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La Fin Du Monde | Unibroue

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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 bogus564
4.27/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a chalice...

I wanted to save a special beer for my 50th review - that said, a few of my friends instructed me that this is a really good one. Here goes...

Color is a nice hazy golden orange, with a head the color of an orange peel. The head grew to 2 cm in height and dissoved in two minutes, leaving little evidence of its existence.

The smell is spice dominant, after which you can catch a little citrus, then a little (is that earthiness? A new experience for me) something extra - it's certainly interesting, and my nose clearly likes it.

And now, for the taste - wow, spicy, like cloves. After that, what seems like a conspiracy of orange, honey, raisin and grassy flavors. This party is representin'!

Mouthfeel is good - this beer is light in body, with ample carbonation for its type. The finish is pretty dry, and there's a sweet honey aftertaste. Well done.

With a 9% ABV, I'd be careful about knocking down a bunch of these, especially in the 750 ml bottle size, but it's darn tasty, especially with the Italian sub I consumed with it. And now, naptime - Unibroue clearly knows what they're doing with tripels.

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Photo of DudeBeerYaBro
4.27/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of paco1029384756
4.27/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy, golden orange color with one finger of fizzy white head and a lot of carbonation.

Scent of yeast, sugars, fruits, sweet and bready malts as well as some citrus. Great balance and strength without overpowering.

Taste of lemon, yeast, sugars with some lasting bready malts. Finishes with yeast and a hint of citrus. Again, excellent balance and strength.

Mouthfeel is light and smooth, with a ton of carbonation which helps keeping the beer from being overbearing.

Drinkability isn't as up to par as the rest of the beer, but I don't mind.

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Photo of muchos
4.27/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Viaduck
4.27/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Eziel
4.27/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ALESwhatCURESya
4.27/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: A full charged straw yellow, honey-colored body. Rapid carbonation leads to an airy head that is tough to beat. The hazy body hosts the yeast cells drifting around the bottom.

Smell: This aroma is phenomenal. It is filled, I mean filled, with citrus and spice. Fresh black pepper and clove is followed by the freshness of lemon. A belgian yeast aroma is clearly present.

Taste and mouthfeel: The carbonation feels like little pin pricks hitting the tongue. A sweet, light malt is extremely smooth. The alcohol gently warms your body as it travels down your throat. This is like a belgian wit on steroids.

Drinkability: "The end of the world" packs a serious punch of flavors, aroma, and brain kick. Remarkably good, but you may end up at La Fin du Monde if you go to nuts with this one. This is such and awesome beer!

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Photo of vishneda
4.27/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a chalice.

A well built and complicated little brew. I wasn't sure what to expect from it on first sight. It was lighter in color, golden or peach with a quickly faded white head. The aroma was more promising. It was full of banana, clove, and spices and similar to a witbier or even a hefe. The phenolic character was strong. Pre-taste impression was good.

The flavor bursted out nice and yeasty. There were a lot of wheat notes in here: Mildly sweeet, toasted banana, clove, citrus, bread, etc. However, there was much more complexity. Hints of vine fruits, earthiness, and maybe a little nut. A nice closing bitterness provided great balance.

The carbonation settled down a minute or two after the pour, but it was really high at first. Had a nice, dry finish and was refreshing, amazingly so for the ABV. The body was pretty light.

Overall this reminded me of a very rich and complicated witbier.

(Tasting notes from 02 Sept 2009)

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Photo of TheTrevor
4.27/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a hazy golden color with a two-finger off-beige head that lasted a little while. The smell is complex and represents some of the best parts about the style. There is some coriander and clove along with some fruitiness including tangerine, lemon, and a bit of banana. The taste is the same as the smell, you can almost taste something new every sip but it always seems to fit together perfectly to be complex and delicious without being overpowering or cloyingly sweet. The mouthfeel is thick with some moderate carbonation. This is probably in the top three of my varieties of tripel, which is one of my favorite styles.

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Photo of jpittman80
4.27/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pale, hazy orange with a white head that lasts to the end. Apparently, this is a tripel!

S - Really nice spice: i pick up hints of flavors such as nutmeg, corianer, maybe cinnamon?, licorice, light hops, and bready malts. Very nice.

