La Fin Du Monde | Unibroue

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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

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

It's been awhile since I've had one of these beauties and when I saw that I hadn't reviewed it... well, here we are. Poured into Unibroue tulip. Poured a lighty hazy straw gold color with a thick, tall, fluffy, white head that had great retention and just the right amount of lacing.

The aroma was great, yeasty, spicy, a hint of fruit and a great grain scent. On the tongue all those aspects were, if possible, amplified. Just what this style should be.

The body is full and well-rounded, without being heavy, cloying, sweet or annoying. Drinkability is, of course, nearly perfect. Crisp, interesting and as refreshing as a 9% brew can be, having several of these gorgeous creatures is easy.

Overall, this is only the second beer I've given all 5's to. Chimay White is one of my top 5 favorite beers and this may be a better example of the style. A serious must try.

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Photo of dar482
4.43/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

The beer comes in an extremely cloud deep golden orange, marigold with a big bubbly white head.

The aroma is extremely fruit forward. Pineapple, banana, mangoes, oranges, tangerines. It’s a very sweet fruitiness.

The flavor follows with dried pineapple and mangoes. It continues with some citrus peel, bananas, and clove. A caramel malt sweetness in the middle. The finish has some fruity sweetness and a hint of that spiciness. Alcohol is absolutely hidden.

The body has a champagne amount of carbonation. Tons of carbonation with a medium mouthfeel.

The fruitiness pairs beautifully with a sharp cheddar.

An extremely sweet beer for the style, but it is made up for how beautiful fruity this beer is. One of the best beers in the style.

(I had this blind taste tested with Westmalle and Chimay. This was first. One of the best tripels I’ve had. This is where you want to be if you want sweet and fruitiness for tripels. For more dry and vinous, Westmalle, Long Strange Tripel, and some others is where it's at.)

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.22/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This one pours from caged and corked 750ml bottle a clear light gold with almost no head of foam.

The smell has some sweet malt, lots of spices, some fruitiness, some yeast and a nose of alcohol.

The taste is of yeast, dark fruit, spice(coriander), apricot, and some citrus. I'm drinking this at room temp so I'm getting a real blast of flavours and I have to say, it's a bit overwhelming.

After a few more sips and after my palate gets more used to what it is experiencing, I'm beginning to really enjoy what is going on here.I'm finding it to be a smooth sipper; it has a medium mouthfeel to it and the carbo is also medium and it finishes on the vinuous side. Very tasty and the 9%abv adds a nice bit of warming after the swallow. I'd buy this one again.

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Photo of Haybeerman
4.55/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Slightly hazy orange/gold color. Poured a 2 finger bubbly white head with fair retention to a thick skim. Decanted continualy. Laced in spots.

S: Sweet light-colored fruits. Vanilla and bread. Grassy and peppery hops.

T: Very consistent with smell with hops more pronounced, but not resiny. Surprisingly well balanced, disguising the alcohol well.

M: Medium body. Moderate carbonation. Smooth, dry and sligghtly warming.

D: As drinkable as to be found for ABV. Flavorful, smooth and balanced without malt, yeast or hops dominating any part.

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Photo of spinrsx
4.3/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

341ml bottle

Appearance - pours a cloudy opaque honey yellow. A huge foamy white head, and some amazing lacing.

Smell - breads and grains, yeast and citrus notes and a honey sweetness

Taste & Mouth - peppery and floral, cloves and a slightly bitter finish. You can feel the alcohol warming your chest.

Drink - for a 9% beer, this is scary drinkable. An amazing beer that gets the respect it deserves.

