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La Fin Du Monde - Unibroue

La Fin Du MondeLa Fin Du Monde

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

7,112 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 7112
Reviews: 2692
rAvg: 4.32
pDev: 11.57%


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.

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BigHeavy

Missouri

4.83/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Tripel Karmeliet tulip. Beer was enjoyed over the course of about an hour.

A: Beer pours a kind of peachy color with a very light colored two finger head that subsided in about 5 minutes. Some yeast crept into the glass which clouded the beer a little, but some good bubbling is still visible.

S: Aroma is most decidedly fruity and estery. I got a little banana and clove notes, as well as some biscuity malts. Smell is more in your face than other tripels.

T: Good grief these Canadians at Unibroue have done it right! A perfect mix of breadiness, esters from the yeast, and floral/herbal hops. There is some pepper-like spiciness and a noticeable but not overwhelming dose of alcohol.

M: Feels very bubbly in the mouth as the carbonation carries those wonderful flavors. It's a little creamy as well. Finish is very drying.

D: Should a tripel go down this easy? Easy to finish a 750 in a night. Dangerously drinkable. The 9.0% ABV does creep up on you, however.

O: In my honest and humble opinion, the best tripel in the world, even better than Westmalle. Simply a treat to drink, and a steal at $6 for a 750 or $10 for a four pack of 12 oz. bottles.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2011 03:35:16 | More by BigHeavy
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Kvlterbm

Pennsylvania

4.83/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle to snifter.

A: Pale, straw-like yellow. Fluffy white head that disappeared quickly. Very hazy.

S: Spiced fruit. Great spice aroma with notes of apple skin and pear. Smells fantastic.

T: Follows the nose very well. Clove spiciness up front, with the fruit sweetness following behind. Some definite malt sweetness and yeast esters on the tongue. Gives a great warming feeling, and a very slight bitterness.

M: Crisp, creamy, high carbonation.

D: Aside from the warming feeling you get drinking this, the alcohol isn't noticeable at all. Extremely drinkable.

A fantastic Tripel. Definitely of the same caliber as the Westmalle Tripel. I'll be buying more of this very soon.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2011 05:02:17 | More by Kvlterbm
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IIKaRuII

Ohio

4.83/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

pours a very leaden honey color, that has a very bubbly presence that accumulated a wonderful milk colored fluff head. is a nice beer on lees
Smells a bit like a warm citrus. a bit of apricots, and yeast. sweet notes that are creeping in the back.
Taste is almost the same as the smell. although the alcohol is masked perfectly. The sweetness is there to cover the warm and allows the tart to pull you back in. a bit of sweet fruits, and warm malt. you can taste some wheat faintly that is masked again perfectly by the sweetness.
Very well balanced of carbonation, and alcohol. this beer at 9% drinks unnervingly easy.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2011 08:20:16 | More by IIKaRuII
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theJollySin

California

4.83/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - I usually snub "appearance" as being an important factor in what makes a good beer. And perhaps it was after a few beers that I decided I loved the way this one looked, but I do. It has a wonderful dark, vibrant golden color.

S - The smell is great. It smells hoppier than it tastes, which is a bit off-putting, but generally strong with fruity undertones.

T - A wonderful combination of delicate and strong, complicated but not overly so. A hoppy yellow ale with strong notes of fruit and something I can't place. The end effect is particularly pleasing.

M - Good. Thinner than a stout, but thicker than a lager. Just a bit thicker than an October fest brew with a good amount of natural fiz.

O - Overall, great. This has been one of my favorite beers for years. While I don't think it is easy enough to be as popular to drink as Guiness, I think it has a perfectly balanced flavor, at least for my tastes.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2011 22:25:08 | More by theJollySin
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fsvan

Tennessee

4.83/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle poured into New Belgium globe. Best by of 1-12-2014.

A- Murky yellow. Billowing textured white head. This is bottle conditioned, and it's pretty obvious from the carbonation.

S- Where to start? Light fruit, like under ripe apples or pears. A bit of Belgian yeast. A little bit of sweetness, bready like malts. There is so much going on here, it's hard to describe, and it all just explodes from the glass. Just an exquisite smelling concoction.

T- Again, some under ripe green apple, that brings a tart, but not sour flavor. Clearly present, chalky, Belgian yeast. A subtle bitterness on the end. Fantastic.

M- Heavy of medium. Lovely carbonation from the bottle conditioning.

