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La Fin Du Monde - Unibroue

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BA SCORE
96
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8,571 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 8,571
Reviews: 2,751
rAvg: 4.32
pDev: 11.81%
Wants: 378
Gots: 1,063 | FT: 19
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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 Iguana
4.13/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Golden orange with a huge 2 inch head that went down after some time.

S: Yeasty, spicy, hints of orange and lemon. Smells pretty good.

T: Yeast, orange peel, spices, tastes great on a hot day. Lots of carbonation.

M: Smoth, carbonated, right on par for what it should be.

D: This is great for a hot summer day I would imagine, quite refreshing and tasty.

Iguana, Aug 16, 2006
Photo of Estarrio
4.8/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured a bright, cloudy, golden yellow with a good-sized, white head. Lot's of retention and visible carbonation

Aroma is citrus, spice, champagne and the light floral/fruity notes indicative of the style.

Wow! There is a lot going on with the taste! Sweet cherry, vanilla, raisin, caramel, citrus rind, ginger, honey and clove. This is a surprisingly complex beer. The alcohol is noticeable and warming, lending to a balancing tartness. Given the high alcohol content, it is not overpowering at all. The finish has an extremely subtle dry characteristic.

All of this flavor in a light/medium bodied beer. The high carbonation lends to an excellent mouthfeel. Addictively drinkable.

A surprising, highly drinkable treat and a wonderful example of the style. A stark testimonial to the quality of Unibroue

Estarrio, Aug 16, 2006
Photo of dblinkhorn
4.78/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Uncapped the 12 oz bottle, and it immediately started foaming out violently. I didn't shake the beer to my knowledge, but regardless it foamed strongly for probably 45 seconds before it calmed down. The whole time I was smelling the beer and and was very impressed.

Poured from 12 oz bottle into glass tulip goblet.

Appearance - Hazy straw-orange color. There is a moderate amount of debris in the beer. The head is very large and slightly tan, and "chunky" (consisting of big bubbles). The head eventually calms down and settles at about a half-finger silky off-white head.

Smell - Wow! This thing is heaven for the nose. It is very sweet smelling with a light alcohol burn accompanying it. The smell consists of dark fruits and a very nice bready malt aroma in the background of the scent. Also there are floral, citrus, and spice notes.

Taste - Again, incredible. Surprisingly, the first thing I taste is the bready flavored malt, which is very rich and soothing. Coming second is a quite present alcohol burn, but definitely not overpowering. Also, you begin to taste the sweet dark fruits as with the smell. The hops are present, but aren't nearly on the level of the sweet, fruity, spiciness of the rest of it. Also, there are definitely hints of nutmeg and a slight flavor of cinnamon. A very slight taste of pear also comes into the aftertaste. The taste of this brew is amazing. The flavors are so rich and complex. Just supberb!

Mouthfeel - The beer has a velvety medium-bodied mouth feel. It is very smooth and rolls around in your mouth so gently and nicely, that it's pleasure for the "touch" sense as well as the "taste" sense of your mouth. The carbonation is right on the money, couldn't be any better.

Drinkability - This stuff is potent, make no mistake, but goodness gracious is it excellent. This is probably in my top three brews of all. Anyway, the drinkability is very good if you can handle the style alright.

Overall...wow! I just can't get over the quality of this beer. You MUST try this beer if you like strong Belgian style ales. Just amazing.

dblinkhorn, Aug 12, 2006
Photo of peabody
4.03/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sheeze, when do the bubbles stop here? I can't even pour it out of the bottle yet!
Pours out like a bubbly ice tea. A slight tint of orange and the foam is white and very huge. Not a lack of carbonation here.
Clove and cinammon and fruit hit the nose first. The yeast and hops are hidden way in the back.
Fruity flavor with a dirty aftertaste. Can't taste the alcohol but can feel it. The dirty aftertaste is throwing me. No bitter hops here.
Mouthfeel is not what I expected but it starts out clean and finishes clean. The dirty taste in the middle is unwanted.
Strong to say the least. Nice mixture of lots of flavors though.

peabody, Aug 12, 2006
Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.05/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle 1/4 of the 4 pack

Hisss as the bottle is popped.
Appears very bubbly and active, Massive thick foamy head, 3" thick dissipates slowly. Color is a pale/straw Gold.

