La Fin Du Monde - Unibroue

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Reviews: 2,818
Hads: 9,225
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 9.51%
Wants: 503
Gots: 1,617 | FT: 17
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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 Quaffer
3.88/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: This beer had the color of honey as it sat in the tulip glass. When it was held up to the light, it was a hazy, pale yellow. The head rose up big, almost exploding when I roughened up the pour, even a little bit. It was stark white and fairly coarse. It became a little rocky as it dissipated (which it did rather quickly), but not as much as its true Belgian cousins usually do. A thin layer of bubbles remained capping the liquid for the entire drink, due to the fairly strong bead.

Smell: The aromas of spice and alcohol dominated the air above this beer. The alcohol component was very round and pleasant. Not at all harsh like other light beers with this high of an alcohol content. Along with the aforementioned aromas was a fruitiness (mainly banana, lemon, and orange) as well as notes of raw grains and grass.

Mouthfeel: Light- to medium-bodied with a very smooth feel up in the front of the mouth. As it slid back on the tounge, it picked up just the right amount of carbonation tickle. The alcohol also contributed to some of the tingle in the back of the mouth.

Taste: There were a ton of different flavors going on in this brew, though for the most part, they were rather subdued. The very first flavors upfront were those of sweet grasses and malt. These were quickly joined by a sharp spiciness that was reminiscent of both cloves and white pepper. Some apple kicked in at this time as well, which ended up developing into a banana sweetness as it continued into the finish. The finish became a combination of both dry and slightly sour. Almost tannic, but in a good way. There was some alcohol in the aftertaste, but not very much; this beer did a great job of hiding that 9% abv.

There was a good amount of yeast on the finish of this brew, even when decanted off the dregs. But toward the end of my drink, I swirled the bottle and added all the "good stuff" to the glass. This caused the aroma to be completely dominated by yeast, but had a surprisingly small effect on the taste. The flavor softened up a bit, and there was a little more yeast on the finish, but that was all.

This is my first time with this beer, and only the second that I have tried from Unibroue. (They don't distribute to Kansas, surprise, surprise). A very good, very solid beer. I was surprised that some of its characteristics came across as being almost wheat-like in nature.

This brew goes down way too easily for a beer of this strength. This one could jump up and bite you in a hurry.

A big thanks to noclueaboutbeer for hauling this one out to Kansas all the way from Connecticut. (2,612 characters)

Photo of hckyfn9999
3.88/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden yellow color with a huge, thick white head. Great retention, head never fully disappears. Aroma is fruity, with bananas and spice. Taste is of clove, pepper, fruit, and a bit of a grassy finish. Good beer but not up there with St. Berny's tripel in my opinion. (280 characters)

Photo of Crosling
3.88/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Pours beautifully. The color is an enchanting rustic yellow with a fair amount of sediment drenching the bottom and clinging to the sides of the glass. Frothy and dense head (It took turns) that laced better than well.

Spicy clove like aroma with some banana, yeast, nectarines and alcohol. Quite the odd combination.

Tastes good. Champagne like body. Peppery clove, spices and green melon. Very smooth and it represents itself very well ine mouth. Delicate but throughout. Nice.

Nice stuff. (500 characters)

Photo of aleigator
3.88/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Yields a completely hazed, sun-yellow color, with a small white head, leaving back a thick lacing.

Smells of an intriguing blend, featuring clove, cardamon, white pepper and slightly spiced dried fruit, especially lemon.

Has a high, very lively carbonation, enabling the peppery and sweeter spices and a very soft, dough ending. Drinks best in small sips, as for its intense spice profile.

Dough yeast brings peppery spices immediately to the palate, balanced by wild honey and spring flowers. Rock sugar adds to the prominent spices, almost creating a short burn, evoked by the high carbonation and the higher alcohol, gently coated up by the soft yeast. Finishes with rock sugar, amping up the spices even more, bringing back a flowery note and well pronounced clove.

