La Fringante - Unibroue
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4.15/5 rDev +0.5%
Appearance: 750ml corked bottle. Beautiful cloudy golden pour with a large white head. The head slowly fades but never disappears.
Smell: I found the nose suprisingly mild for a Unibroue beer. Light fruity nose, some citrus and sweet notes. A little earthy and malty as well.
Taste: Big maltiness up front. An underlying caramel sweetness and a hint of woody & earthy characters. Great body and balance. Dry finish with a warming alcohol kick.
Mouthfeel: Dry and crisp.
Drinkability: A good drinking experience. Very warm beer that would be pleasant as an after dinner drink or a night cap. Overall, not one of Unibroue's best, but i still quite enjoy it.
06-14-2003 08:46:41 | More by Popsinc
4.88/5 rDev +18.2%
Appearance Heres the lazy, light orange misty ale that typifies many Belgians. What? You say that Quebec isnt in Belgium? No, but it might as well be when it comes to Unibroue brews. These are almost always dead on, and this is no exception.
The head is very typical Unibroue as well. Careful on the pour, because this one will come right out at you. Once it settled down I enjoyed marveling at the big pool of foam on top of the liquid. Even the head seemed to improve as this ale warmed.
Smell I was making pizza dough while tasting this, so the competing yeast aromas were quite entertaining. The light, lovely yeasty dough of the Fringante is typical Unibroue and utterly amazing. The complex spicing rounds things out here, making the experience that much more enjoyable. Dont even think about rating the smell on this ale until youve whiffed a warm one.
Taste I taste my Belgians at almost room temperature for the most part, and this one was no exception. I like warm malty beer. The nose came our perfectly at the taste. The yeast and very light hop compliment mixed expertly with the friendly Belgian spices. I especially enjoyed the first class coriander and white pepper, but there were many others too numerous to mention.
Mouthfeel Medium-bodied and extremely delicate and fluffy. Oh, how I wish American breweries could get this mouthfeel. Nine out of ten reviews that I do on non-Belgium Belgians or non-German Germans bemoan the brewers inability to replicate this mouthfeel, yet Unibroue seems to do it at will.
Drinkability I should have saved this for #1,000. Once again, as if it hasnt happened over and over again, Unibroue impresses.
Comments How good can a brewery get? Edition 2004, 4.2; La Fin Du Monde, 4.3; Maudite, 4.5; Terrible, 4.8; Trois Pistoles, 4.5; 11, 4.2. The list goes on and on. Im partial to Stone but this may just be the best brewery in North America.
Big, huge, I-cant-express-myself thanks to Rastacouere for sending this one all the way out to Seattle. It has been a pleasure.
06-19-2004 02:48:39 | More by RoyalT
4.05/5 rDev -1.9%
341ml bottle, an apparent straggler from a mixed-pack at a local station of my province's private liquor store monopoly. Still, nice to finally see this particular offering in dear ol' Alberta, for reals.
This beer pours a rather cloudy medium golden yellow hue, with two fingers of tightly foamy, somewhat frizzy white head, which leaves a few up-sweeps of coral sea form lace around the glass as it evenly bleeds from sight.
It smells of sweet apple mush, ripe pineapple, that earthy, musty Unibroue house yeast, baked banana, mild coriander and black pepper spice, and a beefy pale maltiness. The taste is apple concentrate, a more tart pineapple essence, generic under-ripe melon, edgy earthy, ethereally musty yeast, and some high-palate affective muddled savoury spiciness. No sign of this purported 20-proof booze, yet.
The bubbles are a little bit frothy, but otherwise apt at their desirable behind the scenes job, the body actually medium-heavy for the style, as the inherent fruitiness manifests still, and lingers further into a middling smoothness. It finishes off-dry, the fruit and spice continuing their oblivious dance in the presence of such an innocuous and at the same time prominent alcohol presence.
Once again, this isn't exactly my favourite style, however, the usual suspects of my dismay are well mediated here, especially the booze, as the fruit, spice, and yeast persist in their nice, pat little French orgy. And that's all right by me, as that warming finally sets in, slowly and surely.
03-05-2013 02:27:58 | More by biboergosum
4.5/5 rDev +9%
Full of taste from spieces and herbs that varies on each sip. Great-looking bottle. Alcohol is masked by zest to mouth. As interesting a beer as I've had, and in a league by itself from other tripels. will win over Belgium beer fans. Liked it by itself without food, but its too much alcohol for most people.
12-02-2003 23:06:50 | More by Sammy
4.3/5 rDev +4.1%
A hazy, yellow-gold body is topped by a tall head of bright-white foam. The retention is exellent, and it maintains a decent 1/2" or more throughout the entire goblet. It's a really nice appearance, but unfortunately it leaves no lace. The nose is restrained, but offers some honey and candyish sweetness as well as a delicate touch of alcohol and low-level spice. The light body and very fine, effervescent carbonation leaves it tingly in the mouth, and it becomes lightly creamy as it warms across the palate. The flavor delivers a brilliant combination of crisp, juicy apples and sugary but non-descriptive rock candy. It finishes with a lingering note of sweet malt and thin wash of drying alcohol. Quite nice!