Smells peppery and herbal, big fruity yeasty with sweet malt and lemmon.

Taste includes: spicey and herbal, wheaty, great fruitiness with red berries and grapes yeast with a fine sweet malt to finish.

Bubbly!, champagne-like. Crisp with a good bite, light body makes this feel very light on the palate but very gentle and smooth going down.

Feels really good so it's easy to drink but the 9%ABV is going to limit the intake to a certain degree. high quality stuff.

GratefulBeerGuy, Aug 10, 2006
Photo of gotbeer
4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer reminds me how one's palate can change. The first time I had this one I absolutely hated it. I was used to english and german style sessionable brews, and this tasted like gasoline to me at the time. Now- a much different story.

La Fin Du Monde pours a light amber with a pure white head. Lots of small bubbles rise from the glass. The smell is of candy sugar and some fruit flavors.

The taste brings candy sugar, exotic fruits, and a hint of alcohol heat. There are a lot of layers to this beer that changes as it warms. Peppery flavors swirl throughout along with some spice.

A regular in my beer fridge, and another reason Unibroue is such an incredible brewery.

gotbeer, Aug 10, 2006
Photo of deuschbag
3.78/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. twist off bottled pored into a snifter. pores a light golden color with a small white head that fades away to nothing. massive amounts of yest sediment in the bottle.

smell is spicey and hoppy. hints of fruits, wheats and candy sugar.

taste has a nice bubblegum flavor to it. a little mediciney as it gets warmer though. also yeasty and wheaty. i was actually expecting a little more character to the taste. a little dissapointed.

full bodied and dry aftertaste.

this wasn't as good as i expected. the smell was the dominate part of this brew. the taste and smell were way off from each other. not a bad brew overall, i just thought it wasn't as good as it seemed. oh well. was worth the try.

deuschbag, Aug 09, 2006
Photo of edmundfitzoil
4.4/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

La Fin Du Monde purchased from ABC Liqour in Jacksonville. I poured my bottle into my Unibroue tulip.

The beer poured a very effervescent and bubbly lightly hazy bright gold color with a brilliant white 2 inch head of surprisingly fizzy bubbles. The head dissipated after a few moments to a finger of consistent, retained head. The CO2 bubbles rose to the top of the glass throughout the drinking, leaving the beer a slightly champagne like appearance. The nose consisted of a light apple smell along with a number of other fruit tones and a light spiciness. The flavor is big with a hidden big abv. A medium bodied brew with strong clove flavors and a hoppy finish. The beer proved to be a great sipper and finished off a day of work and hearing about my fiance's second day of teaching third grade.

I'll be returning to this one.

edmundfitzoil, Aug 09, 2006
Photo of eze153
4.72/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is an amazing beer... I had this one on tap at D's Six Pack and Dogz, Check this place out if you live in Pittsburgh... anyways...

It pours a golden brown color with a light, fluffy, sort-of white, brown head.
the smell is great, like fruits, nuts and spices, sort of reminds me of Christmas! The taste is beyond expectations, simply put, the best belgin beer brewed outside Belgium! Now that's saying a lot and the price is nice too, compared to the expensive imports from Belgium. I could drink these all the time but they can fil you up pretty fast but I would recomend this to anyone who wants to try a good beer!

eze153, Aug 08, 2006
Photo of jhollick
3.93/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: A golden wheat color with a thick, fluffy, enormous white head.

Smell: The smell is all Belgian Strong Pale; sweet candy with spice, and some pilsner notes come through as well.

Mouthfeel: It feels a bit heavy...more so than I would have expected. The carbonation is significant, but not overwhelming.

Taste: Based on the pilsner notes, I was expecting (and maybe hoping) for a bit more bitterness. This beer is all candy and yeast/malt up front. That is followed by some lemon, coriander, orange, and a hint of plum. There is scarely any hop presence. The warmth from the alcohol is evident throughout, but it never becomes obtrusive.

Drinkability: One 12oz. bottle was enough for me. It is very tasty, but the sweetness stands out quite a bit, which limits the amount I can consume. One bottle was the perfect amount for me.

