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La Fin Du Monde - Unibroue

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

8,202 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 8,202
Reviews: 2,729
rAvg: 4.32
pDev: 11.57%
Wants: 355
Gots: 908 | FT: 17
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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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from large Unibroue bottle, dated 2005. Clear but hazy golden color, huge rocky head.

Smells like a tripel, fruity and spicy and Unibroue yeast aroma. Tastes awesome, very nice tripel flavor. Really easy to drink, can't taste the alcohol.

A classic, really good beer.

TurdFurgison, Jan 07, 2006
Photo of GolgiIPAratus
4.03/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled: 12.28.05

A light white foam head of about an inch & a half rests atop a mostly clear, bright pale gold. Very bright looking, as if it has its own light. There’s a slight yeasty haze, but nothing too thick. Bubbles fade and not much lacing occurs.

The smell is of sweet malts and sugars typical to the tripel/Belgian Pale styles and also possesses the twangy Euro funk of the same.

There’s a tart sweetness off the bat. I know BA calls it a Belgian Strong Pale, but damn if this doesn’t taste like a Tripel to me. Oh well, styles shmyles, this is damn good! There is a pilsner-esque hop oil bitterness right at the end that separates it from the tripel style I think though. This beer is HIGHLY carbonated, super bubbly and tingling on the tongue. Much like Miller High Life, I’d say this is a challenger for The Champagne of Beer. ;-D
The alcohol really didn’t make a flavor appearance, and to be honest it didn’t warm me up as much as I’d figure 9% to do, so maybe it’s lower?

It’s drinkable depending on how you handle the bubbles. I drank the3 of the 4 pack over the course of 5 or 6 nights. (The most recent on NYE….Champagne of Beers I tells ya!) And one was good enough per time. And even though the alcohol wasn’t as present as I’d figured, I’d still be careful, because maybe after 2 it could creep up quickly. Great beer.

GolgiIPAratus, Jan 06, 2006
Photo of skillerified
4.05/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

A gorgeous hazy yellow-orange brew sits below a mammoth head that refuses to die. I didn't think I poured it that rough, but the head took up half my over-sized tulip wine glass. The color almost looks like some sort of orange juice/lemon aid concoction gone horribly right. In fact, in a way it looks like a tulip in the tulip glass.

Floral and citrus scents are blended first. Maybe a touch of chocolate. There's a little of a charcoal scent too, like a barbeque grill. The scent is strong and quite pleasing, but it feels a little hollow in the middle parts.

Taste is quite yummy. There's an earthy vegetable flavor followed by caramel and a little banana. Like the scent though, it feels a little hollow.

Mouthfeel is excellent. It's creamy and almost chewy. About the time that the caramel flavor hits it feels like it has the texture of caramel too. It's mostly sweet, but as you keep drinking the bitterness starts to build along the sides of the tongue.

This is an exceptional brew, but I think it lacks a little depth. Especially in comparison to the excellent Trois Pistoles I had the other night. The ABV is sneaky here too. A little too sneaky actually.

skillerified, Jan 06, 2006
Photo of deciding39
4.38/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ml brown bottle, 2005 vintage. Served in a snifter.

A: Pours a very attractive hazy gold. A large, one and one-half inch head forms and quickly fizzes away, leaving a small but persistant ring around the side of the glass. Some lacing, but not a whole lot. The carbonation appears very fine, almost Champagne-like.

S: Yeast and very distinctive esters (especially the smell of pears and pineapples) dominate the nose, with some light floral hops pulling through towards the back.

T: Sweet malt, followed by delicious fruity esters and a pleasant, light minty hop bitterness. Dry finish, with warming alcohol, pepper-like spice, and some phenols. Really complex!

M & D: Smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Very crisp, pleasant finish. The high alcohol content, although well disguised by the unique and complicated flavors of this beer, limits the drinkability quite a bit.

Exceptional. One of the finest Canadian craftbrews I've had. I recommend drinking it with a fine meal in place of wine. It's that good.

