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La Fin Du Monde - Unibroue

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

8,719 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 8,719
Reviews: 2,759
rAvg: 4.32
pDev: 11.81%
Wants: 385
Gots: 1,135 | 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 brdc
4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful, cloudy golden beer with a foamy white head.
Smells of apricots, malts, bread and perhaps oranges.
Medium to full bodied, and a pronounced taste of malts, oranges, warming alcohol with a cleansing but still mild hoppiness at the end.
Dangerously easy to drink, another great Unibroue offering, but Don de Dieu is a little better, on my opinion.

Photo of BlindPig
4.15/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- A little bit cloudy golden body. Has a off white head on top.
S- Nice spices in it with yeast following behind. A medium amount of malt makes it way through with a helping of dry hops to help balance it out.
T- The taste starts to follow the aroma. Spices followed by a yeast. Light fruits can also be found in this along with a calm warming from the alcohol. There is a medium bitterness left in the aftertaste along with the left over fruits.
M- Medium body and medium carbonation. Has champagne like bubbles mixed with this flavor.
D- Very drinkable with a great complexion to it. The combination of the carbonation and the flavors just make this beer pop.

Photo of Jwaks
3.68/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is one brew I've had a few times before with mixed experiences and results, this time, it is up for review.

I carefully poured this brew into a short tulip glass as suggested on the label. Results were stellar, revealing an appealing, nearly translucent pale-straw yellow brew with a strong, long-lasting pure white head measuring roughly three fingers. A storm of course bubbles race up to replenish the long lasting thick, rich foam. Little if any lacing is retained as the head recedes.This beer reminds me of Duvel and Val-Dieu triple. This is a very stunning, impressive and traditional look for a belgian style strong pale ale.

The tight bouquet boasts inviting aromas of spicy cinnamon, lemons, citrus peel, sweet and yeasty bread with a touch of pale malts and piney hops.

Sharp, spicy cinnamon, spiced bread, pale malts and a touch of honey hit that palate on the attack, evolving into a somewhat depressing and hallow midpalate featuring a bit of lemon zest. These sublime flavors curtail toward the finish revealing a load of spicy, warming alcohol, bitter yeast and lingering sour lemon. Balance is modest with the spicey and sour notes prevailing, lowering this brew's taste score; the citrus hops and pale malts must make a bigger impact on the flavor.

Viscosity and carbonation are quite noteworthy, this beer is a bit thick for a strong pale ale, but it is one to savor.

Cheers!

Photo of BeerBelcher
4.05/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

This is the best Belgian-style beer I've ever had that isn't from Belgium. I've had a number of the Unibroue beers, and I believe this is the best beer they brew. It is a light and effervescent tripel that pairs equally well with pizza or a more elegant meal.

It pours a straw-color with excellent tightly packed head (think Duvel). The beer is hazy, and smells lightly yeasty, like you would expect a tripel to smell.

Taste is also of yeastiness, although the flavor is not tremendously complicated like other tripels I've had. There is not a lot of spiciness. However, the taste is simple, pleasant, and the mouthfeel is very evervescent and refreshing. I really like this beer!

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

Pours yellow orange with a white head that is effervescent and not extraordinarily long lasting. No lace, in fact Duvel is much prettier.

Spicy clove, coriander and pepper aromas on top of some subtle sweet malt notes and noble hops.

Refreshingly tart, spicy and strong. The alcohol is there, so is a bit of farm funkiness, alot of spiciness and a pleasant hop bitterness all supported by a solid malt backbone.

Light to medium bodied, and very refreshing and drinkable, but also warming. Works on s cold winter night or a hot summer morning. In a word, awesome.

Photo of WetCoaster
4.45/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

*Caged and corked 750ml

I've had this beer literally dozens of times, one of my all-time faves -- cannot BELIEVE I've never reviewed it.

Apearance: Slightly chalky, cloudy pale straw gold, with a huge puffy, pure white head. Retention is fair for the style, good overall.

Smell: Unreal; again, one of my all-timers. Cannon blast of sweet citrus, sugar cookie, yeast, allspice and clove. Strong, smooth and just so damn nice. LOVE it.

Taste: Very much like the scent. Base of sweet cake batter with pineapple, orange, lemon, white pepper, clove, allspice and everything nice. Very well blended and rich, but perhaps just a wee bit too sweet.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and a bit syrupy, but terrific carbonation level keeps it from being heavy -- nicely done.

Drinkability: Probably among the top five BSPAs made and so cheap it's just silly. Just an all-around treat, nothing to complain about and much to love. Can't recommend it highly enough.

Photo of SaucyA
4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I liked this beer quite a bit. It poured a hazy golden/straw color, left little lacing, but offered a fantastic head that kept well throughout my entire experience. Only around the last sip did it seem to fade.

It smells a LOT like a witbier, with citrus coming through strongly, as well as lots of yeast... alcohol bites your nose a bit, but it's generally a sweet, wonderful smell.

It tastes much more complex than it smells. Lots of bready, citrus goodness. Alcohol comes thru a bit in the finish, especially the more it warms. Not bad, but definitely makes its presence on some sips.

