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Colette Farmhouse Ale - Great Divide Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

1,135 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,135
Reviews: 384
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 11.43%
Wants: 31
Gots: 52 | 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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JayS2629

Alabama

3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Not my favorite style, but a good spin on this style.

A- Hazy pale yellow straw color with a thick creamy white head that leaves thick clinging lace walls. Beautiful.

S- This is the best part of this beer. Belgian yeast! Fresh cut straw, citrus, lemon, lime, orange, and herbal erthy tones.

T- Tart up front with a caramel middle and green apples, lemons, and pice and pepper.

M- Slightly creamy, but refreshing. Not effervecent but highly carbonated. Thin body and dry finish.

D- Nice zippy, spicy refreshing beer. Complex flavor profile, goes down smooth. Not my favorite style, but its good for what it is.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2010 03:08:39 | More by JayS2629
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Mitchster

Michigan

3.85/5  rDev 0%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2010 09:18:26 | More by Mitchster
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Metalmonk

North Carolina

4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2010 23:21:23 | More by Metalmonk
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claspada

New Jersey

2.25/5  rDev -41.6%
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...

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2010 02:35:54 | More by claspada
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BuckyFresh

Michigan

3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Poured from a 12oz bottle into a large wine glass. The first thing you notice about this beer is the towering sudsy head that stands at about three and a half fingers high. The bubbles are pure white in color and take a long time to recede. Lacing is sticky and thick. The beer itself is a hazy straw yellow, with loads of carbonation visibly active in the glass.

Smell: Aroma is one of grainy malt, citrus, and mineral water. Also getting some funky yeast, fresh fruit, and some peppery spiciness.

Taste: Very crisp and refreshing, with a little more malt than I anticipated. Most of the tart citrus punch hits you at first, whilst the sweeter, fruitier qualities edge their way in at the end of the swallow. The yeasty funk is probably the last flavor to hang on, and it is accented by a touch of spice.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with a good balance of all the flavors. I like the slightly sweeter character of this Saison, and the refreshing zest it brings to the table.

Drinkability: I've never been inclined to drink much more than one Saison at a time and I don't think this beer is an exception to that rule. I think the peppery spice always seems to make it session-prohibitive.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2010 00:47:32 | More by BuckyFresh
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zeff80

Missouri

4.08/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a hazy, golden yellow color with a one finger, white, bubbly head of foam. It left sudsy trails of lace.

S - It smelled of slight funkiness, yeast and sweet caramel. It had a spicy nose, too.

T - This was a nice spicy brew with a yeasty bite. The is a mild dried apple flavor with some grains and caramel.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a very dry finish.

D - This is a pretty good saison. Great Divide has done another great one.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2010 21:38:37 | More by zeff80
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Bendurgin

Maine

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

Poured into a pint glass. The pour is a hazy light straw color with lots of visible carbonation and lots of fluffy white head. And I mean a lot, I had to stop the pour into my glass from this twelve ounce bottle. The head reduces leaving behind sticky, soapy looking lace. The aroma is full your typical of a saison, lemon up front with biscuit and hints of pepper with slight hops kicking around the back of the nose. This smell has a lot of lemon up front in it. The taste follows the aroma nicely. Yeasty with a bit of spiciness and finishes with a bit of lemon zing. The abv on this is higher than I realized, but I would think it is much lower by the taste. This isn't really anything out of the ordinary but it seems to be done very well. The mouthfeel is light and crisp with ample carbonation and again, I wouldn't think this is over seven percent, highly drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2010 02:27:53 | More by Bendurgin
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bucklemyshoe

Georgia

4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Notes from 09/25/2010

Bottle date: 02/23/10. 12 oz bottle served at 42* in a chalice.

A: This pours a hazy golden color with a finger of egg-shell white head.

S: The aroma isn't all that original; lemon, pepper, and Belgian yeast.

T: It's a thirst-quenching blend of lemon, banana, peach, and spicy yeast.

M: The carbonation plays with the tongue a bit at first, turning into a battle between creamy and soapy.

D: It's highly carbonated, obviously but it's still easy to knock back.

Very nice representation of the style and for a decent price.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2010 02:10:18 | More by bucklemyshoe
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lavellen

Michigan

4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Head retention on this is good, the smell is dead on dead for a farmhouse ale. Tons of Belgian yeast goodness. No particularly fruity notes and the flavor is a little clean for the farmhouse genre. Nothing too special to taste. the color was beautiful and it had an exceptional lacing. I could drink it again but I don't need to, know what I mean?

