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La Fin Du Monde - Unibroue

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

8,936 Ratings
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Ratings: 8,936
Reviews: 2,799
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 11.6%
Wants: 433
Gots: 1,351 | FT: 19
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Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
Tripel |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-23-1998

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Photo of ZeroSignal
4.41/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle

A - Pours a hazy golden yellow with a dense, off-white head. Incredible retention and sticky lacing.

S - Sweet citrus in the nose with a good dose of cloves. Some yeasty notes in the background.

T&M - A warming alcohol lingers behind a fruity, pear and orange-like sweetness. Flavors of clove and a peppery quality come through as well. Light bitterness combines with a candy like sweetness and a yeasty quality towards the finish. Medium body with a nice zip from the carbonation.

D - Dangerously drinkable for a 9% ABV. Subtle and complex with plenty going on to keep me interested.

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

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Tripel Karmeliet tulip. Beer was enjoyed over the course of about an hour.

A: Beer pours a kind of peachy color with a very light colored two finger head that subsided in about 5 minutes. Some yeast crept into the glass which clouded the beer a little, but some good bubbling is still visible.

S: Aroma is most decidedly fruity and estery. I got a little banana and clove notes, as well as some biscuity malts. Smell is more in your face than other tripels.

T: Good grief these Canadians at Unibroue have done it right! A perfect mix of breadiness, esters from the yeast, and floral/herbal hops. There is some pepper-like spiciness and a noticeable but not overwhelming dose of alcohol.

M: Feels very bubbly in the mouth as the carbonation carries those wonderful flavors. It's a little creamy as well. Finish is very drying.

D: Should a tripel go down this easy? Easy to finish a 750 in a night. Dangerously drinkable. The 9.0% ABV does creep up on you, however.

O: In my honest and humble opinion, the best tripel in the world, even better than Westmalle. Simply a treat to drink, and a steal at $6 for a 750 or $10 for a four pack of 12 oz. bottles.

Photo of GallowsThief
4.73/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured out of a bomber into a Duvel.

A - Pale golden yellow with a bit of cloudiness. Light white head but just an inch that receded quickly. Sticky lacing.

S - Sweet overtones. Yeasty and bready smell. Nice floral bouquet. Has just a bit of a pepper smell.

T - A lot like the smell its has just a perfect amount of sweetness. Seems to be honey like. Has some great fruity flavor as well but its faint which I like. Surprising pepper taste at the end that warms you up just a bit. Gives off the nice warm down the gullet feel and into the stomach.

M - Well carbonated. Very clean taste. Medium bodied. I would say refreshing.

D - High ABV but totally drinkable. This is a great beer.

Photo of jsulko
4.85/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My third tasting of the beer. First one seemed funked. Second was great. Third matches second so I will chalk the first tasting (undrinkable) to a bad bottle

Beer is a hazy yellow color with foamy head that does not linger much.

Slight fruity flavor with a grape hint.

You can feel the warmth of the alcohol but it is not overbearing.

Very drinkable. Watch out for the alcohol.

Great beer. I can see why it is so highly thought of.

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

The pour produces a hazy yellow body with a bubbly, white foam head. The head dissipates fairly quickly leaving some light sticky lacing.

Potent aroma of spices, belgian yeast, with some banana and fruity notes. Also get some peppery aromas in the background.

Tasty flavors following the aroma. Sweet malt and spicy notes abound. A really rich flavor that gives some hints of friuty esters and pepper. I like the tartness of the overall flavor.

The carbonation seems a little high in this bottle, but not off-putting. No real notice of the alcohol so be careful of the high abv. Great beer.

Photo of AJacob81
4.03/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ah, La Fin du Monde. I've held off reviewing because I have a really hard time separating out specific aromas and flavors with this one. We'll give it a go. Poured, as usual, into a Duvel tulip.

A - Hazy, burnt orange. A flat-topped 2-finger foam head forms and is retained very well, leaving nice, if somewhat spotty, lacing behind.

S - Citrus, baked bread, and slightly funky yeast, none of it overpowering.

