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La Fin Du Monde - Unibroue

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96
world-class

8,926 Ratings
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Ratings: 8,926
Reviews: 2,796
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 11.83%
Wants: 432
Gots: 1,343 | FT: 19
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Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
Tripel |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-23-1998

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Photo of wisrarebeer
4.11/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Best by 01-12-14

A: clear, amber color with tons of tiny bubbles and incredible creamy, rocky head
S: medium to full nose - spritzy with characteristic fruity/estery qualities
T: nice balance, a bit sweeter than other tripels but not cloying, earthy with characteristic estery flavors
M: soft and pillowy

Photo of falloutsnow
4.45/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a cloudy, honey-gold body with a white, thick, creamy head. Head dissipates within minutes, fairly average, but lacing is better than average. Active carbonation is visible throughout.

I detect scents of Belgian yeast, sharp apple, malt, clove, black pepper, and some citric hints. Everything is very well balanced and enjoyable.

Taste opens with fruit esters, particularly tart apples and pears with a bit of sugar syrup. Yeast and black pepper follow this, with a light hint of ethanol near the finish. Aftertaste is mostly sweet, a little herbal or spicy. Good balance between sweetness and tartness/bitterness.

Mouthfeel is fairly heavy, perhaps medium-heavy. I kind of prefer this as opposed to lighter tripels, but tastes vary. Dry finish.

I have also aged this for one and two years, and the complexity in fruits and malts develops further, becoming even more interesting. A world class beer.

Photo of SlyFox21
4.08/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a La Fin Du Monde Tulip Glass

Appearance: Pours an opaque golden yellow, with about a 1 finger thickness head that dissipates very slowly to a lacing.

Aroma:Smells like a wheat beer, with fruity undertones especially banana, some malt in the background.

Taste: Tastes like a somewhat malty wheat beer, with a pronounced fruity sweetness to start (especially banana) that ends in a stronger malty finish (but not overwhelming). Tastes good to me, for a medium light beer.

Mouthfeel:This is a little bit on the light side, but for a Belgian style tripel, it has a good mouthfeel. A fair amount of carbonation, and a medium light thickness.

Overall: This is a good beer. To me it tastes like a really good wheat beer, with fruity notes, and a malty finish that lingers for a good time. Worth seeking out, and I probably will be trying this one again.

Photo of Wadsey
4.11/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

La Fin du Monde

Served in an Infinium flute. 

A: Pours slightly hazy gold with white, billowy head. Retention and lacing are disappointingly lackluster. Minimal effervescence. 

S: Orange juice, spice, and some banana. Additional aromas include  orange pith and light white pepper. Digging a bit further, I pick up a hint of adhesive strips.

T: Sweet up front, but more like candy sugar than malt sweetness. Orange, spice and banana dominate taste like they did smell. Medium-light bitterness cleans up palate for a finish that is comprised of orange pith and mellow spice. 

M: Relatively light body and medium carbonation. There is some alcohol warming, but the beer is surprisingly dry. 

O: Other than mediocre appearance and some evidence of alcohol, La Fin du Monde strikes me as a great interpretation of a Tripel. 

Photo of Krakistophales
4.42/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a light straw color with a nice 2 finger white head that sticks around

S: Really clean, fresh aromas. Pear, apple, lemon/lime citrus, a bready, malty sweetness, and some honey aromas. Very nice.

T: Some citrusy flavors right up front, quickly moving into a spicy/yeasty/bready sweetness and malty backbone, and the finish is a crisp, light, refreshing pear/apple/apricot. Very drinkable and strangely refreshing.

O: This is probably my new favorite tripel. Very light, refreshing, crisp, and clean. Excellent.

Photo of uawildcat
4/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours with an extremely large three finger head that stays for awhile leaving behind a little bit of lacing. It is a darker shade of yellow. Kind of like a darker Blue Moon.

S: Apples, peppery, and kind of banana like

T: It tastes like a mixture of citrus, honey, and straw with a touch of spiciness on the end. Does not burn for a 9% abv like it should, it is sneaky.

M: For a beer that bubbles up with a ton of carbonation it is surprisingly creamy feeling in the mouth.

O: Very strong beer that is a tad too sweet for my tastes. Also has some taste that I can’t really describe, kind of like Saison style beer that is off putting to me. I would have it with a dessert if I were to have it again.

Photo of DrewSnyc667
4.52/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into a tulip

A - Orange, amber a tad tan, pours a nice head but it's gone about a third of the way through

S - Light citruss, sweet honey wheat, grass

T - Nice wheat malt up front, yeasty and sweet

M - A really nice dry finish, very smooth and light

O - Dangerously drinkable at 9%

Photo of mattboyer182
4.58/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - A hazy golden color with a good fluffy white head.

