Orabelle - Great Divide Brewing Company

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87
very good

132 Reviews
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Reviews: 132
Hads: 616
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 9.56%
Wants: 18
Gots: 86 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Great Divide Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Tripel |  8.30% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: TMoney2591 on 12-31-2012

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Photo of garymuchow
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A good solid tripel with the pleasing addition of orange and coriander. Both come through nicely not with any excess. Nice malt flavors, with plenty of spice and sweetness. Not very drying and a little heavier than some, but hits most of the marks I like, even with a few months of age on this one (6 months). (313 characters)

Photo of Jeffreysan
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, poured into a goblet

Appearance: Pours a beautiful, hazy, golden color with a half of a finger of white-colored head that quickly dissolved away into a thin lacing of foam that partially covered the top of the beer.

Aroma: Very aromatic, with lots of bready, toasted malt, imparting notes of freshly baked French baguettes and sourdough. There are also tons of floral, spicy aromas of Belgian yeast, imparting aromas of clove, banana, spices of black pepper, saffron, coriander, as well as citrus such as orange and pineapple. Finally, there are lots of aromas of honey and candied sugar. Quite nice and inviting.

Taste: Very spot on to style. Tons of bready, toasted malt up front, followed by the floral, citrusy, spicy, Belgian yeast, which impart flavors of clove, banana, spices of black pepper, saffron, coriander, as well as citrus such as orange and pineapple. Finally, the beer finishes with some honey-like sweetness, and a touch of funk.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and very smooth, as there is very little, almost none in fact, in the way of carbonation. With an ABV of 5.3%, there is just a kiss of alcohol warmth on the palate.

Overall: This is a nice triple, and completely spot on for the style as there’s lots of Belgian yeast funkiness, candied sugar, hone and spices. However, for my palate there’s just a touch too much banana-like flavors for me to really like it as I’m not a real fan of banana in my beer. Fans of true Belgian triples should really like this beer however! (1,530 characters)

Photo of Duhast500
3.86/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a La Fin Du Monde tulip glass.

The color is a cloudy gold with some yellowish highlights and three fingers of foamy white head and some thick white lacing left on the glass.

The smell is a tad on the funky fruit aroma side at first. There is some banana aroma here with a touch of fig and a vine-like aroma in the nose. There is even touches of wild yeast here giving the nose some tannic aroma.

The taste is slight citrus flavored with a lemon peel flavor coming out and mixing with some apple skin flavor. There is a bready flavor that comes in but does not get too dry as there is a busy wash of candy flavor that fills in the cracks of the flavor and when the bread flavor backs off the sweetness comes forward then lets the bread flavor have a turn and then swap back again. All things lead to a slap of funk at the end that has a slight push or bitterness here.

There is a whole field of flavor throughout and really combines with a easy drinking feel that can mask the ABV well in this beer. There is layers here but all just seems to meld well together letting a silky feel envelope your sense and passes down before a thought crosses the mind. (1,188 characters)

Photo of pat61
4.49/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours hazy gold with a 2” cream colored foam cap that dissipates to a film.
S: Big spice aromas highlighting coriander and orange peel with a hint of pear.
T: Lemony citrus, orange, spice, coriander, tropical fruit, some caramel and biscuit.
F: Very creamy, soft, luscious, medium body and carbonation.
O: Like a citrus marmalade slathered over a warm light biscuit lightly seasoned with coriander. (409 characters)

Photo of JWU
4.19/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz. bottle poured into a goblet

A- a vibrant gold with some orange hues. A thin white head which only sticks around for a bit. Some chill haze.

S- Belgian yeast, sugars, orange peel and coriander spice.

T- Really pops on the tongue. A quick hit or grain, yeast esters, belgian sweetness, orange peel, and some rye and coriander spice. A really, really interesting take on a tripel.

M- Rather smooth for a tripel, I'll give the wheat and oats credit for that. Still fairly crisp.

O- One of my favorite American stabs at a tripel. (543 characters)

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.79/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Brief write-up. The nose is spicy with coriander, yet loaded with rich grains and candied sugar. It's almost like a roided-up witbier in a way. The flavor is the same way - coriander, candi sugar, and orange peel mingle with plenty of malty/grainy flavors. Again, the phrase "roided-up witbier" comes to mind. Actually, the only thing that's not roided-up is the alcohol content - it tastes 5%. Okay, it is a bit sweeter than your typical wit, but I can easily deal with that. Great Divide comes through with another rock-solid offering.

3.79/5: Straddles between a big witbier and a tripel beautifully (604 characters)

Photo of Suds
3.51/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy, dark gold in color with a thin head. Average in appearance, this beer has a spicy smell. Yeast and malt. The taste has a surprising amount of fruit. Spice, a little pepper, and belgian esters. Full in body and sweeter than necessary. This is a good brew, but not great. (282 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is hazy pale yellow in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high white head that died down, leaving streaks of bubbles on the surface, a collar around the edge, and some lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of lemon and orange citrus are present in the nose along with notes of coriander spices.
T: Following the smell, the taste has flavors of pale malts along with notes of coriander and hints of Belgian yeast.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer seems like an imperial witbier. This would be a good choice if you are looking for the smell and taste of a witbier during the winter months. It hides any traces of alcohol very well.

