La Fin Du Monde | Unibroue

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La Fin Du MondeLa Fin Du Monde

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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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 06-23-1998

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Photo of StoutItOutLoud
4.12/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12-oz bottle to tulip, best by 4-2015

A: golden straw color, massive off white head, with large irregular bubbles on the surface, recedes to a thin ring on the edge to the end
S: spicy yeast, clove, light banana, pear, light bubblegum
T: very little going on, nothing extraordinary. sweet malt, spice (clove, pepper), alcohol

this is similar to Westmalle's Tripel, though less astringent . . . good drink for a 90-degree Chicago night

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Photo of gatorlove
4.12/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of lzepplin01
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of diablo14
4/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of silver0rlead
4.42/5  rDev +2.3%
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 -1.6%

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

Photo of Hopswagger
4.7/5  rDev +8.8%
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 -7.4%

Photo of leaversuch
3.75/5  rDev -13.2%

Photo of Adkins1203
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of BlindPig
4.15/5  rDev -3.9%
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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3.75/5  rDev -13.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of goalie35
4.4/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of TheDoak
3.5/5  rDev -19%

Photo of LittleCreature
4.4/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

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 +4.4%
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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4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +10%

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4.75/5  rDev +10%

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3.25/5  rDev -24.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Ben7773
4/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of DaveRinn
3/5  rDev -30.6%

La Fin Du Monde from Unibroue
Beer rating: 4.32 out of 5 with 10,196 ratings