Beer Review 0001: Unibroue La Fin Du Monde
La Fin Du Monde is a golden ale introduced in 1994, brewed in the Belgian triple fermentation style. The beer is produced by Unibroue, located in Chambly, Quebec, Canada. La Fin Du Monde translates from French to English as “The End of the World.” This beer was named by a marketing agent who became frustrated at not finding a suitable name for the drink, exclaiming “it’s not the end of the world.”
This Canadian beer has been the recipient of numerous awards since its debut and is highly regarded in the beer world as one of the best. On December 18, I put those claims to the test, reviewing a 12 oz. bottle.
After being warned that this would produce a large head, I cautiously poured this beer into my glass, perhaps a bit too on the tame side — I found the head to only be of average size, which was probably due to my wussy pour. The head slowly diminished to nearly nothing, leaving an orange, brassy colored brew that had a light sediment and hazy body.
La Fin Du Monde has exceptionally complex aromatics, taking the nose on a field day of scents to discover. Right off, I noticed an orange scent mixed with clove, followed by a kick of pepper and heavy yeast that is bready and fresh. I noted this being very fresh with notes of straw and hay, and in addition to the citrus aromas, I found a bit of pear and vanilla lurking in the background. This is a very nice smelling beer; it’s complex and leaves you hoping what tickles your nose transfers to your taste buds.
Like most good beers, the aromas did transfer to the flavors. Most notable was a spicy orange and clove kick, which washed away to a peppery flavor before a long alcohol finish that warms the entire body but remains balanced and not overly harsh. This is a higher alcohol content beer, coming in at 9%, which is something you will not want to play around with. Take your time, sip this one — it’s best enjoyed once it attains some warmth as the flavors release more and the complexity broadens.
This is a medium bodied brew with average carbonation and a long, sweet finish, that is slightly bitter. I would compare the finish to orange juice, where sometimes you find a bitter note after a sip.
When rating La Fin Du Monde, I gave a perfect score of 15 points in the aroma category because of its complexity and depth of scents. Appearance got 12 of 15 points, while flavor and palate scored 34 of 35 points. For drinkability and overall experience, I awarded 33 of 35 points, leaving this beer with a final ranking of 94 points, or outstanding on my point scale.
Beer drinkers would be served well to check out this Canadian classic. Got a dinner party coming up? Here’s an idea: bring a 750 ml bottle of La Fin Du Monde instead of that same brand of wine you’ve been lugging around for the last five years. I guarantee people will flock to this bottle and revel in its complexity and tastiness. Who could resist a spooky looking bottle that advertises the end of the world? One caveat: the alcohol here is disguised very well, so remember it’s 9% or you might actually be feeling like it’s the end of the world.
Unibroue La Fin Du Monde: 94 points. Price: $4.00 US for 12 oz. bottle.
Other points of awesome:
Finally a beer to drink while listening to U2’s “Until the End of the World” from 1991’s ACHTUNG BABY!