Orabelle - Great Divide Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

608 Ratings
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very good

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Ratings: 608
Reviews: 139
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 10.85%
Wants: 17
Gots: 80 | 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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Reviews by ChainGangGuy:
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.25/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle - $2.49 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Bottled On: JAN 07 2014.

Appearance: Pours a lightly hazed, light golden body with a smallish, short-lived, white head.

Smell: Juicy citrus fruits, a bit of milked banana, and a generous dosage of coriander (also a little white peppercorn).

Taste: Crackery malts, a snap of sweetness, then, blitzed with a fast-moving fruitiness of tropical citruses of orange and lime, light pineapple, and banana. The added coriander is notable. Some alcohol warmth present. Sweet, spicy, fruity to the well-carbonated finish with a lingering orange zest flavor.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium-high carbonation.

Overall: Orabelle wasn't horrible, it does have that going for it. It doesn't feel like much of a tripel. Reading the label is seemed more like an amped up wit.

More User Reviews:
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

Photo of TMoney2591
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a chalice at Fountainhead.

A tripel brewed with barley, wheat, oats, and rye, along with the other accoutrements of the style. Right on. It pours a hazy sunflower topped by over a finger of white foam. The nose comprises lemon zest, orange zest, mango, Belgian yeast, light black pepper, and light cracked wheat. The taste holds notes of lemon zest, Belgian yeast, banana, clove, light black pepper, and light coriander. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a sorta/kinda grainy feel. Overall, a very nice tripel, one that showcases a bit more in the way of fruitiness than spiciness and somehow makes it work.

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

Had on tap at the Corner Slice here in G-boro Thursday night.Poured a hazy lemony yellow with a tinge of orange,a sticky one finger white head atop that lasted for a good while.Aromas of ctirus,toasted cereal grain, white pepper,and mild phenols,all came together pretty well with the phenols not being over bearing.Lemony flavors along with white pepper spice up front on the palate followed by some toasted grain and a faint sharpness in the finish.A nice tripel not overly phenolic and the alcohol is subdued,well done.

Photo of Beaver13
3.72/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, bottled on 12/31/12. Pours slightly hazy straw yellow with a medium creamy white head that goes to a thin film that laces the glass.

The aroma is sweet and tart fruit with corriander and a bit of funk.

The flavor is bready malts with some fruit and corriander and a bit of a funky bitter finish. The mouthfeel is pretty full bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, a solid beer. Kind of a cross between a tripel and a wit. Easy drinking but with a bang.

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

12 ounce bottle, bottled on Jan 16, 2013. Nice-good consumer information provided and its fresh.

Pours cloudy medium apricot, looser off white head, fairly quickly goes to a fine film, collar and leaves ample sheeting and bands of fine lace.

Fruity nose, with orange, apricot, pepper and Belgian inspired yeast notes.

Pleasant and flavorful offering with the flavors of the nose flowing onto the palate. Soft, ripe fruits, more pepper and again distinctive Belgian yeast qualities shining through. Soft on the palate and quite easily drinkable. Dangerous stuff, being this easy drinking and packing over 8%.

Nice new brew from great Divide and a nice Americanized version of the style. Well worth a try. Went nicely with some blue cheese. Looking forward to enjoying this on a summers day with some salads, crusty bread and a selection of cheeses.

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.

Photo of MattyG85
4.31/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a St. Bernardus goblet glass. Bottled on Jan, 02, 2013.

Appearance: Pours a hazy golden orange with a lot of bubbles. Small finger of white head that quickly recedes into a thin patchy layer. Leaves a lot of lacing on the glass.

Smell: A yeasty and spicy aroma with lots of citrus fruit esters. Belgian yeast and some farmhouse funk. Hints of coriander and clove spicing. Big hints of citrus orange peel, lemon zest, and pineapple, and peach. Also some hints of apple, pear, and banana. A little candied sugar sweetness. Pale malts with hints of wheat, cereal grains, biscuit, and cracker. Floral and earthy hops in the background. A nice zesty aroma.

Taste: Follows the aroma well with a good mix of yeast, spices, and fruit flavors. Belgian yeast with some funk. Nice taste of coriander as well as a little clove spice. Good taste of citrus with notes of orange, lemon, peach, and pineapple. Other fruit notes include some pear, apple, and a little banana. Light presence of candied sugar. Soft pale malts along with notes of wheat, cereal grains, cracker, hay, and biscuit. Some earthy and floral hops towards the finish. A really nice taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with a moderate amount of carbonation. Crisp, creamy, and slightly sticky. Very smooth and finishes dry.

