La Fin Du Monde | Unibroue

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4.32/5
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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:
#446
Reviews:
3,025
Ratings:
10,232
pDev:
11.34%
Bros Score:
4.83
 
 
Wants:
665
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2,409
Trade:
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Ratings: 10,232 |  Reviews: 3,025
Photo of YeastEnthusiast
5/5  rDev +15.7%

Photo of scottum
4.52/5  rDev +4.6%
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 -6.7%
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 vidisad
4/5  rDev -7.4%

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4/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of constantine_272
4.05/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Looks great. Nice bright vibrant golden color. Big pillowy frothy white head.

Smells zippy and citrusy. With a rich gaminess of mushrooms and maybe even fresh eggs. Some coriander is definitely present.

The smell deceives the taste as the spice and gaminess yields to more of a bread yeast flavor. Earthy richness rounds out the yeast and the finish is surprisingly salty. Frankly the bread yeast is a bit too bold.

Mouthfeel is syrupy and thick. Quite viscous and a big filling beer. Saltiness again adds to dryness.

This is a nice example of a triple considering it is actually Canadian. I'm curious where the yeast came from. Overall it might have been a tad too yeasty which took away from some of the drinkability.

Edit: First review was December 13, 2014; I bought another and cellared it for nearly 2 years. The viscous texture appears to have now thinned out which was my biggest drawback before. I now detect more tart fruit on the finish as well with pear and apricot and a buttery oak finish that contrasts with a lively prickly tart spicy finish. If you have the patience, I recommend cellaring a bottle, I really like the results. I may just give it another try.

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Photo of Murchmac
4.2/5  rDev -2.8%
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 -19%

Photo of NWer
4.68/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a brandy snifter.

A - Beautiful perfectly clear golden color, nice pale head that doesn't linger too long, little to no lacing.

S - The full aroma burst forth when I popped the cork. Very pleasant sweet flavors.

T - An effervescent, sweet, alcoholic taste that lingers in the back of the mouth.

M - Very effervescent throughout. A very pleasant mouth feel and aftertaste that makes you content to enjoy it and avoid rushing to take another sip.

D - This is a very drinkable beer - especially on a hot lazy Summer afternoon. Life doesn't get any better than this.

Notes: Best before 12-02-11 on back label
M 0208|541Q stampped on the neck - whatever that means.

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Photo of Vlaminck
3/5  rDev -30.6%

Photo of manfromanotherplace
4.68/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Quite simply the best tripel ive ever had...look is a deep dark orange, smell is of ripe fruit and alcohol, taste is the same but with a little smokey and sweet, mouthfeel incredible for the style....an old one but those are the best.there is no better tripel out there.

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Photo of RedHaze
3.67/5  rDev -15%
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 +1.4%
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 mjw1200
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of JamesMN
4.34/5  rDev +0.5%
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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Photo of Beerandboards
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of jackndan
3.8/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

La Fin Du Monde: The End of the World. Had it in a 750 ml bottle, with the cork top. Until I joined BA, I would never have bought such a beer. Until I reviewed so many (now 100! Beers), I would have gushed over this beer. But I must say, it seems like a paler version of its Belgian counterparts. It was a wonderful looking beer, but had huge chunks of the sediment floating in the second glass, despite my best efforts to pour it steady. Cloudy, golden appearance. Aroma was very pleasant of citrus and yeast. The beer itself was very nice, crisp and clean (almost airy) with a mix of bananas and citrus (fresh oranges). All in all, this beer did not have the aggressive characteristics of a beer like Duvel, and at six bucks a bottle, I was looking for more.

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Photo of deac83
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of tarheels4life23
3.75/5  rDev -13.2%

Photo of seanyfo
3.83/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

33CL BOTTLE POURED INTO DUVEL GLASS.

a - hazy orange blonde glow, creamy thick 4 finger head sitting atop, brussels lace great.

S - cinnamon and spices really hit me here amongst a sublte alcohol kick, no real apparent hops or malt there, maybe a slight tart grapefruit?

T- reminescent of a high abv hefe weizen. Lots of banana and cloves, spices tingle the tongue again. A sweet alcohol kick as the aftertaste linger, very well balanced between flavours and alcohol

M- high carbonation, but very creamy

D- a fine brew but dare i say i prefer delirium tremens. This is just a touch too tart for my tongue compared to others. The beer looks great and i wouldnt knock it back, but i would take a tremens before it.

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Photo of pants678
3.76/5  rDev -13%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Finally got around to this after many recommendations, but sadly it wasn't much to my liking. It's gold in color, strong head, smells nice, but far too hoppy & carbonated for my tastes. Still, easy going and smooth, considering. It does have a nice sour taste, if savored. But not really my style, in the end.

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Photo of mattyrubes
4/5  rDev -7.4%

La Fin Du Monde from Unibroue
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