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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: 5
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
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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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Photo of mdwalsh
3.85/5  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.

mdwalsh, Jan 06, 2010
Photo of david18
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

david18, Dec 28, 2009
Photo of magictrokini
3.78/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

magictrokini, Nov 20, 2009
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
Photo of Floydster
3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle acquired as an extra in one of my first trades some time ago, split with Scott last night, poured into my Duvel tulip glass, color is a golden orange with yellow highlights, decent white bubbly head, not much retention, small amount of lacing, aroma is sweet apples, creamy lactose, vanilla, various candied fruits, brown sugar, and Belgian yeast, taste starts off rather fruity but there is also a mild spice component, sugar and malt in the middle, finish has a little booze and over the top sweetness at times, sweet and cloying mouthfeel, thin to medium body, strong level of carbonation, could drink this bottle probably over a good amount of time, rather sweet even for its style, can be filling, especially once it warms up, this stuff was around fifteen bucks a bottle I think and not worth that money but still a good tripel, would drink again if I did not have to fork over that dough, recommended

Floydster, Mar 01, 2009
Photo of PittBeerGirl
3.73/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle poured into my Chimay chalice.

A- Body is a nearly transparent golden yellow. An aggressive pour still produces absolutely no head on this one. Cloudiness is rather thin and dynamic with the slight fogginess whirling about in the brew.

S- Nose is very mild. Sweet apple and pear come through first then a big whiff of phenols joins it. Not much else to it.

T-Fruits like white grape, apple, and pear come through first with a background of bready yeast and sugary sweetness. A bit of an alcohol bitterness and burn comes through for the finish but nothing overwhelming. The flavor is simple but enjoyable.

M- Low to medium carbonation and mouthfeel that is a bit thinner than I prefer.

D- I found this to be a rather enjoyable brew. Its a bit on the sweet side and is pretty simple but still very likable. ABV is detectable but not overpowering.

PittBeerGirl, Dec 02, 2008
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 Haybeerman
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 nrbw23
3.3/5  rDev -9.8%
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.

nrbw23, Oct 27, 2008
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 elniko
3.9/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

elniko, Jul 22, 2008
Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4/5  rDev +9.3%
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. ;-)

brewdlyhooked13, Jul 19, 2008
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
Photo of MuddyFeet
3.33/5  rDev -9%
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.

MuddyFeet, Apr 16, 2008
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 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 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 Brianmerrilyn
4.58/5  rDev +25.1%
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.

Brianmerrilyn, Sep 13, 2007
Photo of younger35
3.1/5  rDev -15.3%
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.

younger35, Sep 06, 2007
Photo of barefootbrewer
4.1/5  rDev +12%
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.

barefootbrewer, Jun 07, 2007
Photo of khiasmus
4.13/5  rDev +12.8%
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.

khiasmus, Jun 07, 2007
Photo of atsprings
2.98/5  rDev -18.6%
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.

atsprings, May 21, 2007
Photo of MaltyGoodness
3.05/5  rDev -16.7%
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.

MaltyGoodness, Apr 12, 2007
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
Photo of rayjay
4.68/5  rDev +27.9%
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!

rayjay, Feb 22, 2007
Issaquah Ménage À Frog from Rogue Ales
83 out of 100 based on 78 ratings.