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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
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
Reviews:
2,943
Ratings:
9,932
Avg:
4.31
pDev:
21.11%
 
 
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Photo of Bookseeb
4/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A light gold in color with a nice foamy head that disapates quickly. Aroma scense of honey, fruit, a difinate belgian style. A spike of carbonation releasing fruity flavors and a note of cloves, having a light - med mouthfeel. A very good beer for the style it portrays.

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Photo of greencovesteve
4/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A:a golden hazy yellow

S: spicy, fruity smell. Hints of banana, raisins, and other dark fruits.

T: sweet fruity blend. Light carbonization blends nicely with a dull banana taste.

M: a wet smooth blend that coats the mouth nicely. Light bitter notes show theirselves as this one fades away.

O: a fair representation of a Triple. The overall smoothness while retaining a full body sets this one apart.

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Photo of ultralarry2006
4/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle. Left a huge three finger head that eventually recedes to just surface skim, with very slight spotty lacing. Body was a cloudy orange yellow.

Smell - spicy and fruity esters, bananas.

Taste - bananas and spices. Well hidden abv.

Mouthfeel - full, smooth, moderate to high carbonation.

Drinkability - this is good, goes down well, high abv limits this to two, maybe three per session.

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Photo of punkrkr27
4/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden pour with a big, pillowy, white head with loads of champagne like bubbles emanating from the bottom of the glass. The aroma is a bright and delicate mix of wildflowers, orange peel, lemon zest, candi sugar, bread dough, and bubblegum esters. The taste is moderately sweet upfront but also very floral. There's some bright notes of citrus zest upfront as well. The middle is chewy and doughy with a little straw and estery notes. The finish yeasty, peppery, musty and funky in that classic Unibroue way. The alcohol is well hidden. Creamy medium body with lots of tingly carbonation.

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Photo of nvsblman
4/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light copper color with a fluffy white pillow of a head. Loads of tiny bubbles continuously rising to the surface. Lots of sticky lacing. The aroma is dominantly yeasty with some pepper and spices and a little orange zest. Biscuity taste with a nice spicy yeast taste. The champagne like mouthfeel helps make this a very refreshing beer.

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Photo of brendanbeer
4/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a. hazy golden. head laces and drops fairly quickly for me.

s. enjoying the aroma of light fruits and earthy spices.

t. bright, peppery with fruity sweet background. hops fill in the flavor spaces well, tie things together for me.

m. silky, dry finish, carbonation and the alcohol is refreshing, but not incredibly appealing.

d. i like the complexity and diversity of flavors, but the focuses themselves are a bit too sharp for me. hard to put my finger on, but its enjoyable... all in all a fine experience.

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Photo of dasenebler
4/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the 750ml bottle it pours a rich, deep golden hue. A nice and thick (but not really creamy) head forms at first, though it dissipates very quickly. Aroma is quite nice, with notes of yeast, ripe pear, banana and a bit of alcohol.

Flavor is sweet up-front, with a warming effect on the finish. As the drink continues, fruity and yeasty flavors develop. Lingering aftertaste is malty, caramel-like and yeasty. Alcohol is not terribly noticeable, and I am actually drinking this beer pretty fast. Mouthfeel is well-carbonated, yet not as huge or creamy as I had expected.

Overall this is a sweet Tripel with good complexity. La Fin du Monde is an excellent beer, but it's kind of joke that it is the number one Tripel on BA, ranking higher than all of the original Belgian versions. But who am I to argue with 1500+ reviews? I prefer a drier Tripel. To each his own.

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Photo of maxpower
4/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml caged and corked bottle, best before 10-24-05 date. Pours a pale cloudy yellow color with a lot of floaties, nice white frothy head that leaves a clingy lace in my glass. Has a clean bannana and spicy lemon aroma. Sweet and fruity flavors that dry out, nice crisp and clean finish, another great ale by this brewery.

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Photo of Birdiebeagle
4/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle Pours a golden orange with a fluffy white head which leaves a good lacing. Aroma is spicy yeast and fruits. Has a good mouthfeel and good carbination. Has a smooth taste well blended and not strong. A decent aftertaste. Overall a very good beer

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Photo of gotbeer
4/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer reminds me how one's palate can change. The first time I had this one I absolutely hated it. I was used to english and german style sessionable brews, and this tasted like gasoline to me at the time. Now- a much different story.

La Fin Du Monde pours a light amber with a pure white head. Lots of small bubbles rise from the glass. The smell is of candy sugar and some fruit flavors.

The taste brings candy sugar, exotic fruits, and a hint of alcohol heat. There are a lot of layers to this beer that changes as it warms. Peppery flavors swirl throughout along with some spice.

A regular in my beer fridge, and another reason Unibroue is such an incredible brewery.