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2010 01:21:31 | More by lavellen
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DrDemento456

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottled Feb 18 2010

A - First off I am impressed by the mild lacing and heavy carbonation of this beer. Pours a hazy yellow with a half inch of head.

S - Slight funk with lemon and mild wheat backbone. Maybe smells a bit of apples which means the yeast has done it's job.

T - Ow wow pretty damn good. Starts off yeasty with a mild apple or pear taste and leads to a clean semi bitter finish but fruity. I don't know how but I liked it better than Hennepin since it seems just as flavorful with less ABV.

M - Clean and crisp almost effervescent.

D - Well I have two more and plan to have one more now but damn this is the best drinkable Saison I ever had. I hope the same with age...

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2010 08:16:18 | More by DrDemento456
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robbyc1

Illinois

4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hazy lemony color with a merange type head, 2 fingers good. Cloudy yellow.

Yeasty farmhouse goodness, not to funky, but nice.

Good yeasty flavor follows the nose, a bit fizzy, but nice backbone of malt for the style. This has light malt but complements the yeastiness, finish is a bit off, not as dry as I like.

Nice creamy mouthfeel after the fizz fizzles out. Very nice drinker, a keeper for those who like this style.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2010 22:31:09 | More by robbyc1
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kzoobrew

Michigan

3.63/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review input from notes, enjoyed 09/01/10.

Straw gold colored body pours very clear. Super foamy pour, even with care it takes a few attempt to empty the bottle. Abundance of bone white head with decent retention. Large chunks of loose lacing left clinging to the side.

A bit of a surprise finding a strong maltiness in the nose. The yeast is not as funky as other saisons still manages to make its mark. Lemony tartness hits the nose, very interesting combination of smells.

Again the malt is stronger than anticipated. Bready malt is followed by the yeasty flavors. Slight clove with other indistinguishable spices. Tart flavor is light and enjoyable. Hop flavor is rather light.

Light to medium body, highly carbonated. Drinks smooth and surprising creamy. Finish could be a it more dry but the finish is still on the drier side.

Good but not a great beer. Colette just does not match my preferences in the style. Very drinkable and I was able to enjoy. Worth a try, you may like it more than I.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2010 21:29:22 | More by kzoobrew
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MA08

Massachusetts

4.85/5  rDev +26%
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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DrRosenscrotum

New York

3.4/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle, instant noticable aroma of pineapply fruitness with slight hint of lemon. Leaves a creamy film like feel in your mouth after first or second gulp. Reminds me of champagne with a milder carbonation factor. Drinkability is there but not a beer that can be pounded one after the other.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2010 03:34:55 | More by DrRosenscrotum
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claminat420

Michigan

4.4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on feb 23 2010...

A- that cloudy hefe color (light yellowish/goldish) with the most frothy white head imaginable. little to no lacing.

S- has that funky clove scent. usually not a fan but i'm feeling a different change of pace from the hop bombs i'd prefer.

T- wow that's different. not in a bad way. really bubbly. the clove scent you get from the beer isn't too forthcoming in the taste. kinda a weird citrusy taste. alcohol is undetected. i notice that spiciness this style is known for.

M- light bodied. good carbonation. smooth.

D- i wish i bought a 6 pack instead of a single.

Overall- usualy steering away from belgians or anything that has a funky clove/ or odd fruity smell this one isn't too shabby. this brew alone has me curious into other farmhouse ales out there.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2010 07:27:34 | More by claminat420
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Jason

Massachusetts

4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle with a bottled on date on the label.

Cloudy weathered hay color, crackling head at least holds a thick lacing on the glass. Dried pineapple, mango & papaya frutiness in the nose with biscuity malt a slight medicinal earthy yeast. Creamy body with a bit more smoothness than crispness. Malty palate meets and mild yeasty twang, earthiness and fruit in the back. Faint medicinal tone compliments more than being a big presence. A little spicy middle to end.

A lovely beer all around, I was hoping for a more dry and carbonated brew though the complexities make up for it.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2010 01:20:02 | More by Jason
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Bizz88

Colorado

4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a light hazy golden amber with a creamy two fingered fluffy head with patchy sticky lacing throughout the glass. Spicy citrus aromas with yeasty bread hints. Holy smokes, tantilized and caressed both palette and tongue this farmhouse wench, bubbly with a certain sassy spiceness, Colette, Yeah! Two thumbs up!

