Great Divide Brewing Company

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Farmhouse Ale - Saison
Ranked #1,015
Ranked #18,997
3.88 | pDev: 11.08%
Great Divide Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
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
Reviews: 492 | Ratings: 1,780 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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KT3418 from Colorado

4.55/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | 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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TheBricenator from Oregon

4/5  rDev +3.1%
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
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stcules from Italy

3.51/5  rDev -9.5%
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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KenjiN from Massachusetts

4.57/5  rDev +17.8%
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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barneyrubble from Colorado

3.58/5  rDev -7.7%
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
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BobMagruder from Oregon

4.58/5  rDev +18%
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
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Peach63 from New York

3.77/5  rDev -2.8%
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
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barnzy78 from Illinois

3.96/5  rDev +2.1%
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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iguanodon from Utah

3.18/5  rDev -18%
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
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defunksta from North Dakota

2.96/5  rDev -23.7%
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
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Prager62 from Colorado

3.79/5  rDev -2.3%
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!

Nov 08, 2018
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Sigmund from Norway

3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
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.

Jul 09, 2018
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daliandragon from Maryland

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.

Jul 02, 2018
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Samlover55 from New York

3.88/5  rDev 0%
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

May 11, 2018
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D1noB from Oklahoma

3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
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

Feb 23, 2018
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Bpacheco from Kentucky

4.41/5  rDev +13.7%
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

Jan 12, 2018
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michiganmatt from California

4.02/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

Nov 30, 2017
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.11/5  rDev -19.8%
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.

Nov 21, 2017
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mothmanscott from Georgia

4.04/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

Nov 21, 2017
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Beginner2 from Illinois

3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

Oct 21, 2017
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andrewh995 from Arizona

3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Aug 13, 2017
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Aleksei1138 from Massachusetts

3.94/5  rDev +1.5%
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

Jul 16, 2017
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KLHBB from Colorado

3.38/5  rDev -12.9%
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.

Jun 13, 2017
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

3.69/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

Jun 11, 2017
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dcscientist from Colorado

4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

Jun 06, 2017
Colette from Great Divide Brewing Company
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 1780 ratings