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La Fin Du Monde | Unibroue

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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 whynot44
4.18/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Medium bodied, hazy apricot color with a substantial fluffy ivory head,

The aroma is yeasty, spicy with a touch of citrus.

The taste is spicy from the start with cloves, tart lemon, and pepper notes over a mild biscuity malt. The finish is dry and peppery with a definite alcohol warmth.

Very nice! Smooth, almost creamy and very dangerously drinkable.

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Photo of BDTyre
4.42/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

My second beer by this brewery, and I am again impressed.

Poured from a corked 750ml bottle. A beautiful pale golden colour with a fluffy, white head that resembles clouds. Smells spicy, with hints of plum and pear. Hints of a heffeweizen or witbier are present.

The taste follows the scent: clove spice that one finds in wheat beers, hints of coriander, but with an apple-pear undertone that softens the bite somewhat. Alcohol is present, but not in-your-face.

Enjoyable to drink, with a body and fizz not unlike champagne. Only detractor in this case is ABV vs bottle size.

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Photo of allengarvin
4.82/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into a fluted chalice glass. It is a hazy, turgid amber color with an initially towering head that falls quickly. Spicy, pear-like aroma and sweet yet crisp malt. Beautiful interplay of flavors: smooth, creamy, sweet malt, fruity vanilla, and very light spicy/herbal hop bitterness. There's a hint of alcoholic pepperiness but this is really a deceptively strong beer. Lots of carbonation but the body retains a floating, crisp lightness. This, along with an offsetting tartness, makes it an incredibly refreshing and delightful beer despite the high strength.

One of the great beers of the world, even better than the Duval that inspired it, in my opinion.

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Photo of beermanbrian
4.28/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is my first offering from Unibroue and I am looking forward to sampling more of their offerings.

Pours a nice cloudy golden color with a huge foamy white head that sticks around to leave lacing for the full glass. Smell is faintly cirtus grapefruit with malt and yeast backbone with a slight pepper spice smell to fill it out.

As you drink it the malt takes over. The spices don't dominate and the alchohol is amazing well hidden. Supper dry finish but enough creamyness from the high carbonation level.

A really nice beer that i am glad to have sampled. Not one you want to pound due to the high alcohol but I could see how you could down 2 or 3 without realizing it. Also one that you want to savor and enjoy slowly for all the complexity. I would highly recomend this one.

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Photo of acrawf6
4.92/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Man, gotta love this beer! This has always been a classic (for me) to fall back on and enjoy whenever i wanted a beer i know that could lift my spirits. Its a shame i am just reviewing it now.

Poured out a hazy yellow, lots of carbonation creating the 2 white bubbly finger head. I loved to watch these bubbles go, the beer had a constant head the whole time drinking it.

Smells of clove and such sweet goodness. Spiced orange/apricot come through and this one smells like a witbier with coriander.

Taste: Freakin fantastic! Sweet spicyness comes right through. Love the spice. alcohol is prsent, but not very considering the 9%. Very creamy.

The mouthfeel is very nice. Lots of carbonation that bites at your toungue. However there is still a big sense of creaminess to the feel.

Unbelievably drinkable. This is one belgium strong that i can have as a session beer. Love it!

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Photo of sinistrsam
4.42/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was poured an immediately developed a HUGE foamy white head, with very small bubbles. The retention was excellent and when it (finally) died down it left excellent lacing around the goblet. The body was unfiltered with sediment suspended, and color chaging from light at the bottom to dark gold at the top. The aroma was of bananas, apple, citrus, cloves and sweet candy and fruits.
The taste was excellent, with an complexity as rich as I've tasted. Bananas, citrus, and clove were most present while sweet candy, yeasts, hops and fruits were defintiely there in spades. It was extremely creamy and enjoyable, with mild carbonation. This is truly an excellent beer.

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Photo of Vancer
4.32/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Good ol’ Belgium brews (or styles). I prefer the dark ales, but the lights have their place and time. Of course, the heavenly start – amber/orange with a non-stop foaming white head, lacing. Sweet citrusy malts, grapefruit – reminded me of a hurricane drink loaded with sugar cane rum.

Tart start and sweet finish – although it is a dryer brew than expected, almost Champaign-like in the mouth. Becomes hoppier as it warms.

I will say it needed a tad more malt backbone and fruits in the quaff – which is pretty nitpicking, this is still a quality beverage.

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Photo of nlmartin
4.7/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from the bottle into a pub glass.

Appearance: This beer is a pleasing hazy copper color. The head towered a fluffy white that subsided into thick lacing.

Smell: This beer smells peppery spicy with undertones of sweetness. The alcohol smell plays nicely with the brew.

Taste: This beer has a wonderful peppery goodness supported by a malty sweetness. The alcohol is hidden or plays well with the other flavors in the beer.

Mouthfeel: This is a full boddied beer that is very nicely carbonated. Very clean on the palate.

Drinkability: This is dangerously drinkable. The flavors are very much balanced. I wish I had more.

