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La Fin Du Monde - Unibroue

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

8,727 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 8,727
Reviews: 2,759
rAvg: 4.32
pDev: 11.81%
Wants: 385
Gots: 1,140 | FT: 17
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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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Photo of JMad
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I had a 12 oz bottle, or it may have been an 11.3 oz bottle, and I poured it into my tulip glass...

The liquid was murky, golden-yellow with a pillowy, towering, white head. It smells like a bouquet of fruits, I noticed lemon, banana, orange, peach, and spices. When I took a sip I did notice some alcohol on the back of the tongue. The taste was dominated by lemon and wheat, it was a bit sour and has hints of clove. This is a full bodied beer, the soft carbonation lightens it up creating a pleasing experience. I am not big on triples or wheat beers, but this one is on another level, the alcohol is hidden extremely well and I would love to have it again.

Photo of jayhawk73
3.88/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a medium yellow w/ three finger white head that lingers a while. The smell is of pears, fruit, spice, apple. The smell is a little more tame than I was expecting. Very light and pleasant though... The taste has a little more oomph to it. It's a pretty sweet beer, but good. Not much alcohol taste, and at 9% ABV, that's impressive. I'd actually like to taste a little alcohol burn with this one. Mouthfeel is nice and smooth. Nice fruity, light aftertaste. Drinkability is pretty high. I could drink several of these before the alcohol would catch up, it doesn't taste like a high ABV beer. Overall, this is a good beer that borders on great. It doesn't quite reach that level, but it's close. I'd definitely buy this again, especially in the warm weather months.

Photo of megahurts4
3.63/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Unibroue La Fin Du Monde

Appearance: cloudy yellow, large head, and some good lacing.

Smell: wheat, citrus, and yeast.

Taste: wheat, yeast, hops, and a slight lemon-citrus.

Mouthfeel: medium.

Overall:
This is strong with wheat and yeast. It does a great job masking the alcohol content.

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

Pours a cloudy, bright, straw-colored light amber. Beautiful two finger creamy head. Very persistent and leaves excellent lacing. Well carbonated. Very nice looking...Like Sophie Marceau (yea, yea I know she's not Quebecoise...get over it)...Elegant, beautiful and timeless...

Aromas are chock full of good stuff...I get sweet malt and Belgian yeastiness right away - very robust. Some coriander...Some fresher notes, too, like lemonade way in the back. Nice and balanced...This is looking like a World class ale so far...

Flavor is luscious, like Sophie's very feminine body...The head and body of this beer are creamy and flavorful...Carbonation swells up initially, but there is a fine malty creamy texture to it that is a pleasure to feel. This gives way to an early middle that starts off tangy, and then immediately moves into a warm series of flavors: nice malt component balanced very nicely by the yeast...they meld in perfect harmony. This is a less spicy version of a Belgian ale...But something about it is more subtle and nuanced. The malt and yeast dance around a little, until they finally give way to a slightly hoppy and understated bitterness that lingers for a good long time. Excellent beer. It's around $9/4-pak, so it ain't cheap or expensive. ABV is awesome at 9% and completely and totally masked. This is wonderful and drinkable to a fault. Many people would get very hammered off this ale. It's excellent on all fronts and hardly any fault to it. Must find and drink. Perfect any time of year, also...

What I like most: The beautiful, nuanced flavor profile, beautiful appearance, wonderful nose...pretty much everything.

What I like least: the price, and just barely a fault here.

Verdict: World class ale from Chamble, Quebec. Absolutely must find.

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

A: Golden in color, and quite hazy, LFDM holds its head well, and displays marvelous lacing.

S: Clove, rose, and banana are well presented.

T: Off-dry, with notes of honey, clove, and golden delicious apple.

M: Light in body and oh-so effervescent.

D: A standby throughout the US for those who love Belgian brews, but hate the import price. Unibroue does an outstanding job of recreating the Belgian style, while keeping things affordable. Definitely worth a shot.

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

Poured from 1 Pt 9.4 fl. oz bottle into a tulip glass.

A - Nice clean golden color;nice moderate lacing; one inch white soapy head...looked nice & clean and refeshing.