T - The flavor is a little smoother than the smell lets on. Everything is rounded off nicely. It's not as spicy as you'd expect, as the yeast seems to bring out a really bready, toasty quality, but they are definitely there bringing everything into balance.

M - Very smooth medium bodied. Medium carbonation.

D - This is quite a tasty tripel, probably my favorite that's not actually from Belgium.

I'm pretty sure that this was my first craft beer. I remember acquiring a bottle when I was 18, fresh in college, just because of the alcohol content. Well, I wasn't ready then. I remember just trying to get it down :) Times have changed, and I'm glad I can enjoy it now for all the right reasons.

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Photo of Tele
4.27/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: 4.5 Hazy orange, honey color with large off-white head.

S: 4.25 Lots of Belgian yeast with all the classic aromas: bananas, cloves, orange zest, pineapple, and a little vanilla. Also a good amount of malt and some grassiness.

T: 4.25 Big malty, yeasty sweetness up front with many of the same profiles as on the nose. The esters and citrus flavors work really well together. There’s some soft spice at the end that turns into a bit of alcohol burn.

M: 4.25 Nice carbonation and light, but not to thin. A little dryness on the finish. Very refreshing considering how sweet and strong this beer is.

O: 4.25 Great beer overall and an excellent example of a Tripel. Maybe not quite as much going on as some of the Belgians, but this is still right up there with them.

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Photo of brocktune
4.27/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of zkoehn
4.27/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of NoLeafClover44
4.27/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into an Allagash chalice. Bottled late 2011.

A - Pours a hazy gold with three fingers of dense white head. A violent display of carbonation continues throughout, long after I pour. The lacing is tiered perfection.

S - Big aroma of peppery citrus, banana, cloves, grassy hops, and loads of not-quite-funky yeast. Perfection for the style.

T - The flavor is sweeter than the nose indicated. Starts slightly tart with apple and pear and transitions to sugar/bready malts. Bubblegum sweetness on the back end with a spicy clove finish. As is typical within this style, the high ABV is very well hidden.

M - High carbonation is no surprise based on the appearance. Medium bodied. The carbonation is great to begin with, but the beer flattens out quickly. Maybe I drank too slowly.

O - This was one of those perpetually available, phenomenal beers that I pass up on every time at the store because it will always be there anyway. I decided to grab a single during a recent haul, and I was not disappointed. The aroma is amazing and the flavor is good, although I found it to be a little bit too sugary sweet at some points. Not one I get regularly, but certainly a benchmark for the style.

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Photo of Patrick999
4.27/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my Duvel tulip from the 750 ml bottle. Head was good, though not as long lasting, thick and clumpy as Duvel.

Smell - a tad pungent, maybe a bit of horse blanket. Has that nice bubble gum aroma.

Taste, feel - Rides a wave of sweetness pretty much all the way through. Not sure I was expecting this kind of sweetness. Not cloyingly sweet - maybe I just don't get that much hop balancing it out. I get some witbier-like clove and coriander. Alcohol is definitely concealed, though at 9% you start to feel it pretty quick. Feel is appropriate, not overly sharp. I like it.

Drinkability - this is my most important score for a BSPA, as I feel a good one should be very drinkable. I don't think a good BSPA's drinkability should be less than 4.5. That's part of the fun of this style...so easy to drink, yet so intoxicating. This fills the bill. I am pairing it with Cajun-smoked salmon on peppered water crackers, and it is working swimmingly.

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Photo of OtisCampbell007
4.27/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of the_haus
4.27/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of StoutSnob40
4.27/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of botham
4.27/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a goblet. pours a golden apricot color with a single finger of loose white head that dissipates quickly. no lacings.

aroma is fruity, with notes of apple, grape, and distant notes of berry and pear. overall a bit yeasty, but with good proportioning.

taste is fruity as well, with a yeasty character. fruit notes are similar to the aroma, with an alcoholic tinge.

mouthfeel is medium bodied with a creamy texture and a warming alcoholic character. finishes clean.

drinkability is good. this is a solid tripel with good proportioning and great character. cheers!

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Photo of katybee
4.27/5  rDev -1.2%
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 -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jmfc8237
4.27/5  rDev -1.2%
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 -1.2%
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 -1.2%
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 -1.2%
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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La Fin Du Monde from Unibroue
Beer rating: 4.32 out of 5 with 10,106 ratings
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