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La Fin Du Monde - Unibroue

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

8,191 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 8,191
Reviews: 2,729
rAvg: 4.32
pDev: 11.57%
Wants: 354
Gots: 905 | FT: 17
Brewed by:
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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 NoLeafClover44
4.23/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into an Allagash chalice. Bottled late 2011.

A - Pours a hazy gold with three fingers of dense white head. A violent display of carbonation continues throughout, long after I pour. The lacing is tiered perfection.

S - Big aroma of peppery citrus, banana, cloves, grassy hops, and loads of not-quite-funky yeast. Perfection for the style.

T - The flavor is sweeter than the nose indicated. Starts slightly tart with apple and pear and transitions to sugar/bready malts. Bubblegum sweetness on the back end with a spicy clove finish. As is typical within this style, the high ABV is very well hidden.

M - High carbonation is no surprise based on the appearance. Medium bodied. The carbonation is great to begin with, but the beer flattens out quickly. Maybe I drank too slowly.

O - This was one of those perpetually available, phenomenal beers that I pass up on every time at the store because it will always be there anyway. I decided to grab a single during a recent haul, and I was not disappointed. The aroma is amazing and the flavor is good, although I found it to be a little bit too sugary sweet at some points. Not one I get regularly, but certainly a benchmark for the style.

NoLeafClover44, Oct 09, 2012
Photo of TheMultiYeast
4.23/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours slightly hazy bright yellow..two fingers of white head.

Smell offers clove, some pepper, pears and mildly sweet fruit scents, soft and chalky.

More banana and pear fruitiness in taste, spices, interesting sourness in aftertaste perhaps due to yeast

Clean finish, dry.

Must try Tripel

TheMultiYeast, Oct 21, 2012
Photo of HarrySTruman
4.23/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Orange with a huge head. Good retention and solid lacing.

Smells a lot like banana, maybe too much so. Sweet malts and a bit of spice/pepper.

Taste is bold and comples, but finishes with the distinct banana flavor. Has that typical Unibroue yeast flavor. Alcohol isn't completely hidden but it is balanced well in the flavor profile.

High carbonation, crisp and solid mouthfeel.

After trying many other Triples I came back to La Fin Du Monde and remembered why it was so highly rated. There aren't many tripels made outside of Belgium that are this good, maybe none.

HarrySTruman, Jun 27, 2012
Photo of Jamesthebrit
4.23/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Nice light golden color. Hazy with a big head with a good dynamic of bubbles.

S: Pinapple, peach, lemon, orange, grass, wheat. Very nice.

T: As with the smell it is very complex. All the same tastes as listed above but the finish pretty nice. There is a little must like with most tripels but it is overshadowed by fruity flavors. Also a good sweetness.

M: Very bubbly. While not being overwhelming it has a bit of a rough feel to it. Otherwise sits pretty good with a light medium body.

Overall a very nice showing. Certainly shines above most tripels. It's pretty widely available and worth checking out.

Jamesthebrit, Aug 11, 2012
Photo of Rijtjeshuis
4.22/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Served in a chalice

LOOK (4.5/5) This poured a darker golden color with some orange tones when held up to the light. It was a little more opaque than some other beers of the style, particularly the Westmalle. However, I think this was a really nice venue for the rich color. The only flaw in this category, I think was the brew's white head that rose quickly, dominated by larger bubbles than I would have liked, only to fade at a somewhat disappointing rate.

SMELL (4.5/5) The smell was initially dominated by the yeasty esters and phenols. The bouquet was pretty fruity, but was followed quickly by some deep spicy overtones and some citrus. There was also a nice wheatiness to the smell.

FLAVOUR (4/5) As with the smell, the beginning was dominated by the sweet fruitiness, which was balanced nicely with some very subtle malt flavors. The only problem here is that the brew took a quick turn towards the harsh alcoholic flavour before the yeast spices overpower that. Some great warming, not too hot.

FEEL (5/5) Very effervescent on the tip of the tongue in the initial taste (almost reminiscent of the more carbonated Belgian Ales, like Duvel in this respect). This transitions to a wonderful fullness as it washes to the back of the mouth. This balances the spiciness of the esters.

DRINK (4/5) super tasty and very drinkable - its dangerous because of it.

Rijtjeshuis, Jul 16, 2011
Photo of BJ1833
4.22/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 750 ml corked bottle

Appearance: Pale golden color with a thin white, quickly fading head.

Smell: Aroma is malty with a presence of ripe fruit. A slight yeasty bread smell with a faint alcoholic odor.

Taste: A malty, yeasty flavor mixed with dark fruit flavors (plum & dates). Alcohol can be easily tasted, but definitely not overpowering.

