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Colette Farmhouse Ale - Great Divide Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

1,226 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,226
Reviews: 390
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 11.43%
Wants: 33
Gots: 78 | 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 zeff80
4.08/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a hazy, golden yellow color with a one finger, white, bubbly head of foam. It left sudsy trails of lace.

S - It smelled of slight funkiness, yeast and sweet caramel. It had a spicy nose, too.

T - This was a nice spicy brew with a yeasty bite. The is a mild dried apple flavor with some grains and caramel.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a very dry finish.

D - This is a pretty good saison. Great Divide has done another great one.

zeff80, Oct 18, 2010
Photo of bonsreeb85
4.08/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

22-oz. bomber into my snifter.

Hazy golden in color, lots of active carbonation is visible through the haze. a cream color foam stuck it's "head" up for a quick second, but then was not to be heard from again.

I got a lot of fruit and spice in the smell dept. Granny smith apples, lemon, and some pepper. Lot going on here

The taste was a lot different then I expected, I thought i was in for a more spicy affair, with more dryness. was i got was more tart than sweet, however plenty of both. I also got a banana/clove thing going on(similar to a wit or wheat) very strange, but tasty none the less. Nice bit of earthness in the backroud, and just the right amount of bitterness round this one off to be a strange, but delicious take on a saison.

MF - lots of carb, on par for saison

D- very high, would get again if i was in the mood for something a little different, If i was looking for a straight up saison, i would turn to Dupont of Hennepin.

bonsreeb85, May 05, 2009
Photo of brentk56
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

brentk56, Dec 30, 2010
Photo of BeerDawgs
4.08/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - A hazy blond, straw color with 3 fingers of head and sticky lace all over the glass. Lots of bubbles running through the beer, impressive!

S - Sweet malts, a touch of funk, not much. Tany tartiness. Maybe pears and pineapple. Smells excellent

T - Nice and light fruitiness flavor. Excellent beer for July! Spiciness. No presence of alcohol, though it is 7.3%

M - medium bodied, but tons of carbonation. Kind of sizzles in your mouth. Love it

O - An excellent saison. I will be purchasing this one again. Impressed with another one of Great Divide's beers

BeerDawgs, Jul 29, 2012
Photo of fields336
4.08/5  rDev +6%
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.

fields336, Jun 25, 2011
Photo of Beer-A-Lot
4.06/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Cloudy, nice head, with lots of lacing on the glass and pretty good retention.

S - Lemon, floral, mild grassy notes.

T - Lemony, touch of sourness. Mild hoppiness.

M - Medium to medium light body. A little mouth-puckering.

O - A solid ale with good qualities. An easy drinker that satisfies and refreshes. Not as strong as Great Divide's Yeti series, but still enjoyable.

Beer-A-Lot, Mar 04, 2014
Photo of brownbeer
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a wine glass shaped Le Merle glass.

Hazy gold, very bubbly, with a thin blanket of white head.

Lemon rind jumps out of the glass as I pour it, with a certain cheesiness, and funk. Not too bad at all.

A lot of carbonation hits upon entry, with a nice, earthy hoppiness in the flavor. It tastes like a pretty well made Belgian Saison, well balanced with hops, a light tartness and yeast, with that classic dry finish that I almost have to have in order to enjoy a Saison.

Solid, not mind blowing, but worth trying at this price and availability.

brownbeer, Mar 17, 2010
Photo of HugePlume
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

HugePlume, Jun 27, 2011
Photo of TexIndy
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into my NBB snifter. Like the new labels and graphics from GD. Bottled on date of Apr 15, 2009 clearly marked on bottom of label (big thumbs up for that). It was cloudy pale gold color. Multiple carb streams and some quick sliding lace. It had a large fizzy off-white head that quickly settled into a thin collar and faint whips in center.

