La Fringante - Unibroue
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British Columbia (Canada)
4.45/5 rDev +7.7%
I found this on a dusty shelf in Surrey, BC. The bottle is dated 03/03. Seems to have really stood the test of time
A: Murky, yellow-brown, pours with a nice head.
S: Sweet sugar/caramel, bready malt, with a very estery, almost candy floss-like aroma.
T: Bready, losts of fruity esters, slightly spicy. Alcohol is apparant, but not overly assertive. Boardering on exceptional.
M: Light, but slightly creamy. Moderate-high carbonation.
D: It's light & digestive, but the flavours are a little intense, and the alcohol is a little high for this to be a real drinker.
01-24-2006 00:03:38 | More by Derek
4.05/5 rDev -1.9%
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.
01-22-2006 02:56:51 | More by kmpitz2
4.22/5 rDev +2.2%
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.
12-24-2005 00:49:13 | More by Viggo
British Columbia (Canada)
4.22/5 rDev +2.2%
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.
12-07-2005 06:16:22 | More by BDTyre
4/5 rDev -3.1%
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.
08-27-2005 09:10:22 | More by hefevice
4/5 rDev -3.1%
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.
08-17-2005 20:52:34 | More by walleye
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
3.48/5 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
4.08/5 rDev -1.2%
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.
08-01-2005 10:01:30 | More by Cwrw
4.7/5 rDev +13.8%
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 doesnt 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.
01-24-2005 16:46:47 | More by mzwolinski
3.85/5 rDev -6.8%
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.
01-05-2005 07:03:56 | More by revdrjbob
4.4/5 rDev +6.5%
Consumed in September 2004 from a 750 that was purchased in Canada on vacation in early 2004. Poured a light orange/almond color with a huge head that lasted a while. Left the room for 10 minutes to let it get to a more room temp and came back to see the same head just sitting there waiting for me to drink it. Nice lace around the entire glass. Very sticky lace. Smelled very sweet. Didn't detect a bunch of alcohol. Lots of spices in the scent. Maybe a bit of citrus mixed in for good measure. Pretty lightly carbonated. 10% avb?!? You're kidding me? If I hadn't known what I was drinking I would have said maybe a 6 avb. But it climbs up on you slowly. Not much hoppiness, just enough to detect it. Heavy on the spices and maybe even some tropical fruit? Banana, papaya??? Didn't even taste as sweet as I thought it would after smelling it. Went down super easy. This is a pretty great beer. Glad I purchased two of them. Think I will age this other one though for another year and see what it gets me. If you see this beer, buy it. It's one of the better ones.
10-01-2004 18:10:32 | More by GClarkage
British Columbia (Canada)
4.55/5 rDev +10.2%
This bottle is a year old and it has improved this beer considerably. While the young version was rough and in your face this smooth and fruity with rounded citrus flavours. Hazy light orange and a big luscious nose I loved this beer with Osso Buco and Rissoto. One of the great Unibroue beers, this is made for the cellar.
09-21-2004 03:37:53 | More by canucklehead
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
4.3/5 rDev +4.1%
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.
04-25-2004 04:05:54 | More by SeanChouffe
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
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
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
4.43/5 rDev +7.3%
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.
01-05-2004 18:25:09 | More by ManekiNeko
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
4.03/5 rDev -2.4%
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.
09-07-2003 01:25:06 | More by kbub6f
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
4.15/5 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
4.63/5 rDev +12.1%
Notes: 750ml corked and caged bottle with gold embossed lettering on the front. Bottled (according to the cork) 2/2002, purchased 1/2003, consumed 5/2003.
Ah, Unibroues La Fringante. I purchased 2 bottles of this brew in Montreal this past January and I have been sitting on them for the last 4-5 months or so. Today I decided to bust one out and give it a try, safe in the knowledge that I have another bottle to drink at a later date. This beer is sold exclusively at the SAQ in the province of Quebec so it is quite a rare find. The presentation of this beer is very similar to the presentation of Unibroues other limited edition specialty beers (10, 11, Quelque Chose) It comes in a nice gold embossed, brown glass bottle, and it is corked and caged.
The cork opens with no problem at all and a bright yellow, almost-clear liquid emerges out of the bottle and into my glass. The head is thick and fluffy, and the retention, as always, is excellent. The aromas are very fruity, and spicy. I get: pineapples, citrus fruits, candy sugars, various strains of yeast, clean hops and malts, and alcohol in the nose of this beer. It tastes very sweet, fruity, and spicy and the after taste has a nice clean hop finish to it. This is very reminiscent of Unibroues 10 and 11 as well as De Dolles Arabier.
The mouthfeel for this beer is simply exquisite. Very creamy, thick, syrupy and smooth. The fine carbonation dances across the tongue and the velvetty smooth liquid slides down my throat, over and over again...
The drinkability? nearly perfect! This is another classic brew from Unibroue. A brewery that never ceases to amaze me. Unfortunately, after I sample the La Terrible, that I have been sitting on for a while, tommorow night, I will have no new Unibroue beers to sample.
To sum that all up in a short and sweet sentence. A 'world class' beer from a 'world class' brewery!
05-13-2003 11:00:41 | More by francisweizen
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
La Fringante from Unibroue
91 out of 100 based on 76 ratings.