Ondineke Oilsjtersen Tripel - KleinBrouwerij De Glazen Toren
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4.13/5 rDev +0.2%
Review from notes:
Pours a light yellow color w/ a two finger white head. Good carbonation and lacing on my snifter glass. Somewhat cloudy in appearance as well. Nose is pretty incredible- lemon, fruit, and yeast are the main characters here. Taste profile is the same, and feel goes in between tartness and sweetness/zestyness. Excellent carbonation and a medium feel as well. I had never tried this beer before, but it's a winner. I'd definitely buy it again. Cheers!
10-17-2011 19:22:45 | More by jayhawk73
United Kingdom (Wales)
4.75/5 rDev +15.3%
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!
09-23-2011 18:46:15 | More by CwrwAmByth
3.98/5 rDev -3.4%
First time this had been in Vermont! 750mL paper-wrapped brown glass pry-top champagne bottle. Wrapped dated bottled on 23 OKT 2010.
Pours with a huge amount of fireworks crackle! 2+ fingers or bright white head atop a somewhat hazy orange body. Lots of lacing and killer retention.
Nose is all about aged Euro hops. It's like the pre-skunked skunky hops. A little lemon rind and some wild flower honey too.
Palate is crisp and sharp with those same hops. Fairly dry too. Some English cider-like flavors, lots of flowery notes, some honey, orange blossom flavors. Some of the hops are a bit skunky, adding some herbal and "herbal" notes. Finish is snappy and dry.
Notes: Not the style of Tripel that I prefer (a little too dry for me), but a seriously well-made beer.
04-20-2011 04:53:45 | More by SFLpunk
3.65/5 rDev -11.4%
750 ml Bottled on 06 Apr 2006
A: clear, clean orange hue with great rocky head
S: yeasty, earthy but rather cloying
T: very nice, a bit sweeter than most tripels but good malt and yeast with spicy undertones, a bit too cloying for me
M: clean, needed a bit more hops for my taste
D: nice, very easy drinking for EtOH
03-13-2011 14:27:36 | More by wisrarebeer
3.8/5 rDev -7.8%
750ml in a CHimay Goblet.
A- Deep Orange hue, with a 1 finger head that takes off after a bit leaving some interesting lace. Lots of carbonationa nd activity happening in there.
S- Earthy yeasty aroma, with hints of spice and booze.
T- Interesting, slightly grassy, with a lot of pale malts in it and some caramel malts too. Definite yeast character in the back of the mouth and a defined hop presence. I'm getting more of a BSPA out of this than tripel.
M- Creamy, full with great carbonation that opens up the flavors on your tongue.
D- A tasty number, a little on the filling side for the amount of alcohol in it.
O- This is a great tasting beer. Is it a tripel... not this bottle. I don't know if maybe this one is a bit old or some oxygen seeped through the cap... I really do like corks better. It just doesn't have that candi sweetness that, medium body and pronounced estery flavor that I expect out of a tripel. On it's own I would probably grade it a bit higher, but within the style, it's not totally cutting it.
02-14-2011 06:00:15 | More by DPFRD
4.1/5 rDev -0.5%
Today I took my final final exam for college. It's been a long time coming (I've been in school so long I should be a Doctor), but I'm finally finished with school. I wanted to have a beer tonight to celebrate, and for some reason this one called my name. Let's see...
Appearance: Poured from the bottle, this beer is a clear, vibrant gold color with a huge mountain of white, foamy head. Retention is impressive, the head seems to hang on forever. There's not too much schtick, however. The foam is soapy and runny and just slides down the sides of my DFH chalice.
Smell: Some mild grassy hops, a light crisp kind of apple sweetness, and a moderate yeasty Belgian quality. The smells are all somewhat mild, but they do come together very nicely.
Taste: This was a great choice to celebrate with. Some light, fruity flavors, a honey-like sweetness, and a very very light clean grassy hop finish. Like the smell, none of the flavors are really robust or in-your-face, but they are mesh together to form a really tasty brew.
Mouthfeel: Perfect carbonation, and a refreshingly light to medium body. I was expecting a more heavy feel to it given that it's a tripel, but I'm not really disappointed.
