La Fin Du Monde - Unibroue
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4.38/5 rDev +1.4%
Served via apocalyptic 12 oz bottle. This brew pours a bright amber with a terrific head which subsides quietly, leaving barely any lacing. Smells of spice, citrus, subtle solvent nose and of course the omnipotent alcohol.
Taste: Delicious. Smooth and sweet on the front end, quickly morphing into a spicy pepper character towards the end. This is one to sip on and savor. Strikes a perfect balance between the alcohol content and drinkability factor. The carbonation seems to sneak in the warming alcohol. Mouthfeel is very pleasant. Like I said, this brew is sneaky so watch it. With all that said this is definitely a brew to end the night with. Well worth a try. Cheers.
05-14-2005 01:14:15 | More by sinistermadman
4.4/5 rDev +1.9%
Golden in color, it is like honey in my wine glass. Fluffy white head settles down after a bit and leaves a thin layer atop the liquid. Tiny bubbles float upwards through this clear golden brew.
Sweet fruity smell, with a hint of flowers and a clear yeast smell to it. Hints of raspberries and potpourri.
Well balanced, tart and sweet. Hints of spices and faint citrus. Mild hops at the end. Smooth mouthfeel with a bit of chewiness at the end from the hops. The alcohol is very well hidden. This is a great beer, and dangerously drinkable.
05-11-2005 20:46:35 | More by Litterbean
4.25/5 rDev -1.6%
Poured a hazy, golden yellow body with a large white, fluffy head, gorgeous lacing clinging to the glass. Spicy aroma, full of fruity notes, yeast and phenols. Taste was tremendously complex. Spicy, peppery, full of sweetness and fruit. Alcohol is nicely hidden. Slight bitterness, slick mouthfeel. Some peach and pears. Wonderful beer.
05-10-2005 04:29:27 | More by baiser
3.93/5 rDev -9%
This one's been sitting for roughly a year.
Appearence: Pours a lively gold with a thin, creamy off-white head.
Smell: The smell is a well rounded mix of sweet malts and candi sugar with a balancing hop presence.
Taste and Mouthfeel: Very strong alcohol on the mouth immeadiatly, and the beer follows that trend even after it's left your mouth. The sweetness is wonderful, and does it's part rounding off the alcohol. The mouthfeel is fizzy and a bit thin.
Drinkability and Overall: Even with a year on it, the alcohol presence is a bit too strong. I was hoping it would have mellowed some more. But still, go Unibroue. I forgot what a good beer this one was.
05-06-2005 21:47:28 | More by santoslhalper
4.8/5 rDev +11.1%
I great birthday present! Someone brought a 750ml bottle to our homebrew club meeting and another member gave me two of the small bottles for my b-day. There were no significant differences noted with the big vs. small bottles.
A pale, slightly hazy straw color with a nice and long-lasting head. Bubbles keep rising to the surface, suggesting almost an effervescence.
A myriad of goings-on in the aroma -- malt, spices (notably, pepper), and yeast characteristics -- which all translates beautifally into the taste profile. A wonderful complexity.
This a a beer to share and experience with others. Others who appreciate great beer, that is. This is deceptive...light and easy to drink...belying it's strength.
05-04-2005 14:16:18 | More by ncbrewerbun
4.43/5 rDev +2.5%
75 cl brown bottle with cork and cage.
Poured clouded straw with a large froth that went down quickly.
Tart green apple peels, light peach and apricot in the smell. A spiciness and solvent character from the alcohol.
Light and well carbonated on the palate. Fruity esters, sweet malts, and a peppery finish from the booze all in a nice blend. Bittering hops are there to make the next drink just as good as the first. Chalky yeast leaves a dry finish.
Compares favorably to top runners of the style, nothing wrong with this beer.
05-01-2005 03:18:59 | More by Shultzerdugen
4.47/5 rDev +3.5%
I love the name of this beer. Its about the only French I know but it sure is fun to say!!! Pours a very lovely, hazy golden color. Huge big head on top-wheres my spoon!? Really is beauty in a glass. Yeasty aroma-very earthy. Almost orange like in spots. Spicy fruit. Huge malty sweetness-more from adjunct sugar Im sure. Great phenolic notes. Nice lingering alcohol tinge. Killer body-somewhat syrupy sweet in spots. "Bright" on the tongue but not as much as say Duvel. A wonderful brew. Very drinkable. Thank you sir may I have another?
