La Fin Du Monde - Unibroue
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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
4.28/5 rDev -0.9%
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.
12-14-2011 06:31:28 | More by mactrail
4.43/5 rDev +2.5%
Poured from a 750 ML bottle into a goblet.
a - Pours a orangish-golden color with 2+ fingers of white head. Moderate carbonation evident.
s - Lots of banana, yeast, and some spice. Masybe some other fruits as well.
t - Banana, yeast, cloves, and pears. Very nice and the alcohol is very well hidden.
m - Medium body and moderate carbontion.
d - A very nice tripel. Great fruity smell and taste and the high ABV doesn't affect the drinkability at all. A great beer by Unibroue that I've had many times and will surely have again.
03-30-2010 22:31:06 | More by mdfb79
4.72/5 rDev +9.3%
12 oz. bottle poured into a Unibroue tulip glass:
Pours clouded golden with a large white head that soon fizzles away.
The smell is of orange peel, frangrant spices, floral, bready notes in the back. Alcohol adds a touch of pepper.
Incredibly delicious! Sweet malt mixes with perfumy spiciness - orange peel, clove...touch of peppery alcohol gives it a warming finish but is so well-balanced that it is not raw, harsh or interfering.
Smooth and creamy, the taste lingers after a long, dry finish.
Very drinkable despite the high abv. One of the world's great beers, IMO.
05-30-2007 13:40:29 | More by jwc215
4.65/5 rDev +7.6%
Pours a hazy gold color, with an incredibly effervescent carbonation driven thick off white head. Aromas of garden fresh vegetables, spicy yeast, cider, and blooming fields of wild-flowers, all waft from my glass. I am greeted by a refreshing, spicy, sweet first draught of this effervescent brew. It tingles on my tongue as it goes down. An incredibly smooth, well integrated brew, it just seems to want to be quaffed, which, is quite dangerous given a beer of this strength. La Fin Du Monde indeed!
Quite appropriately this is sharp and spicy at various points. I get note of hay, bergamot, hint of pepper, lemon, an herbal bite, and some vanilla. Overall it definitely has some interesting soft citrus notes as well as some appetizing acidity. This is an awesome brew from a currently great brewery, lets hope it stays that way.
05-16-2004 17:13:41 | More by Gueuzedude
4.15/5 rDev -3.9%
Pours with a mighty head that dies a little too quickly. No real lace. Cloudy and light amber in color
Aromas of orange rind, all spice and alcohol.
The flavors change rapidly from sip to swallow. It starts smoothly, even innocently, but quickly transforms to a nearly mulled taste of spices. Still, this is not a sweet beer. Very high carbonation, perhaps too much so given the body which is not nearly as full as some of this style. The aftertaste is strong alcohol with a lactose sourness.
Honestly, I prefer the Maudite from Unibroue, but that's like saying I prefer lobster to cavier. This is delicious beer that begs to be savoured.
06-10-2006 19:07:04 | More by smcolw
4.15/5 rDev -3.9%
12 oz. bottle
A: Cloudy yellow with a huge amt. of white foam.
S: Apples, oranges, lemon.
T: Much of the same as in the smell, with that great Unibroue yeast ester character.
M: A little on the thin side for me for this style of beer, very spritzy when a little colder.
D: Fair, due to the high alcohol and the complexity, but still a very good brew from Unibroue.
07-02-2007 06:59:17 | More by Halcyondays
4.7/5 rDev +8.8%
I drink this brew all the time and never got around to reviewing it. Pours a slightly cloudy yellowish-orange color with a thick frothy 2 inch head. The aroma contains tones of yeast, citrus, floral hops, and spice. The flavor components make up a perfect combination for the tastebuds - orange, lemon zest, yeast, coriander, and vanilla, balanced with perfect levels of malt, a nice complimenting bitterness, and mild alcohol.
Mouthfeel is very crisp on the tongue. Medium bodied beer. The finish is dry and the flavor components ride the tongue long after swallowing. It is extremely drinkable and one of my favorite brews.
06-09-2005 12:26:55 | More by Gavage
3.3/5 rDev -23.6%
750ml brown glass bottle with hood and wire cap over a cork served into a La Chouffe tulip in high altitude Castle Rock, Colorado. Reviewed live. Expectations are extremely high given its current ratings and the recommendation of a friend. Acquired at Davidson's Liquors for $6.99.
