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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 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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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 FosterJM
3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

443rd review on BA
Bottle to tulip
12oz
Bottle date: 3/10/11

App- This was a light and bright yellow with a couple dots of cling. A pretty nice one finger head.

Smell- Very timid yeastiness with a funk and some damp earthiness to it. An interesting mix of some straw and a bit of wheat.

Taste- With the corn it's an interesting take on a saison. It's a bit grainy but still good. This was down the middle in terms of saison tastes with it being not overly peppery and at the same time not very citrusy either.

Mouth- This was a medium bodied beer with a high carbonation. The aftertaste is a crisp wheat grain.

Drink- Its pretty tasty and a bit different and the flavors are a bit small but it's a nice beer. I might come back to this one because of $ point.

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

Nice take on a Saison. I had it with Indian food and it stood up very well. Pours a hazy straw color with a very carbonated bubbly white head. The head shrinks fastand there is some lacing on the glass.

Smell and taste start out mostly lemony and spicy like a hefe, but the warmer the beer gets and the more you drink, the yeasty funk appears at a level you would expect in a Saison. At this point, the beer is really enjoyable.

Mouthfeel is rich. The lemon, spices and funkiness are a treat for the tongue, wish the carbonation would last longer.

Overall this is a good Saison...not quite Hennepin, but not bad either!!!

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Photo of trappistlover
3.28/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

(12oz bottle). Pour hazy light golden color with white head. Very active carbonation. Aroma has grass, wheat, and some lemon. Taste is sweet malt with a bit of tart. Spiciness as well. Thin bodied with an oily texture. Finish is dry. Any ok beer that would be better if the abv were lower. Then, this would at least be sessionable. As it is, I wouldn’t want to make this my drink of the night. (or day?).

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Photo of katan
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz into a goblet

A - Pours a hazy straw to bright golden color. Lots of carbonation, very bubbly. head formation really white, but breaks down quickly.

S - Strong yeast character, lots of white pepper and esters. A little bit of pilsner malts sneaks through. Very spicy.

T - Starts off malts, some pilsner. Mid-stream gets very yeasty, however at all funky or wild. Some citrus comes through towards the finish. Finishes with a bit of a bready character, lightly sweet.

M - Light beer body but a strong carbonation. Finishes very clean, with just a little alcohol warmth. A little clinging sweetness.

O/D - Very easy drinking - very refreshing. White pepper lightens things up nicely. ABV is well hidden. Lightly filling.

While probably not the highest example of a saison, it is a very well done beer.

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Photo of Brunite
2.86/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Cloudy straw yellow. White minimal head.

S: Belgian yeast notes...spicy...lemon.

T: Tart. Very strong citrus & lemon. Spicy....dry.

T: The beer taste is just way too lemony.

M: Lots of carbonation...very tart. Too much for my taste.

O: Did not like this one. Just too much lemon. Did not finish.

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

This beer pours a cloudy yellow color. The head is half an inch in height, and recedes quickly into a small cap of lacing. The aroma is of lemons, hay, and leather. The taste is a balance of lemon, orange and mildy funky barnyard notes. What is there in the flavor and aroma is nice, but lacks depth. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with lively carbonation, and a smooth texture. Overall, this is a good beer that I would happily drink again, but there are much better saisons out there.

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Photo of flannelman808
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Yellow to golden hue and hazy this looks just how it should. Topped with a bone white head with ok retention and lacing. Looks like lots of carbonation.

S: Lots of grass, funk, and citrus (orange lemon and hay).

T: Spice, soft almost lemon cream flavors, grass (hay and green grass) meet some funk for a rather nice farmhouse ale.

M: Tickling

O: Pretty good stuff

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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 bsp77
3.92/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into chalice.

Appearance: Pale, hazy yellow with rapidly vanishing head that does not leave much behind.

Smell: Sweet with candi sugar and banana. Very light clove and white pepper.

Taste: Fairly sweet taste as well, with a focus on banana, some tropical fruit, sugar and light wheat and rice. Finish dries up somewhat with light clove and spiciness.

Feel: Moderate carbonation, medium body. Not quite as dry or effervescent as desired in a really good Saison.