S - Yeast,floral,coriander,citrus(orange peel, lemon); no real booze smell, evenwith the high ABV

T - Citrus(Orange peel,lemon),yeast,malt,subtle spice,slightly sour finish, but not in an unpleasant way

M -high carbonation, was expecting a heavier feel, but was not dissapointed with the lighter mouthfeel

D - went down smooth, was quite refreshing, could be an all day/night beer if it wasn't for the high ABV. if you use it as a session beer, do not even look at a car....it goes down so nice that you can have too much without even knowing it!

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

This is an amazing beer.

A: Hazy opaque lemony orange golden. Beautiful thick head which dissipates to a thin swirly head.

S: Sublime yeasty subtle citrus banana finish . This smells like a delicious alcohol desert. Fantastic!

T: mmm. mmmm. mmmm. GOOD. Tastes much like the smell of a smooth yeasty citric treat. It is so well balanced it is scary.

M: Maybe my favorite part of the beer is how it feels in the mouth. It is thick yet not chewy. Carbonated but so so gently so. It doesn't change much in the mouth, it sits there as it is, and is beautiful as such.

D: I drink this much faster than most beers of this strength! It is not overpowering or overbearing, just amazing. Very high drinkability. This is not the sort of bottle which I struggle to finish even though I respect it. It just is awesome and easy to drink at the same time.

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

app - a bit cloudy as may have poured a little aggressively. Modest white head that dispersed fairly quickly (as most high alcohol brews do).

smell - Slightly sweet, and generally quite clean. Certainly no hop.

Taste - very subtle fruity sweetness upfront, and then the Belgian yeast notes kick in with a subtle pepper note. Alcohol is well hidden in the flavor here. Finishes quite clean and dry, well in line with the style.

MF - Med body, medium carbonation. Minimal alcohol warming. No astringency.

D'ability - A really clean tripel, with enough complexity to give it an attraction beyond the 9% ABV.

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

Best before 10-02-11 printed on back label. This gem has been stored in my 50F dark, cement floor, cinder block cellar for about a year now. CANNOT believe I haven't formally reviewed thi sbrew yet. I've enjoyed this offering from Unibrew for many years now.

Poured into my Chimay chalice - stirred yeast and all. The audibly fizzy bright white head starts loose and lumpy, then settles to a thin-edged perimeter with a convex mound in the center. The dirty orange colored brew is alive with carbonation. Fine and boisterous bubble action is making me salivate. Drooping lines and splotches of lace sporadically present.

Such a succulent and yeasty smelling ale. Tons of creme fresh notes. Mostly sweet, with just a touch of yeasty-tart tinge. A fresh bouquet of vanilla and fresh sourdough bread is prevalent. Reminds me of vanilla (batter & frosting) birthday cake. Upon smelling this for a few minutes, I do feel like it's my special day.

Mmmm. Mmmm. Mmmm. Mmmm. Mmmm. Mmmm. Mmmm. Mmmm. Mmmm. Mmmm. Mmmm. Mmmm. Mmmm. Mmmm. Mmmm. And Mmmm. The scent purely and accurately translates into the flavor. A hint of white pepper from the belgian yeast cloaks any discernible alcohol notes. The yeasty sourness is restrained enough to not take center stage, but does provide a perfect balance to this luscious, sweet elixir. Mmmm. Mmmm. Mmmm.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with the perfect amount of ultra fine and tongue tingling carbonation. It coats and penetrates all surfaces and crevices in the mouth, giving life to everything it touches. The finish is slightly spicy and a tad dry.

Drinkability is PERFECT. The 9% ABV is very deceiving and could prove weighty if over indulged. Good thing I'm nursing this 12 oz. bottle.

Canada does Belgium proud with their masterful rendition of a Triple. I prefer this to many Belgian offering, as a matter of fact. The softness. The sweet warmth. The marvel. World class in my book.

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

Appearance: : It has a nice orange/golden colour to it. It has a nice white head that dies down slowly and has nice lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitly give out hints of sweet spices, yeast, and citrucy notes.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a very nice sweetness coming from the malts and the hops leave a slight bitterness. The spices are very present and certainly cover up the alcohol. There is also very nice cirtucy/orange notes to it. It has a great balance.

