Tripel Perfection
Brewery Ommegang

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Brewery Ommegang
New York, United States
4.12 | pDev: 8.25%
Mar 03, 2019
Apr 25, 2010
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Notes: 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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4 by Kurzman from Rhode Island on Mar 03, 2019
4.26 by Jstarr2517 from Connecticut on Feb 24, 2019
4.56 by ak010101 from New York on Feb 04, 2018
4 by OompaMentor from Georgia on Jan 05, 2018
4.15 by LinksusMaximus from New York on Jan 05, 2018
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4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by arizcards from North Carolina

Picked up a 750ml bottle from TW Arrowhead on 11-4-17 as part of a three-pack of other flavors for $29.99. No bottling date visible.

Beer poured golden orange with a nice white head that has some decent hang time.

Nose is fruity esters and a large European malt bill.

Taste is apples and pears over a large malt bill. Finish has adequate noble hopping to balance things out nicely.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and very smooth!

Overall a very solid brew, glad i was able to try!

Dec 30, 2017
3.07 by ChrisG523 from Massachusetts on Nov 04, 2017
4.08 by dbauer from California on Oct 08, 2017
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3.74/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by keithmurray from Connecticut

Could not find a best by date on this one

Appearance - deep golden color with white head

Smell - apricot, sugar, honey

Taste - apricot, honey, orange zest

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, lower level of carbonation, sweet upfront from the citrus, back end is a bit boozy, finish is a bit unrefined

Overall - decent tripel here, not sure about a re-visit, though. So many better examples especially considering full asking price.

Price Point - $10.99/750ML bottle

Jul 01, 2017
3.96 by Dave2234 from Minnesota on Jun 24, 2017
4.12 by 2GOOFY from California on May 20, 2017
4.43 by Hopfenpeter from Maryland on Apr 15, 2017
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4.56/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by BloodSoakedAleMug from New York

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.

Mar 30, 2017
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3.93/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by classixIII from Pennsylvania

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.

Mar 25, 2017
4.02 by Avatar113 from California on Mar 09, 2017
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3.78/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by illpass78 from Maine

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.

Jan 05, 2017
4.15 by VABA from Virginia on Dec 29, 2016
4.25 by avisong from Virginia on Dec 27, 2016
4.58 by SlurmDrinker from Illinois on Dec 27, 2016
4.07 by fx20736 from New York on Dec 18, 2016
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3.52/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
by Jugs_McGhee from Texas

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

Dec 16, 2016
4.44 by DoubleMalt from New York on Nov 21, 2016
4.1 by George2744 from Pennsylvania on Nov 21, 2016
3.96 by madelf66 from Pennsylvania on Nov 19, 2016
3.5 by WynnO from Florida on Nov 12, 2016
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4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by EMV from Pennsylvania

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.

Oct 10, 2016
4.41 by Taologic from Oregon on Oct 07, 2016
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4.32/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by BradtheGreat7 from Ohio

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?

Oct 07, 2016
3.99 by Quafftastic from Virginia on Jun 22, 2016
4.06 by TheDogHouse from Florida on Jun 15, 2016
4.09 by aufie from Texas on May 31, 2016
4.05 by Beginner2 from Illinois on May 14, 2016
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4.09/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by damndirtyape from Ohio

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.

Apr 25, 2016
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3.94/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by EMH73 from New York

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.

Apr 10, 2016
4.58 by Anthonypapini from New York on Mar 27, 2016
3.92 by Wizzle32 from Pennsylvania on Mar 25, 2016
3.92 by hozersr from Pennsylvania on Mar 25, 2016
4.75 by LiquidSwords1201 from Connecticut on Feb 29, 2016
3.94 by griffey123 from Connecticut on Jan 25, 2016
4.5 by Griggsy from Colorado on Jan 16, 2016
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