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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Photo of kbnooshay
4.75/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This pours an awesome hazy dark golden color with a foamy and fizzy white head with brown yeast spots from the bottom of the bottle. There is lots of carbonation rising. The smell is of Mott's Cinnamon Applesauce! Lots of spices like clove are noted. Nice yeast aroma and flavor. The taste is sweet and fruity. Once again Unibroue created a beer that has no detectable alcohol flavor. The taste is so rich and full. The mouthfeel is slick and smooth. Fairly thick on the tounge but fuzzy from the carbonation. I could pound the entire 4 pack in an hour, but this is intoxicating so watch out.

I rank this just under their Don De Dieu because I love banana.

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Photo of Treborofmoria
4.8/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

La Fin Du Mond, "The End of the World". Well, if you haven't tried this wonderful Belgian Style ale from Unibroue, it might damn well be the end of your particular world. This is truely a great product. Great Nose, yeasty, nice ripe fruit. Full mouth feel. Taste is outstanding with a sharp malt taste and mild alcohol burn(mostly due to the high percent). An excellent North American Belgian style beer, you wouldn't know that it wasn't Belgian, if not for the label.

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Photo of RedChrome
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pour produced a nicely layered range of color from light amber to pale gold. Thick fluffy almost bleach white head that retained a moderate amount. Tons of carbonation bubbles throughout the beer. Decent, if unbalanced lacing.

The first aroma hit me with a mostly malted scent. Major second scent of banana and nut. Also contained a minor subtly blend of additional aroma that is comparable to bouquet of fresh flowers.

The first taste produced a nice almond flavor with a banana aftertaste. The slight note of malt comes through in a second sip. No noticable hops flavor. Surprisingly flavored and subdued for a beer with this ABV.

Has a nice bold texture and finishes nice in my mouth. Carbonation is a little more subdued then I expected after seeing the carbonation bubbles in the beer.

A fantastic choice for a beer to enjoy with a meal. I would recommend this with any smoked seafood, as the nutty flavor would help the smoke flavor come out in the meal.

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

Poured from a corked 750ml bottle into a belgian style tulip. Formed a nice white head with a huge amount of tiny little bubbles. Almost bubblegum like nose, citrus, and coriander. The bubbles dance on the tongue. Easy to drink. Nice yeasty aftertaste. A superb beer. Try the end of the world today.

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Photo of jp32
4.2/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I cant believe its taken me this long to try this one. I've heard lifetimes about it.

The End of the World.... Here it goes...

Pours a cloudy, murky golden yellow color with an airy head.

The smell is malty with many fruity notes like peaches, apricots, plums, and bananas. Cloves and pepper as well.

It really has a rounded, flavorful, enjoyable taste. A boatload of spices are tossed into this one, meshed with peach/nectarine fruits. I notice similarities to some american wheat beers that I've tried. The high abv is hardly noticeable in the taste, but it warms in your stomach after a few sips. Not as dead-set hoppy as I expected, more sweet and fruity.

The mouthfeel is excellently textured, and this is very drinkable considering the abv.

It took me 24 years to find my first one of these, it probably wont take nearly as long to find the second one. Cheers!

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Photo of blitz134
3.88/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I've had this one around for a while now, over a year and a half. I always thought I had reviewed it but I guess I hadn't. Belgian Pales are finally starting to come around for me, typically this hasn't been my favorite style.

Appearance is a light, golden color. Almost light yellow. Poured a little too much off and resulted in plenty of yeast floaties in its clear body. Huge pure white head on the pour. Reduced quickly but left a nice half inch foam cap on the top. Left a nice coating of solid lace in my glass.

Smell is spicy and sweet. Corriander and white pepper predominate with some subtle citrus smells, a bit of orange rind and some pear. Typical for the style, but simple and clean in this example.

