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Colette Farmhouse Ale - Great Divide Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
86
very good

442 Reviews
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Reviews: 442
Hads: 1,572
Avg: 3.84
pDev: 21.35%
Wants: 49
Gots: 243 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Great Divide Brewing Company
Colorado, United States | website

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: 442 | Hads: 1,572
Photo of pumptrick
4.37/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured Into my globe on a recent camping trip and it was my first beer of the day. I bought it on a whim. I generally dislike sour or belgian.
Looks strawyellow and cloudy
Smells lemon hay I guess the funk everyone is talking about
Taste lemon earth funk sour
Mouthfeel great for a hot day

Blew me away. I was expecting to hate another beer and loved it. Will buy again.

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

Poured from a bottle into an oversized wine glass.

Look - very pale blonde color, a little murky/hazy, with little to no foam when poured.

Smell - one can definitely smell the rice and wheat involved. A little bit of a sour smell.

Taste and Mouthfeel - a little like the smell, with the wheat and rice being prevalent - mostly the wheat. There is indeed a little bit of a dry tart taste that peaks in the middle, striking the back middle of the tongue. Texture is pretty good. Almost tastes a little bit like a Chardonay. Maybe some fruitiness, but it's subtle to me.

Overall - In general very good-tasting and very true to the style, which I appreciate.

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Photo of Fluke828
2.66/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into Duvel Tulip.
Bottled on April 5th, 2011.

A-> A very bright yellow/straw in color with just under 2 fingers worth of white head. Some pretty active nucleation racing up the sides of the tulip so I'm expecting lively carbonation in this brew.

S-> Definitely getting that classic farmhouse/saison-ish aroma right away but it is followed by a pseudo vinegar, almost white wine like smell that I just can't shake...

T-> Saison taste up front with lemony zing and Belgian yeast flavors. But then that white wine thing comes back around with a fruity and tart finish. This beer is all over the place....

M-> As expected there is significant carbonation which actually helps this beer in my eyes but also further accentuates the white wine characteristics for me. Dry on the finish and on the bigger side of medium bodied, particularly for the style.

O-> Hmmm...not really sure here. It would seem this would be refreshing on the porch in the summertime, perhaps as a light after dinner cleansing beer, however I'm not sure I could have more than one in a sitting/day/weekend and the ABV doesn't help that much. This beer seems complex and it is, I just think there is a little TOO much going on and it's not for me.

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Photo of StaveHooks
2.71/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - Pours hazy pale straw with a half inch whit head that is very active and sinks quickly into nothing.

S - Yeast, sulpher, damp hay, orange and lemon zest, gala apples,

T - Lots of sweet orange, lemon, and apples. Sweet wheat, thin sugary sweet fruit flavors.

M - Fizzy carbonation, thin body. It feels like zots candy on your tongue. Finish kind of stings the back of the throat.

Great aroma not so great flavors. Everything seems bland with added sucrose.

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Photo of zoso1967
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I figured that since it's Mother's Day, I should drink a beer that shares my mom's name.

Colette pours a wonderfully sunny pale yellow with a white head that fades fairly quickly but leaves pretty decent lacing. The beer is slightly cloudy and glows cheerily when held up to the sun on this beautiful spring day.

The aroma is definitely on the funkier side of American brewed saisons and in my opinion that is a good thing. It has a nice amount of tart funk that sets off some nice zesty citrus notes and a bit of wheaty and pleasantly grassy sweetness.

The flavor brings out much more of the spice quality of the yeast, with a good dose of pepper and just a touch of clove and coriander. It has the same funky tartness from the aroma, but it is not quite as prominent. The malt character is slightly bready and mild with a bit of wheat evident. Hop bitterness is firm and the hop flavor is predominantly grassy.

The mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium with a pretty lively amount of carbonation. This brew finishes nice and dry, leaving a slight tartness and some grassy hops on the palate.

Colette is not the best saison that I have ever partaken of, but it is a solid American brewed version of the style. This brew is crisp, fresh and thirst quenching, making it a perfect brew as we transition into summer.

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Photo of mdr4669
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

App: Silty yellow body with about a finger of head, and consistent fizzy lacing.

Smell: Lemony, toast, malts and barley.

Taste: Starts off malty with a fruity kick that relays into a mellow wheat after.

MF: Refreshing, crisp, and nice level of tartness.

OA: Very well balanced, and a pleasure to drink.

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Photo of mothman
3.34/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into portsmouth snifter

Pours 1 finger of white head. Decent retention. Leaves a little bit of splattered lace. Color is a pale straw yellow.

Aroma: Big lemon citrus flavor. It also has a nice farmhouse funk to it. Earthy and herbal. Some spice. Lovin the funk here.

