ARH (707) - 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 (4471) - 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 (4474) - 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 (616) - 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 (1071) - 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 (1072) - 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 (2255) - 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.
commonshawn (516) - Minnesota, USA - MAR 21, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Hazy gold with short lasting white head. Smells like a wheat beer. Citrus fruit taste maybe a tiny bit of banana. Not too much hop taste. Alcohol is there but covered up. Finish is also citrus. Not what I expected but I liked it .
commonmac (510) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAR 21, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle purchased from Haskells for March Madness consumption. Light golden in color with minimal amount of head. Mild aroma. Tropical fruit and a complement of spice. Some malty characterstics. Tripel is a style with a high bar and this one does a decent job of approximating the better options in the category. Good job, Great Divide.
atlrizzob (185) - Aiken, South Carolina, USA - MAR 20, 2014
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pour is a hazy golden color, somewhat like that of a pilsner, with a light white head. Aroma is hops and Belgian yeast. Taste is orange peel, coriander, banana, and yeast. Fairly decent from someone trying to adapt to the Belgian variety