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La Fin Du Monde - Unibroue

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

8,714 Ratings
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Ratings: 8,714
Reviews: 2,758
rAvg: 4.32
pDev: 11.81%
Wants: 384
Gots: 1,132 | FT: 17
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Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
Tripel |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

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Photo of PerroGrande
4.43/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours to a cloudy, golden color with substantial foam that fades quickly leaving little or no lacing on the glass.

The aroma is yeasty and slightly spicy. I picked up a hint of alcohol in the aroma as well.

A very interesting taste, ranging from hints of grain to yeast to spice to some hints of banana. Very tasty and complex, and an outstanding tripel.

Mouthfeel is a little thin with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is fair/good. Very tasty and enjoyable, but certainly strong.

Complex and interesting - certainly a world-class tripel.

Photo of vishneda
4.3/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a chalice.

A well built and complicated little brew. I wasn't sure what to expect from it on first sight. It was lighter in color, golden or peach with a quickly faded white head. The aroma was more promising. It was full of banana, clove, and spices and similar to a witbier or even a hefe. The phenolic character was strong. Pre-taste impression was good.

The flavor bursted out nice and yeasty. There were a lot of wheat notes in here: Mildly sweeet, toasted banana, clove, citrus, bread, etc. However, there was much more complexity. Hints of vine fruits, earthiness, and maybe a little nut. A nice closing bitterness provided great balance.

The carbonation settled down a minute or two after the pour, but it was really high at first. Had a nice, dry finish and was refreshing, amazingly so for the ABV. The body was pretty light.

Overall this reminded me of a very rich and complicated witbier.

(Tasting notes from 02 Sept 2009)

Photo of PrairiePenguin
4.9/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Just a phenomenal high ABV beer. On first impression the taste reminded me of Hoegaarden with a bigger but not obsessive alcohol back end. The wonderful/horrible thing about this beer is how easy it is to drink. It would not be hard to consume 3 or 4 with dinner. I had this beer paired with an Steak, medium rare, and it fit perfectly.

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

Such as great beer. The color is a golden yellow. When poured it creates a lot of carbonation and head but quickly dissipates. The smell is mellow with hints of citrus. Taste is hard to describe except for the crispness and subtle hints of fruit and citrus. Great mouthfeel, all around anytime beer. Drinkability is great since at 9% abv I could drink at least four but who knows what would happen to me after that.

Photo of jera1350
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Golden yellow color with active white head that shrinks to a ring.

Bold and zesty. Big yeast, fruit, especially banana. Also a bit of grain.

Much like the nose. Very rich and complex.

Lots of carbonation, but not overdone. It's soft and smooth all around. Medium bodied that is crisp with a dry finish.

Outstanding drinkability even at this ABV. This would make a great year round beer. A great tripel, especially given the price point.

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

A- pours a caramel brown with a two finger head that dissipates quickly. lots of carbonation flowing throughout. not much lacing

S- sweet apricot with a hint of floral...perhaps clove. picking up yeast as well

T- crisp with lots of carbonation as soon as it hits the lips. tastes just like it smells. subtle with mostly citrus flavors...apricots in there as well

M- medium body with lots of carbonation. almost a champagne like fizz in the mouth

D- not the most flavorful tripel I've ever tasted. it actually gets much better as it warms and loses a bit of its carbonation. good beer but think I was expecting more due to its reputation.

Photo of fropones
4.63/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a pale golden yellow with half a finger of white head that sits on top for a while. Smells of apples and yeast, a little clove and some alcohol. Taste more of the same. Quite delicious. Mouthfeel creamy, medium carbonation, a little bite. Very nice. Extremely drinkable, especially for 9% abv. I may be in trouble with how drinkable this one is. Alcohol barely noticeable.

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

The beer has a nice golden haze typical of Tripels.

Smells good and taste really good for a mid range Tripel. I like it recomend to anybody looking for a value Tripel.

The after taste is ok. not great but it's the typical craft beer after. This is a good value buy as far a Tripel's go. I look forward to enjoying this beer again in the future.

Photo of robertjohnson
4.2/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Golden yellow with a thick foamy head.

Smell I get ripe sugary fruits and peppery phenols.

Honey dew and green grapes, slight carbonic bite and white pepper phenols with some medicinal and clove flavors. I get a very soft caramel graininess that lingers on after everything else.

The carbonation is high enough to lend a bite that really keeps the palate clean between sips.

