La Fin Du Monde - Unibroue
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3.38/5 rDev -21.8%
12 oz bottle. Pours a murky golden yellow with a huge fizzy white head that quickly diminishes to a thin film and collar.
The aroma is bready malts, yeast and a little fruit and spices (clove).
The flavor is earthy, bready malts with a bit of a fruity twang. It has a grassy bitter finish with some fruity sour notes. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with very sharp and strong carbonation.
Overall, an OK Belgian - a bit over-priced though.
09-28-2007 21:29:30 | More by Beaver13
4.5/5 rDev +4.2%
Poured a very delicious golden straw color with a really good amount of head that leaves pretty quickly. I didn't notice any lacing at all. If you look closely, you can see a plethora of carbonation bubbles racing to the top.
The smell is very sweet and I notice some hops and malt already. I definitely noticed the pear like previous people have pointed out. I can't wait to drink this beer!
The taste was excellent. It was sweet but they also did a good job of mixing all different spices to give it a unique taste. They also do a very good job of hiding the alcohol. This can be a dangerous beer! The aftertaste was of hops, yeast and I could swear I noticed a doughy taste in there as well.
The carbonation in the drink is delightful and the first thing you notice. After that it's all about the smooth and creamy feeling. The beer almost has a dry numbing effect on the sides of my tongue. I kept wanting to sip one right after the other.
I've had this beer before but this was the first time I actually took the time to review and notice all its subtle properties. I could definitely see myself drinking this all day long, but with the 9%...I'll need to take my time with it.
09-28-2007 14:30:56 | More by CoSMoSYS
4.22/5 rDev -2.3%
I poured a 330 ml capped bottle into a tulip.
A: It poured a hazy yellow with a massive head of four fingers. The sticky off white head lingered for a long time and in fact was regenerated for a while from the stream of bubbles rising from the brew. This reminded me of a lemon marainge pie.
S: Has the notable aroma of citrus, crisp apples and pears and the tang of dry hops. It does not have the malty richness I expected but the aroma was pleasant and fell easy on my olfactory sensory neurons.
T: As with most strong pale ales it benefits from a rest to allow the beer to relax brining out the smooth and creamy character and allowing the the malty richness to find its balance with the yeast and hops. Warming on the tongue but no residual aftertaste except a bit of a tang and a hair of the sweet malts.
M: Medium to full bodied with a creamy texture that fills the mouth with a smooth rich warmness. The good balance of the malts with the hops, carbonation and alcohol leaves the mouth warm, dry and ready for the next sip.
D: A very drinkable beer that has a nice character and fits will in the family of Belgium Strong Pale Ales.
Comment: This is my first from this brewery and it will not be my last.
09-28-2007 03:25:23 | More by dnichols
4.22/5 rDev -2.3%
Fairly light straw color and pretty clear as well..slight haze.
Big white head that went away fairly quickly.
Smells of sweet candy, almost like bubble gum or cotton candy?
Taste is awesome. Big mouthfeel immediately noticed .Sweet, smooth, highly carbonated. Feel the alcohol burn if held on the tongue.
Bubble gum comes to mind again. Malty with no real noticeable hops.
09-26-2007 00:38:18 | More by dmamiano
4.47/5 rDev +3.5%
Poured from a 12oz bottle into a La Chouffe tulip.
A: Pale, slightly hazy, and gold in color. Relatively still. Very creamy 2 1/2 finger head that's a brilliant white color. Head slowly recedes and leaves gobby and sheet-y lace stuck to the glass.
S: Fantastic Belgian Pale Ale aromas! Belgian yeast, clove, banana, cardomon, tart green apple, and spicy pear.
T: Huge whack of spicy clove and bananas followed closely by more spices and some mildly tart fruit flavors. Also found just a pinch of toasted malt towards the finish.
M: Creamy and delightful!
D: This is 9% but I couldn't detect even a trace of alcohol. This is what BSPA's aspire to be like and very few reach this pinnacle. A truly wonderful beer!
09-21-2007 00:00:13 | More by GbVDave
4.55/5 rDev +5.3%
Caged and corked 750ml bottle sevred into a Chimay goblet.
Poured a cloudy glowing golden color with a 1' froathy white head with good retention leaving some lace curtians. Very lively looking beer wisps of tiny strings of bubbles tighly constiantly surging from the bottom of the glass.A bit of slurry at the bottom of the bottle.
