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Colette Farmhouse Ale - Great Divide Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

425 Reviews
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Reviews: 425
Hads: 1,496
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 9.87%
Wants: 46
Gots: 195 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Great Divide Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  7.30% ABV

Availability: Spring

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Beer added by: ArrogantB on 04-25-2009

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Reviews: 425 | Hads: 1,496
Photo of nickfl
4.42/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Two fingers of bone white head on top of a clear, light golden body. The foam settles quickly and leaves only light lace.

S - Musty european hop aromas with some pineapple and coconut yeast notes. White pepper, apricot, and a little bit of vanilla as well.

T - Spicy wheat up front with some pineapple and a little bit of musty funk. Peppery spice notes of clove and coriander appear in the middle with some vanilla and more wheat notes. Finishes very fruity; notes of vanilla, pineapple, apricot, and banana with light bitterness and some earthy/citrus hop notes. Lingering wheat and vanilla notes, as well as some citrus hops, coat the mouth in the aftertaste

M - Medium-thick body, moderately high carbonation, and a somewhat dry finish.

D - This is an excellent and very drinkable saison. The yeast character is wonderful, with the strong tropical fruit presence that I look for in a saison as well as some some clove and other spices to add depth. The hop character takes a back seat to the yeast, but it still noticeable (especially in the aroma) and more than capable of balancing the malt. This is an excellent example of the style and I would gladly drink it again if given the opportunity. (1,208 characters)

Photo of tmoneyba
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from Dilly Deli.

Poured clear yellow color with a large frothy white head that was mostly lasting with good lacing. Moderate fruit and yeasty aroma. Medium sweet spicy flavor with a medium sweet finish of moderate duration. Medium body with a dry smooth texture and soft carbonation.

Good refreshing brew. (314 characters)

Photo of prototypic
3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Saison pours a pale gold color. There's a light amount of haze clouding the scene, but not much. An active white heads caps it off and reaches a couple of fingers deep. Given the activity, it was much slower to recede than I expected. Lacing was on the lighter end of the spectrum.

The nose is easily above average, but isn't stunning. It smells a little fruity initially. Light pear and lemon are noted. Yeast is very prominent. Belgian yeast is here, but it's not as strong as I'd like. It certainly has strong earthy and herbal notes. I'm not picking up anything overtly vegetal (which is a good thing). It's a little musky, but not quite funky. I'm not picking up any alcohol. It smells alright, but doesn't "wow" in any way.

The flavor profile is pretty consistent with the nose. It's certainly fruity up front, but not in a sweet way. Lemon is the strongest fruit flavor, but pear is present as well. A rather strong herbal flavor mixes with some spicy notes. There might be a little clove here. Tough to tell. It's hoppier than I anticipated. I like that aspect of it. It has a nice bitter surge. The hops taste mostly floral in variety. Yeasty flavors emerge somewhat late, but are strong. Belgian yeast is definitely appreciated (in more ways than one). I'm still not picking up any alcohol. It finishes bitter and dry. This is pretty good stuff. Above average. Ultimately, it's just a tad too herbal.

Saison has a medium body that's nearly smooth. Active carbonation really prevents it from getting there. Too much buzziness. Drinkability is okay. Above average. The flavor's alright, but I'm not in love with it. It goes down pretty easy. A bomber will due.

This is the second Great Divide beer in a row that really hasn't dazzled me. After rolling out consistently great beer, this and the 15th Anniversary Release are just in the 'pretty good' category. This one would probably be improved if the herbal aspect was toned down a little. The other flavors seem to work nicely and I like the hoppy aspect of it, but that vegetal bit is just too strong. Not a bad effort, but a little disappointing. Worth a try nonetheless. (2,137 characters)

Photo of Patrick999
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

All right! A new domestic saison, and from Great Divide, no less.

A - Poured into my designated farmhouse glass, my Ommegang 10th anniversary goblet. Whitish gold body, plenty of carbonation. Head is not a big Dupont-like crown, but it retains well.

