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La Fin Du Monde - Unibroue

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96
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8,862 Ratings
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Ratings: 8,862
Reviews: 2,779
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 11.83%
Wants: 407
Gots: 1,273 | FT: 18
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Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
Tripel |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-23-1998

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Photo of irishevans
4.08/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of stakem
4.08/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a cervoise. The brew appears a hazed golden yellow with 2 fingers worth of creamy off-white head. Rising bubbles of carbonation maintain more than a finger of froth atop the solution. As the cap fades, some patches of lace stick to the glass.

The aroma is spicy with yeast that comes across with some mild fruity notes like pear and apple that blend with some clove and pepper. The alcohol is evident with a fruity ester that accents the previously mentioned apple and pear and draws out more of a brighter citrus quality that is zesty.

The taste is yeasty with a spice of clove that blends into a bit of pepper before the onset of fruity notes of apple, pear and some melons. There is a solid grain inclusion that is light and almost bready that eases the transition between yeasty spice and fruity alcohol. For 9% the brew finishes surprisingly crisp but quite warming.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. For 9% it is easily approachable and enjoyable but carries with it a warmth that is to be respected. It has a good rounded character about it that makes it dangerously light and refreshing. I could see myself getting in trouble with several bottles of this despite the warming impact it has. Certainly worth a try.

Photo of Interfectus
4.08/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In the interest of full disclosure, I'm not fundamentally opposed to Tripel's, but they're not really my first choice in beer style. However, this one is just delightful :) The color is pretty beautiful, pouring as a opaque golden color. The head was a bit foamier at first (as with all Belgians) , but it soon settled into a nice, thin, creamy blanket resting on top. At 9% the alcohol content is relatively high, but the sweet honey flavors, malts, and yeasts balance each other very well, effectively masking any overwhelming taste of alcohol. Carbonation wasn't overbearing (my usual complaint with Belgian beers). Probably the best Tripel I've ever had. Definitely worth a try, even if you're not a fan of Belgian style beer (which I'm not!).

Photo of rodrot
4.08/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a slightly hazy, golden color with a half inch head. The aroma was fruity and also had undertones of bread/yeast. The taste was of candi sugar, citrus and sweet malt. Very tasty and without a doubt has a Belgian character. The finish was spicy and slightly alcoholic with the sweet/candi sugar taste making itself known again. This beer is a treat for sure, but 2 bottles is my limit. The 9% abv sneaks up on you if you're not careful.

Photo of rundocrun
4.08/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A – Pours a deep honey golden color with two fingers of fine white head. Slightly hazy as is the norm for the unfiltered Unibroue beers. Lots of lacing on the glass.

S – Fruity esters are prominent as is a spicy, clove and coriander aroma. Some floral hops shine through as well.

T – Sweet up front with some mild bitterness from the hops and alcohol toward the finish. A juicy, tangy bite hits the sides of the tongue from the Belgian yeast. Toasty malts are also present.

M – The mouthfeel is where I think Unibroue excels. This has a medium body with just enough carbonation to compliment the higher ABV and big malt body very well. Finish is only slightly sticky.

Photo of cretemixer
4.08/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle. Pours a pale golden hue with a slight cloudiness(me like!) Dense creamy-white head which settles at about 1/4 inch. The carbonation won't let it get any less than that. Clean malty smell that reminds me of a fine Belgian. Spruce undertones. Alcohol warmth hits right away with a slight bitter bite. Smooth & creamy mouthfeel. Overall pretty impressive, but not my favorite Unibroue product.

Photo of ThatWineGuy
4.08/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Murky orange colour with an off-white head, one finger with retention, fed by a steady stream of bubbles, good lacing. The nose is mildy spicy, yeast, bready impressions. There is, again, more yeast in the mouth, living up to the Unibroue reputation, with a carbonated mouthfeel. The taste is of sour fruit, twist of lemon, a lot of wit beer influence, tartness. The higher alcohol gives it a kick and a warm, full bodied mouthfeel - it commands your respect without being overbearing. This is one to savour slowly. Overall, I enjoyed this but was a bit disappointed that it didn't deliver a bit more; maybe some age is what is needed to bump up my scores, admittedly, this was fresh and could have used cellaring.

Edited Dec. 2, 2008, to say that I had another bottle aged one year and pretty much scored it 4.5 across the board. Overall impresson: under-stated bold and adventurous, much like the Quebec legend that inspired it, this was a very good example of the style. Keep up the good work Unibroue.

Photo of PvtSnowball
4.08/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of case4816
4.08/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Poured golden yellow in colour, quite opaque. Nice thick creamy head that dissipated fairly quickly to a small patch in the middle of the glass with little lacing around.

