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La Fin Du Monde - Unibroue

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

8,170 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 8,170
Reviews: 2,728
rAvg: 4.32
pDev: 11.57%
Wants: 350
Gots: 893 | FT: 17
Brewed by:
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Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
Tripel |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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Photo of thebierbrewery
4.22/5  rDev -2.3%

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%

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%

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%

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%

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%

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%

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%

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%

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
Photo of bigbubba
4.22/5  rDev -2.3%

This is a beautiful milky orange beer with lots of head initially and lots of carbonation. The taste is very spicy, yeasty, and fruity. No evident hop aroma or taste. It is definitely one to drink slowly due to the carbonation and alcohol content. As the beer warms the flavor slowly changes as some flavors come to the forefront and others fade away. Very enjoyable!

bigbubba, Jan 10, 2004
Photo of ClevoPiwo
4.22/5  rDev -2.3%

Pours a nice golden yellow color with a big head that dissipates pretty quickly leaving a nice lacing down the glass.

The smell is very good and very floral. Malt sweetness, complex fruity esters, yeast and spice are all pronounced in the bouquet.

The taste is great. Rich pale malt sweetness up front followed by that wonderful taste of belgian yeast with hints of spice and maybe a trace of hops. The alcohol is warming but well hidden.

A wonderful tripel! The alcohol is well hidden making this beer very drinkable and enjoyable.

ClevoPiwo, Aug 15, 2009
Photo of wugambino
4.22/5  rDev -2.3%

12 oz bottle poured to a unibroue tulip (new, on sale with the beer - it's a good day). Rich head, with a taste that tactfully holds back from all the sweetness in the aroma. Exceptionally clean feel and finish for such a tasty beer. Aftertaste leaves the mouth feeling clean, if not for the alcohol burn I would reach for another sip all too quickly. So glad I got the 4-pack.

wugambino, Jan 05, 2009
Photo of merryjoulton
4.22/5  rDev -2.3%

Poured a very light golden color. I must not know how to pour bottle conditioned ales because this is the second foamer I have opened this week. With the gentlest pour possible I ended up with a glass 50% full of foam. Smell was very spicy with a hint of vanilla. Tasted sour and spicy, not one hint of ethanol. Mouthfeel was good, lingering aftertaste of sweetness. Great beer!

merryjoulton, Apr 03, 2009
Photo of zrab11
4.22/5  rDev -2.3%

A-Light azy golden yellow with alittle tinge of orange.Nice crisp 1 1/2 finger head.

S-Minimal citrus notes with a floral crisp smell

T-Super crisp and clean, get nice floral and citrus throughout the whole sip.

M-Light boddied. Nice carbonation. feels so light in the mouth but has a nice amount of flavor and hops

D-Very Drinkable. Ordered this as my last beer of the night after having 2 other sours. GGreat beer to end a night one. GOt a great triple taste but also soo crisp and light that some other tipples don't have!

zrab11, Feb 22, 2011
Photo of craftaholic
4.22/5  rDev -2.3%

Appearance: Pours a cloudy golden honey hue with a fat three finger length head of creamy white frothy foam that has a great deal of retention.

Smell: The smell is on par with that of a belgian. There is hints of tart apple and even some pear. There is also a heavy yeast quality with hints of floral notes, spice, clove and banana. There is even a presence of alcohol so the nose really doesn't mask the abv well at all.

Taste: The flavor has a mind of its own on this one as it transforms from amounts of yeast that mix with assertive touches of orange-peel and coriander. There is also a strong bold sweetness in the malt that is signature for a trippel. There is some earthiness as well as some fruits such as the aforementioned pear as well as grape. The clove and banana rears its head again from the nose and is rounded out by a subtle bitterness to give it a great balance. After some warmth this turns into a slightly tart banana creme pie flavor.

Mouthfeel: The carbonation settles down from a misplaced overzealous tingling after a few sips and settles to a dull roar. Given some warmth and time to settle it allows the flavors to come through. After a while it turns to a decently smooth creamy texture. It finishes dry yet refreshing and is quite light in the body department.

