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La Fin Du Monde - Unibroue

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

8,202 Ratings
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Ratings: 8,202
Reviews: 2,729
rAvg: 4.32
pDev: 11.57%
Wants: 355
Gots: 908 | FT: 17
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Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
Tripel |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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Photo of AltBock
4.43/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A simple 12oz. bottle with a nice colorful oval label of the Quebec providence of Canada. If you already didn't know the name it French means "the end of the world." A nice name for a beer that I'm having on 6-6-06. It's too bad that the name really doesn't mean the complete end of the world. The name is actually reference to the early explorers who thought this region was actually the end of the world. The back label had information about the beer, correct glassware, Govt. warning, and a Best Before Date above the barcode. My BB date is 1-31-09. The twist off cap was covered with silver foil. Nice looking bottle!

Appearance: When I popped the cap, the foam was almost jumping out of the bottle. I had to quickly pour it into my Snifter glass or it would go all over the place. The beer itself was a hazy golden orange color with a massive head of foam. I couldn't pour all of the 12oz. into the glass because it was so massive. The head of foam was a nice fluffy white color and left behind loads of rings and plenty of white sticky lace in its tracks. If that wasn't enough you can see little yeast fragments floating around the glass. I can't say enough good things about the appearance!

Smell: It had a nice aroma of spicy juicy fruits, little hops, and with some yeast and alcohol in the background. For some reason the smell wasn't jumping at me like the head of foam was. Still very nice.

Taste: I thought that since it had a 9% ABV that it would have a strong alcohol presence, but it really didn't. It was very juicy up front, then some spices and cloves come through, then a small taste of yeast, and then at the end, just a small presence of alcohol shines through. All of these flavors are balanced quite nicely! Excellent Taste!!!

Mouthfeel: It was very creamy, carbonated, smooth, and with an aftertaste of some fruits and yeast. Even though this had a high ABV%, I really couldn't feel at it.

Drinkability: Excellent beer and must try! The best part is that every good beer store would have some in stock! I could have another one and I'm betting that this beer would really sneak up on you after a few!

AltBock, Jun 06, 2006
Photo of Jarhead271
4.08/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Pours cloudy, dull orange. Generous, fluffy, white as snow head.

S: Ripe fruit and sweetness. That strange Belgian yeast smell is also evident

T: Fruity esters from smell make a good presence in the taste. Candy sugar. Some bready malt. Only a hint of alcohol which is surprising as this beer is 9.0 abv. High carbonation scrubs away some of the flavor in my opinion. Swishing the beer around in the glass takes care of this problem. Medium-low bitterness. No noticeable hop flavor or aroma. Alcohol taste and warming increase as the beer warms up. I'm starting to notice a little sourness as well.

M: Medium body. High carbonation

D: This beer is extremely drinkable given its high alc content. This could really be a devil to the unsuspecting drinker. The flavors blend nicely.

All in all, great beer which showcases the unique Belgian yeast and candi sugar. Not as good as Maudite by the same brewer, but definitley worth trying if you haven't. Probably wouldn't buy this particular brew again because of the price, but I am very impressed so far with this brewery

Jarhead271, Jun 06, 2006
Photo of BillyB
4.45/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Translation; It's "The End of the World!"

If it was the end of the world I wouldn't mind having this beer as my last. A canadian belgian styled strong pale ale. This is just as good, if not better than Lucifer or Delerium Tremens.

750ml corked and wired bottle.
Has all the great characteristics of the style.

Thick white head, Golden bubbly carbonation.

Sweet, yeasty, sugary aroma.

Taste of Belgium(but from Canada, eh?)

Light to medium, carbonated feel.
Very, VERY drinkable. If you really wanna rock.

BillyB, Jun 03, 2006
Photo of trep
4.22/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fluffy white crown of head sitting majestically atop the unfiltered murky orange. Looks pretty good despite the yeasties in suspension. Little or no carbonation.

Sour white grapes, and Unibroue's distinct yeasty smell. A little honey and a little bit of light fruits. The faintest hint of alcohol as the head finally fades.

