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
Reviews:
2,963
Ratings:
10,005
Avg:
4.31
pDev:
11.37%
 
 
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Photo of geexploitation
4.72/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I've loved this beer (and a few of the other Unibroues) for a long time, but this is my first time reviewing it. Pours a hazy gold with bubbles continuously fighting upwards from the bottom of my Duvel glass. Beautiful nose, big but still delicate, with loads of fruits and cloves... and an underlying nectary sweetness. Taste is huge, with fruity sweetness, clove, and a peppery alcoholic tinge. Lots of effervescent bubbles on the tongue and a nice, long, warm finish. This isn't a beer you can knock back (due to the ABV), but it's so rich in its flavors and light in its touch that it doesn't matter. You get a night's worth of flavors in one glass. Phenomenal. Vive le Quebec!

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

750 ml bottle - 2005 edition

A: Pours a hazy golden with a huge foamy head that seems a bit lacking in the lace department.

S: Big aromas of bread, dark fruits, and spice. A hint of alcohol in the nose.

T: Complex taste with fruity flavors of banana, tropical fruits, and citrus that are balanced nicely with a strong pale malt flavor. A moderate tartness is present in the finish.

M: Very dense and heavy feeling in the mouth. Finishes dry with a nice warming sensation from the alcohol. A little fizzy, but very good besides that.

D: There's nothing amazingly original about this beer, but it is excellent all regards, and I will be drinking more of this in the future.

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

Hazy yellow with thick head. Loads of retention with webby lacing. Sweet fruity nose... bananas and yeast with slight alcohol hints. Similar taste with a light spicy character to it. Smooth crisp taste with sharp but somewhat sweet alcohol flavor and warming. This is a great beer.

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

Presentation: 750 ml Corked Bottle

Appearance: Pours a hazy light golden color, with a 1 finger white head.

Smell: a lively citrus lemony smell, a touch of spice

Taste: light alcohol taste, leaves a long citrus aftertaste, but a nice finish.

Mouth-feel: nice and light, lots of carbonation

Drinkability: Exceptional, but at 9% ABV the night wouldn't last very long

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Photo of nouseforotacon
4.8/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Just this past spring/summer, sometime in May or June, I ordered a Fin du Monde in a local French bar and it completely changed my outlook on beer. I became fascinated with the subculture of beer appreciation and became a true BA.

This bottle was purchased in Tokyo, best before 02.04.2007. It poured out in a rush, heavy carbonation, with a big + frothy effervescent head and a cloudy, murky orange bottom with lots of visible sediments. The head maintaned itself for most of the drinking session.

Aroma was malty/doughy, smell of yeast definitely present. Spicy and citrusy with zesty orange-peel notes, a well-balanced combo of floral/fruit and peppered aromas. Also, some honey noticeable.

The taste was sharp, champagne-like with dry white grapes and a bit powdery in the mouthfeel. Touch of chocolate and spice on the tongue, very hoppy + carbonated, and the bittersweet orange peel resurfaced itself in the taste. A bit alcoholic in the nose and the mouthfeel, nothing too overwhelming. Drinkability is truly exceptional, I always find this one hard to put down.

I've got a corked 750mL resting at home for me, so I'll give it another go with that one in a couple of years. Fin du Monde is a truly wonderful achievement from the people at Unibroue. I'm just glad that this was the first brew that led to my appreciation and enjoyment of finer beers. A great discovery.

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Photo of sweethome
4.32/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Had this many times - just getting around to rating here...
Pours hazy golden color. A rather large fluffy head that leaves behind some large bubbles.

What a nose - complex - corriander, apples, lemongrass, and yeast.

Enters very soft, like a belgian white. The alcohol fire presents, but not overly. Champaign charachter. FIlls out nicely.

The flavors mirror the nose. Some rock-candy sugar flavor thrown in for good measure. A little sour apple too.

A fine interpretation of the style. Very quaffable, but really sneeks up on you. Hard to believe it is 9%.

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

Served in a corked bottle conditioned 750ml bottle with freshness date. Pours a cloudy straw color with a large frothy head and last a while. Smell has hints of fruits, some pear scent. Taste is well rounded with tastes of yeast, malt, fruit, and some slight acidity. Tastes great and has some warming effect from the 9% ABV. Mouthfeel is good, fills the tongue with flavors. Very drinkable.

