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Colette Farmhouse Ale - Great Divide Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

1,230 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,230
Reviews: 390
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 11.43%
Wants: 33
Gots: 79 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Great Divide Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  7.30% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: ArrogantB on 04-25-2009)
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Photo of hailyeast
4.47/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

thats what i think of when i think farmhouse ale. it has good carbination.the taste is sour but more tart. it has a solid appearance and good nose. theres a reason its a silver medal winner @ GABF 2010. if you enjoy farm house ales/sours try it for yourself and see!

hailyeast, Sep 22, 2011
Photo of JerzDevl2000
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up at Buy Rite in Jersey City recently. This was a crapshoot for me and I wasn't sure if Great Divide could take on a style like this and have it match up with the beers from Europe that I've tried in this style. Sure enough, it did! There was no doubt that this was worth getting as a single bottle and even though this was just a bit too strong for me, the flavors and mouthfeel were extremely nice to behold.

This had a good pour to it, with a hazy golden hue, decent head, and some sediment on the bottom of the bottle that had to be swirled and emptied into my glass. The flavors were typical, with lots of banana and straw up front and some farmhouse "funk" in the back. A bit of alcohol could be detected here too but by no means did it detract from the taste. The carbonation was present but not overpowering, just adding enough to the mouthfeel to keep it from getting too heavy.

While this isn't the best example of the style that I've had, this was quite enjoyable and had I not seen the bottle, I wouldn't have guessed who brewed this. Someone who has never tried this style before would be wise to start here - this isn't too overpowering and is a textbook example of what a good Saison/Farmhouse should be, since the funky and spicy notes are absent here. I'd certainly have this again!

JerzDevl2000, Sep 14, 2011
Photo of womencantsail
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: The pour is a fairly clear straw color with a massive white head that eventually settles down.

S: Quite a lot of fruity esters to the aroma. Heavy on the banana and pear notes, but lots of citrus going on, too. There is a touch of tart apple and lemon peel and some light malt and straw. Very nice.

T: The flavor is somewhat light, but in a good/refreshing way. Banana sweetness followed by sweet pears. A touch of citrus peel bitterness, yeast, and light spices. A little bit of bready malt sweetness, too.

M: Medium bodied with medium to high carbonation and a crispness to the finish.

O: A really great saison. I found this to be a fantastic beer.

womencantsail, Sep 14, 2011
Photo of samtb
4.47/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Cloudy with just the right carbonation. Citrusy but not sweet. Quite crisp, but with a not-too-thin mouthfeel.There's a little sour/tart angle to it too. Just an all around great simple-but-not-dull saison.

This is my summer 2011 favorite every-day ale.

samtb, Sep 02, 2011
Photo of RunForYourBeer
4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 4/5/11

A: Pours a pale, golden color with a thin white head.

S: Lots of citrusy orange and lemon with a hint of tartness.

T: Starts with cloves then goes into some citrus flavors before a slightly tart finish. Also has some fruitiness as well as a bit of pepper.

M: Light with a nice amount of carbonation.

O: Very good Saison. Great choice for warmer weather.

RunForYourBeer, Aug 31, 2011
Photo of secondtooth
4.08/5  rDev +6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy straw-gold in appearance, with a light white head. No lace here.

Nose is sweet and malty, grains and toast.

Flavor is sweet and crisp, with hints of citrus, fruits, and spice. There's a slight hoppy bitterness at the finish. Very tasty and full of flavor.

secondtooth, Aug 28, 2011
Photo of pants678
3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A real transparent, champagne gold, the white head recedes too quickly to say on density.

Plenty bread and spice on the nose, little bit sour but very earthy/citrusy. Kind of like a barn but without the funk of methane.

Again, sour but now with a peppery bite. Definitely acidic and tart but more so like a grape or pear. Don't sip on this one, get a good pull otherwise it won't linger or stain.

Highly carbonated as I'd want a summer beer, pleasant that way.

pants678, Aug 20, 2011
Photo of mjvos
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, bottled on April 4, 2011.

Poured a nice looking yellow hue with a strong amount of carbonation that leaves a finger-width of head with great retention. Bubbly lacing around the top of the glass. Bringing it to the nose, it smells tart with lemon and some more grassy earthiness as well. Tasting it, this beer is light but has a pretty full body to it. It has a bite or tartness to the beginning but it ends with a more pleasant fruitiness. Beside the tartness the beer goes down relatively smooth.

Overall, Colette is a good beer. It grew on me the more I drank. Its not exceptional, but a solid homage to saisons like the label explains.

mjvos, Aug 17, 2011
Photo of bubseymour
2.53/5  rDev -34.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - yellowish wheatbeer style color with very active carbonation and yeast activity.
3-4 finger head requiring very slow pour. Head is not the best looking those as its fizzy and large bubbles. Looks like a bubble bath on top.

Smell - smells lemony and orangy like a wheat beer or heff.