Photo of papat444
4.15/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed this last night while waiting for a phone call to find out if our place is rented so we can move. Paired with my supper, some homemade cannelloni (in pasta shells).

Poured from a 341ml. bottle.

Appearance: Pours a very hazy and golden body. Color resembles a pear. Fairly average head that recedes quite quickly and no much lacing to speak of. Not too nice, i was expecting more.

Smell: Much better here. Getting a nice heady aroma of cloves, yeast, banana and dough. Am i drinking a hefe? Regardless, very pleasing indeed.

Taste: Quite discreet at first. I get some herbs and some fruit that's more dry than sweet but never obtrusive. Some citrus action in there also. Opens up more as it warms but it's still a low-key affair.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation hinders it a bit but it still feels rather good anyways. It subsides a little as it warms. Very full-bodied and light at the same time if that's possible.

Drinkability: ABV is well hidden though it does creep on you midway. I'd have another for sure.

Overall: Definitely a high-caliber beer that's well made. Everything is in the nuances though as it's not a in-your-face beer. I prefer more guts with my Belgian beers which is reflected in my score. Nevertheless, i like this beer and next time, i'll drink it at near room temp to get a better grasp on it. Is it the be all end of the world? Not quite...but it's right up there.

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

Appearance: This is a beautiful hazy lighter orange colored beer. It poured with a massive two+ finger head of white fluffyness into my DFH snifter.

Smell: The aroma is SO FRUITY. It is tropical island fruity. The second whiff gives me the beauitful yeasty, bready aroma I was expecting. There is a wheat aroma to it. There is even a tiny bit of banana and clove to this. I mean it even made me think of raisin bread for a second.

Taste: The flavory is very yeasty and bready with a little dark fruit to it. Sweet citrus!

Mouthfeel: This is a pretty solid mouthfeel. I would give it a 4.25 if I could, because even though this mouthfeel is really enjoyable and the slightly dry alcoholic finish is really nice, the carbonation is just a tiny bit bitey for me. Even though the carbonation is a bit much it seems to weirdly work in this mysterious brew. This beer has a medium body by the way.

Drinkability: Out of the Unibroue beers I have had this is one of the most drinkable (not in terms of quality, but in terms of it not being a sipper). I truly can't believe that this is a 9% beer when I am drinking it and the carbonation truly makes it perfect for summer, which just does not compute in my mind! Trois Pistoles is still my favorite Unibroue, but this is a close second.

Photo of mudbug
4.63/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours slightly hazy orange with a nice fluffy head,
I'm new at Belgian styles so I have a hard time identifying the flavors, sour, unripe apricots, just the slightly unripe kind.
Hay, something sweet, like the smallest hint of orange honey.
Smell is wet wheat-field, ripe fruit, Is that the yeast?
Wow these beers are complex.
The bottle slowly drains, large quaffs don't satisfy like a powerful sip put directly on the tip of the tongue.
Carbonation is crisp but fades dramatically half way through the bottle, this isn't really a bad thing, just noticed.
Each time I put the glass down it tastes different.
I'm in awe of Belgians, gotta try more.

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

Poured from 12 oz bottle into a wine goblet.

Appearance: poured a slightly opaque medium golden color with nice effervescence and a quickly-dissipating one-finger head.

Smell: rich wheat aroma with attendant light notes of citrus.

Taste: very nice wheat flavor with fruit undertones. At once subtle and complex with a variety of sweet, tart, fruit and yeast notes on the finish. This beer is truly delicious.

Mouthfeel: medium body; with the carbonation it is quite creamy. Sticks around enough to really give a good flavor experience.

Drinkability: alcohol content notwithstanding, this is a highly drinkable beer. I like that fact that each sip brings another complex collection of flavors to contemplate.

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

750ml bottle corked and caged poured into corsendonk chalice on aug29 2009

A deep golden yellow, fairly hazy with some sediment. a gentle pour produces a massive fluffy head with good retention and a fair amount of lace

S big yeast and tropical fruit with an undertone of booze is what i get first. this is followed by a hefe smell of banana and clove with other spices, quite complex

T a little sweeter then it smells and i pick up some lemon, but other the that it tastes as it smells. as it warms the true complexity comes through and there's much more then i could ever describe

M i enjoyed the bottle bottom much more then the first pour. the carbonation fizzed out a bit and it was much smoother as it went flat and warmed up

D dangerously drinkable for 9%, and night and day between cold and warm with this one

this is the best value I've come across in alberta with no questions asked. unibroue should be proud of their strong ales they are world class right here in my backyard. warning if experiencing la fin du monde consume la fin du monde it wont feel as bad

Photo of skrib09
3.95/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

cloudy golden beer with a foamy white head on top. disappeared rather quickly.

smells of sweet fruit, a touch of syrupy peach maybe, and just a hint of alcohol.

tastes like canned apricots, maybe a touch of a "carbohydrate" taste, and plenty of sweet or sugar.

a bit syrupy on the mouth. the sweetness coats the palate.

