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La Fin Du Monde - Unibroue

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

7,807 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 7,807
Reviews: 2,714
rAvg: 4.32
pDev: 11.57%
Wants: 328
Gots: 737 | FT: 13
Brewed by:
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Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
Tripel |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-23-1998)
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timherremans

Indiana

4.65/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Opaque light golden color. White bubbly head, dissipated pretty quick but with light lacing. Poured into a goblet.

S - Yeast is prominent, and I can make out some tropical fruit like banana.

T - Taste is nice. Kind of hard to nail down. Unique yeasts, that are up front, Belgian style ale. The sweetness comes right after the yeast, tropical fruit like banana. Pretty well balanced. I can't really describe it but it is good. Sweetness is subtle..the finish is not overly sweet. I find it getting better and better. Alcohol is masked very well, it is not dry.

M - Not thin, bubbly. Good carbonation but not overly so. Very nice feel.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2011 01:18:29 | More by timherremans
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Aiptasia

Florida

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

My first offering from Unibroue. Sampled it from a 12 oz. brown bottle in an ice cold pint glass.

A: Great pourer into glass. Decent head and a good amount of sticky lacing on the sides. Not an over-foamer like some Big Belgian-style beers.

S: Complex smells of pepper, cloves and fruit sweetness on the nose.

T: Very well balanced with a lot of depth. Plenty of dried fruity notes and semi-sweetness from the yeasts and malts. Has a rochefort-like middle of nutty cheesiness and a dry finish.

M: Full bodied but not bitter. Alcohol is well balanced and warming throughout. Fully carbonated retaining fizz throughout.

O: A very fine beer overall. This one really stands up as a true Belgian. It's the first New World produced big beer that's worthy of an Abbey/Trappist level of quality.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2011 00:46:07 | More by Aiptasia
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jboucher

Massachusetts

4.8/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip glass

Best before date printed on the back label

19 IBU's

Appearance: Hazy golden honey color. Pours with a nice white head. Very nice sticky and patchy lacing. Solid carbonation is present as well.

Smell: Yeasty and phenolic on the nose. Strong clove influence is present. Slight citrus notes. Mild banana. Very complex. Slightly herbal presence as well.

Taste: Excellent malty sweetness upon the arrival. Sweet clove taste with a lingering herbal finish. There is a warming affect of the high ABV, however the alcohol is masked very well. Intriguing. Beautiful balance between all of the tasting notes.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, good carbonation on the tongue. Creamy and smooth.

Drinkability: This beer is quite refreshing. Very easy to drink despite the high alcohol content.

Ending notes: This is a very complex, but enjoyable brew. A perfect archetype of the style. I would highly recommend this to any beer enthusiast. Once you have a sip, you want to go back for more. Phenomenal. Best tripel I have had thus far.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2011 01:35:08 | More by jboucher
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heebes

Ontario (Canada)

3.65/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle.
From notes;

Pours a hazy light golden with a thin bubbly head. Nose is phenol, spices, banana esters, sweet light fruits. Taste is balanced, Belgian yeast like flavour mingles with the banana, cloves and candied fruits. Sweet on the palatte. Medium bodied, carbonated. Strange sense of metallic notes and strong yeast flavours kind of underwhealmed me here. ABV was well hidden but felt after one serving. Not one of my favourite Canadian breweries despite its popularity down south.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2011 19:58:23 | More by heebes
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HattedClassic

Virginia

3.68/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Note: I had accidentally dropped this bottle on the ground.

Appearance: Pours a hazy yellow that reminds me of a lemonade mixed with honey kind of yellow. The beer gives a one finger head when poured and dissipates modestly, which leaves some lacing behind.

Smell:I get a whiff of banana and a bit of alcohol. Overall, the smell reminds of candied fruit especially banana and maybe apricot.

Taste: Sweet malts and I can taste the yeasts used to make it. The candied banana and apricot flavor make their presence known, which makes it sweet and slightly sugary. However, the finish tastes a little bit watered down but I don't know if that's only because of what to happened to the beer I was drinking or what.

