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La Fin Du Monde - Unibroue

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Reviews: 2,846
Hads: 9,377
Avg: 4.31
pDev: 21.11%
Wants: 531
Gots: 1,758 | 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 alysmith4
4.57/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

End of the world or not, this beer is the best in the universe. It pours a perfect golden sunset, with about a one-inch cloud atop. The smell is full of various fruits probably from all over the earth, including asian pear, costa rican banana, and washington apple. Dances on the tongue, and goes down oh so smooth. Drink slowly, or it'll be la fin du tu!

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Photo of Golden2wenty1
4.45/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a single at Riley's here in Madison.

Pours a vibrant golden yellow with a couple fingers of snow white head that is fuled by a steady stream of carbonation from the bottom of the chalice. Nose starts off with strong clove, bitter grapefruit, and citrusy hops. Taste starts with green apple skins, pear and pineapple, floral hops and yeasty malts. Mouthfeel is crisp and bubbly, finish is dry like champagne. This is a tasty little Belgian Pale, make sure to let it warm up as it starts a little bitter when it's cold.

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Photo of sacfly
4.09/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy, straw/gold color. Huge thick white head. Musty and light bubblegum sweetness in the nose. Sharp when cold, but blends well when it warms.

Taste mimics the nose with bubble gum and musty clove phenols first, and a long musty aftertaste. Nice full mouth feel.

Drink this one at room temperature or slightly chilled. Flavors are very sharp and harsh when cold, round out rather nicely as it warms. Score reflects drinking at room temp/chilled.

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Photo of jayc333
4.52/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a murky yellow with a 1-finger white head. This one is cloudy as hell.

A variety of spices in the smell. All of which co-exist with eachother wonderfully.

Spices hit upfront in taste. Sweet malts balance everything out, and the 9%ABV gives a nice warming hue.

Amazingly smooth mouthfeel for its ABV. Very creamy, with medium carbonation.

Truly a world class brew. In the Belgian Strong Pale Ale category, I say this bad boy makes Duvel seem like nothing. Highly recommended.

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Photo of tesguino
4.42/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Settled and deep yellow beer; triple fermentation; grassy and floral smell; taste wide, strong, well ballanced; full, bodied, high ABV (9%), a great abbey example; try with most of mexican and american cuisine, chinese too; use for cooking is great for marinade; serve in a goblet fo course; use like appetizer; 93% recommended.

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Photo of UberWasser
4.95/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12oz brown bottle, no freshness date, served in an oversized wine glass.

Pours a dark yellow/light amber. Very cloudy. Cannot see my hand through it. Even with a gentle pour a three or four finger head develops in the glass. The retention is quite nice, as it doesn’t recede at all with some agitation. Pretty color, lack of clarity for all the right reasons, great head. It leaves lots of nice lacing on the glass. Nice.

The smell...all I can say is wow. It’s like smelling a mellowed flower bed/spice garden in a glass. Totally intriguing with notes of lavender, cloves, roses, orange citrus, and more. Absolutely stunning.

The taste is just as stunning. Starts a little spicy on the tongue, like an alcohol-infused citrus. As it moves to the back of your mouth more of the clove richness comes through. After swallowing it, a floral effervescence floats up into the back of your mouth and back of your nose, highlighting the great rose and lavender notes. It’s amazing. Mouthfeel is smooth as silk, with just a touch of carbonation sizzle.

A nearly perfect beer. So complex, so intriguing, but also so drinkable. It's smooth as silk (even at 9% ABV you'd have to struggle to detect it) and fun to sip. I'll definitely be stocking up on this one.

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Photo of Viggo
4.45/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One of my favourite beers of all time. Pours a very cloudy orange, huge fluffy white head, lots of sticky lace all over the place. Smell is honey sweetness, orange, coriander, yeast, some floral notes. Taste is sweet and spicy, orange, citrus, and lots of bready yeast. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, high carbonation, with a refreshing and dry finish.