Taste: Pepper and spice. Some lemon zest. Yeast flavors. It has some cloves and banana flavors in the finish. Not as funky as the nose, but it still has some barnyard flavors to it. It has a slight apple flavor to it, but it is fairly hidden.

Mouthfeel: Funky and fizzy. Lighter bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends kind of dry.

Overall, a decent saison. Decently drinkable. I really enjoyed the funk in the nose. I wish it was more present in the taste. Not bad.

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Photo of DanThomas
3.48/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Cloudy, pale/straw yellow color. Honestly, if you'd handed this to me blind (i.e. without the Great Divide name), I wouldn't be too excited to drink it based just on the appearance.

S- Definitely improves things. Yeasty smells mix with some bright citrus and lemon scents, and there's a powerful spring/fresh cut grass scent here too.

T- I'm not sure what to make of it. There's a thick, german lager/pilsner malt to start, and then some lemon tart takes over. Yeast and bread flavors dominate the finish. I like each flavor individually, but they don't always work so well in unison in the beer. Some sips are good, some aren't

M- For a beer that is generally pretty light in flavor, it is very full-bodied, especially on the front end with the malts. Smoother beer than I'm used to for a saison, which actually works well for the beer. The mouthfeel adds a pretty good backbone to the beer.

O- Kind of all over the place for me. Good summer beer though, and I love the scent and the substantial mouthfeel.

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Photo of claytong
4.22/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

rereviewing, had this twice. had two sit in my cellar for a while, not recommended, better fresh

appearance - nice hazy straw color, inch or two of head depending on how careful, nice lacing

smell - ham, i dig it, belgian yeast (slight bubblegum domination), some grains

taste - repeat of smell

mouthfeel - smooth, refreshing and crisp, no alcohol bite for 7.3

a steal at 7.99 a 6er, one of my favorites of the style due to the ham (more ham when fresh, the ones i let wait a month or two were lacking the pork i wanted)

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Photo of FosterJM
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

443rd review on BA
Bottle to tulip
12oz
Bottle date: 3/10/11

App- This was a light and bright yellow with a couple dots of cling. A pretty nice one finger head.

Smell- Very timid yeastiness with a funk and some damp earthiness to it. An interesting mix of some straw and a bit of wheat.

Taste- With the corn it's an interesting take on a saison. It's a bit grainy but still good. This was down the middle in terms of saison tastes with it being not overly peppery and at the same time not very citrusy either.

Mouth- This was a medium bodied beer with a high carbonation. The aftertaste is a crisp wheat grain.

Drink- Its pretty tasty and a bit different and the flavors are a bit small but it's a nice beer. I might come back to this one because of $ point.

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Photo of JayQue
3.97/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice take on a Saison. I had it with Indian food and it stood up very well. Pours a hazy straw color with a very carbonated bubbly white head. The head shrinks fastand there is some lacing on the glass.

Smell and taste start out mostly lemony and spicy like a hefe, but the warmer the beer gets and the more you drink, the yeasty funk appears at a level you would expect in a Saison. At this point, the beer is really enjoyable.

Mouthfeel is rich. The lemon, spices and funkiness are a treat for the tongue, wish the carbonation would last longer.

Overall this is a good Saison...not quite Hennepin, but not bad either!!!

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Photo of trappistlover
3.28/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

(12oz bottle). Pour hazy light golden color with white head. Very active carbonation. Aroma has grass, wheat, and some lemon. Taste is sweet malt with a bit of tart. Spiciness as well. Thin bodied with an oily texture. Finish is dry. Any ok beer that would be better if the abv were lower. Then, this would at least be sessionable. As it is, I wouldn’t want to make this my drink of the night. (or day?).

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Photo of katan
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz into a goblet

A - Pours a hazy straw to bright golden color. Lots of carbonation, very bubbly. head formation really white, but breaks down quickly.

S - Strong yeast character, lots of white pepper and esters. A little bit of pilsner malts sneaks through. Very spicy.

T - Starts off malts, some pilsner. Mid-stream gets very yeasty, however at all funky or wild. Some citrus comes through towards the finish. Finishes with a bit of a bready character, lightly sweet.

M - Light beer body but a strong carbonation. Finishes very clean, with just a little alcohol warmth. A little clinging sweetness.

O/D - Very easy drinking - very refreshing. White pepper lightens things up nicely. ABV is well hidden. Lightly filling.

While probably not the highest example of a saison, it is a very well done beer.

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Photo of Brunite
2.86/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Cloudy straw yellow. White minimal head.

S: Belgian yeast notes...spicy...lemon.

T: Tart. Very strong citrus & lemon. Spicy....dry.

T: The beer taste is just way too lemony.

M: Lots of carbonation...very tart. Too much for my taste.

