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Colette Farmhouse Ale | Great Divide Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good
460 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:
460
Ratings:
1,655
Avg:
3.85
pDev:
21.3%
 
 
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Photo of hagbergl
3.67/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had my first 12 oz. bottle of Great Divide's Colette Farmhouse Ale in my Chimay goblet.

Appearance (3.5/5): Colette pours an unfiltered, opaque goldenrod and shows an intense sunflower yellow when held up to the light. Ring of foam that retains well. Bit of a wimpy one finger head and not that much carbonation can be seen rising from the bottom of the glass.

Smell (4/5): Quite peculiar musty, rustic odor. Extremely wheaty and a little spicy. Very interesting aroma. Lemony and light citrus aromas as well. Yeasty.

Taste (3.75/5): Colette is very wheaty and lemony. Some nice banana flavors flex in the aftertaste. A little bubblegum. Nice grassy, herbal hops, as is proper in a saison. This is a very wheaty-tasting Saison. Little to no alcohol flavor.

Mouthfeel (3/5): Mouthfeel is quite smooth. Carbonation is a little low for the style; would have liked more active carbonation. A little drying in the finish from the grassy hops. The dryness is the best quality in the mouthfeel. The lower carbonation leaves something wanting...namely, more carbonation!

Overall (3.5/5): Colette is an okay saison, but there seems to be something missing. Perhaps I got a bad sixer, but what really is lacking here is carbonation. I feel that the lack of carbonation really mess with what could be a much better drinking beer than the one I am currently holding.

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Photo of bonsreeb85
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

22-oz. bomber into my snifter.

Hazy golden in color, lots of active carbonation is visible through the haze. a cream color foam stuck it's "head" up for a quick second, but then was not to be heard from again.

I got a lot of fruit and spice in the smell dept. Granny smith apples, lemon, and some pepper. Lot going on here

The taste was a lot different then I expected, I thought i was in for a more spicy affair, with more dryness. was i got was more tart than sweet, however plenty of both. I also got a banana/clove thing going on(similar to a wit or wheat) very strange, but tasty none the less. Nice bit of earthness in the backroud, and just the right amount of bitterness round this one off to be a strange, but delicious take on a saison.

MF - lots of carb, on par for saison

D- very high, would get again if i was in the mood for something a little different, If i was looking for a straight up saison, i would turn to Dupont of Hennepin.

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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 hoptualBrew
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, bottled on 04-28-11.

Pours into pint glass a light cloudy hay yellow, matching pretty much the color on the bottle. Nice one inch thick fluffy off white head that falls rather quickly. No lacing to speak of really.

Smells funky sour tart malty citric lemon rinds. Alot going on in the nose of this one.

A little bite upfront with a mild funky tart & sprice. Sweetness is borderline cloying, but not quite too much. Back end of this one leaves a little souring taste. Aftertaste stays with you for about a minute which is nice.

$1.99 for a 12oz in a mixpack with Claymore Scotch Ale. Worth the price I think. Good afternoon, in the sun kinda beer. I will probably get a 6pack of this to enjoy in the sun before summer is over.

Overall, pretty descent saison. Not Great Divide's best brew by any means, but they can definitely make a good saison.

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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 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 Erish
4.12/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this 12 oz. bottle into a Chimay chalice. Bottled on March 10, 2011.

A: murky (thanks to the yeast sediment) pineapple gold color, the fizzy head quickly falls into a lovely Belgian-style cap and lace.

S: citrus, tropical fruit, Belgian funk, spice, cracker-like malt aroma forms a nice backbone to the other aromas.

T: the fruit (citrus, tropical) and dry malt make an entrance, and then the sour funk slides on in along with some clove, and the finish is dry, slightly sour, and features a gentle herbal hop presence.

M: light to medium-bodied, velvety texture, light to moderate carbonation.

O: a very enjoyable Saison, and one that I would definitely seek out again.

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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 jmerloni
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - a nice opaque yellow that glows; great big pillowy white head that laces pretty intensely.

S - Great. Citrus, yeast, hops.

T - Follows the nose; a healthily aged flat orange juice with a lot of yeasty hops and a nice bitter aftertaste bite.

M - Exciting though light. A lot happens in each sip. Jumpy, yeasty hops that light up each sip, but there is something weird missing from it that has the effect of making it taste watery in the middle. But has a real farmhouse taste.

D - I respect this brew. It's hearty, it does what it's supposed to and it is what it is. It is missing something in the middle of the sip, but it's well-crafted and kind of exciting tasting. It kicks more than I thought it would. I would probably get this one again.

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Photo of Yetiman420
4.23/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Consumed outside in 85 degree sunny weather after a long day of yard work in a Saison Dupont saison glass. Consider this review biased by environmental factors.

