Tripel Perfection - Brewery Ommegang

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Ratings: 397
Reviews: 177
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 8.23%
Wants: 48
Gots: 65 | 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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Photo of kels
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to the bff for the bday gift:)

Pours a rich apricot shade with some darker honey highlights. It's murky and appears viscous with no clarity. The initial skim of a fizzy white head dissipates immediately leaving no spotting, speckling, or lace to speak of.

Aroma offers light, floral hops, honey sweetness and a touch of spice behind a surprisingly big hit of alcohol. I know the ABV is decent, but I didn't expect such as commanding presence in the nose. It doesn't overwhelm or deter, but it definitely takes the spotlight.

The taste bursts with bright and juicy flavors. Tons of honey, lemon, and a nice, light spiciness fill the palate. The flowery, herbal hops come across sort of like chamomile. The punch of alcohol in the nose is somewhat subdued in the taste, but it's definitely still there and balances the brightness of the beer well. Feel is moderate and mouthfilling and lightened only by moderate to strong carbonation. Despite the viscosity, the finish is pretty clean and crisp.

This is a highly drinkable beer. It's tasty, it's full-bodied, and it's crisp. That hit of alcohol in the nose could use some taming, but this is definitely one I'm glad to try.

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Photo of RoyalT
4.32/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

Photo of Billolick
4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
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

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.

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.

Photo of MattyG85
4.47/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

Photo of GilGarp
4.24/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

Photo of Stigs
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

Photo of Sammy
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%
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.

Photo of bamojr
3.72/5  rDev -9.9%
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.

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.

Photo of dirtylou
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
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

Photo of nickthetick
4.28/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: its a very beautiful brew poured into the ommegang flute like chalice with a nice amber color. It starts with a nice frothy slightly off white head that settles down to about a half finger to a finger and leaves a moderate amount of lacing.

S: spicy, a good amount of mixed hop and malt notes. Peppery and almost has an apple hint. The most noticeable of the spices are the clove, cinnamon and nutmeg.

T: with the taste there is a spicy to peppery start that hangs around throughout the experience. Darker, but not quite roasted, malt is noticed as well as a good sour profile. The hops can be picked up but not overly so and a fruit flavor brings it together. A sour/tart after taste is left behind. I just realized I haven't mentioned the alcohol content or taste yet; this is mainly because its masked rather well and not that noticeable.

MF: while the alcohol taste is masked the warmth is still there. This is a very complex effervescent brew leaves a nice tingle on the tongue. Its creamy and not too heavy and has a nice feeling.

D: bought this in a gift pack with a three phils, BPA and a glass. It was a good buy and I will be purchasing again but since its limited release I'll be looking real hard.

Photo of Gmann
3.95/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly hazy golden orange color with an average white head that settles into a sparse cap. Looks a touch light and the head retention was less than your average Belgian tripel. The aroma is of light yeasty phenols, some banana, and candi sugar. Again not as deep in aroma as other tripels but no off aromas either. Nice sweet flavor, floral honey, very light coriander with some yeasty phenols, clove and banana. Light to moderate feel with very fizzy carbonation, quite burpy. No detectable hop bitterness. This is a very easy drinking tripel, no cloying sweetness or heavy handed coriander. It is lacking a certain depth but is well made.

Photo of scootny
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A beautiful hazy gold with a sizable head and decent lace. Smell is sweet with a good breadiness and a peppery spiciness. Yeast and light fruits including apples and grapes. A bit of banana as well

Taste is close to perfect. Just missing a certain "Je ne sais quoi" and not by much. Still the palate is full of malt and sweet Belgian candy. Bananas and pannetone. Rich vanilla cream and a touch of alcohol. Just a touch and not enough to draw attention to itself. Hops are mild and earthy to start flowing into a gentle bitterness that balances the sweetness delicately and artfully. Feel is luxurious and creamy with a rich full velvety swallow. Nice.

Quite drinkable for the abv. However it is rich enough that you are not going to look to this one for a thirst quencher. That being said it goes down quicker than almost any tripel. Karmeliet being the benchmark for me here.

A superb ale from Ommegang and I will be looking for several of these to cellar. I like much.

Photo of KTCamm
3.9/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

Photo of Brutaltruth
4.24/5  rDev +2.7%
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.



Photo of beerthulhu
4.16/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: A gorgeous pearl white head of generous proportions sits atop of an bright orange colored body that showcased a vivid and strong effervesce factor composed of micro-bubbles following in single file fashion upwards at a rapid rate. The head leaves a nice splattery of macro foam deposits covering the glass only after its had its share of retention and limelight.

S: The nose was yeasty, of fresh dough, white grapes and a soft lemony touch. There is a bit of floral aspect as well muskiness that comes through but no signs of the 9.8% abv.

