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Brewery Ommegang
New York, United States | website

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 nlmartin
4.07/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer was served chilled in a wide mouth goblet.

Appearance: The body of the beer is a bright orange coloration. The head of the beer is white and resolves down into a thin layer. No lacing marks this beers passage from my glass.

Smell: Yeasty sour dough bread leads the aroma. A nice floral marmelade covers the aroma of bread. Well played!

Taste: Peppery coriander rides a wave of yeasty bread. A hot alcohol note peaks out between waves of yeast. All in all I have to say I like the flavor. Nice dry finish to the beer.

Mouthfeel / Drinkability: The body of the beer is crisp with a pleasing dry finish. The alcohol is a bit on the hot side but not in a terribad way. This was a very well made beer but I expect nothing less from Ommegang.

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Photo of avalon07
4.17/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a goblet. Had a bright orange color and a cloudy texture. There was a quarter inch of foamy, fairly long-lasting head. Pretty good lacing.

S: A big, sharp, funky aroma Belgian yeast, malt, spices, and some fruit.

T: Tasted of malt, pepper, Belgian yeast, a little lemon, and some other lighter fruits. A nicely complex, flavorful beer.

M: A highly carbonated beer with a dry finish. Medium-bodied.

D: A well made, drinkable beer.

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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 Mosstrooper
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 750mL bottle into 300mL Krusovice chalice.

Appearance: Cloudy golden-orange color with a medium, quickly dissipating white head that doesn't leave lace, but leaves lots of foam floating on the glass. In subsequent pours, the head is smaller, yet thicker, creamier, and slower to dissipate.

Smell: Grapefruit and plum notes with an assertive touch of yeast.

Taste: Begins with apple and slight banana fruitiness, finishing with a bready, earthy, yeasty flavor and a good touch of bitter hops. Slight note of alcohol in some sips.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with slightly heavy, yet natural, carbonation and a dry finish.

Drinkability: This is yet another good beer from Ommegang and yet another faithful interpretation of a classic Belgian style. Not the best tripel out there, but this one is still very satisfying for the Belgian beer lover and average beer geek alike. Given the price compared to actual Belgian tripels, this one is definitely a winner.

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Photo of Amalak
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had out of a 750ml bottle that I got at the distributor.
A- It's opaque and gold. It has a decent foamy head that leaves some lace.
S- Very nice caramel/sweet hop scent.
T- Wheaty taste at first, sour after taste. Some maltiness. Alcohol undertones. It's quality, but kind of generic at the same time. Not worth the price tag, but good if offered.

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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 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 stimulus
3.9/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle.

A: Pours a light orange with a one finger white head.
S: Spicy, but can't place it explicitly.
T: Big spicy flavor, same as in the aroma, followed by banana and that Belgian funk.
M: Very highly carbonated with a light body.
D: Much more drinkable than the 8.9% abv suggests, perhaps this one goes down too easy (which isn't necessarily a bad thing).

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Photo of dasenebler
4.27/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a somewhat hazy, deep gold hue with a nice, but modest head-- for a Belgian ale, that is.

Nose is full of warm, earthy spices and fruity notes of banana. Touch of musky hops and booze.

Flavor is excellent, really well done for an American-brewed Tripel. It's sweet and malty, but also incredibly rich and complexly spicy. Lots of yeasty phenols and fruity esters. The mouthfeel is superb: sticky and chewy but also very creamy, with fluffy carbonation. The finish is warming, and leaves the drinker craving another sip.

Ommegang does its thing once again with an excellent Belgian ale. Up there with the best American-brewed Tripels.

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

Had on tap at the pour farm tavern in new bedford.

Hazy, golden color with huge head that slowly simmers into a thick lacing.

Rich fruity aroma with pleasant farmhouse aroma found in authentic Belgian triples.

Deliciously complex flavor. Rich fruit taste, with a subtle hint of hopiness. Well balanced and full bodied. Love it.

Good drinkability and mouthfeel.

Highly recommended

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.38/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a 32oz growler of this at a tasting yesterday.

A - Poured a slightly less hazy honey orange than when I had it from a bottle. There was little to no head and the carbonation was also hardly present. The growler should still be plenty fresh...poured yesterday and a swing top. Was somewhat surprised to see the lack of livliness.

S - Same amazing smell from the bottle...Bubblegum, clove, orange, citric fruit, and a really nice softly spiced candy smell. Smells really inviting. Very complex but all nicely balanced and complimenting smells.

