Orabelle Belgian-Style Ale | Great Divide Brewing Company

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Orabelle Belgian-Style AleOrabelle Belgian-Style Ale

Brewed by:
Great Divide Brewing Company
Colorado, United States

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.30%

Availability: Rotating

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Photo of MaltsOfGlory
4.49/5  rDev +15.4%
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 +5.7%
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 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 mothmanscott
4.31/5  rDev +10.8%
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 HopsAreDaMan
3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

1/25/2017: Nice hazy yellow-orange color, nice white head. Not much other than spices in the aroma. Nice Belgium yeast in the flavor, but a little too much on the spices for my taste. Very creamy mouth-feel, medium body. Overall, a nice beer, just a little too heavy on the spices for me..

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Photo of woodychandler
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I have been really busy for about a week-and-a-half and I am so glad to able to CANtinue The CANQuest (tm) while watching Game 7 between the Preds & the Sharks.

From the CAN: "Great Minds Drink Alike". Orabelle with drawn bow, arrow and quiver in silhouette against a cream background.

I Crack!ed the CAN open and after reading some previous reviews that mentioned a haziness, I decided to employ a gentle Glug to see if I could get any clarity for my trouble. An in-glass swirl raised a finger of foamy, bone-white head that feel fairly quickly back to wisps. Color was a lightly-hazy Yellow-Gold (SRM = 4 - 5), but the CANtinual release of CO2 bubbles from the bottom of the glass was eye-catching! Nose had an immediate fusel alcohol heat, followed by notes of vanilla, lemon zest and a mustiness like old newspapers. It was definitely a Belgian-Style Ale! Mouthfeel was full and creamy. The taste was very vanilla-like, intermingled with a black peppery spiciness. I was pleasantly surprised by how easy-drinking this beer was! The alcohol was not as pronounced as on the nose, nor was the mustiness. Instead, it had just enough spiciness to keep me interested without being overwhelming, along with an understated vanilla-like sweetness. Finish was dry, but as a result of a good CANbination of the yeast & spices. It was a little big to make a regular thing of it at 8.3% ABV, especially since it was CANparitively easy to drink. Phew!

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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 Czequershuus
4.72/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This beer pours a fairly hazy deep straw with a large head, which disappears quickly but leaves excellent lacing. The aroma begins with soft clove and nutmeg scents, followed by wet hay, crayon, and a hint of bubblegum. The barnyard smell soon begins to dominate, but with a background honey sweetness. The flavor opens with bubblegum, honey, and sweet clove, like you sometimes smell at the dentist. The sweet flavor reminds me somewhat of big red soda, but dries out very quickly into spice and nutty flavors, finishing on a nice wet hay tone. The mouthfeel is slightly sticky while still being exceptionally light and foamy. Overall this is a great domestic tripel, very balanced, with enough sweetness to carry lots of flavor, but plenty of drying spice notes as well. And a super reasonable price.

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Photo of Harrison8
4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours an opaque pale yellow, with a frothy white head. Moderate retention, with great lacing left behind. Belgian spices, and yeast form an aroma that could have come straight out of a Belgian brewery. Taste is a smooth malt upbringing, with spices and yeast giving it more dynamic. Very tasty. Mouth feel is thick, smooth, and mouth coating. Overall, a fantastic brew. Really enjoying this one.

Served in a 12oz snifter.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.99/5  rDev +2.6%
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 allforbetterbeer
3.43/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a can into a chalice.

Pours with a cloudy yellow body under white foam. Lighter than expected, but rather pedestrian.

The aroma is dancing with scents (which I like very much) but there is a lack of overall "jive" between the different things going on. Lemon curd, spiced bananas, and a basket of over-ripe fruit.

The flavor is like the nose in that there is a lot going on but it somehow doesn't sparkle. This style can be so mind-blowing when brewed by the top notch Belgians. I would love to see Great Divide release a canned version of the iconic style which competes with them (or even Unibroue) but such is not this case.

Conclusion: This is a wonderful beer, there is no doubt. It isn't what I would normally call a Tripel, but then again Belgian beer is all about doing all sorts of things and basically ignoring style guidelines (how do you think Belgian beer got so interesting in the first place?). And... there is nothing on the can about this actually being a Tripel, so I am not sure that New Belgium is even breaking a style in the first place. WHATEVER. This is a good beer, but it doesn't shine like the best strong pale Belgian style beers (be them tripels or not).

