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:
10,074
Reviews:
2,980
Avg:
4.31
pDev:
11.37%
 
 
Wants:
655
Gots:
2,316
For Trade:
21
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Photo of Nerudamann
4.05/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a snifter glass.

Look – light golden in color, mixed with amber. It’s a bit hazy with about two fingers’ worth of thick off-white colored foam that dissipates somewhat slowly.

Smell – a rich, spicy/herbal type of smell..thick with complex malts and hops.

Taste – as with the smell, it has a very rich and complex taste. It has a mix of herbalness and spiciness. The bitterness from the hops starts in the middle of the taste and slowly blends to a mild intensity in the finish, but the aftertaste is a little bubbly like champagne.

Mouthfeel – very well balanced, leaning neither on the watery nor on the creamy sides.

Overall – very interesting brew, with a very intriguing taste.

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Photo of bodah80
4.05/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.05/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

"It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine"

--R.E.M.


Yeast-laden, effervescent, brilliant gold with an expansive, billowy cap of rich, aged ivory. Plenty of BSPAs have this basic appearance, but something about this one strikes me as near perfect as I let bright morning sunlight stream through the window and catch fire in the glass. The head is in too much of a hurry to depart and almost no lace is visible, so I'm forced to curb my enthusiasm a bit.

Definitely a good nose for the style, but I'm not gobsmacked. There's a smidgen less power than anticipated and less complexity as a result. I can appreciate spicy pear and apple fruit with intimations of clove spice. It's hard to say if an actual Belgian yeast strain is in use. If so, it's one of the tamer varieties. The aroma opens up a bit more with warming and becomes more white peppery as well.

Most of the usual style elements are present: orchard fruit, spice and well-integrated alcohol. The beer is sweeter than some with a more subdued spiciness. The word elegant comes to mind. La Fin Du Monde is unquestionably a civilized, mannered version of the style. The thing is, I tend to prefer rabble rousers. I enjoy the flavor, but I find myself wishing that there was more of it and that it would hang around a while longer.

Adding the yeast from the bottom of the bottle helps a little, but not enough. This is good beer that could be great beer with a tweak or two. The finish is tackysweet and is the capper to a wonderfully lush mouthfeel that is the highlight of this entire experience for me.

La Fin Du Monde is a wonderful effort and is an admirable example of its style. However, it lacks a certain 'je ne sais quoi' and therefore doesn't quite equal the best BSPAs. That said, I'm savoring the final few ounces and I'm definitely feeling fine.

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Photo of katan
4.05/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ml into a hotel glass

A - Pours a hazy orange like color. Off white head formation. Very bubbling, strong carbonation.

S - A very spicy, yeasty ale. Orange, coriander, white pepper. Lots of belgian wild yeast is present. Some phenolic tones.

T - Starts off lightly sweet, boatloads of 2-row and some small pilsner. MId-stream gets more spicy, somewhat dry. Finishes with a phenolic bite combined with some spicy yeast and peppery undertones. Huge alcohol warmth on the aftertaste.

M - Thick and creamy, but very driven by the carbonation. Stinging to the tongue at times. Leaves a sweet cling to the tongue.

D - Moderate to low drinkability. Alcohol is pretty zingy, but the surprisingly not filling at all - against the carbonation of the beer.

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Photo of MikeBrandman
4.05/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Darker than a white, but same a opacity. 2 fingers of white head that quickly recede. No lacing, though my glass is kind of dirty...

S - Smells great. Bananas, phenolic, yeasty, and grape smell. Slight hoppy and alcoholic notes. Strong smell. Very Belgian indeed.

T - Taste is similar to the smell. Strong and rich. Tastes similar to a traditional belgian pale, but more alcohol. Fruity and yeasty. Finishing taste is strongly carbonated.

MF - Carbonation stands out over the relatively smooth and creamy beer.

D - Honestly, don't see what all the hype is about. Wouldn't mind having one or two but it's not something I'm going to return to or drink too much of.

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Photo of ledouge
4.06/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of skillerified
4.06/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

A gorgeous hazy yellow-orange brew sits below a mammoth head that refuses to die. I didn't think I poured it that rough, but the head took up half my over-sized tulip wine glass. The color almost looks like some sort of orange juice/lemon aid concoction gone horribly right. In fact, in a way it looks like a tulip in the tulip glass.

Floral and citrus scents are blended first. Maybe a touch of chocolate. There's a little of a charcoal scent too, like a barbeque grill. The scent is strong and quite pleasing, but it feels a little hollow in the middle parts.

Taste is quite yummy. There's an earthy vegetable flavor followed by caramel and a little banana. Like the scent though, it feels a little hollow.

Mouthfeel is excellent. It's creamy and almost chewy. About the time that the caramel flavor hits it feels like it has the texture of caramel too. It's mostly sweet, but as you keep drinking the bitterness starts to build along the sides of the tongue.

This is an exceptional brew, but I think it lacks a little depth. Especially in comparison to the excellent Trois Pistoles I had the other night. The ABV is sneaky here too. A little too sneaky actually.