Overall: A pretty good American take on a Tripel. Good mix of yeast, spices, and fruit flavors. Well balanced.

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

Certainly very tasty and well crafted for an American take on the style.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Very enjoyable after the first sip this hazy golden Belgian style ale serves up some nice features. Big white head forms fine even lacing, aromatics are pleasant with coriander soft not over done, a bit of orange peel brings nice citrus to the mix, with a spicy complex Belgian yeast character. Flavor spices give a nice complement to the citrus and bready yeast notes, nice biscuit malts pleasant even sweetness very balanced Belgian style ale by no means a classic tripel just a nice well made golden ale. Well hidden alcohol it's not even remotely alcoholic and weighs in at 8.3% abv, well played Great Divide this is when of their better Belgian style offerings yet. Mouthfeel, smooth creamy textures lingering spice character with the orange peel bitterness balance it out and dry the finish a good bit, carbonation not as effervescent as I would like but it's solid and carries the texture of the beer quite well. Overall I'm a fan I'm glad I gave Orabelle a shot.

Photo of chinchill
3.46/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 12oz bottle into a snifter. 2013 bottled date is just under 1 month ago.

Appearance: light golden-apricot hue with a light haze and a medium-light effervescence. Very little head but some spotty lacing is left on the glass. Head dissipated quickly.

Smell: fruity (mainly orange and apricot), wheaty, spicy, aroma.

Taste: sweet & tart more than bitter flavor with wheat, orange, rye and coriander. Hints of apricot and apple cider.

Mouthfeel: near medium body with good carbonation.

Overall: a nice Belgian-style beer, but with weak head and a style that is at most mid-way between a Belgian White and Belgian Tripel.

Photo of timontheroad
3.94/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Hazy, dark gold color, one finger of thick white head, very good retention and nice lacing.
Smell: Pretty light aroma, hints of lemon, bits of wheaty smells, and belgian yeast.
Taste: Citrus, banana, coriander, and that great belgian flavor we all love up front, with some peppery spiciness on the back end. Very nice!
Mouthfeel: Medium to light body, nice carbonation, and nice and creamy. Dry finish.
Overall: While not up there with the best Belgian Tripels, I thought this was a very drinkable beer. I look forward to its release every year and always buy a couple of sixers.

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

ST: 12oz poured into a chalice.

A: Yeast haze through golden-orange.

S: Beautiful aroma of sour orange, coriander stone fruits.

T: Spicy rye on the tip moves into grated orange peel, coriander, and a green edge in the smooth wheat finish.

M: Medium and dry.

O: A very tasty beer. The aroma is excellent, and the flavors of the beer offer a nice mix of sweet and tart. Balanced and enjoyable, Orabelle is a fine food beer for roasted food in particular.

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.

Photo of Brenden
4.07/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A murky medium-pale yellow, it's hard to name what color Orabelle actually is; I literally was forced to look at a color pallet and chart and couldn't match it perfectly. Sandstorm, maybe? Regardless, it's pale and heavily murky, opaque simply in its thickness. The head is pure white, soft and creamy. It's not especially dense, but it's thick enough to hold. Retention applies more to total duration than duration of height; it falls to a heavy foam from 3/4 finger with a little time, but that foam remains for the entire session without fading. Lacing is thick and creamy, a ring at the top followed by spotting caused by broken sheeting as it clings.
The smell holds all the richness and complexity the label promises. There are some beers, lighter and softer in character, that surprise with how rich they are, and this is one of them. Wheat is almost thick in the nostrils, and I think some of that comes from oats as well; the wheat reveals a sort of dryness, almost cracked wheat snap, and the oats are what seem to impart the richer, thicker aspects. It's a bit spicy under coriander, just the right amount to spice and add depth without being remotely overbearing. Citrus is a major component, a bit of peel adding zest. Finally, the Belgian yeast further gives it some earthiness and a sort of "dustiness" while very , very subtle white pepper spiciness comes out.
The citrus gives more tartness on the tongue than anything, zesty right up front. It's a good deal more peppery, then something almost grassy comes out with earth and wheat. Orange juice, a bit of toast, and coriander make up the middle, while a bit of grains linger in the finish.
Great Divide does a good job with every style they brew, and it shows in the feel, particularly in a well-made Belgian. This beer has the depth, a few layers on the palate, bright and crisp while rolling smoothly and imparting a softness without giving up firmness. A very, very slight stickiness coming out in the heft from the middle to end is one of very few things, but the most notable, keeping the score down.

