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La Fin Du Monde - Unibroue

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Reviews: 2,846
Hads: 9,389
Avg: 4.31
pDev: 11.6%
Wants: 530
Gots: 1,777 | FT: 18
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Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
Tripel |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-23-1998

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Photo of chinchill
3.93/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle dated "best before" 7 Sept., 2012 (revised with BB 5-2016 bottle in July 2015).

Pours with a white head. Plenty of sediment in the bottle, much of which remains despite a light swirl mid-pour, but some of which comes out at the end of the pour tainting (aesthetically) the center of the white head. Head has excellent duration but leaves little lacing. Liquid is a cloudy yellow-gold.

Mainly fruity yeast and (apparent) spices in the aroma, with a touch of hops and hints of apples, bananas and pears. The taste is also quite yeasty-fruity, with hints of apples and apricots, and even some dark fruits. The high ABV is very well hidden in both the aroma (until it warms up) and the taste. Seems like there is more flavor in the finish than earlier on. Lightly tart.

M: refined, champagne-like feel, although with more body.

O: not my favorite style, but quite enjoyable nonetheless. I can easily see others giving this a very high rating. Flavorful and refreshing, but better as a slow sipper than as a session brew. Complex aroma and flavor.

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Photo of kenito799
3.93/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle, best before 2-21-08, poured into a Duvel glass

Gorgeous cloudy golden color, frothy white head leaves some lace, disspiates leaving about 1/3 inch.

Fresh, herbal, grassy aroma, coriander.

Wow, the active fine carbonation creates a fantastically creamy mouthfeel. Utterly addictive, I want to keep drinking more and more...

So crisp and fresh on first tatse, wondeful sweetness spreads across the tongue but balanced perfectly by bracing tanginess...mild hoppy bitterness in the long long finish...but never an overwhelming IPA hophead-type bitterness, an invigorating beautiful interplay of bitter, sweet, refreshing...the 9% alcohol is almost impossible to believe let alone detect...you want to keep drinking and drinking this until...the end of the world!!!

Easily one of the best beers I have had. WHY don't I have more in my fridge right now!

edit 10/17/08: Very interesting to try this after much more beer tasting experience. Still a great beer, but have tasted many better sunce I wrote the review. The flaw here is that the brew is too sweet. I have adjusted my ratings today.

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Photo of Big_Beers
3.93/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.75

A big medicinal and sour fruit nose

Taste also is much the same....Acid malt and spicy

Overall I was impressed with the the lack of alcohol in the taste for such a big beer. Not as complex to my palate

As far as style i have it scored pretty well. The white wine of beer

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Photo of Shiloh
3.93/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Unibroue has done themselves proud again with this magnifisent product.
A hazy golden amber with a full crown of two+ fingers, mountainous glass cling and medium carbonation.
The body is just short of being full.
The aroma is of spice, citrus and yeast and floral hops.
The taste has a tart lemon like beginning mixed with a spicy secondary, the taste is a little short and dry but no real evidence of the high ABV.
Very nice.

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Photo of PhiloPsych
3.93/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy straw yellow out of the bottle. Not much head. Lots of bubbles continuously rise. Aroma is bready and strongly sweetly alcoholic. Flavor is tart and sweet and bready in the finish. In looks and taste this beer is very reminiscent of a Hefeweizen. After warming there is a slight buttery wine-like flavor up front. Some citrus notes also start to come out as it warms.

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Photo of Pintofbrown
3.93/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I faced the end of the world with a tulip glass.

Appearance- I am greeted by a bone-white, two-finger, puffy crown of foam. It has great retention. The cap is craggy and loaded with small bubbles.

The cloudy body is the color of sunflowers. The beer leaves behind no lace.

Smell- This one is full of Belgian fruits. There is banana, red apple, and a little clove. It is very clean, but at the same time, generic Belgian notes.

Taste- The palate follows the nose pretty closely, and that is usually a good thing. So much clove, banana, and herbalness up front.

It also has some citrus quality to it mid-drink and in the finish, lemon being the most obvious. This is pretty good!

Mouth feel- A solid medium body with a little zip from the carbonation that is a nice touch. This is not the kind of beer that you want to be flat.

Overall- This is a pretty good beer with a Belgian personality. The flavors are a little straight forward, but they are well done. And it helps that it is so drinkable.

