nice pale, wheat, and Munich malt flavor. There is a bit of malt sweetness, but it's curbed with loads of yeast spiciness. It goes down easy with a dry, funky finish. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium/full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a pretty good saison. I'm not crazy with either the malt bill or yeast character.

Photo of sitarist
4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled APR 15 2009.

Pours yeast infection piss yellow, golden yellow with lots of suspended chunks of sediment. About a half inch of white head made of loose bubbles that fall quickly to a light top coating. No lacing.

It smells like a lemon-poppy muffin. The aromas are mellow, not all in my face. I dont smell any funk.

It is sweet and tart. I taste banana, lemonheads, pineapple upside down cake, sweet-bread, some pepper, and some sexy funk too. Nice balance of sweet, sour, and spice.

The mouthfeel is good to me. Its not too dry, has nice body, it has a slight bite from the carbonation, and a little heat.

I could drink it till I pass out!!!

Photo of StlHopHead77
3.47/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Slightly golden,almost translucent with limited head and scant lacing.Appears to have very aggressive carbonation.

S-Sourdough bread,haybales and lemon.

T-Slightly sweet and a little buttery with clove and fruity phenols from the yeast.

M-Dry and smooth.Initial appearance of carbonation was misleading.Medium carbonation
and light refreshing body.

D-This beer is very drinkable,especially to finish off a summer evening.

Photo of brandoneast
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
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!

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured in to pint glass

A - Cloudy yellow colour with half a finger of bubbly white head and a lot of visible carbonation.

S - Light scent of cloves and bready malts. Smells of a light Belgian ale. A nice nose.

T - Some cloves and other spices up front with crisp bready malts and a very slight bitterness that lingers in the finish along with the clove taste.

M - Light body but with a nice chew to it. Medium carbonation.

D - an excellent summer beer and great example of the style.

Photo of wnh
4.17/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip.

Pours a lively golden straw topped by a large but fleeting foamy white head. Lots of bubbles rising to the surface. Brilliantly clear.

Nose is spot-on for the style, with loads of earthy and fruity yeasty funk, cracked pepper, lemon juice, orange rind. Big on the under ripe banana esters from the yeast. A bit grassy as well.

First impressions on the palate are sweet, grainy, and grassy. The sweetness is vaguely reminiscent of an adjunct lager, though smooth and pleasant rather than harsh, cloying, and refined. Each sip registers in my brain as surprisingly pleasant, to the degree that I have to concentrate to locate specific flavor notes; I am much more prone to just drink contentedly. There's a damp clay earthy tone underneath, with a hint of lemon juice that melds nicely. Mildly grassy, with a bit of a hay-like quality.

Despite the lively appearance of this beer, it is only lightly carbonated. Finishes off-dry. Quenching--a beer I would gladly drink by the crock as I worked the fields at the farm, though perhaps a bit too sweet on the whole. Still quite pleasant.

Photo of BeanBone
3.54/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: A nicely hazy golden-straw body capped by about three fingers of white head that fade slowly and leave great lacing.

Aroma: A mix of green-apple and lemony hops and bready malt with sharp and spicy Belgian yeast.

Flavor: Just like the nose, there's a mix of lemony and golden fruit-like hops, cereal-grainy malt, and clove-like Belgian yeast. The alcohol is masked perfectly. Everything meshes nicely and is balanced. Lots of grainy malt in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with velvety-smooth medium carbonation and a dry finish.

Drinkability: This is refreshing and makes for a nice picnic beer, just keep the moderately high alcohol content in mind.

Verdict: I'd been looking forward to this beer for quite a while, but I ended up being a little disappointed. Colette is certainly not a bad beer--in fact it's pretty solid--it just isn't particularly interesting.

Photo of TCgoalie
3.45/5  rDev -10.4%
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.

Photo of busternuggz
3.81/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a bordeaux glass.
Pours an attractive hazy goldenrod color with some sediment on the bottom of the glass. Has a nice 1" white head, goes down some but hangs around and comes back easily with a swirl.
Has smells of hay, lemongrass, and spice, and a nice yeast character.
The taste had lemon and orange up front with some hay and coriander, and a hint of white pepper.
Medium bodied with a creamy texture.
Very smooth, I could drink several.
Largely lacks the funk and earthiness I like in a saison, but it has some character. Tastes something like a Belgian pale or wit actually, particularly as it gets warmer.

Photo of Natural510
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.

Photo of JISurfer
3.99/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Not really familiar with Saisons, only had a couple before. Anyway, this one was pretty good. It had a very impressive fluffy head, which died out to a good lacing. The beer itself was a cloudy golden color, reminded me of a hefe. Smell wasn't too strong, but what I did get, was hints of wheat and malt. Not too much on the hops. Taste was somewhat wheaty and fruity, maybe a slight sour bite to it. No detection of alcohol what so ever, which is impressive considering it's over 7%. Overall a very drinkable beer that's great on a hot summer night, or even after I do hours of yard work.

Photo of KI9A
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Hazy, mild yellow. Yeast floating around, puffy head, lasting. Nice lace chunks.

S: Lemon zest dominates.

T: Lemon, grape, grainy, grassy. Dry, yeasty finish, some alcohol burn.

