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La Fin Du Monde - Unibroue

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Ratings: 8,987
Reviews: 2,812
rAvg: 4.32
pDev: 11.57%
Wants: 440
Gots: 1,404 | FT: 16
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Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
Tripel |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-23-1998

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Photo of Meerkey
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Augustijn goblet

A: Opaque coppery, honey yellow. Some white head and a few bubbles.

S: Yeast and citrus something else? a few reviews said cloves. A little peppery. Some sweetness beneath all that.

T: First the pepper and citrus followed by the yeast. The peppery/cloves are most prominent than I remembered. Sweetness and fruitiness at the end too. The sweetness in the aftertaste gets a little bitter. Tasty.

M: The bubbliness combined with the taste make it entirely delightful.

D: Quite, don't even really notice the alcohol.

Photo of Satchboogie
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle, dated March 31, 2010. Poured into my Duvel Tulip at cellar temp.

A: Pours a light yellow-orange, light amber that is cloudy. 2-finger white bubbly head that dissipated fairly quickly to a 1/2 inch "froth" that lingers for quite a while. Almost no lacing.

S: Bread malt comes through very strong, along with the yeast, tiny bit of hop, ester alcohol, over-ripe fruit (almost old peach, maybe a bit of sweet, soft banana).

T: Tastes as it smells, though a bit more mellow. Floral yeast, heavy bread malt, tiny bit of hop background with almost no bitterness,over-ripe, sweet fruit essences. Has a mellow finish with just a little taste of alcohol, but not overpowering.

M: Medium body, but is really smooth and light. Very crisp with light carbonation that almost disappears after about 15 minutes. A tiny bit chewy due to the heavy malt and yeast presence, virtually no bitterness, finishes very clean and warm.

D: Extremely easy to drink for 9% ABV, alcohol doesn't overpower anywhere and is balanced and soft in the finish. Very smooth. I could drink this all day!

Overall it was a good beer. Not quite as "yummy" or bold as I would like, but it's mouthfeel and drinkability is amazing.

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

pour to tulip glass yields a cloudy deep honey color with small head that breaks up fast.

smell is mild sweet orange peel, yeast, some spice & bitter notes.

taste is complex, citrus & herbal hops, mildly sweet malts, apples and other fruits, alcohol well hidden.

Lite body, good effervescent zip, medium alcohol warmth lingers, hop bite and dryness present, malts balanced very well.

Overall very, very well balanced. 9% abv shows up as a nice medium warmth throughout. Good one to sit and enjoy!

Photo of ramseye4
4.42/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a good looking orange color with a beautiful 2 finger head that slowly dissipates. Smells of wheat, orange, and hops, with some bready undertones, along with a bit of spice. Delicious malts blend smoothly with a bit of wheat, orange, and a slight bit of hops all coming together to make this complex taste work, with a heavy aftertaste that leaves my mouth feeling dry but yearning for more. Goes down smoothly and sits just right in the stomach, it would be easy to accidentally sip on these all night.

Photo of TheDTrain
4.85/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottle pour into a tulip glass. 9% abv

Picked up a 4 pack of Unibroue from Rays in Wauwatosa. La Fin Du Monde is an outstanding beer. Pours a pretty golden hazy yellow with rich white head. Easily drinkable with great tones of citrus, orange, yeast, fruits, and nice hints of alcohol. I'm looking forward to having this one again soon.

Photo of melloashello
4.55/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I have experienced this beer many times before. I realized, however, that I have yet to review it. This beer really is an experience. Deliciousness. Amazing. Pours a beautiful yellow-orange color with a nice head. Smells like greatness. I know that is not that great of an adjective in terms of beer but it is the truth. Smells great, tastes great. This is one of the finest tripels outside the trappist world. Highly recommended.

