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Colette Farmhouse Ale - Great Divide Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

1,246 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,246
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 bohemiandonut
3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

If it looks like a Farmhouse, smells (kinda) like a Farmhouse, and tastes (alledgedly) like a Farmhouse, what the hell is it doing in a six pack? I intend to find out.

Nice and cloudy, though there is a lurking bias to discount this beer just because it's made in Colorado, which colors it a bit with artificiality. Still, it smells promising if maybe a little like a lemon based cleaning agent.

This is an incredibly refreshing beer. Rather sweet, but with enough odd yeast character to carry it. There's a lot missing here though, unfortunately. It's of course unrealistic to expect something like Dupont or Karmeliet from Great Divide, and I almost feel bad docking points for a magic I can't even explain, but you either know how to make an authentic Belgian ale or you don't. As I expected, one is left with the feeling of a "normal" beer stripped of flavor and injected with "Saison flavor." Not bad for what it is, just not the epic journey that others in this league are.

GD must be commended on this venture though. I applaud the format and the risk-taking. Much more exciting than the stupid beers coming out of Stone lately.

bohemiandonut, Apr 22, 2011
Photo of SkeeterHawk
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer was recommended to me by the same guy at Spec's who recommended the BrewDog Tokyo, so I took his word for it on this one. Here we go:

Appearance: Pours a somewhat cloudy yellow color with a solid 3/4" of creamy white foam after a careful pour. There are tons of bubbles rising as the beer had a solid off-gas when popping the top. The head was still >1/2" more than a minute after the pour. There is some solid lacing left on the glass after drinking.

Aroma: The aroma has bread dough and some dry wheaty aromatics, and a defined citrusy hop profile with lemon rinds in particular. The hops are pretty strong in this beer, and seem like it is going to be noticeable in the bittering as well...a bit unusual for a Saison.

Taste: The flavor isn't nearly as yeasty and bready as I thought it would be from the aroma. The beer is pretty balanced between malt and hops with the struggle for dominance continuing until the very end. I don't get the alcohol in this beer except in the warming on the back of the throat late after the sip. I think that the malt is the winner in the end, but it is only by a nose...or whatever. The beer is medium bodied with ample to high carbonation, which it needs to make it palatable, IMO. There is some acidity left on the palate as much from the carbonation as anything else, but the hops are making a solid difference on the back of the throat as well.

Opinion: This is a pretty good beer. It is more toward the hoppy Saisons that remind me of some Tripels, but this is still a solid attempt at the style. I suspect that they are using their Belgian yeast that was in Belgio (sp?) on this beer too as I was getting the same bread dough notes in the aroma, but that may just be a finishing yeast for this beer as the Saison yeasts never attenuate all that well. Either way, this is a pretty decent beer and I will enjoy the whole 6-pack. I doubt I will be buying it again...at least any time soon, but I am glad that I tried it.

SkeeterHawk, Apr 22, 2011
Photo of OakedCanuck
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into pint glass.

A - pours a chill hazed straw yellow, 1" white head formation. Slick lacing that didn't cling

S - Some funkiness and tart. Lemons, pepper, yeast

T - A tangy lemony flavour with an odd, almost sour funkiness to it. I don't expect Saison/farmhouses to be this tart, maybe it is just me.

M - Light, crisp, dry

O - Average saison, a bit too tart but not bad.

OakedCanuck, Apr 21, 2011
Photo of bump8628
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lemonade yellow with a big-bubbled white head that lacks sticking power. More carbonation would be welcome, especially in this style.

Lots of lemon notes, from the pure juice to zesty rind. A bit acidic and tart with some light fruitiness and a superb crispness and dryness from the rice. Faint black pepper spice and a backdrop of yeastiness from the small amount of sediment that made it into the glass give some complexity.

