The Ogden | Goose Island Beer Co.

The OgdenThe Ogden
BA SCORE
3.86/5
745 Ratings
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 StoutSnob40 on 01-10-2014

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#9,248
Reviews:
107
Ratings:
745
pDev:
10.62%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
27
Gots:
138
Trade:
2
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2.52/5  rDev -34.7%

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2.61/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Not my cup of tea (beer). Smells and tastes like sulfur to my untrained palate.
Sorry. The app made me write this.

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2.63/5  rDev -31.9%
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.

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2.75/5  rDev -28.8%

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2.76/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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All around just very average. Not bad, not excellent.

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2.91/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

Have had quite a few of these. Mostly because got a good deal on some older ones but at 9% not worried about having some age on it. A lot of white sediment in this light golden brew with a thin finger of quickly dissipating white foam. Yeasty sweet in the nose with just a hint of distinct citra. Taste has plenty of alcohol go with a nice malt taste and some yeasty orange like sweetness with a kiss of citra. Unfortunately the booziness and sticky aftertaste ruins this one for me. Has some good qualities but it's not much else than a quick buzz.

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2.93/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

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3/5  rDev -22.3%

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The Ogden from Goose Island Beer Co.
Beer rating: 3.86 out of 5 with 745 ratings
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