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La Fin Du Monde - Unibroue

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

8,375 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 8,375
Reviews: 2,739
rAvg: 4.32
pDev: 11.81%
Wants: 363
Gots: 985 | FT: 17
Brewed by:
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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 lacqueredmouse
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Possibly one of the last bottles to reach Australian shores, at least for a while, sadly. Chilled to cellar temperature and served in my Unibroue tulip, avoiding the lees.

Body is an absolutely beautiful cloudy but burnished ripe pear colour, deep yellow with hints of orange in its depths. Head is billowy and frothy, boisterously foaming up when poured. Pleasantly light body and thick sheeting lace as the head collapses. It's a wonderful looking beer.

Nose is crisp but round, full of spicy, earthy Belgian yeast notes, with hints of dark fruit, fig compote, pickled orange rind, and whisked vanilla essence. Such wonderfully blended and outrageously sophisticated aromas. Gorgeous.

Taste is smooth and round, but with a central vector of fruity acidity that cuts pleasantly through the sweetness. Spicy Belgian notes come up through the back, along with a subtle but structured spirit bite. Mouthfeel tingles with subtle heat and acidity throughout, just livening up the palate wonderfully.

Yes, this is a very good and very well-crafted beer. Extremely flavoursome, but so well balanced and light enough that it's supremely drinkable. An excellent brew that I'll be sorry to see disappear.

lacqueredmouse, Oct 15, 2010
Photo of dbrauneis
4.33/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a crystal clear pale golden yellow in color with heavy amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a two finger tall bright whit head that slowly reduces to a thick film covering the entire surface of the beer evenly. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of light fruits, Belgian yeast, peppery spices, and lighter notes of floral hops.

T: Moderate to strong flavors of pale malts with some light fruit sweetness balanced with peppery spices and Belgian yeast. Additionally there is some candi sugar sweetness and just a hint of floral hops contributing a touch of bitterness that fades quickly.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Very smooth (almost creamy) with lots of dryness in the finish.

O: Probably my favorite beer in the style (Tripel) and a great example of it... The alcohol is extremely well hidden making the beer quite easy to drink but I know it needs to be sipped or it really sneaks up on you. Definitely one to have again.

dbrauneis, Nov 18, 2012
Photo of Billolick
4.13/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Now this is more like it! Large bottle, corked and caged. Poured straw/golden and semi cloudy, white tiny bubble head and leaving lace.. Still not getting much of a nose, just a bit of wheat, bubble gum and yeast. Tastes/notes of wheat, yeast, bubblegummy phenolics, fruit, candy sugar, apricots, rum soaked grapes, yum yum. Finish is sweat and smooth. Crisp and nicely turned out Canadian Belgian.

Billolick, May 30, 2004
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.

tempest, Apr 21, 2007
Photo of barleywinefiend
4.93/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Poured a cloudy yellowish amber color with good carbonation and a white head. Nose is fruit, hops and belgian yeast. Taste is fruit, belgian yeast, spice and warming. I thought it was pretty good and smooth on mouthfeel and drinkability. It was warming, spicy and fruits on the mouthfeel.

barleywinefiend, Nov 05, 2009
Photo of Georgiabeer
4.15/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very hazy golden with a beautiful creamy pure white head. The head retains well and the lacing is decent, but a little spotty. Smell isn't bad, there just isn't much of one. Faint hints of clove and other yeasty esters,and not too much more. The taste is better, and rather subtle. The alcohol is well camoflauged and there are nice yeast notes of clove, bubblegum, and spice. The finish is long and creamy. Nice mouthfeel, but perhaps could use a little more bite. Quite drinkable- maybe too much so.

Georgiabeer, Jan 13, 2007
Photo of wl0307
4.58/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

341ml brown bottle. No freshness information on the bottle/label.

