Orabelle Belgian-Style Ale
Great Divide Brewing Company

Orabelle Belgian-Style AleOrabelle Belgian-Style Ale
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Style:
Tripel
Ranked #91
ABV:
8.3%
Score:
87
Ranked #16,690
Avg:
3.89 | pDev: 10.28%
Reviews:
174
Ratings:
763
From:
Great Divide Brewing Company
 
Colorado, United States
Avail:
Rotating/Seasonal
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
Reviews: 174 | Ratings: 763 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Reviews by Keepnitrl:
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Keepnitrl from Washington

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

Apr 22, 2017
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TMoney2591 from Illinois

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

Served in a chalice at Fountainhead.

A tripel brewed with barley, wheat, oats, and rye, along with the other accoutrements of the style. Right on. It pours a hazy sunflower topped by over a finger of white foam. The nose comprises lemon zest, orange zest, mango, Belgian yeast, light black pepper, and light cracked wheat. The taste holds notes of lemon zest, Belgian yeast, banana, clove, light black pepper, and light coriander. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a sorta/kinda grainy feel. Overall, a very nice tripel, one that showcases a bit more in the way of fruitiness than spiciness and somehow makes it work.

Dec 31, 2012
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BeerAdvocate from Massachusetts

3.82/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

From BeerAdvocate Magazine #74 (Mar 2013):

A lively Tripel, certainly wakes the palate up. The oats and rye add depth as expected and then some; the addition of wheat keeps this brew in line for a Tripel and maintains the level of crispness needed. Spicing nearly pushed it to an Imperial Wit though; not as subtle as the Belgians do it. Done splitting hairs—a real treat, even if it is not your “proper” Tripel.

STYLE: Tripel
ABV: 8.3%
AVAILABILITY: Spring seasonal

LOOK: Nearly clear, dull yellow, sudsy

SMELL: Lemon pith, minty, lime leaves, slightly biscuity, quince paste, wild herbs, peppercorn, alcohol

TASTE: Smooth, grainy, soft, rustic bread, nutty yeast, fresh grass, pears, papayas, very warming, juicy, moderate hopping, orange peel, spice, dry finish

Mar 07, 2015
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atr2605 from New York

3.64/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A-pours a cloudy golden color with a foamy white head with nice retention and some lacing
S-alot of spiciness, wheat, yeasty
T-more spiciness, a nice creaminess, a bit of sweet maltiness, enough bitterness to provide balance, finishes dry
M-medium bodied and creamy, fairly tight carbonation
O-pretty interesting triple. definitely worth trying

Apr 09, 2015
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EigenBeer from Florida

4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Mar 16, 2013
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Spickard

5/5  rDev +28.5%

Aug 14, 2014
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funcooker78 from Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Mar 10, 2013
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Metatron6 from Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Feb 15, 2013
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Jamato14 from North Carolina

4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Feb 06, 2015
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nodnaut

3.96/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Dec 03, 2019
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mactrail from Washington

4.07/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Lovely golden color with plenty of foam in the Duvel tulip. Rich and tart with some deep fruity flavors like dried pineapple and green mango. Nice carbonation that rolls across the tongue as the Belgian yeasty flavors come along.

What's really interesting is the addition of wheat, oats, and rye, according to the brewery. It adds some tangy, bitterish grainy flavors that push the complexity as well. It also has the spicy flavors of a really amped-up Wit, though it's fortunately subtle with the orange and coriander flavors.

Another really good Belgian-style brew from Great Divide. They make so many good beers that don't involve bales of hops. From the 12 oz bottle brought to me from Denver. Label says "Bottled on Dec 12 2012."

Jan 20, 2013
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carlitos92 from Texas

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Sep 14, 2013
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McAfee85 from Kansas

2.93/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Jan 23, 2016
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KAP1356 from Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Mar 02, 2014
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mportnoy from Pennsylvania

2.5/5  rDev -35.7%

Apr 08, 2013
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DeadeyeOTDO from Arizona

3.5/5  rDev -10%

Oct 03, 2014
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jwhancher from Pennsylvania

3.47/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on date of 12/15/14. Pours a slightly hazy bright yellow with good lacing and head that fades somewhat fast. Good carbonation. Smells of orange peel, coriander, and wheat. Yeast aromas, almost white or wheat bread-like, is noticeable. Taste- Initial citrus and orange sweetness that quickly fades to coriander. Enough bitterness to balance the malts but I feel too much spices give this one too much perceived overall sweetness. Feels like it doesn't finish dry enough which lends it some extra body. Some warming alcohols but they're held nicely in check.

Overall, this is a fantastic beer to pair with food. However, as a standalone beer I much prefer less spices and a drier finish.

Mar 29, 2015
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kbrown from Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Jun 01, 2014
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JGebers from New York

3.97/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Jun 13, 2015
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rbfurr3 from Delaware

2.5/5  rDev -35.7%

Jul 22, 2014
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lupercmda from North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Jun 25, 2013
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rlovitt from New Jersey

3.78/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Apr 13, 2015
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wrightst from Maryland

4/5  rDev +2.8%

Jul 27, 2014
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WDJersey from Colorado

4/5  rDev +2.8%

Feb 14, 2014
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Yancey82 from Pennsylvania

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

Had at Pittsburgh Winter BeerFest.

Feb 25, 2015
Orabelle Belgian-Style Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 763 ratings