La Fin Du Monde | Unibroue

La Fin Du MondeLa Fin Du Monde
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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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Ratings: 10,099 |  Reviews: 2,990
Photo of StevieW
4.7/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle. Shiny golden color. A swirl of the bottle will clould things a bit. Rich and foamy off-white head. Great citrus smell. Some yeast richness also sneaks by. Perfectly balanced belgian pale ale. Nice rich yeasty goodness, and sweet candied taste. Sweet plums, cherries and apples all come to mind. Slightly fizzy carbonation but it settles. Belly warming alcohol is present toward the finish. Mostly it just sneaks by and leaves you wondering how they made such a great beer. Not much I can, say that hasn't already been described.
A great beer.

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Photo of ADR
4.4/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Very opaque hazy gold, big and generous head that laces in thick sheets rather than delicate threads. Champagne-like aroma, a sense of yeast as well. Great mouthfeel and moderate carbonation., malts of candied plums and cherries, slightest sense of a pithy hop bittering at the end. Just a hint of a wheat quality and little woodsy sense. A lot of fresh qualities. La Fin du Monde? Nah, this is just a beginning, one that gives me a sense of being live in Belgium and sampling the Ales fresh. Maybe my favorite Unibroue so far, powerful but tasty and drinkable

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Photo of mjohn27603
4.38/5  rDev +1.4%
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 CharlesRiver
4.37/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy off yellow color with a small white head that didn't seem to last. The smell is fruity and a bit raw. Coriander, citrus and some other odd spices are what I taste in the beginning. The end is more like lemon and spices. A bit in your face at first but very smooth in the end. I am very impressed to say the least. Can this company produce a bad beer?

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Photo of HossMcGraw
4.72/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

It's difficult for me to describe this beer because the flavor is pretty much all over the place. A floral taste equally combined with a bold wheat flavor kicks things off, and from there, you're on your own to figure out what flavors you encounter. I sure as hell have a hard time. Ripe fruit with a subtle but noticeable malt flavor might do the trick. I hated this beer at first, but I grew to love the complexity and richness of it. If you're kind of a rookie beer taster like me, check out the Unibroue variety case. It's bomb. When I drink this stuff, it makes me want to shake my skinny white ass to some Kool & the Gang.

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Photo of Kwak
4.75/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

"The End of the World"
Head: Nice thick foamy white with staying power.
Body: Cloudy almost thick yellow with a white pale texture.
Taste:Light creemy flavor with a hint of cloves and citrus almost a
"Wit" with a kick.

One execclent beer!

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Photo of Lupe
4.26/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pale-straw color with tons of medium sized bubbles that float up to the huge, pure white, frothy head. Appearance is wonderful and does have nice rings of wispy lace and good head retention. Fruity, cider-like aroma with pepper and yeast. Medium bodied and very smooth on the palate. Starts with a sweet maltiness that makes way for clove and peppery flavors. Very complex, finishes slightly dry with some hop flavor. The alcohol is hidden very well, almost too well as after a few bottles of this tasty treat you won't be able to stand.

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Photo of Popsinc
4.47/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Even a very slow pour will reveal a huge, foamy white head sitting atop this cloudy/golden brew. The maltiness & alcohol are big up front. Earthy notes and a hint of spice give la fin du monde a complex and dry finish. A definite classic out of Quebec.

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Photo of francisweizen
4.33/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

NOTES: I am still waiting to try this beer in a 750ml bottle.

Another great unibroue offering. This beer pours a nice pale golden colour which is very cloudy from the yeast that I let slide into my 'chalice' or weirdly shaped wine glass really...This has a nice head on it and it smelled wonderful. The taste was very dry and complex, yet pretty light for the alcohol content(but not lighter than don de dieu)This had a pretty warm mouthfeel and a nice drinkability level to it as well.
A nice beer, but take your time with it!...
A good nightcap beer!

