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Issaquah Ménage À Frog - Rogue Ales

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78 Ratings
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Ratings: 78
Reviews: 40
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 14.48%
Wants: 7
Gots: 2 | 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

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

t0rin0, Dec 26, 2012
Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev +9.3%

djrn2, Dec 10, 2011
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Lemon rind with the faintest blush of orange imaginable. The liquid contains a mild yeasty haze, several streams of slow moving bubbles and one tiny piece of cork. After extracting a larger chunk of cork from the head, I see that it's a beauty. The sticky foam is alabaster in color (verging on beige) and *almost* looks authentically Belgian.

At least Menage doesn't smell like cork. It smells like a pretty good Belgian-style tripel that is long on fruit, medium on Saaz hops and short on clove. If the partial cork disintegration was due to improper shortage (bottle on its side) or age, it sure doesn't smell like old or oxidized beer.

Rogue gave this one the old college try, but they missed the mark. Not horribly so, barely so. Frog's biggest problem is that it's too sour. Tripels can be sweet and they can even be bitter in some cases, but sour doesn't cut it.

Flavor profile positives include fruit (pears good, lemons not good), a sweet grassiness, a believable Trappist yeastiness and an alcohol presence that tastes at least two pecentage points lower than advertised. Negatives include a lack of depth and complexity, as well as the aforementioned tartness. Again, they didn't miss by much.

The mouthfeel is a bit too light and isn't expansive or creamy in the least. It was probably too much to expect a brewer of big (and some not so big) American ales to recreate the fluffiness of a well-crafted Belgian tripel, but that's what this offering needs if it wants to play in the big leagues.

Rogue/Issaquah Menage A Frog, with its silk-screened bottle and its red wax-dipped top, is impressively packaged. Too bad what's inside that bottle isn't as impressive. Given the handful of great Belgian tripels that are available (even in the beer wasteland known as Iowa), I see no reason to buy this one again.

BuckeyeNation, Mar 13, 2008
Photo of jaydoc
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

jaydoc, Aug 31, 2013
Photo of mikesgroove
3.6/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

mikesgroove, Apr 05, 2008
Photo of Knapp85
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Knapp85, Mar 28, 2013
Photo of oberon
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.

oberon, Apr 19, 2010
Photo of largadeer
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.

largadeer, Nov 27, 2008
Photo of TMoney2591
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...

TMoney2591, Oct 31, 2012
Photo of weeare138
2.65/5  rDev -27.6%
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.

weeare138, Feb 13, 2007
Photo of Billolick
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...

Billolick, Oct 10, 2008
Photo of lacqueredmouse
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.

lacqueredmouse, Jul 23, 2012
Photo of barleywinefiend
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.

barleywinefiend, Nov 23, 2010
Photo of ejimhof
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

ejimhof, Jan 29, 2012
Photo of DoubleJ
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.

DoubleJ, Apr 04, 2011
Photo of BARFLYB
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.

BARFLYB, Apr 04, 2009
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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

afsdan, May 22, 2014
Photo of Stinkypuss
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.

Stinkypuss, Jan 30, 2012
Photo of Mebuzzard
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

Mebuzzard, Jul 13, 2013
Photo of John_M
4.1/5  rDev +12%
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....

John_M, Feb 23, 2008
Photo of ccrida
2.73/5  rDev -25.4%
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.

ccrida, Mar 13, 2007
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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.

Haybeerman, Nov 18, 2008
Photo of thagr81us
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.

thagr81us, Jan 27, 2013
Photo of OWSLEY069
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.

OWSLEY069, Feb 07, 2012
Photo of mynie
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.

mynie, Jul 16, 2008
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Issaquah Ménage À Frog from Rogue Ales
83 out of 100 based on 78 ratings.