La Fin Du Monde | Unibroue

10,074 Ratings
La Fin Du MondeLa Fin Du Monde

Brewed by:
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 harryhops
4.36/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of entenduintransit
4.36/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ngandhi
4.36/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pour: Even poured slowly into a 16 oz. goblet, FDM explodes with a three inch head. My thought is that this beer is hell bent on filling whatever size glass you put it in. When the foam mellows, it still leaves a head you'd expect out of most beers on the initial pour. To the last drop, there's a good cm or two of head, not lace, that coats the beer like a white chocolate ganache. Incidentally, when you finish the beer, you'll notice the foam covers the glass from the bottom to up to three inches up!

Nose: Spicy citrus. Green grapes. Green apple skins. Very ripe, natural. Almost mentholated from the alcohol, but not unpleasant. Not too special compared to other Belgian-style beers.

Taste: A medium dry sparkling wine. Pronounced clove. There's a typical grapefruit bitterness that strikes first on the back of the tongue, but it isn't too strong. The sides of the tongue are also activated nicely if you swish the beer around and lend a flavor of orange rinds or even a light orange sherbert. The high alcohol offers its own taste that works with the beer as, itself, a FLAVOR and not a harsh reminder of what's inside. Light smoke. Indeed, the sweet and sour of the citrus balance the 9% abv and make this beer very drinkable. A sweeter saison?

Mouthfeel: Creamy because of the bottle-conditioning. Again, FDM uses every charactertistic for a higher goal. Hacker-Pschorr and other weiss beers are "creamy" because of the yeast in the bottle, but that body often seems like a nice perk. The body here is part and parcel of the beer, working with the citrus to produce a delicately medium bodied, sherbert or a lightly carbonated champagne.

Drinkability: The creamy body encourages you to swirl this beer around. It wants to romance the sides and back of your tongue. The hoppy/alcohol finish does remind you what you are dealing with and to proceed with caution.

Notes: On many sips, I've had this beer hit the back of my tongue and then swallowed. If it doesn't touch the sides, this beer might only be mediocre. Let your tongue swim in it, if only briefly. The molecules have to be seperated to adequately soften the phenols. The alcohol does balance well, but there could be, perhaps, one more element to this beer with another hop or the alcohol being subdued just a little more. I'll be trying to wrap my finger around this for years to come. An expert job to make, and perhaps to understand.

Relax, relax.

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Photo of BeerNutz324
4.36/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

750 ml into a tulip glass (twice) - live review

Just starting to drink and review Belgians so bear with me...

Ap- pours a hazy golden yellow with about a 1/2 head that has ok retention and not much lacing. The carbonation is going strong.

Ar- spice, clove, lemon, orange hit me first, I think I smell some kinda dark fruit too like plum. Can I really be smelling all these things from one beer?

T- I guess I just don't know how to describe Belgians yet...All I can really make out is the spice and the clove taste at the finish.

M- a bit sticky, medium bodied and well carbonated

O- an awesome tripel, I haven't tried many (and I think this is the first I have reviewed) but this one is by far the best. Its smooth, complex and keeps getting better as it warms. And in the 750ml format it is one of the cheapest tripels you can buy, can't go wrong IMO.

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Photo of HoppyBastard
4.36/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 25.4 oz/750ml corked bottle.

APPEARANCE: Hazy, yellow and bubbly. There is a half finger head initially and very little lacing, the head dissipates after a few minutes.

SMELL: reminded me of champagne, apples/pears and peppery.

TASTE: In a word complex. Citrus and fruity with taste of pears and banana, yeast and pepper, the alcohol is present but very well hidden. The hops are subtle and in balance with malt.

PALATE: Sticky, medium bodied, effervescent.

OVERALL: I truly enjoyed this beer and would recommend it to anyone that enjoys the tripel style. I salute Unibroue for making a delicious beer and selling it at a reasonable price and for offering in a 4 pack or 25.4 oz bottle option. This brewery makes excellent beer and apparently has an outstanding sales/marketing department too. I can't wait to try more of your beers!

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Photo of PittBeerGirl
4.36/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-cloudy pale yellow with thick white head. great retention.

S-some yeast, citrus and spices.

