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La Fin Du Monde - Unibroue

La Fin Du MondeLa Fin Du Monde

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

7,112 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 7112
Reviews: 2692
rAvg: 4.32
pDev: 11.57%


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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RockyTopHeel

North Carolina

4.97/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Tasted 1/16/04 at our little Extravaganza Belgique.

Ok, so our final tasting wasn't truly Belgian, but it's so good and I had one ready to drink, so we figured, why not?

Alluring orange-yellow with a pure white head and a brown drop of yeast shaken from bottle's bottom. Soft, bready aroma, almost like an orange scone. Flavor is full of the yeast, with bright citrus fruit and a beautifully crisp finish. Amazingly smooth in the mouth, with no evidence that this brew hides a potent 9% ABV. Crisp and easy drinking. Orange, lemon, spices, yeast, wheat--wonderful.

This became my new all-time favorite the first time I tasted it, and drinking it again makes me pretty happy all over again.

Spoils of the 10/11/03 Knoxville Raid.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2004 18:16:00 | More by RockyTopHeel
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Foxman

New Jersey

4.43/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It pours a hazy, light honey golden hue, alluring in its veiled nature. There's a rather thin white head with little retention, settling quickly to a bubbly cosmic swirl on the beer's surface. There's sparse, dotty lacing.

The initial inhale brings a tangy citrus semi-sweetness. Berry notes mingle with a clovey spiciness. There's an aromatic backbone of yeasty sourness with a very subtle mint undercurrent. It carries an almost indistinct alcohol aroma as well.

The first taste delivers a very understated malt sweetness that quickly gives way to spicy grapefruit, studded with cloves. A substantial dry hoppiness tingles across the tongue. A slight berry sweetness tangles playfully with a mildly doughy yeast essence. The alcohol is well interspersed with the dense, multi-dimensional flavor, but it is detectable, and is happily foreboding.

It's medium bodied, slick, and almost creamy. It coats well and brings flavor to all it touches. There's a spicy hops glow at the finish.

Nothing about this beer is less than interesting, and everything is well more than just enjoyable. This beer, you savor. The flavor relegates the malt to second status, but it still manages to assert itself enough to joyfully balance the menagerie of buoyant tasty waves born elsewhere. The muscular but subtle high ABV serves to enchant, making it pleasantly subversive. It's a wonderful taste of Belgium via Canada, a most fortuitous and satisfying route of delivery. Keep this one coming.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2004 14:00:41 | More by Foxman
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kmo1030

Massachusetts

4.2/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

cloudy gold with a medium white head. smell bready, with a banana-y fruity smell, with a hint of cloves behind that i pick up a little lemon too. the taste is pleasntly bready with a slightly citrusy bite (grapefruit..?) the cloves are also apparent here too. there are some hops in there but they are too subdued by the malt and yeast to pick out flavors. good thicker medium body. not the best unibroue, but definitely very good.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2004 23:08:55 | More by kmo1030
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Beersignal

Quebec (Canada)

4.28/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this beer last Saturday night at a dinner party. Pulled it from my cellar after a moderate 4 years of aging. Poured same colour as usual, that is deep straw, with a respectable foam cap and average retention. Smelled much sweeter than a fresh sample but still had the spicyness I have come to enjoy. Mouthfeel was silky bordering on oily and very pleasing. The flavours had really melded together, adding complexity to the sampling and making the beer a real pleasure to drink. Caramel, and vanilla jostled with the fruit and spice, eventually coming up short against a mild but sustained bitterness. Well worth the wait. Wonder what an older bottle might yield.

750ml bottle sealed with a cork.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2004 14:46:48 | More by Beersignal
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bigbubba

Ohio

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

This is a beautiful milky orange beer with lots of head initially and lots of carbonation. The taste is very spicy, yeasty, and fruity. No evident hop aroma or taste. It is definitely one to drink slowly due to the carbonation and alcohol content. As the beer warms the flavor slowly changes as some flavors come to the forefront and others fade away. Very enjoyable!

