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La Fin Du Monde - Unibroue

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La Fin Du MondeLa Fin Du Monde

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2,859 Reviews

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Reviews: 2,859
Hads: 9,465
Avg: 4.31
pDev: 21.11%
Wants: 537
Gots: 1,839 | FT: 20
Brewed by:
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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 WaltTrombone
4.13/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours honey-gold, white a white head. Aromas of honey, clove, citrus. The tastes are clove, peach, orange peel, honey, lemon, pepper. The mouthfeel is smooth, slightly syrupy. It finishes with clove, lemon, and orange peel, followed by alcohol warming.

This has been one of my favorites for a while, but the last time I cracked open a bottle, it was flat. An email to Unibroue got the answer that they were having cork problems, and that their distributors would replace defective bottles. When I mentioned this at my local beer store, they gave me a new bottle, gratis!

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Photo of garymuchow
4.6/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Dated best before 04-08-06
Boy, is this an exceptional beer. Wonder why it took me so long to get here.
Presents with a sweet, yet light, sugary, fresh and slightly alcohol aroma. Very nice.
Quite pale yellow to slightly gold color, but white fizzy head. Cloudy.
A pleasing effervesent quality up front that smooths quickly to a light pale malt flavor. I served it warm, which I believe helped soften any sharpness. Lightly fruity with a little lemon quality at the end.
Real smooth and warm in the stomach. Finely carbonated makes it tingly, but not overwhelmingly so.
Smoother and less biting than others of similar style that I've had. I like the contrast of light color and light feel with a bold presence and strong alcohol.
A very enjoyable beer.

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Photo of euskera
4.4/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a Piraat tulip glass...
Pours out a cloudy orange-yellow with a nice fluffy head that's fairly well retained. Smell is malty and sweet with some spice and banana. Taste is exquisite, with peach overtones at first going into malt and clove-like spiciness with some banana essence amidst that lovely alcohol backbone. Another absolute winner from Unibroue. Vive la Quebec!!

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Photo of RootedFool
4.7/5  rDev +9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle purchased at the North Coast Co-op in Arcata, California.

Pours deep yellow, very cloudy with carbonation bubbles ascending steadily. Big, sudsy inch-thick head that's leaving a creamy band of lace around the glass.


Opens with peppery notes. Sweet malts follow, leading into lemon rinds, fried bananas in caramel sauce, and fresh bread.


Malts blanket the tongue. Alcohol and spiciness -- gentle hops and citrus -- crowd in and find their place. Aftertaste is of hops and lingering alcohol sharpness, warming my throat and stomach. Wow, that spiciness, I feel it behind my nose, pleasantly, like wasabi without the wasabi, just the tingling warmth in the sinuses.

Mouthfeel is perfectly creamy, rich, holds up like it should under the weight of so many loud flavors.

This is a beer to be taken seriously -- confident and dead-on delicious.

La Fin Du Monde, translated into English means End Of The World -- according to my roommate who studies French. The name, audacious as it is, along with the apocalyptic label graphic, fits this beer like a perfect pair of devil horns.

If the world were ending and I had to choose a handful of beers to die with, I would definitely consider this one. It's the best of the pale Belgians I've tried so far.

High ABV is why I'm scoring taste and drinkability with a 4.5.

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Photo of barleysangel
4.33/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The color is a golden-honey with white spongy-looking head that bubbles. It smells yeasty with a hint of cloves. It tastes spicy and it has an orange peel flavor. There is more carbonation than your standard beer, but it is very light and easy to swallow for a highly carbonated beer. Aftertaste leaves an alcohol flavor in your mouth. This beer is very good in my book. It goes down easy.

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Photo of GreenWBush
4.22/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Time to give Unibroue a fair review. My first beer from them was a Maudite, consumed straight from the bottle after a night of micro-drinking. Completely unobjective. This one gets my full attention.

