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Colette Farmhouse Ale - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Colette Farmhouse AleColette Farmhouse Ale

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429 Reviews

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Reviews: 429
Hads: 1,518
Avg: 3.84
pDev: 21.09%
Wants: 49
Gots: 208 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Great Divide Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  7.30% ABV

Availability: Spring

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Beer added by: ArrogantB on 04-25-2009

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Photo of jngrizzaffi
3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled April 2015. Pours a very hazy golden color with a finger width foamy head. Head retention is mild. Lacing is decent. Nothing special about the aroma. Belgian farmhouse yeast and slight citrus. Slightly spicy. Decent malty farmhouse taste with moderate spicy hop at then end. Very mildly astringent and kind of peppery aftertaste. Medium bodied and moderate carbonation. Not a bad beer, but not the best offering.

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Photo of dar482
3.87/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The beer comes in a golden straw color.

The beer offers sweet sugary notes up front, lemon, banana, apple, pear, and floral quality up front. Wheat follows, a crackery malt, a peppery spicy finish on the back with Belgian yeast coming through. The finish is dry despite the sweetness up front.

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Photo of snaotheus
3.84/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

12oz can served in a tulip. Looks like I can see the remnant of a stamp close to the bottom edge, but not enough to be meaningful.

Pours a little hazy, fairly big head, plenty of carbonation. Smell is interesting. Bright, refreshing, grassy, with a moderate funk and a lot of banana. Some clove.

Taste is very banana-y, too much so. A little bit of the clove is in the flavor. Surprisingly sweet.

Mouthfeel is slick, a little oily. Overall, pretty good beer.

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Photo of tone77
3.52/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a bright yellow color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell spices, yeast, lemons. Taste is similar, lemons up front, yeast, subtle spices and malt, a bit earthy. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a pretty good beer.

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Photo of barczar
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Touch of pedio funk initially, then a lot of horse blanket, must, confectioners sugar sweetness, green apple, pear skin, and peach. Fruit is reminiscent of smarties.

Flavor reveals big peach and green apple notes, with a soft, slightly sweet wheat and malt backbone and a lightly spicy, slightly dry finish. Excellent fruit character, with enough tartness and funk to keep it interesting.

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Photo of maedhros09
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Look: Slightly hazy gold with a couple fingers of quickly dissipating white head, no lacing to speak of. Lots of sediment at the bottom of the bottle.
Smell: citrus, floral wheat and belgian yeast aromas. A bit of alcohol too.
Taste: Lightly sweet lemony floral yeasty wheat flavors with a fairly dry finish and some bitterness that could be grain or alcohol related.
Feel: Fairly light with above average carbonation but not the effervescence of top-tier saisons like Dupont and Hennepin

Overall: This actually reminded me more of a hefeweizen than a saison - the wheat characteristics are prominent. I like that it's not too sweet and the citrus and floral character is pleasant. It seems to me the alcohol level is higher than it needs to be. This beer would be a great refreshing summer beer if it had a lower ABV.

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Photo of frozen-1984
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

One of my favorite beers from great divide. Not my favorite style but the mix of belgium and American farmhouse just hits the nail on the head for summer drinking. Now in cans is just perfect for golf or fishing

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.21/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A : Pours a very pretty hazy lemon drop color, with about 80% opacity. The head doesn't stay long but it is lacy and porous while it does. Hilly lace left behind on the walls of the pint glass.

S : Fresh baked dough, perhaps even slightly overdone; yeast, fresh citrus, and spicy zing. A nose that makes my mouth water.

T : Right at the first taste there's some burnt alcohol funk and burnt biscuit but that quickly gets brushed aside by an absolutely heavenly flavor profile. Banana peel, walnut, yeast, oranges, lemon, steamed rice...it's almost like a hefeweizen but has the tartness of a saison. A dry alcohol burn finishes the profile and leaves a starchy feel on the palate.

O : This beer was great. I'll buy more once I'm down in Nebraska again.

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Photo of hopphead31415
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I picked this one up at the fierce and several recommendations by my brother. This one comes from Denver Colorado and the water they use comes from pristine mountain snow which is some of the freshest water ice in the country. It is brewed at a higher temperature and uses 4 strains of yeast and also includes barley, wheat, and rice! It has 7.3% ABV and a lot of flavor so let’s take a look.

