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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
10,025
Reviews:
2,969
Avg:
4.31
pDev:
11.37%
 
 
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639
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2,272
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Photo of umustdrink
4.03/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Huge fluffy head. Hazy opaque orange color. Good lacing. Very attractive in my Duvel tulip.

S - Very sweet banana wheat smell. Also very noticeable alcohol.

T - Sweet bananas upfront, aftertaste is very spicy with noticeable alcohol.

M - Fairly dry but smooths out as it warms.

D - A very tasty beer. I will have this one again.

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Photo of CharlesRamsey
4.03/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Day drinking at the Downey brewery, an alpine backwoods bar in the middle of urban sprawl, in a well-stocked but completely empty bar(the guy drinking a Stella doesn't count). It poured a thin white head, with color like a ray of sunshine through the clouds at Diamond Head. Tightly carbonated with lingering head. Hay, black currant, and crisp alcohol notes dominate the initial impressions. Lingering flavors of balsa wood sans spice. Mouthfeel is smooth, creamy but robust with aftertaste to spare. Overall, it stands out above most other Tripel's and enjoys an easy drinkability.

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Photo of weeare138
4.03/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a hazy, light gold with a small white head that slowly fades into a mild cap. Scattered streaks of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of estery pepper, cloves, citrus, and orange with a tropical fruit salad aroma coming through.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with that signature spicy tropical fruit. There is also a vanilla cream flavor that comes through in the taste.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, mildly spiced with spritzy carbonation tickling the tongue.

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Photo of hopsaplenty
4.03/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Giant rocky head of densely packed bone colored bubbles spilling over the top of the glass. Loads of carbonation streams and tons of lacing. Beautiful, cloudy golden caramel colored body. Smells of clove with alcohol, slight floral esters. Vibrant carbonation on tongue, hints of peppery spice in the finish. Full mouthfeel, big and packed with overt alcohol tones.

This is a beer to be enjoyed slowly, savored.

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Photo of grub
4.03/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

got this one from bax72 as part of BC2. thanks chris!

750ml bottle, corked and caged, with the cork showing 0612.

pours hazy orangey gold colour with a small fairly dense white head. the head drops fairly fast to a thin layer on top of the beer, and that layer lingers all the way down the glass, throwing a little spotty lace on its way.

aroma is nice. clove and corriander. bit of orange peel. grain. crackers and white bread. light alcohol.

taste is good. light alcohol. medium-low bitterness level. nice light yeasty spice - the usual unibroue character. bread and cracker malt. bit of grain. bit of honey sweetness.

mouthfeel is good. medium-high carbonation level. medium-light body with a nice dry finish.

drinkability is good. well balanced, hiding its alcohol pretty well. funny that i'm within a few hours drive of quebec, yet it's easier for someone in minnesota to get most unibroue products than it is for me...

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Photo of kbeals
4.03/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a cloudy, golden color with plenty of fizzy white head. Excellent head retention and lacing.

S- Clove, spices and sweet malts.

T- Taste is very spicy, plenty of cloves along with a taste of dried apples. A bit yeasty also.

M- Medium-light body with plenty of carbonation that results in the excellent head retention.

D- Dangerously drinkable at 9%. This beer took some getting used to for me. This was my first tripel and after about the first half a dozen sips I was hooked.

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Photo of bwd110
4.03/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased at Binny's in Schaumburg, IL.

750 ml bottle poured into tumbler - all that was available in my hotel room.

A: Pours a really clear golden straw, huge billowy head. This dissipates quickly, leaving only a little bit of lacing.

S: Very laid back, not as strong or complex as I would have thought. Smells very sweet. Orchard apples instead of green apples, white grapes and a bit of peppery spice. Belgian yeast characteristics not detectable, or very mild.

T: Follows through on the nose, but in a much more bold and complex manner. Big fruity sweetness on this one balanced nicely by a peppery clove spice. The sweetness slams into a tart dry finish. Alcohol is masked nicely, but comes through the spiciness as the beer warms.

M: Thin to medium body. High carbonation, nice tongue zap on the way down.

D: Could have a few of these despite the abv.

Really nice example of the style. Very impressed.

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Photo of bbb099
4.03/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared with mjyoung. Poured into a snifter.

