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La Fin Du Monde - Unibroue

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2,860 Reviews

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Reviews: 2,860
Hads: 9,465
Avg: 4.31
pDev: 21.11%
Wants: 536
Gots: 1,842 | FT: 20
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Unibroue visit their website
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 rodrot
4.08/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a slightly hazy, golden color with a half inch head. The aroma was fruity and also had undertones of bread/yeast. The taste was of candi sugar, citrus and sweet malt. Very tasty and without a doubt has a Belgian character. The finish was spicy and slightly alcoholic with the sweet/candi sugar taste making itself known again. This beer is a treat for sure, but 2 bottles is my limit. The 9% abv sneaks up on you if you're not careful.

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Photo of troutmask96
3.87/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This is a truly exceptional Belgian Pale Ale. Just a shade less good than the vanguard of its class, Duvel. Pours a nice fizzy head with very tight carbonation. Taste is of all the good things you'd expect from the triple-fermentation process: currants, cinnamon, pepper, coriander. A bit heavy on the carbonation to score higher in mouthfeel, and its high ABV takes away from its drinkability. But there are few better "sippers" in the world...

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Photo of wingnutter
3.7/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy/hazy yelorange with a nice tight head.

Smells a bit like a hefe weizen - banana, citrus, yeastiness, breadiness, and confectioners sugar.

Clove/banana softness as I take my first sip. Bready. Yeasty. Has a candy sweetness that isnt cloying, but rather complimentary to the other flavors.

Crisp, refreshing, but also feels heavy. A decent after dinner brew to sip and relax with.

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Photo of nvsblman
4/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light copper color with a fluffy white pillow of a head. Loads of tiny bubbles continuously rising to the surface. Lots of sticky lacing. The aroma is dominantly yeasty with some pepper and spices and a little orange zest. Biscuity taste with a nice spicy yeast taste. The champagne like mouthfeel helps make this a very refreshing beer.

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Photo of Phatz
3.78/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice art work on a 12 oz bottle with silver foil wrapped over the cap. Served in my snifter glass slightly above fridge temp.

Pours a hazy orange / yellow color with a sudsy white one finger head. Massive, impressive lacing.

Smell: Very spicy! Citrus fruits like lemon and orange with some mango and apricot. Yeasty. A significant amount of alcohol finds its way through the layers to slightly tug at your nose.

Taste & mouthfeel: A full flavor of gentle citrus hops and bold clove like spices blend into the very carbonated mouth feel to feel like a very active tingly beer. It is light, cool, refreshing, and a good flavor for the style. I personally tend to prefer the Strong Dark to the Belgian Pale Ale. Nonetheless it is a nice brew with some Duvel like characteristics.
Mouthfeel: Smooth and hoppy, crisp and sweet. (How’s that for combining two categories)? The truth is the Taste and the Mouthfeel really blend together for an overall refreshing experience.

Drinkability: While this is a refreshing beer, the substantial hopyness, and yeastiness and the alcohol that seeps through, do not make this a chugable beer or a sessionable beer but one glass is quite nice. It is a classy beer that I recommend sipping during dinner or a relaxing evening.

Hope this is helpful.

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Photo of Manosbeeroffate
4.68/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

What's wrong with Unibroue? Jesus I've had so many of their styles and they all have been awsome, this doesn't happen!! Anyway this stuff pours a hazy orange color, non-long lasting head. Taste is a combination of dried apricot and yeasty notes with some alcohol, it blends all perfectly. Nice mouthfeel and finish. I'm glad Unibroue is widely avaliable in Maine, even if it wasn't I could make a road trip to Quebec. This is what beer should be!!

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Photo of bjohnson
4.29/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a cloudy yellowish amber with a half finger fizzy white head that dissipates quite quickly.

S: Aromas of fruity and floral hops with a slight malt background. Very refreshing smell, almost like a spring day.

