The Ogden
Goose Island Beer Co.

The OgdenThe Ogden
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3.87 | pDev: 10.59%
Goose Island Beer Co.
Illinois, United States
Very Good
The OgdenThe Ogden
Notes: Belgian Style Tripel brewed with Citra, Brewers Gold and Saaz hops.

35 IBU
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

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

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
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spacecake9 from Illinois

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

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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Beginner2 from Illinois

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

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
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tekstr1der from New Hampshire

4.17/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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
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BrewsandBlues from Florida

3.97/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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
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GrumpyGas from Illinois

4.21/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

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
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hopphead31415 from Virginia

4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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
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SGerrard from Ohio

3.61/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Always a fan of the Tripel and this is a fairly representative one. The only off note here was the finish, which was strangely bitter. Other than that, satisfying, and a beer I'd drink again.

Aug 14, 2015
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jwc215 from Arizona

4.17/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On-tap at Goose Island tent/bar at Wisconsin State Fair:

Pours bright golden with a creamy, lasting white head. Plenty of lacing sticks.

The smell is of bubblegum, banana, citrus and peppery spice.

The taste is of bubblegum/candy with banana and citrus. Peppery spicing in the finish.

It is very creamy. Alcohol is well-hidden, though it does give it a nice touch of black pepper.

A very well-made, well-balanced trippel. A hoppier version of the style, though it maintains a pleasant sweetness.

Aug 07, 2015
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bmeehan from Pennsylvania

3.3/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

The Ogden is dry. It's a good beer, but it doesn't shake you by the shoulders and it's easily forgettable. I don't think I could go back weeks later and describe what it tastes like.

Jul 27, 2015
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ARoman from Illinois

3.72/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

On tap, poured into a snifter. The aroma is a mellow, tropical and grassy note with a dark spice to it. Some undertones include a light floral note, and some cookie dough comes in late. It pours a brilliant orange yellow and is topped by a dense, white foam retaining a wispy surface, moderate ring, and a moderate-light lace. The taste is a combination of medium high sweet with a medium level of bitter. The sweetness gets stronger and bitterness wanes as it warms. The beer is thick and oily with a soft fizz carbonation and a medium full body that's tropical and spicy with additional notes of banana and cookie dough late. It finishes zippy with a spice kick followed by sweet citrus and light bread. The aftertaste is a clean, fresh spice.

Jul 14, 2015
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rudybanes from Alabama

4.38/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A good balance of bitter, tart, and sweet. Refreshing, summery. Like a flower from a field plucked along the journey of the mind that finally found its heart inside of a fart.

Jul 09, 2015
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CHickman from New York

4.12/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours cloudy bright orange color with a 2 finger creamy bright snow white head that was full of tiny bubbles and faded slowly, leaving excellent foamy lacing and a foamy layer on top. A really good looking beer in the chalice.

Smells of lemon zest, orange peel, coriander, yeast, spices like pepper and cinnamon, and strong citrus hops. The bottle says it's brewed with Gold Saaz and dry hopped with Brewers Gold Citra hops and they come through beautifully in the nose, which leans towards an APA and away from a Triple but smelled great to me. Not traditional smelling, but I found it very enjoyable.

Tastes of caramel, bubblegum, yeast, grapefruit, lemon, citrus hops, candied sugar and biscuit or lightly toasted grains, then the second wave is banana, coriander, pepper and other light spices, dry floral hops, sour green apple, tea leaf or old dry weed, wet cardboard, dry chalk and a little alcohol like a rubbing alcohol. Pretty hoppy for the style which I like, with nice grains to play well with the yeast and earthy notes, it was well balanced and easy to drink.

Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth with very mellow/mild carbonation that's on the thin side with a medium body and a slightly bitter finish that's semi-dry with grains, yeast and one last kiss of citrus sending it down. My mouth felt dry after 30 seconds.

Overall I really enjoyed this one. Again, it was not traditional and anyone looking for a carbon copy of a Belgian Triple will be disappointed, but if you want a hoppy American interpretation of a Belgian style Triple then this is your beer. I'll definitely have this again as I found it almost sessionable as it hid the 9% ABV pretty well.

Jun 19, 2015
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CTHomer from Connecticut

3.61/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: clear; medium gold in color; 1+ finger white head that receded slowly to a thin cap; very nice, thick, lacing;

S: clove is pretty pervasive; hints of citrus and dough in the background;

T: a combination of clove and dull citrus; the citrus intensiifies through mid-palate and begins to fade again toward the lightly bitter finish;

M: light to medium bodied; highly carbonated; light dryness in the aftertaste; ABV is well hidden;

O: the combination of styles - tripel and American IPA - didn't mesh well for me in this instance; I do like the concept;

May 15, 2015
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mactrail from Washington

4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

A year old and quite an interesting, bold brew. Clear yellow with some sediment in the bottle. Modest head and lacing in the Stella Artois glass. Inviting funky aroma.