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Photo of dgilks
4/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy golden colour with a big fluffy white head.

Spicy and citrussy with lots of clove from that great Unibroue yeast. Notes of orange and apple. Very enjoyable.

As in the aroma. This is always an impressive beer. Whether this is fresh or aged is somewhat irrelevant the quality shines with the main difference being some increased smoothness with age.

Medium-full body with moderate carbonation.

A great example of the style and one of the best beers being produced in Canada.

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Photo of Duttonic
4/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Hazy copper color. Half-finger of head that quickly fades. Little to no lacing. Lots of carbonation bubble dancing around.

S- Wonderful. Floral, citrus(especially orange), spice.

T & M- Orange citrus, light yet creamy, wonderful finish.

D- Dangerously drinkable, I could make this a session beer it goes down so easy.

I think this is a great beer all-around. If you see it, try it.

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Photo of gatorbreath
4/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour is golden with a white, formidable head. Smell is of spice and a crisp brew. Taste is crisp, finishes clean, and resounds of malt and spice. Mouthfeel is slightly overly carbonated for my taste, maybe im just trippin'.

Enjoy, all Unibroue beers should be tried at least twice.

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Photo of bignick
3.99/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is no doubt a good beer. It pours almost a dissapointingly pale yellow, with a nice head lace that remains fairly well. The smell is spicy with hints of fruit. The taste is indeed strong and over the top, as advertised. The alcohol comes through strongly, as expected. The clove spicincess of the yeast leads into the bitterness of the hops. I am not sure if I am missing something here, but to me, this is a good, but not neccassirily world-class beer.

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Photo of SaisonRichBiere
3.99/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served room temperature, poured from a bottle into a Belgian tulip glass.

Smell- Clove, coriander, orange peel, banana esters. Textbook for the style.

Appearance- Pours hazy light orange, with a thin, wispy veil of a head that rests atop the brew. Bubbly lacing on the glass. Nice.

Taste- Big clove notes, gingerbread, carmelized orange peel. Yeasty bite, smooth creamy fruitcake notes. Very tasty.

Mouthfeel- Fiery fizz, akin to a ginger beer, finishes smooth and creamy.

Overall- A very tasty brew. Great all around. I'm a bit surprised that it has taken this long for me to get this one. A great representation of the style.

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Photo of Birchgrove77
3.99/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Foil-top bottle received as a birthday gift back in September '08.

Appearance: Beautiful golden, wheat-like yellow in color with an unbelieveably gorgeous fluffy, white head that laces down the glass as you drink. Wonderful streams of carbonation rise to the surface.

Smell: Didn't really care for the smell. Mostly the aroma was musty with some sprinkling of citrus. I guess I would liken it to the smell of regular oatmeal.

Taste: Truly remarkable. Lemony with the perfect balance of cloves and a peppery quality. Some sweetness exists, but the flavor is balanced perfectly.

Mouthfeel: The best way to put it is this beer's carbonation dances on your tounge. Somehow the alcohol is hidden and the mouthfeel reminds me more of a Witbier than a 9% tripel.

Drinkability: Could easily drink a few of these sitting down and not be able to stand up. So refreshing for the alcohol that exists, but packed with so much flavor you just want to keep going back for more.

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Photo of theo692
3.99/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A beautiful beer, and a surprise at that. Drank it cold (perhaps a little too cold) at Lumiere in Vancouver from a red-wine glass.

Head was a little on the thin side, but it smelled wonderful: nutty and complex. Color was hard to gauge (it was a candle-lit type restaurant), but pleasantly "burnt amber."

Flavor was on par with many Belgian tripels (it brought to mind Grimbergen). First taste was excellent, and the flavor remains throughought. Easy to drink with very little alcohol taste, and it was consistent from the first sip to the last.

I am on a hunt for this beer in my hometown. Not to be missed, and cheaper than a true Belgian, for everyday drinking.

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Photo of dogfishandi
3.98/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

served out of a 12oz. bottle into a pint glass. pours a cloudy golden yellow color with lots of rising bubbles and a nice soapy head like most belgians, that faded slowly. the lacing is not too aparent at first, but as it warms it produces a nice sticky lace on the glass. the smell is almost all phenolics and such from the belgian yeast. tiny bit of a malt nose as well. a little sweet smelling with some alcohol. the taste is absolutely delicious. lots of bubblegum and bananna from the yeast, a little citrus, with some belgian malts aparent. very sweet as well with somewhat of a dry finish. it hides the alcohol very well, you cant taste it what so ever. mouthfeel is pretty medium. drinkability is pretty good considering the 9%, but it real creeps up on you so be carefull. like every unibroue ive had, its pretty damn good, they are all worth a try, exspecially this one. great tripel.

