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La Fin Du Monde - Unibroue

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

8,868 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 8,868
Reviews: 2,780
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 11.83%
Wants: 409
Gots: 1,281 | 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 popery
4.82/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

La Fin Du Monde is one of my favorite beers. It is not necessarily the best beer in the entire world, but it's widely available, comes in large and small singles and is a tremendous tripel, no mean feat. Unibroue beers have superb feel and delicious flavors. It's certainly the best tripel that I've tried that is not from Belgium. The beer has a somewhat inconsistent look. The head bubbles up, but it settles into a calm champagne look without much lacing. The misty liquid is quite appealing, on the other hand. The nose is earthy and spicy. It has a genuine Belgian flavor that is subtle and often lacking from American versions of Belgian styles. The flavor has this same Belgian earthiness, that quality that marks some of the best beers in the world. The feel is of a billion tiny needles gently exploding. The drinkability is incredibly high. This beer really made me a big fan of Unibroue. I've tried a lot of their styles and this one still stands as a top beer for Unibroue and craft beer, generally.

Photo of mrkc
4.47/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A tall, corked and caged 75cl glass bottle with the Eye of Quebec figuring prominently on the label. The bottle comes with a clear `best by` date, though no indication when it was brewed. The packaging is clear and stately.

Just opening the bottle releases a host of deep, fruit scents. The beer pours as a thin, opaque liquid, about the colour of honey. There's moderate carbonation that, even in my head-friendly glass, quickly fades to a ring of white. It warms quickly, releasing a thick, spicy odour. The yeast is evident in the scent, as are mildy fruity notes, just barely rising into perception.

The beer is peppery and sweet, thin to medium bodied and not syrupy. I has a distinct carbonation when drank, something not apparent from the head, that lends it a moderate bite. The fruit notes get little play in the taste, remaining just off to the side as glance of pear, or whisper apple, it's difficult to tell which. Warmth improves the character of the beer, bringing out the sweetness to compliment the initial exclamation point of allspice.

At 9% ABV, a single person could drink all 75cl by ones self, but it's definitely best shared with a friend on a cold winter night. This is a very good tripel by the good brewers at Unibroue.

Photo of kylephillips
3.95/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750mL bottle into a wine glass

Pours a hazy golden, almost orange, color. Has a creamy white head with little lacing.

The aroma is smells a bit like bannanas, strawberries, and bread. You can smell the alcohol just slightly.

The mouthfeel is extremely light and higly carbonated. The alcohol level is definitely a factor here adding to a very bitey feel.

Initial taste is just slightly sweet which quickly changes to a sour taste that hits the back and sides of the tongue. The sour, acidic flavors from the yeast are the dominant flavors here.

Drinkability is good. A little too sour for my taste.

Photo of DavoleBomb
4.52/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured into a Czecgvar lager glass.

4.0 A: Hazy yellow orange color. Lots of bubbling. Two fingers of white frothy head. Average retention and some lacing.

4.5 S: Really nice. Big phenolic clove. Light fruity esters.

4.5 T: Big on spice: clove and pepper. Sweet mild malts. Alcohol is hidden really well, but still warms. Not a whole lot of hop character, but what is there balances the beer well.

4.0 M: Medium body. Really smooth and creamy, but a bit too much carbonation.

5.0 D: I could drink the hell out of this.

I fail to see what the big deal is with this beer. It's amazing for sure, but not "world class".

Update: I get it now. After the first bottle of this I ended up craving another. I had another and then still wanted yet another. I'm going to review this beer again someday, and I think it might make it to "world class" in my world.

Photo of UDbeernut
3.75/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

bottle poured into snifter

a: straw yellow color with foamy 1 1/2" head that reduces nicely into lacing

s: buiscuit smell, hint of apples

t: malt and yeast flavors dominate, cinimmon and clove

m&d: dry, sticky, the carbonation makes it a bit easier to drink. 9% ABV.... not a session beer.

Cheers!!

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

Has a printed expiration date of 8-15-11. Poured from a 750ml(25.4 oz) bottle into a cervoise.

Appearance: A golden yellow/orange body with a bountiful white head. Good carbonation. The head takes up over half of my glass.

Smell: Juicy apples and pineapple with a pepper aroma. Some clove is also present.

Taste: The taste is much like the smell with a nice pepper and alcohol spicy aftertaste.

