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:
458
Ratings:
1,642
Avg:
3.85
pDev:
21.3%
 
 
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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 BelgiumBill
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Vitals: $1.99 for a single 12 oz bottle at Total Wine. Bottled on 4/5/11. 7.3% ABV. Consumed as we speak.

Poured roughly into a tulip glass resulting in a thick white airy head that slowly receded to a thin blanket with minimal lacing around the glass. The color was a hazy pale yellow and nice and bright.

The fragrance was moderate of wheat, grains, some spices; maybe white pepper. Hints of citrus, lemon, and some butter. As it warmed and opened up, sounds strange but it smelled like a barn (in a good way). Maybe that's the power of suggestion calling it a farmhouse ale, idk. It seemed to give off straw, lemongrass and coriander as it warmed.

The flavors were wheat, grains, a bit of spice and some general earthiness.

The mouthfeel was nice. It was clean and refreshing yet had a bit of viscosity to it as well. Lively carbonation added to the feel and it produced a slight mouthwatering effect in the finish. It didn't seem like a 7.3% ABV as it was very drinkable.

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Photo of aubuc1
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle dated April 28, 2011 poured into a goblet.

Pours a hazy straw yellow with a thinning very white head.

Smell is a very rustic, woody, grassy, funky farmhouse.

Taste is slightly tart, lemony, grassy, and disappears quickly. Would be quite nice with food.

Mouthfeel is very dry and carbonated feeling. Champagne-like.

Overall this is a very nice beer. I am glad to have found it. Not as flavorfull as some saisons, but dryer and crisper.

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

12oz Bottle

Appearance - Slightly Hazy light yellow colour with a large size fizzy white coloured head. I can't make out much carbonation due to the haziness and there is some good lacing. The head lasted for 4 minutes before it began to dissipate.

Smell – Breads/grains, lemon zest and juice, banana

Taste & Mouth - The beer has a high amount of carbonation. I can taste lots of lemon juice and zest mixed with bananas and wheat. There is also a light amount of barnyard funk and the beer finishes with a grainy and tart aftertaste.

Overall – This is a very solid that beer that was well balanced and extremely easy to drink. It's worth trying and I'll be buying it again.

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Photo of ksimons
4.42/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-a hazy straw golden color with a layer of white head that quickly disappears and leaves some lacing around the edge of the glass

S-a sweet wheat smell combined with citrus fruits and yeast with some other spices mixed in

T-taste continues the smell, light malts, wheat, lemon citrus, and an earthy estery yeast. Alcohol is very well hidden

M-high carbonation, light to medium body, and a dry finish

Overall a great refreshing beer to have at the beginning of summer, excellent tasting and one I could have a few more of!

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Photo of calebroberts811
3.82/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - HUGE tight bubbles that form a white two-finger head that quickly dissipates. Hazy straw gold/bright yellow/urine color. Clean lacing and it has an almost viscous consistency.

S - Lime/lemon peel; a little wet-grass funkiness; shortbread cookie dough and candied banana notes.

T - Definite barnyard-y funk with slight sauerkraut (a suggested pairing) characters on the mid-palette but is accompanied by strong lemon zest and biscuit flavors. The rice properties are also quite evident.

M - Finishes very dry and acidic which is why I imagine that the bottle states it would go so well with fatty dishes such as sausage and foie gras.

O - Certainly not the most refreshing of Saisons but from what I've had of the style thus far, it would be a delicious food beer. I tried it with a bit of sausage and the fattiness really complimented the funk and enhanced the beer.

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Photo of marqoid
4.42/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Hazy light straw color, pours a fluffy head but fades very quickly
S: Lemon, straw, grass, yeast
T: Honey with some mild bitterness (but not hoppy) and moderate funk, essentially no fruitiness
M: Spritzy, fairly light body, but filling
O: I really enjoyed this beer. This is a great easy drinking, refreshing, moderately funk saison. This tastes like it came right out of a barn.

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Photo of mactrail
3.43/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very, very light color in the pint glass, a washed out straw. Not a head to speak of, but sparkling carbonation fills the mouth.

Surprising sweetness. Apple juice and a hint of Hawaiian Punch. Papaya and lime peel. Mere hints of malt. So simple and pleasant with an acidic underpinning. Touch of the raspy Belgian flavor in the back of the mouth.

Extremely quaffable, just not very beery. On he whimsical side like a good Wit.

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Photo of BeerAmbassador
4.37/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice fluffy tall head that dissipates a little quicker than I expected. Color is hazy yellow. Aroma definitely lemon, but a little sweeter, like lemon curd. I also got some toasted grain and a nice yeastiness. Flavor echos the aroma but with a tartness that you wouldn't necessarily get from another saison such as Saison Dupont. The tartness allows you to come back for more without wearing on your palate.

