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La Fin Du Monde - Unibroue

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

8,174 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 8,174
Reviews: 2,728
rAvg: 4.32
pDev: 11.57%
Wants: 350
Gots: 894 | 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 civilizedpsycho
4.45/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured bottle into goblet.

Appearance: Pours a golden color that is somewhat cloudy, with a big, settling head.

Smell: Strong aroma, I could smell it as soon as I opened the bottle. It has a strong malt smell with hints of citrus and other fruit. Smell fantastic.

Taste: Sweet citrus flavor with just the right amount of bitterness to balance it out. Very smooth and very good.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation provides a fair body that reminds me a little of champagne.

Drinkability: A great beer. This is something that I would certainly like to keep in the house for any occasion.

civilizedpsycho, Aug 27, 2009
Photo of oldpinecone
1.8/5  rDev -58.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Poured into tulip glass.

First off let me tell you I am not fond of Belgian Tripels but I keep trying different ones to see if my taste changes.

Poured a decent pale orange with a 2 finger head and lots of bubbles.

It smelled like a fruit bowl thats been sitting around for a little too long. Eh my stomach said dont do it.

I took the first sip and there it was. The taste I despise so much. It was the rotten over fermented fruit I find in all these beers. So so so unpleasant.

Along with the taste it was super thin and over carbonated and just terrible.

I gave drinkability a 2 but only because I thought if Im drunk enough I could probably gag a few down for the high ABV but I dont get drunk to much and will probably never do this.

oldpinecone, Aug 25, 2009
Photo of woosterbill
4.22/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, best by 01-28-12, into a Duvel tulip.

A: Hazy straw/gold body topped with a half-inch white foam head - this after a fairly vigorous pour. Underwhelming retention and next to no lace. A good swirl of the glass produces a larger head, but it too disappears quickly without a trace.

S: Quite nice, with fruit and spice being the dominant players. Apple, pear, apricot, and clove all make a distinct appearance, with some white wine notes making themselves known toward the end. Complex and pleasing.

T: All the complexity of the smell, plus some malt sweetness and just a hint of dry hoppiness on the finish. Very rich, fruity, and complex.

M: Extremely smooth, with very fine carbonation and a medium body. Heavenly.

D: Hides the alcohol amazingly well, but the surprisingly low carbonation (compared to other reviews) makes the last few ounces less than spectacular.

Notes: a delicious tripel, to be sure, but the low carbonation leaves me wanting a bit more. Not my favorite example of the style, but definitely a beer I'll seek out again, especially for the reasonable price.

woosterbill, Aug 25, 2009
Photo of sweetbrew82
4.18/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 ML into a tulip/ Best before 2-16-12

P: Looks like an unfiltered, kind of dull, light gold color with a huge head of pearly white foam that is thick and pillowy. Shows great retention and leaves a nice amount of lace plastered on the side of the glass, though.

A: Smells like toasted malts, orchard fruits, cloves, and yeast. This has an impressive amount of power and strength, but doesn't quite reach the level of the top-tier tripels, in my humble opinion.

T: The flavor, however, comes much closer to reaching greatness. There is a superb balance in this beer that makes it really enjoyable to drink. The malts are lightly-toasted and have that smooth, barley-and-oat cereal grain type of character to them. The fruits aren't nearly as explosive as they are in other tripels, but the flavors of ripe bananas, pink apples, and pears taste bright and delicious. The yeasty cloves impart a nice amount of spiciness that jabs the tongue and rounds this brew out nicely.

M: Medium-bodied with a sharp and clean, crisp and smooth type of feel. But, I've gotta dock points here because, like every other Unibroue beer that I've had, it's way over-carbonated. The prickly bite gets a bit distracting the deeper I get into the bottle, which I guess is my only real complaint.

Notes: La Fin Du Monde is definitely firmly entrenched on the 'refined' side rather than the 'explosive' side of the tripel category. There are others that are more explosively fruity, spicy, and powerful. But, this is a very well-made beer that stays in perfect balance throughout. Nice melding of harmonious flavors that make this quite enjoyable. I really wish Unibroue would ease up on the carbonation, but it deserves all of the praise that it gets, nonetheless. Recommended

sweetbrew82, Aug 25, 2009
Photo of Gish
4.28/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle poured into a snifter.

A - Large head that quickly disappears leaving behind a thin layer of foam. Pours a slightly cloudy straw color.

S - Hefeweizen yeast, black pepper, wheat.

