1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

La Fin Du Monde - Unibroue

Not Rated.
La Fin Du MondeLa Fin Du Monde

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
96
world-class

8,035 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

(view ratings)
Ratings: 8,035
Reviews: 2,724
rAvg: 4.32
pDev: 11.57%
Wants: 340
Gots: 846 | 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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of La Fin Du Monde Alström Bros
Ratings: 8,035 | Reviews: 2,724 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of jasonpeckins32
jasonpeckins32

Michigan

4.2/5  rDev -2.8%

I cant believe its taken me this long to try this one. I've heard lifetimes about it.

The End of the World.... Here it goes...

Pours a cloudy, murky golden yellow color with an airy head.

The smell is malty with many fruity notes like peaches, apricots, plums, and bananas. Cloves and pepper as well.

It really has a rounded, flavorful, enjoyable taste. A boatload of spices are tossed into this one, meshed with peach/nectarine fruits. I notice similarities to some american wheat beers that I've tried. The high abv is hardly noticeable in the taste, but it warms in your stomach after a few sips. Not as dead-set hoppy as I expected, more sweet and fruity.

The mouthfeel is excellently textured, and this is very drinkable considering the abv.

It took me 24 years to find my first one of these, it probably wont take nearly as long to find the second one. Cheers!

06-14-2006 04:42:32 | More by jasonpeckins32
Photo of BastardKing24
BastardKing24

Oregon

4.21/5  rDev -2.5%

My first Unibroue review, but I have had them all before.

Pours a light golden color with a small head that falls fast to a ring and lacing.

Smell is fresh apricot and pear, with a yeasty note, some clove and banana, and other spices.
I'm detecting alc as well, which should be par for a 9% beer.

Taste is very nice with fresh light fruit flavors, a spicy component, and yeast esters. Apple and white grape are there too. Its sort of one dimensional, but it tastes good.

Feel is spritzy and light.

Overall this is enjoyable and flavorful, but there are better tripels out there.

04-05-2014 03:48:57 | More by BastardKing24
Photo of stella77artois
stella77artois

New York

4.21/5  rDev -2.5%

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass.

A - Pours a hazy yellow-orange. Definitely some sediment action going. About a 1-inch head that dissipated quickly. Some carbonation evident at the bottom. A lot of people are turned off by the appearance. Doesn't bother me.

S - Fruity smells, pineapple comes to mind. Barley and just a faint hint of booze.

T - Oustanding. Smooth yet powerful. Just a bit of hop action evident, with a fair amount of quality malt. Also taste the aforementioned pineapple and a bit of melon. A sort of pear taste evident after beer warmed up a few degrees. The 9% ABV is hidden well, but still able to be noticed.

M - Solid, nothing outta this world. Crisp with acceptable amount of carbonation. Not dry or bitter.

O - One of the best rated beers in the world for a reason. Strong and bold yet slightly sweet, and incredibly drinkable. Won't exactly strain my hamstring running to the store for more, but I definitely see this becoming a regular beer for me.

05-29-2013 16:30:09 | More by stella77artois
Photo of BMMillsy
BMMillsy

Florida

4.21/5  rDev -2.5%

Bottle at Ava's in Easton, MD. Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a creamy white head in a Chimay glass. Aroma of pears, spice, yeast. Flavor follows with lots of fresh juicy pears, honey, some spice, and lingering yeast ones on the palate. Medium bodied, slightly dry finish yet still juicy, adequate carbonation. Such am easy drinking really world class brew.

11-28-2013 16:34:24 | More by BMMillsy
Photo of Rijtjeshuis
Rijtjeshuis

Ontario (Canada)

4.22/5  rDev -2.3%

Served in a chalice

LOOK (4.5/5) This poured a darker golden color with some orange tones when held up to the light. It was a little more opaque than some other beers of the style, particularly the Westmalle. However, I think this was a really nice venue for the rich color. The only flaw in this category, I think was the brew's white head that rose quickly, dominated by larger bubbles than I would have liked, only to fade at a somewhat disappointing rate.

SMELL (4.5/5) The smell was initially dominated by the yeasty esters and phenols. The bouquet was pretty fruity, but was followed quickly by some deep spicy overtones and some citrus. There was also a nice wheatiness to the smell.

