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La Fin Du Monde | Unibroue

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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
Ranking:
#415
Reviews:
2,999
Ratings:
10,126
pDev:
11.34%
Bros Score:
4.83
 
 
Wants:
665
Gots:
2,352
Trade:
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Ratings: 10,126 |  Reviews: 2,999
Photo of feloniousmonk
4.65/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Huge, billowy, lace, white-as-driven snow head, atop a perfectly golden, clear body.

Aroma is a sweet array of fruit and spice, standing far above any other particular aspect. Delightful and heavenly. Is it "the End of the World", because it enters us into the next?

Citrusy flavor stands on top, with dazzling hops and a marvelous sparkling sensation on tastebuds. Body is light, and extraordinarily uplighting. This brew handily earns it's rep as the Canadian stand-in for Duvel.

A terrifically engaging, hoppy mouthfeel, and an exceptionally warming feeling make this ideal beer for any sort of celebration, such as Anniversarys, holidays, Wednesdays, midnights, 2:45 A.M.s, anytime you're exultant that the world hasn't ended, didn't get fired, dog still loves you, etc., etc....

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Photo of Wesley_Legg
4.64/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of SlurmDrinker
4.64/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of BeenTired
4.64/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Braz
4.64/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bought a bottle from Safeway. Had wanted to try for sometime now. Aromas are tart. I thought I picked up a bit of a tart cherry scent. Yeasty notes also. Beautiful looking pale gold, very hazy. Head so white it might be neon, lingers then recedes to tiny bubbles. Slightly tart taste, pear maybe. Has a bit of clove spiciness too. Very carbonated with a very dry finish. Overall, very good offering. Nice warming effect yet refreshing at the same time.

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Photo of Jetlag767
4.64/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Good enough to make me want to be Canadian!

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Photo of chadski
4.64/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Wiffler27
4.64/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

pours a hazy gold with a thick head. looks fantastic!

smell is nice, nice mellow clove to it. very belgian-y aroma in a good way. but muted, not pure bubblegum or banana.

the taste is amazing. a great combination of Belgian bubblegum yeast, slight banana and clove. very smooth and easy to drink. instantly my favorite tripel, this is some great stuff.

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Photo of BJA
4.64/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle poured into snifter (and partially shared with my g/f)

A: This beer is a slightly hazy golden yellow color. I got a solid finger of off white head that was somewhat creamy but also a bit fizzy ( a good amount of larger bubbles in there). The head lasted several minutes and left a bit of lacing on the glass. Lots of little carbonation bubbles.

S: The first smell is as impressive as it is complex. I get fruit and citrus smells: it reminds me of grapefruit, lychee and rambutan (SE Asian fruits). There is a yeast scent as well. And a bit of sugariness.

T: This beer has an almost fizzy yet complex taste going on. There are the citrus/fruit flavors and some other flavors that I think are from the yeast. The alcohol is also present on the aftertaste. The malt is there in a sweet way. It finishes dry with an aftertaste of yeast on the roof of my mouth.

M: I find this beer to have a slightly fizzy mouthfeel but a complex taste. I suppose it’s light to medium. I actually really like the bit of fizziness. It suits the complexity well.

O: An awesome beer. I like the complexity of the flavors and the awesome nose. It is a sipper, but it remains drinkable and doesn’t exhaust my palate. A beer like this cannot be easy to make, but I'm glad someone has figured it out!

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Photo of Buschyfor3
4.64/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle with silver foil wrapping into a 14 oz mug.

A: A hazy, golden straw color; somewhat cloudy because of the sediment in the bottle (bottle conditioned). 2 finger thick, dense and bubbly white head which quickly dissipated. No lacing whatsoever.

S: Sweet fruit esters (apples and pears come to mind). I'm also picking up a heavy but sweet doughy/yeasty scent. Some residual hints of brewing spices (coriander, nutmeg, cinnamon) and a touch of hops.

