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La Fin Du Monde - Unibroue

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Reviews: 2,846
Hads: 9,376
Avg: 4.31
pDev: 21.11%
Wants: 531
Gots: 1,758 | FT: 18
Brewed by:
Unibroue visit their website
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 lackenhauser
4.48/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I love the name of this beer. Its about the only French I know but it sure is fun to say!!! Pours a very lovely, hazy golden color. Huge big head on top-wheres my spoon!? Really is beauty in a glass. Yeasty aroma-very earthy. Almost orange like in spots. Spicy fruit. Huge malty sweetness-more from adjunct sugar Im sure. Great phenolic notes. Nice lingering alcohol tinge. Killer body-somewhat syrupy sweet in spots. "Bright" on the tongue but not as much as say Duvel. A wonderful brew. Very drinkable. Thank you sir may I have another?

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Photo of Hunter
3.72/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Second time sampling this, first time reviewing for BA...

Appearance: Beer pours very fizzy, light red/gold color with a frothy head of loose white bubbles that dissipates much too quickly. Carbonation is substantial, some soapy lacing but not too much.

Aroma: Notes of apple juice, champagne, alcohol and candi sugar in the nose. It smells...fizzy. Does that make any sense?

Taste: The fizziness continues in the palate, again lending a sparkling wine character to the brew. Light malt and citrusy spices play on the tongue. Alcohol plays a small supporting role but you never get the sense you're drinking something that's 9% ABV. Carbonation scours any chance of an aftertatste here. Light and bubbly mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Hard to say. Sure, it's a nice light brew, and I can see pairing it with seafood or vegetarian dishes or enjoying a quiet spring evening with a glass. But at $7 a bottle I'm more inclined to pick up a Chimay or Hennepin. Certainly worth a look, particularly if you go for ales with a lighter profile than stouts or even ambers.

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

750 ml cork finish

Light clover honey yellow in color with a puffy white head of tiny bubbles. Head retention is quite good with a few patches of lace. There are cascading tiny bubbles coming from the bottom of my chalice.

The aroma is full of ripe apricot, honey-drenched oranges, pear, banana, and plenty of trademark Uni spice and yeasty bread notes. There is a sweet hint of alcohol to warm it up a bit.

Ooh ya, this is good. There is definately a fuzzy apricot sweetness highlighted by honey, melon, sweet floral tones, coconut, bubble gum, candi sugar, some light herbals, and yeasty spice. There is a touch of fruity hops at the finish to provide a sense of balance.

The mouthfeel is medium and light on the tongue. Ample carbonation provides a silk like body and carries through to the sweet, summer fruit finish.

This is an excellent beer from our kanuk friends to the North. Sweet, complex, perfect for summer sipping or as a fireside warmer. Definately one of my new favorites. I can't wait to try it again!

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Photo of BobLuvBeer
3.88/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hazy, light color. Many cascading bubbles. Thick head which settles into a nice lace. Sweat, malt aroma with citrus undertones. Alcohol scent is hiding in the background. Extremely light tasting, with a melting warmness from the alcohol which covers the tongue. The alcohol flavor is hidden behind a blend of light malt and citrus. Nothing is overpowering here. Everything is subtle. You might think you are drinking a "small" summer beer, as the 9% of this one is so well masked. This one could sneak up on you, if you had the opportunity to have more than a couple.

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

If this is the end of the world, bring it on.

It's the color of hazy raw honey with a bright white fine head, sticky and lazy. The nose is a wonderful parade of apples, earthy yeast, cabbage, lemon grass and white pepper. The taste has a development I've never experienced. At first sip bitter fruit, then a nice round malt, then a dry, mineral hop finish. All this happens very quickly, carried on a fine, dense carbonation. The aftertaste is herbal and peppery and has a nice malt character.
As it warms more of the lemon grass and cabbage aromas come forward, smells I associate with a good white burgundy. Must be a yeast thing.

I loved this beer.

