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
Reviews:
2,959
Ratings:
9,989
Avg:
4.31
pDev:
11.37%
 
 
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Photo of hophead247
4/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy pale gold with a rich snowy white head with alot of lacing. Smells like spicy sour apples. Yeasty and fruity. Taste is quite refreshing. Fruity apple in the body underpinned by sweet spicy flavors. Sour malt and yeast to finish. Smooth. And then very slowly, very subtly, the beer shifts into another gear and that dull alcohol warming comes through in the aftertaste. It's a thing of beauty. This is a gorgeous beer. A perfect sipping brew for a cold winter's evening.

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Photo of ptykozoon
4/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful cloudy white-yellow with bubbly lacing on the sides and a spiraly island of undying foam.

Smell of sweet, ripe fruits. Apple, pear, sweet bread, lemon tart & belgian spices. Lots of flavors! Love it!

Tangy and sweet, flavors of the nose coming through, but much more delicately, this beer is all about the subtleties. I've confirmed that this beer has changed in taste compared to when I used to drink it plentifully years ago. I get an off-putting strong metallic pang that comes through in the aftertaste. Yucky.
This used to be one of my favorite beers so I'll continue to experiment with this one and note its status. It really is a shame.

Dry and sweet, rich and carbonated mouthfeel.

This one, I could drink a lot of...

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Photo of Pithy756
4/5  rDev -7.2%

Appearance: Pours nice golden color. 3 inch bubbly white head. Light effervescence. Slightly opaque. Head dissipates slowly.
Aroma: Strong fruit & malt
Flavor: Fruity with a spicy back end. Can't discern any individual fruit
Mouthfeel: Light body, frothy
Overall: Good beer, pairs nicely with spicy & Italian food

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

From a 12oz bottle.

A: Pours a golden straw yellow with tons of effervesence. A puffy pure white head tops it off.

S: Lots of sweet yeasty clove and pepper. Candy coated a'njou pears and apple peel.

T: Sour apples, pears clove, pepper and spicy yeast. Very sweet on the finish.

M: Medium bodied and smooth. Tons of tingly carbonation. Good drinkability.

Overall: This is a pretty good triple. Not the best I've ever had but very enjoyable.

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

I poured from a 750 ml bottle into a tulip glass. The beer pours a hazy gold with a fluffy white head. The head does not stay around long and does not leave any lacing. The aroma is fruity and spicy. The flavor is full of esters and spices. The beer is a medium bodied sipper that hides its alcohol well. IMO the beer is a bit overrated. While it is a solid triple I do not think it is that much better than some of the other triples I have enjoyed.

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

Purchased a bottle at Brookline Liquor Mart in Brighton, MA.

A: Straw hue. Clearly very effervescent. Capped with a thin white head. A little hazy.

S: Clove and malt. Very perfume lie. Also some tropical fruits. Some booze in here as well. All of these aromas compliment each other well.

T: clove flavors with plenty of fusel alcohol. Good soft pils character in the malt base. Slight bitterness at the end. Sweet but not overly so. this is a very well put together beer.

MF: Medium body. Dry mouthfeel. Well carbonated.

D, notes: A very good tripel. Not overly sweet, clove phenolics are spot on.

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

Big ol' 750 bottle poured into a wide mouthed Trappist glass.
A big fluffy white head and a bright golden body are revealed in the glass.
Grass, fruit, and a little pepper in the aroma.
The same flavors present in the aroma glide along your tongue. There is a great body warming alcohol.
Fairly effervescent and medium bodied.

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

750ml bottle poured into a tulip glass. Bottle is marked best before June 2015.

Look: golden body that is cloudy with yeast and sediment. A gentle pour gives a two finger head of white foam that lasts a long time. As I drink, there's only a little lace left behind in this beer and it doesn't stick around for very long.

Smell: Belgian spices, clove, pepper, fruity smells of pears and peaches, and a hint of citrus peel.

Taste: the fruit from the aroma stands out with hints of spice and a bit of alcohol. There's a bit of a phenolic taste as well as some orange peel. Its sweet without being cloying and there are some yeast flavors in here too. Nothing here is over powering and it all works together nicely. Well balanced tripel.

