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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

(view ratings)
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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Natural510

Ohio

3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, packaged Apr 8 2010

Nice look; opaque, pale golden-orange. Impressive head, frothy & bone-white.
Funky yeast scent with lemon & spice notes.
Yeast up-front, with a distinct breadedness. Peppery, with a hint of lemon rind. Subtle hop and dry finish.
Good feel, with the carbonation and dryness from the yeast, albeit slightly watery.

Not-bad saison, not too distinctive either. Will give a nice yeast kick and alcohol fix on a warm day.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2010 05:55:47 | More by Natural510
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JISurfer

South Carolina

4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Not really familiar with Saisons, only had a couple before. Anyway, this one was pretty good. It had a very impressive fluffy head, which died out to a good lacing. The beer itself was a cloudy golden color, reminded me of a hefe. Smell wasn't too strong, but what I did get, was hints of wheat and malt. Not too much on the hops. Taste was somewhat wheaty and fruity, maybe a slight sour bite to it. No detection of alcohol what so ever, which is impressive considering it's over 7%. Overall a very drinkable beer that's great on a hot summer night, or even after I do hours of yard work.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2010 04:29:59 | More by JISurfer
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KI9A

Illinois

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

A: Hazy, mild yellow. Yeast floating around, puffy head, lasting. Nice lace chunks.

S: Lemon zest dominates.

T: Lemon, grape, grainy, grassy. Dry, yeasty finish, some alcohol burn.

M: Light, med-high carbonation. Very dry, boozy.

D: Good drinkability, even with the 7+% abv. Not the greatest Saison, but, very, very good.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2010 00:02:08 | More by KI9A
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muttyd

Massachusetts

3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

90 degree day in Boston. Time for a saison, I think.

A - Cloudy yellow/straw body with a thick white head that fades into a slight ring around the glass. Very hazy.

S - Lemon zest & other citrus, barley husk, sweet malt, and slight yeast funk.

T - Very enjoyable and clean tasting saison. Tart lemons dominate the palate, but its balanced off by the dry grainy malt profile, slight hoppy/grassy flavors, and clean finish.

M - Fizzy with a slight warming alcohol burn.

D - Not the best saison I've ever had, but at only roughly $2 for this bottle, its one of the best for the money. Another great brew from GD.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2010 01:05:13 | More by muttyd
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OtherShoe2

Massachusetts

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

Pours cloudy pale yellow with a foamy white head and some lacing.

Smells of sweet wheat, some dusty grain, yeast, and some lemon zest.

Lemony, tart with sweet wheat and some coarse grain, lightly bitter husk. Some lemon rind.

Lighter bodied and carbonated. Appropriate.

Overall, a bit mild, and more of a lemony wheat beer. Not super complex, but good.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2010 20:58:22 | More by OtherShoe2
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stimulus

New Jersey

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2010 04:57:48 | More by stimulus
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cdizinno

South Carolina

3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: Poured into a tulip glass from a bottle, similar the the one pictured, but instead of "SAISON" written in big block letters, mine reads "COLETTE" and the little farmer on the left who is working in the picture turned into a sassy looking chick in a skirt with a pitchfork. Bottled on: MAR 10 2010, printed on label.

A: Initially clear, golden yellow with a nice fluffy head that dies quickly. After a swirl of the sediment: Murky, yellow-straw color.

S: Slightly tart, sweet smell along with the typical 'farmhouse' yeast aroma.

T&M: Very complex, fruity, spicy, tart flavor. Fairly sweet with a good bit of alcohol burn. After a swirl of the sediment: The tarness is definitely mellowed and it is smoother. Medium bodied.

Fairly good farmhouse. A bit too tart and sweet for regular drinking. But good for a 'one off'.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2010 17:57:54 | More by cdizinno
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WakeandBake

Michigan

4/5  rDev +4.2%
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 .

