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Colette Farmhouse Ale | Great Divide Brewing Company

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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 BeerWizard
4.24/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I got burnt out on this last year but am glad I went back this year - this stuff is great. Poured into a goblet from a bottle. The bottle is a cheerful yellow color, that for the most part matches the color of the ale. Thin head, translucent, very fine bubbles.

The nose is nice and crisp; apples, yeast, alcohol, and like a faint raisin or fig aroma. The flavor is nice, too, champagne-y and almost like a cider. There's some tart sweetness and the alcohol gives it some good backing. The mouthfeel is nice and the finish breaks off clean for the most part. It almost has this lingering, woody finish, but it's not barrelled as far as I know so I don't know where I'm getting that from.

Overall, pretty psyched to have this one again. This is a real nice one from Great Divide.

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Photo of cavemanlawyer1999
4.23/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from bottle into pint glass. Very light amber/orangy color with almost no head. Nice stone-fruit aroma (peach?) with a little yeasty funk. Taste is very similar but with added citrus and nice tartness and juicy mouthfeel. All around good beer, would recommend.

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

Poured chilled in flared ale glass

A: cloudy, pale yellow; fantastic carbonation; big head that dissipates quickly; no lacing
S: lemon, lime, citrus; sweet; bottle conditioning prominent
T: fantastic Belgian-style ale; tar, hefty flavor; wheat and pear prominent; hopping is understated

This is a really solid, flavorful farmhouse alee

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Photo of Metalmonk
4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Remarkably clear pale yellow in color, although a nice haze brings it nearly to witbier territory and keeps it from looking like a washed-out, boring corporate lager. So does the head, which is a cloudy white and as fluffy as meringue.

The aroma delivers the goods. Anyone into this style will appreciate it, I'd think. Very clean, very bright, lots of fresh-cut hay/straw, hints of lemon and lime rind, flowery herbal-ness, a hint of soil-like earthy yeast. If you can smell tartness, then this smells tart. Or smells like it's gonna taste tart. Yeah.

Flavor is everything the taste promises, plus the sweet, doughy goodness of sugar cookie dough and shortbread. So: citrus (lemon, lime); hay/straw/grass; flower/zesty herbs; and shortbread cookies. Light flash of white pepper, too. The yeast character is complex and underlines all of this, and it ends with a crisp, semi-dry, citrus-laden finish.

Weighs hearty in the mouth, having just a little bit of stickiness while the carbonation is active yet unaggressive; remains buoyant and airy, very much a pleasure to hold in the mouth.

They nailed it. But of course but a good old American spin on the style, in terms of its stickier/chewier mouthfeel and the slightly bolder flavor than the more subtle creations of the homeland farmhouse ales. Excellent stuff that I wish they'd sell in a bomber, as I could easily enjoy a bit more of this, right now.

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Photo of chickenflea
4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled Mar 10, 2010

A- Pours a cloudy orange yellow with a monstrous bubbly white head.

S- The aroma contains yeast, lemon meringue pie and wet hay. Very promising. Spicy and inviting.

T- The taste is extremely refreshing, and probably dangerously so considering the high ABV for a saison. The taste starts out with some light maltiness followed by a nice carbonated bite. Citrus flavors and hints of spices with some earthy hops near the end. Finish contains banana-clove smoothness and then a clean finish. Wow what a journey.

M- The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

D- This is a dangerously drinkable beer that is very refreshing. Overall, this is a fantastic saison and another great beer from Great Divide.

Serving type: 12-oz bottle

Reviewed on: 05-29-2010

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Photo of SamN
4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Colette is a very fair beer, quite pale yellow, some mild haziness. A loose, white head forms and fades quickly. Pale, fizzy, light looks. Great coloring to light, really glows a golden hue. Exceptional nose, powerful and aromatic. Banana bread, pale wheat and rice malt aromas, butteriness. Not much citric fruitiness, more pears bananas and apples. Creamy and delicious smelling. Taste is generous and complex, lots going on. Starts of soft and creamy with the fair malt bill used, then moving to a slight spiciness and finishing on tart lemongrass. Billowing malt flavors underneath it all, really providing a great structure for the Belgian yeasts to make their magic aromas and flavors. Lots of Belgian character make this a ridiculously satisfying beer to sip and enjoy. Noticeable warmth from this strong brew. Mouthfeel is very nice, too. While lighter in body, it has enough to it to really make the flavors come out and last on the palette.

