La Fin Du Monde - Unibroue

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Ratings: 8,753
Reviews: 2,761
rAvg: 4.32
pDev: 11.81%
Wants: 388
Gots: 1,164 | FT: 17
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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 slyke
4.4/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

La Fin Du Monde pours a golden orange color with a white head two fingers high. The head fades to a thin lace cap.

The aroma is has notes of citrus and alcohol, but its strongest characteristic is the aroma that all Unibroue beers possess, it must be their proprietary yeast.

Some orange, some banana, some alcohol, some carbonation are all found in the flavor. A subtle warming sensation from the alcohol too as the beer hits the stomach.

Mouthfeel has a bit of heft in the center of the tongue with some very distinct crispness around the edges of the mouth.

This is an extremely drinkable beer. Its 9.0% alcohol content by volume makes it one that you wouldn't want to drink all day, but this is a damn solid beer. Highly recommended.

Photo of Rudgers73
3.88/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beer #2 of my 11 aged Unibroue beers. This has been in my father's basement.

Age - 1.17 years

Pale, yellowish-orange color. Lots of darker sediment. Vigorous carbonation rising in specific vertical trails. Smaller head that settles to a light white covering. The aroma is very round and full. Vanilla, banana, mild yeast, and orange peel. The taste begins as a tart citrusy-hop bite followed by a crispy, spicy yeast flavor. The end has a slight alcohol zip, heightened by the fizzy carbonation. The full, malty background has degraded a bit which lets the complex cloves, citrus zest, and hops to take the front seat. The finish seems to be a bit drier as well. The mouthfeel is much lighter and less sticky than I've had before, increasing the drinkability, but reducing the mouthfeel. Overall, I'd say that this beer is in the infant stages of cellaring. The aroma is shifting, the mouthfeel has become more prickly, the beer is starting a noticeable change. It is taking on a very Champagne-ish characteristic.

Join me in about a year for bottle #3...
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Well, year 2 is here. This bottle is 2.07 years young.

Poured into a flute this beer is very clear now. Deep golden color with an inch head that settles quickly to a half. Very active carbonation maintains the head. The smell is dry, tart, and appley. That round and mellow yeast presence is very limited as the bottle has been sitting uninterrupted for a solid 7 months. I am amazed that there is not one bit of lees or sediment in my pour. Absolutely crystal clear. The taste is becoming more like a saison in that it is dry and peppery with a metallic tone. The rich citrus fruit aspect has gone mostly away and I am left with a sweet white-wine-ish and mild dry beer. I taste what might be very slight oxidation with a noticed bit of papery tone at the end. I will make a decision next year about the future of the rest of the case. If it starts to get cardboardy, I will have a party and get rid of it.

See you again in about a year for bottle #4.

Photo of BeerTruth
4.3/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a tulip glass.

The end of the world eh? This baby pours a cloudy straw yellow with a huge snow-white head. Takes a good while before it dies down to a good lacing with quite a bit of stickiness. Smell is definitely a fluffy yeast with bananas and a smokey scent as well. A tiny hint of alcohol seems to tingle the nose as well. Taste has nice balance between the clovey yeast and the mandarine hop flavoring. A bit of metallic tingles in the mouth as well. Alcohol flavor is present but not overpowering at all, finishes somewhat dry. Mouthfeel is creamy with high carbonation. They make this beer very drinkable for this style at 9%. This is my first beer from this brewery and I know it won't be my last.

Photo of Brad007
4.83/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a mild pale-ish color. I never realized it was a pale ale, let alone a strong pale ale and I have had it in the past. Strong aroma with hints of spice and apple along with malt and some hops. Taste is somewhat mild with a very raisin like consistency mixed in with alcohol. Again, very strong and interesting for a Belgian-style Pale Ale. At 9%, very drinkable and not quite for the faint of heart either. Complex, yet delicious. Definitely something different for a pale ale, let alone a strong pale ale.

Photo of smcreator
4.65/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours with a two finger, medium-large bubble head that quickly pops down to a thin layer of small bubbles. It is a deep cloudy yellow/orange color.