Mouthfeel: It has a nice medium carbonation, a great overall balance and nice smoothness.

Drinkability: It's a very smoott drinkable beer accompanied with great flavours and aromas. It's an overall amazing beer.

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

Appearance: Pours a light gold color that is a bit hazy in character. Only a bit of head retention
Smell: Citrus and cider aroma fairly evident along with some light toffee/caramel as well.
Taste: Slow build to a full-bodied,complex peak. Buttery and caramel-like malts (a little sweet in nature) form a base upon more zesty spices (coriander, pepper) and citrus fruits. despite this, the tastes meld pretty well together. Alcohol warmth hits pretty quick towards the back end of the tasting, yet the overall presence of alcohol is pretty well-hidden.
Mouthfeel: Fairly full-bodied, but smooth; finishes a little on the dry side.
Drinkability: ABV will inevitably limit consumption though it would be easy to drink one too many if allowed. May be a little sweet for the casual beer drinker.

Overall- Complex but tasty. Another reason why tripels are one of my favorite styles.

Photo of engagechad
3.1/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer was purchased as a single from World Market in Richmond/Short pump, VA - Poured into a Ommegang belgian glass

*Disclaimer - this is my first belgian style beer so there may be a time in the future that I revisit this review*

Pours good with not much head and looks kind of like a cloudy pilsener. Not a whole lot of lacing with mostly soapy looking foam. Smells like a strong wheat beer with notes of carapils, not sure if they use carapils with this or not because I know very little about belgian beers. Tasted like a boozy wheat to me but it was pleasant enough. Mouthfeel was smooth and stimulating. Not the kind of beer that I would drink a lot of or really want to buy again in the near future.

All things considered. My palate may change as it frequently does. When/If that happens I will revisit this beer.

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

Slight hazed golden straw with a golden core. Big foamy near-white head. Good retention. Thin streams of lace.

Lemon zest. clove, apple, pear, spicy yeast esters. Spicy herbal notes.

Crisp lemon zest, grassy, and herbal. Mild toasted bread. pepper, clove. earthy and spicy fruity yeast esters. Herbal bitterness.

Crisp, lively carbonation on the tongue. Medium body. Rich and semi-creamy. Drying.

Super drinkable. Light crisp and refreshing yet with flavor and character. No trace of 9%.

Photo of smakawhat
4.2/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Been awhile since I had one of these, would love to see if it still measures up since then. Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass.

A real nice looking white head, a bit soapy, but holds with lots of retention. There is a lot of rising carbonation on this with the classic slow rising carbonation crawling up. Body color is a bit hazy with a sort of dull apricot orange and yellow. Fairly decent tripel appearance.

Nose is a mellow sweetness, mixing with a sense of light honey. There's a sense of crisp coming off this, but there's not much sense of Belgian candi sugar or doughy like malts compared to other tripels. There is some sweet like malts that peek out just a tad. It's otherwise pretty solid and enjoyable and balanced. Smells very clean and carbonated.

Palate hits with a lot of carbonation, but manages to stay in control. Finish has a little bit of sweet banana, but then some classic Belgian like candi comes out. Carbonation on this is very high, and it even brings some tonic water and herbal like qualities to the beer. Sweetness doesn't get too out of control, and coats well in the palate.

Overall it's a solid tripel, but I think I would grab other favorites in this style instead. Nice to go back and review this one.

Old review (Feb 26th 2011) ---

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass.

A straight forward soapy clean white head of two fingers, falls fairly straight but not too fast. Body shows a nice carbonation from the bottom through a somewhat 50/50 opaque eight carat gold body. Not much of a collar left on the glass after the head falls but it manages to stay.

Bouquet is a slight musty barnyard smell with yeast. Buttery lemon sweetness also, and some sourdough bread. Dental almost toothpaste medicinal in the back on the nose also. Lots to find here, all clean, and all very enjoyable.

Great body upon taste with a bold lemon and honey. Mouth finish is a slight club soda but tolerable. Chew texture and highly teeth coating, faint bread like wheat also on the aftertaste.

