Orabelle Belgian-Style Ale | Great Divide Brewing Company

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Orabelle Belgian-Style AleOrabelle Belgian-Style Ale
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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

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Added by TMoney2591 on 12-31-2012

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Ranking:
#9,373
Reviews:
164
Ratings:
733
pDev:
10.59%
Bros Score:
3.82
 
 
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

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3.94/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.07/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottled 12/13/12.

Pours a murky honey orange with a foamy off-white head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. Thin rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, citrus fruit, spices, and Belgian yeast. Taste is much the same with a slightly tart citrus fruit flavor on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and sticky mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that quite tasty and a solid American take on the style.

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3.84/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

decent tripel style, but aside from the belgian yeti and maybe hades, i dont care for great divides forays into belgians. this one pours more clear than expected, but still with some suspended yeast, bright golden in color, more of a sexy blonde actually. a ton of bubbles build a tall white head. i smell corriander, and some bready floral yeast, like some kind of fruit muffin. theres some peppery element as well, more complex than i thought itd be, and less frilly than new belgiums tripel. flavor is yeast driven, without much citrus happening at all. its quite refreshing and its alcohol content is expertly disguised. erratic carbonation, like a sodapop, but a quick finish, feels like carbonated water. light body for a bigger brew alcohol wise, appropriate from early spring. not the best thing great divide has done, but i like it a whole lot better than that saison they did last year...

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -16%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
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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3.99/5  rDev +3.1%
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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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -16%

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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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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
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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3.46/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 12oz bottle into a snifter. 2013 bottled date is just under 1 month ago.

Appearance: light golden-apricot hue with a light haze and a medium-light effervescence. Very little head but some spotty lacing is left on the glass. Head dissipated quickly.

Smell: fruity (mainly orange and apricot), wheaty, spicy, aroma.

Taste: sweet & tart more than bitter flavor with wheat, orange, rye and coriander. Hints of apricot and apple cider.

Mouthfeel: near medium body with good carbonation.

Overall: a nice Belgian-style beer, but with weak head and a style that is at most mid-way between a Belgian White and Belgian Tripel.

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4/5  rDev +3.4%
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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