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La Fin Du Monde - Unibroue

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2,860 Reviews

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Reviews: 2,860
Hads: 9,465
Avg: 4.31
pDev: 21.11%
Wants: 536
Gots: 1,842 | FT: 20
Brewed by:
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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 Jaxxon61
4.75/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This...beer...alas, a Belgian tripel...is so delicious. I could waste your precious time with the pedantic musings of others as to its clovey-sweet, perfectly-balanced super excellence. But there is no time for hyperbole. Time to drink, voyageurs! Time to quaff this mysterious bitch-goddess from La Belle Province! Bow to its wondrous, inexplicable enchantments! Drink it...like you know you like it!

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Photo of dblinkhorn
4.75/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Uncapped the 12 oz bottle, and it immediately started foaming out violently. I didn't shake the beer to my knowledge, but regardless it foamed strongly for probably 45 seconds before it calmed down. The whole time I was smelling the beer and and was very impressed.

Poured from 12 oz bottle into glass tulip goblet.

Appearance - Hazy straw-orange color. There is a moderate amount of debris in the beer. The head is very large and slightly tan, and "chunky" (consisting of big bubbles). The head eventually calms down and settles at about a half-finger silky off-white head.

Smell - Wow! This thing is heaven for the nose. It is very sweet smelling with a light alcohol burn accompanying it. The smell consists of dark fruits and a very nice bready malt aroma in the background of the scent. Also there are floral, citrus, and spice notes.

Taste - Again, incredible. Surprisingly, the first thing I taste is the bready flavored malt, which is very rich and soothing. Coming second is a quite present alcohol burn, but definitely not overpowering. Also, you begin to taste the sweet dark fruits as with the smell. The hops are present, but aren't nearly on the level of the sweet, fruity, spiciness of the rest of it. Also, there are definitely hints of nutmeg and a slight flavor of cinnamon. A very slight taste of pear also comes into the aftertaste. The taste of this brew is amazing. The flavors are so rich and complex. Just supberb!

Mouthfeel - The beer has a velvety medium-bodied mouth feel. It is very smooth and rolls around in your mouth so gently and nicely, that it's pleasure for the "touch" sense as well as the "taste" sense of your mouth. The carbonation is right on the money, couldn't be any better.

Drinkability - This stuff is potent, make no mistake, but goodness gracious is it excellent. This is probably in my top three brews of all. Anyway, the drinkability is very good if you can handle the style alright.

Overall...wow! I just can't get over the quality of this beer. You MUST try this beer if you like strong Belgian style ales. Just amazing.

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Photo of penguinjive7
4.75/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The pour is a hazy golden color with a nice fluffy white head.

The smell is very floral with hints of fruits, mostly citrus. Also a bit of buttered biscuits as well.

The taste is initially a mix of tropical fruit with slight floral hints coming through. There is also the presence of cloves and other spices I can't put a finger on. The finish is a blend of yeast that is warmed very slightly by the alcohol.

The mouthfeel is light and pleasantly light and fizzy.

This is an amazing brew overall. Very complex smells and flavors are found with every sip. Even towards the end of the glass I struggle to connect what I am tasting to other tastes and smells so I'm just going to give up and simply say that this is an excellent example of a tripel that I would gladly have any time.

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Photo of KKB
4.75/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A – A very light, golden-yellow with a perfectly white head that is expansive and last forever (even if it’s just a tiny layer towards the end). Great carbonation, although very little lacing. Still, beautiful.

S – The smell may even be the best part. Just so complex with layers of sweet apple, dark fruit, clove, varying yeast, a little bit of cinnamon and a hint of white grapes. There is also a very faint smell of alcohol. But it is truly just delightful.

T – Spice hits your first, and it’s somewhat surprising because you cannot really detect it in the nose. Clove, nutmeg, fruity elements and some yeast. It is sweet and yet spicy and a slight bitterness to it that makes none of the flavors become boring but balances all of them.

M – Great body on this beer, it is decidedly medium and yet the carbonation plays with it so that it would not be a stretch to call it light. The alcohol is really not noticeable throughout this Tripel which is very impressive.

O – Overall this is just one of my favorite beers out there. Great Belgian yeast going on it here, so spicy, mildly fruity, sweet and slightly bitter, and utterly drinkable. I love this beer. Probably in my top ten.

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Photo of KSHunt
4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

A huge foamy head appears above a straw colored liquid. Lace stays throughout the entire drink. A solid smell is followed by a tremendous taste, with a definite alcohol taste coming through at the very end. A tremendous beer!

