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

424 Reviews
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Reviews: 424
Hads: 1,481
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 9.87%
Wants: 44
Gots: 188 | 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: 424 | Hads: 1,481
Photo of DrinkingGradStudent
3.76/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - somewhat light colored and cloudy.
S - Reminiscent of farms smells, hay and cows.
T - Carbonation is overpowering and initially hides the taste, which is fruity with a hint of bitterness and ends with a dry aftertaste.
M - Excellent mouthfeel, initially feels like it may be over-cabonated, great aftertast.
O - Great beer and would drink again. (349 characters)

Photo of spokeydonkey
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a duvel tulip. Hazy straw with a thin white head leaving lacing down the glass. Tiny steams of bubbles.

Smells - pepper, lemon, mango, ripe tropical fruits.

Taste - Starts off lemony and dry, transitions into mango and pear in the middle with sweet malt backing it up. Finishes fairly dry.

Mouthfeel - spritzy and medium-light bodied. High carbonation.

Overall - a tiny bit sweeter than I like from a saison, but a very nice blend of complex tropical fruit flavors. Not quite as drinkable as it could be due to the sweetness, but overall an excellent beer. (593 characters)

Photo of KTCamm
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Pours darker yellow, active white foam. 1/2 inch foam settles down to nothing. Wheaty smell. Citrus in the back. Funky taste, some lemon. Firm hop, some sugar sweetness. Very good. Solid version.

Have to get back into Great Divide, it has been a while. (293 characters)

Photo of icehawk
3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

Bottle Appearance: Hazy straw with a quickly disappearing white foamy head. Aroma: Yeast, sulfur Taste: Lively mouthfeel, thin body, starts a bit start, but finish and aftertaste is slightly sweet fruit. Palate: The fruity finish is really unique... starts like a pretty standard saison, but the finish is a real kicker. Overall: (384 characters)

Photo of leaddog
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle.

Appearance- Pours a pale straw with half a finger of bubbly white head.

Smell- belgian yeast, clove, citrus, spices

Taste- Same as the aromas. Belgian yeast, clove, citrus and spices.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Finishes dry.

Overall- A saison that leans towards more savoury then sweet notes. Still enjoyable nonetheless. (366 characters)

Photo of Greywulfken
3.84/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: into a tulip, hazy, bright pale gold beer with a white mousse head of foam

S: herbs and flowers with citric high points and fresh grains

T: sweet pale malts and honey, tart, bright, and chewy; some medicinal and herbal flavors

M: medium bodied, fuzzy and prickly, crisp and clean-finishing

O: a good saison from a great brewer - worth a try for fans of the style and/or brewery (384 characters)

Photo of mtomlins
4.09/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle (dated 2013/2/7) into a stemmed tulip glass on 2013/6/10

A: Light straw in color pouring to a bit meringue-like head. No lacing to speak of. A bit cloudy but style appropriate.

S: A nice farm nose: grassy and yeast and a bit spicy. Very Belgian! A bit of malt in there.

T: All those typical Belgian notes, yeast, bread/buscuits. Lemon and bit of pepper. A clean dry finish.

M: A light-medium body (surprising for 7.3%); medium-high carbonation.

O: A great, widely available saison! Very clean and fresh, very drinkable! (551 characters)

Photo of BurpingtonDC
3.94/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Beautiful cloudy, light straw color with the foamiest meringue white head that started at the middle of my pint glass and create a beautiful crown at the top.

S - bread, cloves, banana, yeast, slight sulphur smell

T -Clove and banana, maybe a hint of tropical fruit.

M - Bright and refreshing with a banana clove aftertaste lingering on the tongue.

O - Overall I enjoyed this ale quite a bit. It's a wonderfully refreshing summer brew that is light and doesn't weigh heavy on the tongue. (495 characters)

Photo of angrybabboon
3.38/5  rDev -12.2%
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. (1,213 characters)

Photo of kots84
3.84/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - Pile yellow with a white head. Smell - Wheat, belgin yeast and a little citrus. Taste - Pineapple, citrus and a nice saison funk. Mouthfeel - Medium body. Carbonation is very nice . Overall - Really enjoy this beer. A good beer for a nice sunny day. (262 characters)

Photo of Jree261
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance-Nice hay yellow color out of the bottle with an eggshell foam.

Smell-Bright lemon and crisp lime.

Taste-Lots of citrus following the nose.

Mouthfeel-Medium Light body with a smooth finish.

