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Orabelle Belgian-Style Ale | Great Divide Brewing Company

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87
very good
152 Reviews
Orabelle Belgian-Style AleOrabelle Belgian-Style Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Great Divide Brewing Company
Colorado, United States | website

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:
152
Ratings:
701
Avg:
3.88
pDev:
10.57%
 
 
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Photo of clayrock81
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured a pale, cloudy gold body with minimal head and lace. A airy aroma that is light and mostly citrusy and yeasty, although a touch of spice and sugariness seem to be in there. Beer is light bodied and smooth although it came across as more of a wit than triple at times. I say this because some of my sips were dominated by both a citric profile, bordering on orange with possible lemonzest, and spices like coriander. Couple with a sharp, crisp finish, and at times the beer didn't resemble a triple to me. That being said, there are hints of sweetness and other tropical fruits (pineapple) and it was enjoyable to sip on so I could care less of the designated title for this beer.

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Photo of pat61
4.49/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours hazy gold with a 2” cream colored foam cap that dissipates to a film.
S: Big spice aromas highlighting coriander and orange peel with a hint of pear.
T: Lemony citrus, orange, spice, coriander, tropical fruit, some caramel and biscuit.
F: Very creamy, soft, luscious, medium body and carbonation.
O: Like a citrus marmalade slathered over a warm light biscuit lightly seasoned with coriander.

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Photo of barczar
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
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 DrDemento456
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 1/2/13
A - The first thing I notice is even though it has sediment it stays in the bottle. Much appreciated. Not very much head in this pour just a 1/4 inch that pulls back to a sticky lace ring. Color is a bright hazy yellow.

S - Definitely spiced big notes of orange peel and coriander with a subtle wheat and some lemon.

T - Ah the spice does make it somewhat nice, hides the Abv well yet it makes the finish a tad bit dry. The flavors are not as vivid as the smell which is appreciated. Interesting triple.

M - Creamy, fully bodied, flavorful. The best part of this beer.

Overall not something I would get all the time (especially at 3 dollars a pop) but a very smooth drinking triple. Kind of disappointed going in I expected an golden pale ale but it's still a great beer.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.21/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter. Label says Bottled On: JAN 02 2013

A- Pours a hazy golden color with a 1/4 inch white head that doesn't retain long before becoming a thick, bubbly ring around the edge of the glass and a light sheet of surface foam.

S- Yeasty, spicy, wheaty. Some orange and coriander. Slightly effervescent plus a tad musty with a slight booze fume.

T- Not as intriguing as the aroma, but still a mostly smooth combo of yeast and spice. Alcohol is conspicuous but not overbearing as the sweetness of the wheat balances things out.

M- Milky, rather than creamy, with medium carbonation and a lightish body.

O- This is about what I expected it to be. Very good but not amazing.

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Photo of avalon07
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Poured from a bottle to a goblet. Had a bright yellow color and a slightly hazy consistency. There was a small amount of foamy head that quickly dissipated. Fair lacing.

S: A sweet, fruity, malty aroma. Nicely done.

T: Tasted of light fruit (a little orange, apricot, etc.), some malt, esters, Belgian yeast, and a tinge of grassiness in the finish (a negligible amount). Not quite as bracing and powerful as some tripels, but this beer has a light, enjoyable flavor.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a somewhat slick finish. Light- to medium-bodied.

O: Orabelle is a pretty tasty, easy to like beer. Definitely drinkable.

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Photo of barnzy78
4.01/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle with freshness date clearly marked. Poured into a chalice, the ale is golden-tangerine color with a thin, white head that dissipates quickly. Full nose of banana, bready yeast, orange, spice, pear, apple, coriander, booze. Tastes are sweet with spice, plenty of banana & orange rind, yeast, wheat, booze is warming and a bit hot, finishes slightly dry and spicy from the rye. Mouth-feel is thin-medium body, with moderate carbonation. Overall, nice complexity & a good meld of flavors from all the ingredients.

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.51/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

bottled on Dec 21 2012, so about 8 months old.

appears a pale yellow color, just a whisp of white colored head. smell is yeasty, earthy, spicey, lemon aromas. taste follows the aroma. crisp pale malt and heavy slightly funky yeast flavor in the taste. thin to medium body, high carbonation.

overall, an okay tripel.

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Photo of champ103
4.21/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Hay Merchant in Houston.

A: Pours a cloudy golden/orange color. A two finger white head forms with good retention. Nice lace is left behind as well.
S: Peppery spice and earthy yeast intermingle nicely. Then slightly sweet with some candy sugar. Though not overly so, like so many American versions can be. Some fruity aromas like orange rind, lemon, and light apple skins.
T: Follows the nose. A nice balanced between peppery, clovey spice, and earthy almost funky yeast. Some light sweetness, then fruity flavors hit. Orange, lemon, slightly fleshy fruits like apples.
M/D: A medium body and carbonation. Crisp, but smooth at the same time. So easy to drink. I can have a few of these without a problem.

