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:
10,064
Reviews:
2,977
Avg:
4.31
pDev:
11.37%
 
 
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650
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2,301
For Trade:
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Photo of MarkSCCOT
4.37/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I tried this beer when Unibroue first came to SC and I have always wanted to review it, so...

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into my oversized Unibroue wine glass.

A. A hazy yellow brew with a healthy head. Good strong carbonation.

S. Sweeted spiced herbal scents. Very belgian in character.

T. Great malt with a complicated spice character. A light hop finish.

M. Very highly carbonated. Alcohol burn is nonexistent!!!

D. The alcohol is well hidden. Not an everyday beer, but definitely one to be drank in place of a glass of wine at a fine dinner. A classy brew.

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

The beer pours a hazy yellow gold color with incredible head retention and outstanding lacing. The beer is very complex on the nose, with a sweet overture of coconut, mango, and citrus. Very impressive. On the palate this beer is simply delicious. It's sweet, but not overly so, and is not the least bit heavy of cloying. I get flavors of honey melon, cherry, mango and vanilla. The beer has a mouthfilling presence, and finishes with a smooth, lingering finish. The abv. is noticeable, but not overly so, and the beer is quite drinkable considering it's 9% alcohol.

An altogether excellent beer from Unibroue.

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

Poured 12oz bottle into snifter

A - A just-cloudy orange blonde body contrasts nicely with a white head which diminishes to a thick film in a few minutes. No head halfway through, no lacing.

S - Oh, those lovely yeasties; spicy, banana, some bubblegum: complex, I'm sure others will find something else.

T - Wheaty and spicy, finishes quickly. Citrus, peppery, fruits - esp banana. The 9% blends in well and gives a slight bite that matches up with the spiciness.

M - Plenty of carbonation. Quaff bubbles off middle of tongue vigorously, finishing quickly and leaving a smooth, buttery texture in the mouth.

O - A good brew. Characteristics of the yeast rule the taste and nose, this fits the bill when I feel like a solid Belgian style.

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Photo of projectflam86
4.37/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Poured into the suggested tulip glass (refer to back of the bottle). Cloudy orange/golden color with frothy head that leaves some respectable lacing.

S- Smell was of wheat and some subtle hints of citrus fruits, malt, spice, and some floral notes.

T- A clove wheat feel with lots of complex flavor. Citrus and spice dominate with a malty finish. Surprisingly no strong alcohol bite.

M- Smooth with good carbonation. No weird aftertastes.

D- Overall a great brew that did not disappoint. Highly drinkable but watch out for that 9% ABV, it will sneak up on you!

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Photo of Danmullens1
4.37/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Appearance: poured a hazy golden yellow, with a think white head atop of the beer, needless to say the lacing for the beer was quite prominent

Smell: like a bunch of oranges, honey, and flowers had a child and that child was a drinkable beer

Taste: a bit bitter, amazing overall, I'm normally a stout guy and even I thought this was a great beer.

Mouthfeel: lightly carbonated, very crisp! I was drinking it with pizza, and I have to say that really it was a great companion

Drinkability: A bit pricey for beer overall, but kind of cheap compared to most tripels, I would recommend for light food (pizza, salads, chicken dishes)

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

I picked up a bottle at State Line this past weekend. Best by 24 Sept 2012, so does this mean it was bottled 24 Sept 2009?

In my Duvel tulip, this beer loos about as gorgeous as Duvel itself. Crystal clear 24 carat gold with a dense, billowy white head with excellent retention and some lacing, this beer is resplendent.

The nose is excellent as well. There's no mistaking the prominent Unibroue yeast character, with its spiciness and sweetness, mildly akin to rising bread. Behind that is a blend of honey, a light sugar sweetness, and a blend of spices - clove, a little nutmeg and some white pepper. Definitely fruity, there's some red apples, some apricot and what at varying times brings to mind passion fruit, kiwi, citrus and maybe even mango. Alcohol is noticeable as well. This is about as fruity as this style gets, I guess.

The palate is surprisingly tame given how incredible the nose is. Opening with a light cracker-like sweetness with some sugar and honey, there's a delicate ripe orange character, some mild floral notes as well. Moderately yeasty, this really reminds me of rising bread. This character is especially noticeable mid-palate, along with some phenols. Spices are present as well, with a blend of clove and white pepper. Bigger in body than I like for the style (I love 'em bone dry), this beer is medium-light, with a high level of carbonation. It also doesn't seem as well-knit as it could be. The finish is quite excellent, with a touch of alcohol, fruit, spice and yeast. Very drinkable stuff, this. Also very delicate, and needs to be consumed on a clean palate.

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

Appearance: This is a beautiful hazy lighter orange colored beer. It poured with a massive two+ finger head of white fluffyness into my DFH snifter.

Smell: The aroma is SO FRUITY. It is tropical island fruity. The second whiff gives me the beauitful yeasty, bready aroma I was expecting. There is a wheat aroma to it. There is even a tiny bit of banana and clove to this. I mean it even made me think of raisin bread for a second.

