La Fin Du Monde | Unibroue

La Fin Du MondeLa Fin Du Monde
BA SCORE
92.8%
Liked This Beer
4.32 w/ 10,096 ratings
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
Ranking:
#427
Reviews:
2,990
Ratings:
10,096
Liked:
9,370
Avg:
4.32/5
pDev:
11.34%
Alströms:
4.83
 
 
Wants:
656
Gots:
2,334
Trade:
21
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Ratings: 10,096 |  Reviews: 2,990
Photo of mudbug
4.62/5  rDev +6.9%
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 +6.9%
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 +6.9%
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 +6.9%
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 +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of mikesgroove
4.62/5  rDev +6.9%
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 +6.9%
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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Photo of joeysmokedporter
4.62/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served from a 750 mL bottle into a glass.

A: pours hazy straw yellow, golden; slight orange hue. slight offwhite head that dissipates relatively quickly; some lacing. hazy like a wheat or wit.

S: the wit theme continues as a strong clove dominates the aroma. hints of citrus orange and coriander also present. some tart wheat aroma also detectable.

T: like a wit on steroids. this beer is classified as a tripel but it really reminds me of an imperial wit. filled with citrus orange and spicy coriander, maybe a hint of cinnamon and definitely with clove. fruity and sweet in the finish, almost like an orange and peach soda, and then a clove and alcohol flavor in the aftertaste; maybe even a slight hint of spearmint like a rootbeer.

M: light and effervescent, maybe a little sticky; carbonation helps keep the body light.

D: expect the unexpected with this. while the beer is a delight, the biggest surprise to me was the complexity and pleasant character of finishing and aftertaste. balance is more to the sweet side and not much notable hop character. however, I would recommend this to my friends who like blue moon to expand their craft beer horizons.

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Photo of JoshFrierson86
4.62/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of fropones
4.62/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a pale golden yellow with half a finger of white head that sits on top for a while. Smells of apples and yeast, a little clove and some alcohol. Taste more of the same. Quite delicious. Mouthfeel creamy, medium carbonation, a little bite. Very nice. Extremely drinkable, especially for 9% abv. I may be in trouble with how drinkable this one is. Alcohol barely noticeable.

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Photo of MillRat
4.62/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a warm glass. Instant thick head that made pouring the rest of the bottle into the glass an exercise in patience. Thick meringue-like foam that could just about float a Buick over a translucent straw yellow that was so totally absent of red that I was looking to see if was actually little greenish. Fine aroma of pepper and clove with a little apricot. A slightly sweet-tart fruit start to the flavor that is cleansed by the spicy yeast notes and a little solventy presence that gives away the 9% ABV, though the body and the alcohol work well to offset each other. Surprisingly drinkable for a high ABV brew, like many of the Belgians that it emulates, and is indeed worthy of joining their ranks.

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Photo of BryantForestry
4.62/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of tiv6
4.62/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of DavidST
4.62/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a goblet, best before 2-8-14 date on the back. This pours a nice hazy light golden color with a decent white head which quickly dissipates. Smells of cloves, banana, coriander, malts, very nice. Feel is medium with high carbonation. The tastes are many of the same spices and malts with a nice dry finish, this beer is excellent and meets expectations.

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Photo of horndecker
4.62/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

If this is the end of the world, bring it on.

It's the color of hazy raw honey with a bright white fine head, sticky and lazy. The nose is a wonderful parade of apples, earthy yeast, cabbage, lemon grass and white pepper. The taste has a development I've never experienced. At first sip bitter fruit, then a nice round malt, then a dry, mineral hop finish. All this happens very quickly, carried on a fine, dense carbonation. The aftertaste is herbal and peppery and has a nice malt character.
As it warms more of the lemon grass and cabbage aromas come forward, smells I associate with a good white burgundy. Must be a yeast thing.

I loved this beer.

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Photo of johnyeast
4.62/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy golden in color with a thick white head. Smells of Belgian sugars and yeast. Also a citrus type odor. Very smooth, balanced and refreshing. A slight, flavorful tartness, that takes away the potential for a sweet and strong alcohol taste. A highly balanced and drinkable beer. A fine Belgian outside of Belgium.

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Photo of marc956
4.62/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Not one to drink a pitcher of mind you but it's by far one of my favourites. The few times I am able to treat myself to one, I get immensely nostalgic for my time spent living in Quebec and proudly recommend this beer to everyone who likes a good beer

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Photo of czechsaaz
4.62/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Big malt nose of pilsner and a spicy yeast component. There's a little fruity ester involved too. I get some peach and apricot aroma. As it warms up it seems even more malty.

Golden colored and very clear. Pours with a big-ass head (careful not to overpour) that fades to a nice layer with tons of lacing but some pretty big bubbles in the head and rising from the bottom of the glass.

Sweet base malt flavors of pilsner and some honey malt. Good hop bitterness to dry it out. Fermentation characteristics include fuit (apples and peaches), spice (pepper, coriander) and yeast. All the fermentation blends together and is subtle so it doesn't seem like anything is added, just a byproduct of the yeast.

