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

BEER STATS
Reviews:
458
Ratings:
1,643
Avg:
3.85
pDev:
21.3%
 
 
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51
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284
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Photo of leaddog
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle.

Appearance- Pours a pale straw with half a finger of bubbly white head.

Smell- belgian yeast, clove, citrus, spices

Taste- Same as the aromas. Belgian yeast, clove, citrus and spices.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Finishes dry.

Overall- A saison that leans towards more savoury then sweet notes. Still enjoyable nonetheless.

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Photo of WYVYRN527
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip from a 12-ounce bottle.

A: Hazy straw to golden in color with a foamy white head that quickly settles. Decent lacing, but head retention isn't quite what I expected.

S: Some earthy must, along with biscuit, spring flowers, and slight fruity tinge on the backside.

T: Some cracker-like malt shows first, followed by some green apple and earthy must. Belgian yeast lends a slight fruity tinge, along with a touch of pepper. Finish is dry, with floral hop undertones.

Notes: Medium in body with good depth and flavor. Very well-balanced. Mouthfeel is a bit thick, but manageable. Overall, a tasty farmhouse brew, and a solid offering from Great Divide.

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Photo of rowew
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 22 oz bomber, gold foil on the neck. Label matches the others in the great divide lineup, yellow color. Bottled on date clearly inkjetted on the label.

Appearance: golden color, just a hint of haze. average head fades to a bit of lacing, effervescent.

Smell: Fruity yeast funk, pretty much what I expect from a sasion.

Taste: Again, lots of yeast funk - some green apple flavors, fairly tart. Finishes with a pucker - very dry.

Overall impression: Highly drinkable and a nice offering, I certainly wouldn't mind seeing this in six packs.

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Photo of Patrick999
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

All right! A new domestic saison, and from Great Divide, no less.

A - Poured into my designated farmhouse glass, my Ommegang 10th anniversary goblet. Whitish gold body, plenty of carbonation. Head is not a big Dupont-like crown, but it retains well.

S - Hmmm, I can tell they took the time to do this right. Very yeasty/peppery aroma. Grassy-smelling, some lemon zest. A little sour-smelling barnyard. When rating a saison's aroma, I always ask myself if it is evocative of the countryside; i.e., somewhat rustic, piquant, and herbal. If it isn't, well, you've separated the pretenders from the contenders. Mind you, there seems to be quite a few ways to get there, from off-the-wall Jolly Pumpkin, to funky, herbal Fantome, to peppery Dupont, to clean, fresh Hennepin. This falls somewhere in between the last two.

T, F - Damn, is this ever a palate-scraper of a saison. Hits you with a little sour lemon funk combined with a muscular grassy hop that I did expect from Great Divide. Peppery, with some suggestion of thyme and sage. Not much if any residual sugar, this really finishes mineral-ly and dry, with some Orval-esque leather boot, to boot. Dry as hell, with aggressive carbonation, this is begging for a pairing. Sorry, beer...I gots nothin' but cracked pepper water crackers...hey, that just might work.

D - Well, I'm used to Great Divide putting out awesome DIPAs, barleywines, and imperial stouts....who knew they had this kind of range? In all honesty, I wasn't expecting much....as I said, when I want a DIPA, barleywine, or imperial stout, I know full well to look to these guys....but I only picked this up out of curiosity. I was expecting it to be a fully Americanized saison, the kind my local brewery brews and tries to pass off as a saison, when it just tastes like a slightly stronger witbier. Clearly, I was wrong - this is the real thing. Crisp, refreshing, drinkable...and fairly authentic.

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Photo of arizcards
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a single in early May from Total Wine for $1.99. Bottled on 4-4-11.

Beer poured golden with a small head that dissipated quickly.

Nose is lemongrass and wheat with the underlying saison yeast strain.

Taste is slightly lemony with light white pepper, a touch tart, finishing ever so slightly dry.

Feel is refreshing from a decent amount of carbonation, perfect for a 107 degree day.

Overall a very easy drinking beer for one that has a lot going on. If the finish could have a slightly dryer bite, it would nail the saison style stone cold!

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Photo of tmoneyba
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from Dilly Deli.

