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La Fin Du Monde - Unibroue

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

8,164 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 8,164
Reviews: 2,728
rAvg: 4.32
pDev: 11.57%
Wants: 349
Gots: 890 | FT: 17
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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Photo of sloejams
4.85/5  rDev +12.3%

The BJCP gives this as an example of a Tripel, but I tend to agree with the BA, Belgian Strong classification. I drink this often, I decided to finally give it a proper review.

It pours a hazy yellow with a beautiful crisp frothy lace head. A sweet aroma suggests fruit perhaps peach. It has a creamy character that is full of carbonation. The 9% ABV is not noticeable in the taste or mouthfeel making it very drinkable. The finish is effervescent and clean. It’s very flavorful and downright delicious.

Unibroue makes fine products and this is not exception. As I mentioned above, I have this somewhat regularly and I anticipate many happy returns.

sloejams, Nov 16, 2005
Photo of Citadel82
4.2/5  rDev -2.8%

Yet another tasty Unibroue product. Pours a hazy gold with a generous white head. Aroma is yeasty sweet malts. some spicy cloves and banana. Taste is sweet malt with a spicy hop finish. Only traces or hints of alcohol. I do not know how they do it but this is a beer that truly hides its gravity.

Citadel82, Nov 16, 2005
Photo of pentathlete
4.47/5  rDev +3.5%

Cloudy fuzzy peach yellow with a large big-bubbled head. Smell is spicy, touch of ginger, citrus rind and Belgian yeast. Taste is dry, oh so arid, with rind and zest kicking in, the finish is long and hits like allspice, coriander, and some essence of clove. Mouthfeel is full on the top of the palate but dry underneath, very complex and satisfying. Dangerously drinkable at 9% ABV. This is a choice replacement for an aperitif cocktail or a dry wine. Next cocktail party, offer up a taste of this to your guests. They'll thank you.

pentathlete, Nov 12, 2005
Photo of grindcore666
2/5  rDev -53.7%

Pours out looking like a bubble bath of apple juice. Looks like a hefeweizen/champagne. Bubbles aplenty.

Aroma is a fruity sensation: apples, pears, banana creme, marshmallows, champagne.

Tastes like an unripe apple as a wine. Mouthfeel is sparkling for a split second, then dry, sweet, sharp, bitter, and yeasty. I taste apple and pear in this one. Aftertaste is dry soap and yeast.

As a hefe I probably wouldve enjoyed this one ten fold - since I'm interested in the flavors presented. It's just too dry for my taste. I see this doesnt go underappreciated, though.

I'll have to find someone to give the rest of this 4-pack to.

grindcore666, Nov 11, 2005
Photo of crwills
4.75/5  rDev +10%

It's amazing how great a great beer tastes when you drink it right after a lousy beer. In this case, both beers were from the same brewer -- I drank this bottle of Unibroue La Fin Du Monde right after a bottle of Unibroue U2. I guess the biggest positive comment I can make about the U2 is that it made the La Fin Du Monde taste so much better!

I poured the LFDM (acronyms rule) into a standard pint glass. Nice, cloudy golden colour with a 1/2 inch head. Looks like fairly low carbonation. Smell is strawberries, grapefruit, candies, peaches, some grass, and, of course, that patent, unidentifiable (at least to me) Unibrouey smell.

Taste is just great. Fruity, sweet hops, a bit of alcohol, and Unibroueyness. Yes, I'm inventing words left and right. Mouthfeel is cutting, with just the right amount of carbonation for me (i.e. not that much), and very little aftertaste.

For 9% ABV, this is a very drinkable beer. The type I could go through two or three of and then fall down.

Anyway, my theory is Unibroue released its one or two lousy beers solely to make its mostly awesome beers taste better. Smart, eh?

crwills, Nov 10, 2005
Photo of Melchizedek
4.08/5  rDev -5.6%

Pours a champagne-like gold, with a slight yeast haze, a rocky white head and lively, lasting carbonation.

Smell is potent, with some clove and yeast action and a light Red Delicious apple-like background scent. Floral notes in the smell as well. In the mouth, rather effervescent and foamy, with noticeable alcohol and a hard-to-identify honey/fruit sweetness.

This is very, very drinkable--dangerously so, with its 9% ABV. There's a pleasing sharpness to the flavor and mouthfeel that comes out better at a temp a bit lower than what might be recommended; when you try it, pour at fridge temp or just above and let it warm, and I think you'll enjoy it immensely.

Melchizedek, Nov 08, 2005
Photo of andjusticeforale
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

“The end of the world.” I poured this beer into a unibroue tulip I have enjoyed this beer in the past but never considered a review until now.

