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La Fin Du Monde - Unibroue

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

8,072 Ratings
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Ratings: 8,072
Reviews: 2,725
rAvg: 4.32
pDev: 11.57%
Wants: 340
Gots: 858 | FT: 16
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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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Moontang

Ontario (Canada)

4.2/5  rDev -2.8%

Poured into my trusty highball from the bottle with dinner.

Appearance: I don't know if the fridge conked out or something, but there was an enormous amount of foam with this beer, even when poured sideways. When the head finally dissipated, leaving nice lacing, it was golden at the edges and a dark straw at the centre, and more than a bit cloudy.

Smell: smoky and quite spicy, which was unusual, faint sweet and fruity notes.

Moutfeel: a perfect balance of thickness and fizz, it goes down very well.

Taste: it delivers on the promises its smell makes, with a nice piquance in front and not excessively hoppy. It finishes a bit citrusy, and malty. Very interesting, and very smooth for its alcohol content (9%)

Drinkability: it goes down well without offending the senses, and while it is not to my usual taste, it is quite nice, with a pleasant buzz to boot.

07-02-2012 01:35:45 | More by Moontang
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Brunite

Illinois

4.2/5  rDev -2.8%

A - Poured into a tulip glass. Beer is a hazy golden yellow with lots of active carbonation. A decent head gives way to a white collar with some light lacing.

S - Smells like champagne. Lots of white fruit....grapes....apple...banana....some pear. Lots of spicy and herbal notes as well.

T - Taste is like it smells. As it warms....things mellow out and the carbonation is minimized by each swirl.

M - Initial buzzing carbonation gives way to a medium body....almost some creaminess like you get with a swirled Quad each time you do so. Nice and dry on the finish with lingering sweetness and tartness at the same time. Crisp.

D- ABV is very well hidden. This goes down tasty and easy. A fine example of a Tripel and one that is reasonably priced and available....last I saw was 8.99 for a 4-pack.

03-04-2011 18:17:48 | More by Brunite
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Maxwell

Massachusetts

4.2/5  rDev -2.8%

The beer pours an ugly piss yellow with hints of orange and with a very soapy head on it that fizzles away slowly, and sits over the beer as the color of soap bubbles. The beer’s body is cloudy like piss, but allows a fair amount of light through. On the nose, this beer smells of soy sauce and banana phenol notes with some very slight bubblegum hints. Fruity soy sauce is really what comes to mind when you smell it, though not in an entirely bad way. On the tongue, the beer tastes of creamy banana, soy, and some nice clove-like spice. The beer really begins with light soy notes that grow in fruitiness until they hit banana flavors, and all the while the spicy clove also builds on the sides of the flavor, and leaves the aftertaste to ring lightly of spice and slight banana. The middle of the taste is really where this beer shines, with big spicy cream banana notes that are quite pleasant on the taste buds. On the mouth, this beer feels quite fierce with carbonation, though the beer below it sits with a nice medium body that sticks to the tongue, and leaves the mouth clean, but with sticky saliva along the sides of the mouth. Overall, this is a nice tripel-style ale with some great phenolic notes, and some nice spicy complexity. A fitting beer to end the world with, I suppose, though it isn’t my favorite in the style. Still, this beer is worthy of a try.

12-22-2012 03:53:25 | More by Maxwell
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dirtyskunk

Colorado

4.2/5  rDev -2.8%

This is a great looking beer, it fills up my snifter with piles of white head that stays around forever and leaves thick, heavy lacing clinging to the sides. The color is a warm hazy orange with a good deal of visible carbonation.

It smells sweet and yeasty with orange zest (I can even detect a little bitter pith) and bread and a little caramel or booze in the background.

This is a very solid tripel, sweet but not overwhelming, toasty malts, minimal hops. For some reason it reminds me of french toast. It has a lot going for it but not quite enough depth of complexity to merit a 5 from me.

The mouthfeel of this beer is what really stands out to me. It's full and syrupy, almost a custard consistency. The real accomplishment is that this doesn't detract from the drinkability or overpower any of the beer's other characteristics. Otherwise the beer is quite good but unremarkable, but the overall package delivered by the taste and mouthfeel is what makes this a great beer.

04-08-2011 20:39:32 | More by dirtyskunk
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orangesol

Pennsylvania

4.2/5  rDev -2.8%

Bottle poured into a NB globe.

A - Pours hazy golden yellow with a nice one finger tall white head leaving thin streaks of lace down the glass.

S - Smells of clove, apples, pepper, and bready yeast. Sweetness builds as it sits in the glass with some booze creeping in at the end of each glass.