Mouthfeel: A nice crispy feel with medium carbonation on the tongue.

Overall: I'm fairly happy with the La Fin Du Monde and is a pretty decent (cheap) alternative to the Tripel Karmeliet. While I still prefer the Tripel, I would not mind buying another four pack of the La Fin.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2011 03:23:43 | More by HattedClassic
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Wamesit

Massachusetts

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

A - Pours a hazy light golden-orange. Rocky white head that gives way to minor lacing.

S - Nose of candied fruits. Bananas, clove. Faint alcohol in the back.

T - Sweet and lush. Hard to pin down the malts that form a solid backdrop to the flavors, subtle caramel. Clove spice and plenty of fruit esters: bananas, pear, light flavors. A profound balance. Alcohol warmth with every retro-olfaction. The hops presence, like the depth of the alcohol, is hiding in the back and adds to the very crisp and dry finish.

M - Medium, carbonated, refreshing.

O - Outstanding Belgian. Exactly what a Tripel should be.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2011 03:06:09 | More by Wamesit
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negroobserver

New York

4.1/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

C: The color is a light hazy yellow which looks like lemonade in the narrow end of the glass and like a hefeweizen on the wider end. The color also has a light pink hue which is kind of a plus. With a light pour it produced about a quarter inch of head, which dissipated in about a minute.

S: Light Citrus notes. Not much going on here. It smells to me like a slightly more complex hefeweizen than the Blue Moon standard. I guess that makes it slightly above average in this category.

T: This is where this beer really shines. At first taste you will definitely taste the citrus and the coriander in the beer. The best part of the beer in the complex aftertaste which really can't be described easily. The first taste is the best because your taste buds haven't yet adapted to the flavors and the alcohol, which is noticable but not a dominant presence here.

M: When pouring the beer I noticed that it poured thicker than your average hefeweizen or pilsner, which tend to be watery. Well, there's no arguing it now. It has excellent mouth feel. The beer has some weight which gives it an excellent body and also a slight bite on the tongue from the carbonation.

Overall Grade: B+/A-

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2011 02:20:06 | More by negroobserver
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jman892

Massachusetts

3.15/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - Pours opaque, hazy yellow. Leaves a loud 1 finger white foam head

S - Picking up that banana, yeasty character in the nose. Smells something like an old fashoned creamsicle

T - Somewhat of an orange flavor. There is a very faint flavor of banana to it as it warms.

M - Carbonation is strong on this one, almost like a soda water feel to it. Kind of an aluminum can like flavor in the aftertaste

D - Overall the high ABV is hidden relatively well, but I struggled to get through this one. The large amount of carbonation and the metallic taste just didnt grab me

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2011 02:11:33 | More by jman892
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RichScherle

Florida

4.2/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The end of the world! On lees!

A - orangey with thick ever so slightly off white head. nice bubble action going on with healthy lacing

S - mostly fruity yeast character on the nose with a wheat malt note thrown in.

T - Nice showcase of belgian styled yeasts - banana, slight bubblegum, sourdough, with stone fruits such as apricot and a bit of peach. Wheat character fills out the malt profile nicely with softness and a bit of a bread note. Slight alcohol tinge on the backend with a faint shot of hops. This is really about the yeast

M - full bodied but more on the dry side with a nice texture.

D - good drinkability for me - but it does sneak up on ya! IMHO - one of the best belgian styled brews (i.e., one of the best "belgian" beers produced outside belgium).

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2011 05:57:11 | More by RichScherle
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devilben02

North Carolina

4.18/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours from a 750 mL bottle with a beautiful hazy golden yellow color and is capped by a huge, light, fluffy, eggshell-white head. The aroma is more expected than exceptional, though, with a light musty yeastiness primarily, but also a bit of clove, fruit, and even a hint of earthy hops. The flavor is more impressive, with a combination of yeast, lemon, unripe pear, orange rind, and clove again, the overall impression is a wonderful dry, dull fruitiness combined with a characteristic Belgian-style yeast. The texture is creamy and delicate, but not in any way thin-bodied.

