Beer/Cigar Reviews – La Fin du Monde and Exodus 1959 50 Years

Welcome to another one of my beer/cigar review blogs where we take a look at some notable (and not-so-notable!) products. I’ve got an awesome lineup for you tonight so let’s just dive right in, you’re gonna want to stick around for these.

As always, we’ll start with today’s beer selection:

La Fin du Monde

This offering from Unibroue in Chambly, Quebec, Canada is a Belgian Style Trippel weighing in at 9% ABV and 19 IBU with an unspecified gravity rating.

Pour is a hazy yellow-orange color with a thick, fluffy white head that sticks around for a good long while. Aromas of yeasty bread, banana, wheat malt and hints of citrus and clove. Rich flavors of yeasty wheat bread, lemon and banana on the front of the palate with notes of vanilla and clove on the finish. Medium in body and high carbonation, this beer drinks way too easily for its ABV and would be easy to quaff.

As with virtually any Unibroue product, this one is a real treat for lovers of Belgian style beers. Do yourself a favor and check it out, you’ll be glad you did. Rating: 4.5/5.

Exodus 1959 50 Years

This offering from Torano cigars comes in a 5.5″ x 52RG Torpedo vitola and features a Brazilian Arapiraca wrapper over Nicaraguan binder and long fillers.

Two clips with the Cuban Crafters Perfect Cutter revealed a perfect draw producing plentiful thick, medium/full bodied smoke. Flavors of leather and dark chococlate tantalize the palate straight away with both black and red pepper on the retrohale and a slight oak bringing it all together.

The first third is almost identical with the exception of a sweet cream entering the draw and the pepper diminishing slightly. Very bold and complex flavors all around.

The 2nd third sees a fairly big transition as the leather and dark chocolate take a back seat and notes of fig and toasted almond come to the forefront. Pepper hangs on but very subtle by this point. The last third goes very heavy and earthy. Ending at 1 hour and 10 minutes for a truly impressive burn time for the size and bringing in a wallop of strength – matching the body at medium/full.

Excellent construction with a straight enough burn to not require any touchups and the ash holding on about half the stick at a time.

Excellent cigar all around. Lots of flavors, transitions and an excellent burn time. For about $6/stick you just cannot go wrong with this one. Rating: 4.5/5.

And that’s a wrap for today. Have you had either of today’s offerings? Let me know what you thought!

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8 thoughts on “Beer/Cigar Reviews – La Fin du Monde and Exodus 1959 50 Years

  1. Heeeeyyy! A little taste from my home!! πŸ™‚ I am surprised to see you know Unibroue beers… That’s so cool πŸ™‚ Cheers Lynn!! Or as we say here, “santΓ©” (to your health!)

    I hope you’re doing great πŸ™‚ xx

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  2. Question: can you explain flavor of leather in the cigar? Do you mean like “chewing on leather” flavor or like walking into a leather store and the overwhelming scent that is almost a taste or am I just waaaay off?

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    • It’s definitely the latter. Leather is one of those “flavors” that’s more picked up by the nose, which translates somewhat to the illusion of taste.

      There are many “flavors” that are really more of an aroma – leather, pepper/spice, wood (cedar, oak, etc.) while some aspects are a bit of both taste and aroma (think things like coffee as a prime example).

      Just taking the smoke into the mouth you’re getting maybe one or two flavors and not getting the true complexity of the smoke. To unlock these notes is the purpose of retrohaling – the act of passing some of the smoke through the nasal passages. To retrohale one pushes the smoke up into the sinuses with the tongue and then breathes out the nose sharply to expel it. Note that the smoke is never inhaled – it all stays in the oropharyngeal area, but moving it from mouth to nose and then out is what allows you to get all the different subtle flavor and aroma nuances. If you ever watch someone smoking a cigar you’ll see he/she is likely to pass some smoke out of the mouth and then the rest out of the nose to get both aspects. This is what I do personally.

      I hope that answers your question.

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      • Yes. Thank you! I love the smell/taste of leather. I used to go into Wilson’s (chain leather clothing, jackets, pants, skirts, purses etc…store) in the mall back in the day and just want to live there. So I was curious about leather flavor in cigars. Maybe one day I’ll be brave and try one.
        Thanks again for taking the time to fully explain!πŸ’ŒπŸ»πŸ’ŒπŸ»πŸ’Œ

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