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La Fin Du Monde - Unibroue

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Ratings: 8,923
Reviews: 2,794
rAvg: 4.32
pDev: 11.81%
Wants: 430
Gots: 1,341 | FT: 19
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Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
Tripel |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-23-1998

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Photo of DeanMoriarty
4.52/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ML corked bottle poured into a Chimay branded chalice.

A: Nice golden orange hue. Beer pours with a small head that dissipates quickly and leaves little to no lacing throughout the entire beer.

S: Smells like apple pie - sweet and spicy with fruit and vanilla.

T: Tastes like it smells and there's some hop there as well. For being 9% there isn't an over-dominating alcohol flavor. Overall extremely well balanced.

M: Medium bodied, low/medium carbonation and super creamy.

D: Real easy to drink for the high ABV. They serve this at a local restaurant I go to often, and I drink three every time without batting an eye.

One of the best tripel style beers out there. I put it up there with my all time favorite - Westmalle. The label boasts "End of the World" and I gotta say if it were coming to an end, this would be a beer I would consider going out on.

Photo of Freethyhops
4.57/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle into a chalice

a- pours a bright gold with some nice yellow highlights when held to light. produced a pure white rocky head.

s- Complex with moderate spiciness, significant fruity esters reminiscent of tropical citrus fruit with possibly a slight banana character. Generous spicy phenols esters with only the slightest hop influence with some perfumy hop character. not getting much of any alcohol which is nice.

t- again alot of stuff going on. the spice has significantly picked up in the flavor. much lighter on the fruity esters with only a slight banana character. the citrus takes a seat quite far in the back. a bit of bitterness accompanies a dry finish.

m- the slightest amount of alcohol warming. high carbonation gives an evervescent feel to a smooth medium body.

d- a fantastic example of a Belgian Tripel for around $10/4pk. the ABV is exceptionally well masked and makes this a prime candidate for excessive consumption.

Photo of appenzeller
3.25/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours an amber with orange and lemonade looks. Thick head that dissipates quickly leaving a common lacing.

Smells slightly sweet, apples, and moderate hoppiness.

For those who enjoy a beer that is based on sweetness and has some complexity on top of that, it's fine. For me, it's simply too sweet. Nice notes of lemon, cider, and tangy through the finish but I can't help but feel like I'm quaffing quintessentially glorified sugar water.

We all have our perspective. This beer just doesn't resonate with me. I realize this is a top shelf brew for many folks, for me it is just another flawed brew that aspires to greatness. Definitely not the "fin" of my "monde." Having Quebec ties I'd like this beer to be special but for me, it's not.

Photo of HotHands
4.42/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - pours a bright yellow-orange with a 2-finger white head that comes down halfway and sticks around for a while.

Smell - complex smell with hints of malt and spiciness.

Taste - wow, there's a lot going on here. Starts off with a distinctive clove taste, followed by a complex combo of celery, minerals, orange zest, and a slight honey-like sweetness. Finishes crisp and a bit dry. It's amazing that so many synergistic flavors can come out of one beer. Tastes change a bit as it warms.

Feel - Highly carbonated and a bit creamy - thinner than I expected but not too much.

Drinkability - I never would have guessed this is 9% ABV. This beer hides its alcohol well.

Photo of Richter35
4.9/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Finally taking the time to review one of my all time favourite beers; poured into a Leffe chalice.

Appearance is stunning to say the least. A bottle conditioned beer that is a beautiful orange-golden colour. It is cloudy as well, probably due to lack of filtration of the beer ingredients. Pours a bit of head that quickly subsides.

Smell is a wonderful mix of floral and fruit aromas. Very inviting and a good representation of what the first taste of the beer will hold.

Taste consists of a lot of fruit and some malt. Fruits that would be, more or less, the same colour as the beer itself [i.e. - apricot/pear/orange/etc.]. Alcohol is non-existant in taste, but you sure can feel it!

The mouthfeel is different. A thicker bodied beer, which is offset by a refreshing carbonated-citrus bite, that all leads to a dry finish. The dryness is no doubt caused by the massive alcohol content.

