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Colette Farmhouse Ale - Great Divide Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

1,138 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,138
Reviews: 384
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 11.43%
Wants: 31
Gots: 52 | 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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emerge077

Illinois

3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Foggy pastel yellow, darkening slightly and becoming opaque as the yeast is poured. The white foam evaporates quickly in the tulip glass. A thin white ring is all that's left, with a ghostly wisp of broken skim across the surface.

Floral, yeasty, phenolic, slight sulfur. Clove, coriander, daffodils.

Plenty of yeasty spice up front, dry and earthy in the middle. Clove and pepper spiciness, lemon cookie with a light weizen yeast sweetness and lingering impression of weeds or wildflowers. Faint aftertaste of clover honey. Well carbonated, slightly creamy. Interesting enough, not as dry and crisp as Belgian saisons, sweeter, more spicy and yeast driven.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2011 02:33:34 | More by emerge077
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zdk9

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours yellow with a thick haze of dusty yeast particles. There's a finger of white head, but it recedes to the sides of the glass quickly.

S- Yeasty, spicy, grassy, slightly lemony. Maybe some corn, but maybe that's just the color telling me what to smell.

T- The taste is much spicier and sweeter, with kind of an orange liquor feel to it. I get pepper, mustard seed, tarragon. The bitterness is very vegetal like bitter mustard greens. Good complexity to the taste, though I could use a better blending of flavors- I'm not really sure what this beer is trying to be.

M- Both fairly bitter, especially on the sides of my tongue, and fairly syrupy. I would prefer both these characteristics to be a little more toned down.

O- A good complex beer, not the best saison, but certainly a decent one for a readily available beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2011 22:19:13 | More by zdk9
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shand

Florida

3.03/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a nonic.

Pour this in a glass and serve it to one of your BMC buddies with a cold. Because this looks just like another lite beer, there's absolutely none of the cloudiness other reviewers note, just a clear piss yellow. As long as they can't smell it, they wouldn't know it wasn't Miller Light until it hit their tastebuds. Aroma is a nice funkiness from the yeast and some typical Belgian fruits, nothing out of the ordinary. The taste is pretty alright. Now, I know I don't usually like Belgian styles like this, I'd normally just pass it up, but I loved the bottle and heard it was more approachable and drinkable. But instead, it took out anything interesting that Saisons usually have and replaced it with overpowering generic yeastiness and frutiness with a bit of spiciness. Not my bgag.

The mouthfeel was fairly nice though, it's crisp and well-carbonated. But overall, I didn't really enjoy this beer. Then again, it's not a style I tend to enjoy, so your mileage may vary.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2011 04:57:53 | More by shand
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Spider889

Ohio

2.65/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Had at Bodega.

You can tell that this beer really wasn't doing it for me - my review notes are quick and lackluster. I think the word "average" pops up 4 times in less than 5 lines of text.

The beer has a very standard pale straw color. No head (Bodega, maybe) and no lace.

Some yeastiness lends spice to the nose, but it's pretty dialed down compared to what the best saisons can offer.

The taste isn't bad in any way, but saison is such a popular style these days this beer does nothing at all to stand out in the crowd. The taste was decent, but I will likely never order this again on purpose.

Overall: this beer is quite average in every sense of the word. You can do better GD. Give me a(ny) Yeti.

Serving type: on-tap

04-13-2011 05:51:11 | More by Spider889
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JamnesCameron

Illinois

3.23/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a New Belgium globe. Pours a hazy straw with about two fingers of stark white head that drops fairly slowly to a thin wisp of foam. Lacing evident.

Aromas of lemon, lemon zest, pineapple, pepper, earthy and a little musty. So far, so good.

Flavors of tart lemonade, a little on the sweet side, subdued pepper, coriander (don't like my saisons spiced). Some bite from the carbonation. Finish is medium with lemon tart and spice lingering.

Mouthfeel is medium, not as dry as I would prefer in a saison, heavy prickle from the carbonation.

Overall an okay attempt. Don't know that I'd pick this again.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2011 00:07:52 | More by JamnesCameron
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HaysAmerica

Kansas

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

Poured from a bottle which has labeled "Bottled on Mar 10 2011" into a tulip class. Pours a shade darker than a honey orange color. Appears a bit hazy w/ two fingers white head. The nose comes through w/ a complex combo of orange, lemon, pepper, & Belgian yeast character. YUM! Taking a second whiff I come up w/ a grassy, horse stall or barnyardy impression. Just what I would expect from this style & brewer. Heck, they even put on the side of the label that they fermented this w/ a blend of 4 different yeast strains.

