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La Fin Du Monde - Unibroue

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Ratings: 8,861
Reviews: 2,779
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 11.83%
Wants: 407
Gots: 1,267 | FT: 18
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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 Arkofsax
4.35/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Beautiful golden orange coloring with a huge head (I prefer to pour a little extra head and then let my beers sit for a minute so that the temperature can balance while there's still some head left)

S- Smells like an odd balance between a spicy scent and the distinct maltiness of the style.

T- Incredible! The malts give it a very interesting flavor. I would almost describe it as being vaguely nutty compared to other takes on it.

m- If my taste buds were ever stressed, then this beer would be their masseuse. The malts provide a wonderful soothing effect as it's held in the mouth.

D- While delicious, finishing one of these with a meal would be the most I could ask anyone.

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

Time to actually review one of my favorite beers. What can be said. An incredibly complex beer that is priced well and can always be found. The mouthfeel is full with nice acidity to keep it alive. Bold dry malt right in the middle. Just a hint of the alcohol but this is so drinkable and refreshing, it could be dangerous.

Photo of turnerr79
4.13/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

La Fin du Monde, aka End of the world.

Full foamy head, a good two fingers.

Beer pours a summer yellow, slight cloudiness.

Sweet malty nose, with a hoppy complement.

First sip is sweet and definitely on the malty side. Not cheap malt liquor malty, but European ale malty, a bit lager-ish.

Wheat in the mash shines through. Gives my palate images of fall harvest on the farm. Med heavy mouth feel, but the carbonation balances that out.

9% abv, but there is not a sharp taste. Good after taste that keeps the wheat theme on the forefront.

Great comfort beer.

Photo of KickInTheChalice
4.35/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: Bright like an orange sunrise, Fin du Monde is slightly cloudy from a bunch of Belgian yeast just waiting to impress me. A calm white head forms upon pouring but fades rather quickly and does not leave any lacing.

Smell: The spicy Belgian yeast pops out of the glass and into the nose. Pepper, cloves, green apple skin, soft pear, and sweet sugary bread all make themselves present.

Taste: Sweet, especially up front. The first taste is of spice and candy, with the apple, pear, and more complex flavors stepping in a bit later. The flavor is a bit tame compared to some of my favorites, so I swirl the bottle and add all of the yeast to give it more pop. The finish is a light floral hoppiness, a touch of alcohol, and more sugar sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Less that medium carbonated, slightly sticky sweet, all in a medium body.

Drinkability: At 9%, this can really kick you if you let it. However, there are a couple of tripels I like better than this. To be fair, this is still a stellar beer.

Photo of ryantaussig
4.64/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Split with a friend into a Duvel and a Gulden Draak Tulip. He's sitting in on this review.

A: Beautiful golden straw color. Relatively hazy, giving a nice translucence. Head consisted of medium to large bubbles leading to less than satisfactory retention. Still leaves a decent lace.

S: Fruit comes forward right away with blueberries and citrus out in front. A slight hop backdrop sets up the plethora of malt complexities. Yeast esters and alcohol at the end.

T: Lots of malts, some roasted some not. Notes of toasted bread and cloves in the front of the palate. Alcohol and yeast noticeable at the back end. Hop character is lively providing a good balance to all the malts.

M: The feel is pretty much the representative for a tripel. Just about medium with a definite level of smoothness to it, ending with a dry estery finish with a bit of heat.

D: At a high ABV and a standard bottle size that's in the bomber category means I'm done after two. I could potentially drink it all night, but it's not likely.

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

From a 12oz bottle.

A: Pours a golden straw yellow with tons of effervesence. A puffy pure white head tops it off.

S: Lots of sweet yeasty clove and pepper. Candy coated a'njou pears and apple peel.

T: Sour apples, pears clove, pepper and spicy yeast. Very sweet on the finish.

M: Medium bodied and smooth. Tons of tingly carbonation. Good drinkability.

