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:
10,023
Reviews:
2,968
Avg:
4.31
pDev:
11.37%
 
 
Wants:
639
Gots:
2,270
For Trade:
20
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Photo of kojevergas
3.27/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750ml brown glass bottle with hood and wire cap over a cork served into a La Chouffe tulip in high altitude Castle Rock, Colorado. Reviewed live. Expectations are extremely high given its current ratings and the recommendation of a friend. Acquired at Davidson's Liquors for $6.99.

A: Pours a three finger head of no cream, bad thickness, and pretty good retention. Colour is a nontransparent light honey-gold.

Sm: Pleasant light malt, moderate crystal malt, honey, heavy lemon peel, and clean barley. A moderate strength aroma.

T: Heavy lemon peel throughout, with some light tame spices that I quite fancy. Some ginger and clove. Tastes like a hefeweizen and witbier combined, brewed with Belgian yeast. Has some yeast, but not a significant amount. The alcohol doesn't come through at all. The lemon is a bit overdone, in fairness. It is quite estery. Nicely balanced excepting the lemon. The yeast on the finish is lovely. Well built for the style, but it does resemble other styles (as afore noted).

Mf: Smooth and wet, but actually a touch too thick. Suits the flavours pretty well.

Dr: Very drinkable, especially for the high ABV - which doesn't come through. I'd like to try it aged, but I don't know that it'd be best on-draught. A nice little tripel that deserves revisiting. At $6.99, there's no reason not to age it. I just wish they'd tone that damned lemon down.

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Photo of brentk56
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pale, cloudy yellow with an enormous white head; good lacing

Smell: Bananas and a touch of clove; undertones of candi sugar and lemon

Taste: Starts with the banana and candi sugar flavors; by mid-palate, pears and other light fruits arrive along with a lemony bitterness; after the swallow, the pear and stone fruit flavors build into the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with prickly carbonation

Drinkability: Very tasty, with a distinct yeasty character; well made - as good a tripel as you will find

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Photo of oline73
4.3/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a Chimay goblet. I thought I'd have one of these to celebrate the end of the world.

Appearance: The beer pours a golden color with an amber hue. There is just under a finger of fluffy white head that fades to a ring around the pour.

Smell: This one is slightly sweet with a ton of Belgian spice. I'm getting some fruity notes along with a hint of cloves.

Taste: There is a nice level of malty sweetness here, it's prominent but not cloying. The Belgian spice shows up here too, but it's not as dominant as it was in the smell. There is a mild fruity note here as well. The finish is slightly bitter with some Belgian spice in the mix.

Mouthfeel: The body is medium with a ton of fluffy, foamy carbonation and a very dry finish.

Overall: I really enjoy this beer. All the flavors blend together really nicely. I could have several of these.

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Photo of emerge077
3.75/5  rDev -13%

Photo of Phyl21ca
4.47/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle: Poured a golden beer with a huge bubbly head with average retention. Aroma is a mix between something sweet which might be candi sugar and wheat. Taste is very refreshing with again a nice mix of candi sugar, wheat and something a bit spicier, which I cannot identify. Body if medium with great carbonation. I truly love this beer even after more then ten years of drinking it. Must be commanded just for helping discovered the fabulous world of beer.

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

Appearance - A very bright and hazy golden-colored ale with a remarkably resilient head.

Smell - Spicy and floral; notes of apple cider and yeast; faintly soapy. A delicate but complex aroma.

Taste - Very fruity and malty upon first hitting the tongue, with overtones of apple and banana and a bit of citrus underneath that. Peppery and slightly drying in the finish with mild floral hops.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied and creamy on the tongue; ample but gentle carbonation.

Overall - I used to enjoy this beer, but these days I find the yeast character to be overbearing.

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Photo of zeff80
4.43/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Poured out a cloudy, dark gold color with a bubbly, soapy, two finger head. It left traces of lace.

S - It smelled of fruit (citrus) and some light caramel malt. Also, a slightly grassy aroma.

T - It tasted very sweet with a yeast and wheat taste. Also, a good dose of citrus and dried fruit. Some light caramel malt flavors, too.

M - It was crisp and sharp, yet smooth and easy drinking. A light to medium-bodied beer.

D - A great tripel. Comparable to St. Bernadus.

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Photo of zestar
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of WillieThreebiers
4/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of LXIXME
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of dmorgan310
4/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of olradetbalder
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of superspak
4.72/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into signature tulip glass, best before 3/28/2017. Pours lightly hazy deep golden color with a 2 finger fairly dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big lemon, pear, apple, apricot, pineapple, orange peel, banana, coriander, clove, pepper, wheat, bread, candi sugar, herbal, grass, light bubblegum, and yeast earthiness. Incredible complexity and balance of fruity/earthy yeast, spices, and pale malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big lemon, pear, apple, apricot, pineapple, orange zest, banana, coriander, clove, pepper, wheat, bread, candi sugar, herbal, grass, light bubblegum, and yeast earthiness. Good amount of earthy yeast spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon. pear, apple, apricot, pineapple, orange zest, banana, coriander, clove, pepper, wheat, bread, candi sugar, herbal, grass, light bubblegum, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Insane complexity of fruity/earthy yeast, spices, and pale malt flavors; with a pretty much perfect yeast/spice/malt balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, and fairly prickly/dry mouthfeel that is incredible. Alcohol is extremely well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is a world class tripel style. All around insane complexity and balance of fruity/earthy yeast, spices, and pale malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to sip on for the big ABV. An absolutely amazing offering.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.75/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Golden and slightly hazy with a very nice white head that leaves behind a good amount of lacing.