Overall: Some nice flavors here, but hampered slightly by the mouthfeel. Great Divide makes some great American/English ales, but they have yet to prove to me that they can make an excellent Belgian brew, although this is damn close. Quite enjoyable.

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Photo of Stunner97
4.17/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance- golden yellow in color and mostly murky in cloudy body, starts off with moderate white foam head that quickly fades away to nothing, at first bubbles streamed the glass but sort of faded away to just being a still beer with only small amount of bubble

Smell- sweet malt nose, orange citrus and nice spice, very nice and fruity nose

Taste- starts of a little bit sweet up front with nice light citrus orange/lemon notes that fade off with a very nice spice drying finish, enjoyable and light flavor profile, flavors blend nicely and the dryness is enjoyable on finish as it keeps up front sweetness in good balance

Mouthfeel- very light and crisp, drying presence can be felt on finish, the overall weight is decently light and carbonation pretty low

Drinkability- this beer extremely easily drinkable, it has the perfect balance in drying and sweet flavors, its just overall to me a very enjoyable flavor profile, this beer is also extremely refreshing which makes it superb as a summertime beer, could see easily downing a few of these on a hot summer afternoon, the alcohol is even deceptively high at 7.2 considering it just seems so easily drinkable, overall a pretty darn good beer especially for the season

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Photo of cyrock1
3.77/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Straw colored with a 1/2 inch bright white head.

Smell: Fruity, lemony with a little bit of graininess.

Taste: Lemon zest with with a tart background. Light hops mingling somewhere in the back.

Mouthfeel: Lively carbonation that lifts the flavors up and back onto the palate.

Overall: Pretty good version of farmhouse, I might have to try this one on tap.

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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 bohemiandonut
3.56/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

If it looks like a Farmhouse, smells (kinda) like a Farmhouse, and tastes (alledgedly) like a Farmhouse, what the hell is it doing in a six pack? I intend to find out.

Nice and cloudy, though there is a lurking bias to discount this beer just because it's made in Colorado, which colors it a bit with artificiality. Still, it smells promising if maybe a little like a lemon based cleaning agent.

This is an incredibly refreshing beer. Rather sweet, but with enough odd yeast character to carry it. There's a lot missing here though, unfortunately. It's of course unrealistic to expect something like Dupont or Karmeliet from Great Divide, and I almost feel bad docking points for a magic I can't even explain, but you either know how to make an authentic Belgian ale or you don't. As I expected, one is left with the feeling of a "normal" beer stripped of flavor and injected with "Saison flavor." Not bad for what it is, just not the epic journey that others in this league are.

GD must be commended on this venture though. I applaud the format and the risk-taking. Much more exciting than the stupid beers coming out of Stone lately.

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Photo of SkeeterHawk
3.86/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer was recommended to me by the same guy at Spec's who recommended the BrewDog Tokyo, so I took his word for it on this one. Here we go:

Appearance: Pours a somewhat cloudy yellow color with a solid 3/4" of creamy white foam after a careful pour. There are tons of bubbles rising as the beer had a solid off-gas when popping the top. The head was still >1/2" more than a minute after the pour. There is some solid lacing left on the glass after drinking.

Aroma: The aroma has bread dough and some dry wheaty aromatics, and a defined citrusy hop profile with lemon rinds in particular. The hops are pretty strong in this beer, and seem like it is going to be noticeable in the bittering as well...a bit unusual for a Saison.

Taste: The flavor isn't nearly as yeasty and bready as I thought it would be from the aroma. The beer is pretty balanced between malt and hops with the struggle for dominance continuing until the very end. I don't get the alcohol in this beer except in the warming on the back of the throat late after the sip. I think that the malt is the winner in the end, but it is only by a nose...or whatever. The beer is medium bodied with ample to high carbonation, which it needs to make it palatable, IMO. There is some acidity left on the palate as much from the carbonation as anything else, but the hops are making a solid difference on the back of the throat as well.

