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Tripel Perfection - Brewery Ommegang

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Ratings: 333
Reviews: 164
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 8.23%
Wants: 35
Gots: 43 | FT: 0
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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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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.68/5  rDev -10.9%
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.

Photo of JoePat
4.21/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

Photo of nickthetick
4.28/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

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.

Photo of PittBeerGirl
4.21/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

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.

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.

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.

Photo of metter98
4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

Photo of jrbuch
4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
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)

Photo of Brent
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Perfection may be an overstatement, but not by much. Poured a glowing orange/gold. Lively and a bit prickley in the mouth, as a tripel should be, with a touch of black pepper. Crisp malt with a bit of orchard fruit toward the end. Alcohol was a touch warm, but not overbearing. Nicely done.

Photo of jdhilt
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a one finger tight white head that fades very slowly leaving a good lace. Hazy amber color. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied. Nose is spicy fruit. Flavor is sweet flowers and malts. Higher ABV is hidden. $9.69 for a caged & corked 750ml bottle from Beverage Warehouse Winooski, VT.

Photo of taigor
3.83/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into 8oz glass.

A - Poured almost clear orange color with medium head that took some time to dissipate leaving slight lacing around the glass.

S - Definitely yeast and malts upfront with hints of spices, fruits and slight alcohol.

T - Bready yeast upfront with slight malt and caramel sweetness with slightly bitter dry finish.

M - Medium bodied with high carbonation.

D - Not a bad tripel and hides abv very well. Would definitely recommend it.

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a chalice)
A- This beer pours a clear apricot body with an off-white head that is a bit bubbly and tiny bubbles that trail up the side of the glass. This beer gets hazier with each pour and there is a nice creamy lace that slides back down the glass after each sip.
S- The dry club soda yeasty aroma has some light dried fruit notes and a light circus peanut ester with some soft spice in the finish. T- The dry yeasty apricot and white raisin flavor finishes with a soft fusel spice. There is a green note to the finish and a very light banana ester comes through when the beer opens up a bit.
M- The light mouthfeel has a light creamy texture to the head and soft alcohol heat when the beer warms a bit.
D- This beer has a crisp delicate flavor and a smooth quality to it. The alcohol is very well hidden and the hint of hops is nice come though at the finish. It doesn't have the perfume qualities that I like in a tripel but it is very easy to drink.

Photo of flannelman808
4.09/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Light orange hue, with a fairly dense opacity. Light honey sort of color. Bone white head with small bubbles. Retention seems to only sit around the edge of the glass. Low amount of lacing.

S: Tangelo cardamom aromas with hints of banana and pepper.

T: Lots of spice and citrus... orange peel and cardamom for sure... the aroma is copied by the flavor. Plus perhaps a soft candied lemon character and brown sugar. However on the down side I am getting a bit of an onion characteristic. All and all this is pretty effing good did i mention that?

M: Soft cactus

D: Medium high.

Photo of Strix
4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy golden, good head.

Nice floral smell.

Light fruits and spices in the taste. Pear and pineapple in particular. Slight alcohol and black pepper in the finish. Nicely blended.

Full bubbly mouthfeel.

This is nicely done. I'll pick it up again if I see it.

Photo of RoyalT
4.32/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - This is a very bright golden orange in color with a modest head that left some good lacing. The head usually steals the show on these types of beers but here it is the liquid that grabs your attention. It is perfectly cloudy with just the right tones of color.

Smell - It's nice to get a good whiff of yeast in an American version of this style. Most of the time they are hop bombs but this one has a wonderful, powerful, raw yeast aroma. The pale malts are so rich and thick and the sugars, my goodness. This nose is just dripping (pardon the pun) with candied sugar.

Taste - The sugars are explosive at the taste; easily the sugariest (if that's a word) Tripel that I've had. The mix of super-sweet candied sugar with the rich pale malt and that wonderful yeast character is a winner for sure. I'm getting very little hops here but what I do find is leafy. This one is certainly all about the malts and sugars.

