Tripel Perfection - Brewery Ommegang

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Reviews: 177
Hads: 404
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 7.07%
Wants: 48
Gots: 68 | FT: 1
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New York, United States

Style | ABV
Tripel |  8.90% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: cosmicevan on 04-25-2010

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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Reviews by BuckeyeNation:
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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

"Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away."

--Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Haystack gold with fine showers of yeast and multiple streams of unhurried bubbles that are plinking into the underside of a three finger chunk of alabaster colored whipped cream. The entire package isn't quite Belgianesque, but it'll do.

The aroma is solid and is pretty much indistinguishable from a true Belgian tripel. Ripe pears and apples with an intriguing peppery spiciness is the Cliff's Notes version. This should be damn good beer.

If the Belgians aren't sticklers with respect to adding all sorts of things to their ales, why should we be? That said, the best tripels, in my humble opinion, are those that rely on yeast esters for their flavor profiles rather than on added spices. This offering uses spices, although Ommegang won't tell us what they are.

Okay, okay, but how does the beer taste? Good. Maybe even very good. But not great. What the hell, good-to-very-good is good enough for me. One slight negative before we get to the positives: the alcohol could be masked a wee bit better.

Tripel Perfection tastes like a high-powered version of an especially estery tripel. Flavor intensity is definitely not an issue. Specifics include golden orchard fruit (mostly pears) soaked in Poire Williams and sprinkled with clove, coriander and white pepper. As in American IPAs, aggressiveness in beer of this style is almost always a positive.

It's getting harder and harder to deny this brew the 4.5 as I get further and further into the bottle. Keep in mind that tripels are my favorite Belgian and Belgian-style beers. The mouthfeel is another highlight and can stand toe-to-toe with most of the world's best. Lush and creamy and perfectly bubbled and... what more is there?

Tripel Perfection, while far from perfect, is delicious beer that is well worth the purchase price for Belgianophiles (like me). This is one time in which my long-held belief that Brewery Ommegang is a poor man's Allagash doesn't necessarily hold true. (2,087 characters)

More User Reviews:
Photo of RoyalT
4.32/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - This is a very bright golden orange in color with a modest head that left some good lacing. The head usually steals the show on these types of beers but here it is the liquid that grabs your attention. It is perfectly cloudy with just the right tones of color.

Smell - It's nice to get a good whiff of yeast in an American version of this style. Most of the time they are hop bombs but this one has a wonderful, powerful, raw yeast aroma. The pale malts are so rich and thick and the sugars, my goodness. This nose is just dripping (pardon the pun) with candied sugar.

Taste - The sugars are explosive at the taste; easily the sugariest (if that's a word) Tripel that I've had. The mix of super-sweet candied sugar with the rich pale malt and that wonderful yeast character is a winner for sure. I'm getting very little hops here but what I do find is leafy. This one is certainly all about the malts and sugars.

Mouthfeel - This is medium-bodied and again not heavy-handed like a lot of American versions of the style. The carbonation is a bit lacking though I must say. There's no alcohol sting but you can sense the booze.

Drinkability - This is very smooth, dare I say a bit too smooth. It should be slower to drink due to the robust carbonation typical of the style. The flavors though are incredibly rich and rewarding. (1,342 characters)

Photo of MadScientist
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of generallee
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of ayb
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of Billolick
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Large bottle, caged and corked, with (nice move omme) Packaged on and best before dating printed on the neck of the bottle. Pours cloudy medium apricot, lifts a Belgian appropriate near huge head, that stays and stays, going slowly to moderate frothy merainge, thick sheeting and lace. Fruity and pleasant nose of honey, flowers, pineapple, and light pepper. Easy drinking brew, the near 9% well hidden, typical Tripel flavors and sensations, light pepper, some lime, mango, more pineapple, Belgian yeasty goodness. Creamy and smooth in the mouth. Well done and welcome to a new addition to the Ommegang family of fine brews (624 characters)

Photo of tigg924
3.53/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Goblet

Appearance: 1 inch head, cloudy, orange/gold in color, high carbonation

Smell: orange, coriander, alcohol, lemon, and Belgian spices

Taste: hay, some funk, orange, coriander, alcohol, lemon, and Belgian spices

Mouthfeel: sweet start with a bitter-funky middle and finish, light bodied, high carbonation, dry

Drinkability: A decent not outstanding tripel. I do appreciate the astringency and the funk in this beer. The taste is good, but I have had better from the brewery. For the price, it is worth a try once, but I cannot see myself getting this again. (579 characters)

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a hazy golden color with a large white head. The aroma is a mix of oranges and lemons, as well as some wheat, Belgian yeast, pepper and coriander.

