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La Fin Du Monde - Unibroue

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

7,807 Ratings
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Ratings: 7,807
Reviews: 2,714
rAvg: 4.32
pDev: 11.57%
Wants: 328
Gots: 737 | FT: 13
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Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
Tripel |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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edchicma

Massachusetts

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

The real champagne of beers? Oustanding appearance...super carbonation..a head that won't quit with an opaque yellow appearance. Smell was like wheat with a hint of alcohol...well-rounded and inviting. Taste was slghtly citrus with a definite alcohol presence. Mouthfeel was definitely dry, but rounded out nicely...not a strong alcohol presence in teh aftertaste. I've just recently started sampling some of the stronger ales and this certainly ranks in my top tier.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2003 00:16:42 | More by edchicma
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crookedhalo

Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

75 cl cork and caged bottle. Poured initally a translucent pale golden color, following with a definitive murkyness from the natural yeast sediment. This yeast sediment, like other Belgians and Belgian-styles, attributes significant flavor profiles that would not be present if either the beer was to be filtered in the brewing process or not decanted into the goblet as to freely distribute the sediment. I believe this beer is more enjoyable with the yeast thoroughly mixed with the beer. It is rather spicy in the nose (Unibroue tends to use many different spices and keeps those recipe formulas under wraps; I know this from talking to one of the brewers at a beer festival I was working at), with evidence of a healthy dosage of candi sugar and some subtle hops (most likely indigenous to North America). Initially sweet and the intricate smorgasboard of spices come through. Finishes drier yet the spice aspect of the beer still lingers. Mouthfeel's heavy yet smooth, not as invasive as one might expect for a Belgian-style at around 9%. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2003 07:35:37 | More by crookedhalo
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yankeeheel

Maine

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

Pours a very nice clear yellow with a small but lively white head. Lot o' bubbles that dissapear quickly. The smell is rather floral with a bit of berry coming through. can't really nose the alcohol, which is suprising.

The taste is fabulously light, delicate, and complex. Quite a fruity body like a wine but without any astringency. Delicate peppery spices come through in the back, and still the alcohol is imperceptable. Mouthfeel is slightly assertive without a ton of carbonation. Very drinkable.

A nice sipper of a stong ale.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2003 00:58:21 | More by yankeeheel
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BierManVA

Virginia

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

Very good carbonation that settles a bit yet maintains itself. The smell is incredible...medicinally alcoholic but appealing. And the apearance is a dark golden yeasty appearance, similar to Schneider Weisse.

Yet again I find myself in love with a non USA Pale Ale. (American Pale Ale's are just too damn hoppy for me.) This is smooth and delicious and get's the job done. Don't get me wrong here, the smell is quite hoppy but the taste has been subdued nicely. Very Good.

Surprisingly, I taste a bit of malt here. And not just 'a little' but a good deal. Quite a complex palate.

A great North American brew.

Drink!

John

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2003 02:02:03 | More by BierManVA
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SeanChouffe

New Mexico

3.83/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: pours a bright straw yellow with a white head, light effervescence and a slight chill haze. Head retention is low and the lace is full and sticky.

Aroma: tart, hoppy, fruity esters and bubblegum.

Taste: smooth and sweet and peppery with a hop bite and a dry tart finish.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied, creamy, smooth, crisp, low in effervescence, and a lasting astringent bitterness.

IMHO: A good representation of the style, but a Duvel beats it on many fronts.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2003 03:33:24 | More by SeanChouffe
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rdrummer

New Jersey

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

The beer pours hazy golden with a white head that has real staying power. The lace also has staying power. Its a real pretty beer, even my wife liked the look of it. It had a fresh, fruity aroma with a malty undertone that became the dominant flavor. I can't imagine anything that tastes better from first taste to last. I have had equal quality beers but I don't know that I've had better. It explodes with flavor in the mouth and has that pale ale dryness to it, but this is much more than a pale ale. It is an eminently drinkable beer from an excellent brewery. They make Trois Pistloes that comes close to this, but after numerous taste tests to try to determine which is better, this is the one.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2003 00:35:20 | More by rdrummer
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Jables

