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Colette Farmhouse Ale - Great Divide Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

1,382 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,382
Reviews: 413
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 11.43%
Wants: 37
Gots: 141 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Great Divide Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  7.30% ABV

Availability: Spring

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Beer added by: ArrogantB on 04-25-2009

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Ratings: 1,382 | Reviews: 413
Photo of ArtZan
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of rajendra82
3.57/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very pale, hazy yellow appearance, and a lot of carbonation gave this look a bit of a macro vibe, but the lemon zest and orange peel on the nose indicated that this was not one of the mass produced swill. The taste was pretty timid for a Saison, with flavors of lemon, simple sugar, and white pepper coming across each light and refreshing sip. The ABV felt nowhere near 7.3%, and the body was soft and airy. Very refreshing, but left me longing for more depth.

Photo of TheBigBoy
2.75/5  rDev -28.6%

Photo of FrankHammer
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Bouleboubier
4.04/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

bottled: 4/1, unbottled: 5/27

Definitely one of the better domestic basic farmhouse ales in memory. Actually has some flavor and complexity, although none of what it has to offer is unique.

While the initially cottony head fails to maintain - in fact, all foam completely disappears rather fast - the hazy gold color of the liquid is kinda purdy.

The aroma is very Belgian and very complex. Malty/wheaty first and foremost, straw-like grain and a cider fruitiness slowly emerges with an overtone of yeast looming.

Funky and peppery up front in essence, the taste shifts to a predominance of complex cereal malt flavors - lightly toasted wheat, I feel, holding the reins.

Balance never fully takes hold as stealth fizzy carbonation slowly thins out the body, even as it warms, and the finish becomes increasingly hotter and out of whack.

Maybe if I had this super fresh it would kill, but it's still pretty good.

Photo of GonzoHomebrewer
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of heygeebee
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of woodchip
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of lucasj82
4/5  rDev +3.9%

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

Appearance: It is a cloudy blonde color with a decent amount of carbonation to the body. Almost a cream colored head and sticky lace.

Smell: It has a very spicy yeast aroma.

Taste: It reminds me a lot of a hefe. It is a very peppery and spicy beer with clove. It has an earthy quality to it.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with some bite.

Overall: Great relaxing type sit down summer evening beer.

Photo of tmoneyba
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from Dilly Deli.

Poured clear yellow color with a large frothy white head that was mostly lasting with good lacing. Moderate fruit and yeasty aroma. Medium sweet spicy flavor with a medium sweet finish of moderate duration. Medium body with a dry smooth texture and soft carbonation.

Good refreshing brew.

Photo of SkeeterHawk
3.86/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer was recommended to me by the same guy at Spec's who recommended the BrewDog Tokyo, so I took his word for it on this one. Here we go:

Appearance: Pours a somewhat cloudy yellow color with a solid 3/4" of creamy white foam after a careful pour. There are tons of bubbles rising as the beer had a solid off-gas when popping the top. The head was still >1/2" more than a minute after the pour. There is some solid lacing left on the glass after drinking.

Aroma: The aroma has bread dough and some dry wheaty aromatics, and a defined citrusy hop profile with lemon rinds in particular. The hops are pretty strong in this beer, and seem like it is going to be noticeable in the bittering as well...a bit unusual for a Saison.

Taste: The flavor isn't nearly as yeasty and bready as I thought it would be from the aroma. The beer is pretty balanced between malt and hops with the struggle for dominance continuing until the very end. I don't get the alcohol in this beer except in the warming on the back of the throat late after the sip. I think that the malt is the winner in the end, but it is only by a nose...or whatever. The beer is medium bodied with ample to high carbonation, which it needs to make it palatable, IMO. There is some acidity left on the palate as much from the carbonation as anything else, but the hops are making a solid difference on the back of the throat as well.

Opinion: This is a pretty good beer. It is more toward the hoppy Saisons that remind me of some Tripels, but this is still a solid attempt at the style. I suspect that they are using their Belgian yeast that was in Belgio (sp?) on this beer too as I was getting the same bread dough notes in the aroma, but that may just be a finishing yeast for this beer as the Saison yeasts never attenuate all that well. Either way, this is a pretty decent beer and I will enjoy the whole 6-pack. I doubt I will be buying it again...at least any time soon, but I am glad that I tried it.

Photo of DrMindbender
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

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

12 oz. bottle tried 13 Sep 2010. Served in the 0.3 L Unibroue snifter.

Big ol' head is slightly yellowish. Well carbonated. Clear bright sunflower gold color initially, becomes cloudy with the second pour from the bottle. Yeasty fruity tart aroma, some sweetness and ethanol. Lemony tart, almost puckering to start. Yeasty. Mouthwatering tanginess. Medium body with a lush carbonated mouthfeel. Moderate alcohol.

A says not as much champagne like qualities as expected.

Photo of katan
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.

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.45/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Kahlerbock
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of JTomczak
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of BKotch
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

Photo of JMUbrewz
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.67/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

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!

Photo of jbertsch
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of monitorpop
3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

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Colette Farmhouse Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
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