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

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

Poured cool into a La fin Du Monde glass from a brown 12oz. bottle.
A - A beautiful amber the shade of honey w/ a fluffy 3 finger white head.

S - Like fresh bread w/ a dash of sweetness, full of Belgian character w/ spice and herbal notes. A nice dry wheat aroma enhances the smell.

M - A medium full body w/ gentle sweetness, toasted texture w/ hints of spice and a dry finish.

T - A very pleasant and balanced Belgian style ale. Somewhere between a wit and a tripel - strong and complex like an abbey, yet spiced and refreshing like a wit. There is a bit of wheat in the flavor w/ a honey-like malt taste. The malt really makes the ale special. Smooth and refined it keeps you wanting more.

D - This is a really world class beer even if the name implies drinking on at "the end of the world". It is just drinkable in almost every sense w/ sweetness, Belgian character and spice. The 9% abv makes it more of a sipper, but pure pleasure in each sip.

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Photo of Jason
4.97/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12 oz brown bottle with a foiled top, a best before date on the back label.

Appearance: Foamy off white head that takes a long while to subside to a sticky lace. Cloudy yet radiant yellowish golden colour shows that this is a pale brew.

Smell: Ripe sugary nectarines, a powdery yeast and a light phenolic clove and medicinal mix in the aroma. Alcoholic esters with a touch of solvent linger in the back of the nose.

Taste: Peppery clove spiciness with a warming alcohol right behind it. Estery with a hint of solvent-like character in the high level of alcohol. Malt lays down some sweetness with a thick drying pale graininess, fruity flavours of mango and pear flash on the taste buds. Bitterness from the hops melds with the thick powdery yeast and bring the mouth to a slightly dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and creamy with a medium to high carbonation.

Drinkability & Notes: One of my favourite Belgian style pale strong ales, a bit over the top for some people and one that I respect by sipping through the night.

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

A: Bottle poured into my Koningshoven chalice to reveal a clear golden beer with a thin but sturdy layer of white foam on top.

S: The smell of sweet apples, clove, yeast, and a bit of white grapes. There is also a touch of alcohol.

T: The spice comes out much more in the flavor than it does in the aroma. A lot of clove and nutmeg are complimented nicely by some fruity esters and a hint of yeast. There is a very well balanced sweetness to bitterness ratio that I've found to be lacking in other Tripels.

M: Very nice body on this beer; medium to full, in fact. The carbonation appears very lively in the glass but is a bit muted on the tongue itself. A bit of alcohol heat hits the back of the throat as well.

D: This is one of the first Tripels I've really enjoyed. Good solid Belgian yeast character and a fruitiness and sweetness that is well balanced. The only knock on the drinkability of this beer comes from the alcohol, but still easy to drink.

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

Slightly hazy yellow color with white head. Aroma has the typical belgian yeast esters with flowers, hay, green meadow and other rustic notes. Taste starts with banana and bubblegum, also floral notes, hay and other yeast esters. Leans a bit on the sweet side but the finish is really balanced. Body is quite heavy and smooth with medium carbonation. Really classic and well made. The only downside for me is the slight alcohol presence.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.42/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 ML bottle into a goblet.

a - Pours a orangish-golden color with 2+ fingers of white head. Moderate carbonation evident.

s - Lots of banana, yeast, and some spice. Masybe some other fruits as well.

t - Banana, yeast, cloves, and pears. Very nice and the alcohol is very well hidden.

m - Medium body and moderate carbontion.

d - A very nice tripel. Great fruity smell and taste and the high ABV doesn't affect the drinkability at all. A great beer by Unibroue that I've had many times and will surely have again.

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

Bottle poured into a NB globe.

A - Pours hazy golden yellow with a nice one finger tall white head leaving thin streaks of lace down the glass.

S - Smells of clove, apples, pepper, and bready yeast. Sweetness builds as it sits in the glass with some booze creeping in at the end of each glass.

T - Starts off with a candied sugar kick quickly giving way to a mix of peppery spice, clove, apples, and bready yeast. Alcohol is well hidden, only coming to light after it warms up. Finish is a mix of chewiness and light sweetness, lingering on the pallet for some time.

M - Medium body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Smooth, crisp feel with some booze creeping in as it warms up. The flavors, while tasty, begin to wear on the pallet over the course of the bottle.

O - A solid Triple for sure. This style really isn't my preferred cup of tea but I still have great respect for it. This particular one has lots of tasty flavors going on and the booze is well hidden. One of the best I have had.

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Photo of TMoney2591
4.33/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a flared pokal at Bliss.

