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Orabelle - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Reviews: 137
Hads: 630
Avg: 3.87
pDev: 23%
Wants: 17
Gots: 87 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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 Brenden
4.07/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A murky medium-pale yellow, it's hard to name what color Orabelle actually is; I literally was forced to look at a color pallet and chart and couldn't match it perfectly. Sandstorm, maybe? Regardless, it's pale and heavily murky, opaque simply in its thickness. The head is pure white, soft and creamy. It's not especially dense, but it's thick enough to hold. Retention applies more to total duration than duration of height; it falls to a heavy foam from 3/4 finger with a little time, but that foam remains for the entire session without fading. Lacing is thick and creamy, a ring at the top followed by spotting caused by broken sheeting as it clings.
The smell holds all the richness and complexity the label promises. There are some beers, lighter and softer in character, that surprise with how rich they are, and this is one of them. Wheat is almost thick in the nostrils, and I think some of that comes from oats as well; the wheat reveals a sort of dryness, almost cracked wheat snap, and the oats are what seem to impart the richer, thicker aspects. It's a bit spicy under coriander, just the right amount to spice and add depth without being remotely overbearing. Citrus is a major component, a bit of peel adding zest. Finally, the Belgian yeast further gives it some earthiness and a sort of "dustiness" while very , very subtle white pepper spiciness comes out.
The citrus gives more tartness on the tongue than anything, zesty right up front. It's a good deal more peppery, then something almost grassy comes out with earth and wheat. Orange juice, a bit of toast, and coriander make up the middle, while a bit of grains linger in the finish.
Great Divide does a good job with every style they brew, and it shows in the feel, particularly in a well-made Belgian. This beer has the depth, a few layers on the palate, bright and crisp while rolling smoothly and imparting a softness without giving up firmness. A very, very slight stickiness coming out in the heft from the middle to end is one of very few things, but the most notable, keeping the score down.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Type: 12-oz. bottle
Glass: Westvleteen XII glass
From: Bine & Vine Bottle Shop in Normal Heights (San Diego), Calif.
Price: $2.19
Purchased: Feb. 22, 2014
Consumed: Feb. 22, 2014
Misc.: Born on date of Jan. 15, 2013

Poured a golden straw hazy color with 1-to-2 fingers of white head. Minimal lacing. Average retention.

Had to work for the smell, but then got orange peel, cloves, light banana, honey, Belgian spices and caramel.

Tasted a little less Belgian than the smell and a bit more citrusy fruits. Got orange peel, coriander, citrus hops, wheat, orange, honey, cloves and some Belgian spices.

Light body. Oily texture. Average-to-lively carbonation. Longer finish. Certainly did not taste the 8.3 percent.

Overall this was a very nice Belgian beer.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Very enjoyable after the first sip this hazy golden Belgian style ale serves up some nice features. Big white head forms fine even lacing, aromatics are pleasant with coriander soft not over done, a bit of orange peel brings nice citrus to the mix, with a spicy complex Belgian yeast character. Flavor spices give a nice complement to the citrus and bready yeast notes, nice biscuit malts pleasant even sweetness very balanced Belgian style ale by no means a classic tripel just a nice well made golden ale. Well hidden alcohol it's not even remotely alcoholic and weighs in at 8.3% abv, well played Great Divide this is when of their better Belgian style offerings yet. Mouthfeel, smooth creamy textures lingering spice character with the orange peel bitterness balance it out and dry the finish a good bit, carbonation not as effervescent as I would like but it's solid and carries the texture of the beer quite well. Overall I'm a fan I'm glad I gave Orabelle a shot.

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Photo of ZoomanCru
3.2/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Orabelle – Belgian-Style Ale (8.3%) - Great Divide Brewing Co. (Colorado)

App: Pours a hazy golden-white color with a slightly darker heart. Honestly looks a lot like the skin of a white peach. One finger head rises and falls quickly, leaving some okay lacing. Settles to a fine film that retains the duration.

Smell: Spicy aromas of belgian yeast and a prominent black pepper aroma. Hop bitterness is very subtle, and lurks under the heavy esters. Pepper dominates everything.

Taste: Taste is spicy, slightly brett-like and smooth finishing. Yeast dominates overall taste with some hints of orange peel and coriander spice peeking through. Black pepper not nearly as pronounced as in aroma. Slightest alcohol heat and wheaty tartness. Not as assertive as I expect the style to be, although the ABV is very well hidden. Overall pretty tame, deceptive given its alcohol content. Sort of stuck between a wit and a tripel. Not as flavorful as it could be to elevate it to sippin' beer status. Lingering tartness persists for days.

Mouth: Solidly medium bodied with significant carbonation that helps lift the heavier belgian flavors off the tongue making the next sip new and refreshing again.

Home tasting, 12oz bottle into Snifter. 2/18/14.

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Photo of BarryMFBurton
3.89/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

I’ll buy anything from Great Divide, but I was instantly drawn to this tripel; if it’s anything like Hades, I know I’ll enjoy it.

Bottled a little over a month before the date of this tasting: 01/16/2014.

