La Fin Du Monde | Unibroue

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La Fin Du MondeLa Fin Du Monde
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Unibroue
Quebec, Canada
unibroue.com

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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 06-23-1998

BEER STATS
Ratings:
10,063
Reviews:
2,977
Avg:
4.31
pDev:
11.37%
 
 
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Photo of SHODriver
4.8/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Pale and cloudy yellow with an ample fluffy white head. This beer looks amazing
S: Very sweet and grassy with some nice fruity notes. It smells great and you almost want to keep smelling it to find what else lurks inside.
T: Peppery and spicy flavors mostly predominate to me. There is still an underlying sweetness and a bit of breadyness. A sweet and fruity aftertaste is left behind.
M: Champagne like effervescence leaves this one feeling a tad on the thin side but there's still plenty of body.
D: Delightfully drinkable and it will be a pleasure to drink the 750 of this monster from the North.

Overall: A fine example of a Trippel from one of my favorite breweries. A word to those that have yet to experience Unibroue in quantities would be that their beers sneak up on you. One moment you're fine and next thing you know you're no longer sober and encroaching on "I know I won't be driving for awhile"

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Photo of nickthegun12
4.24/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

its kinda weird that a beer of this quality, in the small bottle, would come with a screw off cap!

nice appearance...straw golden...slightly orange...not much of a head...and spacey lacing

smell is the best thing about this beer....smells of tropical bananas and tropical fruits....all thanks to that belgian yeast...

taste is nice very light in the mouth the alcohol is not overpowering...banana really comes out in the taste....

the feel is dry with nice tingling from the carbonation..

the drink ability isn't bad although its high alcohol will catch up

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Photo of CuttDeez
4.44/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I went into this beer knowing that it would be complex and I made an effort to slow down and enjoy this one. Take time to think about each sip.

A - Yellow gold. It is cloudy with a nice white head on the cup. It really is golden and inviting.

S - I can't get enough of the smell. So sweet and floral. Distinct clove and a hint of cinnamon. It smells sugary and that brings in the notes of fruit in the back end of the nose.

T & M & D - The first thing I was struck by was the sweetness on the front end. Then the malt filled the palate. There was a fizz that filled my mouth and opened up to peppery notes. I also agree with most reviews that the only indication of the abv content is the slight warming sensation on the back end. I really enjoyed just sitting and enjoying every sip of this beer. I enjoyed all aspects (appearance and smell) before taking a sip and I urge you to do the same.

Cheers

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Photo of iamsemigloss
4.67/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed 12/18/10, taken from notes:

Appearance: Golden brass color with an average head that slowly fades. I think I poured this one too slow. Some sediment present and the lacing was fair.

Smell: Loads to discover; orange mixed with clove is up front with some pears. There's some pepper and heavy yeast that is bready. Hard candy, vanilla -- very complex.

Taste: Spicy, orange, clove lead to an alcohol warmth with a hit of pepper. Finish is sweet and slightly bitter, very long. Nice balance and incredibly complex; you discover different flavors with each sip.

This is a beer you take to a wine party and convert some folks with.

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

Love this beer! Finally reviewing it. Pours a very murky golden straw color with a big white head that slowly diminishes. Scent is nice and SPICY! Tons of spices and a good amount of pepper with some yeasty notes. I also pick up some hoppiness and white grapes. Taste is OUTSTANDING, as usual. This beer is so complex and full of flavor, it's ridiculous. I get delicious yeast flavors with some fresh bread. Tons of fruit: apples, bananas, white grapes, melon, and a hint of orange. There are some tasty peppery spices along with clove and some bitter hops. Mouthfeel is very crisp and dry. Very complex and full-bodied. Drinkability is very high considering ABV is well hidden. One of the best tripels there are!

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Photo of treehugginslug
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

***NOTE: Make sure you open this beer up and let it get to the proper temprature. The flavors really come out***

A - Light yellow, unfiltered.

