Great Divide Brewing Company
Orabelle Belgian Style Ale
Great Divide Brewing Company Orabelle Belgian Style Ale (8.3% alcohol by volume) is a Belgian Tripel brewed with barley, wheat, oats, rye. orange peel and coriander and fermented with two yeasts. Orabelle pours pale gold (SRM 4) building a 2.5" fluffy white foam column that lasts five minutes as streams of bubbles slowy rise from the bottom of the glass to refresh the foam. Belgian yeast aromas - primarily peach to pear join the added orange and coriander with a light crackeraroma in the background. The wheat, rye and oats give Orabelle a very rich creamy texture that provides a perfect vehicle for Belgian yeast flavors of peach and pear sweetened with a trace of caramel and seasoned with orange peel and coriander. The Belgian yeast flavors are medium high, the added orange peel and corriander are medium, and while no individual malt flavor stands out, together they provide a medium to medium low cracker to biscuit flavor. The alcohol flavors are low but provide a mild warming. Hop bitterness is low and hop flavors are medium low but provide a hint of spice. The body is medium low to medium and the carbonation is medium high. Orabelle stands out for its pleasant array of fruit flavors and its rich creamy texture. I rate it 90.
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