A: served lightly chilled in a large tulip-shaped wine glass, it pours a cloudy dark orangey hue (like farmhouse scrumpy cider); the head is limited, leaving just a thin layer of foam, against a lively carbonated body with streams of tiny bubbles all over the place.
S: tremendous smell of fruit esters (orange-peel, lightly banana-oil, unidentified exotic fruits/like passion-fruit) with a touch of semi-sharp, freshly-sawn wood-chips and deep spicy flavour, on top of dazzling and richly perfumy fruity and candyish maltiness... The fruity yeasty elements are so vertical and colourful, bringing lots of ever-changing, novel, flowery and savoury aromas unlike all the typical strong pale ales I've encountered. What's best about the aroma is that it's not as overpoweringly/sharply yeasty as many authentic Belgian counterparts (like Duvel), thus making the nose perhaps the most complex I've experienced amongst this style.
T: slightly sharp texture initially, with dryish bitter-sweet curacao-peel, coriander seed with lightly peppery edge along with sourly-sweet, perfumy fruitiness following immediately; towards the mid-flavour a rich flow of semi-sweet candy-sugary maltiness develops, leaving semi-dryish hoppyness and a profound yeasty overtone in the aftertaste (like Japanese yeasty drink--Yakult).
M&D: lively upfront and turning softer as it goes; the alcoholic warmth is pretty restricted and makes this drink more devilishly-drinkable than the famous Duvel!! although in the end the sticky sweet aftertaste proves a bit too much to my liking. That said, this is THE top dog in my book for the style of Belgian Strong Pale Ale!

wl0307, Dec 20, 2005
Photo of duceswild
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

duceswild, Jul 08, 2012
Photo of akorsak
4.88/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I am drinking a vintage 2005 750 mL C&C bottle poured into my bran' spankin' new Pauwel Kwak tulip glass. The ale is at an
optimal temperature of 45-50 degrees.

Appearance: The ale pours as a nice deep goldenrod color, with a nice head that leaves a pleasing lace down the sides of this long-necked glass. THe alse is not quite clear, but close enough that one can make out whatever is on the other side of
the glass.

Smell: The smell of peppers and spices jump out immediately. The pepper is very obvious and adds a hint of spicy heat to the nose. There are also sugars, imparting a slightly sweet note.

Taste: The taste of candied sugars hits the tongue immediately, providing a sweet taste that slowly turns into a strong alcohol presence. Beyond that, the spicy taste of black pepper makes itself known. The malt character is fairly low key, but the hop presence is equally restrained, creating a very smooth evenly blended ale.

Mouthfeel: The ale sites very nicely in the mouth, with the pepper and sugars providing a sweet and bitter interplay. Keep the ale in your mouth and allow it to warm, the alcohol character becomes very apparent.

Drinkability: Despite the 9% abv, the ale is very drinkable, tasting so smooth and balanced, one does not even realize the alcohol until it is WAY too late. An excellent ale from a top notch brewery.

akorsak, Jan 11, 2006
Photo of superspak
4.65/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, best by 4/22/2013. Pours very hazy golden straw color with a nice 2 finger fairly dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Some spotty lacing clings to the glass as well. Aromas of big banana, lemon, clove, pepper, bubblegum, light fruits, and light yeast spiciness. Fantastic aromas with great balance and complexity. Taste of big banana, clove, lemon, pepper, biscuit, bubblegum, some tart grain, and yeast spices. Lingering notes of lemon, banana, clove, bubblegum, and spices on the finish for a while. Flavor balance on this beer is perfection. All flavors compliment each other; none is more powerful than the other. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly creamy mouthfeel and very smooth drinkability. Alcohol is insanely well hidden, I really didin’t notice much at all(yet this is 9%). Overall this is absolutely a world class Tripel. Perfect balance and great complexity. I need to have this more often.

superspak, Dec 17, 2011
Photo of mothman
4.13/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best before date not printed onto bottle. Poured into New Belgium Globe glass.

Pours an amazing fluffy head. The color is hazy light orange. Best descriped as apple cider. Few particles float around beer.

Smell is very fruity, a strong banana aroma with some citrus notes as well. Tastes is pretty much the same. The citrus makes its presence and the alcohol also makes its way out.

Mouthfeel is very full. It is crisp, yet extremely creamy. This beer is highly carbonated and needs be drank slowly. Leaves a some what sticky aftertaste.

