La Fin Du Monde | Unibroue

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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

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#448
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3,020
Ratings:
10,211
pDev:
11.34%
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Photo of Stretch270
4.77/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a tulip glass from 750ml bottle.

Appearance - a nice cloudy, golden yellow hue with a very creamy looking and dense head, almost blanket like with some very dense bubbles.

Smell - the heavy yeast really came across first for me. After the yeast I got a nice fruitiness. Something almost like a spicy apricot.

Taste - this is a really fantastic beer as many have previously stated. For me, it comes ti down to the heavy yeast flavor that makes for a nice complement to the malt which comes a little later. The crisp fruitiness also makes for a very well balanced beer that is just a joy to sit nd relax with.

Mouthfeel- the first word that comes to mind is the texture f the beer. The creamy, dense head makes for a lucious texture that combines with a refreshingly light feeling body.

Overall - this is just a phenomenal beer that really gives a delicious yeasty and fruity flavor, but yet has some complexities that I will have to try it many more times to decipher it all. An amazing beer, a pleasure to drink.

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Photo of gskitt
4.69/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Why did I wait to try this? Pours a hazy, cloudy golden yellow, shiny white head that fades fast. Can smell the yeast in this beer from across the room. Huge. Taste: Yeast comes first, candy sugars. malt backbone is there. Balanced and drinkable. Mouthfeel was smooth, palate agreeable. Overall, best Tripel I think I've had.

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

One of my favorite Belgian style beers, and by far my favorite that I've had from this brewery. Just now getting around to reviewing it, though.

A: Cloudy, rich yellow color. Head is maybe 1/2 a finger, and falls down to a thin layer relatively quickly.

S: Belgian yeast, Candy sweetness, stone fruits. Alcohol comes through as well, lending a richness of aroma. Amazing smelling beer.

T: Sweet malts hit up front with a slight ester fruitiness. The sweetness gives way to a slight bitter taste and a punch from the alcohol that keeps the beer from being cloying. Overall impression is that of a sweet beer that is wonderful balanced with the other elements.

M: Pretty heavy on the carbonation, medium bodied and slightly sticky.

O: As I said: One of my favorite Belgian style beers. Infinitely drinkable, it balances all the flavors nicely and not only keeps the 9% alcohol from overpowering the taste of the other elements, but actually incorporates it into the balance. Really a great beer, worth going well out of your way for.

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Photo of alf212
4.7/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewing what I remember from last night

Appearance: Hazy golden pale yellow with a nice offwhite head that doesnt quit. Lacings pretty darn nice. Head doesnt quit.

Smell: Pepper spice, cloves and some fruityness to go along

Taste: Right off the bad incredible. Very sweet upfront with a lot of malts that translates into a spicey clove taste. Slight hoppiness to finish

Mouthfeel: Extremely smooth. Alcohol is masked pretty darn well until you finish and realize it.

Overall delicious beer. Definitely coming back for more and more of this. Highly recommended

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Photo of olmatty
4.38/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours the perfect picture of a Belgian Tripel. Hazy, glowing golden yellow with a constantly effervescing, incredibly persistent and creamy white head. Aroma of light, sweet grains, esters of lemon zest and a hit of barnyard funk. Flavors of creamy, light grain with an ever increasing honey sweetness that tails off into a lemon zest, and earthy and slightly alcoholic finish. Highly carbonated, creamy and palate clinging with a persistent aftertaste. Fabulous!

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Photo of Tartarus
4.38/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A&S: Pours a murky pale yellow with a nice head that bubbled up slightly even though I was pouring conservatively. Smell is fruity and sweet without any scent of hops.

T&M: Mouthfeel is very crisp with a slightly dry aftertaste. A lot of carbonation. Taste is very fruity and a little sweet. My most recent foray into this style was very boozy in taste, so I'm impressed how the alcohol is hidden beneath the malts in this brew. A very nice taste, not too heavy, tastes great on a warm summer night like tonight.

O: I purchased this one after my last try of a tripel when I saw that this was the highest rated in it's style. It definitely is very good, I can't saw with certainty that it's better than all others in this style, but still very tasty. I would definitely be willing to shell out the money again to drink this one.

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

A: It pours an opaque light yellow-brown with a creamy two finger head that hangs around for a while before subsiding.

S: It smells of fruits and malts; there is no scent of the 9% abv.

T: This starts as malty, and then gets fruitier but the malts are still present throughout; there is a quite bitter aftertaste. It is also sweet, but it is not overdone to the point of sugarcane. Alcohol is present in the taste, but it is not overpowering everything like so many other high abv beers.