Photo of gabeerfan
4.32/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy, yellow-orange with a very thick, pillowy head. The head fell very slowly and never completely went away.
Nice aroma that can be picked up from far away. Lots of fruit (orange and pineapple) and corriander spice. Belgian candy sugar and some alcohol.
Flavors mirror the aroma almost exactly with some slight breadiness coming through.
Deceivingly light mouthfeel. Lots of small-bubble carbonation keeps the palate pretty clean. Finishes pretty dry.
Quite drinkable with lots of flavor. If not for the ABV, I could drink this all night.
A good reminder as to why I really like tripels and glad to see a N. American brewery take on this style with so much success.

Photo of BigJim5021
4.47/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

After trying Maudite, I was pretty excited to have a bottle of La Fin Du Monde waiting for me. I wasn't disappointed by the results.

Pours a hazy blonde with a massive, bubbly white head. It dissipates, but never completely leaves. Practically no lacing until you get to the bottom of the glass.

The smell is one of my favorite things about Belgian beer made right. Spicy, bready yeast. Lots of it. It smells so damned good.

And just like Tyrone Biggums would tell you, it tastes just like it smells: delicious. Tripels don't get much tastier than this.

Mouthfeel is robust and creamy with a dry finish.

Like so many Belgians, the high alcohol content will get to you. But if it was possible to drink this all night, I would.

Photo of dino213aa
4.94/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

What can I say that hasn't already been said? One of my all time favorite brews. Beautiful blonde complexion, incredibly complex nose and the perfect balance of spice, fruit, malt and hops makes this brew dangerously drinkable. It really does not get much better than this. Kudos to Unibroue for retaining the quality of this fine tripel over the years.

Exceptional in every way.

Photo of JohnWaynes44
3.85/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a cloudy golden yellow with pearl like irridescence when held to the light. Big white head bubbled up quickly, dissipating not long after the pour.

The smell is fruity and sweet. Yeast is very noticeable. You can smell the carbonation and the alcohol (probably because of the CO2).

This is really two different beers. Tasting the beer with the head up reminds me of champagne. The carbonation dominates the palate and it finishes dry. Wait a few minutes when the head is flat and more of the beer flavor appears. The malts and yeast come through. Sweeter and more creamy. For me this is much better after sitting for a while.

The mouthfeel shares the same characteristics as the taste. Carbonation fills the mouth all the way to the back of the throat. Very light and crisp when accompanied with head. Smoother and more weight later in the glass.

The life of this brew as it sits in the glass is ever changing. If you pour it in a small goblet or wine glass you can continue to give this beer new life and watch the change over and over. It really has a lot of character. The high abv is not apparent until it is reborn in your glass 3 or 4 times. Then is starts to warm and flush the skin. Really similar to the spumanti.

I have to say I am not in love with this style. I have only tried a handful, but this is by far the most interesting. I recommend everyone try it once. It would be a nice change of pace to replace the bubbly to celebrate th new year. Cheers.

Photo of joeysmokedporter
4.62/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served from a 750 mL bottle into a glass.

A: pours hazy straw yellow, golden; slight orange hue. slight offwhite head that dissipates relatively quickly; some lacing. hazy like a wheat or wit.

S: the wit theme continues as a strong clove dominates the aroma. hints of citrus orange and coriander also present. some tart wheat aroma also detectable.

T: like a wit on steroids. this beer is classified as a tripel but it really reminds me of an imperial wit. filled with citrus orange and spicy coriander, maybe a hint of cinnamon and definitely with clove. fruity and sweet in the finish, almost like an orange and peach soda, and then a clove and alcohol flavor in the aftertaste; maybe even a slight hint of spearmint like a rootbeer.

M: light and effervescent, maybe a little sticky; carbonation helps keep the body light.

D: expect the unexpected with this. while the beer is a delight, the biggest surprise to me was the complexity and pleasant character of finishing and aftertaste. balance is more to the sweet side and not much notable hop character. however, I would recommend this to my friends who like blue moon to expand their craft beer horizons.

Photo of matt7215
4.79/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle from the LCBO for $5.75

pours hazy golden with a pure everlasting white head.

aromas of ripe citrus fruit, hops, and unibroue yeast.

the flavour progress in the following nature: light pale malts progress into a fruity body before the hops and yeast come in to totally complicate things to the point of stupidly good complex belgian inspired quebec made greatness.

in a word stunning.

i buy this ruglarily and have tried it both fresh and aged, bottled and on tap and you simply cant go wrong.

Photo of prsguitarsr4me
4.92/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This stuff is for kings. Great beer. Pours blonde with a nice white head that could have better retention and lacing (like Duvel does). Smells and tastes fantastic - sweet and refreshing - very smooth and delicate. As the head died away, I wished every sip was like the first couple, though. I might open up my big Duvel after this for a back to back...

