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Tripel Perfection - Brewery Ommegang

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

298 Ratings
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Ratings: 298
Reviews: 158
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 8.72%
Wants: 29
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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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 djrn2
4/5  rDev -3.1%

djrn2, Nov 24, 2011
Photo of zestar
4/5  rDev -3.1%

zestar, Aug 10, 2014
Photo of Thorpe429
3.7/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

Thorpe429, Sep 19, 2010
Photo of metter98
4.13/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear golden yellow in color. It poured into a snifter glass with a finger high bright white head that slowly died down but never completely faded away. A medium amount of carbonation is visible from the rising bubbles.
S: The smell is complex and fairly strong, consisting of aromas of citrus, cloves, bananas, pepper and yeast.
T: Like the smell, the taste is also complex and shares many similarities in the flavors. There is some spiciness and bitterness, but these are nicely contrasted by the sweetness of candi sugar.
M: It feels light-bodied and smooth on the palate with a moderate to high amount of carbonation. The spices leave dryness on the finish.
D: The beer is definitely a sipper given its alcohol content but the alcohol is well masked.

metter98, Nov 17, 2010
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.28/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

BuckeyeNation, Jan 29, 2011
Photo of BEERchitect
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

An absolute joy of a Tripel. But I keep looking for that intangible magical quality that separates it from other good Tripels.

The look of the beer delivers on a glowing golden color, mild haze, and good retention of cotton-white foam. Moderate lacing. The beer carries a quentessential Tripel appearance, just shy of something outstanding.

Bright flavors and aromas of pilsner malt (fresh baked breads or crackers) mix with confectioner's sugar seetness that seems to evaporate on the palate. Fruity esters of apples, lemons, pears, and appricots balance agains spicy white pepper, corriander softness, and alcohols. Herbal hops give floral character and tea-like taste while giving bitterness to the flavor predominately in the finish.

All these flavors and aromas balance very well against each other and with such restraint that the beer seems effortless. Thinking this is a benefit to the brewers, this also prevents any standout flavors from rising to the attention of the taster. Perhaps safe, but savory and pleasurable nonetheless.

The beer starts with a soft sweetness, lightly creamy texture that gives and early impression of weight or dextrin. But the beer's carbonation carry the beer from the early sweetness into a lightly acidic and zesty spiciness, lifting the beer off the tongue and seemingly evaporates into thin air. Delicious and effortless to drink in the end due to alcohol warmth and good attenuation.

BEERchitect, Aug 28, 2010
Photo of mikesgroove
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

light golden hue of it had a nice cloudiness to it that seemed to come through nicely with a bit of lacing around the sides.

aroma is light bready notes and hints of banana, cloves, pears, light tart apples and a touch of spice on the edges. clean, very clean flavor that it is very hard to find really any fault here in that. super clean with light body and a nice medium palate with hints of grain and light fruits that seem to dance all over the place. light bears and nice touches of fruit and light spice. smooth, clean finish

mikesgroove, Nov 27, 2011
Photo of jaydoc
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

jaydoc, May 10, 2014
Photo of Knapp85
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one poured out with a really nice looking yellow gold color. There was a nice hazy to it and a fluffy white head on top as well. The lacing was a little sticky on this one which was pretty nice. The smell of the beer was full of yeasty aromas and some soft spices in the mix. The taste of the beer was was a little tart upfront which caught me off guard, after it warmed it got better. The spices cae out a little more and the sweetness of the grains did too. The mouthfeel of this beer was very drinkable, soft and refreshing. Overall I thought this was a really nice Tripel.

Knapp85, Sep 07, 2011
Photo of TMoney2591
3.93/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in an Ommegang "balloon glass".

Thanks go out to jonesy77 for tipping me off to this guy's presence in the District! It pours a hazy sunshine straw with a finger of white bubbly head. The nose comprises wheat, some grass, bready yeast, clove, and a faintish banana, much lighter than I would have initially figured. The taste brings this apparently mostly theoretical banana element into true focus, joined by cloves, pepper, cardamom, and that always fun and super-vague term, "spice". Since I've never encountered All-Spice in the real world (beer world is nicer, but heavy on the escapism...kinda like taco land...), I can't use it here, but I still kinda wanna replace "spice" with "all-spice". Maybe not. Regardless, the body is on the lighter side of medium, with a lightly active carbonation and a fairly dry finish. Overall a solid tripel, not unexpected from the Belgian-leaning peeps up at Ommegang.

TMoney2591, Jun 19, 2010
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 TheManiacalOne
3.79/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On-tap 1/7/2014 at Doherty’s Ale House, in Warwick, RI served in a snifter glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a large foamy off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick but spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains spices, fruit, caramelized malts, Belgian yeast and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with a strong spice flavor and complementary flavors of caramel and fruit. Then some breadiness comes in from Belgian yeast and a hearty but not too heavy malt character. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings a good balance. The after-taste is bready and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, this is a solid beer to drink for a while if you’re in the mood for the style.

TheManiacalOne, Jan 08, 2014
Photo of MasterSki
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle picked up at Binny's. Served in a taster glass.

