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

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10,025
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Avg:
4.31
pDev:
11.37%
 
 
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Photo of spanky167
4.6/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

By far the best value I have found in a tripel, around $7.00 for 750ml. This beer has huge flavor, which is good if you like the style. Carbonation is up there and poured a rocky head. Of the beers in this stlye that I have tried it is second only to Chimay's tripel.

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Photo of wbeaver
4.6/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of RedHunter
4.6/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Here it is! Review Number Three of O!Red's Brew Tube!

Here's a Belgian Tripel in celebration of being accepted as a volunteer at this year's up and coming Night of the Funk and Belgian Beer Fest! I'll be giving you all the what's up September 9th and 10th with some insider info & short reviews from the fest!

This Tripel comes from Unibroue in Chambly, Canada! La Fin du Monde! Or for you lazy bums who can't type in French Dictionary into Google, The End of the World. 9% ABV YUM!

A Tripel is a 3x extra malted beer and La Fin du Monde is also Triple Fermented! These "BIG" beers have some high ABV's but hide it amongst the big malty sweetness and balanced hop flavor. Expect these to contain flavors of complexity. Good thing it comes in a 750ml (or 1 pint 9.4 fl oz for you lazy ones)!

Poured from/ 750 ML bottle with cork /into/ Red Wine Glass (for lack of Goblet or Chalice).

The eyes get a nice big head making it's way down from 3 fingers to present lace all around the glass. The fizzing is loud and the effervescence continuous. The lacing sticks nicely round the curves. The bubbles rest on a hazy golden brew.

This beer smells just like it should. Banana, sweet fruit maltiness. Hops not highly apparent. Mostly sugary goodness with a hint of alcohol.

The first taste reveals its true nature. Very bready. If I didn't see that it was beer I figured I could roll some pastries with it. Banana remains prominent in the flavor. You definitely know this is a Belgian style. Already I feel the warmth of the alcohol hitting my gut. One thing they do right, hide that burn as if this was malty cream soda. An earthy quality is present and lingers after I put down the glass to type.

My mouth feels awesome. Not super dry, not needing to have another satisfying sip, but there's no reason why I wouldn't. Bubbly up front, hops coming through in the back with that earthy taste. This may come from the yeast. So pleasant to drink.

The Belgians I've had in the past have definitely been great beers. Very different than what I originally considered beer, but nevertheless it's so damn good. I think because of geographical proximity, MA is very much in love with Belgians and I can totally see why. La Fin du Monde doesn't shake things up so much as it gives you a perfect example of the style. This may not be Dogfish Head, but remember people, Dogfish head would not be successful at creating such UNIQUE Beers if not for the jumping off point provided by good craft beer that people already love!

If you are from Belgium and speak Dutch, op uw gezondheid! If you speak Francois, a votre sante! And for you lazy buggers, gosh darn you get on my nerves sometimes... it's Cheers! Or as O!Red likes to say, Raise your glass! I'd Tap That!

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Photo of Taologic
4.6/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of StanV
4.6/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of garymuchow
4.6/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Dated best before 04-08-06
Boy, is this an exceptional beer. Wonder why it took me so long to get here.
Presents with a sweet, yet light, sugary, fresh and slightly alcohol aroma. Very nice.
Quite pale yellow to slightly gold color, but white fizzy head. Cloudy.
A pleasing effervesent quality up front that smooths quickly to a light pale malt flavor. I served it warm, which I believe helped soften any sharpness. Lightly fruity with a little lemon quality at the end.
Real smooth and warm in the stomach. Finely carbonated makes it tingly, but not overwhelmingly so.
Smoother and less biting than others of similar style that I've had. I like the contrast of light color and light feel with a bold presence and strong alcohol.
A very enjoyable beer.

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Photo of dwarbi
4.6/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a thick, creamy white head. Looks golden yellow, and is cloudy enough that you can't see through it. Smells and tastes of wheat and spices. you can hardly detect the alcohol. Thick, creamy mouthfeel, but somehow it's also very clean and refreshing.
*This beer got me into craft brews. Still love it!

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Photo of EMH73
4.6/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

An excellent triple, slightly different than the classic Belgian version. For a high ABV, the alcohol does not overpower. Full of flavor, a must have.

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Photo of TwelveOunces
4.6/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 Oz bottle poured into a tulip

A- Hazy light orange with a three finger of a white head. An orange mango colored head. The head is literally making noise as it dissipates into the beer. Awesome visible carbonation and good lacing. A thing of beauty.

S- Very grassy and fruity. A lot of lemon and lime in here. A crazy blend of spices as well keep it changing. A pungent wheat smell and a crisp Belgian yeast character. A terrific and festive smelling brew.

