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:
10,063
Reviews:
2,977
Avg:
4.31
pDev:
11.37%
 
 
Wants:
650
Gots:
2,300
For Trade:
21
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Photo of zhanson88
4.08/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Golden straw color with tons of pure white head. Retention is very nice, and the resulting lacing is tight and abundant.

Smell: This beer smells of grass, cloves, slight citrus, and phenolic alcohol. There is a slight smell of pepper, but a sugary sweetness that is more prevalent that I was not expecting. It seems a bit out of place compared to other tripels that I've had.

Taste: Slight pepper at the front, but once again there is a pretty strong lemony sweetness that takes over a bit. Grass as cloves as well, and I can definitely detect the alcohol going down.

Mouthfeel: Pretty smooth, with light body. There is quite a bit of carbonation, but that's to be expected.

Drinkability: Overall I liked this beer a lot. The sweetness kind of threw me a bit, but other than that no complaints. Definitely worth a try and another solid effort by Unibroue.

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Photo of trxxpaxxs
4.08/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

!2oz bottle poured into a snifter...

A: Pours a translucent orange/dark gold with one full finger of pure white head. The foam is frothy of tiny bubbles and it settles quickly along the edges of the glass. There is some lacing as it drinks, but nothing crazy.

S: The nose is sweet of malt and cracked wheat. I also get a good amount of banana esters.I don't get much clove spice, whih I would expect from a tripel.

T: This beer starts out with malty sweetness and banana notes. I also get some other fruity flavors like prunes and dates. There is a spiciness that presents itself after it hits the palate, but it seems more because of the carbonation than than the clove notes from the yeast. As it transitions to the middle of the beer, the prunes and bananas shine. The beer begins to tighten up in the back end with some yeast.

M: Medium bodied beer. Sweet, sticky, and syrupy to start. It coats the palate right off the bat. The carbonation catches the tongue and makes it prickly for a moment. Sticky all the way through the end of the beer, and the flavors linger on the palate for quite a bit after the beer is gone.

O: This is a good beer, and a good tripel. I prefer my triples with more spice and a little lighter mouthfeel, but this is good. I'd drink this beer again, but I don't think I'd be buying it regularly.

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Photo of jettjon
4.08/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Highs: Appearance, drinkability
Lows: None

Holy head, Batman! Pouring this fizz bomb reminds me of the first time I tried it and had no glassware. One chug from the bottle and I had beer coming out of my nose. The head is absolutely huge, reminiscent of Champaign. Hell, there’s even lacing inside the bottle! Pours an apricot juice (amber-yellow-musky) color with tiny bubbles and visible sediment suspended in the pour. The huge head rapidly fades down to a thin sheet constantly fueled by the bubbles, with lots of lacing left behind. Nose of cloves, plums, dates, and dark fruit. Flavor is complex, with elements of clove spice, fruit juices, and alcohol culminating cleanly in a semi-sweet finish—neither sweet nor dry, with no bitterness. Mouth is quite bubbly as would be expected. Drinkability is very good; this is a great mellow ale and easy to drink once the head is tamed. Watch for the 9% ABV, however. Great “sipping” beer.

Overall: A great Belgian strong pale, heartily recommended. I still prefer Unibroue’s Trois Pistoles (a strong dark), however.

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Photo of 98green
4.08/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ThreeBeersWalkedIn
4.08/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of StargherKing
4.08/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is certainly an interesting beer. Right off the bat, it pours out of the bottle like champagne in a movie-scene. Once poured, it's a gorgeous golden color, with a fluffy white head. Smell is sweet, hints of caramel, a bit of floral hops, and a rather strong scent of spice. Taste is very much the same, with the caramel coming out a bit more, the spice holding it's own, and the hops taking a definite backseat to the sweet fruity flavor (apple/banana? this one's hard to pin down). Mouthfeel is crisp and refreshing, and it goes down smooth. Drinkability is a bit TOO good for such a high ABV, this one is very easy to overdrink with. Despite that, it's still a great beer, and I look forward to having it quite a bit more in the future.

