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The Ogden - Goose Island Beer Co.

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The OgdenThe Ogden

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very good

475 Ratings
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Ratings: 475
Reviews: 70
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 10.13%
Wants: 8
Gots: 56 | 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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3.72/5  rDev -3.4%

JasonL02, Sep 06, 2014
Photo of emyers
4/5  rDev +3.9%

12 oz. bottle poured into a Founders snifter.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy pale gold color with a thin white head.

Smell: Nice bouquet of Belgian yeast esters - banana, light strawberry, clove. The citrus hops add an interesting spin to a classic tripel. They are definitely present but they certainly don't overpower the yeast.

Taste: Similar to the smell with a lot of fruit, some clove. Stays pretty balanced and doesn't get overly phenolic despite the strong Belgian yeast presence. I don't pick up the citrus hops here as much as in the aroma. Very mild tartness on the finish. No overly apparent alcohol heat.

Mouthfeel: Medium body for the style. Fairly low carbonation compared to a lot of tripels.

Overall: Very well done and I love the inclusion of American hops.

emyers, Sep 06, 2014
Photo of spw109
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

spw109, Sep 05, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

VerticalLiturgical, Sep 05, 2014
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4.52/5  rDev +17.4%

Etch_a_sketch, Sep 05, 2014
Photo of ToddBeans
4/5  rDev +3.9%

ToddBeans, Sep 04, 2014
Photo of BethanyB
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%

Appearance: Medium gold, only fairly clear. White head is small and vanishes quickly, likely due to the high alcohol content. 2/3

Aroma: A light bouquet for the style. Bananas, grapefruit, and bubblegum create a nice balance of tart and sweet scents. There also exists a slightly floral aroma, one which is reminiscent of roses. This smells less spicy than some Tripels. I would prefer the aroma to be more complex. 9/12

Taste: The spice missing in the smell is present in the taste, adding a nice peppery pinch to the mellow combination of citrus and tropical fruit. A mild bitterness also seems to be derived from the spice, which tastes like a combination of white pepper and cloves. The anticipated flavors for the style are present, but could be a little stronger. 17/20

Mouthfeel: Watery on the tongue at first, with soft carbonation that doesn't linger. The overall mouthfeel is fairly light, which makes the alcohol warming felt on the back of the throat nicely unexpected. As the beer settles, the body seems to become a bit fuller, and the carbonation slightly sharper. 4/5

Overall: Some nice surprises, particularly when it comes to the tanginess of the spices and the juxtaposition between the alcohol warming and the light crisp flavor and feel. There could be more density and complexity, however. For a Tripel, this beer is disappointingly thin, a bit too sessionable. 7/10

TOTAL: 39/50

BethanyB, Sep 03, 2014
4/5  rDev +3.9%

BUNZILLA, Sep 02, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

ArkansasTraveller, Sep 02, 2014
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4.02/5  rDev +4.4%

Bonis, Sep 02, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Mantooth, Sep 01, 2014
Photo of riverlen
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

It's a cloudy, light honey color. While it's 9% abv it doesn't taste like it's that strong. It has a refreshing citrus note to it, slightly bitter grapefruit. Quite nice, it reminds me a little of Chimay. I'll buy this every time I see it.

riverlen, Sep 01, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

sillyhed8, Aug 31, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

CasanovaCummins, Aug 30, 2014
Photo of seethefields
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

I bought this 4 pack expecting a Belgian style tripel. It's not a tripel, but calling this beer nice is a compliment. No, really. Nice is a good thing. It's a multi-use beer. The kind of beer you want to drink on a summer day. The kind of beer you can offer to a non beer snob without hesitation because you didn't plan on saving it for a special occasion. It's good. But...It's not really an American take on a Belgian tripel so much as it is an interesting and refreshing ipa. I want to get pass that. I liked the crispness, the citrus, spice and ipa notes without any alcohol burn, and the hint of sweetness. It's just part of the experience felt like a brewery known for ipas collaborated with a monastery and neither wanted to offend the other. The hope is good + good = awesome but the end result is nice

seethefields, Aug 30, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

2ellas, Aug 30, 2014
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4.7/5  rDev +22.1%

Eposse, Aug 30, 2014
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4.04/5  rDev +4.9%

jamesaharvey, Aug 30, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

myuncle, Aug 29, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

brungl, Aug 28, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

nickfl, Aug 27, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

grahuba, Aug 26, 2014
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3.92/5  rDev +1.8%

WhiteHillsStore, Aug 26, 2014
Photo of fourstringer
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a standard pint, but that's what was available. Moderately aggressive hand. Dated 07Apr14.

A: 4.0 Cloudy, golden yellow body. 1 finger or so of fairly clean, white head. Ok retention. Minimal lacing.

S: 4.0 Musty yeast with earth notes. Citrus-forward, floral hops. Lemon. Orange blossom. Apricot. Candi sugar. Grass. Honey.

T: 4.0 Hop bitterness kicks things off, but a yeasty, tropical fruit sweetness builds quickly. Vanilla. Occasional hint of cherry in addition to the fruit noted in the nose. The yeast and pale malt fade away to a mostly dry, hop-fueled finish. Alcohol is present, but light for 9% ABV. Lingering citrus fruit and hops in the aftertaste.

M: 4.0 Moderate carbonation, relatively low for a triple, but smooth and accompanied by a medium body. Not a typical tripel feel. More like an IPA. Solid feel.

O: 4.0 Nice well-rounded, well-constructed brew. Over-hopped tripel vs Belgian-mellowed IPA. Straddles a few genres. I can attest that this drinks well in warmer weather, but I suspect it would also be nice in the colder months.


fourstringer, Aug 26, 2014
The Ogden from Goose Island Beer Co.
87 out of 100 based on 475 ratings.