T: Tastes very citrusy with hints of pears and bananas and a slight malt hint in there somewhere.

M & D: Very carbonated, almost takes away from the belgian taste. Love that its a high abv--can't taste the alcohol. Very smooth and refreshing with a nice dry fruity (pear) after taste. Drinkability is pretty high, on a summer day of course whlie basking in the hot sun.

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Photo of akorsak
4.85/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I am drinking a vintage 2005 750 mL C&C bottle poured into my bran' spankin' new Pauwel Kwak tulip glass. The ale is at an
optimal temperature of 45-50 degrees.

Appearance: The ale pours as a nice deep goldenrod color, with a nice head that leaves a pleasing lace down the sides of this long-necked glass. THe alse is not quite clear, but close enough that one can make out whatever is on the other side of
the glass.

Smell: The smell of peppers and spices jump out immediately. The pepper is very obvious and adds a hint of spicy heat to the nose. There are also sugars, imparting a slightly sweet note.

Taste: The taste of candied sugars hits the tongue immediately, providing a sweet taste that slowly turns into a strong alcohol presence. Beyond that, the spicy taste of black pepper makes itself known. The malt character is fairly low key, but the hop presence is equally restrained, creating a very smooth evenly blended ale.

Mouthfeel: The ale sites very nicely in the mouth, with the pepper and sugars providing a sweet and bitter interplay. Keep the ale in your mouth and allow it to warm, the alcohol character becomes very apparent.

Drinkability: Despite the 9% abv, the ale is very drinkable, tasting so smooth and balanced, one does not even realize the alcohol until it is WAY too late. An excellent ale from a top notch brewery.

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Photo of masterbruewer
4.3/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brown bottle, silver foil, best by 03-16-08

Poured a cloudy pale yellow with lots of carbonation. 1/2 inch off-white head that fades to about a quarter inch and sticks around. Solid lacing.

The smell is strong alcohol, a little tinge of skunk. A bit of malt aroma.

Flavor is malty and spicy with a strong alcohol presence. Hints of clove and citrus.

Mouthfeel is punchy and astringent, but not harsh. The finish is clean.

This is very smooth for being a 9 percent ale. I'm reviewing outside my favorite styles to try something different. I expected to be disappointed but was pleasantly surprised.

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Photo of BigBry
4.45/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

341 ml bottle with silver foil cover cap, from the Unibroue Variety Pack. Stamped code K055 on back label (Nov. 5, 05).
Yeasty citrus aroma as soon as the bottle cap came off. This 'liquid gold' poured into a large wine glass hazy and full of carbonation. Huge foamy head, that does settle down, stays a full finger width right til the end. Left lots of stringy lace with large bubbles. The aroma is the familiar Unibroue yeast, citrus, spices like clove. Lots of tastes, strong yeast, tart lemon and orange, clove and pepper. Mouthfeel is thick and coating, but carbonation leaves it dry in the end. Very drinkable for a high alcohol, high flavor beer.
Still have a 750ml bottle aging...

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

Poured from large Unibroue bottle, dated 2005. Clear but hazy golden color, huge rocky head.

Smells like a tripel, fruity and spicy and Unibroue yeast aroma. Tastes awesome, very nice tripel flavor. Really easy to drink, can't taste the alcohol.

A classic, really good beer.

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Photo of GolgiIPAratus
4.03/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled: 12.28.05

A light white foam head of about an inch & a half rests atop a mostly clear, bright pale gold. Very bright looking, as if it has its own light. There’s a slight yeasty haze, but nothing too thick. Bubbles fade and not much lacing occurs.

The smell is of sweet malts and sugars typical to the tripel/Belgian Pale styles and also possesses the twangy Euro funk of the same.

