La Fin Du Monde | Unibroue

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96
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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:
10,074
Reviews:
2,980
Avg:
4.31
pDev:
11.37%
 
 
Wants:
655
Gots:
2,316
For Trade:
21
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Photo of Artjsantos
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of dtivp
4.33/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy dull golden yellow with a finger and a half white head that fades slowly into a nice cap with very little lacing.

Smell of yeast, sweet malt and some spice.

Taste of yeast, bread, malt, some sweet fruits, hints of clove and a very slight touch of alcohol.

Mouthfeel is light leaning to heavy body body, low carbonation. Very crisp and smooth drinking beer, the alcohol is well masked and eventually sneaks up and smacks you on the side of the head.

Overall this is a top notch tripel, very enjoyable and another good beer from Unibroue. Drink with caution, the 9% ABV does sneak up on you and will not care if it is "The end of the world".

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Photo of Mistofminn
4.51/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

My first Unibroue! Might as well be La Fin Du Monde. I figured it was high time I reviewed some Top 100 beers, so I made a haul specifically geared towards that.

Poured from a large bottle into a pint glass. Golden in color, with a head that lasted for a bit. Smell is yeasty with fruity tones. Also a noticeable hop bitterness. Taste is very complex. Fruit, spices, hop bitterness, alcohol. Amazing! I've never had a tripel before and this was a great introduction! Medium body. Very drinkable. The alcohol is very well masked, it's definitely there, but not unpleasant by any stretch of the imagination.

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Photo of Kevlee722
4.19/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jpro
4.22/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From the 4 bottle “Taster Pack” -

A: Poured from the 12oz bottle into a Widmer Bros tulip glass... cloudy, citrus gold; fizzy, two-finger ultra white head dies down fast; lots of tiny bubbles rushing to the surface throughout.

S: Bready / crusty malts; some yeast spiciness and tartness; some phenolic tones.

T: Crisp, bready malts; green apple skin tartness that is played up by the yeast; peppery hops and touch of ginger on the finish; a note of alcohol on the finish, too.

M: Medium-light bodied with a high carbonation; its crispness doesn’t incline you to think its a pretty big ale at 9% abv.

D/O: Very drinkable and enjoyable. Next time I’ll try for a rougher pour to create that massive head. A very nice tripel.

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Photo of riemster
4/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of Dolfan907
4/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of Chris77McGrath
3.5/5  rDev -18.8%

Photo of karst
4.55/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

La Fin Du Monde according to Robert Frost

Some say the world will end in fire,
Some say in ice.

From what I've tasted of desire
I hold with those who favour fire.

But if it had to perish twice,
I think I know enough of hate
To say that for destruction ice
Is also great

And would suffice.

http://www.geocities.com/sir_john_eh/fireice.html

750 ml bottle Pours allmost clear pale golden with a dense creamy-white head supported by strong beading with good lace. Clean malty aroma with tart lemons mixes with weaker Belgian spices - clove and yeast. Flavors similar to aroma. Smooth & creamy mouthfeel. Finishes fairly dry, low hops expose flavors of sweet malts with only a slightly bitter bite of alcohol in the aftertaste. This really works well and it is most drinkable expecially for 9% ABV.

Definately worth trying before you perish! Carpe Diem.

Its the end of the review, and I am feeling fine!

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Photo of RAlmeida77
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of MicroBeerMan1980
4/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of nosavingsaccount
3.75/5  rDev -13%

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

Photo of scottum
4.52/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I grew up outside of Burlington, VT. Montreal was the closest real city, less than two hours to the north. Unibroue has done me right severial times throughout the years. I met one of the brewers last year at the Boston beer summit and he said that giving out these brews was the best job on earth. When the quality is as high as Unibroue obtains I'd tend to believe that. Pours out a straw gold with a nice white head. The taste is oh so nice. a bit of spice with the nice grain and a tiny bit of the 9% comes through. Sooo smoooth! Very complex, yet so drinkable!

2000 vintage:
Mmmm, five year old unibroue! Can't believe I've been able to sit on this so long.

The pour wasn't amazing. The beer is starting to flatten out. So I got sad for a second thinking that maybe the five year old La Finn Du Monde wouldn't deliver. Wrong! Holy shit! This is one of the best bottles of beer I have ever had! Damn! The flavor, mouthfeel, and drinkability have all made it to the realm of perfect scores. If anyone out there has any old unibroue they want to trade, I will forevermore be oh so very down for it! Please!

