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Colette Farmhouse Ale - Great Divide Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

1,173 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,173
Reviews: 387
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 11.43%
Wants: 32
Gots: 59 | 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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WakeandBake

Michigan

4/5  rDev +3.9%

A hazy golden straw color pour with a big , lasting foamy white head , spotty lacing , lively carbonation . Aroma of corn and rice as promised , grassy hops , cloves , lemon zest and yeast . Flavor is quite wheaty , cloves , lemon , biscuty malt , slightly tart , nice balance , clean refreshing mouthfeel , medium body , grassy yeasty finish . Very drinkable and a quality brew for sure .

06-22-2010 01:42:25 | More by WakeandBake
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hwwty4

Missouri

2.95/5  rDev -23.4%

Poured a 12oz bottle into my Boulevard Tank 7 tulip. This beer pours a slightly hazy, lighter then School Bus Yellow with a massive 4 inch cap that leaves fingers of lacing all the way down the sides of the glass. The aroma was pretty prevalent from the pour. A slightly sulfuric aroma poured crept from the bottle right after opening it, just the way I like it. Damp earth, lemon zest, a hint of ground black pepper all mixed together with baled hay. I rather exciting nose from a American Saison. It has my hopes up. Unfortunately the flavor let them down rather considerably. The flavor profile seems to be a muddled jumble of flavors that are never really defined individually but do not come together as a whole either. Up front is the all to sweet mark of quite a bit of pale malts. It underlies the entirety of the flavor profile. Milled barley, slight clove, white pepper and just a bit of coriander. Almost no citrus or grass. Just a bit of wheat tang, no fruit and for some reason the after flavor really bothers me. I cant quite put my finger on the flavor but it irks me something badly. The mouthfeel is hands down the hardest aspect to nail on a Saison, and this one misses the mark. Medium bodied with almost a creamy aspect, not really dry at all. Sugary. Where are those high temperatures they were talking about. Other then the spices, I really don't think esters play that much of a role in the anything. I know I'm hard on Saisons. They are my favorite style and I really do love GD, but Colette just doesn't do it for me.

06-16-2010 00:56:35 | More by hwwty4
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OlRasputin989

Arkansas

3.8/5  rDev -1.3%

Poured into Duvel tulip...

A: pours a hazy dandelion yellow with a massive billowy head that takes forever to dwindle down (especially with the nucleation sites at the bottow of the glass). leaves sticky lacing down the side of the glass.

S: sourdough bread, hay, white pepper, cucumber, white grape, and lemon peel. hops are herbal and spicy.

T: honeyed, herbal and grassy upfront, bread dough, earthy, and the aforementioned white grape and lemon peel. finishes just slightly bitter and spicy.

M: a zippy refreshing carbonation with a very dry finish

Overall, a great beer with a light body and easy drinking character. This beer goes to show that a beer with a higher than average abv can still be great for enjoyment after a hot day. Very satisfied with this purchase.

06-14-2010 23:57:12 | More by OlRasputin989
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semibaked

Kentucky

3.93/5  rDev +2.1%

Poured into a Pint Glass.

A - Pours a neon yellow, cloudy with tons of active carbonation with a thin bright white head.

S - Yeast funkiness, candy, hay, and lemon.

T - Kinda tastes like it smells with the yeast funk, lemon, and candy, but nothing over powering and well balanced.

M - Thin bodied, but large amounts of carbonation and it is light and refreshing.

D - This is a good summer beer, clean, light, easy driniking and refreshing. I would suggest you try this on a hot day.

06-14-2010 21:54:48 | More by semibaked
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DIM

Pennsylvania

2.9/5  rDev -24.7%

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.

06-07-2010 15:46:55 | More by DIM
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ElGordo

Oregon

3.7/5  rDev -3.9%

Poured from the 12oz bottle into a Gordon tulip glass. Body is a bright straw-golden color, topped by a pretty flourish of creamy, stark white head that settles down to about a half-finger. Light, spicy, somewhat earthy aroma from the saison yeast, with notes of white pepper and lemon, along with some light, citrusy hops.
Palate is nice and refreshing - sweet pale malt that is reminiscent of corn pops. Light, tangy, citrsuy flavors from the saison yeast come through before the swallow, along with some nice, lemony hops and a touch of coriander. Finish is sweet and dry. Body is light and effervescent, but not quite as light as a true Belgian saison. That also makes it not quite as drinkable as other saisons on the market, but it's still an enjoyable beer.

06-05-2010 05:04:51 | More by ElGordo
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BlackBearForge

Florida

3.85/5  rDev 0%

Bottled on March 10, 2010

Colette pours a lovely lemon gold with a bone white head that lingers for some time with thick sheets of lacing that don't stick to the sides of the glass. Lots of carbonation is evident with many steady streams of bubbles up from the bottom of the glass.

