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 jokelahoma
3.81/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

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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.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
3.89/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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.

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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.

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3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

I’ll buy anything from Great Divide, but I was instantly drawn to this tripel; if it’s anything like Hades, I know I’ll enjoy it.

Bottled a little over a month before the date of this tasting: 01/16/2014.

A: Pours a dull, cloudy yellow with a short, offwhite head of sudsy cream. Retention and lacing are present but just barely, giving this all the first impressions of a thick, yeasty beer.

S: The glass overflows with the scent of bready yeast, making the whole room smell like a freshly-opened Wyeast pack. It’s a warm, comforting aroma, and once you start sniffing a little closer, you get whiffs that are accented by honeydew melon, coriander, orange peel, creamy banana, and farmhouse funk scents. Some spice gets through – mainly lemongrass and clove, along with a Noble, peppery hop note – but for the most part, this is all yeast.

T: The yeast tones fill out the profile in the blink of an eye, esters and all: a chewy French bread tone leads before a sudden charge of soft fruit, the honeydew, pear, and banana of the nose. That’s a profile I’ve really come to enjoy in Belgians and Belgian-style beers, but that’s not all there is to Orabelle. As the yeast just about hits its peak, a familiar wheat taste comes about – Blue Moon? Definitely not my favorite beer, and with the abundant lemon and strikingly intense wheat taste I’m getting, that’s what comes to mind. That said, the palate doesn’t rest on that accentuated grain character like that sad, sad Coors brew does; instead, it continues to advance into a nuanced spice profile of white pepper, coriander, and mild must (I’m not sure it’s strong enough to call ‘funk’). As it closes, the wheat dies down, crafting a finish for this beer that’s just like the intro: smooth, inoffensive white bread.

M: This one’s creamy and filling, sloshing around the tongue with a substantial milkiness. Though there’s only a touch of frothy carbonation, the body ends up soft enough to throw back quite easily, making this very drinkable for the ABV.

O: This is tasty beer, but not $14-a-six-pack beer – file this under “glad I tried, but can’t afford to have regularly.” Apart from price, though, the palate was a little too mundane to catch my continued interest. Everything in this little bottle was on-point – the nose, the palate, the feel, the overall impression – but nothing ever jumped out as “great;” basically, this isn’t one for the record books, but you’d be hard-pressed to be disappointed in this beer.

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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