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
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
Reviews:
459
Ratings:
1,650
Avg:
3.85
pDev:
21.3%
 
 
Wants:
51
Gots:
287
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Reviews: 459 | Ratings: 1,650
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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Photo of MadCat
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Nice opaque golden color, good white head, not too much lacing

Smell: Pepper, clove, and fruit

Taste: More pepper and clove, biscuity malts. Earthy yeast. Semi dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, good, fine carbonation

Overall: Excellent example of a good saison

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

Golden color with tons of white head and lots of lacing down the side of the glass. Very nice smell that is somewhat difficult to describe. Lemons are present. Earthy smell as well. The Taste is citrus and earthy as well. Mild bitterness. Very smooth and nicely carbonated. This is very good and easy to drink.

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

12oz bottle, bottled on April 4, 2011.

Poured a nice looking yellow hue with a strong amount of carbonation that leaves a finger-width of head with great retention. Bubbly lacing around the top of the glass. Bringing it to the nose, it smells tart with lemon and some more grassy earthiness as well. Tasting it, this beer is light but has a pretty full body to it. It has a bite or tartness to the beginning but it ends with a more pleasant fruitiness. Beside the tartness the beer goes down relatively smooth.

Overall, Colette is a good beer. It grew on me the more I drank. Its not exceptional, but a solid homage to saisons like the label explains.

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

As an homage to the beers that Belgian farm workers have enjoyed for centuries, Great Divide Brewing Company has crafted Colette, a Farmhouse Ale that is “Rustic Refined.” Colette has a 7.3% alcohol by volume, brewed with barley, wheat and rice, fermented with a blend of four different yeast strains, and was a silver medal winner at the 2010 Great American Beer Festival.

Colette pours a beautiful golden-yellow color that reminds me of glorified wheat fields in the summertime. The beer is naturally carbonated so there is a healthy amount of yeast at the bottom of the bottle. The beer itself pours hazy but still clear enough to see tiny bubbles rising to make a thin white foam that complements this summer beer nicely. This beer has a strong sent that has sweet and sour notes of wheat, herbs and spices, and wild yeast.

This beer seems almost sour but with dry, tart, and wild ale flavors surrounding the tongue. You can taste the wheat malts most but notes of lemon zest, coriander, clove, and white pepper make this beer quite enjoyable to sip on. The mouthfeel is pleasant and light but it’s the high carbonation that really lets this beer sing a bit in your mouth. Overall, this beer has a lot of flavors but it’s not too overwhelming as a summertime refreshing beer.

This is a good beer and one of my new favorites to have around after working in the summer heat. I enjoy the complexity while still not being an overpowering beer. If you see this beer, pick up a six-pack or look for it in the Great Divide variety 12-pack.

My Beer Rating: 4.0

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

After softie from Goose Island I thought I didn't like the style but this was really good. Of course it wasn't my first beer of the day so I should try again.

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Photo of micromaniac129
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with golden straw and is hazy. Light foamy head fades leaving lacing. It has a soft pilsner aroma sharp and peppery and spicy. No hop pop. Sweet and semi dry fruity esters.
It has a slight pineapple essence about itself.

A good drinking refreshing brew.

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Photo of aubuc1
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle dated April 28, 2011 poured into a goblet.

Pours a hazy straw yellow with a thinning very white head.

Smell is a very rustic, woody, grassy, funky farmhouse.

Taste is slightly tart, lemony, grassy, and disappears quickly. Would be quite nice with food.

Mouthfeel is very dry and carbonated feeling. Champagne-like.

Overall this is a very nice beer. I am glad to have found it. Not as flavorfull as some saisons, but dryer and crisper.

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Photo of thegodfather2701
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a very hazy bright yellow with a white fizzy head that leaves some lacing and has some cascading.

S-Malty, spicy, citrussy. It has a real strong Belgian note to it.

T-Much like the nose. Its got a Belgian spiciness to it with significant citrus flavors such as lemon and orange. Its malty with some alcohol sweetness.

M-Pretty thick.

D-Very drinkable for a hot summer's day.

Overall, this is a good beer. Not my favorite beer, but I am relatively new to the style and thought it was enjoyable. I would like to try some more Saisons in the future.

