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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by TMoney2591 on 12-31-2012

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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.

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

Caramel drizzled grains, potpourri, rye and hay.

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.

Light-medium bodied, smooth, spicy and dry.

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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Photo of Beaver13
3.72/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, bottled on 12/31/12. Pours slightly hazy straw yellow with a medium creamy white head that goes to a thin film that laces the glass.

The aroma is sweet and tart fruit with corriander and a bit of funk.

The flavor is bready malts with some fruit and corriander and a bit of a funky bitter finish. The mouthfeel is pretty full bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, a solid beer. Kind of a cross between a tripel and a wit. Easy drinking but with a bang.

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Photo of Flounder57
3.47/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle was poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: This beer poured no head and is a slightly hazy golden yellow. No bubbles coming up through the glass. Looks pretty dull for a triple.

Smell: apples, vanilla, spices, boozy alcohol, yeasty esters, and bready notes.

Taste: Pretty much the same as above. The tastes are very minimal here and hard to decide. It should be blended more well together. The spices seem to dominate the whole taste.

Mouthfeel: Smooth boozy, low carbonation, light to medium bodied, a little chewy, and some lingering bitterness.

Overall: A nice attempt from the boys of Denver, but ill stick with other favorites. Still a decent beer though.

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Photo of Moose90
4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle on: 12/31/12

A – Orange hued copper color, along with a thin fluffy white head and leaves lacing highlighting the high ABV.

S – Citrus, pine, lemon, and clove. Some biscuity light bread malts come through and a slight fresh yeasty character as well.

T – Wheat comes through here, some big dried orange peel and coriander/clove appear again.

M – Light-Medium thickness, some stickiness that lingers around and leaves a refreshing aftertaste.

O – A nice beer, haven't had many in this style, but this is a good drinker. Nice and refreshing, and hides the moderate ABV well. Great spring seasonal.

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Photo of homebrew311
3.77/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a light hazy yellow with white collar of he's an heavy lacing. Nose has wavy belgo yeast character with lemon, grass and bread along with spicy notes. Taste is light and fruity with lemon peel and coriander to follow. Light peppery notes as well. Mouthfeel is light and well carbonated. Overall, decent flavors here, plenty of Belgian character.

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Photo of ummswimmin
3.61/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Orabelle was a cloudy blonde with about two fingers of fluffy head. The head retained pretty well, which released the belgian nose over a decent amount of time. Speaking of the nose, Orabelle had a pretty minimal bouquet. There is a touch of the belgian yeastiness and a little bit of spice (I think coriander).

The flavor on this beer is pretty simple. I pick up a little funk, some spice, and more of the belgian yeastiness. This mix of flavors had some pretty good balance, while working decent feel in the mouth.

This worked out to be an easy drinking tripel.

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Photo of thecheapies
3.81/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bar manager took it upon himself to pour it for me in a pint glass. He produced no collar, decanted only slightly. I'm left with a very hazy golden yellow brew with just a thin ring of white on top.

Apple, banana, nutty yeast, clove, bread crusts, and a hint of watermelon rind. Hard to get much more without the ability to agitate the beer in this glass.

Creamy flavors of spice, yeast, bread, and lighter fruit. Banana, clove, green peppercorn, crusty bread, booze, apricot, and marmalade. Fruity and estery, and not short on potency. Finishes long with spiciness. A blend of wet, yellow flavors.

A tad heavier than medium, and with more than just a bite of alcohol, but it still feels bready and nice with that light spank of carbonation that I like in a tripel.

A pretty good craft tripel that I'll have to try again (but, not tonight).

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Photo of JayQue
3.69/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Not a bad take on a Tripel. There are much better American versions of this style though. Poured a hazy bright gold into a chalice. A hard pour gives a medium size delicately bubbly white head.

Aroma is light fruit..apples and pears with a little Belgian Yeast.

Taste is light fruit, a little yeast and some lemon zest. Pleasant enough but not the rich yeasty, peppery Tripels that I enjoy so much.

Mouthfeel is fairly rich. Overall a pleasant drink, just not a top Tripel.

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Photo of micromaniac129
3.71/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Orabelle has a hazy golden honey color. The head is thin and white and never really gott started.
The aroma has a very pronouned corrinder nose. A spicy nose from yeast esters and perhaps sutle orange peel.
The taste follows the nose. Lots of spice and corrinder in this sweet tasting beer. Throw in some yeasty funk too. There is a pretty healthy dose of alcohol in the taste too.
The feel wasn't as crisp as I would like.
A good tripel that leans alittle too much into the wit side for me.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Type: 12-oz. bottle
Glass: Westvleteen XII glass
From: Bine & Vine Bottle Shop in Normal Heights (San Diego), Calif.
Price: $2.19
Purchased: Feb. 22, 2014
Consumed: Feb. 22, 2014
Misc.: Born on date of Jan. 15, 2013

Poured a golden straw hazy color with 1-to-2 fingers of white head. Minimal lacing. Average retention.

Had to work for the smell, but then got orange peel, cloves, light banana, honey, Belgian spices and caramel.