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

An intimidating name. The End Of The World, eh?

The look is impressive. Massive initial white head and cascading bubbles continue throughout. The yellow-orange coloring is a little cloudy.

Yeasty, fruity smell of oranges and honey.

Outstanding flavor of slight hops, but a nice alcohol flavor. Slightly sweet and tangy. Apricot aftertastes and orange hints.

Feel is bubbly and light.

Delicious, addictive beer. Easy to drink, impressive to look at. And you can say you are drinking the end of the world.

Photo of MisterE
4.47/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottles sold in a four pack at Wards Supermarket

A: pours a soft golden honey color with a lofty white head that slowly subsides

S: delicious, clean smell of fruit, spices, and a hint of yeast

T: vivid and delightful blend of tangy fruitiness - first sweet, then spicy

M: carbonation is very pronounced, otherwise the feel is smooth and full

D: alcohol taste is muted but don't be fooled; the kick is coming

An excellent beer for those whose tastebuds like a little adventure.

Photo of paco1029384756
4.27/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy, golden orange color with one finger of fizzy white head and a lot of carbonation.

Scent of yeast, sugars, fruits, sweet and bready malts as well as some citrus. Great balance and strength without overpowering.

Taste of lemon, yeast, sugars with some lasting bready malts. Finishes with yeast and a hint of citrus. Again, excellent balance and strength.

Mouthfeel is light and smooth, with a ton of carbonation which helps keeping the beer from being overbearing.

Drinkability isn't as up to par as the rest of the beer, but I don't mind.

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

Pours an orange touched brown with a pillowy thick creme head. Nose is citrus, dough, and a minor funk. Flavor is an excellent mix of citrus, yeasty funk, sweetness, earth tones. It's all here. And in perfect harmony IMO. Feel has a full carbonation and the liquid is well bodied. This is an excellent beer. To have access to something so good at such a reasonable price is something that should be routinely taken advantage of.

Photo of tuo
4.32/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle to a tulip

A: Poured a nice cloudy golden color with a bright white 2 finger head that didn't go away.

S: Nice spices and a very present yeast esters with a little bit of a citrus smell.

T: Just like the aroma of the beer it starts with the spice notes up front and moves into the citrus area then a touch of hops. Again with the yeast esters you get all those nice complex fruit flavors.

MF/D: On the lighter side with very high carbonation and a very low alcohol flavor if any at all. No heat from the alcohol either. Very nice tripel but with the high carbonation I could only drink a few.

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

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. ( Is the foil on the top really necessary, I found it really annoying.)

A- Pours a yellow-straw color with 2 finger fizzy white head that dissipates very slowly.
A- Definitely smells like a Belgian Tripel. I smell a lot of fruitiness, apple, pears, some spiciness.
T- Taste follows the smell. I would say apples are the biggest component of the fruitiness of the beer. The spiciness is there as well and there is a sourness to it that I did not expect from the aroma.
M- Highly carbonated (which I expected after seeing how it poured), and full bodied. The alcohol is barely noticeable, even as the beer warms.
D- Very high drinkability for a Tripel, I could have another bottle or two without any trouble.

This was my second beer from Unibroue and both this and their Maudite have been excellent. I'm looking forward to trying more of their beers.

Photo of lynx1245
4.37/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Been saving this one for a few weeks for the right occasion. A perfect post-election beer.

Appearance: Out comes a cloudy straw colored liquid with a large fizzy white head that recedes quickly. A look that beckons to be sipped.

Smell: I could smell it as soon as I opened the bottle. Very sweet fruity esters. Orange peel and other mulling spices really hit a home run. Its like drinking apple cider only better.

Taste: The spices really shine along with the citrus. Very complex flavor. A slight hint of bitterness from the hops is quickly balanced by the malts. Also, where is the alcohol? Excellent job masking the alcohol taste. Oh man, I can already tell I'm going to be on the floor after this one.

Mouthfeel: The carbonation is just right. Nice and dry finish. Perfect for sipping.

Drinkability: Normally I would give a lower rating here because of the high alcohol content. However, you don't need to drink very many of these to get the full La Fin Du Monde experience. I could easily see myself drinking one 750ml bottle for the whole night. Just sipping it slowly is enough to make you feel excellent.

Here's to hoping that the next 4 years are as awesome as this beer!