04-30-2005 02:50:58 | More by lackenhauser
3.75/5 rDev -13.2%
Second time sampling this, first time reviewing for BA...
Appearance: Beer pours very fizzy, light red/gold color with a frothy head of loose white bubbles that dissipates much too quickly. Carbonation is substantial, some soapy lacing but not too much.
Aroma: Notes of apple juice, champagne, alcohol and candi sugar in the nose. It smells...fizzy. Does that make any sense?
Taste: The fizziness continues in the palate, again lending a sparkling wine character to the brew. Light malt and citrusy spices play on the tongue. Alcohol plays a small supporting role but you never get the sense you're drinking something that's 9% ABV. Carbonation scours any chance of an aftertatste here. Light and bubbly mouthfeel.
Drinkability: Hard to say. Sure, it's a nice light brew, and I can see pairing it with seafood or vegetarian dishes or enjoying a quiet spring evening with a glass. But at $7 a bottle I'm more inclined to pick up a Chimay or Hennepin. Certainly worth a look, particularly if you go for ales with a lighter profile than stouts or even ambers.
04-24-2005 21:58:32 | More by Hunter
4.53/5 rDev +4.9%
750 ml cork finish
Light clover honey yellow in color with a puffy white head of tiny bubbles. Head retention is quite good with a few patches of lace. There are cascading tiny bubbles coming from the bottom of my chalice.
The aroma is full of ripe apricot, honey-drenched oranges, pear, banana, and plenty of trademark Uni spice and yeasty bread notes. There is a sweet hint of alcohol to warm it up a bit.
Ooh ya, this is good. There is definately a fuzzy apricot sweetness highlighted by honey, melon, sweet floral tones, coconut, bubble gum, candi sugar, some light herbals, and yeasty spice. There is a touch of fruity hops at the finish to provide a sense of balance.
The mouthfeel is medium and light on the tongue. Ample carbonation provides a silk like body and carries through to the sweet, summer fruit finish.
This is an excellent beer from our kanuk friends to the North. Sweet, complex, perfect for summer sipping or as a fireside warmer. Definately one of my new favorites. I can't wait to try it again!
04-24-2005 00:17:55 | More by AlexJ
3.85/5 rDev -10.9%
Hazy, light color. Many cascading bubbles. Thick head which settles into a nice lace. Sweat, malt aroma with citrus undertones. Alcohol scent is hiding in the background. Extremely light tasting, with a melting warmness from the alcohol which covers the tongue. The alcohol flavor is hidden behind a blend of light malt and citrus. Nothing is overpowering here. Everything is subtle. You might think you are drinking a "small" summer beer, as the 9% of this one is so well masked. This one could sneak up on you, if you had the opportunity to have more than a couple.
04-23-2005 14:39:26 | More by BobLuvBeer
4.65/5 rDev +7.6%
If this is the end of the world, bring it on.
It's the color of hazy raw honey with a bright white fine head, sticky and lazy. The nose is a wonderful parade of apples, earthy yeast, cabbage, lemon grass and white pepper. The taste has a development I've never experienced. At first sip bitter fruit, then a nice round malt, then a dry, mineral hop finish. All this happens very quickly, carried on a fine, dense carbonation. The aftertaste is herbal and peppery and has a nice malt character.
As it warms more of the lemon grass and cabbage aromas come forward, smells I associate with a good white burgundy. Must be a yeast thing.
I loved this beer.
04-23-2005 01:32:09 | More by horndecker
3.95/5 rDev -8.6%
Best by date 05-27-06
Hazy pale golden amber color with a lovely white head that slowly dissipates.
Faint aroma- of spices (orange peel), fruit (a hint of cranberry and strawberry), and malt. Some alcohol. Pleasant, but could be stronger and more complex.
Luxurious mouthfeel, caramel sweet. A prominent bitterness and alcohol presence. Long finish of caramel and fruit.
Although well put together, this beer tends to become cloying towards the end of a bomber- ultimately reflected in drinkability problems. Still worth a try.
04-17-2005 02:27:16 | More by TongoRad
4.7/5 rDev +8.8%
What a beer. This is my second Unibroue and I must say that I am highly impressed. Bottle-condition.
This elixir of the gods poured cloudy with orange and lemon hues. Strong head that lasted, expelling a bouquet of sweetness and floral. I know that is the standard "quote-unquote", but hell, I was inebriated!
