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La Fin Du Monde - Unibroue

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

8,164 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 8,164
Reviews: 2,728
rAvg: 4.32
pDev: 11.57%
Wants: 349
Gots: 890 | FT: 17
Brewed by:
Unibroue visit their website
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 palma
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.
Lively carbonated.
This is a delicious beer. Very similar to Duvel in all aspects. Though, I think Duvel is slightly better.

palma, Apr 01, 2005
Photo of mgdeth
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.

mgdeth, Mar 31, 2005
Photo of Jacobob10
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.

Jacobob10, Mar 30, 2005
Photo of ommegangpbr
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.

ommegangpbr, Mar 30, 2005
Photo of asabreed
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.

asabreed, Mar 28, 2005
Photo of WTexas
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.

WTexas, Mar 27, 2005
Photo of thesilverhand
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.

thesilverhand, Mar 24, 2005
Photo of swamiswamu
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.

swamiswamu, Mar 20, 2005
Photo of Shaw
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!

Shaw, Mar 19, 2005
Photo of yoko
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.

yoko, Mar 19, 2005
Photo of ypsifly
4.35/5  rDev +0.7%

750ml with best before date on the back label.

Pale gold with a frothy white head that never really goes away and leaves plenty of lace as it slides down the tulip. Lots of tiny carb bubbles.

Smells of tart apples, powdered sugar, and something floral.

Starts out a bit sweet, then changes to pepper with a dry, hop finish. The alcohol warms you up but that's the only way it registers.

The hidden alcohol gives this one extra points for drinkability.

ypsifly, Mar 17, 2005
Photo of jkoogler
4.83/5  rDev +11.8%

Served out of a 12 oz bottle

Appearance: A wonderful hazy golden, slightly orangish color with a foamy white head which dissipated without much lacing.

Smell: Fruity character with notes of clove, yeast, honey and some pepper.

Taste: Nicely balanced, smooth and creamy. Has a spicy, yeasty flavor with some sweet malts.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and full with medium carbonation. High alcohol content is not too invasive.

Drinkability: An easy to drink beer until the high abv catches up to you.

jkoogler, Mar 16, 2005
Photo of bceaglejoe
4.3/5  rDev -0.5%

Served in a snifter at Walt Disney World - MGM Studios Brown Derby restaurant.

Presentation: Poured a cloudy dark-banana color. There was about an inch-thick head. I was able to agitate and swirl to keep the head coming back as I drank. There was some yeast at the bottom of the bottle that went into the beer as well. The scent was, like the appearance, very banana-y and heavy with phenol aromas. The snifter captured the aromas perfectly.

Tasting: This beer went down very smoothly. It tasted very much like a Witbier, but with more body. The alcohol flavor came through in this beer. Due to this it was not as smooth in the mouth as I would have liked. The high alcohol content of this beer makes it slightly less drinkable. One could easily get a buzz drinking this on an empty stomach.

Overall, an excellent beer that I would highly recommend to just about anyone. Even non-beer drinkers could appreciate it.

bceaglejoe, Mar 12, 2005
Photo of RBorsato
4.8/5  rDev +11.1%

Hazy yellow gold with a full white head, decent carbonation, and OK lace. Spicy Belgian yeasty aroma with spicy hop character and flavor; not overly strong in alcohol in any way - surprising for strength. Very nice medium-full body with perfect carbonation level.

Excellent but a bit drier than Duvel if that is what you like more.

Per U website: Triple fermentation Golden Ale, refermented in the bottle.

Best Before: 10/05/07
Tasted: 03/09/05

RBorsato, Mar 10, 2005
Photo of mynie
4.53/5  rDev +4.9%

Pours a very pretty hazy honey color but, sadly, with little head.

Smells likes champagne nitrate and fruit. Nice and powerful.

Tastes very much like it smells, only more subdued. Powerful honey malt upfront leads into the strong, violent fruit that zips and zaps and leaves you wanting more as it disolves into cloves and spice.