S - Hmmm, I can tell they took the time to do this right. Very yeasty/peppery aroma. Grassy-smelling, some lemon zest. A little sour-smelling barnyard. When rating a saison's aroma, I always ask myself if it is evocative of the countryside; i.e., somewhat rustic, piquant, and herbal. If it isn't, well, you've separated the pretenders from the contenders. Mind you, there seems to be quite a few ways to get there, from off-the-wall Jolly Pumpkin, to funky, herbal Fantome, to peppery Dupont, to clean, fresh Hennepin. This falls somewhere in between the last two.

T, F - Damn, is this ever a palate-scraper of a saison. Hits you with a little sour lemon funk combined with a muscular grassy hop that I did expect from Great Divide. Peppery, with some suggestion of thyme and sage. Not much if any residual sugar, this really finishes mineral-ly and dry, with some Orval-esque leather boot, to boot. Dry as hell, with aggressive carbonation, this is begging for a pairing. Sorry, beer...I gots nothin' but cracked pepper water crackers...hey, that just might work.

D - Well, I'm used to Great Divide putting out awesome DIPAs, barleywines, and imperial stouts....who knew they had this kind of range? In all honesty, I wasn't expecting much....as I said, when I want a DIPA, barleywine, or imperial stout, I know full well to look to these guys....but I only picked this up out of curiosity. I was expecting it to be a fully Americanized saison, the kind my local brewery brews and tries to pass off as a saison, when it just tastes like a slightly stronger witbier. Clearly, I was wrong - this is the real thing. Crisp, refreshing, drinkable...and fairly authentic. (1,923 characters)

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

This ale pours a light golden with a very light haze and develops a full 2-inch head that is totally white and creamy. The head settles over time into about 1/4 inch. The carbonation is marked but of moderate intensity with very small bubbles. The initial nose makes me think of a pilsner, but the malty and hoppy notes are pushed aside by the expected sour notes of this farm-house ale. The body is medium-light with a pleasant lightly-sour lingering. Definitely an ale for food. The sour notes are more restrained than I expected of a Farmhouse Ale/Saison. The ale is quite tasty. Lacing does form, but is rather moderate. The 7.3% ABV is not noticeable on the palate. I'd try this again, but would first return to some Saisons from Belgium. (743 characters)

Photo of nicholasdes
4.29/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This was my first Saison. I did not know what to expect from the style. Barnyard sounds tough to handle.

A: crystal clean straw color with light white head and lot of bubbles

N: The aromas coming off this beer are heavy and intense. Lots of hay with leather, light fruit, green apple and the tang of alcohol.

T: Full flavor with lite wheat flavor and hints of Belgium yeast. Crisp with hay and fruitiness. Very good.

M: fresh and crisp and lite on the tongue. The carbonation gives it a full mouthfeel, but not heavy.

D: I really liked this and could easily have a few. The crispness gives a refreshing feel that makes it easy to keep drinking it. (654 characters)

Photo of riored4v
4.18/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed 7/28/09

Poured into a snifter. Pours a fluffy, 2 finger, white head that fades to about 1/4 finger. Clear, golden colored body.

Smell is mildy sweaty, sweet, estery and yeasty. Hints of peppery/spicey aromas along being mildy malty.

Taste was fruity and mildy sweet. Slight estery and banana flavors accompanied by a mild spiceness.

Mouthfeel was light, crisp and finished dry. High carbonation.

Drinkability was very good. Nicely balanced and finishes clean.

Overall its a good, very easy to drink, refreshing Saison. (533 characters)

Photo of jamie2dope
3.35/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I love Great Divide beers, and I love this style, so lets try this one. Pours a sort of dull golden straw color, with just a ring of white lacing. Some fruit smell in the nose along with some some nice bright grain. Green apples first come to mind in the taste, with some pineapple, and champagne tastes as well. Body is light for a somewhat high ABV. Drinkability is very nice...light, refreshing and easy to put back. This is a pretty good Saison from Great Divide. I may have been expecting a bit more, but still a very fair effort. Cheers (542 characters)

Photo of bgreg3
3.33/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

App.-Pours a cloudy yellow with a foamy white head that disappears after a little, the carbonation dances on the way up , it swirls and makes an interesting beer to look at.

Smell- Smells fruity , a little lemony , wheaty very enticing and makes you wonder how it is going to taste.

