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

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Added by maxpower on 10-13-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 207 | Ratings: 222
Photo of jwinship83
3.05/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A- Hazy golden beer with almost no head. what little there was quickly disappeared.

S- Grassy and floral hops were most notable. Also something sweet, like melon maybe.

T- Mildly sweet start with a sudden explosive bitter hoppy aftertaste. very strong taste of alcohol. i didnt like this one at all at first but it grew on me further down the glass

M- Very light and watery. Too thin with too much carbonation.

D- I really doubt i could have another one of these and enjoy it.

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Photo of tctruffin
3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A--12oz screwtop bottle. Neck label includes the date 2007. Pours a pale gold. My bottle displayed a distinct chill haze. At refrigerator temp, the ale was hazy; as it warmed up, the ale turned crystal clear. Thin white head that quickly dissipated.

S--No hop aroma to speak of until the brew was quite warm. Strong malt aroma, typical Belgian sweet aroma, reminded me of taffy.

T--Very well balanced. Hops and malt blend seamlessly. Spicy/peppery saaz aroma developed as the brew warmed. No appreciable singular characteristic.

M--Very fine carbonation bubbles keep the beer from feeling heavy.

D--At 8% ABV, I expected a strong alcohol presence, but there was none. It would be very easy to drink way too much of this before you knew what you were doing. A very smooth drinking experience that doesn't call much attention to itself.

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Photo of tayner
3.1/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, 2007 vintage

Poured an opaque/cloudy honey tan color with very small white head that quickly fell to just a ring with a tiny bit of lacing, but not all that impressive looking.

Smell was an odd combination to me. I got a sweet fruit along with a grassy hop nose, and some bready yeasty hints as well. It smells like a belgian IPA.

This one tasted like the nose. up front there is some sweet light fruits, pear, pineapple, even a touch of tangerine. Mid palate i get the bready, yeasty, doughy flavors from the belgian yeast strain. a biscuit like quality. The finish is hop dominated. It has a bitter quality to the finish, clearing the palate (almost) of all the strange mixtures of previous flavors.

This one is medium carbonated, and slightly sticky feeling in the mouth.

Drinkability on this one is okay. My tongue is confused about what it is, belgian sweet, ipa bitter, but in either case it is a decent beer i could drink again. it might taste better paired with a plate of fish or seafood rather than just a beer to relax with. With that said, the 8% abv is nowhere to be found, so be careful.

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Photo of jayrod20
3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours orange with moderate white head leaving a little lacing; a little yeast comes into the glass. Smells grassy, orange, spicy; a little candy fruit as well. The taste is sharp, with a bit of bitterness and pepper with some hay. Moderate full mouthfeel, and a bit raw; alcohol bite is in there

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Photo of mwilbur
3.72/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz bottle into snifter. 2007 edition.
A: Cloudy honey color. Almost no head produced, which is a drawback for presentation.
S: Strong pineapple and citrus hops notes.
T: Citrus notes, creamy honey, with a background of malt. Finishes with dry hop bite. Decently complex, but not great.
M: Light body. Slight acidic tang and dry finish.
D: Quite refreshing and drinkable. Very good summer beer. Good sessionability. However, there are several better strong pale belgian ales out there. Also, I don't think it's my imagination, but I've enjoyed past years renditions of this brew more.

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

Pours a hazy golden color with an average pure white head that left a healthy ring around the glass. A big tropical fruit aroma, orange citrus, and a kind of buttery malt. The taste has a surprising malt character to it, its more malty than any other flavor in this brew. There is some tropical fruit notes, perhaps a touch of Belgian (yeast) spice, and a mild citrus hop. The feel is moderate with softer than expected carbonation, finishes slightly bitter. The drinkability is good, cannot really detect the 8% ABV. This doesn't really seem to be a BSPA, more English ale side of the world. If you want a BSPA, their Matilda offering is more on the mark. However, this is still a fine brew, just not a Belgian style in my book.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.48/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Ok, so I am not really sure why I went for this one last night. In my mind, I wanted something lighter, and again in my mind this is lighter, so go figure. Anyway, I was in the mood for a Belgian and that brings us to here. Poured into my Selin's Grove Chalice this was a lovely, and very hazy looking bright amber. Good amount of carbonation was visible streaming up from the bottom as well, really quite nice looking. A big three finger high head of lace was crowning the top, with excellent retention and a great side glass presence, this one was definitely impressing me right off the bat.