T - White grape fruitiness that quickly puckers your mouth. Ends with a drying alcohol kick. Spicy and complex! However, I think it could benefit from just a hint of sweetness in the finish.

M - Extremely carbonated, a bit rough actually. It lacks the smooth carbonation I've experienced with similar beers.

D - A very fun beer to drink, however the spiciness and carbonation lowers its drinkability. I will have no trouble finishing the bottle though!

A ridiculously good value. A must try if you like hefes or spicy beers in general!

Gish, Aug 24, 2009
Photo of dpodratsky3
4.45/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into chalice

A: A cloudy, golden yellow orange with a tight white head that stays forever. Has awesome lacing that paints the glass all the way down.

S: Hops, fruit, definitely alcohol.

T: A yeasty hoppiness with pleasant sweetness from various fruits. Strong alcohol presence, but a nice balance.

M: The perfect carbonation, it almost feels like the liquid is non-existent in your mouth, all you can feel is the flavor.

D: Good for such a strong beer. The flavors are so good and combined with the excellent mouthfeel it's hard to put down.

Notes: A very nice tripel. Great appearance and a nice overall combination of flavors and aromas make this an very enticing beer. My first non-Belgian tripel and a very good one at that.

dpodratsky3, Aug 18, 2009
Photo of bheilman
4.13/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Light straw color with a serious amount of carbonation. I had just cooled the beer. Nice smell not atypical of a tripel. Really enjoyed the taste. Obvious sweetness, but with a really solid earthy type dirt sort of flavor. Maybe the yeast got a little stirred up, but it really adds to the flavor. Good aftertaste and unusually drinkable for a tripel. Probably the best beer I've had from Unibroue.

bheilman, Aug 18, 2009
Photo of Daniellobo
3.3/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Nice Canadian tripel after their Belgium ancestors and probably matching or bettering quite a few of them.

Presentation: 12 oz bottle. Illustrated label with a glowing terrain map of Quebec... The end of the world?. Lacks date of bottling or freshness, neither shows IBUs, °Plato, only Alc. (9.0%) Minimal descriptive narrative on back with glassware recommendation. Poured into a tulip glass.

A - Large and resilient foamy head that ultimately leaves a stubborn layer. Light amber-yellow tone.

S - Citrus... Orange? smell around quite a bit of spices, in particular clove. Hmmm, when it settles it has a funny popcorn buttery smell. Is this a bad bottle? It is not uncomfy, but rare... Diacetyl?

T - Sweet and smooth over an emerging alcohol base that never takes over. A bitter and spicy bite punctuates the taste.

M - It has a medium, and somewhat deceptively pale body around a significant amount of carbonation.

D - It´s actually quite drinkable, although I sense an acid aftertaste that may not settle that well with everyone.

Notes: It's a nice beer... I confess that I'm not a big fan of tripels, whether Belgium or their American reinterpretations. I like them, sure. But I'm just not a big fan. So this one does not cut it for me as a favorite or an iconic reference. I think that for tripel lovers this is probably a delight. But being such a great beer there is something that does not quite gel in the end for me.

Daniellobo, Aug 17, 2009
Photo of AgentZero
3.85/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - I say good, mostly because it's shocking. Pour out of the bottle and it is a very pale, slightly cloudy, yellow. Nothing at all like I was expecting from a triple.

S - Spices, something sweet, maybe a little clove in there. Very mild smelling.

T - For a 9%, I am not tasting any alcohol in this. Lot of clove, some fruit and yeast.

M - Medium to medium-light bodied, some nice carbination.

D - Ridiculously drinkable. I could put these away often and quickly and probably drink myself to death. Maybe it's just the triple distilling, but this goes down too smoothly and too easily for how much alcohol is in there. Nice, mild tasting.

AgentZero, Aug 17, 2009
Photo of lhaqq
4.33/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had at Saha down in San Francisco. Goes great with the Yemenese Arabic fusion food (had it with their seafood kibbeh and orange scallops).
A: Opaque golden body with a creamy thin but constant head.
S: Some spices, sweet tea, honey, Belgian yeast.
T: A bit of cloves and spices. Pretty sweet through most of the taste, not too much on the sweet malts but a lot of Belgian yeasts and honey.
M: Really rich and creamy, with not too much carbonation.
D: Didn't finish it, but that might have been because of the great food. Will definitely have to try again.

lhaqq, Aug 16, 2009
Photo of cdpike
4.6/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle poured into tulip.

