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:
10,075
Reviews:
2,981
Avg:
4.31
pDev:
11.37%
 
 
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656
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2,316
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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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Photo of markaberrant
4.63/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle decanted into pitcher and served in unibroue tulip glass.

Pours a beautiful clear orange colour. Long lasting, pillowy soft white head that eventually recedes to 1/4". Amazing carbonation, a sight to behold in the glass. Not much for lacing.

Aroma is fruity. I'm relatively new to Belgians, but it smells exactly like my homemade Saison I brewed this summer. I don't detect any spice aroma, just fruit, but damn good fruit!

The first sip is an EXPLOSION! My brain can't process it all. Fruit and spice up front, soft and creamy in the middle, sweet like honey towards the finish. Then you swallow and a warm cozy alcohol feel slowly works it way up to the back of your throat. WOW!!!

Mouthfeel is incredible. Starts out with carbonated prickliness, then finishes almost sticky (which probably helps me think of honey in the flavour). The pallette does clear quickly (easy to digest as they say), which has you quickly reaching for another sip (unlike a heavy barleywine which lingers for some time).

Drinkability is outstanding, though it really should be drank with some restraint. I'm half way through my first glass, and I'm already feeling it. I WANT MORE!

This is only my second pale belgian strong (the other being Duvel, which I enjoyed), but this is first rate.

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

Poured a hazy straw color into my DT snifter from a 12 oz bottle. The 'best-by' date and ABV are on the label.
A nice, creamy two finger head that settles to a thin persistent film that goes nowhere. Very good carbonation.
Aroma is a delightful blend of spices; nutmeg, cloves and cardamom notes with some sweetness, malts and a hint of yeast.
Taste akin to the aroma, is predominantly spicy. There is a characteristic bread/yeast taste with some sweet/honey notes. The finish is very smooth. It's a pleasant attack on the taste-buds.
Coats the palate beautifully; rich, silky, creamy texture. Every sip makes you want to have more. Very good lacing that sticks around after every sip.
The ABV is masked really well in this tripel making it easy to drink. It's an ale for all occasions.
This is one of the finest tripel's around, and is a 'must-have' for every strong ale lover.
Highly, highly recommended.

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Photo of tattooed81
4.63/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A wonderful bright gold with a decent foamy head when poured into a tulip glass. This beer gives you a hint of whats to come with notes of hops and citrus and just a hint of spice as you raise the glass to your mouth.

With a fantastic spicy start, and a combination of hops, cloves, citrus and just a hint of something floral this is a truly great beer. Finishes with a crisp clean finish that makes it easy to drink this beer over and over again.

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Photo of Tamuk57
4.63/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Photo of sbe1
4.63/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Serving type: 9.4 oz. corked bottle.

Appearance: Beautiful cloudy gold with a huge, dense, long lasting head that eventually dissipates into a light lace.

Smell: lovely sweet and creamy smell.

Taste: Incredible, sweet and peppery and with a hint of citrus. Nice warm alcohol taste only noticeable after it's gone down.

Mouthfeel: light and refreshing with a mild peppery bite.

Drinkability: excellent, especially for a beer with a 9% alcohol content.

Overall an outstanding highly drinkable and very special beer.

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Photo of beinerso
4.63/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Demonhub
4.63/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of OldTownBeerGeek
4.63/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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

A: Pours a light golden yellow with massive head formation with good retention. There is a decent amount of lacing and carbonation was fair.

S: Nose is filled with sweet candy and fruit. The yeast is very present and mixes well with earthy and grainy tones.

T: Great balance of flavors. Candied yeast mixed with bananas and pears. There is a hint of pepper as well to round out the taste. Alcohol is virtually unoticable at 9%.

M: Smooth with adequate carbonation.

D: Very drinkable, no problem drinking the 750mL bottle. Very smooth.

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

This has become my new stock, "go to" beer - the beer I always make sure I have in the fridge. Very foamy cream/white head that (eventually) becomes beautiful lace. The beer is a soft (slightly cloudy) gold in colour. First taste is crisp, high carbonation with balanced light fruit flavours and a hint of crisp pepper and citrus. This fades smoothly into a soft maltiness with excellent spice. The (high) alchohol is perfectly integrated into the flavour, leaving no harsh or unexpected notes in the taste.

