La Fin Du Monde | Unibroue

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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:
#426
Reviews:
3,006
Ratings:
10,156
pDev:
11.34%
Bros Score:
4.83
 
 
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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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Photo of Hi_Neighbor
4.35/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cbaz
4.35/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

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

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

Well, if it is indeed la fin du monde (the end of the world), I can die happy.

I've been a big fan of Unibroue beers for awhile, but had limited myself to their lighter and their less-challenging fare until I tried this one.

I loved this beer from the moment I poured it. It came out golden and a bit cloudy but still bright. It was effervescent and posessed a thick, dense head that had incredible staying power.

It had a citrus smell to me, and my dinner guests said it had a "fruity" smell. I thought it actually smelled a bit like champagne. I don't know if it's intended to have the same orange notes Hoegaarden is so known for, but it certainly smelled like it to me.

The taste started sweet and finished crisp and clean. I could taste malt, but not really a lot of hops. It felt incredibly lively in the mouth and was a pleasure to drink from beginning to end. Easily, this is one of the best beers I've ever had.

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

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

A - Golden, slightly cloudy. Head pours with 2 fingers of thick, tight remnants lasting roughly two minutes.

S - Instant banana, followed by the hops, followed by the pear. Lasting wafting acidity afterwards. Sweet and slightly sour.

T - Smooth. Delicious. Banana and hops are immediate and slight, with pear and the lasting alcohol bitterness following and lasting between drinks. At 9% ABV, has the potential to stay with you. Overall, described as bright and warming.

M - Smooth, thick and even a little creamy. The carbonation isn't overbearing, and adds a slight, necessary edge to the drink helping it go down very smoothly.

D - Definitely a good opener. Drinking these all night could cause issues, but you'd happy by the end of it.

Overall an excellent example of a trippel. I've tasted darker and heavier, but this golden version masks it's alcohol perfectly and leaves an excellent aftertaste. Not a session beer, but perfect for a first review. Respect beer!

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

Poured a frothy, three-finger head atop a golden orange, slightly cloudy brew into a tulip. It looked so refreshing. The aroma was spicy, cidery and fruity... the immediate tangible smell was sour green apples. If I took a big enough inhale, I could feel the alcohol in my nose. Tastewise, it was tangy, sweet, and sour, once again with a focus on an apple-like flavor, with a nice warmth from the high ABV. It sometimes reminded me of reisling and/or champagne - maybe a white grape twang in there too. For all the apparent sweet tastes, each taste ended up surprisingly dry. Drinking it reminded me of Duvel sometimes and Orval other times... strange. The mouthfeel of this beer was wonderful - effervescent and smooth. Obvioulsy, like other beers with high ABVs, as it warmed and was consumed, the alcohol became more and more apparent.

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

Unibroue La Fin Du Monde is a spicy and delicious tripel. Super foamy and thick.

A: Cloudy orange colour and a 4 mm head that fades very quickly. 4

S: The smell is of spicy, Belgian yeast and maybe a little fruitiness. 4

T: The flavour is yeasty with honey and hints of cloves. The aftertaste is spicy and the alcohol isn't noticable at all. Smooth and delicous. 4.5

M: The texture is very foamy and thick. 4.5

O: This is a really delicious beer. 4.5

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

Photo of larsee01
4.35/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle poured into Chimay Glass.

A--Foggy apple cider w/ lots of crackly carbonation. Not much lingering head nor lacing.

S--Caramel malt, unripe banana, warm candied fruit, sourdough.

T--Not too sweet nor bitter. Balanced w/ caramel sweetness first. Touch of hop bitter going down. Pleasant phenolic complexity, mild spice/clove with lots of breadiness. Haughty aftertaste. Most robust part! Sourdough again. Almost a meaty, earthy vegginess. Almost like a tuber. Tough to put a finger on. Alcohol warming delayed and not initially noticeable.

M--Medium bodied and very smooth. Refined.

D--For 9.0? Maybe the best!

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

Poured into a Chimay goblet

A - Hazy orange with a thick foamy head. Lively carbonation.

S - Banana, orange, lemon and yeast.

T - Biscuit malts, more banana, citrus and yeast. Finishes with a nice, spicy coriander and white pepper note. Classic.

