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Ondineke Oilsjtersen Tripel - KleinBrouwerij De Glazen Toren

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Reviews: 70
Hads: 116
Avg: 4.12
pDev: 11.17%
Wants: 16
Gots: 15 | FT: 1
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Style | ABV
Tripel |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: TheLongBeachBum on 08-14-2005

Name : the character of Ondineke and the use of hop out of the region of Aalst convinced the Town Council to choose this beer as the official town beer.
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Photo of Beerenauslese
4.85/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Translucent golden amber and a few yeasties. Have a glass handy, this gushed from the bottle, even though it was not agitated! Massive head, resolving into a dense cappuccino foam, eventually leaving a thin layer of lace.

S: Tropical fruit, brown sugar, honey, tobacco, green tea.

T: A wonderful balance of tart and sweet in a triple style. Pineapple, sweet mango, dark sugar, butterscotch, a bit of gunpowder green tea and hop bitters.

M: Moderate carbonation, taste explodes everywhere. A buttery flavor produces the desire for another immediate sip, but if you can wait a bit, the lingering mouthfeel is a pleasant ginger buzz with a tropical fruit sweetness and butterscotch.

D: Remarkably drinkable, one sip brings on the next and at 8.5% it is sessionable. I am spending Christmas Eve thoroughly enjoying this one.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.7/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ondineke Oilsjtersen Tripel
KleinBrouwerij De Glazen Toren
Style: Tripel
ABV: 8.50 %

LOOK; 25 oz bottle. Pours a slightly cloudy golden color with a pillowy froth going up half the glass. The head has fine staying power and leaves plenty of lace down the glass.

SMELL: Aroma of expressive, fruity, estery Belgian yeast and dry noble hops. Grass, straw, pear, and entrancing alcohol aromas all leap from the glass.

TASTE: Mellow Belgian yeast character with more soft pear and apricot notes. There is a firm hoppy character with woody, earthy, herbal hops providing a light bitterness and slight dryness to the brew. Alcohol heat is barely noticeable with all the delicious flavors. The hop comes out fairly strong and the brewer is very proud of the source of the hops as being the last true link to the hop growing region of Aalst.

FEEL: Light to medium bodied, fairly effervescent, and a complex drying hop finish. Belgian yeast and delicate bitterness carry into an elegant finish.

OVERALL: This is a world class tripel and one of the finer examples of the style. Has a great hop character and the yeast used makes for a delicious beverage. Would pair superbly with herb & oil marinated fish dishes.

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Photo of GClarkage
4.7/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

04/20/08- Had on tap at the Toronado during Belgian Beer Month.

Presentation- Via the tap into a tulip-wine style glass.

Appearance- Pale honey colored pour with a 1/4 inch head that leaves decent lace traces.

Smell- Lightly hopped nose with a bit of a herbal note. Smells a touch tart and farmhouse.

Taste- Complex! Notes of everything at different stages. Honey, floral flavors, light hops, sweet confectioniers sugar, caramel malt base. Starts out a bit tart and ends a bit sweet.

Mouthfeel- Lightly carbonated, but sharp and intense. Very smooth and creamy as well.

Drinkability- My favorite beer of the day hands down. Lots of goodies thrown into one beer. Easy drinker that I will look for in the bottle in the future.

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Photo of CwrwAmByth
4.7/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a Chimay goblet - this thing must have been shaken up loads before it got to me, because it left about 1/8 of the glass with liquid, and the rest was head, on the second go the glass overflowed massively with foam as well.

Pours a hazy, honey-like gold colour. Massive head and decent lacing.

Smells strong with some classic belgian pale medicinal tones as well as a bit of spice.

Tastes... man this beer is hot! Alcohol and medicinal tones and a slight spice really warms you right up, as well as getting you nicely marbled. A balanced taste, improved by a terrific medium-thick mouthfeel.

Overall an immense brew, warming and complex yet amazingly balanced - this is like nectar for me. God bless Glazen Toren!

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Photo of RoyalT
4.63/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance - This came out a sharp but clear orange in color with a beautiful bright white head. Everything about this beer looks terrific but the head in particular looks as fluffy as a down pillow. This mind you from a very careful pour.

Smell - The bouquet has all the requisite smells of the style, but everything is of high quality and very distinctive. The coriander aroma for instance is like fresh cilantro seeds just crushed in a mortar and pestle. The hops are mild but again very leafy and distinctive. The light white pepper is lightly bitter but absolutely exquisite.

