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La Fin Du Monde - Unibroue

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

7,792 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 7,792
Reviews: 2,714
rAvg: 4.32
pDev: 11.57%
Wants: 328
Gots: 734 | FT: 13
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Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
Tripel |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

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coalcracker

Pennsylvania

4.38/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a light gold color that is a bit hazy in character. Only a bit of head retention
Smell: Citrus and cider aroma fairly evident along with some light toffee/caramel as well.
Taste: Slow build to a full-bodied,complex peak. Buttery and caramel-like malts (a little sweet in nature) form a base upon more zesty spices (coriander, pepper) and citrus fruits. despite this, the tastes meld pretty well together. Alcohol warmth hits pretty quick towards the back end of the tasting, yet the overall presence of alcohol is pretty well-hidden.
Mouthfeel: Fairly full-bodied, but smooth; finishes a little on the dry side.
Drinkability: ABV will inevitably limit consumption though it would be easy to drink one too many if allowed. May be a little sweet for the casual beer drinker.

Overall- Complex but tasty. Another reason why tripels are one of my favorite styles.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2011 02:24:32 | More by coalcracker
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engagechad

Virginia

3.1/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer was purchased as a single from World Market in Richmond/Short pump, VA - Poured into a Ommegang belgian glass

*Disclaimer - this is my first belgian style beer so there may be a time in the future that I revisit this review*

Pours good with not much head and looks kind of like a cloudy pilsener. Not a whole lot of lacing with mostly soapy looking foam. Smells like a strong wheat beer with notes of carapils, not sure if they use carapils with this or not because I know very little about belgian beers. Tasted like a boozy wheat to me but it was pleasant enough. Mouthfeel was smooth and stimulating. Not the kind of beer that I would drink a lot of or really want to buy again in the near future.

All things considered. My palate may change as it frequently does. When/If that happens I will revisit this beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2011 13:45:48 | More by engagechad
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CHILLINDYLAN

Washington

4.33/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Slight hazed golden straw with a golden core. Big foamy near-white head. Good retention. Thin streams of lace.

Lemon zest. clove, apple, pear, spicy yeast esters. Spicy herbal notes.

Crisp lemon zest, grassy, and herbal. Mild toasted bread. pepper, clove. earthy and spicy fruity yeast esters. Herbal bitterness.

Crisp, lively carbonation on the tongue. Medium body. Rich and semi-creamy. Drying.

Super drinkable. Light crisp and refreshing yet with flavor and character. No trace of 9%.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2011 20:36:54 | More by CHILLINDYLAN
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smakawhat

Maryland

4.2/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Been awhile since I had one of these, would love to see if it still measures up since then. Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass.

A real nice looking white head, a bit soapy, but holds with lots of retention. There is a lot of rising carbonation on this with the classic slow rising carbonation crawling up. Body color is a bit hazy with a sort of dull apricot orange and yellow. Fairly decent tripel appearance.

Nose is a mellow sweetness, mixing with a sense of light honey. There's a sense of crisp coming off this, but there's not much sense of Belgian candi sugar or doughy like malts compared to other tripels. There is some sweet like malts that peek out just a tad. It's otherwise pretty solid and enjoyable and balanced. Smells very clean and carbonated.

Palate hits with a lot of carbonation, but manages to stay in control. Finish has a little bit of sweet banana, but then some classic Belgian like candi comes out. Carbonation on this is very high, and it even brings some tonic water and herbal like qualities to the beer. Sweetness doesn't get too out of control, and coats well in the palate.

Overall it's a solid tripel, but I think I would grab other favorites in this style instead. Nice to go back and review this one.

Old review (Feb 26th 2011) ---

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass.

A straight forward soapy clean white head of two fingers, falls fairly straight but not too fast. Body shows a nice carbonation from the bottom through a somewhat 50/50 opaque eight carat gold body. Not much of a collar left on the glass after the head falls but it manages to stay.