Edit: I recently picked up a bottle and some wild, barnyard-like flavors were present and became quite cloying. It may have just been a bad bottle.

deciding39, Jan 06, 2006
Photo of DarkerTheBetter
4.53/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a light cloudy yellow with a touch of pale green. When held to the light, it changes color to a darker copper. the head pours quite tall and consists of thin and even white bubbles. There is a nice stream of bubbles rising from the bottom of the tulip glass that sustain this head. There is no lace as the head just slips down the side of the glass.

Smells of intense pineapple, dry red apple, bitter yeast, a wheat and oat malt and a bit of watermelon.

Tastes of smooth green grapes with a little sour and dry sting. There are also notes of melon, oats, and smooth creamy yeast.

The mouth feel is light bodied with an intense small bubble carbonation.

The flavor of this beer is very prominent, but mellow enough with a light enough carbonation to make this very enjoyable.

DarkerTheBetter, Jan 01, 2006
Photo of tastybeer
4.65/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Huge billowy white head over a glowing hazy pale gold body. Awesomely aromatic with fruits, yeast and mild alcohol. Mouthwateringly good. Sweet bananas, nectarines and a pineapple fill the nose. Tastes very similar to the aroma. Sweet and smooth and the 9% ABV comes as a suprise. A slight alcohol warming tops it off. Great smooth mouth with complimentary high carbonation. Very drinkable for me.

Really good.

tastybeer, Dec 29, 2005
Photo of akahn
3.9/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque golden honey color. My crappy pour produced a slight head of big bubbles that receded quickly. No "Belgian lace" to be seen.

A spicy, clovey aroma. Bright, sharp flavors, sharp carbonation. Sticky, dry citrus bitter hops. An interesting woodiness or nuttiness from the yeast. Slight alcohol warmth, reminiscent of vodka. The high carbonation makes this have an interesting mouthfeel. Also, this beer is impressively drinkable for a 9% beer.

This is a good beer and I'm going to have to return to it and conduct a more thorough review. The 12 ounce sample wasn't enough to get a feel for this beer. It seems like it deserves its reputation, but I'll need to try some more to be sure.

akahn, Dec 23, 2005
Photo of medic25
4.93/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I was amazed when I notice the other day that I've never actually written a review of my favorite beer. Not much to say that hasn't been said, but I'll give it a shot. The beer is a beautiful golden hazy yellow, with a big foaming white head that soon dissipates. The nose is classic, fruity and yeasty. The taste is an amazing blend of citrus, malt, and slight sweetness, with the littlest hint of hops. Incredibly drinkable for a 9.0% ABV. This is my go-to beer when I'm just looking for something great to entertain friends or kick back and relax.

medic25, Dec 21, 2005
Photo of wl0307
4.58/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

341ml brown bottle. No freshness information on the bottle/label.

A: served lightly chilled in a large tulip-shaped wine glass, it pours a cloudy dark orangey hue (like farmhouse scrumpy cider); the head is limited, leaving just a thin layer of foam, against a lively carbonated body with streams of tiny bubbles all over the place.
S: tremendous smell of fruit esters (orange-peel, lightly banana-oil, unidentified exotic fruits/like passion-fruit) with a touch of semi-sharp, freshly-sawn wood-chips and deep spicy flavour, on top of dazzling and richly perfumy fruity and candyish maltiness... The fruity yeasty elements are so vertical and colourful, bringing lots of ever-changing, novel, flowery and savoury aromas unlike all the typical strong pale ales I've encountered. What's best about the aroma is that it's not as overpoweringly/sharply yeasty as many authentic Belgian counterparts (like Duvel), thus making the nose perhaps the most complex I've experienced amongst this style.
T: slightly sharp texture initially, with dryish bitter-sweet curacao-peel, coriander seed with lightly peppery edge along with sourly-sweet, perfumy fruitiness following immediately; towards the mid-flavour a rich flow of semi-sweet candy-sugary maltiness develops, leaving semi-dryish hoppyness and a profound yeasty overtone in the aftertaste (like Japanese yeasty drink--Yakult).
M&D: lively upfront and turning softer as it goes; the alcoholic warmth is pretty restricted and makes this drink more devilishly-drinkable than the famous Duvel!! although in the end the sticky sweet aftertaste proves a bit too much to my liking. That said, this is THE top dog in my book for the style of Belgian Strong Pale Ale!

