Orabelle - Great Divide Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

608 Ratings
THE BROS
86
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

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

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

Just ok not that great!

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.

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.

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.

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.

Photo of Gavage
3.6/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: pours a yellowish orange color with short 1/2" head.

Smell: coriander, yeast, and some soft citrus are detectable.

Taste: caramel, Belgian yeast, coriander, lemon zest, mild alcohol tones, and a moderate bitterness makes up a decent Belgian styled ale.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Crisp to start, a bit less crisp and a touch dry at the finish.

Overall: easy to quaff this beer. Flavors are nice but not overwhelming. Worthy of a try.

Photo of TheBeerSipper
3.6/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - The color of this Belgian style ale was that similar to a shandy, with the brightness toned down a notch or two. The color is was a plus for me. Virtually zero head even with a hard pour 1/2 way through. More bubbles than most beers appeared at the bottom - Overall slightly above average apperance.

Smell - Has the typical smell of a Belgian style ale. Strong and intriguing. Look and smell has a summer style feel so far.

Taste - Upon initial sip, the first thought from my cranium was "ahhhh..refreshing." That surprised me a bit as I expected the normal "bite" and very strong flavor of other Belgian ales. It had a bit of fruitiness which stems from the orange peel, further adding to the summer feel.

Mouthfeel- Refreshing and unexpectedly smooth. Goes down easy my friends.

Overall - Great Divide is one of my go to breweries, if you know what I mean. You at at the store and desire to treat your palette to a new taste. Nothing stands out to you, therefore, you purchase a brew from a maker you have experienced joy with in the past.

This is a good brew. It is not my favorite from Great Divide, but good nonetheless. I would allow my senses to experience it again. It is slightly different than other Belgian style ales, more of a summer feel as I have mentioned but it is not too much different. Drink on your porch at sunset for best results. Until Next Time

The Beer Sipper

Photo of ummswimmin
3.61/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Orabelle was a cloudy blonde with about two fingers of fluffy head. The head retained pretty well, which released the belgian nose over a decent amount of time. Speaking of the nose, Orabelle had a pretty minimal bouquet. There is a touch of the belgian yeastiness and a little bit of spice (I think coriander).

The flavor on this beer is pretty simple. I pick up a little funk, some spice, and more of the belgian yeastiness. This mix of flavors had some pretty good balance, while working decent feel in the mouth.

This worked out to be an easy drinking tripel.

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.

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

Photo of beerthulhu
3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

-bot. 12-13-12. Consumed 3-13-13.

A: Bright tangerine orange is translucent filled with a good showering of visible effervesce. The head is washy, slightly bubbly, peanut shell colored, leaving a speckled spacious lacing that was weakly visual.

S: Tart funky oranges, yeasty, musky grains, barnyard scents upfront. A bit of spicy golden hops. The wheat follows through along with some fruity notes of honey dew. Aroma seems to increase in interest deeper into the experience.

T: Flavor is fruity, cantelope, melon, and white grapes meeting a yeasty and musky grain backing. Some apple-citrusy notes, wheat, and hay, with a hint of banana from the yeast and semi-dry oranges.

M: light bodied, medium sense carbonation. Fairly crisp and yeasty feel.

O: Overall you can easily warm up to this, spicy, yeasty, and fruity while the 8.3% abv is easy to handle making this go down fairly easy inticing another. Mouthful could be a bit crisper. Flavor is respectable and the weak visual can be overlooked.

Photo of JayQue
3.69/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Not a bad take on a Tripel. There are much better American versions of this style though. Poured a hazy bright gold into a chalice. A hard pour gives a medium size delicately bubbly white head.

Aroma is light fruit..apples and pears with a little Belgian Yeast.

Taste is light fruit, a little yeast and some lemon zest. Pleasant enough but not the rich yeasty, peppery Tripels that I enjoy so much.

Mouthfeel is fairly rich. Overall a pleasant drink, just not a top Tripel.