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Photo of yemenmocha
3.03/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a straw color with minimal white head. Nose is mixed citrus, with a hint of human bile & pineapple. Some barnyard on the nose too. On the palate there's some spice, pineapple, more funk, and a zesty-lemony citrus quality. Finishes lemony and cracker-like, rather dry cracker like.

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

from 12 oz bottled on 040411

A- pours a slight hazed lemon yellow color with a nice white head that recedes to a fresh collar some nice lacing

S- was lemon citrus .spices ,coriander, honey,grass

T-was lemony citrus with malts and a funky grass/bread taste

M- nicely carbonated with a crisp lemon citrus farmhouse zing

O- tasty and refreshing ,with some sour funky belgian farmhouse tastes

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Photo of DesMoinesMike
3.48/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The color is like heavily-carbonated lemonade capped with white fluff. The aroma is an odd mix of fruit and wheat with citrus. The taste had the same flavors with a bit of floral added, but it had a bit of a dirty dish water essence to it that I didn't find it very appealing. The body seemed watery and the aftertaste wasn't much. It is a passable beer but there are many better examples of the style out there.

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Photo of bbkd3b
3.41/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

Hits the glass with a fizzy, straw-colored body. Attractive, white head pops in like a visiting neighbor, but eventually settles one quarter-finger status. Carbonation carries a scent of lemon peel and grassy hops to the top of the glass. Tart and powerful.

Extremely light, tingly body drops a flavor of earthy tones and a light, citrus kick across the tongue. There's a hint of spice crossing along the way, but not much to speak of. Floats down the throat with a dry-but-easy finish. No sweetness whatsoever.

Overall/notes - Kind of a vapid brew. Saison is a style I always enjoy, and this one fits right in with the others. I guess it neither excels nor fails when compared to other brews of the type. Certainly worth a visit or two, especially if you're a fan of the style like I am.

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Photo of angelogarcia3
3.84/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

An excellent beer with a golden yellow color forming a clean crisp white head. The aroma is of a typical ale. However, the mouthfeel because of the carbonation gives a champagne quality to the beer. Has a slight coriander and star anise taste giving the beer a Belgian feel. Makes an excellent summer beer! Got it at Ithaca Coffee Company in Ithaca, NY.

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Photo of homebrew311
3.99/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: pale straw color, slightly cloudy, no head

S: lemon zest, sour dough, bready malts

T: starts off sweet with notes of honey, lemon comes through with a quick tartness, nice refreshing finish

Mf: high carbonation, light body

O: nice easy drinking saison, good balance, abv is undetectable

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Photo of CCalvert
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on date of 4/5/11.
I have had several beers from great divide, and have enjoyed them all.
A- was a very nice off white head with slightly below average lacing, for this style, but still good. Pours a nice pale/golden yellow.
S- First notes I picked up are Green Apple, Lemon, and Pine, in that order.
T- Along with the smell the first thing I noticed was the citrus flavor, followed by some more pine, although not overpowering in any way.The finish is dry, and slightly sweet, very tasty indeed.
M-Very carbonated, as with all saisons I've tasted.
O- I would drink this again, and recommend to new saison drinkers.

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

Bottled on April 5, 2011.

A: Poured a white pepper laced, crayon yellow color, with about a 1/2 finger or so solid white head that stayed a flimsy froth throughout the session.

S: Farmhouse funk, with a little bit of Bazooka bubble gum infused as well. Spicy, but not too...

T: Very fresh tasting.... and goes well with food I might add. A bit boozier than many saisons I've sample recently, but the balance amongst the other ingredients was second to none: Mild citrus character, coriander, and fresh filtered water... all with a Belgian flair.

M: Not too sweet, but still sweeter than many other farmhouses on the market. Still, I found the sugar content to be of the candy variety. The carbonation was good for the style and the lacing was minimal.

O: I've never tried this particular style from Great Divide and this one didn't disappoint.

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Photo of pumptrick
4.37/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured Into my globe on a recent camping trip and it was my first beer of the day. I bought it on a whim. I generally dislike sour or belgian.
Looks strawyellow and cloudy
Smells lemon hay I guess the funk everyone is talking about
Taste lemon earth funk sour
Mouthfeel great for a hot day

Blew me away. I was expecting to hate another beer and loved it. Will buy again.

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Photo of Nerudamann
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into an oversized wine glass.

Look - very pale blonde color, a little murky/hazy, with little to no foam when poured.

Smell - one can definitely smell the rice and wheat involved. A little bit of a sour smell.

Taste and Mouthfeel - a little like the smell, with the wheat and rice being prevalent - mostly the wheat. There is indeed a little bit of a dry tart taste that peaks in the middle, striking the back middle of the tongue. Texture is pretty good. Almost tastes a little bit like a Chardonay. Maybe some fruitiness, but it's subtle to me.

Overall - In general very good-tasting and very true to the style, which I appreciate.

