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Colette | Great Divide Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Great Divide Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
greatdivide.com

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#17,527
Reviews:
483
Ratings:
1,758
pDev:
11.14%
 
 
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54
Gots:
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Ratings: 1,758 |  Reviews: 483
Reviews by womara:
Photo of womara
3.96/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

More User Reviews:
Photo of mchegash
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 sjdevel
4.09/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look:
Slightly hazy pale straw color. Low on carbonation and head, but some lacing and foam remain.

Smell:
Slightly tart and grassy scent. Some orange/lemon citrusy smells as well.

Taste:
Initially there is a minimal hop bite that fades into sour oranges, herbs, black peppercorns, yeast, bread, and also grassy notes. This farmhouse ale is fairly dry with a bit of malt apparent and no real sweetness.

Feel:
Medium body and a bit slick feeling. Pretty dry overall.

Overall:
Very flavorful Saison and they did a decent job as far as style. Better than some that I have had recently, but still not quite up there with my favorites. Enjoyed quite a bit and would buy again.

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

Pours hazy yellow color with a foamy 2 finger snow white head that had a lot of tiny bubbles in it as it slowly dissipated, leaving very good foamy lacing that left spots and foamy waves all over the glass.

Smells of yeast, light funk, clove, hay, wheat, dry grass, lemon zest, pear, sour green apple, grains and some mild spices. More earthy smelling than funky, with a touch of sweetness that was soft and like a clean barn area with no mud or stagnant water.

Taste is sweeter than the nose, with more noticeable citrus fruit like orange peel and grapefruit to go along with the lemon, pear and green apple. The grains and/or malt are bigger too, adding to the sweetness and then leading to a mix of spices like pepper, coriander and clove, which then allow the earthy notes and funk to wrap it all up with hay, wheat, grass, yeast and some wet animal hair for that farmhouse touch. The aftertaste has a mix of dry citrus hops and tea leaf, really limiting the funk but making the sweetness and spices blend well with all sorts of flavor complexities.

Mouthfeel is light and creamy feeling, with light zesty carbonation, a medium body and a slightly tart bitterness that washes down and leaves a grainy/earthy sweetness. It’s not the boldest or the funkiest, but it’s very good, a nice version of this style and one I would definitely have again.

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Photo of hopphead31415
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I picked this one up at the fierce and several recommendations by my brother. This one comes from Denver Colorado and the water they use comes from pristine mountain snow which is some of the freshest water ice in the country. It is brewed at a higher temperature and uses 4 strains of yeast and also includes barley, wheat, and rice! It has 7.3% ABV and a lot of flavor so let’s take a look.

Look-It pours a beautiful light yellow gold and a white head that is thick. It pours mostly head at first so give it some time to settle. The head is as white as the snow from whence it came and is composed of a variety of bubble sizes.

Smell-It smells strongly of pineapple, mango, banana, and a pleasant spiciness that is the tell-tale signature of farmhouse ales.

Taste-The flavor is very nice and contains most of the same things that the nose picked up, but perfectly leveled out and with a hint of lemon grass and light pepper. I get a slight sense of yeast to cut the mild sweetness and the spiciness.

Mouthfeel-It has a moist and buttery, but not syrupy nor sticky feel. It finishes clean and with a small lingering coating on the tongue.

Overall-This beer is excellent. It is really refreshing and fine-tuned. It is really well-balanced and not too sweet at all and is one of my favorite farmhouse ales.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle $7 with a cool label that has a yellow checkered theme that reminds me of Dupont. Thick white head and a super cloudy whitish yellow color. The smell is just slightly funky, dusty, earthy, smells pretty much what I would expect for the style. The taste is quite refreshing or at least it makes me think I have been refreshed. Its been a long week. Nice yeasty, spicy flavor and goes down very smooth.

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Photo of mactrail
3.43/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very, very light color in the pint glass, a washed out straw. Not a head to speak of, but sparkling carbonation fills the mouth.

Surprising sweetness. Apple juice and a hint of Hawaiian Punch. Papaya and lime peel. Mere hints of malt. So simple and pleasant with an acidic underpinning. Touch of the raspy Belgian flavor in the back of the mouth.