Taste- Complex , first thing is this beer tastes like it was brewed with lemon peel because I taste the lemon stronger than if it were brewed with amarillo hops (it could be a combination of both though) , then it takes your taste buds on a ride as it moves on to a berry taste and it has a very strong wheat presence throughout this is the most sour beer I've had by the way

MF- Very strong and acidic to the toungue , it is good on the palate though , with a light-medium feel. Rolls around nicely. kind of crisp and refreshing.

Drink- Stick to 12 oz of this if possible , I had a bomber and it just became very tart and difficult to drink after a while , definetely eat something with this and take your time with it too

Not worth buying again but a good experience. (1,057 characters)

Photo of czechsaaz
3.57/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Lots of candi sugar in the aroma. Very yeasty with spice esters too. Not much hops but a tad.

Golden, hazy with a HUGE white head that takes a good long while to settle into an inch thick lasting layer. Lots of rising bubbles from the bottom of the glass.

Nice flavor of base malt, candi sugar, bready yeast, earthy hops. Very light belgian funk, actually pretty clean fermentation for the style. I like the flavors but everythin seems a little subdued.

Full bodied with a very nice carbonation level. The carbonation makes it seem a lot lighter than it really is.

Nice beer but one of the few Great Divides that I think pales in comparisson to other breweries similar offerings. (683 characters)

Photo of david131
3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- A pale, hazy yellow liquid with some yeast floaters. The creamy white head has some good retention and leaves some nice lacing.

S- Funk, lemon, pepper, and some white bread. Pretty aromatic and enjoyable.

T- Same as the aroma with a slight earthy edge. There is a bit of a floral background to it as well.

M- Pretty creamy and is not too dry on the tail end.

D- Smooth and enjoyable. May not be as memorable as some European counterparts, but it is tasty. (462 characters)

Photo of BMoney575
3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on 8-7-09
Bottled on 4-28-09

Pours a cloudy pale yellow color, with a great bubbly white head and craggy lacing.

Smell is lemon, tons of yeast, slightly peppery and generally enjoyable.

Taste is all vegetable, very slightly sour, but it really grows on you. A little Belgian, a little citrus, and lots of sweetness.

Mouthfeel is very good, carbonation helps lighten things up, and the slickness sticks around.

Drinkability is not bad, the sweetness and vegetable flavors make it a little rough.

Overall, pretty standard, but worth a shot. (552 characters)

Photo of damienblack
3.87/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours bright yellow, pretty big foamy head. Smells a bit barnyardy, but also a bit cirtusy, almost like an amalgam of what you get with "oldschool" and "newschool" saisons. Taste is basic saison-faire, a bit dry but still kind of sweet, some woody fruity citric flavors, and a distinct lack of hoppy bitterness. Little bit of an ascetic kick. Decently coating in the mouth, very drinkable. For a sessionable, uncomplicated saison, this is pretty good. (451 characters)

Photo of froghop
3.47/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a hazy yellow with a large bubbly head that dissipates rapidly, and some lacing.

smell is of sweet fruit, sour malt, some grain, and lemon.

taste is crisp yet thick, somewhat tangy, sweet fruit, banana, and sour malt, ends oily and slightly bitter. (256 characters)

Photo of JmOdrkrk
4.06/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served from the bottle (22 oz) bomber variety. Standard pint glass. Refrigerator temp.

A - Had a great honey blond color with easy pour into a small head that faded fairly quickly. No lacing.

S - Had a melange of various citrus smells along with hints of grass and ochardfruit.

T - Dry and sweet, strong hints of citrus again, I want to say apples, maybe even grapefruit. Grassy hops resurface. A very refreshing taste on a hotter day.

M - Feels a bit too acidic in the mouth with a dry and sweet finish.

D - Doesn't taste nearly as strong as it is, a good beer for those warmer days if you're a fan of beer with some subtle citrus zest. I was unimpressed with the appearance and came off a bit rough, but ended up enjoying it none the less for its taste. Falls well into the Saison spectrum, although less refined. (820 characters)

Photo of russpowell
2.88/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Was really let down by this one, review based on notes from last night..