S - Smells of cloves and slighty of grapefruit. Good but not great. You can actually smell the alcohol.

T - Wow! Very, very complex. There was an tons of different tastes going on. Cloves/banana,fruit (apple), bitterness of hops, sweet malts, oranges. Very complex and exceptional. I could keep coming back to this. Plus the alcohol does hit you like a ton of bricks.

M - Mounthful was augmented by the great taste.

D - Nice.

Would I buy it again? Yes
Would I recommend it? Yes
Would I drink it at a party? Yes
Did my wife like it? "It might be the most interesting beer I've ever tasted. Reminds me of a good wine. I would drink that. Makes me want another one. It exploded in my mouth."

Overall: Was this one of the best beers on earth? For the sheer taste alone, it is. Everything else was good, but man, the complex taste of this tripel was out of this world (pun intended).

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Photo of OWSLEY069
4.6/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a small hazy yellow color with a rocky white head. In the aroma, fruity, yeasty, and dry candy sugar. In the taste, dry candy sugar, a nice fruitiness, and a small yeast presence, but very clean. A small bite and medium to light bodied mouthfeel, with a semi dry candy sugar in the aftertaste. Hides the alcohol, and feels lighter. nice mix of fruit notes to dry yeastiness.

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Photo of zeledonia
4.53/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From notes, tasted December 2010.

Pours a golden straw yellow, cloudy, with an irrepressible head that I had to wait to die down to pour the full glass. Head slowly withdraws to one finger (where it stays), but the strings of bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass persist. Smell is sweet, like champagne, citrus, or apple juice and honey, and powerfully yeasty, but a lovely combination that's quite different from most beers. Taste is delicious, again fairly sweet, but complex. Hard to describe - a lovely light combination of peppery, sweet, citrus, and mild hops. The high carbonation, which is surprisingly not disruptive, does a really interesting thing - it bounces the flavors around, making them come in bubbly waves. It's a really odd sensation, like the bubbles are alternately masking, carrying away, and returning different flavors. Mouthfeel is nice, but rather light for a tripel, and carbonated as much as it could be without being too much. Alcohol kick is absent, despite it being 9%! All in all a delicious and very enjoyable drink; a fantastic combination of taste and tactile sensation.

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Photo of harrymel
3.14/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Poured to NB globe. After having so many times in the past, finally gonna put a pen to it.

A: hazy corn kernel appearance with limited head (this time, unusual). the surface remains scattered with fine white foam on the edges and rimming the edge. Little lacing.

S: Lots of banana, clove, cardamom, coriander. All spice and fruity esters. Light grain in the nose.

T: All the spice crosses through and offers more of the same. Banana more evident on the finish here. Finish also offers the peppercorns to show a bit. Some corn as well.

M: Light for the style, but lively carbonation. Leaves the mouth slick. Decent.

D: Drinkable, but not the best in show IMO. I find other triples more to my liking. their yeast is repulsive, and this is simply another stage for them to showcase the beast.

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Photo of zrab11
4.18/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Light azy golden yellow with alittle tinge of orange.Nice crisp 1 1/2 finger head.

S-Minimal citrus notes with a floral crisp smell

T-Super crisp and clean, get nice floral and citrus throughout the whole sip.

M-Light boddied. Nice carbonation. feels so light in the mouth but has a nice amount of flavor and hops

D-Very Drinkable. Ordered this as my last beer of the night after having 2 other sours. GGreat beer to end a night one. GOt a great triple taste but also soo crisp and light that some other tipples don't have!

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

A: Cloudy apple juice color, with about a half finger cloud white head that very quickly subsided into a stately froth.

S: Unibroue beer profile for sure. Belgiany, with a bit of dark fruit (despite the light color), and mild citrus... of the EXTREMELY over-ripe kind.

T: Tons of spices: Coriander for starters... honey, tons of malt, and that certain bit of Unibroue funkiness that only the brewers and God can describe!

