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La Fin Du Monde | Unibroue

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96
world-class
2,929 Reviews
La Fin Du MondeLa Fin Du Monde
BEER INFO

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

BEER STATS
Reviews:
2,929
Ratings:
9,862
Avg:
4.31
pDev:
11.6%
 
 
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607
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2,118
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Photo of beveragecaptain
4.38/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml corked bottle. After the cork exploded off the bottle, this beer poured out a hazy orange, with a big white head. Aroma is yeast, spice, and fruit. Tropical fruit flavor, especially apricots, pineapple, and mango. Spicy, with pepper and cloves, but not as spicy as most of their dark beers. No hop flavor. Sweet, but not overly sweet. This tastes very much like a Belgian beer. Full mouthfeel. Absolutely no sign of the 9% abv. A truly world class beer.

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

Damn, this is one fine brew. I cant believe i've waited this long to review it.

Ap-Slightly hazy with a very deep honey color with lots of bubbles and a good size head that last, very effervescent.
Sm - A subtle spiciniess hits your nose that gives way to a fruity, slight yeast and citrusy scent. Very very aromatic.
T - F'ing outstanding. Mellow bananas and orange first grace your mouth blending with the spice to just baste your tastebuds in liquid goodness. The flavors linger after every swallow.

This is just one exceptional brew. The effervescense cleans your palate for the flavors that are immediately following. I will keep this as a regular in my selection and will also cellar a few.

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Photo of horshack7
4/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearnce: A pale golden yellow head is very frothy.

Smell: Peppery hints of corriender and dried fruits.

Taste: Lots of dried fruits hints of orange zest and apricots and and rather complex hop bitterness.

Notes: Certainly a very unique style that I have ever had very drinkable with a it's complex flavors. Cheers!

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Photo of dirtylou
4.2/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz single from Riley's

appearance: pours a cloudy pale orange with a giant fluffy head with great lacing...quite a nice lookin brew

smell: nice and fruity, almost tropical...some nice citrus aromas as well, definately a little yeasty, a little alcohol on the nose, some nice spices as well

taste: very clean and tasty...nice and fruity (some citrus and tropical flavors), clovey spiciness, some pear, yeast, pronounced alcohol burn is present.

mouthfeel: smooth creamy, a good deal of carbonation

drinkability: very drinkable

I have been walking past Unibroue bottles for a while now. Theres just so much out there, I never made it to these guys...I'll probably get further into their line this winter

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Photo of twelvsies
3.95/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A great beer. I thought this was a triple, and it pretty much is, but apparantly it's a strong Belgian pale. I could see that too I guess. Pours a cloudy yellowy amber color with a nice head, which lasts til the end. Nice. Very yeasty, estery, and fruity, with plenty of Belgian spices of course. Vanilla, clove, corriander... you name it. Nice bite to it too, not quite as delicate as most triples I'd say. A bit bubbly on the palate. All in all an excellent beer, with a nice little story behind it too.

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Photo of davidchollar
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

what is the difference between this and a tripel? it says triple fermentation on the bottle. it looks, smells and tastes similar to the last tripel i had, villers trippel. but i like this one better.
looks thick and cloudy, dark dull orange with a massive head.
smells good, fruity, apple sauce with champagne. does not smell like 9% abv, doesn't even smell that much like a beer!
tastes awesome. intense and fruity but dry and clean. fruity is not a good word because it makes me think of something that is not real beer, but this is just so subtly fragrant and wonderful and i cant think of a different word. unique taste makes me keep drinking and thinking of better adjectives.
this beer requires a second for reflection. i ordered only one in a mix case of 14 different kinds, but next time i will order several. this beer kicks ass.

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Photo of beerphilosopher
4.72/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a Moinette goblet for lack of a Unibroue one ... from a 750ml korked bottle. Exceptional.

