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Colette Farmhouse Ale - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Colette Farmhouse AleColette Farmhouse Ale

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very good

432 Reviews

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Reviews: 432
Hads: 1,539
Avg: 3.84
pDev: 21.35%
Wants: 50
Gots: 225 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Great Divide Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  7.30% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: ArrogantB on 04-25-2009

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Reviews: 432 | Hads: 1,539
Photo of ummswimmin
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
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.

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Photo of nickthetick
3.92/5  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).

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Photo of HugePlume
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

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Photo of fields336
4.09/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

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Photo of lawlerj
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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Photo of hoptualBrew
3.97/5  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.

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Photo of ocelot2500
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
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.

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Photo of HalfFull
3.57/5  rDev -7%
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.

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Photo of EricCioe
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

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Photo of jminsc76
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

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Photo of mountdew1
4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into an imperial pint glass. Color was a very pale straw. A almost snow white head was on top, fairly thin, but lasted well. A bit of cling to the sides Fairly constant streams of carbonation rose from the bottom. Aroma had hints of a fruity sweetness. Also noticed a bit of yeast and just a tad of alcohol. Flavor was multi layered. Started out a bit like a hard cider, hints of sweet apples, with a finish of tartness. If it warmed up it became sweeter with less tartness. Occasionally picked up some yeasty bready, but it was very subtle. Felt great in the mouth. Well balanced, nicely carbonated, coated well. Overall a well rounded surprisingly pleasant beer.

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Photo of herman77
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Very pale yellow with a large and bubbly white head. Pretty cloudy. Decent retention and lacing.

S: Lemongrass, fresh hay, a bit of spice and tartness. Just a tiny bit of funk

T: Slight fruitiness, lemon and tart apple taste with a good amount of spice and yeast. Again, a touch of funkiness. Finishes dry and slightly tart.

M: A lot fuller body than I expected. It has very active and bubbly carbonation, yet its pretty creamy and thick. Odd, but very good feel.

O: Very rustic and old country/old world like. I think they nailed what they were going after in this one. Doesn't have the best drinkability but worth trying out.

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Photo of doughanson78
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Bright white 2 finger head. Hazy straw color. Looks like a Hefe. Decent lacing.

S: Cloves. Bananas. Citrusy. Light roasted caramel. Yeasty.

T: Cloves up front. Very tangy. Very sour lemony taste. Not much banana at all.

M: Light bodied. Kinda fizzy. Crisp.

O: Pretty decent beer for a hot day. Pretty refreshing. Not one I would seek out.

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Photo of aepb1
4.12/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Yellow golden hazy body, small white head

S- Some fruity funk

T- Tart citrus right off the bat, crisp tartness. Some funk in the middle/end, some tropical fruit/banana and spices in there too.

M- Light body and crisp. very easy to drink with this light body

O- A very nice take on the style! Really can take a bunch of these as it tastes great and goes down every easy

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

12 oz. bottle tried 13 Sep 2010. Served in the 0.3 L Unibroue snifter.

Big ol' head is slightly yellowish. Well carbonated. Clear bright sunflower gold color initially, becomes cloudy with the second pour from the bottle. Yeasty fruity tart aroma, some sweetness and ethanol. Lemony tart, almost puckering to start. Yeasty. Mouthwatering tanginess. Medium body with a lush carbonated mouthfeel. Moderate alcohol.

A says not as much champagne like qualities as expected.

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

A - light pale straw

S - yeasty citrus and fruit

T - sweet at first and flowery with some fruit, the sweetness dissipates with some bitterness and continued fruit and flowery flavor

M - decent amount of carbonation at first but that lessens as it sits at room temperature

O - tasty and interesting I would have it again

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

Poured from a 12ozer into a pint glass

A - A cloudy hazy yellow golden color with a light frothy white head that dies quickly to a small spotted ring.

S - There is a good malt note that is wheaty and smooth. There are nice herbs of clove in there mixed with floral notes. There is a little tangy funk in there as well but I was looking for it.

T & M & D - A good wheat that balances between three things - a floral airy herb wheat, a hint of zesty fruit, and a small amount of tang tart. A light to medium bodied beer that finishes clean and crisp. The beer is a good amount of tang pow and a good amount of smooth and easy.

O - A good brew, not a great brew. It is more complex than the first taste, but when I read funkhouse I wanted a little more sour funk. Still a good brew and more interesting than your average wheat.


