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Tripel Perfection. An audacious claim based on three years work at happily perfecting our take on a tripel. 8.9% ABV, lush aromas, full body, elegant tastes – with a hint of spicing – and a perfect body paired with lively effervescence.
The tripel is among the most popular of Belgian ales. Brewed with simple ingredients and fierce attention, there is little room for error, but plenty of opportunity. Perfection isn’t easily achieved – but once achieved it is always memorable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Huhzubendah (2399) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 2, 2012
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. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 12-10-2010

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
AdamJackson (2346) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - JUL 16, 2012
On tap at Southern New Hampshire Brewers Fest. Enjoyed in a 2 ounce glass. dark gold appearance, 1 finger head. Scent is big bready yeast, orange peels, coriander, big orange taste, up front bready yeast. la choufe dryness, figs and lots of citrus. almost a witbier like finish. 20% carb, medium body

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
thedm (4924) - Fort Wayne, USA - JUN 20, 2012
This corked and caged bottled brew from a bottle shop poured a large sized head of foamy with a frothy top finely sized off-white colored bubbles that were mostly diminishing and left behind a softly carbonated slightly hazy and a good lacing. The aroma was malty and woody. . The deep flavor contained notes of candy hops and malt. A decent one that I would consider buying again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
superspak (2416) - Michigan, USA - APR 25, 2012
750 ml bottle into chalice, bottled 3/15/2010. Pours hazy golden orange color with a nice 1-2 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Some nice spotty lacing on the glass, with a decent amount of carbonation streaming up. Aromas of lemon, apricot, pepper, herbal, pear, candi sugar, coriander, bread, and yeast spice. Very nice and balanced aromas; with good strength and complexity. Taste of big lemon, pepper, pear, apricot, biscuit, coriander, herbal, grape, candi sugar, tart grain, and yeast spices. Lightly tart spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, apricot, pear, pepper, coriander, and yeast spices on the finish for a good bit. Great balance of fruity sweetness and spiciness; with no cloying sweetness at all. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a nice fairly creamy and slick mouthfeel as expected for the style. Alcohol is very well hidden with hardly an warming present after the finish. Very smooth to drink, but is still a bit of a sipper. Overall this is a highly excellent Tripel! A lot of great flavor; with nice spicy flavor balance and very smooth to drink. Ommegang needs to make a Tripel year round.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
scarletfire65 (905) - Rockaway Park, New York, USA - FEB 3, 2012
Pours a cloudy golden orange, fluffy head which quickly recedes. The aroma is bread, Belgian yeast, apples. Medium to full bodied with high carbonation, giving it a great creamy, even chewy mouthfeel. Flavors of yeast, crackers, apples, honey. Nice crisp hoppy finish, with some fruity esters becoming apparent as it warms. A really nice triple. Perfection? No. Very Good? Yes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
5000 (6184) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - NOV 20, 2011
Bottle:   Amber, little bit of fireweed honey like hues, moderate sudsy white head, falls quickly, moderate carbonation, sparce lacing.   Expected a bit more head with this one.   Bready nose, slight cheese, a little barnish, some alcohol.   Sweet maltiness up front, slightly grassy, a little mealy, some alcohol is noticeable.   Has a cheezy backside.   Not as floral as I would hoped.   Seems more mealy than floral.   Not very bright, but at least its not all that dull either.   Seems very American, but better than most.   Body and mouthfeel are moderate to full.   As it warms it picks up more alcoholic cheese.   Tiz okay, but not as good as Allagash when it comes to American made Tripels.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ben4321 (3759) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - NOV 10, 2011
Location: 750 ml bottle from Buy Rite, 11/10/11

Aroma: The nose is yeast and spice, with some fruit, floral, and alcohol notes
Appearance: The pour is a cloudy orange color with a small, foamy white head
Flavor: The taste is mostly spice and yeast, medium sweet, and a light hop bitterness
Palate: The body is medium, with a typical Tripel feel, a lively carbonation, and a crisp, dry finish
Overall Impression: This was a very solid example of the style. I enjoyed it. It has a nice combination of flavors and it drinks pretty well. Good stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
VTHopHead (1511) - Barre, Vermont, USA - OCT 23, 2011
Bottle/750ml - Pours a slightly hazy amber in color with a small foamy white head that faded to a thin covering over the beer. Aroma is full of estery fruits, Belgian yeastiness and is slightly sweet. Flavor is malty with caramel and yeasty with Belgian bread dough. Light fruits (apple/grapes) present along with some very slight clove/banana. I like it!!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BBB63 (5946) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - OCT 7, 2011
UPDATED: DEC 30, 2013 Rerate 2013 bottle: it seems a tad less boozy and more traditional than I had in 2011. I like the complex fruit and spice yeast driven character. I will bump up the taste 1 and the overall 1.

Corked bottle and served in my Big Ole Tripel Karmeliet glass:

Tasted side by side with Two Brothers Oh Brother! Tripel Ale and Straffe Hendrik Brugs Tripelbier 9°

App: Slightly hazed amber hue with a lovely frothy head and good lace. 2nd best looking of the three (4)

Aroma: Flowery and herbal with some apricot, lemon curd, mint leaves, pepper, moderate alcoholic phenols and earthy yeast esters. A bit weaker than the Straffe Hendrik and more flowery and fruity. (7)

Spicy and aggressive booze strikes you right away with lots of biscuity and caramelized malts. Moderate fruit and herbal notes but the seems simple and brash compared to the others, this could use a year of aging too. Typical of many brews from Ommegang. Pitty and nutty undertones do hold out hope for mellowing. (6)

Mouth Feel and Overall: Very sprite and lively but that harsh alcohol tone put an end to my mellow. (3) Started strong by the constant abuse of the palate by the sugary palate and brash unruly booze keeps this from becoming a top notch Tripel. It is NOT Perfection by any means. (13)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
daleharshman (882) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 3, 2011
750 ml bottle purchased over a year ago at Holiday Wine Cellar ($9.99). Pours a hazy orange-amber hue with two fingers of fizzy white head. Aroma of grainy bread, dusty malts, spritzy yeast, some fruit, some spice, and a strange salty-fishy smell. Flavor of light caramel, vanilla, honey, banana, dark fruit, and some spice (clove). A nice lower level of sweetness with a dry finish. Pretty good tripel. (189, 613)

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