La Fin Du Monde - Unibroue

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Ratings: 8,760
Reviews: 2,763
rAvg: 4.32
pDev: 11.81%
Wants: 391
Gots: 1,171 | 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 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.

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.

La Fin Du Monde from Unibroue
96 out of 100 based on 8,760 ratings.