La Fin Du Monde | Unibroue

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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

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Photo of soultrain19
4.68/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured a beautiful cloudy pale gold. With a vigorous pour the head was hearty but dissipated quickly without any lace.

It has a strong floral bouquet highlighted with hints of citrus.

You could really taste the orange peel but it is balanced with a pleasant slightly sour aftertaste.

The light carbonation is very crisp and starts sharp on the tongue and slowly softens.

Overall an incredibly easy drinking beer. A beautiful mix of sweet and sour with that delightful crispness.

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

Poured out of a 12oz bottle into a chalice. All the other times I've had this were out of 750ml bottles. Freshness date is “08/12/14.”

This beer is a beautiful golden-straw colored haze with a small, modest head and plenty of carbonation gliding at the rim of the glass that appears to be endless. Despite cloudiness, it's possible to see the alcohol swirling around this one, that's for sure! Quite inviting, yet more in sense how Duvel invites you only to whack you on the head if not careful with consumption. As they may tell you in Québec these days: "Bienvenue à la fin du monde : dernier arrêt, la sobriétée !" ["Welcome to the end of the world! Last stop: sobriety!"]

The central aroma is a combination of candy sugar and sweet maltiness, as well as plenty of spices and citrus. White grapes and apricots are prevalent here, although it really is a paradise of candied fruitiness overall for me to describe it too much in detail! This is extremely complex stuff, yet wholly enjoyable.

A delicious grape ester prevails overall in the taste, yet there are lots of other flavors coming out of this one. The sweetness is definitely a major factor, yet there's a spicy delightfulness that's present here that no tripel I've ever had featured. The hops and spices really sting the tongue and the lips, and the alcohol warms up in a dangerously fun way. Drinking this too fast could have adverse effects on sobriety indeed. However, what really shines is the thick, carbonated body of this beer. Extremely juicy and full, this is probably as thick as tripels get (yes, even more than Westmalle's, in my view).

To me, this transcends not only the tripel style, but beers as a whole. There's something really magical happening here amid the purposefully over-the-top recipe that makes you sit back and relax and enjoy life. No matter how insane and alcoholic it is by the end, it's a balanced beer unlike anything else. I'm having trouble describing it myself. However, it's a good pairing with any cuisine – especially spicy Mexican or latin food. Thai food could also work well. If not pairing with food, I recommend that it be consumed with patience and respect. This is intense yet marvelous stuff.

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Photo of RussBecker1
4.68/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- A cloudy golden composite. That is distinctive of a tripel. There is an ambivalence of character swirling throughout that is all brought together by a big clean head, making this one of the most sophisticated looking beers I have seen. The beer finishes with a nice deal of lacing as well.

S-Huge spicy nose that is highlighted by a lot of clove and a bit of sweeter scents (honey banana and cinnamon maybe a hint of nutmeg as well)

M-Nice mix between cream and carbonation to give the beer that much more character.

T-An absolutely fascinating blend of flavors. To me this is the perfect tripel, as it differentiates itself from the rest of the field. The abundance of flavors are impressive, but its the balance between all of them that amazes me most. Instead of being labeled as a tripel, it is simply La Fin Du Monde, a true work of art.

O-One of the best beers in the world, without question.

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Photo of gtermi
4.69/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: This beer pours a cloudy golden body with a thin crispy head that quickly fades.

S: Has a very nice sweet Candi Sugar smell with tons of fruit. I also get a decent amount of sweet malt.

T: This just one of those triples that always blow me away when I drink it. The flavor is just so great that i can't get enough. The sweet malt sticks out a lot, along side the candy sugar. I am also picking up a strong raisin and citrus flavor.

M: This is the only part of the beer that I am not too crazy about. The carbonation of this beer is super crisp to where it burns going down. Nothing Terrible, but for sure not the smoothest Tripel I have ever had.

O: Just an amazing beer. This is for sure one of the best beers I have ever had in my life and it never gets old.