Photo of djeucalyptus
4.08/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

pours a beautiful hazy citrus-straw color with some fine sediment from a gentle pour. A beautiful creamy, billowy, thick head that left a bit faster than I was expecting, deflating to a thin head (more substantial than just top-lacing) that stuck with the glass to the bottom. Only a touch of spotty lacing.

aroma is of fruits and spices. Apple, pear, apricot, and banana up front, with some peppercorn, clove, cinnamon and cardamom spicing. Floral notes back up the fruits, and there's a definite yeast-mustiness that's pleasant and nowhere near as overwhelming as some.

taste is in line with the aroma: fruit and spice notes up front, with some almost-cider-like flavors coming through. Definite yeast breadiness backbone opens up into more hop bitterness and a touch of fruit sourness. The fruit and sour hints caught me off guard, but i warmed up to it quickly. Alcohol notes are minimal.

mouthfeel is beautiful. Full and warming, with some heavy carbonation. The bubbles are almost overwhelming, but they keep the appearance beautiful and keeps the mouthfeel full and creamy.

drinkability is amazing, as the flavors aren't overwhelming, the alcohol isn't overly apparent, and the mouthfeel is both tongue and heartwarming. The only drawback could be the carbonated thickness makes this one pretty filling... but that's far from a reason not to drink this one.

Photo of biegaman
4.82/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A goldening shade of apricot with tanned complexion. It sits with striking glow. Its colour is light but its tone is deep and hazed. A feathery patch of white distinguishes itself over top. This can be thickened with swirling and dots the glass with lace.

Its aroma is both pleasantly and potently effervescent. It is also fruity and floral and showcases just a dash of spice. Crisp straw wheat and lightly toasted malts seem doused in white pepper and coriander and then tossed with green apple and golden pear. I know of very few things that can appeal to the sense of smell like a good Belgian yeast.

Fortunately it seems to have had the same impact on taste as well. Again we are treated to sweetened, honey-laced malts tossed with coriander and orchard fruit. It is by no means an intense beer - the flavours are vivid but gentle and moderate. It pleases all parts of the palate with components fruity, malty, floral, tart, and zesty.

The alcohol is deceivingly absent in taste, but the beer possesses a soothing, almost sedative, presence that is indicative of a well crafted 9% tripel. Its higher gravity has done nothing to thin out mouthfeel and quite to the contrary, the mild carbonation and peppery spice give the beer a very lively texture on the palate.

This beer pairs wonderfully with a number of dishes and makes an especially great cheese pairing. While it drinks phenomenally fresh, it also ages exceptionally well. To speak matter of factly: Unibroue makes some of the finest Belgian ales outside of Belgium and 'La Fin Du Monde' is certainly amongst the best examples of a Belgian tripel.

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

Cloudy caramel/yellow color. Fizzy head. Smell of a spicy apple juice. Some other sweet fruits in there. Tangy and sweet fruity taste. Peppery and spicy as well. Slight detection of alcohol. This is as good as it gets for a "non-Trappist" tripel. Very drinkable and enjoyable.

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

Appearance- This is the most beautiful beer I have ever seen. There is a massive foamy head that keeps surging upwards! The carbonation is spectacular, there is a torrent of it that keeps jutting up from the center of the glass. Beer itself is a golden straw color.

Smell- Heavy with heavy date and candied fruit smell but with a deep mustiness as well.

Taste- Incredibly smooth, sweet and yeasty, not sharp at all. Alcohol is hidden extremely well. Warm and bready, almost like there is some dough in there.

Mouthfeel- Creamy, the beer drinks like Im having foam and not liquid.

Drinkability- Dangerous as its at 9% but incredibly smooth and well balanced.

Photo of rdickey
5/5  rDev +16%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Pours a pale cloudy gold into a tulip. Rocky white two-finger head lingers.

Smell: Outstanding - there's a lot going on here. Floral notes hit me first, followed by a nice balance of fruit, spice and hops.

Taste: Again, simply outstanding. There's a lot going on and it all works perfectly together. I get fruit and spice first, followed immediately by mild hop bitterness. Warming alcohol rounds it out, but it's not a flaw at all - in fact, it's quite pleasant. Nice dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Relatively high carbonation, which works nicely with this beer.

Drinkability: Highly drinkable despite the high ABV, because everything just works so well together. I'm not sure what the right analogy is - is this the Porsche 911 of beers? That honor should probably go to a German brew, of course. In any event, I have made this beer a part of my regular rotation, and have nicknamed it "Fin du Week" because I like to reward myself with one on Friday (and I don't speak French).

La Fin Du Monde from Unibroue
96 out of 100 based on 8,868 ratings.