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Tripel Perfection - Brewery Ommegang

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Reviews: 180
Hads: 413
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 7.32%
Wants: 50
Gots: 68 | FT: 1
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Brewery Ommegang visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Tripel |  8.90% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: cosmicevan on 04-25-2010

Ommegang's brewers spent several years refining their ideas of what a "perfect" tripel would be. In the original style, a Belgian tripel is a golden ale, from 8.5% to 10% ABV, with fruity flavors and aromas coming from the yeast. Tripels are simply brewed, but with great attention to detail. Ommegang Tripel Perfection goes beyond the exquisite attention to detail and adds spices to subtly enhance aromas and flavors. The result is a fine ale honoring Belgian brewing tradition, while also expanding on it in the new Ommegang tradition.
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Reviews: 180 | Hads: 413
Photo of litheum94
3.91/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed 7/20/10.

P: Amber body with dark edges. Murky. Two-finger, lace white, frothy head. Slowly settles, leaving some great lacing on the glass.

A: Earthy Belgian yeast. Pepper. Coriander. Lemon citrus. Slight alcohol burn in the nose.

T: Creamy and spicy at first. A little citrus twinge, with some earthy tones. A fairly good alcohol punch on the finish. A bit of hops invade the finish. Some slight fruit flavors appear as it warms, perhaps of pears. Persistent spice the whole way through.

Very nice tripel, that gets better as the session goes on. The alcohol bite mellows and the fruit and spice comes more forward. Not quite as good as Allagash's tripel, but it's almost there. (692 characters)

Photo of AgentZero
3.53/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Hazy, golden colored beer with a white head that had decent retention and left some lace on the sides.

S - A bit of floral and fruity notes, lighter on the yeast and ethers, appropriate for the style. Little bit of citrus zest in there spices it up a bit.

T - Spice, citrus zest, some banana, yeast, ethers. It's decently sweet and pretty solid, but nothing I'd write home about.

M - Lively, active carbonation. Lighter side of medium bodied.

O - Solid, not particularly memorable, but something you can enjoy drinking if you like the style. (549 characters)

Photo of gabedivision
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 7fidyml duval glass.

Pours a clear yellowish orange, with lots of carbonation and a nice head that sticks around for some time. Smells of bananas, figs, apricots, apples, this is some big time fruity stuff. Along with all the fruit are some delicate hop scents and the familiar Belgian style yeast strain. Banana yet again on the tongue followed by a earthy malts, hops and yeast. Spice is very abundant and a slight alcohol presence . Great in the mouth, light, crisp, refreshing. This is some fine stuff, will try this sucker again fo sho. (556 characters)

Photo of CHickman
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review from 2/21/2011: pours clear yellow gold in color with a massive 2 finger foamy/bubbly beige head that dissipated very slowly, leaving good foamy lacing sliding down the glass; after the second pour (2nd half of the bomber) the beer was very cloudy with a ton of sediment floating around, suspended in the brew: a fine looking triple.

Smells of yeast, spices, sweet malt, coriander, pepper, cinnamon, flowers, floral hops, lemon zest, citrus hops, grains, wet bread and grapefruit; really nice soft floral aroma mixed with a sweetness from the yeast and malt.

Tastes of yeast, sweet malt, spices like coriander, pepper, cinnamon and cumin or light allspice, flowers, floral hops, lemon zest, citrus hops, grapefruit, grains, wet bread, and an oaky like flavor like it was barrel aged; the sweetness dominates and is mellow yet sharp and zesty like a slight sour bitterness from the hops, which then tails off with the funky metallic yeast taste.

Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth, with mild carbonation and a medium body that has ever essence from the bubbles racing up the brew; the overall feel is light, with a tart bitter finish that showcases the yeast and malt. Good drinkability, this goes down easy and mixed very well with spicy food. A very complicated and enjoyable beer that seemed balanced in every way. (1,324 characters)

Photo of ngeunit1
4.32/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a bright hazy golden-orange color with a big finger of frothy white head. The head hangs around forever, leaving behind lots of lace on the sides of the glass.

S - Aroma is a mix of citrus and spices. There is also some grain, yeast, and banana in the background.

