La Fin Du Monde - Unibroue

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

9,169 Ratings
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world-class

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Ratings: 9,169
Reviews: 2,860
rAvg: 4.32
pDev: 11.57%
Wants: 490
Gots: 1,571 | FT: 16
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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 spoony
4.75/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

From a 12 oz bottle (best before 12-13-14) into a tulip.

A-The beer poured a solid, shiny 3-finger head of off-white foam. The brew is yellowish gold and a little foggy with lots of visible streams of carbonation.

S-There is a delicious, yeasty, bready aroma with a little bit of citrus and banana fruit, nice spicy cloves, and a little alcohol heat. The smells blend wonderfully and make you want to drink it.

T-Taste follows the smell pretty closely, i.e., delicious yeast, french bread, lemony citrus and banana fruit with some well-integrated alcohol heat and clove spice. None of the flavors overwhelms another.

M-The beer is creamy with pretty significant carbonation. Well balanced and drinkable.

O-Fin du Monde remains one of my favorite beers of all time. Everything is just done so well...the smell, the flavors, the feel, c'est magnifique. if you are looking for a pale brew to sip on or pair with some cheese, look no further.

Photo of dieselboy914
4.76/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I tried this beer based on the reviews here and went into my local pub with skepticism... because I'm not a real fan of anything Canadian... no I'm not a stereotyping hypocrite, just bad luck i guess...

The bottle looks great, full of color and character, making it very appealing to the eye, but that's just the beginning. As I poured it into the glass, my heart started racing, my hand sweating. Did i see a hot chick walk across the floor? No, this beer really looks that good.
The golden orange color is bold, the head a heavenly white and very thick. I unfortunately couldn't smell much since nose was a little clogged, but if anything I did smell some wheat.
Taste is overwhelmingly refreshing. It is bold, revitalizing, and quite a treat. It truly is the best of the Belgian Strong Pale Ales. At first, the orange-like citrus flavors emerge, bombarding the palette with rich and lucious textures, with slight undertones of wheat and bread, especially in the aftertaste.
There is no overstating the strong and pronounced taste of this beer. Duvel is very subdued in comparison.
I could not feel any alcohol in this beer, as I did in others the same night, and no... my senses were not dulled by then.

All in all, a very enjoyable and exquisite beer. Truly one that I would like to have over and over, especially after meals...
Kudos to Canada!!!

Photo of benmiliron
4.76/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Oh hell yes. Wife got me a 3-pack of Unibroue in a wooden case for Xmas. Fin du Monde was my first choice. Kind of a fruity Belgian, with gorgeous fragrance, beautiful sweetness with a good dose of yeastiness and malt. Just fantastic. Nice small bubbles after the initial froth subsides. Kind of a mediocre hazy yellow with no real head, but I don't really care too much about appearance so long as the beer is good, and this stuff is wonderful.

Photo of JJBlanche
4.76/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Golden, cloudy, with some yeasty dregs. Excellent head with great lacing. Beautiful.

S: Aroma a touch muted, but still enticing. Malty, spicy, as one would expect for the style.

T: Magnifique! If this is what the end of the world tastes like, I want front row tickets to the apocalypse. A sweet symphony of various flavors all combined flawlessly and seamlessly. Malt, spice, hints of fruit. A ton going on, but never overwhelming, nor cloying. 9% alcohol masked extremely well.

M: 5.0 'nuff said.

D: The great thing about this brew is you can choose to ignore the complexity and session it (at your peril), or revel in the menagerie. Unibroue leaves it up to you.

O: An excellent beer. Easily among my top go-to choices. If you haven't tried it, do yourself a huge favor and buy a 750.

Photo of aaronh
4.76/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This must be the champagne of beers. Upon opening the bottle, the beer started to climb out the opening. I poured it into a nice thistle style glass and was amazed by the fantastic head that seemed to only fade slightly. The nice creamy head atop the beautiful pale ale is a sight to behold. The aroma was delicate with a hint of vanilla and citrus. While being high in alcohol, it was not evident at all. This brew is well worth finding. One of my all time favorites.

Photo of MattyG85
4.77/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Duvel tulip glass. Bottle says best by 03-30-13.

Appearance: Cloudy golden yellow with lots of bubbles sticking to the glass and a light amount of floating particles. Decent one finger white head that fades into a patchy layer. Light amount of lacing.

Smell: Strong aroma of Belgian yeast and wheat with plenty of fruit including banana, apple, orange, and lemon peel. Strong presence of cloves and some coriander and pepper spices. Also has some sweet bready malts and a hint of honey. Complex and enticing.

