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La Fin Du Monde - Unibroue

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8,416 Ratings
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Ratings: 8,416
Reviews: 2,741
rAvg: 4.32
pDev: 11.81%
Wants: 369
Gots: 997 | FT: 18
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Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
Tripel |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-23-1998)
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Photo of jeffthecheff
4.03/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz twist off, poured into my La Fin Du Monde stem glass. Best by Sept. 2011.

Pours a nice hazy, honey-orange with a huge white head which dies down to a half finger cap of foam, and then to small lace. I can see the yeast floating around in very fine particles

Smells very fruit-like, and not just fruity. Kind of like a mix between a bitten into apple and pear. There is also a gentle, spicy aroma. This is dominated by yeast fermentation character, with not much malt presence and only a tiny bit of hops in the nose.

Taste is sweet, with a peppery type snap to it. Bitterness is there and its firm, but overpowered by a burnt sugary sweetness. Slight citrus is also there, which really compliments the orange appearance.

On the palate you can definitley feel the fermented sugar character found in Belgian styles. Carbonation was really dancing hard on my palate at first, but the hard pour combined with all the agitation from my swirling really dropped off the carbonation dramatically. Towards the end of the glass, its a bit flat, surprisingly.

I'd imagine this is pretty versatile with food. Plus, if you get the corked and caged bottle...well that has class written all over it. I'll try it sometime.

jeffthecheff, Jul 25, 2009
Photo of jpaltan
4.3/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy, golden, yellow, thick, giant head, dissaptes slowly, thick lacing down sides, thin head remains, smell is yeasty, pear dominates, malty, grassy, taste is real nice, well played, booze hidden, but a slight hotness down the throat in the end, more pear in the mouth, sweet, but not cloying, very little bitterness in the finish, the mouthfeel is near perfect, slightly creamy, but very well carbonated, plenty of bubbles to scrub the ol' tongue, drinkabilty, this fucker is 9%?

jpaltan, Jul 23, 2009
Photo of kegger22
4.63/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

An attractive hazy gold color with a generous inch thick head with staying power. I don't know what I am smelling, but I want more. The taste is sweet and fruity and wonderful. The mouthfeel is creamy smooth. This is a beer for the gods, thank you Unibroue for making this available to a mere mortal. It may be a little too sweet to rate very high in drinkability, but I'll definitely suffer this sipper. Absolutely great beer!

kegger22, Jul 23, 2009
Photo of bamadog
4.33/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've had this bottle sitting in my "cellar" (a.k.a. "closet") for some time now and I finally just said, "You know what? I'm going to drink this bad boy tonight." And I did. It was tasty good, and well worth the wait. This is in the top 100 for a reason. Poured form the bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: Pours a hazy golden yellow with a lot of sediment floating throughout the body; huge white fluffy head of 3 fingers with insane retention that takes forever to fade; strong presence of carbonation in thin lines of the tiniest bubbles I've ever seen; scant lacing holds to the sides of the glass.

Smell: Strong fruity flavors - particularly juicy granny smith apples; followed by some nice spice attributes, coriander; a nice yeasty backing and some mildly sweet maltiness; a very potent nose overall that takes little to no effort to pull from the glass.

Taste: Wow. Just like the smell - strong presence of a sour and juicy green granny smith apple that is slightly sweetened by the maltiness and yeastiness; spice is also a present factor and really compliments the fruity aspects and doesn't become an overpowering flavor in and of itself; slight presence of alcohol in the end, but it is very well masked.

Mouthfeel: body comes across as moist and juicy, and the strong carbonation keeps it very lively in the mouth; the palate is left just a little bit sticky and the belly is warmed from the alcohol.

Drinkability: While the ABV is a tad high, the flavors and smell are just too damn good to pass up and not say that this is an especially drinkable beer -- the alcohol is so well masked that it's easy to get down and the strong, robust flavors would easily compliment any meal, making the ABV a little easier to deal with.

bamadog, Jul 22, 2009
Photo of Gosox8787
4.6/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought a 750 mL bottle of this st my local liquor store. This is my first time trying it, but certainly not the first time I've heard of it.

