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Issaquah Ménage À Frog - Rogue Ales

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Reviews: 40
Hads: 84
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 13.13%
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
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Reviews: 40 | Hads: 84
Photo of MuddyFeet
3.35/5  rDev -6.4%
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. (359 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
3.6/5  rDev +0.6%
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. (968 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.65/5  rDev +2%
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. (1,824 characters)

Photo of John_M
4.12/5  rDev +15.1%
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.... (783 characters)

Photo of Brianmerrilyn
4.53/5  rDev +26.5%
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. (555 characters)

Photo of younger35
3.11/5  rDev -13.1%
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. (1,200 characters)

Photo of barefootbrewer
4.05/5  rDev +13.1%
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. (356 characters)

Photo of khiasmus
4.08/5  rDev +14%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (778 characters)

Photo of atsprings
3/5  rDev -16.2%
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. (622 characters)

Photo of MaltyGoodness
3.06/5  rDev -14.5%
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. (717 characters)

Photo of ccrida
2.75/5  rDev -23.2%
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. (1,170 characters)

Photo of rayjay
4.69/5  rDev +31%
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! (1,035 characters)

Photo of weeare138
2.68/5  rDev -25.1%
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. (901 characters)

Photo of rallison
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%
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. (654 characters)

Photo of
3.47/5  rDev -3.1%
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... (1,194 characters)

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Issaquah Ménage À Frog from Rogue Ales
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