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Photo of yemenmocha
4.08/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours medium golden, almost translucent, with a thickwhite had of both large and fine bubbles, dissipating into a nice thin rim of small bubbles. Nose is very fruity, light fruits and some tropical qualities as well, and some yeasty esters are present also. Palate is very sweet and fruity, some soft malt in there, very carbonated and prickly, and white pepper too.

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Photo of mmmbeer
4.08/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, approximately a year old - best before 6/15/07. Served slightly chilled in a tulip glass. Pours a golden orange/yellow that is slightly cloudy and has a 1 inch white head that sticks nicely. Smells like orange juice, lemons, spiciness, pepper, yeast, and cloves. The orange juice aroma is slightly off-putting. The taste is virtually the same but with coriander and a mild bitterness. It is very malty with a lot of sweetness and a thick body with medium carbonation. It's good, but I remember it being even better than this.

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Photo of SirSketch
4.08/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have been drinking this beer for some time now so I thought I might as well review it now.

Moderate amount of head that fades into a thin film. Dirty golden color with some hints of light orange. Tornado of carbonation bubbles up the center of the glass to the top. The aroma is heavy dough and yeast, pineapple and melon, and crazy belgian-like funkiness.

Taste is yeasty, also consisting of acidic fruits. There is a quick, stinging bitterness to it. The alcohol is hidden nicely. Heavy carbonation with a medium body. The aftertaste makes is some combo of dry, yet sweet. This is my go-to Unibroue beer

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Photo of CosaRara
4.08/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of morebeergood
4.08/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ordered a bottle last Saturday at Charlie's Kitchen in Harvard Square. It was poured into a Duvel chalice. Huge white head formed up the side of the glass. The color was school bus yellow. The smell was spicy and bready. Taste-wise, what a knock out. It's everything you could ask for in a tripel. Light, full of body and flavor, very drinkable yet just enough alcohol punch to let you know that you are drinking a quality beer. This beer easily has to be one the the best tripels made anywhere outside of Belgium. A shining star in the Unibroue portfolio.

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Photo of RedLion
4.08/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Very good, Belgium style beer. Off white head with good lacing. Smell is clovey, and that same clove smell is found in the glass along with an orangey taste. Color reminds me of a light orange. Mouthfeel if spicy and effervescent. I'd drink this occasionally, but I don't think I'd could have more than one a month. Too many other beers out there.

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Photo of Secondfiddle7
4.09/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Like all Unibroue beers, this one is highly carbonated, almost champagne-like. It is not an all occasion beer, at 9.0 ABV, but when it's right it's right. The packaging is impressive, I enjoy giving this as gifts, and it's got a certain undeniable something. I wanted to love this beer, but have to admit that while it is very good I do not know if I consider it a world-class beer. I am willing to assume that I am un-worldly. But I know what I like and there are many beers that I prefer. Each time I go back to it expecting to be surprised, I remember that it has let me down before. Your mileage may vary, and I honestly hope it does. I respect this beer, but I do not love it.

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Photo of Kinsman
4.09/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Time to revisit La Fin for a proper review.

Pours a bright but hazy golden yellow with a nice bubbly appearance. Dense white head caps it off nicely but fades a bit too quickly and leaves no lace behind.

Lots of fruitiness in the aroma with a juicy character and some candy-like sweetness. A bit of clove spice in the background.

A nice bright fruity character up front with some apple and pear notes and just a but of juicy citrus as well. A bit of a bubblegum flavor as well. Spicy yeast notes offset the sweetness with some peppery and clove-like notes.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and bubbly with a bit of dry finish. Overall, La Fin Du Monde is hard to beat for the style and a great value at $8 a bottle.