Bouquet is a slight musty barnyard smell with yeast. Buttery lemon sweetness also, and some sourdough bread. Dental almost toothpaste medicinal in the back on the nose also. Lots to find here, all clean, and all very enjoyable.

Great body upon taste with a bold lemon and honey. Mouth finish is a slight club soda but tolerable. Chew texture and highly teeth coating, faint bread like wheat also on the aftertaste.

Inexpensive to boot and makes for great drinkability. (4, 4.5, 4,5, 4.5, 4.5)

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2011 19:57:59 | More by smakawhat
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IIKaRuII

Ohio

4.83/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

pours a very leaden honey color, that has a very bubbly presence that accumulated a wonderful milk colored fluff head. is a nice beer on lees
Smells a bit like a warm citrus. a bit of apricots, and yeast. sweet notes that are creeping in the back.
Taste is almost the same as the smell. although the alcohol is masked perfectly. The sweetness is there to cover the warm and allows the tart to pull you back in. a bit of sweet fruits, and warm malt. you can taste some wheat faintly that is masked again perfectly by the sweetness.
Very well balanced of carbonation, and alcohol. this beer at 9% drinks unnervingly easy.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2011 08:20:16 | More by IIKaRuII
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SnowGoon99

Maine

4.22/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Serving type: bottle into a Stella Artois glass.

Pours a dark yellow, straw color. Not a thick head but one that stays down the glass for some nice lacing. Only thing that dings it is actually probably my fault in pouring the lees into the glass by accident. So i didn't get the full effect. Aroma is killer with some Belgian esters standing out. Nice fruity aromas with some sweet type aromas.

Flavors are kinda all over the place. On one hand there's some nice malt sweetness with some fruitiness. But on the other there's some hot alcohol which i guess can be expected with a high alcohol beer with Belgian yeast. That's the only ding i have in flavor. It's also kinda weird in the mouthfeel in that you can tell it has a lot of body but it's cut by the carbonation. But this also could be a characteristic of the style. Still makes for a very drinkable beer.

Overall a really nice beer. It's not one you could have a bunch of and survive a night. But very tasty and would try for anyone.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2011 00:16:04 | More by SnowGoon99
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ryanonline

Florida

4.63/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Fiery golden orange and very cloudy with a thick white head and nice lacing.

Smell is very orangey and apricot like with some candy sweetness and a light clove like spice to it.

Taste is more or less the same but the accentuation is more on the apricot and candied sugar notes. Also the spiciness becomes a little closer to cinnamon.

Medium bodied with a somewhat creamy mouthfeel and quite a bit of carbonation somewhere between prickly and foamy. Lasting sweet finish as well as a solid bitter footnote in the middle.

This beer is very drinkable despite it being a very big beer.

La fin du monde is an amazing beer from an excellent brewery. I also enjoyed trois pistoles and maudite.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2011 22:50:53 | More by ryanonline
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BEERMILER12

Maine

4.6/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Pours a nice cloudy straw yellow with a nice 2 finger head that leaves great lacing

S: Nice spicy notes, with belgian yeast and some alcohol in the background

T: Same as the smell, the alcohol is well hidden and the spices are very nice and well balanced

M: Light and well carbonated due to the bottle conditioning

D: This is a great triple that packs a nice punch. Might get in trouble drinking too much of this, and you'll do it pretty easily

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2011 07:23:59 | More by BEERMILER12
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THECPJ

Delaware

4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes 2/4/2011

A: golden yellow-orange, 1 finger off-white head that lingers and eventually dissipates to a fine layer of white bubbles, nice lacing

S: citrusy, Belgian yeast, very faint on the bananas

T: sweet, honey-like sweetness, cloves on the backend

M: mild carbonation, crisp, refreshing, plenty of bubbles going from bottom to top of glass througout the whole pour

D: a mild, semi-sweet, not overpowering tripel that is easily drinkable.

