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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: 1,541
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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Photo of claspada
2.32/5  rDev -39.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

The aroma was pretty prevalent with some earthy, lemon and a hint of peppery spice.

The taste and mouthfeel fall really flat for me however. The flavor profile seems to be a muddled jumble of flavors. Starts off sweet with a bunch of pale maltiness. Some slight clove, white pepper and just a bit of coriander. Almost no citrus or grass. Subtle bit of wheat tang with no fruit and for some reason the after flavor really bothers me. I cant quite put my finger on the flavor but it totally missed the style mark for me. Also the mouthfeel is WAY WAY too thick; I think that is my main problem with this brew. I usually love a thicker mouthfeel but not in my Saison. Almost creamy, very unpleasant in my opinion because it is also really carbonated but somehow not at all dry, just wierd.

Overall this is by far my least favorite beer from a brewery I really love, hey can't nail em all I guess...

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Photo of glid02
3.55/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up from Green's on Ponce in Atlanta.

Pours a hazy lemon-yellow color with a one-finger white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving light lacing.

Smells of pears and green apples with good amounts of light malts.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Pears and green apples with a very slight amount of funk coming in midway through the sip. As it warms small amounts of herbal hop flavors enter into things. The ending is sweet and mildly dry.

Mouthfeel is good. It has a nice thickness with moderately active carbonation.

Drinkability is alright. I didn't have a problem finishing the bottle but I'm not too excited about another.

Overall this is a decent beer but it's got a way to go before it's anything more than that. I'd like to see GD tweak their new beers and get them on the level with Old Ruffian and OA Yeti.

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Photo of avalon07
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a growler to a pint glass. Had a pale yellow color and a cloudy consistency. There was a small amount of foamy head that dissipated quickly. Virtually no lacing.

S: A sweet, funky smell of malt, citrus and a little hops.

T: Tasted of citrus, sweet malt and hops. A nicely done taste, with the requisite amount of funk for the style.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a dry finish. Light-bodied.

D: This is a good American example of a saison. Very light and drinkable. A good summer 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 VelvetExtract
3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Looks like apple juice. Slightly murky. Head is large and it slowly fades to a thin sheath. The beer glows.

S-Quite yeasty. Pale fruits. Spice. Dandelions. Sweetness mixes well with the Saison barnyard aroma.

T-Boasts a very solid flavor that is a great depiction of the style. Funky and musty. Dry but sweet in certain aspects. A very good generalization of the style.

M-Plenty of bubbles. Medium body. Flip flops between crisp and rich.

O/D-A solid Saison. I prefer my Saisons to be funkier and more tart. This is pretty legit however. I only bout a single but this runs around $12.25 for a six pack in my area. Quite overpriced. Still decent.

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Photo of dirtylou
3.59/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz single, bottleworks

appearance: served in a hilliards can-pint, hazy pale straw body, a light white film. a general bland appearance

smell: lots of wheat, wildflower, honey, mild spice

taste: drinks more like a weizen than a farmhouse, however subtle a difference that may be. lots of wheat, honey, pale malt, wildflowers. Clean and refreshing, thought not overly exciting.

mouthfeel: light, clean, fresh

overall: nice summer-y beer, though not a real standout

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

Bomber (~58F) poured into my Gulden Draak tulip, Great Divide's Saison is a spritzy yellow with a large white head that is somewhat quick to settle but leaves decent hunks of foamy lace.

Smell is super yeasty, like a yeast starter or slurry, a bit sweet, with herbal hops and a very slight ainse note.

Taste is also very yeasty, with some fruity esters as well, some mineral pith and noble hop character, sweet herbs and some spices. Covers all the basics, decent complexity, but, like their Belgian IPA, it's to yeasty tasting. Esters I love, but a yeast slurry taste not so much. Pretty good saison though.

Mouthfeel has a perceived thickness for some reason, the yeasty taste and very creamy carbonation, even though the body is light in the belly. Bone dry finish. I thought it would be lighter from the rice, but that is probably countered by the wheat, or maybe 1 to many strains in their 4 x yeast blend...

Drinkability is pretty good, this is a textbook example of the 'style', which of course allows for a wide range of interpretation, allowing for the unique character.

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

12 oz bottle with 3/10/10 bottling date.

A - cloudy golden yellow. frothy, huge head which leaves sticky lacing all over the glass before you even have a chance to take a sip. the retention holds up almost indefinitely while drinking.

S - there's plenty of yeasty funkiness, as the wheat elements and some light fruit pop through the nose. colette seems to emit a "come hither" scent, which excites me to drink it.

T - it's definitely a saison styled beer, with a lovely yeast flavor which mixes with breadiness and wheat. there's a somewhat sweet taste towards the back end, as the brew finishes off slightly bitter, lingering a bit to leave a nice imprint on your palate.

M - slightly creamy, but not too heavy in the mouth.

