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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: 1,539
Avg: 3.84
pDev: 21.35%
Wants: 50
Gots: 225 | 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: 1,539
Photo of argock
4.18/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into a cler glass tumbler. No decipherable bottling date -- rubbed off. Purchased at Knightly Spirits (Orlando, FL).

A: Straw yellow, slightly hazy as a little of the yeast snuck in. 1-2 finger white big-bubbled head with good retention but only scattered dots of lace.

S: The aroma is mostly bready, grainy maltiness with light fruitiness including pear and yellow apple and some pretty strong floral and fruity yeast esters. There is an herbal, lightly fruity and lemon citrus hoppiness in the aroma profile. Nothing light about this -- spot-on.

T: A superb mix of fruit, herbal nuances, yeast esters and solid backbone of grainy Pilsner maltiness. Malt wins of the big three, but the yeast esters are interesting with pear, apple, and some green grape flavors blending with floral, perfumy qualities. The hops are mostly bitterness, but there is some lemon rind citrus along with mild grassiness. A really excellent saison.

M: Colette hits the lush maltiness and finshes with the dry crispness this style demands. Carbonation is active without a doubt and helps bolster the refreshing qualities of this ale.

O: Colette is an outstanding American version of farmhouse ale -- clean grain and bread maltiness with fruity yeast esters finished with lemon citrus and the righ punch of dryness. Yet another reason I am sad that GD is no longer in my neck of the woods in VA.

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Photo of prototypic
3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Saison pours a pale gold color. There's a light amount of haze clouding the scene, but not much. An active white heads caps it off and reaches a couple of fingers deep. Given the activity, it was much slower to recede than I expected. Lacing was on the lighter end of the spectrum.

The nose is easily above average, but isn't stunning. It smells a little fruity initially. Light pear and lemon are noted. Yeast is very prominent. Belgian yeast is here, but it's not as strong as I'd like. It certainly has strong earthy and herbal notes. I'm not picking up anything overtly vegetal (which is a good thing). It's a little musky, but not quite funky. I'm not picking up any alcohol. It smells alright, but doesn't "wow" in any way.

The flavor profile is pretty consistent with the nose. It's certainly fruity up front, but not in a sweet way. Lemon is the strongest fruit flavor, but pear is present as well. A rather strong herbal flavor mixes with some spicy notes. There might be a little clove here. Tough to tell. It's hoppier than I anticipated. I like that aspect of it. It has a nice bitter surge. The hops taste mostly floral in variety. Yeasty flavors emerge somewhat late, but are strong. Belgian yeast is definitely appreciated (in more ways than one). I'm still not picking up any alcohol. It finishes bitter and dry. This is pretty good stuff. Above average. Ultimately, it's just a tad too herbal.

Saison has a medium body that's nearly smooth. Active carbonation really prevents it from getting there. Too much buzziness. Drinkability is okay. Above average. The flavor's alright, but I'm not in love with it. It goes down pretty easy. A bomber will due.

This is the second Great Divide beer in a row that really hasn't dazzled me. After rolling out consistently great beer, this and the 15th Anniversary Release are just in the 'pretty good' category. This one would probably be improved if the herbal aspect was toned down a little. The other flavors seem to work nicely and I like the hoppy aspect of it, but that vegetal bit is just too strong. Not a bad effort, but a little disappointing. Worth a try nonetheless.

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Photo of jsh420
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

bottled march 10 2010

pours a very cloudy yellow with a 1+ fnger white head that left no lacing

smell is strong fruity unripe banana with some clove and yeast

taste is much of the same but with plenty of earthy grassy hops - the fruits could be less sour

mouthfeel is light overly carbonated - very crisp and dry

drinkability is ok but when i reach for a saison i doubt its this one - one plus is that this comes in 6ers though

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Photo of Zach136
3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Clear yellow body, thin dissipating head.

Aroma/Flavor: Bready and fruity, slight fusels alcohols.

Mouthfeel: Dry, but too much from the booze.

Overall: Way too much sugar used in this brew.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Pours darker yellow, active white foam. 1/2 inch foam settles down to nothing. Wheaty smell. Citrus in the back. Funky taste, some lemon. Firm hop, some sugar sweetness. Very good. Solid version.

Have to get back into Great Divide, it has been a while.

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Photo of merlin48
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Foil wrapped bomber pours a hazed, light golden body with a medium sized head that leaves some sheet lacing.

