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La Fin Du Monde - Unibroue

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

8,613 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 8,613
Reviews: 2,753
rAvg: 4.32
pDev: 11.81%
Wants: 379
Gots: 1,084 | FT: 19
Brewed by:
Unibroue visit their website
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 EgadBananas
4.15/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Wonderful orange tint, hazy foam, sparing at the top.

Smelled slight citrus, tart, and alcohol mixed into one. Rather alluring...

Tasted a bit bitter at first, sweetened up, and finished crisp and strong.

Light and slightly airy, very smooth. I don't think there is such thing as too many La Fin's....

1, 2, 3...there is no wrong answer.

Unibroue makes a damn good tulip glass!

EgadBananas, Oct 16, 2009
Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4.15/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: hazy straw yellow. Lacing is an impressive sheet that recedes quickly.
Smell: Very nice. Sweet, fruity, spicy, and creamy. Robust and creamy as whole, yet each component is subtle.
Taste: much like the nose. Quite good but not up to the smell.
Mouthfeel: full and creamy.
Overall: put this one back for a little over a year. Have had this nice brew many times before. Very nice triple. Gonna grab some more and age longer.

cindyjeffsmith, May 28, 2012
Photo of Gusler
4.15/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

One sip of a Unibroue beer several years ago started a continuous love affair with this brewery, and the whole line of their beers, “La Fin Du Monde” was that first beer, what a stroke of luck that was for this “Grizzled Old Beer Swiller”.

As it pours from the bottle, a slightly hazy lemon yellow, the head creamy in texture, the size masterful, the color a brilliant white, as it evanesces it leaves a silky sheet of fine lace to cover the glass. The aroma of finely malted grains dominates the nose, citrus crisp, lightly sweet and a pleasure to the senses. Start is ambrosial with lots of malt, the top middling in its feel with a spirited acidity, masterfully hopped, and a long drawn-out aftertaste that is dry. The 9% ABV, make this a real “Belly Warmer”, for these cold winter days and nights, a beer I love, and I always have a few bottles on hand as they age gracefully and I wish I could say the same for my own self.

Gusler, Dec 28, 2002
Photo of papat444
4.15/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed this last night while waiting for a phone call to find out if our place is rented so we can move. Paired with my supper, some homemade cannelloni (in pasta shells).

Poured from a 341ml. bottle.

Appearance: Pours a very hazy and golden body. Color resembles a pear. Fairly average head that recedes quite quickly and no much lacing to speak of. Not too nice, i was expecting more.

Smell: Much better here. Getting a nice heady aroma of cloves, yeast, banana and dough. Am i drinking a hefe? Regardless, very pleasing indeed.

Taste: Quite discreet at first. I get some herbs and some fruit that's more dry than sweet but never obtrusive. Some citrus action in there also. Opens up more as it warms but it's still a low-key affair.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation hinders it a bit but it still feels rather good anyways. It subsides a little as it warms. Very full-bodied and light at the same time if that's possible.

Drinkability: ABV is well hidden though it does creep on you midway. I'd have another for sure.

Overall: Definitely a high-caliber beer that's well made. Everything is in the nuances though as it's not a in-your-face beer. I prefer more guts with my Belgian beers which is reflected in my score. Nevertheless, i like this beer and next time, i'll drink it at near room temp to get a better grasp on it. Is it the be all end of the world? Not quite...but it's right up there.

papat444, Sep 01, 2009
Photo of cktison
4.15/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Golden, slightly hazy. Nice, foamy head, but deflated within a few minutes.
S: Sweet, clovey, reminded me of hefe weizen.
T: Very refreshing, nice flavors, very clove flavored. Banana, sweet, sugary, no alcohol.
M: Creamy but not heavy
D: Solid beer, easy to drink, easy to put back a 750mL bottle at 9%ABV and not notice!

cktison, Apr 19, 2007
Photo of cudmud
4.15/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: An antique gold color with one finger of bright white head and solid lacing.

Smell: Very yeasty and bread-like.

Taste: Plenty of yeast malt, and hops

Mouthfeel: Full, but perhaps too much carbonation.

