Orabelle Belgian-Style Ale | Great Divide Brewing Company

BA SCORE
87
very good
724 Ratings
Orabelle Belgian-Style AleOrabelle Belgian-Style Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Great Divide Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
greatdivide.com

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.30%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by TMoney2591 on 12-31-2012

BEER STATS
Ratings:
724
Reviews:
159
Avg:
3.89
pDev:
10.54%
 
 
Wants:
22
Gots:
118
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 724 |  Reviews: 159
Photo of VashonGuy
3.87/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of puboflyons
3.63/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

From the 355 ml. can dated Jan 5, 2017. Sampled May 12, 2017.

It pours a slightly cloudy yellow-orange with a modest white head that fades to a ring and leaves lacing.

It get all the Belgian style characters I would expect such as toasted bread, Belgian yeast, coriander, clove, banana and even some white grape. But there is this strange cooked vegetable thing that hovers in there too.

Light body. Smooth.

The taste brings out more of those herbal, sweet, and toasty characters of the aroma with less of that strange vegetable character I got on the nose. The taste is a comeback. Ends clean and spicy.

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Photo of monk2021
3.44/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of JustinSparks
3.99/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Keepnitrl
3.62/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MaltsOfGlory
4.49/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz can

Pours a nice, big, two finger white head into my can-style glass. Super pillowy and frothy. Body is a light gold, very cloudy. Carbonation looks pretty high. Head retention is ok for now. Good looking beer so far.

The aroma is just awesome. Big clove and banana right up front. Clove is a little spicy. The aroma is very simple, classic, but very nice.

The flavor is just as good. Banana and clove mix together nicely, from start to end. Banana is a little more prevalent. Finishes quite sweet, with just the smallest bitterness. Now that I’m looking for it, I do notice some coriander as well. It’s got some astringency to it, in the back of your throat, almost like a dry white wine; presumably from the alcohol. Speaking of which, there isn’t really any alcohol burn, or flavor, just a little astringent. Honestly, gonna bump this up from a 4.25 to a 4.5, this is so tasty. Overall a great flavor.

The mouthfeel is very nice, decent amount of carbonation here, gives it a nice lively mouthfeel. At the same time it has some girth to it, it has oats and wheat, so this is no surprise. The astringency isn’t necessarily a bad thing, it adds some character. Overall, a really killer mouthfeel.

The drinkability is probably about as high as you can get for an 8% beer, this thing is so tasty, and hides its booze well.

The appearance turned out fantastic. The initial majority of the head dissipated quickly, but I got a good quarter inch hanging around for 15-20 minutes. The lacing was thick and very impressive, all the way down the glass. Beautiful beer.

Overall this wasn’t extremely complex for me, but that didn’t matter, it was so damn tasty. A great representation of the style, very very good.

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Photo of Ringthane
4.11/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12-oz. can a hazy yellow color with no head to speak of. Yeasty, appetizing smell and taste and a lot of citrus flavors ending with a little sweetness and some spiciness and at the tip of my tongue.

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Photo of BigSmooth12
4.28/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of donspublic
4.04/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from can into tulip, 1+ finger tight cream colored head, reduces to pool after a few minutes, nice lacing. Pale yellowish/golden in the glass, hazy to look at. Smells of fruity belgian esters and lemony citrus. Taste is big time juicy fruit with the yeast, there is some citrus and coriander in the middle and it finishes with a spicy, tart, semi dry finish but still a little sweetness on the end. There is a nice orange carryover left on the palate, I like that effect. Mouthfeel is good on this, almost like a cross between a tripel and a saison.

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Photo of drews240
3.78/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of The_Beer_Guru
2.56/5  rDev -34.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of HermitDan
3.56/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of seanchai
4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of brother_rebus
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JPadilla
4.14/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Timtac
3.28/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of mothmanscott
4.31/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a slightly semi-clear, deep orange-gold, producing a 1.5 finger, rapidly dissipating, frothy & variously bubbled, white head that leaves little lacing. Aroma sweet bread, coriander heavy, Belgian yeast fruity esters of apricot, orange, pineapple, pear & banana, honey, spice & faint alcohol. Taste does not showcase the diverse malt profile, I pick up a bready barley, a little wheat, but the oats & rye don't register. Then again this may reflect the depth of my experience/expertise. I think they may be masked by or complexed with the intense fruitiness & the spice. The front half of the sip taste similar to the nose being coriander heavy but very sweet, fruity with the apricot & pineapple dominant but orange becomes more dominant in the latter half of the sip. I get a note reminiscent of pilsner malt, followed by hints of acetone, butter, pepper & alcohol in the slightly bitter finish which fades to a very slight bitter & dry aftertaste. The alcohol intensifies as the brew warms. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, low but decent carbonation, creamy but finishing a little bit slick. The flavor & character are more similar to a witbier than a triple but whatever you call it's absolutely delicious!

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Photo of HopsAreDaMan
3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

1/25/2017: Nice hazy yellow-orange color, nice white head. Not much other than spices in the aroma. Nice Belgium yeast in the flavor, but a little too much on the spices for my taste. Very creamy mouth-feel, medium body. Overall, a nice beer, just a little too heavy on the spices for me..

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Photo of Mleblanc25
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Electros
4.09/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of 6thstreetbrewpub
3.82/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of xynzee
4.44/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of stephenlee
4.26/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bobandy561
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of mustangken02
4.37/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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Orabelle Belgian-Style Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
3.89 out of 5 based on 724 ratings.
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