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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 HombreWing
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 12/30/05

Eyes: Hazy gold, bubbles bubbles bubbles, beautiful white head that laces the goblet

Nose: slight honey sweetness...tropical fruit, very little spice..no hop

Tongue: Spice is showing here but I think it's yeast bite. Drying finish.

Texture: bubbly in the mouth

Mouth happiness: I like trips ...gimme gimme gimme

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Photo of blakesell
4.22/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 750ml bottle (bottled on 04/06/06) into a belgian goblet.

Appearance- Beer is a light hazy golden like a lemon has a head of froth that pours 2 deep in the goblet, slowly fades away like clouds put in time lapse.

Smell- A hint of brett with a peachy aftertone, a bit of clove, kind of floral.

Taste- Peach cobbler with a hint of dry sourness. Corriander and tart lemon. Grassy sweetness. This is quite the impressive tripel.

Mouthfeel- Medium light bodied with some warming. Just dry enough to keep me coming back to it.

Drinkability- Absolutely. I'll have to find another of these to keep back next time I need a good tripel to set my taste buds right. Warming at 8.5 ABV, but still a fine example of a great tripel.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle: poured a deep cloudy (non-filtered) golden color ale with a super huge white foamy head with great retention and some perfect lacing. Aroma of light sweet peach with some fruity yeasty ester is really intriguing and refreshing. Taste is a well balance mix between some peach, some sweet malt with a well balance dry hops finish and some fruity ester from the yeast. Full body with minimal filtering and some great carbonation. I have to admit to being really impressed by that one.

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Photo of crookedhalo
3.61/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden bronze color with a decent bone white head that subsides leaving tattered Belgian lace. Aromas are mostly of yeasty funk, orange rind, tobacco, unkilned candi sugar and a slight vegetal aroma not unlike a sliced roma or black tomato. Vegetal carries over into the flavor as well; minisculy hoppy, but noticeably vegetal. Some pale malt sweetness, light fruitiness and a lesser alcohol kick with subtle lime citrus notes. Carbonation is decent, light and airy. Overall, not the most noteworthy tripel, but pretty decent. I'd try it again if given the oppurtunity.

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Photo of Yotus
4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a decent sample from a 750m, tissue-wrapped bottle.

Deep gold color with a dense, pillowy white head. Good blast of hops in the aroma, unexpected and very nice. Underneath it all is some yeasty spiciness and some citrus notes, possibly from the hops.

Refreshing tartness. This beer has a very light body with a fairly crisp finish with accent on the hops. Good lingering bitterness that dries out nicely - there is still a good solid malt backround, but an interesting interplay of hop, malt and yeast that provide a very complex taste experience.

Very refreshing for an 8.5% ABV beer.

This is a good Tripel and is apparently is very good shape. The tissue wrap indicates that it was bottled on 4-17-06 and is best by the same date, 4-17-08.

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Photo of Goldorak
3.84/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Opaque, maybe a little too peachy colored for the style but still okay, save for the chunks floating around. Nice clingy white head that had no problem reviving itself with a swirl of the glass.

Smell: For a capped-only bottle, it had a lot of cork notes which was sort of unexpected but not unpleasant, it gave it some dusty attic feel to go with the obvious yeasty, spicy aromas ubiquitous to the style.

Taste: A teeny little bit sweet for just a half second, then the carbonation hits your tongue and attacks you with coriander and maybe allspice, who knows with belgian tripels, maybe it's all yeast. Alcohol is subdued, but then again so was the overall body. A solid trip from a brewery that has been all good so far for me.

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Photo of cbl2
3.92/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

3/25/2007 8l49 750 mL 8.50% Bottled on Decmber 30, 2005.


Red cap is removed with a nice hiss. Beer pours with vigorous carbonation that leads to two fingers of tight creamy foam. Liquid is a hazy dark gold suffused with a vortex of carbonation.


Crisp tropical fruit, and loads of pepper dominate the nose. Very light and airy, and representative of what a Tripel should be.


Creamy though effervescent mouthfeel. Peppery and light on the tongue, with muted starfruit flavors. Rather enjoyable, though not outstanding.

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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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Photo of Phatz
4.22/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Poured a cloudy lemon color with a hint of orange hue. Big white head in my little snifter glass. Gorgeous sticky lacing smattered on the walls of the glass.

Smell: Light fruity aromas of apple and peach along with coriander spice and honey.