Solid malty body to start with, a bit earthy actually. Some citrus and light fruits come in next, pear and apple, followed with a bit of light spice. Finish is grassy with some straw. My guess is that the bit of age this has brought out the maltiness over the already light hops and spiciness. This is still a nicely balanced beer though.

Mouthfeel is thin to medium. Most likely it is heavier than it appears, there is a fair amount of carbonation which makes this crisp on the tongue, but weakens the mouthfeel.

Drinkability is okay. Like I said, I'm not a huge belgian pale fan, but this one comes across nicely balanced and well flavored. The prickly feel on the tongue and stomach warming nature hurt this a bit. I just think that a clean, light flavor natured beer with a lot of carbonation shouldn't feel heavy on the stomach.

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

This beer pours a cloudy amber color; Nice foamy head and good lacing, Fruity and some spices aroma, specially orange, some alcoholic smell; High carbonation; 9% ABV but very drinkable.

This is a great beer, highly recommended; I Enjoy it very much.

¡Salud!

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Photo of allergictomacros
4.41/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Hazy peach. Head could be better - sorta wimpy looking - like over-whipped egg whites - recedes quickly to an everypresent cover.

S - Fruity and spicy. Notes of orange, peach, mango and honey. Some alcoholic smells.

T - More big fruity flavours. Fruity citrus - grapefruit and orange. . Bitterness finally shows in the aftertaste. Very warming of course, at 9%, but the alcohol is well hidden. Balance is superb.

M - Quite light and drying.

D - Very nice. Not my favourite Unibroue offering, but no complaints.

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Photo of smcolw
4.12/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours with a mighty head that dies a little too quickly. No real lace. Cloudy and light amber in color

Aromas of orange rind, all spice and alcohol.

The flavors change rapidly from sip to swallow. It starts smoothly, even innocently, but quickly transforms to a nearly mulled taste of spices. Still, this is not a sweet beer. Very high carbonation, perhaps too much so given the body which is not nearly as full as some of this style. The aftertaste is strong alcohol with a lactose sourness.

Honestly, I prefer the Maudite from Unibroue, but that's like saying I prefer lobster to cavier. This is delicious beer that begs to be savoured.

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Photo of 51mmz0rz
4.48/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Golden and cloudy opaque with yeast floating around. Fluffy white head with good retention.

S: Smells a little like citrus, some sour yeast, and flowery I think.

T: Taste the smells up front, very complex, slight bitterness. Quick alcohol spike, erased by yeast flavors. A dry finish.

M: Strong carbonation; full and smooth.

D: The alcohol is hidden well. Smooth and tasty.

This is a beer I am going to have to revisit, as I don't have the pallete to pick out all the flavors. Very enjoyable but dangerous, especially because the drinkability is so high.

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Photo of Dewey0603
4.47/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This pours a orange yellow with a large white foamy head. The carbonation is seen with all the bubbles. It's almost champagne like. The smell is unbelievable. The first scent that comes out is the strong candy sugar along with lemon, pepper, and cloves. The taste has a real sweet candy sugar flavor along with pepper, yeast, wheat, and citrus flavors. The m/f is light and the flavors are very well mixed. For a high alcohol beer, there is almost no smell or flavor of the alcohol. This is an excellant beer that deserves it's high praise.

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Photo of Orrshow
4.67/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This particular bottle of beer is about 1.5 years old.

Appearance – Pours a hazy golden yellow which nice amount of meringue head. The head falls a touch but then retains nicely leaving solid amounts of lacing. This beer is nearly picture perfect in my Fin Du Monde glass.

Smell – This beer is extremely strong of citrus of front. There are peppery aromas as well as some yeast and clove. Hops are present too with nice sugar sweetness. Smells very appealing.

Taste – Up front this beer is very sweet and packed with malty goodness. The yeast and pepper which I was expecting are present as well. It is somewhat tart but finishes with a wonderful sweet citrus flavor. Just plain great.

Mouthfeel – The carbonation was barely noticeable and the beer was nice and creamy. Bang on here.

