La Fin Du Monde | Unibroue

BA SCORE
96
world-class
10,027 Ratings
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:
10,027
Reviews:
2,970
Avg:
4.31
pDev:
11.37%
 
 
Wants:
640
Gots:
2,274
For Trade:
20
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Photo of sinistermadman
4.37/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served via apocalyptic 12 oz bottle. This brew pours a bright amber with a terrific head which subsides quietly, leaving barely any lacing. Smells of spice, citrus, subtle solvent nose and of course the omnipotent alcohol.

Taste: Delicious. Smooth and sweet on the front end, quickly morphing into a spicy pepper character towards the end. This is one to sip on and savor. Strikes a perfect balance between the alcohol content and drinkability factor. The carbonation seems to sneak in the warming alcohol. Mouthfeel is very pleasant. Like I said, this brew is sneaky so watch it. With all that said this is definitely a brew to end the night with. Well worth a try. Cheers.

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Photo of NoLiberty
4.47/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Aside from the fact that this beer has a tendency to sneak up on you, it's an incredibly consistent, delicious beer. Unibroue, one of Canada's finest breweries, always produces this well-balanced beer in the same manner and well suited for aging.

La Fin Du Monde was one of the first craft brews I ever purchased. I bought my first 25 oz. bottle in Canada well below US legal drinking age and stored it in my closet at home for close to 6 years. I had no idea how to properly age a beer and when I did I'd decided to continue "aging" the beer for some quasi-scientific curiosity.

I drank the beer with the current brewer at Shed Brewery and surprisingly it wasn't putrid. The alcohol had continued to develop for at least 3 of those years, because it nearly burned our eyes. But the yeast characteristics and maltiness maintained. I wouldn't recommend aging to the length that I performed, but La Fin du Monde has a life of it's own, a fighting will to survive and to be the better beer. Enjoy and appreciate.

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Photo of Trueant1
3.65/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Pours a nice cloudy orange color. White head that leaves a great coating of lacing on the sides of the glass. Lots of small dark floaties.

Smells of candy, candy, candy....hmmm...candy sugar. Sour yeast, and citrus...probably from hops.

Tastes sweet from the excessive malts. Alcoholic spiciness dominates the pallette.
Funky yeast flavors followed by firey spicy alochol. An asperin like aftertaste lingers on and on.

Very sweet sticky mouthfeel. Lots of carbonation.

Overall a great beer. Perhaps, too much bitter aftertaste for me.

Hard for me to rate this one good on the drinkibiliby...maybe I just am not in the mood for this beer right now?

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Photo of gbrill
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of remitrom
4/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of AJacob81
4.03/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ah, La Fin du Monde. I've held off reviewing because I have a really hard time separating out specific aromas and flavors with this one. We'll give it a go. Poured, as usual, into a Duvel tulip.

A - Hazy, burnt orange. A flat-topped 2-finger foam head forms and is retained very well, leaving nice, if somewhat spotty, lacing behind.

S - Citrus, baked bread, and slightly funky yeast, none of it overpowering.

T - Everything present in the nose is present here, but a touch more refined. Generic citrus becomes mild grapefruit and tangerine, the baked bread is now a piping hot wheat loaf, etc. Also there is a hint of cloves and black pepper, presumably from the yeast.

M and D - Creamy, medium body with consistent carbonation and a dry, slightly hot finish due to the otherwise-masked ABV. Very easy to drink.

This is a go-to, readily available beer, and I really like it, but I don't love it. Not at all sure why it rates as the best Tripel here, although it is markedly better than most US brewers' attempts at the style. Give me Westmalle or Cinq Cents any day. I need to proper reviews for those soon.

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Photo of dcook11
4.55/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A- Hazy yellow with a medium carbonation and minimal lacing. This tripel displays a penicil thin head and some fine bubbles that aid in its formation. Adding the yeast at the end of the bottle adds somewhat to the head formation and lacing.

S- As I open the bottle hops are the first thing thats stand out, folowed by a malt sweetness and a belgian yeastyness. Although canadian, unibroue imitates the belgian style wuite well. As the beer warms peach and nectarin become very prominent as does the high level of alcohol. Further, as the beer neers room tempature a type of cloying sweetness makes its appearance and sticks around until the end of the bottle.

T- Hops followed closely by a malt sweetnes. Next, a predominant peach and nectarine taste make an appearance. Candied sweetness also adds a bit to the masking of the beers nine percent. As the beer warms up bitterness becomes more noticable. When the yeast is added a baked bread taste is conveyed. The cloying sweetness is one of the only things holding this beer back from a perfect score.

M- La Fin Du monde is medium bodied with a very slight bite from the carbonation.

D-Very smooth drinking, although the sweetness is a bit too much at times. Definitly a sipper at nine percent.

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Photo of SageO
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of chadski
4.64/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of DirtyPenny
4.31/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured into a Birra Moretti goblet. Burping added a little interference to this one, as I'd had beer brats made with a few bottles of Narragansett for supper earlier (and they were
delicious).

A: Honey golden with light platinum gold highlights. Rich stuff. Poured with two+ inches of creamy white foam which shrank away quickly. Foam clings for dear life to the sides of the glass. Attempts to retain free will as individual glob of foam. Some does for a while, but all are re-assimilated back into the colony eventually. There is no escape.

S: Yeasty with notes of banana and citrus.

T: Sweet banana and cloves with a little hop spice on the backend, all amid a faint haze of alcohol, with a citrus tingle that hangs around at your house after the party is over
and shyly asks if you want to make out. Flavors sharpen as the brew warms.

