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I love Unibroue... other recs?

I much much enjoyed my Unibroue La Fin du Monde the other day... probably the best beer I've ever had (n.b. I only started drinking beer relatively recently) Does anyone else who also finds this one a fav have any recommendations for me?

And how would you describe a beer like FdM, tastewise (so I can ask the bartender next time I'm there...)?

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  1. I would describe Unibroue as a Belgian style strong pale ale. La Fin Du Monde is one of my personal favs and i am always happy to be drinking one. It has so much going on while also being so smooth that the alcohol creeps up on you.

    If you like LFDM, i would suggest venturing into other strong Belgian beers like Chimay, Duvel, La Chouffe, Delirium Tremens. There are also good domestic Belgian style beers brewed by comapnies like Russian River. You can also try Unibroues other offerings which are different types of beligian styles. Maudite, Don De Dieu, and Trois Pistole are all excellent as well, though some are darker.

    Find a good beer bar or shop around where you live and sample some of the better Belgians out there. If you can somehow find the 2004 edition from Unibroue, make sure to get it as this might be my favourite ever.

    edit I see you are in LA. Rusian River is a northern CA brwery but you should be able to get some of their stuff. Look for Damnation, its a belgian ale aged in oak casks. Very unique

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    1. re: MVNYC

      Thank you, that is very helpful. Part of the difficulty at this stage is not knowing what it is about a particular brew that appeals to you... now I know a bit more about what I was drinking. Belgian style! Great... there is a big Belgian beer festival happening at a bar very near to me in February... over 50 Belgian beers on tap, $3 for a small pour. I'm definitely looking forward to it!

    2. i love unibroue, too! in addition to the recommendations from the above poster, i'd also recommend aventinus. it's not belgian but it does have a similar feel somehow.

      1. Allagash is another US craft brewery that does a fine job with Belgian style ales.

        1. There are alternatives, but first I gotta recommend another, less often seen, unibrow beer. Ephemere. A dry, crisp apple beer that is wheaty and cidery with potent aromatics derived from the aging sur lees.

          http://www.unibroue.com/products/ephe...

          1. Go to ratebeer.com. That site will help you a lot. Do a search for la Fin du Monde, then search for beers of the same style. In general, you should look at the Belgians.

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            1. I'd say La Fin du Monde is a Belgian-style tripel. Try other examples from Allagash, Fat Tire, Westmalle, Chimay white label, etc. It tends to be very clean tasting, while some of the others may be fruitier. Don de Dieu has more wheat and comes across as smoother/sweeter to me. The various la Chouffe beers are very good, too. Some of the Unibroue limited edition beers have been amped/spiced up cousins to their regular lineup. That reminds me I need to break into the bottles of them I've amassed in the past couple of years.

              If you're a recent convert, I might enjoy those before diving off into Trois Pistoles, Aventinus, and other darker beers. You might get overwhelmed.

              Have fun!

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              1. re: ted

                I basically agree, with the exception of New Belgium (Fat Tire). I've been consistently underwhelmed by every beer of theirs I've tried. So many domestic micros do the Belgian thing better IMO, particulaly Allagash, Avery, and Russian River.

                1. re: Josh

                  I totally agree - the store that is superclose to me had a big advertising that they started carrying them so i decided to give another chance and got the 1554 and some other winter seasonal thing. totally underwhelming. i should have gone with my instinct after having several of their signature beers over the years and remaining underwhelmed

                  1. re: mr mouther

                    Check out the Anderson Valley Brother David's Tripel. I thought it was a very good example.

                2. re: ted

                  You are probably right, it is more like a tripel.

                  Look for Belgian Tripels.

                3. Thanks for all the suggestions... I'm definitely going to look into the domestic Belgians. Btw I had also had Chimay a couple times and really liked it too. Glad to see a pattern emerging for me... :)

                  1. Ommegang in Cooperstown, NY brews Belgian-style beers, less expensive than the imports. Hennepin is closest to Fin du Monde or Duvel although it's supposed to be a saison not a blonde ale. I love their Rare Vos (abbey ale style, dark and rich) and their quadrupel Three Philosophers holds its own in winey complexity with the Belgian Trappists.

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                    1. re: kenito799

                      Ommegang are very good Belgian style ales. They are now owned by Duvel.

                    2. You will probably like Golden Monkey, by Victory Brewing.

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                      1. re: Buckethead

                        Victory Golden Monkey has to be one of the best beers EVER. I have to drive from ATL, GA to NC to get it, but it's worth it. If you're ever in Asheville, NC be sure to try out the Pisgah Brewery's Solstice. Every bit as good as Golden Monkey and 100% Organic. And orgasmic.

                      2. The Unibroue beer I drink most often (partly because it's available more places) is Blanche de Chambly. It's a lighter ale, 5% alcohol, also refermented in the bottle. It is not entirely unlike the Fin du Monde in character, and I can't imagine that you'd love one and hate the other.

                        http://www.unibroue.com/products/blan...

                        I also enjoy a Fin du Monde now and then, but I find the 9% alcohol by volume a bit much if I am having a few beers in one evening.

                        1. Just had Anderson Valley's Brother David's Tripel last night. An excellent example of the style!

                          1. This was mentioned on another thread, but Unibroue has produced a seasonal vintage ale for Trader Joe's. It's pretty good for the price.

                            http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/...

                            1. Ohhh... the replies above are excellent, but i must say youve started with perhaps one of the best beers in the world (to my palate anyhow).

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                              1. re: douglj

                                I have to agree that is why I just tried to homebrew a copy. I'm sure it won't be exact but it should be good.

                              2. Brooklyn Brewery just released their Local 1, which is a sort of Belgian style Tripel. I am interested in trying this one.