S: Wonderful smell. Since the head is full of popping larger bubbles it gives off a wonderful smell, especially at the beginning.

T: A wonderful taste reminiscent of an exceptional home brew (probably in part due to the yeast base refermentation. The beer is sweet with a citrus-like aftertaste. Tastes similar to the best hefeweizen you might have tried.

M: It is actually fun to drink. At each sip, the aforementioned bubbles 'explode' in your mouth releasing the full flavor in the mouth.

D: Due to a high ABV of 9% and the rich and brilliant flavors, this is a beer to enjoy while smoking a pipe, but not one to take to a college party.

Photo of bonbright7
4.38/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was tonight's great find at Whole Foods in Jericho, NY as I was thinking about a tripel. It poured with an extra foam that took a while to settle, so I just inhaled it in deep appreciation. The first taste was like the last, until I got to the extra yeast section. A plentiful array of sweet malts, the tangs of hops, and the slightly sour elements came together in a great tasting ale. It must be stellar on tap.

Photo of jtslay
4.95/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is a very special beer. I opened the bottle to the smell of New Belgium's Abbey (Double). The smell was clean and balanced. Nothing stuck out. The taste is very light on the tongue with a hint of ginger and sweet alcohol as pointed out before. What impressed me the most about this brew was its drinkability and mouthfeel. This feels like a slightly flat champagne and ends very crisp. This drinks like a normal beer but has twice the alcohol. Very nice. Will try to brew some of my own.

Photo of MmmIPA
3.6/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my chimay goblet.

Bone white two finger head that fell to some lacing and small patches.Tons of carbonation from my goblet.Golden body,very clear.

Belgian yeast,pepper,my girl mentioned ginger also.some chalkyness.

Some lemon zest,some orange,hops,yeast,pepper. in the taste

Mouthful is sweet and a tad syrupy.some tang with the carbonation.

At 9% this beer dont seem that high.Good stuff but I tend to like the darker belgians more.I would reccomend to any belgian lover.But its nothing to go out and hunt down.

Photo of BuckSpin
4.3/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 11oz bottle (Best By date of 10/4/08), cellared 9 months in my possession, in a small snifter.

Poured rather silently and with some "chug" attitude. Rich, spicy nose. Faint clove, wet rocks, straw. As it warms it grows in sweet fruit qualities like apple, pear, even banana, as well as some honey. Head was a lively, snapping 2 fingers of think, clingy, pale ivory foam that lasted quite a while, eventually only fading to a mere finger's worth of the same that laced in ribbons. A cloudy, thick, golden honey amber hue, a large amount of sediment is present in almost chunky, thick pieces. A crazy parade of bubbles rises fiercely from the snifter base. Visually this is a looker.

Great balance between spicy, dry & sweet, syrupy malts. Clove bites, the hops dryly nibble, the syrup like sweet malts coat...a very pleasing mouthfeel. Its interesting that the caramelized malts take on more of a sugar syrup quality than caramel. Faint apple is noticeable as well.

The flavor shifts to a semi-dry, ciderlike crunch & feel on the palate, with a more bitter quality taking the point, yet I swear I feel a hint of cotton candy...yet another gear shift! Its still a little spicy and the peppery bite of the alcohol warms up....literally. All this said, it is going down almost alarmingly easy. The finish is warm & cozy as the tastes all meld and the 9% ABV finishes that warm up and comes alive in a mouth glow of heat that not so much tickles the teeth as it numbs them from the roots down. The aftertaste is a surprisingly malty sweetness, still a wee bit spicy, chewy, yet not filmy nor coating. Its almost like a fine pastry that once was.

This was a rather complex and excellent offering. A variety of tastes experiences, sensations, ebbs & flows, etc. made for a great beer experience. Be warned that it does drink much easier than the high ABV it is. I would definitely drink this again, and would recommend it to anyone.

Photo of PittBeerGirl
4.38/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-cloudy pale yellow with thick white head. great retention.

S-some yeast, citrus and spices.

T-great blend of citrus and spices with a backgroud of yeast. Clean finish. Alcohol is barely noticable.

