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La Fin Du Monde - Unibroue

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

8,167 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 8,167
Reviews: 2,728
rAvg: 4.32
pDev: 11.57%
Wants: 349
Gots: 892 | FT: 17
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 OtherShoe2
4.1/5  rDev -5.1%

Pours a hazy orange with a rocky thick head -- some lace, but not alot.

Smells of sweet fermented stone fruit, some spice, citrus, and a big whiff of alcohol.

Good alcohol punch on this one, with the sweet tropical fruit flavors, some yeastiness, and maltiness. Has a tart/sour note as well. Fairly clean finish.

Well carbonated and medium bodied, keeps this as drinkable as possible. This is a long-time sipper -- an one a night is enough for me. Good example of this style. Worth a try, more than once.

OtherShoe2, Jan 19, 2009
Photo of Stimack
4.53/5  rDev +4.9%

I may have been a little to easy with the pour as the brew did not have a very large head but what was there was a light white color with nice retention. The brew has a nice cloudy dull yellow color to it with a slight tinge of orange. Some lacing down the side but think it could be more with a slightly more vigorous pour. The aroma is very pleasing, with a good Belgium smells, citrus, pear, maybe slight apple cider like, spicy yeast with slightly sweet malt. This is a very inviting brew, with it weighing in at 9 % I am not picking up and hot like aromas. The flavors don't seem as complex as the aroma, but they are damn good. one the first sip the malt is the first thing to come out for me, sweetness, which then breaks to a mild spiciness that lingers at the back of the mouth. From the second sip on other flavors come out. Clove and peppers seem to add more to the spiciness that I initially picked up. Hops seem to add to the spiciness that also seems to tickle the back of the mouth and tongue. Alcohol is a little more present here and comes out more as this brew warms, but that flavor is very good as it still seems muted and is not in anyway over powering the brew. This is another brew which I have just walked by for years. I knew of the reputation of being a great brew but for some reason I passed, well I think my feelings have clearly changed. This beer is fantastic, drinks easy which is scary for a 9% brew. Each sip leaves you wanting more.

Stimack, Jan 18, 2009
Photo of PBoegel
4/5  rDev -7.4%

12 oz bottle best by 2011 on label.

Pours near crystal clear with a soft white head, expected more of a sustaining head with the co2 pop on opening. The head broke fairly quickly.

Aromas of ripe banana, raisin, cranberries and white pepper. Some hints of alcohol but well hidden and nowhere near fusel.

Flavors that dominate are banana and sour cherry along with yeasty peppery profile, body is fairly light and carbonation is a little more subdued than I would like for style.

Very good drinker, lots of similarity to Ommegang's Hennepin fairly fresh batch as far as I can tell.

PBoegel, Jan 18, 2009
Photo of farrago
4.55/5  rDev +5.3%

Pours with a very fine one finger head, quick to dissipate, very cloudy orange-yellow color, not gonna see through this, does hold the light for a soft glow. Closely knit nose of pressed lemon and tangerine peels, oats and yeast, light clove, dried flowers, not that expressive but the right parts come through. Medium-bodied with an outwardly expansive mouth feel, could seem hollow if you're looking for thick body. Carbonation level is above average and churns things up some. The lemon, tangerine citrus as well as clove, coriander, cumin spice remains a primary focus. Pine tar, floral sap come in too. Have to say that the yeast and hops seem more alive in the mouth than the malts. Lots of retronasal action after you swallow.

farrago, Jan 18, 2009
Photo of mothman
4.13/5  rDev -4.4%

Best before date not printed onto bottle. Poured into New Belgium Globe glass.

Pours an amazing fluffy head. The color is hazy light orange. Best descriped as apple cider. Few particles float around beer.

Smell is very fruity, a strong banana aroma with some citrus notes as well. Tastes is pretty much the same. The citrus makes its presence and the alcohol also makes its way out.

Mouthfeel is very full. It is crisp, yet extremely creamy. This beer is highly carbonated and needs be drank slowly. Leaves a some what sticky aftertaste.

