1. American Craft Beer Fest returns to Boston on May 29 & 30, featuring 640+ beers from 140+ brewers. Tickets are on sale now.

La Fin Du Monde - Unibroue

Not Rated.
La Fin Du MondeLa Fin Du Monde

Educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
96
world-class

8,854 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

(view ratings)
Ratings: 8,854
Reviews: 2,779
rAvg: 4.32
pDev: 11.81%
Wants: 407
Gots: 1,267 | FT: 17
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

No notes at this time.
View: Beers (29) | Events
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | Likes | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of La Fin Du Monde Alström Bros
Ratings: 8,854 | Reviews: 2,779 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of cliffnorm
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a hazy, cloudy Yellow-orange. nice head.

S: Lots of sweet aromas here...bananas, Spice, some citrus. The alcohol is noticeable but Nice!

T: Classic for the style - Duvels long lost bro!

M: Nearly perfect..well carbonated...neither too watery, nor too heavy.

D: Insanely good stuff...this is a beer that you could easily drink too much of...

One of my all time favorites from the great north...while I prefer Duvel, this is a world class beer.

Photo of Patrick999
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my Duvel tulip from the 750 ml bottle. Head was good, though not as long lasting, thick and clumpy as Duvel.

Smell - a tad pungent, maybe a bit of horse blanket. Has that nice bubble gum aroma.

Taste, feel - Rides a wave of sweetness pretty much all the way through. Not sure I was expecting this kind of sweetness. Not cloyingly sweet - maybe I just don't get that much hop balancing it out. I get some witbier-like clove and coriander. Alcohol is definitely concealed, though at 9% you start to feel it pretty quick. Feel is appropriate, not overly sharp. I like it.

Drinkability - this is my most important score for a BSPA, as I feel a good one should be very drinkable. I don't think a good BSPA's drinkability should be less than 4.5. That's part of the fun of this style...so easy to drink, yet so intoxicating. This fills the bill. I am pairing it with Cajun-smoked salmon on peppered water crackers, and it is working swimmingly.

Photo of cabsandking
4.03/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy golden color with nearly 2 fingers of airy white head. Big lemon, lime zest aroma with minor notes of floral to herbal hop esters, slight pine, and a flash of clove. Starts with a lemony pucker, candy sugar, and a medium yeasty sourness. Midway becomes smoothed with a little sweet malt character and notes of banana and vanilla. The finish adapts a more rounded flavor with a smoother lemon, lime flavor, grassy straw, and buttery malt. Semi-smooth mouthfeel on a thin to medium body and a very big carbonation. A bit to sweet for me is this beers only miss, a well hidden alcohol makes this considerably drinkable though.

Photo of deanhead
4.33/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This beer poured as nice straw color, with ample bubbles, complete with some spontaneous carbonation in the glass.

It smelled of horse blanket and flowers,with a hint of sugary sweetness. There is also a faint yeasty scent to this beer as well.
The taste was crisp and clean, slightly bitter in the front, finishing with a nice little bite that ended abruptly, very dry.
Nice bubbly beer, with gobs of carbontaion, medium in body.
This beer is polished! I could get my swerve on drinking this bad boy! Clearly my favorite Unibroue product.

Photo of Tilley4
4.35/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is pretty accessible here and I've been passing over it because I always see it around and no one seems to buy it. I decided to pick up a couple bottles after reading some of the reviews to see what the fuss was all about.

Very cloudy, golden pour with absolutely the freakiest head on a beer that I've ever seen. It just keeps building and building and never seems to subside any.

Someone in an earlier post said they smelled banana and I guess that's about right. That and alcohol. That ain't a bad thing.

Very surprised by the taste of this one. Starts out like a Hefe in my opinion with a banana and wheat taste and then has a finishing kick of alcohol that seems to compliment this very well.

The 9% can catch up with you quick if you aren't careful. The ABV hurts the drinkability a little bit but this is still a very good beer. Different than anything I've ever had, but very good.

