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La Fin Du Monde | Unibroue

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La Fin Du MondeLa Fin Du Monde
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

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Photo of keanex
4.68/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Beautiful hazy orange with lots of swirling carbonation bubbles and a thick white head.

S: Sweet, yeast, fruity. Slight cloves hint. Can't exactly put my finger on the fruit, perhaps banana?

T: Yeasty into a malty banana bread type flavor with a spice finish.

M: Very refreshing the high amounts of carbonation make this beer a real refreshing drink.

O: There's a reason why this is cult status at this point. Very easy to drink and well made.

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Photo of CWO
4.68/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

One of my absolute favorite beers ! Refreshing with little citric or hoppy feel or taste. Pairs well with most foods, especially spicy dishes. We may have to keep Bieber following the 2014 Olympics, but I'll take that deal any day as long as we get to keep this great beer at our doorstep!

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Photo of aforbes10
4.68/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Well, this was one of my contributions to our michiana coalition of the drinking meeting this month. It seems like someone reviews this beer every freakin day on this site so i figured i may as well try it out.

after i hit bpeters2 with the cork, we poured it. poured tan, orangy color with a huge foamy head. odor was spicey, kind of nutmeg-like. Taste was pretty darn delicious. nutmeg, cloves, spices. an excellent sour quality that i really liked. smooth. delicious. this is great stuff. not too spicy or harsh like some other belgian strongs. mmm. maybe i'll get another Unibroue for next month.

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Photo of aventinus829
4.68/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Quite possibly my new favorite beer. Definitely the best tripel i've ever had. Amazing!

A: Light, golden haze.
T: Very sweet, but in a good way, and balanced with clove spiciness. The high alcohol content adds some nice warming.
D: It would be quite easy to finish off a glass (or more) very quickly, but the high alcohol content will put you down fast.

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Photo of BeerDawgs
4.68/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - A cloudy golden color. A decent head retention and leaves a nice thick lace on the glass

S - The belgium style yeast is very prevalent, so you know what style the beer is right away.

T - Floral spices, honey, and malts are very prevalent. The triple fermenatation process provides a very unique flavor that is unlike any other beers. It leaves a dry aftertaste.

M - Smooth and well carbonated.

D - Delicious. Perfect for sipping on a cold winter afternoon.

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Photo of konadrinker
4.68/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A. Cloudy, amber to light orange appearance with nice fluffy white head. Spotty lacing.

S. Belgian style nose all over this one - yeasty charcoal, toasted bread, mild citrus and clove. Very pleasant fragrance.

T. Similar taste profile to the nose - malts and mixed fruits upon entry and then some prickly hops and a lingering banana/yeastiness on the finish. Flavor stays with you for a while

M. Medium bodied with good carbonation - feels quite nice across my entire palate.

D. This is an easy to drink beer that is very enjoyable. Keeps you warm from the first sip. A wonderful sipper. My first Unibroue beer and one that I will buy again. Highly recommend.

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Photo of soultrain19
4.68/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured a beautiful cloudy pale gold. With a vigorous pour the head was hearty but dissipated quickly without any lace.

It has a strong floral bouquet highlighted with hints of citrus.

You could really taste the orange peel but it is balanced with a pleasant slightly sour aftertaste.

The light carbonation is very crisp and starts sharp on the tongue and slowly softens.

Overall an incredibly easy drinking beer. A beautiful mix of sweet and sour with that delightful crispness.

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Photo of magictacosinus
4.68/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured out of a 12oz bottle into a chalice. All the other times I've had this were out of 750ml bottles. Freshness date is “08/12/14.”

This beer is a beautiful golden-straw colored haze with a small, modest head and plenty of carbonation gliding at the rim of the glass that appears to be endless. Despite cloudiness, it's possible to see the alcohol swirling around this one, that's for sure! Quite inviting, yet more in sense how Duvel invites you only to whack you on the head if not careful with consumption. As they may tell you in Québec these days: "Bienvenue à la fin du monde : dernier arrêt, la sobriétée !" ["Welcome to the end of the world! Last stop: sobriety!"]

The central aroma is a combination of candy sugar and sweet maltiness, as well as plenty of spices and citrus. White grapes and apricots are prevalent here, although it really is a paradise of candied fruitiness overall for me to describe it too much in detail! This is extremely complex stuff, yet wholly enjoyable.

A delicious grape ester prevails overall in the taste, yet there are lots of other flavors coming out of this one. The sweetness is definitely a major factor, yet there's a spicy delightfulness that's present here that no tripel I've ever had featured. The hops and spices really sting the tongue and the lips, and the alcohol warms up in a dangerously fun way. Drinking this too fast could have adverse effects on sobriety indeed. However, what really shines is the thick, carbonated body of this beer. Extremely juicy and full, this is probably as thick as tripels get (yes, even more than Westmalle's, in my view).

