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La Fin Du Monde - Unibroue

La Fin Du MondeLa Fin Du Monde

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

7,110 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 7110
Reviews: 2692
rAvg: 4.32
pDev: 11.57%


Brewed by:
Unibroue visit their website
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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dmarch

Pennsylvania

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

Pours a pale golden color with a very large well-retained head. Lots of light fruit flavors. Some apricot and even a bit of pineapple. Some peppery notes as well. There is a slight warming alcohol sensation that lets you know this is a strong beer. Still very drinkable though.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2003 21:54:12 | More by dmarch
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beernbbq

Connecticut

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

Wonderful stuff. Pours the beautiful hazy yellow with a sweet almost banana aroma. Pils malts and saaz hops marry with a fruity flavor. The alcohol is well hidden and you could get yourself in seroiously trouble with the drinkability of this. A classic in the making.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2003 14:45:14 | More by beernbbq
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DagFishHead

New York

4.25/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Hazy, straw-golden body. Generous champagne-fizzy head gives way to a modest cap with some lacing.
Smell: Crisp clean sweet malt, rich yeastiness, citrus notes: orange, grapefruit. Spice hops and a goodly whiff of alcohol.
Taste: Sweet grainy/malty sweetness with citrus and sweet fruits to start, fizzy but still rich at the top, dries with yeasty/citrus acidity, hop spiciness and even some banana in the aftertaste. All very clean and balanced. Alcohol level lies in wait and springs on you at the end.
Mouthfeel: Medium-full bodied malt, delightfully tingly carbonation, yeast/citrus pucker.
Drinkability: Delicious... alcohol level is surprisingly treacherous.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2003 20:35:39 | More by DagFishHead
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bditty187

Nebraska

4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pale peachy hue with honey highlights, hazy, some animation is noticeable, the white head was smaller than I expected; maybe a finger in height and the retention was passable. A loose cap remains throughout the consumption. The lacing is sub-par. The nose is fruity: mangos, passion fruit, and kiwi. Pepper and clove undercurrents. Alcohol hints at the back. The mustiness is noticeable throughout. The potency is modest. I was expecting more but what the nose needed the palate had and then some. The taste was splendid; simply divine with a glimpse of mango and pear fruitiness upfront that is very quickly overwhelmed by spicy alcohol, pepper, cloves, and surprisingly strong yeastiness. Some candied sugar sweetness but it cannot overcome the finish, which is tart (a green apple influence), spicy and peppery as well but with a blend of malty-bread too. The alcohol is very naked and taunting, maybe a little too much so, if it was softer the complexities would not be as drowned out. The palate is very tasty nevertheless. I detect cloves and apples in the aftertaste with a sharp peppery kick on the tongue, interesting! The body is medium with high carbonation, appropriate, very cleansing and refreshing, which is hard to do with such a high abv. Nicely dry as well. La Fin Du Mode is supremely drinkable and quite a pleasant quaff. It has been well worth the wait… I scored a 750 ml of this dandy in Kansas City. Obliviously it is recommended but I might be the last person on earth to try it.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2003 19:00:37 | More by bditty187
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AtLagerHeads

Ohio

4.05/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A beautiful cloudy golden color with a large and fluffy near white head - plenty of lacing. The nose is vinous with plenty of spice and fruit notes. The flavor follows suit with nice vinous qualities and plenty of fritzy feel to go with it; almost joyous in its qualities. The feel is good and the drinkability is limited only by the unnoticed alcohol level.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2003 02:56:15 | More by AtLagerHeads
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.98/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After warming to room temperature, you can taste some of the strong alcohol and the carbonation.Cloves detract. Popular with my friends but merely good. Have had every few months and observe that its not comparable to the best Belgiums, merely to the median good ones.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2003 01:20:14 | More by Sammy
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CRJMellor

Arkansas

3.58/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice honey color with a 1/4 inch with very intricate lace on the side and great carbonation. Lot of sediment in the bottle. Aroma produces sour apple, toffee, wheat and yeasty citrus notes. Mouthfeel is very clean and has that nice alcohol kick on the back end. Taste is a beautiful mixture of malts with some slight spiciness on the backside. My first experience with the Unibroue folks and certainly won't be my last.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2003 03:12:20 | More by CRJMellor
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mschofield

Massachusetts

3.68/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hazy-yellow gold with stark white bubbly head. It nearly explodes out of the bottle.
Fruity, floral and yeasty aroma.
Very peppery (alcohol) and spicy, with apple and pear.
Highly carbonated, and very warming. It could be dangerous how this hides the ABV.

