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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: 244 | 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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Photo of bucklemyshoe
4.18/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Notes from 09/25/2010

Bottle date: 02/23/10. 12 oz bottle served at 42* in a chalice.

A: This pours a hazy golden color with a finger of egg-shell white head.

S: The aroma isn't all that original; lemon, pepper, and Belgian yeast.

T: It's a thirst-quenching blend of lemon, banana, peach, and spicy yeast.

M: The carbonation plays with the tongue a bit at first, turning into a battle between creamy and soapy.

D: It's highly carbonated, obviously but it's still easy to knock back.

Very nice representation of the style and for a decent price.

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Photo of riored4v
4.18/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

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Photo of BeerExplorer
4.18/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Great Divide's take on the Farmhouse Ale is not disappointing. It has strong hints of fruit, especially citrus. On the initall taste i was very impressed, great feel on the mouth and not too hoppy. I would rate this higher, but for me it got a little bitter on my last few sips. Still a very good brew though.

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Photo of argock
4.18/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into a cler glass tumbler. No decipherable bottling date -- rubbed off. Purchased at Knightly Spirits (Orlando, FL).

A: Straw yellow, slightly hazy as a little of the yeast snuck in. 1-2 finger white big-bubbled head with good retention but only scattered dots of lace.

S: The aroma is mostly bready, grainy maltiness with light fruitiness including pear and yellow apple and some pretty strong floral and fruity yeast esters. There is an herbal, lightly fruity and lemon citrus hoppiness in the aroma profile. Nothing light about this -- spot-on.

T: A superb mix of fruit, herbal nuances, yeast esters and solid backbone of grainy Pilsner maltiness. Malt wins of the big three, but the yeast esters are interesting with pear, apple, and some green grape flavors blending with floral, perfumy qualities. The hops are mostly bitterness, but there is some lemon rind citrus along with mild grassiness. A really excellent saison.

M: Colette hits the lush maltiness and finshes with the dry crispness this style demands. Carbonation is active without a doubt and helps bolster the refreshing qualities of this ale.

O: Colette is an outstanding American version of farmhouse ale -- clean grain and bread maltiness with fruity yeast esters finished with lemon citrus and the righ punch of dryness. Yet another reason I am sad that GD is no longer in my neck of the woods in VA.

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Photo of Theprofessor92
4.18/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

It has a really interesting color to it, really thick for a farmhouse ale. The smell was a bit off putting, almost a sour, but the taste is fantastic in combination. And there's a very fine citrus coating on the tongue afterwards, which is not unpleasant.

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Photo of JFrank78
4.17/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A very wonderful farmhouse from the High Country. Light, fresh and fizzy. I've had this beer on a number of occasions, and recently found it in cans at my local market. Was very excited, nothing like a delicious canned saison fresh out of a cooler on a camp trip or the like. Bottles just can't compete.

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Photo of wnh
4.17/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip.

Pours a lively golden straw topped by a large but fleeting foamy white head. Lots of bubbles rising to the surface. Brilliantly clear.

Nose is spot-on for the style, with loads of earthy and fruity yeasty funk, cracked pepper, lemon juice, orange rind. Big on the under ripe banana esters from the yeast. A bit grassy as well.

First impressions on the palate are sweet, grainy, and grassy. The sweetness is vaguely reminiscent of an adjunct lager, though smooth and pleasant rather than harsh, cloying, and refined. Each sip registers in my brain as surprisingly pleasant, to the degree that I have to concentrate to locate specific flavor notes; I am much more prone to just drink contentedly. There's a damp clay earthy tone underneath, with a hint of lemon juice that melds nicely. Mildly grassy, with a bit of a hay-like quality.

Despite the lively appearance of this beer, it is only lightly carbonated. Finishes off-dry. Quenching--a beer I would gladly drink by the crock as I worked the fields at the farm, though perhaps a bit too sweet on the whole. Still quite pleasant.