M: Creamy for a Tripel, yet still very champagne-like in its carbonation. Sure, I could taste the alcohol, but I could detect the yummy spices even more! The lacing left on the glass was moderate.

D: For a high octane Tripel, this was damn drinkable! It's no secret that this is amongst the best in its style class in this category and I totally concur....

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Photo of FosterJM
4.27/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

263rd review on BA
bottle to tulip

App- A soft hazy straw yellow with some hazy orange hightlights to it. A pretty average one finger head that was quick to recede.

Smell- To me it was the standard tripel smells of a nice earthy yeasty with some crisp minimal citrus notes.

Taste- Has to be one of the classics. It was crisp and clean with that up front yeasty flavor with a grainy, wheaty citrus finish.

Mouth- Has a smooth aftertaste. The ABV is evident on the finish. A medium body with a higher carbonation to it.

Drink- Gone before I knew it. Sneaky good. A 12oz bottle is just not enough. A very good beer that could be enjoyed over a couple bottles.

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Photo of confer
4.33/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this bottle in my basement for a while. There was about a year left until the date that was stamped on the side.
The color was gold and hazy with a small amount of sediment. The carbonation was constantly racing to the top which kept a frothy cap hanging around.
The main aroma I get is oranges.
The flavor is hard for me to describe except that it is deep and sweet with a faint alcohol burn at the end.
The 9% is fairly well hidden. This is a great sipper and it really gets a lot tastier as it warms. The last swallow which included the sediment was the sweetest and tastiest of all.. I think I will pick up a few more bottles and start the cellaring again.

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Photo of JMad
4.28/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I had a 12 oz bottle, or it may have been an 11.3 oz bottle, and I poured it into my tulip glass...

The liquid was murky, golden-yellow with a pillowy, towering, white head. It smells like a bouquet of fruits, I noticed lemon, banana, orange, peach, and spices. When I took a sip I did notice some alcohol on the back of the tongue. The taste was dominated by lemon and wheat, it was a bit sour and has hints of clove. This is a full bodied beer, the soft carbonation lightens it up creating a pleasing experience. I am not big on triples or wheat beers, but this one is on another level, the alcohol is hidden extremely well and I would love to have it again.

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Photo of jayhawk73
3.85/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a medium yellow w/ three finger white head that lingers a while. The smell is of pears, fruit, spice, apple. The smell is a little more tame than I was expecting. Very light and pleasant though... The taste has a little more oomph to it. It's a pretty sweet beer, but good. Not much alcohol taste, and at 9% ABV, that's impressive. I'd actually like to taste a little alcohol burn with this one. Mouthfeel is nice and smooth. Nice fruity, light aftertaste. Drinkability is pretty high. I could drink several of these before the alcohol would catch up, it doesn't taste like a high ABV beer. Overall, this is a good beer that borders on great. It doesn't quite reach that level, but it's close. I'd definitely buy this again, especially in the warm weather months.

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Photo of megahurts4
3.63/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Unibroue La Fin Du Monde

Appearance: cloudy yellow, large head, and some good lacing.

Smell: wheat, citrus, and yeast.

Taste: wheat, yeast, hops, and a slight lemon-citrus.

Mouthfeel: medium.

Overall:
This is strong with wheat and yeast. It does a great job masking the alcohol content.

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Photo of SolomonGrundy
4.33/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy, bright, straw-colored light amber. Beautiful two finger creamy head. Very persistent and leaves excellent lacing. Well carbonated. Very nice looking...Like Sophie Marceau (yea, yea I know she's not Quebecoise...get over it)...Elegant, beautiful and timeless...

Aromas are chock full of good stuff...I get sweet malt and Belgian yeastiness right away - very robust. Some coriander...Some fresher notes, too, like lemonade way in the back. Nice and balanced...This is looking like a World class ale so far...

