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La Fin Du Monde - Unibroue

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

8,169 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 8,169
Reviews: 2,728
rAvg: 4.32
pDev: 11.57%
Wants: 350
Gots: 893 | FT: 17
Brewed by:
Unibroue visit their website
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 kjyost
4.18/5  rDev -3.2%

750 mL corked & caged bottle date stamped L03131W14Q poured into a Duvel snifter around 10-12 C. I have had this before, but never reviewed it, so here goes...

A: I am expecting a world class beer here and I get a slightly cloudy (perhaps this is my fault - I knocked the bottle off a three foot ledge earlier in the day). Regardless it is a straw yellow with hints of orange hue along with a fizzy white head that you hear buzzing away and disappearing post-haste leaving nary a dab of lacing. Very disappointing start.

S: Initial the beer is overwhelmed by a yeasty french bread sort of aroma. Fruty esters come through slowly delivering an enjoyable nose. Alcohol and a faint musky earth finish. Enjoyable, though a touch more muted at times than I would like

T: Belgian funk, best described by myself as the rind of a brie really plays well on the palate, though not too dominant as to overpower the rest of the body of the beer. Slight hints of bread and a light sweet finish on the beer keep the beer balanced. Nominal bitterness that grows over time in the finish helps cut the sweetness, though it is the sweetness that lingers. The sweet finish is strongly reminiscent of apple juice...

M: Slightly prickly, well balanced, could have been drier for the style.

O: A very enjoyable beer. Not as sensational as I recall it being, but having enough definitive character to keep me interested. I love belgian beers, and while I really enjoyed it, I feel like I have had better triples...

kjyost, Mar 30, 2011
Photo of sweetbrew82
4.18/5  rDev -3.2%

750 ML into a tulip/ Best before 2-16-12

P: Looks like an unfiltered, kind of dull, light gold color with a huge head of pearly white foam that is thick and pillowy. Shows great retention and leaves a nice amount of lace plastered on the side of the glass, though.

A: Smells like toasted malts, orchard fruits, cloves, and yeast. This has an impressive amount of power and strength, but doesn't quite reach the level of the top-tier tripels, in my humble opinion.

T: The flavor, however, comes much closer to reaching greatness. There is a superb balance in this beer that makes it really enjoyable to drink. The malts are lightly-toasted and have that smooth, barley-and-oat cereal grain type of character to them. The fruits aren't nearly as explosive as they are in other tripels, but the flavors of ripe bananas, pink apples, and pears taste bright and delicious. The yeasty cloves impart a nice amount of spiciness that jabs the tongue and rounds this brew out nicely.

M: Medium-bodied with a sharp and clean, crisp and smooth type of feel. But, I've gotta dock points here because, like every other Unibroue beer that I've had, it's way over-carbonated. The prickly bite gets a bit distracting the deeper I get into the bottle, which I guess is my only real complaint.

Notes: La Fin Du Monde is definitely firmly entrenched on the 'refined' side rather than the 'explosive' side of the tripel category. There are others that are more explosively fruity, spicy, and powerful. But, this is a very well-made beer that stays in perfect balance throughout. Nice melding of harmonious flavors that make this quite enjoyable. I really wish Unibroue would ease up on the carbonation, but it deserves all of the praise that it gets, nonetheless. Recommended

sweetbrew82, Aug 25, 2009
Photo of snpub540
4.18/5  rDev -3.2%

Pours a slightly hazy orange hue with the bottom being a more pale yellow. Lots of bubbles floating up from the bottom of my Unibroue tulip, but it looks very nice this way. Sheets of clingy white lace are left during the entire drink.

Aromas were mostly banana and clove yeastiness. Slightly musty with some ripe fruit as well.

