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La Fin Du Monde | Unibroue

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BA SCORE
96
world-class
2,917 Reviews
BEER STATS
Reviews:
2,917
Ratings:
9,807
Avg:
4.31
pDev:
21.11%
 
 
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La Fin Du MondeLa Fin Du Monde
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Unibroue
Quebec, Canada | website

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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Reviews: 2,917 | Ratings: 9,807
Photo of Resiferi
4.58/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Wonderful packaging, to start off with, the silver foil topper is a great touch on an already nice bottle.

Pours out with a heavy head that slowly dies down after around 4-5 minutes, leaving a thin foam on a rich straw yellow body. Smells citrus and spicy, hints of coriander and citrus zest dominate.

The taste reflects the smell well, sharp citrus zing with a strong toasted spice undertone, finishing surprisingly light. As other reviews have noted it definitely changes with temperature, acquiring a slightly more bitter edge as it warms, and a thinner mouth feel. Not bad, just a distinct change from it served around 10-12C.

Overall a delicious tripel, expressing layers of flavor as you drink, many more and more complex than commonly seen. Very worthy of it's rating, and as I found it for $1.60, a fantastic deal too.

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Photo of Shanex
4.29/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

First, let me say the label on the bottle is one of the most appealing I've ever seen. The province of Québec with the headline/title "The End of the World''... sounds promising.

And it is! This strong Tripel (9%ABV) as pointed out by previous reviewers is drinkable as hell so watch your step if you're out in Montréal on a winters night. I've had better, yet it would definitely be one of my beer of choice if I wasn't living so far away from the place. Santé !

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Photo of KonigObHops
4.62/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours an extremely light, hazy copper with a pure white head that is about two finger widths that leaves ample Belgian lacing.

The aroma is yeasty with hints of citrus and banana. There is a mild hint of cloves.

The initial taste is sweet with the citrus hitting the tongue right away. In the middle the beer changes little except that the sweetness becomes more evenly balanced with earthy tones. The beer finishes with the a hint of banana and clove mixed in with a light maltiness.

The mouthfeel of this beer is crisp, light and refreshing.

Overall this is a really good triple. It is so light and subtle that you will not notice the 9% abv! A nice light refreshing beer that is perfect for the summer.

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Photo of portwood
4.13/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Very well balanced between: sweet, bitter, yeast, and alcohol (feels lighter than 9%). Peach with a hint of banana, and spicy finish - especially clove. Excellent beer!

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Photo of Alan_Bats
4.82/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Very unique spicy flavor that goes perfectly with the hops. The beer could stand to be a little darker but taste is what's important and this is in a class of its own

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Photo of Dan_McNeely
4.72/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Look- hazy drab orange, clear and deep with magnificent bubbles when pouring, just the right about of head on top.

Smell- distinct, direct but light with smooth spices

Taste- Fresh, hints of coriander suttel spices that tie together with ease

Feel- Light, but fills the pallet with a gigantic taste but not overpowering, feels rich initially but then sits well, lushes.

Overall- Tastes like a beer I'd want to have a conversation with, a stranger, but feels like I've known you my whole life. Well traveled but not full of it self. Very interesting personality, has a lot to know and understand but doesn't throw it all at you right away.

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Photo of Dravin
4.77/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Duvel tulip. It has a best by date of 10-15-18.

Look -- Poured a hazy straw with three fingers of creamy head that quickly settled. It head coats the sides of the class before gravity turns it into webbing.

Smell -- Strong banana and clove with hints of bubblegum. There is a malty breadiness and some lemony tartness coming through.

Taste -- Nice hoppy bitterness join the characteristics of the nose along with a warming alcohol that peeks through.

Feel -- Nice carbonation balance with the medium body and keeps it from coat or clinging.

Overall -- A fantastic tripel. If you like those Belgian yeast estery qualities and want something that packs a punch alcohol wise you should give it a try.

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Photo of Hat_Fulla_Beer
4.43/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy medium brassy orange with three sudsy fingers of bone white head that leaves sheets of bubble bath lace as it recedes.

