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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

Brewed by:
Hoppin' Frog Brewery
Ohio, United States

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: 78 |  Reviews: 53
Photo of srgj88
4.25/5  rDev +18.7%

Photo of davey101
3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bomber into a tulip glass. Guess this is from 2011?

Pours a hazy burnt amber body with no real foam. Some light edging and minimal lacing. Plenty of sediment on the last pour. Smell is oxidized malts, caramel, and some spices. Taste is also of caramel, oxidation and some Belgian yeast spice. Drinkable enough, but most certainly over the hill. Medium mouth feel with nice carbonation. Feels a bit boozy but doesn't taste like it. Probably a former shell of itself but if you enjoy oxidation this has a really pleasant level of that which works quite well off of the light spice of the Belgian yeast.

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Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of Tyrawlings
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of zrab11
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a nice yellow golden color, With a 1 finger head.with some nice lacing

S- Has a honey aroma to it with some malt notes and sugar mixed in

T- Has a really nice sweet honey taste to it with some other fruit flavors and some malty yeastyness to finish

M- Medium bodied with ok carbonation

D-OVerall i really liked this beer. Its flavors when nice and refreshing and all balanced well together. Would like to have this again, but as it being retired looks like i wont have that chance. Was glad i got to have this beer before it dissapered!

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Photo of sixerofelixir
3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle. Beer is retired, bottle is from long ago, but it can't be too bad.. can it?

Pours a pretty, golden-amber color, no carb to speak of. A thin tan ring is seen. Some sedimentation. Smell is backstrap molasses with some alcohol burn. Taste is very yeasty, sweet, and sorta red grape-like. The malt very prominent. Can detect the alcohol, feel is hot. Overall, very sweet, but was not overwhelming. Good for an "aged" bottle.

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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 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 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 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 adamette
4.45/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Live Review. Poured from a bomber into my Gulden Draak gold rimmed tulip glass. No observed "best by" date but I cannot imagine that it matters.

A Golden yellow orange translucent body under a one inch fluffy white head with some lacing even before I take a sip. Nice look. 4.0

S Sweet malt for sure. No hops smell. It reminds me a LOT of its likely inspiration, Gulden Draak. It may have a more sugary smell than Gulden Draak and maybe a bit less complex than Gulden Draak. 4.0

T Sweet malt explodes with flavor. There is a healthy dose of apple cider flavor that is not repulsive but it is certainly there. Belgian style yeast is noticeable and welcomed. Alcohol is very well hidden. 5.0

M Full with big ABV and big sweetness. Very appropriate to the style. 4.5

D I will drink and enjoy the bomber but nothing beyond that. 4.0

Notes: A fitting tribute to Gulden Draak. I am glad that I found this as Gulden Draak is one of my favorites. My first from this brewer, I have B.O.R.I.S. the crusher waiting for me next.

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Photo of discovolante65
4.12/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought this one because I just had the Crusher and liked it. The price on this one was where it should be for the ABV and the category.

Poured this into the Duvel bulb aggressively. Amber, golden orange color with a half-inch, quickly dissolving head that becomes a thin off-white ring after 30 seconds. Tiny bubbles, but an ever-streaming flow of them in a funnel coming up from the bottom.

Smells very sweet and fruity. Bananas and malt and that strange bread/yeast smell that this style has. A little spice as well.

Taste doesn't hide the alcohol, but it doesn't burn too hot and its a steady, minimal presence as opposed to a finishing slap like most high abv's. Sugary-malt with a caramel, fruit-cocktail syrup to finish. Not at all bitter, and barely what I would consider pale ale, but delicious none the less. I don't taste any hops at all.

Medium almost syrupy, but not too heavy and doesn't linger too long or end up bitter.

Smooth throughout but gets a little hot as it gets warmer. I would definitely drink more than one of these. I'm glad I don't have to share this one tonight. It's 27 degrees, we're looking at 6-10 inches of snow and I just shoveled. Now if I only had a fireplace to cozy up to with this one.

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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 ChainGangGuy
3.94/5  rDev +10.1%
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 seangroves
4.14/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

Poured with about 1/4" white foamy head that dissipates quickly. Color is copper-orange and quite clear.

Smell is fruity, similar to a banana.

Slight bitterness at the beginning then quite malty yet the fruitiness of the hops and yeast used come through in a complementing manner.

Medium bodied, very smooth and easy on the palate.

This beer, despite its lack of head, is an excellently balanced beer and very easy to drink on casually. I would have another.

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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 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 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 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 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 IBUnit63
4.02/5  rDev +12.3%
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?

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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 mhewes
3.8/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

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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 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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Gulden Fraug Belgian Style Ale from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
Beer rating: 3.58 out of 5 with 78 ratings
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