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La Fin Du Monde - Unibroue

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Ratings: 8,992
Reviews: 2,814
rAvg: 4.32
pDev: 11.57%
Wants: 439
Gots: 1,408 | FT: 16
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Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
Tripel |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-23-1998

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Photo of devilben02
4.14/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours from a 750 mL bottle with a beautiful hazy golden yellow color and is capped by a huge, light, fluffy, eggshell-white head. The aroma is more expected than exceptional, though, with a light musty yeastiness primarily, but also a bit of clove, fruit, and even a hint of earthy hops. The flavor is more impressive, with a combination of yeast, lemon, unripe pear, orange rind, and clove again, the overall impression is a wonderful dry, dull fruitiness combined with a characteristic Belgian-style yeast. The texture is creamy and delicate, but not in any way thin-bodied.

Overall, this is certainly not one of my preferred styles, but this beer is addictive, which is troublesome when I'm drinking 750 mL of 9% abv beer by myself. I may not like many tripels, but I like La Fin Du Monde.

Photo of heissebier
4.14/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip from a very intimidating bottle with "Best before 1-20-12" printed on the back.

Appearance- a beautiful cloudy yellow orange color. A disappointingly lackluster head with little sign of carbonation, but damn that's one pretty color.

Smell- Clove, apples, and peppers dominate the smell of this beer. Complex, but in a graceful, not really trying kind of way. Smells spicy and the 9% abv seems nonexistant.

Taste- Tastes fruity at first, then finishes spicy with just a hint of bitter hoppiness. Effervescent, the carbonation kind of explodes in your mouth. The alcohol is hidden by a not so subtle spiciness. Kind of weird and doesn't really feel like beer. To me it honestly seems like some sort of beer-champaign frankenstein.

Mouthfeel- Finishes well and warms the back of my throat. The carbonation is kind of strange. Not necessarily bad, but not assertive enough.

Drinkability- Goes down easy and each sip begs to be followed up with another. However, the high alcohol content ensures that you won't be pounding these back all night.

This beer is certainly different, and maybe that's why its been getting such stellar reviews. Great tasting but I just don't buy it. It doesn't seem to share the same complexities as many other top rated beers, although what flavors it has are very well balanced. Not my favorite, but definitely a quality brew.

Photo of JerseyKirk
4.14/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: unfiltered creamy butter with hint of orange. 1 finger white head dissipated quickly.

S: Belgian yeast. No fruity esters. Slight banana.

T: Tastes like a really nice Belgian ale? Good. Alcohol is extremely hidden. Balanced.

M: Spot on and crisp finish. Cleanses palate but not spicy.

O: Great balanced hi octane Belgian style strong ale. Really well hidden booze makes this an easy drinker but will cloud judgements 3 times as fast.

Photo of Llemon
4.14/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Reaper16
4.14/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

Photo of kjyost
4.14/5  rDev -4.2%
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...

Photo of thirtysixbelow
4.14/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

a - yellow orange hazy color with a small white head.

s - yeast, lemon zest, spices

t - sweet, grape, banana, yeast, cirtus, and spices all mix together in the palate. Barely any bitterness in the finish, but a heavy alcohol presence with a nice warming. Not much lingering aftertaste.

m - smooth at first, but erupts with carbonation.

d - I'll have to try the westmalle tripel again because I gave it a great review, yet it reads the same as this one. This beer is great, but the lack of a decent head and aftertaste keeps it from being spectacular.

Photo of KYBrewgrass
4.14/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- 3.5 Though the pour is a rather bland, straw golden color that is perfectly transparent, this brew has a tremendous fluffy white head on the pour that makes it look OK. Very smooth, slippery lacing.

S- 4.5 This reeks of clove and spices and yeast, combining to form a sweetness similar to bubble gum. Banana also comes to mind. Very pleasant.

T- 4 The taste of La Fin Du Monde is heavier in wheat than I expected from its smell. It does have a nice touch of clove. It's not as sweet as i gathered from the aroma, and the yeast is present. There's the slightest bit of lemon citrus on the finish. Pretty well-balanced taste, really, as nothing overpowers the others.

M- 4.5 A touch high in carbonation, but very smooth and it has a creamy feel on the way down. A shade under medium in body. No heat at all in this brew.

D- 4 This is a very solid offering from Unibroue. It is well-balanced, smooth, and not very heavy at all. The flavor is not my personal top choice in profile but it is good. A few of these would be certainly doable. All around, a good wheat brew worth trying for certain.

Photo of Franziskaner
4.15/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Straw golden colored with a murky complexity that is impenetrable to light. Aroma is Belgian yeast,orange peel,and coriander. The flavor is a blend of orange peel,coriander,and Belgian ale yeast. The mouth is moderately carbonated and crisp.

Photo of justme
4.15/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of wmtxbb
4.15/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: light caramel color with lots of carbonation sustaining a decent sized head.

Smell: Apples, oranges and malt.

Taste: Fruit flavor, some citrus flavor, some malt character, finishing with a nice touch of alcohol. The 9% abv is incredibly well hidden. Beautiful flavor that isn't too light or too heavy.

