Colette Farmhouse Ale - Great Divide Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

422 Reviews
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Reviews: 422
Hads: 1,476
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 9.87%
Wants: 43
Gots: 187 | FT: 0
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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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Photo of BuckyFresh
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Poured from a 12oz bottle into a large wine glass. The first thing you notice about this beer is the towering sudsy head that stands at about three and a half fingers high. The bubbles are pure white in color and take a long time to recede. Lacing is sticky and thick. The beer itself is a hazy straw yellow, with loads of carbonation visibly active in the glass.

Smell: Aroma is one of grainy malt, citrus, and mineral water. Also getting some funky yeast, fresh fruit, and some peppery spiciness.

Taste: Very crisp and refreshing, with a little more malt than I anticipated. Most of the tart citrus punch hits you at first, whilst the sweeter, fruitier qualities edge their way in at the end of the swallow. The yeasty funk is probably the last flavor to hang on, and it is accented by a touch of spice.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with a good balance of all the flavors. I like the slightly sweeter character of this Saison, and the refreshing zest it brings to the table.

Drinkability: I've never been inclined to drink much more than one Saison at a time and I don't think this beer is an exception to that rule. I think the peppery spice always seems to make it session-prohibitive. (1,201 characters)

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

This ale pours a light golden with a very light haze and develops a full 2-inch head that is totally white and creamy. The head settles over time into about 1/4 inch. The carbonation is marked but of moderate intensity with very small bubbles. The initial nose makes me think of a pilsner, but the malty and hoppy notes are pushed aside by the expected sour notes of this farm-house ale. The body is medium-light with a pleasant lightly-sour lingering. Definitely an ale for food. The sour notes are more restrained than I expected of a Farmhouse Ale/Saison. The ale is quite tasty. Lacing does form, but is rather moderate. The 7.3% ABV is not noticeable on the palate. I'd try this again, but would first return to some Saisons from Belgium. (743 characters)

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

Cloudy yellow that resembles the summer sun right before it starts to set and a fluffy head that hangs on strong and leaves a serious lace all through the glass. Aromas of citrus zest, tall grass after a rain, white pepper and banana esters fill the nose-all of them fragrant, refined and working in harmony with not one of them overtaking the proceedings.
Citrus, particularly lemon zest and orange peel, and some sour apple head off the flavors. Bready yeasts and coriander take over the middle setting their own distinction from what is first tasted. A third level of complexity is brought into the finish where a couple of dashes of banana shakes hands with peppery spices. There is the slightest of alcohol warmness at the end but is hidden very well to the point where one might not realize they're sipping on something in the 7.5% abv range. (848 characters)

Photo of HugePlume
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint

A- Beautiful light and bright cloudy yellow, almost lemonade like. Had a minimal head, with loose lacing left on the sides of the glass.

S- Fruity and spicy nose, hits of sweet grass.

T- Subtle grain, grass and yeasty spice notes. Has a distinct tartness that puckers your cheeks ever so slightly. Refreshing. No hint of the 7.3abv which is truly remarkable. I did a double take when I read how much alcohol it has. I would have guessed 5.25. Dry finish with some lingering tartness.

M- great mouthfeel, its slightly thick, but very well carbonated. lends to the refreshing quality.

O- Very drinkable, I will go back for more of this for sure. (680 characters)

Photo of tippebrewcrew2
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It pours a cloudy golden yellow with a large head with medium to light lacing. The nose gives way to horse blanket, barnyard yeast, sour presence, and no alcohol to note. The palate is stronger than the nose with lots of barnyard, tart sourness, light to medium fruit, and and a nice dry medium bitter finish. I rated this beer as a session beer. It hides the 7.3% all day. Bold flavors and a crisp finish with a hint of complexity makes this beer a true or ideal session beer and a work horse in the beer world. I enjoyed this beer and the story that it told. (560 characters)

Photo of Dikfour
3/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Look: Hazy golden straw. A finger of white head dissipates very quickly. Fairly active carbonation.

Smell: Light yeast and lemon grass. Very light pepper.

Taste: More of the same but way more pepper than was on the nose.

Feel: Light and crisp. Fairly dry finish.

Overall: This one is fine. I'm not overly impressed but equally unoffended. Wouldn't actively seek this one out and wouldn't turn it away if someone handed me one. Forgettabley average. (452 characters)

Photo of bgreg3
3.33/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

App.-Pours a cloudy yellow with a foamy white head that disappears after a little, the carbonation dances on the way up , it swirls and makes an interesting beer to look at.

