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La Fin Du Monde | Unibroue

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La Fin Du MondeLa Fin Du Monde

Brewed by:
Quebec, Canada

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.

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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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Photo of bitterdestroyer
3.96/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

lemme just tell you that the name says it all. more than a couple of these, and it is la fin du monde (the end of the world for those who don't know). from the second i popped the cork i knew this beer was special...

appearance: poured surprisingly light, not much of a head. lacing was sparse but nice.

smell: typical fruity belgian traits. nothing mind blowing.

taste: now here's where this beer's personality really stands out for me. it's just right. nothing overpowering, especially not the alcohol. hints of fruit, possibly sugar cane?

mouthfeel: crisp and snappy.

drinkability: well i suppose i'm a lightweight. maybe if i had the 6 pack of 12 ouncers it woulda been no problem, but one big bottle of this and i'm down for the count. but as far as flavor, these could be drank all day.

i highly recommend this one. my favorite of all the unibroue's to date.

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Photo of MMAJYK
3.96/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Dingy, golden yellow with 2 fingers of soft, full pillowy head after a conservative pour. It is non transparent. Lacing is all the way down the glass. Very nice!

S- Vibrant, unripe fruit such as crabapples and maybe cranberries. It is spicy too. Also, there is a somewhat "funky" musky smell there. I do not know what that is, but it kind of throws me off.

T- Candy sugar for sure; it is super sweet. Green apples and oranges are there too. For a high ABV, the alcohol is well hidden.

M- Carbonation is high and the mouthfeel is soft and smooth. Very close to perfect.

D- High. Goes down with ease, maybe a little too much so. The 9.0% will definitely lay your ears back.

Overall- Great brew. Another winner from Unibroue. These guys really have their stuff together. They are one of the most consistant breweries that I have found so far. This beer will definitely be revisited again soon.

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Photo of gonzogrover
3.96/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass. Pours a bright yellow with a small white head that goes away fast. The scent is of some spicy yeast with a sweet, bready background. The taste brings out more of that sweetness and the spiciness is right there with it. The bread flavor is lying around back there but isn't as prevalent. The mouthfeel is very carbonated but it doesn't feel over the top for this beer. I enjoyed this beer quite a bit and will keep it in my fridge at all times.

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Photo of MrDanno96
3.96/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big 750 ml bottle from 2005. So this bad boy has been around for a while. Poured into an over-sized wine glass.

A: Poured a beautiful dark orange color. A ton of head initially gave way to about a finger after a few minutes. Beautiful looking beer.

S: Lots of citrus and spice. A definite sweet hop smell as well mixed with just a subtle sting of alcohol.

T: Strong Citrus and sweet fruits up front that continue throughout. The sweetness is somewhat balanced out by some yeast, spice, and a bite of hops. However, the fruity sweetness really dominates the flavor overall. Perhaps just a touch too sweet, but it's definitely very good. As the beer warms the hops and spice become a little more apparent and do a better job of balancing the flavors.

M: Light-Medium body and a lot of carbonation which also helps to complement the sweet fruity flavors. Alcohol is covered well, but I definitely feel some warming effects in the back of my throat.

D: This is a very good beer, but perhaps just a bit too sweet for me to want to drink more than one. You'll probably want to sip this one and appreciate the complex fruity and spicy flavors here. Make sure not to drink it too cold or the sweetness will dominate.

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La Fin Du Monde from Unibroue
4.31 out of 5 based on 9,908 ratings.
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