Overall-Tastes like a summer day. Hooray summer! (254 characters)

Photo of Brenden
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Colette is an obviously unfiltered, quite cloudy medium yellow brew. It grows a fluffy pure white head to about one finger, where it retains itself for the long term. It leaves deposits of patchy lacing well down the glass.
There's a lot of complexity and depth in this beer displayed in both the aroma and the flavor. There's zesty lemon tartness working with the sweetness of tropical fruits and playing off each other well. Lots of grassiness, herbal notes and gentle spiciness come off as well, and a biscuity malt balances it all out. Plenty of earth is all the way through from beginning to end. Overall it's semi-dry with a touch of sweetness.
This is one beer in which it can be argued whether the use of rice benefits the mouthfeel or not. It does make it smoother, but this is a style in which I hope for a crisper bite. There is crispness, but the smoothness seems to be the main focus in the addition of rice. The body is fluffy and rests right on the light edge of medium. (986 characters)

Photo of HattedClassic
4.16/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance:
The beer itself is a hazy gold with a hint of orange. The head is limited but lasting and creamy white.

Smell:
The fruity hop smell comes out a light bit but is dominated by the barley and wheat.

Taste:
The beer tastes similar to a traditional saison but is more earthy and bitter. The hops are mainly bitter there are bits of fruitiness that underlie the bitterness. The wheat and barely dominate the taste but is still very good. The yeast and spices complement the barley and wheat but are quickly overtaken.

Mouthfeel:
The beer is medium bodied but still a little heavier than I'm used with saisons. The beer still leaves the drinker feeling slightly refreshed.

Overall:
A pretty good saison that I'll definitely to have to track down when it's available. (775 characters)

Photo of Fcolle2
3.43/5  rDev -10.9%
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. (456 characters)

Photo of argock
4.18/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into a cler glass tumbler. No decipherable bottling date -- rubbed off. Purchased at Knightly Spirits (Orlando, FL).

A: Straw yellow, slightly hazy as a little of the yeast snuck in. 1-2 finger white big-bubbled head with good retention but only scattered dots of lace.

S: The aroma is mostly bready, grainy maltiness with light fruitiness including pear and yellow apple and some pretty strong floral and fruity yeast esters. There is an herbal, lightly fruity and lemon citrus hoppiness in the aroma profile. Nothing light about this -- spot-on.

T: A superb mix of fruit, herbal nuances, yeast esters and solid backbone of grainy Pilsner maltiness. Malt wins of the big three, but the yeast esters are interesting with pear, apple, and some green grape flavors blending with floral, perfumy qualities. The hops are mostly bitterness, but there is some lemon rind citrus along with mild grassiness. A really excellent saison.

M: Colette hits the lush maltiness and finshes with the dry crispness this style demands. Carbonation is active without a doubt and helps bolster the refreshing qualities of this ale.

O: Colette is an outstanding American version of farmhouse ale -- clean grain and bread maltiness with fruity yeast esters finished with lemon citrus and the righ punch of dryness. Yet another reason I am sad that GD is no longer in my neck of the woods in VA. (1,410 characters)

Photo of JSisk
4.35/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I am not as well versed as many of the other reviewers on here or as knowledgeable but I know what I like and I like this beer. The smell is fantastic. The taste is complex but not to the point where one flavor overwhelms the others. I highly recommend this beer to people who are fans of saisons or Belgian farmhouse beers. Great Divide seldom disappoints and this beer is one of their finest.

Enjoy it with some spicy Mexican food! (434 characters)

Photo of MattyG85
4.24/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Duvel tulip glass. Bottling date of Feb 07, 2013.

Appearance: Pours a very hazy yellowish golden orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. Solid two fingers of white head that fade into a thin patchy layer. Leaves a good amount of lacing.

Smell: A wheat driven and funky aroma with lots of Belgian yeast and spices. Belgian yeast upfront with barnyard funk and big hints of clove, white pepper, and coriander. Bready malt with big hints of wheat along with some biscuit, hay, grain, and cracker. Fruit hints of banana and apple along with citrus orange, pineapple, and lemon. Some candied sugar. Earthy hop hints of grass. A pretty nice smell.

Taste: Like its smells, yeasty and spicy with funk and some fairly tart fruit notes. Belgian yeast along with some barnyard funk upfront. Spice notes of clove, white pepper, and coriander. Light notes of candied sugar. Bready wheat and malt notes of biscuit, hay, grains, and cracker. Fruity taste of apple and banana. Citrus fruit notes of orange, pineapple, mango, and lemon. Fruit taste is fairly tart and dry. Some earthy and grassy hop notes in the background. A good Belgian style taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a medium to high level of carbonation. Crisp, spicy, and fairly tart and drying. Tingles the tongue.