Smell- Smells fruity , a little lemony , wheaty very enticing and makes you wonder how it is going to taste.

Taste- Complex , first thing is this beer tastes like it was brewed with lemon peel because I taste the lemon stronger than if it were brewed with amarillo hops (it could be a combination of both though) , then it takes your taste buds on a ride as it moves on to a berry taste and it has a very strong wheat presence throughout this is the most sour beer I've had by the way

MF- Very strong and acidic to the toungue , it is good on the palate though , with a light-medium feel. Rolls around nicely. kind of crisp and refreshing.

Drink- Stick to 12 oz of this if possible , I had a bomber and it just became very tart and difficult to drink after a while , definetely eat something with this and take your time with it too

Not worth buying again but a good experience. (1,057 characters)

Photo of angelogarcia3
3.84/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

An excellent beer with a golden yellow color forming a clean crisp white head. The aroma is of a typical ale. However, the mouthfeel because of the carbonation gives a champagne quality to the beer. Has a slight coriander and star anise taste giving the beer a Belgian feel. Makes an excellent summer beer! Got it at Ithaca Coffee Company in Ithaca, NY. (353 characters)

Photo of Jettanbass9
3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A - hazy, very pale, straw yellow. thin lacing of a head. no visible carbonation rushing to the head, this beer almost looks like a witbier.

S - banana, clove, lemon acidity, light grainy note and light peppery note. aroma reminds me of a mix between a blanche de bruxelles and a bottle of chimay white. I really expected the forefront to have much more pepper and musty aromas that are usually associated with the style. lemony note is a little distracting.

T - theres that mustiness! a somewhat earthy flavor emerges as the beer warms. it really is quite pleasant among the banana and clove ester and phenols. peppery note appears as well as the beer warms. flavors are very nicely balanced, they really come together however not to the extent that some of the highly rated saisons are.

M - too much body for a saison... nearly medium bodied... this beer needs to be attenuated a bit more, the dryness is just not there. Completely undercarbonated for a saison... the body alone could have been fixed if a higher carbonation would have been given to the beer.

D - all in all the flavors of this beer carry its drinkability. its mouthfeel definitely needs some work. the dominate yeast flavors (the label claims to have used 'a special blend of four yeasts') really give you the impression of a witbier of some sort. i wouldn't call this beer 'true to style' by a longshot however, it is a decent beer. go in without expectations and you might just like it... as for me? 9 bones can get me a beer much closer to style. (1,527 characters)

Photo of BurpingtonDC
3.94/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Beautiful cloudy, light straw color with the foamiest meringue white head that started at the middle of my pint glass and create a beautiful crown at the top.

S - bread, cloves, banana, yeast, slight sulphur smell

T -Clove and banana, maybe a hint of tropical fruit.

M - Bright and refreshing with a banana clove aftertaste lingering on the tongue.

O - Overall I enjoyed this ale quite a bit. It's a wonderfully refreshing summer brew that is light and doesn't weigh heavy on the tongue. (495 characters)

Photo of BetterDarker
3.19/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours cloudy, bright lemony yellow with a frothy, white head. The head disaapates quickly with clinging foam on the sides of the glass. Great looking beer.

Smell is what you would expect from a saison. Spicy, a bit earthy. Nothing particulary remarkable.

Taste is good, slightly tart, light, citrusy. Very little malt or hop flavor, pretty much what you would expect from a saison.

Mouthfeel is good, solid carbonation, obviously not a heavy feel.

One bottle is enough to satisfy a hankering for a saison. Wouldn't make a session out of this beer, but it's a drinkable beer, 650 mls is enough. (597 characters)

Photo of fo5s
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle served in a saison dupont glass. Dated 4/22/11. Apparently 7.3% and a GABF silver medal winner...sets the bar high.

A- pours a pale gold, modest head for the style. good clarity.

S- funky and sweet. Touch of banana.

T- strong hit of pear or green apple. slightly tart.

M- crisp, on the thin side, goes down smooth.

O- overall a pleasant beer. Easy drinker and a nice all-around beer, but a bit off from the norms of the style to rate well. Look forward to revisiting at some point (497 characters)

Photo of HaysAmerica
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle which has labeled "Bottled on Mar 10 2011" into a tulip class. Pours a shade darker than a honey orange color. Appears a bit hazy w/ two fingers white head. The nose comes through w/ a complex combo of orange, lemon, pepper, & Belgian yeast character. YUM! Taking a second whiff I come up w/ a grassy, horse stall or barnyardy impression. Just what I would expect from this style & brewer. Heck, they even put on the side of the label that they fermented this w/ a blend of 4 different yeast strains.