Tasted a little less Belgian than the smell and a bit more citrusy fruits. Got orange peel, coriander, citrus hops, wheat, orange, honey, cloves and some Belgian spices.

Light body. Oily texture. Average-to-lively carbonation. Longer finish. Certainly did not taste the 8.3 percent.

Overall this was a very nice Belgian beer.

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Photo of BeerLover99
3.48/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: cloudy golden/yellow, trace white head, fine lacing

S: big lemon peel, floral, belgian yeast

T: same as nose, malt, mild spice, earthy finish

M: med body, mild oily body

O: Another gem from Great Divide! Love Tripels
and this American offering is rather good. Fine
intro for newbies.


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Photo of wvsabbath
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Light pear colored gold, not much of a head or lacing.

Smell - Sweet floral fruits, apple, pear, grapes, lemon, banana, orange, corriander spice. Some added sugars and sweet yeasts.

Taste - Big floral fruits and sweet yeasts at first sip. Orange, corriander and grape is a main flavor. Lots of spices also are present but not overdone. Alcohol is masked well. Has a bitter bite at the finish.

Mouthfeel - Loads of fruits and yeasts coat tounge. Grape is a flavor through the whole experience. Palate gets more fruits, yeasts and spices. The finish comes up a little bitter and dry.

Overall - Really good, but not as big and bold as alot of other tripels. Would be a great starter tripel , or for someone that cant handle the big flavors that a la fin du monde would provide. Solid and very easy to drink.

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Photo of schoolboy
4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

My love of Colorado breweries continues. This offering from Great Divide is outstanding, and a great value at under $2 a bottle.

It pours fairly flat but a pretty golden color. It has little lace but it has a cool haze. The aroma is a yeasty fruity Belgian thing. Nice and a little boozy too, as it should be.

The taste is of Belgium, not Colorado. It's just right. Yeasty and fruity like the aroma. The aftertaste is sweet and a little dark. This isn't quite like some of the Belgians that will totally fool you - it is obvious this has some kick. I will need to remember the name - this is a good one.

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Photo of spoony
3.97/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

From a 12 oz bottle into a tulip.

A-An aggressive pour fails to produce any head.* Instead, I get a patchy ring of white foam. The brew is slightly cloudy and orange-tinted gold in color. No visible carbonation.

S-A nice aroma of lemon and orange meld with spices, tropical mango, and candy sugar. There is a little straw/grass backing underneath. Mostly sweet and slightly funky.

T-Taste is similar to smell. I picked up sweet, bubblegum like notes, some banana, and some citrus. There was also a touch of spice. Not terribly funky, but decently complex.

M-There is a little wave of mild carbonation, but on the whole, this brew was under-carbonated and a touch syrupy.

O-This beer is close to great. The smell implies great potential, it is fruity and mildly sweet, and decently complex. Unfortunately, the smell is not quite matched by the taste, but, as I say, there is potential here.

A note about the carbonation: I tried multiple bottles and experienced the same underwhelming carbonation with each bottle (from the same six-pack). The lack of carbonation doesn't kill this beer, but it does drag down the score a bit.

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Photo of GilGarp
4.23/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled December 31, 2012.

12oz bottle served chilled into a goblet.

Orabelle is a hazy golden straw color with thin white head. Good retention though and it leaves some lacing behind.

Aroma is fresh and citrusy with a nice Belgian yeast strain. A little bit of peppery spice as well.

Flavor is very good, maybe a little better than expected. Pale but strong malt body shows off the yeast and spicy, citrusy hops. Great balance of flavors and very easy drinking for a beer over 8% ABV.

Mouthfeel is light-plus in body and nicely carbonated.

They had a tripel in bombers last year and it was pretty good but a little pricey. This is even better and at a very reasonable price. I'll definately be back for more.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a Unibroue chalice. Bottling date of 1/2/13 puts this at nine months old at the time of consumption.

A: Yellow in color with a very mild haze. Bubbly white head collapses fairly quickly. A scraggly ring of lacing is all that remains.

S: Lots of orange peel forward on the nose. Coriander and pepper. Cracker and biscuit malt. Chalky yeast. Tropical esters of mango and peach. Dash of medicinal clove.

T: Oily orange peel. Pepper and coriander. Honeyed malts. Lots of chalky yeast, slight cellar must. Very subtle hint of phenol. Ghostly alcohol. Doughy and yeasty finish.

M: Medium bodied. Full and creamy, but sits lightly. Moderate prickling carbonation. Alcohol warmth.

O: Do the coriander and orange peel need to be there? Probably not, but they don't hurt. A little rough, and as far as complexity goes, it ain't a rubix cube. Still, it drinks easily, and there's enough charm to warrant a closer look.

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Photo of hosehead83
3.35/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a wine goblet.
Orange/apricot in color, with a rather short, thin head of white foam.
Aroma-Fruity, faint Belgian spices
Taste-Pear, peach,faint coriander, orange peel. Dryish finish, a bit under-carbonated, flavor flattens out after sitting for a bit. A decent American offering.

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Photo of secondtooth
3.82/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Cloudy golden, with limited carbonation and virtually no lace to speak of.

Nose is fruity and boozy, with definite hints of orange peel citrus and a little spice.