This one comes to me in a 12-oz bottle, with an expiry date in the far-off future. It has an interestingly light straw color, with twinges of hazy-bronze when held to the light. It has a nice large head that settles down to about a quarter of an inch. No lacing to speak of, blame that on heavy-handed dishwashing.

The smell is classic Belgian strong pale ale. I am overwhelmed at first taste: there is so much going on here it is hard to pick out individual flavors. Very much like a smoother-on-the-palate Duvel. A beautiful blend of sugar, alcohol, grain, and effervescence. I'll have this one again.

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Photo of arizcards
4.38/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

To date the best in the lot of the Beers of the World gift pack received for Christmas. This golden brew poured a generous fluffy white head that is lacing nicely down the side of my pint. Initially this had a bread like smell that was soon taken over by the spices and fruits that are in this beer. My first taste (not to mention the subsequent sips) was heavenly, an awesome piece of brewing that blends together a highly carbonated combination of malts, hops, fruits, and spices. The mouthfeel is wonderfully full. This beer is one I will seek out in the near future!

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Photo of HiroProtagonist
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Tripel Karmeliet glass, with an everlasting medium-sized fizzy white head forming, which left behind thick lacing when the glass was tilted. The beer was a pale golden color, and cloudy, with a snowstorm of particulates swirling around driven by large fiz bubbles. After a few minutes, the fizzy head became much finer in texture, and remained voluminous. The nose was lovely, with juicy nectarine, dry yeast, coriander, subtler citrus aromatics and the slightest hint of alcohol. The taste was assertive and delicious, wtih a somewhat tart dry malt backbone, and an up-front sensation of coriander. This was followed by ample flavors of bitter orange , leading into lemony citrus, finishing dry with an appropriate bitterenss, lingering coriander, and refreshing zippy citrus. All flavors were balanced masterfully. The beer had a very satisfying body, with a good level of carbonation. This was a highly enojyable beer that I will certainly buy again. Unibroue knows how to whip-up a good Belgian.

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Photo of Crosling
3.88/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Pours beautifully. The color is an enchanting rustic yellow with a fair amount of sediment drenching the bottom and clinging to the sides of the glass. Frothy and dense head (It took turns) that laced better than well.

Spicy clove like aroma with some banana, yeast, nectarines and alcohol. Quite the odd combination.

Tastes good. Champagne like body. Peppery clove, spices and green melon. Very smooth and it represents itself very well ine mouth. Delicate but throughout. Nice.

Nice stuff.

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Photo of RockyTopHeel
4.97/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Tasted 1/16/04 at our little Extravaganza Belgique.

Ok, so our final tasting wasn't truly Belgian, but it's so good and I had one ready to drink, so we figured, why not?

Alluring orange-yellow with a pure white head and a brown drop of yeast shaken from bottle's bottom. Soft, bready aroma, almost like an orange scone. Flavor is full of the yeast, with bright citrus fruit and a beautifully crisp finish. Amazingly smooth in the mouth, with no evidence that this brew hides a potent 9% ABV. Crisp and easy drinking. Orange, lemon, spices, yeast, wheat--wonderful.

This became my new all-time favorite the first time I tasted it, and drinking it again makes me pretty happy all over again.

Spoils of the 10/11/03 Knoxville Raid.

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Photo of Foxman
4.42/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It pours a hazy, light honey golden hue, alluring in its veiled nature. There's a rather thin white head with little retention, settling quickly to a bubbly cosmic swirl on the beer's surface. There's sparse, dotty lacing.

The initial inhale brings a tangy citrus semi-sweetness. Berry notes mingle with a clovey spiciness. There's an aromatic backbone of yeasty sourness with a very subtle mint undercurrent. It carries an almost indistinct alcohol aroma as well.

The first taste delivers a very understated malt sweetness that quickly gives way to spicy grapefruit, studded with cloves. A substantial dry hoppiness tingles across the tongue. A slight berry sweetness tangles playfully with a mildly doughy yeast essence. The alcohol is well interspersed with the dense, multi-dimensional flavor, but it is detectable, and is happily foreboding.

