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

Brasserie McAuslan St-Ambroise Apricot Wheat Ale

Brasserie McAuslan Brewing is a microbrewery in Montreal which opened in 1989. It has won many medals in international competition.
The Apricot Wheat Ale is a seasonal beer meant to be “something different.” Other seasonal beers brewed by McAuslan include a pumpkin ale, and a raspberry ale, and a strong winter ale, all of which they launched in 1997.
This beer reminds me of the microbrewery beer in Portland, Oregon, where I lived from 1996-2000. Portland was well known for all of its microbreweries, but few of these places could make a nice beer. What you did see was a lot of flavours added, like, as if it hides the fact that it is not very good.
Well, this is my first flavoured beer north of the border.
The colour is amber, and it is sparkling clear. Since it is a wheat ale, I was expecting it to be cloudy. It has a very dark overflowing head.
The aroma was very intense, and very much like apricot, as well as maybe caramel and a little bit floral. The aroma is very very sweet. Overall my impression was that it was nice, about a 4/5 in the aroma category.
The flavour was very strong. Caramel, spice, and apricot flavours were present and it was very sweet. I must say, however, that there is a slight chemical taste that I had not experienced before, that I had not tasted in any other Canadian beer. My impression on the taste was a 3.5/5 with the first few sips.
The mouthfeel was unusually creamy, kind of syrupy, and the head was good, but did not stick to the glass after each sip. The carbonation was almost excessive.
The finish was long (4.2/5) and moderately strong (3.6/5) and very sweet. There is a slight amaretto taste at the end.
The craftsmanship was about a 4/5, generous considering it is a novelty beer, and it tasted very fresh.
I really couldn’t drink more than one of these, however, and while drinking, was trying to think of who I could give the rest to. My wife wouldn’t even drink it after one sniff.
I am also quite suspect with the chemical taste too. Technically the apricot syrup is an additive, and the packaging and website do not say their products are preservative-free but you have to give them the benefit of the doubt.

Rating: 1.9/5