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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
80
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58 Ratings
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Ratings: 58
Reviews: 50
rAvg: 3.51
pDev: 14.81%
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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IBUnit63

Massachusetts

4.05/5  rDev +15.4%
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?

Serving type: bottle

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

Illinois

3.33/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a maple syrup, yet clear amber hue. No lacing or head or bubbling. Good color, but lacks in all other departments. The aroma is very sweet, notes of light maple syrup, toffee, some honeydew, and cantaloupe. The The taste is very sweet with fruits of cantaloupe, buttered honeydew, light carameld toffee. But insanely sweet, no balance at all. Don't taste any yeast and no off setting hop flavors. The palate is equally sweet as well as syrupy with a lot of heat from the alcohol as the beer warms. A little boozey.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2008 04:54:44 | More by scruffwhor
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mhewes

Colorado

3.8/5  rDev +8.3%
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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callmescraps

Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Grabbed a bomber on the way home. Looking forward to something different, and, the 10 abv after a long day.

Appearance - Pours a nice dark gold with minimal head.

Smell - Hoppy with a little hint of sugar, and a nice fruitiness. Frankly, it smells pretty damn good. Not quite as spicy as some Belgians, but nothing to be ashamed of.

Taste - Quite disappointing. It's a little sweet, with a little hop, a touch of spice, and a lots of booze. The 10 abv pretty much overpowers everything else. Just very sharp tasting, not so much a burn as a bitter/sourness.

Mouthfeel - Surprisingly smooth. Not much of a challenge, but nice and pleasant.

Drinkability - The alcohol taste makes it tough to session, but the smoothness in the mouth makes it go faster than you'd expect.

Kind of disappointing overall. It looked good, it smelled good, but it fell short in taste. Well, I was looking for that 10 abv, and I got it. That's for sure.

Quick edit: It just dawned on me. This tasted a lot more like a Barleywine than any sort of "Belgian Style Ale". As much as anything, it was a swing and a miss on trying to emulate an absolutely classic beer style.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2008 21:49:46 | More by callmescraps
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smcolw

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -14.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2008 23:07:10 | More by smcolw
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brushtachio

Ohio

3.25/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured vigorously from a 22 oz, this had a rich amber color, not cloudly but with yeast floating in suspension. The head was almost non existent.

The wasn't much to the smell. A sweet floral tones riding a boozy backbone.

Two prominent tastes were assorted candy (rather jumbled like you stuck you hand in a bag of hard candy and popped whatever you grabbed in your mouth) and malty whiskey.

I would still rather drink this than most (all) of the offerings at the local taverns but this is a competitive style and others do it better.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2008 23:16:49 | More by brushtachio
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albern

Massachusetts

4.45/5  rDev +26.8%
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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Gehrig

Illinois

4/5  rDev +14%
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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hustlesworth

Ohio

4.35/5  rDev +23.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2008 17:59:56 | More by hustlesworth
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brewdlyhooked13

Ohio

2.83/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - pours a bright copper, a scant head with little formation, duration, or lace.

Aroma - smells boozy. Some malted, candyish grain getting through but not much.

Taste - a light whiskey malt flavor, diluted but it's there. Some Belgian candi sugar provides a standard element. Some phenols and spiciness come across okay, there is a peaty, almost ashtray-like smoke on the aftertaste and finish. I think that could be chased with a little heavier grain bill, this beer just tastes watered down. The abv is well hidden for a brew of this strength, but pushes a little as it warms.

Mouthfeel - thin and under-carbonated.

Drinkability - it could be better, still - I wish I could make a brew like this on *my* first attempt. A plain entrant for the style; I wouldn't go for it again unless I hear it has improved.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2008 19:16:20 | More by brewdlyhooked13
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AKBelgianBeast

Alaska

3.68/5  rDev +4.8%
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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elmore

Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2007 03:38:59 | More by elmore
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PBRstreetgang

Ohio

3.73/5  rDev +6.3%
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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SPLITGRIN

Kentucky

3.75/5  rDev +6.8%
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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Homerbag

Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark orange with virtually no head. The head that was there laced nicely down the goblet.
Aroma was a cluster of Belgian yeast, fruit, and some weak malt. You can tell this one is gonna be boozy by the smell.
Tastes of yeast, dark fruit, candi sugar. Attacks all ends of the tounge all at once. Not much of a foreplay, just straight to the flavors. Alcohol is not hidden at all. You can feel your face and lips warm up with this one. That being said it does not have any alcohol burn to it,
Feels good, nice sticky coat on the tounge lets you enjoy this for a while.
Overall, not bad, not that great, but it has a lot of promise. I'll age this one next time.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2007 20:22:18 | More by Homerbag
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

3.58/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Rustic orange with a dark bronze-like glow. This one looks darker than a BSPA and lighter than a BSDA. In fact, it looks like a barleywine. Up top is an orange creamsicle cap that is firm rather than creamy and is beginning to leave a fair amount of lace in a 'king's crown' pattern.

