La Fin Du Monde - Unibroue

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Ratings: 8,746
Reviews: 2,761
rAvg: 4.32
pDev: 11.81%
Wants: 388
Gots: 1,159 | FT: 17
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Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
Tripel |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-23-1998)
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Photo of bjoyce12
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Delightful. Unibroue is one of, if not the premium brewery in North America, IMHO, and La Fin is their premiere brew. Pours a cloudy golden, good lasting foam. Aroma contains tinges of apple, citrus, some lemon. Taste is crisp, clean, excellent fruitiness without cloying sweetness, light. Tasty and drinkable. Excellent paired with a meal of fish or chicken. The best feature of this ale is the way it covers a complete taste spectrum without heaviness or leaden weightiness. Unibroue's Maudite and Trois Pistoles are both close seconds.

Photo of StargherKing
4.08/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is certainly an interesting beer. Right off the bat, it pours out of the bottle like champagne in a movie-scene. Once poured, it's a gorgeous golden color, with a fluffy white head. Smell is sweet, hints of caramel, a bit of floral hops, and a rather strong scent of spice. Taste is very much the same, with the caramel coming out a bit more, the spice holding it's own, and the hops taking a definite backseat to the sweet fruity flavor (apple/banana? this one's hard to pin down). Mouthfeel is crisp and refreshing, and it goes down smooth. Drinkability is a bit TOO good for such a high ABV, this one is very easy to overdrink with. Despite that, it's still a great beer, and I look forward to having it quite a bit more in the future.

Photo of lonestar4lunch
4.1/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"The end of the World".. Nice. This is a beer I could drink all night. The 9% hides from you until the end. Crisp bite at the end is wonderful. It literary bellowed out of the bottle. Nice, thick head that left soap like stains on the glass. Smells of yeast and fruit. I had this beer about 5 years ago and forgot how good it really is. My favorite so far from Unibroue. More to come!! 750ml

Photo of Homer27
3.58/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Nice long lasting head. Good lacing
S - Like smelling a boquet of flowers. This is like nothing I've tried before.
T - Initially very strong taste of caramel and then almost something like rosehips whacking you in the face. More floral than any beer I've tried and almost overpowering. I found myself thinking...did they pour perfume in this? I couldn't get past this. However, for 9% ABV, this was very clean.
M - Moderately creamy, quite carbonated.
D - Not bad but the overpowering rose flavor may tire.

Photo of Monkeyknife
4.35/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle a beautiful, hazy medium yellow with a long-lasting creamy head. Lacing was heavy.

Aroma was floral, spicy, and citrus all together.

Some spice and sweetness almost like a banana candy. Finishes with a bit of maltiness.

Smooth and creamy with some warmth from the alcohol.

They've done this style well. It reminds me of Chimay and Duvel. Enjoy.

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

Beer poured from the bottle a rich, hazy golden color. Gave off a very thick nice head, with great retention and lacing. Smell was very lively, some great fruit smells, citrus and something heavier, fig or raisins, and a nice spicy scent as well. Taste is pretty much as good as it gets, same type of stuff as the scent, only more pronounced on the palate than in the nose. Mouthfeel is fairly creamy, goes down smooth, excellent beer.

Photo of khiasmus
4.1/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a light gold with three fingers of tight, pure white head. Leaves a decent lace on the glass.

S- Citrus, malt, golden raisins, yeast, and white bread. A light, sweet, enjoyable nose.

T- Not as good as the nose, but still quite enjoyable. Malty sweet up front, quickly followed by citrus, a tinge of sour, some light balancing piney hops. Sweet but refreshing.

M- Crisp, clean, light, smooth, and refreshing.

D- Quite good, especially because of the light body and thoroughly refreshing nature.

Photo of neenerzig
4.38/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I wanted to review this again because it was one of the first beers I ever reviewed for this site. My attention to detail in beers has certainly grown immensely since I first reviewed this beer in early May of 2006. Also, it was exactly 6 years ago this day, Friday June 1st 2001 that I graduated high school, so I thought drinking this fantastic beer would be a good way to help remember that great occasion. I hope all my former classmates are doing very well. I am still good friends with a few of them today and a few of them also have a fine appreciation for great beers! Anyways, a 12 oz bottle poured into an oversized wine glass. This beer pours a cloudy, hazy medium golden color with an orange hue. The head was about 1/3 inch thick when poured. It quickly settled to a good surface cover film layer with a nice white ring lining the inside of the glass. Pretty good lacing here. Aromas of malt, citrus and sweet spice fill the nostrils upon taking a whiff. Sweet, spice, and citrus flavors are all present. Very good indeed! This beer has a very crisp and smooth mouthfeel. A full body with pretty heavy carbonation. As I said the first time I reviewed this, do not drink too fast or much burping will surely ensue! This beer is the first offering is I ever reviewed from Unibroue and may also be the beer I ever tried from them. It was either this or Trois Pistole or Don De Dieu in January of 2006, a few weeks before I became a member of this wonderful website. Regardless, this beer is one of the best Belgian style ales I have ever drank. It is very drinkable. You don't even know the 9% ABV is there until you start to feel it after a few sips. I will drink this beer again and again!