Bottom line; damn, yet another winner from Great Divide. Not too tart, not too dry, not too anything. Great malt base, expert use of notoriously difficult yeast and staying true to style, as I know it. Great beer here, recommended.

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Photo of claytong
4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

rereviewing, had this twice. had two sit in my cellar for a while, not recommended, better fresh

appearance - nice hazy straw color, inch or two of head depending on how careful, nice lacing

smell - ham, i dig it, belgian yeast (slight bubblegum domination), some grains

taste - repeat of smell

mouthfeel - smooth, refreshing and crisp, no alcohol bite for 7.3

a steal at 7.99 a 6er, one of my favorites of the style due to the ham (more ham when fresh, the ones i let wait a month or two were lacking the pork i wanted)

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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 BuckeyeNation
4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
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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Photo of jellikit
4.21/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: yellow. Mostly clear with a slight haze. Medium fuzzy-foamy head. Thick lacing.

S: bread dough. Apple cider'ish.

T: fruity ester. Lemon. Dry.

M: high carbonation. Medium low body. Refreshingly tart and crisp.

O: great beer. Would buy again.

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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 aasher
4.21/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: very active (alot of bubbling), pours golden yellow with a medium white head which slowly dissipates, very cloudy body

Smell: smells very yeasty and "bready", slight citrus accents

Taste: excellent flavor, tastes like good saison/farmhouse should, very yeasty and has slight fruit flavor accent

Mouthfeel: excellent mouthfeel, smooth and good consistency

Drinkability: very drinkable, is light but not too light, has good flavor and is very appealing

I'd definitely recommend this beer

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

Pours the color of cloudy spun gold, capped with a beautiful rocky white head. This one looks so inviting in the glass. Aroma of strawberries, lemons, yeast and wheat. Tastes almost exactly like it smells, spicy and refreshing, with a good hint of lemon-citrus and a peppery tang on the back end. The alcohol is not the least bit evident in this one, and it makes for a delicious and refreshing late spring afternoon beer. Excellent.

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Photo of Yokoono76
4.21/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: slightly cloudy light golden color, head only 1 finger and left quickly.

S: initially it's light and slightly yeasty, the aroma warms up after half a glass and subtle notes of coriander and wheat appear.

T: clean, crisp, creamy light aftertaste, light notes of fruit, fresh cut wheat and subtle spice, definitely fits the style of beer.

M: light and very smooth, "dances on the tongue"

O: it's a great beer, refreshing, light citrus and spice, fresh wheat... Takes me to a summer BBQ with bright blue skies, cool breeze and wheat fields. Lovely, fresh, light, kitchen, gingham red and white, summer breeze, swinging on a tire swing great feeling... Very pleased with this beer!

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Photo of DenverHopHead
4.21/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle with a "bottled on" date of 2/24/14; into a tumbler.
Appearance - yellow, cloudy, bubbly, a bit purée. Minimal head that recedes quickly. Lacing is very minimal.
Smell - banana, mango, apricot, papaya and some honey bagel!
Taste - orange and lemon zest, banana and touch of spice.
Feel - mild body, nicely carbonated, a touch dry and very flavorful!
Overall - a brew with outstanding character and at a fairly good price...and in a can!

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

ST: 12oz poured into a chalice.

A: Pale and hazy orange with a half-a-finger-nail white head.

S: Lemon, banana, earth, and funk.

T: Lots of bright citrus lemon joins with sweet malt and mineral earth. The finish is lemon peel.

M: Medium and smooth.

O: A very impressive offering. Wonderful flavor, complex, and enjoyable to drink. It goes well with food to boot. I highly recommend if you enjoy saisons or unfiltered beers.

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Photo of Auraan
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured a cloudy golden color with a thin white head that dissipated quickly. It looks pretty good, though more head would be nice. Scents of banana, honey, earthy yeast, wheat, citrus peel, mango, pineapple and floral hops. A rich, bright, fruity aroma with a good yeasty character as well. Quite nice. Flavor begins nicely sweet with spicy, funky Belgian yeast, moving into a more sour funk, with notes of citrus, pineapple, honey and wheat malt. The finish is spicy, with notes of coriander and some floral notes. Aftertaste is floral and spicy, with coriander notes. A very good, relatively complex flavor profile, very much a Belgian and a solid example of a saison. Very well executed. Mouthfeel is medium-light bodied with moderate, prickly carbonation and a semi-drying feel. Very good and true to form for a saison. Overall this is a good saison. Great Divide managed to make a saison with a good deal of complexity, a nice flavor and aroma profile and good mouthfeel. A truly excellent beer.

