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Orabelle Belgian-Style Ale | Great Divide Brewing Company

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Orabelle Belgian-Style AleOrabelle Belgian-Style Ale
BA SCORE
3.87/5
Very Good
732 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

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Added by TMoney2591 on 12-31-2012

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#8,950
Reviews:
164
Ratings:
732
pDev:
10.59%
Bros Score:
3.82
 
 
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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DinoBlueShoes
3.79/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of HawkinsNOC
4.28/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BEERchitect
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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Photo of John_Beeryman
3.54/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of StoutAtTheDevil
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of allforbetterbeer
3.43/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a can into a chalice.

Pours with a cloudy yellow body under white foam. Lighter than expected, but rather pedestrian.

The aroma is dancing with scents (which I like very much) but there is a lack of overall "jive" between the different things going on. Lemon curd, spiced bananas, and a basket of over-ripe fruit.

The flavor is like the nose in that there is a lot going on but it somehow doesn't sparkle. This style can be so mind-blowing when brewed by the top notch Belgians. I would love to see Great Divide release a canned version of the iconic style which competes with them (or even Unibroue) but such is not this case.

Conclusion: This is a wonderful beer, there is no doubt. It isn't what I would normally call a Tripel, but then again Belgian beer is all about doing all sorts of things and basically ignoring style guidelines (how do you think Belgian beer got so interesting in the first place?). And... there is nothing on the can about this actually being a Tripel, so I am not sure that New Belgium is even breaking a style in the first place. WHATEVER. This is a good beer, but it doesn't shine like the best strong pale Belgian style beers (be them tripels or not).

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3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of ejimhof
3/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of mrosenfeld32
3.92/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of heyheymdn
3.44/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Phoodcritic
3.71/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of soupyman10
3.69/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of akolb
3.74/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Aroma: Coriander dominates, with yeast and pepper in the background. Also wheat, orange, and green apple. Complex and surprising.
Appearance: Hazy straw. Sub-par head.
Taste: Slighly tart. Orange, bread, pepper, coriander. Tastes almost like New Belgium's Snapshot. Finishes with a rindy bitterness.
Mouthfeel: Moderate bodied. Easy drinking for the ABV.
Overall: A unique, orange-dominated tripel.

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of rderedin
3.3/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Craftncrazy
3.32/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of RyantheReformer
4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of americancontrarian
3.82/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of williams7187
4.43/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of khargro2
3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dankjohn
3.25/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of McBraniel
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Lucnifter
3.77/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Orabelle Belgian-Style Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.87 out of 5 with 732 ratings
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