Eric

Photo of mobius024
4.38/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I agree with a previous poster that Unibroue needs some help with their packaging. I've seen these bottles on the rack in Wegman's for a while, but there just wasn't a vibe to pull me in. Then they went on sale. Holy Moly!

First off, the cork blows out of these babes like they were champagne. The pour is exceptional, beautiful foggy gold with a serious, off-white, cratered head (from those big, healthy bubbles) that hangs around quite a while. Thick lacing. As I have noted, childhood allergies completely screwed my sense of smell, but the fruitiness couldn't be missed. Maybe raspberries. I can't really say, but if I can smell it, it's there. The mouth feel is full, plenty of carbonation, though it sure doesn't get in the way. It seems like every taste bud is located and activated, lingering and lingering, kicking up the initial rush. Yeasty, but not in your face; some sweetness, but not at all cloying. It's a little peppery on the tongue, and closes with a nice warmth; pleasant, rather calm for a 9% ABV. Everything fits so nicely in this beer. If it were female, it would be powerful, sultry, and smooth. At the top of the pale ale pile. I'll be drinking this a bunch ...

Photo of HugoGrim
4.75/5  rDev +10%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is simply a beautiful looking beer. Great foamy head which remains for the long haul. Lots of visible carbonation.

Full aroma of Belgian spices, with only the slightest hints of alcohol.

The flavor is excellently balanced. Heavily spiced, but not overly so. Thick malts lend some sweetness which pairs perfectly with the spices and the light bitterness of the hops. Ends with a bit of a dry finish.

Very, very smooth and surprisingly drinkable at 9%.

Until recently I had been a bit reluctant to try Unibroue's beers due to the majority of their labels looking like art from a cheesy death metal album, however the adage of not judging a book by it's cover has never been more true. There is no doubt I will be trying this beer again.

Photo of jwc215
4.72/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a Unibroue tulip glass:

Pours clouded golden with a large white head that soon fizzles away.

The smell is of orange peel, frangrant spices, floral, bready notes in the back. Alcohol adds a touch of pepper.

Incredibly delicious! Sweet malt mixes with perfumy spiciness - orange peel, clove...touch of peppery alcohol gives it a warming finish but is so well-balanced that it is not raw, harsh or interfering.

Smooth and creamy, the taste lingers after a long, dry finish.

Very drinkable despite the high abv. One of the world's great beers, IMO.

Photo of seanyfo
3.8/5  rDev -12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

33CL BOTTLE POURED INTO DUVEL GLASS.

a - hazy orange blonde glow, creamy thick 4 finger head sitting atop, brussels lace great.

S - cinnamon and spices really hit me here amongst a sublte alcohol kick, no real apparent hops or malt there, maybe a slight tart grapefruit?

T- reminescent of a high abv hefe weizen. Lots of banana and cloves, spices tingle the tongue again. A sweet alcohol kick as the aftertaste linger, very well balanced between flavours and alcohol

M- high carbonation, but very creamy

D- a fine brew but dare i say i prefer delirium tremens. This is just a touch too tart for my tongue compared to others. The beer looks great and i wouldnt knock it back, but i would take a tremens before it.

Photo of Contra
4.38/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

After being extremely impressed with Trois Pistoles, I had to try some other Unibroue beers. While I prefer Trois Pistoles, La Fin Du Monde is of the same high caliber.

La Fin Du Monde is a very cloudy beer, with a thin lacy head (once it settles). Definitely yeasty, sweet, but with a clove tinge. A luxuriously creamy thickness, which is just what you want for the style.

La Fin Du Monde screams Belgium, straight from the heart of... Canada? Well, with a name like La Fin Du Monde, made it screams "French-Canadian done in a Belgian style". But that doesn't sound quite as sexy. I don't care. It's excellent under any name.