Well working, old school triple, featuring a very pronounced spiciness, which defines the beer's taste throughout. Exhibits a fuller and very pleasant mouthfeel, with feathering yeast doing a great job in balancing the spice onslaught. (1,010 characters)

Photo of prototypic
3.87/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: It's a hazy straw color. Head is a foamy, thick one and a half fingers. Good retention and nice lacing.

Smell: It smells of herbal spices, grains, and fruits (lemon and banana). It also has a unique yeasty-biscuity aroma.

Taste: It's citrusy sweet. Mostly orange, banana, and lemon flavors. Definitely has a strong herbal spice kick. I can't place it exactly (perhaps clove?). There is a bit of maltiness present. Light hops are also noticeable. Last, but not least, it has a definite yeasty taste which leaves a biscuity aftertaste.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It's light bodied and perfect for a hot day. Pretty drinkable considering it's 9%. Certainly too strong to session, but I could drink two or three. Overall, very good beer. Recommended. (764 characters)

Photo of Smurf2055
3.87/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours light blond with four or five fingers light fluffy head.

Smells light and citrusy, think it comes from the yeast.

Taste is very smooth, very refreshing. Orange peel. Very well done triple.

Re review on tap at bottleworks clear blond big head, smell hoppy fluffy belgium flavors.

Taste sharper, banana and clove and gum.

Think it might be a bit different on tap.

Special brewers reserve bottle using spirals of oak from the 17 Grand Reserve.

Darker than the regular, hazy, smell tart bitter oak fruit and honey.

Taste carbonated, herbal, sweet oak, caramel, soft yeast, spice, pretty awesome stuff. (619 characters)

Photo of phisig137
3.87/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Corked and caged bottle, best before 1-2009. Pours into my tulip a nice looking wheaty gold color, with a cloud like pure white head. Lacing is abundant on the sides of the glass.
Aroma is almost purely yeast esters, and all spicy. No fruit present here. Black pepper, coriander, cardamom, and malted wheat.
Flavor is much the same, heavily spicy, slight malt flavor, wheat is present again, and has a nice dry hoppy finish.
Mouthfeel is full, but disapates quitely, does not truly linger for much time. Very drinkable.

I'm not sure why, but I seem to think "Imperial Wit bier". Fantastic beer for the value, and great for a warm night outside on the balcony. (667 characters)

Photo of evanackerman
3.87/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

beer pours a cloudy light orange with a large head. aroma is pretty weak, mostly just alcohol.

taste is very complex, citrus notes with some spice, bittering hops, alcohol warmth.

mouthfeel is very smooth with nice carbonation and good body.

overall, probably my favorite Tripel, a well crafter beer. (305 characters)

Photo of TastyAdventure
3.87/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

When I first had this beer about 9 months ago, I wasn't too impressed. It has been on my list of "must revisits" for a long time, because I guess my palate wasnt too developed back then.

A - glorious frothy 1 1/2 finger head. extremely hazy cloudy yellow, almost orange tinted body. decent amount of lacing on the glass.

S - clove, white pepper, yeast , touch of banana,

T - light but very present clove, yeast, maybe some pear fruitiness somewhere behind the strong carbonation, dry in the front, middle, and back, but not constantly just dry; the other flavors come through plenty.

M - very fizzy mouthfeel, carbonation dances on my tongue. refreshing, but the body is dense with a slightly chalky, yeasty heaviness. but the carb brings it up like champagne. very nice.

Overall - Unfortunately I don't prefer dry over un-dry, and this is probably why i didnt care for the beer the first time i tried it, but it is still very tasty, and the reputation is worthy.
I did enjoy this beer quite a bit. (1,006 characters)

Photo of SeanChouffe
3.87/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: pours a bright straw yellow with a white head, light effervescence and a slight chill haze. Head retention is low and the lace is full and sticky.

Aroma: tart, hoppy, fruity esters and bubblegum.

