Ondineke Oilsjtersen Tripel
KleinBrouwerij De Glazen Toren

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Style:
Tripel
Ranked #21
ABV:
8.5%
Score:
91
Ranked #4,033
Avg:
4.14 | pDev: 8.45%
Reviews:
82
Ratings:
147
From:
KleinBrouwerij De Glazen Toren
 
Belgium
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Year-round
Wants
  17
Gots
  24
SCORE
91
Outstanding
Ondineke Oilsjtersen TripelOndineke Oilsjtersen Tripel
Notes: 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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TheLongBeachBum from California

4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

Jun 17, 2006
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RoyalT from Ohio

4.63/5  rDev +11.8%
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.

Mar 11, 2008
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Stinkypuss from Pennsylvania

4.7/5  rDev +13.5%
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.

May 28, 2012
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.42/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

if you like belgian beer, its really hard not to be blown away by this one. everything these guys do is great, and this is one of the best examples of a tripel i can think of. a little clearer and lighter alcohol than a lot of them, both of which appeal to the beer drinker in me that likes to consume a lot. full of life, this thing bubbles over from the tap. the globe its being served in hardly able to contain the volcanic rising white head, spilling over the edge, always expanding. aroma smells a little mellower on the yeast front than a lot of these, not so high ester and intense, maybe fermented a little cooler, not sure, but there is great balance and nuance. banana, green pear, oats and pale wheat, grassy botanicals, a touch of honey. the flavor is awesome, insane degree of balance for the style, and still yeast forward of course, just more of an integrated fruity thing going on. super creamy feeling too, which seems to extend the yeast, earthy spice, rustic almost wild in some ways, funky without being bretty in that way, from the land sort of organic nature to it, really old world, rich without being as sweet as many of these, and with white grape and clove in the finish, all restrained but beautifully bright. effervescent carbonation and a lot of grainy body, almost starchy. refreshing if it werent so strong, super hearty, and i would happily make a night of this, as good as anything these guys do. one thing i will say about this too, which is some of my highest available flattery, is that this is the kind of beer i want to drink on the days i am only having one, its so interesting and satisfying, that i can patiently enjoy this without needing anything more, its is completely sufficient on its own, the very embodiment of what i love about beer in general. absolutely wonderful beer!

Mar 19, 2017
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kbrown from Ohio

4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

101 Beer Kitchen July beer club pick. 22oz bottle.

Appearance- Two finger white head slowly reduces to a retained creamy top. A cloudy golden orange with high carbonation.

Smell- Mango, bread. Not able to dissect the pleasant aroma further.

Mouthfeel- Soft & silky. Only a tingle of the fruit. Not too sugary.

Taste- Banana bread with a backing citrus fruit effect that works vs. obvious fruit. Aftertaste is satisfying.

Overall- Malt/hop/sugar blend works well to create a steady body wth flavor that delivers throughout. Nothing too challenging though.

Aug 18, 2013
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Davepoolesque from Massachusetts

4.06/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Orange brown in color. Cloudy in appearance. Smells Belgian spicy, black pepper. Taste is mellow, slightly sweet and Belgian yeastiness. Light mouthfeel due to big carbonation. Pretty good.

May 26, 2015
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mmilyko from Nevada

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Being a lover of Belgian Tripels, I found this simultaneously one of the best I've ever had, yet unlike any I've ever had....Simply wonderful.

Oct 19, 2017
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Ciocanelu from Romania

3.6/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Hazy yellow color with white head. Aroma has intense yeast with floral character. Taste starts with yeast flavor and bitterness up-front. Slightly cloying taste. Medium body with quite smooth carbonation for the style. Not one of my favorite examples of the style.

Apr 17, 2016
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mattpatey from Germany

3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

Jul 16, 2013
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RochefortChris from North Carolina

4.51/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Feb 08, 2015
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Blindpigbiz from California

4.12/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Smell: herbs, coriander specifically, and subtle floral notes

Taste: HOT DAMN! Ginger infused champagne laced with honey dew and tinges of herbs adjunct to sweet herbal floral notes and candied sugar; it's like Vernon's ginger ale on the best possible steroids you can find on the market, plus class

This beer goes incredibly well with Alfredo fruti de mare and any other type of white sauced dish one can find

AGE THIS BEER UPRIGHT IN A CELLAR OR, FOR US COLLEGE KIDS, A CLOSET FOR ONE YEAR (I drank this in 2011, you can do the math unless you had the whole 750ml alone in which I must say that if you need a friend to help, hit me up sometime)

May 21, 2013
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cjgiant from District of Columbia

3.94/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Bottle:
Beer is fairly cloudy, but does grow a large amount of head. This fades to a nice foamy white, covering most of the surface. There is fairly significant lacing in my glass (but less if my friend's, so that could be glass-related).

Nose is a bit candy fruity, sweet apple, pear, white raisin, sweetness of a raw sugar nature. These come out more with warmth, as initial scents had a bit earthy, dirt/clay and even a hint of farmhouse funk.

Taste starts a tad dry, a bit woody even. The fruit flavors from the nose don't seem to be there, the taste being more like the skin of the apple or pear than the fleshy part. There is also a hint of alcohol just before the fruit flavors come on, but still never hit the strength of the nose. Feel is on the light side, body about the middle, carbonation is felt but not a key component of the feel.

An enjoyable, can't find anything wrong with this beer, but can't say I need to have this again beer. Will I have it again? If they get it on tap somewhere, sure. For it's cost, it might not warrant another bottle, but only considering the other options that are available. Long story short: it's a 'tweener, good but not quite good enough.

Feb 22, 2015
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JamieDuncan from Maryland

4.45/5  rDev +7.5%

Sep 23, 2014
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dcmchew from Romania

4.29/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Nov 01, 2015
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gspeer711 from California

3.99/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Oct 25, 2015
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KristofH from Belgium

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Dec 24, 2013
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Niceroad77 from Canada (BC)

4.19/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Mar 01, 2019
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amvrana from Texas

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Jun 28, 2014
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HopBelT from Belgium

4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nov 19, 2016
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Brutaltruth from Ohio

4.21/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed from the 750ml bottle in a snifter. This nice tripel pours a rustic amber with a touch of brown, a fantastic head of billowy off white foam lingers long till resting into a thick layer (1/4 inch) and fantastic lacing. Nose of light candy sugars, subtle yeast, light apple, and light grapes. Flavors surpass the nose with candied sweet biscuit and white grapes to the front, yeasty fruity esters to the middle give rise to pears and apples, while the back features a light touch of spice, perhaps coriander. A very delicate drew that improves vastly with warmth. Lightly crisp and creamy mouth feel (I know---opposites, but it is velvety) finishes nice and dry.
A fantastic brew.
Another winner from Belgium.

Cheers

Oct 30, 2015
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JPurshock

4.2/5  rDev +1.4%

Aug 30, 2014
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BillCheck from Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Oct 21, 2015
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Pletser from Belgium

3.64/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Sep 29, 2016
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Bitterbill from Wyoming

4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml capped bottle, I couldn't find any date.

Pours a hazy orange gold with a large head of foam that shrnks slowly. Good lacing.

Smells of hay, candi sugar, citrus to grassy hops, fruity.

Taste is of biscuit, candi sugar, hay, some hop bitterness, earthy. A real mix of smells and flavours for a Tripel.

Medium body with lively carbonation.

Served on the cooler side but the flavours expand as it warms up. Alcohol is a non factor.

This is really good.

Nov 01, 2020
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Miket13 from New York

4.27/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Aug 21, 2016
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Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 147 ratings