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Photo of Fluke828
2.66/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into Duvel Tulip.
Bottled on April 5th, 2011.

A-> A very bright yellow/straw in color with just under 2 fingers worth of white head. Some pretty active nucleation racing up the sides of the tulip so I'm expecting lively carbonation in this brew.

S-> Definitely getting that classic farmhouse/saison-ish aroma right away but it is followed by a pseudo vinegar, almost white wine like smell that I just can't shake...

T-> Saison taste up front with lemony zing and Belgian yeast flavors. But then that white wine thing comes back around with a fruity and tart finish. This beer is all over the place....

M-> As expected there is significant carbonation which actually helps this beer in my eyes but also further accentuates the white wine characteristics for me. Dry on the finish and on the bigger side of medium bodied, particularly for the style.

O-> Hmmm...not really sure here. It would seem this would be refreshing on the porch in the summertime, perhaps as a light after dinner cleansing beer, however I'm not sure I could have more than one in a sitting/day/weekend and the ABV doesn't help that much. This beer seems complex and it is, I just think there is a little TOO much going on and it's not for me.

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Photo of StaveHooks
2.71/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - Pours hazy pale straw with a half inch whit head that is very active and sinks quickly into nothing.

S - Yeast, sulpher, damp hay, orange and lemon zest, gala apples,

T - Lots of sweet orange, lemon, and apples. Sweet wheat, thin sugary sweet fruit flavors.

M - Fizzy carbonation, thin body. It feels like zots candy on your tongue. Finish kind of stings the back of the throat.

Great aroma not so great flavors. Everything seems bland with added sucrose.

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Photo of zoso1967
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I figured that since it's Mother's Day, I should drink a beer that shares my mom's name.

Colette pours a wonderfully sunny pale yellow with a white head that fades fairly quickly but leaves pretty decent lacing. The beer is slightly cloudy and glows cheerily when held up to the sun on this beautiful spring day.

The aroma is definitely on the funkier side of American brewed saisons and in my opinion that is a good thing. It has a nice amount of tart funk that sets off some nice zesty citrus notes and a bit of wheaty and pleasantly grassy sweetness.

The flavor brings out much more of the spice quality of the yeast, with a good dose of pepper and just a touch of clove and coriander. It has the same funky tartness from the aroma, but it is not quite as prominent. The malt character is slightly bready and mild with a bit of wheat evident. Hop bitterness is firm and the hop flavor is predominantly grassy.

The mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium with a pretty lively amount of carbonation. This brew finishes nice and dry, leaving a slight tartness and some grassy hops on the palate.

Colette is not the best saison that I have ever partaken of, but it is a solid American brewed version of the style. This brew is crisp, fresh and thirst quenching, making it a perfect brew as we transition into summer.

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Photo of mdr4669
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

App: Silty yellow body with about a finger of head, and consistent fizzy lacing.

Smell: Lemony, toast, malts and barley.

Taste: Starts off malty with a fruity kick that relays into a mellow wheat after.

MF: Refreshing, crisp, and nice level of tartness.

OA: Very well balanced, and a pleasure to drink.

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Photo of mothman
3.34/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into portsmouth snifter

Pours 1 finger of white head. Decent retention. Leaves a little bit of splattered lace. Color is a pale straw yellow.

Aroma: Big lemon citrus flavor. It also has a nice farmhouse funk to it. Earthy and herbal. Some spice. Lovin the funk here.

Taste: Pepper and spice. Some lemon zest. Yeast flavors. It has some cloves and banana flavors in the finish. Not as funky as the nose, but it still has some barnyard flavors to it. It has a slight apple flavor to it, but it is fairly hidden.

Mouthfeel: Funky and fizzy. Lighter bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends kind of dry.

Overall, a decent saison. Decently drinkable. I really enjoyed the funk in the nose. I wish it was more present in the taste. Not bad.

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Photo of DanThomas
3.48/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Cloudy, pale/straw yellow color. Honestly, if you'd handed this to me blind (i.e. without the Great Divide name), I wouldn't be too excited to drink it based just on the appearance.

S- Definitely improves things. Yeasty smells mix with some bright citrus and lemon scents, and there's a powerful spring/fresh cut grass scent here too.

T- I'm not sure what to make of it. There's a thick, german lager/pilsner malt to start, and then some lemon tart takes over. Yeast and bread flavors dominate the finish. I like each flavor individually, but they don't always work so well in unison in the beer. Some sips are good, some aren't

M- For a beer that is generally pretty light in flavor, it is very full-bodied, especially on the front end with the malts. Smoother beer than I'm used to for a saison, which actually works well for the beer. The mouthfeel adds a pretty good backbone to the beer.

O- Kind of all over the place for me. Good summer beer though, and I love the scent and the substantial mouthfeel.

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Colette Farmhouse Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 458 ratings.
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