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:
#446
Reviews:
3,025
Ratings:
10,232
pDev:
11.34%
Bros Score:
4.83
 
 
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Photo of Arkofsax
4.35/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Beautiful golden orange coloring with a huge head (I prefer to pour a little extra head and then let my beers sit for a minute so that the temperature can balance while there's still some head left)

S- Smells like an odd balance between a spicy scent and the distinct maltiness of the style.

T- Incredible! The malts give it a very interesting flavor. I would almost describe it as being vaguely nutty compared to other takes on it.

m- If my taste buds were ever stressed, then this beer would be their masseuse. The malts provide a wonderful soothing effect as it's held in the mouth.

D- While delicious, finishing one of these with a meal would be the most I could ask anyone.

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Photo of Beerswag
4.34/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Bhunter0812
4.34/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of gangstabobangsta
4.34/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Phishhead420
4.34/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of eat
4.34/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice thick one-finger head that dissipates pretty quickly. No lacing. Great cloudy straw yellow. You can't see through this at all but there are no chunks of sediment to be found. The head sucks but the colour is good.

Big, sweet smell. Roasted malt, caramel, grapefruit, lemon/lime, cotton candy. Really, really nice smell.

The smell is better than the taste but it still tastes great. Not as sweet as the smell would suggest. Wheat, spices, yeast, citrus rind, some hops in the background. Lots of other flavours I can't figure out; it's a complex beer. Dry aftertaste. This could be a 5% beer for how smooth it is; the 9% is really not noticeable at all.

Medium-light bodied. As a triple, maybe it could be a little creamier. Moderately carbonated.

This is an extremely drinkable beer. Great flavour, not too sweet for a triple and smooth as hell. I could drink this all night if I woudn't pass out way too early on.

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Photo of adowney523
4.34/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Drank from a Belgian-style chalice poured from a 750 mL bottle.

Appearance is golden-orange and hazy. The white head fades quickly.

Smells yeasty with faint alcohol and candy sweetness along with a touch of citrus fruit.

The malt on this beer is rather doughy. Lighter fruit flavors include apricot. There are some phenols apparent along with a alcohol kick in the finish.

Quite a complex and enjoyable ale.

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Photo of jakemn91
4.34/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JamesMN
4.34/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Date on bottle of 12/14/14. I'm never really worried about freshness with a belgian ale but it would be nicer to have a bottled on date instead.

Appearance: Completely opaque milky orange color with a one finger off-white head spread out across the mouth of a chalice.

Aroma: Despite my early disliking of the Tripel style, the succulent bouquet of sweet pear, apple, dates and a hint of spice in the nose really makes me realize how much I have been missing out on since getting into craft. A good mix of sweet and spice with a touch of alcohol.

Taste: Similar to the nose but more intense sweet and spicy notes. The flavor stays pretty consistent throughout with the peppery spice notes (no doubt from the yeast) held low and dark on the palate while the sweet fruit flavors (belgian candi syrup) ride high on the palate. The 9% ABV almost seems completely hidden until you get about a third of the way in and start to feel that heat building up in the back of the throat. There is a bit of hop bitterness that comes in one short blast at the beginning and then lingers just a tad in the aftertaste. A superbly balanced brew that is close to thirst-quenching.

Mouthfeel: Hovering around medium in body with a silky-smooth feel despite the streaming effervescence. Highly drinkable.

Final Thoughts: With beers like La Fin Du Monde, Tripels are giving Quads are run for their money as my favorite belgian style. Quite a good beer and one that every fan of belgian ales should buy given the opportunity. Would I drink it again? Yes.

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Photo of MizzouBrew
4.34/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Leif_Eriksson
4.34/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

Photo of macrosmatic
4.34/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Reviewed from notes. Had on-tap at James Joyce in Ybor City. Served in a pint glass for some reason.

A: Rich orangish-tan, nearly opaque, with a thin half-finger of light tan head and low visible carbonation.

S: Fruity yeast esters (bananas, apples and grapes mostly), cloves, roasted malts, and some booze. Some spice with almost a woody dryness here as well.

T: Fruity (banana, cherry, apple, grape) Belgian yeast esters, some toasted malts, cloves and spice, sweet but with a dry finish.

M: Medium body for style, a good bit of carbonation, and the alcohol is noticeable but doesn't seem overly hot.

O: This is quite good, although it doesn't quite stand up to the best in the style. Still, very enjoyable and I don't know why I haven't had it before.