The first impression of this beer in a glass is that of a cross between a run-o-the-mill american pilsener and champagne. It froths like crazy and truly looks “refreshing.” But there is no cheap macro-swill here, this is high end stuff.

The initial smell is spicy, yeasty, somewhat belgian white, even more malt base to form the strong pale ale frame. The taste is predominantly vanilla, coriander malts and a bitterness to add balance from the hops. This is crucial because it balances the sweetness that would otherwise be over-present. One other thing that balances the sweetness is the alcohol content. At times it is present, and at other times it is not so up front. The finish is wonderfully spiced, dry herbal spiced, (coriander, some citrus oil not nutmeg and cinnamon) and vanilla. With a warming effect.

This is really nice in what it is trying to accomplish, its up there with Duvel, etc.; and is certainly less sweet than some of the Belgians. If beginners into craft beer could get by the high alcohol, this certainly is a beverage that could tease and convert the casual drinker to explore craft and Belgian beer.

andjusticeforale, Nov 07, 2005
Photo of hopsaplenty
4.03/5  rDev -6.7%

Giant rocky head of densely packed bone colored bubbles spilling over the top of the glass. Loads of carbonation streams and tons of lacing. Beautiful, cloudy golden caramel colored body. Smells of clove with alcohol, slight floral esters. Vibrant carbonation on tongue, hints of peppery spice in the finish. Full mouthfeel, big and packed with overt alcohol tones.

This is a beer to be enjoyed slowly, savored.

hopsaplenty, Nov 06, 2005
Photo of beveragecaptain
4.4/5  rDev +1.9%

750 ml corked bottle. After the cork exploded off the bottle, this beer poured out a hazy orange, with a big white head. Aroma is yeast, spice, and fruit. Tropical fruit flavor, especially apricots, pineapple, and mango. Spicy, with pepper and cloves, but not as spicy as most of their dark beers. No hop flavor. Sweet, but not overly sweet. This tastes very much like a Belgian beer. Full mouthfeel. Absolutely no sign of the 9% abv. A truly world class beer.

beveragecaptain, Nov 05, 2005
Photo of SwillinBrew
4.72/5  rDev +9.3%

Damn, this is one fine brew. I cant believe i've waited this long to review it.

Ap-Slightly hazy with a very deep honey color with lots of bubbles and a good size head that last, very effervescent.
Sm - A subtle spiciniess hits your nose that gives way to a fruity, slight yeast and citrusy scent. Very very aromatic.
T - F'ing outstanding. Mellow bananas and orange first grace your mouth blending with the spice to just baste your tastebuds in liquid goodness. The flavors linger after every swallow.

This is just one exceptional brew. The effervescense cleans your palate for the flavors that are immediately following. I will keep this as a regular in my selection and will also cellar a few.

SwillinBrew, Nov 04, 2005
Photo of horshack7
4/5  rDev -7.4%

Appearnce: A pale golden yellow head is very frothy.

Smell: Peppery hints of corriender and dried fruits.

Taste: Lots of dried fruits hints of orange zest and apricots and and rather complex hop bitterness.

Notes: Certainly a very unique style that I have ever had very drinkable with a it's complex flavors. Cheers!

horshack7, Nov 04, 2005
Photo of dirtylou
4.18/5  rDev -3.2%

12 oz single from Riley's

appearance: pours a cloudy pale orange with a giant fluffy head with great lacing...quite a nice lookin brew

smell: nice and fruity, almost tropical...some nice citrus aromas as well, definately a little yeasty, a little alcohol on the nose, some nice spices as well

taste: very clean and tasty...nice and fruity (some citrus and tropical flavors), clovey spiciness, some pear, yeast, pronounced alcohol burn is present.

mouthfeel: smooth creamy, a good deal of carbonation

drinkability: very drinkable

I have been walking past Unibroue bottles for a while now. Theres just so much out there, I never made it to these guys...I'll probably get further into their line this winter

dirtylou, Nov 03, 2005
Photo of twelvsies
3.95/5  rDev -8.6%

A great beer. I thought this was a triple, and it pretty much is, but apparantly it's a strong Belgian pale. I could see that too I guess. Pours a cloudy yellowy amber color with a nice head, which lasts til the end. Nice. Very yeasty, estery, and fruity, with plenty of Belgian spices of course. Vanilla, clove, corriander... you name it. Nice bite to it too, not quite as delicate as most triples I'd say. A bit bubbly on the palate. All in all an excellent beer, with a nice little story behind it too.

