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La Fin Du Monde - Unibroue

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

8,582 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 8,582
Reviews: 2,753
rAvg: 4.32
pDev: 11.81%
Wants: 378
Gots: 1,070 | FT: 19
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 ericj551
4.15/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

La Fin Du Monde pours a hazy straw gold with a lively, fluffy head. The aroma is light and fruity, with plenty of yeasty phenolic character and some alcohol coming through. The flavor is sharp and sweet upfront. Lots of light, faintly tropical fruitiness. The sharp phenolic flavor sticks around and lingers in the aftertaste. Alcohol flavor comes through but it's mild for the strength. Not only is this a great beer, but I think it's the best value in Ontario.

ericj551, Apr 01, 2010
Photo of snpub540
4.18/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly hazy orange hue with the bottom being a more pale yellow. Lots of bubbles floating up from the bottom of my Unibroue tulip, but it looks very nice this way. Sheets of clingy white lace are left during the entire drink.

Aromas were mostly banana and clove yeastiness. Slightly musty with some ripe fruit as well.

Taste is a sweet and bready malts upfront, with the clove spice being secondary. Light alcohol sweetness and warmth in the finish, but its pleasant and not harsh.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and the carbonation gives the impression that the flavors dance on the palate. Drinkability is good. Alcohol is nicely hidden for being 9 percent.

snpub540, Mar 31, 2010
Photo of mdfb79
4.43/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 ML bottle into a goblet.

a - Pours a orangish-golden color with 2+ fingers of white head. Moderate carbonation evident.

s - Lots of banana, yeast, and some spice. Masybe some other fruits as well.

t - Banana, yeast, cloves, and pears. Very nice and the alcohol is very well hidden.

m - Medium body and moderate carbontion.

d - A very nice tripel. Great fruity smell and taste and the high ABV doesn't affect the drinkability at all. A great beer by Unibroue that I've had many times and will surely have again.

mdfb79, Mar 30, 2010
Photo of mtnbikerpa
4.78/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle with foil on top and freshness date on the back of the label. Golden copper color with 3 inches of head that retains very well. Scents of cloves, fresh cut apples and grapes. Lots of dry fruit flavor. Yeast esters are tastey. Alcohol is well hidden. Mouthfeel is very smooth. Going very well with gourmet grilled cheese with basil.

mtnbikerpa, Mar 28, 2010
Photo of gloriousglo2
4.7/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It was this orangy-yellow color, it smelled great, a sorta fruity taste. It had a big head on it. The bottle has this fancy silver foil that envelops the cap, giving this brew a regal air. I originally got this as part of their variety pack. Coulda done without that apple flavored stuff, though....

gloriousglo2, Mar 26, 2010
Photo of zoso1967
3.75/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Pours cloudy, a gold that is slightly orange in the heart of the glass. The nice white fluffy head has very nice retention and good lacing. Strong Belgian yeast aroma. Sweet, clove, white pepper, apple and perhaps a little banana. The flavor has a surprising tart sour apple zing to it that makes this beer quite refreshing. Plenty of clove, pear and apple meld with sweet pale malt. Alcohol is perceivable, but does not take away from the beer's flavor. Flavors added by the yeast seem to be the star of the show. Medium body with ample carbonation that lends to a luxuriously effervescent mouthfeel. Finish is tart and dry. This beer is refreshing, but I would not necessarily say it is remarkably drinkable. A very well made beer, but not one of my favorites from this brewery.

zoso1967, Mar 25, 2010
Photo of Mancer
4.38/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This beer poured (into a Brooklyn Brewery Tulip) a beautiful hazy yellow amber, with an amazing 3 finger width, white head. There were lots of bubbles seen and remained active for most of the beer's life. The head took quite a while to dissipate and eventually did so to a one finger width thickness. The lacing on the glass was thick and clung to the glass up until time to wash the glass. The initial smell of this brew was that of fruits, champagne and slight hint of alcohol. The initial taste was that of fruits, malt, champagne, and some possible floral notes. The beer had a light to medium body with a nice bite of the carbonation, and actually felt quite strange on the tongue (strange good, to me) even after it had been swallowed. What really knocked my socks off with this beer was its presentation and mouth feel. Absolutely fantastic beer, and one that could get none beer drinkers a second thought about the realm of craft beers. Will definitely buy this again/always be stocked with this.

