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La Fin Du Monde - Unibroue

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

8,934 Ratings
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Ratings: 8,934
Reviews: 2,798
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 11.83%
Wants: 432
Gots: 1,349 | FT: 19
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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 MrHungryMonkey
4.45/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Apricot color, not quite clear, good little head.

Tangy and spicy with a little malt in between there somewhere.

My mouth is attacked with flavor. Intense sweetness and crystal clean alcohol sharpness suggest candi sugar. A less intense maltiness provides a mouth-watering backdrop. Then there's this crazy twang, it is a lot like citrus fruit, or maybe herbal like gin. All the meanwhile the carbonation knocks your socks off. How cool. It just tastes soo good that I want to constantly sip it for the rest of my life. It's these few moments in life where we stumble into a groove of heaven that keep us going through the rest of the crap we put up with. The hope that I can experience the magnitude of orgasmic pleasure this one beer can give me is enough to keep me going for a while, seeking my next transcendental moment.

Thank you Unibroue.

Photo of spointon
4.89/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Another extremely good beer from Unibroue!!!

A= This beer pours a cloudy golden color with a thin head that only lasts about half way through the drinking of it.

S= This one smells of alcohol, sweetness, funky yeast, bread, and a bit of fruit.

T= The taste of this beer is outstanding. In my opinion, all that is good in Belgian trippels is represented here. There is that excellently high abv, the funky/fruity yeast flavors and a hint of hard candy sweetness.

MF= The carbonation on this one is just right. Not overflowing with foaminess, but not a low carbonation beer either. It continues to release carbonation throughout.

D= This is my favorite beer from one of my newest favorite breweries. I consider it one of my "staple" beers and highly recommend it.

Photo of GilGarp
4.51/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

As a big fan of tripels, I was excited to try "the best" according to BA.

The bottle is a 750ml with a champagne cork. It pops gently and pours out with a full white head that goes away slowly. It has a beautiful cloudy golden color.

The taste is exactly what you expect in a tripel with fresh fruit, spice, and a hint of banana. As is common for this style, the carbonation is a little strong making it a little difficult to drink. It's best sipped at 50 degrees or so.

It's an impressive beer to be coming out of Canada, in the sense that it isn't from Belgium! I look forward to trying other beers from Unibroue.

Photo of pwoods
3.68/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. brown bottle, silver foil cap, purchased at Party Source, poured into a snifter. Undistinguishable dating on the side.

A: Pours a bright, glowing golden orange with plenty of hazing. 1/2 inch of pearly white head forms and has average retention. Not much lacing.

S: Very spicy and yeasty. Plenty of crisp green fruits.. green apples, green grapes, some lime zest along with some banana and clove.

T/M: Very spicy and yeasty, again. I think the yeast is a bit too powerful for my liking. The yeast adds all kinds of fruit and a hop presence backs it up with a strong citrus side and a touch of bitterness. Malts are extremely sweet. Alcohol adds to the spice with a bit of a nip but not nearly as much as you'd expect from a 9% brew. Body is light and crisp and carbonation is abundant.

D: My tastes have definitely matured. 6 months ago I can say without a doubt that I would have hated this. It's still not my favorite but I can definitely appreciate it.

Photo of deapokid
4.08/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's truly amazing how closely this Canadian tripel resembles its Belgian brothers.
Packing a sugary sweet aroma with a sultry blend of yeast and fruit notes, this ale pours out in a fog of thick orange color and heavy white foam. It visibly resembles Circus Boy or Blue Moon, but, its complexity of flavor puts any similarities to bed.
Tantalizing the tongue with notes of banana, plum and Irish soda bread, La Fin is so exceptionally drinkable and tasty that it's easy to forgot that it sours a bit towards the end of the glass. Yet, for the first 3/4 of a pint, this is an almost perfect replication of Belgian's finest ales.

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

Will the head on this brew ever die?!? The thick, white foam that formed on this pouring of La Fin du Monde remained practically intact until the last sip was consumed! One has to peek underneath to examine the cloudy orange hue of this Canadian beer. The aroma is slightly underwhelming, but notes of spices and citrus are noticeable. Aspects of wheat are also (interestingly) present. The taste is light but complex: there are flavors of bright citrus and lighter malts-darker malt characteristics are present during the lingering aftertaste. What kills me the is smoothness of the mouthfeel; all the carbonation must be in the head! It nearly drinks like water, which is dangerous from a calorie/alcohol perspective.

Photo of lightindarkness
4.13/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Wasatch for this extra!

