La Fin Du Monde - Unibroue

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

9,162 Ratings
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world-class

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Ratings: 9,162
Reviews: 2,857
rAvg: 4.32
pDev: 11.57%
Wants: 485
Gots: 1,564 | FT: 16
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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 Blanco
4.71/5  rDev +9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a bomber I've had for over a year. Best before 10-15-11 is printed on the bottle.

A - Nice two finger head with a golden color. clear and transparent. it is heavily carbonated and bubbles like a test tube in a mad scientist's lab. Very nice lacing until the end.

S- clear smell of spices and something else going on I can't quite put my finger on but definitely pleasant.

T- the taste of spices is as prominent as the smell. Definitely fruity with a strong sensation of alcohol. For some reason though, despite it's strength, it's very tasty and not unpleasant.

M - slightly on the thin side, but the carbonation adds a depth of character that makes this enjoyable to drink.

D- very drinkable although given how much you can taste the alcohol, almost two strong to have more than a bomber although it certainly screams "drink 5 or 6 glasses of me."

All around a great beer and my favorite from Unibroue.

Photo of mrbosworth
4.71/5  rDev +9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

One of my favorite beers as you might tell by the grading.

The look of this beer is incredible. Glowing pale yellow color with swirls of tiny yeast clouds and a dense rocky white head. Great floral nose with a slight spicy character. The flavor is rich but light, and the alcohol isn't as punchy as you might expect for a beer with 9% alcohol.

This one also works great in cooking. I've made a vinagarette for a pear/goat cheese/walnut salad that MADE valentines day dinner this last year.

This is the best beer coming out of Canada.

Photo of Redneckwine
4.71/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

12 oz cold bottle into pint glass, unintelligible date code

Appearance - Hazy dark golden, 1.5 finger head recedes to thin foam cap and stays, decent lacing, looks enticing.

Smell - Just amazingly harmonius with fruity, yeasty, spicy goodness aplenty! It's got a unique smell to me... sweet bubblegum or something, but light and airy. Delicious.

Feel/Taste - Lively carb, tingly, full body but carb makes it seem much lighter. Where is the alcohol here? Very well hidden. Taste follows the nose perfectly with fruity yeast, spicy coriander, and relatively light bready malt. Alcohol becomes just feintly apparant as it warms, and finishes just off dry.

Overall - Delicious. This stuff is dangerously easy to drink with the 9% ABV hardly there. I haven't had a great deal of tripels, but this is easily the best so far. The flavor and body is just so harmonious.

Photo of JMScowcroft
4.71/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Unibroue - La Fin Du Monde

An oldie but a goody, I realized I had never reviewed this one.

Look - Pours a pale golden with a copper tinge, slightly hazy, with a foamy/fizzy head that dissipates quickly. Very little lacing, maybe a pinky or so of retention.

Smell - Belgian yeast sour with malt backbone. Spices are prevalent. Fruits complex. Apple, pineapple and other tropicals like mango, banana, and also cloves. Lots there. Phenomenal aroma, right up there with Allagash Tripel.

Taste - Wow! A blast of juicy fruits, then sour Belgian yeast, then rides into clove spice. Dissecting the fruits yields pineapple, melon, banana, pears, maybe a hint of mango as well.

Mouthfeel - Somewhat hot in the mouth and tummy, but the 9% is otherwise quite well hidden. Remarkably light finish for a Tripel. Great drinkability. Medium carbonation.

Overall - This is a top-of-the-line Tripel. Thoroughly enjoyed and would definitely recommend for those into this style.