S- Very light and fruity in smell. Quite yeasty in smell with a nice bit of malts as well. The smell also has the distinct bottle fermentation smell; which in this case smells a bit sour.

T- Amazingly light and fruity in taste, like guava and pineapple. The yeasty flavours also come out quite strong, combined with the malts quite nicely. The aftertaste is quite a bit bitter, with a small hint of sourness.

D- A Very nice beer to drink, I'll have to make sure I keep a few in me "cellar" for when I want one, the go out at the lcbo here quite often and now I can see why

Photo of Headgoober
4.08/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of whartontallboy
4.08/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours out a murky gold with a thick white creamy white head that recedes leaving big webs of lace. Looks really great.

Smell is quite fruity, with lots of pineapple and banana at the front mixing with a healthy yeast scent and the tiniest bit of alcohol. Very clean in the nose and quite nice to sniff.

Taste is quite good, a yeasty pale ale with lots of banana overtones, tropical fruit, and a bit of a bite on the back end. Not as aggressively spicy as a lot of brews in this vein, but quite good nonetheless.

Mouthfeel is crisp with zinging carbonation and medium-bodied.

Overall: Quite nice; I had been slowly trying the Unibroue line when I couldn't find other, "weirder" brews, but I might run through all of them now.

Photo of deapokid
4.08/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's truly amazing how closely this Canadian tripel resembles its Belgian brothers.
Packing a sugary sweet aroma with a sultry blend of yeast and fruit notes, this ale pours out in a fog of thick orange color and heavy white foam. It visibly resembles Circus Boy or Blue Moon, but, its complexity of flavor puts any similarities to bed.
Tantalizing the tongue with notes of banana, plum and Irish soda bread, La Fin is so exceptionally drinkable and tasty that it's easy to forgot that it sours a bit towards the end of the glass. Yet, for the first 3/4 of a pint, this is an almost perfect replication of Belgian's finest ales.

Photo of zhanson88
4.08/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Golden straw color with tons of pure white head. Retention is very nice, and the resulting lacing is tight and abundant.

Smell: This beer smells of grass, cloves, slight citrus, and phenolic alcohol. There is a slight smell of pepper, but a sugary sweetness that is more prevalent that I was not expecting. It seems a bit out of place compared to other tripels that I've had.

Taste: Slight pepper at the front, but once again there is a pretty strong lemony sweetness that takes over a bit. Grass as cloves as well, and I can definitely detect the alcohol going down.

Mouthfeel: Pretty smooth, with light body. There is quite a bit of carbonation, but that's to be expected.

Drinkability: Overall I liked this beer a lot. The sweetness kind of threw me a bit, but other than that no complaints. Definitely worth a try and another solid effort by Unibroue.

Photo of trxxpaxxs
4.08/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

!2oz bottle poured into a snifter...

A: Pours a translucent orange/dark gold with one full finger of pure white head. The foam is frothy of tiny bubbles and it settles quickly along the edges of the glass. There is some lacing as it drinks, but nothing crazy.

S: The nose is sweet of malt and cracked wheat. I also get a good amount of banana esters.I don't get much clove spice, whih I would expect from a tripel.

T: This beer starts out with malty sweetness and banana notes. I also get some other fruity flavors like prunes and dates. There is a spiciness that presents itself after it hits the palate, but it seems more because of the carbonation than than the clove notes from the yeast. As it transitions to the middle of the beer, the prunes and bananas shine. The beer begins to tighten up in the back end with some yeast.

M: Medium bodied beer. Sweet, sticky, and syrupy to start. It coats the palate right off the bat. The carbonation catches the tongue and makes it prickly for a moment. Sticky all the way through the end of the beer, and the flavors linger on the palate for quite a bit after the beer is gone.

O: This is a good beer, and a good tripel. I prefer my triples with more spice and a little lighter mouthfeel, but this is good. I'd drink this beer again, but I don't think I'd be buying it regularly.

Photo of jettjon
4.08/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Highs: Appearance, drinkability
Lows: None

Holy head, Batman! Pouring this fizz bomb reminds me of the first time I tried it and had no glassware. One chug from the bottle and I had beer coming out of my nose. The head is absolutely huge, reminiscent of Champaign. Hell, there’s even lacing inside the bottle! Pours an apricot juice (amber-yellow-musky) color with tiny bubbles and visible sediment suspended in the pour. The huge head rapidly fades down to a thin sheet constantly fueled by the bubbles, with lots of lacing left behind. Nose of cloves, plums, dates, and dark fruit. Flavor is complex, with elements of clove spice, fruit juices, and alcohol culminating cleanly in a semi-sweet finish—neither sweet nor dry, with no bitterness. Mouth is quite bubbly as would be expected. Drinkability is very good; this is a great mellow ale and easy to drink once the head is tamed. Watch for the 9% ABV, however. Great “sipping” beer.

