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.
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.