Drinkability: A wonderful beer. In fact, the whole line Unibroue is awesome.

cudmud, Dec 31, 2010
Photo of CrazyMike
4.15/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is light orange and opaque with fluffy head. The smell is fruity and medicinal.

Taste is very sharp of citrus and sweetness, has a grainy almost wheat taste. Smooth, crisp and full bodied. After taste is sweet, alcoholic and a bit sour.

Very flavorful beer, with 9% abv. it has all the good traits of the European Tripel beers. Good for special occasions.

CrazyMike, Mar 14, 2008
Photo of Brewlore
4.15/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from a 750ML bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Pours a hazy golden color with a nice thick white head that slightly settles down to a small head.

S: Smells a bit fruity with some spicy and sweet overtones and the scent of malts lingering around.

T: Very carbonated drink here. Has a nice little bite to it with a slightly sweet citrusy and yeasty flavors. Leaves a bit of a bitter bite on the palate towards the end of the swig.

M: Excellent mouthfeel. Feels very lively and carbonated on the tongue and leaves your mouth a little dry.

D: Very drinkable in my opinion. The potency and excellent melding of flavors make this particular brew very easy to drink. Not to heavy and not to light, it nailed the right combination.

Brewlore, Oct 01, 2006
Photo of dpnelson1978
4.15/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle into tulip.
50°F

A: Big tight white head that quickly dissipates leaving generous lacing and a thick creamy cover over a hazy golden body.

S: Pronounced Belgian yeast character. Spicy and slightly sweet.

T: Again, the Belgian character of the yeast dominates. Orange citrus flavors mixed with spicy phenolics and just a hint of bitterness over a sweet, but subdued malt backbone. Very well balanced.

M: Medium body with medium carbonation that dances on the tongue at first sip. Slight astringency prickles the surface of the tongue, could do without that.

D: Nothing too special about the drinkability of this brew. I think this characteristic could be greatly enhanced with the correct food pairing.

O: Solid beer, though I was expecting it to be a little more impressive.

dpnelson1978, Aug 02, 2010
Photo of Reaper16
4.15/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle served into a cervoise glass

Pours a typically yellow color, common to the style. 1.5 fingers of bright, white foam made a head composed of small bubbles. Head retention was not very good relative to other examples of the style. Lacing was adequate. All in all an average looking tripel.

Lots of nice fruit in the aroma of this beer. Pears are front and center but not to be discounted are green apple and dried orange. Belgian candi sugar is present, as it should be, to lend a sugary sweetness to the beer. Make no mistake - this does not smell like a dry tripel; this beer is all about the sweetness.

Taste follows the nose: pears, green apples, candi sugar. There is definitely a sweet, caramel, sugary biscuit sort of malt profile at work here. Some fresh flowers poke their way in by way of the hops. On one hand I've had more complex examples of the Tripel style. On the other hand I've had very few Tripels that exhibit the balance and craft of this offering from Unibroue. It is on the sweeter side of the style but there are just enough hops to balance the estery treasure trove.

I love the mouthfeel on this tripel. It is just about perfect for the style, I thinlk. In fact, I will rate it as perfect. It is exquisitely attenuated, especially given how sweet this beer is. The carbonation is certainly present at all times but it is never harsh to the tongue. The body is a nice, medium size that compliments all the residual sugars. The drinkability, then, is also very nice. You never taste alcohol even though the beer is 9% ABV. If you wanted to have two bottles I think you could so so with little difficulty.

This is a great Tripel. Though my score doesn't necessarily reflect it, I'd say that La Fin Du Monde is among my very favorite beers of the Tripel style. It is very tasty but light enough to make you drink more than you should. Definitely recommended.

