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La Fin Du Monde | Unibroue

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La Fin Du MondeLa Fin Du Monde

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Quebec, Canada

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.

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

Pours a hazy gold color, with an incredibly effervescent carbonation driven thick off white head. Aromas of garden fresh vegetables, spicy yeast, cider, and blooming fields of wild-flowers, all waft from my glass. I am greeted by a refreshing, spicy, sweet first draught of this effervescent brew. It tingles on my tongue as it goes down. An incredibly smooth, well integrated brew, it just seems to want to be quaffed, which, is quite dangerous given a beer of this strength. La Fin Du Monde indeed!

Quite appropriately this is sharp and spicy at various points. I get note of hay, bergamot, hint of pepper, lemon, an herbal bite, and some vanilla. Overall it definitely has some interesting soft citrus notes as well as some appetizing acidity. This is an awesome brew from a currently great brewery, let’s hope it stays that way.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 From the Coop for about $7 .. poured into my Kasteel tulip .. enjoyed while cooking for our New Years Eve party.

Short lasting white head that left nice lacing.. brew is the slightest hazy golden yellow.

Aroma is incredible... slightly spicy and complex fruits ... White peaches.. significant white pepper and lite clove.. My nose is too uneducated to pick through and identify alot.. but trust me, it smells great.

Front of the palate lends itself toward the spicy notes.. mid palate is peaches and tropical fruit... alot of Belgian yeastiness with a lingering sweetness.. not cloying, but present.

I've had this brew a bunch over the years and am always quite suprised that it's this good.... special for sure.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.45/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A. 2006 Vintage. Poured into a Chimay Goblet from a 12 oz. bottle. Appears hazy yellow with some yeast sediment. A nice 2 finger head forms and recedes slightly. Some lace forms.

S. Smells of sweet fruits and malt. Banana and clove in the background inviting me in.

T. A flavorful punch in the face. Fruity esters and malts in the forefront. Floral hops are there to balance it.

M. Medium and smooth. Its so smooth its almost creamy. Lightly carbonated and delicious.

D. Very enjoyable, have had it before and will have it again. The 9% is well masked.

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

A goldening shade of apricot with tanned complexion. It sits with striking glow. Its colour is light but its tone is deep and hazed. A feathery patch of white distinguishes itself over top. This can be thickened with swirling and dots the glass with lace.

Its aroma is both pleasantly and potently effervescent. It is also fruity and floral and showcases just a dash of spice. Crisp straw wheat and lightly toasted malts seem doused in white pepper and coriander and then tossed with green apple and golden pear. I know of very few things that can appeal to the sense of smell like a good Belgian yeast.

Fortunately it seems to have had the same impact on taste as well. Again we are treated to sweetened, honey-laced malts tossed with coriander and orchard fruit. It is by no means an intense beer - the flavours are vivid but gentle and moderate. It pleases all parts of the palate with components fruity, malty, floral, tart, and zesty.

The alcohol is deceivingly absent in taste, but the beer possesses a soothing, almost sedative, presence that is indicative of a well crafted 9% tripel. Its higher gravity has done nothing to thin out mouthfeel and quite to the contrary, the mild carbonation and peppery spice give the beer a very lively texture on the palate.

This beer pairs wonderfully with a number of dishes and makes an especially great cheese pairing. While it drinks phenomenally fresh, it also ages exceptionally well. To speak matter of factly: Unibroue makes some of the finest Belgian ales outside of Belgium and 'La Fin Du Monde' is certainly amongst the best examples of a Belgian tripel.

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Photo of yourefragile
4.52/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle, approaching a year old, been kept refrigerated, poured into a Duvel tulip.