twelvsies, Nov 02, 2005
Photo of davidchollar
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

what is the difference between this and a tripel? it says triple fermentation on the bottle. it looks, smells and tastes similar to the last tripel i had, villers trippel. but i like this one better.
looks thick and cloudy, dark dull orange with a massive head.
smells good, fruity, apple sauce with champagne. does not smell like 9% abv, doesn't even smell that much like a beer!
tastes awesome. intense and fruity but dry and clean. fruity is not a good word because it makes me think of something that is not real beer, but this is just so subtly fragrant and wonderful and i cant think of a different word. unique taste makes me keep drinking and thinking of better adjectives.
this beer requires a second for reflection. i ordered only one in a mix case of 14 different kinds, but next time i will order several. this beer kicks ass.

davidchollar, Nov 02, 2005
Photo of beerphilosopher
4.7/5  rDev +8.8%

Poured into a Moinette goblet for lack of a Unibroue one ... from a 750ml korked bottle. Exceptional.

A: Liquid gold. Bright yellow/golden with a ghost of yeast throughout from the bottle fermentation. This beer looks terrific. A solid, but a bit thin, white head with decent retention and substantial lacing on the goblet.

S: Okay, things are getting better by the millisecond. This smells otherworldly ... citrusy, spicy, with strong yeasty notes and zest ... almost like a wit in some respects. More "alive" than expected.

T: First the appearance, then the scent, now the taste ... I cannot expalin my excitement here. This tripel from Canada (who'd have thunk it) is world class. I'd put it against MOST comparable styles from the homeland. It's that good ... with strong, warming alcohol upfront, sweet malts and yeast throughout, but offset with complex orangy characteristics. A distinct peppery, spiciness is pronounced ... almost like they added cloves to the secondary ... still holds slightly to the sweeter side on the finish.

M: Rich and substantial. You can detect the yeast strain throughout the liquid. Good, strong alcohol burn at 9%. Silky, and manages a smoothness despite the high gravity being so pronounced.

D: Wish I had another 750ml of this right now, though I likely wouldn't be in a condition conducive to writing this review if I had it. This beer is eminently drinkable, but take your time with it ... let the complexity of this north of the border tripel come through as you nurse the offering. It's worth it. This is one of my favorite beers ... period.

beerphilosopher, Oct 29, 2005
Photo of Hop2it
5/5  rDev +15.7%

Oh sweet mercy, this looks delicious. Perfect bright solid white head of tight foamy bubbles. Semi opaque yellow/orange body. Tiny carbonation bubbles vigarously racing to the top, with no signs of stopping.

Smells tart and estery like a Wit. Orange rind bouquet of citrus aromas.

This is wonderful - completely wraps my tongue around in a soft velvety balanket of hoppy goodness. Carbonation dances, alcohol heats things up, solid malt profile gives just the right amount of body, but it's the hops that take this baby over the edge with perfect bitterness.

I forgot to mention the yeast. It adds so much to the flavor and smell. Estery, spicy, sweet and bitter. There is just so much going on it's hard to divide my attention to the complexity of this.

I generally have reservations about giving a beer all 5s - but not tonight. This is really that good. The second pour of the 750ml bottle is slightly warmer, allowing the flavor to expand and enunciate the delicate intricacies of its flavor.

If you read this and think that there is another Belgian Strong Pale Ale that is better, please beermail me.

Hop2it, Oct 26, 2005
Photo of alysmith4
4.59/5  rDev +6.2%

End of the world or not, this beer is the best in the universe. It pours a perfect golden sunset, with about a one-inch cloud atop. The smell is full of various fruits probably from all over the earth, including asian pear, costa rican banana, and washington apple. Dances on the tongue, and goes down oh so smooth. Drink slowly, or it'll be la fin du tu!

alysmith4, Oct 25, 2005
Photo of Golden2wenty1
4.45/5  rDev +3%

Picked up a single at Riley's here in Madison.

Pours a vibrant golden yellow with a couple fingers of snow white head that is fuled by a steady stream of carbonation from the bottom of the chalice. Nose starts off with strong clove, bitter grapefruit, and citrusy hops. Taste starts with green apple skins, pear and pineapple, floral hops and yeasty malts. Mouthfeel is crisp and bubbly, finish is dry like champagne. This is a tasty little Belgian Pale, make sure to let it warm up as it starts a little bitter when it's cold.

Golden2wenty1, Oct 25, 2005
Photo of sacfly
4.13/5  rDev -4.4%

Pours a cloudy, straw/gold color. Huge thick white head. Musty and light bubblegum sweetness in the nose. Sharp when cold, but blends well when it warms.

