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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:
#415
Reviews:
2,999
Ratings:
10,127
pDev:
11.34%
Bros Score:
4.83
 
 
Wants:
665
Gots:
2,353
Trade:
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Ratings: 10,127 |  Reviews: 2,999
Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of Knapp85
4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew poured out as a hazy yellow color with a billowing white head on top. The foam leaves some scattered lacing on the glass with each sip. The smell of the beer is a little citrusy and has some sweet grainy aromas too in there. The beer smells refreshing, very lively. The taste of the beer was a little spicy, a little fruity and had a nice amount of bready yeast in there too. The mouthfeel was smooth and rather easy to drink, even for a strong brew like this one. Overall it's a damn good brew and I would enjoy this one again someday for sure.

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Photo of nmann08
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of oriolesfan4
4.15/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I guess I saved the best Unibroue for last. I bought 8 different Unibroue 12 oz singles and finally I can drink one and say I absolutely enjoyed it.

Pours a nice cloudy yellow with a think wisp of a head. Smell is spicy with a clove/banana type of aroma. Taste is very reminiscent of a Hefe, but a tad spicier and beefier. 9% ABV is well hidden and this has superior drinkability. A great beer, I liked this one a lot.

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Photo of t0rin0
4.15/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This came from a 750 ml from bevmo, so not sure how old it actually is. It poured a nice dark golden color and was hazy. It also had a large white head that dissipated and left nothing behind. The aroma was mostly of orangey citrus. There was of course a little bit of yeast in the smell too. The flavor was very sweet and pleasant but on the verge of being too sweet. There was some complexity in the taste but I couldn't tell what all was in there. The mouthfeel was carbonated and light, which is nice for a tripel.

I think its a very enjoyable beer but the sweetness takes away from its credibility a little.

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Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.75/5  rDev -13.2%

Photo of metter98
4.35/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer poured clear golden yellow in color with a finger high bright white head that slowly died down into a thin layer of bubbles covering most of the surface. A moderate amount of carbonation is visible from the rising bubbles.
S: There is a moderate smell of floral hops, fruits, spices and yeast in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the nose and much stronger, having a good balance between pepper spices and a slight amount of sweetness from the fruits. There are also some notes of candi sugar.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate with a lot of dryness in the finish.
D: The alcohol is very well hidden, which makes this beer very drinkable. I will definitely be having this again as it is one of the best representations of a tripel.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.95/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

La Fin Du Monde is a solid Tripel with a sweeter, wheaty demeanor and weizen-like yeastiness.

Murky golden in color, the beer carries a froathy rocky white head at first, but struggles for retention as it reduces to hardly a trace only a few moments in.

Wheaty and spicy, the aromas display the appricot, pear, and nearly banana and clove character that rivals hefeweizens.

Flavors follow suit with a sweeter candied fruit taste of ripe, or over ripe, appricots, bananas, and pear. Spicy with alcohol, white pepper, corriander, and a dash of orange peel. Light notes of coconut or vanilla seems to richen the flavor and detract from the zesty taste of classic Belgian tripels. Lacking any meaningful hop character further exacerbates the sweet and fatter mid palate. Pleasant earthy notes rise as the beer warms, giving a honey-like taste in finish.

Heightened sweetness and body makes the beer less digestable and drinkable than it should be. Sweetness and malt textures linger in the finish and never allows for the snappy dry finish that tripels deserve. Alcohols warm the mouth and accent the peppery character of yeast and help with balance late.

Though this is a nice tripel ale, I don't give it the praise that others share. It doesn't have the malty-dry, cracker-like character and well attenuated sweetness of Chimay Cinq Cents (white label), nor with it's floral, spicy, earthy hop presence. This beer just tastes muted, sweet, and over fruity in comparison.

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Photo of biboergosum
4.1/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

650ml bottle. This was the first Unibroue offering that I tried back in university in the mid-90s when they first shipped it out West. It was quite the eye-opener to my Big Rock-loving self at the time. Now, at a nice little university area bistro, one neither at the End of the Universe, nor the end of the world, for that matter, I revisit it years hence.

This beer pours (into a properly branded chalice, no less) a hazy orangish yellow hue, with a few fingers of puffy, bubbly white head, which leaves some streaky soap film lace around the glass as it quickly beats in outta Oka (what, too soon?).

It smells of sharp grainy pale malt, earthy yeast, fruity dry apple and pear, cracked black pepper, spicy cloves, a slight minerality, and herbal, dead leafy hops. The taste is big, blended orchard fruit - apricot, pears, banana and orange - edgy yeast, peppery cloves, grainy pale malt, sugary honey, and mild floral hops. Only a slight tingling is detectable for the elevated ABV - neat.

The carbonation is noticeable, but mostly in a frothy sort of way, the body a sturdy medium weight, and a tad cloying in its sugary sweetness, but I've come to appreciate this as just a sad fact of the style. It finishes off-dry, the fruit and sugary malt lingering harder than the yeast and/or spice seem to be.

Homerism (hah - this is too much of a big-ass, geographically speaking, for now, country for that) aside, this is really a rather good example of the style, going down nice and smooth in spite of the big boy booze quotient. It's been their flagship beer since day one for a reason, and it's not hard to see why.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.27/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750ml brown glass bottle with hood and wire cap over a cork served into a La Chouffe tulip in high altitude Castle Rock, Colorado. Reviewed live. Expectations are extremely high given its current ratings and the recommendation of a friend. Acquired at Davidson's Liquors for $6.99.

A: Pours a three finger head of no cream, bad thickness, and pretty good retention. Colour is a nontransparent light honey-gold.