Taste is a sweet and bready malts upfront, with the clove spice being secondary. Light alcohol sweetness and warmth in the finish, but its pleasant and not harsh.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and the carbonation gives the impression that the flavors dance on the palate. Drinkability is good. Alcohol is nicely hidden for being 9 percent.

snpub540, Mar 31, 2010
Photo of rtepiak
4.18/5  rDev -3.2%

a very widely ranged strong belgian. nose is sweet cane with a wheat malt, banana kicker. the palate seems to roll over very exactly that. a good 'triple' but not as good a some belgians. has a very mild bitter hop finish and a culmination of fruit that are all quite muted with the banana cream pie icing sort of sweet that seems to headline the beer. i could never have more than one of these because of that profile. this would be the flavor of an older beer in my opinion though...

had it again with a much fresher bottle. outstanding. with a nice citrus candy zing that clears the palate and makes you come back for more. palate of rosewater, lemon, mandarin orange candy... but all quite subtle and well balanced.

IMPORTANT: i would say a great beer the fresher it is. sugar makes it do weird things if it sits for a bit too long. starts tasting like an old oversweet bpa.

rtepiak, Jun 07, 2009
Photo of aerozeppl
4.18/5  rDev -3.2%

This is actually one of the first craft beer I ever had.

A: Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a half finger of white head. Good head retention. Spotty lacing.

S: Very yeasty and bready. Sweetness behind it all. Hints of fruit throughout.

T: Has that nice tripel sweetness up front. Very crisp though. The fruit begins to come in after a while. Very bready and malty throughout. Sort of weird for the style but it works.

M: Very crisp. Dry finish. Very nice.

D: I cut my teeth on this so it does hold a special place in my heart. Now that I am grizzled I enjoy it more. I remember it tasting rough at time but now it is smooth thanks to me killing my palate.

aerozeppl, Aug 21, 2008
Photo of robbrandes
4.18/5  rDev -3.2%

poured from a bomber, 10-07-13 best by date.

pours an impossibly light-golden straw color. explosion of bubbles rising from the glass, which recede and settle into a nearly perfect layer of bright white foam.

the aroma is other-worldly. fruity esters, almost a bubble-gum like quality. just enough malt and spiciness to hide every last trace of the alcohol. and at 9%, no small feat.

taste does not disappoint - wonderful fruity-sweetness, but the punch of the alcohol balances this beer incredibly well. a moderately nice twang of spice and alcohol warmth on the back end. carbonation is exceptional, giving this beer an almost slippery quality.

tripels are tough to brew perfectly - the delicateness of the style leaves nothing to hide any imperfections. la fin du monde strikes the perfect balance of a subtle, but huge beer. highly recommended.

robbrandes, May 02, 2011
Photo of TheDM
4.18/5  rDev -3.2%

Another first impression Whoa! This brew foamed up 1/4 brew, 3/4 foam as I poured it into my glass. Its head was a very white color. The bubbles in the head ranged from small to large. Again, this is another very carbonated brew. This brew also had a very mild aroma. It too was hard for me to distinguish from other smells. It has a very light orange color with yeast particles floating in it. Its flavor contains a variety of different tastes. The carbonation once again rolls off the tongue. It is adding to my buzz tonight. I liked the flavor and taste of the brew. It agrees with me very much. All in all an excellent brew! This brew is very potent and it added to my buzz for the evening.

TheDM, Jun 29, 2003
Photo of greenmonstah
4.18/5  rDev -3.2%

750 mL bottle best by 10/07/13

A - Light yellow amber with a two finger white head. Good lacing. Slightly cloudy.

S - Sweet and yeasty. A bit spicy. Plenty of sugary notes.

T - Sweet and spicy. Little bit of alcohol. A bit medicinal, with a touch of fermented banana.

M - Light body, lots of carbonation. Surprisingly not cloying.

O - Just brilliant. Sweet, complex, and refreshing with well-hidden booze.

greenmonstah, Apr 27, 2011
Photo of whynot44
4.18/5  rDev -3.2%

Medium bodied, hazy apricot color with a substantial fluffy ivory head,

The aroma is yeasty, spicy with a touch of citrus.

The taste is spicy from the start with cloves, tart lemon, and pepper notes over a mild biscuity malt. The finish is dry and peppery with a definite alcohol warmth.

