The name alone proves this beer is Rapture-Ready, or at least ready for the rest of us:
Name: La Fin du Monde
Origin: Unibroue, Quebec, Canadialand
Style: Belgian Tripel
IBU: haven’t seen it – admittedly I’ve been spending more time looking for updates on the Rapture than looking for IBU info. At any rate, it’s a Tripel, so hops aren’t the star here.
I drank this: bottle pour
While you wait to be Raptured (or Left Behind with me), this is the best of all possible beers you could drink: it has the right name, and it’s a perfect beer for the season.
La Fin du Monde is Unibroue’s Belgian Tripel. It’s a hazy golden color with a white head and lots of lacing down the glass.
It smells like a fruit basket. Seriously, there are fruits everywhere, of all kinds. Bananas and peaches predominate, but there are traces of pear and grape and lemon, with hits of clove running throughout.
This beer has a fairly thick body with a great carbonation level – the combination makes it feel deceptively light on the tongue. The alcohol is well-hidden – it’s one of those beers that, if I didn’t know the style or ABV, I would guess to be around 6% rather than 9%. The flavor is amazing – it’s more fruit basket, heavy on the bananas, pears, lemons and peaches. There’s a hint of honey. The yeasty flavor is strong enough to be noticeable, but it’s complex enough to be more than just a typical Belgian funk – the funk is light, the clove is heavy. Good, good stuff. There’s a nice hint of hops as well, adding a run of lemony-grapefruity-grassy citrus which nips at the tongue.
This really is a fantastic beer – for my money, this is the best of Unibroue’s line. It’s a perfect tripel: deceptively light and easy to drink, packed with a huge array of honeyed fruity flavors, touches of light malt and hints of yeast and hops. It’s, like, it’s symphonic.
So everyone, should this indeed be the beginning of the end of days, rush out to your local liquor store and grab yourself a bottle of today’s most appropriately-named beer. On the other hand, should the apocalypse decide to hold off until 12/21/2012, look for Steven’s Point 2012 Black Ale instead. Frankly, a black ale would be more winter-appropriate anyway.
(Obviously I stole the picture up top from an0ther website, but honestly, how could you not?)