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Issaquah Ménage À Frog - Rogue Ales

Issaquah Ménage À FrogIssaquah Ménage À Frog

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74 Ratings
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Ratings: 74
Reviews: 40
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 14.48%


Brewed by:
Rogue Ales visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
Tripel |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
5 Ingredients:
Malts: Pilsner.
Hops: Saaz.
Yeast & Water: Belgian Candi Sugar,
Water and Abbey Yeast.

22º PLATO
30 IBU
80 AA
16º Lovibond

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thagr81us

South Carolina

3.79/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Served from bottle into Mikkeller taster flute. Poured hazy golden yellow with minimal white head. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, fruit, wood, caramel, earth, and subtle earth hop. The flavor was of sweet malt, fruit, wood, earth, dark fruit, caramel, fruit hop, and subtle sweet alcohol. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a pretty decent brew. There was quite a bit going on in this one if I'm honest. Fairly complex and very refreshing throughout the glass. Nice notes going on for the style. Really glad I got the chance to try this one and suggest that you do the same.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2013 01:27:10 | More by thagr81us
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TMoney2591

Illinois

2.8/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in a Tripel Karmeliet tulip glass (the big one).

Yeah, I bought this because of the name alone. *sigh* Oh well... Anyway, this stuff pours a lightly hazy golden-straw topped by a short finger of lightly cream-white foam. The nose comprises banana Belgian candi sugar, light clove, and sourdough. The taste brings in more of the same, with the bread really coming through powerfully. Beneath that layer lies one of straight candy sweetness laced with a touch of booze. Then comes a brief bit of Belgian spiciness before the other two layers return with a vengeance. The body is a light-leaning medium, with a moderate carbonation and a drying finish. Overall, a pretty sad tripel, one that definitely skimps on the Belgian characteristics that make the style shine. I big disappointment, especially for the nearly $15 I paid for this bottle...

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2012 16:28:54 | More by TMoney2591
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lacqueredmouse

Australia

4.2/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Last beer I had on-tap at Rogue's brewery in Newport OR during a recent visit.

Pours a lovely pure yellow colour, with a firm but translucent haze. Head is white, persistent and huge, although it leaves no lacing whatsoever as it falls. Carbonation is powdery when the glass is tilted. Looks good.

Big Belgian characters on the nose: buttered bread, baked beans, roundness. It's smooth, but sharp and pleasant. Awesomely traditional and very, very good.

Light buttery characters on the front, before moving into some smooth organics. Hint of floral notes (perhaps lavender) before a dry, phenolic finish. It's light but rather biting on the end, but leaves no ringing residuals on the aftertaste. Feel is smooth but light.

Overall, this is a very tasty brew, and a really good tripel. I'll admit, I wasn't expecting all that much: I find it rare to get a non-Belgian tripel that's really worthy of the style, but this is pretty damn good.

Serving type: on-tap

07-23-2012 06:26:21 | More by lacqueredmouse
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OWSLEY069

Pennsylvania

2.9/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a hazy orange-ish to yellow with a little white to no head. In the aroma, banana and a small candy sugar. In the taste, banana, small candy sugar, and a small alcohol like taste. A small alcohol bite and a medium bodied mouthfeel, with a small dryness and light candy sugar in the aftertaste. Dry banana and a small alcohol taste, EH! Quite basic.

Serving type: on-tap

02-07-2012 14:38:10 | More by OWSLEY069
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Issaquah Ménage À Frog

Rogue Ales

Pours a dark golden color with a small, short livid white head and no lacing. Aromas of estery Belgian abbey yeast, with lots of fruit, bubblegum, banana and bready notes. In the taste, more fruity notes, (pear, apple, banana) and some sweet bubblegum notes. Very faint herbal hop character and low bitterness. Mostly sweet, with bubblegum and fruity esters sticking out. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a nice carbonation sting. Finishes relatively clean with some lingering sweetness. Overall, a pretty nice American interpretation of a Belgian Tripel. Fruity, somewhat sweet, and pretty tasty.

Serving type: on-tap

01-30-2012 19:40:11 | More by Stinkypuss
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BeerNemesis

New York

3.78/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Issaquah Ménage À Frog | 750 ml. | 9.0% ABV | 2011

Brewer: Rogue Ales
Style: Tripel
Glass: Oversize wine glass

Ingredients: Pilsner malt, Saaz hops, Belgian candi sugar, water, abbey yeast

22° plato
30 IBU

Appearance:
Deep honey-yellow with a wispy and receding alabaster crown.

Aroma:
Fruity, playful and sweet.

Taste:
Pears, lemons, and peaches. Lightly roasted malts balance things out. Actually I'm quite pleased by the taste. It's sweeter and fruitier than most Belgian tripels, but it seems to work well. What it lacks in complexity it makes up in boldness of flavor.

