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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
10,075
Reviews:
2,981
Avg:
4.31
pDev:
11.37%
 
 
Wants:
656
Gots:
2,316
For Trade:
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Photo of SaucyA
4.02/5  rDev -6.7%
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 -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.02/5  rDev -6.7%
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 -6.7%
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 -6.7%
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 -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of socon67
4.03/5  rDev -6.5%
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 -6.5%
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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Photo of waterbuffalo
4.03/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very smooth. Hard to believe that it is 9% ABV. Nice fruity (pear) flavour. I would buy again.

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

Hazy golden color with nearly 2 fingers of airy white head. Big lemon, lime zest aroma with minor notes of floral to herbal hop esters, slight pine, and a flash of clove. Starts with a lemony pucker, candy sugar, and a medium yeasty sourness. Midway becomes smoothed with a little sweet malt character and notes of banana and vanilla. The finish adapts a more rounded flavor with a smoother lemon, lime flavor, grassy straw, and buttery malt. Semi-smooth mouthfeel on a thin to medium body and a very big carbonation. A bit to sweet for me is this beers only miss, a well hidden alcohol makes this considerably drinkable though.

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

Appearance: A thoroughly hazy golden-orange body capped by a mountain of fluffy white head that recedes slowly and leaves great lacing. Certainly a Belgian looking beer.

Aroma: Cloves, floral perfume, juicy citrus, golden fruit, grainy malt, Belgian yeast, and medium alcohol.

Flavor: A mix of golden fruit, pepper, mild hops, and medium alcohol character over sweet wheat-like pale malt. Everything is nicely balanced. Golden fruit, grainy malt, and mild booze in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light bodied and creamy with medium-high carbonation and a dry finish. Some nice heat from the alcohol.

Drinkability: Surprisingly drinkable, this goes back quicker than the ABV would lead you to believe.

Verdict: A thoroughly satisfying experience, La Fin du Monde is complex, delicate, and well balanced. Who knew the Canadians were crafting such great Belgian beers this whole time?

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Photo of carln26
4.03/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a deep gold color, mildly hazy with a thick egg-white colored head. The head continues to refresh itself via a thin stream of champagne bubbles from the bottom of the glass. The nose has a mild bread-dough aroma up front followed by citrus/orange and grapefruit rind, some coriander spice, finished by a mild caramel malt. The taste has more of the citrus up front backed by the spice, finished nicely by the malt in the form of toffee. This beer has a wonderful carbonation, a light and bright mouth feel, and a high drinakbility. A great NA Belgian style ale.

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

A - Huge fluffy head. Hazy opaque orange color. Good lacing. Very attractive in my Duvel tulip.

S - Very sweet banana wheat smell. Also very noticeable alcohol.

T - Sweet bananas upfront, aftertaste is very spicy with noticeable alcohol.

M - Fairly dry but smooths out as it warms.

D - A very tasty beer. I will have this one again.

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Photo of CharlesRamsey
4.03/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Day drinking at the Downey brewery, an alpine backwoods bar in the middle of urban sprawl, in a well-stocked but completely empty bar(the guy drinking a Stella doesn't count). It poured a thin white head, with color like a ray of sunshine through the clouds at Diamond Head. Tightly carbonated with lingering head. Hay, black currant, and crisp alcohol notes dominate the initial impressions. Lingering flavors of balsa wood sans spice. Mouthfeel is smooth, creamy but robust with aftertaste to spare. Overall, it stands out above most other Tripel's and enjoys an easy drinkability.

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Photo of weeare138
4.03/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a hazy, light gold with a small white head that slowly fades into a mild cap. Scattered streaks of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of estery pepper, cloves, citrus, and orange with a tropical fruit salad aroma coming through.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with that signature spicy tropical fruit. There is also a vanilla cream flavor that comes through in the taste.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, mildly spiced with spritzy carbonation tickling the tongue.

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

Giant rocky head of densely packed bone colored bubbles spilling over the top of the glass. Loads of carbonation streams and tons of lacing. Beautiful, cloudy golden caramel colored body. Smells of clove with alcohol, slight floral esters. Vibrant carbonation on tongue, hints of peppery spice in the finish. Full mouthfeel, big and packed with overt alcohol tones.

This is a beer to be enjoyed slowly, savored.

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

got this one from bax72 as part of BC2. thanks chris!

