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La Fin Du Monde - Unibroue

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

8,177 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 8,177
Reviews: 2,729
rAvg: 4.32
pDev: 11.57%
Wants: 350
Gots: 895 | FT: 17
Brewed by:
Unibroue visit their website
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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Photo of Clockwork420
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Whole bottle to glass stein.

A - Goldish. With a nice one finger head. Little or no lacing. Carbonation present.

S - Sweet and spicy.

T - About like the smell. Spicy and complex. Couldnt pull singular things out of it. I tasted alcohol in the aftertaste. Then again, Im not familiar with rating and reviewing much in this category. But the alcohol was a nice warming sensation. If I can explain it that way. Although not overbearing. Present though.

M - Perfect carbonation. Not too much or too little. Slippery with an alcohol tinge at the rear.

D - Fairly high.

I drank all three from this company recently and chose to review this one. I liked all of them so far. This one was the one I happened to have when my opera browser was open. Some have said that the alcohol isnt noticeable, but after reviewing I understand why. The alcohol kick is only at the beginning and slowly as it warms up and you warm up to it, its very easy to drink. This one is worth the money I would say.

$5.50 at Shop and Save.

:)

Clockwork420, Sep 28, 2009
Photo of bobjonesSD
3.5/5  rDev -19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

We shared a 750ml bottle into a maredsous chalice and a large wine goblet. Pours a delightful golden color with a quite vigorous amount of foam - very nice. The aroma, even upon warming up, was not particularly strong - some coriander and citrus but not a lot past that. The taste was also a bit of a letdown - it was very smooth but we were hoping for more belgian ester and yeast flavors.

bobjonesSD, Sep 26, 2009
Photo of NebulousNate
4.33/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beer from the bottle, poured into a narrower snifter type glass.

A: It poured with a one finger head that lingered a bit and didn't really stick to the glass, nothing spectacular. Hazy and uniformly cloudy. Soft. The color has a nice warm amber glow to it.

S: First thought was exotic. Smells of fine spice with hints of sweet fruit and aromatic flowers. Very summer. The smell wasn't strong, but it was very pleasant.

T: Great taste. Wonderful balance of spice and subtle sweetness. Clove hints and sugars. No single flavor dominates, nor is one to oppressive. What exists is an almost perfect harmony between the flavor elements.

M: Good feel. Sits very nice on the pallet. It was lighter than expected. Medium bodied. Very nice smooth lingering finish.

D: Surprisingly drinkable! Considering the alcohol content I expected it to be a bit heavier. The great flavors and feel make it a wonderful beer to drink. In fact the alcohol was barely present.

Overall this was a very good beer, I definitely suggest you try it! I feel that the smells and the head weren't as strong as some other folks here described, it could have been an older bottle. I'm not sure. I didn't look at the bottle, the bar tender tossed it immediately.

NebulousNate, Sep 26, 2009
Photo of mikel52588
4.4/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Poured from a bomber into a dogfish head signature glass; the color is a cloudy golden orange hue with a massive 3 fingerlength head; has a nice full soapy lacing.

Smell: Has a strong clove scent with banana in the background, and a sweet maltiness

Taste: Delicious. Very malty sweet but not in an overbearing way; just the right amount of cloves hit your taste buds right off the bat, while the banana falls in the aftertaste; this is probably the most pleasant aftertaste I have ever had.

Mouthfeel: It has the perfect consistency; creamy, smooth, medium body; aftertaste, as I mentioned, is pleasant.

Drinkability: Extremely drinkable; its so smooth and tasty and good you wont want to put this one down. And wow, this beer could really be dangerous! Its 9% abv and drinks like a 5. I would definitely session with this beer, but I would have to be careful of course.

mikel52588, Sep 24, 2009
Photo of craftaholic
4.22/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a cloudy golden honey hue with a fat three finger length head of creamy white frothy foam that has a great deal of retention.

Smell: The smell is on par with that of a belgian. There is hints of tart apple and even some pear. There is also a heavy yeast quality with hints of floral notes, spice, clove and banana. There is even a presence of alcohol so the nose really doesn't mask the abv well at all.

Taste: The flavor has a mind of its own on this one as it transforms from amounts of yeast that mix with assertive touches of orange-peel and coriander. There is also a strong bold sweetness in the malt that is signature for a trippel. There is some earthiness as well as some fruits such as the aforementioned pear as well as grape. The clove and banana rears its head again from the nose and is rounded out by a subtle bitterness to give it a great balance. After some warmth this turns into a slightly tart banana creme pie flavor.