With all the citrus it seems to meld Wit and Saison characteristics to make for a nice beer.

bump8628, Apr 20, 2011
Photo of SamN
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Colette is a very fair beer, quite pale yellow, some mild haziness. A loose, white head forms and fades quickly. Pale, fizzy, light looks. Great coloring to light, really glows a golden hue. Exceptional nose, powerful and aromatic. Banana bread, pale wheat and rice malt aromas, butteriness. Not much citric fruitiness, more pears bananas and apples. Creamy and delicious smelling. Taste is generous and complex, lots going on. Starts of soft and creamy with the fair malt bill used, then moving to a slight spiciness and finishing on tart lemongrass. Billowing malt flavors underneath it all, really providing a great structure for the Belgian yeasts to make their magic aromas and flavors. Lots of Belgian character make this a ridiculously satisfying beer to sip and enjoy. Noticeable warmth from this strong brew. Mouthfeel is very nice, too. While lighter in body, it has enough to it to really make the flavors come out and last on the palette.

Bottom line; damn, yet another winner from Great Divide. Not too tart, not too dry, not too anything. Great malt base, expert use of notoriously difficult yeast and staying true to style, as I know it. Great beer here, recommended.

SamN, Apr 19, 2011
Photo of JMad
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I poured a 12 oz bottle into pint sized glass mug...

The liquid is cloudy, pale and yellow with a thin filmy white head that stuck to the glass. The smell has a lot of Belgian yeast, salt, banana, clove and sour lemon. The taste starts with some tart lemon then you get some yeast and spice, banana and a grassy/ lemony finish. The beer is light bodied with stinging carbonation and a seriously dry finish. I really enjoyed this beer, it has a little something for everyone.

JMad, Apr 17, 2011
Photo of SpdKilz
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – Pours into my SA Perfect Pint with a hazy straw color. About a finger of white head is achieved with an average pour. Slight lacing is left around the sides of the glass.

Smell – Lots of spices, slight floral hops, breadiness, Belgian yeast, banana, clove, and wheat?

Taste – A bit more banana and clove than I was wanting. I am still looking for a saison comparable (not literally) to the saison/farmhouse ale’s JP offers. This was is a bit too much on the spices and banana for me.

Mouthfeel – Moderate carbonation with a prickly bite, finishes quite dry.

Overall – Pretty good, but I’m still on the search for a saison that I can drink every day.

SpdKilz, Apr 17, 2011
Photo of csiewert
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a hazy yellow color with a finger of foamy white head that does not retain well or leave any lacing. The aroma has notes of lemongrass. The taste starts with grassy hop notes and then moves to banana and spicy notes. The mouthfeel is nice and balanced and finishes smooth. Overall a great saison.

csiewert, Apr 16, 2011
Photo of emerge077
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Foggy pastel yellow, darkening slightly and becoming opaque as the yeast is poured. The white foam evaporates quickly in the tulip glass. A thin white ring is all that's left, with a ghostly wisp of broken skim across the surface.

Floral, yeasty, phenolic, slight sulfur. Clove, coriander, daffodils.

Plenty of yeasty spice up front, dry and earthy in the middle. Clove and pepper spiciness, lemon cookie with a light weizen yeast sweetness and lingering impression of weeds or wildflowers. Faint aftertaste of clover honey. Well carbonated, slightly creamy. Interesting enough, not as dry and crisp as Belgian saisons, sweeter, more spicy and yeast driven.

emerge077, Apr 16, 2011
Photo of zdk9
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours yellow with a thick haze of dusty yeast particles. There's a finger of white head, but it recedes to the sides of the glass quickly.

S- Yeasty, spicy, grassy, slightly lemony. Maybe some corn, but maybe that's just the color telling me what to smell.

T- The taste is much spicier and sweeter, with kind of an orange liquor feel to it. I get pepper, mustard seed, tarragon. The bitterness is very vegetal like bitter mustard greens. Good complexity to the taste, though I could use a better blending of flavors- I'm not really sure what this beer is trying to be.

M- Both fairly bitter, especially on the sides of my tongue, and fairly syrupy. I would prefer both these characteristics to be a little more toned down.

O- A good complex beer, not the best saison, but certainly a decent one for a readily available beer.

zdk9, Apr 15, 2011
Photo of shand
3.03/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a nonic.

Pour this in a glass and serve it to one of your BMC buddies with a cold. Because this looks just like another lite beer, there's absolutely none of the cloudiness other reviewers note, just a clear piss yellow. As long as they can't smell it, they wouldn't know it wasn't Miller Light until it hit their tastebuds. Aroma is a nice funkiness from the yeast and some typical Belgian fruits, nothing out of the ordinary. The taste is pretty alright. Now, I know I don't usually like Belgian styles like this, I'd normally just pass it up, but I loved the bottle and heard it was more approachable and drinkable. But instead, it took out anything interesting that Saisons usually have and replaced it with overpowering generic yeastiness and frutiness with a bit of spiciness. Not my bgag.