750ml bottle, corked and caged, with the cork showing 0612.

pours hazy orangey gold colour with a small fairly dense white head. the head drops fairly fast to a thin layer on top of the beer, and that layer lingers all the way down the glass, throwing a little spotty lace on its way.

aroma is nice. clove and corriander. bit of orange peel. grain. crackers and white bread. light alcohol.

taste is good. light alcohol. medium-low bitterness level. nice light yeasty spice - the usual unibroue character. bread and cracker malt. bit of grain. bit of honey sweetness.

mouthfeel is good. medium-high carbonation level. medium-light body with a nice dry finish.

drinkability is good. well balanced, hiding its alcohol pretty well. funny that i'm within a few hours drive of quebec, yet it's easier for someone in minnesota to get most unibroue products than it is for me...

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

A- Pours a cloudy, golden color with plenty of fizzy white head. Excellent head retention and lacing.

S- Clove, spices and sweet malts.

T- Taste is very spicy, plenty of cloves along with a taste of dried apples. A bit yeasty also.

M- Medium-light body with plenty of carbonation that results in the excellent head retention.

D- Dangerously drinkable at 9%. This beer took some getting used to for me. This was my first tripel and after about the first half a dozen sips I was hooked.

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Photo of bwd110
4.03/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased at Binny's in Schaumburg, IL.

750 ml bottle poured into tumbler - all that was available in my hotel room.

A: Pours a really clear golden straw, huge billowy head. This dissipates quickly, leaving only a little bit of lacing.

S: Very laid back, not as strong or complex as I would have thought. Smells very sweet. Orchard apples instead of green apples, white grapes and a bit of peppery spice. Belgian yeast characteristics not detectable, or very mild.

T: Follows through on the nose, but in a much more bold and complex manner. Big fruity sweetness on this one balanced nicely by a peppery clove spice. The sweetness slams into a tart dry finish. Alcohol is masked nicely, but comes through the spiciness as the beer warms.

M: Thin to medium body. High carbonation, nice tongue zap on the way down.

D: Could have a few of these despite the abv.

Really nice example of the style. Very impressed.

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Photo of bbb099
4.03/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared with mjyoung. Poured into a snifter.

A - Pale lemony, cloudy, yellow color with ample amount of bright white head.

S - Strong, fruity & citrusy aroma typical of Belgian ales.

T - Buttery, savory apple and banana flavor with a dry and slightly alcohol finish. Minor alcohol warmth going down.

M - Medium bodied. High amount of carbonation.

D - Pretty good drinkability. I probably drank it a little too fast. I found the aftertaste somewhat tasty.

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

12 oz twist off, poured into my La Fin Du Monde stem glass. Best by Sept. 2011.

Pours a nice hazy, honey-orange with a huge white head which dies down to a half finger cap of foam, and then to small lace. I can see the yeast floating around in very fine particles

Smells very fruit-like, and not just fruity. Kind of like a mix between a bitten into apple and pear. There is also a gentle, spicy aroma. This is dominated by yeast fermentation character, with not much malt presence and only a tiny bit of hops in the nose.

Taste is sweet, with a peppery type snap to it. Bitterness is there and its firm, but overpowered by a burnt sugary sweetness. Slight citrus is also there, which really compliments the orange appearance.

On the palate you can definitley feel the fermented sugar character found in Belgian styles. Carbonation was really dancing hard on my palate at first, but the hard pour combined with all the agitation from my swirling really dropped off the carbonation dramatically. Towards the end of the glass, its a bit flat, surprisingly.

I'd imagine this is pretty versatile with food. Plus, if you get the corked and caged bottle...well that has class written all over it. I'll try it sometime.

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

Photo of utopiajane
4.03/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

This poured a hazy sunshine yellow with a tall head of loose bubbles that receded to an attractive collar and cap. Good lacing and alcohol legs. On the nose is plenty of yeast, sweet malt, sugary lemon and tangerine. On the palate it’s buttery smooth, spritzy carbonation and a little thin. It reminds you of a hefe with a little banana but it’s too sticky and the alcohol warms you and gives it away that this is a tripel. Short sweet finish, no hops on the palate at all. Understated and bewitching. This is a very well turned out tripel that would meet the end of the world with an attitude of aplomb.

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Photo of lemmy187
4.03/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jwale73
4.03/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in my DT tulip. Poured a hazy orange-gold with a 1.5 inch bright white, tight cap that eventually settled into a consistent slick of foam. Sheets of sticky lacing coated the glass throughout the tasting. Scents of spices and wheat. Flavors of lemon zest, pepper, coriander, yeast and alcohol. Green apple and pear were expressed as the brew warmed. Mouthfeel is very lively with a residual tingle that lingers between quaffs. Consistency is between light- and medium-bodied. What more can be said about this tripel; an excellent brew to slowly sip as the world comes to an end around you.

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La Fin Du Monde from Unibroue
4.31 out of 5 based on 10,075 ratings.
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