Opinion: This is a pretty good beer. It is more toward the hoppy Saisons that remind me of some Tripels, but this is still a solid attempt at the style. I suspect that they are using their Belgian yeast that was in Belgio (sp?) on this beer too as I was getting the same bread dough notes in the aroma, but that may just be a finishing yeast for this beer as the Saison yeasts never attenuate all that well. Either way, this is a pretty decent beer and I will enjoy the whole 6-pack. I doubt I will be buying it again...at least any time soon, but I am glad that I tried it.

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

12oz bottle poured into pint glass.

A - pours a chill hazed straw yellow, 1" white head formation. Slick lacing that didn't cling

S - Some funkiness and tart. Lemons, pepper, yeast

T - A tangy lemony flavour with an odd, almost sour funkiness to it. I don't expect Saison/farmhouses to be this tart, maybe it is just me.

M - Light, crisp, dry

O - Average saison, a bit too tart but not bad.

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Photo of bump8628
3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lemonade yellow with a big-bubbled white head that lacks sticking power. More carbonation would be welcome, especially in this style.

Lots of lemon notes, from the pure juice to zesty rind. A bit acidic and tart with some light fruitiness and a superb crispness and dryness from the rice. Faint black pepper spice and a backdrop of yeastiness from the small amount of sediment that made it into the glass give some complexity.

With all the citrus it seems to meld Wit and Saison characteristics to make for a nice beer.

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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 JMad
4.02/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I poured a 12 oz bottle into pint sized glass mug...

The liquid is cloudy, pale and yellow with a thin filmy white head that stuck to the glass. The smell has a lot of Belgian yeast, salt, banana, clove and sour lemon. The taste starts with some tart lemon then you get some yeast and spice, banana and a grassy/ lemony finish. The beer is light bodied with stinging carbonation and a seriously dry finish. I really enjoyed this beer, it has a little something for everyone.

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Photo of SpdKilz
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – Pours into my SA Perfect Pint with a hazy straw color. About a finger of white head is achieved with an average pour. Slight lacing is left around the sides of the glass.

Smell – Lots of spices, slight floral hops, breadiness, Belgian yeast, banana, clove, and wheat?

Taste – A bit more banana and clove than I was wanting. I am still looking for a saison comparable (not literally) to the saison/farmhouse ale’s JP offers. This was is a bit too much on the spices and banana for me.

Mouthfeel – Moderate carbonation with a prickly bite, finishes quite dry.

Overall – Pretty good, but I’m still on the search for a saison that I can drink every day.

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

This beer pours a hazy yellow color with a finger of foamy white head that does not retain well or leave any lacing. The aroma has notes of lemongrass. The taste starts with grassy hop notes and then moves to banana and spicy notes. The mouthfeel is nice and balanced and finishes smooth. Overall a great saison.

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Photo of emerge077
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Foggy pastel yellow, darkening slightly and becoming opaque as the yeast is poured. The white foam evaporates quickly in the tulip glass. A thin white ring is all that's left, with a ghostly wisp of broken skim across the surface.

Floral, yeasty, phenolic, slight sulfur. Clove, coriander, daffodils.

Plenty of yeasty spice up front, dry and earthy in the middle. Clove and pepper spiciness, lemon cookie with a light weizen yeast sweetness and lingering impression of weeds or wildflowers. Faint aftertaste of clover honey. Well carbonated, slightly creamy. Interesting enough, not as dry and crisp as Belgian saisons, sweeter, more spicy and yeast driven.

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Photo of zdk9
3.51/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours yellow with a thick haze of dusty yeast particles. There's a finger of white head, but it recedes to the sides of the glass quickly.

S- Yeasty, spicy, grassy, slightly lemony. Maybe some corn, but maybe that's just the color telling me what to smell.

T- The taste is much spicier and sweeter, with kind of an orange liquor feel to it. I get pepper, mustard seed, tarragon. The bitterness is very vegetal like bitter mustard greens. Good complexity to the taste, though I could use a better blending of flavors- I'm not really sure what this beer is trying to be.

M- Both fairly bitter, especially on the sides of my tongue, and fairly syrupy. I would prefer both these characteristics to be a little more toned down.

O- A good complex beer, not the best saison, but certainly a decent one for a readily available beer.

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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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