M: This has a lot of carbonation causing it to have a light body. It kind of feels like a pilsner, but it’s an ale, so it’s quite unique in that sense.

O: This is a fantastic beer, the only one so far that has truly lived up to its hype. It has a high abv, but you don’t really notice it until you stand up after drinking 750 mL of it.

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

Probably the biggest shock to my senses from any beer, having this for the first time about 10 years ago. I don't know what was most unique or strange beer I had had up to that point - maybe Delirium Tremens or Skull Splitter. But this made me make a face. By now I've adjusted, shifted to accept and enjoy flavors and sensations a bit further out towards the fringes from this. "La Fin" still excites and just about overwhelms me to this day.

Textbook explosion of Belgian carbonation - egg-shell white spongy foam, slow to fade, but fade it does. Dawn-light yellow-amber juice, heavenly haze. Scent of delicate flowery-perfume and fresh herb green leafiness (cilantro?). Honey-kissed lemon butter cookie, ambiguous enlivening citrus, and chased with residual bottom-dwelling yeasty gunk. Silky and spicy, potent and bold (like the smell) on the tongue. Honey (up front), clove (in and around), and banana tincture (late). Dessert malty along side. Can't underplay the super jolt of young orange/lemon 1/3-sour tang and shaved-sharp herbal rush holding on. The spiciness seems to mask or actually contribute to a restrained, snail-snow rising warmth. Hmmm...it's so smooth and cold-clean, drops off sudden dry - nothing.

Still my favorite beer - love the label, love the post-liminal. (On-tap - a dream unfulfilled)

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

This beer pours a golden straw color with a bit of haze to it and a big head that lasts a little while, though i don't know if that was from the beer itself, or the fact that i was the last pour from the 750ML bottle. The smell is is wonderful with belgian yeast notes up front with the floral spiciness following and finishing with malty breadiness. the taste is very similar to the smell with a great belgian yeasty spiceness up front and a bread like sweetness to finish it off. the mouthfeel is amazing as the beer seems pretty dry at first then in the finish rounds out with a little sweetness, and nice carbonation. overall this beer is an A+

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Photo of mttaylor1066
5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Every bit as good as advertised. 12 oz. bottle poured into a Belgian goblet.

A -- Golden, deliciously golden. You couldn't artificially color a beer better than this. A sprightly mousse that fades to nothing almost immediately.

S - Light malt, with a hoppy hint. Really sets you up to enjoy the taste.

T - A home run of taste, again the light malt hits the tongue, blends easily with a citrus and slight sweetness. If you find Delirium Tremens too sweet, this is a tripel you should try. Each sip invites another immediate sip.

M - The carbonation keeps it light in the mouth. It has that Westmalle Tripel mouthfeel that takes me back to La Morte Subite in Brussels. This is brewed by Canucks? By God, someone up there knows how to brew an ale!

Overall, a great brew. Now I believe all the raving about this ale.

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

Always wanted to try this bad boy, but skepticism always got the better of me. A serious Belgian Tripel...from Canada??? Well after reading countless stellar reviews here on BA, I finally grabbed a 12 oz bottle. Best before 12/16/13 on back of label, poured into Duvel Tulip...

Pours a gorgeous unfiltered, golden honey colored hue with around a finger's worth of luscious, white, frothy head. Great retention and plenty of decorative lacing as the head slowly dissipates.

Nose is full of various aromas that blend together beautifully. Belgian yeast mustiness, light fruits such as apple and pear, mixed spices; predominantly white pepper, and some slight booze.

I'm not exactly sure how to go about adequately describing this, but I'll give it my best shot. Lots of spice, mainly pepper and clove kick it off, leading way into some boozy warmness. Fruit flavors and malty sweetness are more apparent in the back end, complemented by the slightest hop bitterness. Finishes off nice, crisp and semi dry. A Very complex and really nice Tripel.

Medium bodied with plenty of carbonation and a nice creamy consistency. At 9% this obviously isn't a session beer, but is too damn drinkable to be a sipper. Drink with caution.

Overall, this thing is fantastic. At around $12 a four pack, its real affordable as well. One of the best Tripels I've ever had, hands down.

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

A: Golden, cloudy, with some yeasty dregs. Excellent head with great lacing. Beautiful.

S: Aroma a touch muted, but still enticing. Malty, spicy, as one would expect for the style.

T: Magnifique! If this is what the end of the world tastes like, I want front row tickets to the apocalypse. A sweet symphony of various flavors all combined flawlessly and seamlessly. Malt, spice, hints of fruit. A ton going on, but never overwhelming, nor cloying. 9% alcohol masked extremely well.

M: 5.0 'nuff said.

