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La Fin Du Monde - Unibroue

La Fin Du MondeLa Fin Du Monde

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

7,107 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 7107
Reviews: 2692
rAvg: 4.32
pDev: 11.57%


Brewed by:
Unibroue visit their website
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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IronDjinn

Alberta (Canada)

4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

More bounce to the ounce, La Fin Du Monde has it going on in all directions. I really thought it was the end of the world when I first tried this 10 years ago as a young'un and drank it straight from a 750 ml bottle at a house party--took me 4 hours of intestinal fortitude to finish that bad boy off.

However times have changed, I've grown older, if not any more wiser, and have learned to enjoy many more of these over the years. It POURS from this particular 750 ml brown bottle a hazy pale straw colour with good carbonation and some suspended particles. Big white bubbly head that lasts a while. Aroma of hay, apricots, pepper, some grassy notes. Flavour doesn't hit me until the finish and then the aftertaste where the sweet malt and spices start to kick in, plus a little bit of citrus. A lot going on in the palate of this ale. Mouthfeel is thick and somewhat boozy, but to be expected for the 9% abv, yet goes down a lot smoother than most ales of this caliber.

Back in the day I used to jokingly refer to this stuff as a bowl of cereal in a bottle. Nowadays I'd agree to the fact that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and would advocate an "end of the world" to start off anyone's day.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2003 00:38:09 | More by IronDjinn
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granger10

Wisconsin

4.4/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This was the first Belgian I ever had. The appearance threw me off a little b/c of the cloudy orangish color and texture. I wasn't sure if I would like it, but I loved it. I have come back to this beer time and again. It has a very creamy smoothness that I really love. The taste is of tropical fruity sweetness and some spicy alcohol. Finishes long and dry with more fruityness. A great introduction to the world of Belgians for me!

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2003 07:50:27 | More by granger10
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oberon

North Carolina

4.13/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

My favorite offering from Unibroue,pours a hazy yellow with a gigantic blooming head,the aroma was very spicey and smokey with a slight tartness in the finish.There is a nice sweetness to this beer,a nice spiciness in the middle and a fruity finish.I get this underlying smokiness to this beer its very appetizing,a true hand crafted beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2003 06:36:09 | More by oberon
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far333

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Hazy pale yellow with a huge off-white head with quickly bursting tiny bubbles. The head drops quickly, but settles about a quarter inch above the liquid. Smell is mostly sweet lemon, some yeast, and a bit of pine. Flavor is rich and sweet. Flavor is a bit of yeast, then warm honey melts in the mouth, and finishes with some undertones of butterscotch and pine. Mouthfeel is very smooth and velvety. Aftertaste lingers long and delivers more honey. This beer holds its complexity to the last drop, and is surprisingly smooth for the alcohol that it delivers. Very tasty, but low drinkability because it is so rich.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2003 19:26:04 | More by far333
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TheDM

Indiana

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

Another first impression Whoa! This brew foamed up 1/4 brew, 3/4 foam as I poured it into my glass. Its head was a very white color. The bubbles in the head ranged from small to large. Again, this is another very carbonated brew. This brew also had a very mild aroma. It too was hard for me to distinguish from other smells. It has a very light orange color with yeast particles floating in it. Its flavor contains a variety of different tastes. The carbonation once again rolls off the tongue. It is adding to my buzz tonight. I liked the flavor and taste of the brew. It agrees with me very much. All in all an excellent brew! This brew is very potent and it added to my buzz for the evening.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2003 15:12:24 | More by TheDM
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philipt

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Incredible Belgian style from our friends to the north. I've had several opportunities to try a Unibroue product in the past but always opted for something else...no longer.

Bright, pale, and hazy yellow in color. A tremendous, frothy white head emerges when poured and leaves substantial lacing. It has a sweet and spicey smell. Clove and pepper emerge, along with hint of alcohol. This tripel tastes nearly perfect. Good balance between the malt, yeast and the fruit esters. Somewhat spicy at the finish, and just enough alcohol warming to remind you of the 9%. It has a very effervescent and crisp mouthfeel.

Bring on the Maudite!