wl0307, Dec 20, 2005
Photo of ColForbin
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm sampling from a 12oz bottle of Fin Du Monde with a best before date of 09/01/08. Poured into a Maudite glass, it raises a huge fluffy white head with some staying power on top of a cloudy light golden ale. Fine bubbles continue to rise throughout the beer to the end of the glass. Smell is a mixture of hops and spice (predominantly coriander to my nose) with some strong orange peel/citrus flavors as well. Taste is malty, with some lemon zest and coriander and a dry and bitter finish and a slightly sweet aftertaste. Full bodied, but high carbonation lifts it off the tongue and leaves me wanting more.

This is an excellent beer, and one that I sometimes overlook. I really shouldn't. A year or more in the cellar will probably make this beer that much more extraordinary, and I have a couple down there waiting to find out.

ColForbin, Dec 20, 2005
Photo of jaluria
4.28/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy yellow color with loads of white foam that sits statuesque and leaves behind intricate lacing patterns. Aromas of candy, alcohol, oranges, and white grapes seem to come out; very complex and enticing. The taste is a brilliant blend of fruit & hop bitterness and sweet candy. The limited carbonation and sour backbone of this beer work very well together. The texture is a bit sticky and mildly astringent; the only flaw I can really pin point with this beer. Despite the high ABV and the assertive flavors in this beer, it is very easy to drink and enjoy.

jaluria, Dec 19, 2005
Photo of funkengruven
4.05/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Drinking one as i write this.

This poured to a very quickly dissipating head leaving a slightly transparent golden brown brew. This stuff smells absolutely amazing. Honey and Bananas moved to the nose quickly by the very active carbonation. Taste is good, very full bodied, the High ABV is slightly apparent but warming. Mouthfeel is decent, a lot of carbonation in this that makes it something meant to be sipped slowly and carefuly. This is a good beer, especially on those cold days where it feels like it is the end of the world. Warms you right up.

funkengruven, Dec 17, 2005
Photo of jslot38
4.2/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

335 ML bottle. Best before 09-01-08 clearly marked.

Appearance: Beautiful bottle. Heavy, foil top, with instructions including proper glassware and a warning about the bottom sediment of yeast. Pours a hazy, cloudy yellow with hints of gold. Large head slowly reduces to a half inch bubbly white. Lacing is minimal, and about half way through the beer, head is gone with the rare exception around the side of the glass.

Smell: Even though I can see the remaining yeast sediment at the bottom of the bottle you can still smell it in this beer. Faint hints of spices so prominant in wheat beers from Belgium. A lovely mixture of spices indeed.

Taste: Faint notes of yeast and spices first break through. Sweet malts and a bit of hop bitterness take to the palate. Slight notes of dried fruits and coriander. Backbone of citrus rinds, orange peel even, are very noticable and add a great level of complexity to the brew.

Mouthfeel: Maybe perfect. Carbonation with hops upfront, but leaves a smooth take down. I loved the way this felt on the palate. Flavor lingers around your mouth.

Drinkability: Wow, 9% and its not even tastable. Could drink a few of these, but probably wouldn't recommend it if you want to appreciate anything else afterwards.

Notes: A well crafted Belgian brew. Truely is a fine example of North American breweries being able to keep up with the traditions from Belgium.

jslot38, Dec 15, 2005
Photo of Jcdolan
4.08/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

six pack of bottles
Poured into a snifter like glass

First of all I love Unibroue's unique style and choice of advertising and bottles.

With that being said this beer is a very drinkable beer and it will no doubt sneak up on you with its hidden 9% ABV.

This beer poured a nice hazy gold almost rose gold. Medium fizzy head that dissipated and left a ring of creamy white around the edge of the glass.

Smell was not anything crazy or bold. Deffinately a smell of fruits and malt. There is one other sent that hides in the background that I cannot quite identify...

