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La Fin Du Monde - Unibroue

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

8,370 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 8,370
Reviews: 2,739
rAvg: 4.32
pDev: 11.81%
Wants: 363
Gots: 983 | FT: 17
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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Photo of MasterSki
3.93/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottled September 3rd, 2008. My first Canadian review!

A - Huge white head that dissipates quickly over a murky yellow-colored brew. Plenty of carbonation and attractive lacing. A lot lighter than I was expecting from a tripel.

S - Yeast, lemon peel, cloves, with a hint of malt sweetness in the background. There is a good depth of spices and floral notes - it has more in common with some of the good German hefeweizens than with some Belgian tripels. Actually reminds me of a cross between a saison and a hefe...

T - Sweet at the nose, but gets more savory as it passes through the mouth. There's a sharp bite at the top of the palate, likely from the high ABV. A mix of cloves, honeys, spices and yeast - reminds me of a less sweet and more boozy version of Cynicale.

M - Crisp, refreshing, and bubbly - a little champagne like. I was a little surprised by how thin it was for something so strong - it definitely could be creamier and more full-bodied.

D - Not a style that I'd want to pound for an evening, although at 9% there isn't a huge risk of that happening. This is more of a change of pace beer for me.

I remember liking this a lot more in the past, but maybe that was because I hadn't been exposed to the wide variety of US and Belgian brews that I know now. It's not my favorite Unibroue - prefer Maudite, Trois Pistole, and Terrible.

MasterSki, Dec 15, 2008
Photo of HalfFull
4.33/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a large wine glass from a 12 oz. bottle, this brew shows a hazy orange/golden color with a nice half inch head. Offers decent retention and a pleasant light carbonation that makes for a steady surface ring and artsy lacing on the glass.

Slightly sweet on the nose with notes of apple and pear, along with a subtle hint of spice, peppery clove/cinnamon in nature. Tiny bit of sourness from the yeast.

Taste matches the nose well with a malty sweetness initially, followed by notes of summer fruit and finishing with a lingering spice close. Not overpowering in the malts like some of the style. Offers a rich texture for a Tripel and is quite intriguing.

Decent but not over the top carbonation and a nice medium rich complex body make for a smooth feel and drink. Lot's of wheat and subsuquent haze for the style, a Belgian Wheatwiine of sorts.

Better results from 12 oz. bottles vs. a corked 750 ml. in this case, which is a bit at odds compared to most.

HalfFull, Dec 14, 2008
Photo of oriolesfan4
4.15/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I guess I saved the best Unibroue for last. I bought 8 different Unibroue 12 oz singles and finally I can drink one and say I absolutely enjoyed it.

Pours a nice cloudy yellow with a think wisp of a head. Smell is spicy with a clove/banana type of aroma. Taste is very reminiscent of a Hefe, but a tad spicier and beefier. 9% ABV is well hidden and this has superior drinkability. A great beer, I liked this one a lot.

oriolesfan4, Dec 14, 2008
Photo of Crunch
4.65/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured this into a goblet, it bubbled forever. It has a lasting, creamy head. the color was golden with a slight cloudiness to it. The aromas were fruity and full nosed, with a slight hint of an alcoholic twang when I inhaled deeply. Sweet tasting but not overly so. A full bodied feel in the mouth, the carbonation tingles the tongue, the sweet fruity tastes are pleasurable and there is a slight alcoholic taste.

Crunch, Dec 14, 2008
Photo of droomyster
4.72/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly cloudy gold with a pure white foamy head. Small bubbles jet upward for days. Sweet, fruity aromas of watermelon and bit of bubblegum, also some yeasty notes in there in well. Taste explosion - it makes my head spin trying to comprehend it. I'll have to fill in the flavors on another bottle but for now suffice it to say that it's a 5 in the taste department. The medium body is perfectly lifted with the carbonation. Along with Trois Pistoles, this is one of tbe best beers I've ever had.

droomyster, Dec 13, 2008
Photo of sccala
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured out of a brown 12 oz. bottle with foil wrapped around the neck and cap. Label has a satellite view of eastern Canada. Beer drank from a white wine glass.

A- Eh. Not what I'd expect from a tripel. More golden color than a traditional trip. Pours to a 2 finger head but doesn't hold, and leaves no retention. The light color though does make for a very visible flow of carbonation, which is a slight bonus.

S- Nice array of yeast here. Slight notes of malted barley, and wildflowers as well.

T- Coriander, nutmeg, cloves, a hint of anise. Carbonation is perfect. Has a bit of a creamy aftertaste.

M- I'd ALMOST rather just let this beer sit in my mouth all night than actually swallow it. You can taste many characteristics of this beer on your tongue and lining of cheeks well after the swallow.

