Great Divide Brewing Company

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Great Divide Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
Ranked #646
Ranked #18,284
3.86 | pDev: 11.14%
Mar 13, 2023
Apr 25, 2009
Very Good
Notes: Colette is our homage to the saisons that Belgian farm workers have enjoyed for centuries. Brewed with barley, wheat and rice and fermented at high temperatures with a special blend of four different yeast strains, Colette is fruity and slightly tart, with a dry finish that makes it that rarest of treats — a beer as refreshing as it is complex.

2010 Great American Beer Festival, Silver Medal, French & Belgian-Style Saison
2010 Silver Australian International Beer Awards
2011 Australian International Beer Awards, Bronze Medal, Belgian and French Style Ale
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Rated: 3.96 by lastmango from Pennsylvania

Mar 13, 2023
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Reviewed by AZgman from Arizona

4.21/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
I found Collette to be quite good with a pretty mild sourness, some tangerine tartness, and some yeasty funk typical of a German wheat beer. It is the best US brewed version of a Farmhouse Ale (Saison) that I have found so far. I would still rate Saison Dupont above it, but not by much.
Jan 08, 2023
Rated: 3.96 by rfreed from Washington

Dec 09, 2022
Rated: 4 by LAM01833 from Massachusetts

Aug 01, 2022
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Reviewed by JZH1000 from Colorado

3.69/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Poured from a 12oz can, canned exactly 7 months ago.

On the pour a nice fine 1 finger white head forms then dissipates over a minute or two to a ring around the rim and scattered bubbles. Color is a golden straw with a good amount of haze. Not a lot of visible carbonation. Halfway into the beer, the head is completely gone.

Aroma brings a lot of funk, and some citric tartness. Very yeasty and bright, but definitely some strong horsey notes. Almost pungent. Quite subjective I'd say, however this is my first foray into saisons.

Flavor follows the nose but with a bit more balance and a light crackery maltiness that follows the big wave of belgian yeast character. Has some elements a tripel might have but again with some horsey notes, but those are more reserved on the taste. Again some tartness but it is complimented by the bright fruity belgian yeast character. Some background hop bitterness but it is quite subtle and slow to arrive. Some spicy notes on the back as the yest mingles with the malt.

Feel is quite nice and easy to put down. Very light and summery and despite the lack of visible carbonation there is quite a bit of co2 bite that goes well with the tartness to make this quote refreshing. Not quite as heavy as a traditional tripel, but quite similar flavor wise with some additional nuance while still keeping abv, mouthfeel, and fillingness lighter.

Overall an interesting beer and a good beer to begin transitioning from tripels to farmhouse styles. Not overly americanized (it seems) and a very yeasty beer. Quite good, a lot of flavors.
May 23, 2022
Rated: 3.9 by richj1970 from Alabama

Apr 30, 2022
Rated: 3.85 by VashonGuy from Washington

Mar 09, 2022
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Reviewed by laketang from Arizona

3.77/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Color is of a lite golden with a fair white head.
Earthy and a nice touch of funk. Reminds me of a saison most.
Earth flavor, a bit funky.some tartness.spicy and some clove.
Lively carbonation and dry finish.
This is an acceptable offering.
Mar 06, 2022
Rated: 3.5 by TMoney2591 from Illinois

Mar 01, 2022
Rated: 3.51 by LesDewitt4beer from Minnesota

Oct 15, 2021
Rated: 3.86 by simonrgilbert57 from California

Jul 01, 2021
Rated: 4.5 by Adfos from New Mexico

May 16, 2021
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Reviewed by KT3418 from Colorado

4.45/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
So far this might be the best thing I've had from this brewery, Yeti, DPA, and Orabelle are good too which is what I've had so far I just mean if I had to pick a go to from Great Divide this would be it. Easy drinking, distinct farmhouse vibe
Mar 18, 2021
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Reviewed by TheBricenator from Oregon

4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Look: Opaque golden yellow with a fizzy off-white head that quickly settles to a film, leaving decent lacing on the glass
Aroma: Wet hay, dried flower notes, Belgian yeast funkiness, grass, wafts of honey, and light herbal notes
Taste: A floral potpourri, hay, barnyard, and herbs come out swinging and mingle some before some lightly sweet honey-like notes and cereal grains join in. As they fade, strong yeast – reminiscent of raw dough or starter builds strength and leads to the finish
Mouthfeel: Full but fairly light feeling, medium-high carbonation, soft throughout, and finishes with very light dryness
Overall: This is tasty stuff. I forgot how good this domestically-made Saison is as I haven’t had it in years and wanted to revisit as well because I heard it might be phased out soon. Lots of hay/grass, funk, a little honey, and tons of herbs and flowers come together quite nicely for a refreshing and interesting rendition of this style. Definitely recommended
Mar 01, 2021
Rated: 3.62 by EasternIsh from California

Jan 12, 2021
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Reviewed by stcules from Italy

3.51/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
Opalescent blonde, beautiful creamy white head.
Fruity and spicy smell, a lot of orange peel. Floral, camomile, white pepper.
In the taste malty notes, a light honey, yeast and bread crust, again floral.
Even somnething lightly tropical, lychee, peach. Sweet spicy finish, orange pell.
Relatively dry, not too much.
Quite compkex and interesting, a bit sweet maybe, but well done.
Dec 10, 2020
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Reviewed by KenjiN from Massachusetts

4.57/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
This old favorite of mine has been reformulated. The ABV has been reduced from 7.3% to 6.5. It *looks* the same: a pale, opaque yellow with a white head. The aroma, however, is strikingly different. Colette once struck the nose with sweet and wheat notes; it reminded me of pineapple. The wheat component appears to have been brought way down; and it is no longer abundantly sweet. Today's Colette has lemony notes in the nose -- along with very appealing Belgian yeast qualities. The palate has also become much less sweet; it is today a drier and more tart brew. The new Colette is a more traditional saison, although I think I still detect the unusual (though subtle) addition of rice. I liked the old Colette; the new one is even better.
Nov 05, 2020
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Reviewed by barneyrubble from Colorado

3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Pours with virtually no head. What is there is white atop a nice straw yellow color with about 80% transparency with no haze.