Popped the cork and poured this into a glass in two parts. I love the presentation with the cork and the bottle. The beer was yellow to orange with a nice yeasty haze throughout. The aroma was highlighted by notes of apple and bananna. There is also a nice pepper note to the aroma. The taste was highlighted by notes of apple and grape. There is a great balance to the flavor here. The peppery spice note adds some nice complexity too. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with nice, lively carbonation. Drinkability is good considering the ABV. The booze is hidden very nicely.

Overall, one of the best tripels I have ever had and a great overall beer.

Gosox8787, Jul 19, 2009
Photo of sweemzander
4.53/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into the La Fin Du Monde tulip glass. Best by 11-26-2011 printed on the rear label.

(A)- Pours a hazy yellow color with orange highlights. Effervescent head formed into billowy white foam with superb retention. Bunches of lacing here and there.

(S)- Crisp lemon with a barnyard wheaty yeast up front followed with some bananna, even pear, and clove.

(T)- Very crisp flavor of complex lemon, bananna, and more citrus I cant put my finger on. Clove combined with a clay-ish yeast.

(M)- Pretty smooth stuff! Almost sparkling soda-like in carbonation level, but it really works for this beer!

(D)- What a great Tripel! Its got all the right flavors, but presents itself in a delicate and complex way. Crisp and refreshing for a summers day. If I didnt pass out due to the 9% alcohol, I would drink this all day long!

sweemzander, Jul 18, 2009
Photo of jdg204
4.28/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Porter's Pub in Easton is officially a staple of the Lehigh Valley and the site of my latest beer excursion. I was there to celebrate my buddy finishing the beer list and joining the mug club, so I decided to match him brew for brew starting with this gem.

A: Pale, cloudy yellow with enormous white head with good lacing.

S: Bananas, pears, and summer spices.

T: Nice complexity. Starts with the sweet honey malt followed by pears and other light fruits with a touch of candi sugar and bitterness. Distinct Belgian flavor from their house yeast strain

M: Medium bodied with prickly carbonation

D: Probably the best Tripel I've ever had, a legendary beer well deserving of praise. Also my first Unibroue (though I had my 2nd later in the night) and I was equally impressed with the famous French Canadian brewery. This is a winner and one you should go out of your way to find! Huge shout out to Porter's Pub too, those guys rock!

jdg204, Jul 18, 2009
Photo of MbpBugeye
4.72/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a chalice.

A- I added the yeast, now Ive got TONS of floaties suspended in a totally opaque apple juice colored beer. The head fizzed up briefly but Im getting absolutely no retention. (Im starting to think its because of my glass).

S- The yeast is obvious, creating a dusty, musty, banana scent up front. Behind the yeast is some tart cider like notes of apple and pear.

T- The sweetness is juicy and somewhat tart. Cider, pear, and some tropical fruit comes to mind. Yeast comes through in the middle, manifesting itself as a peppery spice as well as banana. Bitterness is low and only apparent on the finish and aftertaste.

M- I think by adding the yeast the mouthfeel gets fuller. Carbonation is in the medium range and quite sharp and prickly.

D- Very nice and complex. Alcohol levels are approaching high. Im feeling their effects after half a glass, so this is a sipper for sure. I dont like bitterness, I prefer sweetness so this beer is going down very well. I wish I had a 750ml rather than a 12oz.

MbpBugeye, Jul 18, 2009
Photo of nickfl
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Two fingers of white foam on a hazy, golden yellow body. The head settles quickly and leaves minor lace.

S - A big hit of spicy wheat, followed by lots of phenolic yeast notes. Prominent coriander with some banana, pineapple, cinnamon, and white pepper.

T - Fruity, banana and pineapple, with spicy wheat. Spicy notes of coriander and clove come out in the middle and linger into the finish with grassy hops, moderate bitterness, and a lingering star anise flavor.

