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La Fin Du Monde | Unibroue

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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: 2,924 | Ratings: 9,840
Photo of brentk56
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%
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

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Photo of Boilermaker88
4.38/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a caged and corked bomber sporting a "best by" date of 04-05-07 on the back side of the label. Glassware of choice for this brew was my Duvel tulip glass. Great hazy golden color topped by a monstrous white head that seemed eternal, thanks to the incredible amount of fine carbonation that was hauling ass to the surface. Lots of clumpy lace left behind also.
The nose carried the aromas of not-quite ripe bananas, doughy malt, clove, some coriander and a touch of white pepper. The clove aroma really took center stage here.
The taste was like a hybrid hefeweizen and tripel; nice banana and clove flavors up front (though not as omnipresent as in a good hefe) and a more spicy herbal hoppiness in the latter stages (reminiscent of a tripel). Always present was a solid bready malt platform from which the other tastes emerged. The finish had a pleasant peppery bite that was nicely bitter. The feel was medium in body, leaning toward full, and quite dry.
What a great beer! La Fin Du Monde is dangerously drinkable and must be accorded the respect a 9% ABV beer is due. It went great with my dinner and to relax with as I settled into the evening. Definitely worth picking up.

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

Slightly hazy straw yellow colour topped by a bright white, long-lasting head that formed some fine lace on the sides of the glass. Very nice. The aroma contained elements of ripe citrus/banana with a pleasant dose of spiciness (mostly clove-like). Some floral hoppiness is present, but is well balanced. Ripe fruit and sweetness are at the forefront of the flavour, with plenty of spiciness as well. Bitterness is present, but lies underneath the other flavours until it dries the palate at the finish, accompanied by a light pepperiness at the back of the tongue. Noticeable, but not overpowering, alcohol warmth in both the mouth and belly. Medium bodied, very smooth, with high carbonation. Effervescent right to the end.

750 mL brown bottle topped with cork, bottled on March 11, 2004 (code C114).

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Photo of rabidawg
4.23/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Honey-lemon-sunshine with just a slight yeast cloudiness. Enormous white head that painted the inside of the glass with lacing. Extremely active carbonation.

Smell: Lots of phenolic yeast here, with banana and clove esters highly reminiscent of a hefe. Fusel alcohol is quite noticeable, and borders on distracting.

Taste: Honey-sweet at first, with alcohol rushing in and slightly numbing the tongue. Very warming, and quickly causes facial flush. Slightly cloying at times until the swallow, after which the taste is dry and very nearly wine-like. Phenolic is really the dominant taste here, with powdered sugar-like dextrins floating around as well.

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Photo of RocketWidget
4.38/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased as a promotional wooden three bomber case also including Maudite and Trois Pistoles. Enjoyed while eating some fine cheeses. Drank during a Red Sox game the announcer called “the worst baseball game I’ve ever seen”. Glad I’ve got my End of the World with me!

Pours a hazy, glowing gold color. Moderate silky white head. Smells fruity and crisp. This beer is excellent! Heavy and hard hitting, this beer has a powerful spicy taste and a malty punch. Slight hops combine with the sharp, alcoholic aftertaste. Extremely smooth and drinkable. An outstanding brew, and a great conversion brew as well.

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Photo of kosmoraios
4.2/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation : Corked 750ml bottle poured into Duvel tulip glass. Excellent golden color, a tiny bit murky. A moderate head on the beer, but does not dissipate too fast.

Smell: Excellent, light aroma with definite nutty and fruity tones.

Taste: Superb. The best word I can use to describe this ale is: Champagne. Most wonderful, crisp, light, taste with just the right amount of hops and malt and a tiny bit of fruitiness. Wonderful. A top-of-the-line ale.

Mouthfeel: Excellent carbonation. Just the right amount to make it feel wonderful in the mouth.

Drinkability: A very light, not-too-filling ale. The only reason it got a 4.5 on drinkability in my book is that it is 9% ABV. Quite a kicker, but you'd never know by the taste. Only after you finish a 750ml bottle in the sun and then stand up do you realize that you are quite intoxicated.

An excellent ale. Do try this one.

