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La Fin Du Monde - Unibroue

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8,868 Ratings
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Ratings: 8,868
Reviews: 2,780
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 11.83%
Wants: 409
Gots: 1,281 | FT: 18
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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 PatrickJR
4.15/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz bottle into red wine glass.

A - Hazy golden, with a big 2 finger head that drops rather quickly to a collar, expected from the high alcohol content.

S - Overwhelming aroma of powdery yeast, riding a pale malt backbone. Semi-sweet vinous aroma in the background.

T - A simple but strong yeast flavor dominates early and mid palate, with some hints of apple/peach esters. Late palate reveals a spike of phenols, mostly from the alcohol but cleverly hidden by the grapey taste present in the nose. A sharp metallic taste begins the lingering and quite bitter finish.

M - The light body works well enough, but the high carbonation is bothering me a little. Not a bad compliment to the predominant yeast character, but still a bit much for me.

D - Not bad considering it's ABV. A little bitter and and pretty high on the yeast (which is a strong and strange-ish flavor to say the least), but I could definitely let a couple of these sneak up on me.

Photo of SeattleBeerBlog
4.15/5  rDev -3.7%
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
4.15/5  rDev -3.7%
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 Brewlore
4.15/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

Photo of dpnelson1978
4.15/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

Photo of dhd1491
4.15/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours cloudy yellow with thin white head that quickly dissipates. Aroma is citrusy and strangely reminiscent of soap. Taste is full of allspice, cloves, and sweet malts. Very light mouthfeel for such a high ABV. High carbonation and fizziness in the mouth which seems consistent with the style, but not my favorite feature; distracts from the flavor.

High ABV is evident in the finish. Also by the way the room starts to slowly spin as one approaches the bottom of the glass.

Overall, a very interesting, easy-to-drink brew. Lots of taste nuances in a powerful package. I think that this may not be my absolute favorite style of beer...I would choose a double IPA any day of the week. However, in the right setting...say, a hot summer day, sitting outside with friends with nothing pressing, when you don't mind tying one on...this is a great choice.

Photo of texashammer
4.15/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a 750ml cage-and-cork bottle, pale yellow-orange in color, hazy, with a fine creamy white head. Beautiful. Smells of grain, yeast, lemon and orange zest. Lightly spicy (coriander?). On the palate there is an alcoholic warming sensation. Sweet malt and grain, spicy again. Smooth and yet spritzy in the mouth, full-bodied, and oh so drinkable, with a dry finish. Appetizing.

Photo of RidiculedDisplay
4.15/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was looking through my reviews the other day, and was reminded that I had taken it on myself to try and not search out and review more "super rare" or regionally unavailable beers before I could build up a good tally with the ones I drink often and can find easily. This review goes along with that philosophy.

Appearance: Pours with a lively finger and a half worth's of white, frothy head. Lacing is mountainous and present, although it tends to disappear a little too quickly for my liking. The head takes some time to dwindle down, but does after a minute and a half to two minutes, into a half-finger. Body is a pear straw color with yeasty obliqueness.

Smell: Yeasty funk comes first. Agitating the beer with a swirl, I get a lot of Belgian flagship apple and banana esters, along with a general cane sugar. There is a faint pine-y alcohol back end, as well, possibly from some hop additions. Granny smiths predominate me searching.

Taste: Banana, apple, some kiwi esters. Very representative of its style. That being said, also very clean and refreshing for a beer of its strength. Some white grapes in there, also. Very slight astringency on swallowing, alcohol is barely perceptible.

Mouthfeel: Extremely fizzy, refreshing, almost champagne-like. Great.

Drinkability: Is dangerously drinkable for its ABV. Really good stuff for those needing a gateway into Belgian styles.

Photo of WesWes
4.15/5  rDev -3.7%
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 JackTheRipper
4.15/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly cloudy golden yellow with a really large head, not a whole lot of lacing on the glass, but being a noob I think it may be the glass and not the beer (I wonder if I'm caring for the glasses properly?) This is the first time I've had a beer with a noticeable amount of yeast still in the bottle so that freaked me out a bit, but watching the carbonation make the yeast sort of dance around in the glass, I got to liking that aspect.

Smell is a spicy banana scent, couldn't really smell any alcohol in the nose.