S - The yeast is pretty predominate. With the clovey type smell. citrusy and malty.

T - Definite Fruity citrusy taste with a yeasty tone.

M - Light mouth feel and quite a bit of carbonation.

O - Good beer but not one of my favorites.

Photo of jlindros
4.33/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Fluffy 1 finger fluffy head fades slowly with a bit of lacing lots of bubbles rising to reinforce it. Very hazy golden honey colored.

Nose has great Belgian golden malts, sweet malts, light Belgian yeast fruit like apricot citrus and pear.

Taste starts with sweet malts, candi sugar, Belgian golden malts, light warming booze, slightly tingly too, then more fruit with apricot, pear, citrus and light orange zest, light spices typical in Belgian tripel yeast. Finishes warm booze with sticky malts and candi sugar lingering, light citrus as well.

Mouth us a bit bigger bodied, good carb, warming bit tingly booze.

Overall great, perfect example of a Belgian tripel, but a bit hot.

Photo of mooseo
4.05/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into pint glass.

A - Cloudy golden yellow, with a brown tint. Decent head, good retention, not much lacing.

S - Strong citrus grapefruit, pear, and some lemon. Sweet malts.

T - Similar to the aroma. Initial flavor is of citrus, lemon, and sweet malts. The finish has a strong yeast, bready type flavor. A hint of sourness. Alcohol is masked but evident.

M - Medium bodied, creamy, very lively.

D - A well rounded brew. Good example of the style, the taste is excellent. This is a perfect sipping beer. Although the drinkability is nice, the alcohol is present and will sneak up on you fast. Just another impressive offering from Unibroue.

Photo of MattyG85
4.77/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Duvel tulip glass. Bottle says best by 03-30-13.

Appearance: Cloudy golden yellow with lots of bubbles sticking to the glass and a light amount of floating particles. Decent one finger white head that fades into a patchy layer. Light amount of lacing.

Smell: Strong aroma of Belgian yeast and wheat with plenty of fruit including banana, apple, orange, and lemon peel. Strong presence of cloves and some coriander and pepper spices. Also has some sweet bready malts and a hint of honey. Complex and enticing.

Taste: A strong burst of yeast and wheat up front is followed by the mentioned fruits and spices. Banana, clove, apple, lemon, orange, coriander and other spices. Solid presence of bready malts throughout. Finishes with a little heat from the alcohol and some more fruity sweetness. Very tasty.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. Has a light alcohol burn but everything still feels pretty light for such a high abv.

Overall: A great tasting and complex brew that has a great balance of sweet fruits and spices.

Photo of LaneMeyer
4.2/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a tulip

A- Golden amber in color, one finger white head

S- Citrus, lemon, barnyard funk

T- Big citrus notes, sour apple, yeasty, bready notes, lemon zest

M- Nice carbonation, very light,

O- Nice example of a Belgian Tripel, very refreshing on a hot day

Photo of kkoz
4.02/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance & Aroma: It was a slightly hazy golden-orange color and appeared to have a good amount of carbonation in it. There was a decent head when I poured it, but it fell pretty quickly to a thin layer of bubbles across the top. There was a fruity aroma along with some yeasty, bready, and honey like aromas.

Taste & Feel: The body was medium and the mouthfeel was smooth, but slightly crisp. There was a sweet fruitiness in the middle, reminding me of peaches and apricots with a hint of yeastiness. The fruitiness continued into the finish, accompanied by a belgian-like spiciness and an alcoholic warmth. The aftertaste was a bit dry, sweet, and fruity.

Food Pairing: I think this would go nicely with a turkey dinner because the turkey would help to bring out the yeasty and bready flavors and temper the fruity flavors and belgian spiciness.

Overall Impression: This had a complex fruitiness to it, and seemed to fit the tripel style nicely. It was pretty drinkable despite the high ABV, which was only noticeable in the warmth of the finish. Overall, I thought this was a good, complex, Belgian style beer. However, while I appreciate Belgians, they’re not my favorite style, but if you’re a fan of the style, you’ll really like this beer.

Photo of fsvan
4.8/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle poured into New Belgium globe. Best by of 1-12-2014.

A- Murky yellow. Billowing textured white head. This is bottle conditioned, and it's pretty obvious from the carbonation.

S- Where to start? Light fruit, like under ripe apples or pears. A bit of Belgian yeast. A little bit of sweetness, bready like malts. There is so much going on here, it's hard to describe, and it all just explodes from the glass. Just an exquisite smelling concoction.

T- Again, some under ripe green apple, that brings a tart, but not sour flavor. Clearly present, chalky, Belgian yeast. A subtle bitterness on the end. Fantastic.