A: Pours a three finger head of no cream, bad thickness, and pretty good retention. Colour is a nontransparent light honey-gold.
Sm: Pleasant light malt, moderate crystal malt, honey, heavy lemon peel, and clean barley. A moderate strength aroma.
T: Heavy lemon peel throughout, with some light tame spices that I quite fancy. Some ginger and clove. Tastes like a hefeweizen and witbier combined, brewed with Belgian yeast. Has some yeast, but not a significant amount. The alcohol doesn't come through at all. The lemon is a bit overdone, in fairness. It is quite estery. Nicely balanced excepting the lemon. The yeast on the finish is lovely. Well built for the style, but it does resemble other styles (as afore noted).
Mf: Smooth and wet, but actually a touch too thick. Suits the flavours pretty well.
Dr: Very drinkable, especially for the high ABV - which doesn't come through. I'd like to try it aged, but I don't know that it'd be best on-draught. A nice little tripel that deserves revisiting. At $6.99, there's no reason not to age it. I just wish they'd tone that damned lemon down.
12-25-2011 00:56:22 | More by kojevergas
4.5/5 rDev +4.2%
10/16/05- Purchased at Beverages and More in San Mateo, CA
Presentation- 750 ml bottle. Caged and corked. No dating on the bottle. Poured into my Duvel tulip.
Appearance- Cloudy bright golden pour. Cork lets out with a furious pop. Nice creamy 3/4 inch head with nice patchy lacing.
Smell- Spices and more spices. Tons of white pepper and corriander. Not much other scents can get through. Maybe a few ripe fruits.
Taste- The pepper and the corriander carry this beer. Maybe a touch of peach flavor sneaks through or some other kind of tropical fruit. Sweet and tangy.
Mouthfeel- Perfect carbonation for style. Sugary coating and a tad creamy.
Drinkability- Probably the best Strong BPA I have had. Extremely tasty and drinkable.
10-16-2005 23:42:00 | More by GClarkage
4.45/5 rDev +3%
Pours a cloudy, golden-amber color with a thick frothy white head that dissolves into a lasting lacing. Aroma of apple, pear, grape, citrus and slight hint of alcohol. Very carbonatied up front with a fruity spiciness with hints of light crisp fruit and a sweet citrus finish.
12-01-2008 08:51:51 | More by corby112
4.03/5 rDev -6.7%
Appears a hazy, light gold with a small white head that slowly fades into a mild cap. Scattered streaks of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of estery pepper, cloves, citrus, and orange with a tropical fruit salad aroma coming through.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with that signature spicy tropical fruit. There is also a vanilla cream flavor that comes through in the taste.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, mildly spiced with spritzy carbonation tickling the tongue.
12-17-2008 02:01:50 | More by weeare138
4.15/5 rDev -3.9%
I guess I saved the best Unibroue for last. I bought 8 different Unibroue 12 oz singles and finally I can drink one and say I absolutely enjoyed it.
Pours a nice cloudy yellow with a think wisp of a head. Smell is spicy with a clove/banana type of aroma. Taste is very reminiscent of a Hefe, but a tad spicier and beefier. 9% ABV is well hidden and this has superior drinkability. A great beer, I liked this one a lot.
12-14-2008 18:45:09 | More by oriolesfan4
District of Columbia
4.53/5 rDev +4.9%
12 oz bottle, approaching a year old, been kept refrigerated, poured into a Duvel tulip.
A: Hazy, golden yellow color with steady carbonation that is very hard to see through the murk. Very retentive off white, with very little lacing, just a few streaks.
S: Very sweet, spicy and touch of medicinal like alcohol. Ripe fruit, sugars, the typical Unibroue yeastiness, along with some clove and pepper, but big on the sweet and spice (cinnamon, etc).
T: Starts off a very sweet, spicy flavor up front and never really lets up as some more earthiness comes in and the carbonation hits you. Clove, pepper, banana, ripe fruit, yeast flavors all hit in the middle. Not much of an alcohol presence. The sweetness dominates, but is perfectly balanced by the spice.