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Photo of jwc215
4.69/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a Unibroue tulip glass:

Pours clouded golden with a large white head that soon fizzles away.

The smell is of orange peel, frangrant spices, floral, bready notes in the back. Alcohol adds a touch of pepper.

Incredibly delicious! Sweet malt mixes with perfumy spiciness - orange peel, clove...touch of peppery alcohol gives it a warming finish but is so well-balanced that it is not raw, harsh or interfering.

Smooth and creamy, the taste lingers after a long, dry finish.

Very drinkable despite the high abv. One of the world's great beers, IMO.

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Photo of zac16125
4.69/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter
Best before: 04-08-13

A: Pours a bright golden yellow with 1 fingers width of bright white head, that dissipates rather quickly and leaves no appreciable lacing. Lots of carbonation bubbles can be seen rushing to the top of the glass. It looks refreshing and inviting.

S: Aromas of banana, citrus in the way of orange, tangerine and even a hint of lemon zest. Lots of clove and peppery spice as well. The scent is so strong that I can literally pick up these aromas while the beer is sitting across the table. Fantastic.

T: The first sip goes right along with the nose as you’re hit right off the bat with all kinds of flavors; spicy, sweet, and citrus. The taste is complex, but does a nice job of balancing everything out. In general there is a big clove and pepper spiciness upfront, with a malt sweetness on the back end and a banana flavor lingering in the aftertaste. There are also hints of citrus on the tongue, but mostly just a subtle orange character. I think what makes this beer stand out above the other Tripels is the awesome spice presence. The heavy clove flavors are so damn good, but somehow manage to not overwhelm once the sweetness comes in on the backend.

M/D: Medium bodied with lots of carbonation. A lively mouthfeel and very easy to drink with almost no hint of the high ABV. Sipping this brew would be wise, but I can’t resist drinking it faster than I should.

O: Overall, fantastic. It is the best example of one of my favorite styles, and all-in-all, one of a handful of my all time favorite beers. This is why I love craft beer.

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Photo of Alexc11
4.69/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Wonderful tasting beer. Golden and cloudy with thick creamy foam. Good combination of malt and spice taste with a non-bitter,curt finish. Overall just a fantastic beer. Reminds me of Hennepin.

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Photo of Sachsenfreude
4.69/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

appearance; fog-like cloudy yellow. No sediment, depending on one's pour, white head with fine bubbles, dissipates quickly, to a thick collar around the inside of the glass and a thin film remains on the surface. Minimal lacing

smell; delicious mild citrus fruit sweetness with some tart lemony notes that balances perfectly with warm yeast sweetness, alcohol, and faint hop spice.

taste; fresh apricot ice cream comes to mind. Citrusy hop bitterness holds back a lot of sweetness. Some very slight tart favors and bitter sours in the backround but blend into a yeasty finish.

mouthfeel; very fine carbonation and cream, somehow I get visions of a sauce that is not quite at "Nappé" consistancy. Loose and slick on the way down. A bit sticky on the palate and numbing to the tip of the tongue and back of lips.

drinkability; really complex but light and smooth. The alcohol is unbelievably well hidden, this is a great session drink if one likes getting drunken. Still, have some respect.

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Photo of Damian
4.69/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank from a 12 fl. oz. bottle.

Poured a murky pale yellow with a tinge of copper and tons of yeast floating. Head was enormous, thick and fizzy. Settled quickly to a film of lace that lasted the entire drink. Some spotty, sparkling lacing.

Smell was quite aromatic. Yeasty and sweet with citrus, banana and spices (coriander and clove) coming through strong. Some grassy, hoppy notes were detectable in the background.

Taste was quite similar to the smell yet even more intense. Orange peel was noticeable up front before the huge spicy flavors kicked in. Clove dominated, followed by some nutmeg and coriander as well. Some ripe fruits and malty sweetness came through mid-palate before the crisp hops helped to finish this beer off and maintain balance. Alcohol flavor was only moderately noticeable - amazing considering this beer is 9% ABV. Slight warming in the back of the throat.