The aroma has hay, light malts and some spicy fruit and lightly sour lemon notes.

The flavors are of lightly sweet bready malt, lemony spicy notes with hints of clove and a nice bitterness that develops on the finish.

Mouthfeel is light, smooth and well carbonated.

What a nice ale for the warmer weather approaching us. Refreshing, very drinkable and very flavorful.

05-31-2010 20:07:22 | More by BlackBearForge
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chickenflea

Florida

4.18/5  rDev +8.6%

Bottled Mar 10, 2010

A- Pours a cloudy orange yellow with a monstrous bubbly white head.

S- The aroma contains yeast, lemon meringue pie and wet hay. Very promising. Spicy and inviting.

T- The taste is extremely refreshing, and probably dangerously so considering the high ABV for a saison. The taste starts out with some light maltiness followed by a nice carbonated bite. Citrus flavors and hints of spices with some earthy hops near the end. Finish contains banana-clove smoothness and then a clean finish. Wow what a journey.

M- The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

D- This is a dangerously drinkable beer that is very refreshing. Overall, this is a fantastic saison and another great beer from Great Divide.

Serving type: 12-oz bottle

Reviewed on: 05-29-2010

05-29-2010 20:35:38 | More by chickenflea
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aasher

Indiana

4.2/5  rDev +9.1%

Appearance: very active (alot of bubbling), pours golden yellow with a medium white head which slowly dissipates, very cloudy body

Smell: smells very yeasty and "bready", slight citrus accents

Taste: excellent flavor, tastes like good saison/farmhouse should, very yeasty and has slight fruit flavor accent

Mouthfeel: excellent mouthfeel, smooth and good consistency

Drinkability: very drinkable, is light but not too light, has good flavor and is very appealing

I'd definitely recommend this beer

05-27-2010 05:28:20 | More by aasher
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jlindros

Massachusetts

3.68/5  rDev -4.4%

A: Pours a huge pasty white head that makes me stop pouring, fluffy and fizzy, and fades pretty quickly over the clear golden wheat yellow color.

N: Light toasty malts, wheat, a little lemon zest and citrus, some creamy malt aromas, a little spicy hop, some yeasty aromas as well, with a little farmhouse saison aroma.

T: Lots of wheat and light malts, saison flavors, toasty malts, yeasty flavors with a little fruit even, dry spicy saison. Some cremy malts, a little sweet malt flavor with hints of booze, spicy flavors too.

M: Lighter body with tons of carbonation.

F: Very dry with hints of spicy saison flavors, little boozy warmth and tingle a little heavy booze for 7.3%. A little wheat flavors, some yeast and farmhouse flavors lingering, some bitterness with a touch of spicy hops and orange peel, even a bit of spices and coriander.

05-24-2010 02:49:15 | More by jlindros
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kirkpjr

Alabama

3.78/5  rDev -1.8%

Poured into a Saison Dupont glass.

A: Pours a pale yellow color with a slight cloudiness. Two fingers of head that settle down into a constantly refreshed ring of head. Lots of carbonation climbing up the glass, with lacing developing as the beer drinks down.

S: Bananas and yeast. Breadiness and a light sweetness from a lemon zest maybe.

T: Smell represented in the taste. Also some cloves and a spiciness to the flavor. The lemon comes through stronger in the taste.

M: Light and crisp, with moderately high carbonation.

D: Very good summer Saison. Refreshing and easy to drink. Only hindrance is the high carbonation.

05-23-2010 20:56:07 | More by kirkpjr
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scruffwhor

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

The appearance of this saison would be pretty good if it was't for the lack of head. The faintly hazey golden hay with a twinge of copper and awesome bubbling carbonation are their. But there is no foam.

Faint spices, some equally faint barnyard yeast, earthen hops, and some tart grains. Standard saison aroma.

A little wet, slightly tart pilsner and maybe some wheat grains start the flavors off. You can feel the carbonation more on the middle and finish of the tongue than at the front. The middle is a dry, tart Granny Smith appple skin. Ten sm slight of and funk histhe taste buds along with some earthy, soft hops lto control some of the malts.

This is a nicely caronated palate with sometexture and nuance going on from start to finish. This dry palate would be somewhat sessionable on a summer day while taking a break from some hard outdoor work.

05-19-2010 03:34:25 | More by scruffwhor
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oberon

North Carolina

3.6/5  rDev -6.5%

Not a style I often seek out at all,on a warm day like today I figured it might hit the spot.Poured into a tulip glass a hazed lemonade color with a great clingy two finger white head that left broken rings of lace as it settled slowly.Funky barnyard notes in the nose along with some iron/metallic,a whiff of lemon peel as well,some are big fans of the barnyard funk,Iam not.Flavors are funky but on a smaller scale,wet grain notes along with lemon pith, and honey,there is enough sweetness to keep the funk in check for me.A decent brew,again not a fan for a reason,but I grade it accordingly.