Flavor is luscious, like Sophie's very feminine body...The head and body of this beer are creamy and flavorful...Carbonation swells up initially, but there is a fine malty creamy texture to it that is a pleasure to feel. This gives way to an early middle that starts off tangy, and then immediately moves into a warm series of flavors: nice malt component balanced very nicely by the yeast...they meld in perfect harmony. This is a less spicy version of a Belgian ale...But something about it is more subtle and nuanced. The malt and yeast dance around a little, until they finally give way to a slightly hoppy and understated bitterness that lingers for a good long time. Excellent beer. It's around $9/4-pak, so it ain't cheap or expensive. ABV is awesome at 9% and completely and totally masked. This is wonderful and drinkable to a fault. Many people would get very hammered off this ale. It's excellent on all fronts and hardly any fault to it. Must find and drink. Perfect any time of year, also...

What I like most: The beautiful, nuanced flavor profile, beautiful appearance, wonderful nose...pretty much everything.

What I like least: the price, and just barely a fault here.

Verdict: World class ale from Chamble, Quebec. Absolutely must find.

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Photo of Avagadro
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Golden in color, and quite hazy, LFDM holds its head well, and displays marvelous lacing.

S: Clove, rose, and banana are well presented.

T: Off-dry, with notes of honey, clove, and golden delicious apple.

M: Light in body and oh-so effervescent.

D: A standby throughout the US for those who love Belgian brews, but hate the import price. Unibroue does an outstanding job of recreating the Belgian style, while keeping things affordable. Definitely worth a shot.

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

Poured from 1 Pt 9.4 fl. oz bottle into a tulip glass.

A - Nice clean golden color;nice moderate lacing; one inch white soapy head...looked nice & clean and refeshing.

S - Yeast,floral,coriander,citrus(orange peel, lemon); no real booze smell, evenwith the high ABV

T - Citrus(Orange peel,lemon),yeast,malt,subtle spice,slightly sour finish, but not in an unpleasant way

M -high carbonation, was expecting a heavier feel, but was not dissapointed with the lighter mouthfeel

D - went down smooth, was quite refreshing, could be an all day/night beer if it wasn't for the high ABV. if you use it as a session beer, do not even look at a car....it goes down so nice that you can have too much without even knowing it!

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Photo of Avantyawn
4.67/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is an amazing beer.

A: Hazy opaque lemony orange golden. Beautiful thick head which dissipates to a thin swirly head.

S: Sublime yeasty subtle citrus banana finish . This smells like a delicious alcohol desert. Fantastic!

T: mmm. mmmm. mmmm. GOOD. Tastes much like the smell of a smooth yeasty citric treat. It is so well balanced it is scary.

M: Maybe my favorite part of the beer is how it feels in the mouth. It is thick yet not chewy. Carbonated but so so gently so. It doesn't change much in the mouth, it sits there as it is, and is beautiful as such.

D: I drink this much faster than most beers of this strength! It is not overpowering or overbearing, just amazing. Very high drinkability. This is not the sort of bottle which I struggle to finish even though I respect it. It just is awesome and easy to drink at the same time.

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Photo of mpyle
4.17/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

app - a bit cloudy as may have poured a little aggressively. Modest white head that dispersed fairly quickly (as most high alcohol brews do).

smell - Slightly sweet, and generally quite clean. Certainly no hop.

Taste - very subtle fruity sweetness upfront, and then the Belgian yeast notes kick in with a subtle pepper note. Alcohol is well hidden in the flavor here. Finishes quite clean and dry, well in line with the style.

MF - Med body, medium carbonation. Minimal alcohol warming. No astringency.

D'ability - A really clean tripel, with enough complexity to give it an attraction beyond the 9% ABV.

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Photo of malty
4.67/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Best before 10-02-11 printed on back label. This gem has been stored in my 50F dark, cement floor, cinder block cellar for about a year now. CANNOT believe I haven't formally reviewed thi sbrew yet. I've enjoyed this offering from Unibrew for many years now.

