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:
10,022
Reviews:
2,968
Avg:
4.31
pDev:
11.37%
 
 
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Ratings: 10,022 |  Reviews: 2,968
Photo of JoeBloe
4.37/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured from it's 750 ml bottle into a dfh snifter -
a hazy yellow/orange liquid puts up a nice tight 2 finger head that tames down to a consistent ring - interesting lacing slides down the inside of the glass - a nice zesty aroma - i'm getting the clove and yeast in the nose - tastes great! and follows the nose with a fruity/spicy crisp tingle on the tongue - clean and refreshing with nice prickly carbonation - no taste of alcohol - i could sip this beer all night - the flavors shine through with every mouthful -great stuff.

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Photo of JxDuff
4.79/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml into a Spiegelau Snifter.

A: Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a nice, full white head. Moderate lacing.

S: Fruity! I smell lemons, apples and other citrusy smells. Traces of some spices and malts.

T: Absolutely delicious! One of the best beers I've had the pleasure of having. Fruity notes all the way down rounded up by the yeast. Complex.

M: Very clean and crisp with the perfect carbonation to compliment. You will wan't to drink it fast and keep drinking it! Don't forget to enjoy it though!

D: See mouthfeel. What can I say? This beer is perfect.

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Photo of Axic10
4.42/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: Pours a light hazy golden with about three fingers of fluffy white head that settles a few minutes later and leave some nice lacing throughout the drink.

Smell: Apple, lemon and some other fruits, clove, spices and yeast.

Taste: Clove, fruit notes, spices and yeast.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and velvety.

Drinkability: Classic example of the Tripel style. My favorite Unibroue beer.

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

La Fin Du Monde is a party in my mouth. Keep looking for a better beer---haven't found one yet.

Smooth from start to finish. Spices that blend well--cinnamon, citrus..Nice head and lacing. The taste left on your tongue after a sip is where you can pick out the individual spices.

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Photo of LiquidBread219
4.35/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A= Straw yellow nice foamy head that sticks around some lacing.

S= This nose has a lot of fruit in it I smell lemon,pears,white grapes, and some citrus.

T= Taste is pretty good in this beer very clean and crisp really taste the fruits come out in this beer.

M= Light bodied beer. Right amount of carbonation.

D= Clean and crisp very drinkable for a higher ABV nice and smooth.

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Photo of CaptDavyJones
4.63/5  rDev +7.4%
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 tubacharlie
4.7/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A hazy, translucent, orange-amber brew emerges with a decent head from an aggressive pour. Active carbonation keeps the mottled white head alive. Fruity, alcohol esters are easily picked up in the nose.

Tangy grapefruit flavors hit the mouth first, with a substantial grain presence that hints at roast caramel. A slightly sweet after bite tempers the hops as the smooth carbonation trails lingering yeast-infused esters. Altogether a pleasure to drink.

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Photo of Elendinn
4.1/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my New Belgium snifter.

Pours an opaque, golden orange, with three fingers of frothy white head, which leaves a modicum of sticky lacing around the glass as it dissipates.  While it doesn't look particularly novel, it does appear quite refreshing and appealing.

Smells fruity -- apples, pears, lemons, oranges, white grapes, etc. -- and a bit sweet, though the backend is balanced by the bready yeast expected of the style. The alcohol is there, too, though it took awhile to discern. Again, the nose is great, but not unusual.

Tastes awfully similar, with the addition of spices, and finishes a bit dry with the predominant flavor of Belgian yeast; the fruity notes linger substantially, as well. Well-balanced, not too sweet, crisp, and clean. The alcohol is barely perceptible, but makes itself known as the glass progresses.

Lots of exhuberant carbonation and a medium body make this beer very refreshing.

La Fin Du Monde is an excellent Belgian-style pale, though no aspect of it is necessarily unique, save for its refined eleagance. It's a pleasure to sip and, I would surmise, be perfect on a hot summer's day.  Unfortunately, it's freezing outside right now, but the 9% is quickly making itself evident and it's certainly feeling warmer in here.

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Photo of ebrauser
3.85/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle to a pint glass

Appearance: Hazy dark yellow. Fairly opaque with a thin white head

Smell: Belgian yeast, lemon and citrus notes

Taste: Yeasty with orange and lemon tartness coming through in the middle. There is a slight sourness that encompasses the taste. The finish is mildly dry and malty sweet.

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Photo of OldGrowler
3.91/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A pungent, interesting and complex beer, but I'm not sure all the flavours match. I spent half an hour trying to pinpoint that delightful, mysterious peppery slightly sweet/slightly floral aroma from memory, then remembered my mom's Biryani recipe ... which uses lots of ... CARDAMOM spice! The aroma translates to the taste too ... definitely CARDAMOMmy. Sadly, a pine-needle, junipery-aroma overpowers the delicate cardamom.

