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:
No notes at this time.

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 SmithyAlan
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 yasky
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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 Boozecamel
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of XmnwildX12
3.5/5  rDev -15%

Photo of DamageCase76
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

Photo of Ianleesrivette
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

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 Molson2000
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

Photo of IanSpindler
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of tbeer40
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of Idrankthat
4.75/5  rDev +15.3%

Photo of Coastal_Brew
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of YamagamiTravis
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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 Tom_Servo
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of Kmat10
4/5  rDev -2.9%

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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Photo of tom10101
3.5/5  rDev -15%

Photo of NorthernSoul
3.5/5  rDev -15%

Photo of Whatup14
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of biboergosum
4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

341ml bottle, an apparent straggler from a mixed-pack at a local station of my province's private liquor store monopoly. Still, nice to finally see this particular offering in dear ol' Alberta, for reals.

This beer pours a rather cloudy medium golden yellow hue, with two fingers of tightly foamy, somewhat frizzy white head, which leaves a few up-sweeps of coral sea form lace around the glass as it evenly bleeds from sight.

It smells of sweet apple mush, ripe pineapple, that earthy, musty Unibroue house yeast, baked banana, mild coriander and black pepper spice, and a beefy pale maltiness. The taste is apple concentrate, a more tart pineapple essence, generic under-ripe melon, edgy earthy, ethereally musty yeast, and some high-palate affective muddled savoury spiciness. No sign of this purported 20-proof booze, yet.

The bubbles are a little bit frothy, but otherwise apt at their desirable behind the scenes job, the body actually medium-heavy for the style, as the inherent fruitiness manifests still, and lingers further into a middling smoothness. It finishes off-dry, the fruit and spice continuing their oblivious dance in the presence of such an innocuous and at the same time prominent alcohol presence.

Once again, this isn't exactly my favourite style, however, the usual suspects of my dismay are well mediated here, especially the booze, as the fruit, spice, and yeast persist in their nice, pat little French orgy. And that's all right by me, as that warming finally sets in, slowly and surely.

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Photo of 4ster
4/5  rDev -2.9%

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