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Colette Farmhouse Ale | Great Divide Brewing Company

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Colette Farmhouse AleColette Farmhouse Ale

Brewed by:
Great Divide Brewing Company
Colorado, United States

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.30%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Reviews: 459 | Ratings: 1,653
Photo of CHickman
3.87/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours hazy yellow color with a foamy 2 finger snow white head that had a lot of tiny bubbles in it as it slowly dissipated, leaving very good foamy lacing that left spots and foamy waves all over the glass.

Smells of yeast, light funk, clove, hay, wheat, dry grass, lemon zest, pear, sour green apple, grains and some mild spices. More earthy smelling than funky, with a touch of sweetness that was soft and like a clean barn area with no mud or stagnant water.

Taste is sweeter than the nose, with more noticeable citrus fruit like orange peel and grapefruit to go along with the lemon, pear and green apple. The grains and/or malt are bigger too, adding to the sweetness and then leading to a mix of spices like pepper, coriander and clove, which then allow the earthy notes and funk to wrap it all up with hay, wheat, grass, yeast and some wet animal hair for that farmhouse touch. The aftertaste has a mix of dry citrus hops and tea leaf, really limiting the funk but making the sweetness and spices blend well with all sorts of flavor complexities.

Mouthfeel is light and creamy feeling, with light zesty carbonation, a medium body and a slightly tart bitterness that washes down and leaves a grainy/earthy sweetness. It’s not the boldest or the funkiest, but it’s very good, a nice version of this style and one I would definitely have again.

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Photo of dar482
3.87/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The beer comes in a golden straw color.

The beer offers sweet sugary notes up front, lemon, banana, apple, pear, and floral quality up front. Wheat follows, a crackery malt, a peppery spicy finish on the back with Belgian yeast coming through. The finish is dry despite the sweetness up front.

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Photo of damienblack
3.87/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours bright yellow, pretty big foamy head. Smells a bit barnyardy, but also a bit cirtusy, almost like an amalgam of what you get with "oldschool" and "newschool" saisons. Taste is basic saison-faire, a bit dry but still kind of sweet, some woody fruity citric flavors, and a distinct lack of hoppy bitterness. Little bit of an ascetic kick. Decently coating in the mouth, very drinkable. For a sessionable, uncomplicated saison, this is pretty good.

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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.

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

12 oz bottle poured into a tulip. Bottle on March 5, 2012.

A: Pours a slightly opaque golden yellow with a 1 finger white head that quickly fleets to the edges of the glass. Average amount of visible carbonation. No lacing on the glass.

S: Smells slightly sour with a bready crackery yeast. Not too much going on.

T: Strong yeast flavors upfront. Citrus and wheat. Nice roasted malt taste at the end. The lingering aftertaste really makes this beer in my opinion.

M: Light in body, on the lower end in carbonation. Quite drinkable for 7.3%.

Overall this is an enjoyable one. Doesn't blow me away nor turn me away. Easy to drink and I would love to try on draft.

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Photo of lawlerj
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip glass.

A - with an aggressive pour into the tulips, yields a massive foamy off white head. Whoa. Dissipates relatively quickly. The body of the beer is a slightly opaque golden apricot type color. That's as close I can get. Leaves a sizeable collar of foam around the edges and on the surface of the beer. Not much in the way of lacing.

S - Belgian yeast and sweet, sticky smelling fruit dominate in the nose. A hint of sugar and a little bit of crisp apple and citrus aroma in there as well. (Full disclosure: this is my first encounter with this exact style.) Maybe a little boozy even? I could be imagining things.

T - the taste is definitely not quite as sweet as the aroma led me to believe it would be. There is some fruit in there, apple and raisins, and yeast and malt as well. There's something about that finish and the aftertaste that I don't quite like, but it's hard to pin down what exactly it is.

M - medium bodied, frothy even, and well carbonated for the style. The mouthfeel really contributes to the overall character of the beer and was very nice.

O - overall, a bit of a mixed bag. The flavor didn't quite hold up to the sweetness that the aroma promised, but the mouthfeel is what really saved this beer for me. Don't know if I'll go back to this, but it was pleasing enough.

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a cloudy light yellow color, with a short white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains spices, wheat, Belgian yeast, light caramelized malts, some citrus and some hops.

