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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

513 Ratings
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Ratings: 513
Reviews: 73
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 10.65%
Wants: 9
Gots: 71 | 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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Ratings: 513 | Reviews: 73 | Display Reviews Only:
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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Sir_Goatman, Jun 25, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

dlmvh5150, Jun 25, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

RichH55, Jun 25, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

OldhouseRecs, Jun 25, 2014
Photo of Chiefy770
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

12 fluid ounce bottle.
Bottled on April 15th, 2014

Pours a fairly clear, golden body. A limited amount of bubbles circulate throughout the glass. An average eggshell-white head collapses and leaves an adequate amount of sticky lacing.

Notes of Belgian spice dominate the nose. Subtle floral notes with traces of citrus live behind the spice.

A sweet blend of spices hit the tongue first. Sweet citric fruits follow up the spice and finish with a fairly bitter hit of hops. Certainly heavier on the hops than other Tripels, but it works.

Medium body. There is an acceptable amount of carbonation, however the strong hop presence needs a bit more air for my liking.

Overall “The Ogden” possesses all of the traditional qualities of a respectable Tripel Ale. The hops and alcohol level out as the beer gets warmer, but it is certainly a heavier hit than other beers of this style. It is certainly a beer Goose Island should be proud of considering this is their first take on this style. Recommended.

Chiefy770, Jun 25, 2014
Photo of danlwaggoner
3.71/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Actually, a very nice Tripel. Using Westmalle as a baseline as my favorite tripel, I was pleasantly surprised. Belgian styles offer such a surprises (both good and bad). This one was pretty straightforward - not too many wild yeasts. Looked gorgeous when poured, nice maltiness scent, with some mild bitterness and slightly sweet flavors from the esters, distinct crisp carbonation and not too much of an alcohol burn - I probably like my tripels slightly colder to ease the alcoholic burn at the sake of appreciating some of the more subtle flavors. Good one!

danlwaggoner, Jun 25, 2014
Photo of avalon07
3.3/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

A: Poured from a bottle to a goblet. Had a golden color and a cloudy texture. There was an inch and a half of foamy head. Good lacing.

S: A somewhat underplayed aroma of yeast, fruit, and malt.

T: Tasted of light fruit (lots of citrus), yeast, malt, and a grassy quality. It's this last ingredient that kind of throws the flavor out of whack. There's a thinness at some points in this beer. Could have been better.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

O: A very uneven beer that feels halfway done. Not the worst tripel ever, but not high up in the pantheon.

avalon07, Jun 24, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Evango, Jun 23, 2014
Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.01/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the 12 ounce bottle into a snifter.

Bright golden liquid with a cloudy quality and an exceptionally persistent, finger thick head. The head is pale white and leaves lace streaking up all sides of the glass.

Smells similar to a few saisons I've had lately with an aroma that resembles lilies. It's also lemony and has a thick malt or wheat aroma. I'd say that it's a good mix of lemon and malt and some yeastiness and spice.

Big on the malt, floral (lily-like) flavor and yeastiness with a subtle citrus flavor at the finish. A good does of grapefruit peel lingers on the tongue towards the finish and makes a good impact. The beer has a good amount of sweet malt flavor that does a good job of balancing the agressive, bitter grapefruit finish.

Another Goose Island Goody. I have nothing but love for this beer. Tasty and not a bad price at around $12 a 4-pack.

ONovoMexicano, Jun 23, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

SocalKicks, Jun 23, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

BKotch, Jun 23, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

paulish, Jun 23, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

darcange, Jun 22, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

JohneHoodlum, Jun 22, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

AndyEdgar, Jun 22, 2014
Photo of MaximalC
3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy, golden amber color with a finger's worth of luscious white froth. Thin wisps and spots of lacing leave a trail as the beer recedes. Zesty aroma smells of pine, grapefruit, clove, bubblegum, and lemon.

The taste follows the nose fairly closely, with a big kick of pine up front, along with some grapefruit. The prominent bitterness segues to bubblegum and peppery yeast before finishing with a healthy dose of fresh-baked bread with warming alcohol. A little warming reveals some passion fruit and amplified bubblegum notes. This is far more hop-forward than what I expect from a tripel; it's more like a hybrid between a tripel and pale ale.The medium body accompanies a prickly mouthfeel by virtue of the carbonation and yeast.

Overall, I found this to be a little hop-centric for the style, but it's not bad for what it is. It certainly is flavorful, even if those flavors never fully synergize. A creative offering from Goose Island, but not in the same class as their finer Belgian-style beers.

MaximalC, Jun 22, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

leprechaunandfatman, Jun 22, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

dvanhandel, Jun 22, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Gww1864, Jun 21, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

Northtexan, Jun 21, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

ahommell, Jun 21, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

doc_logic, Jun 21, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

dpvatty, Jun 21, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

flpiii, Jun 21, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +23.4%

sarcasmike, Jun 20, 2014
The Ogden from Goose Island Beer Co.
87 out of 100 based on 513 ratings.