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:
#448
Reviews:
3,020
Ratings:
10,209
pDev:
11.34%
Bros Score:
4.83
 
 
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Photo of fscottkey
3.69/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: [4.00] The beer is straw yellow with a 1 finger white head. The bubbles on the head are tight but dissipate quickly. Even after the head is gone there is great coating and lacing on the glass. The bottle lists the ABV (9.0%) and the best by date (not sure if it is April 12 or Dec 4th 2016)

S: [3.00] Wheat and yeast. Some alcohol.

T: [4.00] Out of the fridge - very typical Belgian wheat flavor. There is a wheat and yeast flavor and not much else. There is a slight taste of alcohol - it is not completely hidden. As the beer warms the sweetness of the malt comes out. The wheat and yeast flavors subside there are hints of bubble gum and banana. It becomes much more enjoyable. It is a totally different beer when it is warm. Really desirable.

M: [3.75] Nice carbonation level - feels rich on the tongue.

O: [3.75] Out of the gate this was a typical yeasty mess. But as it warmed the body and flavor came out. It was really enjoyable. I'd like to age a few of these and see how they change. This is a really good brew. The alcohol isn't totally hidden - but that is okay. The taste migrates away from the wheat/yeast bomb and has complex tones of banana and bubble gum.

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Photo of cbnz
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of travolta
3.89/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

App: Hazy cider in color with tiny bubbled head. Very foamy head. No lacing, average retention.

Nose: Pepper, cider, pear and peaches.

Taste: Soft yeast, pear and peaches. Crisp carbonation with malty sweetness. 9% alcohol is well hidden.

Notes: Very good.

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

750mL bottle poured into a tulip glass

A: Pours a super bubbly cloudy and hazy golden straw with a pock marked and continualy active pure white head. I can see the carbonation from the yeast forming little pockets of bubbles all along the side of my glass and the head retention lasts almost the entire glass, not as much beautiful lacing as I was hoping for so it misses out on the five.

S: Super yeasty which gives off a sweet bananna and sugary scent that I find okay but is not my all time favorite.

T/MF: My first glass was served a bit colder than it should have been and maybe for that reason was more bubbles than taste. My mouth filled up with gasses from the carbonation so I couldn't taste the beer at first, but then on my second glass, after the beer warmed up a bit the gas subsided enough for me to get the full flavor of the beer which I have to say is quite good. Fruits are all over the place in this beer, shining through a super sweet yeast taste. Pears and orange and apple are there amonst the sweet yeast and malt characters that make this one quite quaffable.

D: Could drink this one all night if I didn't have pure abbey style ales around me. But great and tasty reproduction of the Beglain style. Yum.

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Photo of tsauce2
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of mabermud
4.05/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is actually my second Belgian style beer I have ever had, so unfortunately I cannot really compare it to anything.

It's golden-orange with a white wispy head. It smells like champagne. Some funky, banana, and clove in the taste, all nicely balanced. This beer is chewy with fine dense carbonation.

Overall, I liked the MadElf (my first ever full Belgian style beer) better, but I can imagine why this is rated higher. It is well-made and well-balanced. I have opened up a whole new beer chapter.

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Photo of illini4x4
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of Bonsall_Phil
4.44/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of bwood06
4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Some friends of my wife and myself were over just a few nights ago and decided to pick this bottle up from a local bottle shop since the NFL games were not going our way. We figured spending our time catching up and talking was more worthwhile than watching two NFL games that were not incredibly fun to watch.