Drinkability – Nothing to say except that it is so freakin smooth.

Among my favorites. La Fin Du Monde never disappoints me when I’m thirsty for an outstanding beer.

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Photo of BeerRun13
4.03/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours initially clear, and a little cloudy towards the end of the bottle. Pale golden orange in color. A nice fluffy white head leaves some nice lacing.
Smells of a little fruit and spice.
Flavor confirms it. Fruity and a little spicy. Nice flavor and well balanced. Not very complex.
Light boddied and nicely carbonated. Slightly dry.
Very drinkable beer, even at 9.0% ABV. Refreshing and tasty. Looks like I was wrong aboot those Canadians.

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Photo of mithrascruor
4.88/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

750 ml. bottle poured into an oversized wine glass.

Appearance: Pours a wonderful glowing translucent orange. Has a thick, slick, and frothy white head which dissipates after a short while.

Smell: Fruits, yeast, and spices. A very nice smell -- not overpowering, but maybe not quite strong enough.

Taste: Lots of subdued fruit flavors, combined with spices and yeast. Well-balanced, very tasty, and fairly refreshing. My only (very minor) complaint is that it's not very complex. Otherwise it's exceptional.

Mouthfeel: Surprisingly, it's a light- to medium-bodied beer. Quite a bit of light, tingly carbonation as well. Very smooth feel.

Drinkability: If anything, it's probably a bit "too" drinkable, considering the ABV. Don't really notice alcohol in the taste, but at 9% it starts to kick in relatively fast. Goes down really nice and doesn't feel heavy at all.

I'd always wanted to try one of these beers from Unibroue... finally decided to give it a try and picked this one on a whim. I was extremely pleased! An excellent ale that will surely catch your attention if you try it. I will definitely be having this again.

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Photo of AltBock
4.41/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A simple 12oz. bottle with a nice colorful oval label of the Quebec providence of Canada. If you already didn't know the name it French means "the end of the world." A nice name for a beer that I'm having on 6-6-06. It's too bad that the name really doesn't mean the complete end of the world. The name is actually reference to the early explorers who thought this region was actually the end of the world. The back label had information about the beer, correct glassware, Govt. warning, and a Best Before Date above the barcode. My BB date is 1-31-09. The twist off cap was covered with silver foil. Nice looking bottle!

Appearance: When I popped the cap, the foam was almost jumping out of the bottle. I had to quickly pour it into my Snifter glass or it would go all over the place. The beer itself was a hazy golden orange color with a massive head of foam. I couldn't pour all of the 12oz. into the glass because it was so massive. The head of foam was a nice fluffy white color and left behind loads of rings and plenty of white sticky lace in its tracks. If that wasn't enough you can see little yeast fragments floating around the glass. I can't say enough good things about the appearance!

Smell: It had a nice aroma of spicy juicy fruits, little hops, and with some yeast and alcohol in the background. For some reason the smell wasn't jumping at me like the head of foam was. Still very nice.

Taste: I thought that since it had a 9% ABV that it would have a strong alcohol presence, but it really didn't. It was very juicy up front, then some spices and cloves come through, then a small taste of yeast, and then at the end, just a small presence of alcohol shines through. All of these flavors are balanced quite nicely! Excellent Taste!!!

Mouthfeel: It was very creamy, carbonated, smooth, and with an aftertaste of some fruits and yeast. Even though this had a high ABV%, I really couldn't feel at it.

Drinkability: Excellent beer and must try! The best part is that every good beer store would have some in stock! I could have another one and I'm betting that this beer would really sneak up on you after a few!

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Photo of Jarhead271
4.12/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Pours cloudy, dull orange. Generous, fluffy, white as snow head.

