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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Ratings: 222 |  Reviews: 207
Photo of churchillps
4.09/5  rDev +8.2%
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 -19.3%
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 -22%
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%
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 -26.5%
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 +19.6%
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 +11.1%
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 -6.1%
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 +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 alexskovan
4/5  rDev +5.8%
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 +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 RblWthACoz
3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
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. It’d be interesting to see it put up against brews from Belgium

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.57/5  rDev -5.6%
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 -15.1%
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 +15.6%
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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Photo of balconybrew
2.78/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Notes..Poured into a snifter. Poured an dark yellow / light orange with a good white head. Minimal aroma, slightly grassy maybe fruit. The taste mild nothing special. Mouthfeel was okay. I had some alcohol warmth. Drinkable, however one was too many.

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Photo of Lnedrive14
4.13/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Purchased at New Beer Distributors:

Pours a cloudy golden yellow with a thick, but quickly dissipating white head.
Mild nose, with a bit of fruitiness and sugar. Very mild palate - candied sugar, yeasty, dried fruits. It wasn't really that potent, but it was pleasing nevertheless. a very good moderate-high alcohol beer for a hot day. isn't warming, just cooling. could drink a few of them.

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Photo of supercolter
2.57/5  rDev -32%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

This beer was nothing short of disappointing to me...
I am a fan of Goose Island brews and this was a specialty brew so I had high hopes. I think the bottle may have been dated for 03 or 05 however, so maybe it was just skunked. The smell did not indicate this though, and having 8% abv, I thought that it would have cellared just fine. Oh well, on to the next.

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

The beer pours a cloudy golden color with a 1/2" white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a warm pale malt and Belgian yeast scent. It has an intense malt aroma. The yeast adds a warm fruity presence as well. The taste is good. It has a powerful malt flavor that goes down slow and warms in the finish. It's pale, yet complex with a wondeful yeast fruitiness. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a damn fine beer. It's a sipper for sure, but it's highly drinkable; another great beer from Goose Island.

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Photo of jjayjaye
4.08/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy pale golden color with a full finger stiff white head that resists fading. A nice amount of lacing generated. The smell is lemony without being tart, semi-sweet and yeasty. Full bodied, the mouth feel is adequately carbonated with a mild tart character on the tongue that is well within my tolerance. It has a nice complexity at the end that comes across with the lemon citrus burst of flavor, and finishes clean, if not approaching dry with lingering taste that is really fresh. This is definitely one of my favorite interpretations of this style. Kudos.

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Photo of GreenWBush
3.38/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I had never seen four-packs of the Goose Island Belgian-styled beers before so when I did I had to grab a mixer of all four of them (I presume).

In appearance, this beer is very alluring. Shadowed copper with thick, creamy head rings.

Nose is smooth and soft, redolent of pears. Mild fruitiness and a noticeable old-world hoppiness.

Taste is okay in that it isn’t offensive, but this beer is a trainwreck. Off-style. Minus the hops, it seems like I’m drinking a DIPA instead of a Belgian-styled beer. No real yeast effects or candi-sugar influence, leaving this incredibly flat. And did I mention sweet?

Mouthfeel is silky its remarkable, but lacks the tartness I crave in Belgian beers.

I suppose the drinkability is the best thing happening here in that this goes down (fairly) well for an off-style 8% beer, but still, come on. I always buy American-made Belgian beers and end up regretting it. 4

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Photo of marcobrau
4.24/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This bottle of Goose Island Demoltion is poured into a tulip-shaped glass, which seems to emphasize the creation of a beautiful, thick, white head of foam on top of a hazy straw-colored ale. The head falls slowly, leaving a fairly thick coating of lacework behind on the sides of the glass. I move in to take a sniff and find a delicate aroma suggesting fresh cut hay. An extra few swirls of the glass reveals a subtle graininess, too.

I'm struck by the light mouthfeel and very light crisp pilsner malt flavor mixed with a spicy, herbal hop character. All of this suggests high drinkability, but just a touch of warming alcohol in the lightly peppery, dry finish is a faint reminder of the strength of this brew - despite the light, dry, "airy" character of this beer, it is rather strong.

I like this quite a bit. I've had it at the Clybourn brewpub before and the bottled version is just as good (if note better) than what I recall tasting on draft. The dryness of this brew makes it dangerously drinkable and very easy to drink; the light spicy-peppery hops keep it interesting and make for a very refreshing brew - especially during the summer. I will certainly be picking up some more of this next time I see it.

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Photo of tpd975
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a nice amber color with a huge head. The head dies down and leaves behind a good bit of lacing.

S: Sweet malty aroma with hints of citrus fruits such as orange and lemon.

T: Nice. This is a hoppy Belgian brew. Starts off with a nice bready yeasty malty taste. Hints of orange, coriander, and grapefruit peel then come thru. Nice complex brew. One of Goose Island's best.

M: Medium bodied with a hint of bubbles.

D: Went down easy with a nice lobster dinner. Passed over a 4 pack at the liquor store. Probably should have picked it up.

Overall: Very nice brew by Goose Island. The liquor store had three different varieties of these small batch brews in stock, but I bypassed them. I had this one at a restaurant over dinner and really enjoyed it. Very good brew that should be tried by all.

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Photo of zeff80
3.94/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out aburgandy color with a small, short-lived, white head. It left small traces of lace.

S - It smelled of dried fruits, malt and yeast.

T - It had a bittersweet taste with a strong maltiness. The dried fuit taste was apple-like and it had a spice kick.

M - It was crisp and smooth with a warming presence. It is a medium-bodied beer.

D - A pretty good Belgian style ale. Nothing amazing but certainly drinkable.

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Photo of bort11
3.97/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip. Light colored sticky head that leaves an attractive lace on the glass. Color is hazy unfiltered wheat in appearance.
Smell has a grapefruit citrus hops flavor. Really smells like an APA blended with a Belgium yeast. Tastes does not have the hops flavor that is in the smell. It is more biscuity and yeasty.
Mouthfeel is pretty light and on the verge of watery. That part is pretty disappointing. This is a little bit too pricey and not enough delivery

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