M: Creamy and a touch on the thick side.

O: Been a while since I've had a really fantastic beer. I mean, I got a lot of good beer over the holidays, but nothing that really made me crave another one immediately afterward.
A fantastic beer and one I look forward to having again soon.

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Photo of Shagator
3.75/5  rDev -13%

Photo of BklynTerp
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

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

Photo of BBQWhisperer
4.44/5  rDev +3%

Photo of 4truth
4.31/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mjohn27603
4.38/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle - best before 7-4-05. Filled the tulip glass with a big and light head. It is blonde in color. Aroma of coriander but very light not overly so. Taste is of lemon and spices with a high alcohol content present. Leaves a sticky coating on the tongue after finishing but is quite drinkable for a something with 9.0% ABV. Very fizzy carbonation leaves light feeling in mouth. Drinking at 9PM on a Sunday night, it is a good way to cap off the night and the weekend.

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Photo of MDekker
4.6/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured out of a 12oz bottle into an old, clean canning jar with a handle. My nicer goblet-like pieces of glassware just don't have the volume to cope with the head of a tripel, so it had to be the jar, which seemed preferable over a pint glass. Despite that, the head was overwhelming. I had to repour a couple times to get it all in. Eventually the head faded to just a coating on the top. It's a hazy light orange color. I'm a little disappointed in the chaos of the head, but it looks nice.

S: A combination of sour lemon and dry, straw and hay aromas. Yeasty too.

T: First impressions: booze and sugary, ripened fruit. Much more potent and rich than the color and smell indicated. For the highest rated tripel on BA I was initially disappointed, but things are improving now. Grainy elements too, and a subtle finish to balance the initial punch of flavor. Man, it keeps growing on me, and I'm going to give it a 5 here.

M: Very creamy and impressive. The seemingly abundant carbonation is actually quite good in terms of feel. A little bit oily.

D: Well, the richness of it will keep me from putting down multiples of these, but it keeps pulling me back as I drink it. A really fine brew.

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Photo of Neehan
4.7/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wow. A truly remarkable beer in many ways. It pours your typical, slightly evervescent yet appealing pale body, and great lacing. The smell is malty, but sweeter than most of the style. From here, it only gets better with incredibly smooth complexity and a mouthfeel that has a great substance and presence but yet light with a cloud-like presence. Simply put, the most drinkable Tripel I've had. Exceptional.

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Photo of Shumista
4.43/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. ( Is the foil on the top really necessary, I found it really annoying.)

A- Pours a yellow-straw color with 2 finger fizzy white head that dissipates very slowly.
A- Definitely smells like a Belgian Tripel. I smell a lot of fruitiness, apple, pears, some spiciness.
T- Taste follows the smell. I would say apples are the biggest component of the fruitiness of the beer. The spiciness is there as well and there is a sourness to it that I did not expect from the aroma.
M- Highly carbonated (which I expected after seeing how it poured), and full bodied. The alcohol is barely noticeable, even as the beer warms.
D- Very high drinkability for a Tripel, I could have another bottle or two without any trouble.

This was my second beer from Unibroue and both this and their Maudite have been excellent. I'm looking forward to trying more of their beers.

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Photo of Scrapss
4.73/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Finally, La Fin Du Monde. One of the best beers ever made.

Appearance: hazy like a weissebier. It has an undercurrent like a properly prepared Black and Tan. Thick head dissipates into 1/8" thick pure white foam. Lacing is nearly ideal for the style. Particulates are present. Has legs.

Smell: sweet, slightly chalky texture, then incredible and utterly complex. Nectar of the gods.

Taste: think of the best hefeweisen you ever tasted. It's better. It's insanely sweet then drifts into the palate like nothing else on the planet. It changes character as it descends, first sweet wheat beer-like, then hot boozy then it gives off a light-sweet-tangerine essence for 10 seconds and then it's gone in a lingering sweet finish.

Mouthfeel: coating and filling, almost to the point of cloying but not annoyingly so. Medium cabonation prevents over-saturation.

Drinkability: As good as it is...it is another deceivingly smooth high ABV beer. You might try to session it but you'd fail. Simply enjoy it in extreme moderation.

La Fin Du Monde is quite simply one of the best beers ever made. I highly recommend it.

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Photo of degerbah
4.66/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

One of my all time favorites. Bought a bottle at the Catskellar on UC's campus which has turned into a really superior place to get decent beer in Cincinnati.

Poured a cloudy blonde with a thick head. The smell is the spicy aroma that I equate with all unibroue products. Very heavy flavor with cloves and other spices easily overpowered the pizza I was eating. Just a hint of alcohol to warn against the serious alcohol this beer packs.

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Photo of ncworster
5/5  rDev +16%

Photo of kmckinnon87
5/5  rDev +16%

Photo of GarrettB714
4/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of Jparker37
4.1/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured into perfect pint glass. Best before date of 3/8/14

A - Deep straw golden color. Pours a big off-white head with medium sized bubbles that receed to a nice cap of foam.

S - Has a great lemon zest smell to it. Some quieter spicy phonolic notes. Mild candy sweetness. The alcohol becomes aparent after the beer warms.

T - A little bit of lemon citrus comes across right away but begins to be sugary sweet. Finishes a little alcoholic but is hidden well throughout. Also a pretty dry finish.

M - Hits the heavy side of medium for body and has a nice prickly medium to high carbonation.

O - I enjoyed this beer alot. I tend to shy away from tripels, am usually not a fan but I have enjoyed this over other tripels I have had.

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La Fin Du Monde from Unibroue
4.31 out of 5 based on 10,027 ratings.
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