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Gulden Fraug Belgian Style Ale - Hoppin' Frog Brewery

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Gulden Fraug Belgian Style AleGulden Fraug Belgian Style Ale

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BA SCORE
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59 Ratings
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Ratings: 59
Reviews: 50
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 14.77%
Wants: 1
Gots: 0 | 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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: becktone on 11-24-2006)
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adamette

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +27.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Live Review. Poured from a bomber into my Gulden Draak gold rimmed tulip glass. No observed "best by" date but I cannot imagine that it matters.

A Golden yellow orange translucent body under a one inch fluffy white head with some lacing even before I take a sip. Nice look. 4.0

S Sweet malt for sure. No hops smell. It reminds me a LOT of its likely inspiration, Gulden Draak. It may have a more sugary smell than Gulden Draak and maybe a bit less complex than Gulden Draak. 4.0

T Sweet malt explodes with flavor. There is a healthy dose of apple cider flavor that is not repulsive but it is certainly there. Belgian style yeast is noticeable and welcomed. Alcohol is very well hidden. 5.0

M Full with big ABV and big sweetness. Very appropriate to the style. 4.5

D I will drink and enjoy the bomber but nothing beyond that. 4.0

Notes: A fitting tribute to Gulden Draak. I am glad that I found this as Gulden Draak is one of my favorites. My first from this brewer, I have B.O.R.I.S. the crusher waiting for me next.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2009 12:32:32 | More by adamette
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albern

Massachusetts

4.45/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is an excellent Belgian style beer, and what a pleasure it was to experience it. The beer pours a clear amber color with some head, but nothing exceptional. The beer is medium bodied, a little syrupy, less so than I was expecting, and plenty carbonated. The taste is just wonderful florals, Belgian candied sugars in the fermentation, coriander, spice, clove, and a big orange bouquet. This is an eminently delicious beer and about the most well disguised 10% ABV beer you're likely to find. This is one that is well worth seeking out. L'Chaim.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2008 23:37:37 | More by albern
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hustlesworth

Ohio

4.35/5  rDev +23.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2008 17:59:56 | More by hustlesworth
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HeyYoMar

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +20.7%

07-21-2014 02:01:47 | More by HeyYoMar
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srgj88

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +20.7%

06-05-2014 21:51:08 | More by srgj88
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seangroves

Ohio

4.18/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance:
Poured with about 1/4" white foamy head that dissipates quickly. Color is copper-orange and quite clear.

Smell:
Smell is fruity, similar to a banana.

Taste:
Slight bitterness at the beginning then quite malty yet the fruitiness of the hops and yeast used come through in a complementing manner.

Mouthfeel:
Medium bodied, very smooth and easy on the palate.

Drinkability:
This beer, despite its lack of head, is an excellently balanced beer and very easy to drink on casually. I would have another.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2008 02:12:27 | More by seangroves
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discovolante65

Rhode Island

4.1/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought this one because I just had the Crusher and liked it. The price on this one was where it should be for the ABV and the category.

Poured this into the Duvel bulb aggressively. Amber, golden orange color with a half-inch, quickly dissolving head that becomes a thin off-white ring after 30 seconds. Tiny bubbles, but an ever-streaming flow of them in a funnel coming up from the bottom.

Smells very sweet and fruity. Bananas and malt and that strange bread/yeast smell that this style has. A little spice as well.

Taste doesn't hide the alcohol, but it doesn't burn too hot and its a steady, minimal presence as opposed to a finishing slap like most high abv's. Sugary-malt with a caramel, fruit-cocktail syrup to finish. Not at all bitter, and barely what I would consider pale ale, but delicious none the less. I don't taste any hops at all.

Medium almost syrupy, but not too heavy and doesn't linger too long or end up bitter.

Smooth throughout but gets a little hot as it gets warmer. I would definitely drink more than one of these. I'm glad I don't have to share this one tonight. It's 27 degrees, we're looking at 6-10 inches of snow and I just shoveled. Now if I only had a fireplace to cozy up to with this one.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2009 01:15:54 | More by discovolante65
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IBUnit63

Massachusetts

4.05/5  rDev +15.1%
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?

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2008 10:17:42 | More by IBUnit63
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zrab11

Indiana

4/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a nice yellow golden color, With a 1 finger head.with some nice lacing

S- Has a honey aroma to it with some malt notes and sugar mixed in

T- Has a really nice sweet honey taste to it with some other fruit flavors and some malty yeastyness to finish

M- Medium bodied with ok carbonation

D-OVerall i really liked this beer. Its flavors when nice and refreshing and all balanced well together. Would like to have this again, but as it being retired looks like i wont have that chance. Was glad i got to have this beer before it dissapered!

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2011 22:36:03 | More by zrab11
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t0rin0

California

4/5  rDev +13.6%

10-14-2012 15:12:26 | More by t0rin0
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Gehrig

Illinois

4/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Somewhat cloudy cider-orange body is capped with two fingers of off-white foam that don't linger long enough, but leave decent lacing on the good ol' DAB mug. Plenty of fruit and brown sugar greet the nose, with apricot and berry most prominently represented. I'd like the taste to be a little stickier, but it's rather good, smooth and fruity. The stickiness would enhance the texture, which is a bit thin. This holds up well and is nicely carbonated, and the smooth texture might be the nicest element of Gulden Fraug. The high ABV (10.5%) does catch up to the drinker soon enough, no question.