Mouthfeel - This is medium-bodied and again not heavy-handed like a lot of American versions of the style. The carbonation is a bit lacking though I must say. There's no alcohol sting but you can sense the booze.

Drinkability - This is very smooth, dare I say a bit too smooth. It should be slower to drink due to the robust carbonation typical of the style. The flavors though are incredibly rich and rewarding.

Photo of OWSLEY069
3.8/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy yellow color with a white head. In the aroma, dry yeast and candy sugar. In the taste, a nice yeast presence and a candy sugar balance. A smooth and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a dry yeastiness and a small fruitiness in the aftertaste. Nice representation of style.

Photo of ommegangpbr
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Why didn't Brewery Ommegang have this in their line-up from the beginning? It makes perfect sense along with Rare Vos, Hennepin, Ommegang and Three Philosophers.
The flavor profile is slap dab in the middle of Ommegang and Three Philosophers. Ripened banana, apple cider and pear. What I really enjoy about this beer, and other Ommegang offerings, is that it doesn't taste like an American brewery's take on a Belgian style. It tastes authentically Belgian. I tend to prefer my tripels to be more on the dry side. This one is on the juicy side of the spectrum and it does it quite well. Some phenolic, bubblegum notes are there but that flavor turns more towards banana.
Sweet with some slight twang. Hints of shortbread.
Smooth and tasty drinking all around. Those that like their tripels to be more juicy ought to adore this one.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Photo of Thorpe429
3.65/5  rDev -11.6%
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.

Photo of philbertk
3.92/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ommegang Brewery Tripel Perfection--Golden Tripel Ale Brewed With Spices--Limited Edition--Cellared at the Brewery--Cork Capped--2010 25.4 oz. Bottle. 8.90% ABV. 10 IBU's? (4.25 / 5.0) Belgian Ale--Tripel Thin lace fizzy white head. Cloudy bright yellow gold color. Rich sediment. Floral banana wheat ester coriander hint front. Rich sweet creamy smooth Belgian Tripel banana wheat complex rich tasty body. Clean refreshing mild Belgian spice fruit end. Big balanced Belgian. Sampled 9/11/2010. $11.49 Each @ Ballard Market 7/1/2010.

Photo of scootny
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A beautiful hazy gold with a sizable head and decent lace. Smell is sweet with a good breadiness and a peppery spiciness. Yeast and light fruits including apples and grapes. A bit of banana as well

Taste is close to perfect. Just missing a certain "Je ne sais quoi" and not by much. Still the palate is full of malt and sweet Belgian candy. Bananas and pannetone. Rich vanilla cream and a touch of alcohol. Just a touch and not enough to draw attention to itself. Hops are mild and earthy to start flowing into a gentle bitterness that balances the sweetness delicately and artfully. Feel is luxurious and creamy with a rich full velvety swallow. Nice.

Quite drinkable for the abv. However it is rich enough that you are not going to look to this one for a thirst quencher. That being said it goes down quicker than almost any tripel. Karmeliet being the benchmark for me here.

A superb ale from Ommegang and I will be looking for several of these to cellar. I like much.

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.

Photo of nlmartin
4.07/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer was served chilled in a wide mouth goblet.

Appearance: The body of the beer is a bright orange coloration. The head of the beer is white and resolves down into a thin layer. No lacing marks this beers passage from my glass.

Smell: Yeasty sour dough bread leads the aroma. A nice floral marmelade covers the aroma of bread. Well played!

Taste: Peppery coriander rides a wave of yeasty bread. A hot alcohol note peaks out between waves of yeast. All in all I have to say I like the flavor. Nice dry finish to the beer.

Mouthfeel / Drinkability: The body of the beer is crisp with a pleasing dry finish. The alcohol is a bit on the hot side but not in a terribad way. This was a very well made beer but I expect nothing less from Ommegang.

Tripel Perfection from Brewery Ommegang
92 out of 100 based on 333 ratings.