I like this, and reminds me a bit of Golden Monkey. A very nice example of the style. One with some sweetness, but not overly so like so many other American versions can be. Something I would recommend.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.33/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

On tap at Lou's Food Bar (delicious by the way). Hazy yellow, cloudy. Hints if Belgian yeast and spice in the aroma. Flavor is yeasty and yet subdued. Extremely easy to drink for the ABV. Overall, good but not worthy of a revisit. I'm still not sure if this is a different recipe than the triple they used to put in bottles.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle pours a hazed gold color with a small cap of white head. Not much retention and lacing. The bottled on date is much appreciated (01/13/13).

Nose is bread dough, coriander and oranges....I didn’t know it when I bought it, but this is f**king spiced. What the hell man?! A major fopaux in my mind for a tripel.

The spicing is not over the top, but it is easily the most dominant combo of flavors and gives it a sweetness that the beer could have gotten by easily without. It tastes more like an imperial wit than a tripel with the orange peel and coriander. The mouthfeel is nice and creamy...fine carbonation feels great. I just don’t like it when the spice additions overpower the light grainy malt and Belgian yeast in a tripel...this one does it and it is definitely not subtle. I won’t be purchasing this one again...would rather grab a Golden Monkey if in the market for a $10 six pack tripel.

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Photo of Suds
3.51/5  rDev -9.5%
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 rlee1390
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A-Semi cloudy bright yellow, one finger head.

S-Lemon, grass, wheat, a little bit of spice as well.

T-Balance is off, starts with lemon and spices. Some wheat and grass but they do not go together.

M-Light, not much carbonation and a tad watery.

O-A boring, run of the mill tripel that doesn't bring much to the table.

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Photo of Brenden
4.07/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A murky medium-pale yellow, it's hard to name what color Orabelle actually is; I literally was forced to look at a color pallet and chart and couldn't match it perfectly. Sandstorm, maybe? Regardless, it's pale and heavily murky, opaque simply in its thickness. The head is pure white, soft and creamy. It's not especially dense, but it's thick enough to hold. Retention applies more to total duration than duration of height; it falls to a heavy foam from 3/4 finger with a little time, but that foam remains for the entire session without fading. Lacing is thick and creamy, a ring at the top followed by spotting caused by broken sheeting as it clings.
The smell holds all the richness and complexity the label promises. There are some beers, lighter and softer in character, that surprise with how rich they are, and this is one of them. Wheat is almost thick in the nostrils, and I think some of that comes from oats as well; the wheat reveals a sort of dryness, almost cracked wheat snap, and the oats are what seem to impart the richer, thicker aspects. It's a bit spicy under coriander, just the right amount to spice and add depth without being remotely overbearing. Citrus is a major component, a bit of peel adding zest. Finally, the Belgian yeast further gives it some earthiness and a sort of "dustiness" while very , very subtle white pepper spiciness comes out.
The citrus gives more tartness on the tongue than anything, zesty right up front. It's a good deal more peppery, then something almost grassy comes out with earth and wheat. Orange juice, a bit of toast, and coriander make up the middle, while a bit of grains linger in the finish.
Great Divide does a good job with every style they brew, and it shows in the feel, particularly in a well-made Belgian. This beer has the depth, a few layers on the palate, bright and crisp while rolling smoothly and imparting a softness without giving up firmness. A very, very slight stickiness coming out in the heft from the middle to end is one of very few things, but the most notable, keeping the score down.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.79/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Brief write-up. The nose is spicy with coriander, yet loaded with rich grains and candied sugar. It's almost like a roided-up witbier in a way. The flavor is the same way - coriander, candi sugar, and orange peel mingle with plenty of malty/grainy flavors. Again, the phrase "roided-up witbier" comes to mind. Actually, the only thing that's not roided-up is the alcohol content - it tastes 5%. Okay, it is a bit sweeter than your typical wit, but I can easily deal with that. Great Divide comes through with another rock-solid offering.

3.79/5: Straddles between a big witbier and a tripel beautifully

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Photo of DavoleBomb
4.37/5  rDev +12.6%
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 BeerAdvocate
3.82/5  rDev -1.5%
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 MattyG85
4.31/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a St. Bernardus goblet glass. Bottled on Jan, 02, 2013.

Appearance: Pours a hazy golden orange with a lot of bubbles. Small finger of white head that quickly recedes into a thin patchy layer. Leaves a lot of lacing on the glass.

