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Colette Farmhouse Ale | Great Divide Brewing Company

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3.86/5
Very Good
1,721 Ratings
Colette Farmhouse AleColette Farmhouse Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Great Divide Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
greatdivide.com

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.30%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by ArrogantB on 04-25-2009

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#9,477
Reviews:
476
Ratings:
1,721
pDev:
11.14%
Bros Score:
4.12
 
 
Wants:
55
Gots:
329
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Photo of blissfulNemo
3.66/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bumatnet
3.94/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mchegash
4.02/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L: A hazy golden-orange with some nice-looking pure white head. Ample visible carbonation rising up the beer. Looks beautiful.

S: I don't quite have the olfactory sophistication to describe what I'm smelling but it smells very saison-y. Seems like a good balance between malts and saison spice/funk.

T: Not the best saison I've tasted, but certainly one of the better ones. It has the nice bready taste you expect from a saison, with just the right amount of spice/funk. Actually maybe a bit more funk would have been nice, but I'd rather there be too little than have too much and have it taste bad.

F: Medium-full bodied, average carbonation. Very easy to drink, bitterness is fairly mild.

O: Overall, this is a pretty good saison, and something I would purchase again.

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Photo of JoeLev
3.67/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of rodbeermunch
3.11/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Had this for the first time on a trip to the brewery in downtown Denver. Pours a strong golden profile, 1/2" white head, good retention. Aroma was farmyardish but leaning to the cleaner, more straw like side of things. The spice rack is present on this one.

Taste reveals more spice rack, was hoping for more of a classic cleaner grassy/hay like malt and yeast interplay, but instead the clove and spice rack were leading the way. The carbonation is nice, but it seems like a little heavy in terms of malt and alcohol on this one, which maybe if they cut back on the spice rack, it wouldn't need such heavy legs. I guess if you are the type of guy who might be into a more bitter than necessary and imperialized saison, you might be down with this beer. This was just as much of a tripel as it was a saison.

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Photo of mothmanscott
4.04/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, but pretty, deep straw with abundant effervescence rising from the bottom of the goblet. The pour produces a huge, soap/champagne bubble hybrid, somewhat lasting, glowing white head that, for it's size, leaves only minor speckling of motes & streaky lace. A thick white surface cap & collar remain. The lively aroma dances in the nostrils: very fruity (heavy to white fruits), bready, banana, clove, other spices, Belgian wet hay & earth yeastiness, black pepper & alcohol hints waft up as a backdrop. Taste is bready & yeasty with white fruit, spice, peppercorn, wheat banana & clove, alcohol & some Belgian funk in the slightly wet finish. The drying aftertaste is bready & lightly bitter with faint spice & peach. Mouthfeel is light-medium bodied with high carbonation, smooth, creamy & mouth coating, lively with a prickly, peppery but pleasant bite. Becomes lightly astringent & dry in the aftertaste. Very flavorful. It's my guess that small amount of rice used imparts the incredible smoothness found in this brew. My go to American Craft Saison when available.

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Photo of mcrawford
3.84/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of mahaner
3.97/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A very good Saison, very aromatic, recommend getting a one fresh at the Brewery in denver!! Also they named it after my wife!

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Photo of Eagleyes
3.66/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Fitzy01
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Beginner2
3.64/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Since I was recently in Denver (great city with a great future) and I missed going into Great Divide's gastro-pub (my bad, but there are too many options around there on a two day visit), this is Great Divide's review... in a backward sorta way.

Great Divide is enormously accomplished in the British tradition. (Doubt me? Then do the bottle research as I have.) Being so good in a malt-dominated tradition, they fall to temptation and go into a tradition that is yeast-dominated (that is, Belgians, of course.) This is hard for many reasons (half of which I can only speculate about.) But you know what ? Collette makes the jump and succeeds pretty well.

Here is my suggestion to make Collette (or another saison) succeed better. Use some Belgians brewer yeast... or have a Belgian workshop. Or invite some Belgian brewers to collaborate. (It's easy to get them there since Denver is such a great place.) Learn a little. Steal their yeast. Share some profits. And pretty soon the good city where the prairie meets the Rockies is cosmopolitan. At least, that is my advice.

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Photo of bigbass420
3.43/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of WDJersey
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of WickedBeer
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dwb11
2.96/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Spezz
4.16/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.75

Photo of BaldEagle
3.94/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of NextJen
3.97/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Gemini6
3.84/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of devilmakesthree
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Justinprintz
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of superwho24
4.28/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of afinepilsner
4.04/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JTuomi
3.84/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of andrewh995
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a light gold with a small white head. Smells of Belgian yeast, esters, and fruits. Tastes of Belgian yeast, esters, spices, and fruits. Medium crisp body with medium carbonation. Overall this is a very nice saison.

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Colette Farmhouse Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.86 out of 5 with 1,721 ratings
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