Reaper16, Aug 04, 2010
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
Photo of magnj
4.15/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a Hefe glass.

a - 2 finger soapy head faded soon to just a few sticky spots. Golden and pale, clear but still a bit hazy.

s - Mildly fruity and sweet. Little if any hop presence. Slightly alcoholic and faintly spicy. Inviting and deceptively mild.

t - Sweet all the way through. Complex sugars and yeast complement each other nicely. Subtly spicy near the end. Alcohol hardly noticeable. Hops and sugars linger long after the sip is gone.

m/d - Just a bit sticky which is to be expect from the style, ends a little dry which is nice in this high ABV brew. Really tasty and deceptive in terms of potency...this is something you could drink all night but would regret in the morning.

magnj, May 30, 2009
Photo of texashammer
4.15/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a 750ml cage-and-cork bottle, pale yellow-orange in color, hazy, with a fine creamy white head. Beautiful. Smells of grain, yeast, lemon and orange zest. Lightly spicy (coriander?). On the palate there is an alcoholic warming sensation. Sweet malt and grain, spicy again. Smooth and yet spritzy in the mouth, full-bodied, and oh so drinkable, with a dry finish. Appetizing.

texashammer, Oct 12, 2005
Photo of guinnessfan
4.15/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into an oversized wine glass.

A: Cloudy, golden color with a nice two finder ivory-white, fluffy head. Slight lacing and little retention.

S: Light sweetness and spice. Slight sourness from yeast.

T: Great. Perfect amount of belgian-esque spice with a slight sweetness. No taste of ABV.

M: Prickliness of carbonation, smooth and creamy. After taste is short lived.

D: Flavorful without being overpowering, easy to drink, despite the high alcohol content.

guinnessfan, Feb 27, 2007
Photo of RidiculedDisplay
4.15/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was looking through my reviews the other day, and was reminded that I had taken it on myself to try and not search out and review more "super rare" or regionally unavailable beers before I could build up a good tally with the ones I drink often and can find easily. This review goes along with that philosophy.

Appearance: Pours with a lively finger and a half worth's of white, frothy head. Lacing is mountainous and present, although it tends to disappear a little too quickly for my liking. The head takes some time to dwindle down, but does after a minute and a half to two minutes, into a half-finger. Body is a pear straw color with yeasty obliqueness.

Smell: Yeasty funk comes first. Agitating the beer with a swirl, I get a lot of Belgian flagship apple and banana esters, along with a general cane sugar. There is a faint pine-y alcohol back end, as well, possibly from some hop additions. Granny smiths predominate me searching.

Taste: Banana, apple, some kiwi esters. Very representative of its style. That being said, also very clean and refreshing for a beer of its strength. Some white grapes in there, also. Very slight astringency on swallowing, alcohol is barely perceptible.

Mouthfeel: Extremely fizzy, refreshing, almost champagne-like. Great.

Drinkability: Is dangerously drinkable for its ABV. Really good stuff for those needing a gateway into Belgian styles.

RidiculedDisplay, Dec 01, 2007
Photo of turnerr79
4.15/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

La Fin du Monde, aka End of the world.

Full foamy head, a good two fingers.

Beer pours a summer yellow, slight cloudiness.

Sweet malty nose, with a hoppy complement.

First sip is sweet and definitely on the malty side. Not cheap malt liquor malty, but European ale malty, a bit lager-ish.

Wheat in the mash shines through. Gives my palate images of fall harvest on the farm. Med heavy mouth feel, but the carbonation balances that out.

9% abv, but there is not a sharp taste. Good after taste that keeps the wheat theme on the forefront.

Great comfort beer.

turnerr79, Nov 26, 2010
Photo of JackTheRipper
4.15/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly cloudy golden yellow with a really large head, not a whole lot of lacing on the glass, but being a noob I think it may be the glass and not the beer (I wonder if I'm caring for the glasses properly?) This is the first time I've had a beer with a noticeable amount of yeast still in the bottle so that freaked me out a bit, but watching the carbonation make the yeast sort of dance around in the glass, I got to liking that aspect.

Smell is a spicy banana scent, couldn't really smell any alcohol in the nose.

Taste: wow, this is a heck of a beer. Seems a bit more malty than hoppy, which I like, I'm still developing my taste for those grapefruity hoppy beers, but I'm working on it. This beer was fruity, the alcohol was more subdued than I thought it would be, considering the ABV, but it warmed the throat nicely on the way down.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth, but a little more carbonation than I would like to see.

