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La Fin Du Monde - Unibroue

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world-class

2,825 Reviews
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Reviews: 2,825
Hads: 9,290
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 9.51%
Wants: 513
Gots: 1,678 | FT: 18
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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 bucklemyshoe
4.85/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

750 mL bottle at 45 degrees into a chimay chalice.

A: This pours a hazy (from the cold) golden orange color with a finger of frothy head that recedes to the edges and laces well.

S: Strong citrus notes, very mild banana, complex yeast character that is quite unique, clove, and perhaps ginger.

T: Sweet citrus, mild caramel malt, banana, clove, spicy yeast, with the lingering tanginess being the main attraction.

M: This has it all: medium-thick body, creaminess, light prickliness, and an incredibly smooth finish.

D: This is likely as close to perfect as the style can get. (581 characters)

Photo of akorsak
4.85/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I am drinking a vintage 2005 750 mL C&C bottle poured into my bran' spankin' new Pauwel Kwak tulip glass. The ale is at an
optimal temperature of 45-50 degrees.

Appearance: The ale pours as a nice deep goldenrod color, with a nice head that leaves a pleasing lace down the sides of this long-necked glass. THe alse is not quite clear, but close enough that one can make out whatever is on the other side of
the glass.

Smell: The smell of peppers and spices jump out immediately. The pepper is very obvious and adds a hint of spicy heat to the nose. There are also sugars, imparting a slightly sweet note.

Taste: The taste of candied sugars hits the tongue immediately, providing a sweet taste that slowly turns into a strong alcohol presence. Beyond that, the spicy taste of black pepper makes itself known. The malt character is fairly low key, but the hop presence is equally restrained, creating a very smooth evenly blended ale.

Mouthfeel: The ale sites very nicely in the mouth, with the pepper and sugars providing a sweet and bitter interplay. Keep the ale in your mouth and allow it to warm, the alcohol character becomes very apparent.

Drinkability: Despite the 9% abv, the ale is very drinkable, tasting so smooth and balanced, one does not even realize the alcohol until it is WAY too late. An excellent ale from a top notch brewery. (1,363 characters)

Photo of jsh420
4.85/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

best by 11/26/11

pours cloudy yellowish orange with a 2 finger pillowy head that leaves no lacing

smell is big banana clove belgian yeast

taste spicy banana clove a little alcohol heat that works to its advantage - an amazing beer

mouthfeel is perfect with this taste - medium body with tons of carbonation that leaves you with a clean crisp dry finish - perfect

drinkability - is perfect - i would never turn down this beer anytime of year (445 characters)

Photo of n2185
4.85/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Pours a hazy golden yellow, cloudy from the yeast (I prefer to add the yeast). Head retention is very good, starting out with nearly two fingers of head and retaining fairly thick white cap throughout the entire beer. Good lacing as well.

S: There's a lot going on here, but it all blends very well together to create an amazing nose. Coriander and Belgian spices up front followed by sweet fruit aromas--white grapes, pears, and bananas. Backing it all up is the Belgian yeasty aroma.

T: Similar to the aroma, there's a lot going on. Spices up first followed by sweet pears and white grapes. The finish has a chalky yeast flavor that pleasantly lingers in the mouth along with a very light alcohol burn.

M: To me, the mouthfeel in a Belgian beer is very important. There should be a light crispness to it that conceals its high gravity nature. Many attempts at Belgian beers fail to get this characteristic, but this beer nails it head-on. Light body, but with high carbonation that really provides a bite to go with the sweet fruit and yeast flavors.

D: With such a great taste and mouthfeel, this beer is dangerously drinkable. Very light and crisp yet bursting with flavor. With the alcohol hidden well, it becomes very refreshing.

Overall, this is close to, if not the best trippel out there. Very, very good beer. (1,328 characters)

Photo of TheDTrain
4.85/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottle pour into a tulip glass. 9% abv

Picked up a 4 pack of Unibroue from Rays in Wauwatosa. La Fin Du Monde is an outstanding beer. Pours a pretty golden hazy yellow with rich white head. Easily drinkable with great tones of citrus, orange, yeast, fruits, and nice hints of alcohol. I'm looking forward to having this one again soon. (336 characters)

Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.85/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

La Fin Du Monde has a thin, fizzy, champagne-like, white head, and an initially clear, extremely bubbly, yellow-golden appearance, with a bit of lacing left behind. This beer really clouds up after one swishes and pours in the sediment. The aroma is of sweet, spicy, lightly bready malts, and the flavor is the same, with some sourness, grapefruit, sugar, hard candy, and spice cake (the taste of which grows after the swish & pour operation). Mouthfeel is light to medium, and La Fin Du Monde finishes mostly dry and pleasant. Alcohol is barely detected, and drinkability is super. Overall, this is a sure winner, and I think it is outstanding.