Feel: medium bodied, nicely carbonation, hides the alcohol well.

Drink: easy drinking and you could have a few of these if it weren't 9% alcohol.

Overall, a pretty good tripel. I've yet to have a tripel that particularly impressed me but this one comes close. I can see why this is such a popular tripel. I would recommend giving it a try. Cheers!

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Photo of mryuk
4/5  rDev -7.2%
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 Knapp85
4/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew poured out as a hazy yellow color with a billowing white head on top. The foam leaves some scattered lacing on the glass with each sip. The smell of the beer is a little citrusy and has some sweet grainy aromas too in there. The beer smells refreshing, very lively. The taste of the beer was a little spicy, a little fruity and had a nice amount of bready yeast in there too. The mouthfeel was smooth and rather easy to drink, even for a strong brew like this one. Overall it's a damn good brew and I would enjoy this one again someday for sure.

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

Poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Deep gold & orange in color. A little white head appeared but didn't stay around long. A fair amount of lacing remains.

Smell: Tones of spice, citrus, and floral, quite appealing.

Taste: Flavors of apple, spice, and a bit of yeast, very pleasant.

Mouthfeel: A good feel with some carbonation and a nice crisp smack on the tongue.

Drinkability: Very drinkable, goes down quite nicely.

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Photo of h20mbh
4/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance:
Slightly orangish with a medium level of carbonation and medium sized head.

Smell:
Smells slightly sweet and slightly flowery. At 9% abv the alcohol smell is hidden by the richness of the floral sweetness.

Taste:
As the smell dictated the alcohol is hidden well and the floral sweetness is the best way to describe the taste. Very soft on the pallet and yet complex.

Mouthfeel:
Extremely light, would like to see a little more texture and density, but maybe that is part of why it tastes so good and brings out the floral tastes so much.

Overall:
Solid 4 out of 5. Not necessarily an every day beer, but really good beer. Would recommend this beer with some desert after supper.

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

Pours a two finger white head, lots of lacing, beautiful orange colored body, I can see all the carbonation rising to the top. Gorgeous.

Sweet orange candy, tropical notes, citrus on the nose, fresh orange. Slight pine aroma as well. Hard to describe but they all go together so well.

Bit of spice with tropical fruit and citrus notes on the tongue. Rather mild bitter taste, and pretty nice balanced. Refreshing taste. Bit of piney and earthy notes on the tongue. Leaves a dry citrusy-like aftertaste. For a 9% ABV, the alcohol is hidden very well.

Medium body with lively amounts of carbonation.

Really good Tripel from Unibroue.

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

Well it *smells* how I remember: Apple spritz, clove and Belgian yeast. It's easy to forget how much I like this cold, to treat every beer like it is a barrel aged imperial stout - a critical error in my opinion.

General Pear makes his appearance along with more tropical fruit on the pour, revealing a cloudy lustrous bronze nectar. This beer has a great mellow funk, nice and woody, deep earth tones beneath the fruit, mud and frost.

Tastes like that too. (Is this a cop-out?) Okay, the floral flavors really come through, making this a rather sweet Tripel on the wetter side of dry. The finish is wet and juicy.

I prefer a drier Tripel with less clove, more oak and sour fruit, and a foamier mouthfeel. Regardless, this is top notch, a huge value, and perhaps the only continental Tripel to get it right (that I can afford anyway... ahem *ALLAGA$H*).

At a grocery store this would often beat out a 6er at $7.99. For a Tripel craving I would have to seek out that bastard Westmalle.

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Photo of Robinho
4/5  rDev -7.2%

I use to get this beer all the time and it was great. But about a year ago I got 4 consecutive bottles that were all flat and tasted like straight syrup. Haven't been able to go back since. Anyone else have that issues?

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

A light gold in color with a nice foamy head that disapates quickly. Aroma scense of honey, fruit, a difinate belgian style. A spike of carbonation releasing fruity flavors and a note of cloves, having a light - med mouthfeel. A very good beer for the style it portrays.

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

A:a golden hazy yellow

S: spicy, fruity smell. Hints of banana, raisins, and other dark fruits.