Gee-golly willakers, quite a little time-line of flavor on the first sip. Initially bread-yeasty that flows so smoothly to a bitter light golden malty background that gives way to light fruits and a faint honey aftertaste. Alcohol is more present as it warms. Probably the best Belgian Strong Pale i've had.

Little carbonation but a perfect medium body that doesn't overwhelm you. Fiercely easy drinking for a 9% belgian strong pale. Alcohol is barely noticable, even after warming, and it doesn't get mundane.

trep, Jun 01, 2006
Photo of jettjon
4.08/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Highs: Appearance, drinkability
Lows: None

Holy head, Batman! Pouring this fizz bomb reminds me of the first time I tried it and had no glassware. One chug from the bottle and I had beer coming out of my nose. The head is absolutely huge, reminiscent of Champaign. Hell, there’s even lacing inside the bottle! Pours an apricot juice (amber-yellow-musky) color with tiny bubbles and visible sediment suspended in the pour. The huge head rapidly fades down to a thin sheet constantly fueled by the bubbles, with lots of lacing left behind. Nose of cloves, plums, dates, and dark fruit. Flavor is complex, with elements of clove spice, fruit juices, and alcohol culminating cleanly in a semi-sweet finish—neither sweet nor dry, with no bitterness. Mouth is quite bubbly as would be expected. Drinkability is very good; this is a great mellow ale and easy to drink once the head is tamed. Watch for the 9% ABV, however. Great “sipping” beer.

Overall: A great Belgian strong pale, heartily recommended. I still prefer Unibroue’s Trois Pistoles (a strong dark), however.

jettjon, Jun 01, 2006
Photo of IntriqKen
4.78/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Ok...here I am not worthy.
Poured a cloudy orange amber that almost glowed in the glass with a gorgeous super white head that took forever to melt to a nice ring lacing.
The aroma was incredible...literally, I could smell this forever and still not be able to describe it. Cloves, tangerines, mandarin oranges, bread yeast, and alcohol.
The mouthfeel was so full of tiny carbonation it was almost hard to get to the flavors. Again, tangerines, cloves, a bit of lemon, and bread yeast.
Aftertaste is fresh and clean from a slight citrus drying. The tangerine/orange flavor just goes on forever.
This is one incredible beer.
Again I could smell this forever.

IntriqKen, May 30, 2006
Photo of Cresant
4.83/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 oz. (twist off?) bottle dated best before 10/12/08. When I popped the top the foam gushed out! Hurriedly poured into a Duvel tulip I received a glass 3/4 full of white froth. Head eventually settled to a sparse, yet contstant layer on top. The body was clouded and the color of a butterscotch disk.

I would add a sixth dimension to note about this beer, sound. The head was so healthy that it piqued the aural sense. The beer sounded like the fizzle of a bubble bath.

Smell was of hay, yeast, and alcohol (ETOH). Perhaps cloves too.

Taste was a pleasant tartness up front and a candy-like maltiness later. Mild cloves, oranges, and maybe carrot cake. ETOH held in check/masked and was less apparent than the aroma suggested.

Creamy full bodied mouthfeel.

I was ready for more after this bottle. I will seek this out again! One of my new favorites.

Cresant, May 28, 2006
Photo of villainchiwwin
4.75/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

poured from 12 oz. bottle into pint glass.
luminous golden color with fine vigourous streams of bubbles rising in columns - little bit of fizzy head fell away fast.
delightful nose held apple, slight yeast, clove, maple sugar candy, and pear notes.
very slight, sweet pear and flower flavor to start, then honey and fruit followed by clove spiciness and alcohol warmth. subtle but lengthy finish.
excellent texture and a light body; softness changes to a tickling of the tongue before finishing dry.

cellaring some to discern the effects of age on this special brew. near ideal as it is, though!

villainchiwwin, May 28, 2006
Photo of orsulacp
4.2/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle with a best before date of 02-23-09. It poured a clear golden color with a fluffy white head. There are all types of things in the smell, some banana, some orange, and a bit of clove. The taste is sweet and spicy, the tight carbonation really adds to the peppery bite. The sweetness is like a Clementine. The mouthfeel is medium-light with plenty of carbonation. There is a slight alcohol warming from the 9%, but all the flavors hide it in the taste.

orsulacp, May 26, 2006
Photo of cjgator3
4.2/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip with a golden/light orange body and a beautiful three finger head. Aroma is a wonderful mixture of pears, bananas and yeast and other fruits. Taste much like the smell as it has an array of fruits and a very crisp finish. This is a sensational beer that actually resembles a hefeweizen in both smell and taste. Definately a world-class offering from Unibroue and a must try!

cjgator3, May 25, 2006
Photo of Erdinger2003
4.05/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle with a picture of one state of Canada.