Sm: Pleasant light malt, moderate crystal malt, honey, heavy lemon peel, and clean barley. A moderate strength aroma.

T: Heavy lemon peel throughout, with some light tame spices that I quite fancy. Some ginger and clove. Tastes like a hefeweizen and witbier combined, brewed with Belgian yeast. Has some yeast, but not a significant amount. The alcohol doesn't come through at all. The lemon is a bit overdone, in fairness. It is quite estery. Nicely balanced excepting the lemon. The yeast on the finish is lovely. Well built for the style, but it does resemble other styles (as afore noted).

Mf: Smooth and wet, but actually a touch too thick. Suits the flavours pretty well.

Dr: Very drinkable, especially for the high ABV - which doesn't come through. I'd like to try it aged, but I don't know that it'd be best on-draught. A nice little tripel that deserves revisiting. At $6.99, there's no reason not to age it. I just wish they'd tone that damned lemon down.

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Photo of emerge077
3.75/5  rDev -13.2%

Photo of WillieThreebiers
4/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of brentk56
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pale, cloudy yellow with an enormous white head; good lacing

Smell: Bananas and a touch of clove; undertones of candi sugar and lemon

Taste: Starts with the banana and candi sugar flavors; by mid-palate, pears and other light fruits arrive along with a lemony bitterness; after the swallow, the pear and stone fruit flavors build into the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with prickly carbonation

Drinkability: Very tasty, with a distinct yeasty character; well made - as good a tripel as you will find

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Photo of oline73
4.3/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a Chimay goblet. I thought I'd have one of these to celebrate the end of the world.

Appearance: The beer pours a golden color with an amber hue. There is just under a finger of fluffy white head that fades to a ring around the pour.

Smell: This one is slightly sweet with a ton of Belgian spice. I'm getting some fruity notes along with a hint of cloves.

Taste: There is a nice level of malty sweetness here, it's prominent but not cloying. The Belgian spice shows up here too, but it's not as dominant as it was in the smell. There is a mild fruity note here as well. The finish is slightly bitter with some Belgian spice in the mix.

Mouthfeel: The body is medium with a ton of fluffy, foamy carbonation and a very dry finish.

Overall: I really enjoy this beer. All the flavors blend together really nicely. I could have several of these.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.47/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle: Poured a golden beer with a huge bubbly head with average retention. Aroma is a mix between something sweet which might be candi sugar and wheat. Taste is very refreshing with again a nice mix of candi sugar, wheat and something a bit spicier, which I cannot identify. Body if medium with great carbonation. I truly love this beer even after more then ten years of drinking it. Must be commanded just for helping discovered the fabulous world of beer.

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Photo of zeff80
4.43/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Poured out a cloudy, dark gold color with a bubbly, soapy, two finger head. It left traces of lace.

S - It smelled of fruit (citrus) and some light caramel malt. Also, a slightly grassy aroma.

T - It tasted very sweet with a yeast and wheat taste. Also, a good dose of citrus and dried fruit. Some light caramel malt flavors, too.

M - It was crisp and sharp, yet smooth and easy drinking. A light to medium-bodied beer.

D - A great tripel. Comparable to St. Bernadus.

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Photo of SocalKicks
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of LXIXME
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of superspak
4.72/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into signature tulip glass, best before 3/28/2017. Pours lightly hazy deep golden color with a 2 finger fairly dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big lemon, pear, apple, apricot, pineapple, orange peel, banana, coriander, clove, pepper, wheat, bread, candi sugar, herbal, grass, light bubblegum, and yeast earthiness. Incredible complexity and balance of fruity/earthy yeast, spices, and pale malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big lemon, pear, apple, apricot, pineapple, orange zest, banana, coriander, clove, pepper, wheat, bread, candi sugar, herbal, grass, light bubblegum, and yeast earthiness. Good amount of earthy yeast spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon. pear, apple, apricot, pineapple, orange zest, banana, coriander, clove, pepper, wheat, bread, candi sugar, herbal, grass, light bubblegum, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Insane complexity of fruity/earthy yeast, spices, and pale malt flavors; with a pretty much perfect yeast/spice/malt balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, and fairly prickly/dry mouthfeel that is incredible. Alcohol is extremely well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is a world class tripel style. All around insane complexity and balance of fruity/earthy yeast, spices, and pale malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to sip on for the big ABV. An absolutely amazing offering.

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Photo of Boone757
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of largadeer
4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - A very bright and hazy golden-colored ale with a remarkably resilient head.

Smell - Spicy and floral; notes of apple cider and yeast; faintly soapy. A delicate but complex aroma.

Taste - Very fruity and malty upon first hitting the tongue, with overtones of apple and banana and a bit of citrus underneath that. Peppery and slightly drying in the finish with mild floral hops.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied and creamy on the tongue; ample but gentle carbonation.

Overall - I used to enjoy this beer, but these days I find the yeast character to be overbearing.

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Photo of Kurmaraja
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of mothman
4.15/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best before date not printed onto bottle. Poured into New Belgium Globe glass.

Pours an amazing fluffy head. The color is hazy light orange. Best descriped as apple cider. Few particles float around beer.

Smell is very fruity, a strong banana aroma with some citrus notes as well. Tastes is pretty much the same. The citrus makes its presence and the alcohol also makes its way out.

Mouthfeel is very full. It is crisp, yet extremely creamy. This beer is highly carbonated and needs be drank slowly. Leaves a some what sticky aftertaste.

Overall, this is a solid beer! I really enjoyed the full body flavor of this triple. I have another in the fridge, but that one will be gone soon!

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La Fin Du Monde from Unibroue
Beer rating: 4.32 out of 5 with 10,127 ratings
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