The Ogden
Goose Island Beer Co.

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Goose Island Beer Co.
Illinois, United States
3.86 | pDev: 10.62%
Oct 23, 2019
Jan 10, 2014
Very Good
The OgdenThe Ogden
Notes: Belgian Style Tripel brewed with Citra, Brewers Gold and Saaz hops.

35 IBU
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4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by GuyFawkes from Illinois

Bottled 4/16/14; drank 5/8/14 @ the Yarchives.

Dandelion yellow, see-through liquid; champagne bubbles throughout.

White head; decent lace.

Mild banana nose, with a hint of orange citrus & mild black pepper.

Medium thin mouthfeel.

The flavor is a pleasant, mellow blend of banana & orange, with a dry, bitter finish. Almost no booze heat. Good.

Oct 23, 2019
4 by Beerbuddha from Florida on Jan 30, 2018
3.5 by 1971bernat from Virginia on Jan 01, 2018
3.92 by Dharmelink from Wisconsin on May 07, 2017
3.75 by NickThePyro from Washington on Jan 19, 2017
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3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by spacecake9 from Illinois

Poured into a chalice.
A - Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a white head that settles quickly.
S - Aroma is the citra hops, spices and a little banana.
T - Flavor is banana, clove, citrus and earthy notes with surprising bitterness on finish.
M - Mouth feel is average with above average carbonation. Comes off crisp and refreshing.
O - Very nice beer, especially nice in the sea of stouts I've been drinking. Not sure how close this sticks to the style, but it's still a good.

Jan 10, 2017
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4.47/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by xiaoxiong623 from Illinois

I love the beer with higher AlC. The Triple Style tastes amazing. I live in Chicago and I love the Goose Island Co.

Dec 06, 2016
3.85 by briantullis1 from Illinois on Oct 26, 2016
3.85 by AD17 from New Jersey on Apr 25, 2016
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3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by Beginner2 from Illinois

I bought a 4-pack last summer and Had one per season to watch it change.
Since I joined BA only three months ago, this is my first review of it and it may be my last.
A change in the label may have started this beer off on the wrong foot. Goose used to suggest that you hold its Belgians for up to 5 years... which I never did.
This label gives us 1/2 year followed by a freshness warning. (Is this Bud's "skunk beer" commercial brought to the craft world... I hope not.)

Basically, the Goose (who I still like enough under its new owners) made an experiment and it is not quite right yet. The primary experiment seems to be dry hoping a triple style with American hops. This leads to an interesting aroma, but detracts from the taste. I also think the hops linger longer than is appropriate for this style.
The other major experiment to me seems to be the change of heart in a freshness date: the beer actually was better to me after 180 days, primarily because the hops settled down a bit and the alcohol was less noticeable.

How to improve this beer? The best but hardest thing to do is to replicate a real Belgian yeast that gives this style its "Wow" that so many American brewers struggle with.
Would I have this again? Possibly if I wanted a triple and it was the best in the bar.
Buy it in a store ? Buy only one.

Apr 23, 2016
3.39 by JarMills from Canada (BC) on Apr 02, 2016
3.52 by Sound_Explorer from Washington on Mar 18, 2016
3.62 by Briken from Washington on Jan 11, 2016
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4.17/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by tekstr1der from New Hampshire

Pours a bright, hazy gold with quickly dissipating white head that leave a lasting skim on top. Aroma of biscuit and tropical fruit. Wow. Flavor is similar with a fruity malt sweetness that's perfectly balanced by more hops than usual for the style - only lending a pepper spice to the finish. Very smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Great take on a tripel.

Dec 29, 2015
3.96 by hopazoid from Minnesota on Dec 26, 2015
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3.97/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by BrewsandBlues from Florida

Had this on draft at a restaurant with a pretty limited beer list. Tripels are not my typical first choice, but this was rather good. Served in a pint glass. Not much head left by the time it got to the table, but left moderate lacing. Smell was heavy on spice, with banana and biscuit-y notes. Tasted in line with the smell....banana bread and spices up front, and a sweeter fruity flavor underneath. The finish was a little more bitter than I would expect but overall quite good. Not at all boozy so I was more than surprised to see on here that it is 9.0 ABV. Explains why I was feeling it after 3 pints.

Dec 23, 2015
4.06 by Doomcifer from Rhode Island on Dec 07, 2015
3.53 by edsandillo from Connecticut on Dec 06, 2015
3.66 by MidwestBA from Illinois on Nov 30, 2015
3.38 by CelticAleMan from California on Nov 20, 2015
4.5 by Icemann383 from New York on Nov 07, 2015
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4.21/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25
by GrumpyGas from Illinois

On draft served in a 10oz snifter.
Full .5 inch creamy whitish head floating on a golden body.
The head dissipates after a few sips with lacing.
Smell is clearly beer, not flowers or alcohol. Much appreciated.
Very well balanced for the abv. I could have several of these.

Nov 05, 2015
4.19 by micropale from Pennsylvania on Oct 24, 2015
4.12 by TheDogHouse from Florida on Oct 22, 2015
3.84 by mcrawford from Michigan on Oct 22, 2015
3.83 by Jason_cs from Florida on Oct 21, 2015
4.25 by Jpinoniemi from Ohio on Oct 20, 2015
3.91 by bb-magic from Florida on Oct 18, 2015
3.77 by DownyIsHungry from Minnesota on Oct 17, 2015
3.24 by npendres from Wisconsin on Oct 17, 2015
3.5 by gregcordle from Ohio on Oct 13, 2015
3.8 by mig100 from Texas on Oct 09, 2015
4.25 by ShawnL from Wisconsin on Oct 03, 2015
3.75 by bigred89 from Maryland on Sep 19, 2015
4.43 by golf4collet from West Virginia on Sep 17, 2015
3.99 by Odalis from New Jersey on Sep 15, 2015
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4.13/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
by hopphead31415 from Virginia

I had this one on tap and it was brilliant. It has a perfect 9.0% ABV and 35 IBUs, but the funny thing is that it was so drinkable that it tasted like a 6% ABV! So, tread carefully!

Look-It pours an amazing golden color with a slightest haziness and a giant soft fluffy dense head. The lacing is rich and thick.

Smell-I smell spices and tropical fruits as well as honey, banana, and bubblegum.

Taste-The taste is rich with a plethora of flavors such as banana, black pepper spiciness, clove, sunflower, honey suckle, mango, orange, grapefruit, and a delicious earthiness to it superposed upon fruit esters.

Mouthfeel-It is rich and complex as well as silky smooth, but with a slight dry crisp bite on the back palate. Medium bodied and well-balanced carbonation make for a refreshing rinse. The alcohol is, as I’ve said, hidden and subtle so it doesn’t drink like the powerful 9% that it is.

Overall-This amazing beer is yeast derived which is a feat if one considers the variety and clarity of all the tastes and aromas that it produces. This tripel makes me think of the most well-done farmhouse ales. Cheers!

Sep 14, 2015
4.15 by Chris-1911 from Illinois on Sep 07, 2015
4 by Gkruszewski from New York on Sep 06, 2015
3.75 by NSXAG from Arizona on Aug 31, 2015
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