Mancer, Mar 23, 2010
Photo of ksimons
4.97/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A-hazy orange with a white foamy head that slowly disappears

S-spicy, orange sweetness

T-moderate carbonation and spiciness, sweet, warming alcohol is apparent in the spiciness of the beer, dry finish, really complex flavors that all come together

M-medium body, sweet and smooth, and refreshing

One of the best beers I have ever had, highly recommended

ksimons, Mar 21, 2010
Photo of epicness
4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Hazy golden orange. Fluffly head that dissipates rather quickly to about a 1/8" of foam. Can see all kinds of stuff floating around the beer. It looks very similar to a standard hefeweizen.

S - Kind of smells like chalk and flowers. A little bit of citrus hint to it also. Slight alcohol scent also.

T - Sweet. Very sweet. It's a very balanced beer. Fruit mixed with wheat, with some light hops. Coming from a guy that doesn't like the bite of alcohol, I didn't taste it at all which is very surprising based the ABV level.

M - Medium carbonated and medium bodied. Starts off with a hard and crisp feel but smooths out rather quickly.

D - I feel that is has a very high drinkability which is bad because the alcohol will definitely sneak up on you and crush you. Could easily put this beer down in a few minutes, although I would recommend not too.

epicness, Mar 21, 2010
Photo of Scrapss
4.75/5  rDev +10%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Finally, La Fin Du Monde. One of the best beers ever made.

Appearance: hazy like a weissebier. It has an undercurrent like a properly prepared Black and Tan. Thick head dissipates into 1/8" thick pure white foam. Lacing is nearly ideal for the style. Particulates are present. Has legs.

Smell: sweet, slightly chalky texture, then incredible and utterly complex. Nectar of the gods.

Taste: think of the best hefeweisen you ever tasted. It's better. It's insanely sweet then drifts into the palate like nothing else on the planet. It changes character as it descends, first sweet wheat beer-like, then hot boozy then it gives off a light-sweet-tangerine essence for 10 seconds and then it's gone in a lingering sweet finish.

Mouthfeel: coating and filling, almost to the point of cloying but not annoyingly so. Medium cabonation prevents over-saturation.

Drinkability: As good as it is...it is another deceivingly smooth high ABV beer. You might try to session it but you'd fail. Simply enjoy it in extreme moderation.

La Fin Du Monde is quite simply one of the best beers ever made. I highly recommend it.

Scrapss, Mar 20, 2010
Photo of feelmefoam
4.22/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a bright, effervescent gold with plenty of carbonation running around and a beautiful, cloudy white head that pushed up well over two inches on the pour. Nice retention from the head and when it finally dissipates it leaves thick, foamy rings of lace draped all down the glass. A very inviting looking beer that got a few extra points from the head it put up.

The aroma, probably helped by the extra head La Fin put up, was also very enticing. A fruit basket of 'flavors' mixed with that distinct banana-clove spiciness is prevalent, as well as a bit of unidentified spiciness and some wheat scent that float in less assertively. Very fragrant, you can smell this beer as soon as you pop the top.

The flavor is good, just not as good as the nose or appearance. Similar banana-clove and wheaty fruit flavor to many other Belgians, but sweeter and less spicy on the tongue than some others I've tried. Not necessarily a bad thing, just a bit different. Still, a very tasty beer that isn't hard to drink at all.

I like the mouthfeel. Not thin or watery at all, it's on the slightly thicker side of medium and despite the carbonation present on the initial pour it's very smooth. The carbonation seems to counter some of the effects of the 9% ABV because there is absolutely no hint of alcohol during each draught.