M- high carbonation and fairly thick body. goes down pretty smooth

D- I can't tell this is 9% ABV and it is very delicious. I will try this one again. Another great offering from Unibroue

Photo of PhiloPsych
4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy straw yellow out of the bottle. Not much head. Lots of bubbles continuously rise. Aroma is bready and strongly sweetly alcoholic. Flavor is tart and sweet and bready in the finish. In looks and taste this beer is very reminiscent of a Hefeweizen. After warming there is a slight buttery wine-like flavor up front. Some citrus notes also start to come out as it warms.

Photo of guitarmage
4.43/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a cider golden with a soda like carbonation, bubbling up is a white head that dissipates quickly leaving no lacing. Slight chill haze, a lot of active bubbles.

Smell: Big fruity esters, banana, green apple, cloves, also a little floral, also some wheatiness.

Taste: Great citrus sweetness, tart, mango flavors, alcohol warms up the palette and the nose, cloves and spice and dry finish with a grapefruit rind finish.

Mouthfeel: Smooth rolling carbonation, beer coats the mouth, finishes semi dry.

Drinkability: Tasty Belgian ale, very drinkable, a lot of fruity flavor packed into this one.

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

Unibroue may very well be my favorite brewery, and ever since I was first blown away by Trois Pistoles, I've gone back to their beers ever since. Tonight will be my first La Fin Du Monde in quite awhile though. I can't wait.

APPEARANCE: Poured (fittingly) into my Unibroue tulip. Pale golden straw in color with slight orange highlights. A rocky white head sits atop but falls somewhat quickly to just a fraction of itself. The half inch head that remains holds very well though, and tops the beer off nicely. No lacing to speak of, however.

SMELL: The smell is of pungent Belgian yeast along with citrus (predominantly orange), coriander and spice, golden raisin, and barely, some leafy hop aromas. The breadiness overpowers the other aromas ever so slightly, but overall, this beer smells great.

TASTE: Starts very bready, but the malt quickly shines with a prominent caramelness. Intense hiccups of sweet orange occasionally pop up. The finish is a little on the dry side but retains the yeasty and malty sweetness.

MOUTHFEEL: A sharp carbonation greets you at first sip and develops into a creamy medium-full body. Just right.

DRINKABILITY: Very easy. The dryness hinders it just a bit, but you wouldn't guess 9%, so it hides it fairly well. This is the perfect beer for a mild spring evening like tonight.

La Fin Du Monde really holds its own in the Belgian Strong Pale category despite the serious competition at the top. I will absolutely revisit this beer again and again.

Photo of vtfan77
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Hazy gold with a gigantic fluffy white head. Chunks of lacing stick to the sides of the glass as the head ever so slowly dissipates. A big column of bubbles rises constantly from the bottom of my Duvel tulip to join that massive head. A sight to behold.

S- Very yeasty. Tart lemon and lime smells come up to greet the nose. Sweet malt backs the yeast to create a near heavenly aroma.

T- Oh yeah, that's the stuff. More sweet malt with that fantastic yeast character. Clove melds with those sweet citrus flavors to create a wonderful taste. A bit of a metallic flavor comes into play at times, although the alcohol does not. Next to no bitterness on the finish, although a little might have been nice in order to balance out the sweetness. Not that I'm complaining...

M- Carbonation is high but not too high; mouthfeel is light to medium and fluffy, but also a little creamy at times.

D- Very high. The only thing limiting it is the high alcohol. And maybe the sweetness a little bit.

Fantastic beer. With my admittedly brief experience with Belgian-style ales, I have to say that I've come to the conclusion that not much beats a great BSPA. This one is fantastic. Highly, highly recommended.

Photo of StarSAELS
4.05/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ordered at Taco Mac in Peachtree City, GA.

Unbelievable. The two friends I was with were looking for guidance and in the mood for something hoppy, so I pointed them at Rogue Dead Guy Ale. I initially ordered a different Abbey ale, but they were out of it, so I looked at La Fin du Monde and said, "Sure, I'll try that for $5!" Unbelievable.