Taste: A strong burst of yeast and wheat up front is followed by the mentioned fruits and spices. Banana, clove, apple, lemon, orange, coriander and other spices. Solid presence of bready malts throughout. Finishes with a little heat from the alcohol and some more fruity sweetness. Very tasty.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. Has a light alcohol burn but everything still feels pretty light for such a high abv.

Overall: A great tasting and complex brew that has a great balance of sweet fruits and spices.

Photo of ncbrewerbun
4.77/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I great birthday present! Someone brought a 750ml bottle to our homebrew club meeting and another member gave me two of the small bottles for my b-day. There were no significant differences noted with the big vs. small bottles.

A pale, slightly hazy straw color with a nice and long-lasting head. Bubbles keep rising to the surface, suggesting almost an effervescence.

A myriad of goings-on in the aroma -- malt, spices (notably, pepper), and yeast characteristics -- which all translates beautifally into the taste profile. A wonderful complexity.

This a a beer to share and experience with others. Others who appreciate great beer, that is. This is deceptive...light and easy to drink...belying it's strength.

Photo of cubedbee
4.77/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served in it's glass, a pale hazy yellow with 2 fingers of frothy white head and a small amount of lacing. Smell is spicy apple skins, tangerine, bubblegum, bananas, grass, wonderfully complex. Taste is like smooth rich banana pudding, with some oranges, apples, spices, and cloves all thrown in the mix. Superb. Velvety mouthfeel throughout, and alcohol that is absolutely hidden from sight, this is a dangerously tempting beer. One of the best Belgians I have ever tasted from right here in North America.

Photo of daythree16
4.77/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a goblet. Pours an amber golden color similar to honey. Has an almost three finger head of fizzy champagne-like bubbles that fades to leave just a thin layer on top.

The aroma of sweet, fruity goodness dominates the nose. There is a little alcohol and just a hint of piney citrus as well. The taste is of citrus and a little banana.

The mouthfeel is very smooth, and despite its sweetness, it's not cloying at all. There is a very noticeable alcohol warmth to it, but in a good way. I would definitely have another.

Photo of RBorsato
4.77/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Hazy yellow gold with a full white head, decent carbonation, and OK lace. Spicy Belgian yeasty aroma with spicy hop character and flavor; not overly strong in alcohol in any way - surprising for strength. Very nice medium-full body with perfect carbonation level.

Excellent but a bit drier than Duvel if that is what you like more.

Per U website: Triple fermentation Golden Ale, refermented in the bottle.

Best Before: 10/05/07
Tasted: 03/09/05

Photo of Estarrio
4.77/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured a bright, cloudy, golden yellow with a good-sized, white head. Lot's of retention and visible carbonation

Aroma is citrus, spice, champagne and the light floral/fruity notes indicative of the style.

Wow! There is a lot going on with the taste! Sweet cherry, vanilla, raisin, caramel, citrus rind, ginger, honey and clove. This is a surprisingly complex beer. The alcohol is noticeable and warming, lending to a balancing tartness. Given the high alcohol content, it is not overpowering at all. The finish has an extremely subtle dry characteristic.

All of this flavor in a light/medium bodied beer. The high carbonation lends to an excellent mouthfeel. Addictively drinkable.

A surprising, highly drinkable treat and a wonderful example of the style. A stark testimonial to the quality of Unibroue

Photo of gradestarr
4.77/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This stuff along with the rest of the Unibroue line is liquid gold, Texas tea, that "potent erl," whatever you may call it. However, La Fin Du Monde stands out as being a real perfection of the trippel style with that lip smackin long lastin delicious good taste of the CanadianBelgianFrench yeast strain.
Don't let the appearance fool you; this is a pale, clearish straw golden beer with large-ish bubbles (it seemed to me) that were bolder than the measley, weakling bubbles produced by Cristal, for example. However it is no Pabst!! You'll notice it stinks; spicy is a good start but the banana and fruit really clobber you after that. Once drinking is commenced the Fin du Monde tastes like a perfectly spiced Indian dessert- cardamom and clove flavors are present. The carbonation is just about spot on. For my first ever restaurant-beer and a blind choice by me with no prior knowledge of Unibroue or La Fin other than a love of the trippel style, I'd rate this a 6/5.

Photo of MisterClean
4.77/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750 caged and corked from Cost Plus

A - Unfiltered, light golden with heavy, white foam action, and clumping legs.

S - Tones of apricot, peach, coriander, and slight ester.

T - Peaches, pears, allspice, coriander, and slight ester. Overall fairly sweet.

M - Wonderful. Gentle on the palate. Despite foaminess, little carbonation and warming. After several tastes, Alcohol is a little inconsistent on the mouthfeel.