Look-It pours a beautiful light yellow gold and a white head that is thick. It pours mostly head at first so give it some time to settle. The head is as white as the snow from whence it came and is composed of a variety of bubble sizes.

Smell-It smells strongly of pineapple, mango, banana, and a pleasant spiciness that is the tell-tale signature of farmhouse ales.

Taste-The flavor is very nice and contains most of the same things that the nose picked up, but perfectly leveled out and with a hint of lemon grass and light pepper. I get a slight sense of yeast to cut the mild sweetness and the spiciness.

Mouthfeel-It has a moist and buttery, but not syrupy nor sticky feel. It finishes clean and with a small lingering coating on the tongue.

Overall-This beer is excellent. It is really refreshing and fine-tuned. It is really well-balanced and not too sweet at all and is one of my favorite farmhouse ales.

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

Delicious. Yeast, lemon, pepper, and a bit sour. It's a neat bitter. I can't place the taste. Pepper is there. Really great. I'd certainly get it again.

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Photo of Dikfour
3/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Look: Hazy golden straw. A finger of white head dissipates very quickly. Fairly active carbonation.

Smell: Light yeast and lemon grass. Very light pepper.

Taste: More of the same but way more pepper than was on the nose.

Feel: Light and crisp. Fairly dry finish.

Overall: This one is fine. I'm not overly impressed but equally unoffended. Wouldn't actively seek this one out and wouldn't turn it away if someone handed me one. Forgettabley average.

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Photo of infinitebruner
4.21/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

July 11, 2015

12 oz bottle, tulip glass

A – Light gold and mostly clear with just a touch of haze. Thick white foam, about an inch, with moderate-long retention. Bubbles rise up for a while, effervescent.

S – Peppery, similar to grains of paradise, a touch of lemongrass and citrus hops. Bready-crackery malt.

T – A lot of lemon-lime, citrus, lemongrass, and strong, spicy, peppery yeast notes. Light grainy, bready, and cracker malt. Extremely well-balanced.

M – Moderate-high carbonation with a medium-full body. Equally sweet and bitter, with that peppery bite. Dry throughout.

O – A fantastic saison, all the features you’d expect in a traditional version, with a bit more amped up Belgian yeast.

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Photo of Andrewharemza
3.99/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From bottle brought from coolwines, Pale yellow. Bready earthy aroma, light citrus. Flavor is grains, light citrus, bread, cloves, yeast on finish. Very nice.

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Photo of JWU
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a chalice.

A- a mostly clear gold/straw color with a bright white head that dissipates kinds quick, but there's some big bubbles that remain.

S- a whack of earthy belgian yeast, with some dried topical fruits.

T- A flash of biscuity malt, is quickly overrun by earthy yeast, some mild spiciness, and the dried tropical fruits (I'm getting pineapple and papaya) that last throughout the finish.

M- could use a bit more carbonation. medium bodied

O- a very nice, readily accessible saison. Well done.

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Photo of Kingbee73
4.02/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very easy drinking. Not too sour on the finish but it's there if you take the time. Great ABV for the taste. Good entry into the farmhouse ale wheelhouse.

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Photo of jzlyo
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Aroma is spicy yeast, bananas and a hint of sweetness. The flavor is complex spices, orange/citrus, complex bread from the different malts and a tart/tangy finish.

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Photo of Tom_Banjo
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle purchased as part of 6-pack from Whole Foods and poured into a stemmed Spiegelau Pilsner glass. Just a bit too much sourness In the first few sips but, after that, it becomes a really nice beer. Could see this becoming one of my warm weather staples.

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Photo of car2052
4.14/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz. to wine glass.

A: Pours a hazy pale golden with a shade of pink. Bubbly carbonation.
S: Yeasty banana and citrus notes with some bubblegum.
T: Nice bit of sweetness. Some nice maltiness and some banana and bubblegum from the yeast.
M: Medium. A bit thicker than I would like.
O: Not a bad saison. The sweetness gives it a fuller body, which may make it not as refreshing as traditional saisons.