Overall, this is a very drinkable beer. My whole bomber was gone in about 20 minutes. Sweet and slightly spicy with a smooth finish (and a looker to boot) this is definitely a beer to try and maybe one to make your Top Whatever list if you're a big Belgian fan. Good stuff, Canada.

feelmefoam, Mar 20, 2010
Photo of DAllspaw
3.93/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured into tulip a light straw color with tiny bubbles racing up the glass, a la champagne.

Slightly sweet cakelike smell with subtle funky yeast, certainly not overpowering. Great mouthfeel, coats the palate and roof of mouth, hell I even feel it coating my teeth. The lingering taste is very nice. Seems a bit thin overall though, causing the alcohol to stand out a shade more, but very solid nonetheless.

DAllspaw, Mar 20, 2010
Photo of ncfranklin
4.08/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Serving Type : Bottle poured into a Weizen Glass.

Appearance : Pours a bright yellow and slightly translucent, but gains a orange layer when the yeast from the bottom hits, eventually settling into a light orange and very murky. A small peach colored head, about 2 fingers, lingers breifly before settling completely. No lacing.

Smell : Whole lot of berry, with hints of peach. A pleasant smell.

Taste : The berry pokes through almost immediately with a crisp bite, before settling. The alcohol greets you if you allow it to wallow in your mouth for any time, but eventually dies off. Enjoyable to feel it change from almost fruity with a crisp cut, to very soft and light.

Mouthfeel : As stated above. A hard crisp beginning, smoothing over to a fluffy feel.

Drinkability : For a 9%, very good. If swallowed quickly, you'll never feel it. If slowly enjoyed, the alcohol pokes through mid-way in taste, but fades for the finish.

Overall, I like this beer. It's a challenge to describe, so it gets bonus points for confounding the senses. The high abv% shouldn't turn anyone off, as it is very well balanced with flavors.

ncfranklin, Mar 19, 2010
Photo of Flashsp2
4.45/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Unibroue La Fin Du Monde,

Pours a hazy golden color with a jumbo sized, fluffly white head. Head lingers for a bit, then dissipates to a thin layer.

Aroma of spice, sweet fruit, some delicate dark fruits, some grassy/lemon peel notes.

Sweet, powdered yeast, some juicy fruits again in the middle, with a very light bitter that touches down toward the end. A little bit of alcohol spice throughout, and the fruit shines through at the end again, leaving the mouth watering a bit. Some vinous flavor at the finish as well, with some rum raisin as well.

Mouthfeel is smooth and luscious, not thick or syrupy. Very refreshing, fluffy and velvety on the palette.

Flashsp2, Mar 15, 2010
Photo of Liverpool08
4.38/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another reason to love this style. Pours a pale cloudy orange with small thin head. Smell of belgian yeast, cloves. spices. Flavor follows with super smooth spices, cloves, bananas and funk. This tripel seems a bit smoother then some others. It doesn't have the big Belgian punch of others, yet it is still an outstanding example of the style. The alchohol is VERY well hidden and would be very easy to drink several of these.
Glad to have these readibly available in my area!

Liverpool08, Mar 15, 2010
Photo of BeanBone
4.03/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: A thoroughly hazy golden-orange body capped by a mountain of fluffy white head that recedes slowly and leaves great lacing. Certainly a Belgian looking beer.

Aroma: Cloves, floral perfume, juicy citrus, golden fruit, grainy malt, Belgian yeast, and medium alcohol.

Flavor: A mix of golden fruit, pepper, mild hops, and medium alcohol character over sweet wheat-like pale malt. Everything is nicely balanced. Golden fruit, grainy malt, and mild booze in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light bodied and creamy with medium-high carbonation and a dry finish. Some nice heat from the alcohol.

Drinkability: Surprisingly drinkable, this goes back quicker than the ABV would lead you to believe.

Verdict: A thoroughly satisfying experience, La Fin du Monde is complex, delicate, and well balanced. Who knew the Canadians were crafting such great Belgian beers this whole time?

