Thursday, December 1, 2011

The End Of The World!

The end of the world? Not quite, but damn close.

I must first start by admitting that I am a sucker for anything in a Belgian bottle with a cork and cage. Like glassware, I think that presentation of the bottle is a nice intro to any beer. It is what gets you excited! If your mouth isn’t watering by the time you get the bottle open, the brewery hasn’t done a very good job of  presenting their beer.

Between the allure of the bottle and the smell while I photographed this beer, I was definitely drooling by the time I got a sip.

La Fin Du Monde is a Belgian style tripel brewed by Unibroue Inc. in a little town on the outskirts of Montreal Quebec Canada.

Growing up with the likes of Molson and Labatt, there was a time not too long ago that I’d have laughed at the possibility of a Canadian brewery producing any kind of Belgian beer, let alone a world class variety. But that time has long past and proof is in my glass!

Pouring an effervescent straw color that you would expect from a tripel, the head is a glowing white but dissipated rather quickly to a miniature lace atop the golden nectar.

A fruity almost acidic sour note sings at your nose as you plant it inside the glass trying to figure out what that wonderful smell is.

There is a malty goodness that can not be mistaken for a Belgian tripel backed by a tint of banana and spice all carried by a medium light body that seems a bit too thin due to the carbonation. As the beer warms and degasses a bit, it seemingly thickens up to a perfect consistency. As the beer warms, there is a wonderful spicy yeast character that becomes quite apparent.

The nine percent alcohol is completely hidden behind the flavor of this beer. In a blind test I would put this somewhere between five and seven percent. This is a real treat for me in a world of beers that are rushed to market with apparent alcohol presence approaching that of E-85!

Maybe because of all the spicy seasonal beer and IPA traffic my beer glasses have seen lately I am calling this a very clean flavor and finish. It is not clean like a lager, it has a very gentile finish that lingers just enough to leave you longing for another sip.

I would have to say that La Fin Du Monde has earned a spot on my shopping list for the foreseeable future. It is ultimately an enjoyable beer that is true to style with plenty of it’s own character and certainly stands out from the crowd.



Dave Butler said...

If and when the real end of the world comes in our lifetimes, I think I'd love to be drinking a good beer at that time. Which beer would you rather be drinking as your last?

For me, that would be hard to say, but I'd like it to be a strong one.

BigKahuna said...

I'm not sure if I could select ONE! I would want it to be something strong, but mostly I'd want it to be something shared with loved ones!

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