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La Fin Du Monde - Unibroue

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96
world-class

7,805 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 7,805
Reviews: 2,714
rAvg: 4.32
pDev: 11.57%
Wants: 328
Gots: 736 | FT: 13
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Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
Tripel |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

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Yeastcakes

Colorado

4.3/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Serving notes - snifter, cool (45F)
A - banana phenols, cinnamon and clove esters and alcohol. Sour notes. Lemon emerges as the beer warms.
A - three fingers of brilliant white head, some rockiness. Hazy amber yellow.
M - high carbonation, medium body. Alcohol flavor present but not too hot.
T - Malty sweetness forms the backbone from which everything else rests on the flavor. Spicy esters, pear and banana flavors compete for dominance. Alcohol flavors also are present.
D - This is a creeper. This beer goes down very smoothly but carries a velvet hammer.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2009 23:51:14 | More by Yeastcakes
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seand

California

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

Poured into a large red wine glass.

A: Pours a slightly cloudy light amber, with a finger or so of white head. The head dissipates pretty quickly, but leaves a nice ring around the edge of the glass. Decent lacing.

S: Sweetness dominates, with hints of mild citrus and spices.

T: Much like the nose, with sweetness followed by hints of fruit and spices.

M: Good carbonation, medium bodied.

D: Very easy to drink, but at 9% you have to watch out.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2009 21:12:07 | More by seand
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UA8

Washington

4.45/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A- Pours a hazy straw color with tall light white head.

S- Light citrus notes with a mice yeast twist. Light sweetness and hints of cloves in the background.

T- Leads with subtle lemon and apple notes, midpalate is yeast twist of sourness, with fruit juice sweetness on the finish.

M- Light, crisp, and refreshing. Could be a touch light on the carbonation but nothing that can't be wrung out to desired levels.

D- 9% what? This stuff drinks like uber delicious sparkling cider. Very light yet complex.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2009 18:54:25 | More by UA8
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bwd110

Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased at Binny's in Schaumburg, IL.

750 ml bottle poured into tumbler - all that was available in my hotel room.

A: Pours a really clear golden straw, huge billowy head. This dissipates quickly, leaving only a little bit of lacing.

S: Very laid back, not as strong or complex as I would have thought. Smells very sweet. Orchard apples instead of green apples, white grapes and a bit of peppery spice. Belgian yeast characteristics not detectable, or very mild.

T: Follows through on the nose, but in a much more bold and complex manner. Big fruity sweetness on this one balanced nicely by a peppery clove spice. The sweetness slams into a tart dry finish. Alcohol is masked nicely, but comes through the spiciness as the beer warms.

M: Thin to medium body. High carbonation, nice tongue zap on the way down.

D: Could have a few of these despite the abv.

Really nice example of the style. Very impressed.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2009 02:40:37 | More by bwd110
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RunDWP

California

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

It only makes sense that I drink this while travelling in Quebec City.

Pours a hazy oragne with a fizzy head. Nice clove, spicy and yeasty aroma. Taste is much of the same, somewhat complex, with a tart fruityness that has a cherry-like character, but its hard to put my finger exactly on it, and a slight note of alcohol. Nice level of carbonation and mouthfeel and really enjoyable to drink with all that complexity and alcohol. Good example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2009 01:18:23 | More by RunDWP
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CampusCrew

Florida

4.33/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Would have been higher but it's not my style. Overall very solid Tripel and one of the best ever.

appearance: golden and cloudy. decent head rentention

smell: fruit, slight hops

taste: was a great real belgian golden ale, good, and no overpowering for how strong it was, fruits and spicy tatste couldn't indentify exactly but very tasty

mouthfeel: rich and high carbonation

drinkability: I was pleasantly suprised, it's not overrated, smooth and easy for how stong the ABV is.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2009 15:05:29 | More by CampusCrew
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bulletrain76

California

3.78/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

75cl bottle shared with larryLSB. Hazy golden orange color with a lasting white head. The aroma is yeasty and quite fruity with lots of tangy apricot and tangerine. The flavor is also yeasty, with some of that apricot sweetness, some citric tartness and alcohol. There is definitely some spiciness too. Full-bodied with lively carbonation. When I added the yeast at the end, the alcohol really smoothed out and this became a very nice tripel.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2009 22:43:33 | More by bulletrain76
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Stavage

Australia

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

Pours a medium light golden colour with a bubbly off white head which retains itself for a good time before reducing to a decent sticky lacing.