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2010 23:02:58 | More by Bizz88
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TCHopCraver

Michigan

3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes on 7/9/10.

A: I've finally learned my lesson with Saisons and went with a soft, supple pour from the get-go. Still, my gentle pour left a 2 to 2 1/2 finger, pure white head atop the golden-yellow body of the beer. Stringy, slow moving carbonation is notable. The lacing is clumpy and has a Tolkien Elvish language lilt to it.

S: Mmm, love that fresh Saison aroma. This one is dominated by the distinct Belgian yeasts and crisp banana and Granny Smith apple fruity esters. A little spice is also evident- mostly pepper and clove.

T: Not really a standout component found in the taste. The grains, yeast, hops, and spice all blend together, and the water actually takes a large chunk of the stage. As I take more sips, the tart Belgian yeasts and the spice flavors pop quite a bit. The fruitiness I detected in the smell does not stand out that much.

M: A little on the watery side. The beer does not carry too much weight in my mouth until the end of the sip, at which point a nice combination of tart/peppery/spicy hop flavors kick in to leave a good earthy impression on my palate.

D: I will definitely give this one another try. In general, it's a little thin and just a touch on the sweet side for my tastes, but I have a feeling I might be missing something the first time through. True to style, though, it is quite crisp and refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2010 21:10:09 | More by TCHopCraver
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riversider76

New York

3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy yellow gold with a foamy head that leaves lots of laceing. Aroma is of yeasty lemon,and tart fruit. Body is light and carbonated. Taste is fruity and spicy with a bready edge. Mildly tart and spicy finish. Really good version of this style.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2010 00:57:47 | More by riversider76
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xnicknj

Pennsylvania

4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2010 06:10:19 | More by xnicknj
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Dalem

Michigan

4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy yellow that resembles the summer sun right before it starts to set and a fluffy head that hangs on strong and leaves a serious lace all through the glass. Aromas of citrus zest, tall grass after a rain, white pepper and banana esters fill the nose-all of them fragrant, refined and working in harmony with not one of them overtaking the proceedings.
Citrus, particularly lemon zest and orange peel, and some sour apple head off the flavors. Bready yeasts and coriander take over the middle setting their own distinction from what is first tasted. A third level of complexity is brought into the finish where a couple of dashes of banana shakes hands with peppery spices. There is the slightest of alcohol warmness at the end but is hidden very well to the point where one might not realize they're sipping on something in the 7.5% abv range.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2010 02:05:24 | More by Dalem
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WesWes

New York

3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a hazy gold color with a towering white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a dry, peppery scent along with a light pale and wheat malt aroma. It's quite spicy with lots of yeast esters. The taste is decent as well. It's smooth with a nice pale, wheat, and Munich malt flavor. There is a bit of malt sweetness, but it's curbed with loads of yeast spiciness. It goes down easy with a dry, funky finish. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium/full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a pretty good saison. I'm not crazy with either the malt bill or yeast character.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2010 17:18:23 | More by WesWes
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sitarist

Ohio

4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled APR 15 2009.

Pours yeast infection piss yellow, golden yellow with lots of suspended chunks of sediment. About a half inch of white head made of loose bubbles that fall quickly to a light top coating. No lacing.

It smells like a lemon-poppy muffin. The aromas are mellow, not all in my face. I dont smell any funk.

It is sweet and tart. I taste banana, lemonheads, pineapple upside down cake, sweet-bread, some pepper, and some sexy funk too. Nice balance of sweet, sour, and spice.

The mouthfeel is good to me. Its not too dry, has nice body, it has a slight bite from the carbonation, and a little heat.

I could drink it till I pass out!!!

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2010 02:12:41 | More by sitarist
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StlHopHead77

Illinois

3.48/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Slightly golden,almost translucent with limited head and scant lacing.Appears to have very aggressive carbonation.

S-Sourdough bread,haybales and lemon.

T-Slightly sweet and a little buttery with clove and fruity phenols from the yeast.

M-Dry and smooth.Initial appearance of carbonation was misleading.Medium carbonation
and light refreshing body.

D-This beer is very drinkable,especially to finish off a summer evening.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2010 13:29:01 | More by StlHopHead77
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brandoneast

Texas

3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
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!

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2010 03:39:13 | More by brandoneast
Colette Farmhouse Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
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