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La Fin Du Monde - Unibroue

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96
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8,865 Ratings
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Ratings: 8,865
Reviews: 2,780
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 11.83%
Wants: 408
Gots: 1,279 | FT: 18
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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 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.

Photo of zoso493
4.18/5  rDev -3%
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 Berg-the-Boiler
4.18/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MartzMimic
4.18/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy light gold from the tap. Big, foamy white head that holds for a bit. Smells of hay and fruit. Nice blend of apples and pears hits the tongue, with a touch of white grape. Smooth, crisp mouth. This is an excellent tripel that is light and refreshing.

Photo of StlHopHead77
4.18/5  rDev -3%
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 melmoth100
4.18/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served from a 22-oz bottle into a tulip-style glass.

A - Cloudy, orangish/yellow with heavy carbonation. Excellent white, four-finger head with good staying power.

S - Tangy, almost like an orange

T - In a word: yummy. Almost like a caramel apple. Sweet, lingering aftertaste.

M - Somewhat alcoholic.

D - Very drinkable, despite ABV.

A reliable favorite.

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

Big 750 ml. bottle with a caged cork. I have always admired the way these beers appear on the shelf. (good marketing) So I finally decided to go for it.

Poured with a HUGE head. (Maybe a bit too big) Bright golden color with a ton of carbonation and some cloudiness too.

Right away this beer smells almost like a champagne to me. Toasted aromas.

Taste? Well... first off, this beer has nice mouthfeel. Really coats your mouth with flavors the moment you first taste it. Impressive. The beer has almost a creamy toasty flavor, once again, similar to champagne. (with much less carbonation) There is also a bit of crisp sweetness of cloves and coriander on the finish.

Excellent beer, I am glad I finally made the plunge. Very drinkable, even with 9% alcohol.

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

Came into this with very, very high expectations. Wasn't disappointed at all.

Pours a cloudy and opaque gold/tan tone which seems very pale and has rather a medium fizzy white head that fades and leaves a small coating on the beer with little lacing behind.

The smell, a little hard to define. At first appeared even fishy but then releases excellent aromas of wheat and malts, somewhat sweet and strong smell. nice, not that great.

The taste is truly exceptional. Very wheaty with a slight feel of lemon which complements it beautifully and helps to harmoniously hide its elevated ABV, only felt slightly at the end mixed with the delicious slight hoppy compliment to the taste.

Wow, an exceptional brew that can fool you if you drink too many (and attack your pocket). Worth its place on the list.

Photo of zrab11
4.18/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Light azy golden yellow with alittle tinge of orange.Nice crisp 1 1/2 finger head.

S-Minimal citrus notes with a floral crisp smell

T-Super crisp and clean, get nice floral and citrus throughout the whole sip.

M-Light boddied. Nice carbonation. feels so light in the mouth but has a nice amount of flavor and hops

D-Very Drinkable. Ordered this as my last beer of the night after having 2 other sours. GGreat beer to end a night one. GOt a great triple taste but also soo crisp and light that some other tipples don't have!

Photo of Spaceman_Jer
4.18/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

12 oz bottle into Duvel tulip.

A: Pours a hazy citrus-honey orange with an expected billowing whipped egg-white head that slowly reduced into a thick white film that left patches and chunks of sticky lace down the glass.
S: Loads of Belgian spice and yeast with notes of candied sugars and fruits. Hints of bubblegum, apple cider, clove and pepper.
T: Heavenly flavors of ripe fruits, banana, clove, pepper, citrus, lemon juice, tangerine and apple cider. Spicy and sweet balance each other well but do not overpower the taste buds.
M: Creamy mouthfeel with soft carbonation and medium body. Alcohol is hidden completely.
D: One of the better tripels out there. There is nothing really wrong with this beer. Complex yet smooth flavors. Great head retention and lace. Fruity and spicy. Another great beer from a great brewery.

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

A: Pours a golden yellow with a thick white head quickly dissipating, lacing down the glass.

S: Citrus scents, slight hops and a hint of yeast.

T: Citrus (lemon), has some banana and prominent hop characteristics.

M: Medium bodied with nice carbonation, very smooth.

D: A smooth 9% tripel, very drinkable and could potentially get you into some trouble, but a nice solid ale.

La Fin Du Monde from Unibroue
96 out of 100 based on 8,865 ratings.