Illinois

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

pours a hazy dark gold with nice large white head. The aroma is sweet, fruity, and a little spicy.
Tastes fruity with a nice warming alcholic kick. A little spicy on the finish. Hops not noticeable. The mouthfeel is wonderfully smooth once the carbonation dies down. Very drinkable. Not the best belgian, but not bad for a Canadian-Belgian. Cheers.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2003 03:16:50 | More by Jables
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woemad

Washington

4.25/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle purchased from Huckleberry's in Spokane. Poured a cloudy gold color, with a big white head. The aroma is a blend of spices, citrus fruit, and bready yeast. The taste is a delightful blend of fruitiness and champagne like flavors, with a spiciness that balanced well with the lighter aspects of the beer. The high level of alcohol is detected at the end of the sip, betrayed by its warming. I can't really recomend this as a session beer, unless you find the idea of the local authorities pulling you out of the sewer in a comatose condition appealing to you. That, and the beer is surprisingly heavy for its appearance and taste. Still, it is a magnificent beer. Tis is just more proof that a trip to Quebec is in order.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2003 08:55:44 | More by woemad
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PiratePete

New Brunswick (Canada)

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

Poured a cloudy palamino with a white mane that left a very thin cover all they way down - heavier at the edge. Light lacing. The nose is of wonderful malts that jump right up at you and you can smell the sweetness before you even taste the end of the world. You can, at times taste the alcohol - but in a refreshing way not a let's-get-buzzed way. Nice mouthfeel. A bit of a surprise 'cause you expect some heaviness after all the nose and initial contact. But no. It is almost like a cream ale - almost. I goes down smooth with more surprises. A sense of sweet hops, and freshly picked apples in the aftertaste - almost like crab apples. I don't normally, like a fruity taste but I do here! A wonderful beer. End of the world, huh? Must be one of the beers of heaven.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2003 00:36:36 | More by PiratePete
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BeefyMee

Connecticut

2.53/5  rDev -41.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

This beer poured majestically with a great looking head that retained almost the whole way down the glass. It smelled like something similar to a Hoegaarden white and tasted very much like one at first. The taste soon gave way to alcohol as the beer started kicking my ass. This brew can really put some hair on your chest (ladies beware). After finishing two thirds of the glass, the alcohol taste dissipated, but it still had the aftertaste of a white beer. Maybe my view is askew because I haven't had too many beers of this style, but I just don't like it.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2003 03:25:31 | More by BeefyMee
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pootz

Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

La fin du Monde....the end of the world...that's where Cabot and Champlain thought they were when they landed in Quebec, That is the theme for the label of this great strong beer. This 9% ABV offering from Unibroue distinguishes itself from its comrades (Trois pistoles and La Maudite) in that it is a thinner more tart traditional Belgian strong beers (is this an ale???). It also has less of the "warming" effect to it than these other heftier Unibroue beers.
Pours a slightly cloudy light gold color ( careful to keep the chunky lees in the dregs of the bottle and not your glass on this one).

Aromas of spices, sweet malts and a peppery twang.
Starts like a light beer then sits on the palate with a medium body punctuated with spices and a honey sweet taste...the effervescence helps punch the hop tang trough then the finish is fairly clean and smooth for a heavy beer with only a lingering pepper taste mingled with the alcohol warmth,

I like this as a drinkable heavy beer. Not as filling as La Maudite or trois pistoles. Bravo Unibroue...another great beer!

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2003 21:20:18 | More by pootz
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Rumrunner

California

4.4/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750ml. bottle. Goblet style glass.

Maybe the end of the world won't be all that bad. This could be the way to go.

Pours a very burnt unclear yellow. Yeasties float about. A slow forming small head. Decent lacing. The scents are champagne with a bubbly feel on the nose. Sweet and sour fruit like pares, nectarines and even some apple. Some grass, grain and hop scents for a nice finish to the scents.

Flavors present them self in both a bold fashion with a smooth finish. Malts start us off. Again the fruits are strong. Definately some sour apple. There is a fine nectarine and even some mango after this. A peppery spice is nice with a glancing of hops. Then there is a nice milk flavor to smooth this ale out. As it warmed I picked up some faint grape flavors. The alcohol is present but only after all the flavors are happily swallowed. Excellently balanced.

Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth. It has a nice present itself quality. The only pinch is with the alcohol when swallowing the ale. It leaves a great warming quality. It is fresh on the palate and is a great sipping ale. This one will take some time. I am glad I waited to try this ale. It was worth the wait.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2003 05:27:03 | More by Rumrunner
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smitty1080

Ohio

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

One of my first dips in to the big bottles. Pours a goregous gold with crisp white head. There is slight carbonation bubbling up the sides. The aroma had apples, bannanas, and yeast qualties. The taste brought along the yeast and fruity bite. Absolutly silky mouthfeel is a very nice touch to this one.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2003 01:49:49 | More by smitty1080
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beerguy101

California

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

Light gold color. Small head. Aroma is yeasty, fruity and citrusy. A medium bodied Belgian tripel. Fruity, bright, yeasty and spicy, all the things an Abbey Triple should be. Complex flavors are intermingling here. Apples, oranges and peaches mix with coriander, cloves and allspice (?) to make a very pleasant tasting beer. Add its extremely fine champagne like carbonation and this beer is a real winner. Very smooth. The 9% alcohol is hidden fairly well. It does peak out occasionally, as every once in a while there is a touch of alcohol bite and it is a real belly warmer. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and dry. Aftertaste is slightly sweet.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2003 02:35:13 | More by beerguy101
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Dogbrick

Ohio

3.58/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer is a hazy yellow color with a medium thick white head. Not very much head retention, and thin lacing. Aroma is yeasty and spicy. Rather light-bodied and bubbly, with flavors of spice, hops, citrus and vanilla. The finish is light and crisp with a hint of alcohol. This is a pretty good Tripel.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2003 12:36:58 | More by Dogbrick
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SetarconeX

Florida

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

What in interesting little brew we have here. Lovely cloudy golden color. Look sort of like a good hefe, only without as much stuff floating in it. The smell is something unique, a sort of stong normal pale ale smell, with odd pungancies and astringencies behind it. The taste is somewhere between pale ale and fruit punch. Complicated, and interesting. A good reccomendation.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2003 20:33:46 | More by SetarconeX
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alexgash

Connecticut

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

What an intimidating beer. In fact, I have to admit that most Unibroue brews are intimidating (even ephemere). But mama likes. Scrounged up this bottle at the Utah State Liquor store in Park City--definitely the best beer selection in Utah. This fine offering poured a very hazy, tawny/orange, with a voluptuous white head. The Unibroue yeast is obvious in the smell, along with sweet banana bread, and slightly medicinal alcohol. Taste is wow. Sweet candy malts, with notes of pears, and plenty of yeasty goodness. Wheat-bitter finish. Very warming. I wish I had a 750 though...

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2003 02:33:19 | More by alexgash
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Stingray5

New York

3.6/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle pours a cloudy burnt yellow, foamy white head. Endless tiny cabonation bubbles rise from the depths. Aroma is strong and quite sweet, fruit and candy. OK mouthful with high carbonation, slightly too much for me. Taste is sweet fruity goodness with some nice toasty malt and whisky-like sourness in the finish. Yes, we have bananas. Sticky, dry puckering sensation lasts. A bit too much lasting sourness on the front of the tongue.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2003 01:07:44 | More by Stingray5
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OldFrothingSlosh

Pennsylvania

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

Presentation: 12oz. foil-capped bottle with a best by date of 4-17-06.

Appearance: Poured an absolutely wonderful cloudy blond color with a huge and creamy-smooth white head that refuses to back down. All sorts of sticky lace coats the glass. Truly beautiful.

Smell: In a nutshell...complex. Ripe bannanas, pepper, orange peel, a little bit of alcohol, and some pepper..

