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The Ogden - Goose Island Beer Co.

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The OgdenThe Ogden

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very good

103 Reviews
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Reviews: 103
Hads: 729
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: 103 | Hads: 729
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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Photo of DrinkMoreBigBeers
3.97/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottled on April 10th 2014

A - Pours out a beautiful hazy golden yellow with a one finger white head that dissipated rather fast(I wish it lasted longer.) Leaves great lacing and legs.

S - Spicy notes like a typical triple, bready, slight citrus, sweet, no alcohol detected.

T - Citrus up front then is switches mid palate on the back end to the typical triple flavor. I also get some of the spicy hops in here which linger on the palate. Has a slight alcohol burn (not bad for 9%).

M - Medium bodied and really soft in the mouth. Very pleasant.

O - This beer seems like a winner with a complex flavor profile like it says on the bottle. I like how it has little to no alcohol in the flavor. Not your typical triple with a twist of citra hops has definitely peeked my interest in this beer. I'm not a huge triple fan but this one has me wanting more. Nice job Goose Island, cheers!

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Photo of Brutaltruth
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very nice Belgian triple ale from Goose Island. Pours a clear golden with light white head and light white lacing. Nose of banana, clove, citrus, Belgian candy, fresh bread, light hops, and alcohol on the nose. Taste is delightful, nice Belgian candy up front, banana and citrus fruits on the back, some lemon grass herbal notes, and a light hop and clove flavor on the aftertaste. Nice mouthfeel, well carbonated and sumptuous. A hair overboard on the hop and clove for the style, but still nice without being a Belgian ipa in style.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Served from a bottle into a pint glass. 6/22

Pours pale golden colored, little haze, touch of white foam on top. Sweet candi sugar nose, light yeast strain. Lighter taste, sneaky hop, touch of citrus. Fruity. A little spicy too. Full flavored, nice blend. Well made.

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Photo of barnzy78
4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, bottled on 16APR14
L - hazy and golden with plenty of carbonation leading to a persistent rocky off-white head
S - fruity, yeast, citrus, floral, biscuit, grass
T - floral, citric, biscuit, yeast, zesty, faint tea leaf, fruity esters come out as it warms. Decidedly Belgian with added American hops; almost like a Belgian IPA for flavor
F - medium body, effervescence makes it feel fuller, creamy, modest bitterness, and a fairly dry finish. Alcohol is very well concealed
O - nice take on a tripel with some added citrus and zest from the American hops. I'd have this again anytime.

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Photo of MartzMimic
4.36/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at McNellie's OKC. Pours a hazy gold with a nice finger of white foam. Some lacing on the glass. The cold pour probably keeps the aroma down, but the yeasty barnyard funk, spice and tropical fruit is evident. Wow, those come through in the taste, but the banana and cloves really trigger the taste buds. The malt and hops balance very well. You get a touch of Belgian yeast on the end of the aftertaste. Medium mouth. I really, really enjoy this beer, and how everything comes together so well.

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Photo of StoutHunter
4/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
3.52/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a Harpoon 100 barrel series glass.

A: Golden in color with a mild haze. Fine bubbled white head retains at about an inch in height. Lacing is wispy.

S: Strong citra presence. Pulpy, mashed mango. Wet leaves. Pineapple and bubblegum esters. Chalky yeast with faint traces of white pepper. Doughy,lightly honeyed malt base.

T: Oily hop bitterness. Herbal and spicy. Bitter phenols and spicy alcohol too. Pineapple esters. Chalky yeast. Honeyed malt. Citra hops bring wet leaves and herbal spice and tropical notes of mango and tangerine. Alcohol and phenols on the finish.

M: Medium bodied. Creamy with some malt firmness. Carbonation is stiff but gentle with a lot of lifting and scrubbing action.

O: It's a bit rough around the edges and even sharp at times. The alcohol and phenols aren't really over the top or completely off-putting, but they distract a little. The hopping is ample and notable, but doesn't really fit in and complement as it should. Not a bad brew, just lacks some cohesion and plays a little roughly.

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.81/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served in a tulip glass.