Appearance is nice with a big head that falls very thin and just barely breaks, and it has a good lacing.The color is light gold to brown with hints of orange.

Smell has orange, banana-almost like a hefeweizen, apple.

Taste is light and hard to identify at first. It has cloves, orange and banana are very apparant and fruity. Very light in body and warming to the insides.

Mouthfeel isn't very well carbonated and is a bit watery, still somehow very appealing.

I like this and will look for another bottle, hopefully fresher.

Erdinger2003, May 23, 2006
Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.7/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A: The beer is a hazy pale yellow color with large foamy white head that leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: Heavy yeast aroma with a touch of alcohol.

T: The same bready, yeasty character, from the smell, comes out strongly in the flavor and dominates throughout. There are touches of honey, malt and just a bit of alcohol (but not even close to 9.00% worth).

M: Light-to-medium body, crisp and very smooth, medium carbonation and a very clean finish.

D: The yeast character masterfully disguises the alcohol content, which, along with the smoothness, makes this beer very drinkable. This was the first beer that I’ve had from Unibroue. It has left me with the impression that this brewery doesn’t mess around.

TheManiacalOne, May 21, 2006
Photo of soulgrowl
4.4/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Cellared for at least six months.

Appearance: Bright orange gold with a smidge of haze. Enormous soapy head rises high and stands its ground, even getting larger after the pour (in a tulip glass with etching on the inside).

Smell: Mimosa-like aroma of champagne, tangerine juice, bright but not overpowering alcohol, apple skin, limes, and some amazing spicy and bready yeast.

Taste: Smooth, mellow, and delicious as hell. Lush, fruity, citric notes abound. Pear, white grape, banana, clove. What is this, some kind of kicked-up hefe? There are leafy, wheaty, floral, and doughy notes as well. This is just about as complex as they come, but still very smooth and well-balanced.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, smooth, lightly acerbic.

Drinkability: This is an awesome beer. Respect it.

soulgrowl, May 20, 2006
Photo of hoffman
4.28/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A brilliant pour, nice with a thin frothy head comprised of smallish white bubbles. The color is straw yellow/orange amzingly clear, I could actually view an upside down transposition of the spurs mavericks game in the convex of my snifter, kinda neat. The smell is faint, very little if any aroma for my nose, a bit of soft yeasty sugar and some grassy organic notes. The taste is a knock out, a great smooth, sweet fruity beginning, a nice flowing center where the alchohol becomes more pronounced but not overbearing, then a mildly dry finish gives way to the creamy yeast notes. Really good. The mouthfeel is very full and creamy...which is offset nicley by the tingle of carbonation that rises while to beer is in your mouth. An unbelievably drinkable masterpiece, almost quaffable at...what...9% abv...remeber to call a cab if you are out with this one.

hoffman, May 20, 2006
Photo of SilentSabre
3/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I have had this before, but I felt I should revisit it. I wasn't exactly left speechless over it. I wasn't awful; certainly not! I simply didn't think it was 'outstanding'. I looked quite nice as it poured from its 750mL bottle into my goblet. A bit of chill haze, slightly cloudy. Continuous streams of bubbles ascend to the surface. Head is medium sized, loosely knit bubbles in a snow white froth that dissipates after about 60 seconds. Smell is dank, damp basement, almost like a lambic, alcohol, some fruits I cannot readily identify. It isn't awful, but I was certainly not impressed. Taste was spice, fruit, alcohol, and in that order. Again, not terrible, but not impressive, either. Mouthfeel was on the back end of medium in weight, if that makes any sense. Drinkability is a bit tough to call on this one. I seem to think so, anyway. The 9.0%abv is fairly noticeable, and there really isn't an amazing flavour profile. At the same time, it's pretty smooth and as a fan of Belgian farmhouse ales, I like the wet basement characteristics.
This was okay I suppose...