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

10/16/05- Purchased at Beverages and More in San Mateo, CA

Presentation- 750 ml bottle. Caged and corked. No dating on the bottle. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Cloudy bright golden pour. Cork lets out with a furious pop. Nice creamy 3/4 inch head with nice patchy lacing.

Smell- Spices and more spices. Tons of white pepper and corriander. Not much other scents can get through. Maybe a few ripe fruits.

Taste- The pepper and the corriander carry this beer. Maybe a touch of peach flavor sneaks through or some other kind of tropical fruit. Sweet and tangy.

Mouthfeel- Perfect carbonation for style. Sugary coating and a tad creamy.

Drinkability- Probably the best Strong BPA I have had. Extremely tasty and drinkable.

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Photo of sopor
3.92/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hmm tasty brew, but I need to keep these for summer drinking, the belgian-style sweetness can take a break until next year!

Goldne tan wheat color with large frothy head that dissipates quicly to a creamy film that mounds where towers of bubbles are racing to the surface, Funky grainy smell with some sweet spiciness.

I'm afreaid that perhaps the complexity of this brew was lost on my tongue? It is very good, but it seemed very "normal" belfian style sweeteness with some sweet graininess. Again, it was good, but nothng out of the ordinary here. Refreshingly active carbonation with moderately ligh body.

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Photo of fromage
4.05/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A great brew--why have I been wasting my money on costly belgians?! An erruptive pour, exploding into an enormous, frothy head that lasted for the whole amber glass. Volcanic activity below the surface, a tornado of bubbles eventually subsiding into a weak effervescence. Strong spicy smell, ethanol in the pour but didn't last. Citrus, corriander, cloves. Soapy attack, spice fading in the back of the throat, giving way to grapes, sour raspberries. Dry aftertaste, slightly tacky, leaving traces of the spice. Medium mouthfeel, slightly weak. Excellent drinkability--easily camoflagues the 9% abv.

1/2 as much as other Belgians. That's enough for my endorsement.

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

From a 750ml cage-and-cork bottle, pale yellow-orange in color, hazy, with a fine creamy white head. Beautiful. Smells of grain, yeast, lemon and orange zest. Lightly spicy (coriander?). On the palate there is an alcoholic warming sensation. Sweet malt and grain, spicy again. Smooth and yet spritzy in the mouth, full-bodied, and oh so drinkable, with a dry finish. Appetizing.

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Photo of Frozensoul327
4.47/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ooooh. This is good! Poured out to a cloudy off gold color with a nice white foamy head and rings of lace surrounding the interior of the glass. Higher level of carbonation. Nice. Aromas of citrus and floral notes fill the nose. Some hints of malt and yeast are present. Very nice. Taste is not as present as the aroma, but still very quaffable. Flavors of malt, spice, clove and yeast blend together in very heavenly harmony. Complexity is abound in this beer. Mouthfeel is full and savory. Not too heavy as to hinder the experience of this beer, yet not too light as to make it airey. A solid level of drinkability. A 4-pack of this would have a shorter life in my fridge than a snowball in hell. Highly Recommended.

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Photo of canucklehead
4.57/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is a real Canadian classic. The ability of a brewery from Quebec to make Belgian beer better than most Belgians always amazes me.

The beer pours hazy lazy yellow/orange with a fluffly head. The nose is pure yeast and fruit, almost Saison-like in temperment. The taste is big and restrained; citrus notes to the back and hops mixed with yeast to the front. What makes this beer a fave of mine is the balance and drinkability. A truly great beer.

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Photo of fingolfin72
4.17/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Color- hazy gold, with a small, pure white head.

Nose- lemon, coriander, pepper.

Palate- creamy and light, but with a good alcohol backbone. It is spicy and pleasantly dry, with a hint oakiness. A bit of alcohol wafts into my sinuses.

Very good, but not as refined as might be wished. Good with food.

