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La Fin Du Monde - Unibroue

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

8,163 Ratings
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Ratings: 8,163
Reviews: 2,728
rAvg: 4.32
pDev: 11.57%
Wants: 348
Gots: 890 | 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 DarthRadb
4.47/5  rDev +3.5%

Appearance - Golden in color, Hazy and Creamy looking. Not much head and what does form from the pour disappears quickly, leaves a nice lace of head on the outer edge and lacing on the glass as you drink.

Smell - Fruity with a mild Hop background. Green Apple mixed with Bananas.

Taste - Light and refreshing at first, then a big fruit taste, followed up with a mild hop finish. Slight Warming from the 9% ABV, but not offensively strong, just enough of a warming to let you know this is a Triple.

Mouthfeel - Creamy and Delicious, very smooth with a very nice fruity aftertaste.

Drinkabilitly - Very Drinkable, I found myself sipping this beer and savoring it, instead of wanting to gulp it down. A really great Beer.

DarthRadb, Mar 28, 2011
Photo of Scribbles
4.38/5  rDev +1.4%

Presentation: Foil wrapped bottle poured into a tall glass. Decent smooth lasting head, and cloudy yellow appearence, just a bit darker than a pils.

Smell:Sweet smell that develops as it starts to warm, reminds me of unripe peaches.

Taste: Lots of flavour here, hops are upfront with a crisp green apple-like bite, but this comes with a matching sweetness keeping this beer well balenced. I like flavour in my beer but this beer maybe have a bit more than most standard beers people may be used to.

Mouthfeel: is smooth easy to drink but really a sipping beer for most people. A bit of alcohol warming, but not at all overwhelming definately considering the content.

Overall this is an excelent beer, and my second favourite from unibroue.

Scribbles, Mar 27, 2011
Photo of msubulldog25
4.28/5  rDev -0.9%

12 oz/355ml bottle, silver foil-wrapped. Part of a mixed 4-pack of Unibroues picked up recently at Trader Joe's (a steal at $7.99). Dated 'Best Before 11-02-13'. Poured to the trusty La Chouffe tulip.

For all the fine beers I've reviewed over the years, hard to believe I haven't written up this one before...

A: Glowingly golden but a little on the hazy side, even a fine dusting of hanging yeast (and that from the top 250ml of the bottle). Plenty of head, a 2-finger bounty of white froth, and cascading carbonation. Only fair head retention, though; a creamy ring and a little swirling after a couple minutes, with broken and non-sticking lace.

S: Vibrant doughy sweetness, lots of spice and sugary pear/apple. Honey and flowers, hardly a whiff of hops.

T: Upfront fruity notes: candied apples, sweet berries and spice... even a not-so-subtle clove/spice-filled 'bubble gum'. Concentrated 'ale on lees' yeast gives a biscuity flavor, honey-sweetened and there's an orange cream/blossom in the finish. It's a roiling cauldron of sugars, starches, and spice - always developing, always interesting.

M: Mouth-filling carbonation, active almost to a fault before gradually mellowing. Still, each sip send sparks flying for a few seconds before a stickier yeast envelopes every orifice of the mouth. Lip-smackingly malty.

O: Really a fine Tripel, among the better ones I've enjoyed... and a shame to have so often neglected this when it's so readily available... and nicely priced! A sipper at 9%. No real flaws, just a solid version of the style, start to finish.

msubulldog25, Mar 26, 2011
Photo of beerandcycling88
4.47/5  rDev +3.5%

From my notes, poured from a bomber into a wine glass.

A This beer has a nice golden color to it, with a nice but short head.

S This beer has a very strong nose of fruit more specifically some grapes with a hint of what might have been apple with some yeast also present but mostly fruit. Very aromatic.

T The taste is quite crisp with hints of fruit especially apples what I think might have been grapes coming through. The alcohol is very well masked as it is relegated to a hint on the finish.

M Its a little heavy on the carbonation, but otherwise a very light refreshing beer.

Overall I thought that this is an excellent tripel. It is light and refreshing and very drinkable but still has excellent aroma and taste, and if it wasn't for the abv I could drink at least a couple of bombers of this on a nice spring day.

beerandcycling88, Mar 25, 2011
Photo of ztoellner
4.15/5  rDev -3.9%

A- A lighter golden straw color, a bit hazy. Pours a creamy head that dissipates but leaves some lacing behind.

S- Wow. Has a deep, fruity, sweet smell. Bananas and yeast. It makes you want to stick your nose in the glass before every sip.

T- This is a refreshing beer, the alcohol is present but masked by the fruity, yeasty flavor. Has a bit of a lingering aftertaste that dries out a bit.

M- Good carbonation that tingles on the tongue and really promotes the flavor.

