Style: Belgian Tripel
Unibroue was founded as La Brasserie Massawippi by André Dion and Serge Racine in 1990 and is one of the Canada’s most well regarded craft breweries. Merged in the mid-90’s, they become acquired by Sleeman Breweries in 2004, and then by Sapporo in 2006.
Known is “Unibrew” in the States, it’s not to be confused with the InterBrew, predecessor of ABInBev.
They make a variety of beer, but is most known for their Belgian varieties, including today’s “End of the World,” a bottle conditioned Belgian style tripel Golden Ale, named in homage to sailors reaching the New World in the Age of Exploration.
It’s typically found in the 22 ounce bomber bottle, sealed with a nice foil wrapper. Pouring a lightly cloudy yellow, with a soft, creamy head, I immediately noted the excellent head retention. The nose has notes of apple, pear and a light fruitiness that masks the hefty 9% ABV. Spicy, with a crisp bite to it, there is nary a hop note relative to some true Belgian triples, but instead a long mild finish of alcohol with a lingering maltiness.
While this is an excellent beer with a gorgeous appearance and is highly rated by many, I found it slightly acidic with a little more burn than I’d like for a conditioned triple. That said, I’d never turn down a chance to imbibe whenever I found it available.