05-13-2010 20:50:55 | More by oberon
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beerthulhu

New Jersey

4.03/5  rDev +4.7%

A: Poured a thick hazy lemony-orange with a 2 finger, off white head that was fair in retention and weak in lacing. Unfortunately this didn't offer to much in the visual spectrum.

S: Fruit and tart lemon notes exist on the nose along with a noticeable wheaty character. Orange-lemon citrus, lightly tart and dry, but with a very nice refreshing quality adds some respect to the aroma that was moderate in strength.

T: Tart, with a dry lemon and orage flavor opens things up. Dried fruitiness of mangos, pineapple along with a strong showing of wheat also appear. A softy wheaty exit with tart, dry citrus leaves on good terms. Not a lot of complexity here and wish I could say more about this, but its limited spectrum does in no way hinder enjoyment and ease that this has to offer. It is very solid by example and wont disappoint.

M: The mouthful was a strong point here, very crisp, sharp and refreshing with a big carbonation bite that suited this style well. Medium fullness, smooth in texture with a dry tar lemon-wheat fade that is sure to keep you sippin.

D: Very nice drinkability, crisp, dry, well suited per style and 6 pack worthy. An easy to drink interpretation that makes for a good tart summertime farmhouse that will wet the whistle and make fans of the style.

05-11-2010 00:14:10 | More by beerthulhu
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thegodfather2701

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +3.9%

A-Pours a very hazy bright yellow with a white fizzy head that leaves some lacing and has some cascading.

S-Malty, spicy, citrussy. It has a real strong Belgian note to it.

T-Much like the nose. Its got a Belgian spiciness to it with significant citrus flavors such as lemon and orange. Its malty with some alcohol sweetness.

M-Pretty thick.

D-Very drinkable for a hot summer's day.

Overall, this is a good beer. Not my favorite beer, but I am relatively new to the style and thought it was enjoyable. I would like to try some more Saisons in the future.

05-07-2010 19:51:47 | More by thegodfather2701
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SeattleBeerBlog

Washington

3.93/5  rDev +2.1%

A- A Hazy hay Color that is quite appealing, head dissipated a little too quickly

S- Smells of good funk, along with a lot of fruit, green grapes, apples, and other good stuff, smells like spring.

T- starts out a little tart but finishes really crisp, especially considering the ABV. It doesn't taste very strong at all.

M- very light on the palate with a good bit of carbonation, the mouthfeel makes this beer.

D- this beer is very drinkable, and is the perfect, early summer beer. Just makes me think of eating a good meal outside, and kicking back a few with friends. Overall a great Saison.

05-04-2010 23:31:41 | More by SeattleBeerBlog
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JEdmund

Kansas

4.22/5  rDev +9.6%

(Bottled on April 8, 2010; tasted on May 2, 2010)

A: Honey colored and hazy, though clearer than any other saison I've seen.

S: Wheat, banana, somewhat minerally. Reminds me a bit of a pils, making me think it has pils malt and certainly the rice is a contributing factor.

T: Really nice flavor with a big finish. Starts smooth thanks to the wheat, then midway it gets just a bit peppery and then on comes a drying tartness and a quick blast of hop bitterness, and finally a hint of fruitiness from the yeast. Finishes dry and light.

D: At 7% ABV, this isn't something you can drink all afternoon. I wish it were just 5%, but then it may not have all this delicious flavor. I'm just happy there's an affordable and delicious saison in six-packs! Great Divide makes great beer, and Colette is further proof.

05-04-2010 13:43:56 | More by JEdmund
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woosterbill

Kentucky

4.13/5  rDev +7.3%

On-tap at Prime 16 into a shaker pint.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Cheers!

05-02-2010 19:22:41 | More by woosterbill
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barleywinefiend

Washington

4.22/5  rDev +9.6%

Poured a nice hazy straw yellow with good carbonation and a nice white head. Nose is wheat, rice, clove. Taste is belgian yeast, clove, banana, wheat. Mouthfeel has a nice tart, crisp finish, with clove, fruits and spice. Just right amount of booze. Very drinkable indeed.

05-01-2010 04:24:32 | More by barleywinefiend
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Pahn

New York

4.05/5  rDev +5.2%

12oz bottle into Duvel tulip. Bottled on Feb19, 2010.

Appearance: Moderate pour yields a 3/4 inch head that dissipates steadily and leaves sparse lacing. Pours a very hazy yellow, and leaves no lacing.

Smell: The dominant aspects of the aroma are some tangy and slightly sour notes, as well as Belgian yeast and a characteristic wheat beer smell. There's some nice, thick breadiness, banana, and some earthy funk.