Taste: The flavory is very yeasty and bready with a little dark fruit to it. Sweet citrus!

Mouthfeel: This is a pretty solid mouthfeel. I would give it a 4.25 if I could, because even though this mouthfeel is really enjoyable and the slightly dry alcoholic finish is really nice, the carbonation is just a tiny bit bitey for me. Even though the carbonation is a bit much it seems to weirdly work in this mysterious brew. This beer has a medium body by the way.

Drinkability: Out of the Unibroue beers I have had this is one of the most drinkable (not in terms of quality, but in terms of it not being a sipper). I truly can't believe that this is a 9% beer when I am drinking it and the carbonation truly makes it perfect for summer, which just does not compute in my mind! Trois Pistoles is still my favorite Unibroue, but this is a close second.

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

Pours a hazy straw yellow with golden brown highlights. A huge pure white head forms and leaves some chunky lacing.

Smell is yeasty, with lemon zest and spice notes that make me happy. Some apple skin is also present.

Taste is at first citrus and tangy yeast. The middle has some malt, and the whole taste has a nice peppery flavor.

Upon first drinking there is a lemony bite to the tongue. Other than that, the beer is nice and smooth. A medium body is lightened up by great bubbly carbonation.

I have enjoyed this beer for years, and will continue to do so. A classic taste, and a great beer, with some power to boot.

DOA

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

Another one from my wife, great pic babe!
Poured into a pint glass this brew is a pale wheat color with a clean, crisp, white head that dissipated quickly and didn't leave any lacing to speak of even with the high alcohol content. The nose is of thick floral beds, lots of clove, and sweet honey. The taste is heavy clove and warm alcohol coats your throat. There is a slight kick, but a good balance and if sipped rather than drank, it leaves a tingling sensation in your throat. This has a thin body, but moderate carbonation. This is a tasty drink, I say drink as some of these triples are more like drink rather than beer. Very fine choice!

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Photo of WhiteHillsStore
4.37/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

I was always a little wary of this beer because when I visited Montreal, this is the beer that most of the vagabonds drank. But upon my taste I now know that Canadian vagabonds know whats up. This beer was outstanding. The appearance was a nice hazy yellow with a smell of floral notes with some citrus behind it. The taste was great with a hint of banana to it. Loved the feel of the beer as it seemed to just be a perfect balance. Overall I think this is a great beer and would wholeheartedly recommend to people to at least give a try.

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

750 ml bottle, poured into a Duvel tulip. Golden in color with a billowing white head. Nice retention and lacing. Aromas of soft esters with a spicy zing. Flavors of fleshy fruits like pear and apple, with some clove and pepper spiciness. With warmth, yeast becomes a prominent note. A bit high on carbonation, but overall quite smooth. Alcohol is hidden under the fruitiness. Body is medium.

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Photo of Graham5161986
4.37/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: pours a hazy, pale yellow with a 1 1/2 finger white, fizzy head that quickly dissipates to a ring.

S: ripe fruit (apple, citrus, raisin, plum), floral hops, spice and a bit of cotton candy sweetness.

T: wonderfully round and quite complex. spicy and hoppy up front, fruity through mid sip and a sugary sweetness on the finish. Then, on the linger, the spice comes back in full force.

M: medium bodied, creamy, quite crisp and very spicy - a bit oily on the finish due to the sugar.

D: this beer packs quite a potent punch (more so because of its spiciness than its alcohol - the 9% ABV is very well hidden, making it quite drinkable. Good complexity and it ignites all the senses - very satisfying. I look forward to another one soon.

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

Slightly hazy straw yellow colour topped by a bright white, long-lasting head that formed some fine lace on the sides of the glass. Very nice. The aroma contained elements of ripe citrus/banana with a pleasant dose of spiciness (mostly clove-like). Some floral hoppiness is present, but is well balanced. Ripe fruit and sweetness are at the forefront of the flavour, with plenty of spiciness as well. Bitterness is present, but lies underneath the other flavours until it dries the palate at the finish, accompanied by a light pepperiness at the back of the tongue. Noticeable, but not overpowering, alcohol warmth in both the mouth and belly. Medium bodied, very smooth, with high carbonation. Effervescent right to the end.

750 mL brown bottle topped with cork, bottled on March 11, 2004 (code C114).

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

750mL bottle poured into Caracole tulip glass
Best before date of 12/18/10
Cork has "0705" next to logo. Having just bought this a month or two ago, May 07 seems the most logical date of corking.

A - Pours a nearly clear straw-yellow color with a massive frothy white head. Head lasts extremely well but its lacing is a bit disappointing.

S - Very floral and spicy with a complex nose. Powdery with really no distinguishable alcohol. Mildly sweet and maybe a hint of banana.

T - Starts with a tart, banana sweetness that soon expresses many floral attributes. Spice is strong with some clove and orange zest flavors. No sign of alcohol, making this a well-disguised beer (9% ABV).

M - Nice carbonation at the start, but it becomes a bit chalky on the tongue, even in the aftertaste. No perceptible bitterness. Relatively smooth.

