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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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 06-23-1998

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

Appearance: Hazy golden with white foam. Some lace

Smell: Tart, fruity (sour apples). Not an overly strong aroma.

Taste: Tart, fruity (bananas, apples, pears), and yeasty. Very pleasant.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and clean. Good balance. Nice mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Very good. Very enjoyable.

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

A: thick golden ale with a little head.
S: light fruity, some spices in there.
T: good belgian triple flavor, but doesnt linger, cant taste the booz.
M/D: Good feel, a little over carbonated, pretty easy to drink, could easily drink a couple of them.

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Photo of tillmac62
3.98/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

BBD 10/1/17. Pours a hazy gold with a touch of amber. World class head volume and retention, outstanding lacing.

Classic tripel nose with a bit of clove and subtle sweet fruit notes.

Medium body with a bit of creaminess. Nicely carbonated with a bit of effervescence in the middle and a nice prickly rush in the finish.

The flavor profile is intense, somewhat complex and somewhat balanced. It begins with some fruit flavors that are quickly overcome by phenolic clove. Phenolic clove dominates from almost the start. The middle brings a bit of malt sweetness but never achieves balance. The somewhat dry finish has a medicinal clove characteristic that lingers. Alcohol also shows a bit of astringency as an aftertaste as it warms.

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Photo of mwagner1018
3.98/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Poured into a flute. Golden straw sunny color, white frothy head that lingers for a long time as a nice 1/2 finger cap on the beer, very minimal lacing.

S- Light yeast esters, banana, mild alcohol. Fresh citrus crispness, very little hop aroma. Doesn't have as complex and forward of a smell as I was expecting for the style.

T- Really nice complexity, warmth of alcohol, depth of orange peel, ginger, banana, honey suckle, significant yeast.

M- High carbonation delivers the flavor profile well, med high body, with a distinct strong alcohol presence.

D- A nice drinkable beer for a strong triple, very good for the style, one 750ml bottle over an evening with friends with perfect.

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Photo of thatguy3579
3.98/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Straw colored with thick pure white head which dissipates quickly. Reasonably cloudy, with lively carbonation.

S: Smells of lemons with bread and banana sweetness.

T: This follows the smell - lemon, biscuit, banana, and some spiciness. The yeast flavors linger, coaxing me into another sip... and another. There is also some tartness late in each taste but this subsides to a nice clean finish. No alcohol comes through which is scary at this ABV.

M: Thick and creamy, with lots of carbonation with tickles delightfully.

D: This beer is full of flavor, alcohol, and carbonation -- putting these back would do a real number on you. For a Tripel, though, it is a real treat. I will enjoy this again for sure and would eagerly share it with friends.

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

12 oz. bottle into a beer mug.

Almost an overly generous amount of off-white head atop a very bubbly, blonde brew. Good head retention as well. Aroma springy and light and is laced with floral notes paired with mandarin orange, lemon, and spice.

Taste is masked by the carbonation at first, but gets better as it sits. Wheat, citrus, and tart alcohol notes pull through. Mouthfeel is juicy and smooth, very carbonated throughout, with a nice strong bite on the end. Despite the complexity and decent taste of this Belgian Strong, it's a bit much to imagine having more than one of these in a single setting.

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

Warm, hazy apricot orange with a substantial long-lived head. Lots of lace. A delightful beer to look at.

Gentle on the nose, but full of character - spicy and fruity with noticeable yeast. Wonderful lead in to drinking the beer.

Spicy and fruity to drink. Slightly heavy or syrupy, but not distracting. Sweet overall. Alcohol is noticeable, but not overbearing.

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Photo of BeerNinja007
3.98/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Single 12oz bottle poured into a standard pint glass. $2.59 at the Lebanon Health Food Store, Lebanon NH. Best before 04-23-12. Served luke-cold at maybe 55F.

A: Slightly hazy golden yellow brew with visibly rigorous carbonation. Head settles to a thick 1/4" mat of ivory.

S: Very fragrant. Yeast, honey, thick bready malt, green apple, cinnamon, clove. A mild aluminum odor makes me worried.

T: First impression: salty sweet. It has a mineral saltiness that makes me think of licking sweat off of my arm on a hot day. Very odd. I don't mean that to sound as bad as it does. Everything else is much like the nose, plus a little citrus and ginger. Complex. Finish is green apple, lemon, and honey.