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2003 13:20:24 | More by philipt
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jeffboo

Minnesota

4.53/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A very nice peachy, cloudy looking brew with a tall white head. The aroma is a huge winner here, with tropical fruits (kiwi,pinapple,banana, and coconut) all around, just perfect for what's to follow. A carbonated but smooth mix of spicy and tropical. The tropicals here are coconut and pinapple with spicy vanilla and yeasty flavors supplied in a light, airy body with a lightly bitter dry finish. Very delicious and unique.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2003 19:34:15 | More by jeffboo
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jcalabre

California

3.9/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Originally sampled 31 July 2002. A cloudy, pale gold in appearance. It had a large, frothy white head and lots of champagne-like bubbles. It reminded me somewhat of a white beer. Its taste is slightly sweet & fruity. I found it to be very enjoyable and I'd have it again

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2003 18:48:08 | More by jcalabre
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AudioGilz

Pennsylvania

4.88/5  rDev +13%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2003 22:35:05 | More by AudioGilz
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taez555

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a translucent yellow. Not overly cloudy but still not clear. The head was a creamy white with very fine bubbles.

The nose had a slight alcohol hint, some spice and even some soft fruit. Definitely a firm belgian ale smell.

The first taste was smooth. A firm alcohol kick but never overpowering. Lots of full tanic fruit flavors. Grapes and even maybe some tart apples. Not overly bitter, but it did have some hop bitterness that sat nicely in the mix.

Although smooth going down it finished with a firm bump of spice and bitterness. Still never over the top. But definitely a little bit of increase in flavors near the end.

Overall a great belgian triple style ale. It's amazing this beer was made in Canada and not at an abbey in belgium.

Must say, I love the labels on all of this brewerys beers. Very cool.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2003 02:02:27 | More by taez555
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beergeek279

Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Served out of the 12 oz. bottle into the Fin du Monde tulip glass. This beer poured a gold with a fair bit of head. The smell was very flowery and sweet. As for taste, the taste was as sweet as it smelled, with a strong element of fruit. The mouthfeel was fairly smooth. As for drinkability, it seems like having too many of them would be overwhelmingly sweet after a while. All in all, a great Belgian-style ale, and one that I would keep around to have one or two of in the future

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2003 17:29:32 | More by beergeek279
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ZAP

Minnesota

4.75/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a spritzy champagne color with a spritzy 1/4" head....nose is light with mainly yeast notes and some apples...body is firm and tight...carbonation seems perfect....boy is this smooth...no hint of the 9% ABV...very full-flovored beer...perfect sweetness..this is one of the best tasting Belgians I've had...so smooth, but flavorfull....great Belgian malts...a malty beer all the way...reminds me of a high quality Blonde Doppelbock made Belgian style.....some grassy hops are in the background but very small..Unibroue continues to impress me...this is one of the best beers I've had...

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2003 16:56:27 | More by ZAP
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SheepNutz

Kentucky

4.05/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had The End of the World in a 12oz. bottle poured into a pint glass. It pours a hazy orange-yellow with lots of bubble action. There is 2 fingers of foam that cut down to half a finger quickly. There is minimal lacing left on the glass. There smell is a citrus aroma with some light spices. The taste is fruity with a fair amount of hops to balance it out. The taste mostly reminds me of oranges. I was really surprised by the heaviness of the mouthfeel The drinkability is also fairly good for a 9% bew. This is a session beer with a punch.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2003 22:12:55 | More by SheepNutz
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GreatPondBrewer

California

3.75/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

As is evident by my numbers, tasting the beer was not nearly as satisfying as looking at the beer. du Monde poured a foggy, light, straw yellow with an inflated head. The lace was exceptional. The smell was sweet and pungent with lime and other citrus flavors. The taste was a little too carbonated and it was a tad too tart for my liking. The alcohol and pepperness in the beer was just not balanced by anything else. It did have some good, rich malts and first rate bitterness. Overall a good brew, but I am not yet sold on them.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2003 17:14:35 | More by GreatPondBrewer
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longpondbeerman

Maine

3.33/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I admit it. Pale ales are not my thing, especially those with really high alcohol content. This was no exception. It poured a cloudy yellow with a fuzzy white head. There was lots of spiciness in the smell, particularly ginger and arrowroot. Not much in the taste to mask the alcohol either, so I thought I was drinking a sloe gin fizz.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2003 17:07:38 | More by longpondbeerman
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DESTRO

Nevada

4.28/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Man i just discovered this not to long ago (hey im new to this) and...wow. It pours a cloudy yellow with not much head and little peices of sediment floating about, and what head it has quickly diminishes to nothing. looking at it as it sits in my glass it reminds me of a hefe minus the big white biscuit head. the aroma is of light spices and clove and is quite pleasant. the taste makes me think wheat with a bit of citrus and clove. Man I love the wheat taste. The mouthfeel is light and refreshing with good carbonation that just seems to bubble on your toungue, just a little bit of creaminess that kind of coats your mouth finishes it off. The drinkability of this is amazing and a 4 pack or 2 750ml bottles can be finished off no problem. the only thing is, this brew is 9% and it creeps up on you pretty quickly. After work (construction) in the hot Las Vegas sun I love to come home, pour a glass of this and sit on the porch. It is a most refreshing, relaxing, not to heavy brew. A truly wonderful beer.

