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Tripel Perfection | Brewery Ommegang

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Brewery Ommegang
New York, United States | website

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.90%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Ommegang's brewers spent several years refining their ideas of what a "perfect" tripel would be. In the original style, a Belgian tripel is a golden ale, from 8.5% to 10% ABV, with fruity flavors and aromas coming from the yeast. Tripels are simply brewed, but with great attention to detail. Ommegang Tripel Perfection goes beyond the exquisite attention to detail and adds spices to subtly enhance aromas and flavors. The result is a fine ale honoring Belgian brewing tradition, while also expanding on it in the new Ommegang tradition.

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Photo of damndirtyape
4.09/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750mL corked and caged bottle, bottled on 11/12/2014, best before 11/2017. Shared with the Mrs., with my portion in a Tripel Karmeliet glass.

Appearance: Translucent orange amber color. Lots of fine bubbles coming up through the glass to replenish the persistent rocky off-white head. Thick strands of persistent lacing noted. Great looking beer.

Smell: Yeasty, floral, herbal, with a barest hint of phenol.

Taste: Lots of flavors going on - Belgian yeast, noble hops, orange peel, bready malt, with a mild lingering herbal + citrus bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Highly carbonated but not fizzy. Scrubs the palate clean and has a nicely airy mouthfeel with a good smooth thickness underneath.

Overall / Drinkability: A perfectly balanced tripel and well-named. Dangerously drinkable - I was noting the potency about halfway through my glass. I would not have minded another glass in which case I would have been in serious trouble this stuff is so smooth. A very delightful tripel and I'll have to see if I can pick it up again.

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Photo of EMH73
3.94/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy amber color with a thick one and a half inch white head that is very well retained , but leaves little lacing.
Smell is pretty mild, with some lemon, yeast and spice notes. Taste is slightly sweet with yeasty bread, apples, pears, cloves, slight pepper and malt flavors. Finishes dry. Medium to heavy bodied with high carbonation. Flavors get much better as the beer warms a little. A very good example of a Belgian Tripel.

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Photo of bnes09
4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bright and snappy aroma of citrus, lemon grass, coriander and cloves. White grapes blended with the signature Belgian yeast. Aroma similar to Westmalle, only spicier. Flavor begans with sweet white grapes morphing into a dry white wine. Subtle sugar notes. Spices come to life mid drink blending with the yeast and clove character. Grassy hop. Finishes dry with a medicinal aftertaste. Medium body. Smooth carbonation. A well executed tripel which holds up against many Belgian examples.

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Photo of ThaneMcC
3.88/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pour hazy amber with thick white foamy head from 750ml bottle. Smells initially a bit skunky then metallic, pear, apple. Taste is sweet light fruits up front (apple/pear), metallic twang to the sweetness and with a pepper end note balancing out the fruit. Medium bodied, significant carbonation adds to the tang and keeps from becoming syrupy.
Overall, pretty good tripel – but not so good as to justify the pricepoint, and not the best representative of the genre. I wouldn’t go out of my way to find this beer, but wouldn’t turn it down if it was the only thing available (or if somebody handed me a free beer).

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.06/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

11 ounce pour - $10.00 at Taco Mac in Woodstock, Georgia.

Appearance: Deep golden-hued body, lightly hazed beneath a fine, white head.

Smell: A sweetish, perfumy, heavily phenolic bouquet with its boosting spices, some citrus and some addling alcoholic updrafts.

Taste: Honeyed maltiness, lightly bready. Moderate sweetness of blonde syrups. Slightly tangy in taste. Generously phenolic, abundant in clove, coriander and pepper. Bitterish, redolent dried citrus rinds. A little harsh and biting in the booze factor leading to a somewhat sharp finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body, fairly smooth on the tongue. Medium carbonation.

Overall: For me, it fell more than a bit short of its boastful moniker and price-tag.

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Photo of hophead723
4.31/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look: A chaotic swirling rush of carbonation rises to the head of this brew. The body is a slightly hazy amber color with gilded edges. The head is creamy and leaves consistent lacing.

Smell: Tons of banana esters, ale yeast, licorice, coriander, orange peel, and honey in the aroma.

Taste: The taste is extraordinarily complex in the first place, but as it warms the flavors open up. I get banana, sweet orange peel, licorice, anise, honeysuckle, proofed dough, cake flour, lilac, lavender, unfiltered wiliaiki blossom honey, melon rind, a kiss of rosewater and coriander.

Feel: This brew is so creamy and smooth the finish doesn't even matter. It rinses and lingers simultaneously.

Overall: Another genius brew by Ommegang, which are the undisputed masters of utilizing Belgian yeast to really make the quality ingredients shine.

