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La Fin Du Monde - Unibroue

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

8,724 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 8,724
Reviews: 2,759
rAvg: 4.32
pDev: 11.81%
Wants: 385
Gots: 1,137 | FT: 17
Brewed by:
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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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Photo of hopsolutely
4.16/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A world class beer from Quebec. Pours a luminescent golden treacle colour with an attractive white head that leaves lacing throughout the glass. Warming aroma of caramelized malts with a Belgian yeast backbone and their cloves and spices. The flavour is well balanced, with malt and yeast depth from start to finish. Banana notes transition into caramel before a warming bitterness. The 9% ABV is scarily well hidden!

Photo of denver10
4.16/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden color with a nice white head. There's definitely a high sweetness level here that is cut nicely with some doughiness, in both flavor an taste: yeast, banana, pear, apricot, spice. The doughiness cuts into that sweetness nicely and allows me to really enjoy what would otherwise be a overl sweet beer for me, personally. A nice medium bodied, maybe even a little heavy creamy moutfeel. I had tried one Unibroue offering prior to this and really disliked it and almost wrote the entire brewery off. So glad that I didn't as this is a mighty fine brew that I would have hated myself for if I never gave it a try.

Photo of Beerbeard
4.16/5  rDev -3.7%

Photo of Happyyb
4.16/5  rDev -3.7%

Photo of SetarconeX
4.18/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What in interesting little brew we have here. Lovely cloudy golden color. Look sort of like a good hefe, only without as much stuff floating in it. The smell is something unique, a sort of stong normal pale ale smell, with odd pungancies and astringencies behind it. The taste is somewhere between pale ale and fruit punch. Complicated, and interesting. A good reccomendation.

Photo of dirtylou
4.18/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz single from Riley's

appearance: pours a cloudy pale orange with a giant fluffy head with great lacing...quite a nice lookin brew

smell: nice and fruity, almost tropical...some nice citrus aromas as well, definately a little yeasty, a little alcohol on the nose, some nice spices as well

taste: very clean and tasty...nice and fruity (some citrus and tropical flavors), clovey spiciness, some pear, yeast, pronounced alcohol burn is present.

mouthfeel: smooth creamy, a good deal of carbonation

drinkability: very drinkable

I have been walking past Unibroue bottles for a while now. Theres just so much out there, I never made it to these guys...I'll probably get further into their line this winter

Photo of HoneyLamb
4.18/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased a 4-pack of 12 ouncers from Lambrechts in St. Joeseph, Michigain on 3/19/12.

Medium pour developed a two finger head. Golden yelllow, spritzy and full of bubbles.

The smell is amazing. clove, lemon, probably some wierd herbs, and a candy smell.

The taste and flavors are layered at levels that are hard to describe. This beer is amazing and now I know why it is rated so high.

I just wish it was a little less than $11 per 4 pack of 12 ouncers.

Photo of blackie
4.18/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

a: Into a small snifter, a fluffy white head is produced. After a slow recession, a respectable ring and island of bubbles are left. The beer is a hazy rich golden in color.

s: Honeyed fruit nose with deep aromas of pale malts and a doughy, yeasty character. Fruits include tart apple, pear, and tempered lemon. Sweet, papery hops and subtle spices, especially clove and cardamon. Light herbal flowers.

m: full, smooth carbonation with a delicately medium body

t: Not as deep as the aroma, but full of clean character. Pale malts and a considerable yeast presence provide a base for a range of light fruits and honey. Full of papery hop flavors with a light ethanol note. Dry, gently bitter finish.

d: easy and enjoyable

single twist-off bottle from Total Wine Brier Creek

Photo of deadonhisfeet
4.18/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a proper La Fin Du Monde snifter. This is a freaking GORGEOUS pour. It's deep gold and crystal clear with cascading bubbles. The head is white and fluffy and fairly well-sustained. The nose is somewhat grapey and winey with notes of apple skins and pears.

