La Fin Du Monde | Unibroue

10,066 Ratings
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 MatthewWilde
4.33/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sample: 2 bottles 2011

A: Beautiful pale dark yellow, strong internal carbonation, great medium head, a bit cloudy, pretty amazing

S: Nice strong citrus, tropical fruits

T: Very light and fruity, perfect balance between sweetness and bitterness, only slight citrus aftertaste, lemon notes throughout

M: Quite smooth, easy to drink, almost seems to melt in one's mouth, airy

O: An excellent ale all-around, quite fruity, well-balanced, and incredibly smooth

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Photo of Brez07
4.33/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a snifter

A: Golden hue with a 1 finger white fizzy head. Lots of visible carbonation

S: Wheat, belgian yeast, spice and candied sugar

T: Belgian yeast, some tropical fruit (mostly banana). Spice, sugar. Kinda like a hefeweizen but not as dry or clovey. Slightly sweet, dry finish

M: Medium bodied. Crisp, clean and dry. There is a lingering sweetness. Nicely carbonated

D: Very easy to drink, no real indication that this is 9%. Definitely a regular go to beer for me

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Photo of francisweizen
4.33/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

NOTES: I am still waiting to try this beer in a 750ml bottle.

Another great unibroue offering. This beer pours a nice pale golden colour which is very cloudy from the yeast that I let slide into my 'chalice' or weirdly shaped wine glass really...This has a nice head on it and it smelled wonderful. The taste was very dry and complex, yet pretty light for the alcohol content(but not lighter than don de dieu)This had a pretty warm mouthfeel and a nice drinkability level to it as well.
A nice beer, but take your time with it!...
A good nightcap beer!

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Photo of Blakaeris
4.33/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours hazy golden yellow with chunks of yeast debris. Head is huge white and fluffy.

Smell is citrus, sweet fruit, yeast, and spices.

Taste is fresh and fruity with pepper and coriander spiciness. A touch of malt and hops bring a nice dry finish. Flavor is complex and well balanced. High alcohol content is well concealed but does present a slight astringency that lingers on the tongue.

Mouthfeel is light and very drinkable.

This is a very intersting and enjoyable brew. Unibroue has another winner here.

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Photo of BGCoon
4.33/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mchegash
4.33/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - 4.5/5
A beautiful hazy golden orange, with loads and loads of off-white foam.

Smell - 4/5
Belgian yeastiness and spices, as typical in a tripel. Perhaps a hint of banana.

Taste - 4.5/5
Yeasty and spicy, tastes thoroughly belgian. Some fruitiness. Only slight to moderate sweetness. Delicious take on the belgian tripel style.

Mouthfeel - 4.5/5
Moderate amount of high-intensity carbonation. I love the prickly sensation as the beer moves through my mouth and down my throat. Very crisp. Medium-full body.

Overall - 4.25/5
This was a pretty great beer. Don't know if I can recommend it enough.

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Photo of PossumJenkins
4.33/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

"I can't believe it's not Belgian"... that was my first thought upon tasting this gem from Quebec for the first time. Wow, what a beer. Beautiful pouring brew, with rich golden translucent color and massive, thick, Duvel-style head. Smell also first-rate: various spices and fruits accompany a malty base. Taste is just about perfect. I don't feel that I've tried enough beers yet to be able to give one a 5, but this is the closest I've come. Lots of banana flavor - almost sweet, but not sickly sweet...I don't generally care much for sweet beer, but this one just works somehow. Very rich, creamy mouthfeel. Overall, an absolutely outstanding beer. Compared to a couple of the "real" Belgians I have tried, I would rank it slightly higher than La Chouffe and slightly below Duvel.

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Photo of SolomonGrundy
4.33/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy, bright, straw-colored light amber. Beautiful two finger creamy head. Very persistent and leaves excellent lacing. Well carbonated. Very nice looking...Like Sophie Marceau (yea, yea I know she's not Quebecoise...get over it)...Elegant, beautiful and timeless...

Aromas are chock full of good stuff...I get sweet malt and Belgian yeastiness right away - very robust. Some coriander...Some fresher notes, too, like lemonade way in the back. Nice and balanced...This is looking like a World class ale so far...

Flavor is luscious, like Sophie's very feminine body...The head and body of this beer are creamy and flavorful...Carbonation swells up initially, but there is a fine malty creamy texture to it that is a pleasure to feel. This gives way to an early middle that starts off tangy, and then immediately moves into a warm series of flavors: nice malt component balanced very nicely by the yeast...they meld in perfect harmony. This is a less spicy version of a Belgian ale...But something about it is more subtle and nuanced. The malt and yeast dance around a little, until they finally give way to a slightly hoppy and understated bitterness that lingers for a good long time. Excellent beer. It's around $9/4-pak, so it ain't cheap or expensive. ABV is awesome at 9% and completely and totally masked. This is wonderful and drinkable to a fault. Many people would get very hammered off this ale. It's excellent on all fronts and hardly any fault to it. Must find and drink. Perfect any time of year, also...

