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La Fin Du Monde - Unibroue

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

8,360 Ratings
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Ratings: 8,360
Reviews: 2,738
rAvg: 4.32
pDev: 11.81%
Wants: 361
Gots: 977 | FT: 17
Brewed by:
Unibroue visit their website
Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
Tripel |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-23-1998)
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Photo of coldmeat23
4.63/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

GLASS: Goblet
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 50 degrees
Best Before 04-24-11

Pours a slightly hazy, golden orange color. One-finger head of loose white foam. Leaves a light frothy covering. Lacing is spotty and somewhat slick.

Nice banana and citrus notes come on strong. Pears, apples, oranges and peaches. Nice spiced presence, also. Corriander and hints of clove. Very inviting belgian yeast profile. Slight presence of phenols. Light barnyard funk.
This is the nose of an excellent Belgian Tripel.

Sweet fruitiness opens this one. Apples, bananas and citrus flavors. This is quickly balanced by a nice smooth spiciness. Light pepper and cloves. Nice medium malt profile. Great belgian yeast presence.
Very nicely balanced.

As a Tripel should be, this is one smooth and creamy brew. Highly carbonated, with lots of tiny little bubbles. It feels so good in your mouth, you almost don't want to swallow it. Just let it sit there, for a while, and enjoy it.

Very tasty, smooth, and quite drinkable. It hides the 9%abv so well. I can't even tell that it's there. I'm betting that it will sneak up on you, though. Be careful with this one.

coldmeat23, Feb 25, 2009
Photo of cdizinno
4.95/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750ml brown bottle, a best before date on the back label(10-01-11).
2-25-09 update - Had a 12oz and it has a much spicier scent and flavor, clearer golden-yellow, but just as good!

A: Foamy off white head. Cloudy, golden-yellow straw color.

S: Heavy sugar citrus scent. Slight clove and spice scents.

T&M: clove spiciness with some sweetness. Medium-heavy bodied with fruity flavors. Slightly dry finish.

Notes: Definitely my favorite of the "Unibroue" ales.

cdizinno, Feb 22, 2009
Photo of JerzDevl2000
4.13/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Yet another beer that I picked up in Totowa. This one has to be one of the most reviewed brews on this site, so I was a bit surprised that I haven't heard about this more in a word-of-mouth fashion. Seeing that I haven't had a Canadian Beer since Labatt Crystal, I figured it was time to up the ante a bit. Thankfully, this beer is more than up for the challenge!

Great pour, no doubt about it. The head nearly overflowed my pint glass and the lacing isn't half bad either. As for the hue - it's golden with lots of swirly cloudiness to it. Just what I want to see in a Belgian style! Then there's the taste. Certainly not amazing or overwhemling, but if I had this beer blindfolded, there's no way I'd guess that this was Canadian. Lots of banana, clove, bubble gum, and straw here, with a good alcoholic presence to tie it all together. It's not crystalline, but there's a sense of sweetness here too. Certainly one of the most aggressive opaque beers I've ever had, and with just a hint of sourness in the back to boot...

I normally don't like my beers this strong, but it all works here. The 9.00% ABV is not to be taken lightly, since it will be felt from the first sip to the last drop. This is a good beer for this time of the year, when you're sick of stouts and darker offerings but still need to be warmed up because spring is taking it's time to arrive! All the praise this beer gets is certainly deserved.

JerzDevl2000, Feb 20, 2009
Photo of cadenwhitaker
4.72/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is my first beer from Unibroue... these guys are canadian?!

wow

I've always liked Tripels, but this beer just made Tripels my favorite style. Woody, sticky, light citrus, just about everything I've expected in Tripel... just better! I can see why this beer is in the top 100.

cadenwhitaker, Feb 20, 2009
Photo of erz316
4.75/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Large 750 ml corked bottle into a westmalle chalice

A - a very nice brazen yellow fills the glass, dark like a clover honey; held up to a light the light the color only changes a little bit. the head is big white and bubbly, and fills up the chalice perfectly; the head also dissipates very quickly to a good 2mm covering.

