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La Fin Du Monde - Unibroue

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

7,644 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 7,644
Reviews: 2,710
rAvg: 4.32
pDev: 11.57%
Wants: 312
Gots: 673 | FT: 11
Brewed by:
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Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
Tripel |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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KAP1356

Pennsylvania

4.38/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A 750 ml. bottle, with a Best By 1/12/13 marking, poured into a Duvel tulip...

A - Really nice ever-so-slightly hazy golden-orange color with a HUGE 3 finger fluffy white head. An incredible amount of carbonation is visible in this one. Bubbles are flying all over the place at an incredibly quick pace.

S - Yeasty with a nice aroma of clove out front. Citrusy and floral as well. There some other fruits there as well; some pear and green apple. Some slight spice and peppery notes as well.

T - Sweet tasting with floral and fruity flavors coming out. The pear and green apple make themselves known as do the cloves. Slightly more bready than I thought it would be. A little bit of pepper and citrus round things out nicely. Slight hop bitterness and belgian yeast mix nicely with the sweetness. Ends with a nice buttery finish.

M - Smooth and creamy with a slightly carbonated bite at the end (much less than I expected based on the appearance ofthe beer). Medium bodied with a nice dry estery finish.

D - Quite drinkable even with the ABV, although it does start to catch up with you after a bit. One bomber was enough for me, but was quite an enjoyable beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2010 00:45:51 | More by KAP1356
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cb102348

Ohio

3.6/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer smells like dirty locker room socks after a hard day on the gridiron...but delivers in the end when it counts.

A - Pours nicely with two finger head and settles well.

S - As metioned before, in our experience, this beer smells like Bigfoot's dick - maybe we got a bad bottle, but it was enough to turn off even the most experienced beer drinker. Grassy notes, pear, some clove(?). Overall was not pleasant.

T - Taste was satisfying. Compared to the smell, this beer delivered. Really can taste the pear and other earthy/fruit notes.

M - Light and crisp - well carbonated but not overpowering to the point that it ruined the beer. Still able to get the flavors.

D - Maybe had a bad bottle, but don't let the smell deter you from enjoying this beer. Goes down smooth with little effect from the alcohol content. Flavors in the beer really come out after it warms up a few degrees. Definetely not a session beer but sure to be a favorite with most everyone who appreciates a good Belgian tripel.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2010 05:31:21 | More by cb102348
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hmf05

Florida

5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Before I begin, I must say that this is truly one of the top 10 beers in the world

A: There is a nice 3 finger, white creamy head. A beautiful cloudy orange color and you cannot see anything through it thanks to the wonderful bottle conditioning.

S: Peach, pineapple, pear, clove/coriander, belgian yeast

M: Well carbonated and surprisingly creamy

T: Exactly like the smell. Tons of ripe fruit. I get mostly peach and pineapple with a good amount of spice (coriander?). It is extremely smooth and not in the least bit bitter.

D: Dangerously drinkable.

A world class beer and definitely the best tripel I have ever tasted. I have had many Unibroue beers, but this one stands out!

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2010 20:29:46 | More by hmf05
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SKMO

Missouri

4.68/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am not big into reviews as I do not feel qualified but this brew kicked my arse in every respect and brought tears to my eyes.

Upon opening the bottle and inhaling the aroma I was salivating like Pavlov's Dog. It smelled luscious. And it tasted as good or better.

Everyone else here has described the nuances of the taste/aroma. I can't begin to tear this beer apart taste-wise other than to say it hit all my sensory g-spots. I had a beergasm.

Let's just say it is one of the best beers I have ever experienced. It is delicious, not a word often used to describe beer. I also appreciate the high ABV which hides itself perfectly.

Perfect beer Karma in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2010 20:14:37 | More by SKMO
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goalie33

New York

4.35/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 750mL bottle into 13oz tulip glass.
A: Hazy straw gold in color with 1 finger of fizzy head that goes down to a thin layer coating the top of the beer.
S: Clove and spices, very similar to a hefeweizen without the banana.
T: The spiciness of the nose comes through in the taste with a hint of alcohol. This beer masks its 9% abv very well but you can tell that it is there.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2010 04:27:38 | More by goalie33
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haazer

Pennsylvania

4.22/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a St. Bernardus chalice.

A- Pours a little more than a finger of white head. The brew is an orange marmelade color, with apple core highlights on the sides. Fairly opaque liquid, with a good amount of bubbles rising in the glass. Personally I think this might've looked better in a tulip.