Photo of HardTarget
4.71/5  rDev +9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle: Twist top brown bottle with silver foil. Lists “Ale on Lees”, 9% abv., triple fermentation, a blend of yeasts, translation of La Fin du Monde (the end of the world) glass suggestion (tulip, not flute) and a best by 05-10-07 (sampled in 08-04).
Aroma: Strongly of yeast, with a mild peppery spice. Vanilla and nutmeg notes in the aroma as well.
Appearance: A hazy peach nectar body topped by the fluffiest creamy paper white head. Strong carbonation streams noted. Stubborn patches of lace fight gravity as I join with this delightful brew.
Flavor: Heavenly. A spiced fruit flavor. The fruit goes for the golden, apricot, honeydew melon, dates, and oranges. The spices are light and complimentary; nutmeg, light coriander, vanilla. There is a drying, almost dusty aftertaste that lingers as a shadow of itself. No alcohol flavors noted until the beer warms a bit, but fair amounts of the Belgian yeast flavor, and a light tea like flavor.
Mouthfeel: Silky heavy body, but no chew with a dry, lip smacking finish.
Overall Impression: This is a personal favorite and I saved it to put a splash into my mug for my 250th karma point. This beer turned me on to Belgian styles, and made me a HUGE fan of Unibroue in general. The yeast ties it to its cousins Trois Pistoles and Don de Dieu, but La Fin is drier, and cleaner. This is a great “special occasion” beer. I’ve tried to turn a few people on to great beer with this one, but it’s a bit heavy and strong for most of the macro drinking crowd. Personally, this rocked my world at first taste. While this isn’t a “perfect 5” beer, it’s darn close. Drinkability in the short term is hampered by the heavy handed 9% abv. but I tend to buy this stuff by the case. I can’t recommend this strongly enough to my fellow BA’s that may not have tried this. It’s a MUST TASTE beer.

Photo of Dreadnaught33
4.71/5  rDev +9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is a great beer, I pass this over way too many times, incredibly flavorful and looks amazing.

The beer pours a beautiful by the book hazy orange and gold color with a head that just will not die, a huge fluffy bone white beauty. Outstanding.

The smell is not huge, but has a nice yeasty mix of flavors with some nice fruity esters and bubble gum sweetness, a great spicy clove note too, it's really quite nice.

The beer just bursts with flavors, an outstanding note of clove and coriander with some great sweet and savory malt and taffy bubble gum like flavors, great apple, grape, banana, and stone fruit flavors too. It's super rich and the alcohol is covered in a delectably sweet blanket without any heat but only adding complexities and big flavors. I can't think of any tripels I've enjoyed more than this in flavor.

The feel strikes a great balance of bubbly and great medium body. No burn but only a long lingering complex flavor.

An outstanding beer, I can see why even though this is not rare by any means, this beer is still clinging to its place in the top 100.

Photo of rodcom
4.72/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is a really good dark Belgian beer. Maybe the best I have tried that is not from a monastery. If you get a chance try this beer as soon as you can. Here is my opinion of taste - sweet initial taste goes down nice and smooth. You knew from the warm feeling that you have a "strong" beer, but you would not know it from the taste.

Photo of Trentonator
4.72/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Caged and corked 750 ml bottle with very cool graphics, a best before date and even a suggested serving glass (tulip), which is exactly what I used. The cork comes off with a very nice resounding "thump", which foreshadows that this is not an ordinary beer. A moderately heavy pour reveals an appearance that is not too out of the ordinary, it's a apricot/darkish yellow, but there is a good sized head and some short-lived lacing. The taste is where this beer really shines. It's at once smooth and creamy, with some orange and tangerine tastes in there, but it also has some zest and fizziness. It also has a great smell, and reminds me of a lighter version of a Chimay or a Duvel. I really liked this beer, and it was reasonably priced (6.00 for a 750 ml).

Photo of sensorglitch
4.72/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I have had this beer a number of times. I normally buy the beer in the large bottle, the beer has an excellent and clean taste which actually expands in your mouth with a bouquet as some would describe wines. I recommend this beer to anyone who would like a beer for a special occasion.

Photo of Erish
4.72/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I poured this 12 oz. bottle into a Chimay chalice. Best by February 2, 2013.

A: cloudy honey gold color, the white head quickly falls into a fine Belgian-style cap with good lacing.

S: banana, plenty of Belgian fruity esters, apricot, clove, spice, the malt aroma alternates between bread and cracker-like, the hop note is floral (honeysuckle?).

T: there is an explosion of ripe and overripe fruit up front, including banana, apple, apricot, and grape, the middle is rich, spicy, and has a vanilla/oak core, the finish is long, luxurious, and spicy/earthy. This is exactly how a Belgian Tripel should taste.

M: medium-bodied, ultra-silky texture (imagine the bed linens at a 5-star hotel), and moderate to plentiful carbonation with a pleasant dry finish.

O: a fabulous rendition of the Belgian Tripel, and one that I will definitely seek out again.

