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La Fin Du Monde | Unibroue

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96
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La Fin Du MondeLa Fin Du Monde
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Unibroue
Quebec, Canada | website

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:
2,929
Ratings:
9,859
Avg:
4.31
pDev:
11.6%
 
 
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Photo of nickss
4.28/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I've had this beer many times before... suppose it's about time I reviewed this beauty.

Pours a gorgeous cloudy yellow with hues of orange. Monstrous rocky 2" head.... lots of apparent carbination.

Big yeast aroma, so typical of this style... wonderful representation from a North American brewery. Crisp and refreshing citrus slices through the yeast. Deep malty undertones finish this one off.

Huge chewy yeast flavour paired with banana makes this brew simply fantastic. Noticeable malt, but certainly nowhere close to the dominant flavour of this beauty. A faint hint of red delicious apple is noticeable in this one as well.

Huge and chewy in the mouth, with a fair amount of stinging carbonation. Just about right... no complaints here.

Where is the alcohol? This brew is damn drinkable for a 9%... another in a long line of many winners from Unibroue.

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Photo of jj21
4.83/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Outstanding vision pours into the glass. Thick white head topping a hazy golden beer. Great retention and lacing. Aromas or citrus and bananas loft and linger even when the glass is away from your nose. Flavors of cloves, citrus, yeast and crisp sweetness. I could hardly sense the 9.0% alcohol in this beer. Outstanding!

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

Pours a light orange/gold with a tall white head. Nose is yeasty and citrusy, somewhere between freshly baked bread and fruit salad.

Taste is very bready and sweet. I get solid elements of yeast, bananas, cloves, white pepper, white grapes and apple juice. Layered flavors that blend very well without becoming cloying. No trace of its high ABV in either the taste or aroma.

Mouthfeel is medium, very smooth, well-carbonated, texture like a wheat ale. Style exists somewhere between a Belgian tripel and a hefeweizen. Widely available and eminently drinkable, enough to get you into trouble.

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Photo of BigDaddyWil
4.15/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a La Chouffe tulip glass.
Best before date on back label: 12-10-2006.

Even with a slow pour, this brew has a huge, fluffy, brilliant white head. Lots of yeast sediment in the bottom of the bottle. Not much head retention, fades to a paper thin white line. Color is light orange, very cloudy and lots of carbonation. Decent aromas of fruits, cider, yeast, apples and pears. Very well rounded taste, fruity, tart and sweet all at once. Alcohol is not a factor. Awesome mouthfeel, this beer dances all over your tongue and leaves you wanting more. So easy to drink and very enjoyable. My first from Unibroue. A great sipper. I will certainly try more of their beers.

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Photo of theo692
3.99/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A beautiful beer, and a surprise at that. Drank it cold (perhaps a little too cold) at Lumiere in Vancouver from a red-wine glass.

Head was a little on the thin side, but it smelled wonderful: nutty and complex. Color was hard to gauge (it was a candle-lit type restaurant), but pleasantly "burnt amber."

Flavor was on par with many Belgian tripels (it brought to mind Grimbergen). First taste was excellent, and the flavor remains throughought. Easy to drink with very little alcohol taste, and it was consistent from the first sip to the last.

I am on a hunt for this beer in my hometown. Not to be missed, and cheaper than a true Belgian, for everyday drinking.

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Photo of Hautacam
4.7/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a great one !
Poured out a hazy , slightly orange gold...a very active head ( it was bubbling out of the neck ).Head settles down to a collar in a Duvel chalice.
Smells very fruity with some clove and yeast...really nice.
Taste is fantastic...especially as it warms up...very complex..must be every tangy fruit flavor I've ever had blended into this..balanced very well with clove, alcohol, sugar and hops.
Mouthfeel is light-medium with a pretty smooth, velvety, micro carbonation. Great.
Very drinkable...another amazing Unibroue...boy , can they make beer!