The only knock I had against this beer was the mouthfeel. It was thinner than expected and the carbonation was a bit overdone. Otherwise, I would consider this beer to be in a category all its own.

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Photo of gskitt
4.69/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Why did I wait to try this? Pours a hazy, cloudy golden yellow, shiny white head that fades fast. Can smell the yeast in this beer from across the room. Huge. Taste: Yeast comes first, candy sugars. malt backbone is there. Balanced and drinkable. Mouthfeel was smooth, palate agreeable. Overall, best Tripel I think I've had.

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Photo of Danistheman
4.69/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

It pours a single pinky full of snow white froth, excellent carbonation with hundreds of tiny bubbles floating freely as the aroma hits your nostrils with a sweet, strong, sparkling wine scent. It settles as a cloudy light amber concoction, resembling a wit, yet we all know better. A full bodied tripel with a taste almost as tempting as an authentic Trappist ale. Very sweet lacking the tang of more domestic Belgian style ales. Decently strong alcohol content, yet it barely hints wards this. Mild, not overbearing (read New Belgium Tripel), coriander flavor. Very delicious, a new favorite of mine, considering it's cost is very reasonable (6 bucks for a 750ml bottle). Will buy again, and again.

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Photo of bnes09
4.69/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Golden yellow and quite hazy from the yeast. Pours a substantial head that leaves a light layer of foam and patches of lace.

Bright, fresh, fruity aroma of lemons, apples and pineapple. Banana and cloves. Lots of yeast but perfectly balanced in the nose. Perfect amount of spicy hops. Alcohol is nowhere to be found.

Incredible flavor. Hoppy ginger and lemon bite in perfect balance with wheat bread and fruity malt backbone. Sweet and tart at the same time. Hint of menthol. Delicious and smooth through and through. Yeast flavor in the finish is smooth and solidifies the whole experience.

Exceptional feel with medium body and smooth texture. Excites the tongue with a subtle yet lively carbonation. Finishes on the dry side with residual yeast texture.

Everything about this beer is awe inspiring! If you are a fan of Belgian style tripels, this is a must try. Be forewarned though, this beer is very deceiving as the 9% alcohol is well concealed.

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Photo of jwhancher
4.69/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Single 12-oz bottle. Last of the four pack purchased sometime last year. Best by date on bottle reads 10/5/15. Pored into large tulip for review.

A: an agressive pour yielded a nice white frothy head that faded but left some lacing on the glass sides. Looks blonde with very good carbonation - steady stream of bubbles rises in the glass. Not completely clear, but I likely added some yeast sediment from the bottom of the glass.

S: medicinal and lemon peel. Clean smelling with yeasty esters. Wheat & bread dough malts. Delicate floral yet spicy hop aroma.

T: spicy & upfront bitterness gives way to wheat malts & white bread character. Lemon peel & orange flavors finish. Hop spiciness is delicate and complimentary. Sweetness gives way to overly dry character.

M: light bodied with upfront bitterness gives way to creamy finish. Way too drinkable for 9% alcohol.

O: an excellent beer. Super drinkable and oh so yummy.

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Photo of TheHammer
4.69/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Appearance: A beautiful golden semi opaque body with ample carbonation and a solid amount of lacing and retention, which excuses the pinkie finger of head the pour produced.

Smell: Fruity yeast dominates the nose which touches of biscuit malt and herbal hops with a peppery cloves and slight mineral undertone. Warming didn't really help it's case and while it's nice, a little more strength is needed here.

Taste: Wow, most Tripel's I've noticed require ample warming, but this one, well it seems that my fellow Canadians knew the norm for drinking beer in Canada. A flood of fruity yeast, apricots, pears, apples, clementines, honey, all accented but a beautiful blend of peppery cloves and herbal hopping. It doesn't transition, so much as it euphoniously blends.

