La Fringante | Unibroue

La FringanteLa Fringante
BA SCORE
4.12/5
81 Ratings
La FringanteLa Fringante
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Unibroue
Quebec, Canada
unibroue.com

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by kbub6f on 01-02-2003

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#3,850
Reviews:
52
Ratings:
81
pDev:
8.5%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
50
Gots:
4
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 81 |  Reviews: 52
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 joemcgrath27
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
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 kmpitz2
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of IronDjinn
3.48/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of belgbeerdrinker
4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
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

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Photo of leaddog
4.12/5  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.

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Photo of allergictomacros
3.97/5  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.

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Photo of Coronaeus
3.75/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of aracauna
3.53/5  rDev -14.3%
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.

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Photo of BDTyre
4.22/5  rDev +2.4%
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 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 brendan13
3.7/5  rDev -10.2%
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 4ster
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of goodbyeohio
4.22/5  rDev +2.4%
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 Boozecamel
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of elricorico
4/5  rDev -2.9%
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 -2.2%
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 YamagamiTravis
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of tbeer40
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of Rastacouere
3.75/5  rDev -9%
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 DamageCase76
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

Photo of mrmanning
3.97/5  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.

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Photo of walleye
4/5  rDev -2.9%
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 IanSpindler
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of FondueVoodoo
4.19/5  rDev +1.7%
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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La Fringante from Unibroue
Beer rating: 4.12 out of 5 with 81 ratings
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