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La Fin Du Monde - Unibroue

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

8,352 Ratings
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Ratings: 8,352
Reviews: 2,738
rAvg: 4.32
pDev: 11.81%
Wants: 362
Gots: 974 | FT: 17
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Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
Tripel |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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Photo of Wackyfoot
4.43/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle that somehow was available for purchase in my uber religious hometown. Nice golden pour with a huge white head and a nice big amount of lacing left behind. Fruity smell with a big flavor of bubblegum and fruit with some wheat thrown in as well. Tasty little ale, would definitely drink again. This was the beer I chose to ring in the new year with, hope the name is no indicator of what will happen in 09!

Wackyfoot, Mar 25, 2009
Photo of callmescraps
4.05/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

It's been awhile, so it's time to revisit this well regarded tripel.

Appearance - A light orangish-gold color. A little head that quickly gets out of the way. However, a nice ring hangs around. It's a good looking beer. A little cloudy. It's nice, but not spectacular. The Levud's I had last night seemed to glow, and for some reason this one just doesn't quite do that.

Smell - It definitely has that tart green apple smell. With some sweet candy as well. Also, a hint of citrus, and some spice. Definitely some yeast as well. I'd describe it as a spiced apple bread. If that makes any sense. It's pleasant, but perhaps a little subtle.

Taste - Definitely tart apples. It also warms as it goes down, nicely. You can taste the yeast as well, but not as much spice as I might prefer. It's a nice taste, but maybe not as complex as I might want. It's good though.

Mouthfeel - Really excellent. It has some excellent carbonation that I just love. Very crisp on the tongue. Just awesome.

Drinkability - For a pretty big beer, the booze is well hidden. However, the carbonation makes a little gassy. Too many of these and I'd feel downright bloated.

This is a very good beer. Not as complex as some tripels, but very well done overall. It's nice and crisp, and certainly sweet, but I was hoping for some funkiness to go with it all.

callmescraps, Mar 25, 2009
Photo of dEM1972
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Has a wonderful aroma the combines malty, fruity and honey tones; light, cloudy amber in colour with a fluffy head; smooth, malty and complex flavours do not carry any hint of its strength, just a subtle combination of spicy infusions with an effervescent texture; subtly spicy after taste.

dEM1972, Mar 24, 2009
Photo of wheatyweiss
4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a chalice.

Pours a light straw with a fluffy, immense head that settles to a cap and leave nice lacing. Slightly murky and thick as it pours.

Aroma is of citrus and tart green apples. Malt and yeast with a zing of sourness.

Flavor is of tart citrus and dusty yeast. Malt is thick and substantial with a huge bready flavor. Finishes clean and slightly sweet but not overly so, Spicy alcohol is warming and barely noticeable.

Mouthfeel is thick syrupy and chewy. Carbonation is barely noticeable as the brew is so viscous.

Very nice trippel, I've been waiting to try it.

wheatyweiss, Mar 22, 2009
Photo of tim9887
4.47/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a stemmed tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a darker, hazy pale orange. Lots of white foam that fades quickly to a very thin, almost non-existent lacing.

Aroma: Sweet, boozy, fruity (pear/citrus?) aroma.

Taste: Sweet but in a good way. The citrus and pear from the nose are apparent as well. Very light spice character as well. Dry, bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Light, crisp carbonation; gets creamier almost as the ale warms up.

Notes: Another fantastic ale of notable strength that hides its ABV very well. Deserving of all the acclaim - I'll definitely be coming back for more!

tim9887, Mar 21, 2009
Photo of BoitSansSoif
4.47/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ordered a bottle at l'Ile Noire in Montreal. I couldn't believe I've never rated this one, seeing I've been drinking it for a decade.

A-Dark but clear brownish amber w/nice off-white head, respectable retention, and good lacing.

S-Roast malt, spice, earth and smoke, ginger, coriander, and complex fruit esters.

T-Roast sweet malt backbone w/spicy midpalate, and slightly smoky and lightly hopped finish. Full flavored w/multiple layers of complexity.

M-Smooth and velvety body w/nice carbonation and excellent balance.

D-Very pleasant to drink. An old favorite I'll consistently come back to.