A: Pours a dull, cloudy yellow with a short, offwhite head of sudsy cream. Retention and lacing are present but just barely, giving this all the first impressions of a thick, yeasty beer.

S: The glass overflows with the scent of bready yeast, making the whole room smell like a freshly-opened Wyeast pack. It’s a warm, comforting aroma, and once you start sniffing a little closer, you get whiffs that are accented by honeydew melon, coriander, orange peel, creamy banana, and farmhouse funk scents. Some spice gets through – mainly lemongrass and clove, along with a Noble, peppery hop note – but for the most part, this is all yeast.

T: The yeast tones fill out the profile in the blink of an eye, esters and all: a chewy French bread tone leads before a sudden charge of soft fruit, the honeydew, pear, and banana of the nose. That’s a profile I’ve really come to enjoy in Belgians and Belgian-style beers, but that’s not all there is to Orabelle. As the yeast just about hits its peak, a familiar wheat taste comes about – Blue Moon? Definitely not my favorite beer, and with the abundant lemon and strikingly intense wheat taste I’m getting, that’s what comes to mind. That said, the palate doesn’t rest on that accentuated grain character like that sad, sad Coors brew does; instead, it continues to advance into a nuanced spice profile of white pepper, coriander, and mild must (I’m not sure it’s strong enough to call ‘funk’). As it closes, the wheat dies down, crafting a finish for this beer that’s just like the intro: smooth, inoffensive white bread.

M: This one’s creamy and filling, sloshing around the tongue with a substantial milkiness. Though there’s only a touch of frothy carbonation, the body ends up soft enough to throw back quite easily, making this very drinkable for the ABV.

O: This is tasty beer, but not $14-a-six-pack beer – file this under “glad I tried, but can’t afford to have regularly.” Apart from price, though, the palate was a little too mundane to catch my continued interest. Everything in this little bottle was on-point – the nose, the palate, the feel, the overall impression – but nothing ever jumped out as “great;” basically, this isn’t one for the record books, but you’d be hard-pressed to be disappointed in this beer.

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Photo of artoolemomo
3.91/5  rDev +1%
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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Photo of BierJager89
4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
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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Photo of Zach136
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Cloudy gold body, white head.

Aroma: Banana, clove, pear, and a touch of booze.

Flavor: Bready, + the character from the aroma.

Mouthfeel: Medium light drinkable.

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Photo of Givemebeer
4.06/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
4/5  rDev +3.4%
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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Photo of ksimons
3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A-a hazy golden color with a thin layer of white head that disappears quickly to leave a bit of lace around the top

S-pale malts, fruity sweetness, and spices

T-similar to the smell, pale malt backbone, sweet fruits, and spices

M-medium body, carbonation could be a little crisper

Overall a pretty decent Tripel, could be a bit crisper on the mouthfeel

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Photo of Johnny_Muir
4.27/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle into pint glass. YES! Another Belgium style ale from Great Divide, which has quickly become my favorite brewery (Heyday, Nomad, Titan). This guy pours a strawish yellow gold with 10% orange added. Very opaque. Smooth on the tongue. Overall, best Belgian ale I've yet tried. Cheers!

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Photo of clayrock81
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured a pale, cloudy gold body with minimal head and lace. A airy aroma that is light and mostly citrusy and yeasty, although a touch of spice and sugariness seem to be in there. Beer is light bodied and smooth although it came across as more of a wit than triple at times. I say this because some of my sips were dominated by both a citric profile, bordering on orange with possible lemonzest, and spices like coriander. Couple with a sharp, crisp finish, and at times the beer didn't resemble a triple to me. That being said, there are hints of sweetness and other tropical fruits (pineapple) and it was enjoyable to sip on so I could care less of the designated title for this beer.

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Photo of Greg_Nall
3.27/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled dated 2012 December 31, poured into a Snifter style glass, about a 1/2 finger of white head, which diminished quickly, without lacing. Yellowish color tending towards gold, and hazy.

Aroma was detectable close to the nose, with malts mildly present without any specific descriptors. Mild hops added a spicy note.

Flavor intensity was medium-low with malts (again no dominate attributes) upstaging the hops (with their spicy notes). The malts transitioned smoothly to a slightly hop (bitter) finish, leaving a pleasant spicy feeling.

With a medium body and good carbonation level it left a nice impression.

Enjoyable, but somehow lacking in personal appeal.

* I tend to rate low, hopefully consistently

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Photo of a0lbudman
4.21/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A-slightly hazy gold with an off white head that leaves a light lace
S- you can smell spice, pepper, clove, and a slight banana with alcohol hints
T-spice and some malt with a slight alcohol taste that goes to a low bitter hops aftertaste that goes back to a spice finish
M-medium body and high carbonation
O-super beer that has many smells and flavors that seem to blend well together

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Photo of ryan1788a5
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a Unibroue chalice. Bottling date of 1/2/13 puts this at nine months old at the time of consumption.

A: Yellow in color with a very mild haze. Bubbly white head collapses fairly quickly. A scraggly ring of lacing is all that remains.