The mouthfeel was fairly nice though, it's crisp and well-carbonated. But overall, I didn't really enjoy this beer. Then again, it's not a style I tend to enjoy, so your mileage may vary.

shand, Apr 14, 2011
Photo of Spider889
2.65/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Had at Bodega.

You can tell that this beer really wasn't doing it for me - my review notes are quick and lackluster. I think the word "average" pops up 4 times in less than 5 lines of text.

The beer has a very standard pale straw color. No head (Bodega, maybe) and no lace.

Some yeastiness lends spice to the nose, but it's pretty dialed down compared to what the best saisons can offer.

The taste isn't bad in any way, but saison is such a popular style these days this beer does nothing at all to stand out in the crowd. The taste was decent, but I will likely never order this again on purpose.

Overall: this beer is quite average in every sense of the word. You can do better GD. Give me a(ny) Yeti.

Spider889, Apr 13, 2011
Photo of JamnesCameron
3.23/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a New Belgium globe. Pours a hazy straw with about two fingers of stark white head that drops fairly slowly to a thin wisp of foam. Lacing evident.

Aromas of lemon, lemon zest, pineapple, pepper, earthy and a little musty. So far, so good.

Flavors of tart lemonade, a little on the sweet side, subdued pepper, coriander (don't like my saisons spiced). Some bite from the carbonation. Finish is medium with lemon tart and spice lingering.

Mouthfeel is medium, not as dry as I would prefer in a saison, heavy prickle from the carbonation.

Overall an okay attempt. Don't know that I'd pick this again.

JamnesCameron, Apr 12, 2011
Photo of HaysAmerica
3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
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!

HaysAmerica, Apr 11, 2011
Photo of Halcyondays
3.55/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ,

A: Pours a lightly hazy goldenrod with a medium white head, limited lace.

S: Lemon, some notes of spice nice.

T: Light malt character, dominated by the yeast. Lemons, white pepper, coriander, a good flavour, but there isn't a lot to it.

M: Medium-bodied with a frothy soft carbonation, pretty smooth.

O: A solid American saison, but not too impressive. You're not getting Dupont.

Halcyondays, Apr 10, 2011
Photo of DoktorZee
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had it on tap at the Draught House in Austin. Had the very end of the keg (which nearly filled up the glass) - free beer FTW!

A - really impressive "solid" fluffy head - looked almost like foam. The beer itself was yellow and clear with some visible carbonation.

S - solid yeast and lemon citrus notes on the nose. Maybe even just a hint of a soapy odor.

T - tastes somewhat like it smells: the yeast is a powerful component throughout, but the sourness of the lemon is in the background matching it and keeps it tangy. As it warmed it got a slight amount more bitter, which detracted a bit from the experience.

M - nice light carbonation with a very light mouthfeel; a consummate summer beer.

D - super drinkable; no hint of the 7+% alcohol.

Had this in 95 degree heat on the patio; perfect for the occasion, and one I definitely have again.

DoktorZee, Apr 10, 2011
Photo of BB1313
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on March 3, 2011. 12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Lots of sediment, so pour slow of that's your thing. Ok, this beer looks gorgeous. Light, bright yellow with a nice haze. White head that sticks around and decent lacing. Amazing color and looks. The aromas are what you would come to expect. Very sweet and funky. The flavors are spot on, lots of barnyard funk. There's some fruitiness going on, which I like. Apples, pears, and banana can be found. There's candied sugars in the mix, giving it some sweetness. Yeast, malts, breads, and grains can all be found. Very earthy notes. Slightly spicy. Mouthfeel is nice.. it's very rich and smooth. The carbonation isn't over the top, just right. Drinkability is good, but this one has a kick at 7.3%. Overall, this is a great belgian style beer, brewed here in the U.S.

Great offering from Great Divide. This is definitely one to enjoy when the weather gets warmer. Very enjoyable, refreshing, recommended.

