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Tripel Perfection - Brewery Ommegang

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Ratings: 291
Reviews: 158
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 8.72%
Wants: 27
Gots: 30 | 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 atsprings
4.43/5  rDev +7.3%

750mL corked and caged bottle pours a nice hazy pale orange with a nice frothy off-white head that slowly diminishes to a thin layer and leaves nice rings of lacing on the glass with each sip. Aroma is a very nice plethora of spices in front of sweet malts. The taste is sweet malts with great spice flavor right alongside leaving you ready for the next sip. The beer is medium bodied but the alcohol is well hidden by the smooth carbonation. This is an absolutely amazing Tripel, dare I say one of the best brewed in American and likely the only one alongside Pisgah Solstice that I would put up against the best ones brewed in Belgium.

atsprings, Jun 27, 2010
Photo of beerthulhu
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%

A: A gorgeous pearl white head of generous proportions sits atop of an bright orange colored body that showcased a vivid and strong effervesce factor composed of micro-bubbles following in single file fashion upwards at a rapid rate. The head leaves a nice splattery of macro foam deposits covering the glass only after its had its share of retention and limelight.

S: The nose was yeasty, of fresh dough, white grapes and a soft lemony touch. There is a bit of floral aspect as well muskiness that comes through but no signs of the 9.8% abv.

T: Yeasty attributes of fresh dough and peardrop combine with a soft warming of alcohol along with some wet lemon hopping. The malting is the highlight here, very crisp and clean pale grains (perhaps Belgian pilsner) that exemplifies smoothness and refinement. The hopping was spicy, perhaps styrian, providing some spicy notes of dry apricots and peaches while the alcohol adds a bit of its own spicy character. Wet fresh citrus, curaco oranges and some warm honey notes add subtle hints of sweetness and a soft complexity to the overall perception.

M: Smooth and velvet like texture, with a medium body gives this a great feel and hold. Warm and spicy with a citrus and honey like fade upon the swallow.

D: The overall drinkability and delivery is one that was exceptionally smooth and polished, a tribute to their fine tuning and perfection seeking regiment that made holding out for this beer worthy of its name. There is hardly any indication to its 8.9%abv nature, making you want to continue drinking this beer long after. Perfection? About as close as you could possible ask for.

beerthulhu, Jun 25, 2010
Photo of SFLpunk
3.2/5  rDev -22.5%

Neck dated bottled 3/15/10. 750mL brown glass cork and cage finished.

Appearance: Hazy orange amber with tall fluffy bone-wheat head that stays like merrangue.

Nose: Simple Belgian-yeast frutiness, peach and hay notes.

Palate: Bright and sharp on the tip of the tongue with alcohol prickle. Tight carbonation releases slowly (not explosive). I think there's corriander in there. Palate is grassy and hop driven, somewhat astringent. Finish is sharp and not well integrated.

Notes: Probably will improve with time, but doesn't rock my socks.

SFLpunk, Jun 23, 2010
Photo of Wasatch
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Thanks goes out to cavedave for this brew.

750ml Bottle
Best By: 03/2015

Poured into a chalice a nice cloudy golden orange/yellow color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger creamy white head, with some nice sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with some yeast, corinander, slight bananna. The taste is malty, slightly sweet, yeasty, nice touch of corinander/bananna. Medium body. Drinkable, this is a pretty tasty brew, not too hot in the spice area.

Wasatch, Jun 22, 2010
Photo of Wildman
4.08/5  rDev -1.2%

This beer poured a clear gold color and formed a huge foamy off white head that coated the glass with lace as it slowly subsided much like a float. A heavy amount of carbonation is present. An aroma of malt, citrus and yeasts. The flavor was of malt, yeasts, pepper and touch of butter. The body was medium style and slightly creamy. The finish had a slight peppery yet tart finish. Not a bad beer.

