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La Fin Du Monde - Unibroue

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

7,990 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 7,990
Reviews: 2,722
rAvg: 4.32
pDev: 11.57%
Wants: 340
Gots: 829 | FT: 16
Brewed by:
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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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elmore

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Appearance: poured semi-opaque golden color from a bottle into a La Fin Du Monde Tulip. Nice 2 finger head with decent retention, which left some mild lacing down the glass.

Smell: yeasty, sweet, clove no real detectable alcohol almost don't beleive this is 9% abv.

Taste: Very smooth with very little detectable hops, slightly sweet, cloves, mildly fruity. Very little detectable alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation, clean and refreshing, this is the way a belgium pale should feel.

Drinkability: One of the more drinkable Belgiums I have had despite the formidable ABV.

Great BSPA - one of the best non-Belgian BSPA I have had and better than some imported from Belgium. Another winner from Unibroue.

11-26-2007 12:55:17 | More by elmore
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bigeyedfish

Pennsylvania

4.22/5  rDev -2.3%

12 ounce, foil-topped bottle, best before date clearly printed on back of label, along with pouring directions, poured into a tulip.

Pours a really vibrant, slightly hazy golden color. Some head, not much, which is surprising on this beer, vanishes quickly, leaving a nice white ring around the outside of the cup. Some lacing, but nothing out of this world. Nothing to be wowed or discouraged by.

Nose consists of a lot of banana(not the peel, the actual fruit) and a lot of cloves, plus the normal Belgian yeast. Maybe even a slight, underlying hint of grannysmith apple which I did not expect. A nice smelling beer, but there are a lot of beers that smell like this one. Was kind of expecting some vanilla, and didn't get any.

Really, really delicious beer. For sure there is some granny smith apple, along with some aggressive cloves on the mid palate and a really nice starting flavor of subtle oranges. Not much banana, which like the lack of vanilla on the nose, is kind of surprising. This is, however, one of the better tasting Belgian-style Strong Pale's that there is. The alcohol is only there in the warming you get, and a little bit on the finish. I'm even starting to get some vanilla extract and even, and like the granny smith apple's this is very surprising, some cherry on the finish. Not dark cherries, but the normal cherries that you have to spit the seed out of. I actually almost get a little of the taste of the cherry pit right before you spit it out, when it's still covered in cherry-insides. Really, really surprised about a couple of flavors that I've never had before and I'm highly impressed. Really spicy mid-palate which is a treat. The finish is kind of under-impressive. It tends to die pretty quickly and is very one dimensional (orange/banana) but everything up to it is so complex that it's hard to complain.

The mouthfeel is tough, only because of the mid-palate, which is the strongest element of this beer- the spices tend to over-power everything else. I am anxious to try this beer between six and eighteen months from now; give the spices some time to calm themselves down. That's the big hurdle with this beer. Still, not a lot of alcohol present. Spice is the big one.

This is a beer that if you're easily offended by a lot of spicy-ness you may be offended by. The bottle I have was brewed in June 07, so, it's already done some aging. I think it could do some more, really settle down. With that all said, it's smooth as any beer out there, the alcohol is extremely stealth, and when detected, it's dare I say pleasant, if not enjoyable. But it is kind of boozy, and I think with the smoothness does something to affect the drinkability. This is a beer where two will go down extremely easy and then you'll start to feel them in a big way. But I think this is a beer that will go well with a lot of foods, great as a dessert and even as something that's not sessionable, but spaced out over the course of a night could prove to be a great 3 or 4 bottles in a night beer.

A top-quality effort from Unibroue and probably one of the 4 or 5 best BSPA's that don't come from Belgium. I can't wait to try all Unibroue's beers and see if they compare.

11-24-2007 03:05:57 | More by bigeyedfish
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rodenbach99

Quebec (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -13.2%

bouteille brune de 750ml, bouchon de liège

belle bière blonde trouble, la mousse se dissipe rapidement mais elle est très belle, petit nez de levure, belle pointe épicée en bouche, belle longueur, l'alcool se fait sentir, moins épicé que la don de dieu, moins bonne aussi, je la préfère aussi.

11-22-2007 01:14:25 | More by rodenbach99
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srandycarter

California

4.08/5  rDev -5.6%

Tulip glass.

