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La Fin Du Monde - Unibroue

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96
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8,985 Ratings
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Ratings: 8,985
Reviews: 2,811
rAvg: 4.32
pDev: 11.57%
Wants: 440
Gots: 1,401 | FT: 16
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Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
Tripel |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-23-1998

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Ratings: 8,985 | Reviews: 2,811
Photo of surlytheduff
3.95/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank from a snifter. Brilliant cloudy gold after the pour, with a soft head which quickly dissipated.

Smelled fantastic. Sweet, fruity (not too overbearing), grassy.

The taste didn't seem like it aligned with the smell. The yeast stands out, but I was expecting more of the spicy/fruityness to come through.

It had a good mouthfeel - medium, carbonated. I am by no means a trippel connoisseur, but it was a good experience and I would definitely partake in it again.

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

Possibly one of the last bottles to reach Australian shores, at least for a while, sadly. Chilled to cellar temperature and served in my Unibroue tulip, avoiding the lees.

Body is an absolutely beautiful cloudy but burnished ripe pear colour, deep yellow with hints of orange in its depths. Head is billowy and frothy, boisterously foaming up when poured. Pleasantly light body and thick sheeting lace as the head collapses. It's a wonderful looking beer.

Nose is crisp but round, full of spicy, earthy Belgian yeast notes, with hints of dark fruit, fig compote, pickled orange rind, and whisked vanilla essence. Such wonderfully blended and outrageously sophisticated aromas. Gorgeous.

Taste is smooth and round, but with a central vector of fruity acidity that cuts pleasantly through the sweetness. Spicy Belgian notes come up through the back, along with a subtle but structured spirit bite. Mouthfeel tingles with subtle heat and acidity throughout, just livening up the palate wonderfully.

Yes, this is a very good and very well-crafted beer. Extremely flavoursome, but so well balanced and light enough that it's supremely drinkable. An excellent brew that I'll be sorry to see disappear.

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

750ml poured into a Stone chalice.

Appearance: golden straw with creamy white head and smooth lacing.

Aroma: slightly grassy and hoppy. strong apple and citrus notes. lemon zest and cinnamon hints.

Taste: sweet with tart and dry finish.

Mouthfeel: creamy medium body with light carbonation.

Overall impression: rich and tasty, this is an amazing tripel! buy a case if possible.

Photo of larryi86
4.43/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter

A- A nice hazy light orange/yellow with a nice white fluffy head.

S- Big yeast smell, hints of fruits, I am getting a little bit of apple and grape, hint of spices.

T- Yeast stands out across the palate with hints of fruit and spices and a sweet alcohol taste that does not burn. Good complexity and balance.

M- Nice full body, smooth, refreshing.

D- A great beer from Unibroue. Really enjoy the yeast flavor. This is a nice full flavored beer that is easy to drink and very easy to enjoy.

Photo of hophead247
4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy pale gold with a rich snowy white head with alot of lacing. Smells like spicy sour apples. Yeasty and fruity. Taste is quite refreshing. Fruity apple in the body underpinned by sweet spicy flavors. Sour malt and yeast to finish. Smooth. And then very slowly, very subtly, the beer shifts into another gear and that dull alcohol warming comes through in the aftertaste. It's a thing of beauty. This is a gorgeous beer. A perfect sipping brew for a cold winter's evening.

Photo of mariposafan
4.72/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

From a bottle into a Duvel tulip.

Starts with about two fingers of soapy head, larger bubbles than I'm used to. The head dies back to a thin film that persists through the drink. Light amber and translucent - almost reminds me of apricots, for some reason.

The smell is very much banana and bubblegum, with some alcohol adding a little heat.

The taste is still banana and bubblegum, but the alcohol is absent and there's a yeasty note that adds some wonderful depth along with some mild tartness that rounds things out wonderfully. Not sweet, but not really dry either, with a minerality that almost comes across as lightly salty.

