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La Fin Du Monde - Unibroue

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Reviews: 2,826
Hads: 9,292
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 9.51%
Wants: 512
Gots: 1,680 | 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 SeanChouffe
3.87/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: pours a bright straw yellow with a white head, light effervescence and a slight chill haze. Head retention is low and the lace is full and sticky.

Aroma: tart, hoppy, fruity esters and bubblegum.

Taste: smooth and sweet and peppery with a hop bite and a dry tart finish.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied, creamy, smooth, crisp, low in effervescence, and a lasting astringent bitterness.

IMHO: A good representation of the style, but a Duvel beats it on many fronts. (481 characters)

Photo of rdrummer
4.58/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours hazy golden with a white head that has real staying power. The lace also has staying power. Its a real pretty beer, even my wife liked the look of it. It had a fresh, fruity aroma with a malty undertone that became the dominant flavor. I can't imagine anything that tastes better from first taste to last. I have had equal quality beers but I don't know that I've had better. It explodes with flavor in the mouth and has that pale ale dryness to it, but this is much more than a pale ale. It is an eminently drinkable beer from an excellent brewery. They make Trois Pistloes that comes close to this, but after numerous taste tests to try to determine which is better, this is the one. (700 characters)

Photo of Jables
4.3/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours a hazy dark gold with nice large white head. The aroma is sweet, fruity, and a little spicy.
Tastes fruity with a nice warming alcholic kick. A little spicy on the finish. Hops not noticeable. The mouthfeel is wonderfully smooth once the carbonation dies down. Very drinkable. Not the best belgian, but not bad for a Canadian-Belgian. Cheers. (350 characters)

Photo of woemad
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle purchased from Huckleberry's in Spokane. Poured a cloudy gold color, with a big white head. The aroma is a blend of spices, citrus fruit, and bready yeast. The taste is a delightful blend of fruitiness and champagne like flavors, with a spiciness that balanced well with the lighter aspects of the beer. The high level of alcohol is detected at the end of the sip, betrayed by its warming. I can't really recomend this as a session beer, unless you find the idea of the local authorities pulling you out of the sewer in a comatose condition appealing to you. That, and the beer is surprisingly heavy for its appearance and taste. Still, it is a magnificent beer. Tis is just more proof that a trip to Quebec is in order. (727 characters)

Photo of PiratePete
4.27/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a cloudy palamino with a white mane that left a very thin cover all they way down - heavier at the edge. Light lacing. The nose is of wonderful malts that jump right up at you and you can smell the sweetness before you even taste the end of the world. You can, at times taste the alcohol - but in a refreshing way not a let's-get-buzzed way. Nice mouthfeel. A bit of a surprise 'cause you expect some heaviness after all the nose and initial contact. But no. It is almost like a cream ale - almost. I goes down smooth with more surprises. A sense of sweet hops, and freshly picked apples in the aftertaste - almost like crab apples. I don't normally, like a fruity taste but I do here! A wonderful beer. End of the world, huh? Must be one of the beers of heaven. (769 characters)

Photo of BeefyMee
2.56/5  rDev -40.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

This beer poured majestically with a great looking head that retained almost the whole way down the glass. It smelled like something similar to a Hoegaarden white and tasted very much like one at first. The taste soon gave way to alcohol as the beer started kicking my ass. This brew can really put some hair on your chest (ladies beware). After finishing two thirds of the glass, the alcohol taste dissipated, but it still had the aftertaste of a white beer. Maybe my view is askew because I haven't had too many beers of this style, but I just don't like it. (560 characters)

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

La fin du Monde....the end of the world...that's where Cabot and Champlain thought they were when they landed in Quebec, That is the theme for the label of this great strong beer. This 9% ABV offering from Unibroue distinguishes itself from its comrades (Trois pistoles and La Maudite) in that it is a thinner more tart traditional Belgian strong beers (is this an ale???). It also has less of the "warming" effect to it than these other heftier Unibroue beers.
Pours a slightly cloudy light gold color ( careful to keep the chunky lees in the dregs of the bottle and not your glass on this one).

Aromas of spices, sweet malts and a peppery twang.
Starts like a light beer then sits on the palate with a medium body punctuated with spices and a honey sweet taste...the effervescence helps punch the hop tang trough then the finish is fairly clean and smooth for a heavy beer with only a lingering pepper taste mingled with the alcohol warmth,

I like this as a drinkable heavy beer. Not as filling as La Maudite or trois pistoles. Bravo Unibroue...another great beer! (1,074 characters)

Photo of Rumrunner
4.37/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750ml. bottle. Goblet style glass.

Maybe the end of the world won't be all that bad. This could be the way to go.

Pours a very burnt unclear yellow. Yeasties float about. A slow forming small head. Decent lacing. The scents are champagne with a bubbly feel on the nose. Sweet and sour fruit like pares, nectarines and even some apple. Some grass, grain and hop scents for a nice finish to the scents.

