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RATINGS: 273   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.46/5   EST. CALORIES: 249   ABV: 8.3%
Orabelle is brewed with barley, wheat, and rye. This Belgian-style tripel is a golden beauty. Its two yeast strains, orange peel, and dash of corriander impart suprising complexity and richness to this delicate ale. Don’t let ORABELLE’s nature fool you, this is one flavorful brew. Watch out, she’s a charmer- one sip and you’ll be in love.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
after4ever (6925) - Brier, Washington, USA - MAR 4, 2013
Draft at sb. Pours a cloudy medium gold with a fizzy white head that lasts until you take a sip and break it. Bright nose with pleasantly sweet green apple esters. Creamy medium body with fizzy carb. Green apples and a bit of sweet cream on the mid palate. Pleasant and drinkable if a bit more forward and less layered than classic belgian examples.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Ernest (6905) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 22, 2013
Bottle. Head is initially small, frothy, white, mostly diminishing. Body is medium yellow. Aroma is lightly malty (toasted grain), lightly hoppy (herbs, resin), lightly yeasty (basement), with strong notes of coriander, lemon/lime/orange zest, and bubble gum. Flavor is heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter. Medium to full body, watery/syrupy texture, lively/soft carbonation, moderately alcoholic. Is this some kind of cruel joke? This beer makes me angry, for two reasons. First, it’s not even remotely a tripel...you could call it a strong witbier at a stretch, or at least Belgian-style strong ale. But a tripel? How is this a tripel? Just because of the ABV? Uhhhh. The nose is loaded with coriander and citrus zest, there’s almost nothing else...in a blind tasting anyone who had even had one witbier in their life would probably instantly shout "oh, I know...it’s a witbier!" It’s also overly sugary sweet with virtually nothing to balance, and there’s very little yeast presence either. The second irritation is that Great Divide apparently used this cartoonish hunk of junk to replace the only good Belgian beer they have ever made. The original Tripel was actually surprisingly to style, and damned solid (at least the first batch was, never tried it after that). I don’t think most American consumers (or brewers) like "real" tripels, though, so it probably didn’t sell well. And this is the result. Arrghh. Sorry for ranting and perhaps being a bit rude, but this beer touched a major nerve. In short it’s a complete drain pour for me, but it will most likely sell (and rate) higher than Tripel did.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
djd07 (6612) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAR 8, 2013
Bottle as shown. Pours a cloudy orange with small white head leaving spotty lacing. The aroma is citrus and orange peel. Medium mouthfeel with sweet orange and light crisp finish. Easy to drink, refreshing a good tripelfrom Great Divide.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
5000 (6600) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - AUG 18, 2013
Bottle:   Pale golden, slight haze, thin to moderate sudsy white head, little lacing.   Soft caraway, orange peel, and corriander on the nose.   Almost a candyish sweetness up front, strong pale maltiness, some honey, minor corriander spices, with some sage perhaps?   Not as mealy or heavy as many other American examples, but sure has a strong sweet malty breadiness.   Body and mouthfeel are moderate.   Spicy finish, strong honeydew melon, bready, malty, warming.   Not as floral as others, or spritzy, but at least its a little different.   Pale American Abbey Tripel with some Witbier aspects mixed in.   Decent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TaktikMTL (6571) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 22, 2014
Bouteille de 12 oz achetée chez Julio’s Liquors (Westborough, MA) au coût de 2,10$. Arôme: Légère odeur de levure et d’agrumes. Apparence: La couleur est blonde légèrement voiée avec une très faible densité de bulle. Présence d’un mince col mousseux et d’une fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût d’oranges avec une pointe de levure et de coriandre. Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture légèrement onctueuse. Moyenne effervescence en bouche. Présence d’agrumes en arrière goût. (Rating #5762)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
PorterPounder (6526) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JAN 16, 2013
Tallahassee, Fl - Market Square Liquors - 12 oz bottle. Cloudy, but brightly colored golden pour with a sticky snow white head. Aroma has hints of clove, some lemony accents. Bold, brisk flavor with some lemony accents, a yeasty back end. some sweet buttery smoothness. Sticky, chewy mouthfeel. Nice job on this one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
HogTownHarry (6371) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - OCT 6, 2013
12oz bottle. Fairly clear gold with an average fizzy-foamy white somewhat diminishing head, nice tiny bubbling action. Tangy aroma - alcohol, fresh-cut grass, low-level spice, citrus oil and yes, coriander - a little simple and grassier than I would expect, but a nice bonus is that it’s not massively sweet-smelling. Taste follows - basically it’s a light Belgian IPA, quite grassy and fairly well balanced if a tad strong alcohol presence. Average slightly oily mouthfell, sharply but not overly carbonated, a dry grassy finish where the coriander really emerges. I quite liked it - I dunno about style, but I liked it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
blutt59 (6286) - Dallas, Texas, USA - FEB 17, 2013
Bottled, lemony yellow color with thin foam, yeasty citrus aroma, flavor is yeasty antiseptic lemon juice, milky lemon finish

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
onceblind (6101) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 24, 2013
Hazy gold with a thin foamy white head. Estery nose with pale grains and peppercorn with a bready yeasty sweetness. Taste is also not as dry as I had hoped, but it has that quintessential Great Divide balance. Flavor is peppery and yeasty with a pale grain background, kinda slightly fruity. Lots of coriander too.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Braudog (6066) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - MAR 18, 2014
Bottle. Super light in color, golden and slightly hazy. The aroma is laden with spring herbs and esthery yeasts. This drinks with a really light and fruity consistency, tropical fruit with a dash of coriander. (#5469, 3/18/2014)

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