A: Liquid gold. Bright yellow/golden with a ghost of yeast throughout from the bottle fermentation. This beer looks terrific. A solid, but a bit thin, white head with decent retention and substantial lacing on the goblet.

S: Okay, things are getting better by the millisecond. This smells otherworldly ... citrusy, spicy, with strong yeasty notes and zest ... almost like a wit in some respects. More "alive" than expected.

T: First the appearance, then the scent, now the taste ... I cannot expalin my excitement here. This tripel from Canada (who'd have thunk it) is world class. I'd put it against MOST comparable styles from the homeland. It's that good ... with strong, warming alcohol upfront, sweet malts and yeast throughout, but offset with complex orangy characteristics. A distinct peppery, spiciness is pronounced ... almost like they added cloves to the secondary ... still holds slightly to the sweeter side on the finish.

M: Rich and substantial. You can detect the yeast strain throughout the liquid. Good, strong alcohol burn at 9%. Silky, and manages a smoothness despite the high gravity being so pronounced.

D: Wish I had another 750ml of this right now, though I likely wouldn't be in a condition conducive to writing this review if I had it. This beer is eminently drinkable, but take your time with it ... let the complexity of this north of the border tripel come through as you nurse the offering. It's worth it. This is one of my favorite beers ... period.

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Photo of Hop2it
5/5  rDev +16%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Oh sweet mercy, this looks delicious. Perfect bright solid white head of tight foamy bubbles. Semi opaque yellow/orange body. Tiny carbonation bubbles vigarously racing to the top, with no signs of stopping.

Smells tart and estery like a Wit. Orange rind bouquet of citrus aromas.

This is wonderful - completely wraps my tongue around in a soft velvety balanket of hoppy goodness. Carbonation dances, alcohol heats things up, solid malt profile gives just the right amount of body, but it's the hops that take this baby over the edge with perfect bitterness.

I forgot to mention the yeast. It adds so much to the flavor and smell. Estery, spicy, sweet and bitter. There is just so much going on it's hard to divide my attention to the complexity of this.

I generally have reservations about giving a beer all 5s - but not tonight. This is really that good. The second pour of the 750ml bottle is slightly warmer, allowing the flavor to expand and enunciate the delicate intricacies of its flavor.

If you read this and think that there is another Belgian Strong Pale Ale that is better, please beermail me.

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Photo of alysmith4
4.57/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

End of the world or not, this beer is the best in the universe. It pours a perfect golden sunset, with about a one-inch cloud atop. The smell is full of various fruits probably from all over the earth, including asian pear, costa rican banana, and washington apple. Dances on the tongue, and goes down oh so smooth. Drink slowly, or it'll be la fin du tu!

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Photo of Golden2wenty1
4.45/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a single at Riley's here in Madison.

Pours a vibrant golden yellow with a couple fingers of snow white head that is fuled by a steady stream of carbonation from the bottom of the chalice. Nose starts off with strong clove, bitter grapefruit, and citrusy hops. Taste starts with green apple skins, pear and pineapple, floral hops and yeasty malts. Mouthfeel is crisp and bubbly, finish is dry like champagne. This is a tasty little Belgian Pale, make sure to let it warm up as it starts a little bitter when it's cold.

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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 jayc333
4.52/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a murky yellow with a 1-finger white head. This one is cloudy as hell.

A variety of spices in the smell. All of which co-exist with eachother wonderfully.

Spices hit upfront in taste. Sweet malts balance everything out, and the 9%ABV gives a nice warming hue.

Amazingly smooth mouthfeel for its ABV. Very creamy, with medium carbonation.

Truly a world class brew. In the Belgian Strong Pale Ale category, I say this bad boy makes Duvel seem like nothing. Highly recommended.

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Photo of tesguino
4.42/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Settled and deep yellow beer; triple fermentation; grassy and floral smell; taste wide, strong, well ballanced; full, bodied, high ABV (9%), a great abbey example; try with most of mexican and american cuisine, chinese too; use for cooking is great for marinade; serve in a goblet fo course; use like appetizer; 93% recommended.

