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Orabelle - Great Divide Brewing Company

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138 Reviews
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Reviews: 138
Hads: 635
Avg: 3.87
pDev: 23%
Wants: 18
Gots: 88 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Great Divide Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Tripel |  8.30% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: TMoney2591 on 12-31-2012

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Photo of StaveHooks
2.8/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

12oz bottle served in a Tripel Karmeliet

A - Pours a glowing amber orange with zero head. Light specks of lacing when swirled.

S - Orange, pineapple, bready and sweet malts, musty hay, kind of a flat aroma, maybe due to the low carbonation.

T - Fruity off the top, orange, pear, banana, apples, spice, boozy fruit, musty grains, sweet pale malts, honey, coriander,

M - Low carbonation, almost flat, surprisingly soft feel though. Medium to full bodied.

Not as good as I wanted it to be. Ok flavors but every thing seemed dull. The very low carbonation didn't help either. Hades was the last Belgian style that this brewery did well.

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Photo of blakelive784
2.81/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

12 fl oz brown glass bottle served in a pilsner glass, reviewed live:

A - pours a lemon gold color with a cloudy yeast presence and two fingers of frothy white head. Retention is average. Lively carbonation. Unremarkable.

S - light bready yeast, sweet lemony esters, honey, and a pale malt body. Light alcohol on the nose. Incredibly mild, especially for the style. Not what I look for in a tripel.

T - muted, dull fruit esters and bland yeast. A touch of floral hops midway through. The alcohol is far too noticeable for how light the body. Warms a bit on the way down. It's missing the pleasant fruit esters and spice I associate with a great tripel.

M - light bodied and well carbonated. A touch thick.

D - a poor example of the style. I expect more from Great Divide. Takes a hit on drinkabiity due to the excessive alcohol presence. I'll pass on this in the future.

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Photo of pants678
2.92/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Golden yellow, fits the style, not much of a head, though.

Orange, coriander make a great nose. Not subtle at all.

Sweet, maybe too much so. The rye doesn't jive so well with the orange. I enjoy tripels and I'm not looking for subdued but I think this suffers from too many additives. The honey, spices and yeast are all dominant and frankly come off too rich. I don't a tripel, or any summer beer, really, that I have to approach this timidly.

The carbonation should be upped.

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Photo of shand
3/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.5

Orabelle pours a hazy orange color with a tiny head. The aroma has a strong citrus component over spices and yeast. The taste is a bit odd - I was excited when I saw rye on the label, but the rye here just doesn't work that well with the strong citrus, clashing and making the middle to finish section of the beer rather awkward. The mouthfeel is on the lighter side and gently carbonated. The drinkability is alright, all things considered. Overall, Orabelle isn't that good a beer. It has promise, but falls apart pretty quickly.

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Photo of ClavisAurea
3.13/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Fresh 12oz bottle served in a snifter. Freshness date of 01/2015

Appearance: hazy yellow with a small amount of pale white head that dissipated quickly. Slight Belgian lace

Nose: apples, popsicles, Belgian yeast, slight citrus, sugary

Taste and mouth feel: heavy on the tongue, fruity and bitter at the same time, slight sweetness from some Belgian candi sugar, quick finish with a slight metallic aftertaste.

Overall: it's ok but I've definately had better trippels from other American brewers. I probably wouldn't buy this one again but I will enjoy the rest of the six pack. No aging this one, drink fresh.

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Photo of BB1313
3.18/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Bottled on Jan. 2, 2013. 12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours a slightly hazy, but transparent golden on the lighter side. Small white head which fades pretty quickly and leaves decent lacing. Lots of apple and pear in the nose. Slightly malty with yeasty bread notes. The flavors are clean, but slightly syrupy. There's an earthy bitterness to this one, but still remains sweet. I wish the carbonation was more active, but it's still does it thing making this is an easy drinker. Medium-bodied. Alcohol goes unnoticed.

This is your typical American attempt at the style. It doesn't come close to the examples from overseas, but it's still an alright beer for what it is.

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Photo of ZoomanCru
3.2/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Orabelle – Belgian-Style Ale (8.3%) - Great Divide Brewing Co. (Colorado)

App: Pours a hazy golden-white color with a slightly darker heart. Honestly looks a lot like the skin of a white peach. One finger head rises and falls quickly, leaving some okay lacing. Settles to a fine film that retains the duration.