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Photo of jeffjfindley
4.75/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is an unfiltered beauty with an exquisite head that sticks to everything. Visible carbonation enhances the visual experience. A wonderfully fresh and malty bouquet of cider, flowers and Belgian yeast demands immediate consumption.

My mouth is delighted by this beer in every way. The taste is complex, estery and warming. For me the mark of a great beer, or progressive rock band is when the complexity doesn't overpower the song. This is rich, sweet, strong, and at 9% abv, delightfully stingy. The finish is tight and dry, the aftertaste alive with honey, as well as tangerine and banana notes.

Let this sit in your mouth for awhile. Swallow, then take a deep breath through your mouth and you will know perfection. Drink slowly and with great respect, as there is not a better tasting beer on the planet.

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Photo of warrenout330
4.75/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 335ml bottle to my snifter

A- straw golden color, almost like a glowing sunshine. Thick white head... keeps it shape as it grows out my glass.... dissolves to a thin cloud over the beer.

S- fruity earthy funk.... grassy mellow high lights thoughout the smell. Spicey aroma overall the dominate trait here...

T- fruity esters of tropical sunshine fruits... very earthy undertones, that would be the funk to the smell and taste to this beer.... spicey dominance in the after taste... well balanced like a fruit and cheese plate...

M- medium bodied, medium to heavy carbonation... bubbly like a fruity Brut Champaige. Moderate hop bit to control the complexity of this outrageous ale.

O- this is a tripel. A tripel that is brewed in Quebec, Canada. Now these are the most well known people to brew a Belgium to the rights of a standard Belgium tripel. This brewery holds the closest path to Belgium from America... you want a good Belgium?! Look for uniboure.... not a let down at the least!

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Photo of NotAlcoholicJustAHobby
4.75/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I am not really sure what to say that hasn't already been said about this beer. I read the 2014 Brewer's association guidlines for Belgian Tripels. I am pretty sure this is the beer they used as reference. This is the Tripel that all other Tripel's should be judged against. Good luck to those poor bastards.

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Photo of spoony
4.75/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

From a 12 oz bottle (best before 12-13-14) into a tulip.

A-The beer poured a solid, shiny 3-finger head of off-white foam. The brew is yellowish gold and a little foggy with lots of visible streams of carbonation.

S-There is a delicious, yeasty, bready aroma with a little bit of citrus and banana fruit, nice spicy cloves, and a little alcohol heat. The smells blend wonderfully and make you want to drink it.

T-Taste follows the smell pretty closely, i.e., delicious yeast, french bread, lemony citrus and banana fruit with some well-integrated alcohol heat and clove spice. None of the flavors overwhelms another.

M-The beer is creamy with pretty significant carbonation. Well balanced and drinkable.

O-Fin du Monde remains one of my favorite beers of all time. Everything is just done so well...the smell, the flavors, the feel, c'est magnifique. if you are looking for a pale brew to sip on or pair with some cheese, look no further.

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Photo of dieselboy914
4.76/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I tried this beer based on the reviews here and went into my local pub with skepticism... because I'm not a real fan of anything Canadian... no I'm not a stereotyping hypocrite, just bad luck i guess...

The bottle looks great, full of color and character, making it very appealing to the eye, but that's just the beginning. As I poured it into the glass, my heart started racing, my hand sweating. Did i see a hot chick walk across the floor? No, this beer really looks that good.
The golden orange color is bold, the head a heavenly white and very thick. I unfortunately couldn't smell much since nose was a little clogged, but if anything I did smell some wheat.
Taste is overwhelmingly refreshing. It is bold, revitalizing, and quite a treat. It truly is the best of the Belgian Strong Pale Ales. At first, the orange-like citrus flavors emerge, bombarding the palette with rich and lucious textures, with slight undertones of wheat and bread, especially in the aftertaste.
There is no overstating the strong and pronounced taste of this beer. Duvel is very subdued in comparison.
I could not feel any alcohol in this beer, as I did in others the same night, and no... my senses were not dulled by then.

All in all, a very enjoyable and exquisite beer. Truly one that I would like to have over and over, especially after meals...
Kudos to Canada!!!

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Photo of benmiliron
4.76/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Oh hell yes. Wife got me a 3-pack of Unibroue in a wooden case for Xmas. Fin du Monde was my first choice. Kind of a fruity Belgian, with gorgeous fragrance, beautiful sweetness with a good dose of yeastiness and malt. Just fantastic. Nice small bubbles after the initial froth subsides. Kind of a mediocre hazy yellow with no real head, but I don't really care too much about appearance so long as the beer is good, and this stuff is wonderful.

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Photo of JJBlanche
4.76/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Golden, cloudy, with some yeasty dregs. Excellent head with great lacing. Beautiful.