RJT (651 characters)

Photo of Dithyramb
4.85/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Incredibly good marketing folks at Unibroue. The packaging is very well done. I have purchased the foiled topped bottle. Serving suggestion and freshness dating on the back.

Smell: Fruity and sweet peach floral notes.

Taste: Oh yeah. Tingly carbonation. Very clean fruit flavors and a slight peppary flavor after the initial carbonation bite. Only a trace of hops on the back end.

Mouthfeel: Very clean smooth and creamy. Leaves me wanting more.

Drinkability: At first, I would be afraid of drinking several of something so high in alcohol. However, this is so nicely balanced, full-flavored, and tasty, I would definitely have a few. Amazing beer. I was always suspicious of Canadian beers, after being underwhelmed by Molson, but I will need to try Unibroue's other offerings now.

I just put a few imperial stouts in the basement for my first try at cellaring. I'll be adding one of these babies in the mix to see just how complex it can get. With the carbonation and alcohol, I'm hoping it will be even more tasty next year. (1,055 characters)

Photo of jreid53
4.85/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Tried this for the first time recently and with every sip said to myself, "Damn this is good!". Pours a beautiful yellowish color with a nice head that lasts quite a while. Amazingly smooth for such a high alcohol content. Will definitely drink this often. (256 characters)

Photo of tetsuoni
4.85/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Top of its class. The right yeast characteristics in the right amounts. Dry, crisp mouth feel but with a wonderful array of flavors. Solid fruit flavors, well rounded on the palate. Not much banana, which I enjoy in others, such as Merry Monks, but LFDM is truly in a league of its own. And what a bargain. Consistently pleasing - truly proof that God exists and loves us. (372 characters)

Photo of jsapunor
4.85/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I have tried a number of Tripels but I keep coming back to this one.

It pours beautifully with a golden color and a thick head that won't go away.

The smell is clean and fresh.

The taste is clean, crisp and tangy with hops fruit and spices in exceptional balance.

Mouthfeel is typical of the best examples of the style.

Very drinkable.

An excellent offering with wonderful taste and balance which proves that not all great Belgians come from Belgium. (457 characters)

Photo of TastyTaste
4.85/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Clear darker gold color, well carbonated. Head is massive when poured into a tulip, and very resilient.

Smell: Rich and malty, lightly fruity and very, very yeasty. Lemon zest and other fruit are very pleasing.

Taste: Wow, it's been a while since I have had this beer, and I forgot how good it is. The rich, malty, yeasty flavor is gigantic. Slightly soft, but also enhanced with alcohol. Excellent.

Drinkability: One of the best in the style, good work, Unibroue. (485 characters)

Photo of billybob
4.85/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

pours a cloudy orange with a nice big head patchs of lace on the glass looks real nice and smells and taste even better. complex aromas of really ripe fruit, peaches, black cherries, ripe bananas, all mixing with a slight alcohol and spice.

taste rich complex, sweet fruity, yeast, warming alcohol, slight tang at the finish along with a nice spicey note.

mouthfeel light, lots of crisp carbonation to go with that great taste.

drinkability is off the chart sinfully good beer have not had a bad beer from unibroue. (518 characters)

Photo of aerin184
4.85/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance - this beer looks deceptively simple. it's a lovely golden - very clear - but I can't say it would stand out just from the appearance...

Smell - only word I can come up with is "yeasty".

Taste - now this is one of the places this beer stands out. Fresh, light, but lots of flavor! This is one of those times my limited beer vocabulary will hinder me, but I know the strong flavor comes from the fermentation process. It's golden, yeasty, wonderful. Only thing I don't like quite as much is the slightly tart aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Very light, a little carbonated... normally I don't like so much carbonation but it's ideal in this beer. The light mouthfeel is one of the best things about it. I'd expect such a strong beer to have a heavier feel, but it's so deceptively light. Which leads me to...

Drinkability - This is also deceptively drinkable. I have to remind myself to sip it because it is in fact so light. You have to be careful, though, because it packs a hidden punch! Altogether one of my favorite beers! (1,033 characters)

Photo of Hoptometrist
4.85/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Served from the bottle into a tulip glass.

A- Poured a hazy golden orange with a two-finger white sudsy head that dissipates fairly quickly. Tons of carbonation streaming from the bottle of the glass.

S- Strong citrus, tropical fruit aroma, bubblegum, and pear

T- Very strong orange citrus flavor that is very juicy (almost just like tropicana orange juice), tropical fruit, pear, yeast, coriander, and a little hop bitterness.

M- Champagne like due to the high carbonation, finishes dry

O- Quite possible the most drinkable beer I have ever had, especially for 9% ABV. This is dangerously drinkable. There are so many delicious juicy fruit flavors in this beer and at this point in my craft beer drinking time this is one of the best tasting beers and best overall beers I have ever had. (793 characters)

Photo of Micahman
4.85/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A. Beautiful golden apricot, cascades of carbonation lasting through the drink.