Mouthfeel:
Light, almost ephemeral for a tripel. I somehow wish it were a little more substantial.

Harmony:
Nice and chock full of flavor, but not a classic.

Would I get it again?:
Maybe. There are a lot of good tripels out there. This one stands out in fruitiness.

Bottled: ?
Served: July 11, 2011

Price = $10.99

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2011 23:37:18 | More by BeerNemesis
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DoubleJ

California

3.38/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Rogue Public House in San Fran. Poured into a tall hexagonal glass, on to the beer:

The color is orangish yellow with a little haze in the body. There's a good head sitting on top which performs well in both retention and lacing. The nose is nothing really special, only a big blow of sugary bubblegum.

Here we go again with the bubblegum. I taste its dominance. There are notes of apple which attempt to break up the stronghold. Alcohol insertion is passble; there is stll some alchol present in the form of sugary alcohol. Carbonation is very low, which was dissapointing.

Collaborations are fun, this result wasn't as much fun as the name. A decent tripel is what you'll get here; don't expect a true to style masterpiece.

Serving type: on-tap

04-04-2011 04:20:14 | More by DoubleJ
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mexikrainian

Ohio

3.28/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

720ml poured into an Ommegang chalice.

Appearance: hazy golden orange with no head or lacing.

Aroma: citrus, reminiscent of cider, apple and hint of cherries.

Flavor: citrusy and sweet that lacks malts, Belgian spices and dry finish.

Mouthfeel: syrupy medium body with no carbonation.

Overall impression: no hiding the booze on this guy. poor attempt at a tripel.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2011 01:53:17 | More by mexikrainian
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barleywinefiend

Washington

3.15/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Poured a crystal clear golden color with good carbonation leaving a nice white head

S: Bubblegum, candy sugar mainly

T: Some light fruits, candy, bubblegum and pretty simple

M: Nice bubblegum, well carbonated, booze and fruits

D: Its ok. An average Tripel.

Serving type: on-tap

11-23-2010 00:43:25 | More by barleywinefiend
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CampusCrew

Florida

3.73/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

had this at the huge kickbacks dinner in Jacksonville, FL. I took some notes but mostly doing this from memory.
Appearance: cloudy golden and nice lacing
Smell: typical belgian yeats banana, spice
Taste: bubblegum, spices, very complex. not a fan of the style but a well made beer.

Serving type: on-tap

08-17-2010 17:56:34 | More by CampusCrew
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oberon

North Carolina

3.33/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip glass a hazed goden with a deep orange hue, thinner than expected white head atop.Belgian yeast in the nose along with some candied ginger,some lemon seems to come through after awhile as well.I found the flavors to be one dimensional in the phenolic clove/spice department,a bit medicinal but not really any complexity in my opinion.Eh its not horrible it just lacks alot of dimension.

Serving type: on-tap

04-19-2010 21:38:36 | More by oberon
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Ghenna

California

3.4/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy straw with ~1.5 finger head into a pint glass. Smells, actually, like a yeasty bud. Yeast, esters in flavor. Full bodied mouthfeel.

Not my favorite beer, and a lot less than I expected. Exceptionally unexceptional, especially given the price.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2010 06:25:56 | More by Ghenna
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mdwalsh

Iowa

3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got as a Christmas gift from my boss.

A: Cloudy, pale orange/yellow with a one finger white head of small bubbles. There's a little bit of lacing, but not much.

S: Slightly sour in the nose, but plenty hoppy. Citrusy spicy hops.

T: Again, sour. I get ginger, orange and some other spices though too. Not much for malt, but it's there as much as is needed. Now that I read the label, Saaz hops make sense.

M: Light and airy, not much body at all. Too little body for me in a tripel or most anything.

D: Not offensive or overwhelming at all. A good sessioning beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2010 17:16:56 | More by mdwalsh
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david18

New York

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this beer with my sister and brother in law at the Rogue Public House. I had the I2PA and he had this beer. As i've said in previous emails I don't like the glassware there and the quantities are kind of odd. However, this beer is pretty good for a Trippel and I would look forward to having it in the correct glassware in the right circumstances.

Serving type: on-tap

12-28-2009 23:32:48 | More by david18
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magictrokini

California

3.78/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tap @ Rogue Ale House SF. Poured clear gold with a short white head. Some lacing in tulip glass. Tangy, sweet aroma with lots of clove, pear, white apples, and alcohol. Touch of Christmas spices. Taste was much better. Clean, popping flavor. Spice up front with the frutier notes in the background. Alcoholic overtone strengthens as the beer progresses. Enhanced flavors with a highly carbonated body. It was good, but tended to build up in stickiness as you drank.