Overall: This beer has a very pleasant flavor, even if it isn't my favorite Unibroue offering. The sweet and spice are the dominant flavors, which makes it a bit unbalanced for a Belgian Strong Pale in my opinion. Even so, if this were my beer during the end of the world, I would certainly be content to check out on this note.

jhollick, Aug 07, 2006
Photo of Mandrake
4.47/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a bright golden-yellow with just a touch of cloudiness and a giant, large-bubbled pure white head that lasts well and leaves plenty of lacing. Smell is crisp and fruity, with citrus and pineapple obvious, along with a yeasty tone and some grains. Taste is malty, the bright fruitiness and bready notes blending well, and spices becoming apparent in the finish. A touch of hop bitterness is present, and the aftertaste is sweet. Mouthfeel is quite carbonated, and very warming, and drinkability is excellent. Tripels aren't always my cup of tea, but this one is an exception. Well crafted and greatly appreciated.

Mandrake, Aug 05, 2006
Photo of AmorousAngel
3.7/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy, golden orange color with a small, fluffy white head, which quickly dissapated. Noticeable sediment, as noted on label.

Very faint aroma. A bit of fruitiness with hint of alcohol. Slightly sour smell.

Sweet, malty flavor masks the alcohol. Hint of fruit.

It feels a bit overly carbonated, so much so that it takes away from the flavor.

I would have rated the drinkability higher on this one if it weren't for the carbonation. The flavor is excellent once the bubbles die down a bit.

AmorousAngel, Aug 05, 2006
Photo of haz77
4.1/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a cloudy gold with 2 inches of fluffy white head. This falls after about a minute to a finger thick. Moderate carbonation churns some floaties around.

S - Clove, phenols, tropical fruit, hint of alcohol, peach, some orange.

T - Initial sweetness turns into fruity esters in the middle. Alcohol creeps through at the end and into the aftertaste, which also contains bubblegum, peach and slight caramel flavour.

M - Medium body and carbonation. Becomes fuller as it warms.

D - Great beer. Not the best in the style, but highly recommended.

haz77, Aug 02, 2006
Photo of Drew966
4.33/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

La Fin Du Monde pours an attractive orange color with a thick off white head from a brown twelve ounce bottle. This is a very nice smelling beer, citrus fruit and clove both seem apparent. Has that typical belgian yeast character in the flavor. Some citrus like fruit flavors are noticeable and some alcohol toward the end too. Bubblegum also seems to appear and disappear quickly in the flavor. The carbonation is quite active and is prickly on the tongue. This is a very tasty beer, highly recommended.

Drew966, Jul 30, 2006
Photo of barefootbrewer
3.98/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This poured a golden color with cloudiness. The head was huge and persisted for several minutes. The smell is floral with a hint of coriander. The taste is floral and a bit citrus like. Mouthfeel is light and crisp with the carbonation noted. This is a nice example of the style.

barefootbrewer, Jul 30, 2006
Photo of ByTor2112
3.68/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Aroma was sour, yeasty, with a hint of apple, pear and some spicyness. Big white head with big bubbles hung around for about 5 minutes but dissipated quickly after. I have read about insane carbonation but the head in my glass was tame. A beautiful honey-yellow color with a few shades of orange trying to show through. Heavy carbonation on the palate but pleasant. Yeast and alcohol are immediately present but the alcohol is NOT over-bearing. I had to let this beer sit and mellow to get some sweet malt to come through all the yeast. I caught a whiff of hops as it warmed but not much bitterness to taste. I could drink two at a sitting but this Ale on Lees will warm you up. My first Unibroue and it was excellent.

ByTor2112, Jul 24, 2006
Photo of headlessparrot
3.83/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Unibroue's La Fin Du Monde is held in high esteem around these parts; I decided to try it for myself and see how it stacks up. La Fin Du Monde is not a beer for the faint of heart, and it's not a beer that you're going to drink six of in an evening. It exemplifies that motto, 'respect beer.' But let's see how it stacks up - it should be noted that I *tried* to age this beer, but folded and drank it within three months of purchasing it.