A - Pours wheat like murky honey with a thick cotton/marshmallow head that reduces over time. Coating and sudsy lacing.

S- Boozy, bready and sweet undertones. A little of something like banana in there too.

T - Sweet malt, lemons, bread and under ripe banana.

M - Carbonation a little too aggressive for my tastes, but nice medium body and good balance.

D - One of the better offerings I have tried from Unibroue.

11-20-2007 04:43:25 | More by srandycarter
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champ103

Texas

4.35/5  rDev +0.7%

A: A Cloudy yellow/orange (almost an amber color) with a huge white head and plenty of lace. Takes a while for the head to subside, but it easily rejuvenates after I swirl the beer in my snifer.
S: Musky basement like funk. Can detect sweet citrus, banana, and floral characters. Love the funky yeast and esters.
T: Lots of fruits. Love the sweet citrus and banana/apple fruit flavors. Also, I can detect a lot of wonderful peppery spices. Great funky yeast.
D: Pretty good. The alcohol is present, but not overpowering at all. I can drink a few of these.

One of the best Triples out there. Excellent throughout. Highly recommended.

11-17-2007 19:22:12 | More by champ103
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JohnfromDublin

Ireland

3.78/5  rDev -12.5%

This was a corked and caged 750ml bottle. Uncorked with gunsmoke showing, poured into Leffe glass as a foaming pale straw coloured liquid with slight haze. Plenty of life in the head that lasted, and easily re-energised when swirled in the glass. The smell was quite a wake-up call. Possibly one of the most unusual collection of aromas I have perceived from a beer glass. The nearest beer smell to this was from an Orval, but there was much more complexity to LFDM with sweet apples adding to the funkiness. This confusion continued in the taste; plenty of sweetness but with spice, alcohol disguised but warming.. High carbonation adding to the nice mouthfeel.

In summary, I'm still confused over this beer! I need to try it again, but I found it a little too challenging and too sweet for my palate.

EDIT: so I have tried this brew again, and I now appreciate it as a very good tripel. For this reason, I am changing the drinkability score from 3 to 4!

11-12-2007 09:31:13 | More by JohnfromDublin
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Lothore

California

3.63/5  rDev -16%

A- Pours a deep golden color with a huge eggshell white head. Lots of carbonation bubbles are present.

S- Smells of Belgian yeast, spicy, funk, and a sweetness.

T- Taste is very spicy and semi sweet. Mixed lighter fruits and a bit of alcohol are present. A bit cloying.

M- Medium viscosity with a good amount of carbonation. Sticks to the inside of the mouth.

D- I know lots of other people like this beer but I just don't dig it. For me the funk and sweetness combined with the stickiness makes it less than drinkable.

11-11-2007 04:44:10 | More by Lothore
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Antilochus

Ontario (Canada)

4.47/5  rDev +3.5%

6 pack from a Kingston, ON Beer Store. 9.00% abv, 341mL bottle. Poured into an unbranded snifter.

Body is hazy unfiltered brownish yellow. Substantial bubbly white head, decreasing to a cream, decent retention.

Scent is strong of alcohol (at 9% this is to be expected), yeast, apricot, and orange peel. Overall fairly fruity coupled with bread.

The End of the World is complex. Strong Unibroue yeasty base. Fairly strong malt sweetness, very little hops, with apricot very strong in the finish. As it warmed definitely noticed the alcohol more, with nectarine become apparent in the finish. Medium body with definite carbonation, makes for a lovely sipper. The abv is generally not overpowering, however *WARNING* it is definitely not sessionable!

A classic Tripel, and one of my top 5.

11-08-2007 00:57:34 | More by Antilochus
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JamesS

Indiana

2.68/5  rDev -38%

Pours a straw color, nothing deep or special. A nice head, but no lacing. An odd scent, a mix of bitter and sweet, not really mixed, but neither one overpowering the other. Has a bubbly feel to it, but goes down smooth enough for a high ABV beer. Not much of a taste, rather bland, but with a bitter, high alcohol aftertaste.

