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Orabelle - Great Divide Brewing Company

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OrabelleOrabelle

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87
very good

449 Ratings
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Ratings: 449
Reviews: 101
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 11.11%
Wants: 12
Gots: 24 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: TMoney2591 on 12-31-2012)
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zestar

California

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

01-28-2014 05:27:23 | More by zestar
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InspectorBob

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +3.4%

05-19-2013 15:46:26 | More by InspectorBob
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BARFLYB

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

02-14-2013 23:49:11 | More by BARFLYB
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brandoman63

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

01-16-2013 15:59:21 | More by brandoman63
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rab53

Washington

4/5  rDev +3.4%

02-07-2013 03:26:34 | More by rab53
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Mebuzzard

Colorado

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

06-15-2014 16:38:25 | More by Mebuzzard
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beerthulhu

New Jersey

3.66/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2013 22:35:53 | More by beerthulhu
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smakawhat

Maryland

4.01/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured on tap at falling rock pub in Denver into a globe glass. From notes.

A real nice looking brew, presented with a somewhat shiny fluffy soft white top of about two fingers. Body is an absolute perfect apricot color, opaque with a little bit of thin pin head white carbonation crawling up. Very nice.

Nose is real interesting and a bit odd but enjoyable. Light sticky yeast, not very candi sugar smelling, some floral hints and even pickle brine! What's up with that? Boy this is interesting I'll give it that.

Palate hits with a good malt backbone, and some of those classic Belgian sugars come out, with a light touch. Finishes quite floral and has a nice aromatic sensations on the aftertaste. Some of that briney charater hinted on the nose washes around a bit. Mouthfeel is about par for the course.

Overall it's kind of a weird and distinct one, but it's still pretty solid and quite unique for a tripel.

Serving type: on-tap

01-27-2013 15:51:51 | More by smakawhat
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tdm168

North Carolina

3.86/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A - orange with a big, thick, foamy, white head that has good retention

S - white grapes, spicy, Belgian funk

T - apple, white grapes, faint spicy, mildly bitter finish

M - medium bodied, crisp, a tad warm

I enjoyed this beer. It wasn't a world class tripel but it held it's own. The fruity esters played the biggest role. The yeast was noticeable with it's spiciness as well. My biggest complaint with this one was the mouthfeel. I thought it could have been a bit fuller. I did however think the crispness stood up to the alcohol quite well. This is one beer I wouldn't mind having again.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2013 02:07:43 | More by tdm168
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sendbeer

Georgia

3.25/5  rDev -16%

04-16-2013 00:33:15 | More by sendbeer
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afsdan

Colorado

3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

03-21-2014 03:09:39 | More by afsdan
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dmorgan310

Panama

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

06-04-2013 00:43:49 | More by dmorgan310
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chinchill

South Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2013 23:25:25 | More by chinchill
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avalon07

South Carolina

4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Poured from a bottle to a goblet. Had a bright yellow color and a slightly hazy consistency. There was a small amount of foamy head that quickly dissipated. Fair lacing.

S: A sweet, fruity, malty aroma. Nicely done.

T: Tasted of light fruit (a little orange, apricot, etc.), some malt, esters, Belgian yeast, and a tinge of grassiness in the finish (a negligible amount). Not quite as bracing and powerful as some tripels, but this beer has a light, enjoyable flavor.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a somewhat slick finish. Light- to medium-bodied.

O: Orabelle is a pretty tasty, easy to like beer. Definitely drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2013 13:35:04 | More by avalon07
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flagmantho

Washington

3.74/5  rDev -3.4%
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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LiquidAmber

Washington

3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a light yellowish golden amber with a thin white head with good retention and lacing. Mild aroma of sweet malt, Belgian spicing, particularly coriander, light stone fruit. Flavor of stone fruit, Belgian yeast, coriander, clove, sweet malt. Medium body with some creaminess, good mouth feel. Flavors are a bit subdued for a tripel, but the flavor profile hits the style quite nicely. A pleasant domestic tripel.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2013 04:16:23 | More by LiquidAmber
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DrDemento456

Pennsylvania

4.04/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 1/2/13
A - The first thing I notice is even though it has sediment it stays in the bottle. Much appreciated. Not very much head in this pour just a 1/4 inch that pulls back to a sticky lace ring. Color is a bright hazy yellow.

S - Definitely spiced big notes of orange peel and coriander with a subtle wheat and some lemon.

T - Ah the spice does make it somewhat nice, hides the Abv well yet it makes the finish a tad bit dry. The flavors are not as vivid as the smell which is appreciated. Interesting triple.

M - Creamy, fully bodied, flavorful. The best part of this beer.

Overall not something I would get all the time (especially at 3 dollars a pop) but a very smooth drinking triple. Kind of disappointed going in I expected an golden pale ale but it's still a great beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2013 01:56:56 | More by DrDemento456
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twiggamortis420

Texas

3.51/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2013 02:16:51 | More by twiggamortis420
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Hopheadjeffery

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

01-12-2013 21:19:46 | More by Hopheadjeffery
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WOLFGANG

South Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

07-14-2013 17:57:29 | More by WOLFGANG
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wrightst

Maryland

4/5  rDev +3.4%

07-27-2014 14:01:53 | More by wrightst
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Cynic-ale

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

07-29-2013 18:19:04 | More by Cynic-ale
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champ103

Texas

4.21/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Hay Merchant in Houston.

A: Pours a cloudy golden/orange color. A two finger white head forms with good retention. Nice lace is left behind as well.
S: Peppery spice and earthy yeast intermingle nicely. Then slightly sweet with some candy sugar. Though not overly so, like so many American versions can be. Some fruity aromas like orange rind, lemon, and light apple skins.
T: Follows the nose. A nice balanced between peppery, clovey spice, and earthy almost funky yeast. Some light sweetness, then fruity flavors hit. Orange, lemon, slightly fleshy fruits like apples.
M/D: A medium body and carbonation. Crisp, but smooth at the same time. So easy to drink. I can have a few of these without a problem.

I like this, and reminds me a bit of Golden Monkey. A very nice example of the style. One with some sweetness, but not overly so like so many other American versions can be. Something I would recommend.

Serving type: on-tap

03-13-2013 02:22:14 | More by champ103
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barnzy78

Illinois

4/5  rDev +3.4%
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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Haybeerman

Colorado

4/5  rDev +3.4%

02-07-2013 22:16:58 | More by Haybeerman
Orabelle from Great Divide Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 449 ratings.