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Tripel Perfection - Brewery Ommegang

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Ratings: 305
Reviews: 158
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 8.47%
Wants: 33
Gots: 32 | FT: 0
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New York, United States

Style | ABV
Tripel |  8.90% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: cosmicevan on 04-25-2010)
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Photo of popery
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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

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.

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

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.

Photo of WhatsNewinBooze
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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

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.

Photo of ColForbinBC
3.8/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of bonbright7
4.38/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of Sammy
3.78/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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

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.

Photo of bceagles39
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of pmlondrigan
3.93/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of irishking1977
4.38/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of drtth
3.73/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of BeerNemesis
3.98/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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

Presentation:
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

Appearance:
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.

Aroma:
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.

Taste:
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.

Mouthfeel:
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.

Harmony:
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)

Photo of John_M
3.98/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Max's today.

The beer pours a honey gold color with OK head retention and pretty decent lacing. The nose is prototypical Belgian tripel, showcasing orange blossoms, sweet ice tea, honey and clove. The flavor profile replicates the nose, though the sweet honey flavor is not at all overbearing. Mouthfeel is full and fairly long, and drinkability is pretty good. You can tell this is a pretty big beer, but it carries its alcohol pretty well.

A decent enough effort from Ommegang, even if it's not wowing me.

Photo of Liverpool08
4.05/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Another great Belgian from Ommegang. Follows thru on all the great qualities of the style. Nice golden orange color and puffy white head. Aromas of spice, cloves and bananas. Taste echoes the aroma. Flavors fill the mouth with cloves, candied fruit and Belgian Funk. Booze is VERY well hidden. This is a very drinkible Tripel. One of the better ones around.

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

This brew pours a cloudy dark amber, with an off white cap of thick lather that stays at a finger for the first minutes, then a lasting skim. .

The nose is the essence of Belgian yeast esters with that bananapeachnectarine and tart twang. Clean spice, nicely presented malt sweet, candi sugar, and hints of herbal hops just beneath the surface, like ghosts?

The taste follows through on the bouquet's promise. Quite flavorful and delicious. At a cool temp. the component flavors coalesce to a blend that is sweet, but nothing special. Warm is where the colors unblend, and glow. Tart yeast ushers estery banana and light peach notes along the way of a flavor path that invites perfectly spicy coriander and pepper along, into a finish of juicy depth, and delicious complexity. Hints of lemon, floral, herbal bitter, join the other flavors, and leave the palate coated, and craving the next sip.

Mouthfeel is pleasantly thick, tastefully low/med. carb., and presents a wonderful finish.

Drinkability is astounding for a big beer. The alcohol in this is MIA, deceivingly so. Had I a cellar full of this, my eulogy surely would make mention.

A marvelous tripel. I am proud it is made here in New York, though it easily could be mistaken for a fine Belgian product.

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

750 ml bottle halved and poured into a Chalice.

8.9% ABV, Served at around 50 degrees F. First tasting at around this temp, second around 65 degrees.

Appearance - There was a healthy cork pop; Which did help to signify some hefty carbonation and it certainly is on the pour. There is a fluffy cloud-white head that dissipates from it's peak, yet lingers with a discernible lace above the golden/orange showing.

Smell - A strong Tripel aroma with hints of both citrus and spices with a dabble of earthy musk with a touch of a sweet note.

T - Starts off sweet, a bit fruity. Then you receive a pleasant complexity due to some spicing and yeast. It finishes with a bitter kick due to the relatively high ABV, but it is not as overwhelming as some other beers might come off as.

M - Medium to light bodied. It also possesses a noticeable carbonation. It can be described as both smooth and clean, relatively well-balanced with a touch of the aforementioned bitterness for an ending note.

D - I'd say this is pretty drinkable. I think i'll work it into my finishing rotation this summer for as long as it's available. It provides a nice easy curve from typical summer seasonal offerings into a round about, slightly more alcoholic finish that can either prepare me for the rest of the evening; or provide a suitable night-cap.

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Photo of DefenCorps
3/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

This is by far the worst Ommegang beer I've had. Thank you, Alex!

Pouring a beautiful, clear, light orange with a dense, white head with decent retention, this is a great looking tripel. The nose - not so great. For a beer this fresh, it smells surprisingly muted and dull. The spice character is noticeable, with some coriander and bitter orange peel, but neither of these has the brightness and delicacy I expect from a good tripel. It is also surprisingly hot for something under 9%. There's some light honey and bread character to the nose as well. Similar on the palate on the nose, this really tastes disappointingly stale. Some clove, pepper, coriander and orange peel are all noticeable, but there's a stale bread flavor that I just can't get behind. Drying and a little hot on the finish, this beer is light in body with moderate carbonation. I wonder what the deal is with this beer, if this was an off first batch, or if this is actually what they were going for.