Poured clear yellow color with a large frothy white head that was mostly lasting with good lacing. Moderate fruit and yeasty aroma. Medium sweet spicy flavor with a medium sweet finish of moderate duration. Medium body with a dry smooth texture and soft carbonation.

Good refreshing brew.

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Photo of Jree261
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance-Nice hay yellow color out of the bottle with an eggshell foam.

Smell-Bright lemon and crisp lime.

Taste-Lots of citrus following the nose.

Mouthfeel-Medium Light body with a smooth finish.

Overall-Tastes like a summer day. Hooray summer!

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Photo of alameda5
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this with a Great Divide 12 pack sampler.

The appearance of this beer is a beautiful cloudy yellow, with a nice white fluffy head.

The nose of this beer is very pleasant with hints of citrus and apple.

Now the taste. The beer is a good interpretation of a classic begian Saison. This one has a very nice, light, fruity taste. For me this would be a perfect beer for the summer months.

The mouthfeel has a lot of carbonation, but is smooth at the same time.

Overall I really like this beer. Glad I bought the sampler pack.

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Photo of katan
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz into a goblet

A - Pours a hazy straw to bright golden color. Lots of carbonation, very bubbly. head formation really white, but breaks down quickly.

S - Strong yeast character, lots of white pepper and esters. A little bit of pilsner malts sneaks through. Very spicy.

T - Starts off malts, some pilsner. Mid-stream gets very yeasty, however at all funky or wild. Some citrus comes through towards the finish. Finishes with a bit of a bready character, lightly sweet.

M - Light beer body but a strong carbonation. Finishes very clean, with just a little alcohol warmth. A little clinging sweetness.

O/D - Very easy drinking - very refreshing. White pepper lightens things up nicely. ABV is well hidden. Lightly filling.

While probably not the highest example of a saison, it is a very well done beer.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
3.99/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a chalice: color is gold, head is feint and thin then dissipates to nothing.

Aroma is wheat, biscuit, malts and some light fruitiness from the fermentation

Taste is well balanced in malt sweeter flavors and dryness from the farmhouse yeast

Mouthfeel is sweet at first then drying and crisp

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Photo of JISurfer
3.99/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Not really familiar with Saisons, only had a couple before. Anyway, this one was pretty good. It had a very impressive fluffy head, which died out to a good lacing. The beer itself was a cloudy golden color, reminded me of a hefe. Smell wasn't too strong, but what I did get, was hints of wheat and malt. Not too much on the hops. Taste was somewhat wheaty and fruity, maybe a slight sour bite to it. No detection of alcohol what so ever, which is impressive considering it's over 7%. Overall a very drinkable beer that's great on a hot summer night, or even after I do hours of yard work.

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Photo of homebrew311
3.99/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: pale straw color, slightly cloudy, no head

S: lemon zest, sour dough, bready malts

T: starts off sweet with notes of honey, lemon comes through with a quick tartness, nice refreshing finish

Mf: high carbonation, light body

O: nice easy drinking saison, good balance, abv is undetectable

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Photo of delta490
3.99/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A- pours a hazy straw gold. Big pillowy white head persists well into the beer, probably due to the voluminous carbonation visible.

S- big fruity esters. Banana.

T- Belgian yeast dominates initially but quickly disappears into the sweetness of the malt bill.

M-true to style, thinner. A slight bit of fizziness.

O- a really nice interpretation of the farmhouse style.

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Photo of Andrewharemza
3.99/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From bottle brought from coolwines, Pale yellow. Bready earthy aroma, light citrus. Flavor is grains, light citrus, bread, cloves, yeast on finish. Very nice.

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Photo of tdm168
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - bright, cloudy yellow with a loose, bubbly head that fades quickly

S - lemon, a bit tart

T - lemon zest, a hint of orange, faint yeast, fruity

M - medium bodied, well carbonated, a bit crisp, a bit warm in the finish

This is a rather refreshing Saison. It has a nice citrusy, fruity flavor that is balanced and enjoyable. It's also easy to drink. I will probably pick this up again.

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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.

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Photo of yamar68
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle to tulip. Bottle date 3/1/12:

Pours a hazy pear gold with a lively, noisy few fingers of white head. Plenty of beading, lacing is rather weak.

