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Colette Farmhouse Ale - Great Divide Brewing Company

Colette Farmhouse AleColette Farmhouse Ale

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BA SCORE
86
very good

995 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 995
Reviews: 372
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 11.72%


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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MrBoz21

Colorado

3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured clear yellow with a slight haze. Thick white head that dissapated quicky into foamy ring. Moderate carbonation.

Expected banana and clove, a bit of wheat. Floral hops.

Fruity character in the taste with a bit of lemon tang. Resiny bitterness and a dry finish.

Mouth is dry and thin with slight astringency.

Overall: A nice farmhouse ale, but the astringency knocks it out of balance. Could use a bit of hop flavor rather than just bitter. Still, pretty refreshing and quaffable. I will not have trouble drinking this six pack and would gladly accept another. would even order a pint when at the brewery.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2014 05:00:10 | More by MrBoz21
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Seru1

Alabama

4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Light Polished brass with a inch thick white head and a slight haze to the body

Smell: Very much i the way of lemons and pine with a slight almost pork fat back end note lending some sweetness.

Taste: Lots of bright citrus up front but not to bitter. There is a nice balance that one can easily find refreshing. The finish is a touch woody and slightly sweet and sour.

Mouthfeel: Light but not to special. Enough to linger slightly.

Drinkability: A very nice summer bear I think, not as refreshing as the samurai but different with a nice sweet finish.

Serving type: on-tap

07-11-2011 22:48:06 | More by Seru1
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monitorpop

Michigan

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

A: Crystal clear yellow with a 3 finger white head

S: Lemon grass and faint peach.

T: Banana and nectarine with mild citrus and clove in the finish. No funk.

M: Nice medium/high carbonation.

O: Unlike other funky or tart Saisons. For me this is almost Hefeweizen like in taste. Either-way a nice refreshing beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2011 03:33:06 | More by monitorpop
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quaybr

Colorado

4.09/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a golden yellow with a bubbly white head that quickly recesses to a small ring of foam around the edges and a pollowy island. Leaves only a trace of lacing.

Smells sweet, spicy and yeasty; fruity esters abound!

Taste follows suit: tangy esters and Belgian yeast followed by a pleasant bitterness. Some of the herbal spices come out on the back of the tongue.

Body is a bit oilier than I expected, causing some unsavory aftertastes - even beyond the assumed funk. Still, this goes down easy.

I am surprised (and excited) that this is a 6-pack! Another job well done by GDBC.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2013 04:38:31 | More by quaybr
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Jree261

California

3.96/5  rDev +3.1%
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!

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2013 21:06:58 | More by Jree261
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icehawk

South Carolina

3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
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:

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2013 17:57:20 | More by icehawk
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TheNightbird

Ohio

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

A- Bright yellow color with some haze. Long lasting head that fades to small circles of head.

S- Yeast, wheat, funk and lemon/honey. There seems to be spices in the aroma.

T- Yeast, barley and citrus. Saison finished dry and tart, there also is a slight sour finish. There is a fruity aftertaste.

M- Nice medium body with solid carbonation.

D- Good drinkability. It a solid beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2009 01:14:59 | More by TheNightbird
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DanThomas

Minnesota

3.43/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Cloudy, pale/straw yellow color. Honestly, if you'd handed this to me blind (i.e. without the Great Divide name), I wouldn't be too excited to drink it based just on the appearance.

S- Definitely improves things. Yeasty smells mix with some bright citrus and lemon scents, and there's a powerful spring/fresh cut grass scent here too.

T- I'm not sure what to make of it. There's a thick, german lager/pilsner malt to start, and then some lemon tart takes over. Yeast and bread flavors dominate the finish. I like each flavor individually, but they don't always work so well in unison in the beer. Some sips are good, some aren't

M- For a beer that is generally pretty light in flavor, it is very full-bodied, especially on the front end with the malts. Smoother beer than I'm used to for a saison, which actually works well for the beer. The mouthfeel adds a pretty good backbone to the beer.

O- Kind of all over the place for me. Good summer beer though, and I love the scent and the substantial mouthfeel.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2011 16:22:40 | More by DanThomas
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HaysAmerica

Kansas

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

Poured from a bottle which has labeled "Bottled on Mar 10 2011" into a tulip class. Pours a shade darker than a honey orange color. Appears a bit hazy w/ two fingers white head. The nose comes through w/ a complex combo of orange, lemon, pepper, & Belgian yeast character. YUM! Taking a second whiff I come up w/ a grassy, horse stall or barnyardy impression. Just what I would expect from this style & brewer. Heck, they even put on the side of the label that they fermented this w/ a blend of 4 different yeast strains.

The head dissapates after some time w/ decent lacing. Taste starts off w/ some peppery-yeasty to it followed by a tart dry finish. Very minimal hops & is sweeter than some other Saisons I've drunk. Pretty well carbonated too. I keep getting a spicy pepper taste when I take a pull of this. As w/ the nose, I get a sense of orange & lemon. I'm not 100% on the order, but it seems to me that the orange comes first & then mixes w/ the lemon & pepper/coriander to produce this tart finish. A dry finish at that. Mouthfeel is at a medium & as this warms up a bit, the yeast characters are really coming out. The alcohol is hidden very well w/ this.

