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La Fin Du Monde - Unibroue

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8,863 Ratings
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Ratings: 8,863
Reviews: 2,780
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 11.83%
Wants: 407
Gots: 1,275 | FT: 18
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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 NearerMyBeerToMe
4.1/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours with a firmly-retained head of foamy, small, pure white bubbles that clumps slightly and slides easily back into the glass after a swirl. Beer is a color like translucent (but not truly hazy) goldenrod with straw-gold highlights. Turbulent, racing carbonation sends a few yeasties into convection currents along the sides of the goblet. Almost all of the aromatic nuances seem to belong to the light, sweet, estery yeast. A consistent clove/coriander spiciness is, with warmth, joined by vodka-soaked bananas in a slightly bready nosefeel that finishes dry. Juicy and softly malty up front on the palate; sustained by a spicy tartness moving from clove to ginger (particularly in the aftertaste) and a finish of slightly grassy hops. At room temperature, flavors of banana bread crusts, lemon pith, and powdered sugar emerge. Spiky mouthfeel with an alcoholic warmth and a pearish mealiness; mellow dry spiciness in the finish. Although I love this beer, I prefer less breadiness and more effervescence in a Belgian Strong Pale. Perhaps this is why IMHO this beer is the perfect accompaniment to scrambled eggs or quiche.

Photo of BPMeyer27
4.1/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of ZenAgnostic
4.1/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Small white one finger head that disappears quickly. Cloudy, opaque dark yellow body

Smell - Hefe-like. Slight maltiness, hidden citrus.

Taste - Traces of orange. Slightly sweet front end that quickly gets eaten up by the bitter lime peel finish, which carries a bit into the aftertaste. Alcohol isn't as hidden as in other Tripels I've had.

Mouthfeel - Sharp. Full and frothy.

Overall Drinkability - Very enjoyable beer. It's a tripel with an alcoholic bite that well represents the ABV.

Photo of thagens
4.1/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Extremely easy to drink considering that it is 9% abv.
A: Poured a cloudy yellow into an oversized wine glass. Half the glass was filled with a nice white head. Reminded me of champagne.
S: To me it smells pretty similar to a hefeweizen.
T: Again kind of like a hefeweizen. Banana, clove, citrus, very little hoppiness.
M: Smooth. High level of carbonation tingles the inside of your mouth.
D: You have to be careful with this one, because even though it has a high alcohol percentage, it is very easy to drink.

Photo of bigbelcher
4.1/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Can you say Chimay Cinq Cents? if you can then you probably know exactly what this beer tastes like. It pours a light gold color. A thin head that quickly vanished. Good Belgian lacing. Some haze. The aroma was that of fresh Belgian yeast with some hints of citrus and some spicy phenolics. Flavor was somewhat bready but strong and full of citrus flavor. Good carbonation.
Nice warm alcohol notes.

Photo of midaszero
4.1/5  rDev -4.9%
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

Photo of Petegrieco
4.1/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of srandycarter
4.1/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tulip glass.

A - Pours wheat like murky honey with a thick cotton/marshmallow head that reduces over time. Coating and sudsy lacing.

S- Boozy, bready and sweet undertones. A little of something like banana in there too.

T - Sweet malt, lemons, bread and under ripe banana.

M - Carbonation a little too aggressive for my tastes, but nice medium body and good balance.

D - One of the better offerings I have tried from Unibroue.

Photo of sprucetip
4.1/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From notes. Pours hazy golden, very active, thin white head with some retention and no lacing.

SMELL spicy and fruity Belgian yeasty notes. Sweet. Has legs.

TASTE follows the nose. Spicy. Citrus and other fruity yeasty influences dominate with some malty sweetness backing. Hints of booze and hop bitterness. Well balanced and pretty smooth. Not exceptionally complex, but various influences compliment each other well.

FEEL strong carbonation, medium body, drying sensation from middle through the finish.

OVERALL size is not particularly evident. Pretty easy drinking. Blindfolded, one might think this was made in Belgium. Well done.

Photo of StJamesGate
4.1/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Deep golden honey with just a sliver of white film, a steady line of bubbles up the middle and lots of speckles.
Honeycomb nose with phenolic tang and vague herb and spice notes but no hops to speak of.
Golden syrup, overripe pears and pound cake, yellow apple esters and clovey phenols, a hint of coriander and dried orange peel, then some understated lemon peel and lemongrass hops.
Apple tart with a bit of band aid on the finish and numbing winter spice linger.
Medium, silky smooth and soft, plenty of chew, warming.