Photo of civilizedpsycho
4.45/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured bottle into goblet.

Appearance: Pours a golden color that is somewhat cloudy, with a big, settling head.

Smell: Strong aroma, I could smell it as soon as I opened the bottle. It has a strong malt smell with hints of citrus and other fruit. Smell fantastic.

Taste: Sweet citrus flavor with just the right amount of bitterness to balance it out. Very smooth and very good.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation provides a fair body that reminds me a little of champagne.

Drinkability: A great beer. This is something that I would certainly like to keep in the house for any occasion.

Photo of oldpinecone
1.8/5  rDev -58.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Poured into tulip glass.

First off let me tell you I am not fond of Belgian Tripels but I keep trying different ones to see if my taste changes.

Poured a decent pale orange with a 2 finger head and lots of bubbles.

It smelled like a fruit bowl thats been sitting around for a little too long. Eh my stomach said dont do it.

I took the first sip and there it was. The taste I despise so much. It was the rotten over fermented fruit I find in all these beers. So so so unpleasant.

Along with the taste it was super thin and over carbonated and just terrible.

I gave drinkability a 2 but only because I thought if Im drunk enough I could probably gag a few down for the high ABV but I dont get drunk to much and will probably never do this.

Photo of woosterbill
4.22/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, best by 01-28-12, into a Duvel tulip.

A: Hazy straw/gold body topped with a half-inch white foam head - this after a fairly vigorous pour. Underwhelming retention and next to no lace. A good swirl of the glass produces a larger head, but it too disappears quickly without a trace.

S: Quite nice, with fruit and spice being the dominant players. Apple, pear, apricot, and clove all make a distinct appearance, with some white wine notes making themselves known toward the end. Complex and pleasing.

T: All the complexity of the smell, plus some malt sweetness and just a hint of dry hoppiness on the finish. Very rich, fruity, and complex.

M: Extremely smooth, with very fine carbonation and a medium body. Heavenly.

D: Hides the alcohol amazingly well, but the surprisingly low carbonation (compared to other reviews) makes the last few ounces less than spectacular.

Notes: a delicious tripel, to be sure, but the low carbonation leaves me wanting a bit more. Not my favorite example of the style, but definitely a beer I'll seek out again, especially for the reasonable price.

Photo of sweetbrew82
4.18/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 ML into a tulip/ Best before 2-16-12

P: Looks like an unfiltered, kind of dull, light gold color with a huge head of pearly white foam that is thick and pillowy. Shows great retention and leaves a nice amount of lace plastered on the side of the glass, though.

A: Smells like toasted malts, orchard fruits, cloves, and yeast. This has an impressive amount of power and strength, but doesn't quite reach the level of the top-tier tripels, in my humble opinion.

T: The flavor, however, comes much closer to reaching greatness. There is a superb balance in this beer that makes it really enjoyable to drink. The malts are lightly-toasted and have that smooth, barley-and-oat cereal grain type of character to them. The fruits aren't nearly as explosive as they are in other tripels, but the flavors of ripe bananas, pink apples, and pears taste bright and delicious. The yeasty cloves impart a nice amount of spiciness that jabs the tongue and rounds this brew out nicely.

M: Medium-bodied with a sharp and clean, crisp and smooth type of feel. But, I've gotta dock points here because, like every other Unibroue beer that I've had, it's way over-carbonated. The prickly bite gets a bit distracting the deeper I get into the bottle, which I guess is my only real complaint.

Notes: La Fin Du Monde is definitely firmly entrenched on the 'refined' side rather than the 'explosive' side of the tripel category. There are others that are more explosively fruity, spicy, and powerful. But, this is a very well-made beer that stays in perfect balance throughout. Nice melding of harmonious flavors that make this quite enjoyable. I really wish Unibroue would ease up on the carbonation, but it deserves all of the praise that it gets, nonetheless. Recommended

Photo of Gish
4.28/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle poured into a snifter.