Photo of chaz410
3.83/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this bottle at the flying saucer in Charlotte NC.
Pours a bright yellow hazy body with a nice froathy white head that disappears pretty quickly but maintains a thin film.
Smells of dried apples, sweet funky esters, dried grassy hops and lots of tart belgian styled funk.
Taste heavy of caramel, corn husks, grassy undertone and a hint of raisens. There's some definite sweet, belgian ester and dextrins floating in there making an hard to describe sweet, funky blend.
Finishes moderately dry and a little tart.
Very smooth and drinkable for the abv and over all style

Photo of Jaxxon61
4.75/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This...beer...alas, a Belgian tripel...is so delicious. I could waste your precious time with the pedantic musings of others as to its clovey-sweet, perfectly-balanced super excellence. But there is no time for hyperbole. Time to drink, voyageurs! Time to quaff this mysterious bitch-goddess from La Belle Province! Bow to its wondrous, inexplicable enchantments! Drink it...like you know you like it!

Photo of dcook11
4.55/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A- Hazy yellow with a medium carbonation and minimal lacing. This tripel displays a penicil thin head and some fine bubbles that aid in its formation. Adding the yeast at the end of the bottle adds somewhat to the head formation and lacing.

S- As I open the bottle hops are the first thing thats stand out, folowed by a malt sweetness and a belgian yeastyness. Although canadian, unibroue imitates the belgian style wuite well. As the beer warms peach and nectarin become very prominent as does the high level of alcohol. Further, as the beer neers room tempature a type of cloying sweetness makes its appearance and sticks around until the end of the bottle.

T- Hops followed closely by a malt sweetnes. Next, a predominant peach and nectarine taste make an appearance. Candied sweetness also adds a bit to the masking of the beers nine percent. As the beer warms up bitterness becomes more noticable. When the yeast is added a baked bread taste is conveyed. The cloying sweetness is one of the only things holding this beer back from a perfect score.

M- La Fin Du monde is medium bodied with a very slight bite from the carbonation.

D-Very smooth drinking, although the sweetness is a bit too much at times. Definitly a sipper at nine percent.

Photo of Swedes21
4.42/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

341 ml served in a chilled glass..

Appearance - Very nice pouring beer! The beer pours with a nice off white head that appears to be very "rich"/foamy. The beer is a cloudy gold colour, however, i can still see a decent amount of carbonation. So far, minimal lacing is occurring.

Smell - amazing smelling beer, right away you are hit with a nice fruity banana based smell followed by a decent hop. The alcohol is well hidden here, you would have no idea your are drinking a 9% beer.

Taste - Strong aftertaste that is very smooth, you know your drinking a good beer here. You can taste the balance between the fruits, citrus and spices. It is a totally balanced beer.

Mouthfeel - Increased levels of carbonation add to the overall taste of this beer. I found it to be light yet creamy on the pallet and the aftertaste is still strong, but smooth.

Drinkability - I have been excited to try this beer for a long time, and it did not let me down. The beer offers a solid and well balanced taste. I am looking fwd to stocking these and enjoying them one night by the far. Great beer for great times!

Photo of eric5bellies
3.97/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank from my Duvel Tulip.

A - Pours a hazey straw colour with a white head that stays around.

S - Plenty of sweet clove,breads and spritzy citrus.

T - Plenty of sweet cloves and bananas with some white wine like flavours, the booze is well hidden.

M - Medium body with spritzy full carbonation. Well balanced.

D - There is something in this beer that does not quite make it authentic Belgian, although it's the best take on the style that you could hope for outside of Belgium. Not a patch on a Westmalle or Chimay Tripel though, as it does not have the depth in body or flavour of those beers. Not sure this should be classified as a Belgian Tripel.

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

The story goes that a intrepid group of explorers from Europe were searching the world as they knew it for spices, and when they came to the shores of North America they believed that they had encountered the end of the world. La Fin du Monde does mean the end of the world, but I would not take that so literally when considering this beer. Really, this beer is better suited for celebration rather than crisis - but it's name, style and execution is right up Uniqboue's alley.

La Fin du Monde is Belgian Style Tripel - a rich, spicy, effervescent, and pale golden beer. This is a very historic traditional Belgian Style of beer which is mimicked all across the globe by thousands of breweries; so you will encounter many takes on this classic brew. Unirboue's is a classic interpretation, and one of the best I have ever had - especially after it has been left a few years to mature. It is 9% abv, perfectly golden and crisp, and packed with spicy aromatic flavors that are masterfully reminiscent of the Belgian ales that inspired it.

