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La Fin Du Monde - Unibroue

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

8,185 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 8,185
Reviews: 2,729
rAvg: 4.32
pDev: 11.57%
Wants: 354
Gots: 900 | FT: 17
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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 dino213aa
4.95/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

What can I say that hasn't already been said? One of my all time favorite brews. Beautiful blonde complexion, incredibly complex nose and the perfect balance of spice, fruit, malt and hops makes this brew dangerously drinkable. It really does not get much better than this. Kudos to Unibroue for retaining the quality of this fine tripel over the years.

Exceptional in every way.

dino213aa, Nov 14, 2008
Photo of JohnWaynes44
3.85/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a cloudy golden yellow with pearl like irridescence when held to the light. Big white head bubbled up quickly, dissipating not long after the pour.

The smell is fruity and sweet. Yeast is very noticeable. You can smell the carbonation and the alcohol (probably because of the CO2).

This is really two different beers. Tasting the beer with the head up reminds me of champagne. The carbonation dominates the palate and it finishes dry. Wait a few minutes when the head is flat and more of the beer flavor appears. The malts and yeast come through. Sweeter and more creamy. For me this is much better after sitting for a while.

The mouthfeel shares the same characteristics as the taste. Carbonation fills the mouth all the way to the back of the throat. Very light and crisp when accompanied with head. Smoother and more weight later in the glass.

The life of this brew as it sits in the glass is ever changing. If you pour it in a small goblet or wine glass you can continue to give this beer new life and watch the change over and over. It really has a lot of character. The high abv is not apparent until it is reborn in your glass 3 or 4 times. Then is starts to warm and flush the skin. Really similar to the spumanti.

I have to say I am not in love with this style. I have only tried a handful, but this is by far the most interesting. I recommend everyone try it once. It would be a nice change of pace to replace the bubbly to celebrate th new year. Cheers.

JohnWaynes44, Nov 14, 2008
Photo of joeysmokedporter
4.65/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served from a 750 mL bottle into a glass.

A: pours hazy straw yellow, golden; slight orange hue. slight offwhite head that dissipates relatively quickly; some lacing. hazy like a wheat or wit.

S: the wit theme continues as a strong clove dominates the aroma. hints of citrus orange and coriander also present. some tart wheat aroma also detectable.

T: like a wit on steroids. this beer is classified as a tripel but it really reminds me of an imperial wit. filled with citrus orange and spicy coriander, maybe a hint of cinnamon and definitely with clove. fruity and sweet in the finish, almost like an orange and peach soda, and then a clove and alcohol flavor in the aftertaste; maybe even a slight hint of spearmint like a rootbeer.

M: light and effervescent, maybe a little sticky; carbonation helps keep the body light.

D: expect the unexpected with this. while the beer is a delight, the biggest surprise to me was the complexity and pleasant character of finishing and aftertaste. balance is more to the sweet side and not much notable hop character. however, I would recommend this to my friends who like blue moon to expand their craft beer horizons.

joeysmokedporter, Nov 12, 2008
Photo of matt7215
4.8/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle from the LCBO for $5.75

pours hazy golden with a pure everlasting white head.

aromas of ripe citrus fruit, hops, and unibroue yeast.

the flavour progress in the following nature: light pale malts progress into a fruity body before the hops and yeast come in to totally complicate things to the point of stupidly good complex belgian inspired quebec made greatness.

in a word stunning.

i buy this ruglarily and have tried it both fresh and aged, bottled and on tap and you simply cant go wrong.

matt7215, Nov 12, 2008
Photo of prsguitarsr4me
4.93/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This stuff is for kings. Great beer. Pours blonde with a nice white head that could have better retention and lacing (like Duvel does). Smells and tastes fantastic - sweet and refreshing - very smooth and delicate. As the head died away, I wished every sip was like the first couple, though. I might open up my big Duvel after this for a back to back...

prsguitarsr4me, Nov 12, 2008
Photo of cnally
4.47/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An intimidating name. The End Of The World, eh?

The look is impressive. Massive initial white head and cascading bubbles continue throughout. The yellow-orange coloring is a little cloudy.

