La Fin Du Monde | Unibroue

La Fin Du MondeLa Fin Du Monde
BA SCORE
4.32/5
10,105 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:
#425
Reviews:
2,992
Ratings:
10,105
pDev:
11.34%
Bros Score:
4.83
 
 
Wants:
658
Gots:
2,339
Trade:
21
HISTOGRAM
 
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 10,105 |  Reviews: 2,992
Photo of jakester
4.6/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I got this 12 oz. bottle as a single at Union Jack's on the Manatawny. I drank it in a goblet. Best Before date of 05-19-08(!) on the label. YAY!

Pours a slightly hazy yellow/gold with a huge 2" head of white foam. Carbonation looks very active. The head falls to a good coating and a ring, with excellent lacing.

Aroma is a complex combination of pils malt, yeast, cloves, nutmeg, and lemons. Smells are inviting. After several minutes, the smell is very clean, spicy, and citrusy.

Flavor is pils malt, spices like above, lemons, yeast, tart and delish. Alcohol warmth sneaks through very slightly as it warms. Residual sweetness is low to medium. Aftertaste is long citrus and pils malt. This has a great aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is clean and crisp, light to medium bodied, with sparkling carbonation. Alcohol warmth is very well hidden. This feels good on your tongue. Great burps! Finish is on the dry side.

This might sound dumb, but I could drink this all day. (Well, at least until I passed out!). This is delicious, complex, crisp, delicate and robust at the same time. Highly recommended.

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Photo of simoen
4.6/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BoozerBrad
4.6/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of BC65
4.6/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of Tommy9898
4.6/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of VMWhelan
4.6/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a La Fin Du Monde tulip.

Pours a golden orange/honey color with a fluffy white head with excellent lacing.

Nose is spicy, sweet, and fruity. Sweet breadlike aromas followed by apple, pear, banana. The usually spiciness of a Tripel comes through as well.

Taste is funky and fruity at first, followed by the sweetness from the nose. The familiar banana/clove/bubblegum of a Belgian shine through in this one, but the fruitiness is more complex, with apple, pear, white grape coming through. Belgian yeast really does is job well with that nice spicy bread-like flavor coming through as well. Very sweet finish. Excellent.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a good bit of carbonation. It's slightly sticky and leaves the mouth a bit dry on the finish.

Overall this is an excellent example of the style. Very easy to drink and incredibly delicious.

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Photo of bierman2000
4.6/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A dangerous beer with a likeness to Duvel. Smooth, golden and full of hops and malt and the alcohol isn't present until after you try to stand up after a couple. It is a slow sipping beer or a summer refresher to be enjoyed with care. Seek this beer out is is the best of Unibroue's products.

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Photo of ivyman
4.6/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of MooseBoose
4.6/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of firkingroovin
4.6/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Giggy
4.6/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a pale yellow sunrise. Nice cloudy haze. Very foamy white head. Champagne like carbonation provides plenty of bubbles.

S: Floral/spicy/lemon citrus/coriander & pepper

T: Yum! Fruity-nectarine, peaches, & mango. Spices/cloves/alcohol/sweet with a dry finish.

M: Clean finish

O: High alcohol content is cleverly masked by the potpourri of flavors.

2 thumbs up

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Photo of ronn
4.6/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of gbontrag
4.6/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours a whirlwind of carbonation. The consequence being a gorgeous froth made up of all sizes of bubbles. This is a really neat, slightly yellow beer with like a rusty leaf wash. The froth lasts, floating like a proud ship with full sail.
Smells like a trippel: Straw, white grapes, white peppercorn, chalk/limestone, and yeast in a surgical room.
There's a hint of sweetness left; umm, tangy meyer lemon rind, key lime pie, kiwi garnish. Alcohol in a stinging aftertaste, but not negative. Crisp and beautiful. I'm too enthralled to give a better review in words, but my taste buds are singing.

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Photo of liamt07
4.6/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this so many times, figured I'd post a review as I grab one to sip on after dinner. Poured from a 341ml bottle into my Duvel tulip.

Thin soapy head a couple fingers high that dissipated quickly to a beautiful thin and creamy looking layer, that remains with the beer. Hazy golden orange colour, just beautiful So much spice in the nose with some banana and cloves, almost hefe-like underneath the spices, a bit of yeast and some alcohol. Tastes similar, alcohol is there, very spicy (complex spicy!) and carbonated, and leaves some yeast lingering on the tongue after the fact. Love the way this tastes, but the lingering yeast taste does detract a bit and the spice might be overpowering in some instances. Great freakin' beer and one of my favourites. A definite go-to when I'm at the liquor store.

EDIT: 750ml bottle dated on Sept 21, 2009; enjoyed on July 31, 2011. Excellent retention, good lace. Gold colour; mildly cloudy. Effervescence is high and flavours are fairly transient on the palate. Ripe pear, light green apple and some tropical fruits appear and disappear rapidly. Sweet and fruity; alcohol hides behind the scenes. Good spicing. Still exceptional. 45 4 45 45 5

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Photo of JOldewurtel
4.6/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Jsonde
4.6/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of predikit
4.6/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Pours a clouded straw color, left a two or three inch white head that receded quickly, but left thick lacing everywhere.