Overall this is a very good beer that is widely available. a great intro into a tripel for those that are newer to the style, and one I'll still come back to.

ztoellner, Mar 24, 2011
Photo of utah44
3.05/5  rDev -29.4%

I am not a fan of this type of beer but do appreciate that many folks like them. I had it recently at a beer tasting. The appearance was cloudy and light yellow with a big head and a lot of carbonation. Taste was typical of a fruity vegetable beer. Mouthfeel was average. Smell was definitely fruity and citrus like. Overall this is a good beer for the style and is definitely drinkable if you are the pretentious type who follows the crowds who have nothing better to drink. However, it is better than an American adjunct brew.

utah44, Mar 21, 2011
Photo of timherremans
4.65/5  rDev +7.6%

A - Opaque light golden color. White bubbly head, dissipated pretty quick but with light lacing. Poured into a goblet.

S - Yeast is prominent, and I can make out some tropical fruit like banana.

T - Taste is nice. Kind of hard to nail down. Unique yeasts, that are up front, Belgian style ale. The sweetness comes right after the yeast, tropical fruit like banana. Pretty well balanced. I can't really describe it but it is good. Sweetness is subtle..the finish is not overly sweet. I find it getting better and better. Alcohol is masked very well, it is not dry.

M - Not thin, bubbly. Good carbonation but not overly so. Very nice feel.

timherremans, Mar 21, 2011
Photo of Aiptasia
4.65/5  rDev +7.6%

My first offering from Unibroue. Sampled it from a 12 oz. brown bottle in an ice cold pint glass.

A: Great pourer into glass. Decent head and a good amount of sticky lacing on the sides. Not an over-foamer like some Big Belgian-style beers.

S: Complex smells of pepper, cloves and fruit sweetness on the nose.

T: Very well balanced with a lot of depth. Plenty of dried fruity notes and semi-sweetness from the yeasts and malts. Has a rochefort-like middle of nutty cheesiness and a dry finish.

M: Full bodied but not bitter. Alcohol is well balanced and warming throughout. Fully carbonated retaining fizz throughout.

O: A very fine beer overall. This one really stands up as a true Belgian. It's the first New World produced big beer that's worthy of an Abbey/Trappist level of quality.

Aiptasia, Mar 21, 2011
Photo of jboucher
4.8/5  rDev +11.1%

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.

jboucher, Mar 20, 2011
Photo of heebes
3.65/5  rDev -15.5%

12 oz bottle.
From notes;

Pours a hazy light golden with a thin bubbly head. Nose is phenol, spices, banana esters, sweet light fruits. Taste is balanced, Belgian yeast like flavour mingles with the banana, cloves and candied fruits. Sweet on the palatte. Medium bodied, carbonated. Strange sense of metallic notes and strong yeast flavours kind of underwhealmed me here. ABV was well hidden but felt after one serving. Not one of my favourite Canadian breweries despite its popularity down south.

heebes, Mar 18, 2011
Photo of HattedClassic
3.68/5  rDev -14.8%

Note: I had accidentally dropped this bottle on the ground.

Appearance: Pours a hazy yellow that reminds me of a lemonade mixed with honey kind of yellow. The beer gives a one finger head when poured and dissipates modestly, which leaves some lacing behind.

Smell:I get a whiff of banana and a bit of alcohol. Overall, the smell reminds of candied fruit especially banana and maybe apricot.

Taste: Sweet malts and I can taste the yeasts used to make it. The candied banana and apricot flavor make their presence known, which makes it sweet and slightly sugary. However, the finish tastes a little bit watered down but I don't know if that's only because of what to happened to the beer I was drinking or what.

Mouthfeel: A nice crispy feel with medium carbonation on the tongue.

Overall: I'm fairly happy with the La Fin Du Monde and is a pretty decent (cheap) alternative to the Tripel Karmeliet. While I still prefer the Tripel, I would not mind buying another four pack of the La Fin.

HattedClassic, Mar 17, 2011
Photo of Wamesit
4.72/5  rDev +9.3%

A - Pours a hazy light golden-orange. Rocky white head that gives way to minor lacing.

S - Nose of candied fruits. Bananas, clove. Faint alcohol in the back.

T - Sweet and lush. Hard to pin down the malts that form a solid backdrop to the flavors, subtle caramel. Clove spice and plenty of fruit esters: bananas, pear, light flavors. A profound balance. Alcohol warmth with every retro-olfaction. The hops presence, like the depth of the alcohol, is hiding in the back and adds to the very crisp and dry finish.

M - Medium, carbonated, refreshing.

O - Outstanding Belgian. Exactly what a Tripel should be.

