Colette Farmhouse Ale | Great Divide Brewing Company

BA SCORE
87
very good
466 Reviews
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
Reviews:
466
Ratings:
1,679
Avg:
3.85
pDev:
11.17%
 
 
Wants:
53
Gots:
308
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Photo of whatthehull
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Tasted July 26th 2011 (from notes)

A - golden yellow, four finger pure white head and a bit of lacing

S - nice yeast, tons of citrus, fruit, flowers, huge on the wheat, a bit of earth and a bit of sugar. Sour nite at the end

T - nice sweet then sour yeast, nice wheat, tons of citrus, nice fruit, a bit of flowers and very Belgian

M - Light, nice complexity, well balanced, very dry, medium acidity and medium + finish

D - drinks like a hefe, tastes like a great Belgian. Love this beer. This one is for the ladies and dudes a like

Final thought - 7%+ and only $2 a bottle, just try it

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Photo of zdk9
3.51/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours yellow with a thick haze of dusty yeast particles. There's a finger of white head, but it recedes to the sides of the glass quickly.

S- Yeasty, spicy, grassy, slightly lemony. Maybe some corn, but maybe that's just the color telling me what to smell.

T- The taste is much spicier and sweeter, with kind of an orange liquor feel to it. I get pepper, mustard seed, tarragon. The bitterness is very vegetal like bitter mustard greens. Good complexity to the taste, though I could use a better blending of flavors- I'm not really sure what this beer is trying to be.

M- Both fairly bitter, especially on the sides of my tongue, and fairly syrupy. I would prefer both these characteristics to be a little more toned down.

O- A good complex beer, not the best saison, but certainly a decent one for a readily available beer.

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Photo of Foyle
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: very cloudy deep golden color with a thin head that recedes quickly with miniscule lacing. Lots of yeast sediment floating in suspension, moderate carbonation.
Aroma: wheat and mild toasted barley dominated by a fruity aroma and significant yeast presence.
Mouthfeel: between light and medium bodied, finish is somewhat dry.
Flavor: very bready -- like eating a slice of bread that contains fruit and nuts. Alcohol is completely concealed -- therefore at 7.3% this beer could easily sneak up on you.
Overall: just an excellent, easily drinkable, refreshing, and delicious farmhouse ale.

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Photo of Stunner97
4.17/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance- golden yellow in color and mostly murky in cloudy body, starts off with moderate white foam head that quickly fades away to nothing, at first bubbles streamed the glass but sort of faded away to just being a still beer with only small amount of bubble

Smell- sweet malt nose, orange citrus and nice spice, very nice and fruity nose

Taste- starts of a little bit sweet up front with nice light citrus orange/lemon notes that fade off with a very nice spice drying finish, enjoyable and light flavor profile, flavors blend nicely and the dryness is enjoyable on finish as it keeps up front sweetness in good balance

Mouthfeel- very light and crisp, drying presence can be felt on finish, the overall weight is decently light and carbonation pretty low

Drinkability- this beer extremely easily drinkable, it has the perfect balance in drying and sweet flavors, its just overall to me a very enjoyable flavor profile, this beer is also extremely refreshing which makes it superb as a summertime beer, could see easily downing a few of these on a hot summer afternoon, the alcohol is even deceptively high at 7.2 considering it just seems so easily drinkable, overall a pretty darn good beer especially for the season

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Photo of sitarist
4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled APR 15 2009.

Pours yeast infection piss yellow, golden yellow with lots of suspended chunks of sediment. About a half inch of white head made of loose bubbles that fall quickly to a light top coating. No lacing.

It smells like a lemon-poppy muffin. The aromas are mellow, not all in my face. I dont smell any funk.

It is sweet and tart. I taste banana, lemonheads, pineapple upside down cake, sweet-bread, some pepper, and some sexy funk too. Nice balance of sweet, sour, and spice.

The mouthfeel is good to me. Its not too dry, has nice body, it has a slight bite from the carbonation, and a little heat.

I could drink it till I pass out!!!

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Photo of Mongrel
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a slightly hazy straw gold color, with just a quick head. A thin, creamy film lingers for the remainder.

Smell is bright and yeasty with notes of pineapple and dandelion.

Taste mimics the nose and includes a little tartness, plus pineapple, grass and honey, with a slightly peppery finish. Light, creamy and refreshing, which is impressive considering the ABV.

Soft, light-medium bodied mouthfeel. Rolls over the palate nicely and coats the tongue for a while.

Overall, this is a well-executed higher ABV saison with enough flavor to keep it interesting, but not really enough to wow you.

