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La Fin Du Monde - Unibroue

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

8,349 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 8,349
Reviews: 2,738
rAvg: 4.32
pDev: 11.81%
Wants: 362
Gots: 974 | FT: 17
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 veggiemafia
4.18/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I can't really say anything about this beer that hasn't already been said. Amazing beer, will buy it again, will buy 6 and let 3 age until this time 2006, and 3 age until this time 2007.

Big fluffy head, but almost too much.

Once this beer warmed to around 45º, the alcohol became more apparent in the finish and detracted a little from the beer. VERY warming alcohol sensation, save this one for a cool evening like this evening in Pittsburgh where I'm writing my review. At the same time really refreshing, though.

The only reason I give it a 3.5 for drinkability is because I cannot session a beer that's 9.0% abv without getting completely wasted after three. Also, I think the alcohol detracts a little from the drinkability, but hopefully letting it hang out for about a year will help.

In the mean time, I will definitely still buy and enjoy this while I'm waiting on bottles to age.

veggiemafia, Sep 29, 2005
Photo of ColForbinBC
4.18/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750mL bottle poured into a tulip

A brilliant golden color with a touch of orange and a huge, fluffy bone white cap. The head settled a little quicker than I would like and left no lacing, otherwise this beer is very pretty.

A rather mild aroma. Doesn't reach out of the glass the way the best tripels do. Granny smith apples and prickly pears with a touch of clove and white pepper. Not overly complex and a little timid.

Sweet fruity esters up front with a spicy kick and a fusol alcohol finish that really lingers. The spice accentuates the alcohol burn as time progresses. Still, a rather delicate take. It never really grabs you, but maybe that is their objective.

Medium body with a creamy, luxurious mouthfeel. An alocohol burn and a touch of sweetness linger long. But I really can't complain, the mouthfeel is near perfect.

The mouthfeel is so creamy and lush and the flavor profile so delicate that this beer drinks extremely well. However, that 9% is no joke and can definitley pack a punch.

ColForbinBC, May 08, 2009
Photo of yuriruley
4.18/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - pale yellowish color. Nice big white head that hangs on, love this about belgian styles.

Smell - All I am getting is spices and a little bread flavor, and I don't know the spices well enough to distinguish them.

Taste - spices right off the top, maybe some citrus, a sweet flavor, and a little bread flavor.

Mouthfeel - Nice and crisp, good carbonation.

Drink - Destroyed the tall bottle in a matter of minutes, way too easy to drink.

Overall a great beer. Instantly I was reminded of Mothership wit from New Belgium. I don't like that beer, but I know what they were trying to do now. Would buy this again for sure.

yuriruley, Dec 05, 2009
Photo of trbergman
4.18/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a tulip.

A - Orange-gold with plentiful carbonation and one inch of dense, bone-white head.

S - Fruity scents of peach and mango, candi sugar, nutty yeast.

T - Mellow fruits - peach, golden raisin, mango - with white pepper and clove. The beer is subtly sweet with enough spice and hop bitterness for good balance. Nutty yeast flavor rounds out the palate.

M - Prickly carbonation perks up a smooth, round body.

D - This is a solid, reliable beer that's worth revisiting from time to time. Dangerously quaffable with its hidden alcohol of 9 percent.

trbergman, Dec 14, 2009
Photo of dakid618
4.18/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into chalice from 750 mL bottle. Pours a hazy golden color with a half finger of head. Very sweet smell like cane sugar and syrup. Taste is kind of wheaty and sweet. Very strong and sweet flavor that masks the ABV very well. Light coating mouthfeel. Drinkability is only lost on the full flavor and sweetness of an otherwise top notch tripel.

dakid618, Jan 27, 2009
Photo of RDHerm
4.18/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden yellow color with light yellow highlights. Has a thick white head that thins up after a while to a nice thick ring with excellent lacing.

Strong, bright aroma with notes of fruit (primarily citrus) and yeast, with a distinct floral smell. Some hints of spice and malt, and just a slight touch of grass.

Starts out with a little bit of spice that quickly dissipates to make way for the sweet taste of citrus, yeast, and malt. The finish has a very slight, hoppy bitterness to it. There is a light alcohol warmth present throughout, which feels a bit stronger at the finish. The spice makes a noticeable return in the aftertaste.

Medium in body. Excellent carbonation level - crisp and effervescent, but not too bubbly. Coats the palate nicely.