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Photo of zerk
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

La Fin Du Monde = The End of the World. The first time I tried this beer... it was a whole new beginning. What a wonderful beer... can't believe it took me this long to review it.... Cloudy brownish-gold with a lace that won't die. Aroma of cloves, must, alcohol, and malt. Flavor of fresh plums, bananas, cloves, and a lot of alcohol in the aftertaste. Wonderful, creamy medium body, with moderate carbonation. A favorite of mine for quite some time.

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Photo of jtw5877
4.43/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a dark golden color with a puffy white head. Clove and a little banana flavours. Very complex with alot of changing flavors. Once again I am unable to verbalize what I taste in a beer. I need to go to Belgian Beer School.

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Photo of mzwolinski
4.92/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is a very fine beer, and yet another reason why Unibroue should be regarded as one of North America's premeir breweries.

Light golden in color, hazy with a *lot* of carbonation. The head dissipated fairly quicky, but perhaps this was due to my glass rather than the beer.

Aroma is fruity, hints of banana and tropical fruit. Yeast is very unobtrusive.

The beer is terrifically balanced, with European hops, gentle corriander, and a peppery cloveish spiciness sitting atop a sweet light malty body. Medium bodied, though feels lighter due to high carbonation. Slightly dry finish. You'll feel the alcohol before you taste it.

Exceptionally well-done tripel.

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Photo of DerKaiser
4.97/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I feel like I simply can't heap enough praise on this beer to do it justice, so I won't try. Just go out and try one for yourself.

It's citrusy and slightly sweet with hints of clove and bubblegum. A little bit of yeast in there with a nice crisp finish. The high alcohol content really enhances this beer, taking the flavors up through the nose. Take your time drinking it, as it becomes almost an entirely different beer as it warms.

As a warning, this beer will cause "beer-inflation" among its fans. Those once content to imbibe in a $6 six-packs of Sam Adams, will find themselves shelling out $8.50 for four-packs on Unibroue products on a regular basis. It's that good.

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Photo of putnam
4.67/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Tasted blind with bottles of Ommegang, Duinen Dubbel, Orval and Maudite.
Even, tight head with a glaze of pearlessence on top. The liquid is bright yellow-white with a hint of orange. The nose is of coriander (?!) dried orange (?!) green figs and cardamom. Heady but bright aromatics! On the palate it is liquified white plums and whipped cream. A kick of bitter minerality emerges on the finish to keep the generous floral, herb and fruit flavors in focus. The alcohol is noticable, especially at 1pm.

Tasted again on 10-27-2002:

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Photo of aaronh
4.76/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This must be the champagne of beers. Upon opening the bottle, the beer started to climb out the opening. I poured it into a nice thistle style glass and was amazed by the fantastic head that seemed to only fade slightly. The nice creamy head atop the beautiful pale ale is a sight to behold. The aroma was delicate with a hint of vanilla and citrus. While being high in alcohol, it was not evident at all. This brew is well worth finding. One of my all time favorites.

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Photo of MAB
4.77/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Probably my favorite "Belgian Style" beer, at least until I have a Maudite and wonder which is my real favorite.
It is a paler color than Maudite, and the flavor is spicy with citrusey/ clove accents. It usually has a nice head and I always get Belgian lace as it drains.
Please do as the suggestion on the bottle recommends and don't drink this from a straight sided glass. I've tried the same bottle in both types of glasses and it really is better in a closed top glass. Can't explain why- perhaps the alcohol and smells are trapped better giving you more taste through your nose.
Other than "10", which is similar in style but won't be around next year, I don't think, since it was made for their tenth anniversary, Fin de Monde ("the end of the world" for non-french speakers) is definitely worth stocking and savoring.

It also is supposed to age up to ten years in a corked bottle- see my review for Maudite, and what aging did for that!

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Photo of Murph
4.63/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a beautiful hazy, golden color with a huge, creamy white head that sinks slowly and leaves an excellent lace on the glass. Definite orange peels, spices, and a slight tartness to the aroma. Big fruitiness up front with some nice oranges, peaches, grapes, and some slightly tart fruitiness as well. Nice spiciness as well with some pepper and coriander. The brew finishes with a burst of sweetness from the candy sugar and a slight warming sensation from the alcohol. A creamy carbonated feeling dominates the mouthfeel and helps to make this medium-light bodied beer extremely drinkable, especially for the amount of alcohol that is in it. Yet another great beer from Unibroue.

