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La Fin Du Monde - Unibroue

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

8,724 Ratings
THE BROS
100
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Ratings: 8,724
Reviews: 2,759
rAvg: 4.32
pDev: 11.81%
Wants: 385
Gots: 1,137 | FT: 17
Brewed by:
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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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Photo of Rhettbuck
4.38/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: poured a hazy golden yellow, with a think white head atop of the beer, needless to say the lacing for the beer was quite prominent

Smell: like a bunch of oranges, honey, and flowers had a child and that child was a drinkable beer

Taste: a bit bitter, amazing overall, I'm normally a stout guy and even I thought this was a great beer.

Mouthfeel: lightly carbonated, very crisp! I was drinking it with pizza, and I have to say that really it was a great companion

Drinkability: A bit pricey for beer overall, but kind of cheap compared to most tripels, I would recommend for light food (pizza, salads, chicken dishes)

Photo of ChrisWashington
4.22/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pours a golden, foggy color.

S: spicy and citrusy. something clean about it...

T: definitely taste the yeast and malt. sweet. not much of a lingering aftertaste.

M: carbonated, yet smooth. doesn't bite at all. clean. no real residue.

D: very easy to drink, especially given the malt and hops.

overall, this beer surprised me. upon pouring and smelling it, I anticipated a much rougher drinker. but after finishing most of the bottle, i wish i had another one. very good beer... and made here in the western hemisphere!

Photo of HosP
4.38/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got a bottle from peensteen. Thank you very much!

A - Poured hazy, orange-yellow color. Good size head with small bubbles until the end of the drink.

S - Citrus smell, with nice spice aroma.

T - Very crisp. Orange citrus comes through a lot with spices like in the smell. Has a nice bite to it, but not in a high alcohol way. Towards the end as it warmed the alcohol seemed to show, but not a lot.

M - Medium body. Lots of carbonation. Very smooth beer!

D - Very good beer. The bubbles just didn't stop coming! For a higher ABV, very easy to drink beer. Masked the alcohol a lot. Very much enjoyed this beer, thanks Pino!

Photo of SpdKilz
4.22/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a hazy golden color with about a finger of head that quickly dissipates leaving little lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell - Heavy spices (i.e. clove) up front followed by fruits such as bananas and lemons, slight tartness, and a hint of alcohol.

Taste - Similar to the nose. Very subdued but the flavors work well together. Begins slightly bready which is almost immediately followed by banana and lemon zest. The taste ends with some malty backbone and slight honey and more than enough clove.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied, very smooth, decent carbonation for the style.

Drinkability - Quite so. I'm still relatively new to this area of beer, but I know what I like. This is a very easy to drink beer that is being enjoyed on this amazingly cool summer night in Southern California. From the other tripels I have had, this one most certainly stands out as a beer that is balanced and downright quaffable for such a high ABV. Very good.

Photo of scottfrie
4.18/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle into Duvel tulip.

A: Pours a hazy citrus-honey orange with an expected billowing whipped egg-white head that slowly reduced into a thick white film that left patches and chunks of sticky lace down the glass.
S: Loads of Belgian spice and yeast with notes of candied sugars and fruits. Hints of bubblegum, apple cider, clove and pepper.
T: Heavenly flavors of ripe fruits, banana, clove, pepper, citrus, lemon juice, tangerine and apple cider. Spicy and sweet balance each other well but do not overpower the taste buds.
M: Creamy mouthfeel with soft carbonation and medium body. Alcohol is hidden completely.
D: One of the better tripels out there. There is nothing really wrong with this beer. Complex yet smooth flavors. Great head retention and lace. Fruity and spicy. Another great beer from a great brewery.

Photo of djhowell
4.18/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured into a large wine glass on the lawn of the Wisconsin capitol building. Hazy, golden body with quite a bit of bright white head. Leaves very little lacing but retains well.
S: Spicy fruit scent. Apricots, bananas, lemon.
T: Very similar to how it smells. Also taste some apple and caramel. Not a hint of booze.
M: Very crisp with moderately high carbonation.
D: Very drinkable, and well hidden ABV. This was a great alternative to the wine others in my group were drinking this evening. I would certainly pick it up again.

Photo of TripleTap
4.53/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This my favorite of the style.

Poured from the bottle in to a pint glass. About 1" head that faded quickly with not a lot of lace. Nice golden color with a slight haze. Pleasant fruity aroma's A hint of banana.