A: Pours a cloudy whitish yellow with a thick, yeasty, off-white head that just wouldn't go down. Swirling the yeast at the bottom and pouring it into the tulip reinforced the head with a rich, almost syrupy foam. I couldn't let all of that fall into the beer. I took a little taste of it. Freakin' awesome!

S: So good I made everybody else at the table smell the spicy hops and fruity malts and the lemony-orangey citrus. This serving got its fair share of swirling,let me tell you...

T: Man, with the hops and the malts battling it out, they made quite a ruckus on the ol' taste and olfactory senses. The flavor is well-balanced and subtle. It's like watching a show with so much going on that you have to watch it two or three times before you see everything. That yeasty goodness and wild spices delicately mask the 9% abv. You don't taste it, but you feel it when you stand up!

M: Smoothy and creamy, a long dry finish that became a little more bitter and a bit drier as the beer warmed.

D: Put this on my Wants list...

Photo of fank2788
4.68/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12oz bottle marked best before 11/09 served in a snifter
This beer pours a very nice pale straw gold color with a thick 2 finger pure white head. The head falls a bit but can be quickly called back by swirling the glass leaving tons of lace. The smell is dominated by the Unibroue yeast with a bit of summer fruit underneath. There seems to be three separate taste "phases" with this beer. First there is a lot of sweetness with orange and tangerine flavors. Second, a good deal of bitterness from the hops and a touch of warmth from the alcohol is noticed, both of these flavors are subtle but they do enough to balance the sweetness. Lastly, I get nice tart lemon along with a bit of grain and peppery spice. A bit of clove and banana are present throughout. The mouthfeel is good medium body with lively carbonation, a powdery dry finish and a pleasant aftertaste. Drinkability ranks very high interesting complexity with hidden alcohol makes this highly quaffable. If the end of the world were imminent I would be drinking a few of these.

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

This is a pretty nice beer, don't get me wrong, but I've tried it numerous times and still don't think it lives up to the hype. It's pretty with a tall white head and hazy straw yellow body.It smelled sweet and spicy (corriander) with a similar flavor. I just find the flavor to fall flat, I get some, but not a great complexity out of it. Still, it's very easy to drink and with little hint of the alcohol. I'd probably go for Duvel instead of this though.

Photo of pmcadamis
4.88/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Got this at Brewhaus in downtown Springfield. Served in the bottle with a small footed pint glass...I like how they let you pour your own beer the way that you want.

A - Awesome 12 oz bottle with a picture of what I at first thought was Pangaea, but then realized that La Fin Du Monde means "the end of the world" sop why would they put a picture of the beginning of the world on the bottle. Turns out it's actually a disembodied picture of Quebec. As for the beer, it's a creamy golden hue that is very hazy and supports a nice thick 2 finger white head. The head is very tight looking as stays around for the duration.

S - Dark fruits, honey, dusty yeast, outdoorsy aromas, and melon. Gloriously complex and very typically "Belgian."

T - Honey drenched melons, dates, and cantaloupe. Yeasty powdery outdoorsy flavors clearly identify this as a Belgian style beer. Soft and round hop profile keeps things from getting too sweet...although this is markedly sweeter than Duvel. I don't taste any alcohol whatsoever. This is remarkably tasty.

M - Extremely full and thick in the mouth....like honey. Chewy and dusty with moderate carbonation helping to further increase the sensation of fullness. No hint of the whopping 9 & ABV either.

D - Excellent. If it weren't for the high price tag, I would drink this all the time. 9% be damned...this thing did kick my ass at the end of the night however, so watch out.

Photo of micahgoldfus
4.2/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a delicious looking golden yellow, with 2 finger of head, which dissolved quickly, leaving no lace on top. A great smell, floral and fruity, but not quite as fruity as an average weiss. Tasted as good as it smelled: delicious, fruity, with banana taste and orange hint, sugary/yeasty. At first taste, I thought it was slightly too carbonated. But as I drank it, the bubbly texture really started to compliment the tangy taste, leaving a sharp impression on my tongue. No taste of alcohol anywhere. A well crafted beer, leaving me a very happy drinker.

