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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 Kiwano
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - light pale straw

S - yeasty citrus and fruit

T - sweet at first and flowery with some fruit, the sweetness dissipates with some bitterness and continued fruit and flowery flavor

M - decent amount of carbonation at first but that lessens as it sits at room temperature

O - tasty and interesting I would have it again

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Photo of CuttDeez
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12ozer into a pint glass

A - A cloudy hazy yellow golden color with a light frothy white head that dies quickly to a small spotted ring.

S - There is a good malt note that is wheaty and smooth. There are nice herbs of clove in there mixed with floral notes. There is a little tangy funk in there as well but I was looking for it.

T & M & D - A good wheat that balances between three things - a floral airy herb wheat, a hint of zesty fruit, and a small amount of tang tart. A light to medium bodied beer that finishes clean and crisp. The beer is a good amount of tang pow and a good amount of smooth and easy.

O - A good brew, not a great brew. It is more complex than the first taste, but when I read funkhouse I wanted a little more sour funk. Still a good brew and more interesting than your average wheat.

-Cheers

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Photo of Mandark
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The head on this was big, but dissipated quickly leaving very little lacing. In the glass it shows a pale gold, the light coming through it hazy.
It smells like a good saison should: yeast, bananas, clove, fresh herbs.
Tastes much the same as it smells. Not sweet or cloying, appropriately dry. The mouthfeel could be a little less thick.
This is a very good American saison.

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Photo of micromaniac129
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with golden straw and is hazy. Light foamy head fades leaving lacing. It has a soft pilsner aroma sharp and peppery and spicy. No hop pop. Sweet and semi dry fruity esters.
It has a slight pineapple essence about itself.

A good drinking refreshing brew.

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Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- Solid hay-yellow color with a soapy head that covers half the area of my brew

S- Yeasty smelling with banana esters leading the pack of funky, fruity smells

T- Crisp and smooth with a very mellow malt characteristic that allows the yeast to shine.

M- A bit too bubbly and thick. Nothing offensive, but the mouthfeel doesn't add anything to this beer

O- 7.3%ABV? I would have guessed below 6%ABV because I couldn't taste anything but malty, yeasty goodness.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
4.04/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

bottled: 4/1, unbottled: 5/27

Definitely one of the better domestic basic farmhouse ales in memory. Actually has some flavor and complexity, although none of what it has to offer is unique.

While the initially cottony head fails to maintain - in fact, all foam completely disappears rather fast - the hazy gold color of the liquid is kinda purdy.

The aroma is very Belgian and very complex. Malty/wheaty first and foremost, straw-like grain and a cider fruitiness slowly emerges with an overtone of yeast looming.

Funky and peppery up front in essence, the taste shifts to a predominance of complex cereal malt flavors - lightly toasted wheat, I feel, holding the reins.

Balance never fully takes hold as stealth fizzy carbonation slowly thins out the body, even as it warms, and the finish becomes increasingly hotter and out of whack.

Maybe if I had this super fresh it would kill, but it's still pretty good.

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Photo of chugalug06
3.06/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This brew is much different with a month or two on it than it is fresh.

A - Cloudy yellow with orange and red hues. Nice white foamy head. Pours very aggressive.

S - Nice sour funk. Very aggressive scent. No banana that I smelt before.

T - Funky brew. Changes greatly with only a little time. Very nice and sweet with pleasant Belgian yeasty funk.

M - Very light and wet. A enjoyable brew with slight heat to be found. Doesn't mellow with time... No bitterness.

O - Good but not nearly as good as it is fresh. Find this one fresh and jump on it!

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Photo of grittybrews
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a hazy straw yellow into a tulip with a finger of loose white head. Bright, lemony aroma with a slight pepper funk.

Moderate carbonation and full, dry mouthfeel. Lots of wheat and lemon up front with hints of gentle spice on the finish.

Very crisp and refreshing, if a little one-dimensional. Not overly funky and very easy-drinking. Would definitely have this one again.

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Photo of jwinship83
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle drank from my new belgium globe glass.

A- a hearty pour yields a somewhat hazy golden yellow colored body under a small bright white head that quickly becomes no more than a crown. small spots of lacing are left on the sides of my glass.

S- the first thing i pick out of the nose is malted wheat. after that i get a pretty heavy dose of pepper and other spices. very yeasty, and i think im picked up a little barnyard-y bret. i didnt know this beer was wild? floral and earthy hops at the end.

