Gulden Fraug Belgian Style Ale | Hoppin' Frog Brewery

Gulden Fraug Belgian Style AleGulden Fraug Belgian Style Ale
76 Ratings
Gulden Fraug Belgian Style AleGulden Fraug Belgian Style Ale

Brewed by:
Hoppin' Frog Brewery
Ohio, United States

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by becktone on 11-24-2006

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Ratings: 76 |  Reviews: 53
Photo of jwhawkins81
1.88/5  rDev -47.5%
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.

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Photo of KBoudreau66
2.22/5  rDev -38%
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.

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Photo of Nipitato
2.53/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Purchased a bottle at Julio's Liquors located in Westborough, MA.

A: Amber hue. No head. Good clarity. This beer has legs.

S: Dark fruits and fusel alcohols dominate. Very sweet. Somewhat one dimensional.

T: Ridiculously sweet taste, which gets in the way of the other flavor characteristics. Dried fruits and alcohol. Not very good.

MF: Cloyingly thick due to sweetness. Low carbonation.

D, notes: Far too sweet to be drinkable. Not impressive in the least.

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Photo of jmichaeldesign
2.65/5  rDev -26%
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.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
2.83/5  rDev -20.9%
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.

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Photo of edbeered
2.86/5  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.

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Photo of Kegatron
2.87/5  rDev -19.8%
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.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
2.92/5  rDev -18.4%
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.

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Photo of JamnesCameron
2.97/5  rDev -17%
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.

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Photo of smcolw
3.05/5  rDev -14.8%
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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Photo of BEERchitect
3.1/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Looks like I found my first mediocre Hoppin' Frog Ale. The beer looks suspect after pouring a with dull carbonation and only a pale ale-ish head formation with low staying power. Sparkling clarity and a bright copper hue makes for an attractive liquor. Aromas of very sweet, syrupy malts dwarf any Belgian character and drown out the moderate fruits. Hops (as they should) are bringing up the rear with subtle herbal, floral notes. The beer tastes as sweet as the nose suggests, I could argue the syrupy flavors with touches of molassas and brown sugar. Although the beer is acidic at times, it does not get into the berry, vineous, sharp flavors that Belgian pales often bring. The body suffers the most becasue of the weight of the beer due to modest carbonation, high sugar rates, and lingering syrup flavors. The beer never dries out or lifts off the palate, leaving a long sweet aftertaste and some hop bittering late. As far as Belgians are concerned, this beer is characterless, lacking depth, and displaying only timid Belgian identity. I like the beer but could just as easity pass for an English Barleywine with a tawny Port twang.

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Photo of brushtachio
3.22/5  rDev -10.1%
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.

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Photo of Kevinpitts
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

Photo of callmescraps
3.28/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

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Photo of PorterLover83
3.28/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Head went away fairly quickly and had the apprearance of iced tea. Strong malty smell with candied fruits as well. Taste starts out very thick with a malt background and then brings out some hops. Had a big alcohol taste to follow and you can feel it warming as it goes down. Pretty good beer. Can't drink too much of it as one bomber at 10.5% made me feel pretty good.

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Photo of UltraZelda64
3.28/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours with very little head, which quickly dissipates to little more than a thin ring around the sides of the glass and some small bubbles suspended at the surface in the middle of the glass. Very few bubbles rise from the bottom of the glass, and what ones are there are small. Color is a pretty coppery-orange, and crystal clear. Not much going on with such little (and short-lived) head and so few bubbles rising, but the color almost makes up for it. At 10.5% ABV, I can't complain really... with such a high level of alcohol, the head is bound to be small and short-lived.

Smell: Very sweet and fruity. Strangely, I can also smell pumpkin. I first thought this would make a good Halloween beer when I smelled it. It smells awkward to me, and not quite like the other Belgian beers I had, but there's something I just like about it...

Taste: Alcohol showed up in my first sip, as well as lots of fruity sweetness hinted at by the smell. From then on, the alcohol has moved back some as the fruity flavors kicked in. Very complex and strong flavors. Has a somewhat-strong bite to it. The flavors really come out as it warms up.

Mouthfeel: I would say it's about medium. It's not like water, but then it's not quite like some porters, stouts and weizens I've had either.

Drinkability: Surprisingly high considering the amount of alcohol. However, I would drink this one as a sipping beer; it's strong. Very strong. As I drink more, the drinkability goes down, making it hard to finish this entire bottle. Meanwhile, I can already feel the effects.

Overall, not too bad, but nothing amazing either. I wouldn't mind getting this one again, although I would like to see a six-pack option. As it is currently, it's about 8 bucks for a single, 22oz bottle. That alone makes this a beer to seek out only on occasion, and especially when someone else is around to drink the other half of it. Unfortunately, the Hoppin' Frog beers I want to try the most (Wild Frog Wheat, B.O.R.I.S. The Crusher, and Silk Porter) are not at the local store I go to, but this beer is not a bad first try from this brewery as far as I can tell. I look forward to trying some of their others.

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Photo of AltBock
3.3/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

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Photo of Vancer
3.33/5  rDev -7%
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.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.33/5  rDev -7%
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.

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Photo of Crosling
3.35/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

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Photo of bruachan
3.37/5  rDev -5.9%
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

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Photo of becktone
3.4/5  rDev -5%
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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Photo of Oxymoron
3.44/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

How do you spell Golden Frog? Pours a hazy straw colored yellow with a some golden hues throughout. A soft white head when poured but not much retention or lacing during the tasting.

The nose comes out with a nice malty presence. Some grainy and sugary sweet notes up front but still remains dry and soft. Some limited yeast notes with some minor fruity tropical fruit and orange aromas. Some minor cloves. Would have liked more of a ester profile but good. Some noticeable alcohol notes are bit of a deterrent.

The taste is very muddled overall. The malt, to start, has a harsh grainy taste that is boarder line astringent. The candy notes are muffled by some of the off yeast notes. Some limited butyric notes with more of a drainage like taste. Some Belgium characteristics with a some fruity and floral notes. A light pepper and noticeable alcohol flavors as well. A bit hoppy for style but ok.

The body is closer to moderate than light. Would like way more carbonation to balance some off notes. Some close astringent notes. Overall there the nose was promising but feels like the beer was under pitched with some of the off notes.

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Photo of Raymond69
3.45/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

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Photo of nlmartin
3.47/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

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Gulden Fraug Belgian Style Ale from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
Beer rating: 3.58 out of 5 with 76 ratings
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