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Ondineke Oilsjtersen Tripel | KleinBrouwerij De Glazen Toren

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
KleinBrouwerij De Glazen Toren
Belgium
glazentoren.be

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by TheLongBeachBum on 08-14-2005

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5/5  rDev +21.4%

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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4.75/5  rDev +15.3%

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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4.57/5  rDev +10.9%

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 RochefortChris
4.51/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Beertracker
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

Photo of mmilyko
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

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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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

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

Photo of AlexFields
4.48/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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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