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La Fin Du Monde - Unibroue

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96
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7,978 Ratings
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Ratings: 7,978
Reviews: 2,720
rAvg: 4.32
pDev: 11.57%
Wants: 339
Gots: 827 | FT: 16
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Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
Tripel |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-23-1998)
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dnichols

Washington

4.22/5  rDev -2.3%

I poured a 330 ml capped bottle into a tulip.

A: It poured a hazy yellow with a massive head of four fingers. The sticky off white head lingered for a long time and in fact was regenerated for a while from the stream of bubbles rising from the brew. This reminded me of a lemon marainge pie.

S: Has the notable aroma of citrus, crisp apples and pears and the tang of dry hops. It does not have the malty richness I expected but the aroma was pleasant and fell easy on my olfactory sensory neurons.

T: As with most strong pale ales it benefits from a rest to allow the beer to relax brining out the smooth and creamy character and allowing the the malty richness to find its balance with the yeast and hops. Warming on the tongue but no residual aftertaste except a bit of a tang and a hair of the sweet malts.

M: Medium to full bodied with a creamy texture that fills the mouth with a smooth rich warmness. The good balance of the malts with the hops, carbonation and alcohol leaves the mouth warm, dry and ready for the next sip.

D: A very drinkable beer that has a nice character and fits will in the family of Belgium Strong Pale Ales.

Comment: This is my first from this brewery and it will not be my last.

09-28-2007 03:25:23 | More by dnichols
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Spica66

Indiana

4.22/5  rDev -2.3%

A: Deep gold with a white head. Excellent formation and retention. some lacing remains.

S: Deep caramel and malts under Belgian funk. No hops. Smells complex

T: Yeast is right up front, then the deep flavors of the malt and a little breadiness kick in. Complex and nice.

M: Medium body. Almost too much for a tripel.

O: Does not show any heat from the 9%. Everything is a winner with this one.

11-21-2011 21:54:36 | More by Spica66
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woosterbill

Kentucky

4.22/5  rDev -2.3%

12oz bottle, best by 01-28-12, into a Duvel tulip.

A: Hazy straw/gold body topped with a half-inch white foam head - this after a fairly vigorous pour. Underwhelming retention and next to no lace. A good swirl of the glass produces a larger head, but it too disappears quickly without a trace.

S: Quite nice, with fruit and spice being the dominant players. Apple, pear, apricot, and clove all make a distinct appearance, with some white wine notes making themselves known toward the end. Complex and pleasing.

T: All the complexity of the smell, plus some malt sweetness and just a hint of dry hoppiness on the finish. Very rich, fruity, and complex.

M: Extremely smooth, with very fine carbonation and a medium body. Heavenly.

D: Hides the alcohol amazingly well, but the surprisingly low carbonation (compared to other reviews) makes the last few ounces less than spectacular.

Notes: a delicious tripel, to be sure, but the low carbonation leaves me wanting a bit more. Not my favorite example of the style, but definitely a beer I'll seek out again, especially for the reasonable price.

08-25-2009 02:20:45 | More by woosterbill
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LaneMeyer

California

4.22/5  rDev -2.3%

Poured from a bottle into a tulip

A- Golden amber in color, one finger white head

S- Citrus, lemon, barnyard funk

T- Big citrus notes, sour apple, yeasty, bready notes, lemon zest

M- Nice carbonation, very light,

O- Nice example of a Belgian Tripel, very refreshing on a hot day

08-16-2011 02:21:41 | More by LaneMeyer
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OhioBulldog

Ohio

4.22/5  rDev -2.3%

Pours a deep golden yellow, with a smaller fizzy white head. Small bubbles continuously run up the side of my glass giving the beer a nice ring of lacing. The aroma is a wonderfully sweet malty smell, some citrus and many floral accents. The taste is a very sweet, malty flavour, much like the nose, great belgian taste, can taste the alcohol, but it is hidden pretty well under the taste. Mouthfeel is smooth and clean, but very carbonated. My mouth is tingling from the effervescence and alcohol. This beer is wonderful and i feel i could drink this forever

08-27-2004 00:17:26 | More by OhioBulldog
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webbcreative

Oklahoma

4.22/5  rDev -2.3%

Pale Yellow color with white 2 finger head. smell is a bit fruity like banana, with an alcohol smell in the back. taste is sweet but light, like banana, with some clove maybe. nice med mouthfeel.

Overall this is very good, although triples may be a bit too high in ABV for my preference, I could easily drink one of these.

05-17-2009 00:29:50 | More by webbcreative
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Shaw

Florida

4.22/5  rDev -2.3%

This is another great Belgian Strong Pale Ale following in the footsteps of Duvel. Unibroue makes some great beers.

This looks good: Pale golden with a nice white head. It's not the massive head that Duvel has, which some may prefer. It smells of grain and spices and alcohol.