Photo of JBogan
3.83/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy light golden color with almost no head or lacing.

Smelled of apple and citrus, some banana and a slight bit of alcohol.

Tasted good, the apple and banana came to the fore, with the alcohol present in the background but not overly so/

Good mouthfeel, medium bodied with a nice carbonation sting.

This was an easy brew to sit there and savor. Not one of the best, but quite acceptable.

Photo of SaintsFan
4.45/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Pours a hazy, cloudy tea-orange. Very minimal head that quickly goes away.

S: Lots of sweet aromas here...bananas, pineapple, some citrus. The alcohol is noticeable, but not overwhelming.

T: Classic for the style - an initial spicy-sweet taste gives way to a slight bite of hops in the finish. The 9% alcohol is well masked. Delicious.

M: Nearly perfect..well carbonated...neither too watery, nor too heavy.

D: Insanely good...this is a beer that you could easily drink too much of, and then suddenly find yourself down for the count. If it were possible to drink this one all night, I would.

One of my all time favorites.

Photo of largadeer
4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - A very bright and hazy golden-colored ale with a remarkably resilient head.

Smell - Spicy and floral; notes of apple cider and yeast; faintly soapy. A delicate but complex aroma.

Taste - Very fruity and malty upon first hitting the tongue, with overtones of apple and banana and a bit of citrus underneath that. Peppery and slightly drying in the finish with mild floral hops.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied and creamy on the tongue; ample but gentle carbonation.

Overall - I used to enjoy this beer, but these days I find the yeast character to be overbearing.

Photo of zane2hyperzane
4.78/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

http://www.flickr.com/photos/zane2hyperzane/2096576317/

Appearance: Poured into its eponymous tulip glass. A pure white two or three finger fluffy head easily rises - but subsides a little too quickly, leaving a small amount of persistent lace. Many entertaining little columns of bubbles rise from points in the glass. The beer is a lovely glowing color - nearly opaque, tarnished gold. Be careful pouring this if you don't want an overabundance of bottled yeast in the glass, it'll definitely affect the flavor.

Smell: Subtle - flowers and cider.

Taste: Hits my tongue with faint malt sweetness and some fruity flavors, green apple in particular. This subsides pretty quickly as it dances over my tongue with a strong and somewhat bitter spiciness with fruit flavors still present – very interesting; something and nothing like spiced cider. This leads into a dry, hoppy finish. All these flavors meld very smoothly together, particularly as the beer warms a bit. It’s a difficult taste for me to describe and one that can seem to vary from sip to sip – one of the reasons I enjoy returning to this beer is because its overall experience is not easy to pin down.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, seems just a bit creamy. Extremely lively and tingly on the tongue with its high carbonation and spiciness. Alcohol warms my face almost immediately – I feel better already! Ultimately, finishes nice and dry, leaving one begging for another sip.

Drinkability and Notes: Hides its robust alcohol deceptively; only a few of these and you’ll be unexpectedly lit, a pleasure I’ve enjoyed many times. Very flavorful but not overpowering in any one regard. This is the beer that really opened my eyes to the world of craft brewing; one that I often return to and am never disappointed with. I’ve had to reserve it for celebratory occasions to make room to try new beers, but tonight I’m celebrating only La Fin du Monde. Drink less, drink better!

Photo of BeerLover729
3.55/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Golden liquid with moderate head when poured in wide chalice glass. Light rounded malty smell. Light maltness with subdued fruit esters of pear and apple, accompanied by a mellow phenol spiceyness. Maltyness fades to noticeable alcohol presence and subtle hop bitterness. Bubbly almost foamy carbonation with a relatively thin malty body. Good beer.

Photo of RidiculedDisplay
4.15/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was looking through my reviews the other day, and was reminded that I had taken it on myself to try and not search out and review more "super rare" or regionally unavailable beers before I could build up a good tally with the ones I drink often and can find easily. This review goes along with that philosophy.

