La Fin Du Monde - Unibroue
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4.35/5 rDev +0.7%
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!
05-06-2011 21:47:42 | More by TMoney2591
4.45/5 rDev +3%
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.
05-19-2008 01:41:26 | More by zeff80
4/5 rDev -7.4%
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.
12-09-2007 22:54:23 | More by largadeer
4.1/5 rDev -5.1%
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.
04-12-2009 04:22:40 | More by biboergosum
4.43/5 rDev +2.5%
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.
08-23-2002 18:29:15 | More by NeroFiddled
4.5/5 rDev +4.2%
Pours an orange touched brown with a pillowy thick creme head. Nose is citrus, dough, and a minor funk. Flavor is an excellent mix of citrus, yeasty funk, sweetness, earth tones. It's all here. And in perfect harmony IMO. Feel has a full carbonation and the liquid is well bodied. This is an excellent beer. To have access to something so good at such a reasonable price is something that should be routinely taken advantage of.
11-09-2008 06:12:10 | More by RblWthACoz
3.7/5 rDev -14.4%
Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a pint glass.
A: The beer is a hazy pale yellow color with large foamy white head that leaves a thick lace on the glass.
S: Heavy yeast aroma with a touch of alcohol.
T: The same bready, yeasty character, from the smell, comes out strongly in the flavor and dominates throughout. There are touches of honey, malt and just a bit of alcohol (but not even close to 9.00% worth).
M: Light-to-medium body, crisp and very smooth, medium carbonation and a very clean finish.
D: The yeast character masterfully disguises the alcohol content, which, along with the smoothness, makes this beer very drinkable. This was the first beer that I’ve had from Unibroue. It has left me with the impression that this brewery doesn’t mess around.
05-21-2006 05:59:22 | More by TheManiacalOne
4.5/5 rDev +4.2%
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.
07-17-2009 04:00:34 | More by nickfl
4.38/5 rDev +1.4%
Nice 750ml corked bottle that pours a deep golden orange sunshine tone with a gleaming white head leaving a fair amount of lace around my tulip glass. High carbonation that tickles me nose hair and contains a deep syrupy sweetness with traces of honey and spice in the aroma along with the complement of the yeast strain scents. Tastes a very full complex sweetness with shots of bitter and dry sensations that run down the palate. Within the sweetness of the flavor lies a spiced up fruit like, thick mouthfeel of straight up refreshing goodness. Unibroue is amazing they are definitely capable of bringing the magic of Belgium beer to the North Americas, and for that I raise my glass to them. For making a beer with nine percent alchol that contains this level of drinkability and at the same time is staying within the guidelines of the style of any classic triple. Very good!!!!
03-19-2003 07:09:59 | More by WVbeergeek
4.97/5 rDev +15%
12 oz brown bottle with a foiled top, a best before date on the back label.
Appearance: Foamy off white head that takes a long while to subside to a sticky lace. Cloudy yet radiant yellowish golden colour shows that this is a pale brew.
Smell: Ripe sugary nectarines, a powdery yeast and a light phenolic clove and medicinal mix in the aroma. Alcoholic esters with a touch of solvent linger in the back of the nose.
Taste: Peppery clove spiciness with a warming alcohol right behind it. Estery with a hint of solvent-like character in the high level of alcohol. Malt lays down some sweetness with a thick drying pale graininess, fruity flavours of mango and pear flash on the taste buds. Bitterness from the hops melds with the thick powdery yeast and bring the mouth to a slightly dry finish.
Mouthfeel: Smooth and creamy with a medium to high carbonation.
Drinkability & Notes: One of my favourite Belgian style pale strong ales, a bit over the top for some people and one that I respect by sipping through the night.
01-06-2003 18:12:15 | More by Jason
3.5/5 rDev -19%
750ml BBD 07-18-09
Pours an effervescent strawberry peach color with finger of white head. Superior head retention & good lacing
S: Fruitty with staw notes. Some phenolic notes as this warms
T: Pears, apple skins & dryness up front. Warming booze & citric hops (lemons& grapefruit) follow, along with jammy notes. As this warms I get phenolic, earthy & mushroomy (?) notes along with hints of shorbread. Finishes with warming to almost hot alcohol, appleskins, pears, & lemony hops
MF: Medium-bodied, pretty active carbonation fits the style
Drinks a bit slow, I'm sure this is better more matured. I fear this bottle has been opened at least a year too early.
03-09-2007 06:31:55 | More by russpowell
3.93/5 rDev -9%
12 oz bottled September 3rd, 2008. My first Canadian review!
A - Huge white head that dissipates quickly over a murky yellow-colored brew. Plenty of carbonation and attractive lacing. A lot lighter than I was expecting from a tripel.
