Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Unibroue La Fin du Monde

Type: Tripel
Origin: Chambly, Quebec, Canada
Price: $8.49/750 mL
ABV: 9.0%
NSP: 7.95 (unscaled)

Another surprising one in that it hasn't been reviewed yet, given that it's pretty much the easiest-to-find tripel in the US. I think every grocery and liquor store I've ever been in sells this. Should I expect that it's going to be the macrobrew of tripels, then? Though I'm not really sure what that would even mean.

The name translates to "The End of the World". Maybe I should've saved this for December of this year. I suppose I can just buy another, though. The pour looks pretty tripely, nice and orange and hazy. It sounded highly carbonated when I poured it, fizzy in a Rice Krispie sort of way. It smells like a down-the-middle tripel, fruity, spicy, a touch tart, plus a bit of alcohol sharpness. There's also something kind of coconutty in there, though it's fleeting enough that I could be hallucinating. It's smooth and really easy to drink, though it's a touch sweeter than, say, the glorious Karmeliet. The carbonation and mouthfeel are right on point, and all of the delicious tripel flavors are there, including the alcohol, which for me is just part of the game with tripels and not at all a negative. It's nicely crisp, with the hops providing just enough sourness to keep that sweetness reined in.

Well, this is pretty damn delicious, and really hits the tripel-craving spot, which at this point in my drinking career is a large and omnipresent spot. I'll say that Karmeliet trumps it purely on quality (as it does most things). But, and this is not a but to scoff at, you could buy this and a 500 mL of Franziskaner for the same price as a 750 of Karmeliet. Tough call (of course the equation changes if you're in fuckin' Bruges). What's a non-snob to do?

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