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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

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Avg:
4.31
pDev:
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Photo of Cresant
4.8/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 oz. (twist off?) bottle dated best before 10/12/08. When I popped the top the foam gushed out! Hurriedly poured into a Duvel tulip I received a glass 3/4 full of white froth. Head eventually settled to a sparse, yet contstant layer on top. The body was clouded and the color of a butterscotch disk.

I would add a sixth dimension to note about this beer, sound. The head was so healthy that it piqued the aural sense. The beer sounded like the fizzle of a bubble bath.

Smell was of hay, yeast, and alcohol (ETOH). Perhaps cloves too.

Taste was a pleasant tartness up front and a candy-like maltiness later. Mild cloves, oranges, and maybe carrot cake. ETOH held in check/masked and was less apparent than the aroma suggested.

Creamy full bodied mouthfeel.

I was ready for more after this bottle. I will seek this out again! One of my new favorites.

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Photo of villainchiwwin
4.7/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

poured from 12 oz. bottle into pint glass.
luminous golden color with fine vigourous streams of bubbles rising in columns - little bit of fizzy head fell away fast.
delightful nose held apple, slight yeast, clove, maple sugar candy, and pear notes.
very slight, sweet pear and flower flavor to start, then honey and fruit followed by clove spiciness and alcohol warmth. subtle but lengthy finish.
excellent texture and a light body; softness changes to a tickling of the tongue before finishing dry.

cellaring some to discern the effects of age on this special brew. near ideal as it is, though!

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Photo of orsulacp
4.22/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle with a best before date of 02-23-09. It poured a clear golden color with a fluffy white head. There are all types of things in the smell, some banana, some orange, and a bit of clove. The taste is sweet and spicy, the tight carbonation really adds to the peppery bite. The sweetness is like a Clementine. The mouthfeel is medium-light with plenty of carbonation. There is a slight alcohol warming from the 9%, but all the flavors hide it in the taste.

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Photo of cjgator3
4.23/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip with a golden/light orange body and a beautiful three finger head. Aroma is a wonderful mixture of pears, bananas and yeast and other fruits. Taste much like the smell as it has an array of fruits and a very crisp finish. This is a sensational beer that actually resembles a hefeweizen in both smell and taste. Definately a world-class offering from Unibroue and a must try!

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Photo of Erdinger2003
4.07/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle with a picture of one state of Canada.

Appearance is nice with a big head that falls very thin and just barely breaks, and it has a good lacing.The color is light gold to brown with hints of orange.

Smell has orange, banana-almost like a hefeweizen, apple.

Taste is light and hard to identify at first. It has cloves, orange and banana are very apparant and fruity. Very light in body and warming to the insides.

Mouthfeel isn't very well carbonated and is a bit watery, still somehow very appealing.

I like this and will look for another bottle, hopefully fresher.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.7/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A: The beer is a hazy pale yellow color with large foamy white head that leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: Heavy yeast aroma with a touch of alcohol.

T: The same bready, yeasty character, from the smell, comes out strongly in the flavor and dominates throughout. There are touches of honey, malt and just a bit of alcohol (but not even close to 9.00% worth).

M: Light-to-medium body, crisp and very smooth, medium carbonation and a very clean finish.

D: The yeast character masterfully disguises the alcohol content, which, along with the smoothness, makes this beer very drinkable. This was the first beer that I’ve had from Unibroue. It has left me with the impression that this brewery doesn’t mess around.

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Photo of soulgrowl
4.4/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Cellared for at least six months.

Appearance: Bright orange gold with a smidge of haze. Enormous soapy head rises high and stands its ground, even getting larger after the pour (in a tulip glass with etching on the inside).

Smell: Mimosa-like aroma of champagne, tangerine juice, bright but not overpowering alcohol, apple skin, limes, and some amazing spicy and bready yeast.

Taste: Smooth, mellow, and delicious as hell. Lush, fruity, citric notes abound. Pear, white grape, banana, clove. What is this, some kind of kicked-up hefe? There are leafy, wheaty, floral, and doughy notes as well. This is just about as complex as they come, but still very smooth and well-balanced.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, smooth, lightly acerbic.