Smells of dried candied fruit, peppery cloves and herbs, lemon zest, mild soft banana and wildflowers.

Tastes of more sugary dried fruit, marmalade, nutty banana bread, honeyed lemonade and spicy yeast.

Feels soft and fluffy. Medium bodied with lively carbonation. Finishes off-sweet.

Verdict: Vigorously recommended. One of the best.

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Photo of manfromanotherplace
4.6/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Quite simply the best tripel ive ever had...look is a deep dark orange, smell is of ripe fruit and alcohol, taste is the same but with a little smokey and sweet, mouthfeel incredible for the style....an old one but those are the best.

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Photo of 11-52_4hops
4.46/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Wow. I suspect this might be what an Imperial Bavarian-style Hefe Weissen might taste like if there was such an animal (and I do like a hefe). Cloudy gold color. Nose is yeast, bread, cloves, a bit of banana, a bit of booze - wonderful, with a taste that follows the nose profile. Nicely carbonated; not as dry as other Tripels I have had recently. Doesn't completely hide the ABV which comes through at the end, but it is smooth and drinkable enough that this on could sneak up on you. World class.

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Photo of Alexc11
4.69/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Wonderful tasting beer. Golden and cloudy with thick creamy foam. Good combination of malt and spice taste with a non-bitter,curt finish. Overall just a fantastic beer. Reminds me of Hennepin.

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Photo of HopHunter19
4.33/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - nice golden hazy color with a big white head that sticks and leaves nice lacing
S - big banana, lemon, bready malts, white pepper, caramel, spicy malt presence
T - banana, clove, lemon, bready malts, white pepper, caramel
Feel - alcohol covered, medium feel, aftertaste is bready malts
O - good beer. Not world class as the rating would have you believe, however it is very good.

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Photo of q33jeff
4.1/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

** 01/02/2012
Bottle at Dubh Linn Square. Citrus,Dark Cloudy pour,Citrus, belgian yeast "wang", but smoothed over.good carbonation. Oh no, It's the end of the world. I wouldn't be so upset if I had one of these in my hand.
**
03/28/2015
Drinking, Bottle to "Hotel Water Glass", at the Borgata. I've had this a few times since 2008 and it never disappoints; I've found some other Unibroue's I like better (Le Terrible, Trois Pistoles), but this is still the one from my 2008 trip to Montreal that I remember.
**

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Photo of trackerdave
4.63/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

One of the best Tripels I have ever tasted. Tried it after reading positive reviews on BA. This is a bottle conditioned ale that (IMHO) needs to be poured like directed on Unibroue's web site; they recommend the yeast be mixed into the beer by gently turning the bottle upside down.
Make sure you pour it into a glass that will not only allow an appreciation of the floral/citrus notes, but that will also accommodate a sizable head. Goes down very smooth, extremely drinkable.
Turned my son-in-law, who was predominately an IPA fan, into someone who has now testing other Belgian ales by having him try this brew.

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Photo of HotDogBikeRide
4.8/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a bottle dated best by 10-26-18, so i'm drinking it really fresh it would appear. Pours a very bubbly bright white head and a golden lightly carbonated, wheat-beer body. Lacing is webby and sporadic. Smell is kind of like licorice and root beer hard candy, mixed with clove-like spices, but very ale-like and sophisticated, not gimmicky. Wheat-backbone carries the spiced, refreshing, fruity esters down the throat. Pears, maybe I'm just imagining, but this is a really next-level beer that always is peeling back another layer to reveal more interesting and unique attributes. Highly recommended, it's like a unique, spiced wheat beer that hides its alcohol better than anything I've ever tried. It manages to accomplish these things subtletly while maintaining OG wheat beer characteristics, unlike anything I've tried. Cheers!

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Photo of princessbay710
5/5  rDev +16%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Licorice and root beer candies is what the first sip gives me. It reminds me of my childhood, drinking a old soda pop, but cutting the sugar. Grown up and sophisticated. Smells slightly of an earthy root beer plant. That's all I can really say, it hides it's alcohol extremely well. This is a future desert for me when I don't want something sweet.

