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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 | website

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 steinlifter
4.72/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a cloudy golden, not much head, not much lacing to speak of.
smell: very nice, fruity complex, hard to define.
taste: delicious! similar to smell , fruity and complex, a bit sweet and some grain.
mouthfeel is great, light and bubbly, just like champagne!
drinkability: Very high! this is one of my favorite beers! but, I can't drink them everyday, as they are high in abv, not a session brew! but great for a little something special once in awhile. Great Stuff!!!

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Photo of Dan_McNeely
4.72/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Look- hazy drab orange, clear and deep with magnificent bubbles when pouring, just the right about of head on top.

Smell- distinct, direct but light with smooth spices

Taste- Fresh, hints of coriander suttel spices that tie together with ease

Feel- Light, but fills the pallet with a gigantic taste but not overpowering, feels rich initially but then sits well, lushes.

Overall- Tastes like a beer I'd want to have a conversation with, a stranger, but feels like I've known you my whole life. Well traveled but not full of it self. Very interesting personality, has a lot to know and understand but doesn't throw it all at you right away.

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Photo of BrewCrew2010
4.72/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a hazy orange/yellow body with a decent frothy white head that recedes quickly to a ring around the glass.

S: Smells amazing... A big nose of spices (clove, cinnamon, & pepper), tropical fruit (pinapple, banana), a bit of yeast, & a hint of citrus.

T: Initial flavor is an explosion of spices- pepper, clove, cinnamon- followed by a burst of fruity flavors, yeast, & grainy malts. Not really picking up on any warmth from the high abv because the extreme flavors cover it very well. Extremely well balanced.

M: Smooth and creamy texture, although a bit sticky, medium carbonation, and medium body.

D: Love this beer. Dad bought it for me at World of Beer in Lake Mary, FL, and it was love at first sip. I love the prickly sensation on the tongue and the massive amount of flavor on the palate. Easy to drink, definitely a sipper, but could drink this all night.

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Photo of ShadesOfGray
4.72/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Chimay chalice. Pours a hazy goldish color with a huge white head that takes nearly the entire time to drink to fully dissapate. Lacing is great on the sides of the glass.

Aroma is wonderful! Great musty Belgian yeast aromas with lots of citrus notes and toasted malts...some lighter crisp fruits too; grapefruit maybe...pear? Who cares...great aroma. Very faint booze smell.

Flavor is also great...sweet, tangy...perfect carnonation. Lot's of citrus and honey to counter balance eachother. Musty grapefruit flavors, Belgian yeast...finishes slightly dry.

Mouthfeel is slightly complex and full bodied for a Belgian Tripel. Carbonation is perfect. This beer is definitely a room temp beer. Wonderful!

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Photo of JCNY
4.72/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

One of my favorite beers period. Best if poured into a glass and aired out for a moment. Powerful at about 9% abv, yet tastes like blissful candy without losing the beer characteristic. It must be the delicate blend of fruit and spice.

Labeling is perfect and the name means the End of the World. If we were facing the end of the world, this would be in one hand. In the other hand...

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Photo of TheBierdimpfe
4.72/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

"The end of the world"

Pure gold color, almost cloudy. The elegant white head dies fast. Weak legs and no visible activity.

Sweet and nicely strong floral aromas with grain and spices. Pleasant smell of malty caramel. A very sweet smell compared to the bitter taste.

Perfectly fresh yet powerful taste of bitter spices. Great taste of malty fruity citrus, almost resinous. A strange feeling of caramel that is probably maple sirup.
It's a warming and delicious feeling. A slick medium body with a drying end and a champagne like effect.

La Fin du Monde is "Quebec's pure gold", probably a reference to its secret ingredient = Maple sirup = Quebec's "gold". This is just a theory and an opinion from someone who eat Maple sirup every weeks of the year. One of my favorite tripel being extremely well crafted, balanced, exquisite taste and freshness; this is the only beer you'll ever need living through the end of the world!

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Photo of kzoobrew
4.72/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

La Fin Du Monde, The end of the world.

The pour is almost perfection. Hazed completely through. Color from pear yellow on the bottom to a richer goldish yellow to the top. Magnificent white foamy head. Lively brew, watch the pour.

Aroma of sweet fruit and yeast. Clove and lovely spicy goodness. Peppery spicy notes round out the aroma.

Wow, flavor is awesome. Sweet spiced flavor lively carbonation makes for a magnificent brew. Very light and crisp flavors echoes the aroma left in the nose.

Mouth feel is so very smooth light and crisp.Very impressive for a bigger brew.