This beer is honestly something special. When I was younger and first getting into real beer I wasn't really able to appreciate all of its complexities, delicate flavors, and supreme construction. But now, with a seasoned palate and a greater appreciation for beer and flavor I have come back to La Fin du Monde with an open heart - and the beer rewards. If you havent had a Fin du Monde in a few years, grab a bottle from the LCBO or your local liquor store and enjoy one with a friend; this beer has a lot to offer. Better yet though, buy several bottles and put some away to age - this beer will mature in a cellar for up to 5 years and really starts to hit its stride after 2. It is remarkable.

I opened La Fin du Monde up at cool around 10C (50F) and poured it gently into its own tulip glass. The pour was rich and lively building a frothy white head instantly on top of the golden yellow beer. The roaring excitement from the beer crashing into itself created a large pillowy head that stood a good 3 inches high. It was pure white with tightly packed carbonation and a creamy cap. The beer was lightly hazy with a slight transparent glow. It shone in pure gold with bronze streaks and pale yellow straw bending through it. Its a perfect depiction of a Tripel so far, and I couldn't wait for the scent.

The nose is rich and spicy with large fruity perfumes and delicate pale malt aromas. It is bright and crisp on the nose showing green apples, honey, coriander, earthy yeast, dried papaya, apricots and a hint of citrus. Get your nose right up to the beer and breath in gentle cloves, warming pale malt sensations, hints of sugary caramel and a touch of ginger cake. It is softer and less tart than many of the Belgian versions, and thus easier on the palate. It also brings a hint of fresh floral hops and a quick finish of pepper - if you let this beer age, any speck of alcohol that you find falls out and brings forth warmer and creamy fruit and malt aromas.

The first sip is pungently reminiscent of the nose; crisp and clean spices match a lightly tart-sweet yeast character that quenches your palate from the start. This delicate but snappy spice is very welcome on the beers overall character because a smooth wave of pale malts and fruity esters will melt in over your tongue to balance off the whole experience. Hints of caramel and sugar candy blend in with oranges, apples, apricots and mango. Honey and sweet grains float litely in the back, and a soft tropical fruit sweetness glides into citrus and shows the first crack at hops.

Hop bitterness is gentle and used to balance, not show up at the front end. It works with the coriander and pepper note very well, but is soft and playful just in the back. The smooth effervescent nature of the beer helps everything - every inch of its flavor is accentuated by the mouthfeel which is somehow crisp and creamy at the same time. This aids a dry and spicy sweet finish that again, quenches your palate with ease.

La Fin du Monde is far less wild than the Beglian Tripels, and much more civilized than most American interpretations. This all comes together to create a uniquely Quebec style Tripel that is worthy of everyones enjoyment. Enjoy la Fin du Monde alone, or pair with all sorts of funky cheeses, fish, shellfish, game, sausage, cheesecake or roast turkey.

Pics at: http://definitionale.com/2010/10/29/tasting-the-unibroue-la-fin-du-monde-2/

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

Appearance: Pours a cloudy golden color with an off-white head.

Smell: Clove, yeast, fruits

Taste: clove, spices, mild alcohol taste, sweetness, pears.

Mouthfeel: Creamy taste with light carbonation.

Drinkability: Very enjoyable beer. The best in it's category.

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

Appearance: light caramel color with lots of carbonation sustaining a decent sized head.

Smell: Apples, oranges and malt.

Taste: Fruit flavor, some citrus flavor, some malt character, finishing with a nice touch of alcohol. The 9% abv is incredibly well hidden. Beautiful flavor that isn't too light or too heavy.

Drinkability: At 9 percent this is a dangerous beer because it drinks like a session beer but has the flavor of the tripel style.

Photo of jlandis
4.77/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Hazy straw golden in color with 2 cm white head that slowly fades to a thin rim.

