La Fin Du Monde | Unibroue

La Fin Du MondeLa Fin Du Monde
BA SCORE
4.32/5
10,106 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
Ranking:
#425
Reviews:
2,992
Ratings:
10,106
pDev:
11.34%
Bros Score:
4.83
 
 
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658
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Ratings: 10,106 |  Reviews: 2,992
Photo of sgtaxt
4.82/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Hazy golden color. Two finger head; thick, creamy. Dissipates quickly, yet nobly, leaving a nice lacing. Tiny bubbles noticeable, giving the beer a playful character.

S: A wonderful balance between sweet and spicy. Notes of apple, citrus, some malt, and pepper.

T: Sweet on the front of the tongue, initially citrus-y; the 9% ABV makes itself apparent with a (inoffensive) metallic twang. Matures into notes of cherry and phenolic cloves and pepper. Leaves a warm feeling and a bitter, dry aftertaste.

M: Smooth and soft on the front, with a satisfactory weight. Carbonation tingles the back of the throat.

O: Wonderful. My first tasting of La Fin du Monde (as well as my first review). I think I've found a new favorite.

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Photo of olimpia84
4.51/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured the 12oz bottle into a Chalice glass. Nice artwork on the label and nice cap as well.

A: nice orange/amber color, completely opaque. One finger head that disappointingly dissipated into absolutely nothing. No lacing present at all.

S: a phenomenal explosion of well-balanced aromas are present in this beer. Some of the predominant characteristics on the nose are wheat, citric fruits, but also at the same time very sweet scents. Some spices and slight cinnamon present as well creating a complex yet amazing aroma. It almost makes you regret drinking the beer when it smells this good.

T: tastes very much like a heavy wheat and malty beer. Some sweet estery tones are present at the beginning followed by citrus tones and pepper. Alcohol is present in the taste as well which I expected considering the relative high ABV.

M: medium to heavy body, very high carbonation and dry finish. Alcohol is felt thoroughly.

O: what can I say, this is an excellent beer that is best enjoyed by drinking very slowly as it is on the strong side (sipping beer I guess). It's definitely a quality product that shines in its complex aroma and taste. A must try for all the beer lovers out there.

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Photo of BJA
4.64/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle poured into snifter (and partially shared with my g/f)

A: This beer is a slightly hazy golden yellow color. I got a solid finger of off white head that was somewhat creamy but also a bit fizzy ( a good amount of larger bubbles in there). The head lasted several minutes and left a bit of lacing on the glass. Lots of little carbonation bubbles.

S: The first smell is as impressive as it is complex. I get fruit and citrus smells: it reminds me of grapefruit, lychee and rambutan (SE Asian fruits). There is a yeast scent as well. And a bit of sugariness.

T: This beer has an almost fizzy yet complex taste going on. There are the citrus/fruit flavors and some other flavors that I think are from the yeast. The alcohol is also present on the aftertaste. The malt is there in a sweet way. It finishes dry with an aftertaste of yeast on the roof of my mouth.

M: I find this beer to have a slightly fizzy mouthfeel but a complex taste. I suppose it’s light to medium. I actually really like the bit of fizziness. It suits the complexity well.

O: An awesome beer. I like the complexity of the flavors and the awesome nose. It is a sipper, but it remains drinkable and doesn’t exhaust my palate. A beer like this cannot be easy to make, but I'm glad someone has figured it out!

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Photo of brewskifan55
4.3/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a Chimay chalice glass

Appearance: 1 finger head, nice lacing. My wife had hers in a Stella Artois glass, which produced a 2 finger head
Light orange/golden in color

Smell: Yeasty, with lemons and coriander.

Taste: Fruity, yeasty, with banana, orange and black pepper tones and a coriander finish. Blue Moon wishes it were this smooth.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium with great carbonation.

Overall: Smooth, regal sipping beer. Take your time, like it's the end of the world. Unibroue puts a lot of pride in every batch. Can't wait to try more of their offerings.

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Photo of musicman575
4.75/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

What a spicey beer. Heavy cloves and phenols. Some light, creamy fruits: pear, banana. Drinking this beer is very much like drinking an exquisite confection...blah blah blah. My only complaint is a bit of fusel in the nose.

My favorite part of this beer is the warmth in the mouth and throat that is complimented by the spices in the nose (did I get every part of the upper respiratory system in there?). I'd definitely drink this as a winter warmer.

Definitely don't have to be a snob to enjoy this. I bet my bigbeer-drinking family would instantly enjoy this too.

