Gulden Fraug Belgian Style Ale - Hoppin' Frog Brewery

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Ratings: 67
Reviews: 51
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 14.12%
Wants: 1
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Hoppin' Frog Brewery visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  10.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: becktone on 11-24-2006)
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Reviews by IBUnit63:
Photo of IBUnit63
4.05/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Surprisingly wispy head, but very active carbonation. For something in style saying "keep refrigerated" I expect more volume to the head. Amber, caramel apple body. Looks more like a barley wine w/x/o carbonation.

Very mild Granny Smith and muscat aroma. Clean, refreshing scent (not what's expected). Seems like it needs warmth. Cider tones.

Tastes like a cold, carbonated, mild Aussie sticky. Muscat and caramel apples with a staunch alcohol burn. Thoroughly out of style? Yes. Enjoyable? Sure. Needs warmth.

Even when cold it's thick and syrupy with that viscous sweet alcohol burn. Still enjoyable but a little disjointed. Not getting a lot of generic Belgian character here.

It's drinkable as a sipper but what the hell is it?

More User Reviews:
Photo of merlin48
3.98/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazed copper body has a modest beige head that quickly falls to a film before completely vanishing. A few flecks of lace cling to the sides of the goblet. Aroma is mostly fruity, peaches and melons. A note of clove is in the background. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a nice soft carbonation. Taste has a smooth fruitiness. Apricots and nectarines. Slight yeast presence but virtually no hops. Some cotton candy notes. A pretty good effort but not in the same class as their imperial stout.

Photo of ChaseBacon
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of HeyYoMar
4.25/5  rDev +20.1%

Photo of ksi4077
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.58/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a tulip glass)

A- This beer pours a reddish-brown body with lots of strands of tiny bubbles. The thick ring of light tan foam sticks to the glass with each sip.

S- This beer has a light smooth dry perfumed hint of hops with a light raw grain note when it warms a bit.

T- This beer has a dry spiced hops note with hints of smooth white sugar. The finish has a soft alcohol taste. As it warms there is a raw grain and toasted malt note but it is very light. As it warms there is a light apple juice note to the malt.

M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel with a dry finish. This beer has a light alcohol warmth in the finish but it is pretty smooth.

D- This beer has some nice smooth flavors especially for a 10.5% ABV but there is not a lot of complexity or yeast qualities to contribute to the flavor.

Photo of marmstrong1212
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of BamfBacon
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of AKBelgianBeast
3.68/5  rDev +4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to mcallister for the trade.

Pours a cloudy murky dark peach/nectarine color. head dissipates fast. Nose is very similar to a witbier. Taste is very wheaty and slightly overspiced. There is a certain element of a triple here but it is weak, it tastes very much more wheaty. The mouthfeel is interestingly thick, but a little akward. Great drinkability for the abv, but what it makes up for in drinkability it lacks in taste and truth to style. Good beer, just a funky classification.

Photo of Sammy
3.65/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A decent smooth drinking Belgian, sweet and above average mouthfeel.Not complex, merely a yeast play. A whole lot of alcohol, minerally, still very drinkable. Nothing especially spicy or tasty. Lots of caramel with secondary fruit like apple and pear

Photo of Kegatron
2.85/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Gudlen Frog

22 oz bottle into a goblet.

Pours a clear amber color with a thin layer of fizzy bright-white head. This stays foamy around the edges, leaving just a smattering of light frothy lacing behind. The aroma sits very heavy in the nose, with a lot of sticky sweetness, fruit, some spice, and a still waft of warmth. This is very thick and tangy feeling in the nostrils for sure.

Once again, this has an almost overbearing sweetness to it that gets to be a bit tough to take after a while. Tons of bread, candied sugars, green apples, and a dash of spicy yeast. With how sweet this is, I'm surprised to find a fairly assertive tingle of spicy hop bitterness in this but it unfortunately does little to balance out the sticky feel of this. The mouthfeel is full and thick in the mouth, with a heavy amount of alcohol beef.

This one just didn't work for me at all. Just way to sweet and boozy for my tastes, without a whole lot of definition in the flavor to help distract from the body. I split this bomber with a buddy and it was still too much for me.