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Photo of theghost3
3.98/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance is impressive--thick, champagne-like head with a cloudy gold color that seems to glow. It smells strongly of yeast, apples & cloves with hints of vanilla & spices, somewhat grassy. The taste is less apparent than the smell,--rather spicey, fruity, very little alcohol taste. Mouthfeel is crisp, strongly acidic. This is a drinkable beer that covers the high ABV almost too well, so pace yourself.

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Photo of mjc410
3.98/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The pour into a shaker raises a one inch plus head, off white , very solid, but becomes rocky over time. Recedes to a still very thick layer that lasts the whole glass. The body is hazy yellow translucent. The nose is yeasty, sweet, a bit peppery, slightly hoppy. The taste echoes the smell, with a focus on pepper and yeast characteristics. The mouth is medium, but the carbonation is a tad too high for me. The yeast adds more fun to the drink when poured in. A tasty brew, and quite good with vodka sauce.

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Photo of epicness
3.98/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Hazy golden orange. Fluffly head that dissipates rather quickly to about a 1/8" of foam. Can see all kinds of stuff floating around the beer. It looks very similar to a standard hefeweizen.

S - Kind of smells like chalk and flowers. A little bit of citrus hint to it also. Slight alcohol scent also.

T - Sweet. Very sweet. It's a very balanced beer. Fruit mixed with wheat, with some light hops. Coming from a guy that doesn't like the bite of alcohol, I didn't taste it at all which is very surprising based the ABV level.

M - Medium carbonated and medium bodied. Starts off with a hard and crisp feel but smooths out rather quickly.

D - I feel that is has a very high drinkability which is bad because the alcohol will definitely sneak up on you and crush you. Could easily put this beer down in a few minutes, although I would recommend not too.

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Photo of crnipeter
3.98/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

330 ml into the Karmeliet glass. BBE 02-11-12.

Pours peachy yellow-orange body. Tilts and swirls weave thick stable laces on the walls as the firm white head slowly recedes to form a solid cover.
The sniffing session reveals intense and complex aromas of citruses (mainly orange), banana and bubble gum - which is not surprising as wheat is one of the principal ingredients, clove, faint pepperiness, refined sugar and perceivable alcohol. The sweet malty body with clovey phenolic character embraces intense citrusy esters which whip the palate with bites of orange, alcohol clearly shows itself, bitter ending probably due to abundance of yeast derived phenolics. The medium body is crispy but this is somehow balanced by wheaty texture of the beer that tends to create dextrinous coatings on the lips. The alcohol is a bit overpowering and somehow not well incorporated into the whole thus reducing the drinkability. A good brew nevertheless.

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Photo of taez555
3.98/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a translucent yellow. Not overly cloudy but still not clear. The head was a creamy white with very fine bubbles.

The nose had a slight alcohol hint, some spice and even some soft fruit. Definitely a firm belgian ale smell.

The first taste was smooth. A firm alcohol kick but never overpowering. Lots of full tanic fruit flavors. Grapes and even maybe some tart apples. Not overly bitter, but it did have some hop bitterness that sat nicely in the mix.

Although smooth going down it finished with a firm bump of spice and bitterness. Still never over the top. But definitely a little bit of increase in flavors near the end.

Overall a great belgian triple style ale. It's amazing this beer was made in Canada and not at an abbey in belgium.

Must say, I love the labels on all of this brewerys beers. Very cool.

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Photo of atuite
3.98/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought a four pack of bottles for 9.99 at a local liquor store-wanted a beer with a kick. This beer has a great appearance with a dishwater/cloudy gold appearance and thick head after intial pour that dissipates slowly with medium bubbles. Strong citrus malt smell. Taste is not bad for alcohol content and flavors mimic the scents but a background bitterness that leaves a slight aftertaste (usually killed after having the second one. The mouth feel is near perfect and it is easily drinkable but be wary if all you wanted was a two beer buzz b/c it goes down easy and it's kick is hard. Will buy again.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.98/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a hazy golden straw color. Head is fluffed and creamy. Head dies off a bit but laces very well.

S-Belgian by design. Fruited yeast notes. Light grassy Noble hop aromas. Sweet malty aroma too. Not exceptionally intense, but there lies a fair amount of complexity. A very textbook Tripel.

T-Also a bit lighter than expected. I enjoy that though, because I find many Tripels to be too yeasty and boozy. This is mellow and exciting. Grassy hops, fruity and yeast. Grains and light spice. Light bitterness. Lingering overall flavor. All-in-all quite tasty.

M-Lighter than the 9% ABV would lead you to initially believe. A bit syrupy, but the carbonation masks up the stickiness a bit. Moderately dry.

O/D-Have had this before. I can see why this is so highly regarded. One of the more drinkable Tripels I have had. Price tag is a bit steep, but its a classic. Canada does Belgium well.

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La Fin Du Monde from Unibroue
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