La Fin Du Monde - Unibroue
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4.7/5 rDev +8.8%
There are not too many Canadian products that evoke a strong brand following here in America, but it's time we made Unibroue a household name. La Fin Du Monde is "the end of the world" in French but what it really means is that you should go to the end of the world, if necessary, to pick some of this up. Luckily for us, Unibroue is distributed widely in our market, and therefore available just around the corner.
This is one of the many beers I keep coming back to, time and time again. I miss it if it's been awhile, and feel like I need to welcome it back into my home.
La Fin Du Monde is in the Belgian strong-triple style and is liquid gold, literally. The beer pours a hazy beautiful golden, with a full billowy head of white foam.
What makes La Fin Du Monde exceptional amongst its North American counterparts is the full sweet-tart peppery smell, and monster yeasty, bready, and fruity flavor. Like many traditional Belgian-style breweries, Unibroue uses proprietary house yeast for its beers that add a unique character, and their yeast seems to leave this typically dry style on the sweet end of the spectrum with a massive pronounced complexity of flavors. This beer is bottle conditioned, meaning a small amount of yeast is left in the bottle to carbonate and mellow out the beer, enhancing the full flavors of the drink.
Drinking most of this French-Canadian breweries beer is an experience that I can't recommend enough, and La Fin Du Monde is a brilliant example of their craft and skill. If this is the end of the world, then I really do feel fine.
02-14-2008 17:39:14 | More by manleyphoto
4.33/5 rDev +0.2%
Bottle poured into a tulip glass.
A- The hazy golden/orange/yellow beer poured with a 2-1/2 finger fluffy white head. Bubbles of carbonation struggled through. As a drank, the head left nice fluffy, sticky rings along the side of the glass.
S- The aroma was a nice combonation of spice and citrus fruit.
T- The flavor was a great example of the style. There were more spicy and fruity flavors along with a yeasty presence and hints of alcohol.
M- It had a nice full feel. It was a little grainy, but in a good way. The alcohol flavor warmed my mouth.
D- The full flavor and smooth feel made drinking easy.
Overall- It's a great example of the style. I really like that it's so readily available and fairly priced.
02-14-2008 01:28:50 | More by GRPunk
4.35/5 rDev +0.7%
Nice golden colo with a silky tan head that is very active at first champage like bubbles.
Herby Belgian yeast, tart fruits, floral hops and vanilla.
Deliciously fruity, spicy, earthy and malty.
Creamy body and crisp carbonation.
A superb example of a Canadian triple. So complex yet one of the most drinkable brews around.
02-11-2008 04:52:31 | More by rye726
4.35/5 rDev +0.7%
Pours a cloudy golden with a massive, white head. Smells of vanilla and lemon. Taste is exceptional, very light, sweet, with a hint of the belgian style yeast. Very little bitterness. Mouthfeel is good, smooth carbonation. Very drinkable, dangerously so, one could drink the entire 750ml bottle easily. An exceptional beer.
I could see this beer swaying BMC drinkers over to be beer advocates!
02-11-2008 00:35:52 | More by tronester
4.35/5 rDev +0.7%
750ml corked bottle
orangy straw color, hazy on first pour, cloudier the closer you get to the bottom of the bottle. lots of head which slowly fades, some lacing.
flowery and fruity, like ripe apples or cider. hint of peach and yeast. whiff of medicinal alcohol and herbs.
early sips are fruity up front, again more apple, maybe golden raisins. sweet seed-based spice and medicinal notes blend with gentle hop bitterness to a relatively dry finish.
good pairing with truffle tremor cheese by cypress grove
slightly thin, but smooth. moderate but lively carbonation.
lol, way back in the day, before i even knew what a tripel was or that belgians even made beer, my friend and i would drink these out of the bottle in our dorms, saying, "damn, this is one bomb ass wanna-be malt liquor!"
02-10-2008 08:15:48 | More by tai4ji2x
3.73/5 rDev -13.7%
12 oz bottle, best before 1-8-10
Pours an apricot yellow with lots of head that retains well, laces okay.
smells of peppery hops mostly, and some fruity esters.
Taste is sweet malt, bready yeast, peppery hops, all pretty well balanced.
There is alot of carbonation in this one which leaves the palate fairly dry.
Drinkability is good for a 9% abv, although after one i had heartburn so that was my limit.
02-08-2008 20:25:49 | More by tayner
4.2/5 rDev -2.8%
Served from a 22-oz bottle into a tulip-style glass.
A - Cloudy, orangish/yellow with heavy carbonation. Excellent white, four-finger head with good staying power.
S - Tangy, almost like an orange
T - In a word: yummy. Almost like a caramel apple. Sweet, lingering aftertaste.
M - Somewhat alcoholic.
D - Very drinkable, despite ABV.
