La Fin Du Monde - Unibroue
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4.6/5 rDev +6.5%
I found this little gem in a beershop in Neuchatel in Switzerland, among many other beers that are very hard to find (at least here). (including Dolle Brouwers beers, rare chistmass brews and many other that I couldn't find here in Belgium)
I was delighted to find out that this was not the the french export version either, but the genuine candian stuff with 9% ABV.
Moving on the review.
A medium pour produced a nice trothy head that settled on top of a hazy, golden brew.
The smell is fresh, yeasty with some fruity aspects and some floral notes.
Citrusy flavours blend in with a malty undertone. Some spices & a slightly dry and hoppy finish. Most excellent.
Goes down very smoothly, with no hints of the high ABV in the taste. Very deceiving as this is a pretty heady brew and quaffing this one too quickly with an empty stomach will almost certainly have its effects.
Very Belgian in both taste and smell. It has many elements of a solid belgian blonde but it's stronger, rounder and creamier. Top notch!
02-11-2005 10:03:26 | More by Paddez
3.83/5 rDev -11.3%
Unibroue's La Fin Du Monde is held in high esteem around these parts; I decided to try it for myself and see how it stacks up. La Fin Du Monde is not a beer for the faint of heart, and it's not a beer that you're going to drink six of in an evening. It exemplifies that motto, 'respect beer.' But let's see how it stacks up - it should be noted that I *tried* to age this beer, but folded and drank it within three months of purchasing it.
Appearance is very nice. Poured from the silver-foiled industry standard bottle into a Leffe glass (the closest I had to the reccomended glassware), it has a quite cloudy orange-brown-yellow sort of colouration. A very, very careful pour results in two fingers of very foamy head (a normal pour would have it overflowing out of the glass) that continues to grow for a few moments before shrinking a bit and settling to about a finger-and-a-half. A considerable amount of lacing is at times runny, but delicious looking nonetheless. This is a good looking beer.
The smell is full of a very sweet maltiness, though not much in the way of hops. Citrus fruits are quite apparant, along with nutmeg and cloves. A bit of wheatiness, bubblegum, yeasty notes and a bit of sour character. Floral, with a hint of alcohol (very well disguised for 9%). Perhaps the only off-note is a sort of metallic twang. As the beer warms, the aroma oddly seems to become harder to detect, which is very unusual with any beer, as warmth usually brings out MORE flavour.
Taste is also quite good, though it doesn't live up fully to the beautiful aroma. Sweet malts, again, a touch of indistinct hops, but largely dominated by the unusual flavours that make Belgians so appealing. Citrus fruits (especially lemon and curaco oranges), nutmeg, and cloves. Wheat notes, pepper, and a yeasty character, as well as the return of bubblegum. Some alcohol-warmth (duh), and the return of that one off-note - an almost bloody-metallic twang that sits a bit in the mouth. Sweet throughout, finish is slightly dry, but quite sweet on the finish. Almost no bitterness to be found. Very good tasting brew, but not something I would drink with any regularity, I must admit.
Mouthfeel is this beer's weak point. The light body isn't so bad - it's light, but definitely not watery - but this is a brew that's overcarbonated to extremes, almost macro levels. Drinkability, likewise, is average. I would *like* to have more than one of these, but often find myself barely able to finish a single bottle of the stuff; this is in part because of the high ABV, the heavy carbonation, and the occasionally cloying sweetness of the beer.
La Fin Du Monde is a great brew. It's certainly one of the best beers to come out of Canada, but realistically, it's not something that anyone could ever drink regularly. This is a special treat, a beer you keep in the fridge for a special occasion - graduation, the end of exams, finding a job. It's *not* for sipping in front of the television.
07-21-2006 19:20:40 | More by headlessparrot
4.5/5 rDev +4.2%
Color is hazy golden. Nice head that dissipates but leaves lingering lacing. The smell is great, although I'.m not sure how to describe it. Malt, citrus, tamarind. It's complex and deep. The taste is fantastic. Malt and yeast, a perfect amount of hoppy bitterness. The taste is complex and rich and remarkably balanced. The mouth feel is excellent. It's heavy and almost velvety without being cloying or thick. The alcohol asserts itself, but the beer is rich enough that it blends in. Overall, a fantastic beer. Complex, tasty, drinkable.