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Photo of Mnteti
4.34/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Jraiona
4.34/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle had a best by date of 11/27/18. Poured into a tulip. It poured a hazy golden color with a multi sized bubble two finger head which very slowly dissipated leaving some very nice lacing. In the nose I detected some light nectarine aroma and possibly a bit of lilac. On the palate the carbonation was lively and crisp. In spit of the higher ABV it did not taste boozy to me. There was even a subtle sweetness on the back end. This is definitely one that will find itself in my regular rotation.

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Photo of KelvinTChua
4.34/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Seanem44
4.34/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MacMalt
4.34/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from cork and cage bottle into pint glass. The cork popped like a champagne cork. The color is a hazy golden amber with a frothy, two-finger head and thick lacing. The smell features coriander, cloves, yeast, and green apple. While I don't taste the apple I smelled, I do taste pear and pineapple, along with cloves. As it warmed, I also tasted the banana that others mention. There's a little hop at the end. It's delicious. This ale is highly carbonated and the 9% ABV really kicks. Nonetheless, it is fun to drink. Overall, Fin du Monde justifies its reputation as an excellent tripel. It's as good as any Belgian-brewed tripel I've had.

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Photo of mickstepp
4.34/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First of all I feel bad about pouring this beer into a pint glass (it's all I have). But I'm really excited about trying it. I'm not well versed in the Belgian art (but not quite a virgin either). It pours a very effervescent yellow (lots of bubbly action in the glass) with a thin head. There's an appealing sour-lemon aroma with a little yeastiness. At first sip I'm thinking boy am I drinking this beer at the wrong time of year. Very refreshing, very summery. Comparable to some of the best Hefe's I've had but without the banana/clove flavors. Moderate body, very nice texture. The tart and sweet flavors compete but keep each other in balance. Tart in the beginning, more sweet in the finish. Clearly an accomplished brew even f you're not an expert in the style. I'll have more. Maybe in Quebec.

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Photo of itsscience
4.34/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

One of the first craft brews I enjoyed. Cloudy yellow in color with a two-finger white head that quickly disappears. It smells like banana and dried chili peppers. There's not a whole lot of funky yeast on the nose, as in more typical trippels. The taste is sweet with banana and maybe a little bit of mango flavor. There's also a spicy clove flavor and a low level of barnyard funk, but these flavors are rather low-key and it's much sweeter than your traditional dry Belgian trippel. There's huge carbonation in this beer and it has a medium body. Scarily easy to drink at 9%. It may not fit the style exactly but it is very good.

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Photo of FBarber
4.34/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy golden color with a thick frothy white head. Two fingers that slowly dissipates down to a half finger white foamy head with thick frothy lacing along the glass. Very nice head retention overall.

Smell has aromas of belgian yeast, lemon zest, honey, fresh cut flowers and undertones of a pleasant spice and pepper.

Taste follows the nose with a pleasant mild yeast flavor coming through initially followed by notes of lemon zest and honey. Finish has some spice, clove, and pepper that balances the mild sweetness from the notes of honey. Hops provide a nice floral character to the beer with some mild bitterness on the finish. Really wonderful example of the tripel golden ale. Flavor hides the ABV (9%) dangerously well.

Feel is smooth and creamy. Dry finish makes for a very nice segue into the next sip. Medium carbonation gives the beer a effervescent champaign like feel.

Overall just an outstanding beer. Great example of the style (tripel style golden ale) and great beer on its own.

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Photo of jfreeze
4.34/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bschmidt_37
4.34/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of malcontent
4.34/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Fin du Monde produces a huge, frothy head which barely moves throughout the drink’s lifespan. In fact, I can HEAR the head as its superlative bubbles foam & pop atop the deep orange/golden, cider-like body! An exquisite looking beer.

Scents are subdued, with faint traces of white Muscat grapes, apples & yeast. Pleasant, but not on par with the rest of this brew’s lofty presentation.

Subtle fruit sweetness with generous spice notes (clove) & dry white wine characteristics. Extremely tasty.

Perfect texture with spot-on carbonation & a wonderfully balanced body. All put together, this is a dangerously drinkable beverage although that is at least held in check by its powerful 9% ABV. The best I’ve had from Unibroue thus far.

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Photo of J-M
4.34/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MJSFS
4.34/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

La Fin Du Monde from Unibroue
Beer rating: 4.32 out of 5 with 10,232 ratings