La Fin Du Monde | Unibroue

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La Fin Du MondeLa Fin Du Monde

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Quebec, Canada

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
La Fin du Monde was developed through 18 months of research on a unique strain of yeast originating from Europe. It is brewed in honor of the intrepid European explorers who believed they had reached the “end of the world” when they discovered North America ‘the new world’. This triple-style golden ale recreates the style of beer originally developed in the Middle Ages by trappist monks for special occasions and as such it was the first of its kind to be brewed in North America.

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Photo of elricorico
4.7/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer was one of the first I had from the BA top 100 list, and it always is a pleasure to revisit. I decided tonight I would finally give it its due and review it.

Pours a hazy orange brown with a rocky white head that stands about two inches tall. This fades into a thick creamy centimeter of head that refuses to go away.

The smell is a mix of citrus, candy sugar and slightly bitter hops. Very nice and full.

After 600+ reviews, what more can be said about the taste of this beer? It is perfectly balanced, it has the sweet and the bitter, the dry and tart. Others out there are better at picking out the individual flavours, so I'll just leave it at that.

Mouthfeel is smooth and thick. The carbonation is substantial, but comfortable. This one is also deceptively easy to drink. It doesn't let on that it carries a big alcohol punch, until you've put down a bottle or two.

All in all I'd say it is one of the best beers available to me, and always a safe bet if I don't know which beer I want on a given night.

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Photo of AaronRed
4.7/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ah, what a beer. Lovely white foam slowly makes it way down the glass, inviting you to drink the brew. At first it smelled and tasted more like a triple, the flowery aromas almost startling. But as this beer settlled in the glass, I could smell more the of malt, kind of a crystalized sweetness. I just loved this beer. It was complex and simple- it found the right balance. As it warmed slightly it became even richer, as most beers of this quality will do. An incredibly smooth beer for such high alcohol content. The heavy yeast the intially hit me also subsided, leaving this a wonderfully inviting ale.

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Photo of StephenRich
4.7/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The story goes that a intrepid group of explorers from Europe were searching the world as they knew it for spices, and when they came to the shores of North America they believed that they had encountered the end of the world. La Fin du Monde does mean the end of the world, but I would not take that so literally when considering this beer. Really, this beer is better suited for celebration rather than crisis - but it's name, style and execution is right up Uniqboue's alley.

La Fin du Monde is Belgian Style Tripel - a rich, spicy, effervescent, and pale golden beer. This is a very historic traditional Belgian Style of beer which is mimicked all across the globe by thousands of breweries; so you will encounter many takes on this classic brew. Unirboue's is a classic interpretation, and one of the best I have ever had - especially after it has been left a few years to mature. It is 9% abv, perfectly golden and crisp, and packed with spicy aromatic flavors that are masterfully reminiscent of the Belgian ales that inspired it.

This beer is honestly something special. When I was younger and first getting into real beer I wasn't really able to appreciate all of its complexities, delicate flavors, and supreme construction. But now, with a seasoned palate and a greater appreciation for beer and flavor I have come back to La Fin du Monde with an open heart - and the beer rewards. If you havent had a Fin du Monde in a few years, grab a bottle from the LCBO or your local liquor store and enjoy one with a friend; this beer has a lot to offer. Better yet though, buy several bottles and put some away to age - this beer will mature in a cellar for up to 5 years and really starts to hit its stride after 2. It is remarkable.

I opened La Fin du Monde up at cool around 10C (50F) and poured it gently into its own tulip glass. The pour was rich and lively building a frothy white head instantly on top of the golden yellow beer. The roaring excitement from the beer crashing into itself created a large pillowy head that stood a good 3 inches high. It was pure white with tightly packed carbonation and a creamy cap. The beer was lightly hazy with a slight transparent glow. It shone in pure gold with bronze streaks and pale yellow straw bending through it. Its a perfect depiction of a Tripel so far, and I couldn't wait for the scent.

The nose is rich and spicy with large fruity perfumes and delicate pale malt aromas. It is bright and crisp on the nose showing green apples, honey, coriander, earthy yeast, dried papaya, apricots and a hint of citrus. Get your nose right up to the beer and breath in gentle cloves, warming pale malt sensations, hints of sugary caramel and a touch of ginger cake. It is softer and less tart than many of the Belgian versions, and thus easier on the palate. It also brings a hint of fresh floral hops and a quick finish of pepper - if you let this beer age, any speck of alcohol that you find falls out and brings forth warmer and creamy fruit and malt aromas.