Wildman, Jun 21, 2010
Photo of TMoney2591
3.93/5  rDev -4.8%

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 jamie2dope
4.22/5  rDev +2.2%

Pretty ballsy of Ommegang to throw the word perfection in to this new release. The look of the beer starts things off on a good note; hazed golden in color, with just a bit more than a lacing for head. Tropical fruit in the nose, yeast must in places, and a dry medicinal presence. More of the same from the taste, coming off in a very bright, more pronounced way, if that makes sense. Lively mouthfeel, with plenty of carbonation to assist in drinkability. The ABV is hidden well, but can be felt after the first few sips. Alright, so this might not be an absolutely perfect Tripel, but it comes pretty close as far as I am concerned. Definitely one of the best I have had in recent memory. You also have to give Ommegang some credit, as it sounds like they have been working on this brew for some time. I guess their determination has paid off, as this is an awesome Tripel, and beer overall. Cheers

jamie2dope, Jun 16, 2010
Photo of cpetrone84
4.33/5  rDev +4.8%

A-pours a light golden amber, very hazy with some off white head.

S-the nose is quite soapy, notes of banana honey and wheat. grassy in the back, spicey as well with clove and black pepper.

T-the taste is much better, soft pear, notes of honey, light yeast flavors, banana. the back has a hint of clove spiciness, notes of grassy hops and a light bitter finish.

M-very smooth and creamy, full bodied, good carbonation and a crisp grainy finish.

D-this is very tasty, great flavors and nice complexity, light hopping with great wheat body and nice spicy flavors. awesome golden fruits, very tasty.

cpetrone84, Jun 15, 2010
Photo of mjaskula
3.9/5  rDev -5.6%

Served in a sniffer. The beer is a hazy golden with a thick white head that disappears, and leaves no lacing.

Aroma is light, sweet and clean mostly belgian yeast. Flavor is creamy, again with belgian yeast. Banana and a mild spiciness are also present. The alcohol is well hidden. The mouthfeel seems a bit thick for a tripel. Overall I like it a lot.

mjaskula, Jun 12, 2010
Photo of adamette
4.45/5  rDev +7.7%

Pleased to find this limited edition at Heinen's in Willoughby Hills, Ohio this week for $8.99 for the corked and caged 750ML bottle. Poured into my Brewery Ommegang Westvleteren style goblet (the one with the gold rim). No observed "best by" date but I am not convinced that it really would matter that much.

A Creamy egg white head over a great looking opaque blonde body with visible sediment (yeast, no doubt) floating about. 4.5

S Candy sugar sweetness with a clove like tartness in what smells like a classic tripel. Only a slight "burn" of alcohol. 4.5

T Really nice sweet malt front with that clove like bite and a more obvious alcohol. The sweetness tends toward a banana sweetness and that reminds me of Victory Golden Monkey but only in taste. Maybe it is the classic Belgian bottle (or the idea that this comes from a Brewery that brews mostly classic Belgian styles) but I think that this is prepared more classically Belgian and therefore it tastes much more authentic. When I say "authentic" I mean that the sweet banana/clove tastes are presented in a european, Belgian manner and not the Amercian Craft, a little more fruitty and sweeter version as in Golden Monkey but this beer REMINDS me of Golden Monkey. Regardless of any comparison to Golden Monkey, this is a classically brewed Tripel and it tastes very good indeed. 4.5

M Appropriately "big" with big, sweet malt and a slight burn of alcohol and a lingering syrup like stickiness. There is a minor, secondary smooth quality to the feel (mostly late in the taste and early aftertaste) but most of the feel is the bite of sweetness and alcohol. 4.0

D I had no problem finishing what amounted to two goblets of this beer and I anticipated each sip, anxious to find what awaited me in terms of taste. 4.5

Notes: Brewery Ommegang hits a home run with an authentically prepared Belgian Tripel, my favorite style. You know, Ommegang is best when it sticks to the best beer styles in the world, the Belgian styles. Lastly, I think that this is a steal at under $9!

adamette, Jun 12, 2010
Photo of drabmuh
3.88/5  rDev -6.1%

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 popery
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%

