Orabelle Belgian-Style Ale
Great Divide Brewing Company

Orabelle Belgian-Style AleOrabelle Belgian-Style Ale
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Style:
Belgian Tripel
Ranked #87
ABV:
8.3%
Score:
87
Ranked #13,811
Avg:
3.89 | pDev: 10.54%
Reviews:
171
Ratings:
754
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Great Divide Brewing Company
 
Colorado, United States
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87
Very Good
Orabelle Belgian-Style AleOrabelle Belgian-Style Ale
Notes: ORABELLE is brewed with barley, wheat, oats, and rye. This Belgian-Style Tripel is a golden beauty. Its two yeast strains, orange peel and dash of coriander impart surprising complexity and richness to this delicate ale. Don’t let Orabelle’s demure nature fool you; this is one flavorful pour. Watch out, she’s a charmer – one sip and you’ll be in love.

32 IBU
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Photo of harrypowers
3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Got this beer in a 12oz can. Pours a pale orange with a small disappearing head. Light carbonation.

Smells of yeast. Tastes of bead and spices. Light body.

This is a nice but mild example of a tripel.

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Photo of stcules
3.4/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Lightly hazy orange, with a quite scarce foam for the style.
In the smell fruit, ripe, then malty notes, candy sugar, a hint of yeast, camomile.
The taste starts with fruity notes, light melon, thne candy sugar.
Relatively dry, with a spicy and yeasty finish.
A bit low carbonated for the style, it lacks some liveliness.

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Photo of GuyFawkes
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From old, undated notes. Poured from the bottle.

Murky yellow with a hint of orange.

Nice bright white head; frothy lacing.

Orange & lemon in the nose; refreshing & delightful.

Medium thin mouthfeel.

Very pleasant citrus taste; just a hint of hop bite.

This would be delightful on a hot summer day (sadly, this is only available in January!).

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Photo of superspak
4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got in a trade with The-Adjunct-Hippie. 12 ounce can into tulip glass, canned on 1/30/2019. Pours very hazy deep golden amber color with a 2 finger fairly dense and rocky off white head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Thick foamy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of big lemon, orange, citrus peel/zest, peach, pear, melon, apricot, red apple, white grape, coriander, peppercorn, light banana/bubblegum/clove, wheat, cracker, spicy rye, white bread dough, lightly toasted biscuit, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of fruit/spicy yeast, coriander, orange peel, bready malts, and light-moderate earthy hop notes; with great strength. Taste of big lemon, orange, citrus peel/zest, peach, pear, melon, apricot, red apple, white grape, coriander, peppercorn, light banana/bubblegum/clove, wheat, cracker, spicy rye, white bread dough, lightly toasted biscuit, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness. Light-moderate peppery yeast/rye spiciness; herbal, floral, grassy bitterness; and slight wheat tang/tartness on the finish. Lingering notes of lemon, orange, citrus peel/zest, peach, pear, melon, apricot, red apple, white grape, coriander, peppercorn, wheat, cracker, spicy rye, white bread dough, lightly toasted biscuit, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of fruit/spicy yeast, coriander, orange peel, bready malts, and light-moderate earthy hop flavors; with an awesome malt/bitter/spiciness balance; and no cloying/astringent flavors after the finish. Light-moderate increasing dryness from lingering bitter/spiciness and carbonation. Medium-plus carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/bready/grainy, and fairly crisp/sticky mouthfeel that is great. Zero warming alcohol for 8.3%. Overall this is an awesome Tripel. All around awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of fruit/spicy yeast, coriander, orange peel, bready malts, and light-moderate earthy hop flavors; very smooth and fairly crisp/refreshing to drink for the ABV, with the mellowly bitter/spicy/drying finish; great soft feel. Perfectly balanced Belgian yeast complexity, spices, and pale/oat/wheat/rye malts. Mild residual sweetness with crisp dryness. A really enjoyable offering, and impressive style example. Obviously not traditional to the style, but it hits all of the right character you would expect. Really big fan.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.06/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On draught at Frontier Brewing and Taproom.