The mouthfeel is moderate to thin, but the carbonation adds a level of creaminess.

This could be dangerous! I don't feel the alcohol at all until I go to move, then the 9% slaps me up alongside the head. One of my favorite beers, just amazingly good.

Photo of MeMyselfNAles7
4.95/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

One of my top 3 brews. If you love tripels this is one of the finest examples. Treat yourself.

Pours a golden honey brew with a full beige creamy crown. Cloudy body, with nice carbonation. Very easy on the nose with some floral, banana, cloves and sweet malts notes, with a slight touch of alcohol. Very similar on the palate than on the nose, although the alcohol tends to come out as the brew warms up. Great drinkability and surprisingly refreshing for a 9%abv tripel.

Photo of scottyb88
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured in into tulip glass. Date marked on bottle.

A- pours a deep yellow almost gold color with a nice fluffy head that fades to a thin cap; minimal lacing; cloudy

S- a hint of lemon pepper mixed with bready flavors; orange

T- starts off dry but then opens up with a citrus peel bitterness mixed with citrus juice sweetness and ends with a hint of hops and alcohol; a really well balanced yet complex sip

M- great feel; not too thin and not overly carbonated; the aftertaste is delightful and not overly dry

D- i really enjoy the style but i don't love it so matter the beer these points usually drop a bit; it's also 9%, but really well hidden

Photo of MoreThanWine
4.83/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle didn't pop when the cork was pulled yet this beer still poured an enormous head, though it pretty quickly settled down to just lace. A hazy yellow in color. Both the bouquet and taste are an explosion of intense flavors - tangy, tart, sweet, citrusy, and it has a long finish. It's like a Summer brew kicked up in every category, including the alcohol content. Top knotch.

Photo of shand
4.18/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass, best before 3/26/13.

Appearance: Pours a hazy straw color with about two fingers of head. The head doesn't stick around for long though, leaving just wisps of retention. This is probably due to my incorrect glassware. The carbonation looks very nice here, a good stream of rising bubbles.

Smell: Smells a bit strange, to be honest. Smells a bit like fruit, and a bit like corn. Not exactly the most appealing smell. Thankfully, as it warms up the smell becomes a bit more appealing. The corn scent goes away, leaving straw and fruits.

Taste: Thankfully, the taste more than makes up for the smell. This stuff is very complex tasting. It goes in very smooth and fairly non-descriptly yeasty, but the aftertaste is a hell of a ride. Fruits (pears and apples) come in, then malts, then just a bit of hops make this awesome. The hops are a bit unexpected, this is hoppier than other beers I've had of this style. There's a bit of lemongrass flavor to hold this all together. Overall, it's a very sweet beer.

Mouthfeel: Hits the mouth nice and light, but coats the throat on the way down.

Drinkability: For it's ABV, this is amazingly drinkable. Dangerously drinkable, if you will. Alcohol is almost completely hidden, with just a hint coming out in the late finish.

A great trippel available at a pretty great price for the style. Not quite as good a deal as Golden Monkey can be found for, but worth the premium.

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

I heard good things, I liked the look of the artwork on the bottle, and I'm 50% french Canadian; that's all it took for me to give this bad boy a shot.

A handsome warm, golden, cider haze. A fuzzy, white, two finger head that fizzles down to a constant layer of pretty bubblies. Great sticky lace as well.

Whoa nelly. Dis smelly da good stuff! Fruity...strong fruits. There's a sharpness to it as well.

First off, nice boozy kick. Aftertaste of apple/cider. Cloves, spice, strong, slightly acidic.

Medium body with a smooth and dry finish that delivers a sting to the back of your throat.

Any beer that tastes this good, smells this good, and has this high of an ABV, I'm down to drink. It's a great beer for conversations and relaxing. And I imagine it being a great dinner beer as well.

Photo of Lauthaha
3.6/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 25.4 ounce bottle into a nearly-fluted glass as per the bottle's instructions.