A - Large head that quickly disappears leaving behind a thin layer of foam. Pours a slightly cloudy straw color.

S - Hefeweizen yeast, black pepper, wheat.

T - White grape fruitiness that quickly puckers your mouth. Ends with a drying alcohol kick. Spicy and complex! However, I think it could benefit from just a hint of sweetness in the finish.

M - Extremely carbonated, a bit rough actually. It lacks the smooth carbonation I've experienced with similar beers.

D - A very fun beer to drink, however the spiciness and carbonation lowers its drinkability. I will have no trouble finishing the bottle though!

A ridiculously good value. A must try if you like hefes or spicy beers in general!

Photo of dpodratsky3
4.45/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into chalice

A: A cloudy, golden yellow orange with a tight white head that stays forever. Has awesome lacing that paints the glass all the way down.

S: Hops, fruit, definitely alcohol.

T: A yeasty hoppiness with pleasant sweetness from various fruits. Strong alcohol presence, but a nice balance.

M: The perfect carbonation, it almost feels like the liquid is non-existent in your mouth, all you can feel is the flavor.

D: Good for such a strong beer. The flavors are so good and combined with the excellent mouthfeel it's hard to put down.

Notes: A very nice tripel. Great appearance and a nice overall combination of flavors and aromas make this an very enticing beer. My first non-Belgian tripel and a very good one at that.

Photo of bheilman
4.13/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Light straw color with a serious amount of carbonation. I had just cooled the beer. Nice smell not atypical of a tripel. Really enjoyed the taste. Obvious sweetness, but with a really solid earthy type dirt sort of flavor. Maybe the yeast got a little stirred up, but it really adds to the flavor. Good aftertaste and unusually drinkable for a tripel. Probably the best beer I've had from Unibroue.

Photo of Daniellobo
3.3/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Nice Canadian tripel after their Belgium ancestors and probably matching or bettering quite a few of them.

Presentation: 12 oz bottle. Illustrated label with a glowing terrain map of Quebec... The end of the world?. Lacks date of bottling or freshness, neither shows IBUs, °Plato, only Alc. (9.0%) Minimal descriptive narrative on back with glassware recommendation. Poured into a tulip glass.

A - Large and resilient foamy head that ultimately leaves a stubborn layer. Light amber-yellow tone.

S - Citrus... Orange? smell around quite a bit of spices, in particular clove. Hmmm, when it settles it has a funny popcorn buttery smell. Is this a bad bottle? It is not uncomfy, but rare... Diacetyl?

T - Sweet and smooth over an emerging alcohol base that never takes over. A bitter and spicy bite punctuates the taste.

M - It has a medium, and somewhat deceptively pale body around a significant amount of carbonation.

D - It´s actually quite drinkable, although I sense an acid aftertaste that may not settle that well with everyone.

Notes: It's a nice beer... I confess that I'm not a big fan of tripels, whether Belgium or their American reinterpretations. I like them, sure. But I'm just not a big fan. So this one does not cut it for me as a favorite or an iconic reference. I think that for tripel lovers this is probably a delight. But being such a great beer there is something that does not quite gel in the end for me.

Photo of AgentZero
3.85/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - I say good, mostly because it's shocking. Pour out of the bottle and it is a very pale, slightly cloudy, yellow. Nothing at all like I was expecting from a triple.

S - Spices, something sweet, maybe a little clove in there. Very mild smelling.

T - For a 9%, I am not tasting any alcohol in this. Lot of clove, some fruit and yeast.

M - Medium to medium-light bodied, some nice carbination.

D - Ridiculously drinkable. I could put these away often and quickly and probably drink myself to death. Maybe it's just the triple distilling, but this goes down too smoothly and too easily for how much alcohol is in there. Nice, mild tasting.

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

Had at Saha down in San Francisco. Goes great with the Yemenese Arabic fusion food (had it with their seafood kibbeh and orange scallops).
A: Opaque golden body with a creamy thin but constant head.
S: Some spices, sweet tea, honey, Belgian yeast.
T: A bit of cloves and spices. Pretty sweet through most of the taste, not too much on the sweet malts but a lot of Belgian yeasts and honey.
M: Really rich and creamy, with not too much carbonation.
D: Didn't finish it, but that might have been because of the great food. Will definitely have to try again.

La Fin Du Monde from Unibroue
96 out of 100 based on 8,714 ratings.