A perfect introduction to the world of Belgian-style strong pale ales, La Fin Du Monde has all the character of a great Belgian but can be consumed on a daily basis (and even a session basis) unlike many great Belgians.

Excellent. Highly recommended. Mmmm....

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

Pours slightly hazy orange with a nice fluffy head,
I'm new at Belgian styles so I have a hard time identifying the flavors, sour, unripe apricots, just the slightly unripe kind.
Hay, something sweet, like the smallest hint of orange honey.
Smell is wet wheat-field, ripe fruit, Is that the yeast?
Wow these beers are complex.
The bottle slowly drains, large quaffs don't satisfy like a powerful sip put directly on the tip of the tongue.
Carbonation is crisp but fades dramatically half way through the bottle, this isn't really a bad thing, just noticed.
Each time I put the glass down it tastes different.
I'm in awe of Belgians, gotta try more.

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

Yes, belive or not, bt this 750ml bottle was brewed in the last millennium! 1999 in fact. No better day than today (St-Jean-Baptiste day in Québec) to drink probably the best triple that is brewed in the Province. Certainly one of my all time favourite beer.That's it.

Let's find out if 10 years of ageing add something (or removed) to this brew....

Right at the opening, the cork pop out loud. Still lots of carbonation in here! Still alive and well after this long wait. Poured nice straw yellow, a touch of red (would say peach like) and producing a nice white to off-white coloured head that appears creamy and last a long time... That's a nice surprise for a beer that age.

Nose: Sweetness, caramel, apple, no banana ester as noted on previous tasting of aged FDM before. Spices as gone away a bit so as the herb and yeast smell. It all blends together without any frank distinction of one and the other. Very complex.

Mouth: Carbonation is medium low and went out more rapidly then the younger version. Even becoming flat before I even hit the bottom of the glass :(...

Overall: This ageing gives proof to you that this beer can handle the road for a long cellaring. I would guess that in a perfect cellar (which is really not my case) this beer would handle the road for a good 15 years.

I scored low on this review because of the age of the beer. I could easily scored 5/5 on taste, appearance and mouthfeel on a fresh brew... Try this beer. It's really a must!!!

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

Pours a hazy bright yellow with a nice creamy white head. The head is almost mousse-like which makes me happy. Stone fruit aromas with lots of other ester and banana aromas and some spicy phenolic notes. There is a lot going on here. A little spicy on the palate with a bit of warming alcohol behind that. A nice medium body with a really creamy mouthfeel from the very tightly bound carbonation. Long finish with that characteristic stale (read; subtle) hop finish that I look for in a Belgian beer. This is a delicious beer that I haven't had in a few years and almost forgot how much I like it. Especially when you consider that the Unibroue beers are generally pretty well priced when compared with a lot of American Belgian-style beers this might make it's way into my regular rotation.

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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 dandp88
4.62/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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

This was fantastic. Poured a deep hazy and very light amber with a big white frothy head. Quick fade left behind a nice quarter inch layer of head on top and nice lace down the glass. Smell was very alive, lots of figs and pears with hints of raisin and plum. Lots of carbonation gave this a great feel and only served to punctuate the great flacors. Lots of light fruitness here, again peachs, pears, figs, hints at nutmeg and some grape. Extrodinarily drinkable, with no hint whatsoever of the big alchol in this. Quite possibly one of my all time favorite belgian style ales. This was fantastic. Nothing over the top, just crafter perfectly. I would highly recommend this to anyone.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.62/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a Dogfish signature snifter. Back label says best before 12-13-14.

A- Pours a hazy amber color with a 3/4 inch white head that fizzes away to a thick ring around the edge of the glass and light spacks of surface foam. Lacing that falls quickly down the glass.

S- Full Belgian yeast aroma with an effervescent backing and tropical fruit notes of pineapple, papaya and some mango. Sweet-smelling plus some herbal spiciness.

T- Belgian yeast is the main player providing plenty of banana and spice notes plus a slightly chalky element. Wheat flavor also prevails and brings a fullness to the overall profile. Alcohol is extremely well-hidden.

M- Bright and a bit prickly from the spice/yeast combo. Medium carbonation and a relatively light body.

O- One of my favorite tripels and definitely the best Unibroue beer IMO. It never gets old to drink.

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La Fin Du Monde from Unibroue
4.31 out of 5 based on 10,075 ratings.
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