One of the longest-held inhabitants of my cellar, with a 10.10.10 expiry date, so lots of time to mellow.
And I have to wonder if it was maybe too long - hops are all but gone. What's left, though, is fairly lovely: plenty of residual sweetness up front and in the creamy body (a bit too much candy sugar, even), a pronounced yeast presence that never gets too funky, and echoes of spice. Others say banana; I could see that. I'm reminded of Karmeliet in that the classic tripel notes are there, but jacked up or given a twist. A sneaky ABV, too.
It is missing a certain brightness - the sweetness and yeast are assertive enough that I miss the balancing bitterness - so I'll need to try it fresh, but an easy winter sipper.

Here's to the Mayans.

Photo of dpend
4.1/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a clear, light amber/gold that constructed a respectable off-white head that retained well. Aromas of sweet malt, wheat, and spices. Light in the taste with a fair presence of spices and citrus. Alcohol presence seems low for beer with this much abv. Smooth and refreshing with an edgy carbonation. I prefer the Maudite, but this is a great beer nonetheless.

Photo of BarrelO
4.1/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a goblet. Best before 9/24/12.

A: Hazy orange body. Massive white head that dissipates into a thin film.

S: Strong apple-like fruitiness. Also some spices.

T: Big fruity sweetness up front. Tingly spicy alcohol. Some earthiness reminiscent of sweet bread.

M: Medium-bodied with plenty of carbonation to lighten it up.

D: There was a time when I considered this my absolute favorite beer. My tastes have changed, but this remains a very good beer. An excellent introduction to Trappist-style beers.

Photo of Elendinn
4.1/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my New Belgium snifter.

Pours an opaque, golden orange, with three fingers of frothy white head, which leaves a modicum of sticky lacing around the glass as it dissipates.  While it doesn't look particularly novel, it does appear quite refreshing and appealing.

Smells fruity -- apples, pears, lemons, oranges, white grapes, etc. -- and a bit sweet, though the backend is balanced by the bready yeast expected of the style. The alcohol is there, too, though it took awhile to discern. Again, the nose is great, but not unusual.

Tastes awfully similar, with the addition of spices, and finishes a bit dry with the predominant flavor of Belgian yeast; the fruity notes linger substantially, as well. Well-balanced, not too sweet, crisp, and clean. The alcohol is barely perceptible, but makes itself known as the glass progresses.

Lots of exhuberant carbonation and a medium body make this beer very refreshing.

La Fin Du Monde is an excellent Belgian-style pale, though no aspect of it is necessarily unique, save for its refined eleagance. It's a pleasure to sip and, I would surmise, be perfect on a hot summer's day.  Unfortunately, it's freezing outside right now, but the 9% is quickly making itself evident and it's certainly feeling warmer in here.

Photo of Dope
4.1/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle is dated "best before" 10-07-13

A: Pours a cloudy pale gold with a big fizzy white head adorning it. Fades slowly with good head retention. Oddly enough just slight bits of lacing here and there.

S: Crisp and refreshing aroma. Lots of citrus, mainly lemons with some orange. Grainy, yeasty bread with some black pepper in there. A hint of grass.

T: Fruity up front with more citrus. Lemon and orange for sure again. Hints of melon. Sharp yeasty spices, mainly pepper and cloves. Grainy bread and grass. Long lingering aftertaste with that spicy yeast.

M: Higher carbonation cuts it a bit but it's still fairly heavy.

O: An excellent and faithful example of the style. Crisp and refreshing. Excellent complexity while maintaining balance of flavors. Very strong belgian yeast presence - that one really stands out. Definitely seek this one out if that is your thing.

Photo of nycwinter
4.1/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a chalice x2.

A= semi-cloudy golden yellow with a thick rocky white head and minimal lacing. There's a carbonation party goin' on.

S= lemony and spicy (pepper) with a lot of floral character.

T= same as the smell. The aftertase is nicely bitter. There is not an overpowering alchohol taste as I would have expected for 9.0 ABV. But I guess that's not very high anyway.

M= medium-light. As the carbonation dissapated it got a little solventy, but not objectionable.

Overall, pretty straight forward. Not the most complex belgian style I have had but nice and tasty none the less.

Photo of danielocean03
4.1/5  rDev -4.9%
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."

