La Fin Du Monde - Unibroue

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Reviews: 2,818
Hads: 9,225
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 9.51%
Wants: 503
Gots: 1,616 | 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 Ahhdball
3.72/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I picked this up at my favorite store in Cincinnati (Jungle Jims) along with it's next of kin Don De Dieu (reviewd later) and was pretty impressed. Like a novice I poured this wrong and the sediment came out into the glass, not a HUGE deal but it marred the taste a little. The look was a golden cloudy color with a tiny lace head that took a little time to dissappear. The citrus was strong in the odor and I could swear I tased some grapes. This was sweet, almost like a champagne with a lot of carbonation. Not a bad brew, smooth, almost too smooth. The 9% alchohol factor could definetly not be noticed. All around a nice beer. (631 characters)

Photo of CWiggins
3.72/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Will the head on this brew ever die?!? The thick, white foam that formed on this pouring of La Fin du Monde remained practically intact until the last sip was consumed! One has to peek underneath to examine the cloudy orange hue of this Canadian beer. The aroma is slightly underwhelming, but notes of spices and citrus are noticeable. Aspects of wheat are also (interestingly) present. The taste is light but complex: there are flavors of bright citrus and lighter malts-darker malt characteristics are present during the lingering aftertaste. What kills me the is smoothness of the mouthfeel; all the carbonation must be in the head! It nearly drinks like water, which is dangerous from a calorie/alcohol perspective. (719 characters)

Photo of Whiteweasel
3.72/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a goblet. Best before date: 01-24-12

Appearance: Gah why do these Unibroues not give any head?? A light golden colour almost devoid of any brownness. Not a very typical beer and makes me think this is going to be like a Don De Deau in how wine-like it will be. Not much carbonation coming up either.

Smell: Very wheaty and yeasty (with that unmistakable Unibroue yeast) but with a sourness like apples, bananas, and a hint of grape. Has a hint of clove but not much. Reminds me of cider or some sort of overtly sweetened juicy juice box

Taste: Very very tart. Like drinking sour apple juice. Somewhat of a honey flavour gives it a sweet finish which is rather pleasant. Definitely more of a grape flavour, and honestly made me feel like I was drinking champagne when i wasnt thinking about it. Taste is closest to golden raisins. Upon the second pour (with the most yeast in it) I could detect a lot more pronounced of a yeast flavour and the requisite nuttiness. At least its more complex than its brother the Don De Deau.

Mouthfeel: It's like drinking pop rocks the way it sizzles in your mouth. You can only slightly detect the alcohol. It seems like most of the hidden carbonation nucleates on your taste buds. Very much like champagne in its mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Not a very consistantly drinkable beer on its own. Not just because of the alcohol. I wouldnt have more than one or two of these even if the abv was lower than 9%. Its very easy to drink at first, but I started to get a little sick of it as I neared the end.

I'm not sure why i differ so much from everyone else, but i suppose it just happens. Ive been around the unibroue block a little bit, and i they're just not as good IMHO as other BA's say they are. (1,766 characters)

Photo of schanker21
3.72/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Light golden-yellow with a nice white head.

S- Fruit, yeast, spices, very belgian.

T- Pretty much like the nose. Spices, fruits, malts, again very Belgian (or Belgian-like I should say). Sweet and tasty. Edit: On second try, I have to say that this beer tastes a little watered-down compared to other Belgians I've had. I've had to knock the taste for that.

M/D- Perfect amount of carbonation, overall a very good beer. (426 characters)

Photo of flyers1980
3.72/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a 12-ounce bottle into a Mad Elf tulip glass. Pours golden- pretty much a standard appearance for a tripel. Aroma is extremely fruity; almost overwhelming. The taste almost completely matches the aroma- such an aggressive spiciness to this beer that it borders on perfumy. Overall a decent beer fr an excellent Canadian brewery, but probably on the average end of beers I've had in this style in my opinion. When I go for a Unibroue brew I go for Maudite- I find it so much better. (488 characters)

Photo of Hunter
3.72/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Second time sampling this, first time reviewing for BA...

Appearance: Beer pours very fizzy, light red/gold color with a frothy head of loose white bubbles that dissipates much too quickly. Carbonation is substantial, some soapy lacing but not too much.

Aroma: Notes of apple juice, champagne, alcohol and candi sugar in the nose. It smells...fizzy. Does that make any sense?