D - the 7.3% abv is amazingly masked with a lovely array of flavors, rendering this a highly drinkable farmhouse style ale. each time i have one, i usually wish there was more on my local store's shelves.

great divide strikes again, as i can't wait until next spring so i can find more. american saisons are in full swing, and this is an excellent example of what domestic breweries are capable of.

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Photo of rfgetz
3.82/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazed yellow gold with moderate cap of soapy white bubbles, little retention. Scent begins with equal parts tangy wheat and floral hops, light vanilla cookie like sweetness with a splash of watery fruit and lemongrass on the finish with the lightest hint of herbs. Taste is a touch more aggressive than scent dictated but still well balanced with strong tangy wheat and floral notes still the star, the backbone has an aggressive shortbread taste with a hint of vanilla as well as watery fruit (pears), combines pleasantly with a hop profile that provides a touch of lemon zest and earthy spiciness. Medium bodied and dry finish. A nice non-funkdified saison which keeps things dry and light with some well blended flavors.

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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 champ103
3.43/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a very cloudy pale yellow color. A two finger white head forms with good retention. Light lace is left behind.
S: Strong yeast aromas up front. Earth with lots of fruity esters up front. Light basement funk. Inviting.
T: Earthy yeast and lots of fruity esters. Banana and light lemon peal. Not much else.
M/D: A medium body that is very smooth. Clean, but not nearly as dry as I would like. This goes down easy. Very moreish.

Enjoyable is the name of the game. Nothing crazy, but a nice easy drinker that is good on a hot day. Worth a try.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.37/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Shiner Bock pint glass. Label says bottled on: MAR 05 2012

A- Pours a hazy yellow color with a 1/4 inch head that immediately dissipates to a paper-thin ring around the edge of the glass and a small patch of surface foam. Nearly no lacing.

S- Rich, vibrant yeast aroma that's crisp and refreshing. Also quite citrusy.

T- Quintessential saison flavor with plenty of bubble gum and banana notes from the yeast as well as some wheat and a bit of spice. Also hints of lemon and sulfur.

M- Thin and a bit dry. Medium-low carbonation with a soft body and some yeast tang.

O- The first saison to make me realize I love the style.

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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 Brenden
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Colette is an obviously unfiltered, quite cloudy medium yellow brew. It grows a fluffy pure white head to about one finger, where it retains itself for the long term. It leaves deposits of patchy lacing well down the glass.
There's a lot of complexity and depth in this beer displayed in both the aroma and the flavor. There's zesty lemon tartness working with the sweetness of tropical fruits and playing off each other well. Lots of grassiness, herbal notes and gentle spiciness come off as well, and a biscuity malt balances it all out. Plenty of earth is all the way through from beginning to end. Overall it's semi-dry with a touch of sweetness.
This is one beer in which it can be argued whether the use of rice benefits the mouthfeel or not. It does make it smoother, but this is a style in which I hope for a crisper bite. There is crispness, but the smoothness seems to be the main focus in the addition of rice. The body is fluffy and rests right on the light edge of medium.

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Photo of thagr81us
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served from tap into a Trappe Door tulip. Poured a bright hazy yellow with a two finger white head that subsided to half a finger slowly. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, banana, fruit, spices, wheat, and grain. The flavor was of sweet malt, fruit, banana, spices, wheat, and grain. It had a light feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a decent brew. While this one was quite refreshing, it was also not very memorable at the same time. Nothing on this one really stood out and tried to grab your attention which was a bit of a letdown for me. Drinking this one out by the pool on a hot summer day might be enjoyable, but if you are looking for something to enjoy complexities on, I would go with something else unless you are into that.

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

22oz bottle $7 with a cool label that has a yellow checkered theme that reminds me of Dupont. Thick white head and a super cloudy whitish yellow color. The smell is just slightly funky, dusty, earthy, smells pretty much what I would expect for the style. The taste is quite refreshing or at least it makes me think I have been refreshed. Its been a long week. Nice yeasty, spicy flavor and goes down very smooth.

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

This beer pours a cloudy yellow color. The head is half an inch in height, and recedes quickly into a small cap of lacing. The aroma is of lemons, hay, and leather. The taste is a balance of lemon, orange and mildy funky barnyard notes. What is there in the flavor and aroma is nice, but lacks depth. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with lively carbonation, and a smooth texture. Overall, this is a good beer that I would happily drink again, but there are much better saisons out there.

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Photo of woosterbill
4.12/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Prime 16 into a shaker pint.

A: Very, very pale straw - almost green when held up to daylight; one finger of frothy white foam; average retention and some light lace. Not bad for the style.

S: Bright, lively aroma of lemon, flowers, grass, and lightly spicy yeast. Quite nice.

T: Starts fruity, with citrus and pear, then gets spicier and hoppier. Mix of spice and pronounced grassiness on the finish. Slight tartness makes it refreshing. Enjoyable.

M: Light and lively lively with tons of explosive carbonation, but not so much as to be overwhelming.

D: There's no way I'd peg this at anything over 6.5% - it goes down too easily. While not necessarily the most drinkable saison I've had, it's definitely up there.