Pours a semi-hazed straw color with a pinky of ivory colored head. Zero head retention & lacing

S: Grassy, orchard fruit & appleskins

T: Appleskins, a bit of lemon, potato peels, & grapefruit upfront, but in a very mediocre mix of flavors. Pineapple, candi sugar & near gag reflex triggering sweetness/dryness as this warms, along with more apple peels. Finishes too dry & sweet with a bit of golden delicious apple

MF: Medium bodied, low carbonation, didn't feels a rough as it tasted..

Drinks slow, unpleasing mix of flavors. ABv is well hidden, I'm not really too enamored of any of GD's Belgian styled offerings, this one just struck the wrong way, almost drain poured it... (756 characters)

Photo of shertz
3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into an Allagash Tulip glass from a 750ml bottle. Got the bottle at Chip's in OBX for about $10.

A- Bright yellow, hazy and head disappears quickly.

S- Not too funky like a Saison should be. Peppery and citrusy.

T- Best part of this beer. Very spicy, little tart, and very dry. Very nice combo.

M- Carbonated to right volume. Very good.

D- Doesn't seem too potent and I should be able to walk fine after a 750ml. Pretty refreshing on a hot day.

Final note- A good beer but misses with nose and appearance. Otherwise it would be a damn fine beer. (558 characters)

Photo of TheNightbird
3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Bright yellow color with some haze. Long lasting head that fades to small circles of head.

S- Yeast, wheat, funk and lemon/honey. There seems to be spices in the aroma.

T- Yeast, barley and citrus. Saison finished dry and tart, there also is a slight sour finish. There is a fruity aftertaste.

M- Nice medium body with solid carbonation.

D- Good drinkability. It a solid beer. (383 characters)

Photo of merlin48
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Foil wrapped bomber pours a hazed, light golden body with a medium sized head that leaves some sheet lacing.

Aroma is suitable for a good saison, with an herbal and floral profile, and caramel and mint accents.

Medium body and carbonation lacks the pastoral funkiness of the better Belgian saisons.

Taste is pleasant. Sour and tart, with notes of white pepper, lemon, yeast, wheat, and grassy hops. Sweet caramel maltiness is appropriately restrained. Clean finish.

I like this one a lot, but it simply needs a lot more funkiness to compete with the better examples of the style. (583 characters)

Photo of jdubjacket
3.77/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle of this at Green's on Buford Highway after work one day.

Pours a hazy yellow color with alot of carbonation and a big head. Had to let this one sit for a few minutes while the head died down.

Smell is grassy and hoppy...hoppier than I had expected.

Taste is not quite there yet. Grassy, hoppy, slightly tart taste - the beer needs to sit a little bit longer because this is a little too hoppy for a saison.

Good mouthfeel...maybe a little too much carbonation, but not bad.

Overall, this one needs to be tweaked. Too much of a hop presence. (565 characters)

Photo of Yetiman420
4.23/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Consumed outside in 85 degree sunny weather after a long day of yard work in a Saison Dupont saison glass. Consider this review biased by environmental factors.

Pours and exceptional white yellow hazy with a two finger micro bubble head.

Aroma is a benchmark of attributes from saison yeast - citrus, spice, and perhaps some clove.

Taste is soft on the finish. Would prefer a bit drier. Cigar-like flavor and I came back with spicy 3/4 of the way through.

Full mouthfeel and what I would expect from the haze and micro bubbles.

Drinkability is where mouthfeel and aroma compensate for the soft, lingering finish.

An excellent offering by Great Divide. (663 characters)

Photo of homebrewhawk
4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle. Bottled on 4/15/09. Bottle conditioned. Served in a Duvel Tulip. Poured a pretty pale straw with two fingers of puffy white head. Wheaty spice in the aroma with some lemon, also a bit of sugar as it warmed. Slight hop flavor, also some yeasty funk. Fairly complex flavors. Light bodied, dry and refreshing. I enjoyed this. (335 characters)

Photo of vrazionale
3.67/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

650 mL bottle at refrigerator temperature poured into a snifter. Bottle reads: "Bottled Apr 15"

A - Pours a pale golden orange with a finger's worth of light-bodied head.

S - Fruity, funky, and hoppy nose. The most prominent notes are apricot, wildflowers, and citrusy hops. The funkiness is subtle and well-balanced with the rest of the nose.

