La Fin Du Monde | Unibroue

10,075 Ratings
La Fin Du MondeLa Fin Du Monde

Brewed by:
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 katybee
4.27/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Interesting beer...average appearance, hazey yellow with moderate but quickly disipating foam head and light carbonation. Very light smell, perhaps fruity and slightly bitter. But the taste is excellent. No extremes of hops or malts, leaning towards light dry hops, yet a definite spicey tang with citrus notes including pear. A little peppery on the tongue, but honey-sweet overall, and lightly bready. Felt slightly creamy, but lighter-bodied. Very drinkable and almost champagne-like. Yet the higher ABV does sneak up on you quickly. Enjoyed!

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Photo of WilliamJRileyJr
4.27/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jmfc8237
4.27/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- poured a flashy fizz of activity and high head with medium retention. Slightly off color white head that retained to a sticky moderate lace on the glass. Cloudy golden straw color.

S- Bold fruit tones hidden by spice that really meld well together. Has a kind of pale doughy yeast aroma.

T- very high ester taste at first, immediatly followed by spice and fruit notes like star anise, clove, nutmeg, and orange. Has a mealy yeast finish that finishes everything very nicely.

M- loose and fluffy with a slight tang on the tongue. Deff a one and done for me.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
4.27/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Type: 12-oz. bottle
Glass: Westvleteren XII trappist glass
From: Trader Joe’s in Goleta, Calif.
Price: $8.99 for a variety 4-pack
Purchased: July 5, 2013
Consumed: July 6, 2013
Misc.: Best before Jan. 31, 2016; Foil wrap on bottle cap

Poured an orange golden hazy color with 1-2 fingers of off-white head. Good uneven foamy lacing along the sides. Great retention all the way down.

Smelled orange rind, cloves, green apples, grapes, kiwi and faint bananas. Also unknown Belgian spices.

Tasted similar to smell. Cloves, green apples, nutmeg, sweet grapes, other sweet fruits and lemon grass. I did not do this explanation justice.

Medium body. Thin-to-oily texture. Lively-to-average carbonation. Long, smooth, crisp finish. Just goes down well.

Just so good. I’m 2-for-2 (thank you Trader Joe’s) on this variety pack so far. Once again, just so good.

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Photo of techtatu
4.27/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a nice cloudy golden color with a white head, about a finger's width. The lacing on the glass was pretty decent, and it had a very strong citrus smell, along the lines of lemons and grapefruit. The taste reflected the pungent aroma with a hint of spice. This beer reminded me of Paulaner Salvator, almost like a Salvator "Light" with a citrus wedge. You could not feel the alcohol go down, however you can feel it warm you up afterwards.

Definitely a beer that I would love to get my hands on again, and something I would encourage everybody to try at least once.

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Photo of Gish
4.27/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle poured into a snifter.

A - Large head that quickly disappears leaving behind a thin layer of foam. Pours a slightly cloudy straw color.

S - Hefeweizen yeast, black pepper, wheat.

T - White grape fruitiness that quickly puckers your mouth. Ends with a drying alcohol kick. Spicy and complex! However, I think it could benefit from just a hint of sweetness in the finish.

M - Extremely carbonated, a bit rough actually. It lacks the smooth carbonation I've experienced with similar beers.

D - A very fun beer to drink, however the spiciness and carbonation lowers its drinkability. I will have no trouble finishing the bottle though!

A ridiculously good value. A must try if you like hefes or spicy beers in general!

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Photo of gc4hokies
4.27/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy golden color with a tint of orange. Has a fluffy white head, fairly large bubbles, dissipates fairly quick.

Aroma is of clove and orange with some other fruity esters that I'm not quite sure of. Very nice.

Taste is pure Belgian goodness. I get the same clove and faint orange peel with alcohol warmth at the finish. Mouthfeel is fairly light for a 9% abv beer. Easy drinking. Dangerous!

Overall, excellent.

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Photo of halo3one
4.27/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - hazy, medium burnt orange, white froth, moderate lacing that quickly subsides

S - stale orange/pineapple, sweet, caramel, sourdough bread

T - stale orange, bread

M - smooth, moderate carbonation, minimal aftertaste

O - good beer, but not really my style, could do much worse though.