Photo of jessecollins
4.68/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Excellent high ABV beer. Two of these will definitely start off your evening. Has some wonderful spices and a noticable citrus flavor.

A possible downside for some drinkers is that you can definitely taste alchohol and it is quite dry. Normally I can only handle a few of these before I move to something different for the evening.

I would highly recommend this beer and most other beers from Unibroue.

Photo of willjschmidt
4.1/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into my La Fin Du Monde glass.

A: The hue is that of a pale golden color. Each subsequent pour results in a cloudier appearance due to the yeast releasing from the bottom of the bottle. A huge off-white head forms on the beer and mushrooms up through the neck of the glass. The head takes quite a while to subside but when it does it leaves behind quite a bit of lacing.

S: Sweet ripe light fruits followed by quite a bit of alcohol aroma.

T: The initial taste is that of slightly sweet ripe fruits from the malts. There is also quite a bit of yeast in there as well. Also some complex flavors from some light spices and floral accents. This is all followed by a lot of warming alcohol.

M: Active carbonation along with a lightly syrupy body.

D: This is a rather drinkable brew but the alcohol gets you in the end. A very potent beer and a very good example of the Belgian strong pale ale.

Photo of BrewSomerville
3.7/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The aroma is very yeasty. It is spicy....cloves. It also has some orange peel-like aromas.

Looks ok. It's a hazy, light orange in colour. Two fingers of head. Poor head retention. Leaves a very small amount of lace.

Tastes spicy. Alcohol is definitely detected on the palate. Fruity, oranges. Some flavour of cloves.

Fairly gassy. A bit crisp & prickly on the tongue at first, but then it gets creamy & smooth. The alcohol gives it a warming feeling.

Overall, I like it very much. However, due to it's high ABV (9%) I would not suggest to drink too many of these in one sitting if you would like to keep your composure.

Photo of prototypic
3.88/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: It's a hazy straw color. Head is a foamy, thick one and a half fingers. Good retention and nice lacing.

Smell: It smells of herbal spices, grains, and fruits (lemon and banana). It also has a unique yeasty-biscuity aroma.

Taste: It's citrusy sweet. Mostly orange, banana, and lemon flavors. Definitely has a strong herbal spice kick. I can't place it exactly (perhaps clove?). There is a bit of maltiness present. Light hops are also noticeable. Last, but not least, it has a definite yeasty taste which leaves a biscuity aftertaste.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It's light bodied and perfect for a hot day. Pretty drinkable considering it's 9%. Certainly too strong to session, but I could drink two or three. Overall, very good beer. Recommended.

Photo of drinkininthewood
4.43/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Not the first time ive had this but its the first time reviewing it. The first time i had it was when my mother in law brought me back a whole slew of beers from Gaspe in Quebec.

Served from a 341ml brown bottle into a Maudite glass( i wish that i had the La Fin Du Monde glass )

A- pretty nice pour, nice foggy pale orange in color,nice head settles down after a minute and leaves nice lace and a little layer of foam on top.

S- lots of citrus, spicy hops, fruit aromas, a little yeast, hints of banana and peaches, a little clove maybe, wild spices.

T- a little tart, flavors of yeast, lots fruit - banana,oranges,peaches, lots and lots of flavors of wild spices, actually fairly sweet, theres something kindof "candy" like in this finish but i'm not quite sure what it is, some clove maybe? I found this to have alot of the same delicious flavor characteristics of a good Hefe weizen. Excellent.

M- smooth and creamy with a medium body and near perfect carbonation.

D- Outstanding considering the high alcohol, very tasty.

Overall im still in complete and utter amazement with Unibroue and their superior lineup of immaculate brews. A round of applause for the fine folks in Chambly Quebec.

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

La Fin Du Monde pours a golden orange color with a white head two fingers high. The head fades to a thin lace cap.

The aroma is has notes of citrus and alcohol, but its strongest characteristic is the aroma that all Unibroue beers possess, it must be their proprietary yeast.

Some orange, some banana, some alcohol, some carbonation are all found in the flavor. A subtle warming sensation from the alcohol too as the beer hits the stomach.

Mouthfeel has a bit of heft in the center of the tongue with some very distinct crispness around the edges of the mouth.

This is an extremely drinkable beer. Its 9.0% alcohol content by volume makes it one that you wouldn't want to drink all day, but this is a damn solid beer. Highly recommended.

Photo of Rudgers73
3.88/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beer #2 of my 11 aged Unibroue beers. This has been in my father's basement.

