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Colette Farmhouse Ale - Great Divide Brewing Company

Colette Farmhouse AleColette Farmhouse Ale

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BA SCORE
87
very good

988 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 988
Reviews: 371
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 11.69%


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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UCLABrewN84

California

3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on 3/23/12.

Pours a murky yellow with a 1 inch foamy white head that settles to a thin cap on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of grain, rice, yeast, and spice. Taste is of grain, citrus fruit, citrus zest, yeast, and spices on the finish. There is a mild spice bitterness on the palate after each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer flavor wise but the aroma is a bit of a letdown in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2012 07:23:00 | More by UCLABrewN84
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

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

Hazy daffodil yellow with swirling yeast and several streams of rapidly rising bubbles. The ultimate destination is a pillowy head of alabaster colored foam that looks good, just not as good as Belgium's best. Sudsy lace appears to be more melty than sticky.

The aroma is outstanding and is everything that a non-funky farmhouse ale nose should be. It's chock full of lemon zest, meadow flowers and assorted herbs and spices. At least one of the four different yeast strains must have originated in Belgium.

Saison is yet another winner from the masters at Great Divide. It isn't as good as their best (not much is), but it's still an excellent example of a Belgian-style saison from the U.S. of A. The beer is drier than expected and has a pleasing tangy tartness as well.

The malt bill includes barley, wheat and rice. Those last two are probably meant to keep things light. Mission accomplished. That said, there's an underlying pale malt sweetness that keeps the flavor profile grounded and balanced.

Specifics include subtle shortbread, tangy wheat, lemon zest, coriander and hints of clove and white pepper. The brewery doesn't publish the ingredients list, but it's doubtful that any of those spices are actually added to the kettles. Again, it's most likely the result of four supremely estery yeast strains. Alcohol is nowhere to be found.

When it comes to mouthfeel, most American craft brewers are unable to replicate the excellence of the best Belgian ales. This offering is no exception, but it fits the rest of the beer's attributes very well. Let's go with somewhere between light and medium, with just enough 'hang on' and nicely dialed-in carbonation.

With the release of Saison Farmhouse Ale, Great Divide has proven once again that they are one of the world's finest craft breweries. Forget top-10. These guys are in my top-3. Bottom line: this is delicious, drinkable beer on hot summer days, cold winter nights... and everything in between.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2010 15:44:58 | More by BuckeyeNation
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womencantsail

California

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

A: The pour is a fairly clear straw color with a massive white head that eventually settles down.

S: Quite a lot of fruity esters to the aroma. Heavy on the banana and pear notes, but lots of citrus going on, too. There is a touch of tart apple and lemon peel and some light malt and straw. Very nice.

T: The flavor is somewhat light, but in a good/refreshing way. Banana sweetness followed by sweet pears. A touch of citrus peel bitterness, yeast, and light spices. A little bit of bready malt sweetness, too.

M: Medium bodied with medium to high carbonation and a crispness to the finish.

O: A really great saison. I found this to be a fantastic beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2011 04:52:21 | More by womencantsail
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brentk56

North Carolina

4.08/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: A massive, billowy head rises above the cloudy, but pale, honey-colored liquid; great stickage and lacing (Great Divide nailed the Belgian looks)

Smell: Lemon shortbread and rice pudding; sweeter than anticipated, with just a hint of tartness and funk

Taste: Rice pudding, up front, with a developing lemon tartness that grows increasingly peppery; a complex blend of funk and shortbread character builds, after the swallow; all of the flavors merge nicely together, in the finish, though the aftertaste is slightly sweet

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate to high carbonation

Drinkability: In many respects an excellent Saison, though it verges just a bit too much on the sweet side

