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La Fin Du Monde - Unibroue

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

7,827 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 7,827
Reviews: 2,716
rAvg: 4.32
pDev: 11.57%
Wants: 332
Gots: 746 | FT: 13
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.

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warmstorage

California

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

12 ounce bottle, cellar temp, into Belgian goblet. (This review includes notes from 750ml bottles as well, but they are essentially identical.) States best before date of 07 - 12 - 09, ABV 9%.

Pours slightly hazy bright orange, with a tight white head which gives way to a very light head on top of the liquid.

Smell is a spicy peppery one, with notes of hot alcohol.

Taste is also spicy pepper, sweet fruit, and warm alcohol. It tingles in the mouth, and lingers long with spicy warm fruity goodness. There is a slightly viscous mouth in the finish, and some spicy heat that sticks around.

Overall, this is an excellent beer, and one that I've enjoyed many bottles of, many times. It doesn't blow me away, but I do like it a whole, whole lot. (Note: all 4s are a conscious decision for each category, and not just me going down the list.)

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2006 21:56:35 | More by warmstorage
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jeffjfindley

California

4.78/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is an unfiltered beauty with an exquisite head that sticks to everything. Visible carbonation enhances the visual experience. A wonderfully fresh and malty bouquet of cider, flowers and Belgian yeast demands immediate consumption.

My mouth is delighted by this beer in every way. The taste is complex, estery and warming. For me the mark of a great beer, or progressive rock band is when the complexity doesn't overpower the song. This is rich, sweet, strong, and at 9% abv, delightfully stingy. The finish is tight and dry, the aftertaste alive with honey, as well as tangerine and banana notes.

Let this sit in your mouth for awhile. Swallow, then take a deep breath through your mouth and you will know perfection. Drink slowly and with great respect, as there is not a better tasting beer on the planet.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2006 00:07:08 | More by jeffjfindley
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EmilNoldSinclair

California

4.95/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into a snifter style glass. Very cloudy, completely opaque and golden in color: there is indeed quite a bit of yeast in this brew. Initially the beer was chilled (don't know approx. temperature) and gradually warmed during the drinking session. It barely had a head (which soon disappeared...a bit unfortunate [though I quite enjoyed the opaque cloudiness!]), and it did have a quite pleasant smell. The taste was very well balanced between the hops and the malt, not too sweet and not too bitter. When it was chilled the flavor was more restrained yet reminiscent of apples. As it warmed up, it had more of a heavier banana flavor. Both the flavor and the feel of it (carbonation) immediately reminded me of champagne (though the comparison follows only to a point). This has definite cross-over appeal (considering the flavor, mouthfeel, as well as the presentation [both the caged and corked bottle as well as the appropriate glasswear]). Along with Stone's Double Bastard and Russian Imperial Stout, Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout and Nut Brown Ale and Orval's Trappist Ale, this is truly my favorite beer so far.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2006 04:25:06 | More by EmilNoldSinclair
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techdiver

Pennsylvania

4.55/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy gold with a substantial frothy white head that lingers nicely. Nose is of apples with some citrus notes and displays the complexity of a fine wine. Taste is well-balanced with some initial banana notes leading to a sweet and complex finish. A whole lot of complexity since it varies in description and sensation minute by minute, but always pleasing. Feels great in the mouth, steady stream of bubbles from center of tulip, and so drinkable that it's dangerous. Truly a remarkable brew.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2006 02:38:50 | More by techdiver
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biking4beer

Colorado

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

12 oz bottle poured into a oversized wine glass.

This beer poured a huge 3 finger head without effort. Half the head popped out of the top of the glass and held tight. Beer was a hazy golden with orange hues.

Smell was of Belgian yeast of course. Crisp and lemony with earthy tones. Alcohol comes through as it warms.

Taste is also lemony, tangy, bready, grainy, and a light apple taste.

This is a nice foamy smooth beer in the mouth. Goes down way too easy for it's 9% ABV. This is an outstanding beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2006 05:42:12 | More by biking4beer
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JasonA

Massachusetts

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

12oz bottle from Corridor Wineand Spirits in Laurel MD poured into a Chimay chalace.

Pours a translucent lemony brown. Almost foggy. Light I think for the style. Not much head, nice lacing showed.

Smells pretty hoppy. Floral and fresh. Can smell the alcohol. Cant place the sweet smell. Definitly wheaty.

Is this a hopped up hefe? Solid flavorful start, not sure where it is headed.