Appearance: Pours with a lively finger and a half worth's of white, frothy head. Lacing is mountainous and present, although it tends to disappear a little too quickly for my liking. The head takes some time to dwindle down, but does after a minute and a half to two minutes, into a half-finger. Body is a pear straw color with yeasty obliqueness.

Smell: Yeasty funk comes first. Agitating the beer with a swirl, I get a lot of Belgian flagship apple and banana esters, along with a general cane sugar. There is a faint pine-y alcohol back end, as well, possibly from some hop additions. Granny smiths predominate me searching.

Taste: Banana, apple, some kiwi esters. Very representative of its style. That being said, also very clean and refreshing for a beer of its strength. Some white grapes in there, also. Very slight astringency on swallowing, alcohol is barely perceptible.

Mouthfeel: Extremely fizzy, refreshing, almost champagne-like. Great.

Drinkability: Is dangerously drinkable for its ABV. Really good stuff for those needing a gateway into Belgian styles.

Photo of scoobybrew
3.83/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was poured into a tulip glass.

A - golden straw color, slightly hazy, thick foamy head with good retention

S - sweetly malty with hop accents (Styrian Goldings or Saaz perhaps?) as it warms the hops are more readily present, there's some yeasty fruitiness, but perhaps not as much as expected

T - sweet malt followed by a relatively strong hop finish for a Belgian-style beer, also very dry on the finish

M - light to medium body, high carbonation

D - This is a decent Belgian strong ale, but it's a bit hoppy and thinner than I expected. I really wanted to adore this beer as I've heard so much about it, but it really didn't quite live up to my expectations.

Photo of grub
4.03/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

got this one from bax72 as part of BC2. thanks chris!

750ml bottle, corked and caged, with the cork showing 0612.

pours hazy orangey gold colour with a small fairly dense white head. the head drops fairly fast to a thin layer on top of the beer, and that layer lingers all the way down the glass, throwing a little spotty lace on its way.

aroma is nice. clove and corriander. bit of orange peel. grain. crackers and white bread. light alcohol.

taste is good. light alcohol. medium-low bitterness level. nice light yeasty spice - the usual unibroue character. bread and cracker malt. bit of grain. bit of honey sweetness.

mouthfeel is good. medium-high carbonation level. medium-light body with a nice dry finish.

drinkability is good. well balanced, hiding its alcohol pretty well. funny that i'm within a few hours drive of quebec, yet it's easier for someone in minnesota to get most unibroue products than it is for me...

Photo of BeerImmediately
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml caged bottle, poured into an oversized wine glass, and enjoyed over the course of an hour...

L: Dominating 4 finger head, without much lacing as it dissipated. Opaque, light caramel color.

S: One of my favorite parts of this beer -- starts with a fruity, spiced apple aroma with some sweet floral notes, and gained a yeasty quality as it warmed.

T: started zesty orange (was expecting apple), and gradually transformed into a sweet apricot & clove flavor as it warmed.

M: starts almost tangy, but then finishes with a rich and creamy quality (is it possible to have both?)

D: Relatively smooth drinkability for this style & alcohol content. Definitely enjoy this intriguing beer slowly - it has so many subtle chartacteristics - lot of fun to review.

Photo of elmore
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: poured semi-opaque golden color from a bottle into a La Fin Du Monde Tulip. Nice 2 finger head with decent retention, which left some mild lacing down the glass.

Smell: yeasty, sweet, clove no real detectable alcohol almost don't beleive this is 9% abv.

Taste: Very smooth with very little detectable hops, slightly sweet, cloves, mildly fruity. Very little detectable alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation, clean and refreshing, this is the way a belgium pale should feel.

Drinkability: One of the more drinkable Belgiums I have had despite the formidable ABV.

Great BSPA - one of the best non-Belgian BSPA I have had and better than some imported from Belgium. Another winner from Unibroue.

Photo of bigeyedfish
4.22/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce, foil-topped bottle, best before date clearly printed on back of label, along with pouring directions, poured into a tulip.

