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:
#416
Reviews:
2,999
Ratings:
10,127
pDev:
11.34%
Bros Score:
4.83
 
 
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Photo of IronDjinn
4.02/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

More bounce to the ounce, La Fin Du Monde has it going on in all directions. I really thought it was the end of the world when I first tried this 10 years ago as a young'un and drank it straight from a 750 ml bottle at a house party--took me 4 hours of intestinal fortitude to finish that bad boy off.

However times have changed, I've grown older, if not any more wiser, and have learned to enjoy many more of these over the years. It POURS from this particular 750 ml brown bottle a hazy pale straw colour with good carbonation and some suspended particles. Big white bubbly head that lasts a while. Aroma of hay, apricots, pepper, some grassy notes. Flavour doesn't hit me until the finish and then the aftertaste where the sweet malt and spices start to kick in, plus a little bit of citrus. A lot going on in the palate of this ale. Mouthfeel is thick and somewhat boozy, but to be expected for the 9% abv, yet goes down a lot smoother than most ales of this caliber.

Back in the day I used to jokingly refer to this stuff as a bowl of cereal in a bottle. Nowadays I'd agree to the fact that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and would advocate an "end of the world" to start off anyone's day.

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Photo of Radcpa
4.02/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Light appearance with. Pleasant aroma. Nice balance flavor with no alcohol taste. For a recreation of an old beer I think they did a great job. Probably better than the original beer that they are recreating.

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Photo of mooseisloose
4.02/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

Bottle smell is very earthy hopped with slight molasses and spices. Into my chalice it pours to a very cloudy pale yellow. The head is plentiful but dissappears quickly.. Mouthfeel is tremendous. The high AC is very evident. The carbonation is high but is a good compliment to the heartiness of this brew. The intial tartness and spicy taste is followed by a neutral bitterness. This is the closest thing to a good homebrew that i've ever had. A good starter beer but the drinkability will be low due the extremely high AC. Con cuidado, this brew will knock your socks off.

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Photo of Biggtriksta
4.02/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of kkosmoski
4.02/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

355 mL poured into an Ommegang goblet - best before date of 05-09-09. Beer foamed out of the bottle and onto the countertop shortly after opening, so I poured immediately. Was only able to fit roughly half of the bottle into the goblet due to the massive amount of white head produced. Extremely high amount of active carbonation working up through a golden colored liquid. Thick, tightly packed foam holds its form beautifully. Aroma is of apricot, apple, banana, rock candy, and yeast. Flavors include subtle grain, candy sweetness, apricot, honeydew melon, clove, and a yeasty, bitter finish. Feel in the mouth is prickly and fluffy from the high carbonation. Chalky light-medium body and warming. A vast array of flavors make this a very intriguing ale to quaff, high alcohol will get in the way after a while.

This is a style that I don't visit very often and am slowly developing an appreciation for. This seems like a solid example with a myriad of interesting flavors and aromas going on.

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Photo of ppavlick
4.02/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of rijanyoung
4.02/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

holding this beer up to the light it looks amazing, it doesn't have as much smell as some beers, but i might just have a stuffy nose!

it has a wonderful taste, very tart, i wish just maybe a tad more hops, but just a little, i would want to over power the fruity flavors. This beer has a wonderfully fruity after taste, i like that the sweetness of this beer is not in the beginning over powering the other flavors, but more towards the end, which is just pleasant!

oh, and its 9 percent, this beer masks that wonderfully! you don't get that boozy after taste, nice!

it has a very full flavor reaching all of my taste buds, feels great in the mouth

over all this is a fantastic beer, and i recommend it to others, especially to those who want a drink that wont dropkick you in the face!

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Photo of TehAnkh
4.02/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce brown bottle with a foiled top.

A: Fluffy off-white to tan head. Seems to be showing lots of carbonation. Pale but dark golden in color. Looks lovely :-).

S: I'm hit instantly with spices and some estery notes. Pepper, light fruits, and loads of alcohol await.