Drinkability for this beer is obviously it's strongest asset. To be consumed with the utmost respect, this beer is exceptionally smooth and always rewarding. One of the top 5 beers I've ever experienced... and I've "experienced" a lot of beer.

In my honest opinion, if you're talking value for your money, there are few beers in this world that can match it. The fact that it is Canadian made gives me great hope for the future of beer in my home country... world class indeed!

Photo of Clamwacker
4.51/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

What can I say? It's "the end of the world". I haven't seen a better example of a Belgian tripel anywhere outside of Belgium.

The appearance is the only thing I am not a fan of. Considering the amount of excitement that I get out of corking a bottle of this brew, pouring it into a glass leaves me a tad disappointed. The head is short lived with relatively huge bubbles, and the color frankly makes me think of urinalysis test jars.

However, that is where the problems end! I want to offer this beer to a blind person to see whether or not their other senses make it even better than it already is.

The smell is as close to perfection as I can imagine. No words appropriately describe this, but if I had to use nasal experiences as adjectives, I would choose stomped grapes, freshly cut grass with notes of that first rain of late summer.

The taste follows the same, but there is the slightest bit of astringency at the end. This is not necessarily a bad thing. It really is dependent on serving temperature. The last few sips out of my pilsner glass are warmer because of my hand, and that is where the tiniest bit of off-flavor jumps out. Still, with a 4.5 in that category, you can see that it is almost entirely negligible.

The mouthfeel isn't the greatest thing ever; because of the large bubbles it doesn't flow to the back of the tongue as well as a true Belgian, but the flavor itself masks this "problem" extremely well. A 4 is the worst score I could imagine giving it.

As for drinkability, it is just amazing that this is a 9% ABV brew. Very few strong beers mask their alcohol this well. The only one I can think of off-hand is Widmer's Braggot, which is a vastly inferior brew to this (although good in its own right). Obviously this isn't something I would be able (or afford) to sit down and drink all night, but I'll be damned if it doesn't disappear with startling celerity.

If I may say so, I believe Unibroue (and this beer in particular) is the greatest thing to come out of Quebec, with Georges St. Pierre being the second greatest. :)

EDIT: I guess I'm not the only one who thinks the color is "pissy", based on the review before mine. Ha! Still, not a big deal.

Photo of ChadQuest
4.03/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a revisit of a beer i was unimpressed with a few years ago, Sometimes on the revisit i am blown away, Duval is one example.

Looks great, nice large pillowy puffy head. bone white. lots of lacing,a great looking beer.

Aroma is nice, pretty mild overall but pleasent non the less, peppery and mild esters.

Taste is solid yet mild which allows more then a few notes to play out. Spices of clove and crushed pepper, light dried banana, timid belgian yeast, very faint green apple, dry straw, and mandarin. none of these flavors dominate and they are all subtle and woven into each other.

Medium to high carbination gives a great mouthfeel that is just slightly dry but not very. The subtleness and complexities and easy and refreshing mouthfeel make this a good summer beer.

I did enjoy this much more this bottle around, perhaps its the warmer season, perhaps its because last time around i was drinking many RIS, or perhaps my pallete has devoloped enough to appreciate this more, maybe all three.

Photo of kcr357
3.69/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours an unassuming hazy copper with a course foam that dissipates quickly to a light remnant leaving rings on the glass. Lots of sediment.
Smells like bread, grass, wheat beer, and sweet malt.
Tastes different from your average bmc, no doubt.Very malty, spicy, balanced if not lightly hopped. Smells and has a slight vanilla taste.
Chewy, smooth, bitey from the high alcohol.
9.0 alc. makes for low drinkability.
Very good, very strong.

Photo of BeerNemesis
4.67/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

La Fin Du Monde | 750 ml. | 9.0% | 2010 vintage

Brewer: Unibroue
Style: Tripel
Glass: Chimay goblet

Presentation:
Standard Belgian 750 ml. bottle with nice label art depicting Canada from a sort of 'god's eye view'. The cork and cap are quite nice.

Appearance:
It pours a beautiful yellow-orange with an ample frosty, white head of about 1". The head shrinks, but never quite disappears, leaving a hearty pillow atop liquid gold. Bubbles from carbonation joyfully stream upwards along the side of the glass.

