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La Fin Du Monde - Unibroue

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

8,038 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 8,038
Reviews: 2,724
rAvg: 4.32
pDev: 11.57%
Wants: 340
Gots: 847 | 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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Vixie

Illinois

4.83/5  rDev +11.8%

A- Was a cloudy yellow, but looked more orange when not held up to the light. Not much head, mainly some nice lacing.

S- Fruit was the first thing I noticed, more a citrus type of fruit. Then hit me with more spices, mainly pepper and coriander.

T- The flavor to me was like a spiced fruit. Start with citrus like fruit notes, then the spices kick in. A very peppery beer, which actually balances the fruitiness nicely.

M- Not a thick beer by any stretch, but the carbonation really helps give this beer some presence. Not much aftertaste here, left me with a clean feeling.

D- Very drinkable considering the alcohol content. I call this a sneaky beer, it is so smooth and so little hint of the alcohol content that it can really hit you when you least expect it. For a high alcohol beer, very drinkable. Yet another winner from Unibroue.

After having more of this, I have upped my rating of this one. One of my 1 or 2 favorite beers. Bliss in a bottle.

03-15-2009 21:29:14 | More by Vixie
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EnojysAnyBeer

Colorado

4.75/5  rDev +10%

A- Hazy, golden beer with an active, fluffy head.

S- Smell is out of this world. Everything you could hope for in a Beligan. Candi sugar, spices, and funky yeast

T- Taste is sweet, slightly bitter, and slightly spicy. Not a hint of alcohol

M- Thick, yet smooth. Caresses the tongue and throat

D- I was expecting a beast, but actually didn't have trouble finishing the bottle in one night

03-14-2009 22:38:45 | More by EnojysAnyBeer
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dotsonjamesg

Arkansas

4.2/5  rDev -2.8%

I bought his brew on Little Rock AFB at the Shoppette. Someone here lately has requested more exotic and specialty beer and I am eternally grateful for it, as the selection of specialty beer in Arkansas is TERRIBLE! Good beer to the locals is "Bud Light Lime" and "Natty Ice." I am new to the region and am originally from California, which is a "beer mecca," so you can see the dilemma of ignorance I deal with here concerning beer.

I have had this brew several times in the past but have never reviewed it.

Served in a chilled 12 oz Chimay goblet, poured from a 12 oz bottle.

Appearance: Pours a beautiful, rich, golden color. The brew is cloudy and unfiltered, just as any good beer should be. My pour left a thick, two finger head with good retention and moderate lacing.

Smell: Scent is sweet and earthy with a strong presence of malty citrus notes. Pear and candied fruit come to mind; its pretty lovely.

Taste: Strong, carbonated, spicy, malty sweetness initially then it moves in to a more mellow, bitter alcoholic flavor. I can pickup sugar, spices, orange, and maybe some other citrus. Not a whole lot of complexity but its tasty. The alcohol is pretty well hidden with the sweetness of the brew. The flavor isn't as strong as I had hoped for, for a Tripel. I think its comparable to a strong "Spring Ale."

Mouthfeel: Thick and smooth. The carbonation is pretty nice and pairs well with this lovely brew quite well.

Drinkability: Overall, it's a good brew but I think it could have been a bit bolder in flavor. The alcohol makes it worth the effort and money. I would highly recommend this brew to anyone looking to expand their palate but I would like to point out that there is some better stuff out there.

Godspeed and cheers!

-Dotson

03-14-2009 18:58:33 | More by dotsonjamesg
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matty

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -30.6%

Light orange cloudy beer with a head that overflows and takes a while to calm down.Aroma is vanilla and spices.Taste is orange and spices.This reminds me too much of a witbier which I am not a fan of.I would not recommend and I could have done without this.

03-14-2009 04:06:58 | More by matty
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FtownThrowDown

Ohio

3.58/5  rDev -17.1%

Another solid offering from Unibroue.
Pours a murky, cloudy light gold in color. Two fingers of head forms on the pour. Smell is highly yeasty, with some spice and a decent amount of lemon. Taste has actually quite a bit of yeast to it. There is more of the fruity overtones, with more than just the lemon flavor showing up. Decent mouthfeel and highly carbonated. Decent, but it's not "The Don".

