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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%
 
 
Wants:
51
Gots:
295
For Trade:
0
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Photo of Johnny_Muir
4.36/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My 100th beer!! I just want to thank my liver, my kidneys, and my tongue, you guys really rock. Oh, and Jesus, of course, even though he was a wino.

Awesome that my 100th beer is a farmhouse ale, and one that tastes almost identical to the farmhouse ale at Carters in Billings MT, which was the first beer style I found myself getting into early in my beer career. In case you've never had a good farmhouse, it tastes sort of sweetly tart, mild in body and flavor but oh so refreshing. Pairs great with meals since it won't overpower much, but still strong enough to stand alone. Smell is wonderful too, intoxicating. Cheers!

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Photo of thecheapies
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Light straw color. Bright color. Bleach white head with okay retention.

Tangy lemon, tangy pineapple, powdery yeast chalk, farmhouse yeast with some intensity. Has twang. Not bad.

Stable saison. Flavor is spot-on to style. Peppery yeast, pith, wheaty twang, hints of tropical fruits. Some floral notes. Perhaps, white tea. A bit huffy in carbonation. Body feels right, if not close to average. Lacks complexity, but delivers as a solid craft saison. Would drink again, but not seek it out to do so. Let it land on my lap.

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Photo of utopiajane
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours pastel lemon yellow, hazed and subtly aglow. A very light blush if you look hard and a creamy head of white foam that falls fine and leaves lace as you drink. The nose is scrumptious pineapple. Sweet but also tangy. Some earthy yeast and a soft sweet biscuit malt. The re is no alcohol on the nose even though this one has a touch more abv than the usual for the style. Taste is sweet and malty. Surprising maltiness for the style and the body is unique. It's smooth and creamy. Soft yet crisp. How did they do that? The pineapple is so authentic with a sharp sweetness and a bit of twang. The malt is heavenly biscuit and there is a just a touch of alcohol in the drink. It's a light medicinal in the finish. Nothing to really offend and hardly even warms. Sweet juicy earthy and finishes dry with a spice.

This beer was a terrific surprise. It has a body that is so much more than you were expecting but doesn't give way to syrup or to heaviness. It's terribly sweet but has a lightness that seems puzzling. As it warms the spice comes to the nose and really makes this complex.

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Photo of KomodoDragon
3.24/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A - hay colored, small uneven head

S - orange peel, some grassiness

T - Refreshing start, with some sweetness of lemon peel, some wheat flavors, giving way to an odd - if not unpleasant - sour taste. The higher alcohol gives it a lemon drop shooter feel

m - bubbly - champagne like feel

Overall, not impressed. Maybe it would be better on a hot summer day. The complexity it has takes it away from style, and into a unwelcomed direction

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Photo of RingoBro
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a 6 pack of these because I've never noticed them at my local package store.

A - Hazy, gold color. About 3/4 " foamy white head.

S - Fruit with some floral hints. Hunt of ripe banana.

T - Initially tastes like banana. Can also taste honey and cinnamon. This alcohol has 7.3% ABV and doesn't taste like it.

M - Medium bodied and pretty refreshing to drink.

Overall, I liked this beer and would buy it again.

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

On draft at The Big Hunt in D.C.

the beer is hazy and straw to golden hued with a quarter inch of white head. the aroma offers malt, grass, light spice, coriander, pepper. Medium bodied and malty, with a bit of a harsh / aggressive hop punch toward the finish. Pepper and alcohol, citrus, lemon. A bit unrefined. Not bad, but lacking the elegant complexity and/or drinkability I was seeking.

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Photo of delta490
3.99/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A- pours a hazy straw gold. Big pillowy white head persists well into the beer, probably due to the voluminous carbonation visible.

S- big fruity esters. Banana.

T- Belgian yeast dominates initially but quickly disappears into the sweetness of the malt bill.

M-true to style, thinner. A slight bit of fizziness.

O- a really nice interpretation of the farmhouse style.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.42/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on tap 1702, Tucson, AZ; May 2012
Arrives from the tap with a frothy, initially one-finger thick, pale tan, mostly white head. The beer is a hazy, straw gold color. The nose smells of light, lemon like citrus, earthy coriander, grassy herbs, crushed pale malt / grain

The flavor is mostly dry up front, but has a full grassy malt / grain flavor to it and finishes with a hint of tartness. It definitely has a full on earthy coriander like flavor that is a touch on the dirty side. The carbonation provides some prickly texture, but isn’t really effervescent. I like the chewy grain / malt character that this beer has, it provides an almost creamy texture to the palate as well. The finish has some yeast spiciness and phenolics to it that help to further dry out the beer. Hints of citrus are noticeable from time to time in the flavor, and these get a touch more pronounced as the beer warms up. Other fruit notes of pear, and perhaps a touch of floral apple are also noticeable.