Overall: This is a pretty good triple. Not the best I've ever had but very enjoyable.

Photo of aventinus829
4.68/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Quite possibly my new favorite beer. Definitely the best tripel i've ever had. Amazing!

A: Light, golden haze.
T: Very sweet, but in a good way, and balanced with clove spiciness. The high alcohol content adds some nice warming.
D: It would be quite easy to finish off a glass (or more) very quickly, but the high alcohol content will put you down fast.

Photo of herman77
4.47/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Deep, cloudy yellow with a big and fizzy white head. Good retention, it becomes very cream like looking as it settles. Next to no lacing though.

S: Buttery, bananas, cloves, yeast, a touch of pepper and more fruits.

T: Sweet and smooth. Bananas, cloves, a bit of pepper and citrus. Pears and apples. Ends with a nice creamy, buttery finish. The sweetness is balanced by the belgium yeast and an ever so slight hop bitterness, very nice. It tastes pretty much how it smells.

M: Medium body. Active and lively carbonation, yet its still pretty smooth.

D: Very good drinkability for being 9% and a Tripel. ABV is hidden pretty well. I wouldn't think I would like this beer this much, I was way wrong.

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

A: Pours a hazy yellow with a fluffy and full white head. Decent retention, minimal lacing.

S: Belgian yeasts to the core, citrus and spices adding to that. Wonderful smell.

T: The Belgian yeast, citrus, and spices show themselves first in the taste. Making way for slight hop bitterness and warming alcohol to finish it off. One of my favorite representations of the style.

MF: Bubbly and light. Very inviting drink.

D: Extremely high. Really love this beer.

Photo of airheadmtrcycle
4.65/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I knew I would like this beer. It's been in my cellar (closet) for months. I kept denying myself the pleasure for some reason. My shrink says I do that a lot. Opening the bottle was not an easy task; I ended up using a corkscrew. It poured beautifully from the 750 ml bottle into a Sierra Nevada pint glass. It's a beautiful hazy golden color with a foamy head that disappeared a little faster than I would have preferrered with little lacing to speak of. Next time I'll go for a more aggressive pour as in the Unibroue video on their website.

But oh the smell is spectacular! Fruity, rich and malty with some booze. The taste is more restrained with the booze, which is a good thing for me, but the fruity yeast, and rich malty flavors are far beyond my greatest expectations for this fantastic tripel. This is definitely a sipping beer, and as it warms the flavors are getting more pronounced. I'm in love! How do they hide 9% ABV?!?!

The mouthfeel is medium, which is surprising with all the malts that probably go into this ale. Its downfall is it's too drinkable for an ale with 9% ABV. :-)

Next to Duvel this may be my favorite beer I've ever tasted. Sorry for gushing beer vets, but I feel like I've crossed some kind of threshold of flavor that I didn't know was possible for a beer.

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

12oz foil-top bottle poured into my Chimay chalice.

A- Cloudy, honey color with a nice fluffy head that sticks just a bit down the glass.

S- Citrus and floral aroma with a lot of spiced clove. Pear is sticking out as well.

T- Just how it smells; floral, citrus and spiced clove on the front, with a sort of bitter yeastiness on the back. A bit breadier than anticipated from the smell. 9% extremely well masked. Delicious!

M- Medium, slightly dry body. Bubbly at first but kind of disappeared by the time i got to this time in the review. I must add, a bit of alcohol warmth is coming through now and really bringing out some subtleties.

D- Much easier to drink than the 9% led me to anticipate. Very impressed and will buy again.

Photo of claspada
3.82/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aromas of Belgian yeast, light honey, tart fruit and a hint of biscuity malt. As it warms a bit you get some more breadiness and an almost champagne/grape smell emerges.

The taste is fairly smooth and has notes of grain/wheat, pineapple, peaches, clove/yeast and some tartness. It begins with honey and biscuity malt and moves into light fruit with a hint of bitterness/light sparkling cider quality. The yeast gives a slight pepper note as well. This beer is very complex and some of the flavors are hard to place. The mouthfeel is coating, with moderate thickness and high carbonation.

