Issaquah Ménage À Frog - Rogue Ales
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4.68/5 rDev +28.2%
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!
02-22-2007 08:15:36 | More by rayjay
4.58/5 rDev +25.5%
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.
09-13-2007 18:09:19 | More by Brianmerrilyn
4.2/5 rDev +15.1%
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.
07-23-2012 06:26:21 | More by lacqueredmouse
4.15/5 rDev +13.7%
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.
11-27-2008 09:17:38 | More by largadeer
4.13/5 rDev +13.2%
A- The only thing that's right to guidelines is the color. It's golden. Other than that, there's no head at all, no lacing, it's hazy, and has bits of sediment in it.
S- When it was cold, there was a strong sour aroma, but as it warms, the sourness fades. Ends up peppery, Some fruity, citrus esters, and honey-like sweet malt.
T- Malty up front, fading to some spice, pepper, faint pine, citrus. Slight phenolic bitterness, especially at the end.
M- Medium body with low carbonation. Very smooth, and a dry, slightly warming finish married to a honey-like lingering smoothness.
D- The appearance and first impression of the nose was disheartening, but as it warmed, the nose grew better, and the beer overall ended up being very enjoyable. I'd buy another bottle.
06-07-2007 00:53:35 | More by khiasmus
4.1/5 rDev +12.3%
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.
06-07-2007 20:53:39 | More by barefootbrewer
4.1/5 rDev +12.3%
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....
02-23-2008 21:13:33 | More by John_M
4.03/5 rDev +10.4%
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...
10-09-2008 23:32:27 | More by Billolick
4/5 rDev +9.6%
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. ;-)
07-19-2008 17:57:57 | More by brewdlyhooked13
3.9/5 rDev +6.8%
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.
07-22-2008 20:12:33 | More by elniko
3.88/5 rDev +6.3%
Issaquah Ménage À Frog
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.
01-30-2012 19:40:11 | More by Stinkypuss
3.85/5 rDev +5.5%
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.
01-06-2010 17:16:56 | More by mdwalsh
3.79/5 rDev +3.8%
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.
01-27-2013 01:27:10 | More by thagr81us
3.78/5 rDev +3.6%
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.
11-20-2009 18:23:36 | More by magictrokini
3.78/5 rDev +3.6%
Issaquah Ménage À Frog | 750 ml. | 9.0% ABV | 2011
Brewer: Rogue Ales
Glass: Oversize wine glass
Ingredients: Pilsner malt, Saaz hops, Belgian candi sugar, water, abbey yeast
Deep honey-yellow with a wispy and receding alabaster crown.
Fruity, playful and sweet.
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.
Light, almost ephemeral for a tripel. I somehow wish it were a little more substantial.
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.
Served: July 11, 2011
Price = $10.99
07-12-2011 23:37:18 | More by BeerNemesis
Issaquah Ménage À Frog from Rogue Ales
83 out of 100 based on 77 ratings.