Pours a cloudy orange yellow, healthy head of foam, nice job with the lacing.

Big nose of esters, cloves, coriander, some bitter notes.

Taste is pretty spot on. Cloves, coriander, citrus zest, very tasty.

Fairly light bodied with adequate carbonation.

Super fresh Tripel that should please fans of the style.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.92/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can dated 1/30/19 into White Elm Willie Beecher glass.

Hazy deep golden color with a tall fluffy white head.

Aroma is of pineapple, banana, spicy pears, and cinnamon. Great yeast phenolics and alcohol aromas too.

Flavor brings a heavy distinct woody/herbal hoppiness followed by spicy pear, grapefruit rind, pineapple core, and spices. Mild alcohol phenols. Good yeast presence.

Feel is creamy and smooth, with a nice alcohol burn. Feeling this already.

Overall the hoppiness is a bit too forward for me but the other flavors bring it full circle. A competitive Tripel and one of my favorite contiguous US Tripels on the market.

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Photo of tone77
3.67/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a golden color with a 1 inch head. Smell is of spices, yeast. Taste has lots of spices, malts, some fruits, alcohol is present but not overpowering. Feels medium/full bodied in the mouth and overall is an enjoyable beer.

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.49/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. Can. Canned on 1/5/17 opened on 7/2/17

Golden color with white and amber hues. A quick, light white foamy head starts out quick, settles down fast. Little to very little lace and only a thin cover leftover.

Aroma has coriander spice, lemmon, citrus zest, honey sweet malt, herbal/fruity whiff and maybe a slight hint of sour Belgian-ish yeast.

Let's face it, it's really hard to brew like the Belgians. The methods of brewing and extremely unique yeast strains used push the limit . American (Belgian-style) versions, even those that specialize in the Belgians styles, tend to fall short of the mark from my experience. So, when an American brewer comes real close (Cambridge Brewing Co. Has been nailing it for years!) I give bonus points.

The mouthfeel comes across, extremely lively...Belgian lively? ...no, but still very crispy. Slightly juicy, sharp bite, and then a rather long, malty, cloying type finish. Where 's the dry finish?

Flavir profile includes: Herbal blend, Corriander addition, heavy on the spices, a nice light sweet malt, a rather mundane, mostly sour fruit tasting yeast with a bit of banana and clove that reminds me of a German Hefeweizen yeast. Finishes with the sour yeast and slick malt.

The Triple style has so many world-class authentic Belgian versions it's really hard to compete. I feel I should rate this, and many others, as American Belgian-style Triple instead of just an overall catagory. The Orabelle is a decent American Tripel.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.54/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip, the appearance was a semi-hazy/cloudy burnt orange color with a thin finger’s worth of white foamy head that dissipated at a decent pace. Mild strewn about lacing wove around the glass nicely. The aroma had sweet estery banana up front but evens out with some white pepper, coriander, lemon and orange peel and some sweet graininess. The flavor blends fully the prior noted aromas sweetly and spicy. Graininess smooths into the aftertaste and finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a fair sessionability about it. Carbonation felt fine. Belgian throaty grip feels adequate. ABV feels not quite as high as suggested, but good. Overall, good tripel for the most part even if the banana seems a bit more pronounced. I’d still have again.

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Photo of teromous
3.43/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

From the bottom of the can: "CANNED ON: JAN052017 09:02"

Appearance: The beer has a nice large white head with great retention and lacing. The body of the beer is a grapefruit orange color that is opaque. There are some suspended solids inside. The foam of the beer really steals the show here with a great head formation that never really goes away and it leaves great sheets of lacing on the glass.

Aroma: There is a very faint vanilla-like coriander aroma.