S - there is no way around it, but this beer defintely earns a perfect score here. right up front there is a bouquet of fresh cut apples, and mulling spices, there is a light touch of clover the the back. smells like a carbonated mulled cider to equate it to something else.

T - a fine tripel indeed. a nice sweet malty flavour hits the palate. the sweetness is complemented by an almost wheat like grain taste with some sweetness, fruity notes in the far back. the finish illuminates the alcohol and some spiciness from hops. the aftertaste is at first lingering with alcohol and then the malts set back in and give it a nice sweet finish.

MF&D - the feel is great, a creamy body that is not too thick with a large amount of carbonation. I could drink this into oblivion, which wouldn't be too hard.

erz316, Feb 19, 2009
Photo of czechsaaz
4.63/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Big malt nose of pilsner and a spicy yeast component. There's a little fruity ester involved too. I get some peach and apricot aroma. As it warms up it seems even more malty.

Golden colored and very clear. Pours with a big-ass head (careful not to overpour) that fades to a nice layer with tons of lacing but some pretty big bubbles in the head and rising from the bottom of the glass.

Sweet base malt flavors of pilsner and some honey malt. Good hop bitterness to dry it out. Fermentation characteristics include fuit (apples and peaches), spice (pepper, coriander) and yeast. All the fermentation blends together and is subtle so it doesn't seem like anything is added, just a byproduct of the yeast.

Medium to light body with very lively carbonation. Hides the 9% very well. Drinks like a standard pilsner-type beer with way more flavor.

Hard to believe I've never reviewed this beer. It's one of my go-to beers. While not as complex as say a Westmalle or a Bernardus tripel, I can't walk into an average grocery store and pick up a better tripel. Availability/Price/Quality, this is a winner.

czechsaaz, Feb 19, 2009
Photo of dogfishandi
4.03/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

served out of a 12oz. bottle into a pint glass. pours a cloudy golden yellow color with lots of rising bubbles and a nice soapy head like most belgians, that faded slowly. the lacing is not too aparent at first, but as it warms it produces a nice sticky lace on the glass. the smell is almost all phenolics and such from the belgian yeast. tiny bit of a malt nose as well. a little sweet smelling with some alcohol. the taste is absolutely delicious. lots of bubblegum and bananna from the yeast, a little citrus, with some belgian malts aparent. very sweet as well with somewhat of a dry finish. it hides the alcohol very well, you cant taste it what so ever. mouthfeel is pretty medium. drinkability is pretty good considering the 9%, but it real creeps up on you so be carefull. like every unibroue ive had, its pretty damn good, they are all worth a try, exspecially this one. great tripel.

dogfishandi, Feb 17, 2009
Photo of Cavalier92
4.43/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is simply an excellent Tripel. Wow!

A beautiful nose filled with oranges, lemons and grapefruit. Deep golden brown with a nice, clingy head. A sweet full mouthfeel with just a hint of dryness on the edges of the tongue.

The flavor explosion on you tongue is only hinted about bt rhe nose. It's full of malt and fruitiness, well balanced, but certainly on the sweet side.

This is a high ABV beverage, but sbeaky. YOu'll have a few before you realize just how much you've been affected.

Cavalier92, Feb 16, 2009
Photo of schroederm
4.22/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In a snifter:

Opaque yellow brown body with a thick, thick head. A chalice would be best for this brew. Citrus, farm, and yeast in the nose. Absolutely awesome maltiness, and exceptionally well rounded. A little lemon in there, a touch on the sour side. Highly carbonated, but that's too be expected. Very drinkable.

Overall: Another solid win from Unibroue, La Fin Du Monde is available, reasonably priced, and delicious.

schroederm, Feb 15, 2009
Photo of Vengeance526
4.33/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden color with only a thin white ring and not much in the way of lacing.

Aroma immediately hits with fruity notes of banana, apricot and some pear. Yeast is detected and some cloves also come through clean in the front.