Mouthfeel: The carbonation settles down from a misplaced overzealous tingling after a few sips and settles to a dull roar. Given some warmth and time to settle it allows the flavors to come through. After a while it turns to a decently smooth creamy texture. It finishes dry yet refreshing and is quite light in the body department.

Drinkability: This brew is almost too drinkable for a 9% and has a combination of body and potency to even make me put it in the summer brew category.

Overall: This beer reminds me of a witbier in certain aspects but the malt really puts it in it's place. It is quite light in character for a brew with such a big bodied reputation. Was quite delightful and would definitely have again.

craftaholic, Sep 24, 2009
Photo of ADZA
4.43/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

As i bought this beer i heard that there was a possibility that we may not see this fine brew in Western Australia again due to something with importers so its bittersweet that i get to try this fine brew again and review it and fingers crossed we do see it again,anyways it pours a cloudy honey colour with nice carbonation that leaves a one finger head with nice sporadic lacing,the aromas are wonderful so different to most other beers out there the aromas are fresh and dried fruits,baked bread,figs and even some pepperoni too quite a different smell altogether and the taste doesnt dissapoint either with tastes of bananna,dried figs,peaches,nectarines and yeasty bread very nice and the mouthfeel is very pleasant starting out full and finishing light,crisp and dry like a fine champagne with the alcohol very well hidden making this beer very easy to drink and i hope it doesnt dissapear from our shores.

ADZA, Sep 22, 2009
Photo of ocelot2500
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a hazy gold with a small tight white head. Plenty of lacing left on the glass.

Smell is mostly of apple and some pear with light spices.

Tastes of the apple with the spice following and some creamy alcoholic flavors. A lot of fruity esters with the peppery spiciness. The alcohol is masked well enough to not burn, but still is present.

Mouthfeel is full and creamy and has a dry finish.

ocelot2500, Sep 20, 2009
Photo of coggrog
4.65/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A favorite beer of mine for a long time. Really is a top of the line brew, even with it's high alcohol content. If your looking for a beer that will really get you going, this is the one, even if the bottle will cost you 10$ at a bar.

The key to this beer is knowing how to pour it / having the sense to not drink it straight from the bottle (but sometimes you have to do what you have to do)

coggrog, Sep 16, 2009
Photo of Cokie
4.83/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is my first review here and I picked the La Fin Du Monde because it is one of the best ones I have ever had!!

From the time I opened the cap on the bottle, I could smell the beautiful aromatics of, clove, banana, flowers, and yeast. As I poured it into a wine glass the smell for just incredible!

The flavor was just mind blowing... just as I smelled, the clove was upfront and in my face, finished with the banana and flower.

So far this is on the top of my list!! What an incredible brew it is. If I could, I would drink it on a daily basis. I don't even get the alcohol it is masked so well... this is not a session brew!!

Cokie, Sep 14, 2009
Photo of jnfs
4.38/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a moderately carbonated hazy yellow color with a slight head. There is a nice spicy smell with a cloudy and alcoholic sweet aroma (banana maby). The best part... taste, wow more carbonated than visible and hints of lemon and spices with hops blending into a nice warming sensation of a finale. A great beer that is reminiscent slightly of champagne.

jnfs, Sep 14, 2009
Photo of mintjellie
4.43/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It's hazy and the colour of sunshine. Golden and brilliant. It has a thick white head that leaves a good cap on the body after fading away a little. Good retention and nice lace. It smells of banana, cidery apple, and peppery spice. There's a boozy solvent character to it, and something vaguely suggestive of plastic, like a vinyl record. It tastes of sweet orchard and tropical fruits with some nice boozy alcohol and mild hop bitterness in the finish. The alcohol lends this beer a spicy character. The carbonation is fairly high and plays nicely with the peppery alcohol. It's so potent, but it just goes down like water - especially when it's just slightly cool. The alcohol doesn't hinder it at all in that respect. This is a 750mL bottle - when you think about it, you're really having a little more than two to begin with, and it's still going down like water towards the end. It has depth, well integrated complexity, and it's easy to drink. What's not to love?

mintjellie, Sep 14, 2009
Photo of Ralphus
4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

La Fin Du Monde was Unibroue's attempt at a Duvel style beer in the mid 1990's, and by all accounts it was a good one. I have had La Fin Du Monde a number of times but only just recently realized I hadn't rated it.

Poured into a Duvel tulip with a large aggressively carbonated offwhite head. The head receded to a smaller cap but a steady stream of bubbles ensures it has some longevity. The beer itself, depending on how it is poured is either a crystal clear or semi opaque dark golden colour.