To me, this transcends not only the tripel style, but beers as a whole. There's something really magical happening here amid the purposefully over-the-top recipe that makes you sit back and relax and enjoy life. No matter how insane and alcoholic it is by the end, it's a balanced beer unlike anything else. I'm having trouble describing it myself. However, it's a good pairing with any cuisine – especially spicy Mexican or latin food. Thai food could also work well. If not pairing with food, I recommend that it be consumed with patience and respect. This is intense yet marvelous stuff.

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Photo of RussBecker1
4.68/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- A cloudy golden composite. That is distinctive of a tripel. There is an ambivalence of character swirling throughout that is all brought together by a big clean head, making this one of the most sophisticated looking beers I have seen. The beer finishes with a nice deal of lacing as well.

S-Huge spicy nose that is highlighted by a lot of clove and a bit of sweeter scents (honey banana and cinnamon maybe a hint of nutmeg as well)

M-Nice mix between cream and carbonation to give the beer that much more character.

T-An absolutely fascinating blend of flavors. To me this is the perfect tripel, as it differentiates itself from the rest of the field. The abundance of flavors are impressive, but its the balance between all of them that amazes me most. Instead of being labeled as a tripel, it is simply La Fin Du Monde, a true work of art.

O-One of the best beers in the world, without question.

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Photo of gtermi
4.69/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: This beer pours a cloudy golden body with a thin crispy head that quickly fades.

S: Has a very nice sweet Candi Sugar smell with tons of fruit. I also get a decent amount of sweet malt.

T: This just one of those triples that always blow me away when I drink it. The flavor is just so great that i can't get enough. The sweet malt sticks out a lot, along side the candy sugar. I am also picking up a strong raisin and citrus flavor.

M: This is the only part of the beer that I am not too crazy about. The carbonation of this beer is super crisp to where it burns going down. Nothing Terrible, but for sure not the smoothest Tripel I have ever had.

O: Just an amazing beer. This is for sure one of the best beers I have ever had in my life and it never gets old.

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Photo of jwc215
4.69/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a Unibroue tulip glass:

Pours clouded golden with a large white head that soon fizzles away.

The smell is of orange peel, frangrant spices, floral, bready notes in the back. Alcohol adds a touch of pepper.

Incredibly delicious! Sweet malt mixes with perfumy spiciness - orange peel, clove...touch of peppery alcohol gives it a warming finish but is so well-balanced that it is not raw, harsh or interfering.

Smooth and creamy, the taste lingers after a long, dry finish.

Very drinkable despite the high abv. One of the world's great beers, IMO.

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Photo of zac16125
4.69/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter
Best before: 04-08-13

A: Pours a bright golden yellow with 1 fingers width of bright white head, that dissipates rather quickly and leaves no appreciable lacing. Lots of carbonation bubbles can be seen rushing to the top of the glass. It looks refreshing and inviting.

S: Aromas of banana, citrus in the way of orange, tangerine and even a hint of lemon zest. Lots of clove and peppery spice as well. The scent is so strong that I can literally pick up these aromas while the beer is sitting across the table. Fantastic.

T: The first sip goes right along with the nose as you’re hit right off the bat with all kinds of flavors; spicy, sweet, and citrus. The taste is complex, but does a nice job of balancing everything out. In general there is a big clove and pepper spiciness upfront, with a malt sweetness on the back end and a banana flavor lingering in the aftertaste. There are also hints of citrus on the tongue, but mostly just a subtle orange character. I think what makes this beer stand out above the other Tripels is the awesome spice presence. The heavy clove flavors are so damn good, but somehow manage to not overwhelm once the sweetness comes in on the backend.

M/D: Medium bodied with lots of carbonation. A lively mouthfeel and very easy to drink with almost no hint of the high ABV. Sipping this brew would be wise, but I can’t resist drinking it faster than I should.

O: Overall, fantastic. It is the best example of one of my favorite styles, and all-in-all, one of a handful of my all time favorite beers. This is why I love craft beer.

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Photo of Alexc11
4.69/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Wonderful tasting beer. Golden and cloudy with thick creamy foam. Good combination of malt and spice taste with a non-bitter,curt finish. Overall just a fantastic beer. Reminds me of Hennepin.

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Photo of Sachsenfreude
4.69/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

appearance; fog-like cloudy yellow. No sediment, depending on one's pour, white head with fine bubbles, dissipates quickly, to a thick collar around the inside of the glass and a thin film remains on the surface. Minimal lacing

smell; delicious mild citrus fruit sweetness with some tart lemony notes that balances perfectly with warm yeast sweetness, alcohol, and faint hop spice.

taste; fresh apricot ice cream comes to mind. Citrusy hop bitterness holds back a lot of sweetness. Some very slight tart favors and bitter sours in the backround but blend into a yeasty finish.

mouthfeel; very fine carbonation and cream, somehow I get visions of a sauce that is not quite at "Nappé" consistancy. Loose and slick on the way down. A bit sticky on the palate and numbing to the tip of the tongue and back of lips.

drinkability; really complex but light and smooth. The alcohol is unbelievably well hidden, this is a great session drink if one likes getting drunken. Still, have some respect.

