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La Fin Du Monde - Unibroue

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2,861 Reviews

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Reviews: 2,861
Hads: 9,475
Avg: 4.31
pDev: 21.11%
Wants: 537
Gots: 1,845 | FT: 19
Brewed by:
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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 Brenden
4.73/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've had a couple of these because it's just too good not to. I only just found my most recent notes.

The appearance is nice but doesn't quite do justice to what is to come. The color is a cloudy pale gold. There's a nice cascading effect that produces a fluffy white head that retains well and leaves a little sticky lacing in patches.
There's lots on the nose and the complexity shines through before the first sip. Notes of fruits that seem more like natural juices than candied, though there is a sugary note as well, are backed by a yeast and a gentle spice. There's a zesty apple bite, more like cider than juice, and a paler sort of banana aroma. Further back are cloves and an earthy something.
A huge malt backing with incredible balance and a whole complexity of flavors make this an incredible brew. Everything on the nose with an alcoholic tint that is warming rather than off-putting. Lots of grains underneath and a hops bitterness that isn't overwhelmed but gives a nice spine to this It's about as thick as can be without being syrupy and very smooth. The body is moderate to full and carbonation is at a great level.
This one's much more drinkable than the high ABV would typically allow. Pretty amazing, really.

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Photo of RBassSFHOPit2ME
4.73/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Extremely bright golden pour into an over-sized wine glass that looked as if it were glowing...beautiful looking beer. Solid three fingers head and great retention and lacing to boot.

S - Bananas, cloves, Pears, Spicy Belgian yeast. Very potent and aromatic.

T - Same as the nose but I just can't get over how all the aromas from the nose come into play in the taste as soooo Juicy! Complex beer.

M - Like I said, this beer is juicy and fantastic. I love how it dries out your mouth in the finish keeping you looking for another sip while being a slow sipper at the same time. The prickly carbonation works well but could be tamed just a little bit but that's just splitting hairs. A wee bit more malt could be introduced as well, but again, that's just splitting hairs.

O - Fantastic readily available Tripel. A great beer to introduce a novice into the style.

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Photo of McNealc31
4.73/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Just from the look of La Fin Du Monde, the experience had me thinking of champagne with the foil top and the cork. It even smells a bit like champagne and sweet grapes. The color is a delightful, hazy yellow. The taste starts citrusy, then on to grapes, and finishes a bit dry with a spicy, peppery bite. The 9% ABV is present, but not overpowering. This is complex, smooth, and quite enjoyable.

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Photo of diabecktic
4.73/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The head of this beer is absolutely beautiful. It's a thick, creamy texture with lots of air bubbles. Retention is good, as ~3 fingers of head slowly dissipates to yield a thin rim which laces quite well. This golden, straw-colored beer is quite cloudy on account of the plethora of yeast.

As one would expect with this style, the aroma is dominated by notes of yeast. Light, fruity notes compliment a spiciness that is marked by cloves and pepper. Though very strong, it's not overpowering.

The complexity of the aroma is also present in the palate. A sugary malt which features apricot is apparent up front, while clove, pepper, and yeast notes balance the sweetness towards the end of the tasting. Hoppiness is minimal, but the complexity, expansion, and balance of flavors is exceptional.

I find the body to be fairly thick - likely on account of the heavy, sweet malt. Yeast and spices tingle the tongue and the aftertaste is quite pleasant.

Some might the thickness offensive, but I don't find that this hurts drinkability because you have to consider that this style will feature beers with both high alcohol content and density. For a beer with 9% ABV, it's extremely easy to drink because the alcohol is well-hidden. This beer is meant to be sipped - with good reason.

I can appreciate that certain people might find this style to be too "strong" for their liking, but this is truly a world-class beer. The craftsmanship required to brew something with such complexity is astounding; the diverse assortment of flavors is balanced, but each is still distinct upon tasting. I don't get a chance to try Tripels or Belgian Ales too often, so I relish the opportunity to enjoy these beers when I can. My only gripe is that hoppiness seems to be a bit restrained, but I would probably attribute this to the style.

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Photo of Lukecook
4.73/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

750 ml bottle

A- Golden color with a big foamy head that disappeared quickly, small amount of lacing.

S- Smells of bread, a little citrus, and alcohol.

T- Spicy(pepper) up front followed by a sweet finish.

M-Very smooth with nice amount of carbonation.

D-First review and first time trying this style. Amazed at how the alcohol stays hidden, this is a great big beer that requires respect

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Photo of mtnbikerpa
4.73/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle with foil on top and freshness date on the back of the label. Golden copper color with 3 inches of head that retains very well. Scents of cloves, fresh cut apples and grapes. Lots of dry fruit flavor. Yeast esters are tastey. Alcohol is well hidden. Mouthfeel is very smooth. Going very well with gourmet grilled cheese with basil.