Appearance: Looks a lot like a pilsner. Golden bordering on straw, with not a great deal of head. Slightly cloudy with mild carbonation.

Smell: At very first, all I could smell was a corny, hop-bare scent reminiscent of PBR or Budweiser. Pulling the glass back a touch reveals some hop action and a sweetness somewhat like honey. Possibly some herb action as well. Would have a better score if there weren't that corny pre-smell.

Taste/Mouthfeel: The candy sugars coexist with bitter herbs (possibly anise or licorice even) in a somewhat pleasant way. Very light carbonation make you work to gather all the flavors, but in the end it's worth it. Rinses nearly clean with herbal colors remaining after imbibing.

Drinkability: Eh. It's okay, but not a great tripel.

Overall, it's pretty good, though definitely not my favorite tripel. Decent try, Unibroue!

Photo of kingcrowing
3.46/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml corked and caged bottle poured into a pint glass. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a fairly light clear and a bit hazy golden wheat color with a huge light bright white head. Nose is all Québécois yeast - very Belgian inspired and distinctive.

Taste is super dry, a bit hoppy and slighty tart. It's got a really sulfury taste as well which is odd. Mouthfeel is huge and rich, very creamy.

Photo of Bubba83
4.41/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Revisiting a classic on this fine evening, and apparently, one I forgot to ever review.

Tulip glass, 50 degrees. An awesome looking dark yellow, somewhat orangeish hue that glows ominously when held to a light source. Quite hazy indeed, but no obvious yeasty chunks so it looks good. A bright, pillowy white head that looks oh so creamy sits on top, beckoning the drinker to come hither. Retains a big head throughout, and the lacing is coating the whole side of the glass and sticking well.

The aroma is musty, like a dark cave cellar that hasn't been opened in years. Quite horsey, lots of barnyard funk. Also a good bit of peppery clove character and maybe the slightest hint of banana. Super complex, and definitely holds my interest, but it's missing a few of the fruity aromas I've come to love in the classic Belgian Tripels.

The up front taste is quite funky. A lot of that same horse/barnyard character from the smell. Fortunately though, that gives way to some nice fruity flavor that includes peach, apricot, banana, and even some tropical fruits like pineapple that are buried away. Those awesome fruity flavor are balanced out by the spicy clove and black pepper kick near the end of the sip. The combination of funk, fruit, and spice are in great balance and complete a very interesting experience for the flavor profile.

Spot on mouthfeel. Well carbonated, lively, yet smooth and creamy. Coats the palate extremely well, and has a good medium thickness that you can chew through. Head texture is extremely soft and creamy.

Overall this beer is definitely a classic and a hell of a Tripel. Revisiting this beer has reminded me that Unibroue does hold up to the great Tripels I have had in the past few years, and brings an excellent funk to the table that seems hard to find in the other examples. Literally no alcohol presence here either, making it easy to drink and enjoy. I would recommend this beer with Pad Thai, which I have paired numerous times with great success.

Photo of brewmudgeon
4.1/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

la fin du monde

a 3.5-4 light hazy golden hay. a finger+ foam that is assertively maintained by rising bubbles of at least medium girth. for some reason i thought this beer was a dubbel, but it sure doesn't look like one.

s 4 lemony, fresh cut hay and crackery aromas. some sweetness is evident. esters, touch of clove. smells somewhere between a tripel and a saison.

t 4 tangy, bright, belgian yeastyness. some clove and bready lemon zest, sour apple. this is surely a tripel with perhaps saison tendencies.

m 3.5-4 a bit too effervescent for me, but that's easily remedied (at least partly). would prefer the carbonation to be finer.

d 4-4.5 dangit i was more in the mood for a deep, brooding dubbel. still, this cheerful and zippy 9% (!??) brew is amazingly well behaved for its strength. its popularity appears deserved. wow, you could hand this to someone who just finished the yardwork and he/she could probably drink it on down assuming it to be some sort of summer wheat refresher.