The head dissapates after some time w/ decent lacing. Taste starts off w/ some peppery-yeasty to it followed by a tart dry finish. Very minimal hops & is sweeter than some other Saisons I've drunk. Pretty well carbonated too. I keep getting a spicy pepper taste when I take a pull of this. As w/ the nose, I get a sense of orange & lemon. I'm not 100% on the order, but it seems to me that the orange comes first & then mixes w/ the lemon & pepper/coriander to produce this tart finish. A dry finish at that. Mouthfeel is at a medium & as this warms up a bit, the yeast characters are really coming out. The alcohol is hidden very well w/ this.

Overall, I really like this beer & it is one of my favorite styles. A very drinkable beer on a spring or summer day. Would go great w/ burgers or maybe even a summer salad. Some BBQ may go nicely w/ this too. As I'm drinking this I keep getting pictures in my mind of a backyard party w/ friends. Prosit! (1,473 characters)

Photo of MrBoz21
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured clear yellow with a slight haze. Thick white head that dissapated quicky into foamy ring. Moderate carbonation.

Expected banana and clove, a bit of wheat. Floral hops.

Fruity character in the taste with a bit of lemon tang. Resiny bitterness and a dry finish.

Mouth is dry and thin with slight astringency.

Overall: A nice farmhouse ale, but the astringency knocks it out of balance. Could use a bit of hop flavor rather than just bitter. Still, pretty refreshing and quaffable. I will not have trouble drinking this six pack and would gladly accept another. would even order a pint when at the brewery. (615 characters)

Photo of SeattleBeerBlog
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- A Hazy hay Color that is quite appealing, head dissipated a little too quickly

S- Smells of good funk, along with a lot of fruit, green grapes, apples, and other good stuff, smells like spring.

T- starts out a little tart but finishes really crisp, especially considering the ABV. It doesn't taste very strong at all.

M- very light on the palate with a good bit of carbonation, the mouthfeel makes this beer.

D- this beer is very drinkable, and is the perfect, early summer beer. Just makes me think of eating a good meal outside, and kicking back a few with friends. Overall a great Saison. (598 characters)

Photo of hopphead31415
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I picked this one up at the fierce and several recommendations by my brother. This one comes from Denver Colorado and the water they use comes from pristine mountain snow which is some of the freshest water ice in the country. It is brewed at a higher temperature and uses 4 strains of yeast and also includes barley, wheat, and rice! It has 7.3% ABV and a lot of flavor so let’s take a look.

Look-It pours a beautiful light yellow gold and a white head that is thick. It pours mostly head at first so give it some time to settle. The head is as white as the snow from whence it came and is composed of a variety of bubble sizes.

Smell-It smells strongly of pineapple, mango, banana, and a pleasant spiciness that is the tell-tale signature of farmhouse ales.

Taste-The flavor is very nice and contains most of the same things that the nose picked up, but perfectly leveled out and with a hint of lemon grass and light pepper. I get a slight sense of yeast to cut the mild sweetness and the spiciness.

Mouthfeel-It has a moist and buttery, but not syrupy nor sticky feel. It finishes clean and with a small lingering coating on the tongue.

Overall-This beer is excellent. It is really refreshing and fine-tuned. It is really well-balanced and not too sweet at all and is one of my favorite farmhouse ales. (1,315 characters)

Photo of bohemiandonut
3.56/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

If it looks like a Farmhouse, smells (kinda) like a Farmhouse, and tastes (alledgedly) like a Farmhouse, what the hell is it doing in a six pack? I intend to find out.

Nice and cloudy, though there is a lurking bias to discount this beer just because it's made in Colorado, which colors it a bit with artificiality. Still, it smells promising if maybe a little like a lemon based cleaning agent.

This is an incredibly refreshing beer. Rather sweet, but with enough odd yeast character to carry it. There's a lot missing here though, unfortunately. It's of course unrealistic to expect something like Dupont or Karmeliet from Great Divide, and I almost feel bad docking points for a magic I can't even explain, but you either know how to make an authentic Belgian ale or you don't. As I expected, one is left with the feeling of a "normal" beer stripped of flavor and injected with "Saison flavor." Not bad for what it is, just not the epic journey that others in this league are.

GD must be commended on this venture though. I applaud the format and the risk-taking. Much more exciting than the stupid beers coming out of Stone lately. (1,139 characters)

Photo of mdr4669
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

App: Silty yellow body with about a finger of head, and consistent fizzy lacing.

