Colette Farmhouse Ale | Great Divide Brewing Company

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Colette Farmhouse AleColette Farmhouse Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Great Divide Brewing Company
Colorado, United States | website

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:
1,650
Avg:
3.85
pDev:
21.3%
 
 
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Photo of John_M
3.63/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Max's today.

The beer pours a slightly hazy honey color with good head retention and decent lacing. On the nose, this is definitely saison light. It has the aroma I normally expect in a saison, but it's just dialed down a bit. Anyways, I otherwise get honey, clove and maybe some nutmeg. Flavors replicae the nose, with this beer coming across as more of a wheat beer then a saison. However, I do also get a bit of orange citrus and a hint of tartness. The beer starts off with some moderate sweetness, but that quickly dovetails into some fairly dry spice on the finish. Mouthfeel is fairly light, to the point where it's almost a bit watery. However, drinkability is pretty good... I just wish this beer had a bit more flavor.

Nothing wrong with this beer, though I can't imagine why I'd ever want to get this as opposed to the real McCoy from Belgian. Frankly, I doubt Dupont could make this bland and uninteresting a saison if they tried.

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

Review input from notes, enjoyed 09/01/10.

Straw gold colored body pours very clear. Super foamy pour, even with care it takes a few attempt to empty the bottle. Abundance of bone white head with decent retention. Large chunks of loose lacing left clinging to the side.

A bit of a surprise finding a strong maltiness in the nose. The yeast is not as funky as other saisons still manages to make its mark. Lemony tartness hits the nose, very interesting combination of smells.

Again the malt is stronger than anticipated. Bready malt is followed by the yeasty flavors. Slight clove with other indistinguishable spices. Tart flavor is light and enjoyable. Hop flavor is rather light.

Light to medium body, highly carbonated. Drinks smooth and surprising creamy. Finish could be a it more dry but the finish is still on the drier side.

Good but not a great beer. Colette just does not match my preferences in the style. Very drinkable and I was able to enjoy. Worth a try, you may like it more than I.

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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 tronester
3.64/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy golden with a medium off-white head. Smells of lemon and some sour grain. Taste begins with a tart citrus, then a mild grain, and finishing with an herbal, phenolic flavor. Mouthfeel is pretty good. Overall a pretty good Saison, a bit funkier than I prefer though.

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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 Phyl21ca
3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a hazy lightly dirty yellow color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of light funky yeast notes with light rustic malt with a subtle sour finish. Taste is also a mix between some light funky notes with some light tart notes and some light rustic malt. Light residual sugar is also discernable. Body is quite full with great bottle conditioning and good carbonation. Not the most complex example of the style but well brewed for something that is most likely brewed on a very large scale.

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Photo of rlee1390
3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Translucent bright yellow, two finger head with some carbonation.

S-Lots of yeast, clove and banana. Along with some wheat, not much wheat and poor balance in the nose.

T-Yeast and clove with banana in the fore front. Some wheat. Tad bit of grass with no bitterness.

M-Light, highly carbonated and crisp.

O-There are so many other saisons out there. Balance isn't where it should be, no spices.

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Photo of jar2574
3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got a six pack of these and they were quite a pleasant find. Large white fully head dissipates slowly leaving a smaller 1/4 inch head and decent lacing on the sides. Beer is a cloudy pale yellow color.

Smells like a saison should, only it could be slightly stronger. Spices and earth.

An earthy, buttery, mildly spicy saison. It could use a little more zest but it's very easy to drink.

I had two of these out of the bottle on Easter and for whatever reason they seemed to taste better out of the bottle than out of my glass today. I shared three on Easter and they got a great reception even though my friends weren't huge beer lovers.

I'll give it a 4 on overall rating despite being mildly disappointed on my second tasting tonight out of a glass. You can't find that many affordable saisons in 6-packs, and that's worth a lot during grilling season.

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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 jeremy2027
3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle to Dogfish glass

The color has a golden honey look to it, slightly clear. Poured with a nice 1 to 2 finger head that quickly diminished. After a few good sips there is no lacing on the glass.

Smells of fruit and alcohol maybe some orange zest??

The taste is clean and crisp with high carbonation. Not much malt character at all, but good fruity notes. Not much bitterness at all.

The mouthfeel is rather watery and the carbonation leaves your tongue prickly.

Good beer overall not bad on a hot day in the sun. At 7 percent alcohol wouldnt be bringing this one to the beach.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle into a wine glass.

A: Pours a cloudy straw color. The head is a finger high, with an off-white shade and frothy texture. Retention is decent for the style, but the soapiness of the head means there isn't a huge amount of lacing left behind.

S: Decently rustic - a trait missing from too many 'Murican-made saisons. The yeasty notes are big, but not overpowering. Aside from the breadiness, I'm also getting some subtle pepper notes (and even a touch of sesame seed). Behind that lie touches of wheat and lemon. No frills, but hits all the saison notes properly.

T: There's a candied sweetness to start I didn't pick up on the nose. Its finish is decently bready, and even a bit rustic. Pouring the dregs in really improves the flavor profile - it's less sweet, more lemony, and more rustic. Hell, it's even complex. GD did a good job of nailing some of the more 'unusual' notes a saison can achieve (such as sesame seed, or hell, even a bit of stank-ass cheese) without resorting to brett or barrel-aging.

M: A bit sweet and heavy for a saison. It has a richer feel than most proper (read: the ones coming from Belgium) saisons - so much so, in fact, that it feels like a tripel at times. It isn't very light or refreshing by the standards of the style. Carbonation is on the lower side.