T - Starts off with a candied sugar kick quickly giving way to a mix of peppery spice, clove, apples, and bready yeast. Alcohol is well hidden, only coming to light after it warms up. Finish is a mix of chewiness and light sweetness, lingering on the pallet for some time.

M - Medium body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Smooth, crisp feel with some booze creeping in as it warms up. The flavors, while tasty, begin to wear on the pallet over the course of the bottle.

O - A solid Triple for sure. This style really isn't my preferred cup of tea but I still have great respect for it. This particular one has lots of tasty flavors going on and the booze is well hidden. One of the best I have had.

01-27-2012 01:01:24 | More by orangesol
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mpyle

Maryland

4.2/5  rDev -2.8%

app - a bit cloudy as may have poured a little aggressively. Modest white head that dispersed fairly quickly (as most high alcohol brews do).

smell - Slightly sweet, and generally quite clean. Certainly no hop.

Taste - very subtle fruity sweetness upfront, and then the Belgian yeast notes kick in with a subtle pepper note. Alcohol is well hidden in the flavor here. Finishes quite clean and dry, well in line with the style.

MF - Med body, medium carbonation. Minimal alcohol warming. No astringency.

D'ability - A really clean tripel, with enough complexity to give it an attraction beyond the 9% ABV.

02-13-2011 21:25:36 | More by mpyle
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robertjohnson

Washington

4.2/5  rDev -2.8%

Golden yellow with a thick foamy head.

Smell I get ripe sugary fruits and peppery phenols.

Honey dew and green grapes, slight carbonic bite and white pepper phenols with some medicinal and clove flavors. I get a very soft caramel graininess that lingers on after everything else.

The carbonation is high enough to lend a bite that really keeps the palate clean between sips.

09-03-2009 03:53:43 | More by robertjohnson
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jslot38

Massachusetts

4.2/5  rDev -2.8%

335 ML bottle. Best before 09-01-08 clearly marked.

Appearance: Beautiful bottle. Heavy, foil top, with instructions including proper glassware and a warning about the bottom sediment of yeast. Pours a hazy, cloudy yellow with hints of gold. Large head slowly reduces to a half inch bubbly white. Lacing is minimal, and about half way through the beer, head is gone with the rare exception around the side of the glass.

Smell: Even though I can see the remaining yeast sediment at the bottom of the bottle you can still smell it in this beer. Faint hints of spices so prominant in wheat beers from Belgium. A lovely mixture of spices indeed.

Taste: Faint notes of yeast and spices first break through. Sweet malts and a bit of hop bitterness take to the palate. Slight notes of dried fruits and coriander. Backbone of citrus rinds, orange peel even, are very noticable and add a great level of complexity to the brew.

Mouthfeel: Maybe perfect. Carbonation with hops upfront, but leaves a smooth take down. I loved the way this felt on the palate. Flavor lingers around your mouth.

Drinkability: Wow, 9% and its not even tastable. Could drink a few of these, but probably wouldn't recommend it if you want to appreciate anything else afterwards.

Notes: A well crafted Belgian brew. Truely is a fine example of North American breweries being able to keep up with the traditions from Belgium.

12-15-2005 02:42:26 | More by jslot38
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JakeBarnett

Minnesota

4.2/5  rDev -2.8%

08-29-2014 17:52:59 | More by JakeBarnett
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infi

New York

4.2/5  rDev -2.8%

Poured into a snifter.

Pours a translucent yellowish and golden color with minimal head and very little lacing on the lining of glass. Great amount of effervescence from the yeast throughout the duration of being in the glass. It smells pretty yeasty and bready with generous hints of spice and fruit. The alcohol isn't very odorous, but after a few whiffs it's detectable. At first tasting, the initial taste is very smooth and the banana comes into play. In the aftertaste, the yeast and spice becomes palpable. For a 9% ABV, the alcohol is masked very well. You can hardly taste it, but the after effects come into play after a glass or two. The mouthfeel of the beer has a pretty light to medium body feel with little carbonation that lines the mouth and tickles the tongue. Great aftertaste.

La Fin du Monde is definitely a great Tripel with fantastic qualities. Definitely a brew to be noted of and end a night with.

05-04-2009 02:09:28 | More by infi
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PrinceDarren

Illinois

4.2/5  rDev -2.8%

Single 12oz. bottle from Trader Joes. First of all, SCREW OFF bottle cap underneath the silver foil was a disappointment. I almost have to ding it a point for that.

Poured cold into a Duvel Tulip. 1-finger head seems about right. Dark orange hues.

Pleasant yeasty aroma with a hint of mint.

Tastes like a classic tripel. I pick up a little caramel with some cherry notes on the back of the tongue. A touch metallic like I just licked a flagpole. Spearmint finish.