BeanBone, Mar 14, 2010
Photo of Evocatus
4.35/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light-yellow cider color with a very healthy foamy white head. Aroma has a mix of apple, some citrus and floral hints to it. Taste is a mix of apples, spice, and some malts. Alcohol is there also, but not too strong, which is surprising considering it's 9% ABV. Good thickness and carbonation. Definitely a drinkable beer for any occassion, but pricey.

Evocatus, Mar 14, 2010
Photo of zoso493
4.18/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 ml corked and caged bottle into a Chimay chalice.

Appearance: La Fin du Monde is a beautiful, radiant orange that is fairly light in hue but still very hazy. It's crowned by a bubbly but thick two-finger head that has decent retention. The head stays around for awhile as a nice coating of the surface of the beer, probably with aid of the laser etching in my glass.

Smell: This is an extremely fruity-smelling tripel but it works well. There is a large orchard-fruit smell that consists of apple, pear and lemon and orange peel. It also has a pleasant graininess to it that smells as if it's coming from the pear. There is something, however, that causes me to associate a bit of artificiality with the scent and I suspect it may be the yeast. It's not a bad smell by any measure, but in my mind it's not authentic.

Taste: The orchard fruit are still the primary goodies in the taste but the grains are a bit more pronounced in the taste then they are in the scent. La Fin du Monde has all the essential ingredients for a tripel, but there just seems to be some indistinguishable chasm between this and a genuine Belgian example. I'm not bashing the beer, as it is very good and notably refreshing, but it has some catching up to do with other beers that were brewed in the homeland.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel in this beer is lovely for the style. It's crisp and extremely dry, which is exactly what a tripel calls for. It's not too thick and it's highly carbonated, but I have no room to grumble.

Drinkability: This is a very drinkable beer considering it's 9% ABV. I'm taking my time with this 750 ml bottle, but I'm not noticing the alcohol and am enjoying every sip of it.

Overall, La Fin du Monde, is a undoubtedly a very good example of the style, but it lacks a certain something that is present in any other Belgian tripel. It's still, however, a refreshing and interesting beer that is heavy on the fruit tastes.

zoso493, Mar 13, 2010
Photo of mrmanning
3.98/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy yellow body, with a medium sized fizzy head. Aromas are herbal and fruity, with most of the aroma being the latter. Taste is fruity (citrus) with some subtle spicy notes. Some malt sweetness as well. Leaves a bit of a fruity aftertaste, which only left me wanting more. Cool bottle as always with Unibroue. 9% alcohol? Can't tell. Well done.

mrmanning, Mar 12, 2010
Photo of cld253
4.9/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I am sitting here trying to figure out what this beer does not do for me. And all I can think is,.. . . that maybe it could have got to me more directly, and that I could have taken better care of it. With that said, it doesn't even care,. . it still shines, even though there was some dust on the one that I pulled from the deepest reaches of darkness on the display shelf at the super market. I get excited every time I get to have this beer.

Appearance- Liquid gold, with a light, frothy, 3 finger head. Dissipates slowly, but the white layer protecting the jewels never fades. I would five this beer less on appearance, but I feel the lack of lacing is because this glass has been used a couple times tonight already.

Smell- Matly, yeasty (banana, citrus and spice), earthy. It makes you want to smell it thoroughly every time before you have another sip...

Taste- Everything that your nose picks up, with a nice floral, fruit, malt backed bite. .. (do yourself a favor and try this beer at different temperatures,.. i liked it a bit colder,.. and now its coming up to about it goes from biscuit, to banana and,.. kind of complexity that I hate to try to describe, but balanced all at the same time,...

Feel- silky smooth with a slight carb bite that wakes up your taste buds.

Drinkability - I had to find something that wasn't perfect,.. I would drink this all night, but I can't afford it, and I would appear a lightweight after slamming 9%'s all night,.. but for 9%.. it's amazing.

Eh! Go Canada! Sidney Crosby! MAF!

cld253, Mar 12, 2010
Photo of aerin184
4.88/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance - this beer looks deceptively simple. it's a lovely golden - very clear - but I can't say it would stand out just from the appearance...

Smell - only word I can come up with is "yeasty".