Pours a hazy golden orange-yellow with a big frothy off-white head. Smells of grains and tart fruits. Citrusy nose deepens with complex spice notes. Taste is herbal and fruity, with a light crispness flavored with spice and yeasty fruitiness. Very clean taste, lightly sweet, full flavored yet mild. Fruits decay to a nice yeasty aftertaste. Medium body and smooth on the palate. Soft full carbonation lends a creamy, slightly crisp feel. I'm a little scared of how drinkable this is. Watch out for the 9%abv. Overall a great tasting very drinkable version of the style. Not too strong in any sense of taste or smell.

Photo of Bobzilla
4.92/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Again, for a non-Belgian beer, Unibroue seems to have the style down.
A nice golden yellow color, with white lacy head. The lace lingered on in patches down the glass throughout drinking. "On lees", but if poured slowly, it is crystal clear.
The smell was comprable to Cantillon Iris, with less grapefruit and more subtle hints of the Belgian yeast strains. Has the Unibroue nose that is found in almost all their beers. Compared to the Cantillon, it actually is a bit more pleasant to smell, as it is not overpowering on the first whiff.
Hints of coriander and orange cut through the crispness of the beer. A light tartness, but the malt/sugar content cuts smooths it out, creating a nice blend.
The motuhfeel can be a bit crisp or light, but not so much as to be distracting.
At 9%ABV, its still a very drinkable beer. It is not heavy, and I don't really ever feel like I'm filling up when having it.
A wonderful Tripel that holds up to any other of the style that I've had.

Photo of Durge
3.63/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Very cloudy light tan with big white head and big lace. Sour hop aroma with crisp yeasty wheat. Sour tart lemon wheat flavor. Typical belgian strongish alcohol with a hint of licorice and biscuit. Great lively carbonation, good feel, average drinkability. I'm not a Belgian convert yet but i can see the quality of these beers as evidenced here. Not bad.

Photo of manleyphoto
4.72/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

There are not too many Canadian products that evoke a strong brand following here in America, but it's time we made Unibroue a household name. La Fin Du Monde is "the end of the world" in French but what it really means is that you should go to the end of the world, if necessary, to pick some of this up. Luckily for us, Unibroue is distributed widely in our market, and therefore available just around the corner.
This is one of the many beers I keep coming back to, time and time again. I miss it if it's been awhile, and feel like I need to welcome it back into my home.
La Fin Du Monde is in the Belgian strong-triple style and is liquid gold, literally. The beer pours a hazy beautiful golden, with a full billowy head of white foam.
What makes La Fin Du Monde exceptional amongst its North American counterparts is the full sweet-tart peppery smell, and monster yeasty, bready, and fruity flavor. Like many traditional Belgian-style breweries, Unibroue uses proprietary house yeast for its beers that add a unique character, and their yeast seems to leave this typically dry style on the sweet end of the spectrum with a massive pronounced complexity of flavors. This beer is bottle conditioned, meaning a small amount of yeast is left in the bottle to carbonate and mellow out the beer, enhancing the full flavors of the drink.
Drinking most of this French-Canadian breweries beer is an experience that I can't recommend enough, and La Fin Du Monde is a brilliant example of their craft and skill. If this is the end of the world, then I really do feel fine.

Photo of GRPunk
4.31/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a tulip glass.

A- The hazy golden/orange/yellow beer poured with a 2-1/2 finger fluffy white head. Bubbles of carbonation struggled through. As a drank, the head left nice fluffy, sticky rings along the side of the glass.

S- The aroma was a nice combonation of spice and citrus fruit.

T- The flavor was a great example of the style. There were more spicy and fruity flavors along with a yeasty presence and hints of alcohol.

M- It had a nice full feel. It was a little grainy, but in a good way. The alcohol flavor warmed my mouth.

D- The full flavor and smooth feel made drinking easy.

Overall- It's a great example of the style. I really like that it's so readily available and fairly priced.

Photo of rye726
4.35/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice golden colo with a silky tan head that is very active at first champage like bubbles.

Herby Belgian yeast, tart fruits, floral hops and vanilla.

Deliciously fruity, spicy, earthy and malty.

Creamy body and crisp carbonation.

A superb example of a Canadian triple. So complex yet one of the most drinkable brews around.

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

Pours a cloudy golden with a massive, white head. Smells of vanilla and lemon. Taste is exceptional, very light, sweet, with a hint of the belgian style yeast. Very little bitterness. Mouthfeel is good, smooth carbonation. Very drinkable, dangerously so, one could drink the entire 750ml bottle easily. An exceptional beer.