What I like most: The beautiful, nuanced flavor profile, beautiful appearance, wonderful nose...pretty much everything.

What I like least: the price, and just barely a fault here.

Verdict: World class ale from Chamble, Quebec. Absolutely must find.

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Photo of Daktyls
4.33/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a hazy golden honey color with a 3 finger head which lingers for a while before leaving a fine lacing on the side of the glass.

S: Cloves and banana are most up front followed by light spiciness, maybe a little bit of pepper? After a few minutes the head has dissipated to a nice foam.

T: A slight amount of the banana aroma is also noticed in the taste. There is quite a bit of yeastiness and maltiness. A taste almost similar to that of a biscuit. The pepperiness is also tasted with some hops that are very lightly present on the finish.

M: Medium to high carbonation, very smooth feeling. Definitely feels fairly bready.

D: Very drinkable, the taste and mouthfeel leave one desiring another sip. With the high ABV, the drinkability will quickly catch up to you.

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Photo of Tschnab
4.33/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- a straw yellow slightly hazy with a big fluffy white foam.

S- yeasty banana bread, orange, clove, good bready and fruity sweet malts.

T- it has a great wheaty/yeasty quality here with a great banana/clove character that doesn't hit you over the head. Some triples just have too much of that bubblegum intense flavor, but this is a cleaner, more subdued version, which I seem to like more. Lots of juicy orange brings both sweet and tart dimensions.

O- this beer is quite good, I mean really really good considering it is in pretty much every beer store around and it is definetly the best triple I've had.

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Photo of dtivp
4.33/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy dull golden yellow with a finger and a half white head that fades slowly into a nice cap with very little lacing.

Smell of yeast, sweet malt and some spice.

Taste of yeast, bread, malt, some sweet fruits, hints of clove and a very slight touch of alcohol.

Mouthfeel is light leaning to heavy body body, low carbonation. Very crisp and smooth drinking beer, the alcohol is well masked and eventually sneaks up and smacks you on the side of the head.

Overall this is a top notch tripel, very enjoyable and another good beer from Unibroue. Drink with caution, the 9% ABV does sneak up on you and will not care if it is "The end of the world".

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Photo of chinabeergeek
4.33/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml corked bottle

orangy straw color, hazy on first pour, cloudier the closer you get to the bottom of the bottle. lots of head which slowly fades, some lacing.

flowery and fruity, like ripe apples or cider. hint of peach and yeast. whiff of medicinal alcohol and herbs.

early sips are fruity up front, again more apple, maybe golden raisins. sweet seed-based spice and medicinal notes blend with gentle hop bitterness to a relatively dry finish.

good pairing with truffle tremor cheese by cypress grove

slightly thin, but smooth. moderate but lively carbonation.

lol, way back in the day, before i even knew what a tripel was or that belgians even made beer, my friend and i would drink these out of the bottle in our dorms, saying, "damn, this is one bomb ass wanna-be malt liquor!"

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Photo of Tilley4
4.33/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is pretty accessible here and I've been passing over it because I always see it around and no one seems to buy it. I decided to pick up a couple bottles after reading some of the reviews to see what the fuss was all about.

Very cloudy, golden pour with absolutely the freakiest head on a beer that I've ever seen. It just keeps building and building and never seems to subside any.

Someone in an earlier post said they smelled banana and I guess that's about right. That and alcohol. That ain't a bad thing.

Very surprised by the taste of this one. Starts out like a Hefe in my opinion with a banana and wheat taste and then has a finishing kick of alcohol that seems to compliment this very well.

The 9% can catch up with you quick if you aren't careful. The ABV hurts the drinkability a little bit but this is still a very good beer. Different than anything I've ever had, but very good.

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Photo of mfanch8578
4.33/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

So, there seems to be a love hate kind of thing with this beer, so I will be as frank as I can. The past reviews seem to be between 3 and 5. I give it a 4.25. This brew was on sale at kroger at 7.99, so I got one to drink and one to age. The one I drank opened with apricot and yeast. The fruitiness covers the 9 abv, but can still taste the booziness. This is one to age, in my opinion. For the here and now, it just doesn't seem ready to drink right off the shelf. not ready yet. Just tastes like a young barleywine, sorta. Of course, I will finish this bottle, but I look forward to tasting the one that I will age for at least one year.

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Photo of jsimon816
4.33/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: An Autumn orange with a nice tight head.

Smell: Floral scent with herb overtone

Taste: fruity taste which mellowed out nicely

Mouthfeel: pleasant foamy taste, full of flavor

An exellent pairing with strong flavored cheese. As reviewer prior stated, didn't have the aftertaste of high alcohol content.

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Photo of Hopfenpeter
4.33/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

the beer pours a light golden honey color. The murkiness and the enormous white head make this beer instantly attractive.
The smell announces fruit in various forms as well as a bread, dough flavor.
The taste up front confirms the presence of fruit like peach, banana,, pear and little citrus. In the middle we meet the taste of bread and dough, keeping the sweetness in check. Malt is there as well. At the end the yeast and fine hops round the beer up with a nice balanced bittersweet finish.
A very drinkable beer, well done, but not better than the real Belgiums, like many people claim.

