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Orabelle - Great Divide Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

133 Reviews
THE BROS
86
very good

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Reviews: 133
Hads: 624
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 9.56%
Wants: 17
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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Reviews: 133 | Hads: 624
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)

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. (613 characters)

Photo of DoubleJ
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Great Divide makes a tripel. Coming out of a 12 ounce bottle, on to the beer:

The beer is cloudy blonde but bright. A half-inch of head tops the beverage, and solid retention and lacing add texture to the look. I can dig the aroma; spicy, peaches, white pepper. It smells refreshing. Orabelle hits the mark with taste as well. La Fin du Monde is one of my all-time favorite beers, and Orabelle tastes like a poor man's version of said beer. That's not a bad thing to be! The beer is sweet, rich in apricots, creamy oats, a play of citrus peel hitting the palate. To add to the list, it's medium bodied, creamy, and has attractive peppery carbonation which cut through the citrus and sweet nature of the beer.

Thank you sir, may I have another? (746 characters)

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. (700 characters)

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. (591 characters)

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 (463 characters)

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 (1,408 characters)

Photo of Beer_Betty
3.99/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I tend to favor Belgium style beers so I love this one! I love the golden color and the slightly sweet, yet full-flavor that this beer offers. I found it very easy drinking, but you do have to be careful of the 8.3%, it will sneak up on you! I have tried a few other beers by Great Divide, so far they have not let me down. (323 characters)

Photo of cjgiant
4.22/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours translucent yellow, with minimal head and apparent carbonation.
The smell is a nice bouquet of orange and banana flavors, with the coriander hitting the nose throughout. The balance of floral fruit and spice is quite pleasing.

The taste follows the nose quite well in flavors, but a slightly different profile. The spice is prevalent throughout, but the banana is a bigger player than any orange (or tangerine, maybe) in the taste. The end feel has a slight bite of the coriander and an unforeseen hit of carbonation. I am torn a bit if that is good enough.

Overall, I really enjoyed this beer as a Belgian with a slight fruit edge. I did find it quite drinkable, which might be bad at 8.3%. (699 characters)

Photo of Beer-A-Lot
3.96/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice, somewhat subdued tripel, with hardly any indication of it being a big beer. Not as sweet or sugary as many other tripels--it even tastes a bit dry--but the mouthfeel and creaminess are solid. Also not as spicy, but the flavors are still appealing, with a hint of peppery taste. Cloudy color, with lots of head and decent retention. Very drinkable. (355 characters)

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. (322 characters)

Photo of JamieDuncan
4.24/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

My beer guru brought this one over to split. Much murkier than the normal triple, and the smell and taste reminded me of a saison or a wit. Enjoyed the beer very much, I would consider this a strong saison that is really easy to drink which gives it big bonus points overall because of its ABV and drinkability. Certainly would drink this any day. (347 characters)

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. (324 characters)

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. (476 characters)

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. (835 characters)

Photo of hopsputin
3.92/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

a: its a hazy burnt caramely yellow color with a 2 finger bubbly white head that fades pretty quickly and leaves a thin layer of white bubbles on top

s: coriander, pepper, and a belgian yeast right away. freshly cut pare, hint of banana, wheat and caramel malt

t: initially your hit with a punch of zesty fruit, coriander, and clove. that quickly fades to ripe banana, pepper, pear skin all wrapped together with a wheat, malty backbone. finishes dry and with that spicy yeast. something odd at the back of the tongue i can't quite put my finger on

m: medium mouthfeel with less carbonation that i'm used to in a tripel

o: an alright American representation of the style - very full of spicy yeast. its a good mouthfeel, and harmonizes the flavors pretty well. as mentioned above, there is an odd flavor at the back of the tongue that is slightly off-putting - but does not kill the beer. i think this beer would benefit from some brett (940 characters)

Photo of delta490
4.18/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a cloudy straw gold with a short-lasting white head. Even though it doesn't hang around, there is still some nice lacing left on the glass. The aroma is everything you want from a tripel: citrusy, spicy, and grainy. There's a very nice thickness to this ale with a pleasant silky feeling. This is a great Belgian-style ale. (329 characters)

Photo of SLeffler27
3.79/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A cloudy, golden amber (SRM 6-7) with a thin, rocky, white head that leaves a fine webbing of lace. This beer glows from within a Blue Point tulip glass.

Sweet aromatic apricot gives way to light, funky yeast and a perfume of lemon mango.

Orabelle is quite bitter and on the high end for this style. Fresh mango and light lemon round out the fruitiness, while a light tartness is present in a subtle, dry finish that lingers beyond its welcome.

Sharp alcohol cuts through a satin texture and medium body while light metallic notes are carried with modest carbonation. Quite dry.

This is a decent sipping beer, best enjoyed with a sharp, tangy cheese. I enjoyed it while reading on the front porch during a cool, midsummer day. (730 characters)

Photo of Nengleman
4.04/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Yellow and overcast (cloudy). small head.

Smell - Lovely and springlike. Orange peel, lemon, banana, Belgian-y

Taste - Cirtus splash. Belgian-y as well. I got a little bit a pepper kick in some of my sips. Honey.

Mouthfeel - Creamy and very easy to drink. Smooth with very subtle kicks to let you know this isn't a sessionable beer.

Overall - Very drinkable for an 8.3% ABV. I need to remind myself while I am drinking this. I really enjoyed it. I definitely see myself purchasing more of it in the springtime. I can also see this as a great beer to help out those novice beer drinker that want to expand their beer palate from Blue Moon and Shock Top. (669 characters)

Photo of ssarah
4.04/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer served on tap in a goblet glass. Lemon yellow color, cloudy almost like a hefeweizen. Thin head with good lacing. Aroma is faint, with distant smell of citrus and hops. Taste is great- slightly sweet, complex and just a hint of alcohol. I would definitely recommend this beer as it is a solid tripel with a wonderful flavor profile. (337 characters)

Photo of jokelahoma
3.82/5  rDev -1.3%
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. (683 characters)

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. (2,074 characters)

Photo of BucannonXC5
3.88/5  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.
Price: $2.19
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. (762 characters)

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. (970 characters)

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. (1,259 characters)

Orabelle from Great Divide Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 133 ratings.