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La Fringante - Unibroue

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Reviews: 51
Hads: 78
Avg: 4.11
pDev: 8.52%
Wants: 40
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%
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 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 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 joemcgrath27
4.15/5  rDev +1%
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

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Photo of jrenihan
4.15/5  rDev +1%
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.

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Photo of andrenaline
4.17/5  rDev +1.5%
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!

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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 wordemupg
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
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

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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 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 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 Viggo
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
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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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.26/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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!

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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 DrJay
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazed straw/gold colour topped by an almond head. Good lacing. The distinctive Unibroue yeast is tamed somewhat in this bottle (from 03/03) and melds quite well with light plum fruitiness, rich bready grain, and mild spice. The flavour's great, still fairly sweet with a cotton candy quality. Juicy plum throughout with just the right balance of peppery spice and alcohol warmth in the finish. Creamy texture, medium bodied with low carbonation. Quite a superb beer, very easy to drink given the gravity. Thanks Derek!

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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 GClarkage
4.38/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of UncleJimbo
4.38/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 mL amber bomber with cork. 10% abv.

Pours a cloudy straw color with very good white foam that settles but leaves decent lace. Looks like a hefeweizen. Smells like aples and pears. Mild aroma. A bit of citrus and malt, biscuity. The taste was fruity (apples and pears) and biscuity with some flavors of yeast. Very pleasant and addictive flavor with a hop finish. The mouthfeel was smooth and clean with medium body. Nice carbonation on the tongue. Slightlty warming. This beer was very drinkable. Delicious. Refreshing.

Another excellent offering from Unibroue!!!

Thanks to my friend VM for bringing this bottle back from Quebec.

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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 Derek
4.45/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

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.

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

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.

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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 canucklehead
4.55/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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.

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Photo of francisweizen
4.65/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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!


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