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La Fin Du Monde - Unibroue

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

8,589 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 8,589
Reviews: 2,753
rAvg: 4.32
pDev: 11.81%
Wants: 378
Gots: 1,072 | FT: 19
Brewed by:
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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 Scotchboy
4.13/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Corked & caged 750 split into 2 New Belgium snifters with a mate. Opened with a reassuring *pop* of carbonation.

A: Pours a cloudy, brilliant straw yellow with an amazing creamy off-white head.

S: Clove spice, Belgian yeast characters, slight phenolic alcohol notes, and soft fruit flesh.

T: Starts peppery with the clove, morph's into a bready Belgian funk bomb with some grassy notes and green fruit sweetness. Well rounded and smooth, the alcohol is nearly invisible.

MF: Creamy, soft carbed mouthfeel that let's you know it's bottle conditioned. A touch of dryness in the back of your throat.

O: An enjoyable lighter beer with plenty of Belgian character and phenolic notes with some softer hints at sweet fruit.

Scotchboy, Aug 09, 2011
Photo of deebo
4.14/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A year and a half old bottle with a BB date of 03-30-13 although Unibroue advises this beer to be at its best after 3 years.
A-Poured into a chalice this brew yields a thick finger of small bubbled white foam that is fairly weak with no lacing on the glass , lots of effervescence-blonde with a golden hue with just a slight haze.
S-At about 40 F, strong aromas of clover and floral honey and spicy phenols jump out. Clean malt nose.
T-Nice layers of complexity, starting with estery yeast with fruity sweet orange character, carried with a clean heavy barley malt bill gives into spicy phenols, providing a long finish with a pleasant alcohol warming. As the beer warms, the sweet honey character becomes more prominent
M-Mouthfeel has high levels of carbonation, rich bodied with a warming finish.
O-A very robust and tasty brew indeed.

deebo, Mar 08, 2013
Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.14/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml corked and caged bottle. Most recent vintage into a Westvleteren chalice. Shared with schen9303.

Pours a .5 finger coarse white head with poor retention. Beer is a clear goldenrod. Lacing is non-existent. Thin legs. Pretty average.

Nose is clove, Belgian yeast, pepper, pineapple and cane sugar. Very sweet and aromatic. Appetizing!

Opens coriander and other Belgian spices. Banana with peppercorn, clove and Belgian yeast in the middle. Sweet cane sugar towards the end with more clove and yeastiness. Finishes sweet with a foamy, accented aftertaste that lingers. Really fits the style.

Medium bodied with ample carbonation. Prickly and lively in the mouth and abrasive and crisp going down. Finishes messy with a slightly lingering finish. Crisp and complex. Nice.

Not the best of the style but definitely a complex and enjoyable brew that I wouldn't hesitate to revisit. Nice body with a signature Unibroue flavor profile. Worth trying.

SpeedwayJim, Feb 15, 2013
Photo of takemetothelion
4.14/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Picked up for about $5 at a New brunswick liquor store. Becoming a big fan of the Unibroue collection. Day before Super Bowl Sunday as everyone else went for the cheap light beers, I couldn't resist the Belgian allure. Brought this bottle home and introduced it to a tulip glass and got down to business.

A- Golden cloud with moderate bubble. foamy hat of about 1 finger or 2 lingers for less than a minute. so darkly blonde that nearly no light penetrates the glass. reminds me of Maudite of the same brewery, although not as red.

S- a very fruity nose, grapes, belgian yeast, spices, citrus and pear. again similar to Maudite but not as tart as it breaches the nostrils.

T- Fulfills the fruits captured by the nose. full bread with white grapes and citrus, maybe some apple, absolutely no bite of alcohol true a fantastic job masking the 9%. I really like how the fruit is very upfront however not overpowering or too sweet. This really makes a pint and a half easy to drink all the way to the end.

MF- Honestly could have had a tad more carbonation, just a tad though. However very crisp and complex. Tickles the tongue as the taste buds scurry to savour, detect, and breakdown the cascade of intriguing elements.

Overall- AWESOME! no need to say anymore except I cant wait to try more from Unibroue.

takemetothelion, Feb 03, 2013
Photo of T-34-85
4.14/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Good Belgian Tripel that exudes the belgian yeast flavor and aroma.

A: A nice orange color with a solids 1 1/2 finger head.

S: A sweet and yeasty aroma that is indicative of the Belgian style.

T: A sweet well balanced Tripel with the presence of well proportioned spice notes.

M: Good mouth feel with a nice level of carbonation .

Overall: A well conceived Tripel. Not my typical type of beer, but a nice change of pace, and very enjoyable.