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Photo of akolb
3.74/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Aroma: Coriander dominates, with yeast and pepper in the background. Also wheat, orange, and green apple. Complex and surprising.
Appearance: Hazy straw. Sub-par head.
Taste: Slighly tart. Orange, bread, pepper, coriander. Tastes almost like New Belgium's Snapshot. Finishes with a rindy bitterness.
Mouthfeel: Moderate bodied. Easy drinking for the ABV.
Overall: A unique, orange-dominated tripel.

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Photo of barczar
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Aroma is spicy, with notes of clove and coriander accented by pear and green apple. Very estery.

Flavor is a little less exciting, with a lightly toasted malt backbone not providing the sweetness I'd expect. Fairly dry throughout, with a lightly bitter finish.

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Photo of Idoitforthetaste
4.49/5  rDev +15.4%
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 cindyjeffsmith
3.93/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

look: hazy golden. Modest white head that mostly dissipates leaving just a film.
smell: bready yeast and somey=thing like white pepper. Maybe some coriander.
taste: flavors come together quite differently than the nose. some slightly floral citrus and just a hint of spices. Quite tasty.

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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 Dunkelganger4
4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: Hazy golden color with a billowy white head
Smell:Wheat and yeast are dominant
Taste: Wheaty bread, lots of citrus as it warms up, Belgian yeast, coriander, slight alcohol, and finishes with almost an oxidative/cardboard note
Mouthfeel: A medium light fullness that seems out of place for this style.
OVerall: A decent attempt on a Belgian classic that just doesn't quite fit in.

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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 DavoleBomb
4.37/5  rDev +12.3%
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 stephens101
3.6/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

From notes:

Chill hazed yellow-orange with a thin bubbly froth.

Has a pleasant and complex aroma with lemon, orange, sugar, meringue, Belgian yeast and nutmeg. So promising.

Flavor is not quite as involving but consists of more orange, some apricot, lemon, grapefruit and a slightly bitter back end. A lot of elements but ends shallow.

Medium in body and thinnish.

Leaves me wanting more...of something else.

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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
4.12/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy honey-colored body, not much carbonation, virtually no lasting head. Smells of realistic orange zest, coriander, earthy yeast, light wheat. Body is heavier, I think the bolder malts are acting up. Plenty of other stuff going on- the orange is still there but accompanied by outright lemon and lime which gives it a slight tartness, the yeast adds some mineral earthiness, faint peppercorn. Dry. Medium body, light and zippy carbonation.
Yes, it is a little too heavy handed to be mistaken for a true Belgian. But, it is delicious enough to be one. The yeast imparts a greater maturity than most fruit-and-spice tripels. Highly delicious, totally great, I love it.

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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 Christoffer91
4.11/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice golden color, with a finger of foamy head. Smell is on the fruitier yeast side, with less clove than many other American Belgian inspired beers, which is nice. Taste is mildly sweet, nice malty backbone while the yeast and notes of citrus and spices subtly carry through. Abv is well hidden. Only critique would be that it seems a bit under carbonated. Still, definitely one of the best American tripels I've had.

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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 Jeffreysan
4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, poured into a goblet

Appearance: Pours a beautiful, hazy, golden color with a half of a finger of white-colored head that quickly dissolved away into a thin lacing of foam that partially covered the top of the beer.

Aroma: Very aromatic, with lots of bready, toasted malt, imparting notes of freshly baked French baguettes and sourdough. There are also tons of floral, spicy aromas of Belgian yeast, imparting aromas of clove, banana, spices of black pepper, saffron, coriander, as well as citrus such as orange and pineapple. Finally, there are lots of aromas of honey and candied sugar. Quite nice and inviting.

Taste: Very spot on to style. Tons of bready, toasted malt up front, followed by the floral, citrusy, spicy, Belgian yeast, which impart flavors of clove, banana, spices of black pepper, saffron, coriander, as well as citrus such as orange and pineapple. Finally, the beer finishes with some honey-like sweetness, and a touch of funk.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and very smooth, as there is very little, almost none in fact, in the way of carbonation. With an ABV of 5.3%, there is just a kiss of alcohol warmth on the palate.

Overall: This is a nice triple, and completely spot on for the style as there’s lots of Belgian yeast funkiness, candied sugar, hone and spices. However, for my palate there’s just a touch too much banana-like flavors for me to really like it as I’m not a real fan of banana in my beer. Fans of true Belgian triples should really like this beer however!

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