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La Fin Du Monde - Unibroue

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

8,371 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 8,371
Reviews: 2,739
rAvg: 4.32
pDev: 11.81%
Wants: 363
Gots: 983 | 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 BEERchitect
3.95/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

La Fin Du Monde is a solid Tripel with a sweeter, wheaty demeanor and weizen-like yeastiness.

Murky golden in color, the beer carries a froathy rocky white head at first, but struggles for retention as it reduces to hardly a trace only a few moments in.

Wheaty and spicy, the aromas display the appricot, pear, and nearly banana and clove character that rivals hefeweizens.

Flavors follow suit with a sweeter candied fruit taste of ripe, or over ripe, appricots, bananas, and pear. Spicy with alcohol, white pepper, corriander, and a dash of orange peel. Light notes of coconut or vanilla seems to richen the flavor and detract from the zesty taste of classic Belgian tripels. Lacking any meaningful hop character further exacerbates the sweet and fatter mid palate. Pleasant earthy notes rise as the beer warms, giving a honey-like taste in finish.

Heightened sweetness and body makes the beer less digestable and drinkable than it should be. Sweetness and malt textures linger in the finish and never allows for the snappy dry finish that tripels deserve. Alcohols warm the mouth and accent the peppery character of yeast and help with balance late.

Though this is a nice tripel ale, I don't give it the praise that others share. It doesn't have the malty-dry, cracker-like character and well attenuated sweetness of Chimay Cinq Cents (white label), nor with it's floral, spicy, earthy hop presence. This beer just tastes muted, sweet, and over fruity in comparison.

BEERchitect, Jun 18, 2005
Photo of neonbrown82
4.38/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to fellow BA Chatter for this brew, acquired in my first trade attempt. This is a very solid brew. A belgian beer from canuck land, eh? Tastes better than any other American attempt at belgians to me, and I've had my fair share.

Pours to a cloudy golden tripel color with a massive fluffy head. The lacing is quite burly and leaves strata of different thicknesses along the back edge of the glass. The little bubbles couldn't possibly be more uniformly perfect.

The smell reminds me of a Chimay Cinq Cents, or something similar. Very sweet and malty with some spicy, yeasty clove notes to it. Good, but quite standard for a belgian style ale.

The taste is quite exceptional, though. I would go so far as to guess that it has a lot to do with water quality. There is no metallic taste to the foam, which is actually almost more tasty than the beer itself. There is an ever so slight banana ester to the taste, along with a bit of clove. The mouthfeel is very smooth, not too dry, and not too alcoholic for such a high ABV brew. Very creamy and highly drinkable for such a heavy beer. Highly recommended.

neonbrown82, Jun 18, 2005
Photo of KoG
4.3/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Marked best before 5/20/07, cellared by me almost a year.

Hazy yellow with a short lived head and really no lacing at all. Huh?

Smell is spicy with some phenol alcohol and a slight apple rind fruityness. Light and fulfilling.

Taste is spicy alcohol with some apple and citrus. Reminiscient of Duvel with a lot more alcohol presence. Detracts from the mouthfeel a bit due to the burn.

Very drinkable, although I have no idea why I didn't get a nice frothy head. Alcohol will get even more dominate when it warms.

KoG, Jun 17, 2005
Photo of JackStraw22
4.78/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Cloudy, pale golden body. Huge mound of white head and tons of bubbles feeding the head. A little bit of lacing to boot.

Smell: Huge earthy spices in the aroma with a faint sweetness in the backround. A little bit grassy with corriander and orange.

Taste/mouthfeel: Tastes just like it smells, yeasty and herbal. Really wonderful flavors here. Orange and spicy hops, just wonderful. Great mouthfeel too. A lot of Belgian pale ales seem too dry too me. This one is perfect. A little dry, yes, but doesn't leave you feeling thirsty.

JackStraw22, Jun 17, 2005
Photo of IceAce
4.78/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 750 ml bottle with a cork labeled 4-5 and a 2004 cage and a 'Best Before' date of 10-19-07 on the back label.

Body is a murky yellow with a golden core. Two full fingers of dense stark-white foam are supported by a seemingly neverending supply of CO² streamers coming from nucleation points along the bottom of the glass.

The nose is pure Belgian Tripel with sweet barnyard dominance alongside a citrus-like sweetness.

There are barely enough o's in smoooth to describe entry. Midtaste is well supported by the ample carbonation before giving way to a yeastiness which one would normally associate with Royalty. Deep malty goodness begins to rise toward the rear of the palate while the well hidden ABV begins to send a glow throughout.

The finish begins with additional tasty yeast and another exhibit of the velvety mouthfeel while the fade leads one to a wonderful dryness which begs of another sip.

Superb!

IceAce, Jun 13, 2005
Photo of scooter231
4.35/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is my first beer review here, so please treat me gently.
This is one of my favorite beers I've come across so far in my young beer studying life. The appearance is a cloudy golden color, with a lot of frothy white head when you first pour that soon disappears to a mere coating on top.

It smells almost cidery, definitely bubbly, lots of fruityness. Tastes better than it smells- sweet, but dry. The alcohol content doesn't overwhelm the flavors at all. Kind of champagne-esque, and definitely tasty.

Great mouthfeel, sticks around for a bit after you swallow, but no bad aftertaste or anything of that ilk. I could, and have, drank more than one of these at a time on occasion. You know it has more alcohol than your average beer, but it's sneakily hidden. A lovely beer on the whole- definitely worth checking out, as are most Unibroue beers.

scooter231, Jun 11, 2005
Photo of BamaScholar
4.88/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

no cataclysm when I opened the brown bottle, but beer poured a straw / topaz yellow and is very aromatic...to me it is like combining a sparkly white wine like a riesling or pinot gris and giving it the citrus tones of witbier or even your basic blue moon.

the taste is very nice...you expect over the top strength but really any initial hoppiness is mellowed out with a nice, pepper spice and wild fruit.

mouthfeel remains light and the carbonation and cling are doing well here at the bottom of the glass.

superb. absolute nectar.