Photo of jwchestnut
4.72/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Haven't had this in years and was surprised by how much I loved it. Its a light orangey, yellow straw color with an incredibly soft white head and a little lacing. The smell is all stone fruits at first, Belgian yeast spiciness (white pepper, clove), banana, a little honey, vanilla and citrus peel. The taste follows the smell starting with strong peach and stone fruit notes, some candied pineapple, sweet honey, banana, and the spice profile grew as the beer warmed. A little bit of classic bubblegum flavor started to come out a bit too alongside of the clove. No traces of the booze. The clove was unique in that you would taste it and then feel all over the mouth like the way in which you feel clove. Really smooth with high level of carbonation. Could of drank this all night. Again, I had sort of considered this a gateway beer and hadn't thought of it much in a while but I was so pleasantly surprised with this one - really wonderful still.

Photo of dcx10music
4.72/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Golden yellow and very hazy. medium white head that fizzles away pretty quickly.

S - Very bright and clean fruity scent. It's sweet, but not too sweet, and is balanced perfectly with a little boozy zing.

T - Outstanding. Starts out with a mild, somewhat pear-like sweetness with a little bit of a tanginess coming in later. Really clean and appetizing.

M - Smooth and thick, maybe erring a little on the side of too much. Still very pleasing.

D - Easy to down, but the booziness and thickness make me a little reserved to go back for a second.

Notes - A wonderful Belgian tripel. This beer is what helped me overcome my initial distaste for Belgians, and is one that I keep coming back to time and time again.

Photo of geexploitation
4.72/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I've loved this beer (and a few of the other Unibroues) for a long time, but this is my first time reviewing it. Pours a hazy gold with bubbles continuously fighting upwards from the bottom of my Duvel glass. Beautiful nose, big but still delicate, with loads of fruits and cloves... and an underlying nectary sweetness. Taste is huge, with fruity sweetness, clove, and a peppery alcoholic tinge. Lots of effervescent bubbles on the tongue and a nice, long, warm finish. This isn't a beer you can knock back (due to the ABV), but it's so rich in its flavors and light in its touch that it doesn't matter. You get a night's worth of flavors in one glass. Phenomenal. Vive le Quebec!

Photo of beerphilosopher
4.72/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a Moinette goblet for lack of a Unibroue one ... from a 750ml korked bottle. Exceptional.

A: Liquid gold. Bright yellow/golden with a ghost of yeast throughout from the bottle fermentation. This beer looks terrific. A solid, but a bit thin, white head with decent retention and substantial lacing on the goblet.

S: Okay, things are getting better by the millisecond. This smells otherworldly ... citrusy, spicy, with strong yeasty notes and zest ... almost like a wit in some respects. More "alive" than expected.

T: First the appearance, then the scent, now the taste ... I cannot expalin my excitement here. This tripel from Canada (who'd have thunk it) is world class. I'd put it against MOST comparable styles from the homeland. It's that good ... with strong, warming alcohol upfront, sweet malts and yeast throughout, but offset with complex orangy characteristics. A distinct peppery, spiciness is pronounced ... almost like they added cloves to the secondary ... still holds slightly to the sweeter side on the finish.

M: Rich and substantial. You can detect the yeast strain throughout the liquid. Good, strong alcohol burn at 9%. Silky, and manages a smoothness despite the high gravity being so pronounced.

D: Wish I had another 750ml of this right now, though I likely wouldn't be in a condition conducive to writing this review if I had it. This beer is eminently drinkable, but take your time with it ... let the complexity of this north of the border tripel come through as you nurse the offering. It's worth it. This is one of my favorite beers ... period.

Photo of Trancesexual
4.72/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: A slightly off-putting light hazy yellow with a large amount of foam that takes a while to fully dissipate

S: Slightly fruity with some alcoholic esters

T: If I told you this was a 9% on your first tasting you would never believe me. Perfectly balanced with cloves and cinnamon being the dominant flavor

M: Medium-High carbonation

O: My favorite Belgian style ale

Photo of nighthawk
4.72/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy dark yellow with a small white head that dissipates quickly to a thin haze on the surface of the beer.
Strong fruit on the nose, both dark (plum) and lighter (some banana) with some pine hops and faint pice (ginger or clove).
Strong dark fruit flavours, with spice and pepper up front. Lighter fruit flavours follow. Malts provide a solid backbone to the palate. Alcohol is strong on the finish, with both sweetness and spice, with some nice hops providing accompanying bitterness.
Mouthfeel is nice and chewy, medium body with the carbonation making itself felt. Slightly drying on the finish.
The high alcohol is definitely felt, but not overpowering. Bold through and through, this beer may not be a quaffer, but it is a wonderful beer experience.

