Tripel Perfection - Brewery Ommegang
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3/5 rDev -27.4%
This is by far the worst Ommegang beer I've had. Thank you, Alex!
Pouring a beautiful, clear, light orange with a dense, white head with decent retention, this is a great looking tripel. The nose - not so great. For a beer this fresh, it smells surprisingly muted and dull. The spice character is noticeable, with some coriander and bitter orange peel, but neither of these has the brightness and delicacy I expect from a good tripel. It is also surprisingly hot for something under 9%. There's some light honey and bread character to the nose as well. Similar on the palate on the nose, this really tastes disappointingly stale. Some clove, pepper, coriander and orange peel are all noticeable, but there's a stale bread flavor that I just can't get behind. Drying and a little hot on the finish, this beer is light in body with moderate carbonation. I wonder what the deal is with this beer, if this was an off first batch, or if this is actually what they were going for.
05-13-2010 12:45:26 | More by DefenCorps
3.2/5 rDev -22.5%
Neck dated bottled 3/15/10. 750mL brown glass cork and cage finished.
Appearance: Hazy orange amber with tall fluffy bone-wheat head that stays like merrangue.
Nose: Simple Belgian-yeast frutiness, peach and hay notes.
Palate: Bright and sharp on the tip of the tongue with alcohol prickle. Tight carbonation releases slowly (not explosive). I think there's corriander in there. Palate is grassy and hop driven, somewhat astringent. Finish is sharp and not well integrated.
Notes: Probably will improve with time, but doesn't rock my socks.
06-23-2010 19:35:43 | More by SFLpunk
3.25/5 rDev -21.3%
This bottle was purchased as a gift pack with two other Ommegang beers. Poured into an Ommegang glass.
Poured good and slow as to not disturb too much yeast. Good head but kind of weak looking. Hazy brew looks like a wheat. Tastes decent but the booze follows a bit too much with a kind of solvent burn. Feels okay, it's smooth but tickles the tongue too, decent carb.
I probably wouldn't purchase this again in the future but something tells me that as my palate refines I will appreciate it more in a few years. This may be a revisit down the road and worthy of a re-review.
02-23-2011 13:22:09 | More by engagechad
3.53/5 rDev -14.5%
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.
07-02-2010 16:24:10 | More by tigg924
3.53/5 rDev -14.5%
A - Hazy, golden colored beer with a white head that had decent retention and left some lace on the sides.
S - A bit of floral and fruity notes, lighter on the yeast and ethers, appropriate for the style. Little bit of citrus zest in there spices it up a bit.
T - Spice, citrus zest, some banana, yeast, ethers. It's decently sweet and pretty solid, but nothing I'd write home about.
M - Lively, active carbonation. Lighter side of medium bodied.
O - Solid, not particularly memorable, but something you can enjoy drinking if you like the style.
07-25-2011 21:52:45 | More by AgentZero
3.58/5 rDev -13.3%
Not the best Ommegang beer or the best Tripel I have tried but it is still pretty solid. Corked and caged 750 ml bottle, poured into a Chimay goblet. Pours an orangey/straw gold hazy color wit the usual delicately bubbly white head that fades quickly. Some filmy lacing on the glass.
Aroma is pears and apples, a little sweetness (candi sugar) and a hint of alcohol.
Tastes pretty good. The fruit and sweetness are good. The alcohol is a bit harsh until the beer is at room temperature. What is lacking is a heavy belgian yeast presence and spices. The best Tripels have almost a cheese like yeasty funk and more spice presence, especially pepper. This one is a little less complex.
Mouthfeel is just right. Bubbly carbonated head up front. Richness throughout. Alcohol is a bit harsh up front, much less so when the beer is warm.
I am enjoying this, but there are better (American) Tripels out there.
05-28-2012 01:21:47 | More by JayQue
3.6/5 rDev -12.8%
Tripel Perfection has a hazy golden body and only a tiny off-white head. Retention and lacing are both lacking, but I think if served out of a bottle it would be different.
The aroma has a good mix of pale malt, candied sugar, alcohol and yeasty esters that include fruit, coriander and clove. Not bad at all.
I think I like the aroma of Tripel perfection better than I like the flavor. All of the positive notes from the aroma are also present in the flavor, but the alcohol is much stronger. With that said, candied sugar is the strongest flavor, followed by pale malts and the esters that include coriander and clove. It also has a light fruitiness that is very enjoyable. The finish is the problem here, because the alcohol is pretty harsh.
Mouthfeel is fine; full-bodied with moderate carbonation. Better than fine actually, it's pretty good.
Tripel perfection isn't bad, but it's a little hot and heavy for me. It's worth a try for fans of Ommegang.
05-09-2010 00:14:52 | More by Hojaminbag
3.6/5 rDev -12.8%
Pours a pale golden color, foggy with a nice cap of white foam that forms upon initial pour and retains decently though soon fades to something much thinner. Nice glass clinging effects.
The smell is vaguely funky, some nice earth and spice aromas hit the nose. The taste is similar to the nose, earth and spice and a vague yeasty funk.
The mouthfeel is what is to be expected, bubbly and smooth. Easy to drink. Pretty good beer.
03-25-2011 03:50:19 | More by donteatpoop
3.6/5 rDev -12.8%
Nice looking bottle. The art ties in with the new Belgian Pale. On to the beer.
A: Fairly dark golden color with a bit of orange in there. A little bit darker than I like my tripels. A little bit of yeast at the bottom of my tulip and that is just from the first pour. That I enjoy. A touch of white head with only the faintest hints of lacing.
