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Demolition 1800 Ale | Goose Island Beer Co.

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Demolition 1800 AleDemolition 1800 Ale

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

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 222 |  Reviews: 207
Reviews by freed:
Photo of freed
4.2/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This year's OBF entrant. Quite an experience.

Nice deep golden, buoyant foamy head. Very pleasing yeast and fruit aromas. Full range of malt flavors, if you pay attention. Fits well with the slightly fruity flavors. It was a very nice beer to finish the day with.

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Photo of RoyalT
3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance – This one poured a beautiful orange in color that almost radiated. The head was huge and everlasting and so beautiful. It just hung around like it owned the goblet.

Smell – These are big pale smells and almost downright raunchy with an almost winey complexion like a hoppy American Barley Wine. The hops are European-smelling but extremely big, as is the giant spice. There are some medicinal qualities to this nose as well.

Taste – This fella settles down a bit at the taste, but it’s big and malty with less of the hops from the nose showing through. The spices turn a bit powdery and the strong medicine and alcohol flavor reminds the drinker of the 8.0 ABV.

Mouthfeel – This was a big medium-bodied with some drying spices and a good alcohol sting; maybe too much for some.

Drinkability – This will probably not be everyone’s cup of tea, and it certainly deviates a bit from the class BSPA style with all the winey malts, but I really enjoyed drinking it and would definitely buy again, or “trade again” as the case may be.

Comments – Big thanks for this big Belgian from Mr. BuckeyeNation for sending me this, my first Goose Island gem. Yipee!

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Photo of JudgeRoughneck
4.01/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Disappointingly thin, creamy white head falls to thin layer over a dese, cloudy, honey-colored beer. The nose is a nice bouquet of honey, sweet grass, light malt, a touch of yeast, and I swear oats.

Taste begins with sweet honey and mellon fruit (I'm thinking cantelope) with a spicy alcohol blunted by very tangy hop?yeast finish with pleasant grassy notes and subtle, citrus acidity throughout. Mouthfeel is thick and chewy. Very drinkable.

Seriously, this is a real nice beer and all, but its pretty simple for all the hoopla and the real downfall, I feel, is the price. I wish there was a place to account for price in scoring these things. I just can't justify 5 dollars for a 12oz of this stuff.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
3.97/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another one of the Goose special releases, this one pours a nice bright golden orange with a small white head. Not bad looking, but nothing spectacular. The smell is a mix of floral, earthy hops, some cloves, honey and alcohol. Aromas could be a little stronger as it left my nose aching for more.

The first taste brings a melding of light citrus fruit and floral tones in the upfront hoppiness. This weaves its way in and out of spiciness and a nice caramel honey malt. Biterness is good and the spice is just right so as not to be overpowering.

Mouthfeel is smooth, like a velvet blanket covering my tongue. Drinkability is good as well....I only bought a single, but I could easily down a 4 pack. I'd love to try it on tap sometime....I'll have to get down to that Goose brewpub sooner than later. I recommend checking this one out! I believe they will be releasing a bourbon barrel aged stout and an imperial IPA in bottles soon too...can't wait to try those!

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Photo of merlin48
3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, golden body with a dense, offwhite head that stabilizes at one inch in height. Moderate island chain lacing is left on the glass.
Aroma is interesting. Honey, caramel, coriander, peaches, and some citrusy hops that suggest orangerind.
Mouthfeel is on the light side of medium bodied, and carbonation is relatively high. There is a peppery hops bite.
Taste is fruity sweet with assertive, bitter hopping. Coriander and white pepper are picked up, as well. The ethanol is well disguised. The sweetness is balanced by the bitter citrusy hops quite well, but there seems something missing. No yeast character is noted, but it's the malt and hop balance that seems amiss.
This is a decent and drinkable golden ale, but it doesn't possess many Belgian style attributes other than the spiciness. This one just can't decide whether to be fruity sweet or citrusy bitter. Ordinarily, this would denote an excellent balance, but this one could be improved. It's missing something, but I really can't pinpoint what it is.

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Photo of Billolick
3.97/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 4-29-05, label says it will improve for years...12 ouncer sampled. Pours copper/amber, quite clear, moderate white head, leaves short lasting blotchy lacing. Nose is of figs, raisins, alcohol, smidge of candi sugar and fruity/musty esters. Somebody else noted this tastes like a mix of Bwine and belgian pale, I agree. Raisins, fruity notes,alcohol, rum, woody notes, yum.Very dry finish. I doubt I will be ale to hold onto any of the other bottles I purchased. Nice sipper. Worth seeking out.