The smell is BIG and beautiful. Oranges, pears, yeast and some corriander. The taste is similarly bold, with strong sweetness, fruit and a drying hoppyness. The alcohol is well disguised in the taste but you have no trouble noticing it as it warms your stomach on the way down. The added yeast is also apparent.. more so than in a beer like Duvel, and I find it limits drinkability.

Mouthfeel is silky smooth with the perfect amount of carbonation. A pleasure to hold in the mouth.

Drinkability is average. A single beer of this style and strength is generally enough for me.

Ralphus, Sep 11, 2009
Photo of nickd717
4.4/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from BevMo. This is one of the beers that helped get me into beer. Everybody likes this stuff, and for good reason. Sometimes the ignorant masses are right.

A - Cloudy golden appearance with a large white head and great lacing.

S - Aroma of sweet malt, yeast, banana/clove, and light fruits.

T - Highly yeasty with citrus, banana, clove, coriander, and other spices as well as pale malt. Some mild citrusy hops.

M - Smooth palate, carbonation pretty high. Refreshing as hell.

D - High. This is fairly light despite being so tasty and the flavor really never gets overpowering.

nickd717, Sep 10, 2009
Photo of PerroGrande
4.43/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours to a cloudy, golden color with substantial foam that fades quickly leaving little or no lacing on the glass.

The aroma is yeasty and slightly spicy. I picked up a hint of alcohol in the aroma as well.

A very interesting taste, ranging from hints of grain to yeast to spice to some hints of banana. Very tasty and complex, and an outstanding tripel.

Mouthfeel is a little thin with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is fair/good. Very tasty and enjoyable, but certainly strong.

Complex and interesting - certainly a world-class tripel.

PerroGrande, Sep 10, 2009
Photo of vishneda
4.3/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a chalice.

A well built and complicated little brew. I wasn't sure what to expect from it on first sight. It was lighter in color, golden or peach with a quickly faded white head. The aroma was more promising. It was full of banana, clove, and spices and similar to a witbier or even a hefe. The phenolic character was strong. Pre-taste impression was good.

The flavor bursted out nice and yeasty. There were a lot of wheat notes in here: Mildly sweeet, toasted banana, clove, citrus, bread, etc. However, there was much more complexity. Hints of vine fruits, earthiness, and maybe a little nut. A nice closing bitterness provided great balance.

The carbonation settled down a minute or two after the pour, but it was really high at first. Had a nice, dry finish and was refreshing, amazingly so for the ABV. The body was pretty light.

Overall this reminded me of a very rich and complicated witbier.

(Tasting notes from 02 Sept 2009)

vishneda, Sep 09, 2009
Photo of PrairiePenguin
4.9/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Just a phenomenal high ABV beer. On first impression the taste reminded me of Hoegaarden with a bigger but not obsessive alcohol back end. The wonderful/horrible thing about this beer is how easy it is to drink. It would not be hard to consume 3 or 4 with dinner. I had this beer paired with an Steak, medium rare, and it fit perfectly.

PrairiePenguin, Sep 08, 2009
Photo of preshamilton
4.4/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Such as great beer. The color is a golden yellow. When poured it creates a lot of carbonation and head but quickly dissipates. The smell is mellow with hints of citrus. Taste is hard to describe except for the crispness and subtle hints of fruit and citrus. Great mouthfeel, all around anytime beer. Drinkability is great since at 9% abv I could drink at least four but who knows what would happen to me after that.

preshamilton, Sep 08, 2009
Photo of jera1350
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Golden yellow color with active white head that shrinks to a ring.

Bold and zesty. Big yeast, fruit, especially banana. Also a bit of grain.

Much like the nose. Very rich and complex.

Lots of carbonation, but not overdone. It's soft and smooth all around. Medium bodied that is crisp with a dry finish.

Outstanding drinkability even at this ABV. This would make a great year round beer. A great tripel, especially given the price point.

jera1350, Sep 07, 2009
Photo of haddon
3.93/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- pours a caramel brown with a two finger head that dissipates quickly. lots of carbonation flowing throughout. not much lacing

S- sweet apricot with a hint of floral...perhaps clove. picking up yeast as well

T- crisp with lots of carbonation as soon as it hits the lips. tastes just like it smells. subtle with mostly citrus flavors...apricots in there as well

M- medium body with lots of carbonation. almost a champagne like fizz in the mouth

D- not the most flavorful tripel I've ever tasted. it actually gets much better as it warms and loses a bit of its carbonation. good beer but think I was expecting more due to its reputation.

haddon, Sep 07, 2009
Photo of fropones
4.63/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a pale golden yellow with half a finger of white head that sits on top for a while. Smells of apples and yeast, a little clove and some alcohol. Taste more of the same. Quite delicious. Mouthfeel creamy, medium carbonation, a little bite. Very nice. Extremely drinkable, especially for 9% abv. I may be in trouble with how drinkable this one is. Alcohol barely noticeable.

fropones, Sep 06, 2009
Photo of jaxl
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer has a nice golden haze typical of Tripels.

