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La Fin Du Monde - Unibroue

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8,366 Ratings

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Ratings: 8,366
Reviews: 2,738
rAvg: 4.32
pDev: 11.81%
Wants: 361
Gots: 981 | FT: 17
Brewed by:
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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 russpowell
3.5/5  rDev -19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

750ml BBD 07-18-09

Pours an effervescent strawberry peach color with finger of white head. Superior head retention & good lacing

S: Fruitty with staw notes. Some phenolic notes as this warms

T: Pears, apple skins & dryness up front. Warming booze & citric hops (lemons& grapefruit) follow, along with jammy notes. As this warms I get phenolic, earthy & mushroomy (?) notes along with hints of shorbread. Finishes with warming to almost hot alcohol, appleskins, pears, & lemony hops

MF: Medium-bodied, pretty active carbonation fits the style

Drinks a bit slow, I'm sure this is better more matured. I fear this bottle has been opened at least a year too early.

russpowell, Mar 09, 2007
Photo of NEhophead
4.47/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 fl oz brown bottle; served in an oversized wine glass.
Best before 11.09.2008.

Whitish, semi-cloudy glowing peach. Bright white, pillowy head that's filled with active carbonation. A delicate sheet remains in the center of the glass while leaving a ring of lacing along the outer edges. Ringed and dimpled lacing with good strength.

Fresh citrus and tropical fruit: peach, apricot, honeydew. Belgain, candied sugar with a fragrant, musty yeast. Notes of moderate pepper lying in the background.

Tart citrus fruit: apple and orange, with a nice blend of creamy melon and honeydew. The yeastiness is subtle, yet cuts the tart/creamy character with a bit of dryness. Notes of pepper balance the candied sweetness. A somewhat powdery dry finish precedes a touch of tartness in the aftertaste.

A light, medium bodied; crisp and refreshing, lively on the palate. Wonderfully balanced in texture.

Truly a classic in nearly all aspects. One of the best strong, Belgian Pales west of the Atlantic.

NEhophead, Mar 08, 2007
Photo of sabrills70
3.98/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle with a best before date of 7/6/09. Pours a hazy medium yellow with a two finger head, OK longevity and good lace. Aromas of citrus and bready malts. Smells "refreshing". Upon tasting its almost saison like. Some yeastiness mixed with citrus, bready malts with a definate alcohol presence. Fairly easy drinking considering its ABV. A well made and tasty beer.

sabrills70, Mar 08, 2007
Photo of wagenvolks
3.98/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle into a beer mug.

Almost an overly generous amount of off-white head atop a very bubbly, blonde brew. Good head retention as well. Aroma springy and light and is laced with floral notes paired with mandarin orange, lemon, and spice.

Taste is masked by the carbonation at first, but gets better as it sits. Wheat, citrus, and tart alcohol notes pull through. Mouthfeel is juicy and smooth, very carbonated throughout, with a nice strong bite on the end. Despite the complexity and decent taste of this Belgian Strong, it's a bit much to imagine having more than one of these in a single setting.

wagenvolks, Mar 07, 2007
Photo of pweis909
4.4/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pint and a half bomber. Didn't notice freshnessness dating. But great corked bottle.

After popping the cork, this one was carbonated enough to almost escape the bottle. It's color is a shade or too paler than gold, maybe straw, and it is quite fizzy, with foam delicately lacing the glass as you drain it.

So many things going on in delicate ways. Soft silky mouthfeel, spices like vanilla and clove, perhaps leather and fruity bubblegum as well. And then there is the lurking alcohol. What alcohol? Try standing up.

pweis909, Mar 06, 2007
Photo of BigRedN
4.18/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tulip glass. The beer is a cloudy golden (perhaps I have disturbed some yeast too much?). Even a "soft" pour produces a large fluffy white head over two inches. I have to let it settle out some which takes a while (never fully settles below 1/4 inch). Leaves some patchwork lacing.

Smell: A burst of citrus (lemony), yeasty. Some bready, biscuit malts. I definitely stirred something up because I get a lot of yeasty aroma from this beer.

Taste: Starts out with a decent maltiness, finishes with a slight hop bitterness and an alcohol zing. From start to finish and at points in between it has some yeasty undertones.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, well carbonated. Mild alcohol burn, but I expected more for a 9.0% ABV beer, so I was somewhat surprised it was as subdued as it was. Finshes a touch dry.

