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La Fin Du Monde - Unibroue

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96
world-class

8,932 Ratings
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Ratings: 8,932
Reviews: 2,798
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 11.83%
Wants: 432
Gots: 1,348 | 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 keithmurray
4.3/5  rDev -0.2%
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 -0.2%
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 +6.3%
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 -0.9%
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 +0.9%
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 +5.1%
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 +8.4%
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 +9.5%
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 +4.4%
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!

Photo of konadrinker
4.68/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A. Cloudy, amber to light orange appearance with nice fluffy white head. Spotty lacing.

S. Belgian style nose all over this one - yeasty charcoal, toasted bread, mild citrus and clove. Very pleasant fragrance.

T. Similar taste profile to the nose - malts and mixed fruits upon entry and then some prickly hops and a lingering banana/yeastiness on the finish. Flavor stays with you for a while

M. Medium bodied with good carbonation - feels quite nice across my entire palate.

D. This is an easy to drink beer that is very enjoyable. Keeps you warm from the first sip. A wonderful sipper. My first Unibroue beer and one that I will buy again. Highly recommend.

Photo of BeerAndBourbon
3.71/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A. Pours a watery yellow with large white bubbles that fade almost instantly and leave little-to-no lacing.
S. Smells strongly of wheat with citrus (orange and lemon); almost like a hefeweizen on steroids.
T. The alcohol bites up front with lemon oil and coriander. The middle is dominated by a malty sweetness. The end is quite yeasty and dry.
M. Sharp bite up front from alcohol and a high level of carbonation. While the beer itself is quite thin, the high level of carbonation allows the beer to coat your tongue and appear to be dense.
D. I'm not a fan of the prickling sensation provided with each sip; it takes away the pleasant sipping quality that I generally associate with a tripel.

While I appreciate the flavor and taste characteristics this beer has to offer, I'm not a fan of the very high level of carbonation in terms of appearance or mouthfeel. I'd like to try this on cask.

Edit: As the beer warms (and some of the carbonation dissipates), the beer becomes much more pleasurable and boozy. This only confirms that this would be splendid drawn from a cask.

Photo of Thiestru
4.63/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12-oz. bottle into my Terrapin snifter.

Appearance: Incredibly great. A one-finger foamy white head sits atop this cloudy pale orange tripel like a crown. Excellent retention. Good lacing.

Smell: Kind of vegetable-y in that funky Belgian way; very nice. Some alcohol too. There are some citrus tones as well.

Taste: Oh... yeah, this is nice. Yeasty malts combine with fruity, citrusy hops to make this a really damn tasty ale. It's got the perfect amount of alcohol presence on the palate, and it's pleasantly warming going down. I get some tangy, kind of grassy bitterness too. You want to sip this and really savor it; there's a lot to explore here.

Mouthfeel: Rather full-bodied; it coats the mouth well.

Drinkability: Outstanding! I am really, really enjoying the hell out of this, and it reminds me why top-quality Belgian-style beers are second to none.

This is utterly fantastic.

Photo of Spineypanda
4.2/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden straw with a decent little head that retains for some time.
Smells of slight alcohol and some banana i think, or some sort of fruit.
Tastes sweet and acidic/citrusy with the Belgian taste that most tripels have.
Carbonation is intense, like all bottle conditioned (ale on lees).

A good tripel from Canada!

Photo of CHADMC3
4.45/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This tripel reveals a murky golden body with a frothy white head that leaves only faint hints of lacing after it dissolves.

The aroma consists of generous yeast and citrus, fairly sweet, and also offers some spices, likely clove, and almost peppery also.

The flavor is very similar to the aroma with abundant yeast up front, sweet citrus fruit in the background, and again spices such as clove and faint pepper at the finish.

Medium in body with generous carbonation and plenty of character to bury the abv that let's you know it lingers in the background.

This is just a great beer. Tons of traditional flavor characteristics for the style, and far too easy to drink.

Photo of Gorgoroth
4.92/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

"best by" date: 09-24-12

glassware: La Fin du Monde branded tulip

A - gentle pour yields hazy, deep gold body with huge, dense, white head, which dissipates fairly quickly into a thin, white halo and an opaque film with large islands of lace; really no carbonation to be seen

S - nose is strong with Belgian yeast and malt; intense floral scent shrouds citrus, sweet spices, and banana

T - up front with yeast and malt; citrus flavors such as grapefruit and orange peel understate; the finish is very dry with a notable hop bitterness and lingering, mellow notes of whole-grain toast

M - medium body with a crisp palate; effervescent and tingly, despite lack of noticeable carbonation; finishes dry with a glowing alcohol warmth

D- extremely drinkable; complex and strong, yet very inviting

I've had this beer numerous times now and I always feel like I could drink several bottles in a row, though the 9% abv might make that difficult. There's really almost nothing in this beer that could be improved upon, and at less than three dollars a bottle, it's an absolute steal. A true gem of the beer world.