$5.99 for 750ml or $7.99 per 4 pack.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2003 10:37:03 | More by DESTRO
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Darkale

Virginia

4.33/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Yeasty and slightly spicy aroma. Bright white head fades quickly to a skim, and the lacing is moderate. Body of the beer is cloudy and dull bronze.

Taste is a creamy, sparkly, cinnamon spice. Very creamy mouthfeel. High carbonation, brisk and brash even in the middle of all that creaminess. Slightly sour aftertaste. There is spice from beginning of the sip to the end of the swallow, but that spice rides that wonderful, chewy, malty backbone.

Again, marvelous mouthfeel, probably one of the best I've ever enjoyed in that regard.

This is one of my favorite Unibroue's -- indeed, one of my favorite beers, as my numbers attest. If the end of the world is truly coming, make sure you bring one of these.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2003 09:51:47 | More by Darkale
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Garin

Alberta (Canada)

4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

La Fin du Monde pours a very pale yellow -- it reminds me of a wheat beer, actually. The clarity is fair, with a bit of haze present but I can still see through it. The head forms readily, and decays to a creamy layer on top of the beer. It's supported by a steady carbonation fizz.

The aroma is malty and fruity, with some yeast and banana. Also, clove spiciness is obvious. It's a clean and fresh-smelling beer.

The flavour is very bright and refreshing. Lots of cloves, banana, and citrus hit me immediately. Some wheaty malt fills the flavour out. The sweetness is balanced by some herbal and bitter hops. There is only a very little alcoholic flavour here (which is dangerous, at 9% :^) so drink at your own peril. The finish is clean and slightly bitter.

In the mouth, it feels full and creamy without being heavy. The carbonation is a nice light interesting fizz. All in all, I think they've made a pretty delightful ale. This is a mighty fine beer, destined to become a regular in my house.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2003 19:13:53 | More by Garin
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Pegasus

Texas

4.33/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Cloudy yellow-golden color with a large off-white head which soon fades to a nice collar with good lacing. The carbonation is champagne-like and quite profuse. There is quite a bit of sediment in suspension and on the bottom of the glass.

Aroma: Strong and sweet aroma, again reminiscent of champagne, but also with fruit notes, particularly apples and pears, yeast, bread notes, alcohol, and faint hops.

Taste: Begins with a smooth malt character with spices, notably cloves and pepper. Strong, sweet alcohol is also a strong presence. Later the taste assumes a somewhat vinous quality. Finishes dry with a mild, but lingering floral hop note.

Mouth feel: Smooth and full with lots of carbonation, excellent.

Drinkability/notes: An extraordinary brew, one of stunning quality and devastating strength, to be accorded respect and savored with deliberation. This is a beer of rare quality.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2003 18:32:37 | More by Pegasus
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MJR

Missouri

4.7/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a pale yellow with a touch of haze. A bright white head starts out hefty and loudly fizzles down to a sturdy cap. Lots of bubbles from the heavy carbonation.

Smell: The aroma is subdued with a touch of fruit, a flowery note, and chalky yeast. Great balance between the different scents, as they blend together so well it's a bit hard to pick each one out.

Taste: Overall, the balance swings to the sweeter side, with fruity esters of pear, apple and banana. There's a peppery spiciness that hangs in the forefront. Hint of clove...hint of hops... The yeast brings a chalky, powdery flavor to the table. That same suggestion of a flowery character from the smell is here too. The different flavors are integrated really well, with no one flavor trying to take attention away from the others. A bit of tartness is present, from wheat being in the grain bill. Ends with a slight phenolic note, as well as a touch of alcohol.

Mouthfeel: On the thinner side of medium with a highly carbonated mouthfeel that has a touch of creaminess. Like all of Unibroue's beers, the alcohol is extremely well hidden, only showing itself on the finish with a smooth dryness.