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Photo of daliandragon
4.05/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer emits foam from the bottle head after the cork pops, but moves so slowly it practically solidifies in mid air. I've been looking at this beer on the shelf at the beer store, knowing someday I'd be in for a treat and today was the chosen day.
The color is light and airy in appearance, similar to apple juice, but as difficult to see through as Guinness. Thin but resiliant head. The nose is spicy and mixed with the familiar "bananaclove" flavor usually found in a hefe. The alcohol is masked brilliantly. The nose is also improving rapidly as it warms.
The taste is strong and flavorful but finishes very clean and with a dry, mellow aftertaste. Definitely at certain breaks in the sip the taste shades towards champagne before the thicker texture takes it back towards ale country.
This is a quality product. It's not perfect but definitely deserves a place among the better Grand Cru types.

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Photo of scruffwhor
4.21/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle.

Appearance- Pours an impressive head with great retention throughout the entire beer with good lacing. The color is a bright burnt orange.

Smell- Reminds me of a Yankee Candle and Tandy Leather store. A blend of sugary sweet and earthy smells miced with a hint of leather.

Taste- Starts out an earthy wheat mixed with cooked orange sugars. The finish brings in some of the floral hop flavor and a more sauteed malt sweetness.

Mouthfeel- Pretty light and no real warmth gained from the 9% alcohol content. But The hops are noticed more on the back of the palate with all the sweeter stuff shocasing in the front. Th ecarboantion helps to enhance the flavors all around.

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Photo of phisig137
3.87/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Corked and caged bottle, best before 1-2009. Pours into my tulip a nice looking wheaty gold color, with a cloud like pure white head. Lacing is abundant on the sides of the glass.
Aroma is almost purely yeast esters, and all spicy. No fruit present here. Black pepper, coriander, cardamom, and malted wheat.
Flavor is much the same, heavily spicy, slight malt flavor, wheat is present again, and has a nice dry hoppy finish.
Mouthfeel is full, but disapates quitely, does not truly linger for much time. Very drinkable.

I'm not sure why, but I seem to think "Imperial Wit bier". Fantastic beer for the value, and great for a warm night outside on the balcony.

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Photo of Fugazme
4.82/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A wonderful looking blonde-colored beer. Pours with a 1/2" head with real staying power. Sticks to the glass like crazy. Hazy and beautiful. Some yeast suspension. Great.

Aroma is one of a kind. Spicy, yeasty and slightly phenolic. Peaches. A complex sweetness that hangs in the nostrils. Exceptionally fresh smelling. Clovey and grassy at times. Bananna. Absolutely great.

Mouthfeel is very smooth. Sweet and tasty like honey. Strong yeast flavor. Very breadlike. A small touch of hops on the back of the swallow.

Again... Absolutely great.

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Photo of jdm
4.45/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

la fin du monde is a medium yellow with heavy carbonation and a billowy, thick white head. i smell fruit and cloves and something faintly peppery(?) that i can't quite nail down any better than that. it tastes fruity sweet with the aforementioned peppery. dry and somewhat hot alcohol finish. this is an interesting and very drinkable potion.

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

12oz. bottle: This beer come out of the bottle quite fizzy, leaving quite a head. It dropped away to nothing almost immediately. The beer itself is a cloudy, darker golden color. This has a very nice aroma. The spiciness (pepper and corriander) is the first thing that you note, followed off by a citirc breadiness. There is still a touch of the fiziness to the tongue, quite suprisingly. The taste is that of a good medium bodied beer, but the carbonation makes it taste lighter. Notes of breadiness, citrus and corriander to the taste. A very nice tripel.

