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.

Added by cosmicevan on 04-25-2010

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.06/5  rDev -25.7%
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 hophead723
4.31/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look: A chaotic swirling rush of carbonation rises to the head of this brew. The body is a slightly hazy amber color with gilded edges. The head is creamy and leaves consistent lacing.

Smell: Tons of banana esters, ale yeast, licorice, coriander, orange peel, and honey in the aroma.

Taste: The taste is extraordinarily complex in the first place, but as it warms the flavors open up. I get banana, sweet orange peel, licorice, anise, honeysuckle, proofed dough, cake flour, lilac, lavender, unfiltered wiliaiki blossom honey, melon rind, a kiss of rosewater and coriander.

Feel: This brew is so creamy and smooth the finish doesn't even matter. It rinses and lingers simultaneously.

Overall: Another genius brew by Ommegang, which are the undisputed masters of utilizing Belgian yeast to really make the quality ingredients shine.

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Photo of rydev24
4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.36/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of AMarkle6524
4.07/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of masonstorm
4.48/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Whiskeydeez
3.77/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Vixie
4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Primarily orange with a bit of red it in. Large white head that sticks around a bit, and a lot of bubbles from the carbonation.

Smell is a bit subtle, but picking up malt and yeast, as well as some citrus. Maybe hint of pepper as well.

Very fruity up front, more apple and pear than the citrus I expected. There is quite a bit of pepper at the back end, leaving a spicy aftertaste. There is also a bit of alcohol warming, while not fully hidden, no doubt of the abv here.

Fairly thick and full for the style, with a good amount of carbonation.

Very nice take on the style here. The Belgian character of Ommegang really comes through on this one, they did nail the style. It is maybe a bit spicier than I expected, but overall, a very accurate version of one of my favorite beer styles.

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Photo of jrein0254
4.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of ClavisAurea
3.95/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750ml bottle served in a tasting glass.

Appearance: hazy golden with a thick head of foam. No lacing or alcohol legs.

Nose: yeast, pears, apples, classic Belgian nose

Taste: thicker on the palate, pears, spicy hops, yeasty flavor

Great bottle shared with my brother in law. Excellent tripel from a world class Brewery.

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Photo of akeiii
4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Nice crisp with a hint of clove finsh. Would have on tap again at the Malted Barley

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Photo of Adam_Lifts
4.32/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of pat61
4.85/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

L: Fruity nose with sour earthy notes, spice, floral, soft alcohol, citrus.
S: Pours hazy peach tinted gold crowned by a big persistent 3” off white moussey head with a very fine bead.
T: Fruit, spice and alcohol start the attack seasoned by pepper, very soft malts, some citrus, orange, maybe lemon mingling with peach and suggestions of pineapple.
F: Very creamy and moussey in texture, medium light body. Above average to high carbonation but the carbonation is very fine and soft.
O: About as good as it gets, big fruit balanced by bitterness and alcohol.

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Photo of hopphead31415
4.39/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

The flash of gold caught my eye and everything I saw about this beer made me even more excited to try it. Ommegang always brews amazing beers and when I found that this Tripel ONLY comes in this beautiful 750 mL bottle AND was capped with a champagne cork and wire rim I was hooked. The bottle artwork and style makes me want to keep this bottle after I finish it and I will. It has a well-balanced 8.9% ABV and has been fine-tuned over the better part of a decade. I will be glad to review it here.

Look-First let me say that the loud satisfying pop of the cork only led to the mounting excitement and anticipation of all that Ommegang promised to pack within. I poured only mildly vigorously and found the head grew very quickly and lingered and then settled into a medium sized head at a centimeter or two with large bubbles and fine lacing on the glass. The beer itself cascades into billowing wisps of golden yellow liquid kissed by turbulent carbonation immediately after the pour. It settles into a foggy yellow state capped with foam beckoning for a kiss.

Smell-It smells of pilsner malt and English yeast at first. I then get sweet brandy and malts based off so many aromas it is hard to pick them all out. I get pear and delicate tropical fruits like mango, passionfruit, and spiked melon. Very subtle and delicate like a humble elixir promising to pack a punch in the taste, which it does.