Photo of grittybrews
4.38/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a rich golden orange into a Chimay chalice with a finger of long-lasting creamy white head. Lovely aroma of flowers, citrus, yeast, and banana.

High carbonation and an immediate burst of full flavor throughout the mouth, with prominent banana, yeast, green apple, and a hint of clove on the finish. Really delicious and fully flavored without being cloying (though it is quite sweet). The higher ABV is mostly present just upon tasting, giving this beer a pleasant dry champagne quality.

A wonderful Belgian and probably my favorite from Unibroue, though the robust flavor usually leaves me satisfied at just one.

Photo of phiberoptik
4.27/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very nice find for us as we always want to try something new. Surprisingly we found this at our local Kroger store (major regional grocer).

Pours golden orange with a spongy/soapy head. Lighter than I expected, but no disappointment.

I can smell unknown spices, yeast, and some malts. I catch a nose full of alcohol also.

Tastes like a hodgepodge of spices, I didnt think of it when I was drinking it but after reading others' thoughts, I can see where the banana comes in. A lot of yeast in the flavor as well.

Definitely drinkable and we didnt think the spiciness was too much, although far different from the high hop beers that usually sit in our fridge.

Mouthfeel gives you a sting from the spice and a sting from the alcohol. Enjoyable but at the other end of the spectrum in regards to mouthfeel compared to a Wit or other low-carbonation beer.

For the price, we will enjoy this one again!

Photo of gromis
3.35/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I got this after a recommendation from a friend.

This pours a nice gold color. Not too much head, but the carbonation lasts a long time.

Both the smell and taste are about what you would expect for a dopplebock.

A very solid dopplebock. Has more on the malt side than most.

Photo of liamt07
4.6/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this so many times, figured I'd post a review as I grab one to sip on after dinner. Poured from a 341ml bottle into my Duvel tulip.

Thin soapy head a couple fingers high that dissipated quickly to a beautiful thin and creamy looking layer, that remains with the beer. Hazy golden orange colour, just beautiful So much spice in the nose with some banana and cloves, almost hefe-like underneath the spices, a bit of yeast and some alcohol. Tastes similar, alcohol is there, very spicy (complex spicy!) and carbonated, and leaves some yeast lingering on the tongue after the fact. Love the way this tastes, but the lingering yeast taste does detract a bit and the spice might be overpowering in some instances. Great freakin' beer and one of my favourites. A definite go-to when I'm at the liquor store.

EDIT: 750ml bottle dated on Sept 21, 2009; enjoyed on July 31, 2011. Excellent retention, good lace. Gold colour; mildly cloudy. Effervescence is high and flavours are fairly transient on the palate. Ripe pear, light green apple and some tropical fruits appear and disappear rapidly. Sweet and fruity; alcohol hides behind the scenes. Good spicing. Still exceptional. 45 4 45 45 5

Photo of 1100
4.65/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I have to say up front, that this has become my favorite beer. I totally agree with chad9976 about the spice taste. This is my first beer rating, and I am far from an expert on beer. But, subjective as taste is, I really enjoy this beer. It is spicy, it has a high ABV, which I like, but you cannot drink too many. The carbonation is quite high as well.

Drinkability is HIGH, but that ABV will bite you if you aren't careful.

Crisp, spicy, clean. EXCELLENT BEER that I would hightly recommend to anyone.

Photo of Daktyls
4.33/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a hazy golden honey color with a 3 finger head which lingers for a while before leaving a fine lacing on the side of the glass.

S: Cloves and banana are most up front followed by light spiciness, maybe a little bit of pepper? After a few minutes the head has dissipated to a nice foam.

T: A slight amount of the banana aroma is also noticed in the taste. There is quite a bit of yeastiness and maltiness. A taste almost similar to that of a biscuit. The pepperiness is also tasted with some hops that are very lightly present on the finish.

M: Medium to high carbonation, very smooth feeling. Definitely feels fairly bready.

D: Very drinkable, the taste and mouthfeel leave one desiring another sip. With the high ABV, the drinkability will quickly catch up to you.