Taste: Coriander comes through first and it is followed by a bit of a wheat flavor in the finish. There is a very light earthy bitter taste at the end. The beer has a sweetness to it throughout the drinking experience. The major flavor component to this beer is coriander.

Mouthfeel: It doesn't feel heavy but it does have a thick texture to it that makes it feel more like a Witbier.

Overall: The beer really feels more like an Imperial Witbier than a Belgian-Style Tripel. That being said the beer is very enjoyable and I would drink it again. I would recommend it to anyone but I would throw the caution flag to Tripel fans who might be looking for a cleaner drinking, drier Tripel. This is more of a sweet and thick beer.

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Photo of brentk56
3.59/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: After the bubble show, the head builds to two fingers; underneath, the liquid is a slightly hazy goldenstraw; decent retention and some lacing action

Smell: Fusel alcohol tones emerge, along with pear, banana, coriander and orange peel

Taste: Orange peel and coriander forward, with pear, banana and bread tones underneath; spicy Belgian yeast tones emerge through the middle, with an astringency in the back the dominates the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Great Divide does a lot of things well but I have not been impressed by their Belgian styles; this one is marred by the fusel alcohol and astringent tones

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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 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 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 mothmanscott
4.41/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | 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 is white bread, wheat, 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, wheat & oat creaminess but the rye doesn't register other than as a blended spice. I think they may be masked by or complexed with the intense fruitiness & other spice contributors. 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 perceive 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 woodychandler
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I have been really busy for about a week-and-a-half and I am so glad to able to CANtinue The CANQuest (tm) while watching Game 7 between the Preds & the Sharks.

From the CAN: "Great Minds Drink Alike". Orabelle with drawn bow, arrow and quiver in silhouette against a cream background.

I Crack!ed the CAN open and after reading some previous reviews that mentioned a haziness, I decided to employ a gentle Glug to see if I could get any clarity for my trouble. An in-glass swirl raised a finger of foamy, bone-white head that feel fairly quickly back to wisps. Color was a lightly-hazy Yellow-Gold (SRM = 4 - 5), but the CANtinual release of CO2 bubbles from the bottom of the glass was eye-catching! Nose had an immediate fusel alcohol heat, followed by notes of vanilla, lemon zest and a mustiness like old newspapers. It was definitely a Belgian-Style Ale! Mouthfeel was full and creamy. The taste was very vanilla-like, intermingled with a black peppery spiciness. I was pleasantly surprised by how easy-drinking this beer was! The alcohol was not as pronounced as on the nose, nor was the mustiness. Instead, it had just enough spiciness to keep me interested without being overwhelming, along with an understated vanilla-like sweetness. Finish was dry, but as a result of a good CANbination of the yeast & spices. It was a little big to make a regular thing of it at 8.3% ABV, especially since it was CANparitively easy to drink. Phew!

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Photo of BEERMILER12
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy straw yellow color with 2 fingers of head that fades down to a decent cap that leaves some good lacing

S: A good deal of yeasty fruit and spices up front with some orange peel, coriander, wheat, and rye that all play nicely together. Solid

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with a big yeast presence that imparts some fruity notes as well as some spice. Coriander and orange peel again stand out, with a light wheaty twang in there as well. Some rye spiciness melds nicely with the general spiciness of the brew also. Finishes with some lingering spice notes and general a general yeasty tone

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: A solid American-brewed tripel with plenty of yeast influence and minute complexities. Quite easy to drink at 8.3%. Worth checking out if you're into American Belgian-Styled brews

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Photo of Czequershuus
4.72/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This beer pours a fairly hazy deep straw with a large head, which disappears quickly but leaves excellent lacing. The aroma begins with soft clove and nutmeg scents, followed by wet hay, crayon, and a hint of bubblegum. The barnyard smell soon begins to dominate, but with a background honey sweetness. The flavor opens with bubblegum, honey, and sweet clove, like you sometimes smell at the dentist. The sweet flavor reminds me somewhat of big red soda, but dries out very quickly into spice and nutty flavors, finishing on a nice wet hay tone. The mouthfeel is slightly sticky while still being exceptionally light and foamy. Overall this is a great domestic tripel, very balanced, with enough sweetness to carry lots of flavor, but plenty of drying spice notes as well. And a super reasonable price.