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Photo of chickenflea
4.35/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle. In my opinion Unibroue is one of the top 10 breweries in North America. This beer is bears this out. It pours a very cloudy pale orange body. Cloudier, of course, if the yeast from the bottle is added, but I prefer the beer without the conditioning yeast. Fruity and yeasty aroma with lots of wheat, bubblegum, alcohol, and pepper. Intense fruity and alcoholic flavors over sweet malt, spices and yeast. Mouthfeel is full bodied and chewy in consistency. Intense fizzy classic Unibroue style carbonation. A very nice beer. The flavor and consistency is always high.

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Photo of Crossmd
4.73/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured 52 degrees fahrenheit into a tulip glass. No born on date.

Pours a hazy light orange with a nice frothy 1.5 finger head.

Smells of an odd metallic scent coupled with apple, game, and some spices. Complex, unique, and layered. Not overly pleasant, but I'm okay with that.

Taste is a complex and focused blend of nutmeg, creme, cinnamon, and "Unibroue game-yeast" (eludes other description- an odd feeling of game or raw meat that is present in all of their beers.) Perfectly balanced dryness/sweetness. Incredible profiling of flavor, incredible sense of what it wants to be. I have no complaints.

Mouthfeel is soft, pillowy and creamy. Perfect.

Overall, I'm a little bit at a loss for words. There is nothing Iike this beer. A perennial favorite.

97.

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Photo of wisrarebeer
4.11/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Best by 01-12-14

A: clear, amber color with tons of tiny bubbles and incredible creamy, rocky head
S: medium to full nose - spritzy with characteristic fruity/estery qualities
T: nice balance, a bit sweeter than other tripels but not cloying, earthy with characteristic estery flavors
M: soft and pillowy

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Photo of falloutsnow
4.45/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a cloudy, honey-gold body with a white, thick, creamy head. Head dissipates within minutes, fairly average, but lacing is better than average. Active carbonation is visible throughout.

I detect scents of Belgian yeast, sharp apple, malt, clove, black pepper, and some citric hints. Everything is very well balanced and enjoyable.

Taste opens with fruit esters, particularly tart apples and pears with a bit of sugar syrup. Yeast and black pepper follow this, with a light hint of ethanol near the finish. Aftertaste is mostly sweet, a little herbal or spicy. Good balance between sweetness and tartness/bitterness.

Mouthfeel is fairly heavy, perhaps medium-heavy. I kind of prefer this as opposed to lighter tripels, but tastes vary. Dry finish.

I have also aged this for one and two years, and the complexity in fruits and malts develops further, becoming even more interesting. A world class beer.

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Photo of SlyFox21
4.08/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a La Fin Du Monde Tulip Glass

Appearance: Pours an opaque golden yellow, with about a 1 finger thickness head that dissipates very slowly to a lacing.

Aroma:Smells like a wheat beer, with fruity undertones especially banana, some malt in the background.

Taste: Tastes like a somewhat malty wheat beer, with a pronounced fruity sweetness to start (especially banana) that ends in a stronger malty finish (but not overwhelming). Tastes good to me, for a medium light beer.

Mouthfeel:This is a little bit on the light side, but for a Belgian style tripel, it has a good mouthfeel. A fair amount of carbonation, and a medium light thickness.

Overall: This is a good beer. To me it tastes like a really good wheat beer, with fruity notes, and a malty finish that lingers for a good time. Worth seeking out, and I probably will be trying this one again.

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Photo of Wadsey
4.11/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

La Fin du Monde

Served in an Infinium flute. 

A: Pours slightly hazy gold with white, billowy head. Retention and lacing are disappointingly lackluster. Minimal effervescence. 

S: Orange juice, spice, and some banana. Additional aromas include  orange pith and light white pepper. Digging a bit further, I pick up a hint of adhesive strips.

T: Sweet up front, but more like candy sugar than malt sweetness. Orange, spice and banana dominate taste like they did smell. Medium-light bitterness cleans up palate for a finish that is comprised of orange pith and mellow spice. 

M: Relatively light body and medium carbonation. There is some alcohol warming, but the beer is surprisingly dry. 

O: Other than mediocre appearance and some evidence of alcohol, La Fin du Monde strikes me as a great interpretation of a Tripel. 

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

A: Pours a light straw color with a nice 2 finger white head that sticks around

S: Really clean, fresh aromas. Pear, apple, lemon/lime citrus, a bready, malty sweetness, and some honey aromas. Very nice.

T: Some citrusy flavors right up front, quickly moving into a spicy/yeasty/bready sweetness and malty backbone, and the finish is a crisp, light, refreshing pear/apple/apricot. Very drinkable and strangely refreshing.

O: This is probably my new favorite tripel. Very light, refreshing, crisp, and clean. Excellent.