12-20-2009 09:06:12 | More by DoreenAndDave
4.55/5 rDev +5.3%
Pours carbonated with a cloudy light orange color and a yellow tint. It pours two fingers of frothy white head that dissipates to a thin layer.
Smells of sweet malts, fruity apples, spicy yeast and wheat bread.
Tastes great. Carbonated, with a tangy fruit flavor. The apple flavor that I smelled stands out significantly, but there are hints of banana, alcohol, and wheat.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied and carbonated. The carbonation isn't rough though, it is actually very pleasant, and nice to sip on. At first I thought I was going to suck this brew down, but it ended up taking me a lot longer then I expected.
This is an excellent triple by Unibroue. As I was drinking this I kept having flashbacks of a Weihenstephaner Hefe, but this brew is definitely different, more complex fruit flavors. Well balanced. Nice brew.
03-01-2009 22:23:09 | More by KBoudreau66
4.43/5 rDev +2.5%
A: Hazy golden color, foamy white head, soapy lacing
S: Light fruit aroma: perhaps apple or pear, light honey malt smell as well as a yeast aroma
T: Very much follows the nose
M: Crisp, well carbonated, sweet, light bodied
O: very tasty beer, its sweet but not overly so and the 9% alcohol is barely noticeable. Its a very good beer.
01-19-2012 03:25:16 | More by Crundy
4.38/5 rDev +1.4%
A - nice light looking color. slightly foamy
S - Spicy smell but also some sweetness to it
T - Spicy and citrusy. Flavorful but also lacking on the bitter side.
M - Goes down smooth even with the strong tastes. pleasant
O - Nice distinct taste without being overpowering. good balance.
07-05-2014 22:26:37 | More by avwrite
4.85/5 rDev +12.3%
Outstanding vision pours into the glass. Thick white head topping a hazy golden beer. Great retention and lacing. Aromas or citrus and bananas loft and linger even when the glass is away from your nose. Flavors of cloves, citrus, yeast and crisp sweetness. I could hardly sense the 9.0% alcohol in this beer. Outstanding!
03-16-2006 20:13:51 | More by jj21
3.75/5 rDev -13.2%
Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a goblet. Best before date: 01-24-12
Appearance: Gah why do these Unibroues not give any head?? A light golden colour almost devoid of any brownness. Not a very typical beer and makes me think this is going to be like a Don De Deau in how wine-like it will be. Not much carbonation coming up either.
Smell: Very wheaty and yeasty (with that unmistakable Unibroue yeast) but with a sourness like apples, bananas, and a hint of grape. Has a hint of clove but not much. Reminds me of cider or some sort of overtly sweetened juicy juice box
Taste: Very very tart. Like drinking sour apple juice. Somewhat of a honey flavour gives it a sweet finish which is rather pleasant. Definitely more of a grape flavour, and honestly made me feel like I was drinking champagne when i wasnt thinking about it. Taste is closest to golden raisins. Upon the second pour (with the most yeast in it) I could detect a lot more pronounced of a yeast flavour and the requisite nuttiness. At least its more complex than its brother the Don De Deau.
Mouthfeel: It's like drinking pop rocks the way it sizzles in your mouth. You can only slightly detect the alcohol. It seems like most of the hidden carbonation nucleates on your taste buds. Very much like champagne in its mouthfeel.
Drinkability: Not a very consistantly drinkable beer on its own. Not just because of the alcohol. I wouldnt have more than one or two of these even if the abv was lower than 9%. Its very easy to drink at first, but I started to get a little sick of it as I neared the end.
I'm not sure why i differ so much from everyone else, but i suppose it just happens. Ive been around the unibroue block a little bit, and i they're just not as good IMHO as other BA's say they are.
11-03-2009 07:02:35 | More by Whiteweasel
La Fin Du Monde from Unibroue
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