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Orabelle Belgian-Style Ale | Great Divide Brewing Company

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Orabelle Belgian-Style AleOrabelle Belgian-Style Ale

Brewed by:
Great Divide Brewing Company
Colorado, United States

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.30%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by TMoney2591 on 12-31-2012

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Reviews: 152 | Ratings: 707
Photo of iSip
4.95/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Finally! A Begian Style Tripel that does not break the bank. I have a bottle of La Trappe in the fridge, one of my favorite Tripels, but that set me back $12 for a bomber which is $6 for a glass of beer. Great for a special event, but where is the common man's Tripel? Dry Dock brews a good one, but it is still $6 for a bomber and not always available. New Belgium comes close with their Trippel, but it has a bit much coriander for my taste. So I jumped at the chance to try the Great Divide Orabelle when I saw the six pack in the beer cooler for $10. The color is a cloudy peach with a thin head and little carbonation. Belgian yeast and bready sweetness come through the aroma. So far so good. The flavor is big on apricot with a touch of honey. Very light pepper touches the finish to make for an outstanding Belgian Style Tripel. Thank you Great Divide! (The Great Divide Colette is worth a try as well....)

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Photo of TokyoCO
4.82/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up based on a recommendation and wow it is good!

A: Rich cloudy golden color.

S: Really good! Floral, sweet, hints of banana and a bit of lemon.

T: Follows the smell, a tangy sweetness but very mild. Belgian yeast, banana, honey, lemon.

M: Very smooth, the easiest drinking triple I'v had.

O: Wow this is a great beer! Extremely easy drinking for 8.3%, but it is not lacking taste either. One of the best triples I'v tried!

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Photo of Czequershuus
4.72/5  rDev +21.6%
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 BWarrington
4.56/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

App- Great unfiltered golden hazy wheat
Smell- malttastic, yeasty, citrus tones
taste-malty, ester, goodness
mf- maybe a little more carb is needed

overall- A lot of hop punks and beli snobs rated this beer way to low. I drink(and rate as my fav bev) a french canadian tripel all the time and this one is so close to it. Great Divide listen to my praises and keep making this beer, I LOVE IT!

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Photo of brewtus
4.5/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was going to quick review this but I can't. Poured 12oz into goose island belgian chalice. This beer pours golden yellow, hazy, small white head. The smell is divine, banana, Belgian yeast, orange, coriander, hint of vanilla. Tastes as good as it smells, very refreshing, Belgian yeast, sweet orange and coriander, some lemon, and the texture is almost silky. It's like a more flavorful hefe. This beer is very very good, glad to see it on Ohio shelves.

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Photo of pat61
4.49/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours hazy gold with a 2” cream colored foam cap that dissipates to a film.
S: Big spice aromas highlighting coriander and orange peel with a hint of pear.
T: Lemony citrus, orange, spice, coriander, tropical fruit, some caramel and biscuit.
F: Very creamy, soft, luscious, medium body and carbonation.
O: Like a citrus marmalade slathered over a warm light biscuit lightly seasoned with coriander.

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Photo of Idoitforthetaste
4.49/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

This Belgian Triple is opaque golden orange in color and pours well with a strong head. Starts off well with classic Belgian triple flavor with floral hints and an orangey finish. The 8.3% ABV is well masked with the intense flavors and great balance. Its a seasonal release so if Belgian is your style, this one is a bucket list beer for y'all.

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Photo of SanRaphael
4.48/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Beautiful golden cloudy beer. Nice spices. Easy pleasant drink. Whatever it strengths and weaknesses, the average out to a really fine drinkable tripel.

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Photo of Rickythejeweler
4.45/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A - Golden-yellow, thin soapy white head, minimal lacing.

S - Coriander, lemon zest, sweet grains, citrus, yeast, spices, floral hops.

T - Sweet grains, yeast, honey, coriander, clove, wheat, white pepper, as it warms there is a pineapple/pine/resin flavor.

M - Full bodied, creamy/smooth, moderate carbonation, such a great mouthfeel from the oats.

O - Superb! I always forget how amazing Great Divide is!

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Photo of brurevu
4.39/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The Orabelle’s cloudy golden orange color and frothy white head gave off whiffs of orange peel, Belgian yeast and fruitiness. The taste was very delicate yet deceptively deep with a good dose of Belgian yeast some light fruits and a spiciness that was perfectly in the Belgian Tripel realm. The light color and subtle flavors belittled it’s bold ambitions and held no hints of booze or alcohol. The Orabelle was a very smooth and solid Tripel.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
4.37/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter.

