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The Ogden - Goose Island Beer Co.

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The OgdenThe Ogden

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BA SCORE
87
very good

554 Ratings
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Ratings: 554
Reviews: 77
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 10.65%
Wants: 12
Gots: 78 | FT: 0
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:
Belgian Style Tripel brewed with Citra, Brewers Gold and Saaz hops.

35 IBU

(Beer added by: dwagner003 on 01-10-2014)
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Reviews by StoutHunter:
Photo of StoutHunter
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked up a bottle of Goose Island's The Ogden last week for $3.79 at Boyne Country Provisions. I tried this beer recently at a local beer festival and I really liked it and I thought I would pick up a bottle so I could give it a proper review, so lets see how it goes. 2014 Vintage. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a Belgian tulip.

A- The label looks good, it's got a clean and classy look to it and I think it's a little eye catching. It poured hazy bright golden color that took on more of a darker golden hue when held to the light with about two fingers worth of fluffy white head that died down to a thick ring that stayed till the end and it left some nice rings of lacing behind. This is a pretty good looking beer, I have no complaints at all.

S- The aroma starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness with the Belgian yeast being the first to show up and and it impart some nice banana, clove and estery aromas and they lead right into the hops that impart some great and citrus and tropical fruit aroma with some nice orange juice and pineapple like aromas coming through that work nicely with the yeast. Up next comes a slight alcohol aroma followed by some lightly bready and sweet malt aromas. This beer had a pretty good aroma, the citra hops works really with the Tripel base.

T- The taste seems to be pretty similar to the aroma and it starts off with a slightly higher amount of medium sweetness followed by the Belgian yeast still being the first to show up and they impart the same nice aspects that they did in the aroma with the banana aspect showing up just enough and it leads right into some great citra hop flavors that impart the same aspects that they did in the aroma with the citrus rind, orange juice and pineapple flavors seeming to stick out the most. Up next comes the alcohol which is noticeably and it got to be just a little boozy once it warmed up and it's followed by the same malty aspects that I got in the aroma. On the finish there's a slightly lighter amount of medium bitterness with a nice Belgian yeast and citra hops aftertaste. This was a pretty good tasting beer, just like the aroma the Belgian yeast works really well with the citra hops.

M- Fairly smooth, slightly sticky, slightly refreshing, fairly crisp, a little boozy, medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. The beer had a pretty nice mouthfeel that worked nicely with it.

Overall I thought this was a pretty good beer and I thought it was a good and unique example of a Tirpel, it's still very identifiable as a Tripel, the citra hops don't take away from it, in fact I find that they work really nicely with the Belgian yeast and the Tripel base. This beer had nice drinkability, it was fairly smooth, slightly sticky, slightly refreshing, a little boozy, fairly crisp, not too filling and the taste did a pretty nice job at holding my attention, but I think the alcohol would start to wear on me after awhile so I think two would be my limit, but I think it make for a nice summer time beer. What I like the most about this beer was how well the citra hops worked with the Belgian yeast, they turned out to be a pretty good match. What I liked the least about this beer was boozy aspect, I wish it was hidden just a little better, but it isn't that big of a deal. I would buy this beer again if I saw it and I would recommend it to most be people who like tripels, I think it's worth giving a try. All in all I was a little impressed with this beer, i didn't know how well with citra hops would work with a Tripel, but they turned out to be a pretty nice match. It isn't my favorite Goose Island beer or my favorite Tripel, but it's still a good beer and I like how unique it is. Good job guys, this turned out to be one tasty beer, keep up the great and unique work.

StoutHunter, Jul 15, 2014
More User Reviews:
Photo of Keffa
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Live review.

Poured from 12oz bottle into my Old Rasputin nonic pint glass.

A: Pours a brilliant golden yellow which is slightly hazy, nice, 3 finger white head takes several minutes to settle into a small cap, leaves nice lacing at each sip. Nice looking beer.