Not as complicated as other Unibroue brews, my least favorite from that brewery so far. Thats not saying much as it's still an outstanding beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2003 22:20:57 | More by mschofield
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dpend

Florida

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

Poured a clear, light amber/gold that constructed a respectable off-white head that retained well. Aromas of sweet malt, wheat, and spices. Light in the taste with a fair presence of spices and citrus. Alcohol presence seems low for beer with this much abv. Smooth and refreshing with an edgy carbonation. I prefer the Maudite, but this is a great beer nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2003 12:42:36 | More by dpend
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merlin48

Kentucky

4.05/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle served chilled into a goblet. Murky honey colour with a tightly laced 2 cm head. Nose is very floral of apricots and apples, but citrus dominates. Clean and crisp in the mouth with plenty of carbonation to fizzle your tongue. Alcohol is barely noticeable. Caramel malt taste becomes evident halfway through the experience, and the hops appear about the same time to balance the predominant fruitiness. Excellent drinkability here, and really no faults. Fortunately, several Unibroue offerings are available at the Liquor Barn stores in Lexington, Ky, so I'm just a 2.5 hour drive away from sampling more of these fine Unibroue products. Trois Pistoles remains my favorite, but this one is an excellent choice as well.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2003 23:11:09 | More by merlin48
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ViveLaChouffe

Georgia

4.53/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I am really happy to be reviewing this beer and also a bit frustrated. I have been drinking La Fin Du Mond for over 7 years now and is one of my all-time favorites. Unfortunately, I still don't think my critical palate is sharp enough to do this beer justice. Anyway...

Pours a hazy pale gold with a rich snowy white head. Very lacy. Smells like spicy sour apples. Yeasty and fruity.

Taste is heavenly. Frtuity apple in the body underpinned by sweet spicy flavors. Sour malt and yeast to finish. Smooth. And then very slowly, very subtly, the beer shifts into another gear and that dull alcohol warming comes through in the aftertaste. It's a thing of beauty.

This is a gorgeous beer. A perfect sipping brew for a cold winter's evening.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2003 17:15:15 | More by ViveLaChouffe
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edchicma

Massachusetts

4.2/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The real champagne of beers? Oustanding appearance...super carbonation..a head that won't quit with an opaque yellow appearance. Smell was like wheat with a hint of alcohol...well-rounded and inviting. Taste was slghtly citrus with a definite alcohol presence. Mouthfeel was definitely dry, but rounded out nicely...not a strong alcohol presence in teh aftertaste. I've just recently started sampling some of the stronger ales and this certainly ranks in my top tier.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2003 00:16:42 | More by edchicma
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crookedhalo

Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

75 cl cork and caged bottle. Poured initally a translucent pale golden color, following with a definitive murkyness from the natural yeast sediment. This yeast sediment, like other Belgians and Belgian-styles, attributes significant flavor profiles that would not be present if either the beer was to be filtered in the brewing process or not decanted into the goblet as to freely distribute the sediment. I believe this beer is more enjoyable with the yeast thoroughly mixed with the beer. It is rather spicy in the nose (Unibroue tends to use many different spices and keeps those recipe formulas under wraps; I know this from talking to one of the brewers at a beer festival I was working at), with evidence of a healthy dosage of candi sugar and some subtle hops (most likely indigenous to North America). Initially sweet and the intricate smorgasboard of spices come through. Finishes drier yet the spice aspect of the beer still lingers. Mouthfeel's heavy yet smooth, not as invasive as one might expect for a Belgian-style at around 9%. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2003 07:35:37 | More by crookedhalo
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yankeeheel

Maine

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

Pours a very nice clear yellow with a small but lively white head. Lot o' bubbles that dissapear quickly. The smell is rather floral with a bit of berry coming through. can't really nose the alcohol, which is suprising.

