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La Fin Du Monde - Unibroue

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8,871 Ratings
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Ratings: 8,871
Reviews: 2,780
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 11.83%
Wants: 409
Gots: 1,285 | 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 webmanspidey
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy caramel/yellow color. Fizzy head. Smell of a spicy apple juice. Some other sweet fruits in there. Tangy and sweet fruity taste. Peppery and spicy as well. Slight detection of alcohol. This is as good as it gets for a "non-Trappist" tripel. Very drinkable and enjoyable.

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

Appearance- This is the most beautiful beer I have ever seen. There is a massive foamy head that keeps surging upwards! The carbonation is spectacular, there is a torrent of it that keeps jutting up from the center of the glass. Beer itself is a golden straw color.

Smell- Heavy with heavy date and candied fruit smell but with a deep mustiness as well.

Taste- Incredibly smooth, sweet and yeasty, not sharp at all. Alcohol is hidden extremely well. Warm and bready, almost like there is some dough in there.

Mouthfeel- Creamy, the beer drinks like Im having foam and not liquid.

Drinkability- Dangerous as its at 9% but incredibly smooth and well balanced.

Photo of rdickey
5/5  rDev +16%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Pours a pale cloudy gold into a tulip. Rocky white two-finger head lingers.

Smell: Outstanding - there's a lot going on here. Floral notes hit me first, followed by a nice balance of fruit, spice and hops.

Taste: Again, simply outstanding. There's a lot going on and it all works perfectly together. I get fruit and spice first, followed immediately by mild hop bitterness. Warming alcohol rounds it out, but it's not a flaw at all - in fact, it's quite pleasant. Nice dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Relatively high carbonation, which works nicely with this beer.

Drinkability: Highly drinkable despite the high ABV, because everything just works so well together. I'm not sure what the right analogy is - is this the Porsche 911 of beers? That honor should probably go to a German brew, of course. In any event, I have made this beer a part of my regular rotation, and have nicknamed it "Fin du Week" because I like to reward myself with one on Friday (and I don't speak French).

Photo of mtbikeguru
3.46/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750-milliliter bottle into a chalice. Has a nice brozenish/yellow colour to it. Has a very nice nose. Hints of cloves/spice and a hint of fruitiness. Fairly smooth, crisp taste but has a slight bitternes to it. Over all great beer, wonderfull winter warmer.(especially on a cold snowy evening)

Photo of Yesac
3.88/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Very faint pale yellow. Small head. Could be lots better.

S - Sour smell.. some spice and some orangy peel.

T - Right along with the smell, some spice and a orangy tang. There is an overall sourness that is not impressing me.

M - Medium carbonated, some creamyness but thin over all.

D - Easy to drink.. gets better as it warms. The 9% is hidden well. But overall its to tangy and citrusy for my taste.

Photo of flipper2gv
4.49/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Nice gold ale with full head.

Smell: Very complex smell. You definitively can smell the spices, the orange peel and verious fruits (pears, apples) as well as some cloves.

Taste: First thing to strike is the spices. Then I felt the cloves and orange peel. At the end we can taste the fruits with a sweetness that is more present than on the smell. Light hops bitterness as well as nice wheat flavor. The alcohol is not very present making it very drinkable.

Mouthfeel: Pretty interesting too. It starts out with a medium to high carbonation with a medium presence. But, if you let it stay in your mouth for some time, it gets very creamy with a much fuller presence.

Drinkability: Dangerously high for a 9% beer. As I said in the taste section, the alcohol taste is well hidden by the complex taste of this beer. Don't exaggerate too much on this one.

Photo of NittanyBeerFan
4.12/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a creamy amber with a lot of haze. Just by the looks of this thing, you can tell that there is gonna be a lot of yeast character.

S: The main flavor is obviously yeast. But its the subtleties in the smell that really impressed me. Theres a ton going on in here. There are the citrus and clove flavors of a good hefe. I can make out fruits in there too...

T: This is where the flavor really develops. You feel the yeast, and then you get overwhelmed by flavors! Pepper, cloves, and citrus dominate, along with some pear, apple, and some hop bitterness.

M/D: Heavily carbonated but I think it went nicely with the style. The heavy yeast in this beer makes it hard for me to believe I could drink more than a couple, but it tastes so damn good, I can't tell for sure.

