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Orabelle - Great Divide Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

142 Reviews
THE BROS
86
very good

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Reviews: 142
Hads: 652
Avg: 3.88
pDev: 22.94%
Wants: 19
Gots: 95 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Great Divide Brewing Company
Colorado, United States | website

Style | ABV
Tripel | 8.30% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: TMoney2591 on 12-31-2012

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Photo of thecheapies
3.81/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bar manager took it upon himself to pour it for me in a pint glass. He produced no collar, decanted only slightly. I'm left with a very hazy golden yellow brew with just a thin ring of white on top.

Apple, banana, nutty yeast, clove, bread crusts, and a hint of watermelon rind. Hard to get much more without the ability to agitate the beer in this glass.

Creamy flavors of spice, yeast, bread, and lighter fruit. Banana, clove, green peppercorn, crusty bread, booze, apricot, and marmalade. Fruity and estery, and not short on potency. Finishes long with spiciness. A blend of wet, yellow flavors.

A tad heavier than medium, and with more than just a bite of alcohol, but it still feels bready and nice with that light spank of carbonation that I like in a tripel.

A pretty good craft tripel that I'll have to try again (but, not tonight).

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.82/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

From BeerAdvocate Magazine #74 (Mar 2013):

A lively Tripel, certainly wakes the palate up. The oats and rye add depth as expected and then some; the addition of wheat keeps this brew in line for a Tripel and maintains the level of crispness needed. Spicing nearly pushed it to an Imperial Wit though; not as subtle as the Belgians do it. Done splitting hairs—a real treat, even if it is not your “proper” Tripel.

STYLE: Tripel
ABV: 8.3%
AVAILABILITY: Spring seasonal

LOOK: Nearly clear, dull yellow, sudsy

SMELL: Lemon pith, minty, lime leaves, slightly biscuity, quince paste, wild herbs, peppercorn, alcohol

TASTE: Smooth, grainy, soft, rustic bread, nutty yeast, fresh grass, pears, papayas, very warming, juicy, moderate hopping, orange peel, spice, dry finish

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Photo of secondtooth
3.82/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Cloudy golden, with limited carbonation and virtually no lace to speak of.

Nose is fruity and boozy, with definite hints of orange peel citrus and a little spice.

Taste is strong and malty, but well-balanced. The orange comes through well before the double yeasts and coriander add a peppery note. Finishes with a little booziness. Definitely a sipper, but a fine and well-done tripel.

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Photo of jokelahoma
3.82/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Boulevard Smokestack glass at Instant Karma in Joplin, MO

Hazy yellow color, little head. Not the most visually appealing brew I've had.

Aroma is nice, though. Belgian abbey funkiness with a bit of plantain. Of course there are no hops. It's a tripel.

Taste us actually pretty dead on. It has that peppery zing the yeast provides, a bit of the banana from the aroma, and a hidden barely perceptible alcohol. In short, it's a tripel. And a good one. It isn't an abbey brew, but it's a reasonable facsimile.

Mouthfeel is light, yet creamy. Again, pretty dead on.

This isn't an abbey triple, but what outside an abbey is? This is a good triple, and worth seeking.

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Photo of Hoptometrist
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served from the bottle into a globed glass

A- Poured a really bright golden color, semi-hazy with tons of visible streaming carbonation, white head with tons of big bubbles that left splashy lace

S- Big orange juice and chalky yeast notes, Some bubblegum, banana, and clove notes

T- Big fresh squeezed orange juice and chalky yeast flavors, some clove and banana flavors.

M- Just kind of sits on the palate, lingering finish, lighter bodied for the style, a little sticky, some alcohol warming

O- I would love to see more six-pack tripels on the market. Flavor and aroma wise this is a really solid tripel, the mouthfeel is a little lighter and does linger on the palate. Some pleasant alcohol warming, but overall the alcohol is pretty well masked.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.84/5  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...

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Photo of TheMarkE
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Straw colored, not much viscosity or foam (on tap)

Smell: Citrus, yeast, wheat.

Taste: Citrus, yeast, spice, wheat.

Mouthfeel: On the light side of medium bodied.

The Verdict: Good beer. Very smooth, much lighter than I expected. Highly drinkable.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
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 Duhast500
3.86/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a La Fin Du Monde tulip glass.

The color is a cloudy gold with some yellowish highlights and three fingers of foamy white head and some thick white lacing left on the glass.

The smell is a tad on the funky fruit aroma side at first. There is some banana aroma here with a touch of fig and a vine-like aroma in the nose. There is even touches of wild yeast here giving the nose some tannic aroma.

The taste is slight citrus flavored with a lemon peel flavor coming out and mixing with some apple skin flavor. There is a bready flavor that comes in but does not get too dry as there is a busy wash of candy flavor that fills in the cracks of the flavor and when the bread flavor backs off the sweetness comes forward then lets the bread flavor have a turn and then swap back again. All things lead to a slap of funk at the end that has a slight push or bitterness here.

There is a whole field of flavor throughout and really combines with a easy drinking feel that can mask the ABV well in this beer. There is layers here but all just seems to meld well together letting a silky feel envelope your sense and passes down before a thought crosses the mind.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.88/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
3.88/5  rDev 0%
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 tdm168
3.89/5  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.

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Photo of BarryMFBurton
3.89/5  rDev +0.3%
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 +0.8%
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 +0.8%
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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Photo of hopsputin
3.92/5  rDev +1%
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%
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 WVbeergeek
3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
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 cindyjeffsmith
3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

look: hazy golden. Modest white head that mostly dissipates leaving just a film.
smell: bready yeast and somey=thing like white pepper. Maybe some coriander.
taste: flavors come together quite differently than the nose. some slightly floral citrus and just a hint of spices. Quite tasty.

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Photo of timontheroad
3.94/5  rDev +1.5%
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 +1.5%
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 CloudStrife
3.96/5  rDev +2.1%
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 +2.1%
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 +2.1%
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 +2.1%
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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Orabelle from Great Divide Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 142 ratings.