Mouthfeel: As I stated, the transitioning is beyond anything I could ever hope for, and the carbonation is exceptionally well done. There is a slight alcohol dryness to it, that takes a little bit away from the fruity biscuit aftertaste and wouldn't think a 9% would have, but all in all, very few complaints.

Drinkability: This stuff is exceptionally dangerous given it's ABV. It's goes down smooth, sits down well, doesn't cause any gas issues, light bodied and could easily get me drunker then a skunk in a couple bottles.

Final Thoughts: As of the writing of this review, we have a new champion as La Fin Du Monde has unseated Peche Mortel & Weihenstephaner Kristallweissbier as my highest ranked beer. Unibroue has shown me the folly of not partaking in more of their beers.

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Photo of IPAlmighty
4.69/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

On point in every way, full disclosure I haven't been to Belgium but this is as solid an expression of the style I've experienced. Those Canucks have nailed it.

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Photo of leroybrown10
4.69/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a bright, hazy gold with a huge whitish head. Top half of the head dissipates slowly but the bottom half vanishes in a hurry. Some lacing sticks to the glass.

Aroma is yeasty, peppery, and mildly fruity. Grassy hops. Clove, dry pears, and apple. A distinct earthiness.

Belgian yeast on the first sip. Dry, earthy, grassy hops. Fruit in the form of green apple, pear, lemon, and banana. Pepper, raw grain, and rye.

Medium body with medium+ carbonation. Dry and spicy on the tongue. Dryness is quite strong and lingering.

A truly outstanding beer, a great example of the style. Perfectly balanced and dangerously drinkable at 9% abv. One of my favorite year round shelf beers.

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Photo of bendythumb
4.69/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

What does it mean to reach the end of the world? When it comes to this brew, it means to venture into unknown lands and taste the creation of experts who are willing to venture beyond the known boundaries of beer.

While firmly rooted in the Belgian tripel style, La Fin du Monde takes this style to new heights. Infusing the brew with a heavy clove and citrusy flavour, the brew is finely balanced between sweet, fruity flavours and a crisp, hoppy kick. A hefty dosing of malts however builds up a thorough base for the rest of the flavours to sit on. If you haven't had one of these before, do not make the mistake of thinking that the fruit flavours are akin to macrobrewed "Apple light" pseudobeers. This is a 100% tripel through and through.

Perfect nose, perfect feel (while highly carbonated, the feel has a noticeable body), incredible smell. Do not drink this fine brew too cold, as the clove and alcohol flavours punch through a little too much at this temperature. Treat it as though it was a dark beer and drink at 8-13 degrees.

In homage to the great explorers who have discovered the new world; in homage of the great nation of Canada -- I raise you a filled glass of Le Fin du Monde. Cheers!

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

Presentation: "La Fin Du Monde", translates to "The End of the World." The label is comprised of a god like light, or god's eye, that illuminates Quebec with a top view of the terrain. Very ominous.

Appearance: Pale/straw with a nation of bubbles that can be seen rushing to the surface. When poured a huge froth is produced that leaves behind a patchy white lace that is maintained by the rushing fizz. Nice head retention that sticks slightly to the glass.

Smell: Cider, pepper, flowers and light fruits are all present in the nose.

Taste: This brew is very smooth and sweet up-front with loads of malt mouth-feel. A warming sensation begins in the back of the tongue and turns into a spicy, almost pepper, flavour. This flavour is the 9% alcohol which cleverly camouflages itself until consumed. A very light hop flavour is left behind, with warming esters in the mouth.

Notes: Truly a potent and delicious brew with many hard to achieve complexities. Unlike other brews of this strength, this one is extremely drinkable due to its balance of alcohol and dextrins. Outstanding.