Overall: A pretty nice take on the Saison style. Good use of spices and yeast. On the tarter side but good. (1,420 characters)

Photo of Jonada
4.01/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottled on 1/21/13. Served in a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a somewhat pale yellow color with 2 fingers of a white soapy head. Body is slightly hazy with some suspended yeast sediment floating in the glass.

Smell: Big yeast characters, wheat, funk, pineapple, pepper, and earth.

Taste: Banana and clove spiciness, wheat, pear, funk, with tropical fruit, more specifically pineapple as well. Finish is slightly sweet with a nice lingering aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and crisp. Medium carbonation.

Overall: I've never had a bad beer from Great Divide, and this one continues the trend. If you like saisons, this is worth a try. (647 characters)

Photo of GuzzLah
3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A - pours a hazy light yellow with a short white head. No lace. Light bubbles.

S - wheat, hay, pear, apple and light clove.

T - green apple, lemon and wheat with a light spicy finish

M - light body. Slightly tart. Semi dry. Low bitterness.

O - the aroma was a bit strange and unappealing. The flavor was enjoyable. Fruity and slightly tart. Good, light summertime beer, but not a great Saison. (398 characters)

Photo of garuda
3.96/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Pale gold, white head has some retention and some lacing.

S/T - Yeast barn house funk up front, rolling into a sweet, candy sugar finish, finishing mostly clean and dry, with some grassy, herbal hops.

M - Medium body, medium carbonation, smooth consistency.

O - Sweet candy sugar is a nice finish, but becomes a little too sweet by the end of the drink. (361 characters)

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.45/5  rDev -10.4%
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. (1,000 characters)

Photo of lsummers
4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a bright golden yellow with a bright one finger head. Higher carbonation clearly evident in it's stream of bubbles. Smells of peppery grapes and pears. The clean fruity notes are the most prominant, with a touch of acidic farmyard. Tastes of peppery funky lemon and pear. A touch of pineapple and cereal. Mouthfeel is clean and sharp. Bounces on the tongue.

Overall, this one is one great beer. A definite must try and one I wouldn't mind keeping stocked in my fridge. A super complex beer I wouldn't mind having on any summer evening. (542 characters)

Photo of BeerWizard
4.24/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I got burnt out on this last year but am glad I went back this year - this stuff is great. Poured into a goblet from a bottle. The bottle is a cheerful yellow color, that for the most part matches the color of the ale. Thin head, translucent, very fine bubbles.

The nose is nice and crisp; apples, yeast, alcohol, and like a faint raisin or fig aroma. The flavor is nice, too, champagne-y and almost like a cider. There's some tart sweetness and the alcohol gives it some good backing. The mouthfeel is nice and the finish breaks off clean for the most part. It almost has this lingering, woody finish, but it's not barrelled as far as I know so I don't know where I'm getting that from.

Overall, pretty psyched to have this one again. This is a real nice one from Great Divide. (780 characters)

Photo of hagbergl
3.67/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had my first 12 oz. bottle of Great Divide's Colette Farmhouse Ale in my Chimay goblet.

Appearance (3.5/5): Colette pours an unfiltered, opaque goldenrod and shows an intense sunflower yellow when held up to the light. Ring of foam that retains well. Bit of a wimpy one finger head and not that much carbonation can be seen rising from the bottom of the glass.

Smell (4/5): Quite peculiar musty, rustic odor. Extremely wheaty and a little spicy. Very interesting aroma. Lemony and light citrus aromas as well. Yeasty.

Taste (3.75/5): Colette is very wheaty and lemony. Some nice banana flavors flex in the aftertaste. A little bubblegum. Nice grassy, herbal hops, as is proper in a saison. This is a very wheaty-tasting Saison. Little to no alcohol flavor.

Mouthfeel (3/5): Mouthfeel is quite smooth. Carbonation is a little low for the style; would have liked more active carbonation. A little drying in the finish from the grassy hops. The dryness is the best quality in the mouthfeel. The lower carbonation leaves something wanting...namely, more carbonation!

Overall (3.5/5): Colette is an okay saison, but there seems to be something missing. Perhaps I got a bad sixer, but what really is lacking here is carbonation. I feel that the lack of carbonation really mess with what could be a much better drinking beer than the one I am currently holding. (1,362 characters)

Photo of tastybeer
4.09/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: Very pretty in the sunlight. Bright tangerine orange with a moderately sized white head.

S: Smell is indeed farmhouse style. Banana cream pie with spices and wild flowers. Very creamy-like and generally happy to siff.

T: Very nicely blended flavors. Spicy, peppery, wild flowers. Phenolic and there's a touch of sour as well.

M: Dry, prickly carbonation, medium body, lighty gritty.

O: Good good good. (408 characters)

Colette Farmhouse Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 424 ratings.