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Colette Farmhouse Ale - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Colette Farmhouse AleColette Farmhouse Ale

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BA SCORE
87
very good

1,127 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,127
Reviews: 384
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 11.43%
Wants: 30
Gots: 50 | FT: 0
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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grittybrews

Washington

4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2011 05:01:49 | More by grittybrews
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katan

Colorado

3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz into a goblet

A - Pours a hazy straw to bright golden color. Lots of carbonation, very bubbly. head formation really white, but breaks down quickly.

S - Strong yeast character, lots of white pepper and esters. A little bit of pilsner malts sneaks through. Very spicy.

T - Starts off malts, some pilsner. Mid-stream gets very yeasty, however at all funky or wild. Some citrus comes through towards the finish. Finishes with a bit of a bready character, lightly sweet.

M - Light beer body but a strong carbonation. Finishes very clean, with just a little alcohol warmth. A little clinging sweetness.

O/D - Very easy drinking - very refreshing. White pepper lightens things up nicely. ABV is well hidden. Lightly filling.

While probably not the highest example of a saison, it is a very well done beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2011 23:53:40 | More by katan
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Mantooth

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

01-27-2012 15:47:15 | More by Mantooth
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mklisz

New Hampshire

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

12-27-2013 04:21:35 | More by mklisz
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bump8628

Oklahoma

3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lemonade yellow with a big-bubbled white head that lacks sticking power. More carbonation would be welcome, especially in this style.

Lots of lemon notes, from the pure juice to zesty rind. A bit acidic and tart with some light fruitiness and a superb crispness and dryness from the rice. Faint black pepper spice and a backdrop of yeastiness from the small amount of sediment that made it into the glass give some complexity.

With all the citrus it seems to meld Wit and Saison characteristics to make for a nice beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2011 17:01:07 | More by bump8628
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garuda

Pennsylvania

3.99/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Pale gold, white head has some retention and some lacing.

S/T - Yeast barn house funk up front, rolling into a sweet, candy sugar finish, finishing mostly clean and dry, with some grassy, herbal hops.

M - Medium body, medium carbonation, smooth consistency.

O - Sweet candy sugar is a nice finish, but becomes a little too sweet by the end of the drink.

Serving type: on-tap

04-22-2013 15:25:51 | More by garuda
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dvmin98

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

08-05-2013 01:25:17 | More by dvmin98
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Danny1217

Florida

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

01-09-2013 12:48:35 | More by Danny1217
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callmemickey

Pennsylvania

3.33/5  rDev -13.5%
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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Lawnboy33

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +3.9%

11-15-2011 04:48:00 | More by Lawnboy33
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claytong

Vermont

4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

rereviewing, had this twice. had two sit in my cellar for a while, not recommended, better fresh

appearance - nice hazy straw color, inch or two of head depending on how careful, nice lacing

smell - ham, i dig it, belgian yeast (slight bubblegum domination), some grains

taste - repeat of smell

mouthfeel - smooth, refreshing and crisp, no alcohol bite for 7.3

a steal at 7.99 a 6er, one of my favorites of the style due to the ham (more ham when fresh, the ones i let wait a month or two were lacking the pork i wanted)

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2011 20:48:50 | More by claytong
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JayS2629

Alabama

3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Not my favorite style, but a good spin on this style.

A- Hazy pale yellow straw color with a thick creamy white head that leaves thick clinging lace walls. Beautiful.

S- This is the best part of this beer. Belgian yeast! Fresh cut straw, citrus, lemon, lime, orange, and herbal erthy tones.

T- Tart up front with a caramel middle and green apples, lemons, and pice and pepper.

M- Slightly creamy, but refreshing. Not effervecent but highly carbonated. Thin body and dry finish.

D- Nice zippy, spicy refreshing beer. Complex flavor profile, goes down smooth. Not my favorite style, but its good for what it is.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2010 03:08:39 | More by JayS2629
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Eric908

South Dakota

4/5  rDev +3.9%

11-28-2013 18:28:58 | More by Eric908
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TheFightfan1

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

02-24-2013 19:37:48 | More by TheFightfan1
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WynnO

Florida

3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

04-03-2014 00:54:18 | More by WynnO
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AdamBear

Pennsylvania

3.2/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-cloudy, pale gold with a thick white head that quickly thins out

S-smells like a spicy belgian pale ale...a lot of wheat scent and belgian spices. i could also be smelling a belgian tartness in here too. its a pretty strong scent

T-comes in much like a belgian strong pale ale, it has the belgian malts and spices. i'm finding that this is a crappy saison. its not a bad take on the belgian pale ale, but i'm having a difficult time finding the farm house in this. after the first hit, it goes in to an off tasting maltiness and a touch of booze. the after-taste is strong of belgian malts.

M-medium carbonation with a watery finish

D-overall...this is no sasion. come in to this expecting some barnyard funk and you'll be disappointed. if you're wanting a decent pale belgian, then this won't upset you. it does go down easily for the ABV.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2011 19:40:37 | More by AdamBear
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schoolboy

Ohio

4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I usually do not like saisons at all. This one beats most for me (so maybe it's no good for a lover of saisons.

Right off the bat it hits you with a great yeast flavor. Complex, rich and somewhat malty.

It tastes more like a lot of wheat beers and that's an improvement. The burp is yummy. I will continue to avoid the style, but I don't regret geting this one.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2012 19:17:12 | More by schoolboy
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herman77

Minnesota

3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Very pale yellow with a large and bubbly white head. Pretty cloudy. Decent retention and lacing.

S: Lemongrass, fresh hay, a bit of spice and tartness. Just a tiny bit of funk

T: Slight fruitiness, lemon and tart apple taste with a good amount of spice and yeast. Again, a touch of funkiness. Finishes dry and slightly tart.

M: A lot fuller body than I expected. It has very active and bubbly carbonation, yet its pretty creamy and thick. Odd, but very good feel.

O: Very rustic and old country/old world like. I think they nailed what they were going after in this one. Doesn't have the best drinkability but worth trying out.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2011 19:55:47 | More by herman77
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AnitaBrewski

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

06-03-2013 02:40:15 | More by AnitaBrewski
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sgttibbs

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +3.9%

02-18-2013 19:46:12 | More by sgttibbs
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JTomczak

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +3.9%

08-06-2013 17:49:39 | More by JTomczak
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kristougher

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

08-31-2013 05:41:07 | More by kristougher
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TexIndy

Texas

4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

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Serving type: bottle

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

Kansas

3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

08-29-2013 14:37:36 | More by Kahlerbock
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monitorpop

Michigan

3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Crystal clear yellow with a 3 finger white head

S: Lemon grass and faint peach.

T: Banana and nectarine with mild citrus and clove in the finish. No funk.

M: Nice medium/high carbonation.

O: Unlike other funky or tart Saisons. For me this is almost Hefeweizen like in taste. Either-way a nice refreshing beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2011 03:33:06 | More by monitorpop
Colette Farmhouse Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
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