Colette | Great Divide Brewing Company

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Great Divide Brewing Company
Colorado, United States

Style: Belgian Saison

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.30%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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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Reviews: 483 | Ratings: 1,763
Photo of defunksta
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.

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Photo of Prager62
3.79/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A 12oz. can dated 08/24/18 poured in a 13oz. snulip glass.

Look- Pours a slightly cloudy pale yellow leaving a few centimeters of soapy white foam behind. It quickly settles to form a thin ring with no lacing present.

Smell- Banana, clove, lemon zest, wet straw.

Taste- Banana, clove, mild lemon zest and musty straw.

Feel- Thin, light and refreshing.

Overall- While nothing exotic, it does hit the notes for the style and is very thirst quenching. I'll drink some of these next summer by the pool!

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Photo of Sigmund
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

355 ml can, from Vinmonopolet, Nettbutikken. ABV is 7.3%. Slightly hazy pale golden colour, moderate white head. Moderate aroma of spicy saison yeast, some dust. The flavour has plenty of spicy saison yeast, slightly dry, some fruit. Moderate bittering hops.

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Photo of daliandragon
3.87/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This is a part of the "Candemonium" mixed twelve pack and pours a cloudy straw yellow body and a big, wet, white head. Nose is fruity and yeasty with notes of coriander and honey. Citrus and other fruit favors (apple or grapeskin?) and a certain spiciness dominae the taste, along with a dry, but still refreshing texture. Quite invigorating on a sweltering July day.

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Photo of Samlover55
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into thin goblet
Bottled on 4/23/16
L-pours a slightly murky bright orange with thin white head great retention
S- orange marmalade, yeast, pineapple
T- cantaloupe, jammy fruitiness, followed by a funky dry finish
F- medium-bodied, crisp with above average carbonation
Overall this is drinking great for a 2-year old Saison, would definitely like to try it fresh

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Photo of D1noB
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bread, funk, and dry. The hops and the beer dance well together in your mouth.

Taste rating in words: it's that great feeling of the last dance of the night

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Photo of Bpacheco
4.41/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Originally picked this out as the same name as my daughter. Delighted I chose this on a trip through Colorado. Light, and bold in flavor. Can't wait till I find again

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Photo of michiganmatt
4.02/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L: A hazy golden-orange with some nice-looking pure white head. Ample visible carbonation rising up the beer. Looks beautiful.

S: I don't quite have the olfactory sophistication to describe what I'm smelling but it smells very saison-y. Seems like a good balance between malts and saison spice/funk.

T: Not the best saison I've tasted, but certainly one of the better ones. It has the nice bready taste you expect from a saison, with just the right amount of spice/funk. Actually maybe a bit more funk would have been nice, but I'd rather there be too little than have too much and have it taste bad.

F: Medium-full bodied, average carbonation. Very easy to drink, bitterness is fairly mild.

O: Overall, this is a pretty good saison, and something I would purchase again.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.11/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Had this for the first time on a trip to the brewery in downtown Denver. Pours a strong golden profile, 1/2" white head, good retention. Aroma was farmyardish but leaning to the cleaner, more straw like side of things. The spice rack is present on this one.

Taste reveals more spice rack, was hoping for more of a classic cleaner grassy/hay like malt and yeast interplay, but instead the clove and spice rack were leading the way. The carbonation is nice, but it seems like a little heavy in terms of malt and alcohol on this one, which maybe if they cut back on the spice rack, it wouldn't need such heavy legs. I guess if you are the type of guy who might be into a more bitter than necessary and imperialized saison, you might be down with this beer. This was just as much of a tripel as it was a saison.

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Photo of mothmanscott
4.04/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, but pretty, deep straw with abundant effervescence rising from the bottom of the goblet. The pour produces a huge, soap/champagne bubble hybrid, somewhat lasting, glowing white head that, for it's size, leaves only minor speckling of motes & streaky lace. A thick white surface cap & collar remain. The lively aroma dances in the nostrils: very fruity (heavy to white fruits), bready, banana, clove, other spices, Belgian wet hay & earth yeastiness, black pepper & alcohol hints waft up as a backdrop. Taste is bready & yeasty with white fruit, spice, peppercorn, wheat banana & clove, alcohol & some Belgian funk in the slightly wet finish. The drying aftertaste is bready & lightly bitter with faint spice & peach. Mouthfeel is light-medium bodied with high carbonation, smooth, creamy & mouth coating, lively with a prickly, peppery but pleasant bite. Becomes lightly astringent & dry in the aftertaste. Very flavorful. It's my guess that small amount of rice used imparts the incredible smoothness found in this brew. My go to American Craft Saison when available.