T- A bite of bitterness up front and a full bodied wheat flavor comes through. Terrific light fruitiness, some faint citrus. A slight bit of caramel maltiness and a little bit of various spices, no sip tastes the same. Very slight alcohol keeps the flavor in check. Its hard to pick out many flavors because its complex and blends very well.

M- I do think this is a bit over carbonated at first but this beer is a sipper and if you take your time with it, the taste and feel will evolve. This is also a strong beer and you probably wont be able to throw back very many.

O- This is a truly fantastic triple and a refreshing new take on the style, at least from what I am used to.

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Photo of GregStoner
4.6/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of dmk82
4.6/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Aiptasia
4.6/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

My first offering from Unibroue. Sampled it from a 12 oz. brown bottle in an ice cold pint glass.

A: Great pourer into glass. Decent head and a good amount of sticky lacing on the sides. Not an over-foamer like some Big Belgian-style beers.

S: Complex smells of pepper, cloves and fruit sweetness on the nose.

T: Very well balanced with a lot of depth. Plenty of dried fruity notes and semi-sweetness from the yeasts and malts. Has a rochefort-like middle of nutty cheesiness and a dry finish.

M: Full bodied but not bitter. Alcohol is well balanced and warming throughout. Fully carbonated retaining fizz throughout.

O: A very fine beer overall. This one really stands up as a true Belgian. It's the first New World produced big beer that's worthy of an Abbey/Trappist level of quality.

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Photo of Hokies
4.6/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle poured into a La Fin Du Monde tulip. Pours a huge white head that leaves a thick sticky lace on the glass. The color is a pale yellow color with no transparency.

The aroma is filled with a zesty yeast and clove aroma. Their is also a phenolic aroma along with the clove and some light banana aroma.

The taste is wonderful as it starts with a clove spice and alcohol warmth. The malt kicks in with some really nice sweetness and a dryness from the fruit flavour and finishes with the yeast taste.

Their is a nice creamy feel to this beer with a good amount of carbonation. This is a tremendous beer which I could drink all night.

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Photo of timherremans
4.6/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Opaque light golden color. White bubbly head, dissipated pretty quick but with light lacing. Poured into a goblet.

S - Yeast is prominent, and I can make out some tropical fruit like banana.

T - Taste is nice. Kind of hard to nail down. Unique yeasts, that are up front, Belgian style ale. The sweetness comes right after the yeast, tropical fruit like banana. Pretty well balanced. I can't really describe it but it is good. Sweetness is subtle..the finish is not overly sweet. I find it getting better and better. Alcohol is masked very well, it is not dry.

M - Not thin, bubbly. Good carbonation but not overly so. Very nice feel.

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Photo of DeliciousSeeker
4.6/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A- medium blonde color, light blonde highlights. Very hazy. Decent amount of carbonation. About 2mm of head after a couple of minutes.

S- Very fruity aroma, with some citrus hints present. No boozy smell present.

T- amazing spice aftertaste. A complex array of flavors, each one well suited to compliment the next. No alcohol taste present, quite a feat for a beer this strong! Each taste is simply great. Absolutely delicious.

M- on the light side, and the carbonation is somewhat pronounced. But still a great feel.

D- with no real alcohol taste or smell, this beer is highly drinkable. The flavor is outstanding, and this beer is one I could see myself having to many real quick of I'm not careful. Only thing hat would hinder it's drinkability would be the price! Where i'm at, a four pack runs about ten USD. It couldn't be more worth it though. A truly wonderful beer.

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Photo of kegger22
4.6/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

An attractive hazy gold color with a generous inch thick head with staying power. I don't know what I am smelling, but I want more. The taste is sweet and fruity and wonderful. The mouthfeel is creamy smooth. This is a beer for the gods, thank you Unibroue for making this available to a mere mortal. It may be a little too sweet to rate very high in drinkability, but I'll definitely suffer this sipper. Absolutely great beer!

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Photo of BEERMILER12
4.6/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Pours a nice cloudy straw yellow with a nice 2 finger head that leaves great lacing

S: Nice spicy notes, with belgian yeast and some alcohol in the background

T: Same as the smell, the alcohol is well hidden and the spices are very nice and well balanced

M: Light and well carbonated due to the bottle conditioning

D: This is a great triple that packs a nice punch. Might get in trouble drinking too much of this, and you'll do it pretty easily

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Photo of MDekker
4.6/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured out of a 12oz bottle into an old, clean canning jar with a handle. My nicer goblet-like pieces of glassware just don't have the volume to cope with the head of a tripel, so it had to be the jar, which seemed preferable over a pint glass. Despite that, the head was overwhelming. I had to repour a couple times to get it all in. Eventually the head faded to just a coating on the top. It's a hazy light orange color. I'm a little disappointed in the chaos of the head, but it looks nice.