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

750ml bottle corked and caged poured into corsendonk chalice on aug29 2009

A deep golden yellow, fairly hazy with some sediment. a gentle pour produces a massive fluffy head with good retention and a fair amount of lace

S big yeast and tropical fruit with an undertone of booze is what i get first. this is followed by a hefe smell of banana and clove with other spices, quite complex

T a little sweeter then it smells and i pick up some lemon, but other the that it tastes as it smells. as it warms the true complexity comes through and there's much more then i could ever describe

M i enjoyed the bottle bottom much more then the first pour. the carbonation fizzed out a bit and it was much smoother as it went flat and warmed up

D dangerously drinkable for 9%, and night and day between cold and warm with this one

this is the best value I've come across in alberta with no questions asked. unibroue should be proud of their strong ales they are world class right here in my backyard. warning if experiencing la fin du monde consume la fin du monde it wont feel as bad

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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 pat61
4.91/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

L: Hazy straw gold under a 2” white foam column that dissipates to a thick film that grips the side of the glass.
S: Banana, orange peel, spice.
T: Big fruit flavors feature banana, orange, and tropical fruit.
F: big and creamy with above average carbonation, medium body and a little bite from the carbonation.
O: A big yeast driven beer full of Belgian flavor.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.98/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a hazy golden straw color. Head is fluffed and creamy. Head dies off a bit but laces very well.

S-Belgian by design. Fruited yeast notes. Light grassy Noble hop aromas. Sweet malty aroma too. Not exceptionally intense, but there lies a fair amount of complexity. A very textbook Tripel.

T-Also a bit lighter than expected. I enjoy that though, because I find many Tripels to be too yeasty and boozy. This is mellow and exciting. Grassy hops, fruity and yeast. Grains and light spice. Light bitterness. Lingering overall flavor. All-in-all quite tasty.

M-Lighter than the 9% ABV would lead you to initially believe. A bit syrupy, but the carbonation masks up the stickiness a bit. Moderately dry.

O/D-Have had this before. I can see why this is so highly regarded. One of the more drinkable Tripels I have had. Price tag is a bit steep, but its a classic. Canada does Belgium well.

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Photo of barczar
4.1/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best by 6/13.

Pours a hazy golden apricot with a frothy half inch ivory head that slowly dissipates, leaving sheets of lacing.

Fruity esters leap from the glass, with tangerine, lemon, peach and pear complementing confectioners sugar sweetness. There's a yeast funk that adds intrigue to lightly bready malt. Perfumey floral hop notes tie everything together. Metallic notes emerge as it warms.

Flavor reveals sharp peach notes underlying toasted, bready malt at the backbone. Pear , apricot, and tangerine emerge, along with a bit of yeast mustiness, leading to a slightly peppery, dry finish. The fruity notes are mouth watering, but stop short.

Body is moderate, with fairly high carbonation. Alcohol warmth is slight.

Very fruity, estery beer. Powerful flavors, but they're kept from being overwhelming by the bready malt and fairly dry finish. Sweetness balances well. Would've actually preferred the flavor to linger a bit.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.21/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a snifter, the beer pours a cloudy golden/orange color with about an inch white head. The aroma isn't strong at all, but what I can smell is nice. Mostly there's just an overall fruity and sweet smell, along with some cloves, honey, pear and yeast. Luckily the taste is stronger, it tastes like fruit, cloves, pepper and honey. Mouthfeel is medium with a lot of carbonation, a little too much, but not enough that it takes away from the beer. The drinkability is still pretty good, it goes down easy and the alcohol isn't noticable at all. I think this is a pretty decent beer. The aroma wasn't strong, but the taste and overall drinkability made up for it. Recommended.

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Photo of scruffwhor
4.21/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle.

Appearance- Pours an impressive head with great retention throughout the entire beer with good lacing. The color is a bright burnt orange.

Smell- Reminds me of a Yankee Candle and Tandy Leather store. A blend of sugary sweet and earthy smells miced with a hint of leather.

Taste- Starts out an earthy wheat mixed with cooked orange sugars. The finish brings in some of the floral hop flavor and a more sauteed malt sweetness.

Mouthfeel- Pretty light and no real warmth gained from the 9% alcohol content. But The hops are noticed more on the back of the palate with all the sweeter stuff shocasing in the front. Th ecarboantion helps to enhance the flavors all around.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A nice offering from Unibroue! Purchased a year old so it seems ok.
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A - Nice yellow hue with a decent amount of head.
S - Smells of bready malts and citrus. Decent triple.
T - Full of apple and citrus. Pretty nice.
M - Alcohol burn is pretty harsh in this on, maybe due to the age but the brew is pretty drinkable.
D - I would have this again with a newer bottle but as for now I have another bottle to look forward too.

