Colette Farmhouse Ale | Great Divide Brewing Company

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Colette Farmhouse AleColette Farmhouse Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Great Divide Brewing Company
Colorado, United States | website

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

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Reviews:
458
Ratings:
1,643
Avg:
3.85
pDev:
21.3%
 
 
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Photo of julian89
3.82/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into pint glass.

Appearance: A hazy yellow body with a quarter inch head with minimal retention and no lacing.

Smell: Malt wheat with stronger scents of flowers, honey, and spices.

Taste:Very zesty with lemon grass and honey on the front end. Malted wheat taste throughout. The spices leave a dry finish and are an excellent balance to the beer.

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

Drinkability: A good and simple saison, the taste has a little complexity. I'm liking the saison, wheat, and white beers this spring.

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Photo of rfgetz
3.82/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazed yellow gold with moderate cap of soapy white bubbles, little retention. Scent begins with equal parts tangy wheat and floral hops, light vanilla cookie like sweetness with a splash of watery fruit and lemongrass on the finish with the lightest hint of herbs. Taste is a touch more aggressive than scent dictated but still well balanced with strong tangy wheat and floral notes still the star, the backbone has an aggressive shortbread taste with a hint of vanilla as well as watery fruit (pears), combines pleasantly with a hop profile that provides a touch of lemon zest and earthy spiciness. Medium bodied and dry finish. A nice non-funkdified saison which keeps things dry and light with some well blended flavors.

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Photo of Gus_13
3.82/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Golden yellow in color. White head with tight knit bubbles that fades away to an island of bubbles. Medium lacing. Aroma is pepper spices, yeast, little sweetness and some citrus. Flavor is more citrus with hints of black pepper and sweetness. Really good but a tad sweet.

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Photo of calebroberts811
3.82/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - HUGE tight bubbles that form a white two-finger head that quickly dissipates. Hazy straw gold/bright yellow/urine color. Clean lacing and it has an almost viscous consistency.

S - Lime/lemon peel; a little wet-grass funkiness; shortbread cookie dough and candied banana notes.

T - Definite barnyard-y funk with slight sauerkraut (a suggested pairing) characters on the mid-palette but is accompanied by strong lemon zest and biscuit flavors. The rice properties are also quite evident.

M - Finishes very dry and acidic which is why I imagine that the bottle states it would go so well with fatty dishes such as sausage and foie gras.

O - Certainly not the most refreshing of Saisons but from what I've had of the style thus far, it would be a delicious food beer. I tried it with a bit of sausage and the fattiness really complimented the funk and enhanced the beer.

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Photo of busternuggz
3.81/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a bordeaux glass.
Pours an attractive hazy goldenrod color with some sediment on the bottom of the glass. Has a nice 1" white head, goes down some but hangs around and comes back easily with a swirl.
Has smells of hay, lemongrass, and spice, and a nice yeast character.
The taste had lemon and orange up front with some hay and coriander, and a hint of white pepper.
Medium bodied with a creamy texture.
Very smooth, I could drink several.
Largely lacks the funk and earthiness I like in a saison, but it has some character. Tastes something like a Belgian pale or wit actually, particularly as it gets warmer.

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Photo of Act25
3.81/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Enjoy this brewer.
Poured from bottle into chalice.

A: Pale, very hazy yellow with rapidly vanishing head that leaves little lace.

S: Sweet + yeast with sugar and banana. Vanilla custard, clove and white pepper.

T: Follows smell but opens to a more complex pallate. Again, lemon, banana, parfait, custard. Fairly sweet taste w custardy wheat and rice. Finish in dry direction with pepper and spiciness. Complex. Notable. Nice.

F: Moderate carbonation, medium body. Very good at cask temp.

Brewer doesnt let me down here. Suitably complex and developing as it comes to cask temperature. Must try.

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Photo of SpdKilz
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – Pours into my SA Perfect Pint with a hazy straw color. About a finger of white head is achieved with an average pour. Slight lacing is left around the sides of the glass.