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

Poured into tulip.

A: White head descends rapidly to a tiny island in the middle of a honey-golden slightly murky body.
S: Wet wool, new leather, grass. Wet concrete.
T: Active carbonation brings out malts and sugars under a tangy yeasty bite. Funk/caramel ratio makes this a winner.
M: Well carbonated despite the anemic head. Helps bring forth a lot of flavor.
D: For such a high ABV these are easy to quaff, so I would say yes on the drinkability and yes on the watch out.

Photo of tewaris
3.92/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

La Fin Du Monde (The End of the World in English)
Triple-style Golden Ale (from Brewer's page)
19 IBUs
12 oz bottle with a freshness date of March 30, 2013 poured into a tulip on October 1, 2010. Since their sommelier recommends an age of 3-5 years, and adds that it peaks at 3 years of age, I would guess that this is around its best at two and a half years! The pour was as instructed by the sommelier: the bottle was agitated to dissolve the yeast. Yet, I poured a little separately at first to examine the clarity.

Appearance 4/5
Pours golden amber with a big creamy head. Although the beer is clear unagitated, the recommended pour causes an obvious haze. The head is quick to recede and in that respect, the looks are not as impressive as similar beers, say Westmalle Tripel. The lacing is quite good though, but I must say that the head was disappointing.

Aroma 4.5/5
Aroma is fruity, and dare I say, perfumy? Very soft and enticing, with a touch of spice. No hint of booze. But it's a little too weak. A few swirls release a toasty malt aroma time to time.

Taste 3.5/5
Slightly malty sweet, with mild fruitiness and slight bitterness. Finish is clean and slightly bittering which is a surprise considering the low IBUs. The aftertaste is long with a malty creaminess but not sweet or cloying. Some alcohol warming.

Mouthfeel 4/5
The body is medium but the effervescence of the style is missing.

Drinkability 4/5
I expect more in other departments. Yet, the 9% is not noticeable at all! Amazingly done!

Photo of TCgoalie
4.22/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Notes from 8/28/10

Thank you BuckyFresh for sharing this with TCHopCraver and I.

Pours a hazy golden yellow with a pleasant white foam head, the lacing is outstanding.

Apple, clove, banana, and a sour lemon smell radiate from the glass. There is also some yeast, black pepper, and pear. This is very fresh smelling and well balanced.

The yeast is forward in the taste which transitions to apple, lemon, and orange. The spicy-ness that was in the nose is very understated in the taste. There is a yeasty hop aftertaste. Overall, I thought the flavor would have more of a bite as evidence of the smell. The flavors seem a bit muted.

The mouthfeel is light with a good coating of the tongue. This soon fades to some drying with a clean aftertaste.

This is an easy drinker for %9 as the alcohol is well hidden. This is a good summer ale.

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

I am a big fan of Tripels, but this is an amazing beer. Served a bit below room temperature.

A - golden yellow color with about a half an inch of head.
S - smelled delicious with a hint of citrus
T - unbelievable, absolutely amazing taste. Strong, but not over-bearing with a taste that was foreshadowed by its smell, and a malt finish upon swallowing.
M - Very smooth, not too much carbonation, but enough.

I would drown myself in this beer. I could see myself skipping a meal and just drinking as many of these as I could.

Photo of BuckyFresh
4.1/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed with TCGoalie and TCHopCraver. Split the 750ml bottle three ways.

Appearance: Poured into a large wine glass. Looks like sunshine pouring out of the bottle. A white, frothy, one-finger head results from the pour. Good retention and lacing as well. Surprisingly opaque given the light straw color. Decent carbonation agitates the yeasty buddies floating at the bottom of the glass.

Smell: Funky lemons and sour bananas are what greet those who sniff this brew. Fresh fruit and clove are there as well, with a decent amount of pepper spicing things up. I'm also detecting a mineral-like quality as well. This beer's aroma would make a nice glade plug-in.