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Photo of far333
4.3/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pale apricot/dark straw colored with an inch high head of frothy, thick, meringue that settles in for the duration. Light aroma of cinnamon, butterscotch, sweet pear, and understated hops. Creamy mouthfeel leading to a subtle and juicy flavor of sweet candy and lightly toasted malts. Flavor morphs to cotton candy, honey, and butterscotch, tangy ripe peach, and a citrus peel hop tingle in the aftertaste. Somewhat dry finish. Very clean, no yeasty overtones, thankfully. ABV is well hidden. Nice selection.

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Photo of ADR
3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hazy light peach appearance, pale white head of average duration but leaving nice patches of frosting-like lace on the glass. Hops seem secondary in the aroma, honey and breadfruit dominate the nose for me. Mouthfeel is heavier than light, carbonation is pretty dang active. Flavor emphasizes some opposite characteristics -- malt is slightly cloying and custardy, like a Bit-O-Honey candy. On the other hand, the noble hop selection give a sharpness and dries the finish pretty well. Dried leaf aftertaste. Interesting in its "double" complexity, the style here remains hybrid to my mind, seems heavy for a beer that might be trying to resemble some aspects of Duvel.

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Photo of jeonseh
4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is the first of the 4 of these I have. The bottle label says that it is an 2006 but on the back it says it was bottled on 8/7/07. Poured into my GI tulip glass.

A- A very nice honey color with a light amount of carbonation flowing upward and can see a light haze of sediment in it floating near the bottom of the glass. The head at first was there and a nice white/straw color blend with a light amount of carbonation but it quickly faded away. That was really the only disappointing thing about the appearance.

S- Smells rather sweet actually; pick up notes of honey and molasses with a bit of hoppy bitterness but not much. Also get some fruit notes in there as well probably say orange and lemon. Actually smells a bit like a Honey Lemon Ricola. Not overly fragrant on the whole.

T - At first, I got hit with a good bit of sweetness first; lots of notes of honey here IMHO. Even get a little bit of syrupiness in the mouthfeel to go along with it. I guess that is what they are going for too since the bottle says that's the flavor profile. The predominant taste is definitely honey and there is a slight mixture of bitterness that comes in with a hint of the alcohol taste at the end. Have to say for the high ABV Overall, pretty good but could see it being a bit sweet.

MF - Light carbonation and lightly sticky as well. I personally thought the stickiness went well with the honey flavors in this one. Leaves a light warming character in the mouth with a bit of the sticky honey feeling.

D- overall a beer that is rather easy to drink and one that could be dangerous given the high ABV that one can't really taste. The only real knock on this is that the honey taste could get at ya after a while. Another good beer from GI, not one of my all time favorites from them but definitely a solid one that I could see myself enjoying and inviting others to try. A quality brew that is really splendid to drink and very easy too. Good but not mind blowing in the least but definitely worth the 10 bucks for 4 of them. Could see this being a beer that you pick up just when you want to have a few very good beers without being super challenging.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a chalice)

A-This beer pours a hazy orange body with a nice creamy pale orange head. Tiny bubble gently float to the top. Good lacing after each sip.

S- Nice soft fruitiness with a hint of spice and maybe a little hop note in the spice. Some perfume light brown sugar hints are also in the smell with a hint of caramel malt.

T- Smooth pale malt with a hint of toasted malt is followed by a soft hop finish. Some faint pear notes are also in the malt and an alcohol warmth in the hop bitterness.

M- medium mouthfeel with a hint of creaminess and a soft alcohol warmth. No fizz from the carbonation or astringency.

D- This is a good solid beer. It has nice complex flavors yet very soft and balanced. It would be nice to have a bit more carbonation but well built.

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Photo of ggaughan
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2005 Vintage. This beer poured a dense golden color with limited head retention but some fast bubbles running to the top of the glass to escape. The nose had some solid spice and malt notes, hints of chocolate as well. The taste was malty sweet and a good balance of bitterness as well. There were also more fruit notes in this than the 2006 vintage I tried side by side. Grapefruit, lemon and other earthy character as well.