Drinkability: Drinkable and enjoyable in moderation. I can't imagine having more than, oh, 2 of these in a night. It's no problem putting down one, I could do another, but beyond that it gets a little dangerous due to the high ABV. Will I seek this one out again? Perhaps, but not in the immediate future.

BigRedN, Mar 05, 2007
Photo of Bookseeb
4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A light gold in color with a nice foamy head that disapates quickly. Aroma scense of honey, fruit, a difinate belgian style. A spike of carbonation releasing fruity flavors and a note of cloves, having a light - med mouthfeel. A very good beer for the style it portrays.

Bookseeb, Mar 03, 2007
Photo of Atch
3.68/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my Duvel tulip

Appearance: A hazy light orange. Med/hi carbonation, Poured with a two finger head that did not stick around long. A little lacing that doesn't last long either.

Smell: I get apples and pears, alcohol smell is present as well.

Taste: Very fruity, I could smell the alcohol, but in my opinion it's almost undetectable to the taste. A tad on the sweet side.

Mouthfeel: One of my favorite attributes of this beer is how it feels in my mouth. It fills it up. Feels heavy but very smooth.

Drinkability: I would have this beer again. Drinking mostly American pale ales, the Belgian strong ales are pretty new to me.
But I loved every one I tried so far. At 7.99 a 4 pack, I think it's a steal.

Atch, Feb 28, 2007
Photo of guinnessfan
4.15/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into an oversized wine glass.

A: Cloudy, golden color with a nice two finder ivory-white, fluffy head. Slight lacing and little retention.

S: Light sweetness and spice. Slight sourness from yeast.

T: Great. Perfect amount of belgian-esque spice with a slight sweetness. No taste of ABV.

M: Prickliness of carbonation, smooth and creamy. After taste is short lived.

D: Flavorful without being overpowering, easy to drink, despite the high alcohol content.

guinnessfan, Feb 27, 2007
Photo of bushbeer75
4.7/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Before I start this review, a big THANKS to my sister and brother-in-law for this sampling.

750 ml bottle that is corked and caged

Appearance: Cloudy, golden in color, with a full white head that holds well

Smell: Light sweet citrus fruit and spice aroma

Taste/Mouthfeel: Taste same as smell, spicy sweet fruity and yeasty. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy with good carbonation.

Drinkability: This is a MUST try for Belgian Strong Pale Ale lovers! It leaves you wanting another.

La Fin Du Monde goes well with fish and chips, although, I think it would go well with anything. This brew sure lives up to its reputation – Canadians have a winner here.

bushbeer75, Feb 24, 2007
Photo of Gaisgeil
4.38/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

"The End of the World"

This is a very intriguing beer possessing a lot of what I like about Belgians and little of what I do not. This beer pours a slightly cloudly golden/amber in color with a frothy off-white head that eventually recedes into a sticky lacing. The nose is citric in nature, a heavy scent of the trademark Unibroue yeast strainl very earthy. The taste is similar but with some delicate complexities added into the whole affair. Tangerines and sticky fruit, some mild herbal qualities and the strong yeast presence swirl into an interesting mix. Not brutal in any sense however which is what you might expect from a 9% beer. This one certainly walks a fine balance and does so extremely well. This is probably my favorite Belgian pale, extremely well done.


Gaisgeil, Feb 23, 2007
Photo of bort11
3.4/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip glass. Large fizzy head at first that recedes to a persistent cap.
Smell is of orange juice, coriander, and a yeasty sourness. taste follows smell, with a slight tobacco flavor hinted at.
Mouthfeel is a light to medium body with tons of carbonation. Alcohol is well hidden.
Overall this is an OK beer. The first time I had this was as a 750 ml bottle. That was way too much. A 12 oz is about all you would want.

bort11, Feb 22, 2007
Photo of marcobrau
3.15/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I pop the cap and pour...and whoa, lots of foam. The beer settles down a bit and I top off my glass. The aroma of this brew is interesting; a touch of pineapple mixed with a bit

