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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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52
Ratings:
81
Avg:
4.12
pDev:
10.44%
 
 
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Photo of SometimesIfart
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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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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La Fringante from Unibroue
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