Overall, this is a solid beer! I really enjoyed the full body flavor of this triple. I have another in the fridge, but that one will be gone soon!

mothman, Jan 17, 2009
Photo of bgjohnston
4.43/5  rDev +2.5%

I have revisited this beer many times since I first discovered it while living in Boston about 10 years ago. It has consistently been an enjoyable beer.

Most recently I had this beer out of a 750ml bottle into a pint glass. It is a nice amber color with a lot of carbonation and a clean, white head. Smells fruity.

The taste has a bit of citrus, and the flavor overall hides the alcohol content in such a way that I find it deceptively easy to drink. A good value for the money, too.

bgjohnston, Jan 16, 2009
Photo of pdxwhisky
4.55/5  rDev +5.3%

From a 4-pack of Unibroue 750ml's via Costco.

Great appearance, golden amber with lots of carbonation. Great head and foam retention, settling down to a thin lacing after the second sip. Classic triple aroma, malty, a bit sour, and lots of floral, with a hint of banana. Gentle malt flavor to start, alcohol very well hidden by carbonation and balance of flavor, hops present, but also well balanced. Very effervescent, almost champagne-like. Lots of sugary aftertaste. Very rich in flavor, but very drinkable.

I should have found someone to share this very large bottle with. I'm definitely looking forward to the other 3 bottles.

pdxwhisky, Jan 16, 2009
Photo of CityBoy1986
4.28/5  rDev -0.9%

750 ml bottle (partly) into a pint glass.

The pour is a hazy golden colour. The white head is small, fades quickly and leaves only a little lacing.

The nose is a mix of fruit (bananas?, apple, some citrus) and sweetness. The taste is more of the same, with the bananas giving way to the citrus fruits. There is a nice balance of sweetness and bitterness throughout. The alcohol is barely noticeable.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with a good amount of carbonation for the style. Keeping in mind the style, drinkability is high.

This is a very nice tripel, but one 750 ml bottle is enough for me at a time.

CityBoy1986, Jan 16, 2009
Photo of strangemusic
4.65/5  rDev +7.6%

Pours cloudy gold to light amber compact finger or so of head fading to a persistent cap. Smell is strong banana and a lingering note of peach, with subtle peppery hints behind. Light yeastiness, all-around light, inviting and sweet.

The sweetness of juicy bright fruit (peach) continues in the taste, strong alcohol and a touch of breadiness to it like sourdough from the yeast. Like the smell there is a spiciness through the middle which fades into a lasting sweet aftertaste. Absolutely delicious!

It's smooth in the mouth with a sparkly zest that builds and fades in a rush from the carbonation, the aftertaste is warm and quite enjoyable. Because of the lip-smacking flavour and the fact that just enough of the big 9% ABV comes through like it should, I give it a good drinkability assessment, but this is definitely one to savour even though it goes down nicely. If I drank this beer too quickly I'd feel overwhelmed by the carbonation and the alcohol presence.

I really like most of Unibroue's beers but La Fin Du Monde has to be my favourite. Bright, flavorful and eminently drinkable. A truly fantastic beer.

strangemusic, Jan 16, 2009
Photo of fingerlaker
3.63/5  rDev -16%

WOW! ALCOHOL!

Being a tried-and-true liberal Canada lover, I was attracted to Unibrue off the bat. I think Blanch de Chambly is incredible and their brew Maudite is one of the best I have ever tried. Maudite is also probably my favorite beer.

Opening it up, the smell is pretty "beer-like" (terrible phrasing, no?) with a little alcohol smell with yeast and some fruit notes that I couldn't figure out. Decent hop notes on the nose. I liked smelling it, it made me feel I had something special comming up.

Similar to other bottle-conditioned brews it has unflappable head retention and bubbles that don't stop.