A: Hazy, golden yellow color with steady carbonation that is very hard to see through the murk. Very retentive off white, with very little lacing, just a few streaks.
S: Very sweet, spicy and touch of medicinal like alcohol. Ripe fruit, sugars, the typical Unibroue yeastiness, along with some clove and pepper, but big on the sweet and spice (cinnamon, etc).
T: Starts off a very sweet, spicy flavor up front and never really lets up as some more earthiness comes in and the carbonation hits you. Clove, pepper, banana, ripe fruit, yeast flavors all hit in the middle. Not much of an alcohol presence. The sweetness dominates, but is perfectly balanced by the spice.
M: Like a Unibroue beer, you know what to expect, tons of carbonation over a medium body but still very smooth. Finish is very sweet and candy like.
D: Easiest drinking Triple I've had. I think I still prefer Maudite and Trois Pistoles over this beer personally, but as far as Triples go, this is easily one of my favorites.

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.15/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle

A: Cloudy yellow with a huge amt. of white foam.

S: Apples, oranges, lemon.

T: Much of the same as in the smell, with that great Unibroue yeast ester character.

M: A little on the thin side for me for this style of beer, very spritzy when a little colder.

D: Fair, due to the high alcohol and the complexity, but still a very good brew from Unibroue.

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

Pours a cloudy gold brew.

Smell is sweet and spicy clove aroma with fruitiness. Perfume scents are in there with the alcohol scent.

Taste is sweet and spicy with a rose flavor. Lots of perfume and spice flavors to this.

Mouthfeel is good.

Very drinkable brew, I could drink this all day.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.11/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very hazy golden with a beautiful creamy pure white head. The head retains well and the lacing is decent, but a little spotty. Smell isn't bad, there just isn't much of one. Faint hints of clove and other yeasty esters,and not too much more. The taste is better, and rather subtle. The alcohol is well camoflauged and there are nice yeast notes of clove, bubblegum, and spice. The finish is long and creamy. Nice mouthfeel, but perhaps could use a little more bite. Quite drinkable- maybe too much so.

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

Poured from 12 oz bottle into a wine goblet.

Appearance: poured a slightly opaque medium golden color with nice effervescence and a quickly-dissipating one-finger head.

Smell: rich wheat aroma with attendant light notes of citrus.

Taste: very nice wheat flavor with fruit undertones. At once subtle and complex with a variety of sweet, tart, fruit and yeast notes on the finish. This beer is truly delicious.

Mouthfeel: medium body; with the carbonation it is quite creamy. Sticks around enough to really give a good flavor experience.

Drinkability: alcohol content notwithstanding, this is a highly drinkable beer. I like that fact that each sip brings another complex collection of flavors to contemplate.

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

The beer pours a hazy yellow gold color with incredible head retention and outstanding lacing. The beer is very complex on the nose, with a sweet overture of coconut, mango, and citrus. Very impressive. On the palate this beer is simply delicious. It's sweet, but not overly so, and is not the least bit heavy of cloying. I get flavors of honey melon, cherry, mango and vanilla. The beer has a mouthfilling presence, and finishes with a smooth, lingering finish. The abv. is noticeable, but not overly so, and the beer is quite drinkable considering it's 9% alcohol.

An altogether excellent beer from Unibroue.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.44/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Victoire in Rochester, NY.

Pours well, with a beautiful 3 inch head, and a pale, hazy, honey-colored liquid underneath. The head lasts 5-10 minutes.

Smells of strong Belgian yeast, cloves, apple, and pear dominate.

Such a great flavor. Tons of tastes roll around, all held together by a slight yeast bitterness. Cloves, banana, sour apple, pear, orange. Awesome! The yeast is my favorite part- it's not overdone, but really expressive, and brings all the flavors together well.

Full bodied, strong mouthfeel and carbonation.

My favorite non-quad Belgian beer. A true masterpiece of brewing.

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

From the 750 ml. corked bottle dated 07-02-12. Sampled on August 5, 2010. It pours a cloudy, milky pale yellow with about a one inch silky and soft head. The aroma is bursting with yeast, malts, and grains that seem to have a wheat-like quality to them. The taste leans more on the malts, spices, and hops and less on the yeast. The alcohol is well-masked. A real good beer.

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

I've had this many times, but am finally reviewing it. The best description would probably be a Trippel-witbier (which is a complementary hybrid style).

A: Brownish-orange/straw with some murky yeast throughout. Nice off-white head, some retention, hints of lace.