The flavor is complex, laced with sugars and a bit of cooked corn, which is definitely a negative. I suppose I should have had this before have a Westmalle Tripel...not a fair fight, eh? Rather sweet and almost cloying. The alcohol is fairly well hidden for this strength of beer, which adds to drinkability, but I'm still left with that cooked corn character haunting my palate that almost has me wanting me to pour this out. The Westmalle may have ruined my palate for this beer, but I'm shocked at how poorly it measures up.

marcobrau, Feb 21, 2007
Photo of paleoplant
4.58/5  rDev +6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Luckily Unibroue makes a great beer that is accessible so La Fin Du Monde is a great choice for any night. The color is exceptional: bubbly straw-colored. The smell is great with ripe fruit. The taste is crisp with a strong initial flavor. Carbonation is strong at first but it settles quickly. Drinkability... it's a beer that you can always drink even if it was the end of the world.

paleoplant, Feb 18, 2007
Photo of FenwaySquid
4.88/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Presentation: 12 oz bottle, BBD of 07-06-09 stamped on the back label, poured into a snifter.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy - completely opaque in fact - pale orange color. The head formed a good 2-3 fingers thick and faded very slowly.

Aroma: Sweet and sugary, with the familiar unibroue yeast in the background.

Taste: Spicy cloves and peppers up front, then it turns very sweet in the middle with some fruits, mainly orange. The finish starts off sweet but fades as the powdery yeast becomes dominant.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth and creamy. The carbonation is very lively and fits the style well.

Overall: In my opinion, this is one of the best Belgian-style ales brewed in all of North America.

FenwaySquid, Feb 16, 2007
Photo of soupyman10
4.88/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

750 ml bottle into a mug

A - Somewhat cloudy, pale orange/yellow color, two finger head that dissolved fairly quickly, no real lacing but appetizing appearance

S - Exquisite citrus scent, mostly orange; some yeast scent as well, along with a general fruitiness; smells a lot like a wheat beer, but more complex

T - Excellent taste, citrus flavors (again, orange mainly), mostly malt,smells pour through during the drink, full/great taste, overwhelming sweetness, some light bitters to close; some alcohol flavor but fairly good given how high the content is

M - Lots of carbonation, but a nice creamy feel, fairly short aftertaste

D - Really great beer - after smelling it I just hoped the taste would live up to it, and amazingly it was; possibly the best beer I've ever tasted, no matter the high alcohol content

soupyman10, Feb 16, 2007
Photo of barleywinebrewer
4.47/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've had this beer tons of times. This weekends tasting was mandated by the new stock added to the cellar. With over 800 reviews as of this writing I'm sure you can get enough descriptions. What I like about the beer is it goes with everything so well and is easily accessible to new drinkers when brought to parties.

The cellar comment is compliments of feedback enthusiastically endorsed in the cellaring forum. People speak of this aging well over up to 10 years. I'm setting down my stock to see how it goes over time as well. Looking forward to tasting this for years to come!

barleywinebrewer, Feb 13, 2007
Photo of meadhead
4.3/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Strong belgian tart
spicey yeast
with a nice-
sweet caramel malt
and strong flavors inside
a bit of clove undertone
a little phenol and more;
hint of peppery grass
and things I don't have words for

Pours a cloudy yellow-orange
with a nice non stick lace

Smells of yeast, spice
and almost a bit wheatish haze

Taste is good
(triple fermentation)
so its rich and complex
with subtle changes in flavor
as it warms or
gets wet...?

drinkability is good
but not great
as its truly a sip and savor
with flavors that saturate.

meadhead, Feb 12, 2007
4.58/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A massive three finger off-white head erupts on top of a straw colored hazzy orange body. Bubbles do disipate rather quickly though. Nose is a very invigorating spicey wheat mix, very floral with hints of vanilla. Smooth and zesty with amazing balance as it enters the mouth. Raw wheat with nice compliment of spice and mellow honey notes. Warms the belly well, but the alchol is very well disguised. Amazingly drinkable with a charmingly clean mouthfeel. A truely delecious brew.

SPLITGRIN, Feb 11, 2007
Photo of BMoney575
4.45/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled on 2-10-07

Pours a rich golden color with a sizable head that dissipates quickly.

Smells light and slightly fruity, definitely a Belgian style beer.