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Photo of Vixie
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Primarily orange with a bit of red it in. Large white head that sticks around a bit, and a lot of bubbles from the carbonation.

Smell is a bit subtle, but picking up malt and yeast, as well as some citrus. Maybe hint of pepper as well.

Very fruity up front, more apple and pear than the citrus I expected. There is quite a bit of pepper at the back end, leaving a spicy aftertaste. There is also a bit of alcohol warming, while not fully hidden, no doubt of the abv here.

Fairly thick and full for the style, with a good amount of carbonation.

Very nice take on the style here. The Belgian character of Ommegang really comes through on this one, they did nail the style. It is maybe a bit spicier than I expected, but overall, a very accurate version of one of my favorite beer styles.

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Photo of ClavisAurea
3.95/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750ml bottle served in a tasting glass.

Appearance: hazy golden with a thick head of foam. No lacing or alcohol legs.

Nose: yeast, pears, apples, classic Belgian nose

Taste: thicker on the palate, pears, spicy hops, yeasty flavor

Great bottle shared with my brother in law. Excellent tripel from a world class Brewery.

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Photo of pat61
4.85/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

L: Fruity nose with sour earthy notes, spice, floral, soft alcohol, citrus.
S: Pours hazy peach tinted gold crowned by a big persistent 3” off white moussey head with a very fine bead.
T: Fruit, spice and alcohol start the attack seasoned by pepper, very soft malts, some citrus, orange, maybe lemon mingling with peach and suggestions of pineapple.
F: Very creamy and moussey in texture, medium light body. Above average to high carbonation but the carbonation is very fine and soft.
O: About as good as it gets, big fruit balanced by bitterness and alcohol.

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Photo of hopphead31415
4.39/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

The flash of gold caught my eye and everything I saw about this beer made me even more excited to try it. Ommegang always brews amazing beers and when I found that this Tripel ONLY comes in this beautiful 750 mL bottle AND was capped with a champagne cork and wire rim I was hooked. The bottle artwork and style makes me want to keep this bottle after I finish it and I will. It has a well-balanced 8.9% ABV and has been fine-tuned over the better part of a decade. I will be glad to review it here.

Look-First let me say that the loud satisfying pop of the cork only led to the mounting excitement and anticipation of all that Ommegang promised to pack within. I poured only mildly vigorously and found the head grew very quickly and lingered and then settled into a medium sized head at a centimeter or two with large bubbles and fine lacing on the glass. The beer itself cascades into billowing wisps of golden yellow liquid kissed by turbulent carbonation immediately after the pour. It settles into a foggy yellow state capped with foam beckoning for a kiss.

Smell-It smells of pilsner malt and English yeast at first. I then get sweet brandy and malts based off so many aromas it is hard to pick them all out. I get pear and delicate tropical fruits like mango, passionfruit, and spiked melon. Very subtle and delicate like a humble elixir promising to pack a punch in the taste, which it does.

Taste-The malts are more present than the nose indicated. Lingering English yeast and bread at first and then immediately giving way to a cacophony of tastes. The flavor is a waltz of candied sweetness like sugarplum, bread pudding, fig, honey-buttered-bread, esters of banana, lemon zest, earthy yeast, clover, coriander, bubblegum, melon, honey, citrus peel orange, licorice, nutmeg, vanilla, ginger, and the alcohol appears late at the end and is soothing mild and refreshing. The taste has such an explosive variety of flavors that I may have missed a few, but with a list like that you truly can’t go wrong with this one. These flavors ebb and flow in wave after wave and finish a bit dry and cool lending to the mild alcohol that makes its appearance center stage and amidst the perfect levels of carbonation.

Mouthfeel-It drinks smooth and refreshing with the right levels of effervescent carbonation.

Overall-This was not just a beer, but an experience. It has so much to offer and everyone should try it. Given the legacy of this beer and the amount of time and effort that went into this variety, I think that this is a top shelf, gold medal brew that will be difficult to beat. Great job, Ommegang and keep them coming!

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Photo of jopezu
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

cloudy yellow orange, thin head that stays. notes of bubble gum belgian yeast and bananas on the nose. taste is a very strong yeast gum, coriander and sweet orange (strong sweet orange aftertaste). the typical tripel flavors, but they seem to come through much more strongly in the beer. very nice!

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Photo of ryan1788a5
3.96/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into a chalice.

A: Pours a deep sunny golden color with caramel hues. Hazy. Rocky white head has excellent retention. Chucks of foamy lacing cling to the glass.