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Photo of bewareOFpenguin
5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer should be outlawed. It pours nice, leaves no sediment. No hint of the alcohol content in the first taste, last taste, or any taste in between. You can taste every ingrediate in it. It is crisp, light, and the best ale hands down. I found only one bar in town that serves it. I find myself there at least twice a week. Be warned! This is the crack of beers. All else will seem pale in comparison. They better have this in heaven.

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Photo of doho95fu
4.27/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours well with a large head. The smell and taste are very complex and I found it very hard to pinpoint each flavor ( I thought I tasted citrus, some spice, ..) The beer is very drinkable for such a strong beer, I would not have guessed that it had 9%. I really enjoyed the layered flavors, it usually confuses and distracts me, but in this case it was great.

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Photo of proc
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I really enjoyed La Fin Du Monde. Full flavored taste, with a slight bitterness. This beer defines the term "well-crafted". Robust and complex. The alcohol is well blended in this beer. Excellent, Oui!

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Photo of Jordan
4.88/5  rDev +13%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Exceptionally rich notes of coconut, banana, lemon peel, clove, musk. Complex alchohals being the backbone of it all. Head endures from top to the bottom of the glass, agitated easily by a few swirls of the glass.

Unibroue, represents a vision of what sincere dedication to quality, patience, and character can bring out in the artform that is brewing.

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Photo of Suds
4.12/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A short-lived head pours on this murky, hazy golden colored beer. Very carbonated. Citrus and cloves in the nose, but a mild aroma compared to others in the style. A nice malt taste, mixed with esters and yeast make the beer very pleasant. I also get fleeting hints of sour apples. I have to second other reviewer's notes that the beer hides it's alcohol well. Nicely balanced, slightly grassy finish. A very drinkable belgian style ale.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.42/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Astonishingly different on tap than it is from the bottle - but not necessarily better. I think it benefits greatly from the high level of carbonation that can be lessened on tap. Cloudy, yellow-gold in color with a full, bright-white head that holds fairly well and leaves a decent lace. The body is similarly light-medium, but the mouthfeel is more creamy as the carbonation has been reduced. There's a lightly sweet "tropical fruit" note to the aroma. The flavor has a more "orange-ish" note, and a gentler spice. Overall, it seems to lose a bit of character which is normally derived from the assertive carbonation bite. Still a very good beer but on draft it seems to taste like many other beers in its category.

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Photo of marc77
4.55/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The clear light golden / dark straw hued brew is topped by a creamy, impressively thick head w/ stiff peaks of foam. Signature lace is left down the glass. Fruit esters comprised of tart lemon flesh and rind, coupled w/ cidery light candi / beet sugar sweetness and raw honey lend an enticing aroma to this brew. Phenolic clove and mustiness are subdued, but add complexity aromawise. Prickly carbonation and cidery sweetness sharply hit the palate upfront, but quickly yield to yeasty, unbaked dough notes and clove more prominent in flavor than the aroma would suggest. Well attenuated and fairly dry, but since hop bitterness is mild, the overall flavor is slightly skewed towards malt sweetness. Lightly bodied due to the sugar used in the grist w/ a crisp, yet smooth mouthfeel that lends deceptively agreeable drinkability. Finishes dry w/ honey sweetness, lightly peppery alcohol and clove abruptly ending simultaneously. Fin Du Monde epitomizes the style and is delicious... the drinkability is superlative considering its strength.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.33/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The hazy golden brew throws out a long-lasting bubbly white head that forms craters as it slowly dissipates. Some nice yeast tones on the nose. A little fruitiness. And some bread qualities too. This beer is quite smooth for the high alcohol punch that it packs. Very nice taste. Doughy and yeasty. Fruity esters are present. Subtle spicing accents also surface mildly throughout. The body is light and the mouthfeel is quite carbonated, but still very drinkable. Very nice Belgian style beer.

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La Fin Du Monde from Unibroue
Beer rating: 92.8% out of 100 with 10,099 ratings
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