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

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Photo of Roman5150
4.64/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

bottle into duvel glass

appearance: cloudy orange with a 2 finger white head, very bubbly with lots of lacing, looks like an unfiltered IPA.

smell: clove, dark figs/fruits, coriander, bubble gum, banana, subtle vanilla, citrus

taste: So sweet and carbonated, it has the dark fruit qualities of a trappist with the sweetness of a Chimay to be specific, yet has some spice complexities that differentiate it from any other beer. Huge bubblegum flavors blast your tongue right away, followed by a herbal, fruity hoppiness that mixes with the sweet malt backbone in almost perfect fashion. So remarkably balanced, no taste of alcohol whatsoever, the finish is so refreshing you may think you're drinking a soda pop.

mouthfeel: highly carbonated, medium to thick bodied feel

overall: Probably my favorite from Unibroue. All of their beers are well crafted and do not disappoint, but this one is a step above the rest. Has characteristics of all the great trappists, if I had this blind I would guess it was from Belgium and brewed by monks. This was a steal at Trader Joes, for the price it is the best beer you can buy. Probably the best outside-of-Europe take on a trappist i've had besides Final Absolution by Dragonsmead (Michigan Microbrewery).

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Photo of joshtheford
4.64/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of Mumbled
4.64/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Colebeers
4.64/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of coldmeat23
4.64/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

GLASS: Goblet
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 50 degrees
Best Before 04-24-11

Pours a slightly hazy, golden orange color. One-finger head of loose white foam. Leaves a light frothy covering. Lacing is spotty and somewhat slick.

Nice banana and citrus notes come on strong. Pears, apples, oranges and peaches. Nice spiced presence, also. Corriander and hints of clove. Very inviting belgian yeast profile. Slight presence of phenols. Light barnyard funk.
This is the nose of an excellent Belgian Tripel.

Sweet fruitiness opens this one. Apples, bananas and citrus flavors. This is quickly balanced by a nice smooth spiciness. Light pepper and cloves. Nice medium malt profile. Great belgian yeast presence.
Very nicely balanced.

As a Tripel should be, this is one smooth and creamy brew. Highly carbonated, with lots of tiny little bubbles. It feels so good in your mouth, you almost don't want to swallow it. Just let it sit there, for a while, and enjoy it.

Very tasty, smooth, and quite drinkable. It hides the 9%abv so well. I can't even tell that it's there. I'm betting that it will sneak up on you, though. Be careful with this one.

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Photo of KetchumSuds
4.64/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of cbrown25
4.64/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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

12oz bottle into wine glass, tasted at Bliss, wine and beer shop.

A: A bold haze to the light golden body, with a beautiful head that stays white and fluffy the entire drinking experience. A good bit of lacing is left in layers.

S: The aromatic experience of a pepper/clove/slight banana is found.

T/M: The nose suggests that this is one fine tripel and the taste reassures this notion. Yeast balance is wonderful with the hops and malts, a truly great multi-dimensional brew. The semi-dryness of the mouthfeel, unlocks flavors with the finish and promotes a great lingering sensation.

D: WOW this could be the end all be all to tripels a great rendition of the classic style. I find this to be both a great brew to sip anytime of the year. Could not even put the glass down, very well done. Tastes like it could use a bit of aging, but swell fresh too.

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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 jessealmlie
4.63/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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

A: Crystal-clear yellow. Foamy head that laces the glass throughout the drink.

S: Belgian yeast scents of banana and clove. Black pepper. Sour-dough bread.

T: Fruity, Spicy-goodness. Pineapple, banana, mango, alcohol.

M: Low carbonation. Bigger body. Smooth and thick.

O: Wow. Pert-near perfect for the style.

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Photo of fank2788
4.63/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12oz bottle marked best before 11/09 served in a snifter
This beer pours a very nice pale straw gold color with a thick 2 finger pure white head. The head falls a bit but can be quickly called back by swirling the glass leaving tons of lace. The smell is dominated by the Unibroue yeast with a bit of summer fruit underneath. There seems to be three separate taste "phases" with this beer. First there is a lot of sweetness with orange and tangerine flavors. Second, a good deal of bitterness from the hops and a touch of warmth from the alcohol is noticed, both of these flavors are subtle but they do enough to balance the sweetness. Lastly, I get nice tart lemon along with a bit of grain and peppery spice. A bit of clove and banana are present throughout. The mouthfeel is good medium body with lively carbonation, a powdery dry finish and a pleasant aftertaste. Drinkability ranks very high interesting complexity with hidden alcohol makes this highly quaffable. If the end of the world were imminent I would be drinking a few of these.

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

Pours a beautiful hazy, golden color with a huge, creamy white head that sinks slowly and leaves an excellent lace on the glass. Definite orange peels, spices, and a slight tartness to the aroma. Big fruitiness up front with some nice oranges, peaches, grapes, and some slightly tart fruitiness as well. Nice spiciness as well with some pepper and coriander. The brew finishes with a burst of sweetness from the candy sugar and a slight warming sensation from the alcohol. A creamy carbonated feeling dominates the mouthfeel and helps to make this medium-light bodied beer extremely drinkable, especially for the amount of alcohol that is in it. Yet another great beer from Unibroue.