T - Everything present in the nose is present here, but a touch more refined. Generic citrus becomes mild grapefruit and tangerine, the baked bread is now a piping hot wheat loaf, etc. Also there is a hint of cloves and black pepper, presumably from the yeast.

M and D - Creamy, medium body with consistent carbonation and a dry, slightly hot finish due to the otherwise-masked ABV. Very easy to drink.

This is a go-to, readily available beer, and I really like it, but I don't love it. Not at all sure why it rates as the best Tripel here, although it is markedly better than most US brewers' attempts at the style. Give me Westmalle or Cinq Cents any day. I need to proper reviews for those soon.

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

Serving size 12 oz bottle in wide mouth wine goblet.

A- Cloudy golden yellow with small rich head that quickly dissolves leaving tiny champagne bubbles rising in the glass.

S-Belgian yeasty, sweet and fruity.Very inviting

T- well carbonated,fruity and slightly sour beginning, balanced malt/hops, warm alcohol middle with a sweet fruity wine grape finish

M-more like a sparkling wine than a beer. medium body.

D-made to be sipped and savored. Delicious!

Photo of katybee
4.27/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Interesting beer...average appearance, hazey yellow with moderate but quickly disipating foam head and light carbonation. Very light smell, perhaps fruity and slightly bitter. But the taste is excellent. No extremes of hops or malts, leaning towards light dry hops, yet a definite spicey tang with citrus notes including pear. A little peppery on the tongue, but honey-sweet overall, and lightly bready. Felt slightly creamy, but lighter-bodied. Very drinkable and almost champagne-like. Yet the higher ABV does sneak up on you quickly. Enjoyed!

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

75 cl bottel poured into my cantillon tulip glas

A: Cloudy deep golden with a good tight white foam.

S : Earthy citrus, more fruity citrus, strong yeast and bread dough, lightly perfumed, sweet honey, some banana esters, some biscuit
T : a bit like the nose, lots of citrus notes, some nice coriander, a bit more of the malts with more biscuit and toast, still some floral honey, yeast is less present fairly sweet with a touch of alcohol and light fruitiness to finish.
M : smooth and with à good amount of carbonation
D : alcohol is present , but not overwelming

Photo of goblue3509
4.33/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy golden yellow color with a thick three finger frothy foamy head which gives way to some lace. The beer is non transparent. The aroma is of belgium yeast with hints of citrus, pepper, clove and other spices. The taste is of belgium yeast and sweetness. There is hints of clove and citrus along with other spices rounding out the beer. The mouthfeel is well carbonated yet slighty creamy. The drinablity is very good its well round and an easy drink. Flavor makes you want more.

Photo of AwYeh
4.4/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a cloudy golden color with one finger foamy white head.

S: Smell is of yeast and fruit; distinctly Belgian here. Light citrus, banana, and peppery notes, alongside an almost wheaty smell.

T: Taste is big on the yeast; spicy, peppery, and fruity.

M: Fizzy carbonation; as often as this nasty term is thrown around this seems very much like a "champagne of beers." Carbonation leads to a creamy texture, along a medium-thick body.

D: This beer's alcohol is VERY well hidden; dangerously unnoticeable. A pleasure to drink.

Photo of TheKtulu7
3.76/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a very cloudy yellow with a frothy white head that disappears pretty quickly. First impression of smell was of wet socks, but then the malts and spices came through. Tastes include bananas, cloves, grass, and various herbs. A frothy and very carbonated mouthfeel gives this beer a pretty enjoyable drinkability.

Photo of speter
4.12/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a cloudy gold with a two-finger fluffy white head that fades with moderate lacing.

S: Belgian yeast with honey.

T: This is *the* reference tripel, even if it is Canadian. There is an amazing malt backbone that the yeast overlays with a spicy Belgian character, complete with honey, pepper and other spices.

M: I don't know how to characterize it. There's an explosion with every sip. Full bodied and brilliantly carbonated. I want to brew this beer.

D: Any day of the year. Period.