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Photo of jakester
4.6/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I got this 12 oz. bottle as a single at Union Jack's on the Manatawny. I drank it in a goblet. Best Before date of 05-19-08(!) on the label. YAY!

Pours a slightly hazy yellow/gold with a huge 2" head of white foam. Carbonation looks very active. The head falls to a good coating and a ring, with excellent lacing.

Aroma is a complex combination of pils malt, yeast, cloves, nutmeg, and lemons. Smells are inviting. After several minutes, the smell is very clean, spicy, and citrusy.

Flavor is pils malt, spices like above, lemons, yeast, tart and delish. Alcohol warmth sneaks through very slightly as it warms. Residual sweetness is low to medium. Aftertaste is long citrus and pils malt. This has a great aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is clean and crisp, light to medium bodied, with sparkling carbonation. Alcohol warmth is very well hidden. This feels good on your tongue. Great burps! Finish is on the dry side.

This might sound dumb, but I could drink this all day. (Well, at least until I passed out!). This is delicious, complex, crisp, delicate and robust at the same time. Highly recommended.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.23/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle from pentathlete as part of the OneBox BIF. Thanks for the opportunity. Silver foiled cap, best before 02-01-08.

Poured into a Rapscallion glass, formed a 2 1/4" white head above the translucent dark golden brew. Pillowy head lasts and lasts, a product of the active bubbling from the bottom of the glass, with ample sticky white lacing. Aroma is effervescent spicy pale malts. Taste is that Belgian-style spicy malt that we all know, closing with the most subtle alcohol warming. Mouthfeel is nice, but could be a bit smoother, and drinkability is only limited by the fact that the sweetness and alcohol finally begin to wear after awhile. A nice treat after a snowy day.

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Photo of Noxious26
3.78/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

341ml bottle poured in a snifter. Part of Collection 2006, a 12-pack sampler from Unibroue.

Golden apricot in colour and hazy. Lots of little carbonation streams. Cream coloured head is over an inch high and foamy and thick. Excellent head retention.

Aroma is predominantly fruity and spicy. Apples, apricots, peaches, spices and that unmistakable belgian yeast scent.

Flavour starts off mildly sweet then a sharp solvent/phenol aspect cuts across the palate. After this subdues, spices and cloves calm things down to a lightly hopped and long, drawn out finish that is dry and spicy. Fruity tones pop in here and there from sip to sip.

Surprisingly light bodied, but highly carbonated. Lots of little pin pricks of carbonation meander across the tongue.

Drinkability is a little lower because this is a sipping beer. It is a little hard to pin down though, because for a few sips it's fine and mighty pleasing, then every so often the phenol/solvent aspect hits you a little stronger and puts me off a bit.

Overall, this is a fine sipping beer meant to be savoured over a span of an evening. However, that said, I tend to lean away from most sipping brews.

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

Poured a bottle into a Duvel Tulip glass.

Great looking beer. It rivaled Duvel for foamy head, and had beautiful lacing. Head settles down to about a quarter inch that lasted throughout. Not quite as chunky as Duvel. Opaque, orangish yellow color.

Aroma was very Belgian. Yeasty, sugary, fruity.

Tasted much like liquid bubblegum, with some hints of orange and candy. Very well balanced.

Nice mouthfeel. Light carbonation. An excellent finish, leaving the mouth clean and wanting more.

This is an excellent beer. Well balanced, and each sip leaves you wanting more. A little strong to drink a lot of, but an excellent choice that I will buy again.

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Photo of danielharper
3.68/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Purchased from Strong Bros. Liquor, Fayetteville, TN.

Pours a dark orange color with a thick white head. Head dissipates to a coating of soapscum after a few minutes.

Funky aroma of yeast, pineapple, oranges, and.... breadsticks? Fascinating and enjoyable aromatic values. Nice.

Nice Belgian funkiness in the flavor, strong citrus notes, with a fruity aftertaste. As it warms, it gives a slight astringency that I find unpleasant, but overall pretty good.

Mouthfeel moderate for a Belgian, but still leaving a nice coating on the palate. I would prefer this to be a bit thicker, but it's decent as-is.

This gets a bit cloying after a bit, but overall this is a pretty drinkable beer. Enjoyable, but not for everyday.

