The Ogden | Goose Island Beer Co.

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87
very good
745 Ratings
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The OgdenThe Ogden
BEER INFO

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

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
745
Reviews:
107
Avg:
3.87
pDev:
10.59%
 
 
Wants:
26
Gots:
138
For Trade:
2
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Photo of Dharmelink
3.92/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of NickThePyro
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of spacecake9
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.

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Photo of xiaoxiong623
4.47/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

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Photo of briantullis1
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of AD17
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Beginner2
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.

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Photo of JarMills
3.39/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Sound_Explorer
3.52/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Briken
3.62/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

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 hopazoid
3.96/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of BrewsandBlues
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.

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

Photo of edsandillo
3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MidwestBA
3.66/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of CelticAleMan
3.38/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Icemann383
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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 micropale
4.19/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TheDogHouse
4.12/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mcrawford
3.84/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jason_cs
3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jpinoniemi
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bwbetts
3.91/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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The Ogden from Goose Island Beer Co.
3.87 out of 5 based on 745 ratings.
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