11-05-2007 01:41:27 | More by JamesS
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BigJTrucker

Oregon

4.28/5  rDev -0.9%

Pours a hazy, unfiltered yellow/orange color, Large white head, settles fairly quickly. This has a sweet somewhat fruity aroma, very bready, almost like a witbier, but with out the orange peel. Taste has faint notes of dried fruit, maybe even some oak? It also hides the alcohol quite well. Mouthfeel seems to start off somewhat fizzy, but finishes rather smooth. Drinkability is quite high, as this is a very well balanced brew. Definitly recommended.

11-04-2007 18:13:19 | More by BigJTrucker
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ThatWineGuy

Ontario (Canada)

4.13/5  rDev -4.4%

Murky orange colour with an off-white head, one finger with retention, fed by a steady stream of bubbles, good lacing. The nose is mildy spicy, yeast, bready impressions. There is, again, more yeast in the mouth, living up to the Unibroue reputation, with a carbonated mouthfeel. The taste is of sour fruit, twist of lemon, a lot of wit beer influence, tartness. The higher alcohol gives it a kick and a warm, full bodied mouthfeel - it commands your respect without being overbearing. This is one to savour slowly. Overall, I enjoyed this but was a bit disappointed that it didn't deliver a bit more; maybe some age is what is needed to bump up my scores, admittedly, this was fresh and could have used cellaring.

Edited Dec. 2, 2008, to say that I had another bottle aged one year and pretty much scored it 4.5 across the board. Overall impresson: under-stated bold and adventurous, much like the Quebec legend that inspired it, this was a very good example of the style. Keep up the good work Unibroue.

11-04-2007 16:57:40 | More by ThatWineGuy
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basica

Singapore

4.08/5  rDev -5.6%

Bought this bottle from CrackedKettle after reading and hearing so much about it. I thought I must give this a shot, being a fan of Unibroue's brews. I served the Fin Du Monde in my Duvel tulip and it billows up with a nice thick head good retention. The beer itself is a hazy orange golden color. On the nose, I have yeast, malts, some floral aromas as well as a light dash of apricot. The taste comes in with very subtle sweetness and clear yeast with a nice bready malt backing to it. It was somewhat similar to some blonds but very well done in this one albeit the fact that I am not to comfy with too much yeast jumping at me. Slightly citrusy in the taste but not much fruits detected which was a pity (think there was also a dash of apricot here). Some clear bready earthy tones too. The taste was generally strong and fairly complex, although I am not a big fan of yeasty tastes, I have to take my hat of this one. The finish was also yeasty but it unveiled a most wonderful after taste thereafter. I had apricots and then clearly apples with some very sublte malt sweetness. After the apples came delicious grapes lasting though a bit and "strong", "tasty" and "lingering" would be how I describe the after taste! The Fin Du Monde is between medium to full body thickness and the carbonation was good and active. Alcohol warming and strength were clear but the smoothness was not taken away; it goes down a little dry. This is a nice beer and I am glad I tried it though I am not a big fan of blonds. This one is clearly a great blond style for whoever is into the style; it tastes more like a blond than a tripel but that's one hell of a great blond we are talking about. Although I still prefer the Westmalle and Chimay tripels, it is a different gratification that I am after. Fin du Monde is a great beer and albeit not exactly my taste, I do feel that the after taste was awesome.

11-01-2007 17:51:51 | More by basica
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LeftonJackman

Ohio

4.8/5  rDev +11.1%

After a long weekend of moving trucks and hauling boxes, some friends and I sat down at the Winking Lizard for beer and pizza.

A: La Fin Du Monde poured a yellow/orange with a perfect untampered cloudiness. The head was soft and billowy with noticeable packets of air, hinting at the sparkle to come.

S: Amazing in the nose! Apricot, nectarine and a beautiful balance between sweet and spicy. Correctly present. The aroma wasn't too faint nor too dominant. I thought of trails and evergreens.

T: Smack your momma good. The head tickled my upper lip and the spicy citrus washed over my tongue. Being such a well-balanced flavor profile, my entire tongue was engaged.

M: Sparkling and alive, but not heavy. Most beers I have tasted that were this alive in the mouth were heavy in it as well. This beer was pristine, almost delicate without losing any presence.

D: I was not overpowered by the ABV and the beer left enough room for a second. Would enjoy again, in a heartbeat!