Taste: The fizziness continues in the palate, again lending a sparkling wine character to the brew. Light malt and citrusy spices play on the tongue. Alcohol plays a small supporting role but you never get the sense you're drinking something that's 9% ABV. Carbonation scours any chance of an aftertatste here. Light and bubbly mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Hard to say. Sure, it's a nice light brew, and I can see pairing it with seafood or vegetarian dishes or enjoying a quiet spring evening with a glass. But at $7 a bottle I'm more inclined to pick up a Chimay or Hennepin. Certainly worth a look, particularly if you go for ales with a lighter profile than stouts or even ambers. (1,069 characters)

Photo of Jesstyr
3.71/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served a bottle of this at the great Pasta Nostra in Norwalk - not your typical beer joint, but they have some great ones to pair with italian food, including this one.

Cloudy yellow body with a massive foamy bright white head that starts large, but simmers to a manageable cm quickly. Excellent lacing. Slightly medicinal aroma, with citrus highlights - particularly lemon. Very yeasty.

A little spicy, but what I didn't enjoy the high amount of yeast in this one. Light fruit tones, and a slight bit of citrus, nothing big though. The light body made this different from most tripel's I enjoyed, but it was an overall enjoyable drink. (638 characters)

Photo of BeerAndBourbon
3.71/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A. Pours a watery yellow with large white bubbles that fade almost instantly and leave little-to-no lacing.
S. Smells strongly of wheat with citrus (orange and lemon); almost like a hefeweizen on steroids.
T. The alcohol bites up front with lemon oil and coriander. The middle is dominated by a malty sweetness. The end is quite yeasty and dry.
M. Sharp bite up front from alcohol and a high level of carbonation. While the beer itself is quite thin, the high level of carbonation allows the beer to coat your tongue and appear to be dense.
D. I'm not a fan of the prickling sensation provided with each sip; it takes away the pleasant sipping quality that I generally associate with a tripel.

While I appreciate the flavor and taste characteristics this beer has to offer, I'm not a fan of the very high level of carbonation in terms of appearance or mouthfeel. I'd like to try this on cask.

Edit: As the beer warms (and some of the carbonation dissipates), the beer becomes much more pleasurable and boozy. This only confirms that this would be splendid drawn from a cask. (1,076 characters)

Photo of hawks10
3.71/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle - Best by November 26th, 2011 - Bottled November 26th, 2008...About 2 years old as I pour it into my La Fin Du Monde tulip...

Pours a clear, light golden amber with tons of fluffy white head. Chunks of lacing are left behind and a solid stream of tiny bubbles continues to rise to the top...

Yeasty and spicy in the nose to start, definitely Belgian influenced as the yeast is very pronounced. Sweet and slightly fruity, but with a bunch of earthiness in the background, bready...

Bready and yeasty to begin, with a bit of pepper, sweet and slightly fruity in the background. Mild earthy/grassy bitterness in the finish with a touch of booze. Sweetness fades and spicing becomes more pronounced as the beer warms...

Medium bodied with higher than average carbonation, active in the mouth. Slight lingering bitterness and alcohol heat...

While I admit I am not a fan of Tripels, this may be the best of the mediocre (to me) style... (948 characters)

Photo of rodenbach99
3.71/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

bouteille brune de 750ml, bouchon de liège

belle bière blonde trouble, la mousse se dissipe rapidement mais elle est très belle, petit nez de levure, belle pointe épicée en bouche, belle longueur, l'alcool se fait sentir, moins épicé que la don de dieu, moins bonne aussi, je la préfère aussi. (303 characters)

Photo of babyhobbes
3.7/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden, hazy color with a decent head,. This smells strongly of yeast and spices.

Very nice taste a little overpowering so I'm not likely to have several. The alcohol is felt but not bitingly so. The mouthfeel is pleasant and bubbly.

Another good brew from Unibroue. (281 characters)

Photo of ByTor2112
3.7/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Aroma was sour, yeasty, with a hint of apple, pear and some spicyness. Big white head with big bubbles hung around for about 5 minutes but dissipated quickly after. I have read about insane carbonation but the head in my glass was tame. A beautiful honey-yellow color with a few shades of orange trying to show through. Heavy carbonation on the palate but pleasant. Yeast and alcohol are immediately present but the alcohol is NOT over-bearing. I had to let this beer sit and mellow to get some sweet malt to come through all the yeast. I caught a whiff of hops as it warmed but not much bitterness to taste. I could drink two at a sitting but this Ale on Lees will warm you up. My first Unibroue and it was excellent. (718 characters)

Photo of McD0uche
3.7/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a pint glass:

A: This stuff is really carbonated. Light golden color with big billowy head. Good retention.