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Photo of robbyc1
4.02/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hazy lemony color with a merange type head, 2 fingers good. Cloudy yellow.

Yeasty farmhouse goodness, not to funky, but nice.

Good yeasty flavor follows the nose, a bit fizzy, but nice backbone of malt for the style. This has light malt but complements the yeastiness, finish is a bit off, not as dry as I like.

Nice creamy mouthfeel after the fizz fizzles out. Very nice drinker, a keeper for those who like this style.

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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 kshankar
3.63/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy yellow with a frothy white foam that recedes to a cap.

Aroma is of Belgian yeast, spices such as coriander, citrus, lemon

Taste is tart, lemony, citrusy and somewhat yeasty. The spices aren't very prominent in the taste, but everything else is working pretty well.

Mouthfeel is creamy and well carbonated. Drinkability is high.

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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 lsummers
4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a bright golden yellow with a bright one finger head. Higher carbonation clearly evident in it's stream of bubbles. Smells of peppery grapes and pears. The clean fruity notes are the most prominant, with a touch of acidic farmyard. Tastes of peppery funky lemon and pear. A touch of pineapple and cereal. Mouthfeel is clean and sharp. Bounces on the tongue.

Overall, this one is one great beer. A definite must try and one I wouldn't mind keeping stocked in my fridge. A super complex beer I wouldn't mind having on any summer evening.

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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 Teleweizen2
3.28/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - pours a bright yet hazy straw color. A heavy pour yields only a fingers worth of pearly white foam which dissipates to a film with a thick ring around the glass.

S - intense aroma. Tart and funky. Notes of orange peel and lemon pith are most apparent. Funkiness was unexpected but welcome.

T - dry bread crusty malt profile. Lemon and orange notes mid palate. A touch of spice and funk at the back end. Funk lasts through the quick finish.

M - light bodied close to medium with a creamy yet slightly watery texture. Carbonation is medium.

O - while it sure is refreshing it is sort of one dimensional. Nose is dominated by funk and citrus. Taste is essentially the same. I will do an updated review as it is a cold night and I just might not be in the mood for this style. But as of now its good but not quite what I was expecting from Great Divide.

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Photo of UDbeernut
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

bottle poured into tuliup glass

a: lightly translucent straw yellow color, about a 1/2" foamy off white head reduces to light lacing

s: light malt, slighty fruityness

t: light malt backbone intertwined with fruitiness, to me apples and pears. Other than that nothing too special

m&d: ligh bodied, very drinkable.... just a typical saison.

Cheers!!!

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Photo of BBP
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours pale yellow with a nice head and nice lacing.

The aroma is fairly sweet, and somewhat fruity in the front. It's considerably funky as well and smells a little bit spicy.

The taste is pretty nice. It's got some funky character in the front and some subtle spice that enhances the flavor without being overpowering by any means. Sweet, but not overly so. Some hop bitterness works well with the sweetness, and the malt bill adds nice character too. It's a little messy when it's cold, but really shines as it warms up.

The body is moderately full, and has medium weight to it. The finish is fairly dry and slightly sticky. I found the carbonation a little overaggressive though. Not a big issue, but the biggest issue I think this beer has.

Overall, I'm glad to have finally found this. To think it was in the store I frequent most just being hidden in the back of the cooler. After a year or so, it's drinking nice. I haven't had the fresh, or any really old stuff, but I'd imagine that it's only going to get better.

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Photo of CFHMagnet
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A normal pour (stopping near the end to agitate of course) delivered a finger and a half of pearly white, and very fizzy head. This broke down to just a topcoat in a minute or so, and was down to a ring soon after. The body is a very murky light gold color, with very fine dissolved sediment floating around.

Smells very wheaty. Yeast strong as well, with a hint of spice. A very American take on the saison.

Wheat, yeast and biscuit make up most of the flavor. Some real good spiciness combined with a nice light refreshing grassiness on the end.

Light to medium bodied. Flows easily over the tongue and refreshes. Very high carbonation, tart and dry finish.

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Photo of icehawk
3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

Bottle 

 Appearance: Hazy straw with a quickly disappearing white foamy head. 

 Aroma: Yeast, sulfur 

 Taste: Lively mouthfeel, thin body, starts a bit start, but finish and aftertaste is slightly sweet fruit. 

 Palate: The fruity finish is really unique... starts like a pretty standard saison, but the finish is a real kicker. 

 Overall:

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Photo of BeanBone
3.54/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: A nicely hazy golden-straw body capped by about three fingers of white head that fade slowly and leave great lacing.