Smells floral, coriander notes.

Tastes of nutmeg of upfront which slides into coriander then has a malty finish.
Almost no bitterness, smooth, the alcohol is imperceptible.

Medium body, medium-light carbonation, a really delicious spiced beer.

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Photo of ridglens
4.6/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Rated probably 10 oz out of a portsmouth snifter, after several other beers at a poker game....

Pours a thick creamy head, which quickly dies to a island of foam in the middle, with some light lacing on the glass. glows a deap orange, pretty beer. Smells first of Beglian yeast, then of some serious citrus and a little hops. tastes follow suit, with some spicyness and complexity, very very FRESH tasting. this is one of the few Belgian style ales i have had that just taste very crisp and fresh, not a stale flavor at all. This was my favorite part of the beer by far, absolutely great. As it warms, i pick up a hint of alcohol, a little in the nose but more in the throat. the mouth feel was great, the carbonation complimented the level of thickness. there was even a little tartness in the back, which left cleaned my mouth a little, and left the beer begging to be drank.

Damn good beer, one of my favorite abbey-style ales to date!

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Photo of Butch
4.6/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I picked up a four pack of this stuff from Habanos in Slidell, LA. I don’t have a cellar, so I stuck two in the fridge to cool over night. I got one out today and set it on the counter for 30 minutes or so to let it warm just a little. I don’t have the proper glass to drink a Belgian Strong Pale Ale so I poured it into one of the big oversized red wine glasses.

Appearance: Pours like a dream. It comes out the color and cloudiness of a Hefeweizen. residual yeast from the bottle conditioning is evident. The one thing that really stands out is the head. Best foaming I’ve ever seen, bar none. Thick and tight, it’s almost dense like a nitro stout. In this glass it rose a good inch and half with the tiniest little bubbles. It didn’t stick around for the entire beer, but I drank it very slowly to savor it so I can’t fault that. It didn’t stick or lace however.

Taste and Smell: The aroma is great. Almost sweet in smell, and very fruity. The effervescent bubbles play like it’s recess all over my tongue. The taste is as complex as the aroma. Too many for me to identify, much less name. Lots of fruits, not very floral, no hop bitterness at all. Mostly spicy though. Balanced despite the lack of hops, maybe due to the crazy-assed yeasts overpowering the malt.

Notes: This one comes out at #2 on the ranking of the style, which is what convinced me to pay the $9.50 for the four pack. I haven’t tried many others of the style so I can’t speak to the validity of the rank, but I wouldn’t argue against it.

The beer is balanced so well with the fruity flavors that you barely taste the hops, and the alcohol not at all. I drank it at 12:30 on an empty stomach and I did feel that 9% alcohol a little toward the end, even as slow as I was sipping. Not a beer to guzzle.

Over all, I loved it. With tax I paid about $2.50 for each beer, not counting the gas and time to go get it. I pay more than that for beer at a pub. I’d easily pay five bucks or more for this beauty if the archaic MS laws would allow it. I can’t wait for the next one, but I’m cellaring the last two for a year or so.

Butch

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Photo of OWSLEY069
4.6/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a small hazy yellow color with a rocky white head. In the aroma, fruity, yeasty, and dry candy sugar. In the taste, dry candy sugar, a nice fruitiness, and a small yeast presence, but very clean. A small bite and medium to light bodied mouthfeel, with a semi dry candy sugar in the aftertaste. Hides the alcohol, and feels lighter. nice mix of fruit notes to dry yeastiness.

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Photo of moulefrite
4.6/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance all plosive, puffy and proud with a pinpoint prickly persona. Damn good brew! Pours yellow yet hazy and a touch golden. Champagne like carbonation with bubbles actively heading towards the beer's surface. Good headage that keeps puffing with swirling. Aromatics include tropical fruit, creme caramel and pecan pie. A wonderfully complex brew that hints of exotic fruits, anise, and ripe melon. In the mouth a nice interplay between sweet and bitter. Very warming indeed, with a touch of anteseptic!! One may be all I need, but this drinkability here is high as this beer simply rocks. It is sooo damn good! Practicably pornographic!!

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Photo of jesus808
4.6/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is the beer that lets you know that developing your palette for superior beers paid off. You moved from mediocre Buds or skunky Heiniken, to the Sam Adams variety pack, or the Belguim variety pack (Stella, Hogarden, Leffe), and now you're ready for the Big Leagues of beer. The welcoming committee comes out for this one. They say yes, you thought Sierra Nevada Pale Ale was the end-all of beer. But now you've had the best! No longer can you settle for Shock Top. No longer does it makes sense to put an orange in your Blue Moon. Welcome to a mature natured beer!!!

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Photo of spanky167
4.6/5  rDev +6.5%
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 +6.5%

Photo of RedHunter
4.6/5  rDev +6.5%
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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La Fin Du Monde from Unibroue
Beer rating: 4.32 out of 5 with 10,105 ratings
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