D: The great thing about this brew is you can choose to ignore the complexity and session it (at your peril), or revel in the menagerie. Unibroue leaves it up to you.

O: An excellent beer. Easily among my top go-to choices. If you haven't tried it, do yourself a huge favor and buy a 750.

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Photo of Brabander
4.23/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I traded this beer with Sean (claaarck13) and his wife Amber for some westy beer. We had a great time in Belgium when we met in may 2011.

I poured out this bottles during a beertasting at my cousin Peter's place. There were a lot of starting beer geeks who could not believe that there are so many good beers in the world.

Poured out in a wineglass this was one of the (many) beers which flabbergasted the group. Very drinkable and very mild. Goldenyellow fluid with nice citrusnotes. Nice head.

Wonderfull treat Sean!

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Photo of SWMeyer4141
4.58/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Taking a break from cleaning, watching the NBA Finals, and opening up a great beer.

Poured into Unibroue snifter...

Appearance-Golden yellow/orange. 3 finger soapy white head. Very tight bubbles and great retention. Lacing is all over the glass. Only beer off the top of my head thats better looking is Duvel.

Smell-Lots of Sweetness and lots of spice. Lots of malt. Pick out some plum and banana as well.

Taste-Huge flavors. Sweet sweet malts and honey. Banana, Clover, Black pepper on the backend to cut down the sweetness. Booze is not hidden. Slighly dry finish. Great beer for a Pinot Grigio drinker, shit, any white wine drinker...or beer drinker.

Mouthfeel-Clean, Crisp, Refreshing. Lots of body with medium to high carbonation.

Overall-Just a world class beer. Perfect anytime of the year, when you just want something good. Very clean beer all the way around. Unibroue continues to be one of my favorite brewerys.

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Photo of Interfectus
4.08/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In the interest of full disclosure, I'm not fundamentally opposed to Tripel's, but they're not really my first choice in beer style. However, this one is just delightful :) The color is pretty beautiful, pouring as a opaque golden color. The head was a bit foamier at first (as with all Belgians) , but it soon settled into a nice, thin, creamy blanket resting on top. At 9% the alcohol content is relatively high, but the sweet honey flavors, malts, and yeasts balance each other very well, effectively masking any overwhelming taste of alcohol. Carbonation wasn't overbearing (my usual complaint with Belgian beers). Probably the best Tripel I've ever had. Definitely worth a try, even if you're not a fan of Belgian style beer (which I'm not!).

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

pours an unfiltered gold with two fingers of head.

smell is a bit sour and very fruity. all malts.

taste is sour and sweet, smooth with very little alcohol.

mouth is medium bodied. very smooth for a 9.0.

pretty good light belgian. not my favorite attempt but good.

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

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass at low altitude.

A: Pours a nearly opaque honey color with a large foamy white head that dissipates quickly. There's a lot of carbonation floating up to the top of the glass.

S: Dark fruits, floral smells, yeasty notes and a hint of booze in the background. Definitely piques my interest.

T: Wheat and yeast notes up front give way to a fruity sourness that reminds me of slightly under-ripe cherries. The booze doesn't come through whatsoever in the taste.

M: Dry all the way though as you'd expect from a tripel. Spot on for the style.

D: Not something you'd drink every day, but I drank the entire bottle by myself without any trouble.

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

Cloudy, on the lighter side of golden. One-finger head leaves minimal lacing.

Smells spicy and full of Belgian yeast. Pepper, clove, banana, apple, some mustiness.

Taste is smooth and comes on strong in the last half. Very spicy in a peppery way. Sweet and fruity. Finishes with some alcohol and lingering banana flavors.

Mouthfeel is medium, a bit creamy on the end. More carbonated that the pour would suggest.

This is a very solid beer, and very easy to find. Unibroue makes quality stuff.

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

A – Cloudy, pale tan-yellow. Almost like banana juice. Fine bubbled head with nice retention and lace.

S – Earthy, Belgium spices: coriander, pepper corn, orange zest. Dull edges. Touch of booze.

T – Slow to ramp-up. Black pepper, nectarine, booze. Herbal bitter middle with coriander and faint banana. Warm booze on the backend.

M – Nice, medium body with a bright carbonation, and a boozy sweet finish.

O – A nice, complex brew that’s easy to drink at a slow-to-moderate pace, and easy to pair with a broad range of foods. A good cocktail-party beer if you will.

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Photo of July2Nov
4.35/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Beautiful cloudy, orange-brown in color. Had a finger width of head on it after the pour, but went down to a thin lacing after it set for awhile.

Smell: Very fruity smelling (ripe granny smith apples).

