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Orabelle - Great Divide Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

142 Reviews
THE BROS
86
very good

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Reviews: 142
Hads: 653
Avg: 3.88
pDev: 22.94%
Wants: 20
Gots: 95 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Great Divide Brewing Company
Colorado, United States | website

Style | ABV
Tripel | 8.30% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: TMoney2591 on 12-31-2012

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Photo of Rbodacious
4.02/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pineapple-apple/ banana coriander /pepper. Juicy.
Belgian yeasty -dry finish.
A beautiful hazy light gold presentation.
Solid white head, thick lace.
What a nice surprise.
I'll be back.

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Photo of tempest
3.99/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Nice spicy tripel with a yeasty edge. You can feel the oats a big more than in Tripel Karmaliet, and the herbal notes are sharper than most from Belgium and there's certainly more malt character standing up. But I'd say it's an excellent American take on the style, varying only slightly, like Victory's Golden Monkey. Very satisfying, and the strength is well hidden. This is great beer.

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Photo of utopiajane
3.27/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours a hazy lemon yellow with a scant head that falls fast. Spongecake nose. Spicy, herbal, lemony and sticky bread with honey. . Slight alcohol pepper and presence. Taste is douhgy and malty. Tropical pineapple, apple skin. Pineapple and pepper. More sweet than tart with a substantial bitter to show off a lemony herbal.Slight warming in the dry finish. At times it really doesnot drink or taste like a tripel. It's definitely american style. They rye together with the lemony herbal and hops bitter is too much for the delicate tripel. It drank heavy, a little syrupy, too much hop bitterness. Heavy and slow malty finish.

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Photo of Auraan
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured a pretty, cloudy orange body with one finger of thick, fluffy white head that receded with medium speed. A good looking body, but not enough head for the style. Scents of spicy Belgian yeast imparting notes of clove, woody coriander and white pepper. Fruity esters are moderately high with apricot and orange aromas dominating, aided by the aroma of the orange peels added during fermentation. Soft, spicy alcohol is present in the background. Malt character is low, befitting a tripel, with a softly sweet character overall. A light perfume-like aroma, likely from hops, adds depth in the background. Overall this is a nicely true to form tripel. The aroma is fruity and spicy, as befits the style, but also quite deep and complex. A fine example of a basic tripel aroma. Flavor begins lightly sweet, with notes of soft, sweet sugar cookie-like malt and orange flesh fruity esters. This is backed by a light phenolic bitterness imparting flavors of white pepper, clove and coriander. Light soft alcohol flavors are also present. Middle picks up bitterness with further phenolic flavors, becoming more intense, but with the same mixture as above. To this is added a light orange zest character, light spicy hops and a slightly more intense alcohol. Finish is medium-dry with notes of clove, white pepper, coriander at medium-high levels and medium levels of spicy hops, alongside soft, sweet alcohol and orange zest flavors at similar levels. A soft malt sweetness is present in the background. Aftertaste is bitter, with notes of spicy white pepper and clove and bitter spicy hops. Overall impression of flavor is of a rather nice tripel, quite true to style with the mix of spicy, fruity and alcohol flavors, backed by a soft, but not overwhelming sweetness. A good example of the style. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a smooth creamy feel and medium-light carbonation. Overall impression of mouthfeel is fairly on-point for the style, though carbonation is a bit too low. Overall this is a fairly good take on a Belgian Tripel. It is true to style in aroma and flavor, and mostly true in mouthfeel and is quite pleasant to drink. Its lower price relative to imported and high-end domestic tripels make up for its few shortcomings relative to those higher priced examples. A nice beer and a shame it's not year-round.

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Photo of dradair
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice golden hue about an inch of a head on it. It smells rich of fruit and the fruity undertones stick with you all the way down. A very solid beer from a solid company and more than worth it for the price.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.82/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

From BeerAdvocate Magazine #74 (Mar 2013):

A lively Tripel, certainly wakes the palate up. The oats and rye add depth as expected and then some; the addition of wheat keeps this brew in line for a Tripel and maintains the level of crispness needed. Spicing nearly pushed it to an Imperial Wit though; not as subtle as the Belgians do it. Done splitting hairs—a real treat, even if it is not your “proper” Tripel.

STYLE: Tripel
ABV: 8.3%
AVAILABILITY: Spring seasonal

LOOK: Nearly clear, dull yellow, sudsy

SMELL: Lemon pith, minty, lime leaves, slightly biscuity, quince paste, wild herbs, peppercorn, alcohol

TASTE: Smooth, grainy, soft, rustic bread, nutty yeast, fresh grass, pears, papayas, very warming, juicy, moderate hopping, orange peel, spice, dry finish

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Photo of Markyd02
3.53/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

I've yet to taste an American brewer either nail this style or build on it in a unique way. Like New Belgium, it's just a rougher take with more hop after bite. Still worth a try, but their saison is better because it's a more forgiving style.

