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Orabelle - Great Divide Brewing Company

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87
very good

449 Ratings
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Ratings: 449
Reviews: 101
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 11.11%
Wants: 12
Gots: 24 | 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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spoony

Colorado

3.96/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

From a 12 oz bottle into a tulip.

A-An aggressive pour fails to produce any head.* Instead, I get a patchy ring of white foam. The brew is slightly cloudy and orange-tinted gold in color. No visible carbonation.

S-A nice aroma of lemon and orange meld with spices, tropical mango, and candy sugar. There is a little straw/grass backing underneath. Mostly sweet and slightly funky.

T-Taste is similar to smell. I picked up sweet, bubblegum like notes, some banana, and some citrus. There was also a touch of spice. Not terribly funky, but decently complex.

M-There is a little wave of mild carbonation, but on the whole, this brew was under-carbonated and a touch syrupy.

O-This beer is close to great. The smell implies great potential, it is fruity and mildly sweet, and decently complex. Unfortunately, the smell is not quite matched by the taste, but, as I say, there is potential here.

A note about the carbonation: I tried multiple bottles and experienced the same underwhelming carbonation with each bottle (from the same six-pack). The lack of carbonation doesn't kill this beer, but it does drag down the score a bit.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2013 05:13:36 | More by spoony
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alexipa

Colorado

3.91/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Hazy orange/yellow with a thin white head.

S: Picking up some coriander, Belgian yeast, wheat, and orange. All pretty subtle.

T: If an imperial Wit were to ever exist, this would be one. Tastes like any Wit I've ever had, just more intense. Lots of coriander, orange, lots of yeast, and wheat. Nice malty character as well.

M: Very thick and creamy, almost too much so. This is hard to drink much of, definitely a sipper.

O: This is a very interesting beer that I would gladly drink again. It's more of a Wit then it is a Tripel (though I suppose the two aren't too different), but it's still very tasty.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2013 00:01:35 | More by alexipa
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Paul68

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

01-21-2013 23:54:17 | More by Paul68
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wedge

North Carolina

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

Slightly foggy golden yellow color covered by a slim layer of milky suds. Spicy, fruity aroma...coriander, orange peel, banana, clove, flowers, and mild dough. Big, fruity esters burst forth in the mouth. Peppery phenols, citrus zest, some tart acidity, coriander spice, and a tangy-ness that I assume comes from the wheat. Only a little grain near the end, but all the bright, yeasty, spicy flavors overwhelm any malt (and I REALLY like to have some noticeable pale malt in my tripels to soften and balance things out). The finish is sweet, but nondescript. Medium bodied and low on carbonation, which hurts the drinkability, though a pleasant dryness helps. Not bad, far from the best.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2013 23:27:13 | More by wedge
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Rollzroyce21

California

4/5  rDev +3.4%

01-20-2013 22:31:03 | More by Rollzroyce21
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CamM

Georgia

4/5  rDev +3.4%

01-20-2013 19:04:17 | More by CamM
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Keith_R

Georgia

4/5  rDev +3.4%

01-20-2013 05:30:52 | More by Keith_R
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Kopfschuss

Oregon

4/5  rDev +3.4%

01-20-2013 03:55:06 | More by Kopfschuss
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mactrail

Washington

4.06/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Lovely golden color with plenty of foam in the Duvel tulip. Rich and tart with some deep fruity flavors like dried pineapple and green mango. Nice carbonation that rolls across the tongue as the Belgian yeasty flavors come along.

What's really interesting is the addition of wheat, oats, and rye, according to the brewery. It adds some tangy, bitterish grainy flavors that push the complexity as well. It also has the spicy flavors of a really amped-up Wit, though it's fortunately subtle with the orange and coriander flavors.

Another really good Belgian-style brew from Great Divide. They make so many good beers that don't involve bales of hops. From the 12 oz bottle brought to me from Denver. Label says "Bottled on Dec 12 2012."

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2013 02:56:41 | More by mactrail
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Peyton5410

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

01-20-2013 02:01:54 | More by Peyton5410
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strongaf

Washington

4/5  rDev +3.4%

01-19-2013 09:30:41 | More by strongaf
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

decent tripel style, but aside from the belgian yeti and maybe hades, i dont care for great divides forays into belgians. this one pours more clear than expected, but still with some suspended yeast, bright golden in color, more of a sexy blonde actually. a ton of bubbles build a tall white head. i smell corriander, and some bready floral yeast, like some kind of fruit muffin. theres some peppery element as well, more complex than i thought itd be, and less frilly than new belgiums tripel. flavor is yeast driven, without much citrus happening at all. its quite refreshing and its alcohol content is expertly disguised. erratic carbonation, like a sodapop, but a quick finish, feels like carbonated water. light body for a bigger brew alcohol wise, appropriate from early spring. not the best thing great divide has done, but i like it a whole lot better than that saison they did last year...

