Beer: La Fin du Monde
Serving Style: Bottle
Glassware: Wine glass
Drinking Establishment: Ally’s apartment
Primary Consumer: Ally
Sight: Cloudy, light golden-honey color, with a thick, foamy, 1 1/2-inch off-white head. Lots of little carbonation bubbles dancing around, like champagne.
Scent: Smells like spring–bright, flowery, and citrus-y. Perhaps a hint of soapiness.
Flavor: Apricots and candied citrus, yeast, and a clove- or coriander-like spice. Slightly seltzer-y.
Feel: Medium mouthfeel. Moderate-to-high carbonation. Reminds me of club soda.
According to Unibroue, La Fin du Monde (translation: “the end of the world”) has earned more medals and awards than any other Canadian beer. And you know what? I’m down with that. This tripel-style golden ale has an interesting flavor combination, with its fruits and spices and doughy yeast flavors. It wasn’t my favorite Unibroue I’ve ever tasted (I’m a big fan of their Maudite, an amber-red ale), but it definitely warmed my heart on this cold Valentine’s day. Be sure to drink it at room temperature to really get the most out of the flavors.
Concluding remarks: Worth sharing a bottle with your significant other on this day of love. Or, if you’re like me, drink the entire thing by yourself, then have a tipsy sing-along to Harry Nilsson’s “Without You.”