M- Heavy of medium. Lovely carbonation from the bottle conditioning.

O- I've had this beer many, many times, and it never disappoints. It is widely available, not overly expensive, perfect by itself or with food, and for my money is better than the Belgian forerunners of the style (Tripel Karmeliet, St. Bernadus Tripel, Chimay), and it isn't often (in fact it is damn rare) for a North American brewery to pull of an Abbey style like this. I like tripels quite a bit, and this is easily my favorite. The praise this beer gets is well earned. Due to all of that, and trying to judge for style, I don't know how to not give it a 5 overall.

Photo of Erish
4.72/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I poured this 12 oz. bottle into a Chimay chalice. Best by February 2, 2013.

A: cloudy honey gold color, the white head quickly falls into a fine Belgian-style cap with good lacing.

S: banana, plenty of Belgian fruity esters, apricot, clove, spice, the malt aroma alternates between bread and cracker-like, the hop note is floral (honeysuckle?).

T: there is an explosion of ripe and overripe fruit up front, including banana, apple, apricot, and grape, the middle is rich, spicy, and has a vanilla/oak core, the finish is long, luxurious, and spicy/earthy. This is exactly how a Belgian Tripel should taste.

M: medium-bodied, ultra-silky texture (imagine the bed linens at a 5-star hotel), and moderate to plentiful carbonation with a pleasant dry finish.

O: a fabulous rendition of the Belgian Tripel, and one that I will definitely seek out again.

Photo of Morlup
4.58/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've had this one on multiple occasions, and is a great candidate for my first review.

A - Poured into a Lindemans flute. Wrong glass, I know, but it's okay. Cloudy deep-yellow with lots of carbonation. A two-finger creamy white head left relatively small amounts of lacing in the glass

S - Hard to get a good sniff in such a narrow glass, but straw, bread and alcohol notes are apparent.

T - A delicious bread and booze right off the bat that melts into a nearly creamy malt flavor. So yummy, so easy to drink.

M - somewhat thin with lots of bubbles and a nice and not overpowering alcohol zing.

O - A great beer in all catergories. If this had a lower abv, I would drink it constantly.

Photo of OCBeerBaron
4.47/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I didn't know what to expect from this brewery for this Belgian but I must say I was impressed.

A- Nice golden color that almost glows while sayin'don't be shy, drink me.' The head falls quickly but shows it's mark.

S- Awesome clove smell that previews the spicy goodness that's about to hit your pallet. It has that faint 'banana' smell which I notice in Belgian styles like this.

T- Wow... I'm in love. This beer starts with a wonderful rush of goodnessnin the mouth followed by enough bite to satisfy anyone looking for a nice buzz worthy drinking session.

O- This has become a favorite of mine now that I know my local store sells it for $2 less than Delirium Tremens. I'll be reaching for this one on a weekly basis!

Photo of Scotchboy
4.13/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Corked & caged 750 split into 2 New Belgium snifters with a mate. Opened with a reassuring *pop* of carbonation.

A: Pours a cloudy, brilliant straw yellow with an amazing creamy off-white head.

S: Clove spice, Belgian yeast characters, slight phenolic alcohol notes, and soft fruit flesh.

T: Starts peppery with the clove, morph's into a bready Belgian funk bomb with some grassy notes and green fruit sweetness. Well rounded and smooth, the alcohol is nearly invisible.

MF: Creamy, soft carbed mouthfeel that let's you know it's bottle conditioned. A touch of dryness in the back of your throat.

O: An enjoyable lighter beer with plenty of Belgian character and phenolic notes with some softer hints at sweet fruit.

Photo of BeerAmbassador
4.62/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy bright yellow with a nice creamy white head. The head is almost mousse-like which makes me happy. Stone fruit aromas with lots of other ester and banana aromas and some spicy phenolic notes. There is a lot going on here. A little spicy on the palate with a bit of warming alcohol behind that. A nice medium body with a really creamy mouthfeel from the very tightly bound carbonation. Long finish with that characteristic stale (read; subtle) hop finish that I look for in a Belgian beer. This is a delicious beer that I haven't had in a few years and almost forgot how much I like it. Especially when you consider that the Unibroue beers are generally pretty well priced when compared with a lot of American Belgian-style beers this might make it's way into my regular rotation.

Photo of JoeBCBC
3.49/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12.oz bottle from a 4 bottle "taster pack" poured into a 16oz. glass.

A- Pours a nice cloudy gold with a fluffy 2 finger head that sticks around. Appearance is typical for the style.

S- The smell is faint and hard to pick up on. Might have served this one too cold. From what I can get, it's bananas, cloves, and grassy hay.

T- The taste is very good actually. Complex and just the right amount of fruit and spice. Bananas and black pepper, with some cloviness and hints of muscat grapes. Fairly complex.