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2010 01:42:25 | More by WakeandBake
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hwwty4

Missouri

2.95/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured a 12oz bottle into my Boulevard Tank 7 tulip. This beer pours a slightly hazy, lighter then School Bus Yellow with a massive 4 inch cap that leaves fingers of lacing all the way down the sides of the glass. The aroma was pretty prevalent from the pour. A slightly sulfuric aroma poured crept from the bottle right after opening it, just the way I like it. Damp earth, lemon zest, a hint of ground black pepper all mixed together with baled hay. I rather exciting nose from a American Saison. It has my hopes up. Unfortunately the flavor let them down rather considerably. The flavor profile seems to be a muddled jumble of flavors that are never really defined individually but do not come together as a whole either. Up front is the all to sweet mark of quite a bit of pale malts. It underlies the entirety of the flavor profile. Milled barley, slight clove, white pepper and just a bit of coriander. Almost no citrus or grass. Just a bit of wheat tang, no fruit and for some reason the after flavor really bothers me. I cant quite put my finger on the flavor but it irks me something badly. The mouthfeel is hands down the hardest aspect to nail on a Saison, and this one misses the mark. Medium bodied with almost a creamy aspect, not really dry at all. Sugary. Where are those high temperatures they were talking about. Other then the spices, I really don't think esters play that much of a role in the anything. I know I'm hard on Saisons. They are my favorite style and I really do love GD, but Colette just doesn't do it for me.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2010 00:56:35 | More by hwwty4
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OlRasputin989

Arkansas

3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into Duvel tulip...

A: pours a hazy dandelion yellow with a massive billowy head that takes forever to dwindle down (especially with the nucleation sites at the bottow of the glass). leaves sticky lacing down the side of the glass.

S: sourdough bread, hay, white pepper, cucumber, white grape, and lemon peel. hops are herbal and spicy.

T: honeyed, herbal and grassy upfront, bread dough, earthy, and the aforementioned white grape and lemon peel. finishes just slightly bitter and spicy.

M: a zippy refreshing carbonation with a very dry finish

Overall, a great beer with a light body and easy drinking character. This beer goes to show that a beer with a higher than average abv can still be great for enjoyment after a hot day. Very satisfied with this purchase.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2010 23:57:12 | More by OlRasputin989
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semibaked

Kentucky

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

Poured into a Pint Glass.

A - Pours a neon yellow, cloudy with tons of active carbonation with a thin bright white head.

S - Yeast funkiness, candy, hay, and lemon.

T - Kinda tastes like it smells with the yeast funk, lemon, and candy, but nothing over powering and well balanced.

M - Thin bodied, but large amounts of carbonation and it is light and refreshing.

D - This is a good summer beer, clean, light, easy driniking and refreshing. I would suggest you try this on a hot day.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2010 21:54:48 | More by semibaked
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ElGordo

Oregon

3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the 12oz bottle into a Gordon tulip glass. Body is a bright straw-golden color, topped by a pretty flourish of creamy, stark white head that settles down to about a half-finger. Light, spicy, somewhat earthy aroma from the saison yeast, with notes of white pepper and lemon, along with some light, citrusy hops.
Palate is nice and refreshing - sweet pale malt that is reminiscent of corn pops. Light, tangy, citrsuy flavors from the saison yeast come through before the swallow, along with some nice, lemony hops and a touch of coriander. Finish is sweet and dry. Body is light and effervescent, but not quite as light as a true Belgian saison. That also makes it not quite as drinkable as other saisons on the market, but it's still an enjoyable beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2010 05:04:51 | More by ElGordo
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BlackBearForge

Florida

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

Bottled on March 10, 2010

Colette pours a lovely lemon gold with a bone white head that lingers for some time with thick sheets of lacing that don't stick to the sides of the glass. Lots of carbonation is evident with many steady streams of bubbles up from the bottom of the glass.

The aroma has hay, light malts and some spicy fruit and lightly sour lemon notes.

The flavors are of lightly sweet bready malt, lemony spicy notes with hints of clove and a nice bitterness that develops on the finish.

Mouthfeel is light, smooth and well carbonated.

What a nice ale for the warmer weather approaching us. Refreshing, very drinkable and very flavorful.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2010 20:07:22 | More by BlackBearForge
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chickenflea

Florida

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

Bottled Mar 10, 2010

A- Pours a cloudy orange yellow with a monstrous bubbly white head.

S- The aroma contains yeast, lemon meringue pie and wet hay. Very promising. Spicy and inviting.

T- The taste is extremely refreshing, and probably dangerously so considering the high ABV for a saison. The taste starts out with some light maltiness followed by a nice carbonated bite. Citrus flavors and hints of spices with some earthy hops near the end. Finish contains banana-clove smoothness and then a clean finish. Wow what a journey.

M- The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

D- This is a dangerously drinkable beer that is very refreshing. Overall, this is a fantastic saison and another great beer from Great Divide.