Photo of babywhooper
4.72/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Pours into a chalice a very nice yellow/orange. Almost a hazy/opaque. VERY nice, thick, clingy head on top.

S - Smell is mostly of spice. Also a very small hint of citrus/orange present.

T - A reverse, I get some citrus to start off, and a lingering spiciness. Balanced great though. A great beer going down.

M - Very "full". Not in a bad way either. Seems to be a lot going on with this brew. Can actually feel the spiciness in the mouth. Which for La Fin Du Monde, is definitely not a bad thing.

D - Love the taste of this beer. I think it's extremely drinkable, despite it's high abv. And as alcoholic and heavy as it is, I could drink many of these in one sitting (although not recommended).

Really a fantastic beer. I can see why this is so well reviewed. Absolutely one of my favorite Belgian-style beers.

Photo of BlackJeremiah
4.72/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a snifter.

A: Lemon/golden color, with a bubbling, lacing, seething head. Looks downright volatile. Head calms to a thick cap of bubbly foam.

S: Green apple cider, incredible fruity scents, citrics, and bready smells. Seems deliciously over-the-top, heralding the power of the brew (9% ABV)

T: Light and fruity start, bolstered by the onset of thick, creamy, rich blond malts. These build, tempered by a slight citric hop character, through the finish, which shows peppery alcohol notes. A well-crafted, exquisite flavor profile.

M: Effervescent, light and refreshing. Crisp citrus and green apple tease the palate, creamy malts comfort it.

D: A great Belgian Pale, with phenomenal fruity character and fantastic balance.

Photo of mariposafan
4.72/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

From a bottle into a Duvel tulip.

Starts with about two fingers of soapy head, larger bubbles than I'm used to. The head dies back to a thin film that persists through the drink. Light amber and translucent - almost reminds me of apricots, for some reason.

The smell is very much banana and bubblegum, with some alcohol adding a little heat.

The taste is still banana and bubblegum, but the alcohol is absent and there's a yeasty note that adds some wonderful depth along with some mild tartness that rounds things out wonderfully. Not sweet, but not really dry either, with a minerality that almost comes across as lightly salty.

The mouthfeel is moderate to thin, but the carbonation adds a level of creaminess.

This could be dangerous! I don't feel the alcohol at all until I go to move, then the 9% slaps me up alongside the head. One of my favorite beers, just amazingly good.

Photo of superspak
4.72/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into signature tulip glass, best before 3/28/2017. Pours lightly hazy deep golden color with a 2 finger fairly dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big lemon, pear, apple, apricot, pineapple, orange peel, banana, coriander, clove, pepper, wheat, bread, candi sugar, herbal, grass, light bubblegum, and yeast earthiness. Incredible complexity and balance of fruity/earthy yeast, spices, and pale malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big lemon, pear, apple, apricot, pineapple, orange zest, banana, coriander, clove, pepper, wheat, bread, candi sugar, herbal, grass, light bubblegum, and yeast earthiness. Good amount of earthy yeast spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon. pear, apple, apricot, pineapple, orange zest, banana, coriander, clove, pepper, wheat, bread, candi sugar, herbal, grass, light bubblegum, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Insane complexity of fruity/earthy yeast, spices, and pale malt flavors; with a pretty much perfect yeast/spice/malt balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, and fairly prickly/dry mouthfeel that is incredible. Alcohol is extremely well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is a world class tripel style. All around insane complexity and balance of fruity/earthy yeast, spices, and pale malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to sip on for the big ABV. An absolutely amazing offering.