O: If it were a bit less hefty-feeling, this would easily be right there with Dupont. As it stands, it's still a very good saison - one that ranks very highly among the 'Murican examples, in fact. Plus, it's in six packs. A rock-solid saison in six packs? Damn right I'll be all over it.

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Photo of Tom_Banjo
3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle purchased as part of 6-pack from Whole Foods and poured into a stemmed Spiegelau Pilsner glass. Just a bit too much sourness In the first few sips but, after that, it becomes a really nice beer. Could see this becoming one of my warm weather staples.

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Photo of doughanson78
3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Bright white 2 finger head. Hazy straw color. Looks like a Hefe. Decent lacing.

S: Cloves. Bananas. Citrusy. Light roasted caramel. Yeasty.

T: Cloves up front. Very tangy. Very sour lemony taste. Not much banana at all.

M: Light bodied. Kinda fizzy. Crisp.

O: Pretty decent beer for a hot day. Pretty refreshing. Not one I would seek out.

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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 vrazionale
3.67/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

650 mL bottle at refrigerator temperature poured into a snifter. Bottle reads: "Bottled Apr 15"

A - Pours a pale golden orange with a finger's worth of light-bodied head.

S - Fruity, funky, and hoppy nose. The most prominent notes are apricot, wildflowers, and citrusy hops. The funkiness is subtle and well-balanced with the rest of the nose.

T - The hops really step forward here, but it throws the delicate balance off-kilter. The bitterness overwhelms the subtle fruit, funk, and floral notes that lurk in the background. The finish is decently long and bracingly hoppy, but with a nice juicy fruit feel.

M - This is a palate cleanser for sure - the carbonation levels sizzle and serve as a pleasing counterpoint to the hop bitterness. Perhaps a bit too-light bodied for me (it is brewed with some rice, after all).

D - Perhaps this brew needs a little more age to tone down the hop profile, but it just wasn't the most balanced saison I've come across. Enjoyable, to be sure, and a pleasing summer evening sipper. The nose really is remarkably good, though.

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Photo of lurpy1
3.67/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a bottle from Four Firkins, which has a pretty good selection of Great Divide brews.

Light, hazy yellow, translucent, with medium head.

The smell is overwhelmingly, unmistakenly bready. Smells like a fresh package of yeast. A little bit of citrus thrown in for good measure. Great smell to be sure, but not necessarily a great beer smell.

The bread sensation continues in the taste. A strongly biscuity, " bakery" feeling. Quite a bit of aftertaste, neither good nor bad. Medium body, medium carbonatiion.

It's an OK beer, I picked up way more "bread" undertones than most. While it's a bit off-putting, it's intriguing.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.67/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a balloon glass.

Look: A hazy burnt straw colored body. A white head disappears leaving only a ring with light spots of lacing.

Aroma: Very sugary sweet, yeast dominates, banana peel, fruits.

Taste: A tart opening leads to a grainy and yeasty body. Some banana is present. A somewhat tart finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, dry.

Overall: I just bought a single bottle of this, and I'm glad. It's a fine brew, but I wouldn't want this very often.

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Photo of muttyd
3.67/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

90 degree day in Boston. Time for a saison, I think.

A - Cloudy yellow/straw body with a thick white head that fades into a slight ring around the glass. Very hazy.

S - Lemon zest & other citrus, barley husk, sweet malt, and slight yeast funk.

T - Very enjoyable and clean tasting saison. Tart lemons dominate the palate, but its balanced off by the dry grainy malt profile, slight hoppy/grassy flavors, and clean finish.

M - Fizzy with a slight warming alcohol burn.

D - Not the best saison I've ever had, but at only roughly $2 for this bottle, its one of the best for the money. Another great brew from GD.

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Photo of jfclark
3.67/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: very little head, bubbles like soda that dispense quickly. Color is very yellowish and cloudy.

S: nothing too note worthy. not the most aromatic beer

T: taste is refreshing and enjoyable, alcohol is not noticeable.

M: enjoyable carbonation that is pleasant in the mouth.

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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 ElGordo
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the 12oz bottle into a Gordon tulip glass. Body is a bright straw-golden color, topped by a pretty flourish of creamy, stark white head that settles down to about a half-finger. Light, spicy, somewhat earthy aroma from the saison yeast, with notes of white pepper and lemon, along with some light, citrusy hops.
Palate is nice and refreshing - sweet pale malt that is reminiscent of corn pops. Light, tangy, citrsuy flavors from the saison yeast come through before the swallow, along with some nice, lemony hops and a touch of coriander. Finish is sweet and dry. Body is light and effervescent, but not quite as light as a true Belgian saison. That also makes it not quite as drinkable as other saisons on the market, but it's still an enjoyable beer.

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

This pours an especially hazy orange, lighter at the edges, with a one finger white head that sticks around in a nice cap and thick ring with spotty lace. On the nose there is lemongrass, banana, esters, and perhaps some wheat. In the mouth, the lemon zest is predominant with a soft mixture of wheat and esters. The body is medium, quite creamy with really nice carbonation making this drink especially easy, if a bit lacking in heft.

Overall, this is a pretty nice saison, maybe not my favorite so far but pretty good nevertheless.

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Photo of alli4051
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint.

Got this as part of a variety pack and decided to drink this first to get it out of the way as I didn't really expect to enjoy this style as this is my first saison. I was pleasantly surprised. Pours a bright but somewhat hazy straw color. Scent was somewhat faint but what was there was wheaty and citrusy. Flavor was complex with a mild lemony sourness and lots of grain. Feels like you could knock a few of these back but the alcohol catches up quick. Glad I stumbled across this and definitely will be exploring this style some more.

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Colette Farmhouse Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
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