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Photo of BeerBuilder
3.93/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Keep your glass close by on this one, it is a bottle gusher. Popped the top on this one and it came rushing out. Once in my glass it was a hazy, golden-straw color, with a off-white head that left good lacing. The aroma was sweet, of candi sugar. Also in the aroma was spices, and graininess. The flavors I detected were of cloves, spice, and sweet candi sugar. It is fairly light to medium in body, and easy drinking. The alcohol warmth is in the finish, and the strength sneaks up on you. Tasty!

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Photo of sonicdescent
3.93/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky yellow with a nice finger of white froth. I have to comment on the insane carbonation, it looks like a fountain coming off of the etching in my Sam Adams Sensory glass.

Smells of bread. Some citrus character but not hoppy citrus, more like orange peel? Very clovey.

Tastes very spicy, pretty dry on the finish. Orange ester is present again.

Mouth is extremely high carbonated, so much so that I had difficulty detecting the body, which is somewhere in the middle by the way.

Overall as far as tripels go I much prefer the St. Bernardus but even that is comparing apples to oranges, this is a very spicy example.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.93/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottled September 3rd, 2008. My first Canadian review!

A - Huge white head that dissipates quickly over a murky yellow-colored brew. Plenty of carbonation and attractive lacing. A lot lighter than I was expecting from a tripel.

S - Yeast, lemon peel, cloves, with a hint of malt sweetness in the background. There is a good depth of spices and floral notes - it has more in common with some of the good German hefeweizens than with some Belgian tripels. Actually reminds me of a cross between a saison and a hefe...

T - Sweet at the nose, but gets more savory as it passes through the mouth. There's a sharp bite at the top of the palate, likely from the high ABV. A mix of cloves, honeys, spices and yeast - reminds me of a less sweet and more boozy version of Cynicale.

M - Crisp, refreshing, and bubbly - a little champagne like. I was a little surprised by how thin it was for something so strong - it definitely could be creamier and more full-bodied.

D - Not a style that I'd want to pound for an evening, although at 9% there isn't a huge risk of that happening. This is more of a change of pace beer for me.

I remember liking this a lot more in the past, but maybe that was because I hadn't been exposed to the wide variety of US and Belgian brews that I know now. It's not my favorite Unibroue - prefer Maudite, Trois Pistole, and Terrible.

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Photo of kcinlober
3.93/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Apperance : pours about a fist sized head and is a light golden color. Significant lacing.

Aroma: yeast, ferment, citrus, but dry like straw or grass.

At first it is sweet and maybe a little bland, then the heavier yeast flavor kicks in a with a slight choppy aftertaste. Sits well in the mouth, easy to drink but feels substantial. Not complicated tastes, but not a shallow beer either

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Photo of Chizoad
3.93/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is the 2nd time I've had this beer, and both times were a little underwhelming. I admit that the tripel style has never really been a favorite of mine, but this one, even for the style, just doesn't quite get there.

Good looking in the glass. A little surprising because it's much lighter in color than the usual tripel. Pretty carbonation that sort of streaks through the glass.

Light nose with nice malts but not much going on beyond the generally pleasant aroma. I pick up a little of the booze in it.

Very similar to the nose on the palate. There's a sweetness that doesn't dominate.

Good carbonation to go with a medium body. I love the effervescence in this.

Staggeringly drinkable. 9% ABV doesn't detract at all. Sure, I wish it fit my tastes a little bit better but deserves a wow for drinkability. It's definitely not a boring beer, which helps.

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Photo of jngrizzaffi
3.93/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am not sure what all the hype about this beer is. I assume I much have gotten a bad bottle. Pours hazy golden color with finger width foamy head, which doesn't seem to last long. Slight lacing on side of glass. Of course there are pieces of cork in my beer because it broke apart, trying to get it out. Not good. Smell of bananas and cloves with slight hint of citrus. The taste is very similar to the smell, but there is little to no carbonation and very slight hop bitterness. That is hard to discern as well. Very sweet taste. It is a good beer, but Tripels aren't really my style.

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Photo of haddon
3.92/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- pours a caramel brown with a two finger head that dissipates quickly. lots of carbonation flowing throughout. not much lacing

S- sweet apricot with a hint of floral...perhaps clove. picking up yeast as well

T- crisp with lots of carbonation as soon as it hits the lips. tastes just like it smells. subtle with mostly citrus flavors...apricots in there as well

M- medium body with lots of carbonation. almost a champagne like fizz in the mouth

D- not the most flavorful tripel I've ever tasted. it actually gets much better as it warms and loses a bit of its carbonation. good beer but think I was expecting more due to its reputation.