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

A: Pours with an extremely large three finger head that stays for awhile leaving behind a little bit of lacing. It is a darker shade of yellow. Kind of like a darker Blue Moon.

S: Apples, peppery, and kind of banana like

T: It tastes like a mixture of citrus, honey, and straw with a touch of spiciness on the end. Does not burn for a 9% abv like it should, it is sneaky.

M: For a beer that bubbles up with a ton of carbonation it is surprisingly creamy feeling in the mouth.

O: Very strong beer that is a tad too sweet for my tastes. Also has some taste that I can’t really describe, kind of like Saison style beer that is off putting to me. I would have it with a dessert if I were to have it again.

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Photo of DrewSnyc667
4.52/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into a tulip

A - Orange, amber a tad tan, pours a nice head but it's gone about a third of the way through

S - Light citruss, sweet honey wheat, grass

T - Nice wheat malt up front, yeasty and sweet

M - A really nice dry finish, very smooth and light

O - Dangerously drinkable at 9%

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Photo of mattboyer182
4.31/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - A hazy golden color with a good fluffy white head.

S - The yeast is pretty predominate. With the clovey type smell. citrusy and malty.

T - Definite Fruity citrusy taste with a yeasty tone.

M - Light mouth feel and quite a bit of carbonation.

O - Good beer but not one of my favorites.

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

Fluffy 1 finger fluffy head fades slowly with a bit of lacing lots of bubbles rising to reinforce it. Very hazy golden honey colored.

Nose has great Belgian golden malts, sweet malts, light Belgian yeast fruit like apricot citrus and pear.

Taste starts with sweet malts, candi sugar, Belgian golden malts, light warming booze, slightly tingly too, then more fruit with apricot, pear, citrus and light orange zest, light spices typical in Belgian tripel yeast. Finishes warm booze with sticky malts and candi sugar lingering, light citrus as well.

Mouth us a bit bigger bodied, good carb, warming bit tingly booze.

Overall great, perfect example of a Belgian tripel, but a bit hot.

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Photo of mooseo
4.05/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into pint glass.

A - Cloudy golden yellow, with a brown tint. Decent head, good retention, not much lacing.

S - Strong citrus grapefruit, pear, and some lemon. Sweet malts.

T - Similar to the aroma. Initial flavor is of citrus, lemon, and sweet malts. The finish has a strong yeast, bready type flavor. A hint of sourness. Alcohol is masked but evident.

M - Medium bodied, creamy, very lively.

D - A well rounded brew. Good example of the style, the taste is excellent. This is a perfect sipping beer. Although the drinkability is nice, the alcohol is present and will sneak up on you fast. Just another impressive offering from Unibroue.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.77/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Duvel tulip glass. Bottle says best by 03-30-13.

Appearance: Cloudy golden yellow with lots of bubbles sticking to the glass and a light amount of floating particles. Decent one finger white head that fades into a patchy layer. Light amount of lacing.

Smell: Strong aroma of Belgian yeast and wheat with plenty of fruit including banana, apple, orange, and lemon peel. Strong presence of cloves and some coriander and pepper spices. Also has some sweet bready malts and a hint of honey. Complex and enticing.

Taste: A strong burst of yeast and wheat up front is followed by the mentioned fruits and spices. Banana, clove, apple, lemon, orange, coriander and other spices. Solid presence of bready malts throughout. Finishes with a little heat from the alcohol and some more fruity sweetness. Very tasty.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. Has a light alcohol burn but everything still feels pretty light for such a high abv.

Overall: A great tasting and complex brew that has a great balance of sweet fruits and spices.

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Photo of LaneMeyer
4.2/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a tulip

A- Golden amber in color, one finger white head

S- Citrus, lemon, barnyard funk

T- Big citrus notes, sour apple, yeasty, bready notes, lemon zest

M- Nice carbonation, very light,

O- Nice example of a Belgian Tripel, very refreshing on a hot day

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Photo of kkoz
4.02/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance & Aroma: It was a slightly hazy golden-orange color and appeared to have a good amount of carbonation in it. There was a decent head when I poured it, but it fell pretty quickly to a thin layer of bubbles across the top. There was a fruity aroma along with some yeasty, bready, and honey like aromas.

Taste & Feel: The body was medium and the mouthfeel was smooth, but slightly crisp. There was a sweet fruitiness in the middle, reminding me of peaches and apricots with a hint of yeastiness. The fruitiness continued into the finish, accompanied by a belgian-like spiciness and an alcoholic warmth. The aftertaste was a bit dry, sweet, and fruity.

Food Pairing: I think this would go nicely with a turkey dinner because the turkey would help to bring out the yeasty and bready flavors and temper the fruity flavors and belgian spiciness.

