Unibroue Chambly La Fin Du Monde Ale of Lees

Unibroue Chambly “La Fin Du Monde” Ale of Lees

I must say that my visits to the liquor store have been a little disappointing as of late with regards to finding new and exciting beers to drink, this week I have three great beers, and I must say none has made me want to jump to my keyboard more than this one.

My wife was excited by the champagne-like cork on the bottle, and I was equally excited by the champagne like alcohol content of 9 percent.

I am no expert, but perhaps the triple fermentation process has a part in the strong alcohol content. In addition, much like the unique beers from Australia that have in-bottle fermentation, this beer claims to have a yeast residue in the bottom of the bottle… That is if you can reach the bottom of this bottle and still be sober enough to care.

This is a big beer, and drinking one of these gives you the same blood alcohol as 6 typical australian beers. I leave for Australia in a few days. This fact is making me prematurely homesick.

I had fun opening the bottle. Something about the champagne cork makes me think that it is going to explode as soon as I unscrew the twisty wire. It didn’t.

Ehem.. If you dont know how to open a champagne bottle, take notes.

I then draped a towel over it and grasped the cork, tilted the bottle a little, making sure it is not aimed at a person, but instead at a part of the ceiling with no light bulbs. Then I twist the bottle, holding the cork stationary. By repeatedly twisting you allow the pressure to slowly push the cork out of the bottle. I repeated and waited for a pop.

The cork came off, and no pop. But that’s okay, it’s not the end of the world.

Or is it?

This beer is labeled an “ale of lees”. I dont know what that means. I don’t care. It is as though these people just made up a name and said “who gives a shit this beer is so good we can call it whatever we want. ”

This beer is foggy and amber in colour, like a Hefeweizen, only 80 percent better in every way, especially the alcohol content. It has a rich and fruity taste.

This beer is so good that if it was the end of the world, you would be sad to see it go.


Unibroue Chambly “La Fin Du Monde” Ale of Lees

La Fin Du Monde

Granville Island Brewing False Creek Raspberry Ale

GIB did a really great job taking “Fraser Valley Raspberries” and adding it to a nice clean-tasting ale to make a beer that tastes like a raspberry beer, eh.. (The kind you find in a second hand store).

It is really pink when you pour it, and still pink in the glass. The head and body are really full. The raspberry taste is obvious, but not so overwhelming. For my liking the flavor is not subtle enough, giving me the impression that it is a novelty beer that won’t be around for long…

In the meantime I would try this one out on a sunny day, cold, preferably in the early afternoon:)

[xrr rating=3.5/5]


GIB Brockton IPA

Well, how much has changed since my last post?  The Canucks played Schneider as I wished in game 6 (but still lost). Then Luongo played in a game 7 victory,  in what was called one of the biggest sporting events in Vancouver history.

I, like everybody else has some latent superstition that surfaces during stressful situations like these.  I too, have that desperate need to imagine that I have some control over this gut wrenching heart attack inducing playoff series. Luckily one day before the game,  it came to me!!!

I figured out why the Canucks were losing games!  I believe it was the Big Rock Curse.

Yes, that’s right, its because I was drinking beer from Alberta!

To remedy the situation I put my team Canada t shirt under my Kesler jersey and freely drank as much as I could from my GIB taster pack until Alexandre Burrows scored, just as I was finishing a bottle of GIB Brockton IPA.

Yup, all. Me baby;)

All kidding aside, after picking the empty bottle up from across the room, from the spot to which it was launched during my celebrations, I decided to save the bottle and put it “straight to the pool room” as they say.  I look back fondly, just as Burrows probably has his puck labeled with hockey tape, I have my bottle to forever remember my contribution.

Regardless, this beer is a favourite in my house, and well worth the 5/5 score on any day.  I was in no condition for tasting notes, but if you want some, check out my previous Brockton IPA review here.

GIB Brockton IPA (+ getting to round two)
[xrr rating=5/5]