Cheers!
The CPJ

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2011 05:25:21 | More by THECPJ
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beerlove82

Illinois

4.95/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Mildly cloudy brew with an amber appearance and a off-white head that lingers for about 5 minutes to a nice lace for the remainder of the glass.

S: Talking complex! Spices, yeast, hint of wheat, hint of alcohol, note of honey. Delicious!!

T: Flavor that doesn't stop! Alcohol is masked extremely well for 9%, Notes of cloves, yeast, caramel, wheat, honey, mild hops. Maybe a slight nutty sorta cinnamon note in the aftertaste.

M: heavy complex body, tart dry aftertaste, sweet start, perfect carbonation.

D: Very easy to drink, especially with a steak meal or seafood. high alcohol with a low alcohol taste that will get yo in trouble after a few. (I'm starting to feel a buzz already) Love this one! Recommend it to all at least once.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2011 04:39:28 | More by beerlove82
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n2185

North Carolina

4.88/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Pours a hazy golden yellow, cloudy from the yeast (I prefer to add the yeast). Head retention is very good, starting out with nearly two fingers of head and retaining fairly thick white cap throughout the entire beer. Good lacing as well.

S: There's a lot going on here, but it all blends very well together to create an amazing nose. Coriander and Belgian spices up front followed by sweet fruit aromas--white grapes, pears, and bananas. Backing it all up is the Belgian yeasty aroma.

T: Similar to the aroma, there's a lot going on. Spices up first followed by sweet pears and white grapes. The finish has a chalky yeast flavor that pleasantly lingers in the mouth along with a very light alcohol burn.

M: To me, the mouthfeel in a Belgian beer is very important. There should be a light crispness to it that conceals its high gravity nature. Many attempts at Belgian beers fail to get this characteristic, but this beer nails it head-on. Light body, but with high carbonation that really provides a bite to go with the sweet fruit and yeast flavors.

D: With such a great taste and mouthfeel, this beer is dangerously drinkable. Very light and crisp yet bursting with flavor. With the alcohol hidden well, it becomes very refreshing.

Overall, this is close to, if not the best trippel out there. Very, very good beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2011 14:27:06 | More by n2185
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AdamBear

Pennsylvania

4.58/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A-cloudy gold with a good white head

S-spicy belgian wheats and some banana. very strong and balanced smelling

T-mmm now this is a tasty belgian brew...and its not even really belgian. comes in with medium strength spicy belgian wheats. It quickly goes in to a really nice long matching after-taste. The after-taste seems to be more potent than the rest of the taste. This is a really balanced and clean example of the style. its really refreshing!

M-a good medium to heavy carbonation with a very crisp finish.

D-wow...this is dangerously drinkable. I could drink so much of this...it goes down so easily. i can't believe this is 9%! I can't wait to have this one again!

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2011 03:51:14 | More by AdamBear
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angrybabboon

Rhode Island

3.2/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Review adapted from notes taken in September, 2009

Poured into a snifter

Appearance: Pale, golden color with an excellent head thanks to the bottle conditioning

Smell: Hints of yeast, light fruits, alcohol, fruity esters, wax - phenolic

Taste: If you know the Unibroue yeast strain, you know this beer - it is exploding with yeast funk, pale malts, light fruits, alcohol - spicy and tart, with an acidic bite

Mouthfeel: Moderate body, very well carbonated

Overall: The yeast gets to be too much after a while, best to split a 750mL

I have had La Fin Du Monde at least three times now. I was very excited to try it after reading all of the reviews on BA, but I found myself disappointed. I have reviewed and re-reviewed it since then. While I can understand why someone would enjoy it, this beer is simply not for me. It's too tart, too acidic, and the yeast funk is too overpowering. I think the Unibroue yeast strain works better in some of their other beers.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2011 00:58:59 | More by angrybabboon
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Jimmys

Pennsylvania

3.8/5  rDev -12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: cloud-like, frothy white head sits on a hazy golden body. riping carbonation almost tfighting

S: flower-like bouquet. reminds me a little of a biere de garde with the fruit/bread qualities im getting. sweet bread from the malt reminds me that it is a tripel. yeasty esters. a real little bit of chalky hops at the finish.