SilentSabre, May 19, 2006
Photo of tkarsies
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from 750 mL bottle at room temp in wine goblet. Vintage 2005. Easy pour produced 1.5 inch white head over clear gold that slowly recedes to leave lacing that remains until the glass is empty Active carbonation that lasts and lasts.
Smell is fruity, spicy, citrusy, slight alcohol on the nose. Yummy. Tastes of malt, sweetness, yeasty, banana like wheat beer. Some spiciness and fruit present. Very complex. Slight bitterness. Alcohol is not very noticeable except warming in the throat and belly. Mouthfeel is light due to active carbonation.
Is there alcohol in this? Way too drinkable for this ABV. You don’t notice the
strength until it jumps up and bite you. This is great example of a Belgian-style
ale from here in North America. I will definitely be seeking this out again.

tkarsies, May 17, 2006
Photo of MCDuhamel
4.95/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Westmalle chalice.

A: Golden orange, somewhat hazy but glows translucently against a light. White head with large bubbles, which quickly dissipates to a thin film with a tighter ring around the chalice.

S: Citrusy (not grapefruit like an American Pale Ale but more lemony), with a note of honey and spices.

T: Begins with a sweet malt, then moves into a tart but balanced flavor with a slight hop bitterness and a noticeable prickliness from the high carbonation. Fades into a dry finish. Throughout, the phenolic character of the yeast strain is evident, but well-integrated.

M: Light, but somewhat viscous, like a well-carbonated honey might be.

D: Unbelievably quaffable. It has no hint of its quite high ABV.

Overall: In my view, the best abbey triple available in Ohio. Beers from Unibroue are usually found here in very good condition, unlike some of the true Belgians which sometimes sit on store shelves for months or longer with wide variations in storage temperature. This is simply an outstanding beer and the epitome of the style.

MCDuhamel, May 13, 2006
Photo of WeisGuy
4.35/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a - bright amber color, large fluffy white head that lingers, a little lacing; cloudy with lots of sediment suspended throughout

s - very fruity and sweet, lots of banana, faint hops

t - sweet and fruity, like the aroma, the sweetness fades at the end and a slight hoppy bitterness lingers, only faint traces of the alcohol

m - lots of carbonation, very lively in the mouth, slightly oily after swallowing

d - very drinkable; this beer is one of the best I've had at masking a decent amount of alcohol (9% abv); this, coupled with the great complex taste and the wonderful aroma make this beer a bit "dangerous" if you don't pay attention

Wow, I'm truly impressed by this beer. Before this, I, like many others, sadly thought Labat and Molson was about it when it came to Canadian beer. I'm anxious to try some other Unibroue offerings. Great all-around beer that becomes and instant classic for me.

WeisGuy, May 13, 2006
Photo of Schwarzbart
4.47/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Light yellow color with a big, billowy white head. Lots of small carbonation bubbles form a tornado effect in the glass. Lacing is sudsy and head retention is one of the best I've seen.

Smell: A sweet, flowery yeast aroma is very apparent. Some lemon notes and pepper are also present.

Taste: Sweet but with a flowery spice and some alcohol kick. A fruity quality about it, but balanced with a pepper taste.

Mouthfeel: Light and bubbly.

Drinkability: Oh so good and it makes me feel good.

Schwarzbart, May 12, 2006
Photo of HoustonTX
4.55/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Deep yellow/orange. Thick white head with some lacing.

Smell - Citrus, with hops present.

Taste - Nice and crisp. Heavy citrus at first, which turns into a nice wild untamed spice flavor, malty banana/backbone, with hop/alcohol bitter aftertaste. Goes down smooth for the ABV.

Mouthfeel - Pleasing and full.

Drinkability - Decent, as ABV is pretty well disguised.

Overall, a strong contender in the Belgian Strong Pale Ale category. I enjoy Duvel more, but this is definitely worth a try.

