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:
#446
Reviews:
3,025
Ratings:
10,232
pDev:
11.34%
Bros Score:
4.83
 
 
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665
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2,409
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Ratings: 10,232 |  Reviews: 3,025
Photo of jwilcox767
4.63/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

A - Deep golden amber pour, just a finger of head that stuck around.
S - Lots of yeast, herb, mild amount of spice/herb.
T - Fantastic tropical fruit background with the yeasty maltiness up front, and it's all very smooth.
M - Full bodied Belgian Tripel with a good amount of coating stickiness, medium amount of carbonation.
O - This is one of my favorite Belgian Tripel's (made in or outside of Belgium). I'll be getting more for sure, it's a perfect 'go to' any time. Maybe I'll see if aging does it any favors as well.

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Photo of markaberrant
4.63/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle decanted into pitcher and served in unibroue tulip glass.

Pours a beautiful clear orange colour. Long lasting, pillowy soft white head that eventually recedes to 1/4". Amazing carbonation, a sight to behold in the glass. Not much for lacing.

Aroma is fruity. I'm relatively new to Belgians, but it smells exactly like my homemade Saison I brewed this summer. I don't detect any spice aroma, just fruit, but damn good fruit!

The first sip is an EXPLOSION! My brain can't process it all. Fruit and spice up front, soft and creamy in the middle, sweet like honey towards the finish. Then you swallow and a warm cozy alcohol feel slowly works it way up to the back of your throat. WOW!!!

Mouthfeel is incredible. Starts out with carbonated prickliness, then finishes almost sticky (which probably helps me think of honey in the flavour). The pallette does clear quickly (easy to digest as they say), which has you quickly reaching for another sip (unlike a heavy barleywine which lingers for some time).

Drinkability is outstanding, though it really should be drank with some restraint. I'm half way through my first glass, and I'm already feeling it. I WANT MORE!

This is only my second pale belgian strong (the other being Duvel, which I enjoyed), but this is first rate.

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Photo of CaptDavyJones
4.63/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a hazy straw color into my DT snifter from a 12 oz bottle. The 'best-by' date and ABV are on the label.
A nice, creamy two finger head that settles to a thin persistent film that goes nowhere. Very good carbonation.
Aroma is a delightful blend of spices; nutmeg, cloves and cardamom notes with some sweetness, malts and a hint of yeast.
Taste akin to the aroma, is predominantly spicy. There is a characteristic bread/yeast taste with some sweet/honey notes. The finish is very smooth. It's a pleasant attack on the taste-buds.
Coats the palate beautifully; rich, silky, creamy texture. Every sip makes you want to have more. Very good lacing that sticks around after every sip.
The ABV is masked really well in this tripel making it easy to drink. It's an ale for all occasions.
This is one of the finest tripel's around, and is a 'must-have' for every strong ale lover.
Highly, highly recommended.

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Photo of tattooed81
4.63/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A wonderful bright gold with a decent foamy head when poured into a tulip glass. This beer gives you a hint of whats to come with notes of hops and citrus and just a hint of spice as you raise the glass to your mouth.

With a fantastic spicy start, and a combination of hops, cloves, citrus and just a hint of something floral this is a truly great beer. Finishes with a crisp clean finish that makes it easy to drink this beer over and over again.

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Photo of Tamuk57
4.63/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Photo of sbe1
4.63/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Serving type: 9.4 oz. corked bottle.

Appearance: Beautiful cloudy gold with a huge, dense, long lasting head that eventually dissipates into a light lace.

Smell: lovely sweet and creamy smell.

Taste: Incredible, sweet and peppery and with a hint of citrus. Nice warm alcohol taste only noticeable after it's gone down.

Mouthfeel: light and refreshing with a mild peppery bite.

Drinkability: excellent, especially for a beer with a 9% alcohol content.

Overall an outstanding highly drinkable and very special beer.

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Photo of beinerso
4.63/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Demonhub
4.63/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Beef_Curtains
4.63/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of OldTownBeerGeek
4.63/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of DenverHopHead
4.63/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a bottle with a best by date of 10/19/15; into a tulip.
Appearance - golden, hazy brew with a champagne-like amount of bubbles! Huge cloud of white head that leaves very nice rings of lacing!
Smell - sweet citrus fruit, with a lean towards more lemon and orange zest. The yeast strain is faint, but noticeably present.
Taste - oh my! This is phenomenal! Unbelievably easy to drink at 9% ABV and the sweetness from the nose is very well hidden, making this a smooth drink that is hard to put down!
Feel - almost starts off too light and bubbly, but finishes off smooth and balanced! May I have another!
Overall - much better than I expected, and I had high expectations! This is not a style I typically seek out, but this brew has given me new appreciation!

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Photo of Davedrinkinbeer
4.63/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of CMW
4.63/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Pours a light golden yellow with massive head formation with good retention. There is a decent amount of lacing and carbonation was fair.

S: Nose is filled with sweet candy and fruit. The yeast is very present and mixes well with earthy and grainy tones.

T: Great balance of flavors. Candied yeast mixed with bananas and pears. There is a hint of pepper as well to round out the taste. Alcohol is virtually unoticable at 9%.

M: Smooth with adequate carbonation.

D: Very drinkable, no problem drinking the 750mL bottle. Very smooth.

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Photo of Wesley_Legg
4.64/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of SlurmDrinker
4.64/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of BeenTired
4.64/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Braz
4.64/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bought a bottle from Safeway. Had wanted to try for sometime now. Aromas are tart. I thought I picked up a bit of a tart cherry scent. Yeasty notes also. Beautiful looking pale gold, very hazy. Head so white it might be neon, lingers then recedes to tiny bubbles. Slightly tart taste, pear maybe. Has a bit of clove spiciness too. Very carbonated with a very dry finish. Overall, very good offering. Nice warming effect yet refreshing at the same time.