A top-notch triple. Great taste, excellent feel - something you could keep on drinking until the alcohol finally caught up with you.

RDHerm, Nov 13, 2010
Photo of CheezyBlaster
4.18/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Long time drinker, first time reviewer.


The dryness and spicy, funky edge are what really detract from me saying: "this is the perfect tripel."
It's what's not there. The fruit I expect from a tripel is quiet. It's there in some ways, but I just love the big passionfruit and honey flavors some tripels have. Now, this has some beautiful sweetness; banana, heavy in body, and inexact, but nice . . . just not that golden raisin, nectar-like, champagne sweetness I want. Spicy, clove, coriander, funk are in control.

Okay, it's a great brew. I just like other heavy hitting tripels a bit better.

CheezyBlaster, Oct 13, 2012
Photo of Daredevil
4.18/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

color: cloudy to muddy beige, small head ...

smell: cocoa beans, strong malts, light hops, aloe vera ...

taste: athiopian cru coffee, anisette, rhubarb, pecan, nougat, strong soury final note ....

a great belgian style brew ... surprisingly from Canada .... but then again, great craft need not to be limited to Europe ....

Daredevil, May 22, 2011
Photo of fostachild
4.18/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle.

pours a cloudy, medium gold/yellow color. tons of foamy head, lasts forever.

smells very yeasty/wheaty. malt, citrus, bit of hops.

taste was awesome. tangy, sweet, spices in there. very well balanced and good carbonation.

overall great triple - very enjoyable.

fostachild, Jul 18, 2011
Photo of rangerred
4.18/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a tulip out of a 750ml bottle.

Pours a hazy medium orange with a huge four finger billowy head. It takes quite a while for the head to settle down in order to fill up the glass. Really impressive head retention and lacing.

Aroma is very fruity and spicy with orange peel and some coriander. Maybe even a touch of clove and pineapple thrown in there. Very nice.

The flavor continues the characteristics found in the aroma but there is an addition of a quick shot of caramel up front. A big rush of orange peel follows with some clove and banana. There is a moderate dryness towards the finish and the finish is fairly clean. Alcohol is completely hidden.

Overall, this is a very nice Tripel. Probably not the best I have ever had but it is up there. I would say this is the best non-Belgian example of the style I have come across.

rangerred, Mar 16, 2014
Photo of ajr24
4.18/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750ml appropriately into my Unibroe tulip.

A- pours a hazy gold with a thick white head that endures the whole way down the glass. Not much lacing to speak of.

S- smells spicy with some hints of fruit- banana mostly, with some apple or something lingering. Definitely lots of clove come through on this one.

T- wow. Unbelievable balance to this tripel. The initial spicy bite subsides into a creamy and smooth banana/clove taste... kind of like a hefeweizen but more intense. There is some maltiness to speak of... a bready taste lingers in the back of your throat.

M- smooth yet spicy... very enjoyable.

D- one 750 ml bottle is enough for one sitting. Otherwise you can drink this quickly or have it a nice sipper.

ajr24, Jun 18, 2009
Photo of kjyost
4.18/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL corked & caged bottle date stamped L03131W14Q poured into a Duvel snifter around 10-12 C. I have had this before, but never reviewed it, so here goes...

A: I am expecting a world class beer here and I get a slightly cloudy (perhaps this is my fault - I knocked the bottle off a three foot ledge earlier in the day). Regardless it is a straw yellow with hints of orange hue along with a fizzy white head that you hear buzzing away and disappearing post-haste leaving nary a dab of lacing. Very disappointing start.

S: Initial the beer is overwhelmed by a yeasty french bread sort of aroma. Fruty esters come through slowly delivering an enjoyable nose. Alcohol and a faint musky earth finish. Enjoyable, though a touch more muted at times than I would like

T: Belgian funk, best described by myself as the rind of a brie really plays well on the palate, though not too dominant as to overpower the rest of the body of the beer. Slight hints of bread and a light sweet finish on the beer keep the beer balanced. Nominal bitterness that grows over time in the finish helps cut the sweetness, though it is the sweetness that lingers. The sweet finish is strongly reminiscent of apple juice...

M: Slightly prickly, well balanced, could have been drier for the style.