Age - 1.17 years

Pale, yellowish-orange color. Lots of darker sediment. Vigorous carbonation rising in specific vertical trails. Smaller head that settles to a light white covering. The aroma is very round and full. Vanilla, banana, mild yeast, and orange peel. The taste begins as a tart citrusy-hop bite followed by a crispy, spicy yeast flavor. The end has a slight alcohol zip, heightened by the fizzy carbonation. The full, malty background has degraded a bit which lets the complex cloves, citrus zest, and hops to take the front seat. The finish seems to be a bit drier as well. The mouthfeel is much lighter and less sticky than I've had before, increasing the drinkability, but reducing the mouthfeel. Overall, I'd say that this beer is in the infant stages of cellaring. The aroma is shifting, the mouthfeel has become more prickly, the beer is starting a noticeable change. It is taking on a very Champagne-ish characteristic.

Join me in about a year for bottle #3...
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Well, year 2 is here. This bottle is 2.07 years young.

Poured into a flute this beer is very clear now. Deep golden color with an inch head that settles quickly to a half. Very active carbonation maintains the head. The smell is dry, tart, and appley. That round and mellow yeast presence is very limited as the bottle has been sitting uninterrupted for a solid 7 months. I am amazed that there is not one bit of lees or sediment in my pour. Absolutely crystal clear. The taste is becoming more like a saison in that it is dry and peppery with a metallic tone. The rich citrus fruit aspect has gone mostly away and I am left with a sweet white-wine-ish and mild dry beer. I taste what might be very slight oxidation with a noticed bit of papery tone at the end. I will make a decision next year about the future of the rest of the case. If it starts to get cardboardy, I will have a party and get rid of it.

See you again in about a year for bottle #4.

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

12 oz bottle poured into a tulip glass.

The end of the world eh? This baby pours a cloudy straw yellow with a huge snow-white head. Takes a good while before it dies down to a good lacing with quite a bit of stickiness. Smell is definitely a fluffy yeast with bananas and a smokey scent as well. A tiny hint of alcohol seems to tingle the nose as well. Taste has nice balance between the clovey yeast and the mandarine hop flavoring. A bit of metallic tingles in the mouth as well. Alcohol flavor is present but not overpowering at all, finishes somewhat dry. Mouthfeel is creamy with high carbonation. They make this beer very drinkable for this style at 9%. This is my first beer from this brewery and I know it won't be my last.

Photo of Brad007
4.83/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a mild pale-ish color. I never realized it was a pale ale, let alone a strong pale ale and I have had it in the past. Strong aroma with hints of spice and apple along with malt and some hops. Taste is somewhat mild with a very raisin like consistency mixed in with alcohol. Again, very strong and interesting for a Belgian-style Pale Ale. At 9%, very drinkable and not quite for the faint of heart either. Complex, yet delicious. Definitely something different for a pale ale, let alone a strong pale ale.

Photo of smcreator
4.65/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours with a two finger, medium-large bubble head that quickly pops down to a thin layer of small bubbles. It is a deep cloudy yellow/orange color.

S: Wonderful smell. Since the head is full of popping larger bubbles it gives off a wonderful smell, especially at the beginning.

T: A wonderful taste reminiscent of an exceptional home brew (probably in part due to the yeast base refermentation. The beer is sweet with a citrus-like aftertaste. Tastes similar to the best hefeweizen you might have tried.

M: It is actually fun to drink. At each sip, the aforementioned bubbles 'explode' in your mouth releasing the full flavor in the mouth.

D: Due to a high ABV of 9% and the rich and brilliant flavors, this is a beer to enjoy while smoking a pipe, but not one to take to a college party.

Photo of bonbright7
4.38/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was tonight's great find at Whole Foods in Jericho, NY as I was thinking about a tripel. It poured with an extra foam that took a while to settle, so I just inhaled it in deep appreciation. The first taste was like the last, until I got to the extra yeast section. A plentiful array of sweet malts, the tangs of hops, and the slightly sour elements came together in a great tasting ale. It must be stellar on tap.

Photo of jtslay
4.95/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is a very special beer. I opened the bottle to the smell of New Belgium's Abbey (Double). The smell was clean and balanced. Nothing stuck out. The taste is very light on the tongue with a hint of ginger and sweet alcohol as pointed out before. What impressed me the most about this brew was its drinkability and mouthfeel. This feels like a slightly flat champagne and ends very crisp. This drinks like a normal beer but has twice the alcohol. Very nice. Will try to brew some of my own.

La Fin Du Monde from Unibroue
96 out of 100 based on 8,746 ratings.