Yeasty, fruity smell of oranges and honey.

Outstanding flavor of slight hops, but a nice alcohol flavor. Slightly sweet and tangy. Apricot aftertastes and orange hints.

Feel is bubbly and light.

Delicious, addictive beer. Easy to drink, impressive to look at. And you can say you are drinking the end of the world.

cnally, Nov 11, 2008
Photo of MisterE
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottles sold in a four pack at Wards Supermarket

A: pours a soft golden honey color with a lofty white head that slowly subsides

S: delicious, clean smell of fruit, spices, and a hint of yeast

T: vivid and delightful blend of tangy fruitiness - first sweet, then spicy

M: carbonation is very pronounced, otherwise the feel is smooth and full

D: alcohol taste is muted but don't be fooled; the kick is coming

An excellent beer for those whose tastebuds like a little adventure.

MisterE, Nov 10, 2008
Photo of paco1029384756
4.28/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy, golden orange color with one finger of fizzy white head and a lot of carbonation.

Scent of yeast, sugars, fruits, sweet and bready malts as well as some citrus. Great balance and strength without overpowering.

Taste of lemon, yeast, sugars with some lasting bready malts. Finishes with yeast and a hint of citrus. Again, excellent balance and strength.

Mouthfeel is light and smooth, with a ton of carbonation which helps keeping the beer from being overbearing.

Drinkability isn't as up to par as the rest of the beer, but I don't mind.

paco1029384756, Nov 10, 2008
Photo of RblWthACoz
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an orange touched brown with a pillowy thick creme head. Nose is citrus, dough, and a minor funk. Flavor is an excellent mix of citrus, yeasty funk, sweetness, earth tones. It's all here. And in perfect harmony IMO. Feel has a full carbonation and the liquid is well bodied. This is an excellent beer. To have access to something so good at such a reasonable price is something that should be routinely taken advantage of.

RblWthACoz, Nov 09, 2008
Photo of tuo
4.33/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle to a tulip

A: Poured a nice cloudy golden color with a bright white 2 finger head that didn't go away.

S: Nice spices and a very present yeast esters with a little bit of a citrus smell.

T: Just like the aroma of the beer it starts with the spice notes up front and moves into the citrus area then a touch of hops. Again with the yeast esters you get all those nice complex fruit flavors.

MF/D: On the lighter side with very high carbonation and a very low alcohol flavor if any at all. No heat from the alcohol either. Very nice tripel but with the high carbonation I could only drink a few.

tuo, Nov 07, 2008
Photo of Shumista
4.45/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. ( Is the foil on the top really necessary, I found it really annoying.)

A- Pours a yellow-straw color with 2 finger fizzy white head that dissipates very slowly.
A- Definitely smells like a Belgian Tripel. I smell a lot of fruitiness, apple, pears, some spiciness.
T- Taste follows the smell. I would say apples are the biggest component of the fruitiness of the beer. The spiciness is there as well and there is a sourness to it that I did not expect from the aroma.
M- Highly carbonated (which I expected after seeing how it poured), and full bodied. The alcohol is barely noticeable, even as the beer warms.
D- Very high drinkability for a Tripel, I could have another bottle or two without any trouble.

This was my second beer from Unibroue and both this and their Maudite have been excellent. I'm looking forward to trying more of their beers.

Shumista, Nov 05, 2008
Photo of lynx1245
4.35/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Been saving this one for a few weeks for the right occasion. A perfect post-election beer.

Appearance: Out comes a cloudy straw colored liquid with a large fizzy white head that recedes quickly. A look that beckons to be sipped.

Smell: I could smell it as soon as I opened the bottle. Very sweet fruity esters. Orange peel and other mulling spices really hit a home run. Its like drinking apple cider only better.

Taste: The spices really shine along with the citrus. Very complex flavor. A slight hint of bitterness from the hops is quickly balanced by the malts. Also, where is the alcohol? Excellent job masking the alcohol taste. Oh man, I can already tell I'm going to be on the floor after this one.