Taste: A "yeasty" flavor emerges first. Lots of fruity flavors as well. Warming effect from the alcohol peeks through. Finishes with an almost "wheat-like" flavor. Nice dose of slight bittering at the end. Finishes very clean with almost no aftertaste. Complex and excellent.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability: Super smooth. Medium...almost high levels of carbonation. Very easy on the palate. Drinkability is way up there. Such a complex flavor profile as it crosses the palate. Wonderful in every aspect. Another winner from Unibroue.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2003 02:35:35 | More by OldFrothingSlosh
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Elemental

Oregon

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

Extremely light hazy color with a centimeters worth of head. Beutifully colored and a lot lighter than I expected. Good aroma but has an alomost rubbery smell which appears in the taste but not in a bad way. Aroma is light and wheaty. The taste is light, wheaty and incredible mellow for such a strong beer. The alcohol was almost none existant. Not very bitter and lightly spiced. Overall a great beer with a good balance of aroma and taste.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2003 02:45:57 | More by Elemental
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moulefrite

Massachusetts

4.6/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance all plosive, puffy and proud with a pinpoint prickly persona. Damn good brew! Pours yellow yet hazy and a touch golden. Champagne like carbonation with bubbles actively heading towards the beer's surface. Good headage that keeps puffing with swirling. Aromatics include tropical fruit, creme caramel and pecan pie. A wonderfully complex brew that hints of exotic fruits, anise, and ripe melon. In the mouth a nice interplay between sweet and bitter. Very warming indeed, with a touch of anteseptic!! One may be all I need, but this drinkability here is high as this beer simply rocks. It is sooo damn good! Practicably pornographic!!

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2003 01:53:42 | More by moulefrite
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steelreign

New York

4.72/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What's this? A Belgian strong ale made in Quebec?? Yes, that's right, and what an amazing brew. Dense off white head that seems to stick to the glass with ease. Aroma of spices, yeast, malt, alcohol and fruity esters. Wonderful!

Oh man, the stuff just flows in your mouth and the dried aged fruity tastes and malt explode across your palette! Tingly bubbly feel and slight hop to balance the big bold taste out nicely. A bigger beer in this style would be hard to attain. The alcohol is barely noticed until either it warms sufficiently or you try to stand up. Well done! Another winner from Unibroue, eh?

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2003 20:07:40 | More by steelreign
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byrd

Virginia

3.98/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer poured with a small bubbly head that slowly dissipated to lace that was perpetuated by the carbonation cascading from the sides of the glass. Nice cloudy, light golden hue. Particles of yeast could be seen floating around the glass. Sweet, fruity malt aroma with notes of banana and yeast. Some slight alcohol was also apparent on the nose with a touch of hops. Carbonation hits the tongue first leading to a very fluffy mouthfeel. Nice combination of yeast, fruits and spices. There’s a slight alcohol warming sensation throughout the glass, but it’s never overbearing. Sweetness is well balance by mild hop bitterness and never becomes cloying. Finish is slightly bitter, but aftertaste is primarily a lingering of the spices. Quite a drinkable beer for the ABV level. Got to be careful with this one or there could be trouble!

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2003 17:31:41 | More by byrd
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PhantomVodoo

Ohio

4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brownish straw color with a voluminous white head.
Bitey aroma of clove, yeast, alcohol, and banana.

Taste is crisp and bitey. Lots of spice in the tart flavor. Clove and alcohol have a strong presence. The beer doesn't support this high of an ABV IMHO. Malt and hops take a backseat to everything else going on in this beer.

Lots of carbonation in the mouthfeel.
Drinkability is good despite the high ABV.

Overall, a good beer, but definitely not my favorite Unibroue.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2003 04:00:16 | More by PhantomVodoo
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daledeee

Iowa

4.88/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours cloudy yellow. smells fruity and yeasty.Nice one inch white head and holds it's lace well. Fruity tasting with bubbly champagne like carbonation. Tart fruit, possibly pears along with bread. I like beer that is bubbly. Not much malt or hops up front. Alchohol is also well hidden. I cannot pick out what the finish on the back of my tongue is. I must say in this category there is some very strong competition, but it is hard to find a better tripel. This is one fine beer and a dangerous beer. Way too drinkable!! The key is proper storage, since our system is run by the state storage must be proper since it makes different batches taste differently.

Note: As I drink this beer more, I like it more. I am raising it's rating.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2003 00:18:00 | More by daledeee
La Fin Du Monde from Unibroue
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