S: Ripe fruit and sweetness. That strange Belgian yeast smell is also evident

T: Fruity esters from smell make a good presence in the taste. Candy sugar. Some bready malt. Only a hint of alcohol which is surprising as this beer is 9.0 abv. High carbonation scrubs away some of the flavor in my opinion. Swishing the beer around in the glass takes care of this problem. Medium-low bitterness. No noticeable hop flavor or aroma. Alcohol taste and warming increase as the beer warms up. I'm starting to notice a little sourness as well.

M: Medium body. High carbonation

D: This beer is extremely drinkable given its high alc content. This could really be a devil to the unsuspecting drinker. The flavors blend nicely.

All in all, great beer which showcases the unique Belgian yeast and candi sugar. Not as good as Maudite by the same brewer, but definitley worth trying if you haven't. Probably wouldn't buy this particular brew again because of the price, but I am very impressed so far with this brewery

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

Translation; It's "The End of the World!"

If it was the end of the world I wouldn't mind having this beer as my last. A canadian belgian styled strong pale ale. This is just as good, if not better than Lucifer or Delerium Tremens.

750ml corked and wired bottle.
Has all the great characteristics of the style.

Thick white head, Golden bubbly carbonation.

Sweet, yeasty, sugary aroma.

Taste of Belgium(but from Canada, eh?)

Light to medium, carbonated feel.
Very, VERY drinkable. If you really wanna rock.

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Photo of trep
4.2/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fluffy white crown of head sitting majestically atop the unfiltered murky orange. Looks pretty good despite the yeasties in suspension. Little or no carbonation.

Sour white grapes, and Unibroue's distinct yeasty smell. A little honey and a little bit of light fruits. The faintest hint of alcohol as the head finally fades.

Gee-golly willakers, quite a little time-line of flavor on the first sip. Initially bread-yeasty that flows so smoothly to a bitter light golden malty background that gives way to light fruits and a faint honey aftertaste. Alcohol is more present as it warms. Probably the best Belgian Strong Pale i've had.

Little carbonation but a perfect medium body that doesn't overwhelm you. Fiercely easy drinking for a 9% belgian strong pale. Alcohol is barely noticable, even after warming, and it doesn't get mundane.

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Photo of jettjon
4.08/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Highs: Appearance, drinkability
Lows: None

Holy head, Batman! Pouring this fizz bomb reminds me of the first time I tried it and had no glassware. One chug from the bottle and I had beer coming out of my nose. The head is absolutely huge, reminiscent of Champaign. Hell, there’s even lacing inside the bottle! Pours an apricot juice (amber-yellow-musky) color with tiny bubbles and visible sediment suspended in the pour. The huge head rapidly fades down to a thin sheet constantly fueled by the bubbles, with lots of lacing left behind. Nose of cloves, plums, dates, and dark fruit. Flavor is complex, with elements of clove spice, fruit juices, and alcohol culminating cleanly in a semi-sweet finish—neither sweet nor dry, with no bitterness. Mouth is quite bubbly as would be expected. Drinkability is very good; this is a great mellow ale and easy to drink once the head is tamed. Watch for the 9% ABV, however. Great “sipping” beer.

Overall: A great Belgian strong pale, heartily recommended. I still prefer Unibroue’s Trois Pistoles (a strong dark), however.

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Photo of IntriqKen
4.8/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Ok...here I am not worthy.
Poured a cloudy orange amber that almost glowed in the glass with a gorgeous super white head that took forever to melt to a nice ring lacing.
The aroma was incredible...literally, I could smell this forever and still not be able to describe it. Cloves, tangerines, mandarin oranges, bread yeast, and alcohol.
The mouthfeel was so full of tiny carbonation it was almost hard to get to the flavors. Again, tangerines, cloves, a bit of lemon, and bread yeast.
Aftertaste is fresh and clean from a slight citrus drying. The tangerine/orange flavor just goes on forever.
This is one incredible beer.
Again I could smell this forever.

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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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La Fin Du Monde from Unibroue
4.31 out of 5 based on 10,003 ratings.
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