Orabelle Belgian-Style Ale | Great Divide Brewing Company

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Orabelle Belgian-Style AleOrabelle Belgian-Style Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Great Divide Brewing Company
Colorado, United States | website

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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152
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706
Avg:
3.88
pDev:
22.68%
 
 
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Photo of Jeffreysan
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, poured into a goblet

Appearance: Pours a beautiful, hazy, golden color with a half of a finger of white-colored head that quickly dissolved away into a thin lacing of foam that partially covered the top of the beer.

Aroma: Very aromatic, with lots of bready, toasted malt, imparting notes of freshly baked French baguettes and sourdough. There are also tons of floral, spicy aromas of Belgian yeast, imparting aromas of clove, banana, spices of black pepper, saffron, coriander, as well as citrus such as orange and pineapple. Finally, there are lots of aromas of honey and candied sugar. Quite nice and inviting.

Taste: Very spot on to style. Tons of bready, toasted malt up front, followed by the floral, citrusy, spicy, Belgian yeast, which impart flavors of clove, banana, spices of black pepper, saffron, coriander, as well as citrus such as orange and pineapple. Finally, the beer finishes with some honey-like sweetness, and a touch of funk.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and very smooth, as there is very little, almost none in fact, in the way of carbonation. With an ABV of 5.3%, there is just a kiss of alcohol warmth on the palate.

Overall: This is a nice triple, and completely spot on for the style as there’s lots of Belgian yeast funkiness, candied sugar, hone and spices. However, for my palate there’s just a touch too much banana-like flavors for me to really like it as I’m not a real fan of banana in my beer. Fans of true Belgian triples should really like this beer however!

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Photo of DoubleJ
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Great Divide makes a tripel. Coming out of a 12 ounce bottle, on to the beer:

The beer is cloudy blonde but bright. A half-inch of head tops the beverage, and solid retention and lacing add texture to the look. I can dig the aroma; spicy, peaches, white pepper. It smells refreshing. Orabelle hits the mark with taste as well. La Fin du Monde is one of my all-time favorite beers, and Orabelle tastes like a poor man's version of said beer. That's not a bad thing to be! The beer is sweet, rich in apricots, creamy oats, a play of citrus peel hitting the palate. To add to the list, it's medium bodied, creamy, and has attractive peppery carbonation which cut through the citrus and sweet nature of the beer.

Thank you sir, may I have another?

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Photo of ianjsullivan
4.19/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

ST: 12oz poured into a chalice.

A: Yeast haze through golden-orange.

S: Beautiful aroma of sour orange, coriander stone fruits.

T: Spicy rye on the tip moves into grated orange peel, coriander, and a green edge in the smooth wheat finish.

M: Medium and dry.

O: A very tasty beer. The aroma is excellent, and the flavors of the beer offer a nice mix of sweet and tart. Balanced and enjoyable, Orabelle is a fine food beer for roasted food in particular.

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Photo of JWU
4.19/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz. bottle poured into a goblet

A- a vibrant gold with some orange hues. A thin white head which only sticks around for a bit. Some chill haze.

S- Belgian yeast, sugars, orange peel and coriander spice.

T- Really pops on the tongue. A quick hit or grain, yeast esters, belgian sweetness, orange peel, and some rye and coriander spice. A really, really interesting take on a tripel.

M- Rather smooth for a tripel, I'll give the wheat and oats credit for that. Still fairly crisp.

O- One of my favorite American stabs at a tripel.

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Photo of delta490
4.18/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a cloudy straw gold with a short-lasting white head. Even though it doesn't hang around, there is still some nice lacing left on the glass. The aroma is everything you want from a tripel: citrusy, spicy, and grainy. There's a very nice thickness to this ale with a pleasant silky feeling. This is a great Belgian-style ale.

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Photo of THSdrummer
4.15/5  rDev +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 smcolw
4.14/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Green hued, straw colored beer. Lots of white from the haze. Moderate head that leaves many rings of lace.

Raw, unmalted grain aroma. Ever so slight sourness.

Clean and refreshing--stunning as a Trippel. I detect no alcohol. Flowery sweet touch, it has the essence of a well made shanty. Light body with a high efferfescence. Certainly not a typical Trippel but I like this very much.

