Colette Farmhouse Ale - Great Divide Brewing Company

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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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Ratings: 1,451 | Reviews: 428
Photo of CFHMagnet
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A normal pour (stopping near the end to agitate of course) delivered a finger and a half of pearly white, and very fizzy head. This broke down to just a topcoat in a minute or so, and was down to a ring soon after. The body is a very murky light gold color, with very fine dissolved sediment floating around.

Smells very wheaty. Yeast strong as well, with a hint of spice. A very American take on the saison.

Wheat, yeast and biscuit make up most of the flavor. Some real good spiciness combined with a nice light refreshing grassiness on the end.

Light to medium bodied. Flows easily over the tongue and refreshes. Very high carbonation, tart and dry finish.

Photo of BBP
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours pale yellow with a nice head and nice lacing.

The aroma is fairly sweet, and somewhat fruity in the front. It's considerably funky as well and smells a little bit spicy.

The taste is pretty nice. It's got some funky character in the front and some subtle spice that enhances the flavor without being overpowering by any means. Sweet, but not overly so. Some hop bitterness works well with the sweetness, and the malt bill adds nice character too. It's a little messy when it's cold, but really shines as it warms up.

The body is moderately full, and has medium weight to it. The finish is fairly dry and slightly sticky. I found the carbonation a little overaggressive though. Not a big issue, but the biggest issue I think this beer has.

Overall, I'm glad to have finally found this. To think it was in the store I frequent most just being hidden in the back of the cooler. After a year or so, it's drinking nice. I haven't had the fresh, or any really old stuff, but I'd imagine that it's only going to get better.

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

Colette is a very fair beer, quite pale yellow, some mild haziness. A loose, white head forms and fades quickly. Pale, fizzy, light looks. Great coloring to light, really glows a golden hue. Exceptional nose, powerful and aromatic. Banana bread, pale wheat and rice malt aromas, butteriness. Not much citric fruitiness, more pears bananas and apples. Creamy and delicious smelling. Taste is generous and complex, lots going on. Starts of soft and creamy with the fair malt bill used, then moving to a slight spiciness and finishing on tart lemongrass. Billowing malt flavors underneath it all, really providing a great structure for the Belgian yeasts to make their magic aromas and flavors. Lots of Belgian character make this a ridiculously satisfying beer to sip and enjoy. Noticeable warmth from this strong brew. Mouthfeel is very nice, too. While lighter in body, it has enough to it to really make the flavors come out and last on the palette.

Bottom line; damn, yet another winner from Great Divide. Not too tart, not too dry, not too anything. Great malt base, expert use of notoriously difficult yeast and staying true to style, as I know it. Great beer here, recommended.

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

Appearance: Nice opaque golden color, good white head, not too much lacing

Smell: Pepper, clove, and fruit

Taste: More pepper and clove, biscuity malts. Earthy yeast. Semi dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, good, fine carbonation

Overall: Excellent example of a good saison

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:

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 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 OakedCanuck
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into pint glass.

A - pours a chill hazed straw yellow, 1" white head formation. Slick lacing that didn't cling

S - Some funkiness and tart. Lemons, pepper, yeast

T - A tangy lemony flavour with an odd, almost sour funkiness to it. I don't expect Saison/farmhouses to be this tart, maybe it is just me.

M - Light, crisp, dry

O - Average saison, a bit too tart but not bad.

Photo of czechsaaz
3.57/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Lots of candi sugar in the aroma. Very yeasty with spice esters too. Not much hops but a tad.

Golden, hazy with a HUGE white head that takes a good long while to settle into an inch thick lasting layer. Lots of rising bubbles from the bottom of the glass.

Nice flavor of base malt, candi sugar, bready yeast, earthy hops. Very light belgian funk, actually pretty clean fermentation for the style. I like the flavors but everythin seems a little subdued.

Full bodied with a very nice carbonation level. The carbonation makes it seem a lot lighter than it really is.

Nice beer but one of the few Great Divides that I think pales in comparisson to other breweries similar offerings.