03-14-2009 01:28:32 | More by FtownThrowDown
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GJ40

North Carolina

4.33/5  rDev +0.2%

Sampled from a 12oz bottle with a best before date of 4-3-11.

A - A light golden, straw color with a slight haze. The large white is impressive at first but it quickly fades to almost nothing.

S - Spicy with clove, vanilla and pepper.

T - Spicy with lots of clove and a touch of pepper. A nice bitter hoppiness too. Fairly dry. I'd never guess this one was 9%. It drinks more like 6-7%. I'm not a big fan of spiced beers but this one is very nice.

M - Lots of carbonation and a substantial consistency.

D - A very smooth and complex beer. Not my favorite style but undeniably good.

03-14-2009 00:09:08 | More by GJ40
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fightingirishcmk

New York

4.13/5  rDev -4.4%

A: Pours a golden color with an immense head, which had rather long retention, but left little lacing on the glass. The ABV may have something to do with this. They should decrease slightly the amount of carbonation, seeing as when you pour it, you have to stop halfway through the bottle because of the head. This puts more yeast into solution and tends to cloud the beer.
S: Spicy, fruit, especially lemon, and a sweet smell of malt.
T: Banana, citrus, spiciness, coriander, and somewhat sour. Very little bitterness. Well layered distinct yet appropriate flavors.
M: A bit sticky and a bit thinner on body than I would like, but overall fairly good with carbonation.
D: For 9% abv, it is deceptively drinkable. For the price, it is hard to beat. IMO it is a very decent brew. I'd have to say drinkability is where this brew succeeds the most.

03-13-2009 00:21:46 | More by fightingirishcmk
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washburnkid

New York

4.28/5  rDev -0.9%

Served in a tulip.

A: A massive off-white head almost explodes out of the tulip. Body is a cloudy golden, amber and orange with floating yeast particles. Head retains like creamy foam and sticks around for 2+ hours (yes, I've been sipping on the beer for that long).
S: Dark spices on the nose; sweet malty backdrop that's very faint and a slight fruitiness slips through.
T: Very spicy dominance on the palate at first. Wheat flavors similar to Maudite, but not as present. Wonderful balance of malts and hops, which hides the 9% alcohol and the excess of bitterness defined by tripels. Sip ends in a bitter-to-sweet-and-back-to-bitter exhange, similar to a bitter piece of fruit.
M: Light to medium bodied with generous carbonation, which helps to pull the spices through. Creamy mouthfeel, leaving the palate coated in spices.
D: This is definitely a sipper. ABV sneaks up at the end, but it's all worth it. I can't wait to try more from Unibroue!

03-12-2009 06:15:08 | More by washburnkid
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terryeckmeier

Ontario (Canada)

4.13/5  rDev -4.4%

Poured into a tulip pint glass and was extremely foamy, probably due to the extra bottle fermentation . Very pale straw yellow, very light, a little cloudy, nice sweet apple smell, lots of fruity tones, yeasty incredibly long lasting head. Very much like a Duvel, alcohol was balanced nicely with the malt and hops. Pretty full bodied, lots going on in this brew. Pretty good stuff.

03-12-2009 02:43:55 | More by terryeckmeier
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jsapunor

California

4.88/5  rDev +13%

I have tried a number of Tripels but I keep coming back to this one.

It pours beautifully with a golden color and a thick head that won't go away.

The smell is clean and fresh.

The taste is clean, crisp and tangy with hops fruit and spices in exceptional balance.

Mouthfeel is typical of the best examples of the style.

Very drinkable.

An excellent offering with wonderful taste and balance which proves that not all great Belgians come from Belgium.

03-11-2009 17:24:39 | More by jsapunor
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beeroverwineguy

Illinois

5/5  rDev +15.7%

S= Served from the bottle with cork (that is the only way I will drink this beer)

A= Appearance is exceptionally pleasing to the the eye that
reaches deep down into one's soul

S= Smell is pleasing to your senses and floral in nature that will surprise your willingness to smell your brew each time before tasting.

T=Taste is like champagne on holistic and natural steroids that will invite your palate to heights of appreciation that you never even knew existed. You will neveer want to drink cheap beer without the full bodied flavor that comes from a triple fermented brew.

M=Mouthfeel is of a well balanced, orchestrated dance troop of synchronized beautifully ensembled beauties that tintilate and explore the deepest recesses of each and every taste bud on the surface of your tongue.

