Colette Farmhouse Ale | Great Divide Brewing Company

BA SCORE
87
very good
1,686 Ratings
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
Ratings:
1,686
Reviews:
467
Avg:
3.85
pDev:
11.17%
 
 
Wants:
53
Gots:
311
For Trade:
0
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
Ratings: 1,686 |  Reviews: 467
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.

 1,968 characters

Photo of mdaschaf
3.46/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Ciocanelu
3.05/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Almost clear golden color with off-white head. Aroma has farmhouse yeast notes, flowers and some sweet citrus notes. Taste is quite weird. It starts sweet and floral but continues with some dirty rags and dishwater. Light body, medium plus carbonation. The taste of this beers is quite unpleasant, what a shame.

 311 characters

Photo of smcolw
3.56/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy dark straw color. Extensive initial head. Leaves slippery lace. Eventually dies down to a thin layer of minute bubbles.

Earthy like with stale sourness. Not very appealing.

Good Saison flavor, slightly wheaty. Lots of mild citrus, clove and pepper. Nice full body with an appropriate level of carbonation. Pleasant sour aftertaste.

 340 characters

Photo of duceswild
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of Slatetank
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of Jason
4.12/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle with a bottled on date on the label.

Cloudy weathered hay color, crackling head at least holds a thick lacing on the glass. Dried pineapple, mango & papaya frutiness in the nose with biscuity malt a slight medicinal earthy yeast. Creamy body with a bit more smoothness than crispness. Malty palate meets and mild yeasty twang, earthiness and fruit in the back. Faint medicinal tone compliments more than being a big presence. A little spicy middle to end.

A lovely beer all around, I was hoping for a more dry and carbonated brew though the complexities make up for it.

 589 characters

Photo of atrocity
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of womencantsail
4.27/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: The pour is a fairly clear straw color with a massive white head that eventually settles down.

S: Quite a lot of fruity esters to the aroma. Heavy on the banana and pear notes, but lots of citrus going on, too. There is a touch of tart apple and lemon peel and some light malt and straw. Very nice.

T: The flavor is somewhat light, but in a good/refreshing way. Banana sweetness followed by sweet pears. A touch of citrus peel bitterness, yeast, and light spices. A little bit of bready malt sweetness, too.

M: Medium bodied with medium to high carbonation and a crispness to the finish.

O: A really great saison. I found this to be a fantastic beer.

 657 characters

Photo of vfgccp
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of orangesol
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of woodychandler
3.94/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I have been really busy for about a week-and-a-half and I am so glad to able to resume The CANQuest (tm) while watching Game 7 between the Blues & the Stars.

From the CAN: "Great Minds Drink Alike". Colette with pitchfork in silhouette against an egg yolk-yellow background.

The Crack! revealed a brimful craft CAN, but I was torn as to how to decant it. I wanted to CANduct an inverted Glug, but I decided to go with a gentle Glug instead. I got a foamy finger of bone-white head for my efforts, but its retention was low & quickly dissipated into wisps. Color was Straw-Yellow (SRM = > 2, < 4) with NE-quality clarity. Nose had a vague mustiness that was difficult to quantify. It had the tang of brett, but very, very lightly. There was also a light lemony scent to go along with the tangy mustiness. Mouthfeel was medium, but very carbonated. It seemed to fill my mouth with a fizziness that was almost like pop. The taste was really tangy and tart with flavors of lemon, black pepper and an odd, old newspaper-like mustiness. The finish was dry, not puckeringly dry, but very vinous. I have had Saisons that were much more challenging and as a result, I am not a huge fan of the style. This was much more pleasant and accessible than many that I have had. It would make a nice introduction to the style for a novice drinker, but for the hardcore Saison freak, it might come off as dumbed-down. It was a decent beer overall.

 1,430 characters

Photo of MarkyMOD
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of thatoneguymike
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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.

 392 characters

Photo of atlbravsrno1
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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

Photo of Zaphog
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of paulish
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of InspectorBob
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.12/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clearly hazed bright yellow golden hue with a large white tiny bubbled foamy white head. Fine speckled lacing left behind on the sides of my chalice. This one says it was bottled in April 2009 that's fine with me a style that probably does okay with a little age. Aroma has a nice yeast spiciness label states that they used a blend of 4 yeast strains, I'm definitely getting some Saison Dupont characteristics with a citrus/tropical fruitiness. Sharp wheat edge with a nice spiced backend, ample sweetness a touch of biscuit drizzled with honey that herbal spice component is intresting almost lavender with a touch of black pepper. Flavor is dominant with the spices but bursts of honey biscuit malt and tropical fruit pineapple blend nicely with the spiced herbal additions. Yeast gives it that funky peppery slightly nutty edge that overall works well together a perfect beer to combine with most foods. Mouthfeel is slightly creamy with tart and sweet sensation over the palate dry yeasty finish, moderate alcohol. Medium bodied carbonation carries this one quite well, not really cloying to me at all. Drinkability is solid all around very nice American brewed version sometimes this style can be pretty bad if not drinking a version outta of Belgium. Great Divide pulled it off very well and they put their own trademarks on it.

 1,343 characters

Photo of JAHMUR
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of BeerForMuscle
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of AlexFields
2.65/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Really mediocre. Not very carbonated, flavor is off though more bleh than really bad. None of the spicy or fruity flavor you want, just some slightly weird yeast.

 162 characters

Photo of tdm168
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - bright, cloudy yellow with a loose, bubbly head that fades quickly

S - lemon, a bit tart

T - lemon zest, a hint of orange, faint yeast, fruity

M - medium bodied, well carbonated, a bit crisp, a bit warm in the finish

This is a rather refreshing Saison. It has a nice citrusy, fruity flavor that is balanced and enjoyable. It's also easy to drink. I will probably pick this up again.

 390 characters

Colette Farmhouse Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
3.85 out of 5 based on 1,686 ratings.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • BeerAdvocate Microbrew Invitational

    Join us June 2-3, 2017 in Boston, Mass. for beer, cider, mead, kombucha and sake from over 70 small producers.

    Learn More
  • Subscribe to BeerAdvocate Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.

    Subscribe