Ondineke Oilsjtersen Tripel | KleinBrouwerij De Glazen Toren

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Ondineke Oilsjtersen TripelOndineke Oilsjtersen Tripel

Brewed by:
KleinBrouwerij De Glazen Toren

Style: Belgian 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 biboergosum
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750ml bottle, with a paper wrap in place of the standard label.

This beer pours a rather cloudy, medium tarnished golden apricot hue, with a teeming tower of frothy, melted marshmallow eggshell white head, which leaves some random chunky, fuzzy lace around the glass as it slowly disappears.

It smells of muddled light orchard fruit, Belgian yeast, grainy pale malt, candy sugar, white pepper, and zippy floral, earthy, and grassy hops. The taste is semi-sweet pale malt - with a touch of caramel - earthy yeast, an apple and pear fruitiness, simple sugar solution, clove and white pepper spice, and more edgy earthy, weedy, and floral Euro-hops.

The carbonation is active, for certain, but really not manifesting in anything more aggressive than a plucky frothiness, the body on the light side of medium weight, and generally quite smooth, with more than a suggestion of creaminess. It finishes off-dry, the hops still providing stiff opposition to the malt and well-obfuscated alcohol.

An easy-drinking Tripel, if there was ever such a thing - the hops help even out this style's inherent sweetness, and the booze just isn't that hot (and I mean that in a very good way). Quite a healthy (figuratively speaking) serving, too, for just north of a tenner, and something nice to sip on, for a cold Saturday night.

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Photo of metter98
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: The beer is very hazy yellow in color. It poured with a quarter finger high white head that died down and consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: The smell is a little chalky and has light aromas of fruits along with notes of yeast.
T: Like the smell, the taste has lots of flavors of Belgian yeast along with notes of chalk and slight bits of pepper.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a little creamy on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This is not your typical tripel and tastes more like a chalky version of a saison.

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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 kbrown
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

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Photo of LostHighway
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of DioS
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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 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 Davepoolesque
4.06/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

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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 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 BillCheck
4.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Ricelikesbeer
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of krisandajt
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Today I took my final final exam for college. It's been a long time coming (I've been in school so long I should be a Doctor), but I'm finally finished with school. I wanted to have a beer tonight to celebrate, and for some reason this one called my name. Let's see...

Appearance: Poured from the bottle, this beer is a clear, vibrant gold color with a huge mountain of white, foamy head. Retention is impressive, the head seems to hang on forever. There's not too much schtick, however. The foam is soapy and runny and just slides down the sides of my DFH chalice.

Smell: Some mild grassy hops, a light crisp kind of apple sweetness, and a moderate yeasty Belgian quality. The smells are all somewhat mild, but they do come together very nicely.

Taste: This was a great choice to celebrate with. Some light, fruity flavors, a honey-like sweetness, and a very very light clean grassy hop finish. Like the smell, none of the flavors are really robust or in-your-face, but they are mesh together to form a really tasty brew.

Mouthfeel: Perfect carbonation, and a refreshingly light to medium body. I was expecting a more heavy feel to it given that it's a tripel, but I'm not really disappointed.

Drinkability: A very easy drinking and tasty tripel, one that I would gladly reach for again. Definitely recommend.

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Photo of Blindpigbiz
4.12/5  rDev 0%
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)

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Blurry lemon, thanks to abundant swirling yeast and even more abundant, rapidly rising bubbles. The alabaster crown is beautiful in the way that only Belgian foam can be. It's huge to start, looks pillowy soft, becomes melted rocky as it descends, and leaves fine filagreed lace on the glass. The second pour looks even better. What a looker!

The nose is world-class even if it doesn't deserve a perfect score. No spices were added, according to the brewery. Which means that the yeast are incredibly esterific. The usual candi sugar-soaked orchard fruit is present, with lemon zest more prominent than in most beer of this style.

The spiciness of the flavor profile is impressive. Ondineke isn't as rip roarin' as, say, De Dolle Dulle Teve (Mad Bitch), but it ain't no wallflower either. It may be lacking a little in terms of depth and complexity, but that's a call I don't feel good about making until the bottle is almost gone. If I can still type at that point.

