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Orabelle - Great Divide Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

466 Ratings
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Ratings: 466
Reviews: 102
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 11.37%
Wants: 12
Gots: 25 | 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 ChainGangGuy
3.25/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle - $2.49 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Bottled On: JAN 07 2014.

Appearance: Pours a lightly hazed, light golden body with a smallish, short-lived, white head.

Smell: Juicy citrus fruits, a bit of milked banana, and a generous dosage of coriander (also a little white peppercorn).

Taste: Crackery malts, a snap of sweetness, then, blitzed with a fast-moving fruitiness of tropical citruses of orange and lime, light pineapple, and banana. The added coriander is notable. Some alcohol warmth present. Sweet, spicy, fruity to the well-carbonated finish with a lingering orange zest flavor.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium-high carbonation.

Overall: Orabelle wasn't horrible, it does have that going for it. It doesn't feel like much of a tripel. Reading the label is seemed more like an amped up wit.

ChainGangGuy, Mar 30, 2014
Photo of Coopersbeer
3.25/5  rDev -16%

Coopersbeer, Mar 30, 2013
Photo of ArrogantB
3.33/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

On tap at Lou's Food Bar (delicious by the way). Hazy yellow, cloudy. Hints if Belgian yeast and spice in the aroma. Flavor is yeasty and yet subdued. Extremely easy to drink for the ABV. Overall, good but not worthy of a revisit. I'm still not sure if this is a different recipe than the triple they used to put in bottles.

ArrogantB, Apr 14, 2014
Photo of rawfish
3.34/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a deep gold, very hazy. It takes a vigorous pour to stir enough bubbles to make a white cap of half a finger. Lacing barely sticks.

Fruity layers of apricot and oranges. Thin malt bill with lemony wheat and coriander, pepper, perfume, musty hay and a touch of alcohol. Complex yet heavy and a bit dank.

Wheat, pale grains and lightly honeyed bread. Fruit aspects are subtle imparting a earthy orange and apricot puree flavor. Spices are there with powder, coriander and hay. Falls apart near the finish as alcohol creeps in coupled with an astringent metallic note that stays through the finish as this one dries.

Undercarbonated, clashes with the uplifting ingredients pumped into this beer. Body is settled and a bit heavy. Dries well enough.

Inviting beer, terrific aroma, complex and bright but really doesn't do well after. Astringent finish and lack of substantial carbonation really make this beer sluggish. Good attempt, I don't know if they have the right yeast to pull this one off. I really wanted to like this one as Great Divide is usually solid, leave it on the shelf .

rawfish, Feb 03, 2013
Photo of hosehead83
3.36/5  rDev -13.2%
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.

hosehead83, Mar 31, 2013
Photo of justintcoons
3.41/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle poured into a tulip.

Appearance
Gold with 2-3 fingers of white, fluffy head. Great retention and clarity. Low carbonation.

Nose
Caramel drizzled grains, potpourri, rye and hay.

Taste
Rye, pear and dried hay. Notes of potpourri, raw grains, earth and spelt. Touches of lemongrass and apple skin. The rye lingers along with some peppercorn.

Mouthfeel
Light-medium bodied, smooth, spicy and dry.

Overall
This is a very spicy Tripel. A lot of rye. Not a good representation of the style but it hides the alcohol quite well.

justintcoons, Mar 15, 2013
Photo of vkv822
3.45/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12oz : Teku glass

Pours a lightly hazy, pale golden yellow with a foamy white head.

Coriander, faint citric and Belgian yeast.

Lightly sweet, citric notes, some coriander and yeast notes.

Medium-full body, smooth, mild foamy carbonation.

An enjoyable, fairly well done Tripel. Pleasant flavors, though nothing particularly exciting about it.

vkv822, Mar 30, 2013
Photo of BeerLover99
3.48/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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.

RATHER NICE; SOLID SAMPLE!

BeerLover99, Jan 24, 2013
Photo of Flounder57
3.48/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle was poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: This beer poured no head and is a slightly hazy golden yellow. No bubbles coming up through the glass. Looks pretty dull for a triple.

Smell: apples, vanilla, spices, boozy alcohol, yeasty esters, and bready notes.

Taste: Pretty much the same as above. The tastes are very minimal here and hard to decide. It should be blended more well together. The spices seem to dominate the whole taste.

Mouthfeel: Smooth boozy, low carbonation, light to medium bodied, a little chewy, and some lingering bitterness.

Overall: A nice attempt from the boys of Denver, but ill stick with other favorites. Still a decent beer though.

Flounder57, Feb 18, 2013
Photo of mkrass
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

mkrass, Jan 27, 2014
Photo of warmbier804
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

warmbier804, Mar 16, 2013
Photo of chinchill
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 12oz bottle into a snifter. 2013 bottled date is just under 1 month ago.

Appearance: light golden-apricot hue with a light haze and a medium-light effervescence. Very little head but some spotty lacing is left on the glass. Head dissipated quickly.

Smell: fruity (mainly orange and apricot), wheaty, spicy, aroma.

Taste: sweet & tart more than bitter flavor with wheat, orange, rye and coriander. Hints of apricot and apple cider.

Mouthfeel: near medium body with good carbonation.

Overall: a nice Belgian-style beer, but with weak head and a style that is at most mid-way between a Belgian White and Belgian Tripel.

chinchill, Feb 01, 2013
Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

acurtis, Mar 16, 2013
Photo of ltdantheman
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

ltdantheman, Jun 24, 2014
Photo of hiphopj5
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

hiphopj5, May 20, 2014
Photo of Eaglefan344
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Eaglefan344, Apr 14, 2013
Photo of Cloaked_Phantom
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Cloaked_Phantom, Jul 19, 2014
Photo of wedge
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.

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

mendvicdog, Mar 26, 2013
Photo of bostonryan
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

bostonryan, Feb 13, 2014
Photo of JHaugh
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

JHaugh, Jul 29, 2013
Photo of --Dom--
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

--Dom--, Jan 25, 2013
Photo of Jamstone714
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Jamstone714, Jul 02, 2014
Photo of AngusOg
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

AngusOg, Apr 24, 2013
Photo of JSchock7
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

JSchock7, Mar 01, 2014
Orabelle from Great Divide Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 466 ratings.