The taste is very good. It's spicy with a nice alcohol kick.

The mouthfeel is light, probably because of the high ABV. It glides over the tongue with the tiny bubbles popping everywhere.

Overall this is one of the best of this style. It's easy to find, so go out and have some!

03-19-2005 22:35:35 | More by Shaw
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brendan13

Australia

4.22/5  rDev -2.3%

A - Poured into a La Fin Du Monde tulip with a couple of inches of fluffy white head a top a hazy, orange tinted golden liquid. Head slowly falls away to a thin whisp.
S - Yeast esters, some spice phenols and a touch of citrus.
T - The spice & citrus from the smell come through backed by some bready malt & sweetness. Some slight alcohol touches.
M - Medium bodied with a lowish carbonation. Dry finish.
D - A beer that I'll be drinking again for sure. The 9%ABV is quite well hidden but would creep up on you.

10-19-2007 08:17:23 | More by brendan13
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bigeyedfish

Pennsylvania

4.22/5  rDev -2.3%

12 ounce, foil-topped bottle, best before date clearly printed on back of label, along with pouring directions, poured into a tulip.

Pours a really vibrant, slightly hazy golden color. Some head, not much, which is surprising on this beer, vanishes quickly, leaving a nice white ring around the outside of the cup. Some lacing, but nothing out of this world. Nothing to be wowed or discouraged by.

Nose consists of a lot of banana(not the peel, the actual fruit) and a lot of cloves, plus the normal Belgian yeast. Maybe even a slight, underlying hint of grannysmith apple which I did not expect. A nice smelling beer, but there are a lot of beers that smell like this one. Was kind of expecting some vanilla, and didn't get any.

Really, really delicious beer. For sure there is some granny smith apple, along with some aggressive cloves on the mid palate and a really nice starting flavor of subtle oranges. Not much banana, which like the lack of vanilla on the nose, is kind of surprising. This is, however, one of the better tasting Belgian-style Strong Pale's that there is. The alcohol is only there in the warming you get, and a little bit on the finish. I'm even starting to get some vanilla extract and even, and like the granny smith apple's this is very surprising, some cherry on the finish. Not dark cherries, but the normal cherries that you have to spit the seed out of. I actually almost get a little of the taste of the cherry pit right before you spit it out, when it's still covered in cherry-insides. Really, really surprised about a couple of flavors that I've never had before and I'm highly impressed. Really spicy mid-palate which is a treat. The finish is kind of under-impressive. It tends to die pretty quickly and is very one dimensional (orange/banana) but everything up to it is so complex that it's hard to complain.

The mouthfeel is tough, only because of the mid-palate, which is the strongest element of this beer- the spices tend to over-power everything else. I am anxious to try this beer between six and eighteen months from now; give the spices some time to calm themselves down. That's the big hurdle with this beer. Still, not a lot of alcohol present. Spice is the big one.

This is a beer that if you're easily offended by a lot of spicy-ness you may be offended by. The bottle I have was brewed in June 07, so, it's already done some aging. I think it could do some more, really settle down. With that all said, it's smooth as any beer out there, the alcohol is extremely stealth, and when detected, it's dare I say pleasant, if not enjoyable. But it is kind of boozy, and I think with the smoothness does something to affect the drinkability. This is a beer where two will go down extremely easy and then you'll start to feel them in a big way. But I think this is a beer that will go well with a lot of foods, great as a dessert and even as something that's not sessionable, but spaced out over the course of a night could prove to be a great 3 or 4 bottles in a night beer.

A top-quality effort from Unibroue and probably one of the 4 or 5 best BSPA's that don't come from Belgium. I can't wait to try all Unibroue's beers and see if they compare.

11-24-2007 03:05:57 | More by bigeyedfish
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Deadstar

Michigan

4.22/5  rDev -2.3%

Bought a 750ml bottle of this down at the bottle shop. Was looking for something a little out of the ordinary, and when I compared the price of this bottle to getting a single 12oz bottle from the beer bar nearby, it was a steal.

Appearance: Cloudy, golden yellow with a nice head that left a good amount of lacing.

Smell: Fruits and spices, maybe just a hint of alcohol as well.

Taste: There's some alcohol in the finish on this one and it tends to linger, but it is not unpleasant in any way. Slightly sweet/fruity (bananas came to mind), some spices.

Mouthfeel: Nicely carbonated, goes down easy and leaves the mouth feeling refreshed.

Drinkability: This one is quite drinkable, it is refreshing and tasty. It weighs in at 9% ABV so it might sneak up on you.

Overall, a great drink. One of my favorites.