Mouthfeel: The carbonation is just right. Nice and dry finish. Perfect for sipping.

Drinkability: Normally I would give a lower rating here because of the high alcohol content. However, you don't need to drink very many of these to get the full La Fin Du Monde experience. I could easily see myself drinking one 750ml bottle for the whole night. Just sipping it slowly is enough to make you feel excellent.

Here's to hoping that the next 4 years are as awesome as this beer!

lynx1245, Nov 05, 2008
Photo of djeucalyptus
4.08/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

pours a beautiful hazy citrus-straw color with some fine sediment from a gentle pour. A beautiful creamy, billowy, thick head that left a bit faster than I was expecting, deflating to a thin head (more substantial than just top-lacing) that stuck with the glass to the bottom. Only a touch of spotty lacing.

aroma is of fruits and spices. Apple, pear, apricot, and banana up front, with some peppercorn, clove, cinnamon and cardamom spicing. Floral notes back up the fruits, and there's a definite yeast-mustiness that's pleasant and nowhere near as overwhelming as some.

taste is in line with the aroma: fruit and spice notes up front, with some almost-cider-like flavors coming through. Definite yeast breadiness backbone opens up into more hop bitterness and a touch of fruit sourness. The fruit and sour hints caught me off guard, but i warmed up to it quickly. Alcohol notes are minimal.

mouthfeel is beautiful. Full and warming, with some heavy carbonation. The bubbles are almost overwhelming, but they keep the appearance beautiful and keeps the mouthfeel full and creamy.

drinkability is amazing, as the flavors aren't overwhelming, the alcohol isn't overly apparent, and the mouthfeel is both tongue and heartwarming. The only drawback could be the carbonated thickness makes this one pretty filling... but that's far from a reason not to drink this one.

djeucalyptus, Nov 05, 2008
Photo of biegaman
4.83/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A goldening shade of apricot with tanned complexion. It sits with striking glow. Its colour is light but its tone is deep and hazed. A feathery patch of white distinguishes itself over top. This can be thickened with swirling and dots the glass with lace.

Its aroma is both pleasantly and potently effervescent. It is also fruity and floral and showcases just a dash of spice. Crisp straw wheat and lightly toasted malts seem doused in white pepper and coriander and then tossed with green apple and golden pear. I know of very few things that can appeal to the sense of smell like a good Belgian yeast.

Fortunately it seems to have had the same impact on taste as well. Again we are treated to sweetened, honey-laced malts tossed with coriander and orchard fruit. It is by no means an intense beer - the flavours are vivid but gentle and moderate. It pleases all parts of the palate with components fruity, malty, floral, tart, and zesty.

The alcohol is deceivingly absent in taste, but the beer possesses a soothing, almost sedative, presence that is indicative of a well crafted 9% tripel. Its higher gravity has done nothing to thin out mouthfeel and quite to the contrary, the mild carbonation and peppery spice give the beer a very lively texture on the palate.

This beer pairs wonderfully with a number of dishes and makes an especially great cheese pairing. While it drinks phenomenally fresh, it also ages exceptionally well. To speak matter of factly: Unibroue makes some of the finest Belgian ales outside of Belgium and 'La Fin Du Monde' is certainly amongst the best examples of a Belgian tripel.

biegaman, Nov 05, 2008
Photo of webmanspidey
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy caramel/yellow color. Fizzy head. Smell of a spicy apple juice. Some other sweet fruits in there. Tangy and sweet fruity taste. Peppery and spicy as well. Slight detection of alcohol. This is as good as it gets for a "non-Trappist" tripel. Very drinkable and enjoyable.

webmanspidey, Nov 05, 2008
Photo of Bowdoinbeerboy
4.53/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- This is the most beautiful beer I have ever seen. There is a massive foamy head that keeps surging upwards! The carbonation is spectacular, there is a torrent of it that keeps jutting up from the center of the glass. Beer itself is a golden straw color.

Smell- Heavy with heavy date and candied fruit smell but with a deep mustiness as well.

Taste- Incredibly smooth, sweet and yeasty, not sharp at all. Alcohol is hidden extremely well. Warm and bready, almost like there is some dough in there.