Inexpensive to boot and makes for great drinkability. (4, 4.5, 4,5, 4.5, 4.5)

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

pours a very leaden honey color, that has a very bubbly presence that accumulated a wonderful milk colored fluff head. is a nice beer on lees
Smells a bit like a warm citrus. a bit of apricots, and yeast. sweet notes that are creeping in the back.
Taste is almost the same as the smell. although the alcohol is masked perfectly. The sweetness is there to cover the warm and allows the tart to pull you back in. a bit of sweet fruits, and warm malt. you can taste some wheat faintly that is masked again perfectly by the sweetness.
Very well balanced of carbonation, and alcohol. this beer at 9% drinks unnervingly easy.

Photo of SnowGoon99
4.22/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Serving type: bottle into a Stella Artois glass.

Pours a dark yellow, straw color. Not a thick head but one that stays down the glass for some nice lacing. Only thing that dings it is actually probably my fault in pouring the lees into the glass by accident. So i didn't get the full effect. Aroma is killer with some Belgian esters standing out. Nice fruity aromas with some sweet type aromas.

Flavors are kinda all over the place. On one hand there's some nice malt sweetness with some fruitiness. But on the other there's some hot alcohol which i guess can be expected with a high alcohol beer with Belgian yeast. That's the only ding i have in flavor. It's also kinda weird in the mouthfeel in that you can tell it has a lot of body but it's cut by the carbonation. But this also could be a characteristic of the style. Still makes for a very drinkable beer.

Overall a really nice beer. It's not one you could have a bunch of and survive a night. But very tasty and would try for anyone.

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

Fiery golden orange and very cloudy with a thick white head and nice lacing.

Smell is very orangey and apricot like with some candy sweetness and a light clove like spice to it.

Taste is more or less the same but the accentuation is more on the apricot and candied sugar notes. Also the spiciness becomes a little closer to cinnamon.

Medium bodied with a somewhat creamy mouthfeel and quite a bit of carbonation somewhere between prickly and foamy. Lasting sweet finish as well as a solid bitter footnote in the middle.

This beer is very drinkable despite it being a very big beer.

La fin du monde is an amazing beer from an excellent brewery. I also enjoyed trois pistoles and maudite.

Photo of BEERMILER12
4.6/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Pours a nice cloudy straw yellow with a nice 2 finger head that leaves great lacing

S: Nice spicy notes, with belgian yeast and some alcohol in the background

T: Same as the smell, the alcohol is well hidden and the spices are very nice and well balanced

M: Light and well carbonated due to the bottle conditioning

D: This is a great triple that packs a nice punch. Might get in trouble drinking too much of this, and you'll do it pretty easily

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

Reviewed from notes 2/4/2011

A: golden yellow-orange, 1 finger off-white head that lingers and eventually dissipates to a fine layer of white bubbles, nice lacing

S: citrusy, Belgian yeast, very faint on the bananas

T: sweet, honey-like sweetness, cloves on the backend

M: mild carbonation, crisp, refreshing, plenty of bubbles going from bottom to top of glass througout the whole pour

D: a mild, semi-sweet, not overpowering tripel that is easily drinkable.

Cheers!
The CPJ

Photo of beerlove82
4.95/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Mildly cloudy brew with an amber appearance and a off-white head that lingers for about 5 minutes to a nice lace for the remainder of the glass.

S: Talking complex! Spices, yeast, hint of wheat, hint of alcohol, note of honey. Delicious!!

T: Flavor that doesn't stop! Alcohol is masked extremely well for 9%, Notes of cloves, yeast, caramel, wheat, honey, mild hops. Maybe a slight nutty sorta cinnamon note in the aftertaste.

M: heavy complex body, tart dry aftertaste, sweet start, perfect carbonation.

D: Very easy to drink, especially with a steak meal or seafood. high alcohol with a low alcohol taste that will get yo in trouble after a few. (I'm starting to feel a buzz already) Love this one! Recommend it to all at least once.