Serving type: on-tap

11-20-2009 18:23:36 | More by magictrokini
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BARFLYB

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at Union Jacks (glenside) in a wide mouth glass.

A- Menage A Frog came to me a hazy golden color with just a skim of white bubbles scattered around. The foam tried to stick to the glass but failed.

S- This frog had scents of belgian yeast with a lot of alcohol detected. Besides that flaw some fruits abound with apple and pear. Some sugar in there as well. Some hops are dying to be smelled but dont shine.

T- Well this is certainly fruity as expected. The apple jumps out at you plus some tropical flavors slipping through. A slight bitterness from the hops come through from the saaz variety and some light clove. The downside is the hot alcohol that is right there.

M- Hot and fruity. Menage otherwise has a medium build with some carbonation felt. A bit ruff around the edges while this could be more smooth and/or creamy. Warming did not seem to help.

D- I got through this but this version of a tripel is not a strong contender. If maybe less alcohol shined through and a bigger fruit variety theen we may be sitting pretty. Im glad I gave it a whirl though.

Serving type: on-tap

04-04-2009 04:19:34 | More by BARFLYB
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Floydster

California

3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle acquired as an extra in one of my first trades some time ago, split with Scott last night, poured into my Duvel tulip glass, color is a golden orange with yellow highlights, decent white bubbly head, not much retention, small amount of lacing, aroma is sweet apples, creamy lactose, vanilla, various candied fruits, brown sugar, and Belgian yeast, taste starts off rather fruity but there is also a mild spice component, sugar and malt in the middle, finish has a little booze and over the top sweetness at times, sweet and cloying mouthfeel, thin to medium body, strong level of carbonation, could drink this bottle probably over a good amount of time, rather sweet even for its style, can be filling, especially once it warms up, this stuff was around fifteen bucks a bottle I think and not worth that money but still a good tripel, would drink again if I did not have to fork over that dough, recommended

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2009 05:22:04 | More by Floydster
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PittBeerGirl

Pennsylvania

3.73/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle poured into my Chimay chalice.

A- Body is a nearly transparent golden yellow. An aggressive pour still produces absolutely no head on this one. Cloudiness is rather thin and dynamic with the slight fogginess whirling about in the brew.

S- Nose is very mild. Sweet apple and pear come through first then a big whiff of phenols joins it. Not much else to it.

T-Fruits like white grape, apple, and pear come through first with a background of bready yeast and sugary sweetness. A bit of an alcohol bitterness and burn comes through for the finish but nothing overwhelming. The flavor is simple but enjoyable.

M- Low to medium carbonation and mouthfeel that is a bit thinner than I prefer.

D- I found this to be a rather enjoyable brew. Its a bit on the sweet side and is pretty simple but still very likable. ABV is detectable but not overpowering.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2008 00:00:53 | More by PittBeerGirl
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largadeer

California

4.15/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is a 2 year old bottle, purchased around this time in 2006 and then promptly forgotten about in the fridge at my parents' place, where it has remained unmolested - until today, that is. The bottle is waxed, capped AND corked, which probably means that it has held up just fine. Let's find out.

Appearance: Startlingly clear for a bottle conditioned ale, bright and golden in color, with a fluffy two finger head. Fine bubbles can be seen streaming to the surface, sustaining the head and providing plenty of stickage as the glass drains. This is as good as it gets for the style, as far as I'm concerned.

Smell: After the glorious pour, the aroma is a bit of a let down. That isn't to say that it's bad, but it is lacking in boldness. Green apple skin is the first thing that comes to mind, coupled with subtle notes of clove and white pepper.

Taste & mouthfeel: I've had this on draft a couple of times over the years and found it to be too sweet for my tastes, so I was fully expecting this to be a difficult bottle to finish - not so. In contrast, the bottled version is crisp, crackery and dry, exactly the way I like my tripels. I also have to note my love for the recipe, which is printed on the side of the bottle: pilsner malt, saaz hops, candi sugar, Trappist ale yeast (it doesn't specify which monastery, but I'm guessing Westmalle) and water. How beautifully simple, a quality that most American breweries don't seem to grasp when it comes to Belgian style beers. Most, if not all of the great Trappist ales are made with bare-bones recipes and let the yeast do the talking, no need for 5 different varieties of malt. There's a touch of bubblegum, clove and lemon peel in here, along with a pleasant husky grain-like quality in he finish, but on the whole this is fairly clean and crisp, somewhat of a mix of Duvel and Westmalle Tripel. While hardly sweet upon first hitting the palate, the sheer dryness of the finish is downright impressive, and given the age of the bottle, it still has a firm bitterness. I wish every Belgian beer had a mouthfeel like this.

