The Ogden | Goose Island Beer Co.

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The OgdenThe Ogden

Brewed by:
Goose Island Beer Co.
Illinois, United States

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
Belgian Style Tripel brewed with Citra, Brewers Gold and Saaz hops.

35 IBU

Added by dwagner003 on 01-10-2014

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Reviews: 107 | Ratings: 744
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 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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Photo of pat61
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.

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Photo of lilsmizzul1225
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.

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Photo of rudybanes
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.

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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 Ryan_Gee
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.

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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 MattyG85
4.21/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Duvel tulip glass. Bottled on April 11th, 2014.

Appearance: Pours a bright and fairly hazy golden orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. One finger of white head that slowly recedes into a thin patchy layer. Leaves a solid amount of lacing.

Smell: A yeasty, fruity, and spicy Belgian style aroma with good hints of citrus fruit. Upfront Belgian yeast with hints of clove, peppers, funk, and coriander. Fruit hints of banana, apple, and pear. Big citrus hop presence with hints of orange, grapefruit, mango, lemon, and tangerine. Earthy hop hints of grass. Pale malt with hints of grains, straw, and cracker. Sweet scent of candied sugar. A nicely juicy aroma that reminds me of a Belgian IPA.

Taste: Like it smells, a yeasty, juicy, and spicy Belgian IPA like taste with big notes of citrus fruit. Belgian yeast with some notes of peppers, clove, coriander, and funk. Fruity notes of banana, green apple, and pear. Big citrus hop presence with notes of orange, grapefruit, lemon, mango, and tangerine. Some earthy and floral hops as well with some grass. Soft pale malt with notes of straw, grains, and cracker. Sweet taste of candied sugar as well as some bubblegum notes. A pretty solid hopped up Belgian taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a medium to high level of carbonation. Juicy, spicy, and somewhat prickly. Fairly drying finish. A little booze heat comes through.

Overall: A pretty solid twist on a Belgian style ale. Good citrus hop presence with the yeast and spices. Very much like an imperial Belgian IPA.

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Photo of GrumpyGas
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.

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Photo of fx20736
4.21/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bought a 4 pk from Beers of the World, April 2014. Poured into a chalice at fridge temp.

appearance: Old Gold with a thin white head Nice lacing.

smell: peaches in syrup, papaya, light band aid aroma.

taste: tart, puckering, orchard fruity, dry with an aspirin like bitterness at the end.

mouthfeel: solid.

overall: interesting, well made, but not a beer I would seek out.

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Photo of Tone
4.21/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a cloudy, gold color. 1/4 inch head of a white color. Good retention and decent lacing. Smells of citrus hops, pine, sweet malt, slight yeast, grass, slight alcohol, hint of wheat, and hint of floral notes. Fits the style of a Tripel. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of alcohol, sweet malt, slight yeast, slight grass, hint of floral, hint of hops, and a hint of spice. Overall, good aroma, body, blend, and complexity.

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Photo of gr0g
4.21/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light golden color with minimal haze. No sediment at all, so it's likely this is not bottle conditioned. The head is subsequently less impressive, but I still got 2+ fingers of foam, with some tattered lacing left behind. Tropical and citric hop character on the nose, the Citra dry hop coming through. It doesn't overshadow the base tripel character, though. Traditional elements of chalky yeast and light fruits mesh nicely with the hop aromas.

Honeyed malt character is balanced by slightly more hop bitterness than in a traditional tripel. Alcohol can be felt but not tasted. Citric hop character, complemented by white grape and some melon. Finishes dry. Maybe some Belgian candi sugar in there. Vigorous carbonation even without bottle refermentation.

GI has crafted an excellent tripel that changes things up without deviating too far from the established formula. Excellent aroma and great flavor. Definitely pick this up if you see it.

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Photo of daledeee
4.21/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A new one...again.

Poured into a large wine glass and got a bright yellow clear body with white head and good lacing.

Nose is candied orange and spice.

Taste. Lots going on here. Orange, malts, belgian yeast, spicy. It says they added some American yeast to this but it is not overpowering hops.

Mouth feel is medium carbonation and slick to the tongue.

Overall, a very fine example of the tripel style. Hope they keep this one in the lineup.

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Photo of justintcoons
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle poured into a wine glass.

Slightly hazy gold with 1 fingers of white head that dissipates quickly.

Pilsner malt, wheat, candy sugar, mango, and tangerine.

Pilsner malt, candy sugar, and sourdough bread. Pineapple, papaya, and lemon. Hints of mango. Dried hay and potpourri. Some dank pine resin on the finish.

Medium bodied, crisp, and smooth.

Smooth and easy drinking Tripel with a nice burst of Citra. I dig it!

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Photo of bsp77
4.18/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Tulip.

Appearance: Honey colored with decent white head that dissipates.

Smell: Definite Citra aroma, some fleshy fruit and banana.

Taste: Fresh baked bread, banana, various fleshy and tropical fruits. Some pepper and spice toward the end. The Citra and Saaz hops linger after the finish. Not bitter; just balanced.

Feel: Moderate carbonation, medium body that is fairly creamy, mostly dry finish.

Overall: Interesting take on a Tripel. The Citra hops really work surprisingly well to counter and augment the standard Belgian flavors. Overall, it is subtle, balanced, unique and delicious.

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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 tekstr1der
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.

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Photo of jwc215
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.

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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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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 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 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 mactrail
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.

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Photo of hopphead31415
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!

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