Taste reveals lots of fruit and spice. Notes of banana and orange with hints of pepper and cloves in the background. The initial sweetness is quickly balanced out by the spiciness.

Medium body with lots of carbonation. Alcohol appears to be well-hidden for the most part. Cool and refreshing, well worth having a few more around.

Vengeance526, Feb 12, 2009
Photo of olegv40
4.38/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A - Deep golden color, large foamy head, lots of bubbles rushing to the surface

S - Yeasty with a slight hint of citrus with a distinct freshness

T & M - Sublime, smooth and yeasty with just a slight hop bite. Fruity, perhaps apricots. Finishes first with a bit of pepper, and then, finally the alcohol presents itself.

D - The alcohol content makes it hard to drink a lot of these but the taste is so wonderful that you just want to grab another one.

olegv40, Feb 11, 2009
Photo of Oxymoron
3.8/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Is the end near? Pours a mostly hazy straw colored yellow with more a burnt orange hue throughout. A soft fizzy white head with good retention and lacing through the entire tasting.

The nose has some nice estery and phenolic notes throughout. The malt is a bit hidden but some Belgain malt and some pilsner notes. A noticeable oxidation aroma but is somewhat hidden with everything going on. Some nice fruity aromas that is more like a stone fruit than anything, peaches, nectarines and hints of oranges. Some stale notes mixes with a peppery and medicinal aroma. Some noticeable alcohol and sugary notes on the back end.

The taste is bit better than the smell. The malt has some complexity to it and balances well with the esters/phenolic/yeast notes. Some sugary flavors with some pils and generic malt flavors. Some hints of Belgian malt notes and hints of biscuit. Would liked more of that but good complexity overall. The esters come out in their own right with more of a orangey nectarine thing with some minor peach, apricot and vanilla on the back end. Some white wine grape notes that don't quite fit with the noticeable solvent/alcohol notes. Noticeable white pepper leaves a bit of an astringent note. Yeast is distinct to Unibrou but blends well.

The body is moderate and a bit sweet for style. Carbonation is high even for style with a bit of carbonic bite. Some warming effects on the back end. To me, this is more of a Belgian golden than tripple. Just a lot going on to more along the lines of a tripple. Some off notes in the nose and taste but some complexity and esters are worth trying.

Oxymoron, Feb 09, 2009
Photo of Birchgrove77
4.08/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Foil-top bottle received as a birthday gift back in September '08.

Appearance: Beautiful golden, wheat-like yellow in color with an unbelieveably gorgeous fluffy, white head that laces down the glass as you drink. Wonderful streams of carbonation rise to the surface.

Smell: Didn't really care for the smell. Mostly the aroma was musty with some sprinkling of citrus. I guess I would liken it to the smell of regular oatmeal.

Taste: Truly remarkable. Lemony with the perfect balance of cloves and a peppery quality. Some sweetness exists, but the flavor is balanced perfectly.

Mouthfeel: The best way to put it is this beer's carbonation dances on your tounge. Somehow the alcohol is hidden and the mouthfeel reminds me more of a Witbier than a 9% tripel.

Drinkability: Could easily drink a few of these sitting down and not be able to stand up. So refreshing for the alcohol that exists, but packed with so much flavor you just want to keep going back for more.

Birchgrove77, Feb 08, 2009
Photo of mikereaser
3.88/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a murky orange with 1/4 inch of foam

S - yeastiness and citrusy orange and lemon

T - sweet malts, lemony citrusy hops, cloves and some spices

M/D - very carbonated, but very tasty. The carbonation keeps me from having alot, but not from lack of want. Good tasting for sure

mikereaser, Feb 06, 2009
Photo of BARFLYB
4.38/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz foiled bottle into a La Choulette glass. Forgotten in the cellar for some time.

A- La Fin Du Monde pours out a glorious golden color with spots of blond. A nice white head is seen and leaves some streaks of sticky lace. A little hazy side with a cloudyness through the glass. Strong rising bubbles.