S. Crisp golden apples, some notes of nutmeg, fig, and ripe apricot. Bit of yeast.

T. Fruitiness of apple, apricot, and fig. Hints of hazy spice and a wheat-like note. Similar to Chimay, but also reminds me of Delirium Tremens. There is that distinctive yeast-spice tone to it. Complex yet exceptionally drinkable.

M. Smooth, warm, and perfectly carbonated. Not too sweet or too bitter; easy to sip with a meal or by itself.

D. Not even a hint of the 9% abv. A 750 ml bottle could easily put you to sleep...the taste is so sublime it creeps up on you. Warm, crisp, good with pasta and sharp cheese.

I am amazed that a beer can be this good. I rank this with Delirium, Chimay, and Duvel. I personally like it better than Duvel; not as sweet, but this is indeed a world-class beer. (864 characters)

Photo of GrizzlyBeer1282
4.85/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Look: This beer pours a beautiful golden-orange tint with a medium laced, sparkly white head that slowly fizzles as the beer settles in the glass.

Smell: This beer has dozens of subtle aromas that combine for a very unique scent. I detect some citrus in there (mainly orange peel), a spicy-peppery scent, some caramel, little bit of bread and a hint of alcohol which is well balanced with the malt. There is a very slight hint of hops but with very little bitterness. It’s truly a very interesting combination of aromas.

Taste: At 9% alc./vol. this beer may be the best I've tried at masking the taste of the alcohol. You would never know that this is a highball beer because there is virtually no alcohol presence on the palate. It is very easy to consume too much of this beer because it has such a delicate combination of flavors that come together to conceal the liquor. For the most part it tastes like it smells, but a bit more tangy. There are hints of orange citrus, spices, caramel, very malty, slightly peppery, bread and a very slight hint of hops but without any of the bitterness. The way the combination of flavors combines to cover up the alcohol taste is truly extraordinary. This is a very insidious beer and you'll find it very hard to wake up the next morning after 3 of these bad boys so be careful.

Feel: This beer has a dry, prickly feel with a spicy, warm and toasty finish to it. It is very light and smooth for a strong pale ale but also packs a little bit of bite which I find appealing in a pale ale. I find it hard to even call it a strong ale but going by the alc. content it would fall into that category. This is definitely a slow sipper, perfect beer to just relax and enjoy on a nice hot summer day.

Overall: This is an easy drinking, very complex and transcendent beer with many subtle characteristics that come together very nicely to form a smooth, clean, dry and fresh ale. This is one of my favorite styles and easily one of my favorite beers. A must try for the golden ale lovers! (2,026 characters)

Photo of orfeu
4.85/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

750 mL bottle, corked & caged, 2004 vintage. Pours a light golden amber into an oversized wineglass with a fluffy and billowy white head. Lovely citrus and yeasty-bready malt aroma; sweet orange and peach scents abound. Taste is a dry-sweet peach bread with golden raisins; spicy yeast and a strong dry finish. Mouthfeel is full, creamy, and juicy. The 9% alcohol is utterly imperceptible. Absolutely sublime. (409 characters)

Photo of FleckHead
4.85/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Not to sound like a follower, but this is my favorite beer of all time. "5's" are supposed to be rare, well I think it is well deserved here. Been drinking it for 5 years now and haven't had anything approaching this. Oddly enough it is my favorite Belgian beer, and it's made in Canada. I don't know how they can make this beer any better. Unfortunatley I have seen this beer go from $5 to $6 to $7. I don't want to sound like a cheapskate, but I think Value needs to be part of the review process. Still, I pay it!!!! (519 characters)

Photo of BretSikkink
4.85/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours bubbly head two inches high into Fin du Monde tulip, dissipates steadily. Nice hazy golden-orange color. Really attractive. Nice yeasty nose as well, full-bodied and a little spicy.

The alcohol is apparent - extremely welcome however. What a beautiful taste, the unique yeast strain, balanced malt and hops and a slight tartness. The spicing is just perfect. It has the drinkability of a thirst-quenching witbier in a very complex, gourmet beer. This could be enjoyed with about any dish you'd like: strong enough to stand with aged cheese but smooth and quaffable enough to enjoy with fish or a salad. After a few sips gets a peppery aftertaste. (656 characters)

Photo of tacubaya
4.85/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have a fridge full of this beer... my favorite so far. Tastes so good... lots of hops, citrus, yiest, amazing! High alcohol content sure hits you after a couple of Fin Du Monde's and when you serve it properly it retains a beautiful 1 inch head the whole time.

Recommended...hell... if you see it buy a case or two.

