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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:
#419
Reviews:
2,997
Ratings:
10,117
pDev:
11.34%
Bros Score:
4.83
 
 
Wants:
665
Gots:
2,347
Trade:
20
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Ratings: 10,117 |  Reviews: 2,997
Photo of July2Nov
4.35/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Beautiful cloudy, orange-brown in color. Had a finger width of head on it after the pour, but went down to a thin lacing after it set for awhile.

Smell: Very fruity smelling (ripe granny smith apples).

Taste & Mouthfeel: Nice taste of raisins and apples. Gets a bit bready after the initial tasting. Some carbonation comes through. Has a rum raisin bread flavor at the very end. Aftertaste is mild and the high abv is very well hidden with just a touch of heat letting you know it's there.

Overall: This is always a go to beer for me and I finally got around to reviewing it. This is so highly rated that I can't really add to much more to it other than; If you haven't had it before...do yourself a favor and get it. So many people can't be wrong!

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Photo of crewfan16
4.72/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle to a Stella Artois glass. I know its not quite the perfect glass for it, but it will work tonight.

a- pours a slightly hazy golden color with a big almost 2" white frothy head. it faded fairly quick, but left a bit of lacing down the glass

s-fruit and Belgian yeast. i smell raisin, banana, a little clove some green apple maybe, brown sugar and some biscuit.

t-again with the yeast and fruit. raisin, banana, dark sugar and some hops and dryness at the end

m-a lot more carbonation that i remember but it works very well for this style. it lets the flavors bounce around a bit. doesnt feel like a heavy beer at all, it goes down smoothly, but the 9% abv is nowhere to be found

overall, every time I try this, I remember that it is one of my favorites of any tripels out there...and from Canada no less. Unibroue consistently puts out an incredible brew that I will always seek out. And for $10 a 4-pack, I dont mind purchasing whenever I find it.

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Photo of DaftCaskBC
4.43/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Golden straw colouration with a whopping 2" of head that disappeared slowly.

S: Very piney smelling with hints of grapefruit.

T: Pine nuts with grapefruit and a boozy aftertaste that is smooth.

M: One of the best carbonations of a beer I have ever tried. World class mouthfeel that is medium bodied and extremely pleasant.

O: Excellent beer for its style. Could see myself sitting on a deck in the summertime drinking this with friends.

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Photo of lazjuarez
3.83/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've had this brew many times, but never got around to reviewing it. So here goes...

Bottle stamped: J281007440

A: Pours a hazy yellow color with an orange hue. About 1 finger of bright white head which reduces to a thick ring, leaving some good lacing behind. Some carbonation is coming off the bottom of the glass.

S: Nose is of cloves, some bananas, small citrus notes, and some esters.

T: Spicy and sweet. Light fruit notes with some faint pepper notes in the background. I'm also getting some very small acidic notes, dry finish.

M: Light/medium-bodied, good carbonation which cleanses the palate well. The 9% ABV is almost non existent. A very easy drinking tripel.

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Photo of BarryMFBurton
4.15/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

La Fin du Monde: “The End of the World.” It seems more than fitting, considering the absurdity of last Saturday. I’ve been in a Belgian sort of mood recently, and this has been one I’ve been wanting to cross off my list for a while now. If anything, just for the wire cork cage on top.

A: The body is a rich, cloudy gold. There’s a familiar Belgian foaminess that brings a bubbly white head to about an inch, sending fizz up from the bottom of the glass. Pretty good, for not having a lot of head.

S: Very acidic; phenols rising big in the nose. Grape, mandarin, peach are interspersed throughout. Booze and clean wheat at the back end.

T: Thankfully, not as acidic as the nose. It’s quite smooth – not jarring, like many phenol-heavy offerings in this style. Clovey and herbal, with more than a tinge of esters. The fruit isn’t strong, but peach/apricot and grape are the most evident. The palate is not incredibly complex, but nonetheless satisfying.

M: The sparkling body leaves nothing to the imagination. This particular Belgian seems too viscous to be that effervescent, but it’s not incredibly out of place.

O: For now, I can only say I like this one - although at times, I love it. At this range of wholesome beer goodness, it's tough to decipher my feelings. But, as it stands, this is not one I’ll be talking about for a while. That being said, it’s a great example of this style, with a clear emphasis on yeast and esters. This would be the perfect introduction to someone who’s new to this type of beer, or Belgians in general.