The head dissapates after some time w/ decent lacing. Taste starts off w/ some peppery-yeasty to it followed by a tart dry finish. Very minimal hops & is sweeter than some other Saisons I've drunk. Pretty well carbonated too. I keep getting a spicy pepper taste when I take a pull of this. As w/ the nose, I get a sense of orange & lemon. I'm not 100% on the order, but it seems to me that the orange comes first & then mixes w/ the lemon & pepper/coriander to produce this tart finish. A dry finish at that. Mouthfeel is at a medium & as this warms up a bit, the yeast characters are really coming out. The alcohol is hidden very well w/ this.

Overall, I really like this beer & it is one of my favorite styles. A very drinkable beer on a spring or summer day. Would go great w/ burgers or maybe even a summer salad. Some BBQ may go nicely w/ this too. As I'm drinking this I keep getting pictures in my mind of a backyard party w/ friends. Prosit!

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2011 01:47:54 | More by HaysAmerica
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Halcyondays

California

3.55/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ,

A: Pours a lightly hazy goldenrod with a medium white head, limited lace.

S: Lemon, some notes of spice nice.

T: Light malt character, dominated by the yeast. Lemons, white pepper, coriander, a good flavour, but there isn't a lot to it.

M: Medium-bodied with a frothy soft carbonation, pretty smooth.

O: A solid American saison, but not too impressive. You're not getting Dupont.

Serving type: on-tap

04-10-2011 22:06:04 | More by Halcyondays
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DoktorZee

Alberta (Canada)

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

Had it on tap at the Draught House in Austin. Had the very end of the keg (which nearly filled up the glass) - free beer FTW!

A - really impressive "solid" fluffy head - looked almost like foam. The beer itself was yellow and clear with some visible carbonation.

S - solid yeast and lemon citrus notes on the nose. Maybe even just a hint of a soapy odor.

T - tastes somewhat like it smells: the yeast is a powerful component throughout, but the sourness of the lemon is in the background matching it and keeps it tangy. As it warmed it got a slight amount more bitter, which detracted a bit from the experience.

M - nice light carbonation with a very light mouthfeel; a consummate summer beer.

D - super drinkable; no hint of the 7+% alcohol.

Had this in 95 degree heat on the patio; perfect for the occasion, and one I definitely have again.

Serving type: on-tap

04-10-2011 00:32:17 | More by DoktorZee
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BB1313

Ohio

4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on March 3, 2011. 12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Lots of sediment, so pour slow of that's your thing. Ok, this beer looks gorgeous. Light, bright yellow with a nice haze. White head that sticks around and decent lacing. Amazing color and looks. The aromas are what you would come to expect. Very sweet and funky. The flavors are spot on, lots of barnyard funk. There's some fruitiness going on, which I like. Apples, pears, and banana can be found. There's candied sugars in the mix, giving it some sweetness. Yeast, malts, breads, and grains can all be found. Very earthy notes. Slightly spicy. Mouthfeel is nice.. it's very rich and smooth. The carbonation isn't over the top, just right. Drinkability is good, but this one has a kick at 7.3%. Overall, this is a great belgian style beer, brewed here in the U.S.

Great offering from Great Divide. This is definitely one to enjoy when the weather gets warmer. Very enjoyable, refreshing, recommended.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2011 16:42:09 | More by BB1313
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Sweasty

Texas

3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Colette looks the part of a decent saison. A hazy, hay colored gold is topped off by a fingers worth of crisp white head. Head falls to a ring. Plenty of lace is left down the glass.

Colette offers an interesting aroma. Tropical fruit hits the nose first. Plenty of ripe papaya pop. A hit of sweet mango flows underneath. Beneath the fruit some spice notes standout, striking a bit of a clove quality. Some medicinal phenols round out the nose.

The tropical fruit in the nose is well represented on the palate. The papaya and mango in the nose is drier on the palate. A bit of a powdery yeast quality hits beneath the fruit. Spice notes hit next. The clove quality is little more pronounced. The finish strikes a touch medicinal while offering up a bit of a drying quality.

Colette is a light bodied beer with an almost effervescent carbonation.

Colette is a nice farmhouse offering. Nothing earth shattering here. At the same time there's no real missteps either. The alcohol is well hidden, making for a potentially dangerous quaff. Props to Great Divide for making another tasty brew.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2011 00:07:10 | More by Sweasty
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rawfish

California

4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy straw coloration with a one finger white head with some spotty lacing.

Good amounts of belgian yeast and spice on the nose, lemon zest, grass, and straw hop aroma. Yeast imparts some fruity overtones, pear and slight banana and some slight funk, very bright.

Flavor is predominantly of spices and muted lemon with earthy yeast and grassy/floral hops. Slight funk but finishes bright and tangy. Very refreshing.

Mouthfeel is a little light and the yeast does little to dial it up, light fizzing carbonation slightly biting to go with the tanginess. Alcohol, has no presence and lightly acidic after taste, surprisingly drying.

