This column reviews a beer based on aroma, appearance, taste and palate (mouthfeel). At the end of each review, we will score the beer based on a five-star system (one star meaning you will likely regret ever drinking such a horrible concoction, five stars meaning it’s your new favorite beer, and two, three, and four stars falling somewhere in between).
Unibroue is a brewery located in Chambly, Quebec doing some really interesting stuff. Each of their beers has a story that accompanies it, often a “legend” based in or around Quebec. According to their website, the legend of La Fin du Monde is that: “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.” While the legends are obviously unnecessary, they’re something that lets you know that Unibroue really cares about what they’re doing.
Though I’ve had several beers from them, La Fin du Monde was the first of their beers that I had a chance to try. A friend (who knew what kind of beers I enjoyed) introduced me to it at a time when I was just discovering craft beers. After my first sip, I was really happy he had.
La Fin du Monde has a distinct aroma, with clear floral notes, but also aspects of honey and spice. As you can see from the picture above, it pours a nice golden color with a white, creamy head. Though La Fin du Monde has a high alcohol content (9 percent ABV), you don’t really taste it at all. The alcohol is masked by a pleasant taste of malt, fruit and spice. It has a medium body with a high amount of carbonation and leaves a smooth, dry finish.
Overall, it is an excellent beer and, at one point, it was even my favorite beer. Though it no longer holds that distinction for me, it’s definitely worth getting your hands on. You won’t be disappointed.
Little Utopia Rating: Four out of Five
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