Photo of craytonic
4.02/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big bomber pours a foamy off-white head. Pale, yellow, cloudy golden pour.

Smell: Orchard and peppers. Lots of pear & apple. Yeast, alcohol, cider.

Taste: An orchard - lots of pear, some apple, and white pepper. Yeast & some hoppy bitterness. Finish is more pepper.

Great, full-bodied mouthfeel. Very nice.

Drinkable, not my favorite, but one to try once yearly.

Photo of Foxtrot
4.12/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up one of these at my local BevMo. Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A - Cloudy straw color with a big head and light lacing.

S - Lots of malt, yeast and cloves with no hops.

T - Opens up with cloves and pear flavors, and finishes good with a clean and slightly bitter finish.

M - Smooth and sweet with some moderate carbonation.

D - Although this is a very good brew, I would not recommend this as a session beer. Quite filling and has a high ABV.

Photo of adamette
4.42/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Purchased a few hours ago at World Wines and Liquor in Mentor, Ohio. Four 12 oz. brown bottles for $8.99.

A This is almost ALL head pouring into my clean, clear Dogfish Head pint. The head was the entire 6 inches of the pint for a bit. Then about 60 seconds later the meringe like lacy head is supported by a gorgeous yellow golden body with pleasing carbonation rising from below.

S Grainy alcohol, true tripel smell. Smells very sweet, lots of malt. Do not smell hops.

T Wonderful malty, grainy, alcohol. I love this taste which I find similar to other tripels that I have had.

M Full with high ABV but also malty, sweet grainy tastes. This beer demands your attention.

D At least good thanks to its great taste but high ABV and fullness to the mouth make it difficult to drink multiples of these.

Notes: This reminds me A LOT of Victory Golden Monkey. That is one of my favorite beers. To contrast the two, I would say that Fin du Monde has more fullness and more grains, malts but the basic taste is very similar.

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Re-review 11 9 10

Live review. Poured from the 12 oz. bottle that I bought at Giant Eagle two evenings ago for $9.99/4-pack. Date printed on bottom of back label states 03-26-13. Series of numbers near the neck report: C26100036Q for what it is worth. Poured into my gold rimmed Brewery Ommegang Westvleteren style goblet.

A Initially a creamy, off white head but it lasted about a minute over a golden yellow body that initially had swirls of yeast sediment floating about but now is pretty well uniform in its opaque, very hazy look. The head, before I am about to sip it, is nearly a single line of bubbles across the top. A classic, good look for the style. 4.0

S Great balance of Belgian yeast, candi sugar sweetness and light roast malt. I also smell significant warmth of alcohol but it is not only welcomed but it is appropriate to the style. 4.5

T The taste extends right from the smell in that there is the light roast malt, candi sugar sweetness, that great Belgian yeast that is probably the best that I have tasted in a beer brewed outside of Belgium. This is obviously a finely crafted Tripel brewed with the greatest artistry and care. More satisfying than that, it is a pleasure to taste. 4.5

M Some alcohol heat, the Belgian yeast dances across the tongue and there is a nice malty, syrupy thick feel that is appropriate to the style but few Tripels pull off this bigness of this one and that is appreciated. 5.0

D Fair to good with the bigness and the alcohol driving it down but it is so damn delicious (which drive it up!). 4.0

Notes: A classic, world class tripel from Unibroue.

Photo of kkosmoski
4.02/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

355 mL poured into an Ommegang goblet - best before date of 05-09-09. Beer foamed out of the bottle and onto the countertop shortly after opening, so I poured immediately. Was only able to fit roughly half of the bottle into the goblet due to the massive amount of white head produced. Extremely high amount of active carbonation working up through a golden colored liquid. Thick, tightly packed foam holds its form beautifully. Aroma is of apricot, apple, banana, rock candy, and yeast. Flavors include subtle grain, candy sweetness, apricot, honeydew melon, clove, and a yeasty, bitter finish. Feel in the mouth is prickly and fluffy from the high carbonation. Chalky light-medium body and warming. A vast array of flavors make this a very intriguing ale to quaff, high alcohol will get in the way after a while.

This is a style that I don't visit very often and am slowly developing an appreciation for. This seems like a solid example with a myriad of interesting flavors and aromas going on.