M/D: Carbonation, sweetness, and thickness are all on the high end but balance each other nicely. End result is that it feels a bit foamy. Alcohol mildly apparent in the finish. Very drinkable.

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Photo of hero27
3.98/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Silver foil-wrapped 12oz bottle. Best before 10/04/08. 9% abv.

Hazy glowing peach color with enough yeast chunks to make a snowglobe jealous. Aroma is sweet malts and a light orange-y fruit smell. The spices remain tasteful and compliment the yeast flavors well. Mouthfeel is very creamy with a slightly dry finish. Damn, this stuff is downright dangerous, as easy to drink as it is.

I remember the 750ml I had a while back to be a tad better..maybe that's because by the time I was finished with that, I was not in the same state as I am now. A great North American-made Belgian..and another feather in the cap for Unibroue.

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Photo of Shovelbum
3.97/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a generous creamy off-white head over a hazy golden hued body. Minimal lace. Aromas of light lemony citrus, yeast and coriander. Light and slightly sweet in the mouth, Light citrus and coriander are also evident in the flavor, perhaps a bit of ginger as well, but there is a much more substantial malt complexity to provide balance. Still, the spices are definite player. A decent hop bitterness also helps to round things out. Definitely well-carbonated, providing a light body and crisp mouthfeel and finish. Although as it warms it becomes softer.

Not my favorite of the Unibroue crew, but still a tasty Belgian style ale from N. America. There is a nice complexity of flavor despite the light character of the ale, but if you don’t like coriander this probably isn’t for you. Nicely done Quebec.

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Photo of Sammy
3.97/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After warming to room temperature, you can taste some of the strong alcohol and the carbonation.Cloves detract. Popular with my friends but merely good. Have had every few months and observe that its not comparable to the best Belgiums, merely to the median good ones.

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Photo of tdm168
3.97/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden yellow with clouds of yeast floating around. There's 1/2" of soft, foamy, soap-bubble-like head with decent retention. The nose has notes of coriander, wheat, apples, straw, and a hint of lemon. The taste is orange peel, coriander, faint lemon, alcohol phenols, and faint red apples. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, warm, and well carbonated.

This is a well balanced, rather complicated tripel. The flavors mesh well though the coriander can be overwhelming at times. Overall, though this is a great example of the style.

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Photo of byrd
3.97/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer poured with a small bubbly head that slowly dissipated to lace that was perpetuated by the carbonation cascading from the sides of the glass. Nice cloudy, light golden hue. Particles of yeast could be seen floating around the glass. Sweet, fruity malt aroma with notes of banana and yeast. Some slight alcohol was also apparent on the nose with a touch of hops. Carbonation hits the tongue first leading to a very fluffy mouthfeel. Nice combination of yeast, fruits and spices. There’s a slight alcohol warming sensation throughout the glass, but it’s never overbearing. Sweetness is well balance by mild hop bitterness and never becomes cloying. Finish is slightly bitter, but aftertaste is primarily a lingering of the spices. Quite a drinkable beer for the ABV level. Got to be careful with this one or there could be trouble!

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Photo of eric5bellies
3.97/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank from my Duvel Tulip.

A - Pours a hazey straw colour with a white head that stays around.

S - Plenty of sweet clove,breads and spritzy citrus.

T - Plenty of sweet cloves and bananas with some white wine like flavours, the booze is well hidden.

M - Medium body with spritzy full carbonation. Well balanced.

D - There is something in this beer that does not quite make it authentic Belgian, although it's the best take on the style that you could hope for outside of Belgium. Not a patch on a Westmalle or Chimay Tripel though, as it does not have the depth in body or flavour of those beers. Not sure this should be classified as a Belgian Tripel.

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Photo of mrmanning
3.97/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy yellow body, with a medium sized fizzy head. Aromas are herbal and fruity, with most of the aroma being the latter. Taste is fruity (citrus) with some subtle spicy notes. Some malt sweetness as well. Leaves a bit of a fruity aftertaste, which only left me wanting more. Cool bottle as always with Unibroue. 9% alcohol? Can't tell. Well done.

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Photo of SleepyMonk
3.97/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Chilled 750ml corked and caged bottle poured into a Unibroue branded tall tulip glass.