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Photo of Damian
4.69/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank from a 12 fl. oz. bottle.

Poured a murky pale yellow with a tinge of copper and tons of yeast floating. Head was enormous, thick and fizzy. Settled quickly to a film of lace that lasted the entire drink. Some spotty, sparkling lacing.

Smell was quite aromatic. Yeasty and sweet with citrus, banana and spices (coriander and clove) coming through strong. Some grassy, hoppy notes were detectable in the background.

Taste was quite similar to the smell yet even more intense. Orange peel was noticeable up front before the huge spicy flavors kicked in. Clove dominated, followed by some nutmeg and coriander as well. Some ripe fruits and malty sweetness came through mid-palate before the crisp hops helped to finish this beer off and maintain balance. Alcohol flavor was only moderately noticeable - amazing considering this beer is 9% ABV. Slight warming in the back of the throat.

The only knock I had against this beer was the mouthfeel. It was thinner than expected and the carbonation was a bit overdone. Otherwise, I would consider this beer to be in a category all its own.

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Photo of gskitt
4.69/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Why did I wait to try this? Pours a hazy, cloudy golden yellow, shiny white head that fades fast. Can smell the yeast in this beer from across the room. Huge. Taste: Yeast comes first, candy sugars. malt backbone is there. Balanced and drinkable. Mouthfeel was smooth, palate agreeable. Overall, best Tripel I think I've had.

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Photo of Danistheman
4.69/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

It pours a single pinky full of snow white froth, excellent carbonation with hundreds of tiny bubbles floating freely as the aroma hits your nostrils with a sweet, strong, sparkling wine scent. It settles as a cloudy light amber concoction, resembling a wit, yet we all know better. A full bodied tripel with a taste almost as tempting as an authentic Trappist ale. Very sweet lacking the tang of more domestic Belgian style ales. Decently strong alcohol content, yet it barely hints wards this. Mild, not overbearing (read New Belgium Tripel), coriander flavor. Very delicious, a new favorite of mine, considering it's cost is very reasonable (6 bucks for a 750ml bottle). Will buy again, and again.

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Photo of bnes09
4.69/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Golden yellow and quite hazy from the yeast. Pours a substantial head that leaves a light layer of foam and patches of lace.

Bright, fresh, fruity aroma of lemons, apples and pineapple. Banana and cloves. Lots of yeast but perfectly balanced in the nose. Perfect amount of spicy hops. Alcohol is nowhere to be found.

Incredible flavor. Hoppy ginger and lemon bite in perfect balance with wheat bread and fruity malt backbone. Sweet and tart at the same time. Hint of menthol. Delicious and smooth through and through. Yeast flavor in the finish is smooth and solidifies the whole experience.

Exceptional feel with medium body and smooth texture. Excites the tongue with a subtle yet lively carbonation. Finishes on the dry side with residual yeast texture.

Everything about this beer is awe inspiring! If you are a fan of Belgian style tripels, this is a must try. Be forewarned though, this beer is very deceiving as the 9% alcohol is well concealed.

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Photo of jwhancher
4.69/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Single 12-oz bottle. Last of the four pack purchased sometime last year. Best by date on bottle reads 10/5/15. Pored into large tulip for review.

A: an agressive pour yielded a nice white frothy head that faded but left some lacing on the glass sides. Looks blonde with very good carbonation - steady stream of bubbles rises in the glass. Not completely clear, but I likely added some yeast sediment from the bottom of the glass.

S: medicinal and lemon peel. Clean smelling with yeasty esters. Wheat & bread dough malts. Delicate floral yet spicy hop aroma.

T: spicy & upfront bitterness gives way to wheat malts & white bread character. Lemon peel & orange flavors finish. Hop spiciness is delicate and complimentary. Sweetness gives way to overly dry character.

M: light bodied with upfront bitterness gives way to creamy finish. Way too drinkable for 9% alcohol.

O: an excellent beer. Super drinkable and oh so yummy.

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Photo of TheHammer
4.69/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Appearance: A beautiful golden semi opaque body with ample carbonation and a solid amount of lacing and retention, which excuses the pinkie finger of head the pour produced.

Smell: Fruity yeast dominates the nose which touches of biscuit malt and herbal hops with a peppery cloves and slight mineral undertone. Warming didn't really help it's case and while it's nice, a little more strength is needed here.