Feels wonderful going down.. medium body and heavy carbonation... pours a great head, like most Unibroue's. The only thing stopping me from pounding them back is the high abv.

Not my favorite from Unibroue, but not a bad beer by any means!

Photo of TheSarge
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

For me, La Fin Du Monde is a treat to have. It gives off aromas consisting of orange rinds and freshly baked doughy breads. The brew produces a pure white frothy head that lasts quite a while. The body is quite cloudy due to the yeasts left behind. Every time I take a sip, it feels like I’m biting into candied orange slices, with a moderate ginger spice. This feels a bit chewy at first, but seems to melt in my mouth. This is a greatly refreshing brew. Even with the moderate alcohol content, this could easily be enjoyable on a warm summer evening.

Photo of Caesar1pup
4.22/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

What can one say that has not already been said? One word, bien! But, if I must expound then I shall.

This offering is sent directly to us from the great country of Quebec. One has to wonder, “will it’s pale orange appearance and citrusy aroma leave me disappointed or will it deliver on all that has been promised?” Oh oui! Kudos on a beer well built. I do enjoy Maudite more but who’s to complain?

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

Pours a transparent light gold out of a 12oz'er into a small wine glass.

Head to head against La Chouffe, considerably less carbonation and little head retention with only a rim of lace left after some sips. Smells like a delicious Belgian-style Witbier. Mouthfeel is a little thicker than La Chouffe. Taste is better to me as well.

App. 4, Smell - 4.5, Mouthfeel - 4, Taste - 3.5 - Drinkability - 4

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

Ah, what a beer. Lovely white foam slowly makes it way down the glass, inviting you to drink the brew. At first it smelled and tasted more like a triple, the flowery aromas almost startling. But as this beer settlled in the glass, I could smell more the of malt, kind of a crystalized sweetness. I just loved this beer. It was complex and simple- it found the right balance. As it warmed slightly it became even richer, as most beers of this quality will do. An incredibly smooth beer for such high alcohol content. The heavy yeast the intially hit me also subsided, leaving this a wonderfully inviting ale.

Photo of umustdrink
4.03/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Huge fluffy head. Hazy opaque orange color. Good lacing. Very attractive in my Duvel tulip.

S - Very sweet banana wheat smell. Also very noticeable alcohol.

T - Sweet bananas upfront, aftertaste is very spicy with noticeable alcohol.

M - Fairly dry but smooths out as it warms.

D - A very tasty beer. I will have this one again.

Photo of Georgiabeer
4.15/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very hazy golden with a beautiful creamy pure white head. The head retains well and the lacing is decent, but a little spotty. Smell isn't bad, there just isn't much of one. Faint hints of clove and other yeasty esters,and not too much more. The taste is better, and rather subtle. The alcohol is well camoflauged and there are nice yeast notes of clove, bubblegum, and spice. The finish is long and creamy. Nice mouthfeel, but perhaps could use a little more bite. Quite drinkable- maybe too much so.

Photo of alexskovan
3.85/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured cloudy yellow-orange with a huge off-white head that stuck around. Yeasty, estery Belgian aroma, subtle with a multitude of notes, banana and honey among them. Taste was a little sweet for my own liking, but probably not a flaw, and it was nicely balanced with a sour middle bite, and a dry finish. Another complex, challenging brew from the folks at Unibroue.

Photo of budgood1
4.45/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

pours out of the 750 ml bottle a hazy lemon yellow sun colour. a thin carbonation induced head appears and dies down to a thin lace. fruity esters in the nose....banana, clove, etc. dominate the aroma. oh so nice peppery and malt notes dominate the flavour profile. i love the fruity, spicy and yeasty nuances, just a damn tasty belgian strong pale ale. lemon pepper seems to dominate and i love it. i like the fact that the carbonation doesn't overpower the senses in a champagne sort of way, while the actual beer can speak for itself. that might be the difference between the belgian (duvel) and the north american (la fin du monde) interpretations of the style. regardless...i love the body of this beer and think the mouthfeel might be perfect for this style, even though i haven't much experience in said style. drinkability is great...i'd love an endless supply no matter what the season. especially in summer.

Photo of mhaugan
4.05/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured with a big head and great lacing.

Smell was fruity with a hint of alcohol. Taste was fresh and clear with alcohol finish. A great example of the Belgian style. The alcohol keeps it from being a real session beer for me, but for a great taste it is a good one.

Photo of brushpig
4.75/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had a bottle at the Fireside lounge in Chicago, sreved in a tulip glass.

Has a Pale/Orange appearance, with a nice foamy bubbling, and a good head retention.

The aroma is packed with spices,pepper,citrus and flowers.

The flavor is extremely tasty and smooth with spices and citrus. You can taste the alcohol, but it is not overwhelming at all. At 9% that is hard to do. It is well balenced and delicious.

A must try, if there is anyone out there left who hasn't already had one or twelve.

