Orabelle - Great Divide Brewing Company

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87
very good

489 Ratings
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Ratings: 489
Reviews: 103
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 11.37%
Wants: 12
Gots: 33 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Great Divide Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Tripel |  8.30% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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(Beer added by: TMoney2591 on 12-31-2012)
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Photo of twiggamortis420
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.

Photo of WOLFGANG
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of KevinGordon
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of enelson
2.75/5  rDev -28.9%

Photo of barnzy78
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.

Photo of champ103
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.

Photo of Brenden
4.06/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

Photo of pathman
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of clayrock81
3.84/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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.

Photo of thatoneguymike
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of ROGUE16
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of AngusOg
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

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.

Photo of outoffocus
3.25/5  rDev -16%

Photo of mattmarka1
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of Whiskeydeez
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of SadMachine
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of cdwil
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of Hellpop65
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of strongaf
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of gtermi
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of crobinso
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of bigred89
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of jmdrpi
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
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 prototypic
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Orabelle from Great Divide Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 489 ratings.