I wasn’t able to make it to Belgium Comes to Cooperstown this year but that doesn’t mean I wasn’t celebrating in my own way, at home. Enter Ommengang Tripel Perfection, a limited edition [read: brewed once] golden tripel ale brewed with spices.
Deron, I thought of you as I enjoyed this, being the tripel fan that you are.
This 8.9% tripel poured the color of golden sunlight with a two-finger creamy head that dissipated to a half-finger quickly, then stuck around for the rest of the glass. Aroma featured sweet, roasted pineapple and banana, backed by a light floral quality and a hint of nutmeg. Tantalizing.
The beginning of my sip mimicked the nose with the pineapple, but then white grape, sweet honey and a healthy heaping of yeast were present as well, followed by very discernible banana and nutmeg in the finish. It starts sweet, hits a lovely tartness in the middle and sides of my tongue and smoothes out into that banana at the end. Really nice. Jay described his experience of the fruit in the palate as being best likened to dried apricot and unripened banana. I can see that.
The body of Ommegang Tripel Perfection is a medium but closer to medium-light than medium-heavy, with tingly, small-bubbled carbonation that I know would fill me up like a balloon if I had too many. The alcohol that I noticed a bit in the nose was hidden well on the palate, making Tripel Perfection rather drinkable. Jay noted, too that “it leaves a lingering aftertaste, like an out-of-town guest.” Well put (not to mention funny), in my opinion.
Honestly, from my experience, this is a great representation of a Belgian Tripel and I recommend you pick some up if you happen upon it. I’d love to hear what Deron says about it too.
[techtags:BEER REVIEWS, BELGIAN TRIPEL, OMMEGANG]