T: Yeasty attributes of fresh dough and peardrop combine with a soft warming of alcohol along with some wet lemon hopping. The malting is the highlight here, very crisp and clean pale grains (perhaps Belgian pilsner) that exemplifies smoothness and refinement. The hopping was spicy, perhaps styrian, providing some spicy notes of dry apricots and peaches while the alcohol adds a bit of its own spicy character. Wet fresh citrus, curaco oranges and some warm honey notes add subtle hints of sweetness and a soft complexity to the overall perception.

M: Smooth and velvet like texture, with a medium body gives this a great feel and hold. Warm and spicy with a citrus and honey like fade upon the swallow.

D: The overall drinkability and delivery is one that was exceptionally smooth and polished, a tribute to their fine tuning and perfection seeking regiment that made holding out for this beer worthy of its name. There is hardly any indication to its 8.9%abv nature, making you want to continue drinking this beer long after. Perfection? About as close as you could possible ask for.

Photo of akorsak
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mmmm, Ommegang Tripel. A corked and caged 750 mL bottle.

A: The tripel is golden, hazed over completely, with a glow. The marmalade radiance supported a finger and a half of white head that left small patches of lace in its wake.

S: The tripel is full of coriander, sweet and spicy. Pale candi sugars add pale fruit aromas, as does the Belgian yeast. Grainy aromas are just below the surface. Surprisingly, the longer the ale sits out, the more the aroma subsides.

T: The pale fruits and a lively carbonation are the first aspects to register. The fruits are pear and apple, the carbonation scrubbing. A dash of black pepper and ample coriander follow, a wall of spices. Citrus flavors come through at the end of each sip, a little lemon zest to see you off. The spiciness leaves the ale very dry; but in doing so it delivers a strong dose of sweetness. A strong tripel.

M: The mouthfeel is rich, fruity and sweet. My kind of tripel. The dryness is a little much at times but the full flavor makes up for it.

D: A stronger ale that leaves a big footprint. The sweet fruit and spicy yeast are a winning combo.

Photo of aranheaney
4.06/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Part of the same gift-pack previously mentioned, poured into a DFH Snifter:

A-Golden Straw, one finger of head and some lacing

S-a bit harsh, some sugar and Belgian yeast with a little bit of citrus thrown in

T-much better than the smell, good carbonation and nice from start to finish

M-good, nothing unpleasant here

D-good, but nice as a night cap....

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.39/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle split and poured into a Tripel Karmeliet tulip. 8.9% ABV, Serve at 40 degrees F, Packaged on 03/15/10, Best By [illegible] 13. (Thank God Ommegang has started dating their bottles!)

A - The cork pop signifies healthy carbonation and it certainly is on the pour. A fluffy cloud-white head pops up but sinks with haste, uncharacteristic of this style. Decent lace above the lightly hazy golden yellow beer.

S - Perfect tripel aroma with hints of clay and earth behind a Belgian yeast nose. Perfection in aroma, I can't stop myself from taking deep whiffs of this. Pale malts in the background with a kiss of light floral hops change it up a bit. I'm almost finding myself speechless from the nose of this complex and flawless aroma.

T - Very citrusy with a large yeast punch and a hefty clay flavor with a solid backing of pale malts. A sharp bite comes through on the finish with a tiny touch of alcohol and green hops. It's far from the perfection the nose offers, but it's still a tasty brew.

M - Medium-light bodied with a sharp carbonation bite to the finish. Smooth and clean, well-balanced finish of malts and a tiny kiss of bitterness.

D - This is very drinkable for the percent as well as the awesome flavor and mouthfeel. In the end it's a tripel with a flawless nose but a beer that's off from perfection. Still, it's a good tripel that tastes like its straight from Belgium.

Photo of fourstringer
3.9/5  rDev -5.6%
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.


Photo of smakawhat
3.91/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass. So been wanting this brew for so long, now as a tripel junkie this is my chance. A good solid pop off the cork when opening.

Great looking off the pour. Frothy rocking head off white in color, with thick bubbled retention and staying power. Slowly falls with no clingy lace. Body color is a crystal clear but very deep bronze. The lightest touch of carbonation, and a good middle column rising in the center, but not roaring or very large. Excellent looking tripel.

Nose is real unique but also has some off putting character. There's a muddy almost bile like note to this. Big clove like phenolic action going on, even a touch of cinnamon pokes out. Not much fruity quality or sweetness either. Basically a big spiced note, with some oddity to it.

Palate comes very well though. Big rush of fruity peach orange and candy like notes, but toned down with some very dry carbonation. Good honey sweetness finish and surprisingly very crisp and dry, almost pilsner like. Big sweet minty finish which seems to take over from the many brown like hinting hot spices that seemed to be on the bouquet before. Lots of almost champagne like carbonation on this as well which really cuts down the sweetness nicely.

It's a nice decent brew, but has a weird aroma and doesn't quite hit the echelon for me. Coriander doesn't always jump on my palate, and the licorice isn't really noticeable if perhaps in some nice slick mouthfeel, but this is still a very decent tripel worth having.

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Tripel Perfection from Brewery Ommegang
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