Photo of BeerNutta
4.1/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

Photo of birchstick
4.1/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

La Fin Du Monde pours a golden yellow with a very nice, white head. It smells very sweet, with hints of corrainder, some spices, and some earthy tones as well. It tastes very good. I picked up a lot of the stuff I smelled, with a combination of fruits and cloves. This is very is easy to drink, and the 9% abv is very well-masked, making this brew even more enjoyable in you like high alcohol beers.

Photo of booga73
4.1/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of amvrana
4.1/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of beergeek279
4.1/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Served out of the 12 oz. bottle into the Fin du Monde tulip glass. This beer poured a gold with a fair bit of head. The smell was very flowery and sweet. As for taste, the taste was as sweet as it smelled, with a strong element of fruit. The mouthfeel was fairly smooth. As for drinkability, it seems like having too many of them would be overwhelmingly sweet after a while. All in all, a great Belgian-style ale, and one that I would keep around to have one or two of in the future

Photo of FLima
4.1/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Hazy orange color with a thick but small head that leaves a constant ring and some laces.
Slightly citrus sour aroma with notes of bananas and overripe pineapple, bready malt, mix of Belgian and Weizen yeast.
Pleasant and refreshing flavor with notes of green apples, orange peel, pear and condiments (highlighting coriander). Finishes as Champagne.
Medium to full body with perfect carbonation. Alcohol of 9% abv made a life time marriage with this beer.
A hoppy tripel with its own personality and that is hard to beat, even for true native Belgians.

Photo of barczar
4.1/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best by 6/13.

Pours a hazy golden apricot with a frothy half inch ivory head that slowly dissipates, leaving sheets of lacing.

Fruity esters leap from the glass, with tangerine, lemon, peach and pear complementing confectioners sugar sweetness. There's a yeast funk that adds intrigue to lightly bready malt. Perfumey floral hop notes tie everything together. Metallic notes emerge as it warms.

Flavor reveals sharp peach notes underlying toasted, bready malt at the backbone. Pear , apricot, and tangerine emerge, along with a bit of yeast mustiness, leading to a slightly peppery, dry finish. The fruity notes are mouth watering, but stop short.

Body is moderate, with fairly high carbonation. Alcohol warmth is slight.

Very fruity, estery beer. Powerful flavors, but they're kept from being overwhelming by the bready malt and fairly dry finish. Sweetness balances well. Would've actually preferred the flavor to linger a bit.

Photo of AMoceri7
4.1/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very very different.

A: Very wit like, looks identical to a Blue Moon with just a pinch of amber. Golden yellow.Thick frothy white head that dissipates quickly to a small thin layer but endures till the last drop.

S: Wit in character as well, with very strong floral perfume like fragrances. Hops are definitely evident in the masking of this brew with a strong sweetness in the background. All things December odors, clove, coriander and for sure wildflower honey. Nothing pungent but a bit musky.

T: Wow, what in the world. I dont think I have ever had anything like this. Im sure this is not my style of beer but this is definitely good. I honestly am having a hard time distinguishing the malt character here and I dont taste bananas as prevalent as it seemed in a couple other reviews. What does stand out is an obscure mystery flavor wrapped up in a huge amount of spice, hops and honey. Hops are earthy and bitter which is nice and ALL OVER this brew. The spices that seem obvious are clove, cardamom, black pepper, chamomile and strong citrus coriander and with the more I drink it I notice a huge orange rind flavor. The honey is obvious wildflower and wild it is. Very very different.

M: Fully carbonated with non stop everlasting bubbles. A bit high for my liking but it seems perfect for the brew.

D: This is where it seems to fail. Im not sure I could do more than one of these. Not bad though.

Overall: Very interesting beer, I finished this about an hour ago and my palate is still smashed up with the flavors from it. Probably wont buy again, due to the session capabilities of it. None the less, it was a great brew.

Photo of Jparker37
4.1/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured into perfect pint glass. Best before date of 3/8/14

A - Deep straw golden color. Pours a big off-white head with medium sized bubbles that receed to a nice cap of foam.

S - Has a great lemon zest smell to it. Some quieter spicy phonolic notes. Mild candy sweetness. The alcohol becomes aparent after the beer warms.

T - A little bit of lemon citrus comes across right away but begins to be sugary sweet. Finishes a little alcoholic but is hidden well throughout. Also a pretty dry finish.

M - Hits the heavy side of medium for body and has a nice prickly medium to high carbonation.

O - I enjoyed this beer alot. I tend to shy away from tripels, am usually not a fan but I have enjoyed this over other tripels I have had.

La Fin Du Monde from Unibroue
96 out of 100 based on 8,863 ratings.