Notes: With great interplay of everything that makes saisons fun - yeast, tartness, spiciness, and grassy hops - this is a very solid beer. I'd put it slightly ahead of Smutty's Farmhouse and just behind Hennepin among American expressions of the style. Good stuff.


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Photo of FosterJM
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

443rd review on BA
Bottle to tulip
Bottle date: 3/10/11

App- This was a light and bright yellow with a couple dots of cling. A pretty nice one finger head.

Smell- Very timid yeastiness with a funk and some damp earthiness to it. An interesting mix of some straw and a bit of wheat.

Taste- With the corn it's an interesting take on a saison. It's a bit grainy but still good. This was down the middle in terms of saison tastes with it being not overly peppery and at the same time not very citrusy either.

Mouth- This was a medium bodied beer with a high carbonation. The aftertaste is a crisp wheat grain.

Drink- Its pretty tasty and a bit different and the flavors are a bit small but it's a nice beer. I might come back to this one because of $ point.

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Photo of rlee1390
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Translucent bright yellow, two finger head with some carbonation.

S-Lots of yeast, clove and banana. Along with some wheat, not much wheat and poor balance in the nose.

T-Yeast and clove with banana in the fore front. Some wheat. Tad bit of grass with no bitterness.

M-Light, highly carbonated and crisp.

O-There are so many other saisons out there. Balance isn't where it should be, no spices.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%

Pours two fingers of head on a cloudy light straw colored body.
The aroma lemon and "brett". Smells nice.
The taste has a strong bitter and sour start, smooths out and finishes with a mild lemon bitter note.
The texture is fizzy with a lighter body.
Fizzy and enjoyable.

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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 Daniellobo
3.3/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A fair if a bit forgettable take on a farmhouse ale.

Presentation: 12 oz brown capped bottle. Overall Great Divide layout with a yellow and light cream range with dark fonts, theme is of a checkered country-side picnic with a trite silhouette of a farmhouse sexy girl holding a pitchfork... Besides the needless sexism these bottles feel overtly design with a formula that does not make them particularly attractive, not bad, but not particularly pleasantly designed. Side narrative notes intent, main ingredients, general description of the brew, and food pairings. Shows bottling date (Feb 23 2010), and Alc. by Vol. (7.3%). Served in a tulip glass.

A - The initial look is rather rich with a hazy straw to pale gold pour, over 1" of generous foamy head. However retention feels mediocre at best, and lace a bit short.

S - Fair aroma with a yeasty range, and an earthy touch where a moldy note predominates. Wheat touches with some light clove, citrus, and not so much of a funky or rich earthy sense but that light moldiness again being as close as it gets. Why do they use rice here? Saisons really don't need any adjunct feel to them... And for an instant this comes close, rice or not.

T - Taste follows with a predominant Belgium yeasty sense, a bit unidimensional and predictable, not unpleasing but rather forgettable. Slightly sour with a faint grassy touch. Hmmm, it swings back and forth between a rather mediocre range and a hint at what it tries to be.

M - Medium-light body with good carbonation, rather crisp, and a slightly tangy and dry finish.

D - Not very memorable but rather drinkable.

Notes: It's a nice brew but it has a feeling like it wants to get there but it can't really make it. It's a long way from being a noticeable farmhouse ale... And surely this might be the least remarkable offering I've tried from Great Divide.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle into a wine glass.

A: Pours a cloudy straw color. The head is a finger high, with an off-white shade and frothy texture. Retention is decent for the style, but the soapiness of the head means there isn't a huge amount of lacing left behind.

S: Decently rustic - a trait missing from too many 'Murican-made saisons. The yeasty notes are big, but not overpowering. Aside from the breadiness, I'm also getting some subtle pepper notes (and even a touch of sesame seed). Behind that lie touches of wheat and lemon. No frills, but hits all the saison notes properly.

T: There's a candied sweetness to start I didn't pick up on the nose. Its finish is decently bready, and even a bit rustic. Pouring the dregs in really improves the flavor profile - it's less sweet, more lemony, and more rustic. Hell, it's even complex. GD did a good job of nailing some of the more 'unusual' notes a saison can achieve (such as sesame seed, or hell, even a bit of stank-ass cheese) without resorting to brett or barrel-aging.

M: A bit sweet and heavy for a saison. It has a richer feel than most proper (read: the ones coming from Belgium) saisons - so much so, in fact, that it feels like a tripel at times. It isn't very light or refreshing by the standards of the style. Carbonation is on the lower side.

O: If it were a bit less hefty-feeling, this would easily be right there with Dupont. As it stands, it's still a very good saison - one that ranks very highly among the 'Murican examples, in fact. Plus, it's in six packs. A rock-solid saison in six packs? Damn right I'll be all over it.

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Photo of hopdog
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Capone's.

Poured a medium and cloudy yellow color with a smaller sized white head. Aromas of yeast, some citrus, and 'musty'. Tastes of citrus, a little fruity (bananas), and spices. Refreshing and drinkable.

Notes from and tasted on: 4/30/09

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