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Photo of danadeny
4.63/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Head: Nice thick head (used the actual "La Fin Du Monde" glass from Unibroue) clings to glass as you drink, nice carbonation, and a lovely murky golden yellow color.

Smell: yeasty, with hints of fruit

Taste: Spicy and fruity at first. Then a little hint of hops in the middle, and a clean, bubbly, perky finish. as it warms more maltyness is detectible

Mouth feel: Bubbly, classic trappiste feel, medium thickness.

Drinkability: very very high.

Notes: one of the best beers ever. a must try for everyone.

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Photo of connecticutpoet
4.15/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A pale yellow, cloudy ale with a HUGE head that stayed through much of the glass. Very nice.

The aroma was smoky, which I didn't expect, and nutty, which I did. A little bit of bread-like scent there, due to the yeast, but mostly masked.

The taste was much like it smelled, rich, smoky, nutty, somewhat yeasty, but with an odd taste that I can only describe as... bacon. It was still pretty good, but the oddness of that combination in a beer threw me a curve.

I will probably try this one again when I see it, to see if that bacon flavor was an anomaly... even if it wasn't. it was still worth havin again.

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Photo of finepaws
4.32/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Received this corked 750ml bottle as a gift. It had been sitting on top of a fridge for over a year. Exp. date put it good till 9/6/2005. I thought about keeping it awhile longer, but couldn't resist. Uncorked it, and carbonation slowly fizzed to the top. May have chilled it a bit too much. When it began to drip over, I poured. It had a nice frothy head that lasted throughtout the glass. Slightly toned down toward the end. Bubbles also lasted throughout, like a good champagne. The color was cloudy gold. Smells were very fruity, and maybe a touch floral. It tasted like apples, pears, and malt. Not bitter at all. As it warmed, it did take on an alcohol taste. Still nothing like I would have expected for 9% abv. Seemed almost rich in mouthfeel. Like a watered down milkshake consistency. As for drinkability, I found that it was gone too soon!!! Quick note on back of bottle, it was quite clear what type of glass it should be drank from. Showed correct picture, then a big X through incorrect one. I got a kick out of that.

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Photo of EagleTalon
4.52/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Damn, I should have bought more than one bottle of this during my trip to Chicago. (I need to see if it can be "imported" into Oklahoma)

It pours to a generous white foam and cloudy gold color. Smell is floral, candylike and unbeerlike but good...smells like it has some good vitamins in it--real nutritious! Flavor is sweet and tangy and fruity with a weird after taste for which you have to acquire an appreciation. It's not awful, just different. Finishes fruity. Hops are detectable. This beer is exceptionally easy to drink so watch out for the buzz. It's like a "hefe" on steroids. A unique and unforgettable taste sensation.

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Photo of Dithyramb
4.85/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Incredibly good marketing folks at Unibroue. The packaging is very well done. I have purchased the foiled topped bottle. Serving suggestion and freshness dating on the back.

Smell: Fruity and sweet peach floral notes.

Taste: Oh yeah. Tingly carbonation. Very clean fruit flavors and a slight peppary flavor after the initial carbonation bite. Only a trace of hops on the back end.

Mouthfeel: Very clean smooth and creamy. Leaves me wanting more.

Drinkability: At first, I would be afraid of drinking several of something so high in alcohol. However, this is so nicely balanced, full-flavored, and tasty, I would definitely have a few. Amazing beer. I was always suspicious of Canadian beers, after being underwhelmed by Molson, but I will need to try Unibroue's other offerings now.

I just put a few imperial stouts in the basement for my first try at cellaring. I'll be adding one of these babies in the mix to see just how complex it can get. With the carbonation and alcohol, I'm hoping it will be even more tasty next year.

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Photo of TagoMago
4.9/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 oz. foil-capped bottle poured slowly into a Scaldis tulip glass.

Appearance: Cloudy, pale yellowish-orange. This beer requires a slow pour as the head produced from pouring is quite active and intense. The head retention is beautiful, leaving my glass with a pretty lacing.

Smell: Fruity, with some peach notes. The beer is rather phenolic with a faint clove-like aroma from the yeast.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Incredibly smooth a creamy mouthfeel and a decent amount of carbonation to boot. The beer is rather sweet and fruity upfront with some spice. The finish is pretty dry where some hop character is noticable.