Photo of CloudStrife
3.96/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Bottled on Jan 02 2013.

A: Pours a hazy pale yellow gold with a 1.5 finger white head. Lots of little bubbles as the visible carbonation. Some spots of lacing on the glass.

S: First thing I get is a strong farmhouse yeastiness. Lots of orange, lemon and banana with hints of coriander in the background. Big focus on the yeast. Pale malts come out more as it warms.

T: A pretty balanced tripel that is not extreme in any one direction. Starts with a belgian yeastiness, bit of a fruity middle, orange lemon and banana like the smell. Mild malting toward the backend. Just a touch of booze and small hint of metal.

M: Medium bodied with pretty mild carbonation. Nice and warming on the stomach. Goes down easy but I wouldnt mind a little more fizz.

Overall certainly worth a try as it is very mellow and a smooth drinking beer. Good introduction for some of the more extreme Belgian Tripels.

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!

Photo of GilGarp
4.23/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled December 31, 2012.

12oz bottle served chilled into a goblet.

Orabelle is a hazy golden straw color with thin white head. Good retention though and it leaves some lacing behind.

Aroma is fresh and citrusy with a nice Belgian yeast strain. A little bit of peppery spice as well.

Flavor is very good, maybe a little better than expected. Pale but strong malt body shows off the yeast and spicy, citrusy hops. Great balance of flavors and very easy drinking for a beer over 8% ABV.

Mouthfeel is light-plus in body and nicely carbonated.

They had a tripel in bombers last year and it was pretty good but a little pricey. This is even better and at a very reasonable price. I'll definately be back for more.

Photo of tdm168
3.89/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A - orange with a big, thick, foamy, white head that has good retention

S - white grapes, spicy, Belgian funk

T - apple, white grapes, faint spicy, mildly bitter finish

M - medium bodied, crisp, a tad warm

I enjoyed this beer. It wasn't a world class tripel but it held it's own. The fruity esters played the biggest role. The yeast was noticeable with it's spiciness as well. My biggest complaint with this one was the mouthfeel. I thought it could have been a bit fuller. I did however think the crispness stood up to the alcohol quite well. This is one beer I wouldn't mind having again.

Photo of secondtooth
3.82/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Cloudy golden, with limited carbonation and virtually no lace to speak of.

Nose is fruity and boozy, with definite hints of orange peel citrus and a little spice.

Taste is strong and malty, but well-balanced. The orange comes through well before the double yeasts and coriander add a peppery note. Finishes with a little booziness. Definitely a sipper, but a fine and well-done tripel.

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.

Photo of cjgator3
2.99/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Great Divide Orabelle. Poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

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.

Photo of russpowell
4.26/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottled on 28 Jan 2013

Pours a hazed bronze with 2+ fingers of pearl colored head. Average head retention & lacing, clears nicely

S: Appleskins, white grapes & coriander, plus pineapple

T: Follows the nose, over ripe pears, white pepper, plus a touch of pineapple, a kiss of funk up front. Orchard fruit, a bit of dirty funk, & pineapple sweetness, dryness & a touch of leafy hops. Finishes fairly crisp, a little bit of cloves & coriander also there with dirty pears & citrus

MF: Medium bodied, slight carbonation, warming, somewhat sticky

This is one of Great Divide better Belgian itterations, this works well for me; the ABV is well hidden

Photo of EORS
3.63/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip glass.

A: Honey colored and hazy with a quarter inch or so of white head, comes back when the beer is swirled and laces down the glass.

S: Wonderful. Lots of fruit (mostly orange with some banana), spice, little bit of mustiness and alcohol.

T: The first two categories were so good this was a bit of a let down. Very dry: musty tang from the yeast and very noticeable alcohol.

M: Slick, low-carbonation.

O: Good, but would have liked a bit more body in this beer, given the different grains listed in it (wheat, rye, oats) Wonder what would have happened if a less efficient yeast went to work on this, or if I drank it a bit younger. If it tasted more like it smelled, this would be a go-to.

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Orabelle from Great Divide Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 608 ratings.