Tripel Perfection - Brewery Ommegang

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Reviews: 177
Hads: 404
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 7.07%
Wants: 48
Gots: 68 | 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 WunderLlama
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap poured into a snifter

Hazy yellow with a generous white foam cap and nice lacings.

Aroma of orange, coriander, herbs and sweet malt.

Full mouthfeel with plenty of active carbonation. Hint of alcohol

Good tripel worth repeating, two or three more times.. (264 characters)

Photo of gr0g
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Solid gold in color and a bit hazy. A prodigious head forms and lasts for ages. Very nice lacing. Yeast and spice notes are dominant on the nose. Clove, coriander, and, more subtly, some dried orange peel. Nice, bright aroma with just a subtle hint of alcohol

Malty sweet flavor with just enough hop bitterness for balance. Kind of a dull finish. Fruity and malty with some candi sugar I think. Golden raisin, white grapes, and herbal hops are what I'm getting. Full in body with alcohol warmth but no solvent-like fusel notes. Very well carbonated but soft and sudsy.

This is a really good traditional tripel that does nothing wrong. Highly recommended. (656 characters)

Photo of MadCat
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Nice golden color, fluffy white head, leaves good lacing

Smell: Sweet fruity malts, Ommegang yeast character, a little bit of spice

Taste: Again, sweet fruity malts up front with the signature Ommegang yeast character. Some spice, coriander, clove

Mouthfeel: Medium body, full champagne-like carbonation, semi-dry finish

Overall: A fantastic take on the classic Tripel style from a favorite brewer of mine. The shift up in price for Ommegang means I'm not buying as much, but I'm glad I picked up the holiday 3 pack for a price I'm used to. (556 characters)

Photo of Badger6
4.04/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Came out of a corked 750 mL bottle, lured into a snifter (no clean goblets). May have slight effect on overall experience, suspect not much though.

A: Hazy golden body, fast building white head, rapidly dimished to a small remnant on the surface. Some lacing on the glass.

S: Fruity scents of pears and apples. Slightly sweet scent from the candi sugar. The smell in general is not intriguing or complex.

T: The fruits are pronounced, with a distinct sweetness. The expected Belgian test flavors and spice notes are not initially distinguishable, but in the middle they come out. The suggested serve temp is 40F, but it got better as is warmed. Overall, the flavor profile is not super complex, but not outside the range of other tripels.

M: Rich mouthfeel start to finish. Starts bubbly but settles very quickly, with a nice smooth finish. Alcohol is initially strong, but goes away as the beer warms.

O: This is a good beer, ranks in the upper middle of the pack as far as American tripels go. It definitely goes in the like column, and will come home again. (1,066 characters)

Photo of LI_PO12
4.02/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle into tulip

Appearance- Hazy golden, fluffy white head

Aroma- Big spicy phenols, banana, clove, fruity esters, bready malt backbone, spices come through a bit but aren't strong slight alcohol

Flavor- Sweet pear apple notes, bready malts, funk, clove, spices show up more here, finishes dry and crisp, do not really taste the abv, although slight alcohol warmth

Mouthfeel- Medium, strong carbonation

Overall- Awesome triple, I don't know about perfection, but very nice and worth a try. (496 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.79/5  rDev -7.6%
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. (880 characters)

Photo of DoubleJ
4.36/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

With 750 ml in the bottle, I have a long road ahead. On to the beer:

Lots of rushing carbonation runs through the sunlight golden color of the beer. Topping it is a fluffy head which retains extremely well. With a smell, I get the notes of white pepper, pear, apricot, vague cream, which altogether is a delicate and pleasing nose. The taste doesn't let down either, proving to be somewhat spicy with grass, orange, apricot skins, while overall delicate in taste. It pairs well with the airy, bubbly mouthfeel, and gives me the impression that this was brewed in Belgium, not mid-state New York. Tripel Perfection may be a stretch as a name, even though this is outstanding....perhaps Tripel Outstanding instead? (713 characters)

Photo of NeedBeerHere
4.36/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a little muddy amber in color (as In not quite clear) with a huge 3 finger, white head with decent retention and a bit of lacing. Smell is that typical Belgian yeast with bananas and cloves. A nice little sweet smell from the malt really makes the nose nice. Taste is everything in the nose and a little TINY bit boozy but this may be a little warm (not 40F - probably 50F). Really has a nice crisp flavor and feel as swallowed. Mouthfeel is really pretty thick which I like for the style due to all the carbonation. Overall another really nice beer from Ommegang. Most of them of wonderful. (601 characters)

Photo of utopiajane
4.09/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a pastel yellow. A soft golden color like sunshine with a bit of an orange hue when held to the light in the room but with a much brighter lemon color when held to the natural light. A fingers worth of perfect white foam that falls fast but then stays with a ring and film on top.

Nose is bright with fruit. Tropical fruity twang that hints at pineapple, a soft stone fruit sweetness of apricot and a bright citrus zest. Earthy yeast on the nose give it depth and the malt is a rumor of bread. Mild spice and pepper.

