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La Fin Du Monde - Unibroue

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

8,361 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 8,361
Reviews: 2,738
rAvg: 4.32
pDev: 11.81%
Wants: 361
Gots: 977 | FT: 17
Brewed by:
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Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
Tripel |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-23-1998)
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Photo of Sephiroth
4.38/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle says to drink by 3/14/09. Decent head, no lacing, the beer is a hazy golden yellow. Great fruity, malty aroma.

This beer is every bit as good as I remember. This beer is malty sweet, with a medium dryness. The flavor is a thorough blending of banana and clove, a bright fruit flavor(strawberry?cherry?), a sharp yeast note, and dry, grainy malt. The flavors don't really stand out individually, but that was my crapshoot guess as to what might make this flavor. Mouthfeel is average I think for the style, but the drinkability is great. The 9%ABV is nowhere to be found.

Sephiroth, Dec 13, 2006
Photo of xav33
4.35/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Unibroue La Fin Du Monde
12 oz bottle
Slow pour in a tulip glass
Best before 04/08, ended 12/06

Poured a murky amber with a huge white mostly to fully lasting frothy pillow head.

Smelt of moderate bananas, sweet dough, white pepper.

Taste was upfront strong bittersweet raw sweet bread dough with peaches and oranges followed by a pungent sweaty raw dough on an average length finish. Palate was creamy, softly carbonated, medium bodied and light astringency.

Overall, it is unfathomable that this beer is 9% alcohol. The balance is exquisite. Only wish there was more complexity.

xav33, Dec 13, 2006
Photo of SacoDeToro
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy straw yellow with a generous dense meringue white head.

The aroma of the beer was of intense fruity esters, Belgian yeast, some floral hops and alcohol.

The flavor of the beer was primarily a crisp biscuit malt backbone. There were some hints of tropical fruits, tingly phenols, and a nice burst of floral hops to balance things out.

The beer was very dry and refreshing. A nice alcohol warmth came about in the finish.

This beer is exemplary of the style and remarkably drinkable considering its high ABV. In my opinion, there is no finer Belgian strong golden ale available.

SacoDeToro, Dec 11, 2006
Photo of ndekke39
4.43/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tried this at a restaurant. Served in the 12 oz bottle. No date on the bottle. 9% ABV. Poured into an over-sized wine glass. Appearance is a cloudy orange color, with tall head consisting of tiny bubbles. Great retention. Smells crisp and clean - citrus, pine, yeasty. Tastes of orange, yeasty, a bit bready, grapefruit, lemon, slight bitterness. Mouthfeel is fizzy all the way. Excellent sippable beer with dinner. Wonderfully fresh and sweet character.

ndekke39, Dec 11, 2006
Photo of tjthresh
3.1/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle served in a Duvel glass. Gusher. Pretty clear golden color with a fizzy white head. Aroma of alcohol, herbs and spice, sugar. The flavor is pretty alcoholic with a long burn. Sweet lemony flavor. Maybe too sweet. High carbonation. Not something I will seek out again.

tjthresh, Dec 10, 2006
Photo of bluegrassbrew
4.35/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Heard alot about this beer. Poured from a bottle into a snifter at Pazzo's in Lexington, KY. Has a nice yellowish color with a wonderfully full whitish head. Smells of citrus and spice. Nice fruit. Taste definetly citrusy, not what I expected. Alcohol is hidden very nicely for 9 percent. Fills the mouth just right. Had two of these and was certainly impressed ( and buzzed). Very well crafted beer.

bluegrassbrew, Dec 05, 2006
Photo of GregBrewski
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A delicate hand is required to pour this one. The billowy white head rests on the cloudy orange beer. The head leaves a nice lacing along the glass. It has a very floral and spicy smell. Some hints of alcohol and yeast are also noticeable in the aroma. The taste is complex, yet well balanced, consisting mostly of a spicy and sweet tones. The carbonation first tingles in the mouth then finishes off spicy. This is an interesting style that I always enjoy and always wish I had more.

GregBrewski, Dec 04, 2006
Photo of tcfishler
3.7/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hazy light orange/gold with a mountainous and finely textured head. Head subsides rather quickly, leaving good lacing.