Photo of chocosushi
2.8/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz -> Saison Dupont glass

A ~ Pours a very pale lemonade with excessive carbonation and large bubbles. Not great lacing.

S ~ Wet banana and malt. Not much of a nose for a Saison. I come to expect more.

T ~ Lots of wheat, Faint faint bubblegum, & some spicy lemons with a metallic edge. Faint peach preserves and rock candy.

M ~ Bubbly and hot, hardly refreshing. Would be a good intro to the style I suppose but it is not very true to more traditional farmhouses. Effervescent as hell.

D ~ If this wasn't 10 $ a sixpack I would excuse it, but rating it against others in the style with the pricepoint, I'd much rather buy something. Don't seek out. Like a wheat beer with a splash of Belgian yeast

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 riored4v
4.18/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed 7/28/09

Poured into a snifter. Pours a fluffy, 2 finger, white head that fades to about 1/4 finger. Clear, golden colored body.

Smell is mildy sweaty, sweet, estery and yeasty. Hints of peppery/spicey aromas along being mildy malty.

Taste was fruity and mildy sweet. Slight estery and banana flavors accompanied by a mild spiceness.

Mouthfeel was light, crisp and finished dry. High carbonation.

Drinkability was very good. Nicely balanced and finishes clean.

Overall its a good, very easy to drink, refreshing Saison.

Photo of DesMoinesMike
3.48/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The color is like heavily-carbonated lemonade capped with white fluff. The aroma is an odd mix of fruit and wheat with citrus. The taste had the same flavors with a bit of floral added, but it had a bit of a dirty dish water essence to it that I didn't find it very appealing. The body seemed watery and the aftertaste wasn't much. It is a passable beer but there are many better examples of the style out there.

Photo of MA08
4.82/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Served in a balloon glass at 50 degrees

Pours a cloudy straw color with a thick white head with moderate carbonation. Smells of tropical fruits with some Belgian yeast. Tastes of Belgain malts, fruits, and farmhouse funk, with some dry undertones at the end. An overall complex brew and rare saison avaiable in a 6- pack. A perfect summer beer for those looking a for a take on a classic Belgian style.

Photo of aepb1
4.12/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Yellow golden hazy body, small white head

S- Some fruity funk

T- Tart citrus right off the bat, crisp tartness. Some funk in the middle/end, some tropical fruit/banana and spices in there too.

M- Light body and crisp. very easy to drink with this light body

O- A very nice take on the style! Really can take a bunch of these as it tastes great and goes down every easy

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

GDFA or "Colette" pours a cloudy (bottle conditioned) straw golden body with a bone white two finger head that leaves plenty of lacing down my snifter.

The aromas are earthy hops and a Belgian peppery quality held by most saisons.

The flavor is spot on for what I consider a good saison. It has lemon and citrus fruits followed by a wave of white pepper and herbal hop bittering.

The mouthfeel is light medium, but still "fluffy" or lush in quality.

This is the perfect beer for food pairings. I could enjoy it with a funky cheese and crackers as a summer afternoon snack. Or perhaps lemon pepper shrimp salad.

Photo of flannelman808
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Yellow to golden hue and hazy this looks just how it should. Topped with a bone white head with ok retention and lacing. Looks like lots of carbonation.

S: Lots of grass, funk, and citrus (orange lemon and hay).

T: Spice, soft almost lemon cream flavors, grass (hay and green grass) meet some funk for a rather nice farmhouse ale.

M: Tickling

O: Pretty good stuff

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

A - Pours a very murky golden yellow into my snifter with about one finger of head that dissipates quickly with very thin splotchy lacing.

S - Lemon and orange, earthy/grassy funk, yeast, wheat, as well as some spice.

T - Juicy citrus, again mostly lemon and orange, but then there is a bit of fermented apple along with the funkiness, nice spicy wheat finish.

M - Carbonation is a little bright at first but settles nicely, crisp and dry, yet it makes my mouth water.

O - Very drinkable, crisp, refreshing and juicy, I could enjoy several of these and not get bored with it.

