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La Fin Du Monde - Unibroue

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Ratings: 8,868
Reviews: 2,780
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 11.83%
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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 scoobybrew
3.82/5  rDev -11.4%
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 -6.5%
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
4.52/5  rDev +4.9%
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
4.48/5  rDev +3.9%
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
4.2/5  rDev -2.6%
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
3.71/5  rDev -13.9%
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
4.1/5  rDev -4.9%
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 +0.9%
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
3.8/5  rDev -11.8%
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
3.65/5  rDev -15.3%
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
4.49/5  rDev +4.2%
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 -37.8%
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
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%
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
4.08/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

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

Bought this bottle from CrackedKettle after reading and hearing so much about it. I thought I must give this a shot, being a fan of Unibroue's brews. I served the Fin Du Monde in my Duvel tulip and it billows up with a nice thick head good retention. The beer itself is a hazy orange golden color. On the nose, I have yeast, malts, some floral aromas as well as a light dash of apricot. The taste comes in with very subtle sweetness and clear yeast with a nice bready malt backing to it. It was somewhat similar to some blonds but very well done in this one albeit the fact that I am not to comfy with too much yeast jumping at me. Slightly citrusy in the taste but not much fruits detected which was a pity (think there was also a dash of apricot here). Some clear bready earthy tones too. The taste was generally strong and fairly complex, although I am not a big fan of yeasty tastes, I have to take my hat of this one. The finish was also yeasty but it unveiled a most wonderful after taste thereafter. I had apricots and then clearly apples with some very sublte malt sweetness. After the apples came delicious grapes lasting though a bit and "strong", "tasty" and "lingering" would be how I describe the after taste! The Fin Du Monde is between medium to full body thickness and the carbonation was good and active. Alcohol warming and strength were clear but the smoothness was not taken away; it goes down a little dry. This is a nice beer and I am glad I tried it though I am not a big fan of blonds. This one is clearly a great blond style for whoever is into the style; it tastes more like a blond than a tripel but that's one hell of a great blond we are talking about. Although I still prefer the Westmalle and Chimay tripels, it is a different gratification that I am after. Fin du Monde is a great beer and albeit not exactly my taste, I do feel that the after taste was awesome.

Photo of LeftonJackman
4.79/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

After a long weekend of moving trucks and hauling boxes, some friends and I sat down at the Winking Lizard for beer and pizza.

A: La Fin Du Monde poured a yellow/orange with a perfect untampered cloudiness. The head was soft and billowy with noticeable packets of air, hinting at the sparkle to come.

S: Amazing in the nose! Apricot, nectarine and a beautiful balance between sweet and spicy. Correctly present. The aroma wasn't too faint nor too dominant. I thought of trails and evergreens.

T: Smack your momma good. The head tickled my upper lip and the spicy citrus washed over my tongue. Being such a well-balanced flavor profile, my entire tongue was engaged.

M: Sparkling and alive, but not heavy. Most beers I have tasted that were this alive in the mouth were heavy in it as well. This beer was pristine, almost delicate without losing any presence.

D: I was not overpowered by the ABV and the beer left enough room for a second. Would enjoy again, in a heartbeat!

Photo of thierrynantes
3.8/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer bottle (33cl.), tasted in 2000.

Appearance : golden color with a white foam head that leaves lacing.
Smell : lemon
Taste and mouthfeel : thin on the palate, it reveals a sweet taste. well stressed his bitterness disappears in final.
Drinkability : good beer a little too high (style triple) brewed by Unibroue in Quebec.

Photo of CanuckRover
4.36/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle. Big fluffy head fills my Hoegaarden Grand Cru glass. Very pale beer, pale gold with an orange hue in the light. Cloudy, as should be expected.

Nose is sweet. Caster sugar with lots of citrus fruit, orange and lemon zest with the liveliness of grapefruit. Noticeable spiciness, cloves stand out. The alcohol certainly comes out.

Beer is a balancing act between spiciness, fruity/sugary sweetness and the alcohol esthers. Wonderful, very grainy, malt offers all sorts of fruit, most of which were immediately apparent in the aroma. Orange stands out, not only the zest, but a nice juicyness in the finish. The spice works especially well for me. Cloves offer an almost gingery taste, pulling the beer back just as the sweetness starts to become too sugary. Yeast leaves a dry impression, almost dusty.