Tap, City Beer Store. Pours a burnt orange-gold with a nice sticky white head. Good lacing. The aroma has good hops, yeast and spice. Hops are citric, floral and a bit tropical, the yeast has a very pleasant earthy phenolic tone, and the spicing brings some nice pepper and coriander. Malt contributes touches of sugary sweetness and a bit of fresh dough. The beer is dry, effervescent and drinkable. Some hop oiliness. More malt presence in the flavor. Quite refreshing. One of my favorites from Ommegang so far.

popery, Jun 08, 2010
Photo of Stigs
4.18/5  rDev +1.2%

750ml bottle

A - pours with a huge amount of frothy, creamy eggshell colored foam. the beer is hazy and golden in color. leaves behind a thin film of lace as it retreats, resetting after every sip.

S - very nice, intense pale malts and loads of sweet grains, slight twang of lemon and citrus peels, white grapes, apples.

T - very fruity, some pineapple, fresh granny smith apples (adding a subtle tartness), and green grapes. turns grainy in the middle, with the alcohol coming alive. spotty appearences by spices, cloves...finishes with some lingering fruitiness and strong (also slightly alcoholic) grains.

M - medium bodied, carbonation is about spot on, lively and propels the flavors. leaves mouth feeling a bit sticky, yet goes down smooth. very nice, quite refreshing.

D - very impressive. great fruity flavors yet doesnt hide an excellent grain profile. not "perfection" but a damn good attempt.

Stigs, Jun 06, 2010
Photo of mstyne
4.55/5  rDev +10.2%

Bomber from Beverage Mart on NY 66. No dating. "Serve at 40F"

Wow, prepare to get knocked back by the amazing aroma of this beer. I could smell it from the glass a full foot and a half away from my sniffer. Pours a cloudy orange with a thick, creamy head. Good lacing and carbonation. Flavor is, in a word, sharp. This beer has some serious flavor; spice, orange, banana, everything you would hope for.

Very easy to drink -- but this is a big beer, so watch out.

Another winner from Ommegang.

mstyne, Jun 04, 2010
Photo of WhatsNewinBooze
4/5  rDev -3.1%

I am always up to try beers from ommegang! Like the others this one does not dissapoint. Pours a clear golden with white head foams a ton at first but then mellows but does not completly dissapate. On the nose you get nice sweet malts with slight citrus hints. The palate is both light but full with bready flavors with a touch of banana and spice. It does have a lot of heat in the finish which is odd since it is only 8.9 ABV. But overall it is a great american take on a traditional belgium style.

WhatsNewinBooze, Jun 03, 2010
Photo of GilGarp
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%

Tripel Perfection - quite a name to live up to!

Served cool into a globe, TP has a hazy yellow-orange color with thick longlasting head.

Aroma is awesome with beautiful floral, spice, and yeast characteristics that are all working very well together.

Flavor is intense but enjoyable. It's got all of the classic tripel elements like spice (pepper and clove), mild tropical fruit (banana and pineapple), and complex yeast esters. The only problem is that they don't all seem to be in unison the way the best versions are.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with big champagne-like carbonation.

Overall a tasty tripel but not perfection. It's lacking in balance and overly carbonated for me.

GilGarp, Jun 03, 2010
Photo of ColForbinBC
3.8/5  rDev -8%

750mL bomber, poured into a Ommegang glass

Pours a hazed golden yellow with a fluffy, two finger paper white cap that rises quickly. Good retention and sticky lace all over the place.

Soft juicy citrus, coriander, clove, bubble gum, earthiness and a doughy, sweet Belgian yeast. A full, robust aroma for a beer of this style.

The flavor profile is similar to the nose. Orange peel and bubble gum with doughy yeast and subtle candi sugar sweetness. The coriander and clove show up early and stay late. The spiciness is almost too much and overbears the flavor as you get closer to the bottom of the bottle.

Soft, lush and creamy. Medium body with a crisp, dry finish. On par for the style.

Not an overly complex tripel, but exceedingly spicy as you move through the bottle which hurts my overall enjoyment. I think this is a good take on the style and one I would seek out again, I just feel that it lacks the depth and structure of the elite within the style.