Flavors present them self in both a bold fashion with a smooth finish. Malts start us off. Again the fruits are strong. Definately some sour apple. There is a fine nectarine and even some mango after this. A peppery spice is nice with a glancing of hops. Then there is a nice milk flavor to smooth this ale out. As it warmed I picked up some faint grape flavors. The alcohol is present but only after all the flavors are happily swallowed. Excellently balanced.

Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth. It has a nice present itself quality. The only pinch is with the alcohol when swallowing the ale. It leaves a great warming quality. It is fresh on the palate and is a great sipping ale. This one will take some time. I am glad I waited to try this ale. It was worth the wait. (1,183 characters)

Photo of smitty1080
4.15/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of my first dips in to the big bottles. Pours a goregous gold with crisp white head. There is slight carbonation bubbling up the sides. The aroma had apples, bannanas, and yeast qualties. The taste brought along the yeast and fruity bite. Absolutly silky mouthfeel is a very nice touch to this one. (302 characters)

Photo of beerguy101
4.3/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Light gold color. Small head. Aroma is yeasty, fruity and citrusy. A medium bodied Belgian tripel. Fruity, bright, yeasty and spicy, all the things an Abbey Triple should be. Complex flavors are intermingling here. Apples, oranges and peaches mix with coriander, cloves and allspice (?) to make a very pleasant tasting beer. Add its extremely fine champagne like carbonation and this beer is a real winner. Very smooth. The 9% alcohol is hidden fairly well. It does peak out occasionally, as every once in a while there is a touch of alcohol bite and it is a real belly warmer. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and dry. Aftertaste is slightly sweet. (661 characters)

Photo of Dogbrick
3.57/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer is a hazy yellow color with a medium thick white head. Not very much head retention, and thin lacing. Aroma is yeasty and spicy. Rather light-bodied and bubbly, with flavors of spice, hops, citrus and vanilla. The finish is light and crisp with a hint of alcohol. This is a pretty good Tripel. (303 characters)

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. (376 characters)

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

What an intimidating beer. In fact, I have to admit that most Unibroue brews are intimidating (even ephemere). But mama likes. Scrounged up this bottle at the Utah State Liquor store in Park City--definitely the best beer selection in Utah. This fine offering poured a very hazy, tawny/orange, with a voluptuous white head. The Unibroue yeast is obvious in the smell, along with sweet banana bread, and slightly medicinal alcohol. Taste is wow. Sweet candy malts, with notes of pears, and plenty of yeasty goodness. Wheat-bitter finish. Very warming. I wish I had a 750 though... (579 characters)

Photo of Stingray5
3.62/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle pours a cloudy burnt yellow, foamy white head. Endless tiny cabonation bubbles rise from the depths. Aroma is strong and quite sweet, fruit and candy. OK mouthful with high carbonation, slightly too much for me. Taste is sweet fruity goodness with some nice toasty malt and whisky-like sourness in the finish. Yes, we have bananas. Sticky, dry puckering sensation lasts. A bit too much lasting sourness on the front of the tongue. (443 characters)

Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
4.53/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12oz. foil-capped bottle with a best by date of 4-17-06.

Appearance: Poured an absolutely wonderful cloudy blond color with a huge and creamy-smooth white head that refuses to back down. All sorts of sticky lace coats the glass. Truly beautiful.

Smell: In a nutshell...complex. Ripe bannanas, pepper, orange peel, a little bit of alcohol, and some pepper..

Taste: A "yeasty" flavor emerges first. Lots of fruity flavors as well. Warming effect from the alcohol peeks through. Finishes with an almost "wheat-like" flavor. Nice dose of slight bittering at the end. Finishes very clean with almost no aftertaste. Complex and excellent.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability: Super smooth. Medium...almost high levels of carbonation. Very easy on the palate. Drinkability is way up there. Such a complex flavor profile as it crosses the palate. Wonderful in every aspect. Another winner from Unibroue. (913 characters)

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

Extremely light hazy color with a centimeters worth of head. Beutifully colored and a lot lighter than I expected. Good aroma but has an alomost rubbery smell which appears in the taste but not in a bad way. Aroma is light and wheaty. The taste is light, wheaty and incredible mellow for such a strong beer. The alcohol was almost none existant. Not very bitter and lightly spiced. Overall a great beer with a good balance of aroma and taste. (442 characters)

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

Appearance all plosive, puffy and proud with a pinpoint prickly persona. Damn good brew! Pours yellow yet hazy and a touch golden. Champagne like carbonation with bubbles actively heading towards the beer's surface. Good headage that keeps puffing with swirling. Aromatics include tropical fruit, creme caramel and pecan pie. A wonderfully complex brew that hints of exotic fruits, anise, and ripe melon. In the mouth a nice interplay between sweet and bitter. Very warming indeed, with a touch of anteseptic!! One may be all I need, but this drinkability here is high as this beer simply rocks. It is sooo damn good! Practicably pornographic!! (644 characters)

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

What's this? A Belgian strong ale made in Quebec?? Yes, that's right, and what an amazing brew. Dense off white head that seems to stick to the glass with ease. Aroma of spices, yeast, malt, alcohol and fruity esters. Wonderful!