Taste: wow, this is a heck of a beer. Seems a bit more malty than hoppy, which I like, I'm still developing my taste for those grapefruity hoppy beers, but I'm working on it. This beer was fruity, the alcohol was more subdued than I thought it would be, considering the ABV, but it warmed the throat nicely on the way down.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth, but a little more carbonation than I would like to see.

Drinkability: This is going to be one of those special occasion beers for me, I really like this beer, but I can't see myself drinking it on a very regular basis.

Overall: A very good beer, and one I would definitely recommend to a good friend.

Photo of TooDrunkToFunk
4.15/5  rDev -3.7%

Photo of homebrew311
4.15/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

Photo of cpetrone84
4.15/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-hazy golden yellow color that has a big, bubbly white head that has some lingering but leaves very little lacing on the glass

S-the smell is of orange peel, a touch of spicy clove, notes of belgian yeast.

T-very sweet, a little one dimensional, tons of citrus orange peel with a light herbal spice and touch of bready malt.

M-very smooth with a nice amount of carbonation and a full medium body, somewhat creamy with a crisp finish that has a drying effect on the throat

D-the alcohol is hidden very well and this has a sweetness after the initial yeast the is quite nice.

Photo of veggiemafia
4.15/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

Photo of BigDaddyWil
4.15/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a La Chouffe tulip glass.
Best before date on back label: 12-10-2006.

Even with a slow pour, this brew has a huge, fluffy, brilliant white head. Lots of yeast sediment in the bottom of the bottle. Not much head retention, fades to a paper thin white line. Color is light orange, very cloudy and lots of carbonation. Decent aromas of fruits, cider, yeast, apples and pears. Very well rounded taste, fruity, tart and sweet all at once. Alcohol is not a factor. Awesome mouthfeel, this beer dances all over your tongue and leaves you wanting more. So easy to drink and very enjoyable. My first from Unibroue. A great sipper. I will certainly try more of their beers.

Photo of hopsolutely
4.15/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A world class beer from Quebec. Pours a luminescent golden treacle colour with an attractive white head that leaves lacing throughout the glass. Warming aroma of caramelized malts with a Belgian yeast backbone and their cloves and spices. The flavour is well balanced, with malt and yeast depth from start to finish. Banana notes transition into caramel before a warming bitterness. The 9% ABV is scarily well hidden!

Photo of BlindPig
4.15/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- A little bit cloudy golden body. Has a off white head on top.
S- Nice spices in it with yeast following behind. A medium amount of malt makes it way through with a helping of dry hops to help balance it out.
T- The taste starts to follow the aroma. Spices followed by a yeast. Light fruits can also be found in this along with a calm warming from the alcohol. There is a medium bitterness left in the aftertaste along with the left over fruits.
M- Medium body and medium carbonation. Has champagne like bubbles mixed with this flavor.
D- Very drinkable with a great complexion to it. The combination of the carbonation and the flavors just make this beer pop.

Photo of Yimosan
4.15/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is cloudy and orangy with a yellowish thick head. The head faded fairly quick, but left nice rings around my tulip glass.

On the nose I get a sweet citrus aroma, almost tangerine-like, as well as spicy undertones, the kinds of spices you'd taste during the holiday season.

The flavor is definitely citrusy and Champagne like with an aftertaste of bread pudding with a bit of cloves.

The alcohol is there and you feel it, but it is not unpleasant; I would say it is beautifully disguised.

This ranks up there with some of my favorite trippel style beers.

Note: I have had it on tap and bottle and I prefer tap by a long shot (personal preference).

Drink up!

Photo of Franz4
4.15/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle best by 3/30/13

A- pours a clear golden with very fine bubbles rising up to replenish the substantial head that has settled to a finger of fine foam.

S- slight notes of pepper some light soft fruits come through with peach, apricot, and bananas.

T- Bananas are more prominent in the taste with the other fruits taking a back seat, more of a sweet apple flavor present as well. Alcohol is not noticeable at all. Spiciness is more evident in the nose.

M- Medium bodied, carbonation is very fine and releases more flavors, finishes sweet, but doesn't hang around too long.

O- Obviously a nice brew, my personal preference is for the Don de Dieu, but this is an all round well crafted beer. Hopefully this remains unchanged for years to come.

Photo of tavernjef
4.15/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Color a pale, cloudy yellow color with yeast floating around, nice white frothy head leaving clingy, patchy lace. Smells of lemon and tropical fruit, banana, with a hint of spice and sweet bitterness. Taste is more of the same, citrusy and tropically smooth and clean with a spicy lemon dry finish thats warming from the alcohol. Feel is medium body sweet and fruity flavors that dry out, nice, crisp and clean finish with warming qualities from alcohol. Pretty drinkable but is a sipper, 9%, it'll sneak up on you for sure.

