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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: 1,520
Avg: 3.84
pDev: 21.09%
Wants: 49
Gots: 210 | 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 Pahn
4.04/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

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Photo of smcolw
3.56/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy dark straw color. Extensive initial head. Leaves slippery lace. Eventually dies down to a thin layer of minute bubbles.

Earthy like with stale sourness. Not very appealing.

Good Saison flavor, slightly wheaty. Lots of mild citrus, clove and pepper. Nice full body with an appropriate level of carbonation. Pleasant sour aftertaste.

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Photo of hops4life
3.42/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Plan B in W. Htfd, CT. I drink a lot of Saison, and this is wayyy off the style for a Saison. Citrus, clove, some of the ester profile I associate with the wheat/white homebrew styles of a decade ago (or today, but that is the time period I associate with banana/clove hysteria). I would have pegged it as "spiced hefeweizen" or a summer beer with an identity crisis. Hop character was completely supressed under the spice. It makes for a very drinkable pint, even at 7.5%, but there is much better to be had.

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Photo of coastiefish
3.15/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottled Feb 23 2010
Opened Apr 21 2010

First nip from the bottle, got the typical tart of the style, followed by an very vivid copper taste.

Poured into a pint glass (don't forget the sediment at the bottom of the bottle!)

Soft hazy bright gold, thin layer of head, when carefully poured (thick layer with froth on the second pour when I was a bit rougher with the pour, though it dwindled down quickly to a thin layer)

On the nose, tart fruit, clove, tiny bit astringent, bit of apricot/peach being detected as well.

Everything on the nose I get on the tongue. A bit of lemon is coming through. Yeasty and dry, but not too dry. Watery finish is worth mentioning.

Mouth feel is light & airy. Id like to have more body in this brew, it just isnt there.

This is a drinkable brew, but there are better ones out there. (Apricot Farmhouse from Upright Brewing an excellent example, and #5 from Upright, a classic example extremely well executed) I wouldnt suggest this to exemplify the farmhouse/saison style. Though, the 7.3% on a hot summer day with nothing to do except sample some brews could justify a round.

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Photo of ghostmech007
1.98/5  rDev -48.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Bottled on Feb. 19, 2010

Poured into a tulip glass produced a little well formed head. Body doesn't look good, hazy bright yellow.

Nose has definite lemon note and a slight funky smell. Almost like it's skunked.

The taste is bad. Not terrible but it really doesn't taste good at all. The finish is terrible and attacks the palette like a Japanese bomber. The balance is not present at all throughout the beer. The only thing that really stands out from this beer is the malts definitely there and provides some balance to beverage at the end. You really can tell that from the mouth it's very creamy but doesn't stick around because the bitter imbalance on your palette.

I'm not getting this brew again. The whole experience was awful. It's lemon and bitterness just doesn't seem to work. It was very poorly executed.

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

Pours a hazed yellow gold with moderate cap of soapy white bubbles, little retention. Scent begins with equal parts tangy wheat and floral hops, light vanilla cookie like sweetness with a splash of watery fruit and lemongrass on the finish with the lightest hint of herbs. Taste is a touch more aggressive than scent dictated but still well balanced with strong tangy wheat and floral notes still the star, the backbone has an aggressive shortbread taste with a hint of vanilla as well as watery fruit (pears), combines pleasantly with a hop profile that provides a touch of lemon zest and earthy spiciness. Medium bodied and dry finish. A nice non-funkdified saison which keeps things dry and light with some well blended flavors.

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Photo of emmasdad
4.21/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours the color of cloudy spun gold, capped with a beautiful rocky white head. This one looks so inviting in the glass. Aroma of strawberries, lemons, yeast and wheat. Tastes almost exactly like it smells, spicy and refreshing, with a good hint of lemon-citrus and a peppery tang on the back end. The alcohol is not the least bit evident in this one, and it makes for a delicious and refreshing late spring afternoon beer. Excellent.

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Photo of allforbetterbeer
3.77/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a small glass. Brewed on date clearly marked on bottle (I always respect a brewery more for this).

