La Fringante - Unibroue

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Reviews: 51
Hads: 78
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 6.83%
Wants: 38
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
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Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
Tripel |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: kbub6f on 01-02-2003

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Photo of Popsinc
4.11/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (668 characters)

Photo of spinrsx
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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. (793 characters)

Photo of biegaman
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Another slick silk screened Unibroue bottle, corked & caged. Pours a cloudy yellow with fair carbonation. First glance and sip - nothing overly impressive. Good example of this tripel style. Fairly moderate flavour and aroma. Some citruisy notes, Belgian hops in the smell. Some spice. Slight tangy notes in the flavour. Maybe a pinch of alcohol in the finish but overall quite well hidden. A little light bodied but tasty. A very well done and enjoyable, though not overly impressive beer. (490 characters)

Photo of Cwrw
4.09/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finally available in Alberta! The 750ml corked bottle looks very similar to "Terrible," with embossed golden letters spelling "Fringante." It poured to a chalice glass with a little white fizzy head which did not last long. The beer is a golden-orange colour, hazy, with some apple juice colouration as well. The lacing moves quickly and was not overly sticky. The aroma is creamy and piquant, spicy, with apricots and tangerines, along with some wood notes. Alcohol is definitely present when inhaled deeply, but above the rim gives all sorts of fruitiness and delicious yeastiness which matches ranks with some of the best Belgian pales. Caramel, candy apple, fruitcake, tar-like chemical strongness, white sugar and honey, drying but subdued hops, burnt sugar, and a sweetness mixed with phenols that brings a powerful tickle to the nose. There is a good deal of saltiness when sniffing closely as well. The taste is sweet maltiness and spritzy alcohol at the beginning, some tangy mandarin orange or lemon peel, phenols and caramel in the middle, followed by a very typical Unibroue finish, consisting of alcoholic dryness, a wonderful graininess, and yeasty numbness that fills the mouth with cloves and cinnamon. Seasoning salt, and a whiskey-like alcoholic burning sensation. The beer is highly carbonated, making the volume seem doubly potent. Easy to drink, and yet not. The alcohol became a bit too noticeable for my liking, but at the same time, for a 10% volume, this still goes down quicker than it probably should for me. The beer warms the stomach nicely, and quite quickly. Definitely worthy of standing aside Maudite and maybe La Fin Du Monde for me personally, though not quite as unique as Trois Pistoles and Terrible. (1,737 characters)

Photo of Gueuzedude
4.09/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, straw gold color that is topped by a frothy, two-finger thick pale off-white head. The aroma has sweet grain note that I associate with wheat. There is also a fruity green apple note and a bit of underlying spiciness (that is quite evident, and pervasive, but hard to describe) made up of an earthy-herbal note, a hint of ginger, and a dry yeasty notes. The aroma is pretty straight forward, but definitely nice.

The taste is fairly sweet, which accentuates a strong fruity note made up of apples and even a bit of plum. The beer is pretty well carbonated and tends to become frothy as it hits the tongue. The carbonation helps to balance the upfront, and even lingering, sweetness. There is a dry, peppery, ginger-like note that tends to dry out the finish quite a bit. There is a bit of astringency in the finish that is definitely derived from yeast fermentation characteristics, reminds me a bit of a warm fermentation. Overall this is quite a nice beer, it is tasty, though perhaps not quite as complex as I could wish for. (1,045 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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. (1,521 characters)

Photo of belgbeerdrinker
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: hazy brown color with nice head that dissipates slowly, some carbonation
s: sweet, bread, caramel odors
t: taste the bread i smelled & yeast. starts well & ends better with warming alcohol
m: smooth, moderate, creamy body like many unibroue offerings with good carbonation
d: highly drinkable & like many of the unibroue strong ales, surprisingly smooth given the abv. another treat from the canadians (408 characters)

Photo of vanrassel
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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. (642 characters)

Photo of kbub6f
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought at Marché du Boisé (boul. des Forges, T-R), 6/11/03, stored cool dark, 2600 miles in my trunk.

