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:
10,040
Reviews:
2,974
Avg:
4.31
pDev:
11.37%
 
 
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647
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2,287
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Photo of thehyperduck
4.61/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

750 mL bottle from the LCBO; bottled May 22 2012. I picked this up a few months ago with the express purpose of reviewing it December 21st, which was probably a good call because I haven't seen it in stock recently. It's now after midnight, and we all know the Mayan stuff was bollocks - but in a happy coincidence, the first truly snowy, windy, wintery weather of this season has finally fallen upon Southern Ontario tonight. That's perfect big Belgian beer weather, making this as good a time as any to review one of the world's best-regarded tripels. This one was first poured well-chilled, but most of the bottle was consumed after warming.

Pours a cloudy golden-amber colour, topped at first with one finger of dense, creamy white head that withers away to a thin film and collar fairly rapidly over the next few minutes. Not the most impressive thing I've ever seen, but the aroma is positively heavenly, with a wide variety of intensely fruity, yeasty, floral, and especially spicy aromas - toasted wheat, tangerine, pears, apples and coriander comprising the bulk. The concentrated whiff of aroma released when you uncork this stuff is worth sniffing for... that's how good this stuff smells.

And the taste is equally worth savouring - with a rich, yeasty, fruity flavour profile as well-crafted as any authentic Belgian-made tripel. At first I can make out lemon and orange citrus zest, sweet Belgian sugar and wheat malt, pepper and coriander, with bubble gum and orchard fruit (mostly apples and pears) coming through as well. The finish is yeasty and spicy, with a good brush of heat from the ethanol. Leaves a sticky feel behind on the palate - probably the main contributor to the long-lasted aftertaste. Medium-bodied, with high levels of spritzy carbonation that helps counter the yeasty chew and spicy aftertaste a little. Drinkability isn't all that great - this is the sort of thing I'd prefer to drink before bed, or at least after a big meal, rather than on its own.

A great sipper for a cold night, and even though the serving size is a bit much for one person, I'll take the risk and polish off the bottle - a conclusion I'm sure any true man would arrive at naturally. After all, if that end of the world prophecy was actually made in Pacific standard time, I could still die horribly before morning arrives, and I'd prefer to be drunk should that happen. Consuming this beer has got to be one of the finest routes to the achievement of that noble goal.

Final Grade: 4.61, a virtually flawless A+. La Fin du Monde is one of Canada's finest beers, though I'm not entirely sure it would be my first "last" beer choice if I believed we were all completely doomed. It remains an unbelievably great value purchase for any tripel fan, both in terms of price point, quality, and wide accessibility/distribution. For these reasons, it is well worth a purchase for anyone interested in the style. I've had this before, and I'll probably have it again, and would recommend everyone else follow suit.

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Photo of Coduhhh
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of mctizzz
4.7/5  rDev +9%

Photo of Siriusfisherman
4.6/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Served in my La Fin Du Monde Tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a very hazy, extremely pale color with a four finger head that disappears quickly. As long as the beer is in your glass, there is an onslaught of carbonation streaming to the top.

Smell: White fleshed fruits, pear and apple, a little bit tropical, spicy yeast and some funky, cheesy notes as well. Very pungent and ripe all around.

Taste/Mouthfeel: The taste is similar to the nose, lots of the pungent fruit and lots of zesty yeast spice, and some underlying funk. The front is a nice carbonation kick that moves into a hit of bitterness and an onslaught of flavor and a smooth, sweet finish The fruit flavors linger more than the peppery notes, likely due to the sweetness. Not as dry as most tripels. Unbelievably complex, this beer has alot going on.

Overall, this beer is unique in the style and has an unbelievable amount of flavor, very hard to tame if you are not familiar with belgian ales, it is very complex. From start to finish this beer is incredible, make sure it is not served to cold.

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Photo of Maxwell
4.17/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours an ugly piss yellow with hints of orange and with a very soapy head on it that fizzles away slowly, and sits over the beer as the color of soap bubbles. The beer’s body is cloudy like piss, but allows a fair amount of light through. On the nose, this beer smells of soy sauce and banana phenol notes with some very slight bubblegum hints. Fruity soy sauce is really what comes to mind when you smell it, though not in an entirely bad way. On the tongue, the beer tastes of creamy banana, soy, and some nice clove-like spice. The beer really begins with light soy notes that grow in fruitiness until they hit banana flavors, and all the while the spicy clove also builds on the sides of the flavor, and leaves the aftertaste to ring lightly of spice and slight banana. The middle of the taste is really where this beer shines, with big spicy cream banana notes that are quite pleasant on the taste buds. On the mouth, this beer feels quite fierce with carbonation, though the beer below it sits with a nice medium body that sticks to the tongue, and leaves the mouth clean, but with sticky saliva along the sides of the mouth. Overall, this is a nice tripel-style ale with some great phenolic notes, and some nice spicy complexity. A fitting beer to end the world with, I suppose, though it isn’t my favorite in the style. Still, this beer is worthy of a try.

