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La Fringante - Unibroue

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La FringanteLa Fringante

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

76 Ratings
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Ratings: 76
Reviews: 51
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 8.47%
Wants: 25
Gots: 4 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
Tripel |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 01-02-2003)
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Lukass

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +9%

02-17-2013 00:39:48 | More by Lukass
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allergictomacros

Ontario (Canada)

3.98/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2008 02:29:29 | More by allergictomacros
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papat444

Quebec (Canada)

4/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2012 12:27:37 | More by papat444
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aracauna

Georgia

3.53/5  rDev -14.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2004 19:19:03 | More by aracauna
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BDTyre

British Columbia (Canada)

4.22/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2005 06:16:22 | More by BDTyre
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Kmat10

Alberta (Canada)

4/5  rDev -3.1%

06-02-2013 22:18:18 | More by Kmat10
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brendan13

Australia

3.73/5  rDev -9.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2008 10:02:59 | More by brendan13
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goodbyeohio

Oregon

4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2006 21:15:45 | More by goodbyeohio
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elricorico

Alberta (Canada)

4.03/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2005 04:57:52 | More by elricorico
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kbub6f

New York

4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2003 01:25:06 | More by kbub6f
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Rastacouere

Quebec (Canada)

3.78/5  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".

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2004 23:01:55 | More by Rastacouere
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mrmanning

Ontario (Canada)

3.98/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2010 18:44:37 | More by mrmanning
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leaddog

Alberta (Canada)

4.13/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2013 03:32:37 | More by leaddog
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walleye

Michigan

4/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2005 20:52:34 | More by walleye
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belgbeerdrinker

Colorado

4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
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

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2007 13:32:39 | More by belgbeerdrinker
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DamageCase76

Ontario (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +9%

11-03-2013 13:03:52 | More by DamageCase76
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atigerlife

Hawaii

4.28/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2007 23:26:49 | More by atigerlife
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4ster

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev -3.1%

02-17-2013 22:09:02 | More by 4ster
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mzwolinski

California

4.7/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It's always a treat to open a new bottle of Unibroue. This one pours hazy gold in color with a thin white head. The aroma is spicy and floral at first, mildly sweet and tart fruit shortly follows – peach / mango.

The flavor starts pretty sweet, with a candi sugar start yielding to a blend of orange juice and honey flavors, the combination of which seems to lend this beer its distinctive flavor profile, and a quiet, corriander spiced finish at the back end. My god that first sip was heaven. Unlike a lot of beers the sweetness of the midpalate doesn’t simply disappear into a alcohol and hop ridden finish, but rather blends with those characteristics and dances with them, perhaps yielding the foreground to them, but never leaving the stage altogether. Alcohol is extremely unobtrusive, though it heats up a bit as the beer sits. This is wonderfully balanced beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2005 16:46:47 | More by mzwolinski
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IanSpindler

Alberta (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

08-02-2013 02:22:52 | More by IanSpindler
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tbeer40

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -3.1%

07-28-2013 22:24:44 | More by tbeer40
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Whatup14

Quebec (Canada)

4/5  rDev -3.1%

04-17-2013 15:05:37 | More by Whatup14
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ManekiNeko

Virginia

4.43/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

750 mL bottled served at cellar temp in a Unibroue glass.

Appearance: Murky honey colored liquid topped by a healthy offwhite head of dense bubbles. Head retained pretty decently, but not much in the way of lacing was left.

Smell: A very yeasty aroma of tropical fruits, bananas, oranges, lemons, and mild peppers. Light whiffs of bready malts and candis come through here and there. Not enough pepper to my taste.

Taste: A very yeasty, bready, and sweet taste overall, with loads and loads of fruity esters. Precious little taste of alcohol. Reminiscent of 10, 11, and Don de Dieu.

Mouthfeel: Solid medium body with excellent alcohol masking. Nice lingering spicy aftertastes.

Drinkability: Wow, I want more of this, and I want it now. A good thing I can get some of its less rare cousins from the same brewery. A fruitier triple than Westmalle, to be sure, but definitely worth having if you can find it.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2004 18:25:09 | More by ManekiNeko
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Luk13

Quebec (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

01-23-2013 00:55:17 | More by Luk13
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YamagamiTravis

Saskatchewan (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

06-19-2013 02:50:33 | More by YamagamiTravis
La Fringante from Unibroue
91 out of 100 based on 76 ratings.