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

The head on this was big, but dissipated quickly leaving very little lacing. In the glass it shows a pale gold, the light coming through it hazy.
It smells like a good saison should: yeast, bananas, clove, fresh herbs.
Tastes much the same as it smells. Not sweet or cloying, appropriately dry. The mouthfeel could be a little less thick.
This is a very good American saison.

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

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

A good drinking refreshing brew.

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Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- Solid hay-yellow color with a soapy head that covers half the area of my brew

S- Yeasty smelling with banana esters leading the pack of funky, fruity smells

T- Crisp and smooth with a very mellow malt characteristic that allows the yeast to shine.

M- A bit too bubbly and thick. Nothing offensive, but the mouthfeel doesn't add anything to this beer

O- 7.3%ABV? I would have guessed below 6%ABV because I couldn't taste anything but malty, yeasty goodness.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
4.04/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

bottled: 4/1, unbottled: 5/27

Definitely one of the better domestic basic farmhouse ales in memory. Actually has some flavor and complexity, although none of what it has to offer is unique.

While the initially cottony head fails to maintain - in fact, all foam completely disappears rather fast - the hazy gold color of the liquid is kinda purdy.

The aroma is very Belgian and very complex. Malty/wheaty first and foremost, straw-like grain and a cider fruitiness slowly emerges with an overtone of yeast looming.

Funky and peppery up front in essence, the taste shifts to a predominance of complex cereal malt flavors - lightly toasted wheat, I feel, holding the reins.

Balance never fully takes hold as stealth fizzy carbonation slowly thins out the body, even as it warms, and the finish becomes increasingly hotter and out of whack.

Maybe if I had this super fresh it would kill, but it's still pretty good.

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Photo of chugalug06
3.06/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This brew is much different with a month or two on it than it is fresh.

A - Cloudy yellow with orange and red hues. Nice white foamy head. Pours very aggressive.

S - Nice sour funk. Very aggressive scent. No banana that I smelt before.

T - Funky brew. Changes greatly with only a little time. Very nice and sweet with pleasant Belgian yeasty funk.

M - Very light and wet. A enjoyable brew with slight heat to be found. Doesn't mellow with time... No bitterness.

O - Good but not nearly as good as it is fresh. Find this one fresh and jump on it!

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Photo of grittybrews
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a hazy straw yellow into a tulip with a finger of loose white head. Bright, lemony aroma with a slight pepper funk.

Moderate carbonation and full, dry mouthfeel. Lots of wheat and lemon up front with hints of gentle spice on the finish.

Very crisp and refreshing, if a little one-dimensional. Not overly funky and very easy-drinking. Would definitely have this one again.

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Photo of jwinship83
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle drank from my new belgium globe glass.

A- a hearty pour yields a somewhat hazy golden yellow colored body under a small bright white head that quickly becomes no more than a crown. small spots of lacing are left on the sides of my glass.

S- the first thing i pick out of the nose is malted wheat. after that i get a pretty heavy dose of pepper and other spices. very yeasty, and i think im picked up a little barnyard-y bret. i didnt know this beer was wild? floral and earthy hops at the end.

T- the taste starts out with malted wheat before quickly moving into he cracked pepper and spices that i could smell. im definitely getting a mild bret like character here. lightly funky/barnyard-y. some pear, apple, and other light summer fruits like white grapes. earthy and floral hops at the end.

M- the body is a solid medium, and the carbonation is right there also. decently dry. the alcohol is well hidden.

O- overall, this is a pretty enjoyable saison that has a lot of differences than most examples of the style. the addition of wild yeast makes me curious how this will hold up in the cellar.

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

Vitals: $1.99 for a single 12 oz bottle at Total Wine. Bottled on 4/5/11. 7.3% ABV. Consumed as we speak.

Poured roughly into a tulip glass resulting in a thick white airy head that slowly receded to a thin blanket with minimal lacing around the glass. The color was a hazy pale yellow and nice and bright.

The fragrance was moderate of wheat, grains, some spices; maybe white pepper. Hints of citrus, lemon, and some butter. As it warmed and opened up, sounds strange but it smelled like a barn (in a good way). Maybe that's the power of suggestion calling it a farmhouse ale, idk. It seemed to give off straw, lemongrass and coriander as it warmed.

The flavors were wheat, grains, a bit of spice and some general earthiness.

The mouthfeel was nice. It was clean and refreshing yet had a bit of viscosity to it as well. Lively carbonation added to the feel and it produced a slight mouthwatering effect in the finish. It didn't seem like a 7.3% ABV as it was very drinkable.

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