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:
10,066
Reviews:
2,978
Avg:
4.31
pDev:
11.37%
 
 
Wants:
651
Gots:
2,303
For Trade:
21
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Photo of futiledevices
4.61/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Fireman_RK
4.61/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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 N8dogg44
4.61/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Chivvyshirt
4.61/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of necoadam
4.61/5  rDev +7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ah! The end of the world is coming! Yup, it's sitting in my Corsendonk tulip glass and I love it. Poured out a dark pale yellow with a huge head that settled down quickly. Smell consisted of mostly citrius notes mixed in with some malts. A whiff of alochol is there too but not that much. Taste was great. Some sweeten malts mixed in with some spiciness and exotic fruits and/or pears. Smooth and creamy going down as well. Another terrific brew from Unibroue which is gaining quite a bit of respect from me lately.

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Photo of direwolf00
4.61/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of ChrisMyhre
4.61/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter from the 12 oz. bottle.

Best before 1/25/15.

a: Lighter golden with minimal head and some some patchy lacing.

s: Complex, fruity, almost like Chardonnay.

t: Apple, and Grape flavors with some cinnamon and clove spiciness on the front of the tongue. Dry winey finish. Syrupy, but not in an unpleasant way.

m: Big and heavily carbonated,(small champagne like bubbles).

o: Very nice, complex beer. A little syrupy to be an everyday drinker for my taste. Excellent beer and definitely worth seeking out.

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Photo of emeyer
4.61/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of geokills
4.61/5  rDev +7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of the most explosive beers I've ever poured - at only a drip's pace - lively carbonation races up the sides of the glass! The bubbles don't stop there, as the robust head continues to grow for a minute or two and ever so slowly begins to deflate into an off-white silken custard, scarcely down to three-finger's width before I must indulge in the first take. A zesty nose of cherries married with citrus, on my palate comes a hint of pineapples and pear. Extremely well balanced, especially considering its 9% abv. Playful on the tongue, strong but sweet, a definite refresher with a hidden strength that will sneak up on ya! ;]

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

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

Figured this was an appropriate brew to sign off of 2009!

One of their classic 750ml bottles. Poured into a tall tulip. Light golden and opaque. Thick fluffy white head, dissolves into a still significant layer. Lots of sticky lacing. Looks terrific.

The smell is that of classy Belgian blonde. A bit of yeast, warming alcohol, some fruit to it.

I've long said this is one of Canada's finest brews, and upon reviewing it my opinion stands. Truly an exceptional brew. Warming alcohol, grape, banana and cloves (almost giving it a wheat character), lovely spicyness.

Mouthfeel is quite carbonated, almost burpy as one reviewer put it, but still highly quaffable.

One of the finest brews around - very proud that this is a Canadian brew! Love having this one on hand around the house; I've got a couple in the cellar as well. Well worth a sampling!

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

I got this 12 oz. bottle as a single at Union Jack's on the Manatawny. I drank it in a goblet. Best Before date of 05-19-08(!) on the label. YAY!

Pours a slightly hazy yellow/gold with a huge 2" head of white foam. Carbonation looks very active. The head falls to a good coating and a ring, with excellent lacing.

Aroma is a complex combination of pils malt, yeast, cloves, nutmeg, and lemons. Smells are inviting. After several minutes, the smell is very clean, spicy, and citrusy.

Flavor is pils malt, spices like above, lemons, yeast, tart and delish. Alcohol warmth sneaks through very slightly as it warms. Residual sweetness is low to medium. Aftertaste is long citrus and pils malt. This has a great aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is clean and crisp, light to medium bodied, with sparkling carbonation. Alcohol warmth is very well hidden. This feels good on your tongue. Great burps! Finish is on the dry side.

This might sound dumb, but I could drink this all day. (Well, at least until I passed out!). This is delicious, complex, crisp, delicate and robust at the same time. Highly recommended.

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

Photo of BoozerBrad
4.6/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of BC65
4.6/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of Tommy9898
4.6/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of VMWhelan
4.6/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a La Fin Du Monde tulip.

Pours a golden orange/honey color with a fluffy white head with excellent lacing.

Nose is spicy, sweet, and fruity. Sweet breadlike aromas followed by apple, pear, banana. The usually spiciness of a Tripel comes through as well.

Taste is funky and fruity at first, followed by the sweetness from the nose. The familiar banana/clove/bubblegum of a Belgian shine through in this one, but the fruitiness is more complex, with apple, pear, white grape coming through. Belgian yeast really does is job well with that nice spicy bread-like flavor coming through as well. Very sweet finish. Excellent.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a good bit of carbonation. It's slightly sticky and leaves the mouth a bit dry on the finish.

Overall this is an excellent example of the style. Very easy to drink and incredibly delicious.

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Photo of bierman2000
4.6/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A dangerous beer with a likeness to Duvel. Smooth, golden and full of hops and malt and the alcohol isn't present until after you try to stand up after a couple. It is a slow sipping beer or a summer refresher to be enjoyed with care. Seek this beer out is is the best of Unibroue's products.

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

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

Photo of firkingroovin
4.6/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Giggy
4.6/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a pale yellow sunrise. Nice cloudy haze. Very foamy white head. Champagne like carbonation provides plenty of bubbles.

S: Floral/spicy/lemon citrus/coriander & pepper

T: Yum! Fruity-nectarine, peaches, & mango. Spices/cloves/alcohol/sweet with a dry finish.

M: Clean finish

O: High alcohol content is cleverly masked by the potpourri of flavors.

2 thumbs up

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

Photo of gbontrag
4.6/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours a whirlwind of carbonation. The consequence being a gorgeous froth made up of all sizes of bubbles. This is a really neat, slightly yellow beer with like a rusty leaf wash. The froth lasts, floating like a proud ship with full sail.
Smells like a trippel: Straw, white grapes, white peppercorn, chalk/limestone, and yeast in a surgical room.
There's a hint of sweetness left; umm, tangy meyer lemon rind, key lime pie, kiwi garnish. Alcohol in a stinging aftertaste, but not negative. Crisp and beautiful. I'm too enthralled to give a better review in words, but my taste buds are singing.

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La Fin Du Monde from Unibroue
4.31 out of 5 based on 10,066 ratings.
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