Taste is remarkably unique. A definate taste of fruits and slight slight taste of some unidentified spice. Also that hidden smell can be tasted. Maybe its the spices but there is something that I just can't quite put my finger on.

Sits thickly on the tounge and goes down a nice creamy smoth texture.

This beer reminds me of the time that I went to Montreal. Granted I was a little under the weather and not with it the entire time, I had a great beer called, I think it was called, Boreale. If I recall correctly these beers are very similar and this Unibroue reminded me of the great times I had in Montreal. So in that case I say it is VERY drinkable. This brewery really captures the essence of Canada like a good Canadian brewery should. I would recommend any Unibroue to anyone.

Jcdolan, Dec 15, 2005
Photo of orfeu
4.88/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

750 mL bottle, corked & caged, 2004 vintage. Pours a light golden amber into an oversized wineglass with a fluffy and billowy white head. Lovely citrus and yeasty-bready malt aroma; sweet orange and peach scents abound. Taste is a dry-sweet peach bread with golden raisins; spicy yeast and a strong dry finish. Mouthfeel is full, creamy, and juicy. The 9% alcohol is utterly imperceptible. Absolutely sublime.

orfeu, Dec 15, 2005
Photo of bitterdestroyer
4.03/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

lemme just tell you that the name says it all. more than a couple of these, and it is la fin du monde (the end of the world for those who don't know). from the second i popped the cork i knew this beer was special...

appearance: poured surprisingly light, not much of a head. lacing was sparse but nice.

smell: typical fruity belgian traits. nothing mind blowing.

taste: now here's where this beer's personality really stands out for me. it's just right. nothing overpowering, especially not the alcohol. hints of fruit, possibly sugar cane?

mouthfeel: crisp and snappy.

drinkability: well i suppose i'm a lightweight. maybe if i had the 6 pack of 12 ouncers it woulda been no problem, but one big bottle of this and i'm down for the count. but as far as flavor, these could be drank all day.

i highly recommend this one. my favorite of all the unibroue's to date.

bitterdestroyer, Dec 13, 2005
Photo of SwillBilly
4.33/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz Bottle

Appearance: Pours a light, peachy color with a minimal head that dissipated quickly. Minimal lacing left of the chalice. Visible yeasties are suspended within the beer.

Smell: Plenty of sweet, fruity, malts. Hints of spice, possibly coriander or nutmeg and honey. Really fragrant.

Taste: Begins with a subtle sweetness that is not cloying or too sweet. Fruity, and slightly tart, citrusy hops make an appearance at the finish that leaves the mouth somewhat dry, making me thirst for another sip. Alcohol warms the face as I finish this one.

Mouthfeel: Nice and crisp.with ample carbonation.

Drinkability: Man, I could drink these suckers all night. Super refeshing and crisp. Not overly sweet and hops won't kill the palete. Alcohol is well hidden in the taste profile but you can definitely feel its warmth. A fantastic beer that is well worth anyone's time to seek out and enjoy.

SwillBilly, Dec 13, 2005
Photo of stof0048
4.35/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Nice golden color, slightly hazy. Very little lacing with very thin head.

S: Wheat, a hint of citrus, slight scent of hops and sweetness.

T: Hint of corriander, slightly sweet malt flavor, some citrus, some hops, hint of bitterness and alcohol at the back of the tongue.

M: Light to medium body, bubbly over the tongue, smooth.

stof0048, Dec 11, 2005
Photo of Matthew
4.53/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured out of the bottle into a tulip glass with a nice merkey golden/yellow color with a huge thick whipped cream like head. As the head settles it leaves lacing all the way down the glass. Absolutley beautiful.
It's aroma is filled with tart fruity character with some spicey notes. The estery yeast is very present in the nose. A hearty malt characteristic is also present.
Wow, so smooth with a big prescense of sweetness. Sweet malts with a slighly citrusy taste to follow. There is a nice hop character that is balanced well with the malt. The last thing this beer leaves you with as you swallow is a spicey pepper type bite. All of these flavors and characteristics compliment each other well and flow together very nicely.
This is a great beer. Another exceptional beer from unibroue.