A reliable favorite.
02-08-2008 05:52:08 | More by melmoth100
3.6/5 rDev -16.7%
Smells a lot like champaign with some hops. Pretty looking. Murky deep yellow with a white head that has excellent lacing. Taste is okay, but a bit off in the finish (don't like, what appears to be a peppery spice/apple taste). Finish has an alcoholic touch to it. Good, but not as good as I expected.
02-07-2008 18:14:19 | More by BMan1113VR
3.7/5 rDev -14.4%
Presented in a 750 shared with a few Canadians in my sisters garage. This was my first go at a Tripel and quite frankly this style is not for me, great beer, just not for me.
A - Poured a hazy yellow into a gold rimmed chalice with a thick white foamy head. Lacing throughout, a very attractive beer.
S - Fruity and spicy, peaches pepper and clove are initially present with a cinnamon and apple back.
T - Sweet and yeasty, not an expert on this style but it took some time to get used to. I thought the alcohol would be too overpowering but it wasn't which was nice.
M - Very smooth with a dry finish. Tons of carbonation and very light on the tongue.
D - I guess you could drink more than one, the fellas I was with did, but for me one was perfect. Recommended.
02-07-2008 13:30:36 | More by shabbtastic
4.38/5 rDev +1.4%
750 ml bottle, poured into a Duvel tulip. Golden in color with a billowing white head. Nice retention and lacing. Aromas of soft esters with a spicy zing. Flavors of fleshy fruits like pear and apple, with some clove and pepper spiciness. With warmth, yeast becomes a prominent note. A bit high on carbonation, but overall quite smooth. Alcohol is hidden under the fruitiness. Body is medium.
02-07-2008 04:56:45 | More by illidurit
4.83/5 rDev +11.8%
One of my absolute favorite beers. I am surprised I havent reviewed this one until now.
Poured into my St Bernardus Goblet. This beer looks very similar to its cousin, Don De Dieu. It pours a hazzy, medium gold, with a bright white, creamy head.
The trademark unibroue yeast is apparent from the first sniff. Apricots and earth dominate the nose.
This beer starts off semi-sweet and fruity; pears and apricots. Despite the apparent malt sweetness, this beer manages to feel fairly light and dry. A bit of grain in the finish with the tiniest amount of alcohol. This beer is amazing. To me it is a traditional Tripel, with super-charged yeast. The taste is uniquely Unibroue.
There are few beers a drinkable as this one. You barely notice that it is 9%. A true Gem, and a regular beer at this house.
02-05-2008 20:17:27 | More by IPAcraig
4.38/5 rDev +1.4%
Purchased at Evanston 1st Liquors for $6.29. Expiration date of 9/17/10.
Pours from a 750 ml bottle into a St. Bernardus goblet (yes, I need to get a tulip soon) with a very light head of large white fizzy bubbles that recede rather quickly, even after an aggressive pour, to a thin layer on the top. Color is a dull, opaque goldenrod. I like the color of a few other tripels better, but this is a trivial point. It looks like it will taste very good. A few thin streams of tiny bubbles rise up. After pouring the yeast into the final glass, the color becomes more peachy orange, and the head retention improves.
The nose is fruity and yeasty. Peaches and apricots, ripe red apples. Spices take a backseat; clove is the only one I can pick out for now. The intensity increases in the last pour, with extra herbal/spicy notes. The best of the style are more complex than this.
A lot of the (over)ripe red apple carries into the flavor inside of grainy malts, dominating the sour part of the palate. The spices kick in at the back of the tongue, with clove and pepper being prominent. The finish is mostly spices and earthy yeastiness. The yeast certainly gives away that this is a Unibroue production. The slightest bit of hops come through here, as does more apple and light fruit, namely apricot. Actually finishes a lot like a witbier, but a little bigger and sweeter. I am surprised at how much apple dominates the taste here. I was looking for more sweetness on the palate, but I thought the little bit of orange and apricot that showed up was too easily overpowered by the rest of the flavor profile.
No drastic changes after the yeast has been poured, maybe less apple, and more of the light fruits. (This was a close call between a 4.0 and a 4.5, but I gave it the bump up since tripel is one of my favorite styles, and I can't see rating that many beers this high or higher.)
Mouthfeel is soft. The carbonation is just about spot on. The high alcohol content tickles the tongue for the first sip or two, but that's nothing to get too worked up about. Leaves a pleasant tingling on the tongue, and warms going down. Does a good job of avoiding the roughness that often comes with wheaty beers.
This beer is a pleasure to drink. It gets a little hard to finish the entire 750 ml at the end, but I won't take off for that. One or two at a bar would not pose this problem. The alcohol is well integrated, but present enough for me to make sure that I'm pacing myself.