S- This triple has a huge fruit aroma incuding oranges and banana and other tropical smells. A nice spice factor including clove and some barley+wheat. Some hops make an appearance as well as malt sweetness after 10 minutes or so.

T- This one packs a lot of tropical tastes such as the orange peel,lemon and melted banana. Other fruits not present in smell include pineapple pear and apple. Spices such as clove & pepper with some barley action. A bit of a hop bite in the middle as some malts smooth things out with sugars lingering.

M- This 9%er goes down smooth with some tartness from some aging. The fruit essence is the 1st thing that hits the palette but then is backed by a exellent balance of spices malts and hops.Medium bodied while the Carbonation is lively with the alcohol making a cameo.

D- One of unibroue's better offerings and is quite drinkable at the 9% but watch yourself after a few. This one is good fresh and great with a year plus. Buy some!

BARFLYB, Feb 06, 2009
Photo of Stunner97
4.72/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance- A beautiful golden ale with heavy carbonation running up the side to a thinnish white head

Smell- Yeasty very citrus y nose

Taste- Delicious sweet beer, such beautiful flavors and so well balanced, I really like all the flavors coming through on this complex beer

Mouthfeel- Soft and delicate a thing of beauty

Drinkability- So dangerous and so delicious with high alcohol this is a truely legendary beer anyone could appreciate

Stunner97, Feb 06, 2009
Photo of marcpal
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On my first attempts at this brewery, I have always been let down a few times over. Then they have these horrific looking bottles and I have ignored them. But, they get great feedback from many so I picked up the 4-pack having not tried any of them.

A: Bright gold with a luxurious thick white head that I hoped would hang on some more.

S: Spices and banana yeast. I want to call it sweet but that is not quite right- it is more of a freeze dried fruit flavor with barrels of complexity. This is intense and quite the surprise. Little citrus dishwasher detergent punch.

T: That is it, that is what a well made tripel should taste like in every aspect. Banana, yeast, cookie dough, mothball like cotton candy, and some other fruits. Clovey spice and coriander are dominant. If there were someone that wanted to get into bigger beers and like the direction that Hoegaarden leads them to, get them to try this.

M: Chewy and creamy. Volumes of bubbles that add a lot to feel as does all of the spice varietals. Crisp at the end and drying on the tongue.

D: For the style, the abv, and the content, insanely drinkable. It is like chewing on a blow pop when it is done and the flavors lend so much value to each sip. Next time I see this ugly bottle, I will be picking it up. Delicous and smooth as silk.

I have quickly become a convert and eagerly look forward to trying the other two in the pack having been more than satisfied by this and Trois Pistoles. As much as I love Victory, this is everything that Golden Monkey is not.

marcpal, Feb 05, 2009
Photo of LumpyGuitar
4.03/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Cracked a bomber of this for the superbowl. Thanks go to Zdester for passing this one to me as a gift.

Poured a beautiful golden with a solid 2 fingers of white fluffy head. Lacing is good, and head retention isn't bad. I poured the first half of the bottle into the Unibroue Fin du Monde glass, and the second half into the Ommegang gift set glass, and the results were noticeable. First time I can say I've seen a difference.

Smells of Belgian yeast, wheat, light malt, and a wide variety of spice. Clove and pepper.

Taste is even more complex than the smell. Banana and pepper up front, strong Belgian yeast, sweet clove, and finishes with a moderate alcohol presence.

Mouthfeel is somewhere between medium and heavy. Very smooth and easy to drink. Alcohol can be a bit rough at times.

This was a good beer and I'd drink it again. I'm not a huge fan of the style but its very drinkable, and pairs pretty well too.