Drinkability: Damn good for it's strength. Not to sound like a broken record, but 'nobody' can hide alcohol like Unibroue. They make a 9%abv brew taste like a 5% brew, with only the aftereffect showing otherwise. Another great brew from Unibroue!

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2003 22:21:31 | More by MJR
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Admiraldinty

Massachusetts

4.38/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml. Bomber. Poured a stickey, huge white foam over pale, golden yellow. Lightly fruity, clove-like, yeasty smell. Taste is a little spicey, but mostly sweet with a light fruit (mostly pear) taste. Extremely creamy with a medium to high level of carbonation. Definitely a beer to be respected. I'm paying the price for this one at the moment...drank it way too fast, but one that I'll come back to.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2003 19:12:18 | More by Admiraldinty
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nomad

Kansas

4.38/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a hazy yellow-gold color, with lots of streaming little champange carbonation, a pillowy soft head.

Had a big bright nose smelling of a mix of cloves, honey, lemon, and wheat. All were well blended and soft yet spritely in character. To me, smelled like a ginger ale from god. The hops came through with time, though they were greatly tempered by the malt and the yeast.

Taste was sweet yet creamy, with a solid wheat taste that lended a tart edge toward the finish. Mainly tasted of a light but satisfying pale malt. In general, a bit simple tasting but not bad. Had a cotton-soft drying finish that becomes yeasty in length.

A soft mouthfeel but a little fizzy feeling. Very easy to drink; best to sip but enjoyable in a gulp, too. Very tasty just not as complex as some Belgians. Even still, the best triple in the Americas.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2003 09:20:01 | More by nomad
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dwarbi

New York

4.6/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a thick, creamy white head. Looks golden yellow, and is cloudy enough that you can't see through it. Smells and tastes of wheat and spices. you can hardly detect the alcohol. Thick, creamy mouthfeel, but somehow it's also very clean and refreshing.
*This beer got me into craft brews. Still love it!

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2003 17:26:52 | More by dwarbi
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Jarod

Pennsylvania

4.8/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Triple fermented
Dated best by 06/06/2005

This beer poured a pale lemony color that was opaque but clear enough that I could make out that it was well carbonated. The head that was produced was thick, creamy and dense – white in color and stood till the last sip where there was a small skim left on top and a ring around the edges. It left behind a creamy sticky lace that was like a sheet being draped on the insides of the glass at the top then broke off into a delicate pattern at the end. The aromas that came from the glass, were of sweet malts and caramel, fruits (pears, apples) flowers, some hops, yeast, spice and a bit of alcohol (but well hidden). The flavors were of sweet and dark malts, caramel, fruits (more pears and dark apples), wood, citrus tones, light hops, spice yeast and alcohol. There was no aftertaste present anywhere on the tongue. The alcohol is big in this beer but you would never notice it unless you read the label, it is well blended all through the nose and pallet. This beer is smooth, creamy and complex, very drinkable, very, very drinkable. Just be careful because with the high alcohol content and its ability to hid amidst the other flavors you will not notice it’s “bigness” until you get up.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2003 07:07:19 | More by Jarod
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GreenCard

Oregon

4.13/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled a 750 ml bottle, about six months old...

Appearance: a luminescent pale straw color, fair amount of haze (not nice and clear like the original strong golden, Duvel), satiny white and billowous head w/ great retention, lots of bubbles, some lacing

Aroma: pungently floral, slight citrus notes, wisps of alcohol, pear-like esters

Flavor: pear-like sweetness envelopes the pallate initially (and fades slowly), mellow hop flavor and bitterness evens it out as it heads for a semi-dry finish, big flavor, some hints of orange, a bit of coriander-like spiciness (though I don't think they use coriander in this one), honey-like aftertaste, very tasty!

Mouthfeel: the carbonation gives a sharp attack, light body, fluffy texture, crisp finish, fair amount of warming

Drinkability: a bit more alcohol than Duvel (yeah, you can feel that!), drinking this whole bottle got me feeling pretty loopy, but that certainly doesn't hinder the enjoyment.

Unibroue is one of the only non-Belgian breweries that can pull off the Belgian styles. They make some fantastic beers and this is definitely one of them! When tasting a Strong Golden ale, you always have to compare it to Duvel because it was the original and it still holds the title. This one comes pretty close, though.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2003 10:41:52 | More by GreenCard
La Fin Du Monde from Unibroue
96 out of 100 based on 7,107 ratings.