A revelation for my taste buds. Unbelievable!
04-15-2005 14:10:15 | More by FLAbeergutinMASS
4.6/5 rDev +6.5%
One great beer indeed.
Bought some in a local wholesale Sam's. With a bottling date from June of 1996! Checked via e-mail with the guys of Unibroue and the dating is right. Wow! So I have a stash of 9-year old beers!
Used my only tulip glass for this one, and it poured a nice hazy yellowish ale; some head, the rapidly dissipated; little lace, if any.
It's smell is complex: prunes, wildflowers, spices.
Taste? Oh my! Great balance of hops, bitter even some sweet in it. Even more complex than it's smell.
Creamy; it's high alcoholic content doesn't impose itself
Of course you'd like more than one.
But this is fancy beer. Drink better, drink less.
04-14-2005 04:21:42 | More by Pepeton
4.1/5 rDev -5.1%
The colour of this beer was golden. Heavily gaseous out of the bottle, with a large and loudly bubbling white head. The head died down rapidly and the heavy carbonation fizzled down to a dull roar. Yeasty bits were visible, suspended in the view. No lace formation. Looks good.
The smell was spiced and clovey with some degree of sweatness notable. A somewhat yeasty presence also lingered.
The taste was very refreshing and crisp. These guys seem to be able to brew these styles with the perfect amount of spice character that doesn't leave you feeling like you just drank a glass of potpourri. Very tastefully done and delicious. Apple flavors and a pinch of hoppy dryness add complexity to the spice backbone. Good bite and a nice crisp mouthfeel with a slightly clovey finish left over. Very highly drinkable with a very pleasant flavor. Another solid brew from the Nordiques.
04-11-2005 08:05:48 | More by SupaCelt
4.47/5 rDev +3.5%
Hazy pale body with a white head. Belgian lace rings develop round the glass.
Spicy, fruity nose. Very enticing.
Sweet malt background throughout. Spicy esters. Clove, nutmeg and apple flavors stand out. A sweet peppery, maybe cinnamon-like flavor in the finish.
This is a delicious beer. Very similar to Duvel in all aspects. Though, I think Duvel is slightly better.
04-01-2005 21:36:07 | More by palma
4.28/5 rDev -0.9%
Appearance - The head on this beer is almost impossible to contain. Retention is oaky, with hardly any lace. Pale straw colored (almost like a wit), with suspended yeast visible in the beer.
Smell - Chalky or dry yeast smell followed with light spicy aroma.
Taste - Some dried fruit flavor, with crisp spices. The beer is actually pretty dry, and the hops seem to play this up. The alcohol is almost undetectable.
Mouthfeel - Quite fizzy, which adds to the delight. Pretty smooth overall, with a little tang to mix things up.
Drinkability - This is a beer that feels good to drink. I expected a hard hit in the back of the throat due to the carbonation, but it goes down quite easily.
Comments - Pretty to look at, tastes great, likely to help you pick up chicks... What more could you possibly want? Seriously, this is a very good beer. This should be on every beer lovers must-have list.
03-31-2005 04:25:43 | More by mgdeth
4.35/5 rDev +0.7%
Poured from a 750 mL bottle (brought back from Quebec) into a tulip glass. Very murky, light-orange/golden color with a lot of head that would slowly dissipate and then come back to life when swirled around in the glass. Slightly spicy, zesty aroma but nothing too powerful. Not very complex. The taste was clean and hoppy. Some hop bitterness and spices that I can't quite describe. A little too much of a dry finish for my liking, but still not too bad. Very drinkable beer. The ABV goes almost unnoticeable and I drank the whole bottle in much faster time than I expected to. Nice brew overall that I would have again any day.
Made a nice complement to a steak that I cooked for dinner, but something darker would probably complement it better.
03-30-2005 14:22:23 | More by Jacobob10
4.33/5 rDev +0.2%
Tastes like a hard cider.
Has way more alcohol than your average hard cider.
Has many fine champagne type qualities.
Sweet, yet dry for the sweetness level, and very bubbly.
A very tasty, deceptive concoction.
Unibroue does fine work and this is yet another example of such.
03-30-2005 04:49:42 | More by ommegangpbr
4.5/5 rDev +4.2%
12 oz. bottle from the 4-pack I just bought. Best before 11/17/07. Drinking at room temperature of course.