S: Smells of Pilsner malt. Sweet, bready, and grainy malt aromas. Yeasty. Pear and some delicate tropical fruits. Lightly medicinal. Soft kiss of grassy/herbal hops. Somewhat delicate on the nose, but in a refined way.

T: Malts show more depth than the nose suggested. Rich and honeyed with grainy, toasty, and crusty notes. Yeasty. Also more medicinal than the nose let on, but not in a bad way. Grassy and floral. Traces of golden raisin and pithy tropical fruits. Lightly peppery with another vague spice flavor. Perhaps grains of paradise? Coriander? Ginger? Alcohol is soothing and easy. Overall bitterness elevates a bit toward the back. Dries into the finish with sweet bready malts and an orange peel flavor.

M: Hefty body with a chewy and rich texture. Pretty big-boned actually. Fine carbonation provides some lift so that the full weight of it never really settles on the tongue. Some soothing alcohol.

O: A very good take on the tripel style. Somewhat bigger in body than many, but it works. In that regard it reminds me a bit of Maredsous Tripel, though it's been some time since I've visited that beer. Unlike Maredsous it keeps an even keel, and deftly balances everything it employs taste-wise. Ommegang uses spicing to great effect in some of their beers, and I think that's the case here too. It's tough to pin down exactly what they're using, but it's not anything that you couldn't mistake as being derived from the fermentation. This is one of the better American-made triples I've come across to date. I'd just like to know why they don't offer it year-round.

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Photo of flagmantho
4.19/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from 750mL corked & caged bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: rich golden hue with a moderate haze and strong effervescence. Head is two thick fingers of pillowy off-white foam that sticks around good and long. Great.

Smell: big, sweet malt with a huge hit of pear aroma and a dash of apple too. This is what I love about the style, and Triple Perfection really delivers here.

Taste: sweet with a big pear and apple hit right up front followed by a bit of a syrupy finish, some alcohol heat and a somewhat higher bitterness than I'm used to. That said, the sweetness is not over-cloying and that pear character is just to die for. I love it.

Mouthfeel: big body with a huge carbonation and very satisfying creaminess. Wonderful!

Overall: this is a beer I'm really loving. The alcoholic heat builds a bit upon the palate which affects drinkability, but overall this is a delicious brew.

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Photo of bmeehan
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Tripel Perfection is just what I expected—great. It pits beautifully and tastes just as smooth as every other beer Ommegang has ever made. Definitely worth buying again.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
4.24/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed from the bottle in a snifter. This fine tripel pours a hazy golden with a solid white head that dissipates to a thick ring and decent lacing. Nose of sweet candy sugars, lemon zest, earthy yeast with fruity esters of banana, fresh bread, coriander, and some orange notes. Flavors cascade with light slickness of candy sugars and fruity esters of banana, as well as orange on the back. A medium spicy note of white pepper and coriander lightly sear in the taste from the higher natural carbonation with a mild subtle hop character and sweetness from the malt coming through on the aftertaste finishing lightly dry. Excellent presentation and delivery from a master brewer. Warmth brings more fruity ester notes and a light tartness from the yeast. Would LOVE to have this on tap....need to make a note of that.....hmmmm...think I just did.



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Photo of mrfrancis
4.23/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a dark, somewhat hazy gold with a thick white head that recedes into an even, thin mousse.

S: Aromas of banana, clove, licorice, nutmeg, cinnamon, vanilla, bubblegum, biscuit, white bread, and crackers are underscored by traces of lemon, orange peel, coriander, caramel, and grass.

T: Soft notes of banana, vanilla, sweet cream, minerals, clove, licorice, nutmeg, cinnamon, bubblegum, biscuit, crackers, white bread, caramel, sweet orange peel, lemon rind, green apple, and grass fill the mouth. The finish is spicy and long, allowing the notes of spice, citrus, and bread to linger. The alcohol makes a very late appearance, providing some soothing warmth just as the flavors begin to fade.

M: Full-bodied, smooth, and relatively dry. Carbonation is crisp. Alcohol is very subdued. Easy to drink for an ale of nearly 9.0% abv.

O: This ale is another winner from Brewery Ommegang. I have been wanting to try it for some time, and now that I have gotten the opportunity, I not only find myself wishing that I had tried it sooner, but also that I had gotten a second bottle to put back for a year or two. For fans of the style, this one is definitely worth tracking down while it is still available.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.9/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

4/24....cloudy golden heavy high white foam, snow drift style. Woody, sawdust, pears. Boozy fruity flavor with gritty hop bitter. Apple peel. Even keeled bitter throughout. Slight white wine taste. Solid.