Taste - The taste is as delicate and distinctive as the smell. There are more hops at the taste making this a heavy-hitting Tripel. The malts definitely play back up but again are of the highest quality. The light candi sugar melts in the mouth.

Mouthfeel - This is a medium to full-bodied ale. The delicate, tickling mouthfeel is pure pleasure and the long, bitter finish is quite satisfying.

Drinkability - This is one of the most harmonious Tripels I have ever had. It went down slow but beautifully, had no sense of alcohol or that dreaded Tripel medicine cabinet, and was delicate as a freshly plucked flower. One of the best Tripels I've ever had!

Comments - The hops for this beer, Saaz, target, styrian, goldings, and cascades, are all picked locally from the town of Meldert, and boy does it show. It's like the difference between making a dinner salad from vegetables bought from the store and those plucked fresh the same day from your own backyard garden.

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Photo of ktrillionaire
4.62/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottled 30 Dec 2005. Bottle alleges best within two years of bottling. I guess we are about three years late to the party.

Birthday beer for Olsen.

G - Tripel Karmeliet tulip

A - It pours a nice peachy-golden hue with small flecks of sediment and a big head that recedes to a persistent sheet of micro-bubbles.

S - The smell is surprisingly bright; expressive notes of pear sparkling cider, caramel, creme brulee and also honey.

T - It is an unusual brew; quite rich. It has a strong honey character but not honey sweetness, with a buttery nuance and suggestions of fresh bread, peppered with small hints of caramel. An especially delicious treat.

M - The feel is great; it totally enhances the brew.

D - I am stunned that this brew has kept as phenomenally as it has. I am actively seeking a fresh one.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4.6/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Surprise, surprise ( Not!), another beer from this brewery that is fabulously carbonated. A dense, voluminous, meringue like head sits atop this beer. Mad rivulets of carbonation cascade through this beer propelling the head ever higher above the rim of my glass. The head started out three fingers thick in my tulip glass, but is now a full two-fingers above the rim of my glass and it is showing now signs of flowing over the rim; a veritable structural masterpiece. The beer is an enticing, brilliantly clear, orangish copper color and the head, lest I forget, is a light tan-cream color. Ah the aroma has that characteristic note that I associate with a good Tripel; a bit yeasty, sweet and creamy smelling (if you can imagine such an incongruous descriptor being valid), with spicy / herbal notes ranging all over the place. I get notes that jump from vanilla to lemon grass, to stinging nettle, to orange peel, to hay, to weedy wild-flower blossoms. Sharp ginger notes combine with white pepper and dusty grains of paradise, as well as a touch of sour. What an absolutely fabulous aroma this beer has.

The beer is sweet and lightly tart up front, but then that ample carbonation causes it to explode on my tongue. There is enough of a body to this beer that it still is able to cling to the palate even as it vaporizes on my tongue. Creamy, and satiating, yet with the carbonation light and effervescent as well. The carbonation combines with spicy phenolics and other yeast driven notes to create a biting character to this beer that starts in the middle, and then combines with some sharp notes of higher alcohols (and regular old alcohol too) that are found in the finish. Ultimately this beer has a certain warming character to it that lingers on down in my esophagus long after I have taken a sip. The combination of the creamy body, the sweet malt and some notes of orange peel lead me to thoughts of candied orange-creams.

Once the head starts to finally fall it forms a rockied, alien surface full of shear canyons, volcanic cratered peaks, and crevasses that lead to caves; by far one of the most interesting heads I have ever seen on a beer. All the while the head also leaves a varied pattern of Belgian lace on the sides of my glass. The aroma ultimately seems to remind me of a freshly mown field of hay mixed with scythed dandelions, and trampled wild flowers; an aromatic experience that I love to find in both Tripels and Saisons.

What a stupendously engaging and tasty beer. This is the full on experience that one hopes to find in every beer. A light, yeast derived tartness only adds to the complexity of this beer. Spice notes also abound in this beer; I get notes of kefir lime leaf, ginger, and even some notes that make me thing of the heat from a chile pepper. As the beer warms and looses the carbonation, it actually seems to become a bit less creamy, which I certainly would not expect.

