Triple-golden ale on lees – ale brewed with spices & bottle refermented, 9% ABV
Unibroue – Chambly, Quebec, Canada
By Bill Lau
Posted September 4, 2015
“La fin du monde” means “the end of the world”, but fear not! Dear Reader, this is not an apocalyptic brew, but one referring to the New World, thought by some of the early European explorers to be the literal end of the world. It also is seen to refer to the northern reaches of the Province of Quebec plus Newfoundland & Labrador (as presented graphically on the label); Quebec, you may note, is home to Unibroue, maker of this and other fine Belgian-style and Belgian-inspired ales. So press on without trepidation and have a beery adventure into America’s polar neighbor, The Great White North (eh?).
My bottle was dated “Best by 11/17/2017”. (Gotta love a beer that offers significant cellar life.) Served in a stemmed pokal style glass.
Appearance (5/5): Hazy, golden hue, topped with about two finger’s worth of dense, tightly knit off-white foam. I do love this type of head on a beer!
Aroma (9/10): Tangy fruitiness (banana, mango, papaya) with some spices (coriander, cardamom) & an earthy, yeasty note. Inviting!
Palate (4.5/5): Medium-full body with a satin-smooth texture and very fine carbonation bead; carbonation level is a bit less than expected with the volume of foam produced.
Taste (8.5/10): Tropical fruits in line with the aroma, starting slightly sweet & honeyish before becoming a little tangy, joined by the spices (with a faint touch of clove flitting past). Malt rides in the background; hops are limited to a gently bittering role. The beer gradually dries into the finish with the spices lingering on the palate.
Overall (18/20): Quite tasty and enjoyable. It’s easy to see why this beer has won more awards than any other Canadian beer. Right now, I’d pair this with a lovely quiche Lorraine (if I had one) (damn, now I’m hungry!).
Disclosure: The author has received no reimbursement or compensation for this article. All opinions and remarks are those of the author alone.