O- I've had this beer many, many times, and it never disappoints. It is widely available, not overly expensive, perfect by itself or with food, and for my money is better than the Belgian forerunners of the style (Tripel Karmeliet, St. Bernadus Tripel, Chimay), and it isn't often (in fact it is damn rare) for a North American brewery to pull of an Abbey style like this. I like tripels quite a bit, and this is easily my favorite. The praise this beer gets is well earned. Due to all of that, and trying to judge for style, I don't know how to not give it a 5 overall.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2011 20:00:42 | More by fsvan
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HopsKeepDroppin

Texas

4.83/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into maudite snifter.

A- Pours a hazy golden straw color with one finger head that stays around.

S- Peppery, fruity, belgian yeast smell and some malt shines through. Very complex and appealing.

T- Banana, cloves, pepper, some lemon, pale malt. Delicious.

M- Very nicely carbonated. Effervescent.

O- One of my favorite beers in one of my favorite styles. Never disappoints.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2012 05:34:08 | More by HopsKeepDroppin
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BVukelich

Washington

4.83/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Love, love this beer. The taste is phenomenal. The aroma makes my nose smile (if it could). The only reason it doesn't get perfect 5's is the high ABV. I want to be able to drink more of this beer in one sitting but 1 bottle does it for me. I'm so glad it is available year round at any decent bottle shop.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2013 05:00:12 | More by BVukelich
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macbeer

Tennessee

4.84/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

La Fin Du Monde was recommended to me by a respected beer loving friend after he heard how much I like Chimay (Blue and White labels - Grand Cru and Cinq Cents). I have to say that La Fin Du Monde is right there with Chimay white label. It truly has become my go to beer. We had a party at the house on the eve of the eve (of New Years) and I bought a wide selection of craft and high gravity beer. Chimay was on the menu as well as Sue from Yazoo, an IPA from Schafly, Brookyn, and others. La Fin Du Monde was by far the overall favorite. I have also found that it has a rare ability to appeal to women that appreciate good beer as well as appealing to men. That may be because you don't taste the alcohol like some high grav beers I am familiar with. That could be a good or bad thing depending on how familiar one is with high grav beer and how many you have!

If you are in Nashville sometime, La Fin is on draft at The Pharmacy in East Nashville. They have a number of other fine beers on draft, of course, along with a terrific beer garden out back to serve great brats, burgers, etc. You can find it by the bottle in most places that serve high gravity beers, including the Flying Saucer. The Saucer, by the way, also has Chimay on tap just in case you want to do a taste test between the two.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2013 21:39:48 | More by macbeer
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Chiefy770

Illinois

4.84/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a Goblet from a bottle.

Appearance: A large foam head forms. The head slowly collapses and leaves sticky lacing. The body is a hazy dark straw.

Smell: Sweet and fruity. Alcohol esters sit behind an herbal array of scents.

Taste: The sweet and fruity flavors stand out after the first sip. The alcohol emerges in the aftertaste, along with the malts and spices. The malts create a smooth body for the spices to sit on.

Mouthfeel: Smooth body. Fairly carbonated, perfect for the style in my opinion.

Overall: La Fin Du Monde really stands out from other Tripel varieties. It packs an incredible amount of flavor. Certain friends of mine do not care for this beer because it can be a bit overwhelming. I pace myself when drinking this for a couple of reasons... One being the price, and another reason is because it has a complex flavor.

Bottom Line: Not wallet-friendly but definitely a brew that fans of the Tripel style need to try.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2013 22:42:37 | More by Chiefy770
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sloejams

California

4.85/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The BJCP gives this as an example of a Tripel, but I tend to agree with the BA, Belgian Strong classification. I drink this often, I decided to finally give it a proper review.

It pours a hazy yellow with a beautiful crisp frothy lace head. A sweet aroma suggests fruit perhaps peach. It has a creamy character that is full of carbonation. The 9% ABV is not noticeable in the taste or mouthfeel making it very drinkable. The finish is effervescent and clean. It’s very flavorful and downright delicious.

Unibroue makes fine products and this is not exception. As I mentioned above, I have this somewhat regularly and I anticipate many happy returns.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2005 20:31:16 | More by sloejams
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allengarvin

Texas

4.85/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into a fluted chalice glass. It is a hazy, turgid amber color with an initially towering head that falls quickly. Spicy, pear-like aroma and sweet yet crisp malt. Beautiful interplay of flavors: smooth, creamy, sweet malt, fruity vanilla, and very light spicy/herbal hop bitterness. There's a hint of alcoholic pepperiness but this is really a deceptively strong beer. Lots of carbonation but the body retains a floating, crisp lightness. This, along with an offsetting tartness, makes it an incredibly refreshing and delightful beer despite the high strength.