T: sweet fruits, not too overpowering. soft pear. a little bit of sour/tartness. pear definitely lingers on the palate on the finish. interesting flavor. hard to believe this thing is 9%abv!

M: the body is actually a little lighter than i expected. a little too light compared to most other tripels.

D: a good tripel, but i wouldn't say great. just a little too light in the body. first tripel where i got more in the nose than in the sip.
side note: this was served from a 12oz. bottle with a foil wrapped crown. i used an opener to pop it and was surprised/shocked to see that it was a screw top. hmmmm.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2011 03:16:43 | More by Jimmys
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rrski198

Georgia

4.53/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Doen from brief notes at a beer festival

A: Big time fluffy meringue like white head. Cloudy yellow/honey color.

S: Classis belgian yeast scent. Fruity spicy banana, lemon, and even this odd corn scent.

T: Fruity yeast. Classic belgian fruit with banana and citrus the most predominent.

M: Big time carbonation that fills the mouth. Yeaststicks around and the banana flavors stay with it.

D: This is as close as it gets to a belgian without being one. Outstanding representation of the style.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2011 16:01:41 | More by rrski198
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ferrari29

Illinois

4.22/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into Tulip glass

A - Body has a golden straw color to it; some lacing; moderate amount of carbonation; average amount of head

S - Yeasty floral smells come up, followed by aromas typical of a white ale or tripel (coriander, orange peel, lemon); surprised that high ABV doesn't come out, probably from the right mix of ingredients

T - Orange peel and lemon scents come up; malt tastes add to the overall complexity of the beer; some subtle spices are added to this mix; slight sour aftertaste; citrus & yeast flavors

M - Effervescent feel over the tongue; thin in consistency though which does make it smooth but I thought it would definitely be a bit thicker; regardless it was still a nice mixture of ingredients

D - Very easy drink; nice job from the brewery north of the boarder; a world-class beer that strands on its own; one of the best Tripels I have had

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2011 06:05:01 | More by ferrari29
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soju6

Missouri

4.25/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Pours a hazy golden color with a good head that fades slowly to nice lacing.

S: Has a mild fruit aroma with some sweetness and a hint of spices mixed in. Not a over powering aroma just seems to be "spot-on".

T: There is a nice mixture of spicy sweetness. Has a perfect touch of bitterness with a slightly dry finish.

F: Medium body, creamy and smooth. Beer has an fantastic balance with the 9% ABV well hidden.

D: Great drinker. A benchmark to measure others of this style by. It is a excellent sipper to savor.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2011 14:08:58 | More by soju6
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bbb099

California

4.03/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared with mjyoung. Poured into a snifter.

A - Pale lemony, cloudy, yellow color with ample amount of bright white head.

S - Strong, fruity & citrusy aroma typical of Belgian ales.

T - Buttery, savory apple and banana flavor with a dry and slightly alcohol finish. Minor alcohol warmth going down.

M - Medium bodied. High amount of carbonation.

D - Pretty good drinkability. I probably drank it a little too fast. I found the aftertaste somewhat tasty.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2011 01:49:47 | More by bbb099
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joelshults

Alabama

3.78/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pale yellow and a little cloudy. Small off-white head. A nice hiss of carbonation when I opened the bottle.

Smell - Different. I'm not too familiar with the Belgian style beers; I've had a few, but not enough to really know what they are all about. The smell is sort of fruity, malty, and yeasty but also has a sort of spicy funk to it. A little hint of phenolic medicinal smell.

Taste - The taste really matches the smell of this one. Sort of a fruity and malty taste with a heavy taste of yeast and peppery spicyness. Slight alcohol burn from the 9% ABV. It has a nice hop balance that is just shy of balancing the malt but lets the other flavors come through.