Taste: Wow, most Tripel's I've noticed require ample warming, but this one, well it seems that my fellow Canadians knew the norm for drinking beer in Canada. A flood of fruity yeast, apricots, pears, apples, clementines, honey, all accented but a beautiful blend of peppery cloves and herbal hopping. It doesn't transition, so much as it euphoniously blends.

Mouthfeel: As I stated, the transitioning is beyond anything I could ever hope for, and the carbonation is exceptionally well done. There is a slight alcohol dryness to it, that takes a little bit away from the fruity biscuit aftertaste and wouldn't think a 9% would have, but all in all, very few complaints.

Drinkability: This stuff is exceptionally dangerous given it's ABV. It's goes down smooth, sits down well, doesn't cause any gas issues, light bodied and could easily get me drunker then a skunk in a couple bottles.

Final Thoughts: As of the writing of this review, we have a new champion as La Fin Du Monde has unseated Peche Mortel & Weihenstephaner Kristallweissbier as my highest ranked beer. Unibroue has shown me the folly of not partaking in more of their beers.

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Photo of IPAlmighty
4.69/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

On point in every way, full disclosure I haven't been to Belgium but this is as solid an expression of the style I've experienced. Those Canucks have nailed it.

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Photo of leroybrown10
4.69/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a bright, hazy gold with a huge whitish head. Top half of the head dissipates slowly but the bottom half vanishes in a hurry. Some lacing sticks to the glass.

Aroma is yeasty, peppery, and mildly fruity. Grassy hops. Clove, dry pears, and apple. A distinct earthiness.

Belgian yeast on the first sip. Dry, earthy, grassy hops. Fruit in the form of green apple, pear, lemon, and banana. Pepper, raw grain, and rye.

Medium body with medium+ carbonation. Dry and spicy on the tongue. Dryness is quite strong and lingering.

A truly outstanding beer, a great example of the style. Perfectly balanced and dangerously drinkable at 9% abv. One of my favorite year round shelf beers.

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Photo of bendythumb
4.69/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

What does it mean to reach the end of the world? When it comes to this brew, it means to venture into unknown lands and taste the creation of experts who are willing to venture beyond the known boundaries of beer.

While firmly rooted in the Belgian tripel style, La Fin du Monde takes this style to new heights. Infusing the brew with a heavy clove and citrusy flavour, the brew is finely balanced between sweet, fruity flavours and a crisp, hoppy kick. A hefty dosing of malts however builds up a thorough base for the rest of the flavours to sit on. If you haven't had one of these before, do not make the mistake of thinking that the fruit flavours are akin to macrobrewed "Apple light" pseudobeers. This is a 100% tripel through and through.

Perfect nose, perfect feel (while highly carbonated, the feel has a noticeable body), incredible smell. Do not drink this fine brew too cold, as the clove and alcohol flavours punch through a little too much at this temperature. Treat it as though it was a dark beer and drink at 8-13 degrees.

In homage to the great explorers who have discovered the new world; in homage of the great nation of Canada -- I raise you a filled glass of Le Fin du Monde. Cheers!

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Photo of Todd
4.7/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Presentation: "La Fin Du Monde", translates to "The End of the World." The label is comprised of a god like light, or god's eye, that illuminates Quebec with a top view of the terrain. Very ominous.

Appearance: Pale/straw with a nation of bubbles that can be seen rushing to the surface. When poured a huge froth is produced that leaves behind a patchy white lace that is maintained by the rushing fizz. Nice head retention that sticks slightly to the glass.

Smell: Cider, pepper, flowers and light fruits are all present in the nose.

Taste: This brew is very smooth and sweet up-front with loads of malt mouth-feel. A warming sensation begins in the back of the tongue and turns into a spicy, almost pepper, flavour. This flavour is the 9% alcohol which cleverly camouflages itself until consumed. A very light hop flavour is left behind, with warming esters in the mouth.

Notes: Truly a potent and delicious brew with many hard to achieve complexities. Unlike other brews of this strength, this one is extremely drinkable due to its balance of alcohol and dextrins. Outstanding.

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Photo of fdrich29
4.7/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is the first Belgian Golden Ale Ive ever tried, so I dont have anything to compare this to, if its a good representative of its class. Juding from its rating on BA Top 50, I trust that it is.

I love the pour which produces an ample head that quickly evaporates away, leaving the golden blond color of the beer. The smell is of hops, spice and malt and has a smooth, sweet taste and a pleasant mouthfeel. I gave it a high drinkability rating as I find it quite enjoyable and always look forward to my next one.

A fine product by Unibroue out of Quebec with 9% abv. Farily accessable here in Massachusetts and well worth the approximately $8.00 per bomber that it sells for.

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La Fin Du Monde from Unibroue
4.31 out of 5 based on 9,932 ratings.
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