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Photo of stephens101
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Ran out of beer while visiting the parents in beer wasteland and had to grab this one at a very annoying premium.

A white froth settles quickly into this hazy, yellow-orange with pinkish hues. Wheat, lemon and damn hay in the aroma. Tastes of lemon zest, orange, meringue, clove, banana and overripe pear. Dry all the way through and medium in body. Lingering fruit peel and subtle alcohol at the end.

Proving that beer is not only a life-sustaining, historically important beverage; paying a premium for said beverage (while in the sticks and desperate) also teaches one the economic value of preparation.

All situational/context issues aside, Colette is the definition of a reliable, go-to beer that should be readily available just about wherever you are.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 fl oz bottle sealed with Great Divide logo pressure cap.

poured into HF wine stem.

bottled on date of October 23, 2014.

Appearance: slight hazy straw yellow bodied beer with two full fingers of bone white head. Head drops down to a thin cap leaving spotty lacing on the surface of the glass.

Smell: Lemon lime citrusy and floral hop combo. Wet hay and bread malts. A musty funk about this beer in the aroma. Fruity esters and well water.

Taste: Light floral bitterness and fruity esters start the flavor off in this beer. Mid palate bready malts, rotten wet hay, and even more fruity esters. You taste some mineral content from the water and musty funk.Light mineral content in the flavor profile that tastes weaker than it smells. Hint of banana and clove that doesnt emerge until the beer is half way drank and opened up a little bit. In the finish, you get pear and white grape with again even more fruity esters, light bready malt, and a light bitterness that lingers shortly.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer with moderate almost high carbonation levels. Ever so slight boozy tang, but this beer is very drinkable for a 7.3% abv beer. It even has a nice semidry finish and is pretty crisp, clean, and snappy. Yeah, it is definately a fairly crushable brew.

Overall: For a brewer who is not well known for thier Belgian beer styles, Great Divide make a pretty nice saison. I wasnt really excited to see that this beer was bottled on October 24th of 2014 when I found the bottled on date, but it was a nice surprise to see that Colette has sustained itself sitting on a shelf in a store without being refrigerated. I would gladly keep this as fridge beer year around for anytime that a saison craving strikes me. This beer is fairly rustic and pretty close to an authentic belgian beer style, even though it is technically an american spin on a saison. At this price point and being is a 6pack format you are not going to complain about what you get for a saison drinking experience!

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Photo of puboflyons
4.02/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on May 31, 2015.

Hazy pale yellow with a big fluffy white head. Floaters at the bottom.

The aroma is distinctively Belgian with that toasted biscuit malt, yeast, pear, and muted grassy hops.

Medium to heavy body.

Very easy drinking beer with soft Belgian sugar and yeast notes and a mildly dry finish. The way I enjoy my Farmhouse ales.

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Photo of farmhaus
3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Look: Hazy, deep straw color.
Nose: Bright. Clean. Pineapple? Lemon peel and apricot. Floral notes.
Taste: Crisp and fruity--plumbs, apricots, etc. Subtle white pepper. Always the smooth, floral note coming in behind.
Fell: Good mouthfeel.
Overall: A classic American take on a farmhouse ale. Really pleasant.

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Photo of beergoot
3.69/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Mildly hazy, pale yellow body; lots of fast rising carbonation; thin white head. Somewhat fruity aroma; rhubarb and green apples; powdery yeast notes. Mild malt flavors infused with fruity esters, much like the aroma; tart with an acidic twang. Light to medium body; somewhat fizzy and effervescent; mostly dry finish.

A decent, generally well-rounded farmhouse ale. It's a little rough around the edges but does deliver a nice variety of flavors and treats to the palate.

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Photo of BecauseWhalezbro
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: Murky gold body, lingering white head

S: Bananas, Lemon Zest, Earthy, Funky

T: Decent funk, banana taste less apparent in taste than in smell, Lemon Zest

F: Dry

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Photo of Zach136
3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Clear yellow body, thin dissipating head.

Aroma/Flavor: Bready and fruity, slight fusels alcohols.

Mouthfeel: Dry, but too much from the booze.

Overall: Way too much sugar used in this brew.

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Colette Farmhouse Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
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