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2013 21:01:33 | More by StonedTrippin
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huysmans

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

01-18-2013 11:59:23 | More by huysmans
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GoGators

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +3.4%

01-18-2013 04:09:41 | More by GoGators
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StubFaceJoe

Colorado

4/5  rDev +3.4%

01-16-2013 17:22:44 | More by StubFaceJoe
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brandoman63

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

01-16-2013 15:59:21 | More by brandoman63
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GilGarp

Colorado

4.23/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled December 31, 2012.

12oz bottle served chilled into a goblet.

Orabelle is a hazy golden straw color with thin white head. Good retention though and it leaves some lacing behind.

Aroma is fresh and citrusy with a nice Belgian yeast strain. A little bit of peppery spice as well.

Flavor is very good, maybe a little better than expected. Pale but strong malt body shows off the yeast and spicy, citrusy hops. Great balance of flavors and very easy drinking for a beer over 8% ABV.

Mouthfeel is light-plus in body and nicely carbonated.

They had a tripel in bombers last year and it was pretty good but a little pricey. This is even better and at a very reasonable price. I'll definately be back for more.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2013 02:29:11 | More by GilGarp
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Halcyondays

California

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a deep opaque goldenrod to a light yellow-orange with a medium white head, some spotty lace.

S: Definite notes of creamy orange, lots of pepper and yeast.

T: Heavy doses of coriander, peppery yeasty and orange peel hit initially with a nice play from the malt. Some good hopping on the back end, but dominated by the yeast flavour,

M: Medium to full-bodied, a tad cloying, never alcoholic, medium long aftertaste, biting carbonation all the way.

O: A well made American Tripel. The flavours are good, the mouthfeel could use a little work, but it's a minor quibble. All and all I enjoyed this effort.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2013 07:27:30 | More by Halcyondays
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MarkyMOD

Colorado

4/5  rDev +3.4%

01-15-2013 04:23:49 | More by MarkyMOD
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Uncle_Jimmy

California

4.06/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Appearance- pours a hazy yellow with a finger of coarse white foam

Smell- clove cinnamon banana a little yeasty

Taste- clove bubblegum, a light fizz banana honey coriander some orange peel ( I think this makes it taste more like a wheat beer (shock top-ish) than a golden belgian) maybe even a little brine-y

Mouthfeel- dry but flavorful

Overall- this is a tasty beer, I like the spice it is not over powering. I can have a few of these I still like Great Divides stronger darker offering much better. RUMBLEIPA!!!!

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2013 07:50:19 | More by Uncle_Jimmy
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Hopheadjeffery

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

01-12-2013 21:19:46 | More by Hopheadjeffery
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TokyoCO

Colorado

4.83/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up based on a recommendation and wow it is good!

A: Rich cloudy golden color.

S: Really good! Floral, sweet, hints of banana and a bit of lemon.

T: Follows the smell, a tangy sweetness but very mild. Belgian yeast, banana, honey, lemon.

M: Very smooth, the easiest drinking triple I'v had.

O: Wow this is a great beer! Extremely easy drinking for 8.3%, but it is not lacking taste either. One of the best triples I'v tried!

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2013 02:38:00 | More by TokyoCO
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iSip

Colorado

4.95/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Finally! A Begian Style Tripel that does not break the bank. I have a bottle of La Trappe in the fridge, one of my favorite Tripels, but that set me back $12 for a bomber which is $6 for a glass of beer. Great for a special event, but where is the common man's Tripel? Dry Dock brews a good one, but it is still $6 for a bomber and not always available. New Belgium comes close with their Trippel, but it has a bit much coriander for my taste. So I jumped at the chance to try the Great Divide Orabelle when I saw the six pack in the beer cooler for $10. The color is a cloudy peach with a thin head and little carbonation. Belgian yeast and bready sweetness come through the aroma. So far so good. The flavor is big on apricot with a touch of honey. Very light pepper touches the finish to make for an outstanding Belgian Style Tripel. Thank you Great Divide! (The Great Divide Colette is worth a try as well....)

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2013 14:41:57 | More by iSip
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TMoney2591

Illinois

4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a chalice at Fountainhead.

A tripel brewed with barley, wheat, oats, and rye, along with the other accoutrements of the style. Right on. It pours a hazy sunflower topped by over a finger of white foam. The nose comprises lemon zest, orange zest, mango, Belgian yeast, light black pepper, and light cracked wheat. The taste holds notes of lemon zest, Belgian yeast, banana, clove, light black pepper, and light coriander. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a sorta/kinda grainy feel. Overall, a very nice tripel, one that showcases a bit more in the way of fruitiness than spiciness and somehow makes it work.

Serving type: on-tap

12-31-2012 19:00:32 | More by TMoney2591
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Orabelle from Great Divide Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 449 ratings.