One of the great beers of the world, even better than the Duval that inspired it, in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2005 18:30:13 | More by allengarvin
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jj21

Wisconsin

4.85/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Outstanding vision pours into the glass. Thick white head topping a hazy golden beer. Great retention and lacing. Aromas or citrus and bananas loft and linger even when the glass is away from your nose. Flavors of cloves, citrus, yeast and crisp sweetness. I could hardly sense the 9.0% alcohol in this beer. Outstanding!

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2006 20:13:51 | More by jj21
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number1bum

Pennsylvania

4.85/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle pours a somewhat hazy golden honey color with a very rich and creamy inch and a half of nearly white head. Head retains a nice lace throughout and leaves quite a bit of stick.

Smell is very fruity with a nice sweetness, some clove, spice and yeast. Bit of booze in there too; this is precisely how I like a tripel to smell.

Taste too is exceptional. Sweet and fruity, super creamy, some spice and yeast, clove. I love tripels on the sweeter side and this is the prototype, I think. Mouthfeel is very creamy and a hefty medium body but the carbonation is a bit overdone; it could be softer in the mouth. Nevertheless, very smooth and creamy.

This is an awesome beer, one that I would drink all the time if I could.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2008 02:18:35 | More by number1bum
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ccrida

Oregon

4.85/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

355ml bottle poured into a goblet, La Fin Du Monde is a hazy strwa yellow with a large white head the is quickly settling and leaves no lace, the lightest smattering. I really like the color, but these beers are all about the head and 'brussels' lace.

Smell is pretty good, banana esters, cereal grains, a hint of caramel and metallic phenols as it warms.

Taste is fantastic - this is my favorite trippel. Big fruity esters, spicy backbone, very smooth, although it actually gets a tad boozy and grainy if you let it warm too much. Served at cellar temp though, perfect.

Mouthfeel is very carbonated, with a crisp, dry snappy finish. Highly digestible, this has a light body and is easy on the belly.

Drinkability is supreme for me, as good as it gets for the style. Big taste, but smooth and dangerously easy drinking...factor in the fact that Unibroue brews are such a great low price, this one should get a 5.5!

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2008 04:49:30 | More by ccrida
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btuthill

Michigan

4.85/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours light amber from a 12 oz bottle. Head is big, bubbly, active, but fades quickly. Smell is delicious - lightly effervescent, spicy, bready, warm, maybe citrusy, definitely enjoyable. The taste is great, like, to the point that it makes some pretty phenomenal beers look pedestrian. It is as smooth as the finest stouts. Taste is clean at first, turning to a bubbly, spicy bread as it crosses the tongue, and finishing smooth. It clings heavily to the roof of the mouth and back of the tongue without ever even bordering on 'heavy'. The flavor stays with you long after the beer goes down, and it is appreciated by this lucky drinker.

This beer is absolutely world-class and I could either drink one every night or a series of them in one night. Thanks to the local beer store (Wine and Cheese in Clayton) for marking these down last week, or I would have waited even longer before trying it.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2008 01:19:02 | More by btuthill
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tacubaya

Mexico

4.85/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have a fridge full of this beer... my favorite so far. Tastes so good... lots of hops, citrus, yiest, amazing! High alcohol content sure hits you after a couple of Fin Du Monde's and when you serve it properly it retains a beautiful 1 inch head the whole time.

Recommended...hell... if you see it buy a case or two.

If you like this beer also try Unibroue's Don de Dieu

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2008 23:54:03 | More by tacubaya
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ewright

North Carolina

4.85/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

It's the end of the world as we know it... I just had to review the beer in my (current) avatar for my 100th review. Tripel isn't one of my favorite styles, but I absolutely love LFDM. I'll try to be objective here.

A: A painfully slow pour from a foil-wrapped 12 oz bottle into a Duvel tulip yields 3+ fingers of frothy head that crests the lip, but does not overflow. After a minute or two, the head has receded to a ring leaving fat chunks of sticky lace on the glass. A hazy golden glow eminates from the glass, begging me to drink.

S: Notes of peach and apricot are most obvious up front. Lurking in the background is possibly a bit of honey and a mild spiciness.

T: Fruity flavors are most obvious up front, with notes of golden raisins and a bit of banana from the Belgian yeast. There's also some mild toast flavors. The finish shows just a hint of hop bite with a nutty aftertaste.

M: Rich and full bodied. The only knock is that a bit more effervescence would be appreciated. Maybe I should have been even MORE careful on the pour!

