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La Fin Du Monde - Unibroue

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96
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8,928 Ratings
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Ratings: 8,928
Reviews: 2,796
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 11.83%
Wants: 432
Gots: 1,343 | FT: 19
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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 SteelSaw
4.17/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Serving-Bottle

Pour- Poured into a Teki, semi aggressively. Pours a good two finger head.

Appearance- Cloudy with a deep golden/straw color, with tints of orange.

Smell- Spicy, minimal hops smell just on the back notes. Some dried banana smell. Perhaps the slightest hint of dried cherries?

Taste- Pretty much follows the nose, hints of dried banana and spice. It is sweet but the spice may be a touch too much for me. For a 9% it is incredibly smooth though and gives no hints of alcohol.

Mouthfeel- Very good mouthfeel. Medium and creamy. Carbonation is nicely balanced.

Overall- This is a good beer, but one I would need to be in the mood for due to the spice.

Photo of orcrist_cleaver
4.17/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Nice in terms of its honey orange hue. Unimpressive head with non-existent lacing is a let down.

S: Fruit, tropical banana, sweet berries, honeycomb, nectar, belgian sugar, belgian yeast. Spicy hint of cinnamon and cloves with tart orange. Spicy. Citrusy. Sweet

M: Medium body with a moderate carbonation level.

T: This beer really shines in how it balances its sweet malts, belgian sugar, cherries, blackberries with tart rhubarb and moderate hop bitterness.

Photo of mpyle
4.17/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

app - a bit cloudy as may have poured a little aggressively. Modest white head that dispersed fairly quickly (as most high alcohol brews do).

smell - Slightly sweet, and generally quite clean. Certainly no hop.

Taste - very subtle fruity sweetness upfront, and then the Belgian yeast notes kick in with a subtle pepper note. Alcohol is well hidden in the flavor here. Finishes quite clean and dry, well in line with the style.

MF - Med body, medium carbonation. Minimal alcohol warming. No astringency.

D'ability - A really clean tripel, with enough complexity to give it an attraction beyond the 9% ABV.

Photo of jslot38
4.17/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

335 ML bottle. Best before 09-01-08 clearly marked.

Appearance: Beautiful bottle. Heavy, foil top, with instructions including proper glassware and a warning about the bottom sediment of yeast. Pours a hazy, cloudy yellow with hints of gold. Large head slowly reduces to a half inch bubbly white. Lacing is minimal, and about half way through the beer, head is gone with the rare exception around the side of the glass.

Smell: Even though I can see the remaining yeast sediment at the bottom of the bottle you can still smell it in this beer. Faint hints of spices so prominant in wheat beers from Belgium. A lovely mixture of spices indeed.

Taste: Faint notes of yeast and spices first break through. Sweet malts and a bit of hop bitterness take to the palate. Slight notes of dried fruits and coriander. Backbone of citrus rinds, orange peel even, are very noticable and add a great level of complexity to the brew.

Mouthfeel: Maybe perfect. Carbonation with hops upfront, but leaves a smooth take down. I loved the way this felt on the palate. Flavor lingers around your mouth.

Drinkability: Wow, 9% and its not even tastable. Could drink a few of these, but probably wouldn't recommend it if you want to appreciate anything else afterwards.

Notes: A well crafted Belgian brew. Truely is a fine example of North American breweries being able to keep up with the traditions from Belgium.

Photo of ericj551
4.17/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

Photo of claytong
4.17/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

i was thinking this was overrated a bit when i first sipped this beer (i had it five years ago when i was 18 and went up to montreal for the summer and do remember liking it for its name and taste)
so yes, the name is cool, logo lacks a bit. i know quebecoise are a proud bunch, but is quebec the end of the world cause thats what it makes it look like.
anyways enough rambling...

appearance - nice head, lacing lingers head does not, crystal clear gold with minor amber hue, now poured second half and its hazy as hell, cant see through it at all.

smell - when cold just got the yeast but now apple, and some caramel, minor pepper and hops come and go

taste - belgian yeast when cold, when it warms, get some minor spices, and some grape, surprised theres no alcohol in there at all, really complex, if i liked the style more im sure this would be a 4.5

mouthfeel - incredibly smooth, wheres the alcohol? feel it a bit when its down in my belly

overall - when i go back to quebec, which im sure i will, this can be a go to drink. i remember it being ridiculously cheap there, too (i was poor theres no way i wouldve bought it otherwise)

Photo of fingolfin72
4.17/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Color- hazy gold, with a small, pure white head.

Nose- lemon, coriander, pepper.

