La Fin Du Monde - Unibroue
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4.25/5 rDev -1.6%
Ok.. I kept hearing a lot about this beer on this site... and low and behold.. it's a regular at a local Fred Meyer over my way... I am not a huge fan of Belgians as already this smells kind of like one... but I will try and be as fair as I possibly can... as you can see though my review on Stones Vertical Epic 08.08.08 was way low... I just had to pour it out... not for me. Best by Feb. 11th of 2010.
- Nice cloudy and bright yellow look... very unique from any other brew I have ever had. Great bubbly white head that diminished rather quickly to a haze of white bubbly lace.. none that looks like it will stick.. though presses the sides of my tumbler glass.
- A bready grainy scent... with a bit of oak and hardwood... and banana yeast... (oh no... not another Belgian... :-/) Some hops in there too.... bitter, pine...
- Impressed... makes me want to venture out to more Belgians.... Zesty lemon citrus up front... bready yeast.. strong balanced malt... so complex and balanced in flavor... I don't think I have had a brew that contains so many different avenues of flavor... kind of like Janice Joplins vocal range of highs and lows.... rather strong though... small tad bit of banana.. caramel... clear water... grain and barley.. but refreshingly warm.
- For some reason the mouthfeel reminds me of being an 18 yr. old dumbass who stayed up way too late and still fisting a bottle of Rainier Ale. Something I could drink myself sober with. A bit dry and lingers with all of the above flavors... even hops! Not oily but a bit of ester..
- Super drinkable for a Belgian... a beer and style all in its own though i think. More complex than the usual... and I can only compare this to the Stone Vertical that I tried and hated... but this is far better and actually might make me purchase a fine Belgian in the near future like this one. Doesn't hide its strength as well as a Ninkasi Tricerahops... but it is what it is!!
05-02-2009 02:15:17 | More by Docer
4.78/5 rDev +10.6%
A: Golden and slightly hazy with a very nice white head that leaves behind a good amount of lacing.
S: Lots of sweet malt comes through before its overtaken by the yeast, which has a good amount of spiciness dominated by cloves.
T: The cloves spiciness dominates again and the 9.0abv exudes a nice alcohol warmth. Some grassy malt in the background, but this is all about the yeast.
M: Medium body with quite a bit of carbonation.
D: Sublimely drinkable. One of the beers that truly turned me on to the good stuff.
05-01-2009 15:11:33 | More by Thorpe429
4.53/5 rDev +4.9%
Beautiful golden color, creamy rich head. Scents of clove and spice. Solid fruit and sour flavors, extremely smooth and highly carbonated. Phenomenal drinkability.
Everything that I would say about this beer has probably already been said. Not over the top and lives up to the reviews it gets.
Would definitely recommend and will try again.
05-01-2009 14:46:46 | More by Soozy
4.7/5 rDev +8.8%
One of my all time favorites. Bought a bottle at the Catskellar on UC's campus which has turned into a really superior place to get decent beer in Cincinnati.
Poured a cloudy blonde with a thick head. The smell is the spicy aroma that I equate with all unibroue products. Very heavy flavor with cloves and other spices easily overpowered the pizza I was eating. Just a hint of alcohol to warn against the serious alcohol this beer packs.
05-01-2009 01:39:14 | More by degerbah
4.05/5 rDev -6.3%
Pours a golden copper color, cloudy, with an active foam eminating from the bottle fermentation. There are some bits floating around.
Smell is slighty fruity, bready, and malty.
Taste is very, very good. Extremely flavorful - feels saturated with yeast. Heavy on the malt.
Chewy in the mouth. Active buzz from carbonation.
Taste makes it drinkable, carbonation cuts down on this a bit, as does the 9% ABV.
04-30-2009 01:20:55 | More by KTCamm
4.75/5 rDev +10%
A majestic head and a cloudy golden amber. Retention and lacing are very good A good amount of carbonation and bits yeast.
Smell is sweet malt and hint of honey. Light fruits with with a yeast funk and mild floral hoppiness.
