Colette Farmhouse Ale | Great Divide Brewing Company

Colette Farmhouse AleColette Farmhouse Ale
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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:
#8,957
Reviews:
473
Ratings:
1,711
pDev:
11.14%
Bros Score:
4.12
 
 
Wants:
54
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Ratings: 1,711 |  Reviews: 473
Photo of mothman
3.34/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into portsmouth snifter

Pours 1 finger of white head. Decent retention. Leaves a little bit of splattered lace. Color is a pale straw yellow.

Aroma: Big lemon citrus flavor. It also has a nice farmhouse funk to it. Earthy and herbal. Some spice. Lovin the funk here.

Taste: Pepper and spice. Some lemon zest. Yeast flavors. It has some cloves and banana flavors in the finish. Not as funky as the nose, but it still has some barnyard flavors to it. It has a slight apple flavor to it, but it is fairly hidden.

Mouthfeel: Funky and fizzy. Lighter bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends kind of dry.

Overall, a decent saison. Decently drinkable. I really enjoyed the funk in the nose. I wish it was more present in the taste. Not bad.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.97/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

GDBC's Saison pours a hazy yellow-gold body beneath a frothy head of bright white that settles into a creamy cap before quickly dissolving into an average collar. Long splashes and big spots lace the glass but vanish shortly.

The aroma expresses wheaty malt, a bit of vanilla and clove and sugary sweetness, a spritz of lemon, and a subtle bit of yeasty sulphur.

The flavor is gently tart with a bit of citrus, and then lightly malty before the vanilla and gently clove-like phenolics hit at the swallow. Some minor, leafy and grassy hops are present but never really step forward. The bitterness is kept in check, as it should be, but there's still enough there that it's solidly supported. It finishes dry, not just with hop bitterness, but with a bit of acidity.

In the mouth it's medium bodied and gently zesty with a fine-bubbled carbonation that gently bristles the tongue. It's refreshing, and fits perfectly well with the rest of the beer.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap at Rattle N Hum in New York, NY

A: Pours a very cloudy pale straw yellow in color. The beer has a thin off-white head that quickly reduces to a thin film covering most of the surface of the beer. Very little to no lacing is observed.

S: Overall, I found the smell of this beer to be quite mild. There were hints of spices, citrus, and just a touch of the funk you would expect.

T: Again, a little more on the mild side than I might have expected/desired but definitely tasty. There was a very light amount of funk with some crisp citrus notes and just a touch of spice (clove and possibly white pepper).

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of effervescent carbonation. Very dry.

O: Overall this was a very enjoyable light summer saison and definitely a beer that would go down well on a warm afternoon/evening. I found this one to be quite easy to drink and worth getting another.

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Photo of olradetbalder
2.5/5  rDev -35.2%

Photo of jlindros
3.7/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a huge pasty white head that makes me stop pouring, fluffy and fizzy, and fades pretty quickly over the clear golden wheat yellow color.

N: Light toasty malts, wheat, a little lemon zest and citrus, some creamy malt aromas, a little spicy hop, some yeasty aromas as well, with a little farmhouse saison aroma.

T: Lots of wheat and light malts, saison flavors, toasty malts, yeasty flavors with a little fruit even, dry spicy saison. Some cremy malts, a little sweet malt flavor with hints of booze, spicy flavors too.

M: Lighter body with tons of carbonation.

F: Very dry with hints of spicy saison flavors, little boozy warmth and tingle a little heavy booze for 7.3%. A little wheat flavors, some yeast and farmhouse flavors lingering, some bitterness with a touch of spicy hops and orange peel, even a bit of spices and coriander.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a cloudy light yellow color, with a short white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains spices, wheat, Belgian yeast, light caramelized malts, some citrus and some hops.

T: The taste starts out bready with flavors of Belgian yeast, wheat and a hearty but not too heavy malt character. Then some sweet flavors of citrus, spices and caramel come in. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is dry but slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, this is a solid beer to drink for a long time if you’re in the mood for the style.

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Photo of oberon
3.59/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not a style I often seek out at all,on a warm day like today I figured it might hit the spot.Poured into a tulip glass a hazed lemonade color with a great clingy two finger white head that left broken rings of lace as it settled slowly.Funky barnyard notes in the nose along with some iron/metallic,a whiff of lemon peel as well,some are big fans of the barnyard funk,Iam not.Flavors are funky but on a smaller scale,wet grain notes along with lemon pith, and honey,there is enough sweetness to keep the funk in check for me.A decent brew,again not a fan for a reason,but I grade it accordingly.

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Photo of nickfl
4.42/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Two fingers of bone white head on top of a clear, light golden body. The foam settles quickly and leaves only light lace.

S - Musty european hop aromas with some pineapple and coconut yeast notes. White pepper, apricot, and a little bit of vanilla as well.

T - Spicy wheat up front with some pineapple and a little bit of musty funk. Peppery spice notes of clove and coriander appear in the middle with some vanilla and more wheat notes. Finishes very fruity; notes of vanilla, pineapple, apricot, and banana with light bitterness and some earthy/citrus hop notes. Lingering wheat and vanilla notes, as well as some citrus hops, coat the mouth in the aftertaste

M - Medium-thick body, moderately high carbonation, and a somewhat dry finish.