Drinkability: A very easy drinking and tasty tripel, one that I would gladly reach for again. Definitely recommend.
12-17-2010 00:51:46 | More by krisandajt
3.1/5 rDev -24.8%
Poured from 750mL bottle into a tulip.
Appearance: rich golden yellow with a nice amount of haze. There are a couple of floaties and the beer is exploding with effervescence. Head poured four fingers of creamy ivory foam despite a rather gentle pour. Good stuff.
Smell: sweet malt aroma with a big carbon dioxide bite. This smells like a sweet Champagne or a cava, even. Fruitiness trends toward green apple, and there are some off-aromas here which I don't like (I can't describe it, but it is reminiscent of diesel exhaust). Overall, the aromas are interesting, but this beer really doesn't float my boat.
Taste: very sweet. There is some malty flavor but it is very sweet, almost like eating a handful of Whoppers. The apple is subtle here but persists. The flavors are okay but it's almost cloyingly sweet.
Mouthfeel: good body with a solid carbonation. It's dreamily creamy, just like I like 'em. Best part about this beer.
Drinkability: it's just too sweet for me. The aroma is also starting to get to me in a bad way. Did I mention diesel exhaust and Whoppers? If you like that stuff, you'll be OK here.
I'll finish this bottle but I'll never seek this out again.
10-29-2010 03:14:28 | More by flagmantho
3.6/5 rDev -12.6%
Heh, the official town beer of Erpe-Mere, Belgium. Does your town have an official beer? Mine doesn't. What a shame :(
Pours a hazy gold with a massive head. Patchy lacing on the glass. This looks GOOD.
Honey, herbs and crazy yeasty notes in the smell. Maybe a little cold-sore cream. I'm hoping this will not be sweet. Intriguing smell nonetheless.
Soft and smooth in the taste - nothing jumps out. Well-integrated flavors of apricots, butter, flowers and a bit of a bitter apple/cider flavor. Lightly spicy. Subdued overall, but well integrated and quite rich. Alcohol underpins the whole thing and is noticeable throughout.
Creamy mouthfeel with a slightly slick finish, not much carbonation. You couldn't have too many, but it's definitely an agreeable tripel.
09-25-2010 05:31:56 | More by Parrotshake
4.55/5 rDev +10.4%
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.
08-27-2010 07:48:02 | More by KickbacksSteve
3.8/5 rDev -7.8%
Poured golden in color with an inviting honey like aroma which is quite pleasant.
Initial taste is of honey as well, but that could just be candy or cane sugar sweetness.
Mouthfeel is thick, but not cloying, yet the beer finished quite dry and crisp.
The way the beer goes from sweet to dry so quickly is quite heavenly and makes it extremely drinkable and dangerous... good, not overly memorable in any dimension, but very good overall.
08-23-2010 17:54:43 | More by claspada
4.33/5 rDev +5.1%
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.
06-26-2010 02:05:44 | More by garymuchow
3.3/5 rDev -19.9%
Despite the reasonable rating I'm giving, this beer is a bit of a disappointment. Poured with a very nice foamy frothy thick cream colored head and lots of lace. Color is a very hazy light medium amber. Aroma is yeast malt and a little spice. Flavor is kind of shallow with little character. I get malt candy sugar yeast. Body is very good and so is carbonation. Finish is sweet with a little bit of bitterness at the end. Length is on the short side.
06-15-2010 21:45:35 | More by drpimento
3.9/5 rDev -5.3%
Picked this up at Dennis Brothers for a bargain price of $2.99 for a 750ml bottle. At that price, there was no way I could pass it up. No date on the bottle.
Crystal clear golden color with a fluffy cream colored head that has great retention.
Has a slightly sour smell with notes of muscat grapes, pear, champagne and sparkling apple juice.
Clean and fruity. Getting more of the grape and apple flavors and some lightly spicy hops along with honey. Has some white wine-like properties.
A mix of fluffy and prickly carbonation in a medium bodied brew. Medium bodied and almost a honey type feel on the palate. Warming feel from the alcohol.