Very nice! Smooth, almost creamy and very dangerously drinkable.

whynot44, Dec 06, 2005
Photo of MartzMimic
4.19/5  rDev -3%

Pours a hazy light gold from the tap. Big, foamy white head that holds for a bit. Smells of hay and fruit. Nice blend of apples and pears hits the tongue, with a touch of white grape. Smooth, crisp mouth. This is an excellent tripel that is light and refreshing.

MartzMimic, Mar 20, 2014
Photo of orcrist_cleaver
4.19/5  rDev -3%

A: Nice in terms of its honey orange hue. Unimpressive head with non-existent lacing is a let down.

S: Fruit, tropical banana, sweet berries, honeycomb, nectar, belgian sugar, belgian yeast. Spicy hint of cinnamon and cloves with tart orange. Spicy. Citrusy. Sweet

M: Medium body with a moderate carbonation level.

T: This beer really shines in how it balances its sweet malts, belgian sugar, cherries, blackberries with tart rhubarb and moderate hop bitterness.

orcrist_cleaver, Jul 16, 2014
Photo of Abra
4.19/5  rDev -3%

Pours a hazy golden yellow with a respectable white frothy head.
Aroma is a layered blend of malt, fruit, spice, and yeast.

Taste is malt forward with a heavy background of fruity/spicy notes, apricot and banana with spice that balances it out very well. There is a note of honey that layers seamlessly on top and throughout. The flavors work together so beautifully, lingering past the finish.

Overall, this is a great, authentic tripel and definitely recommended.

Abra, Jan 27, 2014
Photo of CalgaryFMC
4.19/5  rDev -3%

This complex and heady brew pours a beautiful lemon drop yellow with ample haze and copious quantities of white foam that holds up well. The aroma is potent yeasty esters, apple pomace, doughy malts, a little citrus, candi sugar, and aromatic alcohols that hint at what's ahead. This is a boozy, spicy blast of a tripel, with apple and pear, sweet doughnut malt, orange, musky grapes, and black pepper all vying for your attention, with a more subtle backdrop of dark dried fruits and unripe green stone fruits lurking amidst the pungent alcohol. Fizzy. Smooth dry finish but some residual yeasty sweetness lingers for up to an hour post-indulgence. One of the world's finest and easy to find on the prairies. Hard to knock this masterpiece, maybe the alcohol is a tad forward but its a tripel after all.

CalgaryFMC, Oct 16, 2013
Photo of bsp77
4.2/5  rDev -2.8%

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Snifter.

Appearance: Hazy light orange with billowing head that quickly dissolves into a thin white layer.

Smell: Strong banana, some clove, citrus and peppery hops. Great semi-sweet fruity and spicy aroma overall.

Taste: Sweet banana and clove upfront, which then broadens to include slightly sour, almost wheat-like malts. Ends with a long lingering fruity and peppery finish. The cloves stay fairly prominent throughout.

Feel: Very effervescent, chewy body, with a dry finish. Slightly warming overall. Not a huge fan of the effervescent/chewy combination, although this improved a lot as the beer sat in the Snifter.

Drinkability: Very strong example of a Tripel, which I could certainly have many more times. However,the body slightly misses the mark for me, and I could have used a touch more hops and a touch less clove. These are minor gripes - simply explaining why this is not my favorite for the style.

bsp77, Apr 22, 2010
Photo of nickthegun12
4.2/5  rDev -2.8%

its kinda weird that a beer of this quality, in the small bottle, would come with a screw off cap!

nice appearance...straw golden...slightly orange...not much of a head...and spacey lacing

smell is the best thing about this beer....smells of tropical bananas and tropical fruits....all thanks to that belgian yeast...

taste is nice very light in the mouth the alcohol is not overpowering...banana really comes out in the taste....

the feel is dry with nice tingling from the carbonation..

the drink ability isn't bad although its high alcohol will catch up

nickthegun12, Mar 01, 2011
Photo of cjgator3
4.2/5  rDev -2.8%

Poured into a tulip with a golden/light orange body and a beautiful three finger head. Aroma is a wonderful mixture of pears, bananas and yeast and other fruits. Taste much like the smell as it has an array of fruits and a very crisp finish. This is a sensational beer that actually resembles a hefeweizen in both smell and taste. Definately a world-class offering from Unibroue and a must try!

cjgator3, May 25, 2006
Photo of RichScherle
4.2/5  rDev -2.8%

The end of the world! On lees!

