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Colette Farmhouse Ale - Great Divide Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

1,247 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,247
Reviews: 391
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 11.43%
Wants: 33
Gots: 81 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: ArrogantB on 04-25-2009)
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Photo of bubseymour
2.53/5  rDev -34.3%
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.

bubseymour, Aug 06, 2011
Photo of DCon
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought the Great Divide Brewer's Choice 12-pack from Shop N Save in Valley Park, MO for $14.99 and this was included. Poured from the yellow bottle into my Bud Light- Gilligan's Island Bar Pint Glass and has BOTTLED ON: APR 04 2011 on the side.

Aroma- High amount of fruits, lemon included in here. A low amount of spiciness and has a clove like finish. Has acidic character evident also. Light all around.

Appearance- Pours a 4 finger head that stays for good time. Has a dark golden color body and a bit hazy. Sudsy lace is left on the sides.

Flavor- High malty and fruit flavors burst out from the get-go and then a mild spiciness comes in at the finish. Peppery at times but isn't as complexed as I've had before.... The finish has a light-medium bitterness level.

Mouthfeel- Light Bodied, High Carbonation, and a small pucker at the finish. Nothing smooth about this one.

Overall Impression- Tons of fruit and malt character but too much carbonation and light attributes. I like a ton of flavor and character to Saisons and this one just didn't pop. I will give it good overall ratings because this is a well brewed beer but I just can't rate it better than any of the Fantome's or other Saisons from top breweries. Would definitely enjoy again if seen in a 6-pack.

DCon, Aug 04, 2011
Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into tulip, bottle March 3, 2011. Pours hazy golden amber color, with a fairly dense 2 finger white head with great retention that reduces to a thin lacing cap. A bit of lacing clings to the glass as well. Aromas of huge grass, lemon, pepper, spices, bread, a bit of funk and some light fruits(apple, grape). Very nice and complex aromas here. Taste of grass, lemon, pepper, spices, grape and a slight bit of funk. Very slight bit of tartness noticed on the finish. Lingering notes of spices, lemon, pepper, and breadiness on the finish for a decent amount of time. Quite refreshing and easy drinking for the alcohol level. Medium carbonation and body. No alcohol noticed in the taste or finish. Overall, a very nice saison with nice flavor and balance.

superspak, Aug 02, 2011
Photo of Allpe45
3.4/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz, bottled on April 04 2011
Poured into a tulip, decanted.

Appears bright golden yellow, effervescent, great clarity. Large white head with good retention and lacing.

Estery yeast smell, a bit tart, with straw/hay, spices, and a malt presence.

Tastes like bready malts up front, followed by fruity esters and spicy yeast. Straw/hay in the finish along with a lingering sweetness. Finish is neither clean nor dry. Creamy texture, medium body.

This is just another unimpressive interpretation of a Belgian style from an American brewery.

Allpe45, Jul 27, 2011
Photo of lurpy1
3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

lurpy1, Jul 25, 2011
Photo of arizcards
3.98/5  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!

arizcards, Jul 17, 2011
Photo of Forb
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Jake's Cigars and Spirits - Omaha, NE...

Appearance: A lightly amber / orange hue here with plenty of lively carbonation below a strong white head.

Smell: A tinge of medicine is apparent here with piney earthy elements with citrusy lemon qualities also making an appearance.

Taste: A plethora of fruit elements are at play here from what seems like lemon to more tropical fruit.

Mouthfeel: Strong carbonation amid a medium body and an acidic sour bite.

Overall: A good saison by all means.

Forb, Jul 17, 2011
Photo of mdcrouser
3.23/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Pretty pour, with a creamy top of lacy white head sits atop a completely cloudy cylinder - saw a previous review that described it as polished brass, which is apt.

Farmy and a bit acidic - not really citrus so much, but something that is somewhat off-putting.

Horsey up front, with veiled assumptions of citrus. The hops are in the background, but ill-defined.

Incredible in the mouth - creamy, with some soft carbonation. The foundation is there, but the flavor to back it up is not.

I'd like to enjoy this beer more, but I can't bring myself to do so. Honestly, it's kind of a mess - great look and mouthfeel - odd nose and taste.

mdcrouser, Jul 17, 2011
Photo of Seru1
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

Seru1, Jul 11, 2011
Photo of bennetj17
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours and smells like a Witbier, not a Saison. The color is a bright lemon with plenty of haze. Thin head dissipating to a wispy ring. It has that wheaty yeast smell with hints of esters and bright citrus in the background.