D= Drinkability of this wonderfully, well balanced, gift from God is incredibly delightful and rewarding to your sense of thankfulness for God's gift to mankind to possess the privelege of creating such a blessing of a brew.

P.S. Drink responsibly, drink at home.

03-10-2009 06:53:38 | More by beeroverwineguy
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grayburn

South Carolina

4.65/5  rDev +7.6%

Another amazing offering from Unibroue.
Beautiful light golden elixir pours with a good dollop of head that camps out for the duration. Nice lacing as well.
Complex aroma of dried fruit, apricots, nectarines. Light floral hoppiness, excellent, the smell has me salivating...time for the taste.
The taste is out of this world, lightly fruity, slight bit of hops, crisp malt is so well balanced.
The mouth is perfect, definitely perfect carbonation which marries so well with the ultra dry finish. Excellent example of a belgian from outside of belgium. Unibroue has yet to disappoint, this is another prime example from them.

03-09-2009 22:41:56 | More by grayburn
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sonicdescent

Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev -9%

Pours a murky yellow with a nice finger of white froth. I have to comment on the insane carbonation, it looks like a fountain coming off of the etching in my Sam Adams Sensory glass.

Smells of bread. Some citrus character but not hoppy citrus, more like orange peel? Very clovey.

Tastes very spicy, pretty dry on the finish. Orange ester is present again.

Mouth is extremely high carbonated, so much so that I had difficulty detecting the body, which is somewhere in the middle by the way.

Overall as far as tripels go I much prefer the St. Bernardus but even that is comparing apples to oranges, this is a very spicy example.

03-09-2009 22:04:32 | More by sonicdescent
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philbe311

Pennsylvania

4.13/5  rDev -4.4%

A - Mammoth frothy lush white head off of a standard pour into tulip glass... Muted honey color... Slightly hazy...

S - Yeast... Clove... Orange zest... Pear... Floral accents... Hint of pineapple... Faint peppery notes... Quite pleasant all the way around...

T - Initials taste closely resemble the nose... First the fruit flavors rise to the top... This is followed by the yeast and spices... A solid malt backbone can be detected as the beer warms... Slightly medicinal... Warmth of 9% ABV rises as part of the after taste... Peppery notes linger...

M - Smooth, crisp, and slightly creamy... Medium bodied... Slightly chewy... Carbonation is quite subdued... Slightly oily... Coats and fills mouth nicely... Much richer than I expect from a Tripel...

D - A delightful sipper... A stellar example of the style... If I had to point at one area for improvement it would be mouthfeel where a little more bite from the carbonation would add dimension to the near world class beer...

03-09-2009 01:54:22 | More by philbe311
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superdedooperboy

Georgia

4.28/5  rDev -0.9%

12 oz. brown foil-topped bottle poured into a goblet. "Best Before" date of 11-12-11 is printed on the label.

Cracks open with a nice hiss, pouring a rich golden hue with two fingers of white foam that fades quickly to a thick ring that holds on to the surface but not to the glass, leaving behind no lacing.

Very citrusy and fruity in the nose, with distinctive notes of apricot and a bit of tangerine, with some vague peppery spice notes interspersed within.

Bright and lively on the tongue, with a tingly carbonation that cleanses the palate, leading the way for bitter lemon peel and orange zest, combined with spicy notes of cracked pepper and faint hints of clove, all laid over a base of smooth, almost buttery, slightly sweet malt flavor that fades away into a very dry, spicy finish that calls for yet another swallow.

Extremely drinkable, but quite deceiving, hiding its hefty 9% ABV superbly.

A magnificent beer and a spot-on example of the style that lacks really only in appearance, where a bit more head retention would serve it well for beauty's sake.

03-07-2009 04:27:01 | More by superdedooperboy
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joshuadlight

Texas

3.58/5  rDev -17.1%

I was really looking to this beer, but it did disappoint just a bit. Pale and no head, no lacing. Not even the full gold color I look for in a Tripel. Lots of spicy cloves and sweetness in the smell. The nose is slightly better than the taste. Its just not all that enjoyable. Cloves and spice, but not super tasty. A little too carbonated for my preference. Its not a bad beer, but I'm not convinced its one of the best in the world.

