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Gulden Fraug Belgian Style Ale - Hoppin' Frog Brewery

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Ratings: 68
Reviews: 52
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 14.08%
Wants: 1
Gots: 2 | 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

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Beer added by: becktone on 11-24-2006

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Ratings: 68 | Reviews: 52
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.58/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Photo of Wasatch
3.85/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

Photo of Sammy
3.65/5  rDev +2.8%
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 jmichaeldesign
2.65/5  rDev -25.4%
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.

Photo of Crosling
3.35/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

Photo of Vancer
3.33/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

Photo of merlin48
3.97/5  rDev +11.8%
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 edbeered
2.86/5  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.

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.58/5  rDev +0.8%
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 giblet
3.7/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Photo of 4thoseabout2bock
4/5  rDev +12.7%
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.

Photo of Phyl21ca
2.92/5  rDev -17.7%
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 AltBock
3.3/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22 oz. bomber bottle that has a black with tan on the right side label with the picture of Hoppin' Frog's symbol of a happy and most likely drunk green with a white belly hoppin' frog on a yellow rectangle background. While he's hopping up and down, he's trying to steady a pint of yellow beer. To no avail, the yellow beer is spilling all over the place. The frog doesn't seem to care. In front of him in big colorful letters is "Gulden Fraug" and the words "Belgian style Ale" below that. Right below the frog's mug of yellow beer is the Ohio brewers stamp. To the left of the fog is the Government warning, address of the brewery, web address, and the barcode. To the right of the frog is a little blurb about the beer, it's specifications of 10.5% ABV, 96 OG, 20 FG, 16 IBU, and another picture of the hoppin' frog. Like all the other Hoppin' Frog bottles, this one doesn't have a date anywhere on the label or bottle. They give you everything else, but no date on the bottle or label. It was served in a Lion Brewery goblet/tulip glass at room temperature.

It poured a golden orange with a slight tint of copper to it. It started off with a 1 finger head of white bubbly foam, but that soon quickly dissipated into a few white bubbly rings along the edge of the beer and no white bubbly lace in sight. What I'm trying to say is that you don't want to blink for a second after you pour the beer because then you're going to miss the head of foam entirely. It does dissipate away that quickly! Even if you don't blink, you're not missing out on much. It had an aroma filled with juicy fruits of all sorts, a splash of yeast, and some peppery hops in the background. When I first popped the cap, it had a slight non baked no salt added pretzel dough aroma to it, but that aroma didn't bother to stick around. That's too bad because I actually enjoyed that aroma. It would have better it was still there. I guess you can't have everything. The taste was sweet and fruity with a slice of apple, a berry here and there, a small drop of orange, and half of a banana. After I got past the juicy fruits taste, there was only the slightest taste of toasted malts, yeast, a dab of alcohol, and some peppery hops in the background. There wasn't much taste in here other than the fruits. I would have to say that the fruits stand out as the dominate flavor in this beer. No other flavor in this beer can stand the mighty power of the juicy fruits. Take that toasted malts! The mouthfeel was slick indeed. There was no sight of the 10.5% ABV they say this beer has. Just be careful because it does sneak up on you. Other than that, it only had a slight mild aftertaste of juicy fruits, peppery hops, and a drop of alcohol. Is this a Belgian style Ale? I think it is, but it's only on the last rung of the Belgian style ladder. If you like your beers fruity with a jumble of fruits, then you'll like this one. For me, I wouldn't blow another $6 on this one. One is more than enough. If I'm in the mood for a fruity beer, then I might pick this one up again. That's the only way.

Photo of bruachan
3.37/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

this is my third HF offering and the BORIS left big shoes to fill

the head doesn't exhibit any lasting power, despite some hefty carbonation. the aroma released is heavy on the coriander and spicy hops.

too sweet. up front the body feels big and supportive but the follow through is cloying and the bitterness insufficient to keep the whole thing contained. it's fruity (cranberry, apricot and pear). it's really not all that bad...certainly doesn't affect its drinkabilityin any drastic way...but something worth thinking about

Photo of nlmartin
3.47/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer was served in a wide mouthed wine goblet.

Appearance: The beer pours a clear coppery gold coloration. The head is a thin short lasting biege coloration. No lacing remains on my glass.

Smell: The beer has a very caramel malty smell at first. This gives way to a vaguely banana, clove smell. The smell has a very spicey peppery smell to it. I am not certain if the pepperyness is from coriander or alcohol.

Taste: This beer has a very malty base. The maltyness is of a caramel dispensation. I taste a bit of clove, citrus and banana in the flavor. The finish has a bit of spicey pepperyness.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: The beers body is on the plus side of medium. This beer is very smooth and nicely carbonated. This is a very alcoholic brew however; I find the alcohol to be well incorporated into the beer. This beer is fairly easy to drink. This was not a bad stab at a Belgian style ale. Try it you may like it.

Photo of weeare138
3.92/5  rDev +10.4%
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 neenerzig
3.95/5  rDev +11.3%
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.


Photo of becktone
3.4/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer pours an interesting golden brown/tan color. The head is creamy looking and forms at about 2 fingers but quickly receedes-perhaps its my glass. Overall this beer looks quite appetizing and would look even more so if it had, or my glass could showcase, better head retention.

Aroma of this brew is appealing. Sweet malts and caramel take the foreground. Some small measure of clove phenols appear in the aroma. As can be expected from most belgian style ales, no hop aroma is present. I would be gratefull for a more robust aroma, something just a bit stronger. The aroma is not quite as intense as I would have liked.

The flavor of this beer is very complex. Sweet, malty, caramel, dark fruit, and phenolic flavors abound in this beer. Hops are very low key, pretty much non-existant- except for a spicy flavor that could be a result of the hop type used or perhaps just a phenolic characteristic of this beer.

This beer is full bodied on the palate, and the carbonation levels are appropriate for the style. Alcohol can be detected on the way down, a hotness on the back of the throat. The beer's flavor hides the taste of the alcohol pretty well, but once you feel it on the back of the throat it becomes more apparent in flavor.

Overall this is a good beer in my opinion it is definitely something meant to be sipped. In my opinion it would be difficult to drink more than two of these in a row. Just too sweet and alcoholic to sit and drink all day. Not a bad beer, I've definitely had better belgian style ales, but this one is not all that bad. A pretty good beer if you ask me, espicially for a belgian ale that is not made in belgium. However, if you want a true belgian style ale that really represents the style grab something brewed at a trappist brewery in belgium.

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Gulden Fraug Belgian Style Ale from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
81 out of 100 based on 68 ratings.