Great Divide Orabelle

Great Divide Orabelle bottle

If you live in the Washington, D.C. metro region, you know today was an absolutely beautiful day. It was a perfect day for two 2013 firsts – the first hike with my pug Frank, and the first Belgian tripel review of the year.

I’ve been a huge fan of Great Divide Brewery since I started reviewing, but the challenge for me is to find one that hasn’t already been written up on LIBA. Fortunately for me, I came across GD’s Orabelle, a seasonal brew I haven’t ever seen in stores.

Great Divide Orabelle glass

Orabelle is brewed with rye, two yeasts, orange peel, and coriander, so I was instantly interested. It pours out a hazy golden color, with a thick frothy head and an aroma that smells exactly like fresh orange zest.

There’s a LOT of flavor going on here. The orange peel dominates the front of this brew, before turning spicy with a mix of coriander and sweet rye. Orabelle is pretty light and crisp, so there’s not much mouthfeel or aftertaste, but I got some mineral notes toward the end, which runs counter to the whole flavor profile to that point.

Regardless, this is another excellent offering from Great Divide. It’s got a bit more punch then I expected, weighing in at an 8.3% ABV, but you’d never know it from the taste. I’d absolutely love to have this on tap, but until I get out to Colorado again, I’ll just have to settle for a few bottles while Orabelle is in season.

Great Divide Orabelle bottle & glass

Author: Silvio

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1 thought on “Great Divide Orabelle”

  1. Long time reader; first time commentator.

    Dipped my toe into the tripel pool for the first time this year as well with New Belgium’s offering. I second a lot of your statements in your earlier review, although the coriander hit me fairly early. It did remind me of how good tripels can be and will be on the look out for the Orabelle.

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