Poured into my Chimay chalice - stirred yeast and all. The audibly fizzy bright white head starts loose and lumpy, then settles to a thin-edged perimeter with a convex mound in the center. The dirty orange colored brew is alive with carbonation. Fine and boisterous bubble action is making me salivate. Drooping lines and splotches of lace sporadically present.

Such a succulent and yeasty smelling ale. Tons of creme fresh notes. Mostly sweet, with just a touch of yeasty-tart tinge. A fresh bouquet of vanilla and fresh sourdough bread is prevalent. Reminds me of vanilla (batter & frosting) birthday cake. Upon smelling this for a few minutes, I do feel like it's my special day.

Mmmm. Mmmm. Mmmm. Mmmm. Mmmm. Mmmm. Mmmm. Mmmm. Mmmm. Mmmm. Mmmm. Mmmm. Mmmm. Mmmm. Mmmm. And Mmmm. The scent purely and accurately translates into the flavor. A hint of white pepper from the belgian yeast cloaks any discernible alcohol notes. The yeasty sourness is restrained enough to not take center stage, but does provide a perfect balance to this luscious, sweet elixir. Mmmm. Mmmm. Mmmm.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with the perfect amount of ultra fine and tongue tingling carbonation. It coats and penetrates all surfaces and crevices in the mouth, giving life to everything it touches. The finish is slightly spicy and a tad dry.

Drinkability is PERFECT. The 9% ABV is very deceiving and could prove weighty if over indulged. Good thing I'm nursing this 12 oz. bottle.

Canada does Belgium proud with their masterful rendition of a Triple. I prefer this to many Belgian offering, as a matter of fact. The softness. The sweet warmth. The marvel. World class in my book.

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Photo of SebD
4.65/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: : It has a nice orange/golden colour to it. It has a nice white head that dies down slowly and has nice lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitly give out hints of sweet spices, yeast, and citrucy notes.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a very nice sweetness coming from the malts and the hops leave a slight bitterness. The spices are very present and certainly cover up the alcohol. There is also very nice cirtucy/orange notes to it. It has a great balance.

Mouthfeel: It has a nice medium carbonation, a great overall balance and nice smoothness.

Drinkability: It's a very smoott drinkable beer accompanied with great flavours and aromas. It's an overall amazing beer.

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Photo of coalcracker
4.37/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a light gold color that is a bit hazy in character. Only a bit of head retention
Smell: Citrus and cider aroma fairly evident along with some light toffee/caramel as well.
Taste: Slow build to a full-bodied,complex peak. Buttery and caramel-like malts (a little sweet in nature) form a base upon more zesty spices (coriander, pepper) and citrus fruits. despite this, the tastes meld pretty well together. Alcohol warmth hits pretty quick towards the back end of the tasting, yet the overall presence of alcohol is pretty well-hidden.
Mouthfeel: Fairly full-bodied, but smooth; finishes a little on the dry side.
Drinkability: ABV will inevitably limit consumption though it would be easy to drink one too many if allowed. May be a little sweet for the casual beer drinker.

Overall- Complex but tasty. Another reason why tripels are one of my favorite styles.

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Photo of engagechad
3.06/5  rDev -29%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer was purchased as a single from World Market in Richmond/Short pump, VA - Poured into a Ommegang belgian glass

*Disclaimer - this is my first belgian style beer so there may be a time in the future that I revisit this review*

Pours good with not much head and looks kind of like a cloudy pilsener. Not a whole lot of lacing with mostly soapy looking foam. Smells like a strong wheat beer with notes of carapils, not sure if they use carapils with this or not because I know very little about belgian beers. Tasted like a boozy wheat to me but it was pleasant enough. Mouthfeel was smooth and stimulating. Not the kind of beer that I would drink a lot of or really want to buy again in the near future.

All things considered. My palate may change as it frequently does. When/If that happens I will revisit this beer.

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La Fin Du Monde from Unibroue
4.31 out of 5 based on 10,063 ratings.
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