T: Woah! Spicy, malty, mildly sweet and delicious. How is this NOT from Belgium!? This stuff is off the wall good for a Canadian brew. Some nutty character, light fruits, a bit of clove and a mild, almost chile-pepper like bite on the tongue. Do I taste pears, and maybe even a little golden raisin??

M: Creamy, thick, and wonderful. When it was poured it seemed to hint towards a more watery beer considering how bubbly it appeared... Not the case, at all. Mouth warming, bubbly, spicy and creamy as all get out.

D: As drinkable as a beer with this high of an alcohol content is ever going to get. This brew was oh so creamy and thick, yet not harsh on the palate at all. Goes down smooth. Don't expect to be able to drink more than 2, however, unless you're looking to spend the night sitting in the bath tub.

After 24 ounces I was feeling a bit wobbly. But let's face it, who can drink just one of these? It's just too good. For the price, this has got to be one of the best bargains on the face of the earth.
I have another 4 pack of this waiting for me in the fridge (I went back and got more after me and my buddy killed the first one).
If you like Tripels, you'll LOVE this beer, and you'll want to stock up like I did!!!

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Photo of SykDoc
4.02/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Initial appearance of a cloudy golden ale with initial head that quickly disappears to a thin coat on top.
Primary aroma of fruits and some herbal/spicy scents that follow. You can also smell the yeast quite quickly.
The taste also compliments the aroma. You get a healthy taste of yeast with a fruity overlay of both apples and bananas. Although it is 9%, this seems to be well hidden by the fruity and spicy notes.
It has a reasonably crisp feeling in your mouth and is light bodied overall. Generally, I feel this is a good beer but a bit too much fruit for my palate.

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Photo of DerAtomsmasher
4.02/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of wheatyweiss
4.02/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a chalice.

Pours a light straw with a fluffy, immense head that settles to a cap and leave nice lacing. Slightly murky and thick as it pours.

Aroma is of citrus and tart green apples. Malt and yeast with a zing of sourness.

Flavor is of tart citrus and dusty yeast. Malt is thick and substantial with a huge bready flavor. Finishes clean and slightly sweet but not overly so, Spicy alcohol is warming and barely noticeable.

Mouthfeel is thick syrupy and chewy. Carbonation is barely noticeable as the brew is so viscous.

Very nice trippel, I've been waiting to try it.

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Photo of Ralphus
4.02/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

La Fin Du Monde was Unibroue's attempt at a Duvel style beer in the mid 1990's, and by all accounts it was a good one. I have had La Fin Du Monde a number of times but only just recently realized I hadn't rated it.

Poured into a Duvel tulip with a large aggressively carbonated offwhite head. The head receded to a smaller cap but a steady stream of bubbles ensures it has some longevity. The beer itself, depending on how it is poured is either a crystal clear or semi opaque dark golden colour.

The smell is BIG and beautiful. Oranges, pears, yeast and some corriander. The taste is similarly bold, with strong sweetness, fruit and a drying hoppyness. The alcohol is well disguised in the taste but you have no trouble noticing it as it warms your stomach on the way down. The added yeast is also apparent.. more so than in a beer like Duvel, and I find it limits drinkability.

Mouthfeel is silky smooth with the perfect amount of carbonation. A pleasure to hold in the mouth.

Drinkability is average. A single beer of this style and strength is generally enough for me.

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Photo of Chelsea1905
4.02/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slight tangerine orange and straw yellow. The head is nice and bubbly but fades very quickly with a little lacing.

Smells like Wheat and European hops, a little yeast in there too. There is some fruit in there too, but you have to take a good whiff to get it

The taste is of wheat, a bit of malt, and a little fruit flavour in there too

Almost feels like drinking Champagne, medium mouthful otherwise.

Easy to drink, but not somethinf I'd be trying every night

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Photo of antman27
4.02/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of CRObighit2
4.02/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of EmeraldMist
4.02/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Look - Pours a murky orange color, three fingers of bright white head foam to the top, great retention, no lacing.
Aroma - Banana, allspice, sweet orange, musty.
Taste - Dried apricot, sweet malt, clove, white bread, banana. Much needed bitterness balances the sugars out. Alcohol is warming and sweet. Yeast towards the end with a very spice forward aftertaste.
Feel - Medium bodied, slightly gritty, light carbonation for the style, warming alcohol.

