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La Fin Du Monde - Unibroue

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

8,727 Ratings
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Ratings: 8,727
Reviews: 2,759
rAvg: 4.32
pDev: 11.81%
Wants: 384
Gots: 1,140 | 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 nelnutter
4.33/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a Chimay goblet.

A: Great looking brew! Golden orange with a big foamy white head that doesn't want to ever go away, and leaves sticky lacing. Constant show of bubbles continues throughout which keeps a good amount of head in tact the entire time.

S: Very fruity, banana and orange; bubblegum; spicy and yeasty. Not a hefty alochol smell, considering.

T: Very consistent with the aroma; fruity and spicey. Mostly banana and citrus and spicy yeastiness. Very slight mild hop at the end, along with the alcohol coming through, but still doesn't hit like it's ABV would indicate.

M: Full-bodied, slightly chewy. The persistent bubbles that look so nice in this brew, kind of give it a bit too much in the carbonation department for me.

D: First Unibroue I've ever had, and this one had a lot of hype surrounding it; I'd have to say it lived up and I will gladly buy this again. Very tasty.

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

This is hands down the best brew I have ever had! If I could create the same recipe and fermentation process, I am sure I would be a millionaire.

Poured from a 750mL bottle under compression with a cork topper into a tulip flared glass. The colouration is pale yellow and the head white, predominant throughout the enjoyment, which was light, fluffy and thick at the same time.

Aroma is fruity, mildly yeasty and citrus notes are apparent. Mild, and I mean mild hoppiness is present.

The taste is unparalleled! Wonderful characters of honey and of all things a sense of birch bark, wintergreen, dog grass, ginger, juniper, licorice, sarsaparilla, yucca and cherrita.

The palate is excited with the chewey feel of the brew and non-overpowering feel of the higher alcohol.

Very easy to drink, yet the alcohol can hit you, like a bottle of VQA chardonnay. But, this brew is exceptional to a connoisseur or the lay person. It truly is wonderful to enjoy a taste or a bottle.

Cheers!

Photo of wolfinthemirror
4.72/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours a cloudy light yellow into a tulip glass, resembles lemonade in clarity and color. A nice lively, sparkling head hissing at me.
What can I really say about this, it looks very "high class". lots of fine bubbles traveling the sides and a constant jet like fountain of larger bubbles going up from the center. Very attractive looking beer.

The smell really blew me away. It's so alive and fragrant. I get a deep fruity focus, lighter fruits like tangerines and white grapes with a touch of floral qualities.

Taste wise this kind of reminds me of a sweeter, more highly carbonated American Pale Ale.this is very good. it hides the alcohol extremely well, but you still know you're drinking a beer.

It has a really champagne or sparkling wine feel to it for me. lighter bodied, kinda airy and effervescent.

This stuff really drinks like liquid candy, you hardly know you're even drinking anything over 6%.

I didn't know what to really expect with this one, as it is my introduction to the style, but I am blown away by it. Unbelievable beer.

Photo of katan
4.05/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ml into a hotel glass

A - Pours a hazy orange like color. Off white head formation. Very bubbling, strong carbonation.

S - A very spicy, yeasty ale. Orange, coriander, white pepper. Lots of belgian wild yeast is present. Some phenolic tones.

T - Starts off lightly sweet, boatloads of 2-row and some small pilsner. MId-stream gets more spicy, somewhat dry. Finishes with a phenolic bite combined with some spicy yeast and peppery undertones. Huge alcohol warmth on the aftertaste.

M - Thick and creamy, but very driven by the carbonation. Stinging to the tongue at times. Leaves a sweet cling to the tongue.

D - Moderate to low drinkability. Alcohol is pretty zingy, but the surprisingly not filling at all - against the carbonation of the beer.

Photo of crnipeter
3.95/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

330 ml into the Karmeliet glass. BBE 02-11-12.

Pours peachy yellow-orange body. Tilts and swirls weave thick stable laces on the walls as the firm white head slowly recedes to form a solid cover.
The sniffing session reveals intense and complex aromas of citruses (mainly orange), banana and bubble gum - which is not surprising as wheat is one of the principal ingredients, clove, faint pepperiness, refined sugar and perceivable alcohol. The sweet malty body with clovey phenolic character embraces intense citrusy esters which whip the palate with bites of orange, alcohol clearly shows itself, bitter ending probably due to abundance of yeast derived phenolics. The medium body is crispy but this is somehow balanced by wheaty texture of the beer that tends to create dextrinous coatings on the lips. The alcohol is a bit overpowering and somehow not well incorporated into the whole thus reducing the drinkability. A good brew nevertheless.

Photo of Jesstyr
3.7/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served a bottle of this at the great Pasta Nostra in Norwalk - not your typical beer joint, but they have some great ones to pair with italian food, including this one.