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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 DrDemento456
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottled Feb 18 2010

A - First off I am impressed by the mild lacing and heavy carbonation of this beer. Pours a hazy yellow with a half inch of head.

S - Slight funk with lemon and mild wheat backbone. Maybe smells a bit of apples which means the yeast has done it's job.

T - Ow wow pretty damn good. Starts off yeasty with a mild apple or pear taste and leads to a clean semi bitter finish but fruity. I don't know how but I liked it better than Hennepin since it seems just as flavorful with less ABV.

M - Clean and crisp almost effervescent.

D - Well I have two more and plan to have one more now but damn this is the best drinkable Saison I ever had. I hope the same with age...

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

Cloudy yellow that resembles the summer sun right before it starts to set and a fluffy head that hangs on strong and leaves a serious lace all through the glass. Aromas of citrus zest, tall grass after a rain, white pepper and banana esters fill the nose-all of them fragrant, refined and working in harmony with not one of them overtaking the proceedings.
Citrus, particularly lemon zest and orange peel, and some sour apple head off the flavors. Bready yeasts and coriander take over the middle setting their own distinction from what is first tasted. A third level of complexity is brought into the finish where a couple of dashes of banana shakes hands with peppery spices. There is the slightest of alcohol warmness at the end but is hidden very well to the point where one might not realize they're sipping on something in the 7.5% abv range.

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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 JEdmund
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Bottled on April 8, 2010; tasted on May 2, 2010)

A: Honey colored and hazy, though clearer than any other saison I've seen.

S: Wheat, banana, somewhat minerally. Reminds me a bit of a pils, making me think it has pils malt and certainly the rice is a contributing factor.

T: Really nice flavor with a big finish. Starts smooth thanks to the wheat, then midway it gets just a bit peppery and then on comes a drying tartness and a quick blast of hop bitterness, and finally a hint of fruitiness from the yeast. Finishes dry and light.

D: At 7% ABV, this isn't something you can drink all afternoon. I wish it were just 5%, but then it may not have all this delicious flavor. I'm just happy there's an affordable and delicious saison in six-packs! Great Divide makes great beer, and Colette is further proof.

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Photo of jwinship83
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle drank from my new belgium globe glass.

A- a hearty pour yields a somewhat hazy golden yellow colored body under a small bright white head that quickly becomes no more than a crown. small spots of lacing are left on the sides of my glass.

S- the first thing i pick out of the nose is malted wheat. after that i get a pretty heavy dose of pepper and other spices. very yeasty, and i think im picked up a little barnyard-y bret. i didnt know this beer was wild? floral and earthy hops at the end.

T- the taste starts out with malted wheat before quickly moving into he cracked pepper and spices that i could smell. im definitely getting a mild bret like character here. lightly funky/barnyard-y. some pear, apple, and other light summer fruits like white grapes. earthy and floral hops at the end.

M- the body is a solid medium, and the carbonation is right there also. decently dry. the alcohol is well hidden.

O- overall, this is a pretty enjoyable saison that has a lot of differences than most examples of the style. the addition of wild yeast makes me curious how this will hold up in the cellar.

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

12 oz bottle with 3/10/10 bottling date.

A - cloudy golden yellow. frothy, huge head which leaves sticky lacing all over the glass before you even have a chance to take a sip. the retention holds up almost indefinitely while drinking.

S - there's plenty of yeasty funkiness, as the wheat elements and some light fruit pop through the nose. colette seems to emit a "come hither" scent, which excites me to drink it.

T - it's definitely a saison styled beer, with a lovely yeast flavor which mixes with breadiness and wheat. there's a somewhat sweet taste towards the back end, as the brew finishes off slightly bitter, lingering a bit to leave a nice imprint on your palate.

M - slightly creamy, but not too heavy in the mouth.

D - the 7.3% abv is amazingly masked with a lovely array of flavors, rendering this a highly drinkable farmhouse style ale. each time i have one, i usually wish there was more on my local store's shelves.

great divide strikes again, as i can't wait until next spring so i can find more. american saisons are in full swing, and this is an excellent example of what domestic breweries are capable of.

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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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