Drinkability: This is an awesome beer. Respect it.

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Photo of hoffman
4.23/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A brilliant pour, nice with a thin frothy head comprised of smallish white bubbles. The color is straw yellow/orange amzingly clear, I could actually view an upside down transposition of the spurs mavericks game in the convex of my snifter, kinda neat. The smell is faint, very little if any aroma for my nose, a bit of soft yeasty sugar and some grassy organic notes. The taste is a knock out, a great smooth, sweet fruity beginning, a nice flowing center where the alchohol becomes more pronounced but not overbearing, then a mildly dry finish gives way to the creamy yeast notes. Really good. The mouthfeel is very full and creamy...which is offset nicley by the tingle of carbonation that rises while to beer is in your mouth. An unbelievably drinkable masterpiece, almost quaffable at...what...9% abv...remeber to call a cab if you are out with this one.

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Photo of SilentSabre
2.99/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I have had this before, but I felt I should revisit it. I wasn't exactly left speechless over it. I wasn't awful; certainly not! I simply didn't think it was 'outstanding'. I looked quite nice as it poured from its 750mL bottle into my goblet. A bit of chill haze, slightly cloudy. Continuous streams of bubbles ascend to the surface. Head is medium sized, loosely knit bubbles in a snow white froth that dissipates after about 60 seconds. Smell is dank, damp basement, almost like a lambic, alcohol, some fruits I cannot readily identify. It isn't awful, but I was certainly not impressed. Taste was spice, fruit, alcohol, and in that order. Again, not terrible, but not impressive, either. Mouthfeel was on the back end of medium in weight, if that makes any sense. Drinkability is a bit tough to call on this one. I seem to think so, anyway. The 9.0%abv is fairly noticeable, and there really isn't an amazing flavour profile. At the same time, it's pretty smooth and as a fan of Belgian farmhouse ales, I like the wet basement characteristics.
This was okay I suppose...

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Photo of tkarsies
4.23/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from 750 mL bottle at room temp in wine goblet. Vintage 2005. Easy pour produced 1.5 inch white head over clear gold that slowly recedes to leave lacing that remains until the glass is empty Active carbonation that lasts and lasts.
Smell is fruity, spicy, citrusy, slight alcohol on the nose. Yummy. Tastes of malt, sweetness, yeasty, banana like wheat beer. Some spiciness and fruit present. Very complex. Slight bitterness. Alcohol is not very noticeable except warming in the throat and belly. Mouthfeel is light due to active carbonation.
Is there alcohol in this? Way too drinkable for this ABV. You don’t notice the
strength until it jumps up and bite you. This is great example of a Belgian-style
ale from here in North America. I will definitely be seeking this out again.

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Photo of MCDuhamel
4.94/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Westmalle chalice.

A: Golden orange, somewhat hazy but glows translucently against a light. White head with large bubbles, which quickly dissipates to a thin film with a tighter ring around the chalice.

S: Citrusy (not grapefruit like an American Pale Ale but more lemony), with a note of honey and spices.

T: Begins with a sweet malt, then moves into a tart but balanced flavor with a slight hop bitterness and a noticeable prickliness from the high carbonation. Fades into a dry finish. Throughout, the phenolic character of the yeast strain is evident, but well-integrated.

M: Light, but somewhat viscous, like a well-carbonated honey might be.

D: Unbelievably quaffable. It has no hint of its quite high ABV.

Overall: In my view, the best abbey triple available in Ohio. Beers from Unibroue are usually found here in very good condition, unlike some of the true Belgians which sometimes sit on store shelves for months or longer with wide variations in storage temperature. This is simply an outstanding beer and the epitome of the style.