T - Same great taste from the bottle, perhaps even a bit better than I had remembered. The freshness from the growler really gave this beer an even candier and sweeter taste than the bottle version. Still very fruity. Same apple, pear, and spicey bubblegum but the alcohol seemed tamer than I remembered. Really nice flavor. Almost like a Tripel with a touch of Saison.

M - No defined alcohol bite that I had experienced in the bottle. Leaves a bit of a peppery and cooling aftertaste. Much more vibrant in the mouth than the appearance would lend you to expect.

D - Better from the tap/growler than the bottle for sure. I remember being somewhat under impressed with the bottled version, but from the growler...pretty great! Looking forward to BCTC at the end of July!

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Photo of spointon
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I poured this one from a brown 750ml corked and caged bottle into a stemmed tulip glass.

A= This ale poured a very effervescent medium to deep gold color with a 1.5" snow white head. The head dropped to a thin cap and left some nice Belgian lace on my glass.

S= Very nice aromas of fruity esters and phenolics in front with a slight bit of yeasty funk and malt behind.

T= Started off with slight malt sweetness and moved through a whole complex range of esters, phenolics, and spicy alcohol. The label says this ale is spiced but whatever spice was used is subtle. This ale certainly dried out as it progressed but never lost a touch of the sweetness it started with. Definitely more fruity than powdery, with a finish that carried the battle between sweet and dry to the very end. Warming alcohol in the finish.

MF= Lighter side of medium bodied with an effervescent and crisp feel.

D= Though the alcohol doesn't hide with this one, it remains highly drinkable. A quality tripel that walks the line between sweeter American interpretations and the traditionally drier Belgian versions.

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Photo of jfro
4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a smallish belgian style tulip

A- Very thin head, hazy but not clouded straw color

S- light fruit with a hint of alcohol

T- this tastes like a prototypical tripel to me. esters and phenols both balance well.

M- This is the second time I have drank this label and I find that this time my carbonation level was higher than I recall the first. Near constant little bubbles. Overall a very smooth drink

D- A "perfect"ly drinkable triple

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Photo of Haybeerman
4.28/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Deep, hazy straw color. Poured a 2 finger coarse white head with good retention. Lightly decanted. Lots of sticky lace.

S: Sweet, bready malt and big Belgian yeast esters. Banana and citrus rind. Spicy.

T: Consistent with smell; fruity esters and phenols. Good malty fouindation. Disguises the abv well.

M: Medium body. Medium carbonation. Smooth beginnings transitions to bitter and alcohol.

D: Easily drinkable despite the abv. Surprising balance.

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Photo of dpnelson1978
3.94/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap into 12 oz. pint.


A: Cloudy, deep straw body (apple juice?) with a big white head that rapidly dissipates leaving no lacing or cover.

S: Big Belgian esters. Banana and citrus offset by yeasty spice. No question about this beer's style.

T: Like the aroma, fruity esters dominate accented by a liberal dose of phenolic spice. Subdued malt backbone and well disguised alcohol content.

M: Medium body with medium carbonation. Bordering on smooth and velvety. Just a little less carbonation would have served this beer well.

D: Great drinkability for a 9% abv. brew. Goes down fast, and leaves no off-putting aftertaste. Well balanced and delicious.

O: Another consistent selection from a go-to brewery. I'm still waiting for something that blows me off my feet, and I'm sure I'll get my wish eventually.

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Photo of BretSikkink
3.88/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cork pops off nicely with some wafting vapor - head bubbles effervescently enough to be convincingly Belgian. Pretty dark color for a tripel, with a brawny looking body. Tall white head fades slowly, asking the drinker to do something, anything, with the thick foamy slurry. Lacing lays in rings around the glass when I'm done.

The nose is very yeast, with esters and phenols abounding. Light honey, banana, and some spices: cardamom, coriander, pepper. Flavor is initially fairly malty and sweet, but the spicing dries it out nicely. Many elements of the wheat beer-like drinkability are retained, but the added complexity and spiciness of the tripel are here as well. Nice American adaptation of this venerable style.