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Photo of TheMarkE
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Straw colored, not much viscosity or foam (on tap)

Smell: Citrus, yeast, wheat.

Taste: Citrus, yeast, spice, wheat.

Mouthfeel: On the light side of medium bodied.

The Verdict: Good beer. Very smooth, much lighter than I expected. Highly drinkable.

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Photo of SanRaphael
4.48/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Beautiful golden cloudy beer. Nice spices. Easy pleasant drink. Whatever it strengths and weaknesses, the average out to a really fine drinkable tripel.

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Photo of MadCat
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look:A light hazy straw color with a short white head that leaves a little lacing

Smell: Your typical Belgian yeasts that make up a tripel, citrus, and hints of sugar

Taste: A good tripel, nice Belgian yeast flavors, a little spice, a little citrus, hints of sweetness, fruit

Feel: Light to medium body, full carbonation

Overall: A pretty good example of the style, though there are better easily available

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Photo of ClavisAurea
3.13/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Fresh 12oz bottle served in a snifter. Freshness date of 01/2015

Appearance: hazy yellow with a small amount of pale white head that dissipated quickly. Slight Belgian lace

Nose: apples, popsicles, Belgian yeast, slight citrus, sugary

Taste and mouth feel: heavy on the tongue, fruity and bitter at the same time, slight sweetness from some Belgian candi sugar, quick finish with a slight metallic aftertaste.

Overall: it's ok but I've definately had better trippels from other American brewers. I probably wouldn't buy this one again but I will enjoy the rest of the six pack. No aging this one, drink fresh.

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Photo of DoubleJ
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Great Divide makes a tripel. Coming out of a 12 ounce bottle, on to the beer:

The beer is cloudy blonde but bright. A half-inch of head tops the beverage, and solid retention and lacing add texture to the look. I can dig the aroma; spicy, peaches, white pepper. It smells refreshing. Orabelle hits the mark with taste as well. La Fin du Monde is one of my all-time favorite beers, and Orabelle tastes like a poor man's version of said beer. That's not a bad thing to be! The beer is sweet, rich in apricots, creamy oats, a play of citrus peel hitting the palate. To add to the list, it's medium bodied, creamy, and has attractive peppery carbonation which cut through the citrus and sweet nature of the beer.

Thank you sir, may I have another?

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Photo of SamN
3.29/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Lively beer with loads of action, dark honey color and a bit hazy from the sediment. Really thin head, near-grey color but soapy and oily. Nose hits upfront with a load of yeast esters; banana, sweet/spicy aromas, bready malts, wheat and pale mostly. Taste starts like a wheat, with creamy banana and spices, then finishing with a clean hop bite, lingering tartness. Flavors are almost too mellow; nothing about this really 'pops'. It's easy to drink and sort of faceless, but I wouldn't session with this at 8.3. So it's an odd one.

Not up to par with the Belgians, and there are better local offerings (New Belgium Tripel), there's nothing obviously bad about Orabelle. It's just sort of middling.

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Photo of timontheroad
3.94/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Hazy, dark gold color, one finger of thick white head, very good retention and nice lacing.
Smell: Pretty light aroma, hints of lemon, bits of wheaty smells, and belgian yeast.
Taste: Citrus, banana, coriander, and that great belgian flavor we all love up front, with some peppery spiciness on the back end. Very nice!
Mouthfeel: Medium to light body, nice carbonation, and nice and creamy. Dry finish.
Overall: While not up there with the best Belgian Tripels, I thought this was a very drinkable beer. I look forward to its release every year and always buy a couple of sixers.

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Photo of harpo111
3.79/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I like this beer. Strong...yes...but no over hanging alcohol taste.
A: Nice golder color..not too much head or lacing
S:Corn/malt...not a lot of hops smell. Sweet with citris
T: corander and orange peel...sweetness of the tripel sugars..a little malty hoppy after taste
M: smooth...not to heavy..not to light
O: nice beer. good food beer. Hot day you will want something less complex and not as heavy...but with a meal...meats and cheese...yes it would do nicely

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Photo of TheBeerSipper
3.6/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - The color of this Belgian style ale was that similar to a shandy, with the brightness toned down a notch or two. The color is was a plus for me. Virtually zero head even with a hard pour 1/2 way through. More bubbles than most beers appeared at the bottom - Overall slightly above average apperance.

Smell - Has the typical smell of a Belgian style ale. Strong and intriguing. Look and smell has a summer style feel so far.

Taste - Upon initial sip, the first thought from my cranium was "ahhhh..refreshing." That surprised me a bit as I expected the normal "bite" and very strong flavor of other Belgian ales. It had a bit of fruitiness which stems from the orange peel, further adding to the summer feel.