Photo of whatthehull
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Tasted July 26th 2011 (from notes)

A - golden yellow, four finger pure white head and a bit of lacing

S - nice yeast, tons of citrus, fruit, flowers, huge on the wheat, a bit of earth and a bit of sugar. Sour nite at the end

T - nice sweet then sour yeast, nice wheat, tons of citrus, nice fruit, a bit of flowers and very Belgian

M - Light, nice complexity, well balanced, very dry, medium acidity and medium + finish

D - drinks like a hefe, tastes like a great Belgian. Love this beer. This one is for the ladies and dudes a like

Final thought - 7%+ and only $2 a bottle, just try it

Photo of chickenflea
4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled Mar 10, 2010

A- Pours a cloudy orange yellow with a monstrous bubbly white head.

S- The aroma contains yeast, lemon meringue pie and wet hay. Very promising. Spicy and inviting.

T- The taste is extremely refreshing, and probably dangerously so considering the high ABV for a saison. The taste starts out with some light maltiness followed by a nice carbonated bite. Citrus flavors and hints of spices with some earthy hops near the end. Finish contains banana-clove smoothness and then a clean finish. Wow what a journey.

M- The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

D- This is a dangerously drinkable beer that is very refreshing. Overall, this is a fantastic saison and another great beer from Great Divide.

Serving type: 12-oz bottle

Reviewed on: 05-29-2010

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

ST: 12oz poured into a chalice.

A: Pale and hazy orange with a half-a-finger-nail white head.

S: Lemon, banana, earth, and funk.

T: Lots of bright citrus lemon joins with sweet malt and mineral earth. The finish is lemon peel.

M: Medium and smooth.

O: A very impressive offering. Wonderful flavor, complex, and enjoyable to drink. It goes well with food to boot. I highly recommend if you enjoy saisons or unfiltered beers.

Photo of jar2574
3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got a six pack of these and they were quite a pleasant find. Large white fully head dissipates slowly leaving a smaller 1/4 inch head and decent lacing on the sides. Beer is a cloudy pale yellow color.

Smells like a saison should, only it could be slightly stronger. Spices and earth.

An earthy, buttery, mildly spicy saison. It could use a little more zest but it's very easy to drink.

I had two of these out of the bottle on Easter and for whatever reason they seemed to taste better out of the bottle than out of my glass today. I shared three on Easter and they got a great reception even though my friends weren't huge beer lovers.

I'll give it a 4 on overall rating despite being mildly disappointed on my second tasting tonight out of a glass. You can't find that many affordable saisons in 6-packs, and that's worth a lot during grilling season.

Photo of Brunite
2.86/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Cloudy straw yellow. White minimal head.

S: Belgian yeast notes...spicy...lemon.

T: Tart. Very strong citrus & lemon. Spicy....dry.

T: The beer taste is just way too lemony.

M: Lots of carbonation...very tart. Too much for my taste.

O: Did not like this one. Just too much lemon. Did not finish.

Photo of SWMeyer4141
3.34/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Review from notes...

Poured into snifter.

Appearance-Straw colored body with no head, no retention and no lacing.

Smell-Earthy and Grainy. Lemon and some slight pine.

Taste-I get a nice peach flavor, but thats about it. Picked up some slight clove from the yeast maybe and a little funk. Nice change of pace beer.

Mouthfeel-Light to medium bodied with medium carbonation. Prickly on tongue.

Overall-I'm glad theres a 6 pack Saison out there but I really wasn't turned on too much by this beer.

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

Appearance: very cloudy deep golden color with a thin head that recedes quickly with miniscule lacing. Lots of yeast sediment floating in suspension, moderate carbonation.
Aroma: wheat and mild toasted barley dominated by a fruity aroma and significant yeast presence.
Mouthfeel: between light and medium bodied, finish is somewhat dry.
Flavor: very bready -- like eating a slice of bread that contains fruit and nuts. Alcohol is completely concealed -- therefore at 7.3% this beer could easily sneak up on you.
Overall: just an excellent, easily drinkable, refreshing, and delicious farmhouse ale.

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