Ondineke Oilsjtersen Tripel | KleinBrouwerij De Glazen Toren

Ondineke Oilsjtersen TripelOndineke Oilsjtersen Tripel
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Ondineke Oilsjtersen TripelOndineke Oilsjtersen Tripel

Brewed by:
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.

Added by TheLongBeachBum on 08-14-2005

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Photo of DaveJanssen
3/5  rDev -27.2%

Photo of flagmantho
3.11/5  rDev -24.5%
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 -19.7%
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 acurtis
3.43/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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 mattfancett
3.5/5  rDev -15%

Photo of beerpirates
3.5/5  rDev -15%

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 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 oriolesfan4
3.59/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Ciocanelu
3.6/5  rDev -12.6%
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 -12.4%
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 Parrotshake
3.63/5  rDev -11.9%
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 Pletser
3.64/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Sammy
3.66/5  rDev -11.2%
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 -11.2%
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 -10.7%
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 -9.5%
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 Bandi
3.75/5  rDev -9%

Photo of mattpatey
3.75/5  rDev -9%

Photo of pixieskid
3.75/5  rDev -9%

Photo of claspada
3.77/5  rDev -8.5%
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 shelby415
3.77/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of superspak
3.78/5  rDev -8.3%
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 -8.3%
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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