La Fin Du Monde | Unibroue

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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:
10,064
Reviews:
2,977
Avg:
4.31
pDev:
11.37%
 
 
Wants:
650
Gots:
2,301
For Trade:
21
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Ratings: 10,064 |  Reviews: 2,977
Photo of silver0rlead
4.42/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy golden yellow hue with a nice frothy white head that retains well. Aroma is impressive and shocking, huge grape and citrus scents, candy sugar sweetness, floral hops, spices (corriander, clove, anise) and a fruity yeastiness. Taste is very complex, flavors of grape, lemon and orange peel, spices (corriander, clove, anise), candy sugar, bready malt and light floral hops and phenols. Mouthfeel is light and crisp with a slightly sweet finish and slight alcohol notes. Extremely impressive and delicious, alcohol is barley noticeable, definately one of the best beers in the world.

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Photo of throwback
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of xungmound98
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

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

Photo of afinepilsner
4.35/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz brown bottle
9% abv

La Fin Du Monde was light gold in color and cloudy. It had a short white head that was reduced to a ring with little residual lacing. The smell was fruit, yeast and malt. The taste was fruity and sweet upfront with candi sugar, yeast flavors and spices. The finish was lingering and semi-dry. It was medium bodied with medium-high carbonation. The drinkability was good and the alcohol well hidden. This is a good Belgian ale and worth seeking out.

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Photo of burnstar
4.58/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

25 oz bottle shared at Zeno's. Pour into a tulip a nice cloudy golden color with a very thick and persistant white head. Smell is light- sweet fruity and yeasty. Taste starts with sweet malt which turns into a very nice fruit flavor which is difficult to place. Perhaps very sweet oranges. There is also some good spicy hop flavor to balance it out in the finish. Very balanced and tastey brew. This has a very nice medium full mouthfeel with some significant carbonation that suits this beer very well. This is 9% ABV but it's hard to tell from the taste- very well hidden. I have no doubt that it is in fact present however- this stuff hits hard. Dangerous and wonderful. "End of the World" indeed.

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

From notes:

P: A murky apricot body with streaming bubbles and a crown of airy white head the quickly fades to a translucent swirl.

S: Profound yeast esters, mandarin oranges with sweet alcohol. Coriander, earthy notes, leather oil and spices. Barnyard funk, apricots, and pears.

T/M: A vibrant carbonated tingle on the palate that opens up to funky esters, robust orchard fruits, bananas, and subtle spices. A small amount of smoked wood that compliments the dry finish of tangy apples.

O: Wow! This is truly a delicious tripel. I loved everything about it. Complex and elegant with bold flavors and easy drink ability. I enjoy this both cold and room temp. This will be a regular pleasure for me.

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Photo of bmmortale
4/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of Adkins1203
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of YeastEnthusiast
5/5  rDev +16%

Photo of Niceroad77
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

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

A- A little bit cloudy golden body. Has a off white head on top.
S- Nice spices in it with yeast following behind. A medium amount of malt makes it way through with a helping of dry hops to help balance it out.
T- The taste starts to follow the aroma. Spices followed by a yeast. Light fruits can also be found in this along with a calm warming from the alcohol. There is a medium bitterness left in the aftertaste along with the left over fruits.
M- Medium body and medium carbonation. Has champagne like bubbles mixed with this flavor.
D- Very drinkable with a great complexion to it. The combination of the carbonation and the flavors just make this beer pop.

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Photo of Alpar
3.75/5  rDev -13%

Photo of leaversuch
3.75/5  rDev -13%

Photo of OKbrew89
4.22/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of gelasin
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of LittleCreature
4.4/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - 4.0
Poured three fingers of tight, foamy, white head, which reduced steadily. The colour is a very deep gold, slightly hazy, with a few champagne like bubbles rising in the middle. Possibly the prettiest beer I have ever seen.

Smell - 4.5
Not overly powerful, but still wonderful. The alcohol is clearly there, amongst the sweet smells of malt, honey, stone fruit, cloves and spices. Not unlike a strong hefe weissbier in aroma, and not far from scoring a perfect 5 in this category.

Taste - 4.5
Again, the alcohol is immediately making a presence, and makes up a little more of the taste than I would like. The taste is nowhere near as sweet as the smell, which is a bit of a disappointment. The alcohol is immediately warming, which is nice. There is biscuity malt sweetness and a whisper of fruitiness (pear). The finish is dry and moderately bitter, and the aftertaste is pleasant.

Mouthfeel - 4.5
Really quite champagne-like, it feels light in the mouth, with a relatively high level of carbonation. Smooth.

Drinkability - 4.5
This definitely gets easier to drink as it warms. There are much more drinkable Belgian strong pale ales out there in my opinion, as this one's dryness and bitterness reduce the appeal.

OVERALL - 4.5
This is undoubtedly an excellent beer, although it is not quite to my taste. The warming sensation from drinking it is wonderful, so for that, I may one day try it again. Personally, I find other offerings from Unibroue to be a bit easier drinking, although perhaps not as complex. Price is very high, but the quality is excellent, so no quarrels about the value.

Edit: upon second sampling, I bumped the score up from 4.2 to 4.35. First time round I most definitely drank the beer too cold.

Re-edit: My opinion of this beer just keeps improving. I disagree with a lot of what I have originally written about it.

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

This is another one of my favorite beers. It is also a staple around my house.

Poured into a tulip it has a beautiful golden yellow color with a white head and beautiful lacing. This is a good lookin beer.

Smells of cloves and bubblegum/banana. Everything you would expect in a tripel style.

Taste is of pepper and spice notes. Not a lot of this but it's there. Very smooth and tasty. Little bit of clove and spice/noble hops.

Mouthfeel is great with a high carb that is perfect for the style.

Overall I LOVE this beer. I am so glad this is so widely avaliable and I can even get it at my local grocery store. I have had this many times and plan on having it many more.

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Photo of hotsudge
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of constantine_272
4.05/5  rDev -6%
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 RaulMondesi
4.59/5  rDev +6.5%

Light as a dream; as if life were serene. Tender Belgian yeasts like s first kiss (as if you'd ever forget). Light and airy, Lindbergh-esqe almost scary. So nice, so real, so very dry and ideal.

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Photo of twowheelssoar
4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of Skabiski
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of mwbrady12
3.25/5  rDev -24.6%

Photo of pants678
3.76/5  rDev -12.8%
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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La Fin Du Monde from Unibroue
4.31 out of 5 based on 10,064 ratings.
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