There’s a tart sweetness off the bat. I know BA calls it a Belgian Strong Pale, but damn if this doesn’t taste like a Tripel to me. Oh well, styles shmyles, this is damn good! There is a pilsner-esque hop oil bitterness right at the end that separates it from the tripel style I think though. This beer is HIGHLY carbonated, super bubbly and tingling on the tongue. Much like Miller High Life, I’d say this is a challenger for The Champagne of Beer. ;-D
The alcohol really didn’t make a flavor appearance, and to be honest it didn’t warm me up as much as I’d figure 9% to do, so maybe it’s lower?

It’s drinkable depending on how you handle the bubbles. I drank the3 of the 4 pack over the course of 5 or 6 nights. (The most recent on NYE….Champagne of Beers I tells ya!) And one was good enough per time. And even though the alcohol wasn’t as present as I’d figured, I’d still be careful, because maybe after 2 it could creep up quickly. Great beer.

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Photo of skillerified
4.06/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

A gorgeous hazy yellow-orange brew sits below a mammoth head that refuses to die. I didn't think I poured it that rough, but the head took up half my over-sized tulip wine glass. The color almost looks like some sort of orange juice/lemon aid concoction gone horribly right. In fact, in a way it looks like a tulip in the tulip glass.

Floral and citrus scents are blended first. Maybe a touch of chocolate. There's a little of a charcoal scent too, like a barbeque grill. The scent is strong and quite pleasing, but it feels a little hollow in the middle parts.

Taste is quite yummy. There's an earthy vegetable flavor followed by caramel and a little banana. Like the scent though, it feels a little hollow.

Mouthfeel is excellent. It's creamy and almost chewy. About the time that the caramel flavor hits it feels like it has the texture of caramel too. It's mostly sweet, but as you keep drinking the bitterness starts to build along the sides of the tongue.

This is an exceptional brew, but I think it lacks a little depth. Especially in comparison to the excellent Trois Pistoles I had the other night. The ABV is sneaky here too. A little too sneaky actually.

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Photo of deciding39
4.37/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ml brown bottle, 2005 vintage. Served in a snifter.

A: Pours a very attractive hazy gold. A large, one and one-half inch head forms and quickly fizzes away, leaving a small but persistant ring around the side of the glass. Some lacing, but not a whole lot. The carbonation appears very fine, almost Champagne-like.

S: Yeast and very distinctive esters (especially the smell of pears and pineapples) dominate the nose, with some light floral hops pulling through towards the back.

T: Sweet malt, followed by delicious fruity esters and a pleasant, light minty hop bitterness. Dry finish, with warming alcohol, pepper-like spice, and some phenols. Really complex!

M & D: Smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Very crisp, pleasant finish. The high alcohol content, although well disguised by the unique and complicated flavors of this beer, limits the drinkability quite a bit.

Exceptional. One of the finest Canadian craftbrews I've had. I recommend drinking it with a fine meal in place of wine. It's that good.

Edit: I recently picked up a bottle and some wild, barnyard-like flavors were present and became quite cloying. It may have just been a bad bottle.

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Photo of DarkerTheBetter
4.53/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a light cloudy yellow with a touch of pale green. When held to the light, it changes color to a darker copper. the head pours quite tall and consists of thin and even white bubbles. There is a nice stream of bubbles rising from the bottom of the tulip glass that sustain this head. There is no lace as the head just slips down the side of the glass.

Smells of intense pineapple, dry red apple, bitter yeast, a wheat and oat malt and a bit of watermelon.

Tastes of smooth green grapes with a little sour and dry sting. There are also notes of melon, oats, and smooth creamy yeast.

The mouth feel is light bodied with an intense small bubble carbonation.

The flavor of this beer is very prominent, but mellow enough with a light enough carbonation to make this very enjoyable.

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

Huge billowy white head over a glowing hazy pale gold body. Awesomely aromatic with fruits, yeast and mild alcohol. Mouthwateringly good. Sweet bananas, nectarines and a pineapple fill the nose. Tastes very similar to the aroma. Sweet and smooth and the 9% ABV comes as a suprise. A slight alcohol warming tops it off. Great smooth mouth with complimentary high carbonation. Very drinkable for me.