Mouthfeel- Creamy, the beer drinks like Im having foam and not liquid.

Drinkability- Dangerous as its at 9% but incredibly smooth and well balanced.

Bowdoinbeerboy, Nov 03, 2008
Photo of rdickey
5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Pours a pale cloudy gold into a tulip. Rocky white two-finger head lingers.

Smell: Outstanding - there's a lot going on here. Floral notes hit me first, followed by a nice balance of fruit, spice and hops.

Taste: Again, simply outstanding. There's a lot going on and it all works perfectly together. I get fruit and spice first, followed immediately by mild hop bitterness. Warming alcohol rounds it out, but it's not a flaw at all - in fact, it's quite pleasant. Nice dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Relatively high carbonation, which works nicely with this beer.

Drinkability: Highly drinkable despite the high ABV, because everything just works so well together. I'm not sure what the right analogy is - is this the Porsche 911 of beers? That honor should probably go to a German brew, of course. In any event, I have made this beer a part of my regular rotation, and have nicknamed it "Fin du Week" because I like to reward myself with one on Friday (and I don't speak French).

rdickey, Nov 02, 2008
Photo of mtbikeguru
3.48/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750-milliliter bottle into a chalice. Has a nice brozenish/yellow colour to it. Has a very nice nose. Hints of cloves/spice and a hint of fruitiness. Fairly smooth, crisp taste but has a slight bitternes to it. Over all great beer, wonderfull winter warmer.(especially on a cold snowy evening)

mtbikeguru, Nov 01, 2008
Photo of Yesac
3.9/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Very faint pale yellow. Small head. Could be lots better.

S - Sour smell.. some spice and some orangy peel.

T - Right along with the smell, some spice and a orangy tang. There is an overall sourness that is not impressing me.

M - Medium carbonated, some creamyness but thin over all.

D - Easy to drink.. gets better as it warms. The 9% is hidden well. But overall its to tangy and citrusy for my taste.

Yesac, Nov 01, 2008
Photo of flipper2gv
4.47/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Nice gold ale with full head.

Smell: Very complex smell. You definitively can smell the spices, the orange peel and verious fruits (pears, apples) as well as some cloves.

Taste: First thing to strike is the spices. Then I felt the cloves and orange peel. At the end we can taste the fruits with a sweetness that is more present than on the smell. Light hops bitterness as well as nice wheat flavor. The alcohol is not very present making it very drinkable.

Mouthfeel: Pretty interesting too. It starts out with a medium to high carbonation with a medium presence. But, if you let it stay in your mouth for some time, it gets very creamy with a much fuller presence.

Drinkability: Dangerously high for a 9% beer. As I said in the taste section, the alcohol taste is well hidden by the complex taste of this beer. Don't exaggerate too much on this one.

flipper2gv, Oct 29, 2008
Photo of NittanyBeerFan
4.1/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a creamy amber with a lot of haze. Just by the looks of this thing, you can tell that there is gonna be a lot of yeast character.

S: The main flavor is obviously yeast. But its the subtleties in the smell that really impressed me. Theres a ton going on in here. There are the citrus and clove flavors of a good hefe. I can make out fruits in there too...

T: This is where the flavor really develops. You feel the yeast, and then you get overwhelmed by flavors! Pepper, cloves, and citrus dominate, along with some pear, apple, and some hop bitterness.

M/D: Heavily carbonated but I think it went nicely with the style. The heavy yeast in this beer makes it hard for me to believe I could drink more than a couple, but it tastes so damn good, I can't tell for sure.

NittanyBeerFan, Oct 28, 2008
Photo of craytonic
4.03/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big bomber pours a foamy off-white head. Pale, yellow, cloudy golden pour.

Smell: Orchard and peppers. Lots of pear & apple. Yeast, alcohol, cider.

Taste: An orchard - lots of pear, some apple, and white pepper. Yeast & some hoppy bitterness. Finish is more pepper.

Great, full-bodied mouthfeel. Very nice.