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

I usually do not like saisons at all. This one beats most for me (so maybe it's no good for a lover of saisons.

Right off the bat it hits you with a great yeast flavor. Complex, rich and somewhat malty.

It tastes more like a lot of wheat beers and that's an improvement. The burp is yummy. I will continue to avoid the style, but I don't regret geting this one.

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Photo of TTAmod
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This year's variation just hit shelves. This one was brewed on 3/1/12. Poured in pint glass.

A: Pours hazy light gold with a decent sized white head. Lacing is good.

S: Smell is heavy Belgian yeast, malt, sugar and lemon.

T: Heavy cracker-malt dominated this one, along with a really musty Belgian yeast profile. There is a nice dose of lemon, as well. Notes of light herbs are present. Ends dry. A very nice traditional saison taste profile.

M: Appropriately light, carbonated, and semi-smooth. Super easy to drink.

O: This is a good American saison. The yeast and malt profile are right on. This beer is also dry and slightly fruity, as it should be. One of my favorites when spring rolls around.

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

Poured into a pint glass. The pour is a hazy light straw color with lots of visible carbonation and lots of fluffy white head. And I mean a lot, I had to stop the pour into my glass from this twelve ounce bottle. The head reduces leaving behind sticky, soapy looking lace. The aroma is full your typical of a saison, lemon up front with biscuit and hints of pepper with slight hops kicking around the back of the nose. This smell has a lot of lemon up front in it. The taste follows the aroma nicely. Yeasty with a bit of spiciness and finishes with a bit of lemon zing. The abv on this is higher than I realized, but I would think it is much lower by the taste. This isn't really anything out of the ordinary but it seems to be done very well. The mouthfeel is light and crisp with ample carbonation and again, I wouldn't think this is over seven percent, highly drinkable.

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Photo of flannelman808
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Yellow to golden hue and hazy this looks just how it should. Topped with a bone white head with ok retention and lacing. Looks like lots of carbonation.

S: Lots of grass, funk, and citrus (orange lemon and hay).

T: Spice, soft almost lemon cream flavors, grass (hay and green grass) meet some funk for a rather nice farmhouse ale.

M: Tickling

O: Pretty good stuff

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

Bottled on date of 4/5/11.
I have had several beers from great divide, and have enjoyed them all.
A- was a very nice off white head with slightly below average lacing, for this style, but still good. Pours a nice pale/golden yellow.
S- First notes I picked up are Green Apple, Lemon, and Pine, in that order.
T- Along with the smell the first thing I noticed was the citrus flavor, followed by some more pine, although not overpowering in any way.The finish is dry, and slightly sweet, very tasty indeed.
M-Very carbonated, as with all saisons I've tasted.
O- I would drink this again, and recommend to new saison drinkers.

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

Poured from a bottle into an oversized wine glass.

Look - very pale blonde color, a little murky/hazy, with little to no foam when poured.

Smell - one can definitely smell the rice and wheat involved. A little bit of a sour smell.

Taste and Mouthfeel - a little like the smell, with the wheat and rice being prevalent - mostly the wheat. There is indeed a little bit of a dry tart taste that peaks in the middle, striking the back middle of the tongue. Texture is pretty good. Almost tastes a little bit like a Chardonay. Maybe some fruitiness, but it's subtle to me.

Overall - In general very good-tasting and very true to the style, which I appreciate.

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

Had it on tap at the Draught House in Austin. Had the very end of the keg (which nearly filled up the glass) - free beer FTW!

A - really impressive "solid" fluffy head - looked almost like foam. The beer itself was yellow and clear with some visible carbonation.

S - solid yeast and lemon citrus notes on the nose. Maybe even just a hint of a soapy odor.

T - tastes somewhat like it smells: the yeast is a powerful component throughout, but the sourness of the lemon is in the background matching it and keeps it tangy. As it warmed it got a slight amount more bitter, which detracted a bit from the experience.

M - nice light carbonation with a very light mouthfeel; a consummate summer beer.

D - super drinkable; no hint of the 7+% alcohol.

Had this in 95 degree heat on the patio; perfect for the occasion, and one I definitely have again.

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

Delicious. Yeast, lemon, pepper, and a bit sour. It's a neat bitter. I can't place the taste. Pepper is there. Really great. I'd certainly get it again.