T: The taste starts out bready with flavors of Belgian yeast, wheat and a hearty but not too heavy malt character. Then some sweet flavors of citrus, spices and caramel come in. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is dry but slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, this is a solid beer to drink for a long time if you’re in the mood for the style.

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Photo of herman77
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Very pale yellow with a large and bubbly white head. Pretty cloudy. Decent retention and lacing.

S: Lemongrass, fresh hay, a bit of spice and tartness. Just a tiny bit of funk

T: Slight fruitiness, lemon and tart apple taste with a good amount of spice and yeast. Again, a touch of funkiness. Finishes dry and slightly tart.

M: A lot fuller body than I expected. It has very active and bubbly carbonation, yet its pretty creamy and thick. Odd, but very good feel.

O: Very rustic and old country/old world like. I think they nailed what they were going after in this one. Doesn't have the best drinkability but worth trying out.

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

Poured from a 12ozer into a pint glass

A - A cloudy hazy yellow golden color with a light frothy white head that dies quickly to a small spotted ring.

S - There is a good malt note that is wheaty and smooth. There are nice herbs of clove in there mixed with floral notes. There is a little tangy funk in there as well but I was looking for it.

T & M & D - A good wheat that balances between three things - a floral airy herb wheat, a hint of zesty fruit, and a small amount of tang tart. A light to medium bodied beer that finishes clean and crisp. The beer is a good amount of tang pow and a good amount of smooth and easy.

O - A good brew, not a great brew. It is more complex than the first taste, but when I read funkhouse I wanted a little more sour funk. Still a good brew and more interesting than your average wheat.


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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

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Photo of BecauseWhalezbro
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: Murky gold body, lingering white head

S: Bananas, Lemon Zest, Earthy, Funky

T: Decent funk, banana taste less apparent in taste than in smell, Lemon Zest

F: Dry

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

$14.99 for a 6'er in Dearborn. 7.3% ABV. Bottled on Feb 23, 2010. Brewed in the Belgian tradition with rice. WTF? Haha! No specs per the website or the bottle.

Pours out to a hazy pale golden, forming a soapy and voluminous white head with excellent retention and one solid thick sheet of lace. Thin layer of yeast in the bottom of the bottle. Briskly carbonated, but not effervescent, releasing a firm "Psssht" with the cap. The aroma is of green apples, pears, delicate honey, subtle barnyard, and freshly mown hay. The mouthfeel is tart, seltzer-like, astringent and with a deceptively light body owing to the rice and carbonation level. The taste is a recap of the aroma, except there is a subtle toast in the aftertaste, and a definite lemon pith tartness. There is a subtle musty oxidation that doesn't overwhelm, and some slight fusels that creep in owing to the high fermentation temps. Bitterness is mild and floral.

This is a well-crafted brew, but the style isn't really my favorite. If you're a saison fan, it's definitely worth checking out. Comparable to many run-of-the-mill Belgian saisons.

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Photo of bennetj17
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours and smells like a Witbier, not a Saison. The color is a bright lemon with plenty of haze. Thin head dissipating to a wispy ring. It has that wheaty yeast smell with hints of esters and bright citrus in the background.

The taste has a nice balanced maltiness, lightly dry and focused, without too much farmhouse funk really. It's clean but well rounded with a grainy bitter finish. There's a zing of lemon that's refreshing, and I have to say it is quite drinkable overall. The mouthfeel has sharp carbonation, perhaps almost too forceful as it foams on the palate, though this is still better than if it were lacking. Medium body.

Overall a decent beer, but not what I was looking for in a Saison. It really is more of a Wit and should call itself that instead. Not something I would want to see year round but for a seasonal it could work...

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

22 ounce bottle - $6.99 at Bullock's in Marietta, Georgia. Bottled On: April 15 2009.

Appearance: Pours a hazy, delicately effervescent, golden body capped by a short-lived, white head.

Smell: Tangy-scented malted wheat interwoven with pleasantly aromatic notes of flowers, fruits, honey, and spice.

Taste: Ah, the tangy taste of malted wheat with a fair amount of whipped honey sweetness and garnished with wheat shafts and husks. Tastes of clove-spiced bananas, lemongrass, Kaffir lime leaves, and fresh, sliced Bosc pears. Hints of faux-fruity rice here and there. Perfumy, floral hops with a medium level of bitterness. Some of the various flavors drop out, leaving the peppery spiciness behind to pair well with the hop bitterness. Finishes crisp, dry, and a touch warming with some lingering tart and tangy hints.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium, but fairly crisp carbonation.

