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Tripel Perfection - Brewery Ommegang

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Ratings: 298
Reviews: 158
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 8.72%
Wants: 29
Gots: 31 | FT: 0
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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 GatheringBrews
3.63/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

GatheringBrews, Jan 06, 2011
Photo of allergictomacros
4.47/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Cloudy amber with an impossibly creamy head.

S - Nose is rich, ripe fruit - orange, pineapple, peaches. Lots of yeasty goodness and the bare hint of funk. Lots of booziness. Warms up to some bready malt spices.

T - A little bit of acid up front followed by a rich, complex center. Spicy, anise, clove, and fruitiness in spades. Lots of stuff I can't identify that comes and goes. Big bitter finish cleans up well.

M - Soft, creamy body with a light, fine carbonation. Fairly dry.

D - Good flavour and sugar balance. Easy drinking for such a big beer.

allergictomacros, Jan 05, 2011
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
Photo of clickpush
3.9/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour: 750ml bottle to Duvel glass. Three finger white head over gold/copper body. Tons of bubbles rise from the etching. Sticky head stays the whole time.

Nose: Rich, raspberry aroma. Corn, grain. Hints of minty hop.

Mouth: Great mouthfeel, creamy, sparkling feel. Finishes with a mint/anise hop finish. Lingering alcohol heat with a touch of bitterness. An enjoyable beer for sure.

clickpush, Jan 02, 2011
Photo of OnThenIn
3.7/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

OnThenIn, Jan 02, 2011
Photo of aranheaney
4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
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....

aranheaney, Jan 01, 2011
Photo of daledeee
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A nice sampler 750 pack; one of three.

Poured a voluminous head with a dark golden body and a few floaters.

Nose is mellow with grain spices and Belgian hops.

Taste is also well blended delight. Some citrus rind, spices and big dose of Belgian hops and malt in the finish.

Mouth feel is nice and heavy with great drinkability. This is a top tier tripel.

daledeee, Dec 31, 2010
Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear gold w/ orange tint with a one-finger head that has good staying power and leaves lace patches. A musty, sour and tart fruit smell with some spices and clove as well and a touch of sugary goodness. Real smooth and creamy with a light body that contains both a sweet fruit and malt taste as well as a sharp, citric twang. Besides the banana and orange from the citric notes, I get some fruit flavors bordering on tropical lke apricot and some pear and apple as well. Some sweet caramel and candi-sugar malts provide sweetness and there's a it of bready/dry malt as well for balance. Light on complexity but a real easy to drink and enjoyable belgian ale.

clayrock81, Dec 27, 2010
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.

akorsak, Dec 26, 2010
Photo of micromaniac129
4.4/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours a golden orange color with a large thick off white head. Well carbonated with a nice slightly hazy clarity about it.
A nice lemon zest aroma, malts and some earthy spiceness. Clove or banana esters are in there too.
A balanced taste with malts and spiciness but also some sweetness.

micromaniac129, Dec 26, 2010
Photo of nova009
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a corked bomber into a snifter

A- pours a slightly hazy gold hay-like color, nice fluffy one finger white head appears and diminishes to a small white head rather quickly, retains against the glass with a fair amount of lacing

S- spicy and peppery, clove, a definite hit of belgian yeast, notes of ripe fruit like pears and apples, slighty hoppiness to it

T- definitely peppery, clove, there is a floral flavor to it that ends with a dry slightly bitter aftertaste, lightly tart was well, a little bit of alcohol is noticeable

M- light-medium body, carbonation isn't bad maybe a little on the high side, defintely has a nice warming sensation similar to a wine

D- easy to drink but easily one you can sip on, enjoyable and with ommegang's prices i will more than likely purchase this one again

nova009, Dec 24, 2010
Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.88/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 5/15/2010. Bottle. Pours a cloudy light orange with a thick white head. Aroma of spices, bready malt, light fruits. Flavor is full of spices in the front and finish with a solid bready malt, yeasty base. Very drinkable, certainly spice-heavy, but a pretty tasty tripel overall.

LilBeerDoctor, Dec 23, 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 ryantaussig
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Hazy straw color with a good head. Moderate lacing and retention.

S: Very fruity. Lots of citrus and esters. Healthy dose of malt. Slight spice and pepperiness.

T: A bit of spice with plenty of yeasty fruit notes. The pepperiness from the grains of paradise just barely comes through. Malt is most prominent. Alcohol is present and brings some heat.

M: Pretty good feel. Smooth with just enough carbonation for a bit of character.

O: A sipper for sure.

ryantaussig, Dec 12, 2010
Photo of Ghenna
3.73/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from corked and caged bottle into a traditional pint glass. Golden hay color, slightly off white head with larger bubbles.