Taste-The malts are more present than the nose indicated. Lingering English yeast and bread at first and then immediately giving way to a cacophony of tastes. The flavor is a waltz of candied sweetness like sugarplum, bread pudding, fig, honey-buttered-bread, esters of banana, lemon zest, earthy yeast, clover, coriander, bubblegum, melon, honey, citrus peel orange, licorice, nutmeg, vanilla, ginger, and the alcohol appears late at the end and is soothing mild and refreshing. The taste has such an explosive variety of flavors that I may have missed a few, but with a list like that you truly can’t go wrong with this one. These flavors ebb and flow in wave after wave and finish a bit dry and cool lending to the mild alcohol that makes its appearance center stage and amidst the perfect levels of carbonation.

Mouthfeel-It drinks smooth and refreshing with the right levels of effervescent carbonation.

Overall-This was not just a beer, but an experience. It has so much to offer and everyone should try it. Given the legacy of this beer and the amount of time and effort that went into this variety, I think that this is a top shelf, gold medal brew that will be difficult to beat. Great job, Ommegang and keep them coming!

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Photo of ALC82
3.89/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Taphouse_Traveler
3.93/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BobbySads
4.24/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of AMCPhD
4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jopezu
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

cloudy yellow orange, thin head that stays. notes of bubble gum belgian yeast and bananas on the nose. taste is a very strong yeast gum, coriander and sweet orange (strong sweet orange aftertaste). the typical tripel flavors, but they seem to come through much more strongly in the beer. very nice!

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Photo of ryan1788a5
3.96/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into a chalice.

A: Pours a deep sunny golden color with caramel hues. Hazy. Rocky white head has excellent retention. Chucks of foamy lacing cling to the glass.

S: Smells of Pilsner malt. Sweet, bready, and grainy malt aromas. Yeasty. Pear and some delicate tropical fruits. Lightly medicinal. Soft kiss of grassy/herbal hops. Somewhat delicate on the nose, but in a refined way.

T: Malts show more depth than the nose suggested. Rich and honeyed with grainy, toasty, and crusty notes. Yeasty. Also more medicinal than the nose let on, but not in a bad way. Grassy and floral. Traces of golden raisin and pithy tropical fruits. Lightly peppery with another vague spice flavor. Perhaps grains of paradise? Coriander? Ginger? Alcohol is soothing and easy. Overall bitterness elevates a bit toward the back. Dries into the finish with sweet bready malts and an orange peel flavor.

M: Hefty body with a chewy and rich texture. Pretty big-boned actually. Fine carbonation provides some lift so that the full weight of it never really settles on the tongue. Some soothing alcohol.

O: A very good take on the tripel style. Somewhat bigger in body than many, but it works. In that regard it reminds me a bit of Maredsous Tripel, though it's been some time since I've visited that beer. Unlike Maredsous it keeps an even keel, and deftly balances everything it employs taste-wise. Ommegang uses spicing to great effect in some of their beers, and I think that's the case here too. It's tough to pin down exactly what they're using, but it's not anything that you couldn't mistake as being derived from the fermentation. This is one of the better American-made triples I've come across to date. I'd just like to know why they don't offer it year-round.

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Photo of craigdb
3.75/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Cheld
4.09/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of flagmantho
4.19/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from 750mL corked & caged bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: rich golden hue with a moderate haze and strong effervescence. Head is two thick fingers of pillowy off-white foam that sticks around good and long. Great.

Smell: big, sweet malt with a huge hit of pear aroma and a dash of apple too. This is what I love about the style, and Triple Perfection really delivers here.

Taste: sweet with a big pear and apple hit right up front followed by a bit of a syrupy finish, some alcohol heat and a somewhat higher bitterness than I'm used to. That said, the sweetness is not over-cloying and that pear character is just to die for. I love it.

Mouthfeel: big body with a huge carbonation and very satisfying creaminess. Wonderful!

Overall: this is a beer I'm really loving. The alcoholic heat builds a bit upon the palate which affects drinkability, but overall this is a delicious brew.

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Photo of ShawnL
4.49/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of bmeehan
4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Tripel Perfection is just what I expected—great. It pits beautifully and tastes just as smooth as every other beer Ommegang has ever made. Definitely worth buying again.

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Tripel Perfection from Brewery Ommegang
Beer rating: 4.12 out of 5 with 463 ratings
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