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La Fin Du Monde - Unibroue

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

8,727 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 8,727
Reviews: 2,759
rAvg: 4.32
pDev: 11.81%
Wants: 384
Gots: 1,140 | FT: 17
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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 gcpanda
4.13/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a gold hue standard for most belgian ales/beligan style wits. Fluffy white head that dissipates after a few minutes. Sweet aroma typical for a Unibroue ale, somewhat of a honeysuckle smell. Has a semi hefe weissen unflitered look to it, with high carbonation. Sweet taste initially, with the carbonation definitely noticeable Slightly bitter and tart, defined spice and floral notes. Light citrus, perhaps a tangerine hits after the initial carbonation. A solid sipping beer, I'd rate it an A. Not mind blowing, but good for a cheaper beligan ale.

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

App- pours a lively golden or straw color, 1 finger width head, smooth head.

Smell- fruit, first bananas that are a tad over-ripe, then fresh apples. This is joined by a spicy tone, reminiscent of cloves.

Taste- Very complex. I get fruit in the taste, but different ones. I sense dried fruit like prune and raisin, as well as the banana and citrus peel. Yeast in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel- crisp, light, the high amount of carbonation makes it dance on the tongue.

Drinkability- extremely drinkable for 9.0 abv. Doesn't do a harsh number on the taste buds and is smooth from beginning to end.

Photo of philbe311
4.13/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Mammoth frothy lush white head off of a standard pour into tulip glass... Muted honey color... Slightly hazy...

S - Yeast... Clove... Orange zest... Pear... Floral accents... Hint of pineapple... Faint peppery notes... Quite pleasant all the way around...

T - Initials taste closely resemble the nose... First the fruit flavors rise to the top... This is followed by the yeast and spices... A solid malt backbone can be detected as the beer warms... Slightly medicinal... Warmth of 9% ABV rises as part of the after taste... Peppery notes linger...

M - Smooth, crisp, and slightly creamy... Medium bodied... Slightly chewy... Carbonation is quite subdued... Slightly oily... Coats and fills mouth nicely... Much richer than I expect from a Tripel...

D - A delightful sipper... A stellar example of the style... If I had to point at one area for improvement it would be mouthfeel where a little more bite from the carbonation would add dimension to the near world class beer...

Photo of Beer-A-Lot
4.13/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Nice hazy golden orange.

S - Nice lemony smell.

T - Depending on my mood, it seems, I either love this beer or feel it's just pretty good. Usually, i love it. (As I do tonight.) Bold, well balanced, between flavors and abv.

M - Always easy to drink, going down nicely.

O - A high quality beer that never disappoints and that all craft beer lovers should try.

Photo of mfreire212
4.13/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

La Fin Du Monde...the end of the world! Well, you could do worse then downing one of these if the end were coming. Once again, Unibroue produces another fine brew (I have got to make it up there one of these days).

Poured from a standard bottle into a pint glass. Nice golden color with an impressive head that hung around for a bit.

Nice yeasty smell that made me more then ready to get started.

Very smooth up front, with a bit of bite at the back end. The alcohol is noticeable, but not overpowering. A fine tripel.

Not too thin, not too think. Definitely lingers for a few minutes, which is a good thing.

A bit dangerous, if you ask me...such a good tasting brew, yet it is stronger then you would think. I could go through the entire four pack if I wasn't paying attention.

I would highly recommend this selection. Not quite a St Bernardus tripel, but a very nice runer up.

Photo of WickedSluggy
4.13/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep golden color. Pours lively but head fades quickly. No lacing. A little residual effervescence continues to rise.

Rich aroma is primarily characterized by yeasty Belgian chem. Estery.

Taste is crisp, grainy and yeasty with notes black pepper, yellow bell peppers and dry (not sweet) peach or apricot. Pleasantly alcoholic.

Mouth Feel is warm and silky, very nice.

A nice mellow drinking experince - drinkability is good.

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

This beer pours honey-gold, white a white head. Aromas of honey, clove, citrus. The tastes are clove, peach, orange peel, honey, lemon, pepper. The mouthfeel is smooth, slightly syrupy. It finishes with clove, lemon, and orange peel, followed by alcohol warming.

This has been one of my favorites for a while, but the last time I cracked open a bottle, it was flat. An email to Unibroue got the answer that they were having cork problems, and that their distributors would replace defective bottles. When I mentioned this at my local beer store, they gave me a new bottle, gratis!

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

La Fin du Monde: “The End of the World.” It seems more than fitting, considering the absurdity of last Saturday. I’ve been in a Belgian sort of mood recently, and this has been one I’ve been wanting to cross off my list for a while now. If anything, just for the wire cork cage on top.

A: The body is a rich, cloudy gold. There’s a familiar Belgian foaminess that brings a bubbly white head to about an inch, sending fizz up from the bottom of the glass. Pretty good, for not having a lot of head.

S: Very acidic; phenols rising big in the nose. Grape, mandarin, peach are interspersed throughout. Booze and clean wheat at the back end.

T: Thankfully, not as acidic as the nose. It’s quite smooth – not jarring, like many phenol-heavy offerings in this style. Clovey and herbal, with more than a tinge of esters. The fruit isn’t strong, but peach/apricot and grape are the most evident. The palate is not incredibly complex, but nonetheless satisfying.

M: The sparkling body leaves nothing to the imagination. This particular Belgian seems too viscous to be that effervescent, but it’s not incredibly out of place.

O: For now, I can only say I like this one - although at times, I love it. At this range of wholesome beer goodness, it's tough to decipher my feelings. But, as it stands, this is not one I’ll be talking about for a while. That being said, it’s a great example of this style, with a clear emphasis on yeast and esters. This would be the perfect introduction to someone who’s new to this type of beer, or Belgians in general.

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

A pale yellow, cloudy ale with a HUGE head that stayed through much of the glass. Very nice.

The aroma was smoky, which I didn't expect, and nutty, which I did. A little bit of bread-like scent there, due to the yeast, but mostly masked.

The taste was much like it smelled, rich, smoky, nutty, somewhat yeasty, but with an odd taste that I can only describe as... bacon. It was still pretty good, but the oddness of that combination in a beer threw me a curve.

I will probably try this one again when I see it, to see if that bacon flavor was an anomaly... even if it wasn't. it was still worth havin again.

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

Thanks to Wasatch for this extra!

Pours a hazy golden orange-yellow with a big frothy off-white head. Smells of grains and tart fruits. Citrusy nose deepens with complex spice notes. Taste is herbal and fruity, with a light crispness flavored with spice and yeasty fruitiness. Very clean taste, lightly sweet, full flavored yet mild. Fruits decay to a nice yeasty aftertaste. Medium body and smooth on the palate. Soft full carbonation lends a creamy, slightly crisp feel. I'm a little scared of how drinkable this is. Watch out for the 9%abv. Overall a great tasting very drinkable version of the style. Not too strong in any sense of taste or smell.

Photo of bheilman
4.13/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Light straw color with a serious amount of carbonation. I had just cooled the beer. Nice smell not atypical of a tripel. Really enjoyed the taste. Obvious sweetness, but with a really solid earthy type dirt sort of flavor. Maybe the yeast got a little stirred up, but it really adds to the flavor. Good aftertaste and unusually drinkable for a tripel. Probably the best beer I've had from Unibroue.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

Photo of efsulliv
4.13/5  rDev -4.4%

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.

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!

Photo of coldwarkid
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.

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

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.

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.

La Fin Du Monde from Unibroue
96 out of 100 based on 8,727 ratings.