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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 HattedClassic
4.16/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance:
The beer itself is a hazy gold with a hint of orange. The head is limited but lasting and creamy white.

Smell:
The fruity hop smell comes out a light bit but is dominated by the barley and wheat.

Taste:
The beer tastes similar to a traditional saison but is more earthy and bitter. The hops are mainly bitter there are bits of fruitiness that underlie the bitterness. The wheat and barely dominate the taste but is still very good. The yeast and spices complement the barley and wheat but are quickly overtaken.

Mouthfeel:
The beer is medium bodied but still a little heavier than I'm used with saisons. The beer still leaves the drinker feeling slightly refreshed.

Overall:
A pretty good saison that I'll definitely to have to track down when it's available.

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Photo of RingoBro
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a 6 pack of these because I've never noticed them at my local package store.

A - Hazy, gold color. About 3/4 " foamy white head.

S - Fruit with some floral hints. Hunt of ripe banana.

T - Initially tastes like banana. Can also taste honey and cinnamon. This alcohol has 7.3% ABV and doesn't taste like it.

M - Medium bodied and pretty refreshing to drink.

Overall, I liked this beer and would buy it again.

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Photo of TheIronHammer
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a very light, translucent gold. The head is egg-shell white, and went up to about a finger's width in height. There is very nice lacing. Head has remained through the entire tasting.

S: This beer has a very strong aroma. Even while very cold, right out of the refrigerator, and kept still, it is powerful. There is a powerful yeasty aroma. There is also a very fruity aroma, like apple or maybe pear.

T: There is some yeasty tones in the taste as well. The beginning and middle of the taste is a slightly sweet kind of fruitiness in general. Towards the ending a tartness starts to develop which carries through the finish. The finish reminds me a bit of a drier champagne finish.

Mf: It has a light-medium body. I think it could benefit from being a bit heavier. There is a good bit of carbonation, which I think goes well with this brew.

Overall: A very good beer. It surpassed what I was expecting. I will buy this one again. I'd recommend at least giving it a try, even if it isn't your favorite style.

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Photo of car2052
4.14/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz. to wine glass.

A: Pours a hazy pale golden with a shade of pink. Bubbly carbonation.
S: Yeasty banana and citrus notes with some bubblegum.
T: Nice bit of sweetness. Some nice maltiness and some banana and bubblegum from the yeast.
M: Medium. A bit thicker than I would like.
O: Not a bad saison. The sweetness gives it a fuller body, which may make it not as refreshing as traditional saisons.

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Photo of silverking
4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It pours a very beautiful, very hazy gold with a white head. head retention is poor, but the lacing is nice while it lasts. Enticing aromas of citrus zest and ginger entice the nose with hints of grass and a strong underying yeastiness. The taste is very yeasty with some spiciness. A slight sour funk follows the taste all the way through to the finish. The finish has a lot of lemon zest as well. The mouthfeel is lighter than I had expected and it dries the mouth out a bit. The carbonation, however, is perfect. Not too much or too little. Overall, I was very happy with this beer.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 fl oz bottle sealed with Great Divide logo pressure cap.

poured into HF wine stem.

bottled on date of October 23, 2014.

Appearance: slight hazy straw yellow bodied beer with two full fingers of bone white head. Head drops down to a thin cap leaving spotty lacing on the surface of the glass.

Smell: Lemon lime citrusy and floral hop combo. Wet hay and bread malts. A musty funk about this beer in the aroma. Fruity esters and well water.

Taste: Light floral bitterness and fruity esters start the flavor off in this beer. Mid palate bready malts, rotten wet hay, and even more fruity esters. You taste some mineral content from the water and musty funk.Light mineral content in the flavor profile that tastes weaker than it smells. Hint of banana and clove that doesnt emerge until the beer is half way drank and opened up a little bit. In the finish, you get pear and white grape with again even more fruity esters, light bready malt, and a light bitterness that lingers shortly.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer with moderate almost high carbonation levels. Ever so slight boozy tang, but this beer is very drinkable for a 7.3% abv beer. It even has a nice semidry finish and is pretty crisp, clean, and snappy. Yeah, it is definately a fairly crushable brew.

