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Brewery Ommegang
New York, United States

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.

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Photo of cdizinno
4.97/5  rDev +21.2%
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.

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Photo of pat61
4.85/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

L: Fruity nose with sour earthy notes, spice, floral, soft alcohol, citrus.
S: Pours hazy peach tinted gold crowned by a big persistent 3” off white moussey head with a very fine bead.
T: Fruit, spice and alcohol start the attack seasoned by pepper, very soft malts, some citrus, orange, maybe lemon mingling with peach and suggestions of pineapple.
F: Very creamy and moussey in texture, medium light body. Above average to high carbonation but the carbonation is very fine and soft.
O: About as good as it gets, big fruit balanced by bitterness and alcohol.

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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.

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Photo of Schimms
4.78/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

L: Pours a beautiful tripel gold with 3 finger thick white head

S: It has that "tripel yeast smell" I'm looking for

T: Great tripel taste up front; hidden alcohol; warm

F: Light, dry

O: Great tripel from one of my favorites - Ommegang

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Photo of medic25
4.67/5  rDev +13.9%
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.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.6/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Ommegang Tripel Perfection, 750 ml, ..."The triple is among the most popular of Belgian ales. Brewed with simple ingredients and fierce attention to detail, there is little room for error--but lots of opportunity. Perfection isn't easily acheived---but once achieved it is always memorable."

So let's open it up, and go!

Cloudy, light golden hue, big white head, long lasting, lace leaving. Fits the part.

Aroma: spice and citrus, very airy, white pepper meets lemon peel, matched with Belgian yeast.

Taste: incessant blitz of hops, spice, citrus zest, and fierce carbonation. Bam, zam, lovely, lovely, lovely. This has all a triple wants and need, and more. Nothing more to say, it has it all...pale malt, abundant yeast, zesty citrus and spice, the whole deal. Genius. Thoroughly amazing. Yum and yum. Every inch the very verisimilitude of a top-notch triple.

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Photo of mstyne
4.57/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

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Photo of jt31914
4.55/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: 1 1/2 fingers head. Fairly carbonated; great lacing and beautiful orange color.

S: Wonderful citrus, light wheat and candied sugar aromas in the background. Spicy aroma.

T: Tastes of citrus, orange peel and candied sugar once again. Light dried grape and typical belgian flavors. Very spicy with some lemon zest adding to the citrus.

M: Very smooth and fairly bubbly. Nice feel overall, very enjoyable.

D: Very drinkable, goes down smooth. Nice feel and wonderfully done beer.

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Photo of Brent
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

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Photo of jopezu
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

cloudy yellow orange, thin head that stays. notes of bubble gum belgian yeast and bananas on the nose. taste is a very strong yeast gum, coriander and sweet orange (strong sweet orange aftertaste). the typical tripel flavors, but they seem to come through much more strongly in the beer. very nice!

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Photo of MadCat
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Nice golden color, fluffy white head, leaves good lacing

Smell: Sweet fruity malts, Ommegang yeast character, a little bit of spice

Taste: Again, sweet fruity malts up front with the signature Ommegang yeast character. Some spice, coriander, clove

Mouthfeel: Medium body, full champagne-like carbonation, semi-dry finish

Overall: A fantastic take on the classic Tripel style from a favorite brewer of mine. The shift up in price for Ommegang means I'm not buying as much, but I'm glad I picked up the holiday 3 pack for a price I'm used to.

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Photo of robhunta
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - A light golden orange with a bit of a haze. Pours three fingers of head, leaving a spotty lacing on the glass.

S - Tough to explain, I have trouble pulling out individual spice aromas, but there is certainly a spiced aroma, I smell lemons and yeast and doughy malts.

T - Again, I'm not the best a puling out individual spice flavors, but this beer has delicious spices, it is sweet without getting too sugary. Much like the aroma, there are yeasty, doughy malty flavors.

M - crisp and dry. the carbonation tingles on the tongue in a nice was. the beer finished dry and smooth.

D - Overall this is a pretty light and drinkable beer, while still quite complex.

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Photo of FattyVM
4.49/5  rDev +9.5%
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 allergictomacros
4.48/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Cloudy amber with an impossibly creamy head.

S - Nose is rich, ripe fruit - orange, pineapple, peaches. Lots of yeasty goodness and the bare hint of funk. Lots of booziness. Warms up to some bready malt spices.

T - A little bit of acid up front followed by a rich, complex center. Spicy, anise, clove, and fruitiness in spades. Lots of stuff I can't identify that comes and goes. Big bitter finish cleans up well.

M - Soft, creamy body with a light, fine carbonation. Fairly dry.