Smell – Lots of spices, slight floral hops, breadiness, Belgian yeast, banana, clove, and wheat?

Taste – A bit more banana and clove than I was wanting. I am still looking for a saison comparable (not literally) to the saison/farmhouse ale’s JP offers. This was is a bit too much on the spices and banana for me.

Mouthfeel – Moderate carbonation with a prickly bite, finishes quite dry.

Overall – Pretty good, but I’m still on the search for a saison that I can drink every day.

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Photo of farmhaus
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Look: Hazy, deep straw color.
Nose: Bright. Clean. Pineapple? Lemon peel and apricot. Floral notes.
Taste: Crisp and fruity--plumbs, apricots, etc. Subtle white pepper. Always the smooth, floral note coming in behind.
Fell: Good mouthfeel.
Overall: A classic American take on a farmhouse ale. Really pleasant.

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Photo of DCon
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought the Great Divide Brewer's Choice 12-pack from Shop N Save in Valley Park, MO for $14.99 and this was included. Poured from the yellow bottle into my Bud Light- Gilligan's Island Bar Pint Glass and has BOTTLED ON: APR 04 2011 on the side.

Aroma- High amount of fruits, lemon included in here. A low amount of spiciness and has a clove like finish. Has acidic character evident also. Light all around.

Appearance- Pours a 4 finger head that stays for good time. Has a dark golden color body and a bit hazy. Sudsy lace is left on the sides.

Flavor- High malty and fruit flavors burst out from the get-go and then a mild spiciness comes in at the finish. Peppery at times but isn't as complexed as I've had before.... The finish has a light-medium bitterness level.

Mouthfeel- Light Bodied, High Carbonation, and a small pucker at the finish. Nothing smooth about this one.

Overall Impression- Tons of fruit and malt character but too much carbonation and light attributes. I like a ton of flavor and character to Saisons and this one just didn't pop. I will give it good overall ratings because this is a well brewed beer but I just can't rate it better than any of the Fantome's or other Saisons from top breweries. Would definitely enjoy again if seen in a 6-pack.

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Photo of Zach136
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Clear yellow body, thin dissipating head.

Aroma/Flavor: Bready and fruity, slight fusels alcohols.

Mouthfeel: Dry, but too much from the booze.

Overall: Way too much sugar used in this brew.

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Photo of humuluslupulus8
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Colette poors a slightly cloudy gold color. The head is just barely off-white and consists of large bubbles. The cloudiness of the beer made it more interesting since most beers are completely clarified.

The aroma consists of a balance of malts and piney hops. There is also an equal amount of a musty-type smell. This is my first farmhouse ale, but my reading about the style told me it would have this "old" smell. I wasn't bothered by it at all.

The taste is well balanced between the sweeter malts and bitter hops. That musty aspect is there and gives the beer a unique flavor.

The mouthfeel seems thicker than normal. I usually like this quality, but I'm not sure if it is the best fit for the flavors of the beer.

Overall, Colette is an interesting beer that seems like a good introduction to farmhouse ales for me. This is definitely a unique style, but it's also not my favorite at this point. However, I wont hesitate to try other farmhouse ale/ saisons in the future.

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Photo of ccrida
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber (~58F) poured into my Gulden Draak tulip, Great Divide's Saison is a spritzy yellow with a large white head that is somewhat quick to settle but leaves decent hunks of foamy lace.

Smell is super yeasty, like a yeast starter or slurry, a bit sweet, with herbal hops and a very slight ainse note.

Taste is also very yeasty, with some fruity esters as well, some mineral pith and noble hop character, sweet herbs and some spices. Covers all the basics, decent complexity, but, like their Belgian IPA, it's to yeasty tasting. Esters I love, but a yeast slurry taste not so much. Pretty good saison though.

Mouthfeel has a perceived thickness for some reason, the yeasty taste and very creamy carbonation, even though the body is light in the belly. Bone dry finish. I thought it would be lighter from the rice, but that is probably countered by the wheat, or maybe 1 to many strains in their 4 x yeast blend...