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Photo of vanrassel
4.35/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Well, if it is indeed la fin du monde (the end of the world), I can die happy.

I've been a big fan of Unibroue beers for awhile, but had limited myself to their lighter and their less-challenging fare until I tried this one.

I loved this beer from the moment I poured it. It came out golden and a bit cloudy but still bright. It was effervescent and posessed a thick, dense head that had incredible staying power.

It had a citrus smell to me, and my dinner guests said it had a "fruity" smell. I thought it actually smelled a bit like champagne. I don't know if it's intended to have the same orange notes Hoegaarden is so known for, but it certainly smelled like it to me.

The taste started sweet and finished crisp and clean. I could taste malt, but not really a lot of hops. It felt incredibly lively in the mouth and was a pleasure to drink from beginning to end. Easily, this is one of the best beers I've ever had.

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Photo of dreadnatty08
4.32/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured a light foamy and highly carbonated brew from my 750ml bottle. Unibroue always gives you away with their highly malty smell. Taste was rather sweet with ripe apples in the palate. Incredible smooth going down; fairly light body. I could drink this all night as it compares to a fine champagne. An excellent beer to toast with. Alcohol is very warming.

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Photo of scottoale
3.78/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Corked 750ml bottle-best before 02-21-08. Popped this sucker open and poured a nice light GOLD ale with tons of tight carbonation bubbles, forming a white creamy, frothy thick, two finger head (with good retention). Nice thick lacing as well.

Initial smell was of stong malt, sweet then a light yeasty aroma. let it sit a minute or so and the smell is of citrus,a tinge of alcohol backed by a more musty yeast finish.

First taste was sweet citrus and earthy with a clean smooth rinse finish, very refreshing.After that much the same with a bit of musty yeast taste, very Belgian Trappist like.Quite drinkable.

In the mouth was smooth into fizzy, mild alcohol presence and tons (almost too much) of carbonation. Bottle implies triple fermentation... very apparent with this kind of carbonation,looks impressive though.

No problem puttin this stuff away, I mean consuming. It's not my first and doubt it will be my last...cheers!

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

This beer was one of the first I had from the BA top 100 list, and it always is a pleasure to revisit. I decided tonight I would finally give it its due and review it.

Pours a hazy orange brown with a rocky white head that stands about two inches tall. This fades into a thick creamy centimeter of head that refuses to go away.

The smell is a mix of citrus, candy sugar and slightly bitter hops. Very nice and full.

After 600+ reviews, what more can be said about the taste of this beer? It is perfectly balanced, it has the sweet and the bitter, the dry and tart. Others out there are better at picking out the individual flavours, so I'll just leave it at that.

Mouthfeel is smooth and thick. The carbonation is substantial, but comfortable. This one is also deceptively easy to drink. It doesn't let on that it carries a big alcohol punch, until you've put down a bottle or two.

All in all I'd say it is one of the best beers available to me, and always a safe bet if I don't know which beer I want on a given night.

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

12oz. bottle

Pours a hazy straw color with a big, fluffy, white head that endures. Thick lacing on the glass.

Very bready aroma with some nice fruitiness and corriander scents. Smells fantastic!

A slightly sweet maltiness upfront with a monster breadiness that follows. This is offset by a nice fruitiness and corriander flavor which then finishes slightly sweet. A bit of alcohol is present at the very end.

Ample carbonation, creamy texture.

This is insanely drinkable for 9.0% ABV. I must have been insane to only buy one bottle!

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Photo of Shiloh
3.93/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Unibroue has done themselves proud again with this magnifisent product.
A hazy golden amber with a full crown of two+ fingers, mountainous glass cling and medium carbonation.
The body is just short of being full.
The aroma is of spice, citrus and yeast and floral hops.
The taste has a tart lemon like beginning mixed with a spicy secondary, the taste is a little short and dry but no real evidence of the high ABV.
Very nice.

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Photo of OStrungT
4.35/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a cloudy straw yellow with a huge, thick, fluffy, white head. The head fades very slowly, leaving a massive amount of laces.

This beer has a spicy aroma up front. Behind that, I detect an earthy yeasty aroma. I can also detect soem lemon and orange peal. Floral hops are also slightly detectable.