Taste is overwhelmed by the alcohol. I did notice a nice, dry malt with modest bittering. Again, more fruit that I couldn't figure out. The flavor was quite nice... but that alcohol! It took over the flavor! If it was 7% or so it would be perfect. It also had me wishing it was a bit more bitter. Just a tiny, tiny bit more hops.

It took me a while to finish it, many swallows were forced. I liked the flavor but the alcohol just made it harder to swallow than most brews.

Maybe I need to try it more often. Maybe I had a bad bottle. I usually agree with The Brothers but this time I just didn't think of it as world-class as they do.

fingerlaker, Jan 15, 2009
Photo of EatsTacos
4.28/5  rDev -0.9%

Pours a golden yellow with a two finger head with some spidery lacing on the glass. Drank out of a wine glass.

Aroma is very much like a belgian strong pale ale. The yeast and alcohol can be detected and the malt smells very sugary.

The taste is a lot of sweet, sugary malt balanced well with a spicey hop flavour. Interesting flavour and pretty complex while being smooth and highly drinkable. The alcohol is well hidden but the yeast flavour is definately there.

Great mouthfeel, smooth with a crisp carbonation. Medium bodied. Very nicely done.

Very drinkable, and highly recommended if you're into Belgian strong ales.

EatsTacos, Jan 14, 2009
Photo of tmoneyba
4.33/5  rDev +0.2%

Poured dark amber color with medium frothy white head that lasted with good lacing.

Complex aroma of yeast, hops and spice.

Smooth body with soft carbonation.

Flavor same complex mix as aroma with a moderate to heavy complex sweet finish of long duration.

My expectations where met with one of my top six rated active bottled beers for style.

tmoneyba, Jan 13, 2009
Photo of AdmiralDiaz
4.63/5  rDev +7.2%

A: Beautiful and appealing semi-murky orange-copper color that fades into a perfect orange around the edges. Two finger off white head with amazing retention that becomes mountainous as it dissipates.

S: Smells malty with very strong fruit scents: oranges, apples, grapefruit all with a small trace of alcohol and yeast.

T: Very fruity! Strong oranges and grapefruit. Strong yeast and malt flavor that cover up the alcohol quite well and a bit of spiciness.

Overall this was a beautiful beer that smelled and tasted great. Very smooth on the palate and highly drinkable especially for the style

Note: Unlike many higher alcohol content beers the alcohol in this triple doesn't come through as much as the beer gets warmer and nearer the end.

AdmiralDiaz, Jan 13, 2009
Photo of jrjohnso
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

purchased at Magnolia's Wines and Liquors in Chatham, NJ.

what an amazing beer!

pours an unassuming cloudy golden hue. aroma of belgium candy sugar, spicy sweetness.

taste matches the aroma, complex flavor that masks the 9% abv well

The best example of a belgium tripel I've had. completely enjoyable experience to sit down with one of these.

jrjohnso, Jan 11, 2009
Photo of MerkinMan
4.53/5  rDev +4.9%

A: Very bright gold with a thick head that dies down to a thin but resilient lace.

S: Spicy yeast and phenolic scents. There are some peppery and hoppy notes to smell. Smells much like a Saison, though I know it is a tripel.

T: Very bright, yeasty and peppery, finish is that of green apples and pears. This could very well be mistaken for a Saison for how spicy it is. Am I getting a little chocolate? How did they do that? And then it is cut with a dryness that is reminiscent of a woody Californian white wine.

MF: Alive as hell. Seems to double in proportion when it enters the mouth.

D: A hell of a tripel. I wish they all had this kind of character in the place of just the strong phenolic alcohol tastes. If I had to pick one example of a tripel, this would be the one.

MerkinMan, Jan 11, 2009
Photo of StarlightSeraph
4.47/5  rDev +3.5%

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter.

Appearance: Poured a hazy golden-yellow, with a three finger, frothy white head. Left a heavy blanket of lacing on the sides of the glass. The head subdued slowly, leaving a nice layer for most of the glass.