I could see this beer swaying BMC drinkers over to be beer advocates!

Photo of tai4ji2x
4.33/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml corked bottle

orangy straw color, hazy on first pour, cloudier the closer you get to the bottom of the bottle. lots of head which slowly fades, some lacing.

flowery and fruity, like ripe apples or cider. hint of peach and yeast. whiff of medicinal alcohol and herbs.

early sips are fruity up front, again more apple, maybe golden raisins. sweet seed-based spice and medicinal notes blend with gentle hop bitterness to a relatively dry finish.

good pairing with truffle tremor cheese by cypress grove

slightly thin, but smooth. moderate but lively carbonation.

lol, way back in the day, before i even knew what a tripel was or that belgians even made beer, my friend and i would drink these out of the bottle in our dorms, saying, "damn, this is one bomb ass wanna-be malt liquor!"

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

12 oz bottle, best before 1-8-10

Pours an apricot yellow with lots of head that retains well, laces okay.

smells of peppery hops mostly, and some fruity esters.

Taste is sweet malt, bready yeast, peppery hops, all pretty well balanced.

There is alot of carbonation in this one which leaves the palate fairly dry.

Drinkability is good for a 9% abv, although after one i had heartburn so that was my limit.

Photo of melmoth100
4.18/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served from a 22-oz bottle into a tulip-style glass.

A - Cloudy, orangish/yellow with heavy carbonation. Excellent white, four-finger head with good staying power.

S - Tangy, almost like an orange

T - In a word: yummy. Almost like a caramel apple. Sweet, lingering aftertaste.

M - Somewhat alcoholic.

D - Very drinkable, despite ABV.

A reliable favorite.

Photo of BMan1113VR
3.61/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Smells a lot like champaign with some hops. Pretty looking. Murky deep yellow with a white head that has excellent lacing. Taste is okay, but a bit off in the finish (don't like, what appears to be a peppery spice/apple taste). Finish has an alcoholic touch to it. Good, but not as good as I expected.

Photo of shabbtastic
3.68/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Presented in a 750 shared with a few Canadians in my sisters garage. This was my first go at a Tripel and quite frankly this style is not for me, great beer, just not for me.

A - Poured a hazy yellow into a gold rimmed chalice with a thick white foamy head. Lacing throughout, a very attractive beer.

S - Fruity and spicy, peaches pepper and clove are initially present with a cinnamon and apple back.

T - Sweet and yeasty, not an expert on this style but it took some time to get used to. I thought the alcohol would be too overpowering but it wasn't which was nice.

M - Very smooth with a dry finish. Tons of carbonation and very light on the tongue.

D - I guess you could drink more than one, the fellas I was with did, but for me one was perfect. Recommended.

Photo of illidurit
4.37/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle, poured into a Duvel tulip. Golden in color with a billowing white head. Nice retention and lacing. Aromas of soft esters with a spicy zing. Flavors of fleshy fruits like pear and apple, with some clove and pepper spiciness. With warmth, yeast becomes a prominent note. A bit high on carbonation, but overall quite smooth. Alcohol is hidden under the fruitiness. Body is medium.

Photo of IPAcraig
4.8/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

One of my absolute favorite beers. I am surprised I havent reviewed this one until now.

Poured into my St Bernardus Goblet. This beer looks very similar to its cousin, Don De Dieu. It pours a hazzy, medium gold, with a bright white, creamy head.

The trademark unibroue yeast is apparent from the first sniff. Apricots and earth dominate the nose.

This beer starts off semi-sweet and fruity; pears and apricots. Despite the apparent malt sweetness, this beer manages to feel fairly light and dry. A bit of grain in the finish with the tiniest amount of alcohol. This beer is amazing. To me it is a traditional Tripel, with super-charged yeast. The taste is uniquely Unibroue.

There are few beers a drinkable as this one. You barely notice that it is 9%. A true Gem, and a regular beer at this house.

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

Purchased at Evanston 1st Liquors for $6.29. Expiration date of 9/17/10.

Pours from a 750 ml bottle into a St. Bernardus goblet (yes, I need to get a tulip soon) with a very light head of large white fizzy bubbles that recede rather quickly, even after an aggressive pour, to a thin layer on the top. Color is a dull, opaque goldenrod. I like the color of a few other tripels better, but this is a trivial point. It looks like it will taste very good. A few thin streams of tiny bubbles rise up. After pouring the yeast into the final glass, the color becomes more peachy orange, and the head retention improves.