Aroma is suitable for a good saison, with an herbal and floral profile, and caramel and mint accents.

Medium body and carbonation lacks the pastoral funkiness of the better Belgian saisons.

Taste is pleasant. Sour and tart, with notes of white pepper, lemon, yeast, wheat, and grassy hops. Sweet caramel maltiness is appropriately restrained. Clean finish.

I like this one a lot, but it simply needs a lot more funkiness to compete with the better examples of the style.

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Photo of garymuchow
4.28/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A touch of age, but at 7.2% this should be fine, just not ass-kicking fresh. Poured into my Reidel pils beer glass - a current favorite - allow great catching of aroma.
Aroma is a little tart, a little sour, touch of citrus and little funk. Doesn't seem to stray too far from that - a little soft pale male.
Cloudy yellow with a big billowing head.
Starts with a nice bready malt and that moves nicely into the yeast character. Nice blending with overpowering or preventing the enjoyment of the nice complicity. Quite shot of warm in the gut. Well balanced lactic. The finish is really nice. Drying without astringency and leaving all sorts of enjoyable flavors.
Really smooth feel even without a real heavy body and very soft.
This is really nice. The blending is outstanding. I've had some that are fruitier, and I like those too, but this one shines for its complexity and blending of flavors.

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Photo of homebrew311
3.99/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: pale straw color, slightly cloudy, no head

S: lemon zest, sour dough, bready malts

T: starts off sweet with notes of honey, lemon comes through with a quick tartness, nice refreshing finish

Mf: high carbonation, light body

O: nice easy drinking saison, good balance, abv is undetectable

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Photo of thecheapies
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Light straw color. Bright color. Bleach white head with okay retention.

Tangy lemon, tangy pineapple, powdery yeast chalk, farmhouse yeast with some intensity. Has twang. Not bad.

Stable saison. Flavor is spot-on to style. Peppery yeast, pith, wheaty twang, hints of tropical fruits. Some floral notes. Perhaps, white tea. A bit huffy in carbonation. Body feels right, if not close to average. Lacks complexity, but delivers as a solid craft saison. Would drink again, but not seek it out to do so. Let it land on my lap.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.24/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Duvel tulip glass. Bottling date of Feb 07, 2013.

Appearance: Pours a very hazy yellowish golden orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. Solid two fingers of white head that fade into a thin patchy layer. Leaves a good amount of lacing.

Smell: A wheat driven and funky aroma with lots of Belgian yeast and spices. Belgian yeast upfront with barnyard funk and big hints of clove, white pepper, and coriander. Bready malt with big hints of wheat along with some biscuit, hay, grain, and cracker. Fruit hints of banana and apple along with citrus orange, pineapple, and lemon. Some candied sugar. Earthy hop hints of grass. A pretty nice smell.

Taste: Like its smells, yeasty and spicy with funk and some fairly tart fruit notes. Belgian yeast along with some barnyard funk upfront. Spice notes of clove, white pepper, and coriander. Light notes of candied sugar. Bready wheat and malt notes of biscuit, hay, grains, and cracker. Fruity taste of apple and banana. Citrus fruit notes of orange, pineapple, mango, and lemon. Fruit taste is fairly tart and dry. Some earthy and grassy hop notes in the background. A good Belgian style taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a medium to high level of carbonation. Crisp, spicy, and fairly tart and drying. Tingles the tongue.

Overall: A pretty nice take on the Saison style. Good use of spices and yeast. On the tarter side but good.

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Photo of yemenmocha
3.03/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a straw color with minimal white head. Nose is mixed citrus, with a hint of human bile & pineapple. Some barnyard on the nose too. On the palate there's some spice, pineapple, more funk, and a zesty-lemony citrus quality. Finishes lemony and cracker-like, rather dry cracker like.

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Photo of harrymel
2.81/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Notes from Review on 7.1.10
Poured from bottle to Sam Adams glass.

A: Cloudy straw. Low/no head, with complimentary ribbons apparent along glass.

S: Medium intensity for a saison. Sweet, toasty malt mend well with touch of spiciness (sense some allspice notes). A hint of farm funk.

T: The beer falls over mouth with evident saison flavors: rice, corn husk, coriander. If I'm not mistaken, I sense a hint of brett funk.

M: Fine, foamy carbonation overwhelms my mouth. As it warms, carbonation seems less sharp, but not less prevalent. Having a hard time with all the flavor nuances of this bottle given the perceived over carbonation.