FLAVOUR (4/5) As with the smell, the beginning was dominated by the sweet fruitiness, which was balanced nicely with some very subtle malt flavors. The only problem here is that the brew took a quick turn towards the harsh alcoholic flavour before the yeast spices overpower that. Some great warming, not too hot.

FEEL (5/5) Very effervescent on the tip of the tongue in the initial taste (almost reminiscent of the more carbonated Belgian Ales, like Duvel in this respect). This transitions to a wonderful fullness as it washes to the back of the mouth. This balances the spiciness of the esters.

DRINK (4/5) super tasty and very drinkable - its dangerous because of it.

07-16-2011 21:06:50 | More by Rijtjeshuis
Photo of BJ1833
BJ1833

Kansas

4.22/5  rDev -2.3%

Presentation: 750 ml corked bottle

Appearance: Pale golden color with a thin white, quickly fading head.

Smell: Aroma is malty with a presence of ripe fruit. A slight yeasty bread smell with a faint alcoholic odor.

Taste: A malty, yeasty flavor mixed with dark fruit flavors (plum & dates). Alcohol can be easily tasted, but definitely not overpowering.

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation, but maybe a little bit overcarbonated. A lighter body than expected with a smooth slightly dry finish.

Overall this is a great brew. A very good representation of the Triple style. This is definitely one of my favorite belgian style ales.

08-31-2004 01:19:44 | More by BJ1833
Photo of jsolack
jsolack

Michigan

4.22/5  rDev -2.3%

Appearance:
Cloudy pale yellow. Head is light and dicipates quickly. Overall it's nice looking.

Smell:
Smells like sweet wheat with hints of peach and clove. Interesting smell that I really enjoy.

Taste:
Sweet and light... has a complex flavor. When first in mouth it has strong fruit flavors. Peach and hints of banana. After than a slight bitterness comes in. Finish has wheat accents.

Mouthfeel:
Feels thick in mouth. Coats tounge well and leave a crisp aftertaste.

Drinkability:
A great beer. Tastes really good and goes down really smooth.

03-13-2004 01:23:34 | More by jsolack
Photo of WeymouthMike
WeymouthMike

Massachusetts

4.22/5  rDev -2.3%

12oz bottle

Appearance- Peeling back the foil I poored this into the inappropriate glass, an average pint glass. Beer comes in a typical cloudy strong belgian ale amber color. with a thick off white head that leaves little lace.

Smell- there are smells I can't quite determine, but there is plenty of fruit aromas with a light hoppy smell.

Taste- this is where this beer excels. There is a robust fruit flavor followed by some pepper which finishes with a warming alcohol finish.

Drinkability- a great ale which comes in a 4 pack which should be perfect to last me through tonights baseball game. Go sox

10-21-2004 00:59:52 | More by WeymouthMike
Photo of Osiris9588
Osiris9588

Ohio

4.22/5  rDev -2.3%

Pours a rusty godlen color with a creamy 1.5" head, leaving some slight lacing. A mild bouquet of clove, floral yeast, and a touch of citrus. The flavor is a delicious mellow malt mixed with clove and citrus. The mouth feel is incredible, so complex; it dances all over the palate, going from malty to sweet and spicy, then finishes almost buttery, with barely a trace of alcohol.

I have had this beer before, but mixed with many others, and it didn't really take me by storm. This time, concentrating on it alone, it was a delight. I defintely see more in my future--until the world ends, anyway, which could be any day now. But this is great beer to drink while everything is crumbling around you.

08-25-2006 20:11:17 | More by Osiris9588
Photo of Caesar1pup
Caesar1pup

Georgia

4.22/5  rDev -2.3%

What can one say that has not already been said? One word, bien! But, if I must expound then I shall.

This offering is sent directly to us from the great country of Quebec. One has to wonder, “will it’s pale orange appearance and citrusy aroma leave me disappointed or will it deliver on all that has been promised?” Oh oui! Kudos on a beer well built. I do enjoy Maudite more but who’s to complain?

