Colette Farmhouse Ale - Great Divide Brewing Company
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4.05/5 rDev +5.2%
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.
05-22-2009 01:50:43 | More by TexIndy
3.73/5 rDev -3.1%
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.
10-11-2011 03:33:06 | More by monitorpop
3.44/5 rDev -10.6%
Appearance: Perfectly clear light golden yellow. Head is bright-white and bubbly. Drops to a tiny spotty cap with a marginally bigger cap. Moderate carbonation on the pour.
Smell: Big bright fruitiness. Apple, pear, and a touch of lemon. Slight hop spiciness. Loaded with ripe banana and a yeast character that hits a bit more Belgian than farmhouse. Clean pale malt sweetness. Some bubblegum. Esters are pronounced. Nice and clean.
Taste: Yeasty, but clean. A touch of damp earth. Some grass with pale malts. Lightly sweet. Solid ripe banana balanced with a mild hoppy spiciness. Clove on the finish grows as the beer warms. Almost like banana bread at times. Powdery yeast on the finish. A bit over sweet as it warms. Grassy with some husky grain. Slight toasted malt.
Mouthfeel: Medium to light body with a lively carbonation. Clean and slightly dry.
Overall: The farmer's average daughter.
Decent. Solid farmhouse/Belgian hybrid profile. A bit sweet overall, but the finish is on point.
04-12-2013 21:08:28 | More by Goblinmunkey7
3.48/5 rDev -9.6%
pours a hazy yellow with a large bubbly head that dissipates rapidly, and some lacing.
smell is of sweet fruit, sour malt, some grain, and lemon.
taste is crisp yet thick, somewhat tangy, sweet fruit, banana, and sour malt, ends oily and slightly bitter.
08-01-2009 17:44:48 | More by froghop
4.03/5 rDev +4.7%
Picked this up at Buy Rite in Jersey City recently. This was a crapshoot for me and I wasn't sure if Great Divide could take on a style like this and have it match up with the beers from Europe that I've tried in this style. Sure enough, it did! There was no doubt that this was worth getting as a single bottle and even though this was just a bit too strong for me, the flavors and mouthfeel were extremely nice to behold.
This had a good pour to it, with a hazy golden hue, decent head, and some sediment on the bottom of the bottle that had to be swirled and emptied into my glass. The flavors were typical, with lots of banana and straw up front and some farmhouse "funk" in the back. A bit of alcohol could be detected here too but by no means did it detract from the taste. The carbonation was present but not overpowering, just adding enough to the mouthfeel to keep it from getting too heavy.
While this isn't the best example of the style that I've had, this was quite enjoyable and had I not seen the bottle, I wouldn't have guessed who brewed this. Someone who has never tried this style before would be wise to start here - this isn't too overpowering and is a textbook example of what a good Saison/Farmhouse should be, since the funky and spicy notes are absent here. I'd certainly have this again!
09-14-2011 16:57:16 | More by JerzDevl2000
3.36/5 rDev -12.7%
Appearance: Lightly hazy, mostly clear golden yellow - bright, white head - creamy and large, keeps a solid cap, leaves some nice blotches of lacing
Smell: Yeasty, lightly funky, with a lot of fruit - has some aromas typical to a saison, with some tartness, earth, and spice, but the emphasis seems to be on the yeast, which seems distinctively Belgian, with a lot of banana, clove, and some bubblegum - light funk, but not much - very fruity, with pears and some apple
Taste: Fruity, sweet, and yeasty, kind of tastes like a cross between a Saison and a Tripel - big yeasty notes, with light clove, lots of banana candy, and bubblegum - damp, earthy, kind of musty, a light but wet funk - lemon, pears, fleshy apple - some pale malt and wheat - sweet (overly so), and lacking the dryness I look for in a Saison
Mouthfeel: Medium body, nicely carbonated, smooth, decent but kind of sugary finish
Overall: You can git back in the fields, Colette, ya hear?
This is a good beer, but really not a great saison. It's too sweet, and lacks the refreshing, crisp dryness that is a major draw of Saisons. This is kind of more like a Belgian Pale Ale blended with a Tripel with some hints of a Saison.
07-06-2013 04:58:14 | More by angrybabboon
4.03/5 rDev +4.7%
Pours a hazy straw coloration with a one finger white head with some spotty lacing.
Good amounts of belgian yeast and spice on the nose, lemon zest, grass, and straw hop aroma. Yeast imparts some fruity overtones, pear and slight banana and some slight funk, very bright.
Flavor is predominantly of spices and muted lemon with earthy yeast and grassy/floral hops. Slight funk but finishes bright and tangy. Very refreshing.
Mouthfeel is a little light and the yeast does little to dial it up, light fizzing carbonation slightly biting to go with the tanginess. Alcohol, has no presence and lightly acidic after taste, surprisingly drying.
Great Divide delivers again with another great example of style, this one is refreshing and appreciably complex. Bright brew for summer days ahead.
04-08-2011 22:42:24 | More by rawfish
3.05/5 rDev -20.8%
This brew is much different with a month or two on it than it is fresh.
A - Cloudy yellow with orange and red hues. Nice white foamy head. Pours very aggressive.
S - Nice sour funk. Very aggressive scent. No banana that I smelt before.
T - Funky brew. Changes greatly with only a little time. Very nice and sweet with pleasant Belgian yeasty funk.
M - Very light and wet. A enjoyable brew with slight heat to be found. Doesn't mellow with time... No bitterness.
O - Good but not nearly as good as it is fresh. Find this one fresh and jump on it!
06-05-2011 01:12:08 | More by chugalug06
Colette Farmhouse Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
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