Truly an exceptional beer.

mynie, Mar 04, 2005
Photo of bensiff
4.4/5  rDev +1.9%

I have visited this fine beer on many a night. This night I write my review at the end of a 750ml bottle and its 9% alcohol is not pronounced in the mouth, but evident in the head.

This fine beer poors with the looks of a hefeweizen and a nice head that slowly dissipates into a slight lacing. Smell is dominated with Uni's distinct yeast.

Taste is of yeast, fruity esters, and a touch of citrus that rolls off with the alcohol content leaving a slightly peppery feel on the tongue.

This fine beer leaves a wonderous full weight on the tongue while remaining light in comparison to the darker belgium styles. I say drink this as much as your beer exploration will allow and don't settle for only a 12 ounce when there is a 750ml available.

bensiff, Mar 03, 2005
Photo of Hibernator
4.88/5  rDev +13%

I had this from a 12 oz brown bottle and served in a tulip glass as suggested on the label. There is a best before date clearly labeled for 08/16/07. Nice looking bottle with a foil top.

Pours a hazy golden yellow with a foamy white head on top. Scattered sticky lacings cling to the sides of the glass.

Aroma of cloves, yeast, fruity esters, and a tad of spices in the background.

This is one of amazing beer. I am impressed. Very smooth with pressured carbonation on the tongue. Orange citrus flavors, cloves and peppery spices blend together for an inviting experience for the palate. In all respects, this beer reminds me of a Belgian Tripel.

This is an excellent beer and only leaves me wondering why I haven't had this beer before. Highly recommended.

Hibernator, Feb 21, 2005
Photo of Fish113d
4.13/5  rDev -4.4%

Presentation: Served from a 12 oz. bottle at room temperature into a tulip glass.

Gold in color with lots of beautiful cascading and a huge foamy head that clings to the glass. Lots of sediment floating in it as well. Great looking! Aroma is mostly citrus and sweet smelling hops. I also catch some hints of something reminding me of honeysuckle a little. Also, the yeast is apparent as well (unless I'm stupid). This could be a little honey or presence of the alcohol sugars I imagine. Nutmeg and spice up front with hints of sugar and citrus fruit. However, the alcohol kicks you in the palete real REAL hard also. Aftertaste reminds me of papaya fruit a little or a little like orange peel; kind of bitter yet sweet. Carbonation is well balanced and is not too strong on the sip, to which the alcohol burn hits your palete drying it out a bit before the swallow. I honestly wish I had a bomber of this one. Very easy to drink, refreshing, and tasty! Another Unibroue masterpiece!

Fish113d, Feb 17, 2005
Photo of Paddez
4.6/5  rDev +6.5%

I found this little gem in a beershop in Neuchatel in Switzerland, among many other beers that are very hard to find (at least here). (including Dolle Brouwers beers, rare chistmass brews and many other that I couldn't find here in Belgium)
I was delighted to find out that this was not the the french export version either, but the genuine candian stuff with 9% ABV.

Moving on the review.

A medium pour produced a nice trothy head that settled on top of a hazy, golden brew.
The smell is fresh, yeasty with some fruity aspects and some floral notes.
Citrusy flavours blend in with a malty undertone. Some spices & a slightly dry and hoppy finish. Most excellent.
Goes down very smoothly, with no hints of the high ABV in the taste. Very deceiving as this is a pretty heady brew and quaffing this one too quickly with an empty stomach will almost certainly have its effects.

Very Belgian in both taste and smell. It has many elements of a solid belgian blonde but it's stronger, rounder and creamier. Top notch!

Paddez, Feb 11, 2005
Photo of SaunaKing
4.05/5  rDev -6.3%

cloudy yellow ale with a little yeast floating around. Thin white head, no lacing. Sweet aroma with a balanced taste of sweet malt and a little tartness in the finish. The aroma is faint and the taste is similar - not overpowering but a very nice ale, the unibroue's are really impressing me.

SaunaKing, Feb 06, 2005
Photo of Southernbrew
4.28/5  rDev -0.9%

Pours a lovely golden orange, large bubbly head.

Aroma is faintly sweet with some candied sugar and wafts of citric fruit, possibly tangerines.

