Orabelle Belgian-Style Ale | Great Divide Brewing Company

BA SCORE
87
very good
158 Reviews
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:
158
Ratings:
721
Avg:
3.89
pDev:
10.54%
 
 
Wants:
22
Gots:
117
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Photo of Billolick
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
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 +4.1%
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 +4.1%
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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Photo of avalon07
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
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 +4.1%
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 +3.9%
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 +3.9%
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 donspublic
4.04/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from can into tulip, 1+ finger tight cream colored head, reduces to pool after a few minutes, nice lacing. Pale yellowish/golden in the glass, hazy to look at. Smells of fruity belgian esters and lemony citrus. Taste is big time juicy fruit with the yeast, there is some citrus and coriander in the middle and it finishes with a spicy, tart, semi dry finish but still a little sweetness on the end. There is a nice orange carryover left on the palate, I like that effect. Mouthfeel is good on this, almost like a cross between a tripel and a saison.

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Photo of wvsabbath
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
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 +3.3%
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 +3.3%
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 +3.3%
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 +3.1%
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 +3.1%
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 +2.8%
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 +2.8%
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 TheManiacalOne
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap 1/31/2016 at Natty Greene’s Tavern in North Attleboro, MA, served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a cloudy orange/gold color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains Belgian yeast, citrus, bananas, some spice, caramelized malts and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of citrus, bananas and caramel that are quickly followed by bready flavors from Belgian yeast and a hearty malt character. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly bready.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, this is a solid beer to drink for a long time if you’re in the mood for the style.

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Photo of TMoney2591
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.

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Photo of MadCat
4/5  rDev +2.8%
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 +2.8%
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 +2.8%
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 +2.8%
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 +2.8%
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 +2.8%
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 +2.6%
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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Orabelle Belgian-Style Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
3.89 out of 5 based on 721 ratings.
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