The first sip is pungently reminiscent of the nose; crisp and clean spices match a lightly tart-sweet yeast character that quenches your palate from the start. This delicate but snappy spice is very welcome on the beers overall character because a smooth wave of pale malts and fruity esters will melt in over your tongue to balance off the whole experience. Hints of caramel and sugar candy blend in with oranges, apples, apricots and mango. Honey and sweet grains float litely in the back, and a soft tropical fruit sweetness glides into citrus and shows the first crack at hops.

Hop bitterness is gentle and used to balance, not show up at the front end. It works with the coriander and pepper note very well, but is soft and playful just in the back. The smooth effervescent nature of the beer helps everything - every inch of its flavor is accentuated by the mouthfeel which is somehow crisp and creamy at the same time. This aids a dry and spicy sweet finish that again, quenches your palate with ease.

La Fin du Monde is far less wild than the Beglian Tripels, and much more civilized than most American interpretations. This all comes together to create a uniquely Quebec style Tripel that is worthy of everyones enjoyment. Enjoy la Fin du Monde alone, or pair with all sorts of funky cheeses, fish, shellfish, game, sausage, cheesecake or roast turkey.

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Photo of StevieW
4.7/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle. Shiny golden color. A swirl of the bottle will clould things a bit. Rich and foamy off-white head. Great citrus smell. Some yeast richness also sneaks by. Perfectly balanced belgian pale ale. Nice rich yeasty goodness, and sweet candied taste. Sweet plums, cherries and apples all come to mind. Slightly fizzy carbonation but it settles. Belly warming alcohol is present toward the finish. Mostly it just sneaks by and leaves you wondering how they made such a great beer. Not much I can, say that hasn't already been described.
A great beer.

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Photo of ReelBigwigFish
4.7/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Corked and caged bottle gifted from a friend. Poured into weizen glass.

A: Cloudy yeasty, yellow ochre / dark golden color with big fluffy white head that remained throughout the whole beer.

S/T: It's got that belgian tripel aroma, done really really well. Slightly spicy, very malty, with light fruitiness, yeast and alcochol all mixing into a heavenly scent and flavor experience. There is a definite alcohol warmth that mixes with the spicy finish.

M: Highly carbonated, light body, and has a warming finish.

O: A delicious beer. I haven't had a good belgian style in a while, and this was the perfect beer to fill the void. Everyone needs to try this beer. My favorite for the style, hands down

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Photo of brushpig
4.7/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had a bottle at the Fireside lounge in Chicago, sreved in a tulip glass.

Has a Pale/Orange appearance, with a nice foamy bubbling, and a good head retention.

The aroma is packed with spices,pepper,citrus and flowers.

The flavor is extremely tasty and smooth with spices and citrus. You can taste the alcohol, but it is not overwhelming at all. At 9% that is hard to do. It is well balenced and delicious.

A must try, if there is anyone out there left who hasn't already had one or twelve.

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Photo of drtth
4.7/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Chilled and decanted into a Duvel glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: Pours a light, slightly cloudy golden color with a 1" thick creamy white head. Sipping leaves sheets of fine lacing on the sides of the glass

Smell: Light aroma of sweet citrus fruits, flowers, and a faint spiciness with a hint of the alcohol.

Taste: Smooth and complex with hints of orange of lemon and spice. There is the light sweet flavor of malt combined with orange zest and clove but the operative word is "subtle" or "integrated." The alcohol is detectable but not harsh.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with lots of smooth creamy carbonation. The finish is long and dry.

Drinkability: This beer outclasses most if not all of the competition and is on my "return to again and again" list. The drinkability is excellent. The beer tastes as fresh and complex at the end as at the beginning and could be a great session beer but for the high ABV. It is too good for my own good.

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Photo of Geegmasta
4.7/5  rDev +9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured into a tulip glass

Appearance- Poured smooth in a glass to reveal a cloudy, yet bright, orange colour. A mid sized, bubbly white head forms at the top and quickly dissipates within a minute or so, leaving no lacing.