S: Typical damp towel Belgian smell. Bell peppers, spices, malty earth, dirt, tomatoes.

T: Sweet, complex mixture that tastes nice. Dark fruits, spices, and malts play center stage here. Buttery.

M: Starts out by flooding your buds with flavor, then radiates on the back of your tongue. Light bodied, finishes dry. Invites more sips.

O: I'm still trying to find a spot in my heart for Belgians. Usually they are too malty and peppery for me, and I find myself disliking the flavor. This was a decent beer with an adequate taste that many would find very enjoyable, but what I really liked was the overall mouthfeel. Refreshing. (765 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.7/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A: The beer is a hazy pale yellow color with large foamy white head that leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: Heavy yeast aroma with a touch of alcohol.

T: The same bready, yeasty character, from the smell, comes out strongly in the flavor and dominates throughout. There are touches of honey, malt and just a bit of alcohol (but not even close to 9.00% worth).

M: Light-to-medium body, crisp and very smooth, medium carbonation and a very clean finish.

D: The yeast character masterfully disguises the alcohol content, which, along with the smoothness, makes this beer very drinkable. This was the first beer that I’ve had from Unibroue. It has left me with the impression that this brewery doesn’t mess around. (772 characters)

Photo of wingnutter
3.7/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy/hazy yelorange with a nice tight head.

Smells a bit like a hefe weizen - banana, citrus, yeastiness, breadiness, and confectioners sugar.

Clove/banana softness as I take my first sip. Bready. Yeasty. Has a candy sweetness that isnt cloying, but rather complimentary to the other flavors.

Crisp, refreshing, but also feels heavy. A decent after dinner brew to sip and relax with. (394 characters)

Photo of CuriousMonk
3.7/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into dimple glass. Pours an orange-hay appearance, very hazy, nice small, creamy head. Inital fruity aromas, tropical fruit, pineapples, pretty yeasty. Really nice, creamy on the palate, alot of fruits, with a soft, gentle washing effect. Some sweet banana bread fights through the mangos, peaches, and spices. Very nice drinkability. Although, I prefer the Maudite. (390 characters)

Photo of Atch
3.7/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my Duvel tulip

Appearance: A hazy light orange. Med/hi carbonation, Poured with a two finger head that did not stick around long. A little lacing that doesn't last long either.

Smell: I get apples and pears, alcohol smell is present as well.

Taste: Very fruity, I could smell the alcohol, but in my opinion it's almost undetectable to the taste. A tad on the sweet side.

Mouthfeel: One of my favorite attributes of this beer is how it feels in my mouth. It fills it up. Feels heavy but very smooth.

Drinkability: I would have this beer again. Drinking mostly American pale ales, the Belgian strong ales are pretty new to me.
But I loved every one I tried so far. At 7.99 a 4 pack, I think it's a steal. (730 characters)

Photo of mschofield
3.7/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hazy-yellow gold with stark white bubbly head. It nearly explodes out of the bottle.
Fruity, floral and yeasty aroma.
Very peppery (alcohol) and spicy, with apple and pear.
Highly carbonated, and very warming. It could be dangerous how this hides the ABV.

Not as complicated as other Unibroue brews, my least favorite from that brewery so far. Thats not saying much as it's still an outstanding beer. (406 characters)

Photo of brianlg
3.7/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle dated October 2004. La Fin Du Monde poured a yellow/gold color with a large 3 finger head. It smells bread like, citrusy and of nuts. Not a bad smell at all. However, the taste i where the beer went down hill. It tasted very much like Duvel, but a cheap, less appealing Duvel. It tasted like nuts, and I kept getting the taste of a cork.. strange. It's kind of bitter, but not too bad. You can definitely taste the citrus as well, but I can't get the cork out of my mind. Not very pleasing, not bad, but not good. Mouthfeel is fine and smooth. Drinkable? Eh yeah, for a while. It took me a while to finish the whole glass, but it went down. My bottle was obviously pretty old, so I'd like to try a fresh one and see how my opinion differs. (752 characters)

Photo of ibbjamin
3.69/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Paid $7.49 for an Australian Longneck from BevMo in Willow Glen, CA. Poured into a pint glass with a couple pours.

This is a nice beer to open. Has a decorative yet functional metal fastener holding the cork down. The cork pops when opening, almost like a bottle of champagne. That should have been my first sign of the amount of carbonation in this one. After a soft pour, half of the pint was a white head made of huge bubbles. Has the color of a cloudy yellow wheat beer. The head doesn't shrink down too quickly at all. Thick creamy trails of lacing.

