Tripel Perfection | Brewery Ommegang

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

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass. So been wanting this brew for so long, now as a tripel junkie this is my chance. A good solid pop off the cork when opening.

Great looking off the pour. Frothy rocking head off white in color, with thick bubbled retention and staying power. Slowly falls with no clingy lace. Body color is a crystal clear but very deep bronze. The lightest touch of carbonation, and a good middle column rising in the center, but not roaring or very large. Excellent looking tripel.

Nose is real unique but also has some off putting character. There's a muddy almost bile like note to this. Big clove like phenolic action going on, even a touch of cinnamon pokes out. Not much fruity quality or sweetness either. Basically a big spiced note, with some oddity to it.

Palate comes very well though. Big rush of fruity peach orange and candy like notes, but toned down with some very dry carbonation. Good honey sweetness finish and surprisingly very crisp and dry, almost pilsner like. Big sweet minty finish which seems to take over from the many brown like hinting hot spices that seemed to be on the bouquet before. Lots of almost champagne like carbonation on this as well which really cuts down the sweetness nicely.

It's a nice decent brew, but has a weird aroma and doesn't quite hit the echelon for me. Coriander doesn't always jump on my palate, and the licorice isn't really noticeable if perhaps in some nice slick mouthfeel, but this is still a very decent tripel worth having.

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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 mactrail
3.83/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

What a sweet, tasty mouthful. A big foam-up in the Ommegang chalice, but eventually it settles down. Big aroma of hot, yeasty fruit.

So spicy, yeasty, and phenolic. Fruity and strong with alcohol. Has the classic Ommegang Belgian sledgehammer taste.

A seriously spicy and hot golden ale. A bold and golden mouthful. From the 750 ml bottle purchased at Bottleworks in San Diego.

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Photo of DannyS
3.92/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

poured from a 750ml bottle into a 2L beer mug.

A - Pours a crystalline, just slightly hazy orange amber with two thick, luxurious fingers of soapy head that linger forever. Looks delicious.

S - A bit too boozy on the nose, with a very slight hop character and that familiar tripel candy sweetness.

T - Smooth, malty, sweet, and slightly spiced. Also an overtone of citrus. Pretty darned refreshing and satisfying.

M - carbonation is modest and body is light. Little bit of alcohol burn.

Overall - It drinks really easy for its ABV, so be careful. I polished off the whole bomber without problems. All in all, It's a good baseline representation of the Tripel style. It tastes great but is otherwise not unique. If that's your jam, you will like this one. But if sweet, spicy Belgian ales are not your thing, this one won't convince you otherwise. There are beers I'd buy over this one, but I'd never turn this one down if offered. I definitely recommend giving it a try.

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Photo of FFreak
4.38/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I picked this up in an Omegang 3-pack at Costco around Christmas. Thick 750 ML corked Belgian bottle poured into Omegang glass that came with the 3-pack (what a deal!). Its a slightly hazy orange-hued golden ale with faily high carbonation and thus a substantial and long-lasting head. Typical Belgian aroma that conceals the spices really well. Very nice honey and spice, and very well balanced. The spice is muted in the taste until the beer begins to warm up, then the spice becomes apparent but never overwhelms. Excellent mouthfeel. Overall a super enjoyable tripel.

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Photo of BoldRulerVT
3.98/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from 750 bottle into a willi becher glass.
Pours a hazy tangerine with two fingers of head. Great retention.
Smells nice. Fruity, spicy, sweetness.
Tastes really nice as well. Coriander comes through, some good honey sweetness.
Finishes well, a hint of sweetness on back of the tongue.
Overall, a very enjoyable and flavorful tripel.

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

Appearance: cloudy, pale orange body with a good sized, off-white frothy head; long lasting and good lacing; very effervescent

Smell: pale malts; citrus; belgian yeasts; coriander

Taste: very nice! Big hit of citrus right off the bat with spices and yeast; juicy malts lead quickly into a good hop bite; finishes semi-sweet with a slight bit of hops lingering

Mouthfeel: slightly creamy, but with a good amount of carbonation

Remarks: Delicious. Bought in a big bottle 3 pack with Ommegang glass for under $10 at Sam's Club. What a deal!

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

On tap poured into a snifter

Hazy yellow with a generous white foam cap and nice lacings.

Aroma of orange, coriander, herbs and sweet malt.

Full mouthfeel with plenty of active carbonation. Hint of alcohol

Good tripel worth repeating, two or three more times..

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Photo of gr0g
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Solid gold in color and a bit hazy. A prodigious head forms and lasts for ages. Very nice lacing. Yeast and spice notes are dominant on the nose. Clove, coriander, and, more subtly, some dried orange peel. Nice, bright aroma with just a subtle hint of alcohol

Malty sweet flavor with just enough hop bitterness for balance. Kind of a dull finish. Fruity and malty with some candi sugar I think. Golden raisin, white grapes, and herbal hops are what I'm getting. Full in body with alcohol warmth but no solvent-like fusel notes. Very well carbonated but soft and sudsy.

