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La Fin Du Monde - Unibroue

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Ratings: 8,929
Reviews: 2,796
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 11.83%
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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 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!

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

Review from notes. 12oz bottle. Have had this beer a few times, but never took the time to write a review for it.

A: Pours a cloudy yellow with a very large, foamy head on top, just off-white in color. Really nice head retention, remains rather thick for a while. Leaves behind some sticky lacing.

S: Great aroma of banana, apples, Belgian yeast, cloves, and a bit of pepper as well. It is a bit sugary, but extremely pleasant.

T: The banana comes through very strong, as do the spices. There is a good bit of both clove and nutmeg, and to a lesser extent some pepper and the typical Belgian yeast characteristic. There is a little bit of bruised apple and white grape. It has a nice sweet flavor as well. Very balanced with a bit of graham cracker like malt.

M: Medium bodied, but drinks so easy and smooth. Nice carbonation with very little heat at all.

O: A fantastic beer, and a classic in the style for sure. Dangerously drinkable for being 9%, but probably not a beer I want to have multiple of in a night. A nice sipping beer or one to pair with a meal.

Photo of doughanson78
3.95/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into a snifter. Had at balefire in Everett.

A: Light golden/yellow color. Very hazy. One finger head, white, good retention, great lacing.

S: Cloves. Light banana. Nice spiciness. Peppery. Maybe some coriander. Light lemon. Typical Belgian, but good.

T: Again following the nose. Big cloves. Light spiciness. Light banana. Belgian yeast. Lemon.

M: Medium bodied. Slightly creamy. Medium carbonation.

O: A great triple. Great for the style.

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

Pours slightly hazy straw with small white head leaving little lacing.

Aroma floral, yeast, clove.

Taste is balanced, spice I can't place, bit sweeter than most tripels I've had.

Mouthfeel medium body, nice carbonation, pleasantly sating without being too much.

Overall, solid tripel.

Photo of RedHunter
4.6/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Here it is! Review Number Three of O!Red's Brew Tube!

Here's a Belgian Tripel in celebration of being accepted as a volunteer at this year's up and coming Night of the Funk and Belgian Beer Fest! I'll be giving you all the what's up September 9th and 10th with some insider info & short reviews from the fest!

This Tripel comes from Unibroue in Chambly, Canada! La Fin du Monde! Or for you lazy bums who can't type in French Dictionary into Google, The End of the World. 9% ABV YUM!

A Tripel is a 3x extra malted beer and La Fin du Monde is also Triple Fermented! These "BIG" beers have some high ABV's but hide it amongst the big malty sweetness and balanced hop flavor. Expect these to contain flavors of complexity. Good thing it comes in a 750ml (or 1 pint 9.4 fl oz for you lazy ones)!

Poured from/ 750 ML bottle with cork /into/ Red Wine Glass (for lack of Goblet or Chalice).

The eyes get a nice big head making it's way down from 3 fingers to present lace all around the glass. The fizzing is loud and the effervescence continuous. The lacing sticks nicely round the curves. The bubbles rest on a hazy golden brew.

This beer smells just like it should. Banana, sweet fruit maltiness. Hops not highly apparent. Mostly sugary goodness with a hint of alcohol.

The first taste reveals its true nature. Very bready. If I didn't see that it was beer I figured I could roll some pastries with it. Banana remains prominent in the flavor. You definitely know this is a Belgian style. Already I feel the warmth of the alcohol hitting my gut. One thing they do right, hide that burn as if this was malty cream soda. An earthy quality is present and lingers after I put down the glass to type.

My mouth feels awesome. Not super dry, not needing to have another satisfying sip, but there's no reason why I wouldn't. Bubbly up front, hops coming through in the back with that earthy taste. This may come from the yeast. So pleasant to drink.

The Belgians I've had in the past have definitely been great beers. Very different than what I originally considered beer, but nevertheless it's so damn good. I think because of geographical proximity, MA is very much in love with Belgians and I can totally see why. La Fin du Monde doesn't shake things up so much as it gives you a perfect example of the style. This may not be Dogfish Head, but remember people, Dogfish head would not be successful at creating such UNIQUE Beers if not for the jumping off point provided by good craft beer that people already love!

If you are from Belgium and speak Dutch, op uw gezondheid! If you speak Francois, a votre sante! And for you lazy buggers, gosh darn you get on my nerves sometimes... it's Cheers! Or as O!Red likes to say, Raise your glass! I'd Tap That!

Photo of chilidog
3.51/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bought this to prepare to give as a gift. Also had the chance to try on draft. About the same,

Pours a golden haze, fair carbonation with a strong white head. Lace is fair and sticks.

Aroma of malty spice of clove.

