Colette Farmhouse Ale - Great Divide Brewing Company
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3.8/5 rDev -1.3%
Bottled on 3/23/12.
Pours a murky yellow with a 1 inch foamy white head that settles to a thin cap on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of grain, rice, yeast, and spice. Taste is of grain, citrus fruit, citrus zest, yeast, and spices on the finish. There is a mild spice bitterness on the palate after each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer flavor wise but the aroma is a bit of a letdown in my opinion.
07-02-2012 07:23:00 | More by UCLABrewN84
3.75/5 rDev -2.6%
A: The beer is slightly hazy light golden yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a two finger high bright white head that gradually died down but never completely faded away and left lots of lacing running down the sides of the glass.
S: There are light aromas of earthy yeast and in the nose along with some notes of cracker malts.
T: The taste is similar to the smell but the malty flavors are a little more prominent and also have some notes of sweetness and hints of peppery spices.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and slightly smooth on the palate with a moderate to high amount of carbonation. No dryness is perceptible.
O: This beer seems to have more malts and sweetness (similar to a tripel) compared to other beers in the style, but it is still relatively easy to drink.
10-19-2012 03:04:09 | More by metter98
4.2/5 rDev +9.1%
Hazy daffodil yellow with swirling yeast and several streams of rapidly rising bubbles. The ultimate destination is a pillowy head of alabaster colored foam that looks good, just not as good as Belgium's best. Sudsy lace appears to be more melty than sticky.
The aroma is outstanding and is everything that a non-funky farmhouse ale nose should be. It's chock full of lemon zest, meadow flowers and assorted herbs and spices. At least one of the four different yeast strains must have originated in Belgium.
Saison is yet another winner from the masters at Great Divide. It isn't as good as their best (not much is), but it's still an excellent example of a Belgian-style saison from the U.S. of A. The beer is drier than expected and has a pleasing tangy tartness as well.
The malt bill includes barley, wheat and rice. Those last two are probably meant to keep things light. Mission accomplished. That said, there's an underlying pale malt sweetness that keeps the flavor profile grounded and balanced.
Specifics include subtle shortbread, tangy wheat, lemon zest, coriander and hints of clove and white pepper. The brewery doesn't publish the ingredients list, but it's doubtful that any of those spices are actually added to the kettles. Again, it's most likely the result of four supremely estery yeast strains. Alcohol is nowhere to be found.
When it comes to mouthfeel, most American craft brewers are unable to replicate the excellence of the best Belgian ales. This offering is no exception, but it fits the rest of the beer's attributes very well. Let's go with somewhere between light and medium, with just enough 'hang on' and nicely dialed-in carbonation.
With the release of Saison Farmhouse Ale, Great Divide has proven once again that they are one of the world's finest craft breweries. Forget top-10. These guys are in my top-3. Bottom line: this is delicious, drinkable beer on hot summer days, cold winter nights... and everything in between.
01-16-2010 15:44:58 | More by BuckeyeNation
4.08/5 rDev +6%
Appearance: A massive, billowy head rises above the cloudy, but pale, honey-colored liquid; great stickage and lacing (Great Divide nailed the Belgian looks)
Smell: Lemon shortbread and rice pudding; sweeter than anticipated, with just a hint of tartness and funk
Taste: Rice pudding, up front, with a developing lemon tartness that grows increasingly peppery; a complex blend of funk and shortbread character builds, after the swallow; all of the flavors merge nicely together, in the finish, though the aftertaste is slightly sweet
Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate to high carbonation
Drinkability: In many respects an excellent Saison, though it verges just a bit too much on the sweet side
12-30-2010 02:11:56 | More by brentk56
3.63/5 rDev -5.7%
Bottle: Poured a hazy lightly dirty yellow color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of light funky yeast notes with light rustic malt with a subtle sour finish. Taste is also a mix between some light funky notes with some light tart notes and some light rustic malt. Light residual sugar is also discernable. Body is quite full with great bottle conditioning and good carbonation. Not the most complex example of the style but well brewed for something that is most likely brewed on a very large scale.
06-13-2012 19:29:42 | More by Phyl21ca
4.25/5 rDev +10.4%
A: The pour is a fairly clear straw color with a massive white head that eventually settles down.
S: Quite a lot of fruity esters to the aroma. Heavy on the banana and pear notes, but lots of citrus going on, too. There is a touch of tart apple and lemon peel and some light malt and straw. Very nice.
T: The flavor is somewhat light, but in a good/refreshing way. Banana sweetness followed by sweet pears. A touch of citrus peel bitterness, yeast, and light spices. A little bit of bready malt sweetness, too.
M: Medium bodied with medium to high carbonation and a crispness to the finish.
O: A really great saison. I found this to be a fantastic beer.
09-14-2011 04:52:21 | More by womencantsail
4.03/5 rDev +4.7%
A: large white foamny head on a golden body. Nice lacing.
S: clove, musty plae malts, subtle citrus sweetness and mild corriander,
T: breads and mild yeast presence with nice herbal and earthy notes. Mild lemon sweetness and spice without tart or tangy flavors.
M: high carbonation and light body.
Overall: A nice standard saison. It isn't expecitional in any one way but it represents the style very well.
06-20-2012 05:00:14 | More by kylehay2004
3.88/5 rDev +0.8%
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.
05-14-2009 23:14:56 | More by ChainGangGuy
3.6/5 rDev -6.5%
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.
05-13-2010 20:50:55 | More by oberon
3.78/5 rDev -1.8%
Foggy pastel yellow, darkening slightly and becoming opaque as the yeast is poured. The white foam evaporates quickly in the tulip glass. A thin white ring is all that's left, with a ghostly wisp of broken skim across the surface.
Floral, yeasty, phenolic, slight sulfur. Clove, coriander, daffodils.
Plenty of yeasty spice up front, dry and earthy in the middle. Clove and pepper spiciness, lemon cookie with a light weizen yeast sweetness and lingering impression of weeds or wildflowers. Faint aftertaste of clover honey. Well carbonated, slightly creamy. Interesting enough, not as dry and crisp as Belgian saisons, sweeter, more spicy and yeast driven.
04-16-2011 02:33:34 | More by emerge077
4.08/5 rDev +6%
A - Poured out a hazy, golden yellow color with a one finger, white, bubbly head of foam. It left sudsy trails of lace.
S - It smelled of slight funkiness, yeast and sweet caramel. It had a spicy nose, too.
T - This was a nice spicy brew with a yeasty bite. The is a mild dried apple flavor with some grains and caramel.
M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a very dry finish.
D - This is a pretty good saison. Great Divide has done another great one.
10-18-2010 21:38:37 | More by zeff80
3.98/5 rDev +3.4%
GDBC's Saison pours a hazy yellow-gold body beneath a frothy head of bright white that settles into a creamy cap before quickly dissolving into an average collar. Long splashes and big spots lace the glass but vanish shortly.
The aroma expresses wheaty malt, a bit of vanilla and clove and sugary sweetness, a spritz of lemon, and a subtle bit of yeasty sulphur.
The flavor is gently tart with a bit of citrus, and then lightly malty before the vanilla and gently clove-like phenolics hit at the swallow. Some minor, leafy and grassy hops are present but never really step forward. The bitterness is kept in check, as it should be, but there's still enough there that it's solidly supported. It finishes dry, not just with hop bitterness, but with a bit of acidity.
In the mouth it's medium bodied and gently zesty with a fine-bubbled carbonation that gently bristles the tongue. It's refreshing, and fits perfectly well with the rest of the beer.
06-19-2009 20:06:43 | More by NeroFiddled
Colette Farmhouse Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
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