S: Similar to a Witbier, spicy, earthy, a little fruit. Some nice bready Pilsner malt in the nose as well.

T: Bready malt, corriander, earthy flavour from the yeast. Alcohol taste is apparant, but not too assertive. No perceptable hop flavour, but nicely balanced. Finish is dry.

M: Moderate body, highly carbonated.

D: Dangerous at this level of alcohol.

Thanks for the bottle Len!

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Photo of weeare138
4.03/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a hazy, light gold with a small white head that slowly fades into a mild cap. Scattered streaks of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of estery pepper, cloves, citrus, and orange with a tropical fruit salad aroma coming through.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with that signature spicy tropical fruit. There is also a vanilla cream flavor that comes through in the taste.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, mildly spiced with spritzy carbonation tickling the tongue.

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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 jdhilt
4.23/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

An excellent beer from Unibroue, cloudy amber color, not a lot of nose but good carbonation and frothy head that leaves a good lace. Higher ABV is hidden. Flavor is sweet citrus and yeast, smooth. $5.79 for a caged and corked 750ml bottle from Concord Cooperative Market Concord, NH.

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

Possibly one of the last bottles to reach Australian shores, at least for a while, sadly. Chilled to cellar temperature and served in my Unibroue tulip, avoiding the lees.

Body is an absolutely beautiful cloudy but burnished ripe pear colour, deep yellow with hints of orange in its depths. Head is billowy and frothy, boisterously foaming up when poured. Pleasantly light body and thick sheeting lace as the head collapses. It's a wonderful looking beer.

Nose is crisp but round, full of spicy, earthy Belgian yeast notes, with hints of dark fruit, fig compote, pickled orange rind, and whisked vanilla essence. Such wonderfully blended and outrageously sophisticated aromas. Gorgeous.

Taste is smooth and round, but with a central vector of fruity acidity that cuts pleasantly through the sweetness. Spicy Belgian notes come up through the back, along with a subtle but structured spirit bite. Mouthfeel tingles with subtle heat and acidity throughout, just livening up the palate wonderfully.

Yes, this is a very good and very well-crafted beer. Extremely flavoursome, but so well balanced and light enough that it's supremely drinkable. An excellent brew that I'll be sorry to see disappear.

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Photo of corby112
4.44/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy, golden-amber color with a thick frothy white head that dissolves into a lasting lacing. Aroma of apple, pear, grape, citrus and slight hint of alcohol. Very carbonatied up front with a fruity spiciness with hints of light crisp fruit and a sweet citrus finish.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
4.92/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Poured a cloudy yellowish amber color with good carbonation and a white head. Nose is fruit, hops and belgian yeast. Taste is fruit, belgian yeast, spice and warming. I thought it was pretty good and smooth on mouthfeel and drinkability. It was warming, spicy and fruits on the mouthfeel.

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Photo of beerthulhu
4.45/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a hazy golden-peach with a small sudsy white head that faded rather quickly. Visible carbonation appeared light-medium.

S: The nose had some creamy bananas, cloves and spicy fruit (green apples, oranges). There was a slight yeasty muskiness as well.

T: The initial flavor was spicy and fruity (pineapples, pears) with a light smokiness. Tart oranges, bananas, light bubblegum notes stand out. There were also some fresh apples, and mangos adding to the complexity in the finish rounding things out. Incredibly complex and fruity with a lively carbonation that brings out the full aroma and flavor

M: The mouthful was full of fresh oranges, spicy hoppiness and a lively carbonation bite.

D: Drinkability was incredibly good, with a vast complexity of fruitiness from the yeast. The 9.0% abv was hardly noticeable as this beer drank like a dream. Fulfilling at one drink, but easily drinkable in multiples until the alcohol catches up to you.

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Photo of clayrock81
4.28/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A cloudy orange with two finger head that leaves a lovely lace ring down the glass. A fragrant smell with some sweetness and something akin to citric notes in the smell. A ginger snap hit my tongue first in this medium-bodied beer. It also warms but is sweet and smooth and has that heavy and dark fruits taste that Belgians contain. Has a slightly dry backbite to complement the slickness the beer passes with over the tongue. This is one of the best beers around in any style, not just Tripels.