The aroma was enticing to say the least. It was a rich mixture of so many different things. Lots of grain for sure, but the yeast profile was also extremely nice, really coming across with loads of light fruity notes. A nice mixture of peaches and apricots were all over this one. Hints of even a touch of apple as well. But as it warmed, it really started to take on a life of its own. A nice spiciness began to come through, really pushing up front and by the end of the day, becoming the biggest player on the field here. Tremendous amount of cinnamon like spices here, mixing with the fruit, making this just a tremendously well balanced Belgian ale. The flavor was just superb. Really rich creamy body that just was, well awesome. The carbonation never let up, not even for a minute and gave it that much sought after smoothness that I love soo much. I could have really drank this one all day long, it was just that good. The finish was very dry with hints of sour grapes and fresh grass now pushing through. For something over 8% abv, I was floored by how easily this went down. There was literally not even a hint of alcohol in this. Really quite the nice beer.

Overall, I have nothing but good things to say about this one. Everything about it was simply spot one with really no downside. Incredibly, complex and sessionable, this would be my go to if I could get more of it. I would love to see this come around again, it maybe one of the best I have ever tried in the style, definitely top notch and something everyone should try.

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Photo of pweis909
3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yellow-orange, clear, light carbonation, almost no head. Some yeast sediment in the bottle will cloud the beer a bit if poured.

Sweet aroma, with malts dominating the first impression followed by a soapy finish. The sweetness dominates the taste, although it is not cloyingly sweet. Some hop bitterness and a little citrus comes through in the finish.

This isn't a bad brew, but I wish there was more complexity to it. Maybe stronger hops would balance the sweetness? Although the bottle proclaims itself as a Belgian style ale, it lacks some elements that I consider common to these beers -- carbonation is low, sweetness is strong, body seems a bit heavy, and estery and phenolic aromas are absent.

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Photo of daledeee
3.82/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I was surprised when I saw the strong Goose Island stuff in Iowa. This is 2007 edition I have.

Poured this quite fast and got 1/4" head. That went away and left a ring of foam and some sticks to the glass.

Aroma is not strong but pleasant. Peach? Apricot? and some hops. I hate to copy the label but it does have some grass in it too.

The taste is a blend of hops and tart fruit. I can taste apricot and apples. The hops is quite strong and almost soapy. Overall a sweet beer.

Not much carbonation and leaves the mouth wet. Lots of hops in the finish. Overall a good beer, but could use a little refinement.

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Photo of churchillps
4.09/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into Stella glass.

A: A hazy orange color, bronzed at the center. Very minimal head, dissipates so rapidly there's hardly any lacing or residual coating. Slight carbonation on the walls of the glass.

S: Excellent smell. Hops, citrus, alcohol, and lot of yeast come through.

T: Sweet throughout, with a very sweet aftertaste. Almost no malt flavor detected, but a good dose of hops and maybe a tea like taste.

M/D: Excellent. Goes down smooth and feels nice and medium bodied in the mouth.

The best of the original 3 GI special reserves. Not as good as Imperial IPA or Bourbon County, however. Haven't had a "belgian strong pale ale" before, but this was flavorful and delicious.

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Photo of SaucyA
3.05/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2

Poured into a Duvel Glass.

A - Orangey golden with a frothy white 2 finger head. Quickly dissipating but left lacing. Looks like a Belgian Pale.

S - Citric and yeasty. Alcohol is detected but not distracting.

