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
greatdivide.com

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.30%

Availability: Rotating

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

BEER STATS
Reviews:
152
Ratings:
707
Avg:
3.88
pDev:
10.57%
 
 
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23
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Reviews: 152 | Ratings: 707
Photo of avalon07
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Poured from a bottle to a goblet. Had a bright yellow color and a slightly hazy consistency. There was a small amount of foamy head that quickly dissipated. Fair lacing.

S: A sweet, fruity, malty aroma. Nicely done.

T: Tasted of light fruit (a little orange, apricot, etc.), some malt, esters, Belgian yeast, and a tinge of grassiness in the finish (a negligible amount). Not quite as bracing and powerful as some tripels, but this beer has a light, enjoyable flavor.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a somewhat slick finish. Light- to medium-bodied.

O: Orabelle is a pretty tasty, easy to like beer. Definitely drinkable.

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Photo of Uncle_Jimmy
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Appearance- pours a hazy yellow with a finger of coarse white foam

Smell- clove cinnamon banana a little yeasty

Taste- clove bubblegum, a light fizz banana honey coriander some orange peel ( I think this makes it taste more like a wheat beer (shock top-ish) than a golden belgian) maybe even a little brine-y

Mouthfeel- dry but flavorful

Overall- this is a tasty beer, I like the spice it is not over powering. I can have a few of these I still like Great Divides stronger darker offering much better. RUMBLEIPA!!!!

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Photo of Nengleman
4.04/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Yellow and overcast (cloudy). small head.

Smell - Lovely and springlike. Orange peel, lemon, banana, Belgian-y

Taste - Cirtus splash. Belgian-y as well. I got a little bit a pepper kick in some of my sips. Honey.

Mouthfeel - Creamy and very easy to drink. Smooth with very subtle kicks to let you know this isn't a sessionable beer.

Overall - Very drinkable for an 8.3% ABV. I need to remind myself while I am drinking this. I really enjoyed it. I definitely see myself purchasing more of it in the springtime. I can also see this as a great beer to help out those novice beer drinker that want to expand their beer palate from Blue Moon and Shock Top.

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Photo of ssarah
4.04/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer served on tap in a goblet glass. Lemon yellow color, cloudy almost like a hefeweizen. Thin head with good lacing. Aroma is faint, with distant smell of citrus and hops. Taste is great- slightly sweet, complex and just a hint of alcohol. I would definitely recommend this beer as it is a solid tripel with a wonderful flavor profile.

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Photo of wvsabbath
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Light pear colored gold, not much of a head or lacing.

Smell - Sweet floral fruits, apple, pear, grapes, lemon, banana, orange, corriander spice. Some added sugars and sweet yeasts.

Taste - Big floral fruits and sweet yeasts at first sip. Orange, corriander and grape is a main flavor. Lots of spices also are present but not overdone. Alcohol is masked well. Has a bitter bite at the finish.

Mouthfeel - Loads of fruits and yeasts coat tounge. Grape is a flavor through the whole experience. Palate gets more fruits, yeasts and spices. The finish comes up a little bitter and dry.

Overall - Really good, but not as big and bold as alot of other tripels. Would be a great starter tripel , or for someone that cant handle the big flavors that a la fin du monde would provide. Solid and very easy to drink.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.02/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured on tap at falling rock pub in Denver into a globe glass. From notes.

A real nice looking brew, presented with a somewhat shiny fluffy soft white top of about two fingers. Body is an absolute perfect apricot color, opaque with a little bit of thin pin head white carbonation crawling up. Very nice.

Nose is real interesting and a bit odd but enjoyable. Light sticky yeast, not very candi sugar smelling, some floral hints and even pickle brine! What's up with that? Boy this is interesting I'll give it that.

Palate hits with a good malt backbone, and some of those classic Belgian sugars come out, with a light touch. Finishes quite floral and has a nice aromatic sensations on the aftertaste. Some of that briney charater hinted on the nose washes around a bit. Mouthfeel is about par for the course.

Overall it's kind of a weird and distinct one, but it's still pretty solid and quite unique for a tripel.