Super estery... wet grass, white grapes, black pepper, lemon zest... pretty inviting.

The taste offers a lot of the same dynamics as the nose with the addition of some milder sweet malts. Green apple, more grapes.

Smoother than some low ABV saisons I've had. Can't complain there.

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Photo of carlborch
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This ale pours a light golden with a very light haze and develops a full 2-inch head that is totally white and creamy. The head settles over time into about 1/4 inch. The carbonation is marked but of moderate intensity with very small bubbles. The initial nose makes me think of a pilsner, but the malty and hoppy notes are pushed aside by the expected sour notes of this farm-house ale. The body is medium-light with a pleasant lightly-sour lingering. Definitely an ale for food. The sour notes are more restrained than I expected of a Farmhouse Ale/Saison. The ale is quite tasty. Lacing does form, but is rather moderate. The 7.3% ABV is not noticeable on the palate. I'd try this again, but would first return to some Saisons from Belgium.

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Photo of rtratzlaff
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

GDFA or "Colette" pours a cloudy (bottle conditioned) straw golden body with a bone white two finger head that leaves plenty of lacing down my snifter.

The aromas are earthy hops and a Belgian peppery quality held by most saisons.

The flavor is spot on for what I consider a good saison. It has lemon and citrus fruits followed by a wave of white pepper and herbal hop bittering.

The mouthfeel is light medium, but still "fluffy" or lush in quality.

This is the perfect beer for food pairings. I could enjoy it with a funky cheese and crackers as a summer afternoon snack. Or perhaps lemon pepper shrimp salad.

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Photo of Mandark
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The head on this was big, but dissipated quickly leaving very little lacing. In the glass it shows a pale gold, the light coming through it hazy.
It smells like a good saison should: yeast, bananas, clove, fresh herbs.
Tastes much the same as it smells. Not sweet or cloying, appropriately dry. The mouthfeel could be a little less thick.
This is a very good American saison.

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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.

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Photo of BelgiumBill
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Vitals: $1.99 for a single 12 oz bottle at Total Wine. Bottled on 4/5/11. 7.3% ABV. Consumed as we speak.

Poured roughly into a tulip glass resulting in a thick white airy head that slowly receded to a thin blanket with minimal lacing around the glass. The color was a hazy pale yellow and nice and bright.

The fragrance was moderate of wheat, grains, some spices; maybe white pepper. Hints of citrus, lemon, and some butter. As it warmed and opened up, sounds strange but it smelled like a barn (in a good way). Maybe that's the power of suggestion calling it a farmhouse ale, idk. It seemed to give off straw, lemongrass and coriander as it warmed.

The flavors were wheat, grains, a bit of spice and some general earthiness.

The mouthfeel was nice. It was clean and refreshing yet had a bit of viscosity to it as well. Lively carbonation added to the feel and it produced a slight mouthwatering effect in the finish. It didn't seem like a 7.3% ABV as it was very drinkable.

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Photo of jopezu
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a hazy straw with a big head that hangs around. nose; yeasty white bread and grass. taste; clean pilsner malt and belgian saison yeasts, lemon, citrus hops, tart green apple & light banana. light peppercorn spice on the end. medium carbonation and mouthfeel. a lightly tart and easy-drinker for the style.

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Photo of avalon07
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a growler to a pint glass. Had a pale yellow color and a cloudy consistency. There was a small amount of foamy head that dissipated quickly. Virtually no lacing.

S: A sweet, funky smell of malt, citrus and a little hops.

T: Tasted of citrus, sweet malt and hops. A nicely done taste, with the requisite amount of funk for the style.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a dry finish. Light-bodied.

D: This is a good American example of a saison. Very light and drinkable. A good summer beer.

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Photo of WakeandBake
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A hazy golden straw color pour with a big , lasting foamy white head , spotty lacing , lively carbonation . Aroma of corn and rice as promised , grassy hops , cloves , lemon zest and yeast . Flavor is quite wheaty , cloves , lemon , biscuty malt , slightly tart , nice balance , clean refreshing mouthfeel , medium body , grassy yeasty finish . Very drinkable and a quality brew for sure .

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Colette Farmhouse Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 458 ratings.
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