This is a really good traditional tripel that does nothing wrong. Highly recommended.

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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 Badger6
4.04/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Came out of a corked 750 mL bottle, lured into a snifter (no clean goblets). May have slight effect on overall experience, suspect not much though.

A: Hazy golden body, fast building white head, rapidly dimished to a small remnant on the surface. Some lacing on the glass.

S: Fruity scents of pears and apples. Slightly sweet scent from the candi sugar. The smell in general is not intriguing or complex.

T: The fruits are pronounced, with a distinct sweetness. The expected Belgian test flavors and spice notes are not initially distinguishable, but in the middle they come out. The suggested serve temp is 40F, but it got better as is warmed. Overall, the flavor profile is not super complex, but not outside the range of other tripels.

M: Rich mouthfeel start to finish. Starts bubbly but settles very quickly, with a nice smooth finish. Alcohol is initially strong, but goes away as the beer warms.

O: This is a good beer, ranks in the upper middle of the pack as far as American tripels go. It definitely goes in the like column, and will come home again.

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Photo of LI_PO12
4.02/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle into tulip

Appearance- Hazy golden, fluffy white head

Aroma- Big spicy phenols, banana, clove, fruity esters, bready malt backbone, spices come through a bit but aren't strong slight alcohol

Flavor- Sweet pear apple notes, bready malts, funk, clove, spices show up more here, finishes dry and crisp, do not really taste the abv, although slight alcohol warmth

Mouthfeel- Medium, strong carbonation

Overall- Awesome triple, I don't know about perfection, but very nice and worth a try.

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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 DoubleJ
4.36/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

With 750 ml in the bottle, I have a long road ahead. On to the beer:

Lots of rushing carbonation runs through the sunlight golden color of the beer. Topping it is a fluffy head which retains extremely well. With a smell, I get the notes of white pepper, pear, apricot, vague cream, which altogether is a delicate and pleasing nose. The taste doesn't let down either, proving to be somewhat spicy with grass, orange, apricot skins, while overall delicate in taste. It pairs well with the airy, bubbly mouthfeel, and gives me the impression that this was brewed in Belgium, not mid-state New York. Tripel Perfection may be a stretch as a name, even though this is outstanding....perhaps Tripel Outstanding instead?

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Photo of NeedBeerHere
4.36/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a little muddy amber in color (as In not quite clear) with a huge 3 finger, white head with decent retention and a bit of lacing. Smell is that typical Belgian yeast with bananas and cloves. A nice little sweet smell from the malt really makes the nose nice. Taste is everything in the nose and a little TINY bit boozy but this may be a little warm (not 40F - probably 50F). Really has a nice crisp flavor and feel as swallowed. Mouthfeel is really pretty thick which I like for the style due to all the carbonation. Overall another really nice beer from Ommegang. Most of them of wonderful.

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Photo of utopiajane
4.09/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a pastel yellow. A soft golden color like sunshine with a bit of an orange hue when held to the light in the room but with a much brighter lemon color when held to the natural light. A fingers worth of perfect white foam that falls fast but then stays with a ring and film on top.

Nose is bright with fruit. Tropical fruity twang that hints at pineapple, a soft stone fruit sweetness of apricot and a bright citrus zest. Earthy yeast on the nose give it depth and the malt is a rumor of bread. Mild spice and pepper.

The taste is elegant and reserved. It is smooth and creamy but has plenty of bubbles to tickle your tongue and enliven the palate to all the flavors. It drinks like a charm. A bit thin and not too sweet with a touch of dryness and a bit of tartness from the fruit. The grain is light in the body of the beer as it warms and adds a supple quality to the drink. There is a touch of alcohol that enhances the fruit sweetness. The aftertaste is long and dry and this has a mild spice and pepper finish that is simply wonderful.

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Photo of thecheapies
3.83/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Beautifully peach in color, but the head died down quickly. Allowed this to warm up for a solid 15 minutes, and I still see rising carbonation.

Buttery fruits, banana, light candi sugar, apricot, pear, nectarine, and sweet yeast esters. Very mild spiciness, and the esters really dull the malts. No real bready nature, other than something muffin-y and buttery.

Spicy now, and some unexpected breadiness, but mostly spice and nectary fruits. Banana, pear, and apricot with a false coriander note. A little peppery. Nectary body, too, with a burning carbonation feel. Has a little stickiness. I still get some butteriness, but it evolves into pomme flavors. Not bad tripel from one of my favorite breweries.

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Photo of JayQue
4.19/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Revision of my previous review. I appreciate this beer a lot more than I did with the previous review (3.58 overall). Corked and caged 750 ml bottle. Pours a hazy but bright orange color with a big delicately bubbly white head. Good head retention and plenty of filmy lacing on my Chimay goblet. A good looking beer. Strong aroma of light fruit (mostly pears but some apple too), peppery spicing and most important...Belgian yeast.