M - Creamy, moderately heavy mouthfeel, high carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - This is a classic example of the style, one I have had so many times that it is almost difficult to review it objectively. The spice notes blend perfectly with juicy, tropical fruit notes and make for a very refreshing beer despite the high abv. The only real weak point is the appearance and the anemic head. Not quite as complex as La Chouffe but very good; probably the best Tripel made outside of Belgium.

nickfl, Jul 17, 2009
Photo of NJpadreFan
4.1/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Unibroue- La Fin Du Monde

A- Bright hazy yellowish orange with a thick frothy white head. Good solid filmy lacing down the glass.
S- Sweet tart apples, citrus lemon and orange. Slight peppery clove wheat.
T- Sweet and tart citrusy cider. Oranges, lemons, and apples really come through. A nice peppery clove wheat maltiness. Finishes off sweet and fruity.
M- Very tart and sweet with an intensely tart and dry body. Thick sweet and slightly boozy ending.

Overall- A refreshing (9% abv) beer. Very tart and fruity but good for a few.

NJpadreFan, Jul 15, 2009
Photo of randawakes
4.47/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is my favorite of the Unibroue collection. Drank each of these out of a bottle.

The smell matches the taste on this one.

The taste is fruity, denoting apples and a slight note of cider. The carbonation is there, but much less so than some of Unibroue's others, especially the Blanche de Chambly.

This is a must try, I highly recommend.

randawakes, Jul 14, 2009
Photo of ToddT
4.47/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Slightly cloudy golden yellow color with a large off white head. Head is long lasting and leaves distinct rings of lace on the glass.

S- Sweet fruits, apple, clove, spice, floral and alcohol notes are present.

T- Sweet apple followed by a clove and pepper bite. Slight bitterness of hops follows and this finishes out with a warming sensation of the alcohol. Nicely balanced very complex in character and taste, lots of subtleness to this one.

M- Smooth and creamy. Medium in body and well carbonated. Finish has a little kick of the carbonation as well as a slight hop bite and dryness.

D- Way too drinkable for 9% ABV. Well balanced and well done.

Sip this not only for the subtle flavors but also out of respect for the potency.

ToddT, Jul 14, 2009
Photo of wd40
4.45/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750mL bottle

Golden yellow appearance with a thick foamy head.

One of my favorite beers. Dangerously smooth (alcohol kind of sneaks up on you) and creamy. Has a rich yeasty and fruity aroma. The taste is balanced but complex.

A beer you can sip all night and not get bored. But seriously, be careful drinking this beer because it deceivingly strong.

wd40, Jul 12, 2009
Photo of NODAK
4.55/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice, sweet esters on the nose along with pronounced peppery spices and a hint of alcohol.

The taste is much like that of the smell. Definitely has a good degree of sweetness to it from the heavy malt character along with a good dose of spiciness in there....which, the spices here seem to be a bit more aggressive and "peppery" than the typical clove spice in many other beers. Mouthfeel is pretty thick.

The finish is a mix of sweet esters, a heavy dose of spice and a little booziness sneaking through as well. At 9 percent ABV, that isn't really a surprise...it's actually masked pretty well for such a high level of alcohol. Hops are nearly non-existant at the end.

All in all, it's a favorite of mine and I recommend it to anybody who loves Belgians...I also think it could be a good gateway beer to get people into better beer.

NODAK, Jul 12, 2009
Photo of PintOHops
4.22/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a corked 750ml bottle into a goblet.

Appearance/Smell - Appears a clouded golden/straw color with a massive head and decent retention. Attractive tiny carbonation bubbles can be seen coming up the rim of the glass, and it leaves some broken & splashy lacing. Smells of a big semi sweet banana nose, hints of clove, corn husk, and orange zests. Some fruity grape & pair notes as well, and a very subtle buttery/toffee, as it warms, lots of alcoholic aroma pronounces itself well, sorta clouding most of the smell.