S: Aroma a touch muted, but still enticing. Malty, spicy, as one would expect for the style.

T: Magnifique! If this is what the end of the world tastes like, I want front row tickets to the apocalypse. A sweet symphony of various flavors all combined flawlessly and seamlessly. Malt, spice, hints of fruit. A ton going on, but never overwhelming, nor cloying. 9% alcohol masked extremely well.

M: 5.0 'nuff said.

D: The great thing about this brew is you can choose to ignore the complexity and session it (at your peril), or revel in the menagerie. Unibroue leaves it up to you.

O: An excellent beer. Easily among my top go-to choices. If you haven't tried it, do yourself a huge favor and buy a 750.

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Photo of aaronh
4.76/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This must be the champagne of beers. Upon opening the bottle, the beer started to climb out the opening. I poured it into a nice thistle style glass and was amazed by the fantastic head that seemed to only fade slightly. The nice creamy head atop the beautiful pale ale is a sight to behold. The aroma was delicate with a hint of vanilla and citrus. While being high in alcohol, it was not evident at all. This brew is well worth finding. One of my all time favorites.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.77/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Duvel tulip glass. Bottle says best by 03-30-13.

Appearance: Cloudy golden yellow with lots of bubbles sticking to the glass and a light amount of floating particles. Decent one finger white head that fades into a patchy layer. Light amount of lacing.

Smell: Strong aroma of Belgian yeast and wheat with plenty of fruit including banana, apple, orange, and lemon peel. Strong presence of cloves and some coriander and pepper spices. Also has some sweet bready malts and a hint of honey. Complex and enticing.

Taste: A strong burst of yeast and wheat up front is followed by the mentioned fruits and spices. Banana, clove, apple, lemon, orange, coriander and other spices. Solid presence of bready malts throughout. Finishes with a little heat from the alcohol and some more fruity sweetness. Very tasty.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. Has a light alcohol burn but everything still feels pretty light for such a high abv.

Overall: A great tasting and complex brew that has a great balance of sweet fruits and spices.

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Photo of ncbrewerbun
4.77/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I great birthday present! Someone brought a 750ml bottle to our homebrew club meeting and another member gave me two of the small bottles for my b-day. There were no significant differences noted with the big vs. small bottles.

A pale, slightly hazy straw color with a nice and long-lasting head. Bubbles keep rising to the surface, suggesting almost an effervescence.

A myriad of goings-on in the aroma -- malt, spices (notably, pepper), and yeast characteristics -- which all translates beautifally into the taste profile. A wonderful complexity.

This a a beer to share and experience with others. Others who appreciate great beer, that is. This is deceptive...light and easy to drink...belying it's strength.

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Photo of cubedbee
4.77/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served in it's glass, a pale hazy yellow with 2 fingers of frothy white head and a small amount of lacing. Smell is spicy apple skins, tangerine, bubblegum, bananas, grass, wonderfully complex. Taste is like smooth rich banana pudding, with some oranges, apples, spices, and cloves all thrown in the mix. Superb. Velvety mouthfeel throughout, and alcohol that is absolutely hidden from sight, this is a dangerously tempting beer. One of the best Belgians I have ever tasted from right here in North America.

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Photo of daythree16
4.77/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a goblet. Pours an amber golden color similar to honey. Has an almost three finger head of fizzy champagne-like bubbles that fades to leave just a thin layer on top.

The aroma of sweet, fruity goodness dominates the nose. There is a little alcohol and just a hint of piney citrus as well. The taste is of citrus and a little banana.

The mouthfeel is very smooth, and despite its sweetness, it's not cloying at all. There is a very noticeable alcohol warmth to it, but in a good way. I would definitely have another.

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Photo of RBorsato
4.77/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Hazy yellow gold with a full white head, decent carbonation, and OK lace. Spicy Belgian yeasty aroma with spicy hop character and flavor; not overly strong in alcohol in any way - surprising for strength. Very nice medium-full body with perfect carbonation level.

Excellent but a bit drier than Duvel if that is what you like more.

Per U website: Triple fermentation Golden Ale, refermented in the bottle.

Best Before: 10/05/07
Tasted: 03/09/05

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Photo of Estarrio
4.77/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured a bright, cloudy, golden yellow with a good-sized, white head. Lot's of retention and visible carbonation

Aroma is citrus, spice, champagne and the light floral/fruity notes indicative of the style.

Wow! There is a lot going on with the taste! Sweet cherry, vanilla, raisin, caramel, citrus rind, ginger, honey and clove. This is a surprisingly complex beer. The alcohol is noticeable and warming, lending to a balancing tartness. Given the high alcohol content, it is not overpowering at all. The finish has an extremely subtle dry characteristic.

