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Orabelle - Great Divide Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

438 Ratings
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Ratings: 438
Reviews: 100
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 11.11%
Wants: 12
Gots: 22 | 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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Brenden

Ohio

4.06/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2014 15:49:44 | More by Brenden
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ArrogantB

Colorado

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2014 05:35:43 | More by ArrogantB
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pathman

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

01-29-2013 01:14:10 | More by pathman
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clayrock81

Virginia

3.84/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2014 15:10:39 | More by clayrock81
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enelson

Illinois

2.75/5  rDev -28.9%

07-12-2013 01:29:56 | More by enelson
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Boone757

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

06-09-2014 22:29:59 | More by Boone757
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AngusOg

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

04-24-2013 19:29:16 | More by AngusOg
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KevinGordon

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

03-09-2014 14:52:39 | More by KevinGordon
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IPAchris

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

04-13-2013 23:37:24 | More by IPAchris
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strongaf

Washington

4/5  rDev +3.4%

01-19-2013 09:30:41 | More by strongaf
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outoffocus

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -16%

06-14-2014 02:58:12 | More by outoffocus
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cdwil

Texas

4/5  rDev +3.4%

02-21-2013 20:17:15 | More by cdwil
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prototypic

Ohio

4/5  rDev +3.4%

08-27-2013 03:02:33 | More by prototypic
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thecheapies

Pennsylvania

3.84/5  rDev -0.8%
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).

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2013 03:57:25 | More by thecheapies
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mattmarka1

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +3.4%

01-15-2014 05:54:55 | More by mattmarka1
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homebrew311

Illinois

3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a light hazy yellow with white collar of he's an heavy lacing. Nose has wavy belgo yeast character with lemon, grass and bread along with spicy notes. Taste is light and fruity with lemon peel and coriander to follow. Light peppery notes as well. Mouthfeel is light and well carbonated. Overall, decent flavors here, plenty of Belgian character.

Serving type: on-tap

03-10-2013 20:22:43 | More by homebrew311
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gtermi

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

05-11-2013 04:41:58 | More by gtermi
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Whiskeydeez

Kansas

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

04-10-2013 15:11:44 | More by Whiskeydeez
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ste5venla

California

4/5  rDev +3.4%

08-12-2013 02:04:16 | More by ste5venla
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jmdrpi

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2013 03:25:30 | More by jmdrpi
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crobinso

Colorado

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

02-15-2013 15:48:38 | More by crobinso
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bigred89

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

04-05-2014 05:08:13 | More by bigred89
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beerpadawan

California

4/5  rDev +3.4%

02-13-2013 09:37:49 | More by beerpadawan
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DrinkSlurm

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

01-23-2014 03:58:34 | More by DrinkSlurm
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WDJersey

Colorado

4/5  rDev +3.4%

02-14-2014 05:50:26 | More by WDJersey
Orabelle from Great Divide Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 438 ratings.