Brouwerij Omer Vander Ghinste

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Brouwerij Omer Vander Ghinste
3.87 | pDev: 12.66%
Jul 18, 2015
Aug 11, 2013
Very Good
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Reviewed by BEERchitect from Kentucky

3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Founded in the Belgian abbey and replicated by qualified brewers near and far; the Belgian tripel ale lands at the precipice of the Bockor brewery with all its fruity, sweet and spiced glory.

Bright golden and casting a hazy gaze upon the snifter, its cottony froth expels a fragrant bouquet of honeysuckle, cookie dough, pepper, clove and vanilla while the initial sip is awash with confectioner's sugar and angel-food cake.

Across the middle palate, the ale simply blossoms- first with the gentle caress of bready-sweet malts casting aspirations of fresh baking bread, sugar cookie and sweet cereal grain. Its a perfect bed for the unlayering orange, pear, apple and lemon that falls ahead of its yeasty, spicy rebuttal. Freshly grated white pepper, supple clove and vanilla work opposite the fruit for an light and earthy tandem of taste.

Its finish trends slight of sparkling white wine with gently rolling acidity and smoothly of pepper, grass clippings and straw due to its subtle hop additions. Medium-bodied and slow to dry, the ale sides more with common stronger pale ale of Belgium than of the classic abbey tripel.
Jul 18, 2015
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Reviewed by pat61 from Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
Pours pure gold under a 1” off-white foam cap. The beer has an herbal, minty nose and palate with some fruit in the background. A slight initial sweetness dries out in the finish.
Oct 17, 2014
Rated: 3.5 by spycow from Illinois

Oct 12, 2014
Rated: 3.75 by Soto from North Carolina

Aug 22, 2014
Rated: 4.25 by King_KongDCO93 from Minnesota

Jul 28, 2014
Rated: 3.75 by nyrblue2 from New York

Jul 27, 2014
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Reviewed by 1sophrosyne1 from Minnesota

4.41/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Enjoyed a 10 ounce tulip pour at The Happy Gnome, St. Paul, MN over 40 minutes, mostly without food.
Its color is a smoky gold, with almost no visible carbonation. Thin eggshell head, but fair retention and nice sheets of lacing that hang on for more than half the glass.
Eucalyptus, thyme, peach, and lily-lemon nose. More candy and some banana with warming.
A gulp give a creamy clean start with some metallic clang up front that seems like Brett. Then apricots and grass with a note of sour acid punctuated by a dose of bubbles. Ends just a touch chewy to give it length and real character in lingering notes of banana, clove and bittersweet hop oil.
Slides in easily without much heft. A mid-mouth buzz of sneaky carbonation is just the right amount. After that little burst, it lays back deep over the tongue and thickens up. But there's enough clean room to encourage more gulps. It warms the belly, but isn't very boozy.
There's splendid balance and evolution in the profile of this brew. It's experiences like this that justify Belgium's independence from its neighbors on the continent!
Jul 26, 2014
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Reviewed by barczar from Kentucky

3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75
Fairly clear medium golden with minimal ivory head.

Aroma is heavily lemony, slightly sweet. Reminiscent of pine-sol.

Flavor follows suit, with a lightly dry finish. Lemonheads come to mind. Notes of peach emerge.

Body is moderate to a touch light, with modest carbonation and light alcohol warmth.

Not much there, in the way of malt. Lemon dominates. Hides the alcohol well, though. Dangerously well!
Jul 24, 2014
Rated: 5 by madtrixter787 from North Carolina

Jul 15, 2014
Rated: 3.75 by Ainjyll from South Carolina

Jun 29, 2014
Rated: 3.75 by illiniipa from North Carolina

Feb 17, 2014
Rated: 3.75 by BigLittleHokis from California

Sep 07, 2013
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Reviewed by TMoney2591 from Illinois

2.75/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5
Served in a snifter at Bigby's Pour House.

Gotta love the random Belgians that pop up here at Bigby's.... This one pours a clear brass topped by a finger of lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises sweet biscuit, light flowers, a vague vein of spices, and an extra bit of cracked wheat. The taste is a simple mixture of barley, flowers, clove, and mild grass. The body is a rather light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a wet feel. Overall, a pretty meek tripel, one that doesn't allow the yeast to shine at all. Hell, had I not been told otherwise, I'd almost assume this was either a week wit or a spiced pale. This one's not for me.
Aug 11, 2013
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Reviewed by UCLABrewN84 from California

3.69/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
On tap at Lucky Baldwins in Pasadena, CA.

Pours a clear yellow with a foamy bone head that settles to a film on top of the beer. A foamy lattice of lace coats the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, yeast, spice, and herbal aromas. Taste is much the same with herbal and fruit flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with an interesting herbal quality I am getting in both the aroma and flavor.
Aug 11, 2013
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Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 14 ratings