The taste is fabulously light, delicate, and complex. Quite a fruity body like a wine but without any astringency. Delicate peppery spices come through in the back, and still the alcohol is imperceptable. Mouthfeel is slightly assertive without a ton of carbonation. Very drinkable.

A nice sipper of a stong ale.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2003 00:58:21 | More by yankeeheel
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BierManVA

Virginia

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

Very good carbonation that settles a bit yet maintains itself. The smell is incredible...medicinally alcoholic but appealing. And the apearance is a dark golden yeasty appearance, similar to Schneider Weisse.

Yet again I find myself in love with a non USA Pale Ale. (American Pale Ale's are just too damn hoppy for me.) This is smooth and delicious and get's the job done. Don't get me wrong here, the smell is quite hoppy but the taste has been subdued nicely. Very Good.

Surprisingly, I taste a bit of malt here. And not just 'a little' but a good deal. Quite a complex palate.

A great North American brew.

Drink!

John

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2003 02:02:03 | More by BierManVA
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SeanChouffe

New Mexico

3.83/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: pours a bright straw yellow with a white head, light effervescence and a slight chill haze. Head retention is low and the lace is full and sticky.

Aroma: tart, hoppy, fruity esters and bubblegum.

Taste: smooth and sweet and peppery with a hop bite and a dry tart finish.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied, creamy, smooth, crisp, low in effervescence, and a lasting astringent bitterness.

IMHO: A good representation of the style, but a Duvel beats it on many fronts.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2003 03:33:24 | More by SeanChouffe
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rdrummer

New Jersey

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

The beer pours hazy golden with a white head that has real staying power. The lace also has staying power. Its a real pretty beer, even my wife liked the look of it. It had a fresh, fruity aroma with a malty undertone that became the dominant flavor. I can't imagine anything that tastes better from first taste to last. I have had equal quality beers but I don't know that I've had better. It explodes with flavor in the mouth and has that pale ale dryness to it, but this is much more than a pale ale. It is an eminently drinkable beer from an excellent brewery. They make Trois Pistloes that comes close to this, but after numerous taste tests to try to determine which is better, this is the one.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2003 00:35:20 | More by rdrummer
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Jables

Illinois

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

pours a hazy dark gold with nice large white head. The aroma is sweet, fruity, and a little spicy.
Tastes fruity with a nice warming alcholic kick. A little spicy on the finish. Hops not noticeable. The mouthfeel is wonderfully smooth once the carbonation dies down. Very drinkable. Not the best belgian, but not bad for a Canadian-Belgian. Cheers.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2003 03:16:50 | More by Jables
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woemad

Washington

4.25/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle purchased from Huckleberry's in Spokane. Poured a cloudy gold color, with a big white head. The aroma is a blend of spices, citrus fruit, and bready yeast. The taste is a delightful blend of fruitiness and champagne like flavors, with a spiciness that balanced well with the lighter aspects of the beer. The high level of alcohol is detected at the end of the sip, betrayed by its warming. I can't really recomend this as a session beer, unless you find the idea of the local authorities pulling you out of the sewer in a comatose condition appealing to you. That, and the beer is surprisingly heavy for its appearance and taste. Still, it is a magnificent beer. Tis is just more proof that a trip to Quebec is in order.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2003 08:55:44 | More by woemad
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PiratePete

New Brunswick (Canada)

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

Poured a cloudy palamino with a white mane that left a very thin cover all they way down - heavier at the edge. Light lacing. The nose is of wonderful malts that jump right up at you and you can smell the sweetness before you even taste the end of the world. You can, at times taste the alcohol - but in a refreshing way not a let's-get-buzzed way. Nice mouthfeel. A bit of a surprise 'cause you expect some heaviness after all the nose and initial contact. But no. It is almost like a cream ale - almost. I goes down smooth with more surprises. A sense of sweet hops, and freshly picked apples in the aftertaste - almost like crab apples. I don't normally, like a fruity taste but I do here! A wonderful beer. End of the world, huh? Must be one of the beers of heaven.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2003 00:36:36 | More by PiratePete
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BeefyMee

