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
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
Ratings: 730 |  Reviews: 163
Photo of ejimhof
3/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Beerdudenumberone
3/5  rDev -22.7%

Photo of jpuetz
3/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of craft_shannie
3/5  rDev -22.7%

Photo of visualmartyr
3/5  rDev -22.7%

Photo of RochefortChris
3/5  rDev -22.7%

Photo of jwps214
3/5  rDev -22.7%

Photo of Nichols33
3/5  rDev -22.7%

Photo of SavageHopHead
3/5  rDev -22.7%

Photo of ShriverMO
3/5  rDev -22.7%

Photo of Leschber
3/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Too sweet for the style imo

27 characters

Photo of ClavisAurea
3.13/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Fresh 12oz bottle served in a snifter. Freshness date of 01/2015

Appearance: hazy yellow with a small amount of pale white head that dissipated quickly. Slight Belgian lace

Nose: apples, popsicles, Belgian yeast, slight citrus, sugary

Taste and mouth feel: heavy on the tongue, fruity and bitter at the same time, slight sweetness from some Belgian candi sugar, quick finish with a slight metallic aftertaste.

Overall: it's ok but I've definately had better trippels from other American brewers. I probably wouldn't buy this one again but I will enjoy the rest of the six pack. No aging this one, drink fresh.

 613 characters

Photo of beertunes
3.17/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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.

 674 characters

Photo of MammothTarantula
3.19/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Archdale74
3.19/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of ZoomanCru
3.2/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Orabelle – Belgian-Style Ale (8.3%) - Great Divide Brewing Co. (Colorado)
☆☆☆

App: Pours a hazy golden-white color with a slightly darker heart. Honestly looks a lot like the skin of a white peach. One finger head rises and falls quickly, leaving some okay lacing. Settles to a fine film that retains the duration.

Smell: Spicy aromas of belgian yeast and a prominent black pepper aroma. Hop bitterness is very subtle, and lurks under the heavy esters. Pepper dominates everything.

Taste: Taste is spicy, slightly brett-like and smooth finishing. Yeast dominates overall taste with some hints of orange peel and coriander spice peeking through. Black pepper not nearly as pronounced as in aroma. Slightest alcohol heat and wheaty tartness. Not as assertive as I expect the style to be, although the ABV is very well hidden. Overall pretty tame, deceptive given its alcohol content. Sort of stuck between a wit and a tripel. Not as flavorful as it could be to elevate it to sippin' beer status. Lingering tartness persists for days.

Mouth: Solidly medium bodied with significant carbonation that helps lift the heavier belgian flavors off the tongue making the next sip new and refreshing again.

Home tasting, 12oz bottle into Snifter. 2/18/14.

 1,259 characters

Photo of AnotherBeerGeek
3.2/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I normally have a fair bit of respect for Great Divide, so I was intrigued at their offering of a Belgian-style Tripel, which I served up in a goblet.

The appearance is very foggy, like a wheat beer, with a honey color and a white foam that dissipates within a few minutes.

The nose is biscuity and spicy in that signature Belgian style, with hints of lemony citrus.

A mild malt sweetness greets up front, with gentle spiciness of nutmeg and notes of banana. Finish is a bit dry and biscuity. Honestly the combination doesn't do a whole lot for me, but others may find it appealing.

There is an interesting carbonated edge that seems to linger, fading only on the finish.

Overall, an okay stab at a great style, but not especially impressive.

 748 characters

Photo of dankjohn
3.25/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of markcp
3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

Photo of atlbravsrno1
3.25/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of cyrushire
3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

Photo of ryanflc
3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

Photo of outoffocus
3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

Photo of HollyHops
3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

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

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.