Drinkability: At 9 percent this is a dangerous beer because it drinks like a session beer but has the flavor of the tripel style.

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.

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.

Photo of scarfield
4.15/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

App- pours a lively golden or straw color, 1 finger width head, smooth head.

Smell- fruit, first bananas that are a tad over-ripe, then fresh apples. This is joined by a spicy tone, reminiscent of cloves.

Taste- Very complex. I get fruit in the taste, but different ones. I sense dried fruit like prune and raisin, as well as the banana and citrus peel. Yeast in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel- crisp, light, the high amount of carbonation makes it dance on the tongue.

Drinkability- extremely drinkable for 9.0 abv. Doesn't do a harsh number on the taste buds and is smooth from beginning to end.

Photo of philbe311
4.15/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Mammoth frothy lush white head off of a standard pour into tulip glass... Muted honey color... Slightly hazy...

S - Yeast... Clove... Orange zest... Pear... Floral accents... Hint of pineapple... Faint peppery notes... Quite pleasant all the way around...

T - Initials taste closely resemble the nose... First the fruit flavors rise to the top... This is followed by the yeast and spices... A solid malt backbone can be detected as the beer warms... Slightly medicinal... Warmth of 9% ABV rises as part of the after taste... Peppery notes linger...

M - Smooth, crisp, and slightly creamy... Medium bodied... Slightly chewy... Carbonation is quite subdued... Slightly oily... Coats and fills mouth nicely... Much richer than I expect from a Tripel...

D - A delightful sipper... A stellar example of the style... If I had to point at one area for improvement it would be mouthfeel where a little more bite from the carbonation would add dimension to the near world class beer...

Photo of takemetothelion
4.15/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

Photo of SpruceFish
4.15/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured in to a chalice

A: nice yellow color very hazy and i like how i can see specks of yeast floating in it

S: nice citrus aroma defiantly some nice cloveness lingering in there

T: very well balanced maltyness great clove, citrus and perhaps a little bit of brown sugar

M: a little to carbonated but still feels really nice on the tongue

D: i could deffinaly have a few of these goes down real smooth no boozie feel at all

Photo of BarryMFBurton
4.15/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

La Fin du Monde: “The End of the World.” It seems more than fitting, considering the absurdity of last Saturday. I’ve been in a Belgian sort of mood recently, and this has been one I’ve been wanting to cross off my list for a while now. If anything, just for the wire cork cage on top.

A: The body is a rich, cloudy gold. There’s a familiar Belgian foaminess that brings a bubbly white head to about an inch, sending fizz up from the bottom of the glass. Pretty good, for not having a lot of head.

S: Very acidic; phenols rising big in the nose. Grape, mandarin, peach are interspersed throughout. Booze and clean wheat at the back end.

T: Thankfully, not as acidic as the nose. It’s quite smooth – not jarring, like many phenol-heavy offerings in this style. Clovey and herbal, with more than a tinge of esters. The fruit isn’t strong, but peach/apricot and grape are the most evident. The palate is not incredibly complex, but nonetheless satisfying.

M: The sparkling body leaves nothing to the imagination. This particular Belgian seems too viscous to be that effervescent, but it’s not incredibly out of place.

O: For now, I can only say I like this one - although at times, I love it. At this range of wholesome beer goodness, it's tough to decipher my feelings. But, as it stands, this is not one I’ll be talking about for a while. That being said, it’s a great example of this style, with a clear emphasis on yeast and esters. This would be the perfect introduction to someone who’s new to this type of beer, or Belgians in general.

Photo of ludachris
4.15/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ive been meaning to try this bad boy for awhile. Pours a hazy straw colour with a huge white fluffy head that quickly disappears. Citrus is the most prominent smell accompanied with a bit of malt. Taste matches the smell; nice sweet citrus with a very high amount of carbonation. Maybe this could explain why the 9% alcohol content is so well hidden. The first thing that I thought of when I tasted this was Mill St.'s Belgian Wit, just with more carbonation and a little more complex. This beer is very easy to drink considering its high abv. Overall, thought this was a very good brew just wish they lessened the amount of carbonation. This is a beer that I wouldnt have more than one in a night but would definately buy again.

Photo of connecticutpoet
4.15/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A pale yellow, cloudy ale with a HUGE head that stayed through much of the glass. Very nice.

The aroma was smoky, which I didn't expect, and nutty, which I did. A little bit of bread-like scent there, due to the yeast, but mostly masked.

The taste was much like it smelled, rich, smoky, nutty, somewhat yeasty, but with an odd taste that I can only describe as... bacon. It was still pretty good, but the oddness of that combination in a beer threw me a curve.

I will probably try this one again when I see it, to see if that bacon flavor was an anomaly... even if it wasn't. it was still worth havin again.

Photo of PatrickJR
4.15/5  rDev -3.9%
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 -3.9%
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 -3.9%
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 -3.9%
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.

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.

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La Fin Du Monde from Unibroue
96 out of 100 based on 8,992 ratings.