T-34-85, Dec 02, 2013
Photo of barczar
4.14/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

barczar, Mar 28, 2013
Photo of stephenjmoore
4.14/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A- A pale, cloudy peach colored body with a thin layer of white bubbles. Light shines through the body, but the cloudiness makes it not transparent.

S- Very fruity. White grapes, pear, apple, apricot, citrus and lemongrass, some herbal notes as well. Definitely a lot going on.

T- Tons of fruit flavors come through over yeasty, bready flavors. Apricot, pear, dried berries, white grapes, definitely some herbal notes too, with a somewhat medicinal finish.

M- Very crisp carbonation bite. High carbonation, medium bodied, creamy and yeasty mouthfeel.

O- Overall a very unique tripel. Lot of different fruit flavors than other tripels. Tastes close to flavors of a sparkling cider.

stephenjmoore, Jan 31, 2013
Photo of RomanW70
4.15/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours orange-gold with a frothy head. Aroma of straw, banana, yeast, citrus, and spice. Taste is the same. Relatively low carbination. Finish is clean and slightly bitter. Has very nice balance, and the beer is interesting from start to finish. Alcohol is extremely well hidden. An excellent triple.

RomanW70, Jun 01, 2008
Photo of hreb
4.15/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cold 12 oz bottle poured into tulip-style Ommegang chalice. Bottle claims a best before date of 10-16-11. Beer pours a surprisingly light golden color with a HUGE white head, which forms a solid hoppy meringue left unperturbed. A small amount of sediment lands on the top of the foam.

First sip is refreshing and crisp while carrying a lot of flavor: citrus, cane sugar, piney hops. The aftertaste brings through a more refined barley flavor. The carbonation is pleasantly fine, and lacing (now that the head has been drunk) is moderate. As the beer warms, a slight ester note comes out.

Overall this beer is delightfully executed. There's no caramely sweetness, nor overpowering bitterness, nor wacky, inappropriate ester flavors, and yet the 9% ABV is completely masked. There are better Tripels, but ones as pleasant to drink as this are rare.

hreb, Jun 20, 2009
Photo of dbossman
4.15/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Apricot hue with a big and steady head and good retention; lacing is okay

S: An amazing mingling of grains and yeast: grassy, herbaly, citrusy; plus lots of banana, pear, spices, and pepper; this is grainy and fruity and yummy smelling

T: Lots of yeast and grains playing well off each other: musty grassy grains with subtle pepper and spice and lots of banana, citrus, melon, and cloves from the yeast; the booze also plays well off these flavors

F: Really yeasty and thus creamy with great overall mouth feel

O: A fantastic tripel; one of the true classics

dbossman, Jun 05, 2012
Photo of morimech
4.15/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy orange with a two-fingered head in my chalice. The head settles quickly to a thick cap. A little lacing is left behind on the glass.

The smell is a combination of spice and fruit like apples and lemons.

Flavors are clove, pepper, and a mild fruitiness. A lot drier than I anticipated. Just a hint of alcohol. Medium body with good carbonation that finishes clean. High ABV makes it a slow drinker and limits drinkability.

morimech, Mar 09, 2008
Photo of eye2
4.15/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark Yellow/Orange. Looks thick. You can see 1/8-1/4 inch of yeast on the bottom.

S: Complex, strong, dangerous.

T: Strong taste. You know you're drinking something with a lot of alcohol in it. After taste stays for a long time.

M: It feels warm and varied in the mouth.

Overall: Excellent if you can drink just one. Too strong to drink all day.

eye2, Dec 07, 2011
Photo of Ek0nomik
4.15/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured In: Snifter Glass

Appearance: The pour is from a twelve ounce bottle. The beer has a hazy golden and sunshine wheat color with three fingers of thick and creamy head. The head retention isn't bad, it sticks around for a little bit. A few swirls in my snifter leaves me with a few dots of lace on the side of my glass. The beer is quite effervescent, which was to be expected from the large head produced on the pour.

Smell: The nose wields an interesting set of aromas. It doesn't have that strong spicy yeast aroma that many Belgian beers have. The yeast aroma is rather mute. There is, however, some herbal hop notes. The beer is warm now, and there's a little alcohol warmness in there, but it isn't sharp, it's nice.

Taste: The palate picks up many of the same notes as the nose. Some herbal hopiness and some spicy Belgian yeast. Now there are some fruit notes coming out as well; it tastes like lemon and pear.

Mouthfeel: A thin to medium body, well carbonated but it crosses the palate nicely. It's a nice strong, but gentle carbonation.

Drinkability: I liked this one a lot more than I was expecting. I think it was because it didn't have that strong Belgian yeast flavor. Not that I dislike that flavor, I just like when it's more mellow.

