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La Fin Du Monde - Unibroue

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BA SCORE
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8,358 Ratings
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Ratings: 8,358
Reviews: 2,738
rAvg: 4.32
pDev: 11.81%
Wants: 361
Gots: 977 | FT: 17
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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 barefootbrewer
3.98/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This poured a golden color with cloudiness. The head was huge and persisted for several minutes. The smell is floral with a hint of coriander. The taste is floral and a bit citrus like. Mouthfeel is light and crisp with the carbonation noted. This is a nice example of the style.

barefootbrewer, Jul 30, 2006
Photo of ByTor2112
3.68/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Aroma was sour, yeasty, with a hint of apple, pear and some spicyness. Big white head with big bubbles hung around for about 5 minutes but dissipated quickly after. I have read about insane carbonation but the head in my glass was tame. A beautiful honey-yellow color with a few shades of orange trying to show through. Heavy carbonation on the palate but pleasant. Yeast and alcohol are immediately present but the alcohol is NOT over-bearing. I had to let this beer sit and mellow to get some sweet malt to come through all the yeast. I caught a whiff of hops as it warmed but not much bitterness to taste. I could drink two at a sitting but this Ale on Lees will warm you up. My first Unibroue and it was excellent.

ByTor2112, Jul 24, 2006
Photo of headlessparrot
3.83/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Unibroue's La Fin Du Monde is held in high esteem around these parts; I decided to try it for myself and see how it stacks up. La Fin Du Monde is not a beer for the faint of heart, and it's not a beer that you're going to drink six of in an evening. It exemplifies that motto, 'respect beer.' But let's see how it stacks up - it should be noted that I *tried* to age this beer, but folded and drank it within three months of purchasing it.

Appearance is very nice. Poured from the silver-foiled industry standard bottle into a Leffe glass (the closest I had to the reccomended glassware), it has a quite cloudy orange-brown-yellow sort of colouration. A very, very careful pour results in two fingers of very foamy head (a normal pour would have it overflowing out of the glass) that continues to grow for a few moments before shrinking a bit and settling to about a finger-and-a-half. A considerable amount of lacing is at times runny, but delicious looking nonetheless. This is a good looking beer.

The smell is full of a very sweet maltiness, though not much in the way of hops. Citrus fruits are quite apparant, along with nutmeg and cloves. A bit of wheatiness, bubblegum, yeasty notes and a bit of sour character. Floral, with a hint of alcohol (very well disguised for 9%). Perhaps the only off-note is a sort of metallic twang. As the beer warms, the aroma oddly seems to become harder to detect, which is very unusual with any beer, as warmth usually brings out MORE flavour.

Taste is also quite good, though it doesn't live up fully to the beautiful aroma. Sweet malts, again, a touch of indistinct hops, but largely dominated by the unusual flavours that make Belgians so appealing. Citrus fruits (especially lemon and curaco oranges), nutmeg, and cloves. Wheat notes, pepper, and a yeasty character, as well as the return of bubblegum. Some alcohol-warmth (duh), and the return of that one off-note - an almost bloody-metallic twang that sits a bit in the mouth. Sweet throughout, finish is slightly dry, but quite sweet on the finish. Almost no bitterness to be found. Very good tasting brew, but not something I would drink with any regularity, I must admit.

Mouthfeel is this beer's weak point. The light body isn't so bad - it's light, but definitely not watery - but this is a brew that's overcarbonated to extremes, almost macro levels. Drinkability, likewise, is average. I would *like* to have more than one of these, but often find myself barely able to finish a single bottle of the stuff; this is in part because of the high ABV, the heavy carbonation, and the occasionally cloying sweetness of the beer.

La Fin Du Monde is a great brew. It's certainly one of the best beers to come out of Canada, but realistically, it's not something that anyone could ever drink regularly. This is a special treat, a beer you keep in the fridge for a special occasion - graduation, the end of exams, finding a job. It's *not* for sipping in front of the television.

headlessparrot, Jul 21, 2006
Photo of Onibubba
2.93/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

First review! Poured into a Duvel glass. Beautiful light amber color with a white undying head. Aroma seemed very floral to me, and the alcohol was quite appearant. Something else too...Something sweet?