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Photo of augustgarage
4.59/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Over time, I am reviewing the offerings of De Glazen Toren (Jef Van Den Steen's brewery) in the order that they were first released. Their Saison is highly impressive; among traditional formulations of the style, it stands at or near the apex. Now I'll move on to their Tripel.

Tissue-wrapped 750mL bottle, bottled on March 15th, 2008, cellared for several months between 67˚F and 77˚F. This should be a fairly mature bottle. Lightly chilled then poured into my Trabadour tulip glass. Bottle was a tremendous "gusher" which had me worried, but thankfully this wasn't a sign of spoilage. Sadly, at least one glass worth ended up everywhere but in the glass...

Carrot orange body with bright tangerine-yelllow and amber highlights. Clarity would be good but for the sand-storm of tiny reddish-brown yeast particles caught up in a perpetual cyclone of carbonation. Massive and rather dense lemon-chiffon/beige head leaves a glorious crown of lacing along the sides of the glass, and a fluffy mesa in the center. Retention is rather average for the style though...

Complex and subtle aromatics - faint rock candy, fresh baguette, slightly medicinal but in a good way (iodine/seaweed), cream, earth, and restrained spice (pepper, clove, cardamom). Ineffable esters from the alcohol - a really unique expression that seems to have aged exceptionally.

Another textbook integration of the various elements of the flavor profile: esters, phenols, alcohol, hops, and malt form a kaleidoscope of shifting impressions that synergize in the end. Analogies to orange peel, pepper, clove, leather, clover, cinnamon, honey, and so on could be made but they fall short of revealing the unique sense of provenance in the glass.

While traveling through Sicily, whenever I saw local foodstuffs for sale, they were often described with a curious admixture of pride and humility as "tipica," that is "typical" of the region. The word has a deeper meaning however, about an almost spiritual connection to a distinct location, utilizing traditional practices and/or products of a farm, a town, or a region. There is a similar alchemy at play with this Tripel.

I don't usually like to focus on the intangible qualities of a beer, but there is something about this ale that pulls me away from a more analytical approach to reviewing.

The mouth-feel is not just creamy, but almost buttery - a little too slick perhaps, but not at all hot. Effervescent, but not to the point of being refreshing...though the flavor and aroma are such that drinkability remains very high.

With this rustic yet sophisticated Tripel, De Glazen Toren once again reveals themselves as true artisans with a deep understanding of tradition. Next up to try is their winter scotch ale...if they keep up this pattern throughout their offerings, they may displace De Dolle as my favorite brewery...

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Photo of KickbacksSteve
4.55/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On tap at Kickbacks Gastropub in Jax. Poured into a small snifter. Hazy golden body with a small off-white head. Aroma is of fresh bananas, light caramel and a delicious complex Belgian yeast. Taste is deliciously smooth with flavors of banana, mild hops and yeasty goodness. ABV is nowhere present, amazing. A touch chalky on the mouthfeel. Delicious, through and through, even more tasty upon warming. Wow.

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Photo of FightingEntropy
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One bonus of a day off as a teacher is a little extra time to stop and have a beer and say hi to Al at the Blue Nile on a Thursday afternoon. Only time for one tonight, so asked Al to serve me the best on tap--same as always. Leftover from the Belg-a-Rama that I was too tired to make on Friday, and found myself with a pretty glass of Glazen Toren Ondineke in front of me.

Light thin white head with very tight, small bubbles falls to a persistent film on top of a hazy sunset orange beer. Very yeasty nose--pleasant. Light hop spice, assertive but not pushy, usual for a tripel, blends with a orange zest, lemon, banana, and pepper. Slightly sweet and bready base supports the intricate spice. Full mouthfeel without being heavy. Yeast and spice continues in the taste, and kicks up a notch compared to the nose. Dry, spicy aftertaste. Yeast subdues as it warms so the spiciness can take over. Pretty incredible beer that's well worth the effort.

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Photo of CookstLiquor
4.47/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle. Rich, slightly cloudy orange-yellow colour. The nose on this is an amazing fruit basket of melon, muscat grapes and even some floral notes. Beautiful. It has nice, effervescent carbonation and a pleasant mouthfeel. There's a good hop presence on the fruity palate --with plenty of bubblegum, melon and spice flavours -- that balances the alcohol and sweetness nicely. A really original-tasting tripel.