2.75 A: Murky dark yellow color. About one finger of fizzy off-white head that falls quickly and leaves no lacing.

4.5 S: This is incredibly orangy. Orange, orange peel, orange, then coriander, hay, lemon meringue. Peppery yeast spiciness. It's got so much orange about it that it's hard to perceive much of anything else. In any case, it smells great.

4.5 T: It tastes much like it smells. Orange dominates, followed by orange peel, lemon peel, coriander, and hay. Yeast offers more pepper. This has some powerful flavors and is in stark contrast to the old world tripels, but it just tastes so damn good.

4.25 M: Lighter medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Spritzy and tongue tingling.

4.5 D: Really tasty beer. It's nothing like the standard tripel, but it tastes so good that it's tough to bother with that.

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Photo of JEdmund
4.35/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice rich yellow color, small head, but it does leave some lacing. Smell is good: yeast, coriander, fruity, rye. Good flavor and very easy to drink for 8%. A bit heavier and maltier than a whit but similar in flavor. Full, plush mouthfeel. Complex malt profile. Spicy bite finish. Very enjoyable! First triple I've really liked.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.31/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a St. Bernardus goblet glass. Bottled on Jan, 02, 2013.

Appearance: Pours a hazy golden orange with a lot of bubbles. Small finger of white head that quickly recedes into a thin patchy layer. Leaves a lot of lacing on the glass.

Smell: A yeasty and spicy aroma with lots of citrus fruit esters. Belgian yeast and some farmhouse funk. Hints of coriander and clove spicing. Big hints of citrus orange peel, lemon zest, and pineapple, and peach. Also some hints of apple, pear, and banana. A little candied sugar sweetness. Pale malts with hints of wheat, cereal grains, biscuit, and cracker. Floral and earthy hops in the background. A nice zesty aroma.

Taste: Follows the aroma well with a good mix of yeast, spices, and fruit flavors. Belgian yeast with some funk. Nice taste of coriander as well as a little clove spice. Good taste of citrus with notes of orange, lemon, peach, and pineapple. Other fruit notes include some pear, apple, and a little banana. Light presence of candied sugar. Soft pale malts along with notes of wheat, cereal grains, cracker, hay, and biscuit. Some earthy and floral hops towards the finish. A really nice taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with a moderate amount of carbonation. Crisp, creamy, and slightly sticky. Very smooth and finishes dry.

Overall: A pretty good American take on a Tripel. Good mix of yeast, spices, and fruit flavors. Well balanced.

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Photo of schoolboy
4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

My love of Colorado breweries continues. This offering from Great Divide is outstanding, and a great value at under $2 a bottle.

It pours fairly flat but a pretty golden color. It has little lace but it has a cool haze. The aroma is a yeasty fruity Belgian thing. Nice and a little boozy too, as it should be.

The taste is of Belgium, not Colorado. It's just right. Yeasty and fruity like the aroma. The aftertaste is sweet and a little dark. This isn't quite like some of the Belgians that will totally fool you - it is obvious this has some kick. I will need to remember the name - this is a good one.

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Photo of Johnny_Muir
4.27/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle into pint glass. YES! Another Belgium style ale from Great Divide, which has quickly become my favorite brewery (Heyday, Nomad, Titan). This guy pours a strawish yellow gold with 10% orange added. Very opaque. Smooth on the tongue. Overall, best Belgian ale I've yet tried. Cheers!

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Photo of russpowell
4.26/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottled on 28 Jan 2013

Pours a hazed bronze with 2+ fingers of pearl colored head. Average head retention & lacing, clears nicely

S: Appleskins, white grapes & coriander, plus pineapple

T: Follows the nose, over ripe pears, white pepper, plus a touch of pineapple, a kiss of funk up front. Orchard fruit, a bit of dirty funk, & pineapple sweetness, dryness & a touch of leafy hops. Finishes fairly crisp, a little bit of cloves & coriander also there with dirty pears & citrus

MF: Medium bodied, slight carbonation, warming, somewhat sticky

This is one of Great Divide better Belgian itterations, this works well for me; the ABV is well hidden

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Photo of Jonada
4.26/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into a goblet. Bottled on 12/13/2012

Appearance: Hazy, golden yellow color. Less than a finger of white head dissipated almost instantly.

Smell: Spicy, phenolic, banana, pear, orange, slightly floral.