Smells good and taste really good for a mid range Tripel. I like it recomend to anybody looking for a value Tripel.

The after taste is ok. not great but it's the typical craft beer after. This is a good value buy as far a Tripel's go. I look forward to enjoying this beer again in the future.

jaxl, Sep 04, 2009
Photo of robertjohnson
4.2/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Golden yellow with a thick foamy head.

Smell I get ripe sugary fruits and peppery phenols.

Honey dew and green grapes, slight carbonic bite and white pepper phenols with some medicinal and clove flavors. I get a very soft caramel graininess that lingers on after everything else.

The carbonation is high enough to lend a bite that really keeps the palate clean between sips.

robertjohnson, Sep 03, 2009
Photo of papat444
4.15/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed this last night while waiting for a phone call to find out if our place is rented so we can move. Paired with my supper, some homemade cannelloni (in pasta shells).

Poured from a 341ml. bottle.

Appearance: Pours a very hazy and golden body. Color resembles a pear. Fairly average head that recedes quite quickly and no much lacing to speak of. Not too nice, i was expecting more.

Smell: Much better here. Getting a nice heady aroma of cloves, yeast, banana and dough. Am i drinking a hefe? Regardless, very pleasing indeed.

Taste: Quite discreet at first. I get some herbs and some fruit that's more dry than sweet but never obtrusive. Some citrus action in there also. Opens up more as it warms but it's still a low-key affair.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation hinders it a bit but it still feels rather good anyways. It subsides a little as it warms. Very full-bodied and light at the same time if that's possible.

Drinkability: ABV is well hidden though it does creep on you midway. I'd have another for sure.

Overall: Definitely a high-caliber beer that's well made. Everything is in the nuances though as it's not a in-your-face beer. I prefer more guts with my Belgian beers which is reflected in my score. Nevertheless, i like this beer and next time, i'll drink it at near room temp to get a better grasp on it. Is it the be all end of the world? Not quite...but it's right up there.

papat444, Sep 01, 2009
Photo of OnThenIn
4.35/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: This is a beautiful hazy lighter orange colored beer. It poured with a massive two+ finger head of white fluffyness into my DFH snifter.

Smell: The aroma is SO FRUITY. It is tropical island fruity. The second whiff gives me the beauitful yeasty, bready aroma I was expecting. There is a wheat aroma to it. There is even a tiny bit of banana and clove to this. I mean it even made me think of raisin bread for a second.

Taste: The flavory is very yeasty and bready with a little dark fruit to it. Sweet citrus!

Mouthfeel: This is a pretty solid mouthfeel. I would give it a 4.25 if I could, because even though this mouthfeel is really enjoyable and the slightly dry alcoholic finish is really nice, the carbonation is just a tiny bit bitey for me. Even though the carbonation is a bit much it seems to weirdly work in this mysterious brew. This beer has a medium body by the way.

Drinkability: Out of the Unibroue beers I have had this is one of the most drinkable (not in terms of quality, but in terms of it not being a sipper). I truly can't believe that this is a 9% beer when I am drinking it and the carbonation truly makes it perfect for summer, which just does not compute in my mind! Trois Pistoles is still my favorite Unibroue, but this is a close second.

OnThenIn, Aug 31, 2009
Photo of mudbug
4.63/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours slightly hazy orange with a nice fluffy head,
I'm new at Belgian styles so I have a hard time identifying the flavors, sour, unripe apricots, just the slightly unripe kind.
Hay, something sweet, like the smallest hint of orange honey.
Smell is wet wheat-field, ripe fruit, Is that the yeast?
Wow these beers are complex.
The bottle slowly drains, large quaffs don't satisfy like a powerful sip put directly on the tip of the tongue.
Carbonation is crisp but fades dramatically half way through the bottle, this isn't really a bad thing, just noticed.
Each time I put the glass down it tastes different.
I'm in awe of Belgians, gotta try more.

mudbug, Aug 31, 2009
La Fin Du Monde from Unibroue
96 out of 100 based on 8,177 ratings.