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La Fin Du Monde - Unibroue

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8,917 Ratings
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Ratings: 8,917
Reviews: 2,792
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 11.83%
Wants: 429
Gots: 1,333 | FT: 18
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Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
Tripel |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-23-1998

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Photo of xXTequila
4.1/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy with yeast and golden copper in apperance.
Sugar, yeast and fruit in the aroma.
Sweet sugar, appricotts and light caramel in the flavor.
This is a great beer. Some people I have talked to have said that it is way to sweet, but imo it's a great belgian style ale.

Photo of brewmudgeon
4.1/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

la fin du monde

a 3.5-4 light hazy golden hay. a finger+ foam that is assertively maintained by rising bubbles of at least medium girth. for some reason i thought this beer was a dubbel, but it sure doesn't look like one.

s 4 lemony, fresh cut hay and crackery aromas. some sweetness is evident. esters, touch of clove. smells somewhere between a tripel and a saison.

t 4 tangy, bright, belgian yeastyness. some clove and bready lemon zest, sour apple. this is surely a tripel with perhaps saison tendencies.

m 3.5-4 a bit too effervescent for me, but that's easily remedied (at least partly). would prefer the carbonation to be finer.

d 4-4.5 dangit i was more in the mood for a deep, brooding dubbel. still, this cheerful and zippy 9% (!??) brew is amazingly well behaved for its strength. its popularity appears deserved. wow, you could hand this to someone who just finished the yardwork and he/she could probably drink it on down assuming it to be some sort of summer wheat refresher.

Photo of GreenCard
4.1/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled a 750 ml bottle, about six months old...

Appearance: a luminescent pale straw color, fair amount of haze (not nice and clear like the original strong golden, Duvel), satiny white and billowous head w/ great retention, lots of bubbles, some lacing

Aroma: pungently floral, slight citrus notes, wisps of alcohol, pear-like esters

Flavor: pear-like sweetness envelopes the pallate initially (and fades slowly), mellow hop flavor and bitterness evens it out as it heads for a semi-dry finish, big flavor, some hints of orange, a bit of coriander-like spiciness (though I don't think they use coriander in this one), honey-like aftertaste, very tasty!

Mouthfeel: the carbonation gives a sharp attack, light body, fluffy texture, crisp finish, fair amount of warming

Drinkability: a bit more alcohol than Duvel (yeah, you can feel that!), drinking this whole bottle got me feeling pretty loopy, but that certainly doesn't hinder the enjoyment.

Unibroue is one of the only non-Belgian breweries that can pull off the Belgian styles. They make some fantastic beers and this is definitely one of them! When tasting a Strong Golden ale, you always have to compare it to Duvel because it was the original and it still holds the title. This one comes pretty close, though.

Photo of SupaCelt
4.1/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The colour of this beer was golden. Heavily gaseous out of the bottle, with a large and loudly bubbling white head. The head died down rapidly and the heavy carbonation fizzled down to a dull roar. Yeasty bits were visible, suspended in the view. No lace formation. Looks good.

The smell was spiced and clovey with some degree of sweatness notable. A somewhat yeasty presence also lingered.

The taste was very refreshing and crisp. These guys seem to be able to brew these styles with the perfect amount of spice character that doesn't leave you feeling like you just drank a glass of potpourri. Very tastefully done and delicious. Apple flavors and a pinch of hoppy dryness add complexity to the spice backbone. Good bite and a nice crisp mouthfeel with a slightly clovey finish left over. Very highly drinkable with a very pleasant flavor. Another solid brew from the Nordiques.

Photo of bierfreundlich
4.1/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a shimmery golden hue like glistening honey with a one-finger white head.

S - It smells of blossoming honeysuckle, freshly harvested wheat and a bit of lemon and clove.

T - I'm getting a lot of dried bananas and strawberries with a touch of blond honey and mild clove.

M - Thin with small bubbles similar to champagne but a bit more silky.

O - Alcoholic but smooth for 9% abv. Overall, a delicate but powerful tripel.

Photo of Samuel906
4.1/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

First impressions: Very, very good, a tart/sour belgian, lots of carbonation, and a heavy yeast flavor. As I get in a little deeper some more subtleties come out, some good and some detrimental. Pours a hazy gold, with a thick head that quickly dissipates to wet lacing. There is a lot of really great flavors to pick out in the nose: orange, lemon, banana, clove, coriander, some yeast and sour apples. Taste is similar, but with a huge bread and yeast presence, with a touch of honey. Lots of carbonation, but leaves your mouth a bit dry.

Admittedly, tripels are not my expertise, so as far as true to form I can't really comment. It was very enjoyable, and there were many fantastic nuances to pick out and examine. Another great brew from Unibroue.