Deep, complex nose of spices, herbs, yeast, and citrus.

Lively carbonation dances on the tongue, giving lift to flavors of peach jam and overripe banana. Subtle acid twang on the back end also helps keep the brew from being too heavy. Actuallly, the body seems quite light for the ABV. Finish is long, complex, and mouthwatering.

A brew that's both engrossingly complex and light on its feet, with very little of the rotten/oxidative notes that ruined the Trois Pistoles for me.

tcfishler, Dec 01, 2006
Photo of warmstorage
4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, cellar temp, into Belgian goblet. (This review includes notes from 750ml bottles as well, but they are essentially identical.) States best before date of 07 - 12 - 09, ABV 9%.

Pours slightly hazy bright orange, with a tight white head which gives way to a very light head on top of the liquid.

Smell is a spicy peppery one, with notes of hot alcohol.

Taste is also spicy pepper, sweet fruit, and warm alcohol. It tingles in the mouth, and lingers long with spicy warm fruity goodness. There is a slightly viscous mouth in the finish, and some spicy heat that sticks around.

Overall, this is an excellent beer, and one that I've enjoyed many bottles of, many times. It doesn't blow me away, but I do like it a whole, whole lot. (Note: all 4s are a conscious decision for each category, and not just me going down the list.)

warmstorage, Nov 30, 2006
Photo of jeffjfindley
4.78/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is an unfiltered beauty with an exquisite head that sticks to everything. Visible carbonation enhances the visual experience. A wonderfully fresh and malty bouquet of cider, flowers and Belgian yeast demands immediate consumption.

My mouth is delighted by this beer in every way. The taste is complex, estery and warming. For me the mark of a great beer, or progressive rock band is when the complexity doesn't overpower the song. This is rich, sweet, strong, and at 9% abv, delightfully stingy. The finish is tight and dry, the aftertaste alive with honey, as well as tangerine and banana notes.

Let this sit in your mouth for awhile. Swallow, then take a deep breath through your mouth and you will know perfection. Drink slowly and with great respect, as there is not a better tasting beer on the planet.

jeffjfindley, Nov 24, 2006
Photo of EmilNoldSinclair
4.95/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into a snifter style glass. Very cloudy, completely opaque and golden in color: there is indeed quite a bit of yeast in this brew. Initially the beer was chilled (don't know approx. temperature) and gradually warmed during the drinking session. It barely had a head (which soon disappeared...a bit unfortunate [though I quite enjoyed the opaque cloudiness!]), and it did have a quite pleasant smell. The taste was very well balanced between the hops and the malt, not too sweet and not too bitter. When it was chilled the flavor was more restrained yet reminiscent of apples. As it warmed up, it had more of a heavier banana flavor. Both the flavor and the feel of it (carbonation) immediately reminded me of champagne (though the comparison follows only to a point). This has definite cross-over appeal (considering the flavor, mouthfeel, as well as the presentation [both the caged and corked bottle as well as the appropriate glasswear]). Along with Stone's Double Bastard and Russian Imperial Stout, Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout and Nut Brown Ale and Orval's Trappist Ale, this is truly my favorite beer so far.

EmilNoldSinclair, Nov 23, 2006
Photo of techdiver
4.55/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy gold with a substantial frothy white head that lingers nicely. Nose is of apples with some citrus notes and displays the complexity of a fine wine. Taste is well-balanced with some initial banana notes leading to a sweet and complex finish. A whole lot of complexity since it varies in description and sensation minute by minute, but always pleasing. Feels great in the mouth, steady stream of bubbles from center of tulip, and so drinkable that it's dangerous. Truly a remarkable brew.

techdiver, Nov 23, 2006
Photo of biking4beer
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a oversized wine glass.

This beer poured a huge 3 finger head without effort. Half the head popped out of the top of the glass and held tight. Beer was a hazy golden with orange hues.

Smell was of Belgian yeast of course. Crisp and lemony with earthy tones. Alcohol comes through as it warms.

Taste is also lemony, tangy, bready, grainy, and a light apple taste.

This is a nice foamy smooth beer in the mouth. Goes down way too easy for it's 9% ABV. This is an outstanding beer.

biking4beer, Nov 20, 2006
Photo of JasonA
4.1/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle from Corridor Wineand Spirits in Laurel MD poured into a Chimay chalace.