The taste is elegant and reserved. It is smooth and creamy but has plenty of bubbles to tickle your tongue and enliven the palate to all the flavors. It drinks like a charm. A bit thin and not too sweet with a touch of dryness and a bit of tartness from the fruit. The grain is light in the body of the beer as it warms and adds a supple quality to the drink. There is a touch of alcohol that enhances the fruit sweetness. The aftertaste is long and dry and this has a mild spice and pepper finish that is simply wonderful. (1,050 characters)

Photo of thecheapies
3.83/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Beautifully peach in color, but the head died down quickly. Allowed this to warm up for a solid 15 minutes, and I still see rising carbonation.

Buttery fruits, banana, light candi sugar, apricot, pear, nectarine, and sweet yeast esters. Very mild spiciness, and the esters really dull the malts. No real bready nature, other than something muffin-y and buttery.

Spicy now, and some unexpected breadiness, but mostly spice and nectary fruits. Banana, pear, and apricot with a false coriander note. A little peppery. Nectary body, too, with a burning carbonation feel. Has a little stickiness. I still get some butteriness, but it evolves into pomme flavors. Not bad tripel from one of my favorite breweries. (708 characters)

Photo of JayQue
4.19/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Revision of my previous review. I appreciate this beer a lot more than I did with the previous review (3.58 overall). Corked and caged 750 ml bottle. Pours a hazy but bright orange color with a big delicately bubbly white head. Good head retention and plenty of filmy lacing on my Chimay goblet. A good looking beer. Strong aroma of light fruit (mostly pears but some apple too), peppery spicing and most important...Belgian yeast.

Flavor is great. A nice fruity background, enough pepper to keep it interesting and a heavy dose of Belgian yeast. Most of the great Tripels I have tried have almost a "cheese like" flavor because of the yeast. This one qualifies. Alcohol is very well hidden. Mouthfeel is impressive. Almost no alcohol presence, nice and rich with good spicing. I would rank this Tripel with the very best I have tried. (844 characters)

Photo of BlurryVisi0n
4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle date of 08/18/2010 served again on 03/08/2012. Poured into a snifter.

Appearance: Looks awesome already, semi clody golden amber which produced roughly a white 1" head.

Smell: Smells I pretty good, like fine wine. I get a hint of fruit and some yeast actually. I would grade this higher but doesn't stay with you like most other"tripels".

Taste: Jesus, Ommegang has added a lot of wow to this beer. Little sweet maybe for some tongue but yet bitter, the alcohol is pretty evident in taste. It's definitely not hidden and I love it.

Mouth: Medium, slight heavy carbonation. Goes down smooth though, very smooth!

Overall: I have had about 3 bottles of this beer and just decided now to review as I am drinking one at the moment. Sad but I didn't know this was a limited brew so I am happy I stocked up from last year. If you can get your hands on Perfection, don't take it for granted it is an extremely well made beer and incredible for true bee lovers alike. Cheers to all and love this beer!

P.S. : This beer gets better with age, hold on to it and let it (1,073 characters)

Photo of ummswimmin
4.32/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked up this bottle a while ago and threw it into my cellar (basement). I poured the beer into my expensive chalice (snifter on sale at Pier One). I even dressed for the occasion (T-shirt and jeans).

This is a very good tripel. I really like the way it smells. The aging brings out a ton of flavor and smell. There is the belgian sour/yeasty presence. It is great pulling in the smell from this beer.

I like how strong this beer tastes. The belgian flavor persists into drinking it.

Overall, this is a very good experience. I would recommend it, but I just found out that it was a limited edition. It is a very good Tripel. (631 characters)

Photo of Dope
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A cloudy golden-orange pour with an enormous frothy white head. Ridiculous head, even. Head retention is excellent. Lacing is a little weak, otherwise this would be a 5.

S: Pears and apples up front. Nice grass and citrus from the hops.

T: Again, lots of pears and apples. Nice light citrus (lemons mainly) mixes well with the typical bready belgian yeast flavors. It's a little wheaty in fact, I wonder if there is any wheat in the malt bill. A little bit of grass in the aftertaste mixes in with the citrus. There is a nice strong peppery spiciness everywhere.

M: Medium bodied, carbonation is just about perfect.

O: Excellent tripel. Very deceptively light and crisp despite the heavy ABV. The taste elements are well balanced and go together well. (761 characters)

Photo of draheim
4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL bottle (no dates/codes) into a tulip. Pours a slightly hazy golden straw w/ a pillowy white head that slowly deflates like an air mattress.

Aroma is fruity, yeasty, pungent & earthy.

Taste is smooth and rich, fruity with a bitter finish. Citrus, mango, spice. A mild lingering malt sweetness. Full-bodied and thirst-quenching.

Overall a solid tripel, disappointing only in the relatively low carbonation. (413 characters)

Photo of BedetheVenerable
3.83/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 750 brown bottle, corked and caged, classy label, bottled in March 2010, drink before March 2013. Split into two Chimay chalices.