The flavor is more of the same. I get a lot of orange notes as well as black pepper, yeast, alcohol, lighter malts, coriander and pineapple. An extremely complex, fruity tripel.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. (383 characters)

Photo of JC333
3.86/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of virinow
4/5  rDev -2.4%

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. (566 characters)

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. (1,379 characters)

Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
4.28/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Atom_Bomb
4.32/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of williamjbauer
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a caged and corked 750ml into my La Fin du Monde chalice, brilliant orange golden slightly hazed huge effervescent layer of white head. Fine Belgian style lacing, between sips you just have to admire the beauty this beer has to offer. Aroma ful of tropical fruit/bananas, mangoes, and hints of pineapple. Bold spicy yeast with pale malt breadiness, and herbal hops in the background. Flavors explode with ripened banana, citrus fruit, hints of pineapple juicy fruit. Spicy yeast/hops provided nice balance to the fruit laiden sweetness. creamy finish with a touch of booze in the background. Muthfeel has welcoming warmth with the booze but a smooth juicy effervescently carbonated body. Incredibly smooth and drinkable as it warms the booze becomes much more apparent but the flavor is just as enticing. (816 characters)

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a chalice)
A- This beer pours a clear apricot body with an off-white head that is a bit bubbly and tiny bubbles that trail up the side of the glass. This beer gets hazier with each pour and there is a nice creamy lace that slides back down the glass after each sip.
S- The dry club soda yeasty aroma has some light dried fruit notes and a light circus peanut ester with some soft spice in the finish. T- The dry yeasty apricot and white raisin flavor finishes with a soft fusel spice. There is a green note to the finish and a very light banana ester comes through when the beer opens up a bit.
M- The light mouthfeel has a light creamy texture to the head and soft alcohol heat when the beer warms a bit.
D- This beer has a crisp delicate flavor and a smooth quality to it. The alcohol is very well hidden and the hint of hops is nice come though at the finish. It doesn't have the perfume qualities that I like in a tripel but it is very easy to drink. (969 characters)

Photo of ste5venla
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of JMS1512
4.36/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MB4slow
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of pianoman511
5/5  rDev +22%

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

Tripel Perfection - quite a name to live up to!

Served cool into a globe, TP has a hazy yellow-orange color with thick longlasting head.

Aroma is awesome with beautiful floral, spice, and yeast characteristics that are all working very well together.

Flavor is intense but enjoyable. It's got all of the classic tripel elements like spice (pepper and clove), mild tropical fruit (banana and pineapple), and complex yeast esters. The only problem is that they don't all seem to be in unison the way the best versions are.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with big champagne-like carbonation.

Overall a tasty tripel but not perfection. It's lacking in balance and overly carbonated for me. (686 characters)

Photo of marmstrong1212
3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

Photo of Griffith
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of Stigs
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle

A - pours with a huge amount of frothy, creamy eggshell colored foam. the beer is hazy and golden in color. leaves behind a thin film of lace as it retreats, resetting after every sip.

S - very nice, intense pale malts and loads of sweet grains, slight twang of lemon and citrus peels, white grapes, apples.

T - very fruity, some pineapple, fresh granny smith apples (adding a subtle tartness), and green grapes. turns grainy in the middle, with the alcohol coming alive. spotty appearences by spices, cloves...finishes with some lingering fruitiness and strong (also slightly alcoholic) grains.

M - medium bodied, carbonation is about spot on, lively and propels the flavors. leaves mouth feeling a bit sticky, yet goes down smooth. very nice, quite refreshing.

D - very impressive. great fruity flavors yet doesnt hide an excellent grain profile. not "perfection" but a damn good attempt. (909 characters)

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Tripel Perfection from Brewery Ommegang
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