BamaScholar, Jun 11, 2005
Photo of Gavage
4.7/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I drink this brew all the time and never got around to reviewing it. Pours a slightly cloudy yellowish-orange color with a thick frothy 2 inch head. The aroma contains tones of yeast, citrus, floral hops, and spice. The flavor components make up a perfect combination for the tastebuds - orange, lemon zest, yeast, coriander, and vanilla, balanced with perfect levels of malt, a nice complimenting bitterness, and mild alcohol.

Mouthfeel is very crisp on the tongue. Medium bodied beer. The finish is dry and the flavor components ride the tongue long after swallowing. It is extremely drinkable and one of my favorite brews.

Gavage, Jun 09, 2005
Photo of custardcb
4.7/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Like many others it was the artwork on Unibroue that first attracted me to them. I thought to myself if it looks this good it must taste at least half-way decent. I was more then surprised by the contents of the bottle.

The hazy straw color with frothy head that slowly disperses is quiet nice. The aroma is soothing and full of complex notes that sometimes remind me of lemon, yeast, and other highly aromatic herbs that lean towards the floral end. It is most deffinately an ale that lingers in your mouth while it dances about your palate with is spiciness. A true treasure in a bottle.

custardcb, Jun 09, 2005
Photo of HappyHourHero
4.72/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Aroma reminds me of a witbier; strong zesty lemon, some fresh floral notes, and possibly some coriander. Big, foamy, pale cream colored head leaves strings of lace as it pops its way to a dense foamy coating. Mildly sweet with a bit of orangey coriander up front. It's citrusy throughout and only slightly bitter towards the end. There's a yeasty vanilla flavor that fades in as the beer warms, and some other spices I can't point my finger on. Body is moderately light and the mouthfeel is soft and smooth. Imperial Trappist Witbier? Who cares what it is, it's frickin great!

HappyHourHero, Jun 02, 2005
Photo of BeerFink
4.3/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Decanted into a tulip, this ale appears cloudy and orange-straw colored. Sticky white head sits atop. Yeasty bready aromas come to the fore, followed slight fruit and some spices. Lots of malt is apparent in the flavor, but the otherwise big mouthfeel is sharpened by crisp carbonation. Biscuity and bready, the large malt bill leads you into spicy hops with herbal notes. Finish is a little acidic and dry, but you are left with creamy malts and bananas lingering about your mouth. As far as I know, Unibroue can do no wrong. Cheers to the boys up north!

BeerFink, Jun 01, 2005
Photo of bnuttz
4.6/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle. Pours a cloudy light peachish yellow color. Nicely fizzy head that allows the beautiful aroma of this beer to escape. Smells of yeasties, bananas, cloves, basically like a belgian hefeweizen. Flavors on this one are spicey and phenolic. Once again, like a belgian hefeweizen, but not like a witbier. A very nice belgian pale ale, one of my favorites. Holy balls is this drinkable. What does 9% abv mean again? Yeah, just awesome.

bnuttz, May 26, 2005
Photo of paterlodie
4.45/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Cheers on Canada! Woww what a beer! Great and everlasting head that gets bigger bubbels but was there the whole time I had this wonderfull orange/golden brew in my glas. Nose is very fruity: hops, yeastfruit an probably litle koreander are present, munich and other malts as well as is yeastspice and alcohol. Taste is great also being strong but easy drinkable cause of perfect balance of taste. Malty, fresh, alcoholic, spicy( pepper) and good fitting bitterness make this into a great brew. Good carbonisation makes mouthfeel also perfect. Drinkability is great but maybe too easy for a brew of this strength.

paterlodie, May 23, 2005
Photo of flaminghomer
4.47/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

smell on this is very fruity, i picked up lots of citrus that smells of oranges mostly. i think that it also smells a little like apples. tastes is very smooth and mildly fruity. a nice cool crisp feel on the tongue. very well balanced. very drinkable. i will buy again. a very good choice to share with friends.

flaminghomer, May 19, 2005
Photo of RedLion
4.08/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Very good, Belgium style beer. Off white head with good lacing. Smell is clovey, and that same clove smell is found in the glass along with an orangey taste. Color reminds me of a light orange. Mouthfeel if spicy and effervescent. I'd drink this occasionally, but I don't think I'd could have more than one a month. Too many other beers out there.

RedLion, May 19, 2005
Photo of sinistermadman
4.38/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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.

sinistermadman, May 14, 2005
Photo of Litterbean
4.4/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Litterbean, May 11, 2005
Photo of baiser
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

baiser, May 10, 2005
Photo of santoslhalper
3.93/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

santoslhalper, May 06, 2005
Photo of ncbrewerbun
4.8/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

ncbrewerbun, May 04, 2005
Photo of Shultzerdugen
4.43/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Shultzerdugen, May 01, 2005
Photo of lackenhauser
4.47/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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?

lackenhauser, Apr 30, 2005
Photo of Hunter
3.75/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

Hunter, Apr 24, 2005
Photo of AlexJ
4.53/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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!

AlexJ, Apr 24, 2005
Photo of BobLuvBeer
3.85/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

BobLuvBeer, Apr 23, 2005
La Fin Du Monde from Unibroue
96 out of 100 based on 8,371 ratings.