Taste - One of the worst tasting beers I've tried in quite a while. First off, it is noticably boozy and warm. Next it is very sour, not pleasant at all. Very noticable lemon bitterness. Then you have a lingering bitter aftertaste that lasts way too long for me and makes my mouth dry and even more thirsty than before.

Mouthfeel - Ok in the mouth but kinda fizzy

Overall - I really don't have much to say positive about this beer. I'm going to try to drink the whole thing but its a borderline drainpour to me. I definitely won't buy this again. The other Great Divide beers have been well crafted. This one seems way off mark to me.

bubseymour, Aug 06, 2011
Photo of DCon
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought the Great Divide Brewer's Choice 12-pack from Shop N Save in Valley Park, MO for $14.99 and this was included. Poured from the yellow bottle into my Bud Light- Gilligan's Island Bar Pint Glass and has BOTTLED ON: APR 04 2011 on the side.

Aroma- High amount of fruits, lemon included in here. A low amount of spiciness and has a clove like finish. Has acidic character evident also. Light all around.

Appearance- Pours a 4 finger head that stays for good time. Has a dark golden color body and a bit hazy. Sudsy lace is left on the sides.

Flavor- High malty and fruit flavors burst out from the get-go and then a mild spiciness comes in at the finish. Peppery at times but isn't as complexed as I've had before.... The finish has a light-medium bitterness level.

Mouthfeel- Light Bodied, High Carbonation, and a small pucker at the finish. Nothing smooth about this one.

Overall Impression- Tons of fruit and malt character but too much carbonation and light attributes. I like a ton of flavor and character to Saisons and this one just didn't pop. I will give it good overall ratings because this is a well brewed beer but I just can't rate it better than any of the Fantome's or other Saisons from top breweries. Would definitely enjoy again if seen in a 6-pack.

DCon, Aug 04, 2011
Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into tulip, bottle March 3, 2011. Pours hazy golden amber color, with a fairly dense 2 finger white head with great retention that reduces to a thin lacing cap. A bit of lacing clings to the glass as well. Aromas of huge grass, lemon, pepper, spices, bread, a bit of funk and some light fruits(apple, grape). Very nice and complex aromas here. Taste of grass, lemon, pepper, spices, grape and a slight bit of funk. Very slight bit of tartness noticed on the finish. Lingering notes of spices, lemon, pepper, and breadiness on the finish for a decent amount of time. Quite refreshing and easy drinking for the alcohol level. Medium carbonation and body. No alcohol noticed in the taste or finish. Overall, a very nice saison with nice flavor and balance.

superspak, Aug 02, 2011
Photo of Allpe45
3.4/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz, bottled on April 04 2011
Poured into a tulip, decanted.

Appears bright golden yellow, effervescent, great clarity. Large white head with good retention and lacing.

Estery yeast smell, a bit tart, with straw/hay, spices, and a malt presence.

Tastes like bready malts up front, followed by fruity esters and spicy yeast. Straw/hay in the finish along with a lingering sweetness. Finish is neither clean nor dry. Creamy texture, medium body.

This is just another unimpressive interpretation of a Belgian style from an American brewery.

Allpe45, Jul 27, 2011
Photo of lurpy1
3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a bottle from Four Firkins, which has a pretty good selection of Great Divide brews.

Light, hazy yellow, translucent, with medium head.

The smell is overwhelmingly, unmistakenly bready. Smells like a fresh package of yeast. A little bit of citrus thrown in for good measure. Great smell to be sure, but not necessarily a great beer smell.

The bread sensation continues in the taste. A strongly biscuity, " bakery" feeling. Quite a bit of aftertaste, neither good nor bad. Medium body, medium carbonatiion.

It's an OK beer, I picked up way more "bread" undertones than most. While it's a bit off-putting, it's intriguing.

lurpy1, Jul 25, 2011
Photo of arizcards
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a single in early May from Total Wine for $1.99. Bottled on 4-4-11.

Beer poured golden with a small head that dissipated quickly.

Nose is lemongrass and wheat with the underlying saison yeast strain.

Taste is slightly lemony with light white pepper, a touch tart, finishing ever so slightly dry.

Feel is refreshing from a decent amount of carbonation, perfect for a 107 degree day.

Overall a very easy drinking beer for one that has a lot going on. If the finish could have a slightly dryer bite, it would nail the saison style stone cold!

arizcards, Jul 17, 2011
Photo of Forb
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Jake's Cigars and Spirits - Omaha, NE...

Appearance: A lightly amber / orange hue here with plenty of lively carbonation below a strong white head.

Smell: A tinge of medicine is apparent here with piney earthy elements with citrusy lemon qualities also making an appearance.

Taste: A plethora of fruit elements are at play here from what seems like lemon to more tropical fruit.

Mouthfeel: Strong carbonation amid a medium body and an acidic sour bite.

Overall: A good saison by all means.

Forb, Jul 17, 2011
Photo of mdcrouser
3.23/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Pretty pour, with a creamy top of lacy white head sits atop a completely cloudy cylinder - saw a previous review that described it as polished brass, which is apt.

