LA FIN DU MONDE is our third BrewView from UNIBROUE. (Read our BrewViews on DON DE DIEU and PROVIDENTIAL) This is one of our go-to beers when we want an excellent Belgian-Style Tripel. We’ve enjoyed this beer since the mid-90’s, and is yet another beer that was way overdue for a BrewView.
From the very beginning, Unibroue has carved out a special niche in the beer world with top quality products and a brand rooted deep in Quebec culture. It made history by becoming the first North American beer maker to use a brewing method inspired by the two-centuries-old tradition developed by Trappist monks in Europe—particularly in Belgium. Over the years, Unibroue has remained faithful to its origins even as it has grown to become an icon of the brewing world. Unibroue products take you on a journey filled with legends and fabulous tales. (Source: Unibroue)
Unibroue was founded by business partners André Dion and Serge Racine who had acquired 75% of La Brasserie Massawippi Inc. of Lennoxville in 1990. The two purchased the remainder of the shares at the end of 1991 when they transferred their interest in La Brasserie Massawippi Inc. to Unibroue.
By 1992, La Brasserie Massawippi Inc. became a wholly owned subsidiary of Unibroue. Afterward, it changed its corporate name to Brasserie Broubec Inc. and in July 1993 merged with Unibroue. It was bought by Canadian brewer, Sleeman Breweries Ltd., in 2004. Sleeman, in turn, was purchased in 2006 by Sapporo. Unibroue’s beers are distributed globally. (Source: Wikipedia)
In 2007, Unibroue promoted Jerry Vietz as its brewmaster. Jerry brings a wealth of technical and practical knowledge to the company. He joined the brewery in 2003, and began to work on such projects as R&D and automation. He also holds a certificate in Brewing and Malting from the University of Wisconsin–Madison, and a Diploma in Brewing (Institute of Brewing & Distilling U.K.).
As Director of the Brewing Department and Brew Master, he has been responsible for all aspects of Unibroue’s brewing department, including among others, process optimization, staff management, planning, maintenance, maintaining and improving quality standards, and ensuring the consistency of the liquid. He has also been in charge of new liquid development since 2007.
Jerry states, “I’m very passionate about fermentation in general. I’m not afraid to mix all kinds of stuff, to try new things. I’ve had the chance to experiment with a wide range of raw materials. I really believe that anything that contains carbohydrates can turn into something very interesting when it goes through the fermentation process, depending on the way you manage it. Each cereal, fruit, or sugar has a different profile and they need to be processed and managed differently in order to get a liquid with the desired characteristics.
I tell people I make “flavorful beers”—that’s the category I brew. For me, the important thing is to express myself through the beer. I brew with passion and I hope that people take as much pleasure to taste my beer as I have to create them!” (Source: Unibroue)
BEER STYLE AND COMMERICAL DESCRIPTION FROM UNIBROUE
Style category: Tripel-style Golden Ale
Description and Taste: Blonde with a golden hue, SRM 5.5, clarity- slightly cloudy. Head- white, creamy, generous, Bubbles- champagne-like. Effervescence- Slow. Nose- Floral bouquet, aromas of honey, spice, coriander, malt, and alcohol. Flavor- Mildly yeasty with a complex palate of malt, fruit and spice notes followed by a smooth, dry finish. IBU- 19. Body- Medium. Aftertaste- Pleasantly lingers on with a warm finish.
CANADIAN BREWING AWARDS- May 31, 2014
La Fin du Monde won the gold medal in the “Belgian Style Abbey Ale” category. With this medal, La Fin du Monde has won a total of 38 prizes since its first brew in 1994.
OUR BREWVIEW OF UNIBROUE LA FIN DU MONDE
APPEARANCE / THE POUR:
9 % ABV. Poured into a tulip-shaped glass, and served at 55°F. Pours a light to medium golden color. The white colored head pours an easy 3-4 finger height, and is with a tightly bubbled, rocky density. As the head collapses, the Brussels lacing it leaves behind is thick and even. (We ensured this was a “Beer Clean” glass).
The meniscus is medium to slow rising. There is a gentle champagne bubbling throughout the beer. There was a yeast haze to the beer, due to the bottle conditioning. Unibroue is very big on making sure that the yeast in the bottle is distributed throughout the pouring of the beer into the glass. For an illustration of their “pouring ritual”, visit this link.
AROMA / BOUQUET:
La Fin Du Monde has those awesome aromas that caused us to make this one of our favorite Tripel style beers- big bubblegum bouquet mixed with fresh yeast, and bruised, aged peaches.
Fresh yeast mixed with apricot, peach, and malt sweetness. Think of a fresh peach pie with a rich butter crust. There are nice spicy phenols in the mix.
MOUTHFEEL / PALATE:
This beer is a textbook example of why using fresh yeast strains make a better beer. The sparkle and effervescence of La Fin Du Monde is what makes this beer so refreshing to drink at 9% ABV. The creaminess fills the entire mouth, and the wonderful fruitiness and yeast flavors linger in a mildly dry finish.
FOOD PAIRING SUGGESTIONS:
APPETIZERS: Rich creamy cheeses such as Port Salut, Camembert, blue veined cheeses.
ENTRÈES: Moule en Frite, salmon, sushi, braised veal, pork tenderloin with goat cheese.
DESSERTS: Classic cheesecake.
The first thing that comes to mind is that La Fin Du Monde is extremely bargain priced (everywhere we’ve seen it at). In our opinion, it’s one of the best Tripels on the market. Brewed year-round with excellence by Unibroue, it’s their flagship beer for great reason.
Although many foodies and beer people recommend to pair it with only certain types of food dishes, we’re those type of people that we’ll enjoy this with anything! Anytime we can enjoy La Fin Du Monde, it turns the most solemn occasion into a joyous festival.
We picked up our 4-pack at our local BevMo! here in Redding, California, and our 750ML bottle at our local Liquor Barn, but is widely available at many stores thanks to its vast distribution network here in the United States. Great beer makes great memories, and La Fin Du Monde has been there for many of those for us.
And yes- it is on our top 100 beers list of all time. This beer would be an EXCELLENT Tripel to introduce to your friends trying this style of beer for the first time. It never disappoints; it always satisfies. And it is a must have. Seek this one out without any doubt. Buy several bottles and cellar some up to 5 years, tasting one along the way as each year passes up to the 5th year. Exceptional.