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La Fin Du Monde - Unibroue

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

8,861 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 8,861
Reviews: 2,779
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 11.83%
Wants: 407
Gots: 1,267 | FT: 18
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Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
Tripel |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-23-1998

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Photo of kbeals
4.03/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a cloudy, golden color with plenty of fizzy white head. Excellent head retention and lacing.

S- Clove, spices and sweet malts.

T- Taste is very spicy, plenty of cloves along with a taste of dried apples. A bit yeasty also.

M- Medium-light body with plenty of carbonation that results in the excellent head retention.

D- Dangerously drinkable at 9%. This beer took some getting used to for me. This was my first tripel and after about the first half a dozen sips I was hooked.

Photo of beerman207
4.4/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours an orange color with a huge head and some very good retention leaving a nice white skim after about 3 minutes. LIttle to no lacing.

S- Picking up banana, pear, apple, coriander, and perhaps even clove.

T- Lemon, alcohol, apple, clove, yeast, very complex. Spicy! Nice.

M- Definately has some carbonation but nice. The alcohol leaves the throat warm and reminds you that it's 9%.

D - This is how a tripel should be made. I haven't had many but this is by far the best. It is in the top 100 for good reason. The alcohol is a bit high to get this a 5 but I can forgive the high alcohol here because it tastes VERY good!

Photo of dasenebler
4/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the 750ml bottle it pours a rich, deep golden hue. A nice and thick (but not really creamy) head forms at first, though it dissipates very quickly. Aroma is quite nice, with notes of yeast, ripe pear, banana and a bit of alcohol.

Flavor is sweet up-front, with a warming effect on the finish. As the drink continues, fruity and yeasty flavors develop. Lingering aftertaste is malty, caramel-like and yeasty. Alcohol is not terribly noticeable, and I am actually drinking this beer pretty fast. Mouthfeel is well-carbonated, yet not as huge or creamy as I had expected.

Overall this is a sweet Tripel with good complexity. La Fin du Monde is an excellent beer, but it's kind of joke that it is the number one Tripel on BA, ranking higher than all of the original Belgian versions. But who am I to argue with 1500+ reviews? I prefer a drier Tripel. To each his own.

Photo of tattooed81
4.63/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A wonderful bright gold with a decent foamy head when poured into a tulip glass. This beer gives you a hint of whats to come with notes of hops and citrus and just a hint of spice as you raise the glass to your mouth.

With a fantastic spicy start, and a combination of hops, cloves, citrus and just a hint of something floral this is a truly great beer. Finishes with a crisp clean finish that makes it easy to drink this beer over and over again.

Photo of Auspice
4.52/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

With a satisfying "POP" the cork is sprung from the top of my bomber of La Fin Du Monde and I pour it's dark golden, almost orange contents into my brandy snifter. The head is massive, about 3 fingers worth. It smells of belgian yeast, banannas, clove, and sweet dark fruits. As I drink, there is plenty of lacing left lingering on the glass.

This is a very well balanced beer with a medium mouthfeel and a very smooth taste. It has a sweet almost lemon aftertaste that lingers on the tongue.

As I have begun to notice with great belgian style beers, it is extremely drinkable which is dangerous with it's high ABV.

Overall, a superb beer leaving me wanting more. Again, kudos to the chef!

Photo of cbutova
4.32/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy/sediment filled golden orange with a fizzy two finger head that disappears very quickly to a ring around the beer. No lacing is present on my glass halfway through the bottle. Not a very strong head/appearance. Smells like a good belgian beer, has belgian yeast, spice, a bit of fruit and maybe a smoked/malty smell to it. Tastes of belgian yeast, malts, a bit of citrus, some fruits and once again a malty/smoked taste. Good malty aftertaste toward the end. Mouthfeel is medium, smooth, has a little cream in the mouth and leaves that good belgian taste lingering on the tongue. Drinkability is good here for a tripel, taste is great and the 9% alcohol is well hidden, no alcohol taste shines through at all, doesnt feel too heavy on the stomach. Definately has that signature Unibroue canadian-belgian taste.

Photo of thezenkeeper
5/5  rDev +16%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Great golden color with a nice head. Has a strong deep flavor with lots of yeast and a bit of spice to it. Nice fruity bouquet. Has just the right ammount of carbanation, has a great mouthfeel. Just a great beer in every aspect. Has little alcohol flavor, even though it has a 9% ABV.