Little too carbonated for my liking. I cant picture the drink location for this. Hot day? I dont think this is a winter beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2006 23:34:47 | More by JasonA
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dherling

New Jersey

4.15/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured out a lemon/golden color, with a bubbling head. Head calms to a thick cap of bubbly foam. Good lacing. Smells of sherry, port, apple cider, citric, and bready. Tastes light and fruity, with a slight citric hop character, finishing with pepper and alcohol notes. Mouthfeel is effervescent, light and refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2006 06:56:45 | More by dherling
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flexabull

California

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

Big 750 ml. bottle with a caged cork. I have always admired the way these beers appear on the shelf. (good marketing) So I finally decided to go for it.

Poured with a HUGE head. (Maybe a bit too big) Bright golden color with a ton of carbonation and some cloudiness too.

Right away this beer smells almost like a champagne to me. Toasted aromas.

Taste? Well... first off, this beer has nice mouthfeel. Really coats your mouth with flavors the moment you first taste it. Impressive. The beer has almost a creamy toasty flavor, once again, similar to champagne. (with much less carbonation) There is also a bit of crisp sweetness of cloves and coriander on the finish.

Excellent beer, I am glad I finally made the plunge. Very drinkable, even with 9% alcohol.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2006 01:33:05 | More by flexabull
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JoeyHotrod

Missouri

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

One of my alltime favorites and a beer I often find myself going back to.

La Fin Du Monde is nectar at it's finest.

This is a lovely beer to look at. Golden slightly cloudy and has a dazzling head that lasts and lasts. Lace never once lets up either.

The smell is mired with alcohol tropical fruits, a touch of citrus and a smidgen of clove.

The taste includes yeast, citrus, and a touch of alcohol.

This is a world classic and with due respect toward the also excellent Duvel, quite possibly the gold standard of the style.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2006 06:02:58 | More by JoeyHotrod
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claytri

Maryland

3.88/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer poured a rich old gold with a good amount of effervesence developoing a fine white head with a few tan hints in it. The aroma was of citrus, bananna, and sweet malt underneath. The taste is sweet malt with a hint of citrus and some bananna, this is followed by a blast of spice and an alcohol burn in the finish. The feel is smooth oily, and effervescent. This a wonderfully drinkable beer. A fine example of a style that goes down easily.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2006 23:57:37 | More by claytri
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MaxxDaddy

New York

3.45/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

My first trippel and purchased due to rave reviews from friends. Initial pour had lots of white head, yellow-irange in color. Aroma of citrus at first, but with another smell I was able to pick out some bananas. Active palate, with plenty of carbonation. Had a yeasty, citrusy taste. Finish was bitter and alcoholic. At first I wasn’t that big a fan, but as I sipped more, I enjoyed it and detected some peppery taste. I guess I'm not much of a coriander guy. I particularly enjoyed the last of the 750 ml bottle. A good beer and I’m glad I tried it.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2006 17:05:52 | More by MaxxDaddy
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norwichboy

Australia

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

Golden with lovely thick creamy head. Banana, spice, some sour notes, bubblegum in both smell and taste. Intense flavours. My wife reckons rhubarb but I'm not so sure. Strong alcohol is noticeable. Sweet on finish, then lingering bitterness. Lovely fine carbonation, oily mouthfeel. An excellent beer, but alcoholic taste may limit how many can drink.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2006 10:39:38 | More by norwichboy
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Butch

Mississippi

4.58/5  rDev +6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I picked up a four pack of this stuff from Habanos in Slidell, LA. I don’t have a cellar, so I stuck two in the fridge to cool over night. I got one out today and set it on the counter for 30 minutes or so to let it warm just a little. I don’t have the proper glass to drink a Belgian Strong Pale Ale so I poured it into one of the big oversized red wine glasses.

Appearance: Pours like a dream. It comes out the color and cloudiness of a Hefeweizen. residual yeast from the bottle conditioning is evident. The one thing that really stands out is the head. Best foaming I’ve ever seen, bar none. Thick and tight, it’s almost dense like a nitro stout. In this glass it rose a good inch and half with the tiniest little bubbles. It didn’t stick around for the entire beer, but I drank it very slowly to savor it so I can’t fault that. It didn’t stick or lace however.

Taste and Smell: The aroma is great. Almost sweet in smell, and very fruity. The effervescent bubbles play like it’s recess all over my tongue. The taste is as complex as the aroma. Too many for me to identify, much less name. Lots of fruits, not very floral, no hop bitterness at all. Mostly spicy though. Balanced despite the lack of hops, maybe due to the crazy-assed yeasts overpowering the malt.