Mouthfeel - It has a good heavy body that hangs around in your mouth. It has a little bit of a tongue numbing effect after you've had a few healthy swallows.

Drinkability - Very nice. Definitely a sipper and not a gulper. When doing one of these tastings for BeerAdvocate, I tend to take very frequent sniffs and sips while I am writing. This one has already gone to my head before I can even finish typing the review and I still have half of the glass left.

I remember buying one of these once when I was traveling on business, before I started home brewing and really getting to know craft beers. I didn't remember much about it's flavor other than that I thought it was very strange and not something I'd want to drink much of. Now I can appreciate a lot more of the style and unique flavors these Belgians have.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2011 22:49:39 | More by joelshults
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ThaCreep

Belgium

4.33/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Color slightly veiled, like a wheat beer but darker and supported. Bouquet of Fruits, which are identified fairly exotic mango and pineapple and honey. The mouth is a bit hoppy, with fruity notes already mentioned above but you will also savor the spices, including cilantro. Quite drinkable but with a rather peculiar aftertaste, both bitter and very malty, giving it substantial power. It recalls both the Belgian Tripel Dubbelwit that it is probably the best compromise.

Serving type: nitro-bottle

01-28-2011 09:38:47 | More by ThaCreep
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Morey

Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a golden-yellow color with a one finger white head. Pretty significant amount of carbonation bubbles rushing up towards the surface. Decent head retention.

Smells of clove, banana, and rock candy come to mind.

More of the same in the taste. Extremely fruity and fairly sweet. The flavors change as this beer lingers on your palate. Pretty complex flavor profile. There is a drying effect in the finish.

Medium body with a pretty high carbonation level. Almost too high for my taste. I know that Belgians often have bigger carbonation, but this was a bit overdone.

I am fully enjoying sipping on this beer.

Morey's Bottom Line: Pretty good example of the style. I'm certainly not the "be all...end all" on this particular style, while I definitely enjoyed this beer, I wasn't completely blown away by it either.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2011 02:38:02 | More by Morey
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thebierbrewery

Indiana

4.22/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served out of a 750ml bottle.

A- Light gold color, some head retention, slight lacing, slightly cloudy

S- Citrusy, lemony, lime, belgian funky, bubblegum sweet awesomeness

T- Dry and tart, complex citrus lemon, very good, hidden alcohol

M- Medium mouthfeel, dry and creamy, high carbonation makes it taste lighter

D- Extremely drinkable, refreshing be it summer or winter.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2011 01:15:39 | More by thebierbrewery
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tetsuoni

New York

4.88/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Top of its class. The right yeast characteristics in the right amounts. Dry, crisp mouth feel but with a wonderful array of flavors. Solid fruit flavors, well rounded on the palate. Not much banana, which I enjoy in others, such as Merry Monks, but LFDM is truly in a league of its own. And what a bargain. Consistently pleasing - truly proof that God exists and loves us.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2011 22:02:42 | More by tetsuoni
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jss79

Maryland

4.1/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Duvel snifter glass. Hazy light gold color with very lively carbonation. Initial aromas of florally citrus mixed with clove and yeast. Balanced taste that moved from sweet to lightly bitter with hints of orange, yeast and light malts. Taste lingered nicely as it coated the tongue.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2011 18:36:55 | More by jss79
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dgilks

Australia

4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy golden colour with a big fluffy white head.

Spicy and citrussy with lots of clove from that great Unibroue yeast. Notes of orange and apple. Very enjoyable.

As in the aroma. This is always an impressive beer. Whether this is fresh or aged is somewhat irrelevant the quality shines with the main difference being some increased smoothness with age.

Medium-full body with moderate carbonation.

A great example of the style and one of the best beers being produced in Canada.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2011 09:52:38 | More by dgilks
La Fin Du Monde from Unibroue
96 out of 100 based on 7,792 ratings.