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La Fringante - Unibroue

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Ratings: 77
Reviews: 51
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 8.5%
Wants: 37
Gots: 3 | 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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Ratings: 77 | Reviews: 51
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4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of vanrassel
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

Photo of kbub6f
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

Photo of kmpitz2
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

Photo of biboergosum
4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

Photo of belgbeerdrinker
4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
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

Photo of Cwrw
4.09/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

Photo of Gueuzedude
4.09/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

Photo of Boozecamel
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of spinrsx
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Photo of biegaman
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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.

Photo of leaddog
4.12/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a hazy gold/amber with two fingers of effervescent head.

Smell - Unibroue traditional strain of yeast, clove, banana, tropical fruit.

Taste - A lot of fruity esters and the strong yeast flavour. Clove and banana are strongly present as well.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Nice foaminess.

Overall - Another strong and solid product made by Unibroue. Hits the right marks on the style.

Photo of Kremlock
4.12/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into tulip glass.

A: Golden blonde colour with hints of orange. Hazy with apparent high carbonation. Pours a nice thick white head.

S: Spicy cloves with crisp green apples.

T: Green apple pie with its spices, alcohol well present but balanced. Has the Belgian candy flavour to it.

M: Thin and dry, well carbonated. Bitterness is present but a bit low in my opinion (14IBUS) Finishes with malt undertones and residual sweetness.

O: This is a great triple that competes with the best in it's category. Well balanced, and very enjoyable. Only thing for me is that I would bring up the IBU's a bit.

Photo of joemcgrath27
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of jrenihan
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottled August 29, 2012. Thanks to Papat444 for the bottle!

Beer is a cloudy golden-orange. Large white head, looks very solid and thick. Great retention.

Smell is characteristically Unibroue, and seems quite similar to La Fin Du Monde. Banana, yeast, light spices. Rather perfume-like.

Taste contains a lot of light fruit, as well as yeast and some spices. Banana, peach, a bit of green apple. Clove. Surprisingly dry.

Quite creamy, full bodied. Nice feel, but the carbonation is quite high, and detracts somewhat.

Overall, very good. Glad that this one came back.

Photo of andrenaline
4.17/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Huge thanks to my uncle for picking up a 12 pack so that I could try a bottle of La Fringante.

A - Pours a clear golden colour, finger of soapy head with solid retention and some nice sheeting lacing.

S - Nose is slightly spicy, nice fruity yeast esthers, hints of clove and honey, touch of bananas on the finish.

T - Flavour is much like the nose, sweet cloves and honey, hints of banana, sweet corn, buttered bread and a leafy finish.

M - Medium bodied, smooth and surprisingly dry in the finish.

O - A tasty tripel and well worth seeking out, super glad I was able to try it out. At 10% this stuff is incredibly drinkable and dangerously smooth. Another treat enjoyed in la belle province!

Photo of FondueVoodoo
4.19/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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.

Photo of wordemupg
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

341ml bottle poured into seldom used Unibroue glass 12/1/13,

A slight haze in a golden orange liquid, large bone white head sticks around for ages and only leaves a couple random patches of lace

S that Unibroue yeast we all know and love, pineapple, faint banana, spice, a little booze and bubblegum and a hint of cereal, the smells very strong and I'm liking it

T some apple and pear on top of what I smell with some more spice and slightly more booze but still kept in check, pretty solid flavor from a brewery that knows how to brew Triples and this is no exception

M almost foamy but not quite, some faint heat and a nice spicy yeast finish

O this one goes down with ease and I'm not sure if that's good or bad, for a young Triple(6 weeks) its quite smooth and I'd expect more booze considering the 10%

It's not everyday that my highest ranked unrated Canadian top 100 brew just shows up at my liquor store. Pretty stoked to see this in the Unibroue mixed pack, what a great deal too

Photo of goodbyeohio
4.22/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

sweet bottle. this has been in the cellar for some time- i believe this to have been an 03/04 release. enjoyed just the other night.

cloudy, chillhazed appearance of cheap apple juice. alot of bubbles, this beer lives on! not so much head but a nice, thin slow-moving wave of sticky foam around the edges.

aroma is overcome by a tart, flaky crossaint yeastiness topped by orange marmalade in liberal amounts. bakery fresh, alright! there is even a slight smoky sensibility to the sugar charred up through the malt profile. surprising twist on a pale belgian.

easy drinking and smooth. citrus sweet hint on top of a seductively caramel-based maltiness. wheaty tang from the yeast steers the citrus slowly towards a lemon merengue destination. finishes with the remnants of what once was a mild hop bitterness flecked with licorice pepper. balances nicely with the obvious 10% of alcohol.

smooth, little to no burn, and another winner from big U.

Photo of BDTyre
4.22/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a sort of gold-orange colour, but is very cloudy. It looks almost like unfiltered apple juice.

Smells almost like a dry hard cider with hints of peaches and some spicyness. I can detect traces of malt in there, but not much.

Tastes good: apples, peaches, malt and some spice. The taste is reminiscent of a mulled cider or wine. Sweet, with no detectable bitterness.

Quite enjoyable as a sipping beer, the the ABV can pose a challenge when served from the 750ml bottles.

Photo of atigerlife
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Viggo
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Looks real nice, hazy orange, huge white head that took 10 minutes to go away, leaving lots of lace. Smell is citrusy, with yeast, caramel, pine, orange and spice. Taste is very malty, lots of caramel/toffee, some coffee roast, orange and spice, yeast and citrus. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with high carbonation. Very nice tripel, I think one of my favourites from Unibroue thus far.

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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La Fringante from Unibroue
91 out of 100 based on 77 ratings.