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

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: TMoney2591 on 12-31-2012)
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Photo of pianoman511
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of irongator
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of rab53
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of chugalug06
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Foggy, yellow-orange, thin white foamy head.

Orange, wheaty, banana, medicinal, nice blend.

Dry, light-medium carbonation, very wheaty, orange, coriander, light menthal, inital flavor is dynamite while after taste is a weird mix of flavors.

Recommended, but I think GD could blend this one out better. I'm anxious to see if it changes next spring...

Photo of tdm168
3.86/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A - orange with a big, thick, foamy, white head that has good retention

S - white grapes, spicy, Belgian funk

T - apple, white grapes, faint spicy, mildly bitter finish

M - medium bodied, crisp, a tad warm

I enjoyed this beer. It wasn't a world class tripel but it held it's own. The fruity esters played the biggest role. The yeast was noticeable with it's spiciness as well. My biggest complaint with this one was the mouthfeel. I thought it could have been a bit fuller. I did however think the crispness stood up to the alcohol quite well. This is one beer I wouldn't mind having again.

Photo of Beer21
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of mattkoon
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

orabelle from great divide pours a very light cloudy straw yellow. the smellhas a very light citrus with a little touch of spices...but over all the smell is very weak. the taste is just the opposite, its very full, after such a weak smell i was surprised at how flavorful this beer is. this is a really good play on the belgian style. you can really taste the orange and the coriander. i hate to bring up bluemoon here, but if you like bluemoon, you should really try this and see how a real craft brewery does the orange coriander thing. this is one of the best ive had with this flavor combo.

Photo of Danobold
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of CAcker
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of avalon07
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Poured from a bottle to a goblet. Had a bright yellow color and a slightly hazy consistency. There was a small amount of foamy head that quickly dissipated. Fair lacing.

S: A sweet, fruity, malty aroma. Nicely done.

T: Tasted of light fruit (a little orange, apricot, etc.), some malt, esters, Belgian yeast, and a tinge of grassiness in the finish (a negligible amount). Not quite as bracing and powerful as some tripels, but this beer has a light, enjoyable flavor.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a somewhat slick finish. Light- to medium-bodied.

O: Orabelle is a pretty tasty, easy to like beer. Definitely drinkable.

Photo of rawfish
3.34/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a deep gold, very hazy. It takes a vigorous pour to stir enough bubbles to make a white cap of half a finger. Lacing barely sticks.

Fruity layers of apricot and oranges. Thin malt bill with lemony wheat and coriander, pepper, perfume, musty hay and a touch of alcohol. Complex yet heavy and a bit dank.

Wheat, pale grains and lightly honeyed bread. Fruit aspects are subtle imparting a earthy orange and apricot puree flavor. Spices are there with powder, coriander and hay. Falls apart near the finish as alcohol creeps in coupled with an astringent metallic note that stays through the finish as this one dries.

Undercarbonated, clashes with the uplifting ingredients pumped into this beer. Body is settled and a bit heavy. Dries well enough.

Inviting beer, terrific aroma, complex and bright but really doesn't do well after. Astringent finish and lack of substantial carbonation really make this beer sluggish. Good attempt, I don't know if they have the right yeast to pull this one off. I really wanted to like this one as Great Divide is usually solid, leave it on the shelf .

Photo of chinchill
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 12oz bottle into a snifter. 2013 bottled date is just under 1 month ago.

Appearance: light golden-apricot hue with a light haze and a medium-light effervescence. Very little head but some spotty lacing is left on the glass. Head dissipated quickly.

Smell: fruity (mainly orange and apricot), wheaty, spicy, aroma.

Taste: sweet & tart more than bitter flavor with wheat, orange, rye and coriander. Hints of apricot and apple cider.

Mouthfeel: near medium body with good carbonation.

Overall: a nice Belgian-style beer, but with weak head and a style that is at most mid-way between a Belgian White and Belgian Tripel.

Photo of Ohio_Stevo
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of ummswimmin
3.6/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Orabelle was a cloudy blonde with about two fingers of fluffy head. The head retained pretty well, which released the belgian nose over a decent amount of time. Speaking of the nose, Orabelle had a pretty minimal bouquet. There is a touch of the belgian yeastiness and a little bit of spice (I think coriander).

The flavor on this beer is pretty simple. I pick up a little funk, some spice, and more of the belgian yeastiness. This mix of flavors had some pretty good balance, while working decent feel in the mouth.

This worked out to be an easy drinking tripel.

Photo of StaveHooks
2.79/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

12oz bottle served in a Tripel Karmeliet

A - Pours a glowing amber orange with zero head. Light specks of lacing when swirled.

S - Orange, pineapple, bready and sweet malts, musty hay, kind of a flat aroma, maybe due to the low carbonation.

T - Fruity off the top, orange, pear, banana, apples, spice, boozy fruit, musty grains, sweet pale malts, honey, coriander,

M - Low carbonation, almost flat, surprisingly soft feel though. Medium to full bodied.

Not as good as I wanted it to be. Ok flavors but every thing seemed dull. The very low carbonation didn't help either. Hades was the last Belgian style that this brewery did well.

Photo of brewtus
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was going to quick review this but I can't. Poured 12oz into goose island belgian chalice. This beer pours golden yellow, hazy, small white head. The smell is divine, banana, Belgian yeast, orange, coriander, hint of vanilla. Tastes as good as it smells, very refreshing, Belgian yeast, sweet orange and coriander, some lemon, and the texture is almost silky. It's like a more flavorful hefe. This beer is very very good, glad to see it on Ohio shelves.

Photo of visualmartyr
3/5  rDev -22.5%

Photo of Tumble
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of pathman
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of grumpygerman
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of Lynn
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of smakawhat
4.01/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured on tap at falling rock pub in Denver into a globe glass. From notes.

A real nice looking brew, presented with a somewhat shiny fluffy soft white top of about two fingers. Body is an absolute perfect apricot color, opaque with a little bit of thin pin head white carbonation crawling up. Very nice.

Nose is real interesting and a bit odd but enjoyable. Light sticky yeast, not very candi sugar smelling, some floral hints and even pickle brine! What's up with that? Boy this is interesting I'll give it that.

Palate hits with a good malt backbone, and some of those classic Belgian sugars come out, with a light touch. Finishes quite floral and has a nice aromatic sensations on the aftertaste. Some of that briney charater hinted on the nose washes around a bit. Mouthfeel is about par for the course.

Overall it's kind of a weird and distinct one, but it's still pretty solid and quite unique for a tripel.

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a light yellowish golden amber with a thin white head with good retention and lacing. Mild aroma of sweet malt, Belgian spicing, particularly coriander, light stone fruit. Flavor of stone fruit, Belgian yeast, coriander, clove, sweet malt. Medium body with some creaminess, good mouth feel. Flavors are a bit subdued for a tripel, but the flavor profile hits the style quite nicely. A pleasant domestic tripel.

Photo of Hessian257
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of Rickythejeweler
4.46/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A - Golden-yellow, thin soapy white head, minimal lacing.

S - Coriander, lemon zest, sweet grains, citrus, yeast, spices, floral hops.

T - Sweet grains, yeast, honey, coriander, clove, wheat, white pepper, as it warms there is a pineapple/pine/resin flavor.

M - Full bodied, creamy/smooth, moderate carbonation, such a great mouthfeel from the oats.

O - Superb! I always forget how amazing Great Divide is!

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