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Photo of carln26
4.03/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a deep gold color, mildly hazy with a thick egg-white colored head. The head continues to refresh itself via a thin stream of champagne bubbles from the bottom of the glass. The nose has a mild bread-dough aroma up front followed by citrus/orange and grapefruit rind, some coriander spice, finished by a mild caramel malt. The taste has more of the citrus up front backed by the spice, finished nicely by the malt in the form of toffee. This beer has a wonderful carbonation, a light and bright mouth feel, and a high drinakbility. A great NA Belgian style ale.

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Photo of BlakeAM
4.56/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of IanSpindler
4/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of illpass78
3.79/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip.

Appearance: Hazy gold. Humongous white head.

Aroma: Sugars, citrus, clove, spice.

Taste: Citrus rind, banana, apple, candied sugar, booze. Apricot, pear, too.

Mouthfeel: Pretty boozy but not unapproachable.

Overall: Good representation of the style. Doesn't blow my mind like I expected, but a good example of what a tripel should be.

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

Consumed on the 4th of July as fireworks were exploding around the house.

Great beer, big frothy head, cloudy, pretty yellow. Looks like freedom.

Fruity notes, citrus, pears.

Delicious taste fruity, yeasty, fresh, crisp.

Nicely carbonated. Just an overall kick ass beer made in the USA. U-S-A!

P.S. I know it's made in canada, but since we pretty much own them, it's like it's brewed here.

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Photo of cardinals22
3.5/5  rDev -18.8%

Photo of RedHaze
3.67/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very hazy orange with a one finger head that settles very quickly to a thin spotty cap leaving behind almost no lace.

Smell; lots of coriander and citric lemon, with a bunch of spices and yeast. There's a bit of a bready dough quality, in there as well.

Taste; very fruity with oranges and lemons, and there's some other fruits that I can't quite place. The spices and sweetness are almost to overwhelming for me. Some alcohol makes it's presence felt in the aftertaste pretty strongly. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, and with the sweetness and abundance of spices this is a bit hard for me to drink.

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

Poured into Duvel glass.

Pours a cloudy golden orange with rapid head that settles to a bit of a fluffy island surrounded by a smaller broken up head that sits on the top. Some lacing.

Smells of orange, yeasts, bananas, cloves, some what bready.

Brew tastes of fruits (much like the smell) and yeasts, some alcohol presence in there as well. Has a spicey peppery mouthfeel. Has a sweet taste to a degree but there is some tartness in there as well. Has a nice sticky flavor left in the aftertaste. Has the nice warming effect from the alcohol; but is very balanced (masked nicely).

This brew is delicious; very tasty, very drinkable. It could get me all kinds of shitty if I made a session out of this brew. This is why I prefer to sip and enjoy, after all it was probably meant for just that. If I could line this next to all of the other triples I have had and taste test them - I think this may be the one to beat. Very stellar.

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

75 cl bottel poured into my cantillon tulip glas

A: Cloudy deep golden with a good tight white foam.

S : Earthy citrus, more fruity citrus, strong yeast and bread dough, lightly perfumed, sweet honey, some banana esters, some biscuit
T : a bit like the nose, lots of citrus notes, some nice coriander, a bit more of the malts with more biscuit and toast, still some floral honey, yeast is less present fairly sweet with a touch of alcohol and light fruitiness to finish.
M : smooth and with à good amount of carbonation
D : alcohol is present , but not overwelming

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Photo of JamesMN
4.34/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Date on bottle of 12/14/14. I'm never really worried about freshness with a belgian ale but it would be nicer to have a bottled on date instead.

Appearance: Completely opaque milky orange color with a one finger off-white head spread out across the mouth of a chalice.

Aroma: Despite my early disliking of the Tripel style, the succulent bouquet of sweet pear, apple, dates and a hint of spice in the nose really makes me realize how much I have been missing out on since getting into craft. A good mix of sweet and spice with a touch of alcohol.

Taste: Similar to the nose but more intense sweet and spicy notes. The flavor stays pretty consistent throughout with the peppery spice notes (no doubt from the yeast) held low and dark on the palate while the sweet fruit flavors (belgian candi syrup) ride high on the palate. The 9% ABV almost seems completely hidden until you get about a third of the way in and start to feel that heat building up in the back of the throat. There is a bit of hop bitterness that comes in one short blast at the beginning and then lingers just a tad in the aftertaste. A superbly balanced brew that is close to thirst-quenching.

Mouthfeel: Hovering around medium in body with a silky-smooth feel despite the streaming effervescence. Highly drinkable.

Final Thoughts: With beers like La Fin Du Monde, Tripels are giving Quads are run for their money as my favorite belgian style. Quite a good beer and one that every fan of belgian ales should buy given the opportunity. Would I drink it again? Yes.

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