Overall Impression: This had a complex fruitiness to it, and seemed to fit the tripel style nicely. It was pretty drinkable despite the high ABV, which was only noticeable in the warmth of the finish. Overall, I thought this was a good, complex, Belgian style beer. However, while I appreciate Belgians, they’re not my favorite style, but if you’re a fan of the style, you’ll really like this beer.

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Photo of fsvan
4.8/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle poured into New Belgium globe. Best by of 1-12-2014.

A- Murky yellow. Billowing textured white head. This is bottle conditioned, and it's pretty obvious from the carbonation.

S- Where to start? Light fruit, like under ripe apples or pears. A bit of Belgian yeast. A little bit of sweetness, bready like malts. There is so much going on here, it's hard to describe, and it all just explodes from the glass. Just an exquisite smelling concoction.

T- Again, some under ripe green apple, that brings a tart, but not sour flavor. Clearly present, chalky, Belgian yeast. A subtle bitterness on the end. Fantastic.

M- Heavy of medium. Lovely carbonation from the bottle conditioning.

O- I've had this beer many, many times, and it never disappoints. It is widely available, not overly expensive, perfect by itself or with food, and for my money is better than the Belgian forerunners of the style (Tripel Karmeliet, St. Bernadus Tripel, Chimay), and it isn't often (in fact it is damn rare) for a North American brewery to pull of an Abbey style like this. I like tripels quite a bit, and this is easily my favorite. The praise this beer gets is well earned. Due to all of that, and trying to judge for style, I don't know how to not give it a 5 overall.

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

I poured this 12 oz. bottle into a Chimay chalice. Best by February 2, 2013.

A: cloudy honey gold color, the white head quickly falls into a fine Belgian-style cap with good lacing.

S: banana, plenty of Belgian fruity esters, apricot, clove, spice, the malt aroma alternates between bread and cracker-like, the hop note is floral (honeysuckle?).

T: there is an explosion of ripe and overripe fruit up front, including banana, apple, apricot, and grape, the middle is rich, spicy, and has a vanilla/oak core, the finish is long, luxurious, and spicy/earthy. This is exactly how a Belgian Tripel should taste.

M: medium-bodied, ultra-silky texture (imagine the bed linens at a 5-star hotel), and moderate to plentiful carbonation with a pleasant dry finish.

O: a fabulous rendition of the Belgian Tripel, and one that I will definitely seek out again.

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Photo of Morlup
4.58/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've had this one on multiple occasions, and is a great candidate for my first review.

A - Poured into a Lindemans flute. Wrong glass, I know, but it's okay. Cloudy deep-yellow with lots of carbonation. A two-finger creamy white head left relatively small amounts of lacing in the glass

S - Hard to get a good sniff in such a narrow glass, but straw, bread and alcohol notes are apparent.

T - A delicious bread and booze right off the bat that melts into a nearly creamy malt flavor. So yummy, so easy to drink.

M - somewhat thin with lots of bubbles and a nice and not overpowering alcohol zing.

O - A great beer in all catergories. If this had a lower abv, I would drink it constantly.

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

I didn't know what to expect from this brewery for this Belgian but I must say I was impressed.

A- Nice golden color that almost glows while sayin'don't be shy, drink me.' The head falls quickly but shows it's mark.

S- Awesome clove smell that previews the spicy goodness that's about to hit your pallet. It has that faint 'banana' smell which I notice in Belgian styles like this.

T- Wow... I'm in love. This beer starts with a wonderful rush of goodnessnin the mouth followed by enough bite to satisfy anyone looking for a nice buzz worthy drinking session.

O- This has become a favorite of mine now that I know my local store sells it for $2 less than Delirium Tremens. I'll be reaching for this one on a weekly basis!

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Photo of Scotchboy
4.13/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Corked & caged 750 split into 2 New Belgium snifters with a mate. Opened with a reassuring *pop* of carbonation.

A: Pours a cloudy, brilliant straw yellow with an amazing creamy off-white head.

S: Clove spice, Belgian yeast characters, slight phenolic alcohol notes, and soft fruit flesh.

T: Starts peppery with the clove, morph's into a bready Belgian funk bomb with some grassy notes and green fruit sweetness. Well rounded and smooth, the alcohol is nearly invisible.

MF: Creamy, soft carbed mouthfeel that let's you know it's bottle conditioned. A touch of dryness in the back of your throat.

O: An enjoyable lighter beer with plenty of Belgian character and phenolic notes with some softer hints at sweet fruit.

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La Fin Du Monde from Unibroue
Beer rating: 4.32 out of 5 with 10,106 ratings
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