Pours a translucent lemony brown. Almost foggy. Light I think for the style. Not much head, nice lacing showed.

Smells pretty hoppy. Floral and fresh. Can smell the alcohol. Cant place the sweet smell. Definitly wheaty.

Is this a hopped up hefe? Solid flavorful start, not sure where it is headed.

Little too carbonated for my liking. I cant picture the drink location for this. Hot day? I dont think this is a winter beer.

JasonA, Nov 19, 2006
Photo of dherling
4.15/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured out a lemon/golden color, with a bubbling head. Head calms to a thick cap of bubbly foam. Good lacing. Smells of sherry, port, apple cider, citric, and bready. Tastes light and fruity, with a slight citric hop character, finishing with pepper and alcohol notes. Mouthfeel is effervescent, light and refreshing.

dherling, Nov 12, 2006
Photo of flexabull
4.18/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big 750 ml. bottle with a caged cork. I have always admired the way these beers appear on the shelf. (good marketing) So I finally decided to go for it.

Poured with a HUGE head. (Maybe a bit too big) Bright golden color with a ton of carbonation and some cloudiness too.

Right away this beer smells almost like a champagne to me. Toasted aromas.

Taste? Well... first off, this beer has nice mouthfeel. Really coats your mouth with flavors the moment you first taste it. Impressive. The beer has almost a creamy toasty flavor, once again, similar to champagne. (with much less carbonation) There is also a bit of crisp sweetness of cloves and coriander on the finish.

Excellent beer, I am glad I finally made the plunge. Very drinkable, even with 9% alcohol.

flexabull, Nov 11, 2006
Photo of JoeyHotrod
4.75/5  rDev +10%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of my alltime favorites and a beer I often find myself going back to.

La Fin Du Monde is nectar at it's finest.

This is a lovely beer to look at. Golden slightly cloudy and has a dazzling head that lasts and lasts. Lace never once lets up either.

The smell is mired with alcohol tropical fruits, a touch of citrus and a smidgen of clove.

The taste includes yeast, citrus, and a touch of alcohol.

This is a world classic and with due respect toward the also excellent Duvel, quite possibly the gold standard of the style.

JoeyHotrod, Nov 09, 2006
Photo of claytri
3.88/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer poured a rich old gold with a good amount of effervesence developoing a fine white head with a few tan hints in it. The aroma was of citrus, bananna, and sweet malt underneath. The taste is sweet malt with a hint of citrus and some bananna, this is followed by a blast of spice and an alcohol burn in the finish. The feel is smooth oily, and effervescent. This a wonderfully drinkable beer. A fine example of a style that goes down easily.

claytri, Nov 08, 2006
Photo of MaxxDaddy
3.45/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

My first trippel and purchased due to rave reviews from friends. Initial pour had lots of white head, yellow-irange in color. Aroma of citrus at first, but with another smell I was able to pick out some bananas. Active palate, with plenty of carbonation. Had a yeasty, citrusy taste. Finish was bitter and alcoholic. At first I wasn’t that big a fan, but as I sipped more, I enjoyed it and detected some peppery taste. I guess I'm not much of a coriander guy. I particularly enjoyed the last of the 750 ml bottle. A good beer and I’m glad I tried it.

MaxxDaddy, Nov 08, 2006
Photo of norwichboy
4.18/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Golden with lovely thick creamy head. Banana, spice, some sour notes, bubblegum in both smell and taste. Intense flavours. My wife reckons rhubarb but I'm not so sure. Strong alcohol is noticeable. Sweet on finish, then lingering bitterness. Lovely fine carbonation, oily mouthfeel. An excellent beer, but alcoholic taste may limit how many can drink.

norwichboy, Nov 08, 2006
Photo of Butch
4.58/5  rDev +6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I picked up a four pack of this stuff from Habanos in Slidell, LA. I don’t have a cellar, so I stuck two in the fridge to cool over night. I got one out today and set it on the counter for 30 minutes or so to let it warm just a little. I don’t have the proper glass to drink a Belgian Strong Pale Ale so I poured it into one of the big oversized red wine glasses.

