La Fin Du Monde - Unibroue

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Ratings: 8,761
Reviews: 2,763
rAvg: 4.32
pDev: 11.81%
Wants: 391
Gots: 1,171 | FT: 17
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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 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....

Photo of zoso1967
3.75/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Pours cloudy, a gold that is slightly orange in the heart of the glass. The nice white fluffy head has very nice retention and good lacing. Strong Belgian yeast aroma. Sweet, clove, white pepper, apple and perhaps a little banana. The flavor has a surprising tart sour apple zing to it that makes this beer quite refreshing. Plenty of clove, pear and apple meld with sweet pale malt. Alcohol is perceivable, but does not take away from the beer's flavor. Flavors added by the yeast seem to be the star of the show. Medium body with ample carbonation that lends to a luxuriously effervescent mouthfeel. Finish is tart and dry. This beer is refreshing, but I would not necessarily say it is remarkably drinkable. A very well made beer, but not one of my favorites from this brewery.

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

This beer poured (into a Brooklyn Brewery Tulip) a beautiful hazy yellow amber, with an amazing 3 finger width, white head. There were lots of bubbles seen and remained active for most of the beer's life. The head took quite a while to dissipate and eventually did so to a one finger width thickness. The lacing on the glass was thick and clung to the glass up until time to wash the glass. The initial smell of this brew was that of fruits, champagne and slight hint of alcohol. The initial taste was that of fruits, malt, champagne, and some possible floral notes. The beer had a light to medium body with a nice bite of the carbonation, and actually felt quite strange on the tongue (strange good, to me) even after it had been swallowed. What really knocked my socks off with this beer was its presentation and mouth feel. Absolutely fantastic beer, and one that could get none beer drinkers a second thought about the realm of craft beers. Will definitely buy this again/always be stocked with this.

Photo of ksimons
4.97/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A-hazy orange with a white foamy head that slowly disappears

S-spicy, orange sweetness

T-moderate carbonation and spiciness, sweet, warming alcohol is apparent in the spiciness of the beer, dry finish, really complex flavors that all come together

M-medium body, sweet and smooth, and refreshing

One of the best beers I have ever had, highly recommended

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

A - Hazy golden orange. Fluffly head that dissipates rather quickly to about a 1/8" of foam. Can see all kinds of stuff floating around the beer. It looks very similar to a standard hefeweizen.

S - Kind of smells like chalk and flowers. A little bit of citrus hint to it also. Slight alcohol scent also.

T - Sweet. Very sweet. It's a very balanced beer. Fruit mixed with wheat, with some light hops. Coming from a guy that doesn't like the bite of alcohol, I didn't taste it at all which is very surprising based the ABV level.

M - Medium carbonated and medium bodied. Starts off with a hard and crisp feel but smooths out rather quickly.

D - I feel that is has a very high drinkability which is bad because the alcohol will definitely sneak up on you and crush you. Could easily put this beer down in a few minutes, although I would recommend not too.

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

Finally, La Fin Du Monde. One of the best beers ever made.

Appearance: hazy like a weissebier. It has an undercurrent like a properly prepared Black and Tan. Thick head dissipates into 1/8" thick pure white foam. Lacing is nearly ideal for the style. Particulates are present. Has legs.

Smell: sweet, slightly chalky texture, then incredible and utterly complex. Nectar of the gods.

Taste: think of the best hefeweisen you ever tasted. It's better. It's insanely sweet then drifts into the palate like nothing else on the planet. It changes character as it descends, first sweet wheat beer-like, then hot boozy then it gives off a light-sweet-tangerine essence for 10 seconds and then it's gone in a lingering sweet finish.

Mouthfeel: coating and filling, almost to the point of cloying but not annoyingly so. Medium cabonation prevents over-saturation.

Drinkability: As good as it is...it is another deceivingly smooth high ABV beer. You might try to session it but you'd fail. Simply enjoy it in extreme moderation.

La Fin Du Monde is quite simply one of the best beers ever made. I highly recommend it.

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

Pours a bright, effervescent gold with plenty of carbonation running around and a beautiful, cloudy white head that pushed up well over two inches on the pour. Nice retention from the head and when it finally dissipates it leaves thick, foamy rings of lace draped all down the glass. A very inviting looking beer that got a few extra points from the head it put up.

The aroma, probably helped by the extra head La Fin put up, was also very enticing. A fruit basket of 'flavors' mixed with that distinct banana-clove spiciness is prevalent, as well as a bit of unidentified spiciness and some wheat scent that float in less assertively. Very fragrant, you can smell this beer as soon as you pop the top.