LumpyGuitar, Feb 03, 2009
Photo of velkyal
4.72/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours light amber and a thin white head, with a floral nose and touches of clove and banana. This was somewhat similar to the Eau Bénite but bigger, with a more pronounced fruitiness and refreshing spiciness. Again, given its ABV, this was a superbly smooth beer and not at all harsh.

velkyal, Feb 03, 2009
Photo of slick7rick
4.83/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

One of the best crisp beers I ever had. The crisp refreshing taste makes it an excellent choice with many foods. The pour is golden with a slight cloudy hue. Not to heavy whatsoever. I like the balance of a touch of white pepper, with mellow citrus/champagne like flavor. Be careful this is 9% alcohol, which you can't detect after its too late, have fun ;)

slick7rick, Feb 03, 2009
Photo of Rayek
4.33/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Champagne gold with a slight orange tinge. Swirling and bubbly carbonation came with the initial pour. The soapy eggshell head has exemplary retention and leaves spots of lace.

S: Starts out like a fine apple cider with scents of apple and cinnamon. Pepper, lemon and sourdough aromas follow in from behind. Quite complex overall.

T: White wine like out front, with the taste of crisp green grapes. The fruit theme continues with apple and pear flavors. A sharp pepper and clove bitterness comes on to curb the sweetness. Finishes tart and dry.

M: Medium and juicy. The high carbonation level aids the bitterness with its voracity.

D: Very nice indeed. I'm glad I finally picked this up.

Rayek, Feb 02, 2009
Photo of JeffV
4.3/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

750 ml bottle into a tulip.

A- Big frothy bubbles. Golden color, very rich. 3 inches of head at least.

S- spicy malty sweetness. Smells simple and delicious.

T- spicy. Awesome. Belgiany.

M- lively. Not too heavy or light. Just shy of perfect.

D- amazingly drinkable for the abv. But still not the kind of thing you just pour down your throat.

Thanks pamola.

JeffV, Feb 02, 2009
Photo of CMW
4.63/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Pours a light golden yellow with massive head formation with good retention. There is a decent amount of lacing and carbonation was fair.

S: Nose is filled with sweet candy and fruit. The yeast is very present and mixes well with earthy and grainy tones.

T: Great balance of flavors. Candied yeast mixed with bananas and pears. There is a hint of pepper as well to round out the taste. Alcohol is virtually unoticable at 9%.

M: Smooth with adequate carbonation.

D: Very drinkable, no problem drinking the 750mL bottle. Very smooth.

CMW, Jan 31, 2009
Photo of raoulduke37
3.95/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Beautiful golden color, looks like wheat in the sun. Some minor lacing.

S - Very yeasty, but good.

T - Leaves a little to be desired, citrusy, but overall nothing lasting or memorable.

M - Carbonated a little too much for a tripel, in my opinion.

D - Would make a decent session beer, but not one to impress would-be beer buddies.

raoulduke37, Jan 31, 2009
Photo of TehAnkh
4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce brown bottle with a foiled top.

A: Fluffy off-white to tan head. Seems to be showing lots of carbonation. Pale but dark golden in color. Looks lovely :-).

S: I'm hit instantly with spices and some estery notes. Pepper, light fruits, and loads of alcohol await.

T: Woah! Spicy, malty, mildly sweet and delicious. How is this NOT from Belgium!? This stuff is off the wall good for a Canadian brew. Some nutty character, light fruits, a bit of clove and a mild, almost chile-pepper like bite on the tongue. Do I taste pears, and maybe even a little golden raisin??

M: Creamy, thick, and wonderful. When it was poured it seemed to hint towards a more watery beer considering how bubbly it appeared... Not the case, at all. Mouth warming, bubbly, spicy and creamy as all get out.

D: As drinkable as a beer with this high of an alcohol content is ever going to get. This brew was oh so creamy and thick, yet not harsh on the palate at all. Goes down smooth. Don't expect to be able to drink more than 2, however, unless you're looking to spend the night sitting in the bath tub.

After 24 ounces I was feeling a bit wobbly. But let's face it, who can drink just one of these? It's just too good. For the price, this has got to be one of the best bargains on the face of the earth.
I have another 4 pack of this waiting for me in the fridge (I went back and got more after me and my buddy killed the first one).
If you like Tripels, you'll LOVE this beer, and you'll want to stock up like I did!!!

TehAnkh, Jan 31, 2009
La Fin Du Monde from Unibroue
96 out of 100 based on 8,360 ratings.