S - Bright apples, bananas, white grapes hit you right up front as the clove and anise start to kick in. This is a beautifully fragrant beer.

T - Rich flavor that exactly mirrors the nose - apples, bananas, white grapes and cloves. There is also a well balanced sweet malt in the finish along with a subtle alcohol presence.

M - Medium body with decent carbonation.

This is one of my most favorites from Unibroue, and with a name that translates "The End of the World" how could you go wrong? Everything is blended together so fantastically and each flavor compliments the next. Sophisticated in one sip and kick you in the face ballsy in the next. I love this beer.

Photo of QuestionableScum
4.52/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a hazy deep golden yellow with some hints of orange. And a one finger near frothy head. Very effervescent.

Smells quite yeasty, and a little tart. I get lots of fruits including apple, pear and a little bit of banana. A little bit of clove and pepper.

Taste is much like the smelll with lots of bready, slightly tangy, yeastiness, fruity notes along with some spiciness and little bit of funk at the end. The fruity notes have element of apple, pear, a little bit of banana and perhaps apricot . Clove and pepper are the predominant spice notes. Quite well-balanced and a good introduction to the tripel style, as this one is substantially less funky and quite a bit sweeter than many other tripels.

The mouthfeel is good although I prefer it when tripels are a little bit drier.

Alcohol is very well-hidden, and the beer is super-drinkable. If you did not read the label that this was 9% it would not be at all evident.

Photo of flannelman808
3.91/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Pours a mildly hazy soft orange yellow almost peach color. Soft hues of lightened pink... its actually a gorgeous color. Bone white head tops off the glass (Duvel for this taste) great retention on what looks like latte foam. However minus points on lacing, which was almost nonexistent for the record.

S: This beer is all about the combination of subtly. And I say with out thinking twice that it is the hardest beer to describe in a what's that flavor/ aroma sort of way. Anyhow here goes... cardamom spice black pepper maybe.... not overwhelmingly powerful but spicy more than anything else. I think I get a mild sort of pear like quality as well.

T: Once again this beer is insanely in balance. Annoyingly actually, I would actually prefer to get more umph in one direction or another. Its like imagining a utopian society as peaceful but boring as hell. Not that this beer is boring, it's not its good. Just annoying. Predominant flavors here are in the way of; cardamom, clove, black pepper lavender, raw sugar, as well as a kind of herbal sort of bitterness that shows from what is probably a light amount of hopping. Its not too sweet and not too dry but more important, as a good triple aught to be it... This one is predominantly dry finishing. Mild sort of fruity esters hit the front of the palate first and scream sweet flavors, just for a second or two and dissipate rapidly. Almost like a sugary melon sort of flavor but again very mild.

M: again annoyingly balanced... carbonic yet smooth.

D: INSANELY HIGH. This is a 5 our of 5 with out thinking twice and if there were a way to rate higher I would. I have had this beer with all walks of life and not only does everyone love it from people who want "light" beer to people who want "dark" beer, but the fact that this is 9 % abv is unreal. Not to mention that It is still very inexpensive for the quality of the product. I have never written so much in the drinkability category before but the end of the world deserves it... even if it is french canadian.

Photo of andrenaline
3.88/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've had several other Unibroue offerings (I think I take it for granted given the readily available spread of offerings from Unibroue) but I've never tried their flagship top rated beer.

A - Pours a hazy golden orange colour with a thumb of light egg white head which quickly dissipates leaving some fine lacing.

S - Scent is a bit chalky with spices and burnt roasted malts masked by cardboard cork presence. Not terrible, but I was a bit disappointed with the nose on this one. The chalky scent dissipated after about 10 minutes revealing some cloves and cinnamon, which was nice.

T - The flavours are much like the scent, with the spices dominating (cloves, cinnamon and bit of pepper on the finish), followed by burnt malts. The alcohol is noticeable and definitely lingers a bit, leaving a warming feeling on the finish.

M - Mouthfeel is medium bodied, bursting into big bubbles on the tongue, followed by a smooth finish. No complaints here.