Pours and exceptional white yellow hazy with a two finger micro bubble head.

Aroma is a benchmark of attributes from saison yeast - citrus, spice, and perhaps some clove.

Taste is soft on the finish. Would prefer a bit drier. Cigar-like flavor and I came back with spicy 3/4 of the way through.

Full mouthfeel and what I would expect from the haze and micro bubbles.

Drinkability is where mouthfeel and aroma compensate for the soft, lingering finish.

An excellent offering by Great Divide.

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Photo of Jacurdy60
3.61/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

A-Pours a soft yellow color with a half-finger fizzy head. Poor retention and no lacing.

S-I'm getting some yeasty notes in the nose. Followed by some fruits (banana and pears) with some subtle cinnamon spice

T-Tangy fruits with a peppery, cinnamon spice finish. Not too complex.

MF-Carbonated and fizzy.

O-A pretty good saison. Not my favorite style, but it represents a saison pretty well.

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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 ixodus
4.35/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a hazy straw color with a tall white head. Retention is moderate with small spotted lacing

S: Orange peel, coriander, lemon rind, biscuits, mild funk, and a dash of pepper. Quite fruity.

T: Fruity upfront orange, apricot, clementine, and lemon. Cracker like malt lends a nice backbone and is complemented with a bit of pepper. Has a very slight medicinal taste to it.

M: Light with moderate carbonation and a nice sweet finish.

O: Overall I love this beer. I can crush a six pack in a matter of minutes. It's ridiculously drinkable and refreshing but in the end it'll get you drunk if you pound it back like I do.

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Photo of busternuggz
3.81/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a bordeaux glass.
Pours an attractive hazy goldenrod color with some sediment on the bottom of the glass. Has a nice 1" white head, goes down some but hangs around and comes back easily with a swirl.
Has smells of hay, lemongrass, and spice, and a nice yeast character.
The taste had lemon and orange up front with some hay and coriander, and a hint of white pepper.
Medium bodied with a creamy texture.
Very smooth, I could drink several.
Largely lacks the funk and earthiness I like in a saison, but it has some character. Tastes something like a Belgian pale or wit actually, particularly as it gets warmer.

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Photo of StoutFox
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Enjoyed at brewery on tap
Appearance: Yellow Cloudy, light, White head
Aroma: Very grainy, apricot
Taste: Starts out very malty, then sweet apricot, finishes with other fruit characteristics with a mild sourness,
Complexity: well balanced
Overall: a very good beer!

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Photo of soulfly1492
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aroma: Bold fruity esters and spicy phenols. Banana and clove, lots of wheat, a good dose of lemon citrus. Belgian yeast, mildly spicy although not peppery.

Appearance: Straw. Moderately hazy. Small white head dissolves quickly. Little lacing.

Taste: Lots of lemon, some black pepper. Bitter malt, Munich or Vienna and some Pilsner. Residual white sugar. Sweet from the lemon and malt. Good dose of bitter from the malt and yeast.

Mouthfeel: Light body. Finishes mildly dry. Carbonation is light, but is obviously present.

Overall: A bit odd with the lemon and strong black pepper. Some good some bad, nothing special.

Drank on 5/2/2012. Bottled 3/26/2012.

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Photo of chaz01
3.17/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

650 ml bottle poured into a belgium fishbowl glass. My bottle does not say "Colette" -- instead it says "Saison" - but other than that it appears to be the exact same label as the one pictured. It has a 2009 date and has been kept cool in my cellar (not intentionally aged, just never got a chance to drink this).

A: Pale yellow straw-colored, pretty hazy and cloudy, with a thick white head.

S: Floral, yeasty, bready aroma with a little lemony zest as well.

T: Fruity, tart flavors of lemon and citrus with some peppery spice notes as well. A bit overly tart and perhaps a little off -- I'm wondering if it's more due to the age on the beer than the beer itself.

M: Medium bodied, very carbonated and effervescent.

D: I'll re-review the beer if I get a chance to have a fresh bottle, but for 2 year old Belgian, this didn't seem to age all that well.

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Photo of jminsc76
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a white head atop a yellow/golden body. An eruption of bubbles spawning forth from the bottom, with good head retention upon agitation.

Aromas of dandelions, yeast, spices, and mild lemongrass. Also a tinge of honey. Medium intensity.

A sweeter saison, with plenty of earthy, yeasty, spicy flavors. Similar to the aromas, lemongrass, though to a more significant degree.

Mouthfeel is light and crisp, and soft.

Overall, a well-balanced Saison that's worth two or three servings per sitting. Not ground-breaking by any means, just pleasant and refreshing. More of an aperitif saison or perhaps something to pair with a fresh goat-cheese salad sparingly topped with a honey-based dressing.