Smell: Very fruity. Bananas, apples, and hints of clove dominate. The traditional "belgian" smell is also apparent.

Taste: Sweet, and very, very smooth. One of the most well-balanced beers I've tasted. A mild tart sweetness is apparent at the front of the palate, which quickly smooths into a honey-like flavor. A slight hoppy bitterness is present in the afteraste. Hints of vanilla become more apparent as the beer warms, which helps bring everything together. Wow.

Mouthfeel: Nicely carbonated and creamy in the mouth. Very nice. Coats the inside of the mouth, leaving you wanting more.

Drinkability: Exceptional. My only regret is that I only got a 12 oz bottle of it, instead of the bomber. I will absolutely buy this one again. Exceptional beer.

StarlightSeraph, Jan 10, 2009
Photo of OlRasputin989
4.95/5  rDev +14.6%

A: Thick, fluffy, one-finger head. The beer itself is liquid gold as the name implies.

S: Really tangy, citrusy smell. Mostly oranges. I can pick up some banana and thought I smelled cotton candy a time or two.

T: Orange flavors at first that give way to banana and spice. It is really sweet but also very hoppy. Good balance though.

M: Zesty upon entry thats fades to a slightly creamy, dry finish.

D: Very Drinkable. One of my favorites from Unibroue. The hop and malt balance is awesome without sacrificing anything. The alcohol is so well hidden. I think if I were blindfolded I would mistake this one for a hefe

OlRasputin989, Jan 09, 2009
Photo of Gyle41386
4.15/5  rDev -3.9%

Poured from a 12 oz bottle purchased at Total Wine in Columbia, SC.

Pours an opaque yellow/orange...I've never seen tangerine juice before, but this is what I assume it would look like. Big, nice, white fluffy head. I expected it to stick around much longer than it did, but, then again, I did just have a Duvel.

The nose is very complex. The typical Belgian yeast scent is present. Spicy fruity sweetness. Maybe some clove?

Tastes of rich spicy fruits. Leaves a nice spice on the tongue. Some nice alcoholic aftertaste. Great blend of flavors. Very balanced.

Highly carbonated, but still smooth. Creamy, too. Very drinkable.

Gyle41386, Jan 08, 2009
Photo of erikm25
4.43/5  rDev +2.5%

A: Pours a light dusky gold with muted shades of tangerine. Two finger head is composed of tightly packed bright white bubbles. Very solid retention. Lacing was present but in the end just slides down the glass.

S: Nose was gently balanced with both earthy and thick grassy tones. Lightly spiced fruity yeasts. Citrus and cloves with honey and lemon peels blended up and soaked in pear mash. Hints of baked bread and cinnamon dipped bananas. There is a lot going on in the nose but still very well balanced.

T: Nice and complex array of fruits in the taste. Very difficult to pinpoint just one since it is so rich and vibrant. Subtle hints of pears, apples, and peaches. Again like the nose bananas and peppers make an appearance. Taste of vanilla with a ginger spiced bite and heavy malt roundness. Little bit of hops to finish things off. Interesting how it really goes from subtle to spicy to sweet before you even know what happened. At 9% this has no hints of alcohol.

M: Smooth, well carbonated, and creamy.

D: The name on this beer alone is great and somewhat fitting for the times. Helps put a smile on your face. Truly delicious. Picked this up in a four pack and it worked out to about $3.47 for a 750ml bottle. Easily one of the best deals in beer I have had to date.

erikm25, Jan 08, 2009
Photo of twbrewer
4.33/5  rDev +0.2%

From 750ml served in a tulip.

A-Pours a hazy orange color with a large white foamy head that slowly fades to a large island in the glass.

S-At first I get sour apples and earthy spices but as it warms picking up more spice and light sweet fruits with a touch of alcohol in the nose.

T-Taste is bitter to begin with, maybe sour apples again(from yeast?)Evolves to a fruity bittersweet bubblegum flavor. Can just barely pick up any malts.

M-Medium bodied with a nice dry feel and great carbonation.