Great Divide delivers again with another great example of style, this one is refreshing and appreciably complex. Bright brew for summer days ahead.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2011 22:42:24 | More by rawfish
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AdamBear

Pennsylvania

3.2/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-cloudy, pale gold with a thick white head that quickly thins out

S-smells like a spicy belgian pale ale...a lot of wheat scent and belgian spices. i could also be smelling a belgian tartness in here too. its a pretty strong scent

T-comes in much like a belgian strong pale ale, it has the belgian malts and spices. i'm finding that this is a crappy saison. its not a bad take on the belgian pale ale, but i'm having a difficult time finding the farm house in this. after the first hit, it goes in to an off tasting maltiness and a touch of booze. the after-taste is strong of belgian malts.

M-medium carbonation with a watery finish

D-overall...this is no sasion. come in to this expecting some barnyard funk and you'll be disappointed. if you're wanting a decent pale belgian, then this won't upset you. it does go down easily for the ABV.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2011 19:40:37 | More by AdamBear
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MEsquandoles

Texas

3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

$5.5 for a near pint in Belgian-y glass at Black Star Co-op.

Glowing hazy yellow with white head of tiny bubbles.

Smells is complex, but mostly lemon verbena, honeysuckle, coriander, and other Saison and Wit yeast products.

Cantaloupe and melon. Like a bigger version of a Wit.

My first sip I thought was surprisingly sweet, but the more I drank it I thought it was surprisingly dry. Light body for 7.3%abv.

Website shows 4 different yeasts at higher temperatures. No mention of added sugars or spices used, but it seems like they did.

So many similarities to a Wit keeps me from liking it more, but interesting and worth trying.

Serving type: on-tap

04-06-2011 01:04:01 | More by MEsquandoles
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Mebuzzard

Colorado

4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The new 2011 batch on tap, Rockies opening day. Sunny outside, perfect for this brew.

Cloudy pour, very hazy and bright. A deep, yet pale golden pour. Big white head, great lacing.

Aroma is very nice; spicy, floral, bready. I've said this before about myself--I think I'm quite sensitive to corn aromas, and I get that here. I'll knock a tic off the score, but not much since it might just be me. Somewhat sweet it seems

Yup, it's a bit sweet in the taste. Overall it's flavors are nice. Bready--with spice. Coriander, florals, a bit of soft citrus. Fairly rich is the mouth. I'd like to see more of something to cleanse the finish, but still very nice.

Serving type: on-tap

04-03-2011 17:24:33 | More by Mebuzzard
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ebby82

Virginia

4.43/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear gold color into a pint glass. There is very little head.

A- fruity, spices, a bit of hops, very sweet.

T- Slightly spicy, some definite fruit, perhaps pear. sweet, with just a touch of hop flavor.

M- Perfect. Light and crisp, with medium carbonation.

Very drinkable, this would be the perfect summer beer. A lighter saison than most I've had, with less of a hop presence. A very nice example of the style, I really enjoy it and will return to it if I see it again.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2011 19:38:36 | More by ebby82
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notyourdadsbeer

Colorado

4.68/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12oz bottle at Euclid Hall into a white wine glass.

A: Pours a very pretty creamy golden straw with just a touch of haze. The head is stark white but settles quickly over the beer, fantastic lacing.

S: Wilde yeast meets biscuity malts and rounded out by tart tropical fruit and lemon yest. Funk is apparent but balanced by the citrus notes and earthy grassy aromas.

T: Tart and mouth watering. Lemon is the dominate fruit but so is the wild Belgian yeast. Funky notes dance with tart tropical citrus and balanced by earthy grass and terroir. Finish is very long, quite pretty, and dry inviting you to taste over and over.

M: Light to medium bodied with fantastic carbonation. Coats the palate lightly and evenly from front to back with a clean dry finish.

D: This is a fantastic interpretation of a Belgian Farmhouse or Saison style. The Belgian yeast is perfect funk to the malt and the mild hops. Clean and crisp with tart citrus fruits, terroir, and medicinal flavors. Love the dry lingering finish. Perfect beer for a hot summer day or just sitting on the porch.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2011 04:37:13 | More by notyourdadsbeer
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champ103

Texas

3.4/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a very cloudy pale yellow color. A two finger white head forms with good retention. Light lace is left behind.
S: Strong yeast aromas up front. Earth with lots of fruity esters up front. Light basement funk. Inviting.
T: Earthy yeast and lots of fruity esters. Banana and light lemon peal. Not much else.
M/D: A medium body that is very smooth. Clean, but not nearly as dry as I would like. This goes down easy. Very moreish.