The smell is sweet and aromatic. Sweet like a sweet white wine or champagne with some other fruits mingled in and a nice touch of spiciness. The tell tale smell of yeast and malt is there to remind you this is a beer though.

At first I'm struck by a fruity wine like sweetness which is soon balanced by a more soothing malt like sweetness. There is a complexity of all different kinds of fruity estery tastes and mild malt tastes and spiciness and just a hint of hops. I'll be honest any sweeter and stickier and this would have been too much for me (I generally steer clear of white wines and something about this drop reminded me somewhat of a dry sweet white wine). BUT it wasn't any sweeter and stickier and the aged fruity complexity mingled perfectly with my platter of aged cheddars and grapes.

Mouthfeel was very smooth, a little bit creamy with relatively high carbonation. Again with wine comparisons, it was almost a champagne like carbonation though lighter.

It'd definitely a rich beer, and one that needs to be sipped. I shared a tall bottle of this with my old man for his birthday and I must say I think I'm partially glad I had someone to share the bottle with. But what can I say it went down smoothly and I savoured each and every sip, I didn't want to waste a drop without enjoying its complexities.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2009 22:31:21 | More by Stavage
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JMBSH

Colorado

3.9/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A golden color with an unfiltered haze. Pours with alot of head that quickly disappears to almost nothing.

S - A sweet, spicy, citrus like scent.

T - A sweet but also tart cider with a great deal of alcohol behind it. Apple cider it what I would say it reminds me of.

M - A surpricing amount of carbonation. If you keep some in your mouth for a few seconds, you can feel the carbonation build up in your mouth.

D - A little too sweet and tart for my taste but a good example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2009 22:43:48 | More by JMBSH
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dhd1491

Georgia

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

Pours cloudy yellow with thin white head that quickly dissipates. Aroma is citrusy and strangely reminiscent of soap. Taste is full of allspice, cloves, and sweet malts. Very light mouthfeel for such a high ABV. High carbonation and fizziness in the mouth which seems consistent with the style, but not my favorite feature; distracts from the flavor.

High ABV is evident in the finish. Also by the way the room starts to slowly spin as one approaches the bottom of the glass.

Overall, a very interesting, easy-to-drink brew. Lots of taste nuances in a powerful package. I think that this may not be my absolute favorite style of beer...I would choose a double IPA any day of the week. However, in the right setting...say, a hot summer day, sitting outside with friends with nothing pressing, when you don't mind tying one on...this is a great choice.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2009 21:31:57 | More by dhd1491
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jacobseyb

Alabama

4.28/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A=poured a hazy golden color topped with an ample, slightly off white head that laced the glass as the beverage went down

S=floral with spices, malty-breadiness evident

T=spiciness with fruity tones breadiness and alcohol present

M=nice tingliness with carbonation, some oiliness

D=very drinkable and enjoyable

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2009 03:55:06 | More by jacobseyb
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MVotter

New York

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

Aroma from the top of the freshly opened bottle: yeast and big spices!

Aroma after the pour: yeast.

La Fin Du Monde poured into a tall pils glass with a towering, towering pale, white head. It settles back to 3 fingers in a minute, some lacing. The body of the beer is a foggy gold.

This is a delicious brew; proud to say it's my first tripel. The spice notes abound. A nice, spicy, peppery cinnamon.