Smell: Lemony, toast, malts and barley.

Taste: Starts off malty with a fruity kick that relays into a mellow wheat after.

MF: Refreshing, crisp, and nice level of tartness.

OA: Very well balanced, and a pleasure to drink. (309 characters)

Photo of MEsquandoles
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

$5.5 for a near pint in Belgian-y glass at Black Star Co-op.

Glowing hazy yellow with white head of tiny bubbles.

Smells is complex, but mostly lemon verbena, honeysuckle, coriander, and other Saison and Wit yeast products.

Cantaloupe and melon. Like a bigger version of a Wit.

My first sip I thought was surprisingly sweet, but the more I drank it I thought it was surprisingly dry. Light body for 7.3%abv.

Website shows 4 different yeasts at higher temperatures. No mention of added sugars or spices used, but it seems like they did.

So many similarities to a Wit keeps me from liking it more, but interesting and worth trying. (637 characters)

Photo of MtnSoup
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

I love this beer. Fresh is funky, yet refreshing at the same time.

This may blow some folks' minds, but I actually recently aged a six-pack for a year (via a similar experiment via Great Divide's Founder, Brian Dunn), and it turned into a slightly tart, dry beer, entirely different than the original.

Anyway, it's a great beer, always worth ordering when you're looking for some farmhouse kick, along with some funky flavor.*

*I wrote this three-sheets to the wind, but stand by it whole-heartedly. (503 characters)

Photo of car2052
4.14/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz. to wine glass.

A: Pours a hazy pale golden with a shade of pink. Bubbly carbonation.
S: Yeasty banana and citrus notes with some bubblegum.
T: Nice bit of sweetness. Some nice maltiness and some banana and bubblegum from the yeast.
M: Medium. A bit thicker than I would like.
O: Not a bad saison. The sweetness gives it a fuller body, which may make it not as refreshing as traditional saisons. (414 characters)

Photo of quaybr
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a golden yellow with a bubbly white head that quickly recesses to a small ring of foam around the edges and a pollowy island. Leaves only a trace of lacing.

Smells sweet, spicy and yeasty; fruity esters abound!

Taste follows suit: tangy esters and Belgian yeast followed by a pleasant bitterness. Some of the herbal spices come out on the back of the tongue.

Body is a bit oilier than I expected, causing some unsavory aftertastes - even beyond the assumed funk. Still, this goes down easy.

I am surprised (and excited) that this is a 6-pack! Another job well done by GDBC. (583 characters)

Photo of Fluke828
2.66/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into Duvel Tulip.
Bottled on April 5th, 2011.

A-> A very bright yellow/straw in color with just under 2 fingers worth of white head. Some pretty active nucleation racing up the sides of the tulip so I'm expecting lively carbonation in this brew.

S-> Definitely getting that classic farmhouse/saison-ish aroma right away but it is followed by a pseudo vinegar, almost white wine like smell that I just can't shake...

T-> Saison taste up front with lemony zing and Belgian yeast flavors. But then that white wine thing comes back around with a fruity and tart finish. This beer is all over the place....

M-> As expected there is significant carbonation which actually helps this beer in my eyes but also further accentuates the white wine characteristics for me. Dry on the finish and on the bigger side of medium bodied, particularly for the style.

O-> Hmmm...not really sure here. It would seem this would be refreshing on the porch in the summertime, perhaps as a light after dinner cleansing beer, however I'm not sure I could have more than one in a sitting/day/weekend and the ABV doesn't help that much. This beer seems complex and it is, I just think there is a little TOO much going on and it's not for me. (1,252 characters)

Photo of Bizz88
4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a light hazy golden amber with a creamy two fingered fluffy head with patchy sticky lacing throughout the glass. Spicy citrus aromas with yeasty bread hints. Holy smokes, tantilized and caressed both palette and tongue this farmhouse wench, bubbly with a certain sassy spiceness, Colette, Yeah! Two thumbs up! (316 characters)

Photo of Allpe45
3.46/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz, bottled on April 04 2011
Poured into a tulip, decanted.

Appears bright golden yellow, effervescent, great clarity. Large white head with good retention and lacing.

Estery yeast smell, a bit tart, with straw/hay, spices, and a malt presence.

Tastes like bready malts up front, followed by fruity esters and spicy yeast. Straw/hay in the finish along with a lingering sweetness. Finish is neither clean nor dry. Creamy texture, medium body.

This is just another unimpressive interpretation of a Belgian style from an American brewery. (542 characters)

Colette Farmhouse Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 422 ratings.