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Colette Farmhouse Ale - Great Divide Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

1,226 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,226
Reviews: 390
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 11.43%
Wants: 33
Gots: 78 | 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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Photo of JerzDevl2000
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

JerzDevl2000, Sep 14, 2011
Photo of froghop
3.48/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

froghop, Aug 01, 2009
Photo of GonzoHomebrewer
4/5  rDev +3.9%

GonzoHomebrewer, Aug 12, 2013
Photo of Janeinma
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Janeinma, Jun 02, 2013
Photo of angrybabboon
3.36/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Consumed 7/6/13

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.

angrybabboon, Jul 06, 2013
Photo of coldmeat23
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

coldmeat23, Sep 08, 2013
Photo of TheSixthRing
3.74/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

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.

TheSixthRing, Apr 20, 2014
Photo of chugalug06
3.05/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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!

chugalug06, Jun 05, 2011
Photo of FrankHammer
4/5  rDev +3.9%

FrankHammer, Oct 21, 2013
Photo of erialbill
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

erialbill, Jun 12, 2014
Photo of tfsimpkins
5/5  rDev +29.9%

tfsimpkins, May 27, 2012
Photo of rowew
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

rowew, May 29, 2009
Photo of rowingbrewer
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

rowingbrewer, Jan 02, 2012
Photo of LambicPentameter
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

LambicPentameter, Jan 02, 2013
Photo of spoony
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

spoony, May 29, 2014
Photo of jwps214
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

jwps214, Apr 08, 2013
Photo of BlueMoon10
4/5  rDev +3.9%

BlueMoon10, Jul 26, 2014
Photo of freduardo
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

freduardo, Dec 09, 2011
Photo of MN_Beerticker
4/5  rDev +3.9%

MN_Beerticker, Mar 20, 2013
Photo of ocelot2500
4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

ocelot2500, Jun 18, 2011
Photo of NickThePyro
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

NickThePyro, Dec 24, 2012
Photo of jmccraney
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

jmccraney, Jun 10, 2013
Photo of JamieDuncan
3.6/5  rDev -6.5%

JamieDuncan, Sunday at 07:20 PM
Photo of lucasj82
4/5  rDev +3.9%

lucasj82, May 12, 2014
Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a balloon glass.

Look: A hazy burnt straw colored body. A white head disappears leaving only a ring with light spots of lacing.

Aroma: Very sugary sweet, yeast dominates, banana peel, fruits.

Taste: A tart opening leads to a grainy and yeasty body. Some banana is present. A somewhat tart finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, dry.

Overall: I just bought a single bottle of this, and I'm glad. It's a fine brew, but I wouldn't want this very often.

JuicesFlowing, Aug 01, 2014
Colette Farmhouse Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 1,226 ratings.