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La Fin Du Monde | Unibroue

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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
Ranking:
#420
Reviews:
2,997
Ratings:
10,116
pDev:
11.34%
Bros Score:
4.83
 
 
Wants:
665
Gots:
2,347
Trade:
20
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Ratings: 10,116 |  Reviews: 2,997
Photo of EdTheEdge
2.25/5  rDev -47.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Hello from a newbie.

This beer was poured from a large bottle into a Duvel tulip.

Color is a cloudy caramel gold. The mocha head was less than a finger and dissipated rapidly. No lace on the glass.

I don't know but I think I smell Musk, maybe beacause of the Canadian influence but I do smell Musk.

Taste is otherworldly. I never tasted a beer like this. It has a perfume taste to it. I don't think I like it. The aftertaste smacks of citrus and seems to linger.

Mouthfeel is not pleasant.

Overall I would not buy this beer again. It might be good on a hot humid day to quench a bout of drymouth. But for a Friday night beer I don't think so.

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Photo of greenmonstah
4.18/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle best by 10/07/13

A - Light yellow amber with a two finger white head. Good lacing. Slightly cloudy.

S - Sweet and yeasty. A bit spicy. Plenty of sugary notes.

T - Sweet and spicy. Little bit of alcohol. A bit medicinal, with a touch of fermented banana.

M - Light body, lots of carbonation. Surprisingly not cloying.

O - Just brilliant. Sweet, complex, and refreshing with well-hidden booze.

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Photo of vandemonian
4.35/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Unibroue La Fin Du Monde is a spicy and delicious tripel. Super foamy and thick.

A: Cloudy orange colour and a 4 mm head that fades very quickly. 4

S: The smell is of spicy, Belgian yeast and maybe a little fruitiness. 4

T: The flavour is yeasty with honey and hints of cloves. The aftertaste is spicy and the alcohol isn't noticable at all. Smooth and delicous. 4.5

M: The texture is very foamy and thick. 4.5

O: This is a really delicious beer. 4.5

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Photo of Ob1kanobi
4.57/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Awesome beer with a smooth taste and then it kicks in. Nice buzz will start after the second beer. The great taste keeps you coming back for more. Purchased the bottles in Canada. I purchased a 6 pack but also noticed a larger bottle. I definitely will be going back to the store for that! This beer is a must try.

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Photo of Hopfenpeter
4.33/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

the beer pours a light golden honey color. The murkiness and the enormous white head make this beer instantly attractive.
The smell announces fruit in various forms as well as a bread, dough flavor.
The taste up front confirms the presence of fruit like peach, banana,, pear and little citrus. In the middle we meet the taste of bread and dough, keeping the sweetness in check. Malt is there as well. At the end the yeast and fine hops round the beer up with a nice balanced bittersweet finish.
A very drinkable beer, well done, but not better than the real Belgiums, like many people claim.

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Photo of VMWhelan
4.6/5  rDev +6.5%
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 glazeman
4.38/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into a unibroue snifter at duckfat grill

a: the beer pours a cloudy straw color with a 2 finger white head tgat has excellent retention and lacing.

s: on the nose I get a lot of lemongrass, some orange peel, and a bit of yeastiness.

t: the taste pretty much follows the nose on this one. In addition to lemon zest, orange, and some yeastiness, there's a bit of pepper as well. Perfect for the sun.

m: on the higher end of carbonation for the style, but it works well for this beer. Nice crisp feel, appropriate viscosity and a great aftertaste.

o: this is an amazing beer for spring/summer. I would classify it more as an imperial hefeweizen (if that's even a style) than a triple. Serve this at your next BBQ!

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Photo of AmericanGothic
4.7/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Rochefort chalice.

A: Pours a golden honey color, as cloudy as a witbier. Thin off-white head (it's a chalice) with excellent retention and fine lace.

S: Spicy, fruity, sweet, yeasty malts. Pepper is the main spice, banana and pear in the fruit spectrum.

