Orabelle Belgian-Style Ale
Great Divide Brewing Company

Orabelle Belgian-Style AleOrabelle Belgian-Style Ale
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From:
Great Divide Brewing Company
 
Colorado, United States
Style:
Tripel
Ranked #121
ABV:
8.3%
Score:
87
Ranked #17,410
Avg:
3.87 | pDev: 10.34%
Ratings:
768
Status:
Active
Rated:
Mar 29, 2022
Added:
Dec 31, 2012
Wants:
  24
Gots:
  124
SCORE
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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4.12/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by whynot44 from Missouri

Very hazy straw yellow color with substantial and lasting foamy head that manages some nice lacing. The aroma is yeasty fresh bread, spices, including coriander, cloves, allspice, and a touch of white pepper.
The taste is sweet yeasty fresh bread with some apricot, bananas and golden raisin notes. This mild sweetness leads into coriander, possibly enhanced by rye and then cloves and allspice.The finish becomes dry with lingering spice and peppery notes. Very nice!
The body is light/medium, slightly creamy, with a fairly high carbonation level.
Altogether this is a very enjoyable, somewhat complex brew. While maybe not quite up to Trappist standards, this is at least a respectable shot and somewhat more affordable for frequent enjoyment.

Mar 29, 2022
 
3.88 by mamaraza from Texas on Jan 22, 2022
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4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by tigg924 from Massachusetts

Pours hazy, milky gold in color with 1/4 inch head. Taste is honey, hay, and green apple. Medium body and carbonation, funky. Makes for a solid tripel. I prefer the Belgian classics but still very good.

Nov 08, 2021
 
3.85 by cgrunin from Texas on Oct 16, 2021
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4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by KT3418 from Colorado

This was solid, I feel like I would seek other belgian style ales before coming back to this but if you find yourself on that journey of trying things I would recommend, I would buy this again I just seeing myself buying more Trappist ales first to get into the style

Mar 18, 2021
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3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by MattDecker from Texas

Look: semi-hazy matte banana yellow
Smell: belgium sugar, banana,
Taste: sweet, pleasant and soothing. A classic and smooth belgium triple. A little hop finish, which is not something I normally note in tripels, not bad, just unexpected
Feel: medium
Overall: a pleasant belgium tripel with a little kick with the hop. If belgium tripels are cheddar cheese, this is a slight aged sharp cheddar (hop that makes sense)

Jul 17, 2020
 
3.85 by HopBelT from Belgium on May 02, 2020
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4.31/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by sjdevel from Utah

Really nice and foamy brew - flavorful and slightly sweet - dries out as you go - no real hops to speak of - nice spices and Belgian yeast - great beer - would buy again for sure

Mar 09, 2020
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4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by Darkmagus82 from Texas

Appearance – The beer pours a lightly hazed golden yellow color with a billowy head of thick white foam. The head has a great level of retention, persisting for a long time before fading to leave a ton of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the brew is strong of a bready and wheaty smell mixed with lots of spice. The spice aromas are massive of a coriander smell and are accompanied by some other aromas of clove and nutmeg. Along with these smells comes a little bit of apricot and peach as well as a touch of a yeasty smell.

Taste- The taste begins with a bready and slightly sweeter flavor with some confectioner’s sugar and fruity tastes of a light fruit nature of apricot and peach. As the taste advances some of the sweetness fades all while the spice really starts to ramp up. While present upfront, the coriander flavor gets quite a bit stronger as the taste advances being the predominant flavor as the taste moves to the end. Along with the coriander increasing so too do some other spice flavors of a clove and allspice nature. Toward the very end a bit of yeast and hay come to tongue and end up leaving one with a rather spiced, slightly fruity, and crisp taste to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the brew is on the lighter and more crisp side with a carbonation level that is rather average to slightly higher. Fort eh mix of flavors and the style the feel is awesome as it complements nicely the lighter fruit flavors, crisp body and spice tastes and makes for a rather easy sipping brew overall.

Overall – Very flavorful and crisp with a great drinkability. A rather nice Belgium ale!! One I will certainly go back to on more occasion.

Feb 19, 2020
 
3.35 by SWChi from Illinois on Feb 19, 2020
 
4.35 by jmbeerdude91 from Arizona on Feb 14, 2020
 
3.88 by shelby415 from Oregon on Feb 08, 2020
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3.91/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by cratez from Canada (ON)

Rating from notes. Consumed November 2013. "An aromatic Tripel, but the flavour falls a bit short IMO."

Jan 26, 2020
 
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3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by harrypowers from Massachusetts

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.

Oct 22, 2019
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3.4/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
by stcules from Italy

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.

Aug 12, 2019
 
3.65 by blissfulNemo from Michigan on Jul 04, 2019
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4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by GuyFawkes from Illinois

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!).

Jun 24, 2019
 
3.75 by Elicoleman from Colorado on Jun 10, 2019
 
3.94 by cbcrunch from Wyoming on Jun 08, 2019
 
3.41 by FrancisM12 from New Jersey on May 11, 2019
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4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
by superspak from North Carolina

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.

Apr 30, 2019
 
3.5 by Kolb from Montana on Apr 25, 2019
 
3.25 by DOCRW from Washington on Apr 20, 2019
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4.06/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by Bitterbill from Wyoming

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.

Apr 11, 2019
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3.92/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by hoptheology from South Dakota

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.

Mar 09, 2019
 
3.83 by Ssitron from Michigan on Mar 02, 2019
 
3.85 by Abe_Froman from Massachusetts on Aug 20, 2018
 
3.75 by safaricook from Netherlands on Jun 09, 2018
 
4.06 by Try-em-all from Missouri on Jun 07, 2018
 
4.16 by GarbageMan10 from Texas on May 11, 2018
 
4.44 by noreenmi from Michigan on May 04, 2018
 
3.78 by nyrblue2 from New York on Apr 19, 2018
 
4 by BennyProfane from California on Apr 01, 2018
 
3.75 by shigg85 from Japan on Mar 24, 2018
 
3.92 by AyatollahGold from Indiana on Dec 17, 2017
 
4.44 by pierluigitricoci from North Carolina on Sep 04, 2017
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3.67/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by tone77 from Pennsylvania

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.

Aug 21, 2017
 
4.56 by evanwoertz from California on Jul 14, 2017
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3.49/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
by GratefulBeerGuy from New Hampshire

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.

Jul 03, 2017
Orabelle Belgian-Style Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 768 ratings