Ek0nomik, Jan 28, 2010
Photo of Padron4KM
4.15/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden yellow, with a thick creamy smooth off white head.
lots of champange like carbonation. Not much lace.

Aroma is fruity, yeasty, bready, orangy.

Flavor is citrusy, spicy,fruity, with a little bit of hops on the end. warming alcohol.

Champange like mouthfeel, bubbly but with a creamy quality to the finish.

Padron4KM, Oct 09, 2004
Photo of cooter
4.15/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Helluva purdy pour! Creamy, frothy...*dramatic* head. A persistent, beautiful, cloudy tan body. Very aesthetically pleasing. [ed note: at the finish of this beer, I find it to be very possibly the most aesthetically pleasing beer ever. Beer goggles?]

Smells of pineapple, yeast, alcohol, raspberry, wheat-beeriness, and...melon? Intriguing to my nose.

First thing I notice about the taste is, strangely enough, the fresh-bready aftertaste. Second swallow, notice the pungent fruitiness. More pineapple. Tough to put my finger on a lot of these tastes, but it's light, slightly fruity (less so than the smell), and pleasant. Raspberry seems to be here...I feel like I'm hunting in a beautiful forest for a tree that I recognize, but they're all, despite their niceness, unidentifiable.

I seem to be nearly done with the beer without noticing doing so (and I don't have a drinking problem, I promise!), so I guess it's damn drinkable. My *only* complaint is that I doubt I could have another and not be beset by the pain of (too-)rapid inebriation and overload of powerful flavor.

cooter, Oct 07, 2004
Photo of EgadBananas
4.15/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Wonderful orange tint, hazy foam, sparing at the top.

Smelled slight citrus, tart, and alcohol mixed into one. Rather alluring...

Tasted a bit bitter at first, sweetened up, and finished crisp and strong.

Light and slightly airy, very smooth. I don't think there is such thing as too many La Fin's....

1, 2, 3...there is no wrong answer.

Unibroue makes a damn good tulip glass!

EgadBananas, Oct 16, 2009
Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4.15/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: hazy straw yellow. Lacing is an impressive sheet that recedes quickly.
Smell: Very nice. Sweet, fruity, spicy, and creamy. Robust and creamy as whole, yet each component is subtle.
Taste: much like the nose. Quite good but not up to the smell.
Mouthfeel: full and creamy.
Overall: put this one back for a little over a year. Have had this nice brew many times before. Very nice triple. Gonna grab some more and age longer.

cindyjeffsmith, May 28, 2012
Photo of Gusler
4.15/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

One sip of a Unibroue beer several years ago started a continuous love affair with this brewery, and the whole line of their beers, “La Fin Du Monde” was that first beer, what a stroke of luck that was for this “Grizzled Old Beer Swiller”.

As it pours from the bottle, a slightly hazy lemon yellow, the head creamy in texture, the size masterful, the color a brilliant white, as it evanesces it leaves a silky sheet of fine lace to cover the glass. The aroma of finely malted grains dominates the nose, citrus crisp, lightly sweet and a pleasure to the senses. Start is ambrosial with lots of malt, the top middling in its feel with a spirited acidity, masterfully hopped, and a long drawn-out aftertaste that is dry. The 9% ABV, make this a real “Belly Warmer”, for these cold winter days and nights, a beer I love, and I always have a few bottles on hand as they age gracefully and I wish I could say the same for my own self.

Gusler, Dec 28, 2002
Photo of papat444
4.15/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed this last night while waiting for a phone call to find out if our place is rented so we can move. Paired with my supper, some homemade cannelloni (in pasta shells).

Poured from a 341ml. bottle.

Appearance: Pours a very hazy and golden body. Color resembles a pear. Fairly average head that recedes quite quickly and no much lacing to speak of. Not too nice, i was expecting more.

Smell: Much better here. Getting a nice heady aroma of cloves, yeast, banana and dough. Am i drinking a hefe? Regardless, very pleasing indeed.

Taste: Quite discreet at first. I get some herbs and some fruit that's more dry than sweet but never obtrusive. Some citrus action in there also. Opens up more as it warms but it's still a low-key affair.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation hinders it a bit but it still feels rather good anyways. It subsides a little as it warms. Very full-bodied and light at the same time if that's possible.

Drinkability: ABV is well hidden though it does creep on you midway. I'd have another for sure.

