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La Fin Du Monde - Unibroue

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Reviews: 2,861
Hads: 9,475
Avg: 4.31
pDev: 11.6%
Wants: 537
Gots: 1,846 | FT: 19
Brewed by:
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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 Sammy
3.97/5  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.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.35/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a hazy honey color with a huge 2 inch white head that fades to a small cap. There is a little spotty lacing present.

S - Smells of acidic fruit like pineapple, green apples, and malts.

T - Tastes heavily of yeast and malt with an acidic fruit aftertaste.

M - Extremely bubbly and crisp with an acidic feel in the mouth.

D - Very tasty beer that was very refreshing. Another great offering from Unibroue.

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Photo of t0rin0
4.15/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This came from a 750 ml from bevmo, so not sure how old it actually is. It poured a nice dark golden color and was hazy. It also had a large white head that dissipated and left nothing behind. The aroma was mostly of orangey citrus. There was of course a little bit of yeast in the smell too. The flavor was very sweet and pleasant but on the verge of being too sweet. There was some complexity in the taste but I couldn't tell what all was in there. The mouthfeel was carbonated and light, which is nice for a tripel.

I think its a very enjoyable beer but the sweetness takes away from its credibility a little.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2.5 finger head with nice lacing on a murky amber and golden body. Aroma is yeasty with dark fruit, mostly red apples, and spices. Flavor is excellent with a nice yeast and spice profile on a caramel malt backbone. Very crisp, moderate to high carbonation and medium body. This has been one of my favorites for a long time. The apple notes are especially good. Overall an excellent beer and go-to beer when available.

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Photo of metter98
4.35/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer poured clear golden yellow in color with a finger high bright white head that slowly died down into a thin layer of bubbles covering most of the surface. A moderate amount of carbonation is visible from the rising bubbles.
S: There is a moderate smell of floral hops, fruits, spices and yeast in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the nose and much stronger, having a good balance between pepper spices and a slight amount of sweetness from the fruits. There are also some notes of candi sugar.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate with a lot of dryness in the finish.
D: The alcohol is very well hidden, which makes this beer very drinkable. I will definitely be having this again as it is one of the best representations of a tripel.

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

love this classic. pours cloudy but radiant orangey gold with a moderate white head with reaosnable lacing. smells like epic fruity and spicy belgian yeast. fermented pear, allspice, and citrus dominate the nose, while wheat malt and banana creep into the flavor profile. the balance and complexity of this beer are unrivaled. heaps and heaps of floral notes as well, yeasty but crisp at the same time. there is also an alcohol warmth which is rather addicting, especially as it warms. the mouthfeel, is near perfect. absolutely brilliant carbonation that just dances in the mouth, jivey and fresh. medium body but light color, can be heavy at room temperature, but spot on when chilly. this is one for the ages. maybe the best tripel out there.

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Photo of Knapp85
4/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew poured out as a hazy yellow color with a billowing white head on top. The foam leaves some scattered lacing on the glass with each sip. The smell of the beer is a little citrusy and has some sweet grainy aromas too in there. The beer smells refreshing, very lively. The taste of the beer was a little spicy, a little fruity and had a nice amount of bready yeast in there too. The mouthfeel was smooth and rather easy to drink, even for a strong brew like this one. Overall it's a damn good brew and I would enjoy this one again someday for sure.

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Photo of brentk56
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pale, cloudy yellow with an enormous white head; good lacing

Smell: Bananas and a touch of clove; undertones of candi sugar and lemon

Taste: Starts with the banana and candi sugar flavors; by mid-palate, pears and other light fruits arrive along with a lemony bitterness; after the swallow, the pear and stone fruit flavors build into the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with prickly carbonation

Drinkability: Very tasty, with a distinct yeasty character; well made - as good a tripel as you will find

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.95/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

La Fin Du Monde is a solid Tripel with a sweeter, wheaty demeanor and weizen-like yeastiness.

Murky golden in color, the beer carries a froathy rocky white head at first, but struggles for retention as it reduces to hardly a trace only a few moments in.

Wheaty and spicy, the aromas display the appricot, pear, and nearly banana and clove character that rivals hefeweizens.