Photo of Casey10
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

After recently trying a chimay triple I sought out this one as it was one of the higher rated triples was very impressed with this brew.

A - lots of bubbles and a frothy white head when first poured.

S - Spices and banana great use of belgian yeast.

T - Taste was good smooth and a nice aftertase that lingered once drank, a bit lemony and banana.

M - creamy somewhat, carbonated feel

D - very nice could drink a bunch would have to be careful do to well hidden abv.

Photo of JordanEllwanger
4.48/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very beautiful transparent golden yellow with almost no head into a tulip. Many bubbles rising to the surface in contrast to the tiny flecks of sediment floating in swirls around them.

Such a fruity and malty smell. Delicious and enticing.

The taste is sweet and much the same as the smell, very fruity sour apples with firm malt flavors though out. The very taste that subliminally drove me to my love for Triples.

Feel is bubbled and alcoholic with a medium body.

A great beer. Very drinkable.

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

Poured into a tulip. High hopes for this one. Pours a light straw, cloudy, with a huge snowy head. Excellent lacing, visible carbonation. A tartness in the nose, banana esters are the strongest scents, but you get some Chimay-like coriander and cloves.

Complex flavor. Spices, tart yellow fruit, and alcohol up front. Sweet, but not cloying malt character, well-balanced by the spices. Earthy on the back end, with a warming alcohol presence. Carbonation largely up front, but doesn't hinder the mouthfeel any at all.

Heavy alcohol in there and you can tell. I can finish my 22 oz by myself, but if I were to have another bottle (and I'd like to!) I'd be toast, even on a full stomach.

One of the best tripels I've had, but not the best. Awesome brew.

Photo of greengorilla
4.35/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I poured this from a 12 ounce bottle into a tulip glass.

It is a very hazy golden color with a good white head.

The smell is is very good but not overpowering. Spices come through in both the smell and the taste. It seems to have just a hint of clove taste which I usually am not real crazy about, but I like this.

The mouthfeel is world class.

The beer is certainly drinkable, but at 9.0% abv, one or two would be my limit.

Overall this is a really good beer.

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

This beer poured a hazy golden color with a two-finger off-beige head that lasted a little while. The smell is complex and represents some of the best parts about the style. There is some coriander and clove along with some fruitiness including tangerine, lemon, and a bit of banana. The taste is the same as the smell, you can almost taste something new every sip but it always seems to fit together perfectly to be complex and delicious without being overpowering or cloyingly sweet. The mouthfeel is thick with some moderate carbonation. This is probably in the top three of my varieties of tripel, which is one of my favorite styles.

Photo of ricke
3.9/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Hazy yellow color with a rather big ivory-colored head that stays on for a while and leaves a nice lid of lacings.

S: A fine-tuned smell, complex with every piece at its place. Some gentle clove-like spices mix with pleasant fruit aromas of mostly tangerines and lemon peel. The wheat and fragile malts provide a nice clean background. Quite a lot of phenols and some alcohol. When tripels showcase smells like this, they are really great. Clean, refreshing and complex. Well balanced. (As a note, you could almost feel the gas in the nose from the carbonation in this one).

T: Gentle spices (mostly cloves) and fruit esters of tangerine, pear and lemon peel lead the way to a nice semi-sharp malt and wheat character. It's a kind of sweet taste, but the spices act as a good counterweight. Bread crumbs, grass and a mild taste of earthy yeast. The wheat gets a little more pronounced towards the end, resulting in that semi-tart taste sometimes noticeable in wheaty beers. The finish holds some notes of herbal alcohol, phenols, a gentle spicy hop bite and bitterness and lingering fruity notes. In general, a complex and well balanced taste.

M: Moderate body, nice slick mouthfeel with a generous amount of lively carbonation.

D: Tripels are probably my least favorite style of the high ABV Belgian styles, but I think I can go as far as saying that this is one of the best tripels I've ever had. Complex and balanced, yet with plenty of that Belgian edginess. This one is really easy to drink, but deserves to be sipped and savored at a gentle pace.

Photo of BeerLover99
4.95/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Golden brownish ember, waves of yellow grain, thick and work of art.

Smell: Powerful nose, but fruity solid bouquet.

Taste: The levels of earthiness and fruity grains dances on the palate.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation is present, but not overpowering.

Drinkability: Strong, deep flavors, this is to be enjoyed like a good book near the fire. Sadness will occur when the beer is no more

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

Pours a thick, cloudy, straw color, topped by very dense two finger off-white head that relaxes to a skin and leaves a ring of fine lace on my snifter.