Flavor is great. A nice fruity background, enough pepper to keep it interesting and a heavy dose of Belgian yeast. Most of the great Tripels I have tried have almost a "cheese like" flavor because of the yeast. This one qualifies. Alcohol is very well hidden. Mouthfeel is impressive. Almost no alcohol presence, nice and rich with good spicing. I would rank this Tripel with the very best I have tried.

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle date of 08/18/2010 served again on 03/08/2012. Poured into a snifter.

Appearance: Looks awesome already, semi clody golden amber which produced roughly a white 1" head.

Smell: Smells I pretty good, like fine wine. I get a hint of fruit and some yeast actually. I would grade this higher but doesn't stay with you like most other"tripels".

Taste: Jesus, Ommegang has added a lot of wow to this beer. Little sweet maybe for some tongue but yet bitter, the alcohol is pretty evident in taste. It's definitely not hidden and I love it.

Mouth: Medium, slight heavy carbonation. Goes down smooth though, very smooth!

Overall: I have had about 3 bottles of this beer and just decided now to review as I am drinking one at the moment. Sad but I didn't know this was a limited brew so I am happy I stocked up from last year. If you can get your hands on Perfection, don't take it for granted it is an extremely well made beer and incredible for true bee lovers alike. Cheers to all and love this beer!

P.S. : This beer gets better with age, hold on to it and let it

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

I picked up this bottle a while ago and threw it into my cellar (basement). I poured the beer into my expensive chalice (snifter on sale at Pier One). I even dressed for the occasion (T-shirt and jeans).

This is a very good tripel. I really like the way it smells. The aging brings out a ton of flavor and smell. There is the belgian sour/yeasty presence. It is great pulling in the smell from this beer.

I like how strong this beer tastes. The belgian flavor persists into drinking it.

Overall, this is a very good experience. I would recommend it, but I just found out that it was a limited edition. It is a very good Tripel.

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Photo of Dope
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A cloudy golden-orange pour with an enormous frothy white head. Ridiculous head, even. Head retention is excellent. Lacing is a little weak, otherwise this would be a 5.

S: Pears and apples up front. Nice grass and citrus from the hops.

T: Again, lots of pears and apples. Nice light citrus (lemons mainly) mixes well with the typical bready belgian yeast flavors. It's a little wheaty in fact, I wonder if there is any wheat in the malt bill. A little bit of grass in the aftertaste mixes in with the citrus. There is a nice strong peppery spiciness everywhere.

M: Medium bodied, carbonation is just about perfect.

O: Excellent tripel. Very deceptively light and crisp despite the heavy ABV. The taste elements are well balanced and go together well.

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

750mL bottle (no dates/codes) into a tulip. Pours a slightly hazy golden straw w/ a pillowy white head that slowly deflates like an air mattress.

Aroma is fruity, yeasty, pungent & earthy.

Taste is smooth and rich, fruity with a bitter finish. Citrus, mango, spice. A mild lingering malt sweetness. Full-bodied and thirst-quenching.

Overall a solid tripel, disappointing only in the relatively low carbonation.

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Photo of BedetheVenerable
3.83/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 750 brown bottle, corked and caged, classy label, bottled in March 2010, drink before March 2013. Split into two Chimay chalices.

Appearance: Hazy dark golden orange brew, capped with a beautiful dark cream cap which shows good retention.

Smell: Somewhat subdued but pleasant. Hints of sugar cookie maltiness up front, backed by sweet orange peel. Some very mild spicy notes as well (maybe coriander). Pleasant, even if there's not a ton of depth.

Taste: Richer and maltier on the palate than I expected from the (somewhat light) aromas. Sweet orange peel, with some citrusy booze (almost like a citrus vodka). A medium, clean hop bitterness keeps things fairly balanced. Bitterness actually grows This is good beer, make no mistake, but there's not a ton of depth. Ends fairly dry, but with a sweet, juicy orange note.

Mouthfeel: Not as dry/lean as the best examples, but pleasant.

Overall: A solid tripel for sure. I can't remember the exact price, but this was somewhere between $11-13 bucks. That's a justifiable price for this brew, and at that price point, I might pick this pick this once in a while, if not regularly.

B to B+

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

light golden hue of it had a nice cloudiness to it that seemed to come through nicely with a bit of lacing around the sides.

aroma is light bready notes and hints of banana, cloves, pears, light tart apples and a touch of spice on the edges. clean, very clean flavor that it is very hard to find really any fault here in that. super clean with light body and a nice medium palate with hints of grain and light fruits that seem to dance all over the place. light bears and nice touches of fruit and light spice. smooth, clean finish

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

Semi-translucent, golden colored beer with a fluffy white cap of foam that quickly settles down to nearly nothing. Not much lace to speak of. This bottle is about 15 months old.

Smell is sweet, yeasty, and spicy. Taste is the same, full of sweet malt and spices, mostly clove and coriander. Alcohol is noticed, pleasantly, in both aroma and taste. Tart green apple flavor in the finish.

Crisp mouthfeel with good carbonation, clean, slightly puckering finish. Sharply defined flavors and liveliness on the tongue made this an excellent pairing with spicy Indian food. A very good example of the style, but falls on the sweeter side of the spectrum.

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