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La Fin Du Monde - Unibroue

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

2,830 Reviews
THE BROS
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world-class

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Reviews: 2,830
Hads: 9,310
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 9.51%
Wants: 515
Gots: 1,697 | FT: 18
Brewed by:
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Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
Tripel |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-23-1998

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Photo of LeftonJackman
4.79/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

After a long weekend of moving trucks and hauling boxes, some friends and I sat down at the Winking Lizard for beer and pizza.

A: La Fin Du Monde poured a yellow/orange with a perfect untampered cloudiness. The head was soft and billowy with noticeable packets of air, hinting at the sparkle to come.

S: Amazing in the nose! Apricot, nectarine and a beautiful balance between sweet and spicy. Correctly present. The aroma wasn't too faint nor too dominant. I thought of trails and evergreens.

T: Smack your momma good. The head tickled my upper lip and the spicy citrus washed over my tongue. Being such a well-balanced flavor profile, my entire tongue was engaged.

M: Sparkling and alive, but not heavy. Most beers I have tasted that were this alive in the mouth were heavy in it as well. This beer was pristine, almost delicate without losing any presence.

D: I was not overpowered by the ABV and the beer left enough room for a second. Would enjoy again, in a heartbeat! (981 characters)

Photo of pwsoldier
4.79/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a hazy gold with a rich white head that dissipates slowly, leaving a moderate amount of lacing.

S - A whirlwind of complexity created by aromas of apple, white grape, clove, citrus, coriander, and a kiss of floral hops. Simply beautiful!

T - Tart green apple flavors dominate up front, complimented by citrus and spices. A touch of hop bitterness comes through in the finish, balanced with some sweet flavors of light fruit and additional spice.

M - Full-bodied and smooth, yet finishes crisp and clean thanks to an ample amount of carbonation. An earthy feel also present thanks to the yeast.

D - Hands-down my favorite Tripel. I have a lot of respect for Unibroue, and this beer is one of my primary reasons for it. It's simply fantastic. It's enjoyable, smooth, and very easy to drink. (802 characters)

Photo of IntriqKen
4.8/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Ok...here I am not worthy.
Poured a cloudy orange amber that almost glowed in the glass with a gorgeous super white head that took forever to melt to a nice ring lacing.
The aroma was incredible...literally, I could smell this forever and still not be able to describe it. Cloves, tangerines, mandarin oranges, bread yeast, and alcohol.
The mouthfeel was so full of tiny carbonation it was almost hard to get to the flavors. Again, tangerines, cloves, a bit of lemon, and bread yeast.
Aftertaste is fresh and clean from a slight citrus drying. The tangerine/orange flavor just goes on forever.
This is one incredible beer.
Again I could smell this forever. (662 characters)

Photo of dgallina
4.8/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 ounce bottle with best-before date of October 5th 2007.

Pours a cloudy golden-yellow with huge creamy white head, plenty of carbonation, and very persistent lace along the glass. Smells appealingly of sweet citrus fruits blended with yeast and peppery spices. Flavors start with sweet fruits and pepper spice, develop into warming alcohol esters, and finish with a lovely drying yeastiness. Creamy in the mouth with strong carbonation. Superlatively appetizing and drinkable considering the high strength.

A fantastic Belgian strong pale ale! The first example I had was in a 750 ml bottle, which was only decent and perhaps not well-handled. The current 12 oz bottles are exceptionally fresh and incomparable beers. (725 characters)

Photo of DKter
4.8/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A few of my beer-geek friends were sitting around drinking beer (of course), and talking about some of our favorites. The question came up about which beer we choose if we could only have one beer for the rest of our lives. Being a malt-fiend, I chose some huge dark beer like St. Bernardus Abt. 12, but three folks--without hearing each other--independently came up with La Fin du Monde from Canadian brewer Unibroue. I thought that was an odd response, but I had one for the first time since that conversation--in Montreal with a giant plate of poutine, no less--and I get why they picked it.

La Fin du Monde is officially a "triple fermentation Golden Ale." Like the best Belgian tripels, it's a strong pale ale that perfectly blends malt and hops. It's a big beer at 9% alc./vol., but not overpowering. It flavorful but not too spicy. It's certainly not the very best beer in the world, but it would be hard to find one that better incorporates all the best things about beer. "This beer is brewed to honour of the great explorers, who believed they had reached the end of the world when they discovered America," Unibroue says on their website. One could argue that after La Fin du Monde, there's less of a need to keep searching for that desert island beer. (1,264 characters)

Photo of jeffjeff1
4.8/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This was yet another christmas present.