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Photo of wl0307
4.59/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

341ml brown bottle. No freshness information on the bottle/label.

A: served lightly chilled in a large tulip-shaped wine glass, it pours a cloudy dark orangey hue (like farmhouse scrumpy cider); the head is limited, leaving just a thin layer of foam, against a lively carbonated body with streams of tiny bubbles all over the place.
S: tremendous smell of fruit esters (orange-peel, lightly banana-oil, unidentified exotic fruits/like passion-fruit) with a touch of semi-sharp, freshly-sawn wood-chips and deep spicy flavour, on top of dazzling and richly perfumy fruity and candyish maltiness... The fruity yeasty elements are so vertical and colourful, bringing lots of ever-changing, novel, flowery and savoury aromas unlike all the typical strong pale ales I've encountered. What's best about the aroma is that it's not as overpoweringly/sharply yeasty as many authentic Belgian counterparts (like Duvel), thus making the nose perhaps the most complex I've experienced amongst this style.
T: slightly sharp texture initially, with dryish bitter-sweet curacao-peel, coriander seed with lightly peppery edge along with sourly-sweet, perfumy fruitiness following immediately; towards the mid-flavour a rich flow of semi-sweet candy-sugary maltiness develops, leaving semi-dryish hoppyness and a profound yeasty overtone in the aftertaste (like Japanese yeasty drink--Yakult).
M&D: lively upfront and turning softer as it goes; the alcoholic warmth is pretty restricted and makes this drink more devilishly-drinkable than the famous Duvel!! although in the end the sticky sweet aftertaste proves a bit too much to my liking. That said, this is THE top dog in my book for the style of Belgian Strong Pale Ale!

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

( Served in a tall chalice)

A- This beer pours a hazy light orange with a big rocky white head

S- Orange zest and light pale malt notes with a slight tart quality and some faint hops

T- Orange notes with a nice soft malt quality. A very nice bitter hop finish that reminds me a bit of German hops. No real alcohol taste very smooth and balanced. As it warms some spicy almost peppery notes come through.

M- medium mouthfeel with a faint note of fizz. No astringency or alcohol warmth

D- Wow for having 9% ABV this was a very gentle smooth beer that had lots of good qualities and a nice finish.

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Photo of kscaldef
3.65/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours deep golden with nearly an inch of dense white head.

S: Yeasty fruit. Pear, clove, slightly sharp in the aroma

T/M: Incredibly fruity flavor. Pear, apple, papaya. Moderately sweet and full-bodied. Not all that carbonated in the mouth. Slight solvent taste and sensation in the back of the throat.

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Photo of akorsak
4.85/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I am drinking a vintage 2005 750 mL C&C bottle poured into my bran' spankin' new Pauwel Kwak tulip glass. The ale is at an
optimal temperature of 45-50 degrees.

Appearance: The ale pours as a nice deep goldenrod color, with a nice head that leaves a pleasing lace down the sides of this long-necked glass. THe alse is not quite clear, but close enough that one can make out whatever is on the other side of
the glass.

Smell: The smell of peppers and spices jump out immediately. The pepper is very obvious and adds a hint of spicy heat to the nose. There are also sugars, imparting a slightly sweet note.

Taste: The taste of candied sugars hits the tongue immediately, providing a sweet taste that slowly turns into a strong alcohol presence. Beyond that, the spicy taste of black pepper makes itself known. The malt character is fairly low key, but the hop presence is equally restrained, creating a very smooth evenly blended ale.

Mouthfeel: The ale sites very nicely in the mouth, with the pepper and sugars providing a sweet and bitter interplay. Keep the ale in your mouth and allow it to warm, the alcohol character becomes very apparent.

Drinkability: Despite the 9% abv, the ale is very drinkable, tasting so smooth and balanced, one does not even realize the alcohol until it is WAY too late. An excellent ale from a top notch brewery.

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La Fin Du Monde from Unibroue
4.31 out of 5 based on 9,908 ratings.
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