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La Fin Du Monde - Unibroue

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Ratings: 8,987
Reviews: 2,812
rAvg: 4.32
pDev: 11.57%
Wants: 441
Gots: 1,404 | 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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Photo of TKEbeerman
4.33/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured into my Duvel Tulip, this brew pours a opaque golden yellow with a fluffy pillow like white head. Impressive.

S: The aroma is bold and full of spicy fruity notes. The lack of complexity grounds this brew at a 4.0.

T: The flavor is classic Belgium Triple. Fruit like spiciness with sweet malt. A slight bitterness with an alcohol tingle leave the pallet after every sip.

MF: The mouth feel becomes fuller as the beer warns. Carbonation is smooth and right on for the style.

D: Drink is just right. This higher then average ABV brew is well crafted. This is my second of the night.

Photo of LuthersMug
4.74/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is what a beer should be! I first tried this one at a local deli and was blown away. Then, my brother-in-law got me this one in a gift of beers. Thanks bro.

A - Clear, golden/bronze hue with carbonation bubbling up. 1/2 inch of head with lacing present throughout most of the beer.

S - Yeast and malts come bursting forth to the nose. A pleasant sweet smell arises reminding me of caramel apples.

T - Smooth and malty up front, hints of warm cider going down. Great.

M - Excellent carbonation, very smooth.

D - At 9%, this beer will leave you feeling good.

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

From the 750 ml. corked bottle dated 07-02-12. Sampled on August 5, 2010. It pours a cloudy, milky pale yellow with about a one inch silky and soft head. The aroma is bursting with yeast, malts, and grains that seem to have a wheat-like quality to them. The taste leans more on the malts, spices, and hops and less on the yeast. The alcohol is well-masked. A real good beer.

Photo of chilibeer
4.94/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is my first post on beer even though over the past two summers I have tried over 100 beers (mainly this summer) I have just began drinking Belgium Ales but this is one of my favorite beers of all time. I drank it out of a Goblet and found it easily drinkable and loved the overall texture, smell, taste. I am definitely going to do this again

Photo of bogus564
4.27/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a chalice...

I wanted to save a special beer for my 50th review - that said, a few of my friends instructed me that this is a really good one. Here goes...

Color is a nice hazy golden orange, with a head the color of an orange peel. The head grew to 2 cm in height and dissoved in two minutes, leaving little evidence of its existence.

The smell is spice dominant, after which you can catch a little citrus, then a little (is that earthiness? A new experience for me) something extra - it's certainly interesting, and my nose clearly likes it.

And now, for the taste - wow, spicy, like cloves. After that, what seems like a conspiracy of orange, honey, raisin and grassy flavors. This party is representin'!

Mouthfeel is good - this beer is light in body, with ample carbonation for its type. The finish is pretty dry, and there's a sweet honey aftertaste. Well done.

With a 9% ABV, I'd be careful about knocking down a bunch of these, especially in the 750 ml bottle size, but it's darn tasty, especially with the Italian sub I consumed with it. And now, naptime - Unibroue clearly knows what they're doing with tripels.

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

12oz bottle poured into a goblet. Best before 9/24/12.

A: Hazy orange body. Massive white head that dissipates into a thin film.

S: Strong apple-like fruitiness. Also some spices.

T: Big fruity sweetness up front. Tingly spicy alcohol. Some earthiness reminiscent of sweet bread.

M: Medium-bodied with plenty of carbonation to lighten it up.

D: There was a time when I considered this my absolute favorite beer. My tastes have changed, but this remains a very good beer. An excellent introduction to Trappist-style beers.

Photo of Reaper16
4.14/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle served into a cervoise glass

Pours a typically yellow color, common to the style. 1.5 fingers of bright, white foam made a head composed of small bubbles. Head retention was not very good relative to other examples of the style. Lacing was adequate. All in all an average looking tripel.

Lots of nice fruit in the aroma of this beer. Pears are front and center but not to be discounted are green apple and dried orange. Belgian candi sugar is present, as it should be, to lend a sugary sweetness to the beer. Make no mistake - this does not smell like a dry tripel; this beer is all about the sweetness.

Taste follows the nose: pears, green apples, candi sugar. There is definitely a sweet, caramel, sugary biscuit sort of malt profile at work here. Some fresh flowers poke their way in by way of the hops. On one hand I've had more complex examples of the Tripel style. On the other hand I've had very few Tripels that exhibit the balance and craft of this offering from Unibroue. It is on the sweeter side of the style but there are just enough hops to balance the estery treasure trove.