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Photo of DanWrath
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of nkp765
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of Jonathan2291
5/5  rDev +16%

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5/5  rDev +16%

Photo of StJamesGate
4.1/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Deep golden honey with just a sliver of white film, a steady line of bubbles up the middle and lots of speckles.
Honeycomb nose with phenolic tang and vague herb and spice notes but no hops to speak of.
Golden syrup, overripe pears and pound cake, yellow apple esters and clovey phenols, a hint of coriander and dried orange peel, then some understated lemon peel and lemongrass hops.
Apple tart with a bit of band aid on the finish and numbing winter spice linger.
Medium, silky smooth and soft, plenty of chew, warming.

One of the longest-held inhabitants of my cellar, with a 10.10.10 expiry date, so lots of time to mellow.
And I have to wonder if it was maybe too long - hops are all but gone. What's left, though, is fairly lovely: plenty of residual sweetness up front and in the creamy body (a bit too much candy sugar, even), a pronounced yeast presence that never gets too funky, and echoes of spice. Others say banana; I could see that. I'm reminded of Karmeliet in that the classic tripel notes are there, but jacked up or given a twist. A sneaky ABV, too.
It is missing a certain brightness - the sweetness and yeast are assertive enough that I miss the balancing bitterness - so I'll need to try it fresh, but an easy winter sipper.

Here's to the Mayans.

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Photo of minterro
4.3/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I've had this beer a handful of time, but I've only had it at bars so I feel like 12/21/12 is an appropriate day to give it a full rating.

Bought at Dusty's Cellar

A&S: head is white and fuzzy and no leaves no lacing. Hazy opaque light orange colored beer. Smell is quite yeasty with a white wine grape aroma to it.

T&M: banana and spice are huge in the is one. the tart fruitiness of the yeast is outrageously good in this one. hints of orange peel and slightly sour green apples. The finish is mildy bitter and filled with a coriander spiciness. Crisp at first but smooth in the finish.

overall: easy "top beer for the style award". Very fair prices for a beer of this caliber.

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Photo of WindedIndian
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of CraftBeerGuild
4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of thlayli87
4.2/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a cloudy golden yellow, with coarse three finger head and moderate lacing

S - typical Belgian style funky aroma with notes of grass

T - wheat crackers, apple, black pepper, aged cheese, yeasty funk.

M - Medium body, smooth, carbonation is spot on

O - This is the best non-Belgian Belgian-style ale that I've had. Perfect example of a tripel and rivals the Trappist breweries.

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Photo of kevanb
3.86/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a La Fin Du Monde tulip

The beer pours a wonderful golden hay color, hues of gold, dandelion, copper and orange, a big 4 finger white head, tightly packed bubbles, arises from the beer that has fantastic retention and great lacing. Hazy complexion with lots of bubbles rising to the top of the glass, this is the quintessential appearance for a tripel. The aroma is nice, banana, clove, hay, yeasty funk, some cereal grain, a touch of berry comes through, it's a bit muted by the yeast which doesn't let the other elements play as well. The flavors are definitely hindered by the overpowering yeast, banana, clove, a touch of vanilla, some berry esters come forward as well, but not as pronounced as the nose, lots of funky yeast, really starting to overpower with cereal grain coming though at the end, very dry yet soft finish. The body is good, abrasive at times, overly carbonated in my mind, very lively though, not offensive.

Verdict: A rock solid Tripel, one of the flag bearers of the style. Personally, I have other favorites, but this is definitely a go to beer as it is available nearly everywhere, cheers to Unibroue for this one, definitely a success.

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Photo of Fossilhunter
3.25/5  rDev -24.6%

Photo of HopsMatt
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of Treyliff
4.33/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a chalice on 12:00, 12-21-12

A- pours a yellowish golden bright color with a two finger creamy white head. Bubbles continue to travel to the top long after the pour providing excellent head retention.

S- powdery yeast with some fruity, banana like esters. Sweet candy sugar with a bit of clove and some medicinal notes

T- malt forward up front with spice notes of clove, leading to sweet candy sugar. Powdery yeast leads to a slightly dry and warming finish, leaves the most pleasant aftertaste of any tripel that I've had. Such a complex taste profile.

M- medium body, lively carbonation leads to dancing bubbles and a creamy mouthfeel on the palate, creamy and somewhat dry finish. Alcohol is dangerously hidden very well.

O- a world class example if the style, the complexities of the flavors in this brew are hard to beat. One worth revisiting a couple of times a year to set a benchmark for other Tripels.

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Photo of Zach136
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of Eastside151
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of Keith_R
4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of valdieu2
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of oline73
4.3/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a Chimay goblet. I thought I'd have one of these to celebrate the end of the world.

Appearance: The beer pours a golden color with an amber hue. There is just under a finger of fluffy white head that fades to a ring around the pour.

Smell: This one is slightly sweet with a ton of Belgian spice. I'm getting some fruity notes along with a hint of cloves.

Taste: There is a nice level of malty sweetness here, it's prominent but not cloying. The Belgian spice shows up here too, but it's not as dominant as it was in the smell. There is a mild fruity note here as well. The finish is slightly bitter with some Belgian spice in the mix.

Mouthfeel: The body is medium with a ton of fluffy, foamy carbonation and a very dry finish.

Overall: I really enjoy this beer. All the flavors blend together really nicely. I could have several of these.

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4/5  rDev -7.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

La Fin Du Monde from Unibroue
4.31 out of 5 based on 10,040 ratings.
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