Appearance- golden color, wonderful head, It was beautiful lol

Smell- bread, citrus fruit

Taste- bit of spice in the beginning, citrus fruit

Mouthfeel- medium bodied, nice carbonation

Drinkability- It was really good. I enjoyed it immensely. (286 characters)

Photo of Proteus93
4.8/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Murky, rich yellow with a nice foamy head that holds up nicely, and leaves a great lace trim and sheet.

S: Fresh apple peel, some mild spices and alcohol notes. Almost a whiff of the the syrup canned tangerines are stored in. All around, a nice and gentle aroma.

T: A similar 'tangerine syrup'/light peach taste, with peppery notes and clove flavours. A nice, somewhat complex blend of flavours all very nicely balanced with one another. Finishes a little peppery, with the warming alcohol on the way down.

M + D: Somewhat expressive, with a good zip of carbonation... and crisp. A medium body on there that makes for an easier drink. Sipping moderately, the flavours linger in the mouth to be savoured for some time in between. A fine drink, and one I'd like to keep on hand for social occasions. (806 characters)

Photo of btorsdog
4.8/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Not suprised to see this at the top of the Tripel list, Definetly my favorite of the style!
Medium to deep gold with some yeasty haze happening,two finger head looked stellar but faded out fairly quickly.
Smelled a little bready with some spices going on,touch of skunk with fruity action as well!
Very sweet in flavor up front with a touch of heat and spice on the backside ,pleasant citrus throughout,Beautiful!
Heavy bombbardment of the taste buds,all good a little thick, but carbonation eases that out,NICE!
Overall balance and tastiness keeps me wanting more and more~ I think I'll have another, GREAT STUFF! (619 characters)

Photo of wescj
4.8/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750ml bottle poured into a snifter.

Pours a hazy, golden yellow. Starts with a half inch of off white head, which leaves a nice amount of lace.

Smells floral, with a touch of honey sweetness. Also some fruit and alcohol.

Tastes sweet and smooth. Alcohol warms things up a bit, and a touch of hops on the back end.

Extremely smooth mouthfeel. Carbonation is perfect.

Good beer, all around. (394 characters)

Photo of SHODriver
4.8/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Pale and cloudy yellow with an ample fluffy white head. This beer looks amazing
S: Very sweet and grassy with some nice fruity notes. It smells great and you almost want to keep smelling it to find what else lurks inside.
T: Peppery and spicy flavors mostly predominate to me. There is still an underlying sweetness and a bit of breadyness. A sweet and fruity aftertaste is left behind.
M: Champagne like effervescence leaves this one feeling a tad on the thin side but there's still plenty of body.
D: Delightfully drinkable and it will be a pleasure to drink the 750 of this monster from the North.

Overall: A fine example of a Trippel from one of my favorite breweries. A word to those that have yet to experience Unibroue in quantities would be that their beers sneak up on you. One moment you're fine and next thing you know you're no longer sober and encroaching on "I know I won't be driving for awhile" (915 characters)

Photo of dstc
4.8/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a slightly cloudy pale gold color with a huge, foamy white head that falls very slow. Big sticky lace.

Nice fruit and spice in the nose. Citrus aroma with alcohol present.

Full flavored and bold. Simply awesome. Nice citrus flavors and a wonderful sweetness. Nice alcohol finish.

Medium bodied to rather full in the mouth with a nice bite.

This stuff is awesome, I simply love it. (390 characters)

Photo of Cresant
4.8/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 oz. (twist off?) bottle dated best before 10/12/08. When I popped the top the foam gushed out! Hurriedly poured into a Duvel tulip I received a glass 3/4 full of white froth. Head eventually settled to a sparse, yet contstant layer on top. The body was clouded and the color of a butterscotch disk.

I would add a sixth dimension to note about this beer, sound. The head was so healthy that it piqued the aural sense. The beer sounded like the fizzle of a bubble bath.

Smell was of hay, yeast, and alcohol (ETOH). Perhaps cloves too.

Taste was a pleasant tartness up front and a candy-like maltiness later. Mild cloves, oranges, and maybe carrot cake. ETOH held in check/masked and was less apparent than the aroma suggested.

Creamy full bodied mouthfeel.

