Orabelle - Great Divide Brewing Company

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very good

489 Ratings
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Ratings: 489
Reviews: 103
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 11.37%
Wants: 12
Gots: 33 | FT: 0
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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 artoolemomo
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance- Pours up an okay amount of head that seems to have better retention. The head is a pure cotton white while the body is a sickly lemon/grapefruit yellow that appears as a hazy, golden yellow in the light. Lacing consists of rings of sheeting.

Nose- Very spicy from the bottle. So much so that I got a little bit of rye. This is quickly erased by the strong lemon that gets little too close to Pledge. However, it does soften from the glass while still maintaining the very clean citrus from the bottle. Lots of coriander and orange peel. Hints of rosemary. A small hint of cloves. Swirling shows a slight funkiness: armpit, grapefruit, feet.

Taste- Follows the nose with very strong lemon that quickly transitions to orange peel, light banana, and hints of banana. Slight rye but very heavy spice. Definite coriander, small amounts of clove, maybe a little bit of rosemary, white pepper. The first taste had a lot of presence- it seems a little hard hitting for a tripel but so far, it's working. Subsequent tastes reveal a more proper tripel that shows softened notes of lemon, orange, banana, apple, and subdued cloves. Very easy drinking and pretty balanced. The initial complexity I experienced seems to fade but this is still a good to pretty good beer. It does nothing that astounds; it simply does everything it needs to do right.

Mouthfeel- Light bodied with some airiness to the carbonation. Slight zing reminds you it's there but doesn't interfere with the overall smoothness of this beer. Really pulls this beer together and helps solidify the restraint and refinement of the flavor profile.

Drinkability- Very easygoing and accessible. No sign of heat and also seems sessionable. I think it's around the standard Great Divide prices. If it's around 10 bucks, then it's a bargain for a very smooth, 8.3% tripel. I will be buying six packs if this is the case.

Overall- Good to really good beer. Pretty much in between. And though I've enjoyed many Great Divide beers, I was still surprised by this beer. Many cheaper tripels tend to be overwhelmingly phenolic while this is smooth and based on mild fruit esters. Definitely worth a try and something I will buy again.

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +22.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of BierJager89
4.14/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Hazy golden with a white head.

S: Peaches and orange mix well with cardamom and nutmeg in the nose.

T: A little malty up front, followed by peach, then orange, then the malt comes back with the fruits and it ends with all of that, plus cardamom and nutmeg.

M: Light bodied and smooth, especially for a tripel.

O: One of the better bodies on a triple in terms of carbonation, though it could have been better with a bit more substance. Taste is quite good. Definitely recommended.

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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

A: Pours a hazy orange color with a small head and some nice lacing

S: Coriander, fruity esters all over the place - orange, banana, bubblegum

T: Plenty of orange and that phenolic tripel flavor. The finish is where the banana shines through. Touch of spice on the palate. Very interesting.

M: Medium bodied with a very dry finish

T: A unique and refreshing tripel. The 8.3% is hidden very well which is a nice quality. Overall, great Spring beer - a must try.

Photo of mvanaskie13
3.99/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a chalice: color is straw, opaque, dense looking; head is bright white and presents about 1/2 inch thick, then follows with some lacing.

The aroma of this brew is extremely enticing: nice yeast front, spices intermingle with banana and clove, bready malt follows and then is overtaken by a drying quality.

Taste is very interesting, i see this marked as a triple, but the taste comes across as a strong wit or hefe mixed with tripel. Bready malt is forward, wheat mixed in, maybe some toast, yeast flavors and phenolics over take, some banana, some clove, other off yeast notes - finishes extremely dry...

Mouthfeel is appropriate at first with flavors and sweetness forward in the brew, and sitting well on the tongue and cheeks, the downside is the over dry and biting quality on the tongue - hard to pin point, but likely a yeast by product.

Overall, I like the flavors and aroma of this beer, I do not like its finish and linger quality on the tongue. The wit/hefe/tripel type combo is interesting and tasty, biting quality in the finish does subside with some time.

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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