03-07-2009 03:43:37 | More by joshuadlight
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BravoTwo

Pennsylvania

4.95/5  rDev +14.6%

A - Slightly hazy light orange, which a dense whipped head, which maintained through the glass, with clingy lacing. Nice carbonation.

S - Slightly fruity, with clove and spicing notes.

T - Here is where the beer shines. Classicly tripel with spice, clove, fruit. Smooth complexity makes this brew a standout. 9% ABV is so well hidden that this is deceptively devilish. Very, very well made.

M - Smooth and silky. Nicely carbonated. This beer just swims on the tounge.

D - Would it not be for the 9% ABV, this beer would be an all night drinker. This beer is so well done that all the flavors, aromas, and textures meld so well as to make this a really drinkable tripel. Possibly my favorite tripel.

03-06-2009 14:48:06 | More by BravoTwo
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TheycallmeTim

New York

4.38/5  rDev +1.4%

Poured from a 750 ml. bottle into a hennepin flute.

A--Pours up a little bit hazy (oops) tawny orange with lots and lots--two, two and a half fingers--of white champagne microbubbles. Excellent soapy lacing and retention.

S--Cross between cinnamon and clove, with a backdrop spicewise of pepper and nutmeg. Somehow not christmasy, though--maybe that's because of the fruit on the nose: lots of peach and a little apricot.

T--Plenty more spice up front and in the very back--more of that elusive cinnamon and clove mix, which makes it, what? Allspice? Somewhere in the mulled wine cheesecloth. Sweet juicy biscuit center with a slightly chalky pale malt tug. More apricot and even some pear pull through in the middle of the profile. Excellent balance and complexity.

M&D--Mouthfeel is soft given how full the taste is. Champagne carbonation keeps it light and lively, which brings out the fruitiness of it and doesn't let the spice overwhelm. Drinkability is high in the sense that I'd definitely drink this again, but low in the sense that at 9% you're not gonna pound two or three wine bottles of it. Definitely felt this even after giving a 1/3 away to my girlfriend.

Restraint is the word I'd apply to this beer, which leads to sick balance. Fantastic mix of bright, lively fruitiness with a sock of malt and yeast.

03-04-2009 02:58:37 | More by TheycallmeTim
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showell

Arizona

4.55/5  rDev +5.3%

Wow! At first I wasn't quite sure what to think. It pours an orange/amber with about an inch head. You can smell the cloves as soon as you pour it. Then you can smell a peppery fruit. That was what caught me sort of off guard, but as soon as you taste it you know it all just works. The cloves are there above it all, wtih a fruit flavor following, followed by just a hint of hops. The aftertaste is alcohol and just a touch bitter. At 9% I couldn't drink more than one of these 750 ml bottles, but it would surely make me want to try. Thought the cork was nifty too.

03-04-2009 02:28:53 | More by showell
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juju7

Australia

4.72/5  rDev +9.3%

Radiant, hazy, orange with a huge, fluffy, white head. On the nose...spicy, herbal, coriander, fennel(?), banana, sweet caramel and burnt orange, Jesus, what doesn't it have?! Follows through with all the above on the palate with beautiful warming alcohol mouthfeel. Wonderfully complex. Doesn't get much better than this. Life is good.

03-03-2009 09:17:46 | More by juju7
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thirdeye11

Texas

4.68/5  rDev +8.3%

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Duvel tulip glass at Patty Red's in downtown Ft. Worth this past weekend.

A: Poured a beautiful 2 finger head that recedes somewhat slowly as I drink this beer.

S: Normally I don't smell it, but this particular bottle smelled a LOT of bubble gum and in a good way. It also had some aromas of apple, pear, and only very slightly phenolic. The beer smelled absolutely wonderful. Maybe the best I've ever smelled.

T: One of my favorite beers in the world as far as taste goes. It was going down smooth without any alcohol burn. Taste of mildly sour pears and other fruits this beer is delicious. It also has some pepperiness to it which I just love. It balances out some of the sweetness which is great.

M: My only real knock on La Fin Du Monde is the overcarbonation. I would rather have a beer that is over carbonated as opposed to under carbonated though so it is only a small deduction in points. If this beer was slightly less carbonated it might be the best beer there is.

D: Off the charts on the drinkability. Budweiser could learn a thing or two about drinkability from this brew. At 9% alcohol I almost can't believe how easy it is to down this beer. While I only had one this past weekend (among other selections) I could easily have 3-4 of these in one night and enjoy every single one.