I was ready for more after this bottle. I will seek this out again! One of my new favorites. (881 characters)

Photo of Treborofmoria
4.8/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

La Fin Du Mond, "The End of the World". Well, if you haven't tried this wonderful Belgian Style ale from Unibroue, it might damn well be the end of your particular world. This is truely a great product. Great Nose, yeasty, nice ripe fruit. Full mouth feel. Taste is outstanding with a sharp malt taste and mild alcohol burn(mostly due to the high percent). An excellent North American Belgian style beer, you wouldn't know that it wasn't Belgian, if not for the label. (468 characters)

Photo of GregBarleycorn13
4.8/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Finally had one. Great Belgian flavors. Enjoyed the aroma and taste was excellent from start to finish. KO'd me as I had the big 25.6 oz bottle. Will make sure to occaisionally have again. (188 characters)

Photo of stingrayvr6
4.8/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had at Marathon Grill in Philly. Poured a hazy golden amber with a frothy white head that dissipated quickly. Smelled of sweet oranges and biting lemons, as well very complex spices. Tasted as it smelled with predominantly orange flavor, quite sweet with mild carbonation, and others sweet citrus notes. The taste then turned to a pleasant spice which balanced out an otherwise sweet finish. Like Weyerbacher's Merry Monks but much better, much less overpowering. Absolutely fantastic beer, my favorite Tripel. (510 characters)

Photo of fsvan
4.8/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle poured into New Belgium globe. Best by of 1-12-2014.

A- Murky yellow. Billowing textured white head. This is bottle conditioned, and it's pretty obvious from the carbonation.

S- Where to start? Light fruit, like under ripe apples or pears. A bit of Belgian yeast. A little bit of sweetness, bready like malts. There is so much going on here, it's hard to describe, and it all just explodes from the glass. Just an exquisite smelling concoction.

T- Again, some under ripe green apple, that brings a tart, but not sour flavor. Clearly present, chalky, Belgian yeast. A subtle bitterness on the end. Fantastic.

M- Heavy of medium. Lovely carbonation from the bottle conditioning.

O- I've had this beer many, many times, and it never disappoints. It is widely available, not overly expensive, perfect by itself or with food, and for my money is better than the Belgian forerunners of the style (Tripel Karmeliet, St. Bernadus Tripel, Chimay), and it isn't often (in fact it is damn rare) for a North American brewery to pull of an Abbey style like this. I like tripels quite a bit, and this is easily my favorite. The praise this beer gets is well earned. Due to all of that, and trying to judge for style, I don't know how to not give it a 5 overall. (1,261 characters)

Photo of nouseforotacon
4.8/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Just this past spring/summer, sometime in May or June, I ordered a Fin du Monde in a local French bar and it completely changed my outlook on beer. I became fascinated with the subculture of beer appreciation and became a true BA.

This bottle was purchased in Tokyo, best before 02.04.2007. It poured out in a rush, heavy carbonation, with a big + frothy effervescent head and a cloudy, murky orange bottom with lots of visible sediments. The head maintaned itself for most of the drinking session.

Aroma was malty/doughy, smell of yeast definitely present. Spicy and citrusy with zesty orange-peel notes, a well-balanced combo of floral/fruit and peppered aromas. Also, some honey noticeable.

The taste was sharp, champagne-like with dry white grapes and a bit powdery in the mouthfeel. Touch of chocolate and spice on the tongue, very hoppy + carbonated, and the bittersweet orange peel resurfaced itself in the taste. A bit alcoholic in the nose and the mouthfeel, nothing too overwhelming. Drinkability is truly exceptional, I always find this one hard to put down.

I've got a corked 750mL resting at home for me, so I'll give it another go with that one in a couple of years. Fin du Monde is a truly wonderful achievement from the people at Unibroue. I'm just glad that this was the first brew that led to my appreciation and enjoyment of finer beers. A great discovery. (1,388 characters)

Photo of anotherpg
4.8/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Really, 9% ABV? This goes down so smooth, you'd never notice. Unibroue is a great brewery and is this is their pinnacle beer. It's clear, bright, sippable or drinkable straight. I woudl bribe friends to buy cases and drive them back over the border. This is a beer to seek out; it's a lot to pack into such a small bottle. (322 characters)

Photo of Vixie
4.8/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- Was a cloudy yellow, but looked more orange when not held up to the light. Not much head, mainly some nice lacing.

S- Fruit was the first thing I noticed, more a citrus type of fruit. Then hit me with more spices, mainly pepper and coriander.

T- The flavor to me was like a spiced fruit. Start with citrus like fruit notes, then the spices kick in. A very peppery beer, which actually balances the fruitiness nicely.

M- Not a thick beer by any stretch, but the carbonation really helps give this beer some presence. Not much aftertaste here, left me with a clean feeling.

D- Very drinkable considering the alcohol content. I call this a sneaky beer, it is so smooth and so little hint of the alcohol content that it can really hit you when you least expect it. For a high alcohol beer, very drinkable. Yet another winner from Unibroue.

After having more of this, I have upped my rating of this one. One of my 1 or 2 favorite beers. Bliss in a bottle. (958 characters)

Photo of ManekiNeko
4.8/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served cold from a 750 mL bottle with cork and cage. I used a Corsendonk glass as it was the closest in shape to the one pictured on the Unibroue website.