I love the mouthfeel on this tripel. It is just about perfect for the style, I thinlk. In fact, I will rate it as perfect. It is exquisitely attenuated, especially given how sweet this beer is. The carbonation is certainly present at all times but it is never harsh to the tongue. The body is a nice, medium size that compliments all the residual sugars. The drinkability, then, is also very nice. You never taste alcohol even though the beer is 9% ABV. If you wanted to have two bottles I think you could so so with little difficulty.

This is a great Tripel. Though my score doesn't necessarily reflect it, I'd say that La Fin Du Monde is among my very favorite beers of the Tripel style. It is very tasty but light enough to make you drink more than you should. Definitely recommended.

Photo of ridglens
4.6/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Rated probably 10 oz out of a portsmouth snifter, after several other beers at a poker game....

Pours a thick creamy head, which quickly dies to a island of foam in the middle, with some light lacing on the glass. glows a deap orange, pretty beer. Smells first of Beglian yeast, then of some serious citrus and a little hops. tastes follow suit, with some spicyness and complexity, very very FRESH tasting. this is one of the few Belgian style ales i have had that just taste very crisp and fresh, not a stale flavor at all. This was my favorite part of the beer by far, absolutely great. As it warms, i pick up a hint of alcohol, a little in the nose but more in the throat. the mouth feel was great, the carbonation complimented the level of thickness. there was even a little tartness in the back, which left cleaned my mouth a little, and left the beer begging to be drank.

Damn good beer, one of my favorite abbey-style ales to date!

Photo of DeutschesBier
4.55/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

If I closed my eyes and tried this beer, I would swear I was drinking a Tripel from a renowned Belgian brewery.

The color was what I expected - a nice golden straw color with a big white head. The lacing on this beer was great.

The taste is phenomenal. Apples, bananas, citrusy-fruit, and just a touch of bitterness. This beer is exceptional, and I could drink these all night long and still want more.

Photo of SeasonalBrew
4.49/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into my only tulip glass, which just happens to be a La fin du Monde tulip!

A: Pours a hazy orange color with a fluffy one inch head.. and just like that the head is gone. Something is wrong with this picture.. maybe it's because it wasn't enough to fill the glass or it's too cold? Swishing it around re-ignites the carbonation, but it doesn't last long.

S: I get Belgian yeast, spices, and citrus! A surprising, yet very pleasant amount of citrus. Smells like apples or pears or mango.. it's a very nice touch. Perfectly balanced with the Belgian characteristics!

T: Follows the nose quite well. Light and citrusy upfront with a sturdy Belgian backbone of yeast and spice. I get almost a banana accent in the citrus now. Finish is crisp and refreshing.. ahh

M: Light to medium bodied. Fair amount of carbonation. Not floored, but satisfied.

D: At 9% abv, I expected a bit more bite. Not at all. This is one of the most refreshing beers I've had in my short journey through craft beer. Will absolutely buy again!

Photo of vette2006c5r
4.48/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer poured a golden color with a nice sized head that stayed with the beer. It smelt of a typical tripel with a fair amount a spices. It tasted very strong, there was a fair amount of spies, but nothing overpowered. It was easy to drink, and had a lasting flavor. Overall a very good beer, very enjoyable.

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

Reviewed from notes-- and I was rather brisk in reviewing this one, I have had it many times and decided to review this one when it turns out I was short on time (wife had plans I guess).

Poured into a Duvel tulip from a bomber.

Pours a hazy straw colored golden with 3 fingers of thick, fluffy white head. Nice lacing. Looks really nice.

Smells citrusy with perhaps apples and bananas? Smells clean and fresh. Taste follows the nose. Crisp and refreshing. Would pair well with a veggie burger and a salad which is what I just did.

The body is light and airy with tons of carbonation. This is a beer that would fool most people with its easy drinkability but high ABV. An excellent tripel.

Photo of dpnelson1978
4.15/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle into tulip.
50°F

A: Big tight white head that quickly dissipates leaving generous lacing and a thick creamy cover over a hazy golden body.

S: Pronounced Belgian yeast character. Spicy and slightly sweet.

T: Again, the Belgian character of the yeast dominates. Orange citrus flavors mixed with spicy phenolics and just a hint of bitterness over a sweet, but subdued malt backbone. Very well balanced.

M: Medium body with medium carbonation that dances on the tongue at first sip. Slight astringency prickles the surface of the tongue, could do without that.

D: Nothing too special about the drinkability of this brew. I think this characteristic could be greatly enhanced with the correct food pairing.

O: Solid beer, though I was expecting it to be a little more impressive.