Pours a really vibrant, slightly hazy golden color. Some head, not much, which is surprising on this beer, vanishes quickly, leaving a nice white ring around the outside of the cup. Some lacing, but nothing out of this world. Nothing to be wowed or discouraged by.

Nose consists of a lot of banana(not the peel, the actual fruit) and a lot of cloves, plus the normal Belgian yeast. Maybe even a slight, underlying hint of grannysmith apple which I did not expect. A nice smelling beer, but there are a lot of beers that smell like this one. Was kind of expecting some vanilla, and didn't get any.

Really, really delicious beer. For sure there is some granny smith apple, along with some aggressive cloves on the mid palate and a really nice starting flavor of subtle oranges. Not much banana, which like the lack of vanilla on the nose, is kind of surprising. This is, however, one of the better tasting Belgian-style Strong Pale's that there is. The alcohol is only there in the warming you get, and a little bit on the finish. I'm even starting to get some vanilla extract and even, and like the granny smith apple's this is very surprising, some cherry on the finish. Not dark cherries, but the normal cherries that you have to spit the seed out of. I actually almost get a little of the taste of the cherry pit right before you spit it out, when it's still covered in cherry-insides. Really, really surprised about a couple of flavors that I've never had before and I'm highly impressed. Really spicy mid-palate which is a treat. The finish is kind of under-impressive. It tends to die pretty quickly and is very one dimensional (orange/banana) but everything up to it is so complex that it's hard to complain.

The mouthfeel is tough, only because of the mid-palate, which is the strongest element of this beer- the spices tend to over-power everything else. I am anxious to try this beer between six and eighteen months from now; give the spices some time to calm themselves down. That's the big hurdle with this beer. Still, not a lot of alcohol present. Spice is the big one.

This is a beer that if you're easily offended by a lot of spicy-ness you may be offended by. The bottle I have was brewed in June 07, so, it's already done some aging. I think it could do some more, really settle down. With that all said, it's smooth as any beer out there, the alcohol is extremely stealth, and when detected, it's dare I say pleasant, if not enjoyable. But it is kind of boozy, and I think with the smoothness does something to affect the drinkability. This is a beer where two will go down extremely easy and then you'll start to feel them in a big way. But I think this is a beer that will go well with a lot of foods, great as a dessert and even as something that's not sessionable, but spaced out over the course of a night could prove to be a great 3 or 4 bottles in a night beer.

A top-quality effort from Unibroue and probably one of the 4 or 5 best BSPA's that don't come from Belgium. I can't wait to try all Unibroue's beers and see if they compare.

Photo of rodenbach99
3.75/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

bouteille brune de 750ml, bouchon de liège

belle bière blonde trouble, la mousse se dissipe rapidement mais elle est très belle, petit nez de levure, belle pointe épicée en bouche, belle longueur, l'alcool se fait sentir, moins épicé que la don de dieu, moins bonne aussi, je la préfère aussi.

Photo of srandycarter
4.08/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tulip glass.

A - Pours wheat like murky honey with a thick cotton/marshmallow head that reduces over time. Coating and sudsy lacing.

S- Boozy, bready and sweet undertones. A little of something like banana in there too.

T - Sweet malt, lemons, bread and under ripe banana.

M - Carbonation a little too aggressive for my tastes, but nice medium body and good balance.

D - One of the better offerings I have tried from Unibroue.

Photo of champ103
4.35/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A Cloudy yellow/orange (almost an amber color) with a huge white head and plenty of lace. Takes a while for the head to subside, but it easily rejuvenates after I swirl the beer in my snifer.
S: Musky basement like funk. Can detect sweet citrus, banana, and floral characters. Love the funky yeast and esters.
T: Lots of fruits. Love the sweet citrus and banana/apple fruit flavors. Also, I can detect a lot of wonderful peppery spices. Great funky yeast.
D: Pretty good. The alcohol is present, but not overpowering at all. I can drink a few of these.

One of the best Triples out there. Excellent throughout. Highly recommended.