D - More please! A great canadian take on a belgian 3x strong, eh? You betcha.

Photo of gportale
4.77/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I am a big fan of Tripels, but this is an amazing beer. Served a bit below room temperature.

A - golden yellow color with about a half an inch of head.
S - smelled delicious with a hint of citrus
T - unbelievable, absolutely amazing taste. Strong, but not over-bearing with a taste that was foreshadowed by its smell, and a malt finish upon swallowing.
M - Very smooth, not too much carbonation, but enough.

I would drown myself in this beer. I could see myself skipping a meal and just drinking as many of these as I could.

Photo of jboucher
4.77/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip glass

Best before date printed on the back label

19 IBU's

Appearance: Hazy golden honey color. Pours with a nice white head. Very nice sticky and patchy lacing. Solid carbonation is present as well.

Smell: Yeasty and phenolic on the nose. Strong clove influence is present. Slight citrus notes. Mild banana. Very complex. Slightly herbal presence as well.

Taste: Excellent malty sweetness upon the arrival. Sweet clove taste with a lingering herbal finish. There is a warming affect of the high ABV, however the alcohol is masked very well. Intriguing. Beautiful balance between all of the tasting notes.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, good carbonation on the tongue. Creamy and smooth.

Drinkability: This beer is quite refreshing. Very easy to drink despite the high alcohol content.

Ending notes: This is a very complex, but enjoyable brew. A perfect archetype of the style. I would highly recommend this to any beer enthusiast. Once you have a sip, you want to go back for more. Phenomenal. Best tripel I have had thus far.

Photo of Trajega
4.77/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The primary flavor is a well balanced hoppy mixture, and the aftertaste draws out the threads of the spice. The flavor is rich enough to enjoy the layered apsect for the first sip, and balanced well enough to enjoy it through to the last sip.

I continue to try other Belgians and wheats, but I am not sure I will find a better flavor that continues to the end of the bottle.

Photo of DaveBlack
4.77/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

One of my favorite Belgian style beers, and by far my favorite that I've had from this brewery. Just now getting around to reviewing it, though.

A: Cloudy, rich yellow color. Head is maybe 1/2 a finger, and falls down to a thin layer relatively quickly.

S: Belgian yeast, Candy sweetness, stone fruits. Alcohol comes through as well, lending a richness of aroma. Amazing smelling beer.

T: Sweet malts hit up front with a slight ester fruitiness. The sweetness gives way to a slight bitter taste and a punch from the alcohol that keeps the beer from being cloying. Overall impression is that of a sweet beer that is wonderful balanced with the other elements.

M: Pretty heavy on the carbonation, medium bodied and slightly sticky.

O: As I said: One of my favorite Belgian style beers. Infinitely drinkable, it balances all the flavors nicely and not only keeps the 9% alcohol from overpowering the taste of the other elements, but actually incorporates it into the balance. Really a great beer, worth going well out of your way for.

Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
4.77/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- Hazy, golden beer with an active, fluffy head.

S- Smell is out of this world. Everything you could hope for in a Beligan. Candi sugar, spices, and funky yeast

T- Taste is sweet, slightly bitter, and slightly spicy. Not a hint of alcohol

M- Thick, yet smooth. Caresses the tongue and throat

D- I was expecting a beast, but actually didn't have trouble finishing the bottle in one night

Photo of Stretch270
4.77/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a tulip glass from 750ml bottle.

Appearance - a nice cloudy, golden yellow hue with a very creamy looking and dense head, almost blanket like with some very dense bubbles.

Smell - the heavy yeast really came across first for me. After the yeast I got a nice fruitiness. Something almost like a spicy apricot.

Taste - this is a really fantastic beer as many have previously stated. For me, it comes ti down to the heavy yeast flavor that makes for a nice complement to the malt which comes a little later. The crisp fruitiness also makes for a very well balanced beer that is just a joy to sit nd relax with.

Mouthfeel- the first word that comes to mind is the texture f the beer. The creamy, dense head makes for a lucious texture that combines with a refreshingly light feeling body.

Overall - this is just a phenomenal beer that really gives a delicious yeasty and fruity flavor, but yet has some complexities that I will have to try it many more times to decipher it all. An amazing beer, a pleasure to drink.