Cloudy yellow body with a massive foamy bright white head that starts large, but simmers to a manageable cm quickly. Excellent lacing. Slightly medicinal aroma, with citrus highlights - particularly lemon. Very yeasty.

A little spicy, but what I didn't enjoy the high amount of yeast in this one. Light fruit tones, and a slight bit of citrus, nothing big though. The light body made this different from most tripel's I enjoyed, but it was an overall enjoyable drink.

Photo of racer2k
3.9/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass

A - Pours a hazy golden color that has a nice two finger head which settles down leaving a nice white coating on top of my glass. Lot's of carbonation going and a very nice lacing profile.

S - Aroma of peaches, pineapple, and spicy yeast and bread. There is also a hint of a peppery flavor that I pick up.

T - A sweet fruity and spicy first taste which smooths out and transitions to a dry and bitter finish. There is a distinct clover flavor in addition to some spicy hops on the back end. The 9% alcohol is extremely well hidden in this beer.

M - Full bodied beer with lots of carbonation on board. The foamy head remains a constant component of the beer throughout.

D - Very drinkable and smooth with very little alcohol warmth. This is dangerously drinkable and delicious. Very nice offering.

Photo of bound4er
4.38/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From a 750 mL bottle with a 5-5-12 drink-by date.

A. Cloudy, amber to light orange appearance with nice fluffy white head. Spotty lacing.

S. Belgian style nose all over this one - yeasty charcoal, biscuit, mild citrus and clove. Really nice.

T. Similar taste profile to the nose - malts and mixed fruits upon entry and then some prickly hops and a lingering banana/yeastiness on the finish.

M. Medium bodied with good carbonation - feels quite nice across my entire palate.

D. This is an easy to drink beer that is very enjoyable. I love this style but one is enough for me.

La Fin Du Monde is the best non-Belgian Tripel I have had to date. My first Unibroue beer and one that I will buy again. Recommended.

Photo of BeerNinja007
4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Single 12oz bottle poured into a standard pint glass. $2.59 at the Lebanon Health Food Store, Lebanon NH. Best before 04-23-12. Served luke-cold at maybe 55F.

A: Slightly hazy golden yellow brew with visibly rigorous carbonation. Head settles to a thick 1/4" mat of ivory.

S: Very fragrant. Yeast, honey, thick bready malt, green apple, cinnamon, clove. A mild aluminum odor makes me worried.

T: First impression: salty sweet. It has a mineral saltiness that makes me think of licking sweat off of my arm on a hot day. Very odd. I don't mean that to sound as bad as it does. Everything else is much like the nose, plus a little citrus and ginger. Complex. Finish is green apple, lemon, and honey.

M/D: Carbonation, sweetness, and thickness are all on the high end but balance each other nicely. End result is that it feels a bit foamy. Alcohol mildly apparent in the finish. Very drinkable.

Photo of mmva321
4.43/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a goblet.

A: Pours a slight darker honey color. It's amber that swings a bit to the yellow side, and if you hold it up to the light it becomes translucent. The head is foamy, bubbly, white and disipates very fast and leaves no lacing, but I won't hold that against it.

S: (I think my nose is the most forgiving thing when I review beers. Hmmm...).?.? Anyway, a terrific mix of sweet malt and bready yeast, leaving the smell at the same time smooth but very earthy (what I reawwy wuv about twipels). The usual fruit players make their appearance as well: banana, apple and pear are most readily noticable. Bright and crisp.

T: Take a big gulp, and it's a bit too overwhelming. But, take it slow, a sip at a time, and the subtlties of the taste come through. I love the earthy yeast, but the fruits really make the beer special. The above fruits are there but also orange. The malts make it sweet and smooth, but there is a very crisp and hidden hoppy bitterness I wasn't expecting. Hops, malts and yeast working together at last for the greater good.

M: Very carbonated feel. It's just personal taste, but they went with the punchy feel to highlight the fruits and hops when I wish they had gone with a smoother feel to highlight the malts and yeast.

D: Well you can't drink it that fast, being a beer of bold, upfront flavors, but taken as a sipping beer, it's one you can just sit back and relax with.

Photo of Wetpaperbag
4.05/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I've had this beer many times on tap even and for some reason I've never reviewed the beer. But today I have one I bought in a sampler pack of 750's at Costco over a year ago. I know others from the pack have done well over time so I'm interested to see how this one did.

Drinking this in a La Fin Du Monde snifter glass.

A- Good head at front, but it faded quickly. Golden in color, very clear, looks clean and crisp.

S- Wonderful grain smell, honey, golden raisins, pineapple, a citrus note of something very light in here as well.

T- This isn't bad after a year, very mellow. The carbination is a bit much for my liking, especially with the very mellow flavors. The citrus that I smelled comes though in the taste, not hop citrus but something a bit more subtle. Bready with a light sweet honey added. The flavors are very delicate, almost too delicate for the carbination. I don't know how well this would last in terms of longer then a year and a half.