Not really sure what something like this is doing at a Cinco de Mayo tasting, but I'm not gonna argue with good beers being served to me. It pours a lightly cloudy straw topped by a tall tor of stark white foam. The nose comprises black pepper, clove, banana, orange peel, wheat, and cardamom. The taste brings in more of the same, along with some light candi sugar and light caramel. This added bit of sweetness and minor complexity boost really makes everything come together nicely on my tongue. The body is a hefty light (or a really light medium), with a moderate carbonation and a dry-ish finish. Overall, a great beer, one of the best tripels currently on the market. Get some!

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Photo of vfgccp
4.2/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A – Cloudy, pale tan-yellow. Almost like banana juice. Fine bubbled head with nice retention and lace.

S – Earthy, Belgium spices: coriander, pepper corn, orange zest. Dull edges. Touch of booze.

T – Slow to ramp-up. Black pepper, nectarine, booze. Herbal bitter middle with coriander and faint banana. Warm booze on the backend.

M – Nice, medium body with a bright carbonation, and a boozy sweet finish.

O – A nice, complex brew that’s easy to drink at a slow-to-moderate pace, and easy to pair with a broad range of foods. A good cocktail-party beer if you will.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.7/5  rDev +9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Beautiful pale orange, with effervescence utterly filling the area of the glass. Bubbles rise to the surface in rapid unison like diving beetles gasping for...more La Fin Du Monde? I've read some other reviews on this brew, and a few folks mention a lack of head and/or lacing. I am having the opposite experience. My glass is coated in lace, and there is still 1/4 inch head left after 15 minutes.

S: The first whiff made my mouth water. That's always a good sign. Belgian yeast, clove, oranges, banana, spices, citrus. There's a lot going on here, for sure.

T: Absolutely delicious. Incredibly complex, this is one of my my go to beers. Spices and citrus blended beautifully, followed by warming alcohol. There is a yeasty, bread-like quality that I enjoy very much.

M: So smooth. Great carbonation level. Alcohol blended in perfectly.

D: So tasty and easy to drink, I could drink this all night...and the next...and the next. The 9% alcohol, while not overwhelming, will sneak up on you in a hurry.

Notes: This beer is world class and very accessible. One of my all time favorites.

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

12 oz. bottle poured into a goblet.

Appearance - Hazy golden straw colored body with a nice, but fleeting, white head. A bit of lacing, but not much to speak of.

Smell - Yeasty and citrusy aroma. Exactly what I like to smell. Not much sweetness at all, but a strong orange kick.

Taste - What I like about this tripel is how spicy it is. It has very little malt sweetness and a nice spicy finish. Wheat flavors in the middle lend to a nice citrus flavor with a slightly bitter finish.

Mouthfeel - Very highly carbonated. It makes it taste lighter, but it masks some of the initial flavors. Dry finish, so the flavor is there and gone quickly.

Overall - Great tripel. I would love to see a bit more complexity and less carbonation, but a great go-to tripel.

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

Nice 750ml corked bottle that pours a deep golden orange sunshine tone with a gleaming white head leaving a fair amount of lace around my tulip glass. High carbonation that tickles me nose hair and contains a deep syrupy sweetness with traces of honey and spice in the aroma along with the complement of the yeast strain scents. Tastes a very full complex sweetness with shots of bitter and dry sensations that run down the palate. Within the sweetness of the flavor lies a spiced up fruit like, thick mouthfeel of straight up refreshing goodness. Unibroue is amazing they are definitely capable of bringing the magic of Belgium beer to the North Americas, and for that I raise my glass to them. For making a beer with nine percent alchol that contains this level of drinkability and at the same time is staying within the guidelines of the style of any classic triple. Very good!!!!

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Photo of stakem
4.08/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a cervoise. The brew appears a hazed golden yellow with 2 fingers worth of creamy off-white head. Rising bubbles of carbonation maintain more than a finger of froth atop the solution. As the cap fades, some patches of lace stick to the glass.

The aroma is spicy with yeast that comes across with some mild fruity notes like pear and apple that blend with some clove and pepper. The alcohol is evident with a fruity ester that accents the previously mentioned apple and pear and draws out more of a brighter citrus quality that is zesty.

The taste is yeasty with a spice of clove that blends into a bit of pepper before the onset of fruity notes of apple, pear and some melons. There is a solid grain inclusion that is light and almost bready that eases the transition between yeasty spice and fruity alcohol. For 9% the brew finishes surprisingly crisp but quite warming.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. For 9% it is easily approachable and enjoyable but carries with it a warmth that is to be respected. It has a good rounded character about it that makes it dangerously light and refreshing. I could see myself getting in trouble with several bottles of this despite the warming impact it has. Certainly worth a try.