Taste/Mouthfeel - Tastes of a semi bright citrus note that hits the tongue first, and then washes away with a big corn husk/grainy/bisciuty flavor. Hints of banana, but not as strong as in the smell, orange zest notes seem to come between all flavors. Alcohol burn finishes this one as expected, and corn husk & banana notes seem to linger a bit. Mouthfeel has a firm bite of carbonation, along with a slightly smooth & silky feel, medium-full bodied but more so on the medium side.

Drinkability/Final thoughts - I'm not a big fan of Tripels, but I do appreciate them, this one was balanced well without being so alcoholic, overly bitey, and harsh, and the drinkability was great although the ABV is very high. I could easily put down a couple small goblets of this great brew on a cool day, I did however get a little tired of the flavors after a couple goblets, so I wouldn't really enjoy drinking anymore than that. Not much to say, if you enjoy this style than try this one, it's definitely the smoothest one Ive had so far.

PintOHops, Jul 11, 2009
Photo of rfgetz
4.38/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Cloudy orangy/amber with nice fluffy, light head.

S - Floral grains, mild belgian yeast with hints of fruit

T - light sweet hops, hints of citrus and light grain with even lighter hints of spice and yeast

M - Crisp, bubbly and slightly drying but goes down smoothly.

D - excellent beer in its class. not overly alcoholed like many other tripels and very very smooth

rfgetz, Jul 09, 2009
Photo of Murchmac
4.22/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Consumed on the 4th of July as fireworks were exploding around the house.

Great beer, big frothy head, cloudy, pretty yellow. Looks like freedom.

Fruity notes, citrus, pears.

Delicious taste fruity, yeasty, fresh, crisp.

Nicely carbonated. Just an overall kick ass beer made in the USA. U-S-A!

P.S. I know it's made in canada, but since we pretty much own them, it's like it's brewed here.

Murchmac, Jul 08, 2009
Photo of TheViolator666
2.83/5  rDev -34.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Looks nice. Golden in color with a huge frothy white head. Slight amount of lacing, nothing spectacular.

Smell: Smells strongly of yeast and a slight hint of citrus.

Taste: The yeast is overpowering, just like any other unfiltered "ale on lees" beer I've had thus far. Just when I think I can taste citrus, the yeast takes over. I can't help but get the same overwhelming taste out of all of these. There is a warming alcohol taste at the very end, but no too overpowering... probably the best thing about this beer.

Mouthfeel: Highly carbonated.

I'm really not sure how people can drink these types of yeasty beers regularly.

TheViolator666, Jul 08, 2009
Photo of berley31
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured with a large, off-white head that eventually diminished to about one-finger size. Body was hazy, with light particles, and a dark yellow color. Lacing was fair. Very nice aroma... average yeast, some fruitiness as well. Great on the palate... full body, creamy, with lively carbonation. You can taste light alcohol, but it's not overwhelming at all. The fruit comes through again, and stays with you for a good amount of time. Delicious. A fantastic tripel; I'm very happy Unibroue is here in Canada to provide us with authentic-tasting Belgium brews.

berley31, Jul 05, 2009
Photo of kinghotpants
4.43/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Appearance. LFDM pours golden and a touch hazy, with one or two fingers of thick white head that almost looks like cappuccino foam. I was drinking it in the dark, so this is all I managed to get.

Smell. Personally, I think LFDM smells like sweet spices - the kind of things you'd put in a pie, but nothing specific. I also get some fruit here; maybe a hint of apple or peach. Then the alcohol smell comes wafting out like a warning sign, which I usually proceed to ignore.

Taste. Oh, baby. Estery fruit and spice, a little phenolic clove, a whole metric ton (they're Canadians after all) of malt, and a smack of alcohol at the end. A touch of hop bitterness, but nothing to write home about.

Mouthfeel. There's a decent amount of carbonation on this beer, so it sparkles on the tongue, but it has that big malty smoothness that I enjoy quite a bit.