Overall one of the best Triples I had and I only had a few.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.62/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a Dogfish signature snifter. Back label says best before 12-13-14.

A- Pours a hazy amber color with a 3/4 inch white head that fizzes away to a thick ring around the edge of the glass and light spacks of surface foam. Lacing that falls quickly down the glass.

S- Full Belgian yeast aroma with an effervescent backing and tropical fruit notes of pineapple, papaya and some mango. Sweet-smelling plus some herbal spiciness.

T- Belgian yeast is the main player providing plenty of banana and spice notes plus a slightly chalky element. Wheat flavor also prevails and brings a fullness to the overall profile. Alcohol is extremely well-hidden.

M- Bright and a bit prickly from the spice/yeast combo. Medium carbonation and a relatively light body.

O- One of my favorite tripels and definitely the best Unibroue beer IMO. It never gets old to drink.

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Photo of DrJay
4.37/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy straw yellow colour topped by a bright white, long-lasting head that formed some fine lace on the sides of the glass. Very nice. The aroma contained elements of ripe citrus/banana with a pleasant dose of spiciness (mostly clove-like). Some floral hoppiness is present, but is well balanced. Ripe fruit and sweetness are at the forefront of the flavour, with plenty of spiciness as well. Bitterness is present, but lies underneath the other flavours until it dries the palate at the finish, accompanied by a light pepperiness at the back of the tongue. Noticeable, but not overpowering, alcohol warmth in both the mouth and belly. Medium bodied, very smooth, with high carbonation. Effervescent right to the end.

750 mL brown bottle topped with cork, bottled on March 11, 2004 (code C114).

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

The colour is orange-pale brown-yellow. The liquid is somewhat cloudy. The foam is at first enormous (almost like a Duvel), but it slowly sinks down to a finger thick uneven head without much lacing.

The smell is fruity with notes of spices and sweet malt. Oh, I like it! There are notes of bitter citric fruits, oat cookies, herbs (Basilica? Cloves?), brown sugar, spring flowers and a gentle sour note. Like a Hoegaarden Wit with extra everything!

Do I dare to taste? Oh yes. Wheat, yeast, herbs, sourness, bitter hops, citric fruits. And everything just works out great! Lots of Belgian flavours, with a particular flavour if bitter oranges and wheat ale. But, although there are lots of flavours and alcohol like a weak wine, it is very drinkable and not heavy at all. Impressive stuff. The loooong aftertaste is fruity with some hoppy flavours, wheat flour, tangerines and some matured strong wine.

The carbonation is strong (but quickly fading) with small bubbles. It tickles your tounge, but it is in no way sharp.

A truly great beer, and a great Belgian beer from Canada?Boyam I pleasantly surprised!

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Photo of avalon07
4.8/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

La Fin du Monde is one of the first real Canadian beers I've had (I exclude Molson's and Labatt's on general principle). The appearance is an amber-brown, with a slightly opaque quality. The smell is pretty citrusy, though it doesn't overwhelm you. The taste is where this one shines. It gives you hints of apple and other fruits, along with a yeast flavor. The mouthfeel is very lively - some might say a little bit too lively - giving off a highly carbonated texture. Overall, this is an excellent beer and highly drinkable. It's something one could easily latch onto.

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Photo of sweemzander
4.55/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into the La Fin Du Monde tulip glass. Best by 11-26-2011 printed on the rear label.

(A)- Pours a hazy yellow color with orange highlights. Effervescent head formed into billowy white foam with superb retention. Bunches of lacing here and there.

(S)- Crisp lemon with a barnyard wheaty yeast up front followed with some bananna, even pear, and clove.

(T)- Very crisp flavor of complex lemon, bananna, and more citrus I cant put my finger on. Clove combined with a clay-ish yeast.