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Photo of IntriqKen
4.43/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A very pretty golden tangerine color with a nice full finger creamy white head that melts to sticky lacing.
Aroma is candy malt, faint belgium yeast, grassy hops.
Taste is smooth candy malt, soft citrus like orange and tangerine, aprocot, and soft grassy hops.
Mouthfeel is thick and smooth with soft carbonation.
Aftertaste is the soft citrus and aprocot with a touch of alcohol warmth that pleasantly fills you.
Nice...I like this one!
Thanks Clint

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Photo of cokes
3.13/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Smudged brass topped with a fleeting white fluff.
Nose of...ummm...well, wetness? Sniff hard and flour-sprinkled rolls and grass appear. Sniff harder (don't pass out) and honey is suggested.
Begins with a stale white bread note. Flaky,and dry-leaning, but not real persuasive in regard to the overall profile. Honey is next, not so much in overt taste as the vapid, tacky, lightly gooey sweetness it provides. Rind-like fruit notions are too vague to identify. Next come traces of vanilla bean, pepper, and balsam- by far the most interesting things here. It finishes with a medicated, limp, hay and grass hop close.
Mouthfeel is large, bogged down with sugar that never explicitly mainfests itself. It doesn't drink hot- actually alcohol is never really considered- but it sags in the mouth.
It's not disgusting by any mean, but there's no pizazz here; like a Duval stuck in Purgatory. Maybe that isn't the intent....but, then, what is it?
Totally unevenful.

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Photo of RockyTopHeel
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on draught in a tulip glass at the Clybourn location. Reviewed from notes.

Described as a "strong golden ale" brewed with saaz and styrian golding hops on the GI website. I found it an off-orange colored brew with an aroma of hops, pale malts, Belgian sugars, and light citrus fruits. The taste is similar, with the alcohol coming through as well as some spices.

I kept changing my mind about how much I liked this beer as I drank it (but there was no doubt that I did like it), but it was at very least a very solid quaff.

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Photo of Sammy
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Golden, some head, good aroma of more hops than yeast. Good mouthfeel for a very hoppy beer, nice selection of hops. Good for lunch.From the writing on the bottle, I thought I was getting some type of double IPA. Instead it was a cross-style very hoppy Belgian.
I think I got this bottle from jpm30, I may have picked this up myself in a huge order in Ohio.

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Photo of pmcadamis
4.4/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up this 2006 bottle in Galena.

A - Caramel burnt orange hue, slightly hazy, with a nice two finger head that reduces to a smoky haze and a thick collar. Lots of nice Belgian lace is left on the glass.

S - Sweet honey, tea, gentle summer fruit, and caramel. Gentle breezy hops and apricots drizzled in honey and molasses.

T - Again, sweet tea with honey. Herbal flavors like Riccola lozenges, and lots of semi-dark fruit. Dried apricots, peaches, and tangerines. Some darker dates and raisin flavors are barely there. I also taste a twinge of alcohol along with deep sweet molasses. very nice.

M - Medium bodied and pretty weighty, but it manages to stay lively on the palate with some sparkling carbonation and drying, warming alcohol. Very refined.

D - An excellent brew, and very much "to style." This is a beer that would be equally suitable for a summer picnic or a Thanksgiving dinner.

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Photo of Golden2wenty1
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a single at Riley's here in Madison. My last to try of their Reserve line.

Pour: honey-amber orange, slight haze, under a finger of sticky white foam that fades to a ring.

Nose: musty Saaz and Goldings hops add an herbal British/Belgian character. Bolstered by tropical fruit and bubblegum notes.

Taste: herbal bitterness from the hops, musty/spicy yeast sweetened again with tropical fruit and bubblegum esters. Finishes with dry, husky malts and an aspirin bitterness.

Feel: light and bubbly in the Belgian vein. Almost slick.

Drinkability/Overall: An interesting beer that melds British and Belgian traditions. Doesn't always work with its medicinal/plasticky bitterness detracting from the experience somewhat, but overall a tasty and unique ale.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.35/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an golden body with and orange cast beneath a full head of creamy white foam that holds well and leaves nice lace about the glass. The nose is malty with grassy hops.The body is medium-full with a standard carbonation. The flavor is rich with a bready, subtly toasty malt and loads of grassy and slightly floral/spicy hops. It's extremely well-balanced despite it's malty girth and the fact that the bitterness plays only a supporting role. The alcohol is never evident; and it finishes dry with some minor residual malt and lots of lingering grassy hops. Quite nice!