Really good.

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Photo of akahn
3.87/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque golden honey color. My crappy pour produced a slight head of big bubbles that receded quickly. No "Belgian lace" to be seen.

A spicy, clovey aroma. Bright, sharp flavors, sharp carbonation. Sticky, dry citrus bitter hops. An interesting woodiness or nuttiness from the yeast. Slight alcohol warmth, reminiscent of vodka. The high carbonation makes this have an interesting mouthfeel. Also, this beer is impressively drinkable for a 9% beer.

This is a good beer and I'm going to have to return to it and conduct a more thorough review. The 12 ounce sample wasn't enough to get a feel for this beer. It seems like it deserves its reputation, but I'll need to try some more to be sure.

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Photo of medic25
4.92/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I was amazed when I notice the other day that I've never actually written a review of my favorite beer. Not much to say that hasn't been said, but I'll give it a shot. The beer is a beautiful golden hazy yellow, with a big foaming white head that soon dissipates. The nose is classic, fruity and yeasty. The taste is an amazing blend of citrus, malt, and slight sweetness, with the littlest hint of hops. Incredibly drinkable for a 9.0% ABV. This is my go-to beer when I'm just looking for something great to entertain friends or kick back and relax.

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Photo of wl0307
4.59/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

341ml brown bottle. No freshness information on the bottle/label.

A: served lightly chilled in a large tulip-shaped wine glass, it pours a cloudy dark orangey hue (like farmhouse scrumpy cider); the head is limited, leaving just a thin layer of foam, against a lively carbonated body with streams of tiny bubbles all over the place.
S: tremendous smell of fruit esters (orange-peel, lightly banana-oil, unidentified exotic fruits/like passion-fruit) with a touch of semi-sharp, freshly-sawn wood-chips and deep spicy flavour, on top of dazzling and richly perfumy fruity and candyish maltiness... The fruity yeasty elements are so vertical and colourful, bringing lots of ever-changing, novel, flowery and savoury aromas unlike all the typical strong pale ales I've encountered. What's best about the aroma is that it's not as overpoweringly/sharply yeasty as many authentic Belgian counterparts (like Duvel), thus making the nose perhaps the most complex I've experienced amongst this style.
T: slightly sharp texture initially, with dryish bitter-sweet curacao-peel, coriander seed with lightly peppery edge along with sourly-sweet, perfumy fruitiness following immediately; towards the mid-flavour a rich flow of semi-sweet candy-sugary maltiness develops, leaving semi-dryish hoppyness and a profound yeasty overtone in the aftertaste (like Japanese yeasty drink--Yakult).
M&D: lively upfront and turning softer as it goes; the alcoholic warmth is pretty restricted and makes this drink more devilishly-drinkable than the famous Duvel!! although in the end the sticky sweet aftertaste proves a bit too much to my liking. That said, this is THE top dog in my book for the style of Belgian Strong Pale Ale!

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

I'm sampling from a 12oz bottle of Fin Du Monde with a best before date of 09/01/08. Poured into a Maudite glass, it raises a huge fluffy white head with some staying power on top of a cloudy light golden ale. Fine bubbles continue to rise throughout the beer to the end of the glass. Smell is a mixture of hops and spice (predominantly coriander to my nose) with some strong orange peel/citrus flavors as well. Taste is malty, with some lemon zest and coriander and a dry and bitter finish and a slightly sweet aftertaste. Full bodied, but high carbonation lifts it off the tongue and leaves me wanting more.

This is an excellent beer, and one that I sometimes overlook. I really shouldn't. A year or more in the cellar will probably make this beer that much more extraordinary, and I have a couple down there waiting to find out.