Photo of Rhettbuck
4.37/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: poured a hazy golden yellow, with a think white head atop of the beer, needless to say the lacing for the beer was quite prominent

Smell: like a bunch of oranges, honey, and flowers had a child and that child was a drinkable beer

Taste: a bit bitter, amazing overall, I'm normally a stout guy and even I thought this was a great beer.

Mouthfeel: lightly carbonated, very crisp! I was drinking it with pizza, and I have to say that really it was a great companion

Drinkability: A bit pricey for beer overall, but kind of cheap compared to most tripels, I would recommend for light food (pizza, salads, chicken dishes)

Photo of ChrisWashington
4.2/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pours a golden, foggy color.

S: spicy and citrusy. something clean about it...

T: definitely taste the yeast and malt. sweet. not much of a lingering aftertaste.

M: carbonated, yet smooth. doesn't bite at all. clean. no real residue.

D: very easy to drink, especially given the malt and hops.

overall, this beer surprised me. upon pouring and smelling it, I anticipated a much rougher drinker. but after finishing most of the bottle, i wish i had another one. very good beer... and made here in the western hemisphere!

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

Got a bottle from peensteen. Thank you very much!

A - Poured hazy, orange-yellow color. Good size head with small bubbles until the end of the drink.

S - Citrus smell, with nice spice aroma.

T - Very crisp. Orange citrus comes through a lot with spices like in the smell. Has a nice bite to it, but not in a high alcohol way. Towards the end as it warmed the alcohol seemed to show, but not a lot.

M - Medium body. Lots of carbonation. Very smooth beer!

D - Very good beer. The bubbles just didn't stop coming! For a higher ABV, very easy to drink beer. Masked the alcohol a lot. Very much enjoyed this beer, thanks Pino!

Photo of SpdKilz
4.2/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a hazy golden color with about a finger of head that quickly dissipates leaving little lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell - Heavy spices (i.e. clove) up front followed by fruits such as bananas and lemons, slight tartness, and a hint of alcohol.

Taste - Similar to the nose. Very subdued but the flavors work well together. Begins slightly bready which is almost immediately followed by banana and lemon zest. The taste ends with some malty backbone and slight honey and more than enough clove.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied, very smooth, decent carbonation for the style.

Drinkability - Quite so. I'm still relatively new to this area of beer, but I know what I like. This is a very easy to drink beer that is being enjoyed on this amazingly cool summer night in Southern California. From the other tripels I have had, this one most certainly stands out as a beer that is balanced and downright quaffable for such a high ABV. Very good.

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

12 oz bottle into Duvel tulip.

A: Pours a hazy citrus-honey orange with an expected billowing whipped egg-white head that slowly reduced into a thick white film that left patches and chunks of sticky lace down the glass.
S: Loads of Belgian spice and yeast with notes of candied sugars and fruits. Hints of bubblegum, apple cider, clove and pepper.
T: Heavenly flavors of ripe fruits, banana, clove, pepper, citrus, lemon juice, tangerine and apple cider. Spicy and sweet balance each other well but do not overpower the taste buds.
M: Creamy mouthfeel with soft carbonation and medium body. Alcohol is hidden completely.
D: One of the better tripels out there. There is nothing really wrong with this beer. Complex yet smooth flavors. Great head retention and lace. Fruity and spicy. Another great beer from a great brewery.

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

A: Poured into a large wine glass on the lawn of the Wisconsin capitol building. Hazy, golden body with quite a bit of bright white head. Leaves very little lacing but retains well.
S: Spicy fruit scent. Apricots, bananas, lemon.
T: Very similar to how it smells. Also taste some apple and caramel. Not a hint of booze.
M: Very crisp with moderately high carbonation.
D: Very drinkable, and well hidden ABV. This was a great alternative to the wine others in my group were drinking this evening. I would certainly pick it up again.

Photo of TripleTap
4.51/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This my favorite of the style.

Poured from the bottle in to a pint glass. About 1" head that faded quickly with not a lot of lace. Nice golden color with a slight haze. Pleasant fruity aroma's A hint of banana.

Taste is very well balanced. I could not detect the alcohol warming much at all.

This beer is sneaky. You could easily enjoy the four pack in a sitting. Respect this one.

Great Beer

Photo of NWer
4.68/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a brandy snifter.

A - Beautiful perfectly clear golden color, nice pale head that doesn't linger too long, little to no lacing.

S - The full aroma burst forth when I popped the cork. Very pleasant sweet flavors.

T - An effervescent, sweet, alcoholic taste that lingers in the back of the mouth.

M - Very effervescent throughout. A very pleasant mouth feel and aftertaste that makes you content to enjoy it and avoid rushing to take another sip.

D - This is a very drinkable beer - especially on a hot lazy Summer afternoon. Life doesn't get any better than this.