Photo of n2185
4.88/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Pours a hazy golden yellow, cloudy from the yeast (I prefer to add the yeast). Head retention is very good, starting out with nearly two fingers of head and retaining fairly thick white cap throughout the entire beer. Good lacing as well.

S: There's a lot going on here, but it all blends very well together to create an amazing nose. Coriander and Belgian spices up front followed by sweet fruit aromas--white grapes, pears, and bananas. Backing it all up is the Belgian yeasty aroma.

T: Similar to the aroma, there's a lot going on. Spices up first followed by sweet pears and white grapes. The finish has a chalky yeast flavor that pleasantly lingers in the mouth along with a very light alcohol burn.

M: To me, the mouthfeel in a Belgian beer is very important. There should be a light crispness to it that conceals its high gravity nature. Many attempts at Belgian beers fail to get this characteristic, but this beer nails it head-on. Light body, but with high carbonation that really provides a bite to go with the sweet fruit and yeast flavors.

D: With such a great taste and mouthfeel, this beer is dangerously drinkable. Very light and crisp yet bursting with flavor. With the alcohol hidden well, it becomes very refreshing.

Overall, this is close to, if not the best trippel out there. Very, very good beer.

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

A-cloudy gold with a good white head

S-spicy belgian wheats and some banana. very strong and balanced smelling

T-mmm now this is a tasty belgian brew...and its not even really belgian. comes in with medium strength spicy belgian wheats. It quickly goes in to a really nice long matching after-taste. The after-taste seems to be more potent than the rest of the taste. This is a really balanced and clean example of the style. its really refreshing!

M-a good medium to heavy carbonation with a very crisp finish.

D-wow...this is dangerously drinkable. I could drink so much of this...it goes down so easily. i can't believe this is 9%! I can't wait to have this one again!

Photo of angrybabboon
3.2/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Review adapted from notes taken in September, 2009

Poured into a snifter

Appearance: Pale, golden color with an excellent head thanks to the bottle conditioning

Smell: Hints of yeast, light fruits, alcohol, fruity esters, wax - phenolic

Taste: If you know the Unibroue yeast strain, you know this beer - it is exploding with yeast funk, pale malts, light fruits, alcohol - spicy and tart, with an acidic bite

Mouthfeel: Moderate body, very well carbonated

Overall: The yeast gets to be too much after a while, best to split a 750mL

I have had La Fin Du Monde at least three times now. I was very excited to try it after reading all of the reviews on BA, but I found myself disappointed. I have reviewed and re-reviewed it since then. While I can understand why someone would enjoy it, this beer is simply not for me. It's too tart, too acidic, and the yeast funk is too overpowering. I think the Unibroue yeast strain works better in some of their other beers.

Photo of Jimmys
3.8/5  rDev -12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: cloud-like, frothy white head sits on a hazy golden body. riping carbonation almost tfighting

S: flower-like bouquet. reminds me a little of a biere de garde with the fruit/bread qualities im getting. sweet bread from the malt reminds me that it is a tripel. yeasty esters. a real little bit of chalky hops at the finish.

T: sweet fruits, not too overpowering. soft pear. a little bit of sour/tartness. pear definitely lingers on the palate on the finish. interesting flavor. hard to believe this thing is 9%abv!

M: the body is actually a little lighter than i expected. a little too light compared to most other tripels.

D: a good tripel, but i wouldn't say great. just a little too light in the body. first tripel where i got more in the nose than in the sip.
side note: this was served from a 12oz. bottle with a foil wrapped crown. i used an opener to pop it and was surprised/shocked to see that it was a screw top. hmmmm.

Photo of rrski198
4.53/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Doen from brief notes at a beer festival

A: Big time fluffy meringue like white head. Cloudy yellow/honey color.

S: Classis belgian yeast scent. Fruity spicy banana, lemon, and even this odd corn scent.

T: Fruity yeast. Classic belgian fruit with banana and citrus the most predominent.

M: Big time carbonation that fills the mouth. Yeaststicks around and the banana flavors stay with it.

D: This is as close as it gets to a belgian without being one. Outstanding representation of the style.

La Fin Du Monde from Unibroue
96 out of 100 based on 8,727 ratings.