Taste mimics the nose with bubble gum and musty clove phenols first, and a long musty aftertaste. Nice full mouth feel.

Drink this one at room temperature or slightly chilled. Flavors are very sharp and harsh when cold, round out rather nicely as it warms. Score reflects drinking at room temp/chilled.

sacfly, Oct 23, 2005
Photo of jayc333
4.53/5  rDev +4.9%

Pours a murky yellow with a 1-finger white head. This one is cloudy as hell.

A variety of spices in the smell. All of which co-exist with eachother wonderfully.

Spices hit upfront in taste. Sweet malts balance everything out, and the 9%ABV gives a nice warming hue.

Amazingly smooth mouthfeel for its ABV. Very creamy, with medium carbonation.

Truly a world class brew. In the Belgian Strong Pale Ale category, I say this bad boy makes Duvel seem like nothing. Highly recommended.

jayc333, Oct 23, 2005
Photo of tesguino
4.43/5  rDev +2.5%

Settled and deep yellow beer; triple fermentation; grassy and floral smell; taste wide, strong, well ballanced; full, bodied, high ABV (9%), a great abbey example; try with most of mexican and american cuisine, chinese too; use for cooking is great for marinade; serve in a goblet fo course; use like appetizer; 93% recommended.

tesguino, Oct 22, 2005
Photo of UberWasser
4.95/5  rDev +14.6%

12oz brown bottle, no freshness date, served in an oversized wine glass.

Pours a dark yellow/light amber. Very cloudy. Cannot see my hand through it. Even with a gentle pour a three or four finger head develops in the glass. The retention is quite nice, as it doesn’t recede at all with some agitation. Pretty color, lack of clarity for all the right reasons, great head. It leaves lots of nice lacing on the glass. Nice.

The smell...all I can say is wow. It’s like smelling a mellowed flower bed/spice garden in a glass. Totally intriguing with notes of lavender, cloves, roses, orange citrus, and more. Absolutely stunning.

The taste is just as stunning. Starts a little spicy on the tongue, like an alcohol-infused citrus. As it moves to the back of your mouth more of the clove richness comes through. After swallowing it, a floral effervescence floats up into the back of your mouth and back of your nose, highlighting the great rose and lavender notes. It’s amazing. Mouthfeel is smooth as silk, with just a touch of carbonation sizzle.

A nearly perfect beer. So complex, so intriguing, but also so drinkable. It's smooth as silk (even at 9% ABV you'd have to struggle to detect it) and fun to sip. I'll definitely be stocking up on this one.

UberWasser, Oct 20, 2005
Photo of Viggo
4.45/5  rDev +3%

One of my favourite beers of all time. Pours a very cloudy orange, huge fluffy white head, lots of sticky lace all over the place. Smell is honey sweetness, orange, coriander, yeast, some floral notes. Taste is sweet and spicy, orange, citrus, and lots of bready yeast. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, high carbonation, with a refreshing and dry finish.

Viggo, Oct 18, 2005
Photo of GClarkage
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

10/16/05- Purchased at Beverages and More in San Mateo, CA

Presentation- 750 ml bottle. Caged and corked. No dating on the bottle. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Cloudy bright golden pour. Cork lets out with a furious pop. Nice creamy 3/4 inch head with nice patchy lacing.

Smell- Spices and more spices. Tons of white pepper and corriander. Not much other scents can get through. Maybe a few ripe fruits.

Taste- The pepper and the corriander carry this beer. Maybe a touch of peach flavor sneaks through or some other kind of tropical fruit. Sweet and tangy.

Mouthfeel- Perfect carbonation for style. Sugary coating and a tad creamy.

Drinkability- Probably the best Strong BPA I have had. Extremely tasty and drinkable.

GClarkage, Oct 16, 2005
Photo of sopor
3.93/5  rDev -9%

Hmm tasty brew, but I need to keep these for summer drinking, the belgian-style sweetness can take a break until next year!

Goldne tan wheat color with large frothy head that dissipates quicly to a creamy film that mounds where towers of bubbles are racing to the surface, Funky grainy smell with some sweet spiciness.

I'm afreaid that perhaps the complexity of this brew was lost on my tongue? It is very good, but it seemed very "normal" belfian style sweeteness with some sweet graininess. Again, it was good, but nothng out of the ordinary here. Refreshingly active carbonation with moderately ligh body.

sopor, Oct 16, 2005
La Fin Du Monde from Unibroue
96 out of 100 based on 8,164 ratings.