This tripel (spelled on the bottle as Triple) pours a cloudy yellow hue with very high carbonation readily visible, along with a frothy white head that dissipates slowly to a thin lacing that is retained. 4/5 The aroma is quite yeasty with the yeast esters really coming out strongly. White stone fruit, typical Belgian spices, banana, clove, and coriander really come out nicely along with an undertone of earthy hops. 4/5 The flavor is very typical of Belgian style beers in that it is spicy with banana, clove, and white pepper making their appearances. Along with these, notes of light caramel, yeast, white bread, and earthy hops all come out in a layered style. The booziness comes out quite strong initially but then diminishes over time. Bitterness is light and does not linger after swallowing. Although, the yeasty esters really stay around for quite some time. 4/5 A light carbonation burn (although not as much as expected) hits the tongue straight away, with the beer proceeding to then showcase its medium body and wet/coating nature. There is very little dryness and this dryness does not linger. 4/5 This is a very well layered beer that is surprisingly strong in terms of banana and clove for a tripel. The booziness is quite high, as expected, but it is not muted or hidden like many tripels attempt. Very good tripel here and would gladly come back to this one. 4/5

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Photo of nanobrew
3/5  rDev -30.6%

Photo of Samp01
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a cloudy golden yellow with a medium white lasting fluffy head. mild lacing. Aroma is of sweet spicy fruit, Belgian yeast, some notes of citrus and banana, some biscuit malt as well. Taste is same as aroma with a good spiced hops bitterness. A medium body, with lively carbonation, almost champagne like. The finish is a combination of sweet spiced fruit, Belgian yeast, biscuit malt with spicy hops bitterness on the end for balance. This brew has some nice champagne like effervescence. Overall a very good, delightful, and tasty brew. very nice.

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Photo of gr0g
4.35/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A hazy, light golden appearance. Two-finger creamy white head that never entirely disappears. Some tattered lacing. Yeasty phenols upfront on the nose, kind of a Unibroue calling card as I've found -- Aspirin bottle and clove. Some bright fruity esters, too, yielding apple and even pineapple.

Really comes into its own once it hits the palate: very nice sweet/dry balance, becoming more bitter on the finish. Vinous, even Champagne-like flavor of light fruit. Less yeast character than on the nose. Texture is more soft and creamy once some initial prickliness subsides, rather than the sparkling wine-like feel sometimes encountered with tripels. Alcohol doesn't intrude into the flavor profile at all. Just very tasty all-around.

A benchmark Tripel, this is up there with the likes of Westmalle. This is Unibroue's crown jewel in their lineup.

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Photo of JSchock7
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of B_B
4.53/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of assman79
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Beezee
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of jjheinrichs
4/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of stogirelli
3.5/5  rDev -19%

Photo of jpro
4.22/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From the 4 bottle “Taster Pack” -

A: Poured from the 12oz bottle into a Widmer Bros tulip glass... cloudy, citrus gold; fizzy, two-finger ultra white head dies down fast; lots of tiny bubbles rushing to the surface throughout.

S: Bready / crusty malts; some yeast spiciness and tartness; some phenolic tones.

T: Crisp, bready malts; green apple skin tartness that is played up by the yeast; peppery hops and touch of ginger on the finish; a note of alcohol on the finish, too.

M: Medium-light bodied with a high carbonation; its crispness doesn’t incline you to think its a pretty big ale at 9% abv.

D/O: Very drinkable and enjoyable. Next time I’ll try for a rougher pour to create that massive head. A very nice tripel.

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Photo of bigox420
5/5  rDev +15.7%

Photo of jjamadorphd
4.07/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Maybe not what I would taste last if the end of the world was coming, but it's still darn good...

The Unibroue brews have a hazy look to them that I have a love-hate relationship with. On the one hand they kinda look nice, but then they have this weird look to them that makes me wrinkle my nose. The smell was unique - I call it, "Wheaty sweet" and I really liked it. Mouthfeel was full-bodied, quite carbonated, but it had a creamy texture that the carbonation could not deny. At 9% ABV, the sweetness I smelled still came through the boozy flavor adding something more to it that I found appealing. Overall, I found this to be exceptional and probably the best of their offerings I have had to date.

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Photo of seavercm
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of ToddGingerich
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of 30helens
3.6/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

La Fin Du Monde from Unibroue
Beer rating: 4.32 out of 5 with 10,209 ratings