ColForbinBC, Jun 02, 2010
Photo of bonbright7
4.38/5  rDev +6.1%

I found this delightful Tripel at Bellport Beer and tasted it with a boneless sirloin steak I grilled with only a slight spice rub and rye bread. The golden tripel poured with a great head that released a fragrant aroma of coriander and spices into my kitchen. Taste after taste revealed a super creamy ale with hints of liquor in the background and the other nuances.

This is a great bottle worthy of any fancier of the Tripel style.

bonbright7, Jun 01, 2010
Photo of Sammy
3.78/5  rDev -8.5%

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 DaveHS
4/5  rDev -3.1%

I have mixed feelings about some of Ommegang's offerings, but I was happy to try this tripel. A well executed, traditional take on the style that comes very close to its Belgian contemporaries.
Pours the color of golden raisins, with a fluffy one-inch white head. Substantial lacing on the glass as it slowly recedes. The aroma is packed with citrus fruits, coriander, pepper, banana, and a whiff of yeast reminiscent of fresh baked bread, with some light mustiness and herbal hops. The flavor follows through on everything in the nose. Sweet malts complemented by bursts of spice and citrus. Earthy, tangy waves of yeast. The back palate lingers, drying out gradually with the help of some floral, slightly bitter hops. This is all delivered with vibrant, prickly carbonation.

DaveHS, May 25, 2010
Photo of bceagles39
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%

Had on draft at Plan B in West Hartford, CT on May 22, 2010.

Pours gold with a thin white head that went away quickly. Virtually no lacing left on my chalice.

Smells, well, like a tripel. Some spice and a lot of fruit, especially banana for me.

Flavorful but does not have the depth of some other examples of the style. Tastes like it smells - banana, clove. Heat of alcohol is clearly present (which I personally love especially in a good tripel).

Mouthfeel is creamy with a lot of fizz to cut through it.

Good example, not complete perfection, but highly enjoyable.

bceagles39, May 24, 2010
Photo of pmlondrigan
3.93/5  rDev -4.8%

Pours gold with thin white head. Looks slick in the glass and slides off of the sides with no lacing. I imagine the style to have a much rockier head.
Aroma is a combo of Belgian yeast, fruity esters, apricot n white grapes all nice and very typical of the style...however I also get what seems like wet dog? Hate to say it but yeah I smell wet dog, not horse but dog.
The taste is clean triple taste, not to sharp and just dry enough. Fruity, more apricot and white / green grape flavors roll over the tongue. Light hop bitterness cleans things up nicely. Little spicy on the finish, end of your palate. I also detect a little apple, green apple. As this beer warms I detect some diacytal but that's not necessarily a bad thing. The beer feels like it looks in the glass, slick and smooth over the tongue. For a beer of the style its pretty drinkable, but triples always wear on my palate after a while.

pmlondrigan, May 23, 2010
Photo of irishking1977
4.38/5  rDev +6.1%

I suppose Ommegang is being tongue-in-cheek arrogant calling this beer tripel perfection, but I don't recall having a single Ommegang beer that I did not like. Let's see what's the deal with this one.

A: Pours a cloudy dull golden hue, coincidentally in my Ommegang glass that I just randomly grabbed. Not a robust or long lasting head, nor is there any appearance of lacing. Decent appearance, but there are tripels that dominate this one on the appearance attribute. (Westmalle, La Fin Du Monde, and Tripel Karmeliet to name a few).

S: Citrus and candy sugar come to mind in the aromas. Mild yeast baked bread and coriander also come to mind. Well balanced and pleasant, considering I find there are a few beers that either have almost no aroma, or an unpleasant one.

T: Ommegang really followed the template for a tripel. And did it pretty well too. An abundance of candy sugar, lemons/citrus and yeast are all detectable in the taste. Easy to drink, despite the 8.9%(?) ABV. Strange number regarding the ABV. Yeasty flavors come into the forefront as the beer warms.

M: Good carbonation which is usually the basis for most tripels with the exception of a few. (Golden Monkey and Allagash tripel are less carbonated, which is not desirable). Mild yeast and bready finish lingers on the palate, moreso when the beer warms.