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Photo of Peepskp
4.09/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Mustard
4.09/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12oz. brown bottle with "best before" date -- in this case 04/17/06 -- stamped on the back label; $6.99/4 from Bob's Market in Santa Monica; illuminated graphic of the 51st American state on the label.

Appearance: pours a hazy gold with a white, six-fingered, macro-bubble head; great retention; heavy -- albeit unprincipled -- lacing.

Aroma: Sweet and spicy; all the usual descriptors apply -- peppery, clove-like, notes of tropical fruit, etc.

Taste: A drier, yeastier version of smell; subtle traces of orange, cinammon and smoke pervade.

Notes: I can't say I'm blown away. Complex, to be sure, but do all the varied notes add up to a "top twenty" brew? Mustard was hoping for a bit more ...

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Photo of sjccmd
4.09/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Spicy and fruity. Noticeable clover, white pepper, banana, juicy fruit, chamomile. Light floral honey and grassy hops. Perfumey. Some graham cracker malts. Apples, pears, and citrus fruits. A slight mustiness.

Pours hazy gold with a frothy white head. Good lacing and retention.

Sweet juicy fruit upfront. Pears, fresh apples, bubblegum. Bitterness increases with subsequent sips. Spicy noble-like hops. Honey sweetness. Lots of esters, but some clove and white pepper as well. Very fruit forward. Somewhat sweet.

Medium body, high carbonation. Somewhat silky on the palate, but with lots of tingling bubbles.

More fruit and malt character, less spice as compared to some of my favorite Belgian Tripels, but not a real reason to fault it.

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Photo of Mesquita
4.09/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of funkengruven
4.09/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Drinking one as i write this.

This poured to a very quickly dissipating head leaving a slightly transparent golden brown brew. This stuff smells absolutely amazing. Honey and Bananas moved to the nose quickly by the very active carbonation. Taste is good, very full bodied, the High ABV is slightly apparent but warming. Mouthfeel is decent, a lot of carbonation in this that makes it something meant to be sipped slowly and carefuly. This is a good beer, especially on those cold days where it feels like it is the end of the world. Warms you right up.

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Photo of 2dogbrew
4.09/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of sacfly
4.09/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy, straw/gold color. Huge thick white head. Musty and light bubblegum sweetness in the nose. Sharp when cold, but blends well when it warms.

Taste mimics the nose with bubble gum and musty clove phenols first, and a long musty aftertaste. Nice full mouth feel.

Drink this one at room temperature or slightly chilled. Flavors are very sharp and harsh when cold, round out rather nicely as it warms. Score reflects drinking at room temp/chilled.

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Photo of beerbully
4.09/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into Weyerbacher Cuvee

L-Clear straw color, 1/2 inch white foamy head little little retention, thick lacing with little retention

S-Typical belgian aromas........banana, clove, fruity esters typical of Belgian yeast, spicy, peppery

T-Follows the nose, banana, clove, fruity esters, spicy, peppery, sugars

F-Carbonation is about what you would expect from a Belgian........slight pepper / alcohol burn as it warms the throat going down

O-quality Belgian.......accentuates the spicy / peppery characteristics of Belgian style

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Photo of trainingwithkev
4.09/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Wasted_Youth
4.09/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of drakkath
4.09/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

341ml bottle into 32oz mug

a: dark yellow, 1/2 inch head from side pour. Lots of carbonation bubbles throughout drinking

s: very yeasty, some banna, "spices"

t: fruity (bananas mostly) , yeasty, warm alcohol, some malty sweetness. The yeast and alcohol become more noticeable as the beer warms

m: well carbonated, light to medium bodied. Seems to feel thicker as it warms

o: Although a little yeastier than I personally prefer, but was my first Tripel foray and I was impressed. This took me around 1 hour to finish one bottle, and should be respected by drinking slowly. This is definately not my style of beer, but I respect the complexity of this brew enough to weed through my own personal bias and rate it on my interpretation of the style.

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La Fin Du Monde from Unibroue
4.31 out of 5 based on 10,063 ratings.
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