Taste: Zesty and lively across the palate with some sweet wheat bread and yeasty flavors along with a light sprinkling of spice. Some hops near the end and dryness in the finish. It is not an over zealous triple but tasty.

Mouthfeel: Very well carbonated but light body underneath and quite quaffable.

Drinkability: The alcohol shows just a tad, but as triples go this one is pretty nice. Still it was nice to share it.

Hope this is helpful.

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Photo of Westsidethreat
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Huge frothy white head with substantial mountaineous peacks sits majestically on the apple juice colored body. Lot of sediment has come to rest at the bottom of the glass. Superbly carbonated.

S: Very spicy with nips of coriander, all spice, green banana peel and wet hay.

T: Banana backbone with touches of peach, green apple and a splash of lemon juice. Very sweet, a lot of sugar has been added to this one. Bittering hops are present but get over run by the sweetness. Very strong applesauce personality takes over this brew, can't get the thought out of my head. Aftertaste is pure honeysuckle and plumeria.

M: Medium body, sort of sticky.

D: Like drinking a fresh fruit salad with sugar sprinkled on top. This beer could have sucked a lot worse. Rarely do I find a triple I like, this one fit the bill.

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Photo of emerge077
4.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A loud hiss is released when the cap comes off...moments later foam is gushing into the sink. Pleasant aromas waft around, well before the glass is poured. First impression was of fruity yogurt, and fresh baked breads. It's a hazy golden pour, with a ton of billowing foam. Sticky lace forms as the glass rests for a minute. Aroma closer inside the glass is of sweet pale malt, with a hint of spice, mildly rich and boozy overall.

Taste follows aroma of pale malt, candy sugar, sort of lightly wheaty. I'd agree with the previous review describing it as an imperial hefe, especially in the smooth mouthfeel and wheat character. Unlike a stronger version of a hefe though, it's a bit sweeter and fairly rich. No banana/clove dynamic really. Hops are there in the finish but take a backseat to the stronger flavors. A pleasant lingering aftertaste of mellow citrus, and sweet esters. A slower sipper, one to share with friends.

De Glazen Toren surely creates unique versions of traditional Belgian styles. This is my second favorite, after the exceptional Jan De Lichte Double Wit.


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Photo of phisig137
3.51/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a paper wrapped 750, this beer emerges a dark golden color, with a head that leaps forth from the bottle. A solid five fingers tall, the head falls slowly, leaving behind a cragy, mountainous blanket over top of the glass with massive amounts of lacing. Best looking head I've ever seen.

Aroma is very dry. Hoppy, spicy yeast, and fresh bread take over here, and those aromas are backed by hints of raw grain, a touch of wheat, and cloves.

Flavor is oddly thin. Wheat seems to be present, as this almost tastes like a hoppy imperial Hefe. The hops in this are quite strong for a triple, and the hallertau variety can really be tasted on their own here. Spicy yeast esters round out the finish.

Mouthfeel is a bit thin, but drinkability is high.

I have enjoyed both beers that I've had from KleinBrouwerij De Glazen Toren, but neither have been able to really wow me. For $10.50, I'd expect a little more. This is a great beer, but I think there are better triples out there for the price. Nonetheless, I'd buy it again.

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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 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 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 TheLongBeachBum
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 750ml green flask wrapped in a rather cool looking white paper wrapper that is decorated with a repeating design of a dark yellow silhouette of a brew kettle against a red and yellow background. This pattern forms the centre-piece of the main label on the bottle also. Sealed with a red crown cap. Has a ‘Bottled On’ date of 30 Dec. 2005. The Paper Wrapper lists the brew at 8.5%, as does the main label and DGT Website Notes.

Appearance: Streamers punctuate the pale yellow body which exhibits a faded golden torso. Lovely crisp white head forms a Belgium style Tripel-tastic head which leaves a lot of clumpy lacing and hefty hewn overhanging ridges which cover the rocky surface.

Nose: Lovely snozzle; spicy hops, lemongrass, hay, straw, fresh dough and a warming hint of alcohol. Bitter nasal properties are demonstrated as it warms, whilst the Belgian yeast also breaks through as it warms.

Taste: Pretty much in line with the nose, the flavors exhibit a solid racy tastes with a heritage that is well defined. Candy sugar bolsters the spicy middle, hop tingle and a lemon tinged finish which has a biting zesty lingering death. No sweetness at all here, it’s all spicy and zingy. A lovely interpretation of the style with a refreshing zesty and bitter boost. Incredibly moor-ish!