Taste is strong, assertive of hop, spice, clove, pepper with malts, earth and alcohol.

The mouth is left dry yet coated with a spice malt coat.

Drinkable yes but alot going on here with the spice, malts and alcohol.

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

Pour is golden with a white, formidable head. Smell is of spice and a crisp brew. Taste is crisp, finishes clean, and resounds of malt and spice. Mouthfeel is slightly overly carbonated for my taste, maybe im just trippin'.

Enjoy, all Unibroue beers should be tried at least twice.

Photo of ONUMello
4.48/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle, best by 9/3/11, poured into a snifter.
A: Hard to beat- hazy orange color, one-finger lingering head, lots of buttles.
S: Banana, wheat, a hint of citrus.
T: Very similar to the smell, adding a bit of pepper.
M: Extremely smooth, balanced, impossible to tell this is 9%abv.
O: Delicious beer. Very enjoyable to drink.

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

This is one of my favorite beers to beer. It's spiciness is perfect for a cold winter night, but it is still crisp so it is refreshing enough for a scorching summer night. I recently was served this at a beer tasting and it was good even in a little 3oz. glasss, and stood up to the other beers on the menu.

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

Pours a golden straw colour, with a ton of thick white head that begins to dissipate quite rapidly.

The smell is noticeable even while pouring, and it is fantastic. Banana, clove, sugar, pepper, orange... a really intoxicating combination. Stellar.

Taste is similar to the nose but not quite as explosive or dynamic. The banana, clove and pepper are present, and the yeast imparts its flavours nicely. A bit of a malty background to the beer, very slightly bready. Finish is a little dry. with a light bitterness. All mixed up together very nicely. Great.

Body is also great. Medium to full bodied, a nice chewy feel, and considerably less carbonation than I expected from the way the head built up. Feels great.

Overall, a tremendously good beer. I remember while I was a university student in Montreal people used to talk about how terrible this beer was (not 'la terrible'!). Neither I nor any of my friends knew anything about beer at the time. Can't believe what I was missing out on those years!

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

A: Pours a hazy, orange-tinted gold with 1 finger of head that dissipates slowly. Decent lacing and moderate carbonation.

N: Barnyard, wheat, citrus, banana and clove.

T: Heavy wheat flavors and barnyard (that delicious Unibroue yeast) upfront. This is accompanied by lemongrass, clove, banana and perhaps some pear. The clove carries over to the finish along with coriander and floral hops.

M: Medium bodied, creamy, tingly and dry.

O: This has always been one of my favorite Tripels. The flavors are robust and complex with no hint of the 9% abv. FLAVOR is the key to this one. It's PACKED with FLAVOR! This is not a gateway beer and is meant for the more seasoned beer drinker.

Photo of zac16125
4.69/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter
Best before: 04-08-13

A: Pours a bright golden yellow with 1 fingers width of bright white head, that dissipates rather quickly and leaves no appreciable lacing. Lots of carbonation bubbles can be seen rushing to the top of the glass. It looks refreshing and inviting.

S: Aromas of banana, citrus in the way of orange, tangerine and even a hint of lemon zest. Lots of clove and peppery spice as well. The scent is so strong that I can literally pick up these aromas while the beer is sitting across the table. Fantastic.

T: The first sip goes right along with the nose as you’re hit right off the bat with all kinds of flavors; spicy, sweet, and citrus. The taste is complex, but does a nice job of balancing everything out. In general there is a big clove and pepper spiciness upfront, with a malt sweetness on the back end and a banana flavor lingering in the aftertaste. There are also hints of citrus on the tongue, but mostly just a subtle orange character. I think what makes this beer stand out above the other Tripels is the awesome spice presence. The heavy clove flavors are so damn good, but somehow manage to not overwhelm once the sweetness comes in on the backend.

M/D: Medium bodied with lots of carbonation. A lively mouthfeel and very easy to drink with almost no hint of the high ABV. Sipping this brew would be wise, but I can’t resist drinking it faster than I should.

O: Overall, fantastic. It is the best example of one of my favorite styles, and all-in-all, one of a handful of my all time favorite beers. This is why I love craft beer.

Photo of TheWhiskerReview
4.39/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a murky golden-orange with a 2-finger white head. Retention and lace are mild.

I'm sure the French-speaking Quebecians would scoff and swiftly boot me back to America for saying this, but the combination of the big malt and the fruity esters on this smelled to me, no joke, like Captain Crunch and Crunchberries cereal. Add some incredibly fragrant orange zest and orange blossoms, some clove and coriander spice, ripe pears and a deeply hidden alcohol, and you have the nose on this magnificent brew.