S: Yeasty and bready up front. Little bit of citrus. A little bit of white pepper but it is a fairly tight nose especially for the style.
T: Very sweet. Super sweet even. Malty. Lots of candi sugar. A touch of spiciness.
M: Fairly dry. Carbonation is a little on the low side for the style.
D: A good beer that is a little off style. I will be the first to say this is a damn near impossible style to nail down. I enjoyed this beer but they need to tweak it a little bit more.
04-25-2010 19:38:32 | More by aerozeppl
3.63/5 rDev -12.1%
Poured light golden color with a large puffy off-white head with excellent lacing.
Lemon, spice and yeast in the aroma.
Medium body and slight tartness with soft carbonation.
A bit of alcohol hotness that seems out of balance.
Orange and spice in the finish.
01-06-2011 02:45:40 | More by GatheringBrews
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3.65/5 rDev -11.6%
A: Tripel Perfection is a light orange color and appears hazy. A typically large, fluffy, white head is perched atop the beer. The head retention is very good and leaves some quality lacing behind.
S: Citrus, yeast, alcohol, spices. Smells like a tripel.
T: The beer has a lot of flavor, with nice notes of citrus and spice. However, I find it to be a bit too sweet for my liking.
M: Medium body, with a good feel, though again, a bit sweet.
D: An OK beer and a decent example of the style.
12-10-2010 18:14:12 | More by Huhzubendah
3.7/5 rDev -10.4%
Pours a somewhat murky gold with little head even after the piping cork. Smells slightly floral and fruity. Some eaters, but many more in the taste. Flavor brings caramelized bananas and a great amount of fruit. Medium mouthfeel with good carbonation. Good example of the style, but nothing out of the ordinary.
09-19-2010 19:05:40 | More by Thorpe429
3.7/5 rDev -10.4%
Ommegang claims three years' work making this brew. But do they deliver on their claims of perfection?
A: First, the bottle: heavy glass, corked and caged. The cork pops perfectly: easily but not prematurely. The bottle style is a bulged-neck "bubbler" that foams the beer during the pour. This, combined with the high effervescence, made for a massive, fizzy head. (I should also note that I misjudged the chilling needed for such thick glass, so the temperature was on the warm side, adding to the foam.)
Triple perfection is a hazy, golden, burnt-straw ale. The head sinks into the beer, leaving an everlasting cream with swirls of bright white on ivory. Fingers of the cap climb up the side of the goblet when tilted, but always slowly slide back down, leaving no lacing.
S: The nose is immediately spicy and phenolic, with warm peppery and sulfurous notes, and a lingering tartness. Lemongrass and strong grassy scents are the only character imparted from the hops. There is also a slight sourdough bread funkiness reminiscent of a brett beer, although I don't think that this tripel is soured.
T: The flavor is surprisingly dry and vinous. Immediately, Tripel Perfection delivers an upfront dry bitterness, suggesting a heavy early-hop charge. As with any good tripel, a green-apple tartness is balanced by a candi sugar spiciness. Acetaldehyde is present, but not overpowering.
D: For the style, the drinkability of this tripel is medium-high, but generally, strong Trappist beers are sipping beers, with less drinkability. Tripel Perfection borders on refreshing and crisp, but the drinkability is limited by the subversive battle being waged between the bitter hops and the high alcohol.
M: The mouthfeel combines lush creaminess with effervescent carbonic bite, for a pleasant, but not extraordinary experience.
Ommegang Tripel Perfection is a great beer, but not the most accessible tripel. Is it perfection, as the label claims? Sadly, no. But despite being slightly more dry and tart than many Belgians, Tripel Perfection remains one of the best Belgian beers crafted in the States.
08-13-2010 16:35:37 | More by SPThirtyThree
3.7/5 rDev -10.4%
A: A finger of white head. On top of an absolutely clear copper body.
S: It is not a very strong aroma, but it is nice. The aroma is slightly floral and grassy. There is also a tiny bit sweetness.
T: Quite a bit of sweetness with the same slightly grassy and floral notes. Not extremely flavorful, but overall enjoyable. Ends just a bit dry. Not really extremely interesting.
M: Medium to full body with good carbonation.
D: Rather drinkable and very enjoyable.
01-02-2011 00:54:33 | More by OnThenIn
3.73/5 rDev -9.7%
*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.
01-03-2011 02:08:41 | More by bamojr
3.73/5 rDev -9.7%
Served in a stemmed Tulip glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.
Appearance: As served the beer is a nice clear golden orange/apricot color with a ½" white head that soon recedes to a ring around the glass. While the ring of foam persists for a while by about half way through the beer sipping leaves only a little scattered lacing.
Smell: The aroma is fruity and spicy with touches of orange and coriander but a bit on the light side.
Taste: The nose predicts the flavor fairly well with some light orange taste and some coriander. There are also traces of clove and pepper, but these are quite muted. The alcohol is hardly detectable.
Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is medium-full bodied with adequate carbonation. The finish is fairly long and ends with a touch of dryness that makes it easy to take the next sip. It is really only in the finish that the alcohol shows a bit of its heat and presence.
Drinkability: While not the most complicated tripel I've had this one seemed to me to be a good well made beer, as we would expect from Ommegang. While its not at the top of my list of favorites I liked it well enough that I'll give it a try again sometime
05-19-2010 18:52:55 | More by drtth
Tripel Perfection from Brewery Ommegang
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