The alcohol hits me fast. Reminds me that I shouldn't drink a 9% on an empty stomach.

Waiting for it to warm up...

My uncle used to race pigeons. I remember the smell of playing around the pigeon coop as a child. This kind of smells like pigeon poop.

At room temperature the metal starts to come through more and there is now a new bitterness on the finish.

This started off as a very drinkable tripel. If I were tasting it blind, I probably would have guessed it to be a Chimay. I would drink this again. Next time I'm buying a 750ml.

04-10-2009 01:09:32 | More by PrinceDarren
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Urbancaver

Ohio

4.2/5  rDev -2.8%

Pours hazy golden yellow. A bit of white head that dissipates quickly. Smells of yeast and herbs and spices. Tastes sweet and flouwery. Lots of yeasty tastes some light citrus and lots of light fruity flavours. Very crisp and well carbonated. Highly drinkable. Overall a tasty beer and I can see why it performs so well but not one of my favourites

01-25-2011 07:15:07 | More by Urbancaver
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fingolfin72

North Carolina

4.2/5  rDev -2.8%

Color- hazy gold, with a small, pure white head.

Nose- lemon, coriander, pepper.

Palate- creamy and light, but with a good alcohol backbone. It is spicy and pleasantly dry, with a hint oakiness. A bit of alcohol wafts into my sinuses.

Very good, but not as refined as might be wished. Good with food.

10-10-2005 02:09:19 | More by fingolfin72
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Bonhoeffer

Alabama

4.2/5  rDev -2.8%

My bottle tells me it is best before 06/08. Guess this one could have matured a bit : )

Another winner from Unibroue. This one is so subtle while packing so much flavor and complexity. Nothing beats you over the head. Just this marvelous amalgamation of flavors from the various ingredients. Classic Belgian yeast flavor. Light hopping. Some spices. A bit of tartness. Something almost citrusy. 9% is there, but not particularly noticeable. Head is tremendous and persistent. Lots of lace.

Just a tad too much carbonation, which detracts from the moutfeel. But not too bad.

09-26-2005 14:36:09 | More by Bonhoeffer
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orsulacp

Pennsylvania

4.2/5  rDev -2.8%

Poured from a bottle with a best before date of 02-23-09. It poured a clear golden color with a fluffy white head. There are all types of things in the smell, some banana, some orange, and a bit of clove. The taste is sweet and spicy, the tight carbonation really adds to the peppery bite. The sweetness is like a Clementine. The mouthfeel is medium-light with plenty of carbonation. There is a slight alcohol warming from the 9%, but all the flavors hide it in the taste.

05-26-2006 01:18:14 | More by orsulacp
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scruffwhor

Illinois

4.2/5  rDev -2.8%

Poured from a 12oz bottle.

Appearance- Pours an impressive head with great retention throughout the entire beer with good lacing. The color is a bright burnt orange.

Smell- Reminds me of a Yankee Candle and Tandy Leather store. A blend of sugary sweet and earthy smells miced with a hint of leather.

Taste- Starts out an earthy wheat mixed with cooked orange sugars. The finish brings in some of the floral hop flavor and a more sauteed malt sweetness.

Mouthfeel- Pretty light and no real warmth gained from the 9% alcohol content. But The hops are noticed more on the back of the palate with all the sweeter stuff shocasing in the front. Th ecarboantion helps to enhance the flavors all around.

03-03-2006 04:25:05 | More by scruffwhor
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gory4d

New York

4.2/5  rDev -2.8%

Pours pale, cloudy yellow into a goblet; the head is high, thin, white, and doesn't last, though enough lingers to leave lacing down the glass. The smell is straw, grain, fruit, and alcohol. The taste is biscuity, with some banana or papaya notes, giving way to a sharp alcohol burn followed by lingering hop bitterness. It's nicely carbonated, and thick enough to fill the mouth well without sticking in the throat. It's a sipper, for sure, but goes down quite pleasantly. A fine beer, though not my favorite of the style.

12-31-2008 04:00:08 | More by gory4d
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impending

California

4.2/5  rDev -2.8%

750ml into a snifter. Pours a hazy straw orange. Big fluffy heads recedes fairly quickly, nice lacing.

Very complex nose of the classic belgian kind. Doughy white bread yeast surrounded by light skin fruits and minor citrus.

Alcohol not very obvious.

Distinctive Unibroue yeast evident throughout the taste. Sweet but not as much as the scent led me to believe. The finish begins with a spike of dry then sweetens unexpectedly. Long lingering aftertaste encourages sipping. Medium bodied pleasant mouthfeel.

cheers
jd

06-19-2010 00:10:49 | More by impending
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RussVol


4.2/5  rDev -2.8%

08-19-2014 23:29:44 | More by RussVol
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Citadel82

New Jersey

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.