A - Pale lemony, cloudy, yellow color with ample amount of bright white head.

S - Strong, fruity & citrusy aroma typical of Belgian ales.

T - Buttery, savory apple and banana flavor with a dry and slightly alcohol finish. Minor alcohol warmth going down.

M - Medium bodied. High amount of carbonation.

D - Pretty good drinkability. I probably drank it a little too fast. I found the aftertaste somewhat tasty.

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Photo of jeffthecheff
4.03/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz twist off, poured into my La Fin Du Monde stem glass. Best by Sept. 2011.

Pours a nice hazy, honey-orange with a huge white head which dies down to a half finger cap of foam, and then to small lace. I can see the yeast floating around in very fine particles

Smells very fruit-like, and not just fruity. Kind of like a mix between a bitten into apple and pear. There is also a gentle, spicy aroma. This is dominated by yeast fermentation character, with not much malt presence and only a tiny bit of hops in the nose.

Taste is sweet, with a peppery type snap to it. Bitterness is there and its firm, but overpowered by a burnt sugary sweetness. Slight citrus is also there, which really compliments the orange appearance.

On the palate you can definitley feel the fermented sugar character found in Belgian styles. Carbonation was really dancing hard on my palate at first, but the hard pour combined with all the agitation from my swirling really dropped off the carbonation dramatically. Towards the end of the glass, its a bit flat, surprisingly.

I'd imagine this is pretty versatile with food. Plus, if you get the corked and caged bottle...well that has class written all over it. I'll try it sometime.

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Photo of SCanthony
4.03/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of utopiajane
4.03/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

This poured a hazy sunshine yellow with a tall head of loose bubbles that receded to an attractive collar and cap. Good lacing and alcohol legs. On the nose is plenty of yeast, sweet malt, sugary lemon and tangerine. On the palate it’s buttery smooth, spritzy carbonation and a little thin. It reminds you of a hefe with a little banana but it’s too sticky and the alcohol warms you and gives it away that this is a tripel. Short sweet finish, no hops on the palate at all. Understated and bewitching. This is a very well turned out tripel that would meet the end of the world with an attitude of aplomb.

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Photo of lemmy187
4.03/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jwale73
4.03/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in my DT tulip. Poured a hazy orange-gold with a 1.5 inch bright white, tight cap that eventually settled into a consistent slick of foam. Sheets of sticky lacing coated the glass throughout the tasting. Scents of spices and wheat. Flavors of lemon zest, pepper, coriander, yeast and alcohol. Green apple and pear were expressed as the brew warmed. Mouthfeel is very lively with a residual tingle that lingers between quaffs. Consistency is between light- and medium-bodied. What more can be said about this tripel; an excellent brew to slowly sip as the world comes to an end around you.

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Photo of xgrigorix
4.03/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Twelve ounce brown twist cap bottle, with best by date clearly marked on back.

Bright blazing gold, with a blossoming, tight white head. When the yeast is added it goes cloudy, & bright yellow, almost like a wit. The head takes on a much creameir look after the yeast pour.

Bright punchy aroma, sweet & inviting. Its not as punchy after the yeast pour, but an earthy quality is added to the nose.

A rather clean tasting ale. Straight forward malt sweetness, a touch of tart apple like flavours, & some pepper. A dry finish with a subtle but effective hop character. Some solvent flavour lingers. Some earthy / herbal flower qualities are added with the yeast. It also becomes more peppery.

Medium bodied while still being somewhat soft, with pinpoint carbonation.

Quite a nice Belgian strong pale ale. It features a refined sophitication that I enjoyed.

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Photo of 8BaconBits
4.03/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of BeerRun13
4.03/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours initially clear, and a little cloudy towards the end of the bottle. Pale golden orange in color. A nice fluffy white head leaves some nice lacing.
Smells of a little fruit and spice.
Flavor confirms it. Fruity and a little spicy. Nice flavor and well balanced. Not very complex.
Light boddied and nicely carbonated. Slightly dry.
Very drinkable beer, even at 9.0% ABV. Refreshing and tasty. Looks like I was wrong aboot those Canadians.