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Photo of UberWasser
4.95/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12oz brown bottle, no freshness date, served in an oversized wine glass.

Pours a dark yellow/light amber. Very cloudy. Cannot see my hand through it. Even with a gentle pour a three or four finger head develops in the glass. The retention is quite nice, as it doesn’t recede at all with some agitation. Pretty color, lack of clarity for all the right reasons, great head. It leaves lots of nice lacing on the glass. Nice.

The smell...all I can say is wow. It’s like smelling a mellowed flower bed/spice garden in a glass. Totally intriguing with notes of lavender, cloves, roses, orange citrus, and more. Absolutely stunning.

The taste is just as stunning. Starts a little spicy on the tongue, like an alcohol-infused citrus. As it moves to the back of your mouth more of the clove richness comes through. After swallowing it, a floral effervescence floats up into the back of your mouth and back of your nose, highlighting the great rose and lavender notes. It’s amazing. Mouthfeel is smooth as silk, with just a touch of carbonation sizzle.

A nearly perfect beer. So complex, so intriguing, but also so drinkable. It's smooth as silk (even at 9% ABV you'd have to struggle to detect it) and fun to sip. I'll definitely be stocking up on this one.

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Photo of Viggo
4.45/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One of my favourite beers of all time. Pours a very cloudy orange, huge fluffy white head, lots of sticky lace all over the place. Smell is honey sweetness, orange, coriander, yeast, some floral notes. Taste is sweet and spicy, orange, citrus, and lots of bready yeast. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, high carbonation, with a refreshing and dry finish.

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Photo of GClarkage
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

10/16/05- Purchased at Beverages and More in San Mateo, CA

Presentation- 750 ml bottle. Caged and corked. No dating on the bottle. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Cloudy bright golden pour. Cork lets out with a furious pop. Nice creamy 3/4 inch head with nice patchy lacing.

Smell- Spices and more spices. Tons of white pepper and corriander. Not much other scents can get through. Maybe a few ripe fruits.

Taste- The pepper and the corriander carry this beer. Maybe a touch of peach flavor sneaks through or some other kind of tropical fruit. Sweet and tangy.

Mouthfeel- Perfect carbonation for style. Sugary coating and a tad creamy.

Drinkability- Probably the best Strong BPA I have had. Extremely tasty and drinkable.

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Photo of sopor
3.92/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hmm tasty brew, but I need to keep these for summer drinking, the belgian-style sweetness can take a break until next year!

Goldne tan wheat color with large frothy head that dissipates quicly to a creamy film that mounds where towers of bubbles are racing to the surface, Funky grainy smell with some sweet spiciness.

I'm afreaid that perhaps the complexity of this brew was lost on my tongue? It is very good, but it seemed very "normal" belfian style sweeteness with some sweet graininess. Again, it was good, but nothng out of the ordinary here. Refreshingly active carbonation with moderately ligh body.

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Photo of fromage
4.05/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A great brew--why have I been wasting my money on costly belgians?! An erruptive pour, exploding into an enormous, frothy head that lasted for the whole amber glass. Volcanic activity below the surface, a tornado of bubbles eventually subsiding into a weak effervescence. Strong spicy smell, ethanol in the pour but didn't last. Citrus, corriander, cloves. Soapy attack, spice fading in the back of the throat, giving way to grapes, sour raspberries. Dry aftertaste, slightly tacky, leaving traces of the spice. Medium mouthfeel, slightly weak. Excellent drinkability--easily camoflagues the 9% abv.

1/2 as much as other Belgians. That's enough for my endorsement.

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Photo of texashammer
4.15/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a 750ml cage-and-cork bottle, pale yellow-orange in color, hazy, with a fine creamy white head. Beautiful. Smells of grain, yeast, lemon and orange zest. Lightly spicy (coriander?). On the palate there is an alcoholic warming sensation. Sweet malt and grain, spicy again. Smooth and yet spritzy in the mouth, full-bodied, and oh so drinkable, with a dry finish. Appetizing.