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation, but maybe a little bit overcarbonated. A lighter body than expected with a smooth slightly dry finish.

Overall this is a great brew. A very good representation of the Triple style. This is definitely one of my favorite belgian style ales.

BJ1833, Aug 31, 2004
Photo of jsolack
4.22/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance:
Cloudy pale yellow. Head is light and dicipates quickly. Overall it's nice looking.

Smell:
Smells like sweet wheat with hints of peach and clove. Interesting smell that I really enjoy.

Taste:
Sweet and light... has a complex flavor. When first in mouth it has strong fruit flavors. Peach and hints of banana. After than a slight bitterness comes in. Finish has wheat accents.

Mouthfeel:
Feels thick in mouth. Coats tounge well and leave a crisp aftertaste.

Drinkability:
A great beer. Tastes really good and goes down really smooth.

jsolack, Mar 13, 2004
Photo of WeymouthMike
4.22/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle

Appearance- Peeling back the foil I poored this into the inappropriate glass, an average pint glass. Beer comes in a typical cloudy strong belgian ale amber color. with a thick off white head that leaves little lace.

Smell- there are smells I can't quite determine, but there is plenty of fruit aromas with a light hoppy smell.

Taste- this is where this beer excels. There is a robust fruit flavor followed by some pepper which finishes with a warming alcohol finish.

Drinkability- a great ale which comes in a 4 pack which should be perfect to last me through tonights baseball game. Go sox

WeymouthMike, Oct 21, 2004
Photo of Osiris9588
4.22/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a rusty godlen color with a creamy 1.5" head, leaving some slight lacing. A mild bouquet of clove, floral yeast, and a touch of citrus. The flavor is a delicious mellow malt mixed with clove and citrus. The mouth feel is incredible, so complex; it dances all over the palate, going from malty to sweet and spicy, then finishes almost buttery, with barely a trace of alcohol.

I have had this beer before, but mixed with many others, and it didn't really take me by storm. This time, concentrating on it alone, it was a delight. I defintely see more in my future--until the world ends, anyway, which could be any day now. But this is great beer to drink while everything is crumbling around you.

Osiris9588, Aug 25, 2006
Photo of Caesar1pup
4.22/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

What can one say that has not already been said? One word, bien! But, if I must expound then I shall.

This offering is sent directly to us from the great country of Quebec. One has to wonder, “will it’s pale orange appearance and citrusy aroma leave me disappointed or will it deliver on all that has been promised?” Oh oui! Kudos on a beer well built. I do enjoy Maudite more but who’s to complain?

Caesar1pup, Jan 16, 2007
Photo of Stubbie1
4.22/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice dark gold color. Pours with a stiff tight white head. Clings all the way to the bottom of the glass. Aroma is slighlty sweet and spicey. Nice carbonation, a great warm flavor of spices mixed in with alcohol. An enjoyable brew ! Cant wait to try the others

Stubbie1, Feb 23, 2003
Photo of SpdKilz
4.22/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a hazy golden color with about a finger of head that quickly dissipates leaving little lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell - Heavy spices (i.e. clove) up front followed by fruits such as bananas and lemons, slight tartness, and a hint of alcohol.

Taste - Similar to the nose. Very subdued but the flavors work well together. Begins slightly bready which is almost immediately followed by banana and lemon zest. The taste ends with some malty backbone and slight honey and more than enough clove.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied, very smooth, decent carbonation for the style.

Drinkability - Quite so. I'm still relatively new to this area of beer, but I know what I like. This is a very easy to drink beer that is being enjoyed on this amazingly cool summer night in Southern California. From the other tripels I have had, this one most certainly stands out as a beer that is balanced and downright quaffable for such a high ABV. Very good.

SpdKilz, Jul 29, 2010
Photo of thekanna
4.22/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review compiled from notes taken earlier:

A: Nice radiant golden pour with a large, foamy, fluffy head.

S: Smells strongly of pineapples and other tropical fruits. This is rounded out by Belgian yeasts and spices.

T: Strong tropical fruit taste... am I imbibing in a pina colada that someone switched up on me? Citrusy, acidic fruits with a good amount of yeast and spices, especially pepper. There's the inkling of hops at the end.

M: Nice and smooth, with just the right amount of kick.

D: Very drinkable. However, its richness and high alcohol content really prevent a lot from being drunk.

thekanna, Mar 17, 2009
Photo of edskirk3
4.22/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I bought this bottle over a month ago, and thought I'd save it for June 6, 2006. But if the world actually ends that day, who will be around to read this review?

It's a 750mL bottle with a picture of the Newfoundland penninsula on the label under a celestial spotlight of some sort. I'm supposed to enjoy it by 11-21-08.