Overall: I consider this beer to be the greatest beer made on the continent of North America, and the best beer by the Quebec based Unibroue. This is a phenomenal Belgian-style ale, but also very artisinal and unique for its style. There are simply no other beers in the world like this one. This is a must-try brew!

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

Pours a thick yellow amber color with a beautiful white head. Smells very yeasty and hoppy. I love the carbonation with the yeast floating in it. Very good looking beer. Tastes nice. A wonderful balance of hops and flavor. I expected this to be another "in your face" Belgian and that is not the case. This is very easy drinking. A lovely pale ale to be savored. Very flavorful without being overpowering. Besides being cost prohibitive, I would drink this more often.

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Photo of 99bottles
4.23/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: 12 ounce bottle, capped with foil poured into a tulip (Duvel) glass. The beer is a dark gold color and gives rise to an inch and a half of small fizzy white head. The retention is insane, with a solid 1/2" remaining all the way until the end. Note: The etching on the bottom of the Duvel tulip provides a steady stream of carbonation. Very nice looking beer.

Smell: Very yeasty, even though I decanted slowly to not disrupt the "lees" on which this ale is triple fermented. Some funny corriander-lemon sourness comes through this yeast, as well as a light grassy-funk smell, much like some saison / farmhouse ales.

Taste: At once very unified and well balanced. To paraphase, this is 1/2 Duvel and 1/2 Saision DuPont. It has a nice fruity blend of esters, pear, apple, banana and a firm phenolic spiciness with soft yeast notes to blend the two extremes. Excellent and immensely drinkable.

Mouthfeel: Good, not overly thin, and also not too rich or viscous. Has great carbonation to lend the champagne like effervescence while retaining a moderate/dry maltiness to give this some feet on which to stand.

Drinkability: Also, very good. Drinks somewhat lightly, especially once one realizes it's high ABV of 9%. This beer is easily drank and tasty enough to captivate an interest throughout multiple bottles. My favorite beer from Unibroue that has made my list.

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

Pours a hazy golden color with moderate carbonation. In a really interesting point of comparison, it developed a very pretty 2" white head in a Delerium Tremens snifter and it developed almost no head (a slight covering of the beer only) in a Chimay goblet. Really says something about the importance of glassware. Anyway, the aroma was light, but with an incrediblly pleasant balance of sweetness, honey, light spices (vanilla among others I couldn't identify). Mouthfeel incredible (words don't come to describe it otherwise).

After having read about this beer on BA for some time now, I finally got a chance to try it this past weekend, and I think I have a new candidate for favorite beer. OK, let's say in the top 10. Not because it is as complex as some others I've had, but because the balance is just right on, and I felt like I could drink it and keep drinking it (I'm glad I didn't- that 9% ABV would have done some damage).

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Photo of cbl2
4.38/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance:

Slightly cloudy yellow with intense effervescence and a nice quarter inch white head.

Smell:

A very pleasant herbal aroma coupled with faint yeast undertones.

Taste/Mouthfeel:

Hints of medicine, but in a good way. This is some tasty stuff. Crisp and delightful with some metal qualitites. Very fresh tasting.

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Photo of brewQ
3.88/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A Champagne like effervescent pour- in sync with the French-Canadian roots, I guess. Good head and retention of 3/4 inch or better.

A hazy gold to orange look with some spice and grain (wheat) in the aroma.This carries into the flavor. A disarmingly smooth and drinkable brew.

I put it right up there with the closer to home New Belgium Trippel.

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Photo of TheOtherMike
3.64/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I used to get this one about 6 years ago somewhat regularly. I liked it then. I was curious to see if I would still like it ... and I do.

Appearance - Cloudy, light golden color with head to spare. One bottle produced a good 3 inches of sticky, long standing foam. The next bottle had to be poured in stages it had foamed so much. I rtied to leave the sediment in the bottle too.

Smell - Kinda funky. Not as bad as Trois Pistoles, but similar. Doesn't smell like beer.

Taste - It almost seems like it's gonna be fruity but then it isn't (whew). Lotsa yeast I suppose. Good pale ale flavor.