The aroma was very earthy, funky up front with pepper and clove in back. Didn't get much of the fruitiness that others got but that OK as I love the funk aroma on this one. The taste was good but not as good as the aroma. It starts out with a good saison taste - spicy, dry and some fruit shows here - but it had a weird aftertaste. It was there at the beginning but thankfully faded as it warm and the ABV kicked in. Was rather unpleasant but couldn't pin it down before it faded. If it had stayed, I'd score a 3 and probably not have again but since it faded I'm going with a 4 and have again.

Overall, a really good saison that I give high recommendation (just let it really warm up). I enjoy almost all the GD beers and this one is another good addition to the lineup. Not available here but if it was it would be worth a few during summer heat.

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TexIndy, May 22, 2009
Photo of kikenazz
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Drinking 6.5 months after date on bottle

A - opaque, yet glowing yellow-gold honey color. Carbonated to my liking. Didn't form a huge head on pour but sustains a steady stream of fine bubbles.

S - unripe banana with grassy and honey due side notes. Not much spiciness in the aroma.

T - Strong banana characteristics. Bit of hotness/spiciness left on the back of tongue. Sweet but not overpowering.

M - thin bodied, leaves a bitter spiciness in aftertaste

Definitely will buy again.

kikenazz, Sep 13, 2013
Photo of denver10
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Redoing my review for this since I have since given it a second shot and enjoyed it far more this time around.

Pours a sandy whitish yellow with a slight white head. Aroma is strongly belgian yeasty with some spiciness and pepper, sweet but bright lemon, and some wheat. Flavor pretty much followed suit. A medium bodied, active, creamy mouthfeel. Overall, a nice beer but held back a little because its one I could only enjoy in moderation. My 16 oz pour was the perfect amount, I couldn't drink any more.

denver10, Apr 11, 2012
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 TTAmod
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This year's variation just hit shelves. This one was brewed on 3/1/12. Poured in pint glass.

A: Pours hazy light gold with a decent sized white head. Lacing is good.

S: Smell is heavy Belgian yeast, malt, sugar and lemon.

T: Heavy cracker-malt dominated this one, along with a really musty Belgian yeast profile. There is a nice dose of lemon, as well. Notes of light herbs are present. Ends dry. A very nice traditional saison taste profile.

M: Appropriately light, carbonated, and semi-smooth. Super easy to drink.

O: This is a good American saison. The yeast and malt profile are right on. This beer is also dry and slightly fruity, as it should be. One of my favorites when spring rolls around.

TTAmod, Mar 31, 2012
Photo of pvo
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's finally spring, so it was time to get the first saison of the year. This is a bit strong, but also very good; at 7.3% abv, it's not something I'll adopt as my summer beer of choice, but was a good call to have with dinner. Very happy with the beer, but it's certainly, as Great Divide says, their interpretation of the style rather than an authentic one.

pvo, Mar 25, 2014
Photo of Pahn
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into Duvel tulip. Bottled on Feb19, 2010.

Appearance: Moderate pour yields a 3/4 inch head that dissipates steadily and leaves sparse lacing. Pours a very hazy yellow, and leaves no lacing.

Smell: The dominant aspects of the aroma are some tangy and slightly sour notes, as well as Belgian yeast and a characteristic wheat beer smell. There's some nice, thick breadiness, banana, and some earthy funk.

Taste: Starts juicy and carbonated, segueing into a sharp, tangy taste characterized by citrus and clove, then finishes dry. The beginning is punchy and enjoyable texturally, if a little drab flavor-wise. The flavorful part of each sip is nice and earthy and musty, but still vibrant and zesty. There's a bit too much sweetness in the finish sometimes, with a sort of sugary feel going along with it.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, with big carbonation and juiciness up front, then a slightly puckering tartness that gives way to a dry finish. The beer is always very active in the mouth.

Drinkability: This is a very refreshing and delicious beer. The kind of beer I would keep on hand at all times, especially in summer. Nice go to beer when you want refreshment with a decent complexity (as advertised, incidentally).