This beer has a spicy flavor. Allspice and coriander. It also has a cirtus zest to it. It is slightly sour. I detect lemon. It has a slight yeasty taste also. Hop bitterness is low, but noticable.

This beer goes down smooth, leaving a spicy citruslike aftertaste. This beer is carbonated well for the style.

This beer might not be a great session beer. The alcohol content is a little high. The flavor, though, is great, and not overly aggressive. This beer is definately worth a few tries.

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

Served in a Unibroue snifter glass at Twains in Decatur, GA. Pours a hazy orange / yellow color with a massive sudsy white head (2+ inches). Impressive lacing that curtains the entire glass as I drink. The beer has a Spicy (cloves & nutmeg) and citrus fruit aroma, very nice. A gentle but full flavor of citrus and cloves with a very carbonated mouth feel. The taste includes some bread and banana notes as well. This is a really good beer. Everything I have had from Unibroue has been a smash hit.

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Photo of maddamish
4.94/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Ap: Looks a little thin at first and the head wasn't really up to snuff. Medium head with some decent lacing. But that was really all there was to it.

Smell: Cotton Candy, Orange Citrus and Spice. All three of the smells are distinct and mix well with each other.

Taste: Blends the orange, sugar and spice just right. Mouth feel is smooth smooth smooth.

Drinkability: I usually share all my great finds with my friends. I was so impressed with this beer I think I will hoard this to myself. It is that good.

Notes: Please pick this up if you see it in the store. You will be glad you did.

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Photo of Metalmonk
4.02/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a buoyant head, nice cloudy appearance (I didn't shake the bottle) with tiny yeast floaters dancing around.

The smell is the best part of this one. It's complex: citrus, pear, fresh-baked bread and some floral hops in the background. Spicy too. Awesome.

The flavor is tart, sweet and tangy, which is fine but made a bit too dominant by the abundant carbonation. The bubbles could be less intense, it kind of masks the flavor. Mellow bitterness in the aftertaste. Subtle yeasty funk (in a good way). For the style, it's just too effervescent, dangerously close to being a beer soda than a beer (I have the same problem with Unibroue's Ephemere).

Mouthfeel: vibrant and tingly. You can guess why.

Despite the problems, it's highly drinkable if this style of beer is a favorite, but it's got nothing on the true Belgians in this style. I prefer the top-notch Maudite or Trois Pistoles when it comes to Unibroue.

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

A: BIG, fluffy white head. Pale golden yellow in color, with sticky foaming, cascading, spider-web like lacing.
S: Exotic fruit and spice-mostly coriander and spice, with scents of candy and tart fruit/peel. Also a very faint hint of vanilla/almond in background. Also hop presence up front.
T: Spicy and alcohol presence at first that becomes more subtle at end of sip. Exotic fruits and rind and peel, candy and yeast present also. Apricot flavors come out as it warms as well as flavors of fruit rind. Bit of hops on the back bone.
MF-medium with mouth filling carbonation that ends slightly dry.
Overall- An excellent brew, but watch out the 9% abv will get you. Quality brew that is a staple in any beer lovers fridge. A fantastic brew!

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Photo of Blakaeris
4.33/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours hazy golden yellow with chunks of yeast debris. Head is huge white and fluffy.

Smell is citrus, sweet fruit, yeast, and spices.

Taste is fresh and fruity with pepper and coriander spiciness. A touch of malt and hops bring a nice dry finish. Flavor is complex and well balanced. High alcohol content is well concealed but does present a slight astringency that lingers on the tongue.

Mouthfeel is light and very drinkable.

This is a very intersting and enjoyable brew. Unibroue has another winner here.

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Photo of hanco005
4.33/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle that needs to be consumed before 5/7/07. I bought a four pack and plan on drinking them about 5 months apart in order to compare the flavors. Poured into a pint glass

A—cloudy golden pale yellow, 1 ½ inch head that leaves a nice lacing as it dissipates

S—fruity with a little touch of vanilla and some peppery tones; a little bit of banana as well

T—marvelous! Sweet with nice malt/yeast flavor. A little vanilla aftertaste taste as well

M—smooth and mellow, the carbonation is very present, but not over powering.

D—It will be a challenge to wait to drink the other 3….I love this beer and want to drink all four right now.

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La Fin Du Monde from Unibroue
4.31 out of 5 based on 10,005 ratings.
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