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Orabelle - Great Divide Brewing Company

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very good

138 Reviews
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Reviews: 138
Hads: 634
Avg: 3.87
pDev: 23%
Wants: 18
Gots: 89 | 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:
Beer added by: TMoney2591 on 12-31-2012

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Reviews: 138 | Hads: 634
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 Tone
4.01/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy, golden color. 1/4 inch head of a white color. 1/3 inch head of an off-white color. Slight retention and slight lacing. Smells of sweet malt, Belgian yeast, hint of floral, hint of alcohol, hint of spice, hint of pine, and slight wheat. Fits the style of a Tripel. Mouth feel is sharp and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of Belgian yeast, sweet malt, slight wheat, hint of hop, hint of pine, slight alcohol, hint of spice, and and floral notes. Overall, a near session-able Tripel is a nice find.

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Photo of barnzy78
4.01/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle with freshness date clearly marked. Poured into a chalice, the ale is golden-tangerine color with a thin, white head that dissipates quickly. Full nose of banana, bready yeast, orange, spice, pear, apple, coriander, booze. Tastes are sweet with spice, plenty of banana & orange rind, yeast, wheat, booze is warming and a bit hot, finishes slightly dry and spicy from the rye. Mouth-feel is thin-medium body, with moderate carbonation. Overall, nice complexity & a good meld of flavors from all the ingredients.

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

Had on tap at the Corner Slice here in G-boro Thursday night.Poured a hazy lemony yellow with a tinge of orange,a sticky one finger white head atop that lasted for a good while.Aromas of ctirus,toasted cereal grain, white pepper,and mild phenols,all came together pretty well with the phenols not being over bearing.Lemony flavors along with white pepper spice up front on the palate followed by some toasted grain and a faint sharpness in the finish.A nice tripel not overly phenolic and the alcohol is subdued,well done.

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Photo of TMoney2591
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.

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Photo of MadCat
4/5  rDev +3.4%
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 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 garymuchow
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A good solid tripel with the pleasing addition of orange and coriander. Both come through nicely not with any excess. Nice malt flavors, with plenty of spice and sweetness. Not very drying and a little heavier than some, but hits most of the marks I like, even with a few months of age on this one (6 months).

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

Delightful and American. Very impressed with this Belgian style offering. Cloudy and inviting. The smell was Sunny D with pepper. The taste continued with spices, citrus, pepper, and yeast. I would definitely get this again. Could use more carbonation. But it is very smooth.

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Photo of tempest
3.99/5  rDev +3.1%
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 Beer_Betty
3.99/5  rDev +3.1%
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 katan
3.99/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz into a pint

A - Pours a golden color. Bright white head formation, breaks down to a film quickly. Light amount of bubbling.

S - Some grainy pilsner malts, some light belgian esters, a little bit spicy with coriander. Overall muted.

T - Starts off lightly sweet, smooth and malty. Some pilsner grainy malts sneak in. Belgian yeast, lightly fruity -some spice. Citrus builds as it warms. Finishes clean with a little more biting graininess. Overall, ends up dry.

M - Full bodied, moderate carbonation. Tends towards the hefty and sticky side. Alcohol warmth is well hidden.

O/D - A good tripel. ABV isn't too high and its not overly filling. Can't argue against the price point. The dry graininess is a little much for me.

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Photo of spoony
3.97/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

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

12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Bottled on Jan 02 2013.

A: Pours a hazy pale yellow gold with a 1.5 finger white head. Lots of little bubbles as the visible carbonation. Some spots of lacing on the glass.

S: First thing I get is a strong farmhouse yeastiness. Lots of orange, lemon and banana with hints of coriander in the background. Big focus on the yeast. Pale malts come out more as it warms.

T: A pretty balanced tripel that is not extreme in any one direction. Starts with a belgian yeastiness, bit of a fruity middle, orange lemon and banana like the smell. Mild malting toward the backend. Just a touch of booze and small hint of metal.

M: Medium bodied with pretty mild carbonation. Nice and warming on the stomach. Goes down easy but I wouldnt mind a little more fizz.

Overall certainly worth a try as it is very mellow and a smooth drinking beer. Good introduction for some of the more extreme Belgian Tripels.

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Photo of Beer-A-Lot
3.96/5  rDev +2.3%
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 JuicesFlowing
3.96/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a St. Bernardus goblet.

Look: Opaque light tangerine colored body. A white head that recedes to as swirl of film and bubbles. Light spots of lacing.

Aroma: A lot of orange zest and citrus up front followed by some coriander. Very grainy as it is brewed with wheat, oats, and rye.

Taste: Much like the aroma, the citrus zest of orange peel really comes out to dance on the tongue. The beer settles down soon after with a solid wheat and grain body with a touch of coriander. The finish is tart.

Mouthfeel: Creamy.

Overall: Not my favorite style, and I bought only one bottle of this. Very nice to review though, and I feel this is a well made beer. The ABV is undetectable.

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Photo of SolipsismalCat
3.96/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter.

A: Cloudy golden yellow with one-finger, white, foamy head that lasted a couple minutes and left a nice film. Good lacing.

S: Malt, apple, lemon, bubble gum. Mild.

T: Moderate sweetness and light bitterness. Belgian spice, coriander, banana, Pilsner malt.

M: Medium to full bodied with fizzy carbonation. Smooth and warm, and slightly dry.

O: This Tripel has an interesting taste. Kind of like a Belgian beer meets a Pilsner. The malt flavors are very complex.

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Photo of timontheroad
3.94/5  rDev +1.8%
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 ocelot2500
3.94/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, golden color with a tight, white head that leaves rings of lacing.

Smells of citrus notes with some grain and spices to it.

Tastes of bright fruits layered with sweetness and spices. Fruits lead off with apples, grapes, orange zest, and a little banana. Sweetness comes through and adds a little grain as well as some light syrup notes. Some bready notes come through as well and adds body. Spices round out the end with some earthy spiciness.

Mouthfeel is medium-light with a slightly assertive amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is fairly tasty and worth a try.

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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 hopsputin
3.92/5  rDev +1.3%
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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Photo of jspaner
3.92/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pale yellow appearance with pleasant smell of oranges and spices. Mild taste with the orange/citrus flavor predominant. Nice mouthfeel. Very tasty, but lacking the traditional Belgian flavor one would expect in a Belgian style ale. Still, very pleasant overall with no strong alcohol aftertaste.

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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 alexipa
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.

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Orabelle from Great Divide Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 138 ratings.