(M)- Pretty smooth stuff! Almost sparkling soda-like in carbonation level, but it really works for this beer!

(D)- What a great Tripel! Its got all the right flavors, but presents itself in a delicate and complex way. Crisp and refreshing for a summers day. If I didnt pass out due to the 9% alcohol, I would drink this all day long!

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

A - Cloudy orangy/amber with nice fluffy, light head.

S - Floral grains, mild belgian yeast with hints of fruit

T - light sweet hops, hints of citrus and light grain with even lighter hints of spice and yeast

M - Crisp, bubbly and slightly drying but goes down smoothly.

D - excellent beer in its class. not overly alcoholed like many other tripels and very very smooth

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Photo of Brad007
4.82/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a mild pale-ish color. I never realized it was a pale ale, let alone a strong pale ale and I have had it in the past. Strong aroma with hints of spice and apple along with malt and some hops. Taste is somewhat mild with a very raisin like consistency mixed in with alcohol. Again, very strong and interesting for a Belgian-style Pale Ale. At 9%, very drinkable and not quite for the faint of heart either. Complex, yet delicious. Definitely something different for a pale ale, let alone a strong pale ale.

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.37/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I picked up a bottle at State Line this past weekend. Best by 24 Sept 2012, so does this mean it was bottled 24 Sept 2009?

In my Duvel tulip, this beer loos about as gorgeous as Duvel itself. Crystal clear 24 carat gold with a dense, billowy white head with excellent retention and some lacing, this beer is resplendent.

The nose is excellent as well. There's no mistaking the prominent Unibroue yeast character, with its spiciness and sweetness, mildly akin to rising bread. Behind that is a blend of honey, a light sugar sweetness, and a blend of spices - clove, a little nutmeg and some white pepper. Definitely fruity, there's some red apples, some apricot and what at varying times brings to mind passion fruit, kiwi, citrus and maybe even mango. Alcohol is noticeable as well. This is about as fruity as this style gets, I guess.

The palate is surprisingly tame given how incredible the nose is. Opening with a light cracker-like sweetness with some sugar and honey, there's a delicate ripe orange character, some mild floral notes as well. Moderately yeasty, this really reminds me of rising bread. This character is especially noticeable mid-palate, along with some phenols. Spices are present as well, with a blend of clove and white pepper. Bigger in body than I like for the style (I love 'em bone dry), this beer is medium-light, with a high level of carbonation. It also doesn't seem as well-knit as it could be. The finish is quite excellent, with a touch of alcohol, fruit, spice and yeast. Very drinkable stuff, this. Also very delicate, and needs to be consumed on a clean palate.

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Photo of tigg924
3.78/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: golden, very clear, a big head that dissapates quickly

Smell: yeast, lemony-citrus, and belgian spice

Taste: belgian spice, sour fruit, coriander, and a bit of lemonade

Mouthfeel: medium body, very crisp, a bitter finish. I can really feel the carbonation.

Drinkability: I will have this again, but not for a while. I have other favorite from Unibroue. The alcohol content on this one is sneaky, so I do not think I would have more than two in a session.

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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 tbeckett
3.63/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - One finger white head fades to half finger. Some small but nice lacing. Bright. Golden/blonde. Good amount of carbonation.

S - Mild booze. Yeast, orange, and banana.

T - Yeast, lemon peel, and orange. Some banana.

M - Medium carbonation, very smooth.

D - I've had this numerous times and it's always been good but not amazing. Maybe I'm missing something but I've never been able to consider this a world class beer. It's delicious, but I've most certainly had better.

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

The hazy golden brew throws out a long-lasting bubbly white head that forms craters as it slowly dissipates. Some nice yeast tones on the nose. A little fruitiness. And some bread qualities too. This beer is quite smooth for the high alcohol punch that it packs. Very nice taste. Doughy and yeasty. Fruity esters are present. Subtle spicing accents also surface mildly throughout. The body is light and the mouthfeel is quite carbonated, but still very drinkable. Very nice Belgian style beer.

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La Fin Du Monde from Unibroue
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