Beer of the Night: Unibroue Fin du Monde

*Whew*

That was close. As promised, I changed the domain name for the blog to http://www.talesofacharmedlife. The blog did not like that at all. Changing the domain name for the blog apparently disables all access to it. In changing the domain, I also locked myself out. It’s only thanks to my l33t computer hacking skillz that I was able to avert a minor catastrophe.

I’m sure at least one of you noticed the blog was down. I know that not all of you had plans for a Friday evening. Admit it. At least one of you sat home playing on Facebook all night long. It’s okay. I’ve done it myself a few times.

But not tonight. Tonight was guys night on the town. Jimenez, J-Biz and I hit up Zucca’s Pizzeria in Decatur for dinner, a frosty adult beverage and good Christian conversation.

The original plan was to take in Leon’s Full Service, the new effort from the owner’s of Brick Store Pub, the favored watering hole for beer connoisseurs in the Atlanta area. Unfortunately, upon arrival, we learned that the place hasn’t officially opened. Tonight was an invitation-only dry run and the place doesn’t open to the public until the 9th. Two more days and we would’ve been in!

As a consolation, we decided to just hike it over to Brick Store and drink and dine the night away.

Nothing doing. Brick Store had an overflow crowd pouring out onto the sidewalk and we couldn’t wait the hour it would’ve taken us to get a table. Some of us have rampant metabolisms that just don’t tolerate delay.  After a quick walk around the block and an aborted decision to dine at Thai Me Up, we decided that pizza was the better part of valor, so we headed over to Zucca’s.

Unibroue La Fin Du Monde
Unibroue La Fin Du Monde

Fifteen minutes later, we had beers in hand and dinner on the way. I started with a non-descript pale ale but finished with a beer I’d seen but never before tried, Unibroue’s Fin du Monde. The main reason I’ve never tried it is because it’s not a cheap beer. It was $8.50 for the pint tonight and I was the only one brave enough to spend that kind of dough on beer.  (I lucked out because J-Biz and Jimenez decided we should go three ways on the check when it arrived. I definitely owe you guys.)

At 9% alcohol by volume, it’s a heavy beer but not the heaviest I’ve tried. It’s kind of spicy but goes down smoothly.  I hate trying to describe beers. It’s like trying to justify art. I feel like I come across as some kind of pretentious fraud when I try to describe beers. I don’t know if it’s fruity or flowery or has subtle undertones of anything. I just know if I like it or not.  And I did.  But I’m pretty easy. I like lots of beers. If you want the description, here’s what the site has to say:<blockquote>La Fin du Monde is a deluxe beer made by triple fermentation and a unique way of straining the yeast. This method produces an unexpectedly subtle flavour. With its champagne-like effervescence, it has a vigourous presence in the mouth, which accentuates its strong personality. Slightly tart, with the balanced flavours of wild spices, malt and hops, it belongs to the class of great Trappist beers and, in this regard, is a North American first.</blockquote>

I guess I’m better at beer than I thought since I did get the spice bit correct before viewing the description above.

Anyway, dinner was a good time. I haven’t had much occasion to catch up with either of the gentlemen involved since they became blissfully wed and it was good to catch up with them. Both of them have been a big influence on me since I came to Atlanta, whether they know it or not. Both of them were in my small group (bible study for the uninitiated) for eighteen months or so and they have both been positive examples of what I think  a Christian man should be.  I’m sure I’ll have stories to share involving one or both of them in the future.

But not tonight. It’s late and I’ve just about had it, what with having to fix the blog before being able to post this. Hope everyone’s well and hope your Friday treated you well. Night, all.

2 thoughts on “Beer of the Night: Unibroue Fin du Monde”

  1. Charlie, let’s face it. $8.50 for an excellent trappist or trappist-style beer is probably about right. You’d pay $5 here at our 1 (yes, one) brew pub for a pint of decent but not great beer. Spending a few bucks more for a beverage of excellence is to be expected, if not enjoyed.

    And, of course, everyone knows your blog was down! For Pete’s sake.

  2. Oh, and BTW, isn’t that a heart-stopping feeling? Perhaps not for a young blog, but if you have a year or two under your belt, it’s that moment of “Oh shit, when was the last time I made a backup? What do you mean, never?!?”…

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