Ondineke Oilsjtersen Tripel | KleinBrouwerij De Glazen Toren

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KleinBrouwerij De Glazen Toren

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.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.11/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

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Photo of drpimento
3.31/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of ADR
3.5/5  rDev -14.8%
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 goodbyeohio
3.5/5  rDev -14.8%
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 phisig137
3.51/5  rDev -14.6%
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 Ciocanelu
3.6/5  rDev -12.4%
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.

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Photo of crookedhalo
3.61/5  rDev -12.2%
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 Parrotshake
3.63/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of Sammy
3.66/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Musty slightly funky yeasty aroma. Great creamy head pour. Light colour. In a word, creamy yeasty milk taste with hop bitterness in the finish. Nicely drinkable, with food. Not for everybody, and not everyone's idea of the triple.ABove average mouthfeel.

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Photo of wisrarebeer
3.66/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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

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Photo of corby112
3.68/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of Ego
3.73/5  rDev -9.2%
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 claspada
3.77/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of superspak
3.78/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle into chalice, no bottle dating. Pours cloudy golden orange color with a fairly dense 1-2 finger white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Some decent spotty lacing clings to the glass, with a fair amount of carbonation streaming up. Aromas of pear, lemon, apricot, honey, grape, caramel, herbal, floral, earth, and light spiciness. Fairly nice and balanced aromas with good strength. Taste of pear, apricot, grape, lemon, herbal, honey, earth, pepper, and light yeast spiciness. Lingering notes of grape, apple, pear, herbal, honey, caramel, earth, and light yeast spiciness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice malty flavor balance; with minimal cloying sweetness. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a fairly slick and creamy mouthfeel. Overall this is a very nice tripel. Nice flavor balance and complexity; and very smooth and easy to sip on. I would imagine that his was an older bottle though, and would like to try a younger vintage. Quite enjoyable.

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Photo of DPFRD
3.78/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of bruachan
3.78/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

great, creamy froth over a hazy, light ambergold

the aroma was primarily spicy (not hot, but "of or characterized by spices"): of star anise and white pepper. some golden lager malts crawled through

the first flavor to present itself is an excellent minty hop flavor with a gently lingering bitterness. spicy, too. the liquid features a peachy sweetness that holds up well enough to the tasty hop contribution

i'm not a great fan of tripels, though i appreciate the difficulty in producing good ones. this one is good

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Photo of falloutsnow
3.81/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

From: Friar Tuck's, Savoy, IL
Date: None on bottle
Glass: New Belgium globe glass

Ondineke's tripel is a fairly unique version of the style that keeps the focus primarily on the malt and hop ingredients, and less so on the yeast and yeast-derived esters and phenols, though these are present as well. While I appreciated its unique approach to the style, I did not find it particularly compelling to revisit again, particularly at $14 per bottle.

Pours a very tall (>4cm) head of off-white colored foam, with long-lasting retention of several minutes, eventually fading to a 0.2cm cap atop the body. Lacing is between average and excellent, with some substantial patches of foam sticking to the sides of the glass, but not coating the walls completely, as in other tripels. Body is a golden orange-brown in color, 40-50% opaque, with light bringing out yellow-orange-brown hues. Carbonation is visible through the slight haze, moderate in number and vigorousness.

Aroma is quite sweet from pale malts, light candi sugar, and dried apple esters, tempered by a surprising level of floral and bitter Continental hops. Fairly clean malt and hop characters, not much in the way of pure yeast scent or yeast-derived phenols, as in other tripels.

Front of palate is dominated by pale malt and light candi sugar sweetness, tempered by modest Belgian yeast flavors (phenols, banana-like esters) with a bit of herbal Continental hop quality. Mid-palate of sweet, pale malts; light candi sugar; diluted honey; mildly bitter and floral hops; faint Belgian yeast characters (phenols, banana-like esters, pure yeast flavor), and a slight concord grape character that I sometimes get in fresh pilsners, indicating perhaps malt or hop variety used. Back of palate picks up sweet, pale malts, ethanol, modest continental hop bitterness, and very faint traces of coconut. Lingering aftertaste of light candi sugar, pale malts.

Beer is medium to medium-heavy in body, with carbonation of medium-low intensity, resulting in a gentle foaming of the beer within the mouth, softly being effervescent and becoming quite soft and pleasing on the palate. Ethanol able to be felt in the nostrils and back of palate, somewhat surprising for the 8.5% ABV, when tripels with a higher alcohol content are able to hide it. Closes semi-dry, with moderate stickiness lingering on the palate.

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Photo of Zorro
3.82/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Wrapper says Bottled on 24 Aug 2007 so this bottle is 6 months old.

Clear golden colored beer with a massive white colored head.

The smell is sweet and spicy with a strong herbal aroma and a strong vanilla aroma. Coriander, hot pepper, mint, apple brandy, and caramel are all in here.

The taste begins mildly sweet and spicy with a mint aftertaste...I think. Slightly hot in the mouth possibly from coriander or ginger. The taste just isn't what the smell promises, smells great and tastes sort of average.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Well not the best but not so bad. Though for $14.99 for the bottle it should be world class. Not a bad beer but I think I would drink the Saison again first.

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Photo of Goldorak
3.84/5  rDev -6.6%
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 clayrock81
3.85/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured a somewhat cloudy orangeish gold with two finger, well-carb'd lace that died quick and left some lace on top of a typical, textbook Belgian aroma. Yeast in there, oranegy citric notes, some candi sugar sweetness, some other fruit notes that are basically "tropical". Definitely one of the most fuller-bodied beers I've had of this style as it is yeasty, fluffy and a smooth drinker. Again, typical Belgian flare with a mix of orange citric like hops that give off a touch of bitter clove like spice, some candi sugar sweetness (aided by barley), and there are some other sweet notes derived from tropical fruits like pineapple and pear (which is not tropical, I know), but not too crazy like mango. Perhaps the only knock on this beer is that the ABV, which isn't high, seems to bleed a little as it warms and as I progressed through the bomber I tasted warm bitter notes on end. A textbook triple other than a little hoppier and bitter than others; only other complaint is that per usual with De Glazen beers (at least where I'm at) is that one can find a beer as good or better for a lot less dough (do not know why the De Glazen beers are so high in comparison to other imports).

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Photo of jera1350
3.88/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of cbl2
3.92/5  rDev -4.6%
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 cjgiant
3.94/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.97/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass. Bottled July 25th 2009? Ready to rip this!

A nice simple forming off white head, quite large with soapy bubbles but the head falls VERY fast. Body color is a dull bronze, and amber. Manages it seems a thin but consistent puck on the glass, resting to a good collar.

Nose brings a small heat, a little bit of boozyness but nothing outrageous, and some small floral with a large malt. Not particularly sweet, possibly effervescent sense, giving way to orange and citrus light sensations.

A mild spiced malt, mixes with a sense of small cardamom sweetness in the palate. Mouthfeel is just a little bit fizzy, with a prickly feeling that takes away some of the pleasure. Slightly "gassy". Sweetness of orange and honey comes out later with some nice malt character. Hints at crisp, gets MUCH better as the sips progress with a slow sweetness that creeps out.

Overall quite interesting, a very subdued and subtle for the style I do enjoy it, but not a real out of the park home run. No worries I will never turn this down given the chance.

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Photo of Telix
3.98/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Ondineke Oilsjtersen Tripel from KleinBrouwerij De Glazen Toren
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