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Photo of beerprovedwright
4.57/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Less head than I had expected, but quite thick one finger float. Lace is light but clingy. Color is a slightly hazy 5 on the SRM beer color chart. Smell is intoxicating, with sweet aromas of apple, melon, grapefruit, cranberries, and malt. Taste is fruity/flowery, with flavors of apples, grapes, figs, melon, grapefruit, and warm spices. Mouthfeel is a little bit sticky, but creamy with ample amounts of carbonation. Just a bit of drying on the sides of my tongue and soft palate. The warming effect from the ample amount of alcohol sort of hits you like ever increasing waves of the ocean. One of these will give you a great buzz. A little sweet to drink them one after another, but a great beer to sip while enjoying conversation or a good movie.

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Photo of gc4hokies
4.27/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy golden color with a tint of orange. Has a fluffy white head, fairly large bubbles, dissipates fairly quick.

Aroma is of clove and orange with some other fruity esters that I'm not quite sure of. Very nice.

Taste is pure Belgian goodness. I get the same clove and faint orange peel with alcohol warmth at the finish. Mouthfeel is fairly light for a 9% abv beer. Easy drinking. Dangerous!

Overall, excellent.

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Photo of jifigz
4.62/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a tulip glass.

A: A nice hazy yellow/orange color. Nice head upon pour that disappeared rather quickly leaving small amounts of lacing.

S: Extremely fruity in the nose. The smell is of raisins and ripe bananas and of certain white wines.

T: The taste is very sweet on this beer. The finish is a little dry due to the ethanol and very slightly bitter. The dominating forces in the taste are the fruit like flavors and the alcohol and a lingering white grape juice type taste is noticeable for a long while after each sip. Very enjoyable.

M: The mouthfeel is a little over carbonated which doesn't promote huge sips that would burn the mouth or throat such as a soda. It helps me drink this one slowly and really enjoy this beer. The body of this beer is not too heavy.

O: This is easily one of my favorite tripels. Unibroue most certainly makes some of the best Belgians outside of Belgium and this one is at the top of their list in my opinion. Great stuff and I enjoy one every chance I get.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.8/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First had: bottle at Washington House, Sellersville, PA

Pours a cloudy yellow-orange with a small white head that disappeared almost instantly. Yeasty aroma with lots of fruits, and a bit of spice. Bready taste, malty, light sugars, a touch of spice, fruit salad: banana, peach, pear, and a lot of sour orange and grapefruit zest, giving an instant drying effect. Medium mouthfeel, a bit syrupy, with a crisp, dry finish. Pleasantly drinkable.

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Photo of Daredevil
4.19/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

color: cloudy to muddy beige, small head ...

smell: cocoa beans, strong malts, light hops, aloe vera ...

taste: athiopian cru coffee, anisette, rhubarb, pecan, nougat, strong soury final note ....

a great belgian style brew ... surprisingly from Canada .... but then again, great craft need not to be limited to Europe ....

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Photo of neophilus
4.42/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Corked and caged, this beer pours a golden straw color, the light seems to get trapped in the cloudy body and brightens up the glass. A thick white head crowns the top of this beautiful pour and hangs around till the glass is half empty.

A heady aroma floods my nose- spicy, peppery, and fruity scents mingle quite pleasantly. It is strong, but clean and not overpowering. The belgian yeast character really shines through here.

The taste delivers everything that the aroma promised. The hops balances the yeasty spice, the bitterness dancing around the edge of my palate. Crisp, robust yeast flavors take center stage, hiding the malt sweetness.

A medium body with a good dose of carbonation cleanly washes way the fruity yeast flavors, leaving a lingering peppery flavor before the crisp finish.

This is everything I could want in a Belgian style Tripel. The funky tones of the Belgian yeast are in full force without overpowering my palate. The body is not too thin but washes down quite easily. Everything is in perfect balance.

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Photo of calcio360jrd
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The cream of the crop of the unibroue beers in my opinion. 9% beast that drinks like a session beer. Wonderful white foam that pours out of the bottle and leaves plenty of lacing on the glass. The smell is what gets me everytime, it just smells fresh and wonderful and begs you to drink it. Still in my top 10 of all time beers, would really like to go to the brewery one day!