Photo of PatrickCT
4.72/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

12 oz bottle into a tulip glass.

a: Foamy eggshell colored head. Slightly hazy golden pale body. Nothing obvious in looks but it has a shimmer that suggests promise.

s: Smells like a French Christmas cookie. Sweet citrus, like a Cara Cara, cloves, slight toasted flour and finishing with a hint of a Honey Ricola but fresh, like when your saliva firsts hits it and all those sapient molecules open up into a bouquet.

t: Again...like a pain d'epice cookie...dry graininess like rye, peppery spiciness like clove and nutmeg, slight alcohol feels like mild fresh ginger...sweet citrus. Moves into a slight bitterness from the hops...dry finish but not lingering. No real aftertaste. Leaves you ready for the next sip.

mf: Smooth and sexy. The right amount of carbonation and a little bit of sappy stickiness.

o: This tastes like a hot toddy cooked down and chilled. A beautiful beer for the winter or Christmas holiday but not so obvious it can't be had all year.

Photo of eze153
4.72/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is an amazing beer... I had this one on tap at D's Six Pack and Dogz, Check this place out if you live in Pittsburgh... anyways...

It pours a golden brown color with a light, fluffy, sort-of white, brown head.
the smell is great, like fruits, nuts and spices, sort of reminds me of Christmas! The taste is beyond expectations, simply put, the best belgin beer brewed outside Belgium! Now that's saying a lot and the price is nice too, compared to the expensive imports from Belgium. I could drink these all the time but they can fil you up pretty fast but I would recomend this to anyone who wants to try a good beer!

Photo of paperbackfoster
4.72/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into tulip glass.

A - Opaque, light honeyed bronze. Pours a frothy two-finger head that, even while pouring, fizzes quickly out of existence. Bright and active. The carbonation held to the narrow curve of the tulip, shooting up to the disappearing head.

S - Rich florals and spice. Heavy on the coriander and citrus, as well as tropical fruit and a bready backbone.

T - Wild, sour yeast hits with a juicy, candied sweetness. Pervasive spice. Big fruit flavors break down into subtle hints of orange, mango, and a bit of pineapple. Bitter, grassy hops round out the profile. Bold and complex, but fresh and lively.

M - Both zesty and creamy, this one's spot on.

Overall - Obviously an astounding beer, and one that could easily please even the most discerning. Big tripel flavors meet up with qualities of a real hefeweizen, and even a bit of the freshness and unique spicing of a saison, to bring a sweet, sour treat. Enjoy it slow. Then enjoy a few more.

Photo of crwills
4.72/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

It's amazing how great a great beer tastes when you drink it right after a lousy beer. In this case, both beers were from the same brewer -- I drank this bottle of Unibroue La Fin Du Monde right after a bottle of Unibroue U2. I guess the biggest positive comment I can make about the U2 is that it made the La Fin Du Monde taste so much better!

I poured the LFDM (acronyms rule) into a standard pint glass. Nice, cloudy golden colour with a 1/2 inch head. Looks like fairly low carbonation. Smell is strawberries, grapefruit, candies, peaches, some grass, and, of course, that patent, unidentifiable (at least to me) Unibrouey smell.

Taste is just great. Fruity, sweet hops, a bit of alcohol, and Unibroueyness. Yes, I'm inventing words left and right. Mouthfeel is cutting, with just the right amount of carbonation for me (i.e. not that much), and very little aftertaste.

For 9% ABV, this is a very drinkable beer. The type I could go through two or three of and then fall down.

Anyway, my theory is Unibroue released its one or two lousy beers solely to make its mostly awesome beers taste better. Smart, eh?

Photo of crewfan16
4.72/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle to a Stella Artois glass. I know its not quite the perfect glass for it, but it will work tonight.

a- pours a slightly hazy golden color with a big almost 2" white frothy head. it faded fairly quick, but left a bit of lacing down the glass

s-fruit and Belgian yeast. i smell raisin, banana, a little clove some green apple maybe, brown sugar and some biscuit.

t-again with the yeast and fruit. raisin, banana, dark sugar and some hops and dryness at the end

m-a lot more carbonation that i remember but it works very well for this style. it lets the flavors bounce around a bit. doesnt feel like a heavy beer at all, it goes down smoothly, but the 9% abv is nowhere to be found

overall, every time I try this, I remember that it is one of my favorites of any tripels out there...and from Canada no less. Unibroue consistently puts out an incredible brew that I will always seek out. And for $10 a 4-pack, I dont mind purchasing whenever I find it.

La Fin Du Monde from Unibroue
96 out of 100 based on 9,162 ratings.