Drinkability: This is going to be one of those special occasion beers for me, I really like this beer, but I can't see myself drinking it on a very regular basis.

Overall: A very good beer, and one I would definitely recommend to a good friend.

JackTheRipper, Jan 09, 2004
Photo of TooDrunkToFunk
4.15/5  rDev -3.9%

TooDrunkToFunk, Sep 06, 2014
Photo of isaac
4.15/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. to snifter.

A - Dark, cloudy, golden body, 2-fingered, off-white head. Sinks to nothingness (perhaps because the bottle foamed over).

S - Sour yeast funkiness and bready malts.

T - Notes of Banana, pear, and bread.

M - Sticky, thick, but mildly chalky.

D - OK, but tasted with Russian River's Damnation, which was by far the better.

NOTE: The bottle was highly carbonated and the beer foamed up and out. This happened with all 4 beers in the pack and I did not shake it at all. This could have been an error from the store, or a defective bunch, but it was not a great way to begin this beer.

isaac, Dec 24, 2006
Photo of joepais
4.15/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance 750 ml bottle poured cloudy gold with a full white head.

Smell: Fruity, yeasty, malt aroma

Mouth feel: this ale is great well balanced nice carbonation

Taste: slightly sweet start to a light hoppy bitter finish

Drinkability: a great Tripel I have imbibed in quite a few of these and enjoyed them every time

joepais, Dec 27, 2007
Photo of StJamesGate
4.15/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

StJamesGate, Dec 21, 2012
Photo of cpetrone84
4.15/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-hazy golden yellow color that has a big, bubbly white head that has some lingering but leaves very little lacing on the glass

S-the smell is of orange peel, a touch of spicy clove, notes of belgian yeast.

T-very sweet, a little one dimensional, tons of citrus orange peel with a light herbal spice and touch of bready malt.

M-very smooth with a nice amount of carbonation and a full medium body, somewhat creamy with a crisp finish that has a drying effect on the throat

D-the alcohol is hidden very well and this has a sweetness after the initial yeast the is quite nice.

cpetrone84, Dec 29, 2009
Photo of ericj551
4.15/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

La Fin Du Monde pours a hazy straw gold with a lively, fluffy head. The aroma is light and fruity, with plenty of yeasty phenolic character and some alcohol coming through. The flavor is sharp and sweet upfront. Lots of light, faintly tropical fruitiness. The sharp phenolic flavor sticks around and lingers in the aftertaste. Alcohol flavor comes through but it's mild for the strength. Not only is this a great beer, but I think it's the best value in Ontario.

ericj551, Apr 01, 2010
Photo of BigDaddyWil
4.15/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a La Chouffe tulip glass.
Best before date on back label: 12-10-2006.

Even with a slow pour, this brew has a huge, fluffy, brilliant white head. Lots of yeast sediment in the bottom of the bottle. Not much head retention, fades to a paper thin white line. Color is light orange, very cloudy and lots of carbonation. Decent aromas of fruits, cider, yeast, apples and pears. Very well rounded taste, fruity, tart and sweet all at once. Alcohol is not a factor. Awesome mouthfeel, this beer dances all over your tongue and leaves you wanting more. So easy to drink and very enjoyable. My first from Unibroue. A great sipper. I will certainly try more of their beers.

BigDaddyWil, Mar 14, 2006
Photo of Georgiabeer
4.15/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very hazy golden with a beautiful creamy pure white head. The head retains well and the lacing is decent, but a little spotty. Smell isn't bad, there just isn't much of one. Faint hints of clove and other yeasty esters,and not too much more. The taste is better, and rather subtle. The alcohol is well camoflauged and there are nice yeast notes of clove, bubblegum, and spice. The finish is long and creamy. Nice mouthfeel, but perhaps could use a little more bite. Quite drinkable- maybe too much so.

Georgiabeer, Jan 13, 2007
La Fin Du Monde from Unibroue
96 out of 100 based on 8,613 ratings.