11-01-2007 12:16:40 | More by LeftonJackman
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thierrynantes

France

3.83/5  rDev -11.3%

Beer bottle (33cl.), tasted in 2000.

Appearance : golden color with a white foam head that leaves lacing.
Smell : lemon
Taste and mouthfeel : thin on the palate, it reveals a sweet taste. well stressed his bitterness disappears in final.
Drinkability : good beer a little too high (style triple) brewed by Unibroue in Quebec.

10-30-2007 18:03:27 | More by thierrynantes
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CanuckRover

Ontario (Canada)

4.4/5  rDev +1.9%

Poured from bottle. Big fluffy head fills my Hoegaarden Grand Cru glass. Very pale beer, pale gold with an orange hue in the light. Cloudy, as should be expected.

Nose is sweet. Caster sugar with lots of citrus fruit, orange and lemon zest with the liveliness of grapefruit. Noticeable spiciness, cloves stand out. The alcohol certainly comes out.

Beer is a balancing act between spiciness, fruity/sugary sweetness and the alcohol esthers. Wonderful, very grainy, malt offers all sorts of fruit, most of which were immediately apparent in the aroma. Orange stands out, not only the zest, but a nice juicyness in the finish. The spice works especially well for me. Cloves offer an almost gingery taste, pulling the beer back just as the sweetness starts to become too sugary. Yeast leaves a dry impression, almost dusty.

Mouthfeel, I didn't taste this champage carbonation that everyone seems to mention. It foams in the mouth but it isn't exactly tingly.

Not a session beer obviously but the noticeable alcohol is handled very well. It's warming and works well with the rest of the beer's characteristics. I see what all the fuss is about, a great beer.

10-24-2007 00:35:47 | More by CanuckRover
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scottyshades

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

This is amongst my favorite beers...picked one up at ABC in a mix n' match...This beer pours a rich golden color with a tremendous head that leaves a nice lace. I noticed noted a fruity, yeasty smell with some spices mixed in. Tastes similar to its smell. Leaves a slightly bitter aftertaste and it is highly drinkable...
The only issue I have with this beer is that the alcohol content is noticeable. If you like this beer, try the rest of the Unibroue beers, they are all delicious, some more than this one

10-23-2007 21:21:24 | More by scottyshades
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cdrogers

Illinois

4.43/5  rDev +2.5%

I had this beer at Callahan's and it was served in a large bottle with cork, not sure this is the regular serving, but it totally rocked. I had it put on ice while at the bar. It poured very red and golden and the head was not very large. The taste was very good, but not something I could drink all the time. It was very rich and sweet and would be best with a desert. It was a very strong beer. I only rated the drinkability a 4 because it is not something I would drink everyday and with any food, only with a desert. Everything else about this beer was perfect. It was recommended by an old friend who lived near the manufacturer.

10-23-2007 02:23:33 | More by cdrogers
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Grintbrad

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +0.2%

Served by cellar aged bottle, about 4 months

App: Hazy, Golden orangish with fluffy, whipped cream like head and effervescence. Cloudy. Sparkling like champagne.

Smell: Oranges, Lemons, and a slight funky yeasty smell. Spicy.

Taste: Sweet start with a dry finish. Citrus fruits and sugars, spicy yeast and earthy yet subtle hops.

Mouthfeel: Slight puckering yet refreshing. Smooth, and warming from the alcohol.

Drinkability: Decent. I couldn't have more than 1-2 glasses of this, but its pretty good. Carbonation is a distraction, very effervescent like champage. Taste is great, alcohol is barely noticeable, despite the high ABV. Pleasant yeast flavor, and delicous overtones of oranges and lemons. Excellent beer.

10-23-2007 00:00:24 | More by Grintbrad
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berserker256

Michigan

4.22/5  rDev -2.3%

Hazy, orangey-yellowish. Full white bubbly head. Warm alcohol-fruity aroma with a yeasty touch. Warm going down. High alcohol content obviosly contributes to this. Feels similar to wine in that aspect. For that reason, the drinkability is hampered. But the taste itself is a pleasant one. Fruity warm flavor with ample carbonation. This is the perfect beer to drink two of on an empty stomach before dinner. You drink two, eat like a slob, then fall asleep on the living room floor while watching the evening news. Hopefully the kid doesn't start crying...