Overall: For a brewer who is not well known for thier Belgian beer styles, Great Divide make a pretty nice saison. I wasnt really excited to see that this beer was bottled on October 24th of 2014 when I found the bottled on date, but it was a nice surprise to see that Colette has sustained itself sitting on a shelf in a store without being refrigerated. I would gladly keep this as fridge beer year around for anytime that a saison craving strikes me. This beer is fairly rustic and pretty close to an authentic belgian beer style, even though it is technically an american spin on a saison. At this price point and being is a 6pack format you are not going to complain about what you get for a saison drinking experience!

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Photo of stimulus
4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle.

A: Pours an unfiltered golden with solid white lacing.
S: Very malty with various citrus fruits.
T: Herbs and spices complement the citrus fruits present in this brew, incredibly complex for a warm weather style.
M: On the lighter side with average carbonation.
D: Very nice and goes down easy on a hot day.

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Photo of homebrewhawk
4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

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Photo of boilermakerbrew
4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A- Pours a light, straw yellow hue, but as cloudy as they come. So opaque that it darkens itself unless held to the light. Small, 1 finger head that doesn't stick around long and laces only a little bit.

S- Tons of light spices here. The ones that I can detect and identify are clove, coriander, lemon, and something very banana-y in flavor. I'm sure there are more spices on the nose, but it's so complex that I can't pull them out and name them. Light grainy flavors are also in the scent with definite grassy notes.

T- Just like the scent. Incredibly complex with tones of spices. Clove and banana spices are prominent. Wheat and light grains provide a solid base for the spices. Complex spice blend is persistent throughout. Ends with the same spice profile and complexity as it started, with a slight dull bite of the wheat and other grains.

M- Light in flavor, but full in body, this beer is slick and creamy across the palate. High carbonation, but no detectable alcohol. Weight of this one sits in the stomach because of the high grain profile.

Overall, one of the better farmhouses I've had. I'm not a big fan of the style, mainly because of the overwhelming spices, but this one is sufficiently complex with other flavors to distract me. Give it a try, it could be a good introduction to a style that may not be your favorite.

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Photo of Jason
4.12/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle with a bottled on date on the label.

Cloudy weathered hay color, crackling head at least holds a thick lacing on the glass. Dried pineapple, mango & papaya frutiness in the nose with biscuity malt a slight medicinal earthy yeast. Creamy body with a bit more smoothness than crispness. Malty palate meets and mild yeasty twang, earthiness and fruit in the back. Faint medicinal tone compliments more than being a big presence. A little spicy middle to end.

A lovely beer all around, I was hoping for a more dry and carbonated brew though the complexities make up for it.

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

Pours a clearly hazed bright yellow golden hue with a large white tiny bubbled foamy white head. Fine speckled lacing left behind on the sides of my chalice. This one says it was bottled in April 2009 that's fine with me a style that probably does okay with a little age. Aroma has a nice yeast spiciness label states that they used a blend of 4 yeast strains, I'm definitely getting some Saison Dupont characteristics with a citrus/tropical fruitiness. Sharp wheat edge with a nice spiced backend, ample sweetness a touch of biscuit drizzled with honey that herbal spice component is intresting almost lavender with a touch of black pepper. Flavor is dominant with the spices but bursts of honey biscuit malt and tropical fruit pineapple blend nicely with the spiced herbal additions. Yeast gives it that funky peppery slightly nutty edge that overall works well together a perfect beer to combine with most foods. Mouthfeel is slightly creamy with tart and sweet sensation over the palate dry yeasty finish, moderate alcohol. Medium bodied carbonation carries this one quite well, not really cloying to me at all. Drinkability is solid all around very nice American brewed version sometimes this style can be pretty bad if not drinking a version outta of Belgium. Great Divide pulled it off very well and they put their own trademarks on it.