Photo of Phyl21ca
2.93/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle courtesy of Jdoolin: Poured a copper color ale with a medium size white foamy head with limited retention and some light lacing. Aroma of sweet sugary malt is dominating with some subtle hints of spices. Taste is mostly dominated by some very sweet malt and some light spices. No hops were discernable and no yeast characteristics that I usually like to find in BSA. Body was slightly light for the style and alcohol was not discernable. I thought this was way too filtered and lacking in spices or yeast characteristics to be truly enjoyable.

Photo of SPLITGRIN
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Body is a pale shade of amber with a honey gold glow at the edges. Head stands at an inch of quick fading off white foam. Nose is very sweet with floral bursts. Smells of mellon and Pez also are there. Super sweet and syrupy solky on first sip. Hints of malty yeast are well balanced with the spicey mouthfeel. The mouthfeel it leaves is actually very nice but super thick. Alchol is well hidden but definitely ther as it warms the belly well. Based on its strength you couldnt drink more than one. A little rough around the edges but a very good beer.

Photo of edbeered
2.83/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Poured from the bottle, this is a hazy amber color with a scant white head that quickly fades away. It has a faint fruity smell. There is a pleasant mild flavor of apple and pear which is unfortunately overwhelmed by a saccharine sweetness that is the dominant flavor of this ale. For what it's worth, the mouthfeel is rich. The drinkeability is handicapped by overly sweet taste of this ale. Back to the drawing board.

Photo of Tyrawlings
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of JamnesCameron
2.98/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

poured from a bomber into a half liter tulip glass

A - pours a medium copper hue, not golden or pale as described on the label. thin white head that does not last, leaves a nice lace on the glass on the way down.

S - aromas or malt, hard candy sweetness, hints of a green apple Jolly Rancher

T - first sip - more of the Jolly Rancher flavor, sweet, tastes like an eastern european "malt liquor." No real "belgian" character.

M - thin beer, but mouth-coating. no astrigency.

D - I can get used to this, but don't think I'll go back for another.

Photo of jwhawkins81
1.83/5  rDev -48.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Aroma - A decent amount of Belgian like spice and a slight funk

Appearance - Light amber red color with a good off-white head and a trickle of residual carbonation

Taste - Overall sweet, actually too sweet and not much else flavor wise. No spice and no balance just tons of sweetness.

Notes - Almost as close as a drain pour as I've ever had. Thin mouthfeel and not enough carbonation. Maybe an old bottle but there is no excuse for something this bad.

Photo of weeare138
3.93/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appears a semi-transparent, slightly hazed, deep gold with a small, off-white head that quickly fades out. Spotty lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of yeasty, sugary, lightly spiced Belgian yeast with some coriander and pepper jumping out of the glass.
Taste is of yeasty, Belgian goodness with light notes of banana, citrus, and melon.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, sugary with citrus resounding. There is also a spice that blankets the entire tongue. Pretty decent Belgian style out of Ohio.

Photo of shroompod
3.45/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours with an orange hue , no head or lacing.

Smell is slightly boozy , caramel malts.

Sweet malty flavor, yeasty , cloves , a decent Belgian flavor. Alcohol is apparent.

Mouthfeel is off , carbonation is low , Alcohol dries this out pretty good.

Overall a nice attempt , I may need to pick up another to compare bottles.

Photo of KBoudreau66
2.2/5  rDev -37.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a dark orange color with a golden hue. Very Small white head that dissipates to nothing.

The nose on this brew is almost indescribable, and not in a good way. The first initial whiff I can only describe as ketchup. It has an extraordinarily bizarre malt backbone that I can only describe as... Apple juice...

"There's no way that this brew can taste the same way that it smells". That's what I thought to myself before I forced some of this beer down my gullet. The Ketchup that I had smelled originally was definitely more subtle in the taste, but it certainly didn't slow down the apple juice flavor. If I had to sum the taste of this brew up, I would basically describe this beer as a high alcohol, high octane slightly carbonated apple juice drink with a heavy body.