D- Very good belgian tripel. If not for the poor scores I gave for appearance, this is right up there with the best trips I've drank. Also worth noting is how suprised I am that this beer is a product of Canada. CANADA??? Impressive!

sccala, Dec 12, 2008
Photo of MacDomer
4.3/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I never comment on bottle labels, but this one I really like...I think that of Unibroue in general, actually. They give me the impression that drinking the beer is some king of special event and that I should really prepare myself. Anyway...12oz bottle poured into my Westvleteren chalice (thanks, Flup!)

A - Just how it should look for a Tripel, but nothing too spectacular. Big fluffy white head on top of a hazy dark yellow/straw visibly carbonated beer. Lacks lacing, however.

S - This is a nice subtle nose of bananas, clove, white pepper, fresh lemon confit, bready yeast, and a hit of alcohol. Very well integrated. Really invites you in, but it's not as powerful or big as the nose on others.

T - Tastes like orchard fruits, banana bread, and Belgium. Besides the typical banana/clove flavors, there's also fresh green apple, and some doughy yeastiness here. This is really tasty. I also want to call the flavor profile suave - it just doesn't jump out at you like some others in this style (which is among my favorites) - more refined.

M - This mouthfeel is freaking awesome. Smooth and soft, it's pretty full and round. Just absolutely coats the entire mouth and then cleans it off with some moderate carbonation - a wave of little tiny bubbles comes rushing through, but isn't overpowering. Finish is not that long.

D - High, since this is really delicious! Very well balanced and integrated throughout. Pretty complex. One of the best, if not the best of the non-Belgians.

MacDomer, Dec 09, 2008
Photo of madtowndmb1
4.72/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: pours a graet golden straw color with a small white head

S:Floral and sweetness, maybe honey

T:Fantastic, malty sweetness, throughout, with a little hop ending. GREAT!

M: Smooth, none offensive.

D: This is scary how drinkable this is at 9%. I will recommend this to everyone looking for a world class tripel

madtowndmb1, Dec 09, 2008
Photo of thekevlarkid
4.3/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Or, "The End of the World." How could you not love this beer already? Out of a caged bottle at a beer tasting at the Fresh Market in Burlington this one was a pale yellow color. The head was two fingers of bright white foam that displayed good retention even as a skim and left streaks of nice lacing. The aroma was of lemon zest, dry wheat, floral hops and semi-sweet malt. The flavors were distinctly sweet, tart green apples, hints of pear, floral and citrus hops, some fruity alcohol esters that then finished on a tangy wheat note. The finish lingered but not unpleasantly. The carbonation and body were medium and the mouthfeel was quite smooth. Quaffable and pleasant yet punchy and refined, an impressive summery offering.

thekevlarkid, Dec 07, 2008
Photo of wescj
4.83/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750ml bottle poured into a snifter.

Pours a hazy, golden yellow. Starts with a half inch of off white head, which leaves a nice amount of lace.

Smells floral, with a touch of honey sweetness. Also some fruit and alcohol.

Tastes sweet and smooth. Alcohol warms things up a bit, and a touch of hops on the back end.

Extremely smooth mouthfeel. Carbonation is perfect.

Good beer, all around.

wescj, Dec 07, 2008
Photo of astrasday
4.53/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured this from a 750 ml bottle into a La Fin Du Monde glass I got for free with the beer. Lovely golden hue with a two finger white head quickly dissipates with no lacing.

Raw sugar, yeast, tangerine and a hint of pineapple come through on the smell.

Taste-- Wow. Malts and yeast dominate in this complex flavor. Fruity tangerine, orange and pineapple take a back seat. Alcohol is nowhere to be found.

Mouthfeel is creamy and even a bit oily with how smooth it is.

High drinkability. Another deceptively strong one from Unibroue. A delicious brew that goes down smooth with little trace of alcohol.

astrasday, Dec 07, 2008
Photo of Vendetta
3.78/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Original Rating Date:
May 18, 2008

High quality tripel. Very easy to drink, made a good summer beer. Cloudy golden hue. Fruity, lemony smell. Taste is well rounded, fruity and spicey. Alcohol not very detectable. This isn't really my style but it's enjoyable. I just wish the Unibroue products were a little easier on the wallet.

Vendetta, Dec 07, 2008
Photo of Kadonny
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 bottle into a Duvel tulip glass.

A: A golden straw color with a minimal off white head. Deep glass legs but the lacing does not really stick to the glass.

S: Belgian yeast spice with fruit citrus smells. A nice underlying aclohol sweetness pairs.