Aroma: A mix of green-apple and lemony hops and bready malt with sharp and spicy Belgian yeast.

Flavor: Just like the nose, there's a mix of lemony and golden fruit-like hops, cereal-grainy malt, and clove-like Belgian yeast. The alcohol is masked perfectly. Everything meshes nicely and is balanced. Lots of grainy malt in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with velvety-smooth medium carbonation and a dry finish.

Drinkability: This is refreshing and makes for a nice picnic beer, just keep the moderately high alcohol content in mind.

Verdict: I'd been looking forward to this beer for quite a while, but I ended up being a little disappointed. Colette is certainly not a bad beer--in fact it's pretty solid--it just isn't particularly interesting.

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Photo of czechsaaz
3.57/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Lots of candi sugar in the aroma. Very yeasty with spice esters too. Not much hops but a tad.

Golden, hazy with a HUGE white head that takes a good long while to settle into an inch thick lasting layer. Lots of rising bubbles from the bottom of the glass.

Nice flavor of base malt, candi sugar, bready yeast, earthy hops. Very light belgian funk, actually pretty clean fermentation for the style. I like the flavors but everythin seems a little subdued.

Full bodied with a very nice carbonation level. The carbonation makes it seem a lot lighter than it really is.

Nice beer but one of the few Great Divides that I think pales in comparisson to other breweries similar offerings.

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Photo of cdizinno
3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: Poured into a tulip glass from a bottle, similar the the one pictured, but instead of "SAISON" written in big block letters, mine reads "COLETTE" and the little farmer on the left who is working in the picture turned into a sassy looking chick in a skirt with a pitchfork. Bottled on: MAR 10 2010, printed on label.

A: Initially clear, golden yellow with a nice fluffy head that dies quickly. After a swirl of the sediment: Murky, yellow-straw color.

S: Slightly tart, sweet smell along with the typical 'farmhouse' yeast aroma.

T&M: Very complex, fruity, spicy, tart flavor. Fairly sweet with a good bit of alcohol burn. After a swirl of the sediment: The tarness is definitely mellowed and it is smoother. Medium bodied.

Fairly good farmhouse. A bit too tart and sweet for regular drinking. But good for a 'one off'.

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Photo of OakedCanuck
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into pint glass.

A - pours a chill hazed straw yellow, 1" white head formation. Slick lacing that didn't cling

S - Some funkiness and tart. Lemons, pepper, yeast

T - A tangy lemony flavour with an odd, almost sour funkiness to it. I don't expect Saison/farmhouses to be this tart, maybe it is just me.

M - Light, crisp, dry

O - Average saison, a bit too tart but not bad.

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Photo of chocosushi
2.8/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz -> Saison Dupont glass

A ~ Pours a very pale lemonade with excessive carbonation and large bubbles. Not great lacing.

S ~ Wet banana and malt. Not much of a nose for a Saison. I come to expect more.

T ~ Lots of wheat, Faint faint bubblegum, & some spicy lemons with a metallic edge. Faint peach preserves and rock candy.

M ~ Bubbly and hot, hardly refreshing. Would be a good intro to the style I suppose but it is not very true to more traditional farmhouses. Effervescent as hell.

D ~ If this wasn't 10 $ a sixpack I would excuse it, but rating it against others in the style with the pricepoint, I'd much rather buy something. Don't seek out. Like a wheat beer with a splash of Belgian yeast

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Photo of KI9A
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Hazy, mild yellow. Yeast floating around, puffy head, lasting. Nice lace chunks.

S: Lemon zest dominates.

T: Lemon, grape, grainy, grassy. Dry, yeasty finish, some alcohol burn.

M: Light, med-high carbonation. Very dry, boozy.

D: Good drinkability, even with the 7+% abv. Not the greatest Saison, but, very, very good.

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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 riored4v
4.18/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed 7/28/09

Poured into a snifter. Pours a fluffy, 2 finger, white head that fades to about 1/4 finger. Clear, golden colored body.

Smell is mildy sweaty, sweet, estery and yeasty. Hints of peppery/spicey aromas along being mildy malty.

Taste was fruity and mildy sweet. Slight estery and banana flavors accompanied by a mild spiceness.

Mouthfeel was light, crisp and finished dry. High carbonation.

Drinkability was very good. Nicely balanced and finishes clean.

Overall its a good, very easy to drink, refreshing Saison.

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Colette Farmhouse Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
3.85 out of 5 based on 1,679 ratings.
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