Unibroue Rare Beer Methuselah Contest
I remember when I was beer shopping in Sint-Niklaas, Belgium, and came across a Jeroboam (3L) of Chimay Bleu. The enormous bottle made an immediate impression. I imagined cellaring it for years, then opening it on a special occasion to share the Trappist elixir with good friends. Needless to say, bringing it back to Vancouver in my luggage was not an option and I didn’t have time to find out what shipping it would cost. The opportunity slipped from my grasp.
Now, beginning on November 19, there’s an opportunity in the Lower Mainland for you to acquire an even larger rarity. Chambly, Quebec, brewery, Unibroue, will be selling exclusive 6-litre bottles of La Fin du Monde and 17 Grande Réserve through the 39th & Cambie Signature BC Liquor Store. At $149 each for La Fin du Monde and $199 for the 17 Grande Réserve, these will be the largest and most expensive bottles of beer ever sold in Canada†. Only 50 bottles are available.
For an opportunity to sample these Unibroue beers and purchase the limited edition Methuselah bottles, the 39th & Cambie Signature BC Liquor Store is hosting an exclusive tasting event with certified beer sommelier, Sylvain Bouchard, on November 19 from 3:00 – 4:00pm. This is a ticketed event. Tickets are only available for purchase at the store. The Unibroue food truck will also be on-site, offering food cooked with Unibroue beer from 3:00 – 7:00pm.
If you are unable to attend the event or purchase the beer, I’m pleased to be able to offer Metro Vancouver residents the chance to win a Methuselah of Unibroue 17 Grande Réserve. To enter and qualify, simply tell me in the comments below what you would do with this very special beer if you won it; be sure to include your city of residence. I will judge the entries to determine the best answer based on thoughtfulness and originality. Take your time. You have until Saint Nicholas Day – December 6 – to comment. I will announce the winner at 1:00pm that day.
Unibroue 17 Grande was first brewed in 2007 to celebrate the brewery’s 17th anniversary. Released only once a year with each bottle bearing the vintage and unique serial number, Unibroue 17 Grande Réserve has won three consecutive international platinum medals. Réserve’s complex flavour bouquet of roasted malt, hops, aromatic spice notes
and vanilla undertones pairs best with spicy pork loin, braised beef and roasted game. It also pairs well with desserts, including dark chocolate truffles, gingerbread cake, and crème brulée.
† Update: Until December 5, 2015, these bottles were the most-expensive beer sold in Canada. That record now goes to Vancouver’s Storm Brewing for their 25% ABV Glacial Mammoth Extinction which was sold in limited edition, hand-blown bottles with a handmade pendant for $1,000 each.
Winner: Congratulations to Dave Smith of Surrey, BC, for winning a Methuselah of the largest, second-most expensive beer in Canada! Not only did he consider the deeper significance of this beer, but he was the only one to also answer in both official languages. Bravo! Attache ta tuque!