All of this flavor in a light/medium bodied beer. The high carbonation lends to an excellent mouthfeel. Addictively drinkable.

A surprising, highly drinkable treat and a wonderful example of the style. A stark testimonial to the quality of Unibroue

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Photo of gradestarr
4.77/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This stuff along with the rest of the Unibroue line is liquid gold, Texas tea, that "potent erl," whatever you may call it. However, La Fin Du Monde stands out as being a real perfection of the trippel style with that lip smackin long lastin delicious good taste of the CanadianBelgianFrench yeast strain.
Don't let the appearance fool you; this is a pale, clearish straw golden beer with large-ish bubbles (it seemed to me) that were bolder than the measley, weakling bubbles produced by Cristal, for example. However it is no Pabst!! You'll notice it stinks; spicy is a good start but the banana and fruit really clobber you after that. Once drinking is commenced the Fin du Monde tastes like a perfectly spiced Indian dessert- cardamom and clove flavors are present. The carbonation is just about spot on. For my first ever restaurant-beer and a blind choice by me with no prior knowledge of Unibroue or La Fin other than a love of the trippel style, I'd rate this a 6/5.

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Photo of MisterClean
4.77/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750 caged and corked from Cost Plus

A - Unfiltered, light golden with heavy, white foam action, and clumping legs.

S - Tones of apricot, peach, coriander, and slight ester.

T - Peaches, pears, allspice, coriander, and slight ester. Overall fairly sweet.

M - Wonderful. Gentle on the palate. Despite foaminess, little carbonation and warming. After several tastes, Alcohol is a little inconsistent on the mouthfeel.

D - More please! A great canadian take on a belgian 3x strong, eh? You betcha.

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Photo of gportale
4.77/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I am a big fan of Tripels, but this is an amazing beer. Served a bit below room temperature.

A - golden yellow color with about a half an inch of head.
S - smelled delicious with a hint of citrus
T - unbelievable, absolutely amazing taste. Strong, but not over-bearing with a taste that was foreshadowed by its smell, and a malt finish upon swallowing.
M - Very smooth, not too much carbonation, but enough.

I would drown myself in this beer. I could see myself skipping a meal and just drinking as many of these as I could.

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Photo of jboucher
4.77/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip glass

Best before date printed on the back label

19 IBU's

Appearance: Hazy golden honey color. Pours with a nice white head. Very nice sticky and patchy lacing. Solid carbonation is present as well.

Smell: Yeasty and phenolic on the nose. Strong clove influence is present. Slight citrus notes. Mild banana. Very complex. Slightly herbal presence as well.

Taste: Excellent malty sweetness upon the arrival. Sweet clove taste with a lingering herbal finish. There is a warming affect of the high ABV, however the alcohol is masked very well. Intriguing. Beautiful balance between all of the tasting notes.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, good carbonation on the tongue. Creamy and smooth.

Drinkability: This beer is quite refreshing. Very easy to drink despite the high alcohol content.

Ending notes: This is a very complex, but enjoyable brew. A perfect archetype of the style. I would highly recommend this to any beer enthusiast. Once you have a sip, you want to go back for more. Phenomenal. Best tripel I have had thus far.

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Photo of Trajega
4.77/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The primary flavor is a well balanced hoppy mixture, and the aftertaste draws out the threads of the spice. The flavor is rich enough to enjoy the layered apsect for the first sip, and balanced well enough to enjoy it through to the last sip.

I continue to try other Belgians and wheats, but I am not sure I will find a better flavor that continues to the end of the bottle.

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Photo of DaveBlack
4.77/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

One of my favorite Belgian style beers, and by far my favorite that I've had from this brewery. Just now getting around to reviewing it, though.

A: Cloudy, rich yellow color. Head is maybe 1/2 a finger, and falls down to a thin layer relatively quickly.

S: Belgian yeast, Candy sweetness, stone fruits. Alcohol comes through as well, lending a richness of aroma. Amazing smelling beer.

T: Sweet malts hit up front with a slight ester fruitiness. The sweetness gives way to a slight bitter taste and a punch from the alcohol that keeps the beer from being cloying. Overall impression is that of a sweet beer that is wonderful balanced with the other elements.

M: Pretty heavy on the carbonation, medium bodied and slightly sticky.

O: As I said: One of my favorite Belgian style beers. Infinitely drinkable, it balances all the flavors nicely and not only keeps the 9% alcohol from overpowering the taste of the other elements, but actually incorporates it into the balance. Really a great beer, worth going well out of your way for.

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La Fin Du Monde from Unibroue
96 out of 100 based on 2,860 ratings.