D: I had a hard time with the carbonation on this one.

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Photo of allengarvin
3.79/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Cloudy pale gold with a nice head of foam stacked on top of the beer, dense and creamy.
S: Highly fruity aroma with some light clove notes.
T: Definitely on the fruity end of Belgian yeasts, this is packed with ripe grape and pear notes. Phenols are fairly light, as is hop bitterness. Somewhat sweet finish.
M: Lots of carbonation, as expected.

Saison is a pretty open style, but I generally expect more phenols as well as more hops. All the best examples have that.

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Photo of Mitchster
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

$14.99 for a 6'er in Dearborn. 7.3% ABV. Bottled on Feb 23, 2010. Brewed in the Belgian tradition with rice. WTF? Haha! No specs per the website or the bottle.

Pours out to a hazy pale golden, forming a soapy and voluminous white head with excellent retention and one solid thick sheet of lace. Thin layer of yeast in the bottom of the bottle. Briskly carbonated, but not effervescent, releasing a firm "Psssht" with the cap. The aroma is of green apples, pears, delicate honey, subtle barnyard, and freshly mown hay. The mouthfeel is tart, seltzer-like, astringent and with a deceptively light body owing to the rice and carbonation level. The taste is a recap of the aroma, except there is a subtle toast in the aftertaste, and a definite lemon pith tartness. There is a subtle musty oxidation that doesn't overwhelm, and some slight fusels that creep in owing to the high fermentation temps. Bitterness is mild and floral.

This is a well-crafted brew, but the style isn't really my favorite. If you're a saison fan, it's definitely worth checking out. Comparable to many run-of-the-mill Belgian saisons.

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Photo of Metalmonk
4.22/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Remarkably clear pale yellow in color, although a nice haze brings it nearly to witbier territory and keeps it from looking like a washed-out, boring corporate lager. So does the head, which is a cloudy white and as fluffy as meringue.

The aroma delivers the goods. Anyone into this style will appreciate it, I'd think. Very clean, very bright, lots of fresh-cut hay/straw, hints of lemon and lime rind, flowery herbal-ness, a hint of soil-like earthy yeast. If you can smell tartness, then this smells tart. Or smells like it's gonna taste tart. Yeah.

Flavor is everything the taste promises, plus the sweet, doughy goodness of sugar cookie dough and shortbread. So: citrus (lemon, lime); hay/straw/grass; flower/zesty herbs; and shortbread cookies. Light flash of white pepper, too. The yeast character is complex and underlines all of this, and it ends with a crisp, semi-dry, citrus-laden finish.

Weighs hearty in the mouth, having just a little bit of stickiness while the carbonation is active yet unaggressive; remains buoyant and airy, very much a pleasure to hold in the mouth.

They nailed it. But of course but a good old American spin on the style, in terms of its stickier/chewier mouthfeel and the slightly bolder flavor than the more subtle creations of the homeland farmhouse ales. Excellent stuff that I wish they'd sell in a bomber, as I could easily enjoy a bit more of this, right now.

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

Picked up a single in early May from Total Wine for $1.99. Bottled on 4-4-11.

Beer poured golden with a small head that dissipated quickly.

Nose is lemongrass and wheat with the underlying saison yeast strain.

Taste is slightly lemony with light white pepper, a touch tart, finishing ever so slightly dry.

Feel is refreshing from a decent amount of carbonation, perfect for a 107 degree day.

Overall a very easy drinking beer for one that has a lot going on. If the finish could have a slightly dryer bite, it would nail the saison style stone cold!

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Photo of micromaniac129
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with golden straw and is hazy. Light foamy head fades leaving lacing. It has a soft pilsner aroma sharp and peppery and spicy. No hop pop. Sweet and semi dry fruity esters.
It has a slight pineapple essence about itself.

A good drinking refreshing brew.

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Photo of Beaver13
2.96/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

22 oz bottle. Pours a hazy yellow with a frothy white head that quickly diminishes to a thin collar.

The aroma is musty yeast and some light banana and cloves.

The flavor is musty yeast with a surprising sweet sugary fruitiness at the finish. The alcohol isn't obvious at all. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with light carbonation and kind of watery.

Overall, not a bad summer beer, but not too interesting for a saison - a little too sweet and the sweet sugary fruits don't jive well with the yeast funk.