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Photo of SaCkErZ9
4.2/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a 12 oz bottle with silver foil around the cap.
Poured a light bronze/ dark straw color with a tall head that simmers down to leave a nice glaze on top of the beer.

Quite fruity smell. Yeasty as well. Pleasant malt aroma. Citrusy. Not a whole lot of hop aroma. Estery with a slighteset touch of alcohol detectable.

Nice complex taste. Yeast is a strong flavor followed by a sweet fruitiness. Not much hop character. Alcohol is amazingly subdued. Really would be unable to tell this is a 9%. Great body.

Refreshing mouthfeel. Carbonation makes for a light beverage and nice mouthfell. Three or four of these and Im gone. A refreshing and pleasant winter warmer.

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3.91/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

La Fin Du Monde is a hazy peach color with a beautiful 3" white rocky head. The head has great retention and settles down to a cap after a while. Nice lacing.

Aroma -- Floral and light perfume. Tangerine/pear. Spice. Slightest bit of skunk.

Taste -- Delicate fruit flavor of tangerine and apricot. Flash of tangy sour citrus. Powdery yeast. Pepper/spice. Light bitter bite in finish. Alcohol not too evident in flavor.

Mouthfeel -- Soft mouthfeel. Dry. Lots of good carbonation. Very champagne-like.

Drinkability -- Nice beer. Good drinkability. No more than one .750 every once in a while. Watch out for that abv. Unibroue is top notch!

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Photo of xoqx
4.38/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – Sparkling yellow cloudy and extremely lively. A thick white head sticks around for a while and is easily replenished by the outrageous carbonation in this Belgian. Very thick swoopy lacing clings to the glass.

Smell – Yeasty with many complex esters conveying lemon citrus and fruits.

Taste – Superb. This has a complex taste that is hard for me to unpack. I feel the malts and the hops are very concealed behind the many layers of taste provided by the yeasty esters.

Mouthfeel – Crisp yet bold and punchy; super carbonated.

Drinkability – Superb drinkability for any style. Deceptively drinkable for a ~9% abv beer.

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Photo of veggiemafia
4.15/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I can't really say anything about this beer that hasn't already been said. Amazing beer, will buy it again, will buy 6 and let 3 age until this time 2006, and 3 age until this time 2007.

Big fluffy head, but almost too much.

Once this beer warmed to around 45º, the alcohol became more apparent in the finish and detracted a little from the beer. VERY warming alcohol sensation, save this one for a cool evening like this evening in Pittsburgh where I'm writing my review. At the same time really refreshing, though.

The only reason I give it a 3.5 for drinkability is because I cannot session a beer that's 9.0% abv without getting completely wasted after three. Also, I think the alcohol detracts a little from the drinkability, but hopefully letting it hang out for about a year will help.

In the mean time, I will definitely still buy and enjoy this while I'm waiting on bottles to age.

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Photo of Bonhoeffer
4.2/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My bottle tells me it is best before 06/08. Guess this one could have matured a bit : )

Another winner from Unibroue. This one is so subtle while packing so much flavor and complexity. Nothing beats you over the head. Just this marvelous amalgamation of flavors from the various ingredients. Classic Belgian yeast flavor. Light hopping. Some spices. A bit of tartness. Something almost citrusy. 9% is there, but not particularly noticeable. Head is tremendous and persistent. Lots of lace.

Just a tad too much carbonation, which detracts from the moutfeel. But not too bad.

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

Poured a very hazy light golden color. Dense white head that settled to about a 1/4" for the rest of the glass.

Aroma is spicy, with hints of citrus.

Flavor is good, some more spice and a bit of lemon on the finish. However, there is a slight metallic flavor that detracts a bit.

Mouthfeel is full with a prickly carbonation.

Overall, its a good beer, I'll have to come back to this one again.

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

Cloudy, pale yellow in color with fluffy white head. Small bubbles rise from the bottom of the glass. Head dissipates slowly leaving nice lacing behind.

