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La Fin Du Monde - Unibroue

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8,862 Ratings
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Ratings: 8,862
Reviews: 2,779
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 11.83%
Wants: 407
Gots: 1,275 | FT: 18
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Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
Tripel |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-23-1998

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Photo of mshallah
4.2/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle with silver foil at the neck and a label of Quebec surrounded with glowing light. Hazy gold color. Sudsy head with a clovey, spicey nose. Winey alcohol smell also present. Lemony taste upfront with Belgian yeast funk trailing it up. Dryish sweet finish with a rounded tang. At 9%abv this beer at first seems a Duvel clone, but a closer taste reveals far more Belgian yeast character that includes a sourness and a wet blanket funk. This complexity makes this beer a "must try". Try it with seafood dishes, herbed vegetables, cheese courses, or as a night-cap sipper.

Photo of masikon
4.1/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours with a furious white head of tight, dense bubbles which stick to the glass while the carbonation remains active for quit some time. color is a luminescent, soft, yellow. Nose is a true bouquet with natural suggestions of lime, banana, herbs and more. Taste is quite sweet and very fruity/cider-like, with a full mouthfeel and spicy finish which hides the high alcohol content very well. Alcohol burn is noticeably absent for a 9% beer. Certainly give this a try, easy to drink and a nice bellywarmer.

Photo of Grass
4.46/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appears with lots of tight bubbles, beautiful golden appeal. Show care when pouring, this one's highly carbonated. The visual has you under its spell.

A fruity bouquet, cherries, slightly sour yeast in a good way. Still anticipating the taste. Aroma is almost perfumy, quite invigorating.

High carbonation and a fresh yeast that's slightly sweet, cherries and sour apples. A sliver of nutiness with a very deverse array of flavors. Mouthfeel is frothy and effervesant with a thin, clean finish.

I could drink way too many of these with it's 9.0% ABV. Goes down easy. Great beer for HOT and SPICEY dishes, very soothing.

A winner of a belgian from Unibroue!!!

Photo of PBRstreetgang
4.27/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pale straw hue, with the clarity greatly disturbed by the expressive carbonation(another gusher!). The fizzy snow-white head eventually drops to a sturdy cap leaving weak lacing. Pils malt, hay, earthy yeast tones and clean alcohol are the most apparent aromas, with belgian phenols and candy-ish esters become more pronounced as the bouquet opens up. Big Two-Row sweetness and sharp Pils malt upfront, followed by sugary esters and typical Unibroue phenolics. There is some lemongrass, and peach fruitiness in the back, coupled with a strong earthy yeast character that segues into a mellow but full noble hop flavor/bitterness. The hop presence is probably not needed to balance the taste given the drying alcohol and spiciness in the aftertaste, but is a nice accent to an already complex melange of flavors. The body is very thinned-down from presumably viscous and highly carbonated. The crisp mouthfeel is lively and works well with the Unibroue house yeast, but it also helps off-set the considerable residual sweethess left over, as well as lift some of the phenols before they become obtrusive. This ale posesses all the delicate flavors I have found in other Unibroue beers, but is less abbrasive in its alcohol perception with a less aggressive yeast pattern. The finish is surprisingly managable given the strength, probably one of the most drinkable BSPA I've tried. Easy to see why this is the most popular Unibroue ale.

Photo of kwakwhore
4.48/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pale golden color with a white head which sticks around for a while and sticks to the glass. Some apple in the aroma mixed in with hops and alcohol. The first taste is amazing, as good as anything I've had in ages. Apple, spice, a little bit of hop bitterness, some yeast. Very refreshing and thirst quenching for such a strong beer. Mouth feel is smooth and creamy with some nice carbonation on the tongue. I haven't had this beer in a long time, but it was worth the wait. I would add some more to this review, but the more I drink the harder it is to write coherently. So I'll just leave it at this. This is one of the world's really great beers.

Photo of clemtig76
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a beautiful pale gold color. Strong alcohol aroma with hints of spice and apple along with yeast, malt and some hops. Taste is well balanced with hints of apple, banana, clove, malt and yeast with that alcohol finish. At 9%, very drinkable but not for the faint of heart either. Complex and absolutely delicious. An outstanding Belgian ale!

Photo of Halcyondays
4.15/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle

A: Cloudy yellow with a huge amt. of white foam.

S: Apples, oranges, lemon.

T: Much of the same as in the smell, with that great Unibroue yeast ester character.

M: A little on the thin side for me for this style of beer, very spritzy when a little colder.

D: Fair, due to the high alcohol and the complexity, but still a very good brew from Unibroue.

Photo of MMansfield
3.97/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Shared a tall corked bottle with some friends on Canada Day.

Appearance: Pours a pale, unfiltered golden colour with a medium off white head. Settles to a thin, lacey layer.

Aroma: Heavy notes of candied fruits such as apricots and citrus, some cloves, light hints of vanilla, spicy hops and typical belgian style yeasty smells.

Taste: Quite sweet, candied fruit, some butter scotch and vanilla, light hints of aged bourbon. Finish is long and mellow, a grapefruit bitterness reaches the back of your tounge, followed but a nice Jim Beam-like alcohol warmth.

Mouthfeel: Sharp & fizzy, light bodied, but a pleasure.

