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Tripel Perfection - Brewery Ommegang

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Ratings: 365
Reviews: 167
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 8.23%
Wants: 38
Gots: 53 | 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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Ratings: 365 | Reviews: 167
Photo of pzrhsau
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Nice hazy sand color with hints of orange with a robust head.
S: Wheat and malt combine to make a superior bready aroma that almost boarders on a sugar cane type sweetness.
T: It has a very sweet pastry flavor to it which really reinforce the breadiness of the beer. Sweet and well balanced with the flavor.
D/M: Very crisp and clean flavor. Not overpowering considering the weight of the alcohol content. Delicious and drinkable.

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.

Photo of JohnnyS17
3.76/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Medium cloudiness. Visible carbonation. Golden yellow with about a quarter inch of head that dissipated quickly and left a thin layer of head.

S- Sweet aroma with a kick of alcohol. Malty smelling with some lemon and yeast smells.

T- Sweet with a bit of tang in it. You can definitely taste the alcohol, but it's not dominating. There is a crisp, roasty taste with a mildly smooth finish.

M- A bit of a bite from the carbonation and high ABV, but otherwise smooth.

D- A good beer to have with dinner, but I wouldn't have more than 1.

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

Calling your beer "Perfection" is a bit bold, Ommegang. Lets see how this is.

750ml bottle poured into a Chimay goblet.

Look: golden body with bits of yeast sediment floating around. Big carbonation bubbles lead to a solid, two finger head that dwindles down to a thin layer of foam before tenaciously holding on until the glass is empty. Good lacing is left behind also.

Smell: spices like pepper, some citrus like lemon peel, Belgian yeast aromas, and bits of fruitiness.

Taste: follows the nose with some hops, spices, and the yeast. Pale malt, a bit of honey, some candi sugar and a bit of alcohol in the taste as well.

Feel: light, creamy body with a lot of carbonation early that dies down as I work through the glass. A bit of alcohol warmth is present also.

Drink: easy to drink. I had no issue finishing my glass.

Overall, one of the better tripels I've had... though I haven't had all that many. Ommegang continues to prove itself to be a bit underrated in my eyes. This is a very solid beer and while it might not be perfect, its pretty close. I would heartily recommend this one. Cheers!

Photo of engagechad
3.29/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

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

Pours a cloudy gold color with a white head. Excellent head retention and thin lacing.

Smells just like a typical Belgian Triple. Nice yeast, mild citrus and hints of alcohol.

Awesome flavor, Belgian yeast with a hint of sweetness. Big boozy flavor but I like that, not over the top.

Medium bodied mouthfeel with a nice bite.

Wow, I like this. Sucks it says Limited Edition on the bottle. I want more.

Photo of champ103
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Petrol Station in Houston, TX.

A: Pours a nearly clear golden/orange color. A very nice clarity and brightness. A one finger white head forms that stays all the way down my snifter. Light lace is left behind.
S: Big yeast notes and plenty of fruity esters. Pears and bananas are what I get. Some peppery spice as well. The yeast certainly adds a lot of character.
T: Follows the nose with lots of yeast flavors. Peppery spice up front. Lots of fruity esters as well. Banana is strong. Spicy, floral, and grassy. A light sweetness lingering. I love it.
M/D: A medium to full body. So crisp, clean, and dry. Smooth at the same time. A very easy beer to sip on.

An excellent Tripel. One of the better American made versions I have had. Highly recommended.

Photo of biegaman
4.8/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This tripel looks like an exact 50/50 blend of honey and marmalade. What probably would be a glistening gold luster is clogged up by a viscous looking complexion, one responsible for turning transparency into mere translucency. Its head wouldn't make the cut on a real Belgian squad but is spongy and consistent enough to earn its spot in this here glass.

This bouquet is a cornucopia of flavours and includes: spices (clove, cinnamon), herbs (lavender and a quieted hop pungency), sweetness (pure vanilla, honeycomb toffee), fruits (mostly citrus) and maltiness (bread and grains). It is with alcohol but without heat, all the best features of the style rolled into one sublime fragrance.

When I can't tell this apart from Westmalle Tripel or Tripel Karmeliet - two of not only my personal favourites but the style's highest rated examples - I start addressing the name "Tripel Perfection" with a little more seriousness. This is a beer the Belgians would embrace with open arms (assuming, that is, they could tell it wasn't already one of their own).

To note flavours of pear, apple, vanilla and honey-oat bread is to mention only crude abstractions that don't justify the deliciously sublime and complex maltiness of this beer. Oats must have been used because it has a texture that is so creamy and filling. Its taste is lightly toasty and fairly sweet, with a banana-like fruitiness and delightful, refreshing spiciness that impersonates the zing of fresh-cut ginger with stupefying similarity.

I don't know what spices Ommegang uses for this and, frankly, I don't really care to. All the flavours I'm tasting can be readily traced back to the yeast. But, hey, if the beer needs the spices to more closely emulate the clove-y/peppery character of the Belgian classics, so be it. And if I can't identify even a single one of them, all the better...

But the brewery might want to share their secret with their fellow brewing compatriots, who, by and large, tend to make a mess of this style. In my experience, U.S. variations are more often off than on, and only a small handful have succeeded in crafting anything on par with the Belgian masters. Ommegang, however, undoubtedly deserves mention in the same breath as Westmalle and Karmeliet, which, indeed, makes its close to perfect.