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

Purchased a bottle at Brookline Liquor Mart in Brighton, MA.

A: Straw hue. Clearly very effervescent. Capped with a thin white head. A little hazy.

S: Clove and malt. Very perfume lie. Also some tropical fruits. Some booze in here as well. All of these aromas compliment each other well.

T: clove flavors with plenty of fusel alcohol. Good soft pils character in the malt base. Slight bitterness at the end. Sweet but not overly so. this is a very well put together beer.

MF: Medium body. Dry mouthfeel. Well carbonated.

D, notes: A very good tripel. Not overly sweet, clove phenolics are spot on.

Photo of nighthawk
4.72/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy dark yellow with a small white head that dissipates quickly to a thin haze on the surface of the beer.
Strong fruit on the nose, both dark (plum) and lighter (some banana) with some pine hops and faint pice (ginger or clove).
Strong dark fruit flavours, with spice and pepper up front. Lighter fruit flavours follow. Malts provide a solid backbone to the palate. Alcohol is strong on the finish, with both sweetness and spice, with some nice hops providing accompanying bitterness.
Mouthfeel is nice and chewy, medium body with the carbonation making itself felt. Slightly drying on the finish.
The high alcohol is definitely felt, but not overpowering. Bold through and through, this beer may not be a quaffer, but it is a wonderful beer experience.

Photo of MarcGetty
5/5  rDev +16%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Drinking La Fun Du Monde will have you feeling fin-tasktic and fin-taboulous! It is truly an exceptional beer that is difficult not to love.

Long before my 2002-era craft beer enlightenment I had heard of this beer being available in Canada from friends and how it was absolutely awful. Some time in 2002 or 2003 I tried it for myself and thought that I may need to get new friends as the beer I tried was exceptional!

The beer has all of the typical characteristics of a Belgian Golden Ale - light in color, bright crisp taste, very effervescent and high in alcohol. The head is perfect - light but not too much.

Available in both 12oz and 750ml bottles, I usually choose the 750ml bottles myself. Many a night has Fin put a smile on my face!

Photo of tr4nc3d
4.47/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice clear liquid gold color with a huge head that goes away pretty quickly. Noticable lacing sticking to the side of the glass.

Spicy floral notes, like apples that have been out of the frige for a while. A little alcohol smell to it.

Taste sweet, fruity like, with a nice hop finish to it.

Mouthfeel was light to me, nice rich tasting feeling.

Drinkability for this one is very good.

Photo of TeamSeabass
4.22/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into wine glass. It's a nice hazy solid gold color. Nice bit of carbonation on the pour and still plenty left on the drink.

Smells of sweet apples, very strong. Tastes of clove & very sweet...where's the alcohol? Not at all like a 9%-er. I didn't taste any apple. Aftertaste gets a bit of mild bitterness that lingers.

I like this tripel style and this beer makes me want to experiment more with other tripels. This beer is great and I'll give it more opportunities to grow on me.

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

Pours cloudly yellow with thin white head. Smell - fruity, sweet and very much yeasty. Very nice smell actually. Taste is pretty much the same - yeasty, fruity. It's a strong beer but in the nice way. Very balanced. Very smooth. Easy to drink. Overall - it's a very good brew, excellent sipper, I truly enjoy it.

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

La Fin Du Monde give little information on the bottle or on the packaging. It says little, but upon pouring into a goblet the look, smell, and sound this beer creates is amazing.

A bone white half inch head that is the smoothest looking whipped cream looking head ever. The body is slightly cloudy light golden with tons of continuous bubbles. The head crackles from the steady carbonation.

The aromas given are spicy clove characteristics with the fruitiness of an apple orchard. Quite sweet in the smell.
A warming finish from the alcohol comes up as well.

Flavors on the tongue are apples, spice, and an earthy finish from the hops.

The mouthfeel is amazingly fluffy.
Due to the 9% abv you might want to sip this with a really good meal.

Photo of itcomesnpints
4.47/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Golden bath with a high rise ivory head. No lacing, but there is an interesting fountain of bubbles rising from the center. A fruity aroma of apples and pears, with a gleam of hops, clove spice and bready yeast. A magnificent taste of fruits and spices and a light, very smooth mouthfeel that just barely conceals the alcohol. A world-class tripel that lacks the same complexity of premium Belgians of the style. I wish I would have taken greater advantage of Unibroue while I was going to school in Quebec.