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Photo of Jetlag767
4.64/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Good enough to make me want to be Canadian!

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Photo of chadski
4.64/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Wiffler27
4.64/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

pours a hazy gold with a thick head. looks fantastic!

smell is nice, nice mellow clove to it. very belgian-y aroma in a good way. but muted, not pure bubblegum or banana.

the taste is amazing. a great combination of Belgian bubblegum yeast, slight banana and clove. very smooth and easy to drink. instantly my favorite tripel, this is some great stuff.

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Photo of BJA
4.64/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle poured into snifter (and partially shared with my g/f)

A: This beer is a slightly hazy golden yellow color. I got a solid finger of off white head that was somewhat creamy but also a bit fizzy ( a good amount of larger bubbles in there). The head lasted several minutes and left a bit of lacing on the glass. Lots of little carbonation bubbles.

S: The first smell is as impressive as it is complex. I get fruit and citrus smells: it reminds me of grapefruit, lychee and rambutan (SE Asian fruits). There is a yeast scent as well. And a bit of sugariness.

T: This beer has an almost fizzy yet complex taste going on. There are the citrus/fruit flavors and some other flavors that I think are from the yeast. The alcohol is also present on the aftertaste. The malt is there in a sweet way. It finishes dry with an aftertaste of yeast on the roof of my mouth.

M: I find this beer to have a slightly fizzy mouthfeel but a complex taste. I suppose it’s light to medium. I actually really like the bit of fizziness. It suits the complexity well.

O: An awesome beer. I like the complexity of the flavors and the awesome nose. It is a sipper, but it remains drinkable and doesn’t exhaust my palate. A beer like this cannot be easy to make, but I'm glad someone has figured it out!

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Photo of Buschyfor3
4.64/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle with silver foil wrapping into a 14 oz mug.

A: A hazy, golden straw color; somewhat cloudy because of the sediment in the bottle (bottle conditioned). 2 finger thick, dense and bubbly white head which quickly dissipated. No lacing whatsoever.

S: Sweet fruit esters (apples and pears come to mind). I'm also picking up a heavy but sweet doughy/yeasty scent. Some residual hints of brewing spices (coriander, nutmeg, cinnamon) and a touch of hops.

T: AMAZING! A delicious, sweet flavor dominates at the start, again hinting at apples and pears, bananas (probably from the Belgian-style yeast strain). Remarkably, the fruit flavor profile reminds me of a Weihenstephaner, only sweeter. There is a bit of a crisp, spicy edge to this beer, not from the alcohol, but more of a citrusy, rind-like spice, possibly from orange peels and coriander. Mid sip, light fruit flavors transitions into the mellower malt profile, primarily a yeasty, freshly-baked bread flavor. Finish is reminiscent of champagne - crisp, effervescent and yet highly refreshing and oh so tempting - I don't want the flavors to end! Must. Take. Another. Sip.

M: Great carbonation give this beer a light, crispy, tingly mouthfeel - again, reminiscent of champagne.

D: 9% ABV? Are you kidding... no way. This beer is devilish because the alcohol is so expertly hidden; I only get a slight warming effect! Add that to the delicious blend of crisp fruity and malty, bready flavors and this beer is the picture of drinkability on a warm spring evening.

I am highly impressed with La Fin Du Monde. I'm even more impressed given the fact that this beer is readily available around home, and at killer prices ($6.99 for a 750? Yes please!). A exemplary beer, especially paired with fresh sushi (California and Rainbow Tuna/Salmon Rolls). I will be reserving a permanent place in my fridge for this beer as my go-to triple!

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Photo of ryantaussig
4.64/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Split with a friend into a Duvel and a Gulden Draak Tulip. He's sitting in on this review.

A: Beautiful golden straw color. Relatively hazy, giving a nice translucence. Head consisted of medium to large bubbles leading to less than satisfactory retention. Still leaves a decent lace.

S: Fruit comes forward right away with blueberries and citrus out in front. A slight hop backdrop sets up the plethora of malt complexities. Yeast esters and alcohol at the end.

T: Lots of malts, some roasted some not. Notes of toasted bread and cloves in the front of the palate. Alcohol and yeast noticeable at the back end. Hop character is lively providing a good balance to all the malts.

M: The feel is pretty much the representative for a tripel. Just about medium with a definite level of smoothness to it, ending with a dry estery finish with a bit of heat.

D: At a high ABV and a standard bottle size that's in the bomber category means I'm done after two. I could potentially drink it all night, but it's not likely.

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Photo of jws7968
4.64/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of smcreator
4.64/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours with a two finger, medium-large bubble head that quickly pops down to a thin layer of small bubbles. It is a deep cloudy yellow/orange color.

S: Wonderful smell. Since the head is full of popping larger bubbles it gives off a wonderful smell, especially at the beginning.

T: A wonderful taste reminiscent of an exceptional home brew (probably in part due to the yeast base refermentation. The beer is sweet with a citrus-like aftertaste. Tastes similar to the best hefeweizen you might have tried.

M: It is actually fun to drink. At each sip, the aforementioned bubbles 'explode' in your mouth releasing the full flavor in the mouth.

D: Due to a high ABV of 9% and the rich and brilliant flavors, this is a beer to enjoy while smoking a pipe, but not one to take to a college party.

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La Fin Du Monde from Unibroue
Beer rating: 4.32 out of 5 with 10,232 ratings