Final Statement: A very well put together Belgian styled pale. A good drink, pretty high drinkability for the style. My favourite from this brewer, which means a lot because they're a very respectable company. Top Notch!

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

Always a fan favorite, though I had yet to see all the buzz. I always tasted a mile astringent and metallic taste with this brew and thought everyone was crazy for liking this brew. I got that same taste this time, but I let it warm up a bit and the good flavors finally came out.

This brew pours a light gold, with a perfect 10 head into my Unibroue tulip glass. Aromas are light citric fruits, figs, honey, malted grains and a dash of brown sugar in there. The taste is also light, the alcohol is hiding well out of sight, with citrus fruits dominating the palate. The finish is pretty smooth with a slight bite as it goes down. Yes, definitely a top-notch brew from those crazy Canadians.

Photo of John_M
4.37/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a hazy yellow gold color with incredible head retention and outstanding lacing. The beer is very complex on the nose, with a sweet overture of coconut, mango, and citrus. Very impressive. On the palate this beer is simply delicious. It's sweet, but not overly so, and is not the least bit heavy of cloying. I get flavors of honey melon, cherry, mango and vanilla. The beer has a mouthfilling presence, and finishes with a smooth, lingering finish. The abv. is noticeable, but not overly so, and the beer is quite drinkable considering it's 9% alcohol.

An altogether excellent beer from Unibroue.

Photo of jjayjaye
4.15/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy golden yellow color with a large wispy white head that fades fairly quickly, Some lacing observed.

The smell is slightly sour at first. Malty, mild lemon citrus, banana and spice.

Light bodied, the creamy mouth feel brought on by an interesting carbonation adds a nice complexity and complements the light fruity flavor and slightly spicy character. It finishes clean without being dry.

The 9% ABV is hidden well in the flavors and mouth feel, but i tend to notice it in the chest and it's warming things up on the way down.

Good drinker. Recommended. I can see this as a "gateway beer" into the more sour beverages i see more experienced tasters seem to have a thing for.

Photo of mooseisloose
4.02/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

Bottle smell is very earthy hopped with slight molasses and spices. Into my chalice it pours to a very cloudy pale yellow. The head is plentiful but dissappears quickly.. Mouthfeel is tremendous. The high AC is very evident. The carbonation is high but is a good compliment to the heartiness of this brew. The intial tartness and spicy taste is followed by a neutral bitterness. This is the closest thing to a good homebrew that i've ever had. A good starter beer but the drinkability will be low due the extremely high AC. Con cuidado, this brew will knock your socks off.

Photo of bosco7
4.67/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Loud pop when corked. Never get tired of that sound.

Massive foamy crown with a hazy pale orange color. I've seen better lacing.

Biscuit, soap, pear, apple, yeasty spice, lemon zest, slight alcohol,

Nice flash of biscuity-malty-soapy flavors in the start that quickly evolves to fruitier flavors on the palate which includes green apple, pear, pineapple, lemon zest, and a touch of orange pulp. The finish is quite spicey (nutmeg and coriander come to mind) with earth yeast flavors. Complex!

High attenuation leaves a light bodied beer that is so refreshing. Prickly yet delicate carbonation.

This is a great beer that always finds it's way into my refridgerator. Pairs well with pesto and salmon.

Photo of onehomesickalien
3.95/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I have become quite fond of most Unibroue beers and this is no exception. I tend to lean to more dark styles, but this one has a very rich flavor. I will definitely have this one again, and again.

A - Nice golden/yellow haze looking beer. I thought it had a better head retention than some previous reviews. I sipped this one for an hour and it kept it's head all the way down.

S - Leaned a bit yeast/malt with a citrus and alcohol overtone.

T - Fairly complex. Apple, citrus and a fairly strong clove taste reminiscent of Victory's Golden Monkey but more balanced. Alcohol is strong, but intense flavors balance everything out.

M - Perfect feel and carbonation. Very nice.

D - Exceptional taste but a bit flavorful and strong to be drunk in quantity.

Photo of adowney523
4.34/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Drank from a Belgian-style chalice poured from a 750 mL bottle.

Appearance is golden-orange and hazy. The white head fades quickly.

Smells yeasty with faint alcohol and candy sweetness along with a touch of citrus fruit.

The malt on this beer is rather doughy. Lighter fruit flavors include apricot. There are some phenols apparent along with a alcohol kick in the finish.

Quite a complex and enjoyable ale.

Photo of atuite
3.98/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought a four pack of bottles for 9.99 at a local liquor store-wanted a beer with a kick. This beer has a great appearance with a dishwater/cloudy gold appearance and thick head after intial pour that dissipates slowly with medium bubbles. Strong citrus malt smell. Taste is not bad for alcohol content and flavors mimic the scents but a background bitterness that leaves a slight aftertaste (usually killed after having the second one. The mouth feel is near perfect and it is easily drinkable but be wary if all you wanted was a two beer buzz b/c it goes down easy and it's kick is hard. Will buy again.

Photo of bjoyce12
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%
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 -5.3%
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
4.05/5  rDev -6%
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 -16.9%
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
4.33/5  rDev +0.5%
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
4.7/5  rDev +9%
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
4.12/5  rDev -4.4%
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
4.35/5  rDev +0.9%
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
4.35/5  rDev +0.9%
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 ...

La Fin Du Monde from Unibroue
96 out of 100 based on 8,862 ratings.