The beer is medium bodied and has a good, firm mouthfeel. The flavor is something of a surprise. You expect to get the sweetness of a Tripel on the front of the palate, but you don't. You get an explosion of carbonation that makes you immediately think of champagne. Then, at mid-palate, you get a sizeable wave of semi-sweet grape and marmalade flavors accompanied by a pleasant, flowery dryness which intensifies to the finish. The high carbonation complements the taste very well, but I feel that it overpowers and hides some subtle flavors.

Before summing this up, let me say that Tripels are not my favorite style. That said, this beer is the perfect Tripel to complement Trois Pistoles (the Belgian Strong Dark Ale from Unibroue). Both have enigmatic flavor profiles that are difficult to wrap your head around. You think you know what's coming when you take a sip, but somehow the flavors seem surprising. This beer (and it's cousin) are not everyday pours, but definitely deserve repeated visits from every Beer Advocate.

Photo of norwichboy
4.18/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Golden with lovely thick creamy head. Banana, spice, some sour notes, bubblegum in both smell and taste. Intense flavours. My wife reckons rhubarb but I'm not so sure. Strong alcohol is noticeable. Sweet on finish, then lingering bitterness. Lovely fine carbonation, oily mouthfeel. An excellent beer, but alcoholic taste may limit how many can drink.

Photo of devilben02
4.18/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours from a 750 mL bottle with a beautiful hazy golden yellow color and is capped by a huge, light, fluffy, eggshell-white head. The aroma is more expected than exceptional, though, with a light musty yeastiness primarily, but also a bit of clove, fruit, and even a hint of earthy hops. The flavor is more impressive, with a combination of yeast, lemon, unripe pear, orange rind, and clove again, the overall impression is a wonderful dry, dull fruitiness combined with a characteristic Belgian-style yeast. The texture is creamy and delicate, but not in any way thin-bodied.

Overall, this is certainly not one of my preferred styles, but this beer is addictive, which is troublesome when I'm drinking 750 mL of 9% abv beer by myself. I may not like many tripels, but I like La Fin Du Monde.

Photo of FishMan123
4.18/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got this as part of a 4-pack sampler. A father's day gift - gotta love the kids!

A: Cloudy golden with a thick head. Head fades, but not too quickly.

S: Lemon/citrus smell dominates other spices apparent.

T: Initially sweet, fading to a somewhat bitter aftertaste. Lemon/Citrus dominates.

M: Crisp, well carbonated.

D: Very nice to drink one. Wouldn't chain drink them.

I liked this beer, citrus maybe a little too strong.

Photo of heissebier
4.18/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip from a very intimidating bottle with "Best before 1-20-12" printed on the back.

Appearance- a beautiful cloudy yellow orange color. A disappointingly lackluster head with little sign of carbonation, but damn that's one pretty color.

Smell- Clove, apples, and peppers dominate the smell of this beer. Complex, but in a graceful, not really trying kind of way. Smells spicy and the 9% abv seems nonexistant.

Taste- Tastes fruity at first, then finishes spicy with just a hint of bitter hoppiness. Effervescent, the carbonation kind of explodes in your mouth. The alcohol is hidden by a not so subtle spiciness. Kind of weird and doesn't really feel like beer. To me it honestly seems like some sort of beer-champaign frankenstein.

Mouthfeel- Finishes well and warms the back of my throat. The carbonation is kind of strange. Not necessarily bad, but not assertive enough.

Drinkability- Goes down easy and each sip begs to be followed up with another. However, the high alcohol content ensures that you won't be pounding these back all night.

This beer is certainly different, and maybe that's why its been getting such stellar reviews. Great tasting but I just don't buy it. It doesn't seem to share the same complexities as many other top rated beers, although what flavors it has are very well balanced. Not my favorite, but definitely a quality brew.

Photo of mntlover
4.18/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a bueatiful hazy golden color with nice white cap of ever rising bubbles. Smells good light fruity apples, bananas, oranges and spice. Tastes so smooth malty sweet fruity, zesty just the right amount carbonaton tantilizes the tounge. This beer is scary drinkable at 9%, never know by consuming one. Very good beer complex flavors that blend to one great brew from Unibroue, these guys rock.