Appearance is very nice. Poured from the silver-foiled industry standard bottle into a Leffe glass (the closest I had to the reccomended glassware), it has a quite cloudy orange-brown-yellow sort of colouration. A very, very careful pour results in two fingers of very foamy head (a normal pour would have it overflowing out of the glass) that continues to grow for a few moments before shrinking a bit and settling to about a finger-and-a-half. A considerable amount of lacing is at times runny, but delicious looking nonetheless. This is a good looking beer.

The smell is full of a very sweet maltiness, though not much in the way of hops. Citrus fruits are quite apparant, along with nutmeg and cloves. A bit of wheatiness, bubblegum, yeasty notes and a bit of sour character. Floral, with a hint of alcohol (very well disguised for 9%). Perhaps the only off-note is a sort of metallic twang. As the beer warms, the aroma oddly seems to become harder to detect, which is very unusual with any beer, as warmth usually brings out MORE flavour.

Taste is also quite good, though it doesn't live up fully to the beautiful aroma. Sweet malts, again, a touch of indistinct hops, but largely dominated by the unusual flavours that make Belgians so appealing. Citrus fruits (especially lemon and curaco oranges), nutmeg, and cloves. Wheat notes, pepper, and a yeasty character, as well as the return of bubblegum. Some alcohol-warmth (duh), and the return of that one off-note - an almost bloody-metallic twang that sits a bit in the mouth. Sweet throughout, finish is slightly dry, but quite sweet on the finish. Almost no bitterness to be found. Very good tasting brew, but not something I would drink with any regularity, I must admit.

Mouthfeel is this beer's weak point. The light body isn't so bad - it's light, but definitely not watery - but this is a brew that's overcarbonated to extremes, almost macro levels. Drinkability, likewise, is average. I would *like* to have more than one of these, but often find myself barely able to finish a single bottle of the stuff; this is in part because of the high ABV, the heavy carbonation, and the occasionally cloying sweetness of the beer.

La Fin Du Monde is a great brew. It's certainly one of the best beers to come out of Canada, but realistically, it's not something that anyone could ever drink regularly. This is a special treat, a beer you keep in the fridge for a special occasion - graduation, the end of exams, finding a job. It's *not* for sipping in front of the television.

headlessparrot, Jul 21, 2006
Photo of Onibubba
2.93/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

First review! Poured into a Duvel glass. Beautiful light amber color with a white undying head. Aroma seemed very floral to me, and the alcohol was quite appearant. Something else too...Something sweet?

Taste confirmed the alcohol (whoah) and the source of the sweetness - the first thought that came into my head was bubblegum.

Mouthfeel was nice - a bit more carbination than I like, but nice. Not very drinkable for me. Could only manage small sips. Like most big beers, the taste improves as the temp warms, but not so much that I would want another anytime soon. I just could not shake the bubblegum.

This beer did have very impressive characteristics, but the taste just did not suit me. Glad I tried it though.

Onibubba, Jul 21, 2006
Photo of DaveFL1976
4.3/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy dark straw color with a fluffy white head that settles down to a thin skim.
Smell is nice. Bready, sweet, wheaty malt with a hint of lemon. It smells like what I imagine a strong German Weisen would smell like.
Taste is bold yet smooth. Heavy on the sweet malt. Lots of malt here, not a lot of bitterness, and the alcohol is expertly hidden. This is a tasty brew. It reminds me of Andechs Weissbier even though they're not the same style. But that's certainly not a bad thing to be reminded of Andechs.
If I have one complaint, it's that this bottle is overly carbonated. The taste is smooth, but all the bubbles exploding in my mouth adds harshness that impairs drinkability a bit.

DaveFL1976, Jul 21, 2006
Photo of bark
4.83/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The colour is orange-pale brown-yellow. The liquid is somewhat cloudy. The foam is at first enormous (almost like a Duvel), but it slowly sinks down to a finger thick uneven head without much lacing.

The smell is fruity with notes of spices and sweet malt. Oh, I like it! There are notes of bitter citric fruits, oat cookies, herbs (Basilica? Cloves?), brown sugar, spring flowers and a gentle sour note. Like a Hoegaarden Wit with extra everything!

Do I dare to taste? Oh yes. Wheat, yeast, herbs, sourness, bitter hops, citric fruits. And everything just works out great! Lots of Belgian flavours, with a particular flavour if bitter oranges and wheat ale. But, although there are lots of flavours and alcohol like a weak wine, it is very drinkable and not heavy at all. Impressive stuff. The loooong aftertaste is fruity with some hoppy flavours, wheat flour, tangerines and some matured strong wine.