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Photo of wl0307
4.47/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Coming in a 750ml brown champagne bottle, capped and paper-wrapped without a beer label on the bottle. Bottled on 30 DEC 2005, so it's relatively young now but I just can't wait. Besides, I gather that hops would be more vivid if the bottle is consumed earlier? Served lightly-chilled in a large Burgundy bulb wine glass.

A: dark orangey-golden in colour; the hissing beer head builds up slowly but surely to a thick and fluffy rocky foam, then breaks down reluctantly, leaving uneven sheets of tight lacing along the way; nice-looking carbonation, full of tiny bubbles drizzling upside down.
S: a rich flow of perfumy fruits fills up my nostrils with surprise and joy: sour sweet mango, sweet lemon, green apple, sweet grapefruit peel, plus a grassy note of hops... A slightly metallic edge and refreshing funky/sour note of farmhouse brew stay in the background with a sprinkle of coriander, vanilla, and white-peppery yeastiness... all wrapped up by a rounded but semi-rich+sweet malty coating. Overall, the aroma is crafted beautifully and evolving all the time, yet an untamed yeasty edge still gives the rich aroma a kick to keep a refreshing balance. Complex and real...nice~~
T: wow... lots of fruit-esters and funky yeasts pour onto the palate together: green apples+mild citrus-peels+lemon-grass lead the way, followed by a slightly rough edge of farmhouse-brew yeastiness--piney, pineapple-ish sour-sweet, slightly nutty and sharp, but overall mixed very well with the fruity flavour; a dryish-sweet spicy flavour, mostly white pepper, gradually manifests, backed by a firm but mildly-flavoured malty base... I wonder where the malts and added candy-sugar are gone? as they are so inextricably-intertwined with the fruitiness and perfume... A lovely and soft grainy aftertone emerges quietly in the end along with the long, dryish hops+yeasts, leaving an undercurrent of warming alc. deep down the throat only at a very late stage and the right-in-place spices lingering beautifully to elevate the overall palate... Satisfying, yet more-ish!!
M&D: there's slightly more fizz than needed upfront, but as the beer breathes a little while, the carbonation becomes ideal, soft and creamy... For a 8.5% Tripel, the body is vertical and superb, moderate to match its refreshing palate and making it all the more drinkable. I could easily kill the whole bottle (or two!!) on my own at the desk even when studying--that's how approachable I think this beer is. A lovely, tasty and reasonably complex Tripel, spot-on for my preference for a Tripel. Highly recommended!!

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.47/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A unique beer, an atypical tripel, (full name: Ondineke Oilsjtersen Tripel (Tripel from Aalst) with an unusual name, and label art. After much searching, I learned it's named for a character in a book buy a local author, and the drawing is a depiction of this "Ondineke" character. Still looks extremely odd. Did they ever translate it from the Flemish. I'd be interested to know why this beloved heroine is pigtailed, nude and possessed of strangely long fingers.

Alas, this might not be the perfect glass for a tripel, but it is the only one I have with the Glazen Toren logo. So, I'm using it.

Gorgeous golden cast, with a constant stream of bubbling, and big snowy white head, starts large, drifts down, leaving lace.

Aroma: a perfect marriage of spice and citrus, soft and sensual. Some pepper, some coriander, geting close with orange and lemon, sliding into the nose and tickling it. Sharp, tangy, then a little sweet.

Many things in the mouth. Sparkling, spicy, sweet, juicy, then dry as she goes. Fruit goes hand in hand with spice, and it quits the palate with a quickness, drying off, yet enticing another sip. Gets more and more lemon-y as we go deeper in. Each new meet and greet on the tongue smack the lips and palate again with small amounts of spice, large amounts of fruit, that swiftly turns dry and begs it's pardon on the way. Lingers lightly. Spreads just enough of it's particular pleasure along the palate to urge on further consumption, and spread further delights.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.46/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a hazy golden amber with a half finger fine white head with great retention and lots of lacing. Classic tripel aroma of bready malt, clove, mildly grassy, hints of lemon and light stone fruit, dry and spicy. Flavor is mild bready, slightly caramel malt, clove, light fruit juice, Belgian yeast, hints of lemon and hay, nicely integrated; finishes with light hoppiness, pepper and Belgian yeast and spices, residual semi sweet fruit. Medium bodied with peppery carbonation. A wonderfully understated tripel, seems mild at first as you try to tease out the flavors, but nothing really jumps out, because everything is so well balanced; the big clove and coriander burst common to tripels is not here, just these flavors melded into the fruit and yeast. Complex and satisfying, possibly the best tripel I've ever had.