The flavor is good, just not as good as the nose or appearance. Similar banana-clove and wheaty fruit flavor to many other Belgians, but sweeter and less spicy on the tongue than some others I've tried. Not necessarily a bad thing, just a bit different. Still, a very tasty beer that isn't hard to drink at all.

I like the mouthfeel. Not thin or watery at all, it's on the slightly thicker side of medium and despite the carbonation present on the initial pour it's very smooth. The carbonation seems to counter some of the effects of the 9% ABV because there is absolutely no hint of alcohol during each draught.

Overall, this is a very drinkable beer. My whole bomber was gone in about 20 minutes. Sweet and slightly spicy with a smooth finish (and a looker to boot) this is definitely a beer to try and maybe one to make your Top Whatever list if you're a big Belgian fan. Good stuff, Canada.

Photo of DAllspaw
3.93/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured into tulip a light straw color with tiny bubbles racing up the glass, a la champagne.

Slightly sweet cakelike smell with subtle funky yeast, certainly not overpowering. Great mouthfeel, coats the palate and roof of mouth, hell I even feel it coating my teeth. The lingering taste is very nice. Seems a bit thin overall though, causing the alcohol to stand out a shade more, but very solid nonetheless.

Photo of ncfranklin
4.08/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Serving Type : Bottle poured into a Weizen Glass.

Appearance : Pours a bright yellow and slightly translucent, but gains a orange layer when the yeast from the bottom hits, eventually settling into a light orange and very murky. A small peach colored head, about 2 fingers, lingers breifly before settling completely. No lacing.

Smell : Whole lot of berry, with hints of peach. A pleasant smell.

Taste : The berry pokes through almost immediately with a crisp bite, before settling. The alcohol greets you if you allow it to wallow in your mouth for any time, but eventually dies off. Enjoyable to feel it change from almost fruity with a crisp cut, to very soft and light.

Mouthfeel : As stated above. A hard crisp beginning, smoothing over to a fluffy feel.

Drinkability : For a 9%, very good. If swallowed quickly, you'll never feel it. If slowly enjoyed, the alcohol pokes through mid-way in taste, but fades for the finish.

Overall, I like this beer. It's a challenge to describe, so it gets bonus points for confounding the senses. The high abv% shouldn't turn anyone off, as it is very well balanced with flavors.

Photo of Flashsp2
4.45/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Unibroue La Fin Du Monde,

Pours a hazy golden color with a jumbo sized, fluffly white head. Head lingers for a bit, then dissipates to a thin layer.

Aroma of spice, sweet fruit, some delicate dark fruits, some grassy/lemon peel notes.

Sweet, powdered yeast, some juicy fruits again in the middle, with a very light bitter that touches down toward the end. A little bit of alcohol spice throughout, and the fruit shines through at the end again, leaving the mouth watering a bit. Some vinous flavor at the finish as well, with some rum raisin as well.

Mouthfeel is smooth and luscious, not thick or syrupy. Very refreshing, fluffy and velvety on the palette.

Photo of Liverpool08
4.38/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another reason to love this style. Pours a pale cloudy orange with small thin head. Smell of belgian yeast, cloves. spices. Flavor follows with super smooth spices, cloves, bananas and funk. This tripel seems a bit smoother then some others. It doesn't have the big Belgian punch of others, yet it is still an outstanding example of the style. The alchohol is VERY well hidden and would be very easy to drink several of these.
Glad to have these readibly available in my area!

Photo of BeanBone
4.03/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: A thoroughly hazy golden-orange body capped by a mountain of fluffy white head that recedes slowly and leaves great lacing. Certainly a Belgian looking beer.

Aroma: Cloves, floral perfume, juicy citrus, golden fruit, grainy malt, Belgian yeast, and medium alcohol.

Flavor: A mix of golden fruit, pepper, mild hops, and medium alcohol character over sweet wheat-like pale malt. Everything is nicely balanced. Golden fruit, grainy malt, and mild booze in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light bodied and creamy with medium-high carbonation and a dry finish. Some nice heat from the alcohol.

Drinkability: Surprisingly drinkable, this goes back quicker than the ABV would lead you to believe.

Verdict: A thoroughly satisfying experience, La Fin du Monde is complex, delicate, and well balanced. Who knew the Canadians were crafting such great Belgian beers this whole time?

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

Pours a light-yellow cider color with a very healthy foamy white head. Aroma has a mix of apple, some citrus and floral hints to it. Taste is a mix of apples, spice, and some malts. Alcohol is there also, but not too strong, which is surprising considering it's 9% ABV. Good thickness and carbonation. Definitely a drinkable beer for any occassion, but pricey.

