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Colette Farmhouse Ale - Great Divide Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

425 Reviews
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Reviews: 425
Hads: 1,499
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 9.87%
Wants: 47
Gots: 199 | 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:
Beer added by: ArrogantB on 04-25-2009

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Reviews: 425 | Hads: 1,499
Photo of yamar68
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle to tulip. Bottle date 3/1/12:

Pours a hazy pear gold with a lively, noisy few fingers of white head. Plenty of beading, lacing is rather weak.

Super estery... wet grass, white grapes, black pepper, lemon zest... pretty inviting.

The taste offers a lot of the same dynamics as the nose with the addition of some milder sweet malts. Green apple, more grapes.

Smoother than some low ABV saisons I've had. Can't complain there. (451 characters)

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

This ale pours a light golden with a very light haze and develops a full 2-inch head that is totally white and creamy. The head settles over time into about 1/4 inch. The carbonation is marked but of moderate intensity with very small bubbles. The initial nose makes me think of a pilsner, but the malty and hoppy notes are pushed aside by the expected sour notes of this farm-house ale. The body is medium-light with a pleasant lightly-sour lingering. Definitely an ale for food. The sour notes are more restrained than I expected of a Farmhouse Ale/Saison. The ale is quite tasty. Lacing does form, but is rather moderate. The 7.3% ABV is not noticeable on the palate. I'd try this again, but would first return to some Saisons from Belgium. (743 characters)

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

GDFA or "Colette" pours a cloudy (bottle conditioned) straw golden body with a bone white two finger head that leaves plenty of lacing down my snifter.

The aromas are earthy hops and a Belgian peppery quality held by most saisons.

The flavor is spot on for what I consider a good saison. It has lemon and citrus fruits followed by a wave of white pepper and herbal hop bittering.

The mouthfeel is light medium, but still "fluffy" or lush in quality.

This is the perfect beer for food pairings. I could enjoy it with a funky cheese and crackers as a summer afternoon snack. Or perhaps lemon pepper shrimp salad. (616 characters)

Photo of Mandark
4/5  rDev +3.9%
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. (375 characters)

Photo of zoso1967
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I figured that since it's Mother's Day, I should drink a beer that shares my mom's name.

Colette pours a wonderfully sunny pale yellow with a white head that fades fairly quickly but leaves pretty decent lacing. The beer is slightly cloudy and glows cheerily when held up to the sun on this beautiful spring day.

The aroma is definitely on the funkier side of American brewed saisons and in my opinion that is a good thing. It has a nice amount of tart funk that sets off some nice zesty citrus notes and a bit of wheaty and pleasantly grassy sweetness.

The flavor brings out much more of the spice quality of the yeast, with a good dose of pepper and just a touch of clove and coriander. It has the same funky tartness from the aroma, but it is not quite as prominent. The malt character is slightly bready and mild with a bit of wheat evident. Hop bitterness is firm and the hop flavor is predominantly grassy.

The mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium with a pretty lively amount of carbonation. This brew finishes nice and dry, leaving a slight tartness and some grassy hops on the palate.

Colette is not the best saison that I have ever partaken of, but it is a solid American brewed version of the style. This brew is crisp, fresh and thirst quenching, making it a perfect brew as we transition into summer. (1,324 characters)

Photo of BelgiumBill
4/5  rDev +3.9%
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. (980 characters)

Photo of avalon07
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a growler to a pint glass. Had a pale yellow color and a cloudy consistency. There was a small amount of foamy head that dissipated quickly. Virtually no lacing.

S: A sweet, funky smell of malt, citrus and a little hops.

T: Tasted of citrus, sweet malt and hops. A nicely done taste, with the requisite amount of funk for the style.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a dry finish. Light-bodied.

D: This is a good American example of a saison. Very light and drinkable. A good summer beer. (511 characters)

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

A hazy golden straw color pour with a big , lasting foamy white head , spotty lacing , lively carbonation . Aroma of corn and rice as promised , grassy hops , cloves , lemon zest and yeast . Flavor is quite wheaty , cloves , lemon , biscuty malt , slightly tart , nice balance , clean refreshing mouthfeel , medium body , grassy yeasty finish . Very drinkable and a quality brew for sure . (389 characters)

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

Appearance: Nice opaque golden color, good white head, not too much lacing

Smell: Pepper, clove, and fruit

Taste: More pepper and clove, biscuity malts. Earthy yeast. Semi dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, good, fine carbonation

Overall: Excellent example of a good saison (278 characters)

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

12 ounce bottle into tulip, bottle March 3, 2011. Pours hazy golden amber color, with a fairly dense 2 finger white head with great retention that reduces to a thin lacing cap. A bit of lacing clings to the glass as well. Aromas of huge grass, lemon, pepper, spices, bread, a bit of funk and some light fruits(apple, grape). Very nice and complex aromas here. Taste of grass, lemon, pepper, spices, grape and a slight bit of funk. Very slight bit of tartness noticed on the finish. Lingering notes of spices, lemon, pepper, and breadiness on the finish for a decent amount of time. Quite refreshing and easy drinking for the alcohol level. Medium carbonation and body. No alcohol noticed in the taste or finish. Overall, a very nice saison with nice flavor and balance. (769 characters)

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

Golden color with tons of white head and lots of lacing down the side of the glass. Very nice smell that is somewhat difficult to describe. Lemons are present. Earthy smell as well. The Taste is citrus and earthy as well. Mild bitterness. Very smooth and nicely carbonated. This is very good and easy to drink. (310 characters)

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

12oz bottle, bottled on April 4, 2011.