Photo of BillHaverchuck
4.18/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

very nice darkish peachy hue to this beer. nice medium head of foam that quickly collapses upon itself to a fine layer. nice fruity smell mixed with a smidgen of hoppyness. very crisp fruity flavors, very tropical tasting to me. goes down the hatch with ease with a tiny bite of hops toward the end. this is a perfect summer beer for me

Photo of SpruceFish
4.18/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured in to a chalice

A: nice yellow color very hazy and i like how i can see specks of yeast floating in it

S: nice citrus aroma defiantly some nice cloveness lingering in there

T: very well balanced maltyness great clove, citrus and perhaps a little bit of brown sugar

M: a little to carbonated but still feels really nice on the tongue

D: i could deffinaly have a few of these goes down real smooth no boozie feel at all

Photo of JerseyKirk
4.18/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: unfiltered creamy butter with hint of orange. 1 finger white head dissipated quickly.

S: Belgian yeast. No fruity esters. Slight banana.

T: Tastes like a really nice Belgian ale? Good. Alcohol is extremely hidden. Balanced.

M: Spot on and crisp finish. Cleanses palate but not spicy.

O: Great balanced hi octane Belgian style strong ale. Really well hidden booze makes this an easy drinker but will cloud judgements 3 times as fast.

Photo of ludachris
4.18/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ive been meaning to try this bad boy for awhile. Pours a hazy straw colour with a huge white fluffy head that quickly disappears. Citrus is the most prominent smell accompanied with a bit of malt. Taste matches the smell; nice sweet citrus with a very high amount of carbonation. Maybe this could explain why the 9% alcohol content is so well hidden. The first thing that I thought of when I tasted this was Mill St.'s Belgian Wit, just with more carbonation and a little more complex. This beer is very easy to drink considering its high abv. Overall, thought this was a very good brew just wish they lessened the amount of carbonation. This is a beer that I wouldnt have more than one in a night but would definately buy again.

Photo of PatrickJR
4.18/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz bottle into red wine glass.

A - Hazy golden, with a big 2 finger head that drops rather quickly to a collar, expected from the high alcohol content.

S - Overwhelming aroma of powdery yeast, riding a pale malt backbone. Semi-sweet vinous aroma in the background.

T - A simple but strong yeast flavor dominates early and mid palate, with some hints of apple/peach esters. Late palate reveals a spike of phenols, mostly from the alcohol but cleverly hidden by the grapey taste present in the nose. A sharp metallic taste begins the lingering and quite bitter finish.

M - The light body works well enough, but the high carbonation is bothering me a little. Not a bad compliment to the predominant yeast character, but still a bit much for me.

D - Not bad considering it's ABV. A little bitter and and pretty high on the yeast (which is a strong and strange-ish flavor to say the least), but I could definitely let a couple of these sneak up on me.

Photo of djhowell
4.18/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured into a large wine glass on the lawn of the Wisconsin capitol building. Hazy, golden body with quite a bit of bright white head. Leaves very little lacing but retains well.
S: Spicy fruit scent. Apricots, bananas, lemon.
T: Very similar to how it smells. Also taste some apple and caramel. Not a hint of booze.
M: Very crisp with moderately high carbonation.
D: Very drinkable, and well hidden ABV. This was a great alternative to the wine others in my group were drinking this evening. I would certainly pick it up again.

Photo of zoso493
4.18/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 ml corked and caged bottle into a Chimay chalice.

Appearance: La Fin du Monde is a beautiful, radiant orange that is fairly light in hue but still very hazy. It's crowned by a bubbly but thick two-finger head that has decent retention. The head stays around for awhile as a nice coating of the surface of the beer, probably with aid of the laser etching in my glass.