Notes: Best before 12-02-11 on back label
M 0208|541Q stampped on the neck - whatever that means.

Photo of jporf911
4.33/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a snifter. Best Before September 24th, 2012 on the back label, which also suggests suitable glassware. The picture on the front label is of Quebec, which explains the name of the beer: Newfoundland was long considered the literal "end of the world" by explorers.

Appearance- 4.5 out of 5. This beer looks great. It pours with an elegant cloudy yellow-gold color and a thick, frothy 3 finger head which remains for most of the drinking experience and occasionally sticks to the side of the glass. The most remarkable part of the appearance is the activity of the carbonation bubbles as countless streams of them fly up through the beer. It's the largest amount of bubbles I've ever seen in a beer, especially considering its cloudy color.

Smell- 4 out of 5. Strongly-scented, La Fin du Monde is redolent of nectarines, cloves, peppery spice, and yeast upfront, with a phenolic undertone and hints of warm alcoholic esters.

Taste- 4.5 out of 5. It's a little disconcerting at first, but it grew on me after a few more sips. My first impression was "3.5", but it went up an entire point by the end of the beer. That spicy clove flavor initially hits the tongue, followed quickly by the warming alcoholic esters right behind it. That nectarine scent shifts to less tangy light fruit flavors. The phenolic flavor is present but fades in the wash of other highlights. Of the traditional beer flavors, yeast is the most evident because of the bottle-conditioning (a process that involves allowing yeast to remain in the bottle for further fermentation). The malt contributes a bit of sweetness but mostly fills out the mouthfeel more than the flavor, while the hops leave a mere ghost of a bitter flavor on the back of the tongue. Although candy sugar was used in the brewing process, this isn't a very sweet beer. The aftertaste is of spice and solvent alcohol, which isn't surprising considering the 9% ABV; however, the aftertaste is really the only time that the alcohol taste is noticeable.

Mouthfeel- 4 out of 5. Medium to full-bodied with a creamily smooth texture and bubbly carbonation.

Drinkability- 4.5 out of 5. This is a beer for a night when you really want to take your time and enjoy yourself. Don't expect to chug it or take huge gulps; this is a beer that should be sipped and savored to fully appreciate its complexity. It does a great job of balancing complexity, flavor, and alcohol content (the last of which is rather hard to notice).

Photo of bluesfan1181
5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

All I can say about this beer is WOW!!! This is the best tripel and one of the best beers I have ever had. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle, best before 3-3-13, into a Delirium Tremens globe.

A - Pours a beautiful 3 finger head that retains very well. Has
a pretty golden/amber color that's cloudy with yeast
particles.

S - Has a noticeable alcohol smell with that of cloves and spice
notes. Also has a banana aroma.

T - Taste spicy yet, mellow, with a fruity complex to it. An
alcohol taste is also present.


M - Very smooth on the palate with mild carbonation.

D - This one of the most drinkable beers I have ever drank.
Even with the high ABV of 9%, it goes down smooth.

I will drink this beer anytime, anywhere. It is a masterpiece of brewing excellence. I think most beer snobs like me would agree.

Photo of Snamnoum
4.4/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pale golden hay color with a massive head which eventually subsided to one finger. Head is white and frothy and leaves lots of sticky lace.

Smell - is subtle. Light fruity notes of peaches and nectarines. Pale malt, yeast and light phenols.

Taste - awesome tripel, I adore this beer. Extremely well balanced sweet malt, bready yeast, and the lightest touch of hops accompanied by a definite alcohol presence at the finish.

Mouthfeel - is great. Very creamy and well carbonated. If not for the carbonation one might become bogged down by the combination of sweetness and alcohol but this is not the case with this tripel.

Drinkability - a truly great interpretation of a belgian tripel. The high abv accompanied with this style and the alcohol which is left in plain sight (or should I say taste) makes one bomber more than enough, but absolutely worth multiple purchases. I will be getting this again and it has definitely surpassed St. Bernardus as my favorite tripel.

Photo of metter98
4.35/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer poured clear golden yellow in color with a finger high bright white head that slowly died down into a thin layer of bubbles covering most of the surface. A moderate amount of carbonation is visible from the rising bubbles.
S: There is a moderate smell of floral hops, fruits, spices and yeast in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the nose and much stronger, having a good balance between pepper spices and a slight amount of sweetness from the fruits. There are also some notes of candi sugar.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate with a lot of dryness in the finish.
D: The alcohol is very well hidden, which makes this beer very drinkable. I will definitely be having this again as it is one of the best representations of a tripel.

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La Fin Du Monde from Unibroue
96 out of 100 based on 8,987 ratings.