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Photo of outdoor7or24
4.14/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle from mothman, bottled on 12/2012. Poured into St. Bernardus goblet.
A: pours a light cloudy golden straw color, off white one finger head that quickly fades, some lacing is present, carbonation ifs present
S: aroma is full, Belgian yeast, citrus, apricots, Belgian candy sugar, lemon zest, coriander, light hints of wheat, biscuit
M: medium to full body, slight creaminess that coats the tongue
T: Belgian yeast, citrus, lemon, grass, coriander, biscuit, straw, pepper hints, bitterness and alcohol towards finish, as it warms the alcohol becomes more pronounced.
O: solid offering from great divide, will buy again. 4+ stars.

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Photo of jngrizzaffi
4.14/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a cloudy golden color with a thick foamy head. Head retention is mild. Lacing is decent. Belgian yeast aroma with some black pepper and coriander. Smooth creamy taste. Belgian yeast, pepper (especially at the end), coriander and light fruitiness. Has always been a well balanced beer with a medium body and moderate to high carbonation.

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Photo of Alpha309
4.14/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 Oz can into a tulip glass.

Pours a very hazy golden straw color. About a finger of thick foamy head that is creamy in color. Head quickly dissipates into a thickish ring around the glass.

Nose is very yeasty. Banana, coriander, lemons, and a slight hint of crackers.

A nice thick banana and clove flavor immediately hits the tongue. Coriander follows. Very slight hints of citrus and a wafer/cracker taste follows at the very end.

Feels a little on the thick side. Very close to a stout in body, but still smooth at the same time. Very good carbonation.

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Photo of BierJager89
4.13/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Hazy golden with a white head.

S: Peaches and orange mix well with cardamom and nutmeg in the nose.

T: A little malty up front, followed by peach, then orange, then the malt comes back with the fruits and it ends with all of that, plus cardamom and nutmeg.

M: Light bodied and smooth, especially for a tripel.

O: One of the better bodies on a triple in terms of carbonation, though it could have been better with a bit more substance. Taste is quite good. Definitely recommended.

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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
4.12/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy honey-colored body, not much carbonation, virtually no lasting head. Smells of realistic orange zest, coriander, earthy yeast, light wheat. Body is heavier, I think the bolder malts are acting up. Plenty of other stuff going on- the orange is still there but accompanied by outright lemon and lime which gives it a slight tartness, the yeast adds some mineral earthiness, faint peppercorn. Dry. Medium body, light and zippy carbonation.
Yes, it is a little too heavy handed to be mistaken for a true Belgian. But, it is delicious enough to be one. The yeast imparts a greater maturity than most fruit-and-spice tripels. Highly delicious, totally great, I love it.

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Photo of Christoffer91
4.11/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice golden color, with a finger of foamy head. Smell is on the fruitier yeast side, with less clove than many other American Belgian inspired beers, which is nice. Taste is mildly sweet, nice malty backbone while the yeast and notes of citrus and spices subtly carry through. Abv is well hidden. Only critique would be that it seems a bit under carbonated. Still, definitely one of the best American tripels I've had.

