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Colette Farmhouse Ale - Great Divide Brewing Company

Colette Farmhouse AleColette Farmhouse Ale

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BA SCORE
86
very good

995 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 995
Reviews: 372
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 11.72%


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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BeerWizard

Colorado

4.24/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I got burnt out on this last year but am glad I went back this year - this stuff is great. Poured into a goblet from a bottle. The bottle is a cheerful yellow color, that for the most part matches the color of the ale. Thin head, translucent, very fine bubbles.

The nose is nice and crisp; apples, yeast, alcohol, and like a faint raisin or fig aroma. The flavor is nice, too, champagne-y and almost like a cider. There's some tart sweetness and the alcohol gives it some good backing. The mouthfeel is nice and the finish breaks off clean for the most part. It almost has this lingering, woody finish, but it's not barrelled as far as I know so I don't know where I'm getting that from.

Overall, pretty psyched to have this one again. This is a real nice one from Great Divide.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2013 01:03:42 | More by BeerWizard
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hagbergl

Maryland

3.66/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had my first 12 oz. bottle of Great Divide's Colette Farmhouse Ale in my Chimay goblet.

Appearance (3.5/5): Colette pours an unfiltered, opaque goldenrod and shows an intense sunflower yellow when held up to the light. Ring of foam that retains well. Bit of a wimpy one finger head and not that much carbonation can be seen rising from the bottom of the glass.

Smell (4/5): Quite peculiar musty, rustic odor. Extremely wheaty and a little spicy. Very interesting aroma. Lemony and light citrus aromas as well. Yeasty.

Taste (3.75/5): Colette is very wheaty and lemony. Some nice banana flavors flex in the aftertaste. A little bubblegum. Nice grassy, herbal hops, as is proper in a saison. This is a very wheaty-tasting Saison. Little to no alcohol flavor.

Mouthfeel (3/5): Mouthfeel is quite smooth. Carbonation is a little low for the style; would have liked more active carbonation. A little drying in the finish from the grassy hops. The dryness is the best quality in the mouthfeel. The lower carbonation leaves something wanting...namely, more carbonation!

Overall (3.5/5): Colette is an okay saison, but there seems to be something missing. Perhaps I got a bad sixer, but what really is lacking here is carbonation. I feel that the lack of carbonation really mess with what could be a much better drinking beer than the one I am currently holding.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2013 18:52:34 | More by hagbergl
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tastybeer

North Carolina

4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: Very pretty in the sunlight. Bright tangerine orange with a moderately sized white head.

S: Smell is indeed farmhouse style. Banana cream pie with spices and wild flowers. Very creamy-like and generally happy to siff.

T: Very nicely blended flavors. Spicy, peppery, wild flowers. Phenolic and there's a touch of sour as well.

M: Dry, prickly carbonation, medium body, lighty gritty.

O: Good good good.

Serving type: on-tap

03-21-2013 23:13:28 | More by tastybeer
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Bitterbill

Wyoming

4.04/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2013 22:46:42 | More by Bitterbill
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Jacurdy60

Alabama

3.59/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

A-Pours a soft yellow color with a half-finger fizzy head. Poor retention and no lacing.

S-I'm getting some yeasty notes in the nose. Followed by some fruits (banana and pears) with some subtle cinnamon spice

T-Tangy fruits with a peppery, cinnamon spice finish. Not too complex.

MF-Carbonated and fizzy.

O-A pretty good saison. Not my favorite style, but it represents a saison pretty well.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2013 01:31:44 | More by Jacurdy60
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Hoptometrist

Oregon

3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Served from the bottle into a tulip glass

A- Poured a very clear bright golden color tons of streaming carbonation with big soapy bright white head that left no lace.

S- Smells very clean, some light bubblegum, banana, and clove notes. Big mineral and wheat presence.

T- Prominent bubblegum and clove flavors. Really big mineral presence, wheat, some light banana notes

M- Lighter bodied, medium carbonation (a little lighter than many saisons), semi-dry finish, some booziness and burn on the finish as this warmed up.

O- A nice saison with very clean flavors, just wish it was a little drier and less boozy.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2013 02:15:11 | More by Hoptometrist
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BeerAsAStoryteller

Colorado

3.56/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a fat bubbled head that hangs around for a minute and fades fast. A little hazy, golden color.

