Orabelle - Great Divide Brewing Company
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4.21/5 rDev +8.8%
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.
03-13-2013 02:22:14 | More by champ103
4.06/5 rDev +4.9%
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.
02-25-2014 15:49:44 | More by Brenden
3.33/5 rDev -14%
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.
04-14-2014 05:35:43 | More by ArrogantB
3.84/5 rDev -0.8%
Poured a pale, cloudy gold body with minimal head and lace. A airy aroma that is light and mostly citrusy and yeasty, although a touch of spice and sugariness seem to be in there. Beer is light bodied and smooth although it came across as more of a wit than triple at times. I say this because some of my sips were dominated by both a citric profile, bordering on orange with possible lemonzest, and spices like coriander. Couple with a sharp, crisp finish, and at times the beer didn't resemble a triple to me. That being said, there are hints of sweetness and other tropical fruits (pineapple) and it was enjoyable to sip on so I could care less of the designated title for this beer.
01-22-2014 15:10:39 | More by clayrock81
3.84/5 rDev -0.8%
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).
02-12-2013 03:57:25 | More by thecheapies
3.5/5 rDev -9.6%
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.
08-21-2013 03:25:30 | More by jmdrpi
3.78/5 rDev -2.3%
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.
03-10-2013 20:22:43 | More by homebrew311
Orabelle from Great Divide Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 464 ratings.