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Tripel Perfection - Brewery Ommegang

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Ratings: 350
Reviews: 166
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 8.47%
Wants: 37
Gots: 49 | 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 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.

Photo of avalon07
4.17/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a goblet. Had a bright orange color and a cloudy texture. There was a quarter inch of foamy, fairly long-lasting head. Pretty good lacing.

S: A big, sharp, funky aroma Belgian yeast, malt, spices, and some fruit.

T: Tasted of malt, pepper, Belgian yeast, a little lemon, and some other lighter fruits. A nicely complex, flavorful beer.

M: A highly carbonated beer with a dry finish. Medium-bodied.

D: A well made, drinkable beer.

Photo of SPThirtyThree
3.79/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Ommegang claims three years' work making this brew. But do they deliver on their claims of perfection?

A: First, the bottle: heavy glass, corked and caged. The cork pops perfectly: easily but not prematurely. The bottle style is a bulged-neck "bubbler" that foams the beer during the pour. This, combined with the high effervescence, made for a massive, fizzy head. (I should also note that I misjudged the chilling needed for such thick glass, so the temperature was on the warm side, adding to the foam.)

Triple perfection is a hazy, golden, burnt-straw ale. The head sinks into the beer, leaving an everlasting cream with swirls of bright white on ivory. Fingers of the cap climb up the side of the goblet when tilted, but always slowly slide back down, leaving no lacing.

S: The nose is immediately spicy and phenolic, with warm peppery and sulfurous notes, and a lingering tartness. Lemongrass and strong grassy scents are the only character imparted from the hops. There is also a slight sourdough bread funkiness reminiscent of a brett beer, although I don't think that this tripel is soured.

T: The flavor is surprisingly dry and vinous. Immediately, Tripel Perfection delivers an upfront dry bitterness, suggesting a heavy early-hop charge. As with any good tripel, a green-apple tartness is balanced by a candi sugar spiciness. Acetaldehyde is present, but not overpowering.

D: For the style, the drinkability of this tripel is medium-high, but generally, strong Trappist beers are sipping beers, with less drinkability. Tripel Perfection borders on refreshing and crisp, but the drinkability is limited by the subversive battle being waged between the bitter hops and the high alcohol.

M: The mouthfeel combines lush creaminess with effervescent carbonic bite, for a pleasant, but not extraordinary experience.

Ommegang Tripel Perfection is a great beer, but not the most accessible tripel. Is it perfection, as the label claims? Sadly, no. But despite being slightly more dry and tart than many Belgians, Tripel Perfection remains one of the best Belgian beers crafted in the States.

Photo of Mosstrooper
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 750mL bottle into 300mL Krusovice chalice.

Appearance: Cloudy golden-orange color with a medium, quickly dissipating white head that doesn't leave lace, but leaves lots of foam floating on the glass. In subsequent pours, the head is smaller, yet thicker, creamier, and slower to dissipate.

Smell: Grapefruit and plum notes with an assertive touch of yeast.

Taste: Begins with apple and slight banana fruitiness, finishing with a bready, earthy, yeasty flavor and a good touch of bitter hops. Slight note of alcohol in some sips.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with slightly heavy, yet natural, carbonation and a dry finish.

Drinkability: This is yet another good beer from Ommegang and yet another faithful interpretation of a classic Belgian style. Not the best tripel out there, but this one is still very satisfying for the Belgian beer lover and average beer geek alike. Given the price compared to actual Belgian tripels, this one is definitely a winner.

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

I had out of a 750ml bottle that I got at the distributor.
A- It's opaque and gold. It has a decent foamy head that leaves some lace.
S- Very nice caramel/sweet hop scent.
T- Wheaty taste at first, sour after taste. Some maltiness. Alcohol undertones. It's quality, but kind of generic at the same time. Not worth the price tag, but good if offered.

Photo of wedgie9
3.8/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted from 750mL bottle. Pours golden with a decent white head. Nose of wheat, candy malt, lemon, orange, and a slightly honeyed aroma. Palate is honey, orange, lemon, and a light sweetness. The body is medium with lively carbonation and a medium citrus finish.

Photo of medic25
4.67/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a tulip, the beer pours a thick white head that lingers over a cloudy orange/amber color. Sweet candy, yeasty aroma. Taste is fantastic; malt, sweet, spice, with a little bit of a dry finish. Drinks quite easily without much of an alcoholic burn. Another outstanding offering from the guys in Cooperstown. I'd put in on par from some of the best of what Unibroue or the Belgians have to offer.

Photo of stimulus
3.9/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle.

A: Pours a light orange with a one finger white head.
S: Spicy, but can't place it explicitly.
T: Big spicy flavor, same as in the aroma, followed by banana and that Belgian funk.
M: Very highly carbonated with a light body.
D: Much more drinkable than the 8.9% abv suggests, perhaps this one goes down too easy (which isn't necessarily a bad thing).

Photo of dasenebler
4.27/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a somewhat hazy, deep gold hue with a nice, but modest head-- for a Belgian ale, that is.

Nose is full of warm, earthy spices and fruity notes of banana. Touch of musky hops and booze.

Flavor is excellent, really well done for an American-brewed Tripel. It's sweet and malty, but also incredibly rich and complexly spicy. Lots of yeasty phenols and fruity esters. The mouthfeel is superb: sticky and chewy but also very creamy, with fluffy carbonation. The finish is warming, and leaves the drinker craving another sip.

Ommegang does its thing once again with an excellent Belgian ale. Up there with the best American-brewed Tripels.

Tripel Perfection from Brewery Ommegang
92 out of 100 based on 350 ratings.