O: A very enjoyable beer. Not as sensational as I recall it being, but having enough definitive character to keep me interested. I love belgian beers, and while I really enjoyed it, I feel like I have had better triples...

kjyost, Mar 30, 2011
Photo of sweetbrew82
4.18/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 ML into a tulip/ Best before 2-16-12

P: Looks like an unfiltered, kind of dull, light gold color with a huge head of pearly white foam that is thick and pillowy. Shows great retention and leaves a nice amount of lace plastered on the side of the glass, though.

A: Smells like toasted malts, orchard fruits, cloves, and yeast. This has an impressive amount of power and strength, but doesn't quite reach the level of the top-tier tripels, in my humble opinion.

T: The flavor, however, comes much closer to reaching greatness. There is a superb balance in this beer that makes it really enjoyable to drink. The malts are lightly-toasted and have that smooth, barley-and-oat cereal grain type of character to them. The fruits aren't nearly as explosive as they are in other tripels, but the flavors of ripe bananas, pink apples, and pears taste bright and delicious. The yeasty cloves impart a nice amount of spiciness that jabs the tongue and rounds this brew out nicely.

M: Medium-bodied with a sharp and clean, crisp and smooth type of feel. But, I've gotta dock points here because, like every other Unibroue beer that I've had, it's way over-carbonated. The prickly bite gets a bit distracting the deeper I get into the bottle, which I guess is my only real complaint.

Notes: La Fin Du Monde is definitely firmly entrenched on the 'refined' side rather than the 'explosive' side of the tripel category. There are others that are more explosively fruity, spicy, and powerful. But, this is a very well-made beer that stays in perfect balance throughout. Nice melding of harmonious flavors that make this quite enjoyable. I really wish Unibroue would ease up on the carbonation, but it deserves all of the praise that it gets, nonetheless. Recommended

sweetbrew82, Aug 25, 2009
Photo of snpub540
4.18/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly hazy orange hue with the bottom being a more pale yellow. Lots of bubbles floating up from the bottom of my Unibroue tulip, but it looks very nice this way. Sheets of clingy white lace are left during the entire drink.

Aromas were mostly banana and clove yeastiness. Slightly musty with some ripe fruit as well.

Taste is a sweet and bready malts upfront, with the clove spice being secondary. Light alcohol sweetness and warmth in the finish, but its pleasant and not harsh.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and the carbonation gives the impression that the flavors dance on the palate. Drinkability is good. Alcohol is nicely hidden for being 9 percent.

snpub540, Mar 31, 2010
Photo of rtepiak
4.18/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

a very widely ranged strong belgian. nose is sweet cane with a wheat malt, banana kicker. the palate seems to roll over very exactly that. a good 'triple' but not as good a some belgians. has a very mild bitter hop finish and a culmination of fruit that are all quite muted with the banana cream pie icing sort of sweet that seems to headline the beer. i could never have more than one of these because of that profile. this would be the flavor of an older beer in my opinion though...

had it again with a much fresher bottle. outstanding. with a nice citrus candy zing that clears the palate and makes you come back for more. palate of rosewater, lemon, mandarin orange candy... but all quite subtle and well balanced.

IMPORTANT: i would say a great beer the fresher it is. sugar makes it do weird things if it sits for a bit too long. starts tasting like an old oversweet bpa.

rtepiak, Jun 07, 2009
Photo of aerozeppl
4.18/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is actually one of the first craft beer I ever had.

A: Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a half finger of white head. Good head retention. Spotty lacing.

S: Very yeasty and bready. Sweetness behind it all. Hints of fruit throughout.

T: Has that nice tripel sweetness up front. Very crisp though. The fruit begins to come in after a while. Very bready and malty throughout. Sort of weird for the style but it works.

M: Very crisp. Dry finish. Very nice.

D: I cut my teeth on this so it does hold a special place in my heart. Now that I am grizzled I enjoy it more. I remember it tasting rough at time but now it is smooth thanks to me killing my palate.

aerozeppl, Aug 21, 2008
Photo of robbrandes
4.18/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured from a bomber, 10-07-13 best by date.

pours an impossibly light-golden straw color. explosion of bubbles rising from the glass, which recede and settle into a nearly perfect layer of bright white foam.

the aroma is other-worldly. fruity esters, almost a bubble-gum like quality. just enough malt and spiciness to hide every last trace of the alcohol. and at 9%, no small feat.