Taste as good as it gets. A reproduction of the nose with a larger light honey sweetness and silky feel. The fruitiness blossoms with every sip. Apples, pears, grapes, and banana are all here. A tropical fruit blend as well. Pineapple, mango being the main players. Beyond expert in balance and amounts. A perky light spicyness and wheat like tanginess add depth. The yeast fruitiness binds it together wonderfully. A soft dryness in the mildly hoppy finish leaves sweet dinner rolls in the back of the throat and roof of my mouth. Feel is medium and creamy soft in the carbonation.
A quenching restorative on a hot night like tonight while complex enough to work with just about any meal. You can drink this one easily and deeply as there is nothing but superb flavor in the glass and no trace of the alcohol.
This is so good the Belgians are probably considering declaring war. This beer is a favor to the wallet and a delight to the tongue.
04-29-2009 04:40:20 | More by scootny
4.9/5 rDev +13.4%
What could one possibly say about La Fin Du Monde?
That it's delicate subtly is only matched by its underlining complexity?
That the scent of ripe fruit rewards the drinker with unparalleled spice and yeast notes?
That the tulup glass fills magnificently with the golden elixir to showcase it world class appearance?
Or that it's 9% ABV is masked so masterfully that even the most jaded drinker will be impressed by its drinkability?
With that said La Fin Du Monde is easily one of the best triples ever brewed and makes a strong case for itself to be one of the best beers ever brewed. Its craftsmanship rivals that of even the top genuine Belgium breweries.
04-29-2009 03:16:45 | More by Farrell
4.7/5 rDev +8.8%
La Fin Du Monde. Very nice name for a great Canadian beer made Belgian style triple.
A- A very solid orange color with nice head and decent retention. Thick hue of un-filtered sediment shows. Note: When beer is celler temp leaves some lacing.
S- Highly yeasty, malty, and wheaty smell dominates the nose. Mild hop scents are noticed.
T- Complex flavor overload that consist of mainly alcohol esters, wheat, spices, and malt.
I could never begin to explain the massive taste this beer packs.
M-D- First is a dry astringent feel on the mouth from the alcohol esters followed by a smooth finish that let the taste buds know it means business. Drinkablity is great. I plan to buying a larger amount next time.
04-29-2009 02:32:19 | More by wesbrownyeah
4.7/5 rDev +8.8%
Served in a Duvel glass from a 22oz bottle at my house
Pours an orangegolden color, slighly hazy with a 1/2 inch head that dissipates slowly
Yeasty, peppery, spicy notes with a slight alcohol note and a nice sugar back-note
Sweet wheat flavor, nice spice and sugar balance.
Crisp mouthfeel, great carbonation.
A brilliant beer, complex, spicy, and all-around tremendous.
04-28-2009 22:43:54 | More by mhatters
4.45/5 rDev +3%
Poured into my favorite 285mL weiss glass.
A: Wow, this beer looks fantastic. Even on a very tentative pour I got a few inches of thick, poofy foam that settled down to a good inch or so. The beer underneath is a cloudy deep yellow to shiny gold. Little bubbles continuously creep up from the bottom of the glass. By the bottom of the glass there's only a very thin head with moderate lacing to 2/3 of the way up the glass.
S: I'm not getting a lot of smell from this one. But what I get is distinct citrus and floral. There's a little bit of grain back there for balance. But as I said, the smell isn't particularly powerful. It's pleasant and soothing, as opposed to overpowering.
T: A hit of sweetness at first, but not sugary. More like biting into a lightly sweet fruit, maybe a not-quite-ripe orange. Lots of complexity. Grains -- wheat? Light spice. A neat bitterness toward the end and on the finish. Very clean, somewhat crisp. No booze in the taste. Fairly distinctive lingering orange zest flavor. This beer is fantastic. It's perfectly balanced, it's inviting, it's neither beery or boozey. I think just about anyone could drink this and enjoy it.
M: Medium -- there's a big boost from how foamy this beer is. The carbonation is nice and moves the flavors around well. Notably for this 9% beer there's pretty much no astringent alcohol. Great!