Smell- Fresh citrus and fruit explode boldly into the nostrils. Very refreshing.

Taste- This beer really doesn't come off as complex but maintains a very steady and strong taste. A fruity/citrus flavor invades your tongue with hints of coriander with a slight hop undertone. The alcohol is very well masked but lingers in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel- Highly carbonated but dissolves into the mouth very quickly and finishes smooth.

Overall- Unibroue is one of my favorite breweries as almost every Unibroue drink I have had has exceeded my expectations by miles. La Fin Du Monde is no different. This is one of m favorite beers by them and one of my favorite beers in general. It's an extremely well made Triple ale on lees. If you took Blue Moon and made it 10x better, you would have La Fin Du Monde. I also enjoy it with slices of grapefruit (that's right, not oranges). I drink this beer regularly and recommend it to all beer-curious folk. Just be careful that hidden 9% ABV doesn't sneak up on you!

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Photo of xzqrut
4.7/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beer poured from the bottle a rich, hazy golden color. Gave off a very thick nice head, with great retention and lacing. Smell was very lively, some great fruit smells, citrus and something heavier, fig or raisins, and a nice spicy scent as well. Taste is pretty much as good as it gets, same type of stuff as the scent, only more pronounced on the palate than in the nose. Mouthfeel is fairly creamy, goes down smooth, excellent beer.

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Photo of jcurtis55
4.7/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Cloudy gold, not much head.

Smell - malt and spice

Taste - Fruity, especially banana. The spice and malt also come through. Great first impression and it stays great to the end.

Mouthful - Creamy and full.

Overall - I'll be drinking more of these.

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Photo of M_C_Hampton
4.7/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A: poured from a 12 oz bottle (bbd 12/20/14) into a snifter, pours a slightly orange golden blonde with a large white head that quickly dissipates leaving some lacing, quite cloudy

S: yeast, fresh baked bread, biscuit, slight coriander, banana, vanilla

T: slightly acidic sweet and sour, flavors of strawberry, orange, mango, biscuit, like a liquefied fruit scone, amazing

M: rich creamy and oily, lively carbonation, alcohol well hidden

O: I'm confused because this has a screw top and is made in Canada. This however isn't hockey swill. Every bit as good as Tripels from Belgium.

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Photo of villainchiwwin
4.7/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

poured from 12 oz. bottle into pint glass.
luminous golden color with fine vigourous streams of bubbles rising in columns - little bit of fizzy head fell away fast.
delightful nose held apple, slight yeast, clove, maple sugar candy, and pear notes.
very slight, sweet pear and flower flavor to start, then honey and fruit followed by clove spiciness and alcohol warmth. subtle but lengthy finish.
excellent texture and a light body; softness changes to a tickling of the tongue before finishing dry.

cellaring some to discern the effects of age on this special brew. near ideal as it is, though!

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Photo of Neehan
4.7/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wow. A truly remarkable beer in many ways. It pours your typical, slightly evervescent yet appealing pale body, and great lacing. The smell is malty, but sweeter than most of the style. From here, it only gets better with incredibly smooth complexity and a mouthfeel that has a great substance and presence but yet light with a cloud-like presence. Simply put, the most drinkable Tripel I've had. Exceptional.

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Photo of juju7
4.7/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Radiant, hazy, orange with a huge, fluffy, white head. On the nose...spicy, herbal, coriander, fennel(?), banana, sweet caramel and burnt orange, Jesus, what doesn't it have?! Follows through with all the above on the palate with beautiful warming alcohol mouthfeel. Wonderfully complex. Doesn't get much better than this. Life is good.

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Photo of dorianmarley
4.7/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The appearance is a cloud of light and dark yellows.

The nose is sour candy, lemon zest, and a slight nuttiness.

The taste moves from sour candy to sweet citrus to tangy caramel, with a lingering aftertaste of sweet malt and mild hops.

The mouthfeel has an up-front, heavy carbonation that quickly fades to creamy, then fades again to a refreshing cling on the tongue.

Overall, this is a fantastic beer that does so much, but can be enjoyed even in spite of its complexity. Without thinking, it just tastes so good. With thinking, there is a lot to appreciate.