D - Overall, this is a very tasty offering from Unibroue. I find some of the true Belgian offerings a little less harsh, but don't take that as meaning this isn't worthy. It's a very tasty tripel, I've just found some others that mask the ABV a little better. Worthy to any tripel fan, and I'm proud that a Canadian brewer is able to produce such a quality tripel.

Photo of chalsk
4.6/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A fruit bouquet, with notes of spice and malt. Hazy golden appearance with a very thin head. Sweet taste with a slightly bitter finish, very slight. A full body with a clean finish, well carbonated. A very excellent beer, great balance. One of my favorite tripels.

Photo of scott451
4.6/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Duvel tulip glass. A slightly hazy gold under a one finger bubbly head which soon diminished to a strong ring. good lacing.

Fruity phenolic smells. The first taste sensation is the incredible smoothness. No sharp edges here. Complex malt flavours with peppery alcohols bringing up the rear. Smooth and warming.

As mentioned above very smooth. Medium body, good carbonation. Drinkability is outstanding. You are left wanting another despite the ABV. What makes this pale ale like triple outstanding is the balance and smoothness. A top shelf brew.

Photo of kwjd
4.35/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I just realized I hadn't reviewed this beer before, so here it goes. Pours a hazy pale orange colour with thick white head and lots of lacing. Smells very sweet, with some lemon and other citrus aromas and Belgian yeast. Some mild bitterness, but more sweetness in the flavour. I'm probably not doing this justice by the description, but a delicious tripel. Nice carbonation level. I have this frequently and glad I always have access to it at about $5 a bottle.

Photo of punkrkr27
4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden pour with a big, pillowy, white head with loads of champagne like bubbles emanating from the bottom of the glass. The aroma is a bright and delicate mix of wildflowers, orange peel, lemon zest, candi sugar, bread dough, and bubblegum esters. The taste is moderately sweet upfront but also very floral. There's some bright notes of citrus zest upfront as well. The middle is chewy and doughy with a little straw and estery notes. The finish yeasty, peppery, musty and funky in that classic Unibroue way. The alcohol is well hidden. Creamy medium body with lots of tingly carbonation.

Photo of case4816
4.08/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Poured golden yellow in colour, quite opaque. Nice thick creamy head that dissipated fairly quickly to a small patch in the middle of the glass with little lacing around.

S- Very light and fruity in smell. Quite yeasty in smell with a nice bit of malts as well. The smell also has the distinct bottle fermentation smell; which in this case smells a bit sour.

T- Amazingly light and fruity in taste, like guava and pineapple. The yeasty flavours also come out quite strong, combined with the malts quite nicely. The aftertaste is quite a bit bitter, with a small hint of sourness.

D- A Very nice beer to drink, I'll have to make sure I keep a few in me "cellar" for when I want one, the go out at the lcbo here quite often and now I can see why

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

A - Pours into a 16oz tulip with a brilliant golden haziness. Good two finger head rests on top.

S - Sugars and fruits. Slight alcohol.

T - Citrus with a bit of malt mixed in. Hints of bitterness and alcohol on the back end.

M - Great feel. Light to medium in body with a pleasant creaminess.

D - This one is somewhat heavy for such a light beer. ABV keeps a night full of these out of reach for me.

Fantastic!

Photo of JohnnyChicago
4.52/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a chalice

A: Poured a soft amber with a fluffy white head

S: Very nice smell. Yeasty, hoppy, and champagne-like aromas shine through; interesting and luscious.

T: Wow! Absolutely delicious! Bubblegum, mild funk and pink champagne flavours. It feels light and crisp, the flavours mixing perfectly and leaving a dry Prosecco aftertaste.

D: Excellent drinkability. I had no problem finishing three of these in thirty minutes and only the 9% kept me from drinking more.

Overall: This is an exceptional brew. It is a very smooth, very drinkable brew. I cannot stress the drinkability on this enough! It is about as hard to down as soda and three-hundred times tastier. A great beer, all around!

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La Fin Du Monde from Unibroue
96 out of 100 based on 8,987 ratings.