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Photo of Beginner2
4.24/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

At the top of the Tripel category with 2,888 reviews and almost twice as many Hads as the #2, I'm highly unlikely to add much value in a review. I ditto those who prefer this ale among Unibroue's fine collection.

But, I also will offer this comment: as the Fin Du Monde warms during the meal, it really becomes two distinct ales, though obviously related. When the food is hot, the beer cools and calms the palate and complements the spices along the way. (I last had this ale with Thai pad thai.) But as the meal finishes, the ale flavors get stronger and it boosts this process if you pour the yeast in at end of the bottle.

Interestingly, MJ's 1999 edition gave this 2.5 stars out of 4. (I wonder if this recipe and brewer has improved significantly in two decades.?) MJ's simple, short reviews (who I should learn from) was: "suggestions of honey and anise.) The master says: KISS, Keep It Simple & Short.

4/11/16 Tasted again... new flash...
The alcohol interferes with the taste of the tomato/basil sauce; really overwhelmed the food at the end. Next time, I'll try this as prelude to the food. As for the 4 pack I just bought, I think I'll store the remaining 3 for the 2018 date and see if it cools off.

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Photo of gautch726
3.44/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.25

I don't know what it is about this brewery. It comes with a taste that reminds me of biting into a salad. It ruins the beer for me.

Best thing about this is it's consistency. Very smooth and goes down fine. Worst thing - the taste. Just can't get into it.

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Photo of akolb
4.52/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy golden with a truly luxurious head. The aroma has pears, lemon, yeast, faint banana, spice, flowers, sweetness. Very nice. A complex taste, with the spice, yeast, and fruits from the aroma coming back. High carbonation, which makes this a dangerous beer to open. Alcohol burn is present. This is great! Head and shoulders above other North American tripels like New Belgium's. Worth every penny.

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Photo of SportsandJorts
4.57/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: pours a rich golden yellow color. a big two finger white head with strong retention and leaving behind a nice frothy lacing. pretty much opaque due to some haziness and the occasional sediment.

Smell: strong yeast character, fairly split between phenols and esters, with notes of banana, pepper, clove, and pears. wheat and lightly sweet malt. light amount of alcohol.

Taste: opens up opens with a little bit of banana mixing with pear. phenols take over with a good amount of clove and a lesser amount of pepper. malts are nice and sweet, ranging from a pale/pilsner to a little bit of caramel. small amount of alcohol plays in near the end.

Mouthfeel: moderately bodied. easily drinkable but better when enjoyed slowly. small amount of warming and lingering alcohol. light lingering sweetness and yeastiness.

Overall: A top level beer at a killer price and great availability. I don't revisit nearly as much as I should but this is one of the most approachable beers into the wonderful world of Belgian beers. a must try for all beer drinkers.

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Photo of ScottyPRegina
4.82/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Truly a fantastic beer. Complex, just jam packed with flavour. Excellent example of a Belgian Tripel, especially since it's not from Belgium. If you're looking to get your feet wet with this style, (especially if you live in Canada), give this one a go.

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Photo of mpk_tx
3.72/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Admittedly, I'm not a fan of Belgians, and this one particularly didn't sit well. Clear, overcarbonated, yeasty, and watery, Not worth the high price unless you really love Belgians.

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Photo of jcflorian
4.4/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Been a fan of this beer for long time.

Look-pours nicely into tulip glass, nice carbonation.
Smell- typical Belgian tripel
Taste- prob my fav tripel. Nice yeasty finish
Feel- diggin the carbonation on this.
Overall- much more of a quad fan than tripels or dubbels but this is quite simply a very good, well made beer

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Photo of ragnar3
3.58/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap, poured into a tulip. Typical banana and cloves on the nose and palate. From what I'm told this is an excellent representation of the style...one that I must not be into.

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Photo of dee4maine
4.67/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Tried it in a beer fest with over 50 other beers and this stuck in my memory as the best I had that night!
Awesome tripel from our neighbours, eh?! one beer not to miss on this planet.

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La Fin Du Monde from Unibroue
96 out of 100 based on 2,917 ratings.