Our BrewView on Unibroue’s À Tout le Monde was originally published on November 7, 2016.
À TOUT LE MONDE Ale honors the mutual passions and friendship of Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine and Unibroue’s Master Brewer Jerry Vietz. It is brewed as a tribute to all the friends of hard rock music and Belgian style ales in Quebec and throughout the world.
Heavy metal has played a very influential role in the history of Quebec’s musical development and Quebec city has the reputation of being one of the metal music capitals of the world. It is a closely-knit culture characterized by very passionate and devoted fans, much like that of Unibroue’s refermented ales.
So it shouldn’t be a surprise that when Dave and Jerry’s paths recently crossed, their mutual passions for both arts would spark a desire for a Megadeth beer brewed by Unibroue.
And so À TOUT LE MONDE Ale was born, inspired by the most popular hard rock song to feature a chorus sung entirely in French, and whose video is in the Music Hall of Fame of Quebec’s most popular TV music show. The beer is a refreshing and artisanal Belgian Style Dry Hopped Saison and the label appropriately and prominently features a symbol that is synonymous to Megadeth, their well-known mascot Vic Rattlehead.
BREWVIEW NOTES BY SOMMELIER ALAN KOZIOL
STYLE: Unibroue-style dry-hopped Saison. 4.5% ABV.
APPEARANCE: Hazy medium golden yellow in color with faint honey colored highlights and active streaming carbonation rising from the bottom. Dense pillowy foamy bright white head that slowly reduces to large patch of medium thick film covering the entire surface of the beer, a medium ring at the edges and moderate amounts of soapy lacing are observed clinging around the glass.
AROMA: Moderate aromas of pale bready malts with a light aroma of citrusy grapefruit, Meyer lemon, satsuma orange, white peach, Asian pear, green peppercorn, coriander, clove, light banana/bubblegum, grassy hops, floral, biscuit, Herbes de Provence, and an overall great balance and complexity of fruity/yeasty earthiness with a light to moderate aroma of traditional Belgian yeasts and that classic slightly peppery saison yeast.
FLAVOR: Upfront the nose is echoed with moderate flavours of citrusy pithy pomelo/grapefruit, Meyer lemon, satsuma orange zest, white peach, asian pear, green peppercorn, coriander, clove, light banana/bubblegum, grassy hops, floral, biscuit, Herbes de Provence. There is a light to moderate flavor of traditional Belgian yeasts with a light flavor of that classic spicy/peppery saison yeast. Great complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/yeasty earthiness, and absolutely zero cloying flavours through the finish and minimal bitterness from the hops, but the yeasty flavors linger quite nicely.
MOUTHFEEL: Fairly high carbonation and light-to-medium body; with a very smooth, crisp, dry, and moderately grainy/bready/creamy balanced mouthfeel. No detectable warming alcohol as of course is expected of 4.5% ABV which also keeps it refreshing as well as sessionable.
IMPRESSION: An awesome session saison, very enjoyable and refreshingly easy to drink – slightly more delicate aromas and flavours than one might expect in a saison these days with the bigger ABV versions out there raising the “flavour-bar” that prove my theory; that Americans just want to be “clobbered-over-the-head” with massive amounts of flavour these days. This offering however, doesn’t have to be about that, because this beer offers serious nuanced complexity, AND I can drink a lot more of this than those 8% versions. Definitely worth grabbing often right now as this is a very enjoyable summer treat.