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Photo of TongoRad
3.95/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Best by date 05-27-06

Hazy pale golden amber color with a lovely white head that slowly dissipates.

Faint aroma- of spices (orange peel), fruit (a hint of cranberry and strawberry), and malt. Some alcohol. Pleasant, but could be stronger and more complex.

Luxurious mouthfeel, caramel sweet. A prominent bitterness and alcohol presence. Long finish of caramel and fruit.

Although well put together, this beer tends to become cloying towards the end of a bomber- ultimately reflected in drinkability problems. Still worth a try.

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Photo of FLAbeergutinMASS
4.67/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What a beer. This is my second Unibroue and I must say that I am highly impressed. Bottle-condition.

This elixir of the gods poured cloudy with orange and lemon hues. Strong head that lasted, expelling a bouquet of sweetness and floral. I know that is the standard "quote-unquote", but hell, I was inebriated!

A revelation for my taste buds. Unbelievable!

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

One great beer indeed.
Bought some in a local wholesale Sam's. With a bottling date from June of 1996! Checked via e-mail with the guys of Unibroue and the dating is right. Wow! So I have a stash of 9-year old beers!
Used my only tulip glass for this one, and it poured a nice hazy yellowish ale; some head, the rapidly dissipated; little lace, if any.
It's smell is complex: prunes, wildflowers, spices.
Taste? Oh my! Great balance of hops, bitter even some sweet in it. Even more complex than it's smell.
Creamy; it's high alcoholic content doesn't impose itself
Of course you'd like more than one.
But this is fancy beer. Drink better, drink less.

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Photo of SupaCelt
4.1/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The colour of this beer was golden. Heavily gaseous out of the bottle, with a large and loudly bubbling white head. The head died down rapidly and the heavy carbonation fizzled down to a dull roar. Yeasty bits were visible, suspended in the view. No lace formation. Looks good.

The smell was spiced and clovey with some degree of sweatness notable. A somewhat yeasty presence also lingered.

The taste was very refreshing and crisp. These guys seem to be able to brew these styles with the perfect amount of spice character that doesn't leave you feeling like you just drank a glass of potpourri. Very tastefully done and delicious. Apple flavors and a pinch of hoppy dryness add complexity to the spice backbone. Good bite and a nice crisp mouthfeel with a slightly clovey finish left over. Very highly drinkable with a very pleasant flavor. Another solid brew from the Nordiques.

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

Hazy pale body with a white head. Belgian lace rings develop round the glass.
Spicy, fruity nose. Very enticing.
Sweet malt background throughout. Spicy esters. Clove, nutmeg and apple flavors stand out. A sweet peppery, maybe cinnamon-like flavor in the finish.
Lively carbonated.
This is a delicious beer. Very similar to Duvel in all aspects. Though, I think Duvel is slightly better.

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Photo of mgdeth
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - The head on this beer is almost impossible to contain. Retention is oaky, with hardly any lace. Pale straw colored (almost like a wit), with suspended yeast visible in the beer.

Smell - Chalky or dry yeast smell followed with light spicy aroma.

Taste - Some dried fruit flavor, with crisp spices. The beer is actually pretty dry, and the hops seem to play this up. The alcohol is almost undetectable.

Mouthfeel - Quite fizzy, which adds to the delight. Pretty smooth overall, with a little tang to mix things up.

Drinkability - This is a beer that feels good to drink. I expected a hard hit in the back of the throat due to the carbonation, but it goes down quite easily.

Comments - Pretty to look at, tastes great, likely to help you pick up chicks... What more could you possibly want? Seriously, this is a very good beer. This should be on every beer lovers must-have list.

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Photo of Jacobob10
4.33/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 mL bottle (brought back from Quebec) into a tulip glass. Very murky, light-orange/golden color with a lot of head that would slowly dissipate and then come back to life when swirled around in the glass. Slightly spicy, zesty aroma but nothing too powerful. Not very complex. The taste was clean and hoppy. Some hop bitterness and spices that I can't quite describe. A little too much of a dry finish for my liking, but still not too bad. Very drinkable beer. The ABV goes almost unnoticeable and I drank the whole bottle in much faster time than I expected to. Nice brew overall that I would have again any day.