Lots of delicate Belgium spices in the nose,some clove,yeasty/doughy,clean with some slight citrus,complex fruityness,currants/apples/pears with a bit of toastyness.
Lots of Belgium spice up front with cloviness,dry tart apple/pear wine taste,some alcohol taste,not overpowering has a warming effect.
Nice clean taste with spiceyness throughout with a touch of grape leaf.Also has some doughy/yeasty/bisquity taste.
Very light mouthfeel,champagne like,velvety and creamy textute with a touch of grainyness. Pleasing,alcohol is well hidden dangerous beer drank a 750ml with ease left me craving more.
09-20-2007 03:32:38 | More by jcdiflorio
4.88/5 rDev +13%
Ah, memories. I finally meet up again with the beer I enjoyed the most back during my winter trip in Canada. A plate of poutine on a 25 degree (F) afternoon in Montréal and a bottle of this at Frite Alors remains one of my fuzziest memories of the trip. But now, will a change of culture and weather in Southern Califronia change the enjoyement level of this beer? Time to find out:
What a beautful pour it does into my Stella Artois chalice, and what a beautiful sight when the pouring ritual is finished. An unfiltered golden blonde in color with a big billowy head on top. Too bad the retention isn't perfect. An attractive aroma of fruits (with apricots the most dominating) lure me closer to the glass for a sip. The taste is so close to heaven, even for the style. Upfront with a peppery fruit flavor, but the spiciness won't have you bowing to it. The sweetness pushes in and keeps the spiciness from being too much. Warming alcohol is persistent in the throat.
I've forgotten how much I loved this beer. A change of scenery showed no change in the experience, although it wasn't enjoyed around Québeçois surroundings for a truly authentic one. A masterpiece of a brew!
Oh, and hooray to me for being the 1000th reviewer of this gem!
09-17-2007 03:46:49 | More by DoubleJ
4.43/5 rDev +2.5%
a- decanted off sediment, the beer pours a rich gold with a brimming two finger head of white clouds that takes forever to fade. carbonation is high, but not obnoxious... the bubbles are pouring from the bottom of the glass. beer is a touch hazy.
smell- the nose is intense and wildly belgian! powerful fruity aromas, as well as spice, bread, dried fruit, and smoke and some rich caramel tones. there's a nice bicuity character to the malt.. can't get over the complexity of the nose!
taste- it is quite lush, with a full fruity front supported by nice citrusy hops and a push of alcohol. there is a definite banana bread flavor and even some spiciness. the trailing finish, dryingly bitter and a touch on the boozy side leaves me craving more. incredibly balanced and refreshing for it's strength, so much complexity.
mouthfeel- the beer is lovely on the palate. the carbonation is at a great levely for keeping the drink light, and every part of my mouth is amused. there is ample malt, great amount of bitterness and the alcohol holds it together nicely.
drinkabiliy- fantastic at first and getting easier all the time.
09-14-2007 02:55:27 | More by beerbutcher
4.5/5 rDev +4.2%
Been hooked on Unibroue and this is next in line. Poured from 750 mL bottle. Pours a light, hazy orange in color, a golden orange if you will. A thick, rocky head first appears and takes its time to settle. Aroma is of sour fruits, yeast, and some sweets. Tastes is wunderbar! A mixture of various fruits (apple, some citrus, and maybe a touch of grape) and a touch of sour. Alcohol is present as well, the first sip leaves a brilliant warm feeling in the mouth. His a slightly creamy mouthfeel to it and goes down smooth leaving a pleasant aftertaste. Like many of Unibroue's other offering only a 4 on drinkability as 2 glass of this can leave your head spinning. A terrific beer.
09-13-2007 02:29:30 | More by bunnyhustle
5/5 rDev +15.7%
Poured into a large wine glass (to approximate a chalice)
Appearance: Pours a cloudy white amber. It looks a bit like a hefe-weizen in appearance. There is a nice, fluffy white head on the top with excellent retention. Lacing remains on the edges of this glass. I can also see carbonation bubbles rising to the top of the brew.
Smell: A sweet, citrus smell first hits my nostrils, followed by the spicy, doughy character found in a good Belgian beer. There are hints of all spice as well. The smell is well defined and pleasant. It gives a great hint as to what the taste will be like.