Photo of Jarod
4.77/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Triple fermented
Dated best by 06/06/2005

This beer poured a pale lemony color that was opaque but clear enough that I could make out that it was well carbonated. The head that was produced was thick, creamy and dense – white in color and stood till the last sip where there was a small skim left on top and a ring around the edges. It left behind a creamy sticky lace that was like a sheet being draped on the insides of the glass at the top then broke off into a delicate pattern at the end. The aromas that came from the glass, were of sweet malts and caramel, fruits (pears, apples) flowers, some hops, yeast, spice and a bit of alcohol (but well hidden). The flavors were of sweet and dark malts, caramel, fruits (more pears and dark apples), wood, citrus tones, light hops, spice yeast and alcohol. There was no aftertaste present anywhere on the tongue. The alcohol is big in this beer but you would never notice it unless you read the label, it is well blended all through the nose and pallet. This beer is smooth, creamy and complex, very drinkable, very, very drinkable. Just be careful because with the high alcohol content and its ability to hid amidst the other flavors you will not notice it’s “bigness” until you get up.

Photo of jlandis
4.77/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Hazy straw golden in color with 2 cm white head that slowly fades to a thin rim.

S - Bright apples, bananas, white grapes hit you right up front as the clove and anise start to kick in. This is a beautifully fragrant beer.

T - Rich flavor that exactly mirrors the nose - apples, bananas, white grapes and cloves. There is also a well balanced sweet malt in the finish along with a subtle alcohol presence.

M - Medium body with decent carbonation.

This is one of my most favorites from Unibroue, and with a name that translates "The End of the World" how could you go wrong? Everything is blended together so fantastically and each flavor compliments the next. Sophisticated in one sip and kick you in the face ballsy in the next. I love this beer.

Photo of erz316
4.77/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Large 750 ml corked bottle into a westmalle chalice

A - a very nice brazen yellow fills the glass, dark like a clover honey; held up to a light the light the color only changes a little bit. the head is big white and bubbly, and fills up the chalice perfectly; the head also dissipates very quickly to a good 2mm covering.

S - there is no way around it, but this beer defintely earns a perfect score here. right up front there is a bouquet of fresh cut apples, and mulling spices, there is a light touch of clover the the back. smells like a carbonated mulled cider to equate it to something else.

T - a fine tripel indeed. a nice sweet malty flavour hits the palate. the sweetness is complemented by an almost wheat like grain taste with some sweetness, fruity notes in the far back. the finish illuminates the alcohol and some spiciness from hops. the aftertaste is at first lingering with alcohol and then the malts set back in and give it a nice sweet finish.

MF&D - the feel is great, a creamy body that is not too thick with a large amount of carbonation. I could drink this into oblivion, which wouldn't be too hard.

Photo of MAB
4.77/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Probably my favorite "Belgian Style" beer, at least until I have a Maudite and wonder which is my real favorite.
It is a paler color than Maudite, and the flavor is spicy with citrusey/ clove accents. It usually has a nice head and I always get Belgian lace as it drains.
Please do as the suggestion on the bottle recommends and don't drink this from a straight sided glass. I've tried the same bottle in both types of glasses and it really is better in a closed top glass. Can't explain why- perhaps the alcohol and smells are trapped better giving you more taste through your nose.
Other than "10", which is similar in style but won't be around next year, I don't think, since it was made for their tenth anniversary, Fin de Monde ("the end of the world" for non-french speakers) is definitely worth stocking and savoring.

It also is supposed to age up to ten years in a corked bottle- see my review for Maudite, and what aging did for that!

Photo of neil
4.77/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

First, let me explain that I am an Englishman living in Maine (im a student). I've found it near impossible to get a good beer round here, despite the claims of many microbrews.

La Fin du Monde pours wonderfully, a big lively head that bubbles away, but yet the beer itself is perfectly carbonated naturally. 5 minutes out of the fridge and this beer was as smooth as silk on the tongue with a lush caramel hint with the tang of hops coming through. This beer just smells and tastes like a Beligian Ale should, the sweetness really comes home. At 9% I was expecting a kick/harshness; there was none.

This is a real sipping beer, not one to be knocked back. The taste stays strong and smooth, and this is after the bottle has been opened and out for close to 2 hours. A real beer to savor over the course of an evening, and one I shall be getting again.

Allagash take note, this is how it should be done.

Photo of jerryc123
4.77/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Careful pour into a chalice shaped goblet from a 12 oz bottle.

Appearance is a slightly hazy yellowish-gold color. Thin white-colored head with fine bubbles. No head retention and little to no lacing.

Smell/Aroma/Nose is champagne-yeast-like and slightly reminiscent of crisp apple.

Taste is complex. Opening with apple and clove with a sweet note, then a hefeweizen-like taste minus the esters. Very long finish ends on a dry note, enticing you to take another sip. This is a triple, but you do not notice the alchohol. You could get in trouble drinking this beer.

Mouthfeel is light and thin, champagne-like, with fine carbonation.

Drinkability: Very easy to drink, and will buy again.

La Fin Du Monde from Unibroue
96 out of 100 based on 9,169 ratings.