T: Pepper and cinnamon, citrusy (mellow orange) fruit, smidge of apricot, sweet malt. All the notes you expect in a tripel, in splendid balance. Long and lingering finish maintains the spice and sweetness together. Some soft minerals, as well as a slightly whipped cream flavor, tie the flavor and mouthfeel together.

M: On the light side of medium body, excellent carbonation gives a creamy and billowy mouthfeel. Suave.

O: Pure delight and joy. One of my favorite tripels, or favorites of any style for that matter. Ridiculously inexpensive for the quality of brew. Have been enjoying this for many years, and hope to have at least as many yet ahead.

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Photo of Azurescens
4.3/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle with best by date 11-02-13 poured into Maudite stemmed glass, reviewed on 4/21/11

A: Pours a hazy golden straw color with white head that dissipates to a thin film and leaves some lacing around glass.

S: Fruity esters, sweet malt, alcohol and spices.

T: Lots of fruit and sweet pale malts. I taste some pear with earthy yeast and a touch of alcohol. Wonderfully complex and distinct flavors.

M: Lots of tiny bubbles expand in my mouth, nice clean and smooth medium body. Finishes crisp and dry.

O: Excellent tripel, one of my favorites in the style. High drinkability for a 9% ABV beer.

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Photo of jamescain
4.05/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a wine glass

Appearance: Light straw yellow with about two fingers worth of white fluffy head.

Aroma: the first thing that comes to mind is pears. Subtle spicy and citrus notes, but pear is the predominate aroma.

Taste: For 9% alcohol it is very well hidden, but that could be a bad thing because it is also exceptionally drinkable. It is a touch spicy and finishes dry. There are citrus notes that compliment the spiciness derived from the yeast.

Mouthfeel: Very light and lively. There is a lot of carbonation in this beer, which makes it very drinkable and very refreshing.

Overall: An excellent beer from our brothers from the north. I would recommend this as a nice summer beer, but beware the alcohol; it can sneak up on you.

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Photo of ElCommodoro
2.23/5  rDev -48.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Poured a cloudy opaque light brown colour with a tan head. It smelled yeasty and citrusy. The taste was strongly of cloves. There were also citrus notes and peppery hops. It was somewhat sweet and had some yeasty notes. Not as overbearing as I feared from the smell. However, the clove taste was too strong to be pleasant. It was the primary character of the beer. The actual ingredient was probably coriander, I suppose, which is frequently used to flavour trippels. However, I found its overbearing character unpleasant. It didn't form a piece of the beer's character. Rather, it was probably covering many other notes it may have had.

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Photo of bum732
4.65/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

S: Slightly spicy, floral malt, clean maltiness.

L: Hazy straw yellow, huge white head with good retention and solid lacing.

T: Slightly spicy malt with a clean sweetness. Medium spicy bitterness leads to more clean sweetness with a touch of clove and floralness. Finishes fairly clean. Alcohol fairly well hidden.

M: Medium full mouthfeel, medium carbonation, slightly prickly.

Very good tripel, the best i've had outside of Belgium. Just a great marriage of flavors, loved it.

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Photo of Hoptometrist
4.85/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Served from the bottle into a tulip glass.

A- Poured a hazy golden orange with a two-finger white sudsy head that dissipates fairly quickly. Tons of carbonation streaming from the bottle of the glass.

S- Strong citrus, tropical fruit aroma, bubblegum, and pear

T- Very strong orange citrus flavor that is very juicy (almost just like tropicana orange juice), tropical fruit, pear, yeast, coriander, and a little hop bitterness.

M- Champagne like due to the high carbonation, finishes dry

O- Quite possible the most drinkable beer I have ever had, especially for 9% ABV. This is dangerously drinkable. There are so many delicious juicy fruit flavors in this beer and at this point in my craft beer drinking time this is one of the best tasting beers and best overall beers I have ever had.