D-9% is hidden very well,this is a very easy drinking beer with a great taste.If this is the end of the world I'm almost ready now.

twbrewer, Jan 07, 2009
Photo of pseudo
4.55/5  rDev +5.3%

Amazing beer here. Poured a cloudy yellow orange into my snifter. A poorly cleaned and widemouthed snifter produces a small bigbubbled head that didn't stick around for long (all my fault, this beer's retention is probably magnificent). Still a great lookign beer even with just a small cap.
Smells delightful with mostly hints of spiciness, the distinctive belgian yeast, a citrus breeze, and a nice dose of alcohol (very complex though. Alcohol smell is not overpowering)
Tastes mainly of the aforementioned spiciness, with a lingering alcoholic note in the back end. Some breadiness is also detected. Just very balanced and pleasant.
Mouthfeel is perhaps a little to thin in my opinion. Quite carbonated (although my glass/pour made it seem less than it probably is), almost champagne like. somewhat dry.
Drinkability is exceptional. I drank the whole 750ml in a little over 2 hours, enjoyed every last drop. The alcoholic burn is not significant enough to be annoying, its mainly enticing with a nice warming in the stomach. Wasn't too buzzed after the bottle was done, but i imagine if you drank this quickly in like 45 minutes or something it'd creep up on you. It's 9% after all. For 7.50 for a 750ml corkedbottle of stuff this great you can't go wrong.

pseudo, Jan 06, 2009
Photo of smithflipper
4.7/5  rDev +8.8%

Been meaning to try this for a while.

Pours slightly cloudy (possibly my fault for not letting it sit awhile, but i just had to have it)
pale straw yellow with a genorous fluffy head which hangs around not quite long enough.

on the nose sweet fruits, banana, apple, maybe a hint of cinnamon. a touch bubblegum, maybe fairy floss, then some cloves.

Taste, well, where does one begin, all of the flavours above plus so much more, some stone fruit perhaps, some candy sugar sweetness finished with restrained bitterness which lingers perfectly.

all and all a fantastic beer, why has it taken me this long to try it, will be having many more i'm sure.

smithflipper, Jan 06, 2009
Photo of RickKrumenacker
4.35/5  rDev +0.7%

A: Poured to a hazy orange with a two-finger, fluffy head that sticks around forever. Champagne-like carbonation - tight bubbles and rising throughout the beer.

S: Initially a citrus zest scent. Smelled a bit of banana bread as well.

T: Sweet, but not cloying. Orange zest. Other, lighter fruits are noticeable as well. A little bit of cloves at the finish.

M: Highly carbonated, but smooth and creamy. It really coats the tongue well. All of the right flavors stay with you.

D: In a word, outstanding. Didn't notice the alcohol content until the second pour from the 750ml bottle. I think that I could sip this one for a long time.

RickKrumenacker, Jan 06, 2009
Photo of wnh
4.18/5  rDev -3.2%

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a snifter. "Best before 07-31-11."

Pours a yellowish orange, cloudy, with a smallish head (that may have been the result of a sub-par pour).

Nose is fruity and sweet, with a fair amount of spice. Flavors of banana and spice (clove?) dominate. Slight alcohol burn that comes in at the end, though it's pretty well hidden. Surprisingly light mouthfeel, but I have very little experience with tripels. Lots of small bubbles. Ends on the dry side, with almost a chalky feel.

wnh, Jan 06, 2009
Photo of wugambino
4.22/5  rDev -2.3%

12 oz bottle poured to a unibroue tulip (new, on sale with the beer - it's a good day). Rich head, with a taste that tactfully holds back from all the sweetness in the aroma. Exceptionally clean feel and finish for such a tasty beer. Aftertaste leaves the mouth feeling clean, if not for the alcohol burn I would reach for another sip all too quickly. So glad I got the 4-pack.

wugambino, Jan 05, 2009
La Fin Du Monde from Unibroue
96 out of 100 based on 8,167 ratings.