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Photo of rapidsequence
4.44/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml crown capped bottle. I bought it at Tasty Bev a couple months ago without realizing its dated July 2009 and says best within 2 years of bottling. Oh well.

Appearance: Pours a clear golden orange with a thin, tiny bubbled, tight little head but there's little retention and almost no lacing.

Smell: Sweet light fruitiness and a hint of tartness. Not the heavy candy-sweet aroma of some tripels. Despite being old as dirt, there's still a bit of herbal, citrus hop note. The yeast is prominent-- bready, spicy, slightly musty. Its really a good smelling beer.

Taste: A very refreshing tasting tripel. There's plenty of fruity sweetness and a heavy, spicy yeast flavor, but there's a touch of lemon and pepper, and an earthy hops flavor that really balances this beer perfectly. Clean for a tripel, and a touch of bitterness in the finish, with no detectable alcohol.

Mouthfeel: The high carbonation makes this both creamy while in the mouth, then drying as you swallow it. Great.

Overall: I bought this beer because I really enjoyed their Saison Erpe-Mere. I'm glad I didnt see the bottling date, because I would have missed out on this one. I'd love to try a fresh one. But even this elderly bottle was great.

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Photo of John_M
4.43/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Another fabulous beer at 72 hours of Belgium.

The beer pours an impressive bright gold color with good head retention and excellent lacing. The nose is bit mute, but one gets honey and gingerale. The flavor profile replicates the nose, but is very rich... butter, honey, ginger ale, apple and honey. This beer is terrific. The beer is not heavy and is so easy to drink. This is just fabulous stuff. On tap it is an extra special treat.

The flavors are quite complex, and there is an added element I cant' quite describe. There is almost a chalk/clay flavor, which normally wouldn't be such a great thing, but works very well in cutting the sweetness of this beer.

Excellent stuff....

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Photo of jokemon
4.43/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours very carbonated. with a bright white foamy head that sticks to the glass as it dissipates.

Smell is sweet, yeasty, with some faint hop presence. It also seems very crisp if you can imagine that, comparable to a dry champagne.

Taste is so delicious. This has to be the most drinkable Tripel I have ever had. Again, there is carbonation, yeasty overtones with a slight sweetness but not overpowering in the background. Crisp and somewhat chalky, bubblegum sweetness. What I really like is that fact that this beer is not too sweet like some Tripels are. This beer reminds me of Mischief by the Bruery, very similar and also fantastic.

I look forward to drinking more beers from this brewery.

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Photo of Evil_Pidde
4.42/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: The pour is all about the white compact enormous head, very thick. After a while the liquid rises as the head settles; clear golden with microscopical small bubbles. Really nice lacings.

S: Yeast and funk, Belgian style. Rich fruityness; pears, oranges, ripe red apples. Some grassy notes along side with flowery notes. Very complex.

T: Sweet, almost syrupy malts. But then Belgian yeast and spices. Cloves and grass. The hops are a bit fresher than in most Belgian Ales; something that's a good thing in this beer. Bitter as well as floral. Sour. Still complex.

M: Sour long aftertaste. Body is creamy full while carbonation is rich but very smooth.

O: A very nice and complex Tripel.

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Photo of TheLiterati
4.4/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amazing. Simply amazing.

Poured a cloudy orange-amber color with a long lasting, multi finger high head. Just beautiful in the glass.

Aroma is subtle, but gently blossoms as the beer warms...reminiscent of apple pie, mildly spiced, with a light, flaky crust, all of which translates to the taste.

mouthfeel is like butta...smooth and velvety.

Drinkability is spot on, but watch it - the alcohol content is well masked but definitely present.

Thank you Alex at Red Carpet Wines & Spirits for the recommendation!

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Photo of Kraken
4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a capped 750ml bottle. Born on date for this bad boy's wrapper was 12/30/05. I've seen very few 750ml bottles that are capped and not corked, and even fewer from 2005. Pours a wonderful dark translucent orange with a 3 finger head, head has substantial lasting power with moderate lacing, large amount of sediment. Smells of caramel, sour apples, cider, and belgian yeast. Slight funkiness, more sour apples, sweet candy sugar, very minimal hop bitterness, peppery finish. Sweetness becomes more intense, in a good way as it warms. Excellent refreshing Champaign like bubbles add significantly to the flavor amalgam. Mouthfeel is creamy rich and complex. Highly drinkable, alcohol is totally hidden. A fantastically refreshing Triple even after 3yrs on the shelf @ Oak tree. I still can't believe this didnt have a cork. Well worth a try.