This is not my favorite tripel, but it's certainly no slouch. And at a much better price than a few others, I will certainly visit it again.
PS: After having 200+ beers, I figure I'm qualified enough to start reviewing. I definitely picked a winner to start with.
02-05-2008 08:12:26 | More by ommegoose
4.78/5 rDev +10.6%
Body is a lighter golden color, lots of little bubbles dancing around. Topping that is a big white head. Lots of malt on the nose, sweet candy, hints of citrus. The taste explodes on the tounge. Big sweet malt front, followed by some spicyness. Fair amount of hop, some fruit tones. Warm alcohol eventually shows up. A great mouthfeel. Very tasty and quite refreshing. Nice.
02-05-2008 04:49:56 | More by Tballz420
4.45/5 rDev +3%
A: Poured a hazy golden-peach with a small sudsy white head that faded rather quickly. Visible carbonation appeared light-medium.
S: The nose had some creamy bananas, cloves and spicy fruit (green apples, oranges). There was a slight yeasty muskiness as well.
T: The initial flavor was spicy and fruity (pineapples, pears) with a light smokiness. Tart oranges, bananas, light bubblegum notes stand out. There were also some fresh apples, and mangos adding to the complexity in the finish rounding things out. Incredibly complex and fruity with a lively carbonation that brings out the full aroma and flavor
M: The mouthful was full of fresh oranges, spicy hoppiness and a lively carbonation bite.
D: Drinkability was incredibly good, with a vast complexity of fruitiness from the yeast. The 9.0% abv was hardly noticeable as this beer drank like a dream. Fulfilling at one drink, but easily drinkable in multiples until the alcohol catches up to you.
02-05-2008 00:23:40 | More by beerthulhu
4.83/5 rDev +11.8%
A: Murky, rich yellow with a nice foamy head that holds up nicely, and leaves a great lace trim and sheet.
S: Fresh apple peel, some mild spices and alcohol notes. Almost a whiff of the the syrup canned tangerines are stored in. All around, a nice and gentle aroma.
T: A similar 'tangerine syrup'/light peach taste, with peppery notes and clove flavours. A nice, somewhat complex blend of flavours all very nicely balanced with one another. Finishes a little peppery, with the warming alcohol on the way down.
M + D: Somewhat expressive, with a good zip of carbonation... and crisp. A medium body on there that makes for an easier drink. Sipping moderately, the flavours linger in the mouth to be savoured for some time in between. A fine drink, and one I'd like to keep on hand for social occasions.
02-05-2008 00:16:49 | More by Proteus93
4.85/5 rDev +12.3%
12 oz bottle pours a somewhat hazy golden honey color with a very rich and creamy inch and a half of nearly white head. Head retains a nice lace throughout and leaves quite a bit of stick.
Smell is very fruity with a nice sweetness, some clove, spice and yeast. Bit of booze in there too; this is precisely how I like a tripel to smell.
Taste too is exceptional. Sweet and fruity, super creamy, some spice and yeast, clove. I love tripels on the sweeter side and this is the prototype, I think. Mouthfeel is very creamy and a hefty medium body but the carbonation is a bit overdone; it could be softer in the mouth. Nevertheless, very smooth and creamy.
This is an awesome beer, one that I would drink all the time if I could.
01-29-2008 02:18:35 | More by number1bum
4.5/5 rDev +4.2%
Corked 750ml bottle. Pretty label art. Freshness date 9-17-10 on label. Poured into my Corsendonk Tulip.
A: Light foamy head that lasts awhile and laces well.
Pretty golden color, cloudy.
S: Smells fruity and yeasty, slightly peppery.
T: Fruity (mango) and very yeasty. Peppery also. I detect slight Taste of what others have described as clove I blieve. Finishes with a very slight alcohol warming and hoppiness. Delicious.
M: Just right, thick enough to create a nice head and explain the 9% ABV.
D: Very easy to drink despite high alcohol content, I would sip this beer forever if it weren't for the fact I'm poor and need a break to sip some Trois Pistoles.
01-27-2008 01:12:17 | More by Hojaminbag
4.8/5 rDev +11.1%
750 caged and corked from Cost Plus
A - Unfiltered, light golden with heavy, white foam action, and clumping legs.
S - Tones of apricot, peach, coriander, and slight ester.
T - Peaches, pears, allspice, coriander, and slight ester. Overall fairly sweet.
M - Wonderful. Gentle on the palate. Despite foaminess, little carbonation and warming. After several tastes, Alcohol is a little inconsistent on the mouthfeel.
D - More please! A great canadian take on a belgian 3x strong, eh? You betcha.
01-26-2008 10:18:17 | More by MisterClean
4.58/5 rDev +6%
Pours a murky brownish orange with a massive head.