08-03-2003 04:25:57 | More by NeroFiddled
4.16/5 rDev +0.7%
A - hazy golden orange, two fingers of white head held nicely
S - nice yeasty esters of banana and spice with a healthy kick of sour citrus, some mild grains
T - robust sour tropical citrus with cloves and mild herbs, touch of pepper and light grainy malt, all very well balanced
M - medium body with a big creamy carbonation start, mild through the middle with a touch of alcohol dryness to finish
O - very drinkable tripel with a nice big yet somehow mellow flavour mix, glad I picked up a Unibroue 12 mixer for the purpose of this brew
06-16-2013 04:19:33 | More by joemcgrath27
4.03/5 rDev -2.4%
This poured a hazy golden colour into my Chimay goblet, with a lovely creamy head topping it all off. It smelled mostly of yeast, with some spicy, peppery notes and some vague fruity esters.
The fruitiness became more apparent in the taste and was crisp and citric. There's a broad maltiness in the middle that makes this a smooth, easy-drinker for its 10 per cent ABV. It ends with a moderately spicy finish and a slightly thick and sticky mouthfeel. The carbonation was a little abrasive for my liking.
This beer is a tiny bit rough around the edges compared to a classic like St. Bernardus, but still an enjoyable, well-crafted brew.
09-29-2006 20:15:45 | More by vanrassel
4.03/5 rDev -2.4%
Pours a hazy deep yellow with a thin off white head. The head doesn't stay very thick, but leaves some lacing with every swallow. Not a stand out appearance really, but looks good.
The best I can pin down for the smell is a citrus zest with black licorice as a base. The smell isn't very strong, it isn't the kind of beer I can smell from afar.
The taste makes me think of a high alcohol version of a witbier. It has the citrus taste in front with what I would almost call "mellow sambuca" as the finish. A mild black pepper and that intangible Unibroue taste make an appearance. I like it, but it doesn't seem to have as much character as I'd hoped.
Mouthfeel is great. It has a near thickness in the body with perfect carbonation(for my tastes anyway). It is pleasant when left on the tongue.
Drinkability is, quite like mouthfeel, great. What is pleasant in the mouth will be easy to drink, and this is no exception. This 750ml won't be around for long.
Well worth trying, a solid brew from a solid brewery.
08-14-2005 04:57:52 | More by elricorico
3.1/5 rDev -24.9%
Poured a orange/yellow hazy brew (color is reminiscent of Unibroue 10) with a nice bubbly/foamy whitish head with no much of retention. Carbonation is tight and aroma of spice with usual Unibroue hops style. Taste of alcohol is not subtle and even too strong that it hides the mix of spice. This is definitely not the best from Unibroue and it seems to me that it is just another variation of their usual Belgian ale. I think this beer is overrated.
02-02-2004 20:10:28 | More by Phyl21ca
4.38/5 rDev +6.1%
2002 Fringante cellared for many years in my stash...
Pours a slightly hazy orangish yellow, some head that settles down to a thin ring of film, no lacing.
Aroma of spice, sugar and a faint note of cork. Some mellow malt flavors, alot of phonolic and alcoholic notes as well. A tad "dirty" tasting, but not overly harsh.
Still a fine ale after 6 years, but I don't think it will improve anymore, drink 'em if you got 'em.
09-27-2008 23:27:32 | More by bloberglawp
3.48/5 rDev -15.7%
Amazing how long we had to wait to have this available in Alberta, when they've had it for over a year to the left of us in B.C. Came in a 750 ml brown caged and corked bottle, brassy metallic label similar to Unibroue's other special editions.
A hazy apricot/almond in appearance, decent frothy white head on the pour which retains to a thick cap. A very meaty nut character up front on the nose, which is broken through by a more effervescent floral bouquet accompanied by tangerines. The spices tend to linger further down and remain there, faint traces of ginger, coriander and pepper.
The flavour, while decent, doesn't do much for me at first, and tends to swarm, everything arises at once making it difficult to break down. Orchard fruit and citrus blend with the spices, a current of light caramel ebbs along, the lips get coated with icing sugar, and the low constant murmur of the alcohol presence contributes a lingering warming effect throughout. The mouthfeel, although it contains a bit of an alcohol whollop, tends to fall more to the thin side of texture, and the mouth is left dry and sticky.
Given the abv% and the style of the logo, this appears to me to be the pale strong version of Terrible, or at least the yang to its yin style-wise. Not as exciting, nor as complex as I had anticipated, more of a mediocre offering from Unibroue. Yet even when they're mediocre they're still quite drinkable. Still, I'd rather have another 1837 to this Fringante, or better yet a Terrible to switch back to the yin of this dynamic duo.
08-02-2005 00:06:56 | More by IronDjinn
4.5/5 rDev +9%
750mL corked bottle, with gold foil labelling. Very classy looking. Bottle Conditioned (of course).