Pours a beautiful golden orange that's slightly hazy but with ample foam. The nose is very inviting, with crisp Belgian spice and orange zest complimented by just a bit of alcohol. This beer has a wonderful medium body with robust effervescence. The taste is quite sweet and is not spicy as the aroma may suggest. There are strong citrus (orange) notes with a surprisingly crisp bite of hops with a somewhat dry finish. Additionally, there is a lingering flavor or that great spice. This beer has a great complex flavor that's not PERplexing. A great and accessible tripel for all occasions!

cdpike, Aug 16, 2009
Photo of jrallen34
3.78/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

I drank this from the bottle into a chalice.

This pours a very cloudy pale gold with a white head, decent lacing.

There is no distinct flavor, mostly hops.

Its taste very plain, its good, reminds me of Duvel. To me its a very high alcohol session beer. So I'd drink tihs when I get to drunk.

jrallen34, Aug 16, 2009
Photo of ClevoPiwo
4.22/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice golden yellow color with a big head that dissipates pretty quickly leaving a nice lacing down the glass.

The smell is very good and very floral. Malt sweetness, complex fruity esters, yeast and spice are all pronounced in the bouquet.

The taste is great. Rich pale malt sweetness up front followed by that wonderful taste of belgian yeast with hints of spice and maybe a trace of hops. The alcohol is warming but well hidden.

A wonderful tripel! The alcohol is well hidden making this beer very drinkable and enjoyable.

ClevoPiwo, Aug 15, 2009
Photo of kbeals
4.03/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a cloudy, golden color with plenty of fizzy white head. Excellent head retention and lacing.

S- Clove, spices and sweet malts.

T- Taste is very spicy, plenty of cloves along with a taste of dried apples. A bit yeasty also.

M- Medium-light body with plenty of carbonation that results in the excellent head retention.

D- Dangerously drinkable at 9%. This beer took some getting used to for me. This was my first tripel and after about the first half a dozen sips I was hooked.

kbeals, Aug 15, 2009
Photo of beerman207
4.4/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours an orange color with a huge head and some very good retention leaving a nice white skim after about 3 minutes. LIttle to no lacing.

S- Picking up banana, pear, apple, coriander, and perhaps even clove.

T- Lemon, alcohol, apple, clove, yeast, very complex. Spicy! Nice.

M- Definately has some carbonation but nice. The alcohol leaves the throat warm and reminds you that it's 9%.

D - This is how a tripel should be made. I haven't had many but this is by far the best. It is in the top 100 for good reason. The alcohol is a bit high to get this a 5 but I can forgive the high alcohol here because it tastes VERY good!

beerman207, Aug 15, 2009
Photo of dasenebler
4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the 750ml bottle it pours a rich, deep golden hue. A nice and thick (but not really creamy) head forms at first, though it dissipates very quickly. Aroma is quite nice, with notes of yeast, ripe pear, banana and a bit of alcohol.

Flavor is sweet up-front, with a warming effect on the finish. As the drink continues, fruity and yeasty flavors develop. Lingering aftertaste is malty, caramel-like and yeasty. Alcohol is not terribly noticeable, and I am actually drinking this beer pretty fast. Mouthfeel is well-carbonated, yet not as huge or creamy as I had expected.

Overall this is a sweet Tripel with good complexity. La Fin du Monde is an excellent beer, but it's kind of joke that it is the number one Tripel on BA, ranking higher than all of the original Belgian versions. But who am I to argue with 1500+ reviews? I prefer a drier Tripel. To each his own.

dasenebler, Aug 12, 2009
Photo of tattooed81
4.68/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A wonderful bright gold with a decent foamy head when poured into a tulip glass. This beer gives you a hint of whats to come with notes of hops and citrus and just a hint of spice as you raise the glass to your mouth.

With a fantastic spicy start, and a combination of hops, cloves, citrus and just a hint of something floral this is a truly great beer. Finishes with a crisp clean finish that makes it easy to drink this beer over and over again.

tattooed81, Aug 12, 2009
Photo of Auspice
4.53/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

With a satisfying "POP" the cork is sprung from the top of my bomber of La Fin Du Monde and I pour it's dark golden, almost orange contents into my brandy snifter. The head is massive, about 3 fingers worth. It smells of belgian yeast, banannas, clove, and sweet dark fruits. As I drink, there is plenty of lacing left lingering on the glass.