Drinkability is pretty good, this is a textbook example of the 'style', which of course allows for a wide range of interpretation, allowing for the unique character.

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Photo of allengarvin
3.79/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Cloudy pale gold with a nice head of foam stacked on top of the beer, dense and creamy.
S: Highly fruity aroma with some light clove notes.
T: Definitely on the fruity end of Belgian yeasts, this is packed with ripe grape and pear notes. Phenols are fairly light, as is hop bitterness. Somewhat sweet finish.
M: Lots of carbonation, as expected.

Saison is a pretty open style, but I generally expect more phenols as well as more hops. All the best examples have that.

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Photo of lnashsig
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into my DFH snifter, pours a very light and completely transparent yellow. A little head tops the beer, but way less than I am accustomed to with a Saison/Farmhouse Ale style. The carbonation is actually visible. Smell- roasted corn, cloves, tart banana? Taste- big clove up front, banana, very sweet for the style. Mouthfeel- major carbonation on this is nice and refreshing. Drinkability- I am overall pleased with this take on Farmhouse Ale, and find this beer to be a great refreshing spring beer that would really work well outside in the sun with friends.

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Photo of kirkpjr
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Saison Dupont glass.

A: Pours a pale yellow color with a slight cloudiness. Two fingers of head that settle down into a constantly refreshed ring of head. Lots of carbonation climbing up the glass, with lacing developing as the beer drinks down.

S: Bananas and yeast. Breadiness and a light sweetness from a lemon zest maybe.

T: Smell represented in the taste. Also some cloves and a spiciness to the flavor. The lemon comes through stronger in the taste.

M: Light and crisp, with moderately high carbonation.

D: Very good summer Saison. Refreshing and easy to drink. Only hindrance is the high carbonation.

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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.

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Photo of Sweasty
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Colette looks the part of a decent saison. A hazy, hay colored gold is topped off by a fingers worth of crisp white head. Head falls to a ring. Plenty of lace is left down the glass.

Colette offers an interesting aroma. Tropical fruit hits the nose first. Plenty of ripe papaya pop. A hit of sweet mango flows underneath. Beneath the fruit some spice notes standout, striking a bit of a clove quality. Some medicinal phenols round out the nose.

The tropical fruit in the nose is well represented on the palate. The papaya and mango in the nose is drier on the palate. A bit of a powdery yeast quality hits beneath the fruit. Spice notes hit next. The clove quality is little more pronounced. The finish strikes a touch medicinal while offering up a bit of a drying quality.

Colette is a light bodied beer with an almost effervescent carbonation.

Colette is a nice farmhouse offering. Nothing earth shattering here. At the same time there's no real missteps either. The alcohol is well hidden, making for a potentially dangerous quaff. Props to Great Divide for making another tasty brew.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle $7 with a cool label that has a yellow checkered theme that reminds me of Dupont. Thick white head and a super cloudy whitish yellow color. The smell is just slightly funky, dusty, earthy, smells pretty much what I would expect for the style. The taste is quite refreshing or at least it makes me think I have been refreshed. Its been a long week. Nice yeasty, spicy flavor and goes down very smooth.

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Photo of frothy_80
3.77/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Lood- Hazy pale straw yellow. Finger width of a white foamy head that dissipated quickly.
Smell- Lemon, pear, and slight apricot as far as fruit goes. An earthy pepper note is detected. Minimal yeast funkiness.
Taste- Pear, lemon zest, earthy spice, banana, clove, apricot/peach, and wet hay. Alcohol is well hidden.
Feel- Nicely effervescent and dry. Medium bodied due to possibly wheat. Very palatable.
Overall- A welcoming invite to the world of saisons/farmhouse ales. Mild and pleasant. Refreshing for the summer days! A solid offering that is worth a try if given the opportunity.

