Orabelle Belgian-Style Ale | Great Divide Brewing Company

BA SCORE
87
very good
731 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:
731
Reviews:
164
Avg:
3.88
pDev:
10.57%
 
 
Wants:
23
Gots:
120
For Trade:
0
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Photo of nickfl
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

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

On-tap 1/31/2016 at Natty Greene’s Tavern in North Attleboro, MA, served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a cloudy orange/gold color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains Belgian yeast, citrus, bananas, some spice, caramelized malts and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of citrus, bananas and caramel that are quickly followed by bready flavors from Belgian yeast and a hearty malt character. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly bready.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, this is a solid beer to drink for a long time if you’re in the mood for the style.

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

Lovely golden color with plenty of foam in the Duvel tulip. Rich and tart with some deep fruity flavors like dried pineapple and green mango. Nice carbonation that rolls across the tongue as the Belgian yeasty flavors come along.

What's really interesting is the addition of wheat, oats, and rye, according to the brewery. It adds some tangy, bitterish grainy flavors that push the complexity as well. It also has the spicy flavors of a really amped-up Wit, though it's fortunately subtle with the orange and coriander flavors.

Another really good Belgian-style brew from Great Divide. They make so many good beers that don't involve bales of hops. From the 12 oz bottle brought to me from Denver. Label says "Bottled on Dec 12 2012."

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Photo of nathanmiller
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of mendvicdog
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of vfgccp
3.67/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of russpowell
4.26/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottled on 28 Jan 2013

Pours a hazed bronze with 2+ fingers of pearl colored head. Average head retention & lacing, clears nicely

S: Appleskins, white grapes & coriander, plus pineapple

T: Follows the nose, over ripe pears, white pepper, plus a touch of pineapple, a kiss of funk up front. Orchard fruit, a bit of dirty funk, & pineapple sweetness, dryness & a touch of leafy hops. Finishes fairly crisp, a little bit of cloves & coriander also there with dirty pears & citrus

MF: Medium bodied, slight carbonation, warming, somewhat sticky

This is one of Great Divide better Belgian itterations, this works well for me; the ABV is well hidden

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Photo of smcolw
4.14/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Green hued, straw colored beer. Lots of white from the haze. Moderate head that leaves many rings of lace.

Raw, unmalted grain aroma. Ever so slight sourness.

Clean and refreshing--stunning as a Trippel. I detect no alcohol. Flowery sweet touch, it has the essence of a well made shanty. Light body with a high efferfescence. Certainly not a typical Trippel but I like this very much.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.25/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle - $2.49 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Bottled On: JAN 07 2014.

Appearance: Pours a lightly hazed, light golden body with a smallish, short-lived, white head.

Smell: Juicy citrus fruits, a bit of milked banana, and a generous dosage of coriander (also a little white peppercorn).

Taste: Crackery malts, a snap of sweetness, then, blitzed with a fast-moving fruitiness of tropical citruses of orange and lime, light pineapple, and banana. The added coriander is notable. Some alcohol warmth present. Sweet, spicy, fruity to the well-carbonated finish with a lingering orange zest flavor.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium-high carbonation.

Overall: Orabelle wasn't horrible, it does have that going for it. It doesn't feel like much of a tripel. Reading the label is seemed more like an amped up wit.

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Photo of paulish
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of woodychandler
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I have been really busy for about a week-and-a-half and I am so glad to able to CANtinue The CANQuest (tm) while watching Game 7 between the Preds & the Sharks.

From the CAN: "Great Minds Drink Alike". Orabelle with drawn bow, arrow and quiver in silhouette against a cream background.

I Crack!ed the CAN open and after reading some previous reviews that mentioned a haziness, I decided to employ a gentle Glug to see if I could get any clarity for my trouble. An in-glass swirl raised a finger of foamy, bone-white head that feel fairly quickly back to wisps. Color was a lightly-hazy Yellow-Gold (SRM = 4 - 5), but the CANtinual release of CO2 bubbles from the bottom of the glass was eye-catching! Nose had an immediate fusel alcohol heat, followed by notes of vanilla, lemon zest and a mustiness like old newspapers. It was definitely a Belgian-Style Ale! Mouthfeel was full and creamy. The taste was very vanilla-like, intermingled with a black peppery spiciness. I was pleasantly surprised by how easy-drinking this beer was! The alcohol was not as pronounced as on the nose, nor was the mustiness. Instead, it had just enough spiciness to keep me interested without being overwhelming, along with an understated vanilla-like sweetness. Finish was dry, but as a result of a good CANbination of the yeast & spices. It was a little big to make a regular thing of it at 8.3% ABV, especially since it was CANparitively easy to drink. Phew!

