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Ménage À Frog | Issaquah Brewhouse

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Ménage À FrogMénage À Frog

Brewed by:
Issaquah Brewhouse
Washington, United States

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by BeerBeing on 03-26-2007

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Ratings: 44 |  Reviews: 34
Reviews by Vancer:
Photo of Vancer
4.02/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Fork! Got frog sprayed with this 750 magnum provided by my son on a return trip from Seattle.

First, had to get through the red wax dip, popping the cap only to see a cork. Put the wine opener to 'er, only to have the cork pushing into the bottle, releasing carbination and frog spray.

Finally down to sampling this semi-hazy brew poured into my Corsendonk tulip. Small white head and lace.

Very fruity aroma of apple, pear and spice. Very tasty quaff of the same, and the spices really provide a nice finish. Not too sweet, and no booze to speak of, although I've sat on this for around ¾ a year. It's aged well and now is recommended - I've seen the other reviews from those that didn't care for it.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
3.65/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Issaquah brewhouse- Menage A Frog

A- Cloudy orange with a thick frothy head. Good messy lacing.
S- Sweet lemony tangy orange/ cherry with a good sugary base.
T- sweet tangy/sour fruitiness with heavy sugar and a big boozy dose of alc.
M- Sugary sweet and fruity. Tangy sour fruits with a boozy alc. finish.

Overall- Very tangy fruity spicy finish. Boozy. Worth a pint.

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Photo of russpowell
3.26/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Picked this up at Goebel's in Wichita

Pours an effervescent golden/bronze with some pearl colored head. Minimal lacing & zero head retention, some oily sheen

S: Pears, honey, & apples, booze

T: Honey, a kiss of booze, apple peels & a touch of lemony hops of front. Dryness, white grapes, cloying sweet apple cider as this warms. Finishes sweet with a touch of ruby grapefruit & more dryness

MF: Sticky, with slight over carbonation

Drinks slow, just doesn't quite pull together with too much sweetness & not enough hoppyness, another one from a brewery that fails to impress on a consistent basis; caveat emptor..

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Photo of Beertracker
4.5/5  rDev +25.3%

Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.66/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 ml capped and corked green bottle poured in a tulip.
22 degrees P, 30 IBUs, 80 AA, 16 degrees L, no date.

A - Ménage À Frog pours clear golden with a quickly disappearing, soapy white head that leaves tiny dots of lace on the glass. Cause for alarm? The cork was wet and moldy when the wax-sealed cap was opened. A bit unappetizing.

S - A hint of Brett yeast on the nose gives off a touch of horse-blanket. I'm not sure if it's fermented with wild yeast, but it definitely smells like it. Saaz hops come out pretty strong with floral spice and are backed up by minimal Belgian yeast hints and a big sugar sweetness.

T - The wild funk that emerges abruptly is no where to be found in flavor though, leaning with full force to lots of candi sugar which boosts alcohol and sweetness to an almost cloying level. Chardonnay grape skin and white pepper tickle the back of the tongue on the finish.

M - Medium-bodied, the crisp carbonation tries it's best to cut through this beer's sickly sweet sugar level but doesn't do a great job. Alcohol dryness on the finish helps though.

O - The initial bold sweetness that lingers throughout the beer is a bit overwhelming, especially for the delicate Belgian yeast characteristics which aren't anywhere near as loud as they should be.

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Photo of Beardo
3.78/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Photo of jaydoc
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of BeerisfoodLLC
3.83/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle served in a chalice:

A - Pours with a decent head, cloudy orangish color.

S - Fruity aroma with some spices evident as well.

T - The fruits are formost in the taste, it could use some more malt to balance it out. Complex spices though make it worth the effort.

M - Well carbonated and lighter bodied - goes well with this tripel

D - Not the best tripel I have had by any means but not bad. I enjoyed the bottle but will not run out for another.

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Photo of FreshmanPour77
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of Laklimell
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of DarkerTheBetter
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Wax, a cap and a cork? Really?

This beer pours a dark and cloudy apricot with an even film of egg-shell white foam.

Smells of peppery yeast, ginger and bit of peach. There’s an orange sharp citrus hiding behind this.

Tastes of a powdery white flour, orange juice and a musky bread dough yeastiness that carries with it a bit of black pepper. It then takes a turn to a dry sharpness that emphasizes the dryness with an increase of the pepper and a subtle touch of grape fruit.

