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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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glid02

Georgia

3.55/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up from Green's on Ponce in Atlanta.

Pours a hazy lemon-yellow color with a one-finger white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving light lacing.

Smells of pears and green apples with good amounts of light malts.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Pears and green apples with a very slight amount of funk coming in midway through the sip. As it warms small amounts of herbal hop flavors enter into things. The ending is sweet and mildly dry.

Mouthfeel is good. It has a nice thickness with moderately active carbonation.

Drinkability is alright. I didn't have a problem finishing the bottle but I'm not too excited about another.

Overall this is a decent beer but it's got a way to go before it's anything more than that. I'd like to see GD tweak their new beers and get them on the level with Old Ruffian and OA Yeti.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2009 01:15:52 | More by glid02
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atsprings

North Carolina

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

Many thanks to Erik from Flying Saucer for the hook-up, 22oz bomber into a Duvel snifter pours a hazy straw yellow with a nice frothy off-white head. Aroma is lemon peel and sweet malt. Taste is a nice amount of sweet fruit, crisp spice and yeast funk that leaves a tart, sour finish. The beer is just as crisp and refreshing as the style calls for, the tartness is a little on the astringent side, however. This is an enjoyable Saison, just not as good as I hoped it would be coming from Great Divide, oh well, it is still enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2009 03:08:44 | More by atsprings
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rowew

Colorado

3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 22 oz bomber, gold foil on the neck. Label matches the others in the great divide lineup, yellow color. Bottled on date clearly inkjetted on the label.

Appearance: golden color, just a hint of haze. average head fades to a bit of lacing, effervescent.

Smell: Fruity yeast funk, pretty much what I expect from a sasion.

Taste: Again, lots of yeast funk - some green apple flavors, fairly tart. Finishes with a pucker - very dry.

Overall impression: Highly drinkable and a nice offering, I certainly wouldn't mind seeing this in six packs.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2009 23:30:46 | More by rowew
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BetterDarker

Massachusetts

3.18/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours cloudy, bright lemony yellow with a frothy, white head. The head disaapates quickly with clinging foam on the sides of the glass. Great looking beer.

Smell is what you would expect from a saison. Spicy, a bit earthy. Nothing particulary remarkable.

Taste is good, slightly tart, light, citrusy. Very little malt or hop flavor, pretty much what you would expect from a saison.

Mouthfeel is good, solid carbonation, obviously not a heavy feel.

One bottle is enough to satisfy a hankering for a saison. Wouldn't make a session out of this beer, but it's a drinkable beer, 650 mls is enough.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2009 00:32:15 | More by BetterDarker
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BradLikesBrew

Missouri

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This Saison is brewed with Barley, wheat and rice using 4 unique yeast strains and fermented at a higher temp. It pours a cloudy yellow body. The aroma is light lemon and earth. The flavor is hay, lemon, grassy bracing hop bitterness, spicy yeast, and a light tartness. Light grainy body with crisp carbonation. Overall, I found this to be a pleasing but unremarkable beer. GD has spoiled us with so many outstanding beers over the years, I was expecting something truly remarkable here. Perhaps that expectation was unfair, but this beer feels like a letdown.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2009 15:37:26 | More by BradLikesBrew
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rye726

Colorado

3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Not really impressed by this offering. Some what adjunctish flavor and aromas. Just a bit on the syrupy sweet side. Pours a clear yellow with a fluffy tan head. Taste and nose are quite sweet with a subtle Belgian yeast and floral hop presence. Some fruity spices. Medium body is overly carbonated.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2009 05:18:56 | More by rye726
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ccrida

Oregon

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

Bomber (~58F) poured into my Gulden Draak tulip, Great Divide's Saison is a spritzy yellow with a large white head that is somewhat quick to settle but leaves decent hunks of foamy lace.

Smell is super yeasty, like a yeast starter or slurry, a bit sweet, with herbal hops and a very slight ainse note.

Taste is also very yeasty, with some fruity esters as well, some mineral pith and noble hop character, sweet herbs and some spices. Covers all the basics, decent complexity, but, like their Belgian IPA, it's to yeasty tasting. Esters I love, but a yeast slurry taste not so much. Pretty good saison though.