At 9% abv, I'm always prepared to meet "the ultra chewy." Not so in La Fin. The mouthfeel is actually nice and bubbly, which you would expect from a Belgian/French ale style ... and without an excess of gravity. And, depending upon your mood, you can pour down the center for a less effervescent experience, or down the side for some lively carbonation.

This is a "dangerously" drinkable brew ... a sipper, for sure, at 9%.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2009 03:54:16 | More by MVotter
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Bigfatbino

California

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

A = honey golden, slightly translucent and opaque. Beautiful head that has good staying power. Bubbles tighter than my girlfriend.... and almost intricate lacing in the glass.

S = Fragrant citrus, natural yeast, small alcohol smell, but no skunky anything

T = Flowery, Complex in its simplicity, long lasting taste that lasts long after the drink is complete. Wonderful bitter and not overly hoppy.

M = A wonderful tingle through the whole mouth. Natural carbonation and a biting swallow. Thick resin like feel to the brew.

D = Anytime, anywhere, I'd even drink it warm

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2009 01:03:32 | More by Bigfatbino
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ColForbinBC

New Jersey

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

750mL bottle poured into a tulip

A brilliant golden color with a touch of orange and a huge, fluffy bone white cap. The head settled a little quicker than I would like and left no lacing, otherwise this beer is very pretty.

A rather mild aroma. Doesn't reach out of the glass the way the best tripels do. Granny smith apples and prickly pears with a touch of clove and white pepper. Not overly complex and a little timid.

Sweet fruity esters up front with a spicy kick and a fusol alcohol finish that really lingers. The spice accentuates the alcohol burn as time progresses. Still, a rather delicate take. It never really grabs you, but maybe that is their objective.

Medium body with a creamy, luxurious mouthfeel. An alocohol burn and a touch of sweetness linger long. But I really can't complain, the mouthfeel is near perfect.

The mouthfeel is so creamy and lush and the flavor profile so delicate that this beer drinks extremely well. However, that 9% is no joke and can definitley pack a punch.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2009 15:01:48 | More by ColForbinBC
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Genry

New York

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

Enjoyed Maudite and Unibroue's blonde, but this takes the cake.

Poured a steady thick head, with lots of bubbling and yeast rising. Appearance is wonderful, thick and creamy orange that tapers off at the bottom, and the head leaves a good bit of lacing.

Smells of sharp, crisp citrus.

Taste is pleasing, spicy and comes with the same citrus scented except stronger -- now accompanied by honey and fruit. There is a hint of raspberry, and the high alcohol content is also present, but not overpowering as in some strong brew.

Mouthfeel is very smooth, no cling to it, with lots of hops and roll on the tongue.

Quite easily drinkable, and repeatively so, though be wary -- 9% can creep up on you, especially when contained in such a well-layered beer. A brew to sip, not chug.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2009 22:59:09 | More by Genry
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MaxBrews

Connecticut

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

Appearance: Pours a golden colour appears highly carbonated many bubble. Has a nice thick rich white head that sticks around.

Smells of spices, fruit and a bit of a nutty/wooden hint.

Taste: clove and very spicy . A nice spicy orange after taste. A real overload of flavors, and I mean that in a great way, leaves your mouth nice and spicy. 9% abv but you can't taste it

Mouthfeel: Well carbonated but clean mouth feel.

Drinkability: Easy to drink, drink it slow because is very tasty. Perhaps a bit too carbonated for some. People complained of its sweetness but I just don't see it. This is very enjoyable and leaves your mouth tasting of clove and orange.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2009 00:50:55 | More by MaxBrews
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LordAdmNelson

Ohio

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

A- Light turbid yellow with about 2 inches of head. Good retention and ok lacing.

S- Not too strong. A little yeast, some apples, some light fruit, some grapes.

T- Yeasty spices. Clove and a little grape. Good for a tripel, spicer than I expected. A little phenolic. Pleasant. The Belgian yeast really takes a prominent role.

M- Well carbonated, medium to light bodied. Dry finish. Nothing wrong here.