The nose is different and is really nothing like most BSDAs that I've run across. I'll have to go with general impressions since specifics escape me. The beer is fruity (ripe apricots and red apples perhaps), spicy and mildly phenolic. No alcohol is evident. This could go either way on the taste buds... and I can't predict which way it'll be.

If I was to judge Gulden Fraug alongside most world-class BSDAs, it wouldn't fare very well. If I was to judge it in isolation, as a big, sweet, Belgian-style ale that tries very hard to please and (mostly) succeeds, it isn't too bad. Damning with faint praise? Well, let's see what the beer at mid-bomber has to say for itself.

It's still golden fruity (apricots soaked in apricot brandy, sugar syrup and Laphroaig Scotch whisky) and has more of a clovey, Belgian yeast character than I initially gave it credit for. The Laphroaig comparison was meant to describe the phenolic undercurrent that probably isn't prominent enough to turn off the casual drinker (assuming the casual drinker would buy it). There's no shortage of different flavors, it's just that they could fit together a little better.

Anyone who likes big beer should like the mouthfeel. All that malt and all that candi sugar make sure that things are as plush as can be. I like the stickiness that accumulates on the tongue and the lips as the ounces disappear.

Gulden Fraug Belgian Style Ale won't put even a minor scare into the most accomplished BSDAs and is probably my least favorite Hoppin' Frog beer so far. That doesn't mean that it isn't a worthwhile purchase. This is a recipe that Mr. Karm should tweak until he comes up with something that can stand shoulder to shoulder with the rest of his excellent lineup.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2007 21:20:36 | More by BuckeyeNation
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Wasatch

Utah

3.88/5  rDev +10.5%
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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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.65/5  rDev +4%
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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jmichaeldesign

Colorado

2.63/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Overall, I was unimpressed with this brew.

Before I even popped it open I noticed it said the final gravity was 1.020. Seemed high for a belgian.

Poured a medium caramel color. Not dark enough to be a dubble, but not a belgian pale, somewhere in between. Looks good, though strange.

Smell is typical belgian spices with a little extra sweetness.

Taste is a bit of nice spiciness, but overwhelmed by sweetness. Far too sweet for the style in my opinion.

Mouthfeel is quite cloying, finishes really sticky.

Far too sweet to be drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2007 23:49:15 | More by jmichaeldesign
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Crosling

Colorado

3.33/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle. Amber hued in color with a thin, white head. Aroma hints of caramel, toast, Belgian yeast and dark fruit, with a light hint of peanut butter. Flavor is of chewy malts, dark fruits and Belgianess. It’s a quaffable and poundable brew, but just mediocre when compared to true Belgians and other Belgian style American Brews. It’s just very average.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2007 06:54:31 | More by Crosling
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Vancer

Illinois

3.35/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I had such high hopes for this one; I’ve really taken a shine to the ol’ Frogs.

The pour was the first clue of a beer not quite right in the world – nice looking amber / copper, but almost no head or any stick to it lacing. But with such a high power brew, this was not unimaginable.

Aroma was weak notes of Belgium yeast and black pepper – hiding in that booze, I suppose. Taste had some promise, but the bottle was too green and needed a year of aging. Sugar cane, candied fruits along with the classic Belgium yeast try to appear, but are quickly throttled by the high alcohol cough syrup.

I’m glad to have tried this, I will grab another and off to the cellar it goes, for at least 6 months.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2007 13:11:57 | More by Vancer
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merlin48

Kentucky

3.98/5  rDev +13.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Minnesota

2.83/5  rDev -19.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2007 01:19:03 | More by edbeered
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

3.58/5  rDev +2%
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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giblet

Ohio

3.68/5  rDev +4.8%
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
Gulden Fraug Belgian Style Ale from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
80 out of 100 based on 58 ratings.