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Photo of arvidkoval
4.33/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy orange. Small white head. Smell is fantastic; belgian yeast esters throwing out sweet banana aromas, maybe some funky apple and a hint of orange. This tastes sweet, banana like and just a hint of booze. Highly carbonated, and a warming sensation from the alcohol. This is an outstanding tripel.

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Photo of jdense
4.33/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Huge billowing rocky head over amber/orange body, nice lacing. Citrusy nose, and oranges, banana and spices (coriander) in a nice balanced body. Very carbonated mouthfeel, gave me the tingles:) A bit of alcohol in the finish, but dangerously drinkable for ABV. One of North America's best interpretations of the classic Belgian tripel. A truly glorious beer experience, glad I have another bottle stashed:)

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Photo of OzarkElmo
4.33/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy golden/orange with sizeable white head. Very fruity aroma, lots of carbonation, spices, yeast evident. Slight bit of alcohol comes through in the finish, which is moderately dry. Good offering from Unibrou, but to me is does not fit the "Abbey Tripel" style. More like a fruity version of a Duvel.

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Photo of barleysangel
4.33/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The color is a golden-honey with white spongy-looking head that bubbles. It smells yeasty with a hint of cloves. It tastes spicy and it has an orange peel flavor. There is more carbonation than your standard beer, but it is very light and easy to swallow for a highly carbonated beer. Aftertaste leaves an alcohol flavor in your mouth. This beer is very good in my book. It goes down easy.

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Photo of Homebrew35
4.32/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Upon opening this 750ml bottle a nice pop, on the pour a huge head and no beer in the glass. This fades to a nice small cap. Lots of carbonation. Huge smell of banana and cloves. Tastes of pear, banana, some bread and clove. Quite sweet that transitions to a medium dry finish. Just a hint of hotness once it warms up. Quite drinkable for this abv. Overall a nice beer during dinner with some fish.

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Photo of dannydetox
4.32/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

not that this beer needs more good press, but it is quite representative of the style. golden colored tripel with noticeable Belgian yeasty esters on the nose. mouthfeel is light, with a touch of creaminess on the end. lots of fruit qualities waft up when the beer is consumed and seem to linger in its long finish.

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Photo of HalfFull
4.32/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a large wine glass from a 12 oz. bottle, this brew shows a hazy orange/golden color with a nice half inch head. Offers decent retention and a pleasant light carbonation that makes for a steady surface ring and artsy lacing on the glass.

Slightly sweet on the nose with notes of apple and pear, along with a subtle hint of spice, peppery clove/cinnamon in nature. Tiny bit of sourness from the yeast.

Taste matches the nose well with a malty sweetness initially, followed by notes of summer fruit and finishing with a lingering spice close. Not overpowering in the malts like some of the style. Offers a rich texture for a Tripel and is quite intriguing.

Decent but not over the top carbonation and a nice medium rich complex body make for a smooth feel and drink. Lot's of wheat and subsuquent haze for the style, a Belgian Wheatwiine of sorts.

Better results from 12 oz. bottles vs. a corked 750 ml. in this case, which is a bit at odds compared to most.

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Photo of jbonapar
4.32/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I remember back in 1996, i was in first year university, visited QUebec City and tried some of these beers from Unibroue, including La Fin Du Monde. I HATED THEM, all of them. Now....Things have changed.

Appearance: Superb, bright, slight haze, yellow.
Smell: Unbelievable, butter, Orange, banana, bubble gum.
Taste: A butter creaminess hits your tongue immediatly. Flavors of banana, bubble gum, slight earthiness with a touch of fennel and coriander are overcome by a white pepper finish which lingers and develops into a subtle hopy bitterness. Just bitter enough. I've never had a beer that starts so smooth and creamy and develops into such a peppery bitterness before. Simply unbelievable.

Any beer drinker who enjoys fine beer would consider this, without a doubt, one of the best in the world. This, Maudite and Trois Pistoles are simply some of the best beer available in the world.

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Photo of tattooedtolley
4.32/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'll keep this one short as I am not the most experienced with the style. First think I notice is the brilliant yellow color of this beer. Immediately following the visual came the incredible aroma. This thing has so much going on in the aroma department its mind blowing. Tons of fruit and spice aromas all over the place.

The taste was just as complex with every sip finding something new about it. The alcohol is in there somewhere but is pretty unnoticable which makes it really drinkable for this big of a beer.

While I am not very experienced with the style, I liked it for what it was, a new experience and an obviously well crafted beer. I can't say I am hooked on the style or this beer but it makes for an interesting tasting experience. I will be trying this again down the road. To rate this beer, I am rating it based on the very little I know and how I enjoyed the experience. The fact that this thing has aroma and flavors all over the place scores hi with me, it is certainly multi-deminsional.

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La Fin Du Monde from Unibroue
4.31 out of 5 based on 10,066 ratings.
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