D: Dangerous. Crisp, highly drinkable. Cool on a hot day. I'm having to force myself to slow down, because I know otherwise this 9% is going to catch up and kick my butt!
04-27-2009 01:42:19 | More by Epicedion
3.9/5 rDev -9.7%
Decanted into my Stone Tulip glass.
On the pour you get a cloudy golden-orange brew, topped by a large creamy head. The head is not long lasting (unfortunately), and there is minimal lacing.
The nose is fruity, spicy and malty all at once. I'm detecting some citrus type fruits, a touch of white pepper and perhaps some corriander. The nose is a bit restrained .. wish it could be bigger.
The taste is bold and Belgian. A spicy maltiness comes to the fore, with mild fruity esters in the background. Hops are not noticeable, and the alcolhol is just barely noticeable. Mouthfeel is medium and the carbonation makes for a wonderful and refreshing experience. Flavors dance on your palate.
Dangerously drinkable, enjoy this out of a snifter type glass or a tulip, sit back, and contemplate 'the end of the world' (which is what La Fin du Mond translates into).
04-26-2009 20:56:17 | More by cooncat
4.13/5 rDev -4.4%
Had this at hazelwood in Ballard, poured into a nice tulip glass.
A- a great clear gold with a decent head and lacing, it looked like a great beer and I was excited to try.
S- smelled wild, almost like a sour beer, which was really cool. not quite overpowering but you could smell the spices and malt very well.
T- tasted lighter than it smelled at first but as it warmed up the taste came out more and more, sweet, spicy and some warming alcohol. Great beer. yum.
M- light and refreshing.
D- It was good to enjoy one or two but more than that its sweetness and alcohol might get to you. Overall a great beer and a great Triple.
04-26-2009 19:54:57 | More by SeattleBeerBlog
4.5/5 rDev +4.2%
This beer is an experience. Pours a hazy gold with a lively head and active carbonation. The smell is ripe with fruit, yeast and spice. There is some alcohol in the aroma, but I can't stay mad at it. The taste is tart and refreshing at the same time. It's a perfect example of the Tripel style.
04-25-2009 04:47:40 | More by gameface23
4.58/5 rDev +6%
bright cloudy golden color. medium to high carbonation though it struggled to form a head. little foam remains on top. dirty glass perhaps? left most of the sediment in the bottle so not a lot of particles settling to the bottom of the glass.
intense yeast, spice, clove aroma. some banana giving the impression of a supercharged hefe. not a touch of alcohol which is impressive for a 9% beer. slight bubblegum (this being the first time i have ever really noticed it in any beer).
nice spice on the palate. just the right amount. yeast, and a touch of alcohol. full malt presence with a bit of bitterness to balance. maybe not hop bitterness, but there is plenty there to counter the malt so it doesnt get too sweet. lingers on the tongue which is nice because it does taste so damn good. not a huge belgian character (what i call that phenolic fruity yeast twang), but doesnt need it.
wow. just fantastic. i dont get to try many belgians but this comes across as a simple beer done exceedingly well. it doesnt need to distract you with fancy extras because its got everything it needs and nothing it doesnt. and lucky for me, everything its got, i want.
04-23-2009 09:40:01 | More by joecast
4.13/5 rDev -4.4%
Very very different.
A: Very wit like, looks identical to a Blue Moon with just a pinch of amber. Golden yellow.Thick frothy white head that dissipates quickly to a small thin layer but endures till the last drop.
S: Wit in character as well, with very strong floral perfume like fragrances. Hops are definitely evident in the masking of this brew with a strong sweetness in the background. All things December odors, clove, coriander and for sure wildflower honey. Nothing pungent but a bit musky.
T: Wow, what in the world. I dont think I have ever had anything like this. Im sure this is not my style of beer but this is definitely good. I honestly am having a hard time distinguishing the malt character here and I dont taste bananas as prevalent as it seemed in a couple other reviews. What does stand out is an obscure mystery flavor wrapped up in a huge amount of spice, hops and honey. Hops are earthy and bitter which is nice and ALL OVER this brew. The spices that seem obvious are clove, cardamom, black pepper, chamomile and strong citrus coriander and with the more I drink it I notice a huge orange rind flavor. The honey is obvious wildflower and wild it is. Very very different.