Photo of NearerMyBeerToMe
4.1/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours with a firmly-retained head of foamy, small, pure white bubbles that clumps slightly and slides easily back into the glass after a swirl. Beer is a color like translucent (but not truly hazy) goldenrod with straw-gold highlights. Turbulent, racing carbonation sends a few yeasties into convection currents along the sides of the goblet. Almost all of the aromatic nuances seem to belong to the light, sweet, estery yeast. A consistent clove/coriander spiciness is, with warmth, joined by vodka-soaked bananas in a slightly bready nosefeel that finishes dry. Juicy and softly malty up front on the palate; sustained by a spicy tartness moving from clove to ginger (particularly in the aftertaste) and a finish of slightly grassy hops. At room temperature, flavors of banana bread crusts, lemon pith, and powdered sugar emerge. Spiky mouthfeel with an alcoholic warmth and a pearish mealiness; mellow dry spiciness in the finish. Although I love this beer, I prefer less breadiness and more effervescence in a Belgian Strong Pale. Perhaps this is why IMHO this beer is the perfect accompaniment to scrambled eggs or quiche.

Photo of BPMeyer27
4.1/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of ZenAgnostic
4.1/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Small white one finger head that disappears quickly. Cloudy, opaque dark yellow body

Smell - Hefe-like. Slight maltiness, hidden citrus.

Taste - Traces of orange. Slightly sweet front end that quickly gets eaten up by the bitter lime peel finish, which carries a bit into the aftertaste. Alcohol isn't as hidden as in other Tripels I've had.

Mouthfeel - Sharp. Full and frothy.

Overall Drinkability - Very enjoyable beer. It's a tripel with an alcoholic bite that well represents the ABV.

Photo of thagens
4.1/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Extremely easy to drink considering that it is 9% abv.
A: Poured a cloudy yellow into an oversized wine glass. Half the glass was filled with a nice white head. Reminded me of champagne.
S: To me it smells pretty similar to a hefeweizen.
T: Again kind of like a hefeweizen. Banana, clove, citrus, very little hoppiness.
M: Smooth. High level of carbonation tingles the inside of your mouth.
D: You have to be careful with this one, because even though it has a high alcohol percentage, it is very easy to drink.

Photo of bigbelcher
4.1/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Can you say Chimay Cinq Cents? if you can then you probably know exactly what this beer tastes like. It pours a light gold color. A thin head that quickly vanished. Good Belgian lacing. Some haze. The aroma was that of fresh Belgian yeast with some hints of citrus and some spicy phenolics. Flavor was somewhat bready but strong and full of citrus flavor. Good carbonation.
Nice warm alcohol notes.

Photo of midaszero
4.1/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Hazy light gold color with 1 finger of white head

S - Fruity and yeasty (Belgian) with a little bit of spice

T - Citrus with malts and light fruit. Alcohol is noticeable

M - Medium body and medium carbonation

D - Pretty enjoyable and I know a lot of people love it but I personally think there are better examples of the style

Photo of Petegrieco
4.1/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of srandycarter
4.1/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tulip glass.

A - Pours wheat like murky honey with a thick cotton/marshmallow head that reduces over time. Coating and sudsy lacing.

S- Boozy, bready and sweet undertones. A little of something like banana in there too.

T - Sweet malt, lemons, bread and under ripe banana.

M - Carbonation a little too aggressive for my tastes, but nice medium body and good balance.

D - One of the better offerings I have tried from Unibroue.

Photo of sprucetip
4.1/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From notes. Pours hazy golden, very active, thin white head with some retention and no lacing.

SMELL spicy and fruity Belgian yeasty notes. Sweet. Has legs.

TASTE follows the nose. Spicy. Citrus and other fruity yeasty influences dominate with some malty sweetness backing. Hints of booze and hop bitterness. Well balanced and pretty smooth. Not exceptionally complex, but various influences compliment each other well.

FEEL strong carbonation, medium body, drying sensation from middle through the finish.

OVERALL size is not particularly evident. Pretty easy drinking. Blindfolded, one might think this was made in Belgium. Well done.

Photo of StJamesGate
4.1/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Deep golden honey with just a sliver of white film, a steady line of bubbles up the middle and lots of speckles.
Honeycomb nose with phenolic tang and vague herb and spice notes but no hops to speak of.
Golden syrup, overripe pears and pound cake, yellow apple esters and clovey phenols, a hint of coriander and dried orange peel, then some understated lemon peel and lemongrass hops.
Apple tart with a bit of band aid on the finish and numbing winter spice linger.
Medium, silky smooth and soft, plenty of chew, warming.

One of the longest-held inhabitants of my cellar, with a 10.10.10 expiry date, so lots of time to mellow.
And I have to wonder if it was maybe too long - hops are all but gone. What's left, though, is fairly lovely: plenty of residual sweetness up front and in the creamy body (a bit too much candy sugar, even), a pronounced yeast presence that never gets too funky, and echoes of spice. Others say banana; I could see that. I'm reminded of Karmeliet in that the classic tripel notes are there, but jacked up or given a twist. A sneaky ABV, too.
It is missing a certain brightness - the sweetness and yeast are assertive enough that I miss the balancing bitterness - so I'll need to try it fresh, but an easy winter sipper.

Here's to the Mayans.

