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La Fin Du Monde | Unibroue

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La Fin Du MondeLa Fin Du Monde

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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 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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Photo of azorie
3.95/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Note I had this many times, and for some reason this bottle, just was not as good as my memory thinks it was. maybe something changed???/

A: Yellow gold in color, did not have much head as it was too cold on the pour into a triple glass. Some lacing if you swirl the glass, it goes away fast. Body is clear, no yeast floaters

S:I get some banana, pears and apples. I get lots of Belgian yeast as it warms past 49F. Some malt and some alcohol.

T: Slightly gritty, slick and oily, with lots of sugar sweetness, and malt. Lots of alcohol in this as it got warm, quite nice and to style.
orange, banana, and apple are the main flavors. no hops bitterness at all.

M: low carbonation in this 330ml bottle, actually is a tad thin for the style, finish was a tad astringent.

D: its ok nothing to crow about I think the 750ml is better.

Ok it is and was Tripel day, until the wife surprised me for my BD with a hidden 6 pack gem of Westvleteren Blond, 8, 12

geez any way its a good tripel not world class but decent, nothing beats a westmalle triple.

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Photo of santoslhalper
3.95/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This one's been sitting for roughly a year.

Appearence: Pours a lively gold with a thin, creamy off-white head.

Smell: The smell is a well rounded mix of sweet malts and candi sugar with a balancing hop presence.

Taste and Mouthfeel: Very strong alcohol on the mouth immeadiatly, and the beer follows that trend even after it's left your mouth. The sweetness is wonderful, and does it's part rounding off the alcohol. The mouthfeel is fizzy and a bit thin.

Drinkability and Overall: Even with a year on it, the alcohol presence is a bit too strong. I was hoping it would have mellowed some more. But still, go Unibroue. I forgot what a good beer this one was.

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Photo of BeerDocT
3.95/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

-Appearance 4.0: Poured out a pale, golden yellow. Completely opaque. Good inch high head slowly faded into a 1/8" inch head the stuck around the entire session. Lots of lovely bottle conditioned bubbles floating everywhere.

-Smell 4.0: Ah, this is a tripel (even though the label states it is a "triple." Ah, qu'est-ce que c'est). Nice, deep aromas of yeast and dry biscuit malt. Also a certain honey scent in the bouquet. Very nuanced and not over the top.

-Taste 4.0: Interesting. Front is dry and somewhat resiny. Middle is where the flavors come in: slightly sweet; a very subtle honey taste blended with that tell-tale Belgian yeast spiciness. Finish is smooth and dry with some high notes of clear sugars. Aftertaste is clean and almost non-existent. I can detect zero alcohol in the profile of this beer, which is remarkable.

-Mouthfeel 3.5: Right on the nose with the carbonation for this style.

-Overall 4.0: A very good tripel, triple, etc. However, I have to state that, to my tastes, it is a bit too dry and lacking in depth of flavor. The middle, especially, should have had more depth. Unibroue is a legend, and for good reason, but it is my opinion that this is not the best beer they produce.

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Photo of twelvsies
3.95/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A great beer. I thought this was a triple, and it pretty much is, but apparantly it's a strong Belgian pale. I could see that too I guess. Pours a cloudy yellowy amber color with a nice head, which lasts til the end. Nice. Very yeasty, estery, and fruity, with plenty of Belgian spices of course. Vanilla, clove, corriander... you name it. Nice bite to it too, not quite as delicate as most triples I'd say. A bit bubbly on the palate. All in all an excellent beer, with a nice little story behind it too.

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Photo of onehomesickalien
3.95/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I have become quite fond of most Unibroue beers and this is no exception. I tend to lean to more dark styles, but this one has a very rich flavor. I will definitely have this one again, and again.

A - Nice golden/yellow haze looking beer. I thought it had a better head retention than some previous reviews. I sipped this one for an hour and it kept it's head all the way down.

S - Leaned a bit yeast/malt with a citrus and alcohol overtone.