Overall - Sweeter, spicier and with more noticeable alcohol than most tripel's I've had. A little rough around the edges but still very enjoyable.

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Photo of stoepsel
4.02/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The end of the world is near...
...and it smells like cherry. Its' color is something between orange and yellow and it is covered with a shallow cap of dense foam.
Taste is relatively light and dry with a champagne-like mouthfeel which successfully cloaks the apocalyptic 9% of alcohol.
The finish is dry and yeasty with a slighlty lagging bitterness.
Rock-solid art of brewing!

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Photo of SaucyA
4.02/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I liked this beer quite a bit. It poured a hazy golden/straw color, left little lacing, but offered a fantastic head that kept well throughout my entire experience. Only around the last sip did it seem to fade.

It smells a LOT like a witbier, with citrus coming through strongly, as well as lots of yeast... alcohol bites your nose a bit, but it's generally a sweet, wonderful smell.

It tastes much more complex than it smells. Lots of bready, citrus goodness. Alcohol comes thru a bit in the finish, especially the more it warms. Not bad, but definitely makes its presence on some sips.

Feels wonderful going down.. medium body and heavy carbonation... pours a great head, like most Unibroue's. The only thing stopping me from pounding them back is the high abv.

Not my favorite from Unibroue, but not a bad beer by any means!

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Photo of Tee76
4.02/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.02/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours lightly hazy, golden-orange body with a smallish, white head.

Smell: Fruit juice aroma smelling of pears, peaches, and pineapple -- really any fruit starting with 'p' will do. Nicely spicy, hint of orange peel, too.

Taste: Pale malts and a large portion of candi sugar quickly followed by a flavorful medley of fruit juices from the nose, plus a greater portion of banana. A counterbalance of spices, bitterish orange peel, and hops try to match the sugars present. Slight yeastiness throughout, maybe a bit of bagel dough. Finishes crisp and quite fruity.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Slight stickiness to the mouthfeel. Medium-high carbonation.

Drinkability: So fruity! A delicate, delightful tripel.

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Photo of craytonic
4.02/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big bomber pours a foamy off-white head. Pale, yellow, cloudy golden pour.

Smell: Orchard and peppers. Lots of pear & apple. Yeast, alcohol, cider.

Taste: An orchard - lots of pear, some apple, and white pepper. Yeast & some hoppy bitterness. Finish is more pepper.

Great, full-bodied mouthfeel. Very nice.

Drinkable, not my favorite, but one to try once yearly.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.02/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This pours a pretty golden-orange, fairly clear, not a lot of head. Aroma is malty with a strong hint of citrus. Flavor is strong and malty and has some hoppy hints. Finish is smooth and refreshing. This is an insidious beer, though, as you don't taste the alcohol, so it can sneak up on you.

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Photo of JeffNev
4.03/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of socon67
4.03/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours golden with a high white foam. Plenty of carbonation, and slightly hazy.

S - Scents of ripe fruit and spices. Smells like cloves, ginger root, and nutmeg.

T - Flavors are crisp and refreshing. Sweetness that is similar to a riesling wine, with a tangy feel from the yeast strain. The finish is loaded with a spicy bite.

M - Refreshing, masks its ABV well, and is generally smooth.

O - Glad to get around to reviewing this one. Perhaps Unibroue's best offering. Easily a top shelf tripel.

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Photo of julian1117
4.03/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Visual Appeal: impressive cloudy gold or honey, thick white head is attractive but streaking not striking

Smell: could be stronger, slight citrus notes, yeasty

Flavour: orange, yeast, slight malt, coriander, herbal

Mouthfeel: pleasant carbonation, but not as pleasant as Duvel

Drinkability: stronger 9% ABV makes it a sipping beer, but alcohol not being as noticeable as I thought makes me tempted to try a few at a sitting

Poured into Victory Brewpub Golden Monkey tulip glass. Each made for the other.

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La Fin Du Monde from Unibroue
Beer rating: 4.32 out of 5 with 10,127 ratings
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