A - orangey with thick ever so slightly off white head. nice bubble action going on with healthy lacing

S - mostly fruity yeast character on the nose with a wheat malt note thrown in.

T - Nice showcase of belgian styled yeasts - banana, slight bubblegum, sourdough, with stone fruits such as apricot and a bit of peach. Wheat character fills out the malt profile nicely with softness and a bit of a bread note. Slight alcohol tinge on the backend with a faint shot of hops. This is really about the yeast

M - full bodied but more on the dry side with a nice texture.

D - good drinkability for me - but it does sneak up on ya! IMHO - one of the best belgian styled brews (i.e., one of the best "belgian" beers produced outside belgium).

RichScherle, Mar 13, 2011
Photo of edchicma
4.2/5  rDev -2.8%

The real champagne of beers? Oustanding appearance...super carbonation..a head that won't quit with an opaque yellow appearance. Smell was like wheat with a hint of alcohol...well-rounded and inviting. Taste was slghtly citrus with a definite alcohol presence. Mouthfeel was definitely dry, but rounded out nicely...not a strong alcohol presence in teh aftertaste. I've just recently started sampling some of the stronger ales and this certainly ranks in my top tier.

edchicma, Nov 25, 2003
Photo of DwnTwnBwn
4.2/5  rDev -2.8%

A - Cloudy 2 Finger head, laced well.

S - Amazing. Orange peal and cloves, bread, and banana.

T - Citrus balanced and complimented the sweet bread taste.

M - Very smooth and light. Perfect carbonation.

O - La Fin du Monde is a go to for Triple. Top Notch.

DwnTwnBwn, Apr 03, 2009
Photo of vickersspitfire
4.2/5  rDev -2.8%

Poured into a snifter; it had a thick off white head about three fingers wide that was very bubbly with some lacing as well; the body itself is a hazy light golden/brownish color and has some good carbonation going on as well. It has a strong sweet aroma with lots a citrus smells like lemons and oranges. It has a good semi crisp feel on the tip of your tongue, it smooth overall with a medium body and leaves a faint hint a residue in your mouth. Its got a clean taste that's sweet and spicy and is followed up with a semi dry aftertaste with a little bit of bitterness in it.

vickersspitfire, Apr 28, 2008
Photo of smakawhat
4.2/5  rDev -2.8%

Been awhile since I had one of these, would love to see if it still measures up since then. Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass.

A real nice looking white head, a bit soapy, but holds with lots of retention. There is a lot of rising carbonation on this with the classic slow rising carbonation crawling up. Body color is a bit hazy with a sort of dull apricot orange and yellow. Fairly decent tripel appearance.

Nose is a mellow sweetness, mixing with a sense of light honey. There's a sense of crisp coming off this, but there's not much sense of Belgian candi sugar or doughy like malts compared to other tripels. There is some sweet like malts that peek out just a tad. It's otherwise pretty solid and enjoyable and balanced. Smells very clean and carbonated.

Palate hits with a lot of carbonation, but manages to stay in control. Finish has a little bit of sweet banana, but then some classic Belgian like candi comes out. Carbonation on this is very high, and it even brings some tonic water and herbal like qualities to the beer. Sweetness doesn't get too out of control, and coats well in the palate.

Overall it's a solid tripel, but I think I would grab other favorites in this style instead. Nice to go back and review this one.

Old review (Feb 26th 2011) ---

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass.

A straight forward soapy clean white head of two fingers, falls fairly straight but not too fast. Body shows a nice carbonation from the bottom through a somewhat 50/50 opaque eight carat gold body. Not much of a collar left on the glass after the head falls but it manages to stay.

