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La Fin Du Monde - Unibroue

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

8,560 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 8,560
Reviews: 2,749
rAvg: 4.32
pDev: 11.81%
Wants: 377
Gots: 1,059 | FT: 19
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.

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Photo of SeattleBeerBlog
4.13/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this at hazelwood in Ballard, poured into a nice tulip glass.

A- a great clear gold with a decent head and lacing, it looked like a great beer and I was excited to try.

S- smelled wild, almost like a sour beer, which was really cool. not quite overpowering but you could smell the spices and malt very well.

T- tasted lighter than it smelled at first but as it warmed up the taste came out more and more, sweet, spicy and some warming alcohol. Great beer. yum.

M- light and refreshing.

D- It was good to enjoy one or two but more than that its sweetness and alcohol might get to you. Overall a great beer and a great Triple.

SeattleBeerBlog, Apr 26, 2009
Photo of terryeckmeier
4.13/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip pint glass and was extremely foamy, probably due to the extra bottle fermentation . Very pale straw yellow, very light, a little cloudy, nice sweet apple smell, lots of fruity tones, yeasty incredibly long lasting head. Very much like a Duvel, alcohol was balanced nicely with the malt and hops. Pretty full bodied, lots going on in this brew. Pretty good stuff.

terryeckmeier, Mar 12, 2009
Photo of vkv822
4.13/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

355ml bottle into tulip snifter.

The beer pours a cloudy golden yellow with steady carbonation rising to a thick white head.

The aroma and taste are almost identical in a strong start of Belgian yeast and quite prominent spice and clove. There are also some faint apple, orange and other various fruit notes in the back. It is definitely a complex beer.

The mouthfeel is a smooth full body with fairly active carbonation.

This is a very complex and well done beer. At first the clove and spice notes were a bit over-whelming for my liking. As it warmed though and I got further into the beer the other flavors and the overall complexity really shined.

vkv822, Jan 01, 2011
Photo of xXTequila
4.13/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy with yeast and golden copper in apperance.
Sugar, yeast and fruit in the aroma.
Sweet sugar, appricotts and light caramel in the flavor.
This is a great beer. Some people I have talked to have said that it is way to sweet, but imo it's a great belgian style ale.

xXTequila, Feb 21, 2004
Photo of CBrotherton
4.13/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 12-ish oz. pour from a 750 ml bottle to chilled glass. Not a tulip glass as suggested by the bottler.

Appearance: Slightly cloudy with many bubbles that slowly rise to the head. The head itself was about 2" in height and is now approx. 1/8" in height after resting for a couple minutes.

Smell: Had to close my eyes and get very close to find a smell (so close I got the tip of my nose in the beer). The best description I have at the moment is a subtle, bright yeasty smell. I've never smelled any beer quite like it to date.

Taste: I can taste the yeast more so than I can smell it. Bright. Distinctive acidic, citrus, almost lemon taste to it without the sourness of a lemon. Part of me wants to say lemongrass but I'm not 100% sure that applies. Overall, a memorable first taste that is vaguely reminiscent of Boulevard Wheat that quickly changes to something else entirely (still figuring that out). Bubbly at first and with a quick springy, flowery finish. Was looking for a longer finish or stronger opening with this beer.

Mouthfeel: It hits the sides of my tongue towards the back of my mouth. Drinking this makes my mouth want to leap a bit after each sip.

Overall: A great sipping beer. High ABV that hides a bit behind the yeast and bubbles upon pouring. It's still easy to notice its high ABV however. Not out of the park on taste; i was hoping for a more bold flavor that would be worthy of the label "The End of the World". It would be ideal for serving at a small gathering where conversation is intelligent, or (as many have done so far) toasting beer at End of the World celebrations.

This is my first review of a beer. I am supremely overjoyed that, having survived the new year, I can go on to review other beers.

Purchased 4-750 mL bottles at $6.99 about a week before Christmas 2012.

CBrotherton, Dec 23, 2012
Photo of GreenCard
4.13/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled a 750 ml bottle, about six months old...

Appearance: a luminescent pale straw color, fair amount of haze (not nice and clear like the original strong golden, Duvel), satiny white and billowous head w/ great retention, lots of bubbles, some lacing

Aroma: pungently floral, slight citrus notes, wisps of alcohol, pear-like esters

Flavor: pear-like sweetness envelopes the pallate initially (and fades slowly), mellow hop flavor and bitterness evens it out as it heads for a semi-dry finish, big flavor, some hints of orange, a bit of coriander-like spiciness (though I don't think they use coriander in this one), honey-like aftertaste, very tasty!

Mouthfeel: the carbonation gives a sharp attack, light body, fluffy texture, crisp finish, fair amount of warming

Drinkability: a bit more alcohol than Duvel (yeah, you can feel that!), drinking this whole bottle got me feeling pretty loopy, but that certainly doesn't hinder the enjoyment.

Unibroue is one of the only non-Belgian breweries that can pull off the Belgian styles. They make some fantastic beers and this is definitely one of them! When tasting a Strong Golden ale, you always have to compare it to Duvel because it was the original and it still holds the title. This one comes pretty close, though.