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Photo of Blupoet03
4.06/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Ordered at a local pub with pizza, presented in the bottle - pint glass on the side.

I poured it into the glass, raising just a thin lacy head which dissipated almost instantly. It was hazy and the color of golden wheat. Yeast was visibly floating in the glass.

The nose was sweet - honey and florals, with sharp spices and a little grassy.

The taste was layered: sweet first, tingly on the tongue, then the spices and florals hit with a hint of ginger and what I call a "Belgian Funk," the finish is slightly dry with a snap of hops which brings you into a pleasant after taste.

I'm giving an average drinkability because while the alcohol doesn't affect the taste at all, the beer is too tangy to give it a high drinkability rating, though it is still a great beer.

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Photo of FredGherkin
4.06/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of amelek
4.06/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of andrewh995
4.06/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very hazy yellow gold with a big white head. Smells of banana, eaters, and clove. Tastes of banana, sweet malt, clove, allspice. Light but creamy mouthfeel but high carbonation. Overall a great beer but just not my typical style.

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Photo of coasterfreak75
4.06/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The pour was golden-yellow with a good three-quarter inch head that quickly dissapated to a white lace on top of the beer. The lace held on throughout the drink and stuck to the sides of the glass.

The smell was a mix of flowers and cirtus, almost lemony in nature. Just a hidden hint of spice that only showed up as it warmed.

The drink started very carbonated and sweet, not an overpowering sweet, just the right sweet. It was followed by a slight hint of hops, just enough to balance the sweet citrus attributes, and finished with a lingering citrus.

This is a damn tasty beer, it would go great with food or just sitting around with friends talking about beer. I hope to happen across this beer again, and soon.

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Photo of safaricook
4.06/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Orange murky body, plenty of carbonation. Fine white head that stays alive and leaves lacing.
S: Coreander, orange oils, phenols, honey, alcohol, touch of solventy ethylacetate, apricot
T: Orange, coreander, phenolic aftertaste, honey, mango,
F: Lots of prickling carbonation, foaming, alcohol warmth
O: Potent Tripel, very well executedand clean. Seems sweet due to the honey flavors and high alcohol. I prefer my Tripels bone dry and phenolic. However, it is quite nice.

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Photo of BartS
4.06/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Benl7217
4.06/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Bosoxfan20
4.06/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A- Clean orange color that is vibrant and inviting. 2 finger white bubbly head that surprises me by how quickly it dissipates. No lacing or retention. Outstanding color, but the rest of the appearance was very avg.

S- Spice and cloves all over the nose. Bubble gum/banana phenols are almost overwhelming until the floral hops and the musky, yet powdery yeast comes through. Yep, all signs point to this one being a very impressive tripel

T- Taste follows nose with an additional dose of citrus/lemon like qualities. Mild malt with a dash of hops create a nice, moderate bitter character in the finish. No astringency whatsoever. Booze not present but warms the throat.

M- Mid body bordering on light. Effervescent carbonation that's to die for. Leaves your mouth puckering for more. Very drinkable given the abv

O- Top of the line Tripel for sure. It wouldn't be a reach for me to say it is maybe the best I've had yet. Sweet, fruity, complex, and delicious. Seems to have a lot of hefeweizen similarities with the wheat and clove character dominating throughout.

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Photo of Casey_L
4.06/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of AndrewTobias
4.06/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dbauer
4.06/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of stompilator
4.06/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a chalice.

A - Poured a murky golden orange, big, crispy head.

S - Spicy esters, banana, and a bit of straw.

T - Very sweet notes of tropical berries and tart fruit dominate from the front, with a light, almost oat-y maltiness. The sweetness fades into a residual spiciness.

M - Medium-light body, crisp carbonation.

O - The flavors are few, but are very pronounced and speak well in the beer.

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Photo of ThreePistols
4.06/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy, blond, with a long lasting white fluffy head. Spicy, bubbly, and slightly tangy. There is an alcohol presence that is slightly warming, but it is not overwhelming. A strong, souring, complex, lengthy aftertaste.

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Photo of genog
4.06/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured in a Unibroue tulip glass.

Pours a murky golden orange color with a thick, soapy, sudsy white head that builds up to almost 3-4" and almost spills out of the glass. Dies down mostly but still leaves a thin white layer resting on top of this one. Smell is yeasty with belgian spices, I can pick up some orange peel, coriander as well. Taste is a sweet taste of dried fruits, with a creamy mouthfeeling.

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Photo of Oh_Dark_Star
4.06/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Had to try this one with it's outstanding reviews. I love Tripels with some good carbonation, but this one was really carbonated to the point to tasting a little tinny. Overall a good Tripel and while I'm left wondering if they are as much my style as I've always though - I must conclude that this is the best of the beers I've had out of Canada so far.

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Photo of Bodega95
4.06/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of treznor
4.06/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

La Fin Du Monde from Unibroue
4.31 out of 5 based on 10,074 ratings.
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