Serving type: bottle (809 characters)

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Great Divide "Orabelle" Belgian-style Ale
12 oz. brown glass bottle, "BOTTLED ON: JAN 20 2015"
$2.29 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

I didn't know what to expect looking at the label on my bottle of Orabelle as it simply reads "Belgian-Style Ale", "GOLDEN", and "ALE WITH SPICES". What I found was a perfectly executed combination of a Belgian-style witbier and a stronger triple. It's got the prerequisite coriander and orange peel, and it's wheaty and oaty as well. The yeastiness is complex, and lends some peppery spiciness (I think, it's hard to tell what's actual spice and what's yeast), soft fruit, just a hint of clove, and a light bit of crushed granite-like mineral character. Many American breweries tend to over-do the phenolics coming off of their yeast, but this has been kept in check, and that allows the malt to shine, and actually makes it a bit more drinkable as it's more easily accessible. It's soft and sweet (but balanced), and the alcohol never shows anymore than it should, just giving a light smack that let's you know it's a triple.

I'm sufficiently impressed (although I know I can always count on Great Divide to deliver a solid brew), and although this is a spring seasonal I think it would make a great summer beer as well despite its strength. (1,283 characters)

Photo of baconfromwalmart
3.77/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: Hazy golden yellow with a thin white head that quickly dissolves into lacing.
S: Citrus, yeast, hotdog water (in the best possible way).
T: Zesty and peppery with a nice amount of carbonation and bitterness.
O: Could be more citrusy and flavors could be more defined, but overall, not too shabby. (300 characters)

Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.96/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a St. Bernardus goblet.

Look: Opaque light tangerine colored body. A white head that recedes to as swirl of film and bubbles. Light spots of lacing.

Aroma: A lot of orange zest and citrus up front followed by some coriander. Very grainy as it is brewed with wheat, oats, and rye.

Taste: Much like the aroma, the citrus zest of orange peel really comes out to dance on the tongue. The beer settles down soon after with a solid wheat and grain body with a touch of coriander. The finish is tart.

Mouthfeel: Creamy.

Overall: Not my favorite style, and I bought only one bottle of this. Very nice to review though, and I feel this is a well made beer. The ABV is undetectable. (690 characters)

Photo of atr2605
3.64/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A-pours a cloudy golden color with a foamy white head with nice retention and some lacing
S-alot of spiciness, wheat, yeasty
T-more spiciness, a nice creaminess, a bit of sweet maltiness, enough bitterness to provide balance, finishes dry
M-medium bodied and creamy, fairly tight carbonation
O-pretty interesting triple. definitely worth trying (344 characters)

Photo of smcolw
4.14/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Green hued, straw colored beer. Lots of white from the haze. Moderate head that leaves many rings of lace.

Raw, unmalted grain aroma. Ever so slight sourness.

Clean and refreshing--stunning as a Trippel. I detect no alcohol. Flowery sweet touch, it has the essence of a well made shanty. Light body with a high efferfescence. Certainly not a typical Trippel but I like this very much. (388 characters)

Photo of jwhancher
3.47/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on date of 12/15/14. Pours a slightly hazy bright yellow with good lacing and head that fades somewhat fast. Good carbonation. Smells of orange peel, coriander, and wheat. Yeast aromas, almost white or wheat bread-like, is noticeable. Taste- Initial citrus and orange sweetness that quickly fades to coriander. Enough bitterness to balance the malts but I feel too much spices give this one too much perceived overall sweetness. Feels like it doesn't finish dry enough which lends it some extra body. Some warming alcohols but they're held nicely in check.

Overall, this is a fantastic beer to pair with food. However, as a standalone beer I much prefer less spices and a drier finish. (695 characters)

Photo of jspaner
3.92/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pale yellow appearance with pleasant smell of oranges and spices. Mild taste with the orange/citrus flavor predominant. Nice mouthfeel. Very tasty, but lacking the traditional Belgian flavor one would expect in a Belgian style ale. Still, very pleasant overall with no strong alcohol aftertaste. (295 characters)

Photo of Rbodacious
4.02/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pineapple-apple/ banana coriander /pepper. Juicy.
Belgian yeasty -dry finish.
A beautiful hazy light gold presentation.
Solid white head, thick lace.
What a nice surprise.
I'll be back. (189 characters)

Photo of tempest
3.99/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Nice spicy tripel with a yeasty edge. You can feel the oats a big more than in Tripel Karmaliet, and the herbal notes are sharper than most from Belgium and there's certainly more malt character standing up. But I'd say it's an excellent American take on the style, varying only slightly, like Victory's Golden Monkey. Very satisfying, and the strength is well hidden. This is great beer. (388 characters)