The nose is yeast first and foremost, but there is also hints of alcohol and sweeter malts with some spice. The carbonation can even be slightly detected in the nose.

Taste is nice, refreshing and complex. Yeast and bread at first; similarities to both a hefe or wheat beer but unique in its own manner. The yeast is then balanced with the sweeter malts and floral perfume hops which combine for a nice mild fruity flavor. Alcohol taste is present as well.

Creamy, light to medium body. Not as carbonated of a mouthfeel as I originally anticipated to this point.

Tripels usually are not my beverage of choice, so drinkability is affected, but it the best Tripel I've had to date. Highly recommended for this style. (1,274 characters)

Photo of kcr357
3.69/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours an unassuming hazy copper with a course foam that dissipates quickly to a light remnant leaving rings on the glass. Lots of sediment.
Smells like bread, grass, wheat beer, and sweet malt.
Tastes different from your average bmc, no doubt.Very malty, spicy, balanced if not lightly hopped. Smells and has a slight vanilla taste.
Chewy, smooth, bitey from the high alcohol.
9.0 alc. makes for low drinkability.
Very good, very strong. (437 characters)

Photo of fscottkey
3.69/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: [4.00] The beer is straw yellow with a 1 finger white head. The bubbles on the head are tight but dissipate quickly. Even after the head is gone there is great coating and lacing on the glass. The bottle lists the ABV (9.0%) and the best by date (not sure if it is April 12 or Dec 4th 2016)

S: [3.00] Wheat and yeast. Some alcohol.

T: [4.00] Out of the fridge - very typical Belgian wheat flavor. There is a wheat and yeast flavor and not much else. There is a slight taste of alcohol - it is not completely hidden. As the beer warms the sweetness of the malt comes out. The wheat and yeast flavors subside there are hints of bubble gum and banana. It becomes much more enjoyable. It is a totally different beer when it is warm. Really desirable.

M: [3.75] Nice carbonation level - feels rich on the tongue.

O: [3.75] Out of the gate this was a typical yeasty mess. But as it warmed the body and flavor came out. It was really enjoyable. I'd like to age a few of these and see how they change. This is a really good brew. The alcohol isn't totally hidden - but that is okay. The taste migrates away from the wheat/yeast bomb and has complex tones of banana and bubble gum. (1,196 characters)

Photo of prosper
3.69/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Cloudy appearance. Moderate carbonation, and head. Head retention is unremarkable, leaving a bit of lace.

Smells great. Yeasty, malty, fruity - especially mango and citrus. Subdued hops.

Tastes of fruit wine. Slight maltiness, little hops. Has a definite solvent/phenolic alcohol flavour, lots of esters and a noticeable bready-yeastiness. Noticeable fusels as well. Finishes with a faint spice - cloves, maybe, with a little citrus, banana and some malt. Very little hops there in the background.

Solid, thick mouthfeel. Perfect amount of carbonation.

Drinkability is limited due to the high alcohol content. This is more a sipping beer than anything else. Everything about this beer is big, and I can't see having more than one or two in a single sitting. (764 characters)

Photo of shaunb81
3.69/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Dark, golden body with a 1" head and medium lacing around the glass. Nothing special.

Smell - Fruity hops (peach and grape?), sweet, almost bready, malts.

Taste - Sweet on the front and the fruitiness is long lasting. Spicy and fruity hops aren't too overbearing. Balance is superb.

Mouthfeel - Carbonation is nice and the beer is a little creamy after a few seconds in the mouth. Pretty good stuff here.

Overall - A good beer with A LOT of flavor. Fruity and hoppy, this beer should please even the most distinguished palates. (544 characters)

Photo of BrewSomerville
3.69/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The aroma is very yeasty. It is spicy....cloves. It also has some orange peel-like aromas.

Looks ok. It's a hazy, light orange in colour. Two fingers of head. Poor head retention. Leaves a very small amount of lace.

Tastes spicy. Alcohol is definitely detected on the palate. Fruity, oranges. Some flavour of cloves.

Fairly gassy. A bit crisp & prickly on the tongue at first, but then it gets creamy & smooth. The alcohol gives it a warming feeling.

Overall, I like it very much. However, due to it's high ABV (9%) I would not suggest to drink too many of these in one sitting if you would like to keep your composure. (631 characters)

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