Taste: Follows the nose pretty closely. Spice, yeast, banana, coriander, citrus.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, sticky mouthfeel. Soft carbonation. Goes down incredibly smooth

Overall: Really good American interpretation on a Belgian style Tripel. Great Divide doesn't get the same level of hype as some other craft breweries, but I've yet to have a beer from them that disappoints.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
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 JamieDuncan
4.24/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

My beer guru brought this one over to split. Much murkier than the normal triple, and the smell and taste reminded me of a saison or a wit. Enjoyed the beer very much, I would consider this a strong saison that is really easy to drink which gives it big bonus points overall because of its ABV and drinkability. Certainly would drink this any day.

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Photo of GilGarp
4.23/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled December 31, 2012.

12oz bottle served chilled into a goblet.

Orabelle is a hazy golden straw color with thin white head. Good retention though and it leaves some lacing behind.

Aroma is fresh and citrusy with a nice Belgian yeast strain. A little bit of peppery spice as well.

Flavor is very good, maybe a little better than expected. Pale but strong malt body shows off the yeast and spicy, citrusy hops. Great balance of flavors and very easy drinking for a beer over 8% ABV.

Mouthfeel is light-plus in body and nicely carbonated.

They had a tripel in bombers last year and it was pretty good but a little pricey. This is even better and at a very reasonable price. I'll definately be back for more.

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Photo of cjgiant
4.22/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours translucent yellow, with minimal head and apparent carbonation.
The smell is a nice bouquet of orange and banana flavors, with the coriander hitting the nose throughout. The balance of floral fruit and spice is quite pleasing.

The taste follows the nose quite well in flavors, but a slightly different profile. The spice is prevalent throughout, but the banana is a bigger player than any orange (or tangerine, maybe) in the taste. The end feel has a slight bite of the coriander and an unforeseen hit of carbonation. I am torn a bit if that is good enough.

Overall, I really enjoyed this beer as a Belgian with a slight fruit edge. I did find it quite drinkable, which might be bad at 8.3%.

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Photo of BeerWizard
4.22/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a six pack of this for about ten bucks. Nice to see something over 8% available in a sixer. Typical clean-looking Great Divide label on bottle; sillouhette of a girl aiming a bow and arrow, I'm guessing some kind of cupid-theme. Almost no head after pouring into a goblet. Cloudy, warm, butterscotch-yellow color is pleasing. Not sure if it's because I just said "butterscotch" but I'm detecting some of that in the nose, candy and alcohol, plus some yeast and maybe some light citrus. The flavor is good, and I get more of the citrus from it, orange for sure, and they do indicate on the side of the bottle it's brewed with orange peel. Alcohol taste is negligible. Mouthfeel is thick, nicely carbonated, and punchy, plus sort of a nice lightly bitter finish to balance - again I'm going to guess orange peels on that one. Overall, love this beer. Suprised to see the lower score when I signed in, but to each his own.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.21/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter. Label says Bottled On: JAN 02 2013

A- Pours a hazy golden color with a 1/4 inch white head that doesn't retain long before becoming a thick, bubbly ring around the edge of the glass and a light sheet of surface foam.

S- Yeasty, spicy, wheaty. Some orange and coriander. Slightly effervescent plus a tad musty with a slight booze fume.

T- Not as intriguing as the aroma, but still a mostly smooth combo of yeast and spice. Alcohol is conspicuous but not overbearing as the sweetness of the wheat balances things out.

M- Milky, rather than creamy, with medium carbonation and a lightish body.

O- This is about what I expected it to be. Very good but not amazing.

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Photo of champ103
4.21/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Hay Merchant in Houston.

A: Pours a cloudy golden/orange color. A two finger white head forms with good retention. Nice lace is left behind as well.
S: Peppery spice and earthy yeast intermingle nicely. Then slightly sweet with some candy sugar. Though not overly so, like so many American versions can be. Some fruity aromas like orange rind, lemon, and light apple skins.
T: Follows the nose. A nice balanced between peppery, clovey spice, and earthy almost funky yeast. Some light sweetness, then fruity flavors hit. Orange, lemon, slightly fleshy fruits like apples.
M/D: A medium body and carbonation. Crisp, but smooth at the same time. So easy to drink. I can have a few of these without a problem.

I like this, and reminds me a bit of Golden Monkey. A very nice example of the style. One with some sweetness, but not overly so like so many other American versions can be. Something I would recommend.

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Photo of a0lbudman
4.21/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A-slightly hazy gold with an off white head that leaves a light lace
S- you can smell spice, pepper, clove, and a slight banana with alcohol hints
T-spice and some malt with a slight alcohol taste that goes to a low bitter hops aftertaste that goes back to a spice finish
M-medium body and high carbonation
O-super beer that has many smells and flavors that seem to blend well together

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