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:
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 1000lbgrizzly
4.04/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pale yellow hazy body, white fizzy head, a touch of lace. Nose and taste contain light citrus zest, hay, touch of peppery spice and coriander, wheat, touch of yeasty funk, slightly earthy. Bone dry, but refreshing. Light body, highly carbonated but delicate.
Delicious and dangerously drinkable.

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Photo of babaracas
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a cloudy golden color, big soapy and fizzy white head, big blobs of lace down the glass. Smell: quite doughy, coriander, dried grass, vaguely fruity. Taste: pear and soft apple, grassy, mildly doughy, coriander and dried pineapple notes. Medium bodied, nearly effervescent carbonation, sticky finish. Decent Americanized take.

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Photo of kevINSIGHT
3.71/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Reminds me of a hefeweizen. Was not familiar with saison/farmhouse but its somewhat sweet-then-tart taste is a nice change from my usual choice of an IPA. It pours a hazy pale yellow with a healthy head. Good fizz in the mouth. Yeast, banana, pear tastes and smells. Clean finish. It's a good beer. A nice change from the bitterness of an IPA without being overly malty like ales and lagers seem in comparison.

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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 psycHOPathy
2.97/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

hazy golden pour with fizzy light head
smell is wheat, ester, pear
tastes of belgian ester, biscuit, banana
feels grainy and light
don't usually like this style but it's alright

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Photo of hman43
3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Look: It pours a golden color with some hazing. It has a large, pillow head with minimal lacing.

Smells: It has aromas of citrus fruit spices, a bit of floral, yeast, and a hint of lemon.

Taste: It has initial citrus flavors with lemon, tart sensation after the first tastes, earthly elements, and some hints of salt.

Feel: It is highly carbonated, has a light moderate feel, and a dry finish.

Overall: It is a brew with high carbonation, a pleasant blend of citrus fruit, a touch a tart, and a dry finish.

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Photo of breadwinner
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

More or less what I want a standard saison to smell and taste like. Nice yeast note, little bit of spice, some fruity esters. Easy drinking and satisfying.

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Photo of sjdevel
4.09/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look:
Slightly hazy pale straw color. Low on carbonation and head, but some lacing and foam remain.

Smell:
Slightly tart and grassy scent. Some orange/lemon citrusy smells as well.

Taste:
Initially there is a decent hop bite that fades into sour oranges, herbs, black peppercorns, yeast, bread, and also grassy notes. This farmhouse ale is fairly dry with a bit of malt apparent and no real sweetness.

Feel:
Medium body and a bit slick feeling. Pretty dry overall.

Overall:
Very flavorful Saison and they did a decent job as far as style. Better than some that I have had recently, but still not quite up there with my favorites. Enjoyed quite a bit and would buy again.

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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 JFrank78
4.17/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A very wonderful farmhouse from the High Country. Light, fresh and fizzy. I've had this beer on a number of occasions, and recently found it in cans at my local market. Was very excited, nothing like a delicious canned saison fresh out of a cooler on a camp trip or the like. Bottles just can't compete.

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Photo of jngrizzaffi
3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled April 2015. Pours a very hazy golden color with a finger width foamy head. Head retention is mild. Lacing is decent. Nothing special about the aroma. Belgian farmhouse yeast and slight citrus. Slightly spicy. Decent malty farmhouse taste with moderate spicy hop at then end. Very mildly astringent and kind of peppery aftertaste. Medium bodied and moderate carbonation. Not a bad beer, but not the best offering.

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

2015-09-17
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 tone77
3.52/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a bright yellow color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell spices, yeast, lemons. Taste is similar, lemons up front, yeast, subtle spices and malt, a bit earthy. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a pretty good beer.

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Photo of barczar
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Touch of pedio funk initially, then a lot of horse blanket, must, confectioners sugar sweetness, green apple, pear skin, and peach. Fruit is reminiscent of smarties.

Flavor reveals big peach and green apple notes, with a soft, slightly sweet wheat and malt backbone and a lightly spicy, slightly dry finish. Excellent fruit character, with enough tartness and funk to keep it interesting.

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Photo of maedhros09
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Look: Slightly hazy gold with a couple fingers of quickly dissipating white head, no lacing to speak of. Lots of sediment at the bottom of the bottle.
Smell: citrus, floral wheat and belgian yeast aromas. A bit of alcohol too.
Taste: Lightly sweet lemony floral yeasty wheat flavors with a fairly dry finish and some bitterness that could be grain or alcohol related.
Feel: Fairly light with above average carbonation but not the effervescence of top-tier saisons like Dupont and Hennepin

Overall: This actually reminded me more of a hefeweizen than a saison - the wheat characteristics are prominent. I like that it's not too sweet and the citrus and floral character is pleasant. It seems to me the alcohol level is higher than it needs to be. This beer would be a great refreshing summer beer if it had a lower ABV.

