Tripel Perfection - Brewery Ommegang

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92
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306 Ratings
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Ratings: 306
Reviews: 158
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 8.72%
Wants: 33
Gots: 34 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brewery Ommegang visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Tripel |  8.90% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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(Beer added by: cosmicevan on 04-25-2010)
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look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Cloudy golden straw with more of an orange tint. Nice white head. Little to no lacing.
Champagne-like carbonation.

S: Spice, clove, citrus. Very nice. Complex smell and nicely balanced.

T&M: Spices, mild fruitiness, and very nice belgian yeast/mild alcohol finish. Medium bodied and very well-balanced.

This stuff is GREAT! It is probably really good aged in bottle conditioning. I'm looking forwared to trying it! Definitely at the top of my list on tripels.

Photo of biegaman
4.83/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This tripel looks like an exact 50/50 blend of honey and marmalade. What probably would be a glistening gold luster is clogged up by a viscous looking complexion, one responsible for turning transparency into mere translucency. Its head wouldn't make the cut on a real Belgian squad but is spongy and consistent enough to earn its spot in this here glass.

This bouquet is a cornucopia of flavours and includes: spices (clove, cinnamon), herbs (lavender and a quieted hop pungency), sweetness (pure vanilla, honeycomb toffee), fruits (mostly citrus) and maltiness (bread and grains). It is with alcohol but without heat, all the best features of the style rolled into one sublime fragrance.

When I can't tell this apart from Westmalle Tripel or Tripel Karmeliet - two of not only my personal favourites but the style's highest rated examples - I start addressing the name "Tripel Perfection" with a little more seriousness. This is a beer the Belgians would embrace with open arms (assuming, that is, they could tell it wasn't already one of their own).

To note flavours of pear, apple, vanilla and honey-oat bread is to mention only crude abstractions that don't justify the deliciously sublime and complex maltiness of this beer. Oats must have been used because it has a texture that is so creamy and filling. Its taste is lightly toasty and fairly sweet, with a banana-like fruitiness and delightful, refreshing spiciness that impersonates the zing of fresh-cut ginger with stupefying similarity.

I don't know what spices Ommegang uses for this and, frankly, I don't really care to. All the flavours I'm tasting can be readily traced back to the yeast. But, hey, if the beer needs the spices to more closely emulate the clove-y/peppery character of the Belgian classics, so be it. And if I can't identify even a single one of them, all the better...

But the brewery might want to share their secret with their fellow brewing compatriots, who, by and large, tend to make a mess of this style. In my experience, U.S. variations are more often off than on, and only a small handful have succeeded in crafting anything on par with the Belgian masters. Ommegang, however, undoubtedly deserves mention in the same breath as Westmalle and Karmeliet, which, indeed, makes its close to perfect.

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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a tulip, the beer pours a thick white head that lingers over a cloudy orange/amber color. Sweet candy, yeasty aroma. Taste is fantastic; malt, sweet, spice, with a little bit of a dry finish. Drinks quite easily without much of an alcoholic burn. Another outstanding offering from the guys in Cooperstown. I'd put in on par from some of the best of what Unibroue or the Belgians have to offer.

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.63/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Ommegang Tripel Perfection, 750 ml, ..."The triple is among the most popular of Belgian ales. Brewed with simple ingredients and fierce attention to detail, there is little room for error--but lots of opportunity. Perfection isn't easily acheived---but once achieved it is always memorable."

So let's open it up, and go!

Cloudy, light golden hue, big white head, long lasting, lace leaving. Fits the part.

Aroma: spice and citrus, very airy, white pepper meets lemon peel, matched with Belgian yeast.

Taste: incessant blitz of hops, spice, citrus zest, and fierce carbonation. Bam, zam, lovely, lovely, lovely. This has all a triple wants and need, and more. Nothing more to say, it has it all...pale malt, abundant yeast, zesty citrus and spice, the whole deal. Genius. Thoroughly amazing. Yum and yum. Every inch the very verisimilitude of a top-notch triple.

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4.55/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: 1 1/2 fingers head. Fairly carbonated; great lacing and beautiful orange color.

S: Wonderful citrus, light wheat and candied sugar aromas in the background. Spicy aroma.

T: Tastes of citrus, orange peel and candied sugar once again. Light dried grape and typical belgian flavors. Very spicy with some lemon zest adding to the citrus.

M: Very smooth and fairly bubbly. Nice feel overall, very enjoyable.

D: Very drinkable, goes down smooth. Nice feel and wonderfully done beer.

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4.55/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber from Beverage Mart on NY 66. No dating. "Serve at 40F"

Wow, prepare to get knocked back by the amazing aroma of this beer. I could smell it from the glass a full foot and a half away from my sniffer. Pours a cloudy orange with a thick, creamy head. Good lacing and carbonation. Flavor is, in a word, sharp. This beer has some serious flavor; spice, orange, banana, everything you would hope for.

Very easy to drink -- but this is a big beer, so watch out.

Another winner from Ommegang.

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Tripel Perfection from Brewery Ommegang
92 out of 100 based on 306 ratings.