T - The beer starts off with a mix of lemon and some light spices. Through the middle some banana and yeast come through alongside some grain and stronger spices. The finish is a mix of citrus fruits, light spices, and yeast that linger nicely.

M - Medium bodied with moderate lively carbonation. The beer feels super smooth and crisp with a bit of dryness that is really nice.

D - Very drinkable. The flavors are very nicely balanced and fit together very well. Especially the yeast characteristics which feel like they are at just the right level compared to the other flavors. (857 characters)

Photo of fuquan
3.85/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip, hazy orange/gold-ish with a big foamy white head which eventually dissipated. A lot of citrus in the aroma, with some spice. yeast and booze. Taste has a lot of malt, yeast and banana sweetness up front. Get a pleasant funky spiciness as it goes down. Medium/heavy mouthfeel with some carbonation. Not quite "perfection," but a good tripel for sure. (370 characters)

Photo of KYBrewgrass
4.29/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- 3.5 This is bland in color; it is a very clear light gold. It does have a nice bubbly white head on the pour but it dissipates mostly and leaves a ring on the edge. Moderately sticky lacing on the walls throughout.

S- 4.5 I'm loving the aroma of TP. It is nicely spiced (clove) and even has a reminiscence of original flavored bubble gum. Just a bit of yeast as well. Really nice.

T- 4.5 I mostly get the same blend of flavors that I got from its aroma. None stand out too much apart from the rest and this is indicative of the nice balance this brew has going for it. There's a pleasant combo of spice, sweetness, and yeast that works very well.

M- 4 TP has a good feel. It is medium in body with just a touch above average carbonation (I wish there was slightly less but it isn't overbearing). It is a little chewy, smooth, and doesn't leave me dry.

D- 4 I really enjoyed the TP and would be happy to take down the big bomber. It is a bit pricey, but hell, it was a one-time brew! I may see if I can get another before it will surely be bought up... Overall, it is tasty, well-balanced and not heavy. A good brew for sure - what I've come to expect from Ommegang. (1,172 characters)

Photo of rdub
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the large bottle into my Duvel tulip. Cloudy bright amber color and fluffy head. I called this La Fin Jr. Looked nice. Fruity, pleasant aroma. Taste was also reminiscent of La Fin. Mouthfeel was medium and overall I thought it was a good basic Triple. Nice job Ommegang. (282 characters)

Photo of uturn
4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml corked and capped bottle poured into an Ommegang glass.

A: This beer poured a slightly hazy light golden color with a very small 1 finger white head which thinned fairly quickly leaving no lacing on the glass.

S: The nose was sweet with notes of banana, coriander and yeast.

T: The taste is full of spices, coriander Belgian yeast and fruits like banana and apples, it's initially sweet of honey then ends dry with a mild bitterness.

M: The mouthfeel was pleasant with a nice level of carbonation.

D: The drinkability was very good with the 8.9% abv not to noticeable.

This did not break into my top 10 Tripel list, but I would still have this one again. (672 characters)

Photo of FreshHawk
3.88/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Crisp copper color with a huge, light, foamy, whispy, sticky, fluffy, white head. Sticks around for a long time leaving a sticky lace.

S - Fairly standard tripel aroma although it is a touch light and has nothing popping out. Bready pilsner malt along with some orchard fruit, lemon zest, some pepper and clove. Also Belgian yeast. Like I said, standard aroma but a little too blah.

T - Starts out with some slightly tart apple and pear with plenty of spice coming out mid sip. Clove, pepper, and lemon zest. Lemony citrus comes out a bit more toward the finish. Bready malt in the background with a slight fruitiness and a touch of banana.

M - Medium body with a bit above average carbonation. Very spritzy with a slight warming from alcohol and spice.

D - It really started to grow on me as I drank it. Fruity and maltiness balanced the spice pretty well. Definitely has a warming feel.

Notes: Nice tripel, but nothing special or anything to really distinguish it from others in the style. I enjoyed it, and it is a solid beer but is a little blah overall. (1,067 characters)

Photo of VaTechHopHead
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Slightly hazy, color a yeast starter for all those home brewers out there, lots of visible carbonation. Pretty dense head that has a half-finger thickness that lasts and leaves a nice lace.