T - Fairly complex. Apple, citrus and a fairly strong clove taste reminiscent of Victory's Golden Monkey but more balanced. Alcohol is strong, but intense flavors balance everything out.

M - Perfect feel and carbonation. Very nice.

D - Exceptional taste but a bit flavorful and strong to be drunk in quantity.

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Photo of Morey
3.95/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a golden-yellow color with a one finger white head. Pretty significant amount of carbonation bubbles rushing up towards the surface. Decent head retention.

Smells of clove, banana, and rock candy come to mind.

More of the same in the taste. Extremely fruity and fairly sweet. The flavors change as this beer lingers on your palate. Pretty complex flavor profile. There is a drying effect in the finish.

Medium body with a pretty high carbonation level. Almost too high for my taste. I know that Belgians often have bigger carbonation, but this was a bit overdone.

I am fully enjoying sipping on this beer.

Morey's Bottom Line: Pretty good example of the style. I'm certainly not the "be all...end all" on this particular style, while I definitely enjoyed this beer, I wasn't completely blown away by it either.

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Photo of Tusked_pinniped
3.95/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from large bottle to regular glass (yes I ignored the tulip recommendtion but only becuase i don't have one!).

A: Cloudy and golden with bubbles rising happily to the surface. Lovely head slightly thinner than my finger shrinking but lingering for quite awhile.

S: Not quite sure how to describe this, its somewhat unique. Slightly yeasty I guess? All I know is that is seems to be come with all of the Unibroue products I have tried. Strange but I've come to appriciate it.

T: Sweet but not heavily like a porter or stout. Most of the flavors I notice come after I swallow. Kinda smooth and nutty fading into a lingering grape juice like sweetness that I really enjoy. You will also get the distinct Unbroue taste that comes withall their stuff. If impatient enough to sip while the head is still there you may find it very smooth and creamy.

M: Nothing too special about it. Its thin and bubble. Nothing wrong with it either though. If it was summer I might be more excited about it.

O: A nicely sweet and fruity brew with a decent drinkabilty. My only problem is that the taste of the 9% alc. does slip through now and again but the after taste makes up for it in my opinion.

Random notes on this beer: This is my second time having it. This is the brew that introduced me to the glorious world of Unibroue. Its not my favortie from them but more than worth having. I'm having it now because when I started drink it it was 12/21/12 and I made a pleadge to have it at midnight as the name itself apparentlly means The end of the world. Ultimately I used that as an excuse to have this agian.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.95/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

La Fin Du Monde is a solid Tripel with a sweeter, wheaty demeanor and weizen-like yeastiness.

Murky golden in color, the beer carries a froathy rocky white head at first, but struggles for retention as it reduces to hardly a trace only a few moments in.

Wheaty and spicy, the aromas display the appricot, pear, and nearly banana and clove character that rivals hefeweizens.

Flavors follow suit with a sweeter candied fruit taste of ripe, or over ripe, appricots, bananas, and pear. Spicy with alcohol, white pepper, corriander, and a dash of orange peel. Light notes of coconut or vanilla seems to richen the flavor and detract from the zesty taste of classic Belgian tripels. Lacking any meaningful hop character further exacerbates the sweet and fatter mid palate. Pleasant earthy notes rise as the beer warms, giving a honey-like taste in finish.

Heightened sweetness and body makes the beer less digestable and drinkable than it should be. Sweetness and malt textures linger in the finish and never allows for the snappy dry finish that tripels deserve. Alcohols warm the mouth and accent the peppery character of yeast and help with balance late.

Though this is a nice tripel ale, I don't give it the praise that others share. It doesn't have the malty-dry, cracker-like character and well attenuated sweetness of Chimay Cinq Cents (white label), nor with it's floral, spicy, earthy hop presence. This beer just tastes muted, sweet, and over fruity in comparison.

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Photo of surlytheduff
3.95/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank from a snifter. Brilliant cloudy gold after the pour, with a soft head which quickly dissipated.