Overall this beer has great complexity and satisfying flavors. Definitely one of my favorite and more flavorful triples around and I will most likely have it again.

Photo of BigPlay1824
4.67/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a pint glass
Poured from a 22 oz bomber

A: pours a very nice light golden color with a slight amber hue, pours with a thin layer of whitey bubly head

S: has a nice scent reminiscent of most belgian wheat brews, also has slight citrus notes

T: Very nice wheat taste, not overpowering and perfectly balanced with sweetness. Does not leave the driness that does come with most wheat brews

M/D: very smooth drinking brew, goes down smooth and leaves a nice lingering sweetness

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

Really, 9% ABV? This goes down so smooth, you'd never notice. Unibroue is a great brewery and is this is their pinnacle beer. It's clear, bright, sippable or drinkable straight. I woudl bribe friends to buy cases and drive them back over the border. This is a beer to seek out; it's a lot to pack into such a small bottle.

Photo of philphilphil
4.55/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

this beer is just amazing, I drank 75 cl from a leffe chalice.

Appearance was cloudy pale with lots of head.

Smell was like any good tripel, beyond description.

Taste, it is amazing, equal to duvel, better, pleasure in a bottle.

Moithfeel is like about right.

Drinkabilty, well i'm borderline drunk and it's not all that expensive, will defs buy again

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

When poured we find a cloudy pale golden-yellow colored brew, with a light and mobile one and a half fingered head. The aroma is a mix of clove, yeasty wheat, and a fresh sweetness. As we taste we start with a spicy organic array, including clove, coriander, and a mild black pepper. This gives way to a tart, grainy finish. By the end of the sip, the mouth is left slightly dry, and with a faint reminder of the generous abv. It remains fairly medium bodied and, while noticeably carbonated, it goes down smoothly.

Overall, what stands out most is the odorous punch to the nostrils when the bottle is first cracked, the freshness of both the aroma and the following taste, and finally the smoothness of consumption.

Photo of mpm180
3.85/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz foiled bottle into chalice.

Reddish gold color with less than a finger head.

Strong smell of yeast and sweet berries. Not unlike a berry muffin.

Subtle wine like taste highlighted with berries and grapes.

Medium bodied. Lower carbonation reminds me of drinking a dry white wine.

Quite drinkable as the 9% is well hidden. Nice flavor and well worth a try.

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

Pours a hazy golden yellow color with light yellow highlights. Has a thick white head that thins up after a while to a nice thick ring with excellent lacing.

Strong, bright aroma with notes of fruit (primarily citrus) and yeast, with a distinct floral smell. Some hints of spice and malt, and just a slight touch of grass.

Starts out with a little bit of spice that quickly dissipates to make way for the sweet taste of citrus, yeast, and malt. The finish has a very slight, hoppy bitterness to it. There is a light alcohol warmth present throughout, which feels a bit stronger at the finish. The spice makes a noticeable return in the aftertaste.

Medium in body. Excellent carbonation level - crisp and effervescent, but not too bubbly. Coats the palate nicely.

A top-notch triple. Great taste, excellent feel - something you could keep on drinking until the alcohol finally caught up with you.

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

A- medium blonde color, light blonde highlights. Very hazy. Decent amount of carbonation. About 2mm of head after a couple of minutes.

S- Very fruity aroma, with some citrus hints present. No boozy smell present.

T- amazing spice aftertaste. A complex array of flavors, each one well suited to compliment the next. No alcohol taste present, quite a feat for a beer this strong! Each taste is simply great. Absolutely delicious.

M- on the light side, and the carbonation is somewhat pronounced. But still a great feel.

D- with no real alcohol taste or smell, this beer is highly drinkable. The flavor is outstanding, and this beer is one I could see myself having to many real quick of I'm not careful. Only thing hat would hinder it's drinkability would be the price! Where i'm at, a four pack runs about ten USD. It couldn't be more worth it though. A truly wonderful beer.