Mouthfeel has a perceived thickness for some reason, the yeasty taste and very creamy carbonation, even though the body is light in the belly. Bone dry finish. I thought it would be lighter from the rice, but that is probably countered by the wheat, or maybe 1 to many strains in their 4 x yeast blend...

Drinkability is pretty good, this is a textbook example of the 'style', which of course allows for a wide range of interpretation, allowing for the unique character.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2009 02:14:18 | More by ccrida
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TexIndy

Texas

4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into my NBB snifter. Like the new labels and graphics from GD. Bottled on date of Apr 15, 2009 clearly marked on bottom of label (big thumbs up for that). It was cloudy pale gold color. Multiple carb streams and some quick sliding lace. It had a large fizzy off-white head that quickly settled into a thin collar and faint whips in center.

The aroma was very earthy, funky up front with pepper and clove in back. Didn't get much of the fruitiness that others got but that OK as I love the funk aroma on this one. The taste was good but not as good as the aroma. It starts out with a good saison taste - spicy, dry and some fruit shows here - but it had a weird aftertaste. It was there at the beginning but thankfully faded as it warm and the ABV kicked in. Was rather unpleasant but couldn't pin it down before it faded. If it had stayed, I'd score a 3 and probably not have again but since it faded I'm going with a 4 and have again.

Overall, a really good saison that I give high recommendation (just let it really warm up). I enjoy almost all the GD beers and this one is another good addition to the lineup. Not available here but if it was it would be worth a few during summer heat.

[few]

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2009 01:50:43 | More by TexIndy
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Rayek

Colorado

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

A: Hazy brass with frenetic carbonation. All those bubbles hold up a big and soapy white cap that has very nice staying power. The only downside is that little lace is left behind.

S: Musty and slightly spicy with pepper and clove aromas. A fair amount of straw can be sensed as well.

T: To me, this beer starts out tasting distinctly like an APL. The dry malts upfront are the only thing going on at first. The spicy clove and pepper bitterness arrives just in time to add some complexity. Things get really interesting toward the end when the beer becomes distinctly sour. Perhaps a bit too much so. Finishes dry, sour and tart.

M: Medium body feels grainy. Carbonation feels about right given the style.

D: Not quite what I was expecting, but still decent. A greater level of complexity out front would have been nice. The sourness of the finish was a bit too much for me. I'm still glad I tried it.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2009 15:22:05 | More by Rayek
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Beaver13

Colorado

2.95/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

22 oz bottle. Pours a hazy yellow with a frothy white head that quickly diminishes to a thin collar.

The aroma is musty yeast and some light banana and cloves.

The flavor is musty yeast with a surprising sweet sugary fruitiness at the finish. The alcohol isn't obvious at all. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with light carbonation and kind of watery.

Overall, not a bad summer beer, but not too interesting for a saison - a little too sweet and the sweet sugary fruits don't jive well with the yeast funk.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2009 05:00:51 | More by Beaver13
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OldSchoolGamer

Ohio

3/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I think Great Divide is easily one of my favorite breweries. Their Imperial Stouts and IPAs are out of this world. However, I am not a Saison fan, so we will see if they can change my opinion about the style.

A: Pours a hazy, pale yellow or straw color. Lots of bubbles coming up from the bottom. Nice bubbly, white head that sticks around.

S: The first smell is very musty. Smells almost like sauerkraut. Some Belgian funk. Maybe some grassiness or something. Doesn't smell very appetizing.

T: Thankfully that sauerkraut smell doesn't come through in the taste. I get Belgian yeast. There is a earthy like flavor, almost like grass or something. Maybe some corn. There is just a hint of citrus, but you really have to look for it. Flavor is pretty bland overall. Nothing stands out.

M: I would say medium-light bodied. Some prickly carbonation. Yeah, thats about it.

D: You can probably tell by now that I don't care for this beer. So for me, the drinkability is gonna be kinda low due to the lack of decent flavor. I guess it is kind of refreshing. Drinks pretty smoothly.

Great Divide churned out a turd in my opinion. Its funny how they can make 'grand slam' beers like Yeti and Titan, but make average beers like this and Samurai. I still love Great Divide, but would have appreciated more effort or originality in this summer brew.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2009 18:27:21 | More by OldSchoolGamer
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle - $6.99 at Bullock's in Marietta, Georgia. Bottled On: April 15 2009.