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.73/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 750mL bottle into a tulip glass.

A - Foggy golden honey-like appearance. Lots of bubbles with a thick 2 to 3 finger head and strong lacing. Really stunning in the glass.

S - Sweet, citrus like...smells delicious.

T - I REALLY liked this beer. It had a pleasing sweet and fruity flavor.

M - Just the right carbonation for my tastes. Really smooth and easy to on the taste buds.

D - Little bitter and certainly not as sweet as many of the other Tripels I've had, but in a good way. Very drinkable and REALLY good. This is one of the better beers I've had.

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Photo of JoeyHotrod
4.73/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of my alltime favorites and a beer I often find myself going back to.

La Fin Du Monde is nectar at it's finest.

This is a lovely beer to look at. Golden slightly cloudy and has a dazzling head that lasts and lasts. Lace never once lets up either.

The smell is mired with alcohol tropical fruits, a touch of citrus and a smidgen of clove.

The taste includes yeast, citrus, and a touch of alcohol.

This is a world classic and with due respect toward the also excellent Duvel, quite possibly the gold standard of the style.

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Photo of Scrapss
4.73/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Finally, La Fin Du Monde. One of the best beers ever made.

Appearance: hazy like a weissebier. It has an undercurrent like a properly prepared Black and Tan. Thick head dissipates into 1/8" thick pure white foam. Lacing is nearly ideal for the style. Particulates are present. Has legs.

Smell: sweet, slightly chalky texture, then incredible and utterly complex. Nectar of the gods.

Taste: think of the best hefeweisen you ever tasted. It's better. It's insanely sweet then drifts into the palate like nothing else on the planet. It changes character as it descends, first sweet wheat beer-like, then hot boozy then it gives off a light-sweet-tangerine essence for 10 seconds and then it's gone in a lingering sweet finish.

Mouthfeel: coating and filling, almost to the point of cloying but not annoyingly so. Medium cabonation prevents over-saturation.

Drinkability: As good as it is...it is another deceivingly smooth high ABV beer. You might try to session it but you'd fail. Simply enjoy it in extreme moderation.

La Fin Du Monde is quite simply one of the best beers ever made. I highly recommend it.

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Photo of zane2hyperzane
4.73/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5


Appearance: Poured into its eponymous tulip glass. A pure white two or three finger fluffy head easily rises - but subsides a little too quickly, leaving a small amount of persistent lace. Many entertaining little columns of bubbles rise from points in the glass. The beer is a lovely glowing color - nearly opaque, tarnished gold. Be careful pouring this if you don't want an overabundance of bottled yeast in the glass, it'll definitely affect the flavor.

Smell: Subtle - flowers and cider.

Taste: Hits my tongue with faint malt sweetness and some fruity flavors, green apple in particular. This subsides pretty quickly as it dances over my tongue with a strong and somewhat bitter spiciness with fruit flavors still present – very interesting; something and nothing like spiced cider. This leads into a dry, hoppy finish. All these flavors meld very smoothly together, particularly as the beer warms a bit. It’s a difficult taste for me to describe and one that can seem to vary from sip to sip – one of the reasons I enjoy returning to this beer is because its overall experience is not easy to pin down.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, seems just a bit creamy. Extremely lively and tingly on the tongue with its high carbonation and spiciness. Alcohol warms my face almost immediately – I feel better already! Ultimately, finishes nice and dry, leaving one begging for another sip.

Drinkability and Notes: Hides its robust alcohol deceptively; only a few of these and you’ll be unexpectedly lit, a pleasure I’ve enjoyed many times. Very flavorful but not overpowering in any one regard. This is the beer that really opened my eyes to the world of craft brewing; one that I often return to and am never disappointed with. I’ve had to reserve it for celebratory occasions to make room to try new beers, but tonight I’m celebrating only La Fin du Monde. Drink less, drink better!

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Photo of Crossmd
4.73/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured 52 degrees fahrenheit into a tulip glass. No born on date.

Pours a hazy light orange with a nice frothy 1.5 finger head.

Smells of an odd metallic scent coupled with apple, game, and some spices. Complex, unique, and layered. Not overly pleasant, but I'm okay with that.

Taste is a complex and focused blend of nutmeg, creme, cinnamon, and "Unibroue game-yeast" (eludes other description- an odd feeling of game or raw meat that is present in all of their beers.) Perfectly balanced dryness/sweetness. Incredible profiling of flavor, incredible sense of what it wants to be. I have no complaints.