BoitSansSoif, Mar 21, 2009
Photo of Riccymon
4.68/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours an orangey, straw yellow with a huge, soapy, white head, which quickly dissipates. I smell a delicious, dusty blend of apple, plum, honey, and a touch of citrus. The taste follows suit with these same flavors; a wonderful, full, complex flavor. This is not overwhelming at all like tripels can be, even in spite of the ABV. The mouthfeel is equally pleasant--light, bubbly, and carbonated--and the alcohol is nowhere to be found. I found La Fin Du Monde akin to Brooklyn Local 1, perhaps a touch better, and I think this will be my tripel of choice for a while.

Riccymon, Mar 20, 2009
Photo of talkinghatrack
4.43/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a - cloudy pale orange, head drops to a covering

s - fruity belgian yeast with some warm alcohol notes

t - tastes like my memory of Don De Dieu. Some day I really need to crack open a few Unibroues at once and taste them side by side. No matter here, I'm a fan of the flavor already.

m - medium body with a little overcarbonation. Some mouth numbing and warming on the throat.

d - another solid Unibroue for me. Not much new to report.

talkinghatrack, Mar 19, 2009
Photo of rhinos00
4.45/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip glass.

A- Pours a golden, semi-hazy yellow. Produces a nice three fingers width of white, fluffy head. Great retention.

S- A few swirls reveal a nice scent of subtle, sweet honey and various spices. Also getting a wheat aroma that provides the base for the scent.

T- Fantastic! Upfront cloves and spices play off each other to create a solid taste. As the beer progresses, the wheat and honey complexions become more pronounced and give the beer a sweet, but refined finish.

M- Light to medium bodied. Tons of carbonation, almost too much. The mouthfeel was perfect, except for the fact that there was so much carbonation that on the initial taste for each sip all you received was the feeling of millions of carbonated bubbles bursting. While it was short lived, it hindered the initial ability to taste the flavor.

D- These beer is hilariously drinkable. 9% abv is a joke as it is virtually undetectable in this beer.

Just a wonderfully made beer. Great taste, highly drinkable, not much more you can ask for. This is one that will always be in my house.

rhinos00, Mar 18, 2009
Photo of projectflam86
4.38/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Poured into the suggested tulip glass (refer to back of the bottle). Cloudy orange/golden color with frothy head that leaves some respectable lacing.

S- Smell was of wheat and some subtle hints of citrus fruits, malt, spice, and some floral notes.

T- A clove wheat feel with lots of complex flavor. Citrus and spice dominate with a malty finish. Surprisingly no strong alcohol bite.

M- Smooth with good carbonation. No weird aftertastes.

D- Overall a great brew that did not disappoint. Highly drinkable but watch out for that 9% ABV, it will sneak up on you!

projectflam86, Mar 17, 2009
Photo of thekanna
4.22/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review compiled from notes taken earlier:

A: Nice radiant golden pour with a large, foamy, fluffy head.

S: Smells strongly of pineapples and other tropical fruits. This is rounded out by Belgian yeasts and spices.

T: Strong tropical fruit taste... am I imbibing in a pina colada that someone switched up on me? Citrusy, acidic fruits with a good amount of yeast and spices, especially pepper. There's the inkling of hops at the end.

M: Nice and smooth, with just the right amount of kick.

D: Very drinkable. However, its richness and high alcohol content really prevent a lot from being drunk.

thekanna, Mar 17, 2009
Photo of northaustin
4.93/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

this one is one of my personal favorites. im actually drinking it tonight. the taste is unique and you can really taste the apples. its usually too expensive for me to want to buy but every now and then it can be found at a nice price. the 750ml is usually too expensive as well but worth it for a nice occasion. theres not too much carbonation in it either. real nice.

northaustin, Mar 17, 2009
Photo of dismal
4.33/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass from a bottle it poured a light, hazy, honey, golden color and produces a nice huge fluffy head. The smell is spicy and yeasty. I think the spices come out more in the smell than anything else. The taste is slightly bitter, fruity, and sweet. The spices also come through on the taste and all that combined makes this beer taste very good. The mouthfeel is smooth, creamy and not thin at all. With a 9% ABV this beer is really drinkable. After a few I'm sure I would feel it but I wouldn't have problem drinking them. I haven't had many Tripels before and the ones before weren't bad but this beer makes me want to try more of the style and of course more from Unibroue as this is another fine beer from them.

dismal, Mar 16, 2009
Photo of Vixie
4.83/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- Was a cloudy yellow, but looked more orange when not held up to the light. Not much head, mainly some nice lacing.