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

a - bright amber color, large fluffy white head that lingers, a little lacing; cloudy with lots of sediment suspended throughout

s - very fruity and sweet, lots of banana, faint hops

t - sweet and fruity, like the aroma, the sweetness fades at the end and a slight hoppy bitterness lingers, only faint traces of the alcohol

m - lots of carbonation, very lively in the mouth, slightly oily after swallowing

d - very drinkable; this beer is one of the best I've had at masking a decent amount of alcohol (9% abv); this, coupled with the great complex taste and the wonderful aroma make this beer a bit "dangerous" if you don't pay attention

Wow, I'm truly impressed by this beer. Before this, I, like many others, sadly thought Labat and Molson was about it when it came to Canadian beer. I'm anxious to try some other Unibroue offerings. Great all-around beer that becomes and instant classic for me.

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Photo of Schwarzbart
4.46/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Light yellow color with a big, billowy white head. Lots of small carbonation bubbles form a tornado effect in the glass. Lacing is sudsy and head retention is one of the best I've seen.

Smell: A sweet, flowery yeast aroma is very apparent. Some lemon notes and pepper are also present.

Taste: Sweet but with a flowery spice and some alcohol kick. A fruity quality about it, but balanced with a pepper taste.

Mouthfeel: Light and bubbly.

Drinkability: Oh so good and it makes me feel good.

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Photo of HoustonTX
4.57/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Deep yellow/orange. Thick white head with some lacing.

Smell - Citrus, with hops present.

Taste - Nice and crisp. Heavy citrus at first, which turns into a nice wild untamed spice flavor, malty banana/backbone, with hop/alcohol bitter aftertaste. Goes down smooth for the ABV.

Mouthfeel - Pleasing and full.

Drinkability - Decent, as ABV is pretty well disguised.

Overall, a strong contender in the Belgian Strong Pale Ale category. I enjoy Duvel more, but this is definitely worth a try.

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Photo of canadianbarman
3.48/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

--came in an average brown bottle with a white foil wrap over the top.
--A copper/dirt straw like in color with a great cloudiness. Nice thick, full head that lasted quite a while. After thinning left great traces of lacing.
--A slightly sweet smell almost fruitly but not quite.

Given the strength of this beer I was quite surprised by the taste and drinkability of it. Although it is strong this aint your brown bag beer...this one is great for sipping anytime. Would drink again. Thx.

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Photo of ejquin
4.72/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

App: Orange. Thick white head with some lacing.

S: Corainder with some citrus and hops.

T: Nice and crisp. Heavy citrus and coriander spice with some apple cider. Semi-dry finish. Some slight hop bitterness on finish.

M: Slick and semi-light. Nicely carbonated.

D: Very good

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Photo of supercolter
4.43/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Ok so officially the best beer I have tasted...

Appearance- very cloudy dark yellow, with some orange and brown, lots of head
Smell- Oh the smell, very complex, orange and oat were the two than came to mind first , then a hint of bitter citrus (maybe lime)
Taste- like i said, the best beer I have tasted thus far. Taste is somewhat strong, but little to no alcohol taste- very strange for 9% ABV
Mouthfeel- pretty light, but not watery, slightly oily
Drinkability- the High ABV catches up to you quickly, best in moderation

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Photo of jasonguit
4.54/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Man, this stuff is good. What can I say? My roommate, who doesn't like beer, had a sip of this, and said it might have changed his whole opinion of drinking beer more often. This is after my forcing him to sample many types of premium mircros from Saisons to Irish Stouts. I don't know what is a better compliment than that.

Apperence - Golden yellow

Smell - nice grainy smell. I'm not as good as a lot of you at describing smell. It just smelled grainy and fresh.

Taste - Reminded me a lot of most Belgian whites at first. Spicy, complex, but light at the same time. In fact if you had not told me it was brewed in Quebec, I would have swore it was Belgian. It really is amazing how well Unibroue does at making Belgian style beers. It reminded me a lot of Hoegaarden with the contrast and color turned up so to speak. It is just deeper, more full, and more round.

Mouthfeel - a smidge on the bubbly side. Nothing particularly bad here, but the carbonation can overwhelm if drank too quickly.

Drinkability - Great! Goes down easy. I have pretty well destroyed a 750 ml in the last 45 minutes, so watch out. It is easy to drink quick but a shame to not enjoy.

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Photo of edskirk3
4.22/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I bought this bottle over a month ago, and thought I'd save it for June 6, 2006. But if the world actually ends that day, who will be around to read this review?