Aroma:
A delightful but pungent mix of nectarines and thick, peppery yeast swirl together in my nose. Phenolic cloves and the slightest touch of alcohol in the back.

Taste:
Peppery cloves and hearty yeast mix with delicate nectarines, mango, and -- just as I imagined from the smell. I have to say that at first I was underwhelmed, but the flavors develop spectacularly, unraveling layers upon layers of complexity. The finish is thin, buts its laced with spices and cloves and a touch of hops. The aftertaste is powdery and a bit medicinally bitter. I can see why some may not like it, but I love it.

Mouthfeel:
Its way thinner than expected, especially against comparable tripels. That being said, it is terrifically smooth, creamy and highly carbonated. It is an ethereal tripel -- not necessarily a bad thing, but a bit unexpected.

Harmony:
Very well put together: light, complex, practically heavenly. It's an unusual tripel in that it is light and highly carbonated. Nonetheless, it's really spectacular.

Drink before: Oct. 1, 2010
Price: $7.29 at D'Agostino's

Photo of Chizoad
3.93/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is the 2nd time I've had this beer, and both times were a little underwhelming. I admit that the tripel style has never really been a favorite of mine, but this one, even for the style, just doesn't quite get there.

Good looking in the glass. A little surprising because it's much lighter in color than the usual tripel. Pretty carbonation that sort of streaks through the glass.

Light nose with nice malts but not much going on beyond the generally pleasant aroma. I pick up a little of the booze in it.

Very similar to the nose on the palate. There's a sweetness that doesn't dominate.

Good carbonation to go with a medium body. I love the effervescence in this.

Staggeringly drinkable. 9% ABV doesn't detract at all. Sure, I wish it fit my tastes a little bit better but deserves a wow for drinkability. It's definitely not a boring beer, which helps.

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

A Poured a cloudy harvest gold color with a three finger head with an aggressive pour. Head settled fairly quickly with a small amount of lacing on a generic goblet.

S Smell reminds me of Pinot Grigio. Apples straw and white grapes.

T Cloves, apples, lemon grass, just a hint of cayenne, and white grapes I also get a touch of tart clover the more i think about it.

M Fairly carbonated but well balanced.

D Very drinkable even as it warms. I like the level of carbonation.

Photo of mulder1010
4.57/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ML poured into a Great Divide Globe Glass

A-- Poured a cloudy straw yellow color. Yeast had not settled when pouring. Beer is also a bit too cold about 5-6 c. Short lived bright white head that became film too quickly. Very good head retention though and able to get a 1 finger head after a few swirls of the glass. Once warmer the beer holds the head much longer and shows more carbonation. Beer shows wine like legs of an upper ABV%.

S-- Sweet bread, apricot, white grape, green apple, banana, and clove. Citrus and apple come out more as it warms up. ABV is very well hidden with the aroma. Becomes more complex and the flavors change as it warms up. ABV is well hidden with the aromas.

T-- Large dose of sweet bread followed by banana, clove, and green apple. More it warms the citrus becomes a bigger player in this. Mostly lemon but a bit of pineapple as well.

M-- Highly carbonated, lively, and creamy. Sweet bread followed by citrus tartness to it. A bit of the apple crispness in the end. No real hop presence. Mostly about malt and the yeast. A little bit of an ABV burn at the end and it does get bigger as it warms up more.

D-- Highly drinkable. One 750 is sufficient at 9% or 2 330's are good. The 9 % is well hidden until the very end. The unique yeast strain makes this beer so special. So many flavors and that is beer can be one way cold and another way at room temperature.
One of my favorite beers and to me the gold standard in Tripels. One I will seriously miss as long as I live in Australia. No longer distributed to Australia.

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.5/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured in to Duvel tulip

A - Somewhat cloudy yellow colour with two fingers of white head. Very carbonated which created a lot of head on the pour.

S - Bready malts with sweet citrus and spices in the background. No discernible hops.

T - Bready malts up front with citrus and cloves and some tropical fruit (banana) in the background.

M - Light body. Moderate carbonation.

D - A good Belgian triple, not my preferred style but still good.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.35/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a hazy honey color with a huge 2 inch white head that fades to a small cap. There is a little spotty lacing present.