D- I could stick with it for a while, but I prefer a good Belgian dark ale to the tripels.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2009 21:51:59 | More by LordAdmNelson
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SpencerSauce

Virginia

4.9/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

My favorite tripel possibly. Had out of both 750ml and regular bottle. This review was from the bottle. 750ml is better IMO. Using a chalice.

A- sexy orangish gold color that is translucent. Thick white head on my pour. Very bubbly almost champagne like.

S- Spicy with some fruity esters. I love the smell of this beer. Typical belgian yeast strain smell.

T- You get your belgian yeast. Slight spice and even less fruit. perfectly blended if you ask me.

M- your clean belgian yeast tripel mouthfeel.

D- the ABV is masked well. id say its easy to drink in the tripel catagory.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2009 12:41:38 | More by SpencerSauce
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billybob

Massachusetts

4.88/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

pours a cloudy orange with a nice big head patchs of lace on the glass looks real nice and smells and taste even better. complex aromas of really ripe fruit, peaches, black cherries, ripe bananas, all mixing with a slight alcohol and spice.

taste rich complex, sweet fruity, yeast, warming alcohol, slight tang at the finish along with a nice spicey note.

mouthfeel light, lots of crisp carbonation to go with that great taste.

drinkability is off the chart sinfully good beer have not had a bad beer from unibroue.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2009 02:00:48 | More by billybob
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laituegonflable

Australia

3.95/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Enjoyed from a snifter.

Pours a pretty straight orange colour, basically the colour of Fanta, with a generous Belgian head, has thinned out a bit now but still sticks around in a resilient white crown. Kept alive by a quick and constant stream of bubbles. Lacing is excellent, although it webs out and drops down quite easily. An excellent-looking beer.

This had a very strong apricot aroma when I first poured it, less obvious now. Strong hint of orange peel and a generous hit of cloves on the nose though. There is a marmalade sweetness on there which is that apricot I first detected. The fruit is prevalent, but balanced beautifully with a spicy Belgian character, conjuring up coriander, a bit of pine and possibly cumin. Complex and delicious.

Potent flavours on that, for sure. A champagne character comes through first and then abdicates to a resiny hop finish. Throughout the palate is a candy sweetness on the back of the tongue, aspects of banana, maybe some deep red apple and a hint of passionfruit. I hate to say it - and can it be true - but there is a distinct, even obvious, alcohol on this. The flavours are strong but the 9% is stronger. Unlike so many Unibroues, this one could never attend a masquerade ball as a session beer. Mouthfeel is very, very full and thick but with a delightful tingling of bubbles, a real treat.

It's a shame about the alcohol poking its head out, really. But more than that, it's a disappointment that the delicious springlike flavours on this can't overcome, otherwise this would be an exceptionally drinkable beer. As it is, it's just delicious instead.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2009 00:30:43 | More by laituegonflable
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TexIndy

Texas

4.45/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my NBB glass. Back label had a best by date of 11-11-11. It was a hazy golden color with tons of yeast bits floating around. It had tons of carb streams but no lacing. It had an average sized fizzy white head that quickly settled into nothing. No lacing. This varied from many other reviews that described a large sustained head and lacing.

The aroma was excellent. Fruity, yeasty and sweet. Found myself swirling and sniffing constantly to get fresh hits of it. The taste was also excellent. Smooth from start to finish with spicy, fruity base and mild after-taste. The alcohol is not present in either the aroma or taste. For 9%, it goes down too smooth.

Overall, an excellent beer and an excellent tripel. Highly recommend. Lately, I've been avoiding tripels and this one makes me wonder why. Not going to be a regular in the rotation but this should be worth couple bottles a year, especially the smaller size so I can have something else after.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2009 00:30:39 | More by TexIndy
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TLove

District of Columbia

4.3/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber to Chimay glass.

Appearance is orange and amber with a very thin head and loose lacing.