Overall this is one of my favorite beers, and in the style of Tripel I can't think of a better one. I can think of others which come close to matching it, but when one considers the price ($9.99 for a 4-pack) there is nothing out there that matches it. The other beers which come close are all $10 for a 750ml so for twice the amount of beer I'll almost always turn to La Fin du Monde. Who also doesn't like a beer that translates to "The End of the World"? Also this beer is easily the best I have had among the Unibroue offerings.

03-02-2009 16:14:00 | More by thirdeye11
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brc

Michigan

4.53/5  rDev +4.9%

Poured from 33cl bottle into goblet. White head doesn't stay around long, but leaves some lacing.

Smells overwhelmingly of allspice. There's some cloves, yeastiness, alcohol, black pepper and apricots, but allspice is king.

Taste is pretty laid back for a triple, but well balanced with great layering of flavors. The banana/clove business is very subtle, which is quite nice for a change. Plenty of spiciness from the hops. The sweetness reminds me of stone fruits, mostly apricot with a hint of plum. The allspice flavor is definitely there, but not as overwhelming as in the aroma.

Mouthfeel is pleasantly full. The warming finish is lovely.

Dangerously drinkable. Amazing brew.

03-02-2009 14:56:02 | More by brc
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irishtjb11

Maine

4.38/5  rDev +1.4%

read alot about this picked one up, split it with some friends. really dug the map of north america/quebec on the label; as well as the cork.

appearance is a real nice unfiltered, golden color. fluffy white head, forms a snowtop on the beer. head doesnt do too much lacing, but doesn't go anywhere during the drink.

the smell and taste are super complex, but super enjoyable. smell has lots of fruity esters, especially apple, followed by lots of spices. not too much malt or hop present, but im assuming thats unique to this style. also lots of sweet hues, from honeys and sweet malts or light malts. the taste explodes on the palate, lots of carbonation and sweetness at first. a real sweet fruity, spicy taste, cant really detect too much bitterness, once again nice sweet honeys and sweet notes on the mouth. lots of warmth from the alcohol.

mouthfeel has a lot of carbonation, but its not stingy like some of the more over carbonated beers. it just presents a real nice bubble and pop to it. the head is a nice addition to, really frothy and enjoyable.

great beer, very new to tripels but enjoyed this. certainly not my favorite style, but for someone who really digs it, this seems to be near the top.

03-02-2009 02:42:22 | More by irishtjb11
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KBoudreau66

Massachusetts

4.55/5  rDev +5.3%

Pours carbonated with a cloudy light orange color and a yellow tint. It pours two fingers of frothy white head that dissipates to a thin layer.

Smells of sweet malts, fruity apples, spicy yeast and wheat bread.

Tastes great. Carbonated, with a tangy fruit flavor. The apple flavor that I smelled stands out significantly, but there are hints of banana, alcohol, and wheat.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and carbonated. The carbonation isn't rough though, it is actually very pleasant, and nice to sip on. At first I thought I was going to suck this brew down, but it ended up taking me a lot longer then I expected.

This is an excellent triple by Unibroue. As I was drinking this I kept having flashbacks of a Weihenstephaner Hefe, but this brew is definitely different, more complex fruit flavors. Well balanced. Nice brew.

03-01-2009 22:23:09 | More by KBoudreau66
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pwsoldier

Texas

4.8/5  rDev +11.1%

A - Pours a hazy gold with a rich white head that dissipates slowly, leaving a moderate amount of lacing.

S - A whirlwind of complexity created by aromas of apple, white grape, clove, citrus, coriander, and a kiss of floral hops. Simply beautiful!

T - Tart green apple flavors dominate up front, complimented by citrus and spices. A touch of hop bitterness comes through in the finish, balanced with some sweet flavors of light fruit and additional spice.

M - Full-bodied and smooth, yet finishes crisp and clean thanks to an ample amount of carbonation. An earthy feel also present thanks to the yeast.

D - Hands-down my favorite Tripel. I have a lot of respect for Unibroue, and this beer is one of my primary reasons for it. It's simply fantastic. It's enjoyable, smooth, and very easy to drink.

03-01-2009 02:24:04 | More by pwsoldier
La Fin Du Monde from Unibroue
96 out of 100 based on 8,038 ratings.