Tripel Perfection | Brewery Ommegang

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Brewed by:
Brewery Ommegang
New York, United States
ommegang.com

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.90%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by cosmicevan on 04-25-2010

BEER STATS
Ratings:
457
Reviews:
190
Avg:
4.1
pDev:
8.29%
 
 
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63
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Photo of Dave2234
3.96/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of 2GOOFY
4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Hopfenpeter
4.43/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BloodSoakedAleMug
4.56/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Look: Pours a cloudy golden orange color with a soapy, two finger head of coarse, off white foam.

Aroma: Superb. Decadent with a musky, floral belgian yeast character. Notes of savory baked bananas, creamy vanilla cheesecake, smoky roasted oakwood, sweet rosemary, spicy clove, bubblegum, and toasted creme brulee with fresh lemon and orange rind.

Taste: Bright and slightly herbaceous with fruity, estery flavors of banana, lemon oil, bakers yeast and mild bubblegum supported by creamy notions of vanilla, irish soda bread, caramel custard and bittersweet, floral rosemary, clove and white pepper with fresh honey.

Feel: Full bodied with effervescent carbonation. Alcohol profile is nonexistent. Creamy, dry, bubbly, floral and somewhat bittersweet.

Overall: A very heady Tripel with a rich, efflorescent, spicy belgian yeast characteristic supported by dry, creamy notions of sweet, floral and fruity esters. I would absolutely buy this again, if only I could find it on the shelves more often. Ommegang has outdone themselves. . . an absolute delight if you enjoy Tripels.

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Photo of classixIII
3.93/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Its Ommegang + its a Tripel = Its damn good! Pours a clear gold with a decent foamy head. All the aromas and flavors you would expect, done to near perfection, hence the name. Yeast, malt, bread, orange, coriander and sugar. Its all there. Just the right amount of sweetness. Alcohol is there but not dominant, nicely carbonated.

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Photo of Avatar113
4.02/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of illpass78
3.78/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

25.4 oz. bottle poured into a tulip.

Appearance: Pours a rusty gold with a big white frothy head that retains well.

Aroma: Wheat, honey, orange peel, malt sweetness.

Taste: Orange peel and sugars lead the way. Booze burn, malt sweetness. Some candy-like flavor. Tangerines. Possibly honey, as in the nose.

Mouthfeel: A slow drinker, in part due to the high ABV.

Overall: Good strong ale. Complex and full of flavor. Pretty boozy, too.

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Photo of VABA
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of avisong
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SlurmDrinker
4.58/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of fx20736
4.07/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kojevergas
3.52/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I could have sworn I'd reviewed this before. Maybe I just didn't type up my notes yet.

BOTTLE: 1 pint 9.4 fl oz. Brown glass. Branded hood-and-wire cap over a cork. Appealing gold label design with art depicting two arrows in the center of a target (perfection, get it? But hey, shouldn't there be three arrows?)

8.90% ABV. "Belgian-style golden tripel ale."

HEAD: ~6-7cm in height. Off-white head. Soft appearance. Slightly creamy, with a silky smooth consistency. Apt for a tripel, with ~10 minute lacing that doesn't betray its high ABV in the slightest.

BODY: Murky dull copper. No visible yeast/lees within.

The head exceeds the body in execution, and the overall result is a decent looking tripel. The lack of vibrance in the body really holds it back; one would expect a glorious vibrant gold given this is a Belgian style tripel brewed by a Duvel-owned brewery.

AROMA: Soft wheat, coriander, pale malt, spicy Belgian yeast, dried orange peel, candied orange peel, bright floral hop aromatics, oats (I think?), tangerine peel. I don't find the licorice root mentioned on the label, but I consider this a good thing as I hate licorice.

Suggests a wonderfully soft subtly executed ale lacking the booziness that plagues so many inferior attempts at the style. Boasts a great Belgian yeast aroma, getting me excited for a true-to-form tripel from one of our best Belgian style breweries.

Aromatic intensity is average. A very enticing aroma, all things considered.

TASTE & TEXTURE: Orange creamsicle flavours are complemented beautifully by a soft silky mouthfeel, making this 8.90% ABV surprisingly refreshing in spite of its medium body. Perfectly carbonated; I suspect bottle conditioning is to thank.

Not oily, gushed, hot, boozy, astringent, harsh, rough, or wet. Has a classic smooth wet texture and I suspect oats helped give this its lighter body and increased smoothness.