Overall, I really like this beer & it is one of my favorite styles. A very drinkable beer on a spring or summer day. Would go great w/ burgers or maybe even a summer salad. Some BBQ may go nicely w/ this too. As I'm drinking this I keep getting pictures in my mind of a backyard party w/ friends. Prosit!

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2011 01:47:54 | More by HaysAmerica
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fatmusic14

Colorado

3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A - wasn't able to generate any head, but pours a rich gold - reminiscent of Aspens in September. Comes with a slight haze, but enough to blur anything through.

S - tart and citrus - hint of sweetness - simple.

T - lemon zest, fruity, hint of sourdough bread. Lingering tastes of mint and sour elements.

M - nice carbonation, easy drinkability, ABV hidden. Bubbles dancing throughout.

O - 6er recommended.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2012 00:43:33 | More by fatmusic14
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mdr4669

Massachusetts

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

App: Silty yellow body with about a finger of head, and consistent fizzy lacing.

Smell: Lemony, toast, malts and barley.

Taste: Starts off malty with a fruity kick that relays into a mellow wheat after.

MF: Refreshing, crisp, and nice level of tartness.

OA: Very well balanced, and a pleasure to drink.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2011 19:07:18 | More by mdr4669
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Johnny_Muir

New Jersey

4.35/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My 100th beer!! I just want to thank my liver, my kidneys, and my tongue, you guys really rock. Oh, and Jesus, of course, even though he was a wino.

Awesome that my 100th beer is a farmhouse ale, and one that tastes almost identical to the farmhouse ale at Carters in Billings MT, which was the first beer style I found myself getting into early in my beer career. In case you've never had a good farmhouse, it tastes sort of sweetly tart, mild in body and flavor but oh so refreshing. Pairs great with meals since it won't overpower much, but still strong enough to stand alone. Smell is wonderful too, intoxicating. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2014 02:48:41 | More by Johnny_Muir
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Kiwano

New York

3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - light pale straw

S - yeasty citrus and fruit

T - sweet at first and flowery with some fruit, the sweetness dissipates with some bitterness and continued fruit and flowery flavor

M - decent amount of carbonation at first but that lessens as it sits at room temperature

O - tasty and interesting I would have it again

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2011 04:59:43 | More by Kiwano
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nsheehan

Texas

4.28/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Colette
Great Divide
20130811
12oz to Libbey Belgian
7.3% ABV
Farmhouse ale
Bottled on Feb 21 2013

A – A hazy, pretty much opaque but quite translucent yellow-golden. Has a nice glow, and bubbles are rising vigorously from the bottom. Head is eggshell white and microfine bubbles.

S – Quite nice, some fruit, flowers, sweetness, and spices. I pick up melon and a bit of citrus,
like orange peel, a floralness and a bit of hay, some sugar, and some white pepper. The smells work together nicely, no one being too much or little. The melon is mostly honeydew.

T – Interesting taste, starts with some hay and orange peel, then rolls into a sweet melon note, followed by some spice and more orange. The aftertaste brings the sweetness and melon back in. The sweetness isn’t obviously Belgian, but it has some similarities, perhaps a bit of earthiness. It works nicely with the other tastes.

M – Medium bodied, and somewhat soft, yet also slightly bubbly on the tongue. Quite refreshing, but not very. Less of a mid-summer day’s work drink, more of an end of the work day drink.

D – This is a nice beer to start the day with (in my case), or end a day of work with. I’m having trouble deciding if I’d like it a little less sweet, but I know that if there was no sweetness I wouldn’t like its take on the style. I could see myself drinking it almost every day. I also think the ABV is a good number.
4.75, 4.25, 4.25, 4.25, 4.25; 4.27.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2013 01:43:58 | More by nsheehan
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mjstacker

New Hampshire

4.58/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I compare all farmhouse ales to Oxbow’s farmhouse pale, criticize my benchmark all you want but it’s a near perfect beer. The "Colette" is nearly as good, i’m very happy with the aroma and taste, it represents the style quite well. I wish it was more readily available.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2013 01:47:26 | More by mjstacker
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humuluslupulus8

Arizona

3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Colette poors a slightly cloudy gold color. The head is just barely off-white and consists of large bubbles. The cloudiness of the beer made it more interesting since most beers are completely clarified.

The aroma consists of a balance of malts and piney hops. There is also an equal amount of a musty-type smell. This is my first farmhouse ale, but my reading about the style told me it would have this "old" smell. I wasn't bothered by it at all.

The taste is well balanced between the sweeter malts and bitter hops. That musty aspect is there and gives the beer a unique flavor.

The mouthfeel seems thicker than normal. I usually like this quality, but I'm not sure if it is the best fit for the flavors of the beer.