Mouthfeel: Light body with a healthy feel which benefits from a rich bubbly texture and a creamy slaking finish. Tart aspects lend a sharp dimension which adds freshness.

Drinkability: Easily taken, I finished the bottle with very little effort. Clean but definitely far from boring with a healthy punch. A tasty spicy Tripel that quaffs, especially on a warm humid night in Long Beach.

Overall: Cost $10.99 from Half-Time in Poughkeepsie, NY. A little more than I usually pay but well worth the money! Go for it.

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Photo of ADR
3.5/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pale yellow color, leaning toward clearish in presentation. Big head rises very high and takes a minute to settle, thereafter has good staying-power. Laces in dripping clumps on the glass. Aroma is quite yeasty with a somewhat bitter breadfuit tone, not sharp as much as long-lasting. Body is light and made to seem lighter because of high carbonation, similar to the Canaster Winterscotch and something that distracts me. Flavor has some real sharpness to it early, verges on phenolic in flinty metallic properties, with hops and and the base malt seemingly meant to give tastes of white grape. Good Tripel drying at the end. I still find the gassy nature offputting and it hurts drinkability.

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Photo of Ego
3.73/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

an audible POP when I got the top off this one, I thought it was going to explode on me, but it only rose up a little in the bottle.... thankfully. no freshness/bottle date found on this bottle....
very white head rises up to a 3 finger level and recedes gently to one finger. Lacing is very sticky on this, whole sheets of sea foam cling to the sides and stay there mimicking mountain range landscapes with their peaks and valleys, the hue is pale straw and hazy, a very good looking brew.

orange peels and bannanas sauteed in cinnamon, a little dash of white pepper, some coriander in a musty mold zone, the nose is strong and demanding, and a lot less sweet than some tripels, it almost reminds me of some way of indian food... really... now that this has settled a bit I do sense the candy sugar element but still it is subdued here by the apparent spiciness, I am really enjoying the hell out of the smell on this one.

taste etc...
the carbonation sparkles on the tongue, very prickly, this really finishes on sweet bannana notes, the alcohol is warming in the stomach but covered up well in the flavor. there is a touch of almost being too sweet from the sugar, you get some cloying in the back wide sectors of your tongue from this (well, I do). The yeast tones are pretty subdued.

a surprise local find for me. an interesting tripel with more assertive tones in various places. not my favorite but worth a try.

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Photo of goodbyeohio
3.5/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

my 750ml bottle lists the abv at 8.5%, and it comes wrapped in that glazen toren paper.. this one with a yellow and burnt-orange color scheme.. still similar to the rest. bottled 12/05.

pours a deep yellow with caramelized carrot highlights. lots of crazy carbonation explodes inside the near-clear body, creating a half-a-glass retentive foam that doesn't seem to go away. as a matter of fact, after letting the beer rest for 10 minutes, it's created a 2-inch-high mesa above the glass of bitter froth.

smells of violets.. botanical with a mild, fresh hop and the sweet floral nectar with nature's sour twang. yeast itself is present in the aroma, and gives off more of a wild bacterial odor than i am used to with tripels. despite the unique off-putting nose, it strikes me more as a fresher, hoppier tripel than a fouled experiment.

body is a little overcarbonated and produces a prosecco feel, as bitter and bubbly begins the experience with a sweet finish. a young beer, it really places heavy accent on the raw hop buds here. goldings bring out a real bubblegum character that will probably show more fruit and diacetyl with age to balance it all out. phenolics are here, close to excessive.. thankfully, the medicinal nature is second to the earthy flavors.

an interesting take on the style, and very similar to alot of hoppy belgian pales i have been seeing evolve. this will probably benefit from 6-12 months in a cellar as it tis a bit of a mess now. still enjoyable, far from the best tripel...

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Photo of paterlodie
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled dec 18 2004. Nice white head that lasts and pale golden color. Nose is fruity and orangepeals in there. More spices in thereand with the wheaty carracter more saisonlike the tripel. Taste is lots pepper, very dry, fruity spiced alcoholic and bitter and hot aftertaste. Yes this is well drinkable but think the amount of carbon dioxide in the brew is massivly overdon. Has as much as champagne I would bet.This makes mouthfeel strange cause the brew just explodes in your mouth and makes mouthfeel more watery. Still plenty of spiced taste and if it wasn't for a exploding belly very easy drinkable and enjoyable.

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Ondineke Oilsjtersen Tripel from KleinBrouwerij De Glazen Toren
91 out of 100 based on 70 ratings.