Taste: The taste begins quite spicy, and gives way to a light, raisin-like sweetness. The sweetness is quite strong and resembles some of the best Belgian beers out there. The beer then finishes with a hoppy bitterness which excellently balances out the sweet and spicy nature of this brew. I can also detect some banana and citrus overtones as well. This is a wonderfully complex ale, and the alcohol is perfectly masked. This ranks among one of the best beers I've ever had.
Mouthfeel: Light and crisp, which is an awesome counterbalance to the well-defined flavor of the ale. There is some light carbonation that gives it a nice little kick on the finish. The balance between flavor and a light body is amazing.
Drinkability: I could drink this all day. It may be rich, but it's much too good to put down. This is meant to be savored and enjoyed. Watch out for the ABV, which is 9%. It can catch up with you quite quick.
This is highly recommended, and it is laudable that this Belgian-styled brew is from Canada of all places. This sample is the second 750 ml bottle I've purchased, and I know that I will reach for this again some time.
09-13-2007 02:22:27 | More by Romulus141
4.43/5 rDev +2.5%
Poured into a snifter from a bomber. The beer pours a slightly hazy straw, forming a massive 3 fingers worth of head, that faded leaving some medium spots of lace. The aroma is delicious fruit and sugar. The taste is very much the same, consisting of sharp hops, followed by a sweet candy taste, and finishing with a very smooth fruity flavor. Higher carbonation than expected, but still an easy drinker. Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this brew. Full flavor and smooth mouthfeel made for a very enjoyable Belgian. I will be getting this again!
09-12-2007 01:20:01 | More by beeragent
4.72/5 rDev +9.3%
this is one of my very favourite beers, and proof that you don't have to go to the belgians for an excellent belgian style beer. beautiful honey colour, floral aroma, balanced flavour with dry and sweet notes. eminently drinkable, almost dangerously so given the alcohol content. if you don't watch out if will be the end of the world. but not a bad way to go.
this beer is excellent with spicy food, but also just by itself.
09-12-2007 01:18:34 | More by daaru
4.55/5 rDev +5.3%
Poured cool into a La fin Du Monde glass from a brown 12oz. bottle.
A - A beautiful amber the shade of honey w/ a fluffy 3 finger white head.
S - Like fresh bread w/ a dash of sweetness, full of Belgian character w/ spice and herbal notes. A nice dry wheat aroma enhances the smell.
M - A medium full body w/ gentle sweetness, toasted texture w/ hints of spice and a dry finish.
T - A very pleasant and balanced Belgian style ale. Somewhere between a wit and a tripel - strong and complex like an abbey, yet spiced and refreshing like a wit. There is a bit of wheat in the flavor w/ a honey-like malt taste. The malt really makes the ale special. Smooth and refined it keeps you wanting more.
D - This is a really world class beer even if the name implies drinking on at "the end of the world". It is just drinkable in almost every sense w/ sweetness, Belgian character and spice. The 9% abv makes it more of a sipper, but pure pleasure in each sip.
09-11-2007 23:25:10 | More by Slatetank
4.33/5 rDev +0.2%
Pour and head: Poured into a tremmens tulip with a hazy golden orange color and a nice white Head. Not quite as rockey as the head of say, a duvel.
Smell: Fruity and spicey with a hint of peppper.
Taste: Really complex with an extraordinary mouthfeel and a dry finish. Coriander and spices dominate the palate, followed by a warming sensation from the 9% abv.
Overall: A good sipper but i have to be in the mood for spice to pick this one up again.
09-10-2007 18:46:15 | More by hops1337
4.47/5 rDev +3.5%
Appearance - Pours a hazy golden. Nice white head leaving behind nice lacing.
Smell - Sweet, fruity, candy sugar, yeast, phenols, white grapes, bananas, so complex...i could go on and on...
Taste - Once again, very complex. Candy sugar, belgian yeast, clove, coriander, white grapes, green apple..etc and more!
Mouthfeel - Very bubbly, champagne-like, medium bodied, velvety.
Drinkability - Well, this beer is quite simply delicious. If it wasnt for the 9% abv, Id have a field day. A 750ml of this golden elixir of the gods is perfect. If you havent had this yet, get it.
09-10-2007 01:26:59 | More by Doomcifer
4.43/5 rDev +2.5%
Served from a 750 ml into a 500 ml goblet
Appearance - Pours a slightly hazy golden blonde with a thick clunky head. Retention is good, while lacing is slightly below what I'd like to see in a trippel.