T-great blend of citrus and spices with a backgroud of yeast. Clean finish. Alcohol is barely noticable.

M- high carbonation and fairly thick body. goes down pretty smooth

D- I can't tell this is 9% ABV and it is very delicious. I will try this one again. Another great offering from Unibroue

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Photo of tyjohnson55
4.36/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of WMBierguy
4.36/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours out a straw gold, and has a magnificent head that stays around for minutes and leaves lacing down the side of the glass.. Has a very clean taste. The beer is very strong, but the alcohol is subtle. Excellent example of a non-Belgian Belgian; the flavor is very authentic, and can stand toe to toe with any Beligian tripel that I've tried. I definately recommend it

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Photo of FSUlaw-and-brew
4.36/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TommyW
4.36/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- Clear gold body with lots of bubbles going up through to form the tall white head.

S- Notes of rock sugar and spice jump out.

T- Steely mlat with some rock sugar sweetness mixed in. Very well balanced malt and hop level. Not as boozy as I expected from a 9% abv, but it does make a slightly dry finish.

M- Medium body and carbonation.

D- The perfect balance of this beer makes it extremely easy to drink for a beer with a higher abv. Not favorite triple, but this is still an amazing beer.

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4.36/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of stevoj
4.36/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This bottle didn’t pop, so I suspect it might be a little off. Very thin head, color is orange/amber. Aroma is yeast, citrus, dried fruit. Taste is mildly tart, jolly rancher sour apple. Body is slick and smooth with tingly finish.

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Photo of BRami127
4.36/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Veeral
4.36/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of exl_90
4.36/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of xav33
4.36/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Unibroue La Fin Du Monde
12 oz bottle
Slow pour in a tulip glass
Best before 04/08, ended 12/06

Poured a murky amber with a huge white mostly to fully lasting frothy pillow head.

Smelt of moderate bananas, sweet dough, white pepper.

Taste was upfront strong bittersweet raw sweet bread dough with peaches and oranges followed by a pungent sweaty raw dough on an average length finish. Palate was creamy, softly carbonated, medium bodied and light astringency.

Overall, it is unfathomable that this beer is 9% alcohol. The balance is exquisite. Only wish there was more complexity.

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Photo of TheycallmeTim
4.37/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 ml. bottle into a hennepin flute.

A--Pours up a little bit hazy (oops) tawny orange with lots and lots--two, two and a half fingers--of white champagne microbubbles. Excellent soapy lacing and retention.

S--Cross between cinnamon and clove, with a backdrop spicewise of pepper and nutmeg. Somehow not christmasy, though--maybe that's because of the fruit on the nose: lots of peach and a little apricot.

T--Plenty more spice up front and in the very back--more of that elusive cinnamon and clove mix, which makes it, what? Allspice? Somewhere in the mulled wine cheesecloth. Sweet juicy biscuit center with a slightly chalky pale malt tug. More apricot and even some pear pull through in the middle of the profile. Excellent balance and complexity.

M&D--Mouthfeel is soft given how full the taste is. Champagne carbonation keeps it light and lively, which brings out the fruitiness of it and doesn't let the spice overwhelm. Drinkability is high in the sense that I'd definitely drink this again, but low in the sense that at 9% you're not gonna pound two or three wine bottles of it. Definitely felt this even after giving a 1/3 away to my girlfriend.

Restraint is the word I'd apply to this beer, which leads to sick balance. Fantastic mix of bright, lively fruitiness with a sock of malt and yeast.

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Photo of kalijean
4.37/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of irishtjb11
4.37/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

read alot about this picked one up, split it with some friends. really dug the map of north america/quebec on the label; as well as the cork.

appearance is a real nice unfiltered, golden color. fluffy white head, forms a snowtop on the beer. head doesnt do too much lacing, but doesn't go anywhere during the drink.

the smell and taste are super complex, but super enjoyable. smell has lots of fruity esters, especially apple, followed by lots of spices. not too much malt or hop present, but im assuming thats unique to this style. also lots of sweet hues, from honeys and sweet malts or light malts. the taste explodes on the palate, lots of carbonation and sweetness at first. a real sweet fruity, spicy taste, cant really detect too much bitterness, once again nice sweet honeys and sweet notes on the mouth. lots of warmth from the alcohol.

mouthfeel has a lot of carbonation, but its not stingy like some of the more over carbonated beers. it just presents a real nice bubble and pop to it. the head is a nice addition to, really frothy and enjoyable.

great beer, very new to tripels but enjoyed this. certainly not my favorite style, but for someone who really digs it, this seems to be near the top.