Wamesit, Mar 17, 2011
Photo of negroobserver
4.1/5  rDev -5.1%

C: The color is a light hazy yellow which looks like lemonade in the narrow end of the glass and like a hefeweizen on the wider end. The color also has a light pink hue which is kind of a plus. With a light pour it produced about a quarter inch of head, which dissipated in about a minute.

S: Light Citrus notes. Not much going on here. It smells to me like a slightly more complex hefeweizen than the Blue Moon standard. I guess that makes it slightly above average in this category.

T: This is where this beer really shines. At first taste you will definitely taste the citrus and the coriander in the beer. The best part of the beer in the complex aftertaste which really can't be described easily. The first taste is the best because your taste buds haven't yet adapted to the flavors and the alcohol, which is noticable but not a dominant presence here.

M: When pouring the beer I noticed that it poured thicker than your average hefeweizen or pilsner, which tend to be watery. Well, there's no arguing it now. It has excellent mouth feel. The beer has some weight which gives it an excellent body and also a slight bite on the tongue from the carbonation.

Overall Grade: B+/A-

negroobserver, Mar 17, 2011
Photo of jman892
3.15/5  rDev -27.1%

A - Pours opaque, hazy yellow. Leaves a loud 1 finger white foam head

S - Picking up that banana, yeasty character in the nose. Smells something like an old fashoned creamsicle

T - Somewhat of an orange flavor. There is a very faint flavor of banana to it as it warms.

M - Carbonation is strong on this one, almost like a soda water feel to it. Kind of an aluminum can like flavor in the aftertaste

D - Overall the high ABV is hidden relatively well, but I struggled to get through this one. The large amount of carbonation and the metallic taste just didnt grab me

jman892, Mar 16, 2011
Photo of RichScherle
4.2/5  rDev -2.8%

The end of the world! On lees!

A - orangey with thick ever so slightly off white head. nice bubble action going on with healthy lacing

S - mostly fruity yeast character on the nose with a wheat malt note thrown in.

T - Nice showcase of belgian styled yeasts - banana, slight bubblegum, sourdough, with stone fruits such as apricot and a bit of peach. Wheat character fills out the malt profile nicely with softness and a bit of a bread note. Slight alcohol tinge on the backend with a faint shot of hops. This is really about the yeast

M - full bodied but more on the dry side with a nice texture.

D - good drinkability for me - but it does sneak up on ya! IMHO - one of the best belgian styled brews (i.e., one of the best "belgian" beers produced outside belgium).

RichScherle, Mar 13, 2011
Photo of devilben02
4.18/5  rDev -3.2%

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.

devilben02, Mar 10, 2011
Photo of Prostman81
3.53/5  rDev -18.3%

Others here have reviewed this beer with very clever and descriptive tasting notes. I'm going to sum up my feelings in simple phrase:

It tastes and smells like a very strong hefeweizen.

I really wanted to like this beer given all the glowing reviews for it, but it just doesn't do it for me. I've had other belgian styles and enjoyed them, so maybe the tripel style is simply not my cup of tea.

I'm glad to have had the opportunity to try this one, I just won't be trying it again.

Prostman81, Mar 07, 2011
Photo of SkunkWorks
4/5  rDev -7.4%

750ml bottle poured into a tulip glass. Bottle is marked best before June 2015.

Look: golden body that is cloudy with yeast and sediment. A gentle pour gives a two finger head of white foam that lasts a long time. As I drink, there's only a little lace left behind in this beer and it doesn't stick around for very long.

Smell: Belgian spices, clove, pepper, fruity smells of pears and peaches, and a hint of citrus peel.

Taste: the fruit from the aroma stands out with hints of spice and a bit of alcohol. There's a bit of a phenolic taste as well as some orange peel. Its sweet without being cloying and there are some yeast flavors in here too. Nothing here is over powering and it all works together nicely. Well balanced tripel.

Feel: medium bodied, nicely carbonation, hides the alcohol well.

Drink: easy drinking and you could have a few of these if it weren't 9% alcohol.

Overall, a pretty good tripel. I've yet to have a tripel that particularly impressed me but this one comes close. I can see why this is such a popular tripel. I would recommend giving it a try. Cheers!

SkunkWorks, Mar 05, 2011
Photo of evanlarkin
3.3/5  rDev -23.6%

Thanks to ngeunit1 for this.

Appearance:
Pours a hazy yellow/orange color with about an inch of head that dissipates quickly, like a cola. Carbonation is easily visible.

Smell:
yeasty and dry, but fruity. Very soft and mild smell with some amount of light fruits, like white grapes and a lot of pear. very smooth and champagne-y.

Taste:
Again, soft. A lot of pear flavor and a bit of grape in the background. A bitterness similar to fruit peel.

Mouthfeel:
Sharp carbonation and with a creamy feeling behind it.