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Photo of garymuchow
4.31/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into Chimay goblet. Big full white head. The carbonation was big upon opening and it must have stirred up the yeast, as it emptied into goblet with plenty of sediment. Golden color. Looks as it should. Fully apparent white lacing. Attractive.
Spicy pale malt aroma. Sweet, mild fruit and a touch of alcohol. Nice, but not exemplary.
Soft flavors that are reasonable complex. The pale malt flavors blend nicely with the yeasty spices. Enough hops to hold down the sweetness. Alcohol is held in check, yet provides gentle warming. The blending of these flavors is what makes this stand out. (Oooo, there it is, alcohol straight to the brain - how does it doe that?). Interesting mix of drying and bittering as both are experienced enjoyably.
Extremely fine carbonation with ample amount offering softness with slight prickliness. Moderately light body. Feel is done well.
These bottle may have a touch of age to it, as the background seems to hold a slight oxidation. Fortunately I got this one in enough time to prevent loss of all the good stuff. This is a well done tripel - one of the best I've had.

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.31/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The beer poured into the chalice crystal clear pale golden with a white and frothy, heck, make that moussy head which lasted for days and laced the glass.

The aroma was floral and fruity at arm's length and when brough in closer exhibited a light caramel note and a light Belgian yeast spice characteristic. There was a light earthy tone to the aroma and a very light alcohol presence.

The flavor was lightly earthy and slightly grassy with a nice, but light, hop bittering and light hop flavor. The flavor exhibited zero alcohol presence and contained a crisp caramel character which was light with a slight Belgian yeast spice. All the flavors seemed to work well together and created a very nice experience. A bit of citrus was present as well for good measure.

The finish was dry with a lasting lightly citrus flavor into the aftertaste. The body was medium with a moderate carbonation and a creamy mouthfeel. The warming after consumption was moderate and will let you know that the beer contains a fair amount of alcohol. The drinkability of this one is phenomenal, it went down smooth and easy, never offending.

750 ml paper wrapped bottle. Date on outer paper says something like bottled on 30 Dec 2005.

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Photo of Crosling
4.28/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Signature Belgian look, a dark golden body with a large, frothy head of foam that leaves spotty lacing and lasts well. Nose is the weakest part of the ale, but still shows some nice notes of herbs, along with a variety of yeast derived from notes. Flavor is brilliantly balanced, full of subtlety and nuance. Mouth feel is silky and wet, and glides down the throat. Very nice ale. The Belgians do it the best, period.

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Photo of Dukeofearl
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle purchased from Hi TIme Wine in Costa Mesa, CA. in January 2007 for the princely sum of $13.99- this better be good! Paper on bottle says bottled on 06 April 2006, so this isn't quite a year old when I get to try it in late February, 2007. Best by 2 years after bottling.

Capped bottle opens with a huge fufff sound and a volcano of tripel all over my kitchen counter. This kept flowing like the fake volcano in the old Brady Bunch episode all the way over to the sink, where I was able to vent it off into my Chimay goblet. So much for about 4 ounces of this bottle. This is my second biggest explosion ever (after Mead the Gueze) that I can remember.

Because of this incident, all the yeast (apparently quite a lot) went up into suspension, making this a very cloudy beer. However, the head (and yes, there is plenty) is gorgeous.

But the aroma from this experience- even my wife likes the smell! A mix of fruitiness and spiciness, and general tripel goodness. I can only hope it tastes half as good.

Flavor follows the aroma, but it's spicier. But overall the flavor is pretty mild. A certain coating on my throat (after the swallow) suggests sugar, but it's not really sweet. Good, but not outstanding.

However, the package does make this extremely drinkable. So much so that my wife (who doesn't like tripels) even enjoyed it. Overall good stuff, but I can't say that it's worth the price.

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours into my goblet a cloudy orange with a thick meringue head. Smell is fruity with a bite; taste is malty loquat with a sharp hop spiciness. It feels clean but heavy on the tongue, with the alcohol snap coming up after. A couple of glasses of this would be plenty, but man, it's a nice beer.

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