T - The hops really step forward here, but it throws the delicate balance off-kilter. The bitterness overwhelms the subtle fruit, funk, and floral notes that lurk in the background. The finish is decently long and bracingly hoppy, but with a nice juicy fruit feel.

M - This is a palate cleanser for sure - the carbonation levels sizzle and serve as a pleasing counterpoint to the hop bitterness. Perhaps a bit too-light bodied for me (it is brewed with some rice, after all).

D - Perhaps this brew needs a little more age to tone down the hop profile, but it just wasn't the most balanced saison I've come across. Enjoyable, to be sure, and a pleasing summer evening sipper. The nose really is remarkably good, though. (1,067 characters)

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

GDBC's Saison pours a hazy yellow-gold body beneath a frothy head of bright white that settles into a creamy cap before quickly dissolving into an average collar. Long splashes and big spots lace the glass but vanish shortly.

The aroma expresses wheaty malt, a bit of vanilla and clove and sugary sweetness, a spritz of lemon, and a subtle bit of yeasty sulphur.

The flavor is gently tart with a bit of citrus, and then lightly malty before the vanilla and gently clove-like phenolics hit at the swallow. Some minor, leafy and grassy hops are present but never really step forward. The bitterness is kept in check, as it should be, but there's still enough there that it's solidly supported. It finishes dry, not just with hop bitterness, but with a bit of acidity.

In the mouth it's medium bodied and gently zesty with a fine-bubbled carbonation that gently bristles the tongue. It's refreshing, and fits perfectly well with the rest of the beer. (951 characters)

Photo of everetends
3.69/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber I found at Arbor Place Beverage in Douglassville, GA. I am pretty sure the bottle was $8 or so. Hadn't heard or seen much of this brew, so I figured what the hell. Served up in a tulip.

A: The color is a bit wierd and slightly unexpected. The color i as if you mixed some chardonnay, a Belgian pale and any macro you found in the fridge. Just a strange somewhat shiny golden yellow. The head was white and about half a finger but it was very fizzy and not tight at all. As expected from what I saw, it fell almost immediately only leaving a few occasional wisps of top floaty goodness. Somehow it has a chance to throw some bubbles on the glass, but nothing sticky. Its not bad to look at but it doesn't have any wow factor or impressive qualities, just a bit mediocre.

S: Smell is pretty nice. It has a really vibrant floral aroma. This just smells like a very clean flower arrangement. It does have a noticeable amount of grains and wheat coming across. It is slightly sweet on the nose. There is a tart aroma but not really able to a finger on the fruit presence (maybe some green apple). Just a touch of spices, mostly just a peppery presence. Yeah, its not very dynamic but it works very well for what is there. It definitely makes me want to give it a go.

T: Up front, it almost tastes like a pale wheat. Has a bit of tangy citrus and slight sugars. It does develop a bit more leading to the finish. The floral flavors come out with a touch of a perfume like presence. Its interesting is the best way I can put it. Then you get a hefty amount of yeast in here. There is just a really mild funk and tartness to this beer. Its more grassy/earthy than farmhouse funky. There is a touch of tart citrus (light orange and grapefruit) and green apple coming through. Finish is just a touch of pepper. There is an underlying, very particular lemon flavor that comes and goes during the experience. It is very nice but I wish it was a more stable flavor in the overall flavor profile.

M: Light, very light. This beer is almost watery at times when you first pull but it does get just a touch creamy as the experience continues. Its kinda wierd. Carbonation is not as high as I was expecting but it does bring a refreshing and quenching crispness. ABV is substancial when read on paper, but doesn't come across while drinking. Very tame in that department. Aftertaste is just a combo of some of that floral and some spice.

D: Sure its not the most dynamic Saison out there but it does what it is supposed to : it makes you refreshed on a hot day. Can't bitch about that. Sure the look, flavor and feel could use a bit of work, but the beer works. Its not the best Saison out there by any means but it works in a pinch and makes me happy. I am not upset by this beer at all, maybe just a touch let down. I figure that Great Divide will play with this brew and tweak it a bit as they are known to do. I see it as a work in progress and I expect it to get better the more they brew it. (3,000 characters)

Colette Farmhouse Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 425 ratings.