T: Fresh citrus fruits coupled with a nice solid belgian yeasty spice of clove. Some banana comes through in the middle with a peppery spice character. Very complex, very nice.

M: Medium with some hints of alcohol. Coating and enjoyable.

D: High for this abv. Wow, give me another and drink it all night (until you hit the floor).

Overall an excellent example of the tripel style brewed in eastern Canada no less! Great beer and deserving of the great scores here. Try it.

Kadonny, Dec 06, 2008
Photo of wiseguy142
4.1/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark yellow/light orange. Maybe the color of a slightly overripe orange. Pretty nice head bubbles down to a thin layer with a little circle of dense foam in the middle of my Duvel tulip glass while the foam on the sides is already sticking to the edges of the glass. Aroma is.. well.. Belgiumy. I'm not a huge fan of Belgians and this is a little above normal for me. Belgian yeast aromas with a nice underlying aroma of dried fruit.

Taste has a pretty pervasive alcohol presence that hits every part of the tongue along with a lot of residual sweetness in the aftertaste. Well done and interesting hop flavor accentuates the yeast strain. It's definitely good, but not irresistable just to me.

Mouthfeel, on the other hand, is amazing. Perfect level of carbonation and great water quality. Probably the best part about the beer in my opinion. It has a decently high level of carbonation but it's not intrusive or acidic like in some beers. The small, numerous bubbles really bring out the flavor rather than competing with it.

I'm glad I picked this up again since I don't thin I've had this since right when I started getting into craft beer. I think I enjoyed it a little more when I was just getting into it and my personal taste isn't really leaning towards Belgians in the long run but absolutely worth the buy.

wiseguy142, Dec 04, 2008
Photo of ludachris
4.18/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ive been meaning to try this bad boy for awhile. Pours a hazy straw colour with a huge white fluffy head that quickly disappears. Citrus is the most prominent smell accompanied with a bit of malt. Taste matches the smell; nice sweet citrus with a very high amount of carbonation. Maybe this could explain why the 9% alcohol content is so well hidden. The first thing that I thought of when I tasted this was Mill St.'s Belgian Wit, just with more carbonation and a little more complex. This beer is very easy to drink considering its high abv. Overall, thought this was a very good brew just wish they lessened the amount of carbonation. This is a beer that I wouldnt have more than one in a night but would definately buy again.

ludachris, Dec 02, 2008
Photo of corby112
4.45/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy, golden-amber color with a thick frothy white head that dissolves into a lasting lacing. Aroma of apple, pear, grape, citrus and slight hint of alcohol. Very carbonatied up front with a fruity spiciness with hints of light crisp fruit and a sweet citrus finish.

corby112, Dec 01, 2008
Photo of cvfish
3.63/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - pours a pale golden straw color with a head disappears, but leaves a decent head around the glass

S - orange and lemon peel dominates the nose

T - a fruity (more of a citrus fruit taste, like the smell, go figure), malty taste with some spiciness that hides the alcohol

M - Light/moderate bodied with slight carbonation

D - Drinkable beer, not a favorite, but good none the less

cvfish, Dec 01, 2008
Photo of GatorBeerNerd
4.53/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12 oz single purchased as part of a Unibroue mixed pack purchased at Whole Foods in Duluth, GA poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a hazy straw like yellow with a faint covering of bubbles that would be hard to call a head. Even though there is a small amount of bubbles they do leave sheets of sticky lacing as the beer is consumed. I would give it a slightly higher score if it had more of a head. I did pour it very slowly and the snifter is oversized. Maybe they contributed to the lack of head.

S: A beautiful citrus aroma dominates the nose. The alcohol is noticeable in the nose, but it is not overpowering at all. It smells very good.

T: There is a nice fruit taste, but it doesn't dominate like the aroma would leave you to believe. It is very subtle. A nice malt backbone, classic Belgian yeast flavors, and some sort peppery spicing. The alcohol is well hidden. This is a very nice tasting brew.

M: The peppery spicing gives it a nice tingle in the mouth. It is a bit thin, but still is enjoyable to roll around on the tongue.

D: This one is too drinkable for your own good. With an ABV of 9% it still drinks like a session beer.

GatorBeerNerd, Nov 30, 2008
Photo of baggio
4.1/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle@home - 2006 vintage

A: Hazy golden orange with a ok sized head. Very nice lacing!

S: Tropcial fruits, Yeast, Cloves, Citric notes. Wonderful!

T: Honey, Fruit (Apple, Pears, Bananas), Spices (Pepper!), Yeast.

M: Carbonation is at a medium level. Very nice balance and absolutely no trace of alcohol. Very impressive!

