Eladerman (79) - Newburgh, Indiana, USA - FEB 2, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is a very nice Belgian styled strong med-dark Brew. Itís Similar to a Konings Hoeven Abby or Trappist quad. Delicious and malty like a liquid krispy creme donut but with some hints of dark fruit. Also itís a BiG Beer indeed at 10.5 % ABV.
juggle330 (4) - N. Canton, Ohio, USA - NOV 21, 2006 does not count
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This high alcohol strong Belgian golden style beer has a heavy body with a malty taste and finish. Fruity esters are evident in the taste and aroma. The high alcolhol (10.2%) is not evident so be careful how much you drink at one time.
KiDAcE (35) - Canton, Ohio, USA - APR 14, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
This brew while a good one isnít absolutely excellent. While I regret having to do this I canít compromise my tastes either. Hereís the rating. It has a more sweet, then sour aroma. I didnít know what to expect. This brew is a red, but mostly orange-yellow clear brew. Has carbonation that is good. A semi-sweet to bitter after taste. The in-mouth feel is low-thick and syrupy. However for 10.5% ABV is very very nice. Hmmm....I just canít pin-point anything else other than it does coat the palate pretty thickly and alcohol is not noticable; itís there but canít taste it well; good.
thedm (4783) - Fort Wayne, USA - FEB 1, 2008
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This bottled brew from a bottle shop poured a small sized head of foamy finely sized off-white colored bubbles that were mostly diminishing and left behind a slightly hazy dark orange brown colored body. The aroma was hoppy floral malty and sweet. The mouth feel was very tingly at the start and at the finish vinous aftertaste. The yummy flavor contained notes of malt hops crisp caramel mildly vinous and mild citrus. Delicious and one I would certainly buy again.
strangaj (250) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - AUG 7, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a dark clear brass color with slim white head. A floral aroma accompanies a full-bodied fruity malt taste. Not quiet a true belgian style, but the flavor is rich and smooth with a nice strong alcohol presence. Very tasty.
Dough77 (821) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - NOV 15, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This beer relly surprised me. These Belgian rarely impress me all that much, but his one though a little hot was rather delicous. Golden tinged red pour. Nose was of alcohol, apple, spices, banana, slight caramel. Flavor was similar to the aroma with the alcohol making its presence known, but not in an overall bad way like it sometimes does. The sweetness helped balance it out a bit with the light fruity flavors helping round it out to a really nice beer. Really used the alcohol heat to its advantage.
crizay (1050) - Brook Park, Ohio, USA - JAN 14, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours clear copper color big white head. The flavor is so damn goood, lotís of crystal malts with a touch of chocolate and roasted barley in there. Pretty spicy and sweet some sight fruitiness and good yeast flavor to it. This abbey style beer just tasted good but what I liked that was different was the chocolate touch they gave it, almost no hops and bitterness at all just straight flavor and alcohol wasnít present at all, it just tasted awesome, I want more!
yobdoog (1888) - Woodridge NY, New York, USA - JAN 30, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap at HDG Daze. Another reason why I love HF. A lot of fruits in the mix of wheat and candi sugar. Not sticky sweet, a very nice American Belgain. Fruits of banana with the cloves, some oranges and apples too baked right in. Nice creamy mouthfeel. Very good.
cking (1175) - North Canton, Ohio, USA - JUN 3, 2007
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Rated 2/23/07: A bit of a teaser, this Belgian Style has some outstanding qualities although it wasnít as grand as I expected. Very aromatic, the spicy malt of Belgian familiarity quickly permeated the air above the glass. Sharp and very upfront this is a pleasure to sniff at for a while. Thick, dark golden pour with an orange-apricot hue. Minimal head that eventually goes away leaving some tiny lacing. Mouthfeel is thick and malty, the 10.5% is hardly noticeable. Smooth but this finish is a bit flat. The strong abv is more prominant in the taste but only after a heaping dose of spicy malt. Rather yeasty with a light musty earthiness. The overall flavor is common to a lot of the strong Belgian Ales Iíve sampled thus far. Itís borderline too sweet for my liking. It needs some fine tuning, but overall itís a nice sipper. If you enjoy the bomber by yourself you will surely end up with a big grin on your face before you realize it. Strong stuff indeed.
shigadeyo (2398) - Harrison, Ohio, USA - JAN 5, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUN 1, 2010 Sampled on 1/05/2007 at Riverís Bend. Thanks Matt! --
Hoppin Frog "Gulden Fraug" Golden Ale pours a clear, bright orange/copper color. It has a moderate amount of visible carbonation and a large, creamy beige head. The aroma is candied citrus (orange mostly, zest, a hint of pineapple as well) intertwined with a sweet caramel maltiness. The flavor is a wonderful extension of the aroma with the sweet caramel maltiness and candied citrus fruits coming to life on the tongue. The alcohol is suprisingly imperceptible for 10.5% ABV! This beer has a slightly syrupy body (just right!) and feels smooth in the mouth. Overall this beer is really well done and is very similar to Victory V12. "Gulen Frog" is my seconf favorite of the Hoppin Frog beers (their Imperial Stout is the best). I bet this beer would age nicely and get even better... 22 fl oz bottle. Rating: 7/4/8/4/17 = 4.0
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1/06/2009: Hoppin Frog Gulden Fraug Belgian Style Ale... Aroma: Sugry ripe, freshy fruits; syrupy pale malts, thin blend of honey and caramel; refined fusals. Appearance: Pale honey color, slightly hazy complexion; swirling off-white to beige froth on the surface; slow and gentle carbonation; some sediment. Flavor: Sweet, smooth malts; notes of sage honey and Hawaiian bread crust; some prune and candied orange peel (with maybe a sprinkle of spice); just a tinge of earthy and floral bitterness just before the finish; slight alcohol burn; caramelized golden raisins, dates, and apricot in the finish with just a splash of lemon (or twist of rind). Palate: Medium to medium-full body; smooth and mellow; slips right down! Overall: Still damn good; reminds me of a really nice Doppelbock with that fruity Belgian twist; still completely under-rated!
1 pint 6 fl. oz. bottle (Specifications: 10.5% a/v, 98 OG, 20 FG, 16 IBU). Rating: 8/3/7/4/16 = 3.8