Feels a bit heavy with a very present thickening carbonation. Feels a bit much.

I liked the balance and the presence of this one although it seems a bit sweet for the style.

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Photo of StoutyMcHaggis
3.81/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

(From the same bottle as pictured)

Great presentation, love the name and images. The beer itself really reminds me of Cuvee's Diabolique but with lots of fruity notes and a cleaner pour and a crisper taste. It's very sweet even for somebody that likes sweet. Far too costly for what it is, but I'm glad I tried it out.

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Photo of cvstrickland
3.78/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 ml Champagne-style bottle, corked and capped with a red wax seal over the top, poured into a chalice yields a hazy yellow amber body with a finger of white foam that recedes to a sheet leaving very little lacing on the glass.

Smell is spicy pineapple with red apples and a dry bready malt note.

Taste is fruity, with a big blast of ripe pineapple, crisp green apples, slick honeydew melon, and a big dose of sweet banana. A wonderfully dry, crisp, bitter note lingers in the drink, the bitter component gaining prominence as the bottle warms. Spicy notes of cayenne tingle on the palate. The last pour from the bottle brings forth a tangy yeastiness that fills a gap in the mostly-sweet flavor profile perfectly.

Smooth, soft, crisp, and complex, the beer has nice drinkability.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.67/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Issaquah Menage A Frog

Ontap into a snifter. Bright gold in color, good clarity, small white fizz dies down to next to nothing. Aroma of peach, belgian yeast, alittle grassy hop. In the taste, nice yeasty fruitiness, alittle peppery spice, estery for sure. On the light side of medium bodied and quite easy to drink. Overall, a decent American Tripel.

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Photo of Plenum
4.33/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Ginger Man in NYC.

Great yeasty smell. Pours a light copper color. Definitely some hops in the background on this one, but not overbearing. Some fruit flavors that come through...pear maybe, something sweet...like a sugared fruit was added. No real alcohol coming through with this one, despite coming in at 9%.

Very drinkable, would have loved to have much more of this, but bad weather mixed with driving and a nagging sense of responsibility limited me to a pint.

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Photo of oregone
3.8/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this.
A: Rich golden with solid head and retention. Promising, but not exciting.
S: Good fruit richness with some crisp apple notes. Some yeast and a touch o' funk.
T: Good. Fruit and yeast dominates with tart notes and a hint of sweetness.
M: Somehwta rich and slightly thick. Keeps a semblance of freshness by the carbonation, but could use more.
D: Yeah, I could drink a whole bottle of this. Maybe even two over a long night.

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Photo of chugamugofsud
3.21/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Went to the Rogue Public House in Portland and tried this new beer from one of their sattelite breweries. They were marketing it under the Rogue XS label even though it is not in fact from that label. I think they'd just mis-chalked the giant board that night.

The beer looked gorgeous, has a high ABV and was served in a mid-sized glass with a wide bottom. It hinted of very sweet notes when smelled, including what seemed like a caramel note. When tasted, it was incredibly sweet, which was a bit surprising. It certainly was not bad although it was a little too sweet for my taste to be put in the upper echelon of Rogue brews. It was marginally tasty but difficult to drink, taking a while to finish a glass and move on to the next pint.

Not bad but also not the best sweeter triple I've had.

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Photo of czechsaaz
3.13/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I've had this at the brewery several times. This is a 750ml. A note about the bottle, Champagne type with a wax wrap around the crown. Removing the wax you see the well known to homebrewers circular indentation on the cap. Never seen this in a commercial brew before. Hand Bottled? Corked under the cap.

Aroma starts out spicy from yeast. Lots of esters and bread aroma. There's also a bit of hop aroma. Malt aroma is a little bit spent grain smelling.

Color is golden and VERY clear. Starts with a big rocky head that fades to a persistant 1/2 inch layer of white foam. Some big bubbles remain on the top. there are a few lines of slowly rising large bubbles from the bottom of the glass. Very nice lacing while drinking.

Flavor is big malt and candi sugar. There is hop bitterness but it seems a little too restrained to balance out the sugary flavor. Not shockingly sweet but it could use a little more balance. The yeast esters are a little fruity but mostly I get the malt sweetness. So it comes off as pretty one dimensional to me.

Pretty heavy mouthfeel with the carbonation on the light side. Good for the style.