Drinkability:
I don't think I'd have more than one of these in a night, partially because of the ABV and partially because I'm not really into this. It's a decent belgian, but it just doesn't quite click with me. That being said, I can recognize it as a quality beer.

evanlarkin, Mar 04, 2011
Photo of Brunite
4.2/5  rDev -2.8%

A - Poured into a tulip glass. Beer is a hazy golden yellow with lots of active carbonation. A decent head gives way to a white collar with some light lacing.

S - Smells like champagne. Lots of white fruit....grapes....apple...banana....some pear. Lots of spicy and herbal notes as well.

T - Taste is like it smells. As it warms....things mellow out and the carbonation is minimized by each swirl.

M - Initial buzzing carbonation gives way to a medium body....almost some creaminess like you get with a swirled Quad each time you do so. Nice and dry on the finish with lingering sweetness and tartness at the same time. Crisp.

D- ABV is very well hidden. This goes down tasty and easy. A fine example of a Tripel and one that is reasonably priced and available....last I saw was 8.99 for a 4-pack.

Brunite, Mar 04, 2011
Photo of larsenju
4.13/5  rDev -4.4%

A-Nice pale yellow, a few specks but overall pretty clear. 2 finger brilliant white head that drops quickly leaving light lacing.

S-Very fruity initially with some pear and apricot along with just a little (not tart) apple. The fruit gets backed up by some caramel like malt sweetness and a little bit of clove. I also was getting some higher alcohols and mineral like yeast, especially as the beer warmed.

T-Sweet peach and pear hit right away quickly moving into some very nice phenolic spice that plays quite well with the alcohol heat. Moving back the esters picked up and I got some ripe banana along with a biscuit malt profile, I also got a little bit of raisin, and again a chalky yeast note that picked up on the finish leaving a nice blend of yeast and phenolic spice.

M-Very fine and moderately high carbonation coupled with a fairly dry body.

D-At $7 this is really a great buy. Pretty complex and well balanced, possibly a little hot, but it blends in quite nicely. Well done Canada.

larsenju, Mar 04, 2011
Photo of OldIronLungs
4.47/5  rDev +3.5%

Ending the 4-pack review with the original - one of the first beers that sold me on crafts. Poured into une verre du La Fin Du Monde with a moderate foam building up then quickly burning off on top of a perpetually fizzing hazy golden blob.

Smells of sweet malts, light cider and yeasts, oh and some of the 9%. Beautiful sweet, crispy, dry carbonation and a fresh peppery spice. Just such a neat balance of factors that make it a nice beer you can start strong (since it's clean and the abv is so well fit) and finish as a sipper since it's got that sweet flavor.

I think everyone should enjoy the end of the world.

OldIronLungs, Mar 04, 2011
Photo of Dmoore07
4.65/5  rDev +7.6%

A- Honey color. 5mm head.

S- Very sweet and inviting. Yeasty.

T- Very well balanced. Initially quite sweet, giving way to refreshing hop spice. The 9% ABV does not hide, but is not overpowering.

M- Bubbly and clean feeling.

D- Very drinkable. Its complexity makes me want to figure this beer out. It might take a few!

Dmoore07, Mar 04, 2011
Photo of SHODriver
4.78/5  rDev +10.6%

A: Pale and cloudy yellow with an ample fluffy white head. This beer looks amazing
S: Very sweet and grassy with some nice fruity notes. It smells great and you almost want to keep smelling it to find what else lurks inside.
T: Peppery and spicy flavors mostly predominate to me. There is still an underlying sweetness and a bit of breadyness. A sweet and fruity aftertaste is left behind.
M: Champagne like effervescence leaves this one feeling a tad on the thin side but there's still plenty of body.
D: Delightfully drinkable and it will be a pleasure to drink the 750 of this monster from the North.

Overall: A fine example of a Trippel from one of my favorite breweries. A word to those that have yet to experience Unibroue in quantities would be that their beers sneak up on you. One moment you're fine and next thing you know you're no longer sober and encroaching on "I know I won't be driving for awhile"

SHODriver, Mar 03, 2011
Photo of nickthegun12
4.2/5  rDev -2.8%

its kinda weird that a beer of this quality, in the small bottle, would come with a screw off cap!

nice appearance...straw golden...slightly orange...not much of a head...and spacey lacing

smell is the best thing about this beer....smells of tropical bananas and tropical fruits....all thanks to that belgian yeast...

taste is nice very light in the mouth the alcohol is not overpowering...banana really comes out in the taste....

the feel is dry with nice tingling from the carbonation..

the drink ability isn't bad although its high alcohol will catch up

nickthegun12, Mar 01, 2011
La Fin Du Monde from Unibroue
96 out of 100 based on 8,163 ratings.