GreenCard, May 05, 2003
Photo of GarthDanielson
4.13/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a snifter, the beer is a bright, hazy, almost opaque, orange-gold coloring with a filmy, sparse, white surface coating of head. Nose of significant spice blend first, with cinnamon, nutmeg, and coriander in the mix. Bready notes, with some hints of citrus fruit, as well, but the spice dominates nicely. Flavors of banana bread forward, with another heavy dose of spicing that keeps the sweetness in check. More coriander and nutmeg, with some clove highlights in there, too. The body is smooth, with an effervesced feel that provides a crispness in combination with the spice profile. Bready sweet aftertaste supports the retaining spice blend, which also makes the transition into the finishing linger, with a clean, smooth feel. Solid representation of the style....very solid!

GarthDanielson, Aug 25, 2013
Photo of efsulliv
4.13/5  rDev -4.4%

efsulliv, Sep 20, 2014
Photo of WesWes
4.13/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a cloudy light golden color with a 1/4" frothy white head. The aroma is quite fruity. There are spicey accents with a hint of cloves. The taste is refreshing. Again, the spices are present. This a light beer that really goes down smooth. There is excellant carbonation and a low body. This is a great sessions beer.

WesWes, Sep 06, 2003
Photo of bruachan
4.13/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml from Arrowine (arlington, va)
wow. how delicicous
la fin du monde pours a nice dark straw color with a thick fluffy head that settles into a much thinner but consistent coating on the surface with the cool little blotches/rings of belgian foam sitting on top. after the pour i could instantly smell the fruity belgian aroma (not overpowering, just distinct). the brew has a slight winey alcohol hotness, but only enough to remind me that i'm drinking a 9%, and a little hint of a german weizen, with clove flavors. noticeable lemony citrus; slightly tart. spritzily carbonated, which puts a little tingle on the tongue

i've had few brews of this genre but i will most definitely have more after this (or perhaps just more of LFDM). cheers, unibroue!

bruachan, Dec 29, 2004
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4.13/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

(reviewed from notes on Halloween)
Appearance: 750mL bottle into a tulip. Pours a hazed, solid golden yellow with orange highlights. 1 inch head slowly fizzes to a ring around the glass. not too much in terms of lace.

Smell: Really unique and interesting aroma: bubblegum, delicate noble hop floral bouquet, bittersweet orange, lime, lemon, and peppery spiciness.

Taste: Nose transfers directly to the taste: very nice subtle hop bitterness with mellow orange and lime tastes woven in, sprinkled with pepper and bubblegum yeastiness.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied - creamy and smooth due to a very lifting but not over the top amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: I really don't know how these Belgian style ales hide their alcohol so well. Its almost unbelievable that this is 9% abv, because it drinks like 4% or 5%. This beer is balanced yet flavourful, and goes down smooth.

coldwarkid, Nov 14, 2009
Photo of midaszero
4.13/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Hazy light gold color with 1 finger of white head

S - Fruity and yeasty (Belgian) with a little bit of spice

T - Citrus with malts and light fruit. Alcohol is noticeable

M - Medium body and medium carbonation

D - Pretty enjoyable and I know a lot of people love it but I personally think there are better examples of the style

midaszero, Aug 13, 2008
Photo of kemoarps
4.13/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy straw colour with a frothy white head. Good retention.

The nose is fruity and light with a citrusy lemon peel back to it. There are spices typical of a tripel as well.

The tongue follows the nose, with a buttery undertone to it that belies it's high alcohol level.

Quite drinkable, especially for a 9%, and quite enjoyable. Tripels are not my favourite style, but this one is done exceptionally well. Definitely worth picking up.

kemoarps, Jan 06, 2012
Photo of homebrew311
4.13/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into glass. Pouts mostly clear gold with white head that leaves considerable amount of lacing. The nose is full of fruity esters, notes of banana, heavy clove, some notes of lemon. Taste features more of the same as the nose. Very estery, lots of spice, and nice balance. Mouthfeel is light and refreshing. Overall, delicious example of style.

homebrew311, Jun 19, 2012
Photo of Genry
4.13/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed Maudite and Unibroue's blonde, but this takes the cake.

Poured a steady thick head, with lots of bubbling and yeast rising. Appearance is wonderful, thick and creamy orange that tapers off at the bottom, and the head leaves a good bit of lacing.

Smells of sharp, crisp citrus.

Taste is pleasing, spicy and comes with the same citrus scented except stronger -- now accompanied by honey and fruit. There is a hint of raspberry, and the high alcohol content is also present, but not overpowering as in some strong brew.

Mouthfeel is very smooth, no cling to it, with lots of hops and roll on the tongue.

Quite easily drinkable, and repeatively so, though be wary -- 9% can creep up on you, especially when contained in such a well-layered beer. A brew to sip, not chug.

Genry, May 07, 2009
Photo of Interfectus
4.13/5  rDev -4.4%
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!).