Taste confirmed the alcohol (whoah) and the source of the sweetness - the first thought that came into my head was bubblegum.

Mouthfeel was nice - a bit more carbination than I like, but nice. Not very drinkable for me. Could only manage small sips. Like most big beers, the taste improves as the temp warms, but not so much that I would want another anytime soon. I just could not shake the bubblegum.

This beer did have very impressive characteristics, but the taste just did not suit me. Glad I tried it though.

Onibubba, Jul 21, 2006
Photo of DaveFL1976
4.3/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy dark straw color with a fluffy white head that settles down to a thin skim.
Smell is nice. Bready, sweet, wheaty malt with a hint of lemon. It smells like what I imagine a strong German Weisen would smell like.
Taste is bold yet smooth. Heavy on the sweet malt. Lots of malt here, not a lot of bitterness, and the alcohol is expertly hidden. This is a tasty brew. It reminds me of Andechs Weissbier even though they're not the same style. But that's certainly not a bad thing to be reminded of Andechs.
If I have one complaint, it's that this bottle is overly carbonated. The taste is smooth, but all the bubbles exploding in my mouth adds harshness that impairs drinkability a bit.

DaveFL1976, Jul 21, 2006
Photo of bark
4.83/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The colour is orange-pale brown-yellow. The liquid is somewhat cloudy. The foam is at first enormous (almost like a Duvel), but it slowly sinks down to a finger thick uneven head without much lacing.

The smell is fruity with notes of spices and sweet malt. Oh, I like it! There are notes of bitter citric fruits, oat cookies, herbs (Basilica? Cloves?), brown sugar, spring flowers and a gentle sour note. Like a Hoegaarden Wit with extra everything!

Do I dare to taste? Oh yes. Wheat, yeast, herbs, sourness, bitter hops, citric fruits. And everything just works out great! Lots of Belgian flavours, with a particular flavour if bitter oranges and wheat ale. But, although there are lots of flavours and alcohol like a weak wine, it is very drinkable and not heavy at all. Impressive stuff. The loooong aftertaste is fruity with some hoppy flavours, wheat flour, tangerines and some matured strong wine.

The carbonation is strong (but quickly fading) with small bubbles. It tickles your tounge, but it is in no way sharp.

A truly great beer, and a great Belgian beer from Canada?Boyam I pleasantly surprised!

bark, Jul 20, 2006
Photo of jorjoria
4.3/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy orange yellow with a massive white head. The first smell is almost all yeast. After sitting of a while it starts to give off more fruit notes. I get some strawberry. I also smell what almost appears to be bubble gum like odors. These are not unpleasant and I believe they are typical of the yeast used in this beer. The beer in full and cream like as it hits the pallet. It has a lot of the yeast and fruit flavors that were touched on earlier. It also has a good amount of sweetness which as the beer warms can become a little overwhelming. As the beer warm the alcohol also becomes much more apparent.
Overall a fantastic brew and a great value.

jorjoria, Jul 15, 2006
Photo of hunteraw
4.33/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured with a big white head, over a golden honey body, fairly clear. Some lacing down my glass.

Aroma: That familiar Belgian yeast scent, with some candi sweetness and some spice.

Taste: Yum. Citrus and yeast fruitiness at the front. Sweet, but not cloying. Hops gives some spiciness. Finishes on a yeasty, dry alcohol note. A lot of reviews mention that the alcohol is well-hidden, but I'd have to disagree - I can definitely taste it, and there's alcohol warming as you swallow.

Mouthfeel: Fairly light mouthfeel, very carbonated, very smooth.

Drinkability: the only thing that detracts from the drinkability of this beer is the alcohol presence in the taste - you can taste it, and so you're conscious of how much alcohol you're consuming. Very good beer.

hunteraw, Jul 05, 2006
Photo of EPICAC
4.95/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Kappy's was selling a Unibroue mixed eight-pack. This was the beer that really turned me on to Belgian Strong Pale Ales, and Belgian style beers in general. I let this warm to around 40º F and served it in one of my Duvel tulips.

Appearance: Pours a hazy brilliant golden with a thick fluffy creamy head, that slowly fades to a very persistent thin half-inch layer that leaves patchy lace.

Smell: Yeasty with a sweet fruitiness. Notes of citrus, bananas, light graininess, pepper and alcohol.

