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The Ogden - Goose Island Beer Co.

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The OgdenThe Ogden

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655 Ratings
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Ratings: 655
Reviews: 97
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 10.65%
Wants: 14
Gots: 107 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Goose Island Beer Co. visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
Tripel |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: dwagner003 on 01-10-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Belgian Style Tripel brewed with Citra, Brewers Gold and Saaz hops.

35 IBU
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Ratings: 655 | Reviews: 97
Photo of kojevergas
2.63/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I'm opting to serve this into a goblet, not Goose Island's recommended nonic pint, because - hey - it's a Belgian tripel.

9% ABV. "Dry hopped...Belgian Style Tripel." 35 IBU.

BOTTLE: 355 ml. Brown glass. Classy label design. Branded black pry-off pressure cap. Bottled: 11APR2014. Acquired from Duff27 in a trade. Thanks!

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: 1 finger wide. White colour. Soft-looking, with a mellow complexion and an even consistency. Retains nicely, leaving a nice ring of lacing on the sides of the glass before receding fully after about 4 minutes.

BODY: Murky hazy gold with copper hues. Nontransparent. Translucent. Has no visible yeast. Seems unfiltered.

Looks nice for a tripel. It's not mind-blowing, but it hits the fundamentals.

AROMA: Has a lovely doughy yeast profile, with hints of biscuit and clove. The hop profile is surprisingly fruity, with New World hop notes of faint mango, tangerine, and citrus. Has a honeyed malt backbone filled out by Belgian pale malts and touches of a raw wort-like sweetness. Its 9% ABV is nowhere to be found, but the yeast doesn't seem all that highly attenuated; if anything it evokes more of an Abbey ale yeast profile than a high gravity Trappist.

No, it's not quite a traditional aroma for a Tripel - its hop emphasis, hop character, and yeast profile are atypical - but I find it appealing and interesting. Mild in terms of aromatic intensity.

I find no off-notes or overt booze.

TASTE: The raw ripe fruity hop notes dominate to its detriment, and fail to cover up the obvious alcohol presence. Ripe notes of mango, melon, rindy citrus, and tangerine come off warm in their tropical booziness; even off-putting pineapple is suggested. The honeyed malt backbone amplifies the booziness with its unwelcome sweetness. Why isn't Belgian pale malt the main malt flavour? Where is the Trappist yeast to eat all this sugar? This lacks a basic Belgian/Trappist feel, coming off anything but traditional. Overhopped, imbalanced, and a bit of a boozy mess, The Ogden falls apart upon tasting in a way I could never have predicted merely from experiencing its aroma.

Average duration and intensity of flavour. Shallow depth of flavour. Lacks subtlety in its execution. A subpar build for a Tripel.

There's no subtle spiciness to it, nor is there any intricate layering of flavour. This can't hold a candle to the best traditional Belgian paragons of the style.

TEXTURE: A biteen syrupy. Definitely too thick/viscous. Overly full-bodied, with an off-kilter overbearing heavy presence on the palate. The opposite of the delicate fragile texture you'd find in a great Tripel. Definitely boozy and warm. Has a raw feel on the palate somewhat redolent of unfermented wort. Problematically overcarbonated. Suffice it to say overall presence on the palate is subpar.

This mouthfeel doesn't feel well-tailored to the taste, nor does it elevate the beer as a whole. Fails fundamentally at fitting the style.

OVERALL: Its booziness and overly sweet taste really hold it back in terms of drinkability, and its strange hop emphasis - while charming aromatically - just plain doesn't work in the taste. The fundamental lack of a guiding Trappist yeast puts the final nail in the coffin. I'm not sure what they were after with this one, but the result is a beer I'd never want to buy again, and I think it's telling that this is still quite warm even after a having year of aging to mellow. Far from Goose Island's strongest work. I wouldn't recommend this to friends or trade partners.