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Photo of GLD
4.37/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Hazy Golden, Tight Foamy head. Very nice lacing
S - Fresh fruit, yeast a bit of malt
T - Hints of apple, wheat with a bit of alcohol at finish
M - Light not too thick, nice carbonation. Slight warmth from alcohol.
D - I could easily drink two or three of these in a sitting. A strong but very drinkable 9%

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Photo of goochpunch
4.37/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured carefully, this is a clear golden colored beer with very lively carbonation and a frothy head. The aroma is very rich in clove spice along with hard cider and an under-ripe pineapple tartness. I get a little bit of a grainy character, but it's shadowed by all the posisitve attributes. After the sip, the first wave of flavors that come are of the raw spiciness along with sweet, ripened fruits. The sweetness then falls out and is placed by a slight acidic twang in the sides of the mouth. All the while, the powerful phenols have lightened up as well and have become more of a lingering flavor on the palate to accompany the acidity, alcohol warmth, and aftertaste of smooth malt. Rich in complexities. The mouthfeel does not burden you with heaviness, which is good. If this were any thicker, I think that it (combined with the rich flavor profile) would wear me out.

Definately one of Unibroue's finest.

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Photo of CBlack85
4.37/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a New Belgium globe glass.

Pours a cloudy golden color with a fair amount of white foamy head. Very nice presentation, appearance is right on par for the style.

There is alot going on with the aroma here. Fruity sweetness and spices wrestle for dominance. Once you get past the initial dominant smells you get some floral notes, a bit of banana, and the obvious scent of alcohol that a 9% beer is bound to have.

Like the smell the flavors of citrus fruits are at the forefront with the clovey spiciness coming in right behind. The alcohol is definately present but not dominant. A very nice balance.

It finishes a little sticky, but is very good. It is just dry enough to keep inviting me back for another sip. I could see drinking a few of these and finding the well balanced 9% sneaking up on me.

Overall a really good beer, and definately a good example of the style. Unfortunately, I found myself wishing it were a little bigger, or that it had more of something. I truly enjoyed it, I wonder if my ever so slight disappointment is due to the hype that I have been hearing for so long about this beer, perhaps my expectations were too high.

I am looking forward to trying another one... without the unrealistic expectations

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Photo of JoeBloe
4.37/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured from it's 750 ml bottle into a dfh snifter -
a hazy yellow/orange liquid puts up a nice tight 2 finger head that tames down to a consistent ring - interesting lacing slides down the inside of the glass - a nice zesty aroma - i'm getting the clove and yeast in the nose - tastes great! and follows the nose with a fruity/spicy crisp tingle on the tongue - clean and refreshing with nice prickly carbonation - no taste of alcohol - i could sip this beer all night - the flavors shine through with every mouthful -great stuff.

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Photo of Beer_lover89
4.37/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of IBUnit63
4.37/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750 corked & caged into Ommegang chalice...

Clean, thin 1/2-1-finger yeasty even head with a clear seam topping a cloudy, honey body with quick carbonation. Looks like a good Trippel - last pour heads up a lot more but goes quickly.

Telltale Tripel signs of bountiful coriander, a little clove and ginger and nice yeast character. Hardcore electricity and wheat-ish bite. Strength dissipates with warmth.

The spicy tone of this is extremely solid and electric...clean, yeasty profile with mild malt sweetness. Solid carbonation gives this a slight saltiness that blends well to make a clean-drinking experiment in Beautiful Chemistry.

A hearty, husky malt/yeast/wheat profile gives this an extremely solid woody backbone. The spicy sweetness is balanced with the ample carbonation to provide a greay palate tingle. This exhibits quintessential Tripel mouthfeel.

This drinks at a very responsible pace. Not quickly but not too slowly. Matters, as it's a pleasure to enjoy. One of the best all-around offerings that has been given a "good look" in some time...

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