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Issaquah Ménage À Frog - Rogue Ales

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Ratings: 80
Reviews: 40
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 15.11%
Wants: 9
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
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Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
Tripel |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: on 01-02-2007

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

22º PLATO
30 IBU
80 AA
16º Lovibond
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 80 | Reviews: 40
Reviews by MuddyFeet:
Photo of MuddyFeet
3.35/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on-tap at the public house in San Francisco.

Poured a very clear gold color. Nose was very sugary and syrupy. Flavor was a bit overly sweet even for the style. Lots of candied sugars on the tongue. Found myself wishing there was something to balance off the sweetness. I was picking up some slight spices such as coriander and orange peel. Good beer.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.35/5  rDev -8%
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.

Photo of Billolick
4.03/5  rDev +10.7%
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...

Photo of magictrokini
3.75/5  rDev +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.

Photo of thagr81us
3.79/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

Photo of mikesgroove
3.6/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had a bottle of this one brought over last night for a try. i have heard mixed things regarding it, but for bottle apprearence alone it was nice. The pour was decent, a nice light golden amber with a small head of white on top. A decent amount of side glass lace and a touch of carbonation floating up toward the top.

The smell was a nice smattering of earthy fields of yeast and a touch of light floral hops. Nice cereal grains in the back as well. The flavor was decent, a little soft for a triple though. A ton of hops for the style with a light earthy feel to it. The overall feel of it was nice thlugh with more then adequate carbonation and a tight little profile. For 9% it was extremely drinkable and really the alcohol was completly undetectable.

Overall it was not bad, alothough I have had much better. Ended up using the rest of the bottle in the night ending blend, and that really brought out the hops for sure. Not bad, but there are better out there.

Photo of rallison
3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was a decent but not exceptional tripel. Color was light golden/straw color. While the flavor was there, it wasn't too varied and definitely was not delicate like the best of tripels. It was a bit syrupy for a tripel really. I guess, it was kind of like a tripel crossed with an old stock ale. Although not entirely successful. With that said, it was still good. It was easy enough to finish the bottle, and still enjoyable. It just doesn't get anywhere near a Westmalle for example. Recommended for a try if you don't have to spend too much. Otherwise, you're not missing too much.

Note: Bottle obtained from Rogue public house in San Francisco.

Photo of largadeer
4.14/5  rDev +13.7%
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.

Photo of barefootbrewer
4.05/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A – Hazy golden with a thin but retentive head.

S – Sweet and slightly sour. It is fruity with a hint of spice.

T – Sweet and malty with some spice flavor. This is a delicate beer – nicely done from Rogue.

M – Thin and carbonated. It seems appropriate for this brew.

D – This beer has good balance and is smooth. It is a delight to drink.

Photo of weeare138
2.68/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Much thanks to egajdzis for bringing this Tripel(one of my fav styles) per my request...
Cool looking 750 mL with a wax tipped cap.
Appears a very hazy orange gold with a 1 finger white head that slowly fades out. Streaky lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of citrus, yeast, light tartness, apple skin, some Belgian goodness...but a bit off key. Seems more like a wheat beer gone awry.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with tart apple skin, bubble gum...just really overkill on the esters with not a whole lot of anything else going on.
Mouthfeel is tart, acidic, apple-ish, yeasty, medium bodied, and infected.
Seems weird that they went through all the trouble to safe lock this beer with the cork, cap, and wax and it still tasted like wild yeast got into the mix and gave it a vinuous feel. Hmmm...I'd like to revisit this if they did it again and they supplied the sample of course.

Photo of david18
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

Photo of mdwalsh
3.83/5  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.

Photo of Ghenna
3.36/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

Photo of MaltyGoodness
3.06/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750ml bottle - corked, capped, and waxed

Pours a clear golden color with a small white head that vanishes. Minor speckled lacing on the glass.

Smells of pilsner malt and extremely fruity grapes. None of the Belgian spicy / yeasty smells I enjoy in a tripel. Very odd smelling.

Sweet pilsner malt taste upfront that becomes even sweeter as it becomes so extremely fruity - with a distinct taste of grapes. Finishes sweet and fruity - both of which linger.