Photo of MrHall
4.62/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml into a 10oz tulip

I don't know how many times I've had this but haven't reviewed it.

A: Fluffly white head that dissipates quickly into a sweet little ring. Clear, golden, honey colour.

Smell: Peppery, alcohol esters, cloves, faint hint of berries somewhere.

T: Lots of pepper clove and alcohol again. I agree with an earlier poster - I think I would have liked a bit more hops at the end to balance the alcohol - but what do I know?

M: A little too carbonated for me. It's almost champagne-like which is kind of unexpected.

D: It's delicious, but in the words of Dave Chapelle/Samuel L. Jackson - "This sh** will get you drunk". So be careful. But Enjoy!

Also - Unibroue beers and great value for such high quality. At least here in Ontario. At the beer store, six pack of the stuff are no more expensive than any other premium beers, and I believe the 750ml are 5.95 (?)

Photo of damndirtyape
4.28/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Single bottle (best by 07-14-12) poured into a Rochefort Goblet.

Appearance: Poured very slowly to keep the sediment out. The color is a hazy golden orange with a persistent white foam across the top of the glass. Some lacing noted. Plenty of bubbles coming up through the beer when held up to the light.

Smell: All sorts of smells - hard to place any of them. Earthy yeast, fruit, hints of alcohol, cooked pasta, maybe even a hint of animal (reminds me of my cat right now) deep in there. Not unappealing, but weird to me. I detected some hops early on when the beer was first poured, but it went away as it warmed up.

Taste: Equally complex (but tasty) in flavor compared to the smell. Hints of orange and raisin, along with some hops, bready/yeasty flavors, sweet flavors, and a citrus/bitter finish with some lingering aftertaste. Alcohol is not notable at all - hidden in all the other flavors. Quite nice.

Mouthfeel: Can a beer be fleeting in mouthfeel? Well, this one is. It's there with a hint of carbonation on the tongue and you knows it there, but after the swallow I swear it's completely gone. Like I never had it. Cleansing and crisp I think is the way to describe it. Wow - I've never had anything like this before.

Drinkability: For me this is an experience beer. Too strong and expensive to have all the time, but perfect with a meal (French ragout beans with couscous and goat cheese) and for savoring after the meal is done. Very nice overall.

Photo of Naugros
4.38/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy, as a trippel should be, with a luscious, fluffy head that dissipates slowly, but is retained in a thin film. Color has a golden/orange glow.

The Belgian characteristics come through in the aroma. Get a full whiff as the Belgian hops and yeast play!

Most of the flavor hits the mid-tongue and the sides of the upper palate. This is one of the best representatives of the style I've come across, but I must admit to my limited experience. The bitterness of the hops dominate and the yeast strain adds the expected overtones from this style.

Very up front with it's flavors. The lingering aftertaste is not unpleasant and brings you back for another taste. It doesn't overwhelm with body or heaviness, but is nicely balanced and not at all "thin".

As mentioned above, this beer will leave you wanting another swig and the 9.0% ABV will shortly have you regretting that this beer is very drinkable.

If comparing with another North American brewed trippel (Golden Monkey or Merry Monks come to mind), then you're going to want to limit the sample size and be sure to share. Your tasting will surely end quickly as this beer brings you back for another glass time and again and will render you incapable of taking the simplest of notes.

Photo of FeDUBBELFIST
4.42/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Bottle to oversized wine glass. Best before date 3/20/11.

A: Pours with a huge snow white head which has decent retention. Very fizzy with big bubbles. The body is lightly cloudy, light in color and somewhere in between yellow and golden orange. No lacing.

S & T: Lightly toasted grains of bread and straw. Average hop content, fragrant and floral. Yeast derived spiciness plus floral and fruity esters. Fruit flavors include white grape, apple and pear, ripe and fermented. Moderately sweet with a small hand of sneaking alcohol. Well endured finish.

M: Spot on. The sweetness manages to linger on until the bubbles scrape the tongue clean. Finishes dry. Carbonation is BIG, both lively and fizzy. The body is deceptively light.

D: La Fin Du Monde is the most solid offering from Unibroue's standard line up and was one of my original craft stand-bys. I remember marveling at the price ($7 for a bottle of beer?!?!), the ABV (Holy shit! This is like 2 drinks in one!) and how, after only two beers, I'd be walking crooked back to my apartment. Nowadays, after two, I just sit crooked in my house.

La Fin Du Monde from Unibroue
96 out of 100 based on 8,932 ratings.