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Photo of ZEB89
3.71/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Gkruszewski
3.96/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of MarkyMOD
4/5  rDev +3.1%

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 TMoney2591
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a chalice at Fountainhead.

A tripel brewed with barley, wheat, oats, and rye, along with the other accoutrements of the style. Right on. It pours a hazy sunflower topped by over a finger of white foam. The nose comprises lemon zest, orange zest, mango, Belgian yeast, light black pepper, and light cracked wheat. The taste holds notes of lemon zest, Belgian yeast, banana, clove, light black pepper, and light coriander. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a sorta/kinda grainy feel. Overall, a very nice tripel, one that showcases a bit more in the way of fruitiness than spiciness and somehow makes it work.

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Photo of thatoneguymike
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of InspectorBob
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Very enjoyable after the first sip this hazy golden Belgian style ale serves up some nice features. Big white head forms fine even lacing, aromatics are pleasant with coriander soft not over done, a bit of orange peel brings nice citrus to the mix, with a spicy complex Belgian yeast character. Flavor spices give a nice complement to the citrus and bready yeast notes, nice biscuit malts pleasant even sweetness very balanced Belgian style ale by no means a classic tripel just a nice well made golden ale. Well hidden alcohol it's not even remotely alcoholic and weighs in at 8.3% abv, well played Great Divide this is when of their better Belgian style offerings yet. Mouthfeel, smooth creamy textures lingering spice character with the orange peel bitterness balance it out and dry the finish a good bit, carbonation not as effervescent as I would like but it's solid and carries the texture of the beer quite well. Overall I'm a fan I'm glad I gave Orabelle a shot.

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

Photo of tdm168
3.89/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A - orange with a big, thick, foamy, white head that has good retention

S - white grapes, spicy, Belgian funk

T - apple, white grapes, faint spicy, mildly bitter finish

M - medium bodied, crisp, a tad warm

I enjoyed this beer. It wasn't a world class tripel but it held it's own. The fruity esters played the biggest role. The yeast was noticeable with it's spiciness as well. My biggest complaint with this one was the mouthfeel. I thought it could have been a bit fuller. I did however think the crispness stood up to the alcohol quite well. This is one beer I wouldn't mind having again.

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Photo of imbibehour
4.02/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured on tap at falling rock pub in Denver into a globe glass. From notes.

A real nice looking brew, presented with a somewhat shiny fluffy soft white top of about two fingers. Body is an absolute perfect apricot color, opaque with a little bit of thin pin head white carbonation crawling up. Very nice.

Nose is real interesting and a bit odd but enjoyable. Light sticky yeast, not very candi sugar smelling, some floral hints and even pickle brine! What's up with that? Boy this is interesting I'll give it that.

Palate hits with a good malt backbone, and some of those classic Belgian sugars come out, with a light touch. Finishes quite floral and has a nice aromatic sensations on the aftertaste. Some of that briney charater hinted on the nose washes around a bit. Mouthfeel is about par for the course.

Overall it's kind of a weird and distinct one, but it's still pretty solid and quite unique for a tripel.

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Photo of rab53
4/5  rDev +3.1%

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

12 ounce bottle, bottled on Jan 16, 2013. Nice-good consumer information provided and its fresh.

Pours cloudy medium apricot, looser off white head, fairly quickly goes to a fine film, collar and leaves ample sheeting and bands of fine lace.

Fruity nose, with orange, apricot, pepper and Belgian inspired yeast notes.

Pleasant and flavorful offering with the flavors of the nose flowing onto the palate. Soft, ripe fruits, more pepper and again distinctive Belgian yeast qualities shining through. Soft on the palate and quite easily drinkable. Dangerous stuff, being this easy drinking and packing over 8%.

Nice new brew from great Divide and a nice Americanized version of the style. Well worth a try. Went nicely with some blue cheese. Looking forward to enjoying this on a summers day with some salads, crusty bread and a selection of cheeses.

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Orabelle Belgian-Style Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
3.88 out of 5 based on 731 ratings.
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