Orabelle Belgian-Style Ale | Great Divide Brewing Company

BA SCORE
87
very good
724 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
Ratings:
724
Reviews:
159
Avg:
3.89
pDev:
10.54%
 
 
Wants:
22
Gots:
118
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 724 |  Reviews: 159
Photo of probert
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Tdenham
3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of JasW
3.84/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of COR8RFAN
3.81/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Forsythe2016
3.91/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of RDW
4.06/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 tjmiller718
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of CO-Bloom
4.16/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BMMillsy
3.56/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Lingenbrau
3.67/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Great American take on a Tripel, just a little too soapy of a finish for my taste. Cheers!

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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 stompilator
4.34/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

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 scruffwhor
3.5/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Photo of meehandennis
3.79/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of HawkinsNOC
4.28/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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 John_Beeryman
3.54/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of StoutAtTheDevil
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 ItsBeer4Me
3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Orabelle Belgian-Style Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
3.89 out of 5 based on 724 ratings.
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