Tastes sweet and fruity, almost floral on the finish. Alcohol add s a nice warming and complements the flavors very nicely. Very good.

Mouthfeel is rich and carbonated, drinkability is surprising for a 9.0% beer.

Overall an exceptional example of the style. Very tasty, very agreeable. One of my favorites.

BMoney575, Feb 11, 2007
Photo of ttfreek
3.3/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I picked up this beer not knowing what to expect. It pored light, slightly pale and translucent, with a soft head. Smells slightly of yeast, very fruity...apricots, lemons, citrus, some other underlying tones. Flavor is very fruity and light, with a slight bite. It feels light and carbonated in your mouth, but leaves a slighty dry and lingering aftertaste of the fruits and yeasts.

Normally, i do not like these kinds of beers. It is very drinkable but is also very light, and too fruity for my tastes.

However, it was able to retain my attention and i did enjoy it. The 9% alcohol/volumne also helps alot ;)

A good beer, but I am not sure i would try it again. Fruity beers just dont do it for me, but its the best one i have had so far.

ttfreek, Feb 07, 2007
Photo of brdc
4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful, cloudy golden beer with a foamy white head.
Smells of apricots, malts, bread and perhaps oranges.
Medium to full bodied, and a pronounced taste of malts, oranges, warming alcohol with a cleansing but still mild hoppiness at the end.
Dangerously easy to drink, another great Unibroue offering, but Don de Dieu is a little better, on my opinion.

brdc, Feb 03, 2007
Photo of BlindPig
4.15/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- A little bit cloudy golden body. Has a off white head on top.
S- Nice spices in it with yeast following behind. A medium amount of malt makes it way through with a helping of dry hops to help balance it out.
T- The taste starts to follow the aroma. Spices followed by a yeast. Light fruits can also be found in this along with a calm warming from the alcohol. There is a medium bitterness left in the aftertaste along with the left over fruits.
M- Medium body and medium carbonation. Has champagne like bubbles mixed with this flavor.
D- Very drinkable with a great complexion to it. The combination of the carbonation and the flavors just make this beer pop.

BlindPig, Feb 01, 2007
Photo of Jwaks
3.68/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is one brew I've had a few times before with mixed experiences and results, this time, it is up for review.

I carefully poured this brew into a short tulip glass as suggested on the label. Results were stellar, revealing an appealing, nearly translucent pale-straw yellow brew with a strong, long-lasting pure white head measuring roughly three fingers. A storm of course bubbles race up to replenish the long lasting thick, rich foam. Little if any lacing is retained as the head recedes.This beer reminds me of Duvel and Val-Dieu triple. This is a very stunning, impressive and traditional look for a belgian style strong pale ale.

The tight bouquet boasts inviting aromas of spicy cinnamon, lemons, citrus peel, sweet and yeasty bread with a touch of pale malts and piney hops.

Sharp, spicy cinnamon, spiced bread, pale malts and a touch of honey hit that palate on the attack, evolving into a somewhat depressing and hallow midpalate featuring a bit of lemon zest. These sublime flavors curtail toward the finish revealing a load of spicy, warming alcohol, bitter yeast and lingering sour lemon. Balance is modest with the spicey and sour notes prevailing, lowering this brew's taste score; the citrus hops and pale malts must make a bigger impact on the flavor.

Viscosity and carbonation are quite noteworthy, this beer is a bit thick for a strong pale ale, but it is one to savor.


Jwaks, Jan 30, 2007
Photo of BeerBelcher
4.05/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

This is the best Belgian-style beer I've ever had that isn't from Belgium. I've had a number of the Unibroue beers, and I believe this is the best beer they brew. It is a light and effervescent tripel that pairs equally well with pizza or a more elegant meal.

It pours a straw-color with excellent tightly packed head (think Duvel). The beer is hazy, and smells lightly yeasty, like you would expect a tripel to smell.

Taste is also of yeastiness, although the flavor is not tremendously complicated like other tripels I've had. There is not a lot of spiciness. However, the taste is simple, pleasant, and the mouthfeel is very evervescent and refreshing. I really like this beer!

BeerBelcher, Jan 29, 2007
La Fin Du Monde from Unibroue
96 out of 100 based on 8,366 ratings.