Appearance: Pale golden yellow, cloudy from the yeast. Very strong and fast forming head composed of itty-bitty bubbles. Slight lacing occured as this glorious elixir was consumed.

Smell: Strong smell of pepper and coriander followed by fruity smells, mostly orange and lemon.

Taste: Powerful spicy and fruity flavors (as noted above) giving way to malt with just a titch of hoppy crispness at the end. Lingering glimpses of other fruits like banana and pear danced across my tongue as I pondered another sip. The alcohol can be sensed lurking in the background.

Mouthfeel: Effervescent, crisp and smooth. Not too watery, not too oily.

Drinkability: _Extremely_ drinkable, despite (and maybe in spite of) the alcohol content. I feel sorry I only bought one of these... thank God there's more at the store!!! (979 characters)

Photo of KarlHungus
4.8/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a solid, cloud, pale orange color. The head is enormous, bright white and fluffy, and lasts for the whole glass. The aroma is of citrus fruits with floral and herbal notes. This beer smells fantastic. The taste is citrusy and tangy with some alcohol in the background. Mouthfeel is medium-full bodied. Overall, this is a great brew, and very enjoyable. I would recommend this to anyone who wants something big and refreshing on a hot summer day. (451 characters)

Photo of Kvlterbm
4.8/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle to snifter.

A: Pale, straw-like yellow. Fluffy white head that disappeared quickly. Very hazy.

S: Spiced fruit. Great spice aroma with notes of apple skin and pear. Smells fantastic.

T: Follows the nose very well. Clove spiciness up front, with the fruit sweetness following behind. Some definite malt sweetness and yeast esters on the tongue. Gives a great warming feeling, and a very slight bitterness.

M: Crisp, creamy, high carbonation.

D: Aside from the warming feeling you get drinking this, the alcohol isn't noticeable at all. Extremely drinkable.

A fantastic Tripel. Definitely of the same caliber as the Westmalle Tripel. I'll be buying more of this very soon. (690 characters)

Photo of avalon07
4.8/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

La Fin du Monde is one of the first real Canadian beers I've had (I exclude Molson's and Labatt's on general principle). The appearance is an amber-brown, with a slightly opaque quality. The smell is pretty citrusy, though it doesn't overwhelm you. The taste is where this one shines. It gives you hints of apple and other fruits, along with a yeast flavor. The mouthfeel is very lively - some might say a little bit too lively - giving off a highly carbonated texture. Overall, this is an excellent beer and highly drinkable. It's something one could easily latch onto. (570 characters)

Photo of etaggie09
4.8/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: hazy orange-yellow with active carbonation supporting a persistent white head that slowly reduces to a cap and never disappears. Beautiful lacing is seen on the glass.

Aroma: scents of banana and clove waft around a lovely bouquet of light fruit, apples and pears to my nose. Sweet with a spicy backround. Lovely.

Taste: Explosive musty fruitiness that finishes dry and bitter. Oh God, yes. I can die a happy man. Yeasty, fruity, vinous, alcoholic, oh this is beer I live for. Apple and pear predominate in this vinous, alcoholic brew.

Mouthfeel: Oh yes. Just like a good Belgian Strong Pale Ale. Wonderfully attacking with carbonation and not watery. Excellent.

Drinkability: Is this heaven?

Notes: Dear God, this is good. It looks as good as any trappist and tastes as good, too. Damn I love this beer, especially when it warms. Oh thank God for Unibroue. (884 characters)

Photo of BigHeavy
4.8/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Tripel Karmeliet tulip. Beer was enjoyed over the course of about an hour.

A: Beer pours a kind of peachy color with a very light colored two finger head that subsided in about 5 minutes. Some yeast crept into the glass which clouded the beer a little, but some good bubbling is still visible.

S: Aroma is most decidedly fruity and estery. I got a little banana and clove notes, as well as some biscuity malts. Smell is more in your face than other tripels.

T: Good grief these Canadians at Unibroue have done it right! A perfect mix of breadiness, esters from the yeast, and floral/herbal hops. There is some pepper-like spiciness and a noticeable but not overwhelming dose of alcohol.

M: Feels very bubbly in the mouth as the carbonation carries those wonderful flavors. It's a little creamy as well. Finish is very drying.

D: Should a tripel go down this easy? Easy to finish a 750 in a night. Dangerously drinkable. The 9.0% ABV does creep up on you, however.

O: In my honest and humble opinion, the best tripel in the world, even better than Westmalle. Simply a treat to drink, and a steal at $6 for a 750 or $10 for a four pack of 12 oz. bottles. (1,196 characters)

La Fin Du Monde from Unibroue
96 out of 100 based on 2,830 ratings.