Appearance: Pours a hazy, delicately effervescent, golden body capped by a short-lived, white head.

Smell: Tangy-scented malted wheat interwoven with pleasantly aromatic notes of flowers, fruits, honey, and spice.

Taste: Ah, the tangy taste of malted wheat with a fair amount of whipped honey sweetness and garnished with wheat shafts and husks. Tastes of clove-spiced bananas, lemongrass, Kaffir lime leaves, and fresh, sliced Bosc pears. Hints of faux-fruity rice here and there. Perfumy, floral hops with a medium level of bitterness. Some of the various flavors drop out, leaving the peppery spiciness behind to pair well with the hop bitterness. Finishes crisp, dry, and a touch warming with some lingering tart and tangy hints.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium, but fairly crisp carbonation.

Drinkability: A fairly enjoyable, pleasantly drinkable saison given a slight American twist. Worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2009 23:14:56 | More by ChainGangGuy
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callmemickey

Pennsylvania

3.33/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Hazy straw yellow body. Small head that quickly recedes. Not much of a skim, just a slight ring around the edges. Little, to no lacing.

S: Slight lemon, banana, yeast notes. Very little must/funk/feet/farm/saison smell.

T: A bit out of style, with an almost complete void of the characteristic saison flavors. There isn't much of an earthy/funky flavor. Instead, its a clean lemon, wheat flavor. Tastes like a wit beer.

M: Light-medium body. Semi-dry finish. Feels good on the palate.

D: Don't get me wrong, this beer was quite enjoyable. It just didn't taste like a saison. If you blind folded me and gave me this, i'd identify it as a pretty solid wit beer that I would get quite a bit of enjoyment out of.

Bottled Date: April 15, 2009
Consumed: May 13, 2009

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2009 01:26:14 | More by callmemickey
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Oxymoron

Colorado

3.23/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Seems like GD is just pumping out all the new beers lately. Pours a mostly clear lemony yellow color with lots of fizz. An ample frothy white head with good retention and lacing. Took a while to settle down great lacing throughout. Maybe a touch light for a saison but it there is a big variable there.

The nose is mostly malty. Some Belgian notes but limited overall. The malt has a pilsner aroma with some grainy and husky notes. Some hints of aromatic malt and a light note of biscuit. The yeast is there but would like a bit more character. Some floral and fruity notes. A light peppery but earthy aroma on the back end. Some stale notes as well (which I think other are getting funk).

The taste is a bit off. The first flavor I picked up was plastic. More specifically a rubbery flavor that balanced with the grainy malt notes. Some sweetness at first with a almost sugary quality but finishes dry. A light tang but has more of an infection note that lactic. The yeast comes out more versus the nose. A good yeast taste with a light apricot, herbal and spicy notes. Would have liked to see more of this come out. Some hoppy notes on the back end, but not really distinct.

The body finishes a bit dry. This is enhanced by a high carbonation with a slight carbonic bite. Light but noticeable. Overall, there are some good positives here, specifically with the yeast. But some negative, with the rubbery flavors (and the lack of more yeast). Still drinkable though.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2009 21:41:41 | More by Oxymoron
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cjgator3

Florida

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

22oz bottle
Bottled April 15

A- Pours a golden orange color with an off-white head.

S- The aroma has some malt and yeast with a touch of funk that has a lot of lemon as well. There is also some spices as well as some earthy hops in the aroma.

T- The taste is extremely refreshing, and probably dangerously so considering the high ABV for a saison. The taste starts out with some citrus flavors and hints of spices with some earthy hops coming in on the finish.

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: bottle

05-11-2009 03:02:07 | More by cjgator3
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Georgiabeer

Georgia

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

Bottled April 15. Very decent new Saison from Great Divide- a style I like very much, and what I find is a great hot weather beer different from all of the wheat beers out there this time of year. Pours a hazy pale straw color with a fairly nice pur white head that fades to a ring. Nice fruity nose of bananas, a touch of lemon, straw, and some coriander. Alittle citrsuy in the taste as well, especially up front, with some sweet banana and light grain and spice in the finish. The tiniest bit sour and very clean in the mouth. A relatively simple but tasty Saison. It is a touch on the sweet side, but the nice citrus finish helps make it very refreshing, balanced, and keeps it interesting.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2009 23:35:36 | More by Georgiabeer
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HookedOnWinter

Colorado

4.33/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at Great Divide

From the day Great Divide tapped the Saison, I've had 2-3 a week. It's a great beer that's fun to drink, and it's refreshing enough that I like having more than one in a row. It's got a little citrus / sour taste to it, with some great carbonation and a beautiful color. Overall, a great beer.