Wonderfully drinkable. Absolutely enjoy every sip.

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Photo of Brenden
4.73/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've had a couple of these because it's just too good not to. I only just found my most recent notes.

The appearance is nice but doesn't quite do justice to what is to come. The color is a cloudy pale gold. There's a nice cascading effect that produces a fluffy white head that retains well and leaves a little sticky lacing in patches.
There's lots on the nose and the complexity shines through before the first sip. Notes of fruits that seem more like natural juices than candied, though there is a sugary note as well, are backed by a yeast and a gentle spice. There's a zesty apple bite, more like cider than juice, and a paler sort of banana aroma. Further back are cloves and an earthy something.
A huge malt backing with incredible balance and a whole complexity of flavors make this an incredible brew. Everything on the nose with an alcoholic tint that is warming rather than off-putting. Lots of grains underneath and a hops bitterness that isn't overwhelmed but gives a nice spine to this It's about as thick as can be without being syrupy and very smooth. The body is moderate to full and carbonation is at a great level.
This one's much more drinkable than the high ABV would typically allow. Pretty amazing, really.

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Photo of RBassSFHOPit2ME
4.73/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Extremely bright golden pour into an over-sized wine glass that looked as if it were glowing...beautiful looking beer. Solid three fingers head and great retention and lacing to boot.

S - Bananas, cloves, Pears, Spicy Belgian yeast. Very potent and aromatic.

T - Same as the nose but I just can't get over how all the aromas from the nose come into play in the taste as soooo Juicy! Complex beer.

M - Like I said, this beer is juicy and fantastic. I love how it dries out your mouth in the finish keeping you looking for another sip while being a slow sipper at the same time. The prickly carbonation works well but could be tamed just a little bit but that's just splitting hairs. A wee bit more malt could be introduced as well, but again, that's just splitting hairs.

O - Fantastic readily available Tripel. A great beer to introduce a novice into the style.

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Photo of McNealc31
4.73/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Just from the look of La Fin Du Monde, the experience had me thinking of champagne with the foil top and the cork. It even smells a bit like champagne and sweet grapes. The color is a delightful, hazy yellow. The taste starts citrusy, then on to grapes, and finishes a bit dry with a spicy, peppery bite. The 9% ABV is present, but not overpowering. This is complex, smooth, and quite enjoyable.

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Photo of diabecktic
4.73/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance:
The head of this beer is absolutely beautiful. It's a thick, creamy texture with lots of air bubbles. Retention is good, as ~3 fingers of head slowly dissipates to yield a thin rim which laces quite well. This golden, straw-colored beer is quite cloudy on account of the plethora of yeast.

Smell:
As one would expect with this style, the aroma is dominated by notes of yeast. Light, fruity notes compliment a spiciness that is marked by cloves and pepper. Though very strong, it's not overpowering.

Taste:
The complexity of the aroma is also present in the palate. A sugary malt which features apricot is apparent up front, while clove, pepper, and yeast notes balance the sweetness towards the end of the tasting. Hoppiness is minimal, but the complexity, expansion, and balance of flavors is exceptional.

Mouthfeel:
I find the body to be fairly thick - likely on account of the heavy, sweet malt. Yeast and spices tingle the tongue and the aftertaste is quite pleasant.

Drinkability:
Some might the thickness offensive, but I don't find that this hurts drinkability because you have to consider that this style will feature beers with both high alcohol content and density. For a beer with 9% ABV, it's extremely easy to drink because the alcohol is well-hidden. This beer is meant to be sipped - with good reason.

Summary:
I can appreciate that certain people might find this style to be too "strong" for their liking, but this is truly a world-class beer. The craftsmanship required to brew something with such complexity is astounding; the diverse assortment of flavors is balanced, but each is still distinct upon tasting. I don't get a chance to try Tripels or Belgian Ales too often, so I relish the opportunity to enjoy these beers when I can. My only gripe is that hoppiness seems to be a bit restrained, but I would probably attribute this to the style.

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Photo of Lukecook
4.73/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

750 ml bottle

A- Golden color with a big foamy head that disappeared quickly, small amount of lacing.

S- Smells of bread, a little citrus, and alcohol.

T- Spicy(pepper) up front followed by a sweet finish.

M-Very smooth with nice amount of carbonation.

