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Colette Farmhouse Ale - Great Divide Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

1,246 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,246
Reviews: 391
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 11.43%
Wants: 33
Gots: 81 | 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 JoelClark
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

JoelClark, Aug 03, 2014
Photo of doughanson78
3.63/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Bright white 2 finger head. Hazy straw color. Looks like a Hefe. Decent lacing.

S: Cloves. Bananas. Citrusy. Light roasted caramel. Yeasty.

T: Cloves up front. Very tangy. Very sour lemony taste. Not much banana at all.

M: Light bodied. Kinda fizzy. Crisp.

O: Pretty decent beer for a hot day. Pretty refreshing. Not one I would seek out.

doughanson78, Jun 12, 2011
Photo of leinie13
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

leinie13, Nov 19, 2012
Photo of Nichols33
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

Nichols33, Aug 24, 2014
Photo of carteravebrew
4/5  rDev +3.9%

carteravebrew, Jun 15, 2012
Photo of jtierney89
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very hazy pale yellow color with an ultra bright white head, good lacing. Tart like fruitiness and phenolic tang on the nose. A touch sour. Faint dried banana and bubble gum.

Tart apple and pear with a touch of tropical fruit up front. Some medicinal flavors around mid palate, enough just to balance the sweetness, coupled by a spicy grassy yeast presence and a bright clean finish. Sour, yet subdued, fruity yet dry, complex yet pleasant. An overall fantastic and complex beer with incredible layers of flavor, perfect for spring, the only thing i could ask is for a bit less phenolic flavors. Otherwise, nothing less than great from Great Divide.

jtierney89, Apr 19, 2012
Photo of cjgiant
3.89/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: hazy light/pale yellow with some edge foamy head

S: banana is the predominate smell, but also some peach and a little herb (which I am horrible at distinguishing)

T/M: in a race, I think the light lemon taste is noticeable first, followed by a little banana taste. These are subdued by a nice dose of carbonation. The overall feel is light and refreshing. The fruit tastes from the beginning fade to a nice light what I believe is a clove-tinged, mildly dry ending

O: I like the lightness in everything about this beer. Nothing is overpowering, which presumably makes it a well balanced beer. I will definitely grab this for a change of pace, but it won't be in the regular rotation.

cjgiant, Jul 22, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

BDeibs, Apr 10, 2014
Photo of BlissJunkie
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

BlissJunkie, Jan 14, 2013
Photo of zoso1967
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I figured that since it's Mother's Day, I should drink a beer that shares my mom's name.

Colette pours a wonderfully sunny pale yellow with a white head that fades fairly quickly but leaves pretty decent lacing. The beer is slightly cloudy and glows cheerily when held up to the sun on this beautiful spring day.

The aroma is definitely on the funkier side of American brewed saisons and in my opinion that is a good thing. It has a nice amount of tart funk that sets off some nice zesty citrus notes and a bit of wheaty and pleasantly grassy sweetness.

The flavor brings out much more of the spice quality of the yeast, with a good dose of pepper and just a touch of clove and coriander. It has the same funky tartness from the aroma, but it is not quite as prominent. The malt character is slightly bready and mild with a bit of wheat evident. Hop bitterness is firm and the hop flavor is predominantly grassy.

The mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium with a pretty lively amount of carbonation. This brew finishes nice and dry, leaving a slight tartness and some grassy hops on the palate.

Colette is not the best saison that I have ever partaken of, but it is a solid American brewed version of the style. This brew is crisp, fresh and thirst quenching, making it a perfect brew as we transition into summer.

zoso1967, May 08, 2011
Photo of sloelco
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

sloelco, Dec 08, 2013
Photo of mrasskicktastic
3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Straw yellow, clear, with a large white head.

S - Horse sweat, faint sulfer, banana, cloves. The smell is nice.

T - Hay, sulfer, horse sweat, faint banana. Aftertaste is a lingering hay joined with a bland grain flavor. There is a faint underlying bitterness with almost no features.

M - Thin, high carbonation, dry.

D - Rather good actually. The individual pieces combine to make an excellent saison.

mrasskicktastic, Apr 29, 2012
Photo of BMoney575
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on 8-7-09
Bottled on 4-28-09

Pours a cloudy pale yellow color, with a great bubbly white head and craggy lacing.

Smell is lemon, tons of yeast, slightly peppery and generally enjoyable.

Taste is all vegetable, very slightly sour, but it really grows on you. A little Belgian, a little citrus, and lots of sweetness.

Mouthfeel is very good, carbonation helps lighten things up, and the slickness sticks around.

Drinkability is not bad, the sweetness and vegetable flavors make it a little rough.

Overall, pretty standard, but worth a shot.

BMoney575, Aug 08, 2009
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

JMUbrewz, Jul 08, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

Basoos1, Sep 13, 2014
Photo of BradLikesBrew
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This Saison is brewed with Barley, wheat and rice using 4 unique yeast strains and fermented at a higher temp. It pours a cloudy yellow body. The aroma is light lemon and earth. The flavor is hay, lemon, grassy bracing hop bitterness, spicy yeast, and a light tartness. Light grainy body with crisp carbonation. Overall, I found this to be a pleasing but unremarkable beer. GD has spoiled us with so many outstanding beers over the years, I was expecting something truly remarkable here. Perhaps that expectation was unfair, but this beer feels like a letdown.

BradLikesBrew, May 27, 2009
Photo of JVan
4/5  rDev +3.9%

JVan, Aug 19, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

Kramerbarthomer, Feb 10, 2014
Photo of Beer4Baltimore
4.38/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

- from notes
A light yellow saison that pours clear to cloudy depending on if the bottle is disturbed. Crisp carbonation apparent. Smells grassy, sweet, and like lemon. Sharp tangy mouthfeel with lots of bubbly drinkability. Tastes is addicting with smooth tarty flavor up front and mellow spice at the back.
Definitely one of my favorites.

Beer4Baltimore, Mar 25, 2011
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

BKotch, Apr 28, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

abex44, Apr 24, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

KeyWestGator, Dec 07, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Eighty, Aug 27, 2013
Photo of BB1313
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on March 3, 2011. 12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Lots of sediment, so pour slow of that's your thing. Ok, this beer looks gorgeous. Light, bright yellow with a nice haze. White head that sticks around and decent lacing. Amazing color and looks. The aromas are what you would come to expect. Very sweet and funky. The flavors are spot on, lots of barnyard funk. There's some fruitiness going on, which I like. Apples, pears, and banana can be found. There's candied sugars in the mix, giving it some sweetness. Yeast, malts, breads, and grains can all be found. Very earthy notes. Slightly spicy. Mouthfeel is nice.. it's very rich and smooth. The carbonation isn't over the top, just right. Drinkability is good, but this one has a kick at 7.3%. Overall, this is a great belgian style beer, brewed here in the U.S.

Great offering from Great Divide. This is definitely one to enjoy when the weather gets warmer. Very enjoyable, refreshing, recommended.

BB1313, Apr 09, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

CaptainNomihodai, Feb 28, 2013
Colette Farmhouse Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 1,246 ratings.