Mouthfeel, I didn't taste this champage carbonation that everyone seems to mention. It foams in the mouth but it isn't exactly tingly.

Not a session beer obviously but the noticeable alcohol is handled very well. It's warming and works well with the rest of the beer's characteristics. I see what all the fuss is about, a great beer.

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

This is amongst my favorite beers...picked one up at ABC in a mix n' match...This beer pours a rich golden color with a tremendous head that leaves a nice lace. I noticed noted a fruity, yeasty smell with some spices mixed in. Tastes similar to its smell. Leaves a slightly bitter aftertaste and it is highly drinkable...
The only issue I have with this beer is that the alcohol content is noticeable. If you like this beer, try the rest of the Unibroue beers, they are all delicious, some more than this one

Photo of cdrogers
4.43/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had this beer at Callahan's and it was served in a large bottle with cork, not sure this is the regular serving, but it totally rocked. I had it put on ice while at the bar. It poured very red and golden and the head was not very large. The taste was very good, but not something I could drink all the time. It was very rich and sweet and would be best with a desert. It was a very strong beer. I only rated the drinkability a 4 because it is not something I would drink everyday and with any food, only with a desert. Everything else about this beer was perfect. It was recommended by an old friend who lived near the manufacturer.

Photo of Grintbrad
4.32/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served by cellar aged bottle, about 4 months

App: Hazy, Golden orangish with fluffy, whipped cream like head and effervescence. Cloudy. Sparkling like champagne.

Smell: Oranges, Lemons, and a slight funky yeasty smell. Spicy.

Taste: Sweet start with a dry finish. Citrus fruits and sugars, spicy yeast and earthy yet subtle hops.

Mouthfeel: Slight puckering yet refreshing. Smooth, and warming from the alcohol.

Drinkability: Decent. I couldn't have more than 1-2 glasses of this, but its pretty good. Carbonation is a distraction, very effervescent like champage. Taste is great, alcohol is barely noticeable, despite the high ABV. Pleasant yeast flavor, and delicous overtones of oranges and lemons. Excellent beer.

Photo of berserker256
4.22/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hazy, orangey-yellowish. Full white bubbly head. Warm alcohol-fruity aroma with a yeasty touch. Warm going down. High alcohol content obviosly contributes to this. Feels similar to wine in that aspect. For that reason, the drinkability is hampered. But the taste itself is a pleasant one. Fruity warm flavor with ample carbonation. This is the perfect beer to drink two of on an empty stomach before dinner. You drink two, eat like a slob, then fall asleep on the living room floor while watching the evening news. Hopefully the kid doesn't start crying...

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

A: Pours a hazy, golden orange with a massively dense head that displays excellent retention and imparts a web of lace along the sides of the glass.

S: A yeasty, pale malt tripel smell with the quintessential Belgian aroma of sweetness and a bit of funk. Smells delicious.

T: Tasty and balanced, this Belgian interpretation has all the qualities of a tripel, yet stands on its own. The intro is gentle and mild, leading into a twangy hop middle and a rush of bubbles and sweetness. Finish is slightly drying, yet refreshing, and leaves a bit of the bittersweet combination trailing down the back of the mouth.

M: Creamy and crisp, carbonation is quite generous, but not an enhancer, not detractor, of flavor.

D: Very drinkable. The construction of this beer is not only doing a service to Belgian-style ales brewed in North America, but to craft beer in general. Most noticeable to me is the hop character, jumping out, yet blending so well with the overall composition.

Photo of brendan13
4.2/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured into a La Fin Du Monde tulip with a couple of inches of fluffy white head a top a hazy, orange tinted golden liquid. Head slowly falls away to a thin whisp.
S - Yeast esters, some spice phenols and a touch of citrus.
T - The spice & citrus from the smell come through backed by some bready malt & sweetness. Some slight alcohol touches.
M - Medium bodied with a lowish carbonation. Dry finish.
D - A beer that I'll be drinking again for sure. The 9%ABV is quite well hidden but would creep up on you.

Photo of jobyone
4.23/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice golden color wiht thick head. Smell has fruit and yeast in it. The taste is really nice. Good balance and a subdued flavoring of citrus, sweetness and malt. The mouthfeel is quite light especially for the strength and it makes for a drinkable beer. I do wish it had slightly more character.

La Fin Du Monde from Unibroue
96 out of 100 based on 8,868 ratings.