Brouwerij De Glazen Toren is found in the small village of Aalst, located between Ghent and Brussels. The brewery was started by three friends from nearby villages who had either retired or semi-retired from their professions.
Heading up the team is renowned brewer, teacher, author and general good beer fellow Jef Van Den Steen. I met Jef many years ago and have always remembered his take on beer’s place in the world.
I asked him why all his beers were only available in 750ml bottles. The answer was: “beer is made to be enjoyed in good company, to be shared with friends, not to be drunk sitting on one’s own.” I would very much agree.
Well it seems the brewery has bowed to public pressure and their two best beers are now available in smaller formats. Good news for the beer club!
Our first offering is this traditional Belgian Tripel. Of course it is a great beer, soft, fruity, slightly spicy and with a lingering bitterness in the finish. In fact it is the official beer of the town of Aalst.