This is so sharp and zingy, it's easy to forget it's a Tripel. Light dry fruit. Pears and that sweet wheaty note, followed by the yeasty Belgian drying effect. The hops seem quite bold at first taste but fade after some sipping.

This is actually quite delicious. If it was still around in six-packs it would be a regular purchase for me. Would like to try it fresh. Maybe AB-InBev is compiling a list of successes such as this one for the final assault on craft beer. From the 12 oz bottle purchased at Bottleworks in Seattle.

May 10, 2015
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lilsmizzul1225 from Indiana

4.42/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A bottle cellared for a year, citrusy on the nose and pallet. Sediment in the bottle, whether that is from the aging or the bottling or brewing I don't know. No boozy taste and rather smooth. A big fan of the Belgians and keeping this in the cellar was well worth the wait.

Apr 18, 2015
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Jugs_McGhee from Louisiana

2.63/5  rDev -32%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I'm opting to serve this into a goblet, not Goose Island's recommended nonic pint, because - hey - it's a Belgian tripel.

9% ABV. "Dry hopped...Belgian Style Tripel." 35 IBU.

BOTTLE: 355 ml. Brown glass. Classy label design. Branded black pry-off pressure cap. Bottled: 11APR2014. Acquired from Duff27 in a trade. Thanks!

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: 1 finger wide. White colour. Soft-looking, with a mellow complexion and an even consistency. Retains nicely, leaving a nice ring of lacing on the sides of the glass before receding fully after about 4 minutes.

BODY: Murky hazy gold with copper hues. Nontransparent. Translucent. Has no visible yeast. Seems unfiltered.

Looks nice for a tripel. It's not mind-blowing, but it hits the fundamentals.

AROMA: Has a lovely doughy yeast profile, with hints of biscuit and clove. The hop profile is surprisingly fruity, with New World hop notes of faint mango, tangerine, and citrus. Has a honeyed malt backbone filled out by Belgian pale malts and touches of a raw wort-like sweetness. Its 9% ABV is nowhere to be found, but the yeast doesn't seem all that highly attenuated; if anything it evokes more of an Abbey ale yeast profile than a high gravity Trappist.

No, it's not quite a traditional aroma for a Tripel - its hop emphasis, hop character, and yeast profile are atypical - but I find it appealing and interesting. Mild in terms of aromatic intensity.

I find no off-notes or overt booze.

TASTE: The raw ripe fruity hop notes dominate to its detriment, and fail to cover up the obvious alcohol presence. Ripe notes of mango, melon, rindy citrus, and tangerine come off warm in their tropical booziness; even off-putting pineapple is suggested. The honeyed malt backbone amplifies the booziness with its unwelcome sweetness. Why isn't Belgian pale malt the main malt flavour? Where is the Trappist yeast to eat all this sugar? This lacks a basic Belgian/Trappist feel, coming off anything but traditional. Overhopped, imbalanced, and a bit of a boozy mess, The Ogden falls apart upon tasting in a way I could never have predicted merely from experiencing its aroma.

Average duration and intensity of flavour. Shallow depth of flavour. Lacks subtlety in its execution. A subpar build for a Tripel.

There's no subtle spiciness to it, nor is there any intricate layering of flavour. This can't hold a candle to the best traditional Belgian paragons of the style.

TEXTURE: A biteen syrupy. Definitely too thick/viscous. Overly full-bodied, with an off-kilter overbearing heavy presence on the palate. The opposite of the delicate fragile texture you'd find in a great Tripel. Definitely boozy and warm. Has a raw feel on the palate somewhat redolent of unfermented wort. Problematically overcarbonated. Suffice it to say overall presence on the palate is subpar.

This mouthfeel doesn't feel well-tailored to the taste, nor does it elevate the beer as a whole. Fails fundamentally at fitting the style.

OVERALL: Its booziness and overly sweet taste really hold it back in terms of drinkability, and its strange hop emphasis - while charming aromatically - just plain doesn't work in the taste. The fundamental lack of a guiding Trappist yeast puts the final nail in the coffin. I'm not sure what they were after with this one, but the result is a beer I'd never want to buy again, and I think it's telling that this is still quite warm even after a having year of aging to mellow. Far from Goose Island's strongest work. I wouldn't recommend this to friends or trade partners.

C- (2.63)

Apr 11, 2015
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feloniousmonk from Minnesota

4.02/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Goose Island the Ogden Belgian-style Tripel. Goose Island Brewing Company. Chicago, IL. 35 IBU. Brewed with Citra, Brewers Gold, Saaz. Dry-hopped with Brewers Gold, Citra, Serve in a nonic pint. {Why not a tulip?} 9% alc./vol. We dropped our Belgian style triple to balance spicy, tropical flavors with a unique Belgian yeast, giving it a bold, more complex palate."

