La Fringante | Unibroue

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Unibroue
Quebec, Canada
unibroue.com

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by kbub6f on 01-02-2003

BEER STATS
Ratings:
81
Reviews:
52
Avg:
4.12
pDev:
8.5%
 
 
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Photo of RoyalT
4.85/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance – Here’s the lazy, light orange misty ale that typifies many Belgians. What? You say that Quebec isn’t 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. Don’t even think about rating the smell on this ale until you’ve 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 brewer’s 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 hasn’t 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. I’m partial to Stone but this may just be the best brewery in North America.

Big, huge, I-can’t-express-myself thanks to Rastacouere for sending this one all the way out to Seattle. It has been a pleasure.

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Photo of Idrankthat
4.75/5  rDev +15.3%

Photo of Marie-Sophie
4.75/5  rDev +15.3%

Photo of Raime
4.68/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Unibroue La Fringante

An early birthday gift from my old man. Apparently according to this site this brew wasn't widely available and likely isn't even made anymore? No idea where he snagged it up at. But if this is anything like La Fin I expect it to be quite good. Let's see what we get.

Look - From the 750ml corked bottle hard poured into a goblet. Brew pours a tint of orange with a tint of yellow and a tint of amber. What the hell is going on here exactly? The head amounts to the densest of all density and sit at a whopping two and a half fingers of beauty. Suffers a long, dragged out death down to still yet a thick finger and frothy dense cap amongst the top of the nectar. A small bit of floating sediment can be noticed when held up to the light and the carbonation appears lively. Lacing and stick are very slight.

Smell - The fruit esters in this beer are absolutely superb with notes of fresh peach and banana and ripe passion fruits. Also has huge quaffs of fresh juicy fruit gum and that very Belgian yeast factor going on. Alcohol is there as well and pleasantly teases the hairs in your nostrils. Touches of barn yard funk and mustard seed along with traces if what is called ' horse blanket '. This smell delivers but if I had to complain the alcohol could be turned down A TOUCH. Smells like a Tripel.

Taste - Basically alcoholic juicy fruit drink. Lots and lots of fruits, all the ones I had mentioned in the nose without getting too deep into the philosophy. The esters are simply magnanimous. The yeast is as perfect as you could possibly get and in comes a new challenger known as fresh squeezed pear juice long with the skins. Touches of mustard seed and Belgian whorehouse with small traces of the horse blanket. Alcohol is only noticeable on some sips. Banana also strongly enters the fray as the beer warms.

Feel - The feel on this brew is full as can possibly be given the relatively placid nature of body in this specific style with a bit of a bread like feeling coating the mouth as it continues to sit there. Carbonation is exceptionally lively and the alcohol isn't nearly as present as you'd think for a 10 percenter. All flavors remain much the same with the fruit aspect dominating and the funk falling to the back ground. Swallows easy as can be and is very drying.

Overall - I'm saddened. Not about the beer, but the fact that apparently many people didn't get to try this. Absolutel quintessential rendition of the Tripel style. I didn't even like La Fin THIS much. If this were available regularly and locally you would see my obituary from alcohol poisoning. Unbelievably drinkable for 10% and tasty as all get out. IF I had to complain, the carbonation could have been turned down just a bit..

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Photo of mzwolinski
4.67/5  rDev +13.3%
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 francisweizen
4.65/5  rDev +12.9%
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!

Cheers!
-F

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Photo of canucklehead
4.55/5  rDev +10.4%
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 Sammy
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
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 ZiggyPop
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

Photo of the42ndtourist
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
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 DamageCase76
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

Photo of Melomanemusher
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

Photo of Ianleesrivette
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

Photo of Foudebiere
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

Photo of Molson2000
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

Photo of Lukass
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

Photo of Derek
4.45/5  rDev +8%
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 ManekiNeko
4.4/5  rDev +6.8%
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 GClarkage
4.38/5  rDev +6.3%
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 +6.3%
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 bloberglawp
4.37/5  rDev +6.1%
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 DrJay
4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
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 SeanChouffe
4.28/5  rDev +3.9%
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 NeroFiddled
4.26/5  rDev +3.4%
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 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.

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