Kind of on the heavy side and the high sweetness is a problem for me. Glad I'm sharing the bottle because I don't think I could have more than a glass at one sitting. A 750ml would be too much.

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Photo of SeattleAdam
3.77/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Nearly opaque, hazy yellowish gold. Fine white head but not much of it. Weak retention.

S- Floral, light, citrus and bit sour

T- Fruity middle with a lightly bitter and just slightly sour finish. Finish, however, is quite clean. A little sweet for me.

M- Very light but not too thin. Well carbonated.

D- Despite it's fruity sweetness and hint of sour this beer is quite drinkable. Not heavy/filling. Quite easy on the taste buds.

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Photo of phisig137
3.42/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I assume that this is the same Menage A Frog that is listed under the Rogue name. The bottle design is very similar, and they other brews they have even had a Rogue cap. I assume this will be fixed shortly. Anyways, onto the beer.

Is this a test to get into the bottle? Waxed, capped, AND corked seems a bit excessive to me. Generous pour yields a quite hazy, light amber color, with a half finger head. Little retention leaves behind some decent lacing and foam in the glass. Aside from the head, this looks more Hefe like that triple...

Aroma is... different. Citrus fruit, pears, apples, a touch of ripe banana, and a massive alcohol presence. Tropical and warm smelling.

Flavor is so so. Overripe light colored fruits are present, mostly pears and bananas. Chunks of cork in the glass and my mouth do not help the effect.... Passion fruit and pineapple also pop in. Big spicy alcohol is very prevalent. Mouthfeel is silky, with very fine carbonation. Drinkability is decent.

Not quite sure what to think about this one. First off, it is not worth the $13.49 I paid for it. Second, if Rogue is "helping" them brew this, I think they need to help a little more. The label claims "Trappist yeast", but I wouldn't be all the surprised if this was fermented at least partially with Pacman. Overall, not that great and a bit too tropical to be a tripel for me. It's not bad, just too many flaws and questions for my taste. Perhaps I'm drinking this too young.... perhaps with a few months to mellow the alcohol will fade, and the fruit flavors will mellow. In the end, I guess this does taste quite young, and is worth another try sometime. You always hear of wine being sold before it's time... perhaps this was rushed to market for any number of reasons...

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Photo of chugalug06
2.63/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - Very little white winey. Crystal clear yellow with tons of orange. Very little white soapy head.

S - Very white grape-y, lots of light chamomile. Not very Belgian...

T - Abbey yeast stands out. Saaz Haps are too lights for this style. The pilser malt I could really do without...

M - No heat. Good carbonation. Bad malt.

O - Super sugary. Interesting array of styles. Clean, crisp, refreshing. I could drink a few a day, but it falls far short of the style. I always review to style, wish i could have rated this one higher.... very refreshing, but far from the style.

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Photo of wisrarebeer
2.73/5  rDev -24%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: very light straw color
S: slight oxidation, cloying, buttery
T: sweet and too rounded in taste, needed more of an edge and carbonation with yeasty undertones
M: sugary sweet on the tongue and a bit thick with below average carbonation
D: too sweet, not enough carbonation, some qualities of a tripel but only some

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Photo of gyllstromk
3.1/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This beer is corked, capped, and waxed. Once we pulled off the cap there was beer which had soaked through the cork. Maybe this is supposed to happen (which is why they wax it?), but it seemed off.

The beer pours and smells like champagne; it's one of the most carbonated beers I've had. My complaint with the appearance is that flecks of yeast were everywhere, making me shudder just a little before tasting.

The taste was almost nothing like a tripel; the yeast flavors were there but masked by an intensely carbonated, apple-cider taste. Sourness was apparent.

I liked the carbonation, or at least enjoyed the novelty of it. The sour aftertaste lingered.

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Photo of DaveRinn
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of Nickls
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Pours with a frothy, finger of white head that dissipates very quickly. Cloudy orange-gold color

S - Light fruit aromas (apples and pears?); a touch yeasty; hint of alcohol sneaks in

T - Quite sweet at first, kinda like a candied pear. Really too sweet in fact; touch of warming alcohol

M - OK in this department, but nothing good. Real lack of snappy carbonation hinders a bit. Verging on medium MF, and finishes a little dry

D - Just not a very interesting or tasty brew, and this definitely limits the drinkability. I have to say that (not even comparing it to the style) this is a chore to drink.

Overall, there are so many other better American Tripels out there, so don't bother with this one.

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