A Tripel in the Ballpark.
A Review of La Fin Du Monde by Unibroue
Posted on 10/26/2011 by Brew's Your Daddy
The World Beer Fest in Durham, NC provided plenty of entertainment for my co-founder and I recently. We managed to get plenty of review material for BrewChief.com, snap plenty of photos for proper documentation and personal entertainment purposes, shoot video clips, meet countless cool people, and come up with quite a number of inside jokes. During one of my creative moments I decided that since we were at a festival being held inside the Durham Bulls Athletic Park, I should have a sample of someones tripel. Get it? Tripel? Ballpark? Baseball? Triple? Ok, I know its a bit of a stretch, but I was about 3 hours deep into the first session and it made sense at the time. So I scoured around and jumped in line at the first booth I saw that had a tripel. Considering that it was a completely random act, how lucky was I to land at the Unibroue booth? So I was polite in line, waited my turn, and when it was my turn I asked for their La Fin Du Monde.

Appearance wise the coloration was somewhere between brown and yellow. I couldn't help but think of a light summer honey when I looked at it. A fluffy white head made a brief showing, but bowed out rather quickly. I gave credit to the 9% ABV for that. Going in for an aroma check, I was able to pick out some nice highlights of banana, coriander, and cloves. Notes of pepper and bubble gum came through as well., and more than once I picked out some apricot. But the backbone of the bouquet was the Belgian yeast used. Just smelling it made my mouth water in anticipation of tasting those lovely little magic workers. I was mentally preparing myself for a sweet tasting beer, and I was totally on the right track.

The first taste was indeed sweet. The bananas and yeast were very upfront and quite pleasing. They were bold, but not overpowering. The herbal bite of the coriander helped to balance them out, and keep everything in check. A very nice malt layer came through in the middle, and the end was a strangely enjoyable blend of pepper and sweet yeast. The aggressive carbonation was unexpected, but aided in keeping the beer quite crisp. The only thing I found odd was that there was no real sign of the alcohol in the taste. That could make this one a true danger. It's just so delicious and drinkable. That combination, with no sign of the 9%ABV in the taste could be disastrous for some.

Call it a stroke of luck. Call it fate. Call it whatever you would like. I will simply call it delicious. The people over at Unibroue once again showed that they are the makers of some of the best beer in the world. The La Fin Du Monde has already claimed its place in my top five tripels. I can say that this beer could be enjoyed by any level of beer drinker. The more experienced would really enjoy studying the layers and flavor combinations, while those new to the game could have the chance to take a world class beer for a spin without having their palates be totally destroyed. Just be sure to use caution. The alcohol is hidden well in this one. It can pick you off and you never see it coming. Take your time. There is no need to race for home. For once, you can be happy with a tripel.

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