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Photo of Holland
4.03/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: beautiful cloudy straw orange color with a towering nearly white head that has great retention.

S: coriander, slight pepper, citrus

T: sweet malt, orange, coriander, and slight peppery flavor

M: great amount of carbonation that gives a light feeling rather than a harsh force carbonation. Medium body on this is still pretty heavy feeling, but it becomes lighter as it warms.

O: very good tripel, but I am just about done with spice as I've had a lot of spiced beers in the last couple of days. Will come back to it, but I don't think it's quite on par with the trappist versions.

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Photo of beckje01
4.03/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- amber with lots of activity, plenty of white head.

S- A crisp floral smell, very inviting.

T- Light sweet with fruit notes and some malt comes out as well.

M- Crisp and bubbly feeling just something I want to drink.

D- Easy and refreshing, I will pick this up sometime next summer.

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Photo of AJacob81
4.03/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ah, La Fin du Monde. I've held off reviewing because I have a really hard time separating out specific aromas and flavors with this one. We'll give it a go. Poured, as usual, into a Duvel tulip.

A - Hazy, burnt orange. A flat-topped 2-finger foam head forms and is retained very well, leaving nice, if somewhat spotty, lacing behind.

S - Citrus, baked bread, and slightly funky yeast, none of it overpowering.

T - Everything present in the nose is present here, but a touch more refined. Generic citrus becomes mild grapefruit and tangerine, the baked bread is now a piping hot wheat loaf, etc. Also there is a hint of cloves and black pepper, presumably from the yeast.

M and D - Creamy, medium body with consistent carbonation and a dry, slightly hot finish due to the otherwise-masked ABV. Very easy to drink.

This is a go-to, readily available beer, and I really like it, but I don't love it. Not at all sure why it rates as the best Tripel here, although it is markedly better than most US brewers' attempts at the style. Give me Westmalle or Cinq Cents any day. I need to proper reviews for those soon.

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Photo of GolgiIPAratus
4.03/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled: 12.28.05

A light white foam head of about an inch & a half rests atop a mostly clear, bright pale gold. Very bright looking, as if it has its own light. There’s a slight yeasty haze, but nothing too thick. Bubbles fade and not much lacing occurs.

The smell is of sweet malts and sugars typical to the tripel/Belgian Pale styles and also possesses the twangy Euro funk of the same.

There’s a tart sweetness off the bat. I know BA calls it a Belgian Strong Pale, but damn if this doesn’t taste like a Tripel to me. Oh well, styles shmyles, this is damn good! There is a pilsner-esque hop oil bitterness right at the end that separates it from the tripel style I think though. This beer is HIGHLY carbonated, super bubbly and tingling on the tongue. Much like Miller High Life, I’d say this is a challenger for The Champagne of Beer. ;-D
The alcohol really didn’t make a flavor appearance, and to be honest it didn’t warm me up as much as I’d figure 9% to do, so maybe it’s lower?

It’s drinkable depending on how you handle the bubbles. I drank the3 of the 4 pack over the course of 5 or 6 nights. (The most recent on NYE….Champagne of Beers I tells ya!) And one was good enough per time. And even though the alcohol wasn’t as present as I’d figured, I’d still be careful, because maybe after 2 it could creep up quickly. Great beer.

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Photo of ZachT
4.03/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of SaunaKing
4.03/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

cloudy yellow ale with a little yeast floating around. Thin white head, no lacing. Sweet aroma with a balanced taste of sweet malt and a little tartness in the finish. The aroma is faint and the taste is similar - not overpowering but a very nice ale, the unibroue's are really impressing me.

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Photo of SierraFlight
4.03/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle poured into tulip. Two plus fingers of off-white head that slowly collapses to a ring and a few small foamy islands. Pale apricot gold color that is hazy. Bubbles rise single file - cool to watch. Aroma is apple/pear cider, doughy yeast, clove, alcohol. Clove flavor up front then malty sweetness followed by drying alcohol. More hints of cider. A touch of hop bitterness in the finish. Medium bodied, creamy texture, lively carbonation, drying finish.

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Photo of RancidAggro
4.03/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of FrontierSeldon
4.03/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

La Fin Du Monde from Unibroue
4.31 out of 5 based on 10,025 ratings.
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