The taste has a nice balanced maltiness, lightly dry and focused, without too much farmhouse funk really. It's clean but well rounded with a grainy bitter finish. There's a zing of lemon that's refreshing, and I have to say it is quite drinkable overall. The mouthfeel has sharp carbonation, perhaps almost too forceful as it foams on the palate, though this is still better than if it were lacking. Medium body.

Overall a decent beer, but not what I was looking for in a Saison. It really is more of a Wit and should call itself that instead. Not something I would want to see year round but for a seasonal it could work...

bennetj17, Jul 08, 2011
Photo of Dotcubed
3.35/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Part of a mixed six.

I like this brewery, and any chance I get to try another of their offerings is worth the expense.

Urine yellow makes it off putting but still looks like a nice example of the style. . Some sediment in the bottle. Lemony. Tart apple.

Slight lace. Yeast, and a bit of funk. Clearly farmhouse. Lovely tinge of lime.

Heft of malt weight to it. A delight. Wish I had more.

Dotcubed, Jul 04, 2011
Photo of chocosushi
2.88/5  rDev -25.2%
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

chocosushi, Jul 03, 2011
Photo of SWMeyer4141
3.35/5  rDev -13%
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.

SWMeyer4141, Jul 03, 2011
Photo of shanblur
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into tulip.

A - Cloudy yellow with a fluffy white head and some retained lacing.

S - Has a bit of a funky aroma and some citrus notes.

T - Tart lemon flavor with some spice and a bit of grain.

M - Nicely carbonated, medium bodied, easy drinking beer.

This was much better than expected. I am beginning to like this brewery after trying a few of their beers. Can't go wrong with this saison. Will definitely have again.

shanblur, Jul 01, 2011
Photo of jeremy2027
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle to Dogfish glass

The color has a golden honey look to it, slightly clear. Poured with a nice 1 to 2 finger head that quickly diminished. After a few good sips there is no lacing on the glass.

Smells of fruit and alcohol maybe some orange zest??

The taste is clean and crisp with high carbonation. Not much malt character at all, but good fruity notes. Not much bitterness at all.

The mouthfeel is rather watery and the carbonation leaves your tongue prickly.

Good beer overall not bad on a hot day in the sun. At 7 percent alcohol wouldnt be bringing this one to the beach.

jeremy2027, Jul 01, 2011
Photo of ummswimmin
4.28/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I have had this beer when fresh and with about a month of aging. The saison characteristics actually kicked in more with the one month of aging. It was almost like getting an assortment pack.

The beer pours very light yellow and the head settles in nice pillows of foam with time. I pick up light grassiness and some hopping.

The subtle flavors and smooth after-taste makes for a very nice summery flavor. It was very refreshing to take this in on a summer afternoon.

This is my favorite summer beer so far. I look forward to my next bottle of this excellent beer.

ummswimmin, Jun 28, 2011
Photo of nickthetick
3.93/5  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).

nickthetick, Jun 27, 2011
Photo of HugePlume
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint

A- Beautiful light and bright cloudy yellow, almost lemonade like. Had a minimal head, with loose lacing left on the sides of the glass.

S- Fruity and spicy nose, hits of sweet grass.

T- Subtle grain, grass and yeasty spice notes. Has a distinct tartness that puckers your cheeks ever so slightly. Refreshing. No hint of the 7.3abv which is truly remarkable. I did a double take when I read how much alcohol it has. I would have guessed 5.25. Dry finish with some lingering tartness.

M- great mouthfeel, its slightly thick, but very well carbonated. lends to the refreshing quality.

O- Very drinkable, I will go back for more of this for sure.

HugePlume, Jun 27, 2011
Photo of fields336
4.08/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle Poured into Sierra Nevada Snifter
6/25/11 Bottled on date is 4/28/11

A: yellow golden color with 1/2 finger of white carbonated head. dissipates quickly, slight haze from the yeast. Not much lacing, slight alcohol legs. Decent, but not outstanding

S: Wow. just so complex I can't even explain. waves of banana and bready, earthy yeast. Light fruits, some apple or grape as well. definite earthy undertones amidst biscuity malts. This is where this beer really shines.

T: white wine tartness with yeast. Decent crispness and very earthy fruity flavor, spices are definitely present. Less sweet than it smells. Biscuity, bready malty and yeast are dominant.