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Photo of marty21
4.37/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a cloudy yellow/orange with 3 fingers worth of creamy off white head. Settles to a solid cap and left lots of lacing around the top of the tulip glass with a specs of lace around the lower half.

S: Lots of lighter fruits (pears with cloves and some spiciness. Quite of bit of yeast in the aroma as well.

T: Lighter fruits with some orange peel in there too. Decent amount of yeast in the taste. Finishes with some spices on my tongue. No taste of alcohol at all.

M: Medium carbonation with a medium body.

O: I’m starting to get more into this style of beer and this was a great beer. I will definitely be buying this again. The corked bottle is also a nice touch that I enjoyed.

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Photo of surprenant1138
4.07/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Dogfish Head snifter. Light golden, with a finger of thin, white head that fades quickly. Aroma is citrusy (mostly orange), spicy, malty, peppery. Mouthfeel is dry, heavy. Taste is of low hops, malty, toasty, some citrus, black pepper, lemon peel. Overall, I am not a big fan of Belgian type beers, but this one passes for me.

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Photo of jpro
4.22/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From the 4 bottle “Taster Pack” -

A: Poured from the 12oz bottle into a Widmer Bros tulip glass... cloudy, citrus gold; fizzy, two-finger ultra white head dies down fast; lots of tiny bubbles rushing to the surface throughout.

S: Bready / crusty malts; some yeast spiciness and tartness; some phenolic tones.

T: Crisp, bready malts; green apple skin tartness that is played up by the yeast; peppery hops and touch of ginger on the finish; a note of alcohol on the finish, too.

M: Medium-light bodied with a high carbonation; its crispness doesn’t incline you to think its a pretty big ale at 9% abv.

D/O: Very drinkable and enjoyable. Next time I’ll try for a rougher pour to create that massive head. A very nice tripel.

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Photo of StlHopHead77
4.18/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle into Duvel balloon tulip.

A-Pours a bright and cloudy,golden yellow with a dense,two fingers worth of chalky,white foam that died slowly leaving sticky ribbons of lacing.

S-Plantain,clove,white pepper,Asian pear and lemon
with earthy notes of straw,minerals and bready yeasts.

T-Green grapes,banana,clove,lemon and baked bread with some slight mineral qualities and a touch of hop sweetness.

M-Full and bright with a creamy mouthfeel fed by lively carbonation and resulting in a moderately dry finish.

O-A truly superb tripel.Extremely drinkable and satisfying on many levels.

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Photo of output01x
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip glass. The bottle is dated 11/10/12.

A slow pour yields a 2-finger creamy off-white head sitting atop a hazy honey-colored body. The head comes recedes after a couple minutes to form a nice dusting and thick ring around the edge. The lacing attempts to hold onto the glass, but falls victim to gravity and only thickens the foam ring throughout consumption.

Green banana, pear, and golden apple aromas mingle nicely with a sweet maltiness and clove spiciness.

Black grapes and grapefruit up front. A light but sweet peppery maltiness fills in. The sip then ends with lemon and green sour apple. A dry bready aftertaste follows in after a minute or two.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation, this beer washes over your tongue nicely, delivers its pleasurable flavors, then finishes without being watery.

The flavors are bold but not overwhelming, as La Fin Du Monde would pair nicely with a number of foods. I, however, prefer to enjoy this beer by itself, so that no foreign flavors can interrupt my enjoyment.

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Photo of emmasdad
3.55/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the 750 ml bottle a very hazy bright yellow color with a big, fluffy white head. Aromas of Belgian yeast, light malt and lemon. Medium bodied, with flavors of bread, yeast, spices and light hops. Very crisp and drinkable, the bottle went way too fast.

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Photo of dirtyskunk
4.21/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a great looking beer, it fills up my snifter with piles of white head that stays around forever and leaves thick, heavy lacing clinging to the sides. The color is a warm hazy orange with a good deal of visible carbonation.