Drinkability: A fairly enjoyable, pleasantly drinkable saison given a slight American twist. Worth a try.

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

A - light pale straw

S - yeasty citrus and fruit

T - sweet at first and flowery with some fruit, the sweetness dissipates with some bitterness and continued fruit and flowery flavor

M - decent amount of carbonation at first but that lessens as it sits at room temperature

O - tasty and interesting I would have it again

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Photo of crankdatank
3.84/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle bought from chucks in seattle. Bottled on May 27 2014. Thin white head that fades immediately. Smells of biscuit malt, sweet, earthy with a hint of spice. Tastes bready, with a dry spicy finish. Good example of a saison but there is a flavor that I can't quite put my finger on which sticks out and makes it less tasty than others. I'd like more hop character on the finish.

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Photo of Greywulfken
3.84/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: into a tulip, hazy, bright pale gold beer with a white mousse head of foam

S: herbs and flowers with citric high points and fresh grains

T: sweet pale malts and honey, tart, bright, and chewy; some medicinal and herbal flavors

M: medium bodied, fuzzy and prickly, crisp and clean-finishing

O: a good saison from a great brewer - worth a try for fans of the style and/or brewery

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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.

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Photo of kots84
3.84/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - Pile yellow with a white head. Smell - Wheat, belgin yeast and a little citrus. Taste - Pineapple, citrus and a nice saison funk. Mouthfeel - Medium body. Carbonation is very nice . Overall - Really enjoy this beer. A good beer for a nice sunny day.

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Photo of snaotheus
3.84/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

12oz can served in a tulip. Looks like I can see the remnant of a stamp close to the bottom edge, but not enough to be meaningful.

Pours a little hazy, fairly big head, plenty of carbonation. Smell is interesting. Bright, refreshing, grassy, with a moderate funk and a lot of banana. Some clove.

Taste is very banana-y, too much so. A little bit of the clove is in the flavor. Surprisingly sweet.

Mouthfeel is slick, a little oily. Overall, pretty good beer.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Pours darker yellow, active white foam. 1/2 inch foam settles down to nothing. Wheaty smell. Citrus in the back. Funky taste, some lemon. Firm hop, some sugar sweetness. Very good. Solid version.

Have to get back into Great Divide, it has been a while.

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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.

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

Bottled on March 10, 2010

Colette pours a lovely lemon gold with a bone white head that lingers for some time with thick sheets of lacing that don't stick to the sides of the glass. Lots of carbonation is evident with many steady streams of bubbles up from the bottom of the glass.

The aroma has hay, light malts and some spicy fruit and lightly sour lemon notes.

The flavors are of lightly sweet bready malt, lemony spicy notes with hints of clove and a nice bitterness that develops on the finish.

Mouthfeel is light, smooth and well carbonated.

What a nice ale for the warmer weather approaching us. Refreshing, very drinkable and very flavorful.

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Photo of KI9A
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Hazy, mild yellow. Yeast floating around, puffy head, lasting. Nice lace chunks.

S: Lemon zest dominates.

T: Lemon, grape, grainy, grassy. Dry, yeasty finish, some alcohol burn.

M: Light, med-high carbonation. Very dry, boozy.

D: Good drinkability, even with the 7+% abv. Not the greatest Saison, but, very, very good.

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Photo of OlRasputin989
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into Duvel tulip...

A: pours a hazy dandelion yellow with a massive billowy head that takes forever to dwindle down (especially with the nucleation sites at the bottow of the glass). leaves sticky lacing down the side of the glass.

S: sourdough bread, hay, white pepper, cucumber, white grape, and lemon peel. hops are herbal and spicy.

T: honeyed, herbal and grassy upfront, bread dough, earthy, and the aforementioned white grape and lemon peel. finishes just slightly bitter and spicy.

M: a zippy refreshing carbonation with a very dry finish

Overall, a great beer with a light body and easy drinking character. This beer goes to show that a beer with a higher than average abv can still be great for enjoyment after a hot day. Very satisfied with this purchase.

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Colette Farmhouse Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
3.85 out of 5 based on 1,653 ratings.
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