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Orabelle Belgian-Style Ale | Great Divide Brewing Company

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87
very good
153 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:
No notes at this time.

Added by TMoney2591 on 12-31-2012

BEER STATS
Reviews:
153
Ratings:
707
Avg:
3.89
pDev:
22.62%
 
 
Wants:
23
Gots:
113
For Trade:
0
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Reviews: 153 | Ratings: 707
Photo of Suds
3.51/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy, dark gold in color with a thin head. Average in appearance, this beer has a spicy smell. Yeast and malt. The taste has a surprising amount of fruit. Spice, a little pepper, and belgian esters. Full in body and sweeter than necessary. This is a good brew, but not great.

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Photo of metter98
3.78/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is hazy pale yellow in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high white head that died down, leaving streaks of bubbles on the surface, a collar around the edge, and some lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of lemon and orange citrus are present in the nose along with notes of coriander spices.
T: Following the smell, the taste has flavors of pale malts along with notes of coriander and hints of Belgian yeast.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer seems like an imperial witbier. This would be a good choice if you are looking for the smell and taste of a witbier during the winter months. It hides any traces of alcohol very well.

Serving type: bottle

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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 baconfromwalmart
3.77/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: Hazy golden yellow with a thin white head that quickly dissolves into lacing.
S: Citrus, yeast, hotdog water (in the best possible way).
T: Zesty and peppery with a nice amount of carbonation and bitterness.
O: Could be more citrusy and flavors could be more defined, but overall, not too shabby.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.96/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a St. Bernardus goblet.

Look: Opaque light tangerine colored body. A white head that recedes to as swirl of film and bubbles. Light spots of lacing.

Aroma: A lot of orange zest and citrus up front followed by some coriander. Very grainy as it is brewed with wheat, oats, and rye.

Taste: Much like the aroma, the citrus zest of orange peel really comes out to dance on the tongue. The beer settles down soon after with a solid wheat and grain body with a touch of coriander. The finish is tart.

Mouthfeel: Creamy.

Overall: Not my favorite style, and I bought only one bottle of this. Very nice to review though, and I feel this is a well made beer. The ABV is undetectable.

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Photo of atr2605
3.64/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A-pours a cloudy golden color with a foamy white head with nice retention and some lacing
S-alot of spiciness, wheat, yeasty
T-more spiciness, a nice creaminess, a bit of sweet maltiness, enough bitterness to provide balance, finishes dry
M-medium bodied and creamy, fairly tight carbonation
O-pretty interesting triple. definitely worth trying

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Photo of smcolw
4.14/5  rDev +6.4%
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 jwhancher
3.47/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on date of 12/15/14. Pours a slightly hazy bright yellow with good lacing and head that fades somewhat fast. Good carbonation. Smells of orange peel, coriander, and wheat. Yeast aromas, almost white or wheat bread-like, is noticeable. Taste- Initial citrus and orange sweetness that quickly fades to coriander. Enough bitterness to balance the malts but I feel too much spices give this one too much perceived overall sweetness. Feels like it doesn't finish dry enough which lends it some extra body. Some warming alcohols but they're held nicely in check.

Overall, this is a fantastic beer to pair with food. However, as a standalone beer I much prefer less spices and a drier finish.

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Photo of jspaner
3.92/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pale yellow appearance with pleasant smell of oranges and spices. Mild taste with the orange/citrus flavor predominant. Nice mouthfeel. Very tasty, but lacking the traditional Belgian flavor one would expect in a Belgian style ale. Still, very pleasant overall with no strong alcohol aftertaste.

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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 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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Photo of utopiajane
3.27/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours a hazy lemon yellow with a scant head that falls fast. Spongecake nose. Spicy, herbal, lemony and sticky bread with honey. . Slight alcohol pepper and presence. Taste is douhgy and malty. Tropical pineapple, apple skin. Pineapple and pepper. More sweet than tart with a substantial bitter to show off a lemony herbal.Slight warming in the dry finish. At times it really doesnot drink or taste like a tripel. It's definitely american style. They rye together with the lemony herbal and hops bitter is too much for the delicate tripel. It drank heavy, a little syrupy, too much hop bitterness. Heavy and slow malty finish.