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Photo of Harrison8
4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours an opaque pale yellow, with a frothy white head. Moderate retention, with great lacing left behind. Belgian spices, and yeast form an aroma that could have come straight out of a Belgian brewery. Taste is a smooth malt upbringing, with spices and yeast giving it more dynamic. Very tasty. Mouth feel is thick, smooth, and mouth coating. Overall, a fantastic brew. Really enjoying this one.

Served in a 12oz snifter.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.99/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Walking in the shadow of Trappist ale, its certainly not easy to find acclaim. That rarified air is for elitist taste only. However, the brewers at Great Divide aren't backing down from those lofty aspirations with their late winter-early spring Belgian abbey-style tripel ale.

Orabelle opens with a voluminous and blustery cap of foam that floats gently above a translucent glow of goldenrod. A bright fragrance of citrus, spice and musk follow along with a soothing bread quality and a zesty white wine spirit. To taste, the beer is supple in grain sweetness seemingly bready and floral like honeysuckle.

And as the sweetness dissolves on the middle palate, its that taste of fruit and spice that duel it out on the tastebuds. Bold on orange and orange peel, complementary flavors of lemon, apple and pear round out the ester profile while on the other hand, a spicy white pepper, sandalwood, sassafras and paradise seed balance keeps the taste even and keel. A stern grassy bite precedes a medium bitter finish with suggestions of straw, peppercorn and hay.

Carrying a wine-like acidity, the beer's radiant carbonation allows the ale to play out lighter on the palate than a beer should at its pronounced alcohol; but that's what makes Trappist ale so charming. But at a reserved degree, the mouthfeel turns creamy and sweet with honey to finish. This rewards the palate with a great degree of joy but simply doesn't dry out with that earthen sprite that those monks so fondly brag.

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Photo of allforbetterbeer
3.43/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a can into a chalice.

Pours with a cloudy yellow body under white foam. Lighter than expected, but rather pedestrian.

The aroma is dancing with scents (which I like very much) but there is a lack of overall "jive" between the different things going on. Lemon curd, spiced bananas, and a basket of over-ripe fruit.

The flavor is like the nose in that there is a lot going on but it somehow doesn't sparkle. This style can be so mind-blowing when brewed by the top notch Belgians. I would love to see Great Divide release a canned version of the iconic style which competes with them (or even Unibroue) but such is not this case.

Conclusion: This is a wonderful beer, there is no doubt. It isn't what I would normally call a Tripel, but then again Belgian beer is all about doing all sorts of things and basically ignoring style guidelines (how do you think Belgian beer got so interesting in the first place?). And... there is nothing on the can about this actually being a Tripel, so I am not sure that New Belgium is even breaking a style in the first place. WHATEVER. This is a good beer, but it doesn't shine like the best strong pale Belgian style beers (be them tripels or not).

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Photo of akolb
3.74/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Aroma: Coriander dominates, with yeast and pepper in the background. Also wheat, orange, and green apple. Complex and surprising.
Appearance: Hazy straw. Sub-par head.
Taste: Slighly tart. Orange, bread, pepper, coriander. Tastes almost like New Belgium's Snapshot. Finishes with a rindy bitterness.
Mouthfeel: Moderate bodied. Easy drinking for the ABV.
Overall: A unique, orange-dominated tripel.

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Photo of barczar
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Aroma is spicy, with notes of clove and coriander accented by pear and green apple. Very estery.

Flavor is a little less exciting, with a lightly toasted malt backbone not providing the sweetness I'd expect. Fairly dry throughout, with a lightly bitter finish.

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Orabelle Belgian-Style Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 754 ratings