This is a very well balanced beer with a medium mouthfeel and a very smooth taste. It has a sweet almost lemon aftertaste that lingers on the tongue.

As I have begun to notice with great belgian style beers, it is extremely drinkable which is dangerous with it's high ABV.

Overall, a superb beer leaving me wanting more. Again, kudos to the chef!

Auspice, Aug 11, 2009
Photo of cbutova
4.35/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy/sediment filled golden orange with a fizzy two finger head that disappears very quickly to a ring around the beer. No lacing is present on my glass halfway through the bottle. Not a very strong head/appearance. Smells like a good belgian beer, has belgian yeast, spice, a bit of fruit and maybe a smoked/malty smell to it. Tastes of belgian yeast, malts, a bit of citrus, some fruits and once again a malty/smoked taste. Good malty aftertaste toward the end. Mouthfeel is medium, smooth, has a little cream in the mouth and leaves that good belgian taste lingering on the tongue. Drinkability is good here for a tripel, taste is great and the 9% alcohol is well hidden, no alcohol taste shines through at all, doesnt feel too heavy on the stomach. Definately has that signature Unibroue canadian-belgian taste.

cbutova, Aug 10, 2009
Photo of thezenkeeper
5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Great golden color with a nice head. Has a strong deep flavor with lots of yeast and a bit of spice to it. Nice fruity bouquet. Has just the right ammount of carbanation, has a great mouthfeel. Just a great beer in every aspect. Has little alcohol flavor, even though it has a 9% ABV.

thezenkeeper, Aug 09, 2009
Photo of Casey10
4.22/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

After recently trying a chimay triple I sought out this one as it was one of the higher rated triples was very impressed with this brew.

A - lots of bubbles and a frothy white head when first poured.

S - Spices and banana great use of belgian yeast.

T - Taste was good smooth and a nice aftertase that lingered once drank, a bit lemony and banana.

M - creamy somewhat, carbonated feel

D - very nice could drink a bunch would have to be careful do to well hidden abv.

Casey10, Aug 09, 2009
Photo of JordanEllwanger
4.47/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very beautiful transparent golden yellow with almost no head into a tulip. Many bubbles rising to the surface in contrast to the tiny flecks of sediment floating in swirls around them.

Such a fruity and malty smell. Delicious and enticing.

The taste is sweet and much the same as the smell, very fruity sour apples with firm malt flavors though out. The very taste that subliminally drove me to my love for Triples.

Feel is bubbled and alcoholic with a medium body.

A great beer. Very drinkable.

JordanEllwanger, Aug 08, 2009
Photo of aristeros
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip. High hopes for this one. Pours a light straw, cloudy, with a huge snowy head. Excellent lacing, visible carbonation. A tartness in the nose, banana esters are the strongest scents, but you get some Chimay-like coriander and cloves.

Complex flavor. Spices, tart yellow fruit, and alcohol up front. Sweet, but not cloying malt character, well-balanced by the spices. Earthy on the back end, with a warming alcohol presence. Carbonation largely up front, but doesn't hinder the mouthfeel any at all.

Heavy alcohol in there and you can tell. I can finish my 22 oz by myself, but if I were to have another bottle (and I'd like to!) I'd be toast, even on a full stomach.

One of the best tripels I've had, but not the best. Awesome brew.

aristeros, Aug 08, 2009
Photo of greengorilla
4.33/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I poured this from a 12 ounce bottle into a tulip glass.

It is a very hazy golden color with a good white head.

The smell is is very good but not overpowering. Spices come through in both the smell and the taste. It seems to have just a hint of clove taste which I usually am not real crazy about, but I like this.

The mouthfeel is world class.

The beer is certainly drinkable, but at 9.0% abv, one or two would be my limit.

Overall this is a really good beer.

greengorilla, Aug 07, 2009
Photo of TheTrevor
4.28/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a hazy golden color with a two-finger off-beige head that lasted a little while. The smell is complex and represents some of the best parts about the style. There is some coriander and clove along with some fruitiness including tangerine, lemon, and a bit of banana. The taste is the same as the smell, you can almost taste something new every sip but it always seems to fit together perfectly to be complex and delicious without being overpowering or cloyingly sweet. The mouthfeel is thick with some moderate carbonation. This is probably in the top three of my varieties of tripel, which is one of my favorite styles.

TheTrevor, Aug 02, 2009
La Fin Du Monde from Unibroue
96 out of 100 based on 8,174 ratings.