Flavors follow suit with a sweeter candied fruit taste of ripe, or over ripe, appricots, bananas, and pear. Spicy with alcohol, white pepper, corriander, and a dash of orange peel. Light notes of coconut or vanilla seems to richen the flavor and detract from the zesty taste of classic Belgian tripels. Lacking any meaningful hop character further exacerbates the sweet and fatter mid palate. Pleasant earthy notes rise as the beer warms, giving a honey-like taste in finish.

Heightened sweetness and body makes the beer less digestable and drinkable than it should be. Sweetness and malt textures linger in the finish and never allows for the snappy dry finish that tripels deserve. Alcohols warm the mouth and accent the peppery character of yeast and help with balance late.

Though this is a nice tripel ale, I don't give it the praise that others share. It doesn't have the malty-dry, cracker-like character and well attenuated sweetness of Chimay Cinq Cents (white label), nor with it's floral, spicy, earthy hop presence. This beer just tastes muted, sweet, and over fruity in comparison.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.75/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Golden and slightly hazy with a very nice white head that leaves behind a good amount of lacing.

S: Lots of sweet malt comes through before its overtaken by the yeast, which has a good amount of spiciness dominated by cloves.

T: The cloves spiciness dominates again and the 9.0abv exudes a nice alcohol warmth. Some grassy malt in the background, but this is all about the yeast.

M: Medium body with quite a bit of carbonation.

D: Sublimely drinkable. One of the beers that truly turned me on to the good stuff.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.47/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle: Poured a golden beer with a huge bubbly head with average retention. Aroma is a mix between something sweet which might be candi sugar and wheat. Taste is very refreshing with again a nice mix of candi sugar, wheat and something a bit spicier, which I cannot identify. Body if medium with great carbonation. I truly love this beer even after more then ten years of drinking it. Must be commanded just for helping discovered the fabulous world of beer.

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Photo of largadeer
4/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - A very bright and hazy golden-colored ale with a remarkably resilient head.

Smell - Spicy and floral; notes of apple cider and yeast; faintly soapy. A delicate but complex aroma.

Taste - Very fruity and malty upon first hitting the tongue, with overtones of apple and banana and a bit of citrus underneath that. Peppery and slightly drying in the finish with mild floral hops.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied and creamy on the tongue; ample but gentle carbonation.

Overall - I used to enjoy this beer, but these days I find the yeast character to be overbearing.

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Photo of biboergosum
4.1/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

650ml bottle. This was the first Unibroue offering that I tried back in university in the mid-90s when they first shipped it out West. It was quite the eye-opener to my Big Rock-loving self at the time. Now, at a nice little university area bistro, one neither at the End of the Universe, nor the end of the world, for that matter, I revisit it years hence.

This beer pours (into a properly branded chalice, no less) a hazy orangish yellow hue, with a few fingers of puffy, bubbly white head, which leaves some streaky soap film lace around the glass as it quickly beats in outta Oka (what, too soon?).

It smells of sharp grainy pale malt, earthy yeast, fruity dry apple and pear, cracked black pepper, spicy cloves, a slight minerality, and herbal, dead leafy hops. The taste is big, blended orchard fruit - apricot, pears, banana and orange - edgy yeast, peppery cloves, grainy pale malt, sugary honey, and mild floral hops. Only a slight tingling is detectable for the elevated ABV - neat.

The carbonation is noticeable, but mostly in a frothy sort of way, the body a sturdy medium weight, and a tad cloying in its sugary sweetness, but I've come to appreciate this as just a sad fact of the style. It finishes off-dry, the fruit and sugary malt lingering harder than the yeast and/or spice seem to be.

Homerism (hah - this is too much of a big-ass, geographically speaking, for now, country for that) aside, this is really a rather good example of the style, going down nice and smooth in spite of the big boy booze quotient. It's been their flagship beer since day one for a reason, and it's not hard to see why.

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Photo of zeff80
4.43/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Poured out a cloudy, dark gold color with a bubbly, soapy, two finger head. It left traces of lace.

S - It smelled of fruit (citrus) and some light caramel malt. Also, a slightly grassy aroma.

T - It tasted very sweet with a yeast and wheat taste. Also, a good dose of citrus and dried fruit. Some light caramel malt flavors, too.

M - It was crisp and sharp, yet smooth and easy drinking. A light to medium-bodied beer.

