Orabelle - Great Divide Brewing Company
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Reviews by flagmantho:
3.74/5 rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
Poured from 12oz bottle into a tulip. Bottled on 12/12/12 ... woo!
Appearance: light golden hue with a moderate haze and a medium-to-strong effervescence. Head poured one finger of frothy white foam which dissipated quickly, leaving little lace. Not bad, but part of the tripel experience I like is a huge, inconvenient head.
Smell: wheaty, spicy, witbier-like aroma, attributable to the orange peel and coriander found in this brew. It's also got a hint of pear and cider aromas which bring out the tripel character. I like it.
Taste: sweet flavor with wheat, bitter orange and coriander; the flavor here is more of a double white or imperial witbier or something. Maybe not what I'm looking for in a tripel, but not bad overall.
Mouthfeel: medium body with a decent carbonation and a pretty good creaminess. Not too bad.
Overall: this is not a bad beer, but I was a little disappointed. The label claims this is a tripel, but they've gone a lot further into witbier territory than I like to have in a tripel.
Serving type: bottle
01-25-2013 20:08:28 | More by flagmantho
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3.81/5 rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Poured into a Boulevard Smokestack glass at Instant Karma in Joplin, MO
Hazy yellow color, little head. Not the most visually appealing brew I've had.
Aroma is nice, though. Belgian abbey funkiness with a bit of plantain. Of course there are no hops. It's a tripel.
Taste us actually pretty dead on. It has that peppery zing the yeast provides, a bit of the banana from the aroma, and a hidden barely perceptible alcohol. In short, it's a tripel. And a good one. It isn't an abbey brew, but it's a reasonable facsimile.
Mouthfeel is light, yet creamy. Again, pretty dead on.
This isn't an abbey triple, but what outside an abbey is? This is a good triple, and worth seeking.
Serving type: on-tap
03-05-2014 00:51:47 | More by jokelahoma
4.06/5 rDev +4.6%
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.
Serving type: bottle
02-25-2014 15:49:44 | More by Brenden
3.89/5 rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Type: 12-oz. bottle
Glass: Westvleteen XII glass
From: Bine & Vine Bottle Shop in Normal Heights (San Diego), Calif.
Purchased: Feb. 22, 2014
Consumed: Feb. 22, 2014
Misc.: Born on date of Jan. 15, 2013
Poured a golden straw hazy color with 1-to-2 fingers of white head. Minimal lacing. Average retention.
Had to work for the smell, but then got orange peel, cloves, light banana, honey, Belgian spices and caramel.
Tasted a little less Belgian than the smell and a bit more citrusy fruits. Got orange peel, coriander, citrus hops, wheat, orange, honey, cloves and some Belgian spices.
Light body. Oily texture. Average-to-lively carbonation. Longer finish. Certainly did not taste the 8.3 percent.
Overall this was a very nice Belgian beer.
Serving type: bottle
02-23-2014 07:56:53 | More by BucannonXC5
3.93/5 rDev +1.3%
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.
Serving type: bottle
02-23-2014 03:00:19 | More by WVbeergeek
Orabelle from Great Divide Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 342 ratings.