Colette Farmhouse Ale - Great Divide Brewing Company
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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
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
4.16/5 rDev +8.1%
The beer itself is a hazy gold with a hint of orange. The head is limited but lasting and creamy white.
The fruity hop smell comes out a light bit but is dominated by the barley and wheat.
The beer tastes similar to a traditional saison but is more earthy and bitter. The hops are mainly bitter there are bits of fruitiness that underlie the bitterness. The wheat and barely dominate the taste but is still very good. The yeast and spices complement the barley and wheat but are quickly overtaken.
The beer is medium bodied but still a little heavier than I'm used with saisons. The beer still leaves the drinker feeling slightly refreshed.
A pretty good saison that I'll definitely to have to track down when it's available.
06-07-2013 22:30:01 | More by HattedClassic
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
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
3.74/5 rDev -2.9%
Appearance - Pours a cloudy, straw yellow with a half finger of white head. Fairly Quick dissipation, resulting in a broken layer of suds across the surface. Virtually no lacing.
Smell - Yeasty Belgian aroma that hits on green apple tartness, light banana and a hint of spice.
Taste - Follows the nose. Green apple tartness at the forefront, with lesser notes of unripened banana. Zesty citrus notes. Light wheat undertone. Finishes with fruity twang and touch of spice.
Mouthfeel - Light in body with crisp, lively carbonation. Clean, semi-dry finish. Very nice drinker.
Overall - A nice saison, perfect for a hot summer day. Nothing I'd go out of my way for, but I could see myself putting away quite a few of these during a BBQ if Great Divide were to get distribution in Sacramento.
04-20-2014 03:41:21 | More by TheSixthRing
3.98/5 rDev +3.4%
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.
05-29-2009 23:30:46 | More by rowew
3.8/5 rDev -1.3%
Appearance - a nice cloudy golden color, but a very fleeting head. Almost didn't appear, then faded away almost immediately. In a category that I typically expect nice substantial, sticky head, I was surprised.
Smell - Notes of citrus, with an almost champagne-like aroma. Floral, but lacking the complex hop-driven notes that I love so much. Subtle hint of green hay as the aroma fades.
Taste - The standout component of this particular brew. Hint of barnyard funk at first, replaced by heavy flavors of grapefruit and yeast. Would prefer a tiny bit of bitterness for balance, but solid nonetheless.
Mouthfeel - Very light, and heavy feel of carbonation. Refreshing.
Overall, a very drinkable farmhouse ale. I'd especially recommend this as a first foray into the style for someone who maybe isn't certain about it. There are others I would drink first, but I like a bit more funk and a touch of hop-bitterness. I think this would be a good one for an outdoor, summer setting.
01-02-2013 03:49:34 | More by LambicPentameter
4.22/5 rDev +9.6%
Pours a hazy pale golden color with a frothy white head that leaves a ring of lacing.
Smells of yeast spiciness, citrus, and grassy notes.
Tastes of a fairly refreshing citrus character with some sweetness underneath. Sharp wheat notes hit first, followed by a pleasant lemongrass note that is countered with a peppery spiciness. A bready, slightly grainy pale malt sweetness underlies everything, rounding out the taste. Fairly balanced between sweet and bitter, and has a dry finish.
Mouthfeel is medium-light with an effervescence to it.
Overall, a very good American Saison that could become a staple of my yearly rotations.
06-18-2011 22:53:16 | More by ocelot2500
Colette Farmhouse Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
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