I know that some people think this beer isn't "indicative of the style of saison," but that's a rather strange attitude to take. On the one hand, this beer is exactly what BA describes as a saison (slightly dry, lots of spice, sweetness generally restrained, nice earthy notes). On the other hand, it doesn't taste like many of the very celebrated Belgian saisons. Add to this that Belgian brewers aren't particularly concerned with what style you can throw a beer into, and the issue of authenticity seems to dissolve, at least for me.

Regardless, Colette is a delicious beer. There's some flaws (it's a little sugary at times, the funkiness could be turned up to good effect, and the beer is rather lacking ester-wise, especially considering the banana present in the aroma but absent from the flavor), but it's solid and refreshing. To boot, it's a good saison that comes in a 6 pack for the price of 750ml of most good imported saisons. Excellent value. I was very impressed when I first tried this, and still am.

Pahn, Apr 29, 2010
Photo of matjack85
4.04/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I picked this up as part of a build-your-own six pack for $9.99 at the Binny's store in Bloomingdale, IL. 12oz brown bottle with a bottled on date of 12/13/12 on the side label, making this bottle about 3 months old.

Not much to look at. The beer pours a cloudy pear yellow color with just a half finger of white head that dissipates quickly and leaves virtually no lacing.

The aroma is an odd mix of citrus and tropical fruits along with a barnyard smell.

There's lots of flavor in here. There's a pineapple and lemon fruit component, a biscuity malt sweetness, earthy and herbal hops, and a blend of spices. There's also a slightly sour twang coming from the Belgian yeast. Very complex and very tasty.

Light bodied and crisp with medium carbonation.

Not a huge fan of the style, but if you're going to try one, this would be a good choice.

matjack85, Mar 07, 2013
Photo of utopiajane
4.04/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours pastel lemon yellow, hazed and subtly aglow. A very light blush if you look hard and a creamy head of white foam that falls fine and leaves lace as you drink. The nose is scrumptious pineapple. Sweet but also tangy. Some earthy yeast and a soft sweet biscuit malt. The re is no alcohol on the nose even though this one has a touch more abv than the usual for the style. Taste is sweet and malty. Surprising maltiness for the style and the body is unique. It's smooth and creamy. Soft yet crisp. How did they do that? The pineapple is so authentic with a sharp sweetness and a bit of twang. The malt is heavenly biscuit and there is a just a touch of alcohol in the drink. It's a light medicinal in the finish. Nothing to really offend and hardly even warms. Sweet juicy earthy and finishes dry with a spice.

This beer was a terrific surprise. It has a body that is so much more than you were expecting but doesn't give way to syrup or to heaviness. It's terribly sweet but has a lightness that seems puzzling. As it warms the spice comes to the nose and really makes this complex.

utopiajane, Jan 19, 2014
Photo of Beaz18
4.04/5  rDev +4.9%

Beaz18, Aug 24, 2014
Photo of Bitterbill
4.04/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottled on Feb 7, 2013.

It's a great looking cloudy yellow pour, plenty of foam on that head, does okay with the lacing.

Spicy nose, mostly clove and pepper, goodly amount of wheat, bubblegum, and an orange citrusy thing going on. Inviting.

Spicy, see above, taste with more bubblegum than in the smell, yeasty, bananas here and there, orange citrus I mentioned in the smell...not there. Maybe my nose was confused? It is a complex son of a gun. It has some sort of fruity thing going on n=but it's stumping me. Good taste I'm getting so I'm not all that perturbed.

Medium light to light medium body with ample carbonation.

A good example of the style though I'd like/prefer the abv to be a bit lower.

Bitterbill, Mar 18, 2013
Photo of Hopdaemon39
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tulip- pours a hazy yellow color, with a pure white one finger head, which receds quickly and leaves behind a little touch of lacing.

The smell is very inviting and definitely got my attention- tart fruit, lemon, and that wild yeast smell that's impossible to miss.

Tastes very refreshing- not an overwhelming taste and certainly not as potent as the smell. Definitely taste the wheat and the rice- barely seems to have gotten a bad deal here. A little bit of lemon and wild yeast nuttiness.