Photo of micromaniac129
3.71/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Orabelle has a hazy golden honey color. The head is thin and white and never really gott started.
The aroma has a very pronouned corrinder nose. A spicy nose from yeast esters and perhaps sutle orange peel.
The taste follows the nose. Lots of spice and corrinder in this sweet tasting beer. Throw in some yeasty funk too. There is a pretty healthy dose of alcohol in the taste too.
The feel wasn't as crisp as I would like.
A good tripel that leans alittle too much into the wit side for me.

Photo of KevChiTown
3.71/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Very soft flavor of lemon bread with that nice citrusy sweetness. The ABV is very hidden. Spring beer for sure.

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 Yancey82
3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Had at Pittsburgh Winter BeerFest.

Photo of ksimons
3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A-a hazy golden color with a thin layer of white head that disappears quickly to leave a bit of lace around the top

S-pale malts, fruity sweetness, and spices

T-similar to the smell, pale malt backbone, sweet fruits, and spices

M-medium body, carbonation could be a little crisper

Overall a pretty decent Tripel, could be a bit crisper on the mouthfeel

Photo of rlee1390
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A-Semi cloudy bright yellow, one finger head.

S-Lemon, grass, wheat, a little bit of spice as well.

T-Balance is off, starts with lemon and spices. Some wheat and grass but they do not go together.

M-Light, not much carbonation and a tad watery.

O-A boring, run of the mill tripel that doesn't bring much to the table.

Photo of flagmantho
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

Photo of ryan1788a5
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a Unibroue chalice. Bottling date of 1/2/13 puts this at nine months old at the time of consumption.

A: Yellow in color with a very mild haze. Bubbly white head collapses fairly quickly. A scraggly ring of lacing is all that remains.

S: Lots of orange peel forward on the nose. Coriander and pepper. Cracker and biscuit malt. Chalky yeast. Tropical esters of mango and peach. Dash of medicinal clove.

T: Oily orange peel. Pepper and coriander. Honeyed malts. Lots of chalky yeast, slight cellar must. Very subtle hint of phenol. Ghostly alcohol. Doughy and yeasty finish.

M: Medium bodied. Full and creamy, but sits lightly. Moderate prickling carbonation. Alcohol warmth.

O: Do the coriander and orange peel need to be there? Probably not, but they don't hurt. A little rough, and as far as complexity goes, it ain't a rubix cube. Still, it drinks easily, and there's enough charm to warrant a closer look.

Photo of Halcyondays
3.76/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a deep opaque goldenrod to a light yellow-orange with a medium white head, some spotty lace.

S: Definite notes of creamy orange, lots of pepper and yeast.

T: Heavy doses of coriander, peppery yeasty and orange peel hit initially with a nice play from the malt. Some good hopping on the back end, but dominated by the yeast flavour,

M: Medium to full-bodied, a tad cloying, never alcoholic, medium long aftertaste, biting carbonation all the way.

O: A well made American Tripel. The flavours are good, the mouthfeel could use a little work, but it's a minor quibble. All and all I enjoyed this effort.

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.

Photo of homebrew311
3.77/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a light hazy yellow with white collar of he's an heavy lacing. Nose has wavy belgo yeast character with lemon, grass and bread along with spicy notes. Taste is light and fruity with lemon peel and coriander to follow. Light peppery notes as well. Mouthfeel is light and well carbonated. Overall, decent flavors here, plenty of Belgian character.

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

Photo of harpo111
3.79/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I like this beer. Strong...yes...but no over hanging alcohol taste.
A: Nice golder color..not too much head or lacing
S:Corn/malt...not a lot of hops smell. Sweet with citris
T: corander and orange peel...sweetness of the tripel sugars..a little malty hoppy after taste
M: smooth...not to heavy..not to light
O: nice beer. good food beer. Hot day you will want something less complex and not as heavy...but with a meal...meats and cheese...yes it would do nicely

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