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Photo of gatornation
3.92/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours a slightly hazy golden yellow color with a 2 finger head that recedes to a very white ring with some sticky clingy lacing..the smell is pears apples bananas and clove with some fresh bread and yeast the taste is the same lots of fruit mixed with clove and some spices some bread and malt and yeast...this is a flavorful tripel a nice example of the style and highly drinkable @ 9% ,,its one i can drink several times in a week between my other favorites

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Photo of Luk13
3.92/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle. Pale yellow pour with frothy white head and good lacing. Aromas of strawberries and bananas, apricot, unibroue yeast, coriander and cloves and alcohol esters. Taste is spices, apricot and alcohol flavors with banana yeast that lingers for a while. Nice full palate with appropriate carbonation. Somewhat hard to drink due to the apricot/alcool flavors.

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Photo of Spider889
3.92/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pour into a chalice, has an opaque golden yellow color with a short but sustainable bone white head.

The aroma is really interesting - tons of melon and banana along with a ton of sweetness. Digging deeper there is some pepper and clove to be found as well.

Due to the aroma I was at first thinking that this beer is extremely sweet. And while it certainly seems sweeter than the average tripel, overall the flavor is much more balanced. There are some nice doughy bread notes and honeydew in the flavor.

Nice full body, and the abv hides well enough under the complexities of the flavor and aroma. Clean finish.

Overall this is a beer worthy of its praise... I know several BMC drinkers that claim this to be their favorite beer, and whom buy this for parties despite never considering any other craft options.

For myself, tripel has never been a style I got very excited about. I'd be happy drinking this at any party, but for my own buck, I'd just as readily spend it on some of the Trappist examples instead.

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Photo of sopor
3.92/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hmm tasty brew, but I need to keep these for summer drinking, the belgian-style sweetness can take a break until next year!

Goldne tan wheat color with large frothy head that dissipates quicly to a creamy film that mounds where towers of bubbles are racing to the surface, Funky grainy smell with some sweet spiciness.

I'm afreaid that perhaps the complexity of this brew was lost on my tongue? It is very good, but it seemed very "normal" belfian style sweeteness with some sweet graininess. Again, it was good, but nothng out of the ordinary here. Refreshingly active carbonation with moderately ligh body.

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Photo of eclipse54
3.92/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a straw color with voluminous eggshell-colored head comprised of small bubbles; moderate retention with minimal lacing. The aroma is of lemon and orange citrus, white pepper, faint straw/hay, and grass. Quite the emphasis on the citrus. The taste begins with similar citrus, but almost immediately gives way to a rush of funk and clove. There is some white pepper, straw, grass, and another appearance of lemon zest on the finish. Great belgian yeast flavor throughout. Mouthfeel is crisp, light, and refreshing, but does have a bit of a sticky, resinous finish. Overall, this is a very well done and traditional tripel that is very drinkable. The alcohol is completely hidden behind a nice, complementary bouquet of refreshing flavors.

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Photo of Rio
3.92/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 fl oz bottle, silver foil wrapper around the neck. Pours as something of a hazy straw color, nice, thick head of tiny bubbles that seems like it's gonna stick around for a bit. Nice, sweet smell to it, with a bit of a floral smell to it as well. Very smooth, pleasing aroma.

The smooth sweetness carries over to the taste, as well as a bit of a spicy touch, perhaps a bit of clove or something similar. Strong malt flavor at the start, with some hop flavor that follows, almost completely masking the alcohol. Mouthfeel is almost a bit creamy, with a powdery, almost dry feel to it at the end.

A very good beer. I like most of Unibroue's offerings, but this is a new one for me. Very drinkable, despite being 9% alcohol.

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Photo of tewaris
3.92/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

La Fin Du Monde (The End of the World in English)
Triple-style Golden Ale (from Brewer's page)
19 IBUs
12 oz bottle with a freshness date of March 30, 2013 poured into a tulip on October 1, 2010. Since their sommelier recommends an age of 3-5 years, and adds that it peaks at 3 years of age, I would guess that this is around its best at two and a half years! The pour was as instructed by the sommelier: the bottle was agitated to dissolve the yeast. Yet, I poured a little separately at first to examine the clarity.

Appearance 4/5
Pours golden amber with a big creamy head. Although the beer is clear unagitated, the recommended pour causes an obvious haze. The head is quick to recede and in that respect, the looks are not as impressive as similar beers, say Westmalle Tripel. The lacing is quite good though, but I must say that the head was disappointing.