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2004 20:48:29 | More by bigbubba
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JackTheRipper

Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly cloudy golden yellow with a really large head, not a whole lot of lacing on the glass, but being a noob I think it may be the glass and not the beer (I wonder if I'm caring for the glasses properly?) This is the first time I've had a beer with a noticeable amount of yeast still in the bottle so that freaked me out a bit, but watching the carbonation make the yeast sort of dance around in the glass, I got to liking that aspect.

Smell is a spicy banana scent, couldn't really smell any alcohol in the nose.

Taste: wow, this is a heck of a beer. Seems a bit more malty than hoppy, which I like, I'm still developing my taste for those grapefruity hoppy beers, but I'm working on it. This beer was fruity, the alcohol was more subdued than I thought it would be, considering the ABV, but it warmed the throat nicely on the way down.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth, but a little more carbonation than I would like to see.

Drinkability: This is going to be one of those special occasion beers for me, I really like this beer, but I can't see myself drinking it on a very regular basis.

Overall: A very good beer, and one I would definitely recommend to a good friend.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2004 05:18:53 | More by JackTheRipper
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benmiliron

Ohio

4.8/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Oh hell yes. Wife got me a 3-pack of Unibroue in a wooden case for Xmas. Fin du Monde was my first choice. Kind of a fruity Belgian, with gorgeous fragrance, beautiful sweetness with a good dose of yeastiness and malt. Just fantastic. Nice small bubbles after the initial froth subsides. Kind of a mediocre hazy yellow with no real head, but I don't really care too much about appearance so long as the beer is good, and this stuff is wonderful.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2004 01:19:12 | More by benmiliron
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jreid53

Alabama

4.88/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Tried this for the first time recently and with every sip said to myself, "Damn this is good!". Pours a beautiful yellowish color with a nice head that lasts quite a while. Amazingly smooth for such a high alcohol content. Will definitely drink this often.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2004 16:54:35 | More by jreid53
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Ardon

Ontario (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

WARNING: This review is being done at a New Year's Eve party, a few bottles of this have already been imbibed...


Appearance: Hazy brownish orange. Champagne like carbonation.

Smell: Mild clove.

Taste: Not unlike the Achel 8. Almost hefeweizen like but more clove and spicy. Very spicy.

Mouthfeel: Vigorous carbonation. Light body. Spicy.

Drinkability: Being as I've already had quite a few and looking forward to having more, I would say this is definantly very drinkable.

Notes: Borderline typical tripel but with a lot more spicy, clovey tastes. Fantastic overall.

Rest assured I will give this another non-inebriated review later on. But I do think my review is acceptable at the moment.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2004 03:20:18 | More by Ardon
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dmarch

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pale golden color with a very large well-retained head. Lots of light fruit flavors. Some apricot and even a bit of pineapple. Some peppery notes as well. There is a slight warming alcohol sensation that lets you know this is a strong beer. Still very drinkable though.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2003 21:54:12 | More by dmarch
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beernbbq

Connecticut

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

Wonderful stuff. Pours the beautiful hazy yellow with a sweet almost banana aroma. Pils malts and saaz hops marry with a fruity flavor. The alcohol is well hidden and you could get yourself in seroiously trouble with the drinkability of this. A classic in the making.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2003 14:45:14 | More by beernbbq
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DagFishHead

New York

4.25/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Hazy, straw-golden body. Generous champagne-fizzy head gives way to a modest cap with some lacing.
Smell: Crisp clean sweet malt, rich yeastiness, citrus notes: orange, grapefruit. Spice hops and a goodly whiff of alcohol.
Taste: Sweet grainy/malty sweetness with citrus and sweet fruits to start, fizzy but still rich at the top, dries with yeasty/citrus acidity, hop spiciness and even some banana in the aftertaste. All very clean and balanced. Alcohol level lies in wait and springs on you at the end.
Mouthfeel: Medium-full bodied malt, delightfully tingly carbonation, yeast/citrus pucker.
Drinkability: Delicious... alcohol level is surprisingly treacherous.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2003 20:35:39 | More by DagFishHead
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bditty187