Appearance: Pure deep gold color with a slight pink tone to it, clearly transparent with medium bubbles creating a somewhat thick white head maybe rising to about 1/3" off the body.

Smell: light yeast scent, really the weakest character of the beer. More like a smell of citrus bit so friggin' light that you can't say much about it.

Taste: Off the bat it feels a bit sour, almost like lemon plus a hint of grapefruit. Not bitter really at all, though it might sound like it, smooth almost like a rye bread feel.

Mouth: Comes sticky, medium body with full carbonation but this could also be maybe because of it being off the tap.

Overall: Good beer but a bit pricey. I am happy I've tried it and wouldn'tind another of you're treating. Grab a glass and drink up...salud!!!

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.81/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle into a chalice glass

Appearance – The beer pours a hazy orange amber color with a one finger head of white foam. The head has a good level of retention, slowly fading to leave a great level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the beer is quite heavy of a sweet citrus smell of orange and tangerine along with some tropical fruits, peach, and pear as well. Along with the fruity smells comes some aromas of a grapefruit hop as well as some other hop aromas of a floral nature. A bit of yeast and some bready and biscuit aromas are there as well, all combining and melding to create a very pleasing aroma overall.

Taste – The taste begins with a Belgian pale malt bready flavor mixed with some tangerine sweetness as well as a moderately strong showing of yeast. While only lightly hopped upfront, the hops work their way onto the tongue quickly and increase in strength to the end of the taste. A grapefruit citrus hop is the first to greet the tongue, followed shortly after by some grassy flavors. While the grapefruit and citrus hop come to the tongue, the tangerine fades a bit while the bready flavors transitioning and taking on a slightly crisper cracker like nature. At the same time, some spice of coriander and clove develop with a little bit of an herbal and floral hop flavor developing as well. With a light boozy flavor joining in at the very end, one is left with a somewhat drier and moderately hopped, slightly boozy flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the average to slightly more creamy side with a carbonation level that is on the slightly higher side. The slightly thicker body is quite nice for the mix of the hop flavors of the brew, allowing them to stand out, while the higher carbonation was nice for the yeasty and spiced Belgian flavors of the brew. Overall it was rather well done.

Overall – A fairly tasty Belgian triple IPA. With the drier and somewhat boozy flavor of the brew, this was a rather nice sipping but still somewhat crisp, brew.

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Photo of garymuchow
4.06/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Great aroma. Fresh sweet fruit, soft and mild spice, clean malt.
Smaller than typical very white head. Golden slightly cloudy body.
Note the softness of the feel right away and then an alcohol shot to the gut next. Nice complexity of the pale malt, soft fruit, stronger spice and some honey (I noted sweetness at first but later drinks it wasn't there) all rolling around in a enjoyable way. Quite a bit of drying mixes with the alcohol flavors on the finish. The alcohol is more straight alcohol flavor and less perfumey. In the long run the malt flavors are stronger than the spice and fruit.
Best is aroma and feel. Solid otherwise.
As it warms the sweetness and fruit flavors of the aroma emerge nicely. I bumped up the flavor score.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a medium golden amber with a fine white one finger head with great retention and lots of lacing. Aroma of mild caramel malt, saison style yeast, coriander and clove, light stone fruit and citrus; classic tripel. Flavor follows, with sweet malt, mildly caramel, light stone fruit, light Belgian spicing, thins out somewhat to finish with a mixture of citrus and stone fruit with a surprising little hop kick to supplement the spicing. Medium bodied with active carbonation. An interesting domestic take on a tripel that seems to use hops to extend and intensify the spiciness of a traditional tripel. The finish is odd, as the spicing and malt seem a bit subdued and the spicing is replaced by the hop bitterness. Enjoyable, but not loses something in the translation. Flavorful enough to cover the rather high ABV. Odd name for a Belgian style; turns out it was named for William Ogden who opened Chicago's first brewery. Still strange, I bet he didn't brew Belgian style beer.

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Photo of oberon
3.84/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

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Photo of Cylinsier
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


Pours a hazy gold with a bubbly white head, dissipates very slowly.