A - Quick-dissolving white foam that settles to a thin ring, leaving behind minimal lace. Hazed golden peach body that has some transparency and obvious suspended solids.

S - Grains of paradise, Belgian yeast, stone fruits, candi sugar, estery spices. Very convincing tripel.

T - Again, lots of yeast, stone fruits, honey, grains of paradise, and pale malts. Yeasty finish and aftertaste. A pretty accurate American take on a Belgian tripel.

M - Active but pleasant carbonation. Medium body, dry finish.

D - It's a very convincing take on the style, but nothing mind-blowing. Alcohol is pretty well-hidden. Would have this again if offered.

MasterSki, Feb 27, 2011
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.

feloniousmonk, Jan 23, 2011
Photo of drabmuh
3.88/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer served in a stange for some reason. Beer is yellow and clear until the end where you can't avoid the dregs, but they don't affect the flavor so who cares. Forms a white head of a bunch of mediuma nd small bubbles that don't bother to hang out long enough to see how the beer tastes, lacing low.

Aroma is sweet and spicy with coriander, orange peel. Almost smells like a heavily spiced wit.

Flavor is better than the aroma thankfully. Pretty spicy and nicely balanced. Doesn't finish dry and the beer is mostly sweet in the front with only minimal bitterness in the back. I'd have it again.

drabmuh, Jun 08, 2010
Photo of WesWes
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a nice golden color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a sweet pale malt scent along with a solid yeast character and light alcohol warmth. The taste is good as well. It has a smooth pale malt flavor with loads of yeast esters and a bit of dry earthiness. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a very brewed tripel. Ommegang is branching out and I couldn't be happier.

WesWes, Apr 29, 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 Gueuzedude
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A solid pour into my Lost Abbey Teku glass produces a fat, three-finger thick, pale, off-white colored head that leaves some spotty lacing as it slowly recedes. The beer is a pale, orange-gold color that shows a hazed, light straw-gold color when held up to the light. The aroma smells of lemon zest, earthy coriander like spiciness, a fair amount of clove like phenolics that almost gets musty and medicinal towards the finish. I really like how floral this beer, it has suggestions of a floral honey, though without the sweetness so it really makes it seem like fresh, flower nectar; notes of honeysuckle intermingles with orange blossom and maybe even a hint of dried grassiness. This grassiness is also contributed by the light malt character that also supplies notes of pale wheat crackers and a touch of doughy malt; the malt really doesn't start to come out in the nose until the beer warms up. The aroma of this beer is really quite nice; the complex interplay of spice, floral characteristics, fruit and grain strikes a really great balance and expressive character.

Dry and spritzy with carbonic fizz at it first hits my palate, the beer definitely foams up as it rolls across the tongue and it picks up a perceived sweetness that seems more ester / fruit derived than from lots of residual sugars. The carbonic character combines with phenols to numb the tongue just a bit and the beer definitely has an ample, though not overly aggressive, flavor of clove in the finish. Some of the medicinal, almost astringent like notes seems to linger a fair amount in the finish. The texture of this beer is almost exactly what I want in a Tripel; nicely light bodied, effervescent, but with a nice, softly creamy texture that manages to coat the palate for a short bit without even approaching heavy. The malt character here is actually quite subtle; it contributes perhaps a touch of honey like character, a touch of faint grassiness and a hint of cracker like malt that lingers a bit in the finish. The beer can be a bit phenolic in the finish at times (especially as it warms), though I think much of this is accentuated by the fact that this has such a nice, light body to it such that it isn't masked by a sticky sweetness.

The aroma of this beer is quite heavenly; though the flavor doesn't quite live up to this beginning this is still a really nice example of a Tripel. I really like how this achieves the texture and lightness that a really good example of a Tripel should. As the beer warms up it gets closer to having a flavor more reminiscent of the aroma (with lots of citrus and floral notes), but it still has that almost harsh, phenolic finish.

Gueuzedude, Dec 23, 2010
Photo of Gavage
4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: clear amber in color with a nice 2" head that lingered around a while. Some mild lacing paints the glass.

Smell: malt sweetness, citrus, yeast, and a touch of alcohol is noticable by the nose.

Taste: nice sweet malt profile with a pears, citrus, big yeast flavors, hints of pepper and coriander, and a mild warming alcohol blanket.

Mouthfeel: crisp to start, less crisp and a touch dry at the finish. Medium bodied. Aftertaste is long as the flavors stick in the mouth for a while.

Drinkability: depsite the big alcohol levels, this went down smoothly. I could have had a few of these, but slow sipping is key here. Enjoy this one if you can find it.

Gavage, Mar 01, 2009
Photo of GClarkage
4.5/5  rDev +9%

GClarkage, Jul 03, 2014
Photo of drewone
3/5  rDev -27.4%

drewone, Nov 19, 2011
Photo of wrightst
4/5  rDev -3.1%

wrightst, Sep 28, 2014
Photo of weeare138
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

weeare138, Nov 28, 2013
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
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Tripel Perfection from Brewery Ommegang
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