Overall, Colette is an interesting beer that seems like a good introduction to farmhouse ales for me. This is definitely a unique style, but it's also not my favorite at this point. However, I wont hesitate to try other farmhouse ale/ saisons in the future.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2012 03:25:01 | More by humuluslupulus8
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pvo

Virginia

4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's finally spring, so it was time to get the first saison of the year. This is a bit strong, but also very good; at 7.3% abv, it's not something I'll adopt as my summer beer of choice, but was a good call to have with dinner. Very happy with the beer, but it's certainly, as Great Divide says, their interpretation of the style rather than an authentic one.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2014 02:27:59 | More by pvo
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MA08

Massachusetts

4.85/5  rDev +26.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2010 15:21:42 | More by MA08
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marqoid

Arizona

4.43/5  rDev +15.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2011 06:08:03 | More by marqoid
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notyourdadsbeer

Colorado

4.68/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12oz bottle at Euclid Hall into a white wine glass.

A: Pours a very pretty creamy golden straw with just a touch of haze. The head is stark white but settles quickly over the beer, fantastic lacing.

S: Wilde yeast meets biscuity malts and rounded out by tart tropical fruit and lemon yest. Funk is apparent but balanced by the citrus notes and earthy grassy aromas.

T: Tart and mouth watering. Lemon is the dominate fruit but so is the wild Belgian yeast. Funky notes dance with tart tropical citrus and balanced by earthy grass and terroir. Finish is very long, quite pretty, and dry inviting you to taste over and over.

M: Light to medium bodied with fantastic carbonation. Coats the palate lightly and evenly from front to back with a clean dry finish.

D: This is a fantastic interpretation of a Belgian Farmhouse or Saison style. The Belgian yeast is perfect funk to the malt and the mild hops. Clean and crisp with tart citrus fruits, terroir, and medicinal flavors. Love the dry lingering finish. Perfect beer for a hot summer day or just sitting on the porch.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2011 04:37:13 | More by notyourdadsbeer
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j37geogaddi

Massachusetts

3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy yellow color with almost no head.

Smell is typical of the style- belgian spice and some citrus.

Tastes pretty nice but the finish is completely lacking. Very citrusy and little else to follow. It is close to being a very good beer but just doesn't deliver because of the lack of complexity in taste, which is surprising when you go off its smell alone. A bit sweet but dry and hides the alcohol well.

Mouthfeel is highly carbonated and on the light side.

This drinks very easy. It's a nice mellow Saison and isn't too sweet so they go down well especially for its strength.

Overall, decent effort by Great Divide but nothing really worth seeking out if you are accustomed to drinking good representations of the style.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2010 00:25:28 | More by j37geogaddi
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pumptrick

California

4.38/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured Into my globe on a recent camping trip and it was my first beer of the day. I bought it on a whim. I generally dislike sour or belgian.
Looks strawyellow and cloudy
Smells lemon hay I guess the funk everyone is talking about
Taste lemon earth funk sour
Mouthfeel great for a hot day

Blew me away. I was expecting to hate another beer and loved it. Will buy again.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2011 03:26:05 | More by pumptrick
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RingoBro

Massachusetts

4.16/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a 6 pack of these because I've never noticed them at my local package store.

A - Hazy, gold color. About 3/4 " foamy white head.

S - Fruit with some floral hints. Hunt of ripe banana.

T - Initially tastes like banana. Can also taste honey and cinnamon. This alcohol has 7.3% ABV and doesn't taste like it.

M - Medium bodied and pretty refreshing to drink.

Overall, I liked this beer and would buy it again.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2013 17:38:00 | More by RingoBro
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calebroberts811

Oklahoma

3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - HUGE tight bubbles that form a white two-finger head that quickly dissipates. Hazy straw gold/bright yellow/urine color. Clean lacing and it has an almost viscous consistency.

S - Lime/lemon peel; a little wet-grass funkiness; shortbread cookie dough and candied banana notes.

T - Definite barnyard-y funk with slight sauerkraut (a suggested pairing) characters on the mid-palette but is accompanied by strong lemon zest and biscuit flavors. The rice properties are also quite evident.

M - Finishes very dry and acidic which is why I imagine that the bottle states it would go so well with fatty dishes such as sausage and foie gras.

O - Certainly not the most refreshing of Saisons but from what I've had of the style thus far, it would be a delicious food beer. I tried it with a bit of sausage and the fattiness really complimented the funk and enhanced the beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2011 18:03:46 | More by calebroberts811
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nicholasdes

Florida

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

This was my first Saison. I did not know what to expect from the style. Barnyard sounds tough to handle.

A: crystal clean straw color with light white head and lot of bubbles

N: The aromas coming off this beer are heavy and intense. Lots of hay with leather, light fruit, green apple and the tang of alcohol.

T: Full flavor with lite wheat flavor and hints of Belgium yeast. Crisp with hay and fruitiness. Very good.

M: fresh and crisp and lite on the tongue. The carbonation gives it a full mouthfeel, but not heavy.

D: I really liked this and could easily have a few. The crispness gives a refreshing feel that makes it easy to keep drinking it.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2009 04:17:13 | More by nicholasdes
Colette Farmhouse Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
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