Issaquah Ménage À Frog - Rogue Ales

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79 Ratings
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Ratings: 79
Reviews: 40
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 15.38%
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

(Beer added by: on 01-02-2007)
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Photo of rayjay
4.68/5  rDev +28.6%
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!

Photo of weeare138
2.65/5  rDev -27.2%
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.

Photo of rallison
3.73/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

Photo of
3.43/5  rDev -5.8%
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...

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Issaquah Ménage À Frog from Rogue Ales
83 out of 100 based on 79 ratings.