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

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.74/5  rDev -3.4%
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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Photo of metter98
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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Photo of kojevergas
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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Photo of oberon
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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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
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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Photo of jlindros
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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Photo of chinchill
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%

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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Photo of TheManiacalOne
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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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 russpowell
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours an effervescent peach with 2+ fingers of eggshell colored head. Stellar lacing & pretty good head retention

S: Green appleskin, pears & a little pineapple

T: Green appleskins & pears & a little dirt & pineapple up front. Honey crisp apples, boozey pineapple & a touch of green banana as this warms & a little grassiness & a little grapefruit rind. Finishes with pineapple & limeyness, some dirty/phenolic notes

MF: Medium bodied, firm carbonation

Pretty good, really starts to open as this warms, drinks easy. Goose Island seems keep cranking out good stuff despite their deal with satan...

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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 johnnnniee
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

On tap at Granite State on tap.
Lightly hazy golden color with a minimal head. Fruity earthy spicy with a sweet bready malty sugary base and a hint of alcohol. a bit hoppy for a traditional tripel, but tasty just the same.

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

This is a bready and yeasty tripel with a lot of each going on with minor booze and fruit. A bit hearty and thick. A pretty nice tripel. Amazing what American breweries are putting out these days (even though they may have had some international help on this one).

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Photo of smakawhat
3.51/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass, just as instructed, no tulip for our hero! Tripel be damned, you shall be slayed again!

Now why for you go do this. In a nonic you have a classic apricot light orange and yellow body, somewhat hazy, and minimal carbonation. A creamy to fluffy bright white head with three fingers easily tops it. Looks ok, but would look better in a tulip, come on...

Mild sense of tropical and American style hops. A little bit of spice. Not much sense of classic tripel yeast fruit esters, or even Belgian sucrose candied action and malts. A bit of sticky yeast sourness as well.

First sip on the palate brings some juicy character. A bit tropical and good thick malt bodied but comes off with little Belgian character. Not much creamy, or malt distinction, it seems a little focused more so on the hop angle.

Tastes like a tripel with American style hops, and doesn't really feel that much Belgian. It's not what I look for in this style but it's a decent brew. The experiment just doesn't really work for me.

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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 Billolick
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Not a fresh bottle, as this was bottled back in march of 2014....oh well.

Pours hazed tangerine, with a nice looking off white tiny bubble head, film and raised collar, leaves some slippery fine sheeting.

Fruity nose with melon and lime.

Soft and near creamy on the tongue, this is highly fruit infused brew with more melon, lime and other tropical sensations. Tasty and yes fresh tasting. Less carbonated then the typical Tripel.

Yeast fueled nutty final pour. Yum yum yum

Great with some nuts, dried fruits, bread and cheeses

Highly get some

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Photo of feloniousmonk
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."

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

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a medium golden amber with a fine white one finger head with great retention and lots of lacing. Aroma of mild caramel malt, saison style yeast, coriander and clove, light stone fruit and citrus; classic tripel. Flavor follows, with sweet malt, mildly caramel, light stone fruit, light Belgian spicing, thins out somewhat to finish with a mixture of citrus and stone fruit with a surprising little hop kick to supplement the spicing. Medium bodied with active carbonation. An interesting domestic take on a tripel that seems to use hops to extend and intensify the spiciness of a traditional tripel. The finish is odd, as the spicing and malt seem a bit subdued and the spicing is replaced by the hop bitterness. Enjoyable, but not loses something in the translation. Flavorful enough to cover the rather high ABV. Odd name for a Belgian style; turns out it was named for William Ogden who opened Chicago's first brewery. Still strange, I bet he didn't brew Belgian style beer.

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Photo of dar482
3.77/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The beer comes in a pale golden straw yellow.

The aroma certainly has light Citra aroma with a orange and dried mango. A hint of alcohol. Along with a big white breadiness with a spicy pepper.

The flavor follows with a bit of that orange peel flavor and fruit nectar in the front along with a punch of peppery spice and herbal grassiness, a light breadiness on the middle, with tons of phenolic nail polish on the finish, along with a touch of alcohol. The flavor cuts off quite early on the palate with a hint of sweetness and then lots of drying.

The beer is dangerously drinkable and has a medium to light mouthfeel.

A decently made beer for the style and it drinks easily. However, it still lacks flavor as the beer is quite empty.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.35/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from 12oz bottle into a goblet.

Appearance: medium-gold hue with a moderate haze and a light effervescence. Not much head was poured, a half a finger of frothy white foam. Not too bad, but not my favorite tripel in the looks department.

Smell: light malt with a little bit of over-sweet cloying aroma; the hops are a bit on the strong side, with a mostly citrusy character. It also smells a bit like it has been spice with some grains of paradise or something. I prefer my tripels unadulterated.

Taste: lots of bitterness in this, way overpowering the sweetness of the style. Some of it, I think, is due to spicing, and some to regular hop bitterness. It's not a terrible beer, but as a tripel it has limited appeal for me.

Mouthfeel: texture is an area where this beer does relatively well. Moderate body and a good carbonation yield a nice creaminess.

Overall: there is a lot of subjectivity in beer judging, and this beer, while not objectively bad, is simply not for me.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.81/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From the 355 ml. bottle marked 07APR14-1032. Sampled on May 16, 2014.

Golden pale yellow pour with little to no white fizzy head. Busy carbonation. Could be a chill haze but a slight haze there is.

Aroma of toasted pale malts, toasted biscuit malts, Belgian yeast, a slight lemon zing, but there is this rather difficult to define melon-like note as well.

The body is heavy with yeast but light in mouthfeel.

The taste has many of the classic Triple champagne-like elements of toasted biscuit malts, yeast, a little hop bite, and this melon thing flows into the picture too. But I still enjoyed it.

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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 jdhilt
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

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

A - Pours bright gold in color, crystal clear, and a frothy white head that is quite sticky on the glass after the head dies down.

S - Yeasty, bready Belgian spice, and light fruit.

T - Follows the nose: Bready, biscuit honey malt flavored base, light lemons, a hint of white grapes, bananas, spice, and citrus.

M - Heavy medium body, with moderate carbonation that's not overly prickly, viscousy. Seems pretty heavy and thick for a Tripel.

O - Solid and nicely balanced.

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The Ogden from Goose Island Beer Co.
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