01-16-2007 22:33:51 | More by Caesar1pup
Photo of Stubbie1
Stubbie1

Connecticut

4.22/5  rDev -2.3%

A nice dark gold color. Pours with a stiff tight white head. Clings all the way to the bottom of the glass. Aroma is slighlty sweet and spicey. Nice carbonation, a great warm flavor of spices mixed in with alcohol. An enjoyable brew ! Cant wait to try the others

02-23-2003 16:12:50 | More by Stubbie1
Photo of SpdKilz
SpdKilz

Illinois

4.22/5  rDev -2.3%

Appearance - Pours a hazy golden color with about a finger of head that quickly dissipates leaving little lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell - Heavy spices (i.e. clove) up front followed by fruits such as bananas and lemons, slight tartness, and a hint of alcohol.

Taste - Similar to the nose. Very subdued but the flavors work well together. Begins slightly bready which is almost immediately followed by banana and lemon zest. The taste ends with some malty backbone and slight honey and more than enough clove.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied, very smooth, decent carbonation for the style.

Drinkability - Quite so. I'm still relatively new to this area of beer, but I know what I like. This is a very easy to drink beer that is being enjoyed on this amazingly cool summer night in Southern California. From the other tripels I have had, this one most certainly stands out as a beer that is balanced and downright quaffable for such a high ABV. Very good.

07-29-2010 03:01:12 | More by SpdKilz
Photo of thekanna
thekanna

Maryland

4.22/5  rDev -2.3%

Review compiled from notes taken earlier:

A: Nice radiant golden pour with a large, foamy, fluffy head.

S: Smells strongly of pineapples and other tropical fruits. This is rounded out by Belgian yeasts and spices.

T: Strong tropical fruit taste... am I imbibing in a pina colada that someone switched up on me? Citrusy, acidic fruits with a good amount of yeast and spices, especially pepper. There's the inkling of hops at the end.

M: Nice and smooth, with just the right amount of kick.

D: Very drinkable. However, its richness and high alcohol content really prevent a lot from being drunk.

03-17-2009 04:33:25 | More by thekanna
Photo of edskirk3
edskirk3

Pennsylvania

4.22/5  rDev -2.3%

I bought this bottle over a month ago, and thought I'd save it for June 6, 2006. But if the world actually ends that day, who will be around to read this review?

It's a 750mL bottle with a picture of the Newfoundland penninsula on the label under a celestial spotlight of some sort. I'm supposed to enjoy it by 11-21-08.

With a startling cork pop (wasn't really expecting that), I pour some into my trusty Orval goblet. La Fin du Monde presents itself with a clear, very slightly amberish gold, with fine yeast particulates floating around, and an effervescent white head that goes away as quickly as if it were Coca-Cola. I should note at this point that I am tasting this ale at room temperature.

It's a pungent aroma. Spiciness, yeast, orange peel, and alcohol. There's a lot of things going on that I am not yet sophisticated enough to describe.

The taste is equally complex. Similar to the aroma it seems, but in a different order. There's coriander (I think... or cloves) spice, alcohol, a twinge of sweetness, and generic citrus features but no yeast bite, by which I am suprised considering the amount of yeast sediment sitting at the bottom of this bottle. Overall, it makes me want some gorgonzola.

It's sticky and very carbonated like champagne. The alcohol warmth stays only for a little bit, while an oily/creamy feeling lingers. I don't know which.

A little expensive to drink regularly but I'm enjoying this, and that's not the alcohol talking. It's not something you chug at a barbecue, but rather something to be sipped by the fireplace while reading Chaucer or something.

Maybe I should have chilled it at least a few minutes.

04-24-2006 02:56:47 | More by edskirk3
Photo of Murchmac
Murchmac

California

4.22/5  rDev -2.3%

Consumed on the 4th of July as fireworks were exploding around the house.

Great beer, big frothy head, cloudy, pretty yellow. Looks like freedom.

Fruity notes, citrus, pears.

Delicious taste fruity, yeasty, fresh, crisp.

Nicely carbonated. Just an overall kick ass beer made in the USA. U-S-A!

P.S. I know it's made in canada, but since we pretty much own them, it's like it's brewed here.