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Photo of Auraan
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured a pretty, cloudy orange body with one finger of thick, fluffy white head that receded with medium speed. A good looking body, but not enough head for the style. Scents of spicy Belgian yeast imparting notes of clove, woody coriander and white pepper. Fruity esters are moderately high with apricot and orange aromas dominating, aided by the aroma of the orange peels added during fermentation. Soft, spicy alcohol is present in the background. Malt character is low, befitting a tripel, with a softly sweet character overall. A light perfume-like aroma, likely from hops, adds depth in the background. Overall this is a nicely true to form tripel. The aroma is fruity and spicy, as befits the style, but also quite deep and complex. A fine example of a basic tripel aroma. Flavor begins lightly sweet, with notes of soft, sweet sugar cookie-like malt and orange flesh fruity esters. This is backed by a light phenolic bitterness imparting flavors of white pepper, clove and coriander. Light soft alcohol flavors are also present. Middle picks up bitterness with further phenolic flavors, becoming more intense, but with the same mixture as above. To this is added a light orange zest character, light spicy hops and a slightly more intense alcohol. Finish is medium-dry with notes of clove, white pepper, coriander at medium-high levels and medium levels of spicy hops, alongside soft, sweet alcohol and orange zest flavors at similar levels. A soft malt sweetness is present in the background. Aftertaste is bitter, with notes of spicy white pepper and clove and bitter spicy hops. Overall impression of flavor is of a rather nice tripel, quite true to style with the mix of spicy, fruity and alcohol flavors, backed by a soft, but not overwhelming sweetness. A good example of the style. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a smooth creamy feel and medium-light carbonation. Overall impression of mouthfeel is fairly on-point for the style, though carbonation is a bit too low. Overall this is a fairly good take on a Belgian Tripel. It is true to style in aroma and flavor, and mostly true in mouthfeel and is quite pleasant to drink. Its lower price relative to imported and high-end domestic tripels make up for its few shortcomings relative to those higher priced examples. A nice beer and a shame it's not year-round.

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Photo of dradair
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice golden hue about an inch of a head on it. It smells rich of fruit and the fruity undertones stick with you all the way down. A very solid beer from a solid company and more than worth it for the price.

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Photo of Jacurdy60
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

A-Hazy, pale golden-yellow pour that thins out towards the bottom. Creamy half finger white head with decent retention and minimal lacing

S-Dank parmesan cheese, subtle oranges, spices (coriander and pepper), and a full yeasty nose. Some grains are present as well.

T-The yeast makes its presence felt here as the spices and fruit fade into the back ground. The cheese transitions well from the nose into the palate. A smooth yeasty and cheese note up front is washed away by a powerful peppery finish. Very complex.

MF-A little too carbonated, I thought it would be smoother but it's still satisfying

O-Very, very complex. This is one of the better noses on a beer I've personally ever reviewed. Half of the nose transitions into the taste, where I pick up an array of new flavors. Great Divide does not brew a sub-par beer.

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Photo of Dunkelganger4
4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: Hazy golden color with a billowy white head
Smell:Wheat and yeast are dominant
Taste: Wheaty bread, lots of citrus as it warms up, Belgian yeast, coriander, slight alcohol, and finishes with almost an oxidative/cardboard note
Mouthfeel: A medium light fullness that seems out of place for this style.
OVerall: A decent attempt on a Belgian classic that just doesn't quite fit in.

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Photo of Moose90
4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle on: 12/31/12

A – Orange hued copper color, along with a thin fluffy white head and leaves lacing highlighting the high ABV.

S – Citrus, pine, lemon, and clove. Some biscuity light bread malts come through and a slight fresh yeasty character as well.

T – Wheat comes through here, some big dried orange peel and coriander/clove appear again.

M – Light-Medium thickness, some stickiness that lingers around and leaves a refreshing aftertaste.

O – A nice beer, haven't had many in this style, but this is a good drinker. Nice and refreshing, and hides the moderate ABV well. Great spring seasonal.

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Photo of Brenden
4.07/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A murky medium-pale yellow, it's hard to name what color Orabelle actually is; I literally was forced to look at a color pallet and chart and couldn't match it perfectly. Sandstorm, maybe? Regardless, it's pale and heavily murky, opaque simply in its thickness. The head is pure white, soft and creamy. It's not especially dense, but it's thick enough to hold. Retention applies more to total duration than duration of height; it falls to a heavy foam from 3/4 finger with a little time, but that foam remains for the entire session without fading. Lacing is thick and creamy, a ring at the top followed by spotting caused by broken sheeting as it clings.
The smell holds all the richness and complexity the label promises. There are some beers, lighter and softer in character, that surprise with how rich they are, and this is one of them. Wheat is almost thick in the nostrils, and I think some of that comes from oats as well; the wheat reveals a sort of dryness, almost cracked wheat snap, and the oats are what seem to impart the richer, thicker aspects. It's a bit spicy under coriander, just the right amount to spice and add depth without being remotely overbearing. Citrus is a major component, a bit of peel adding zest. Finally, the Belgian yeast further gives it some earthiness and a sort of "dustiness" while very , very subtle white pepper spiciness comes out.
The citrus gives more tartness on the tongue than anything, zesty right up front. It's a good deal more peppery, then something almost grassy comes out with earth and wheat. Orange juice, a bit of toast, and coriander make up the middle, while a bit of grains linger in the finish.
Great Divide does a good job with every style they brew, and it shows in the feel, particularly in a well-made Belgian. This beer has the depth, a few layers on the palate, bright and crisp while rolling smoothly and imparting a softness without giving up firmness. A very, very slight stickiness coming out in the heft from the middle to end is one of very few things, but the most notable, keeping the score down.

