Gulden Fraug Belgian Style Ale | Hoppin' Frog Brewery

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Gulden Fraug Belgian Style AleGulden Fraug Belgian Style Ale

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Hoppin' Frog Brewery
Ohio, United States | website

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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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.


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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
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