S: Good barnyard funk right up front, with a little bready yeast. Mild citrus hops hiding under the funk.

T: Very mild citrus, and a fairly weighty, lingering melon note. Slight sweetness up front. Not funky, as the nose suggests. Very mild tartness.

M: Medium-light bodied with strong, sparkly carbonation.

O: About what I expect out of a six-pack saison; tasty and refreshing, but nothing real special. Would be great for someone who enjoys a lighter saison.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2013 05:35:45 | More by BeerAsAStoryteller
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matjack85

Illinois

4.04/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2013 08:47:57 | More by matjack85
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quaybr

Colorado

4.09/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a golden yellow with a bubbly white head that quickly recesses to a small ring of foam around the edges and a pollowy island. Leaves only a trace of lacing.

Smells sweet, spicy and yeasty; fruity esters abound!

Taste follows suit: tangy esters and Belgian yeast followed by a pleasant bitterness. Some of the herbal spices come out on the back of the tongue.

Body is a bit oilier than I expected, causing some unsavory aftertastes - even beyond the assumed funk. Still, this goes down easy.

I am surprised (and excited) that this is a 6-pack! Another job well done by GDBC.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2013 04:38:31 | More by quaybr
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boilermakerbrew

Missouri

4.11/5  rDev +7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2013 00:26:55 | More by boilermakerbrew
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Yokoono76

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: slightly cloudy light golden color, head only 1 finger and left quickly.

S: initially it's light and slightly yeasty, the aroma warms up after half a glass and subtle notes of coriander and wheat appear.

T: clean, crisp, creamy light aftertaste, light notes of fruit, fresh cut wheat and subtle spice, definitely fits the style of beer.

M: light and very smooth, "dances on the tongue"

O: it's a great beer, refreshing, light citrus and spice, fresh wheat... Takes me to a summer BBQ with bright blue skies, cool breeze and wheat fields. Lovely, fresh, light, kitchen, gingham red and white, summer breeze, swinging on a tire swing great feeling... Very pleased with this beer!

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2013 17:27:35 | More by Yokoono76
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silverking

Florida

4.14/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2013 18:50:35 | More by silverking
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Moose90

Colorado

4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2013 06:55:18 | More by Moose90
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horshack7

Massachusetts

4.51/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Cloudy and golden with a head about one finger high.

Aroma: Peppery, orange zest, floral hop dryness, golden raisins with light notes of plum, ginger.

Taste: Orange zest, ginger, cinnamon, peppery, ginger, apple, golden raisins, and a very good dry floral hop finish.

Notes: Very drinkable good to enjoy anytime of year and the dry finish is very better. Cheers.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2013 00:40:42 | More by horshack7
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acelin

Kansas

3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, fuzzy yellow from the bottle into a tulip glass.

Small white head that leaves minimal lacing.

Smells brings nothing amazing, although the absence of huge funky smells is nice - it's a very clean saison.

Certainly a pale beer, with faint bread, tart wheat, and faint hops. Very crisp, light.

Could use a bit better mouthfeel, but overly a very accesible saison.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2013 02:35:41 | More by acelin
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LambicPentameter

Kansas

3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - a nice cloudy golden color, but a very fleeting head. Almost didn't appear, then faded away almost immediately. In a category that I typically expect nice substantial, sticky head, I was surprised.

Smell - Notes of citrus, with an almost champagne-like aroma. Floral, but lacking the complex hop-driven notes that I love so much. Subtle hint of green hay as the aroma fades.

Taste - The standout component of this particular brew. Hint of barnyard funk at first, replaced by heavy flavors of grapefruit and yeast. Would prefer a tiny bit of bitterness for balance, but solid nonetheless.

Mouthfeel - Very light, and heavy feel of carbonation. Refreshing.

Overall, a very drinkable farmhouse ale. I'd especially recommend this as a first foray into the style for someone who maybe isn't certain about it. There are others I would drink first, but I like a bit more funk and a touch of hop-bitterness. I think this would be a good one for an outdoor, summer setting.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2013 03:49:34 | More by LambicPentameter
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fatmusic14

Colorado

3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A - wasn't able to generate any head, but pours a rich gold - reminiscent of Aspens in September. Comes with a slight haze, but enough to blur anything through.

S - tart and citrus - hint of sweetness - simple.

T - lemon zest, fruity, hint of sourdough bread. Lingering tastes of mint and sour elements.