Taste: Sweet malts and fruits, including bananas and citrus. The finish is a nice interplay of peppery and spicy alcohol, and bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Tingly carbonation, smooth and creamy, with a slight dryness in the finish.

Drinkability: Delicious and drinkable, despite the 9.0% abv. I sessioned this in undergrad.

Overall: One of my favorite, if not favorite Belgian Strong Pale Ales.

EPICAC, Jul 03, 2006
Photo of gbontrag
4.58/5  rDev +6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours a whirlwind of carbonation. The consequence being a gorgeous froth made up of all sizes of bubbles. This is a really neat, slightly yellow beer with like a rusty leaf wash. The froth lasts, floating like a proud ship with full sail.
Smells like a trippel: Straw, white grapes, white peppercorn, chalk/limestone, and yeast in a surgical room.
There's a hint of sweetness left; umm, tangy meyer lemon rind, key lime pie, kiwi garnish. Alcohol in a stinging aftertaste, but not negative. Crisp and beautiful. I'm too enthralled to give a better review in words, but my taste buds are singing.

gbontrag, Jul 02, 2006
Photo of oelergud
4.47/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Translucent sun golden body with abit of red. Big white fluffy head with a creamy and undulating appearance to it. Both retention and lace are decent.
Sweet mild honey and fruit scents of pear and banana. Some wheat and cherry.
Sweet and mild at first but gathers strenght bringing forth an intense sweet fruit rush that is very refreshing. Pepper and spice at the end of the swallow but little aftertaste.
Creamy and very full body. Good coating and a buttery feel is left behind though not with a slick sensation.
Highly enjoyable and drinkable though not a session brew for obvious reasons.

-Oelergud

oelergud, Jul 01, 2006
Photo of Damian
4.7/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank from a 12 fl. oz. bottle.

Poured a murky pale yellow with a tinge of copper and tons of yeast floating. Head was enormous, thick and fizzy. Settled quickly to a film of lace that lasted the entire drink. Some spotty, sparkling lacing.

Smell was quite aromatic. Yeasty and sweet with citrus, banana and spices (coriander and clove) coming through strong. Some grassy, hoppy notes were detectable in the background.

Taste was quite similar to the smell yet even more intense. Orange peel was noticeable up front before the huge spicy flavors kicked in. Clove dominated, followed by some nutmeg and coriander as well. Some ripe fruits and malty sweetness came through mid-palate before the crisp hops helped to finish this beer off and maintain balance. Alcohol flavor was only moderately noticeable - amazing considering this beer is 9% ABV. Slight warming in the back of the throat.

The only knock I had against this beer was the mouthfeel. It was thinner than expected and the carbonation was a bit overdone. Otherwise, I would consider this beer to be in a category all its own.

Damian, Jul 01, 2006
Photo of JBStith
3.9/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

My first Belgian Strong Pale Ale. I don't think this is my favorite style, but I can definitely appreciate the complexity of this style.

A: Pours a light hazy golden with a tremendously fluffy white head. Good retention and lacing.

S: Strong aromas. I'm not sure I have the correct vocabulary to describe them accurately. Fruits (maybe citrus) come to mind.

T: Tastes just like it smells. Srong malts, good hops, and fruity sweetness comes through as it warms. For 9% abv, alcohol is well hidden

M&D: Medium body and creamy mouthfeel. I couldn't drink more than one of these at a time, but I would enjoy this again after a nice dinner.

JBStith, Jun 28, 2006
Photo of ultralarry2006
4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle. Left a huge three finger head that eventually recedes to just surface skim, with very slight spotty lacing. Body was a cloudy orange yellow.

Smell - spicy and fruity esters, bananas.

Taste - bananas and spices. Well hidden abv.

Mouthfeel - full, smooth, moderate to high carbonation.

Drinkability - this is good, goes down well, high abv limits this to two, maybe three per session.

ultralarry2006, Jun 27, 2006
Photo of JMD71
4.47/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Poured into a snifter, a huge head appears with vigorous carbonation. Head recedes quickly. Appears almost champagne-like.

Aroma: Musty, farm yard aroma typical of the Belgians. Spicy, notes of coriander, almost bubblegum smell (possibly from the addition of Belgian candi sugar). Delicious aroma...