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

Pours a cloudy yellow color with loads of white foam that sits statuesque and leaves behind intricate lacing patterns. Aromas of candy, alcohol, oranges, and white grapes seem to come out; very complex and enticing. The taste is a brilliant blend of fruit & hop bitterness and sweet candy. The limited carbonation and sour backbone of this beer work very well together. The texture is a bit sticky and mildly astringent; the only flaw I can really pin point with this beer. Despite the high ABV and the assertive flavors in this beer, it is very easy to drink and enjoy.

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Photo of funkengruven
4.09/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Drinking one as i write this.

This poured to a very quickly dissipating head leaving a slightly transparent golden brown brew. This stuff smells absolutely amazing. Honey and Bananas moved to the nose quickly by the very active carbonation. Taste is good, very full bodied, the High ABV is slightly apparent but warming. Mouthfeel is decent, a lot of carbonation in this that makes it something meant to be sipped slowly and carefuly. This is a good beer, especially on those cold days where it feels like it is the end of the world. Warms you right up.

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Photo of jslot38
4.17/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

335 ML bottle. Best before 09-01-08 clearly marked.

Appearance: Beautiful bottle. Heavy, foil top, with instructions including proper glassware and a warning about the bottom sediment of yeast. Pours a hazy, cloudy yellow with hints of gold. Large head slowly reduces to a half inch bubbly white. Lacing is minimal, and about half way through the beer, head is gone with the rare exception around the side of the glass.

Smell: Even though I can see the remaining yeast sediment at the bottom of the bottle you can still smell it in this beer. Faint hints of spices so prominant in wheat beers from Belgium. A lovely mixture of spices indeed.

Taste: Faint notes of yeast and spices first break through. Sweet malts and a bit of hop bitterness take to the palate. Slight notes of dried fruits and coriander. Backbone of citrus rinds, orange peel even, are very noticable and add a great level of complexity to the brew.

Mouthfeel: Maybe perfect. Carbonation with hops upfront, but leaves a smooth take down. I loved the way this felt on the palate. Flavor lingers around your mouth.

Drinkability: Wow, 9% and its not even tastable. Could drink a few of these, but probably wouldn't recommend it if you want to appreciate anything else afterwards.

Notes: A well crafted Belgian brew. Truely is a fine example of North American breweries being able to keep up with the traditions from Belgium.

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Photo of Jcdolan
4.07/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

six pack of bottles
Poured into a snifter like glass

First of all I love Unibroue's unique style and choice of advertising and bottles.

With that being said this beer is a very drinkable beer and it will no doubt sneak up on you with its hidden 9% ABV.

This beer poured a nice hazy gold almost rose gold. Medium fizzy head that dissipated and left a ring of creamy white around the edge of the glass.

Smell was not anything crazy or bold. Deffinately a smell of fruits and malt. There is one other sent that hides in the background that I cannot quite identify...

Taste is remarkably unique. A definate taste of fruits and slight slight taste of some unidentified spice. Also that hidden smell can be tasted. Maybe its the spices but there is something that I just can't quite put my finger on.

Sits thickly on the tounge and goes down a nice creamy smoth texture.

This beer reminds me of the time that I went to Montreal. Granted I was a little under the weather and not with it the entire time, I had a great beer called, I think it was called, Boreale. If I recall correctly these beers are very similar and this Unibroue reminded me of the great times I had in Montreal. So in that case I say it is VERY drinkable. This brewery really captures the essence of Canada like a good Canadian brewery should. I would recommend any Unibroue to anyone.

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Photo of orfeu
4.85/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

750 mL bottle, corked & caged, 2004 vintage. Pours a light golden amber into an oversized wineglass with a fluffy and billowy white head. Lovely citrus and yeasty-bready malt aroma; sweet orange and peach scents abound. Taste is a dry-sweet peach bread with golden raisins; spicy yeast and a strong dry finish. Mouthfeel is full, creamy, and juicy. The 9% alcohol is utterly imperceptible. Absolutely sublime.

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La Fin Du Monde from Unibroue
96 out of 100 based on 2,860 ratings.