Appearance: Huge, foamy white head surrounding it's champagne style look. Bubbles galore. Lacing sticking everywhere on my wine glass.
Smell: Lemon, faint banana, grass, some floral qualities, cloves, candi sugar, a spiciness similar to pepper. Pretty wonderful.
Taste: Carries over from the aromas. Some spiciness, some fruitiness, slightly bitter but welcoming aftertaste that is very nice. Some lemon and candi sugar up front. Very refreshing.
Mouthfeel: So many bubbles keeps making me swish around and enjoy before swallowing, though the bubbles start to explode without any swishing around. Light in body, creamy.
Drinkability: I'll definitely be buying this again for sure. I could see it becoming a staple for me, at least every once in a while. It's delicious and it's a sipper. I can hardly believe this is 9% ABV.
03-28-2005 03:54:57 | More by asabreed
3.9/5 rDev -9.7%
Poured from a 750ml bottle, with a best before date of 09-09-07, into a goblet glass. Presented itself with an opaque golden color with a rich head which devolved into persistent lacing. Smelt fresh and spring-like with an effervescent scent. Initially tasted of apples with a slight alcohol aftertaste. As it warmed, I detected an increasingly pleasant taste that reminded me of cola with a hint of sweet citrus. Excellent balance of carbonation and smoothness. Easy to sip and equally easy to return to the cooler for another 750ml bottle. Fine example of this style. Kudos to Unibroue for another outstanding product.
03-27-2005 03:23:46 | More by WTexas
British Columbia (Canada)
4.28/5 rDev -0.9%
For starters, this bottle was gently handled and properly stored, yet when opened, it erupted in a flow of (very nice smelling) creamy white foam. Not quite sure why - I've had La Fin du Monde many times before without that happening, so I'm willing to overlook it this once.
After I got it into the tulip, it appeared a very hazy golden orange, with a thick creamy white head that dissipated, leaving some lace.
The nose is sweet, with a hint of orange peel and spice. Very nice.
On a first taste, it is surprisingly subdued. The orange and spice - nutmeg, perhaps? - noted in the aroma are here, but not a strongly as expected.
The high alcohol is apparent in the dry finish, but overall is hidden very well.
On the palate, La Fin du Monde is nicely balanced, with a good creamy body and light carbonation. The alcohol does come through a bit here, too.
Overall, this is a fantastic beer, and is highly recommended. Certainly, it is one of the better beers from my home country.
03-24-2005 11:44:15 | More by thesilverhand
4.97/5 rDev +15%
Pours like a wit with a healthy white head and a cloudy golden body. The aroma hints at yeast and lemon zest. This is the most refreshing beer out there. Rorshack flavor test; orange, lemon zest, yellow cake, white pepper. I somewhat don't believe this beer is 9%. It just seems to disappear from the glass. This is my favorite widely available beer.
03-20-2005 04:15:39 | More by swamiswamu
4.22/5 rDev -2.3%
This is another great Belgian Strong Pale Ale following in the footsteps of Duvel. Unibroue makes some great beers.
This looks good: Pale golden with a nice white head. It's not the massive head that Duvel has, which some may prefer. It smells of grain and spices and alcohol.
The taste is very good. It's spicy with a nice alcohol kick.
The mouthfeel is light, probably because of the high ABV. It glides over the tongue with the tiny bubbles popping everywhere.
Overall this is one of the best of this style. It's easy to find, so go out and have some!
03-19-2005 22:35:35 | More by Shaw
3.85/5 rDev -10.9%
This creamy opaque golden delight mounted a rich white two finger head that slipped down to a milky-like cover that made for a sticky lace. Throughout the length of the beverage there was a continuous feed of bubbles delivered in fizzures of fine streams reaching upward. Ripe apricot-peach, soft citrus, yeast, and a subtle clove and etoh made for a delightful nose. At times there was a lurking metal essence noted. A medium dimension filled the mouth with again, the fruit of the nose, a hay tang, with light floral and gentle spice. This stuff warms the belly. This La Fin Du Monde 12 oz. bottle was with much carbonation, for me it was too sparkling for balance. The finish was sweet with a dry, peppery, bubbly presence. Unfortunately a mucky aftertaste was left at the back of the mouth. I can appreciate the grand reviews this brew receives but for me, for this bottle, it was not there.
03-19-2005 01:56:52 | More by yoko
La Fin Du Monde from Unibroue
96 out of 100 based on 7,979 ratings.