This is rather refreshing. Pretty interesting tripel that has some unique characteristics. At the bargain of a price I paid, I'm glad to have picked up three more bottles. Definitely worth an even higher price tag than I paid.
05-29-2010 02:06:04 | More by jera1350
4.63/5 rDev +12.4%
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.
03-24-2010 18:28:08 | More by ktrillionaire
4/5 rDev -2.9%
Taken from notes. Had this a few months back at Birreria Paradiso in DC. Apologies on the meager notes here...
A: Pours a coppery gold with a pillowy head that slowly dissipates.
S: Slightly funky standard tripel aromas.
T: Kinda funky bretty notes with delicious light apple and white grape flavors. There might be some rotten fruit flavors in there, and it finishes clean.
M: Effervescent, mouth-filling, a bit fizzy on the tongue.
D: Very high, very easy to drink and enjoy.
01-06-2010 18:16:00 | More by Telix
4.63/5 rDev +12.4%
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...
11-08-2009 22:13:22 | More by augustgarage
3.78/5 rDev -8.3%
Pours a hazy golden orange color with a 2.5 finger frothy yellowish head. Good retention, slowly fading into a lasting cap that leaves sporadic spots of lacing.
Spicy peppery zest aroma with hints of corriander, bready yeast and citrus peel. Smells like a bland version of a style that usually has an intere4sting aroma.
Sweet citrus aroma with a lot of zesty/peppery flavor. Lots of corriander with bready yeast body and sweet citrus notes. Orange peel and grapefruit dominate and the alcohol is well balanced.
11-02-2009 08:52:11 | More by corby112
4.88/5 rDev +18.4%
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.
12-25-2008 02:58:39 | More by Beerenauslese
4.3/5 rDev +4.4%
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.
11-30-2008 20:09:09 | More by Crosling
4.1/5 rDev -0.5%
Blurry lemon, thanks to abundant swirling yeast and even more abundant, rapidly rising bubbles. The alabaster crown is beautiful in the way that only Belgian foam can be. It's huge to start, looks pillowy soft, becomes melted rocky as it descends, and leaves fine filagreed lace on the glass. The second pour looks even better. What a looker!
The nose is world-class even if it doesn't deserve a perfect score. No spices were added, according to the brewery. Which means that the yeast are incredibly esterific. The usual candi sugar-soaked orchard fruit is present, with lemon zest more prominent than in most beer of this style.
The spiciness of the flavor profile is impressive. Ondineke isn't as rip roarin' as, say, De Dolle Dulle Teve (Mad Bitch), but it ain't no wallflower either. It may be lacking a little in terms of depth and complexity, but that's a call I don't feel good about making until the bottle is almost gone. If I can still type at that point.
Flavors include spiced pears and apples, maybe a slice of juicy peach, and candied lemon zest... all swimming in sugar syrup. That isn't to say, however, that OTT is overly sweet. Hallertau Mittelfruh hops do a good job countering the sugariness of the malt (pale, pils) and the candi sugar. Let's add the slight tang of untoasted sourdough bread to the list.
A better mouthfeel might have put this ale over the top. Unfortunately, it isn't as lightly creamy and as voluptuously smooth as the best Belgian tripels. The carbonation faded too quickly and is sorely missed.
Ondineke Oilsjtersen Tripel started out like a house on fire, but lost its spark when it came to the mouthfeel. I'm still pleased with my first De Glazen Toren beer and can't wait to see what else this brewery has to offer. Bottom line: if it was less than $10, it was worth the money.
10-09-2008 21:41:15 | More by BuckeyeNation
4.25/5 rDev +3.2%
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.
06-14-2008 05:25:30 | More by gory4d
4.45/5 rDev +8%
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!
06-12-2008 04:52:20 | More by TheLiterati
4.38/5 rDev +6.3%
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.
06-10-2008 02:25:46 | More by Kraken
4.75/5 rDev +15.3%
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.
04-23-2008 00:38:44 | More by GClarkage
4.63/5 rDev +12.4%
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.
03-11-2008 04:02:17 | More by RoyalT
Ondineke Oilsjtersen Tripel from KleinBrouwerij De Glazen Toren
91 out of 100 based on 98 ratings.