This is a favourite that i keep on coming back to again and again. Insanely drinkable for a 9% brew. Has the typical Unibroue yeast-character but if you can't get past that, you're missing out! Recommended++!

baggio, Nov 29, 2008
Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.53/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle. Pours a golden yellow with a thick white head. Aroma is sort of odd, skunky-ish, some spices (clove maybe?). Flavor of a slight yogurt sourness, mint julep, melon, and yeast. A little heavy to drink. Decent tripel though!
Aroma: 7/10
Appearance: 4/5
Flavor: 7/10
Palate: 3/5
Overall: 14/20
3.5/5

LilBeerDoctor, Nov 29, 2008
Photo of ecoastman
4.83/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drinkability - This was my very first experience. I was looking forward to it for over a week like a trip to a very special destination. Would I go again? Hell ya... but having felt the impact with only 250 mL into the first stretch, I'm afraid I'd wake up naked on my neighbours roof after the second one. Best damn Canadian-European beer I've ever had. I will definitely travel to "The End of the World" again.

Appearance - color is an attractive golden clouded haze. Carbonation is champagne-like with a very thin head and low retention.

Smell - Sweet and yeasty with fruity ale tones. Very pleasant - even better after the carbonation has subsided a little and the sharper alcohol tone is less pronounced. A must-have in a chalice style glass. Otherwise you'll be missing out on a great part of the experience.

Taste - VERY nice - great complexity. I'm in Europe again... Even better then the bouquet. Similar clove and banana ester tones like a good german hefeweizen or belgium ale. Sweet finish. Fits the tripel style except for the champagne-like carbonation (which I am surprised to enjoy).

Mouthfeel - Nice...light and thin. As noted, the beer has a high amount of very fine carbonation (again, this is like the champagne of beers). The volatiles from the esters and higher alcohol content are slightly noticed in the finish.

Poured from a 750 mL corked bottle.

ecoastman, Nov 29, 2008
Photo of dacrza1
4.88/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Preface: I have enjoyed this beer for years, and having requested a case from brother Jer to celebrate my second son's birth (Michael Mark, 10lbs., 12 oz.), I revisit Unibroue's pride with a respectful confidence....thick, pillowy four-finger head froths the in THE La Fin Du Monde tulip... body is thick, orange/peach, and sediment-filled...tracings are like rhythmic ocean waves... flavorful, bright bouquet of yeast... hops are brisk and pleasant, with a slight citric injection... medium-bodied with a full finish--minimal alcohol presence, active but not obtrusive... reminiscent of the Schneider folk's brews--refreshingly clean, crisp, complex with clove, spruce, cinnamon, vanilla, watermelon, pear, and citrus ... palate-cleansing and complimentary to a host of foods--most notably these nachos! Cools and burns at the same time... an almost unbelieveable combination of refreshment and taste, readily causing amnesia at the thought this was ever a tripel at 9%....beautiful.

dacrza1, Nov 28, 2008
Photo of tanzaniakate
4.83/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Fruity, warm, full, tasty. More crisp and lively than a lot of high ABV Belgian-style ales. Goes down extremely easily, though, so watch yourself.

Pairs well with lighter meals, like white meats and grilled veggies.

An exceptional value in beer. At $6 for a 750-mL bottle, and less per oz for a four-pack of 12-oz, you won't do better. We can't buy it where we are right now (sigh), but we always buy out the store of this stuff when we go to the "big city."

tanzaniakate, Nov 28, 2008
Photo of jujubeast6000
3.63/5  rDev -16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed 12/22/2005 (750mL bottle):

Pours a golden cloudy yellow-orange colored body, with a very large white head, and good lacing. Has an aroma of citrus, and hops. Smooth flavor, carbonated, and semi-bitter, but kind of flat(might be old). Has an acidic aftertaste. Tastiness.

jujubeast6000, Nov 26, 2008
Photo of jlb307
4.83/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This has always been one of my favorite beers, and just recently had one for the first time in a long time. Poured from the 750 ml bottle and drank from a snifter.

A: A nice hazy amber color, reminds me of raw honey. A decent head which did not last too long.

S: Wonderfully light and citrusy, but not overpowering. Nice hints of spice as well. As the beer warmed, the aroma came through even more.

T: Fruit notes, but not overpowering. Has a finish that's always been hard for me to categorized. Clean aftertaste with excellent balance of yeast, malt, and citrus. Alcohol isn't overpowering.

M: Full and smooth, with even carbonation.

D: Very easy to drink, making it dangerous at 9%! An excellent cold weather beer.

jlb307, Nov 26, 2008
La Fin Du Monde from Unibroue
96 out of 100 based on 8,370 ratings.