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Photo of PiratePete
4.27/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a cloudy palamino with a white mane that left a very thin cover all they way down - heavier at the edge. Light lacing. The nose is of wonderful malts that jump right up at you and you can smell the sweetness before you even taste the end of the world. You can, at times taste the alcohol - but in a refreshing way not a let's-get-buzzed way. Nice mouthfeel. A bit of a surprise 'cause you expect some heaviness after all the nose and initial contact. But no. It is almost like a cream ale - almost. I goes down smooth with more surprises. A sense of sweet hops, and freshly picked apples in the aftertaste - almost like crab apples. I don't normally, like a fruity taste but I do here! A wonderful beer. End of the world, huh? Must be one of the beers of heaven.

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Photo of Jamesthebrit
4.27/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Nice light golden color. Hazy with a big head with a good dynamic of bubbles.

S: Pinapple, peach, lemon, orange, grass, wheat. Very nice.

T: As with the smell it is very complex. All the same tastes as listed above but the finish pretty nice. There is a little must like with most tripels but it is overshadowed by fruity flavors. Also a good sweetness.

M: Very bubbly. While not being overwhelming it has a bit of a rough feel to it. Otherwise sits pretty good with a light medium body.

Overall a very nice showing. Certainly shines above most tripels. It's pretty widely available and worth checking out.

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Photo of tectactoe
4.26/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Duvel tulip glass. Golden yellow, very vibrant color with a huge haziness that makes the beer extremely opaque. Very volatile, leaving an enormous, cloudy white head. The nose hits with some cooking spices, cloves, fruits and fruity esters, and a slight medicinal background. The taste follows through with heavy clove and banana up front, all based on the background of warming alcohol. Bubblegum comes through midway, as well as faint grape and orange. As the beer starts to warm up, I could taste some pear and sweet peaches coming out, too. Aftertaste is left with a nice helping of yeast and malty-bready flavors, along with a dash of clove and alcohol.

This is a well done tripel ale. Balanced extremely well and fairly complex - load of fruits and esters can be picked out of this one. Sweet, without being too sweet, and fairly mild on the palate for a 9% ABV brew. Bravo.

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Photo of CloudStrife
4.26/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a Maudite Snifter

A: Yellowish/Straw amber with 2 finger white head. Lots of small bubbles make up the head. Tons of visible carbonation. Mild lacing on sides of glass. Head remains to the end.

S: Yeasty, citrusy with orange peel. Slight hop aroma on the tail end. Earthy tone on the malt

T: Bready taste with hints of orange. Hints of banana. Underlying hop tones. Nothing drastic in the flavor but very well balanced and drinkable. Not too overpowering with the orange flavor which I like.

M: Smooth body. Tons of carbonation. Does not leave any unpleasant tastes in your mouth.

Overall a wonderful beer at a decent price. My favorite from the brewer.

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Photo of eduffreitas
4.26/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A - hazy dark yellow. Head desapeared pretty quickly.
S - Very fruity (stone fruits), yeast, bready
T - Bready, spicy, yeast and stone fruits. Very light hops in the end.
M - The body is full. It is sweet but not cloying. Medium to low drinkability.
O - Very good tripel. But I still prefer Tripel Karmeliet (the top tripel for me) and De Dulle Teve (it is more dry so more easy drinking)

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Photo of TLove
4.26/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber to Chimay glass.

Appearance is orange and amber with a very thin head and loose lacing.

A tad bit of coriander and cinnamon in the smell, with some warm nectarine and a light cherry port scent.

Citrus rolls through to the taste, as does the spice, with a bit of wheat and hoppy acidity, where the malty, subtle alcohol begins to roll in.

Quite delicious in the mouth. Finishes smooth and replenishing to the taste buds. A bit of tartness does not detract in the least from the superior drinkability of this beer.

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Photo of Lupe
4.26/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pale-straw color with tons of medium sized bubbles that float up to the huge, pure white, frothy head. Appearance is wonderful and does have nice rings of wispy lace and good head retention. Fruity, cider-like aroma with pepper and yeast. Medium bodied and very smooth on the palate. Starts with a sweet maltiness that makes way for clove and peppery flavors. Very complex, finishes slightly dry with some hop flavor. The alcohol is hidden very well, almost too well as after a few bottles of this tasty treat you won't be able to stand.