Enjoyable is the name of the game. Nothing crazy, but a nice easy drinker that is good on a hot day. Worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2011 00:45:42 | More by champ103
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Beer4Baltimore

Maryland

4.38/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

- from notes
A light yellow saison that pours clear to cloudy depending on if the bottle is disturbed. Crisp carbonation apparent. Smells grassy, sweet, and like lemon. Sharp tangy mouthfeel with lots of bubbly drinkability. Tastes is addicting with smooth tarty flavor up front and mellow spice at the back.
Definitely one of my favorites.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2011 00:54:04 | More by Beer4Baltimore
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lnashsig

Texas

3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into my DFH snifter, pours a very light and completely transparent yellow. A little head tops the beer, but way less than I am accustomed to with a Saison/Farmhouse Ale style. The carbonation is actually visible. Smell- roasted corn, cloves, tart banana? Taste- big clove up front, banana, very sweet for the style. Mouthfeel- major carbonation on this is nice and refreshing. Drinkability- I am overall pleased with this take on Farmhouse Ale, and find this beer to be a great refreshing spring beer that would really work well outside in the sun with friends.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2011 00:18:05 | More by lnashsig
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StoneBrewFanatic

Virginia

3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a very murky golden yellow into my snifter with about one finger of head that dissipates quickly with very thin splotchy lacing.

S - Lemon and orange, earthy/grassy funk, yeast, wheat, as well as some spice.

T - Juicy citrus, again mostly lemon and orange, but then there is a bit of fermented apple along with the funkiness, nice spicy wheat finish.

M - Carbonation is a little bright at first but settles nicely, crisp and dry, yet it makes my mouth water.

O - Very drinkable, crisp, refreshing and juicy, I could enjoy several of these and not get bored with it.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2011 21:38:28 | More by StoneBrewFanatic
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chaz01

Ohio

3.15/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

650 ml bottle poured into a belgium fishbowl glass. My bottle does not say "Colette" -- instead it says "Saison" - but other than that it appears to be the exact same label as the one pictured. It has a 2009 date and has been kept cool in my cellar (not intentionally aged, just never got a chance to drink this).

A: Pale yellow straw-colored, pretty hazy and cloudy, with a thick white head.

S: Floral, yeasty, bready aroma with a little lemony zest as well.

T: Fruity, tart flavors of lemon and citrus with some peppery spice notes as well. A bit overly tart and perhaps a little off -- I'm wondering if it's more due to the age on the beer than the beer itself.

M: Medium bodied, very carbonated and effervescent.

D: I'll re-review the beer if I get a chance to have a fresh bottle, but for 2 year old Belgian, this didn't seem to age all that well.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2011 13:10:52 | More by chaz01
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BieresDesMoines

Iowa

3.55/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy yellow with a medium head and some lace. The aroma is tart with a little yeasty baguette breadiness. The flavor is spicy and bready while also maintaining a subtle tartness. The beer is nicely dry and lightly fruity with a bit of lemon rind. Enjoyable, and one more reason I'd like to see Great Divide back in Iowa.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2011 17:53:53 | More by BieresDesMoines
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generallee

New York

4.4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a tulip glass. Information on the bottle includes a short description of the beer, a "Bottled On" date and the abv% (7.3).

Appearance: From the pour it produces a big billowy head of white foam over a hazy golden honey colored body. The haze comes from a fine yeast sediment in the body of the beer. Some of the yeast seems to be pushed up towards the head by the aggressive carbonation. This beer looks to be full of life.

Smell: The aroma is of floral and spicy almost grassy hops with a pale base of biscuity malt.

Taste/Palate: There is a nice balance of spicy yeast with hints of fruit and biscuity maltiness. This has light sweetness that dries out for a snappy dry finish. The carbonation is lively and the palate is crisp.

Notes: Great Divide Is right on with very tasty farmhouse ale!!!

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2011 18:43:08 | More by generallee
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brentk56

North Carolina

4.08/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: A massive, billowy head rises above the cloudy, but pale, honey-colored liquid; great stickage and lacing (Great Divide nailed the Belgian looks)

Smell: Lemon shortbread and rice pudding; sweeter than anticipated, with just a hint of tartness and funk

Taste: Rice pudding, up front, with a developing lemon tartness that grows increasingly peppery; a complex blend of funk and shortbread character builds, after the swallow; all of the flavors merge nicely together, in the finish, though the aftertaste is slightly sweet

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate to high carbonation

Drinkability: In many respects an excellent Saison, though it verges just a bit too much on the sweet side

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2010 02:11:56 | More by brentk56
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tzieser

Arizona

4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours golden in color with a slight haze to it. fluffy white head.

typical farmhouse/saison nose (horse blanket), grassy notes with notes of bready yeast and spices (coriander).

nice saison flavor. grassy, farmy and not too spicy. bready malts balance things nicely.

well carbonated mouthfeel; great drinkability especially on a nice summers day.

one of the better saisons made in USA

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2010 19:57:53 | More by tzieser
Colette Farmhouse Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 1,138 ratings.