Bouquet is a slight musty barnyard smell with yeast. Buttery lemon sweetness also, and some sourdough bread. Dental almost toothpaste medicinal in the back on the nose also. Lots to find here, all clean, and all very enjoyable.

Great body upon taste with a bold lemon and honey. Mouth finish is a slight club soda but tolerable. Chew texture and highly teeth coating, faint bread like wheat also on the aftertaste.

Inexpensive to boot and makes for great drinkability. (4, 4.5, 4,5, 4.5, 4.5)

smakawhat, Feb 06, 2011
Photo of yamar68
4.2/5  rDev -2.8%

Poured from 750 to snifter:

Pours like a murky apple cider with a couple of fingers of delicate, short-lived white froth. Minimal beading. Smells lovely - cloves, banana, soft citrus, candy-like booze. Very unique taste. It's got all the elements of the nose with the addition of some white grapes or apple? Very smooth and virtually zero traceable alcohol burn. The body is light, easy-drinking which really goes a long way here. A well executed, refreshing Tripel.

yamar68, Mar 03, 2012
Photo of dotsonjamesg
4.2/5  rDev -2.8%

I bought his brew on Little Rock AFB at the Shoppette. Someone here lately has requested more exotic and specialty beer and I am eternally grateful for it, as the selection of specialty beer in Arkansas is TERRIBLE! Good beer to the locals is "Bud Light Lime" and "Natty Ice." I am new to the region and am originally from California, which is a "beer mecca," so you can see the dilemma of ignorance I deal with here concerning beer.

I have had this brew several times in the past but have never reviewed it.

Served in a chilled 12 oz Chimay goblet, poured from a 12 oz bottle.

Appearance: Pours a beautiful, rich, golden color. The brew is cloudy and unfiltered, just as any good beer should be. My pour left a thick, two finger head with good retention and moderate lacing.

Smell: Scent is sweet and earthy with a strong presence of malty citrus notes. Pear and candied fruit come to mind; its pretty lovely.

Taste: Strong, carbonated, spicy, malty sweetness initially then it moves in to a more mellow, bitter alcoholic flavor. I can pickup sugar, spices, orange, and maybe some other citrus. Not a whole lot of complexity but its tasty. The alcohol is pretty well hidden with the sweetness of the brew. The flavor isn't as strong as I had hoped for, for a Tripel. I think its comparable to a strong "Spring Ale."

Mouthfeel: Thick and smooth. The carbonation is pretty nice and pairs well with this lovely brew quite well.

Drinkability: Overall, it's a good brew but I think it could have been a bit bolder in flavor. The alcohol makes it worth the effort and money. I would highly recommend this brew to anyone looking to expand their palate but I would like to point out that there is some better stuff out there.

Godspeed and cheers!

-Dotson

dotsonjamesg, Mar 14, 2009
Photo of julian89
4.2/5  rDev -2.8%

I've had this beer so many times but never reviewed it. This time I had it at a annual party at Capital City Club Atlanta, GA.
From bottle into Flute glass (its apparently all they had)

Appearance: Pours lightly hazy, pale orange body with a 1 inch white head.

Smell: Strong malt smell with fruit tone, plum, pear, raisins, a dark Belgian typical.

Taste: Sweet hit with a blend of the fruit smells in the taste. A counterbalance of spices, bitterish orange peel, and hops against the sweetness of the fruit and malt. Very crisp finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. With medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Always a winner, great Belgian tripel from Canada.

julian89, Apr 28, 2012
Photo of TeamSeabass
4.2/5  rDev -2.8%

Poured into wine glass. It's a nice hazy solid gold color. Nice bit of carbonation on the pour and still plenty left on the drink.

Smells of sweet apples, very strong. Tastes of clove & very sweet...where's the alcohol? Not at all like a 9%-er. I didn't taste any apple. Aftertaste gets a bit of mild bitterness that lingers.

I like this tripel style and this beer makes me want to experiment more with other tripels. This beer is great and I'll give it more opportunities to grow on me.

TeamSeabass, Oct 11, 2008
La Fin Du Monde from Unibroue
96 out of 100 based on 8,169 ratings.