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Photo of aepb1
4.12/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Yellow golden hazy body, small white head

S- Some fruity funk

T- Tart citrus right off the bat, crisp tartness. Some funk in the middle/end, some tropical fruit/banana and spices in there too.

M- Light body and crisp. very easy to drink with this light body

O- A very nice take on the style! Really can take a bunch of these as it tastes great and goes down every easy

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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 Lawl3ss
4.12/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Chilled 12 oz bottle into a pint snifter. Bottling date March 23 2012. This one's been in the fridge for about nine months.

Look- Clear gold with an extremely dense cap of white foam that more than fills the glass. Visible carbonation. Barest traces of lace.

Smell- Dominantly yeasty, funky, Belgian spice and esters, crusty bread, light nectar sweetness. As it warms, it becomes a bit more ciderlike. Nice.

Taste- This one's improved significantly with age if my memory's correct at all. Light, fruity, white raisin, apricot, coriander, light toast. The bolder flavors lighten and merge as it rolls around until there's the barest hint of dry cider with a lingering fruitiness giving the impression of sweetness. Finishes with dry toast and a hint of oxidation.

Mouthfeel- Crisp, light-medium body, carbonation distinct but not prickly. Mild mineral character at the finish. Finishes a bit heavier, light creamy feel as the carbonation slinks away.No hint at 7+ percent alcohol, you'd think it was 4. Quite drinkable.

Overall- I wasn't particularly impressed by this beer when I first purchased the six pack back in May or so, but a second take has convinced me this beer is worth revisiting. It's mellowed out significantly, and the aggressive funky/estery/dusty aromas and flavors I remember have taken on a subtler and more balanced feel. Nice. Worth trying either way, but I'd recommend giving it six months or so.

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Photo of woosterbill
4.12/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Prime 16 into a shaker pint.

A: Very, very pale straw - almost green when held up to daylight; one finger of frothy white foam; average retention and some light lace. Not bad for the style.

S: Bright, lively aroma of lemon, flowers, grass, and lightly spicy yeast. Quite nice.

T: Starts fruity, with citrus and pear, then gets spicier and hoppier. Mix of spice and pronounced grassiness on the finish. Slight tartness makes it refreshing. Enjoyable.

M: Light and lively lively with tons of explosive carbonation, but not so much as to be overwhelming.

D: There's no way I'd peg this at anything over 6.5% - it goes down too easily. While not necessarily the most drinkable saison I've had, it's definitely up there.

Notes: With great interplay of everything that makes saisons fun - yeast, tartness, spiciness, and grassy hops - this is a very solid beer. I'd put it slightly ahead of Smutty's Farmhouse and just behind Hennepin among American expressions of the style. Good stuff.

Cheers!

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Photo of Moose90
4.11/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled: Jan 21 2013
Tasted: Feb 3 2013

A – Pours with a big bright white 2-3 finger head. Leaves nice thick lacing all the way down. Is a bright hazy yellow, nice looking beer.

S – Citrus, lemon tart cake. Some biscuit here, slightly sweet.

T – Zesty fruits, lemon, lime, orange. Some pepper here too, tart and crisp.

M – Light, crisp and airy. With a bit of a lingering sticky sweetness on the finish. This is very refreshing and would be great on a lawn mowing day.

O – Good surprise as I typically don't care for the style; this is bright, refreshing and full of flavor, without a ton of crazy overpowering yeastiness.

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Photo of FickleBeast
4.11/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at George street alehouse.

Arrives in a pint glass with a finger of foam. Cloudy yellow color. Aroma is a cross between lemongrass and banana.

First sip has a nice yeasty banana flavor. No phenols, which is nice. If this is 7.3 abv it certainly doesn't taste it. Nice sweet malt base to canvas the fruity yeast flavors. While I prefer hoppy beers I can really appreciate the way this showcases the yeast flavors.

This is very easy to drink and perfectly refreshing on a summer day.

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