Smell - Yeasty, and slightly bitter, with all the usual trippel acoutrements. (if indeed that's how it's spelled)
Taste - A nice explosion of hops quickly melds into an even malt/estery balance. Not to much to say that hasn't been said before. This is a must buy.
Mouthfeel - Thick and creamy, but very dry after the swallow. Probably my favorite thing about trippels.
Drinkability - A long slow sipper that wears a little to much on my palate a little to quick.
09-09-2007 04:47:31 | More by Bobikel
4.25/5 rDev -1.6%
Served in a snifter, the beer pours a cloudy golden/orange color with about an inch white head. The aroma isn't strong at all, but what I can smell is nice. Mostly there's just an overall fruity and sweet smell, along with some cloves, honey, pear and yeast. Luckily the taste is stronger, it tastes like fruit, cloves, pepper and honey. Mouthfeel is medium with a lot of carbonation, a little too much, but not enough that it takes away from the beer. The drinkability is still pretty good, it goes down easy and the alcohol isn't noticable at all. I think this is a pretty decent beer. The aroma wasn't strong, but the taste and overall drinkability made up for it. Recommended.
09-09-2007 00:05:10 | More by bluejacket74
British Columbia (Canada)
3.03/5 rDev -29.9%
poured from a 750 ml bottle into a goblet,very hazy cloudy piss yellow that never did clear up,beautiful 2+finger head that stays put well and nice lacing.Really smell the spices in this one and yeast and faint fruityness to it.You can taste pears and bananas with a sweetness with a kinda sparkling fizzle to it.Goes down quite well with a heavinesss to it and you can feel the carbonation,no doubt about it.I tell you though...the alcohol in this one hits you quite rapidly,i get a decent beer buzz rather quickly due to the high alcohol content.Not a bad beer if you like this style but for me...not really my type,and i got 2 more 750 ml bottles to polish off still....oh well,it won't go to waste,i'll find some strong cheese and Bratwurst sausages to offset the taste and polish them off,watching a good NFL game....no probs.
09-08-2007 01:37:53 | More by GrimmReaper
4.28/5 rDev -0.9%
The clear light golden / dark straw hued brew is topped by a creamy, impressively thick head w/ stiff peaks of foam. Signature lace is left down the glass. Fruit esters comprised of tart lemon flesh and rind, coupled w/ cidery light candi / beet sugar sweetness and raw honey lend an enticing aroma to this brew. Phenolic clove and mustiness are subdued, but add complexity aromawise. Prickly carbonation and cidery sweetness sharply hit the palate upfront, but quickly yield to yeasty, unbaked dough notes and clove more prominent in flavor than the aroma would suggest. Well attenuated and fairly dry, but since hop bitterness is mild, the overall flavor is slightly skewed towards malt sweetness. Lightly bodied due to the sugar used in the grist w/ a crisp, yet smooth mouthfeel that lends deceptively agreeable drinkability. Finishes dry w/ honey sweetness, lightly peppery alcohol and clove abruptly ending simultaneously. Fin Du Monde epitomizes the style and is delicious... the drinkability is superlative considering its strength.
09-03-2007 20:56:46 | More by Maracuja
4.13/5 rDev -4.4%
750 ml, corked and caged bottle from Hollymain Liquor
Poured into a chilled pint glass
Nice belgian ale with minimal hoppiness from Canada
Nice fruity aroma with a hint of ground cinamon as well
People I shared this with enjoyed it more than I did, but I still thought it was an above average beer
09-03-2007 17:12:39 | More by Floydster
4.4/5 rDev +1.9%
Appearance - 4.0
Poured three fingers of tight, foamy, white head, which reduced steadily. The colour is a very deep gold, slightly hazy, with a few champagne like bubbles rising in the middle. Possibly the prettiest beer I have ever seen.
Smell - 4.5
Not overly powerful, but still wonderful. The alcohol is clearly there, amongst the sweet smells of malt, honey, stone fruit, cloves and spices. Not unlike a strong hefe weissbier in aroma, and not far from scoring a perfect 5 in this category.
Taste - 4.5
Again, the alcohol is immediately making a presence, and makes up a little more of the taste than I would like. The taste is nowhere near as sweet as the smell, which is a bit of a disappointment. The alcohol is immediately warming, which is nice. There is biscuity malt sweetness and a whisper of fruitiness (pear). The finish is dry and moderately bitter, and the aftertaste is pleasant.