S: A combination of sour lemon and dry, straw and hay aromas. Yeasty too.

T: First impressions: booze and sugary, ripened fruit. Much more potent and rich than the color and smell indicated. For the highest rated tripel on BA I was initially disappointed, but things are improving now. Grainy elements too, and a subtle finish to balance the initial punch of flavor. Man, it keeps growing on me, and I'm going to give it a 5 here.

M: Very creamy and impressive. The seemingly abundant carbonation is actually quite good in terms of feel. A little bit oily.

D: Well, the richness of it will keep me from putting down multiples of these, but it keeps pulling me back as I drink it. A really fine brew.

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Photo of mkh012
4.6/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a nice cloudy yellow.

Nose is fairly mild- crisp yeastiness and spicy mulled fruit.

The taste is where this beer really shines. At 9% ABV, I was expecting something complex and interesting but hard to get down, but this is extremely well-balanced and drinkable. You could tell me I was drinking a 5% abv-er and I'd believe you- it's that smooth. I get apple, pear, clove, white wine, and some breadiness, maybe even tropical fruit. There is almost no bitterness, and the alcohol is present only in the nice warming feeling as you get further into the glass.

Nice medium-bodied mouthfeel.

This really is a world class beer. An instant favorite and one I'd seek out again. At 9% ABV, it is complex and hard-hitting but has absolutely zero off-putting qualities. The best tripel I've had.

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Photo of Bgunner
4.6/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of Siriusfisherman
4.6/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Served in my La Fin Du Monde Tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a very hazy, extremely pale color with a four finger head that disappears quickly. As long as the beer is in your glass, there is an onslaught of carbonation streaming to the top.

Smell: White fleshed fruits, pear and apple, a little bit tropical, spicy yeast and some funky, cheesy notes as well. Very pungent and ripe all around.

Taste/Mouthfeel: The taste is similar to the nose, lots of the pungent fruit and lots of zesty yeast spice, and some underlying funk. The front is a nice carbonation kick that moves into a hit of bitterness and an onslaught of flavor and a smooth, sweet finish The fruit flavors linger more than the peppery notes, likely due to the sweetness. Not as dry as most tripels. Unbelievably complex, this beer has alot going on.

Overall, this beer is unique in the style and has an unbelievable amount of flavor, very hard to tame if you are not familiar with belgian ales, it is very complex. From start to finish this beer is incredible, make sure it is not served to cold.

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Photo of CrossProduct
4.6/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ElijahCSkuggs
4.6/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I heard good things, I liked the look of the artwork on the bottle, and I'm 50% french Canadian; that's all it took for me to give this bad boy a shot.

A handsome warm, golden, cider haze. A fuzzy, white, two finger head that fizzles down to a constant layer of pretty bubblies. Great sticky lace as well.

Whoa nelly. Dis smelly da good stuff! Fruity...strong fruits. There's a sharpness to it as well.

First off, nice boozy kick. Aftertaste of apple/cider. Cloves, spice, strong, slightly acidic.

Medium body with a smooth and dry finish that delivers a sting to the back of your throat.

Any beer that tastes this good, smells this good, and has this high of an ABV, I'm down to drink. It's a great beer for conversations and relaxing. And I imagine it being a great dinner beer as well.

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Photo of mklinger
4.6/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very hazy golden straw. Half an inch of white head that dissipated quickly.

Lots of yeasty, bready aromas that radiated up even while pouring up to my nose 18 inches away. On closer smelling, there's some very nice pear scents along with the yeasty phenols and the bready malt. Complex but simple at the same time.

Great, surprising sweet fruits in the taste. Light, crisp and bright but full of flavor. Lemon, apple, and pear sweetness along with some spice in the finish -- Not clove-y but similar. though cleaner. A clean bit of bitterness at the finish just to crisp up the palate. Certainly one of the 2 or 3 best Belgians brewed outside of Belgium that I have tasted.

Very light in the mouth and full of carbonation. This is an extremely easy to drink beer that could be dangerous given how easy it is to drink. An excellent beer. I'm not sure why my expectations were not high for this beer, buy boy, this did exceed them. Very nice beer.

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Photo of scott451
4.6/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Duvel tulip glass. A slightly hazy gold under a one finger bubbly head which soon diminished to a strong ring. good lacing.

Fruity phenolic smells. The first taste sensation is the incredible smoothness. No sharp edges here. Complex malt flavours with peppery alcohols bringing up the rear. Smooth and warming.

As mentioned above very smooth. Medium body, good carbonation. Drinkability is outstanding. You are left wanting another despite the ABV. What makes this pale ale like triple outstanding is the balance and smoothness. A top shelf brew.

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La Fin Du Monde from Unibroue
4.31 out of 5 based on 10,025 ratings.
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