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La Fringante - Unibroue

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Reviews: 51
Hads: 78
Avg: 4.11
pDev: 8.52%
Wants: 43
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 BDTyre
4.22/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

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Photo of brendan13
3.7/5  rDev -10%
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.

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Photo of leaddog
4.12/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

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Photo of goodbyeohio
4.22/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

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Photo of elricorico
4/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

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Photo of kbub6f
4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

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Photo of Rastacouere
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%
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".

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Photo of mrmanning
3.97/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

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Photo of walleye
4/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

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Photo of FondueVoodoo
4.19/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

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Photo of atigerlife
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

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Photo of mzwolinski
4.67/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

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Photo of ManekiNeko
4.4/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

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Photo of oakbluff
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%
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.

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Photo of fisherman34
3.82/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

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Photo of Popsinc
4.11/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of bloberglawp
4.37/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Cwrw
4.09/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of vanrassel
4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

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Photo of Kremlock
4.12/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

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Photo of SeanChouffe
4.28/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled date: 8/8/2002
Straw colored, fully effervescent, murky (chill), tall white rocky head. Sticky lace. Aroma is fruity, like wine, citrus. Taste and mouthfeel: medium to full bodied, creamy. A slightly sweet start with a quick tart middle and a dry finish. Citrus tartness is present, but not overwhelming -- giving an interesting character.

An interesting beer. Wonderful warming sensation and a mellow feeling.

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Photo of the42ndtourist
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of Lukie
3.37/5  rDev -18%
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.

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Photo of Talisker
3.27/5  rDev -20.4%
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.

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Photo of hefevice
4/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

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