It's medium bodied, slick, and almost creamy. It coats well and brings flavor to all it touches. There's a spicy hops glow at the finish.

Nothing about this beer is less than interesting, and everything is well more than just enjoyable. This beer, you savor. The flavor relegates the malt to second status, but it still manages to assert itself enough to joyfully balance the menagerie of buoyant tasty waves born elsewhere. The muscular but subtle high ABV serves to enchant, making it pleasantly subversive. It's a wonderful taste of Belgium via Canada, a most fortuitous and satisfying route of delivery. Keep this one coming.

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Photo of kmo1030
4.17/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

cloudy gold with a medium white head. smell bready, with a banana-y fruity smell, with a hint of cloves behind that i pick up a little lemon too. the taste is pleasntly bready with a slightly citrusy bite (grapefruit..?) the cloves are also apparent here too. there are some hops in there but they are too subdued by the malt and yeast to pick out flavors. good thicker medium body. not the best unibroue, but definitely very good.

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Photo of Beersignal
4.26/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this beer last Saturday night at a dinner party. Pulled it from my cellar after a moderate 4 years of aging. Poured same colour as usual, that is deep straw, with a respectable foam cap and average retention. Smelled much sweeter than a fresh sample but still had the spicyness I have come to enjoy. Mouthfeel was silky bordering on oily and very pleasing. The flavours had really melded together, adding complexity to the sampling and making the beer a real pleasure to drink. Caramel, and vanilla jostled with the fruit and spice, eventually coming up short against a mild but sustained bitterness. Well worth the wait. Wonder what an older bottle might yield.

750ml bottle sealed with a cork.

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Photo of bigbubba
4.2/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a beautiful milky orange beer with lots of head initially and lots of carbonation. The taste is very spicy, yeasty, and fruity. No evident hop aroma or taste. It is definitely one to drink slowly due to the carbonation and alcohol content. As the beer warms the flavor slowly changes as some flavors come to the forefront and others fade away. Very enjoyable!

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Photo of JackTheRipper
4.15/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly cloudy golden yellow with a really large head, not a whole lot of lacing on the glass, but being a noob I think it may be the glass and not the beer (I wonder if I'm caring for the glasses properly?) This is the first time I've had a beer with a noticeable amount of yeast still in the bottle so that freaked me out a bit, but watching the carbonation make the yeast sort of dance around in the glass, I got to liking that aspect.

Smell is a spicy banana scent, couldn't really smell any alcohol in the nose.

Taste: wow, this is a heck of a beer. Seems a bit more malty than hoppy, which I like, I'm still developing my taste for those grapefruity hoppy beers, but I'm working on it. This beer was fruity, the alcohol was more subdued than I thought it would be, considering the ABV, but it warmed the throat nicely on the way down.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth, but a little more carbonation than I would like to see.

Drinkability: This is going to be one of those special occasion beers for me, I really like this beer, but I can't see myself drinking it on a very regular basis.

Overall: A very good beer, and one I would definitely recommend to a good friend.

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Photo of benmiliron
4.76/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Oh hell yes. Wife got me a 3-pack of Unibroue in a wooden case for Xmas. Fin du Monde was my first choice. Kind of a fruity Belgian, with gorgeous fragrance, beautiful sweetness with a good dose of yeastiness and malt. Just fantastic. Nice small bubbles after the initial froth subsides. Kind of a mediocre hazy yellow with no real head, but I don't really care too much about appearance so long as the beer is good, and this stuff is wonderful.

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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.

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Photo of Ardon
4.48/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

WARNING: This review is being done at a New Year's Eve party, a few bottles of this have already been imbibed...

Appearance: Hazy brownish orange. Champagne like carbonation.

Smell: Mild clove.

Taste: Not unlike the Achel 8. Almost hefeweizen like but more clove and spicy. Very spicy.

Mouthfeel: Vigorous carbonation. Light body. Spicy.

Drinkability: Being as I've already had quite a few and looking forward to having more, I would say this is definantly very drinkable.