Taste: smooth and sweet and peppery with a hop bite and a dry tart finish.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied, creamy, smooth, crisp, low in effervescence, and a lasting astringent bitterness.

IMHO: A good representation of the style, but a Duvel beats it on many fronts. (481 characters)

Photo of akahn
3.87/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque golden honey color. My crappy pour produced a slight head of big bubbles that receded quickly. No "Belgian lace" to be seen.

A spicy, clovey aroma. Bright, sharp flavors, sharp carbonation. Sticky, dry citrus bitter hops. An interesting woodiness or nuttiness from the yeast. Slight alcohol warmth, reminiscent of vodka. The high carbonation makes this have an interesting mouthfeel. Also, this beer is impressively drinkable for a 9% beer.

This is a good beer and I'm going to have to return to it and conduct a more thorough review. The 12 ounce sample wasn't enough to get a feel for this beer. It seems like it deserves its reputation, but I'll need to try some more to be sure. (704 characters)

Photo of 86sportster883
3.87/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is a good triple fermented, bottle conditioned Belgian blonde. In a tulip glass, this beer is a cloudy pale yellow color with a large rocky white head that quickly disintegrates into almost nothing at all. The smell is both spicy and floral, with hints of hops and orange peel. The carbonation is initially very aggressive and reminiscent of champagne. As this beer warms, and the initial high carbonation subsides, the mouthfeel moves from light bodied to medium. The taste is mostly bittersweet and touch metallic. The finish is dry, but mildly bitter and alcoholic. Overall, a good beer if you like the BSPA style. Otherwise, it may be a bit much for the uninitiated. (675 characters)

Photo of troutmask96
3.87/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This is a truly exceptional Belgian Pale Ale. Just a shade less good than the vanguard of its class, Duvel. Pours a nice fizzy head with very tight carbonation. Taste is of all the good things you'd expect from the triple-fermentation process: currants, cinnamon, pepper, coriander. A bit heavy on the carbonation to score higher in mouthfeel, and its high ABV takes away from its drinkability. But there are few better "sippers" in the world... (445 characters)

Photo of MrVonzipper
3.86/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy peach color with a large frothy white head with good retention and lace.

Nose carries notes of light fruit, peach and apple with Belgian yeast and sugar.

Flavor follows the nose in characteristics. Pretty malt forward.

Mouth is medium bodied and very effervescent with very high carbonation.

Overall it's a solid beer. Haven't had it in about a decade. Don't need to have it again any time soon. (425 characters)

Photo of claytri
3.86/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer poured a rich old gold with a good amount of effervesence developoing a fine white head with a few tan hints in it. The aroma was of citrus, bananna, and sweet malt underneath. The taste is sweet malt with a hint of citrus and some bananna, this is followed by a blast of spice and an alcohol burn in the finish. The feel is smooth oily, and effervescent. This a wonderfully drinkable beer. A fine example of a style that goes down easily. (448 characters)

Photo of kevanb
3.86/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a La Fin Du Monde tulip

The beer pours a wonderful golden hay color, hues of gold, dandelion, copper and orange, a big 4 finger white head, tightly packed bubbles, arises from the beer that has fantastic retention and great lacing. Hazy complexion with lots of bubbles rising to the top of the glass, this is the quintessential appearance for a tripel. The aroma is nice, banana, clove, hay, yeasty funk, some cereal grain, a touch of berry comes through, it's a bit muted by the yeast which doesn't let the other elements play as well. The flavors are definitely hindered by the overpowering yeast, banana, clove, a touch of vanilla, some berry esters come forward as well, but not as pronounced as the nose, lots of funky yeast, really starting to overpower with cereal grain coming though at the end, very dry yet soft finish. The body is good, abrasive at times, overly carbonated in my mind, very lively though, not offensive.

