Today, I was trying to decide what to have for lunch and decided on a couple of Niman Ranch Fearless Franks. Hot doggage was meant to go with beer, right? Well, I looked at my bottle and noticed it didn't really say what type of brew it was, only that it was triple fermented. Looking on the interwebs, I find out it is a golden ale. Ok, fine but then why does the back of the label say it is a “malt beverage?” I know malt is a major component of beer but why did I think of malt liquor when I read “malt beverage?” The label was too fancy for it to be what I drank in college.
I removed the cork and was pleasantly surprised to smell something light, delicious and sophisticated. Right away I noticed how mellow it smelled, not very hoppy at all. There was some sort of spice or herb in there. The wife thought it was cloves (yuck!) but I thought it was more like coriander. I have had white beers with coriander in them and always enjoyed that flavor. The bubbles were tiny and very dense, almost like a light foam. The color was a cloudy honey color and very pleasing to the eye. The first sip was light at the front end with a definite flourish of the coriander and maybe a tiny hint of some citrus. Let me tell you, it was delicious with the hot dogs. I had a little spicy mustard, tomatoes and some sliced peperoncini. Even the wife had a few sips and declared it tasty.
The alcohol content is a healthy 9% so it isn't light by any stretch of the imagination. I went over to the brewery's website and was amazed at how many different brews they produced. I will definitely look forward to reviewing more of their offerings from this Québécois brewery. Until then, excelsior.
La Fin du Monde
750 ml bottles