Medium body, low carbonation.

Well, calling this beer a tripel is like French kissing your gandma - it's just plain wrong. This beer is not undrinkable, as the unusual taste is mildly amusing. But, if you're looking for a tripel - keep on looking.

Photo of OWSLEY069
2.9/5  rDev -20.3%
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.

Photo of TMoney2591
2.83/5  rDev -22.3%
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...

Photo of John_M
4.12/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

At Max's in Baltimore the other day...

The beer pours a golden honey color with decent head retention and sticky lacing. The nose is impressive. One gets some honey, but with melon, cherry, butter and some white pepper. The flavor profile replicates the nose, but is a bit drying on the finish. It adds to the complexity, but detracts from the drinkability IMO. There is also some bitterness on the finish which helps to cut through some of the sweetness. The beer is medium bodied and pretty smooth. For the most part, the abv. is pretty well disguised, but it starts to sneak up on you after a bit. The beer becomes increasingly warming and a bit tiring as I drink more and more of it.

All in all, a very nice beer from Rogue. One would be the most I could do of this however....

Photo of rayjay
4.69/5  rDev +28.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at the Rogue joint in San Francisco. The price tag on the bottle is quite a deterant, but on tap it's not so bad. Hazy and orange tinted, much like Saison Dupont.

Okay, this isn't a trippel in the traditional sense, but it's a great beer nonetheless. HUGE nose, bursting with ripe asian pears, concord grapes, light brandy, champagne, mmm smells delicious. More of the same in the taste department, although much more subtle. Finishes a little bit sweet and a little bit dry at the same time. Haze is detectable on the mouthfeel, but it's lifted by the sublime and busy carbonation. Flavors just keep barely hinting those sweet concord grapes.

Really great beer, highly recommended. We had it at during a tasting, as a sub when someone else's beer didn't arrive; it turned out to be the real show-stopper for me (and Chocolate Stout and Hopsickle were also in the lineup--that's saying something!) Avoid anticipating the traditional and enjoy this little gem. Pair with a fluffy cheese like a cheve and some fruit. Cheers!

Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4/5  rDev +9.9%
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. ;-)

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

Photo of Brianmerrilyn
4.53/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Upon recommendation from "Beer Ninja" as Issaquah Brew House in Issaquah Wash. Glad I listened to him before leaving.

A: clouldy gold

Aroma-Strong Belgian from the start, but the name should tell all geeks beforehand what your going to get. Noticed some organe or lemon and a spice perhaps pepper?

Taste-remained consistent till the very last. Fruitness let way to some tartness or perhaps that was my heartburn?

Drinkability-Only for the experienced beer drinker or someone who wants high ABV. Saison Dupont is better but it's not brewed within US.

Photo of
3.47/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle. Waxed, capped and corked.

Hazy gold color, a little more orange than true gold. Modest, rocky tan colored head. Decent legs and lacing.

Aroma was pure Belgian. Yeasty and earthy. After that, citrus dominated, primarily oranges. A bit of pepper and other spices made an appearance, but only in a supporting role.

Taste was primarily citrus, again oranges. This moderated some as the beer warmed, but never really left center stage. Some sweetness in middle, rather mild, sugar/bubblegum in character. Finish showed a bit of bitterness, grassy style.

Body was a bit more than light, but not quite medium. Carbonation seemed medium + to taste, but appearance was less so. Very muted cork pop, and a relatively small head compared to most other Belgians. Dry in finish.

Overall, other than high ABV (and Fantome hits that mark), seemed more like a saison than a tripel. Very easy to drink and a decent beer, but citrus character seemed too much. Tended to overpower other aspects of the beer. Worth a try, but at $14/750ml, there are better tripels and saisons. As a matter of fact, you could probably buy a big Chimay and a Saison DuPont for the same amount. Hhmmm...

Photo of BARFLYB
3.29/5  rDev -9.6%
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.

Photo of elniko
3.9/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

Photo of DoubleJ
3.36/5  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.

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Issaquah Ménage À Frog from Rogue Ales
83 out of 100 based on 80 ratings.