Photo of Hojaminbag
3.6/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tripel Perfection has a hazy golden body and only a tiny off-white head. Retention and lacing are both lacking, but I think if served out of a bottle it would be different.

The aroma has a good mix of pale malt, candied sugar, alcohol and yeasty esters that include fruit, coriander and clove. Not bad at all.

I think I like the aroma of Tripel perfection better than I like the flavor. All of the positive notes from the aroma are also present in the flavor, but the alcohol is much stronger. With that said, candied sugar is the strongest flavor, followed by pale malts and the esters that include coriander and clove. It also has a light fruitiness that is very enjoyable. The finish is the problem here, because the alcohol is pretty harsh.

Mouthfeel is fine; full-bodied with moderate carbonation. Better than fine actually, it's pretty good.

Tripel perfection isn't bad, but it's a little hot and heavy for me. It's worth a try for fans of Ommegang.

Photo of Billolick
4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Large bottle, caged and corked, with (nice move omme) Packaged on and best before dating printed on the neck of the bottle. Pours cloudy medium apricot, lifts a Belgian appropriate near huge head, that stays and stays, going slowly to moderate frothy merainge, thick sheeting and lace. Fruity and pleasant nose of honey, flowers, pineapple, and light pepper. Easy drinking brew, the near 9% well hidden, typical Tripel flavors and sensations, light pepper, some lime, mango, more pineapple, Belgian yeasty goodness. Creamy and smooth in the mouth. Well done and welcome to a new addition to the Ommegang family of fine brews

Photo of dirtylou
4.22/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle - Star on Great Taste ticket day

split and served with a lemon-pepper pasta dish with asparagus, pancetta, and peas

appearance: served in my hopleaf tulip - cloudy bright copper body, foamy white crest and nice retention

smell: pineapple, clove, vanilla, belgian yeast, honey, nice floral hops

taste: nice tripel - spicy clove and peppercorn, sweet belgian yeast, pineapple, tropical fruit, smooth vanilla, fresh floral hops, bready and doughy, sweet and well balanced

mouthfeel: a little on the creamy side, a touch of spice from the yeast and alcohol

drinkability: good

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

750 ml bottle split and poured into a Tripel Karmeliet tulip. 8.9% ABV, Serve at 40 degrees F, Packaged on 03/15/10, Best By [illegible] 13. (Thank God Ommegang has started dating their bottles!)

A - The cork pop signifies healthy carbonation and it certainly is on the pour. A fluffy cloud-white head pops up but sinks with haste, uncharacteristic of this style. Decent lace above the lightly hazy golden yellow beer.

S - Perfect tripel aroma with hints of clay and earth behind a Belgian yeast nose. Perfection in aroma, I can't stop myself from taking deep whiffs of this. Pale malts in the background with a kiss of light floral hops change it up a bit. I'm almost finding myself speechless from the nose of this complex and flawless aroma.

T - Very citrusy with a large yeast punch and a hefty clay flavor with a solid backing of pale malts. A sharp bite comes through on the finish with a tiny touch of alcohol and green hops. It's far from the perfection the nose offers, but it's still a tasty brew.

M - Medium-light bodied with a sharp carbonation bite to the finish. Smooth and clean, well-balanced finish of malts and a tiny kiss of bitterness.

D - This is very drinkable for the percent as well as the awesome flavor and mouthfeel. In the end it's a tripel with a flawless nose but a beer that's off from perfection. Still, it's a good tripel that tastes like its straight from Belgium.

Photo of Gmann
3.98/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly hazy golden orange color with an average white head that settles into a sparse cap. Looks a touch light and the head retention was less than your average Belgian tripel. The aroma is of light yeasty phenols, some banana, and candi sugar. Again not as deep in aroma as other tripels but no off aromas either. Nice sweet flavor, floral honey, very light coriander with some yeasty phenols, clove and banana. Light to moderate feel with very fizzy carbonation, quite burpy. No detectable hop bitterness. This is a very easy drinking tripel, no cloying sweetness or heavy handed coriander. It is lacking a certain depth but is well made.

Photo of cdizinno
4.97/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Cloudy golden straw with more of an orange tint. Nice white head. Little to no lacing.
Champagne-like carbonation.

S: Spice, clove, citrus. Very nice. Complex smell and nicely balanced.

T&M: Spices, mild fruitiness, and very nice belgian yeast/mild alcohol finish. Medium bodied and very well-balanced.

This stuff is GREAT! It is probably really good aged in bottle conditioning. I'm looking forwared to trying it! Definitely at the top of my list on tripels.

Tripel Perfection from Brewery Ommegang
92 out of 100 based on 305 ratings.