Mouthfeel- Refreshing and unexpectedly smooth. Goes down easy my friends.

Overall - Great Divide is one of my go to breweries, if you know what I mean. You at at the store and desire to treat your palette to a new taste. Nothing stands out to you, therefore, you purchase a brew from a maker you have experienced joy with in the past.

This is a good brew. It is not my favorite from Great Divide, but good nonetheless. I would allow my senses to experience it again. It is slightly different than other Belgian style ales, more of a summer feel as I have mentioned but it is not too much different. Drink on your porch at sunset for best results. Until Next Time

The Beer Sipper

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Photo of Beer_Betty
3.99/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I tend to favor Belgium style beers so I love this one! I love the golden color and the slightly sweet, yet full-flavor that this beer offers. I found it very easy drinking, but you do have to be careful of the 8.3%, it will sneak up on you! I have tried a few other beers by Great Divide, so far they have not let me down.

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Photo of cjgiant
4.22/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours translucent yellow, with minimal head and apparent carbonation.
The smell is a nice bouquet of orange and banana flavors, with the coriander hitting the nose throughout. The balance of floral fruit and spice is quite pleasing.

The taste follows the nose quite well in flavors, but a slightly different profile. The spice is prevalent throughout, but the banana is a bigger player than any orange (or tangerine, maybe) in the taste. The end feel has a slight bite of the coriander and an unforeseen hit of carbonation. I am torn a bit if that is good enough.

Overall, I really enjoyed this beer as a Belgian with a slight fruit edge. I did find it quite drinkable, which might be bad at 8.3%.

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Photo of Beer-A-Lot
3.96/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice, somewhat subdued tripel, with hardly any indication of it being a big beer. Not as sweet or sugary as many other tripels--it even tastes a bit dry--but the mouthfeel and creaminess are solid. Also not as spicy, but the flavors are still appealing, with a hint of peppery taste. Cloudy color, with lots of head and decent retention. Very drinkable.

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Photo of rlee1390
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A-Semi cloudy bright yellow, one finger head.

S-Lemon, grass, wheat, a little bit of spice as well.

T-Balance is off, starts with lemon and spices. Some wheat and grass but they do not go together.

M-Light, not much carbonation and a tad watery.

O-A boring, run of the mill tripel that doesn't bring much to the table.

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Photo of JamieDuncan
4.24/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

My beer guru brought this one over to split. Much murkier than the normal triple, and the smell and taste reminded me of a saison or a wit. Enjoyed the beer very much, I would consider this a strong saison that is really easy to drink which gives it big bonus points overall because of its ABV and drinkability. Certainly would drink this any day.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.33/5  rDev -14.2%
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.

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Photo of JayQue
3.69/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Not a bad take on a Tripel. There are much better American versions of this style though. Poured a hazy bright gold into a chalice. A hard pour gives a medium size delicately bubbly white head.

Aroma is light fruit..apples and pears with a little Belgian Yeast.

Taste is light fruit, a little yeast and some lemon zest. Pleasant enough but not the rich yeasty, peppery Tripels that I enjoy so much.

Mouthfeel is fairly rich. Overall a pleasant drink, just not a top Tripel.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.25/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle - $2.49 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Bottled On: JAN 07 2014.

Appearance: Pours a lightly hazed, light golden body with a smallish, short-lived, white head.

Smell: Juicy citrus fruits, a bit of milked banana, and a generous dosage of coriander (also a little white peppercorn).

Taste: Crackery malts, a snap of sweetness, then, blitzed with a fast-moving fruitiness of tropical citruses of orange and lime, light pineapple, and banana. The added coriander is notable. Some alcohol warmth present. Sweet, spicy, fruity to the well-carbonated finish with a lingering orange zest flavor.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium-high carbonation.

Overall: Orabelle wasn't horrible, it does have that going for it. It doesn't feel like much of a tripel. Reading the label is seemed more like an amped up wit.

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Photo of hopsputin
3.92/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

a: its a hazy burnt caramely yellow color with a 2 finger bubbly white head that fades pretty quickly and leaves a thin layer of white bubbles on top

s: coriander, pepper, and a belgian yeast right away. freshly cut pare, hint of banana, wheat and caramel malt

t: initially your hit with a punch of zesty fruit, coriander, and clove. that quickly fades to ripe banana, pepper, pear skin all wrapped together with a wheat, malty backbone. finishes dry and with that spicy yeast. something odd at the back of the tongue i can't quite put my finger on

m: medium mouthfeel with less carbonation that i'm used to in a tripel

o: an alright American representation of the style - very full of spicy yeast. its a good mouthfeel, and harmonizes the flavors pretty well. as mentioned above, there is an odd flavor at the back of the tongue that is slightly off-putting - but does not kill the beer. i think this beer would benefit from some brett

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Orabelle from Great Divide Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 142 ratings.