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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 ToasterChef
4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from my notes. It is an opaque orange beer, with a white foam head made of small bubbles. I can make out plenty of rising carbonation at the edges of the glass. The aroma is very nice, with plenty of candi sugar, musty Belgian yeast and a little bit of dried apricot. I wrote that the flavor is interesting. Candi and crystal sugar sweetness are present. The finish is peppery. It tastes a little dry and powdery. It isn't as clean tasting as some other triples. It is full bodied and possesses slightly above average levels of carbonation. It foams up a bit as I swallow. It leaves behind a good coat that helps maintain the peppery flavor. It is pretty drinkable, but has more pepper than I excepted. One big draft pour is enough for me, although I could finish a 750ml bottle if that was what I had. It is an enjoyable beer, but I don't think I would seek it out.

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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 beerthulhu
4.16/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: A gorgeous pearl white head of generous proportions sits atop of an bright orange colored body that showcased a vivid and strong effervesce factor composed of micro-bubbles following in single file fashion upwards at a rapid rate. The head leaves a nice splattery of macro foam deposits covering the glass only after its had its share of retention and limelight.

S: The nose was yeasty, of fresh dough, white grapes and a soft lemony touch. There is a bit of floral aspect as well muskiness that comes through but no signs of the 9.8% abv.

T: Yeasty attributes of fresh dough and peardrop combine with a soft warming of alcohol along with some wet lemon hopping. The malting is the highlight here, very crisp and clean pale grains (perhaps Belgian pilsner) that exemplifies smoothness and refinement. The hopping was spicy, perhaps styrian, providing some spicy notes of dry apricots and peaches while the alcohol adds a bit of its own spicy character. Wet fresh citrus, curaco oranges and some warm honey notes add subtle hints of sweetness and a soft complexity to the overall perception.

M: Smooth and velvet like texture, with a medium body gives this a great feel and hold. Warm and spicy with a citrus and honey like fade upon the swallow.

D: The overall drinkability and delivery is one that was exceptionally smooth and polished, a tribute to their fine tuning and perfection seeking regiment that made holding out for this beer worthy of its name. There is hardly any indication to its 8.9%abv nature, making you want to continue drinking this beer long after. Perfection? About as close as you could possible ask for.

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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 Wasatch
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to cavedave for this brew.

750ml Bottle
Best By: 03/2015

Poured into a chalice a nice cloudy golden orange/yellow color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger creamy white head, with some nice sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with some yeast, corinander, slight bananna. The taste is malty, slightly sweet, yeasty, nice touch of corinander/bananna. Medium body. Drinkable, this is a pretty tasty brew, not too hot in the spice area.

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Photo of Wildman
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a clear gold color and formed a huge foamy off white head that coated the glass with lace as it slowly subsided much like a float. A heavy amount of carbonation is present. An aroma of malt, citrus and yeasts. The flavor was of malt, yeasts, pepper and touch of butter. The body was medium style and slightly creamy. The finish had a slight peppery yet tart finish. Not a bad beer.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.91/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in an Ommegang "balloon glass".

Thanks go out to jonesy77 for tipping me off to this guy's presence in the District! It pours a hazy sunshine straw with a finger of white bubbly head. The nose comprises wheat, some grass, bready yeast, clove, and a faintish banana, much lighter than I would have initially figured. The taste brings this apparently mostly theoretical banana element into true focus, joined by cloves, pepper, cardamom, and that always fun and super-vague term, "spice". Since I've never encountered All-Spice in the real world (beer world is nicer, but heavy on the escapism...kinda like taco land...), I can't use it here, but I still kinda wanna replace "spice" with "all-spice". Maybe not. Regardless, the body is on the lighter side of medium, with a lightly active carbonation and a fairly dry finish. Overall a solid tripel, not unexpected from the Belgian-leaning peeps up at Ommegang.

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Photo of jamie2dope
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pretty ballsy of Ommegang to throw the word perfection in to this new release. The look of the beer starts things off on a good note; hazed golden in color, with just a bit more than a lacing for head. Tropical fruit in the nose, yeast must in places, and a dry medicinal presence. More of the same from the taste, coming off in a very bright, more pronounced way, if that makes sense. Lively mouthfeel, with plenty of carbonation to assist in drinkability. The ABV is hidden well, but can be felt after the first few sips. Alright, so this might not be an absolutely perfect Tripel, but it comes pretty close as far as I am concerned. Definitely one of the best I have had in recent memory. You also have to give Ommegang some credit, as it sounds like they have been working on this brew for some time. I guess their determination has paid off, as this is an awesome Tripel, and beer overall. Cheers

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