Nebraska

4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pale peachy hue with honey highlights, hazy, some animation is noticeable, the white head was smaller than I expected; maybe a finger in height and the retention was passable. A loose cap remains throughout the consumption. The lacing is sub-par. The nose is fruity: mangos, passion fruit, and kiwi. Pepper and clove undercurrents. Alcohol hints at the back. The mustiness is noticeable throughout. The potency is modest. I was expecting more but what the nose needed the palate had and then some. The taste was splendid; simply divine with a glimpse of mango and pear fruitiness upfront that is very quickly overwhelmed by spicy alcohol, pepper, cloves, and surprisingly strong yeastiness. Some candied sugar sweetness but it cannot overcome the finish, which is tart (a green apple influence), spicy and peppery as well but with a blend of malty-bread too. The alcohol is very naked and taunting, maybe a little too much so, if it was softer the complexities would not be as drowned out. The palate is very tasty nevertheless. I detect cloves and apples in the aftertaste with a sharp peppery kick on the tongue, interesting! The body is medium with high carbonation, appropriate, very cleansing and refreshing, which is hard to do with such a high abv. Nicely dry as well. La Fin Du Mode is supremely drinkable and quite a pleasant quaff. It has been well worth the wait… I scored a 750 ml of this dandy in Kansas City. Obliviously it is recommended but I might be the last person on earth to try it.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2003 19:00:37 | More by bditty187
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AtLagerHeads

Ohio

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

A beautiful cloudy golden color with a large and fluffy near white head - plenty of lacing. The nose is vinous with plenty of spice and fruit notes. The flavor follows suit with nice vinous qualities and plenty of fritzy feel to go with it; almost joyous in its qualities. The feel is good and the drinkability is limited only by the unnoticed alcohol level.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2003 02:56:15 | More by AtLagerHeads
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

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

After warming to room temperature, you can taste some of the strong alcohol and the carbonation.Cloves detract. Popular with my friends but merely good. Have had every few months and observe that its not comparable to the best Belgiums, merely to the median good ones.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2003 01:20:14 | More by Sammy
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CRJMellor

Arkansas

3.58/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice honey color with a 1/4 inch with very intricate lace on the side and great carbonation. Lot of sediment in the bottle. Aroma produces sour apple, toffee, wheat and yeasty citrus notes. Mouthfeel is very clean and has that nice alcohol kick on the back end. Taste is a beautiful mixture of malts with some slight spiciness on the backside. My first experience with the Unibroue folks and certainly won't be my last.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2003 03:12:20 | More by CRJMellor
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mschofield

Massachusetts

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

Hazy-yellow gold with stark white bubbly head. It nearly explodes out of the bottle.
Fruity, floral and yeasty aroma.
Very peppery (alcohol) and spicy, with apple and pear.
Highly carbonated, and very warming. It could be dangerous how this hides the ABV.

Not as complicated as other Unibroue brews, my least favorite from that brewery so far. Thats not saying much as it's still an outstanding beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2003 22:20:57 | More by mschofield
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dpend

Florida

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

Poured a clear, light amber/gold that constructed a respectable off-white head that retained well. Aromas of sweet malt, wheat, and spices. Light in the taste with a fair presence of spices and citrus. Alcohol presence seems low for beer with this much abv. Smooth and refreshing with an edgy carbonation. I prefer the Maudite, but this is a great beer nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2003 12:42:36 | More by dpend
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merlin48

Kentucky

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

12 ounce bottle served chilled into a goblet. Murky honey colour with a tightly laced 2 cm head. Nose is very floral of apricots and apples, but citrus dominates. Clean and crisp in the mouth with plenty of carbonation to fizzle your tongue. Alcohol is barely noticeable. Caramel malt taste becomes evident halfway through the experience, and the hops appear about the same time to balance the predominant fruitiness. Excellent drinkability here, and really no faults. Fortunately, several Unibroue offerings are available at the Liquor Barn stores in Lexington, Ky, so I'm just a 2.5 hour drive away from sampling more of these fine Unibroue products. Trois Pistoles remains my favorite, but this one is an excellent choice as well.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2003 23:11:09 | More by merlin48
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ViveLaChouffe

Georgia

4.53/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I am really happy to be reviewing this beer and also a bit frustrated. I have been drinking La Fin Du Mond for over 7 years now and is one of my all-time favorites. Unfortunately, I still don't think my critical palate is sharp enough to do this beer justice. Anyway...