Overall: Definitely a high-caliber beer that's well made. Everything is in the nuances though as it's not a in-your-face beer. I prefer more guts with my Belgian beers which is reflected in my score. Nevertheless, i like this beer and next time, i'll drink it at near room temp to get a better grasp on it. Is it the be all end of the world? Not quite...but it's right up there.

papat444, Sep 01, 2009
Photo of cktison
4.15/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Golden, slightly hazy. Nice, foamy head, but deflated within a few minutes.
S: Sweet, clovey, reminded me of hefe weizen.
T: Very refreshing, nice flavors, very clove flavored. Banana, sweet, sugary, no alcohol.
M: Creamy but not heavy
D: Solid beer, easy to drink, easy to put back a 750mL bottle at 9%ABV and not notice!

cktison, Apr 19, 2007
Photo of cudmud
4.15/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: An antique gold color with one finger of bright white head and solid lacing.

Smell: Very yeasty and bread-like.

Taste: Plenty of yeast malt, and hops

Mouthfeel: Full, but perhaps too much carbonation.

Drinkability: A wonderful beer. In fact, the whole line Unibroue is awesome.

cudmud, Dec 31, 2010
Photo of CrazyMike
4.15/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is light orange and opaque with fluffy head. The smell is fruity and medicinal.

Taste is very sharp of citrus and sweetness, has a grainy almost wheat taste. Smooth, crisp and full bodied. After taste is sweet, alcoholic and a bit sour.

Very flavorful beer, with 9% abv. it has all the good traits of the European Tripel beers. Good for special occasions.

CrazyMike, Mar 14, 2008
Photo of Brewlore
4.15/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from a 750ML bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Pours a hazy golden color with a nice thick white head that slightly settles down to a small head.

S: Smells a bit fruity with some spicy and sweet overtones and the scent of malts lingering around.

T: Very carbonated drink here. Has a nice little bite to it with a slightly sweet citrusy and yeasty flavors. Leaves a bit of a bitter bite on the palate towards the end of the swig.

M: Excellent mouthfeel. Feels very lively and carbonated on the tongue and leaves your mouth a little dry.

D: Very drinkable in my opinion. The potency and excellent melding of flavors make this particular brew very easy to drink. Not to heavy and not to light, it nailed the right combination.

Brewlore, Oct 01, 2006
Photo of dpnelson1978
4.15/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle into tulip.
50°F

A: Big tight white head that quickly dissipates leaving generous lacing and a thick creamy cover over a hazy golden body.

S: Pronounced Belgian yeast character. Spicy and slightly sweet.

T: Again, the Belgian character of the yeast dominates. Orange citrus flavors mixed with spicy phenolics and just a hint of bitterness over a sweet, but subdued malt backbone. Very well balanced.

M: Medium body with medium carbonation that dances on the tongue at first sip. Slight astringency prickles the surface of the tongue, could do without that.

D: Nothing too special about the drinkability of this brew. I think this characteristic could be greatly enhanced with the correct food pairing.

O: Solid beer, though I was expecting it to be a little more impressive.

dpnelson1978, Aug 02, 2010
Photo of Reaper16
4.15/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle served into a cervoise glass

Pours a typically yellow color, common to the style. 1.5 fingers of bright, white foam made a head composed of small bubbles. Head retention was not very good relative to other examples of the style. Lacing was adequate. All in all an average looking tripel.

Lots of nice fruit in the aroma of this beer. Pears are front and center but not to be discounted are green apple and dried orange. Belgian candi sugar is present, as it should be, to lend a sugary sweetness to the beer. Make no mistake - this does not smell like a dry tripel; this beer is all about the sweetness.

Taste follows the nose: pears, green apples, candi sugar. There is definitely a sweet, caramel, sugary biscuit sort of malt profile at work here. Some fresh flowers poke their way in by way of the hops. On one hand I've had more complex examples of the Tripel style. On the other hand I've had very few Tripels that exhibit the balance and craft of this offering from Unibroue. It is on the sweeter side of the style but there are just enough hops to balance the estery treasure trove.

I love the mouthfeel on this tripel. It is just about perfect for the style, I thinlk. In fact, I will rate it as perfect. It is exquisitely attenuated, especially given how sweet this beer is. The carbonation is certainly present at all times but it is never harsh to the tongue. The body is a nice, medium size that compliments all the residual sugars. The drinkability, then, is also very nice. You never taste alcohol even though the beer is 9% ABV. If you wanted to have two bottles I think you could so so with little difficulty.

This is a great Tripel. Though my score doesn't necessarily reflect it, I'd say that La Fin Du Monde is among my very favorite beers of the Tripel style. It is very tasty but light enough to make you drink more than you should. Definitely recommended.

Reaper16, Aug 04, 2010
La Fin Du Monde from Unibroue
96 out of 100 based on 8,589 ratings.