A: Light, sweetly yellow bubbly body under a white head that recedes down to a thin layer but does last and laces a bit.

S: Grassy wheat, lemon peel, bread fresh from the oven (slight) and some lively yeast.

T: Bright yeast and slightly dry malts fill the mouth initially, followed by a more earthy bread bread flavor that becomes slightly sweet as the aftertaste of very lightly toasted malts rises to the surface. As all this dies away, long after the beer first hit the tongue, some sweet sour notes play on the palate.

M: The carbonation is refreshing and good (but not great) for the style, but the body is slightly lacking in fullness. I wouldn't expect this to be a full bodied beer, but would prefer a little more substance (especially with 7.3 abv).

D: Moderate drinkability. More sour notes to balance the sweet would cause my mouth be keep begging for more in a way this beer doesn't.

Overall: This is a fine representation of this style, but not quite on the level of the best Belgian originals. Although one might be a fool to expect it to be... and thus this beer touches greatness.

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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 jsh420
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

bottled march 10 2010

pours a very cloudy yellow with a 1+ fnger white head that left no lacing

smell is strong fruity unripe banana with some clove and yeast

taste is much of the same but with plenty of earthy grassy hops - the fruits could be less sour

mouthfeel is light overly carbonated - very crisp and dry

drinkability is ok but when i reach for a saison i doubt its this one - one plus is that this comes in 6ers though

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Photo of Reaper16
3.06/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

served on-tap @ Great Divide Brewery, Denver, CO into a weissbier glass

Pours a bright yellow color with 1.5 fingers of perfectly white head. The lacing was adequate. There was little to no haze in the saison; it looks to have been filtered pretty cleanly. Curious.

Lots of yeasty aromas abound from the glass despite its filtered quality. Banana and lemon, mostly. Zippy wheat. It smells good, certainly, but it smells mostly like a hefewiezen, not a saison. There isn't any pepper, funk, other fruit, etc. that would be characteristic of a saison/farmhouse ale.

Taste follows the nose. Plenty of lemon and banana and cracker malt. Again, if Colette were a hefe then I would rate the beer higher. As is I can only give it 2.5 at the most. It tastes sorta good but isn't true to style.

The thickness of the mouthfeel was fine. What docks Colette points is the sharpness of its carbonation. It isn't particularly bubbly but it is sharp on the tongue, to the point of mild uncomfortability. If you can get past that then Colette is a super-easy drinking summer beer that does much of the same things right that a nice hefe would.

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Photo of John_M
3.63/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Max's today.

The beer pours a slightly hazy honey color with good head retention and decent lacing. On the nose, this is definitely saison light. It has the aroma I normally expect in a saison, but it's just dialed down a bit. Anyways, I otherwise get honey, clove and maybe some nutmeg. Flavors replicae the nose, with this beer coming across as more of a wheat beer then a saison. However, I do also get a bit of orange citrus and a hint of tartness. The beer starts off with some moderate sweetness, but that quickly dovetails into some fairly dry spice on the finish. Mouthfeel is fairly light, to the point where it's almost a bit watery. However, drinkability is pretty good... I just wish this beer had a bit more flavor.

Nothing wrong with this beer, though I can't imagine why I'd ever want to get this as opposed to the real McCoy from Belgian. Frankly, I doubt Dupont could make this bland and uninteresting a saison if they tried.

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

12oz bottle poured into a Stella Artois glass late at night. I forgot I already had this on tap, so here goes a bottle review.

Murky muddled yellow with faint traces of faint orange on the edges. Colette did not provide a decent head for a Belgian coming from a hard forceful pour, only a whispy inch of adjunct lager looking head that died before it rised up, weak fluff.

Surprisingly the nose on Colette is just filled with a fruit basket backed with a Belgian yeast, or should I say four. Ok, the bready semi sweet comes through but it's the fruits that come out in full force. I can say that the fruit is coming into De Dolle territory with ripeness out the wazoo. Under that some trace hay and earthy hop scents.