Overall, this is certainly not one of my preferred styles, but this beer is addictive, which is troublesome when I'm drinking 750 mL of 9% abv beer by myself. I may not like many tripels, but I like La Fin Du Monde.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2011 14:31:22 | More by devilben02
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Prostman81

Illinois

3.53/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Others here have reviewed this beer with very clever and descriptive tasting notes. I'm going to sum up my feelings in simple phrase:

It tastes and smells like a very strong hefeweizen.

I really wanted to like this beer given all the glowing reviews for it, but it just doesn't do it for me. I've had other belgian styles and enjoyed them, so maybe the tripel style is simply not my cup of tea.

I'm glad to have had the opportunity to try this one, I just won't be trying it again.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2011 17:20:44 | More by Prostman81
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SkunkWorks

New York

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

750ml bottle poured into a tulip glass. Bottle is marked best before June 2015.

Look: golden body that is cloudy with yeast and sediment. A gentle pour gives a two finger head of white foam that lasts a long time. As I drink, there's only a little lace left behind in this beer and it doesn't stick around for very long.

Smell: Belgian spices, clove, pepper, fruity smells of pears and peaches, and a hint of citrus peel.

Taste: the fruit from the aroma stands out with hints of spice and a bit of alcohol. There's a bit of a phenolic taste as well as some orange peel. Its sweet without being cloying and there are some yeast flavors in here too. Nothing here is over powering and it all works together nicely. Well balanced tripel.

Feel: medium bodied, nicely carbonation, hides the alcohol well.

Drink: easy drinking and you could have a few of these if it weren't 9% alcohol.

Overall, a pretty good tripel. I've yet to have a tripel that particularly impressed me but this one comes close. I can see why this is such a popular tripel. I would recommend giving it a try. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2011 13:50:02 | More by SkunkWorks
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evanlarkin

District of Columbia

3.3/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to ngeunit1 for this.

Appearance:
Pours a hazy yellow/orange color with about an inch of head that dissipates quickly, like a cola. Carbonation is easily visible.

Smell:
yeasty and dry, but fruity. Very soft and mild smell with some amount of light fruits, like white grapes and a lot of pear. very smooth and champagne-y.

Taste:
Again, soft. A lot of pear flavor and a bit of grape in the background. A bitterness similar to fruit peel.

Mouthfeel:
Sharp carbonation and with a creamy feeling behind it.

Drinkability:
I don't think I'd have more than one of these in a night, partially because of the ABV and partially because I'm not really into this. It's a decent belgian, but it just doesn't quite click with me. That being said, I can recognize it as a quality beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2011 22:57:29 | More by evanlarkin
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Brunite

Illinois

4.2/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured into a tulip glass. Beer is a hazy golden yellow with lots of active carbonation. A decent head gives way to a white collar with some light lacing.

S - Smells like champagne. Lots of white fruit....grapes....apple...banana....some pear. Lots of spicy and herbal notes as well.

T - Taste is like it smells. As it warms....things mellow out and the carbonation is minimized by each swirl.

M - Initial buzzing carbonation gives way to a medium body....almost some creaminess like you get with a swirled Quad each time you do so. Nice and dry on the finish with lingering sweetness and tartness at the same time. Crisp.

D- ABV is very well hidden. This goes down tasty and easy. A fine example of a Tripel and one that is reasonably priced and available....last I saw was 8.99 for a 4-pack.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2011 18:17:48 | More by Brunite
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larsenju

Wisconsin

4.13/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Nice pale yellow, a few specks but overall pretty clear. 2 finger brilliant white head that drops quickly leaving light lacing.

S-Very fruity initially with some pear and apricot along with just a little (not tart) apple. The fruit gets backed up by some caramel like malt sweetness and a little bit of clove. I also was getting some higher alcohols and mineral like yeast, especially as the beer warmed.