Photo of utopiajane
3.27/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours a hazy lemon yellow with a scant head that falls fast. Spongecake nose. Spicy, herbal, lemony and sticky bread with honey. . Slight alcohol pepper and presence. Taste is douhgy and malty. Tropical pineapple, apple skin. Pineapple and pepper. More sweet than tart with a substantial bitter to show off a lemony herbal.Slight warming in the dry finish. At times it really doesnot drink or taste like a tripel. It's definitely american style. They rye together with the lemony herbal and hops bitter is too much for the delicate tripel. It drank heavy, a little syrupy, too much hop bitterness. Heavy and slow malty finish. (641 characters)

Photo of Auraan
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured a pretty, cloudy orange body with one finger of thick, fluffy white head that receded with medium speed. A good looking body, but not enough head for the style. Scents of spicy Belgian yeast imparting notes of clove, woody coriander and white pepper. Fruity esters are moderately high with apricot and orange aromas dominating, aided by the aroma of the orange peels added during fermentation. Soft, spicy alcohol is present in the background. Malt character is low, befitting a tripel, with a softly sweet character overall. A light perfume-like aroma, likely from hops, adds depth in the background. Overall this is a nicely true to form tripel. The aroma is fruity and spicy, as befits the style, but also quite deep and complex. A fine example of a basic tripel aroma. Flavor begins lightly sweet, with notes of soft, sweet sugar cookie-like malt and orange flesh fruity esters. This is backed by a light phenolic bitterness imparting flavors of white pepper, clove and coriander. Light soft alcohol flavors are also present. Middle picks up bitterness with further phenolic flavors, becoming more intense, but with the same mixture as above. To this is added a light orange zest character, light spicy hops and a slightly more intense alcohol. Finish is medium-dry with notes of clove, white pepper, coriander at medium-high levels and medium levels of spicy hops, alongside soft, sweet alcohol and orange zest flavors at similar levels. A soft malt sweetness is present in the background. Aftertaste is bitter, with notes of spicy white pepper and clove and bitter spicy hops. Overall impression of flavor is of a rather nice tripel, quite true to style with the mix of spicy, fruity and alcohol flavors, backed by a soft, but not overwhelming sweetness. A good example of the style. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a smooth creamy feel and medium-light carbonation. Overall impression of mouthfeel is fairly on-point for the style, though carbonation is a bit too low. Overall this is a fairly good take on a Belgian Tripel. It is true to style in aroma and flavor, and mostly true in mouthfeel and is quite pleasant to drink. Its lower price relative to imported and high-end domestic tripels make up for its few shortcomings relative to those higher priced examples. A nice beer and a shame it's not year-round. (2,327 characters)

Photo of dradair
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice golden hue about an inch of a head on it. It smells rich of fruit and the fruity undertones stick with you all the way down. A very solid beer from a solid company and more than worth it for the price. (215 characters)

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.82/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

From BeerAdvocate Magazine #74 (Mar 2013):

A lively Tripel, certainly wakes the palate up. The oats and rye add depth as expected and then some; the addition of wheat keeps this brew in line for a Tripel and maintains the level of crispness needed. Spicing nearly pushed it to an Imperial Wit though; not as subtle as the Belgians do it. Done splitting hairs—a real treat, even if it is not your “proper” Tripel.

STYLE: Tripel
ABV: 8.3%
AVAILABILITY: Spring seasonal

LOOK: Nearly clear, dull yellow, sudsy

SMELL: Lemon pith, minty, lime leaves, slightly biscuity, quince paste, wild herbs, peppercorn, alcohol

TASTE: Smooth, grainy, soft, rustic bread, nutty yeast, fresh grass, pears, papayas, very warming, juicy, moderate hopping, orange peel, spice, dry finish (776 characters)

Photo of Markyd02
3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

I've yet to taste an American brewer either nail this style or build on it in a unique way. Like New Belgium, it's just a rougher take with more hop after bite. Still worth a try, but their saison is better because it's a more forgiving style. (243 characters)

Photo of TheMarkE
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Straw colored, not much viscosity or foam (on tap)

Smell: Citrus, yeast, wheat.

Taste: Citrus, yeast, spice, wheat.

Mouthfeel: On the light side of medium bodied.

The Verdict: Good beer. Very smooth, much lighter than I expected. Highly drinkable. (264 characters)

Photo of SanRaphael
4.48/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Beautiful golden cloudy beer. Nice spices. Easy pleasant drink. Whatever it strengths and weaknesses, the average out to a really fine drinkable tripel. (152 characters)

Photo of MadCat
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look:A light hazy straw color with a short white head that leaves a little lacing

Smell: Your typical Belgian yeasts that make up a tripel, citrus, and hints of sugar

Taste: A good tripel, nice Belgian yeast flavors, a little spice, a little citrus, hints of sweetness, fruit

Feel: Light to medium body, full carbonation

Overall: A pretty good example of the style, though there are better easily available (410 characters)

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