Tripel Perfection | Brewery Ommegang

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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 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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Photo of ChainGangGuy
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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Photo of SFLpunk
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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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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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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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.

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Photo of aerozeppl
3.6/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice looking bottle. The art ties in with the new Belgian Pale. On to the beer.

A: Fairly dark golden color with a bit of orange in there. A little bit darker than I like my tripels. A little bit of yeast at the bottom of my tulip and that is just from the first pour. That I enjoy. A touch of white head with only the faintest hints of lacing.

S: Yeasty and bready up front. Little bit of citrus. A little bit of white pepper but it is a fairly tight nose especially for the style.

T: Very sweet. Super sweet even. Malty. Lots of candi sugar. A touch of spiciness.

M: Fairly dry. Carbonation is a little on the low side for the style.

D: A good beer that is a little off style. I will be the first to say this is a damn near impossible style to nail down. I enjoyed this beer but they need to tweak it a little bit more.

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

Tripel Perfection has a hazy golden body and only a tiny off-white head. Retention and lacing are both lacking, but I think if served out of a bottle it would be different.

The aroma has a good mix of pale malt, candied sugar, alcohol and yeasty esters that include fruit, coriander and clove. Not bad at all.

I think I like the aroma of Tripel perfection better than I like the flavor. All of the positive notes from the aroma are also present in the flavor, but the alcohol is much stronger. With that said, candied sugar is the strongest flavor, followed by pale malts and the esters that include coriander and clove. It also has a light fruitiness that is very enjoyable. The finish is the problem here, because the alcohol is pretty harsh.

Mouthfeel is fine; full-bodied with moderate carbonation. Better than fine actually, it's pretty good.

Tripel perfection isn't bad, but it's a little hot and heavy for me. It's worth a try for fans of Ommegang.

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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.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.65/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a somewhat murky gold with little head even after the piping cork. Smells slightly floral and fruity. Some eaters, but many more in the taste. Flavor brings caramelized bananas and a great amount of fruit. Medium mouthfeel with good carbonation. Good example of the style, but nothing out of the ordinary.

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Photo of GatheringBrews
3.65/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured light golden color with a large puffy off-white head with excellent lacing.

Lemon, spice and yeast in the aroma.

Medium body and slight tartness with soft carbonation.

A bit of alcohol hotness that seems out of balance.

Orange and spice in the finish.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.68/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Tripel Perfection is a light orange color and appears hazy. A typically large, fluffy, white head is perched atop the beer. The head retention is very good and leaves some quality lacing behind.

S: Citrus, yeast, alcohol, spices. Smells like a tripel.

T: The beer has a lot of flavor, with nice notes of citrus and spice. However, I find it to be a bit too sweet for my liking.

M: Medium body, with a good feel, though again, a bit sweet.

D: An OK beer and a decent example of the style.

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Photo of drtth
3.7/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a stemmed Tulip glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: As served the beer is a nice clear golden orange/apricot color with a ½" white head that soon recedes to a ring around the glass. While the ring of foam persists for a while by about half way through the beer sipping leaves only a little scattered lacing.

Smell: The aroma is fruity and spicy with touches of orange and coriander but a bit on the light side.

Taste: The nose predicts the flavor fairly well with some light orange taste and some coriander. There are also traces of clove and pepper, but these are quite muted. The alcohol is hardly detectable.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is medium-full bodied with adequate carbonation. The finish is fairly long and ends with a touch of dryness that makes it easy to take the next sip. It is really only in the finish that the alcohol shows a bit of its heat and presence.

Drinkability: While not the most complicated tripel I've had this one seemed to me to be a good well made beer, as we would expect from Ommegang. While its not at the top of my list of favorites I liked it well enough that I'll give it a try again sometime

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Photo of Ghenna
3.7/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from corked and caged bottle into a traditional pint glass. Golden hay color, slightly off white head with larger bubbles.

Smell is citrus with traditional belgian spice. If you've smelled a traditional tripel, that is what this smells like.

Fair amount of citrus in the front part of the taste, leads into a bit of dryness that leaves what I would best describe as 'holiday spice' on the palate.