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

Poured from a 12-oz. bottle into my Terrapin snifter.

Appearance: Incredibly great. A one-finger foamy white head sits atop this cloudy pale orange tripel like a crown. Excellent retention. Good lacing.

Smell: Kind of vegetable-y in that funky Belgian way; very nice. Some alcohol too. There are some citrus tones as well.

Taste: Oh... yeah, this is nice. Yeasty malts combine with fruity, citrusy hops to make this a really damn tasty ale. It's got the perfect amount of alcohol presence on the palate, and it's pleasantly warming going down. I get some tangy, kind of grassy bitterness too. You want to sip this and really savor it; there's a lot to explore here.

Mouthfeel: Rather full-bodied; it coats the mouth well.

Drinkability: Outstanding! I am really, really enjoying the hell out of this, and it reminds me why top-quality Belgian-style beers are second to none.

This is utterly fantastic.

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Photo of jrsqc7
4.63/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Presented in some sort of rich folk 40 bottle w/ a cork and what is best describes as a screw off nipple tassel covering the cork. The title is cheeky but I like cheeky metal so tried this out. The head is ridiculous, billowy, never ending. You just gotta dive into that foam and look like an ass while drinking it, white foam clinging to your beard like Trots to the labour theory of value after the fall of the USSR. It's a great a beer, but a bit too sweet for my liking. Still recommended.

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

This one I slowly came around to. My tastes had to grow and change for Fin Du Monde to completely bowl me over. I was a diehard stout/scotch/porter fan for years until a handful of notable Belgians (Trappist Rochefort, Delirium, etc) made me a true believer. I came back to this exquisite beer with an open mind, a wisened palate, and a sudden realization that it's one of the best examples of its kind, despite being from Montreal, Canada. Ah, Montreal. An incredible city, but it's still not in Belgium. Anyway, here's the math half:

Appearance: gorgeous. I always smile at those lightly hued brews which obscure vision as well as any pitch-black stout. Yellow orange haze which nothing penetrates.

Smell is delicate fruity subtle and direct. It's good

Tastes even better than the nose and looks implied, with a perfect tingle via carbonation and a sweet fruity body (for the most part) masking the alcohol entirely.

Mouthfeel is near-perfect as well with semi-sharp carbonation offsetting the lack of bite from the taste - this thing tickles the physical mouth at proper aggression level while soothing taste buds in a stealthily satisfiying way.

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Photo of Vyvyan
4.63/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of midnightcowboy818
4.63/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

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

hello: the end of the world. poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a nalgene at the fancy gap KOA in virginia. after an 815 mile drive and before a 587 miler.

appearance: cloudyish coppery goldeny goodness. if you took all the "fun" blondes are supposed to be having and melted it down into a liquid, it would look like this.

smell: it smells like a la fin du monde. this is good because usually when i smell la fin du monde, it means i'm about to drink la fin du monde.

taste: when i first tried it, i was trying to drink it like a natty ice. back then i bought it for its abv instead of writing an english paper. it was tough then, but now...its beautiful. peppery sorta, and spicy warmth from the alcohol backs up the pepper impression, but it balances impeccably with clove and malty sweetness.

mouthfeel: this one bites back. sip it and it warms your mouth and throat. blame the 9% for that. it is very bubbly too, though not so bubbly as it's belgian role model, duvel. this bubbliness i speak of adds to the bite.

overall: i love this beer. it emulates a duvel, at a relatively more modest price point and with an infinitely broader availability. its around enough to encourage you to drink it willy nilly, but it will catch up to you, i've met weaker wines than this strong boy. perfect when you want one before bed, or something to stand up to a steak. or even a cigar. njoy!

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

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Unibroue tulip glass.

Pours a cloudy golden color with two finger bubbly white head. Settles to a centimeter thick head.

Aroma is yeasty, spicy tones, candi sugar, some breadiness.

This brew is bursting with flavor. I'm detecting mostly spicy notes, but also a sweet fruitiness. Finishes a bit bitter on the tongue and leaves it tingling with spice.

Mouthfeel is medium-light and crisp, yet still smooth.

This is one of my favorite tripels. Unibroue makes some great beer and this is another winner. For 9% ABV it's so drinkable it's dangerous.

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Photo of bump8628
4.63/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Big mousse-like, creamy white head on top a mildly hazy golden body.

Fruitiness abounds in both aroma and flavor, with soft and subtle notes of pear, citrus, and plum. Finishes dry with a note of spice and clove. Creamy, soft, and almost fluffy on the palate. Quite complex, yet gentle. Malt and hops are merely a canvas on which the yeast create their masterpiece.

An excellent Tripel, maybe one of the top 3 brewed in the world.

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Photo of Matthew607
4.63/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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

Cloudy yellow color with a head that stays for a while, and leaves a lacing. Smells fruity, with some spice as well. The fruit seems like an apple smell. The taste is like the smell, some apple there, as well as a caramel flavor. This is well complemented by a sharp cheese. The mouthfeel is excellent, just the right amount of carbonation. Despite being 9% La Fin Du Monde is easy to drink, and I am usually not satisfied with only one. This is one of my favorite beers.

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La Fin Du Monde from Unibroue
4.31 out of 5 based on 10,039 ratings.
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