Drinkable, not my favorite, but one to try once yearly.

craytonic, Oct 24, 2008
Photo of Foxtrot
4.15/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up one of these at my local BevMo. Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A - Cloudy straw color with a big head and light lacing.

S - Lots of malt, yeast and cloves with no hops.

T - Opens up with cloves and pear flavors, and finishes good with a clean and slightly bitter finish.

M - Smooth and sweet with some moderate carbonation.

D - Although this is a very good brew, I would not recommend this as a session beer. Quite filling and has a high ABV.

Foxtrot, Oct 22, 2008
Photo of adamette
4.43/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Purchased a few hours ago at World Wines and Liquor in Mentor, Ohio. Four 12 oz. brown bottles for $8.99.

A This is almost ALL head pouring into my clean, clear Dogfish Head pint. The head was the entire 6 inches of the pint for a bit. Then about 60 seconds later the meringe like lacy head is supported by a gorgeous yellow golden body with pleasing carbonation rising from below.

S Grainy alcohol, true tripel smell. Smells very sweet, lots of malt. Do not smell hops.

T Wonderful malty, grainy, alcohol. I love this taste which I find similar to other tripels that I have had.

M Full with high ABV but also malty, sweet grainy tastes. This beer demands your attention.

D At least good thanks to its great taste but high ABV and fullness to the mouth make it difficult to drink multiples of these.

Notes: This reminds me A LOT of Victory Golden Monkey. That is one of my favorite beers. To contrast the two, I would say that Fin du Monde has more fullness and more grains, malts but the basic taste is very similar.

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Re-review 11 9 10

Live review. Poured from the 12 oz. bottle that I bought at Giant Eagle two evenings ago for $9.99/4-pack. Date printed on bottom of back label states 03-26-13. Series of numbers near the neck report: C26100036Q for what it is worth. Poured into my gold rimmed Brewery Ommegang Westvleteren style goblet.

A Initially a creamy, off white head but it lasted about a minute over a golden yellow body that initially had swirls of yeast sediment floating about but now is pretty well uniform in its opaque, very hazy look. The head, before I am about to sip it, is nearly a single line of bubbles across the top. A classic, good look for the style. 4.0

S Great balance of Belgian yeast, candi sugar sweetness and light roast malt. I also smell significant warmth of alcohol but it is not only welcomed but it is appropriate to the style. 4.5

T The taste extends right from the smell in that there is the light roast malt, candi sugar sweetness, that great Belgian yeast that is probably the best that I have tasted in a beer brewed outside of Belgium. This is obviously a finely crafted Tripel brewed with the greatest artistry and care. More satisfying than that, it is a pleasure to taste. 4.5

M Some alcohol heat, the Belgian yeast dances across the tongue and there is a nice malty, syrupy thick feel that is appropriate to the style but few Tripels pull off this bigness of this one and that is appreciated. 5.0

D Fair to good with the bigness and the alcohol driving it down but it is so damn delicious (which drive it up!). 4.0

Notes: A classic, world class tripel from Unibroue.

adamette, Oct 22, 2008
Photo of kkosmoski
4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

355 mL poured into an Ommegang goblet - best before date of 05-09-09. Beer foamed out of the bottle and onto the countertop shortly after opening, so I poured immediately. Was only able to fit roughly half of the bottle into the goblet due to the massive amount of white head produced. Extremely high amount of active carbonation working up through a golden colored liquid. Thick, tightly packed foam holds its form beautifully. Aroma is of apricot, apple, banana, rock candy, and yeast. Flavors include subtle grain, candy sweetness, apricot, honeydew melon, clove, and a yeasty, bitter finish. Feel in the mouth is prickly and fluffy from the high carbonation. Chalky light-medium body and warming. A vast array of flavors make this a very intriguing ale to quaff, high alcohol will get in the way after a while.

This is a style that I don't visit very often and am slowly developing an appreciation for. This seems like a solid example with a myriad of interesting flavors and aromas going on.

kkosmoski, Oct 22, 2008
La Fin Du Monde from Unibroue
96 out of 100 based on 8,185 ratings.