S: Man, this is nice. The Citra and Saaz fight for the lead. Spicy hop and citrusy hop battle it out in front of a light malt sweetness and a clove-y, powdery Belgian yeast. Faint (and I do mean faint) whiffs of alcohol. Not bad at all.

T: This is damned solid. Sweet, fruity yeast character, a little bit of a spicy hop. Some of that clove-y character from the yeast as well, which I don't care for much, but it doesn't detract from the beer. ABV is very, very well hidden. Only a slight warming on the swallow.

M: Slick, somewhat on the thin side, medium carbonation. Finishes long and sweet.

O: Pretty damned solid. I think the addition of Citra as an aroma component is a good choice, but if they used them late on for flavor additions, I'm not getting them. Still, this is easily one of the better American attempts at a Belgian style that I've had to date, and to be fair, one of the better tripels I've had in a while. Easily recommended.

Keffa, Aug 29, 2014
Photo of Jadjunk
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

"We dry hopped our Belgian Style Tripel to balance spicy, tropical American hop flavors with a unique Belgian yeast, giving it a bold, more complex palate." Brewed in the style of a Belgian Tripel with Brewers Gold, Citra and Saaz hops. Available in 12 oz. 4 packs and on draft. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a tulip glass. Served above 51º Fahrenheit.

This beer pours a frothy cream head of a golden white complexion over a very hazy golden amber body with light streams of relaxed carbonation. Retention is very good, lacing is moderate and streaked. Aroma showcases typical elements of the Belgian Tripel, with a peppery spiciness, biscuity, fluffy malt and a slightly fruity, effervescent yeast strain, but the unique spin on this beer is the pronounced hop profile reminiscent of an American IPA with notes of grapefruit, lemongrass and mild tropical fruit. The flavor further develops the Tripel notes, with a solid malt body of biscuit, pale wheat and a pinch of grain meeting the milder peppery, tropical fruit hop profile and finishing with a wash of white pepper, coriander and mellow spicy esters. Despite an aim of balance and an appropriate bitterness, the hop flavor profile doesn't match the bravado of the Tripel body, to my disappointment. The texture is slightly chewy, a touch resinous and spicy with a fevered carbonation forming an assertive mouthfeel. The alcohol presence is modest but discernible as notably common by the style guidelines, however I did not notice any quality issues or unordinary imperfections. It is still very drinkable for a Belgian Tripel. Overall, The Ogden goes a step farther than a Belgian IPA into something a bit more traditional and no doubt higher gravity. Most seasoned palates will notice a pleasing increase in flavor and subtleties, although the hops play a smaller role than I had hoped, and the Triple notes steal the show. Altogether it was enjoyable but a note shy of exceptional. 3.75

Jadjunk, Aug 15, 2014
Photo of oberon
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours into a large tulip glass a hazed honey tinged golden with a nice blooming head that leaves some broken chunks behind as it settles very slowly.Alot overripe tropical fruitiness in the nose along with some subtle phenol yeasty spice,some light leafiness is detected as well.Spiced phenols upfront on the palate along the tropical fruits but more subtle than in the aromas,not overly sweet but to me it's pretty sweet for the style,there is a decent drying leafiness in the finish.Just a little sharp in the mouth but not anything overly annoying.Not bad,I like the tropical fruit element,it's close to being great,as is it's pretty good.

oberon, Jul 02, 2014
Photo of legalag11
4.52/5  rDev +17.4%

legalag11, Oct 05, 2014
Photo of DanGeo
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

DanGeo, May 10, 2014
Photo of t2grogan
3/5  rDev -22.1%

t2grogan, Oct 08, 2014
Photo of BubalooBrewMaster
3/5  rDev -22.1%

BubalooBrewMaster, Jun 26, 2014
Photo of SD-Alefan
4/5  rDev +3.9%

SD-Alefan, Aug 01, 2014
Photo of DaftPatrick
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

DaftPatrick, May 31, 2014
Photo of warnerry
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

warnerry, Jul 07, 2014
Photo of Beaver13
2.73/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Beaver13, Monday at 04:57 AM
Photo of SmellsofMahagony
4/5  rDev +3.9%

SmellsofMahagony, May 22, 2014
Photo of 77apm
4/5  rDev +3.9%

77apm, Jun 30, 2014
Photo of Guinnsslvr
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Guinnsslvr, May 30, 2014
Photo of Torey
3/5  rDev -22.1%

Torey, Nov 12, 2014
Photo of bsp77
4.19/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Tulip.