D - This is an excellent and very drinkable saison. The yeast character is wonderful, with the strong tropical fruit presence that I look for in a saison as well as some some clove and other spices to add depth. The hop character takes a back seat to the yeast, but it still noticeable (especially in the aroma) and more than capable of balancing the malt. This is an excellent example of the style and I would gladly drink it again if given the opportunity.

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Photo of dcmchew
4.09/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mactrail
3.43/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very, very light color in the pint glass, a washed out straw. Not a head to speak of, but sparkling carbonation fills the mouth.

Surprising sweetness. Apple juice and a hint of Hawaiian Punch. Papaya and lime peel. Mere hints of malt. So simple and pleasant with an acidic underpinning. Touch of the raspy Belgian flavor in the back of the mouth.

Extremely quaffable, just not very beery. On he whimsical side like a good Wit.

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Photo of ygtbsm94
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of Ciocanelu
3.05/5  rDev -21%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Almost clear golden color with off-white head. Aroma has farmhouse yeast notes, flowers and some sweet citrus notes. Taste is quite weird. It starts sweet and floral but continues with some dirty rags and dishwater. Light body, medium plus carbonation. The taste of this beers is quite unpleasant, what a shame.

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Photo of vfgccp
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of atrocity
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of nathanmiller
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of XmnwildX12
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of Gkruszewski
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of smcolw
3.56/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy dark straw color. Extensive initial head. Leaves slippery lace. Eventually dies down to a thin layer of minute bubbles.

Earthy like with stale sourness. Not very appealing.

Good Saison flavor, slightly wheaty. Lots of mild citrus, clove and pepper. Nice full body with an appropriate level of carbonation. Pleasant sour aftertaste.

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Photo of russpowell
2.88/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Was really let down by this one, review based on notes from last night..

Pours a semi-hazed straw color with a pinky of ivory colored head. Zero head retention & lacing

S: Grassy, orchard fruit & appleskins

T: Appleskins, a bit of lemon, potato peels, & grapefruit upfront, but in a very mediocre mix of flavors. Pineapple, candi sugar & near gag reflex triggering sweetness/dryness as this warms, along with more apple peels. Finishes too dry & sweet with a bit of golden delicious apple

MF: Medium bodied, low carbonation, didn't feels a rough as it tasted..

Drinks slow, unpleasing mix of flavors. ABv is well hidden, I'm not really too enamored of any of GD's Belgian styled offerings, this one just struck the wrong way, almost drain poured it...

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Photo of paulish
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle - $6.99 at Bullock's in Marietta, Georgia. Bottled On: April 15 2009.

Appearance: Pours a hazy, delicately effervescent, golden body capped by a short-lived, white head.

Smell: Tangy-scented malted wheat interwoven with pleasantly aromatic notes of flowers, fruits, honey, and spice.

Taste: Ah, the tangy taste of malted wheat with a fair amount of whipped honey sweetness and garnished with wheat shafts and husks. Tastes of clove-spiced bananas, lemongrass, Kaffir lime leaves, and fresh, sliced Bosc pears. Hints of faux-fruity rice here and there. Perfumy, floral hops with a medium level of bitterness. Some of the various flavors drop out, leaving the peppery spiciness behind to pair well with the hop bitterness. Finishes crisp, dry, and a touch warming with some lingering tart and tangy hints.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium, but fairly crisp carbonation.

Drinkability: A fairly enjoyable, pleasantly drinkable saison given a slight American twist. Worth a try.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.94/5  rDev +2.1%
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 mdaschaf
3.46/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of duceswild
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy daffodil yellow with swirling yeast and several streams of rapidly rising bubbles. The ultimate destination is a pillowy head of alabaster colored foam that looks good, just not as good as Belgium's best. Sudsy lace appears to be more melty than sticky.

The aroma is outstanding and is everything that a non-funky farmhouse ale nose should be. It's chock full of lemon zest, meadow flowers and assorted herbs and spices. At least one of the four different yeast strains must have originated in Belgium.

Saison is yet another winner from the masters at Great Divide. It isn't as good as their best (not much is), but it's still an excellent example of a Belgian-style saison from the U.S. of A. The beer is drier than expected and has a pleasing tangy tartness as well.

The malt bill includes barley, wheat and rice. Those last two are probably meant to keep things light. Mission accomplished. That said, there's an underlying pale malt sweetness that keeps the flavor profile grounded and balanced.

Specifics include subtle shortbread, tangy wheat, lemon zest, coriander and hints of clove and white pepper. The brewery doesn't publish the ingredients list, but it's doubtful that any of those spices are actually added to the kettles. Again, it's most likely the result of four supremely estery yeast strains. Alcohol is nowhere to be found.

When it comes to mouthfeel, most American craft brewers are unable to replicate the excellence of the best Belgian ales. This offering is no exception, but it fits the rest of the beer's attributes very well. Let's go with somewhere between light and medium, with just enough 'hang on' and nicely dialed-in carbonation.

With the release of Saison Farmhouse Ale, Great Divide has proven once again that they are one of the world's finest craft breweries. Forget top-10. These guys are in my top-3. Bottom line: this is delicious, drinkable beer on hot summer days, cold winter nights... and everything in between.

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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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