Photo of vkv822
4.13/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

355ml bottle into tulip snifter.

The beer pours a cloudy golden yellow with steady carbonation rising to a thick white head.

The aroma and taste are almost identical in a strong start of Belgian yeast and quite prominent spice and clove. There are also some faint apple, orange and other various fruit notes in the back. It is definitely a complex beer.

The mouthfeel is a smooth full body with fairly active carbonation.

This is a very complex and well done beer. At first the clove and spice notes were a bit over-whelming for my liking. As it warmed though and I got further into the beer the other flavors and the overall complexity really shined.

Photo of cudmud
4.12/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: An antique gold color with one finger of bright white head and solid lacing.

Smell: Very yeasty and bread-like.

Taste: Plenty of yeast malt, and hops

Mouthfeel: Full, but perhaps too much carbonation.

Drinkability: A wonderful beer. In fact, the whole line Unibroue is awesome.

Photo of nataku00
4.4/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A beer that helped push me into craft beer, but I've never reviewed it since I've been trying all these new beers instead. A two year old bottle that was sitting at the back of my beer shelf, poured into a tulip glass. Unibroue recommends that you include some of the yeast in the pour, so I swirled the bottle with the last third of the beer to pick up some of the yeast caked at the bottom. Beer is a hazy dark orange that you can barely see any shadows through it. Initial finger of snow white soapy head dissipates within minutes, leaving minimal lacing. Lots of small bubble carbonation slowly ascends from the bottom of the glass, which bodes well for the mouthfeel as it doesn't look too aggressive.

Nose is spicey, cloves, coriander and pepper, with sweetness from biscuit malts, banana and orange fruitiness.

Spices follow through on the tongue, blending well with the biscuit malts, banana and sweet citrus. After two years, I don't get any alcohol presence on this beer, which further helps make it balanced and enjoyable. Finishes with a slight sweetness and a bit of floral hops.

As expected, just enough carbonation to round out the medium bodied beer and sweep your tongue clean. Very gentle carbonation that tickles your tongue.

Decently drinkable tripel style beer, that doesn't finish as dry as some of its Belgian inspirations. Still an excellent beer, a beer that I've used to entice non craft beer drinkers into trying a well made beer.

Photo of diabecktic
4.73/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance:
The head of this beer is absolutely beautiful. It's a thick, creamy texture with lots of air bubbles. Retention is good, as ~3 fingers of head slowly dissipates to yield a thin rim which laces quite well. This golden, straw-colored beer is quite cloudy on account of the plethora of yeast.

Smell:
As one would expect with this style, the aroma is dominated by notes of yeast. Light, fruity notes compliment a spiciness that is marked by cloves and pepper. Though very strong, it's not overpowering.

Taste:
The complexity of the aroma is also present in the palate. A sugary malt which features apricot is apparent up front, while clove, pepper, and yeast notes balance the sweetness towards the end of the tasting. Hoppiness is minimal, but the complexity, expansion, and balance of flavors is exceptional.

Mouthfeel:
I find the body to be fairly thick - likely on account of the heavy, sweet malt. Yeast and spices tingle the tongue and the aftertaste is quite pleasant.

Drinkability:
Some might the thickness offensive, but I don't find that this hurts drinkability because you have to consider that this style will feature beers with both high alcohol content and density. For a beer with 9% ABV, it's extremely easy to drink because the alcohol is well-hidden. This beer is meant to be sipped - with good reason.

Summary:
I can appreciate that certain people might find this style to be too "strong" for their liking, but this is truly a world-class beer. The craftsmanship required to brew something with such complexity is astounding; the diverse assortment of flavors is balanced, but each is still distinct upon tasting. I don't get a chance to try Tripels or Belgian Ales too often, so I relish the opportunity to enjoy these beers when I can. My only gripe is that hoppiness seems to be a bit restrained, but I would probably attribute this to the style.