Serving type: 12-oz bottle

Reviewed on: 05-29-2010

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2010 20:35:38 | More by chickenflea
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aasher

Indiana

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

Appearance: very active (alot of bubbling), pours golden yellow with a medium white head which slowly dissipates, very cloudy body

Smell: smells very yeasty and "bready", slight citrus accents

Taste: excellent flavor, tastes like good saison/farmhouse should, very yeasty and has slight fruit flavor accent

Mouthfeel: excellent mouthfeel, smooth and good consistency

Drinkability: very drinkable, is light but not too light, has good flavor and is very appealing

I'd definitely recommend this beer

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2010 05:28:20 | More by aasher
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jlindros

Massachusetts

3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a huge pasty white head that makes me stop pouring, fluffy and fizzy, and fades pretty quickly over the clear golden wheat yellow color.

N: Light toasty malts, wheat, a little lemon zest and citrus, some creamy malt aromas, a little spicy hop, some yeasty aromas as well, with a little farmhouse saison aroma.

T: Lots of wheat and light malts, saison flavors, toasty malts, yeasty flavors with a little fruit even, dry spicy saison. Some cremy malts, a little sweet malt flavor with hints of booze, spicy flavors too.

M: Lighter body with tons of carbonation.

F: Very dry with hints of spicy saison flavors, little boozy warmth and tingle a little heavy booze for 7.3%. A little wheat flavors, some yeast and farmhouse flavors lingering, some bitterness with a touch of spicy hops and orange peel, even a bit of spices and coriander.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2010 02:49:15 | More by jlindros
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kirkpjr

Alabama

3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Saison Dupont glass.

A: Pours a pale yellow color with a slight cloudiness. Two fingers of head that settle down into a constantly refreshed ring of head. Lots of carbonation climbing up the glass, with lacing developing as the beer drinks down.

S: Bananas and yeast. Breadiness and a light sweetness from a lemon zest maybe.

T: Smell represented in the taste. Also some cloves and a spiciness to the flavor. The lemon comes through stronger in the taste.

M: Light and crisp, with moderately high carbonation.

D: Very good summer Saison. Refreshing and easy to drink. Only hindrance is the high carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2010 20:56:07 | More by kirkpjr
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scruffwhor

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The appearance of this saison would be pretty good if it was't for the lack of head. The faintly hazey golden hay with a twinge of copper and awesome bubbling carbonation are their. But there is no foam.

Faint spices, some equally faint barnyard yeast, earthen hops, and some tart grains. Standard saison aroma.

A little wet, slightly tart pilsner and maybe some wheat grains start the flavors off. You can feel the carbonation more on the middle and finish of the tongue than at the front. The middle is a dry, tart Granny Smith appple skin. Ten sm slight of and funk histhe taste buds along with some earthy, soft hops lto control some of the malts.

This is a nicely caronated palate with sometexture and nuance going on from start to finish. This dry palate would be somewhat sessionable on a summer day while taking a break from some hard outdoor work.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2010 03:34:25 | More by scruffwhor
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oberon

North Carolina

3.6/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not a style I often seek out at all,on a warm day like today I figured it might hit the spot.Poured into a tulip glass a hazed lemonade color with a great clingy two finger white head that left broken rings of lace as it settled slowly.Funky barnyard notes in the nose along with some iron/metallic,a whiff of lemon peel as well,some are big fans of the barnyard funk,Iam not.Flavors are funky but on a smaller scale,wet grain notes along with lemon pith, and honey,there is enough sweetness to keep the funk in check for me.A decent brew,again not a fan for a reason,but I grade it accordingly.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2010 20:50:55 | More by oberon
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beerthulhu

New Jersey

4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured a thick hazy lemony-orange with a 2 finger, off white head that was fair in retention and weak in lacing. Unfortunately this didn't offer to much in the visual spectrum.

S: Fruit and tart lemon notes exist on the nose along with a noticeable wheaty character. Orange-lemon citrus, lightly tart and dry, but with a very nice refreshing quality adds some respect to the aroma that was moderate in strength.

T: Tart, with a dry lemon and orage flavor opens things up. Dried fruitiness of mangos, pineapple along with a strong showing of wheat also appear. A softy wheaty exit with tart, dry citrus leaves on good terms. Not a lot of complexity here and wish I could say more about this, but its limited spectrum does in no way hinder enjoyment and ease that this has to offer. It is very solid by example and wont disappoint.