S- Great combination of yeast/fruit aroma's. Picked out mainly Berries, apples, and grapes.

T- Excellent, very complex tastes, as most Tripels have. Hard to pick out the distinct flavors so I'll speak in generalities. Tastes include fruit and candy, but is not at all overly sweet. Can pick up on the malt taste in the background, and the alchohol is masked fairly well.

M- Smooth but bubbly mouthfeel from the carbonation. On the lighter end of a medium bodied beer. Alcohol is slightly warming, but welcomed especially at this time of year.

D- A sipper, and thats not to take away from its drinkability. A sipper to savor the great taste and complexity. I can see why this is so highly rated. A plus is that this is very easy to find, and its actually a quite cheaper then most other Tripel's out there.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2010 00:52:13 | More by haazer
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Blueribbon666

Ohio

4.7/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12oz. Bottle poured into a wide pint mug. Wonderful color of orange, smelling of wheat, citrus and a bit of spice. Definitely a top five or ten beer for me. The head dissipates fairly quickly. Mouthfeel is very nice and smooth and very drinkable for the abv. I've exposed many a Blue Moon honk to this wonderful beer, I say that because that's what most tell me when I have them taste La Fin Du Monde. No orange needed, the wonderful all natural citrus taste comes standard.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2010 11:09:29 | More by Blueribbon666
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DesMoinesMike

Iowa

4.83/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Congrats to our northern neighbors for creating this amazing brew that I now have on my favorites list.

It's a dark golden color with a boat load of white foamy head that doesn't die easily. It's rather cloudy, and this one had a few chunks of dark sediment that my first one didn't. The aroma is mostly fruit with a bit of wheat. The flavor just blew me away. A bit of wheat, then lemon, orange, cloves, spices. A rather complex mix that are strong and plentiful. It knocks your taste buds out and makes you ask for seconds. It finishes just a tad tart but still sweet.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2010 03:41:05 | More by DesMoinesMike
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Arkofsax

Georgia

4.35/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Beautiful golden orange coloring with a huge head (I prefer to pour a little extra head and then let my beers sit for a minute so that the temperature can balance while there's still some head left)

S- Smells like an odd balance between a spicy scent and the distinct maltiness of the style.

T- Incredible! The malts give it a very interesting flavor. I would almost describe it as being vaguely nutty compared to other takes on it.

m- If my taste buds were ever stressed, then this beer would be their masseuse. The malts provide a wonderful soothing effect as it's held in the mouth.

D- While delicious, finishing one of these with a meal would be the most I could ask anyone.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2010 08:24:52 | More by Arkofsax
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HopJ

California

4.75/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Time to actually review one of my favorite beers. What can be said. An incredibly complex beer that is priced well and can always be found. The mouthfeel is full with nice acidity to keep it alive. Bold dry malt right in the middle. Just a hint of the alcohol but this is so drinkable and refreshing, it could be dangerous.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2010 23:15:26 | More by HopJ
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turnerr79

Washington

4.15/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

La Fin du Monde, aka End of the world.

Full foamy head, a good two fingers.

Beer pours a summer yellow, slight cloudiness.

Sweet malty nose, with a hoppy complement.

First sip is sweet and definitely on the malty side. Not cheap malt liquor malty, but European ale malty, a bit lager-ish.

Wheat in the mash shines through. Gives my palate images of fall harvest on the farm. Med heavy mouth feel, but the carbonation balances that out.

9% abv, but there is not a sharp taste. Good after taste that keeps the wheat theme on the forefront.

Great comfort beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2010 21:32:07 | More by turnerr79
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KickInTheChalice

Illinois

4.38/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: Bright like an orange sunrise, Fin du Monde is slightly cloudy from a bunch of Belgian yeast just waiting to impress me. A calm white head forms upon pouring but fades rather quickly and does not leave any lacing.

Smell: The spicy Belgian yeast pops out of the glass and into the nose. Pepper, cloves, green apple skin, soft pear, and sweet sugary bread all make themselves present.

Taste: Sweet, especially up front. The first taste is of spice and candy, with the apple, pear, and more complex flavors stepping in a bit later. The flavor is a bit tame compared to some of my favorites, so I swirl the bottle and add all of the yeast to give it more pop. The finish is a light floral hoppiness, a touch of alcohol, and more sugar sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Less that medium carbonated, slightly sticky sweet, all in a medium body.