Photo of ThatWineGuy
4.47/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled immediately after the Ommegang Adoration, a tough act to follow! This offeriing has an inviting caramel-straw-honey hue that is opaque. The head was white but didn't last very long, initially there were some little patches of what looked like snow sprinkles floating on top but overall the appearance was suggestive of a lack of carbonation. That concern eased with my first few sips as even a gentle motion regenerated some surface head.

Impressive nose with lot of yeast and sweetness, apricot, pitted fruit, pear. More yeast on tasting, pear, more pitted fruit like peach, red plum. I found the spice toned down in this one compared to the Adoration and there is a nice interplay between what spice there is and the yeasty backbone bringing forth a multitude of complex yet delicious flavours. This is certainly an excellent Tripel and if it were more readily available would always find a spot in my beer cellar.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

Photo of Beerenauslese
4.38/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Body is clear yellow gold. Poured to a half inch head that fades to a ring, leaving curtains of lacing.

Smells malty, bready, fruity, butterscotch.

Tastes malty and fruity, with a nice hop kick. Nice acidic fruit tang. Pears, orange peel, a little banana. Coriander spice and some hops in the finish.

Body is medium with a creamy mouthfeel.

This is a very good tripel and is very tasty. The 8.9% ABV limits consumption.

Photo of MrIncognito
4.42/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured from a 750ml bottle. Hazy golden body beneath a 2-finger sticky white head that retains well and leaves great lacing. Almost champaign-like bubbles racing to the top

S - Wonderful Belgian yeast aroma with some sweet citrus off the bat. Great aromas of spices such as coriander. Hop aroma is muted but nice in subtlety.

T&M - Just the way a tripel should taste. Great spiciness with some sweetness from the malts along with a citrus zest. Nice hop profile that comes in on the back of the tongue was swallowed. Alcohol is warming but not at all boozy.

D - so easy to drink and the alcohol is not as noticeable as expected. A great sipper.

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.6/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

Photo of Cresant
4.18/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served this 750 mL brown bottle in a Tripel Karmeliet glass. Packed on: 10/11/10. Best by: 10/2013. The body was yellow gold. Hazy yet bright. There was a huge white head of fine foam.

The smell was citrus and yeast. Bubblegum and wet concrete.

The taste was yeasty and fruity. Spicy with a gentle bitterness. Somewhat drying. Very flavorful and well constructed.

The mouthfeel had a zippy medium body. Prickly. Seems more like a Belgian Strong Pale Ale more than a Tripel. It is very tasty whatever you label it.

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

A - A light golden orange with a bit of a haze. Pours three fingers of head, leaving a spotty lacing on the glass.

S - Tough to explain, I have trouble pulling out individual spice aromas, but there is certainly a spiced aroma, I smell lemons and yeast and doughy malts.

T - Again, I'm not the best a puling out individual spice flavors, but this beer has delicious spices, it is sweet without getting too sugary. Much like the aroma, there are yeasty, doughy malty flavors.

M - crisp and dry. the carbonation tingles on the tongue in a nice was. the beer finished dry and smooth.

D - Overall this is a pretty light and drinkable beer, while still quite complex.

Photo of kels
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to the bff for the bday gift:)

Pours a rich apricot shade with some darker honey highlights. It's murky and appears viscous with no clarity. The initial skim of a fizzy white head dissipates immediately leaving no spotting, speckling, or lace to speak of.

Aroma offers light, floral hops, honey sweetness and a touch of spice behind a surprisingly big hit of alcohol. I know the ABV is decent, but I didn't expect such as commanding presence in the nose. It doesn't overwhelm or deter, but it definitely takes the spotlight.

The taste bursts with bright and juicy flavors. Tons of honey, lemon, and a nice, light spiciness fill the palate. The flowery, herbal hops come across sort of like chamomile. The punch of alcohol in the nose is somewhat subdued in the taste, but it's definitely still there and balances the brightness of the beer well. Feel is moderate and mouthfilling and lightened only by moderate to strong carbonation. Despite the viscosity, the finish is pretty clean and crisp.

This is a highly drinkable beer. It's tasty, it's full-bodied, and it's crisp. That hit of alcohol in the nose could use some taming, but this is definitely one I'm glad to try.

Photo of jt31914
4.55/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: 1 1/2 fingers head. Fairly carbonated; great lacing and beautiful orange color.

S: Wonderful citrus, light wheat and candied sugar aromas in the background. Spicy aroma.

T: Tastes of citrus, orange peel and candied sugar once again. Light dried grape and typical belgian flavors. Very spicy with some lemon zest adding to the citrus.

M: Very smooth and fairly bubbly. Nice feel overall, very enjoyable.

D: Very drinkable, goes down smooth. Nice feel and wonderfully done beer.

Photo of GatheringBrews
3.65/5  rDev -11.6%
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.

Photo of allergictomacros
4.48/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

Photo of bamojr
3.72/5  rDev -9.9%
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.

Photo of clickpush
3.88/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

Photo of OnThenIn
3.71/5  rDev -10.2%
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.

Photo of aranheaney
4.06/5  rDev -1.7%
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....

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.

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.

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Tripel Perfection from Brewery Ommegang
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