Overall: A great Belgian strong pale, heartily recommended. I still prefer Unibroue’s Trois Pistoles (a strong dark), however.

Photo of StargherKing
4.08/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is certainly an interesting beer. Right off the bat, it pours out of the bottle like champagne in a movie-scene. Once poured, it's a gorgeous golden color, with a fluffy white head. Smell is sweet, hints of caramel, a bit of floral hops, and a rather strong scent of spice. Taste is very much the same, with the caramel coming out a bit more, the spice holding it's own, and the hops taking a definite backseat to the sweet fruity flavor (apple/banana? this one's hard to pin down). Mouthfeel is crisp and refreshing, and it goes down smooth. Drinkability is a bit TOO good for such a high ABV, this one is very easy to overdrink with. Despite that, it's still a great beer, and I look forward to having it quite a bit more in the future.

Photo of yemenmocha
4.08/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours medium golden, almost translucent, with a thickwhite had of both large and fine bubbles, dissipating into a nice thin rim of small bubbles. Nose is very fruity, light fruits and some tropical qualities as well, and some yeasty esters are present also. Palate is very sweet and fruity, some soft malt in there, very carbonated and prickly, and white pepper too.

Photo of mmmbeer
4.08/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, approximately a year old - best before 6/15/07. Served slightly chilled in a tulip glass. Pours a golden orange/yellow that is slightly cloudy and has a 1 inch white head that sticks nicely. Smells like orange juice, lemons, spiciness, pepper, yeast, and cloves. The orange juice aroma is slightly off-putting. The taste is virtually the same but with coriander and a mild bitterness. It is very malty with a lot of sweetness and a thick body with medium carbonation. It's good, but I remember it being even better than this.

Photo of SirSketch
4.08/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have been drinking this beer for some time now so I thought I might as well review it now.

Moderate amount of head that fades into a thin film. Dirty golden color with some hints of light orange. Tornado of carbonation bubbles up the center of the glass to the top. The aroma is heavy dough and yeast, pineapple and melon, and crazy belgian-like funkiness.

Taste is yeasty, also consisting of acidic fruits. There is a quick, stinging bitterness to it. The alcohol is hidden nicely. Heavy carbonation with a medium body. The aftertaste makes is some combo of dry, yet sweet. This is my go-to Unibroue beer

Photo of CosaRara
4.08/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of morebeergood
4.08/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ordered a bottle last Saturday at Charlie's Kitchen in Harvard Square. It was poured into a Duvel chalice. Huge white head formed up the side of the glass. The color was school bus yellow. The smell was spicy and bready. Taste-wise, what a knock out. It's everything you could ask for in a tripel. Light, full of body and flavor, very drinkable yet just enough alcohol punch to let you know that you are drinking a quality beer. This beer easily has to be one the the best tripels made anywhere outside of Belgium. A shining star in the Unibroue portfolio.

Photo of RedLion
4.08/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Very good, Belgium style beer. Off white head with good lacing. Smell is clovey, and that same clove smell is found in the glass along with an orangey taste. Color reminds me of a light orange. Mouthfeel if spicy and effervescent. I'd drink this occasionally, but I don't think I'd could have more than one a month. Too many other beers out there.

Photo of Kinsman
4.09/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Time to revisit La Fin for a proper review.

Pours a bright but hazy golden yellow with a nice bubbly appearance. Dense white head caps it off nicely but fades a bit too quickly and leaves no lace behind.

Lots of fruitiness in the aroma with a juicy character and some candy-like sweetness. A bit of clove spice in the background.

A nice bright fruity character up front with some apple and pear notes and just a but of juicy citrus as well. A bit of a bubblegum flavor as well. Spicy yeast notes offset the sweetness with some peppery and clove-like notes.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and bubbly with a bit of dry finish. Overall, La Fin Du Monde is hard to beat for the style and a great value at $8 a bottle.

Photo of Mustard
4.09/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12oz. brown bottle with "best before" date -- in this case 04/17/06 -- stamped on the back label; $6.99/4 from Bob's Market in Santa Monica; illuminated graphic of the 51st American state on the label.

Appearance: pours a hazy gold with a white, six-fingered, macro-bubble head; great retention; heavy -- albeit unprincipled -- lacing.

Aroma: Sweet and spicy; all the usual descriptors apply -- peppery, clove-like, notes of tropical fruit, etc.

Taste: A drier, yeastier version of smell; subtle traces of orange, cinammon and smoke pervade.

Notes: I can't say I'm blown away. Complex, to be sure, but do all the varied notes add up to a "top twenty" brew? Mustard was hoping for a bit more ...

Photo of Mesquita
4.09/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

La Fin Du Monde from Unibroue
96 out of 100 based on 8,862 ratings.