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Photo of fdrich29
4.7/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is the first Belgian Golden Ale Ive ever tried, so I dont have anything to compare this to, if its a good representative of its class. Juding from its rating on BA Top 50, I trust that it is.

I love the pour which produces an ample head that quickly evaporates away, leaving the golden blond color of the beer. The smell is of hops, spice and malt and has a smooth, sweet taste and a pleasant mouthfeel. I gave it a high drinkability rating as I find it quite enjoyable and always look forward to my next one.

A fine product by Unibroue out of Quebec with 9% abv. Farily accessable here in Massachusetts and well worth the approximately $8.00 per bomber that it sells for.

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Photo of BenGap
4.7/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured a cloudy golden color with an opaque-ness that seemed to glow when held to the light. There was a very fluffy white two finger head that showed traces of unfiltered yeast in the foam. The smell was intriguing with a yeasty zest mixed with some fruity banana or pear and a hint of spiciness. The taste started out with some fruity banana notes again with a heavy yeast that faded into a excellent malt character with just a hint of hops. The feel was almost champagne like with the carbonation dancing on the tongue. This is a wonderful drinkable triple that hides the abv well. Very good beer.

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

A cloudy yellowish

S yeasty and citrusy

T WOW wild yeastyness with floral lemony citrus and perfectly balanced spicy goodness

M light and goes down easy

D light and poundable ( though I dont recomend it as it is a strong beer but really who would do that to such a great beer

Sorry for my lack of scientific beer knowledge please see my other review for you fellow beer geeks who like discriptions in laymen's terms

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

A majestic head and a cloudy golden amber. Retention and lacing are very good A good amount of carbonation and bits yeast.

Smell is sweet malt and hint of honey. Light fruits with with a yeast funk and mild floral hoppiness.

Taste as good as it gets. A reproduction of the nose with a larger light honey sweetness and silky feel. The fruitiness blossoms with every sip. Apples, pears, grapes, and banana are all here. A tropical fruit blend as well. Pineapple, mango being the main players. Beyond expert in balance and amounts. A perky light spicyness and wheat like tanginess add depth. The yeast fruitiness binds it together wonderfully. A soft dryness in the mildly hoppy finish leaves sweet dinner rolls in the back of the throat and roof of my mouth. Feel is medium and creamy soft in the carbonation.

A quenching restorative on a hot night like tonight while complex enough to work with just about any meal. You can drink this one easily and deeply as there is nothing but superb flavor in the glass and no trace of the alcohol.

This is so good the Belgians are probably considering declaring war. This beer is a favor to the wallet and a delight to the tongue.

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

This beer was one of the first I had from the BA top 100 list, and it always is a pleasure to revisit. I decided tonight I would finally give it its due and review it.

Pours a hazy orange brown with a rocky white head that stands about two inches tall. This fades into a thick creamy centimeter of head that refuses to go away.

The smell is a mix of citrus, candy sugar and slightly bitter hops. Very nice and full.

After 600+ reviews, what more can be said about the taste of this beer? It is perfectly balanced, it has the sweet and the bitter, the dry and tart. Others out there are better at picking out the individual flavours, so I'll just leave it at that.

Mouthfeel is smooth and thick. The carbonation is substantial, but comfortable. This one is also deceptively easy to drink. It doesn't let on that it carries a big alcohol punch, until you've put down a bottle or two.

All in all I'd say it is one of the best beers available to me, and always a safe bet if I don't know which beer I want on a given night.

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

Ah, what a beer. Lovely white foam slowly makes it way down the glass, inviting you to drink the brew. At first it smelled and tasted more like a triple, the flowery aromas almost startling. But as this beer settlled in the glass, I could smell more the of malt, kind of a crystalized sweetness. I just loved this beer. It was complex and simple- it found the right balance. As it warmed slightly it became even richer, as most beers of this quality will do. An incredibly smooth beer for such high alcohol content. The heavy yeast the intially hit me also subsided, leaving this a wonderfully inviting ale.