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Photo of dogboy
4.3/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow. This stuff is good. I've just moved to Canada (from England) and I was perusing the shelves of a local liquor store and bemoaning the cost of import beer (UK and Belgium stuff costs a fortune here). I picked up a bottle of Unibroue Terrible and got into a conversation with a lady that was grabbing armfuls of Unibroue stuff. Anyway, to cut a long story short, she bought all the La Fin Du Monde they had, but told me it was great! I took my bottles over to the counter and found she'd bought a bottle for me! Thanks lady. I just finished gulping most of it down. It reminds me of one of my favourite Belgium beers - Delerium Tremens. It pours a hazy golden colour and once settled is very quaffable. Excellent stuff and I shall be trying more of this in the very near future.

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Photo of bennetj17
4.58/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I'm delighted by the massive, three finger head on this brew. Retention is nice and lacing is also fine. Color is a deep orange/tan, and is very cloudy. Smell is a wonderful mix of citrus flavors, spice, wheat, and slight floral characters. Tastes very complex and strong. Spicy citrus, orange, lemon, etc, in a bready malt mix, which is both sweet and tangy with a slightly sour finish in which the 9% alcohol is well disguised. Immense carbonation strikes the edeges of the tongue, and the feel is rich with a nice medium body. Coats the palate well. With a near perfect balance of flavors it is a very drinkable selection, and a must have to be kept in your fridge at all times...

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Photo of aforbes10
4.68/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Well, this was one of my contributions to our michiana coalition of the drinking meeting this month. It seems like someone reviews this beer every freakin day on this site so i figured i may as well try it out.

after i hit bpeters2 with the cork, we poured it. poured tan, orangy color with a huge foamy head. odor was spicey, kind of nutmeg-like. Taste was pretty darn delicious. nutmeg, cloves, spices. an excellent sour quality that i really liked. smooth. delicious. this is great stuff. not too spicy or harsh like some other belgian strongs. mmm. maybe i'll get another Unibroue for next month.

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Photo of geexploitation
4.72/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I've loved this beer (and a few of the other Unibroues) for a long time, but this is my first time reviewing it. Pours a hazy gold with bubbles continuously fighting upwards from the bottom of my Duvel glass. Beautiful nose, big but still delicate, with loads of fruits and cloves... and an underlying nectary sweetness. Taste is huge, with fruity sweetness, clove, and a peppery alcoholic tinge. Lots of effervescent bubbles on the tongue and a nice, long, warm finish. This isn't a beer you can knock back (due to the ABV), but it's so rich in its flavors and light in its touch that it doesn't matter. You get a night's worth of flavors in one glass. Phenomenal. Vive le Quebec!

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

750 ml bottle - 2005 edition

A: Pours a hazy golden with a huge foamy head that seems a bit lacking in the lace department.

S: Big aromas of bread, dark fruits, and spice. A hint of alcohol in the nose.

T: Complex taste with fruity flavors of banana, tropical fruits, and citrus that are balanced nicely with a strong pale malt flavor. A moderate tartness is present in the finish.

M: Very dense and heavy feeling in the mouth. Finishes dry with a nice warming sensation from the alcohol. A little fizzy, but very good besides that.

D: There's nothing amazingly original about this beer, but it is excellent all regards, and I will be drinking more of this in the future.

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Photo of timtheenchanta
4.38/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy yellow with thick head. Loads of retention with webby lacing. Sweet fruity nose... bananas and yeast with slight alcohol hints. Similar taste with a light spicy character to it. Smooth crisp taste with sharp but somewhat sweet alcohol flavor and warming. This is a great beer.

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

Presentation: 750 ml Corked Bottle

Appearance: Pours a hazy light golden color, with a 1 finger white head.

Smell: a lively citrus lemony smell, a touch of spice

Taste: light alcohol taste, leaves a long citrus aftertaste, but a nice finish.

Mouth-feel: nice and light, lots of carbonation

Drinkability: Exceptional, but at 9% ABV the night wouldn't last very long

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

Just this past spring/summer, sometime in May or June, I ordered a Fin du Monde in a local French bar and it completely changed my outlook on beer. I became fascinated with the subculture of beer appreciation and became a true BA.