T: sweet fruity blend. Light carbonization blends nicely with a dull banana taste.

M: a wet smooth blend that coats the mouth nicely. Light bitter notes show theirselves as this one fades away.

O: a fair representation of a Triple. The overall smoothness while retaining a full body sets this one apart.

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Photo of ultralarry2006
4/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle. Left a huge three finger head that eventually recedes to just surface skim, with very slight spotty lacing. Body was a cloudy orange yellow.

Smell - spicy and fruity esters, bananas.

Taste - bananas and spices. Well hidden abv.

Mouthfeel - full, smooth, moderate to high carbonation.

Drinkability - this is good, goes down well, high abv limits this to two, maybe three per session.

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Photo of punkrkr27
4/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden pour with a big, pillowy, white head with loads of champagne like bubbles emanating from the bottom of the glass. The aroma is a bright and delicate mix of wildflowers, orange peel, lemon zest, candi sugar, bread dough, and bubblegum esters. The taste is moderately sweet upfront but also very floral. There's some bright notes of citrus zest upfront as well. The middle is chewy and doughy with a little straw and estery notes. The finish yeasty, peppery, musty and funky in that classic Unibroue way. The alcohol is well hidden. Creamy medium body with lots of tingly carbonation.

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

Light copper color with a fluffy white pillow of a head. Loads of tiny bubbles continuously rising to the surface. Lots of sticky lacing. The aroma is dominantly yeasty with some pepper and spices and a little orange zest. Biscuity taste with a nice spicy yeast taste. The champagne like mouthfeel helps make this a very refreshing beer.

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

a. hazy golden. head laces and drops fairly quickly for me.

s. enjoying the aroma of light fruits and earthy spices.

t. bright, peppery with fruity sweet background. hops fill in the flavor spaces well, tie things together for me.

m. silky, dry finish, carbonation and the alcohol is refreshing, but not incredibly appealing.

d. i like the complexity and diversity of flavors, but the focuses themselves are a bit too sharp for me. hard to put my finger on, but its enjoyable... all in all a fine experience.

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

From the 750ml bottle it pours a rich, deep golden hue. A nice and thick (but not really creamy) head forms at first, though it dissipates very quickly. Aroma is quite nice, with notes of yeast, ripe pear, banana and a bit of alcohol.

Flavor is sweet up-front, with a warming effect on the finish. As the drink continues, fruity and yeasty flavors develop. Lingering aftertaste is malty, caramel-like and yeasty. Alcohol is not terribly noticeable, and I am actually drinking this beer pretty fast. Mouthfeel is well-carbonated, yet not as huge or creamy as I had expected.

Overall this is a sweet Tripel with good complexity. La Fin du Monde is an excellent beer, but it's kind of joke that it is the number one Tripel on BA, ranking higher than all of the original Belgian versions. But who am I to argue with 1500+ reviews? I prefer a drier Tripel. To each his own.

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

750 ml caged and corked bottle, best before 10-24-05 date. Pours a pale cloudy yellow color with a lot of floaties, nice white frothy head that leaves a clingy lace in my glass. Has a clean bannana and spicy lemon aroma. Sweet and fruity flavors that dry out, nice crisp and clean finish, another great ale by this brewery.

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

Bottle Pours a golden orange with a fluffy white head which leaves a good lacing. Aroma is spicy yeast and fruits. Has a good mouthfeel and good carbination. Has a smooth taste well blended and not strong. A decent aftertaste. Overall a very good beer

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

This beer reminds me how one's palate can change. The first time I had this one I absolutely hated it. I was used to english and german style sessionable brews, and this tasted like gasoline to me at the time. Now- a much different story.

La Fin Du Monde pours a light amber with a pure white head. Lots of small bubbles rise from the glass. The smell is of candy sugar and some fruit flavors.

The taste brings candy sugar, exotic fruits, and a hint of alcohol heat. There are a lot of layers to this beer that changes as it warms. Peppery flavors swirl throughout along with some spice.

A regular in my beer fridge, and another reason Unibroue is such an incredible brewery.

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La Fin Du Monde from Unibroue
4.31 out of 5 based on 9,989 ratings.
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