Unibroue À Tout Le Monde Belgian Style Saison (4.5% ABV)
Pour: 12 oz. bottle into a snifter
Appearance: Pours a medium-gold with a healthy, super-fizzy white head that takes its time in dissipating. The beer itself is surprisingly still, given the fizziness of the head. A lot of edging, not much lacing.
Aroma: Sweet and citrusy with some yeast notes – about what you’d expect from a Belgian Saison. There’s some of that bubblegum smell that people who don’t like Belgians point to as a flaw with the style, but I like the smell.
Taste: A little on the sweet side, like rock candy, with the lemon and pepper notes associated with the style. A touch of banana in the middle with just a hint of the usual Saison funk. Spice in the finish: coriander and black pepper, with a nice peppery aftertaste.
Mouthfeel: Light and crisp. Very clean – doesn’t coat the tongue or teeth.
I’ve been hearing good things about this beer for the last couple of months, but I was still kind of skeptical about it. I mean, it’s a Megadeth beer – at this point, I’m skeptical of just about anything associated with that band. Quebec-based Unibroue has a pretty good reputation when it comes to cask-conditioned ales, though, so I decided to take a chance and pick up a 4-pack.
Fortunately, that skepticism was unwarranted – this is a damn good beer. For those unfamiliar with the style, a Belgian Saison (also known as a Farmhouse Ale) is a highly carbonated, bottle-conditioned ale that generally has a fruity or spice flavor to it, depending on what ingredients the brewers use. Saisons can run the gamut from tartness verging on the sour to more nutmeg or coriander flavored beers (occasionally referred to as Winter White Ales). À Tout Le Monde is more on the sweet side, but with a wonderfully strong black pepper aftertaste that I don’t know if I’ve ever gotten from a beer before. It’s also on the low side of the ABV scale for the style, so it’s more of a session ale – which is a good thing, because it’s so tasty that you’ll definitely want more than one.