S - A nice spicy yeast aroma with a hint of citrus orange. Nice phenols and a peppery finish.

T - Big yeast flavor with a nice bit of Belgian sugar thrown in. The peppery flavors and slight citrus and carried over from the aroma and all of them come together quite well. The aftertaste is semi-sweet but definitely finishes spicy.

M - Medium body with a lot of carbonation. Light texture on the palate. Semi-complex flavors and high ABV definitely make it a sipper.

Overall another great beer from Ommegang. (705 characters)

Photo of dtivp
3.97/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy golden yellow with a small white head that dissipated quickly into a thin ring, light lacing and some suspended solids.

Aroma of yeast , malt and citrus.

Taste was dominated by the yeast and malt with some lemmon, spice and a slight honey sweetness.

Mouthfeel was medium body, light to medium carbonation, crisp with a slight dry finish. The alcohol was masked very well.

Overall a nice Tripel in the Ommegang Belgium tradition. (446 characters)

Photo of donteatpoop
3.62/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale golden color, foggy with a nice cap of white foam that forms upon initial pour and retains decently though soon fades to something much thinner. Nice glass clinging effects.

The smell is vaguely funky, some nice earth and spice aromas hit the nose. The taste is similar to the nose, earth and spice and a vague yeasty funk.

The mouthfeel is what is to be expected, bubbly and smooth. Easy to drink. Pretty good beer. (432 characters)

Photo of rootbeerman
3.82/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

from notes 1-9-11

A: pours light orange, with a white finger thick head, that fell to a halo with a little lace
S: first aroma i caught was banana from a yeasty over pour. sweet light fruit, and malt with a touch of alcohol.
T: sweet sugared fruit, a touch of banana and yeast. malt is very sweet and hops have a light bitter aftertaste
M: high carbonation which is odd for not holding its head longer. overall it seems thick on the palate
O/D: quite drinkable for the ABV, yet seems to be lacking in triple flavor in my opinion (532 characters)

Photo of Preismj
4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up from a local shop today and just the name alone meant I had to give it a shot tonight.

a: pours a hazy amber/gold. Nice slow pour released about an inch or so of head that stuck around for about a minute or so. Beautiful lacing left as it retreated.

s: smells like a fruity hefeweizen. The wheat comes through and a lot of sweetness. Smells quite good.

t: like a liquid cookie is the only way I can explain this. Expected to get a hit of fruit but just not there. Maybe a bit of a banana from the wheat. Very very sweet, but very well balanced. Not as many different flavors as I expected by what is there stands out as superb.

m: the bubbles keep coming and the liquid is light and creamy. Nice carbonation but a much at first. Maybe as it sits for a few minutes it'll calm down.

d: keep 'em coming...I could drink many of these if I didn't have other brews I'm still aching to try. However, this bottle is mine and I'm drinking it all right now. I could enjoy this any time with anything.

Added note: Had this recently on draft and immediately thought to myself that this has a different flavor than I remember. I am getting much more clove spice to it and it reminds me more of a winter ale. Still has a very bready flavor to it, though the spice comes through more than any sweetness or fruitiness I tasted previously. Still, a very solid beer, but curious as to why it seems different than I recall. (1,425 characters)

Photo of pzrhsau
4.1/5  rDev 0%
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. (433 characters)

Photo of MasterSki
4/5  rDev -2.4%
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. (700 characters)

Photo of JohnnyS17
3.76/5  rDev -8.3%
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. (541 characters)

Photo of SkunkWorks
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
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! (1,107 characters)

Photo of engagechad
3.29/5  rDev -19.8%
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. (579 characters)

Photo of dstc
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
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. (409 characters)

Photo of champ103
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
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. (768 characters)

Photo of biegaman
4.8/5  rDev +17.1%
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. (2,297 characters)

Photo of ThatWineGuy
4.47/5  rDev +9%
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. (926 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
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. (2,087 characters)

Tripel Perfection from Brewery Ommegang
91 out of 100 based on 180 ratings.