S - Yeast, lemon peel, cloves, with a hint of malt sweetness in the background. There is a good depth of spices and floral notes - it has more in common with some of the good German hefeweizens than with some Belgian tripels. Actually reminds me of a cross between a saison and a hefe...
T - Sweet at the nose, but gets more savory as it passes through the mouth. There's a sharp bite at the top of the palate, likely from the high ABV. A mix of cloves, honeys, spices and yeast - reminds me of a less sweet and more boozy version of Cynicale.
M - Crisp, refreshing, and bubbly - a little champagne like. I was a little surprised by how thin it was for something so strong - it definitely could be creamier and more full-bodied.
D - Not a style that I'd want to pound for an evening, although at 9% there isn't a huge risk of that happening. This is more of a change of pace beer for me.
I remember liking this a lot more in the past, but maybe that was because I hadn't been exposed to the wide variety of US and Belgian brews that I know now. It's not my favorite Unibroue - prefer Maudite, Trois Pistole, and Terrible.
12-15-2008 05:55:50 | More by MasterSki
4.68/5 rDev +8.3%
Huge, billowy, lace, white-as-driven snow head, atop a perfectly golden, clear body.
Aroma is a sweet array of fruit and spice, standing far above any other particular aspect. Delightful and heavenly. Is it "the End of the World", because it enters us into the next?
Citrusy flavor stands on top, with dazzling hops and a marvelous sparkling sensation on tastebuds. Body is light, and extraordinarily uplighting. This brew handily earns it's rep as the Canadian stand-in for Duvel.
A terrifically engaging, hoppy mouthfeel, and an exceptionally warming feeling make this ideal beer for any sort of celebration, such as Anniversarys, holidays, Wednesdays, midnights, 2:45 A.M.s, anytime you're exultant that the world hasn't ended, didn't get fired, dog still loves you, etc., etc....
02-04-2003 16:26:45 | More by feloniousmonk
4.35/5 rDev +0.7%
Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass. Beer is yellow to dark yellow and completely hazy. Forms a thick white head of small to medium bubbles with steady and high carbonation. The head leaves a lot of lacing on the glass. It looks good.
The aroma is bready with a strong yeasty character and a good estery component.
Medium bodied, the beer is silky in the mouth and finishes with a nice bitterness. There is a lot of yeast and esters playing in the mouth. Overall a great beer and a good tripel. This is one of my standby beers, consistently wonderful.
01-26-2010 02:21:18 | More by drabmuh
4.55/5 rDev +5.3%
Poured cool into a La fin Du Monde glass from a brown 12oz. bottle.
A - A beautiful amber the shade of honey w/ a fluffy 3 finger white head.
S - Like fresh bread w/ a dash of sweetness, full of Belgian character w/ spice and herbal notes. A nice dry wheat aroma enhances the smell.
M - A medium full body w/ gentle sweetness, toasted texture w/ hints of spice and a dry finish.
T - A very pleasant and balanced Belgian style ale. Somewhere between a wit and a tripel - strong and complex like an abbey, yet spiced and refreshing like a wit. There is a bit of wheat in the flavor w/ a honey-like malt taste. The malt really makes the ale special. Smooth and refined it keeps you wanting more.
D - This is a really world class beer even if the name implies drinking on at "the end of the world". It is just drinkable in almost every sense w/ sweetness, Belgian character and spice. The 9% abv makes it more of a sipper, but pure pleasure in each sip.
09-11-2007 23:25:10 | More by Slatetank
4.15/5 rDev -3.9%
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.
06-15-2012 03:45:14 | More by StonedTrippin
4.35/5 rDev +0.7%
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.
08-25-2011 02:30:39 | More by jlindros
4.13/5 rDev -4.4%
The beer pours a cloudy light golden color with a 1/4" frothy white head. The aroma is quite fruity. There are spicey accents with a hint of cloves. The taste is refreshing. Again, the spices are present. This a light beer that really goes down smooth. There is excellant carbonation and a low body. This is a great sessions beer.
09-06-2003 11:45:25 | More by WesWes
3.83/5 rDev -11.3%
First had: bottle at Washington House, Sellersville, PA
Pours a cloudy yellow-orange with a small white head that disappeared almost instantly. Yeasty aroma with lots of fruits, and a bit of spice. Bready taste, malty, light sugars, a touch of spice, fruit salad: banana, peach, pear, and a lot of sour orange and grapefruit zest, giving an instant drying effect. Medium mouthfeel, a bit syrupy, with a crisp, dry finish. Pleasantly drinkable.
05-23-2011 14:23:46 | More by Rifugium
4.33/5 rDev +0.2%
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.
12-21-2012 03:50:02 | More by oline73
La Fin Du Monde from Unibroue
96 out of 100 based on 8,054 ratings.