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Photo of Grodd87
4.26/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of SaltofOH
4.26/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle; tulip.

Appearance: hazy golden orange; 2 fingers bright white head fades to a thin ring. Not much lacing.

Aroma: grape, light clove, yeasty, fruity, kiwi, exceptionally complex.

Taste: quite sweet; fruity, red grape; apricot; plums; overripe banana; a regular fruit bowl; clean maltiness mid-palate, delightful finish.

Mouthfeel: slick, more effervescent than it appears. Medium bodied. Clean finish.

Overall: easy to remember why this is one of my all time favorites. Complex, sweet without being cloying, light and easygoing all at once. A Belgian fruit bomb worth seeking out again and again.

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Photo of mporter249
4.26/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Beautiful golden color with orange-red hues. Nice tall, persistent head. Looks delicious.

Smell: Smells a little dank, sweet, maybe a little grassy. Not incredible, but it's pleasant.

Taste: Tastes very smooth and almost neutral at first, then sweet, then bready? Very smooth throughout, well-balanced and delicious. I think I'm missing something, though.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, pretty light, full, pretty perfectly carbonated.

Overall: Pretty good, I definitely enjoy it. But I think I'm missing a bit of the "wow" factor.

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Photo of breezyday
4.26/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip beer glass a hazy tangerine-golden color. I poured it quickly into the glass and a large lacy head was created, but the big lacy head dissipated quickly. The effervescence though was strong and throughout the drink there was a stream of bubbles rising to the top. The aroma is very gentle. It has a gentle clover fragrance. It is like setting out a blanket in a park in a field of clover, but you have to stretch your head beyond the blanket to smell the fragrance of the clover flower. The beer has a slight pear and small orangy tinge of taste. The end of the taste though with each sip is spicy, but balanced to the touch. This is an excellent Belgium Tripel and reminds me a great deal of Delirium Tremens, which is saying a lot and says how good this beer is. This Quebec, near Montreal brewery, does it right. Enjoy this quality Belgium Tripel category beer.

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Photo of Gtwreck45
4.26/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of datpingao
4.26/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of GarbageMan10
4.26/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Honeybourne
4.26/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of sherillc
4.26/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Beginner2
4.26/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

At the top of the Tripel category with 2,954 reviews and almost five-figure Hads as the #2, I'm highly unlikely to add much value in a review. I ditto those who favor this ale among Unibroue's fine collection.

But, I also will offer this comment: as the Fin Du Monde warms during the meal, it really becomes two distinct ales, though obviously related. When the food is hot, the beer cools and calms the palate and complements the spices along the way. (I last had this ale with Thai pad thai.) But as the meal finishes, the ale flavors get stronger and it boosts this process if you pour the yeast in at end of the bottle.

Interestingly, MJ's 1999 edition gave this 2.5 stars out of 4. (I wonder if this recipe and brewer has improved significantly in two decades... or if MJ missed this shot.) MJ's simple, short reviews (who I could learn from) was: "suggestions of honey and anise.) I interpret the master as saying: KISS, Keep It Simple & Short.

4/11/16 Tasted again... news flash... The alcohol interferes with the taste of the tomato/basil sauce; really overwhelmed the food at the end. Next time, I'll try this as prelude to the food. As for the 4 pack I just bought, I think I'll store the remaining 3 for the 2018 date and see if it cools off.

9/7/16 True to form, I did not save the rest of the 4 pack for another year... but that is just as good. I had it with a pesto pasta dish and think that the five months did this ale well and the carbonation moderated so the food could stand on its own. Because of all the pepper, don't drink this beer young with mild foods. Let the beer's peppery flavors mellow a few months and pair it with spicier foods. There is good reason why this ale is so popular: great to drink, interesting to pair.

2/5/17 Again, a great dish to pair with tomato and herbal sauces. This bottle had a year left on its BB date and the bubbles were moderated.

6/9/17 Part of the my personal "Best North American Commonly-Available Tripel" taste-off contest that ended in the conclusion that this and Allagash's are in the same league as the best Belgiums; but I'm leaning toward Allagash on the basis of more moderate spicing. But, it really depends on the day's heat and meal.

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