T- the taste starts out with malted wheat before quickly moving into he cracked pepper and spices that i could smell. im definitely getting a mild bret like character here. lightly funky/barnyard-y. some pear, apple, and other light summer fruits like white grapes. earthy and floral hops at the end.

M- the body is a solid medium, and the carbonation is right there also. decently dry. the alcohol is well hidden.

O- overall, this is a pretty enjoyable saison that has a lot of differences than most examples of the style. the addition of wild yeast makes me curious how this will hold up in the cellar.

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Photo of BelgiumBill
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Vitals: $1.99 for a single 12 oz bottle at Total Wine. Bottled on 4/5/11. 7.3% ABV. Consumed as we speak.

Poured roughly into a tulip glass resulting in a thick white airy head that slowly receded to a thin blanket with minimal lacing around the glass. The color was a hazy pale yellow and nice and bright.

The fragrance was moderate of wheat, grains, some spices; maybe white pepper. Hints of citrus, lemon, and some butter. As it warmed and opened up, sounds strange but it smelled like a barn (in a good way). Maybe that's the power of suggestion calling it a farmhouse ale, idk. It seemed to give off straw, lemongrass and coriander as it warmed.

The flavors were wheat, grains, a bit of spice and some general earthiness.

The mouthfeel was nice. It was clean and refreshing yet had a bit of viscosity to it as well. Lively carbonation added to the feel and it produced a slight mouthwatering effect in the finish. It didn't seem like a 7.3% ABV as it was very drinkable.

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Photo of aubuc1
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle dated April 28, 2011 poured into a goblet.

Pours a hazy straw yellow with a thinning very white head.

Smell is a very rustic, woody, grassy, funky farmhouse.

Taste is slightly tart, lemony, grassy, and disappears quickly. Would be quite nice with food.

Mouthfeel is very dry and carbonated feeling. Champagne-like.

Overall this is a very nice beer. I am glad to have found it. Not as flavorfull as some saisons, but dryer and crisper.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.97/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle

Appearance - Slightly Hazy light yellow colour with a large size fizzy white coloured head. I can't make out much carbonation due to the haziness and there is some good lacing. The head lasted for 4 minutes before it began to dissipate.

Smell – Breads/grains, lemon zest and juice, banana

Taste & Mouth - The beer has a high amount of carbonation. I can taste lots of lemon juice and zest mixed with bananas and wheat. There is also a light amount of barnyard funk and the beer finishes with a grainy and tart aftertaste.

Overall – This is a very solid that beer that was well balanced and extremely easy to drink. It's worth trying and I'll be buying it again.

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Photo of ksimons
4.42/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-a hazy straw golden color with a layer of white head that quickly disappears and leaves some lacing around the edge of the glass

S-a sweet wheat smell combined with citrus fruits and yeast with some other spices mixed in

T-taste continues the smell, light malts, wheat, lemon citrus, and an earthy estery yeast. Alcohol is very well hidden

M-high carbonation, light to medium body, and a dry finish

Overall a great refreshing beer to have at the beginning of summer, excellent tasting and one I could have a few more of!

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Photo of calebroberts811
3.82/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - HUGE tight bubbles that form a white two-finger head that quickly dissipates. Hazy straw gold/bright yellow/urine color. Clean lacing and it has an almost viscous consistency.

S - Lime/lemon peel; a little wet-grass funkiness; shortbread cookie dough and candied banana notes.

T - Definite barnyard-y funk with slight sauerkraut (a suggested pairing) characters on the mid-palette but is accompanied by strong lemon zest and biscuit flavors. The rice properties are also quite evident.

M - Finishes very dry and acidic which is why I imagine that the bottle states it would go so well with fatty dishes such as sausage and foie gras.

O - Certainly not the most refreshing of Saisons but from what I've had of the style thus far, it would be a delicious food beer. I tried it with a bit of sausage and the fattiness really complimented the funk and enhanced the beer.

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Photo of marqoid
4.42/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Hazy light straw color, pours a fluffy head but fades very quickly
S: Lemon, straw, grass, yeast
T: Honey with some mild bitterness (but not hoppy) and moderate funk, essentially no fruitiness
M: Spritzy, fairly light body, but filling
O: I really enjoyed this beer. This is a great easy drinking, refreshing, moderately funk saison. This tastes like it came right out of a barn.

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Photo of mactrail
3.43/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very, very light color in the pint glass, a washed out straw. Not a head to speak of, but sparkling carbonation fills the mouth.

Surprising sweetness. Apple juice and a hint of Hawaiian Punch. Papaya and lime peel. Mere hints of malt. So simple and pleasant with an acidic underpinning. Touch of the raspy Belgian flavor in the back of the mouth.