The taste comes close but does not mimick the scent, I was not expecting it to, alot of American brewed Belgian styles tend to miss the mark, Great Divide comes close though. Apple skins with pears and some bready yeast with some bisquit. A small non bitter hop taste comes through mid way while Colette forms a fruity and bready finish.

At times, she is smooth with a ripe fruit taste going down, sometimes, it's more bready and yeasty leaving for a dryness on the backend, it all depends. Medium bodied with a solid build and enough carb built in to leave a slight mark. This comes off like a Belgian golden mixed with a saison.

I like this, I like it more in the bottle for some reason or another. The mix of yeasts in this really sets it off. This is one American Saison that I would drink more than one of. It's not to far off from the others meaning it's not quite on the Belgian scale, but damn it's close. I know it's not sessionable, but F that, Im dranking more.

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Photo of alli4051
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint.

Got this as part of a variety pack and decided to drink this first to get it out of the way as I didn't really expect to enjoy this style as this is my first saison. I was pleasantly surprised. Pours a bright but somewhat hazy straw color. Scent was somewhat faint but what was there was wheaty and citrusy. Flavor was complex with a mild lemony sourness and lots of grain. Feels like you could knock a few of these back but the alcohol catches up quick. Glad I stumbled across this and definitely will be exploring this style some more.

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Photo of silver0rlead
3.44/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy straw color with a thick white head that doesn't stick around long. The aroma isn't a strong point, with not much going on other than some funky yeastiness and a bit of biscuity malt. The flavor is an improvement from the aroma, with a biscuity malt presence upfront, followed by some lemon and mineraly hops, some barnyard funkiness, some spicyness (white peppercorn) and a touch of alcohol. The mouthfeel is appropriately light, and drinkability is very good. A decent saison, but not something I would buy again.

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Photo of rtratzlaff
4/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

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Photo of ktrillionaire
4.29/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle, labeled 'Colette', not 'Saison'.

Bottled on: March 10, 2010

G - Delirium tulip

A - Pours a nearly schoolbus yellow and it is quite hazy (perhaps that is due to the motorcycle ride I just put it through), with a big white head, albeit short-lived. No real lace or retention.

S - A little hay funk, a little citrus-lemon, some bread, earthy mustiness and lightly herbal hop round out the aromatics of the tightly crafted brew.

T - This is a pretty damn good beer. I am surprised, honestly, by how good. Really close to spot-on for the (Saison Du Pont-esque) style. The flavor is initially a deft balance of bready Bohemian malt, subtle herbal hop and basement-barnyard funk; as it progresses, nuances of lemon, kaffir, jasmine, gardenia, celery-coriander and sweet lime become available. Very well-hidden alcohol.

M - Very light and refreshing, despite having reasonably full flavors.

D - It is the first hot day of the year here in Florida, and damn this is a refreshing brew. I see previous reviewers are less impressed; I am not sure what to chalk that up to.

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Photo of Tone
3.62/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy, pale golden color. 1/4 inch head of a white color. Slight retention and poor lacing. Smells of tart malt, strong yeast, and slight sweet malt. Fits the style of a Saison / Farmhouse Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp with an high carbonation level. Tastes of tart malt, yeast, slight sweet malt, slight hop, and slight clove. Overall, a decent body and blend.

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Photo of Daniellobo
3.3/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A fair if a bit forgettable take on a farmhouse ale.

Presentation: 12 oz brown capped bottle. Overall Great Divide layout with a yellow and light cream range with dark fonts, theme is of a checkered country-side picnic with a trite silhouette of a farmhouse sexy girl holding a pitchfork... Besides the needless sexism these bottles feel overtly design with a formula that does not make them particularly attractive, not bad, but not particularly pleasantly designed. Side narrative notes intent, main ingredients, general description of the brew, and food pairings. Shows bottling date (Feb 23 2010), and Alc. by Vol. (7.3%). Served in a tulip glass.

A - The initial look is rather rich with a hazy straw to pale gold pour, over 1" of generous foamy head. However retention feels mediocre at best, and lace a bit short.