Smell: A yeasty and spicy aroma with lots of citrus fruit esters. Belgian yeast and some farmhouse funk. Hints of coriander and clove spicing. Big hints of citrus orange peel, lemon zest, and pineapple, and peach. Also some hints of apple, pear, and banana. A little candied sugar sweetness. Pale malts with hints of wheat, cereal grains, biscuit, and cracker. Floral and earthy hops in the background. A nice zesty aroma.

Taste: Follows the aroma well with a good mix of yeast, spices, and fruit flavors. Belgian yeast with some funk. Nice taste of coriander as well as a little clove spice. Good taste of citrus with notes of orange, lemon, peach, and pineapple. Other fruit notes include some pear, apple, and a little banana. Light presence of candied sugar. Soft pale malts along with notes of wheat, cereal grains, cracker, hay, and biscuit. Some earthy and floral hops towards the finish. A really nice taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with a moderate amount of carbonation. Crisp, creamy, and slightly sticky. Very smooth and finishes dry.

Overall: A pretty good American take on a Tripel. Good mix of yeast, spices, and fruit flavors. Well balanced.

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Photo of rawfish
3.37/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a deep gold, very hazy. It takes a vigorous pour to stir enough bubbles to make a white cap of half a finger. Lacing barely sticks.

Fruity layers of apricot and oranges. Thin malt bill with lemony wheat and coriander, pepper, perfume, musty hay and a touch of alcohol. Complex yet heavy and a bit dank.

Wheat, pale grains and lightly honeyed bread. Fruit aspects are subtle imparting a earthy orange and apricot puree flavor. Spices are there with powder, coriander and hay. Falls apart near the finish as alcohol creeps in coupled with an astringent metallic note that stays through the finish as this one dries.

Undercarbonated, clashes with the uplifting ingredients pumped into this beer. Body is settled and a bit heavy. Dries well enough.

Inviting beer, terrific aroma, complex and bright but really doesn't do well after. Astringent finish and lack of substantial carbonation really make this beer sluggish. Good attempt, I don't know if they have the right yeast to pull this one off. I really wanted to like this one as Great Divide is usually solid, leave it on the shelf .

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Photo of Zach136
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Cloudy gold body, white head.

Aroma: Banana, clove, pear, and a touch of booze.

Flavor: Bready, + the character from the aroma.

Mouthfeel: Medium light drinkable.

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Photo of JamieDuncan
4.24/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

My beer guru brought this one over to split. Much murkier than the normal triple, and the smell and taste reminded me of a saison or a wit. Enjoyed the beer very much, I would consider this a strong saison that is really easy to drink which gives it big bonus points overall because of its ABV and drinkability. Certainly would drink this any day.

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Photo of wedge
3.51/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Slightly foggy golden yellow color covered by a slim layer of milky suds. Spicy, fruity aroma...coriander, orange peel, banana, clove, flowers, and mild dough. Big, fruity esters burst forth in the mouth. Peppery phenols, citrus zest, some tart acidity, coriander spice, and a tangy-ness that I assume comes from the wheat. Only a little grain near the end, but all the bright, yeasty, spicy flavors overwhelm any malt (and I REALLY like to have some noticeable pale malt in my tripels to soften and balance things out). The finish is sweet, but nondescript. Medium bodied and low on carbonation, which hurts the drinkability, though a pleasant dryness helps. Not bad, far from the best.

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Photo of garymuchow
4/5  rDev +3.1%
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 cjgiant
4.22/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours translucent yellow, with minimal head and apparent carbonation.
The smell is a nice bouquet of orange and banana flavors, with the coriander hitting the nose throughout. The balance of floral fruit and spice is quite pleasing.

The taste follows the nose quite well in flavors, but a slightly different profile. The spice is prevalent throughout, but the banana is a bigger player than any orange (or tangerine, maybe) in the taste. The end feel has a slight bite of the coriander and an unforeseen hit of carbonation. I am torn a bit if that is good enough.

Overall, I really enjoyed this beer as a Belgian with a slight fruit edge. I did find it quite drinkable, which might be bad at 8.3%.

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Photo of justintcoons
3.44/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle poured into a tulip.

Appearance
Gold with 2-3 fingers of white, fluffy head. Great retention and clarity. Low carbonation.

Nose
Caramel drizzled grains, potpourri, rye and hay.

Taste
Rye, pear and dried hay. Notes of potpourri, raw grains, earth and spelt. Touches of lemongrass and apple skin. The rye lingers along with some peppercorn.

Mouthfeel
Light-medium bodied, smooth, spicy and dry.

Overall
This is a very spicy Tripel. A lot of rye. Not a good representation of the style but it hides the alcohol quite well.

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Orabelle Belgian-Style Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 152 ratings.
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