Photo of Fish113d
4.15/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: Served from a 12 oz. bottle at room temperature into a tulip glass.

Gold in color with lots of beautiful cascading and a huge foamy head that clings to the glass. Lots of sediment floating in it as well. Great looking! Aroma is mostly citrus and sweet smelling hops. I also catch some hints of something reminding me of honeysuckle a little. Also, the yeast is apparent as well (unless I'm stupid). This could be a little honey or presence of the alcohol sugars I imagine. Nutmeg and spice up front with hints of sugar and citrus fruit. However, the alcohol kicks you in the palete real REAL hard also. Aftertaste reminds me of papaya fruit a little or a little like orange peel; kind of bitter yet sweet. Carbonation is well balanced and is not too strong on the sip, to which the alcohol burn hits your palete drying it out a bit before the swallow. I honestly wish I had a bomber of this one. Very easy to drink, refreshing, and tasty! Another Unibroue masterpiece!

Photo of dakid618
4.15/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

Photo of mothman
4.15/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best before date not printed onto bottle. Poured into New Belgium Globe glass.

Pours an amazing fluffy head. The color is hazy light orange. Best descriped as apple cider. Few particles float around beer.

Smell is very fruity, a strong banana aroma with some citrus notes as well. Tastes is pretty much the same. The citrus makes its presence and the alcohol also makes its way out.

Mouthfeel is very full. It is crisp, yet extremely creamy. This beer is highly carbonated and needs be drank slowly. Leaves a some what sticky aftertaste.

Overall, this is a solid beer! I really enjoyed the full body flavor of this triple. I have another in the fridge, but that one will be gone soon!

Photo of johnmichael712
4.15/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Poured out of a 12 oz bottle into a Chimay goblet. Freshness date on bottle is December 15, 2011. This beer pours an orangey-gold color that becomes quite murky once the yeast sediment is added to the glass. The high amount of carbonation in the bottle rapidly forms a large, pale white head that is supplemented by small, yet constant carbonation bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass. The head dissipates very rapidly, and doesn't really leave any lace on my glass, probably due to the high ABV (9%).

Smell: The nose of this beer definitely screams out "Belgian", and the clove-like yeast aroma makes its presence known. There is also a generous portion of fruity esters in the nose of this beer, and there are notes of bananas, orange peel, and pears.

Taste: La Fin Du Monde quickly announces itself as a crisp, refreshing beer, and it begins with a hearty amount of soft, yet crisp carbonation that helps showcase the sweet, malt backbone of this beer. This moves to a very spicy, clove taste that is well balanced with the banana flavored esters. The beer finishes with just a touch of hop bitterness along with hints of black pepper and alcohol, and these add the characteristic Belgian spiciness to the characteristic Belgian dry finish. For a Canadian company Unibroue has done a really good job of making La Fin Du Monde taste like it's from Belgium.

Mouthfeel: As is the trademark for the style, this beer is highly carbonated, but beneath that carbonation is a heavenly smooth, medium bodied Tripel. Once the yeast is added the body is a bit fuller than without, so definitely swirl the last few drops around in the bottle and add the yeast.

Drinkability: Even though the box says "drink less, drink better" I could definitely put back a couple pints of this brew. Incredibly crisp, smooth, and refreshing, this is one exceptionally drinkable beer.

Notes: I've heard this beer called the "Canadian stand-in for Duvel", and after just drinking Duvel a few nights ago I have to agree. While Duvel is a better beer across the board, this is still one very good beer. It isn't anything that will knock your socks off, but it's still a solid offering from Unibroue. Definitely something I'll buy again.

Photo of carpezytha
4.15/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into tulip.

A: White head descends rapidly to a tiny island in the middle of a honey-golden slightly murky body.
S: Wet wool, new leather, grass. Wet concrete.
T: Active carbonation brings out malts and sugars under a tangy yeasty bite. Funk/caramel ratio makes this a winner.
M: Well carbonated despite the anemic head. Helps bring forth a lot of flavor.
D: For such a high ABV these are easy to quaff, so I would say yes on the drinkability and yes on the watch out.

La Fin Du Monde from Unibroue
96 out of 100 based on 8,868 ratings.