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La Fin Du Monde - Unibroue

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

8,620 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 8,620
Reviews: 2,753
rAvg: 4.32
pDev: 11.81%
Wants: 379
Gots: 1,089 | FT: 19
Brewed by:
Unibroue visit their website
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 Sammy
3.98/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After warming to room temperature, you can taste some of the strong alcohol and the carbonation.Cloves detract. Popular with my friends but merely good. Have had every few months and observe that its not comparable to the best Belgiums, merely to the median good ones.

Sammy, Dec 16, 2003
Photo of t0rin0
4.15/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This came from a 750 ml from bevmo, so not sure how old it actually is. It poured a nice dark golden color and was hazy. It also had a large white head that dissipated and left nothing behind. The aroma was mostly of orangey citrus. There was of course a little bit of yeast in the smell too. The flavor was very sweet and pleasant but on the verge of being too sweet. There was some complexity in the taste but I couldn't tell what all was in there. The mouthfeel was carbonated and light, which is nice for a tripel.

I think its a very enjoyable beer but the sweetness takes away from its credibility a little.

t0rin0, Jan 15, 2008
Photo of spycow
4/5  rDev -7.4%

spycow, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.38/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a hazy honey color with a huge 2 inch white head that fades to a small cap. There is a little spotty lacing present.

S - Smells of acidic fruit like pineapple, green apples, and malts.

T - Tastes heavily of yeast and malt with an acidic fruit aftertaste.

M - Extremely bubbly and crisp with an acidic feel in the mouth.

D - Very tasty beer that was very refreshing. Another great offering from Unibroue.

UCLABrewN84, May 26, 2010
Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev -7.4%

djrn2, Jan 15, 2012
Photo of zestar
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

zestar, Mar 09, 2013
Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -19%

acurtis, Jan 15, 2012
Photo of Thorpe429
4.78/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Golden and slightly hazy with a very nice white head that leaves behind a good amount of lacing.

S: Lots of sweet malt comes through before its overtaken by the yeast, which has a good amount of spiciness dominated by cloves.

T: The cloves spiciness dominates again and the 9.0abv exudes a nice alcohol warmth. Some grassy malt in the background, but this is all about the yeast.

M: Medium body with quite a bit of carbonation.

D: Sublimely drinkable. One of the beers that truly turned me on to the good stuff.

Thorpe429, May 01, 2009
Photo of nmann08
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

nmann08, Nov 25, 2011
Photo of Texasfan549
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Texasfan549, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of metter98
4.38/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer poured clear golden yellow in color with a finger high bright white head that slowly died down into a thin layer of bubbles covering most of the surface. A moderate amount of carbonation is visible from the rising bubbles.
S: There is a moderate smell of floral hops, fruits, spices and yeast in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the nose and much stronger, having a good balance between pepper spices and a slight amount of sweetness from the fruits. There are also some notes of candi sugar.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate with a lot of dryness in the finish.
D: The alcohol is very well hidden, which makes this beer very drinkable. I will definitely be having this again as it is one of the best representations of a tripel.

metter98, Jul 23, 2010
Photo of GRG1313
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

GRG1313, Feb 09, 2013
Photo of kjkinsey
5/5  rDev +15.7%

kjkinsey, Dec 05, 2011
Photo of brentk56
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pale, cloudy yellow with an enormous white head; good lacing

Smell: Bananas and a touch of clove; undertones of candi sugar and lemon

Taste: Starts with the banana and candi sugar flavors; by mid-palate, pears and other light fruits arrive along with a lemony bitterness; after the swallow, the pear and stone fruit flavors build into the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with prickly carbonation

Drinkability: Very tasty, with a distinct yeasty character; well made - as good a tripel as you will find

brentk56, Aug 09, 2004
Photo of BEERchitect
3.95/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

La Fin Du Monde is a solid Tripel with a sweeter, wheaty demeanor and weizen-like yeastiness.

Murky golden in color, the beer carries a froathy rocky white head at first, but struggles for retention as it reduces to hardly a trace only a few moments in.

Wheaty and spicy, the aromas display the appricot, pear, and nearly banana and clove character that rivals hefeweizens.

Flavors follow suit with a sweeter candied fruit taste of ripe, or over ripe, appricots, bananas, and pear. Spicy with alcohol, white pepper, corriander, and a dash of orange peel. Light notes of coconut or vanilla seems to richen the flavor and detract from the zesty taste of classic Belgian tripels. Lacking any meaningful hop character further exacerbates the sweet and fatter mid palate. Pleasant earthy notes rise as the beer warms, giving a honey-like taste in finish.

Heightened sweetness and body makes the beer less digestable and drinkable than it should be. Sweetness and malt textures linger in the finish and never allows for the snappy dry finish that tripels deserve. Alcohols warm the mouth and accent the peppery character of yeast and help with balance late.

Though this is a nice tripel ale, I don't give it the praise that others share. It doesn't have the malty-dry, cracker-like character and well attenuated sweetness of Chimay Cinq Cents (white label), nor with it's floral, spicy, earthy hop presence. This beer just tastes muted, sweet, and over fruity in comparison.

BEERchitect, Jun 18, 2005
Photo of Phyl21ca
4.47/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle: Poured a golden beer with a huge bubbly head with average retention. Aroma is a mix between something sweet which might be candi sugar and wheat. Taste is very refreshing with again a nice mix of candi sugar, wheat and something a bit spicier, which I cannot identify. Body if medium with great carbonation. I truly love this beer even after more then ten years of drinking it. Must be commanded just for helping discovered the fabulous world of beer.

