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:
10,074
Reviews:
2,980
Avg:
4.31
pDev:
11.37%
 
 
Wants:
655
Gots:
2,316
For Trade:
21
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Photo of jifigz
4.62/5  rDev +7.2%
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 +7.2%
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 +7.2%
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 +7.2%
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 +7.2%
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 +7.2%
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 +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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

Pours a hazy gold color, with an incredibly effervescent carbonation driven thick off white head. Aromas of garden fresh vegetables, spicy yeast, cider, and blooming fields of wild-flowers, all waft from my glass. I am greeted by a refreshing, spicy, sweet first draught of this effervescent brew. It tingles on my tongue as it goes down. An incredibly smooth, well integrated brew, it just seems to want to be quaffed, which, is quite dangerous given a beer of this strength. La Fin Du Monde indeed!

Quite appropriately this is sharp and spicy at various points. I get note of hay, bergamot, hint of pepper, lemon, an herbal bite, and some vanilla. Overall it definitely has some interesting soft citrus notes as well as some appetizing acidity. This is an awesome brew from a currently great brewery, let’s hope it stays that way.

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

From a 750ml bottle. Pours a cloudy orange with lots of head. Smells of orange, bread, and yeast. Light feel. Tastes like it smells: bright fruit flavors, bread, and spice with a certain warmth from the high alcohol content. One of my all-time favorites.

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

Pours cloudy gold to light amber compact finger or so of head fading to a persistent cap. Smell is strong banana and a lingering note of peach, with subtle peppery hints behind. Light yeastiness, all-around light, inviting and sweet.

The sweetness of juicy bright fruit (peach) continues in the taste, strong alcohol and a touch of breadiness to it like sourdough from the yeast. Like the smell there is a spiciness through the middle which fades into a lasting sweet aftertaste. Absolutely delicious!

It's smooth in the mouth with a sparkly zest that builds and fades in a rush from the carbonation, the aftertaste is warm and quite enjoyable. Because of the lip-smacking flavour and the fact that just enough of the big 9% ABV comes through like it should, I give it a good drinkability assessment, but this is definitely one to savour even though it goes down nicely. If I drank this beer too quickly I'd feel overwhelmed by the carbonation and the alcohol presence.

I really like most of Unibroue's beers but La Fin Du Monde has to be my favourite. Bright, flavorful and eminently drinkable. A truly fantastic beer.

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

One great beer indeed.
Bought some in a local wholesale Sam's. With a bottling date from June of 1996! Checked via e-mail with the guys of Unibroue and the dating is right. Wow! So I have a stash of 9-year old beers!
Used my only tulip glass for this one, and it poured a nice hazy yellowish ale; some head, the rapidly dissipated; little lace, if any.
It's smell is complex: prunes, wildflowers, spices.
Taste? Oh my! Great balance of hops, bitter even some sweet in it. Even more complex than it's smell.
Creamy; it's high alcoholic content doesn't impose itself
Of course you'd like more than one.
But this is fancy beer. Drink better, drink less.

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

Photo of Flounder57
4.62/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle was poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance: The beer poured a one finger head that has reduced into a thin layer. A nice and hazy golden straw yellow with signs of carbonation coming up through the sides of the glass. Nice lacing on the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: The fruitiness and the sweetness is off the charts. My nose is in tripel heaven. Breadiness, belgian candy, apples. pears, vanilla, spices, etc.

Taste: Vanilla, apple, pears, bready malts, spiciness from the hops, and some alcohol.

Mouthfeel: smooth, delicious, medium to full bodied, medium to high carbonation, easy to drink, and a little boozy too.

Overall: I have enjoyed this beer a lot over the years and have now decided to review it. Truly a world class beer and so happy to have enjoyed this years ago in Quebec city and now again and again here in New England.

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

A: Beautiful and appealing semi-murky orange-copper color that fades into a perfect orange around the edges. Two finger off white head with amazing retention that becomes mountainous as it dissipates.

S: Smells malty with very strong fruit scents: oranges, apples, grapefruit all with a small trace of alcohol and yeast.

T: Very fruity! Strong oranges and grapefruit. Strong yeast and malt flavor that cover up the alcohol quite well and a bit of spiciness.

Overall this was a beautiful beer that smelled and tasted great. Very smooth on the palate and highly drinkable especially for the style

Note: Unlike many higher alcohol content beers the alcohol in this triple doesn't come through as much as the beer gets warmer and nearer the end.

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

750 ml into a 10oz tulip

I don't know how many times I've had this but haven't reviewed it.

A: Fluffly white head that dissipates quickly into a sweet little ring. Clear, golden, honey colour.

Smell: Peppery, alcohol esters, cloves, faint hint of berries somewhere.

T: Lots of pepper clove and alcohol again. I agree with an earlier poster - I think I would have liked a bit more hops at the end to balance the alcohol - but what do I know?

M: A little too carbonated for me. It's almost champagne-like which is kind of unexpected.