11-16-2005 04:54:36 | More by Citadel82
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MattChaos

North Carolina

4.2/5  rDev -2.8%

By some fluke, I came across a case (six four-packs) of LA FIN DU MONDE for $30 in Boone, NC. Being a huge fan of the UNIBROUE brewery, I couldn't pass up this opportunity for a beer I've never tasted from a brewery I love. I'm a bigger fan of the DON DE DIEU, but this beer did not fail to deliver.

A- Negligible, sad to say. It poured horribly from bottle to pub glass which lend credence to the reviews I've seen in the past about the carbonation. This is not a pleasant beer to look at straight out of the bottle. I'm still watching my second glass settle. The lace looks like a vanilla milkshake. Not a show-beer.

S- I can't stop sniffing this beer with every sip. Coriander and...is that tangerine? From front to back, this beer smells even better as it warms and the fruit has made its way to the front.

T- Now I understand why fellow reviewers can't believe this is a 9.0% brew. I could easily finish a 4-pack before my liver reminds me that was a bad idea. The damned thing sips (doesn't taste, mind you) like a Hefe. I keep going back expecting a bite and it never happens. This is the subtlety of the variety of spices that have gone into brewing this piece of work. I'm usually a heavy smoker, and even heavier when drinking, but I don't even want a cigarette during this beer for fear of ruining the light and almost spicy taste of this remarkable tripel.

M- Nothing negative to say. No chop, no wince, a thoroughly enjoyable drink from neck to coaster. The fruit lingers not on the tongue, but in the entire mouth. What a joy!

O- My largest complaint is the pour. I've spent enough time in front of and behind the bar, I still can't find a way to pour this beer correctly. I'm sure out of a tap it's easier, but even on my third glass, refrigerated at a moderate 42 degrees, a 3-inch head settled into an inch and didn't disappear. Aesthetics aside, a top-notch beer for a great price. UNIBROUE never fails to deliver!

05-28-2013 04:52:19 | More by MattChaos
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MSchae1017

Georgia

4.2/5  rDev -2.8%

This beer was tasted in a St. Bernardus goblet from the 12oz. bottle.

This beer pours into the goblet with a brilliant deep gold color with a frothy white head. The head dissipates to a nice film with whisps but does not leave too much lace. The smell of the beer is up front with sweet maltiness mixed in with the Belgian style yeast and some unknown spices. The taste is very complex. Just like the smell, the sweetness hits you first. This is very quickly followed by the belgian yeast along with the spiciness hitting you in the mouth like a punch. As the beer finished, a strong hop flavor is quite apparent and then the sweetness of the beer along with some fruitiness (apple?) returns and lingers on your tongue. The mouthfeel is low-medium with an incredible amount of effervescence. The finish leaves that sweet, yet dry feeling in your mouth. Overall, a highly drinkable triple. This is a very nice beer, and in a style I would not usually reach for.

01-08-2008 01:36:59 | More by MSchae1017
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raynmoon

California

4.2/5  rDev -2.8%

It pours a very light golden, honey orange; pretty cloudy with tons of carbonation running up the sides, like sparkling wine. Wooh.

It smells very nice, but not TOO complex. If you'd had any Unibroue before, you can detect that house yeast among anything else. But the taste is much more complex!

Slightly tart and fizzy on the tongue and it goes down smooth, with some yeast and breadiness on the end. A very very slight bit of heat coming through, but no taste of actual alcohol.

Overall this is a winner. Nothing too out of the box, but exactly to the style with that classic Unibroue yeast quality to it.

04-28-2012 06:01:23 | More by raynmoon
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RenoZymurgist

Nevada

4.2/5  rDev -2.8%

Poured a beautiful clear gold with a vouminous frothy white head that stuck around for awhile leaving nice belgian lace behind. Aroma is dry with an apple like ester and some clean pale malt with a hint of alcohol. The flavor begins with a a smooth sweet maltiness that is reminscent of a pale bock in that it has a light cereal sweetness. The flavor soon segues into a hoppy flavor that makes itself known but is not bitter or overpowering. The flavor finishes with no heat or any indicator of the high level of alcohol this brew contains which to me makes it a perfect beer to introduce a friend into the pleasure of a belgian style beer. Very beautiful beer though it definetly commands respect as it goes down smoother than a glass of milk.

11-12-2004 21:35:57 | More by RenoZymurgist
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jasonpeckins32

Michigan

4.2/5  rDev -2.8%

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!

06-14-2006 04:42:32 | More by jasonpeckins32
La Fin Du Monde from Unibroue
96 out of 100 based on 8,072 ratings.