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Photo of tgbljb
4.12/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a gorgeous golden amber color with massive white head that left attractive lacing on the side of the glass. Smell is loaded with summer fruit (peaches, apricots) with a hint of alcohol noted. Sweet, candy-like aroma. Taste is spicy with more summer fruits to be found. Peaches, pears abound. Alcohol provides a warming note. Very carbonated feel with a bit of alcohol at the finish. an excellent beer.

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Photo of beertaster13
3.88/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a gorgeous crisp golden with a monsterous head that will rise from the glass. The smell is of banana yeast and butter cups. A nice buttered bread with honey tones. The taste is a banana spice with a nice sweet banana breat nutty finish. A well rounded explosive beer. Very nice.

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Photo of MagnusJager
4.74/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is a regular purchase of mine when I get to Rochester, NY It's brewed in Canada by Unibrew.

Nice fruity aroma. Little citrusy smell to it

Apearance color on clarity on head retenion was not high.

Flavor Noticable alcohol, with spicy and fruity flavor
A clean warm finish. Nice for this first cold Western new york night. Perhaps not the end of the world here, but we're close by.

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Photo of ski271
4.65/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

How convenient. I even have a La Fin Du Monde glass to drink this beer from. It’s an attractive bottle with it’s nice-looking front label, informative back label (recommend what glassware to use and warns about the yeast sediment), foiled cap and.... twist off cap? Strange, but whatever, I’m not going to knock points of for something like that. Pours a light yellowish-amber with very small particles swirling about but never settling like the sediment I avoiding pouring out of the bottom of the bottle. I guess maybe I jarred the bottle a bit while pulling out of the back of the fridge. The head is very large, white, frothy and stubborn, diminishing very slowly leaving thick lacing just as it sits and slowly fades away. Almost looks like a meringue sitting on top of the beer. The smell is sweet and fruity, with wonderful aromas of Belgian yeast, clove and apple. The taste is marvelous! Clove, pepper and pear with a slightly medicinal twang... but in a good way. Finishes warm with lingering esters. It has a light body, and an effervescent mouthfeel that finishes smooth. This is a fabulous beer that’s quite easy-drinking for a 9% brew. The higher price tag is the only think keeping from being a staple in my fridge.

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Photo of NiceGuyMike
4.97/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Seven months after trying this for the first time, I'm still loving it. I see no reason to change my rating very much. It is simply supurb, complex, warming and refreshing all at the same time.

Ok, so I'm gonna change my rating. I'm finding everything almost perfect this time with the exception that I'd like to see it clearer and not so cloudy.

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Photo of sloejams
4.83/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The BJCP gives this as an example of a Tripel, but I tend to agree with the BA, Belgian Strong classification. I drink this often, I decided to finally give it a proper review.

It pours a hazy yellow with a beautiful crisp frothy lace head. A sweet aroma suggests fruit perhaps peach. It has a creamy character that is full of carbonation. The 9% ABV is not noticeable in the taste or mouthfeel making it very drinkable. The finish is effervescent and clean. It’s very flavorful and downright delicious.

Unibroue makes fine products and this is not exception. As I mentioned above, I have this somewhat regularly and I anticipate many happy returns.

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Photo of Citadel82
4.15/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Yet another tasty Unibroue product. Pours a hazy gold with a generous white head. Aroma is yeasty sweet malts. some spicy cloves and banana. Taste is sweet malt with a spicy hop finish. Only traces or hints of alcohol. I do not know how they do it but this is a beer that truly hides its gravity.

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Photo of pentathlete
4.47/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy fuzzy peach yellow with a large big-bubbled head. Smell is spicy, touch of ginger, citrus rind and Belgian yeast. Taste is dry, oh so arid, with rind and zest kicking in, the finish is long and hits like allspice, coriander, and some essence of clove. Mouthfeel is full on the top of the palate but dry underneath, very complex and satisfying. Dangerously drinkable at 9% ABV. This is a choice replacement for an aperitif cocktail or a dry wine. Next cocktail party, offer up a taste of this to your guests. They'll thank you.

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Photo of grindcore666
2.03/5  rDev -52.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Pours out looking like a bubble bath of apple juice. Looks like a hefeweizen/champagne. Bubbles aplenty.

Aroma is a fruity sensation: apples, pears, banana creme, marshmallows, champagne.

Tastes like an unripe apple as a wine. Mouthfeel is sparkling for a split second, then dry, sweet, sharp, bitter, and yeasty. I taste apple and pear in this one. Aftertaste is dry soap and yeast.

As a hefe I probably wouldve enjoyed this one ten fold - since I'm interested in the flavors presented. It's just too dry for my taste. I see this doesnt go underappreciated, though.

I'll have to find someone to give the rest of this 4-pack to.

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

It's amazing how great a great beer tastes when you drink it right after a lousy beer. In this case, both beers were from the same brewer -- I drank this bottle of Unibroue La Fin Du Monde right after a bottle of Unibroue U2. I guess the biggest positive comment I can make about the U2 is that it made the La Fin Du Monde taste so much better!

