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Colette Farmhouse Ale - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Colette Farmhouse AleColette Farmhouse Ale

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432 Reviews

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Reviews: 432
Hads: 1,540
Avg: 3.84
pDev: 21.35%
Wants: 50
Gots: 226 | 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: 432 | Hads: 1,540
Photo of wnh
4.17/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

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Photo of ta_hagen
5/5  rDev +30.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Fruity, medium to thick body, earthy to funky, banana, pears and apricot flavor. One of my favorite Saison, hint of pepper, but amazing Saison. Top 5 for your palette in this catagory for sure.

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Photo of pants678
3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A real transparent, champagne gold, the white head recedes too quickly to say on density.

Plenty bread and spice on the nose, little bit sour but very earthy/citrusy. Kind of like a barn but without the funk of methane.

Again, sour but now with a peppery bite. Definitely acidic and tart but more so like a grape or pear. Don't sip on this one, get a good pull otherwise it won't linger or stain.

Highly carbonated as I'd want a summer beer, pleasant that way.

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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 lurpy1
3.67/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a bottle from Four Firkins, which has a pretty good selection of Great Divide brews.

Light, hazy yellow, translucent, with medium head.

The smell is overwhelmingly, unmistakenly bready. Smells like a fresh package of yeast. A little bit of citrus thrown in for good measure. Great smell to be sure, but not necessarily a great beer smell.

The bread sensation continues in the taste. A strongly biscuity, " bakery" feeling. Quite a bit of aftertaste, neither good nor bad. Medium body, medium carbonatiion.

It's an OK beer, I picked up way more "bread" undertones than most. While it's a bit off-putting, it's intriguing.

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Photo of muttyd
3.67/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

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Photo of marqoid
4.42/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Hazy light straw color, pours a fluffy head but fades very quickly
S: Lemon, straw, grass, yeast
T: Honey with some mild bitterness (but not hoppy) and moderate funk, essentially no fruitiness
M: Spritzy, fairly light body, but filling
O: I really enjoyed this beer. This is a great easy drinking, refreshing, moderately funk saison. This tastes like it came right out of a barn.

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

Golden color with tons of white head and lots of lacing down the side of the glass. Very nice smell that is somewhat difficult to describe. Lemons are present. Earthy smell as well. The Taste is citrus and earthy as well. Mild bitterness. Very smooth and nicely carbonated. This is very good and easy to drink.

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Photo of lnashsig
3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into my DFH snifter, pours a very light and completely transparent yellow. A little head tops the beer, but way less than I am accustomed to with a Saison/Farmhouse Ale style. The carbonation is actually visible. Smell- roasted corn, cloves, tart banana? Taste- big clove up front, banana, very sweet for the style. Mouthfeel- major carbonation on this is nice and refreshing. Drinkability- I am overall pleased with this take on Farmhouse Ale, and find this beer to be a great refreshing spring beer that would really work well outside in the sun with friends.

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Photo of stimulus
4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

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

A: yellow. Mostly clear with a slight haze. Medium fuzzy-foamy head. Thick lacing.

S: bread dough. Apple cider'ish.

T: fruity ester. Lemon. Dry.

M: high carbonation. Medium low body. Refreshingly tart and crisp.

O: great beer. Would buy again.

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Photo of Mongrel
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a slightly hazy straw gold color, with just a quick head. A thin, creamy film lingers for the remainder.

Smell is bright and yeasty with notes of pineapple and dandelion.

Taste mimics the nose and includes a little tartness, plus pineapple, grass and honey, with a slightly peppery finish. Light, creamy and refreshing, which is impressive considering the ABV.

Soft, light-medium bodied mouthfeel. Rolls over the palate nicely and coats the tongue for a while.

Overall, this is a well-executed higher ABV saison with enough flavor to keep it interesting, but not really enough to wow you.

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Photo of nickthetick
3.92/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: pours a pure clear straw yellow into an American shaker with a bubbly finger of white head that slowly dissipates and doesn't leave any lacing.

S: fruity and sweet, bananas, spicy/cloves/coriander/nutmeg, lemon and the sweet odor of cut grass.

T: spicy off the bat that transfers to sweet fruits, tart yellow fruits prevail in this beer. From banana to apricot then to lemons. Grassy hints and bread like flavors. Spicy notes hang throughout the experience but are subtle.

MF: good medium body for a saison, moderate effervescence and surprisingly no warmth; in fact rather refreshing.

O: every time I try a new saison I say its my new favorite, not this time, its great but I've had better(insert Jim Carry face from Liar, Liar here).

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Photo of OlRasputin989
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Photo of hagbergl
3.67/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

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Photo of brandoneast
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
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!

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Photo of bonsreeb85
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

22-oz. bomber into my snifter.

Hazy golden in color, lots of active carbonation is visible through the haze. a cream color foam stuck it's "head" up for a quick second, but then was not to be heard from again.

