GarrettB (1039) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 10, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
May 31st, 2011 - When Spring turns into Summer and the sun gets to be a little heavier in the sky, the fun and heady wheat beers of a month ago lose some of their potency. Something drier, with a heavier grain profile becomes a more suitable beer for cutting the sweat and anguish of an oppressive day. The Colette is a perfect fit for these transitional days, beautiful and burning bright with a dandelion yellow hue and a finger of soft, white foam. Banana and clove and a little corn tortilla rise from the surface, giving off light but coating smells. Fresh and full of grains, Great Divide did an excellent job of capturing the smell of the fields and putting that romantic image into a bottle. Full bodied and busy with a sharp and serrated aftertaste, the Colette can cut through dry mouth or thirst, with ample uplifting alcoholic corn and tortilla and flowery dandelion tastes, like bitter mizuna greens, a subtle vegetable bitterness and again, flowing dry graininess.
Fatehunter (1205) - Corbett, Oregon, USA - SEP 14, 2014
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours two fingers of head on a cloudy light straw colored body.
The aroma lemon and "brett". Smells nice.
The taste has a strong bitter and sour start, smooths out and finishes with a mild lemon bitter note.
The texture is fizzy with a lighter body.
Fizzy and enjoyable.
slowrunner77 (1610) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 6, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
"Fruity and slightly tart is spot on. Light in body for the abv. Vibrant cloudy yellow, yeast driven for sure on the palate. I liked it, but Iím hoping for standouts from GD. This was "pretty good.""
Block (1400) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - SEP 1, 2014
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
This beer was kind of interesting. I wasnít expecting the 7.3%. This beer has some yeast notes dominating. Belgian flavors throughout.
crossovert (7388) - Illinois, USA - AUG 13, 2014
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft sample. Very malty belgian ale that has a flavor reminiscent of cotton candy. How you can call this a saison I donít know.
Frank (2863) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 11, 2014
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
This is an exceptionally flavorful beer, maybe on the sweet and heavy side but definitely very tasty. It is cloudy golden in appearance and it has a decent sized ring of mixed bubbles for a head. It smells of citrus, lilac and banana. This is a full bodied beer and quite thick and oily. This does bring out some juicy citrus tones but overall I think this would be much better were it lighter bodied and more drinkable. Carbonation seems to be moderate but is toned down a bit by the strong sweetness. It finishes w/ a firm citrus rind bitterness which helps bring some balance though. This does have a nice flavor profile overall but I feel like it needs to be toned down a bit to be any better than OK.
coyforce (608) - Virginia, USA - AUG 7, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice Pour on this brew. Cloudy light yellow with a light white head. Flavor is lightly fruity and smooth
floydslip (173) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 6, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cloudy golden beer with a virtually non-existent white head. Pungent nose of preserved lemon, sour yeast, and grains of paradise. Flavor is light and crisp with some green apple, pear, and citrus followed by a heady bitterness. Good saison, not exceptional.
dlihcsnatas (292) - Texas, USA - JUL 29, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hazy golden brew with the aroma of citrus and bread. Taste is very sweet and it is sticky, so sticky sweet. Fruit, mild citrus, a tart bite and aftertaste. Very interesting to drink and one of the better Saison beers that I have had. With the amount of yeast sediment in the bottom of the bottle I have to wonder if this was bottle conditioned.
generallee08 (680) - New York, USA - JUL 24, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
From the pour it produces a big billowy head of white foam over a hazy golden honey colored body. The haze comes from a fine yeast sediment in the body of the beer. Some of the yeast seems to be pushed up towards the head by the aggressive carbonation. This beer looks to be full of life. The aroma is of floral and spicy almost grassy hops with a pale base of biscuity malt. There is a nice balance of spicy yeast with hints of fruit and biscuity maltiness. This has light sweetness that dries out for a snappy dry finish. The carbonation is lively and the palate is crisp.
jbuskirk (443) - Holdrege, Nebraska, USA - JUL 14, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Farmhouse Ales are among the most eclectic beers in the world of craft brewing. This style allows brewers to incorporate flavors that you wouldnít always expect. Great Divideís Colette offers a whole lot of variety and complexity thanks to its three malts and four yeast strains. On the nose, Colette is fruity and funky. Aroma isnít huge but itís an early indicator of the Saisonís balance and complexity. Colette makes a great first impression with the smooth, sweet malt tastes of wheat and rice. The wheat element is especially great with notes of citrus, subtle bubblegum, and bread. Yeasty taste takes over in the finish. Unfortunately, I was less enthusiastic about that component. Yeast flavor is certainly earthy but in a way that Iíve never encountered. It was slightly peppery but there was also a strange mineral taste that reminded me of, well, mineral water. I liked that it was a different taste but Iím partial the tart yeast funk of Belgian strains. Still, flavor was damn satisfying. All told, Colette was as complex and refreshing as promised. For Farmhouse Ale that comes from a 12 ounce bottle, Great Divideís offering is hard to beat.