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Photo of cvstrickland
4.7/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

"The End of the World", en Francais, for my 100th BA review. Que a propo, non? So, my French sucks...sorry.

750 ml cork-in-cage bottle with 'best before date' 12-18-10, opened with a confident pop! and poured gently into a chalice yields a bright hazy blonde body decorated with a steady wave of Champagne-style bubbles and a white head of 2 fingers that retains at a half-finger and laces the glass nicely.

Smell is spicy and savory, with light caramel malts and a slightly acidy citrus character. Rich and soul-lifting.

Tastes sweetly malty, balanced with tartness, dry yeast and a touch of orange and hot pepper. Wonderfully bready, then banana and sweet pineapple flavors kick in, making this sub-Arctic Canadian masterwork seem exotic and tropical.

Tingling carbonation that cuts the sweet malty profile to perfect drinkability and releases even more flavors. Juicy fresh fruits and mild nuttiness grow as the drink warms. Slick, silky, outstanding.

No trace of the potent alcohol, pas de tout, in this beer I find simply magnificent. My first Unibroue offering, too. Extremely impressed. Outstanding. Awesome. Kickass. Irony in the circumstances in my and the previous poster's review :)

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Photo of Hopswagger
4.7/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From notes:

P: A murky apricot body with streaming bubbles and a crown of airy white head the quickly fades to a translucent swirl.

S: Profound yeast esters, mandarin oranges with sweet alcohol. Coriander, earthy notes, leather oil and spices. Barnyard funk, apricots, and pears.

T/M: A vibrant carbonated tingle on the palate that opens up to funky esters, robust orchard fruits, bananas, and subtle spices. A small amount of smoked wood that compliments the dry finish of tangy apples.

O: Wow! This is truly a delicious tripel. I loved everything about it. Complex and elegant with bold flavors and easy drink ability. I enjoy this both cold and room temp. This will be a regular pleasure for me.

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Photo of HappyHourHero
4.7/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Aroma reminds me of a witbier; strong zesty lemon, some fresh floral notes, and possibly some coriander. Big, foamy, pale cream colored head leaves strings of lace as it pops its way to a dense foamy coating. Mildly sweet with a bit of orangey coriander up front. It's citrusy throughout and only slightly bitter towards the end. There's a yeasty vanilla flavor that fades in as the beer warms, and some other spices I can't point my finger on. Body is moderately light and the mouthfeel is soft and smooth. Imperial Trappist Witbier? Who cares what it is, it's frickin great!

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Photo of Brewnami
4.7/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I am very glad that Golden Monkey was my first Belgian Tripel... even though its an American beer. Why? Because I feel that every time I buy a new Tripel to try, it just keeps getting better. No offense to Victory. Anyways, before trying this brew, I must say Brooklyn Local 1 was so far the best I have tried. The aroma of this beer is typical of this style. Nothing mind blowing or exciting. Smells, in my opinion, the same as every other beer of this style... yeast and fruit. I took nice sniff before I tried it to see if I could anticipate the taste. Well at first, I thought I was right. Right after I swallowed, I realized I was dead wrong. I was pleasantly surprised by the spicy clove after taste; something I have yet to experience in this type of beer. It has a very sweet and spicy flavor. Yeast is obviously present as well as alcohol as this is a 9% ABV brew. Because of the sweetness of this beer, I don't think its as drinkable as maybe the Brooklyn Local 1. I don't know what else to say about this really... It is an amazing Tripel for lack of better words. If you like this style, definitely try this one. Its not very expensive... I bought this a Trader Joe's in Brookline, MA for $6.49 and anyone from the area knows damn well that Boston is notorious for price gauging alcohol.

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Photo of nlmartin
4.7/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from the bottle into a pub glass.

Appearance: This beer is a pleasing hazy copper color. The head towered a fluffy white that subsided into thick lacing.

Smell: This beer smells peppery spicy with undertones of sweetness. The alcohol smell plays nicely with the brew.

Taste: This beer has a wonderful peppery goodness supported by a malty sweetness. The alcohol is hidden or plays well with the other flavors in the beer.

Mouthfeel: This is a full boddied beer that is very nicely carbonated. Very clean on the palate.

Drinkability: This is dangerously drinkable. The flavors are very much balanced. I wish I had more.