The malty palate has a bright carbonation and some earthy yeast tones to its clover honey vibe. The bitterness is mild, while the finish starts on the sweeter side of boozy (flavors of pear) and ends spicy, dry and somewhat grainy. As that all disappears I'm left with a nice, juicy mandarin orange flavor.

Overall, I was incredibly impressed with this juicy and delicious beer. And it's always nice to have one of those eureka moments when it dawns on you that you're smelling something so ludicrously awesome as Captain Crunch in a beer.

Photo of seabass87
4.3/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 OZ bottle into chalice glass.

A- Pours a soft golden haze. Medium pour reveals almost no head.

S- Banana bread, oranges, sweet Belgian yeast, coriander, and white pepper. A background of darker fruits, maybe a hint of fig and plum? Sweet and spicy; well balanced and inviting.

T- Sweet, chewy Belgian yeast comes out front, followed by a variety of fruits... A very complex taste. I'm getting caramel apples and oranges, with suggestions of a darker fruit profile, like figs. There's a slight bitter fruit taste at the finish. All of the fruit flavors are contained well in a sweet malt envelope. Aftertaste is of spiced bread and nuts.

M- Medium bodied with a fair amount of carbonation that gives it a bite. Finishes slightly dry.

O- A fantastic tripel, and an amazing beer all around. Also, a fair amount cheaper than an actual Belgian tripel import (about half as expensive at my local store). This one lives up to the hype and is extraordinarily good.

Photo of Kuromaru
4.88/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance--Pours a very cloudy, completely opaque pale yellow--almost white. An aggressive pour yields a full two-finger head, which dissipates quickly and leaves just a tad of lacing. The appearance of this beer is absolutely stunning.

Smell--Pretty much exactly what one would expect from a Belgian Tripel; heavy, swirling esters of earthy/ bready yeast, lightly toasted malts, exquisitely delicate spices. The alcohol presence is there, but is hidden very well, deep in the background. Though the yeast presence is the most prominent in the nose, it is soft around the edges and balances well with the spices and malts. It is very, very inviting.

Mouthfeel--Balanced, surprisingly light (but not too light) body, and surprisingly well carbonated for the style. Unbelievably refreshing, given the style.

Taste--The alcohol presence comes through stronger in the taste than in the nose, though it is still very buried and really only appears a bit at the finish. The yeast presence is not at all dense/ "mushroomy", as a tripel can be. This beer is not at all over-sugared or syrupy, as can be the case with some Belgian-style beers.

Overall--I again cannot emphasize enough how refreshing this beer is, given the strength and style. This beer is absolutely exceptional. The only things that I can think to improve upon would be simply matters of personal taste. As far as that goes, I like a tripel with a very strong spice presence in the nose, which is a tad lacking here, but again that is no reflection upon this beer, but my own personal taste. This beer is an absolute must-try. Nearly perfect.

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.12/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a goblet.

Appearance - Hazy golden straw colored body with a nice, but fleeting, white head. A bit of lacing, but not much to speak of.

Smell - Yeasty and citrusy aroma. Exactly what I like to smell. Not much sweetness at all, but a strong orange kick.

Taste - What I like about this tripel is how spicy it is. It has very little malt sweetness and a nice spicy finish. Wheat flavors in the middle lend to a nice citrus flavor with a slightly bitter finish.

Mouthfeel - Very highly carbonated. It makes it taste lighter, but it masks some of the initial flavors. Dry finish, so the flavor is there and gone quickly.

Overall - Great tripel. I would love to see a bit more complexity and less carbonation, but a great go-to tripel.

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

La Fin du Monde by Unibroue, poured from a standard 341mL bottle purchased in Montréal.

A - Rich; hazy; golden. Looks fantastic with a two finger head that is maintained throughout, while leaving slight lacing. Carbonation readily visible; this beer is alive and well.

S - Smells of a true Belgian tripel; Karmeliet comes to mind. Apricots, bananas; delicately spiced.

T/M - For 9% a.b.v., the taste is refreshingly subtle. The visual carbonation lives up to expectation with a nice effervescence accompanying malt and fruit flavours. Alcohol only evident with a familiar warming soon to follow. In short: delicious.

O - Given that a six pack is down the street and fairly priced, this is a beer I will have the pleasure of tasting many, many more times. A superb tripel.

Photo of fostachild
4.18/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle.

pours a cloudy, medium gold/yellow color. tons of foamy head, lasts forever.

smells very yeasty/wheaty. malt, citrus, bit of hops.

taste was awesome. tangy, sweet, spices in there. very well balanced and good carbonation.

overall great triple - very enjoyable.

Photo of ReelBigwigFish
4.7/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Corked and caged bottle gifted from a friend. Poured into weizen glass.

A: Cloudy yeasty, yellow ochre / dark golden color with big fluffy white head that remained throughout the whole beer.