M- The carbination is a bit much for this beer at this point in time. That aside the beer is light bodied for sure.

D- Easy to drink, and would be super amazing on a hot day with some light cheeses or fruits.

Photo of pwoody11
4.4/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed at Kildares Irish Pub on Main Street in Newark.

From notes:

Golden straw color, somewhat hazy and unrefined. White head.

Smell is of banana and yeast.

Taste is similar to banana spice bread. I also noted some bits of orange and pear.

This was an extremely good beer. I wish I got to drink it at home to enjoy it properly instead of being out with non craft beer drinkers. The last part of my notes says "ABV snuck up on me". LOL.

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

A - Golden rich hue, good head (near two finger), some lacing through the drink.

S - that great level of complexity is reached with this one...what you would expect from a Trippel yet more pronounced than average, some fruit, white wine type notes, pleasant alcohol type notes, yet also strong profile with a much welcomed and tempered Belgium bitterness.

T - great, thick, full flavored taste...accentuates all that was mentioned concerning the aroma.

M - rich smooth and thick yet still very bubbly, near perfect for carrying the complexity...not to light/swift as to miss anything, nor to syrupy/slow to have any one flavor component linger in a lack of balance.

D - Impressive. The actual, true champagne of beers, at least craft beers. High ABV suggests to enjoy slowly. But it's so good that's actually a little tough to do.

One of the rare ones for me which rivals any food pairing at all.
Can be enjoyed strait up alone...or with anything you wish to cut with the dryness of a Tripel. To be savored, sipped. Highly recommended if you want to see what a great Tripel is all about.

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

Pours a cloudy pale straw color with a head that dissipates quite fast and leaves little lacing.

Smells typicly belgian with spices, lemon, sweet malt, some fruits and yeast. Very refreshing!

Taste has some sweet malt with a peppery yeast, berries, green apples and pear. Finishes with some warming alcohol.

Medium/full bodied, smooth, creamy with mild carbonation.

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

Big frothy white head atop a cloudy golden straw yellow out of a 750. Maybe it's just the warming weather, but I get vanilla ice cream and hints of orange sherbert right of the bat. It's also got a touch of caramel, banana, and clove. The taste is similar to the smell, only better. It was also missing the orange. Peppery and spicy vanilla followed by sweet caramel. Cloves tend to be more relevant here as well. Some warming alcohol, but the vanilla really plays well with that aspect. Very smooth and creamy. I did prefer this when it was on the cooler side, but all in all it was very good.

Photo of buschbeer
3.83/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I poured into my glass to a large pillowy, white head. It is yellow in color. The aroma is filled with lemon and spice. I also detect notes of alcohol and banana. The taste is citrus, banana, alcohol, and spice. It is quite pleasant on a sunny spring day. I get a slight warming from the alcohol. It is a good beer, but it is not my favorite style.

Cheers!

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

I picked up a bottle at State Line this past weekend. Best by 24 Sept 2012, so does this mean it was bottled 24 Sept 2009?

In my Duvel tulip, this beer loos about as gorgeous as Duvel itself. Crystal clear 24 carat gold with a dense, billowy white head with excellent retention and some lacing, this beer is resplendent.

The nose is excellent as well. There's no mistaking the prominent Unibroue yeast character, with its spiciness and sweetness, mildly akin to rising bread. Behind that is a blend of honey, a light sugar sweetness, and a blend of spices - clove, a little nutmeg and some white pepper. Definitely fruity, there's some red apples, some apricot and what at varying times brings to mind passion fruit, kiwi, citrus and maybe even mango. Alcohol is noticeable as well. This is about as fruity as this style gets, I guess.

The palate is surprisingly tame given how incredible the nose is. Opening with a light cracker-like sweetness with some sugar and honey, there's a delicate ripe orange character, some mild floral notes as well. Moderately yeasty, this really reminds me of rising bread. This character is especially noticeable mid-palate, along with some phenols. Spices are present as well, with a blend of clove and white pepper. Bigger in body than I like for the style (I love 'em bone dry), this beer is medium-light, with a high level of carbonation. It also doesn't seem as well-knit as it could be. The finish is quite excellent, with a touch of alcohol, fruit, spice and yeast. Very drinkable stuff, this. Also very delicate, and needs to be consumed on a clean palate.

Photo of JohnL9013
4.43/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Golden orange, cloudy. Small head, surprisingly.

S: Light citrus smell, large malt smell. Very pleasant aroma.

T: Unexpectedly good taste...this company knows how to make a Belgian beer. Not totally balanced, there are citrus flavors that tend to poke through but otherwise very homogeneous and complex. It also warms up extremely well, revealing even more flavors.

M: Not carbonated enough for this style, but otherwise very agreeable to rolling around.

