La Fin Du Monde | Unibroue

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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
Ranking:
#448
Reviews:
3,030
Ratings:
10,250
pDev:
11.34%
Bros Score:
4.83
 
 
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Photo of jvajda
4.43/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Apearance: Dark yellow-tan color and a fine head.
Smell: Fruity malt scent and hints of spice.
Taste: Wow. A big spicey, salty flavor with and excellent malt profile. I think I'm tasting whole-leaf hops in here. Great stuff.
Mouthfeel: Loads of carbonation and classic Belgian stickiness.
Drinkability: One of the more drinkable Belgians I've had the privilege to try.

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Photo of rhinos00
4.43/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip glass.

A- Pours a golden, semi-hazy yellow. Produces a nice three fingers width of white, fluffy head. Great retention.

S- A few swirls reveal a nice scent of subtle, sweet honey and various spices. Also getting a wheat aroma that provides the base for the scent.

T- Fantastic! Upfront cloves and spices play off each other to create a solid taste. As the beer progresses, the wheat and honey complexions become more pronounced and give the beer a sweet, but refined finish.

M- Light to medium bodied. Tons of carbonation, almost too much. The mouthfeel was perfect, except for the fact that there was so much carbonation that on the initial taste for each sip all you received was the feeling of millions of carbonated bubbles bursting. While it was short lived, it hindered the initial ability to taste the flavor.

D- These beer is hilariously drinkable. 9% abv is a joke as it is virtually undetectable in this beer.

Just a wonderfully made beer. Great taste, highly drinkable, not much more you can ask for. This is one that will always be in my house.

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Photo of stonelis
4.43/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a cloudy golden color.
Nice thick white head. Slight fruity aroma. Easy drinker. Clove and corriander taste, Belgian yeast taste. Some citrus and bananna. Alcohol not evident. This one really goes down easy and is one of my all time favorites.

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Photo of kinger
4.43/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Was able to pick up a four pack instead of the bombers which are typically offered. Sampled this on a few separate nights and had a couple tonight before, during, and after dinner. I'm a fan of Unibroue's darker Belgian Styles but this is an excellent Tripel and quite possibly my new favorite of their brews. Strong malty aroma with a nice earthiness and spicy accents. Great pour, orange-yellow dark in the middle and lighter around the edges with a monster of a head. This beer couldn't be smoother and a pleasant finish with a slight alcohol burn is perfect for me. Hearty flavor huge malt presence with some spicy goodness. Slight citrus tops off a marvelous brew. Overall this is near the top on my list.

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Photo of jtw5877
4.43/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a dark golden color with a puffy white head. Clove and a little banana flavours. Very complex with alot of changing flavors. Once again I am unable to verbalize what I taste in a beer. I need to go to Belgian Beer School.

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Photo of BBQWhisperer
4.44/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of stereosforgeeks
4.44/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Apearance: Cloudy pale straw colored. The head is a fluffy white pillow. The retention seems normal.

Smell: The sweet citrus just explodes on the nose. Also present are some sugar cookie, yeast, allspice and clove. This is an incredibly pleasant smell.

Taste: The base seems to be a sweet cake batter with fruits. You can taste some pineapple, orange, lemon in the mix. The white pepper, cloves and allspice balance the citrus nicely. This is a nicely balanced yet sweet beer.

Mouthfeel: Smooth but syrupy. The carbonation keeps it light and drinkable, however.

Drinkability: This is almost session-able. The only deterrent is the ABV.

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Photo of jonblake
4.44/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into snifter

A-Head quickly dissipates to very thin, beautiful hazy yellow hue.
S-The aroma of this beer is one of the most fantastic things about it. Belgian-y, very Belgian-y.
T-Wonderful triple, slight warmth, excellent maltiness. As others have said, this is textbook stuff.
M-Hard for me to describe..but it's nice.

Overall this beer is a true winner in my book. It is without question in ranks as one of the best Triples in the world.

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Photo of KCarr
4.44/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy orange gold. Pillowy head. Delicious. Spicy with light citrus. Effervescent. One of my first loves.

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Photo of glass_house
4.44/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Fusion7777
4.44/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of TexIndy
4.44/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my NBB glass. Back label had a best by date of 11-11-11. It was a hazy golden color with tons of yeast bits floating around. It had tons of carb streams but no lacing. It had an average sized fizzy white head that quickly settled into nothing. No lacing. This varied from many other reviews that described a large sustained head and lacing.

The aroma was excellent. Fruity, yeasty and sweet. Found myself swirling and sniffing constantly to get fresh hits of it. The taste was also excellent. Smooth from start to finish with spicy, fruity base and mild after-taste. The alcohol is not present in either the aroma or taste. For 9%, it goes down too smooth.

Overall, an excellent beer and an excellent tripel. Highly recommend. Lately, I've been avoiding tripels and this one makes me wonder why. Not going to be a regular in the rotation but this should be worth couple bottles a year, especially the smaller size so I can have something else after.

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Photo of BlueSpader
4.44/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.44/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Victoire in Rochester, NY.