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Photo of rundocrun
4.08/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A – Pours a deep honey golden color with two fingers of fine white head. Slightly hazy as is the norm for the unfiltered Unibroue beers. Lots of lacing on the glass.

S – Fruity esters are prominent as is a spicy, clove and coriander aroma. Some floral hops shine through as well.

T – Sweet up front with some mild bitterness from the hops and alcohol toward the finish. A juicy, tangy bite hits the sides of the tongue from the Belgian yeast. Toasty malts are also present.

M – The mouthfeel is where I think Unibroue excels. This has a medium body with just enough carbonation to compliment the higher ABV and big malt body very well. Finish is only slightly sticky.

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Photo of ehammond1
4.28/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle

Holiday Wine Cellar
Escondido, CA

Nearly clear, bright, golden pour. Frothy white, quickly forming head. Some lacing on the glass.

Sweet, yeasty, fruity nose. Not as strong or as powerful as I've experienced in my other favorite tripels. I smell pear and lemon and spicy yeast.

Similar to the nose. Everything is right, but not quite as strong and powerful as I was hoping to see. Bright, lemony, yeasty, tangy along with some bitterness.

Wonderful, smooth, airy, bubbly, light yet full mouthfeel.

A great, affordable, available, delicious tripel.

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Photo of MadCat
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz screw cap bottle (WTF is with the screw cap hidden under foil? and I hate foil!)

Appearance: Hazy straw yellow, not too much head (could have been the pour) but it leaves lacing.

Smell: Very fruity, pears, peaches, cloves

Taste: Sweety, peppery, cloves, fruity with pears and peaches. Some balancing hop bitterness. Some sort of yeast flavor finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, high carbonation that is typical of a tripel.

Overall: One of the best tripels out there, especially for the price. Love it.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a slightly haze bright golden-orange color with a big two fingers of super frothy white head. The head fades slowly down to a think ring leaving behind lots of lace.

S - Aroma is full of citrus fruits (orange) and banana and Belgian yeast. There is also some bready aroma, some light spices, and a touch of other sweetness.

T - Starts off with some tart lemon flavor and some light yeast. There is also a bit of spiciness in the background and some bready malt. Through the middle, the fruit flavor gets stronger with some banana flavor. The finish is a mix of citrus flavor and some tartness/sourness and some yeast and spices and a touch of alcohol that lingers very nicely.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Really smooth and crisp without being even a touch watery. The finish is a really nice blend of flavors with just the right amount of lingering tartness.

D - Very drinkable. The 9% abv here is dangerous, since it is hidden so well. Everything feels very well balanced and blends together very nicely.

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Photo of gonzogrover
3.96/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass. Pours a bright yellow with a small white head that goes away fast. The scent is of some spicy yeast with a sweet, bready background. The taste brings out more of that sweetness and the spiciness is right there with it. The bread flavor is lying around back there but isn't as prevalent. The mouthfeel is very carbonated but it doesn't feel over the top for this beer. I enjoyed this beer quite a bit and will keep it in my fridge at all times.

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Photo of TMoney2591
4.33/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a flared pokal at Bliss.

Not really sure what something like this is doing at a Cinco de Mayo tasting, but I'm not gonna argue with good beers being served to me. It pours a lightly cloudy straw topped by a tall tor of stark white foam. The nose comprises black pepper, clove, banana, orange peel, wheat, and cardamom. The taste brings in more of the same, along with some light candi sugar and light caramel. This added bit of sweetness and minor complexity boost really makes everything come together nicely on my tongue. The body is a hefty light (or a really light medium), with a moderate carbonation and a dry-ish finish. Overall, a great beer, one of the best tripels currently on the market. Get some!

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Photo of oglmcdgl
4.1/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A bottle poured into a sick la chouffe tulip.

A- a firm pour yields two fingers of bright white head that holds for a little then settles to leave a solid ring and a few wisps on top. Slightly hazy golden sunshine yellow in color.

S- funky spicy yeast with a banana and biscuit flair. Other fruits and bready touches here and there.

T- nice back and forth between fruity esters and slightly funked up yeast. Malts a bone dry and scone like. Lots of spice and sweet.

M- just about medium in body with a nice smooth yet bright carb.

O- its been to long since I've had one of these. Its a classic and a damn good triple. I like it fresh and with of time some cool things start to go down.