The carbonation is strong (but quickly fading) with small bubbles. It tickles your tounge, but it is in no way sharp.

A truly great beer, and a great Belgian beer from Canada?Boyam I pleasantly surprised!

bark, Jul 20, 2006
Photo of jorjoria
4.3/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy orange yellow with a massive white head. The first smell is almost all yeast. After sitting of a while it starts to give off more fruit notes. I get some strawberry. I also smell what almost appears to be bubble gum like odors. These are not unpleasant and I believe they are typical of the yeast used in this beer. The beer in full and cream like as it hits the pallet. It has a lot of the yeast and fruit flavors that were touched on earlier. It also has a good amount of sweetness which as the beer warms can become a little overwhelming. As the beer warm the alcohol also becomes much more apparent.
Overall a fantastic brew and a great value.

jorjoria, Jul 15, 2006
Photo of hunteraw
4.33/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured with a big white head, over a golden honey body, fairly clear. Some lacing down my glass.

Aroma: That familiar Belgian yeast scent, with some candi sweetness and some spice.

Taste: Yum. Citrus and yeast fruitiness at the front. Sweet, but not cloying. Hops gives some spiciness. Finishes on a yeasty, dry alcohol note. A lot of reviews mention that the alcohol is well-hidden, but I'd have to disagree - I can definitely taste it, and there's alcohol warming as you swallow.

Mouthfeel: Fairly light mouthfeel, very carbonated, very smooth.

Drinkability: the only thing that detracts from the drinkability of this beer is the alcohol presence in the taste - you can taste it, and so you're conscious of how much alcohol you're consuming. Very good beer.

hunteraw, Jul 05, 2006
Photo of EPICAC
4.95/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Kappy's was selling a Unibroue mixed eight-pack. This was the beer that really turned me on to Belgian Strong Pale Ales, and Belgian style beers in general. I let this warm to around 40º F and served it in one of my Duvel tulips.

Appearance: Pours a hazy brilliant golden with a thick fluffy creamy head, that slowly fades to a very persistent thin half-inch layer that leaves patchy lace.

Smell: Yeasty with a sweet fruitiness. Notes of citrus, bananas, light graininess, pepper and alcohol.

Taste: Sweet malts and fruits, including bananas and citrus. The finish is a nice interplay of peppery and spicy alcohol, and bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Tingly carbonation, smooth and creamy, with a slight dryness in the finish.

Drinkability: Delicious and drinkable, despite the 9.0% abv. I sessioned this in undergrad.

Overall: One of my favorite, if not favorite Belgian Strong Pale Ales.

EPICAC, Jul 03, 2006
Photo of gbontrag
4.58/5  rDev +6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours a whirlwind of carbonation. The consequence being a gorgeous froth made up of all sizes of bubbles. This is a really neat, slightly yellow beer with like a rusty leaf wash. The froth lasts, floating like a proud ship with full sail.
Smells like a trippel: Straw, white grapes, white peppercorn, chalk/limestone, and yeast in a surgical room.
There's a hint of sweetness left; umm, tangy meyer lemon rind, key lime pie, kiwi garnish. Alcohol in a stinging aftertaste, but not negative. Crisp and beautiful. I'm too enthralled to give a better review in words, but my taste buds are singing.

gbontrag, Jul 02, 2006
Photo of oelergud
4.47/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Translucent sun golden body with abit of red. Big white fluffy head with a creamy and undulating appearance to it. Both retention and lace are decent.
Sweet mild honey and fruit scents of pear and banana. Some wheat and cherry.
Sweet and mild at first but gathers strenght bringing forth an intense sweet fruit rush that is very refreshing. Pepper and spice at the end of the swallow but little aftertaste.
Creamy and very full body. Good coating and a buttery feel is left behind though not with a slick sensation.
Highly enjoyable and drinkable though not a session brew for obvious reasons.

-Oelergud

oelergud, Jul 01, 2006
La Fin Du Monde from Unibroue
96 out of 100 based on 8,571 ratings.