Interfectus, Jun 12, 2011
Photo of sacfly
4.13/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy, straw/gold color. Huge thick white head. Musty and light bubblegum sweetness in the nose. Sharp when cold, but blends well when it warms.

Taste mimics the nose with bubble gum and musty clove phenols first, and a long musty aftertaste. Nice full mouth feel.

Drink this one at room temperature or slightly chilled. Flavors are very sharp and harsh when cold, round out rather nicely as it warms. Score reflects drinking at room temp/chilled.

sacfly, Oct 23, 2005
Photo of Iguana
4.13/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Golden orange with a huge 2 inch head that went down after some time.

S: Yeasty, spicy, hints of orange and lemon. Smells pretty good.

T: Yeast, orange peel, spices, tastes great on a hot day. Lots of carbonation.

M: Smoth, carbonated, right on par for what it should be.

D: This is great for a hot summer day I would imagine, quite refreshing and tasty.

Iguana, Aug 16, 2006
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4.13/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a hazy golden color into an oversized wine glass, thick and foamy white head exhibits nice retention before slowly giving way to heavy lacing. Smells of malts and spices, citrus, yeasty bread, slight sting of alcohol present on the nose. Tastes absolutely incredible, hits with citrus and hops first, then a little fruiter, banana flavor present some, finishing a little on the yeasty side with the malt flavor and a slight bite from the 9% abv that is easily forgotten when drinking this lighter ale. Mouthfeel is slick and moderately carbonated. Drinkability the lowest point of this brew, and although suprisingly light and refreshing as this ale is, still has far too complex of a taste and too high of an abv to want to just drink any more than two or three of these exsquisite brews in one sitting. Hats off to Unibroue with "The End of the World."

danielocean03, Jan 20, 2006
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4.13/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

La Fin Du Monde.... Ahh was looking for this for a while. Got a bottle at Purvis Wine Merchants.

A = Poured a golden yellow with a thick foam head that lingers. Unfiltered.

S = Fruits. Sweet fruit.

T = Initial taste of sweet fruits which then morphs into a spicy pepper finish.

M = Slightly viscous. Lightly carbonated.

D = Only thing stopping me from giving drinkability a 4 is that its a little expensive.

Very good beer none the less. I definitely reccommend it.

BeerNutta, Sep 06, 2005
Photo of ThatWineGuy
4.13/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

ThatWineGuy, Nov 04, 2007
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4.13/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was referred to this beer by a good friend who said it was right up my alley, which is most deffinately was. La Fin Du Monde deffinately has aromas and flavors I haven't tasted in most beers. I'm not the most educated beer advocate although this beer is a must try as well as other Unibroue beers.

BEERANDNOW, Sep 23, 2008
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4.13/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is cloudy and orangy with a yellowish thick head. The head faded fairly quick, but left nice rings around my tulip glass.

On the nose I get a sweet citrus aroma, almost tangerine-like, as well as spicy undertones, the kinds of spices you'd taste during the holiday season.

The flavor is definitely citrusy and Champagne like with an aftertaste of bread pudding with a bit of cloves.

The alcohol is there and you feel it, but it is not unpleasant; I would say it is beautifully disguised.

This ranks up there with some of my favorite trippel style beers.

Note: I have had it on tap and bottle and I prefer tap by a long shot (personal preference).

Drink up!

Yimosan, Aug 17, 2008
Photo of fightingirishcmk
4.13/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A: Pours a golden color with an immense head, which had rather long retention, but left little lacing on the glass. The ABV may have something to do with this. They should decrease slightly the amount of carbonation, seeing as when you pour it, you have to stop halfway through the bottle because of the head. This puts more yeast into solution and tends to cloud the beer.
S: Spicy, fruit, especially lemon, and a sweet smell of malt.
T: Banana, citrus, spiciness, coriander, and somewhat sour. Very little bitterness. Well layered distinct yet appropriate flavors.
M: A bit sticky and a bit thinner on body than I would like, but overall fairly good with carbonation.
D: For 9% abv, it is deceptively drinkable. For the price, it is hard to beat. IMO it is a very decent brew. I'd have to say drinkability is where this brew succeeds the most.

fightingirishcmk, Mar 13, 2009
Photo of Franz4
4.13/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle best by 3/30/13

A- pours a clear golden with very fine bubbles rising up to replenish the substantial head that has settled to a finger of fine foam.

S- slight notes of pepper some light soft fruits come through with peach, apricot, and bananas.

T- Bananas are more prominent in the taste with the other fruits taking a back seat, more of a sweet apple flavor present as well. Alcohol is not noticeable at all. Spiciness is more evident in the nose.

M- Medium bodied, carbonation is very fine and releases more flavors, finishes sweet, but doesn't hang around too long.

O- Obviously a nice brew, my personal preference is for the Don de Dieu, but this is an all round well crafted beer. Hopefully this remains unchanged for years to come.

Franz4, Apr 08, 2011
La Fin Du Monde from Unibroue
96 out of 100 based on 8,560 ratings.