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La Fin Du Monde | Unibroue

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4.32/5
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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:
#415
Reviews:
3,000
Ratings:
10,129
pDev:
11.34%
Bros Score:
4.83
 
 
Wants:
667
Gots:
2,355
Trade:
20
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Photo of SurferEric
4.36/5  rDev +0.9%

Photo of MilaMila
4.36/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of harryhops
4.36/5  rDev +0.9%

Photo of entenduintransit
4.36/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ngandhi
4.36/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pour: Even poured slowly into a 16 oz. goblet, FDM explodes with a three inch head. My thought is that this beer is hell bent on filling whatever size glass you put it in. When the foam mellows, it still leaves a head you'd expect out of most beers on the initial pour. To the last drop, there's a good cm or two of head, not lace, that coats the beer like a white chocolate ganache. Incidentally, when you finish the beer, you'll notice the foam covers the glass from the bottom to up to three inches up!

Nose: Spicy citrus. Green grapes. Green apple skins. Very ripe, natural. Almost mentholated from the alcohol, but not unpleasant. Not too special compared to other Belgian-style beers.

Taste: A medium dry sparkling wine. Pronounced clove. There's a typical grapefruit bitterness that strikes first on the back of the tongue, but it isn't too strong. The sides of the tongue are also activated nicely if you swish the beer around and lend a flavor of orange rinds or even a light orange sherbert. The high alcohol offers its own taste that works with the beer as, itself, a FLAVOR and not a harsh reminder of what's inside. Light smoke. Indeed, the sweet and sour of the citrus balance the 9% abv and make this beer very drinkable. A sweeter saison?

Mouthfeel: Creamy because of the bottle-conditioning. Again, FDM uses every charactertistic for a higher goal. Hacker-Pschorr and other weiss beers are "creamy" because of the yeast in the bottle, but that body often seems like a nice perk. The body here is part and parcel of the beer, working with the citrus to produce a delicately medium bodied, sherbert or a lightly carbonated champagne.

Drinkability: The creamy body encourages you to swirl this beer around. It wants to romance the sides and back of your tongue. The hoppy/alcohol finish does remind you what you are dealing with and to proceed with caution.

Notes: On many sips, I've had this beer hit the back of my tongue and then swallowed. If it doesn't touch the sides, this beer might only be mediocre. Let your tongue swim in it, if only briefly. The molecules have to be seperated to adequately soften the phenols. The alcohol does balance well, but there could be, perhaps, one more element to this beer with another hop or the alcohol being subdued just a little more. I'll be trying to wrap my finger around this for years to come. An expert job to make, and perhaps to understand.

Relax, relax.
ng

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Photo of BeerNutz324
4.36/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

750 ml into a tulip glass (twice) - live review

Just starting to drink and review Belgians so bear with me...

Ap- pours a hazy golden yellow with about a 1/2 head that has ok retention and not much lacing. The carbonation is going strong.

Ar- spice, clove, lemon, orange hit me first, I think I smell some kinda dark fruit too like plum. Can I really be smelling all these things from one beer?

T- I guess I just don't know how to describe Belgians yet...All I can really make out is the spice and the clove taste at the finish.

M- a bit sticky, medium bodied and well carbonated

O- an awesome tripel, I haven't tried many (and I think this is the first I have reviewed) but this one is by far the best. Its smooth, complex and keeps getting better as it warms. And in the 750ml format it is one of the cheapest tripels you can buy, can't go wrong IMO.

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Photo of HoppyBastard
4.36/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 25.4 oz/750ml corked bottle.

APPEARANCE: Hazy, yellow and bubbly. There is a half finger head initially and very little lacing, the head dissipates after a few minutes.

SMELL: reminded me of champagne, apples/pears and peppery.

TASTE: In a word complex. Citrus and fruity with taste of pears and banana, yeast and pepper, the alcohol is present but very well hidden. The hops are subtle and in balance with malt.

PALATE: Sticky, medium bodied, effervescent.

OVERALL: I truly enjoyed this beer and would recommend it to anyone that enjoys the tripel style. I salute Unibroue for making a delicious beer and selling it at a reasonable price and for offering in a 4 pack or 25.4 oz bottle option. This brewery makes excellent beer and apparently has an outstanding sales/marketing department too. I can't wait to try more of your beers!

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Photo of PittBeerGirl
4.36/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-cloudy pale yellow with thick white head. great retention.

S-some yeast, citrus and spices.

T-great blend of citrus and spices with a backgroud of yeast. Clean finish. Alcohol is barely noticable.

M- high carbonation and fairly thick body. goes down pretty smooth

D- I can't tell this is 9% ABV and it is very delicious. I will try this one again. Another great offering from Unibroue

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Photo of tyjohnson55
4.36/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of WMBierguy
4.36/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours out a straw gold, and has a magnificent head that stays around for minutes and leaves lacing down the side of the glass.. Has a very clean taste. The beer is very strong, but the alcohol is subtle. Excellent example of a non-Belgian Belgian; the flavor is very authentic, and can stand toe to toe with any Beligian tripel that I've tried. I definately recommend it

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Photo of FSUlaw-and-brew
4.36/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TommyW
4.36/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- Clear gold body with lots of bubbles going up through to form the tall white head.

