Orabelle Belgian-Style Ale | Great Divide Brewing Company

BA SCORE
87
very good
730 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:
730
Reviews:
163
Avg:
3.88
pDev:
10.57%
 
 
Wants:
23
Gots:
120
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 730 |  Reviews: 163
Photo of 22Blue
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of Tone
4.01/5  rDev +3.4%
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 t2grogan
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of Cynic-ale
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of IPAchris
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of sendbeer
3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a light yellowish golden amber with a thin white head with good retention and lacing. Mild aroma of sweet malt, Belgian spicing, particularly coriander, light stone fruit. Flavor of stone fruit, Belgian yeast, coriander, clove, sweet malt. Medium body with some creaminess, good mouth feel. Flavors are a bit subdued for a tripel, but the flavor profile hits the style quite nicely. A pleasant domestic tripel.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.54/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip, the appearance was a semi-hazy/cloudy burnt orange color with a thin finger’s worth of white foamy head that dissipated at a decent pace. Mild strewn about lacing wove around the glass nicely. The aroma had sweet estery banana up front but evens out with some white pepper, coriander, lemon and orange peel and some sweet graininess. The flavor blends fully the prior noted aromas sweetly and spicy. Graininess smooths into the aftertaste and finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a fair sessionability about it. Carbonation felt fine. Belgian throaty grip feels adequate. ABV feels not quite as high as suggested, but good. Overall, good tripel for the most part even if the banana seems a bit more pronounced. I’d still have again.

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Photo of Gavage
3.6/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: pours a yellowish orange color with short 1/2" head.

Smell: coriander, yeast, and some soft citrus are detectable.

Taste: caramel, Belgian yeast, coriander, lemon zest, mild alcohol tones, and a moderate bitterness makes up a decent Belgian styled ale.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Crisp to start, a bit less crisp and a touch dry at the finish.

Overall: easy to quaff this beer. Flavors are nice but not overwhelming. Worthy of a try.

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

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of tempest
3.99/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Nice spicy tripel with a yeasty edge. You can feel the oats a big more than in Tripel Karmaliet, and the herbal notes are sharper than most from Belgium and there's certainly more malt character standing up. But I'd say it's an excellent American take on the style, varying only slightly, like Victory's Golden Monkey. Very satisfying, and the strength is well hidden. This is great beer.

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Photo of afsdan
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

Photo of DoubleJ
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Great Divide makes a tripel. Coming out of a 12 ounce bottle, on to the beer:

The beer is cloudy blonde but bright. A half-inch of head tops the beverage, and solid retention and lacing add texture to the look. I can dig the aroma; spicy, peaches, white pepper. It smells refreshing. Orabelle hits the mark with taste as well. La Fin du Monde is one of my all-time favorite beers, and Orabelle tastes like a poor man's version of said beer. That's not a bad thing to be! The beer is sweet, rich in apricots, creamy oats, a play of citrus peel hitting the palate. To add to the list, it's medium bodied, creamy, and has attractive peppery carbonation which cut through the citrus and sweet nature of the beer.

Thank you sir, may I have another?

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Photo of Nichols33
3/5  rDev -22.7%

Photo of AngusOg
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of lupercmda
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of flagmantho
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into a tulip. Bottled on 12/12/12 ... woo!

Appearance: light golden hue with a moderate haze and a medium-to-strong effervescence. Head poured one finger of frothy white foam which dissipated quickly, leaving little lace. Not bad, but part of the tripel experience I like is a huge, inconvenient head.

Smell: wheaty, spicy, witbier-like aroma, attributable to the orange peel and coriander found in this brew. It's also got a hint of pear and cider aromas which bring out the tripel character. I like it.

Taste: sweet flavor with wheat, bitter orange and coriander; the flavor here is more of a double white or imperial witbier or something. Maybe not what I'm looking for in a tripel, but not bad overall.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a decent carbonation and a pretty good creaminess. Not too bad.

Overall: this is not a bad beer, but I was a little disappointed. The label claims this is a tripel, but they've gone a lot further into witbier territory than I like to have in a tripel.

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Photo of BillRoth
3.84/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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

Orabelle Belgian-Style Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
3.88 out of 5 based on 730 ratings.
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