As a final note, I would like to point out that, anecdotally, a beer with a lot of esters and fusel alcohols will tend to give you a bigger, meaner hangover than one without, so be careful if you're going to get all messed up on this brew. You may live to regret it.

kinghotpants, Jul 01, 2009
Photo of jcpaulun
3.85/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip from a bottle.

A: Pours a burnished yellow. A two finger head appears and quickly recedes to a quarter inch cap.

S: Spicy and alcoholic. A bit of orange citrus. A deep inhale brings out some yeasty undertones.

T: Sweet with some frutiness. I taste mainly pear. I get some clove and other herbal notes I can't quite place.

M: It is crisp and dry up front. The body is feels light because of the high carbonation. I think the finish is a bit sticky, more so than I am used to.

D: I like this beer. It is easy to drink, but not as much as other tripels I have encountered. It goes down easy, but the alcohol let its presence be known.

Notes: I am torn with this beer. I really enjoy it, but I prefer other tripels a bit more. While it is a delicious beer that I will continue to keep, it will find its way only occasionally to my glass.

jcpaulun, Jun 28, 2009
Photo of julian1117
4.03/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Visual Appeal: impressive cloudy gold or honey, thick white head is attractive but streaking not striking

Smell: could be stronger, slight citrus notes, yeasty

Flavour: orange, yeast, slight malt, coriander, herbal

Mouthfeel: pleasant carbonation, but not as pleasant as Duvel

Drinkability: stronger 9% ABV makes it a sipping beer, but alcohol not being as noticeable as I thought makes me tempted to try a few at a sitting

Poured into Victory Brewpub Golden Monkey tulip glass. Each made for the other.

julian1117, Jun 27, 2009
Photo of blaje
4.6/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Yes, belive or not, bt this 750ml bottle was brewed in the last millennium! 1999 in fact. No better day than today (St-Jean-Baptiste day in Québec) to drink probably the best triple that is brewed in the Province. Certainly one of my all time favourite beer.That's it.

Let's find out if 10 years of ageing add something (or removed) to this brew....

Right at the opening, the cork pop out loud. Still lots of carbonation in here! Still alive and well after this long wait. Poured nice straw yellow, a touch of red (would say peach like) and producing a nice white to off-white coloured head that appears creamy and last a long time... That's a nice surprise for a beer that age.

Nose: Sweetness, caramel, apple, no banana ester as noted on previous tasting of aged FDM before. Spices as gone away a bit so as the herb and yeast smell. It all blends together without any frank distinction of one and the other. Very complex.

Mouth: Carbonation is medium low and went out more rapidly then the younger version. Even becoming flat before I even hit the bottom of the glass :(...

Overall: This ageing gives proof to you that this beer can handle the road for a long cellaring. I would guess that in a perfect cellar (which is really not my case) this beer would handle the road for a good 15 years.

I scored low on this review because of the age of the beer. I could easily scored 5/5 on taste, appearance and mouthfeel on a fresh brew... Try this beer. It's really a must!!!

blaje, Jun 25, 2009
Photo of cpmau11
4.28/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Unibroue La Fin Du Monde
12 oz bottle with a silver foiled top.

Poured into a snifter glass. Nice off-white creamy head about 1 and half inches when poured. Rings envelope the glass. Body is orange in color and a slight visibility. Aroma has note of citrus and yeast. Taste is smooth yet spicy, citrus and tons of floral characters. Mouthfeel is warm and welcoming. Drinkability is good. This is a slow sipper for me.

Overall, this is one of my favorite belgian style tripels, and I'm very glad I picked up a 4-pack instead of a single.

cpmau11, Jun 25, 2009
Photo of stbfan
4.63/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

straw yellow with a nice white head.lots of carbonation.

smells great!like cloves, yeast, pepper.big tasting triplel!

tastes bright, bitter,malty, spicy. delicious.

warm finish, big mouthfeel.smooth and warm on the way down.

good drinkability.

great taste, and drinkability. awesome!

stbfan, Jun 21, 2009
La Fin Du Monde from Unibroue
96 out of 100 based on 8,416 ratings.