M: Light, med-high carbonation. Very dry, boozy.

D: Good drinkability, even with the 7+% abv. Not the greatest Saison, but, very, very good.

Photo of muttyd
3.67/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

90 degree day in Boston. Time for a saison, I think.

A - Cloudy yellow/straw body with a thick white head that fades into a slight ring around the glass. Very hazy.

S - Lemon zest & other citrus, barley husk, sweet malt, and slight yeast funk.

T - Very enjoyable and clean tasting saison. Tart lemons dominate the palate, but its balanced off by the dry grainy malt profile, slight hoppy/grassy flavors, and clean finish.

M - Fizzy with a slight warming alcohol burn.

D - Not the best saison I've ever had, but at only roughly $2 for this bottle, its one of the best for the money. Another great brew from GD.

Photo of OtherShoe2
3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours cloudy pale yellow with a foamy white head and some lacing.

Smells of sweet wheat, some dusty grain, yeast, and some lemon zest.

Lemony, tart with sweet wheat and some coarse grain, lightly bitter husk. Some lemon rind.

Lighter bodied and carbonated. Appropriate.

Overall, a bit mild, and more of a lemony wheat beer. Not super complex, but good.

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

12 ounce bottle.

A: Pours an unfiltered golden with solid white lacing.
S: Very malty with various citrus fruits.
T: Herbs and spices complement the citrus fruits present in this brew, incredibly complex for a warm weather style.
M: On the lighter side with average carbonation.
D: Very nice and goes down easy on a hot day.

Photo of cdizinno
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'.

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

A hazy golden straw color pour with a big , lasting foamy white head , spotty lacing , lively carbonation . Aroma of corn and rice as promised , grassy hops , cloves , lemon zest and yeast . Flavor is quite wheaty , cloves , lemon , biscuty malt , slightly tart , nice balance , clean refreshing mouthfeel , medium body , grassy yeasty finish . Very drinkable and a quality brew for sure .

Photo of hwwty4
3.05/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured a 12oz bottle into my Boulevard Tank 7 tulip. This beer pours a slightly hazy, lighter then School Bus Yellow with a massive 4 inch cap that leaves fingers of lacing all the way down the sides of the glass. The aroma was pretty prevalent from the pour. A slightly sulfuric aroma poured crept from the bottle right after opening it, just the way I like it. Damp earth, lemon zest, a hint of ground black pepper all mixed together with baled hay. I rather exciting nose from a American Saison. It has my hopes up. Unfortunately the flavor let them down rather considerably. The flavor profile seems to be a muddled jumble of flavors that are never really defined individually but do not come together as a whole either. Up front is the all to sweet mark of quite a bit of pale malts. It underlies the entirety of the flavor profile. Milled barley, slight clove, white pepper and just a bit of coriander. Almost no citrus or grass. Just a bit of wheat tang, no fruit and for some reason the after flavor really bothers me. I cant quite put my finger on the flavor but it irks me something badly. The mouthfeel is hands down the hardest aspect to nail on a Saison, and this one misses the mark. Medium bodied with almost a creamy aspect, not really dry at all. Sugary. Where are those high temperatures they were talking about. Other then the spices, I really don't think esters play that much of a role in the anything. I know I'm hard on Saisons. They are my favorite style and I really do love GD, but Colette just doesn't do it for me.

Photo of OlRasputin989
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into Duvel tulip...

A: pours a hazy dandelion yellow with a massive billowy head that takes forever to dwindle down (especially with the nucleation sites at the bottow of the glass). leaves sticky lacing down the side of the glass.

S: sourdough bread, hay, white pepper, cucumber, white grape, and lemon peel. hops are herbal and spicy.

T: honeyed, herbal and grassy upfront, bread dough, earthy, and the aforementioned white grape and lemon peel. finishes just slightly bitter and spicy.

M: a zippy refreshing carbonation with a very dry finish

Overall, a great beer with a light body and easy drinking character. This beer goes to show that a beer with a higher than average abv can still be great for enjoyment after a hot day. Very satisfied with this purchase.

Photo of semibaked
3.92/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Pint Glass.

A - Pours a neon yellow, cloudy with tons of active carbonation with a thin bright white head.

S - Yeast funkiness, candy, hay, and lemon.

T - Kinda tastes like it smells with the yeast funk, lemon, and candy, but nothing over powering and well balanced.

M - Thin bodied, but large amounts of carbonation and it is light and refreshing.

D - This is a good summer beer, clean, light, easy driniking and refreshing. I would suggest you try this on a hot day.

Photo of DIM
2.95/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

a: This was a slightly cloudy pale golden color. It was served to me with a short, fizzy cap that quickly faded.

s: Light funk with some earthy grains. Faint cloves and a little something sweet that seemed out of place. No trace of the 7.3% abv.

t: Starts off with a light sweetness that is disconcertingly "corny". It is short lived, but very out of place. The finish dries out with ample bitterness and a little earthiness. A little pepper lingers on the tongue.

m: Not quite as actively carbonated as a saison should be with a heavier than average body.

d: It finishes like a pretty good saison, but that sweetness up front was distracting. I'm sure no corn was used, but that is the word I would associate with that flavor.

Colette Farmhouse Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 1,451 ratings.