M: The mouthful was a strong point here, very crisp, sharp and refreshing with a big carbonation bite that suited this style well. Medium fullness, smooth in texture with a dry tar lemon-wheat fade that is sure to keep you sippin.

D: Very nice drinkability, crisp, dry, well suited per style and 6 pack worthy. An easy to drink interpretation that makes for a good tart summertime farmhouse that will wet the whistle and make fans of the style.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2010 00:14:10 | More by beerthulhu
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thegodfather2701

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2010 19:51:47 | More by thegodfather2701
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SeattleBeerBlog

Washington

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

A- A Hazy hay Color that is quite appealing, head dissipated a little too quickly

S- Smells of good funk, along with a lot of fruit, green grapes, apples, and other good stuff, smells like spring.

T- starts out a little tart but finishes really crisp, especially considering the ABV. It doesn't taste very strong at all.

M- very light on the palate with a good bit of carbonation, the mouthfeel makes this beer.

D- this beer is very drinkable, and is the perfect, early summer beer. Just makes me think of eating a good meal outside, and kicking back a few with friends. Overall a great Saison.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2010 23:31:41 | More by SeattleBeerBlog
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JEdmund

Kansas

4.22/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Bottled on April 8, 2010; tasted on May 2, 2010)

A: Honey colored and hazy, though clearer than any other saison I've seen.

S: Wheat, banana, somewhat minerally. Reminds me a bit of a pils, making me think it has pils malt and certainly the rice is a contributing factor.

T: Really nice flavor with a big finish. Starts smooth thanks to the wheat, then midway it gets just a bit peppery and then on comes a drying tartness and a quick blast of hop bitterness, and finally a hint of fruitiness from the yeast. Finishes dry and light.

D: At 7% ABV, this isn't something you can drink all afternoon. I wish it were just 5%, but then it may not have all this delicious flavor. I'm just happy there's an affordable and delicious saison in six-packs! Great Divide makes great beer, and Colette is further proof.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2010 13:43:56 | More by JEdmund
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barleywinefiend

Washington

4.22/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a nice hazy straw yellow with good carbonation and a nice white head. Nose is wheat, rice, clove. Taste is belgian yeast, clove, banana, wheat. Mouthfeel has a nice tart, crisp finish, with clove, fruits and spice. Just right amount of booze. Very drinkable indeed.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2010 04:24:32 | More by barleywinefiend
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Pahn

New York

4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into Duvel tulip. Bottled on Feb19, 2010.

Appearance: Moderate pour yields a 3/4 inch head that dissipates steadily and leaves sparse lacing. Pours a very hazy yellow, and leaves no lacing.

Smell: The dominant aspects of the aroma are some tangy and slightly sour notes, as well as Belgian yeast and a characteristic wheat beer smell. There's some nice, thick breadiness, banana, and some earthy funk.

Taste: Starts juicy and carbonated, segueing into a sharp, tangy taste characterized by citrus and clove, then finishes dry. The beginning is punchy and enjoyable texturally, if a little drab flavor-wise. The flavorful part of each sip is nice and earthy and musty, but still vibrant and zesty. There's a bit too much sweetness in the finish sometimes, with a sort of sugary feel going along with it.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, with big carbonation and juiciness up front, then a slightly puckering tartness that gives way to a dry finish. The beer is always very active in the mouth.

Drinkability: This is a very refreshing and delicious beer. The kind of beer I would keep on hand at all times, especially in summer. Nice go to beer when you want refreshment with a decent complexity (as advertised, incidentally).

I know that some people think this beer isn't "indicative of the style of saison," but that's a rather strange attitude to take. On the one hand, this beer is exactly what BA describes as a saison (slightly dry, lots of spice, sweetness generally restrained, nice earthy notes). On the other hand, it doesn't taste like many of the very celebrated Belgian saisons. Add to this that Belgian brewers aren't particularly concerned with what style you can throw a beer into, and the issue of authenticity seems to dissolve, at least for me.

Regardless, Colette is a delicious beer. There's some flaws (it's a little sugary at times, the funkiness could be turned up to good effect, and the beer is rather lacking ester-wise, especially considering the banana present in the aroma but absent from the flavor), but it's solid and refreshing. To boot, it's a good saison that comes in a 6 pack for the price of 750ml of most good imported saisons. Excellent value. I was very impressed when I first tried this, and still am.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2010 04:25:05 | More by Pahn
Colette Farmhouse Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 995 ratings.