Photo of RJLarse
4.47/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I picked up a bomber of La Fin Du Monde for New Years Eve/afternoon. Sealed with cork, and secured with a wire cage. I poured this beer in to a tulip.

Pours an orange/gold color and is cloudy. A billowy white head forms and is very resilient.

The smell is strong and sweet. There are floral and fruity aromas.

The taste is very sweet and fruity. It tastes like soft fruits, melons, kiwi and pears.

Mouthfeel is zesty and effervescent. The beer is well carbonated. There is a warm feeling after the swallow.

This is an outstanding example of the style, and a very tasty brew. The ABV is probably a little high to be sessionable, but having a couple of these is very enjoyable.

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

Poured out of a 12 oz bottle at Bistro Sofia in Greensboro, NC. Hazy yellow color with a billowing, frothy white head that lasted a long time, leaving plenty of nice lacing.

Smell was of malty fruitiness and alcohol. Taste was ripe fleshy fruit -- apricots, mangoes, pears, peaches, with some spiciness almost like a licorice or a clove, followed by alcohol warming. Crisp, refreshing mouthfeel. Wonderfully refreshing -- the high alcohol content really sneaks up on you.

A really good Belgian style pale ale and another winner from a great brewery.

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

Extremely easy to drink considering that it is 9% abv.
A: Poured a cloudy yellow into an oversized wine glass. Half the glass was filled with a nice white head. Reminded me of champagne.
S: To me it smells pretty similar to a hefeweizen.
T: Again kind of like a hefeweizen. Banana, clove, citrus, very little hoppiness.
M: Smooth. High level of carbonation tingles the inside of your mouth.
D: You have to be careful with this one, because even though it has a high alcohol percentage, it is very easy to drink.

Photo of bucko
4.05/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

"The end of the world" pours a hazy pale straw/golden color with a huge off-white head that recedes to about 1/4" and doesn't disappear. The aroma seems to be that of apricot, cider, pepper/spice and yeast funk among other things. The flavor comes on with an estery, fruity malt presence. Pepper and clove follow along with a bit of heat from the alcohol. Very complex. Mouthfeel is smooth with lots of carbonation. Despite the alcohol content, this beer is very drinkable.

Photo of britzdog
3.53/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

i tried this beer not knowing what to expect as i was not familiar with this company. the 1st bottle was opened and the smell was enticing my 1st thought was this is going to be good. and i was right. tasted good in my mouth and went down nice and smooth . i am looking forward to sampling more from this brewer

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

I tried this from the bottle at our company Christmas party (I was in charge of the beer so it worked out nicely). I loved popping the cork and bumping a ceiling tile out of place when it jetted up from the bottle! Poured into the glass and got about 3/4 of an inch head. It looked like a nice wheat beer with bright straw yellow color. I got a hint of verbena in the nose. The flavor seemed to be a cross between a light sour belgian and a hefeweizen with lemon. Pretty darn refreshing for a relatively serious beer. Definitely would have it again and again.

Photo of Weizenmensch
4.55/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

355mL to Orval chalice. Looks good - sticky, good head retention and lacing, gentle carbonation-not excessive, burnt orange/apricot colour. Fine bubbles when held up to light, sediment not visible though none left in the bottle after pouring.

Tried to warm it up a little, it's still a little bit too cold but it's fairly warm at home on Christmas Day, so this is quite refreshing. Aromas are not too obvious, however - hints of candied sugar, rich malt and maybe stone fruit are evident. Nothing bad at all but would be able to tell more if it were warmer (but I couldn't wait).

Taste is rich and satisfying, and yet still refreshing and quaffable. Most of all, it belies its 9% abv. The more I taste and think about it, the more I uncover - it's been a while since I've had a beer of this depth. Some Tripel-like flavours - candied sugar, malt, and tripel-like hop bitterness; yet this ale manages a quaffability of beers half its strength, without compromising on flavour. Also, a date-like effect I can't quite describe on the back of the tongue and the palate.

Mouthfeel is smooth and undistracting. Drinkability is excellent - a lingering, inexplicable sourness in the mouth might make your mouth feel a bit gross after a few of these. If only I were lucky enough to have more than one.

Overall, better than I expected, and if I had something to celebrate, like a visit to Quebec, I'd drink this all night, finances permitting. It's rare enough to even find it in Australia - if any distributors are reading this, please send more to Canberra - last time I've seen it was around 2000. Great beer.

Photo of isaac
4.15/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. to snifter.

A - Dark, cloudy, golden body, 2-fingered, off-white head. Sinks to nothingness (perhaps because the bottle foamed over).

S - Sour yeast funkiness and bready malts.

T - Notes of Banana, pear, and bread.

M - Sticky, thick, but mildly chalky.

D - OK, but tasted with Russian River's Damnation, which was by far the better.

NOTE: The bottle was highly carbonated and the beer foamed up and out. This happened with all 4 beers in the pack and I did not shake it at all. This could have been an error from the store, or a defective bunch, but it was not a great way to begin this beer.

La Fin Du Monde from Unibroue
96 out of 100 based on 8,719 ratings.