Taste is very well balanced. I could not detect the alcohol warming much at all.

This beer is sneaky. You could easily enjoy the four pack in a sitting. Respect this one.

Great Beer

Photo of NWer
4.69/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a brandy snifter.

A - Beautiful perfectly clear golden color, nice pale head that doesn't linger too long, little to no lacing.

S - The full aroma burst forth when I popped the cork. Very pleasant sweet flavors.

T - An effervescent, sweet, alcoholic taste that lingers in the back of the mouth.

M - Very effervescent throughout. A very pleasant mouth feel and aftertaste that makes you content to enjoy it and avoid rushing to take another sip.

D - This is a very drinkable beer - especially on a hot lazy Summer afternoon. Life doesn't get any better than this.

Notes: Best before 12-02-11 on back label
M 0208|541Q stampped on the neck - whatever that means.

Photo of jporf911
4.35/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a snifter. Best Before September 24th, 2012 on the back label, which also suggests suitable glassware. The picture on the front label is of Quebec, which explains the name of the beer: Newfoundland was long considered the literal "end of the world" by explorers.

Appearance- 4.5 out of 5. This beer looks great. It pours with an elegant cloudy yellow-gold color and a thick, frothy 3 finger head which remains for most of the drinking experience and occasionally sticks to the side of the glass. The most remarkable part of the appearance is the activity of the carbonation bubbles as countless streams of them fly up through the beer. It's the largest amount of bubbles I've ever seen in a beer, especially considering its cloudy color.

Smell- 4 out of 5. Strongly-scented, La Fin du Monde is redolent of nectarines, cloves, peppery spice, and yeast upfront, with a phenolic undertone and hints of warm alcoholic esters.

Taste- 4.5 out of 5. It's a little disconcerting at first, but it grew on me after a few more sips. My first impression was "3.5", but it went up an entire point by the end of the beer. That spicy clove flavor initially hits the tongue, followed quickly by the warming alcoholic esters right behind it. That nectarine scent shifts to less tangy light fruit flavors. The phenolic flavor is present but fades in the wash of other highlights. Of the traditional beer flavors, yeast is the most evident because of the bottle-conditioning (a process that involves allowing yeast to remain in the bottle for further fermentation). The malt contributes a bit of sweetness but mostly fills out the mouthfeel more than the flavor, while the hops leave a mere ghost of a bitter flavor on the back of the tongue. Although candy sugar was used in the brewing process, this isn't a very sweet beer. The aftertaste is of spice and solvent alcohol, which isn't surprising considering the 9% ABV; however, the aftertaste is really the only time that the alcohol taste is noticeable.

Mouthfeel- 4 out of 5. Medium to full-bodied with a creamily smooth texture and bubbly carbonation.

Drinkability- 4.5 out of 5. This is a beer for a night when you really want to take your time and enjoy yourself. Don't expect to chug it or take huge gulps; this is a beer that should be sipped and savored to fully appreciate its complexity. It does a great job of balancing complexity, flavor, and alcohol content (the last of which is rather hard to notice).

Photo of bluesfan1181
5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

All I can say about this beer is WOW!!! This is the best tripel and one of the best beers I have ever had. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle, best before 3-3-13, into a Delirium Tremens globe.

A - Pours a beautiful 3 finger head that retains very well. Has
a pretty golden/amber color that's cloudy with yeast
particles.

S - Has a noticeable alcohol smell with that of cloves and spice
notes. Also has a banana aroma.

T - Taste spicy yet, mellow, with a fruity complex to it. An
alcohol taste is also present.


M - Very smooth on the palate with mild carbonation.

D - This one of the most drinkable beers I have ever drank.
Even with the high ABV of 9%, it goes down smooth.

I will drink this beer anytime, anywhere. It is a masterpiece of brewing excellence. I think most beer snobs like me would agree.

Photo of Snamnoum
4.4/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pale golden hay color with a massive head which eventually subsided to one finger. Head is white and frothy and leaves lots of sticky lace.

Smell - is subtle. Light fruity notes of peaches and nectarines. Pale malt, yeast and light phenols.

Taste - awesome tripel, I adore this beer. Extremely well balanced sweet malt, bready yeast, and the lightest touch of hops accompanied by a definite alcohol presence at the finish.

