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La Fin Du Monde | Unibroue

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4.32/5
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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:
#414
Reviews:
2,999
Ratings:
10,126
pDev:
11.34%
Bros Score:
4.83
 
 
Wants:
665
Gots:
2,352
Trade:
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Ratings: 10,126 |  Reviews: 2,999
Photo of cj8311
4/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of mverity
5/5  rDev +15.7%

Photo of _RL_
4/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of Backer2004
3.88/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Whoa! Maybe I've lived in North Carolina too long but I might not ready for a 9% ABV brew. Received this today in a beer of the Month Club and cracked this one first after checking out all these reviews. I have no comparisons in this style or alcohol content yet but I'm in for a treat. Poured a hazy yellow with very nice carbonation. Floral aroma and a real spicy kick to the taste. However, can taste the alcohol. Mouthfeel fantastic. One bottle went to the head . . . impressive. This is a different league for me and I may be ready to step up to the plate.

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Photo of rvdoorn
3.75/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Shared a bottle with my father, who actually forgot how he obtained this beer. Poured into a leffe glass. The beer pours a hazy straw-yellow color (as most tripels) with a nice long lasting head.

Smell: Light nose of tropical fruits (apricot, peach, passion fruit), wheat, spicy hops, malts and some alcohol.

Taste: Spicy hops, and again, very fruity (apple, passion fruit, mango), yeast, sweet malts. Aftertaste is slightly bitter (hops) and dry.

Mouthfeel: medium-bodied but carbonation is too high.

Overall: For someone like me, who doesn't normally appreciate this style, I was very surprised. Still I think it is overrated here on BA, and that the rates given at ratebeer.com reflect the quality of this beer much better. But again, decent brew, nice and drinkable, recommendable

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Photo of tewaris
3.92/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

La Fin Du Monde (The End of the World in English)
Triple-style Golden Ale (from Brewer's page)
19 IBUs
12 oz bottle with a freshness date of March 30, 2013 poured into a tulip on October 1, 2010. Since their sommelier recommends an age of 3-5 years, and adds that it peaks at 3 years of age, I would guess that this is around its best at two and a half years! The pour was as instructed by the sommelier: the bottle was agitated to dissolve the yeast. Yet, I poured a little separately at first to examine the clarity.

Appearance 4/5
Pours golden amber with a big creamy head. Although the beer is clear unagitated, the recommended pour causes an obvious haze. The head is quick to recede and in that respect, the looks are not as impressive as similar beers, say Westmalle Tripel. The lacing is quite good though, but I must say that the head was disappointing.

Aroma 4.5/5
Aroma is fruity, and dare I say, perfumy? Very soft and enticing, with a touch of spice. No hint of booze. But it's a little too weak. A few swirls release a toasty malt aroma time to time.

Taste 3.5/5
Slightly malty sweet, with mild fruitiness and slight bitterness. Finish is clean and slightly bittering which is a surprise considering the low IBUs. The aftertaste is long with a malty creaminess but not sweet or cloying. Some alcohol warming.

Mouthfeel 4/5
The body is medium but the effervescence of the style is missing.

Drinkability 4/5
I expect more in other departments. Yet, the 9% is not noticeable at all! Amazingly done!

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4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

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 HipCzech
4.43/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving: 750 mL bottle ("BB 01-08-19") poured into a Spiegelau 0.4 L beer tulip.

Appearance: Hazy, bright gold with a lush, frothy head of white foam; streaky lace.

Smell: Tree fruit, cloves, white pepper and alcoholic esters.

Taste: Warm, smooth, malty body with layers of spicy yeast, cloves, pepper, citrus and lightly balancing hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and smooth with fine, champagne carbonation.

Overall: Complex and intense while so well balanced and drinkable. First enjoyed almost 20 years ago - still excellent.

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Photo of ElGuapo
4.55/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

you pour out a wonderful pale golden colored brew with a massive white foamy head that wants to jump right out of the glass. the aroma is of yeast and a lot of sweetness that tickles the nose.

you get a wonderful yeasty beer with some sweet fruitiness in there. alcohol is barely noticeable in the finish. i am glad that the alcohol was kept under control.

the carbonation tingles your tongue as the smooth brew slides right down smooth as silk, leaving your tongue warm and leaving you warm and fuzzy. this is truly an incredible beer. i love Unibroue

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Photo of horshack7
4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearnce: A pale golden yellow head is very frothy.

Smell: Peppery hints of corriender and dried fruits.

Taste: Lots of dried fruits hints of orange zest and apricots and and rather complex hop bitterness.