The amount of aromas is almost overwhelming, but perfectly blended. Each time, you notice something else. Maybe it's the floral scents, maybe the orange peels, or maybe the sour apples. Whatever it is, it's always great.
The taste, like the smell, is loaded with flavors that all work together to make a great tasting beer. Incredible. I mainly noticed the same orange peel and sour apple tastes from before, with spices and rinds blended in. The sourness gets a bit heavy, but that's about the only flaw.
The yeast gives it a thick, almost chewy quality. Wow, this beer doesn't allow any of your senses to take a nap. It finishes dry, at least much dryer than anticipated. This is probably the result of great carbonation and a high alcohol content that you'd forget was even there if you didn't start feeling it.
This one live up to, and exceeded, the hype.
01-25-2008 14:30:18 | More by ElGrecoVerde
4.4/5 rDev +1.9%
Terrific, yeasty beer from Unibroue, another smooth concoction that is a testament to their brewing prowess. This pours a rich golden color with two full fingers of white head, very sharp. The smell is fine, but insufficient for me. Lots of fruit and yeast, but not strong on the nose. The taste is not surprisingly delicious, smooth, full of fruit flavor, with the yeast never off the radar. I was hoping for a bit more effervescence with the mouthfeel, but beggars and choosers...still very good, and easy to consume.
I rated this somewhat lower than other Unibroue beers I've had not because it's somehow worse, but rather because it lacks some of the bolder character that its compatriots from Unibroue has. Still, a darn fine beer that won't disappoint.
01-22-2008 16:14:23 | More by Gehrig
4.22/5 rDev -2.3%
Slightly hazy and orangish dirty-blonde in color, with a large fuzzy, bubbly white head. The smell is a bit sweet of caramel, with bushels of tart fruits and yeasty spice. The taste synch's with the smell nicely. Belgian candy sugar sweetness is light in comparison to tart green apples, pears, and lemony citrus. Bread-like maltiness continues to fill the body, and yeasty, light pepper spiciness closes this one out. Medium bodied with loads of fresh carbonation lead to a bubbly, yet creamy mouthfeel. This is my first--and a quite good offering--from Unibroue. It is not the equal of the Bernardus triple I recently had and, while I have not yet taken on the Westmalle, Karmeliet, or other big dog's of the style, it still seems a very good beer.
01-22-2008 05:38:03 | More by Slynger
4/5 rDev -7.4%
La Fin Du Monde pours a golden blonde color with rapidly aspirating bubbles fleeing toward the frothy head. There is lots of action and eye appeal. The aroma is strongly suggestive of fruit - apples and grapes. The taste is of apples, with warming alcohol and yeast coming through. Carbonation s prevalent. While entirely pleasant, something is missing in intensity to make this an exceptional Belgian-style trippel.
01-21-2008 01:39:38 | More by buzzworthy
4.5/5 rDev +4.2%
It was no surprise to me that Unibroue had hired a brewmaster from Belgium to brew beers for them. La Fin du Monde puts me in mind of a well-done Belgian strong ale. ( I know...it is a tripel) This beer is superb! Radiantly hazy golden color, beautiful head that, while it doesn't last very long (to be expected at 9%) does leave a nice fine lacing on the glass. The aroma is (to my mind anyway) magnificent! Fruity,malty with just a touch of herbalness from the hops faint whiff of alcohol in the nose, I usually find myself smelling it before every sip.
The flavor is wonderful too. Touch of maltiness, slight notes of cardamom, enough bitterness to just balance it, the alcohol even adds a nice note! I love this beer and have started keeping a few on hand at all times. I find the drinkability to be excellent as well despite the strength. Truly a world class brew!
01-20-2008 16:51:22 | More by BubbaSteve
4.38/5 rDev +1.4%
A - Hazy Golden, Tight Foamy head. Very nice lacing
S - Fresh fruit, yeast a bit of malt
T - Hints of apple, wheat with a bit of alcohol at finish
M - Light not too thick, nice carbonation. Slight warmth from alcohol.
D - I could easily drink two or three of these in a sitting. A strong but very drinkable 9%
01-20-2008 05:54:10 | More by GLD
4.43/5 rDev +2.5%
The Package store I go to has many different varities of Unibroue. The expiration date on this bottle was 9/6/09.
It poured a cloudy golden color with a real frothy head. The head dissipated in about 5 -7 seconds. I took a big sniff and smelled of light fruit, possible apple and wheat. The first sip tasted of apples and something else that I couldn't just put my finger on...almost creamy like. A very enjoyable triple style beer. I enjoyed every last drop. Don't know what I'll try next from Unibroue but I'm sure I'll enjoy it.
01-18-2008 15:19:19 | More by Matty1918
La Fin Du Monde from Unibroue
96 out of 100 based on 8,025 ratings.