Colette Farmhouse Ale | Great Divide Brewing Company

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Colette Farmhouse AleColette Farmhouse Ale

Brewed by:
Great Divide Brewing Company
Colorado, United States

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: 459 | Ratings: 1,653
Photo of ABabbidge
3.64/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: Pale straw color. Fizzy head that disappeared quickly.

S: Fruity esters and a little bit of barnyard funk.

T: Banana and coriander flavors jump out the most to me. Some other citrusy fruits and some other spices I can't quite pinpoint in there also.

F: Creamy but with a little bit of crisp "bite".

O: Only the second or third saison I've ever had. Still trying to get a feel for the style and the unique flavors it has. This one is enjoyable for the most part, except that I HATE coriander. This one is drinkable despite that, however.

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Photo of jmd1978
4.02/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazel straw color with plenty of bubbles and little head. Nose bready malts, grass, fruit, funk. Taste biscuit, pear, lemon peel, peppery spice, sweet malts. Clean finish. I've become a big fan of saisons and this one is a good one. I have had better but this one should convert some people.

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Photo of dikebrewery
4.12/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a bright hazy straw yellow. Smells of pasture grasses, light lemon drop and slight yeast/funk. Taste of light lemon, merengue like, fresh cut grasses and slight but yet not over done funkyness from the yeast. A bite of light floral on the backend too. Silky smooth mouthfeel but yet light on the tounge. I really enjoyed this one.

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Photo of Benish
4.11/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured a hazy translucent yellow color. Aromas were is subtle spiciness, lemon, and maybe little grassy character. Flavors were sweet. Noted preserved lemons, simple syrup and some yeasty esters. Favors were mild, doesn't seem as harsh as other farmhouse ales. Mouthfeel is slick and medium body. I like it.

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Photo of Salt-n-Beer
4.41/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Darkish amber, hazy and with a head of Belgian proportions.
Nose: Very fruity, spicy and sweet. Reminds me a little bit of Tank 7, but on steroids.
Taste: Rather sweet. Lots of fruitiness, ripe apricot, spice, Belgian yeast. I did not detect any tart notes. Very flavorsome.
Mouthfeel: Medium body and with a tickling amount of carbonation.
Overall: In my head there are two types of Saisons. Sweet ones and sweet/sour ones. This one falls in (and is a prime example of) the former category. Some people may find it a bit too sweet but I think that is a great saison. Due to its intense flavor it may not be the most sessionable of beers but it's one I could personally drink a lot of.

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Photo of johnnyd10vt
2.31/5  rDev -40%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Disclaimer: I'm not a big saison fan, so if you love them, then don't trust my review.
Colored like a lager with a thick white head. The smell is sweet with citrus and whatever that weird saison burned rubber thing is. Same thing on the taste, a relatively bland beer with that funky saison twang on the finish. Glad I tried it, but not really my style.

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Photo of superspak
4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce can into tulip glass, canned on 7/15/2015. Pours hazy golden yellow color with a 2 finger fairly dense and fluffy white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice dense soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a large amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of big lemon, pear, apricot, apple, white grape, pepper, clove, light banana, wheat, biscuit, light honey, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast, earthy hops, and pale malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big lemon, pear, apricot, apple, white grape, pepper, clove, light banana, wheat, biscuit, light honey, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness. Moderate yeast spiciness and light herbal bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, pear, apricot, apple, white grape, pepper, clove, wheat, biscuit, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, earthy hops, and pale malt flavors; with a great malt/spiciness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Moderate dryness from carbonation and yeast spiciness as well. Medium-high carbonation and medium body; with a very smooth, crisp, moderately creamy/bready, and slightly sticky mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent saison! All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, earthy hops, and pale malt flavors; very smooth, crisp, and refreshing to drink for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Jon_Hendricks
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours a creamy golden straw color with a slight haze.

Overall: The Colette is balanced by citrus notes and earthy grassy aromas. The taste contains herbs and spices that complement the citrus fruits in this brew. This is an incredibly complex taste for a warm weather brew. This beer is on the lighter side and goes down easy on a hot day.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.94/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I have been really busy for about a week-and-a-half and I am so glad to able to resume The CANQuest (tm) while watching Game 7 between the Blues & the Stars.

From the CAN: "Great Minds Drink Alike". Colette with pitchfork in silhouette against an egg yolk-yellow background.

