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:
456
Reviews:
190
Avg:
4.1
pDev:
8.29%
 
 
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Ratings: 456 |  Reviews: 190
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2.5/5  rDev -39%

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3/5  rDev -26.8%

Photo of drewone
3/5  rDev -26.8%

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3/5  rDev -26.8%

Photo of DefenCorps
3.01/5  rDev -26.6%
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.

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3.06/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

11 ounce pour - $10.00 at Taco Mac in Woodstock, Georgia.

Appearance: Deep golden-hued body, lightly hazed beneath a fine, white head.

Smell: A sweetish, perfumy, heavily phenolic bouquet with its boosting spices, some citrus and some addling alcoholic updrafts.

Taste: Honeyed maltiness, lightly bready. Moderate sweetness of blonde syrups. Slightly tangy in taste. Generously phenolic, abundant in clove, coriander and pepper. Bitterish, redolent dried citrus rinds. A little harsh and biting in the booze factor leading to a somewhat sharp finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body, fairly smooth on the tongue. Medium carbonation.

Overall: For me, it fell more than a bit short of its boastful moniker and price-tag.

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3.19/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Neck dated bottled 3/15/10. 750mL brown glass cork and cage finished.

Appearance: Hazy orange amber with tall fluffy bone-wheat head that stays like merrangue.

Nose: Simple Belgian-yeast frutiness, peach and hay notes.

Palate: Bright and sharp on the tip of the tongue with alcohol prickle. Tight carbonation releases slowly (not explosive). I think there's corriander in there. Palate is grassy and hop driven, somewhat astringent. Finish is sharp and not well integrated.

Notes: Probably will improve with time, but doesn't rock my socks.

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3.24/5  rDev -21%

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3.25/5  rDev -20.7%

06/10/12 From the bottle a tad sweet but very flavorful. Not too much of anything. Needs a re-val as It's been a long day.

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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.

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Photo of logicalparadox
3.33/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Tasty tripel, but alcohol was a little upfront for my tastes. Not surprising at 9 %, and considering I was drinking at 50 F when recommended serve is 40 F.

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3.37/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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3.38/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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3.43/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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3.47/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

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 jaswilson2
3.5/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

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3.51/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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 tigg924
3.53/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Goblet

Appearance: 1 inch head, cloudy, orange/gold in color, high carbonation

Smell: orange, coriander, alcohol, lemon, and Belgian spices

Taste: hay, some funk, orange, coriander, alcohol, lemon, and Belgian spices

Mouthfeel: sweet start with a bitter-funky middle and finish, light bodied, high carbonation, dry

Drinkability: A decent not outstanding tripel. I do appreciate the astringency and the funk in this beer. The taste is good, but I have had better from the brewery. For the price, it is worth a try once, but I cannot see myself getting this again.

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