S - Smells of acidic fruit like pineapple, green apples, and malts.

T - Tastes heavily of yeast and malt with an acidic fruit aftertaste.

M - Extremely bubbly and crisp with an acidic feel in the mouth.

D - Very tasty beer that was very refreshing. Another great offering from Unibroue.

Photo of berpwillie
3.67/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a hazy orange yellow color with spare head, spare lacing, and average carbonation. harsh malt and yeast flavor with citrus, lemony hints. light body anfd thin texture. average flavor duration. very soft bitter tart finish. alcohol well hidden. thought this one would've been a lot better, must say i was pretty dissapointed with this one. not a bad brew just a dissapointment. probably wouldn't drink again.

Photo of patra7
4.57/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served in a generic tulip glass, left to warm at about 7-8 degrees Celsius (45 Fahrenheit).

Appearance: Pale orange / amber body. White head, very fizzy, quick to rise (about 1 finger tall) and quick to dissipate.

Smell: Floral, grassy, lighly fruity aromas with a huge celery smell (I'm surpised to be the first one to describe it that way... this is ...clearly celery!). I could hardly smell the alcohol and this only after a few sips, when I managed to shove my nose into the glass. Very well hidden!

Taste: Same as above, together with a distinct maltiness. There is a touch of sweetness and just a small hint of sourness (which is a good thing for me since I don't like the overwhelming sour taste in other tripels).

Mouthfeel: Very aggressive carbonation from start to finish. It almost forces you to drink in small sips (which is a good thing because I might want to just gulp it down otherwise!). Full, heavy body.

Drinkability: ...and yet the whole thing is so lovingly drinkable! You only sense the alcohol once you get up. Incredibly complex and yet delicate.

Extras: Combining the last sips with blue and cheddar cheese was a good idea!

Photo of keithmurray
4.3/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle poured into chalice

appearance - cloudy golden colour with thick, white frothy head, which lingers properly

aroma - citrus, apples, green grapes, yellow raisins, bready biscuits, cloves

taste - citrus, lemon, apples

mouthfeel - highly carbonated, smooth, slightly sweet finish

drinkability - for 9%abv, this goes down easily as the booze is well masked

world class tripel right here, well done (again!) Unibroue

Photo of BayerischBier
4.3/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: pours with beautiful pale gold color and some fine head. it bubbles nicely in the glass.

S: Dominant alcohol aroma with some hints of spice and ?apple? along with malt and some hops.

T: very balanced with hints of fruit, glove, malt and yeast. a bit bitter aftertaste

M: carbonation tickles on the tongue. Despite the high alcohol; very drinkable with this champagne character.

D: Complex and absolutely delicious. more?!

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

Drank 5/21/10
Poured from a 750ml bottle into a Bruery tulip

A - Pours a straw golden yellow, with about a perfect inch of white head. There is nice lacing that sticks to the side of the glass. Exactly what I would expect a beer of this style to look like.

S - Smell is subtle but not light. There are citrus notes of lemon. Along with spices like coriander and Belgian yeast. There is also the most subtle sweetness to the smell .

T - Taste similar to smell. There is citrus lemon upfront with spices in the middle. And there is some slight bitterness at the end. There is a nice yeast flavor throughout. There is a nice balance of sweetness and bitterness. And great complexity.

M - Nice amount of carbonation, light body, very smooth and creamy.

D - Drinkability is great on this beer. I could drink it all night. It hides its ABV very well. Love the taste and pretty much every thing about this beer.

Photo of jpittman80
4.27/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pale, hazy orange with a white head that lasts to the end. Apparently, this is a tripel!

S - Really nice spice: i pick up hints of flavors such as nutmeg, corianer, maybe cinnamon?, licorice, light hops, and bready malts. Very nice.

T - The flavor is a little smoother than the smell lets on. Everything is rounded off nicely. It's not as spicy as you'd expect, as the yeast seems to bring out a really bready, toasty quality, but they are definitely there bringing everything into balance.

M - Very smooth medium bodied. Medium carbonation.

D - This is quite a tasty tripel, probably my favorite that's not actually from Belgium.