M- Good carbonation and medium body. Matches the style and the abv and makes this easy to sip.

O- This is my first Unibroue beer and one of the better tripels I have gotten to try. They aren't really my style and I like this anyway. I'm definitely looking forward to trying the others from the taster pack.

Photo of Thickfreakness
4.54/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Cloudy golden amber sunshine. Two finger fluffy, bright white head that lingers for a little while, then fades away almost completely. Decent carbonation with tiny drips of lacing hanging on.

S- Insane depth and complexity. Huge notes of wheat, banana, fresh cut apples, clove, yeast, black peppercorns, and a touch of lemon peel. No one particular smell dominates... it's just a wonderful blend of each. I wish I could get a candle with this aroma!!!

T- Wow! Spicy! Nice black pepper, clove and banana hit you right up front. Crisp, fresh apple with a squeeze of lemon juice. Lively and yeasty. Nice touch of alcohol burn and carbonation on the tongue.

M- Crisp, refreshing, fruity and delicious! No one taste overwhelms the tongue. Perfect carbonation, nice fresh fruit and citrus on the tastebuds. I love the way belgian yeast lingers and lets the banana, clove and pepper rest on the tongue.

O- Who doesn't love this one? It's a near perfect example from one of North Americas best brewers. I love how they stay true to the roots of this fantastic Tripel, while adding a riff or two of their own.

Photo of axeman9182
4.59/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle, allowed to warm before being poured into my Duvel tulip.

La Fin Du Monde pours a darkened goldenrod, almost 100% opaque. The pure white head only rises up to about a finger and a half in height, before very slowly collapsing down on itself. Lacing is a bit of a disappointment though. The nose is absolutely textbook tripel. It's redolent of apples and pears and white pepper and clove, all in relatively equal mesasure. The flavor is, quite simply, perfection as far as a tripel goes. There's a pale fruit sweetness (but not too sweet) to kick things off, and it's where the apples and pears from the aroma come in. The pepper and clove yeast phenols come in for the second half of each sip, and it's all held together by a subtle, warming, and pleasant touch of alcohol. The mouthfeel is just a touch off to me. I don't know if the body's coming across as too heavy, or the carbonation as too low, but the result is a mouthfeel that's not quite as light and bubbly as the best brewed Belgians. La Fin Du Monde is possibly the best tasting tripel I've ever had, but some of the odds and ends (looks and mouthfeel) just don't quite live up to the same level.

Photo of weller1js
4.2/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance: pours a very cloudy yellow-amber, light carbonation, slight creamy foam leaving a slight similar ring of lacing; when held to light, near the edges of the glass it almost appears to be a translucent white.

smell: velvety spiced scent that one would expect in a tripel, light and wheaty as well as fruity and yeasty.

taste: begins predominantly wheaty-malty and yeasty, which is clearly segregated in the palate from the essences of fruit and spice that present themselves as quickly as they blend with the hop characteristics, yielding a sweet, complex tangy-ness that carries on well beyond the finish.

mouthfeel: velvety and medium-bodied, serves to enhance the complexity of the taste.

overall: prime example of the tripel style, highly acclaimed for good reason, very complex yet grounded, very drinkable.

Photo of chocosushi
4.66/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12oz->Unibroue Tulip

A ~ Pours a gorgeous translucent Pumpkin. Creamy lacing and retention. Lively carbonatin with tiny bubbles (characteristic of Unibroue's Belgians)

S ~ Sweet dose of sugar, preserved peaches, clove, citrus, house yeast. Phenolic.

T ~ House yeast follows through...Pineapple rings, maraschino cherries, nectarine & pomander make up the fruit-filled body.
Touch of jam mango & cinnamon-like spice-note that (for a second) reminds me of a candied apple. Grass & hay on the back of the throat.

M ~ Soft yet lively carbonation that creates balance amongst the complex fruit notes. Full in flavor with a crisp finish.

D ~ A classic in my/anyone's book. (One of) My go-to Tripels. Very easy to drink and even easier to share. Recommended.

Prosit!

Photo of TheSupremeAJ
4.49/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy golden color with thick bubbly head. Doesn't retain well. The aroma of the spicy Belgian yeast and sweet malt hit me as soon as I cracked the bottle and is magnificent! Taste is very balanced and compares favorably to some Belgians I've had... Mild fruit esters compliment the sweet, creamy malt. Slightly dry finish. Mild pepper notes. Mouthfeel is luxuorious and carbonation is medium to high, standard for the tripel style. Overall this is the best Canadian beer I've ever had and the subsequently the best from Unibroue!

La Fin Du Monde from Unibroue
96 out of 100 based on 8,926 ratings.