C- (2.63)

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.02/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Goose Island the Ogden Belgian-style Tripel. Goose Island Brewing Company. Chicago, IL. 35 IBU. Brewed with Citra, Brewers Gold, Saaz. Dry-hopped with Brewers Gold, Citra, Serve in a nonic pint. {Why not a tulip?} 9% alc./vol. We dropped our Belgian style triple to balance spicy, tropical flavors with a unique Belgian yeast, giving it a bold, more complex palate."

Appearance: bright golden hue, clear, vast snowy white head. Looks fantastic.

Aroma: Ah. Fresh and lively, straw, citrus, spice, and Belgian yeast character. Everything you want, and then some. A little sweet, a little heat, a bit of spice, alright.

Taste: Mmm! Hits you right away, an authentic, true taste of a Belgian triple. The lightly peppery spice, a touch of coriander, perhaps, a good dose of citrus, light fruitiness, with a light body, and excellent, despite the high ABV, drinkability. Delicious. Tasty. Right on the money. Damn, if I don't like this one. They're doing it, man, they're doing it right.

More information:
"William Ogden opened Chicago's first brewery. He was the city's first mayor. And he added the North Branch channel to the Chicago River that created the island from which we take our name. Three good reasons it seemed fitting that we gave our first ever Belgian-style triple his name."

Photo of dbl_delta
3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottle dated 3/24/14 so this is over a year old. We shall see...

I ignored the glassware suggestionn on the bottle (hey, I don't HAVE a Nonic pint glass), but that's a clever marketing ploy AND helpful to those with glassware choices. I used a pint glass. Seemed to work OK.

Pours a murky straw/gold color with a solid eggshell-white head. Lightly carbonated, full-bodied, and quite drinkable. Huge citrus sweetness morphs into spiciness, then a little hops bite at the end. Alcohol is present but not overwhelmingly so.

Overall, it was OK but not something I'd seek out again. (It's retired, so I guess that's kind of a moot point.) I guess I'm just not a big fan of the Belgian style.

Photo of BradtheGreat7
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review taken early Fall 2014.

12 oz brown bottle with a beautiful golden label. Artwork is actually quite nice. Back label specifies to enjoy The Ogden in a Nonic style pint glass and though I've never seen a brewer recommend a belgian style ale in a Nonic I gave it a go anyway. Poured into my Goose Island nonic pint glass.

A - straw golden yellow with hints of light orange. Clouded and belgian style funkiness to the body. Head pours nice in the Nonic pint and leaves very good stick.

S - bready malts and an belgo style yeast. Sweet banana with clove spice. Maybe a hint of juicy peach as it warms with a hint of alcohol booze and more belgian spices. A very American take, but still a solid aroma.

T - flavor wasn't quite as lovely as the nose, but the same notes applied. A nice belgian style yeast paired with breaded malt. Sweet fruitiness with black pepper and clove spices.

M - medium bodied and pretty drinkable given its size. A decent texture but lacks the thickness for me personally. It's there just not enough of it. But still a nice mouthfeel.

O - A very good take on this Belgian style. Not the best, but Goose Island has taken and tweaked it to their style. Something I'd definitely go with again.

Photo of mothmanscott
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque deep gold producing 3 fingers of fluffy, moderately lasting, white head that leaves scattered stings & motes of lacing. Aroma is Belgian yeast funk that damn sure suggest Brettanomyces; doughy pale malts, banana, peach, clove & a little alcohol. Taste is similar to the nose but more boozy with a juicy, sweet start & middle, becoming peppery & finishing with slight hop bite & transitioning to a dry, lightly bitter & astringent aftertaste. In the finish there is a thin phenolic quality, something akin to acetone & Band-aides. Alcohol becomes more noticeable as the brew warms & definitely adds to the spice & bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation, wet & juicy up front, slightly prickly with a somewhat dry & drawing aftertaste.