S: Lots of orange peel forward on the nose. Coriander and pepper. Cracker and biscuit malt. Chalky yeast. Tropical esters of mango and peach. Dash of medicinal clove.

T: Oily orange peel. Pepper and coriander. Honeyed malts. Lots of chalky yeast, slight cellar must. Very subtle hint of phenol. Ghostly alcohol. Doughy and yeasty finish.

M: Medium bodied. Full and creamy, but sits lightly. Moderate prickling carbonation. Alcohol warmth.

O: Do the coriander and orange peel need to be there? Probably not, but they don't hurt. A little rough, and as far as complexity goes, it ain't a rubix cube. Still, it drinks easily, and there's enough charm to warrant a closer look.

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Photo of brurevu
4.39/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The Orabelle’s cloudy golden orange color and frothy white head gave off whiffs of orange peel, Belgian yeast and fruitiness. The taste was very delicate yet deceptively deep with a good dose of Belgian yeast some light fruits and a spiciness that was perfectly in the Belgian Tripel realm. The light color and subtle flavors belittled it’s bold ambitions and held no hints of booze or alcohol. The Orabelle was a very smooth and solid Tripel.

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.51/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

bottled on Dec 21 2012, so about 8 months old.

appears a pale yellow color, just a whisp of white colored head. smell is yeasty, earthy, spicey, lemon aromas. taste follows the aroma. crisp pale malt and heavy slightly funky yeast flavor in the taste. thin to medium body, high carbonation.

overall, an okay tripel.

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Photo of AnotherBeerGeek
3.2/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I normally have a fair bit of respect for Great Divide, so I was intrigued at their offering of a Belgian-style Tripel, which I served up in a goblet.

The appearance is very foggy, like a wheat beer, with a honey color and a white foam that dissipates within a few minutes.

The nose is biscuity and spicy in that signature Belgian style, with hints of lemony citrus.

A mild malt sweetness greets up front, with gentle spiciness of nutmeg and notes of banana. Finish is a bit dry and biscuity. Honestly the combination doesn't do a whole lot for me, but others may find it appealing.

There is an interesting carbonated edge that seems to linger, fading only on the finish.

Overall, an okay stab at a great style, but not especially impressive.

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

Appearance: pours a yellowish orange color with short 1/2" head.

Smell: coriander, yeast, and some soft citrus are detectable.

Taste: caramel, Belgian yeast, coriander, lemon zest, mild alcohol tones, and a moderate bitterness makes up a decent Belgian styled ale.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Crisp to start, a bit less crisp and a touch dry at the finish.

Overall: easy to quaff this beer. Flavors are nice but not overwhelming. Worthy of a try.

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Photo of Cylinsier
3.81/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz.

Pours a light, slightly hazy lemon gold. Thin white film for a head.

Smells of coriander, lemon zest, grassy malts, and semi-sweet citrus.

Flavor is of light grassy malts, hints of wheat, and tart and sweet citrus fruitiness. A very mild hop bite comes through in the aftertaste.

Body is on the full side with light fizzy carbonation on the roof of the mouth.

Pretty decent Belgian-inspired ale, not quite in tune with the style to me, but that aside very enjoyable and refreshing. Has some saison-like elements. Definitely worth a try.

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Photo of phishsihq
4.02/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This new(er) seasonal release from Great Divide pours a golden-orange, and is capped with a thin, off-white head. A decent amount of lacing is provided by the slowly dissipating foam. An intriguing bouquet of aromas leaves the nose with wonderment. Hints of oranges and apricots join a delectable Belgian yeast funk, as well as a good amount of spice. Wheaty malt flavors quickly join orange, coriander, and clove with just a hint of pepper joining some citrusy hop flavors in the finish. A good deal of carbonation joins a medium body in this tasty brew. Orabelle is almost like a mix between a tripel and Belgian wit, and that is not a bad thing...


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Photo of Beaver13
3.72/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, bottled on 12/31/12. Pours slightly hazy straw yellow with a medium creamy white head that goes to a thin film that laces the glass.

The aroma is sweet and tart fruit with corriander and a bit of funk.

The flavor is bready malts with some fruit and corriander and a bit of a funky bitter finish. The mouthfeel is pretty full bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, a solid beer. Kind of a cross between a tripel and a wit. Easy drinking but with a bang.

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Photo of shand
3/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.5

Orabelle pours a hazy orange color with a tiny head. The aroma has a strong citrus component over spices and yeast. The taste is a bit odd - I was excited when I saw rye on the label, but the rye here just doesn't work that well with the strong citrus, clashing and making the middle to finish section of the beer rather awkward. The mouthfeel is on the lighter side and gently carbonated. The drinkability is alright, all things considered. Overall, Orabelle isn't that good a beer. It has promise, but falls apart pretty quickly.

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Photo of hosehead83
3.35/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a wine goblet.
Orange/apricot in color, with a rather short, thin head of white foam.
Aroma-Fruity, faint Belgian spices
Taste-Pear, peach,faint coriander, orange peel. Dryish finish, a bit under-carbonated, flavor flattens out after sitting for a bit. A decent American offering.

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Orabelle from Great Divide Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 137 ratings.