Colette Farmhouse Ale | Great Divide Brewing Company

Colette Farmhouse AleColette Farmhouse Ale
BA SCORE
3.86/5
1,711 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:
No notes at this time.

Added by ArrogantB on 04-25-2009

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#8,915
Reviews:
473
Ratings:
1,711
pDev:
11.14%
Bros Score:
4.12
 
 
Wants:
54
Gots:
328
Trade:
0
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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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Photo of CreedeSon
3.96/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of JSG18
3.79/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Solid stuff.

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Photo of Aleksei1138
3.94/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My wife picked this up knowing I love saison, she made a good choice.

The color is a nice pale yellow similar to hay. On the pour a nice head is formed that leaves traces down the inside of the glass.

The aroma has a spicy, yeasty smell to it.

The taste continues the spicy notes of pineapple, with a hint of sweetness to it. Overall a very balanced and well rounded scent that has many different qualities to it.

I would like a bit more body to it. The only thing I could say negative about it is that it's to light in body, I like more mouth feel.

Overall a fantastic beer that I will return to many times throughout the years

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Photo of Allurex
3.74/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Mayhewbc
3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of KLHBB
3.38/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

I'm not a fan of this style but there are other beer styles I've grown to love so I'm happy to try it and greatly respect this brewery. Poured from a bottle into a pint glass, dirty yellow, one finger head, lots of carbonation and rising bubbles. Belgian spice in the smell but the taste is sour. Tastes like a watered down Tripel left out in the sun. Light feel, overall it may be wonderful for the style, but I'll pass.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.69/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This was poured into a tulip. The appearance was a hazy to cloudy burnt yellow color with a thin layer of white foamy head that dissipated immediately. Light lacing speckled around the glass nicely. The smell had some bubblegum, light Belgian spices, sweet grass, and a light yeasty breadiness. The taste was mainly bready sweet with the spices coming across far underneath. Sweet bready aftertaste. Smooth wet finish. On the body, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a fairly decent sessionability about it. Carbonation runs fairly light allowing spices to hit a little more on my tongue. Overall, this was a pretty good saison that I could have again.

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Photo of ChristineHeubusch
4.21/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of willcumbie
4.12/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Rilesmiles
4.18/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Colette Farmhouse Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.86 out of 5 with 1,711 ratings
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