Aroma 4.5/5
Aroma is fruity, and dare I say, perfumy? Very soft and enticing, with a touch of spice. No hint of booze. But it's a little too weak. A few swirls release a toasty malt aroma time to time.

Taste 3.5/5
Slightly malty sweet, with mild fruitiness and slight bitterness. Finish is clean and slightly bittering which is a surprise considering the low IBUs. The aftertaste is long with a malty creaminess but not sweet or cloying. Some alcohol warming.

Mouthfeel 4/5
The body is medium but the effervescence of the style is missing.

Drinkability 4/5
I expect more in other departments. Yet, the 9% is not noticeable at all! Amazingly done!

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Photo of Duster72
3.91/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into tuliip glass. Enormous head took several minutes to die down. Aroma is sweet fruit and huge musty yeast. Taste is banana, cloves, pineapple, white pepper and alcohol. Very sweet. The comparison to cake batter is not unwarranted. Mouthfeel is smooth and carbonation is just right. Very drinkable, although I think two would do it for me in a session due to the ABV. Very interesting, very pleasant beer.

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Photo of changeup45
3.91/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I originally sampled this beer almost 4 years ago and didn't like it. I felt the need to re-visit it, especially since I have now sampled many more beers including Tripels. Pours a somewhat cloudy, thick, blonde color. Nice sized head that does fizzle down a bit. Strong aroma consisting of citrus bananas, cloves, vanilla and an overall strong alcohol presence. There's a lot there. The mouthfeel is pretty full although something seems a bit off with a tangy, somewhat sour, very yeasty, citrus (oranges and bananas) flavor. There is an alcohol rush in there so you know it's 9%. I've had other Tripels recently that are better, Karmeliet and Chimay Cinq Cents come to mind, but this is a better beer than I original though. 4 years ago I had said -- La Fin Du Monde does mean "End of the World" which is what's going to have to happen for me to ever try this crap again! Haha, Ok, so I lied. Just nearly 4 years.

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Photo of OldGrowler
3.91/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A pungent, interesting and complex beer, but I'm not sure all the flavours match. I spent half an hour trying to pinpoint that delightful, mysterious peppery slightly sweet/slightly floral aroma from memory, then remembered my mom's Biryani recipe ... which uses lots of ... CARDAMOM spice! The aroma translates to the taste too ... definitely CARDAMOMmy. Sadly, a pine-needle, junipery-aroma overpowers the delicate cardamom.

Taste is predominantly citrus, but there's an overpowered peach too ... again, sadly. GOOD but not that drinkable really --rather a very sharp, strong, spicy beer that you have to be in the mood for. In an excellent value 750ml bottle, best for sharing. Personally I don't care for the slight meaty/gym-sock pungency and the sour aftertaste. But at 9%, this beer is worth consideration.

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Photo of supernaut
3.91/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this one quite a few times and finally getting around to reviewing it.

A - About as good as any Belgian Tripel. Nice head that lingers plenty long enough and a wonderful creamy yellow, almost pastel body. Really like the yellow/white contrast this presents

S - A wee bit spicy, with a sharpness hinting at the abv common to the style, nothing blowing me away, but that's ok

T - Clove, spices, and some subtle apple/pear-like fruitiness. Very refreshing, with limited esters on the backside. The alcohol is sneaky...slips by the palate too easily

M - Clean, smooth and much too easy to drink. One 750 makes for a comfortable evening.

This one goes great with spicy food, and is strong enough to put a cap on consumption... Definitely falls into the buy again category. Honestly its a bit of a bargain compared to comparable Tripels from Belgium. After having most of their major products, its seems that Unibroue cranks out quality thats on par with Ommengang offerings....both offering widely available Belgian style beers, especially here in the mid-atlantic states.

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3.91/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

La Fin Du Monde is a hazy peach color with a beautiful 3" white rocky head. The head has great retention and settles down to a cap after a while. Nice lacing.

Aroma -- Floral and light perfume. Tangerine/pear. Spice. Slightest bit of skunk.

Taste -- Delicate fruit flavor of tangerine and apricot. Flash of tangy sour citrus. Powdery yeast. Pepper/spice. Light bitter bite in finish. Alcohol not too evident in flavor.

Mouthfeel -- Soft mouthfeel. Dry. Lots of good carbonation. Very champagne-like.

Drinkability -- Nice beer. Good drinkability. No more than one .750 every once in a while. Watch out for that abv. Unibroue is top notch!

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La Fin Du Monde from Unibroue
96 out of 100 based on 2,846 ratings.