T-Sweet peach and pear hit right away quickly moving into some very nice phenolic spice that plays quite well with the alcohol heat. Moving back the esters picked up and I got some ripe banana along with a biscuit malt profile, I also got a little bit of raisin, and again a chalky yeast note that picked up on the finish leaving a nice blend of yeast and phenolic spice.

M-Very fine and moderately high carbonation coupled with a fairly dry body.

D-At $7 this is really a great buy. Pretty complex and well balanced, possibly a little hot, but it blends in quite nicely. Well done Canada.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2011 05:27:45 | More by larsenju
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OldIronLungs

Massachusetts

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

Ending the 4-pack review with the original - one of the first beers that sold me on crafts. Poured into une verre du La Fin Du Monde with a moderate foam building up then quickly burning off on top of a perpetually fizzing hazy golden blob.

Smells of sweet malts, light cider and yeasts, oh and some of the 9%. Beautiful sweet, crispy, dry carbonation and a fresh peppery spice. Just such a neat balance of factors that make it a nice beer you can start strong (since it's clean and the abv is so well fit) and finish as a sipper since it's got that sweet flavor.

I think everyone should enjoy the end of the world.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2011 00:27:30 | More by OldIronLungs
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Dmoore07

Illinois

4.65/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A- Honey color. 5mm head.

S- Very sweet and inviting. Yeasty.

T- Very well balanced. Initially quite sweet, giving way to refreshing hop spice. The 9% ABV does not hide, but is not overpowering.

M- Bubbly and clean feeling.

D- Very drinkable. Its complexity makes me want to figure this beer out. It might take a few!

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2011 00:17:42 | More by Dmoore07
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SHODriver

Louisiana

4.78/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Pale and cloudy yellow with an ample fluffy white head. This beer looks amazing
S: Very sweet and grassy with some nice fruity notes. It smells great and you almost want to keep smelling it to find what else lurks inside.
T: Peppery and spicy flavors mostly predominate to me. There is still an underlying sweetness and a bit of breadyness. A sweet and fruity aftertaste is left behind.
M: Champagne like effervescence leaves this one feeling a tad on the thin side but there's still plenty of body.
D: Delightfully drinkable and it will be a pleasure to drink the 750 of this monster from the North.

Overall: A fine example of a Trippel from one of my favorite breweries. A word to those that have yet to experience Unibroue in quantities would be that their beers sneak up on you. One moment you're fine and next thing you know you're no longer sober and encroaching on "I know I won't be driving for awhile"

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2011 01:51:28 | More by SHODriver
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nickthegun12

Alabama

4.2/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

its kinda weird that a beer of this quality, in the small bottle, would come with a screw off cap!

nice appearance...straw golden...slightly orange...not much of a head...and spacey lacing

smell is the best thing about this beer....smells of tropical bananas and tropical fruits....all thanks to that belgian yeast...

taste is nice very light in the mouth the alcohol is not overpowering...banana really comes out in the taste....

the feel is dry with nice tingling from the carbonation..

the drink ability isn't bad although its high alcohol will catch up

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2011 00:51:39 | More by nickthegun12
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CuttDeez

Virginia

4.43/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I went into this beer knowing that it would be complex and I made an effort to slow down and enjoy this one. Take time to think about each sip.

A - Yellow gold. It is cloudy with a nice white head on the cup. It really is golden and inviting.

S - I can't get enough of the smell. So sweet and floral. Distinct clove and a hint of cinnamon. It smells sugary and that brings in the notes of fruit in the back end of the nose.

T & M & D - The first thing I was struck by was the sweetness on the front end. Then the malt filled the palate. There was a fizz that filled my mouth and opened up to peppery notes. I also agree with most reviews that the only indication of the abv content is the slight warming sensation on the back end. I really enjoyed just sitting and enjoying every sip of this beer. I enjoyed all aspects (appearance and smell) before taking a sip and I urge you to do the same.