Overall, this is a solid beer! I really enjoyed the full body flavor of this triple. I have another in the fridge, but that one will be gone soon!

mothman, Jan 17, 2009
Photo of ejimhof
3.5/5  rDev -19%

ejimhof, Oct 12, 2012
Photo of DoubleJ
4.88/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Ah, memories. I finally meet up again with the beer I enjoyed the most back during my winter trip in Canada. A plate of poutine on a 25 degree (F) afternoon in Montréal and a bottle of this at Frite Alors remains one of my fuzziest memories of the trip. But now, will a change of culture and weather in Southern Califronia change the enjoyement level of this beer? Time to find out:

What a beautful pour it does into my Stella Artois chalice, and what a beautiful sight when the pouring ritual is finished. An unfiltered golden blonde in color with a big billowy head on top. Too bad the retention isn't perfect. An attractive aroma of fruits (with apricots the most dominating) lure me closer to the glass for a sip. The taste is so close to heaven, even for the style. Upfront with a peppery fruit flavor, but the spiciness won't have you bowing to it. The sweetness pushes in and keeps the spiciness from being too much. Warming alcohol is persistent in the throat.

I've forgotten how much I loved this beer. A change of scenery showed no change in the experience, although it wasn't enjoyed around Québeçois surroundings for a truly authentic one. A masterpiece of a brew!

Oh, and hooray to me for being the 1000th reviewer of this gem!

DoubleJ, Sep 17, 2007
Photo of rhoadsrage
4.33/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

( Served in a tall chalice)

A- This beer pours a hazy light orange with a big rocky white head

S- Orange zest and light pale malt notes with a slight tart quality and some faint hops

T- Orange notes with a nice soft malt quality. A very nice bitter hop finish that reminds me a bit of German hops. No real alcohol taste very smooth and balanced. As it warms some spicy almost peppery notes come through.

M- medium mouthfeel with a faint note of fizz. No astringency or alcohol warmth

D- Wow for having 9% ABV this was a very gentle smooth beer that had lots of good qualities and a nice finish.

rhoadsrage, Aug 23, 2005
Photo of Huhzubendah
4.68/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Beautiful pale orange, with effervescence utterly filling the area of the glass. Bubbles rise to the surface in rapid unison like diving beetles gasping for...more La Fin Du Monde? I've read some other reviews on this brew, and a few folks mention a lack of head and/or lacing. I am having the opposite experience. My glass is coated in lace, and there is still 1/4 inch head left after 15 minutes.

S: The first whiff made my mouth water. That's always a good sign. Belgian yeast, clove, oranges, banana, spices, citrus. There's a lot going on here, for sure.

T: Absolutely delicious. Incredibly complex, this is one of my my go to beers. Spices and citrus blended beautifully, followed by warming alcohol. There is a yeasty, bread-like quality that I enjoy very much.

M: So smooth. Great carbonation level. Alcohol blended in perfectly.

D: So tasty and easy to drink, I could drink this all night...and the next...and the next. The 9% alcohol, while not overwhelming, will sneak up on you in a hurry.

Notes: This beer is world class and very accessible. One of my all time favorites.

Huhzubendah, Feb 12, 2010
Photo of BARFLYB
4.38/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz foiled bottle into a La Choulette glass. Forgotten in the cellar for some time.

A- La Fin Du Monde pours out a glorious golden color with spots of blond. A nice white head is seen and leaves some streaks of sticky lace. A little hazy side with a cloudyness through the glass. Strong rising bubbles.

S- This triple has a huge fruit aroma incuding oranges and banana and other tropical smells. A nice spice factor including clove and some barley+wheat. Some hops make an appearance as well as malt sweetness after 10 minutes or so.

T- This one packs a lot of tropical tastes such as the orange peel,lemon and melted banana. Other fruits not present in smell include pineapple pear and apple. Spices such as clove & pepper with some barley action. A bit of a hop bite in the middle as some malts smooth things out with sugars lingering.

M- This 9%er goes down smooth with some tartness from some aging. The fruit essence is the 1st thing that hits the palette but then is backed by a exellent balance of spices malts and hops.Medium bodied while the Carbonation is lively with the alcohol making a cameo.

D- One of unibroue's better offerings and is quite drinkable at the 9% but watch yourself after a few. This one is good fresh and great with a year plus. Buy some!

BARFLYB, Feb 06, 2009
Photo of Zorro
4.38/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy gold brew.

Smell is sweet and spicy clove aroma with fruitiness. Perfume scents are in there with the alcohol scent.

Taste is sweet and spicy with a rose flavor. Lots of perfume and spice flavors to this.

Mouthfeel is good.

Very drinkable brew, I could drink this all day.