05-15-2008 22:40:33 | More by Deadstar
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berserker256

Michigan

4.22/5  rDev -2.3%

Hazy, orangey-yellowish. Full white bubbly head. Warm alcohol-fruity aroma with a yeasty touch. Warm going down. High alcohol content obviosly contributes to this. Feels similar to wine in that aspect. For that reason, the drinkability is hampered. But the taste itself is a pleasant one. Fruity warm flavor with ample carbonation. This is the perfect beer to drink two of on an empty stomach before dinner. You drink two, eat like a slob, then fall asleep on the living room floor while watching the evening news. Hopefully the kid doesn't start crying...

10-22-2007 02:40:49 | More by berserker256
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blackc5

Washington

4.22/5  rDev -2.3%

A - Good, small-bubble, head on this slightly hazy golden brew. Fair amount of lacing as well.

S - Good Belgian/Unibroe yeast in full effect. Lots of clove, some fruit and wheat bread.

T - Very nice tripel. Dominated by spicy yeast and the grainy backbone. Some fruitiness as well, and citrus zest, with just a bit of the alcohol burn. Well balanced and intensely flavored.

M - Medium-bodied and highly carbonated. Lighter than other tripels. Smooth.

D - Despite the ABV this drinks easy and seems light and refreshing for the style. One to go back to, and not too badly priced for the 12 oz bottles.

07-20-2010 05:30:38 | More by blackc5
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jerryusc

Virginia

4.23/5  rDev -2.1%

A- Golden and cloudy. Soapy head, about 1"

S- Citrusy lemon with hints of pepper. Almost a lemon pepper

T- Strong tripel taste with buttery start. Citrus in the middle. After tast, pepper at back of tongue.

MF- Medium to heavy carbonation. Like a light fizzy champagne

O- Great tripel. So easy to drink. But, be careful!

12-25-2012 17:27:32 | More by jerryusc
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thlayli87

New Jersey

4.23/5  rDev -2.1%

A - Pours a cloudy golden yellow, with coarse three finger head and moderate lacing

S - typical Belgian style funky aroma with notes of grass

T - wheat crackers, apple, black pepper, aged cheese, yeasty funk.

M - Medium body, smooth, carbonation is spot on

O - This is the best non-Belgian Belgian-style ale that I've had. Perfect example of a tripel and rivals the Trappist breweries.

12-21-2012 13:03:23 | More by thlayli87
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brystmar

Texas

4.23/5  rDev -2.1%

Had this bottled countless times before, first time on tap. A fitting brew to drink for the impending apocalypse.

Silky smooth, creamy body approaches perfection. Rich malts, a kiss of Belgian yeast and spice, hints of sweetness and more malt. I always forget how good this is. Superb.

12-22-2012 09:04:01 | More by brystmar
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brureview

Massachusetts

4.23/5  rDev -2.1%

Served in a tulip. This bottle has been cellared for about 6 months.

I have tasted Fin Du Monde in the past and I was very impressed.

This experience was slightly different. It's a great beer, but I have tasted other tripels since for comparison.

The beer poured a four fingered head. Beautiful light tan color.

The smell from the head is lemon with a strong clove scent.
The smells get stronger with warming.

The mouthfeel is slightly carbonated but pleasant.

The taste is excellent- strong cloves and lemon, but a bit tart and slightly bitter. I recall slight bitterness in my last tasting, but for some reason, it seemed more pronounced this time. A friend who was drinking with me also shared the last session with Fin De Monde, and felt that it didn't taste as good as the last time.
Not sure, but the cellaring could have had an effect- but the beer should have tasted better with slight aging.

Overall, a great tripel. Recently, I tried the St. Bernardus tripel, which is much smoother and more malty than the fin. I also like the Allagash tripel. So when it comes to tripels, one of my favorite styles, it is best to try a lot of them and rotate tastings.

06-18-2012 13:52:52 | More by brureview
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NoLeafClover44

Delaware

4.23/5  rDev -2.1%

12 oz. bottle poured into an Allagash chalice. Bottled late 2011.

A - Pours a hazy gold with three fingers of dense white head. A violent display of carbonation continues throughout, long after I pour. The lacing is tiered perfection.

S - Big aroma of peppery citrus, banana, cloves, grassy hops, and loads of not-quite-funky yeast. Perfection for the style.

T - The flavor is sweeter than the nose indicated. Starts slightly tart with apple and pear and transitions to sugar/bready malts. Bubblegum sweetness on the back end with a spicy clove finish. As is typical within this style, the high ABV is very well hidden.

M - High carbonation is no surprise based on the appearance. Medium bodied. The carbonation is great to begin with, but the beer flattens out quickly. Maybe I drank too slowly.

O - This was one of those perpetually available, phenomenal beers that I pass up on every time at the store because it will always be there anyway. I decided to grab a single during a recent haul, and I was not disappointed. The aroma is amazing and the flavor is good, although I found it to be a little bit too sugary sweet at some points. Not one I get regularly, but certainly a benchmark for the style.