Notes: I regret that I didn't save this for Thanksgiving dinner tomorrow, this would be an unbelievable food beer, especially paired with savory turkey gravy and tart cranberry sauce. And now I'm curious to try a fresh bottle to see how it stacks up against this aged one. I can't really imagine it being better fresh, though.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2008 09:17:38 | More by largadeer
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Haybeerman

Colorado

3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Hazy gold color with orange highlights. Poured a 1 finger thin head with good retention. Laced in thin rings

S: Sweet fruits, citrus and a hint of spice.

T: Sweet and malty with some spice flavors.

M: Medium body with a thin mouthfeel. Balanced carbonation.

D: Balanced and smooth. Delightful to drink, but the abv is a limiting.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2008 00:28:32 | More by Haybeerman
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nrbw23

Ohio

3.3/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a hazy lighter golden amber. Huge white head leaves tons of lacing. Also could see some floaters in the brew.

S- Smells of yeast, malts, some funk and a fruity smell (which I think is apples) not to bad though.

T- Taste is a little funky, sweet and a touch of sourness. I could also just barely pick up some alcohol.

M- Light to medium in body and low in carbonation.

D- Not too bad at all just not one of my favorites or something that I'd go out and search for.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2008 01:31:00 | More by nrbw23
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Billolick

New York

4.03/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This stuff was on tap at New Beer in NYC this week. (They called it Rogue Menage) The growler has been in my fridge for about 24 hours. Pours cloudy lighter apricot, nice looking tight bubble head, decent retention then a nice crop of fine lace. Belgian yeasty, fruity nose, muted tropical life savers come to mind. Pleasant, soft and easy drinking. alcohol well hidden. Notes of more ripe/tropical fruit. Sweet and yeasty. packing a nice punch @ 9%, Rogue flexing their Belgian muscles and showing their versatility and willing to brew all types of styles. Nice stuff, very enjoyable, easy drinking and heady stuff...happy to try on tap/growler...and under $10 for 1/2 gallon, gotta love New Beer...

Serving type: growler

10-09-2008 23:32:27 | More by Billolick
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elniko

Texas

3.9/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at Rogue Brewery Brewers on the Bay in Newport in tulip style Belgian glass.

A: Golden amber with large amounts of lacing and carbonation.

S: Strong amount of sweetness on the nose

T & M: This is a quite sweet beer, the alcohol is quite apparent and just slightly overwhelms the brew. Mouthfeel is pleasant.

D: This beer is solid but I don't know if I could drink more than one due to the slightly overwhelming alcohol. Beer is just slightly off-balance from being an outstanding Belgian example.

Serving type: on-tap

07-22-2008 20:12:33 | More by elniko
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brewdlyhooked13

Ohio

4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - pours a deep golden with a light, white powdery head. Not much for this world, it's down to a spotty cover in 30 seconds. A little glass tipping shows some decent lacing power given the chance. Pleasant bead off the SA glass etching.

Aroma - I pick up the yeast and certainly the abv presence, along with a vague fruitiness. Nice enough and to style.

Taste - though there is a nice sweetness up front, this is a drier tripel. As such, it has predominant wine characteristics - fruity. dry, a woody flavor mid-palate that could be the candi sugar combined with the yeast. A very nice drink. The candi sugar is about the only thing that really reminds me of past beers; this could probably be passed off for wine to some. I like it. The finish is dry, slightly sweet.

Mouthfeel - moderate to slightly thin body, carbonation is there but not intrusive. Again, adding to the whole wine theme...

Drinkability - while an elegant drink for fine dining, it's also quite good at keeping me company while I play Lego Indiana Jones. ;-)

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2008 17:57:57 | More by brewdlyhooked13
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mynie

Indiana

3/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750ml bottle very reasonably priced at John's Grocery.

Bottle is waxed, caped, and corked. Little excessive. The cork was soggy and I got really worried but it seems fine, I think.

Pours alright for the style. Maybe a bit limp but still pretty in a way, like a girl with an extra arm. Uneven shades of gold are topped by a small but determined white head.

Smells light. Lightness dominates, actually. A little bit of funky yeast--is this supposed to be sour? The lightest nodes of Belgiany spice. This is a mess, but it's a mess of things that are pleasant.

Tastes like it smells only a bit more firm. The yeast bashes against the malt and there's some kind of profile in there but there sure as hell ain't any balance. All your regular malt flavors are there. Thre's a couple unpleasantly funky nodes but they are minor and drown out by everything else. Still, wow what a mess.

Jeez between this and the Festivale I really think Rogue should give up on making any beers with any yeast that ain't called pacman. This is drinkable, and I'm not upset that I bought it or anything. But I also kind of wish I had just opened another moosehead.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2008 06:37:26 | More by mynie
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Issaquah Ménage À Frog from Rogue Ales
83 out of 100 based on 74 ratings.