Photo of Slack
4.01/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Straw to golden in color. Big citrus on the nose...grapefruit is prominent with hops in the background. Taste is mildly sweet with carbonation followed by a light body consisting of citrus, cloves, and hops. Finish is smooth with a slight hoppy aftertaste. The alcohol is surprisingly hidden. Overall very refreshing.

Photo of pat61
4.43/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fruity nose – not big. Pours brilliant gold under a 1” foam cap that perches up over the rim. Has a citrusy, orange, grape melon palate lightly sweetened by caramel with a hint of bubble gum. Medium body and carbonation.

Photo of jdhilt
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a three finger white head that stays forever leaving a good lace. Crystal clear pale straw color. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Fruity Belgian yeast nose and flavor is citrus, sweet Belgian yeast and hints of spices. High ABV is hidden. $4.35 for a 12oz bottle from Bert's Better Beers Hooksett, NH

Photo of Ryan_Gee
4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I have a 4 pack sitting in my fridge outside and I think I will save this for a special time, I've already had it but as soon as I read that it was retired I went out and bout the last of it.

Photo of jeffyboy65
2.61/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Not my cup of tea (beer). Smells and tastes like sulfur to my untrained palate.
Sorry. The app made me write this.

Photo of Billolick
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Not a fresh bottle, as this was bottled back in march of 2014....oh well.

Pours hazed tangerine, with a nice looking off white tiny bubble head, film and raised collar, leaves some slippery fine sheeting.

Fruity nose with melon and lime.

Soft and near creamy on the tongue, this is highly fruit infused brew with more melon, lime and other tropical sensations. Tasty and yes fresh tasting. Less carbonated then the typical Tripel.

Yeast fueled nutty final pour. Yum yum yum

Great with some nuts, dried fruits, bread and cheeses

Highly enjoyable...got get some

Photo of badgustav
4.46/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

One of my favorite general beers, very sad it has been retired.

Photo of deebo
2.91/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

Have had quite a few of these. Mostly because got a good deal on some older ones but at 9% not worried about having some age on it. A lot of white sediment in this light golden brew with a thin finger of quickly dissipating white foam. Yeasty sweet in the nose with just a hint of distinct citra. Taste has plenty of alcohol go with a nice malt taste and some yeasty orange like sweetness with a kiss of citra. Unfortunately the booziness and sticky aftertaste ruins this one for me. Has some good qualities but it's not much else than a quick buzz.

Photo of TBRich
2.9/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

All around just very average. Not bad, not excellent.

Photo of outdoor7or24
3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Belgian style triple, dry hopped with citra hop.
A: pours a golden straw color with some haze, two finger fine white bubble foam head, spider webbing lacing, carbonation
S:pilsner malt, sweet orange, citrus
M: medium light body, slight burning on the tongue
T: grapefruit rind, pilsner malt, green hay, white pepper, soft sweetness towards the finish, and some vegetal flavor I'm picking up
O: interesting brew and some funky complex here.

Photo of Tone
4.21/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a cloudy, gold color. 1/4 inch head of a white color. Good retention and decent lacing. Smells of citrus hops, pine, sweet malt, slight yeast, grass, slight alcohol, hint of wheat, and hint of floral notes. Fits the style of a Tripel. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of alcohol, sweet malt, slight yeast, slight grass, hint of floral, hint of hops, and a hint of spice. Overall, good aroma, body, blend, and complexity.

Photo of kd45-music
3.82/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance - deep golden color with nice lacing around the glass.
Smell - A mixture of hops and a scent of alcohol.
Taste - Tangy on the tongue and then that warm feeling as it pours down the throat.
Mouthfeel - I drank this at room temperature and it felt warm on the palate with a slight bitterness.
Overall - A fine brew that I'll drink again, not an everyday drink for me, but a decent tripel, especially if you're into Belgian beers.