S: Lots of sweet malt comes through before its overtaken by the yeast, which has a good amount of spiciness dominated by cloves.

T: The cloves spiciness dominates again and the 9.0abv exudes a nice alcohol warmth. Some grassy malt in the background, but this is all about the yeast.

M: Medium body with quite a bit of carbonation.

D: Sublimely drinkable. One of the beers that truly turned me on to the good stuff.

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

Best before date not printed onto bottle. Poured into New Belgium Globe glass.

Pours an amazing fluffy head. The color is hazy light orange. Best descriped as apple cider. Few particles float around beer.

Smell is very fruity, a strong banana aroma with some citrus notes as well. Tastes is pretty much the same. The citrus makes its presence and the alcohol also makes its way out.

Mouthfeel is very full. It is crisp, yet extremely creamy. This beer is highly carbonated and needs be drank slowly. Leaves a some what sticky aftertaste.

Overall, this is a solid beer! I really enjoyed the full body flavor of this triple. I have another in the fridge, but that one will be gone soon!

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Photo of nickfl
4.49/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Two fingers of white foam on a hazy, golden yellow body. The head settles quickly and leaves minor lace.

S - A big hit of spicy wheat, followed by lots of phenolic yeast notes. Prominent coriander with some banana, pineapple, cinnamon, and white pepper.

T - Fruity, banana and pineapple, with spicy wheat. Spicy notes of coriander and clove come out in the middle and linger into the finish with grassy hops, moderate bitterness, and a lingering star anise flavor.

M - Creamy, moderately heavy mouthfeel, high carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - This is a classic example of the style, one I have had so many times that it is almost difficult to review it objectively. The spice notes blend perfectly with juicy, tropical fruit notes and make for a very refreshing beer despite the high abv. The only real weak point is the appearance and the anemic head. Not quite as complex as La Chouffe but very good; probably the best Tripel made outside of Belgium.

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Photo of oberon
4.1/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

My favorite offering from Unibroue,pours a hazy yellow with a gigantic blooming head,the aroma was very spicey and smokey with a slight tartness in the finish.There is a nice sweetness to this beer,a nice spiciness in the middle and a fruity finish.I get this underlying smokiness to this beer its very appetizing,a true hand crafted beer.

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Photo of Boone757
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

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

Fluffy 1 finger fluffy head fades slowly with a bit of lacing lots of bubbles rising to reinforce it. Very hazy golden honey colored.

Nose has great Belgian golden malts, sweet malts, light Belgian yeast fruit like apricot citrus and pear.

Taste starts with sweet malts, candi sugar, Belgian golden malts, light warming booze, slightly tingly too, then more fruit with apricot, pear, citrus and light orange zest, light spices typical in Belgian tripel yeast. Finishes warm booze with sticky malts and candi sugar lingering, light citrus as well.

Mouth us a bit bigger bodied, good carb, warming bit tingly booze.

Overall great, perfect example of a Belgian tripel, but a bit hot.

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Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -18.8%

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

Astonishingly different on tap than it is from the bottle - but not necessarily better. I think it benefits greatly from the high level of carbonation that can be lessened on tap. Cloudy, yellow-gold in color with a full, bright-white head that holds fairly well and leaves a decent lace. The body is similarly light-medium, but the mouthfeel is more creamy as the carbonation has been reduced. There's a lightly sweet "tropical fruit" note to the aroma. The flavor has a more "orange-ish" note, and a gentler spice. Overall, it seems to lose a bit of character which is normally derived from the assertive carbonation bite. Still a very good beer but on draft it seems to taste like many other beers in its category.

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Photo of chinchill
3.93/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle dated "best before" 7 Sept., 2012 (revised with BB 5-2016 bottle in July 2015).

Pours with a white head. Plenty of sediment in the bottle, much of which remains despite a light swirl mid-pour, but some of which comes out at the end of the pour tainting (aesthetically) the center of the white head. Head has excellent duration but leaves little lacing. Liquid is a cloudy yellow-gold.

Mainly fruity yeast and (apparent) spices in the aroma, with a touch of hops and hints of apples, bananas and pears. The taste is also quite yeasty-fruity, with hints of apples and apricots, and even some dark fruits. The high ABV is very well hidden in both the aroma (until it warms up) and the taste. Seems like there is more flavor in the finish than earlier on. Lightly tart.

M: refined, champagne-like feel, although with more body.

O: not my favorite style, but quite enjoyable nonetheless. I can easily see others giving this a very high rating. Flavorful and refreshing, but better as a slow sipper than as a session brew. Complex aroma and flavor.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.7/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A: The beer is a hazy pale yellow color with large foamy white head that leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: Heavy yeast aroma with a touch of alcohol.

T: The same bready, yeasty character, from the smell, comes out strongly in the flavor and dominates throughout. There are touches of honey, malt and just a bit of alcohol (but not even close to 9.00% worth).

M: Light-to-medium body, crisp and very smooth, medium carbonation and a very clean finish.

D: The yeast character masterfully disguises the alcohol content, which, along with the smoothness, makes this beer very drinkable. This was the first beer that I’ve had from Unibroue. It has left me with the impression that this brewery doesn’t mess around.

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Photo of Kurmaraja
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of wethorseblanket
4.35/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

La Fin Du Monde from Unibroue
4.31 out of 5 based on 10,023 ratings.
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