Mouthfeel is soft, pillowy and creamy. Perfect.

Overall, I'm a little bit at a loss for words. There is nothing Iike this beer. A perennial favorite.


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Photo of benclimbs
4.73/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

such a beautiful beer...

Golden slightly opaque yellow in a tulip from a 750ml...tons of white head and champagne bubbles going off.

Nose isn't as good as some other world class tripels, but still really nice with some sweet yeast and citrus

Taste is awesome, honey, spice and ripe bright fruit.

Great beer

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Photo of GallowsThief
4.73/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured out of a bomber into a Duvel.

A - Pale golden yellow with a bit of cloudiness. Light white head but just an inch that receded quickly. Sticky lacing.

S - Sweet overtones. Yeasty and bready smell. Nice floral bouquet. Has just a bit of a pepper smell.

T - A lot like the smell its has just a perfect amount of sweetness. Seems to be honey like. Has some great fruity flavor as well but its faint which I like. Surprising pepper taste at the end that warms you up just a bit. Gives off the nice warm down the gullet feel and into the stomach.

M - Well carbonated. Very clean taste. Medium bodied. I would say refreshing.

D - High ABV but totally drinkable. This is a great beer.

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Photo of danetrain0101
4.73/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It is a very cloudy golden mixture with a great head which doesn't seem to dissipate.

The smell is a over powering sugary fruit with hints of clove and a touch of alcohol. It is like music for the nostrils, if such a thing existed.

The powerful taste of cloves and alcohol hit you right off the bat. After taste brings on a mango, almost as if you just ate one.

A very smooth beer with a a good amoumt of carbonation helps keep its creamy texture.

A definite favorite of mine. Although I consume liquids like a fish, this brew demands respect. Drink slowly to get its full package.

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Photo of HugoGrim
4.73/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is simply a beautiful looking beer. Great foamy head which remains for the long haul. Lots of visible carbonation.

Full aroma of Belgian spices, with only the slightest hints of alcohol.

The flavor is excellently balanced. Heavily spiced, but not overly so. Thick malts lend some sweetness which pairs perfectly with the spices and the light bitterness of the hops. Ends with a bit of a dry finish.

Very, very smooth and surprisingly drinkable at 9%.

Until recently I had been a bit reluctant to try Unibroue's beers due to the majority of their labels looking like art from a cheesy death metal album, however the adage of not judging a book by it's cover has never been more true. There is no doubt I will be trying this beer again.

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Photo of 1759Girl
4.73/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

What can I say about this exceptional beer that hasn't already been said?
Appearance> Light apricot colour, big creamy head, lacing.
Smell> Slightly alcoholic, cinnamon, cloves. Loverly.
Taste> Complex, excellent trippel. Spicy start, overtaken with a shot of wheaty goodness, sweet, then salty finish. Less bite than others, which some may dislike, but on the other hand, it makes it extremely drinkable.
Mouf> Creamy, perfect consistency.
Drinkable?> Oh dear, yes. Mmmm

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Photo of Dayman766
4.74/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

A- Hazy gold. Pours out with a thick head even with a slow pour, but it subsides and a hint of foam lingers afterwards
S- Sweet fruits and a full blast of Belgian yeast; slight hint of alcohol
T- Strikes the perfect balance of sweet and bitterness. Other tripels I've had have been a bit too bitter for my taste, but this sublime beer finds that sacred balance.
M- medium, appropriate carbonation; slightly sticky - the taste lingers nicely
O- Easily in my top 3 beers; Unibroue sure knows what they're doing!

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Photo of bloberglawp
4.74/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've been enjoying Unibroue's fine selection of beers for quite a while now. I was amazed to find (colecting dust on the floor) a 6 pack of this particular brew labelled "2000" at a local corner store.

All I can say is : store this gem. Stash it, Keep it celared away and forget it for at least 4-5 years.

I've had fresh "la fin du monde" and as some might have mentionned, carboniation is strong and alcohol taste is also very pronounced. After 4.75 years of shelving these attributes haved toned down, giving it a mellower yet fully flavored "la fin du monde".

Don't get this review wrong, this brew does not grow weak with time, it grows... becomes more mature...

Store this beer! I beg you!!!

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Photo of kaufmaal
4.74/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Several four-packs were on the discount kiosk at our local Publix and at a decent price, and since I hadn't had one in a few years, well, twist my arm.

It pours a cloudy, lemon-Jello color with some sediment floating around. When the light hits it at a certain angle, there's a neon quality to its appearance. Thin, off-white head that holds its own for the duration.

Some wonderful aromas: coriander, orange peel, banana, funky yeast, ripe honeydew. No alcohol.