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

The story goes that a intrepid group of explorers from Europe were searching the world as they knew it for spices, and when they came to the shores of North America they believed that they had encountered the end of the world. La Fin du Monde does mean the end of the world, but I would not take that so literally when considering this beer. Really, this beer is better suited for celebration rather than crisis - but it's name, style and execution is right up Uniqboue's alley.

La Fin du Monde is Belgian Style Tripel - a rich, spicy, effervescent, and pale golden beer. This is a very historic traditional Belgian Style of beer which is mimicked all across the globe by thousands of breweries; so you will encounter many takes on this classic brew. Unirboue's is a classic interpretation, and one of the best I have ever had - especially after it has been left a few years to mature. It is 9% abv, perfectly golden and crisp, and packed with spicy aromatic flavors that are masterfully reminiscent of the Belgian ales that inspired it.

This beer is honestly something special. When I was younger and first getting into real beer I wasn't really able to appreciate all of its complexities, delicate flavors, and supreme construction. But now, with a seasoned palate and a greater appreciation for beer and flavor I have come back to La Fin du Monde with an open heart - and the beer rewards. If you havent had a Fin du Monde in a few years, grab a bottle from the LCBO or your local liquor store and enjoy one with a friend; this beer has a lot to offer. Better yet though, buy several bottles and put some away to age - this beer will mature in a cellar for up to 5 years and really starts to hit its stride after 2. It is remarkable.

I opened La Fin du Monde up at cool around 10C (50F) and poured it gently into its own tulip glass. The pour was rich and lively building a frothy white head instantly on top of the golden yellow beer. The roaring excitement from the beer crashing into itself created a large pillowy head that stood a good 3 inches high. It was pure white with tightly packed carbonation and a creamy cap. The beer was lightly hazy with a slight transparent glow. It shone in pure gold with bronze streaks and pale yellow straw bending through it. Its a perfect depiction of a Tripel so far, and I couldn't wait for the scent.

The nose is rich and spicy with large fruity perfumes and delicate pale malt aromas. It is bright and crisp on the nose showing green apples, honey, coriander, earthy yeast, dried papaya, apricots and a hint of citrus. Get your nose right up to the beer and breath in gentle cloves, warming pale malt sensations, hints of sugary caramel and a touch of ginger cake. It is softer and less tart than many of the Belgian versions, and thus easier on the palate. It also brings a hint of fresh floral hops and a quick finish of pepper - if you let this beer age, any speck of alcohol that you find falls out and brings forth warmer and creamy fruit and malt aromas.

The first sip is pungently reminiscent of the nose; crisp and clean spices match a lightly tart-sweet yeast character that quenches your palate from the start. This delicate but snappy spice is very welcome on the beers overall character because a smooth wave of pale malts and fruity esters will melt in over your tongue to balance off the whole experience. Hints of caramel and sugar candy blend in with oranges, apples, apricots and mango. Honey and sweet grains float litely in the back, and a soft tropical fruit sweetness glides into citrus and shows the first crack at hops.

Hop bitterness is gentle and used to balance, not show up at the front end. It works with the coriander and pepper note very well, but is soft and playful just in the back. The smooth effervescent nature of the beer helps everything - every inch of its flavor is accentuated by the mouthfeel which is somehow crisp and creamy at the same time. This aids a dry and spicy sweet finish that again, quenches your palate with ease.

La Fin du Monde is far less wild than the Beglian Tripels, and much more civilized than most American interpretations. This all comes together to create a uniquely Quebec style Tripel that is worthy of everyones enjoyment. Enjoy la Fin du Monde alone, or pair with all sorts of funky cheeses, fish, shellfish, game, sausage, cheesecake or roast turkey.

Pics at: http://definitionale.com/2010/10/29/tasting-the-unibroue-la-fin-du-monde-2/

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La Fin Du Monde from Unibroue
4.31 out of 5 based on 9,897 ratings.
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