Drinkability: At 9%, this can really kick you if you let it. However, there are a couple of tripels I like better than this. To be fair, this is still a stellar beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2010 09:52:29 | More by KickInTheChalice
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ryantaussig

New York

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

Split with a friend into a Duvel and a Gulden Draak Tulip. He's sitting in on this review.

A: Beautiful golden straw color. Relatively hazy, giving a nice translucence. Head consisted of medium to large bubbles leading to less than satisfactory retention. Still leaves a decent lace.

S: Fruit comes forward right away with blueberries and citrus out in front. A slight hop backdrop sets up the plethora of malt complexities. Yeast esters and alcohol at the end.

T: Lots of malts, some roasted some not. Notes of toasted bread and cloves in the front of the palate. Alcohol and yeast noticeable at the back end. Hop character is lively providing a good balance to all the malts.

M: The feel is pretty much the representative for a tripel. Just about medium with a definite level of smoothness to it, ending with a dry estery finish with a bit of heat.

D: At a high ABV and a standard bottle size that's in the bomber category means I'm done after two. I could potentially drink it all night, but it's not likely.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2010 06:30:06 | More by ryantaussig
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BigMike

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 12oz bottle.

A: Pours a golden straw yellow with tons of effervesence. A puffy pure white head tops it off.

S: Lots of sweet yeasty clove and pepper. Candy coated a'njou pears and apple peel.

T: Sour apples, pears clove, pepper and spicy yeast. Very sweet on the finish.

M: Medium bodied and smooth. Tons of tingly carbonation. Good drinkability.

Overall: This is a pretty good triple. Not the best I've ever had but very enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2010 00:00:38 | More by BigMike
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aventinus829

North Carolina

4.72/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Quite possibly my new favorite beer. Definitely the best tripel i've ever had. Amazing!

A: Light, golden haze.
T: Very sweet, but in a good way, and balanced with clove spiciness. The high alcohol content adds some nice warming.
D: It would be quite easy to finish off a glass (or more) very quickly, but the high alcohol content will put you down fast.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2010 03:08:23 | More by aventinus829
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herman77

Minnesota

4.47/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Deep, cloudy yellow with a big and fizzy white head. Good retention, it becomes very cream like looking as it settles. Next to no lacing though.

S: Buttery, bananas, cloves, yeast, a touch of pepper and more fruits.

T: Sweet and smooth. Bananas, cloves, a bit of pepper and citrus. Pears and apples. Ends with a nice creamy, buttery finish. The sweetness is balanced by the belgium yeast and an ever so slight hop bitterness, very nice. It tastes pretty much how it smells.

M: Medium body. Active and lively carbonation, yet its still pretty smooth.

D: Very good drinkability for being 9% and a Tripel. ABV is hidden pretty well. I wouldn't think I would like this beer this much, I was way wrong.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2010 02:28:04 | More by herman77
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russwbeck

Virginia

4.75/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Pours a hazy yellow with a fluffy and full white head. Decent retention, minimal lacing.

S: Belgian yeasts to the core, citrus and spices adding to that. Wonderful smell.

T: The Belgian yeast, citrus, and spices show themselves first in the taste. Making way for slight hop bitterness and warming alcohol to finish it off. One of my favorite representations of the style.

MF: Bubbly and light. Very inviting drink.

D: Extremely high. Really love this beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2010 05:16:16 | More by russwbeck
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airheadmtrcycle

Georgia

4.68/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I knew I would like this beer. It's been in my cellar (closet) for months. I kept denying myself the pleasure for some reason. My shrink says I do that a lot. Opening the bottle was not an easy task; I ended up using a corkscrew. It poured beautifully from the 750 ml bottle into a Sierra Nevada pint glass. It's a beautiful hazy golden color with a foamy head that disappeared a little faster than I would have preferrered with little lacing to speak of. Next time I'll go for a more aggressive pour as in the Unibroue video on their website.

But oh the smell is spectacular! Fruity, rich and malty with some booze. The taste is more restrained with the booze, which is a good thing for me, but the fruity yeast, and rich malty flavors are far beyond my greatest expectations for this fantastic tripel. This is definitely a sipping beer, and as it warms the flavors are getting more pronounced. I'm in love! How do they hide 9% ABV?!?!