Matthew, Dec 11, 2005
Photo of clabaugh
4.1/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a cloudy, pale gold with olive tones. A large, foamy head presents itself. Lacing is adequate, nothing spectacular.

Smell: Floral hops with a palpable spiciness. Sweet malts resembling pastry or flaky biscuit. Some grape scents.

Taste: Sweetness pervades. The maltiness confronts one right away; doughy biscuit with a touch of honey forms a solid backbone of flavor for this beer. It finishes with a mild bitterness, conveying hints of floral nectar.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with carbonation that gives it a zing. A lingering aftertaste with some noticeable numbing.

Drinkability: Very drinkable, considering alcohol content and carbonation. La Fin du Monde remains happily on the tongue after swallow.

Notes: Simply beautiful presentation. Silver foil around the top of a bottle that slopes to resemble a woman's shoulders. Very inviting, and very tasty.

clabaugh, Dec 10, 2005
Photo of pbr85
4.13/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured this from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass. The bottle suggested a tulip glass. The bottle is very well done and very attractive.

App: Pours a hazy honey color with a one inch white head. The head diminishes slowly and some head remains throughout. There is minimal lacing.
Smell: Citrusy grapefruit, maybe some lemon peel, and a hint of alcohol.
Taste: Sweet malts are the first thing that hit you. This beer is sweet throughout. Very interesting and nice aftertaste that is dominated by grapefruit rind that is sweet and slightly bitter.
Mouthfeel: Carbonated, yet even with this much carbonation it still feels smooth. Aftertaste is silky.
Drinkability: The malts hide the alcohol very well considering that it is 9%. I would definetly have another of these, but the sweetness would limit me to probably two in a night.

I would highly recommend this. If you like sweet beers this one is for you.

pbr85, Dec 10, 2005
Photo of Derek
4.43/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've had this many times, but am finally reviewing it. The best description would probably be a Trippel-witbier (which is a complementary hybrid style).

A: Brownish-orange/straw with some murky yeast throughout. Nice off-white head, some retention, hints of lace.

S: Similar to a Witbier, spicy, earthy, a little fruit. Some nice bready Pilsner malt in the nose as well.

T: Bready malt, corriander, earthy flavour from the yeast. Alcohol taste is apparant, but not too assertive. No perceptable hop flavour, but nicely balanced. Finish is dry.

M: Moderate body, highly carbonated.

D: Dangerous at this level of alcohol.

Thanks for the bottle Len!

Derek, Dec 08, 2005
Photo of phishgator
3.83/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This brew is big on head as it pours into a tulip glass. The yeast clouds the orange hue and swirls through the glass. The aroma is a flower that I just can't place. The taste is a sweet, peppery spiced ale; the alcohol is pronounced as is the yeast and malt. The consistency is smooth and chewy, a true mouthfeel. The drinkability suffers only because for what ever reason the brew dries out my sinuses everytime I dirnk it.

phishgator, Dec 07, 2005
Photo of redteg02
4.22/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: to be quite honest with you it looks like i pissed in the glass. very thick urine yellow with a thick head.

Smell: touch of fruit with a hint of alcohol, still not very impressed

Taste: execptionally smooth, strong fruit flavors but nothing over powering. the fact that really dont like pale ale's tells you how good this must be

Mouthfeel: carbination is perfect. it is high dont get me wrong but it works exceptionally well with this beer

redteg02, Dec 07, 2005
Photo of Dmann
4.88/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

It's taken me long enough to get around to this one and I'm glad I did! This one poured a nice light golden color with a slight haze and great carbonation bubbles. The head was very thick and frothy and managed to stay around till the last sip. The smell was very fruity and spicy due to the belgian yeast. The taste was outstanding with large pinapple notes and peppery spice mixed with a near perfect carbonation level that made for a great experience. If you are a fan of Belgian beers this one is defiantly worth a try!

Dmann, Dec 06, 2005
La Fin Du Monde from Unibroue
96 out of 100 based on 8,202 ratings.