The beer is all head in the tulip glass. Friggin' making me wait. It's huge, off-white (slightly creamy, I guess), noisy, coarse and leaves big cavities. When the beer finally shows, its a buttery gold, slightly orange and hazy. Lacing sticks in clumps. The smell is lightly spicy, with a little alcohol and dust. There's a nice apple inhale. The front is sweet, fruity. Again, some alcohol obvious. Just a little bit of medicine shows in the middle, but mostly butterscotch. A nice tangy alcohol heat kicks in at the finish. I really like this beer. It's a fruity, buttery, classic big Unibroue. I wish I had one to cellar. (731 characters)

Photo of kmpitz2
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 3-3-03. With 10%, this one should have held up nicely. Pours a lightly hazy peach color with a 2 finger head that falls lightly. An active carbonation keeps things going on the head. Nose is nice. I get notes of lemon, orange with a light mustyness hanging below. Flavoir is a bit different. Banana and lemon are the dominant flavors with a light spicey yeastyness hanging behind it with the mustyness being distant in the background. I am enjoying this flavor. Feel is moderate to full with a very active carbonation. No hint anywhere of the 10%. A very quaffable beer. Very light and active on the palate. Unibroue has done me right again. (649 characters)

Photo of elricorico
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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. (1,025 characters)

Photo of papat444
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (612 characters)

Photo of hefevice
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle dated 03/03/2003. Lost control of this one on the pour; very easy to do. Ended up with about 3 inches of fluffy white head in my Duvel tulip, which I think managed to show the beer off to best effect. Under the head was a hazy light gold with plenty of lively bubble action. Not much lacing left behind as it disappeared (fairly rapidly, I must say). Aroma was a little muted, with hints of citrusy orange peel, a little vineous sourness, and some belgian yeasty funk. Taste to me seemed to lack a little depth and complexity (say, compared to a classic like Karmeleit). Don't get me wrong, there was plenty there, the high ABV was extremely well hidden, but it seemed like a dimension was missing. Having said that, there must have been a massive malt backbone to hide the ABV, which was really well balanced, with only a slight peppery finish giving it away. Hops were really well done as well, stuff all in the aroma, but balancing the malt sweetness almost perfectly in the finish. Palate was un-obtrusive, complemented the flavours, but was not in the "rave" catagory to me (like some of the De Dolles). This stuff is really easy to drink; I could easy have demolished another 750 (if I could afford it at AUD15 a bottle) and suffered the consequences. (1,270 characters)

Photo of walleye
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

thanks goes to Brett the owner of Kuhnhenns for sharing at the gathering on 6/10. from the bottle. poured a cloudy orange, with a white head. aroma fruity, orange, apples, honey, pears, cardamom, floral. flavor, spicey, malts, apple plums, citrus, lemon, a touch of yeast and alcohol. a nice smooth beer. (304 characters)

Photo of mrmanning
3.97/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (272 characters)

Photo of allergictomacros
3.97/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm a little bit ambivalent about reviewing this. Bottle is some 3 years or so old and "aged" under questionable conditions. It's the only one I got so I'm gonna do it, but take this review with a grain of salt.

A - Pours a lightly hazed gold with a quickly receding head of fizzy foam.

S - Nose is strong green apple with a hint of lemon. Underlying light maltiness rounds out the nose.

T - Big crisp green apples are prominent with a alcoholic undertone. Subdued bitterness and a Belgian spiciness are the other prominent flavours. Very cidery. While the alcohol is quite present, it is well balanced by other flavours. Aftertaste is more malty than hops. The impression of tartness up front.

M - Mouthfeel is crisp and sharp, light body and very effervescent.

D - Very drinkable tripel. Light and refreshing. Alcohol is well hidden. Leans very heavily towards the green apple.