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.17/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

P: Poured from a 2007 bottle (no freshness date) into a tulip.

A: Poured a 3 finger, relatively course head that dissipated slowly. The head was creamy white and the brew was almost cloudy blood orange in color.

S: Subdued citrus flavors invaded my nose as I sniffed the glass. Also detected a hint of floral esters and bit of spice.

T: Very little carbonation for was poured a very heady brew. The flavors here are so subdued that the beer is almost watery. I could detect mellow grapefruit flavors along with a bit of unripened peach. The taste finished rather spicy and with almost no trace of alcohol.

M: Very lite bodied but there is a coarseness about this brew that isn't coming from the carbonation. I can't quite place my finger on what it is though.

D: Almost could consider this a session beer because it tastes so lite which hides its ABV very well. However, I wouldn't have this again. The complexity is there, but the strength of the individual flavors are lacking.

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Photo of dirtylou
3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz single, Woodman's

Bottled 4/29/05

appearance: pours a dark burnt orange into a chalice, light beige head - minimal lacing left behind, full body, pretty nice looking

smell: grassy, sweet and full of fruit - apricot, orange, grapefruit, mango...hay, earthy, thick and malt dominated nose, mildly floral hops, light alcohol presence noted

taste: very bready, grassy and earthy, quite sweet and fruity...tangerine/orange is most dominant, heavy hints of apricot, light grapefruit bitternes. malt driven flavour with a light grassy hop presence...alcohol pretty well hidden. pretty good offering from Goose that i have wanted to try for a while

mouthfeel: medium body, light bitterness, finishes a touch dry

drinkablity: pretty high

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Photo of prototypic
3.7/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on April 20, 2006

Appearance: Nice one and half finger head which was only retained for a few minutes. Very light lacing. Beer is a golden to bronze color.

Smell: Very citrusy. Orange, grapefruit, and mango aromas are strong. Smell is sugary and sweet.

Taste: Initial taste is very fruity and sweet. Hops are definitely detectible. Following the sweet tastes is a nice bitter bite. I like that. Alcohol doesn't overwhelm at 8%.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: This beer is a little too syrupy and sweet for me. It's pretty good and I'd drink it again. But, I definitely could not drink more than one in a sitting. It's pretty heavy. Overall, good effort, but not great.

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Photo of DrunkMcDermott
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

FOAM series bottle, at the brewery: Well, it was served in a plastic cup, so I can't tell too much about the color. But very hoppy and complex. In fact, its big hoppy taste belies its Belgian-ness. More I could not discern, but I took some more bottles home, so we will definitely revisit this one.

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Photo of kenito799
4.3/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle pored into a Duvel glass. Bottle on 4/20/06, "Flavor will continue to develop over five years"

Pours a murky dark apricot, hard pour raises 2/3 in white foam which recedes to a ring. little gobs of lace stick.

Very aromatic..Belgian fruity yeast scents...honey...bread...apples...

Soft rich mouthfeel. Taste is really nice. There is a constant interplay with some robust, bitter hoppy notes (citrus, grass), interwoven with malty sweet honey notes...neither dominates, slightly smoky hoppy finish is long but nicely restrained. This is a very well made and delicious beer.

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Photo of russpowell
3.63/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this 2007 bottle (date code 22207 09053) from joe1510, cheers Joe! Decanted into my Duvel tulip

Pours a hazed honey/bronze with one pinky of pear-white head. Hazing cleared halfway through. Above average lacing & average head retention

S: Pineapple

T: Slight grapefruitty notes, grainy bread, lemons & white pepper up front. Leafy & aged hops, apricots & apple skins show as this warms. Finished with citric hops, some coriander & a bit of pineapple

MF: Medium bodied with light carbonation, balances alright too

Drinks very good, especially for the ABV, the flavors don't quite come together to say Belgian PA to me

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Photo of jackndan
4.28/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Demolition: From Goose Island, this is a Belgian strong ale, and is $3.50 a pint at The Map Room in Chicago. Very impressive beer, to say the least. It was a glowing golden color, with minimal head, and very little carbonation, if any. The aroma and taste were exceptionally sweet, with citrus fruits and apples dominating. The beer had a very nice crisp hop bite that balanced the beer very well. Excellent, buy all that you can at $3.50!

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Demolition 1800 Ale from Goose Island Beer Co.
Beer rating: 3.78 out of 5 with 222 ratings