Photo of zoso493
4.18/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 ml corked and caged bottle into a Chimay chalice.

Appearance: La Fin du Monde is a beautiful, radiant orange that is fairly light in hue but still very hazy. It's crowned by a bubbly but thick two-finger head that has decent retention. The head stays around for awhile as a nice coating of the surface of the beer, probably with aid of the laser etching in my glass.

Smell: This is an extremely fruity-smelling tripel but it works well. There is a large orchard-fruit smell that consists of apple, pear and lemon and orange peel. It also has a pleasant graininess to it that smells as if it's coming from the pear. There is something, however, that causes me to associate a bit of artificiality with the scent and I suspect it may be the yeast. It's not a bad smell by any measure, but in my mind it's not authentic.

Taste: The orchard fruit are still the primary goodies in the taste but the grains are a bit more pronounced in the taste then they are in the scent. La Fin du Monde has all the essential ingredients for a tripel, but there just seems to be some indistinguishable chasm between this and a genuine Belgian example. I'm not bashing the beer, as it is very good and notably refreshing, but it has some catching up to do with other beers that were brewed in the homeland.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel in this beer is lovely for the style. It's crisp and extremely dry, which is exactly what a tripel calls for. It's not too thick and it's highly carbonated, but I have no room to grumble.

Drinkability: This is a very drinkable beer considering it's 9% ABV. I'm taking my time with this 750 ml bottle, but I'm not noticing the alcohol and am enjoying every sip of it.

Overall, La Fin du Monde, is a undoubtedly a very good example of the style, but it lacks a certain something that is present in any other Belgian tripel. It's still, however, a refreshing and interesting beer that is heavy on the fruit tastes.

Photo of mrmanning
3.98/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy yellow body, with a medium sized fizzy head. Aromas are herbal and fruity, with most of the aroma being the latter. Taste is fruity (citrus) with some subtle spicy notes. Some malt sweetness as well. Leaves a bit of a fruity aftertaste, which only left me wanting more. Cool bottle as always with Unibroue. 9% alcohol? Can't tell. Well done.

Photo of cld253
4.9/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I am sitting here trying to figure out what this beer does not do for me. And all I can think is,.. . . that maybe it could have got to me more directly, and that I could have taken better care of it. With that said, it doesn't even care,. . it still shines, even though there was some dust on the one that I pulled from the deepest reaches of darkness on the display shelf at the super market. I get excited every time I get to have this beer.

Appearance- Liquid gold, with a light, frothy, 3 finger head. Dissipates slowly, but the white layer protecting the jewels never fades. I would five this beer less on appearance, but I feel the lack of lacing is because this glass has been used a couple times tonight already.

Smell- Matly, yeasty (banana, citrus and spice), earthy. It makes you want to smell it thoroughly every time before you have another sip...

Taste- Everything that your nose picks up, with a nice floral, fruit, malt backed bite. .. (do yourself a favor and try this beer at different temperatures,.. i liked it a bit colder,.. and now its coming up to about it goes from biscuit, to banana and,.. kind of complexity that I hate to try to describe, but balanced all at the same time,...

Feel- silky smooth with a slight carb bite that wakes up your taste buds.

Drinkability - I had to find something that wasn't perfect,.. I would drink this all night, but I can't afford it, and I would appear a lightweight after slamming 9%'s all night,.. but for 9%.. it's amazing.

Eh! Go Canada! Sidney Crosby! MAF!

Photo of aerin184
4.88/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance - this beer looks deceptively simple. it's a lovely golden - very clear - but I can't say it would stand out just from the appearance...

Smell - only word I can come up with is "yeasty".

Taste - now this is one of the places this beer stands out. Fresh, light, but lots of flavor! This is one of those times my limited beer vocabulary will hinder me, but I know the strong flavor comes from the fermentation process. It's golden, yeasty, wonderful. Only thing I don't like quite as much is the slightly tart aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Very light, a little carbonated... normally I don't like so much carbonation but it's ideal in this beer. The light mouthfeel is one of the best things about it. I'd expect such a strong beer to have a heavier feel, but it's so deceptively light. Which leads me to...

Drinkability - This is also deceptively drinkable. I have to remind myself to sip it because it is in fact so light. You have to be careful, though, because it packs a hidden punch! Altogether one of my favorite beers!

La Fin Du Monde from Unibroue
96 out of 100 based on 8,761 ratings.