Poured a nice looking yellow hue with a strong amount of carbonation that leaves a finger-width of head with great retention. Bubbly lacing around the top of the glass. Bringing it to the nose, it smells tart with lemon and some more grassy earthiness as well. Tasting it, this beer is light but has a pretty full body to it. It has a bite or tartness to the beginning but it ends with a more pleasant fruitiness. Beside the tartness the beer goes down relatively smooth.

Overall, Colette is a good beer. It grew on me the more I drank. Its not exceptional, but a solid homage to saisons like the label explains. (653 characters)

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

As an homage to the beers that Belgian farm workers have enjoyed for centuries, Great Divide Brewing Company has crafted Colette, a Farmhouse Ale that is “Rustic Refined.” Colette has a 7.3% alcohol by volume, brewed with barley, wheat and rice, fermented with a blend of four different yeast strains, and was a silver medal winner at the 2010 Great American Beer Festival.

Colette pours a beautiful golden-yellow color that reminds me of glorified wheat fields in the summertime. The beer is naturally carbonated so there is a healthy amount of yeast at the bottom of the bottle. The beer itself pours hazy but still clear enough to see tiny bubbles rising to make a thin white foam that complements this summer beer nicely. This beer has a strong sent that has sweet and sour notes of wheat, herbs and spices, and wild yeast.

This beer seems almost sour but with dry, tart, and wild ale flavors surrounding the tongue. You can taste the wheat malts most but notes of lemon zest, coriander, clove, and white pepper make this beer quite enjoyable to sip on. The mouthfeel is pleasant and light but it’s the high carbonation that really lets this beer sing a bit in your mouth. Overall, this beer has a lot of flavors but it’s not too overwhelming as a summertime refreshing beer.

This is a good beer and one of my new favorites to have around after working in the summer heat. I enjoy the complexity while still not being an overpowering beer. If you see this beer, pick up a six-pack or look for it in the Great Divide variety 12-pack.

My Beer Rating: 4.0 (1,568 characters)

Photo of micromaniac129
4/5  rDev +3.9%
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. (260 characters)

Photo of aubuc1
4/5  rDev +3.9%
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. (446 characters)

Photo of thegodfather2701
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a very hazy bright yellow with a white fizzy head that leaves some lacing and has some cascading.

S-Malty, spicy, citrussy. It has a real strong Belgian note to it.

T-Much like the nose. Its got a Belgian spiciness to it with significant citrus flavors such as lemon and orange. Its malty with some alcohol sweetness.

M-Pretty thick.

D-Very drinkable for a hot summer's day.

Overall, this is a good beer. Not my favorite beer, but I am relatively new to the style and thought it was enjoyable. I would like to try some more Saisons in the future. (559 characters)

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

I usually do not like saisons at all. This one beats most for me (so maybe it's no good for a lover of saisons.

Right off the bat it hits you with a great yeast flavor. Complex, rich and somewhat malty.

It tastes more like a lot of wheat beers and that's an improvement. The burp is yummy. I will continue to avoid the style, but I don't regret geting this one. (363 characters)

Photo of TTAmod
4/5  rDev +3.9%
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. (704 characters)

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

Poured into a pint glass. The pour is a hazy light straw color with lots of visible carbonation and lots of fluffy white head. And I mean a lot, I had to stop the pour into my glass from this twelve ounce bottle. The head reduces leaving behind sticky, soapy looking lace. The aroma is full your typical of a saison, lemon up front with biscuit and hints of pepper with slight hops kicking around the back of the nose. This smell has a lot of lemon up front in it. The taste follows the aroma nicely. Yeasty with a bit of spiciness and finishes with a bit of lemon zing. The abv on this is higher than I realized, but I would think it is much lower by the taste. This isn't really anything out of the ordinary but it seems to be done very well. The mouthfeel is light and crisp with ample carbonation and again, I wouldn't think this is over seven percent, highly drinkable. (874 characters)

Photo of flannelman808
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Yellow to golden hue and hazy this looks just how it should. Topped with a bone white head with ok retention and lacing. Looks like lots of carbonation.

S: Lots of grass, funk, and citrus (orange lemon and hay).

T: Spice, soft almost lemon cream flavors, grass (hay and green grass) meet some funk for a rather nice farmhouse ale.

M: Tickling

O: Pretty good stuff (371 characters)

Photo of CCalvert
4/5  rDev +3.9%
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. (624 characters)

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

Poured from a bottle into an oversized wine glass.

Look - very pale blonde color, a little murky/hazy, with little to no foam when poured.

Smell - one can definitely smell the rice and wheat involved. A little bit of a sour smell.

Taste and Mouthfeel - a little like the smell, with the wheat and rice being prevalent - mostly the wheat. There is indeed a little bit of a dry tart taste that peaks in the middle, striking the back middle of the tongue. Texture is pretty good. Almost tastes a little bit like a Chardonay. Maybe some fruitiness, but it's subtle to me.

Overall - In general very good-tasting and very true to the style, which I appreciate. (658 characters)

Photo of DoktorZee
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. (848 characters)

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

Delicious. Yeast, lemon, pepper, and a bit sour. It's a neat bitter. I can't place the taste. Pepper is there. Really great. I'd certainly get it again. (152 characters)

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

12 oz. bottle tried 13 Sep 2010. Served in the 0.3 L Unibroue snifter.

Big ol' head is slightly yellowish. Well carbonated. Clear bright sunflower gold color initially, becomes cloudy with the second pour from the bottle. Yeasty fruity tart aroma, some sweetness and ethanol. Lemony tart, almost puckering to start. Yeasty. Mouthwatering tanginess. Medium body with a lush carbonated mouthfeel. Moderate alcohol.

A says not as much champagne like qualities as expected. (471 characters)

Colette Farmhouse Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 425 ratings.