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Photo of bubseymour
2.58/5  rDev -32.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - yellowish wheatbeer style color with very active carbonation and yeast activity.
3-4 finger head requiring very slow pour. Head is not the best looking those as its fizzy and large bubbles. Looks like a bubble bath on top.

Smell - smells lemony and orangy like a wheat beer or heff.

Taste - One of the worst tasting beers I've tried in quite a while. First off, it is noticably boozy and warm. Next it is very sour, not pleasant at all. Very noticable lemon bitterness. Then you have a lingering bitter aftertaste that lasts way too long for me and makes my mouth dry and even more thirsty than before.

Mouthfeel - Ok in the mouth but kinda fizzy

Overall - I really don't have much to say positive about this beer. I'm going to try to drink the whole thing but its a borderline drainpour to me. I definitely won't buy this again. The other Great Divide beers have been well crafted. This one seems way off mark to me.

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

Bottled on April 5, 2011.

A: Poured a white pepper laced, crayon yellow color, with about a 1/2 finger or so solid white head that stayed a flimsy froth throughout the session.

S: Farmhouse funk, with a little bit of Bazooka bubble gum infused as well. Spicy, but not too...

T: Very fresh tasting.... and goes well with food I might add. A bit boozier than many saisons I've sample recently, but the balance amongst the other ingredients was second to none: Mild citrus character, coriander, and fresh filtered water... all with a Belgian flair.

M: Not too sweet, but still sweeter than many other farmhouses on the market. Still, I found the sugar content to be of the candy variety. The carbonation was good for the style and the lacing was minimal.

O: I've never tried this particular style from Great Divide and this one didn't disappoint.

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

Pours the color of cloudy spun gold, capped with a beautiful rocky white head. This one looks so inviting in the glass. Aroma of strawberries, lemons, yeast and wheat. Tastes almost exactly like it smells, spicy and refreshing, with a good hint of lemon-citrus and a peppery tang on the back end. The alcohol is not the least bit evident in this one, and it makes for a delicious and refreshing late spring afternoon beer. Excellent.

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Photo of rawfish
4.02/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy straw coloration with a one finger white head with some spotty lacing.

Good amounts of belgian yeast and spice on the nose, lemon zest, grass, and straw hop aroma. Yeast imparts some fruity overtones, pear and slight banana and some slight funk, very bright.

Flavor is predominantly of spices and muted lemon with earthy yeast and grassy/floral hops. Slight funk but finishes bright and tangy. Very refreshing.

Mouthfeel is a little light and the yeast does little to dial it up, light fizzing carbonation slightly biting to go with the tanginess. Alcohol, has no presence and lightly acidic after taste, surprisingly drying.

Great Divide delivers again with another great example of style, this one is refreshing and appreciably complex. Bright brew for summer days ahead.

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Photo of DIM
2.95/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

a: This was a slightly cloudy pale golden color. It was served to me with a short, fizzy cap that quickly faded.

s: Light funk with some earthy grains. Faint cloves and a little something sweet that seemed out of place. No trace of the 7.3% abv.

t: Starts off with a light sweetness that is disconcertingly "corny". It is short lived, but very out of place. The finish dries out with ample bitterness and a little earthiness. A little pepper lingers on the tongue.

m: Not quite as actively carbonated as a saison should be with a heavier than average body.

d: It finishes like a pretty good saison, but that sweetness up front was distracting. I'm sure no corn was used, but that is the word I would associate with that flavor.

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

Nice take on a Saison. I had it with Indian food and it stood up very well. Pours a hazy straw color with a very carbonated bubbly white head. The head shrinks fastand there is some lacing on the glass.

Smell and taste start out mostly lemony and spicy like a hefe, but the warmer the beer gets and the more you drink, the yeasty funk appears at a level you would expect in a Saison. At this point, the beer is really enjoyable.

Mouthfeel is rich. The lemon, spices and funkiness are a treat for the tongue, wish the carbonation would last longer.

Overall this is a good Saison...not quite Hennepin, but not bad either!!!

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Photo of beergoot
3.69/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Mildly hazy, pale yellow body; lots of fast rising carbonation; thin white head. Somewhat fruity aroma; rhubarb and green apples; powdery yeast notes. Mild malt flavors infused with fruity esters, much like the aroma; tart with an acidic twang. Light to medium body; somewhat fizzy and effervescent; mostly dry finish.

A decent, generally well-rounded farmhouse ale. It's a little rough around the edges but does deliver a nice variety of flavors and treats to the palate.

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