S/T: It's got that belgian tripel aroma, done really really well. Slightly spicy, very malty, with light fruitiness, yeast and alcochol all mixing into a heavenly scent and flavor experience. There is a definite alcohol warmth that mixes with the spicy finish.

M: Highly carbonated, light body, and has a warming finish.

O: A delicious beer. I haven't had a good belgian style in a while, and this was the perfect beer to fill the void. Everyone needs to try this beer. My favorite for the style, hands down

Photo of Rijtjeshuis
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Served in a chalice

LOOK (4.5/5) This poured a darker golden color with some orange tones when held up to the light. It was a little more opaque than some other beers of the style, particularly the Westmalle. However, I think this was a really nice venue for the rich color. The only flaw in this category, I think was the brew's white head that rose quickly, dominated by larger bubbles than I would have liked, only to fade at a somewhat disappointing rate.

SMELL (4.5/5) The smell was initially dominated by the yeasty esters and phenols. The bouquet was pretty fruity, but was followed quickly by some deep spicy overtones and some citrus. There was also a nice wheatiness to the smell.

FLAVOUR (4/5) As with the smell, the beginning was dominated by the sweet fruitiness, which was balanced nicely with some very subtle malt flavors. The only problem here is that the brew took a quick turn towards the harsh alcoholic flavour before the yeast spices overpower that. Some great warming, not too hot.

FEEL (5/5) Very effervescent on the tip of the tongue in the initial taste (almost reminiscent of the more carbonated Belgian Ales, like Duvel in this respect). This transitions to a wonderful fullness as it washes to the back of the mouth. This balances the spiciness of the esters.

DRINK (4/5) super tasty and very drinkable - its dangerous because of it.

Photo of Sean9689
4.23/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finally getting around to this tick. 750ml bottle into Bruery tulip.

A - Opens with a nice "pop". Pours a golden yellow/orange color, nice frothy white head that reduces down to a thick collar with a thin cap.

S - Sweet citrus, fruity notes that remind me of pears, mango, pineapple. Not overly sweet, just right. Lots of tropical notes, slight malt as well.

T - Lots of sweet fruit and tropical notes: pears, pineapple, mango, apple. Excellent sweetness, malts, but mostly lots of fruit, bananas too. The 9% is very well hidden...ever heard of a 9% beer that's refreshing?

M - Light to medium body, good carbonation, fruity dry finish.

O - A very impressive Tripel, no doubt about it. The alcohol is hidden wonderfully and all the fruit going on with this beer is refreshing and just plain excellent. Worthy of the high praise and would buy again for sure.

Photo of jimboween
4.63/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

hello: the end of the world. poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a nalgene at the fancy gap KOA in virginia. after an 815 mile drive and before a 587 miler.

appearance: cloudyish coppery goldeny goodness. if you took all the "fun" blondes are supposed to be having and melted it down into a liquid, it would look like this.

smell: it smells like a la fin du monde. this is good because usually when i smell la fin du monde, it means i'm about to drink la fin du monde.

taste: when i first tried it, i was trying to drink it like a natty ice. back then i bought it for its abv instead of writing an english paper. it was tough then, but now...its beautiful. peppery sorta, and spicy warmth from the alcohol backs up the pepper impression, but it balances impeccably with clove and malty sweetness.

mouthfeel: this one bites back. sip it and it warms your mouth and throat. blame the 9% for that. it is very bubbly too, though not so bubbly as it's belgian role model, duvel. this bubbliness i speak of adds to the bite.

overall: i love this beer. it emulates a duvel, at a relatively more modest price point and with an infinitely broader availability. its around enough to encourage you to drink it willy nilly, but it will catch up to you, i've met weaker wines than this strong boy. perfect when you want one before bed, or something to stand up to a steak. or even a cigar. njoy!

Photo of TheYeagermeister
4.83/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A--Pours a rich golden apricot color. Has a thick smooth head of about 1 1/2 inches, which retains well and leaves some lacing. Very appetizing from the start.

S--Heaven. The same apricot from the appearance, along with strong biscuit, yeast, and dough. I also detect some banana and clove.

T--Essence of sweet and ripe light fruits--pear, apricot, papaya--but it's not markedly sweet or cloing, by far. The biscuity, buttery yeast provides the perfect backdrop and rounds it out into a beautiful dry finish.

M--Smooth, rich, and creamy, it coats the palate and allows the complex tastes to linger for miles.

D--The alcohol is remarkedly well hidden, though the warmth is there. This could kick your butt if you're not careful.

Overall, this is one of the best belgians I've ever had. It is frickin beautiful. Stellar example of this style.

La Fin Du Monde from Unibroue
96 out of 100 based on 8,929 ratings.