Made a nice complement to a steak that I cooked for dinner, but something darker would probably complement it better.

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

Tastes like a hard cider.
Has way more alcohol than your average hard cider.
Has many fine champagne type qualities.
Sweet, yet dry for the sweetness level, and very bubbly.
A very tasty, deceptive concoction.
Unibroue does fine work and this is yet another example of such.

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

12 oz. bottle from the 4-pack I just bought. Best before 11/17/07. Drinking at room temperature of course.

Appearance: Huge, foamy white head surrounding it's champagne style look. Bubbles galore. Lacing sticking everywhere on my wine glass.

Smell: Lemon, faint banana, grass, some floral qualities, cloves, candi sugar, a spiciness similar to pepper. Pretty wonderful.

Taste: Carries over from the aromas. Some spiciness, some fruitiness, slightly bitter but welcoming aftertaste that is very nice. Some lemon and candi sugar up front. Very refreshing.

Mouthfeel: So many bubbles keeps making me swish around and enjoy before swallowing, though the bubbles start to explode without any swishing around. Light in body, creamy.

Drinkability: I'll definitely be buying this again for sure. I could see it becoming a staple for me, at least every once in a while. It's delicious and it's a sipper. I can hardly believe this is 9% ABV.

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Photo of WTexas
3.88/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle, with a best before date of 09-09-07, into a goblet glass. Presented itself with an opaque golden color with a rich head which devolved into persistent lacing. Smelt fresh and spring-like with an effervescent scent. Initially tasted of apples with a slight alcohol aftertaste. As it warmed, I detected an increasingly pleasant taste that reminded me of cola with a hint of sweet citrus. Excellent balance of carbonation and smoothness. Easy to sip and equally easy to return to the cooler for another 750ml bottle. Fine example of this style. Kudos to Unibroue for another outstanding product.

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Photo of thesilverhand
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

For starters, this bottle was gently handled and properly stored, yet when opened, it erupted in a flow of (very nice smelling) creamy white foam. Not quite sure why - I've had La Fin du Monde many times before without that happening, so I'm willing to overlook it this once.
After I got it into the tulip, it appeared a very hazy golden orange, with a thick creamy white head that dissipated, leaving some lace.
The nose is sweet, with a hint of orange peel and spice. Very nice.
On a first taste, it is surprisingly subdued. The orange and spice - nutmeg, perhaps? - noted in the aroma are here, but not a strongly as expected.
The high alcohol is apparent in the dry finish, but overall is hidden very well.
On the palate, La Fin du Monde is nicely balanced, with a good creamy body and light carbonation. The alcohol does come through a bit here, too.
Overall, this is a fantastic beer, and is highly recommended. Certainly, it is one of the better beers from my home country.

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Photo of swamiswamu
4.97/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours like a wit with a healthy white head and a cloudy golden body. The aroma hints at yeast and lemon zest. This is the most refreshing beer out there. Rorshack flavor test; orange, lemon zest, yellow cake, white pepper. I somewhat don't believe this beer is 9%. It just seems to disappear from the glass. This is my favorite widely available beer.

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

This is another great Belgian Strong Pale Ale following in the footsteps of Duvel. Unibroue makes some great beers.

This looks good: Pale golden with a nice white head. It's not the massive head that Duvel has, which some may prefer. It smells of grain and spices and alcohol.

The taste is very good. It's spicy with a nice alcohol kick.

The mouthfeel is light, probably because of the high ABV. It glides over the tongue with the tiny bubbles popping everywhere.

Overall this is one of the best of this style. It's easy to find, so go out and have some!