M: Fully carbonated with non stop everlasting bubbles. A bit high for my liking but it seems perfect for the brew.
D: This is where it seems to fail. Im not sure I could do more than one of these. Not bad though.
Overall: Very interesting beer, I finished this about an hour ago and my palate is still smashed up with the flavors from it. Probably wont buy again, due to the session capabilities of it. None the less, it was a great brew.
04-23-2009 03:30:52 | More by AMoceri7
4.38/5 rDev +1.4%
decanted off of sediment into a chalice.
a- brilliantly clear pale gold. no lacing, little retention
s- smells fruity and slightly if alcohol
t- sweet banana and other fruity esters. sweetness balanced perfectly by a tinge of bitterness.
m- smooth and sweet mouthfeel. finishes slightly dry
d- extremely drinkable. not a single un-enjoyable note
04-22-2009 23:16:58 | More by 01121987
4.72/5 rDev +9.3%
Poured from a 12 oz bottle with silver foil wrapping into a 14 oz mug.
A: A hazy, golden straw color; somewhat cloudy because of the sediment in the bottle (bottle conditioned). 2 finger thick, dense and bubbly white head which quickly dissipated. No lacing whatsoever.
S: Sweet fruit esters (apples and pears come to mind). I'm also picking up a heavy but sweet doughy/yeasty scent. Some residual hints of brewing spices (coriander, nutmeg, cinnamon) and a touch of hops.
T: AMAZING! A delicious, sweet flavor dominates at the start, again hinting at apples and pears, bananas (probably from the Belgian-style yeast strain). Remarkably, the fruit flavor profile reminds me of a Weihenstephaner, only sweeter. There is a bit of a crisp, spicy edge to this beer, not from the alcohol, but more of a citrusy, rind-like spice, possibly from orange peels and coriander. Mid sip, light fruit flavors transitions into the mellower malt profile, primarily a yeasty, freshly-baked bread flavor. Finish is reminiscent of champagne - crisp, effervescent and yet highly refreshing and oh so tempting - I don't want the flavors to end! Must. Take. Another. Sip.
M: Great carbonation give this beer a light, crispy, tingly mouthfeel - again, reminiscent of champagne.
D: 9% ABV? Are you kidding... no way. This beer is devilish because the alcohol is so expertly hidden; I only get a slight warming effect! Add that to the delicious blend of crisp fruity and malty, bready flavors and this beer is the picture of drinkability on a warm spring evening.
I am highly impressed with La Fin Du Monde. I'm even more impressed given the fact that this beer is readily available around home, and at killer prices ($6.99 for a 750? Yes please!). A exemplary beer, especially paired with fresh sushi (California and Rainbow Tuna/Salmon Rolls). I will be reserving a permanent place in my fridge for this beer as my go-to triple!
04-22-2009 00:28:01 | More by Buschyfor3
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4.28/5 rDev -0.9%
poured a cloudy bright amber small white head that faded down to a film small amount of lacing
smell is sweet fruity, typical tripel smell, this ones heavy on banana
taste is very complex fruity, banana with a lot of interesting spice flavors jumping in (cinnamon, nutmeg, clove)
mouthfeel full bodied carbonation is very lively and bright
drinkability a very good tripel no complaints at all... on my list of approved tripels lol
04-21-2009 23:32:25 | More by sliverX
4.35/5 rDev +0.7%
A - Golden, slightly cloudy. Head pours with 2 fingers of thick, tight remnants lasting roughly two minutes.
S - Instant banana, followed by the hops, followed by the pear. Lasting wafting acidity afterwards. Sweet and slightly sour.
T - Smooth. Delicious. Banana and hops are immediate and slight, with pear and the lasting alcohol bitterness following and lasting between drinks. At 9% ABV, has the potential to stay with you. Overall, described as bright and warming.
M - Smooth, thick and even a little creamy. The carbonation isn't overbearing, and adds a slight, necessary edge to the drink helping it go down very smoothly.