Serving type: on-tap

05-09-2009 19:12:37 | More by HookedOnWinter
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Jettanbass9

Pennsylvania

3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A - hazy, very pale, straw yellow. thin lacing of a head. no visible carbonation rushing to the head, this beer almost looks like a witbier.

S - banana, clove, lemon acidity, light grainy note and light peppery note. aroma reminds me of a mix between a blanche de bruxelles and a bottle of chimay white. I really expected the forefront to have much more pepper and musty aromas that are usually associated with the style. lemony note is a little distracting.

T - theres that mustiness! a somewhat earthy flavor emerges as the beer warms. it really is quite pleasant among the banana and clove ester and phenols. peppery note appears as well as the beer warms. flavors are very nicely balanced, they really come together however not to the extent that some of the highly rated saisons are.

M - too much body for a saison... nearly medium bodied... this beer needs to be attenuated a bit more, the dryness is just not there. Completely undercarbonated for a saison... the body alone could have been fixed if a higher carbonation would have been given to the beer.

D - all in all the flavors of this beer carry its drinkability. its mouthfeel definitely needs some work. the dominate yeast flavors (the label claims to have used 'a special blend of four yeasts') really give you the impression of a witbier of some sort. i wouldn't call this beer 'true to style' by a longshot however, it is a decent beer. go in without expectations and you might just like it... as for me? 9 bones can get me a beer much closer to style.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2009 01:27:57 | More by Jettanbass9
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bonsreeb85

Colorado

4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

22-oz. bomber into my snifter.

Hazy golden in color, lots of active carbonation is visible through the haze. a cream color foam stuck it's "head" up for a quick second, but then was not to be heard from again.

I got a lot of fruit and spice in the smell dept. Granny smith apples, lemon, and some pepper. Lot going on here

The taste was a lot different then I expected, I thought i was in for a more spicy affair, with more dryness. was i got was more tart than sweet, however plenty of both. I also got a banana/clove thing going on(similar to a wit or wheat) very strange, but tasty none the less. Nice bit of earthness in the backroud, and just the right amount of bitterness round this one off to be a strange, but delicious take on a saison.

MF - lots of carb, on par for saison

D- very high, would get again if i was in the mood for something a little different, If i was looking for a straight up saison, i would turn to Dupont of Hennepin.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2009 18:34:35 | More by bonsreeb85
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GilGarp

Colorado

3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled 4/14/09

Served chilled in a goblet.

Pours a deep hazy yellow color with thick white head. The head doesn't last long and leaves little behind.

Aroma is slightly sweet, citrusy, and funky. There is also a bit of earthy smell to it.

Flavor is a little bit sour, a little bit funky, and a little tart. It has some of the saison qualities but it's really more of a sour wit beer than what I've grown to know as a saison.

Mouthfeel is alright but it should be a little more effervescent. Drinkability is pretty good as it's not too strong and fairly refreshing as a summer evening beer.

I wouldn't say this is a great saison. Maybe it just needs more time in the bottle. However, it's not a bad beer for what it is. At this price, I probably won't buy it again.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2009 02:37:21 | More by GilGarp
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hopdog

Pennsylvania

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

On tap at Capone's.

Poured a medium and cloudy yellow color with a smaller sized white head. Aromas of yeast, some citrus, and 'musty'. Tastes of citrus, a little fruity (bananas), and spices. Refreshing and drinkable.

Notes from and tasted on: 4/30/09

Serving type: on-tap

04-30-2009 22:22:44 | More by hopdog
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ArrogantB

Colorado

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

22oz bottle $7 with a cool label that has a yellow checkered theme that reminds me of Dupont. Thick white head and a super cloudy whitish yellow color. The smell is just slightly funky, dusty, earthy, smells pretty much what I would expect for the style. The taste is quite refreshing or at least it makes me think I have been refreshed. Its been a long week. Nice yeasty, spicy flavor and goes down very smooth.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2009 03:23:50 | More by ArrogantB
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Colette Farmhouse Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 995 ratings.