NikkTwist (1746) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 11, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at Eulogy. Very hazy amber pour with some light white froth. Sweetish citrus flavors with a mild finish. Fuzzy orange pith. Need to have again.
jefcon (1420) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - APR 11, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
I continue to really enjoy Great Divide’s foray into Belgian styles. Orabelle is a spicy number with black pepper, leaves, and coriander against a bright citrus aroma. Flavors are robust and earthy -- not juicy. Dry finish, plenty of malt backing from the rye, and stand-alone notes of orange zest, centennial (?) hops and cut grass.
kambei70 (648) - - APR 7, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
2014 bottle to a tulip glass. Pours a hazy lemon yellow with a small white head. Aroma is yeasty with some orange and tropical fruits and a little coriander spice. Taste is sweet citrus and tropical fruits with some yeast and hardly any discernible bitterness. The sweetness sits on the tongue at the end. Has a sting to the mouthfeel and is semi-full and a little syrupy.
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ARH (563) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 7, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 10, 2014 12 oz bottle poured into a chalice. A touch of a banana aroma crops up initially, but fades quick. This is replaced by lemon, earthy spices (like coriander and allspice), some peppercorns, and some doughy notes. Some other aromas that come up in lesser amounts are peach, curacao, a touch of grass, some dried grains, maybe even some honey, and an undertone of soap. There’s also a very light undertone of a old, damp sponge - light enough where it’s not really offensive. An active, unstable, soda-like white head sits atop a hazy, slightly effervescent, straw-yellow beer. The head recedes down to just a sparse island layer in the middle with a decent ring along the edges. The lace is runny, only trace amounts are left behind by the end. The beer gets close to a healthy balance between medium levels of sweet and bitter, but the sweetness is a bit more heavy than the bitter - but that could be a by product of this one being a more dry, spicy forward beer with a juicy aftertaste (a bit unique and something I wasn’t prepared for). There’s a of decent amount of fizzy, soda-like carbonation (although a bit softer than most sodas) that gives the beer a (soda-like) slickness to it (albeit a touch on the creamy side for a typical soda - kinda like cream soda). The body is on the high side of medium. It’s crisp, refreshing, with a dry, spicy, perhaps even grassy front, and finishes with a tangy citrus and spice. The aftertaste is moderate in strength and length with a bit of spice, citrus, and a light touch of soap.
vyvvy (4135) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - APR 4, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours hazy straw yellow with a white head. The aroma has sweet maltiness, candy sugar, cloves, coriander, light banana and that tripel style yeast. Really comes off nicely for a six pack beer. Medium / full body with carbonation that’s a bit more assertive than most tripels. The taste starts with more dryness and spice than the aroma, hints of stone fruit, velvety smooth lush malt that comes with some tripels, coriander, pepper and some earthy / spicy hops. The finish sweetens up a bit and adds some earthy hops. Far better than I expected for a tripel in a six pack.
ChainGangGuy (4422) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - MAR 30, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
BrettTaylor (543) - Radford, Virginia, USA - MAR 29, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured from cellar into tulip glass (54F). Pours a hazy light gold color with white head. Aromas of citrus, wheat, and a touch of rye. Tastes follow the aromas, very effervescent carbonation, light and crisp, refreshing, and nice.
Experiment_Ale (1043) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAR 29, 2014
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
At Great Divide with Stephen. Pours clear piss with zero head. Aroma is strong belgium yeast, stressed phenolics. Taste is Belgium yeast, strong fruity phenolics.
trapped (897) - New York City, TURKEY - MAR 24, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Drought. Hazy rich yellow with white creamy head, honey aroma, low carbonation, slightly sweet taste with honey flavor, longish finish with a bit of bitterness at the end. Nicely concealed alcohol content, enjoyable brew.
BOSSbrewer (1990) - Arkansas, USA - MAR 23, 2014
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle at BOSS thanks to Dave Johnson. Pours hazy yellow. No head. Aroma is slightly funky. Spices. Coriander. Bready. Flavor is medicinal. Menthol and floral. Medium bodied. Decent but odd.