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Photo of Beginner2
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Since I was recently in Denver (great city with a great future) and I missed going into Great Divide's gastro-pub (my bad, but there are too many options around there on a two day visit), this is Great Divide's review... in a backward sorta way.

Great Divide is enormously accomplished in the British tradition. (Or at least my survey of BA ratings indicates that.) Being so good in a malt-dominated tradition, they get tempted to go into a tradition that is yeast-dominated (that is, Belgians, of course.) This is hard for many reasons (half of which I can only speculate about.) But you know what ? Collette makes the jump and succeeds pretty well. Talented brewers jump traditions, eventually.

Here is my suggestion to make Collette (or another Great Divide saison) succeed better. Try some authentic Belgians brewer yeast. (I know, this is often done... but often not well, either.) Or invite some Belgian brewers to collaborate and then hire them to take care of the yeast while you learn the peculiarities of the saison's province. (It's easy to get a yeast master since Denver is such a great place.) Learn a little. Steal their yeast. Share some profits. And pretty soon the good city where the prairie meets the Rockies is cosmopolitan and can claim to be the next best thing between the English Channel and France. At least, that is my advice if Great Divide wants to break into the Amer-Belgo market. Since Colette does not dump a lot of hops into the vat, it just needs the right yeast.

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Photo of andrewh995
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a light gold with a small white head. Smells of Belgian yeast, esters, and fruits. Tastes of Belgian yeast, esters, spices, and fruits. Medium crisp body with medium carbonation. Overall this is a very nice saison.

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Photo of Aleksei1138
3.94/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My wife picked this up knowing I love saison, she made a good choice.

The color is a nice pale yellow similar to hay. On the pour a nice head is formed that leaves traces down the inside of the glass.

The aroma has a spicy, yeasty smell to it.

The taste continues the spicy notes of pineapple, with a hint of sweetness to it. Overall a very balanced and well rounded scent that has many different qualities to it.

I would like a bit more body to it. The only thing I could say negative about it is that it's to light in body, I like more mouth feel.

Overall a fantastic beer that I will return to many times throughout the years

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Photo of KLHBB
3.38/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

I'm not a fan of this style but there are other beer styles I've grown to love so I'm happy to try it and greatly respect this brewery. Poured from a bottle into a pint glass, dirty yellow, one finger head, lots of carbonation and rising bubbles. Belgian spice in the smell but the taste is sour. Tastes like a watered down Tripel left out in the sun. Light feel, overall it may be wonderful for the style, but I'll pass.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.69/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This was poured into a tulip. The appearance was a hazy to cloudy burnt yellow color with a thin layer of white foamy head that dissipated immediately. Light lacing speckled around the glass nicely. The smell had some bubblegum, light Belgian spices, sweet grass, and a light yeasty breadiness. The taste was mainly bready sweet with the spices coming across far underneath. Sweet bready aftertaste. Smooth wet finish. On the body, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a fairly decent sessionability about it. Carbonation runs fairly light allowing spices to hit a little more on my tongue. Overall, this was a pretty good saison that I could have again.

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Photo of dcscientist
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I really haven't done much exploring in the saison world, but this beer surprised me by how much I liked it. It's not as sour as a lot of saisons, which for me is a good thing, but it's got a very nice flavor with just a bit of tartness from what I thought was lemon. It's somewhat hazy and there was sediment in the bottom of the bottle, so you have to swirl like you do an unfiltered wheat or witbier to get the best taste. This one won a silver medal at GABF and I can see why.