D - Good flavour and sugar balance. Easy drinking for such a big beer.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.47/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 ml corked bottle into a Duvel tulip glass. Bottled on 11/13/14.

Appearance: Pours a bright golden orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. Huge four finger white head with decent retention. Leaves a decent amount of lacing.

Smell: A yeasty, spicy, and fruity Belgian style aroma with big hints of spice and zesty fruit. Belgian yeast with upfront hints of clove, coriander, peppers, farmhouse funk, and slight licorice. Fruit hints of orange peel, lemon zest, green apple, and white grape. Soft pale malt with hints of grains, straw, and cracker. Also some sweet hints of Belgian candied sugar and subtle earthy hops. A very nice aroma.

Taste: Like the aroma, a yeasty, spicy, and fruity Belgian Tripel taste with good notes of spice and fruits. Belgian yeast with big spice notes of coriander, clove, peppers, farmhouse funk, and licorice root. Fruit esters come through with notes of orange peel, lemon zest, white grape, banana, and green apple. Also some notes of bubblegum and candied sugar. Pale malt with notes of straw, grains, and cracker. Light backing notes of floral hops. A really good taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a high level of carbonation. Nicely spicy and zesty with a drying finish. Booze is masked well.

Overall: A very good version of a Belgian Tripel. Good mix of spices and fruit esters with a nice level of carbonation.

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Photo of BierDave
4.47/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had the good fortune to experience this one-off brew at Ommegang's "Belgium Comes to Cooperstown" Festival for it's debut in 2007 & again in 2008.

I was very impressed with the 2007 version however the ABV goose to 9% for 2008 served to round this out into a very fine Tripel. It had the warmth of the 9% but it was beautifully hidden. Excellent!

During a weekend filled with classic Belgian Tripels, this brew held it's own with panache.

Ommegang can stop the search for the proper receipe and get this little piggie to market! It is as good for it's style as their other offerings.

Rumor has this being bottled as a regular in 2009 finally filling the Tripel void in their wonderful repetoire.

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Photo of superspak
4.47/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into signature tulip glass, bottled on 11/12/2014. Pours slightly cloudy deep golden color with a 2-3 finger dense and fluffy white head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big lemon, orange peel, apricot, pear, apple, banana, coriander, clove, pepper, bubblegum, honey, candi sugar, bread, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness. Fantastic aromas with awesome complexity and balance of fruity/earthy yeast, spices, and pale/bready malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big lemon, orange peel, apricot, pear, apple, banana, coriander, clove, pepper, bubblegum, honey, candi sugar, bread, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness. Good amount of earthy yeast spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, orange peel, apricot, pear, apple, banana, coriander, clove, pepper, bubblegum, honey, candi sugar, bread, and herbal/yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Incredible complexity and robustness of fruity/earthy yeast, spices, and pale/bready malt flavors; with an awesome crisp malt/yeast/spice balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, and slightly prickly/bready mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an absolutely incredible spiced tripel style. All around outstanding balance and complexity of fruity/earthy yeast, spices, and pale/bready malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink for the ABV. An insanely delicious offering.

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Photo of CochonKing
4.47/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours a deep gold. Very large fluffy head that is spewing with aromatics the entire time it was developing. Scents of bubblegum and lemon with a strong malt backbone come out heavily in the head. The taste has notes of bubblegum as well. Strong malt and a very good spice package that is hard to identify but notes are similar to cardamom. There is also a perceived sweetness in the beer although I doubt the level of residual sugar is actually very high. Exceptional yeast notes as well. The mouthfeel is medium in body with good carbonation. Overall a very well made beer.

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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.

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Photo of adamette
4.45/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pleased to find this limited edition at Heinen's in Willoughby Hills, Ohio this week for $8.99 for the corked and caged 750ML bottle. Poured into my Brewery Ommegang Westvleteren style goblet (the one with the gold rim). No observed "best by" date but I am not convinced that it really would matter that much.

A Creamy egg white head over a great looking opaque blonde body with visible sediment (yeast, no doubt) floating about. 4.5

S Candy sugar sweetness with a clove like tartness in what smells like a classic tripel. Only a slight "burn" of alcohol. 4.5

T Really nice sweet malt front with that clove like bite and a more obvious alcohol. The sweetness tends toward a banana sweetness and that reminds me of Victory Golden Monkey but only in taste. Maybe it is the classic Belgian bottle (or the idea that this comes from a Brewery that brews mostly classic Belgian styles) but I think that this is prepared more classically Belgian and therefore it tastes much more authentic. When I say "authentic" I mean that the sweet banana/clove tastes are presented in a european, Belgian manner and not the Amercian Craft, a little more fruitty and sweeter version as in Golden Monkey but this beer REMINDS me of Golden Monkey. Regardless of any comparison to Golden Monkey, this is a classically brewed Tripel and it tastes very good indeed. 4.5