S- Notes of rock sugar and spice jump out.

T- Steely mlat with some rock sugar sweetness mixed in. Very well balanced malt and hop level. Not as boozy as I expected from a 9% abv, but it does make a slightly dry finish.

M- Medium body and carbonation.

D- The perfect balance of this beer makes it extremely easy to drink for a beer with a higher abv. Not favorite triple, but this is still an amazing beer.

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Photo of Noelbrew
4.36/5  rDev +0.9%

Photo of stevoj
4.36/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This bottle didn’t pop, so I suspect it might be a little off. Very thin head, color is orange/amber. Aroma is yeast, citrus, dried fruit. Taste is mildly tart, jolly rancher sour apple. Body is slick and smooth with tingly finish.

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Photo of BRami127
4.36/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Veeral
4.36/5  rDev +0.9%

Photo of exl_90
4.36/5  rDev +0.9%

Photo of xav33
4.36/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Unibroue La Fin Du Monde
12 oz bottle
Slow pour in a tulip glass
Best before 04/08, ended 12/06

Poured a murky amber with a huge white mostly to fully lasting frothy pillow head.

Smelt of moderate bananas, sweet dough, white pepper.

Taste was upfront strong bittersweet raw sweet bread dough with peaches and oranges followed by a pungent sweaty raw dough on an average length finish. Palate was creamy, softly carbonated, medium bodied and light astringency.

Overall, it is unfathomable that this beer is 9% alcohol. The balance is exquisite. Only wish there was more complexity.

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Photo of Scribbles
4.35/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Foil wrapped bottle poured into a tall glass. Decent smooth lasting head, and cloudy yellow appearence, just a bit darker than a pils.

Smell:Sweet smell that develops as it starts to warm, reminds me of unripe peaches.

Taste: Lots of flavour here, hops are upfront with a crisp green apple-like bite, but this comes with a matching sweetness keeping this beer well balenced. I like flavour in my beer but this beer maybe have a bit more than most standard beers people may be used to.

Mouthfeel: is smooth easy to drink but really a sipping beer for most people. A bit of alcohol warming, but not at all overwhelming definately considering the content.

Overall this is an excelent beer, and my second favourite from unibroue.

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Photo of gibgink
4.35/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of whoneeds8
4.35/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy gold with a one finger white head that disappears quickly, no lacing. The scent is very yeasty along with spices and lemon zest. The taste has a strong lemon zest and hoppy flavors. The mouthfeel has a effervescent feel to it. Lots of carbonation. No alcohol presence makes this very drinkable.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.35/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice 750ml corked bottle that pours a deep golden orange sunshine tone with a gleaming white head leaving a fair amount of lace around my tulip glass. High carbonation that tickles me nose hair and contains a deep syrupy sweetness with traces of honey and spice in the aroma along with the complement of the yeast strain scents. Tastes a very full complex sweetness with shots of bitter and dry sensations that run down the palate. Within the sweetness of the flavor lies a spiced up fruit like, thick mouthfeel of straight up refreshing goodness. Unibroue is amazing they are definitely capable of bringing the magic of Belgium beer to the North Americas, and for that I raise my glass to them. For making a beer with nine percent alchol that contains this level of drinkability and at the same time is staying within the guidelines of the style of any classic triple. Very good!!!!

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Photo of OStrungT
4.35/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a cloudy straw yellow with a huge, thick, fluffy, white head. The head fades very slowly, leaving a massive amount of laces.

This beer has a spicy aroma up front. Behind that, I detect an earthy yeasty aroma. I can also detect soem lemon and orange peal. Floral hops are also slightly detectable.

This beer has a spicy flavor. Allspice and coriander. It also has a cirtus zest to it. It is slightly sour. I detect lemon. It has a slight yeasty taste also. Hop bitterness is low, but noticable.

This beer goes down smooth, leaving a spicy citruslike aftertaste. This beer is carbonated well for the style.

This beer might not be a great session beer. The alcohol content is a little high. The flavor, though, is great, and not overly aggressive. This beer is definately worth a few tries.

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Photo of KrissyKat6
4.35/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DarrellK
4.35/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Surprisingly mild for a 9% abv brew. Aroma is pleasant but not too strong. Color is quite pale and was a bit cloudy. Head was full with small bubbles that lasted through the finish. Both the mouth and finish a strong characteristic and typical for the style. It is quite polished and very much like a Chimay, and in this case a brew I slighly prefer to the Chimay.

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La Fin Du Monde from Unibroue
Beer rating: 4.32 out of 5 with 10,129 ratings
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