Appearance: Honey colored with decent white head that dissipates.

Smell: Definite Citra aroma, some fleshy fruit and banana.

Taste: Fresh baked bread, banana, various fleshy and tropical fruits. Some pepper and spice toward the end. The Citra and Saaz hops linger after the finish. Not bitter; just balanced.

Feel: Moderate carbonation, medium body that is fairly creamy, mostly dry finish.

Overall: Interesting take on a Tripel. The Citra hops really work surprisingly well to counter and augment the standard Belgian flavors. Overall, it is subtle, balanced, unique and delicious.

bsp77, May 06, 2014
Photo of ImFlyerThanYou
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

ImFlyerThanYou, May 29, 2014
Photo of ChaseBacon
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

ChaseBacon, Jun 14, 2014
Photo of Franziskaner
3.89/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Rich golden colored with some minuscule sediment suspended within the body. Head is minimal and covers the majority of the top of the beer. Light Brussels lacing. The aroma is blend of fresh citrus hops and light Belgian candy sugar. The flavor is dominated by the citrus hops. I do also get the light malt and gentle sweetness of Belgian candy sugar,but it is buried. I do get the dryness and high carbonation typical of the style. It's a good beer,but it's an aggressively dry hopped Belgian ale.

Franziskaner, May 31, 2014
Photo of MattyG85
4.21/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Duvel tulip glass. Bottled on April 11th, 2014.

Appearance: Pours a bright and fairly hazy golden orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. One finger of white head that slowly recedes into a thin patchy layer. Leaves a solid amount of lacing.

Smell: A yeasty, fruity, and spicy Belgian style aroma with good hints of citrus fruit. Upfront Belgian yeast with hints of clove, peppers, funk, and coriander. Fruit hints of banana, apple, and pear. Big citrus hop presence with hints of orange, grapefruit, mango, lemon, and tangerine. Earthy hop hints of grass. Pale malt with hints of grains, straw, and cracker. Sweet scent of candied sugar. A nicely juicy aroma that reminds me of a Belgian IPA.

Taste: Like it smells, a yeasty, juicy, and spicy Belgian IPA like taste with big notes of citrus fruit. Belgian yeast with some notes of peppers, clove, coriander, and funk. Fruity notes of banana, green apple, and pear. Big citrus hop presence with notes of orange, grapefruit, lemon, mango, and tangerine. Some earthy and floral hops as well with some grass. Soft pale malt with notes of straw, grains, and cracker. Sweet taste of candied sugar as well as some bubblegum notes. A pretty solid hopped up Belgian taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a medium to high level of carbonation. Juicy, spicy, and somewhat prickly. Fairly drying finish. A little booze heat comes through.

Overall: A pretty solid twist on a Belgian style ale. Good citrus hop presence with the yeast and spices. Very much like an imperial Belgian IPA.

MattyG85, May 04, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Mantooth, Sep 01, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

TKEbeerman, Jul 19, 2014
Photo of chinchill
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%

12 oz bottle.
Pale golden color with a decent head.
Mild, lightly spicy and lightly fruity aroma.
The flavor follows but with increased strength. Good balance. Low on banana and clove.

chinchill, Sep 07, 2014
Photo of Zonian1
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Zonian1, May 11, 2014
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The Ogden from Goose Island Beer Co.
87 out of 100 based on 554 ratings.