Taste: Delicious! Spicy, hay-like, farmy Belgian flavor. Very full flavored. Sharp & tangy, and finished clean on the palette. At 9% ABV, alcohol very well hidden.

Mouthfeel: Light, crisp & clean. Really smooth for the high ABV%. Very high carbonation gives the impression of champagne or sparkling wine.

Drinkability: Very, very drinkable! I have a weak spot for this Belgian Strong Pale Ale. Easy drinking, smooth & clean.

Comments: Excellently crafted! This is my favorite beer at this time. Awesome. Very well balanced & flavorful. High ABV hidden with finesse behind the wonderful flavors. This is truly a delicious Belgian-style beer from Unibroue...

JMD71, Jun 27, 2006
Photo of rsyberg01
4.93/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

serving type - 330 ml bottle. from a tulip

appearance - a light copper pour, good head that fades moderately but sticks. lacing is nice and coats the glass with a certain grasp. a bit hazy which is nice if you ask me. very inviting.

smell - very similar to delerium tremens. tropical scents purge my nostrils along with distinctive spice and a slight hop scent. alcohol is faint but a bit evident. smells just extraordinary, nothing like it.

taste - like a nice ol' kick in the mouth, it simply floods to the nooks and crannies of your mouth and shows them what exactly delicous taste is like. just pleasant all around. strong notes of fruitiness along with a slight bitter twinge from the hop character. finishes crispy and clean yet resides enough to prepare you for the next sip. taste is also very similar to delerium tremens, curious if they use the same or a similar yeast strain.

mouthfeel - not heavy at all but not light. very good balance on the palette and really quite nice. just makes you want another drink.

drinkability - very easy drinking, though it does have some depth so you have to draw the line somewhere, surely only out of fullness and not out of boredom with flavor. just a premium beer, delicious at every point of the beer from top to bottom.

tip - serve in a tulip, perfect for the nose and helps with the head just a bit. great to share with friends and family. just a great beer.

rsyberg01, Jun 26, 2006
Photo of kbnooshay
4.78/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This pours an awesome hazy dark golden color with a foamy and fizzy white head with brown yeast spots from the bottom of the bottle. There is lots of carbonation rising. The smell is of Mott's Cinnamon Applesauce! Lots of spices like clove are noted. Nice yeast aroma and flavor. The taste is sweet and fruity. Once again Unibroue created a beer that has no detectable alcohol flavor. The taste is so rich and full. The mouthfeel is slick and smooth. Fairly thick on the tounge but fuzzy from the carbonation. I could pound the entire 4 pack in an hour, but this is intoxicating so watch out.

I rank this just under their Don De Dieu because I love banana.

kbnooshay, Jun 25, 2006
Photo of Treborofmoria
4.83/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

La Fin Du Mond, "The End of the World". Well, if you haven't tried this wonderful Belgian Style ale from Unibroue, it might damn well be the end of your particular world. This is truely a great product. Great Nose, yeasty, nice ripe fruit. Full mouth feel. Taste is outstanding with a sharp malt taste and mild alcohol burn(mostly due to the high percent). An excellent North American Belgian style beer, you wouldn't know that it wasn't Belgian, if not for the label.

Treborofmoria, Jun 20, 2006
Photo of RedChrome
4.28/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pour produced a nicely layered range of color from light amber to pale gold. Thick fluffy almost bleach white head that retained a moderate amount. Tons of carbonation bubbles throughout the beer. Decent, if unbalanced lacing.

The first aroma hit me with a mostly malted scent. Major second scent of banana and nut. Also contained a minor subtly blend of additional aroma that is comparable to bouquet of fresh flowers.

The first taste produced a nice almond flavor with a banana aftertaste. The slight note of malt comes through in a second sip. No noticable hops flavor. Surprisingly flavored and subdued for a beer with this ABV.

Has a nice bold texture and finishes nice in my mouth. Carbonation is a little more subdued then I expected after seeing the carbonation bubbles in the beer.

A fantastic choice for a beer to enjoy with a meal. I would recommend this with any smoked seafood, as the nutty flavor would help the smoke flavor come out in the meal.