M - Creamy and smooth with a medium body and crisp, bubbly carbonation. ABV is hidden.

D - Great drinkability, could easily enjoy this all day. Unibroue crafts some very fine beer, this one being no exception. A true classic, world-class example of a Tripel.

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Photo of Optimat0r
4.35/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

i had been putting off trying the Unibroue stuff for a long time in favor of trying actual belgians but i finally picked these up cause i caught a 4-pack for 6.99 hahaha.

appearance - thick opaque gold like a hefeweissen. no over the top foaming.

taste - tastes like a belgian triple but has so much of a fruity presence-especially orange- that it tastes almost more like a hefeweissen to me. the differenceis that it tastes much stronger due to the 9%. i didnt know what to expect but im certainly not dissapointed. this is good stuff.

drinkability - ill find out in a few hours

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Photo of metter98
4.35/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer poured clear golden yellow in color with a finger high bright white head that slowly died down into a thin layer of bubbles covering most of the surface. A moderate amount of carbonation is visible from the rising bubbles.
S: There is a moderate smell of floral hops, fruits, spices and yeast in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the nose and much stronger, having a good balance between pepper spices and a slight amount of sweetness from the fruits. There are also some notes of candi sugar.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate with a lot of dryness in the finish.
D: The alcohol is very well hidden, which makes this beer very drinkable. I will definitely be having this again as it is one of the best representations of a tripel.

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

Pours a cloudy orange mixed with honey color, large head with some patchy lacing.

Smell has a strong fruity aroma with some other spiciness to it, but mostly dominated by the fruit. Very sweet.

Taste is similar to the smell, in that this is a very fruity beer with a good tartness to it, strong citrus presence along with the tartness, carbonation is a bit high but I also expected it to be even higher, very crisp.

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

Purchased at Evanston 1st Liquors for $6.29. Expiration date of 9/17/10.

Pours from a 750 ml bottle into a St. Bernardus goblet (yes, I need to get a tulip soon) with a very light head of large white fizzy bubbles that recede rather quickly, even after an aggressive pour, to a thin layer on the top. Color is a dull, opaque goldenrod. I like the color of a few other tripels better, but this is a trivial point. It looks like it will taste very good. A few thin streams of tiny bubbles rise up. After pouring the yeast into the final glass, the color becomes more peachy orange, and the head retention improves.

The nose is fruity and yeasty. Peaches and apricots, ripe red apples. Spices take a backseat; clove is the only one I can pick out for now. The intensity increases in the last pour, with extra herbal/spicy notes. The best of the style are more complex than this.

A lot of the (over)ripe red apple carries into the flavor inside of grainy malts, dominating the sour part of the palate. The spices kick in at the back of the tongue, with clove and pepper being prominent. The finish is mostly spices and earthy yeastiness. The yeast certainly gives away that this is a Unibroue production. The slightest bit of hops come through here, as does more apple and light fruit, namely apricot. Actually finishes a lot like a witbier, but a little bigger and sweeter. I am surprised at how much apple dominates the taste here. I was looking for more sweetness on the palate, but I thought the little bit of orange and apricot that showed up was too easily overpowered by the rest of the flavor profile.
No drastic changes after the yeast has been poured, maybe less apple, and more of the light fruits. (This was a close call between a 4.0 and a 4.5, but I gave it the bump up since tripel is one of my favorite styles, and I can't see rating that many beers this high or higher.)

Mouthfeel is soft. The carbonation is just about spot on. The high alcohol content tickles the tongue for the first sip or two, but that's nothing to get too worked up about. Leaves a pleasant tingling on the tongue, and warms going down. Does a good job of avoiding the roughness that often comes with wheaty beers.

This beer is a pleasure to drink. It gets a little hard to finish the entire 750 ml at the end, but I won't take off for that. One or two at a bar would not pose this problem. The alcohol is well integrated, but present enough for me to make sure that I'm pacing myself.

This is not my favorite tripel, but it's certainly no slouch. And at a much better price than a few others, I will certainly visit it again.

PS: After having 200+ beers, I figure I'm qualified enough to start reviewing. I definitely picked a winner to start with.

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

La Fin Du Monde from Unibroue
Beer rating: 4.32 out of 5 with 10,156 ratings
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