The Ogden | Goose Island Beer Co.

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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:
27
Gots:
138
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2
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look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Newhall Refinery in Newhall, CA.

Pours a hazy gold with a foamy white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, spice, yeast, and citrus zest aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest and yeast flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with solid aromas and flavors.

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3.77/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

On-tap at Mugs Ale House, Brooklyn, NY

A: The beer is clear yellow in color and doesn't have any visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high white head.
S: Moderate aromas of spicy yeast are present in the nose along with notes of fruit.
T: Like the smell, the taste starts up with some spiciness but then transitions to having some notes of tropical fruits. Some hints of candi sugar are also noticeable.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This tripel is well balanced between the flavors of spicy yeast and tropical fruit hops.

Serving type: on-tap

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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)

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into chalice, bottled on 4/10/2014. Pours moderately hazy/cloudy bright gold color with a 1 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with some light streaming carbonation. Aromas of big lemon, tangerine, pineapple, apricot, banana, pear, apple, clove, pepper, herbal, grass, cracker, bread, candi sugar, light bubblegum, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast, citrus hops, and pale malt sweetness; with great strength. Taste of lemon, tangerine, pineapple, apricot, banana, pear, apple, clove, pepper, herbal, grass, cracker, bread, candi sugar, light bubblegum, and yeast earthiness. Good amount of earthy yeast spice on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, tangerine, apricot, banana, clove, pepper, herbal, grass, light bubblegum, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice complexity and robustness of fruity/spicy yeast, citrus hops, and pale malt sweetness; with a great malt/yeast balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, crisp, and slightly sticky/bready mouthfeel that is great, Alcohol is well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent tripel style. All around great complexity and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, citrus hops, and pale malt sweetness; and very smooth and crisp to sip on. A very enjoyable offering.

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12 oz bottle.
Pale golden color with a decent head.
Mild, lightly spicy and lightly fruity aroma.
The flavor follows but with increased strength. Good balance. Low on banana and clove.

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3.84/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours into a large tulip glass a hazed honey tinged golden with a nice blooming head that leaves some broken chunks behind as it settles very slowly.Alot overripe tropical fruitiness in the nose along with some subtle phenol yeasty spice,some light leafiness is detected as well.Spiced phenols upfront on the palate along the tropical fruits but more subtle than in the aromas,not overly sweet but to me it's pretty sweet for the style,there is a decent drying leafiness in the finish.Just a little sharp in the mouth but not anything overly annoying.Not bad,I like the tropical fruit element,it's close to being great,as is it's pretty good.

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3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Interesting, new Belgian style from GI, wonder how it will fit in with their others in the list.

Pours a smaller fizzy head covering that at least sticks around for a decent time, little lacing, mosly clear slight hazy very small sediment golden blond pilsner color.

Nose is quite interesting, a nice Belgian golden aroma with some golden malts, sweet candy malts and candi syrup, mild perfumey phenols and a little bit of esters too, mild green apple notes, mild grainy malt, hint of booze, typical nice Belgian tripel, but then some nice hops kick in, lighter overall, but nice, hint of tropical fruit almost mango like, touch of citrus and just a touch of banana too.

Taste starts with more semi sweet malts, a little grainy and toasty blond malt, even a bit of a toasted wheat character but not much, into a little syrupy sticky candi sugar note, and sweetness but not too sweet. That leads right into a slightly fusel booze note, hot warming booze, with a little tingle, and some phenols, and a little appley esters, hint of spices and banana too. Then into hops, a mild grassy note, a little earthy like, mild citrus and just a touch of a tropical like fruity note but not much as it's mostly drowned by the sweeter malts and booze. Finish dries a bit, and turns a bit sticky, but hot booze follows through, as well as a little bitterness, mild spices this time, a little banana and apple esters, plenty of bitter tannic like phenols and grassy hops too, all lingering.

Mouth is med to a bit heavier bod, plenty of warming tingly booze, lighter but decent enough carb.

Overall not bad, def hits the spot when I'm craving a nice Belgian tripel with all the nice phenols, esters, semi sweet candi sugar and sweetness around, big beer. It brings some interesting hops, but wish the came out a lot more as they're drowned by the more dominating booze and sweet characters. Speaking of which, booze was way too hot for 9%, it drinks like a 12%. Otherwise, a pretty decent beer.

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3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On-tap 8/22/2014 at Doherty’s Ale House in Warwick, RI, served in a snifter glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a large foamy off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick but spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains citrus, caramelized malts, Belgian yeast, some hops and some alcohol.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of citrus, caramel and honey. Then some breadiness comes in from Belgian yeast and a hearty malt character. The hops presence is significant for the style but a bit subdued and comes through in the finish. There is also a touch of alcohol and a decent balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly hoppy.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, strong kick, decent representation of style, this is a decent beer but there are better choices in the style.

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