Notes: Certainly a very unique style that I have ever had very drinkable with a it's complex flavors. Cheers!

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Photo of nathanjohnson
5/5  rDev +15.7%

Photo of proc
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I really enjoyed La Fin Du Monde. Full flavored taste, with a slight bitterness. This beer defines the term "well-crafted". Robust and complex. The alcohol is well blended in this beer. Excellent, Oui!

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Photo of deac83
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of aubuc1
4.59/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle in to a goblet.

Pours a hazy orange with a nice white head.

Smells of apple and clove, wonderful smell

Warm taste of goodness. Very complex taste that has a fruity taste matched by a light malty buttery trail.

Classic unibroue carbonation and crispness that keeps it very lively in your mouth.

Beautiful beer. for 9% it is very easy to drink, and doesn't overpower in taste any direction.

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

Got this at Green's in Atlanta, 4 pack of 12oz bottles. Poured into a goblet.

A: A hazy orange that poured with a generous white head that dissipates slowly. Minimal lacing. The color is beautiful.

S: Yeast, flowers, spices, fruits (get a bit of citrus fruits and bananas). Amazing aroma.

T: Tastes like an alcoholic, fruity bread. Bananas really come across but they are not overly sweet. Hops bring a bitterness nd are balanced with the spices.

M: Has a pretty good amount of carbonation and makes this beer very refreshing. Tickles the tongue and finishes clean and crisp.

D: Vry tasty with a refreshing quality, absolutely drinkable. Greatness in a beer.

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Photo of mixed_master7
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of jman005
4.75/5  rDev +10%

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

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

La Fin Du Monde, The end of the world.

The pour is almost perfection. Hazed completely through. Color from pear yellow on the bottom to a richer goldish yellow to the top. Magnificent white foamy head. Lively brew, watch the pour.

Aroma of sweet fruit and yeast. Clove and lovely spicy goodness. Peppery spicy notes round out the aroma.

Wow, flavor is awesome. Sweet spiced flavor lively carbonation makes for a magnificent brew. Very light and crisp flavors echoes the aroma left in the nose.

Mouth feel is so very smooth light and crisp.Very impressive for a bigger brew.

Wonderfully drinkable. Absolutely enjoy every sip.

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Photo of superdedooperboy
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. brown foil-topped bottle poured into a goblet. "Best Before" date of 11-12-11 is printed on the label.

Cracks open with a nice hiss, pouring a rich golden hue with two fingers of white foam that fades quickly to a thick ring that holds on to the surface but not to the glass, leaving behind no lacing.

Very citrusy and fruity in the nose, with distinctive notes of apricot and a bit of tangerine, with some vague peppery spice notes interspersed within.

Bright and lively on the tongue, with a tingly carbonation that cleanses the palate, leading the way for bitter lemon peel and orange zest, combined with spicy notes of cracked pepper and faint hints of clove, all laid over a base of smooth, almost buttery, slightly sweet malt flavor that fades away into a very dry, spicy finish that calls for yet another swallow.

Extremely drinkable, but quite deceiving, hiding its hefty 9% ABV superbly.

A magnificent beer and a spot-on example of the style that lacks really only in appearance, where a bit more head retention would serve it well for beauty's sake.

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

A- deep golden with a dense white head, good retention.

S- Compact aroma. Lemon, clove, grains of paridise, white pepper, apple.

T- Clean yeastiness, subtle coriander, pinot grigio. Simple orangey citrus notes that integrate nicely. Alcohol is hidden very well.

M- Perfect carbonation, delicate with a light crisp touch.

D- This beer is about as easy to drink as any beer i've had. I always forget how good this is.

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Photo of Niceroad77
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of Andreji
4.18/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Came into this with very, very high expectations. Wasn't disappointed at all.

Pours a cloudy and opaque gold/tan tone which seems very pale and has rather a medium fizzy white head that fades and leaves a small coating on the beer with little lacing behind.

The smell, a little hard to define. At first appeared even fishy but then releases excellent aromas of wheat and malts, somewhat sweet and strong smell. nice, not that great.

The taste is truly exceptional. Very wheaty with a slight feel of lemon which complements it beautifully and helps to harmoniously hide its elevated ABV, only felt slightly at the end mixed with the delicious slight hoppy compliment to the taste.

Wow, an exceptional brew that can fool you if you drink too many (and attack your pocket). Worth its place on the list.

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La Fin Du Monde from Unibroue
Beer rating: 4.32 out of 5 with 10,126 ratings
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