Photo of dpend
4.1/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

Photo of BarrelO
4.1/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a goblet. Best before 9/24/12.

A: Hazy orange body. Massive white head that dissipates into a thin film.

S: Strong apple-like fruitiness. Also some spices.

T: Big fruity sweetness up front. Tingly spicy alcohol. Some earthiness reminiscent of sweet bread.

M: Medium-bodied with plenty of carbonation to lighten it up.

D: There was a time when I considered this my absolute favorite beer. My tastes have changed, but this remains a very good beer. An excellent introduction to Trappist-style beers.

Photo of Elendinn
4.1/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my New Belgium snifter.

Pours an opaque, golden orange, with three fingers of frothy white head, which leaves a modicum of sticky lacing around the glass as it dissipates.  While it doesn't look particularly novel, it does appear quite refreshing and appealing.

Smells fruity -- apples, pears, lemons, oranges, white grapes, etc. -- and a bit sweet, though the backend is balanced by the bready yeast expected of the style. The alcohol is there, too, though it took awhile to discern. Again, the nose is great, but not unusual.

Tastes awfully similar, with the addition of spices, and finishes a bit dry with the predominant flavor of Belgian yeast; the fruity notes linger substantially, as well. Well-balanced, not too sweet, crisp, and clean. The alcohol is barely perceptible, but makes itself known as the glass progresses.

Lots of exhuberant carbonation and a medium body make this beer very refreshing.

La Fin Du Monde is an excellent Belgian-style pale, though no aspect of it is necessarily unique, save for its refined eleagance. It's a pleasure to sip and, I would surmise, be perfect on a hot summer's day.  Unfortunately, it's freezing outside right now, but the 9% is quickly making itself evident and it's certainly feeling warmer in here.

Photo of Dope
4.1/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle is dated "best before" 10-07-13

A: Pours a cloudy pale gold with a big fizzy white head adorning it. Fades slowly with good head retention. Oddly enough just slight bits of lacing here and there.

S: Crisp and refreshing aroma. Lots of citrus, mainly lemons with some orange. Grainy, yeasty bread with some black pepper in there. A hint of grass.

T: Fruity up front with more citrus. Lemon and orange for sure again. Hints of melon. Sharp yeasty spices, mainly pepper and cloves. Grainy bread and grass. Long lingering aftertaste with that spicy yeast.

M: Higher carbonation cuts it a bit but it's still fairly heavy.

O: An excellent and faithful example of the style. Crisp and refreshing. Excellent complexity while maintaining balance of flavors. Very strong belgian yeast presence - that one really stands out. Definitely seek this one out if that is your thing.

Photo of nycwinter
4.1/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a chalice x2.

A= semi-cloudy golden yellow with a thick rocky white head and minimal lacing. There's a carbonation party goin' on.

S= lemony and spicy (pepper) with a lot of floral character.

T= same as the smell. The aftertase is nicely bitter. There is not an overpowering alchohol taste as I would have expected for 9.0 ABV. But I guess that's not very high anyway.

M= medium-light. As the carbonation dissapated it got a little solventy, but not objectionable.

Overall, pretty straight forward. Not the most complex belgian style I have had but nice and tasty none the less.

Photo of danielocean03
4.1/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a hazy golden color into an oversized wine glass, thick and foamy white head exhibits nice retention before slowly giving way to heavy lacing. Smells of malts and spices, citrus, yeasty bread, slight sting of alcohol present on the nose. Tastes absolutely incredible, hits with citrus and hops first, then a little fruiter, banana flavor present some, finishing a little on the yeasty side with the malt flavor and a slight bite from the 9% abv that is easily forgotten when drinking this lighter ale. Mouthfeel is slick and moderately carbonated. Drinkability the lowest point of this brew, and although suprisingly light and refreshing as this ale is, still has far too complex of a taste and too high of an abv to want to just drink any more than two or three of these exsquisite brews in one sitting. Hats off to Unibroue with "The End of the World."

Photo of BeerNutta
4.1/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

La Fin Du Monde.... Ahh was looking for this for a while. Got a bottle at Purvis Wine Merchants.

A = Poured a golden yellow with a thick foam head that lingers. Unfiltered.

S = Fruits. Sweet fruit.

T = Initial taste of sweet fruits which then morphs into a spicy pepper finish.

M = Slightly viscous. Lightly carbonated.

D = Only thing stopping me from giving drinkability a 4 is that its a little expensive.

Very good beer none the less. I definitely reccommend it.

Photo of birchstick
4.1/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

La Fin Du Monde pours a golden yellow with a very nice, white head. It smells very sweet, with hints of corrainder, some spices, and some earthy tones as well. It tastes very good. I picked up a lot of the stuff I smelled, with a combination of fruits and cloves. This is very is easy to drink, and the 9% abv is very well-masked, making this brew even more enjoyable in you like high alcohol beers.

Photo of booga73
4.1/5  rDev -4.9%

La Fin Du Monde from Unibroue
96 out of 100 based on 8,917 ratings.