Palate- creamy and light, but with a good alcohol backbone. It is spicy and pleasantly dry, with a hint oakiness. A bit of alcohol wafts into my sinuses.

Very good, but not as refined as might be wished. Good with food.

Photo of BlurryVisi0n
4.17/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter.

Appearance: Cloudy gold with a 1/4" white head settled before sipping.

Smell: Smells like WOW...I say that because it just captures your nostrils. Aroma of the yeast...slight fruit.

Taste: Slightly sweet with a incredible after taste of the alcohol. I am taking my time drinking and stays so fresh ten minutes after the initial pour, incredible.

Mouth: Medium carbonation...flavor dissipates all over your mouth.

Overall: One of the my favorite tripels, Unibroue
has hit this one right in the coffin. If you like belgian style beers or tripels, you will absolutely LOVE La Fin Du Monde.

Photo of Gyle41386
4.17/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle purchased at Total Wine in Columbia, SC.

Pours an opaque yellow/orange...I've never seen tangerine juice before, but this is what I assume it would look like. Big, nice, white fluffy head. I expected it to stick around much longer than it did, but, then again, I did just have a Duvel.

The nose is very complex. The typical Belgian yeast scent is present. Spicy fruity sweetness. Maybe some clove?

Tastes of rich spicy fruits. Leaves a nice spice on the tongue. Some nice alcoholic aftertaste. Great blend of flavors. Very balanced.

Highly carbonated, but still smooth. Creamy, too. Very drinkable.

Photo of gory4d
4.17/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours pale, cloudy yellow into a goblet; the head is high, thin, white, and doesn't last, though enough lingers to leave lacing down the glass. The smell is straw, grain, fruit, and alcohol. The taste is biscuity, with some banana or papaya notes, giving way to a sharp alcohol burn followed by lingering hop bitterness. It's nicely carbonated, and thick enough to fill the mouth well without sticking in the throat. It's a sipper, for sure, but goes down quite pleasantly. A fine beer, though not my favorite of the style.

Photo of timobkg
4.17/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Duvel tulip, it formed a good head over the orange hued brew.

The aroma is a great mix of spices and fruit.

The taste is very dry, again a mix of spices and fruits. The flavors are well blended, such that it's hard to pick out specifics. The alcohol is a present, but welcome, giving the beer body and strength, without becoming too noticeable.

Overall, this is a good Tripel, but very dry. I would have liked a bit more sweetness to it. There's a very nice Belgian complexity to the beer, such that I rarely find in beers made outside of Belgium.

Photo of ztoellner
4.17/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- A lighter golden straw color, a bit hazy. Pours a creamy head that dissipates but leaves some lacing behind.

S- Wow. Has a deep, fruity, sweet smell. Bananas and yeast. It makes you want to stick your nose in the glass before every sip.

T- This is a refreshing beer, the alcohol is present but masked by the fruity, yeasty flavor. Has a bit of a lingering aftertaste that dries out a bit.

M- Good carbonation that tingles on the tongue and really promotes the flavor.

Overall this is a very good beer that is widely available. a great intro into a tripel for those that are newer to the style, and one I'll still come back to.

Photo of MSchae1017
4.17/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was tasted in a St. Bernardus goblet from the 12oz. bottle.

This beer pours into the goblet with a brilliant deep gold color with a frothy white head. The head dissipates to a nice film with whisps but does not leave too much lace. The smell of the beer is up front with sweet maltiness mixed in with the Belgian style yeast and some unknown spices. The taste is very complex. Just like the smell, the sweetness hits you first. This is very quickly followed by the belgian yeast along with the spiciness hitting you in the mouth like a punch. As the beer finished, a strong hop flavor is quite apparent and then the sweetness of the beer along with some fruitiness (apple?) returns and lingers on your tongue. The mouthfeel is low-medium with an incredible amount of effervescence. The finish leaves that sweet, yet dry feeling in your mouth. Overall, a highly drinkable triple. This is a very nice beer, and in a style I would not usually reach for.

Photo of GPHarris
4.17/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

a - poured a two fingers thick, white bubbly head into a snifter. color is hazy orange and leaves bubbly lacing throughout.
s - very malty with a sweet banana and floral smell.
t - hints of yeast, spices, citrus and floral. the yeast and citrus hits you first but the spices and floral taste becomes more prominent as it warms.
m - looks highly carbonated and the mouthfeel is the same. really dances on the tongue.
d - you can taste the alcohol as expected but as it warms becomes pleasant and understated. complex beer.