10-09-2012 00:42:54 | More by NoLeafClover44
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TheMultiYeast

Pennsylvania

4.23/5  rDev -2.1%

Pours slightly hazy bright yellow..two fingers of white head.

Smell offers clove, some pepper, pears and mildly sweet fruit scents, soft and chalky.

More banana and pear fruitiness in taste, spices, interesting sourness in aftertaste perhaps due to yeast

Clean finish, dry.

Must try Tripel

10-21-2012 03:38:13 | More by TheMultiYeast
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HarrySTruman

Michigan

4.23/5  rDev -2.1%

Orange with a huge head. Good retention and solid lacing.

Smells a lot like banana, maybe too much so. Sweet malts and a bit of spice/pepper.

Taste is bold and comples, but finishes with the distinct banana flavor. Has that typical Unibroue yeast flavor. Alcohol isn't completely hidden but it is balanced well in the flavor profile.

High carbonation, crisp and solid mouthfeel.

After trying many other Triples I came back to La Fin Du Monde and remembered why it was so highly rated. There aren't many tripels made outside of Belgium that are this good, maybe none.

06-27-2012 06:24:01 | More by HarrySTruman
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Jamesthebrit

Michigan

4.23/5  rDev -2.1%

A: Nice light golden color. Hazy with a big head with a good dynamic of bubbles.

S: Pinapple, peach, lemon, orange, grass, wheat. Very nice.

T: As with the smell it is very complex. All the same tastes as listed above but the finish pretty nice. There is a little must like with most tripels but it is overshadowed by fruity flavors. Also a good sweetness.

M: Very bubbly. While not being overwhelming it has a bit of a rough feel to it. Otherwise sits pretty good with a light medium body.

Overall a very nice showing. Certainly shines above most tripels. It's pretty widely available and worth checking out.

08-11-2012 21:38:12 | More by Jamesthebrit
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Guess2814

Massachusetts

4.24/5  rDev -1.9%

La Fin Du! Love the name! This beer has a golden misty look to it.. I think the taste has a bit of a Belgian Tripel type of spice going.. I not to huge on the smell.. It has your typical Ale smell with a hint of Tripel smell to it.. Top 250 maybe yes but the lower end of the 250 in my opinion ..

05-22-2014 23:59:24 | More by Guess2814
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ThePaintedGrey

Pennsylvania

4.24/5  rDev -1.9%

12oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

A: A cloudy honey-golden color with a sizeable white creamy head. Head eventually fades a bit (to about a 1/4 inch), leaving white lace down the glass. Pretty typical for a brew of this style.

S: A decent nose on this one. Sweet malts and coriander up front, slightly floral undertones, finishes off kind of spicy (cloves, I'd say) with a peppery alcohol tingle.

T: Starts off a tad spicy. Clove and alcohol notes tingle the tip of your tongue, but fade rather quickly. Sweet malt, coriander, hints of orange and SLIGHT twangs of other citrus seem to be the forefront of the flavors. Finishes off with a wave of warming alcohol. However, this is a lot smoother than one would assume for 9% ABV.

M: Tight, crisp carbonation even after pouring. A little more carbonation than the norm, I thought. Overall pretty creamy, with a smooth finish.

O: While the flavors on this one excel far beyond most, I'm just not flabbergasted by how good this one is. It's definitely a beer to be sipped slowly and respected. Well-rounded flavors and a smooth, creamy drinkability make this a wonderful beer to relax with an truly enjoy. It's just not something that'll find its way into my regular pick-ups.

06-24-2013 04:11:20 | More by ThePaintedGrey
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Muhly

Alberta (Canada)

4.24/5  rDev -1.9%

Poured from 355 ml bottle into a snifter.

A-Cloudy yellow/apple colour. Moderate head with little retention. Lacing occurs in a complete wall formation when I tip the glass.

S-Very fruity with spicy pepper and clove. Moderate yeast aromas.

T-Light malts and significant fruit sweetness give way to black pepper and cloves.

M-Moderate to full mouthfeel with significant carbonation. Finishes sweet.

O-A great tripel and plentiful in these parts. A go-to for any occasion.

02-11-2013 04:50:51 | More by Muhly
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ljthiesse

Manitoba (Canada)

4.24/5  rDev -1.9%

Yellow-orange pour, slightly hazy, with a thin dissipating white head. Fruity aroma, with mandarin orange, peach, and Belgian yeast. Flavour is sweet and almost syrupy, with a slightly bitter edge, reminiscent of orange marmalade or peach syrup. Bready notes and lots of Belgian yeast in the flavour too, classic Unibroue taste. A bit of caramel and apple as it warms. Dry, sweet, bready finish. A great Tripel.

04-29-2014 05:17:18 | More by ljthiesse
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DanGeo

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

05-28-2013 00:31:41 | More by DanGeo
La Fin Du Monde from Unibroue
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