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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

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#3,925
Reviews:
52
Ratings:
81
pDev:
8.5%
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Ratings: 81 |  Reviews: 52
Photo of vanrassel
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured a hazy golden colour into my Chimay goblet, with a lovely creamy head topping it all off. It smelled mostly of yeast, with some spicy, peppery notes and some vague fruity esters.

The fruitiness became more apparent in the taste and was crisp and citric. There's a broad maltiness in the middle that makes this a smooth, easy-drinker for its 10 per cent ABV. It ends with a moderately spicy finish and a slightly thick and sticky mouthfeel. The carbonation was a little abrasive for my liking.

This beer is a tiny bit rough around the edges compared to a classic like St. Bernardus, but still an enjoyable, well-crafted brew.

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Photo of fisherman34
3.82/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Gold with a slight tinge of orange. Strong carbonation. Essential tripel style aromas with lots of peach, muted citrus, yeast, and spice (especially black pepper). Fairly fruity in the mouth with more citrus and a bit of nectarine. A bit of bready malts also show themselves, along with some sugary Belgian notes. Overall, it’s sorta like your standard tripel, but with a slightly maltier kick. Not your everyday beer, but very nice indeed.

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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 Gueuzedude
4.09/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, straw gold color that is topped by a frothy, two-finger thick pale off-white head. The aroma has sweet grain note that I associate with wheat. There is also a fruity green apple note and a bit of underlying spiciness (that is quite evident, and pervasive, but hard to describe) made up of an earthy-herbal note, a hint of ginger, and a dry yeasty notes. The aroma is pretty straight forward, but definitely nice.

The taste is fairly sweet, which accentuates a strong fruity note made up of apples and even a bit of plum. The beer is pretty well carbonated and tends to become frothy as it hits the tongue. The carbonation helps to balance the upfront, and even lingering, sweetness. There is a dry, peppery, ginger-like note that tends to dry out the finish quite a bit. There is a bit of astringency in the finish that is definitely derived from yeast fermentation characteristics, reminds me a bit of a warm fermentation. Overall this is quite a nice beer, it is tasty, though perhaps not quite as complex as I could wish for.

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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 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 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 Viggo
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
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 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 hefevice
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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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 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 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 Cwrw
4.09/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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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 revdrjbob
3.85/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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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 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 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 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 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 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 Phyl21ca
3.12/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

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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 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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La Fringante from Unibroue
Beer rating: 4.12 out of 5 with 81 ratings
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