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Photo of Tripphop
4.3/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Golden color with nice froth. Sticky lacing is present. Aromas are bright and fruity, the yeast has done wonders for this one. Flavor is fantastic, loads of tropical fuits and lightly sweet malt. Banana, apricot, lemon, orange, angel food cake, and pancake batter on the palate. Finishes bright and crisp, excellent fine carbonation and creamy mouthfeel. Overall a killer Tripel, good standby selection.

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Photo of JCaweinstein
3.95/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a burnt orange into a snifter glass. Creamy white head dissapates fairly quickly but there is a nice lacing left on the glass.
It smells sweet, citrusy like oranges. You can tell the smell is a large part of this beer experience.
Taste is first crisp and tart followed by sweet malts. Finish is citrusy like lemons and is very refreshing.
This is medium bodied with a lot of carbonation. At 9% ABV I cannot detect much alcohol presence making this tasty brew rather dangerous.
This beer looks good smells good and has some complex flavors. Again, with the high abv and the beer itself being very smooth makes this beer very good. One I will have again, looking forward to having it on draft.

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Photo of MattyV
4.32/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm surprised it'd taken me this long to review this beer, it was one of my gateway craft beers...

Pours a hazy golden-apricot colour, a bit lighter than I expected/remembered, with a 1 finger frothy white head that has decent staying power.
Nose is predominantly yeasty aromas from the Unibroue house strain, a good mix of fruit, cloves, and pepper with a touch of alcohol.
There's a light fruitiness again in the taste--peach, pears, apricots, and banana, which give way to peppery spice and faint almost citrusy bitterness.
Very suitable medium body with prickly carbonation.
Drinkability is dangerously high considering the ABV. Although I am rather fond of the entire Unibroue lineup, I consider this to be my favourite. Picking up a heavily disocunted six-pack makes the occasional bottle return/refund at TBS all the more worthwhile.

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Photo of Mario61Aler
4.7/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Opened the 341 ml bottle and poured into a tulip, was a cloudy lt. gold, that had a nice head that reduced to a very nice lacing.

The aroma was complex light hints of spices and fruits and alcohol, well balanced.

Tasted as the aroma suggested no surprises here mild fruits, spices, honey, barest hint of alcohol that left hardly any unpleasant after taste.

Medium to thin body, medium carbination, that leaves the mouth clean!

Overall I will revisit this one often it could become a favorite.

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Photo of KYBrewgrass
4.14/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- 3.5 Though the pour is a rather bland, straw golden color that is perfectly transparent, this brew has a tremendous fluffy white head on the pour that makes it look OK. Very smooth, slippery lacing.

S- 4.5 This reeks of clove and spices and yeast, combining to form a sweetness similar to bubble gum. Banana also comes to mind. Very pleasant.

T- 4 The taste of La Fin Du Monde is heavier in wheat than I expected from its smell. It does have a nice touch of clove. It's not as sweet as i gathered from the aroma, and the yeast is present. There's the slightest bit of lemon citrus on the finish. Pretty well-balanced taste, really, as nothing overpowers the others.

M- 4.5 A touch high in carbonation, but very smooth and it has a creamy feel on the way down. A shade under medium in body. No heat at all in this brew.

D- 4 This is a very solid offering from Unibroue. It is well-balanced, smooth, and not very heavy at all. The flavor is not my personal top choice in profile but it is good. A few of these would be certainly doable. All around, a good wheat brew worth trying for certain.

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Photo of robbrandes
4.2/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured from a bomber, 10-07-13 best by date.

pours an impossibly light-golden straw color. explosion of bubbles rising from the glass, which recede and settle into a nearly perfect layer of bright white foam.

the aroma is other-worldly. fruity esters, almost a bubble-gum like quality. just enough malt and spiciness to hide every last trace of the alcohol. and at 9%, no small feat.

taste does not disappoint - wonderful fruity-sweetness, but the punch of the alcohol balances this beer incredibly well. a moderately nice twang of spice and alcohol warmth on the back end. carbonation is exceptional, giving this beer an almost slippery quality.

tripels are tough to brew perfectly - the delicateness of the style leaves nothing to hide any imperfections. la fin du monde strikes the perfect balance of a subtle, but huge beer. highly recommended.

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La Fin Du Monde from Unibroue
Beer rating: 4.32 out of 5 with 10,117 ratings
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