BB1313, Apr 09, 2011
Photo of Sweasty
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Colette looks the part of a decent saison. A hazy, hay colored gold is topped off by a fingers worth of crisp white head. Head falls to a ring. Plenty of lace is left down the glass.

Colette offers an interesting aroma. Tropical fruit hits the nose first. Plenty of ripe papaya pop. A hit of sweet mango flows underneath. Beneath the fruit some spice notes standout, striking a bit of a clove quality. Some medicinal phenols round out the nose.

The tropical fruit in the nose is well represented on the palate. The papaya and mango in the nose is drier on the palate. A bit of a powdery yeast quality hits beneath the fruit. Spice notes hit next. The clove quality is little more pronounced. The finish strikes a touch medicinal while offering up a bit of a drying quality.

Colette is a light bodied beer with an almost effervescent carbonation.

Colette is a nice farmhouse offering. Nothing earth shattering here. At the same time there's no real missteps either. The alcohol is well hidden, making for a potentially dangerous quaff. Props to Great Divide for making another tasty brew.

Sweasty, Apr 09, 2011
Photo of rawfish
4.03/5  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.

rawfish, Apr 08, 2011
Photo of AdamBear
3.2/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-cloudy, pale gold with a thick white head that quickly thins out

S-smells like a spicy belgian pale ale...a lot of wheat scent and belgian spices. i could also be smelling a belgian tartness in here too. its a pretty strong scent

T-comes in much like a belgian strong pale ale, it has the belgian malts and spices. i'm finding that this is a crappy saison. its not a bad take on the belgian pale ale, but i'm having a difficult time finding the farm house in this. after the first hit, it goes in to an off tasting maltiness and a touch of booze. the after-taste is strong of belgian malts.

M-medium carbonation with a watery finish

D-overall...this is no sasion. come in to this expecting some barnyard funk and you'll be disappointed. if you're wanting a decent pale belgian, then this won't upset you. it does go down easily for the ABV.

AdamBear, Apr 08, 2011
Photo of MEsquandoles
3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

$5.5 for a near pint in Belgian-y glass at Black Star Co-op.

Glowing hazy yellow with white head of tiny bubbles.

Smells is complex, but mostly lemon verbena, honeysuckle, coriander, and other Saison and Wit yeast products.

Cantaloupe and melon. Like a bigger version of a Wit.

My first sip I thought was surprisingly sweet, but the more I drank it I thought it was surprisingly dry. Light body for 7.3%abv.

Website shows 4 different yeasts at higher temperatures. No mention of added sugars or spices used, but it seems like they did.

So many similarities to a Wit keeps me from liking it more, but interesting and worth trying.

MEsquandoles, Apr 06, 2011
Photo of Mebuzzard
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The new 2011 batch on tap, Rockies opening day. Sunny outside, perfect for this brew.

Cloudy pour, very hazy and bright. A deep, yet pale golden pour. Big white head, great lacing.

Aroma is very nice; spicy, floral, bready. I've said this before about myself--I think I'm quite sensitive to corn aromas, and I get that here. I'll knock a tic off the score, but not much since it might just be me. Somewhat sweet it seems

Yup, it's a bit sweet in the taste. Overall it's flavors are nice. Bready--with spice. Coriander, florals, a bit of soft citrus. Fairly rich is the mouth. I'd like to see more of something to cleanse the finish, but still very nice.

Mebuzzard, Apr 03, 2011
Photo of ebby82
4.43/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear gold color into a pint glass. There is very little head.

A- fruity, spices, a bit of hops, very sweet.

T- Slightly spicy, some definite fruit, perhaps pear. sweet, with just a touch of hop flavor.

M- Perfect. Light and crisp, with medium carbonation.

Very drinkable, this would be the perfect summer beer. A lighter saison than most I've had, with less of a hop presence. A very nice example of the style, I really enjoy it and will return to it if I see it again.

ebby82, Apr 02, 2011
Photo of notyourdadsbeer
4.68/5  rDev +21.6%
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.

notyourdadsbeer, Mar 29, 2011
Photo of champ103
3.4/5  rDev -11.7%
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.

champ103, Mar 26, 2011
Colette Farmhouse Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 1,246 ratings.