It's not an overwhelming BSDA and, in fact, would rank as just fairly good compared to top-notch BSDAs. However, this is still a good, solid BSDA worth ending a night with. Good.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2008 20:19:00 | More by Gehrig
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4thoseabout2bock

Illinois

4/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a golden orange color, very clear, with about an inch of creamy head at first.

This was a decent american belgian-style (reminscent of a tripel). Sweet with a bit of spicing in both aroma and taste. No off flavors. Good mouthfeel. Very drinkable.

I would not call it a Belgian Strong Dark. It was not dark. The brewery calls it a golden belgian-style abbey ale. Either golden or triple is a better descriptor of this beer style-wise.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2007 15:59:03 | More by 4thoseabout2bock
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merlin48

Kentucky

3.98/5  rDev +13.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2007 17:10:44 | More by merlin48
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neenerzig

Ohio

3.98/5  rDev +13.1%
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

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2007 03:48:40 | More by neenerzig
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

3.95/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy, deep amber body topped only by a thin ring of white bubbles.

Smell: Sweet-smelling, candylike nose with notes of sugar-coated fruits, mainly peach and plum. Also, there's some bready malts as well as light touches of spice and alcohol.

Taste: Plenty of maltiness with a mixture of simple syrup and caramel sweetness. Perhaps a pinch of toasted grain in there as well. Dash of spices. All of the fruitiness from the nose. Hmm, there's no real hop character or bitterness, leaving this to finish sweet, candyish, and decidedly warming.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Well, that's that. And about that, I must say: it's yummy. An instant classic Belgian-style brew? It's doubtful. But it's tasty and surely that's gotta still count for something these days.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2009 19:58:40 | More by ChainGangGuy
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weeare138

Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev +11.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2007 21:46:15 | More by weeare138
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Wasatch

Utah

3.88/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to jpm30 for this one.

Poured into a chalice a nice clean/clear dark golden orange color, nice carbonation, tiny fizzy head, not much sticky lacing afterwards. The nose is malty, yeasty, spicy, and some caramel. The taste is sweet, malty/yeasty, warm from the spices and alcohol, and some caramel. Medium body. Drinkable, I like this one, not bad at all, recommended.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2007 23:42:04 | More by Wasatch
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mhewes

Colorado

3.8/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A : Pours a dark golden color with a small white head which disappears real quickly

S : Not much of a smell but there is a nice sweet malt smell along with some fruits and sugar.

T : A nice smooth taste, hints of caramel, fruits, and a nice malt flavor. The alcohol makes it's presence known at the finish.

M : Syrupy and sticky

D : Way too sweet. If it was turned down some more, it would be really good.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2008 23:59:04 | More by mhewes
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marmstrong1212

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

07-04-2014 19:18:59 | More by marmstrong1212
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SPLITGRIN

Kentucky

3.75/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2007 19:45:41 | More by SPLITGRIN
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PBRstreetgang

Ohio

3.73/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cellared for 1 year. Pours a pale garnet hue with a dull haze from the yeast pour. Dense and fizzy one finger head shows decent retention given the ABV and shows spotty lacing. The aroma is on the simple side but well executed albiet somewhat mild; Pilsener malt and beet sugar nose with appropriate level or spicy alcohol and ester/phenol scent. Lightly toasted and dextrinous malt flavor upfront (Aromatic or Caravienna?), followed by abundant sharp Pils and a wave of candi sugar and booze. A sweet touch of honey and light caramel in the aftertaste are coupled with a low but perciveable hop bitterness and tart belgian phenols and a rum raisin taste.. The alcohol, the suggestion of Czech or German hops and the tangy ester are the balancing factors here that keep this sweet beer from cloying. The medium body and mild carbonation actually increase the perceived sweetness due to thier being lower than tradional Tripels and BSPA's. It seems apparent that the body was lightened with some kind of simple sugar, but the mouthfeel is slightly more viscous than one expects of the style. However, the beer holds a respectable drinkability because the residual sweetness is not overpowering. Finishes easy with the ester and phenolics showing a little as more as it warms; but still at a restrained level. Incidentally, I am scoring this as a Tripel because the label says "golden abbey ale" and it sure doesn't look like any BSDA I've ever seen.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2007 08:38:50 | More by PBRstreetgang
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AKBelgianBeast

Alaska

3.68/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2008 05:34:34 | More by AKBelgianBeast
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giblet

Ohio

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

This was a pretty good local beer. I had not heard of this so when I saw it was local I had to try it. Had good body and feel. Not my favorite, but certainly worth a try. Rich in flavor with a nice creamy head. Not likely to be easily found, but I recomend that you try.

I also get a kick out of the label.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2007 11:41:32 | More by giblet
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.65/5  rDev +3.7%
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

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2007 05:54:59 | More by Sammy
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

3.58/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2007 02:24:58 | More by rhoadsrage
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Gulden Fraug Belgian Style Ale from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
81 out of 100 based on 59 ratings.