D-First review and first time trying this style. Amazed at how the alcohol stays hidden, this is a great big beer that requires respect

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Photo of mtnbikerpa
4.73/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle with foil on top and freshness date on the back of the label. Golden copper color with 3 inches of head that retains very well. Scents of cloves, fresh cut apples and grapes. Lots of dry fruit flavor. Yeast esters are tastey. Alcohol is well hidden. Mouthfeel is very smooth. Going very well with gourmet grilled cheese with basil.

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.73/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 750mL bottle into a tulip glass.

A - Foggy golden honey-like appearance. Lots of bubbles with a thick 2 to 3 finger head and strong lacing. Really stunning in the glass.

S - Sweet, citrus like...smells delicious.

T - I REALLY liked this beer. It had a pleasing sweet and fruity flavor.

M - Just the right carbonation for my tastes. Really smooth and easy to on the taste buds.

D - Little bitter and certainly not as sweet as many of the other Tripels I've had, but in a good way. Very drinkable and REALLY good. This is one of the better beers I've had.

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Photo of JoeyHotrod
4.73/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of my alltime favorites and a beer I often find myself going back to.

La Fin Du Monde is nectar at it's finest.

This is a lovely beer to look at. Golden slightly cloudy and has a dazzling head that lasts and lasts. Lace never once lets up either.

The smell is mired with alcohol tropical fruits, a touch of citrus and a smidgen of clove.

The taste includes yeast, citrus, and a touch of alcohol.

This is a world classic and with due respect toward the also excellent Duvel, quite possibly the gold standard of the style.

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Photo of Scrapss
4.73/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Finally, La Fin Du Monde. One of the best beers ever made.

Appearance: hazy like a weissebier. It has an undercurrent like a properly prepared Black and Tan. Thick head dissipates into 1/8" thick pure white foam. Lacing is nearly ideal for the style. Particulates are present. Has legs.

Smell: sweet, slightly chalky texture, then incredible and utterly complex. Nectar of the gods.

Taste: think of the best hefeweisen you ever tasted. It's better. It's insanely sweet then drifts into the palate like nothing else on the planet. It changes character as it descends, first sweet wheat beer-like, then hot boozy then it gives off a light-sweet-tangerine essence for 10 seconds and then it's gone in a lingering sweet finish.

Mouthfeel: coating and filling, almost to the point of cloying but not annoyingly so. Medium cabonation prevents over-saturation.

Drinkability: As good as it is...it is another deceivingly smooth high ABV beer. You might try to session it but you'd fail. Simply enjoy it in extreme moderation.

La Fin Du Monde is quite simply one of the best beers ever made. I highly recommend it.

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Photo of zane2hyperzane
4.73/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

http://www.flickr.com/photos/zane2hyperzane/2096576317/

Appearance: Poured into its eponymous tulip glass. A pure white two or three finger fluffy head easily rises - but subsides a little too quickly, leaving a small amount of persistent lace. Many entertaining little columns of bubbles rise from points in the glass. The beer is a lovely glowing color - nearly opaque, tarnished gold. Be careful pouring this if you don't want an overabundance of bottled yeast in the glass, it'll definitely affect the flavor.

Smell: Subtle - flowers and cider.

Taste: Hits my tongue with faint malt sweetness and some fruity flavors, green apple in particular. This subsides pretty quickly as it dances over my tongue with a strong and somewhat bitter spiciness with fruit flavors still present – very interesting; something and nothing like spiced cider. This leads into a dry, hoppy finish. All these flavors meld very smoothly together, particularly as the beer warms a bit. It’s a difficult taste for me to describe and one that can seem to vary from sip to sip – one of the reasons I enjoy returning to this beer is because its overall experience is not easy to pin down.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, seems just a bit creamy. Extremely lively and tingly on the tongue with its high carbonation and spiciness. Alcohol warms my face almost immediately – I feel better already! Ultimately, finishes nice and dry, leaving one begging for another sip.

Drinkability and Notes: Hides its robust alcohol deceptively; only a few of these and you’ll be unexpectedly lit, a pleasure I’ve enjoyed many times. Very flavorful but not overpowering in any one regard. This is the beer that really opened my eyes to the world of craft brewing; one that I often return to and am never disappointed with. I’ve had to reserve it for celebratory occasions to make room to try new beers, but tonight I’m celebrating only La Fin du Monde. Drink less, drink better!

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Photo of Crossmd
4.73/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured 52 degrees fahrenheit into a tulip glass. No born on date.

Pours a hazy light orange with a nice frothy 1.5 finger head.

Smells of an odd metallic scent coupled with apple, game, and some spices. Complex, unique, and layered. Not overly pleasant, but I'm okay with that.