Photo of Pencible
3.94/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

A: This poured a cloudy light gold with moderate white head.
S: It smelled like pine and grassy hops and some unripe apricot, with honey biscuit and sweet candy sugar
T: It tasted like grassy hops and tart white grapes, with some pine and honey biscuit. It had a clean sweet and sour aftertaste.
M: It had a smooth full body with subtle natural carbonation.
D: This was a really nice and fairly unique tripel, with enjoyable scent and taste. It had a great body and smooth finish, so it was easy to drink. Probably not for aging, but solid fresh.

Photo of metter98
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On-tap at Mugs Ale House, Brooklyn, NY

A: The beer is clear yellow in color and doesn't have any visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high white head.
S: Moderate aromas of spicy yeast are present in the nose along with notes of fruit.
T: Like the smell, the taste starts up with some spiciness but then transitions to having some notes of tropical fruits. Some hints of candi sugar are also noticeable.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This tripel is well balanced between the flavors of spicy yeast and tropical fruit hops.

Serving type: on-tap

Photo of Gmann
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a light golden straw color with a short dense white head that settled into a light ring.

The aroma is of the Belgian yeast. Light clove, bubblegum, juicyfruit and farmhouse funk. Spot on Belgian notes. A grassy bitterness in the finish.

The taste is a big yeasty blast. Nice clove and bubblegum. A bit of farmhouse. A dry pils malt provides the base for the beer. Some grassy hop bitterness in the finish. A bit sugary sweet but other than that hits the authentic style notes.

The feel is light and crisp. Sharp carbonation. Lightly sweet on the palate with a drying malt and grassy hop. Great balance. ABV well hidden.

Nicely made BPA from Goose. Authentic Belgian notes with an American hoppy twist. Very solid.

Photo of johnnnniee
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

On tap at Granite State on tap.
Lightly hazy golden color with a minimal head. Fruity earthy spicy with a sweet bready malty sugary base and a hint of alcohol. a bit hoppy for a traditional tripel, but tasty just the same.

Photo of UriaHeep
5/5  rDev +29.9%

Great beer. Dangerously deceiving hidden alcohol content. Perfect balance between malt and hopes, with a considerably light flavor and body for what it is. I could drink this everyday, I'm surprised it's not rated higher.

Photo of Immortale25
4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a Funky Buddha Brewery snifter. Back label says Bottled On: 25MAR14.

A- Pours a hazy light amber color with a 1/2 inch off-white head that retains well before becoming a thin ring around the edge of the glass and a half sheet of sheer surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing cascades down the glass.

S- Spicy, yeasty, semi-sweet aroma with a fair amount of booze and bready malt. Almost smells like a barleywine.

T- Smooth yeasty flavor with some bready malt backing. Since it's a pretty old bottle, the hops seem to have faded and there's a hint of oxidation. Still has a some slight fruity esters going on though. Small notes of peach and apple.

M- Soft and slick with medium carbonation and a body leaning toward the lighter side.

O- Very easy drinking for the ABV. Wish I had it a bit fresher but it's certainly quite tasty as is.

Photo of kkleu357
3.77/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Very pale golden beer. Aroma of spiced sweets. I can taste almost as caramel banana with cinnamon. My pretty good.

Photo of Slatetank
4.18/5  rDev +8.6%

I enjoyed this bottle chilled in a goblet, review from notes.

The color is beautiful golden with pristine clarity and snowy white head with microbead carbonation that is visible rising at a moderate pace with a film of lace left sticking. The smell is slightly sweet with a mild vegetal aroma and subtle toasted grain with gentle grain odor and light hint of phenolic yeast aromatics. The feel is great with mild sweetness on entry with mild grain in feel and moderate carbonation with slight spice in the middle and light alcohol with mild bitterness as it finishes semi-dry.

The taste has pretty nice layers of malt sweetness with yeast spice and mild candy-sugar with herbal hop flavor interspersed with light alcohol and yeast flavor is dry toward the finish. Overall I consider this a good tripel I would definitely say it is one of the better American examples of the style.

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The Ogden from Goose Island Beer Co.
87 out of 100 based on 655 ratings.