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Orabelle - Great Divide Brewing Company

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very good

465 Ratings
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Ratings: 465
Reviews: 102
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 11.37%
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: TMoney2591 on 12-31-2012)
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Photo of Rickythejeweler
4.46/5  rDev +15.2%

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!

Rickythejeweler, Jan 26, 2013
Photo of Jonada
4.26/5  rDev +10.1%

12oz bottle poured into a goblet. Bottled on 12/13/2012

Appearance: Hazy, golden yellow color. Less than a finger of white head dissipated almost instantly.

Smell: Spicy, phenolic, banana, pear, orange, slightly floral.

Taste: Follows the nose pretty closely. Spice, yeast, banana, coriander, citrus.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, sticky mouthfeel. Soft carbonation. Goes down incredibly smooth

Overall: Really good American interpretation on a Belgian style Tripel. Great Divide doesn't get the same level of hype as some other craft breweries, but I've yet to have a beer from them that disappoints.

Jonada, Jan 26, 2013
Photo of flagmantho
3.74/5  rDev -3.4%

Poured from 12oz bottle into a tulip. Bottled on 12/12/12 ... woo!

Appearance: light golden hue with a moderate haze and a medium-to-strong effervescence. Head poured one finger of frothy white foam which dissipated quickly, leaving little lace. Not bad, but part of the tripel experience I like is a huge, inconvenient head.

Smell: wheaty, spicy, witbier-like aroma, attributable to the orange peel and coriander found in this brew. It's also got a hint of pear and cider aromas which bring out the tripel character. I like it.

Taste: sweet flavor with wheat, bitter orange and coriander; the flavor here is more of a double white or imperial witbier or something. Maybe not what I'm looking for in a tripel, but not bad overall.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a decent carbonation and a pretty good creaminess. Not too bad.

Overall: this is not a bad beer, but I was a little disappointed. The label claims this is a tripel, but they've gone a lot further into witbier territory than I like to have in a tripel.

flagmantho, Jan 25, 2013
Photo of cyrushire
3.25/5  rDev -16%

cyrushire, Jan 25, 2013
Photo of BWarrington
4.56/5  rDev +17.8%

App- Great unfiltered golden hazy wheat
Smell- malttastic, yeasty, citrus tones
taste-malty, ester, goodness
mf- maybe a little more carb is needed

overall- A lot of hop punks and beli snobs rated this beer way to low. I drink(and rate as my fav bev) a french canadian tripel all the time and this one is so close to it. Great Divide listen to my praises and keep making this beer, I LOVE IT!

BWarrington, Jan 25, 2013
Photo of EORS
3.58/5  rDev -7.5%

Poured into a tulip glass.

A: Honey colored and hazy with a quarter inch or so of white head, comes back when the beer is swirled and laces down the glass.

S: Wonderful. Lots of fruit (mostly orange with some banana), spice, little bit of mustiness and alcohol.

T: The first two categories were so good this was a bit of a let down. Very dry: musty tang from the yeast and very noticeable alcohol.

M: Slick, low-carbonation.

O: Good, but would have liked a bit more body in this beer, given the different grains listed in it (wheat, rye, oats) Wonder what would have happened if a less efficient yeast went to work on this, or if I drank it a bit younger. If it tasted more like it smelled, this would be a go-to.

EORS, Jan 25, 2013
Photo of dbattey
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

dbattey, Jan 25, 2013
Photo of --Dom--
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

--Dom--, Jan 25, 2013
Photo of Thedrizzle
3.25/5  rDev -16%

Thedrizzle, Jan 25, 2013
Photo of Immortale25
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%

Poured into a snifter. Label says Bottled On: JAN 02 2013

A- Pours a hazy golden color with a 1/4 inch white head that doesn't retain long before becoming a thick, bubbly ring around the edge of the glass and a light sheet of surface foam.

S- Yeasty, spicy, wheaty. Some orange and coriander. Slightly effervescent plus a tad musty with a slight booze fume.

T- Not as intriguing as the aroma, but still a mostly smooth combo of yeast and spice. Alcohol is conspicuous but not overbearing as the sweetness of the wheat balances things out.

M- Milky, rather than creamy, with medium carbonation and a lightish body.

O- This is about what I expected it to be. Very good but not amazing.

Immortale25, Jan 24, 2013
Photo of BeerLover99
3.48/5  rDev -10.1%

A: cloudy golden/yellow, trace white head, fine lacing

S: big lemon peel, floral, belgian yeast

T: same as nose, malt, mild spice, earthy finish

M: med body, mild oily body

O: Another gem from Great Divide! Love Tripels
and this American offering is rather good. Fine
intro for newbies.


BeerLover99, Jan 24, 2013
Photo of wo87810
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

wo87810, Jan 24, 2013
Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%

Bottled 12/13/12.

Pours a murky honey orange with a foamy off-white head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. Thin rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, citrus fruit, spices, and Belgian yeast. Taste is much the same with a slightly tart citrus fruit flavor on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and sticky mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that quite tasty and a solid American take on the style.

UCLABrewN84, Jan 24, 2013
Photo of Boilerfood
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Boilerfood, Jan 23, 2013
Photo of abcdefghijkyle
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

abcdefghijkyle, Jan 22, 2013
Photo of iKrystin
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

iKrystin, Jan 22, 2013
Photo of spoony
3.96/5  rDev +2.3%

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.

spoony, Jan 22, 2013
Photo of alexipa
3.91/5  rDev +1%

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.

alexipa, Jan 22, 2013
Photo of Paul68
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Paul68, Jan 21, 2013
Photo of wedge
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

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.

wedge, Jan 21, 2013
Photo of Rollzroyce21
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Rollzroyce21, Jan 20, 2013
Photo of CamM
4/5  rDev +3.4%

CamM, Jan 20, 2013
Photo of Keith_R
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Keith_R, Jan 20, 2013
Photo of Kopfschuss
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Kopfschuss, Jan 20, 2013
Photo of mactrail
4.06/5  rDev +4.9%

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."

mactrail, Jan 20, 2013
Orabelle from Great Divide Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 465 ratings.