Appearance: Pours like a dream. It comes out the color and cloudiness of a Hefeweizen. residual yeast from the bottle conditioning is evident. The one thing that really stands out is the head. Best foaming I’ve ever seen, bar none. Thick and tight, it’s almost dense like a nitro stout. In this glass it rose a good inch and half with the tiniest little bubbles. It didn’t stick around for the entire beer, but I drank it very slowly to savor it so I can’t fault that. It didn’t stick or lace however.

Taste and Smell: The aroma is great. Almost sweet in smell, and very fruity. The effervescent bubbles play like it’s recess all over my tongue. The taste is as complex as the aroma. Too many for me to identify, much less name. Lots of fruits, not very floral, no hop bitterness at all. Mostly spicy though. Balanced despite the lack of hops, maybe due to the crazy-assed yeasts overpowering the malt.

Notes: This one comes out at #2 on the ranking of the style, which is what convinced me to pay the $9.50 for the four pack. I haven’t tried many others of the style so I can’t speak to the validity of the rank, but I wouldn’t argue against it.

The beer is balanced so well with the fruity flavors that you barely taste the hops, and the alcohol not at all. I drank it at 12:30 on an empty stomach and I did feel that 9% alcohol a little toward the end, even as slow as I was sipping. Not a beer to guzzle.

Over all, I loved it. With tax I paid about $2.50 for each beer, not counting the gas and time to go get it. I pay more than that for beer at a pub. I’d easily pay five bucks or more for this beauty if the archaic MS laws would allow it. I can’t wait for the next one, but I’m cellaring the last two for a year or so.

Butch

Butch, Nov 05, 2006
Photo of BeerSox
4.68/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

355mL bottle into snifter.

Cloudy pale golden color with plenty of flubby pearl white head which lasts forever. Stringy lacing along the glass. The head eventually settles to a foamy cap.

Grainy malts in the background along with light citrus fruit and maybe slight clove. Light alcohol hints can be detected in the background.

Fruity notes like banana start off with the grainy malts, then switches to the stout alcohol. The strong carbonation in the medium body adds a little fizz to the tongue. Earthy yeast is present among the dextrin rich texture. A creamy like banana presence lingers after each sip. The high alcohol is well hidden, allowing the complexity to prosper.

This one definitely lived up to its hype. Plenty of fruity flavors along with hidden alcohol. This one is at the top of the list of Strong Belgian Ales. Go get it. NOW!

BeerSox, Nov 02, 2006
Photo of GPHarris
4.15/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

a - poured a two fingers thick, white bubbly head into a snifter. color is hazy orange and leaves bubbly lacing throughout.
s - very malty with a sweet banana and floral smell.
t - hints of yeast, spices, citrus and floral. the yeast and citrus hits you first but the spices and floral taste becomes more prominent as it warms.
m - looks highly carbonated and the mouthfeel is the same. really dances on the tongue.
d - you can taste the alcohol as expected but as it warms becomes pleasant and understated. complex beer.

GPHarris, Oct 30, 2006
Photo of beckje01
4.05/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- amber with lots of activity, plenty of white head.

S- A crisp floral smell, very inviting.

T- Light sweet with fruit notes and some malt comes out as well.

M- Crisp and bubbly feeling just something I want to drink.

D- Easy and refreshing, I will pick this up sometime next summer.

beckje01, Oct 30, 2006
Photo of Phocion
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First time reviewing an old favorite. Pours from the 750ml bottle into a Duvel tulip a pale clody golden-yellow with a thick bubbly white head. Excellent retention.

Nose is strong yeast, very fruity (bananas, peaches, lemons), and spicy. Slight alcohol aroma is also detectable.

Very citrusy and mildly hopped. There's a whole bouquet of fruit flavors - banana, peach, lemon, orange peel, and apricot along with a nice helping of wheat and spices. Why can't all Canadian beers taste like this?

Very crisp citric mouthfeel with a subtle warming sensation from the alcohol. Very palatable and drinkable, the only hinderince being the strong ABV. Excellently crafted and balanced; it's brews like this that make brewing seem like a true art form.

Phocion, Oct 28, 2006
La Fin Du Monde from Unibroue
96 out of 100 based on 8,361 ratings.