I'm pretty sure that this was my first craft beer. I remember acquiring a bottle when I was 18, fresh in college, just because of the alcohol content. Well, I wasn't ready then. I remember just trying to get it down :) Times have changed, and I'm glad I can enjoy it now for all the right reasons.

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

Hazy orange color, tall and fizzy head that i enjoyed stuffing my nose into. Smells bright with scents of clove like I'd expect in a tripel.

Tastes great, remarkably well combined flavors of citrus, clove like spices. Goes down really smooth, no suggestions of a 9% abv. Carbonation is right where I'd like it to be, I'd drink this almost any time of year in almost any setting.

Photo of aasher
4.53/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured out of a twelve ounce bottle into a Guinness Stout pint glass at roughly 35 degrees.

Appearance: A light orange hue. Very cloudy and vibrant. Light, white head that quickly dissipates.

Smell: Smells like you'd dream a Tripel to smell. It smells both sweet and of yeast. There's a slight citrus scent to it.

Taste: Absolutely delicious. Tastes sweet and has a slight citrus appeal to the backend. The alcohol is just slightly present in the after taste.

Mouthfeel: Is overly smooth and boasts little carbonation (although present). Creamy almost. Is literally mouth watering.

Drinkability: Very, very drinkable. The taste is awe inspiring and it has the appearance of a serious Tripel. The flavor isn't overpowering and is exactly what you'd want from this Belgian. A four pack is definitely drinkable in one sitting. The alcohol does start to come out a little after you've finished your first.

This may be the best Tripel I've ever had. I'd definitely recommend it to anyone looking for something both flavorful and refreshing for around $11, for a 4 pack. Those around me enjoyed this beer as well.

Photo of BobZ
4.67/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330ml 11.2 Oz. bottle. Poured into a Duvel Tulip.

Appearance: Beautiful amber, rich head, excellent lacing.

Smell: Fragrant tripel, both sweetness and spice, (maybe a note of citrus) complexity is apparent.

Taste: Very rich tripel, deep flavor explosion sweet, spicy, & a hint of bitterness. Perfectly crafted and perfectly balanced, alcohol is so well masked it's practically non-existent.

Mouth feel: Well carbonated, unbelievably smooth.

Drinkability: Dangerous, goes down in seconds could drink it all night, of-course at 9% ABV a face-plant may be in the offing.

In my opinion, Unibroue is the only North American brewery that can come close to matching the Belgian flavor profile. They simply have figured it out. La terrible & Trois Pistoles are excellent (as is Blanche du Chambly) but Fin Du Monde is the crown jewel of what they do.

Excellent beer a "must have on hand" year round.

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

A - Pours into a chalice a very nice yellow/orange. Almost a hazy/opaque. VERY nice, thick, clingy head on top.

S - Smell is mostly of spice. Also a very small hint of citrus/orange present.

T - A reverse, I get some citrus to start off, and a lingering spiciness. Balanced great though. A great beer going down.

M - Very "full". Not in a bad way either. Seems to be a lot going on with this brew. Can actually feel the spiciness in the mouth. Which for La Fin Du Monde, is definitely not a bad thing.

D - Love the taste of this beer. I think it's extremely drinkable, despite it's high abv. And as alcoholic and heavy as it is, I could drink many of these in one sitting (although not recommended).

Really a fantastic beer. I can see why this is so well reviewed. Absolutely one of my favorite Belgian-style beers.

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

From the Trader Joe's 4-pack 355 mL into a Pinot glass.

A: Murky golden peach in color with a huge head that leads to fine lacing. Excellent color!

S: Loads of Belgian yeast and bread. That yeast gives it wonderful sour undertones once the ale has warmed up. Nice spice, coriander (?), typical Belgian spicy character. Honeysuckle comes through as the brew heats up. Slightly metallic.

T: That load of yeast shines bright on the palate. Lots of butter and honeysuckle. Awesome! No metal comes through, which I was sort of anticipating. A little sweet but very pleasant. Reminds me of a Sunday morning with waffles and butter and fresh strawberries.

M: Awesome! Huge! Great tactile sensation!

D: Once or twice a year is perfect for this one.

WIFE EVEN LIKES THIS IT!

La Fin Du Monde from Unibroue
96 out of 100 based on 8,923 ratings.