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Issaquah Ménage À Frog - Rogue Ales

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Issaquah Ménage À FrogIssaquah Ménage À Frog

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77 Ratings
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Ratings: 77
Reviews: 40
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 14.52%
Wants: 5
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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

(Beer added by: on 01-02-2007)
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weeare138

Pennsylvania

2.65/5  rDev -27.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2007 22:23:30 | More by weeare138
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ccrida

Oregon

2.73/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Served on draft at the Rogue public house in Portland in their XS goblet, the Menage A Frog was a slightly hazy, burnt straw colored, with a pretty thin white head and not much lace.
The aroma is pretty moderate, not bad but nothing special, more fruity and sweet then the yeasty spiciness I like in other trippels.
Taste is also pretty sweet and citrus, but there was definitely something about it that was just a bit off. Not in a wild yeast funk kind of way, that would have been welcomed (and probably cut the sugar), but a distinct taste that I couldn't place, almost like a skunky macro lager. I actually noticed the same thing in their Imperial Pilsner, which was another disappointment. Not sure if is something in their lines that only comes through in their more subtle beers, or something with how they make their strong pales. Anyways, not my cup of tea, I don't drink micros to be reminded of skunked macro.
The mouthfeel was fine, medium body and effervescence, but not enough attenuation.
The drinkability on this was low for me. I am a big fan of Belgian Trippels, and as with most US versions of the style, the Menage A Frog just doesn't cut it.

Serving type: on-tap

03-13-2007 19:56:35 | More by ccrida
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DOCRW

Washington

2.75/5  rDev -24.7%

05-18-2014 03:28:47 | More by DOCRW
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appetiteforparis

Colorado

2.75/5  rDev -24.7%

01-17-2013 00:10:25 | More by appetiteforparis
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TMoney2591

Illinois

2.8/5  rDev -23.3%
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...

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2012 16:28:54 | More by TMoney2591
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OWSLEY069

Pennsylvania

2.9/5  rDev -20.5%
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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atsprings

North Carolina

2.98/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

After enjoying my sample at the Raleigh World Beer Fest I was excited to buy and enjoy a bottle. The beer poured a slightly hazy pale orange with a thin head that diminished to nothing and left no lacing. The aroma was of sweet malts and some yeast, but nothing compared to what I expect in a Tripel, it also losses a lot over time. The taste was decent at first, but lost a lot as it warms, which is obviously not supposed to happen. There was a decent spice to the beer, but nothing great. The beer was rather heavy and only got more so as it warmed. The alcohol was very present. This one ended up being a big let down.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2007 17:03:46 | More by atsprings
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TasteTester

Ohio

3/5  rDev -17.8%

12-17-2011 02:05:06 | More by TasteTester
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towlea25

Washington

3/5  rDev -17.8%

01-07-2012 18:30:37 | More by towlea25
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mynie

Indiana

3/5  rDev -17.8%
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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MaltyGoodness

Pennsylvania

3.05/5  rDev -16.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2007 02:09:49 | More by MaltyGoodness
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younger35

Minnesota

3.1/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Drank this big guy at Rogue’s Public House in Newport, Oregon on September 1st. Had on tap and sipped it from a Rogue XS chalice.

Appearance- Poured a beautiful golden yellow with a small white head that leaves an awesome collar. Nice gentle carbonation adds to the splendor.
Smell- Definitely a mix between American and Belgium. Gentle spicy yeast aroma that sits nicely with the flowery perfumed hops. There was also more of a caramel/toffeeness to this beer than I would normally expect from a tripel. Also very boozy. The alcohol isn’t covered well.
Taste- Starts very sweet and malty. A little spice shows up after a few moments but has a very butterscotch taste. Also has a very citrus sourness that is reminiscent of lemon that stays on the back of the tongue. The alcohol also is very prominent. So much so I would have guessed this beer was way over 9%.
Mouthfeel- Very heavy body with a medium to light carbonation. Lot’s of warming from the alcohol.
Drinkability- Although this beer isn’t bad per say, it’s just not what I would seek out if I was looking for a Belgium. I’d probably have another if I ran into it on tap again but probably wouldn’t pay the $14 for an entire bottle.

Serving type: on-tap

09-06-2007 20:59:13 | More by younger35
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barleywinefiend

Washington

3.15/5  rDev -13.7%
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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jaydoc

Kansas

3.25/5  rDev -11%

08-31-2013 04:07:03 | More by jaydoc
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crobinso

Colorado

3.25/5  rDev -11%

06-01-2012 02:40:45 | More by crobinso
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vkv822

Oregon

3.25/5  rDev -11%

12-10-2013 09:44:30 | More by vkv822
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chugamugofsud

Oregon

3.25/5  rDev -11%

02-21-2013 00:25:21 | More by chugamugofsud
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Mebuzzard

Colorado

3.25/5  rDev -11%

07-13-2013 22:34:25 | More by Mebuzzard
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BARFLYB

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -11%
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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mexikrainian

Ohio

3.28/5  rDev -10.1%
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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nrbw23

Ohio

3.3/5  rDev -9.6%
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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oberon

North Carolina

3.33/5  rDev -8.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

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

North Carolina

3.33/5  rDev -8.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-16-2008 19:44:55 | More by MuddyFeet
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DoubleJ

California

3.38/5  rDev -7.4%
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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Ghenna

California

3.4/5  rDev -6.8%
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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Issaquah Ménage À Frog from Rogue Ales
83 out of 100 based on 77 ratings.