Pours well with three fingers of head and a hazy brown hue.

The nose is treated to a heady aromatic mixture of tasty orange, licorice and fennel.

The taste revolves around a huge malt presence and its one of the best tasting malt notes in the business. Sticky sweet honey and juicy orange and rind combine with a cacophony of well placed and spices in caramelized brilliance.

Mouthfeel has a springy, sweet and sticky coating of flavor with a dry finish.

Triple fermented to perfection, this Canadian beers is one of the best Belgian beers ever... go figure.

Everyone should drink this brew at some time

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Photo of micromaniac129
3.97/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Has a bright golden color with exploding carbonation. Standard foam cap here, not particular dense or long lasting.
Aroma wise I get a white beer. All the aromatics point towards wit beer type spices.
Taste is rather densent. In between a wit and tripel. Corrinder and celery seed with spice malts followed by smooth tripel action.
To me this drinks like a wit tripel I like it.

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Photo of laituegonflable
3.97/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Enjoyed from a snifter.

Pours a pretty straight orange colour, basically the colour of Fanta, with a generous Belgian head, has thinned out a bit now but still sticks around in a resilient white crown. Kept alive by a quick and constant stream of bubbles. Lacing is excellent, although it webs out and drops down quite easily. An excellent-looking beer.

This had a very strong apricot aroma when I first poured it, less obvious now. Strong hint of orange peel and a generous hit of cloves on the nose though. There is a marmalade sweetness on there which is that apricot I first detected. The fruit is prevalent, but balanced beautifully with a spicy Belgian character, conjuring up coriander, a bit of pine and possibly cumin. Complex and delicious.

Potent flavours on that, for sure. A champagne character comes through first and then abdicates to a resiny hop finish. Throughout the palate is a candy sweetness on the back of the tongue, aspects of banana, maybe some deep red apple and a hint of passionfruit. I hate to say it - and can it be true - but there is a distinct, even obvious, alcohol on this. The flavours are strong but the 9% is stronger. Unlike so many Unibroues, this one could never attend a masquerade ball as a session beer. Mouthfeel is very, very full and thick but with a delightful tingling of bubbles, a real treat.

It's a shame about the alcohol poking its head out, really. But more than that, it's a disappointment that the delicious springlike flavours on this can't overcome, otherwise this would be an exceptionally drinkable beer. As it is, it's just delicious instead.

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Photo of MMansfield
3.97/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Shared a tall corked bottle with some friends on Canada Day.

Appearance: Pours a pale, unfiltered golden colour with a medium off white head. Settles to a thin, lacey layer.

Aroma: Heavy notes of candied fruits such as apricots and citrus, some cloves, light hints of vanilla, spicy hops and typical belgian style yeasty smells.

Taste: Quite sweet, candied fruit, some butter scotch and vanilla, light hints of aged bourbon. Finish is long and mellow, a grapefruit bitterness reaches the back of your tounge, followed but a nice Jim Beam-like alcohol warmth.

Mouthfeel: Sharp & fizzy, light bodied, but a pleasure.

Final Statement: A very well put together Belgian styled pale. A good drink, pretty high drinkability for the style. My favourite from this brewer, which means a lot because they're a very respectable company. Top Notch!

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Photo of Mdog
3.97/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Slight hazy gold, good carbonation, huge head.

Smell: Yeasty, white grape.

Taste: Sweet, yeasty, grapes. A bit of bubblegum sweetness. Somewhat dry finish.

Overall: I was a big tripel fan when I first got into craft beers, and La Fin du Monde was a favorite. I noticed I never reviewed it, so picked up a bottle. My tastes have shifted over the years, so I wasn't as impressed, but this is still a high quality beer. I think the bottle may have been a year or two old, which may have subdued some of the flavor.

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Photo of sabrills70
3.97/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle with a best before date of 7/6/09. Pours a hazy medium yellow with a two finger head, OK longevity and good lace. Aromas of citrus and bready malts. Smells "refreshing". Upon tasting its almost saison like. Some yeastiness mixed with citrus, bready malts with a definate alcohol presence. Fairly easy drinking considering its ABV. A well made and tasty beer.

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La Fin Du Monde from Unibroue
96 out of 100 based on 2,929 ratings.
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