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

A: Golden, slightly hazy. Nice, foamy head, but deflated within a few minutes.
S: Sweet, clovey, reminded me of hefe weizen.
T: Very refreshing, nice flavors, very clove flavored. Banana, sweet, sugary, no alcohol.
M: Creamy but not heavy
D: Solid beer, easy to drink, easy to put back a 750mL bottle at 9%ABV and not notice!

Photo of sleazo
4.88/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

750ml caged and corked. best before 1-10-10

A-Abeautiful cloudy orange with a thick marshmallow like fluffy 3 inch head that lingers. Massive ammounts of lace. Gorgeous

S-Bread and oranges. a perfume like alcohol level permeates the nose. This smells divine.

T-Sweet sugars first glance the tongue followed up by a wonderful dryness. There is also a certain hint of sourness and umami. This hits all areas of the tongue. Notes of pepper, coriander, allspice can be detected. Despite this being strong I cannot detect the alcohol. I also do not taste banana or clove like in some of the others of this style yet there is still a distinctive yeasty pholic taste.

M-Super creamy and yet at the same time light. It glides through the mouth.

D- This one is dangerously good. This might just be my desert island beer. I was wowed by this back in 1996 and I am wowed by it now. A masterpiece.

Photo of rec
4.05/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A hazy yellow body is presented by the pour, with a foamy white head that dissipates quickly but laces better than either of the other Unibroue offerings.

Clove and spice come through on the nose once again, the difference being the strength of the citrus and additional scents. Yeast and orange peel, perhaps even bananna are evident. It actually smells very similar to some actual Belgian Pale Ales such as Duvel.

Not suprisingly in this case, it tastes much like it smells. It's not quite as sweet as La Chouffe, and not quite as alchohol heavy as Delirium Tremens but still warms in the aftertaste. I'm not entirely happy with the level of carbonation, unfortunately for my tastes it does suit this style of brew.

Despite it's alchohol content, I'd actually consider it a session beer as it's very easy to drink. I'm not sure how long you would be coherent for at 9%, but up until that moment of black-out, you'd be enjoying every sip.

Photo of belgbeerdrinker
3.88/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: pours a gold hazy color that starts with a very thick head that settles to still-sizable head, also can see some carbonation
s: smell of belgian yeast, some citrus and a little alcohol
t: distinct flavor from other belgian styles, with the citrus-like taste prominent as well as the tasty belgian yeast and malts
m: light to medium body, nice, subtle carbonation on front-end, very smooth
d: i've enjoyed this one on many occasions, and will continue to do so as it's a solid beer that always satisfies

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

Pours highly carbonated with a very thick, fluffy white head. The color is a clear golden yellow. The aroma is citrus with some peach or apricot. This is mixed with a "funny" smell that I am only qualified to describe with the words "Belgian" and "good". There was also a spicy element to the smell. Starts with strong apricot flavor mixing with citrus and banana. The flavor profile moves to spice and finishes dry with some alcohol sneaking in at the end. The mouthfeel is kept light with the moderate to high carbonation.

This beer is very drinkable and enjoyable, especially given the alcohol level. A great and well-crafted example of the style.

Photo of udubdawg
4.55/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A favorite of the style...hell, this is a favorite of any style!
pours a golden orangey color, with a sizeable off-white head. Leaves a nice lace over part of the glass. Tried to keep yeast sediment in the bottle, but some snuck up on me - no matter - it settles out into the bottom of the glass quickly.

Aromas of fruit, earthy belgian funk, and a bit medicinal. A hint of spice, but nothing overwhelming.

Such a delicious flavor. Noted clove right away. Alcohol is noticeable, but never more than a faint warming. There is ample fruit in the form of apple, citrus, and I think apricot. There is plenty of sweetness, but a nice hop lightly bittering hop flavor balances this out nicely. Nice!

Great carbonation on the high side of medium and relatively thick/full bodied mouthfeel. Nearly defines smooth and creamy.

I'd have a hard time finding something of this style/strength combination that is also this drinkable. In a word: 5

La Fin Du Monde from Unibroue
96 out of 100 based on 8,753 ratings.