Cheers

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2011 00:50:56 | More by CuttDeez
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iamsemigloss

North Carolina

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

Reviewed 12/18/10, taken from notes:

Appearance: Golden brass color with an average head that slowly fades. I think I poured this one too slow. Some sediment present and the lacing was fair.

Smell: Loads to discover; orange mixed with clove is up front with some pears. There's some pepper and heavy yeast that is bready. Hard candy, vanilla -- very complex.

Taste: Spicy, orange, clove lead to an alcohol warmth with a hit of pepper. Finish is sweet and slightly bitter, very long. Nice balance and incredibly complex; you discover different flavors with each sip.

This is a beer you take to a wine party and convert some folks with.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2011 23:37:32 | More by iamsemigloss
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DovaliHops

California

4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Love this beer! Finally reviewing it. Pours a very murky golden straw color with a big white head that slowly diminishes. Scent is nice and SPICY! Tons of spices and a good amount of pepper with some yeasty notes. I also pick up some hoppiness and white grapes. Taste is OUTSTANDING, as usual. This beer is so complex and full of flavor, it's ridiculous. I get delicious yeast flavors with some fresh bread. Tons of fruit: apples, bananas, white grapes, melon, and a hint of orange. There are some tasty peppery spices along with clove and some bitter hops. Mouthfeel is very crisp and dry. Very complex and full-bodied. Drinkability is very high considering ABV is well hidden. One of the best tripels there are!

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2011 06:25:04 | More by DovaliHops
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treehugginslug

California

4.55/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

***NOTE: Make sure you open this beer up and let it get to the proper temprature. The flavors really come out***

A - Light yellow, unfiltered.

S - Smells of cloves and slighty of grapefruit. Good but not great. You can actually smell the alcohol.

T - Wow! Very, very complex. There was an tons of different tastes going on. Cloves/banana,fruit (apple), bitterness of hops, sweet malts, oranges. Very complex and exceptional. I could keep coming back to this. Plus the alcohol does hit you like a ton of bricks.

M - Mounthful was augmented by the great taste.

D - Nice.

Would I buy it again? Yes
Would I recommend it? Yes
Would I drink it at a party? Yes
Did my wife like it? "It might be the most interesting beer I've ever tasted. Reminds me of a good wine. I would drink that. Makes me want another one. It exploded in my mouth."

Overall: Was this one of the best beers on earth? For the sheer taste alone, it is. Everything else was good, but man, the complex taste of this tripel was out of this world (pun intended).

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2011 05:54:08 | More by treehugginslug
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OWSLEY069

Pennsylvania

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

Pours a small hazy yellow color with a rocky white head. In the aroma, fruity, yeasty, and dry candy sugar. In the taste, dry candy sugar, a nice fruitiness, and a small yeast presence, but very clean. A small bite and medium to light bodied mouthfeel, with a semi dry candy sugar in the aftertaste. Hides the alcohol, and feels lighter. nice mix of fruit notes to dry yeastiness.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2011 13:31:29 | More by OWSLEY069
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zeledonia

Minnesota

4.58/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From notes, tasted December 2010.

Pours a golden straw yellow, cloudy, with an irrepressible head that I had to wait to die down to pour the full glass. Head slowly withdraws to one finger (where it stays), but the strings of bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass persist. Smell is sweet, like champagne, citrus, or apple juice and honey, and powerfully yeasty, but a lovely combination that's quite different from most beers. Taste is delicious, again fairly sweet, but complex. Hard to describe - a lovely light combination of peppery, sweet, citrus, and mild hops. The high carbonation, which is surprisingly not disruptive, does a really interesting thing - it bounces the flavors around, making them come in bubbly waves. It's a really odd sensation, like the bubbles are alternately masking, carrying away, and returning different flavors. Mouthfeel is nice, but rather light for a tripel, and carbonated as much as it could be without being too much. Alcohol kick is absent, despite it being 9%! All in all a delicious and very enjoyable drink; a fantastic combination of taste and tactile sensation.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2011 01:30:29 | More by zeledonia
La Fin Du Monde from Unibroue
96 out of 100 based on 7,807 ratings.