Drinkability: This brew is almost too drinkable for a 9% and has a combination of body and potency to even make me put it in the summer brew category.

Overall: This beer reminds me of a witbier in certain aspects but the malt really puts it in it's place. It is quite light in character for a brew with such a big bodied reputation. Was quite delightful and would definitely have again.

craftaholic, Sep 24, 2009
Photo of Spineypanda
4.22/5  rDev -2.3%

Pours a hazy golden straw with a decent little head that retains for some time.
Smells of slight alcohol and some banana i think, or some sort of fruit.
Tastes sweet and acidic/citrusy with the Belgian taste that most tripels have.
Carbonation is intense, like all bottle conditioned (ale on lees).

A good tripel from Canada!

Spineypanda, May 16, 2010
Photo of haazer
4.22/5  rDev -2.3%

Poured into a St. Bernardus chalice.

A- Pours a little more than a finger of white head. The brew is an orange marmelade color, with apple core highlights on the sides. Fairly opaque liquid, with a good amount of bubbles rising in the glass. Personally I think this might've looked better in a tulip.

S- Great combination of yeast/fruit aroma's. Picked out mainly Berries, apples, and grapes.

T- Excellent, very complex tastes, as most Tripels have. Hard to pick out the distinct flavors so I'll speak in generalities. Tastes include fruit and candy, but is not at all overly sweet. Can pick up on the malt taste in the background, and the alchohol is masked fairly well.

M- Smooth but bubbly mouthfeel from the carbonation. On the lighter end of a medium bodied beer. Alcohol is slightly warming, but welcomed especially at this time of year.

D- A sipper, and thats not to take away from its drinkability. A sipper to savor the great taste and complexity. I can see why this is so highly rated. A plus is that this is very easy to find, and its actually a quite cheaper then most other Tripel's out there.

haazer, Dec 01, 2010
Photo of Kemmerlin
4.22/5  rDev -2.3%

A: beautiful golden straw hue with a thick delicious long lasting head but had weak lacing down the glass.

S: Smelled of fresh cut straw with a diluted orange juice smell, great malt aromas crown the rest of the brew.

T: Has a butter creme taste with dried banana and definitely a strong alcohol taste in the back.

M/D: Highly carbonated and a high alcohol feel light and easily drinkable as very pleasurable to drink.

Kemmerlin, Jun 21, 2008
Photo of PintOHops
4.22/5  rDev -2.3%

Poured from a corked 750ml bottle into a goblet.

Appearance/Smell - Appears a clouded golden/straw color with a massive head and decent retention. Attractive tiny carbonation bubbles can be seen coming up the rim of the glass, and it leaves some broken & splashy lacing. Smells of a big semi sweet banana nose, hints of clove, corn husk, and orange zests. Some fruity grape & pair notes as well, and a very subtle buttery/toffee, as it warms, lots of alcoholic aroma pronounces itself well, sorta clouding most of the smell.

Taste/Mouthfeel - Tastes of a semi bright citrus note that hits the tongue first, and then washes away with a big corn husk/grainy/bisciuty flavor. Hints of banana, but not as strong as in the smell, orange zest notes seem to come between all flavors. Alcohol burn finishes this one as expected, and corn husk & banana notes seem to linger a bit. Mouthfeel has a firm bite of carbonation, along with a slightly smooth & silky feel, medium-full bodied but more so on the medium side.

Drinkability/Final thoughts - I'm not a big fan of Tripels, but I do appreciate them, this one was balanced well without being so alcoholic, overly bitey, and harsh, and the drinkability was great although the ABV is very high. I could easily put down a couple small goblets of this great brew on a cool day, I did however get a little tired of the flavors after a couple goblets, so I wouldn't really enjoy drinking anymore than that. Not much to say, if you enjoy this style than try this one, it's definitely the smoothest one Ive had so far.

PintOHops, Jul 11, 2009
Photo of schlimenhaumer
4.22/5  rDev -2.3%

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass at low altitude.

A: Pours a nearly opaque honey color with a large foamy white head that dissipates quickly. There's a lot of carbonation floating up to the top of the glass.

