Ondineke Oilsjtersen Tripel | KleinBrouwerij De Glazen Toren

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Ondineke Oilsjtersen TripelOndineke Oilsjtersen Tripel

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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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3/5  rDev -27.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

Photo of bruachan
3.78/5  rDev -8.3%
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 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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Photo of Smakawhat
3.97/5  rDev -3.6%
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 feloniousmonk
4.47/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A unique beer, an atypical tripel, (full name: Ondineke Oilsjtersen Tripel (Tripel from Aalst) with an unusual name, and label art. After much searching, I learned it's named for a character in a book buy a local author, and the drawing is a depiction of this "Ondineke" character. Still looks extremely odd. Did they ever translate it from the Flemish. I'd be interested to know why this beloved heroine is pigtailed, nude and possessed of strangely long fingers.

Alas, this might not be the perfect glass for a tripel, but it is the only one I have with the Glazen Toren logo. So, I'm using it.

Gorgeous golden cast, with a constant stream of bubbling, and big snowy white head, starts large, drifts down, leaving lace.

Aroma: a perfect marriage of spice and citrus, soft and sensual. Some pepper, some coriander, geting close with orange and lemon, sliding into the nose and tickling it. Sharp, tangy, then a little sweet.

Many things in the mouth. Sparkling, spicy, sweet, juicy, then dry as she goes. Fruit goes hand in hand with spice, and it quits the palate with a quickness, drying off, yet enticing another sip. Gets more and more lemon-y as we go deeper in. Each new meet and greet on the tongue smack the lips and palate again with small amounts of spice, large amounts of fruit, that swiftly turns dry and begs it's pardon on the way. Lingers lightly. Spreads just enough of it's particular pleasure along the palate to urge on further consumption, and spread further delights.

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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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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

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5/5  rDev +21.4%

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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 CwrwAmByth
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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Photo of SFLpunk
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First time this had been in Vermont! 750mL paper-wrapped brown glass pry-top champagne bottle. Wrapped dated bottled on 23 OKT 2010.

Pours with a huge amount of fireworks crackle! 2+ fingers or bright white head atop a somewhat hazy orange body. Lots of lacing and killer retention.

Nose is all about aged Euro hops. It's like the pre-skunked skunky hops. A little lemon rind and some wild flower honey too.

Palate is crisp and sharp with those same hops. Fairly dry too. Some English cider-like flavors, lots of flowery notes, some honey, orange blossom flavors. Some of the hops are a bit skunky, adding some herbal and "herbal" notes. Finish is snappy and dry.

Notes: Not the style of Tripel that I prefer (a little too dry for me), but a seriously well-made beer.

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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 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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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 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 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 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 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 garymuchow
4.31/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into Chimay goblet. Big full white head. The carbonation was big upon opening and it must have stirred up the yeast, as it emptied into goblet with plenty of sediment. Golden color. Looks as it should. Fully apparent white lacing. Attractive.
Spicy pale malt aroma. Sweet, mild fruit and a touch of alcohol. Nice, but not exemplary.
Soft flavors that are reasonable complex. The pale malt flavors blend nicely with the yeasty spices. Enough hops to hold down the sweetness. Alcohol is held in check, yet provides gentle warming. The blending of these flavors is what makes this stand out. (Oooo, there it is, alcohol straight to the brain - how does it doe that?). Interesting mix of drying and bittering as both are experienced enjoyably.
Extremely fine carbonation with ample amount offering softness with slight prickliness. Moderately light body. Feel is done well.
These bottle may have a touch of age to it, as the background seems to hold a slight oxidation. Fortunately I got this one in enough time to prevent loss of all the good stuff. This is a well done tripel - one of the best I've had.

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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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Beer rating: 4.12 out of 5 with 136 ratings