Smell: Spicy aromas of belgian yeast and a prominent black pepper aroma. Hop bitterness is very subtle, and lurks under the heavy esters. Pepper dominates everything.

Taste: Taste is spicy, slightly brett-like and smooth finishing. Yeast dominates overall taste with some hints of orange peel and coriander spice peeking through. Black pepper not nearly as pronounced as in aroma. Slightest alcohol heat and wheaty tartness. Not as assertive as I expect the style to be, although the ABV is very well hidden. Overall pretty tame, deceptive given its alcohol content. Sort of stuck between a wit and a tripel. Not as flavorful as it could be to elevate it to sippin' beer status. Lingering tartness persists for days.

Mouth: Solidly medium bodied with significant carbonation that helps lift the heavier belgian flavors off the tongue making the next sip new and refreshing again.

Home tasting, 12oz bottle into Snifter. 2/18/14.

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Photo of AnotherBeerGeek
3.2/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I normally have a fair bit of respect for Great Divide, so I was intrigued at their offering of a Belgian-style Tripel, which I served up in a goblet.

The appearance is very foggy, like a wheat beer, with a honey color and a white foam that dissipates within a few minutes.

The nose is biscuity and spicy in that signature Belgian style, with hints of lemony citrus.

A mild malt sweetness greets up front, with gentle spiciness of nutmeg and notes of banana. Finish is a bit dry and biscuity. Honestly the combination doesn't do a whole lot for me, but others may find it appealing.

There is an interesting carbonated edge that seems to linger, fading only on the finish.

Overall, an okay stab at a great style, but not especially impressive.

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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.

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

Bottled dated 2012 December 31, poured into a Snifter style glass, about a 1/2 finger of white head, which diminished quickly, without lacing. Yellowish color tending towards gold, and hazy.

Aroma was detectable close to the nose, with malts mildly present without any specific descriptors. Mild hops added a spicy note.

Flavor intensity was medium-low with malts (again no dominate attributes) upstaging the hops (with their spicy notes). The malts transitioned smoothly to a slightly hop (bitter) finish, leaving a pleasant spicy feeling.

With a medium body and good carbonation level it left a nice impression.

Enjoyable, but somehow lacking in personal appeal.

* I tend to rate low, hopefully consistently

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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.

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Photo of SamN
3.29/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Lively beer with loads of action, dark honey color and a bit hazy from the sediment. Really thin head, near-grey color but soapy and oily. Nose hits upfront with a load of yeast esters; banana, sweet/spicy aromas, bready malts, wheat and pale mostly. Taste starts like a wheat, with creamy banana and spices, then finishing with a clean hop bite, lingering tartness. Flavors are almost too mellow; nothing about this really 'pops'. It's easy to drink and sort of faceless, but I wouldn't session with this at 8.3. So it's an odd one.

Not up to par with the Belgians, and there are better local offerings (New Belgium Tripel), there's nothing obviously bad about Orabelle. It's just sort of middling.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.33/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

On tap at Lou's Food Bar (delicious by the way). Hazy yellow, cloudy. Hints if Belgian yeast and spice in the aroma. Flavor is yeasty and yet subdued. Extremely easy to drink for the ABV. Overall, good but not worthy of a revisit. I'm still not sure if this is a different recipe than the triple they used to put in bottles.

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Photo of hosehead83
3.35/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a wine goblet.
Orange/apricot in color, with a rather short, thin head of white foam.
Aroma-Fruity, faint Belgian spices
Taste-Pear, peach,faint coriander, orange peel. Dryish finish, a bit under-carbonated, flavor flattens out after sitting for a bit. A decent American offering.

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Photo of rawfish
3.37/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a deep gold, very hazy. It takes a vigorous pour to stir enough bubbles to make a white cap of half a finger. Lacing barely sticks.

Fruity layers of apricot and oranges. Thin malt bill with lemony wheat and coriander, pepper, perfume, musty hay and a touch of alcohol. Complex yet heavy and a bit dank.

Wheat, pale grains and lightly honeyed bread. Fruit aspects are subtle imparting a earthy orange and apricot puree flavor. Spices are there with powder, coriander and hay. Falls apart near the finish as alcohol creeps in coupled with an astringent metallic note that stays through the finish as this one dries.