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

12 oz. bottle tried 13 Sep 2010. Served in the 0.3 L Unibroue snifter.

Big ol' head is slightly yellowish. Well carbonated. Clear bright sunflower gold color initially, becomes cloudy with the second pour from the bottle. Yeasty fruity tart aroma, some sweetness and ethanol. Lemony tart, almost puckering to start. Yeasty. Mouthwatering tanginess. Medium body with a lush carbonated mouthfeel. Moderate alcohol.

A says not as much champagne like qualities as expected.

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Photo of matjack85
4.01/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I picked this up as part of a build-your-own six pack for $9.99 at the Binny's store in Bloomingdale, IL. 12oz brown bottle with a bottled on date of 12/13/12 on the side label, making this bottle about 3 months old.

Not much to look at. The beer pours a cloudy pear yellow color with just a half finger of white head that dissipates quickly and leaves virtually no lacing.

The aroma is an odd mix of citrus and tropical fruits along with a barnyard smell.

There's lots of flavor in here. There's a pineapple and lemon fruit component, a biscuity malt sweetness, earthy and herbal hops, and a blend of spices. There's also a slightly sour twang coming from the Belgian yeast. Very complex and very tasty.

Light bodied and crisp with medium carbonation.

Not a huge fan of the style, but if you're going to try one, this would be a good choice.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
4.01/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The new 2011 batch on tap, Rockies opening day. Sunny outside, perfect for this brew.

Cloudy pour, very hazy and bright. A deep, yet pale golden pour. Big white head, great lacing.

Aroma is very nice; spicy, floral, bready. I've said this before about myself--I think I'm quite sensitive to corn aromas, and I get that here. I'll knock a tic off the score, but not much since it might just be me. Somewhat sweet it seems

Yup, it's a bit sweet in the taste. Overall it's flavors are nice. Bready--with spice. Coriander, florals, a bit of soft citrus. Fairly rich is the mouth. I'd like to see more of something to cleanse the finish, but still very nice.

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Photo of Jonada
4.01/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottled on 1/21/13. Served in a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a somewhat pale yellow color with 2 fingers of a white soapy head. Body is slightly hazy with some suspended yeast sediment floating in the glass.

Smell: Big yeast characters, wheat, funk, pineapple, pepper, and earth.

Taste: Banana and clove spiciness, wheat, pear, funk, with tropical fruit, more specifically pineapple as well. Finish is slightly sweet with a nice lingering aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and crisp. Medium carbonation.

Overall: I've never had a bad beer from Great Divide, and this one continues the trend. If you like saisons, this is worth a try.

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Photo of Flounder57
4.01/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle was poured into a snifter.

Appearance: A one finger head was poured that reduced to a thin layer quickly. It is a hazy golden straw yellow with some vision of bubbles coming up through the glass.

Smell: Pepper spiciness, vanilla, pilsner malts, apple, pear, powdery yeast, and a

Taste: Same as above. Nice and traditional and no one flavor overpowers the other.

Mouthfeel: A bit smooth, medium to high carbonation, a little dry, medium bodied, a little spicy, and a little chewy.

Overall: Pretty awesome saison. It's been awhile, but I'll enjoy more in the near future.

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Photo of Lingenbrau
4.01/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly less cloudy than to style, but the right shade of yellowy orange. Pepper and spice, and everything nice on the nose, along with faintly tart and sweet, bready, clovey, and fruity flavors. One of my favorite, easily accessible American saisons. Cheers!

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Photo of secondtooth
4.02/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy straw-gold in appearance, with a light white head. No lace here.

Nose is sweet and malty, grains and toast.

Flavor is sweet and crisp, with hints of citrus, fruits, and spice. There's a slight hoppy bitterness at the finish. Very tasty and full of flavor.

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Photo of puboflyons
4.02/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on May 31, 2015.

Hazy pale yellow with a big fluffy white head. Floaters at the bottom.

The aroma is distinctively Belgian with that toasted biscuit malt, yeast, pear, and muted grassy hops.

Medium to heavy body.

Very easy drinking beer with soft Belgian sugar and yeast notes and a mildly dry finish. The way I enjoy my Farmhouse ales.

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Colette Farmhouse Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
3.85 out of 5 based on 1,650 ratings.
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