It's a 750mL bottle with a picture of the Newfoundland penninsula on the label under a celestial spotlight of some sort. I'm supposed to enjoy it by 11-21-08.

With a startling cork pop (wasn't really expecting that), I pour some into my trusty Orval goblet. La Fin du Monde presents itself with a clear, very slightly amberish gold, with fine yeast particulates floating around, and an effervescent white head that goes away as quickly as if it were Coca-Cola. I should note at this point that I am tasting this ale at room temperature.

It's a pungent aroma. Spiciness, yeast, orange peel, and alcohol. There's a lot of things going on that I am not yet sophisticated enough to describe.

The taste is equally complex. Similar to the aroma it seems, but in a different order. There's coriander (I think... or cloves) spice, alcohol, a twinge of sweetness, and generic citrus features but no yeast bite, by which I am suprised considering the amount of yeast sediment sitting at the bottom of this bottle. Overall, it makes me want some gorgonzola.

It's sticky and very carbonated like champagne. The alcohol warmth stays only for a little bit, while an oily/creamy feeling lingers. I don't know which.

A little expensive to drink regularly but I'm enjoying this, and that's not the alcohol talking. It's not something you chug at a barbecue, but rather something to be sipped by the fireplace while reading Chaucer or something.

Maybe I should have chilled it at least a few minutes.

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Photo of shererjt
3.75/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured an orangish-straw clear. Well carbonated with a smooth, silky head. Aroma was fruit and almost wit-like. Wouldn't be surprised to learn this was spiced similarly. Possibly some wheat in the nose as well. Quite pleasant. Somewhat tart and highly phenolic flavor. Fruit/orange was prominent. Body was medium and the mouthfeel somewhat prickly. Drinkability was above average, especially for a big beer like this.

Pretty decent beer. Not the greatest thing ever in my opinion, but pretty darn good.

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Photo of doubleipa
3.95/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a big beer. Lots of yeast, clove spiciness and banana. Nice golden haze. Head goes bye-bye really quickly. Good lacing, while it lasts. As with most Unibroue beers, there is almost too much carbonation. There is a bit of a sour finish. Seems more like a tripel than a strong pale ale.

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Photo of artusory
3.89/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle. Best before 6/12/06, enjoyed on 11/7/05. Pours a murky, pale yellow/orange with a medium sized, fizzy, white head. Mostly diminishing. Aroma is banana, orange, lemon and cloves. The flavor is very refreshing, oranges, apricots and bananas. The lively carbonation bites the tongue on the finish. Alcohol is very well hidden. This one was quite enjoyable.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
4.42/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A 750ml bottle. It was a cloudy yellow color with a small head and a little bit of lacing. It had a spicy fruit odor with some malt undertones. Taste was wonderful: fruit (citrus) with some nice spiciness that provided a lingering warmth. A little bit of hops. Very good mouthfeel, although a tiny bit too carbonated. Good beer, very drinkable. Reminds me a little bit of La Chouffe.

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Photo of wedge
4.47/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml

Bright hazy burnt golden orange color with an airy, bubbly white head. Vibrant spicy fruit aroma - crisp citrus - very light phenols and alcohol and a muted sweet maltiness. Smoooth spicy and estery flavor - very well rounded. The fruitiness sticks while the effervescent spices wash over the tongue. A little dry banana in the finish and a lingering warm tartness. Dangerously refreshing for such a strong beer.

A great belgian-style ale for any occasion. Very invigorating for its 9% abv...be careful or this beer might kick your ass...

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

This ale pours out a hazy copper color with a huge white head that laces and retains quite well.
The aroma is yeasty, fruity and has a slight amount oh hop presence.
The flavor begins very fruity and then gives off a strong clove flavor followed by yeast and more fruit. I detect apples mixed with black cherries. There is also a slight hop presence near the finish.
Mouth feel is medium in body and actively carbonated.

Another quality ale by Unibroue

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La Fin Du Monde from Unibroue
4.31 out of 5 based on 9,932 ratings.
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