D - A great tripel. Comparable to St. Bernadus.

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Photo of oberon
4.1/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

My favorite offering from Unibroue,pours a hazy yellow with a gigantic blooming head,the aroma was very spicey and smokey with a slight tartness in the finish.There is a nice sweetness to this beer,a nice spiciness in the middle and a fruity finish.I get this underlying smokiness to this beer its very appetizing,a true hand crafted beer.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.05/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

"It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine"


Yeast-laden, effervescent, brilliant gold with an expansive, billowy cap of rich, aged ivory. Plenty of BSPAs have this basic appearance, but something about this one strikes me as near perfect as I let bright morning sunlight stream through the window and catch fire in the glass. The head is in too much of a hurry to depart and almost no lace is visible, so I'm forced to curb my enthusiasm a bit.

Definitely a good nose for the style, but I'm not gobsmacked. There's a smidgen less power than anticipated and less complexity as a result. I can appreciate spicy pear and apple fruit with intimations of clove spice. It's hard to say if an actual Belgian yeast strain is in use. If so, it's one of the tamer varieties. The aroma opens up a bit more with warming and becomes more white peppery as well.

Most of the usual style elements are present: orchard fruit, spice and well-integrated alcohol. The beer is sweeter than some with a more subdued spiciness. The word elegant comes to mind. La Fin Du Monde is unquestionably a civilized, mannered version of the style. The thing is, I tend to prefer rabble rousers. I enjoy the flavor, but I find myself wishing that there was more of it and that it would hang around a while longer.

Adding the yeast from the bottom of the bottle helps a little, but not enough. This is good beer that could be great beer with a tweak or two. The finish is tackysweet and is the capper to a wonderfully lush mouthfeel that is the highlight of this entire experience for me.

La Fin Du Monde is a wonderful effort and is an admirable example of its style. However, it lacks a certain 'je ne sais quoi' and therefore doesn't quite equal the best BSPAs. That said, I'm savoring the final few ounces and I'm definitely feeling fine.

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Photo of oline73
4.3/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a Chimay goblet. I thought I'd have one of these to celebrate the end of the world.

Appearance: The beer pours a golden color with an amber hue. There is just under a finger of fluffy white head that fades to a ring around the pour.

Smell: This one is slightly sweet with a ton of Belgian spice. I'm getting some fruity notes along with a hint of cloves.

Taste: There is a nice level of malty sweetness here, it's prominent but not cloying. The Belgian spice shows up here too, but it's not as dominant as it was in the smell. There is a mild fruity note here as well. The finish is slightly bitter with some Belgian spice in the mix.

Mouthfeel: The body is medium with a ton of fluffy, foamy carbonation and a very dry finish.

Overall: I really enjoy this beer. All the flavors blend together really nicely. I could have several of these.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.62/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This was fantastic. Poured a deep hazy and very light amber with a big white frothy head. Quick fade left behind a nice quarter inch layer of head on top and nice lace down the glass. Smell was very alive, lots of figs and pears with hints of raisin and plum. Lots of carbonation gave this a great feel and only served to punctuate the great flacors. Lots of light fruitness here, again peachs, pears, figs, hints at nutmeg and some grape. Extrodinarily drinkable, with no hint whatsoever of the big alchol in this. Quite possibly one of my all time favorite belgian style ales. This was fantastic. Nothing over the top, just crafter perfectly. I would highly recommend this to anyone.

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Photo of nickfl
4.49/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Two fingers of white foam on a hazy, golden yellow body. The head settles quickly and leaves minor lace.

S - A big hit of spicy wheat, followed by lots of phenolic yeast notes. Prominent coriander with some banana, pineapple, cinnamon, and white pepper.

T - Fruity, banana and pineapple, with spicy wheat. Spicy notes of coriander and clove come out in the middle and linger into the finish with grassy hops, moderate bitterness, and a lingering star anise flavor.

M - Creamy, moderately heavy mouthfeel, high carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - This is a classic example of the style, one I have had so many times that it is almost difficult to review it objectively. The spice notes blend perfectly with juicy, tropical fruit notes and make for a very refreshing beer despite the high abv. The only real weak point is the appearance and the anemic head. Not quite as complex as La Chouffe but very good; probably the best Tripel made outside of Belgium.

