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La Fin Du Monde - Unibroue

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

8,723 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 8,723
Reviews: 2,759
rAvg: 4.32
pDev: 11.81%
Wants: 385
Gots: 1,136 | 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 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.

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

750 ml corked and caged bottle.

Poured into New Belgium goblets, this is a nice looking beer. Very pale, pretty. Looks a lot like a Hefeweizen, with a slightly smaller head.

Smell is strong wheaten with some funky. Really good.

Tastes like a Hefeweizen in a barnyard. Crisp, citrus, spicey, even a hint of banana, but with a rich funky base. Nice and dry. Excellent.

Great rich mouthfeel.

Very easy to drink -- I NEVER would have thought this is anywhere near 9.0%!

What a great beer: like a Hefeweizen on steroids. I will have more of this! Thanks to my son for a nice early Christmas gift.

Photo of markaberrant
4.65/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle decanted into pitcher and served in unibroue tulip glass.

Pours a beautiful clear orange colour. Long lasting, pillowy soft white head that eventually recedes to 1/4". Amazing carbonation, a sight to behold in the glass. Not much for lacing.

Aroma is fruity. I'm relatively new to Belgians, but it smells exactly like my homemade Saison I brewed this summer. I don't detect any spice aroma, just fruit, but damn good fruit!

The first sip is an EXPLOSION! My brain can't process it all. Fruit and spice up front, soft and creamy in the middle, sweet like honey towards the finish. Then you swallow and a warm cozy alcohol feel slowly works it way up to the back of your throat. WOW!!!

Mouthfeel is incredible. Starts out with carbonated prickliness, then finishes almost sticky (which probably helps me think of honey in the flavour). The pallette does clear quickly (easy to digest as they say), which has you quickly reaching for another sip (unlike a heavy barleywine which lingers for some time).

Drinkability is outstanding, though it really should be drank with some restraint. I'm half way through my first glass, and I'm already feeling it. I WANT MORE!

This is only my second pale belgian strong (the other being Duvel, which I enjoyed), but this is first rate.

Photo of kkipple
4.33/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This cloudy toasted orange beer is crowned by a magnificent 2 inch head, made of huge, soapy looking bubbles. The head dies a graceful death, fading slowly in the glass and resisting attempts to blow it aside to get at the yummy beer underneath.

I put my nose to my goblet and I’m assaulted by yeasty esters! There’s a sharp fruitiness here; ripe apples and some clove and peppery spice make for a heady smell. Alcohol lurks in the background, begging you not to take this beer seriously. The smell is not terribly complex, but it sure is strong.

A long sip: My, what good taste those Canucks have! Another sip reveals a tart, yeasty, spicy beer that’s quite wet tasting and with a warming character that sneaks up on you. The tartness is clean and not lingering, which is a good thing. Carbonation level is perfect, fizzy without being abrasive. There’s a definite sweet malt presence here, but it only comes out after the tarty spice has danced on your tongue for a few seconds. Finish is a bit damp and warm, with a sour, ripe orange flavor that lingers. Oddly refreshing.

La Fin Du Monde is really quite drinkable, and considering the advertised 9% abv, potentially dangerous. There are few 9% beers that I could immediately stomach another of, but La Fin Du Monde is one of them. (Dogfish 90 minute is another) Drink this Canadian nectar at your own peril!

Photo of kimcgolf
4.4/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A damn good beer, but more along the style of a Saison or Belgian golden ale than a Triple. Poured to a hazy golden orange, with good carbonation and a thick white head that lingered , then dissipated to little lacing. Aroma was very pleasant spices (clove and coriander) with a hint of apples. Taste was more of the spices, and a hint of cookie dough. Mouthfeel was tingly, as a result of the spices, and the finish was smooth and a little warming, due to the 9% abv. Left a lingering spicy aftertaste.

Photo of 86sportster883
3.88/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is a good triple fermented, bottle conditioned Belgian blonde. In a tulip glass, this beer is a cloudy pale yellow color with a large rocky white head that quickly disintegrates into almost nothing at all. The smell is both spicy and floral, with hints of hops and orange peel. The carbonation is initially very aggressive and reminiscent of champagne. As this beer warms, and the initial high carbonation subsides, the mouthfeel moves from light bodied to medium. The taste is mostly bittersweet and touch metallic. The finish is dry, but mildly bitter and alcoholic. Overall, a good beer if you like the BSPA style. Otherwise, it may be a bit much for the uninitiated.

Photo of Shovelbum
3.98/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a generous creamy off-white head over a hazy golden hued body. Minimal lace. Aromas of light lemony citrus, yeast and coriander. Light and slightly sweet in the mouth, Light citrus and coriander are also evident in the flavor, perhaps a bit of ginger as well, but there is a much more substantial malt complexity to provide balance. Still, the spices are definite player. A decent hop bitterness also helps to round things out. Definitely well-carbonated, providing a light body and crisp mouthfeel and finish. Although as it warms it becomes softer.

Not my favorite of the Unibroue crew, but still a tasty Belgian style ale from N. America. There is a nice complexity of flavor despite the light character of the ale, but if you don’t like coriander this probably isn’t for you. Nicely done Quebec.

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

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a medium glass tulip. Foggy light amber, like a heffe, with full but fast white head. A little lace ringed after each sip, but foam was always fleeting.

Smells just about perfect for the style - lots lf sweetbreads and undeniable belgian esters. Smells of booze even cold, but more like a cordial - not a cheap liquor.

Whiffs right before the sip of tobacco, faintest goat cheese. Middle of the sip is surprisingly tart and dry despite sweet smells. The finale is that malty, sweet belgian candi taste that I still cannot describe better than "frosted flakes".

Feels a hair too sour on the tongue, but only while held there. Carbonation is balanced and the booze is warm, not burning.

Drinks all too well, thanks to each sip being charmed along by that wonderful smell and finish. The actual body of this beer could be better, but the aroma could not.

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

Nice looking bottle. Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, beer is a cloudy golden-orange color with a white sparkling head. The smell is almost like a hefe, sweet with banana and clove, Belgian sugar. Taste is also strong on the clove/spice with no real hop taste and only a slight alcohol aftertaste. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with carbonation that burns the tongue. The overall drinkability is reduced by the very strong clove/spice taste. Overall, I think you're better off with Maudite.

Photo of mnj21655
4.22/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice orange gold color with a 2 finger thick, foamy head and a bit of lacing. Smells very floral with fruits. Apricots, some floral hops, some banana, and yeast. Taste starts with some subdued floral hops, then moves back to the fruits I noticed in the smell, some apricots, some banana, some green apple, a bit of grain and some yeast. Good mouthfeel, good amount of carbonation, light, crisp, very refreshing. Great drinkability, surprsingly easy to drink. The 9% ABV could easily sneak up on you. Overall this is an excellent beer.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.)

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.

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.

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.

La Fin Du Monde from Unibroue
96 out of 100 based on 8,723 ratings.