I guess I would call this a classic tripel, which is to say good, and traditional, but not spectacular. Or unique. This is a great example of what one should expect a regular tripel to be, but whose lack of innovation leads to ratings that lead to mediocrity. Mediocrity in this instance means a good beer, but I much prefer Victory's golden monkey for it's awesome taste that doesn't necessarily conform to what one expects in a tripel.

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Photo of OnThenIn
3.71/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A finger of white head. On top of an absolutely clear copper body.

S: It is not a very strong aroma, but it is nice. The aroma is slightly floral and grassy. There is also a tiny bit sweetness.

T: Quite a bit of sweetness with the same slightly grassy and floral notes. Not extremely flavorful, but overall enjoyable. Ends just a bit dry. Not really extremely interesting.

M: Medium to full body with good carbonation.

D: Rather drinkable and very enjoyable.

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Photo of bamojr
3.72/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

*Notes from 1/1/11*

Pours a cloudy golden. Smells very strongly of coriander. This one tastes very bitter and has a very potent taste of coriander which has a tendency to overpower most of the other flavors in this brew. This is probably my least favorite of beer from Ommegang.

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Photo of Sammy
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Cole's. Ommegang has been producing regular new Belgian beers these days,and consistently enjoyable. I enjoyed this one, yeasty, tasty, creamy mouthfeel. A meal in itself.Suitably carbonated, understated and balanced spices. Nice effort, decent representation of the style.

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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.

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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 TheManiacalOne
3.79/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On-tap 1/7/2014 at Doherty’s Ale House, in Warwick, RI served in a snifter glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a large foamy off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick but spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains spices, fruit, caramelized malts, Belgian yeast and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with a strong spice flavor and complementary flavors of caramel and fruit. Then some breadiness comes in from Belgian yeast and a hearty but not too heavy malt character. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings a good balance. The after-taste is bready and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, this is a solid beer to drink for a while if you’re in the mood for the style.

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Photo of SPThirtyThree
3.79/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Ommegang claims three years' work making this brew. But do they deliver on their claims of perfection?

A: First, the bottle: heavy glass, corked and caged. The cork pops perfectly: easily but not prematurely. The bottle style is a bulged-neck "bubbler" that foams the beer during the pour. This, combined with the high effervescence, made for a massive, fizzy head. (I should also note that I misjudged the chilling needed for such thick glass, so the temperature was on the warm side, adding to the foam.)

Triple perfection is a hazy, golden, burnt-straw ale. The head sinks into the beer, leaving an everlasting cream with swirls of bright white on ivory. Fingers of the cap climb up the side of the goblet when tilted, but always slowly slide back down, leaving no lacing.

S: The nose is immediately spicy and phenolic, with warm peppery and sulfurous notes, and a lingering tartness. Lemongrass and strong grassy scents are the only character imparted from the hops. There is also a slight sourdough bread funkiness reminiscent of a brett beer, although I don't think that this tripel is soured.

T: The flavor is surprisingly dry and vinous. Immediately, Tripel Perfection delivers an upfront dry bitterness, suggesting a heavy early-hop charge. As with any good tripel, a green-apple tartness is balanced by a candi sugar spiciness. Acetaldehyde is present, but not overpowering.

D: For the style, the drinkability of this tripel is medium-high, but generally, strong Trappist beers are sipping beers, with less drinkability. Tripel Perfection borders on refreshing and crisp, but the drinkability is limited by the subversive battle being waged between the bitter hops and the high alcohol.

M: The mouthfeel combines lush creaminess with effervescent carbonic bite, for a pleasant, but not extraordinary experience.

Ommegang Tripel Perfection is a great beer, but not the most accessible tripel. Is it perfection, as the label claims? Sadly, no. But despite being slightly more dry and tart than many Belgians, Tripel Perfection remains one of the best Belgian beers crafted in the States.

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Photo of wedgie9
3.8/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted from 750mL bottle. Pours golden with a decent white head. Nose of wheat, candy malt, lemon, orange, and a slightly honeyed aroma. Palate is honey, orange, lemon, and a light sweetness. The body is medium with lively carbonation and a medium citrus finish.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.8/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy yellow color with a white head. In the aroma, dry yeast and candy sugar. In the taste, a nice yeast presence and a candy sugar balance. A smooth and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a dry yeastiness and a small fruitiness in the aftertaste. Nice representation of style.

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