Medium to light body with very lively carbonation. Hides the 9% very well. Drinks like a standard pilsner-type beer with way more flavor.

Hard to believe I've never reviewed this beer. It's one of my go-to beers. While not as complex as say a Westmalle or a Bernardus tripel, I can't walk into an average grocery store and pick up a better tripel. Availability/Price/Quality, this is a winner.

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Photo of jifigz
4.62/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a tulip glass.

A: A nice hazy yellow/orange color. Nice head upon pour that disappeared rather quickly leaving small amounts of lacing.

S: Extremely fruity in the nose. The smell is of raisins and ripe bananas and of certain white wines.

T: The taste is very sweet on this beer. The finish is a little dry due to the ethanol and very slightly bitter. The dominating forces in the taste are the fruit like flavors and the alcohol and a lingering white grape juice type taste is noticeable for a long while after each sip. Very enjoyable.

M: The mouthfeel is a little over carbonated which doesn't promote huge sips that would burn the mouth or throat such as a soda. It helps me drink this one slowly and really enjoy this beer. The body of this beer is not too heavy.

O: This is easily one of my favorite tripels. Unibroue most certainly makes some of the best Belgians outside of Belgium and this one is at the top of their list in my opinion. Great stuff and I enjoy one every chance I get.

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Photo of PorterPro125
4.62/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving Type: 750 mL Corked Bottle

A- Beautiful light Golden Apricot colour with a 1 1/2 finger soapy white head that literally doesn't move an inch. Incredible retention and a glass fully covered with silky lacing.

S- Bready and yeasty with light hints of slight sweet citrus.

T- Biscuit, yeasty flavours, and light touches of citrus and cloves. Beautiful and perfectly balanced. Nothing really sticks out as dominate, it just all flows together.

M- Silky smooth with a foamy, bubbly body, although there isn't much carbonation to be found. Easily drinkable but a hard hitting body that lays quite heavy in the stomach. Wouldn't be able to have much more than a 750 mL bottle, although I'm not sure why you would want to have more!

O- Thanks to you guys/gals here on Beer Advocate, I decided to go for a beer that I passed by without taking a second look every time I was at the Liquor store. I'm thankful that I finally picked it up! Top notch, word class beer that is easily the best example of the style that I've had.

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Photo of expatsteve
4.62/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I first tried this on tap in Quebec City, and literally thought my world might end.

Appearance: Pours 1 inch head, settles into medium suds. Cloudy golden-orange color, which is almost luminescent under light. Low viscosity.

Aroma: Banana, honey, yeast, with some orange notes and nice bready undertones. Golden raisins and candy sugar in the development, with some lemongrass and ginger from the hops. The most impressive aspect of the nose was that you could smell it loud and clear from across the room upon opening the bottle.

Taste: Yummy sweet raisins, oranges, and malts. Booze and mild pine/ginger in the background. Strawberry and apricot developments. Bready yeasty finish with just a little pepper. Nice grassy bristle on the tongue.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, with low constant carbonation. Sweet malty finish.

Drinkability: Fantastic - dangerously easy to drink, though the sweetness definitely caught up with me by the end of a glass. Slightly abrasive grassiness and mild but dry finish certainly kept this pleasant.

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Photo of Briken
4.62/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A hazy golden color with disappearing white head leaving a nice ring and lacing. An immense amount of flavors from spicy yeast, tangering and earthy hop bitttering and a lemon peel finish. Full bodied carbonation with a sharp tangy bite.

What a great beer no matter how you have it. I've had the 750mL bottles and the 12 oz. The latter I don't think is bottle conditioned because there isn't any sediment so the flavors are clear and bright sweet and sour. In the larger bottle conditioned beer the flavors are more subtle with robust carbonation. A great beer all the way around.

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Photo of KonigObHops
4.62/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours an extremely light, hazy copper with a pure white head that is about two finger widths that leaves ample Belgian lacing.

The aroma is yeasty with hints of citrus and banana. There is a mild hint of cloves.

The initial taste is sweet with the citrus hitting the tongue right away. In the middle the beer changes little except that the sweetness becomes more evenly balanced with earthy tones. The beer finishes with the a hint of banana and clove mixed in with a light maltiness.

The mouthfeel of this beer is crisp, light and refreshing.

Overall this is a really good triple. It is so light and subtle that you will not notice the 9% abv! A nice light refreshing beer that is perfect for the summer.

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Photo of alexipa
4.62/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This one took me by surprise. Poured out of a bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: beautifully hazy orange-yellow. Reminiscent of any great light belgian.

Smell: fruity, fantastic. Nothing more to say here...

Taste: What the heck?! This beer is nearly flawless. I can definitely taste the 9%, which is the only drawback I see for it. It's creamy, light, and dangerous.

Mouthfeel: Carbonated a little more than I would have liked. Still fantastic.

Just try this beer. Another hit from Unibroue, they are shaping up to be one of my favorite breweries.

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Photo of JJTrex
4.62/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

La Fin Du Monde from Unibroue
Beer rating: 92.8% out of 100 with 10,096 ratings
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