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The Ogden - Goose Island Beer Co.

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The OgdenThe Ogden

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Reviews: 102
Hads: 717
Avg: 3.87
pDev: 28.17%
Wants: 18
Gots: 126 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Goose Island Beer Co. visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
Tripel |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Spring

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

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

35 IBU
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Reviews: 102 | Hads: 717
Photo of baconfromwalmart
3.25/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

L: No real head, just thin lacing. Hazy darker yellow
S: Floral and fruit notes were much stronger than expected
T: Somewhat spicy, a bit sweet and definitely boozy. They aren't harmonious, though.
F: Pretty strong alcohol heat right up front
O: Was kind of weird and unbalanced. I thought this beer may have needed some time, but the bottled on date was 17 months prior. The flavors did not meld together at all

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Photo of metter98
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
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

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Photo of Gmann
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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.

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Photo of UriaHeep
5/5  rDev +29.2%

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.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.18/5  rDev +8%

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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Photo of chinchill
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%

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.

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Photo of emyers
4/5  rDev +3.4%

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.

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Photo of BethanyB
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%

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

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Photo of riverlen
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

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.

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Photo of seethefields
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

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

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Photo of Keffa
4/5  rDev +3.4%

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.

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Photo of WhiteHillsStore
3.92/5  rDev +1.3%

A very interesting American take on the Tripel style. Pours a dark amber, almost brown color with a khaki head that sticks to the side of the glass. The smell begins with a lot of sweetness from the alcohol but then mellows out to a bread smell. The taste was full of heavy flavors like toasted malt and the alcohol, but had a surprisingly crisp and clean finish. Really enjoyed this one which is why I was a bit sad when I found it was rather rare here in CT.

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Photo of fourstringer
4/5  rDev +3.4%

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.


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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On-tap 8/22/2014 at Doherty’s Ale House in Warwick, RI, served in a snifter glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a large foamy off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick but spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains citrus, caramelized malts, Belgian yeast, some hops and some alcohol.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of citrus, caramel and honey. Then some breadiness comes in from Belgian yeast and a hearty malt character. The hops presence is significant for the style but a bit subdued and comes through in the finish. There is also a touch of alcohol and a decent balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly hoppy.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, strong kick, decent representation of style, this is a decent beer but there are better choices in the style.

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into chalice, bottled on 4/10/2014. Pours moderately hazy/cloudy bright gold color with a 1 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with some light streaming carbonation. Aromas of big lemon, tangerine, pineapple, apricot, banana, pear, apple, clove, pepper, herbal, grass, cracker, bread, candi sugar, light bubblegum, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast, citrus hops, and pale malt sweetness; with great strength. Taste of lemon, tangerine, pineapple, apricot, banana, pear, apple, clove, pepper, herbal, grass, cracker, bread, candi sugar, light bubblegum, and yeast earthiness. Good amount of earthy yeast spice on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, tangerine, apricot, banana, clove, pepper, herbal, grass, light bubblegum, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice complexity and robustness of fruity/spicy yeast, citrus hops, and pale malt sweetness; with a great malt/yeast balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, crisp, and slightly sticky/bready mouthfeel that is great, Alcohol is well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent tripel style. All around great complexity and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, citrus hops, and pale malt sweetness; and very smooth and crisp to sip on. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Just found this beer at my local House of 1,000 beers. Pity its over 7 months old I can see the sediment. Still I purchased the single for 4 dollars.

A - Well I do get a solid inch of head making for some decent lacing. The color is now a hazy yellow amber with a ton of carbonation bubbles. I do enjoy how that sediment was more of a powder than chunks.
S - even though its well aged I can get a decent selection of citrus like hops along side of mild fruity yeasts and some bready crust. Smell is full with little ethanol burn.
T - Well it is a very tasty triple. I get the hops which work wonders to prevent the yeast from getting too sweet and fruity, then typical bubble gum like sweetness followed by a more assertive bitter finish rather than a dry one. Like it a lot.
M - Best part the ABV is super hidden and it still taste like a triple not just another DIPA.