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Photo of drpimento
4.4/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very nice beer. Appearance is a long lasting thick off-white head, some lace, and a slightly hazy color. Aroma is yeast, wet grain, malt, spice. Flavor is like nose with carbonic tang up front with a bit of sweet that builds along with the bitter and has a long finish. Clean. Great body. Very easy drinking.

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Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4.24/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

look: cloudy peach gold. Huge fluffy head on the pour.
smell: Bright, apple and yeasty. Delightful to me.
taste: a bit less rich than the nose up front but an apple thing develops in the finish.
overall: Not sure about the "perfection" but is sure is good.

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Photo of logicalparadox
3.33/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Tasty tripel, but alcohol was a little upfront for my tastes. Not surprising at 9 %, and considering I was drinking at 50 F when recommended serve is 40 F.

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Photo of fourstringer
3.9/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a corked & caged 750 mL bottle into a Brewer's Art goblet. Moderate hand. Don't recall the date, but recent release.

A: Hazy, light honey-colored body with 1.5 fingers of clean, slightly rocky, white head. Good retention. Nice lacing.

S: Very fruit-forward yeast with elements of banana, apple, pineapple, other tropical fruit. Typical Ommegang yeasty spice. Coriander. Faint floral hops.

T: Spice and fruit open with less sweetness than expected. Vanilla and banana. Hop presence brings a mild bitterness that is perhaps a bit more than average for the style. Fairly dry finish. Mild alcohol presence. A bit of astringent bitterness lingers in the aftertaste.

M: Moderate carbonation with a medium body. Compared to your average Belgian tripel, the carbonation is slightly less and the body is slightly fuller.

O: Not quite as complex as a top tier tripel, but very respectable outing for a stateside brewery. On par with the majority of Ommegang's stuff.


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Photo of Schimms
4.78/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

L: Pours a beautiful tripel gold with 3 finger thick white head

S: It has that "tripel yeast smell" I'm looking for

T: Great tripel taste up front; hidden alcohol; warm

F: Light, dry

O: Great tripel from one of my favorites - Ommegang

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Photo of barczar
3.89/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pear, honeysuckle, and green apple dominate the aroma.

Flavor is more green apple dominant initially, with pear skin carrying into the finish. Slightly sweet, but finishes dry. Banana surfaces late.

A decent beer, but fairly pedestrian, compared to a fin du monde, for example.

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Photo of superspak
4.47/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into signature tulip glass, bottled on 11/12/2014. Pours slightly cloudy deep golden color with a 2-3 finger dense and fluffy white head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big lemon, orange peel, apricot, pear, apple, banana, coriander, clove, pepper, bubblegum, honey, candi sugar, bread, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness. Fantastic aromas with awesome complexity and balance of fruity/earthy yeast, spices, and pale/bready malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big lemon, orange peel, apricot, pear, apple, banana, coriander, clove, pepper, bubblegum, honey, candi sugar, bread, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness. Good amount of earthy yeast spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, orange peel, apricot, pear, apple, banana, coriander, clove, pepper, bubblegum, honey, candi sugar, bread, and herbal/yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Incredible complexity and robustness of fruity/earthy yeast, spices, and pale/bready malt flavors; with an awesome crisp malt/yeast/spice balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, and slightly prickly/bready mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an absolutely incredible spiced tripel style. All around outstanding balance and complexity of fruity/earthy yeast, spices, and pale/bready malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink for the ABV. An insanely delicious offering.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.47/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 ml corked bottle into a Duvel tulip glass. Bottled on 11/13/14.

Appearance: Pours a bright golden orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. Huge four finger white head with decent retention. Leaves a decent amount of lacing.

Smell: A yeasty, spicy, and fruity Belgian style aroma with big hints of spice and zesty fruit. Belgian yeast with upfront hints of clove, coriander, peppers, farmhouse funk, and slight licorice. Fruit hints of orange peel, lemon zest, green apple, and white grape. Soft pale malt with hints of grains, straw, and cracker. Also some sweet hints of Belgian candied sugar and subtle earthy hops. A very nice aroma.

Taste: Like the aroma, a yeasty, spicy, and fruity Belgian Tripel taste with good notes of spice and fruits. Belgian yeast with big spice notes of coriander, clove, peppers, farmhouse funk, and licorice root. Fruit esters come through with notes of orange peel, lemon zest, white grape, banana, and green apple. Also some notes of bubblegum and candied sugar. Pale malt with notes of straw, grains, and cracker. Light backing notes of floral hops. A really good taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a high level of carbonation. Nicely spicy and zesty with a drying finish. Booze is masked well.

Overall: A very good version of a Belgian Tripel. Good mix of spices and fruit esters with a nice level of carbonation.

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Tripel Perfection from Brewery Ommegang
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