T - Orange, unripe grapefruit, sour, horseblanket, slightly metallic. Complex, but not in the best way. Finishes sweet and nice, surprisingly.

M - Slick and sparkly. The way I like my belgians. Thick bodied but not syrupy.

D - This is good to sample but I can't imagine someone going out of the way to obtain this brew. It's cloying, and just... funky. Save your money and buy a Duvel, or La Fin Du Monde.

Sorry Goose Island, this one isn't a winner.

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Photo of maximum12
2.95/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

As the last review, this brew was also bottled on 2/22/07. If I'd noticed, I'd have saved the little bugger & downed it on its 1st birthday.

Pours like a nice Belgian, cloudy & really light with almost no head. Smell is strong - I caught a whiff before my weak nose came within shouting distance of the bottle. Weirdly, once settled, the aroma retreated quite a bit. Citrus would be accurate enough.

Taste is OK. I'm a sucker for a good Belgian, but this one doesn't rise above the pack. I've had some of Goose Island's other "special" brews - the Pere Jacques is fantastic - & this one's just pretty good.

I wanted Demolition to rise either as a brewery beer or a Belgian, but the taste & mouth-rinse feels somewhat watered-down.

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Photo of aerozeppl
3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Split a 12oz bottle.

A:Cloudy wheat color. One finger of white head with some lacing.

S: Really surprisingly malty.

T: Had a malty tea like taste. Reminded me of some aged barley wines.

M: Thin body with low carbonation.

D: Very refreshing. Tastes a lot lighter than it is.

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Photo of cartdan
2.78/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured this one from a 2007 bottle into a tulip glass. The beer was slightly cloudy and golden in color with a thin white head that dissipated quickly.

The aroma is very sweet with slight hint of the Belgian yeast character coming through. Not much in the way of hop aroma.

The taste is once again sweet malt, a little overly sweet for my taste. I wanted more hop presence or spice or more fruitiness from the yeast, but couldn't find it.

Mouthfeel is medium.

I'm a little dissapointed in this one, I don't see the depth of character in the beer that I expected. Maybe I had a bad bottle or something, but it wasn't near what I have come to expect from this Goose Island series.

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Photo of BeerLover729
4.52/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Hazy golden beer with a small white head in a pint glass.

S: Smells like spicy earthy bitter hops with undertones of Belgium yeasts' dark fruit esters.

T: Crisp clean taste with upfront mild hop bitterness that is pleasant and easily overtaken by some apricot, plum, and other fruit esters accompanied by the minimal and lovely left over malt sugars. The taste finishes out with a pronounced bouquet of hop flavors; grassy, spicy, earthy, citrus hop goodness!

M: Heavy light to light medium body with medium to soft carbonation. A crisp dry beer but with enough malt body to hide any real hop bitterness on the tongue.

D: A crisp very well attenuated beer with fruity tastes from Belgium yeast emanating from the malt backbone, minimal hop bitterness yet with pronounced hop flavor profile. I wanna drink this beer all day. Oh it's 8% you say, well I certainly couldn't tell.

Notes: What can I say. This beer is amazing.

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Photo of marcpal
4.2/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz 2007 bottle poured into Ommegang goblet.

A: Burnt orange with a hazy yeast appearance. A good inch head matched with stickiest of lacing..

S: Yeasty and malty, much more so than I expected. The scent of the fruit was much more clear as this one warmed.

T: Much more fruitiness and dried fruits in the taste than the smell. The honey makes itself known as well as the grassiness and some citrus hops do a good job of rounding this one out..

M: Very thick and coating for the style. Moderate tinge and bite.

D: Would be happy to trade for this one again, very Belgian of Belgians. Smooth and enjoyable

This is another fine beer from Goose Island. Thank you jtrockchalk for this one. As much as I was disappointed by Matilda, I enjoyed this one.