Smell is that Unibroue yeast aroma (at least to me it seems all the Unibroues have the same sweet, tangy yeast bouquet to them), candy, mild spiciness, and a light breadiness that balances it into a nose that knows.

Ah, what flavor, it is astonishingly full of yeast, candy, peach, and grain. I am three sips in, it is about forty five degrees, and I can tell this is gonna get better as it warms. Yes, now that it warms subtle hints of spice and floral notes appear, and the main flavors grow, and join into a harmony of deliciousness. The finish is juicy, semi sweet, and long. The word luscious was made to describe this brew. Something is missing, though. That something is alcohol. It is MIA, not there, no taste whatever. Awesome!

Mouthfeel? As good as it gets, better than Saint Bernardus in this department. Light, full, not overcarbonated, clingy, it clears well, lasting flavor that is a joy on the palate. Next.

Drinkability, due to its 9% ABV, lack of any alcohol flavor or heat, crazy deliciousness, and perfect mouthfeel, is triple red flag warning dangerously excellent.

Photo of donkeyrunner
4.18/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

It's been giving me the stinkeye from the cellar so I figure I'd bring up a bottle.

Wheaten gold color with a large white head. Plumes of small bubbles emanate from the glass bottom. Retention is superb.

Belgian yeast underlayer with pilings of apricot, clay, marigolds and grassy hops. Tart and musty.

Orange mango citrus with a soft creamsicle finish. Wet grass hops poke thier heads up here and there. No overtly discernable alcoholic presence despite a %9 abv. Semi dry. Mouthfeel is as smooth as one could want from a tripel.

Sweeter than most tripels Le Fin gets a little cloying towards the end of a bottle.

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

Poured into Duvel glass.

Pours a cloudy golden orange with rapid head that settles to a bit of a fluffy island surrounded by a smaller broken up head that sits on the top. Some lacing.

Smells of orange, yeasts, bananas, cloves, some what bready.

Brew tastes of fruits (much like the smell) and yeasts, some alcohol presence in there as well. Has a spicey peppery mouthfeel. Has a sweet taste to a degree but there is some tartness in there as well. Has a nice sticky flavor left in the aftertaste. Has the nice warming effect from the alcohol; but is very balanced (masked nicely).

This brew is delicious; very tasty, very drinkable. It could get me all kinds of shitty if I made a session out of this brew. This is why I prefer to sip and enjoy, after all it was probably meant for just that. If I could line this next to all of the other triples I have had and taste test them - I think this may be the one to beat. Very stellar.

Photo of SLeffler27
4.37/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A big, dense, bright white meringue head hangs around for the duration over a cloudy, gold beer with unyielding carbonation. Little or no lacing is deposited on the Chimay chalice but there is a pronounced film of goodness is.

The sweet smell of fermented apples and pears is strong, with white bread, dried orange peel, white wine and subtle spices. The end of the world is very dense with sensations as yeast clearly plays a prominent role.

The flavor profile follows the aroma with mild bitterness and some barn mustiness as it continuously opens to new, subtle flavors all with light sweetness turning to tartness as it warms. There is even a touch of biting pepper in the finish.

This is a medium to full-bodied beer with a silky smooth texture punctuated by abundant carbonation. The alcohol is noticeable, though not quite as pronounced as one would anticipate.

Unibroue's offering is certainly worthy of an excursion. Fortunately, it is significantly more readily available. La Fin du Monde has become a staple for me, even an ingredient, as few beers have such versatility. Yum!

Photo of brewcrew76
4.12/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Golden with 3 fingers of fluffy white head that eventually retreats to a ring of foam.

S - Clove , wheat, banana, lemon and citrus.

T - Sweet, bready, wheat malt, lemon, pear, peppery clove, yeasty, fruity, a hint tart but more sweet.

M - Medium body, well carbonated, mouth coating sweetness with a lingering spice.

D - A tasty tripel.

Photo of petitearvine
3.6/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into tulip glass

Appearance - Bright yellow/orange, a bit hazy and with large thick white head. Lots of nice lacing.

Smell - Lots of citrus, some apples, bananas and spice.

Taste - Lots of sweetness, quite citrusy, with orange and lemon coming through quite strongly. "Belgian" yeast is quite present as well. The aftermouth is again quite sweet.

