In this beer blog, we are going to sample out one of two special high-end brews from Goose Island. The first one is The Ogden Belgian Style Tripel. This brew is named after the first mayor of Chicago. If you read my earlier beer blog posts on their beers, you know the history of this midwest craft brewery. If you have not, please, read them to get to know Goose Island. Let us get into this Tripel Ale.
This beer has a clear golden color with a white constant head on this tripel ale. The aroma has some tropical fruit notes. The taste has a tropical fruit notes with a slight hint of Belgian spice notes. The aftertaste has a dry hop to a tropical fruit finish. It is pretty drinkable.
Here is a description from the beer bottle:
We dry hopped our Belgian Style Tripel to balance spicy, tropical American hop flavors with an unique Belgian yeast, giving it a bold, move complex palate.
Here is a description from their website (www.gooseisland.com):
William Ogden opened Chicago’s first brewery. He was the city’s first mayor. And he added the North Brand channel to the Chicago River that created the island from which we take our name. Three good reasons why we gave our first-ever Belgian Style Tripel his name. We dry hopped The Ogden with American Citra® and Brewer’s Gold hops to add spicy, tropical flavors. Then we fermented it with a unique Belgian yeast to give it a bold, complex palate.
Style: Belgian Tripel
Alcohol by Volume: 9.0%
International Bitterness Units: 35
Hops: Brewer’s Gold, Citra, Saaz
Here is their website and twitter addresses:
Closing, as many of you know, I am a huge fan of this midwest craft brewery. They have one of my favorite IPA’s on the market. When I finally saw this hit the shelves in Michigan, I did not think twice. I was getting ready to trade to get at least a bottle of each of these newer beers from Goose Island. I picked up a few bottles of the The Ogden and The Illinois. I thought I would share my thoughts on these beers. I will start with The Ogden and you can find the other review today. I love the Belgian tripel style. I love the funkiest and the aroma to the taste profile that the hops kick off. Brett Porter and his staff did this one different and a twisted on this classic beer style. I believe they did a great job. I will be picking up more this brew. Go get some! Drink it! Enjoy it! Metal it! \m/
Bill DJ Weiser