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Photo of johnnnniee
4.54/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy golden/straw color with a rather large fluffy white head that sticks around for a while. Lots of carbonation here, I almost overflowed my glass. Aromas of bubble gum, fruity esters, spicy yeast, oh my this smells great! Taste is spicy, peppery but not over the top. A bit of alcohol lingers in the finish. Full body, prickly carbonation, almost creamy mouthfeel. Great brew! This was one of the first Belgian inspired beers that I tried oh so many years ago, I can't believe I'm just getting around to reviewing it now.

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Photo of AlexFields
4.18/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Really thick lovely white head. Smells like a pretty average tripel, heavy on the yeast but normal range of spices and cloves and light malt. Flavor is similar, again very yeasty, very good but not spectacular. Mouthfeel is awesome, milky smooth and super well carbonated, extremely drinkable. Overall a really nice triple, the mouthfeel makes this beer or it would be no more than an above average example of the style.

7.7/10

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

It may be the end of the world.....but at least I'm drinking a good beer. The appearance didn't score high for me....while it poured clear....there is not much head or lace. The scent was very subtle....some Belgian yeast. The taste was very evenly balance and quite drinkable for a tripel. The mouthfeel was full in body with smooth carbonation. Overall....very solid offering.

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Photo of tdm168
3.97/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden yellow with clouds of yeast floating around. There's 1/2" of soft, foamy, soap-bubble-like head with decent retention. The nose has notes of coriander, wheat, apples, straw, and a hint of lemon. The taste is orange peel, coriander, faint lemon, alcohol phenols, and faint red apples. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, warm, and well carbonated.

This is a well balanced, rather complicated tripel. The flavors mesh well though the coriander can be overwhelming at times. Overall, though this is a great example of the style.

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

Pours an orange touched brown with a pillowy thick creme head. Nose is citrus, dough, and a minor funk. Flavor is an excellent mix of citrus, yeasty funk, sweetness, earth tones. It's all here. And in perfect harmony IMO. Feel has a full carbonation and the liquid is well bodied. This is an excellent beer. To have access to something so good at such a reasonable price is something that should be routinely taken advantage of.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.19/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Been awhile since I had one of these, would love to see if it still measures up since then. Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass.

A real nice looking white head, a bit soapy, but holds with lots of retention. There is a lot of rising carbonation on this with the classic slow rising carbonation crawling up. Body color is a bit hazy with a sort of dull apricot orange and yellow. Fairly decent tripel appearance.

Nose is a mellow sweetness, mixing with a sense of light honey. There's a sense of crisp coming off this, but there's not much sense of Belgian candi sugar or doughy like malts compared to other tripels. There is some sweet like malts that peek out just a tad. It's otherwise pretty solid and enjoyable and balanced. Smells very clean and carbonated.

Palate hits with a lot of carbonation, but manages to stay in control. Finish has a little bit of sweet banana, but then some classic Belgian like candi comes out. Carbonation on this is very high, and it even brings some tonic water and herbal like qualities to the beer. Sweetness doesn't get too out of control, and coats well in the palate.

Overall it's a solid tripel, but I think I would grab other favorites in this style instead. Nice to go back and review this one.

Old review (Feb 26th 2011) ---

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass.

A straight forward soapy clean white head of two fingers, falls fairly straight but not too fast. Body shows a nice carbonation from the bottom through a somewhat 50/50 opaque eight carat gold body. Not much of a collar left on the glass after the head falls but it manages to stay.

Bouquet is a slight musty barnyard smell with yeast. Buttery lemon sweetness also, and some sourdough bread. Dental almost toothpaste medicinal in the back on the nose also. Lots to find here, all clean, and all very enjoyable.

Great body upon taste with a bold lemon and honey. Mouth finish is a slight club soda but tolerable. Chew texture and highly teeth coating, faint bread like wheat also on the aftertaste.

Inexpensive to boot and makes for great drinkability. (4, 4.5, 4,5, 4.5, 4.5)

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Photo of Billolick
4.08/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Now this is more like it! Large bottle, corked and caged. Poured straw/golden and semi cloudy, white tiny bubble head and leaving lace.. Still not getting much of a nose, just a bit of wheat, bubble gum and yeast. Tastes/notes of wheat, yeast, bubblegummy phenolics, fruit, candy sugar, apricots, rum soaked grapes, yum yum. Finish is sweat and smooth. Crisp and nicely turned out Canadian Belgian.