Notes: Borderline typical tripel but with a lot more spicy, clovey tastes. Fantastic overall.

Rest assured I will give this another non-inebriated review later on. But I do think my review is acceptable at the moment.

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Photo of dmarch
4.28/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pale golden color with a very large well-retained head. Lots of light fruit flavors. Some apricot and even a bit of pineapple. Some peppery notes as well. There is a slight warming alcohol sensation that lets you know this is a strong beer. Still very drinkable though.

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Photo of beernbbq
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wonderful stuff. Pours the beautiful hazy yellow with a sweet almost banana aroma. Pils malts and saaz hops marry with a fruity flavor. The alcohol is well hidden and you could get yourself in seroiously trouble with the drinkability of this. A classic in the making.

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Photo of DagFishHead
4.22/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Hazy, straw-golden body. Generous champagne-fizzy head gives way to a modest cap with some lacing.
Smell: Crisp clean sweet malt, rich yeastiness, citrus notes: orange, grapefruit. Spice hops and a goodly whiff of alcohol.
Taste: Sweet grainy/malty sweetness with citrus and sweet fruits to start, fizzy but still rich at the top, dries with yeasty/citrus acidity, hop spiciness and even some banana in the aftertaste. All very clean and balanced. Alcohol level lies in wait and springs on you at the end.
Mouthfeel: Medium-full bodied malt, delightfully tingly carbonation, yeast/citrus pucker.
Drinkability: Delicious... alcohol level is surprisingly treacherous.

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Photo of bditty187
4.43/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pale peachy hue with honey highlights, hazy, some animation is noticeable, the white head was smaller than I expected; maybe a finger in height and the retention was passable. A loose cap remains throughout the consumption. The lacing is sub-par. The nose is fruity: mangos, passion fruit, and kiwi. Pepper and clove undercurrents. Alcohol hints at the back. The mustiness is noticeable throughout. The potency is modest. I was expecting more but what the nose needed the palate had and then some. The taste was splendid; simply divine with a glimpse of mango and pear fruitiness upfront that is very quickly overwhelmed by spicy alcohol, pepper, cloves, and surprisingly strong yeastiness. Some candied sugar sweetness but it cannot overcome the finish, which is tart (a green apple influence), spicy and peppery as well but with a blend of malty-bread too. The alcohol is very naked and taunting, maybe a little too much so, if it was softer the complexities would not be as drowned out. The palate is very tasty nevertheless. I detect cloves and apples in the aftertaste with a sharp peppery kick on the tongue, interesting! The body is medium with high carbonation, appropriate, very cleansing and refreshing, which is hard to do with such a high abv. Nicely dry as well. La Fin Du Mode is supremely drinkable and quite a pleasant quaff. It has been well worth the wait… I scored a 750 ml of this dandy in Kansas City. Obliviously it is recommended but I might be the last person on earth to try it.

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Photo of AtLagerHeads
4.07/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A beautiful cloudy golden color with a large and fluffy near white head - plenty of lacing. The nose is vinous with plenty of spice and fruit notes. The flavor follows suit with nice vinous qualities and plenty of fritzy feel to go with it; almost joyous in its qualities. The feel is good and the drinkability is limited only by the unnoticed alcohol level.

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Photo of Sammy
3.97/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After warming to room temperature, you can taste some of the strong alcohol and the carbonation.Cloves detract. Popular with my friends but merely good. Have had every few months and observe that its not comparable to the best Belgiums, merely to the median good ones.

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Photo of CRJMellor
3.58/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice honey color with a 1/4 inch with very intricate lace on the side and great carbonation. Lot of sediment in the bottle. Aroma produces sour apple, toffee, wheat and yeasty citrus notes. Mouthfeel is very clean and has that nice alcohol kick on the back end. Taste is a beautiful mixture of malts with some slight spiciness on the backside. My first experience with the Unibroue folks and certainly won't be my last.

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La Fin Du Monde from Unibroue
96 out of 100 based on 2,859 ratings.