D: It's delicious, but in the words of Dave Chapelle/Samuel L. Jackson - "This sh** will get you drunk". So be careful. But Enjoy!

Also - Unibroue beers and great value for such high quality. At least here in Ontario. At the beer store, six pack of the stuff are no more expensive than any other premium beers, and I believe the 750ml are 5.95 (?)

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Photo of kaiyote
4.61/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Honestly one of my all time favorite beers. Let it warm up sufficiently and the flavor really pops. Definitely my go-to Tripel.

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Photo of roundthewaygirls
4.61/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

on tap in a chimay chalice.

A: hazy. deep yellow. a finger of pure froth. great lacing.

S: creamy. yeasty and spicy. banana. clove. VERY aromatic.

T: sweet, yeasty, fruity. banana. spicy. refreshing. phenols. bright flavor.

M: smoooth. substantial and sugary. viscous but not heavy. sticky.

O: one of the best tripels in existence. i've had it many times before and i hope to have it many times again. unibroue does the damn thang.

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Photo of futiledevices
4.61/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Fireman_RK
4.61/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of thehyperduck
4.61/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

750 mL bottle from the LCBO; bottled May 22 2012. I picked this up a few months ago with the express purpose of reviewing it December 21st, which was probably a good call because I haven't seen it in stock recently. It's now after midnight, and we all know the Mayan stuff was bollocks - but in a happy coincidence, the first truly snowy, windy, wintery weather of this season has finally fallen upon Southern Ontario tonight. That's perfect big Belgian beer weather, making this as good a time as any to review one of the world's best-regarded tripels. This one was first poured well-chilled, but most of the bottle was consumed after warming.

Pours a cloudy golden-amber colour, topped at first with one finger of dense, creamy white head that withers away to a thin film and collar fairly rapidly over the next few minutes. Not the most impressive thing I've ever seen, but the aroma is positively heavenly, with a wide variety of intensely fruity, yeasty, floral, and especially spicy aromas - toasted wheat, tangerine, pears, apples and coriander comprising the bulk. The concentrated whiff of aroma released when you uncork this stuff is worth sniffing for... that's how good this stuff smells.

And the taste is equally worth savouring - with a rich, yeasty, fruity flavour profile as well-crafted as any authentic Belgian-made tripel. At first I can make out lemon and orange citrus zest, sweet Belgian sugar and wheat malt, pepper and coriander, with bubble gum and orchard fruit (mostly apples and pears) coming through as well. The finish is yeasty and spicy, with a good brush of heat from the ethanol. Leaves a sticky feel behind on the palate - probably the main contributor to the long-lasted aftertaste. Medium-bodied, with high levels of spritzy carbonation that helps counter the yeasty chew and spicy aftertaste a little. Drinkability isn't all that great - this is the sort of thing I'd prefer to drink before bed, or at least after a big meal, rather than on its own.

A great sipper for a cold night, and even though the serving size is a bit much for one person, I'll take the risk and polish off the bottle - a conclusion I'm sure any true man would arrive at naturally. After all, if that end of the world prophecy was actually made in Pacific standard time, I could still die horribly before morning arrives, and I'd prefer to be drunk should that happen. Consuming this beer has got to be one of the finest routes to the achievement of that noble goal.

Final Grade: 4.61, a virtually flawless A+. La Fin du Monde is one of Canada's finest beers, though I'm not entirely sure it would be my first "last" beer choice if I believed we were all completely doomed. It remains an unbelievably great value purchase for any tripel fan, both in terms of price point, quality, and wide accessibility/distribution. For these reasons, it is well worth a purchase for anyone interested in the style. I've had this before, and I'll probably have it again, and would recommend everyone else follow suit.

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Photo of N8dogg44
4.61/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Chivvyshirt
4.61/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of necoadam
4.61/5  rDev +7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ah! The end of the world is coming! Yup, it's sitting in my Corsendonk tulip glass and I love it. Poured out a dark pale yellow with a huge head that settled down quickly. Smell consisted of mostly citrius notes mixed in with some malts. A whiff of alochol is there too but not that much. Taste was great. Some sweeten malts mixed in with some spiciness and exotic fruits and/or pears. Smooth and creamy going down as well. Another terrific brew from Unibroue which is gaining quite a bit of respect from me lately.

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Photo of direwolf00
4.61/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of ChrisMyhre
4.61/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter from the 12 oz. bottle.

Best before 1/25/15.

a: Lighter golden with minimal head and some some patchy lacing.

s: Complex, fruity, almost like Chardonnay.

t: Apple, and Grape flavors with some cinnamon and clove spiciness on the front of the tongue. Dry winey finish. Syrupy, but not in an unpleasant way.

m: Big and heavily carbonated,(small champagne like bubbles).

o: Very nice, complex beer. A little syrupy to be an everyday drinker for my taste. Excellent beer and definitely worth seeking out.

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La Fin Du Monde from Unibroue
4.31 out of 5 based on 10,074 ratings.
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