Taste: Starts juicy and carbonated, segueing into a sharp, tangy taste characterized by citrus and clove, then finishes dry. The beginning is punchy and enjoyable texturally, if a little drab flavor-wise. The flavorful part of each sip is nice and earthy and musty, but still vibrant and zesty. There's a bit too much sweetness in the finish sometimes, with a sort of sugary feel going along with it.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, with big carbonation and juiciness up front, then a slightly puckering tartness that gives way to a dry finish. The beer is always very active in the mouth.

Drinkability: This is a very refreshing and delicious beer. The kind of beer I would keep on hand at all times, especially in summer. Nice go to beer when you want refreshment with a decent complexity (as advertised, incidentally).

I know that some people think this beer isn't "indicative of the style of saison," but that's a rather strange attitude to take. On the one hand, this beer is exactly what BA describes as a saison (slightly dry, lots of spice, sweetness generally restrained, nice earthy notes). On the other hand, it doesn't taste like many of the very celebrated Belgian saisons. Add to this that Belgian brewers aren't particularly concerned with what style you can throw a beer into, and the issue of authenticity seems to dissolve, at least for me.

Regardless, Colette is a delicious beer. There's some flaws (it's a little sugary at times, the funkiness could be turned up to good effect, and the beer is rather lacking ester-wise, especially considering the banana present in the aroma but absent from the flavor), but it's solid and refreshing. To boot, it's a good saison that comes in a 6 pack for the price of 750ml of most good imported saisons. Excellent value. I was very impressed when I first tried this, and still am.

04-29-2010 04:25:05 | More by Pahn
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smcolw

Massachusetts

3.58/5  rDev -7%

Cloudy dark straw color. Extensive initial head. Leaves slippery lace. Eventually dies down to a thin layer of minute bubbles.

Earthy like with stale sourness. Not very appealing.

Good Saison flavor, slightly wheaty. Lots of mild citrus, clove and pepper. Nice full body with an appropriate level of carbonation. Pleasant sour aftertaste.

04-25-2010 22:44:30 | More by smcolw
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hops4life

Connecticut

3.43/5  rDev -10.9%

On tap at Plan B in W. Htfd, CT. I drink a lot of Saison, and this is wayyy off the style for a Saison. Citrus, clove, some of the ester profile I associate with the wheat/white homebrew styles of a decade ago (or today, but that is the time period I associate with banana/clove hysteria). I would have pegged it as "spiced hefeweizen" or a summer beer with an identity crisis. Hop character was completely supressed under the spice. It makes for a very drinkable pint, even at 7.5%, but there is much better to be had.

04-23-2010 03:13:03 | More by hops4life
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coastiefish

Oregon

3.13/5  rDev -18.7%

Bottled Feb 23 2010
Opened Apr 21 2010

First nip from the bottle, got the typical tart of the style, followed by an very vivid copper taste.

Poured into a pint glass (don't forget the sediment at the bottom of the bottle!)

Soft hazy bright gold, thin layer of head, when carefully poured (thick layer with froth on the second pour when I was a bit rougher with the pour, though it dwindled down quickly to a thin layer)

On the nose, tart fruit, clove, tiny bit astringent, bit of apricot/peach being detected as well.

Everything on the nose I get on the tongue. A bit of lemon is coming through. Yeasty and dry, but not too dry. Watery finish is worth mentioning.

Mouth feel is light & airy. Id like to have more body in this brew, it just isnt there.

This is a drinkable brew, but there are better ones out there. (Apricot Farmhouse from Upright Brewing an excellent example, and #5 from Upright, a classic example extremely well executed) I wouldnt suggest this to exemplify the farmhouse/saison style. Though, the 7.3% on a hot summer day with nothing to do except sample some brews could justify a round.

04-22-2010 06:29:56 | More by coastiefish
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ghostmech007

Virginia

1.95/5  rDev -49.4%

Bottled on Feb. 19, 2010

Poured into a tulip glass produced a little well formed head. Body doesn't look good, hazy bright yellow.

Nose has definite lemon note and a slight funky smell. Almost like it's skunked.

The taste is bad. Not terrible but it really doesn't taste good at all. The finish is terrible and attacks the palette like a Japanese bomber. The balance is not present at all throughout the beer. The only thing that really stands out from this beer is the malts definitely there and provides some balance to beverage at the end. You really can tell that from the mouth it's very creamy but doesn't stick around because the bitter imbalance on your palette.

I'm not getting this brew again. The whole experience was awful. It's lemon and bitterness just doesn't seem to work. It was very poorly executed.

04-21-2010 17:05:28 | More by ghostmech007
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rfgetz

New Jersey

3.83/5  rDev -0.5%

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

04-19-2010 14:50:49 | More by rfgetz
Colette Farmhouse Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
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