10-22-2007 02:40:49 | More by berserker256
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CharlieMopps

Virginia

4.47/5  rDev +3.5%

A: Pours a hazy, golden orange with a massively dense head that displays excellent retention and imparts a web of lace along the sides of the glass.

S: A yeasty, pale malt tripel smell with the quintessential Belgian aroma of sweetness and a bit of funk. Smells delicious.

T: Tasty and balanced, this Belgian interpretation has all the qualities of a tripel, yet stands on its own. The intro is gentle and mild, leading into a twangy hop middle and a rush of bubbles and sweetness. Finish is slightly drying, yet refreshing, and leaves a bit of the bittersweet combination trailing down the back of the mouth.

M: Creamy and crisp, carbonation is quite generous, but not an enhancer, not detractor, of flavor.

D: Very drinkable. The construction of this beer is not only doing a service to Belgian-style ales brewed in North America, but to craft beer in general. Most noticeable to me is the hop character, jumping out, yet blending so well with the overall composition.

10-20-2007 21:44:46 | More by CharlieMopps
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brendan13

Australia

4.22/5  rDev -2.3%

A - Poured into a La Fin Du Monde tulip with a couple of inches of fluffy white head a top a hazy, orange tinted golden liquid. Head slowly falls away to a thin whisp.
S - Yeast esters, some spice phenols and a touch of citrus.
T - The spice & citrus from the smell come through backed by some bready malt & sweetness. Some slight alcohol touches.
M - Medium bodied with a lowish carbonation. Dry finish.
D - A beer that I'll be drinking again for sure. The 9%ABV is quite well hidden but would creep up on you.

10-19-2007 08:17:23 | More by brendan13
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jobyone

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

Pours a nice golden color wiht thick head. Smell has fruit and yeast in it. The taste is really nice. Good balance and a subdued flavoring of citrus, sweetness and malt. The mouthfeel is quite light especially for the strength and it makes for a drinkable beer. I do wish it had slightly more character.

10-16-2007 14:58:24 | More by jobyone
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surferman576

California

4.4/5  rDev +1.9%

Appearance:
Light coppper and cloudy with an orange hue.

Smell:
Coriander, orange peel, black pepper, currant maybe, cloves, vanilla. Very alcoholic, but blends nicely with the abundance of fruity esters.

Taste:
Strongly citrusy and peppery, probably due to the orange peel and coriander, respectively. Strong in alcohol but not unpleasant or overpowering.

Mouthfeel:
Pleasantly heavy and warming. Makes your mouth water more with every sip.

Drinkability:
Quite drinkable and soothing considering the high alcohol content. I would keep drinking these all night if they didn't hit me so hard!

10-16-2007 05:47:05 | More by surferman576
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hellcatsjg

Virginia

4.4/5  rDev +1.9%

Appearance: Cloudy, dark orange with just over a fingers worth of head that diminishes by half and then sticks around for most of the glass.

Smell: Spicy black pepper with a subtle hint of citrus.

Taste: Thick and spicy. Gives more of a malty taste as you go on. Back end of the sip brings out a bit of the citrus as well. The alcohol makes its presence known as you go with a nice warming feeling.

Mouthfeel: Very good thickness. The creamy head adds a lot to the drink. The good amount of carbonation gives the beer a nice quality that helps it stand out.

Drinkability: Very good beer. Wonderful taste and complexity. This is a great brew that I will definitely be picking up in the future. Very highly recommended.

10-16-2007 03:29:34 | More by hellcatsjg
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sbe1

New York

4.63/5  rDev +7.2%

Serving type: 9.4 oz. corked bottle.

Appearance: Beautiful cloudy gold with a huge, dense, long lasting head that eventually dissipates into a light lace.

Smell: lovely sweet and creamy smell.

Taste: Incredible, sweet and peppery and with a hint of citrus. Nice warm alcohol taste only noticeable after it's gone down.

Mouthfeel: light and refreshing with a mild peppery bite.

Drinkability: excellent, especially for a beer with a 9% alcohol content.

Overall an outstanding highly drinkable and very special beer.

10-15-2007 00:55:49 | More by sbe1
La Fin Du Monde from Unibroue
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