07-08-2009 04:58:28 | More by Murchmac
Photo of trep
trep

West Virginia

4.22/5  rDev -2.3%

Fluffy white crown of head sitting majestically atop the unfiltered murky orange. Looks pretty good despite the yeasties in suspension. Little or no carbonation.

Sour white grapes, and Unibroue's distinct yeasty smell. A little honey and a little bit of light fruits. The faintest hint of alcohol as the head finally fades.

Gee-golly willakers, quite a little time-line of flavor on the first sip. Initially bread-yeasty that flows so smoothly to a bitter light golden malty background that gives way to light fruits and a faint honey aftertaste. Alcohol is more present as it warms. Probably the best Belgian Strong Pale i've had.

Little carbonation but a perfect medium body that doesn't overwhelm you. Fiercely easy drinking for a 9% belgian strong pale. Alcohol is barely noticable, even after warming, and it doesn't get mundane.

06-01-2006 03:47:10 | More by trep
Photo of thebierbrewery
thebierbrewery

Indiana

4.22/5  rDev -2.3%

Served out of a 750ml bottle.

A- Light gold color, some head retention, slight lacing, slightly cloudy

S- Citrusy, lemony, lime, belgian funky, bubblegum sweet awesomeness

T- Dry and tart, complex citrus lemon, very good, hidden alcohol

M- Medium mouthfeel, dry and creamy, high carbonation makes it taste lighter

D- Extremely drinkable, refreshing be it summer or winter.

01-28-2011 01:15:39 | More by thebierbrewery
Photo of shand
shand

Florida

4.22/5  rDev -2.3%

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass, best before 3/26/13.

Appearance: Pours a hazy straw color with about two fingers of head. The head doesn't stick around for long though, leaving just wisps of retention. This is probably due to my incorrect glassware. The carbonation looks very nice here, a good stream of rising bubbles.

Smell: Smells a bit strange, to be honest. Smells a bit like fruit, and a bit like corn. Not exactly the most appealing smell. Thankfully, as it warms up the smell becomes a bit more appealing. The corn scent goes away, leaving straw and fruits.

Taste: Thankfully, the taste more than makes up for the smell. This stuff is very complex tasting. It goes in very smooth and fairly non-descriptly yeasty, but the aftertaste is a hell of a ride. Fruits (pears and apples) come in, then malts, then just a bit of hops make this awesome. The hops are a bit unexpected, this is hoppier than other beers I've had of this style. There's a bit of lemongrass flavor to hold this all together. Overall, it's a very sweet beer.

Mouthfeel: Hits the mouth nice and light, but coats the throat on the way down.

Drinkability: For it's ABV, this is amazingly drinkable. Dangerously drinkable, if you will. Alcohol is almost completely hidden, with just a hint coming out in the late finish.

A great trippel available at a pretty great price for the style. Not quite as good a deal as Golden Monkey can be found for, but worth the premium.

10-06-2010 02:57:08 | More by shand
Photo of Casey10
Casey10

Maine

4.22/5  rDev -2.3%

After recently trying a chimay triple I sought out this one as it was one of the higher rated triples was very impressed with this brew.

A - lots of bubbles and a frothy white head when first poured.

S - Spices and banana great use of belgian yeast.

T - Taste was good smooth and a nice aftertase that lingered once drank, a bit lemony and banana.

M - creamy somewhat, carbonated feel

D - very nice could drink a bunch would have to be careful do to well hidden abv.

08-09-2009 02:31:18 | More by Casey10
Photo of Aircow86
Aircow86

Indiana

4.22/5  rDev -2.3%

Poured chilled into a glass that sort of resembles a chalice. (Where the hell do you find a chalice anyway?)
My first Tripel so I am very excited.

Appearance: Large fluffy head springs up from initial pour, disappears quickly. A very carbonated looking beer, like champagne with all the bubbles.

Smell: A smorgasboard of fruit flavors, massive esters, a very strong aroma.

Taste: Small hop flavor up front, very fruity - apples, pears. Light but complex.

Mouthfeel: Very carbonated, nice and airy.

Overall: Certainly an interesting beer/style. Not my favorite style, but still very good. Great looking bottle btw.

