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

Why didn't Brewery Ommegang have this in their line-up from the beginning? It makes perfect sense along with Rare Vos, Hennepin, Ommegang and Three Philosophers.
The flavor profile is slap dab in the middle of Ommegang and Three Philosophers. Ripened banana, apple cider and pear. What I really enjoy about this beer, and other Ommegang offerings, is that it doesn't taste like an American brewery's take on a Belgian style. It tastes authentically Belgian. I tend to prefer my tripels to be more on the dry side. This one is on the juicy side of the spectrum and it does it quite well. Some phenolic, bubblegum notes are there but that flavor turns more towards banana.
Sweet with some slight twang. Hints of shortbread.
Smooth and tasty drinking all around. Those that like their tripels to be more juicy ought to adore this one.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a caged and corked 750ml into my La Fin du Monde chalice, brilliant orange golden slightly hazed huge effervescent layer of white head. Fine Belgian style lacing, between sips you just have to admire the beauty this beer has to offer. Aroma ful of tropical fruit/bananas, mangoes, and hints of pineapple. Bold spicy yeast with pale malt breadiness, and herbal hops in the background. Flavors explode with ripened banana, citrus fruit, hints of pineapple juicy fruit. Spicy yeast/hops provided nice balance to the fruit laiden sweetness. creamy finish with a touch of booze in the background. Muthfeel has welcoming warmth with the booze but a smooth juicy effervescently carbonated body. Incredibly smooth and drinkable as it warms the booze becomes much more apparent but the flavor is just as enticing.

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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 philbertk
3.92/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ommegang Brewery Tripel Perfection--Golden Tripel Ale Brewed With Spices--Limited Edition--Cellared at the Brewery--Cork Capped--2010 25.4 oz. Bottle. 8.90% ABV. 10 IBU's? (4.25 / 5.0) Belgian Ale--Tripel Thin lace fizzy white head. Cloudy bright yellow gold color. Rich sediment. Floral banana wheat ester coriander hint front. Rich sweet creamy smooth Belgian Tripel banana wheat complex rich tasty body. Clean refreshing mild Belgian spice fruit end. Big balanced Belgian. Sampled 9/11/2010. $11.49 Each @ Ballard Market 7/1/2010.

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

A beautiful hazy gold with a sizable head and decent lace. Smell is sweet with a good breadiness and a peppery spiciness. Yeast and light fruits including apples and grapes. A bit of banana as well

Taste is close to perfect. Just missing a certain "Je ne sais quoi" and not by much. Still the palate is full of malt and sweet Belgian candy. Bananas and pannetone. Rich vanilla cream and a touch of alcohol. Just a touch and not enough to draw attention to itself. Hops are mild and earthy to start flowing into a gentle bitterness that balances the sweetness delicately and artfully. Feel is luxurious and creamy with a rich full velvety swallow. Nice.

Quite drinkable for the abv. However it is rich enough that you are not going to look to this one for a thirst quencher. That being said it goes down quicker than almost any tripel. Karmeliet being the benchmark for me here.

A superb ale from Ommegang and I will be looking for several of these to cellar. I like much.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

An absolute joy of a Tripel. But I keep looking for that intangible magical quality that separates it from other good Tripels.

The look of the beer delivers on a glowing golden color, mild haze, and good retention of cotton-white foam. Moderate lacing. The beer carries a quentessential Tripel appearance, just shy of something outstanding.

Bright flavors and aromas of pilsner malt (fresh baked breads or crackers) mix with confectioner's sugar seetness that seems to evaporate on the palate. Fruity esters of apples, lemons, pears, and appricots balance agains spicy white pepper, corriander softness, and alcohols. Herbal hops give floral character and tea-like taste while giving bitterness to the flavor predominately in the finish.

All these flavors and aromas balance very well against each other and with such restraint that the beer seems effortless. Thinking this is a benefit to the brewers, this also prevents any standout flavors from rising to the attention of the taster. Perhaps safe, but savory and pleasurable nonetheless.

The beer starts with a soft sweetness, lightly creamy texture that gives and early impression of weight or dextrin. But the beer's carbonation carry the beer from the early sweetness into a lightly acidic and zesty spiciness, lifting the beer off the tongue and seemingly evaporates into thin air. Delicious and effortless to drink in the end due to alcohol warmth and good attenuation.

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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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