Edit: after pouring the bottom half of the bottle, beer character is changed slightly. Much more cloudy of course, and a touch of funk and soy sauce in the nose. Bitterness is a bit stronger as well.Seems to have a bit more depth in flavour and a creamier mouthfeel. (1,153 characters)

Photo of revdrjbob
3.85/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another great brew from those crazy Canucks. I love this brewery, great tasting beers, really well presented bottles, top shelf stuff, just a shame we gotta pay so much for them. $AU21 for a 750ml. I think well worth it.
Poured a beautiful pale orange into the Maudite glass, a thick white head, big frothy bubbles, nice with the sediment mixed in too. Hazy, but good.
Aroma of dry hopping (?) malt, alcohol, yeasty goodness, sweet spices. Tatsed fan-fricking-tastic! Awesome! Perfectly in style, rounded malt flavours, a touch of spice. a hint of hops, warming alcohol, finishing dry. A great beer, very like Duvel with the dryness.
Alas, not a big drinker as it runs at 10%, but perfect inplace of champagne to toast my girlfriends' new job. (746 characters)

Photo of fisherman34
3.82/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Gold with a slight tinge of orange. Strong carbonation. Essential tripel style aromas with lots of peach, muted citrus, yeast, and spice (especially black pepper). Fairly fruity in the mouth with more citrus and a bit of nectarine. A bit of bready malts also show themselves, along with some sugary Belgian notes. Overall, it’s sorta like your standard tripel, but with a slightly maltier kick. Not your everyday beer, but very nice indeed. (441 characters)

Photo of Rastacouere
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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". (365 characters)

Photo of oakbluff
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle dated 7/7/2002 from my cellar. Still a good pop when the cork was released. Poured in a chalice. A real apple juice scent on the nose. Appearance is again of apple juice. More clear than some other unibroue offerings. Carbonation was there, but has appeared to weaken over the years. Actually improces drinkability as a result. Very smooth for a 10% triple. Spicy with the apple tones. The unibroue yeast tast has diminished. Overall very nice beer and very drinkable. I doubt I will get my hands on another 2002 vintage, so I took my time to savour this sweet beer. (573 characters)

Photo of brendan13
3.7/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Corked and caged 750ml bottle.
A - Poured a hazy darkish golden colour with couple of centimetres of white head that falls away quite quickly.
S - Clove & peppery spicey yeast phenols and some light fruit esters, a bit of apple & honey.
T - Yeasty like the smell but the sweetish bready and honey malt comes through as well.
M - Light to medium bodied, slightlt sticky with low to medium carbonation.
D - Not my favourite Unibroue but still worth a try. (453 characters)

Photo of aracauna
3.53/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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. (285 characters)

Photo of IronDjinn
3.48/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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. (1,552 characters)

Photo of Lukie
3.37/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

06 vintage poured into a wide brimmed chalice. A very minimal head which dissipitated completely into a very thin lacing against the sides of the glass. Slightly cloudy golden.

Strong honey and cloves fragrance, a touch sweetness in the aroma, with a strong alcohol presence.

Honey, apples, with a lingering spicy quality that is hard to decipher. The alcohol is incredibly well hidden by the tanginess of the beer. It is incredibly dry on the finish. The body is quite moderate for the style, but the high alcohol does give a tingle on the tongue.
It is rather nice to drink, with great warming qualities that could make it go down a lot better on a cold winters night. (672 characters)

Photo of Talisker
3.27/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

750ml bottle received as a surprise gift from BA gclarkage. Silkscreened text on back reads "03-03-2003" - I assume this is a bottling date, making it just over four years in the bottle.

Nice pop on the cork, nice sweet sugar smell immediately evident. Poured at refrigerator temperature into my Anderson Valley Brewing Belgian tulip - allowed to warm for 10 minutes before starting to drink.

Deep orange with some brown. Not clear, but not particularly hazy. Carbonation is muted - dies down quickly to a very thin film.

Nice aroma. Some of the typical Unibroue yeastiness, but mostly that same sweet sugar from the bottle opening. The taste is very nicely integrated with the smell - some maltiness, a tiny bit of Belgian tang, and quite a lot of that pleasant candied sugariness. Not much else going on, really. Not syrupy - nicely clean texture. Finishes with a tiny burn at the back of the throat - a reminder that this is a 10% beer - but that burn stays around and builds throughout the glass and bottle. After a while that heat makes it hard to keep drinking.

In my Belgians I usually like more of a edgy clean crispness than Fringante's giving me - or if it's a warmer style, I need a little more interest in the flavor than we get here. Not in my top beers ever, but not a misfie - quite worthwhile. I was very glad to for the chance to try Fringante. (1,374 characters)

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La Fringante from Unibroue
90 out of 100 based on 51 ratings.