D: Like I said up front, this is one of my favorites! I could sip this one all night, but it is definitely a sipper.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2008 00:24:34 | More by ewright
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popery

California

4.85/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

La Fin Du Monde is one of my favorite beers. It is not necessarily the best beer in the entire world, but it's widely available, comes in large and small singles and is a tremendous tripel, no mean feat. Unibroue beers have superb feel and delicious flavors. It's certainly the best tripel that I've tried that is not from Belgium. The beer has a somewhat inconsistent look. The head bubbles up, but it settles into a calm champagne look without much lacing. The misty liquid is quite appealing, on the other hand. The nose is earthy and spicy. It has a genuine Belgian flavor that is subtle and often lacking from American versions of Belgian styles. The flavor has this same Belgian earthiness, that quality that marks some of the best beers in the world. The feel is of a billion tiny needles gently exploding. The drinkability is incredibly high. This beer really made me a big fan of Unibroue. I've tried a lot of their styles and this one still stands as a top beer for Unibroue and craft beer, generally.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2008 07:32:41 | More by popery
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MoreThanWine

Massachusetts

4.85/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle didn't pop when the cork was pulled yet this beer still poured an enormous head, though it pretty quickly settled down to just lace. A hazy yellow in color. Both the bouquet and taste are an explosion of intense flavors - tangy, tart, sweet, citrusy, and it has a long finish. It's like a Summer brew kicked up in every category, including the alcohol content. Top knotch.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2010 08:36:04 | More by MoreThanWine
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TheYeagermeister

Texas

4.85/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A--Pours a rich golden apricot color. Has a thick smooth head of about 1 1/2 inches, which retains well and leaves some lacing. Very appetizing from the start.

S--Heaven. The same apricot from the appearance, along with strong biscuit, yeast, and dough. I also detect some banana and clove.

T--Essence of sweet and ripe light fruits--pear, apricot, papaya--but it's not markedly sweet or cloing, by far. The biscuity, buttery yeast provides the perfect backdrop and rounds it out into a beautiful dry finish.

M--Smooth, rich, and creamy, it coats the palate and allows the complex tastes to linger for miles.

D--The alcohol is remarkedly well hidden, though the warmth is there. This could kick your butt if you're not careful.

Overall, this is one of the best belgians I've ever had. It is frickin beautiful. Stellar example of this style.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2011 01:01:15 | More by TheYeagermeister
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sgtaxt

Massachusetts

4.85/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Hazy golden color. Two finger head; thick, creamy. Dissipates quickly, yet nobly, leaving a nice lacing. Tiny bubbles noticeable, giving the beer a playful character.

S: A wonderful balance between sweet and spicy. Notes of apple, citrus, some malt, and pepper.

T: Sweet on the front of the tongue, initially citrus-y; the 9% ABV makes itself apparent with a (inoffensive) metallic twang. Matures into notes of cherry and phenolic cloves and pepper. Leaves a warm feeling and a bitter, dry aftertaste.

M: Smooth and soft on the front, with a satisfactory weight. Carbonation tingles the back of the throat.

O: Wonderful. My first tasting of La Fin du Monde (as well as my first review). I think I've found a new favorite.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2011 22:47:51 | More by sgtaxt
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dankster

Colorado

4.85/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Wow. this has to be one of the best triples i have ever had!

A- Cloudy with a great golden hue

S- alot of Fruit notes going on mostly bananas

T- Oh yeah Big time banana flavour going on. a little spice and cream on the back of the mouth

M- creamy and smooth. great coating in the mouth. love this beer. will pick up again for only 7.99 a 750

O- Best triple to date! need to try more offerings from this brewery

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2011 21:38:27 | More by dankster
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yuenglingfan101

Indiana

4.85/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

poured into a pint glass. This beer had an orangish color with medium head. Carmel and other spices mad this beer taste rare. Very strong tasting but it is worth it. Mouthful is about the same. Not your usual beer, but a walk on the canadian side this beer is one of canada's finist

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2012 14:36:06 | More by yuenglingfan101
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BobaFret

Pennsylvania

4.85/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A - A hazy deep yellow with a white head that doesn't linger.

S - Smells slightly of bananas and spices. One of the best smelling tripels that I've had.

T - Spicy but not overpowering; the Unibroue yeast complements this beer nicely. Extremely balanced. I would not have guessed that this beer is 9% ABV.

M - You can definitely tell that this is a bottle-conditioned/refermented ale.

O - A fantastic tripel that's very easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2013 01:46:40 | More by BobaFret
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mophie

Delaware

4.88/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

My second Unibroue, and I am hooked. I love the hazy, orange-yellow look of this beer. Someone mentioned mysterious, and I agree. The smell is intoxicating, fruity, peppery, an almost exotic spiciness. The taste is equally amazing, like a burst of flavors that go off in different directions that meld together to create a perfect balance of sweet fruitiness, bitter orange rind, and peppery spice. I want another.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2002 17:58:02 | More by mophie
La Fin Du Monde from Unibroue
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