Overall a solid 4 rating on this one its just a notch above Flying Fish's version but I can't rate it any higher because of its availability it will soon be gone. Shame.

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Photo of Jadjunk
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

"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

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This is a bready and yeasty tripel with a lot of each going on with minor booze and fruit. A bit hearty and thick. A pretty nice tripel. Amazing what American breweries are putting out these days (even though they may have had some international help on this one).

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Photo of SHODriver
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured into a snifter to a light orange with a finger and a half of dense white head that is slow to fade and leaves decent lacing
S: smells of spices, fruity esters and citrus.
T: taste is spicy yeast, phenols, fruity esters, citrus, slight malt sweetness and the swallow is more spice, fruity esters, and some lingering hop bitterness.
M: this beer is not quite medium in heft on the palate with soft but adequate carbonation and a pleasant finish that is a little drying
O: This is a pretty solid trippel. It's a little more delicate with the flavors than most but the complexity is there. I need to buy another bottle and revisit this because I'm not sure if I'm still tasting my dinner or notes from the beer. And if the former is the case then this would pair very well with some pork souvlaki.

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Photo of 71CrazyOtto
3.01/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Born on date was within 90 days when consumed.
Poured into a tulip (Unibroue) and it finished with very thin head and massive hop bubbles.

The smell was nice if you think you bought a decent IPA.

The taste was like your average IPA by anyone and btw where is the "sweetness'?
I thought this was supposed to be a "Tripel" but didn't notice any balance in this beer to even remotely signal the word Belgian nor Tripel to be on their bottle.

Overall I am not happy with this Budweiser buddy brewers deception.
I've had a lot of Belgian Tripel's and many a hoppy version but most at least were complex enough to not shame the legendary style.

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Photo of Karibourgeois
4.14/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Clear golden pour with lots of carbonation and a big white head. Nice aroma of yeast and spice. Flavor has pepper, spice, yeast and lemon upfront. A really nice combination. Medium bodied and creamy. Light hop and clover flavors in the back end. Finishes dry.

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Photo of Dodo2step
3.42/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

P- Wegmans in Mechanicsburg, PA

A- clear pale yellow color with a 2 finger head that is frothy and foamy. spiderweb lacin gon my pint as well.

S- lemongrass with peppery spice. some citrus notes come through as well and the malts are hidden but there.

F- pepper spice with that lemongrass flavor. some earthy grass tones as well.

M- carbonated and medium bodied. the spices linger in the mouth fairly long as well.

O- not a bad Belgian and above average. I would have another.

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Photo of gillagorilla
4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle poured into a Burley Oak snifter (bottled on: 4/7/14 0957)

A: Very clear, straw-colored with a tinge of copper to it. The slightest film of bubbles and the smallest collar.

S: Dry, clean smell of freshly cut grass. The characteristic strong Belgian notes, such as the sweetness, fruity esters and malts are quite subtle here and you really have to be looking for them.

T: Super clean here as well, just like the smell. Such a restrained interpretation of this style, that seemingly elevates it. Nice bit of spice from the hops, that aren't very forthcoming in the flavor profile here, but they are noticeable in the slight bitter twang of an aftertaste that lingers. I wouldn't say this is bold, but it is definitely complex. A lot of this seems like it is probably from the "unique Belgian yeast". Actually, going back to it, I get some of the tropical notes they mention.

M: Nice even level of carbonation that is quite smooth, with a nice brush of bubbles.

O: This is an excellent beer and kind of makes me wish I had gotten the whole 4-pack. Not sure how this would age, since everything is so subtle. It makes me wonder if the malts would come out more. They are killing it with these special one-off 4-pack releases. Great stuff!

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The Ogden from Goose Island Beer Co.
87 out of 100 based on 102 ratings.