Gulden Fraug Belgian Style Ale | Hoppin' Frog Brewery

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Gulden Fraug Belgian Style AleGulden Fraug Belgian Style Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Hoppin' Frog Brewery
Ohio, United States
hoppinfrog.com

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by becktone on 11-24-2006

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Ratings:
76
Reviews:
53
Avg:
3.56
pDev:
13.48%
 
 
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Photo of Sammy
3.65/5  rDev +2.5%
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

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Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of BEERchitect
3.1/5  rDev -12.9%
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 Phyl21ca
2.92/5  rDev -18%
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 superspak
3.84/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass; no bottle dating, but was recently released. Pours fairly crystal clear deep orange/amber color with a small foamy light khaki head with poor retention, that reduces to a ring of lacing fairly quickly. Slight spotty lacing on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big apricot, plum, pear, apple, melon, light banana, clove, pepper, honey, candi sugar, bread, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good complexity and balance of fruity/spicy yeast. earthy hops, and pale malt sweetness; with good strength. Taste of big apricot, plum, pear, apple, melon, light banana, clove, pepper, honey, candi sugar, bread, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Fair amount of earthy yeast spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of apricot, plum, pear, apple, melon, light banana, clove, honey, candi sugar, bread, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice complexity and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, earthy hops, and pale malt sweetness; with a nice malt/yeast balance and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a smooth and fairly slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice Belgian strong pale. All around good complexity and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, earthy hops, and pale malt sweetness; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Kegatron
2.87/5  rDev -19.4%
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 dcmchew
3.78/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.94/5  rDev +10.7%
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.

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Photo of smcolw
3.05/5  rDev -14.3%
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 BuckeyeNation
3.58/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

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Photo of paulish
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Wasatch
3.85/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

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Photo of Evil_Pidde
3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of weeare138
3.92/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.58/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.33/5  rDev -6.5%
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 Sabtos
3.94/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shimmering amber with a moderate off-white fizzy head settling to nothing.

Smell is plum, raisin, graham, and banana bread.

Taste is rich caramel, toffee, sweet biscuit, and banana bread with a little spice and earth.

Slick and velvety round and smooth.

2014 vintage.

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Photo of Kevinpitts
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

Photo of vermilcj
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of mikepcarney
4/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of merlin48
3.97/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

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Photo of Vancer
3.33/5  rDev -6.5%
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 brewdlyhooked13
2.83/5  rDev -20.5%
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 Tyrawlings
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of nrbw23
4.06/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Gulden Fraug Belgian Style Ale from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
3.56 out of 5 based on 76 ratings.
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