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

Poured into a Stella chalice from an ice cold 4ºC bottle.

Great head topping a cloudy light golden brew. Nice floral fresh Belgian yeast smell....very inviting.

Taste is remarkably smooth for a 9% beer, very easy to drink.
no bitter aftertaste, just leaves you wanting more. Slight warming from the alcohol near the end, but no overpowering like some others. May be some banana flavor in there somewhere.

A very nice fine beer.

Photo of dcx10music
4.72/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Golden yellow and very hazy. medium white head that fizzles away pretty quickly.

S - Very bright and clean fruity scent. It's sweet, but not too sweet, and is balanced perfectly with a little boozy zing.

T - Outstanding. Starts out with a mild, somewhat pear-like sweetness with a little bit of a tanginess coming in later. Really clean and appetizing.

M - Smooth and thick, maybe erring a little on the side of too much. Still very pleasing.

D - Easy to down, but the booziness and thickness make me a little reserved to go back for a second.

Notes - A wonderful Belgian tripel. This beer is what helped me overcome my initial distaste for Belgians, and is one that I keep coming back to time and time again.

Photo of velosuds
4.32/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a clear pint glass. Best before 03-25-13.Paid $2.99 at John's Market.

A-Pours a hazy pale yellow to light amber hue with a one finger, beige head with poor retention and virtually no lacing.

S-Fruity, malty, spicy, and sweet. Very pleasant aroma of cloves, pears, apples, almost reminiscent of hot cider. Nice.

T-Elegant balance of spice and everything nice, I mean there a very pleasant sweet pear taste with a clove and pepper like yeast presence. Definitely improved as it warmed. Quite nice.

M-Very smooth for 9.0% ABV. Carbonation level is spot on. Mouthfeel is nearly luxuriant. I enjoy rolling this around before swallowing.

D-A very fine beer that is more affordable than many other triples.

Photo of JayS2629
4.35/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a liter into a tulip.

A- Buttery copper honey color with a thick foamy head. Nice lacing . Cloudly with crisp bubbles.

S- Citrus, floral upfront. Yeast follows on second fiddle with clove in the background and hints of banana. Orange peel. Orange blossom honey.

M- Almost champagne like. Dry. Medium body, bubbly, high carbonation. Creamy, but cuts right after swallow with a dry sword. Doesn't leave much time for aftertaste. Any aftertaste is orange/lemon.

T- Hops up front with a sweet honey taste. Orange peel. Citrus for sure. Clove is strong. Hints of peach and banana.

D- Creamy with a dry banana finish. Definitely can't tell its 9%. Smooth with a soft citrus finish. Dry bread with peach and banana. Sweet and bitter perfectly balanced. Very easy to drink. Will buy again.

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

This is a good beer, but not on a par with the best examples, such as Affligem Tripel.
It holds all the hallmarks of a Belgian-style beer: nice color, thick head, wheaty aroma. It is just that it's a bit watery for a Tripel. I'd like more substance, more hearty goodness. As it stands, it can't really match up to the same range of foods that a traditional Belgian Tripel could. It's best drunk on its own, really.

Nevertheless, it drinks very well and, in absence of a Hennepin Ale in my closest local grocery store, will pass for a Belgian-style ale if need be.

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

Poured into a Augustijn goblet

A: Opaque coppery, honey yellow. Some white head and a few bubbles.

S: Yeast and citrus something else? a few reviews said cloves. A little peppery. Some sweetness beneath all that.

T: First the pepper and citrus followed by the yeast. The peppery/cloves are most prominent than I remembered. Sweetness and fruitiness at the end too. The sweetness in the aftertaste gets a little bitter. Tasty.

M: The bubbliness combined with the taste make it entirely delightful.

D: Quite, don't even really notice the alcohol.

La Fin Du Monde from Unibroue
96 out of 100 based on 8,861 ratings.