Zorro, Apr 05, 2004
Photo of jdhilt
4.28/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

An excellent beer from Unibroue, cloudy amber color, not a lot of nose but good carbonation and frothy head that leaves a good lace. Higher ABV is hidden. Flavor is sweet citrus and yeast, smooth. $5.79 for a caged and corked 750ml bottle from Concord Cooperative Market Concord, NH.

jdhilt, Apr 04, 2009
Photo of LXIXME
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

LXIXME, Aug 25, 2014
Photo of afsdan
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

afsdan, Mar 22, 2014
Photo of Stinkypuss
4.45/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A. 2006 Vintage. Poured into a Chimay Goblet from a 12 oz. bottle. Appears hazy yellow with some yeast sediment. A nice 2 finger head forms and recedes slightly. Some lace forms.

S. Smells of sweet fruits and malt. Banana and clove in the background inviting me in.

T. A flavorful punch in the face. Fruity esters and malts in the forefront. Floral hops are there to balance it.

M. Medium and smooth. Its so smooth its almost creamy. Lightly carbonated and delicious.

D. Very enjoyable, have had it before and will have it again. The 9% is well masked.

Stinkypuss, Jun 29, 2008
Photo of BillRoth
3.75/5  rDev -13.2%

BillRoth, Jul 11, 2013
Photo of Mebuzzard
4.4/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A hazy yellow pour with red and orange tints. Big head, foaming, a bit chunky, clings great to side of glass and forms an inverted 'U'. Some sediment floating around, no biggie.
Aroma had alcohol at first, then citrus and biscuit, glazed donut, maybe some ginger.
Taste was rich; sweet like sugar cane/rum, citrus undertones like orange, some pear and a complex mix of herbs.
Felt a bit oily or waxy, a little burn, but that's a good thing.
Very drinkable if you want a good beer to enjoy the whole experience of drinking beer. Not good for a six pack during a ball game and nachos.

Mebuzzard, Sep 16, 2006
Photo of Wasatch
4.47/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - 750ml bottle Pours a cloudy pale yellow color, tons of carbonation, very nice white foamy head, tons of lacing throughout the drink.

S - Scents of malts, yeast, citrus, and some spices.

T - The taste is sweet but tangy, with a nice dry finish. The alcohol content is hidden very well.

M - Medium body, nice carbonated feel, well rounded brew.

D - Very drinkable. Another excellent brew from Unibroue. Would highly recommend and buy again.

Wasatch, Mar 26, 2006
Photo of smakawhat
4.2/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Been awhile since I had one of these, would love to see if it still measures up since then. Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass.

A real nice looking white head, a bit soapy, but holds with lots of retention. There is a lot of rising carbonation on this with the classic slow rising carbonation crawling up. Body color is a bit hazy with a sort of dull apricot orange and yellow. Fairly decent tripel appearance.

Nose is a mellow sweetness, mixing with a sense of light honey. There's a sense of crisp coming off this, but there's not much sense of Belgian candi sugar or doughy like malts compared to other tripels. There is some sweet like malts that peek out just a tad. It's otherwise pretty solid and enjoyable and balanced. Smells very clean and carbonated.

Palate hits with a lot of carbonation, but manages to stay in control. Finish has a little bit of sweet banana, but then some classic Belgian like candi comes out. Carbonation on this is very high, and it even brings some tonic water and herbal like qualities to the beer. Sweetness doesn't get too out of control, and coats well in the palate.

Overall it's a solid tripel, but I think I would grab other favorites in this style instead. Nice to go back and review this one.

Old review (Feb 26th 2011) ---

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass.

A straight forward soapy clean white head of two fingers, falls fairly straight but not too fast. Body shows a nice carbonation from the bottom through a somewhat 50/50 opaque eight carat gold body. Not much of a collar left on the glass after the head falls but it manages to stay.

Bouquet is a slight musty barnyard smell with yeast. Buttery lemon sweetness also, and some sourdough bread. Dental almost toothpaste medicinal in the back on the nose also. Lots to find here, all clean, and all very enjoyable.

Great body upon taste with a bold lemon and honey. Mouth finish is a slight club soda but tolerable. Chew texture and highly teeth coating, faint bread like wheat also on the aftertaste.

Inexpensive to boot and makes for great drinkability. (4, 4.5, 4,5, 4.5, 4.5)

smakawhat, Feb 06, 2011
La Fin Du Monde from Unibroue
96 out of 100 based on 8,375 ratings.