Not bad, the dirty coriander note (whether from the fermentation character or actual coriander) is a touch too much. I do like the texture that this beer has, it is nice without being too heavy.

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Photo of mjstacker
4.58/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I compare all farmhouse ales to Oxbow’s farmhouse pale, criticize my benchmark all you want but it’s a near perfect beer. The "Colette" is nearly as good, i’m very happy with the aroma and taste, it represents the style quite well. I wish it was more readily available.

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Photo of kikenazz
4.06/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Drinking 6.5 months after date on bottle

A - opaque, yet glowing yellow-gold honey color. Carbonated to my liking. Didn't form a huge head on pour but sustains a steady stream of fine bubbles.

S - unripe banana with grassy and honey due side notes. Not much spiciness in the aroma.

T - Strong banana characteristics. Bit of hotness/spiciness left on the back of tongue. Sweet but not overpowering.

M - thin bodied, leaves a bitter spiciness in aftertaste

Definitely will buy again.

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Photo of gcamparone
4.31/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tulip. Acquired in a BIF from ufmj, thanks man!

A- Pours a hazy, light-honey colored body with a pretty thick, 2 finger head that reduces slowly and leaves some nice lacing and foam. Quite inviting.

S- Very fruity, unripe bananas, tart apples, lime and lemon juice, farmhouse funk, clove, spices.

T- Deep fruity, banana flavors dominate. Sweet apples, honey, cloves, cinnamon come through. Alcohol is well hidden .

M- Refreshing and smooth, this is a thirst quencher. Medium-high carbonation.

This is an awesome interpretation of a farmhouse ale. Very bold and flavorful while being drinkable and refreshing. Worth a try.

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Photo of nsheehan
4.28/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Colette
Great Divide
20130811
12oz to Libbey Belgian
7.3% ABV
Farmhouse ale
Bottled on Feb 21 2013

A – A hazy, pretty much opaque but quite translucent yellow-golden. Has a nice glow, and bubbles are rising vigorously from the bottom. Head is eggshell white and microfine bubbles.

S – Quite nice, some fruit, flowers, sweetness, and spices. I pick up melon and a bit of citrus,
like orange peel, a floralness and a bit of hay, some sugar, and some white pepper. The smells work together nicely, no one being too much or little. The melon is mostly honeydew.

T – Interesting taste, starts with some hay and orange peel, then rolls into a sweet melon note, followed by some spice and more orange. The aftertaste brings the sweetness and melon back in. The sweetness isn’t obviously Belgian, but it has some similarities, perhaps a bit of earthiness. It works nicely with the other tastes.

M – Medium bodied, and somewhat soft, yet also slightly bubbly on the tongue. Quite refreshing, but not very. Less of a mid-summer day’s work drink, more of an end of the work day drink.

D – This is a nice beer to start the day with (in my case), or end a day of work with. I’m having trouble deciding if I’d like it a little less sweet, but I know that if there was no sweetness I wouldn’t like its take on the style. I could see myself drinking it almost every day. I also think the ABV is a good number.
4.75, 4.25, 4.25, 4.25, 4.25; 4.27.

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Photo of FickleBeast
4.11/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at George street alehouse.

Arrives in a pint glass with a finger of foam. Cloudy yellow color. Aroma is a cross between lemongrass and banana.

First sip has a nice yeasty banana flavor. No phenols, which is nice. If this is 7.3 abv it certainly doesn't taste it. Nice sweet malt base to canvas the fruity yeast flavors. While I prefer hoppy beers I can really appreciate the way this showcases the yeast flavors.

This is very easy to drink and perfectly refreshing on a summer day.

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Photo of DrinkingGradStudent
3.76/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - somewhat light colored and cloudy.
S - Reminiscent of farms smells, hay and cows.
T - Carbonation is overpowering and initially hides the taste, which is fruity with a hint of bitterness and ends with a dry aftertaste.
M - Excellent mouthfeel, initially feels like it may be over-cabonated, great aftertast.
O - Great beer and would drink again.

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Photo of spokeydonkey
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a duvel tulip. Hazy straw with a thin white head leaving lacing down the glass. Tiny steams of bubbles.

Smells - pepper, lemon, mango, ripe tropical fruits.

Taste - Starts off lemony and dry, transitions into mango and pear in the middle with sweet malt backing it up. Finishes fairly dry.

Mouthfeel - spritzy and medium-light bodied. High carbonation.

Overall - a tiny bit sweeter than I like from a saison, but a very nice blend of complex tropical fruit flavors. Not quite as drinkable as it could be due to the sweetness, but overall an excellent beer.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Pours darker yellow, active white foam. 1/2 inch foam settles down to nothing. Wheaty smell. Citrus in the back. Funky taste, some lemon. Firm hop, some sugar sweetness. Very good. Solid version.