I got a lot of fruit and spice in the smell dept. Granny smith apples, lemon, and some pepper. Lot going on here

The taste was a lot different then I expected, I thought i was in for a more spicy affair, with more dryness. was i got was more tart than sweet, however plenty of both. I also got a banana/clove thing going on(similar to a wit or wheat) very strange, but tasty none the less. Nice bit of earthness in the backroud, and just the right amount of bitterness round this one off to be a strange, but delicious take on a saison.

MF - lots of carb, on par for saison

D- very high, would get again if i was in the mood for something a little different, If i was looking for a straight up saison, i would turn to Dupont of Hennepin.

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

Had it on tap at the Draught House in Austin. Had the very end of the keg (which nearly filled up the glass) - free beer FTW!

A - really impressive "solid" fluffy head - looked almost like foam. The beer itself was yellow and clear with some visible carbonation.

S - solid yeast and lemon citrus notes on the nose. Maybe even just a hint of a soapy odor.

T - tastes somewhat like it smells: the yeast is a powerful component throughout, but the sourness of the lemon is in the background matching it and keeps it tangy. As it warmed it got a slight amount more bitter, which detracted a bit from the experience.

M - nice light carbonation with a very light mouthfeel; a consummate summer beer.

D - super drinkable; no hint of the 7+% alcohol.

Had this in 95 degree heat on the patio; perfect for the occasion, and one I definitely have again.

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Photo of Erish
4.12/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this 12 oz. bottle into a Chimay chalice. Bottled on March 10, 2011.

A: murky (thanks to the yeast sediment) pineapple gold color, the fizzy head quickly falls into a lovely Belgian-style cap and lace.

S: citrus, tropical fruit, Belgian funk, spice, cracker-like malt aroma forms a nice backbone to the other aromas.

T: the fruit (citrus, tropical) and dry malt make an entrance, and then the sour funk slides on in along with some clove, and the finish is dry, slightly sour, and features a gentle herbal hop presence.

M: light to medium-bodied, velvety texture, light to moderate carbonation.

O: a very enjoyable Saison, and one that I would definitely seek out again.

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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 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 TTAmod
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This year's variation just hit shelves. This one was brewed on 3/1/12. Poured in pint glass.

A: Pours hazy light gold with a decent sized white head. Lacing is good.

S: Smell is heavy Belgian yeast, malt, sugar and lemon.

T: Heavy cracker-malt dominated this one, along with a really musty Belgian yeast profile. There is a nice dose of lemon, as well. Notes of light herbs are present. Ends dry. A very nice traditional saison taste profile.

M: Appropriately light, carbonated, and semi-smooth. Super easy to drink.

O: This is a good American saison. The yeast and malt profile are right on. This beer is also dry and slightly fruity, as it should be. One of my favorites when spring rolls around.

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Photo of hoptualBrew
3.97/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, bottled on 04-28-11.

Pours into pint glass a light cloudy hay yellow, matching pretty much the color on the bottle. Nice one inch thick fluffy off white head that falls rather quickly. No lacing to speak of really.

Smells funky sour tart malty citric lemon rinds. Alot going on in the nose of this one.

A little bite upfront with a mild funky tart & sprice. Sweetness is borderline cloying, but not quite too much. Back end of this one leaves a little souring taste. Aftertaste stays with you for about a minute which is nice.

$1.99 for a 12oz in a mixpack with Claymore Scotch Ale. Worth the price I think. Good afternoon, in the sun kinda beer. I will probably get a 6pack of this to enjoy in the sun before summer is over.

Overall, pretty descent saison. Not Great Divide's best brew by any means, but they can definitely make a good saison.

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Photo of jmerloni
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - a nice opaque yellow that glows; great big pillowy white head that laces pretty intensely.

S - Great. Citrus, yeast, hops.

T - Follows the nose; a healthily aged flat orange juice with a lot of yeasty hops and a nice bitter aftertaste bite.

M - Exciting though light. A lot happens in each sip. Jumpy, yeasty hops that light up each sip, but there is something weird missing from it that has the effect of making it taste watery in the middle. But has a real farmhouse taste.

D - I respect this brew. It's hearty, it does what it's supposed to and it is what it is. It is missing something in the middle of the sip, but it's well-crafted and kind of exciting tasting. It kicks more than I thought it would. I would probably get this one again.

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Photo of UrbanCaveman
3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at TCB in Iowa City, served in a pint glass.

A: A cloudy, hazy gold beer, which had no head to speak of when it arrived. Lacing was minimal as well.

S: Smelled as a wheat beer using Belgian yeast might, along with a metallic sour note.

T: The taste followed the smell rather closely: a solid wheat beer laden with Belgian-esque yeast and a citric-metallic sourness. The taste opened with lemon and wheat, with the sour flavors developing through the middle and lingering on the finish.

M: Verging on medium-bodied, with lovely carbonation.

O: Not a bad saison. Would drink again.

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Colette Farmhouse Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 432 ratings.