Oh man, the stuff just flows in your mouth and the dried aged fruity tastes and malt explode across your palette! Tingly bubbly feel and slight hop to balance the big bold taste out nicely. A bigger beer in this style would be hard to attain. The alcohol is barely noticed until either it warms sufficiently or you try to stand up. Well done! Another winner from Unibroue, eh? (608 characters)

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

Beer poured with a small bubbly head that slowly dissipated to lace that was perpetuated by the carbonation cascading from the sides of the glass. Nice cloudy, light golden hue. Particles of yeast could be seen floating around the glass. Sweet, fruity malt aroma with notes of banana and yeast. Some slight alcohol was also apparent on the nose with a touch of hops. Carbonation hits the tongue first leading to a very fluffy mouthfeel. Nice combination of yeast, fruits and spices. There’s a slight alcohol warming sensation throughout the glass, but it’s never overbearing. Sweetness is well balance by mild hop bitterness and never becomes cloying. Finish is slightly bitter, but aftertaste is primarily a lingering of the spices. Quite a drinkable beer for the ABV level. Got to be careful with this one or there could be trouble! (836 characters)

Photo of PhantomVodoo
4/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brownish straw color with a voluminous white head.
Bitey aroma of clove, yeast, alcohol, and banana.

Taste is crisp and bitey. Lots of spice in the tart flavor. Clove and alcohol have a strong presence. The beer doesn't support this high of an ABV IMHO. Malt and hops take a backseat to everything else going on in this beer.

Lots of carbonation in the mouthfeel.
Drinkability is good despite the high ABV.

Overall, a good beer, but definitely not my favorite Unibroue. (480 characters)

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

Pours cloudy yellow. smells fruity and yeasty.Nice one inch white head and holds it's lace well. Fruity tasting with bubbly champagne like carbonation. Tart fruit, possibly pears along with bread. I like beer that is bubbly. Not much malt or hops up front. Alchohol is also well hidden. I cannot pick out what the finish on the back of my tongue is. I must say in this category there is some very strong competition, but it is hard to find a better tripel. This is one fine beer and a dangerous beer. Way too drinkable!! The key is proper storage, since our system is run by the state storage must be proper since it makes different batches taste differently.

Note: As I drink this beer more, I like it more. I am raising it's rating. (736 characters)

Photo of WesWes
4.15/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a cloudy light golden color with a 1/4" frothy white head. The aroma is quite fruity. There are spicey accents with a hint of cloves. The taste is refreshing. Again, the spices are present. This a light beer that really goes down smooth. There is excellant carbonation and a low body. This is a great sessions beer. (330 characters)

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. (811 characters)

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

Appearance – Absolute monster head. The bottle foamed over when I popped the top even though it had been sitting quietly in my fridge for a week. The body is an extremely cloudy example of deep yellow with a hint of orange.

Smell – This is very interesting. The yeast comes out big in the aroma. It is well complimented by various spices, most notabley clove and garlic. There’s also a pleasing lemon scent.

Taste – This is a real heavy hitter. The lemon flavor comes out a little bit more in the taste. The yeast is big and bountiful. The powdery spices take a back seat but are still present. This is an excellent representation of the style.

Mouthfeel – Big, mouth-filling carbonation with this one.

Drinkability – If you like BSPAs, you have to give this one a try. The Unibroue interpretation of this style is interesting indeed. It went down very well and left me wanting for more (I chinced and bought the 12 oz bottle).

Comments – This one had a real hefeweitzen base, but goes off in its own direction rather quickly. An “A” for originality if nothing else. A must try for fans of the style.

Update – I reviewed this shortly after joining the site in Aug ’03 so decided to re-review it with a 2004 vintage. This really is a great example of a BSPA, and now after having reviewed over 200 Belgian Ales I am really able to appreciate the craftsmanship of this particular ale. I’m raising the overall score from 4.3 to 4.5.

Update – The 2005 vintage lacked that explosive head of yesteryear that actually kind of annoyed me but otherwise was just about the same. I really enjoy the unique garlicky character of the aroma. Two thumbs up – a solid 4.5. (1,691 characters)

Photo of DarrellK
4.35/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Surprisingly mild for a 9% abv brew. Aroma is pleasant but not too strong. Color is quite pale and was a bit cloudy. Head was full with small bubbles that lasted through the finish. Both the mouth and finish a strong characteristic and typical for the style. It is quite polished and very much like a Chimay, and in this case a brew I slighly prefer to the Chimay. (364 characters)

La Fin Du Monde from Unibroue
96 out of 100 based on 2,826 ratings.