Extremely quaffable, just not very beery. On he whimsical side like a good Wit.

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Photo of BeerAmbassador
4.37/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice fluffy tall head that dissipates a little quicker than I expected. Color is hazy yellow. Aroma definitely lemon, but a little sweeter, like lemon curd. I also got some toasted grain and a nice yeastiness. Flavor echos the aroma but with a tartness that you wouldn't necessarily get from another saison such as Saison Dupont. The tartness allows you to come back for more without wearing on your palate.

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Photo of yemenmocha
3.03/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a straw color with minimal white head. Nose is mixed citrus, with a hint of human bile & pineapple. Some barnyard on the nose too. On the palate there's some spice, pineapple, more funk, and a zesty-lemony citrus quality. Finishes lemony and cracker-like, rather dry cracker like.

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Photo of gatornation
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

from 12 oz bottled on 040411

A- pours a slight hazed lemon yellow color with a nice white head that recedes to a fresh collar some nice lacing

S- was lemon citrus .spices ,coriander, honey,grass

T-was lemony citrus with malts and a funky grass/bread taste

M- nicely carbonated with a crisp lemon citrus farmhouse zing

O- tasty and refreshing ,with some sour funky belgian farmhouse tastes

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Photo of DesMoinesMike
3.48/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The color is like heavily-carbonated lemonade capped with white fluff. The aroma is an odd mix of fruit and wheat with citrus. The taste had the same flavors with a bit of floral added, but it had a bit of a dirty dish water essence to it that I didn't find it very appealing. The body seemed watery and the aftertaste wasn't much. It is a passable beer but there are many better examples of the style out there.

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Photo of bbkd3b
3.41/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

Hits the glass with a fizzy, straw-colored body. Attractive, white head pops in like a visiting neighbor, but eventually settles one quarter-finger status. Carbonation carries a scent of lemon peel and grassy hops to the top of the glass. Tart and powerful.

Extremely light, tingly body drops a flavor of earthy tones and a light, citrus kick across the tongue. There's a hint of spice crossing along the way, but not much to speak of. Floats down the throat with a dry-but-easy finish. No sweetness whatsoever.

Overall/notes - Kind of a vapid brew. Saison is a style I always enjoy, and this one fits right in with the others. I guess it neither excels nor fails when compared to other brews of the type. Certainly worth a visit or two, especially if you're a fan of the style like I am.

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Photo of angelogarcia3
3.84/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

An excellent beer with a golden yellow color forming a clean crisp white head. The aroma is of a typical ale. However, the mouthfeel because of the carbonation gives a champagne quality to the beer. Has a slight coriander and star anise taste giving the beer a Belgian feel. Makes an excellent summer beer! Got it at Ithaca Coffee Company in Ithaca, NY.

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Photo of homebrew311
3.99/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: pale straw color, slightly cloudy, no head

S: lemon zest, sour dough, bready malts

T: starts off sweet with notes of honey, lemon comes through with a quick tartness, nice refreshing finish

Mf: high carbonation, light body

O: nice easy drinking saison, good balance, abv is undetectable

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Photo of CCalvert
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on date of 4/5/11.
I have had several beers from great divide, and have enjoyed them all.
A- was a very nice off white head with slightly below average lacing, for this style, but still good. Pours a nice pale/golden yellow.
S- First notes I picked up are Green Apple, Lemon, and Pine, in that order.
T- Along with the smell the first thing I noticed was the citrus flavor, followed by some more pine, although not overpowering in any way.The finish is dry, and slightly sweet, very tasty indeed.
M-Very carbonated, as with all saisons I've tasted.
O- I would drink this again, and recommend to new saison drinkers.

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Photo of Chaney
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on April 5, 2011.

A: Poured a white pepper laced, crayon yellow color, with about a 1/2 finger or so solid white head that stayed a flimsy froth throughout the session.

S: Farmhouse funk, with a little bit of Bazooka bubble gum infused as well. Spicy, but not too...

T: Very fresh tasting.... and goes well with food I might add. A bit boozier than many saisons I've sample recently, but the balance amongst the other ingredients was second to none: Mild citrus character, coriander, and fresh filtered water... all with a Belgian flair.

M: Not too sweet, but still sweeter than many other farmhouses on the market. Still, I found the sugar content to be of the candy variety. The carbonation was good for the style and the lacing was minimal.

O: I've never tried this particular style from Great Divide and this one didn't disappoint.

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