Extremely quaffable, just not very beery. On he whimsical side like a good Wit.

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Photo of pumptrick
4.37/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured Into my globe on a recent camping trip and it was my first beer of the day. I bought it on a whim. I generally dislike sour or belgian.
Looks strawyellow and cloudy
Smells lemon hay I guess the funk everyone is talking about
Taste lemon earth funk sour
Mouthfeel great for a hot day

Blew me away. I was expecting to hate another beer and loved it. Will buy again.

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Photo of ltdantheman
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of semaj
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Photo of markjarema11
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of Emoney1975
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of geocool
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

Photo of JamFuel
3.96/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of DrStiffington
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of MisledTitan
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of vdub191
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Czequershuus
4.75/5  rDev +23.1%

Photo of JFrank78
4.17/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A very wonderful farmhouse from the High Country. Light, fresh and fizzy. I've had this beer on a number of occasions, and recently found it in cans at my local market. Was very excited, nothing like a delicious canned saison fresh out of a cooler on a camp trip or the like. Bottles just can't compete.

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Photo of prototypic
3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Saison pours a pale gold color. There's a light amount of haze clouding the scene, but not much. An active white heads caps it off and reaches a couple of fingers deep. Given the activity, it was much slower to recede than I expected. Lacing was on the lighter end of the spectrum.

The nose is easily above average, but isn't stunning. It smells a little fruity initially. Light pear and lemon are noted. Yeast is very prominent. Belgian yeast is here, but it's not as strong as I'd like. It certainly has strong earthy and herbal notes. I'm not picking up anything overtly vegetal (which is a good thing). It's a little musky, but not quite funky. I'm not picking up any alcohol. It smells alright, but doesn't "wow" in any way.

The flavor profile is pretty consistent with the nose. It's certainly fruity up front, but not in a sweet way. Lemon is the strongest fruit flavor, but pear is present as well. A rather strong herbal flavor mixes with some spicy notes. There might be a little clove here. Tough to tell. It's hoppier than I anticipated. I like that aspect of it. It has a nice bitter surge. The hops taste mostly floral in variety. Yeasty flavors emerge somewhat late, but are strong. Belgian yeast is definitely appreciated (in more ways than one). I'm still not picking up any alcohol. It finishes bitter and dry. This is pretty good stuff. Above average. Ultimately, it's just a tad too herbal.

Saison has a medium body that's nearly smooth. Active carbonation really prevents it from getting there. Too much buzziness. Drinkability is okay. Above average. The flavor's alright, but I'm not in love with it. It goes down pretty easy. A bomber will due.

This is the second Great Divide beer in a row that really hasn't dazzled me. After rolling out consistently great beer, this and the 15th Anniversary Release are just in the 'pretty good' category. This one would probably be improved if the herbal aspect was toned down a little. The other flavors seem to work nicely and I like the hoppy aspect of it, but that vegetal bit is just too strong. Not a bad effort, but a little disappointing. Worth a try nonetheless.

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Photo of bgreg3
3.33/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

App.-Pours a cloudy yellow with a foamy white head that disappears after a little, the carbonation dances on the way up , it swirls and makes an interesting beer to look at.

Smell- Smells fruity , a little lemony , wheaty very enticing and makes you wonder how it is going to taste.

Taste- Complex , first thing is this beer tastes like it was brewed with lemon peel because I taste the lemon stronger than if it were brewed with amarillo hops (it could be a combination of both though) , then it takes your taste buds on a ride as it moves on to a berry taste and it has a very strong wheat presence throughout this is the most sour beer I've had by the way

MF- Very strong and acidic to the toungue , it is good on the palate though , with a light-medium feel. Rolls around nicely. kind of crisp and refreshing.

Drink- Stick to 12 oz of this if possible , I had a bomber and it just became very tart and difficult to drink after a while , definetely eat something with this and take your time with it too

Not worth buying again but a good experience.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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Colette from Great Divide Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.86 out of 5 with 1,758 ratings