Farmy and a bit acidic - not really citrus so much, but something that is somewhat off-putting.

Horsey up front, with veiled assumptions of citrus. The hops are in the background, but ill-defined.

Incredible in the mouth - creamy, with some soft carbonation. The foundation is there, but the flavor to back it up is not.

I'd like to enjoy this beer more, but I can't bring myself to do so. Honestly, it's kind of a mess - great look and mouthfeel - odd nose and taste.

mdcrouser, Jul 17, 2011
Photo of Seru1
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Light Polished brass with a inch thick white head and a slight haze to the body

Smell: Very much i the way of lemons and pine with a slight almost pork fat back end note lending some sweetness.

Taste: Lots of bright citrus up front but not to bitter. There is a nice balance that one can easily find refreshing. The finish is a touch woody and slightly sweet and sour.

Mouthfeel: Light but not to special. Enough to linger slightly.

Drinkability: A very nice summer bear I think, not as refreshing as the samurai but different with a nice sweet finish.

Seru1, Jul 11, 2011
Photo of bennetj17
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours and smells like a Witbier, not a Saison. The color is a bright lemon with plenty of haze. Thin head dissipating to a wispy ring. It has that wheaty yeast smell with hints of esters and bright citrus in the background.

The taste has a nice balanced maltiness, lightly dry and focused, without too much farmhouse funk really. It's clean but well rounded with a grainy bitter finish. There's a zing of lemon that's refreshing, and I have to say it is quite drinkable overall. The mouthfeel has sharp carbonation, perhaps almost too forceful as it foams on the palate, though this is still better than if it were lacking. Medium body.

Overall a decent beer, but not what I was looking for in a Saison. It really is more of a Wit and should call itself that instead. Not something I would want to see year round but for a seasonal it could work...

bennetj17, Jul 08, 2011
Photo of Dotcubed
3.35/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Part of a mixed six.

I like this brewery, and any chance I get to try another of their offerings is worth the expense.

Urine yellow makes it off putting but still looks like a nice example of the style. . Some sediment in the bottle. Lemony. Tart apple.

Slight lace. Yeast, and a bit of funk. Clearly farmhouse. Lovely tinge of lime.

Heft of malt weight to it. A delight. Wish I had more.

Dotcubed, Jul 04, 2011
Photo of chocosushi
2.88/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz -> Saison Dupont glass

A ~ Pours a very pale lemonade with excessive carbonation and large bubbles. Not great lacing.

S ~ Wet banana and malt. Not much of a nose for a Saison. I come to expect more.

T ~ Lots of wheat, Faint faint bubblegum, & some spicy lemons with a metallic edge. Faint peach preserves and rock candy.

M ~ Bubbly and hot, hardly refreshing. Would be a good intro to the style I suppose but it is not very true to more traditional farmhouses. Effervescent as hell.

D ~ If this wasn't 10 $ a sixpack I would excuse it, but rating it against others in the style with the pricepoint, I'd much rather buy something. Don't seek out. Like a wheat beer with a splash of Belgian yeast

chocosushi, Jul 03, 2011
Photo of SWMeyer4141
3.35/5  rDev -13%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Review from notes...

Poured into snifter.

Appearance-Straw colored body with no head, no retention and no lacing.

Smell-Earthy and Grainy. Lemon and some slight pine.

Taste-I get a nice peach flavor, but thats about it. Picked up some slight clove from the yeast maybe and a little funk. Nice change of pace beer.

Mouthfeel-Light to medium bodied with medium carbonation. Prickly on tongue.

Overall-I'm glad theres a 6 pack Saison out there but I really wasn't turned on too much by this beer.

SWMeyer4141, Jul 03, 2011
Photo of shanblur
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into tulip.

A - Cloudy yellow with a fluffy white head and some retained lacing.

S - Has a bit of a funky aroma and some citrus notes.

T - Tart lemon flavor with some spice and a bit of grain.

M - Nicely carbonated, medium bodied, easy drinking beer.

This was much better than expected. I am beginning to like this brewery after trying a few of their beers. Can't go wrong with this saison. Will definitely have again.

shanblur, Jul 01, 2011
Photo of jeremy2027
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle to Dogfish glass

The color has a golden honey look to it, slightly clear. Poured with a nice 1 to 2 finger head that quickly diminished. After a few good sips there is no lacing on the glass.

Smells of fruit and alcohol maybe some orange zest??

The taste is clean and crisp with high carbonation. Not much malt character at all, but good fruity notes. Not much bitterness at all.

The mouthfeel is rather watery and the carbonation leaves your tongue prickly.

Good beer overall not bad on a hot day in the sun. At 7 percent alcohol wouldnt be bringing this one to the beach.

jeremy2027, Jul 01, 2011
Photo of ummswimmin
4.28/5  rDev +11.2%
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.

ummswimmin, Jun 28, 2011
Photo of nickthetick
3.93/5  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).

nickthetick, Jun 27, 2011
Colette Farmhouse Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 1,230 ratings.