Connecticut

2.53/5  rDev -41.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

This beer poured majestically with a great looking head that retained almost the whole way down the glass. It smelled like something similar to a Hoegaarden white and tasted very much like one at first. The taste soon gave way to alcohol as the beer started kicking my ass. This brew can really put some hair on your chest (ladies beware). After finishing two thirds of the glass, the alcohol taste dissipated, but it still had the aftertaste of a white beer. Maybe my view is askew because I haven't had too many beers of this style, but I just don't like it.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2003 03:25:31 | More by BeefyMee
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pootz

Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

La fin du Monde....the end of the world...that's where Cabot and Champlain thought they were when they landed in Quebec, That is the theme for the label of this great strong beer. This 9% ABV offering from Unibroue distinguishes itself from its comrades (Trois pistoles and La Maudite) in that it is a thinner more tart traditional Belgian strong beers (is this an ale???). It also has less of the "warming" effect to it than these other heftier Unibroue beers.
Pours a slightly cloudy light gold color ( careful to keep the chunky lees in the dregs of the bottle and not your glass on this one).

Aromas of spices, sweet malts and a peppery twang.
Starts like a light beer then sits on the palate with a medium body punctuated with spices and a honey sweet taste...the effervescence helps punch the hop tang trough then the finish is fairly clean and smooth for a heavy beer with only a lingering pepper taste mingled with the alcohol warmth,

I like this as a drinkable heavy beer. Not as filling as La Maudite or trois pistoles. Bravo Unibroue...another great beer!

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2003 21:20:18 | More by pootz
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Rumrunner

California

4.4/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750ml. bottle. Goblet style glass.

Maybe the end of the world won't be all that bad. This could be the way to go.

Pours a very burnt unclear yellow. Yeasties float about. A slow forming small head. Decent lacing. The scents are champagne with a bubbly feel on the nose. Sweet and sour fruit like pares, nectarines and even some apple. Some grass, grain and hop scents for a nice finish to the scents.

Flavors present them self in both a bold fashion with a smooth finish. Malts start us off. Again the fruits are strong. Definately some sour apple. There is a fine nectarine and even some mango after this. A peppery spice is nice with a glancing of hops. Then there is a nice milk flavor to smooth this ale out. As it warmed I picked up some faint grape flavors. The alcohol is present but only after all the flavors are happily swallowed. Excellently balanced.

Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth. It has a nice present itself quality. The only pinch is with the alcohol when swallowing the ale. It leaves a great warming quality. It is fresh on the palate and is a great sipping ale. This one will take some time. I am glad I waited to try this ale. It was worth the wait.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2003 05:27:03 | More by Rumrunner
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smitty1080

Ohio

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

One of my first dips in to the big bottles. Pours a goregous gold with crisp white head. There is slight carbonation bubbling up the sides. The aroma had apples, bannanas, and yeast qualties. The taste brought along the yeast and fruity bite. Absolutly silky mouthfeel is a very nice touch to this one.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2003 01:49:49 | More by smitty1080
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beerguy101

California

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

Light gold color. Small head. Aroma is yeasty, fruity and citrusy. A medium bodied Belgian tripel. Fruity, bright, yeasty and spicy, all the things an Abbey Triple should be. Complex flavors are intermingling here. Apples, oranges and peaches mix with coriander, cloves and allspice (?) to make a very pleasant tasting beer. Add its extremely fine champagne like carbonation and this beer is a real winner. Very smooth. The 9% alcohol is hidden fairly well. It does peak out occasionally, as every once in a while there is a touch of alcohol bite and it is a real belly warmer. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and dry. Aftertaste is slightly sweet.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2003 02:35:13 | More by beerguy101
La Fin Du Monde from Unibroue
96 out of 100 based on 7,110 ratings.