S- Fruit was the first thing I noticed, more a citrus type of fruit. Then hit me with more spices, mainly pepper and coriander.

T- The flavor to me was like a spiced fruit. Start with citrus like fruit notes, then the spices kick in. A very peppery beer, which actually balances the fruitiness nicely.

M- Not a thick beer by any stretch, but the carbonation really helps give this beer some presence. Not much aftertaste here, left me with a clean feeling.

D- Very drinkable considering the alcohol content. I call this a sneaky beer, it is so smooth and so little hint of the alcohol content that it can really hit you when you least expect it. For a high alcohol beer, very drinkable. Yet another winner from Unibroue.

After having more of this, I have upped my rating of this one. One of my 1 or 2 favorite beers. Bliss in a bottle.

Vixie, Mar 15, 2009
Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
4.75/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- Hazy, golden beer with an active, fluffy head.

S- Smell is out of this world. Everything you could hope for in a Beligan. Candi sugar, spices, and funky yeast

T- Taste is sweet, slightly bitter, and slightly spicy. Not a hint of alcohol

M- Thick, yet smooth. Caresses the tongue and throat

D- I was expecting a beast, but actually didn't have trouble finishing the bottle in one night

EnojysAnyBeer, Mar 14, 2009
Photo of dotsonjamesg
4.2/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I bought his brew on Little Rock AFB at the Shoppette. Someone here lately has requested more exotic and specialty beer and I am eternally grateful for it, as the selection of specialty beer in Arkansas is TERRIBLE! Good beer to the locals is "Bud Light Lime" and "Natty Ice." I am new to the region and am originally from California, which is a "beer mecca," so you can see the dilemma of ignorance I deal with here concerning beer.

I have had this brew several times in the past but have never reviewed it.

Served in a chilled 12 oz Chimay goblet, poured from a 12 oz bottle.

Appearance: Pours a beautiful, rich, golden color. The brew is cloudy and unfiltered, just as any good beer should be. My pour left a thick, two finger head with good retention and moderate lacing.

Smell: Scent is sweet and earthy with a strong presence of malty citrus notes. Pear and candied fruit come to mind; its pretty lovely.

Taste: Strong, carbonated, spicy, malty sweetness initially then it moves in to a more mellow, bitter alcoholic flavor. I can pickup sugar, spices, orange, and maybe some other citrus. Not a whole lot of complexity but its tasty. The alcohol is pretty well hidden with the sweetness of the brew. The flavor isn't as strong as I had hoped for, for a Tripel. I think its comparable to a strong "Spring Ale."

Mouthfeel: Thick and smooth. The carbonation is pretty nice and pairs well with this lovely brew quite well.

Drinkability: Overall, it's a good brew but I think it could have been a bit bolder in flavor. The alcohol makes it worth the effort and money. I would highly recommend this brew to anyone looking to expand their palate but I would like to point out that there is some better stuff out there.

Godspeed and cheers!

-Dotson

dotsonjamesg, Mar 14, 2009
Photo of matty
3/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Light orange cloudy beer with a head that overflows and takes a while to calm down.Aroma is vanilla and spices.Taste is orange and spices.This reminds me too much of a witbier which I am not a fan of.I would not recommend and I could have done without this.

matty, Mar 14, 2009
Photo of FtownThrowDown
3.58/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Another solid offering from Unibroue.
Pours a murky, cloudy light gold in color. Two fingers of head forms on the pour. Smell is highly yeasty, with some spice and a decent amount of lemon. Taste has actually quite a bit of yeast to it. There is more of the fruity overtones, with more than just the lemon flavor showing up. Decent mouthfeel and highly carbonated. Decent, but it's not "The Don".

FtownThrowDown, Mar 14, 2009
Photo of GJ40
4.33/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled from a 12oz bottle with a best before date of 4-3-11.

A - A light golden, straw color with a slight haze. The large white is impressive at first but it quickly fades to almost nothing.

S - Spicy with clove, vanilla and pepper.

T - Spicy with lots of clove and a touch of pepper. A nice bitter hoppiness too. Fairly dry. I'd never guess this one was 9%. It drinks more like 6-7%. I'm not a big fan of spiced beers but this one is very nice.

M - Lots of carbonation and a substantial consistency.

D - A very smooth and complex beer. Not my favorite style but undeniably good.