Taste is strong and malty, but well-balanced. The orange comes through well before the double yeasts and coriander add a peppery note. Finishes with a little booziness. Definitely a sipper, but a fine and well-done tripel.

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Photo of Cylinsier
3.81/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz.

Pours a light, slightly hazy lemon gold. Thin white film for a head.

Smells of coriander, lemon zest, grassy malts, and semi-sweet citrus.

Flavor is of light grassy malts, hints of wheat, and tart and sweet citrus fruitiness. A very mild hop bite comes through in the aftertaste.

Body is on the full side with light fizzy carbonation on the roof of the mouth.

Pretty decent Belgian-inspired ale, not quite in tune with the style to me, but that aside very enjoyable and refreshing. Has some saison-like elements. Definitely worth a try.

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Photo of BB1313
3.18/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Bottled on Jan. 2, 2013. 12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours a slightly hazy, but transparent golden on the lighter side. Small white head which fades pretty quickly and leaves decent lacing. Lots of apple and pear in the nose. Slightly malty with yeasty bread notes. The flavors are clean, but slightly syrupy. There's an earthy bitterness to this one, but still remains sweet. I wish the carbonation was more active, but it's still does it thing making this is an easy drinker. Medium-bodied. Alcohol goes unnoticed.

This is your typical American attempt at the style. It doesn't come close to the examples from overseas, but it's still an alright beer for what it is.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.96/5  rDev +2.1%
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 BarryMFBurton
3.89/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

I’ll buy anything from Great Divide, but I was instantly drawn to this tripel; if it’s anything like Hades, I know I’ll enjoy it.

Bottled a little over a month before the date of this tasting: 01/16/2014.

A: Pours a dull, cloudy yellow with a short, offwhite head of sudsy cream. Retention and lacing are present but just barely, giving this all the first impressions of a thick, yeasty beer.

S: The glass overflows with the scent of bready yeast, making the whole room smell like a freshly-opened Wyeast pack. It’s a warm, comforting aroma, and once you start sniffing a little closer, you get whiffs that are accented by honeydew melon, coriander, orange peel, creamy banana, and farmhouse funk scents. Some spice gets through – mainly lemongrass and clove, along with a Noble, peppery hop note – but for the most part, this is all yeast.

T: The yeast tones fill out the profile in the blink of an eye, esters and all: a chewy French bread tone leads before a sudden charge of soft fruit, the honeydew, pear, and banana of the nose. That’s a profile I’ve really come to enjoy in Belgians and Belgian-style beers, but that’s not all there is to Orabelle. As the yeast just about hits its peak, a familiar wheat taste comes about – Blue Moon? Definitely not my favorite beer, and with the abundant lemon and strikingly intense wheat taste I’m getting, that’s what comes to mind. That said, the palate doesn’t rest on that accentuated grain character like that sad, sad Coors brew does; instead, it continues to advance into a nuanced spice profile of white pepper, coriander, and mild must (I’m not sure it’s strong enough to call ‘funk’). As it closes, the wheat dies down, crafting a finish for this beer that’s just like the intro: smooth, inoffensive white bread.

M: This one’s creamy and filling, sloshing around the tongue with a substantial milkiness. Though there’s only a touch of frothy carbonation, the body ends up soft enough to throw back quite easily, making this very drinkable for the ABV.

O: This is tasty beer, but not $14-a-six-pack beer – file this under “glad I tried, but can’t afford to have regularly.” Apart from price, though, the palate was a little too mundane to catch my continued interest. Everything in this little bottle was on-point – the nose, the palate, the feel, the overall impression – but nothing ever jumped out as “great;” basically, this isn’t one for the record books, but you’d be hard-pressed to be disappointed in this beer.

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Photo of stephens101
3.6/5  rDev -7.2%
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 SLeffler27
3.79/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A cloudy, golden amber (SRM 6-7) with a thin, rocky, white head that leaves a fine webbing of lace. This beer glows from within a Blue Point tulip glass.

Sweet aromatic apricot gives way to light, funky yeast and a perfume of lemon mango.

Orabelle is quite bitter and on the high end for this style. Fresh mango and light lemon round out the fruitiness, while a light tartness is present in a subtle, dry finish that lingers beyond its welcome.

Sharp alcohol cuts through a satin texture and medium body while light metallic notes are carried with modest carbonation. Quite dry.

This is a decent sipping beer, best enjoyed with a sharp, tangy cheese. I enjoyed it while reading on the front porch during a cool, midsummer day.

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Photo of StaveHooks
2.8/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

12oz bottle served in a Tripel Karmeliet

A - Pours a glowing amber orange with zero head. Light specks of lacing when swirled.

S - Orange, pineapple, bready and sweet malts, musty hay, kind of a flat aroma, maybe due to the low carbonation.

T - Fruity off the top, orange, pear, banana, apples, spice, boozy fruit, musty grains, sweet pale malts, honey, coriander,

M - Low carbonation, almost flat, surprisingly soft feel though. Medium to full bodied.

Not as good as I wanted it to be. Ok flavors but every thing seemed dull. The very low carbonation didn't help either. Hades was the last Belgian style that this brewery did well.

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