M - nice carbonation, easy drinkability, ABV hidden. Bubbles dancing throughout.

O - 6er recommended.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2012 00:43:33 | More by fatmusic14
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Lawl3ss

Texas

4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2012 05:26:49 | More by Lawl3ss
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garymuchow

Minnesota

4.3/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A touch of age, but at 7.2% this should be fine, just not ass-kicking fresh. Poured into my Reidel pils beer glass - a current favorite - allow great catching of aroma.
Aroma is a little tart, a little sour, touch of citrus and little funk. Doesn't seem to stray too far from that - a little soft pale male.
Cloudy yellow with a big billowing head.
Starts with a nice bready malt and that moves nicely into the yeast character. Nice blending with overpowering or preventing the enjoyment of the nice complicity. Quite shot of warm in the gut. Well balanced lactic. The finish is really nice. Drying without astringency and leaving all sorts of enjoyable flavors.
Really smooth feel even without a real heavy body and very soft.
This is really nice. The blending is outstanding. I've had some that are fruitier, and I like those too, but this one shines for its complexity and blending of flavors.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2012 19:07:38 | More by garymuchow
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metter98

New York

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is slightly hazy light golden yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a two finger high bright white head that gradually died down but never completely faded away and left lots of lacing running down the sides of the glass.
S: There are light aromas of earthy yeast and in the nose along with some notes of cracker malts.
T: The taste is similar to the smell but the malty flavors are a little more prominent and also have some notes of sweetness and hints of peppery spices.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and slightly smooth on the palate with a moderate to high amount of carbonation. No dryness is perceptible.
O: This beer seems to have more malts and sweetness (similar to a tripel) compared to other beers in the style, but it is still relatively easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2012 03:04:09 | More by metter98
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rlee1390

Indiana

3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Translucent bright yellow, two finger head with some carbonation.

S-Lots of yeast, clove and banana. Along with some wheat, not much wheat and poor balance in the nose.

T-Yeast and clove with banana in the fore front. Some wheat. Tad bit of grass with no bitterness.

M-Light, highly carbonated and crisp.

O-There are so many other saisons out there. Balance isn't where it should be, no spices.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2012 15:54:12 | More by rlee1390
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zac16125

South Carolina

3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured in a tulip glass
Bottled on Mar 5th, 2012

A: Pours a slightly hazy light straw yellow with 2 plus fingers width of bright white head, which dissipates down at a moderate rate to only a thin outer ring. Leaves no appreciable lacing.

S: Clove, pears and apples, wheat, the slightest tart aroma, no discernible funk notes, but still nice.

T: Crisp apples, peppery spice, wheat, clove. Lots of spice here. I get almost no tart/sour or funk flavors. Taste is pretty good, but its rather one dimensional, and doesnt bring the things I expect in a saison.

M/D: Crisp with high carbonation which makes it feel lighter than it otherwise would be. Very drying. No hint of the 7.3% ABV. Drinkability is pretty good but somewhat limited by the huge carbonation.

O: Not bad. Lots of spice, which I enjoy, but other than that is doesnt do a whole lot for me. Its certainly belgium influenced, but I don't see it falling into the saison style. Maybe more along the lines of a very spice belgium pale or a not very good tripel. Overall, it was a decent drink, but I likely wouldn't have one again.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2012 00:24:14 | More by zac16125
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tdm168

North Carolina

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

A - bright, cloudy yellow with a loose, bubbly head that fades quickly

S - lemon, a bit tart

T - lemon zest, a hint of orange, faint yeast, fruity

M - medium bodied, well carbonated, a bit crisp, a bit warm in the finish

This is a rather refreshing Saison. It has a nice citrusy, fruity flavor that is balanced and enjoyable. It's also easy to drink. I will probably pick this up again.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2012 16:52:12 | More by tdm168
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BeerDawgs

Georgia

4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
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

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2012 00:03:59 | More by BeerDawgs
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DavidST

Texas

4.33/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tulip glass, bottled on March 23, 2012. This pours a hazy straw light yellow color with a short lived off white head which quickly dissipates. The smells are nice lots of sweet yeast esters, a little funk, some earthy tones, good stuff. The feel is medium high carbonation. The taste is great nice fruit yeast esters a dry finish some earthy flavors good stuff.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2012 02:44:58 | More by DavidST
Colette Farmhouse Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
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