Beautiful citrus aroma full of fruity and spicy notes. The taste is wonderful. Fruits seem so well balanced with hops. Slightly sweet, slightly dry finish. Light to medium body. Very rich. Alcohol is well hidden and only apparent through warmth of this beer.

The time between sips keeps decreasing. I am growing impatient as my body and mind crave for this beer's wonderful flavor. Is it possible that the name refers to how you feel when you realize that you just finished your last bottle? I wouldn't mind if this was my last beer at the end of the world.

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

The beer poured into the chalice with a slight haze and pale golden amber with a white head which rose, but fell quickly and laced the glass.

The aroma was nicely citrusy and fruity with a spicy presence. The fruity aromas were strong and plentiful and as the beer warmed a nice pepper spice character developed.

The flavor was nicely achieved with a sweet malty presence and a roundness of wheat coupled with a light peppery spice and a light bittering and citrus. The fruity flavors were pleasant and very well done. Also present was a nice earthy character.

The finish was even and almost dry with a light spice and a nice fruity character long into the afteraste. The body was medium and a the mouthfeel was nice with the higher carbonation level. Have had this one many times before and will most likely continue to have it. Dunno why I never reviewed it before, but tonight seemed like the perfect time.

750 ml corked and bailed bottle.

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Photo of EStreet20
4.7/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle poured into a Duvel tulip.

A - A very pretty, hazy gold color with a slight orange tint. Large, fluffy white head with staying power that leaves a nice amount of lace, though not a huge amount.

S - Yeasty smell with some fruity tones. Perhaps pears and apples. Some spicy smelling malt aromas as well.

T - A nice dry flavor that's very crisp with some spiciness to it. Some fruitiness in there too, perhaps berries or tart grapes and a tiny bit of hops. I am quite the hophead at times but in this brew I don't miss a big hop punch as the tiny hints of hops contribute o the sweet and spicy flavors rather nicely.

M - Very pleasant, some nice carbonation and very slight alcohol warming at the end.

D - For a higher alcohol beer this is as drinkable as I've ever tasted. A nice medium bodied beer that goes down smooth and tastes great.

Notes: One of my favorites for a long time, I finally got around to reviewing it. Those Unibroue characters really know what they're doing.

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

Poured into large red wine goblets.

Pale orange, very pretty, with a small off white head that shrinks to wisps. Strong belgian yeasty aroma. Strong esters of fruit. Way too fizzy. There is a short, harsh bitterness followed by moderate candi sugar. Apple mostly. Thick. Alcohol noticeable. Not very smooth. Full bodied.

Overall: I'm not a belgian connoisseur first and foremost. I had a hard time finishing this.

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Photo of atigerlife
4.4/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle

Has a rather large, thick head. Good retention. Slightly cloudy golden color.
Smell has hints of yeast with fruit undertones.
Taste starts out fruity with a wonderful crips hop flavor. Perfectly balanced. Truly amazing.
Mouthfeel is very good. Not too bubbly.
Overall, this is an excellent ale. Highly recommended and I will definitely have again. Of the few I've had, this is Unibroue's best.

Reviewed again 5/20/06
Poured from a 750ml into a Leffe goblet. I've had this beer several times and it has always been a favorite.

Poured a golden/orange color. Opaque. Lots of small bubbles and good lacing. A large white head with large bubbles. Quite nice to look at.

Aroma is spicy and slightly citrus.

Taste is of sweet malts and some light citrus. Spiciness also comes through. Lightly dry at the end. Alcohol content was quite evident, much more so than I recall in my previous bottles.

Mouthfeel was medium bodied and quite cleansing. Smooth. Overall, this beer is still quite impressive though it was slightly less so than when I had it previously. I found the alcohol presence quite strong and this made it less drinkable. Of course, still a beer that I will have again.

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La Fin Du Monde from Unibroue
96 out of 100 based on 2,846 ratings.