The mouthfeel is medium, which is surprising with all the malts that probably go into this ale. Its downfall is it's too drinkable for an ale with 9% ABV. :-)

Next to Duvel this may be my favorite beer I've ever tasted. Sorry for gushing beer vets, but I feel like I've crossed some kind of threshold of flavor that I didn't know was possible for a beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2010 00:50:43 | More by airheadmtrcycle
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coronajm

Ohio

4.65/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12oz foil-top bottle poured into my Chimay chalice.

A- Cloudy, honey color with a nice fluffy head that sticks just a bit down the glass.

S- Citrus and floral aroma with a lot of spiced clove. Pear is sticking out as well.

T- Just how it smells; floral, citrus and spiced clove on the front, with a sort of bitter yeastiness on the back. A bit breadier than anticipated from the smell. 9% extremely well masked. Delicious!

M- Medium, slightly dry body. Bubbly at first but kind of disappeared by the time i got to this time in the review. I must add, a bit of alcohol warmth is coming through now and really bringing out some subtleties.

D- Much easier to drink than the 9% led me to anticipate. Very impressed and will buy again.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2010 02:23:28 | More by coronajm
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claspada

New Jersey

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

Aromas of Belgian yeast, light honey, tart fruit and a hint of biscuity malt. As it warms a bit you get some more breadiness and an almost champagne/grape smell emerges.

The taste is fairly smooth and has notes of grain/wheat, pineapple, peaches, clove/yeast and some tartness. It begins with honey and biscuity malt and moves into light fruit with a hint of bitterness/light sparkling cider quality. The yeast gives a slight pepper note as well. This beer is very complex and some of the flavors are hard to place. The mouthfeel is coating, with moderate thickness and high carbonation.

Overall this beer has great complexity and satisfying flavors. Definitely one of my favorite and more flavorful triples around and I will most likely have it again.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2010 19:51:26 | More by claspada
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BigPlay1824

New York

4.7/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a pint glass
Poured from a 22 oz bomber

A: pours a very nice light golden color with a slight amber hue, pours with a thin layer of whitey bubly head

S: has a nice scent reminiscent of most belgian wheat brews, also has slight citrus notes

T: Very nice wheat taste, not overpowering and perfectly balanced with sweetness. Does not leave the driness that does come with most wheat brews

M/D: very smooth drinking brew, goes down smooth and leaves a nice lingering sweetness

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2010 19:05:54 | More by BigPlay1824
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anotherpg

Massachusetts

4.83/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Really, 9% ABV? This goes down so smooth, you'd never notice. Unibroue is a great brewery and is this is their pinnacle beer. It's clear, bright, sippable or drinkable straight. I woudl bribe friends to buy cases and drive them back over the border. This is a beer to seek out; it's a lot to pack into such a small bottle.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2010 23:14:12 | More by anotherpg
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philphilphil

Australia

4.6/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

this beer is just amazing, I drank 75 cl from a leffe chalice.

Appearance was cloudy pale with lots of head.

Smell was like any good tripel, beyond description.

Taste, it is amazing, equal to duvel, better, pleasure in a bottle.

Moithfeel is like about right.

Drinkabilty, well i'm borderline drunk and it's not all that expensive, will defs buy again

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2010 08:25:34 | More by philphilphil
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TheBrewo

Michigan

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

When poured we find a cloudy pale golden-yellow colored brew, with a light and mobile one and a half fingered head. The aroma is a mix of clove, yeasty wheat, and a fresh sweetness. As we taste we start with a spicy organic array, including clove, coriander, and a mild black pepper. This gives way to a tart, grainy finish. By the end of the sip, the mouth is left slightly dry, and with a faint reminder of the generous abv. It remains fairly medium bodied and, while noticeably carbonated, it goes down smoothly.

Overall, what stands out most is the odorous punch to the nostrils when the bottle is first cracked, the freshness of both the aroma and the following taste, and finally the smoothness of consumption.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2010 23:25:38 | More by TheBrewo
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mpm180

Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz foiled bottle into chalice.

Reddish gold color with less than a finger head.

Strong smell of yeast and sweet berries. Not unlike a berry muffin.

Subtle wine like taste highlighted with berries and grapes.

Medium bodied. Lower carbonation reminds me of drinking a dry white wine.

Quite drinkable as the 9% is well hidden. Nice flavor and well worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2010 03:43:48 | More by mpm180
La Fin Du Monde from Unibroue
96 out of 100 based on 7,644 ratings.