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Photo of jwc215
4.69/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a Unibroue tulip glass:

Pours clouded golden with a large white head that soon fizzles away.

The smell is of orange peel, frangrant spices, floral, bready notes in the back. Alcohol adds a touch of pepper.

Incredibly delicious! Sweet malt mixes with perfumy spiciness - orange peel, clove...touch of peppery alcohol gives it a warming finish but is so well-balanced that it is not raw, harsh or interfering.

Smooth and creamy, the taste lingers after a long, dry finish.

Very drinkable despite the high abv. One of the world's great beers, IMO.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.65/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Huge, billowy, lace, white-as-driven snow head, atop a perfectly golden, clear body.

Aroma is a sweet array of fruit and spice, standing far above any other particular aspect. Delightful and heavenly. Is it "the End of the World", because it enters us into the next?

Citrusy flavor stands on top, with dazzling hops and a marvelous sparkling sensation on tastebuds. Body is light, and extraordinarily uplighting. This brew handily earns it's rep as the Canadian stand-in for Duvel.

A terrifically engaging, hoppy mouthfeel, and an exceptionally warming feeling make this ideal beer for any sort of celebration, such as Anniversarys, holidays, Wednesdays, midnights, 2:45 A.M.s, anytime you're exultant that the world hasn't ended, didn't get fired, dog still loves you, etc., etc....

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4.12/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a snifter, the beer is a bright, hazy, almost opaque, orange-gold coloring with a filmy, sparse, white surface coating of head. Nose of significant spice blend first, with cinnamon, nutmeg, and coriander in the mix. Bready notes, with some hints of citrus fruit, as well, but the spice dominates nicely. Flavors of banana bread forward, with another heavy dose of spicing that keeps the sweetness in check. More coriander and nutmeg, with some clove highlights in there, too. The body is smooth, with an effervesced feel that provides a crispness in combination with the spice profile. Bready sweet aftertaste supports the retaining spice blend, which also makes the transition into the finishing linger, with a clean, smooth feel. Solid representation of the style....very solid!

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

12 oz bottled September 3rd, 2008. My first Canadian review!

A - Huge white head that dissipates quickly over a murky yellow-colored brew. Plenty of carbonation and attractive lacing. A lot lighter than I was expecting from a tripel.

S - Yeast, lemon peel, cloves, with a hint of malt sweetness in the background. There is a good depth of spices and floral notes - it has more in common with some of the good German hefeweizens than with some Belgian tripels. Actually reminds me of a cross between a saison and a hefe...

T - Sweet at the nose, but gets more savory as it passes through the mouth. There's a sharp bite at the top of the palate, likely from the high ABV. A mix of cloves, honeys, spices and yeast - reminds me of a less sweet and more boozy version of Cynicale.

M - Crisp, refreshing, and bubbly - a little champagne like. I was a little surprised by how thin it was for something so strong - it definitely could be creamier and more full-bodied.

D - Not a style that I'd want to pound for an evening, although at 9% there isn't a huge risk of that happening. This is more of a change of pace beer for me.

I remember liking this a lot more in the past, but maybe that was because I hadn't been exposed to the wide variety of US and Belgian brews that I know now. It's not my favorite Unibroue - prefer Maudite, Trois Pistole, and Terrible.

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Photo of Duff27
4.2/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a perfect orange with a wonderful looking one inch white head. The very thin effervescence stream coming from all side of my tulip. Some lacing. Head retention is well above average. Amazing, pure and simple.

S- Almost champagne(?) like. Bananas, cloves.

T- Fruit. Spice. Bready. Belgian(?) yeast. Slight citrus.

M- Light to medium on the palate. Nearly perfect feel. Mouthwatering.

D/O- Hard to believe this is 9% by taste alone. Would have another but want to save it to brighten the end of another day. Loved this one.

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

10/16/05- Purchased at Beverages and More in San Mateo, CA

Presentation- 750 ml bottle. Caged and corked. No dating on the bottle. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Cloudy bright golden pour. Cork lets out with a furious pop. Nice creamy 3/4 inch head with nice patchy lacing.

Smell- Spices and more spices. Tons of white pepper and corriander. Not much other scents can get through. Maybe a few ripe fruits.

Taste- The pepper and the corriander carry this beer. Maybe a touch of peach flavor sneaks through or some other kind of tropical fruit. Sweet and tangy.

Mouthfeel- Perfect carbonation for style. Sugary coating and a tad creamy.

Drinkability- Probably the best Strong BPA I have had. Extremely tasty and drinkable.

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La Fin Du Monde from Unibroue
4.31 out of 5 based on 10,003 ratings.
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