Taste is a complex and focused blend of nutmeg, creme, cinnamon, and "Unibroue game-yeast" (eludes other description- an odd feeling of game or raw meat that is present in all of their beers.) Perfectly balanced dryness/sweetness. Incredible profiling of flavor, incredible sense of what it wants to be. I have no complaints.

Mouthfeel is soft, pillowy and creamy. Perfect.

Overall, I'm a little bit at a loss for words. There is nothing Iike this beer. A perennial favorite.

97.

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Photo of benclimbs
4.73/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

such a beautiful beer...

Golden slightly opaque yellow in a tulip from a 750ml...tons of white head and champagne bubbles going off.

Nose isn't as good as some other world class tripels, but still really nice with some sweet yeast and citrus

Taste is awesome, honey, spice and ripe bright fruit.

Great beer

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Photo of GallowsThief
4.73/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured out of a bomber into a Duvel.

A - Pale golden yellow with a bit of cloudiness. Light white head but just an inch that receded quickly. Sticky lacing.

S - Sweet overtones. Yeasty and bready smell. Nice floral bouquet. Has just a bit of a pepper smell.

T - A lot like the smell its has just a perfect amount of sweetness. Seems to be honey like. Has some great fruity flavor as well but its faint which I like. Surprising pepper taste at the end that warms you up just a bit. Gives off the nice warm down the gullet feel and into the stomach.

M - Well carbonated. Very clean taste. Medium bodied. I would say refreshing.

D - High ABV but totally drinkable. This is a great beer.

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Photo of danetrain0101
4.73/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It is a very cloudy golden mixture with a great head which doesn't seem to dissipate.

The smell is a over powering sugary fruit with hints of clove and a touch of alcohol. It is like music for the nostrils, if such a thing existed.

The powerful taste of cloves and alcohol hit you right off the bat. After taste brings on a mango, almost as if you just ate one.

A very smooth beer with a a good amoumt of carbonation helps keep its creamy texture.

A definite favorite of mine. Although I consume liquids like a fish, this brew demands respect. Drink slowly to get its full package.

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Photo of KevCan
4.73/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into tulip glass. Marked best by 06-10-18. Paired with homemade tikka masala curry for dinner. One of my perennial favorite beers.

Look: Clear, light gold in color. Two fingers of fluffy white head. Lots of lacing.

Smell: Classic tripel smell of banana and Belgian yeast.

Taste: Banana bread, dry finish.

Feel: Bursting with carbonation, I assume because of the bottle fermentation. This actually complements the sweetness of the beer, making it more refreshing. A little too sticky sweet at the end.

Overall: Excellent example of a Belgian tripel, especially for not actually being Belgian.

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Photo of HugoGrim
4.73/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is simply a beautiful looking beer. Great foamy head which remains for the long haul. Lots of visible carbonation.

Full aroma of Belgian spices, with only the slightest hints of alcohol.

The flavor is excellently balanced. Heavily spiced, but not overly so. Thick malts lend some sweetness which pairs perfectly with the spices and the light bitterness of the hops. Ends with a bit of a dry finish.

Very, very smooth and surprisingly drinkable at 9%.

Until recently I had been a bit reluctant to try Unibroue's beers due to the majority of their labels looking like art from a cheesy death metal album, however the adage of not judging a book by it's cover has never been more true. There is no doubt I will be trying this beer again.

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Photo of 1759Girl
4.73/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

What can I say about this exceptional beer that hasn't already been said?
Appearance> Light apricot colour, big creamy head, lacing.
Smell> Slightly alcoholic, cinnamon, cloves. Loverly.
Taste> Complex, excellent trippel. Spicy start, overtaken with a shot of wheaty goodness, sweet, then salty finish. Less bite than others, which some may dislike, but on the other hand, it makes it extremely drinkable.
Mouf> Creamy, perfect consistency.
Drinkable?> Oh dear, yes. Mmmm

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Photo of Dayman766
4.74/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

A- Hazy gold. Pours out with a thick head even with a slow pour, but it subsides and a hint of foam lingers afterwards
S- Sweet fruits and a full blast of Belgian yeast; slight hint of alcohol
T- Strikes the perfect balance of sweet and bitterness. Other tripels I've had have been a bit too bitter for my taste, but this sublime beer finds that sacred balance.
M- medium, appropriate carbonation; slightly sticky - the taste lingers nicely
O- Easily in my top 3 beers; Unibroue sure knows what they're doing!

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La Fin Du Monde from Unibroue
96 out of 100 based on 2,929 ratings.
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