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Photo of Rbodacious
4.02/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pineapple-apple/ banana coriander /pepper. Juicy.
Belgian yeasty -dry finish.
A beautiful hazy light gold presentation.
Solid white head, thick lace.
What a nice surprise.
I'll be back.

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Photo of phishsihq
4.02/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This new(er) seasonal release from Great Divide pours a golden-orange, and is capped with a thin, off-white head. A decent amount of lacing is provided by the slowly dissipating foam. An intriguing bouquet of aromas leaves the nose with wonderment. Hints of oranges and apricots join a delectable Belgian yeast funk, as well as a good amount of spice. Wheaty malt flavors quickly join orange, coriander, and clove with just a hint of pepper joining some citrusy hop flavors in the finish. A good deal of carbonation joins a medium body in this tasty brew. Orabelle is almost like a mix between a tripel and Belgian wit, and that is not a bad thing...

Cheers!

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Photo of Tone
4.01/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy, golden color. 1/4 inch head of a white color. 1/3 inch head of an off-white color. Slight retention and slight lacing. Smells of sweet malt, Belgian yeast, hint of floral, hint of alcohol, hint of spice, hint of pine, and slight wheat. Fits the style of a Tripel. Mouth feel is sharp and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of Belgian yeast, sweet malt, slight wheat, hint of hop, hint of pine, slight alcohol, hint of spice, and and floral notes. Overall, a near session-able Tripel is a nice find.

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Photo of barnzy78
4.01/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle with freshness date clearly marked. Poured into a chalice, the ale is golden-tangerine color with a thin, white head that dissipates quickly. Full nose of banana, bready yeast, orange, spice, pear, apple, coriander, booze. Tastes are sweet with spice, plenty of banana & orange rind, yeast, wheat, booze is warming and a bit hot, finishes slightly dry and spicy from the rye. Mouth-feel is thin-medium body, with moderate carbonation. Overall, nice complexity & a good meld of flavors from all the ingredients.

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Photo of oberon
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at the Corner Slice here in G-boro Thursday night.Poured a hazy lemony yellow with a tinge of orange,a sticky one finger white head atop that lasted for a good while.Aromas of ctirus,toasted cereal grain, white pepper,and mild phenols,all came together pretty well with the phenols not being over bearing.Lemony flavors along with white pepper spice up front on the palate followed by some toasted grain and a faint sharpness in the finish.A nice tripel not overly phenolic and the alcohol is subdued,well done.

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Photo of GOBLIN
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Certainly very tasty and well crafted for an American take on the style. Not on par with the Belgians but certainly a better American example than some others.

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Photo of TMoney2591
4/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

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Photo of MadCat
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look:A light hazy straw color with a short white head that leaves a little lacing

Smell: Your typical Belgian yeasts that make up a tripel, citrus, and hints of sugar

Taste: A good tripel, nice Belgian yeast flavors, a little spice, a little citrus, hints of sweetness, fruit

Feel: Light to medium body, full carbonation

Overall: A pretty good example of the style, though there are better easily available

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Photo of mvanaskie13
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a chalice: color is straw, opaque, dense looking; head is bright white and presents about 1/2 inch thick, then follows with some lacing.

The aroma of this brew is extremely enticing: nice yeast front, spices intermingle with banana and clove, bready malt follows and then is overtaken by a drying quality.

Taste is very interesting, i see this marked as a triple, but the taste comes across as a strong wit or hefe mixed with tripel. Bready malt is forward, wheat mixed in, maybe some toast, yeast flavors and phenolics over take, some banana, some clove, other off yeast notes - finishes extremely dry...

Mouthfeel is appropriate at first with flavors and sweetness forward in the brew, and sitting well on the tongue and cheeks, the downside is the over dry and biting quality on the tongue - hard to pin point, but likely a yeast by product.

Overall, I like the flavors and aroma of this beer, I do not like its finish and linger quality on the tongue. The wit/hefe/tripel type combo is interesting and tasty, biting quality in the finish does subside with some time.

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Photo of garymuchow
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A good solid tripel with the pleasing addition of orange and coriander. Both come through nicely not with any excess. Nice malt flavors, with plenty of spice and sweetness. Not very drying and a little heavier than some, but hits most of the marks I like, even with a few months of age on this one (6 months).