Pours well, with a beautiful 3 inch head, and a pale, hazy, honey-colored liquid underneath. The head lasts 5-10 minutes.

Smells of strong Belgian yeast, cloves, apple, and pear dominate.

Such a great flavor. Tons of tastes roll around, all held together by a slight yeast bitterness. Cloves, banana, sour apple, pear, orange. Awesome! The yeast is my favorite part- it's not overdone, but really expressive, and brings all the flavors together well.

Full bodied, strong mouthfeel and carbonation.

My favorite non-quad Belgian beer. A true masterpiece of brewing.

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Photo of SamuelD3
4.44/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of doraex
4.44/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This is the beer that turned me onto Belgian beers and it's not even from belgium. It's from Canada.

Fin Du Monde means end of the world. A couple of these and thats exactly where you'll get.

Rich complex flavors a caramel and dark fruit mixed with a slight smoked roastiness make for a perfect blend to tempt your pallette.

This is good shit!!!

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Photo of Groomsy
4.44/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a Orval chalice.

This famed Tripel pours a hazy dark yellow, bordering on gold. It is topped by a quickly dissipating head of soapy bubbles that fade to an outer ring and leave stringy lace down the glass. Streams of carbonation come from the bottom of the glass. While no head retention to speak of, at least the beer has good color... plus serving it in a chalice looks really nice.

La Fin Du Monde's aroma is absolutely wonderful. Unibroe's famed yeast strain is front and center, giving off scents of clove (and other spices), some banana, and just touch of "funk." There is a bready malt support to all of this, but the most notable aromas are that of banana and apple, potentially with some citrus in the background. A fantastic smelling beer.

The front of the palate is hit with some spicy notes, and coriander and clove specifically come to mind. Following that, a bright fruity sweetness kicks in, with flavors of orange, banana, and green apple, with just a little tartness and sourness underneath. This complex Tripel finishes on a note of residual bready sweetness and some dryness. Beautifully complex and sweet beer.

For such a big beer, the alcohol is very well-hidden, almost dangerously so. While this doesn't drink like a big beer, it will creep up on you. The effervescent and dry body is refreshing to the palate, and the sweetness of the flavor enhances this. The mouthfeel is a little chalky toward the bottom of the glass (due to yeast), but it maintains it pleasant nature throughout.

This is definitely a complex beer, and I'm glad I tried it. It is not for beginners by any means, but it is a must-have for any beer drinker. My introduction to the Tripel style, and certainly not my last.

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Photo of horsehockey
4.44/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jkblr
4.44/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle, bb 12/18/17 into my St. Bernardus chalice. 9% ABV. The beer ranges from copper to gold with the light. Somewhat hazy but I poured the whole bottle aggressively. A half inch of white head fades to nothing but a thin ring with no lacing. Smell is slightly sweet and a little floral from the hops. Taste follows the smell. Mouthfeel is smooth and yet lively with carbonation. Overall, one of the best tripels on earth. I especially appreciate the subdued spice where other tripels are dominated by spice.

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Photo of marktjr9
4.44/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of fsunk
4.44/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Stanley23
4.44/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of bigchiquilin
4.44/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of draheim
4.44/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle, best before 7/9/12, poured into a tulip.

Golden yellow beer w/ a huge bright white head that defies gravity, leaves behind a beautiful film of lace.

Nose is all Belgian yeast, clean pale malt, and slight alcohol.

Taste is just so smooth. Pale malt, sweet candi sugar, overripe banana, and a slight warming from the alcohol.

Mouthfeel is luxurious, so seductively smooth and drinkable.

Overall, an outstanding version of the style. This beer would be a perfect pairing with so many foods, strong enough to stand up to anything but never dominant. Just a world-class beer that I think anyone would enjoy.

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Photo of MaineBrewing
4.44/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A - poured a translucent haze of gold with almost two fingers of large bubbled fizzy white head. Head dissipated somewhat quick to leave little bit of a collar. Good amount of legs, no lacing.

S - aroma is very yeast forward with a nice peppery bouquet of Esther's with lots of fruit notes, mostly banana with some apple. Slight medicinally and sweet. Not too much alcohol but is present.

T - taste is just amazing, for a triple it is really sweet opposite of the supper attenuated versions I'm used to, not a bad thing... Tastes sort of like an imperial Saison without all the dryness I expected. Lots of fruity notes, mostly banana throughout. Ends in a nice quenching bitter, can't stop going back for more.

M - surprisingly crushable for the abv, this does not want me to sip it, I should have poured it in a pint glass... Drinks like a refreshing Saison or the like.

O - I think this is great, it is different from what I would expect in a triple, being hazy and more on the sweet side, but that by no means takes away from how great this is. It has a great complex fruity Belgian yeast character and is very refreshing. I had this first probably 9 or so years ago when I first started getting into craft, and didn't like it then.... Now this has got to be one if not my favorite triples.

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La Fin Du Monde from Unibroue
Beer rating: 4.32 out of 5 with 10,250 ratings