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Photo of joedon
3.55/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a chalice glass to simulate the Belgian ale glass. Very hazy amber orange color with a very thin head.
Mild aroma of hay, malt and bread. Inoffensive hop notes.
Taste has a sharp but not overpowering hop bitterness. You can taste the Saaz hops and some malt foundation.
Nice body-mouthfeel. The strong alcohol does not stand out.
Drinkable in a sort of generic BMC beer way.
I don't find this to be a very distinctive beer. It's a decent effort but I wouldn't go to any extra effort to find more.

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Photo of jeonseh
4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
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 alexskovan
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle with "bottled on date" of 022207 1304. Label claims the flavor will "develop over five years" so I may be rushing things here.

Poured hazy pale gold with a fizzy weak head that dropped pretty quickly. Orange and corriander in the nose, with a lot of creamy malt behind. Taste is bitter and full, yet also somehow light. Grassy hops and honey, a little muddled, but interesting to sort out. The bottle says 8% ABV, but I don't feel any bite.

The paragraph of text on the bottle suggests I have this with a plate of oysters. I think that would work.

Aroma is more bitter as it warms up, but taste is less so.

An interesting beer. Well worth a try.

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Photo of pmcadamis
4.4/5  rDev +17%
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 RblWthACoz
3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazed golden/straw. No head. Nose is mild orange citrus with a slight sweet edge. Flavor is mild but full and stays even. Sweet from sugar, yes. But there is also an edge of earth that steps in. It takes a very long time for the flavor profile to drop, but when it finally does, you get a slight bitter tone. But not anywhere near enough to ruin the experience. Feel is a bit thick on the liquid with a decent carbonation. Overall I am saying that this is extremely good. A great example of the style put out by an American producer no less. ItÂ’d be interesting to see it put up against brews from Belgium

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.57/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz shared from the "cooler of on deck brews." My half poured into my red wine glass. This beer was brought home from coworkers on assignment in Milwaukee.

Nice lite tan head.... crystal clear gold/orange beer with little but persitent and sticky lacing.

Aroma is Big Belgian spicyness.. toasted malts.. earthy/grassy hops with a binding sweetness... quite a bit of alcohol as it warms up.

Flavor is much more complex.. mishmash of everything good about American attempts at Belgian pales. Spices (yeast and otherwise).. Noble hops and lightly toasted/munich malts... Belgian aromatic... Noble hop flavor ties things together nicely.. although it still seems muddy. Good body with exceptional carbonaton.

This is only the 2nd time I've had this brew... I liked this pour more. Not great.. but still pretty good and it left me wanting another taste... but definately not another glass. Only OK as I am finishing this glass.

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Photo of ALESwhatCURESya
3.21/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A-Hazy deep straw with very thin head that left average lacing.

S-Its odd because there seems to be a lot going on aroma wise, but I cannot detect anything other a slight honey and floral hop.

T-Very spicy and floral. The bottle claims that the honey aspect comes through in the body, but I only detected anything close to it in the aroma. A slight citrus finish with a raw grain element. Definately earthy with a touch of licorice root.

M-I love dry and earthy beers when done right, but this one was a bit too unbalanced. The bittering hops are rough around the edges and there is remarkable grassy feel. The body seems way too thin as the dryness of the hops overpower it.

D-A nice stab for Goose Island, but for this series, Matilda takes the prize. High abv is well hidden. Dryness is a bit too much to drink all night all though it is oddly a bit refreshing.

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Photo of 1fastz28
4.37/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

i love pretty much any belgian, and i always look forward to trying belgian knock offs, and this one is a very good example of a classic belgian beer. when i poured it into the glass i said "smells belgiany" now i dont know if belgiany is a word, but it is now. very little head on the beer and barely any carbonation. smell is really good, apples and yeast fill the nose. taste is remarkable, well balance and fruity. little major hop or malt influence the taste, but they balance eachother out equally. the alcohol is present and is nice, even though its only 1:20 in the afternoon, but hey, its thanksgiving!

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Demolition 1800 Ale from Goose Island Beer Co.
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