Have to get back into Great Divide, it has been a while.

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

12 oz bottle.

Appearance- Pours a pale straw with half a finger of bubbly white head.

Smell- belgian yeast, clove, citrus, spices

Taste- Same as the aromas. Belgian yeast, clove, citrus and spices.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Finishes dry.

Overall- A saison that leans towards more savoury then sweet notes. Still enjoyable nonetheless.

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Photo of Greywulfken
3.84/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: into a tulip, hazy, bright pale gold beer with a white mousse head of foam

S: herbs and flowers with citric high points and fresh grains

T: sweet pale malts and honey, tart, bright, and chewy; some medicinal and herbal flavors

M: medium bodied, fuzzy and prickly, crisp and clean-finishing

O: a good saison from a great brewer - worth a try for fans of the style and/or brewery

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Photo of mtomlins
4.09/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle (dated 2013/2/7) into a stemmed tulip glass on 2013/6/10

A: Light straw in color pouring to a bit meringue-like head. No lacing to speak of. A bit cloudy but style appropriate.

S: A nice farm nose: grassy and yeast and a bit spicy. Very Belgian! A bit of malt in there.

T: All those typical Belgian notes, yeast, bread/buscuits. Lemon and bit of pepper. A clean dry finish.

M: A light-medium body (surprising for 7.3%); medium-high carbonation.

O: A great, widely available saison! Very clean and fresh, very drinkable!

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Photo of BurpingtonDC
3.94/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Beautiful cloudy, light straw color with the foamiest meringue white head that started at the middle of my pint glass and create a beautiful crown at the top.

S - bread, cloves, banana, yeast, slight sulphur smell

T -Clove and banana, maybe a hint of tropical fruit.

M - Bright and refreshing with a banana clove aftertaste lingering on the tongue.

O - Overall I enjoyed this ale quite a bit. It's a wonderfully refreshing summer brew that is light and doesn't weigh heavy on the tongue.

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Photo of angrybabboon
3.38/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Consumed 7/6/13

Appearance: Lightly hazy, mostly clear golden yellow - bright, white head - creamy and large, keeps a solid cap, leaves some nice blotches of lacing

Smell: Yeasty, lightly funky, with a lot of fruit - has some aromas typical to a saison, with some tartness, earth, and spice, but the emphasis seems to be on the yeast, which seems distinctively Belgian, with a lot of banana, clove, and some bubblegum - light funk, but not much - very fruity, with pears and some apple

Taste: Fruity, sweet, and yeasty, kind of tastes like a cross between a Saison and a Tripel - big yeasty notes, with light clove, lots of banana candy, and bubblegum - damp, earthy, kind of musty, a light but wet funk - lemon, pears, fleshy apple - some pale malt and wheat - sweet (overly so), and lacking the dryness I look for in a Saison

Mouthfeel: Medium body, nicely carbonated, smooth, decent but kind of sugary finish

Overall: You can git back in the fields, Colette, ya hear?

This is a good beer, but really not a great saison. It's too sweet, and lacks the refreshing, crisp dryness that is a major draw of Saisons. This is kind of more like a Belgian Pale Ale blended with a Tripel with some hints of a Saison.

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Photo of kots84
3.84/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - Pile yellow with a white head. Smell - Wheat, belgin yeast and a little citrus. Taste - Pineapple, citrus and a nice saison funk. Mouthfeel - Medium body. Carbonation is very nice . Overall - Really enjoy this beer. A good beer for a nice sunny day.

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Photo of Jree261
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance-Nice hay yellow color out of the bottle with an eggshell foam.

Smell-Bright lemon and crisp lime.

Taste-Lots of citrus following the nose.

Mouthfeel-Medium Light body with a smooth finish.

Overall-Tastes like a summer day. Hooray summer!

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Photo of Brenden
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Colette is an obviously unfiltered, quite cloudy medium yellow brew. It grows a fluffy pure white head to about one finger, where it retains itself for the long term. It leaves deposits of patchy lacing well down the glass.
There's a lot of complexity and depth in this beer displayed in both the aroma and the flavor. There's zesty lemon tartness working with the sweetness of tropical fruits and playing off each other well. Lots of grassiness, herbal notes and gentle spiciness come off as well, and a biscuity malt balances it all out. Plenty of earth is all the way through from beginning to end. Overall it's semi-dry with a touch of sweetness.
This is one beer in which it can be argued whether the use of rice benefits the mouthfeel or not. It does make it smoother, but this is a style in which I hope for a crisper bite. There is crispness, but the smoothness seems to be the main focus in the addition of rice. The body is fluffy and rests right on the light edge of medium.

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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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