Mouthfeel - is great. Very creamy and well carbonated. If not for the carbonation one might become bogged down by the combination of sweetness and alcohol but this is not the case with this tripel.

Drinkability - a truly great interpretation of a belgian tripel. The high abv accompanied with this style and the alcohol which is left in plain sight (or should I say taste) makes one bomber more than enough, but absolutely worth multiple purchases. I will be getting this again and it has definitely surpassed St. Bernardus as my favorite tripel.

Photo of metter98
4.38/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer poured clear golden yellow in color with a finger high bright white head that slowly died down into a thin layer of bubbles covering most of the surface. A moderate amount of carbonation is visible from the rising bubbles.
S: There is a moderate smell of floral hops, fruits, spices and yeast in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the nose and much stronger, having a good balance between pepper spices and a slight amount of sweetness from the fruits. There are also some notes of candi sugar.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate with a lot of dryness in the finish.
D: The alcohol is very well hidden, which makes this beer very drinkable. I will definitely be having this again as it is one of the best representations of a tripel.

Photo of trevorjn06
3.78/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden/yellow with 2 fingers of white head that recede slowly, no lacing on the glass.

Aroma (while still cold) is yeast, honey, tart fruit and a hint of malt. As it warms a bit of breadiness and an almost "yogurt with fruit" type smell emerge.

Taste is smooth, hides 9% well, and has notes of grain, pineapple, peaches, yeast and some tartness. It begins with honey and malt and moves into light fruit with a hint of bitterness. The yeast gives a slight pepper flavor. This beer is very complex and some of the flavors are hard to place.

Mouthfeel is coating, moderate thickness and high carbonation.

Overall this beer has great complexity and satisfying flavors. It doesn't quite live up to my favorites (St. Bernardus and Karmeliet) but I would have it again.

Photo of IPAescotch
4.22/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Looks like an uncarbonated unfiltered orange juice, hazy and yellow. Poured a 3 inch head with not much retention. Reasonably carbonated.
Peanuts and charcoal scent. Fruity.
Tastes same as it smells.
Rich creamy finish.
Exceptional quality and highly enjoyable.

Photo of FleckHead
4.88/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Not to sound like a follower, but this is my favorite beer of all time. "5's" are supposed to be rare, well I think it is well deserved here. Been drinking it for 5 years now and haven't had anything approaching this. Oddly enough it is my favorite Belgian beer, and it's made in Canada. I don't know how they can make this beer any better. Unfortunatley I have seen this beer go from $5 to $6 to $7. I don't want to sound like a cheapskate, but I think Value needs to be part of the review process. Still, I pay it!!!!

Photo of blackc5
4.22/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Good, small-bubble, head on this slightly hazy golden brew. Fair amount of lacing as well.

S - Good Belgian/Unibroe yeast in full effect. Lots of clove, some fruit and wheat bread.

T - Very nice tripel. Dominated by spicy yeast and the grainy backbone. Some fruitiness as well, and citrus zest, with just a bit of the alcohol burn. Well balanced and intensely flavored.

M - Medium-bodied and highly carbonated. Lighter than other tripels. Smooth.

D - Despite the ABV this drinks easy and seems light and refreshing for the style. One to go back to, and not too badly priced for the 12 oz bottles.

Photo of perrymarcus
4.33/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle served in a snifter.

pours a luxurious hazy blond with two fingers of foamy head; decent retention and some patchy lacing... nose is relatively fruity, backed up by notes of spices and yeast. really tasty, with the flavor following the nose: fruity (peach, apple, citrus), yeast, spice... medium bodied mouthfeel with average carbonation... dangerously drinkable.

all in all? super flavorful and really just an all-around fantastic tripel. don't be fooled by the wide availability of this one - no question this is an upper-echelon brew, one i have foolishly taken for granted.

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

A- a very pale cloudy straw, white head (thin)

S- First, strong notes of citrus, spicey-ness follows

T- fruit esters, spice, yeast

M- decent carbonation for style

D- very good

Poured from 750ml bottle into a 4 oz. taster. The thin and quickly dissipating head may be connected to traces of soap on glass... not ideal Had two beers in a row pour thinly into it.

Photo of thatguy3579
3.98/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Straw colored with thick pure white head which dissipates quickly. Reasonably cloudy, with lively carbonation.

S: Smells of lemons with bread and banana sweetness.