This bottle was purchased in Tokyo, best before 02.04.2007. It poured out in a rush, heavy carbonation, with a big + frothy effervescent head and a cloudy, murky orange bottom with lots of visible sediments. The head maintaned itself for most of the drinking session.

Aroma was malty/doughy, smell of yeast definitely present. Spicy and citrusy with zesty orange-peel notes, a well-balanced combo of floral/fruit and peppered aromas. Also, some honey noticeable.

The taste was sharp, champagne-like with dry white grapes and a bit powdery in the mouthfeel. Touch of chocolate and spice on the tongue, very hoppy + carbonated, and the bittersweet orange peel resurfaced itself in the taste. A bit alcoholic in the nose and the mouthfeel, nothing too overwhelming. Drinkability is truly exceptional, I always find this one hard to put down.

I've got a corked 750mL resting at home for me, so I'll give it another go with that one in a couple of years. Fin du Monde is a truly wonderful achievement from the people at Unibroue. I'm just glad that this was the first brew that led to my appreciation and enjoyment of finer beers. A great discovery.

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Photo of sweethome
4.32/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Had this many times - just getting around to rating here...
Pours hazy golden color. A rather large fluffy head that leaves behind some large bubbles.

What a nose - complex - corriander, apples, lemongrass, and yeast.

Enters very soft, like a belgian white. The alcohol fire presents, but not overly. Champaign charachter. FIlls out nicely.

The flavors mirror the nose. Some rock-candy sugar flavor thrown in for good measure. A little sour apple too.

A fine interpretation of the style. Very quaffable, but really sneeks up on you. Hard to believe it is 9%.

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

Served in a corked bottle conditioned 750ml bottle with freshness date. Pours a cloudy straw color with a large frothy head and last a while. Smell has hints of fruits, some pear scent. Taste is well rounded with tastes of yeast, malt, fruit, and some slight acidity. Tastes great and has some warming effect from the 9% ABV. Mouthfeel is good, fills the tongue with flavors. Very drinkable.

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

12oz bottle from pentathlete as part of the OneBox BIF. Thanks for the opportunity. Silver foiled cap, best before 02-01-08.

Poured into a Rapscallion glass, formed a 2 1/4" white head above the translucent dark golden brew. Pillowy head lasts and lasts, a product of the active bubbling from the bottom of the glass, with ample sticky white lacing. Aroma is effervescent spicy pale malts. Taste is that Belgian-style spicy malt that we all know, closing with the most subtle alcohol warming. Mouthfeel is nice, but could be a bit smoother, and drinkability is only limited by the fact that the sweetness and alcohol finally begin to wear after awhile. A nice treat after a snowy day.

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Photo of Noxious26
3.78/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

341ml bottle poured in a snifter. Part of Collection 2006, a 12-pack sampler from Unibroue.

Golden apricot in colour and hazy. Lots of little carbonation streams. Cream coloured head is over an inch high and foamy and thick. Excellent head retention.

Aroma is predominantly fruity and spicy. Apples, apricots, peaches, spices and that unmistakable belgian yeast scent.

Flavour starts off mildly sweet then a sharp solvent/phenol aspect cuts across the palate. After this subdues, spices and cloves calm things down to a lightly hopped and long, drawn out finish that is dry and spicy. Fruity tones pop in here and there from sip to sip.

Surprisingly light bodied, but highly carbonated. Lots of little pin pricks of carbonation meander across the tongue.

Drinkability is a little lower because this is a sipping beer. It is a little hard to pin down though, because for a few sips it's fine and mighty pleasing, then every so often the phenol/solvent aspect hits you a little stronger and puts me off a bit.

Overall, this is a fine sipping beer meant to be savoured over a span of an evening. However, that said, I tend to lean away from most sipping brews.

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La Fin Du Monde from Unibroue
96 out of 100 based on 2,929 ratings.
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