The taste has many subtleties, but citrus from dried bitter orange peel and candied orange peel is prominent. Soft wheat gives this its approachable malt backbone, complemented by (I think) oats. Unmistakable Belgian yeast character is indicated by the subtle yet intricate saccharomyces cerevisiae spiciness and muted esters. Yeasty spice and coriander seed intermingle, lending this a bit of a prickly feel. I wouldn't call it fruity per se, but the orange peel would be detected by any discerning drinker in a blind tasting even though it's seamlessly integrated in the rest of the build as a whole.

And a whole this brew is, boasting impressive cohesion and unity of flavour, exceeding the sum of its parts. Depth of flavour is quite good, and flavour duration and intensity are aptly moderate as demanded by the style's conventions.

There's a nice harmony of texture and taste at work here, and the beer's key strengths for me are its softness and its wheat/orange peel one-two punch. That it isn't boozy is a miracle already, elevating this well above the pack of mediocre tripel style ales.

OVERALL: Sometimes I forget how terrific Ommegang is at emulating Belgian styles, and then I try almost any in their lineup and I'm instantly reminded. Normally I'm wary going into tripel style ales given their propensity for booziness (I guess it's something about that highly attenuated Trappist yeast), but Ommegang reigned this one in, delivering a devilishly drinkable tripel that bests even many Belgian brewed expressions of the style. In terms of American-brewed tripel style ales, this is up there with the likes of Logsdon, Russian River, and Victory for me - and that's tough company to rival. Easily a Top 15 tripel for me currently (regardless of country of origin), and absolutely worth trying once - even if Ommegang has other Belgian ales I'd sooner reach for. No, it isn't the titular "perfection," but it's quite tasty.

Low B (3.52) / GOOD

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Photo of DoubleMalt
4.44/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of George2744
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of madelf66
3.96/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of WynnO
3.5/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of EMV
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a cork'n'cage bomber into a tulip

L: Pours a nearly clear medium golden color. Three fingers of creamy white head. Lots of sticky lacing.

S: Lemon grass and honey. Belgian sugars.

T/F: Complex and delicious... Belgian yeasts and sugars throw a lot at the palate. Summer fruits and honey... caramel... candy sugar and banana. A little spice thrown in for good measure. Carbonation was on point and the finish was sticky and semi-sweet.

O: Slightly sweeter than a usual tripel, but this really worked for this beer. Just delicious, and Ommegang knows their way around the Belgian styles. Recommended.

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Photo of Taologic
4.41/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BradtheGreat7
4.32/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I'm really loving these new Ommegang bottle shapes. This is a beautiful ale on the pour. Fantastic feel and texture. Sweeter than say your authentic tripels. Still carries a nice balance and the yeast strain is off the charts delicious. But this for me leans more toward those thick bodied Belgian strong pale ales. It's very well balanced considering it's sweetness and makes for the absolute perfect after dinner ale. It's big bodied with rich fruity esters, beautiful aromatic yeast strain and sweet candied malt. Most breweris would have this turned on its head, but Ommegang does brilliantly in making a perfectly balanced Belgian ale that keeps its fruit filled flavor and spice with a bunch of sweetness. It carries some hints of booze along the palate as it warms, but it's as close to Belgian perfection as any US made ale I've had. They hit it dead on with the perfection part though it's more of a strong pale ale than tripe for me. But hell, do we really care what style liquid it is as long as it's as grand as this?

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Photo of Quafftastic
3.99/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of TheDogHouse
4.06/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of aufie
4.09/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Beginner2
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of damndirtyape
4.09/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750mL corked and caged bottle, bottled on 11/12/2014, best before 11/2017. Shared with the Mrs., with my portion in a Tripel Karmeliet glass.

Appearance: Translucent orange amber color. Lots of fine bubbles coming up through the glass to replenish the persistent rocky off-white head. Thick strands of persistent lacing noted. Great looking beer.

Smell: Yeasty, floral, herbal, with a barest hint of phenol.

Taste: Lots of flavors going on - Belgian yeast, noble hops, orange peel, bready malt, with a mild lingering herbal + citrus bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Highly carbonated but not fizzy. Scrubs the palate clean and has a nicely airy mouthfeel with a good smooth thickness underneath.

Overall / Drinkability: A perfectly balanced tripel and well-named. Dangerously drinkable - I was noting the potency about halfway through my glass. I would not have minded another glass in which case I would have been in serious trouble this stuff is so smooth. A very delightful tripel and I'll have to see if I can pick it up again.

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Photo of EMH73
3.94/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy amber color with a thick one and a half inch white head that is very well retained , but leaves little lacing.
Smell is pretty mild, with some lemon, yeast and spice notes. Taste is slightly sweet with yeasty bread, apples, pears, cloves, slight pepper and malt flavors. Finishes dry. Medium to heavy bodied with high carbonation. Flavors get much better as the beer warms a little. A very good example of a Belgian Tripel.

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