Undercarbonated, clashes with the uplifting ingredients pumped into this beer. Body is settled and a bit heavy. Dries well enough.

Inviting beer, terrific aroma, complex and bright but really doesn't do well after. Astringent finish and lack of substantial carbonation really make this beer sluggish. Good attempt, I don't know if they have the right yeast to pull this one off. I really wanted to like this one as Great Divide is usually solid, leave it on the shelf .

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Photo of justintcoons
3.44/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle poured into a tulip.

Gold with 2-3 fingers of white, fluffy head. Great retention and clarity. Low carbonation.

Caramel drizzled grains, potpourri, rye and hay.

Rye, pear and dried hay. Notes of potpourri, raw grains, earth and spelt. Touches of lemongrass and apple skin. The rye lingers along with some peppercorn.

Light-medium bodied, smooth, spicy and dry.

This is a very spicy Tripel. A lot of rye. Not a good representation of the style but it hides the alcohol quite well.

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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.

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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.

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Photo of Flounder57
3.47/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle was poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: This beer poured no head and is a slightly hazy golden yellow. No bubbles coming up through the glass. Looks pretty dull for a triple.

Smell: apples, vanilla, spices, boozy alcohol, yeasty esters, and bready notes.

Taste: Pretty much the same as above. The tastes are very minimal here and hard to decide. It should be blended more well together. The spices seem to dominate the whole taste.

Mouthfeel: Smooth boozy, low carbonation, light to medium bodied, a little chewy, and some lingering bitterness.

Overall: A nice attempt from the boys of Denver, but ill stick with other favorites. Still a decent beer though.

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Photo of BeerLover99
3.48/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: cloudy golden/yellow, trace white head, fine lacing

S: big lemon peel, floral, belgian yeast

T: same as nose, malt, mild spice, earthy finish

M: med body, mild oily body

O: Another gem from Great Divide! Love Tripels
and this American offering is rather good. Fine
intro for newbies.


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Photo of vkv822
3.49/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12oz : Teku glass

Pours a lightly hazy, pale golden yellow with a foamy white head.

Coriander, faint citric and Belgian yeast.

Lightly sweet, citric notes, some coriander and yeast notes.

Medium-full body, smooth, mild foamy carbonation.

An enjoyable, fairly well done Tripel. Pleasant flavors, though nothing particularly exciting about it.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle pours a hazed gold color with a small cap of white head. Not much retention and lacing. The bottled on date is much appreciated (01/13/13).

Nose is bread dough, coriander and oranges....I didn’t know it when I bought it, but this is f**king spiced. What the hell man?! A major fopaux in my mind for a tripel.

The spicing is not over the top, but it is easily the most dominant combo of flavors and gives it a sweetness that the beer could have gotten by easily without. It tastes more like an imperial wit than a tripel with the orange peel and coriander. The mouthfeel is nice and creamy...fine carbonation feels great. I just don’t like it when the spice additions overpower the light grainy malt and Belgian yeast in a tripel...this one does it and it is definitely not subtle. I won’t be purchasing this one again...would rather grab a Golden Monkey if in the market for a $10 six pack tripel.

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

Slightly foggy golden yellow color covered by a slim layer of milky suds. Spicy, fruity aroma...coriander, orange peel, banana, clove, flowers, and mild dough. Big, fruity esters burst forth in the mouth. Peppery phenols, citrus zest, some tart acidity, coriander spice, and a tangy-ness that I assume comes from the wheat. Only a little grain near the end, but all the bright, yeasty, spicy flavors overwhelm any malt (and I REALLY like to have some noticeable pale malt in my tripels to soften and balance things out). The finish is sweet, but nondescript. Medium bodied and low on carbonation, which hurts the drinkability, though a pleasant dryness helps. Not bad, far from the best.

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

bottled on Dec 21 2012, so about 8 months old.

appears a pale yellow color, just a whisp of white colored head. smell is yeasty, earthy, spicey, lemon aromas. taste follows the aroma. crisp pale malt and heavy slightly funky yeast flavor in the taste. thin to medium body, high carbonation.

overall, an okay tripel.

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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.

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Orabelle from Great Divide Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 138 ratings.