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2010 02:11:56 | More by brentk56
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.63/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a hazy lightly dirty yellow color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of light funky yeast notes with light rustic malt with a subtle sour finish. Taste is also a mix between some light funky notes with some light tart notes and some light rustic malt. Light residual sugar is also discernable. Body is quite full with great bottle conditioning and good carbonation. Not the most complex example of the style but well brewed for something that is most likely brewed on a very large scale.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2012 19:29:42 | More by Phyl21ca
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metter98

New York

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is slightly hazy light golden yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a two finger high bright white head that gradually died down but never completely faded away and left lots of lacing running down the sides of the glass.
S: There are light aromas of earthy yeast and in the nose along with some notes of cracker malts.
T: The taste is similar to the smell but the malty flavors are a little more prominent and also have some notes of sweetness and hints of peppery spices.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and slightly smooth on the palate with a moderate to high amount of carbonation. No dryness is perceptible.
O: This beer seems to have more malts and sweetness (similar to a tripel) compared to other beers in the style, but it is still relatively easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2012 03:04:09 | More by metter98
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

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

22 ounce bottle - $6.99 at Bullock's in Marietta, Georgia. Bottled On: April 15 2009.

Appearance: Pours a hazy, delicately effervescent, golden body capped by a short-lived, white head.

Smell: Tangy-scented malted wheat interwoven with pleasantly aromatic notes of flowers, fruits, honey, and spice.

Taste: Ah, the tangy taste of malted wheat with a fair amount of whipped honey sweetness and garnished with wheat shafts and husks. Tastes of clove-spiced bananas, lemongrass, Kaffir lime leaves, and fresh, sliced Bosc pears. Hints of faux-fruity rice here and there. Perfumy, floral hops with a medium level of bitterness. Some of the various flavors drop out, leaving the peppery spiciness behind to pair well with the hop bitterness. Finishes crisp, dry, and a touch warming with some lingering tart and tangy hints.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium, but fairly crisp carbonation.

Drinkability: A fairly enjoyable, pleasantly drinkable saison given a slight American twist. Worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2009 23:14:56 | More by ChainGangGuy
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oberon

North Carolina

3.6/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not a style I often seek out at all,on a warm day like today I figured it might hit the spot.Poured into a tulip glass a hazed lemonade color with a great clingy two finger white head that left broken rings of lace as it settled slowly.Funky barnyard notes in the nose along with some iron/metallic,a whiff of lemon peel as well,some are big fans of the barnyard funk,Iam not.Flavors are funky but on a smaller scale,wet grain notes along with lemon pith, and honey,there is enough sweetness to keep the funk in check for me.A decent brew,again not a fan for a reason,but I grade it accordingly.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2010 20:50:55 | More by oberon
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

GDBC's Saison pours a hazy yellow-gold body beneath a frothy head of bright white that settles into a creamy cap before quickly dissolving into an average collar. Long splashes and big spots lace the glass but vanish shortly.

The aroma expresses wheaty malt, a bit of vanilla and clove and sugary sweetness, a spritz of lemon, and a subtle bit of yeasty sulphur.

The flavor is gently tart with a bit of citrus, and then lightly malty before the vanilla and gently clove-like phenolics hit at the swallow. Some minor, leafy and grassy hops are present but never really step forward. The bitterness is kept in check, as it should be, but there's still enough there that it's solidly supported. It finishes dry, not just with hop bitterness, but with a bit of acidity.

In the mouth it's medium bodied and gently zesty with a fine-bubbled carbonation that gently bristles the tongue. It's refreshing, and fits perfectly well with the rest of the beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2009 20:06:43 | More by NeroFiddled
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a cloudy light yellow color, with a short white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains spices, wheat, Belgian yeast, light caramelized malts, some citrus and some hops.

T: The taste starts out bready with flavors of Belgian yeast, wheat and a hearty but not too heavy malt character. Then some sweet flavors of citrus, spices and caramel come in. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is dry but slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, this is a solid beer to drink for a long time if you’re in the mood for the style.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2014 23:41:46 | More by TheManiacalOne
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emerge077

Illinois

3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Foggy pastel yellow, darkening slightly and becoming opaque as the yeast is poured. The white foam evaporates quickly in the tulip glass. A thin white ring is all that's left, with a ghostly wisp of broken skim across the surface.