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Photo of iSip
4.45/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Great Divide Collette Farmhouse Ale: Bright golden color, nice creamy head and a big aroma of Belgian hops invite you to take a sip. The flavor transports you to, well not a Belgian farmhouse, but rather a Belgian abbey. The Collette is a lighter Belgian Trippel in by view, and a good one at that. The flavor is a pleasant floral sweetness infused with distinctive Belgian yeast and a bit of a chalky finish. Call it what you will, but anyway the Collette is another great beer from Great Divide.

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Photo of kirkpjr
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Saison Dupont glass.

A: Pours a pale yellow color with a slight cloudiness. Two fingers of head that settle down into a constantly refreshed ring of head. Lots of carbonation climbing up the glass, with lacing developing as the beer drinks down.

S: Bananas and yeast. Breadiness and a light sweetness from a lemon zest maybe.

T: Smell represented in the taste. Also some cloves and a spiciness to the flavor. The lemon comes through stronger in the taste.

M: Light and crisp, with moderately high carbonation.

D: Very good summer Saison. Refreshing and easy to drink. Only hindrance is the high carbonation.

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Photo of OldSchoolGamer
2.97/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I think Great Divide is easily one of my favorite breweries. Their Imperial Stouts and IPAs are out of this world. However, I am not a Saison fan, so we will see if they can change my opinion about the style.

A: Pours a hazy, pale yellow or straw color. Lots of bubbles coming up from the bottom. Nice bubbly, white head that sticks around.

S: The first smell is very musty. Smells almost like sauerkraut. Some Belgian funk. Maybe some grassiness or something. Doesn't smell very appetizing.

T: Thankfully that sauerkraut smell doesn't come through in the taste. I get Belgian yeast. There is a earthy like flavor, almost like grass or something. Maybe some corn. There is just a hint of citrus, but you really have to look for it. Flavor is pretty bland overall. Nothing stands out.

M: I would say medium-light bodied. Some prickly carbonation. Yeah, thats about it.

D: You can probably tell by now that I don't care for this beer. So for me, the drinkability is gonna be kinda low due to the lack of decent flavor. I guess it is kind of refreshing. Drinks pretty smoothly.

Great Divide churned out a turd in my opinion. Its funny how they can make 'grand slam' beers like Yeti and Titan, but make average beers like this and Samurai. I still love Great Divide, but would have appreciated more effort or originality in this summer brew.

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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 fields336
4.09/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle Poured into Sierra Nevada Snifter
6/25/11 Bottled on date is 4/28/11

A: yellow golden color with 1/2 finger of white carbonated head. dissipates quickly, slight haze from the yeast. Not much lacing, slight alcohol legs. Decent, but not outstanding

S: Wow. just so complex I can't even explain. waves of banana and bready, earthy yeast. Light fruits, some apple or grape as well. definite earthy undertones amidst biscuity malts. This is where this beer really shines.

T: white wine tartness with yeast. Decent crispness and very earthy fruity flavor, spices are definitely present. Less sweet than it smells. Biscuity, bready malty and yeast are dominant.

M: crisp clean mouthfeel, light, tart, carbonation lingers after the finish, nice carbonation and about what you would expect.

O: overall this is a really solid saison. I enjoyed it and it is a great beer to sip by the pool or anytime during the summer.

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Photo of TCHopCraver
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes on 7/9/10.

A: I've finally learned my lesson with Saisons and went with a soft, supple pour from the get-go. Still, my gentle pour left a 2 to 2 1/2 finger, pure white head atop the golden-yellow body of the beer. Stringy, slow moving carbonation is notable. The lacing is clumpy and has a Tolkien Elvish language lilt to it.

S: Mmm, love that fresh Saison aroma. This one is dominated by the distinct Belgian yeasts and crisp banana and Granny Smith apple fruity esters. A little spice is also evident- mostly pepper and clove.

T: Not really a standout component found in the taste. The grains, yeast, hops, and spice all blend together, and the water actually takes a large chunk of the stage. As I take more sips, the tart Belgian yeasts and the spice flavors pop quite a bit. The fruitiness I detected in the smell does not stand out that much.

M: A little on the watery side. The beer does not carry too much weight in my mouth until the end of the sip, at which point a nice combination of tart/peppery/spicy hop flavors kick in to leave a good earthy impression on my palate.

D: I will definitely give this one another try. In general, it's a little thin and just a touch on the sweet side for my tastes, but I have a feeling I might be missing something the first time through. True to style, though, it is quite crisp and refreshing.

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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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Colette Farmhouse Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
3.85 out of 5 based on 1,655 ratings.
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