Medium-full bodied with rich carbonation. Nice and creamy feel to it. Rich sweetness combines with a light orange fruitiness and a light yeast flavor. Some spiciness and faint alcohol flavor lead into a dry finish. A pleasant blend of sweets, fruit and fruitiness remain in the aftertaste.

A fine Belgian Strong pale, a pleasure to drink.

Southernbrew, Jan 28, 2005
Photo of foXXtail
4.78/5  rDev +10.6%

La Fin Du Monde translates as “The End of the World” and if you ad “till” on the front, that is exactly how long I would drink this beer if I could.

I’ve come to expect… No… demand high quality (and high alcohol) beers from Unibroue, but somehow I am still surprised by the amount my mouth waters when I simply think about this beer. Did I mention I like it a lot? Good.

The beer sings of its thickness on the way out of the bottle, pouring out almost like coffee creamer. The shade is quite an attractive antique gold, and the beer quickly develops a very generous frothy head. The head reduces almost as quickly as it formed, but a small amount is maintained due to the rapidly rising bubbles. The smell is staggering – an estery banana / vanilla nose that sends my tastebuds to watering. A fruity-hoppiness is also present as well as some lemony citrus. The smell of alcohol is also heavy, no doubt due to the hefty ABV.

The beer’s taste is somehow even better than its nose. A lemon tang brings up the front, smoothly blending into a sweet vanilla, banana and clove middle with a touch of nutmeg. The beer finishes up with a lingering hop taste, balancing the sweet start nicely. The mouthfeel is absolutely superb. Bright and effervescent and surprisingly creamy it slides down the throat like a velvet glove. You’ll have to excuse me for waxing poetic, but I feel that cheesiness can give way to accurate description in this case.

I cannot say enough good things about this beer. If not for the high ABV, I could drink this all night.

foXXtail, Jan 27, 2005
Photo of skybluewater
4.33/5  rDev +0.2%

Pours a murky gold color. Smells of yeast and citrus. Taste is very nice, with the alcohol well hidden. Citrus flavors emerge, as well as some spices (clove?). There's a touch of lemon, but softer, like a meringue. The mouthfeel seems a little syrupy, but not at all bad.

This is a darn good beer. While I would normally drink something maltier and darker on such a bitterly cold night, the higher ABV (while not noticible) of this one warmed me up fine. A very tasty brew indeed, one that I wil definitely be having again.

skybluewater, Jan 18, 2005
Photo of PossumJenkins
4.35/5  rDev +0.7%

"I can't believe it's not Belgian"... that was my first thought upon tasting this gem from Quebec for the first time. Wow, what a beer. Beautiful pouring brew, with rich golden translucent color and massive, thick, Duvel-style head. Smell also first-rate: various spices and fruits accompany a malty base. Taste is just about perfect. I don't feel that I've tried enough beers yet to be able to give one a 5, but this is the closest I've come. Lots of banana flavor - almost sweet, but not sickly sweet...I don't generally care much for sweet beer, but this one just works somehow. Very rich, creamy mouthfeel. Overall, an absolutely outstanding beer. Compared to a couple of the "real" Belgians I have tried, I would rank it slightly higher than La Chouffe and slightly below Duvel.

PossumJenkins, Jan 18, 2005
Photo of beerfox
4.93/5  rDev +14.1%

This beautiful belgian pours hazy yellow, like a misty sunrise at the beach. The head is rocky and thick, dissipating to a thin layer with belgian swirls. Lacing is impressive.

The aroma is clean and floral, spiced with cloves and a fruity bouquet, with hoppy character. I love this style of beer.

Accents of clove, banana and apricot, with a clean and crisp hoppiness, abound. The malts are well-balanced with the hop bitterness. This beer could make me lose my way back to reality. This is exceptional brew! Warms as it flows down the throat, leaving a glow from the combination of hops and alcohol.

I could drink this for eternity! Truly a beer worth seeking out!

beerfox, Jan 11, 2005
La Fin Du Monde from Unibroue
96 out of 100 based on 8,164 ratings.