Orabelle Belgian-Style Ale | Great Divide Brewing Company

Orabelle Belgian-Style AleOrabelle Belgian-Style Ale
BA SCORE
3.87/5
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:
No notes at this time.

Added by TMoney2591 on 12-31-2012

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#8,534
Reviews:
164
Ratings:
732
pDev:
10.59%
Bros Score:
3.82
 
 
Wants:
23
Gots:
121
Trade:
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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 tone77
3.67/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a golden color with a 1 inch head. Smell is of spices, yeast. Taste has lots of spices, malts, some fruits, alcohol is present but not overpowering. Feels medium/full bodied in the mouth and overall is an enjoyable beer.

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Photo of evanwoertz
4.56/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.49/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. Can. Canned on 1/5/17 opened on 7/2/17

Golden color with white and amber hues. A quick, light white foamy head starts out quick, settles down fast. Little to very little lace and only a thin cover leftover.

Aroma has coriander spice, lemmon, citrus zest, honey sweet malt, herbal/fruity whiff and maybe a slight hint of sour Belgian-ish yeast.

Let's face it, it's really hard to brew like the Belgians. The methods of brewing and extremely unique yeast strains used push the limit . American (Belgian-style) versions, even those that specialize in the Belgians styles, tend to fall short of the mark from my experience. So, when an American brewer comes real close (Cambridge Brewing Co. Has been nailing it for years!) I give bonus points.

The mouthfeel comes across, extremely lively...Belgian lively? ...no, but still very crispy. Slightly juicy, sharp bite, and then a rather long, malty, cloying type finish. Where 's the dry finish?

Flavir profile includes: Herbal blend, Corriander addition, heavy on the spices, a nice light sweet malt, a rather mundane, mostly sour fruit tasting yeast with a bit of banana and clove that reminds me of a German Hefeweizen yeast. Finishes with the sour yeast and slick malt.

The Triple style has so many world-class authentic Belgian versions it's really hard to compete. I feel I should rate this, and many others, as American Belgian-style Triple instead of just an overall catagory. The Orabelle is a decent American Tripel.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.54/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip, the appearance was a semi-hazy/cloudy burnt orange color with a thin finger’s worth of white foamy head that dissipated at a decent pace. Mild strewn about lacing wove around the glass nicely. The aroma had sweet estery banana up front but evens out with some white pepper, coriander, lemon and orange peel and some sweet graininess. The flavor blends fully the prior noted aromas sweetly and spicy. Graininess smooths into the aftertaste and finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a fair sessionability about it. Carbonation felt fine. Belgian throaty grip feels adequate. ABV feels not quite as high as suggested, but good. Overall, good tripel for the most part even if the banana seems a bit more pronounced. I’d still have again.

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Photo of NickThePyro
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of teromous
3.43/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

From the bottom of the can: "CANNED ON: JAN052017 09:02"

Appearance: The beer has a nice large white head with great retention and lacing. The body of the beer is a grapefruit orange color that is opaque. There are some suspended solids inside. The foam of the beer really steals the show here with a great head formation that never really goes away and it leaves great sheets of lacing on the glass.

Aroma: There is a very faint vanilla-like coriander aroma.

Taste: Coriander comes through first and it is followed by a bit of a wheat flavor in the finish. There is a very light earthy bitter taste at the end. The beer has a sweetness to it throughout the drinking experience. The major flavor component to this beer is coriander.

Mouthfeel: It doesn't feel heavy but it does have a thick texture to it that makes it feel more like a Witbier.

Overall: The beer really feels more like an Imperial Witbier than a Belgian-Style Tripel. That being said the beer is very enjoyable and I would drink it again. I would recommend it to anyone but I would throw the caution flag to Tripel fans who might be looking for a cleaner drinking, drier Tripel. This is more of a sweet and thick beer.

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Photo of brentk56
3.59/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: After the bubble show, the head builds to two fingers; underneath, the liquid is a slightly hazy goldenstraw; decent retention and some lacing action

Smell: Fusel alcohol tones emerge, along with pear, banana, coriander and orange peel

Taste: Orange peel and coriander forward, with pear, banana and bread tones underneath; spicy Belgian yeast tones emerge through the middle, with an astringency in the back the dominates the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Great Divide does a lot of things well but I have not been impressed by their Belgian styles; this one is marred by the fusel alcohol and astringent tones

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Photo of VashonGuy
3.87/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of puboflyons
3.63/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

From the 355 ml. can dated Jan 5, 2017. Sampled May 12, 2017.

It pours a slightly cloudy yellow-orange with a modest white head that fades to a ring and leaves lacing.

It get all the Belgian style characters I would expect such as toasted bread, Belgian yeast, coriander, clove, banana and even some white grape. But there is this strange cooked vegetable thing that hovers in there too.

Light body. Smooth.

The taste brings out more of those herbal, sweet, and toasty characters of the aroma with less of that strange vegetable character I got on the nose. The taste is a comeback. Ends clean and spicy.

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Photo of monk2021
3.57/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of West_Chester_Ale_Tester
3.99/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Keepnitrl
3.62/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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 Ringthane
4.11/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12-oz. can a hazy yellow color with no head to speak of. Yeasty, appetizing smell and taste and a lot of citrus flavors ending with a little sweetness and some spiciness and at the tip of my tongue.

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

Photo of donspublic
4.04/5  rDev +4.4%
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 drews240
3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of The_Beer_Guru
2.56/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of HermitDan
3.56/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of seanchai
4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of brother_rebus
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JPadilla
4.14/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Timtac
3.28/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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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Orabelle Belgian-Style Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.87 out of 5 with 732 ratings
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