D: Very drinkable, but just short of absolute smoothness. High abv. is hidden extremely well, though.

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

Served from a 750 ml champagne style bottle with an illustration of Quebec on the label. Freshness date printed on back.

Appearance: Golden body colour with a cider appearance. Fairly fizzy whitish head that subsides to a thin patchy lace that's maintained by the high carbonation.

Smell: Sweet fruity and slightly floral aroma with a character similar to a Hefeweizen. Also a faint caustic alcohol smell that is pretty well hidden.

Taste: Slightly sweet and fruity upfront. Some grainy and wheat flavours come through and finishes with some dry flowery hops that is amplified with a unique type of bitterness. Sharp alcohol bitterness that amplifies the hop flavours and makes this brew finish dry, as well as reminding you to take it slow and easy with this brew, lest you become legless before the night is over.

Mouthfeel: Pretty light for such a high alcohol brew. Very refreshing though, with a tingly high carbonation level that was reminiscent of champagne.

Notes: This goes down real easy for a high gravity brew. I shared this bottle with a friend and we finished it a lot faster than I expected and were kinda tipsy towards the end. Respect the brew as they say. Overall a good beer. Well balanced and tasty. Also I would suggest this as a good beer for the craft brew fan who is uninitiated into the world of Belgian style beers.

Photo of BricksandPorter
4.58/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Im trying my best tto be objective and not to be overly enthusiastic about this beer but I am finding it difficult - this is one FINE ASS beer.

Pour - holy hell...looks like orange jello in a glass. Thick, cloudy and doesnt move, sits like its got the viscosity of gelatin. Head is thick - 2 fingers - with medium sized bubbles and a slow, sustainable topper that (spoiler) smells and tastes great.

Nose - heady wheat, fruity and crisp and a nice mellow tang

Taste - Again, trying to remain objective and not be overly enthusiastic but this beer is absolutely amazing. Top three beers I have ever tasted in my life. A cacophony of flavors ranging from high malt, spices like cinnamon, coriander and lavender and a constant bitter- wheat makes this beer, utterly, the whole entire package. Look for berries, bananas and (dare I say it) a hint of mint on the finish.
Put me to bed...

Mouthfeel - undeniably smoothe. Fantastic carbonation makes the flavors even more savory. The appearance makes you think this one wont be easy to take - totally wrong. This one is nice and easy.

Drinkability - the only thing keeping this from being a session beer is the price. Totally worth it though.

In my top three beers of all time.

Photo of ericj551
4.15/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

La Fin Du Monde pours a hazy straw gold with a lively, fluffy head. The aroma is light and fruity, with plenty of yeasty phenolic character and some alcohol coming through. The flavor is sharp and sweet upfront. Lots of light, faintly tropical fruitiness. The sharp phenolic flavor sticks around and lingers in the aftertaste. Alcohol flavor comes through but it's mild for the strength. Not only is this a great beer, but I think it's the best value in Ontario.

Photo of snpub540
4.18/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly hazy orange hue with the bottom being a more pale yellow. Lots of bubbles floating up from the bottom of my Unibroue tulip, but it looks very nice this way. Sheets of clingy white lace are left during the entire drink.

Aromas were mostly banana and clove yeastiness. Slightly musty with some ripe fruit as well.

Taste is a sweet and bready malts upfront, with the clove spice being secondary. Light alcohol sweetness and warmth in the finish, but its pleasant and not harsh.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and the carbonation gives the impression that the flavors dance on the palate. Drinkability is good. Alcohol is nicely hidden for being 9 percent.

Photo of mdfb79
4.43/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 ML bottle into a goblet.

a - Pours a orangish-golden color with 2+ fingers of white head. Moderate carbonation evident.

s - Lots of banana, yeast, and some spice. Masybe some other fruits as well.

t - Banana, yeast, cloves, and pears. Very nice and the alcohol is very well hidden.

m - Medium body and moderate carbontion.

d - A very nice tripel. Great fruity smell and taste and the high ABV doesn't affect the drinkability at all. A great beer by Unibroue that I've had many times and will surely have again.

Photo of mtnbikerpa
4.78/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle with foil on top and freshness date on the back of the label. Golden copper color with 3 inches of head that retains very well. Scents of cloves, fresh cut apples and grapes. Lots of dry fruit flavor. Yeast esters are tastey. Alcohol is well hidden. Mouthfeel is very smooth. Going very well with gourmet grilled cheese with basil.

Photo of gloriousglo2
4.7/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It was this orangy-yellow color, it smelled great, a sorta fruity taste. It had a big head on it. The bottle has this fancy silver foil that envelops the cap, giving this brew a regal air. I originally got this as part of their variety pack. Coulda done without that apple flavored stuff, though....

La Fin Du Monde from Unibroue
96 out of 100 based on 8,727 ratings.