Photo of Osiris9588
4.18/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a rusty godlen color with a creamy 1.5" head, leaving some slight lacing. A mild bouquet of clove, floral yeast, and a touch of citrus. The flavor is a delicious mellow malt mixed with clove and citrus. The mouth feel is incredible, so complex; it dances all over the palate, going from malty to sweet and spicy, then finishes almost buttery, with barely a trace of alcohol.

I have had this beer before, but mixed with many others, and it didn't really take me by storm. This time, concentrating on it alone, it was a delight. I defintely see more in my future--until the world ends, anyway, which could be any day now. But this is great beer to drink while everything is crumbling around you.

Photo of SetarconeX
4.18/5  rDev -3%
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 HoneyLamb
4.18/5  rDev -3%
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 cooter
4.18/5  rDev -3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Helluva purdy pour! Creamy, frothy...*dramatic* head. A persistent, beautiful, cloudy tan body. Very aesthetically pleasing. [ed note: at the finish of this beer, I find it to be very possibly the most aesthetically pleasing beer ever. Beer goggles?]

Smells of pineapple, yeast, alcohol, raspberry, wheat-beeriness, and...melon? Intriguing to my nose.

First thing I notice about the taste is, strangely enough, the fresh-bready aftertaste. Second swallow, notice the pungent fruitiness. More pineapple. Tough to put my finger on a lot of these tastes, but it's light, slightly fruity (less so than the smell), and pleasant. Raspberry seems to be here...I feel like I'm hunting in a beautiful forest for a tree that I recognize, but they're all, despite their niceness, unidentifiable.

I seem to be nearly done with the beer without noticing doing so (and I don't have a drinking problem, I promise!), so I guess it's damn drinkable. My *only* complaint is that I doubt I could have another and not be beset by the pain of (too-)rapid inebriation and overload of powerful flavor.

Photo of vickersspitfire
4.18/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter; it had a thick off white head about three fingers wide that was very bubbly with some lacing as well; the body itself is a hazy light golden/brownish color and has some good carbonation going on as well. It has a strong sweet aroma with lots a citrus smells like lemons and oranges. It has a good semi crisp feel on the tip of your tongue, it smooth overall with a medium body and leaves a faint hint a residue in your mouth. Its got a clean taste that's sweet and spicy and is followed up with a semi dry aftertaste with a little bit of bitterness in it.

Photo of deadonhisfeet
4.18/5  rDev -3%
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 mntlover
4.18/5  rDev -3%
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 shand
4.18/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass, best before 3/26/13.

Appearance: Pours a hazy straw color with about two fingers of head. The head doesn't stick around for long though, leaving just wisps of retention. This is probably due to my incorrect glassware. The carbonation looks very nice here, a good stream of rising bubbles.

Smell: Smells a bit strange, to be honest. Smells a bit like fruit, and a bit like corn. Not exactly the most appealing smell. Thankfully, as it warms up the smell becomes a bit more appealing. The corn scent goes away, leaving straw and fruits.

Taste: Thankfully, the taste more than makes up for the smell. This stuff is very complex tasting. It goes in very smooth and fairly non-descriptly yeasty, but the aftertaste is a hell of a ride. Fruits (pears and apples) come in, then malts, then just a bit of hops make this awesome. The hops are a bit unexpected, this is hoppier than other beers I've had of this style. There's a bit of lemongrass flavor to hold this all together. Overall, it's a very sweet beer.

Mouthfeel: Hits the mouth nice and light, but coats the throat on the way down.

Drinkability: For it's ABV, this is amazingly drinkable. Dangerously drinkable, if you will. Alcohol is almost completely hidden, with just a hint coming out in the late finish.

A great trippel available at a pretty great price for the style. Not quite as good a deal as Golden Monkey can be found for, but worth the premium.

Photo of BillHaverchuck
4.18/5  rDev -3%
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 donkeyrunner
4.18/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

It's been giving me the stinkeye from the cellar so I figure I'd bring up a bottle.

Wheaten gold color with a large white head. Plumes of small bubbles emanate from the glass bottom. Retention is superb.

Belgian yeast underlayer with pilings of apricot, clay, marigolds and grassy hops. Tart and musty.

Orange mango citrus with a soft creamsicle finish. Wet grass hops poke thier heads up here and there. No overtly discernable alcoholic presence despite a %9 abv. Semi dry. Mouthfeel is as smooth as one could want from a tripel.

Sweeter than most tripels Le Fin gets a little cloying towards the end of a bottle.

Photo of djhowell
4.18/5  rDev -3%
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.

La Fin Du Monde from Unibroue
96 out of 100 based on 8,928 ratings.