Taste - now this is one of the places this beer stands out. Fresh, light, but lots of flavor! This is one of those times my limited beer vocabulary will hinder me, but I know the strong flavor comes from the fermentation process. It's golden, yeasty, wonderful. Only thing I don't like quite as much is the slightly tart aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Very light, a little carbonated... normally I don't like so much carbonation but it's ideal in this beer. The light mouthfeel is one of the best things about it. I'd expect such a strong beer to have a heavier feel, but it's so deceptively light. Which leads me to...

Drinkability - This is also deceptively drinkable. I have to remind myself to sip it because it is in fact so light. You have to be careful, though, because it packs a hidden punch! Altogether one of my favorite beers!

aerin184, Mar 09, 2010
Photo of jwillcourt
4.28/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served from a 25oz bottle into a wine glass.

A - Cloudy, orange shade of yellow. Huge, two-inch, pillowy white head consisting of many sized bubbles that dissipates into a 1/8 inch skim of foam that lasts. It leaves mild, unremarkable lacing, but resurrects easily with a swirl of the glass. There is steady carbonation.

S - Sweet malt, candy sugar, yeast, and citrus hops. There is a slight peach smell.

T - Candy sugar, toast, banana, and clove. The finish is slight alcohol and citrus hops, including orange and lemon. It is a relatively dry finish.

M - Medium body and lively carbonation. The carbonation is very fine. It feels silky smooth and very creamy. It is a little slick on the lips.

D - Hides the alcohol pretty well, although I still feel it. This is a refreshing drink, but I still found the 25 oz serving to be pretty filling.

jwillcourt, Mar 07, 2010
Photo of seanbhudson
4.45/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

APPEARANCE:
12 oz bottle with best before date of 2-17-12. Pours a cloudy gold/orange color with a large white head.
AROMA:
Apple, pear and sugar cookie. Light spice
FLAVOR:
A blend of fruits (apple, orange, lemon, banana). Biscuity malt. Finishes with a light smooth herb/spice flavor clove, sage white pepper.
MOUTHFEEL:
Medium body. Moderate fizzy carbonation.
DRINKABILITY:
A really nice triple, fruity but not too sweet. Spicy but not over the top. It is 9% but I don't taste any alcohol. Unfortunately as the beer warms I taste more of the banana and clove. Which are not my favorite flavor.
NOTES: BBCSD-0912-Patrick

seanbhudson, Mar 06, 2010
Photo of mwagner1018
4.03/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Poured into a flute. Golden straw sunny color, white frothy head that lingers for a long time as a nice 1/2 finger cap on the beer, very minimal lacing.

S- Light yeast esters, banana, mild alcohol. Fresh citrus crispness, very little hop aroma. Doesn't have as complex and forward of a smell as I was expecting for the style.

T- Really nice complexity, warmth of alcohol, depth of orange peel, ginger, banana, honey suckle, significant yeast.

M- High carbonation delivers the flavor profile well, med high body, with a distinct strong alcohol presence.

D- A nice drinkable beer for a strong triple, very good for the style, one 750ml bottle over an evening with friends with perfect.

mwagner1018, Mar 02, 2010
Photo of TheQuietMan22
4.93/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Poured a cloudy wheat color into my Allagash tulip. About two fingers of thick, white head rose and dissipated to a foamy lacing.

Smell: Reminds me of summer. Deliciously yeasty, reminding me of a hefeweizen. Orange, lemon, apple, and herbs, maybe cloves. Oh, baby!

Taste: That may be the closest I come to heaven...besides when I drink hefe, that is. Follows the enticing aromas. It's yeasty goodness is complimented with flavors of orange, lemon, apple, and cloves (maybe). There's a bit of a hop bite, but the malts dominate, and it just gets better and better as it warms. (I'm really not sure why BA recommends such a cold serving temperature.)

Drinkability: Awesome. Sip the goodness.

TheQuietMan22, Feb 27, 2010
La Fin Du Monde from Unibroue
96 out of 100 based on 8,582 ratings.