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Photo of Frozensoul327
4.47/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ooooh. This is good! Poured out to a cloudy off gold color with a nice white foamy head and rings of lace surrounding the interior of the glass. Higher level of carbonation. Nice. Aromas of citrus and floral notes fill the nose. Some hints of malt and yeast are present. Very nice. Taste is not as present as the aroma, but still very quaffable. Flavors of malt, spice, clove and yeast blend together in very heavenly harmony. Complexity is abound in this beer. Mouthfeel is full and savory. Not too heavy as to hinder the experience of this beer, yet not too light as to make it airey. A solid level of drinkability. A 4-pack of this would have a shorter life in my fridge than a snowball in hell. Highly Recommended.

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Photo of canucklehead
4.57/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is a real Canadian classic. The ability of a brewery from Quebec to make Belgian beer better than most Belgians always amazes me.

The beer pours hazy lazy yellow/orange with a fluffly head. The nose is pure yeast and fruit, almost Saison-like in temperment. The taste is big and restrained; citrus notes to the back and hops mixed with yeast to the front. What makes this beer a fave of mine is the balance and drinkability. A truly great beer.

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Photo of fingolfin72
4.17/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Color- hazy gold, with a small, pure white head.

Nose- lemon, coriander, pepper.

Palate- creamy and light, but with a good alcohol backbone. It is spicy and pleasantly dry, with a hint oakiness. A bit of alcohol wafts into my sinuses.

Very good, but not as refined as might be wished. Good with food.

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Photo of SaCkErZ9
4.2/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a 12 oz bottle with silver foil around the cap.
Poured a light bronze/ dark straw color with a tall head that simmers down to leave a nice glaze on top of the beer.

Quite fruity smell. Yeasty as well. Pleasant malt aroma. Citrusy. Not a whole lot of hop aroma. Estery with a slighteset touch of alcohol detectable.

Nice complex taste. Yeast is a strong flavor followed by a sweet fruitiness. Not much hop character. Alcohol is amazingly subdued. Really would be unable to tell this is a 9%. Great body.

Refreshing mouthfeel. Carbonation makes for a light beverage and nice mouthfell. Three or four of these and Im gone. A refreshing and pleasant winter warmer.

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Photo of MUSHROOMCLOUD
3.91/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

La Fin Du Monde is a hazy peach color with a beautiful 3" white rocky head. The head has great retention and settles down to a cap after a while. Nice lacing.

Aroma -- Floral and light perfume. Tangerine/pear. Spice. Slightest bit of skunk.

Taste -- Delicate fruit flavor of tangerine and apricot. Flash of tangy sour citrus. Powdery yeast. Pepper/spice. Light bitter bite in finish. Alcohol not too evident in flavor.

Mouthfeel -- Soft mouthfeel. Dry. Lots of good carbonation. Very champagne-like.

Drinkability -- Nice beer. Good drinkability. No more than one .750 every once in a while. Watch out for that abv. Unibroue is top notch!

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Photo of xoqx
4.38/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – Sparkling yellow cloudy and extremely lively. A thick white head sticks around for a while and is easily replenished by the outrageous carbonation in this Belgian. Very thick swoopy lacing clings to the glass.

Smell – Yeasty with many complex esters conveying lemon citrus and fruits.

Taste – Superb. This has a complex taste that is hard for me to unpack. I feel the malts and the hops are very concealed behind the many layers of taste provided by the yeasty esters.

Mouthfeel – Crisp yet bold and punchy; super carbonated.

Drinkability – Superb drinkability for any style. Deceptively drinkable for a ~9% abv beer.

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La Fin Du Monde from Unibroue
96 out of 100 based on 2,929 ratings.
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