D: Good stuff; I'm glad I tried this one. It's interesting when American breweries try, and succeed in mimicking Belgian ales, or any imported ale for that matter. If I didn't know this was an American interpretation of the style, I'd think I was drinking a very expensive import. Kudos, Ommegang.

irishking1977, May 22, 2010
Photo of drtth
3.73/5  rDev -9.7%

Served in a stemmed Tulip glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: As served the beer is a nice clear golden orange/apricot color with a ½" white head that soon recedes to a ring around the glass. While the ring of foam persists for a while by about half way through the beer sipping leaves only a little scattered lacing.

Smell: The aroma is fruity and spicy with touches of orange and coriander but a bit on the light side.

Taste: The nose predicts the flavor fairly well with some light orange taste and some coriander. There are also traces of clove and pepper, but these are quite muted. The alcohol is hardly detectable.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is medium-full bodied with adequate carbonation. The finish is fairly long and ends with a touch of dryness that makes it easy to take the next sip. It is really only in the finish that the alcohol shows a bit of its heat and presence.

Drinkability: While not the most complicated tripel I've had this one seemed to me to be a good well made beer, as we would expect from Ommegang. While its not at the top of my list of favorites I liked it well enough that I'll give it a try again sometime

drtth, May 19, 2010
Photo of BeerNemesis
3.98/5  rDev -3.6%

Tripel Perfection "Limited Edition" | 750 ml. | 8.9% ABV | 2010

Brewer: Brewery Ommegang; Cooperstown, NY.
Style: Belgian Tripel
Glass: Chalice

The bottle art -- gold label affixed with a giant yellow "O" -- is nice enough. The gold lettering adds a tasteful veneer of elegance. I was disappointed that the same design was used for both Ommegang's BPA and Tripel Perfection. Economically, it makes sense; aesthetically, it gets old. In fact, after I bought the bottle I had a double take, worried that I had accidentally purchased another BPA.

On the label:
"The tripel is among the most popular of Belgium's ales. Brewed with simple ingredients and fierce attention to detail, there is little room for error -- bot lots of opportunity. Perfection isn't easily achieved -- but once achieved it is always memorable"

"One can not adequately explain perfection. One can only enjoy it." -- ANON

I poured it into an Ommegang chalice, and it was a radiant deep golden color -- very inviting. The snow-white, porous head grew to 1", but then quickly fell. This was disappointing. Lacing is acceptable throughout.

It is one of the most godly aromas I have ever experienced in a beer: juicy citrus, coriander and cloves, earthy musk, candied Belgian yeast. Sadly, the aroma in its full force only lasts for an instant -- fading as the head subsides. Still it was heaven. If there was any part of this brew that attained perfection, it would be this.

I'm hesitant to dismiss Tripel Perfection as a workmanly effort. It is certainly's worth more than that. But the taste leaves quite a bit to be desired when compared to champion tripels like Chimay and St. Bernardus. Everything about it seems too... harsh. The Belgian yeast is sublime, and I definitely taste quality. There are also notes of orange peel, pepper, and honey. However the sweet, fruity, almost floral characteristics that make for an appealing first sip, quickly harden and mute. What's left is a somewhat grainy, alcohol backed, earthy liquid that burns the back of the throat unnecessarily. Perhaps my assessment is a bit too harsh... still, the aroma gave such promise that the taste didn't adequately deliver.

Solid mouthfeel. Carbonation is way high, lending a kick in the pants to every gulp. It's medium-bodied, and a bit sticky on the finish. Alcohol burn is higher than it should be for the style.

Ommegang has crafted a beverage true to style but short of inspiration in some regards. I think it has gone a bit overboard with the intensity of the flavors, alcohol, and carbonation. It certainly holds together well enough to be heartily enjoyed, but I would have opted for more subtly. The aroma though was heavenly. It's a solid brew that is worth trying once.

Brewed on March 15, 2010 (3 months ago)

BeerNemesis, May 18, 2010
Tripel Perfection from Brewery Ommegang
92 out of 100 based on 291 ratings.