Flavors include spiced pears and apples, maybe a slice of juicy peach, and candied lemon zest... all swimming in sugar syrup. That isn't to say, however, that OTT is overly sweet. Hallertau Mittelfruh hops do a good job countering the sugariness of the malt (pale, pils) and the candi sugar. Let's add the slight tang of untoasted sourdough bread to the list.

A better mouthfeel might have put this ale over the top. Unfortunately, it isn't as lightly creamy and as voluptuously smooth as the best Belgian tripels. The carbonation faded too quickly and is sorely missed.

Ondineke Oilsjtersen Tripel started out like a house on fire, but lost its spark when it came to the mouthfeel. I'm still pleased with my first De Glazen Toren beer and can't wait to see what else this brewery has to offer. Bottom line: if it was less than $10, it was worth the money.

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Photo of jayhawk73
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from notes:

Pours a light yellow color w/ a two finger white head. Good carbonation and lacing on my snifter glass. Somewhat cloudy in appearance as well. Nose is pretty incredible- lemon, fruit, and yeast are the main characters here. Taste profile is the same, and feel goes in between tartness and sweetness/zestyness. Excellent carbonation and a medium feel as well. I had never tried this beer before, but it's a winner. I'd definitely buy it again. Cheers!

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Photo of BenBreeg
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of srhoadsy
4.16/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served chilled into a fluted tulip.

Pours a hazy blonde with an inch+ of airy white head that quickly recedes leaving a moderate surface layer and lacing.

Aromas of grass and grain along with pear, lemon and grapes. Seems mild at first but as it breathes it really opens up.

Tastes follow through the aromas with a slight musty funk from the Belgian yeast.

Light to medium bodied with a crisp but sweet finish and moderate carbonation. Mildly sweet aftertaste.

Mild but complex at the same time. A very refreshing beer. Wish I had another bottle.

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Photo of Dope
4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

8/13/2016 bottling date, around 14 months old

A: Pours a slightly hazy golden. Enormous frothy tan head. Head is very loud and fizzy but only thins and barely fades away it seems. Eventually I can sip it after...5 minutes. Oddly enough, no real lacing.

S: Lightly hoppy, some grass and citrus. Mild, bready malt. Fairly subtle aroma.

T: Quite hoppy up front for a tripel. Again, citrus and grass. Maybe some herbal hops. A bit of wheat and then a nice bready, doughy malt. A touch of bitterness and belgian spices (white pepper mainly I'd say) and this one is done. Some light lingering citrus and grass in the aftertaste.

M: Soft medium body. Very smooth and easy drinking.

O: Very nice tripel. Balance is excellent across the board. It's not super typical, it's a bit hoppier than normal but not as spicy as normal I'd say. Quite unique, it works very well.

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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 mrfrancis
4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy gold with a thick, creamy white head that simply refuses to dissipate.

S: Aromas of lemon, bitter orange, grapefruit, and spicy, pungent yeast are present on the nose.

T: This one opens in a bitter and fruity manner with notes of bitter orange, lemon, pineapple, grapefruit, biscuits, grass, pepper, and candy sugar. The finish is delicate with citrus and candy sugar notes.

M: Light bodied, slick, and a bit oily. The amount of candy sugar used must be rather high for this ale to be so thin and light in the mouth. Carbonation is prickly, but far from overwhelming. Alcohol is present in the background.

O: This is an excellent tripel that skillfully balances hop bitterness and sugar sweetness. If you're into this style or are looking to branch out from the more commercially oriented Belgian abbey ales, this would be a great beer with which to start.

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Photo of ajm5108
4.19/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a golden straw with nice carbonation and thick head; however, there was some yeast particulates in the pour which took away from the visual somewhat. Traditional aroma, heavy on the banana creme with some sweet phenol and grassy yeast. Taste profile is classical and restrained with notes of honey, dandelion wine anc banana with splashes of lemondrop and hay. The sweet esther / medicinal quality ratcheted up in some Americanized versions is subtle and adds a nice backbone. Mouthfeel has good carbonation and body.

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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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Photo of JPurshock
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%

Ondineke Oilsjtersen Tripel from KleinBrouwerij De Glazen Toren
Beer rating: 4.12 out of 5 with 136 ratings