The Crack! revealed a brimful craft CAN, but I was torn as to how to decant it. I wanted to CANduct an inverted Glug, but I decided to go with a gentle Glug instead. I got a foamy finger of bone-white head for my efforts, but its retention was low & quickly dissipated into wisps. Color was Straw-Yellow (SRM = > 2, < 4) with NE-quality clarity. Nose had a vague mustiness that was difficult to quantify. It had the tang of brett, but very, very lightly. There was also a light lemony scent to go along with the tangy mustiness. Mouthfeel was medium, but very carbonated. It seemed to fill my mouth with a fizziness that was almost like pop. The taste was really tangy and tart with flavors of lemon, black pepper and an odd, old newspaper-like mustiness. The finish was dry, not puckeringly dry, but very vinous. I have had Saisons that were much more challenging and as a result, I am not a huge fan of the style. This was much more pleasant and accessible than many that I have had. It would make a nice introduction to the style for a novice drinker, but for the hardcore Saison freak, it might come off as dumbed-down. It was a decent beer overall.

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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 Try-em-all
4.48/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Wow, this is a good one, seems to have hints of orange peel and coriander. Great color, cloud, but substantive like you want it, nice head and goes down so smooth. One of my favorites.

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Photo of BWED
3.49/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. can poured into snifter.

A- Hazy blonde, with a dense white head. Retention not great and lacing is lacking.

S- BIG yeast. Like bread dough. A lemony zest, along with sweeter citrus notes. And some Belgian spice.

T- A bright citrus and spice. Backbone is bready.

M- Tart and spice. Body is a little syrupy, which is unfavorable. Finish lingers as a little dry and spicy.

O- Aroma and flavor are nice. The syrupy body is off, however. Really sticks to the mouth.

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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 SmashAdams
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First off I love the can. This is a solid saison. The smell is a bit faint with some peppery yeasty spice, light fruits, and maybe some earthy hops. The taste is full and delicious leaning towards spice rather than tart. Reminds me of Hennepin. yb

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Photo of BEERMILER12
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a lightly cloudy straw yellow color with 2 fingers of head that fades down to a small cap

S: Lots of wheat and yeast up front, with some light fruity and spicy phenolics from the yeast. A bit on the lemony side with some apple and pear notes to highlight

T: Follows the nose with a bit more of a zip. Yeasty esters and phenolics highlight again, with the lemon, apple, and pear showing through. Light spice in there as well. Wheaty twang also present throughout. Finishes with a bit of a chalky yeast note

M: Light-medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Again, a little chalky

O: A solid farmhouse ale that is extremely crushable, even given the 7.3%. Definitely a great choice for spring/summer and the warmer days that are always around the corner

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Photo of jwei
4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I've only recently started trying different beers, so please take my review and rating with a grain of salt (based some of it off the styleguide provided:

Context: drank from a 12oz can.

Look: dark/muddy yellow - darker than expected with a foamy head that disappears shortly after pouring.

Smell: sweet with a bit of spice/pepper in the background.

Taste/texture: there was quite a bit of carbonation when I first opened it, but after a little bit, it settled down (haven't finished it just yet, and it's still got some carbonation). I drank this while eating Thai food (after checking beer advocate for food/beer pairings), and it seemed to work well, though food masked the flavor of the beer a bit, so it was a good thing I tried it before I started eating. Colette was crisp and light, which helped contrast with the heavier, stronger flavors of the food. In terms of taste, it's a bit difficult to pinpoint the exact profile, but overall it has a more subtle profile and isn't overwhelming.

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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 THSdrummer
3.96/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy yellow, with a medium-thin white foamy head. No lacing left behind for me. Spicy yeast, coriander, banana, and malts form a delightful aroma. Smooth coriander and a slight spicy yeast opens up the flavor profile. Nice malt finish. Sweet, light, and delightful taste. Mouth feel just about right. Very crisp, with a little a carbonated finish. Very subtle and simple aroma and flavor, combined with ease of drinking, makes this a great farmhouse.

Served in a 12oz snifter.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.34/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. Bottle
Bottled On: Nov 12, 2015

Pours a pretty nice slightly cloudy golden yellow color, very nice carbonation, with a pretty nice small creamy white head, which leaves some sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, yeasty, with some nice banana/coriander notes, slight spice. The taste is very nice malty, yeasty, very nice banana/coriander notes, slightly spicy. Medium body, ABV hidden very well. Overall, a very tasty brew.

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Photo of FriedSlug
3.64/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy pale gold with a white head that clings to the edges and leaves spotty lacing. The aroma is yeast, wheat, lemon, coriander and spiciness. The taste bright apple and spiciness with some funk and bread. It is decently carbonated and has an almost medium mouthfeel.

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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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Colette Farmhouse Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
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