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Photo of mactrail
4.07/5  rDev +4.9%
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."

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.07/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottled 12/13/12.

Pours a murky honey orange with a foamy off-white head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. Thin rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, citrus fruit, spices, and Belgian yeast. Taste is much the same with a slightly tart citrus fruit flavor on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and sticky mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that quite tasty and a solid American take on the style.

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Photo of Givemebeer
4.06/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy orange color with a small head and some nice lacing

S: Coriander, fruity esters all over the place - orange, banana, bubblegum

T: Plenty of orange and that phenolic tripel flavor. The finish is where the banana shines through. Touch of spice on the palate. Very interesting.

M: Medium bodied with a very dry finish

T: A unique and refreshing tripel. The 8.3% is hidden very well which is a nice quality. Overall, great Spring beer - a must try.

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Photo of Billolick
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 ounce bottle, bottled on Jan 16, 2013. Nice-good consumer information provided and its fresh.

Pours cloudy medium apricot, looser off white head, fairly quickly goes to a fine film, collar and leaves ample sheeting and bands of fine lace.

Fruity nose, with orange, apricot, pepper and Belgian inspired yeast notes.

Pleasant and flavorful offering with the flavors of the nose flowing onto the palate. Soft, ripe fruits, more pepper and again distinctive Belgian yeast qualities shining through. Soft on the palate and quite easily drinkable. Dangerous stuff, being this easy drinking and packing over 8%.

Nice new brew from great Divide and a nice Americanized version of the style. Well worth a try. Went nicely with some blue cheese. Looking forward to enjoying this on a summers day with some salads, crusty bread and a selection of cheeses.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Great Divide "Orabelle" Belgian-style Ale
12 oz. brown glass bottle, "BOTTLED ON: JAN 20 2015"
$2.29 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

I didn't know what to expect looking at the label on my bottle of Orabelle as it simply reads "Belgian-Style Ale", "GOLDEN", and "ALE WITH SPICES". What I found was a perfectly executed combination of a Belgian-style witbier and a stronger triple. It's got the prerequisite coriander and orange peel, and it's wheaty and oaty as well. The yeastiness is complex, and lends some peppery spiciness (I think, it's hard to tell what's actual spice and what's yeast), soft fruit, just a hint of clove, and a light bit of crushed granite-like mineral character. Many American breweries tend to over-do the phenolics coming off of their yeast, but this has been kept in check, and that allows the malt to shine, and actually makes it a bit more drinkable as it's more easily accessible. It's soft and sweet (but balanced), and the alcohol never shows anymore than it should, just giving a light smack that let's you know it's a triple.

I'm sufficiently impressed (although I know I can always count on Great Divide to deliver a solid brew), and although this is a spring seasonal I think it would make a great summer beer as well despite its strength.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 1/2/13
A - The first thing I notice is even though it has sediment it stays in the bottle. Much appreciated. Not very much head in this pour just a 1/4 inch that pulls back to a sticky lace ring. Color is a bright hazy yellow.

S - Definitely spiced big notes of orange peel and coriander with a subtle wheat and some lemon.

T - Ah the spice does make it somewhat nice, hides the Abv well yet it makes the finish a tad bit dry. The flavors are not as vivid as the smell which is appreciated. Interesting triple.

M - Creamy, fully bodied, flavorful. The best part of this beer.

Overall not something I would get all the time (especially at 3 dollars a pop) but a very smooth drinking triple. Kind of disappointed going in I expected an golden pale ale but it's still a great beer.

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Orabelle Belgian-Style Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 152 ratings.
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