Smell is citrus with traditional belgian spice. If you've smelled a traditional tripel, that is what this smells like.

Fair amount of citrus in the front part of the taste, leads into a bit of dryness that leaves what I would best describe as 'holiday spice' on the palate.

I guess I would call this a classic tripel, which is to say good, and traditional, but not spectacular. Or unique. This is a great example of what one should expect a regular tripel to be, but whose lack of innovation leads to ratings that lead to mediocrity. Mediocrity in this instance means a good beer, but I much prefer Victory's golden monkey for it's awesome taste that doesn't necessarily conform to what one expects in a tripel.

Ghenna, Dec 11, 2010
Photo of Huhzubendah
3.65/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Huhzubendah, Dec 10, 2010
Photo of JoePat
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a golden sraw color with a tick white head.

I get some sweet pilsner malt in the aroma and clove. Some peppery aroma along with some perfumy hops.

A little more on the malty side with some sweetness and some spicy hop flavor. A little banana and clove but not over powering.

Smooth, silky mouthfeel even with the high carbonation. Unfortunately for me this is a very drinkable 9% beer that I will be feeling tomorrow.

JoePat, Dec 10, 2010
Photo of nickthetick
4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

nickthetick, Dec 03, 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 PittBeerGirl
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this before-but not reviewed. This bottle is part of the Ommegang gift set I bought last week. 750ml bottle poured into my Ommegang flute glass.

A- Body is a slightly hazy golden yellow hue. Pours with a nice 2-3 finger sopay white head that eventually fades to about 1.5 fingers and has perfect retention from there. Bubbles can be seen slowly rising to the top of the glass. Traces of lacing left behind. Cloudiness is uniform. The appearance is exactly what I am looking for in this style.

S- Nose is rather soft. Soft floral hops and moderate green apple scent, and mild peppery spice with a hint of alcohol. The apple is most evident but keeps a nice balance with the other components. Good-and classic for the style.

T- Taste is very mild upfront. Mild floral hops creep in first with an accent of peppery spice and a hint of apple deep in the backbone. The hops and spice intensify as the apple fades and the finish has a sharp (but moderate in strength) floral hop bitterness to it with an accent of alcohol. What is left to linger is a moderate floral hop bitterness, moderate peppery spice, and mild apple wraped in a warm alcohol blanket.

M-High carbonation and a light to medium weight body that is initially smooth and yeasty...then dry. The change in consistency is intersting.

D- This is a great Tripel overall. Not quite "perfection" but just as good if not better than a lot of traditional examples of the style-which this represents nicely. This should be called Fantastic Tripel instead (lol)- another great brew from one of my favorite breweries. I'm surprised that this Belgian-style brewery does not have a regular release tripel.

PittBeerGirl, Dec 01, 2010
Photo of donkeyrunner
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Among other things, I am thankful for beer on Thanksgiving.

Dark and dirty maize color with a royal white cap. Thin film of retention leaves nary a speck of lace. Ok fine, 2 specks.

Sugar cane and peppery sawdust aroma. Grains of paradise add more spice to the already spicy yeast phenols. At first I was worried about a spice overload but in the end I find it rather enjoyable. Not as fruity as many tripels, Tripel Perfection - TP3 if you will, offers up a few gasps of golden pear which blend beautifully into the spicy mix.

Dry, aggressive dryness as the vessel that carries golden pear and dry musty spice. Typical Ommegang delicate, but yet fluffy and full mouthfeel. Dryness lingers on in a musty fade rather than wipe the palette clean.

Good stuff.

donkeyrunner, Nov 26, 2010
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 aubuc1
4.05/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle packaged on 3-15-10 poured into a goblet.

Pours a cloudy dark yellow with a curving white head.

Smell is a sweet, fruity, chalky tripel.

Taste starts with a pop of spicy hops then a orangey citrus then a carbonated finish whisks it away.

Very good carbonation feel is delightful.

Good taste and carbonation make this very drinkable.

aubuc1, Nov 23, 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 jrbuch
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Belgian Goblet

A: Light orange, plenty of carbonation, strong head throughout

S: Yeasty, fruity, sweet, coriander (little alcohol)

T: It's a tripel. Great spice

M: Not overpowering carbonation, done right.

D: Another great beer from these guys.

I would like to age another one of these for 3 - 6 months and compare to fresh store bought. I think a little more time in the bottle could be good.

- Joe B
Westchester Homebrewers Organization (The WHO)

jrbuch, Nov 13, 2010
Tripel Perfection from Brewery Ommegang
92 out of 100 based on 298 ratings.