Verdict: A rock solid Tripel, one of the flag bearers of the style. Personally, I have other favorites, but this is definitely a go to beer as it is available nearly everywhere, cheers to Unibroue for this one, definitely a success. (1,191 characters)

Photo of HamdenHector
3.86/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A: hazy; medium gold in color; 1 finger white head that receded to a thin collar; OK lacing;

S: clove and banana;

T: clove and banana; a little bubble gum and black pepper; sweet finish with moderate bitterness;

M: medium bodied; moderate to high carbonation - effervescent; moderately dry finish; hides the ABV well;

O: at 9%, it's sneaky smooth; complex flavors; (369 characters)

Photo of whtguitarguy
3.86/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours to a opaque golden color. Nose is rather yeasty, I love it! The aroma has bits of fruit and a very slight spicyness. This is a very smooth drink, but rather alcoholic. It is rather good, but the only problem with it is that it is heavy and filling. (263 characters)

Photo of headlessparrot
3.85/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Unibroue's La Fin Du Monde is held in high esteem around these parts; I decided to try it for myself and see how it stacks up. La Fin Du Monde is not a beer for the faint of heart, and it's not a beer that you're going to drink six of in an evening. It exemplifies that motto, 'respect beer.' But let's see how it stacks up - it should be noted that I *tried* to age this beer, but folded and drank it within three months of purchasing it.

Appearance is very nice. Poured from the silver-foiled industry standard bottle into a Leffe glass (the closest I had to the reccomended glassware), it has a quite cloudy orange-brown-yellow sort of colouration. A very, very careful pour results in two fingers of very foamy head (a normal pour would have it overflowing out of the glass) that continues to grow for a few moments before shrinking a bit and settling to about a finger-and-a-half. A considerable amount of lacing is at times runny, but delicious looking nonetheless. This is a good looking beer.

The smell is full of a very sweet maltiness, though not much in the way of hops. Citrus fruits are quite apparant, along with nutmeg and cloves. A bit of wheatiness, bubblegum, yeasty notes and a bit of sour character. Floral, with a hint of alcohol (very well disguised for 9%). Perhaps the only off-note is a sort of metallic twang. As the beer warms, the aroma oddly seems to become harder to detect, which is very unusual with any beer, as warmth usually brings out MORE flavour.

Taste is also quite good, though it doesn't live up fully to the beautiful aroma. Sweet malts, again, a touch of indistinct hops, but largely dominated by the unusual flavours that make Belgians so appealing. Citrus fruits (especially lemon and curaco oranges), nutmeg, and cloves. Wheat notes, pepper, and a yeasty character, as well as the return of bubblegum. Some alcohol-warmth (duh), and the return of that one off-note - an almost bloody-metallic twang that sits a bit in the mouth. Sweet throughout, finish is slightly dry, but quite sweet on the finish. Almost no bitterness to be found. Very good tasting brew, but not something I would drink with any regularity, I must admit.

Mouthfeel is this beer's weak point. The light body isn't so bad - it's light, but definitely not watery - but this is a brew that's overcarbonated to extremes, almost macro levels. Drinkability, likewise, is average. I would *like* to have more than one of these, but often find myself barely able to finish a single bottle of the stuff; this is in part because of the high ABV, the heavy carbonation, and the occasionally cloying sweetness of the beer.

La Fin Du Monde is a great brew. It's certainly one of the best beers to come out of Canada, but realistically, it's not something that anyone could ever drink regularly. This is a special treat, a beer you keep in the fridge for a special occasion - graduation, the end of exams, finding a job. It's *not* for sipping in front of the television. (2,989 characters)

Photo of mpm180
3.85/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz foiled bottle into chalice.

Reddish gold color with less than a finger head.

Strong smell of yeast and sweet berries. Not unlike a berry muffin.

Subtle wine like taste highlighted with berries and grapes.

Medium bodied. Lower carbonation reminds me of drinking a dry white wine.