M Appropriately "big" with big, sweet malt and a slight burn of alcohol and a lingering syrup like stickiness. There is a minor, secondary smooth quality to the feel (mostly late in the taste and early aftertaste) but most of the feel is the bite of sweetness and alcohol. 4.0

D I had no problem finishing what amounted to two goblets of this beer and I anticipated each sip, anxious to find what awaited me in terms of taste. 4.5

Notes: Brewery Ommegang hits a home run with an authentically prepared Belgian Tripel, my favorite style. You know, Ommegang is best when it sticks to the best beer styles in the world, the Belgian styles. Lastly, I think that this is a steal at under $9!

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Photo of MrIncognito
4.42/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured from a 750ml bottle. Hazy golden body beneath a 2-finger sticky white head that retains well and leaves great lacing. Almost champaign-like bubbles racing to the top

S - Wonderful Belgian yeast aroma with some sweet citrus off the bat. Great aromas of spices such as coriander. Hop aroma is muted but nice in subtlety.

T&M - Just the way a tripel should taste. Great spiciness with some sweetness from the malts along with a citrus zest. Nice hop profile that comes in on the back of the tongue was swallowed. Alcohol is warming but not at all boozy.

D - so easy to drink and the alcohol is not as noticeable as expected. A great sipper.

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Photo of atsprings
4.41/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750mL corked and caged bottle pours a nice hazy pale orange with a nice frothy off-white head that slowly diminishes to a thin layer and leaves nice rings of lacing on the glass with each sip. Aroma is a very nice plethora of spices in front of sweet malts. The taste is sweet malts with great spice flavor right alongside leaving you ready for the next sip. The beer is medium bodied but the alcohol is well hidden by the smooth carbonation. This is an absolutely amazing Tripel, dare I say one of the best brewed in American and likely the only one alongside Pisgah Solstice that I would put up against the best ones brewed in Belgium.

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Photo of drpimento
4.4/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very nice beer. Appearance is a long lasting thick off-white head, some lace, and a slightly hazy color. Aroma is yeast, wet grain, malt, spice. Flavor is like nose with carbonic tang up front with a bit of sweet that builds along with the bitter and has a long finish. Clean. Great body. Very easy drinking.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.39/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

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Photo of hopphead31415
4.39/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

The flash of gold caught my eye and everything I saw about this beer made me even more excited to try it. Ommegang always brews amazing beers and when I found that this Tripel ONLY comes in this beautiful 750 mL bottle AND was capped with a champagne cork and wire rim I was hooked. The bottle artwork and style makes me want to keep this bottle after I finish it and I will. It has a well-balanced 8.9% ABV and has been fine-tuned over the better part of a decade. I will be glad to review it here.

Look-First let me say that the loud satisfying pop of the cork only led to the mounting excitement and anticipation of all that Ommegang promised to pack within. I poured only mildly vigorously and found the head grew very quickly and lingered and then settled into a medium sized head at a centimeter or two with large bubbles and fine lacing on the glass. The beer itself cascades into billowing wisps of golden yellow liquid kissed by turbulent carbonation immediately after the pour. It settles into a foggy yellow state capped with foam beckoning for a kiss.

Smell-It smells of pilsner malt and English yeast at first. I then get sweet brandy and malts based off so many aromas it is hard to pick them all out. I get pear and delicate tropical fruits like mango, passionfruit, and spiked melon. Very subtle and delicate like a humble elixir promising to pack a punch in the taste, which it does.

Taste-The malts are more present than the nose indicated. Lingering English yeast and bread at first and then immediately giving way to a cacophony of tastes. The flavor is a waltz of candied sweetness like sugarplum, bread pudding, fig, honey-buttered-bread, esters of banana, lemon zest, earthy yeast, clover, coriander, bubblegum, melon, honey, citrus peel orange, licorice, nutmeg, vanilla, ginger, and the alcohol appears late at the end and is soothing mild and refreshing. The taste has such an explosive variety of flavors that I may have missed a few, but with a list like that you truly can’t go wrong with this one. These flavors ebb and flow in wave after wave and finish a bit dry and cool lending to the mild alcohol that makes its appearance center stage and amidst the perfect levels of carbonation.

Mouthfeel-It drinks smooth and refreshing with the right levels of effervescent carbonation.

Overall-This was not just a beer, but an experience. It has so much to offer and everyone should try it. Given the legacy of this beer and the amount of time and effort that went into this variety, I think that this is a top shelf, gold medal brew that will be difficult to beat. Great job, Ommegang and keep them coming!

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