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Photo of frozen-1984
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

One of my favorite beers from great divide. Not my favorite style but the mix of belgium and American farmhouse just hits the nail on the head for summer drinking. Now in cans is just perfect for golf or fishing

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.46/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Every time I have this it just gets better. A delicious Saison with absolutely no faults. Every year it's my go-to summer quencher.

My review from a year ago :

A : Pours a very pretty hazy lemon drop color, with about 80% opacity. The head doesn't stay long but it is lacy and porous while it does. Hilly lace left behind on the walls of the pint glass.

S : Fresh baked dough, perhaps even slightly overdone; yeast, fresh citrus, and spicy zing. A nose that makes my mouth water.

T : Right at the first taste there's some burnt alcohol funk and burnt biscuit but that quickly gets brushed aside by an absolutely heavenly flavor profile. Banana peel, walnut, yeast, oranges, lemon, steamed rice...it's almost like a hefeweizen but has the tartness of a saison. A dry alcohol burn finishes the profile and leaves a starchy feel on the palate.

O : This beer was great. I'll buy more once I'm down in Nebraska again.

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Photo of hopphead31415
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I picked this one up at the fierce and several recommendations by my brother. This one comes from Denver Colorado and the water they use comes from pristine mountain snow which is some of the freshest water ice in the country. It is brewed at a higher temperature and uses 4 strains of yeast and also includes barley, wheat, and rice! It has 7.3% ABV and a lot of flavor so let’s take a look.

Look-It pours a beautiful light yellow gold and a white head that is thick. It pours mostly head at first so give it some time to settle. The head is as white as the snow from whence it came and is composed of a variety of bubble sizes.

Smell-It smells strongly of pineapple, mango, banana, and a pleasant spiciness that is the tell-tale signature of farmhouse ales.

Taste-The flavor is very nice and contains most of the same things that the nose picked up, but perfectly leveled out and with a hint of lemon grass and light pepper. I get a slight sense of yeast to cut the mild sweetness and the spiciness.

Mouthfeel-It has a moist and buttery, but not syrupy nor sticky feel. It finishes clean and with a small lingering coating on the tongue.

Overall-This beer is excellent. It is really refreshing and fine-tuned. It is really well-balanced and not too sweet at all and is one of my favorite farmhouse ales.

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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 Dikfour
3/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Look: Hazy golden straw. A finger of white head dissipates very quickly. Fairly active carbonation.

Smell: Light yeast and lemon grass. Very light pepper.

Taste: More of the same but way more pepper than was on the nose.

Feel: Light and crisp. Fairly dry finish.

Overall: This one is fine. I'm not overly impressed but equally unoffended. Wouldn't actively seek this one out and wouldn't turn it away if someone handed me one. Forgettabley average.

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Photo of infinitebruner
4.21/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

July 11, 2015

12 oz bottle, tulip glass

A – Light gold and mostly clear with just a touch of haze. Thick white foam, about an inch, with moderate-long retention. Bubbles rise up for a while, effervescent.

S – Peppery, similar to grains of paradise, a touch of lemongrass and citrus hops. Bready-crackery malt.

T – A lot of lemon-lime, citrus, lemongrass, and strong, spicy, peppery yeast notes. Light grainy, bready, and cracker malt. Extremely well-balanced.

M – Moderate-high carbonation with a medium-full body. Equally sweet and bitter, with that peppery bite. Dry throughout.

O – A fantastic saison, all the features you’d expect in a traditional version, with a bit more amped up Belgian yeast.

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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 JWU
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a chalice.

A- a mostly clear gold/straw color with a bright white head that dissipates kinds quick, but there's some big bubbles that remain.

S- a whack of earthy belgian yeast, with some dried topical fruits.

T- A flash of biscuity malt, is quickly overrun by earthy yeast, some mild spiciness, and the dried tropical fruits (I'm getting pineapple and papaya) that last throughout the finish.

M- could use a bit more carbonation. medium bodied

O- a very nice, readily accessible saison. Well done.

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Photo of Kingbee73
4.02/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very easy drinking. Not too sour on the finish but it's there if you take the time. Great ABV for the taste. Good entry into the farmhouse ale wheelhouse.

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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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