Mouthfeel - 4.5
Really quite champagne-like, it feels light in the mouth, with a relatively high level of carbonation. Smooth.
Drinkability - 4.5
This definitely gets easier to drink as it warms. There are much more drinkable Belgian strong pale ales out there in my opinion, as this one's dryness and bitterness reduce the appeal.
OVERALL - 4.5
This is undoubtedly an excellent beer, although it is not quite to my taste. The warming sensation from drinking it is wonderful, so for that, I may one day try it again. Personally, I find other offerings from Unibroue to be a bit easier drinking, although perhaps not as complex. Price is very high, but the quality is excellent, so no quarrels about the value.
Edit: upon second sampling, I bumped the score up from 4.2 to 4.35. First time round I most definitely drank the beer too cold.
Re-edit: My opinion of this beer just keeps improving. I disagree with a lot of what I have originally written about it.
09-02-2007 11:14:20 | More by LittleCreature
4.45/5 rDev +3%
Into a St Bernardus chalice, pours a beautiful golden color merging on orange, hazy with a nice fizzy, fluffy, bubbly white head, lasts for about a minute, receding to a thin film, lacing brought to a wall of bubbly foam that falls equally thick upon a gentle swirl, occasionally globules sticking here or there.
The aroma is full, citrus and fruit in apple and oranges, spices of pepper and maybe some clove.
The taste is even better than I remember, the mouth full and tingling. Citrus abounds, apples and pears mingle, white pepper and clove and a delicious yeast, the mouth drying as it finishes but leaving the mouth tingling, yearning, not quite salivating for more, but wanting to.
In sum, this is a delicious beer. In fact, I just finished refinishing a wood floor, I'm tired as hell, really I just wanted a heavy night cap to put me asleep, but this thing is so tasty, and the qualities so evident, it just makes me smile.
08-28-2007 03:36:50 | More by objectivemonkey
4.05/5 rDev -6.3%
Pours a hazy strawlike yellow with a pillowy head that dies to a nice lace. Smells of sweet fruit, yeast, clove, and tea. Tastes of spicy clove, malt, pear, tea. Feel full in the mouth with a lively tickle on the tongue from carbonation. Finishes a little dry with a touch of alcohol and a big warming effect. This is a sipper for sure and a delight to drink.
08-26-2007 17:02:37 | More by franksnbeans
4/5 rDev -7.4%
A: Cloudy yellow, 2 finger head, moderate lacing
S: very fruity, possibly apricot, touch of spice
T: Upfront sweetness, cinnamon, low hoppiness, alchohol slowly gains warmth, snappy dry finish
M: moderate body, suprisingly smooth
D: way more drinkable then most beers with this level of ABV, spicyness jabs enough to make me want this in colder weather.
I love Unibroue, period. All their offerings are unique and interesting. It opens my mind to whats possible! I do like some of the others better then this one, the spicyness kind of turns me off but otherwise its great.
08-26-2007 00:19:10 | More by Taipans
4.9/5 rDev +13.4%
Note: I have never gotten a good head or retention on the beers that I have poured into this Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale Snifter; however now that I've poured it this doesn't seem to be a problem.
The brew has excellent head formation and retention. Just as good, if not better than Duvel. The head is big, pillowy, fluffy, white and rocky. There is a bit of lacing as the over-sized head from the pour recedes to a more suitable size. Color is a somewhat hazy straw yellow, or lemon square yellow if you prefer.
Nose: Sweet candi aroma here. A bit of spice from the hops perhaps, but not much else, very clean. Maybe some banana and clove esters as well. Not very potent. Alcohol is well hidden. For me hard to describe because the aroma isn't as potent as I would like.
Tongue: Oh my! What a great tasting brew. It is sweet with a very candied type of flavor. To balance out this sweetness there is a very pleasant and lingering spicy character...weather from hops, yeast phenols, or actual spices it provides the great service of balancing this brew...amazing.
Mouthfeel and Drinkability: In the mouth the brew is of a lighter body, with lower levels of carbonation than I would expect for the style. The beer finishes fairly spicy and a bit dry, but not too dry. This is a beer that I'd drink just about any time, not sure if I prefer it over Duvel-sure they're not the same, but they do have similarities-but in my book it is definitely the same quality. I see the two as interchangeable.
08-20-2007 05:32:06 | More by becktone
La Fin Du Monde from Unibroue
96 out of 100 based on 8,054 ratings.