Notes: This one comes out at #2 on the ranking of the style, which is what convinced me to pay the $9.50 for the four pack. I haven’t tried many others of the style so I can’t speak to the validity of the rank, but I wouldn’t argue against it.

The beer is balanced so well with the fruity flavors that you barely taste the hops, and the alcohol not at all. I drank it at 12:30 on an empty stomach and I did feel that 9% alcohol a little toward the end, even as slow as I was sipping. Not a beer to guzzle.

Over all, I loved it. With tax I paid about $2.50 for each beer, not counting the gas and time to go get it. I pay more than that for beer at a pub. I’d easily pay five bucks or more for this beauty if the archaic MS laws would allow it. I can’t wait for the next one, but I’m cellaring the last two for a year or so.

Butch

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2006 14:10:00 | More by Butch
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BeerSox

Virginia

4.68/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

355mL bottle into snifter.

Cloudy pale golden color with plenty of flubby pearl white head which lasts forever. Stringy lacing along the glass. The head eventually settles to a foamy cap.

Grainy malts in the background along with light citrus fruit and maybe slight clove. Light alcohol hints can be detected in the background.

Fruity notes like banana start off with the grainy malts, then switches to the stout alcohol. The strong carbonation in the medium body adds a little fizz to the tongue. Earthy yeast is present among the dextrin rich texture. A creamy like banana presence lingers after each sip. The high alcohol is well hidden, allowing the complexity to prosper.

This one definitely lived up to its hype. Plenty of fruity flavors along with hidden alcohol. This one is at the top of the list of Strong Belgian Ales. Go get it. NOW!

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2006 05:18:19 | More by BeerSox
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GPHarris

Alabama

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

a - poured a two fingers thick, white bubbly head into a snifter. color is hazy orange and leaves bubbly lacing throughout.
s - very malty with a sweet banana and floral smell.
t - hints of yeast, spices, citrus and floral. the yeast and citrus hits you first but the spices and floral taste becomes more prominent as it warms.
m - looks highly carbonated and the mouthfeel is the same. really dances on the tongue.
d - you can taste the alcohol as expected but as it warms becomes pleasant and understated. complex beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2006 16:24:58 | More by GPHarris
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beckje01

Minnesota

4.05/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- amber with lots of activity, plenty of white head.

S- A crisp floral smell, very inviting.

T- Light sweet with fruit notes and some malt comes out as well.

M- Crisp and bubbly feeling just something I want to drink.

D- Easy and refreshing, I will pick this up sometime next summer.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2006 05:17:30 | More by beckje01
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Phocion

Minnesota

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

First time reviewing an old favorite. Pours from the 750ml bottle into a Duvel tulip a pale clody golden-yellow with a thick bubbly white head. Excellent retention.

Nose is strong yeast, very fruity (bananas, peaches, lemons), and spicy. Slight alcohol aroma is also detectable.

Very citrusy and mildly hopped. There's a whole bouquet of fruit flavors - banana, peach, lemon, orange peel, and apricot along with a nice helping of wheat and spices. Why can't all Canadian beers taste like this?

Very crisp citric mouthfeel with a subtle warming sensation from the alcohol. Very palatable and drinkable, the only hinderince being the strong ABV. Excellently crafted and balanced; it's brews like this that make brewing seem like a true art form.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2006 03:39:43 | More by Phocion
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scarletfire79

New Hampshire

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

wow. my first unibroue and i'm hooked. very very smooth. creamy with citrus notes. bannana and clove. all good things. love it, but not as much as i love having 3 more in the fridge. not overly familiar with the style. i was really suprised at the alcohol content. it's extremely smooth for being 9%.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2006 01:32:15 | More by scarletfire79
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TastyTaste

Minnesota

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

Appearance: Clear darker gold color, well carbonated. Head is massive when poured into a tulip, and very resilient.

Smell: Rich and malty, lightly fruity and very, very yeasty. Lemon zest and other fruit are very pleasing.

Taste: Wow, it's been a while since I have had this beer, and I forgot how good it is. The rich, malty, yeasty flavor is gigantic. Slightly soft, but also enhanced with alcohol. Excellent.