Mouthfeel - That carbonation really stays active the whole time. Very noticeable in the mouth - like champaign.

Drinkability - I want more.

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Photo of kegerator
3.09/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

nice looking brew. poured a typical hazy golden yellow with a nice white head.
smelled of slight citrus and spice and some sugars were there
taste was decent but It had an almost Malt Liquor quality about it, as if it was blended, strange. I experienced the same thing with the 11 offering as well. I did not have this with the darker beers such as Trois or Terrible. Again its a decent beer but not overly impressive for a so called Belgian Strong Pale.

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Photo of Trentonator
4.72/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Caged and corked 750 ml bottle with very cool graphics, a best before date and even a suggested serving glass (tulip), which is exactly what I used. The cork comes off with a very nice resounding "thump", which foreshadows that this is not an ordinary beer. A moderately heavy pour reveals an appearance that is not too out of the ordinary, it's a apricot/darkish yellow, but there is a good sized head and some short-lived lacing. The taste is where this beer really shines. It's at once smooth and creamy, with some orange and tangerine tastes in there, but it also has some zest and fizziness. It also has a great smell, and reminds me of a lighter version of a Chimay or a Duvel. I really liked this beer, and it was reasonably priced (6.00 for a 750 ml).

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

Serving a 12 0z bottle. Expiration date 2 years from now-gotta love that. This bottle poured a beautiful hazy golden yellow color. A very small head was all that formed, but this was not a major let down. Smell was wonderful: fruity and with hints of pleasant alcoho undertones. Taste was fruity sweetness. Finish is very crisp. The high ABV is there but hidden well. This is a highly drinkable beer. Enjoy!.

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Photo of Billolick
4.08/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

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Photo of Cwrw
4.12/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

With a violent pop the cork came out, and out poured some liquid gold. The beer itself is thick, although pale looking, and pleasantly sedimentary and unclear, becoming more so with each glass from the 750 ml. Apple juice colouration, dull orange or yellow; I have seen better and more unique appearances in other Unibroue beers. It is still attractive, nonetheless. The head is near uncontrollable, gargantuan, soapy, bright aspirin-white, with good longevity. Soapy lace, large bubbles. The aroma is earthy yeast, citrus, coriander, apples, peaches, and actually reminded me of Hoegaarden, with more complexity. Belgian taste, slightly metallic, strong yeast, citrus, champagne-like, sweet on the front and surprisingly bitter on the finish, leaving a dry, port or sherry aftertaste. Strong spices, almost peppery, but with good enough maltiness and hop-level, leaving a clove-numbness on the palate. Mouthfeel is h-e-a-v-y. This has a very gassy carbonation, and is quite dry, leaving a feel similar to scotch or whisky in the mouth, which would prevent me from consuming these overly often, but this said, it is quite drinkable for such a highly flavourable and strong beer. Conclusion: for me personally, not my favourite from Unibroue, but compared to other breweries, this is still an absolute dream to consume. This Unibroue beer only tastes less-than-extraordinary when compared to its own line of products. Still a spectacular beer from Quebec. I have yet to taste the equal of Unibroue in North America.

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Photo of surfmeister
3.55/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: murky sunshine yellow, thick, frothy, soap bubble head with awesome staying power
Smell: fruity, sweet with a mild sour/mildew characteristic
Taste: malty and sweet, too sweet, a variety of condensed fruit, with a little hop bite at the end
Mouthfeel: full, rich, thick foam, the best part of the brew
Drinkability: unfortunately just to overbearingly sweet for me, but I'm a crisp clean lager guy, I rate it above average for it's unique flavor and complexity

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Photo of AllThingsNinja
3.47/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The end of the world is a golden orange sunset, adorned with an elegant – though dissipating lace. There’s no explosions, just a subtle fire to spicy a mellow, alcohol laden brew. The banana and clove aroma is soothing while the flavors are simple, delicate, and diverse. Hints of pineapple in the hops were most surprising while the majority of the notes were standard fruits and spices. This is an average interpretation of an awesome style. Though light on body, this brew was quite drinkable. C’est la fin du la monde, et je me sens bien.

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La Fin Du Monde from Unibroue
96 out of 100 based on 2,924 ratings.