Orabelle Belgian-Style Ale | Great Divide Brewing Company

Orabelle Belgian-Style AleOrabelle Belgian-Style Ale
BA SCORE
75.5%
Liked This Beer
3.87 w/ 732 Ratings
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
Ranking:
#8,272
Reviews:
164
Ratings:
732
Liked:
553
Avg:
3.87/5
pDev:
10.59%
Alströms:
3.82
 
 
Wants:
23
Gots:
121
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 732 |  Reviews: 164
Photo of pat61
4.49/5  rDev +16%
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 MaltsOfGlory
4.49/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz can

Pours a nice, big, two finger white head into my can-style glass. Super pillowy and frothy. Body is a light gold, very cloudy. Carbonation looks pretty high. Head retention is ok for now. Good looking beer so far.

The aroma is just awesome. Big clove and banana right up front. Clove is a little spicy. The aroma is very simple, classic, but very nice.

The flavor is just as good. Banana and clove mix together nicely, from start to end. Banana is a little more prevalent. Finishes quite sweet, with just the smallest bitterness. Now that I’m looking for it, I do notice some coriander as well. It’s got some astringency to it, in the back of your throat, almost like a dry white wine; presumably from the alcohol. Speaking of which, there isn’t really any alcohol burn, or flavor, just a little astringent. Honestly, gonna bump this up from a 4.25 to a 4.5, this is so tasty. Overall a great flavor.

The mouthfeel is very nice, decent amount of carbonation here, gives it a nice lively mouthfeel. At the same time it has some girth to it, it has oats and wheat, so this is no surprise. The astringency isn’t necessarily a bad thing, it adds some character. Overall, a really killer mouthfeel.

The drinkability is probably about as high as you can get for an 8% beer, this thing is so tasty, and hides its booze well.

The appearance turned out fantastic. The initial majority of the head dissipated quickly, but I got a good quarter inch hanging around for 15-20 minutes. The lacing was thick and very impressive, all the way down the glass. Beautiful beer.

Overall this wasn’t extremely complex for me, but that didn’t matter, it was so damn tasty. A great representation of the style, very very good.

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Photo of Idoitforthetaste
4.49/5  rDev +16%
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 +15.8%
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 +15%
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 pierluigitricoci
4.44/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of xynzee
4.44/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of AllanPatchin1016
4.43/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of someonesaveus
4.43/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of williams7187
4.43/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of cvengeance
4.42/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of brurevu
4.39/5  rDev +13.4%
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 kylecase
4.38/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of DavoleBomb
4.37/5  rDev +12.9%
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 mustangken02
4.37/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of AGoodStout
4.35/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of JEdmund
4.35/5  rDev +12.4%
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 stompilator
4.34/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MattyG85
4.31/5  rDev +11.4%
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 paleomau
4.31/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mothmanscott
4.31/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a slightly semi-clear, deep orange-gold, producing a 1.5 finger, rapidly dissipating, frothy & variously bubbled, white head that leaves little lacing. Aroma sweet bread, coriander heavy, Belgian yeast fruity esters of apricot, orange, pineapple, pear & banana, honey, spice & faint alcohol. Taste does not showcase the diverse malt profile, I pick up a bready barley, a little wheat, but the oats & rye don't register. Then again this may reflect the depth of my experience/expertise. I think they may be masked by or complexed with the intense fruitiness & the spice. The front half of the sip taste similar to the nose being coriander heavy but very sweet, fruity with the apricot & pineapple dominant but orange becomes more dominant in the latter half of the sip. I get a note reminiscent of pilsner malt, followed by hints of acetone, butter, pepper & alcohol in the slightly bitter finish which fades to a very slight bitter & dry aftertaste. The alcohol intensifies as the brew warms. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, low but decent carbonation, creamy but finishing a little bit slick. The flavor & character are more similar to a witbier than a triple but whatever you call it's absolutely delicious!

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Photo of Triklino
4.3/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of schoolboy
4.3/5  rDev +11.1%
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 AlaskaAg
4.28/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BigSmooth12
4.28/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Orabelle Belgian-Style Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
Beer rating: 75.5% out of 100 with 732 ratings
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