taste does not disappoint - wonderful fruity-sweetness, but the punch of the alcohol balances this beer incredibly well. a moderately nice twang of spice and alcohol warmth on the back end. carbonation is exceptional, giving this beer an almost slippery quality.

tripels are tough to brew perfectly - the delicateness of the style leaves nothing to hide any imperfections. la fin du monde strikes the perfect balance of a subtle, but huge beer. highly recommended.

robbrandes, May 02, 2011
Photo of TheDM
4.18/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Another first impression Whoa! This brew foamed up 1/4 brew, 3/4 foam as I poured it into my glass. Its head was a very white color. The bubbles in the head ranged from small to large. Again, this is another very carbonated brew. This brew also had a very mild aroma. It too was hard for me to distinguish from other smells. It has a very light orange color with yeast particles floating in it. Its flavor contains a variety of different tastes. The carbonation once again rolls off the tongue. It is adding to my buzz tonight. I liked the flavor and taste of the brew. It agrees with me very much. All in all an excellent brew! This brew is very potent and it added to my buzz for the evening.

TheDM, Jun 29, 2003
Photo of greenmonstah
4.18/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle best by 10/07/13

A - Light yellow amber with a two finger white head. Good lacing. Slightly cloudy.

S - Sweet and yeasty. A bit spicy. Plenty of sugary notes.

T - Sweet and spicy. Little bit of alcohol. A bit medicinal, with a touch of fermented banana.

M - Light body, lots of carbonation. Surprisingly not cloying.

O - Just brilliant. Sweet, complex, and refreshing with well-hidden booze.

greenmonstah, Apr 28, 2011
Photo of whynot44
4.18/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Medium bodied, hazy apricot color with a substantial fluffy ivory head,

The aroma is yeasty, spicy with a touch of citrus.

The taste is spicy from the start with cloves, tart lemon, and pepper notes over a mild biscuity malt. The finish is dry and peppery with a definite alcohol warmth.

Very nice! Smooth, almost creamy and very dangerously drinkable.

whynot44, Dec 06, 2005
Photo of MartzMimic
4.19/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy light gold from the tap. Big, foamy white head that holds for a bit. Smells of hay and fruit. Nice blend of apples and pears hits the tongue, with a touch of white grape. Smooth, crisp mouth. This is an excellent tripel that is light and refreshing.

MartzMimic, Mar 20, 2014
Photo of orcrist_cleaver
4.19/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Nice in terms of its honey orange hue. Unimpressive head with non-existent lacing is a let down.

S: Fruit, tropical banana, sweet berries, honeycomb, nectar, belgian sugar, belgian yeast. Spicy hint of cinnamon and cloves with tart orange. Spicy. Citrusy. Sweet

M: Medium body with a moderate carbonation level.

T: This beer really shines in how it balances its sweet malts, belgian sugar, cherries, blackberries with tart rhubarb and moderate hop bitterness.

orcrist_cleaver, Jul 16, 2014
Photo of Abra
4.19/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden yellow with a respectable white frothy head.
Aroma is a layered blend of malt, fruit, spice, and yeast.

Taste is malt forward with a heavy background of fruity/spicy notes, apricot and banana with spice that balances it out very well. There is a note of honey that layers seamlessly on top and throughout. The flavors work together so beautifully, lingering past the finish.

Overall, this is a great, authentic tripel and definitely recommended.

Abra, Jan 27, 2014
Photo of CalgaryFMC
4.19/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This complex and heady brew pours a beautiful lemon drop yellow with ample haze and copious quantities of white foam that holds up well. The aroma is potent yeasty esters, apple pomace, doughy malts, a little citrus, candi sugar, and aromatic alcohols that hint at what's ahead. This is a boozy, spicy blast of a tripel, with apple and pear, sweet doughnut malt, orange, musky grapes, and black pepper all vying for your attention, with a more subtle backdrop of dark dried fruits and unripe green stone fruits lurking amidst the pungent alcohol. Fizzy. Smooth dry finish but some residual yeasty sweetness lingers for up to an hour post-indulgence. One of the world's finest and easy to find on the prairies. Hard to knock this masterpiece, maybe the alcohol is a tad forward but its a tripel after all.

CalgaryFMC, Oct 16, 2013
Photo of ps6756
4.2/5  rDev -2.8%

ps6756, Sep 28, 2014
La Fin Du Monde from Unibroue
96 out of 100 based on 8,349 ratings.