Lemon yellow (like the pulp, not the rind). Cloudy and endowed with the typical Unibroue massive head. This one shrinks a little faster than their average, though. A good layer remains to the end, however. Nose betrays grapefruit, and other mellower citrus fruits. Grapefruit, yeasts, some banana, and a note of butter fill out the taste. Light and airy, excitable and luvverly carbonation. Goes down the hatch with no trouble whatsoever, which I regretted when I had to get up at 7:30 the following morning. It's hard to gauge what the effect of these bottles will be, and so I'm never sure how much else to drink to avoid the hangovers.
I wonder if this is actually a close descendant of their "10". I found a lot of flavours that were very similar, and after a year, it could be the year-old bottle of "10" that I had recently. Whether this is true or not, it's a great beer, and I look forward to many future meetings with it.
02-23-2003 20:18:43 | More by the42ndtourist
4.28/5 rDev +3.6%
Pours a light, slightly opaque yellow with a small white head which dissipated rather quickly. Tons of small carbonation seen rising.
Aroma of apples and some melon in the background. Some alcohol also comes through.
Taste is crisp, refreshing with the apple and some decent malts. Very clean. Suprisingly, the alcohol is not noticeable.
Mouthfeel is much lighter than expected and nicely cleansing.
Overall, a very nice, very refreshing brew from Unibroue. Very drinkable which is sort of scary considering the ABV. Amazing stuff.
11-14-2007 23:26:49 | More by atigerlife
3.78/5 rDev -8.5%
Very fruity and yeasty aroma from a nice golden beverage. The good-tasting head is white and foamy. The complexity is mouth is interesting. There seems to be a little of everything among which flowers, citrus and honey lead the chorus. It's an excellent tripel, representative of the belgian style, but I expected even more distinction after drinking "La Terrible".
02-21-2004 23:01:55 | More by Rastacouere
4/5 rDev -3.1%
Poured from a 341ml. bottle (Lot H291220303Q, Bottled Oct. 29, 2012).
Appearance: Creamy white head, good lacing and a nice yellow/pale orange body.
Smell: Fruit syrup, mild tropical fruit (pineapple?), banana esters, melon, overripe fruit and mild spices in the periphery.
Taste: Upfront is strong on the fruit, plush and slightly overripe, melons, apples, peaches, spices in the middle tingle the tongue throughout the finish.
Mouthfeel: Tingly carbonation is just right, smooth and expansive with a dry finish that cleans out the palate.
Overall: Pretty good and glad they brought this out of retirement.
12-13-2012 12:27:37 | More by papat444
British Columbia (Canada)
4.2/5 rDev +1.7%
Special thanks to papat444 for kindly delivering this to us.
A: Pours a murky golden hue with a delicate head that dissipates quickly leaving a thin film of variable bubbles along the surface. Light fizzy carbonation bubbles stream from the bottom of the glass.
S: Initial scents of musk melon and that distinctive musky Unibroue yeast together with honey, ripe bananas and lemon notes. Hints of spices of cloves and pepper with a slight mineral undertone.
T: Honey, ripe bananas and dates with the Unibroue yeast. Notes of cloves, minerals. Creaminess of champagne and hints of clean wet wood.
M: Very creamy and champagne like in its carbonation. Clean and crisp.
O: This is one of the view beers where the taste was better then the smell. The crisp, clean and creaminess of the carbonation results in a very champagne like experience. I'm quite happy to have been able to give this a try - thanks again to papat444 for sharing.
06-01-2013 03:55:25 | More by FondueVoodoo
4.1/5 rDev -0.7%
341ml Bottle from Broue Haha QC part of a mixed 12 pack for 14.99+taxes
Appearance - Hazy copper/dark gold colour with a massive size fizzy/frothy off-white head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some decent lacing. The head lasted for 5-6 minutes before it was gone.
Smell - Malts, grapes, bananas, apples, yeast/clove
Taste & Mouth - There is a high amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, apples, and yeast. There is also some grapes, banana, and clove/coriander. It ends with a bittersweet fruity and spicy aftertaste.
Overall - Seems like a Fin Du Monde with a touch more complexity. There are hints of a belgian IPA to it as well. Really good stuff, seems like this brewer can do no wrong. I'm glad they are available locally for such a good price.
11-24-2012 01:41:12 | More by spinrsx
3.98/5 rDev -3.6%
Thanks for sharing Derek! Cloudy yellow, with a frothed out white cap. Yeasty in the nose, candied fruit, with marked white grapes. Yeasty and plummy flavours, sugared malts, with lots of spice and cirtus rind. Alcohol noticable, and warming. Another winner from Unibroue.
03-14-2010 18:44:37 | More by mrmanning
3.53/5 rDev -14.5%
This is a cloudy gold gold color with a good fluffy white head. There are lots of esters and phenols, making the beer with it's dry malt come across almost like an unspiced witbier. Really bubbly. It has a clean finish and only a little alcholic heat. Not a big flavor, but a good one.
02-23-2004 19:19:03 | More by aracauna
La Fringante from Unibroue
91 out of 100 based on 76 ratings.