M: Like a Unibroue beer, you know what to expect, tons of carbonation over a medium body but still very smooth. Finish is very sweet and candy like.
D: Easiest drinking Triple I've had. I think I still prefer Maudite and Trois Pistoles over this beer personally, but as far as Triples go, this is easily one of my favorites.
06-26-2008 03:01:38 | More by yourefragile
4.5/5 rDev +4.2%
Possibly one of the last bottles to reach Australian shores, at least for a while, sadly. Chilled to cellar temperature and served in my Unibroue tulip, avoiding the lees.
Body is an absolutely beautiful cloudy but burnished ripe pear colour, deep yellow with hints of orange in its depths. Head is billowy and frothy, boisterously foaming up when poured. Pleasantly light body and thick sheeting lace as the head collapses. It's a wonderful looking beer.
Nose is crisp but round, full of spicy, earthy Belgian yeast notes, with hints of dark fruit, fig compote, pickled orange rind, and whisked vanilla essence. Such wonderfully blended and outrageously sophisticated aromas. Gorgeous.
Taste is smooth and round, but with a central vector of fruity acidity that cuts pleasantly through the sweetness. Spicy Belgian notes come up through the back, along with a subtle but structured spirit bite. Mouthfeel tingles with subtle heat and acidity throughout, just livening up the palate wonderfully.
Yes, this is a very good and very well-crafted beer. Extremely flavoursome, but so well balanced and light enough that it's supremely drinkable. An excellent brew that I'll be sorry to see disappear.
10-15-2010 08:30:58 | More by lacqueredmouse
3.78/5 rDev -12.5%
This is a pretty nice beer, don't get me wrong, but I've tried it numerous times and still don't think it lives up to the hype. It's pretty with a tall white head and hazy straw yellow body.It smelled sweet and spicy (corriander) with a similar flavor. I just find the flavor to fall flat, I get some, but not a great complexity out of it. Still, it's very easy to drink and with little hint of the alcohol. I'd probably go for Duvel instead of this though.
04-21-2007 17:11:48 | More by tempest
4.93/5 rDev +14.1%
Poured a cloudy yellowish amber color with good carbonation and a white head. Nose is fruit, hops and belgian yeast. Taste is fruit, belgian yeast, spice and warming. I thought it was pretty good and smooth on mouthfeel and drinkability. It was warming, spicy and fruits on the mouthfeel.
11-05-2009 03:12:26 | More by barleywinefiend
United Kingdom (England)
4.58/5 rDev +6%
341ml brown bottle. No freshness information on the bottle/label.
A: served lightly chilled in a large tulip-shaped wine glass, it pours a cloudy dark orangey hue (like farmhouse scrumpy cider); the head is limited, leaving just a thin layer of foam, against a lively carbonated body with streams of tiny bubbles all over the place.
S: tremendous smell of fruit esters (orange-peel, lightly banana-oil, unidentified exotic fruits/like passion-fruit) with a touch of semi-sharp, freshly-sawn wood-chips and deep spicy flavour, on top of dazzling and richly perfumy fruity and candyish maltiness... The fruity yeasty elements are so vertical and colourful, bringing lots of ever-changing, novel, flowery and savoury aromas unlike all the typical strong pale ales I've encountered. What's best about the aroma is that it's not as overpoweringly/sharply yeasty as many authentic Belgian counterparts (like Duvel), thus making the nose perhaps the most complex I've experienced amongst this style.
T: slightly sharp texture initially, with dryish bitter-sweet curacao-peel, coriander seed with lightly peppery edge along with sourly-sweet, perfumy fruitiness following immediately; towards the mid-flavour a rich flow of semi-sweet candy-sugary maltiness develops, leaving semi-dryish hoppyness and a profound yeasty overtone in the aftertaste (like Japanese yeasty drink--Yakult).
M&D: lively upfront and turning softer as it goes; the alcoholic warmth is pretty restricted and makes this drink more devilishly-drinkable than the famous Duvel!! although in the end the sticky sweet aftertaste proves a bit too much to my liking. That said, this is THE top dog in my book for the style of Belgian Strong Pale Ale!
12-20-2005 03:55:39 | More by wl0307
La Fin Du Monde from Unibroue
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