Appearance: bright golden hue, clear, vast snowy white head. Looks fantastic.

Aroma: Ah. Fresh and lively, straw, citrus, spice, and Belgian yeast character. Everything you want, and then some. A little sweet, a little heat, a bit of spice, alright.

Taste: Mmm! Hits you right away, an authentic, true taste of a Belgian triple. The lightly peppery spice, a touch of coriander, perhaps, a good dose of citrus, light fruitiness, with a light body, and excellent, despite the high ABV, drinkability. Delicious. Tasty. Right on the money. Damn, if I don't like this one. They're doing it, man, they're doing it right.

More information:
"William Ogden opened Chicago's first brewery. He was the city's first mayor. And he added the North Branch channel to the Chicago River that created the island from which we take our name. Three good reasons it seemed fitting that we gave our first ever Belgian-style triple his name."

Apr 08, 2015
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dbl_delta from Pennsylvania

3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottle dated 3/24/14 so this is over a year old. We shall see...

I ignored the glassware suggestionn on the bottle (hey, I don't HAVE a Nonic pint glass), but that's a clever marketing ploy AND helpful to those with glassware choices. I used a pint glass. Seemed to work OK.

Pours a murky straw/gold color with a solid eggshell-white head. Lightly carbonated, full-bodied, and quite drinkable. Huge citrus sweetness morphs into spiciness, then a little hops bite at the end. Alcohol is present but not overwhelmingly so.

Overall, it was OK but not something I'd seek out again. (It's retired, so I guess that's kind of a moot point.) I guess I'm just not a big fan of the Belgian style.

Apr 02, 2015
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BradtheGreat7 from Ohio

3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review taken early Fall 2014.

12 oz brown bottle with a beautiful golden label. Artwork is actually quite nice. Back label specifies to enjoy The Ogden in a Nonic style pint glass and though I've never seen a brewer recommend a belgian style ale in a Nonic I gave it a go anyway. Poured into my Goose Island nonic pint glass.

A - straw golden yellow with hints of light orange. Clouded and belgian style funkiness to the body. Head pours nice in the Nonic pint and leaves very good stick.

S - bready malts and an belgo style yeast. Sweet banana with clove spice. Maybe a hint of juicy peach as it warms with a hint of alcohol booze and more belgian spices. A very American take, but still a solid aroma.

T - flavor wasn't quite as lovely as the nose, but the same notes applied. A nice belgian style yeast paired with breaded malt. Sweet fruitiness with black pepper and clove spices.

M - medium bodied and pretty drinkable given its size. A decent texture but lacks the thickness for me personally. It's there just not enough of it. But still a nice mouthfeel.

O - A very good take on this Belgian style. Not the best, but Goose Island has taken and tweaked it to their style. Something I'd definitely go with again.

Mar 24, 2015
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mothmanscott from Georgia

4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque deep gold producing 3 fingers of fluffy, moderately lasting, white head that leaves scattered stings & motes of lacing. Aroma is Belgian yeast funk that damn sure suggest Brettanomyces; doughy pale malts, banana, peach, clove & a little alcohol. Taste is similar to the nose but more boozy with a juicy, sweet start & middle, becoming peppery & finishing with slight hop bite & transitioning to a dry, lightly bitter & astringent aftertaste. In the finish there is a thin phenolic quality, something akin to acetone & Band-aides. Alcohol becomes more noticeable as the brew warms & definitely adds to the spice & bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation, wet & juicy up front, slightly prickly with a somewhat dry & drawing aftertaste.

Mar 08, 2015
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Slack from Virginia

4.01/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Straw to golden in color. Big citrus on the nose...grapefruit is prominent with hops in the background. Taste is mildly sweet with carbonation followed by a light body consisting of citrus, cloves, and hops. Finish is smooth with a slight hoppy aftertaste. The alcohol is surprisingly hidden. Overall very refreshing.

Feb 22, 2015
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pat61 from Minnesota

4.43/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fruity nose – not big. Pours brilliant gold under a 1” foam cap that perches up over the rim. Has a citrusy, orange, grape melon palate lightly sweetened by caramel with a hint of bubble gum. Medium body and carbonation.

Feb 15, 2015
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jdhilt from New Hampshire

4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a three finger white head that stays forever leaving a good lace. Crystal clear pale straw color. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Fruity Belgian yeast nose and flavor is citrus, sweet Belgian yeast and hints of spices. High ABV is hidden. $4.35 for a 12oz bottle from Bert's Better Beers Hooksett, NH

Feb 13, 2015
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Ryan_Gee from California

4.3/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I have a 4 pack sitting in my fridge outside and I think I will save this for a special time, I've already had it but as soon as I read that it was retired I went out and bout the last of it.

Feb 08, 2015
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