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Photo of LAp
4.06/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a stemless wine glass. Pours a hay yellow with strong carbonation (bubbles continue to rise from the bottom of the glass easily 15-20 minutes after pouring) and a half finger white foam head. Nose is belgian spice most predominantly but light. The palate too is approptiately light and without adjunct, leaning heavily into the spice, with hints of banana and even trace bits of clove. Mouthfeel is medium-light and crisp as is appropriate. An outstanding, simple and straightforard saison. Very solid.

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Photo of 1ale_man
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a can into a pils glass. Canned March 2017.
Color is lite gold, with some cloudiness. Great two finger head that disapated rather quickly. No lacing. I think it is too cold.
Smells of banana and spice spilled into green grass coming up through hay. That adds up to barnyard to me. Some mineral too.
Mostly banana and spice taste, with old green hay. That makes for funk in my book. I love that about farmhouse ales. The more rotten, the better.
Has a slight thickness, (maybe smooth ?) to it. Certainly not watery.
A very good farmhouse ale in my book! I buy it as long as it is in my neighborhood. Wish more brands were in my area!!

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Photo of DBosco
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz can says canned on 3/1/17, 7 weeks ago. Hazy orange lets a lot of light through but obscures details. Some head that quickly disappears. Smells orange and floral but a little funky. Taste matches smell, with some clove and pepper spiciness. Mouthfeel is clean with a little bite which I find surprising since carbonation is not evident - slight floral aftertaste. Overall, a good saison, well worth trying. Is this more French style saison than Belgian? Maybe, based on my limited experience. Faults - carbonation seems to quickly disappear and the taste is a little more floral than I like.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
3.05/5  rDev -21%
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.

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Photo of nick_perry
4.92/5  rDev +27.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Cloudy yellow appearance, minimal head. Aromas of yeast and maybe orange peel. Lots of carbonation, with a mouthfeel like that of Champagne. Slightly tart, but not too much so, not like some of the true sours I’ve tried, with notes of yeast and citrus, and a finish like sourdough bread. Light body, very drinkable.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.47/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

In a trade with Marty
Bottled Mar 24 2016 at 42 degrees into a hand washed and dried JK snifter
Aroma – light and herbal with some spiciness
Head large (Maximum five cm, aggressive pour), white, creamy but very fizzy, settling to a creamy layer about one cm thick with scalloped edges.
Lacing – none.
Body – light yellow, cloudy – sediment from bottom of the bottle
Flavor – not much. Slightly herbal and spicy as in a dash of pepper. Neither flavor nor aroma from hops, malt, alcohol, nor diacetyl.
Palate – light, watery, soft carbonation

An innocuous concoction. This is easy to drink but the 7.3% ABV will creep up on you. One and done. Huh - this won a silver medal at GABF in 2010? I guess I’m just not tuned into farmhouse ales.

Appearance 3.75, Aroma 3.5, Flavor 3.5, Palate 3, Overall 3.

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Photo of GuyFawkes
4.21/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 9/19/14; drank 12/8/14 @ the Yarchives.

Poured from the bottle into a glass.

Murky orange/yellow hue.

Big bright white head; strong lace.

Banana & orange citrus nose.

Medium thin mouthfeel.

Orange citrus & banana flavors up front; mild clove & black pepper notes on the finish. Typical for the style, but the bright citrus note elevates this, making it easy to quaff.

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Photo of HopsAreDaMan
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz can; purchased from Globe. Nice foamy head, with a clear, straw color. It had a typical Belgium yeasty aroma. It had a typical Belgium flavor that was pleasant and spicy. Not as good a beer as Boulevard's Tank 7, but a beer I would be happy to drink on occasion.

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Photo of ABabbidge
3.64/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: Pale straw color. Fizzy head that disappeared quickly.

S: Fruity esters and a little bit of barnyard funk.

T: Banana and coriander flavors jump out the most to me. Some other citrusy fruits and some other spices I can't quite pinpoint in there also.

F: Creamy but with a little bit of crisp "bite".

O: Only the second or third saison I've ever had. Still trying to get a feel for the style and the unique flavors it has. This one is enjoyable for the most part, except that I HATE coriander. This one is drinkable despite that, however.

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Colette from Great Divide Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.86 out of 5 with 1,763 ratings