O: Did not like this one. Just too much lemon. Did not finish.

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Photo of KarlHungus
3.97/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a cloudy yellow color. The head is half an inch in height, and recedes quickly into a small cap of lacing. The aroma is of lemons, hay, and leather. The taste is a balance of lemon, orange and mildy funky barnyard notes. What is there in the flavor and aroma is nice, but lacks depth. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with lively carbonation, and a smooth texture. Overall, this is a good beer that I would happily drink again, but there are much better saisons out there.

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Photo of flannelman808
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Yellow to golden hue and hazy this looks just how it should. Topped with a bone white head with ok retention and lacing. Looks like lots of carbonation.

S: Lots of grass, funk, and citrus (orange lemon and hay).

T: Spice, soft almost lemon cream flavors, grass (hay and green grass) meet some funk for a rather nice farmhouse ale.

M: Tickling

O: Pretty good stuff

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Photo of jar2574
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got a six pack of these and they were quite a pleasant find. Large white fully head dissipates slowly leaving a smaller 1/4 inch head and decent lacing on the sides. Beer is a cloudy pale yellow color.

Smells like a saison should, only it could be slightly stronger. Spices and earth.

An earthy, buttery, mildly spicy saison. It could use a little more zest but it's very easy to drink.

I had two of these out of the bottle on Easter and for whatever reason they seemed to taste better out of the bottle than out of my glass today. I shared three on Easter and they got a great reception even though my friends weren't huge beer lovers.

I'll give it a 4 on overall rating despite being mildly disappointed on my second tasting tonight out of a glass. You can't find that many affordable saisons in 6-packs, and that's worth a lot during grilling season.

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Photo of bsp77
3.92/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into chalice.

Appearance: Pale, hazy yellow with rapidly vanishing head that does not leave much behind.

Smell: Sweet with candi sugar and banana. Very light clove and white pepper.

Taste: Fairly sweet taste as well, with a focus on banana, some tropical fruit, sugar and light wheat and rice. Finish dries up somewhat with light clove and spiciness.

Feel: Moderate carbonation, medium body. Not quite as dry or effervescent as desired in a really good Saison.

Overall: Some nice flavors here, but hampered slightly by the mouthfeel. Great Divide makes some great American/English ales, but they have yet to prove to me that they can make an excellent Belgian brew, although this is damn close. Quite enjoyable.

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Photo of Stunner97
4.17/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance- golden yellow in color and mostly murky in cloudy body, starts off with moderate white foam head that quickly fades away to nothing, at first bubbles streamed the glass but sort of faded away to just being a still beer with only small amount of bubble

Smell- sweet malt nose, orange citrus and nice spice, very nice and fruity nose

Taste- starts of a little bit sweet up front with nice light citrus orange/lemon notes that fade off with a very nice spice drying finish, enjoyable and light flavor profile, flavors blend nicely and the dryness is enjoyable on finish as it keeps up front sweetness in good balance

Mouthfeel- very light and crisp, drying presence can be felt on finish, the overall weight is decently light and carbonation pretty low

Drinkability- this beer extremely easily drinkable, it has the perfect balance in drying and sweet flavors, its just overall to me a very enjoyable flavor profile, this beer is also extremely refreshing which makes it superb as a summertime beer, could see easily downing a few of these on a hot summer afternoon, the alcohol is even deceptively high at 7.2 considering it just seems so easily drinkable, overall a pretty darn good beer especially for the season

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Photo of cyrock1
3.77/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Straw colored with a 1/2 inch bright white head.

Smell: Fruity, lemony with a little bit of graininess.

Taste: Lemon zest with with a tart background. Light hops mingling somewhere in the back.

Mouthfeel: Lively carbonation that lifts the flavors up and back onto the palate.

Overall: Pretty good version of farmhouse, I might have to try this one on tap.

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

I poured this 12 oz. bottle into a Chimay chalice. Bottled on March 10, 2011.

A: murky (thanks to the yeast sediment) pineapple gold color, the fizzy head quickly falls into a lovely Belgian-style cap and lace.

S: citrus, tropical fruit, Belgian funk, spice, cracker-like malt aroma forms a nice backbone to the other aromas.

T: the fruit (citrus, tropical) and dry malt make an entrance, and then the sour funk slides on in along with some clove, and the finish is dry, slightly sour, and features a gentle herbal hop presence.

M: light to medium-bodied, velvety texture, light to moderate carbonation.

O: a very enjoyable Saison, and one that I would definitely seek out again.

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Photo of bohemiandonut
3.56/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

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Photo of SkeeterHawk
3.86/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of OakedCanuck
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

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Photo of bump8628
3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

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Colette Farmhouse Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 442 ratings.