Smells of fresh grassy malts and orange zest with some coriander and lemongress.

Tastes of grassy malts, lemongrass, citrus, and a dry bready finish with a fresh pine hop bite.

Full body with stinging carbonation on the tongue.

This tastes more like a BPA a la Piraat than a trip, but otherwise very good ale with above average characteristics all around. Definitely worth trying.

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Photo of Vixie
3.67/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a nice gold color with an inch or so of white head. The head dissipates fairly quickly, leaving some nice lacing not only on top of the beer, but leave a lot on the sides of the glass as well.

Smell starts out a bit malty, there's spice, citrus, hay, and pine from the hops.

Bit fruity up front, mainly citrus notes. Has a bit of a pepper spice to it, and a decent amount of hops, adding some pine notes. Can just taste a hint of the alcohol at the finish, and also leaves a bit of warming.

Feel is ok, quite a bit of carbonation that leaves some tingling.

A pretty good an interesting take on the style. There's a lot of flavor here, and a high abv, so treat this with respect. The good is that is is flavorful, and has a definite Belgian character to it. The bad is, a bit heavy on the hops for the style. Still, this is one of the better US made triples I have tried, very much worth trying.

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Photo of AgentMunky
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served in a footed glass at Ale Arsenal.

A: Hazy-clear gold. Good lacing.

S: Honey-grain. Fruity (apples). Quite pleasant. Hint of spice.

T/M: Strong, rich, and full-bodied. Smooth-sweet grain provides an excellent body and orange and spices provide excellent flavor. The spice isn't obviously coriander and fades pretty quickly on the endtaste. Hint of white pepper? Drying.

O: A very good beer, and a very good tripel. Recommended.

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Photo of Chiefy770
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

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Photo of danlwaggoner
3.71/5  rDev -4.1%
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!

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Photo of avalon07
3.33/5  rDev -14%
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.

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.02/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

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Photo of MaximalC
3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

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Photo of cindyjeffsmith
3.99/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: clear golden with off white big head on the pour that mostly recedes. Nice lacing that also recedes quickly.
Smell: yeasty, bready, honey and fruit. Nice rich nose.
Taste: much like the nose with a bit of burn up front. Yeasty finish.
Overall: solid, pleasant tripel.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.35/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from 12oz bottle into a goblet.

Appearance: medium-gold hue with a moderate haze and a light effervescence. Not much head was poured, a half a finger of frothy white foam. Not too bad, but not my favorite tripel in the looks department.

Smell: light malt with a little bit of over-sweet cloying aroma; the hops are a bit on the strong side, with a mostly citrusy character. It also smells a bit like it has been spice with some grains of paradise or something. I prefer my tripels unadulterated.

Taste: lots of bitterness in this, way overpowering the sweetness of the style. Some of it, I think, is due to spicing, and some to regular hop bitterness. It's not a terrible beer, but as a tripel it has limited appeal for me.

Mouthfeel: texture is an area where this beer does relatively well. Moderate body and a good carbonation yield a nice creaminess.

Overall: there is a lot of subjectivity in beer judging, and this beer, while not objectively bad, is simply not for me.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.74/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottled April 25, 2014.

It pours a hazy orange yellow with a one finger head of foam.

The smell is fruity, with a light aroma of clove and banana, a bit of a bubblegum, and some citrus?

Wow, lots of assorted flavours here. Ya have your tripel stalwarts like clove, banana, some bubblegum, then ya have your hop factor of citrus but more of a grassy bitterness. Ahh..the label, tough to read, does say this is dry hopped...

Very nice mouthfeel, perhaps a wee bit too much carbo if I'm going to make any complaint.

Simply put, I like.

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Photo of Vinccentw17
4.8/5  rDev +24%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Goose island has a number of great beers on draft and in the bottle. The Ogden is a great Belgium triple. It has a slight spice/tropical taste that is very unique. It's 9%ABV and is a great summer beer. If you like Belgium beers I highly suggest you try this great beer.

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The Ogden from Goose Island Beer Co.
87 out of 100 based on 103 ratings.