RedChrome, Jun 17, 2006
Photo of JohnY
4.43/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a corked 750ml bottle into a belgian style tulip. Formed a nice white head with a huge amount of tiny little bubbles. Almost bubblegum like nose, citrus, and coriander. The bubbles dance on the tongue. Easy to drink. Nice yeasty aftertaste. A superb beer. Try the end of the world today.

JohnY, Jun 17, 2006
Photo of jasonpeckins32
4.2/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I cant believe its taken me this long to try this one. I've heard lifetimes about it.

The End of the World.... Here it goes...

Pours a cloudy, murky golden yellow color with an airy head.

The smell is malty with many fruity notes like peaches, apricots, plums, and bananas. Cloves and pepper as well.

It really has a rounded, flavorful, enjoyable taste. A boatload of spices are tossed into this one, meshed with peach/nectarine fruits. I notice similarities to some american wheat beers that I've tried. The high abv is hardly noticeable in the taste, but it warms in your stomach after a few sips. Not as dead-set hoppy as I expected, more sweet and fruity.

The mouthfeel is excellently textured, and this is very drinkable considering the abv.

It took me 24 years to find my first one of these, it probably wont take nearly as long to find the second one. Cheers!

jasonpeckins32, Jun 14, 2006
Photo of blitz134
3.88/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I've had this one around for a while now, over a year and a half. I always thought I had reviewed it but I guess I hadn't. Belgian Pales are finally starting to come around for me, typically this hasn't been my favorite style.

Appearance is a light, golden color. Almost light yellow. Poured a little too much off and resulted in plenty of yeast floaties in its clear body. Huge pure white head on the pour. Reduced quickly but left a nice half inch foam cap on the top. Left a nice coating of solid lace in my glass.

Smell is spicy and sweet. Corriander and white pepper predominate with some subtle citrus smells, a bit of orange rind and some pear. Typical for the style, but simple and clean in this example.

Solid malty body to start with, a bit earthy actually. Some citrus and light fruits come in next, pear and apple, followed with a bit of light spice. Finish is grassy with some straw. My guess is that the bit of age this has brought out the maltiness over the already light hops and spiciness. This is still a nicely balanced beer though.

Mouthfeel is thin to medium. Most likely it is heavier than it appears, there is a fair amount of carbonation which makes this crisp on the tongue, but weakens the mouthfeel.

Drinkability is okay. Like I said, I'm not a huge belgian pale fan, but this one comes across nicely balanced and well flavored. The prickly feel on the tongue and stomach warming nature hurt this a bit. I just think that a clean, light flavor natured beer with a lot of carbonation shouldn't feel heavy on the stomach.

blitz134, Jun 14, 2006
Photo of fido
4.47/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a cloudy amber color; Nice foamy head and good lacing, Fruity and some spices aroma, specially orange, some alcoholic smell; High carbonation; 9% ABV but very drinkable.

This is a great beer, highly recommended; I Enjoy it very much.

¡Salud!

fido, Jun 14, 2006
Photo of allergictomacros
4.4/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Hazy peach. Head could be better - sorta wimpy looking - like over-whipped egg whites - recedes quickly to an everypresent cover.

S - Fruity and spicy. Notes of orange, peach, mango and honey. Some alcoholic smells.

T - More big fruity flavours. Fruity citrus - grapefruit and orange. . Bitterness finally shows in the aftertaste. Very warming of course, at 9%, but the alcohol is well hidden. Balance is superb.

M - Quite light and drying.

D - Very nice. Not my favourite Unibroue offering, but no complaints.

allergictomacros, Jun 13, 2006
Photo of smcolw
4.15/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours with a mighty head that dies a little too quickly. No real lace. Cloudy and light amber in color

Aromas of orange rind, all spice and alcohol.

The flavors change rapidly from sip to swallow. It starts smoothly, even innocently, but quickly transforms to a nearly mulled taste of spices. Still, this is not a sweet beer. Very high carbonation, perhaps too much so given the body which is not nearly as full as some of this style. The aftertaste is strong alcohol with a lactose sourness.

Honestly, I prefer the Maudite from Unibroue, but that's like saying I prefer lobster to cavier. This is delicious beer that begs to be savoured.

smcolw, Jun 10, 2006
La Fin Du Monde from Unibroue
96 out of 100 based on 8,358 ratings.