With a startling cork pop (wasn't really expecting that), I pour some into my trusty Orval goblet. La Fin du Monde presents itself with a clear, very slightly amberish gold, with fine yeast particulates floating around, and an effervescent white head that goes away as quickly as if it were Coca-Cola. I should note at this point that I am tasting this ale at room temperature.

It's a pungent aroma. Spiciness, yeast, orange peel, and alcohol. There's a lot of things going on that I am not yet sophisticated enough to describe.

The taste is equally complex. Similar to the aroma it seems, but in a different order. There's coriander (I think... or cloves) spice, alcohol, a twinge of sweetness, and generic citrus features but no yeast bite, by which I am suprised considering the amount of yeast sediment sitting at the bottom of this bottle. Overall, it makes me want some gorgonzola.

It's sticky and very carbonated like champagne. The alcohol warmth stays only for a little bit, while an oily/creamy feeling lingers. I don't know which.

A little expensive to drink regularly but I'm enjoying this, and that's not the alcohol talking. It's not something you chug at a barbecue, but rather something to be sipped by the fireplace while reading Chaucer or something.

Maybe I should have chilled it at least a few minutes.

edskirk3, Apr 24, 2006
Photo of Murchmac
4.22/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Consumed on the 4th of July as fireworks were exploding around the house.

Great beer, big frothy head, cloudy, pretty yellow. Looks like freedom.

Fruity notes, citrus, pears.

Delicious taste fruity, yeasty, fresh, crisp.

Nicely carbonated. Just an overall kick ass beer made in the USA. U-S-A!

P.S. I know it's made in canada, but since we pretty much own them, it's like it's brewed here.

Murchmac, Jul 08, 2009
Photo of trep
4.22/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fluffy white crown of head sitting majestically atop the unfiltered murky orange. Looks pretty good despite the yeasties in suspension. Little or no carbonation.

Sour white grapes, and Unibroue's distinct yeasty smell. A little honey and a little bit of light fruits. The faintest hint of alcohol as the head finally fades.

Gee-golly willakers, quite a little time-line of flavor on the first sip. Initially bread-yeasty that flows so smoothly to a bitter light golden malty background that gives way to light fruits and a faint honey aftertaste. Alcohol is more present as it warms. Probably the best Belgian Strong Pale i've had.

Little carbonation but a perfect medium body that doesn't overwhelm you. Fiercely easy drinking for a 9% belgian strong pale. Alcohol is barely noticable, even after warming, and it doesn't get mundane.

trep, Jun 01, 2006
Photo of thebierbrewery
4.22/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served out of a 750ml bottle.

A- Light gold color, some head retention, slight lacing, slightly cloudy

S- Citrusy, lemony, lime, belgian funky, bubblegum sweet awesomeness

T- Dry and tart, complex citrus lemon, very good, hidden alcohol

M- Medium mouthfeel, dry and creamy, high carbonation makes it taste lighter

D- Extremely drinkable, refreshing be it summer or winter.

thebierbrewery, Jan 28, 2011
Photo of shand
4.22/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass, best before 3/26/13.

Appearance: Pours a hazy straw color with about two fingers of head. The head doesn't stick around for long though, leaving just wisps of retention. This is probably due to my incorrect glassware. The carbonation looks very nice here, a good stream of rising bubbles.

Smell: Smells a bit strange, to be honest. Smells a bit like fruit, and a bit like corn. Not exactly the most appealing smell. Thankfully, as it warms up the smell becomes a bit more appealing. The corn scent goes away, leaving straw and fruits.

Taste: Thankfully, the taste more than makes up for the smell. This stuff is very complex tasting. It goes in very smooth and fairly non-descriptly yeasty, but the aftertaste is a hell of a ride. Fruits (pears and apples) come in, then malts, then just a bit of hops make this awesome. The hops are a bit unexpected, this is hoppier than other beers I've had of this style. There's a bit of lemongrass flavor to hold this all together. Overall, it's a very sweet beer.

Mouthfeel: Hits the mouth nice and light, but coats the throat on the way down.

Drinkability: For it's ABV, this is amazingly drinkable. Dangerously drinkable, if you will. Alcohol is almost completely hidden, with just a hint coming out in the late finish.

A great trippel available at a pretty great price for the style. Not quite as good a deal as Golden Monkey can be found for, but worth the premium.

shand, Oct 06, 2010
Photo of Casey10
4.22/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

After recently trying a chimay triple I sought out this one as it was one of the higher rated triples was very impressed with this brew.

A - lots of bubbles and a frothy white head when first poured.

S - Spices and banana great use of belgian yeast.