Smell: This is an extremely fruity-smelling tripel but it works well. There is a large orchard-fruit smell that consists of apple, pear and lemon and orange peel. It also has a pleasant graininess to it that smells as if it's coming from the pear. There is something, however, that causes me to associate a bit of artificiality with the scent and I suspect it may be the yeast. It's not a bad smell by any measure, but in my mind it's not authentic.

Taste: The orchard fruit are still the primary goodies in the taste but the grains are a bit more pronounced in the taste then they are in the scent. La Fin du Monde has all the essential ingredients for a tripel, but there just seems to be some indistinguishable chasm between this and a genuine Belgian example. I'm not bashing the beer, as it is very good and notably refreshing, but it has some catching up to do with other beers that were brewed in the homeland.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel in this beer is lovely for the style. It's crisp and extremely dry, which is exactly what a tripel calls for. It's not too thick and it's highly carbonated, but I have no room to grumble.

Drinkability: This is a very drinkable beer considering it's 9% ABV. I'm taking my time with this 750 ml bottle, but I'm not noticing the alcohol and am enjoying every sip of it.

Overall, La Fin du Monde, is a undoubtedly a very good example of the style, but it lacks a certain something that is present in any other Belgian tripel. It's still, however, a refreshing and interesting beer that is heavy on the fruit tastes.

Photo of TCgoalie
4.18/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Notes from 8/28/10

Thank you BuckyFresh for sharing this with TCHopCraver and I.

Pours a hazy golden yellow with a pleasant white foam head, the lacing is outstanding.

Apple, clove, banana, and a sour lemon smell radiate from the glass. There is also some yeast, black pepper, and pear. This is very fresh smelling and well balanced.

The yeast is forward in the taste which transitions to apple, lemon, and orange. The spicy-ness that was in the nose is very understated in the taste. There is a yeasty hop aftertaste. Overall, I thought the flavor would have more of a bite as evidence of the smell. The flavors seem a bit muted.

The mouthfeel is light with a good coating of the tongue. This soon fades to some drying with a clean aftertaste.

This is an easy drinker for %9 as the alcohol is well hidden. This is a good summer ale.

Photo of StlHopHead77
4.18/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle into Duvel balloon tulip.

A-Pours a bright and cloudy,golden yellow with a dense,two fingers worth of chalky,white foam that died slowly leaving sticky ribbons of lacing.

S-Plantain,clove,white pepper,Asian pear and lemon
with earthy notes of straw,minerals and bready yeasts.

T-Green grapes,banana,clove,lemon and baked bread with some slight mineral qualities and a touch of hop sweetness.

M-Full and bright with a creamy mouthfeel fed by lively carbonation and resulting in a moderately dry finish.

O-A truly superb tripel.Extremely drinkable and satisfying on many levels.

Photo of wnh
4.18/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a snifter. "Best before 07-31-11."

Pours a yellowish orange, cloudy, with a smallish head (that may have been the result of a sub-par pour).

Nose is fruity and sweet, with a fair amount of spice. Flavors of banana and spice (clove?) dominate. Slight alcohol burn that comes in at the end, though it's pretty well hidden. Surprisingly light mouthfeel, but I have very little experience with tripels. Lots of small bubbles. Ends on the dry side, with almost a chalky feel.

Photo of dhd1491
4.18/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours cloudy yellow with thin white head that quickly dissipates. Aroma is citrusy and strangely reminiscent of soap. Taste is full of allspice, cloves, and sweet malts. Very light mouthfeel for such a high ABV. High carbonation and fizziness in the mouth which seems consistent with the style, but not my favorite feature; distracts from the flavor.

High ABV is evident in the finish. Also by the way the room starts to slowly spin as one approaches the bottom of the glass.

Overall, a very interesting, easy-to-drink brew. Lots of taste nuances in a powerful package. I think that this may not be my absolute favorite style of beer...I would choose a double IPA any day of the week. However, in the right setting...say, a hot summer day, sitting outside with friends with nothing pressing, when you don't mind tying one on...this is a great choice.

La Fin Du Monde from Unibroue
96 out of 100 based on 8,724 ratings.