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Photo of Auraan
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
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 +5.4%
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 BeerAdvocate
3.82/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

From BeerAdvocate Magazine #74 (Mar 2013):

A lively Tripel, certainly wakes the palate up. The oats and rye add depth as expected and then some; the addition of wheat keeps this brew in line for a Tripel and maintains the level of crispness needed. Spicing nearly pushed it to an Imperial Wit though; not as subtle as the Belgians do it. Done splitting hairs—a real treat, even if it is not your “proper” Tripel.

STYLE: Tripel
ABV: 8.3%
AVAILABILITY: Spring seasonal

LOOK: Nearly clear, dull yellow, sudsy

SMELL: Lemon pith, minty, lime leaves, slightly biscuity, quince paste, wild herbs, peppercorn, alcohol

TASTE: Smooth, grainy, soft, rustic bread, nutty yeast, fresh grass, pears, papayas, very warming, juicy, moderate hopping, orange peel, spice, dry finish

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Photo of Markyd02
3.53/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

I've yet to taste an American brewer either nail this style or build on it in a unique way. Like New Belgium, it's just a rougher take with more hop after bite. Still worth a try, but their saison is better because it's a more forgiving style.

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Photo of TheMarkE
3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Straw colored, not much viscosity or foam (on tap)

Smell: Citrus, yeast, wheat.

Taste: Citrus, yeast, spice, wheat.

Mouthfeel: On the light side of medium bodied.

The Verdict: Good beer. Very smooth, much lighter than I expected. Highly drinkable.

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Photo of SanRaphael
4.48/5  rDev +15.2%
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 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 ClavisAurea
3.13/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Fresh 12oz bottle served in a snifter. Freshness date of 01/2015

Appearance: hazy yellow with a small amount of pale white head that dissipated quickly. Slight Belgian lace

Nose: apples, popsicles, Belgian yeast, slight citrus, sugary

Taste and mouth feel: heavy on the tongue, fruity and bitter at the same time, slight sweetness from some Belgian candi sugar, quick finish with a slight metallic aftertaste.

Overall: it's ok but I've definately had better trippels from other American brewers. I probably wouldn't buy this one again but I will enjoy the rest of the six pack. No aging this one, drink fresh.

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Photo of DoubleJ
4.2/5  rDev +8%
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 SamN
3.29/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Lively beer with loads of action, dark honey color and a bit hazy from the sediment. Really thin head, near-grey color but soapy and oily. Nose hits upfront with a load of yeast esters; banana, sweet/spicy aromas, bready malts, wheat and pale mostly. Taste starts like a wheat, with creamy banana and spices, then finishing with a clean hop bite, lingering tartness. Flavors are almost too mellow; nothing about this really 'pops'. It's easy to drink and sort of faceless, but I wouldn't session with this at 8.3. So it's an odd one.

Not up to par with the Belgians, and there are better local offerings (New Belgium Tripel), there's nothing obviously bad about Orabelle. It's just sort of middling.

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Photo of timontheroad
3.94/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Hazy, dark gold color, one finger of thick white head, very good retention and nice lacing.
Smell: Pretty light aroma, hints of lemon, bits of wheaty smells, and belgian yeast.
Taste: Citrus, banana, coriander, and that great belgian flavor we all love up front, with some peppery spiciness on the back end. Very nice!
Mouthfeel: Medium to light body, nice carbonation, and nice and creamy. Dry finish.
Overall: While not up there with the best Belgian Tripels, I thought this was a very drinkable beer. I look forward to its release every year and always buy a couple of sixers.

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Photo of Alpha309
4.14/5  rDev +6.4%
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 harpo111
3.79/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I like this beer. Strong...yes...but no over hanging alcohol taste.
A: Nice golder color..not too much head or lacing
S:Corn/malt...not a lot of hops smell. Sweet with citris
T: corander and orange peel...sweetness of the tripel sugars..a little malty hoppy after taste
M: smooth...not to heavy..not to light
O: nice beer. good food beer. Hot day you will want something less complex and not as heavy...but with a meal...meats and cheese...yes it would do nicely

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