Mouthfeel - Quite creamy with strong carbonation.

Overall - Not a bad triple, but overall much too sweet for my taste. I don't think I could have two in a row.

Photo of jeffthecheff
4.03/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz twist off, poured into my La Fin Du Monde stem glass. Best by Sept. 2011.

Pours a nice hazy, honey-orange with a huge white head which dies down to a half finger cap of foam, and then to small lace. I can see the yeast floating around in very fine particles

Smells very fruit-like, and not just fruity. Kind of like a mix between a bitten into apple and pear. There is also a gentle, spicy aroma. This is dominated by yeast fermentation character, with not much malt presence and only a tiny bit of hops in the nose.

Taste is sweet, with a peppery type snap to it. Bitterness is there and its firm, but overpowered by a burnt sugary sweetness. Slight citrus is also there, which really compliments the orange appearance.

On the palate you can definitley feel the fermented sugar character found in Belgian styles. Carbonation was really dancing hard on my palate at first, but the hard pour combined with all the agitation from my swirling really dropped off the carbonation dramatically. Towards the end of the glass, its a bit flat, surprisingly.

I'd imagine this is pretty versatile with food. Plus, if you get the corked and caged bottle...well that has class written all over it. I'll try it sometime.

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

Cloudy, golden, yellow, thick, giant head, dissaptes slowly, thick lacing down sides, thin head remains, smell is yeasty, pear dominates, malty, grassy, taste is real nice, well played, booze hidden, but a slight hotness down the throat in the end, more pear in the mouth, sweet, but not cloying, very little bitterness in the finish, the mouthfeel is near perfect, slightly creamy, but very well carbonated, plenty of bubbles to scrub the ol' tongue, drinkabilty, this fucker is 9%?

Photo of kegger22
4.6/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

An attractive hazy gold color with a generous inch thick head with staying power. I don't know what I am smelling, but I want more. The taste is sweet and fruity and wonderful. The mouthfeel is creamy smooth. This is a beer for the gods, thank you Unibroue for making this available to a mere mortal. It may be a little too sweet to rate very high in drinkability, but I'll definitely suffer this sipper. Absolutely great beer!

Photo of bamadog
4.32/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've had this bottle sitting in my "cellar" (a.k.a. "closet") for some time now and I finally just said, "You know what? I'm going to drink this bad boy tonight." And I did. It was tasty good, and well worth the wait. This is in the top 100 for a reason. Poured form the bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: Pours a hazy golden yellow with a lot of sediment floating throughout the body; huge white fluffy head of 3 fingers with insane retention that takes forever to fade; strong presence of carbonation in thin lines of the tiniest bubbles I've ever seen; scant lacing holds to the sides of the glass.

Smell: Strong fruity flavors - particularly juicy granny smith apples; followed by some nice spice attributes, coriander; a nice yeasty backing and some mildly sweet maltiness; a very potent nose overall that takes little to no effort to pull from the glass.

Taste: Wow. Just like the smell - strong presence of a sour and juicy green granny smith apple that is slightly sweetened by the maltiness and yeastiness; spice is also a present factor and really compliments the fruity aspects and doesn't become an overpowering flavor in and of itself; slight presence of alcohol in the end, but it is very well masked.

Mouthfeel: body comes across as moist and juicy, and the strong carbonation keeps it very lively in the mouth; the palate is left just a little bit sticky and the belly is warmed from the alcohol.

Drinkability: While the ABV is a tad high, the flavors and smell are just too damn good to pass up and not say that this is an especially drinkable beer -- the alcohol is so well masked that it's easy to get down and the strong, robust flavors would easily compliment any meal, making the ABV a little easier to deal with.

Photo of Gosox8787
4.55/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought a 750 mL bottle of this st my local liquor store. This is my first time trying it, but certainly not the first time I've heard of it.

Popped the cork and poured this into a glass in two parts. I love the presentation with the cork and the bottle. The beer was yellow to orange with a nice yeasty haze throughout. The aroma was highlighted by notes of apple and bananna. There is also a nice pepper note to the aroma. The taste was highlighted by notes of apple and grape. There is a great balance to the flavor here. The peppery spice note adds some nice complexity too. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with nice, lively carbonation. Drinkability is good considering the ABV. The booze is hidden very nicely.

Overall, one of the best tripels I have ever had and a great overall beer.

La Fin Du Monde from Unibroue
96 out of 100 based on 8,861 ratings.