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Photo of DemoniChris
4.7/5  rDev +9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A - Deep golden orange hue with a brilliant bright 3 finger white head that lasts with good carbonation.

S - Light fruit esters with a bit of spiciness. Banana, orange, lemon and peppery qualities.

T - Extends from the nose. Awesome combination of banana and citrus. The Belgian yeast is also apparent here. No alcohol present whatsoever, even at 9%!

M - Pretty thin body with a lot of carbonation to smooth things along. Very crisp and refreshing beer.

O - Unibroue is an extremely consistent brewery and La Fin Du Monde happens to be the top of their game. This beer really sold me on the tripel style and has caused me to seek out others in the style. A perfect representation of the style.

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Photo of alf212
4.7/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewing what I remember from last night

Appearance: Hazy golden pale yellow with a nice offwhite head that doesnt quit. Lacings pretty darn nice. Head doesnt quit.

Smell: Pepper spice, cloves and some fruityness to go along

Taste: Right off the bad incredible. Very sweet upfront with a lot of malts that translates into a spicey clove taste. Slight hoppiness to finish

Mouthfeel: Extremely smooth. Alcohol is masked pretty darn well until you finish and realize it.

Overall delicious beer. Definitely coming back for more and more of this. Highly recommended

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Photo of thirdeye11
4.7/5  rDev +9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Duvel tulip glass at Patty Red's in downtown Ft. Worth this past weekend.

A: Poured a beautiful 2 finger head that recedes somewhat slowly as I drink this beer.

S: Normally I don't smell it, but this particular bottle smelled a LOT of bubble gum and in a good way. It also had some aromas of apple, pear, and only very slightly phenolic. The beer smelled absolutely wonderful. Maybe the best I've ever smelled.

T: One of my favorite beers in the world as far as taste goes. It was going down smooth without any alcohol burn. Taste of mildly sour pears and other fruits this beer is delicious. It also has some pepperiness to it which I just love. It balances out some of the sweetness which is great.

M: My only real knock on La Fin Du Monde is the overcarbonation. I would rather have a beer that is over carbonated as opposed to under carbonated though so it is only a small deduction in points. If this beer was slightly less carbonated it might be the best beer there is.

D: Off the charts on the drinkability. Budweiser could learn a thing or two about drinkability from this brew. At 9% alcohol I almost can't believe how easy it is to down this beer. While I only had one this past weekend (among other selections) I could easily have 3-4 of these in one night and enjoy every single one.

Overall this is one of my favorite beers, and in the style of Tripel I can't think of a better one. I can think of others which come close to matching it, but when one considers the price ($9.99 for a 4-pack) there is nothing out there that matches it. The other beers which come close are all $10 for a 750ml so for twice the amount of beer I'll almost always turn to La Fin du Monde. Who also doesn't like a beer that translates to "The End of the World"? Also this beer is easily the best I have had among the Unibroue offerings.

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Photo of SwillinBrew
4.7/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Damn, this is one fine brew. I cant believe i've waited this long to review it.

Ap-Slightly hazy with a very deep honey color with lots of bubbles and a good size head that last, very effervescent.
Sm - A subtle spiciniess hits your nose that gives way to a fruity, slight yeast and citrusy scent. Very very aromatic.
T - F'ing outstanding. Mellow bananas and orange first grace your mouth blending with the spice to just baste your tastebuds in liquid goodness. The flavors linger after every swallow.

This is just one exceptional brew. The effervescense cleans your palate for the flavors that are immediately following. I will keep this as a regular in my selection and will also cellar a few.

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Photo of steelreign
4.7/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What's this? A Belgian strong ale made in Quebec?? Yes, that's right, and what an amazing brew. Dense off white head that seems to stick to the glass with ease. Aroma of spices, yeast, malt, alcohol and fruity esters. Wonderful!

Oh man, the stuff just flows in your mouth and the dried aged fruity tastes and malt explode across your palette! Tingly bubbly feel and slight hop to balance the big bold taste out nicely. A bigger beer in this style would be hard to attain. The alcohol is barely noticed until either it warms sufficiently or you try to stand up. Well done! Another winner from Unibroue, eh?

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La Fin Du Monde from Unibroue
4.31 out of 5 based on 10,003 ratings.
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