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Photo of allforbetterbeer
3.77/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a small glass. Brewed on date clearly marked on bottle (I always respect a brewery more for this).

A: Light, sweetly yellow bubbly body under a white head that recedes down to a thin layer but does last and laces a bit.

S: Grassy wheat, lemon peel, bread fresh from the oven (slight) and some lively yeast.

T: Bright yeast and slightly dry malts fill the mouth initially, followed by a more earthy bread bread flavor that becomes slightly sweet as the aftertaste of very lightly toasted malts rises to the surface. As all this dies away, long after the beer first hit the tongue, some sweet sour notes play on the palate.

M: The carbonation is refreshing and good (but not great) for the style, but the body is slightly lacking in fullness. I wouldn't expect this to be a full bodied beer, but would prefer a little more substance (especially with 7.3 abv).

D: Moderate drinkability. More sour notes to balance the sweet would cause my mouth be keep begging for more in a way this beer doesn't.

Overall: This is a fine representation of this style, but not quite on the level of the best Belgian originals. Although one might be a fool to expect it to be... and thus this beer touches greatness.

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Photo of LambicPentameter
3.77/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - a nice cloudy golden color, but a very fleeting head. Almost didn't appear, then faded away almost immediately. In a category that I typically expect nice substantial, sticky head, I was surprised.

Smell - Notes of citrus, with an almost champagne-like aroma. Floral, but lacking the complex hop-driven notes that I love so much. Subtle hint of green hay as the aroma fades.

Taste - The standout component of this particular brew. Hint of barnyard funk at first, replaced by heavy flavors of grapefruit and yeast. Would prefer a tiny bit of bitterness for balance, but solid nonetheless.

Mouthfeel - Very light, and heavy feel of carbonation. Refreshing.

Overall, a very drinkable farmhouse ale. I'd especially recommend this as a first foray into the style for someone who maybe isn't certain about it. There are others I would drink first, but I like a bit more funk and a touch of hop-bitterness. I think this would be a good one for an outdoor, summer setting.

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Photo of jdubjacket
3.77/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle of this at Green's on Buford Highway after work one day.

Pours a hazy yellow color with alot of carbonation and a big head. Had to let this one sit for a few minutes while the head died down.

Smell is grassy and hoppy...hoppier than I had expected.

Taste is not quite there yet. Grassy, hoppy, slightly tart taste - the beer needs to sit a little bit longer because this is a little too hoppy for a saison.

Good mouthfeel...maybe a little too much carbonation, but not bad.

Overall, this one needs to be tweaked. Too much of a hop presence.

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Photo of NCSUdo
3.77/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle

A: Clear pale golden under a large frothy white head. No lace and no retention.

S: Typical Saison stuff. Funky Belgian yeast, sweet fruit, bit of hay, very bready.

T: Again, typical Saison stuff. Earthy, bready, yeasty, bit of alcohol burn in the end. Not as dry as I expected, a bit of sweetness lingers. Small hint of a grassy hop and very light bitterness. Probably a bit too sweet overall.

M/D: Light to medium bodied, carbonation is actually not too prickly. Drinkability is decent. Overall, a decent Saison. A bit too sweet for my liking in a Saison. It has everything you'd think you'd find in a Saison, it just needs some more balance.

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Photo of cyrock1
3.77/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Straw colored with a 1/2 inch bright white head.

Smell: Fruity, lemony with a little bit of graininess.

Taste: Lemon zest with with a tart background. Light hops mingling somewhere in the back.

Mouthfeel: Lively carbonation that lifts the flavors up and back onto the palate.

Overall: Pretty good version of farmhouse, I might have to try this one on tap.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.76/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on 3/23/12.

Pours a murky yellow with a 1 inch foamy white head that settles to a thin cap on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of grain, rice, yeast, and spice. Taste is of grain, citrus fruit, citrus zest, yeast, and spices on the finish. There is a mild spice bitterness on the palate after each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer flavor wise but the aroma is a bit of a letdown in my opinion.

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Colette Farmhouse Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
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