Taste & Mouthfeel: Nice taste of raisins and apples. Gets a bit bready after the initial tasting. Some carbonation comes through. Has a rum raisin bread flavor at the very end. Aftertaste is mild and the high abv is very well hidden with just a touch of heat letting you know it's there.

Overall: This is always a go to beer for me and I finally got around to reviewing it. This is so highly rated that I can't really add to much more to it other than; If you haven't had it before...do yourself a favor and get it. So many people can't be wrong!

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Photo of crewfan16
4.72/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle to a Stella Artois glass. I know its not quite the perfect glass for it, but it will work tonight.

a- pours a slightly hazy golden color with a big almost 2" white frothy head. it faded fairly quick, but left a bit of lacing down the glass

s-fruit and Belgian yeast. i smell raisin, banana, a little clove some green apple maybe, brown sugar and some biscuit.

t-again with the yeast and fruit. raisin, banana, dark sugar and some hops and dryness at the end

m-a lot more carbonation that i remember but it works very well for this style. it lets the flavors bounce around a bit. doesnt feel like a heavy beer at all, it goes down smoothly, but the 9% abv is nowhere to be found

overall, every time I try this, I remember that it is one of my favorites of any tripels out there...and from Canada no less. Unibroue consistently puts out an incredible brew that I will always seek out. And for $10 a 4-pack, I dont mind purchasing whenever I find it.

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

A: Golden straw colouration with a whopping 2" of head that disappeared slowly.

S: Very piney smelling with hints of grapefruit.

T: Pine nuts with grapefruit and a boozy aftertaste that is smooth.

M: One of the best carbonations of a beer I have ever tried. World class mouthfeel that is medium bodied and extremely pleasant.

O: Excellent beer for its style. Could see myself sitting on a deck in the summertime drinking this with friends.

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Photo of lazjuarez
3.83/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've had this brew many times, but never got around to reviewing it. So here goes...

Bottle stamped: J281007440

A: Pours a hazy yellow color with an orange hue. About 1 finger of bright white head which reduces to a thick ring, leaving some good lacing behind. Some carbonation is coming off the bottom of the glass.

S: Nose is of cloves, some bananas, small citrus notes, and some esters.

T: Spicy and sweet. Light fruit notes with some faint pepper notes in the background. I'm also getting some very small acidic notes, dry finish.

M: Light/medium-bodied, good carbonation which cleanses the palate well. The 9% ABV is almost non existent. A very easy drinking tripel.

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Photo of BarryMFBurton
4.15/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

La Fin du Monde: “The End of the World.” It seems more than fitting, considering the absurdity of last Saturday. I’ve been in a Belgian sort of mood recently, and this has been one I’ve been wanting to cross off my list for a while now. If anything, just for the wire cork cage on top.

A: The body is a rich, cloudy gold. There’s a familiar Belgian foaminess that brings a bubbly white head to about an inch, sending fizz up from the bottom of the glass. Pretty good, for not having a lot of head.

S: Very acidic; phenols rising big in the nose. Grape, mandarin, peach are interspersed throughout. Booze and clean wheat at the back end.

T: Thankfully, not as acidic as the nose. It’s quite smooth – not jarring, like many phenol-heavy offerings in this style. Clovey and herbal, with more than a tinge of esters. The fruit isn’t strong, but peach/apricot and grape are the most evident. The palate is not incredibly complex, but nonetheless satisfying.

M: The sparkling body leaves nothing to the imagination. This particular Belgian seems too viscous to be that effervescent, but it’s not incredibly out of place.

O: For now, I can only say I like this one - although at times, I love it. At this range of wholesome beer goodness, it's tough to decipher my feelings. But, as it stands, this is not one I’ll be talking about for a while. That being said, it’s a great example of this style, with a clear emphasis on yeast and esters. This would be the perfect introduction to someone who’s new to this type of beer, or Belgians in general.

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Photo of beerprovedwright
4.57/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Less head than I had expected, but quite thick one finger float. Lace is light but clingy. Color is a slightly hazy 5 on the SRM beer color chart. Smell is intoxicating, with sweet aromas of apple, melon, grapefruit, cranberries, and malt. Taste is fruity/flowery, with flavors of apples, grapes, figs, melon, grapefruit, and warm spices. Mouthfeel is a little bit sticky, but creamy with ample amounts of carbonation. Just a bit of drying on the sides of my tongue and soft palate. The warming effect from the ample amount of alcohol sort of hits you like ever increasing waves of the ocean. One of these will give you a great buzz. A little sweet to drink them one after another, but a great beer to sip while enjoying conversation or a good movie.

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La Fin Du Monde from Unibroue
Beer rating: 4.32 out of 5 with 10,211 ratings