I poured the LFDM (acronyms rule) into a standard pint glass. Nice, cloudy golden colour with a 1/2 inch head. Looks like fairly low carbonation. Smell is strawberries, grapefruit, candies, peaches, some grass, and, of course, that patent, unidentifiable (at least to me) Unibrouey smell.

Taste is just great. Fruity, sweet hops, a bit of alcohol, and Unibroueyness. Yes, I'm inventing words left and right. Mouthfeel is cutting, with just the right amount of carbonation for me (i.e. not that much), and very little aftertaste.

For 9% ABV, this is a very drinkable beer. The type I could go through two or three of and then fall down.

Anyway, my theory is Unibroue released its one or two lousy beers solely to make its mostly awesome beers taste better. Smart, eh?

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Photo of Melchizedek
4.07/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a champagne-like gold, with a slight yeast haze, a rocky white head and lively, lasting carbonation.

Smell is potent, with some clove and yeast action and a light Red Delicious apple-like background scent. Floral notes in the smell as well. In the mouth, rather effervescent and foamy, with noticeable alcohol and a hard-to-identify honey/fruit sweetness.

This is very, very drinkable--dangerously so, with its 9% ABV. There's a pleasing sharpness to the flavor and mouthfeel that comes out better at a temp a bit lower than what might be recommended; when you try it, pour at fridge temp or just above and let it warm, and I think you'll enjoy it immensely.

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Photo of andjusticeforale
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

“The end of the world.” I poured this beer into a unibroue tulip I have enjoyed this beer in the past but never considered a review until now.

The first impression of this beer in a glass is that of a cross between a run-o-the-mill american pilsener and champagne. It froths like crazy and truly looks “refreshing.” But there is no cheap macro-swill here, this is high end stuff.

The initial smell is spicy, yeasty, somewhat belgian white, even more malt base to form the strong pale ale frame. The taste is predominantly vanilla, coriander malts and a bitterness to add balance from the hops. This is crucial because it balances the sweetness that would otherwise be over-present. One other thing that balances the sweetness is the alcohol content. At times it is present, and at other times it is not so up front. The finish is wonderfully spiced, dry herbal spiced, (coriander, some citrus oil not nutmeg and cinnamon) and vanilla. With a warming effect.

This is really nice in what it is trying to accomplish, its up there with Duvel, etc.; and is certainly less sweet than some of the Belgians. If beginners into craft beer could get by the high alcohol, this certainly is a beverage that could tease and convert the casual drinker to explore craft and Belgian beer.

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Photo of hopsaplenty
4.03/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Giant rocky head of densely packed bone colored bubbles spilling over the top of the glass. Loads of carbonation streams and tons of lacing. Beautiful, cloudy golden caramel colored body. Smells of clove with alcohol, slight floral esters. Vibrant carbonation on tongue, hints of peppery spice in the finish. Full mouthfeel, big and packed with overt alcohol tones.

This is a beer to be enjoyed slowly, savored.

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Photo of beveragecaptain
4.38/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml corked bottle. After the cork exploded off the bottle, this beer poured out a hazy orange, with a big white head. Aroma is yeast, spice, and fruit. Tropical fruit flavor, especially apricots, pineapple, and mango. Spicy, with pepper and cloves, but not as spicy as most of their dark beers. No hop flavor. Sweet, but not overly sweet. This tastes very much like a Belgian beer. Full mouthfeel. Absolutely no sign of the 9% abv. A truly world class beer.

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Photo of SwillinBrew
4.7/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Damn, this is one fine brew. I cant believe i've waited this long to review it.

Ap-Slightly hazy with a very deep honey color with lots of bubbles and a good size head that last, very effervescent.
Sm - A subtle spiciniess hits your nose that gives way to a fruity, slight yeast and citrusy scent. Very very aromatic.
T - F'ing outstanding. Mellow bananas and orange first grace your mouth blending with the spice to just baste your tastebuds in liquid goodness. The flavors linger after every swallow.

This is just one exceptional brew. The effervescense cleans your palate for the flavors that are immediately following. I will keep this as a regular in my selection and will also cellar a few.

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Photo of horshack7
4/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearnce: A pale golden yellow head is very frothy.

Smell: Peppery hints of corriender and dried fruits.

Taste: Lots of dried fruits hints of orange zest and apricots and and rather complex hop bitterness.

Notes: Certainly a very unique style that I have ever had very drinkable with a it's complex flavors. Cheers!

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Photo of dirtylou
4.2/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz single from Riley's

appearance: pours a cloudy pale orange with a giant fluffy head with great lacing...quite a nice lookin brew

smell: nice and fruity, almost tropical...some nice citrus aromas as well, definately a little yeasty, a little alcohol on the nose, some nice spices as well

taste: very clean and tasty...nice and fruity (some citrus and tropical flavors), clovey spiciness, some pear, yeast, pronounced alcohol burn is present.

mouthfeel: smooth creamy, a good deal of carbonation

drinkability: very drinkable

I have been walking past Unibroue bottles for a while now. Theres just so much out there, I never made it to these guys...I'll probably get further into their line this winter

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La Fin Du Monde from Unibroue
4.31 out of 5 based on 9,906 ratings.
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