Floral, yeasty, phenolic, slight sulfur. Clove, coriander, daffodils.

Plenty of yeasty spice up front, dry and earthy in the middle. Clove and pepper spiciness, lemon cookie with a light weizen yeast sweetness and lingering impression of weeds or wildflowers. Faint aftertaste of clover honey. Well carbonated, slightly creamy. Interesting enough, not as dry and crisp as Belgian saisons, sweeter, more spicy and yeast driven.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2011 02:33:34 | More by emerge077
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russpowell

Oklahoma

2.83/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Was really let down by this one, review based on notes from last night..

Pours a semi-hazed straw color with a pinky of ivory colored head. Zero head retention & lacing

S: Grassy, orchard fruit & appleskins

T: Appleskins, a bit of lemon, potato peels, & grapefruit upfront, but in a very mediocre mix of flavors. Pineapple, candi sugar & near gag reflex triggering sweetness/dryness as this warms, along with more apple peels. Finishes too dry & sweet with a bit of golden delicious apple

MF: Medium bodied, low carbonation, didn't feels a rough as it tasted..

Drinks slow, unpleasing mix of flavors. ABv is well hidden, I'm not really too enamored of any of GD's Belgian styled offerings, this one just struck the wrong way, almost drain poured it...

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2009 04:28:17 | More by russpowell
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WesWes

New York

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2010 17:18:23 | More by WesWes
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Mora2000

Texas

3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a hazy yellow color with a white head. The aroma is full of Belgian yeast, with some lemon and white pepper notes. Overall, it smells about like a saison is supposed to smell. The flavor is also typical saison. I get a lot of yeast and pepper, as well as some biscuit malt. There is a little bit of light funk in the flavor. The beer is very dry. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2011 20:55:41 | More by Mora2000
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zeff80

Missouri

4.08/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a hazy, golden yellow color with a one finger, white, bubbly head of foam. It left sudsy trails of lace.

S - It smelled of slight funkiness, yeast and sweet caramel. It had a spicy nose, too.

T - This was a nice spicy brew with a yeasty bite. The is a mild dried apple flavor with some grains and caramel.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a very dry finish.

D - This is a pretty good saison. Great Divide has done another great one.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2010 21:38:37 | More by zeff80
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jlindros

Massachusetts

3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a huge pasty white head that makes me stop pouring, fluffy and fizzy, and fades pretty quickly over the clear golden wheat yellow color.

N: Light toasty malts, wheat, a little lemon zest and citrus, some creamy malt aromas, a little spicy hop, some yeasty aromas as well, with a little farmhouse saison aroma.

T: Lots of wheat and light malts, saison flavors, toasty malts, yeasty flavors with a little fruit even, dry spicy saison. Some cremy malts, a little sweet malt flavor with hints of booze, spicy flavors too.

M: Lighter body with tons of carbonation.

F: Very dry with hints of spicy saison flavors, little boozy warmth and tingle a little heavy booze for 7.3%. A little wheat flavors, some yeast and farmhouse flavors lingering, some bitterness with a touch of spicy hops and orange peel, even a bit of spices and coriander.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2010 02:49:15 | More by jlindros
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

3.41/5  rDev -11.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-30-2013 02:55:07 | More by Gueuzedude
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WVbeergeek