Taste: Light-bodied and sunshiny. Lemon and yeast with a nice fruit flavor. There is also somewhat of a grassy/hay character present. Not a ton of complexity in the flavor department, but the flavors that are there are well-balanced and refreshing.

Mouthfeel: Light/medium-bodied. Finishes pretty clean, but there is a bit of hotness from the ABV.

Drinkability: This beer seemed to evolve a bit throughout the drinking experience. The brightness seemed to decrease over time and the pepper flavor seemed to become more pronounced. Gave me pretty bad heartburn towards the end too.

Photo of Hoescheg
3.98/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: thick golden ale with a little head.
S: light fruity, some spices in there.
T: good belgian triple flavor, but doesnt linger, cant taste the booz.
M/D: Good feel, a little over carbonated, pretty easy to drink, could easily drink a couple of them.

Photo of IrishRedBeard
4.87/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

appearance: pours cloudy golden amber with a small head.

smell: a complex aroma of fruits, bread and, spices. Banana really stands out.

taste: floral fruity elements are noticed imediately with lingering spice.

mouthfeel: very smooth and dry.

drinkability: I could drink this beer all night but at 9% abv that may be a bad idea.

Photo of fcaf
2.97/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Golden yellow with a small head.
Smell: Musty wheat
Taste: Strong flavors of wheat and yeast, overpowering the subtle backdrop of pepper and lemon.
Mouthfeel: Very smooth.
Drinkability: Low due to the lack of complexity.

At the end of the day I'd rather just be drinking a garden-variety amber or sour. Not sure what this beer brings to the table, honestly.

Photo of zhanson88
4.08/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Golden straw color with tons of pure white head. Retention is very nice, and the resulting lacing is tight and abundant.

Smell: This beer smells of grass, cloves, slight citrus, and phenolic alcohol. There is a slight smell of pepper, but a sugary sweetness that is more prevalent that I was not expecting. It seems a bit out of place compared to other tripels that I've had.

Taste: Slight pepper at the front, but once again there is a pretty strong lemony sweetness that takes over a bit. Grass as cloves as well, and I can definitely detect the alcohol going down.

Mouthfeel: Pretty smooth, with light body. There is quite a bit of carbonation, but that's to be expected.

Drinkability: Overall I liked this beer a lot. The sweetness kind of threw me a bit, but other than that no complaints. Definitely worth a try and another solid effort by Unibroue.

Photo of TCHopCraver
4.12/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes on 8/28/10 with BuckyFresh and TCGoalie. Thanks for the bottle, Bucky!

A: Pours a light gold with a pure white, 1 finger head into a snifter. The carbonation and color combine to give this beer a highly effervescent and glittery look. The lacing is good and reminds me of spindly tree limbs.

S: A cornucopia of fruits and spices reside in the smell of this beer. Lots of spicy Belgian yeast, lemon, lemongrass, prickly pear, pepper, golden delicious apples, clove, mineral water, and numerous other aromas waft out of the glass. This smell is fresh, fresh, fresh, and sings of a golden, dewy spring morning. Warning: Do not suck this beer into your nostrils. It feels very uncomfortable.

T: The dominant taste in my mouth is lemon. This is backed by grassiness and a peppery zing. Spicy yeast and fresh pear also grace my palate. This is a very bright and shiny taste which wears on my palate a bit as time slip slides away. In all, though, it is pretty well balanced with a nice emphasis on the spicy yeast.

M: Nicely clean and tingly on my mouth. However, it was a little thin and watery for the style and quite bright on my palate.

D: The bomber split three ways was probably enough for me. I enjoyed it very much but the brightness and faux sweetness of the taste was pretty wearing on my palate. This will be a once in awhile treat for me.

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La Fin Du Monde from Unibroue
96 out of 100 based on 8,985 ratings.