M: crisp clean mouthfeel, light, tart, carbonation lingers after the finish, nice carbonation and about what you would expect.

O: overall this is a really solid saison. I enjoyed it and it is a great beer to sip by the pool or anytime during the summer.

fields336, Jun 26, 2011
Photo of lawlerj
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip glass.

A - with an aggressive pour into the tulips, yields a massive foamy off white head. Whoa. Dissipates relatively quickly. The body of the beer is a slightly opaque golden apricot type color. That's as close I can get. Leaves a sizeable collar of foam around the edges and on the surface of the beer. Not much in the way of lacing.

S - Belgian yeast and sweet, sticky smelling fruit dominate in the nose. A hint of sugar and a little bit of crisp apple and citrus aroma in there as well. (Full disclosure: this is my first encounter with this exact style.) Maybe a little boozy even? I could be imagining things.

T - the taste is definitely not quite as sweet as the aroma led me to believe it would be. There is some fruit in there, apple and raisins, and yeast and malt as well. There's something about that finish and the aftertaste that I don't quite like, but it's hard to pin down what exactly it is.

M - medium bodied, frothy even, and well carbonated for the style. The mouthfeel really contributes to the overall character of the beer and was very nice.

O - overall, a bit of a mixed bag. The flavor didn't quite hold up to the sweetness that the aroma promised, but the mouthfeel is what really saved this beer for me. Don't know if I'll go back to this, but it was pleasing enough.

lawlerj, Jun 25, 2011
Photo of hoptualBrew
3.98/5  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.

hoptualBrew, Jun 19, 2011
Photo of ocelot2500
4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy pale golden color with a frothy white head that leaves a ring of lacing.

Smells of yeast spiciness, citrus, and grassy notes.

Tastes of a fairly refreshing citrus character with some sweetness underneath. Sharp wheat notes hit first, followed by a pleasant lemongrass note that is countered with a peppery spiciness. A bready, slightly grainy pale malt sweetness underlies everything, rounding out the taste. Fairly balanced between sweet and bitter, and has a dry finish.

Mouthfeel is medium-light with an effervescence to it.

Overall, a very good American Saison that could become a staple of my yearly rotations.

ocelot2500, Jun 18, 2011
Photo of HalfFull
3.55/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. single poured into a wine glass. Miss Colette pours a hazed lemon gold with a half inch of nearly white foam. Retention is moderate, settling out a bit too swiftly, yet keeping a light cap with some agitation.

Aroma of wheat and yeast and a bit reminiscent of a subtle La Fin du Monde. More Tripel than Saison as it lacks the subtle spice notes but is solid nonetheless.

Flavor is a bit thin given the expectations of the aroma. Lemony hops and a subtle spice character. Exposure softens the aroma and reveals a tinge of sourness. Farmhouse notes expand with warming but are restrained by a light level of carbonation.

An interesting brew and an affordable entre to the saison style. Still a bit subdued and light in spice and nuance. Appears to be bottle conditioned but would benefit from a bit more carbonation.

Simple, easy and pleasant. No faults. More of a Belgian Pale.

HalfFull, Jun 16, 2011
Photo of EricCioe
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pours an especially hazy orange, lighter at the edges, with a one finger white head that sticks around in a nice cap and thick ring with spotty lace. On the nose there is lemongrass, banana, esters, and perhaps some wheat. In the mouth, the lemon zest is predominant with a soft mixture of wheat and esters. The body is medium, quite creamy with really nice carbonation making this drink especially easy, if a bit lacking in heft.

Overall, this is a pretty nice saison, maybe not my favorite so far but pretty good nevertheless.

EricCioe, Jun 15, 2011
Photo of jminsc76
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a white head atop a yellow/golden body. An eruption of bubbles spawning forth from the bottom, with good head retention upon agitation.

Aromas of dandelions, yeast, spices, and mild lemongrass. Also a tinge of honey. Medium intensity.

A sweeter saison, with plenty of earthy, yeasty, spicy flavors. Similar to the aromas, lemongrass, though to a more significant degree.

Mouthfeel is light and crisp, and soft.

Overall, a well-balanced Saison that's worth two or three servings per sitting. Not ground-breaking by any means, just pleasant and refreshing. More of an aperitif saison or perhaps something to pair with a fresh goat-cheese salad sparingly topped with a honey-based dressing.

jminsc76, Jun 14, 2011
Colette Farmhouse Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 1,247 ratings.