GJ40, Mar 14, 2009
Photo of fightingirishcmk
4.13/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A: Pours a golden color with an immense head, which had rather long retention, but left little lacing on the glass. The ABV may have something to do with this. They should decrease slightly the amount of carbonation, seeing as when you pour it, you have to stop halfway through the bottle because of the head. This puts more yeast into solution and tends to cloud the beer.
S: Spicy, fruit, especially lemon, and a sweet smell of malt.
T: Banana, citrus, spiciness, coriander, and somewhat sour. Very little bitterness. Well layered distinct yet appropriate flavors.
M: A bit sticky and a bit thinner on body than I would like, but overall fairly good with carbonation.
D: For 9% abv, it is deceptively drinkable. For the price, it is hard to beat. IMO it is a very decent brew. I'd have to say drinkability is where this brew succeeds the most.

fightingirishcmk, Mar 13, 2009
Photo of washburnkid
4.28/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a tulip.

A: A massive off-white head almost explodes out of the tulip. Body is a cloudy golden, amber and orange with floating yeast particles. Head retains like creamy foam and sticks around for 2+ hours (yes, I've been sipping on the beer for that long).
S: Dark spices on the nose; sweet malty backdrop that's very faint and a slight fruitiness slips through.
T: Very spicy dominance on the palate at first. Wheat flavors similar to Maudite, but not as present. Wonderful balance of malts and hops, which hides the 9% alcohol and the excess of bitterness defined by tripels. Sip ends in a bitter-to-sweet-and-back-to-bitter exhange, similar to a bitter piece of fruit.
M: Light to medium bodied with generous carbonation, which helps to pull the spices through. Creamy mouthfeel, leaving the palate coated in spices.
D: This is definitely a sipper. ABV sneaks up at the end, but it's all worth it. I can't wait to try more from Unibroue!

washburnkid, Mar 12, 2009
Photo of terryeckmeier
4.13/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip pint glass and was extremely foamy, probably due to the extra bottle fermentation . Very pale straw yellow, very light, a little cloudy, nice sweet apple smell, lots of fruity tones, yeasty incredibly long lasting head. Very much like a Duvel, alcohol was balanced nicely with the malt and hops. Pretty full bodied, lots going on in this brew. Pretty good stuff.

terryeckmeier, Mar 12, 2009
Photo of jsapunor
4.88/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I have tried a number of Tripels but I keep coming back to this one.

It pours beautifully with a golden color and a thick head that won't go away.

The smell is clean and fresh.

The taste is clean, crisp and tangy with hops fruit and spices in exceptional balance.

Mouthfeel is typical of the best examples of the style.

Very drinkable.

An excellent offering with wonderful taste and balance which proves that not all great Belgians come from Belgium.

jsapunor, Mar 11, 2009
Photo of beeroverwineguy
5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

S= Served from the bottle with cork (that is the only way I will drink this beer)

A= Appearance is exceptionally pleasing to the the eye that
reaches deep down into one's soul

S= Smell is pleasing to your senses and floral in nature that will surprise your willingness to smell your brew each time before tasting.

T=Taste is like champagne on holistic and natural steroids that will invite your palate to heights of appreciation that you never even knew existed. You will neveer want to drink cheap beer without the full bodied flavor that comes from a triple fermented brew.

M=Mouthfeel is of a well balanced, orchestrated dance troop of synchronized beautifully ensembled beauties that tintilate and explore the deepest recesses of each and every taste bud on the surface of your tongue.

D= Drinkability of this wonderfully, well balanced, gift from God is incredibly delightful and rewarding to your sense of thankfulness for God's gift to mankind to possess the privelege of creating such a blessing of a brew.

P.S. Drink responsibly, drink at home.

beeroverwineguy, Mar 10, 2009
Photo of grayburn
4.65/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Another amazing offering from Unibroue.
Beautiful light golden elixir pours with a good dollop of head that camps out for the duration. Nice lacing as well.
Complex aroma of dried fruit, apricots, nectarines. Light floral hoppiness, excellent, the smell has me salivating...time for the taste.
The taste is out of this world, lightly fruity, slight bit of hops, crisp malt is so well balanced.
The mouth is perfect, definitely perfect carbonation which marries so well with the ultra dry finish. Excellent example of a belgian from outside of belgium. Unibroue has yet to disappoint, this is another prime example from them.

grayburn, Mar 09, 2009
La Fin Du Monde from Unibroue
96 out of 100 based on 8,352 ratings.