Nose immediately signals bread dough and yeast. I still have to learn the nuanced notes of yeast. This is not bubblegum per se not band-aid but has a distinct spiced fruit quality. Aha, one note is clove.

On the palate, a unique almost banana or weak bubblegum flavor note rides on the sweet malt finish. It is somewhat thick and brings back the yeasty note, along with the close to close out the finish

Mouthfeel is full and a bit thick with a cloying finish. Carbonation is medium and helps cut the body a bit.

I am struggling to get my taste buds around the yeasty clove notes of this beer. It is not off putting but is, to me, less inviting than I would like.
Sep 15, 2020
Rated: 3.74 by BlueSpader from Washington

Aug 30, 2020
Rated: 3.79 by biteme398 from Virginia

Jun 28, 2020
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Reviewed by BobMagruder from Oregon

4.58/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Poured into a goblet with a nice fluffy head on top of a golden color. Alight lacing on the side of the glass was left after 1/2 way through the beer. The smell is earthy dominated but citrus, banana, and a little grassy developed as it warmed up. The farmhouse really came through as it warmed. Slightly tart lemon, earthy smooth and slight grass and citrus to go with a funky finish. I could drink a lot of this
Jun 17, 2020
Rated: 3.5 by RiceOwls27 from Texas

May 04, 2020
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Reviewed by Peach63 from New York

3.77/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Pours pale yellow with a 1/4 inch white head. Moderate lacing. Slight haze.

Aroma is sour, grassy, banana, cloves, a bit funky.

Taste is tart & sweet, yeasty.

Light to medium bodied, lively carbonation. Sweet finish.

Surprisingly sweet for a farm house ale. Still a good beer.
Apr 26, 2020
Rated: 3.75 by TheRock7755 from Georgia

Mar 27, 2020
Rated: 3.96 by brew-Ed from Texas

Mar 07, 2020
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Reviewed by barnzy78 from Illinois

3.96/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
12oz, canned on SEP 30 2019. Thanks to Chris & Lilli for giving me a can to try! I had this once, a long time ago - definitely due for a revisit. Hazy deeo golden hued ale with a fluffy white head. Farmhouse yeast gives off spice and bread along with mild citrus and pale malts. Full flavored saison: yeast is bready, spicy, and a bit funky; nutty pale malt and cracked wheat; apple, orange, grapefruit, white grape, lemongrass, earthy & spicy hops all in the profile as well. Full bodied, soft & creamy carbonation, excellently balanced with a dry finish. Very good! Much better than I recall.
Feb 06, 2020
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Reviewed by iguanodon from Utah

3.18/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
12 oz can. Pours slightly hazy gold with a medium white head. Aroma: Belgian yeast, sweet malt, black pepper. Taste: sweet malt, lemony hops. Black pepper finish. IMO too sweet for a farmhouse ale but still pretty good.
Feb 01, 2020
Rated: 1.8 by LXMRTN from New Hampshire

Jan 30, 2020
Rated: 3.37 by vrbulldog22 from Ohio

Aug 17, 2019
Rated: 4.04 by mamaraza from Texas

Jun 17, 2019
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Rated by Ern28brn from Texas

4.09/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Hoppy, refreshing, nice feel on the palate
Jun 16, 2019
Rated: 4 by cryptichead from Illinois

Apr 28, 2019
Rated: 3.75 by Kolb from Montana

Apr 25, 2019
Rated: 4.17 by JostVonDyke from Pennsylvania

Apr 19, 2019
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Reviewed by defunksta from North Dakota

2.96/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75
Nope. Going to agree with StonedTrippin's rating...

Poured from a 12oz can at 45 degrees into a tulip,

Look: Pours a dark, hazy, lemony color. Evervescent with a bubbly, crisp head.
Smell: Initially light citrus, lemon aromas that finish with a darker, dish-soap like smell
Taste: Orange citrus hop flavors with yeast and pepper as well. Bubblegum malt sweetness is predominant.
Feel: The body is heavier than I expected. Sort of sticky and oily. Low carbonation on the palate.

Overall: This is is just an okay farmhouse ale. It lacks the yeasty, peppery spice and tart fruity flavored hops. The malts are too strong and maybe from the alcohol. The bubblegum malt makes it feel more like a hefeweizen. It also lacks any earthy funk but rather had an oily resin taste and feel of dish soap. Compared side by side to the Off Color's Apex Predator, I would much prefer the latter. A good farmhouse ale is hard to do and this proves no exception. This is more of a hefeweizen. Will not blow your socks off and somewhat dissapointing.
Mar 10, 2019
Rated: 3.99 by GarbageMan10 from Texas

Feb 19, 2019
Rated: 3.84 by Walnut from Missouri

Feb 12, 2019
Rated: 4.5 by Jotunsynth from Illinois

Jan 03, 2019
Rated: 3.92 by Abe_Froman from Massachusetts

Dec 07, 2018
Rated: 4.75 by pvibeer from Colorado

Nov 25, 2018
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