Smelled fantastic. Sweet, fruity (not too overbearing), grassy.

The taste didn't seem like it aligned with the smell. The yeast stands out, but I was expecting more of the spicy/fruityness to come through.

It had a good mouthfeel - medium, carbonated. I am by no means a trippel connoisseur, but it was a good experience and I would definitely partake in it again.

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Photo of JCaweinstein
3.95/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a burnt orange into a snifter glass. Creamy white head dissapates fairly quickly but there is a nice lacing left on the glass.
It smells sweet, citrusy like oranges. You can tell the smell is a large part of this beer experience.
Taste is first crisp and tart followed by sweet malts. Finish is citrusy like lemons and is very refreshing.
This is medium bodied with a lot of carbonation. At 9% ABV I cannot detect much alcohol presence making this tasty brew rather dangerous.
This beer looks good smells good and has some complex flavors. Again, with the high abv and the beer itself being very smooth makes this beer very good. One I will have again, looking forward to having it on draft.

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Photo of doubleipa
3.95/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a big beer. Lots of yeast, clove spiciness and banana. Nice golden haze. Head goes bye-bye really quickly. Good lacing, while it lasts. As with most Unibroue beers, there is almost too much carbonation. There is a bit of a sour finish. Seems more like a tripel than a strong pale ale.

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Photo of raoulduke37
3.95/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Beautiful golden color, looks like wheat in the sun. Some minor lacing.

S - Very yeasty, but good.

T - Leaves a little to be desired, citrusy, but overall nothing lasting or memorable.

M - Carbonated a little too much for a tripel, in my opinion.

D - Would make a decent session beer, but not one to impress would-be beer buddies.

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Photo of deejaydan
3.95/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

First sip tastes of ripe pears. There, I got that out of my system, I had to say that.

In the glass, it looks very similar to Hefeweizen, cloudy hazy yellow with a large whipped head.

Aroma is slight of ripe bananas with a slight spiciness.. but not alot there

Taste is complex. As I said earlier pears, but ripe pears mixed with alcohol. Very nice.

All in all, a very solid brew.

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Photo of kylephillips
3.95/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750mL bottle into a wine glass

Pours a hazy golden, almost orange, color. Has a creamy white head with little lacing.

The aroma is smells a bit like bannanas, strawberries, and bread. You can smell the alcohol just slightly.

The mouthfeel is extremely light and higly carbonated. The alcohol level is definitely a factor here adding to a very bitey feel.

Initial taste is just slightly sweet which quickly changes to a sour taste that hits the back and sides of the tongue. The sour, acidic flavors from the yeast are the dominant flavors here.

Drinkability is good. A little too sour for my taste.

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Photo of MeisterBurger
3.95/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The most striking thing about this beer while pouring it is the whopping amount of carbonation. It's fizz city here. But it dies down leaving a very typically tripel appearance--mildly hazy golden honey color topped by a bone white head. It retains a creamy, velvety head nicely although there isn't exactly heaps of lacing.

The nose lets you know in no uncertain terms that this is brewed in the Belgian style. It's musty saddle leather yeast, a bit medicinal, with hints of pears and sweet perfume and spice.

The taste follows with a mild fruity sugary sweetness that quickly meets a creamy saddle leather and earthy notes and spice (nutmeg or cinnamon--one of those two) in the finish and a warming alcohol that slowly builds with every sip. A tad too sweet perhaps.

It's full bodied, creamy, powdery and satisfying. Almost a little heavy. Despite that initial burst of carbonation, there isn't a ton to be found here, and I almost wish there was a bit of spritziness and carbonation in the mouthfeel to lighten things up and take the edge off, creeping up as it is on the precipice of cloying.

Extremely drinkable and moreish, which is a dangerous quality in a beer of this ABV.

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La Fin Du Monde from Unibroue
4.31 out of 5 based on 9,906 ratings.
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