Photo of JohnfromDublin
3.78/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a corked and caged 750ml bottle. Uncorked with gunsmoke showing, poured into Leffe glass as a foaming pale straw coloured liquid with slight haze. Plenty of life in the head that lasted, and easily re-energised when swirled in the glass. The smell was quite a wake-up call. Possibly one of the most unusual collection of aromas I have perceived from a beer glass. The nearest beer smell to this was from an Orval, but there was much more complexity to LFDM with sweet apples adding to the funkiness. This confusion continued in the taste; plenty of sweetness but with spice, alcohol disguised but warming.. High carbonation adding to the nice mouthfeel.

In summary, I'm still confused over this beer! I need to try it again, but I found it a little too challenging and too sweet for my palate.

EDIT: so I have tried this brew again, and I now appreciate it as a very good tripel. For this reason, I am changing the drinkability score from 3 to 4!

Photo of Lothore
3.63/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a deep golden color with a huge eggshell white head. Lots of carbonation bubbles are present.

S- Smells of Belgian yeast, spicy, funk, and a sweetness.

T- Taste is very spicy and semi sweet. Mixed lighter fruits and a bit of alcohol are present. A bit cloying.

M- Medium viscosity with a good amount of carbonation. Sticks to the inside of the mouth.

D- I know lots of other people like this beer but I just don't dig it. For me the funk and sweetness combined with the stickiness makes it less than drinkable.

Photo of Antilochus
4.47/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

6 pack from a Kingston, ON Beer Store. 9.00% abv, 341mL bottle. Poured into an unbranded snifter.

Body is hazy unfiltered brownish yellow. Substantial bubbly white head, decreasing to a cream, decent retention.

Scent is strong of alcohol (at 9% this is to be expected), yeast, apricot, and orange peel. Overall fairly fruity coupled with bread.

The End of the World is complex. Strong Unibroue yeasty base. Fairly strong malt sweetness, very little hops, with apricot very strong in the finish. As it warmed definitely noticed the alcohol more, with nectarine become apparent in the finish. Medium body with definite carbonation, makes for a lovely sipper. The abv is generally not overpowering, however *WARNING* it is definitely not sessionable!

A classic Tripel, and one of my top 5.

Photo of JamesS
2.68/5  rDev -38%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a straw color, nothing deep or special. A nice head, but no lacing. An odd scent, a mix of bitter and sweet, not really mixed, but neither one overpowering the other. Has a bubbly feel to it, but goes down smooth enough for a high ABV beer. Not much of a taste, rather bland, but with a bitter, high alcohol aftertaste.

Photo of BigJTrucker
4.28/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy, unfiltered yellow/orange color, Large white head, settles fairly quickly. This has a sweet somewhat fruity aroma, very bready, almost like a witbier, but with out the orange peel. Taste has faint notes of dried fruit, maybe even some oak? It also hides the alcohol quite well. Mouthfeel seems to start off somewhat fizzy, but finishes rather smooth. Drinkability is quite high, as this is a very well balanced brew. Definitly recommended.

Photo of ThatWineGuy
4.13/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Murky orange colour with an off-white head, one finger with retention, fed by a steady stream of bubbles, good lacing. The nose is mildy spicy, yeast, bready impressions. There is, again, more yeast in the mouth, living up to the Unibroue reputation, with a carbonated mouthfeel. The taste is of sour fruit, twist of lemon, a lot of wit beer influence, tartness. The higher alcohol gives it a kick and a warm, full bodied mouthfeel - it commands your respect without being overbearing. This is one to savour slowly. Overall, I enjoyed this but was a bit disappointed that it didn't deliver a bit more; maybe some age is what is needed to bump up my scores, admittedly, this was fresh and could have used cellaring.

Edited Dec. 2, 2008, to say that I had another bottle aged one year and pretty much scored it 4.5 across the board. Overall impresson: under-stated bold and adventurous, much like the Quebec legend that inspired it, this was a very good example of the style. Keep up the good work Unibroue.

La Fin Du Monde from Unibroue
96 out of 100 based on 8,854 ratings.