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Photo of womencantsail
4.32/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Bottle poured into my Koningshoven chalice to reveal a clear golden beer with a thin but sturdy layer of white foam on top.

S: The smell of sweet apples, clove, yeast, and a bit of white grapes. There is also a touch of alcohol.

T: The spice comes out much more in the flavor than it does in the aroma. A lot of clove and nutmeg are complimented nicely by some fruity esters and a hint of yeast. There is a very well balanced sweetness to bitterness ratio that I've found to be lacking in other Tripels.

M: Very nice body on this beer; medium to full, in fact. The carbonation appears very lively in the glass but is a bit muted on the tongue itself. A bit of alcohol heat hits the back of the throat as well.

D: This is one of the first Tripels I've really enjoyed. Good solid Belgian yeast character and a fruitiness and sweetness that is well balanced. The only knock on the drinkability of this beer comes from the alcohol, but still easy to drink.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.02/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours lightly hazy, golden-orange body with a smallish, white head.

Smell: Fruit juice aroma smelling of pears, peaches, and pineapple -- really any fruit starting with 'p' will do. Nicely spicy, hint of orange peel, too.

Taste: Pale malts and a large portion of candi sugar quickly followed by a flavorful medley of fruit juices from the nose, plus a greater portion of banana. A counterbalance of spices, bitterish orange peel, and hops try to match the sugars present. Slight yeastiness throughout, maybe a bit of bagel dough. Finishes crisp and quite fruity.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Slight stickiness to the mouthfeel. Medium-high carbonation.

Drinkability: So fruity! A delicate, delightful tripel.

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Photo of jlindros
4.33/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Fluffy 1 finger fluffy head fades slowly with a bit of lacing lots of bubbles rising to reinforce it. Very hazy golden honey colored.

Nose has great Belgian golden malts, sweet malts, light Belgian yeast fruit like apricot citrus and pear.

Taste starts with sweet malts, candi sugar, Belgian golden malts, light warming booze, slightly tingly too, then more fruit with apricot, pear, citrus and light orange zest, light spices typical in Belgian tripel yeast. Finishes warm booze with sticky malts and candi sugar lingering, light citrus as well.

Mouth us a bit bigger bodied, good carb, warming bit tingly booze.

Overall great, perfect example of a Belgian tripel, but a bit hot.

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Photo of TMoney2591
4.33/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a flared pokal at Bliss.

Not really sure what something like this is doing at a Cinco de Mayo tasting, but I'm not gonna argue with good beers being served to me. It pours a lightly cloudy straw topped by a tall tor of stark white foam. The nose comprises black pepper, clove, banana, orange peel, wheat, and cardamom. The taste brings in more of the same, along with some light candi sugar and light caramel. This added bit of sweetness and minor complexity boost really makes everything come together nicely on my tongue. The body is a hefty light (or a really light medium), with a moderate carbonation and a dry-ish finish. Overall, a great beer, one of the best tripels currently on the market. Get some!

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.42/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Astonishingly different on tap than it is from the bottle - but not necessarily better. I think it benefits greatly from the high level of carbonation that can be lessened on tap. Cloudy, yellow-gold in color with a full, bright-white head that holds fairly well and leaves a decent lace. The body is similarly light-medium, but the mouthfeel is more creamy as the carbonation has been reduced. There's a lightly sweet "tropical fruit" note to the aroma. The flavor has a more "orange-ish" note, and a gentler spice. Overall, it seems to lose a bit of character which is normally derived from the assertive carbonation bite. Still a very good beer but on draft it seems to taste like many other beers in its category.

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Photo of mactrail
4.27/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Aroma is very nice. Fresh banana bread with lots of spice. Sweet, richly flavored, very tangy. This does seem like too much of a good thing, and so many crippled tripels could use a dose of that flavor. Lots of fruit flavors, seems to have pear and champagne to me. Possibly a touch of hops, but the bitterness seems to come from the yeasty mix. Every sip renews the strange complexity of this stuff. Bitter aftertaste that renews the desire for another sweet sip. Hot and sultry stuff.

I've had this 12 oz bottle for a year, and a screw cap, no less. It still says "best before 05-27-13." Years to go, according to these optimistic Canadians.

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La Fin Du Monde from Unibroue
96 out of 100 based on 2,861 ratings.