Photo of JBushEsq
3.57/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I've had this one a couple of times, overall its pretty good, but my drinking of it pretty much depends on what else I have to choose from - if theres not much to speak of, then I would get this again.

A: Light and a slighly cloudly yellow

S: It has light floral hints in its aroma along with a stong smell of yeast.

T: Overall, not to bad - fairly yeasty and crisp, with a little hop in its finish.

M: Not much to say here, the alcohol is hidden pretty well and it is neither light nor heavy in feel.

D: See above, I'd get it again, but it would be far from a top pick.

Photo of PerzentRizen
4.4/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is like Triple Karmeliet and Delirium Tremens had a baby. This beer is malty and fruity and the alcohol is almost completely hidden.

I poured mine into a Duvel glass at around 50 Degrees Fahrenheit. It's cloudy and rich with a bug billowy head that reduces to pockets of lacing. The etched "D" on the bottle seems to stir up a head upon command easily.

The smell is of toasted almonds, and fennel seed. The alcohol can be smelled, but not really tasted. I can also smell faint banana and citrus fruit in the background.

The taste is fruity and toffee-like. It seems to be sweet then the alcohol and light hop character take over then it passes and goes to a robust malty finish. Those that think this beer is not complex should send me some "truly" complex beers. I am loving the flavors.

The mouthfeel is deep, rich, and creamy. How is it possible that a beer this light could be so thick and full in the mouth.

If it were not for the 9% ABV I would sit and drink this all day. I think Unibrou hides their alcohol well - a sign of a truly gifted brewer. I will definately buy more of this excellent brew.

Photo of bigkahunas4
4.72/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into my snifter

A: Pours an opaque bronze. Snow white half finger head but settles quite quickly. Quite sticky lacing

S: Citrus, clove, and spicey. Really quite pleasant and distinct.

T: Starts with a citric bite and moves to a bready yeast. Hints of pepper and clove come in, as well as some fruits like white grape and orange. Warming alcohol enters at the end

M: Fairly dry, yet smooth.

D: This is one of my favorites - and it's really due to the great balance of flavors, alcohol, and bitterness. Certainly a sipper with the high ABV, but certainly one to savor.

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Photo of jwinship83
4.82/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A- glowing golden body with a fluffy looking white head with little lacing. steady stream of very small bubbles

S- very yeasty and sweet with notes of summer fruits, cloves, bananas, and coriander.

T- spicy and yeasty. pretty sweet with some orange. a slight burn from the bubbles and or alcohol.

M- pretty thin but creamy

D- my favorite trippel, and something that would be much more sought after if the good people at Unibroue didnt make it available everywhere. i could easily finish the whole 750 by myslef, but at 9% abv wouldnt be able to take any more than that. theres a reason this makes the top 100 beers on planet earth. check this one out.

Photo of Offa
3.63/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Slightly hazy pale gold, it has a large, dense, off-white head that lasts a long time but leaves only a little weak lace.

The aroma is yeasty grain and banana with pears, meaty, winey alcoholic fruit, a bit raw on the alcohol, and hints of spice.

The taste is very muted, mostly very subtle pears, winey grapes, light, soft yeasty grain. It has a warming alcoholic sweetness, fairly smooth with a light bitterness. It is light, zesty, and crisp at the same time that it is a bit almost oily soft and warming, which is an interesting point. The flavours, however, are subdued and it lacks richness or real complexity. There is a hint of some complexity, but the qualities seem so muted and muddled that not much is going on aside from alcoholic sweetness and tart, yeasty fruit.

Photo of clayrock81
4.28/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A cloudy orange with two finger head that leaves a lovely lace ring down the glass. A fragrant smell with some sweetness and something akin to citric notes in the smell. A ginger snap hit my tongue first in this medium-bodied beer. It also warms but is sweet and smooth and has that heavy and dark fruits taste that Belgians contain. Has a slightly dry backbite to complement the slickness the beer passes with over the tongue. This is one of the best beers around in any style, not just Tripels.

La Fin Du Monde from Unibroue
96 out of 100 based on 8,871 ratings.