Appearance: Hazy dark golden orange brew, capped with a beautiful dark cream cap which shows good retention.

Smell: Somewhat subdued but pleasant. Hints of sugar cookie maltiness up front, backed by sweet orange peel. Some very mild spicy notes as well (maybe coriander). Pleasant, even if there's not a ton of depth.

Taste: Richer and maltier on the palate than I expected from the (somewhat light) aromas. Sweet orange peel, with some citrusy booze (almost like a citrus vodka). A medium, clean hop bitterness keeps things fairly balanced. Bitterness actually grows This is good beer, make no mistake, but there's not a ton of depth. Ends fairly dry, but with a sweet, juicy orange note.

Mouthfeel: Not as dry/lean as the best examples, but pleasant.

Overall: A solid tripel for sure. I can't remember the exact price, but this was somewhere between $11-13 bucks. That's a justifiable price for this brew, and at that price point, I might pick this pick this once in a while, if not regularly.

B to B+ (1,156 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
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 (532 characters)

Photo of tobelerone
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Semi-translucent, golden colored beer with a fluffy white cap of foam that quickly settles down to nearly nothing. Not much lace to speak of. This bottle is about 15 months old.

Smell is sweet, yeasty, and spicy. Taste is the same, full of sweet malt and spices, mostly clove and coriander. Alcohol is noticed, pleasantly, in both aroma and taste. Tart green apple flavor in the finish.

Crisp mouthfeel with good carbonation, clean, slightly puckering finish. Sharply defined flavors and liveliness on the tongue made this an excellent pairing with spicy Indian food. A very good example of the style, but falls on the sweeter side of the spectrum. (650 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
4/5  rDev -2.4%
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. (581 characters)

Photo of lackenhauser
4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice, clear golden color with a nice pure white head on top. Head could be much fuller when compared to some tripels I have head. Very yeasty, bready and earthy aroma wise. Clean and malty flavor, very crisp and clean. Candy like sweetness-leaves a stickiness on the lips. No hint of the spices that it says it has on the label. Very full bodied mouthfeel. Dangerously drinkable. Not overly complex as fas as tripels go-damn enjoyable for sure. (444 characters)

Photo of rlee1390
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Cloudy orange, yeast sediment, one finger head.

S-Wheat, yeast, banana and some clove.

T-Wheat, banana and clove. Some yeast. Not much bitterness but present.

M-Light and very carbonated.

O-A decent beer but it did seem more like the Ommegang BPA. I don't believe I've had a tripel before but it seemed much lighter than their Dubbel and Quad though. (356 characters)

Photo of AgentMunky
3.81/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750mL bottle into a cervoise glass. Bottle 11 October 2010. Best before October 2013. Form notes. Reviewed 1 July 2011.

A: Huge goshdarned head, probably from a perhaps overgenerous pour. Pulsating clouds of bubbles with a honey-coloured beer. Translucent but murky, with light edges. Some lacing.

S: Grainy, yeasty, and decent. Sweetish. Not much spice.

T: Tasty! Sweet, very much so, with nice malted grain. A bit buttery on the edges. The aftertaste is clean and lightly sticky-sweet. Some fruit...maybe canned peaches?

M: Smooth, substantial, and scrumptious. A bit of tang.

O: Mediocre Ommegang offering, but a good beer. It doesn't taste at all like a tripel. Much closer to a BSPA in my opinion, but that doesn't affect the quality of the beer. Drinkable and rather recommended, but I would've liked less sweetness and more spice. (856 characters)

Photo of litheum94
3.91/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed 7/20/10.

P: Amber body with dark edges. Murky. Two-finger, lace white, frothy head. Slowly settles, leaving some great lacing on the glass.

A: Earthy Belgian yeast. Pepper. Coriander. Lemon citrus. Slight alcohol burn in the nose.

T: Creamy and spicy at first. A little citrus twinge, with some earthy tones. A fairly good alcohol punch on the finish. A bit of hops invade the finish. Some slight fruit flavors appear as it warms, perhaps of pears. Persistent spice the whole way through.

Very nice tripel, that gets better as the session goes on. The alcohol bite mellows and the fruit and spice comes more forward. Not quite as good as Allagash's tripel, but it's almost there. (692 characters)

Photo of AgentZero
3.53/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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. (549 characters)

Photo of gabedivision
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 7fidyml duval glass.

Pours a clear yellowish orange, with lots of carbonation and a nice head that sticks around for some time. Smells of bananas, figs, apricots, apples, this is some big time fruity stuff. Along with all the fruit are some delicate hop scents and the familiar Belgian style yeast strain. Banana yet again on the tongue followed by a earthy malts, hops and yeast. Spice is very abundant and a slight alcohol presence . Great in the mouth, light, crisp, refreshing. This is some fine stuff, will try this sucker again fo sho. (556 characters)

Tripel Perfection from Brewery Ommegang
91 out of 100 based on 177 ratings.