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Tripel Perfection - Brewery Ommegang

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Ratings: 303
Reviews: 158
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 8.72%
Wants: 32
Gots: 31 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brewery Ommegang visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Tripel |  8.90% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: cosmicevan on 04-25-2010)
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Reviews by cosmicevan:
Photo of cosmicevan
4.38/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a 32oz growler of this at a tasting yesterday.

A - Poured a slightly less hazy honey orange than when I had it from a bottle. There was little to no head and the carbonation was also hardly present. The growler should still be plenty fresh...poured yesterday and a swing top. Was somewhat surprised to see the lack of livliness.

S - Same amazing smell from the bottle...Bubblegum, clove, orange, citric fruit, and a really nice softly spiced candy smell. Smells really inviting. Very complex but all nicely balanced and complimenting smells.

T - Same great taste from the bottle, perhaps even a bit better than I had remembered. The freshness from the growler really gave this beer an even candier and sweeter taste than the bottle version. Still very fruity. Same apple, pear, and spicey bubblegum but the alcohol seemed tamer than I remembered. Really nice flavor. Almost like a Tripel with a touch of Saison.

M - No defined alcohol bite that I had experienced in the bottle. Leaves a bit of a peppery and cooling aftertaste. Much more vibrant in the mouth than the appearance would lend you to expect.

D - Better from the tap/growler than the bottle for sure. I remember being somewhat under impressed with the bottled version, but from the growler...pretty great! Looking forward to BCTC at the end of July!

cosmicevan, Jul 10, 2010
More User Reviews:
Photo of RoyalT
4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

RoyalT, Oct 03, 2010
Photo of MadScientist
4.5/5  rDev +9%

MadScientist, Apr 24, 2014
Photo of generallee
4/5  rDev -3.1%

generallee, Sep 20, 2012
Photo of ayb
4.5/5  rDev +9%

ayb, Jul 09, 2014
Photo of Billolick
4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
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

Billolick, May 06, 2010
Photo of tigg924
3.53/5  rDev -14.5%
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.

tigg924, Jul 02, 2010
Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

Mora2000, Dec 02, 2010
Photo of virinow
4/5  rDev -3.1%

virinow, Jan 16, 2012
Photo of WVbeergeek
4.13/5  rDev 0%
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.

WVbeergeek, Sep 26, 2010
Photo of rhoadsrage
4.22/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

rhoadsrage, Oct 19, 2010
Photo of ste5venla
4/5  rDev -3.1%

ste5venla, Jan 02, 2014
Photo of MB4slow
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

MB4slow, Jul 04, 2014
Photo of pianoman511
5/5  rDev +21.1%

pianoman511, Dec 30, 2013
Photo of GilGarp
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

GilGarp, Jun 03, 2010
Photo of marmstrong1212
3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

marmstrong1212, Apr 15, 2014
Photo of Griffith
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Griffith, Feb 25, 2014
Photo of Stigs
4.18/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

Stigs, Jun 06, 2010
Photo of Cbmccarthy
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Cbmccarthy, Nov 14, 2014
Photo of Sammy
3.78/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Cole's. Ommegang has been producing regular new Belgian beers these days,and consistently enjoyable. I enjoyed this one, yeasty, tasty, creamy mouthfeel. A meal in itself.Suitably carbonated, understated and balanced spices. Nice effort, decent representation of the style.

Sammy, May 25, 2010
Photo of bamojr
3.73/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

*Notes from 1/1/11*

Pours a cloudy golden. Smells very strongly of coriander. This one tastes very bitter and has a very potent taste of coriander which has a tendency to overpower most of the other flavors in this brew. This is probably my least favorite of beer from Ommegang.

bamojr, Jan 03, 2011
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle into Ommegang tulip, from notes.
A: A two finger head fluffs up to a nice white that sits on top of a highly carbonated, light golden body. Swaths of lacing are left but do settle as does the head.
S: A sweet bready aroma, a bite of hops and a smooth presences of yeast. Some candy sugars on the off taste.
T/M: The overall taste is a bit on the lower end of intensity, but all flavors are very classic and do justice calling this brew a Tripel. The mouthfeel is a full burst of carbonation. As the nose suggests the finding of a bready, banana and clove profile is found. Strong lingering notes of yeast.
D: A very nicely hidden ABV, making this a nice all around drinking beer and not just a sipper. Classic taste of a Tripel, although nothing jumping out in to unknown waters.

GDBEERMAN, Nov 23, 2010
Photo of dirtylou
4.22/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle - Star on Great Taste ticket day

split and served with a lemon-pepper pasta dish with asparagus, pancetta, and peas

appearance: served in my hopleaf tulip - cloudy bright copper body, foamy white crest and nice retention

smell: pineapple, clove, vanilla, belgian yeast, honey, nice floral hops

taste: nice tripel - spicy clove and peppercorn, sweet belgian yeast, pineapple, tropical fruit, smooth vanilla, fresh floral hops, bready and doughy, sweet and well balanced

mouthfeel: a little on the creamy side, a touch of spice from the yeast and alcohol

drinkability: good

dirtylou, May 05, 2010
Photo of Mpenders
4.5/5  rDev +9%

Mpenders, Jul 01, 2014
Photo of cliff1066
4/5  rDev -3.1%

cliff1066, Jan 08, 2013
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Tripel Perfection from Brewery Ommegang
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