Ohio

4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clearly hazed bright yellow golden hue with a large white tiny bubbled foamy white head. Fine speckled lacing left behind on the sides of my chalice. This one says it was bottled in April 2009 that's fine with me a style that probably does okay with a little age. Aroma has a nice yeast spiciness label states that they used a blend of 4 yeast strains, I'm definitely getting some Saison Dupont characteristics with a citrus/tropical fruitiness. Sharp wheat edge with a nice spiced backend, ample sweetness a touch of biscuit drizzled with honey that herbal spice component is intresting almost lavender with a touch of black pepper. Flavor is dominant with the spices but bursts of honey biscuit malt and tropical fruit pineapple blend nicely with the spiced herbal additions. Yeast gives it that funky peppery slightly nutty edge that overall works well together a perfect beer to combine with most foods. Mouthfeel is slightly creamy with tart and sweet sensation over the palate dry yeasty finish, moderate alcohol. Medium bodied carbonation carries this one quite well, not really cloying to me at all. Drinkability is solid all around very nice American brewed version sometimes this style can be pretty bad if not drinking a version outta of Belgium. Great Divide pulled it off very well and they put their own trademarks on it.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2009 17:13:22 | More by WVbeergeek
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smcolw

Massachusetts

3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy dark straw color. Extensive initial head. Leaves slippery lace. Eventually dies down to a thin layer of minute bubbles.

Earthy like with stale sourness. Not very appealing.

Good Saison flavor, slightly wheaty. Lots of mild citrus, clove and pepper. Nice full body with an appropriate level of carbonation. Pleasant sour aftertaste.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2010 22:44:30 | More by smcolw
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Halcyondays

California

3.55/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ,

A: Pours a lightly hazy goldenrod with a medium white head, limited lace.

S: Lemon, some notes of spice nice.

T: Light malt character, dominated by the yeast. Lemons, white pepper, coriander, a good flavour, but there isn't a lot to it.

M: Medium-bodied with a frothy soft carbonation, pretty smooth.

O: A solid American saison, but not too impressive. You're not getting Dupont.

Serving type: on-tap

04-10-2011 22:06:04 | More by Halcyondays
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mactrail

California

3.45/5  rDev -10.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-28-2011 04:30:19 | More by mactrail
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barleywinefiend

Washington

4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a nice hazy straw yellow with good carbonation and a nice white head. Nose is wheat, rice, clove. Taste is belgian yeast, clove, banana, wheat. Mouthfeel has a nice tart, crisp finish, with clove, fruits and spice. Just right amount of booze. Very drinkable indeed.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2010 04:24:32 | More by barleywinefiend
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

3.33/5  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?

Serving type: on-tap

04-02-2012 17:48:40 | More by StonedTrippin
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Jason

Massachusetts

4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle with a bottled on date on the label.

Cloudy weathered hay color, crackling head at least holds a thick lacing on the glass. Dried pineapple, mango & papaya frutiness in the nose with biscuity malt a slight medicinal earthy yeast. Creamy body with a bit more smoothness than crispness. Malty palate meets and mild yeasty twang, earthiness and fruit in the back. Faint medicinal tone compliments more than being a big presence. A little spicy middle to end.

A lovely beer all around, I was hoping for a more dry and carbonated brew though the complexities make up for it.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2010 01:20:02 | More by Jason
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DoubleJ

California

4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Let's get drunk, responsibly. A little pick-me-up beer from Great Divide, coming in the 12 ounce bottle format. On to the beer:

That look said "drink me". It's golden straw in color, brilliant, and filled with lively bubbles. Thick creamy lacing around the glass helps too. The head on top is semi-soapy, yet it firm and retaining itself very well. The aroma is soft, and, well, funky. There's a slightly fruity aroma, some barnyard, and cider.

I think we have a winner. Not too funky, generally sweeter than the usual saison, bubblegum, cidery sweet. All the different characteristics deliver to make a beer that is surprisingly balanced. It also has some rustic character, and the beer finishes with a dry sweetness. It's medium bodied, "bubbly smooth", and it is very easy to drink despite the strength.

Simply refreshing, and simply a delight. I knew Colette would be a reasonable choice for this late afternoon, but I didn't expect it to be so easy. It looks that Great Divide can also do that Belgian thing too.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2012 22:19:19 | More by DoubleJ
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Colette Farmhouse Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
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