The nose is fruity and yeasty. Peaches and apricots, ripe red apples. Spices take a backseat; clove is the only one I can pick out for now. The intensity increases in the last pour, with extra herbal/spicy notes. The best of the style are more complex than this.

A lot of the (over)ripe red apple carries into the flavor inside of grainy malts, dominating the sour part of the palate. The spices kick in at the back of the tongue, with clove and pepper being prominent. The finish is mostly spices and earthy yeastiness. The yeast certainly gives away that this is a Unibroue production. The slightest bit of hops come through here, as does more apple and light fruit, namely apricot. Actually finishes a lot like a witbier, but a little bigger and sweeter. I am surprised at how much apple dominates the taste here. I was looking for more sweetness on the palate, but I thought the little bit of orange and apricot that showed up was too easily overpowered by the rest of the flavor profile.
No drastic changes after the yeast has been poured, maybe less apple, and more of the light fruits. (This was a close call between a 4.0 and a 4.5, but I gave it the bump up since tripel is one of my favorite styles, and I can't see rating that many beers this high or higher.)

Mouthfeel is soft. The carbonation is just about spot on. The high alcohol content tickles the tongue for the first sip or two, but that's nothing to get too worked up about. Leaves a pleasant tingling on the tongue, and warms going down. Does a good job of avoiding the roughness that often comes with wheaty beers.

This beer is a pleasure to drink. It gets a little hard to finish the entire 750 ml at the end, but I won't take off for that. One or two at a bar would not pose this problem. The alcohol is well integrated, but present enough for me to make sure that I'm pacing myself.

This is not my favorite tripel, but it's certainly no slouch. And at a much better price than a few others, I will certainly visit it again.

PS: After having 200+ beers, I figure I'm qualified enough to start reviewing. I definitely picked a winner to start with.

Photo of Tballz420
4.75/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Body is a lighter golden color, lots of little bubbles dancing around. Topping that is a big white head. Lots of malt on the nose, sweet candy, hints of citrus. The taste explodes on the tounge. Big sweet malt front, followed by some spicyness. Fair amount of hop, some fruit tones. Warm alcohol eventually shows up. A great mouthfeel. Very tasty and quite refreshing. Nice.

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

A: Poured a hazy golden-peach with a small sudsy white head that faded rather quickly. Visible carbonation appeared light-medium.

S: The nose had some creamy bananas, cloves and spicy fruit (green apples, oranges). There was a slight yeasty muskiness as well.

T: The initial flavor was spicy and fruity (pineapples, pears) with a light smokiness. Tart oranges, bananas, light bubblegum notes stand out. There were also some fresh apples, and mangos adding to the complexity in the finish rounding things out. Incredibly complex and fruity with a lively carbonation that brings out the full aroma and flavor

M: The mouthful was full of fresh oranges, spicy hoppiness and a lively carbonation bite.

D: Drinkability was incredibly good, with a vast complexity of fruitiness from the yeast. The 9.0% abv was hardly noticeable as this beer drank like a dream. Fulfilling at one drink, but easily drinkable in multiples until the alcohol catches up to you.

Photo of Proteus93
4.8/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Murky, rich yellow with a nice foamy head that holds up nicely, and leaves a great lace trim and sheet.

S: Fresh apple peel, some mild spices and alcohol notes. Almost a whiff of the the syrup canned tangerines are stored in. All around, a nice and gentle aroma.

T: A similar 'tangerine syrup'/light peach taste, with peppery notes and clove flavours. A nice, somewhat complex blend of flavours all very nicely balanced with one another. Finishes a little peppery, with the warming alcohol on the way down.

M + D: Somewhat expressive, with a good zip of carbonation... and crisp. A medium body on there that makes for an easier drink. Sipping moderately, the flavours linger in the mouth to be savoured for some time in between. A fine drink, and one I'd like to keep on hand for social occasions.

Photo of number1bum
4.84/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle pours a somewhat hazy golden honey color with a very rich and creamy inch and a half of nearly white head. Head retains a nice lace throughout and leaves quite a bit of stick.

Smell is very fruity with a nice sweetness, some clove, spice and yeast. Bit of booze in there too; this is precisely how I like a tripel to smell.

Taste too is exceptional. Sweet and fruity, super creamy, some spice and yeast, clove. I love tripels on the sweeter side and this is the prototype, I think. Mouthfeel is very creamy and a hefty medium body but the carbonation is a bit overdone; it could be softer in the mouth. Nevertheless, very smooth and creamy.

This is an awesome beer, one that I would drink all the time if I could.

La Fin Du Monde from Unibroue
96 out of 100 based on 8,934 ratings.