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Colette Farmhouse Ale - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Colette Farmhouse AleColette Farmhouse Ale

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429 Reviews

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Reviews: 429
Hads: 1,518
Avg: 3.84
pDev: 21.09%
Wants: 49
Gots: 208 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Great Divide Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  7.30% ABV

Availability: Spring

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Beer added by: ArrogantB on 04-25-2009

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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 lavellen
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Head retention on this is good, the smell is dead on dead for a farmhouse ale. Tons of Belgian yeast goodness. No particularly fruity notes and the flavor is a little clean for the farmhouse genre. Nothing too special to taste. the color was beautiful and it had an exceptional lacing. I could drink it again but I don't need to, know what I mean?

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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 quaybr
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

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Photo of hosehead83
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a twelve ounce bottle into a standard pint glass
Pale, yellow/gold, with a big, billowy head of eggshell-white foam
Aroma-Wheat,clove, some fruity notes
Taste-Fruity, wheat, clove, subtle spice. A tart, rather dry finish.
Overall, very smooth and refreshing, but more like a spiced wheat beer than a saison. However, very drinkable for the rather high(7.3ABV) alcohol content. A nice summer sipper.

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

Appearance: very cloudy deep golden color with a thin head that recedes quickly with miniscule lacing. Lots of yeast sediment floating in suspension, moderate carbonation.
Aroma: wheat and mild toasted barley dominated by a fruity aroma and significant yeast presence.
Mouthfeel: between light and medium bodied, finish is somewhat dry.
Flavor: very bready -- like eating a slice of bread that contains fruit and nuts. Alcohol is completely concealed -- therefore at 7.3% this beer could easily sneak up on you.
Overall: just an excellent, easily drinkable, refreshing, and delicious farmhouse ale.

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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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Photo of benloho
4.11/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I love farmhouse ales and I love Great Divide. I have high hopes:
A: Pours a rich yellow straw color. A little chill haze but mostly clear. About one finger of head that is all gone half way through. A small bit of lacing.
S: Beautiful. Some fruity notes and a slight tartness to it. I smell a blend of lemon, pineapple, and a little bit of sour apple. There's a definite breadiness to it as well.
T: Follows the nose almost exactly. It starts with the fruit, some tropical and citrus flavors, and then there tartness hits the palate, which is refreshing. And there's a yeasty, bready taste that brings it all together. And there is a slight pepper spice in the mix.
MF: Crisp and dry and oh, so refreshing! I don't taste the 7.5% ABV at all. However, its a little thicker and smoother than I expected.
O: I am a big fan. I love farmhouse ales and this one does not disappoint. A stellar beer in my opinion.

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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.


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

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

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

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.

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.

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

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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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Colette Farmhouse Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 429 ratings.