S: Dark fruits, floral smells, yeasty notes and a hint of booze in the background. Definitely piques my interest.

T: Wheat and yeast notes up front give way to a fruity sourness that reminds me of slightly under-ripe cherries. The booze doesn't come through whatsoever in the taste.

M: Dry all the way though as you'd expect from a tripel. Spot on for the style.

D: Not something you'd drink every day, but I drank the entire bottle by myself without any trouble.

schlimenhaumer, Jun 11, 2011
Photo of mavbrew
4.22/5  rDev -2.3%

A: Pours a golden yellow with a thick white head quickly dissipating, lacing down the glass.

S: Citrus scents, slight hops and a hint of yeast.

T: Citrus (lemon), has some banana and prominent hop characteristics.

M: Medium bodied with nice carbonation, very smooth.

D: A smooth 9% tripel, very drinkable and could potentially get you into some trouble, but a nice solid ale.

mavbrew, Jul 01, 2010
Photo of Slynger
4.22/5  rDev -2.3%

Slightly hazy and orangish dirty-blonde in color, with a large fuzzy, bubbly white head. The smell is a bit sweet of caramel, with bushels of tart fruits and yeasty spice. The taste synch's with the smell nicely. Belgian candy sugar sweetness is light in comparison to tart green apples, pears, and lemony citrus. Bread-like maltiness continues to fill the body, and yeasty, light pepper spiciness closes this one out. Medium bodied with loads of fresh carbonation lead to a bubbly, yet creamy mouthfeel. This is my first--and a quite good offering--from Unibroue. It is not the equal of the Bernardus triple I recently had and, while I have not yet taken on the Westmalle, Karmeliet, or other big dog's of the style, it still seems a very good beer.

Slynger, Jan 22, 2008
Photo of ferrari29
4.22/5  rDev -2.3%

Poured from bottle into Tulip glass

A - Body has a golden straw color to it; some lacing; moderate amount of carbonation; average amount of head

S - Yeasty floral smells come up, followed by aromas typical of a white ale or tripel (coriander, orange peel, lemon); surprised that high ABV doesn't come out, probably from the right mix of ingredients

T - Orange peel and lemon scents come up; malt tastes add to the overall complexity of the beer; some subtle spices are added to this mix; slight sour aftertaste; citrus & yeast flavors

M - Effervescent feel over the tongue; thin in consistency though which does make it smooth but I thought it would definitely be a bit thicker; regardless it was still a nice mixture of ingredients

D - Very easy drink; nice job from the brewery north of the boarder; a world-class beer that strands on its own; one of the best Tripels I have had

ferrari29, Jan 30, 2011
Photo of waughbrew
4.22/5  rDev -2.3%

Hazy straw, white fizzy head with decent stay-time. Complex aroma of peppery spiciness, peach,mango, and banana fruitiness, flower petals, and sweet grains. Flavor starts very sweet and orangy with aforementioned pepper and high carbonation spritz. Ends in a nice balance as the acidity and sweetness fade away. Phenolics seem a bit minerally in a pleasant way. Alcohol is rather hidden in the flavor but not the effect. Pleasant fuzziness sets in quickly with this brew. Very well-rounded, but strong flavors and solid spiciness. Well-made and complex.

waughbrew, Jul 08, 2005
Photo of mshallah
4.22/5  rDev -2.3%

12oz brown bottle with silver foil at the neck and a label of Quebec surrounded with glowing light. Hazy gold color. Sudsy head with a clovey, spicey nose. Winey alcohol smell also present. Lemony taste upfront with Belgian yeast funk trailing it up. Dryish sweet finish with a rounded tang. At 9%abv this beer at first seems a Duvel clone, but a closer taste reveals far more Belgian yeast character that includes a sourness and a wet blanket funk. This complexity makes this beer a "must try". Try it with seafood dishes, herbed vegetables, cheese courses, or as a night-cap sipper.

mshallah, Jul 10, 2007
La Fin Du Monde from Unibroue
96 out of 100 based on 8,170 ratings.