A tad bit of coriander and cinnamon in the smell, with some warm nectarine and a light cherry port scent.

Citrus rolls through to the taste, as does the spice, with a bit of wheat and hoppy acidity, where the malty, subtle alcohol begins to roll in.

Quite delicious in the mouth. Finishes smooth and replenishing to the taste buds. A bit of tartness does not detract in the least from the superior drinkability of this beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2009 02:46:32 | More by TLove
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infi

New York

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

Poured into a snifter.

Pours a translucent yellowish and golden color with minimal head and very little lacing on the lining of glass. Great amount of effervescence from the yeast throughout the duration of being in the glass. It smells pretty yeasty and bready with generous hints of spice and fruit. The alcohol isn't very odorous, but after a few whiffs it's detectable. At first tasting, the initial taste is very smooth and the banana comes into play. In the aftertaste, the yeast and spice becomes palpable. For a 9% ABV, the alcohol is masked very well. You can hardly taste it, but the after effects come into play after a glass or two. The mouthfeel of the beer has a pretty light to medium body feel with little carbonation that lines the mouth and tickles the tongue. Great aftertaste.

La Fin du Monde is definitely a great Tripel with fantastic qualities. Definitely a brew to be noted of and end a night with.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2009 02:09:28 | More by infi
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DannyS

New York

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

Served in a tulip glass, poured from a 12 oz. bottle.

A - Very hazy, bright orange amber with a thin head that dissipates quick and leaves loose little bits of lacing.

S - Lots of upfront fruit and spice, with a tad of alcohol burn in the back.

T - Belgian sugar and fruit are upfront, backed by subtle clove, wheat, and yeast. Some citrus and alcohol, but i had to reach hard to detect those. Alcohol is hidden very well. Finishes just slghtly bitter.

M - carbonation is high but the body is fairly weighty. Most excellent.

D - As I said, the alcohol's hidden very well, and it drinks easily enough to allow repeat drinking, just as long as you weren't planning on being sober.

Overall - Happy 100th review to me, and what a brew to choose for it. If this is the end of the world, bring it on!

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2009 01:32:19 | More by DannyS
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aphor

Illinois

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

First I have to remind drinkers that Belgian ales have a sediment of yeast which contains a lot of the flavor potential in the beer. How you pour it makes a huge difference in what kind of cloudiness the beer will exhibit and what kind of flavor you will taste.

Second I have to remind folks about temperature. There's an even greater spectrum of aromas and flavors depending upon the temperature of the beer when it's served.

I highly recommend, assuming you bought this because you like Belgian ales, turning your bottle upside down before opening and gently swirling the bubble of air around the bottle's botom to guarantee every bit of sediment is suspended in the drink before you pour it. Hold the bottle up to a light source as you do this to make sure you're swirling vigorously enough but gently enough that the air bubble does not break up into a foam inside the bottle.

I also recommend serving this beer at the warmish temperature of 50 degrees Fahrenheit. You will get a richer head on pour, and the flavors will be very rich and varied.

From this baseline, experiment with colder (or warmer) temperatures, and pour the glass from a bottle that has completely settled, stopping before any of the cloudiness has hit the glass.

Experimenting with the four extremes of cold/warm cloudy/clear will consume a 4-pack of 12 oz. bottles. This will give you a range of the flavors you should expect from this beer. Probably all Belgian ales, especially Tripels, will have a lot more to offer with this knowledge.

Knowing what to expect, I am impressed with the pleasant experience of this beer served cold/clear, cold/cloudy, warm/clear, warm/cloudy.

Caveat: if you don't read the label about the alcohol content, you will be surprised. Ironically I think I tasted the alcohol more in the cleaner, slightly bitter body of the cold/clear pour. The sediment provides flavors that mask the alcohol, and warmth seems to potentiate those other flavors more than the alcocol.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2009 03:45:31 | More by aphor
La Fin Du Monde from Unibroue
96 out of 100 based on 7,805 ratings.