T: This follows the smell - lemon, biscuit, banana, and some spiciness. The yeast flavors linger, coaxing me into another sip... and another. There is also some tartness late in each taste but this subsides to a nice clean finish. No alcohol comes through which is scary at this ABV.

M: Thick and creamy, with lots of carbonation with tickles delightfully.

D: This beer is full of flavor, alcohol, and carbonation -- putting these back would do a real number on you. For a Tripel, though, it is a real treat. I will enjoy this again for sure and would eagerly share it with friends.

Photo of ronniebruner
3.85/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a great trippel. I thouroughly enjoyed it! It has a High ABV, I believe it is around 9% or so? The beer smells amazing! The color is beautiful, and it has a strong and sweet taste to it. This beer is definitely worth the price and the experience. The only downside to it is how big the bottle is. Sometimes I want just a quick beer. This is definitely a dessert beverage served best with a meal.

Photo of Blanco
4.75/5  rDev +10%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a bomber I've had for over a year. Best before 10-15-11 is printed on the bottle.

A - Nice two finger head with a golden color. clear and transparent. it is heavily carbonated and bubbles like a test tube in a mad scientist's lab. Very nice lacing until the end.

S- clear smell of spices and something else going on I can't quite put my finger on but definitely pleasant.

T- the taste of spices is as prominent as the smell. Definitely fruity with a strong sensation of alcohol. For some reason though, despite it's strength, it's very tasty and not unpleasant.

M - slightly on the thin side, but the carbonation adds a depth of character that makes this enjoyable to drink.

D- very drinkable although given how much you can taste the alcohol, almost two strong to have more than a bomber although it certainly screams "drink 5 or 6 glasses of me."

All around a great beer and my favorite from Unibroue.

Photo of uberabr
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy yellow/amber, fine white head. Mild lacing. Aroma is bright and juicy.. estery apples, melon, candied fruits, caramel, maybe a hint of lemon, and just a little bit of bitters and malts linger in the background. Smells like a Belgian. You can tell its got some good potency. Getting excited..

This is delicious. Really, really tasty stuff. Bright, juicy fruits combine with a floral bouquet and just a hint of the buttered-biscuit malty goodness you expect with these Belgians. The juiciness is out of control complex, and it's hard to pinpoint it exactly- is that guava nectar, honey melon? Sweet and delicious. Nectar of the gods. Sugary tropical goodness.

Moderate in the body, it has a bit of a sticky, dry mouthfeel...which makes it extremely drinkable. All in all a very pleasurable "Belgian" experience.

Photo of Luk13
3.9/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle. Pale yellow pour with frothy white head and good lacing. Aromas of strawberries and bananas, apricot, unibroue yeast, coriander and cloves and alcohol esters. Taste is spices, apricot and alcohol flavors with banana yeast that lingers for a while. Nice full palate with appropriate carbonation. Somewhat hard to drink due to the apricot/alcool flavors.

Photo of RealityGrill
4.53/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Massive head and you can see tendrils of carbonation when held up to the light

S: CLOVE, sweet banana, and slight alcohol

T: Fruity and spicy, followed by significant alcohol burn which seems to fit with the taste and exits through the nose (not unpleasant)

M: Very effervescent and hard to 'grip'; I feel that this interferes with proper tasting

D: I could drink these all night

The bottle and style are appealing.

Photo of Mosstrooper
4.47/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from 750ml bottle into 400ml New Belgium branded tulip glass.

Appearance: Hazy blonde color with a large, thin-looking white head that dissipates quickly but leaves some foam floating around and no lacing.

Smell: Strong yeasty smell with sweet/sour plum (probably the alcohol). Lots of breadiness.

Taste: Begins bready and a little sour, finishing with sour alcohol and a yeasty finish. Leaves behind lots of bready flavor in the back of the throat.

Mouthfeel: Thin to medium body with lots of carbonation (though it is well done carbonation, natural and not overpowering). The alcohol isn't very noticeable until after its swallowed, with a bit of a burn in the stomach (again, this isn't unpleasant). Dry finish.

Drinkability: This tripel may actually be better than most Belgian examples. A deceptively drinkable brew for its high ABV and one that, while full of flavor, could appeal to even those not as well exposed to craft beers. Highly recommended.

La Fin Du Monde from Unibroue
96 out of 100 based on 8,724 ratings.