D - A great tasting Tripel that almost everyone can find nearby. Always a good choice, but probably not my favorite of teh style. Alcohol is remarkable deceiving.

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

750ml. bottle. Goblet style glass.

Maybe the end of the world won't be all that bad. This could be the way to go.

Pours a very burnt unclear yellow. Yeasties float about. A slow forming small head. Decent lacing. The scents are champagne with a bubbly feel on the nose. Sweet and sour fruit like pares, nectarines and even some apple. Some grass, grain and hop scents for a nice finish to the scents.

Flavors present them self in both a bold fashion with a smooth finish. Malts start us off. Again the fruits are strong. Definately some sour apple. There is a fine nectarine and even some mango after this. A peppery spice is nice with a glancing of hops. Then there is a nice milk flavor to smooth this ale out. As it warmed I picked up some faint grape flavors. The alcohol is present but only after all the flavors are happily swallowed. Excellently balanced.

Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth. It has a nice present itself quality. The only pinch is with the alcohol when swallowing the ale. It leaves a great warming quality. It is fresh on the palate and is a great sipping ale. This one will take some time. I am glad I waited to try this ale. It was worth the wait.

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

Poured into a Chimay glass.

A: Pours a golden orange that has a medium sized head with minimal lacing.

S: Largely has a funky smell combined with bananas and apples; also has a light citrus hint.

T: Bubblegum and banana jump out initially in this flavor with an orange/apple aftertaste. Alcohol is noticeable, but very light. The beer also gives off a nice warming sensation.

M: Perfect mouthfeel; not too thick or thin.

D: 9% is strong, but this beer is still surprisingly drinkable; not too heavy either.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
4.37/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 750 ml bottle into snifter

Appearance – Pours a hazy orange-yellow color with a two finger white head. The head fades over a moderate amount of time to leave a lighter level of lacing.

Smell – The aroma is bready and yeasty with a strong citrus orange and tropical fruit aroma. Mixed with these stronger aromas are some spice notes of a coriander and clove smell. Overall very Belgian triple like.

Taste – The taste begins of a smooth bready flavor mixed with some tropical fruit tastes of mango, papaya and some tangerine/orange. As the taste advances, a yeasty flavor mixed with spice flavors of coriander, lemongrass, and clove come to the tongue. From there the spice and yeast grown stronger as the taste moves further forward with the sweeter fruit flavors losing some ground. In the end an alcohol flavor mixes with the rest to leave a warming bready spice flavor on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is rather complex and is really quite interesting and nice. It begins very smooth and creamy at the start with the carbonation level seeming relatively light. As the taste moves on the carbonation seems to explode from the brew within your mouth with the body crisping up. The smooth and creamy in the beginning are great for the bready and sweet that are heaviest up front, while the crisp and carbonated at the end are fantastic for accentuating the spice and booze. The feel is very nice, I must say.

Overall – A very tasty and enjoyable to drink beer. This beer has one of the best feels of any beer I have ever had, as it seems to match and complement the flavor transitions perfectly. This is definitely one to try.

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

I used the glass I had available. Not a snifter. I used a Pint glass. Nice clean dark yellow color not much head. The aroma was spicey with a light fruitiness. the taste was at first sweet then a strong spicey, peppery middle with a kind of light malt sweetness on the finish. I probably would have gotten more aroma from the proper glass. Very tasty with a consistant prickly carbonation throughout.

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Photo of kfh227
4.37/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

12 oz bottle poured into 16 ounce mug. With a careful pour, got a big head that occupied the remaining 4 oz worth of volume.

Appearance - light amber color with a very white head.

Smell - skipping for now

Taste - outstanding. sweet taste. Not bitter. Just delicious. This is going to become one of my favorites. I don't taste any of the 9% ABV.

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

Pours a cloudy off yellow color with a small white head that didn't seem to last. The smell is fruity and a bit raw. Coriander, citrus and some other odd spices are what I taste in the beginning. The end is more like lemon and spices. A bit in your face at first but very smooth in the end. I am very impressed to say the least. Can this company produce a bad beer?

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Photo of bound4er
4.37/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From a 750 mL bottle with a 5-5-12 drink-by date.

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

S. Belgian style nose all over this one - yeasty charcoal, biscuit, mild citrus and clove. Really nice.

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.

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. I love this style but one is enough for me.

La Fin Du Monde is the best non-Belgian Tripel I have had to date. My first Unibroue beer and one that I will buy again. Recommended.

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Photo of Goombah70
4.37/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Poured into a snifter.

A: Cloudy golden color with one-finger, off-white head that left a nice film. Good lacing.

S: Wheat and tropical fruit aromas. Belgian yeast.

T: Moderate sweetness and light bitterness. Spice and Belgian yeast.

M: Medium bodied with lively carbonation. Crisp and refreshing. Slightly warm.

O: Great Tripel. Looks phenomenal in my glass and smells great.

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Photo of Mitchell2336
4.37/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

La Fin Du Monde from Unibroue
4.31 out of 5 based on 10,064 ratings.
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