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Photo of Zach136
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Cloudy gold body, white head.

Aroma: Banana, clove, pear, and a touch of booze.

Flavor: Bready, + the character from the aroma.

Mouthfeel: Medium light drinkable.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
4/5  rDev +3.1%
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 TeamMathis
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Delightful and American. Very impressed with this Belgian style offering. Cloudy and inviting. The smell was Sunny D with pepper. The taste continued with spices, citrus, pepper, and yeast. I would definitely get this again. Could use more carbonation. But it is very smooth.

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Photo of tempest
3.99/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Nice spicy tripel with a yeasty edge. You can feel the oats a big more than in Tripel Karmaliet, and the herbal notes are sharper than most from Belgium and there's certainly more malt character standing up. But I'd say it's an excellent American take on the style, varying only slightly, like Victory's Golden Monkey. Very satisfying, and the strength is well hidden. This is great beer.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.99/5  rDev +2.8%
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 Beer_Betty
3.99/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I tend to favor Belgium style beers so I love this one! I love the golden color and the slightly sweet, yet full-flavor that this beer offers. I found it very easy drinking, but you do have to be careful of the 8.3%, it will sneak up on you! I have tried a few other beers by Great Divide, so far they have not let me down.

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Photo of katan
3.99/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz into a pint

A - Pours a golden color. Bright white head formation, breaks down to a film quickly. Light amount of bubbling.

S - Some grainy pilsner malts, some light belgian esters, a little bit spicy with coriander. Overall muted.

T - Starts off lightly sweet, smooth and malty. Some pilsner grainy malts sneak in. Belgian yeast, lightly fruity -some spice. Citrus builds as it warms. Finishes clean with a little more biting graininess. Overall, ends up dry.

M - Full bodied, moderate carbonation. Tends towards the hefty and sticky side. Alcohol warmth is well hidden.

O/D - A good tripel. ABV isn't too high and its not overly filling. Can't argue against the price point. The dry graininess is a little much for me.

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Photo of spoony
3.97/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

From a 12 oz bottle into a tulip.

A-An aggressive pour fails to produce any head.* Instead, I get a patchy ring of white foam. The brew is slightly cloudy and orange-tinted gold in color. No visible carbonation.

S-A nice aroma of lemon and orange meld with spices, tropical mango, and candy sugar. There is a little straw/grass backing underneath. Mostly sweet and slightly funky.

T-Taste is similar to smell. I picked up sweet, bubblegum like notes, some banana, and some citrus. There was also a touch of spice. Not terribly funky, but decently complex.

M-There is a little wave of mild carbonation, but on the whole, this brew was under-carbonated and a touch syrupy.

O-This beer is close to great. The smell implies great potential, it is fruity and mildly sweet, and decently complex. Unfortunately, the smell is not quite matched by the taste, but, as I say, there is potential here.

A note about the carbonation: I tried multiple bottles and experienced the same underwhelming carbonation with each bottle (from the same six-pack). The lack of carbonation doesn't kill this beer, but it does drag down the score a bit.

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Photo of CloudStrife
3.96/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Bottled on Jan 02 2013.

A: Pours a hazy pale yellow gold with a 1.5 finger white head. Lots of little bubbles as the visible carbonation. Some spots of lacing on the glass.

S: First thing I get is a strong farmhouse yeastiness. Lots of orange, lemon and banana with hints of coriander in the background. Big focus on the yeast. Pale malts come out more as it warms.

T: A pretty balanced tripel that is not extreme in any one direction. Starts with a belgian yeastiness, bit of a fruity middle, orange lemon and banana like the smell. Mild malting toward the backend. Just a touch of booze and small hint of metal.

M: Medium bodied with pretty mild carbonation. Nice and warming on the stomach. Goes down easy but I wouldnt mind a little more fizz.

Overall certainly worth a try as it is very mellow and a smooth drinking beer. Good introduction for some of the more extreme Belgian Tripels.

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Orabelle Belgian-Style Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
3.88 out of 5 based on 707 ratings.
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