This is a delicious tasting beer. The sweetness comes through powerfully, but not a sugar and heavy syrup that will coat everything and mask the flavors: melons, honey, tangerines, faint coriander, , buttery caramel. Very little in the way of carbonation, and no alcohol burn - the brew-masters are masters. There's a silky quality to this one, too.

Hopefully, more will be on discount.

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Photo of CA_Infidel2o9
4.74/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber to a Tulip

A- hazy straw, 1 1/2" bubbly white head

S- citrus, spicy apple cider, banana, peach, pear, metal

T- banana, white wine, apple cider, citrus, grapes, pear, spices

M- medium body, crisp carbonation, alcohol warmth

O-this is my 3rd Unibroue, all 3the are my favorite belgian style beers. This one is a liquid fruit cocktail. So many different fruits attack the senses that i'm sure i missed some in my review. For a 9% abv brew the alcohol is extremely tame, enhancing the flavor and leaving a somewhat white wine like flavor. Spices and sparkling apple cider round out this amazing brew.

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Photo of RodBurg
4.74/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

nother tripel from my trip to Lucky 13 in San Fran, this time in a bottle. Poured a hazy golden color with a thick two finger head and great lacing.

Smells of yeast, green apples, clove, and pear hit my nostrils. This is gonna be good.

On the palate its heavy green apple and pears along with yeast and spice. Spec-frickin-tacular. Finish is a nice combo of sweet malt and tart fruit with a good sting from the carbonation.

This is probably one of my favorite beers of all time. Without a doubt the best triple I've tried so far.

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Photo of MagnusJager
4.74/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is a regular purchase of mine when I get to Rochester, NY It's brewed in Canada by Unibrew.

Nice fruity aroma. Little citrusy smell to it

Apearance color on clarity on head retenion was not high.

Flavor Noticable alcohol, with spicy and fruity flavor
A clean warm finish. Nice for this first cold Western new york night. Perhaps not the end of the world here, but we're close by.

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Photo of LuthersMug
4.74/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is what a beer should be! I first tried this one at a local deli and was blown away. Then, my brother-in-law got me this one in a gift of beers. Thanks bro.

A - Clear, golden/bronze hue with carbonation bubbling up. 1/2 inch of head with lacing present throughout most of the beer.

S - Yeast and malts come bursting forth to the nose. A pleasant sweet smell arises reminding me of caramel apples.

T - Smooth and malty up front, hints of warm cider going down. Great.

M - Excellent carbonation, very smooth.

D - At 9%, this beer will leave you feeling good.

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Photo of reebtaerG
4.74/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured 750ml bottle dated drink before 5/16/15 into Chimay snifter

A-Pours a semi-cloudy golden color. Nice white head that thins down fast but lasts till end. Lacing on glass.

S-Aroma is classic Belgian. Yeasty, floral and ripe banana.

T-Taste is malt, banana, bready, citrus (lemon). Were it is differant is the finish is not as strong in alcohol than most in this style. A little nutty with some lingering yeast.

M-great mouthfeel medium balance, good carbonation and nice clean dry finish

O-overall this a great triple. My first drink by Unibroue, I want to try more others

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Photo of AlHavanuther
4.75/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz. bottle into a tulip glass. Or dirty old sock. Tastes and smells like pure bliss, either way! Just kidding, of course. I do have an actual review, please read on. But whether or not you like this beer, if you have any sense of humor at all, please visit the Unibroue website and view the videos of the "legends" of this and other Unibroue beers. The sommelier has been chosen directly from Quebecois Central Casting and is an absolute delight to watch and listen to.

My review:

A: slightly cloudy honey with an initial thick head (or "collar", per the sommelier) which dissipates into lace which lingers for a long time.

S: wheat, malt, a hint of the high ABV

T: pepper, wheat, honey. a hint of cloves, coriander.

M: delightfully effervescent for the duration; this is when you really get the hit of alcohol. Malty, full, comforting. As my friend and I are fond of saying, "it tastes like liquid wheat".

O: excellent. The only possible knock I can place on this is the high ABV. It is so highly drinkable that it's easy to overdo it. I guess that's why they sell the 12-oz bottles in 4-packs only :-)

I tried this beer once several years ago on a whim, just to try something different (I was amused at the name and graphic depiction of Quebec). At the time, I thought, "this is the best beer I've ever tasted". I have tasted many fine beers since that time, always thinking I'd find something better. I haven't yet, but I have held off a few points on the off chance that I will, someday. But if I don't, I'll still die happy.

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La Fin Du Monde from Unibroue
96 out of 100 based on 2,861 ratings.