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

a. hazy golden. head laces and drops fairly quickly for me.

s. enjoying the aroma of light fruits and earthy spices.

t. bright, peppery with fruity sweet background. hops fill in the flavor spaces well, tie things together for me.

m. silky, dry finish, carbonation and the alcohol is refreshing, but not incredibly appealing.

d. i like the complexity and diversity of flavors, but the focuses themselves are a bit too sharp for me. hard to put my finger on, but its enjoyable... all in all a fine experience.

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

A - A cloudy golden color. A decent head retention and leaves a nice thick lace on the glass

S - The belgium style yeast is very prevalent, so you know what style the beer is right away.

T - Floral spices, honey, and malts are very prevalent. The triple fermenatation process provides a very unique flavor that is unlike any other beers. It leaves a dry aftertaste.

M - Smooth and well carbonated.

D - Delicious. Perfect for sipping on a cold winter afternoon.

Photo of tbern007
4.35/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Large dark brown bottle. The big one.
Pours clear, gold/yellow. Very large thick head, large bubles, lots of sticky lace.
S- yeast, citrus, clove, sweetness.
T - see smell. Sweet, orange, citurs, clove, grass.
M & D - sweet but yet dry at the same time. Nice balance. Perfectly carbonated. Some alcohol is noticeable but it is yet still sweet. Warms me up inside after about half the bottle. Mildly sweet aftertaste that lingers a very long time.

Photo of hawks10
3.71/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle - Best by November 26th, 2011 - Bottled November 26th, 2008...About 2 years old as I pour it into my La Fin Du Monde tulip...

Pours a clear, light golden amber with tons of fluffy white head. Chunks of lacing are left behind and a solid stream of tiny bubbles continues to rise to the top...

Yeasty and spicy in the nose to start, definitely Belgian influenced as the yeast is very pronounced. Sweet and slightly fruity, but with a bunch of earthiness in the background, bready...

Bready and yeasty to begin, with a bit of pepper, sweet and slightly fruity in the background. Mild earthy/grassy bitterness in the finish with a touch of booze. Sweetness fades and spicing becomes more pronounced as the beer warms...

Medium bodied with higher than average carbonation, active in the mouth. Slight lingering bitterness and alcohol heat...

While I admit I am not a fan of Tripels, this may be the best of the mediocre (to me) style...

Photo of thedoubler55
4.3/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into Glass

A: Beautiful beer, light orange tan, very nice 2 finger head and lacing all around the glass as your drink this goodness

S: Smell of spring, and good ripe fruits, peaches, pineapple, grapes

M: Great Carbonation and somewhat creamy mouthfeel

T: Same as smell, very pretty tasting, lots of ripe fruits strong hints of pineapple and some type of spice

D: Amazing beer, my favorite triple so far! Will definitely be storing some in the cellar.

Photo of McNealc31
4.73/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Just from the look of La Fin Du Monde, the experience had me thinking of champagne with the foil top and the cork. It even smells a bit like champagne and sweet grapes. The color is a delightful, hazy yellow. The taste starts citrusy, then on to grapes, and finishes a bit dry with a spicy, peppery bite. The 9% ABV is present, but not overpowering. This is complex, smooth, and quite enjoyable.

Photo of doraex
4.44/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This is the beer that turned me onto Belgian beers and it's not even from belgium. It's from Canada.

Fin Du Monde means end of the world. A couple of these and thats exactly where you'll get.

Rich complex flavors a caramel and dark fruit mixed with a slight smoked roastiness make for a perfect blend to tempt your pallette.

This is good shit!!!

Photo of DPFRD
3.26/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Golden and murky. Head started large but disappeared to near nothing... also did not lace the glass much at all.

S- Very sweet smelling, Lots of phenols present in the smell, kind of grassy too.

T- Very sweet up front. Just like the smell, there's a moderate phenol presence and grassiness to the yeast character.

M- Seems very syrupy mixed with some carbonation and an astringent presence.

D- So, this beer has a smashing score on this site... It's good, but I just can't level it to so many other things I've had in the tripel category.

La Fin Du Monde from Unibroue
96 out of 100 based on 8,936 ratings.