Quite drinkable as the 9% is well hidden. Nice flavor and well worth a try. (370 characters)

Photo of yoko
3.85/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This creamy opaque golden delight mounted a rich white two finger head that slipped down to a milky-like cover that made for a sticky lace. Throughout the length of the beverage there was a continuous feed of bubbles delivered in fizzures of fine streams reaching upward. Ripe apricot-peach, soft citrus, yeast, and a subtle clove and etoh made for a delightful nose. At times there was a lurking metal essence noted. A medium dimension filled the mouth with again, the fruit of the nose, a hay tang, with light floral and gentle spice. This stuff warms the belly. This La Fin Du Monde 12 oz. bottle was with much carbonation, for me it was too sparkling for balance. The finish was sweet with a dry, peppery, bubbly presence. Unfortunately a mucky aftertaste was left at the back of the mouth. I can appreciate the grand reviews this brew receives but for me, for this bottle, it was not there. (895 characters)

Photo of ebrauser
3.85/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle to a pint glass

Appearance: Hazy dark yellow. Fairly opaque with a thin white head

Smell: Belgian yeast, lemon and citrus notes

Taste: Yeasty with orange and lemon tartness coming through in the middle. There is a slight sourness that encompasses the taste. The finish is mildly dry and malty sweet. (323 characters)

Photo of mikeys01
3.85/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tried my first Fin today, out of a bomber+ size 25.4 oz corked bottle. The fin du monde pours out frothy as can be, with a very light white head that filled half the glass on a slow pour. No problem, worth the wait for it to settle. Carbonation level is actually pretty moderate, despite all the initial effervescence.
Smells both malty and yeasty, reminds me a bit of a hefe at first, then I detect a bit of grape sneaking up from around the corner it seems.
First sip is surprisingly light, not quite what I expected. Only a hint of bitterness, then I get a nice warmth surrounded by plenty of citrus orangey flavor, interesting. The cirtrus is very well balanced by the body of the beer and a nice finishing sweetness. The bottle conditioning keeps the carbonation from overpowering the flavor, and lends a nice softness to the texture. I didn't even notice the high alcohol content until I was well into the bottle, you kind of just ease into it like an old la-z-boy recliner.
Although not spectacular, I'd call the fin du monde eminently drinkable, and I'll indeed sample it again. (1,094 characters)

Photo of jcpaulun
3.85/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip from a bottle.

A: Pours a burnished yellow. A two finger head appears and quickly recedes to a quarter inch cap.

S: Spicy and alcoholic. A bit of orange citrus. A deep inhale brings out some yeasty undertones.

T: Sweet with some frutiness. I taste mainly pear. I get some clove and other herbal notes I can't quite place.

M: It is crisp and dry up front. The body is feels light because of the high carbonation. I think the finish is a bit sticky, more so than I am used to.

D: I like this beer. It is easy to drink, but not as much as other tripels I have encountered. It goes down easy, but the alcohol let its presence be known.

Notes: I am torn with this beer. I really enjoy it, but I prefer other tripels a bit more. While it is a delicious beer that I will continue to keep, it will find its way only occasionally to my glass. (861 characters)

Photo of jayhawk73
3.85/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a medium yellow w/ three finger white head that lingers a while. The smell is of pears, fruit, spice, apple. The smell is a little more tame than I was expecting. Very light and pleasant though... The taste has a little more oomph to it. It's a pretty sweet beer, but good. Not much alcohol taste, and at 9% ABV, that's impressive. I'd actually like to taste a little alcohol burn with this one. Mouthfeel is nice and smooth. Nice fruity, light aftertaste. Drinkability is pretty high. I could drink several of these before the alcohol would catch up, it doesn't taste like a high ABV beer. Overall, this is a good beer that borders on great. It doesn't quite reach that level, but it's close. I'd definitely buy this again, especially in the warm weather months. (769 characters)

La Fin Du Monde from Unibroue
96 out of 100 based on 2,818 ratings.