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La Fin Du Monde - Unibroue

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

8,560 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 8,560
Reviews: 2,749
rAvg: 4.32
pDev: 11.81%
Wants: 377
Gots: 1,059 | FT: 19
Brewed by:
Unibroue visit their website
Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
Tripel |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-23-1998)
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Photo of Clamwacker
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

What can I say? It's "the end of the world". I haven't seen a better example of a Belgian tripel anywhere outside of Belgium.

The appearance is the only thing I am not a fan of. Considering the amount of excitement that I get out of corking a bottle of this brew, pouring it into a glass leaves me a tad disappointed. The head is short lived with relatively huge bubbles, and the color frankly makes me think of urinalysis test jars.

However, that is where the problems end! I want to offer this beer to a blind person to see whether or not their other senses make it even better than it already is.

The smell is as close to perfection as I can imagine. No words appropriately describe this, but if I had to use nasal experiences as adjectives, I would choose stomped grapes, freshly cut grass with notes of that first rain of late summer.

The taste follows the same, but there is the slightest bit of astringency at the end. This is not necessarily a bad thing. It really is dependent on serving temperature. The last few sips out of my pilsner glass are warmer because of my hand, and that is where the tiniest bit of off-flavor jumps out. Still, with a 4.5 in that category, you can see that it is almost entirely negligible.

The mouthfeel isn't the greatest thing ever; because of the large bubbles it doesn't flow to the back of the tongue as well as a true Belgian, but the flavor itself masks this "problem" extremely well. A 4 is the worst score I could imagine giving it.

As for drinkability, it is just amazing that this is a 9% ABV brew. Very few strong beers mask their alcohol this well. The only one I can think of off-hand is Widmer's Braggot, which is a vastly inferior brew to this (although good in its own right). Obviously this isn't something I would be able (or afford) to sit down and drink all night, but I'll be damned if it doesn't disappear with startling celerity.

If I may say so, I believe Unibroue (and this beer in particular) is the greatest thing to come out of Quebec, with Georges St. Pierre being the second greatest. :)

EDIT: I guess I'm not the only one who thinks the color is "pissy", based on the review before mine. Ha! Still, not a big deal.

Clamwacker, Jun 09, 2010
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Photo of andjusticeforale
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

“The end of the world.” I poured this beer into a unibroue tulip I have enjoyed this beer in the past but never considered a review until now.

The first impression of this beer in a glass is that of a cross between a run-o-the-mill american pilsener and champagne. It froths like crazy and truly looks “refreshing.” But there is no cheap macro-swill here, this is high end stuff.

The initial smell is spicy, yeasty, somewhat belgian white, even more malt base to form the strong pale ale frame. The taste is predominantly vanilla, coriander malts and a bitterness to add balance from the hops. This is crucial because it balances the sweetness that would otherwise be over-present. One other thing that balances the sweetness is the alcohol content. At times it is present, and at other times it is not so up front. The finish is wonderfully spiced, dry herbal spiced, (coriander, some citrus oil not nutmeg and cinnamon) and vanilla. With a warming effect.

This is really nice in what it is trying to accomplish, its up there with Duvel, etc.; and is certainly less sweet than some of the Belgians. If beginners into craft beer could get by the high alcohol, this certainly is a beverage that could tease and convert the casual drinker to explore craft and Belgian beer.

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La Fin Du Monde from Unibroue
96 out of 100 based on 8,560 ratings.