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

This creamy opaque golden delight mounted a rich white two finger head that slipped down to a milky-like cover that made for a sticky lace. Throughout the length of the beverage there was a continuous feed of bubbles delivered in fizzures of fine streams reaching upward. Ripe apricot-peach, soft citrus, yeast, and a subtle clove and etoh made for a delightful nose. At times there was a lurking metal essence noted. A medium dimension filled the mouth with again, the fruit of the nose, a hay tang, with light floral and gentle spice. This stuff warms the belly. This La Fin Du Monde 12 oz. bottle was with much carbonation, for me it was too sparkling for balance. The finish was sweet with a dry, peppery, bubbly presence. Unfortunately a mucky aftertaste was left at the back of the mouth. I can appreciate the grand reviews this brew receives but for me, for this bottle, it was not there.

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Photo of ypsifly
4.33/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml with best before date on the back label.

Pale gold with a frothy white head that never really goes away and leaves plenty of lace as it slides down the tulip. Lots of tiny carb bubbles.

Smells of tart apples, powdered sugar, and something floral.

Starts out a bit sweet, then changes to pepper with a dry, hop finish. The alcohol warms you up but that's the only way it registers.

The hidden alcohol gives this one extra points for drinkability.

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

Served out of a 12 oz bottle

Appearance: A wonderful hazy golden, slightly orangish color with a foamy white head which dissipated without much lacing.

Smell: Fruity character with notes of clove, yeast, honey and some pepper.

Taste: Nicely balanced, smooth and creamy. Has a spicy, yeasty flavor with some sweet malts.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and full with medium carbonation. High alcohol content is not too invasive.

Drinkability: An easy to drink beer until the high abv catches up to you.

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Photo of bceaglejoe
4.32/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a snifter at Walt Disney World - MGM Studios Brown Derby restaurant.

Presentation: Poured a cloudy dark-banana color. There was about an inch-thick head. I was able to agitate and swirl to keep the head coming back as I drank. There was some yeast at the bottom of the bottle that went into the beer as well. The scent was, like the appearance, very banana-y and heavy with phenol aromas. The snifter captured the aromas perfectly.

Tasting: This beer went down very smoothly. It tasted very much like a Witbier, but with more body. The alcohol flavor came through in this beer. Due to this it was not as smooth in the mouth as I would have liked. The high alcohol content of this beer makes it slightly less drinkable. One could easily get a buzz drinking this on an empty stomach.

Overall, an excellent beer that I would highly recommend to just about anyone. Even non-beer drinkers could appreciate it.

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Photo of RBorsato
4.77/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Hazy yellow gold with a full white head, decent carbonation, and OK lace. Spicy Belgian yeasty aroma with spicy hop character and flavor; not overly strong in alcohol in any way - surprising for strength. Very nice medium-full body with perfect carbonation level.

Excellent but a bit drier than Duvel if that is what you like more.

Per U website: Triple fermentation Golden Ale, refermented in the bottle.

Best Before: 10/05/07
Tasted: 03/09/05

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

Pours a very pretty hazy honey color but, sadly, with little head.

Smells likes champagne nitrate and fruit. Nice and powerful.

Tastes very much like it smells, only more subdued. Powerful honey malt upfront leads into the strong, violent fruit that zips and zaps and leaves you wanting more as it disolves into cloves and spice.

Truly an exceptional beer.

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

I have visited this fine beer on many a night. This night I write my review at the end of a 750ml bottle and its 9% alcohol is not pronounced in the mouth, but evident in the head.

This fine beer poors with the looks of a hefeweizen and a nice head that slowly dissipates into a slight lacing. Smell is dominated with Uni's distinct yeast.

Taste is of yeast, fruity esters, and a touch of citrus that rolls off with the alcohol content leaving a slightly peppery feel on the tongue.

This fine beer leaves a wonderous full weight on the tongue while remaining light in comparison to the darker belgium styles. I say drink this as much as your beer exploration will allow and don't settle for only a 12 ounce when there is a 750ml available.

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