HoustonTX, May 10, 2006
Photo of canadianbarman
3.48/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

--came in an average brown bottle with a white foil wrap over the top.
--A copper/dirt straw like in color with a great cloudiness. Nice thick, full head that lasted quite a while. After thinning left great traces of lacing.
--A slightly sweet smell almost fruitly but not quite.

Given the strength of this beer I was quite surprised by the taste and drinkability of it. Although it is strong this aint your brown bag beer...this one is great for sipping anytime. Would drink again. Thx.

canadianbarman, May 07, 2006
Photo of ejquin
4.7/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

App: Orange. Thick white head with some lacing.

S: Corainder with some citrus and hops.

T: Nice and crisp. Heavy citrus and coriander spice with some apple cider. Semi-dry finish. Some slight hop bitterness on finish.

M: Slick and semi-light. Nicely carbonated.

D: Very good

ejquin, May 04, 2006
Photo of supercolter
4.43/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Ok so officially the best beer I have tasted...

Appearance- very cloudy dark yellow, with some orange and brown, lots of head
Smell- Oh the smell, very complex, orange and oat were the two than came to mind first , then a hint of bitter citrus (maybe lime)
Taste- like i said, the best beer I have tasted thus far. Taste is somewhat strong, but little to no alcohol taste- very strange for 9% ABV
Mouthfeel- pretty light, but not watery, slightly oily
Drinkability- the High ABV catches up to you quickly, best in moderation

supercolter, Apr 27, 2006
Photo of jasonguit
4.53/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Man, this stuff is good. What can I say? My roommate, who doesn't like beer, had a sip of this, and said it might have changed his whole opinion of drinking beer more often. This is after my forcing him to sample many types of premium mircros from Saisons to Irish Stouts. I don't know what is a better compliment than that.

Apperence - Golden yellow

Smell - nice grainy smell. I'm not as good as a lot of you at describing smell. It just smelled grainy and fresh.

Taste - Reminded me a lot of most Belgian whites at first. Spicy, complex, but light at the same time. In fact if you had not told me it was brewed in Quebec, I would have swore it was Belgian. It really is amazing how well Unibroue does at making Belgian style beers. It reminded me a lot of Hoegaarden with the contrast and color turned up so to speak. It is just deeper, more full, and more round.

Mouthfeel - a smidge on the bubbly side. Nothing particularly bad here, but the carbonation can overwhelm if drank too quickly.

Drinkability - Great! Goes down easy. I have pretty well destroyed a 750 ml in the last 45 minutes, so watch out. It is easy to drink quick but a shame to not enjoy.

jasonguit, Apr 24, 2006
Photo of edskirk3
4.22/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I bought this bottle over a month ago, and thought I'd save it for June 6, 2006. But if the world actually ends that day, who will be around to read this review?

It's a 750mL bottle with a picture of the Newfoundland penninsula on the label under a celestial spotlight of some sort. I'm supposed to enjoy it by 11-21-08.

With a startling cork pop (wasn't really expecting that), I pour some into my trusty Orval goblet. La Fin du Monde presents itself with a clear, very slightly amberish gold, with fine yeast particulates floating around, and an effervescent white head that goes away as quickly as if it were Coca-Cola. I should note at this point that I am tasting this ale at room temperature.

It's a pungent aroma. Spiciness, yeast, orange peel, and alcohol. There's a lot of things going on that I am not yet sophisticated enough to describe.

The taste is equally complex. Similar to the aroma it seems, but in a different order. There's coriander (I think... or cloves) spice, alcohol, a twinge of sweetness, and generic citrus features but no yeast bite, by which I am suprised considering the amount of yeast sediment sitting at the bottom of this bottle. Overall, it makes me want some gorgonzola.

It's sticky and very carbonated like champagne. The alcohol warmth stays only for a little bit, while an oily/creamy feeling lingers. I don't know which.

A little expensive to drink regularly but I'm enjoying this, and that's not the alcohol talking. It's not something you chug at a barbecue, but rather something to be sipped by the fireplace while reading Chaucer or something.

Maybe I should have chilled it at least a few minutes.

edskirk3, Apr 24, 2006
La Fin Du Monde from Unibroue
96 out of 100 based on 8,202 ratings.