03-30-2011 01:22:56 | More by Aircow86
Photo of Ghenna
Ghenna

California

4.22/5  rDev -2.3%

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pub glass. Medium white head with good lacing atop a straw colored beer. Smells sweet and yeasty- a solid tripel smell. Taste is malt sweet (though not overly sweet) with a little bit of yeast and fruit. The alcohol is hardly noticeable, although I'm fairly well used to stronger beers. Suffice it to say, it is drinkable for me.

All told, a very good beer though not my favorite Tripel.

01-02-2010 05:33:44 | More by Ghenna
Photo of RunDWP
RunDWP

California

4.22/5  rDev -2.3%

It only makes sense that I drink this while travelling in Quebec City.

Pours a hazy oragne with a fizzy head. Nice clove, spicy and yeasty aroma. Taste is much of the same, somewhat complex, with a tart fruityness that has a cherry-like character, but its hard to put my finger exactly on it, and a slight note of alcohol. Nice level of carbonation and mouthfeel and really enjoyable to drink with all that complexity and alcohol. Good example of the style.

05-13-2009 01:18:23 | More by RunDWP
Photo of aracauna
aracauna

Georgia

4.22/5  rDev -2.3%

Insanely active head. Big airy foam. It was difficult to pour it softly enough to keep it under control, but from the taste and the lack of foamy at opening, it wasn't infected. Aroma is lemon on top of apricots. Light lemony/apricot flavor that rides on a noticeable malt backbone. Has a little of the cottony mouthfeel but not enough to hurt the drinkability. Probably the best Belgian golden ale I've tried.

08-10-2002 12:20:16 | More by aracauna
Photo of feelmefoam
feelmefoam

South Carolina

4.22/5  rDev -2.3%

Pours a bright, effervescent gold with plenty of carbonation running around and a beautiful, cloudy white head that pushed up well over two inches on the pour. Nice retention from the head and when it finally dissipates it leaves thick, foamy rings of lace draped all down the glass. A very inviting looking beer that got a few extra points from the head it put up.

The aroma, probably helped by the extra head La Fin put up, was also very enticing. A fruit basket of 'flavors' mixed with that distinct banana-clove spiciness is prevalent, as well as a bit of unidentified spiciness and some wheat scent that float in less assertively. Very fragrant, you can smell this beer as soon as you pop the top.

The flavor is good, just not as good as the nose or appearance. Similar banana-clove and wheaty fruit flavor to many other Belgians, but sweeter and less spicy on the tongue than some others I've tried. Not necessarily a bad thing, just a bit different. Still, a very tasty beer that isn't hard to drink at all.

I like the mouthfeel. Not thin or watery at all, it's on the slightly thicker side of medium and despite the carbonation present on the initial pour it's very smooth. The carbonation seems to counter some of the effects of the 9% ABV because there is absolutely no hint of alcohol during each draught.

Overall, this is a very drinkable beer. My whole bomber was gone in about 20 minutes. Sweet and slightly spicy with a smooth finish (and a looker to boot) this is definitely a beer to try and maybe one to make your Top Whatever list if you're a big Belgian fan. Good stuff, Canada.

03-20-2010 01:52:10 | More by feelmefoam
Photo of weller1js
weller1js

West Virginia

4.22/5  rDev -2.3%

appearance: pours a very cloudy yellow-amber, light carbonation, slight creamy foam leaving a slight similar ring of lacing; when held to light, near the edges of the glass it almost appears to be a translucent white.

smell: velvety spiced scent that one would expect in a tripel, light and wheaty as well as fruity and yeasty.

taste: begins predominantly wheaty-malty and yeasty, which is clearly segregated in the palate from the essences of fruit and spice that present themselves as quickly as they blend with the hop characteristics, yielding a sweet, complex tangy-ness that carries on well beyond the finish.

mouthfeel: velvety and medium-bodied, serves to enhance the complexity of the taste.

overall: prime example of the tripel style, highly acclaimed for good reason, very complex yet grounded, very drinkable.

08-05-2011 02:03:08 | More by weller1js
La Fin Du Monde from Unibroue
96 out of 100 based on 8,035 ratings.