T: AMAZING! A delicious, sweet flavor dominates at the start, again hinting at apples and pears, bananas (probably from the Belgian-style yeast strain). Remarkably, the fruit flavor profile reminds me of a Weihenstephaner, only sweeter. There is a bit of a crisp, spicy edge to this beer, not from the alcohol, but more of a citrusy, rind-like spice, possibly from orange peels and coriander. Mid sip, light fruit flavors transitions into the mellower malt profile, primarily a yeasty, freshly-baked bread flavor. Finish is reminiscent of champagne - crisp, effervescent and yet highly refreshing and oh so tempting - I don't want the flavors to end! Must. Take. Another. Sip.

M: Great carbonation give this beer a light, crispy, tingly mouthfeel - again, reminiscent of champagne.

D: 9% ABV? Are you kidding... no way. This beer is devilish because the alcohol is so expertly hidden; I only get a slight warming effect! Add that to the delicious blend of crisp fruity and malty, bready flavors and this beer is the picture of drinkability on a warm spring evening.

I am highly impressed with La Fin Du Monde. I'm even more impressed given the fact that this beer is readily available around home, and at killer prices ($6.99 for a 750? Yes please!). A exemplary beer, especially paired with fresh sushi (California and Rainbow Tuna/Salmon Rolls). I will be reserving a permanent place in my fridge for this beer as my go-to triple!

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Photo of ryantaussig
4.64/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Split with a friend into a Duvel and a Gulden Draak Tulip. He's sitting in on this review.

A: Beautiful golden straw color. Relatively hazy, giving a nice translucence. Head consisted of medium to large bubbles leading to less than satisfactory retention. Still leaves a decent lace.

S: Fruit comes forward right away with blueberries and citrus out in front. A slight hop backdrop sets up the plethora of malt complexities. Yeast esters and alcohol at the end.

T: Lots of malts, some roasted some not. Notes of toasted bread and cloves in the front of the palate. Alcohol and yeast noticeable at the back end. Hop character is lively providing a good balance to all the malts.

M: The feel is pretty much the representative for a tripel. Just about medium with a definite level of smoothness to it, ending with a dry estery finish with a bit of heat.

D: At a high ABV and a standard bottle size that's in the bomber category means I'm done after two. I could potentially drink it all night, but it's not likely.

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Photo of jws7968
4.64/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of smcreator
4.64/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours with a two finger, medium-large bubble head that quickly pops down to a thin layer of small bubbles. It is a deep cloudy yellow/orange color.

S: Wonderful smell. Since the head is full of popping larger bubbles it gives off a wonderful smell, especially at the beginning.

T: A wonderful taste reminiscent of an exceptional home brew (probably in part due to the yeast base refermentation. The beer is sweet with a citrus-like aftertaste. Tastes similar to the best hefeweizen you might have tried.

M: It is actually fun to drink. At each sip, the aforementioned bubbles 'explode' in your mouth releasing the full flavor in the mouth.

D: Due to a high ABV of 9% and the rich and brilliant flavors, this is a beer to enjoy while smoking a pipe, but not one to take to a college party.

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Photo of spedprof
4.64/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of befseroff
4.64/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of donteatpoop
4.64/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've had some less than stellar experiences from unibroue, though through no fault of the brewery (I failed to check the dates on a sampler pack I had bought) and so, even after checking to make sure this one wasn't expired; I purchased the bottle with a bit of subconcious aprehension.

I'm glad I did.

Poured a cloudy orange amber color with a nice cap of white head.

The smell is orange citrus, bread, and spice. The taste is sweet, everything in the nose is in the mouth except for the boogers; add a bit of clove to the taste as well. The 9% alcohol is masked well; this is probably easier to drink than it should be.

Such a smooth beer, glad to have tried it; will definately try again.

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Photo of sporklift87
4.64/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Best before 10/10/17

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Photo of Roman5150
4.64/5  rDev +7.4%
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 +7.4%

Photo of Mumbled
4.64/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Colebeers
4.64/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of coldmeat23
4.64/5  rDev +7.4%
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 +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of cbrown25
4.64/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of GDBEERMAN
4.63/5  rDev +7.2%
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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La Fin Du Monde from Unibroue
Beer rating: 4.32 out of 5 with 10,126 ratings
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