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Orabelle - Great Divide Brewing Company

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87
very good

388 Ratings
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Ratings: 388
Reviews: 95
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 11.08%


Brewed by:
Great Divide Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Tripel |  8.30% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: TMoney2591 on 12-31-2012)
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thecheapies

Pennsylvania

3.84/5  rDev -1%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bar manager took it upon himself to pour it for me in a pint glass. He produced no collar, decanted only slightly. I'm left with a very hazy golden yellow brew with just a thin ring of white on top.

Apple, banana, nutty yeast, clove, bread crusts, and a hint of watermelon rind. Hard to get much more without the ability to agitate the beer in this glass.

Creamy flavors of spice, yeast, bread, and lighter fruit. Banana, clove, green peppercorn, crusty bread, booze, apricot, and marmalade. Fruity and estery, and not short on potency. Finishes long with spiciness. A blend of wet, yellow flavors.

A tad heavier than medium, and with more than just a bite of alcohol, but it still feels bready and nice with that light spank of carbonation that I like in a tripel.

A pretty good craft tripel that I'll have to try again (but, not tonight).

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2013 03:57:25 | More by thecheapies
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wedge

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2013 23:27:13 | More by wedge
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Beaver13

Colorado

3.7/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2013 04:29:33 | More by Beaver13
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JayQue

Virginia

3.7/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2014 00:20:11 | More by JayQue
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GilGarp

Colorado

4.23/5  rDev +9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2013 02:29:11 | More by GilGarp
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MattyG85

Minnesota

4.33/5  rDev +11.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2013 07:28:59 | More by MattyG85
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hosehead83

Ohio

3.36/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2013 20:58:29 | More by hosehead83
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micromaniac129

Pennsylvania

3.71/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2013 15:15:10 | More by micromaniac129
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BeerLover99

Illinois

3.48/5  rDev -10.3%
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.

RATHER NICE; SOLID SAMPLE!

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2013 21:10:17 | More by BeerLover99
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katan

Colorado

3.99/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz into a pint

A - Pours a golden color. Bright white head formation, breaks down to a film quickly. Light amount of bubbling.

S - Some grainy pilsner malts, some light belgian esters, a little bit spicy with coriander. Overall muted.

T - Starts off lightly sweet, smooth and malty. Some pilsner grainy malts sneak in. Belgian yeast, lightly fruity -some spice. Citrus builds as it warms. Finishes clean with a little more biting graininess. Overall, ends up dry.

M - Full bodied, moderate carbonation. Tends towards the hefty and sticky side. Alcohol warmth is well hidden.

O/D - A good tripel. ABV isn't too high and its not overly filling. Can't argue against the price point. The dry graininess is a little much for me.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2013 02:04:52 | More by katan
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secondtooth

Indiana

3.84/5  rDev -1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2013 13:04:19 | More by secondtooth
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shand

Florida

2.96/5  rDev -23.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2013 19:39:30 | More by shand
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Immortale25

North Carolina

4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter. Label says Bottled On: JAN 02 2013

A- Pours a hazy golden color with a 1/4 inch white head that doesn't retain long before becoming a thick, bubbly ring around the edge of the glass and a light sheet of surface foam.

S- Yeasty, spicy, wheaty. Some orange and coriander. Slightly effervescent plus a tad musty with a slight booze fume.

T- Not as intriguing as the aroma, but still a mostly smooth combo of yeast and spice. Alcohol is conspicuous but not overbearing as the sweetness of the wheat balances things out.

M- Milky, rather than creamy, with medium carbonation and a lightish body.

O- This is about what I expected it to be. Very good but not amazing.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2013 21:53:56 | More by Immortale25
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Cylinsier

Pennsylvania

3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz.

Pours a light, slightly hazy lemon gold. Thin white film for a head.

Smells of coriander, lemon zest, grassy malts, and semi-sweet citrus.

Flavor is of light grassy malts, hints of wheat, and tart and sweet citrus fruitiness. A very mild hop bite comes through in the aftertaste.

Body is on the full side with light fizzy carbonation on the roof of the mouth.

Pretty decent Belgian-inspired ale, not quite in tune with the style to me, but that aside very enjoyable and refreshing. Has some saison-like elements. Definitely worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2013 23:06:33 | More by Cylinsier
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Flounder57

Massachusetts

3.48/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2013 07:42:32 | More by Flounder57
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schoolboy

Ohio

4.29/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

My love of Colorado breweries continues. This offering from Great Divide is outstanding, and a great value at under $2 a bottle.

It pours fairly flat but a pretty golden color. It has little lace but it has a cool haze. The aroma is a yeasty fruity Belgian thing. Nice and a little boozy too, as it should be.

The taste is of Belgium, not Colorado. It's just right. Yeasty and fruity like the aroma. The aftertaste is sweet and a little dark. This isn't quite like some of the Belgians that will totally fool you - it is obvious this has some kick. I will need to remember the name - this is a good one.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2013 00:36:37 | More by schoolboy
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vkv822

Oregon

3.45/5  rDev -11.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2013 08:46:12 | More by vkv822
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StaveHooks

Oklahoma

2.79/5  rDev -28.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2013 00:50:51 | More by StaveHooks
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BucannonXC5

California

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.
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2014 07:56:53 | More by BucannonXC5
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wvsabbath

West Virginia

4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Light pear colored gold, not much of a head or lacing.

Smell - Sweet floral fruits, apple, pear, grapes, lemon, banana, orange, corriander spice. Some added sugars and sweet yeasts.

Taste - Big floral fruits and sweet yeasts at first sip. Orange, corriander and grape is a main flavor. Lots of spices also are present but not overdone. Alcohol is masked well. Has a bitter bite at the finish.

Mouthfeel - Loads of fruits and yeasts coat tounge. Grape is a flavor through the whole experience. Palate gets more fruits, yeasts and spices. The finish comes up a little bitter and dry.

Overall - Really good, but not as big and bold as alot of other tripels. Would be a great starter tripel , or for someone that cant handle the big flavors that a la fin du monde would provide. Solid and very easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2013 00:15:38 | More by wvsabbath
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ryan1788a5

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2013 00:41:47 | More by ryan1788a5
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chugalug06

Colorado

3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Foggy, yellow-orange, thin white foamy head.

Orange, wheaty, banana, medicinal, nice blend.

Dry, light-medium carbonation, very wheaty, orange, coriander, light menthal, inital flavor is dynamite while after taste is a weird mix of flavors.

Recommended, but I think GD could blend this one out better. I'm anxious to see if it changes next spring...

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2013 02:19:43 | More by chugalug06
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jmdrpi

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2013 03:25:30 | More by jmdrpi
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barnzy78

Illinois

4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle with freshness date clearly marked. Poured into a chalice, the ale is golden-tangerine color with a thin, white head that dissipates quickly. Full nose of banana, bready yeast, orange, spice, pear, apple, coriander, booze. Tastes are sweet with spice, plenty of banana & orange rind, yeast, wheat, booze is warming and a bit hot, finishes slightly dry and spicy from the rye. Mouth-feel is thin-medium body, with moderate carbonation. Overall, nice complexity & a good meld of flavors from all the ingredients.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2013 00:57:02 | More by barnzy78
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justintcoons

Pennsylvania

3.41/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle poured into a tulip.

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

Nose
Caramel drizzled grains, potpourri, rye and hay.

Taste
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.

Mouthfeel
Light-medium bodied, smooth, spicy and dry.

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

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2013 19:30:26 | More by justintcoons
Orabelle from Great Divide Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 388 ratings.