It smells sweet and yeasty with orange zest (I can even detect a little bitter pith) and bread and a little caramel or booze in the background.

This is a very solid tripel, sweet but not overwhelming, toasty malts, minimal hops. For some reason it reminds me of french toast. It has a lot going for it but not quite enough depth of complexity to merit a 5 from me.

The mouthfeel of this beer is what really stands out to me. It's full and syrupy, almost a custard consistency. The real accomplishment is that this doesn't detract from the drinkability or overpower any of the beer's other characteristics. Otherwise the beer is quite good but unremarkable, but the overall package delivered by the taste and mouthfeel is what makes this a great beer.

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Photo of timobkg
4.17/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Duvel tulip, it formed a good head over the orange hued brew.

The aroma is a great mix of spices and fruit.

The taste is very dry, again a mix of spices and fruits. The flavors are well blended, such that it's hard to pick out specifics. The alcohol is a present, but welcome, giving the beer body and strength, without becoming too noticeable.

Overall, this is a good Tripel, but very dry. I would have liked a bit more sweetness to it. There's a very nice Belgian complexity to the beer, such that I rarely find in beers made outside of Belgium.

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Photo of Franz4
4.15/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle best by 3/30/13

A- pours a clear golden with very fine bubbles rising up to replenish the substantial head that has settled to a finger of fine foam.

S- slight notes of pepper some light soft fruits come through with peach, apricot, and bananas.

T- Bananas are more prominent in the taste with the other fruits taking a back seat, more of a sweet apple flavor present as well. Alcohol is not noticeable at all. Spiciness is more evident in the nose.

M- Medium bodied, carbonation is very fine and releases more flavors, finishes sweet, but doesn't hang around too long.

O- Obviously a nice brew, my personal preference is for the Don de Dieu, but this is an all round well crafted beer. Hopefully this remains unchanged for years to come.

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Photo of Stocean1
4.97/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Although I have been a lover of fine brew for some time this is the first beer that has compelled me to share my feelings about it to the world. I in fact opened an account to share my feelings about this brew.

Smell and taste warm banana bread, flowers, citrus and cloves. The alcohol at 9% is imperceptible - i could and have drank this all night

High carbonation - nice lasting head - with patchy lacing.

As a canadian I feel a little more patriotic knowing this masterpiece was brewed here.

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Photo of bobhits
3.16/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Cloudy golden orange color. Not much head and there won't be much lacing. Still the orange gold glow seems fairly nice. This beer has great legs and it's surprising given that there just isn't any lacing.

Spicy, pear and hop aromas. Yeast, almost bread like (boring bread) in nature. Like most of these unibroue beers it is hard to get much aroma from it.

Spices dominate this beer, followed by dry yeast, and wheat flavors. There are some light citrus flavors trying to be heard from but the yeast and spices are just drowning them out.

Over carbonated in the mouth, but the body seems just right. A really refreshing beer given the 9% which just doesn't show up. I'm not a huge fan of this much carbonation, but it works just fine for this style.

I really don't like this style. I like this beer about as much as others I've had. I don't get it, I don't think I want to get it.

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Photo of clarkkr
4.65/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml corked bottle -> tulip glass

Pours a beautiful paler-golden color in the glass and is exceptionally cloudy. It glows in the glass. Tons of beautiful creamy white head with only a modest amount of lacing on the glass. It's very fragrant and smells sweet with some fruitiness (peach? apricot?) and spice in the scent. Drinking it makes you feel warm. You get a lot of the spices (cloves?) along with a deliciously sweet maltiness. The fruit still plays a big part in the taste, and the warmth comes from the alcohol content which is definitely more present as you swallow the beer. The beer is super creamy in your mouth. I really enjoyed this beer experience.

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La Fin Du Monde from Unibroue
Beer rating: 4.32 out of 5 with 10,116 ratings
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