If you like this beer also try Unibroue's Don de Dieu (373 characters)

Photo of DoubleJ
4.85/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Ah, memories. I finally meet up again with the beer I enjoyed the most back during my winter trip in Canada. A plate of poutine on a 25 degree (F) afternoon in Montréal and a bottle of this at Frite Alors remains one of my fuzziest memories of the trip. But now, will a change of culture and weather in Southern Califronia change the enjoyement level of this beer? Time to find out:

What a beautful pour it does into my Stella Artois chalice, and what a beautiful sight when the pouring ritual is finished. An unfiltered golden blonde in color with a big billowy head on top. Too bad the retention isn't perfect. An attractive aroma of fruits (with apricots the most dominating) lure me closer to the glass for a sip. The taste is so close to heaven, even for the style. Upfront with a peppery fruit flavor, but the spiciness won't have you bowing to it. The sweetness pushes in and keeps the spiciness from being too much. Warming alcohol is persistent in the throat.

I've forgotten how much I loved this beer. A change of scenery showed no change in the experience, although it wasn't enjoyed around Québeçois surroundings for a truly authentic one. A masterpiece of a brew!

Oh, and hooray to me for being the 1000th reviewer of this gem! (1,247 characters)

Photo of threeviews
4.85/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Re-review from my original post on 01-27-12

Poured from a 12oz screw-top(!) bottle (Best Before date: 11 -29-14) into a 14oz Libbey snifter.

A- Pours a cloudy, golden/yellow with a 2-finger head dissipating rather quickly.

S- Remarkable and wonderfully complex...Granny Smith apple, (green) grape, lemon peel, orange, banana, biscuit, clove and allspice are all present in the nose.

T- Everything present in the nose is found on the palate with citrus rind and spice as the dominate flavors. Very, very well balanced.

M- Aggressive carbonation makes all the flavors dance across your palate and finishes very dry like a sparkling wine/champagne.

O- Simply awesome and perhaps my favorite of the Unibroue classics (next to Maudite). Like Duvel, I suggest sampling La Fin Du Monde as fresh as possilbe (under the right conditions, 36-48 month shelf life). (860 characters)

Photo of FenwaySquid
4.85/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Presentation: 12 oz bottle, BBD of 07-06-09 stamped on the back label, poured into a snifter.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy - completely opaque in fact - pale orange color. The head formed a good 2-3 fingers thick and faded very slowly.

Aroma: Sweet and sugary, with the familiar unibroue yeast in the background.

Taste: Spicy cloves and peppers up front, then it turns very sweet in the middle with some fruits, mainly orange. The finish starts off sweet but fades as the powdery yeast becomes dominant.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth and creamy. The carbonation is very lively and fits the style well.

Overall: In my opinion, this is one of the best Belgian-style ales brewed in all of North America. (707 characters)

Photo of AudioGilz
4.85/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pop goes the cork, and rush goes the foamy head out of the bottle. Pour it and then gaze in astonishment at the hazy golden brew. Enjoy the enormous whipped texture head that seems to rejuvenate itself after every sip. Smell the wonderfully citric, yeasty and spicy aroma. And then sip it. YUMM! Perfect mouthfeel and perfect carbonation. This beer is full of spiciness, yeastiness, fruitiness, sweetness, sweetness, twanginess(if that's a word), and some alcohol of course. 9% at that. And it's barely noticeable. Most definitely my favorite Unibroue offering. Go drink this beauty. (583 characters)

Photo of gobseulmuhri
4.85/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This one is one of my favorites. Ironically I haven't tried a real belgian tripel from belgium yet, but I've tried most of the other varieties so far (Dubbel, Quad, Saison, Pale).

Poured out of a 750ml bottle into a stemless wine glass.

It pours beautifully with a white 1.5 inch head. The color is a translucent glossy gold which looks very pleasant indeed! There is a fair amount of retention which reduces to a constant 8th inch head throughout the glass.

The smell is what is expected of a good tripel - banana, malt, ester, belgian yeast, sugars, mild citrius, and an ever present hint of alcohol. very pleasant and warming.

The taste is packed with complex flavors - a fruity/floral hop front which is balanced by a subtle malt back ground all encompassed by the typical, delicious belgian yeast flavor. There's a good bit of sugary flavor, but it's nothing close to cloying or overwhelming. Amazingly pleasant. There's also a slight bit of alcohol in the back end which warms everything up without being harsh or unpleasant.

the mouthfeel is medium thick and luxurious accompanied by plenty of carbonation. it's so satisfying and really begs for another sip. i have to admit it gets me tipsy quite quickly, but if I could, I would drinks all night long, glass after glass.

For me, the la fin du monde is the epitome of beer. world class indeed! (1,363 characters)

La Fin Du Monde from Unibroue
96 out of 100 based on 2,825 ratings.