S - Fair aroma with a yeasty range, and an earthy touch where a moldy note predominates. Wheat touches with some light clove, citrus, and not so much of a funky or rich earthy sense but that light moldiness again being as close as it gets. Why do they use rice here? Saisons really don't need any adjunct feel to them... And for an instant this comes close, rice or not.

T - Taste follows with a predominant Belgium yeasty sense, a bit unidimensional and predictable, not unpleasing but rather forgettable. Slightly sour with a faint grassy touch. Hmmm, it swings back and forth between a rather mediocre range and a hint at what it tries to be.

M - Medium-light body with good carbonation, rather crisp, and a slightly tangy and dry finish.

D - Not very memorable but rather drinkable.

Notes: It's a nice brew but it has a feeling like it wants to get there but it can't really make it. It's a long way from being a noticeable farmhouse ale... And surely this might be the least remarkable offering I've tried from Great Divide.

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Photo of j37geogaddi
3.97/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy yellow color with almost no head.

Smell is typical of the style- belgian spice and some citrus.

Tastes pretty nice but the finish is completely lacking. Very citrusy and little else to follow. It is close to being a very good beer but just doesn't deliver because of the lack of complexity in taste, which is surprising when you go off its smell alone. A bit sweet but dry and hides the alcohol well.

Mouthfeel is highly carbonated and on the light side.

This drinks very easy. It's a nice mellow Saison and isn't too sweet so they go down well especially for its strength.

Overall, decent effort by Great Divide but nothing really worth seeking out if you are accustomed to drinking good representations of the style.

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Photo of tippebrewcrew2
3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It pours a cloudy golden yellow with a large head with medium to light lacing. The nose gives way to horse blanket, barnyard yeast, sour presence, and no alcohol to note. The palate is stronger than the nose with lots of barnyard, tart sourness, light to medium fruit, and and a nice dry medium bitter finish. I rated this beer as a session beer. It hides the 7.3% all day. Bold flavors and a crisp finish with a hint of complexity makes this beer a true or ideal session beer and a work horse in the beer world. I enjoyed this beer and the story that it told.

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Photo of kshankar
3.63/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy yellow with a frothy white foam that recedes to a cap.

Aroma is of Belgian yeast, spices such as coriander, citrus, lemon

Taste is tart, lemony, citrusy and somewhat yeasty. The spices aren't very prominent in the taste, but everything else is working pretty well.

Mouthfeel is creamy and well carbonated. Drinkability is high.

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a wine glass shaped Le Merle glass.

Hazy gold, very bubbly, with a thin blanket of white head.

Lemon rind jumps out of the glass as I pour it, with a certain cheesiness, and funk. Not too bad at all.

A lot of carbonation hits upon entry, with a nice, earthy hoppiness in the flavor. It tastes like a pretty well made Belgian Saison, well balanced with hops, a light tartness and yeast, with that classic dry finish that I almost have to have in order to enjoy a Saison.

Solid, not mind blowing, but worth trying at this price and availability.

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

Look: Cloudy golden color, small head, nice lacing

Smell: Fruity, funky, cloves, banana, coriander

Taste: Up Front: Citrus, grass, sweet, slightly tart. Finish: Dry, fruity, spicy, bready

Mouthfeel: Clean and lightly carbonated

Drinkability: A funky farmhouse quaffer for me! You don't taste the alcohol in this girl! Definitely a thirst quencher!

Overall Impression: I would smack lips with Colette anytime! Not tops for the style, but it is worth a taste if you have the greenback!

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

Look: Poured into a La Fin Du Mode tulip. Hazy yellow body, two finger foamy white head that doesn't last too long. No real lacing.

Smell: WOW! I can smell this from across the room. Banana, clove, orange, zest right off the bat. You can really smell the belgian yeast they used to.

Taste: I'm diggin' the funk. Its fruity and wheaty. Lots of flavor in this. Every new sip brings out a different fruit or spice. Just as the nose expected.

Mouth/Drink: The mouth is a bit thin but still feels nice. Drinkablity is high with all the flavor, this is a really nice beer.

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