Pours a hazy pale gold with a rich snowy white head. Very lacy. Smells like spicy sour apples. Yeasty and fruity.

Taste is heavenly. Frtuity apple in the body underpinned by sweet spicy flavors. Sour malt and yeast to finish. Smooth. And then very slowly, very subtly, the beer shifts into another gear and that dull alcohol warming comes through in the aftertaste. It's a thing of beauty.

This is a gorgeous beer. A perfect sipping brew for a cold winter's evening.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2003 17:15:15 | More by ViveLaChouffe
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edchicma

Massachusetts

4.2/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The real champagne of beers? Oustanding appearance...super carbonation..a head that won't quit with an opaque yellow appearance. Smell was like wheat with a hint of alcohol...well-rounded and inviting. Taste was slghtly citrus with a definite alcohol presence. Mouthfeel was definitely dry, but rounded out nicely...not a strong alcohol presence in teh aftertaste. I've just recently started sampling some of the stronger ales and this certainly ranks in my top tier.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2003 00:16:42 | More by edchicma
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crookedhalo

Pennsylvania

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

75 cl cork and caged bottle. Poured initally a translucent pale golden color, following with a definitive murkyness from the natural yeast sediment. This yeast sediment, like other Belgians and Belgian-styles, attributes significant flavor profiles that would not be present if either the beer was to be filtered in the brewing process or not decanted into the goblet as to freely distribute the sediment. I believe this beer is more enjoyable with the yeast thoroughly mixed with the beer. It is rather spicy in the nose (Unibroue tends to use many different spices and keeps those recipe formulas under wraps; I know this from talking to one of the brewers at a beer festival I was working at), with evidence of a healthy dosage of candi sugar and some subtle hops (most likely indigenous to North America). Initially sweet and the intricate smorgasboard of spices come through. Finishes drier yet the spice aspect of the beer still lingers. Mouthfeel's heavy yet smooth, not as invasive as one might expect for a Belgian-style at around 9%. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2003 07:35:37 | More by crookedhalo
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yankeeheel

Maine

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

Pours a very nice clear yellow with a small but lively white head. Lot o' bubbles that dissapear quickly. The smell is rather floral with a bit of berry coming through. can't really nose the alcohol, which is suprising.

The taste is fabulously light, delicate, and complex. Quite a fruity body like a wine but without any astringency. Delicate peppery spices come through in the back, and still the alcohol is imperceptable. Mouthfeel is slightly assertive without a ton of carbonation. Very drinkable.

A nice sipper of a stong ale.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2003 00:58:21 | More by yankeeheel
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BierManVA

Virginia

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

Very good carbonation that settles a bit yet maintains itself. The smell is incredible...medicinally alcoholic but appealing. And the apearance is a dark golden yeasty appearance, similar to Schneider Weisse.

Yet again I find myself in love with a non USA Pale Ale. (American Pale Ale's are just too damn hoppy for me.) This is smooth and delicious and get's the job done. Don't get me wrong here, the smell is quite hoppy but the taste has been subdued nicely. Very Good.

Surprisingly, I taste a bit of malt here. And not just 'a little' but a good deal. Quite a complex palate.

A great North American brew.

Drink!

John

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2003 02:02:03 | More by BierManVA
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SeanChouffe

New Mexico

3.83/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: pours a bright straw yellow with a white head, light effervescence and a slight chill haze. Head retention is low and the lace is full and sticky.

Aroma: tart, hoppy, fruity esters and bubblegum.

Taste: smooth and sweet and peppery with a hop bite and a dry tart finish.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied, creamy, smooth, crisp, low in effervescence, and a lasting astringent bitterness.

IMHO: A good representation of the style, but a Duvel beats it on many fronts.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2003 03:33:24 | More by SeanChouffe
La Fin Du Monde from Unibroue
96 out of 100 based on 7,112 ratings.