Drinkability: One of the best in the style, good work, Unibroue.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2006 19:13:37 | More by TastyTaste
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Ivanthehero

Georgia

4.68/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This is my second favorite beer ever. Aventinus wins by and eylash

Pours a beautiful mix of golden orange and red in my stolen La Fin Du Mond tulip.

Smell-sweet citrus fruits and orange candy.

Taste-orange and lemon elements that make this both sweet and slightley tart at the finish. Hold on, I'm letting it warm up a little. Mmmm, nice balance with the malt backbone and a toungue tingaling spice kick as the flavors exit stage left. This beer just makes me all warm and happy.

Mouthfeel-I am a sucker for those little toungue tickling bubbles. There is also a juiceyness that I haven't seen since wiehstephaner's hefe. Each sip makes your mouth water for more.

Drinkability-I really enjoy just sipping this beer for several reasons. One, the carbonation is really nice, but only for sipping, and two, the beer changes from a refreshing citrus quencher when cold to a sweet/spicey body warmer as it heats up.

I wish I could drink this everyday.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2006 05:51:07 | More by Ivanthehero
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dough

New York

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

Poured one from a 750ML Corked Bottle that I have held onto for close to a year. Used a tulip shaped glass.
Pretty nice head with good carbonation. Nice aroma with hints of bannana. Now for the first taste of the night. I find this to have a nice fruity character with a slight warming aftertaste. I really am surprised by the 9% ABV. This beer hides it 's strength well. Very pleasant mouthfeel for this brew. Overall this is an excellent beer that I highly recommend.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2006 01:24:56 | More by dough
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4.47/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle.

Decanted into the glass as a hazy golden liquid with a large, rocky white head.

Aroma was all that we love about Belgians -- clove and other spices, mild citrusy hops, earthy/barnyard type smell. Other notes included a sugary-bubblegum sweetness and pears.

Taste was primarily sweet - apples and pears. An alcohol/phenol flavor was present, which stopped just short of being medicinal. A bread/yeasty flavor was in there as well. Final notes were spicy and peppery with some hop bitterness in the finish.

Body was medium and the beer was well carbonated. The texture was almost slick. Finish was quite dry, and the alcohol warming comes on very quickly.

Overall, an excellent beer. Way too easy to drink given it's ABV.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2006 19:21:16 | More by
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BlackJeremiah

Virginia

4.75/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a snifter.

A: Lemon/golden color, with a bubbling, lacing, seething head. Looks downright volatile. Head calms to a thick cap of bubbly foam.

S: Green apple cider, incredible fruity scents, citrics, and bready smells. Seems deliciously over-the-top, heralding the power of the brew (9% ABV)

T: Light and fruity start, bolstered by the onset of thick, creamy, rich blond malts. These build, tempered by a slight citric hop character, through the finish, which shows peppery alcohol notes. A well-crafted, exquisite flavor profile.

M: Effervescent, light and refreshing. Crisp citrus and green apple tease the palate, creamy malts comfort it.

D: A great Belgian Pale, with phenomenal fruity character and fantastic balance.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2006 22:08:13 | More by BlackJeremiah
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gonzo138

Arizona

4.33/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- pours into tulip a nice golden color, rich white foamy head which both laces and retains very well

S- sweet aroma, very spiced smell, with some fruity apple/citrus notes present as well

T- Goes along with smell, spicey taste, also apple-ish flavor very present, almost a carmel like sweetness, not the malty kind either, one I cant quite describe, but very good

M- nice smooth taste, very good carbonation, a bit sticky in the mouth as well

D- a very drinkable beer, especially for one with a 10% abv, could drink quite a few of them before noticing how drunk you are

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2006 07:28:03 | More by gonzo138
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malcontent

Illinois

4.38/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Fin du Monde produces a huge, frothy head which barely moves throughout the drink’s lifespan. In fact, I can HEAR the head as its superlative bubbles foam & pop atop the deep orange/golden, cider-like body! An exquisite looking beer.

Scents are subdued, with faint traces of white Muscat grapes, apples & yeast. Pleasant, but not on par with the rest of this brew’s lofty presentation.

Subtle fruit sweetness with generous spice notes (clove) & dry white wine characteristics. Extremely tasty.

Perfect texture with spot-on carbonation & a wonderfully balanced body. All put together, this is a dangerously drinkable beverage although that is at least held in check by its powerful 9% ABV. The best I’ve had from Unibroue thus far.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2006 14:22:01 | More by malcontent
La Fin Du Monde from Unibroue
96 out of 100 based on 7,827 ratings.