Taste is predominantly citrus, but there's an overpowered peach too ... again, sadly. GOOD but not that drinkable really --rather a very sharp, strong, spicy beer that you have to be in the mood for. In an excellent value 750ml bottle, best for sharing. Personally I don't care for the slight meaty/gym-sock pungency and the sour aftertaste. But at 9%, this beer is worth consideration.

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Photo of BeerMeInMS
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Drinking Date: 1/8/11
Expiration Date: 6/21/13

Glassware: Tulip

Appearance: pale golden color with a white head that did not pour really thick but stayed around for the whole beer. Patchy lacing all down the glass.

Smell: Sweet and fruity with a yeast aroma as well.

Taste: Very complex flavor with alot of nuances to be enjoyed. A spicy, even reminiscient of pepper, taste was always poking through the sweet flavor of the beer. A yeasty or bread-like flavor was present. Also, The alcohol contributes positively to the taste...warming as it goes and having a cleansing effect on the mouth.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied; lots of tingly carbonation; and a pleasant cleansing from the alcohol. Feels good...

Drinkability: Stays interesting in flavor for the whole drink. High alcohol and complex taste makes this a beer to be enjoyed singly.

Notes: Recommended. This is a beer to be sipped and enjoyed slowly.

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Photo of mendonjoebeer
4.75/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

First time review of a beer I have enjoyed many times

Poured from 750 ml bottle into Ommegang chalice for me and had to share the remainder with wife & youngest son- dammit!
This beer looks,feels and tastes like a triple should. It is as good as it gets for a North American brewed triple. I was able to buy for $6.49 on sale- bought 2 & should have bought more since it will store just fine.

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Photo of nickadams2
3.93/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A_Pours a hazy stow yellow with a billowy white head. Great retention with thick sticky lace.

S_Clove,spice,fruity esters and alcohol.

T_Spicy cinnamon and clove up front. Fruit esters and belgian yeast and sweet malt. Medicinal aftertaste. Has a nice spicy kick to it. This Belgian has some balls. Nice warming effect.

M_Medium to full bodied with lots of carbonation.

D_Most Belgians I've had are easy drinking. This is more of a sipper.

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Photo of ZeroSignal
4.41/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle

A - Pours a hazy golden yellow with a dense, off-white head. Incredible retention and sticky lacing.

S - Sweet citrus in the nose with a good dose of cloves. Some yeasty notes in the background.

T&M - A warming alcohol lingers behind a fruity, pear and orange-like sweetness. Flavors of clove and a peppery quality come through as well. Light bitterness combines with a candy like sweetness and a yeasty quality towards the finish. Medium body with a nice zip from the carbonation.

D - Dangerously drinkable for a 9% ABV. Subtle and complex with plenty going on to keep me interested.

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

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Tripel Karmeliet tulip. Beer was enjoyed over the course of about an hour.

A: Beer pours a kind of peachy color with a very light colored two finger head that subsided in about 5 minutes. Some yeast crept into the glass which clouded the beer a little, but some good bubbling is still visible.

S: Aroma is most decidedly fruity and estery. I got a little banana and clove notes, as well as some biscuity malts. Smell is more in your face than other tripels.

T: Good grief these Canadians at Unibroue have done it right! A perfect mix of breadiness, esters from the yeast, and floral/herbal hops. There is some pepper-like spiciness and a noticeable but not overwhelming dose of alcohol.

M: Feels very bubbly in the mouth as the carbonation carries those wonderful flavors. It's a little creamy as well. Finish is very drying.

D: Should a tripel go down this easy? Easy to finish a 750 in a night. Dangerously drinkable. The 9.0% ABV does creep up on you, however.

O: In my honest and humble opinion, the best tripel in the world, even better than Westmalle. Simply a treat to drink, and a steal at $6 for a 750 or $10 for a four pack of 12 oz. bottles.

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Photo of GallowsThief
4.73/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured out of a bomber into a Duvel.

A - Pale golden yellow with a bit of cloudiness. Light white head but just an inch that receded quickly. Sticky lacing.

S - Sweet overtones. Yeasty and bready smell. Nice floral bouquet. Has just a bit of a pepper smell.

T - A lot like the smell its has just a perfect amount of sweetness. Seems to be honey like. Has some great fruity flavor as well but its faint which I like. Surprising pepper taste at the end that warms you up just a bit. Gives off the nice warm down the gullet feel and into the stomach.

M - Well carbonated. Very clean taste. Medium bodied. I would say refreshing.

D - High ABV but totally drinkable. This is a great beer.

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Photo of jsulko
4.85/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My third tasting of the beer. First one seemed funked. Second was great. Third matches second so I will chalk the first tasting (undrinkable) to a bad bottle

Beer is a hazy yellow color with foamy head that does not linger much.