Mouthfeel is pretty good- as stated above, very refreshing. Light body with medium carbonation. This is certainly a well made and interesting brew. I got a good deal (one 12 oz bottle for $1.50). I MIGHT get it again.

Hopdaemon39, Feb 20, 2012
Photo of beerthulhu
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured a thick hazy lemony-orange with a 2 finger, off white head that was fair in retention and weak in lacing. Unfortunately this didn't offer to much in the visual spectrum.

S: Fruit and tart lemon notes exist on the nose along with a noticeable wheaty character. Orange-lemon citrus, lightly tart and dry, but with a very nice refreshing quality adds some respect to the aroma that was moderate in strength.

T: Tart, with a dry lemon and orage flavor opens things up. Dried fruitiness of mangos, pineapple along with a strong showing of wheat also appear. A softy wheaty exit with tart, dry citrus leaves on good terms. Not a lot of complexity here and wish I could say more about this, but its limited spectrum does in no way hinder enjoyment and ease that this has to offer. It is very solid by example and wont disappoint.

M: The mouthful was a strong point here, very crisp, sharp and refreshing with a big carbonation bite that suited this style well. Medium fullness, smooth in texture with a dry tar lemon-wheat fade that is sure to keep you sippin.

D: Very nice drinkability, crisp, dry, well suited per style and 6 pack worthy. An easy to drink interpretation that makes for a good tart summertime farmhouse that will wet the whistle and make fans of the style.

beerthulhu, May 11, 2010
Photo of smakawhat
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass.

A real soft fluffy white head on creation, very bright and white, settles real nicely on to a gorgeous lemon and dark buttery gold body. Nice pinhead sized bubbles in the head also. Body is slightly dull but really glowing. Very nice looking beer.

Real nice baked bread action on this, white crisp flour, some slight butter, dry yeast sense, very nice.

Taste is a nice mix of fruit sweetness and dry bread. Good rich mouthfeel and very dry finish on the aftertaste, playfully carbonated without taking much away from the palate. Orange and tangerine seems to come through with a nice citrus quality, and an almost floral sense.

Overall a real refreshing and nice saison. Hardly booze either at 7.3 percent too.

smakawhat, Jun 11, 2012
Photo of travduke
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Look: Poured into a La Fin Du Mode tulip. Hazy yellow body, two finger foamy white head that doesn't last too long. No real lacing.

Smell: WOW! I can smell this from across the room. Banana, clove, orange, zest right off the bat. You can really smell the belgian yeast they used to.

Taste: I'm diggin' the funk. Its fruity and wheaty. Lots of flavor in this. Every new sip brings out a different fruit or spice. Just as the nose expected.

Mouth/Drink: The mouth is a bit thin but still feels nice. Drinkablity is high with all the flavor, this is a really nice beer.

travduke, Mar 16, 2010
Photo of JMad
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I poured a 12 oz bottle into pint sized glass mug...

The liquid is cloudy, pale and yellow with a thin filmy white head that stuck to the glass. The smell has a lot of Belgian yeast, salt, banana, clove and sour lemon. The taste starts with some tart lemon then you get some yeast and spice, banana and a grassy/ lemony finish. The beer is light bodied with stinging carbonation and a seriously dry finish. I really enjoyed this beer, it has a little something for everyone.

JMad, Apr 17, 2011
Photo of robbyc1
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hazy lemony color with a merange type head, 2 fingers good. Cloudy yellow.

Yeasty farmhouse goodness, not to funky, but nice.

Good yeasty flavor follows the nose, a bit fizzy, but nice backbone of malt for the style. This has light malt but complements the yeastiness, finish is a bit off, not as dry as I like.

Nice creamy mouthfeel after the fizz fizzles out. Very nice drinker, a keeper for those who like this style.

robbyc1, Sep 17, 2010
Colette Farmhouse Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 1,226 ratings.