T - Taste was good smooth and a nice aftertase that lingered once drank, a bit lemony and banana.

M - creamy somewhat, carbonated feel

D - very nice could drink a bunch would have to be careful do to well hidden abv.

Casey10, Aug 09, 2009
Photo of Aircow86
4.22/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured chilled into a glass that sort of resembles a chalice. (Where the hell do you find a chalice anyway?)
My first Tripel so I am very excited.

Appearance: Large fluffy head springs up from initial pour, disappears quickly. A very carbonated looking beer, like champagne with all the bubbles.

Smell: A smorgasboard of fruit flavors, massive esters, a very strong aroma.

Taste: Small hop flavor up front, very fruity - apples, pears. Light but complex.

Mouthfeel: Very carbonated, nice and airy.

Overall: Certainly an interesting beer/style. Not my favorite style, but still very good. Great looking bottle btw.

Aircow86, Mar 30, 2011
Photo of Ghenna
4.22/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pub glass. Medium white head with good lacing atop a straw colored beer. Smells sweet and yeasty- a solid tripel smell. Taste is malt sweet (though not overly sweet) with a little bit of yeast and fruit. The alcohol is hardly noticeable, although I'm fairly well used to stronger beers. Suffice it to say, it is drinkable for me.

All told, a very good beer though not my favorite Tripel.

Ghenna, Jan 02, 2010
Photo of RunDWP
4.22/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It only makes sense that I drink this while travelling in Quebec City.

Pours a hazy oragne with a fizzy head. Nice clove, spicy and yeasty aroma. Taste is much of the same, somewhat complex, with a tart fruityness that has a cherry-like character, but its hard to put my finger exactly on it, and a slight note of alcohol. Nice level of carbonation and mouthfeel and really enjoyable to drink with all that complexity and alcohol. Good example of the style.

RunDWP, May 13, 2009
Photo of aracauna
4.22/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Insanely active head. Big airy foam. It was difficult to pour it softly enough to keep it under control, but from the taste and the lack of foamy at opening, it wasn't infected. Aroma is lemon on top of apricots. Light lemony/apricot flavor that rides on a noticeable malt backbone. Has a little of the cottony mouthfeel but not enough to hurt the drinkability. Probably the best Belgian golden ale I've tried.

aracauna, Aug 10, 2002
Photo of feelmefoam
4.22/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a bright, effervescent gold with plenty of carbonation running around and a beautiful, cloudy white head that pushed up well over two inches on the pour. Nice retention from the head and when it finally dissipates it leaves thick, foamy rings of lace draped all down the glass. A very inviting looking beer that got a few extra points from the head it put up.

The aroma, probably helped by the extra head La Fin put up, was also very enticing. A fruit basket of 'flavors' mixed with that distinct banana-clove spiciness is prevalent, as well as a bit of unidentified spiciness and some wheat scent that float in less assertively. Very fragrant, you can smell this beer as soon as you pop the top.

The flavor is good, just not as good as the nose or appearance. Similar banana-clove and wheaty fruit flavor to many other Belgians, but sweeter and less spicy on the tongue than some others I've tried. Not necessarily a bad thing, just a bit different. Still, a very tasty beer that isn't hard to drink at all.

I like the mouthfeel. Not thin or watery at all, it's on the slightly thicker side of medium and despite the carbonation present on the initial pour it's very smooth. The carbonation seems to counter some of the effects of the 9% ABV because there is absolutely no hint of alcohol during each draught.

Overall, this is a very drinkable beer. My whole bomber was gone in about 20 minutes. Sweet and slightly spicy with a smooth finish (and a looker to boot) this is definitely a beer to try and maybe one to make your Top Whatever list if you're a big Belgian fan. Good stuff, Canada.

feelmefoam, Mar 20, 2010
Photo of weller1js
4.22/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance: pours a very cloudy yellow-amber, light carbonation, slight creamy foam leaving a slight similar ring of lacing; when held to light, near the edges of the glass it almost appears to be a translucent white.

smell: velvety spiced scent that one would expect in a tripel, light and wheaty as well as fruity and yeasty.

taste: begins predominantly wheaty-malty and yeasty, which is clearly segregated in the palate from the essences of fruit and spice that present themselves as quickly as they blend with the hop characteristics, yielding a sweet, complex tangy-ness that carries on well beyond the finish.

mouthfeel: velvety and medium-bodied, serves to enhance the complexity of the taste.

overall: prime example of the tripel style, highly acclaimed for good reason, very complex yet grounded, very drinkable.

weller1js, Aug 05, 2011
La Fin Du Monde from Unibroue
96 out of 100 based on 8,191 ratings.