I've had worse beer than this, but since I was expecting it to be decent and was let down it made the experience exponentially worse.

Photo of Simko1209
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of neenerzig
3.98/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I picked a bomber of this up the other day. I had been anxious to try something from this new brewery. Poured into an oversized wine glass. This beer pours a hazy copper/orangish color with a very small head indeed that was all but totally gone about 1 or 2 minutes after being poured. It settled to a very thin film layer with a very thin white line going along the inside of my glass. The color reminded me of apple cidar. It has a sweet smell with aromas of malt, caramel, cirtus and candy. The flavors are the same as the smell along with a touch of spice and perhaps a bit of dark fruit as well. Quite flavorful indeed. No hops at all here. Nice and sweet, but not overly sweet. Has a good crisp and full bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Very easy to drink. Definetly worth a try. I would drink this again, but it could use some improvements too.

Eric

Photo of elmore
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: poured from a 22oz bottle into a tulip glass. Dark copper-orange hazy color. Minimal head with some scattered lacing left down the glass.

S: not an overpowering aroma - slightly sweet with a hint of cloves. Some bready, yeasty notes.

T: Syrupy sweet with hints of malt and yeast and a little alcohol warmth.

M: Thick viscous - coats the tongue and lingers. Medium carbonation.

D: Alcohol is well hidden and is overall very smooth and pleasant - sweetness limits drinkability more than ABV.

An interesting Belgian style ale - I don't really know what to compare it to. Not quite a pale ale and not quite a dark ale-somewhere in between. I don't think it is a very good representation of the style, but interesting and worth a try none-the-less.

Photo of hustlesworth
4.35/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A- sweet cascading bubble action! nice ivory head with a layer of batter on top and fizzy active bubbles underneath. it's effervescent and alive and pretty noisy and leaves a patchwork of sticky lace that morph into drippy tiers like cake icing. color is a hazy warm tropical sunset against the light, kind of a dirty apricot.

S- banana, clove, cotton candy, and the smallest amount of bubblegum, peach/apricot, mango, and red plum. some alcohol is there in the form of a rose wine, but it's more like a supporting role that enhances the other players. very fruity and yeasty smelling and borderline tropical. the nice color seems to fit the aroma well.

T- one thing i really like about hoppin frog beers-- every one i've had so far is brewery fresh so maybe that has something to do with it BUT, the malt is so toasty and pronounced, layers deep, though it definitely does not overpower the other flavors, it tastes almost exactly like honey smacks or super golden crisp cereals. toasted puffed wheat that tastes like barley. amazing. another complex brew starts off with a bit of flowery spicy hops followed by a sort of metallic mineral water taste, almost like it was brewed in belgium. apricot/plum tartness comes next then WHAM you get blasted with hop bitterness and intense candy sugar sweetness simultaneously and it kinda sends a shiver down my spine. naturally the sweetness subdues the bitter, leaving it in the dust. the finish is light and dry and full of those toasted puffed barley cereal tastes that i mentioned above.

MF- feel is smooth and creamy. literally like a lightly carbonated whole milk thanks to the obvious amount of candy sugar added. despite its sweetness, this beer is never cloying. everything seems to balance out. it leaves the palate with a very neutral feeling, not grainy, but with the sense that grain has been there, not syrupy, not dry, just a perfect culmination of all things.

D- for such a big flavorful beer, it drinks smooth and easy, and the 10.5% alcohol is very well hidden. still within the style classification, the color taste and aroma for me seem to put it somewhere between a BSDA and a trippel. hats off again to the brewmaster, i see big things in the future.

Photo of smcolw
3/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Clear amber color. Moderate head that recedes into a rocky tight-bubbled froth. Almost no lace.

Mild, but appropriate, Belgian aromas; yeasty and grainy.

Very, very sweet for the style. Good Belgian flavors. Full bodied, low carbonation. Frankly, it's too sugary for me to enjoy.

Gosh, I do root for these guys, because I like their daringness to try new things. But, this one is a miss.

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Gulden Fraug Belgian Style Ale from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
81 out of 100 based on 67 ratings.