D - Definitely a good opener. Drinking these all night could cause issues, but you'd happy by the end of it.
Overall an excellent example of a trippel. I've tasted darker and heavier, but this golden version masks it's alcohol perfectly and leaves an excellent aftertaste. Not a session beer, but perfect for a first review. Respect beer!
04-21-2009 02:41:35 | More by Amnoisis
4.47/5 rDev +3.5%
Bottle at the Flying Saucer in Memphis
A: Deep hazy orange, puffy head. Nice lace windows.
S: Nice citrusy/malts, clove, sweet banana
T: Explosion of a mix of sweet ripe oranges, some spice, some slight bananna. Finishes with a nice lite hop bite. Awesome.
M: Very clean, meduim body. Coats mouth with a mix of semi sweet and light bitterness.
D: VERY drinkable trippel. 9% ABV is too well hidden, more so than any other higher abv I had had. Much too easy to quaff.
04-20-2009 01:22:03 | More by KI9A
4.4/5 rDev +1.9%
A: Hazy yellow, straw-like appearance with a huge bright white head. Great retention down the glass.
S: Cloves, lemon, cinnamon, straw, and malt
T: Sweet citrus up front with faint spice in the background. Hints of banana that stays sweet throughout. Floral hops at the end, with an astringent finish. Alcohol is barely noticeable, but does provide a nice warmth.
M: Crisp, clean, high carbonation, but smooth throughout.
D: Very drinkable tripel.... Very drinkable. Delicious, crisp, and a complex layered taste makes this a great brew!
Bottom Line: Try this beer. It is one of those that everyone needs to have tasted at least once.
04-18-2009 20:21:29 | More by riboflavin88
4.88/5 rDev +13%
This beer is a Tripel Belgian styled-ale. It has a nice orange and spicy aroma. The flavors are pretty complex and mostly great. To start, you get nothing except for a blast of carbonation that lasts at least a second. But finally that evolves on your palate. First tastes are of orange and other citrus along with spices, noticeably cloves and cinnamon. Lots of yeasty and doughy flavors as well. A nice finish and aftertaste too. The 9% alcohol warms you up but in a good way and is not annoying at all.
04-18-2009 20:01:48 | More by Rootdog316
4.3/5 rDev -0.5%
12 oz bottle, large tulip glass
Pours a cloudy golden blonde with a thick white everlasting head. The carbonation bubbles are interesting to watch.
Aroma of cloves, yeast and fruits (apple, pear & banana)
Flavor is sweet and smooth. the cloves are pronounced as well as the fruit, mostly apple and banana. Kind of like a spiced cider. Alcohol is slightly evident, but not overpowering.
Great carbonation and smooth to drink. Despite the appearance, this is crisp and clean.
Great brew overall, I am becoming a huge fan of Unibroue.
04-17-2009 02:22:41 | More by PSUBeerman
4.25/5 rDev -1.6%
12 ounce bottle picked up at the Beer Stop in West Hazleton. Poured into my tulip glass. After stirring up the yum-yum's in the bottom of the bottle, appears a cloudy golden copper color with about two fingers of tightly packed, small bubbled foam. A nice pour. Smells and tastes of sweet malts, candi sugar, cloves, spicy Unibroue house yeast, a touch of lemon peel and a hint of black pepper. Delicious! A notch above medium bodied and without a doubt, moderate carbonation. A classic!
04-16-2009 02:56:55 | More by ClockworkOrange
4.55/5 rDev +5.3%
A- Slightly hazy and golden in color with some very active streams of rising carbonation. The creamy white head is about 1/4" with some pretty good retention.
S- Light fruit, honey, white bread and a bit of Belgian spiciness. Aromatic and very nice.
T- Exactly the same as the aroma with just a slight astringent edge. Very clean tasting.
M- A beautiful amount of carbonation and very clean on the tail end.
D- A wonderful example of the style. A great beer that drinks easy and is easily obtainable.
04-15-2009 03:11:06 | More by david131
La Fin Du Monde from Unibroue
96 out of 100 based on 7,978 ratings.