Phyl21ca, May 10, 2004
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.05/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

"It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine"

--R.E.M.


Yeast-laden, effervescent, brilliant gold with an expansive, billowy cap of rich, aged ivory. Plenty of BSPAs have this basic appearance, but something about this one strikes me as near perfect as I let bright morning sunlight stream through the window and catch fire in the glass. The head is in too much of a hurry to depart and almost no lace is visible, so I'm forced to curb my enthusiasm a bit.

Definitely a good nose for the style, but I'm not gobsmacked. There's a smidgen less power than anticipated and less complexity as a result. I can appreciate spicy pear and apple fruit with intimations of clove spice. It's hard to say if an actual Belgian yeast strain is in use. If so, it's one of the tamer varieties. The aroma opens up a bit more with warming and becomes more white peppery as well.

Most of the usual style elements are present: orchard fruit, spice and well-integrated alcohol. The beer is sweeter than some with a more subdued spiciness. The word elegant comes to mind. La Fin Du Monde is unquestionably a civilized, mannered version of the style. The thing is, I tend to prefer rabble rousers. I enjoy the flavor, but I find myself wishing that there was more of it and that it would hang around a while longer.

Adding the yeast from the bottom of the bottle helps a little, but not enough. This is good beer that could be great beer with a tweak or two. The finish is tackysweet and is the capper to a wonderfully lush mouthfeel that is the highlight of this entire experience for me.

La Fin Du Monde is a wonderful effort and is an admirable example of its style. However, it lacks a certain 'je ne sais quoi' and therefore doesn't quite equal the best BSPAs. That said, I'm savoring the final few ounces and I'm definitely feeling fine.

BuckeyeNation, Jul 08, 2005
Photo of kylehay2004
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2.5 finger head with nice lacing on a murky amber and golden body. Aroma is yeasty with dark fruit, mostly red apples, and spices. Flavor is excellent with a nice yeast and spice profile on a caramel malt backbone. Very crisp, moderate to high carbonation and medium body. This has been one of my favorites for a long time. The apple notes are especially good. Overall an excellent beer and go-to beer when available.

kylehay2004, Jan 19, 2012
Photo of jaydoc
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

jaydoc, Aug 05, 2013
Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -19%

ygtbsm94, Jan 12, 2012
Photo of mikesgroove
4.63/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This was fantastic. Poured a deep hazy and very light amber with a big white frothy head. Quick fade left behind a nice quarter inch layer of head on top and nice lace down the glass. Smell was very alive, lots of figs and pears with hints of raisin and plum. Lots of carbonation gave this a great feel and only served to punctuate the great flacors. Lots of light fruitness here, again peachs, pears, figs, hints at nutmeg and some grape. Extrodinarily drinkable, with no hint whatsoever of the big alchol in this. Quite possibly one of my all time favorite belgian style ales. This was fantastic. Nothing over the top, just crafter perfectly. I would highly recommend this to anyone.

mikesgroove, Apr 06, 2007
Photo of womencantsail
4.33/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Bottle poured into my Koningshoven chalice to reveal a clear golden beer with a thin but sturdy layer of white foam on top.

S: The smell of sweet apples, clove, yeast, and a bit of white grapes. There is also a touch of alcohol.

T: The spice comes out much more in the flavor than it does in the aroma. A lot of clove and nutmeg are complimented nicely by some fruity esters and a hint of yeast. There is a very well balanced sweetness to bitterness ratio that I've found to be lacking in other Tripels.

M: Very nice body on this beer; medium to full, in fact. The carbonation appears very lively in the glass but is a bit muted on the tongue itself. A bit of alcohol heat hits the back of the throat as well.

D: This is one of the first Tripels I've really enjoyed. Good solid Belgian yeast character and a fruitiness and sweetness that is well balanced. The only knock on the drinkability of this beer comes from the alcohol, but still easy to drink.

womencantsail, Jan 05, 2010
Photo of Knapp85
4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew poured out as a hazy yellow color with a billowing white head on top. The foam leaves some scattered lacing on the glass with each sip. The smell of the beer is a little citrusy and has some sweet grainy aromas too in there. The beer smells refreshing, very lively. The taste of the beer was a little spicy, a little fruity and had a nice amount of bready yeast in there too. The mouthfeel was smooth and rather easy to drink, even for a strong brew like this one. Overall it's a damn good brew and I would enjoy this one again someday for sure.

Knapp85, Sep 26, 2011
Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.75/5  rDev -13.2%

westcoastbeerlvr, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of ChainGangGuy
4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours lightly hazy, golden-orange body with a smallish, white head.

Smell: Fruit juice aroma smelling of pears, peaches, and pineapple -- really any fruit starting with 'p' will do. Nicely spicy, hint of orange peel, too.

Taste: Pale malts and a large portion of candi sugar quickly followed by a flavorful medley of fruit juices from the nose, plus a greater portion of banana. A counterbalance of spices, bitterish orange peel, and hops try to match the sugars present. Slight yeastiness throughout, maybe a bit of bagel dough. Finishes crisp and quite fruity.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Slight stickiness to the mouthfeel. Medium-high carbonation.

Drinkability: So fruity! A delicate, delightful tripel.

ChainGangGuy, Sep 29, 2008
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La Fin Du Monde from Unibroue
96 out of 100 based on 8,620 ratings.