Slight fruity flavor with a grape hint.

You can feel the warmth of the alcohol but it is not overbearing.

Very drinkable. Watch out for the alcohol.

Great beer. I can see why it is so highly thought of.

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

The pour produces a hazy yellow body with a bubbly, white foam head. The head dissipates fairly quickly leaving some light sticky lacing.

Potent aroma of spices, belgian yeast, with some banana and fruity notes. Also get some peppery aromas in the background.

Tasty flavors following the aroma. Sweet malt and spicy notes abound. A really rich flavor that gives some hints of friuty esters and pepper. I like the tartness of the overall flavor.

The carbonation seems a little high in this bottle, but not off-putting. No real notice of the alcohol so be careful of the high abv. Great beer.

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Photo of AJacob81
4.03/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ah, La Fin du Monde. I've held off reviewing because I have a really hard time separating out specific aromas and flavors with this one. We'll give it a go. Poured, as usual, into a Duvel tulip.

A - Hazy, burnt orange. A flat-topped 2-finger foam head forms and is retained very well, leaving nice, if somewhat spotty, lacing behind.

S - Citrus, baked bread, and slightly funky yeast, none of it overpowering.

T - Everything present in the nose is present here, but a touch more refined. Generic citrus becomes mild grapefruit and tangerine, the baked bread is now a piping hot wheat loaf, etc. Also there is a hint of cloves and black pepper, presumably from the yeast.

M and D - Creamy, medium body with consistent carbonation and a dry, slightly hot finish due to the otherwise-masked ABV. Very easy to drink.

This is a go-to, readily available beer, and I really like it, but I don't love it. Not at all sure why it rates as the best Tripel here, although it is markedly better than most US brewers' attempts at the style. Give me Westmalle or Cinq Cents any day. I need to proper reviews for those soon.

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Photo of southsider
4.67/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving size 12 oz bottle in wide mouth wine goblet.

A- Cloudy golden yellow with small rich head that quickly dissolves leaving tiny champagne bubbles rising in the glass.

S-Belgian yeasty, sweet and fruity.Very inviting

T- well carbonated,fruity and slightly sour beginning, balanced malt/hops, warm alcohol middle with a sweet fruity wine grape finish

M-more like a sparkling wine than a beer. medium body.

D-made to be sipped and savored. Delicious!

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Photo of katybee
4.27/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Interesting beer...average appearance, hazey yellow with moderate but quickly disipating foam head and light carbonation. Very light smell, perhaps fruity and slightly bitter. But the taste is excellent. No extremes of hops or malts, leaning towards light dry hops, yet a definite spicey tang with citrus notes including pear. A little peppery on the tongue, but honey-sweet overall, and lightly bready. Felt slightly creamy, but lighter-bodied. Very drinkable and almost champagne-like. Yet the higher ABV does sneak up on you quickly. Enjoyed!

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

75 cl bottel poured into my cantillon tulip glas

A: Cloudy deep golden with a good tight white foam.

S : Earthy citrus, more fruity citrus, strong yeast and bread dough, lightly perfumed, sweet honey, some banana esters, some biscuit
T : a bit like the nose, lots of citrus notes, some nice coriander, a bit more of the malts with more biscuit and toast, still some floral honey, yeast is less present fairly sweet with a touch of alcohol and light fruitiness to finish.
M : smooth and with à good amount of carbonation
D : alcohol is present , but not overwelming

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Photo of goblue3509
4.33/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy golden yellow color with a thick three finger frothy foamy head which gives way to some lace. The beer is non transparent. The aroma is of belgium yeast with hints of citrus, pepper, clove and other spices. The taste is of belgium yeast and sweetness. There is hints of clove and citrus along with other spices rounding out the beer. The mouthfeel is well carbonated yet slighty creamy. The drinablity is very good its well round and an easy drink. Flavor makes you want more.

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Photo of TheKtulu7
3.76/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a very cloudy yellow with a frothy white head that disappears pretty quickly. First impression of smell was of wet socks, but then the malts and spices came through. Tastes include bananas, cloves, grass, and various herbs. A frothy and very carbonated mouthfeel gives this beer a pretty enjoyable drinkability.

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Photo of speter
4.12/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a cloudy gold with a two-finger fluffy white head that fades with moderate lacing.

S: Belgian yeast with honey.

T: This is *the* reference tripel, even if it is Canadian. There is an amazing malt backbone that the yeast overlays with a spicy Belgian character, complete with honey, pepper and other spices.

M: I don't know how to characterize it. There's an explosion with every sip. Full bodied and brilliantly carbonated. I want to brew this beer.

D: Any day of the year. Period.

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La Fin Du Monde from Unibroue
4.31 out of 5 based on 10,022 ratings.
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